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LETTER 116
      London, 3 November 1336. Dear Mrs. H(arley)., When first the Lord takes us in hand we always feel as if it were for our destruction that he has found us out. Under these terrifying feelings we are often charged with being mad, and lost to our family ... read more

LETTER 117
      London, 14 December 1826. Dear Mrs. H(arley)., The godly fear that I so strongly recommended in my last letter I would now also press you exceedingly to seek after and prize. It will prove "a fountain of life to depart from the snares of death," a ... read more

LETTER 118
      [To Mrs. H(arley).] London, 13 February 1837. Dear Friend, It is said "Lord in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them;" but does the trouble increase in any degree like that of the woman with chi ... read more

LETTER 120.
      [To Mr. H. H.] London, 22 March 1837. My dear young Friend, I have a Friend to recommend to your notice whom I have tried for many years. Your frail appearance leads me to hope that you will listen to my recommendation. He is the best Physician I ev ... read more

Free Grace Salvation
      "By grace ye are saved." (Ephesians 2:5) What a wonderful mercy it is to an enlightened sinner to hear what the Apostle says, "By grace ye are saved." Men under the conviction of sin and the discovery of God's justice and holiness often feel th ... read more

LETTER 1
      [To his sister E.] - 1807. Dear Sister, I was permitted for years to go on in my own strength, to let me see what mighty acts I could perform. A self-righteous spirit will lead us to make such a patch work garment as will for awhile conceal the filt ... read more

LETTER 10
      [To a Friend.] March 7, 1810. My dear Friend, Since I saw you last I have been much exercised in various ways, but I find my hope is still in the Lord; and that none are able to pluck me out of his hand. It is now that the testimony of God supports ... read more

LETTER 100
      [To M. C. B.] London, 12 December 1835. Dear Madam, I am often greatly cast down, and think that every one is more transparent and honest than I am. I see their spiritual beauty and order, while I am judging myself not half so tender, nor so often m ... read more

LETTER 101
      [To M. C. B.] London, 28 December 1833. Dear Madam, You say I have not told you what I think of your spiritual condition. I thought the whole tenor of my letter conveyed my feelings upon that subject. I cannot understand how people, in a vain and em ... read more

LETTER 101
      [To M. C. B.] London, 28 December 1833. Dear Madam, You say I have not told you what I think of your spiritual condition. I thought the whole tenor of my letter conveyed my feelings upon that subject. I cannot understand how people, in a vain and em ... read more

LETTER 102
      [To Mr. Nunn.] London, 10 January 1836. Dear Friend, How deep and mysterious are the ways by which the Lord makes these earthen vessels meet for the Master's use It is said, "Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day; ... read more

LETTER 103
      [To Mrs. Tims.] London, February 1836. Dear Madam, I have often wondered at the length of time during which some have waited at the pool of Bethesda to be healed, having the mortification of seeing others outstrip them, and get their healing, and go ... read more

LETTER 104
      [To M. C. B] London, March 1836. Dear Madam, My last letter to you was on a most important subject, and I was led with much anxiety to ponder what might be the effect of it. You are now in another and more responsible position. This change, whatever ... read more

LETTER 105
      [To the Rev. B. G.] London, 8 April 1836. My dear Friend, I have often thought that there may be many about you that will say like Pharaoh, "They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in." If you are like me you will find a fear ... read more

LETTER 106
      [To M. C. B ] London, I May 1836. Dear Madam, You tell me you have lately felt a great difficulty in either speaking or writing upon spiritual subjects; and I add, if you wish to avoid these difficulties, there can be nothing better for you than to ... read more

LETTER 107
      [To a Friend.] Tunbridge Wells, 22 July 1836. My dear Friend, I have felt from many hints you have lately dropped, that you are not quite satisfied with everything that goes on within. You have sat under a bright ministry, and your head has gone fas ... read more

LETTER 108
      Tunbridge Wells, 22 July 1836. Dear Mrs. Clark, You have been much upon my mind since I left town; though I have left you all for a season, I have not left off to consider "the affliction of Joseph," but am deeply affected by it, knowing that I am ... read more

