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J lures of lift, and an aversion to the pomps of it; 'and therefore, his appetites being no ways incrca£fed by his fortune, he had no occasion to enlarge ''the scene of his enjoyments.

He .was so far from overvaluing any of the appendages of lise, that the thoughts even of life it self did not seem to astect him. Of its loss he 'sp:ike often, in sull health, with great unconcernj 'and, when his late distemper attacked him (which, from the beginning, he iudged fatal) after the ". sirst surprise of that fad stroke was over, he sub1 mined to it with great meekness and resignation, as became a good man and a good Christian. Though he had a long illness {considering the , great heat with which it raged) yet his interval* of sense being sew and short, left but little room ; for the offices of devotion; at which he was the less concerned, because (as he himself then said) 'he had not been wanting in those duties, while 'he had strength to perform them. Indeed, on 'the Lord's day which immediately preceded this illness, he had received the sacrament; and was, : therefore (we have reason to believe) tuben the "' M [fler os the house soon afterwards came, prepared and ready to receive him.

As the blessings of God upon his honest industry had been great, so he Was not'without ihtehtions of makmg suitable returns to him, 'in. acts of mercy and charity. Something of this kind he hath taken care of in his Will, drawn up at a time, while his family was as numerous as it is now, and his circumstances not so plentifol. ' One part of the benefactions, there directed, was worthy of him \ being the expression .of a generous and grateful mind towards the persons who had most obliged him; and of a pious regard to the place of his education. More he Would probably have done, had not the disease, of which he died, seized him with that violence, as to render him incapable of executing whatever of this kind his heart might have intended.

He is now gone, and his works have sollowed him: Let us imitate his example, that, when, we also depart this life we may share his heavenly reward, and be as well spoken of by those who survive us!

Now to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Chi/Ji, be ascribed all majesty, might, and ghry, now, and for ever. Amen,

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SERMON

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MAJESTY

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St. J A M E s's Chapel,

On Sunday, OEloher 28, 1705. Being the Festival of St. Simon and St. Jo as.

A Standing Revelation, the best means of Conviction.

LUKE xvi. 31.

If they hear not Moses and the Prophets, neither ■mill they be peisuaded, though one nsefrum the Dead.

THE Happiest of mankind are often subject t0 this great insirmity, that, overlooking those solid bleffings which they already have, they set their hearts upon somewhat which they want;

D 2 some some untried pleasure or advantage, which if they could but taste, if they could but obtain, they ihould then be certainly and completely blest. And yet, no sooner have they climbed that hill, which thus determines their view at a distance, but a new prospect is opened to them, and they sind themselves as far removed from the imaginary. point or happiness, as ever.

In like manner, the standing evidences of the truth of the gospel, though in themselves most sirm, solid, and fatisfying, yet make but faint impreffions on the minds of many Christians; who, after all the old miracles done by our Saviour and his apostles, are still ready to demand new ones; to desire, that some special proof should be given, some extraordinary application made, to them in particular: And then, they would resign all their scruples, believe without doubt, and obey without reserve. Thus do the ungoMy reason with thewfiives, hut not aright, as the lips of truth have assured us: for, If they bear not IVIoles and the prophets, ni.ither-will they be i.etfuaded, th-,ugh one rose from the dead.

The assertion is our Saviour's, though uttered by him in the person cf /tbrabam, the father of the faithsul; who, on the account of that character, is very sitly introduced, in the payable concerning the rich maq and Laztrus, declaring, what arguments and motives are most likely to produce in men that sirm, unshaken faith in God,

which he himsels was so illustrious a pattern.

The parable was intended against the voluptuary s os that time (such as one of the apostles of till* dry, St. Jude, describes throughout his e

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