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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT,
IN THE NAME OF GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE
SON, AND GOD THE HOLY GHOST, AMEN.
I WILLIAM Huntington, Labourer in the Lord's vineyard at Richmond in Surry, and at St. Maryle-bone in the county of Middlesex, being at this time at my residence in Winchester-row, in the county of Middlesex aforesaid, and, through rich Grace, in my right mind and memory, meditating on my certain approach to death, and the house appointed for all living, do make and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament, made this Tenth Day of June, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-three, in manner and in form following: That is to say; Imprimis, I commit my soul into the hands of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the exercise of that faith which is peculiar to God's elect; and,
glory be to his name, without any doubt of my interest in his Everlasting Covenant. And I desire to bless the Father of all mercies and God of all comfort, for his everlasting love to me a sinner; for writing my worthless name in the book of life; for putting me into the hands of his dear Son; for ordaining my everlasting salvation, life, and glory, by him; for drawing me to him, accepting me in him, and for begetting me to a lively hope through his glorious resurrection from the dead.
And I desire also to render equal glory to Christ Jesus my Lord, whom I believe to be coequal, Phil. ii. 6; co-essential, Heb. i. 8; and coeternal, Rev. i. 17; with God the Father, and distinct only in personality, office, and name; whom, though in divinity he be without descent, Heb. vii. 3; yet is he the Eternal Son of God the Father in covenant-character, Heb. i. 5; his begotten Son by his spiritual conception, Acts xiii. 33; Luke i. 35; his obedient Son both in life and death, Phil. 2. 8; and declaratively so with power by his resurrection from the dead, Rom. i. 4. My soul adores this Friend of the friendless for accepting my worthless name and person; for assuming my nature, and taking my sin upon him; for substituting himself my surety, and paying my infinite debt; for an everlasting righteousness by · faith in his spotless life; for pardon and peace by faith in his blood; for persevering grace and strength by faith in his arm; for revealing himself
to me, deigning to dwell within me, and for a blessed hope of my eternal existence with him in glory.
Nor can I forbear rendering equal glory to Jehovah the Holy Ghost for his illuminating and quickening influences; for leading me into truth, and shedding the precious love of God abroad in my heart; for deigning to operate on my soul as the Spirit of prayer, the Spirit of faith, and the Spirit of divine consolation; for sealing my soul; for bearing his testimony, and for operating and appearing an earnest of my eternal inheritance. To the ever-blessed and glorious Trinity in Unity be the glory of all my free, full, finished, and everlasting salvation, for ever and ever. Amen.
“ And this is the Father's will which hath sent me,
that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing; but should raise it up again in
the last day.” “ And this is the will of him that sent me, that
every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day,” John vi. 39, 40.
Secondly, I commit my body to my most merciful Saviour, who is the resurrection and the life; who has deigned to dwell in it, and promised to raise it, change it, fashion it like his own, and to fill it with all his fulness in eternity; to be dissolved at his own appointed time, by what means he
pleases; and to be deposited where his infinite wisdom shall think proper; firmly believing that through rich grace my flesh will rest in hope of a glorious resurrection.
“ House and riches are the inheritance of fathers,
and a prudent wife is from the Lord,” Prov.
xix. 14. “ Leave thy fatherless children; I will preserve
them alive; and let thy widows trust in me,” Jer. xlix. 11.
Thirdly, Mary, my wife, the most valuable head of all my living stock, I give and bequeath to Christ Jesus, my Saviour and rich provider, who from all eternity appointed her for me, and in a marvellous manner brought her to me; whom I took to have and to hold, and have no great cause to repent of the bargain. I do leave and bequeath her, with all that she has, and is, if she should survive me, to my aforesaid Saviour, to continue in widowhood after my decease, or to be given to another, just as my Executor shall appoint.
O Lord, I beseech thee to hear me in her behalf. Thou knowest how warmly attached she has ever been to Moses, and what narrow and vain searches she has made, in order to find out his grave; which thou, in infinite wisdom and mercy, hast thought meet to conceal. Let it please thee to carry on the divorce begun, and effectually to crucify her to all expectation from a dead husband,