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well as all his hearers; and that of water to see you as God would every one of those who only are have you to be;' but, alas ! how such from mere curiosity, or a miserably short do I feel these worse motive (as some, I fear, are) sentiments of Divine · charity in may be pricked in their hearts by my soul. Nothing but weakness the power of the word, and, in- and vanity and self seem to abide stead of asking, What shall we do there; but, as at a distance, I view to depreciate a preacher whom we it as the purchased possession of cannot confute? cry out, What us poor mortals, that everlasting shall we do to be saved? We have righteousness brought into every gone through Doddridge's Sermons Christian heart by that adorable to our mutual satisfaction, and Sacrifice. Look not at me, my read three more single ones of his dear friend. True, I am a miracle we picked up at Frederick's; which, of mercy; but when I behold the with that book of his Lady H. gave riches of the Gospel, and the inJohn, was all we could meet with. heritance of his saints, I lothe The sermons are very fine on the myself, even as in dust and ashes. occasions they were preached. He A few gifts ill exercised is not the has a most wonderful propriety more excellent way. The real love and choice of words, and great of God flows like a stream of joy power in his Scripture applica- and heavenly consolation...... So tions...... Poor dear Johnny...... far has been wrote this three Thank God the other dears are weeks, in which time I have been well. My love truly to them. greatly out of order. My weak Tell me what sort of colour dear body is still struggling on, I hope sweet Thomas is : like a damask only for an increase of spiritual rose, I fancy...... I have begun the blessings. The journey often waters, which agree charmingly. seems long *, which is the effect Tell Mrs. F., with my love, that I only of a mind not yet resigned to think she would like the new street, all dispensations; for it is through at the end of the North Parade; sufferings the love of God is per'tis a very pretty one, and conve- fected in us. I should greatly renient for all things. I must no joice with but the thought of seeing more, but that I am, my dearest you in this part of the world. Let friend, yours ever, H. B."

me know in your next if I may As the name of the Countess of hope. Employ me, I am sure you Huntingdon is introduced into the think you may, in any way that I above letter, I shall transcribe, in can be useful. My compliments the next place, from my original to Mr. Fitzherbert, and Mrs. stores, a letter from that celebrated Boothby; and believe me to be peeress, addressed to Mrs. Fitz- your most affectionate friend, and herbert, Sept. 17, 1744-5. “What faithful humble servant, shall I say to my dear friend, for

S. Huntingdon.her goodness to me, who could let From Miss Boothby to Mr. L.+ so many weeks pass (after such a Tişsington, July 12, 1755.-Dear testimony given me of her kindness), without one single acknow- letter forty-six years ; dying in 1791.

• Yet Lady H. survived the date of this ledgment made by me of it? I + Mr. L. was an excellent person, conknow my heart is deeply interested nected with the Fitzherbert family, as for your happiness; and, were it steward and justice clerk, and appears to

have been in habits of correspondence with yet enlarged by Divine love, as that

Miss B. during his occasional visits tolonof Archbishop Cambray's, I make don, which he valued as affording him an no doubt it would be able to say opportunity of attending the ministry of to you as his did to the Duke of Mr. Romaine and other pious clergymen Burgundy, 'that had I a thousand having been a zealous and consistent

of that day. He is yet remembered as lives, I would give them as a drop Christian.

