by the same Hand.
HE was a man with whom I was well acquainted for many years; and I may say of him, he was an honest upright-hearted man, one that feared God, and eschewed evil; zealous for the honour of God, and for the promotion of his truth on earth; a hearty lover of faithful friends, and in his conversation amongst men, I think I may say, blameless.
A zealous man for monthly and quarterly meetings of church government; his desire was that friends in such meetings might so wait upon the Lord, to receive counsel from him, as that they might act in the wisdom of God, that every thing that is contrary to the principle of truth might be kept out of them, and that nothing but truth might have the pre-eminence.
In fine, he was a meek-spirited and lowly-minded man, more in substance than in shew.
I went to visit him in his last illness, when he was very weak in body, so weak, that he spake very low, but very sensible, and was in a good frame of mind and spirit; so that I was refreshed in my visit, and he was pleased to see me.
He was very patient under his affliction, and I believe was fully resigned to the will of God.
He departed his life in the tenth month, 1708, at Hempstead in Hertfordshire, and was buried at friends burying-ground at Wood-End, in the same county.JOHN NEALE.
To Main Text: Strength in Weakness Manifest
TO all the Elect, Chosen and Faithful, who . . . are the Gold tried in the Fire. Who have been tried by Goods spoiling, by Bonds, by Whippings, by Mockings and Reproaches . . . and some have been tried unto Death; and ye have proved to be the pure Gold, that hath come out brighter and brighter. Who have not feared the Waves of the Sea, nor the Winds; who fears not the Storms nor the Weather; whose Anchor holds, which is the Hope, the Mystery, which anchors the Soul which is Immortal, to the Immortal God. . . ...
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