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claration, is certainly a daily repetition of it; and to repeat officially what one does not believe, is a most gross prevarication, unworthy of a minister of the new Testament, a christian, a gentleman, a man.”
This extract reflects so much honour on my excellent friend, and is such an unequivocal testimony of the liberality of his mind, that I could not omit it in justice to his memory: at the same time I have forborne to lengthen it, only because of expressions of personal affection for myself, which it would not become me to repeat.
HE MARRIED (AUGUST 1, MDCCLXVII) ANN, ELDEST
DAUGHTER OF THE REV. CHRISTOPHER WILSON, D.D. FORMERLY ALSO VICAR OF THIS PARISH, NOW LORD BISHOP OF BRISTOL. SHE DIED MAY VIII, MDCCLXXXV, AGED XXXIX YEARS, AND WAS BURIED AT FULHAM
DIS COURSE 1. *
GALATIANS VI. 9.
LET US NOT BE WEARY IN WELL-DOING : FOR,
IN DUE SEASON, WE SHALL REAP, IF WE
It hath been objected by the enemies of our religion, that the rewards and punishments of the gospel are beneath the liberal nature of the human mind; and that it proposeth nothing for the encouragement of a christian, but what at the same time depresseth the dignity of a man. I would not, upon this occasion, spend much of our time in controversy, yet cannot help stopping to observe, that the apostle in our text understood nature, as well as christianity, much better than any of these philo.
* Preached at the old-church in Leeds, Jan: 4, 3767, at a collection for the blue-coat charity-school.