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was a very full auditory, with great zeal, and with as great solidity of reason, he pressed, as his theme led him, 'works of charity.' Among other passages, he exhorted his hearers to make this experiment: 'When they had received good gain by traffic or bargain, &c., to take 6d. or 4d. in the pound, and put it in a purse by itself, for works of piety. This (he warranted,) as it would be very beneficial to their estate, so it would take away all secret grudgings; for now they had laid so much aside for such a purpose, they would rather wish for an opportunity of disbursing it, &c.' After the sermon, being visited by a neighbouring divine, (and one allied to him,) they presently fell into discourse about that subject, and Mr. Whately's judgment was desired, more especially concerning the particular part to be so devoted. As for that, said he, 'I am not to prescribe to others : but since here are none but very good friends, and we are all so private, I will tell you what hath been my own practice of late, and upon what occasion. You know, sir, some years since, I was often beholden to you for the loan of 101. at a time; the truth is, I could not bring the year about, though my receipts were not despicable, and I was not at all conscious to myself of any vain expenses, or of improvidence. At length I began to examine my family what relief was given to the poor; and although I was assured that was not done niggardly, yet I could not be so satisfied, but the position is a true one.
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But how can we speak thus, if one arrow in our quiver, or one smooth the bottom of our scrip?
That the Holy Spirit of God may feeble attempt to advance the kingdom that He may give to both of us a right in all things, leading us to perceive a what things we ought to do, and giving manfully, faithfully, and persevering! the same : that He may give us many so ministry, and grant that after we have to others, neither of us may become a is the fervent prayer of
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resolved instantly to lay aside every tenth shilling of all my receipts for charitable uses. And (to let you see how well I have thrived this way in a short time) now, if you have occasion to use 1001. or more, I have it ready for you.' This I can avouch, for I was present both at the sermon and at the conference. I do not ask the reader's pardon for this seeming impertinency, because I rather expect his thanks for helping him to so rare a project, how he may no less certainly than piously improve his estate, if he please to make due trial of it."
From the works of the pious and learned Joseph Mede, B.D., 4th edition, 1677, p. 37.
PAWSEY, PRINTER, IPSWICH.