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and where God gives hope there he gives an expectation of glory. For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jer. xxix. II. The wise man asserts the fame-My fon, eat thou boney, because it is good; and the boneycomb, which is sweet to thy taste : fo fall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy foul when thou baft found it; then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation hall not be cut off. Prov. xxiv. 13, 14. To die in peace, my dear friend, proclaims us in friendship with God : to die in hope is to die in expectation of glory : to be blessed in death, and to die in the Lord; is to have the spring of endless life in the soul when the body is dying: to die in the enjoyment of love is to die stronger than death, and in union with God. Rev. xii. 11.-1 John iv. 16. But to die in joy is above all: joy is the quintessence of love ; joy is the overflowings of a loving heart; and this is the highest bliss promised to a dying saint. The ranfomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their bead: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and fighing shall flee away. Ifai. xxxv. 10. The returning there meant is not coming to the militant church below; for all sorrow and sighing are not banished from her in this life : but Zion above is free from both these, and will never be exercised with them again: for God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there hall be no more death, received the promises, but baving seen them afar off, and were perfuaded of them, and confessed they were Atrangers and pilgrims on the earth. Heb. xi. 13. And it is the eternal decree of God, which was made known to Adam, as foon as he fell, and exercifed by Abel the protomartyr as soon as he approached to God, that the just man should live by his faith. Heb. ii. 4. Hence it is said that by faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was Tighteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it be being dead yet speaketh. Heb. xi. 4. Gen. iv. 4. And we are told, in the New Testament, that faith, whether weak or strong, and whether exercised under the Old Testament, or under the New, comes to the same glorious end; namely, salvation froin sin, from Satan, from death, from the grave, and from hell itself-Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of the joul. 1 Pet. i. 9, which is not a temporal, but a spiritual and an eternal one; for Ifrael Mall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting falvation. Ye ball not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. Ifai. xlv. 17.

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The way to heaven is to follow Christ in the regeneration. Matt. xix, 28. Fear begins it, and love perfects and ends it. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Prov. i. 7. And the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, a good conscience, and faith unfeigned. Tim. i. 5. Those who begin with fear will soon rise in hope ;

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and where God gives hope there he gives an expec. tation of glory. For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thougbts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jer. xxix. II. The wise man asserts the fame--My fon, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the boneycomb, which is sweet to thy tafte : so fhall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy foul when thou baft found it; then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation Jall not be cut off. Prov. xxiv. 13, 14. To die in peace, my dear friend, proclaims us in friendlhip with God : to die in hope is to die in expectation of glory: to be blessed in death, and to die in the Lord; is to have the spring of endless life in the soul when the body is dying: to die in the enjoyment of love is to die stronger than death, and in union with God. Rev. xii. 11.-1 John iv. 16. But to die in joy is above all: joy is the quintessence of love ; joy is the overflowings of a loving heart ; and this is the highest bliss promised to a dying saint. The ranfomed of the Lord hall return, and come to Zion with fongs, and everlasting joy upon their bead: they fall obtain joy and gladness, and forrow and sigbing Mall flee away. Ifai. xxxv. 10. The returning there meant is not coming to the militant church below; for all sorrow and sighing are not banished from her in this life : but Zion above is. free from both these, and will never be exercised with them again: for God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there all be no more death,

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neither forrow, nor crying, neither all there be 'any more pain, for the former things are passed away. Rev. xxi. 4. .

Tender my love and duty to mother; my kind respects to your brother and sister; the same to your aunt Hannah, and to your aunt and uncle Mathews; and accept the same yourself.

Grace, mercy and peace be with you all through our Lord Jesus Christ. So prays

Your willing fervant

in the Gospel of God,

:

W. H. S.S.

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