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tions as our habitation could afford, and to assure her of the most cordial welcome, by such expressions of chris. tian sympathy and love, as were within our power, was so plainly our duty, according to the principles and rules of the gospel, as well as the sentiments and dictates of bumanity, that there was no room left for us, in this case, to hesitate for a moment, as to the part which : we were called to act; and while endeavouring to fulfil the obligations of so obvious a duty, we soon found, and from day to day, more and more experienced, in Mrs. W's very agreeable and improving society, some of the most pleasing gratifications, of which an heart of genuine sensibility is capable.
I trust, my worthy friends, that I am not altogether a stranger to the influence of that most excellent, that divine sentiment or maxim, worthy of its adorable author, that “It is better to give than to receivę ;” and that I am not entirely regardless of His most condescending and munificent grace, “ who has promised a rich and everlasting reward to those that shall give to drink to one of his little ones, even a cup of cold water, in the name of a disciple. But how often have I been led to reflect, and to say, "can I pretend to this bless. edness, and claim this reward, when I know that a spirit of selfishness so greatly debases all the little that I do, which, in the eye of a partial friend, may look like christian benevolence? In the case now in view, whether the principles of any conduct were such as the spirit of Christ inspires, and his gospel enjoins and sanctions, and therefore such as will authorize the belief and hope, that according to the constitution and the provisions of the covenant of grace, I may safely look within for an approving conscience, and look up
to an approving God, is a question which I feel myself not competent to decide. I know, however, that in what I did, which was, I doubt not, far less than what I ought to have done, I felt a satisfaction and pleasure, which were more than an abundant equivalent, for the little which was done; and in these sentiments and feel. ings, those of Mrs. K. have, as I believe, fully co-incided with my own.
On this subject, indeed, one of my most intimate and highly esteemed christian friends, not very long ago, after reading one of Mrs. W's letters, observed, that if we had been permitted to form a plan for obtaining the most desirable addition to our social and domestic comforts, we could not possibly have chosen better for ourselves, than the wisdom of our gracious Lord had already chosen for us, in bringing Mrs. W. into our family, and detaining her there during the short season which she spent with us. When she left us, we felt that we were separated from a friend, who was among those most near and dear to our hearts, and with whom we might probably never meet again in this world; yet consoled with the hope, if that hope we might venture to cherish, of meeting, never to part, in a better world; where christian love and friendship are perfected, and where the joy and pleasure, resulting from this source, and that infinitely higher source, the love and favour of our God and Saviour, shall never be interrupted, but shall be ever full, and ever growing, through all the ages of a blessed and glorious immortality!
But I must check a roving pen, which never knows where to stop, when employed on a pleasing, interesting subject, Allow me only to add, on this subject, that the well meant, but too flattering expressions of
the sense, entertained by the church and their committee, of my poor and very defective labour of love, in the instance alluded to, though' very grateful to my feelings, on my own account, have been still far more pleasing to me, as they have exhibited the satisfactory evidence, of the mutual esteem and regard, cherished by the church, and by Mrs. W. for each other; and particularly as they have manifested the disposition of the church, thus to honor one of their meịnbers, who was doubly related to them, in sacred and peculiarly interesting ties ; and who, from the dissolution of one of those ties, which was in its nature, particularly endear
ing, now shares much more deeply than any other mem: ber, in the heavy affliction with which the church has
been visited, by the removal of their late worthy pas-
and the Father of the fatherless, will, I trust, be found i ą most kind and faithful friend, who will never leave or · forsake her, or her dear babes ; so that in Him they
inay still have an all-sufficient portion, that will never
With respect to your bereaved church, I am much
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I hate hates the Ibery or send ng to Mrs. W.mn de taste to M:. B. a copy of IT sermon, bd vis Ha'ely preached bere, aod -bch was, in a 12:23T, Etorted (1900 me, in order to its being more estasia ustanouicated to ibe poblic, tbrosgb the pres. T1 any friend, wbo may wib to bare the perosal of this plain discourse, Mrs. W. will, do doubt, ready zem the use of it, for that purpose.
You see, my worthy friends, that instead of modern. ing to make a respectful, forreal acknowledgment of, and reply to, the very flatteriog vote of your church, with wbich they bave been pleased to bopor me ; I bite used those freedoms, in writing to their respectable committee, which I am accustomed to take in my epis. tolary communications to my familiar friends. This literty will, I hope, be candidly excused; and I doubt dot that you will kindly communicate, to the church, so much of the contents of this long letter, as in yoor jods. rent, you may think proper to be imparted; and that
you will do this, in the mode that may be most eligible, and acceptable.
This has been delayed, much beyond my wishes; partly on account of a more than ordinary pressure of business, especially of writing, and partly with a view to ascertain, that I might inform you, of the amount of subscriptions for Mr. W's sermons, which you are to expect from this quarter. The names of the numerous patrons of this worthy undertaking, which appear on the paper in my hands, I will endeavour to transcribe and send forward, within the course of two or three weeks. Be assured, my christian brethren, and be so good as to assure the church, which you represent, that I am with great esteem, and as I hope, in the sacred ties of the gospel of Christ, our Lord and Saviour, your and their sincere and affectionate friend, and fellow servant,
ISAAG S. KEITH.
CHARLESTON, JANUARY 20, 1807. The last letter received from you, our very dear friend, is under the dates November 28th, and December 5th, 1806 ; and like all the others, with which you have favoured us, it has been read by us, and also by some other friends, with a very lively interest, and cordial pleasure, and as I would hope, not without some spiritual improvement. We have only to regret, that we are so seldom indulged, with the pecu.' liar satisfaction, which the perusal of your letters never