friend in the household of faith, his sure and gracious promise, Ask,
for those only can all be of one and you shall have ; seek, and you
heart and mind, united in the shall fiud ; KNOCK, and it shall be
adorable and blessed Jesus,-I re- opened to you. Pray for faith to
joice and am truly thankful for lay hold on this faithful word: for
what our friend John Dean says faithful is He who has promised.
of you in a letter to Molly Hurd. And see what is said by the Spirit
Oh may you prosper and be in in the Revelation to the church of
health, even as your soul prosper. Philadelphia, Behold, I have set be-
eth. Thanks be to the Lord, I can fore you an open door, and no man
say that I have no greater joy can shut it, for thou hast a little
than to hear of God's children; strength. Oh, what a comfortable
and that they walk in the truth word is this! what love and mercy!
amidst this crooked and perverse An open door which no man can
generation. Be assured that when shut is there promised to but a
once we have set our face towards little strength; promised by Him
Zion, the Lord will lead us on the that is holy, He that is true, He
way, and wherever we are he will that hath the key of David, He that
be with us. It is sweet to walk openeth and no man shutteth, and
with fellow-pilgrims on the way; shutteth and no man openeth.-
but if this is denied us for a time, But as soon as the Spirit has con-
'tis sweet and more refreshing to vinced us that all our whole self is
meet them again afterwards. The sin and misery, and stripped us of
Lord prepares manna for his chil- all, then will he enable [us] to go to
dren in the wilderness, as I trust Jesus, and find in Him all mercy,
you find. Though we cannot but wisdom, righteousness, sanctifica-
tenderly mourn over them who tion, and eternal redemption.-
are in bondage and the most ser- We have had another preacher
vile of all slavery, led captive by here, who clearly proclaimed the
their own lusts, living without God everlasting Gospel to as many as
in the world, and at enmity with the gardener's house would hold,
him, mourn and grieve for them; all quiet and attentive. They talk
yet this deplorable sight shews us and fright poor Mr. Gra* , whom
more strongly the great deliver-

• The person whose name is thus abance from sin and Satan by Jesus breviated was the Rev. Graves, the Christ, and our own vileness ; for clergyman of Tissington, and brother of who hath made us to differ but He the Rev. Richard Graves, rector of Claverwho came to seek and to save the the literary world as one of the minor

ton near Bath. The latter is known in LOST ; what have we, or can we poets who haunted the Leasowes in the have (except sin), that we have days of Shenstone. He resided about the not received by faith in Jesus? year 1740 in the Tissington family, and Seeing and feeling this, what may

appears to have preceded his brother as we not hope for, for others, from the pastor of the parish. He had, however,

in his principles more of Rousseau than same infinite fountain of mercy and of St. Austin, as is too evident from his grace? Let us then go boldly unto anti-Christian romance, called the Spithe Throne of Grace for them; and ritual Quixote, published in 1773, the

year succeeding the death of his earliest with humble thanksgivings that we

patron. In this work he has characterare most mercifully shewn the way ised Mr. and Mrs. Fitzherbert and Miss of salvation in and through Christ Boothby under the names of Sir

William Jesus alone, cleave to our dear Sa- and Lady Forester and Miss Sainthill


His description of the localities of Tisviour, and by his grace follow Him sington is very accurate; and, whatever our way, and truth, and life. I have

were the motive, he has referred to the great confidence in the Lord touch- ladies in question in terms generally reing you, that he will direct your into the grave without leaving behind him

spectful. It is feared that he descended heart into the love of God and into

a single expression of regret for having the patience of Christ. Look to polluted the clerical name with a perfor


at times I have great hopes for. church every Wednesday evening, While he is encouraged and spoke and every Friday night prayers plainly to, he seems to forget the and a lecture, and I trust shall fear of man; but, alas! it returns advance farther. Opposition I fear again upon any opposition. With not; I bless God. I know the the Lord's leave and help I am la- enemy will raise it always: but the bouring to have some spiritual so- NAME of the Lord is a strong ciety here. We have prayers at tower, into which I know, blessed mance which directly attacked Chris- est of his servants may flee and be

be hisName, the poorest and weaktianity, under the shadow of a pretence, merely to display the human weaknesses in safety. Poor Quawco* is sadly of such persons as Whitfield and Wesley, reprobate and regardless to all I or as Mrs. Fitzherbert and Miss Boothby. can say to him ; but I will not Of the two last Dr. Johnson's opinion

cease to admonish and pray for is already recorded. Of Whitfield he thought indeed less highly than of Wes

him. All here are well, blessed ley, although he confessed, “I never

be God: Miss never better, nor treated Whitfield's ministry with con. all the dear ones. Mr. James tempt; I believe he did good. He devoted Fitzherbert is ill of a fever, of himself to the lower classes of mankind, which several have died at Ashand among them he was of use." (Boswell, vol. iii. p. 439.) It is evident that the bourne: the Lord grant it may Tissington ladies were strongly attached work upon his heart. Poor creato the founders of Methodism. Piozzi accuses Miss Boothby by the insi. be stopped when his brother comes.

