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he was a most cheerful and agreeable com-, panion. He was loved and esteemed by young and old, and every one rejoiced at an opportunity of being in his company. Would you be like him my dear young friends? Pray, whilst you read his Letters, for that wisdom which Solomon preferred in early life, to riches and honour which God gave to him, and has promised to give to all them that ask it.
To these Letters a few small fragments of Poetry are added, which will doubtless afford both amusement and instruction.
Should you wish to know more of the author, (and if you read this little volume with attention, you surely will,) I would recommend you to peruse the narrative of his life, and at a proper time I doubt not but your friends will permit you to read his
Letters, Sermons, and many other interesting publications.
That God may give you grace to resemble his departed servant here, and at length bring you to his heavenly kingdom and glory hereafter, is the fervent prayer of,
Your most affectionate friend.
London, January 1, 1809.
Olney, September 8, 1779. My dear Child, I WAS glad of your letter, for we were just
thinking of you, as it seems you were of us, that it was a long time since we heard from you. When you want a letter from me, you must write ; if I send you one for one, I think it will be pretty well.
R**** died about a fortnight ago, and I bu. ried him and three others within a week. All four were rather young people, that is, about thirty years of age. Last Sunday evening I preached a funeral sermon for Richard ; the text was Gen. xlix. 19. That short verse contained his history; and I hope it contains your's
likewise. The first part is sure to you if you live; you will meet with many troops, sins, fears, cares, and troubles, which will fight against you, and seem at times almost to overcome you: yea, overcome you they certainly would, if you were to fight them in your own strength. If you should not seek and love the Lord Jesus, you would be destroyed by them. But I cannot bear to entertain such a thought; surely you must, you will love him. You hear a great deal of his beauty and goodness; believe it, for it is true; and that a great deal is but little of what ought to be said of him. But pray him to show himself and his own love to your heart; then you will love him indeed: all the world would love him, did they but rightly know him. Well, if you love the Lord Jesus, you will certainly overcome at last ; and then you shall have the crovn of life, and all the happiness which is contained in the promises made to them who overcome in the second and third chapters of Revelations. My dear child, pray to him, and never be content or satisfied till you feel your desire and love fixed upon him. Nothing less will content me for you. If you should behave to me and your mamma with the great****
est tenderness, affection, and attention, as you grow up (as I hope you will, and you yourself are sensible you ought), still I should weep over you, if I saw you negligent and ungrateful towards the Lord. We love you, and would do much to show it; but we could not, we dare not, be crucified for you. This was such love as only he could show; judge what a return it calls for from you. Not to love the Lord is a disposition of the height of wickedness and the depth of misery. ..
Believe me to be your's.