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Him for it. O my God, I see many of thy Servants in conscience of their duty, expose themselves to bazard in this place ; I have also a duty here; Thy Providenee has continu'd it on me; The present season indeed does acquit me from attending it for some time ; But shou'd I not by removing, be a discouragement to thy Servants who are oblig'd to stay here ? Lord, thou hast ordered and govern'd my whole Life hitherto, and every circumstance of it; I know I am now under Thy Protection and Care; I know Thou are not unmindful of me, (pardon my unworthiness to assure my self To,) O keep my Eyes sted fast upon Thee and upon the Indications of Thy Will and Providence, that I may not be forward to do any thing of my own Head, least I put my self out of the way of thy Mercy and Protection. Thy People in the Wilderness, were not to stić till the Cloud began to remove before them. Let me attend the motions of Thy Providence with a constant Eye lifted up to Thee; if Thou callest me from hence, (by any Providence) let me go in obedience to thy Will. If Thou requirest me to stay here, and bear thy good Servants company, (for thy suffering Servants are the purest of thy Flock,) let me stay in obedience to the same Will, and dispose my self to bear with them, the Ifues of thy pleasure upon us ; that we may glorify Thee by Life or by Death, or whatsoever thou shalt ordain to us. Hear ine, O Gracious Lord, in the multitude of

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" Thy Mercies, and prepare my Heart for thy

Will, and to receive the decrees of Thy In“ finité Wisdom concerning me; prepare

me always for thy Holy Presence, and (whether i Live or Dye, let me be ever

Thine. Grant the fame Mercy to all Thy į Distresled Servants in this place; and as I Thou hast visited us with one common

trouble, so unite us in Thy fear,and make us partake of the same Grace and Mercy : Lord be Glorified in us, and let our Souls find acceptance with thee,through the beloved our ' Lord Jesus Christ and only Advocate. Amen.

And least any inward Remorse might shock his Dependance upon God,I find himabout that time particularly diligent, to set all matters right between God and his Soul,that being the true Foundation of confidence in Publick Troubies. To this purpose is the following Meditation,written upon Christmas Day in the Morning, that very Year of Disorder and Confusion.

God hath said, In Quietness and Confidence shall be your Strength. But who can have < Confidence in God ? St. John hath told us,

Hemhofe Heart condemns him not. And who ' is the happy Man whose Heart condemns ' him not ? St. Paul, by a reasonable Inference,

tells us, He that alloweth not himself in any thing which he condemneth, (Rom. 14. 22.) Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that

which he alloweth. And again, Hebio 18, 19. Where there is Remission of Sins, we have

boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jefus, because the blood of Jesus Christ clean



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? eth us from all Sin. 1 Joh. 1. 7.' So then

the pardon of our Sins gives us this confidence in God. Come, O my Soul, let us go 'to the Blood of Jesus that we may be cleansed

by it ; that our Body may be made clean by his Body, and our Souls wash'd by his precious Blood : that we may obtain this Confidence, our only means of Strength and Support in this time of Danger.

The effect of these Exercifes was a Refolution of not attempting to removefrom Dublin during the War, whatever Dangers might threaten him there. He had quite different notions of the means of safety from the generality of the World, as you may see by the following Meditation written not long after the former.

'It is not always the most fancied place for security is indeed the most secure. The Remnant of Judah after the Captivity thought Egypt most fecure. Whereas abi

ding in the place where they were, wou'd ç have been most secure for them. And the

reason is, because it is God only can make any place secure to us. And a quiet Confi? dence in him, arising from an humble walk

ing with him, is the only means to engage s him to secure our abode to us. If because

of the present Distress St. Paul advised the Co& rinthians not to Marry that they might bet

ter attend upon the Lord without Distraction, (1 Cor. 7: 35.) the saine reason will hold against Proje&ting Removals, as a thing likely to distract our Thoughts in Distressed {times, when we most need to have them recol.


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lected and stayed upon God; and to be e, very minute composd and ready to lay hold on his hand at the appearance of Danger.

Thus armed with confidence in God, Mr. Bonnell waited the issue of our common Dan, gers: And as he put himself into Gods hands, lo from God he had Safety and Protection,

and even Liberty during all our Troubles. See a Letter He was continued in his Employment within the Bishop out his desiring it, and 'twas happy for many of Kilmore's Protestants that he was fo; since whatever he Funeral Ser- receiv'd out of it, he distributed among them mon.

with a liberal hand. He fought out Opportunities of Relieving his Needy Brethren, and went about doing good to the Necessitous and Oppress’d. He boldly pleaded for them to those who were then in Power ; and ventur’d, without Concern, Interest,Favour, and even his necessary Subsistance (so couragious does Piety and Charity make Men) to get the Injur'd Protestants Reliev'd.

And indeed, as Bounty to the Poor was one of those Virtues which always Min'd Eminently in him, tho'none more industrious to conceal it than he, so I find him in more places than one, offering Arguments to himself why he shou'd in those times of Distress be more large in his Alms than he us'd to be at others. I shall here infert two Meditations exciting to Charity, one written in the Year 1688, the other in 1689. The first is as follows.

? Man lives not by Bread alone; much less by ? Goldand Silver;for Bread may maintain one, { when Money can't keep from starving, but


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by every word of God, by his Favour and Bler-
sing; It is his Command, and givingthe Bles:
sing that makes any thing Effectual to sustain
us. And his command can make what is left
as effectual to sustain Thee, as what thou haft
given away and much more added to it wou'd
I have been. But without his Command,what

abundance can sustain thee? the Rust and the
Canker will eat it up,and thy Riches will make

themselves Wingsand fly away from thee.In-
' sure then thy Stock in a time of Trouble

and Danger in the great Insurance Office in " Heaven. It will be done at a reasonable rate, and all the World cannot give thee

such security of being answer'd as thou wilt + find there. Thou wilt certainly find thy · Principal here or hereafter with an hundred ' fcld. "'Tis infallibly certain as God is true; As God is God Thou mayst depend upon it.

The other Meditation was written June 19th. 1689.

" This Day being the Publick Fast-Day in
England for this Kingdom, had for its fe-
• cond Lesson in the Morning Luke 3d. where-
'in is Remarkable Fohn Baptist's Discourse
'to the People. The Ax is laid to the Root of
'the Tree: Now no longer to be forborn,

either immediately to bring forth good
Fruit or to be cut down: And to the Peo.
ple demanding what they should do ; his An-
swer is, He that hath two Coats let him impart

to him that hath none, and be that hath Meat
'ler bim do likewise. Teaching us that in a
! time of publick Tryal, when matters are

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