LETTER 109
      [To the Rev. W. Maddy.] Tunbridge Wells, 5 August 1836 My dear Sir, I was glad to see your two letters, and more exceedingly to see the spirit of them; nor can I think that the Lord will suffer either your pupils or anything else to separate you fin ... read more

LETTER 11
      [To the Rev. J. W. Brook.] My dear Sir, I was very desirous of seeing you when you were in town last, but things so happened that it could not be. I had much of God's goodness fresh upon my heart, and could have told you of many sweet interferences ... read more

LETTER 110
      [To M. 13 ] Tunbridge Wells, 12 August 1836. Dear Cousin, I thank you for the account you have given us of S. What is the nature of his despair? I cannot but secretly hope, from all that transpires, that even yet there may be a returning; but I feel ... read more

LETTER 111
      [To J. G.] Tunbridge Wells, 23 August 1836. My dear Friend, I have your letter to your sister C. before me now, and must say it has been a sweet savour of life unto life to my soul to see and feel the simplicity that is there manifest. I am truly ha ... read more

LETTER 112
      [To a Friend.] Tunbridge Wells, 11 September 1836. Dear Friend, There is nothing in this life that can equal or be compared to the least and most transient view of God's love in Christ Jesus to a broken-hearted sinner. I was much cast down this aft ... read more

LETTER 113
      [To - ]. Handcross, 22 September 1836. My dear - , I wish particularly to remind you of the beginning of the despair of poor S.; was it not a fear of coming to want? Your letter has much of this in it, and therefore I would caution you. What has bee ... read more

LETTER 114
      [To M. C. B.] London, 10 October 1836. Dear Madam, I have been long absent from home, and have almost lost sight of you. May I declare what I sometimes hear a little of? That my friend is at times very light-hearted, and has business to do for which ... read more

LETTER 115
      [To M. C. B.] London, 25 October 1836. My dear Friend, Your letter demands my earliest attention and acknowledgment. I wonder at your forbearance, and must claim a little more of it. "Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life, an ... read more

LETTER 119
      [To Mrs. H(arley).] London, 3 March 1837. My dear Friend, I am exceedingly anxious to see that the profession we enter into is not merely a system of morality and opinion, but that we attain to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. If we are troubled ... read more

LETTER 12
      [To his Wife.] Southampton, 1812. My dear Wife, It is indeed a grief to me to hear of my little boy's relapse. It is my earnest desire to leave the event with God. On opening your letter I felt it sorely, but no contention. It immediately came into ... read more

LETTER 121.
      London, 1 May 1837. To the Church of God, or little hill of Zion, at Pulverbach in Shropshire. I have been much pleased with the accounts which my friends have lately sent, and I cannot but be thankful to see that teach-able spirit which so much abo ... read more

LETTER 122.
      [To M. C. B.] London, 12 May 1837. My dear Friend, Christ says "I counsel thee to buy of me white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear" (by our spirits being dry, flat, barren, and lifeless); "an ... read more

LETTER 123.
      London, 12 May 1837. Dear Mrs. H. Much of your future happiness depends upon your present measures, and how far you prevail with the Lord to give you that spiritual discretion without which you cannot take one step aright. He himself declares, "Wit ... read more

LETTER 124.
      [To M. C. B.] London, 18 May 1837. My dear Friend, - Do pardon my liberty in so quickly answering your letter, which has laden me with mach sorrow. I have seen much of the world, as well as much affliction in the church of God, and have met with a g ... read more

LETTER 125.
      [To the Rev. B. G.] London, 18 May 1837. My dear Friend, - The spirit of your letter comforted me greatly. I myself am under many trials, and am often cast down because of the way. The troubles of our church fill me with much grief, and being ignora ... read more

LETTER 126.
      [To Mr. Yeomans.] London, 18 May 1837. My dear Friend, Since I wrote last I have been in many afflictions, both personal and in the church. In the latter, though not directly concerned, yet I have fallen into much anxiety and some heavy fears. I was ... read more

LETTER 128.
      London, 4 June 1837. Dear Mrs. Tims, I am sorry I have so greatly neglected you, but a variety of exercises have drawn my mind another way. I perceive the gospel net has enclosed you, and though flesh and blood would rend you from it, yet the Saviou ... read more