urture, he says preaching here shall tained '

most of her confidence who pro- I beg you to get me two sets of fessed superior warmth of devotion or Mr. Whitfield's Sermons, and a affected peculiar sanctity of manners.": dozen of his last books for the Sa(Letters to and from the late Samuel Johnson, LL.D., &c. vol. ii. p. 380). But this crament, and half a dozen of Mr. is a charge invariably brought against re

Wesley's Society Hymn - books; ligious persons by such as cannot estimate for the people who meet at Sandy their anxiety to receive and communi

Brook want some; and likewise cate spiritual edification. Among Miss Boothby's associates were probably indi-four of Mr. Wesley's Extract of viduals of an inferior rank to herself; and the Pilgrim's Progress, and of the this was generally the case in her days, Life of Mr. Halyburton two; and when the profession of religion was less a book of his called, Lessons for common and easy than it has been since.

Mr. The Sir William Forester of the Spiritual

Children, in three parts. Quixote is accused however of having a

Wesley's books are to be had at low taste in his society. “Some of his the Foundry. Mrs. Mott promised wise neighbours were a little scandalized

to send me any thing of Mr. Ro. at his admitting people of inferior rauk so frequently to his table : but Sir William maine's that should be published. (like Swift's virtuoso, who could extract If you see her, pray with my love sun-beains from cucumbers) had the skill put her in mind of this promise ; of extracting entertainment from the most and I beg you to give my love insipid companions ; of discovering humour in the most phlegmatic divine, or

to and inquire after all our dear solid sense in a country dancing-master.” Christian friends, and bring us all This statement, while it confirms Dr. the tidings you can concerning all Johnson's account of Mr. Fitzherbert's of them......I am much better in passion for social varieties, may in some degree explain or defend the conduct of had a vast deal of heavy rain and

health, thank God; but we have Hill Boothby, whose mind, however cu. pable of intellectual luxuries, was obedient cold winds this week. The grass to such principles as led her to value the before the house was mowed on converse of religious persons in the lower walks of life. She could also tolerate the Saturday last, but no making it preaching of itinerants in cottages, and Probably a Negro servant from Bar. could circulate books which Dr. Johnson badoes. Mr. Fitzherbert's mother was misapprehended, and which ostensibly the daughter of Mr. Alleyne of that island, formed the only cause of disunion from whom Lord St. Helens derived his between him and his most cherished

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into hay yet....all send love to you. Saviour of poor lost sinners.
Pray for us : and may the Lord of I have daily attacks from without;
peace give you peace always by all and am told these wrong things will
means, prays your loving friend in be remedied when you come ; for,
our Lord, H. B..........I do trust as a magistrate, Mr. F. must drive
the Lord will raise up poor Mr. these lay preachers away, &c. I
Gra'. and heal his backslidings, bless the Lord he gives me steadi-
to the sense of which he is much ness and calmness. We had a

sweet sermon at the gardener's
The last letter in my possession, last night : fewer hearers than
from Miss Boothby, is addressed before. Some who always had
to the same correspondent, and come had been persuaded not to
dated July 30, 1755 :

