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ty Seventh Years of his Age: A Time of Life too commonly given up to Sensuality and Va. nity. But here we see a Young Man instead of Indulging himself in Folly and Pleasure, Bemoaning and Confesling his Sins, earnestly Praying for Grace to resist every Temptation, and taking more Pains to fic his soul for appearing at the Lord's Table, than others at that Age usually do to Cloath and Adorn their Body's. The following Confession and Prayer, Written on Whitson Eve in the Twenty Sixth Year of his Age, will sufficiently confirm what I say.

O my God, I know I am unworthy, and I believe I am much more; I see my Sins to

be very great, but when thou shalt open ' mine Eyes, (as I humbly entreat thee) I shall

see them much greater. I who had under

taken the highest Degree of Holiness find my 'self not only to have come short of thy

Righteousness, but to have run too much the

other way. 'Tis true thy Merciful Provi'dence still raises me up, and sets me in the

way of Returning to thy Favour, nevertheless my Sins cease not to be such,nor confusion to overspread my Soul. 'Tis too much that I, whom thou hast Fed with thy Self, should do fo : But too too much that I

should again present my self before Thee, to < have that Honour repeated upon me, and I $ with all my Load of Sin, to receive the • Assurances of being made for ever happy < with thee. My Soul ilyes back from this Honour in the sense of my great Unwor


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thiness; but while methinks I hear Thee cry to it, as thou didst to Peter, If I was thee not thou hast no part in me, I dare not refuse: 'I resolve then to force my self into thy Pre'sence with all my Blushes and my Guilt,

knowing if Thou dost not Feed me I have no part in Thee : But Lord, I must come in a Dress fitting my Condition; not in a Gawdy Wedding Robe, such as thy Happy Chil

dren Triumph in, but in a Mourning Veil, ' such as becomes one who is Widow'd of his Innocence. Under this will I shrowd my

my self, with this will I hide my Guilty i Blushes while I wait upon Thy solemnity. 'I will creep behind Thee my Saviour, and ' find out thy Feet to wash with my Tears;

and if I must needs partake of thy Feast, it • shall be only such Crumbs as fall from thy " Table. I will not presume to reach my

Hand to the Royal Mess, nor serve my self (with the Glorious Assurances of being uni' ted to Thee for ever, who am such sinful

Duft and Alhes: But for this time it shall

be enough and too much for me to find that : Thou wilt be graciously ready to accept of

me upon my Repentance and Amendment, 'avoiding all Sin, and that there is a way o.

pen through the Wounds of my Saviour for my Admission to thy Mercy. Lord, Thou

art Privy to this whole Discourse, and Judg'est the sense of my Heart with which it is

Spoken ; O Graciously pardon what thou ' feest amiss in it, more than I can discern, and according to the appearing Integrity of

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it, to the utmost of what I my self can judge, o bé Intreated by me, thy poor servant, to ' fhew good unto me, and to strengthen ' me in thy Ways, according as I (unfeignedly) desire to walk in them.

Lord, if such a wretch as I might have leave to Expostulate with Thee, if Dust and Alhes might have leave to speak to thy Majesty, and a Sinner to Argue with his God;

since such Desires to serve Thee are agreea'ble to thy Will, and pleasing in thy light,

and since thou art of Power sufficient to pre

ferve those who are thus Devoted to the ' height of their Desires. Why may not my

humble Prayers now be heard, that I may

be so strengthen’d with thy Grace from this ' Moment, that I may proceed and go for' ward in all well doing, from Grace to Grace,

perfecting Holiness in thy Fear, and being • never more Guilty of any wilful Sin against

Thee my God! But thus have I humbly entreated of thy Majesty before, and with the like seeming sincerity, to my own sense, as I now do, yet hast thou thought fit to let

me sometimes fall: Looking forward, I see ' still that my Life Depends on thy Favour;

and that I must Perish without thy Divine upholding. What can I do more, than thus humbly to entreat thy Majesty, what can I do more than to Fly to Thee, who I see hast the Custody of all my Ways? 'Tis true I am not to expect that any one Prayer should last me for my whole Life, or that this petition now shou'd acquit me from waiting


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upon Thee each Day for the same thing in due Form : But canst thou refuse any one

Prayer that is faithfully poured forth before "Thee in the Name of thy Dear Son for a Thing agreeable to thy Will? Hear then this my humble Request, O Lord my God, according as I unfeignedly Desire to pour it

forth before Thee : Let me have Grace to 'serve Thee ; Let me be Delivered from all 'Sin and occasions of falling ; Let me have 'Grace to wait upon Thee with never cea

sing Diligence in well-doing, with humble constant and earnest Prayer: Let me pro'ceed in Holiness, Exemplariness, and all

Christian Graces; make me both Inwardly "found in respect of my self, and outwardly

Influential to all I converse with ; that thy • Grace may be in my Heart, and on my

Tongue, in my Looks, and in my Eyes, and 'shine bright in all my Actions. Deliver

me from Temptations and offer'd Occasions ' of Falling, and may it please Thee, for Josus sake, to establish my Soul in such Truth, it may not go to seek out for it self op

, blished in thy Fear and thy Love, and that 'I may be preserv'd ever more in perfect Integrity and Honesty of Heart before Thee my God. This is it which I humbly beg, and if I want Faith, it is because I koow my self unworthy to receive: But my humble request being agreeable to thy Heavenly Will, I am bold to Assure my Soul, 1 fall not go wholly without an Answer, Amen.

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In the Year 1684, Mr. Bonnell leaving Mr. land and en- Freeman in France, came directly from thence ters upon his into 1 eland, and took his Employment of AcOffice of Ac-comptant General into his own hands, which comptant Ge had been since his Fathers Death, manag’d by neral.

Others for his Use. This is an Office of much Business, and great Trust; in the difcharge of which, he was so remarkably Diligent and Faithful, fo Dexterous in Dispatch, and so ready to oblige, that he soon equally gain'd the Esteem of the Government, and the Love

of all who were concern'd with him. Is desirous to But as Religion ever had the principal quit all Secu-fway in his Affections, so a mighty zeal for lar Employ- that, a contempt of this world, and a Mind

rais'd above its perishing concerns, had before this time given him strong desires of quitting all Secular Employments, and dedicating himself entirely to the service of God; It cou'd be no Worldly consideration which suggested that thought to him ; for the Tema poral Advantages of his Office, were greater than what he cou'd have expected in a long time, from any Ecclesiastical Preferment; and his Station was besides, of sufficient Dignity and Credit. But in things relating to God, he conferr'd not with Flesh and Blood; and nothing hindred him from actually entring into Holy Orders, but the consideration that his Employment was a great Trust, and that he must render an Account to God, not only for his Discharge of it, but for the Hands into which he shou'd put it: A Man of knowledge and sufficient skill, but chieflywho had establish d


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