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How full of affection we were when we left each other! With what renewed pleasure do I reflect on these few hours! This, and a few such interviews, have put me on a design to have, even at Yelling, a meeting of ministers.
"I am happy to tell you that Mr. Coulthurst, a man of the first eminence as a scholar in Cambridge, and the darling of the literati from his amiable manners, has found grace in the eyes of the Lord: he has preached most faithfully before the heads, and is separating apace from those friends who would be proud to serve him, choosing rather the reproach of Christ.' Yet only two years since, Dr. Jowet told me he never saw so timorous a creature in his life as Mr. Coulthurst. Mr. Simeon and he are one spirit. They often visit me together and apart, and, excepting the parson of Hotham, and my brother in the ministry, with whom I used to meet at Huddersfield, none can be more welcome.
Lord be with you evermore.
"From your affectionate Brother,
The following letter from the same to the same, in relation to Mr. Adam, will be read with equal interest as the last; and it may, even now, serve as a warning, especially to ministers.
"I remember nothing remarkable as coming from Mr. Adam, relative to the Mystics. Could you have procured his letters which he wrote to the Rev. Mr.
Hartley, of Winwick, with whom I was acquainted, you would have found such worthy of publication. Mr. Adam had a smartness in the epistolary way, and a conciseness, very agreeable. I had been in Mr. Law's school for five years myself, and was just brought to the foot of the cross, when I became intimate with Mr. Hartley, who was going from his Calvinian principles fast into Mysticism. But, alas! it was a terrible error to him. Very able and profitable as a preacher I knew him. In five years after he was a confirmed mystic, his mouth was shut, and he preached no more. Mr. Whitfield, under whose ministry he was first awakened, asked him the reasons why he gave up the ministry. His answer was, his call was to the contemplative life. Mr. Whitfield retorted, 'It is the call from beneath,-Satan would have all gospel ministers turn contemplatives, and then the game would be his own without any more to do.'
"I remember Mr. Adam used generally to say of the Mystics, that they dropped Christ at the threshold of the temple.' Indeed one could not believe, if experience did not prove, how little they make of the glorious sacrifice. I apprehend much of the wisdom of God displayed in the cross, arises from hence, that it presents to the mind, in one whole, beyond all expression magnificent, God and our redemption, with the contrast of our guilt, and manifold defects, and infirmities to the last, thus levelling us, and reducing us to a necessity of always feeling our life is only in the Son; who thence becomes the centre of union, and the one heavenly
mould, in whom the whole church is cast, and shows forth his image.
Perhaps you may have forgotten what I once told you, that the sixth chapter of St. John, eighteen years ago, or more, was, for the space of six months, a continual feast unto my soul. It is to me the very first of the sayings of Christ. Did you ever observe how he repeats five times in six verses, 'Eating my flesh, and drinking my blood?' Then, the eternal life, and glorious resurrection, the certain consequence of eating his flesh, and drinking his blood; after this the supereminent excellency of his flesh and blood. In the fourth place, the union and communion between him and the true believer, produced by eating his flesh, and drinking his blood. And last of all, the same entire dependence as he, in his human nature, has upon the Father for life, eating him produces in the members of his church. How few books, or preachers of the gospel, thus exalt and magnify the cross of Christ! O for more of this knowledge, which your ancestor, the bishop, calls the Christian's library! I with joy received your account of the vicar of Huddersfield. O may he labour, and be blessed to the children's children of those who have entered into glory, through the one door! And may the name of the Lord be magnified; so that the old disciples may say, 'He hath kept the good wine until now!'
"Do you visit the South? Then set us down for one week. Do you read French? If you do, I would have you, by all means, procure from Amsterdam, by some Hull merchant, what you can of
the works of Mr. Jean Daillee; they may amount. to thirteen or fourteen small octavos. I have read him on the Epistles to the Colossians, and Philippians, and am reading him on the first Epistle to Timothy. He exceeds almost every writer I have seen; and I can prove that Jonathan Edwards has made large use of him in his book on the Freedom of the Will. Get the books by all means; if they answer not I will take them. Another book I am enraptured with, Mr. Traviss, his letter to Mr. Gillon, proving the authenticity of 1 John v. 7. For accuracy of investigation, strength of proof, extent of erudition, and, in the two last letters, eloquence, I never saw the like. You cannot conceive how sure he has made the authenticity of that important verse. I was told it was demonstration before I read it; but the work exceeded expectation. Tali auxilio et tempus eget. Love to Mrs. S. Blessing upon the child.
“I remain, yours, &c.
The letters which immediately follow were written by Mr. Adam's friend; they throw light upon the esteem in which Colonel Pownall held the character and writings of Mr. Adam.
COLONEL POWNALL TO THE REV. R. STORRY, VICAR OF ST. PETER'S, COLCHESTER.
"My dear Sir,
"December 20th, 1786.
My views of pardon, peace, and eternal life, my
dear young friend, I must confess are not unfrequently interrupted by my remaining imperfections, and consequently not so lively as yours, whose whole heart and life are devoted to your Master's service; yet this I can safely say, I build upon no other foundation than that which is already laid,—. the meritorious life and death of our blessed Redeemer, who is, by God's appointment, all and in all' to us; wisdom to direct us as our prophet; righteousness to justify us as our spotless high priest; sanctification by his Spirit, to produce in us that holiness without which we cannot behold his face with joy; and redemption both of our souls and bodies, to bring us to him to glory, as obedient and happy subjects to him, as our heavenly King. God grant I may experience daily more and more of these inestimable benefits; I beseech you remember me your prayers, for grace to enable me so to do.
"I was happy to have it in my power to be of assistance to the son of that excellent and exemplary Christian, Mr. Duddel,-how awful a visitation! (the sudden death of his wife,) but he knows the hand of Him who sent, and who does nothing in vain, but has a good end in view in all his appointments for those who love him, and show their love by their obedience; and therefore, however he feels as a man, he has learned in the school of Christ how to submit as a Christian.
“Mr. Walker, of Truro, possessed a most benevolent mind, directed by christian principles, and went about doing good; he was as amiable in his manners as he was pure in his morals.
"Mr. John Thornton is another of the great cha