LETTER 129.
      [To J. G.] Hertford, 20 August 1837. Dear Friend, I have been much comforted with your letter, and cannot but perceive that the Lord deals very graciously with you in an increase of divine knowledge and godly simplicity. It has been your mercy that ... read more

LETTER 13
      [To M. B.] London, 1819. Dear Cousin, I have many anxious fears about you, when I consider the reasoning of these people. All genuine experience is called impulse and natural, feeling; all faith without doubt, upon the written word, is called the tr ... read more

LETTER 130.
      Hertford, 30 August 1837. Dear Mrs. H. I feel anxious to hear of your welfare, and peculiarly so now, seeing it has pleased God to lay his hand upon Mr. H, which in a measure unfolds the wisdom of God in impressing your mind with divine truths at su ... read more

LETTER 131.
      Hertford, 5 September 1837. Dear Mrs. H. I have been pondering upon various things that have come within my observation, and cannot help remarking that there is a necessity laid upon all that fear God, or manifest the early budding of reverence, not ... read more

LETTER 132.
      [To one whose conduct was inconsistent.] London, 10 October 1837. Dear __, I have read carefully your account, and perceive you have set forth many things that are well worth our mutual attention. That part wherein you write, "I did not find the ... read more

LETTER 134.
      [To the Rev. B. G.] London, 3 November 1837. My dear Friend, I have been made deeply to feel the various cases in your little church, and the various circumstances under which they lie. When I first went down in the beginning of last summer, there w ... read more

LETTER 135.
      [To M. and J. G.] London, January 1837. My dear Friends, I have been thinking a good deal about young P., and sometimes wonder what the nature of that work was which appeared so genuine upon his heart, and the simplicity that continued for some time ... read more

LETTER 136.
      London, January 1838. Dear Sukey Harley, What an inexpressible mercy it would be for your husband to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in his old age. I know that old age brings on many infirmities; death naturally draws nigh; youth will ... read more

LETTER 137.
      London, January 1838. Dear Mrs. Oakley, I have no doubt you find many difficulties in your way. I have a family of seven children constantly at home, and neither wisdom nor prudence (naturally) to manage them, but I perceive the Lord is all-sufficie ... read more

LETTER 138.
      [To the Rev. B. G.] London, 18 January 1838. My dear Friend, I have been greatly comforted and encouraged by your letter, and do sincerely sympathize with you in all your tribulations, knowing that without them you cannot be a pastor after God's ow ... read more

LETTER 139
      [To the Rev. B. G.] London, 14 February 1833. My dear Friend, I often feel myself laden with your spiritual cares, and more incapacitated in my feelings to render you any essential service than I can express. I perceive that we are called to war, ... read more

LETTER 14
      [To M. B ] London, 1810. Dear Cousin, I believe the way to be so narrow, that millions that think they are in it will never pass through; and many in our own family are among that number, unless grace prevent the sad mistake. I hope to abide in this ... read more

LETTER 140.
      London, February 1838. Dear Mrs. K., I was glad to hear from you, and if the Lord shall enable me, I will endeavour to tell you what I think of myself when exercised as you describe. First, the darkness you complain of does not so trouble you as ... read more

LETTER 141.
      London, 13 April 1838. Dear Mrs. K., I am truly glad to find the Lord has been pleased to rouse you out of your lethargy, and has not suffered you "to sleep the sleep of death." The arbour of this world is an enchanted place, and if you sleep ther ... read more

LETTER 142.
      [To the Rev. B. G ] London, 18 April 1838. My dear Friend, It is said of Asher, "Let Asher be blessed with children, let him be acceptable to his brethren;" and then in order thereto it is added, "let him dip his foot in oil." I have been greatl ... read more

LETTER 143.
      [To Mrs. T., formerly M. B.] Pulverbach, 8 July 1838. My dear Cousin, I had a pleasant refreshing journey, and found all things very comfortable. I have seen Sukey Harley, and hope to spend this day at her cottage in expounding the word, and have be ... read more

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