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“ Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with

the first fruits of all thine increase.” “ So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy

presses shall burst out with new wine,” Prov. iii. 9, 10.

Tenthly, All the wordly substance I now have, or may have, whether little or much, at home or abroad; or all that in future I may become entitled to, whether in money, books, houses, or land, together with all my chattels and personal effects, whether consisting of furniture, wearing apparel, beds, or bedding; together with all my living and with all my dead stock, to what value or amount soever; I do leave, bequeath, and give the whole, and every of them, to Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord who provides; and that for the benefit of the wife and children which he hath given me, humbly beseeching him to multiply, sanctify, and bless these effects to their necessary uses.

And now, O Lord, who hast promised us all things pertaining to life and godliness, and by the gift of faith hast made us heirs of the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come; I most humbly beseech thee to hear the imperfect petition of thy servant, which cometh not out of feigned lips! Art not thou the universal guardian of spiritual widows, Rom. vii. 3, 4; orphans, 2 Cor, vi. 17, 18; and lunatics ? i Cor. iv. 10. Didst not thou give the land of Canaan freely to Israel, and

didst thou not defray their expences thither with honour? Yea, their clothes waxed not old, their shoes wore not out by the way, their feet never swelled with the journey, the Rock afforded water for their thirst, and the dreary desert a channel for it to flow after them. The heavens afforded them angels food, and Leviathan was smitten in the waters to be meat for thy chosen, inhabiting the wilderness. The heavens poured down feathered fowls as the sand of the sea, and flesh till it stopped up the doors of their tents. O astonishing providence! But they sinned yet the more! O cruel ingratitude! Lord, what is man! Give us heaven freely, and bear our charges to it! Amen and Amen.

" Except the Lord build the house, they labour in

vain that build it," Psal. cxxvii. 1. “For every house is builded by some man, but he

that built all things is God,” Heb. iii. 4.

Eleventhly, the Chapel which the kind, the undeserved, and unexpected Providence of God has given us, and on which account it bears its present name, I do commit the whole management of to the Lord Jesus Christ: likewise the management of the managers; the management of the pulpit; the management of the preachers; the management of their doctrines; the management of the flock; the management of their hearts; the ma

nagement of their ears, and the management of their manners. I do commit it solely to the allwise Superintendant of all beings, and all things; the supreme Monarch of all that is visible or invisible, whether in the celestial or terrestrial worlds; who is the omnipotent Creator of heaven and earth, and the absolute Disposer of all events. And now, O Lord, whom the heavens, nor the heaven of heavens, cannot contain, much less the little house which we have built; let it please thee to hear thy servant's prayer, and bless the house ; and let thine eyes and thy heart be there perpetually, and make it a Bethel to thousands! Direct the steps of sabbath-breakers, blasphemers, and the basest of mortals, to tread its floors; let sovereign grace and dying love be displayed in their greatest power, and in their fullest latitude; and grant that when thou writest up the people, it may be said of millions, that this and that man was born of God there. O Lord, make the pulpit like Aaron's golden bell; and let every tried and faithful preacher's tongue be like a golden clapper; so that joy and gladness may be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Let no dry formality ever be established in it. Let no ecclesiastical craftsman ever be heard there. Let no priestcraft ever prosper therein. Let no carnal inventions, however pleasing to flesh and blood; no human traditions, however ancient, or highly esteemed; nor any doctrines of devils, however


deep, or of whatsoever date, be ever heard in it. But let thy truth be credited by that faith which is thy own gift. ,Be thou ever addressed and supplicated in the language of thy own most holy word, ever adored by thy servants in the happy enjoyment of thy own eternal love, ever admired in thy own illustrious and most glorious light; and be thou ever worshipped in thy own spirit! O Lord of all lords, be thou our All in All; and grant that all preachers of every denomination, that preach thee as the sinner's only, present, and everlasting portion, may be blessed with thy internal testimony, thy supporting hand, the unutterable comforts of thy Eternal Spirit, and crown their honest labours with ten thousand fold success! Amen and Amen.

And ye are not your own, for ye are bought

with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's,"

1 Cor. vi. 19, 20. “ For whether we live, we live unto the Lord;

and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore or die, we are the Lord's,” Rom. xiv. 8.

A VOLUNTARY OFFERING, Twelfthly, All my strength, bodily health, and my appointed time, together with those abilities

which God hath bestowed on me as the God of nature; and likewise all the supernatural gifts, such as knowledge, faith, zeal, usefulness, utterance, fear, love, enlargement of heart, &c. which God is the best judge of, and which he hath freely and undeservedly bestowed on me, as the God of grace; as also the joy, peace, happiness, or felicity, which he hath graciously given me in hope, as the God of glory; I desire with my whole heart to offer the whole of them up entirely to the service of my only master, Christ Jesus the Lord, to be disposed of to the honour of his own name, and the good of his own elect. And now, O Lord, that heareth



my petition come before thee, and never suffer my lips to flatter thee, nor my perverse will to tempt thee. If I know any thing of my own heart, I can say I have no desire after an episcopal see, but only that an effectual door should be opened unto me, i Cor. xvi. 9 : nor will I ever crave the authorising hand of a spiritual lord, falsely so called, to be laid upon me; but only that thy hand, thou ever-blessed Shepherd and Bishop of Souls, should be laid upon me; and that not once only, but in every time of need, accompanying it with, “ Fear not, I am the first and the last,” Rev. i. 17. As for my craving deaconries, deaneries, vicarages, or any other episcopal preferments whatsoever, they never shall be once mentioned in

my prayers, as becometh a saint, but only a large field to preach thy gospel in, with that food

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