“ Dear

The Lord convince and
friend in the Lord, — Your letter convert gainsayers : they know
gave me great comfort for you : not what they do. In Him I trust
for I know all who seek will alone, and fear not man.
find; and that he who now goes well, I bless God. My hoarse-
on his way mourning shall surely ness is returned upon me, but not
come again with joy and bring his much, and my side bad. Poor
sheaves with him. The soul that Quawco worse and worse, auda-
sees and deeply feels its misery ciously wicked...... I have not time
will be athirst for Christ; and he to say more than love to you from
who waits to be gracious, will in all here, and the Lord be with you
due time pour in the spirit of ever. I am your true friend, H. B.
peace and consolation. “I waited .... In two years you, Thos. Tom'.,
patiently for the Lord,' says David, and Mr. Hurd are to preach ; and
and you know what followed. He they say I do preach : what poor
heard the voice of his complain- nonsense !"
ings: · He inclined unto me, and In less than six months after,
heard my calling,' &c. Psal. xl. this was written Miss Boothby
1,2,3. Would to God all I know died; but among the manuscripts
in an unconverted state were as I find a letter addressed to a name-
you: how should I praise the Lord less correspondent from Miss Ju-
for them! Watch and pray, and dith Beresford; and which, as con-
at an hour that thou thinkest not nected with the loss sustained
of, thy Lord will come and heal all in the Tissington family by the
thy wounds. 'Tis love that opens death of Hill Boothby, is here
them and searches them to the transcribed :-
bottom, and love will heal them April 24th, 1756.—I received
to the bottom; so that the bones your last letter with great satisfac-
which are broken shall rejoice. tion, and bless God for the com-
Jesus is a Saviour to the utter- fortable hope I now have that the
most. Believe in Him, and you poor dear children are in a fair
shall be saved, and blessed here way of recovery, though slowly.
and for ever. Lord, give us all Indeed one cannot expect it should
faith, and increase it. All is thy be otherwise. .... I trust when they
gift; and we cannot know in whom are able to move, the journey to
we believe till we first know and Tissington and the fresh air there
feel that we are wretched and mi. may be a means of restoring them
serable, and poor, and blind, and to their former health and strength.
naked. No; they only who have I long to see them all, yet it will
nothing possess all things : for be a great trial to me. Many ten-
Christ is all in all; and who that der sensations must arise in my
has but in the least drop tasted heart, and my own great loss be
of his precious love, would not more sensibly felt by beholding
gladly leave all for the adorable theirs, which is indeed unspeak-


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able. But the Lord is sufficient for lady of a previous date (March 10, all things, and never faileth those 1756), in which she thus alludes who wait upon him for grace and to her departed friend : “ You support: a ready help in all time tell me of dear M". Wesley and of trouble both inward and out- Whitfield being in great friendward. All our care must be cast ship; but oh I cannot tell you what upon Him, and we shall want no satisfaction it gave me. I always manner of thing that is good. The wished for it, and thought it would inward cross is indeed by much be some time. So did that dear the heaviest : but no cause have soul who was all love to all, and we to despair, be its burden ever desired nothing so much as that the so great ; for we know He that breaches in Sion might be healed." shall come will come ! God will Having now brought these exnot contend for ever, lest the spi- tracts to a conclusion, I beg you, rit should fail before Him and the sir, to afford room for one more souls which He hath redeemed. letter from Dr. Johnson to Miss Oh, I trust He will in a short time Boothby, already indeed before give you the garment of praise for the public; but, as previously menthe spirit of heaviness, and you tioned, to be found only in a scarce will cry out, My Lord and my God, collection, and probably known to I have redemption in thy blood. very few of your readers : But if this be not in a short time, Jan. 3, 1755.—Dearest Mayet wait patiently, and distrust not dam,-Nobody but you can rehis power or his love. He has compense me for the distress various methods of dealing with which I suffered on Monday night. his children ; and who shall say, Having engaged Dr. Lawrence to What dost thou? Only commit let me know, at whatever hour, your way to him, and your foot- the state in which he left you, I steps shall not slide. The little concluded when he staid so long Golden Treasury* is a most com- that he staid to see my dearest fortable book. I do not know any expire. I was composing myself equal to it. Wherever one opens as I could to hear what yet I there is something for edification hoped not to hear, when his seror comfort. I find it so, and I vant brought me word that you hope you do. Alas ! I am a poor were better. Do you continue to weak soul, and have many enemies grow better? Let my dear little still to encounter, though perhaps Miss inform me on a card. I you may not think so. Let us would not have you write lest it present each other at the Throne should hurt you, and consequently of Grace, and still press forward hurt likewise, dearest Madam, to the mark for the prize of our high calling. .... Pray give my love I much regret that, among the to dearest Miss F., and send me original papers now lying before the hymn-book you mention. Mrs. me, nothing is found from the Han“. is pretty well. She always pen of Mrs. Fitzherbert. She is inmeets the little society, and seems deed most advantageously known very earnest. She desires her love from the letters and recorded to you all ; and I am, dear friend, conversation of her friends and your truly affectionate,

appears to have been a woman J. Beresford t." of extraordinary piety, under cirThere is another letter from this cumstances very unfavourable to

its growth. By Bogatzky, a book then recently To the above papers I now add, published, and which has ever since been with much pleasure, extracts from popular among religious persons.

į This lady is the Miss Forester of the the letter of a female friend, who Spiritual Quixote.

resided with her mother at Tis

your, &c."

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