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to be a prudent lady. Would it be right for me to take the liberty of requesting a letter from her? Please to direct your letter to Thomas Livingstone, as well as the books, for which I shall thankfully repay you.
Pray present my kind respects to Mrs. Worthington, and accept the same from, my dear Miranda,
Your affectionate friend,
From Mrs. Worthington to Miss Eusebia Néville,
MY DEAR YOUNG LADY,
I AM unable to describe our joy at the receipt of your letter.. My niece was so delighted, that her pleasure could no otherwise vent itself than by a flood of tears. She has received great mercy at the hands of God, and it is inatural for such to rejoice when a subject is added to the Redeemer's kingdom. The deliverance of a sinner from the power of Satan gives joy to the angels of God. They know the importance of the divine favour, and the dreadful nature of the divine displeasure.'
It is the duty of every disciple of Jesus to take up his tross and follow him. The christian is not, however, without his reward ,- for to those who forego any worldly advantage for his sake, our Lord has promised a hundredfold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. And although he has permitted many of his servants to be put to a violent death in the defence of his cause, the support which he has afforded them in those fiery trials has far outweighed all their sufferings. Where shall we find, among the votaries of festivity and mirth, that real joy which was experienced by Paul and Silas when their feet were fastened in the stocks? The thoughts
of suffering for Christ ought not to move us, since every condition in life is that only to us which God is pleased to make it.
My counsel, therefore, is, that you commit yourself to the protection of the Almighty. Do that which appears to be your duty; learn that duty from the Scriptures; and be not anxious about the consequences. Meditate on the eleventh chapter to the Hebrews; remember the three children in the fiery furnace ; and consider that the Lord's hand is not shortened that he cannot save, nor his ear heavy that he cannot hear.
I rejoice that you are in such good company as that of Thomas Livingstone and his wife. Pray give my kind love to those friends of the Redeemer. I observe, with pleasure, your willingness to be contented with as humble a dwelling as that of those good people. This disposition is right; since we do not know what an adherance to the Saviour may cost us.
My niece has bought the Nonconformists' Memorial for you. I must beg your acceptance of the works of Archbishop Leighton. He was a pattern of humility, and of love to Christ and to the souls of men.' But that good man did not see the nature of Christ's church or kingdom, which, not being of this world, cannot be governed by worldly maxims. The moment the alliance commenced between church and state, antichristianism was established, and the man of sin was exalted into the thironie of him, who is the only Lord and Lawgiver of his people..
My dear niece is happy in her mind, and her health is much improved. She has learned that best of lessons, to joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ: but I shall say the less on this subject, as she intends to write to you.
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I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, and am, my dear young tady, ...
Your sincere friend,
From Miss Barnwell to Miss Eusebia Neville.
MY DEAR EUSEBIA,
I HAVE read your letter with very great pleasure. o my friend, if we examine what is called the Christian world, how few shall we find who so far understand and believe divine revelation as to be convinced that Jesus is the only Saviour of guilty sinners, and who manifest that they are in earnest, by yielding an unreserved submission to his government! I rejoice that this is your case, and I would humbly hope my own likewise. Here, my friend, we may lay the reins on the neck of Ambition. However vast our expectations, or unbounded our wishes, they will be gratified beyond our utmost conception ; since it has never entered into the heart of man to conceive what God has prepared for them that love him. I frequently wish for the arrival of that happy time, when I shall see him whom my soul loveth as I am seen of him, and know him as I am known of him. In the meanwhile, what have we : to hope or fear from the sons and daughters of the earth? We must not expect that they will treat us better than they did the Lord of life and glory. No one, however, can hold up his hand against us without his permission.
I know my dear Eusebia has much to fear from her fa. ther; not more, however, than I have to fear from mine. But say, will these things bear to be put in the balance against the favour of God here, and the enjoyment of him hereafter? They are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. When we begin to turn our backs upon the world, and to set our faces Zionward, we ought daily to expect some cross or other; and we must be willing to carry it, even as the Redeemer car. ried his, and as the saints in glory have carried theirs. A crown is prepared ; but the road to it is by the cross. In
a word, if we are Christians, we must not only be willing to be saved by the work finished by the Redeemer upon the cross, but we must also enter his kingdom, as he entered it, through much tribulation. Whether, therefore, our names be cast out as evil by Catholics or Protestants, the difference is small; and I pray that neither of us may be discouraged above measure; since thousands of the children of God have testified, that reproaches for the name and truth of Christ, together with prisons, racks, gibbets and fames, are much alleviated by those divine consolations which the Redeemer affords to his suffering ser. vants, and which are infinitely preferable to the most prosperous circumstances of those who have their portion in this life.
I have used no argument, my dear Eusebia, to induce you to leave the church of Rome. Whatever you find in that community that is agreeable to the word of God, continue to embrace; and whatever is contrary to it, reject. The last indeed may be attended with the great displeasure of your
father and sister ; but if God have given you an understanding to know him that is true, he who is the chiefest among ten thousand, and altogether lovely, will appear so amiable to you, that you will esteem even the reproach you meet with on his account more than all the treasures upon earth; yea, my friend will not esteem her life dear, if she must either part with it, or be disobedient to his commands.
I wish soon to hear from you again. Be assured that I am, my dear Eusebia, Yours in our common Father and Friend,
From Miss Eusebia Neville to Mrs. Worthington.
I THANKFULLY received your kind present together, with the book which I wished my friend to procure for ine. I have at present looked very little into the works of the good archbishop: but wherever I have read, I have found a true spirit of piety, joined with great knowledge of the subject on which he treated.
I desire my friends to pray for me, that my faith and hope may be strengthened, and that I may not faint in the day of adversity. In your kind letters, for which also I refurn thanks, you labour to make me understand how unworthy the sufferings of the present time are to be com. pared with the following glory. But alas, how little have you said! How little could angels say upon this subject ! O that time could mend its pace, that I might put off this ·body, and enter into that world of everlasting felicity. But if I must abide in a world so much unlike that to which I am travelling, I pray that I may not be left to dishonour my Lord, by doing or submitting to any thing that is con. trary to his will, through the fear of those that can only kill the body.
I am obliged to confess to you, my friends, that I can. not see my way clear at present to renounce the religion in which I have been educated. It is true, that in a long series of years, the gospel has been gradually corrupted among us: but is the religion of Protestants uncorrupt? You, my dear friends, will not affirm it. Education makes a lasting impression on young minds. You will not wonder there. fore when I tell you, that as soon as my friend Thomas Livingstone has answered one objection, another springs up in its room. Had I the pleasure to be with Mrs. Wor, thington, or Miss Barnwell, I should ask them,