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THE

WORKS

OF THE REVEREND

GEORGE WHITEFIELD, M.A.

Late of Pembroke-college, Oxford,
And Chaplain to the Rt. Hon. the Countess of Huntingdon.

CONTAINING

All his SERMONS and TRACTS

Which have been already published:
WITH

A Select COLLECTION of LETTERS,

Written to his most intimate Friends, and Persons of Distinction, in
England, Scotland, Inland, and America, from the Year 1734, »
1770, including the whole Period of his Ministry. .

ALSO

Some other Pieces on Important Subjects,

never besore printed-; prepared by Himself for the Press.
To which is prefixed,

An ACCOUNT of his LIFE;.

Compiled from his Original Papers and Letters*

VOL. II.

LONDON:
Printed for Edward and Charles Dillv, in the Poultry;
and Mcflxs. Kincaid and Bell, at Edinburgh.
MDCCLXXI.

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LETTERS

LETTER CCCCXCVIlt.

To the Reverend Mr. H .

London, Dec. 23, 1742.

My dear brother H ',

IThank you for your kind and very agreeable letter. It was resreshing to my foul, and stirred me to give thanks on your behalf. I am surprized that you are not turned off, since you now so clearly preach the everlasting gospel. But our Saviour has the hearts of all men in his hands, and he turneth them when and wheresoever he pleaseth. O my dear brother, I hope nothing will deter you from preaching the glad tidings of salvation to a world lying in the wicked one. I would not but be a poor despised minister of Jesus Christ for ten thoufand worlds. This I am persuaded is the lanr guage of my dear friend's heart:

I. .

For this let men revile my name.

No cross I shun, I fear no jhami: . .

All hail reproach, and welcome pain;

Only t^y terrors, Lord, restrain.

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The love of Christ doth him constrain
To seek the wandering souls of men;
^ With cries, entreaties, tears to save,

r CyJ' And snatch them from the gaping grave.

Go on, thou man of Gop; and may the Lord cause thy bow to abide in strength! Glad should I be to come and shoot some gospel arrows in Devon/hire \ but the cloud seems now to point toward America. My dear family calls loudly for me. Our Lord has wondersully of late interposed on their behalf. God willing, I intend shortly to send you an account of the Orphan-house, and my last volume of sermons, with some other things. Blessed be God for making any of my ppor writings of use to your dear soul. Surely I had need proclaim free grace on the house-top; is I did not, the stones would cry out against me. O my dear brother, what a mystery of love is the mystery of godliness? Whilst I am writing the fire kindles. This fire has also of late kindled in many hearts. Our large "ciety goes on well. We have many that walk in the comforts of the Holy Ghost. I hear 6f glorious things from various parts. I hope ere long we shall hear of persons going from post to post, and crying, "Babylon is fallen, Babylon is fallen." I trust you, my dear Sir, will be made a happy instrument in the Mediator's kingdom, of pullingdown fatan's strongholds. Pray write me word, how the war is going on between Michael and the dragon. For the present* adieu. My tender love to all the lovers of Jesus Christ. Accept the fame from, my dear brother,

Yours most affectionately in Christ,

G. W.

LETTER. CCCCXCIX.

to Mr. R , in Edinburgh.

Dear Mr. R -, Londdn, Dec. 24, 1742.

IT has given me some concern that I could not answer your kind and acceptable letter besore. As our Saviour will give me freedom, I shall send you a sew lines now. I think I may fay to you, as Luther faid to Melanchton, Nimis es nullus. You are kept in bondage by a false humility. It is good to see ourselves poor, and exceeding vile; but if that fight and seeling prevent our looking up to, and exerting ourselves for our dear Saviour, it becomes criminal, and robs the soul of much comfort. I can speak this by dear-bought experience. How often haye I been kept from speaking and acting for Gop, by a sight of my pwn miworthinpss; but now I see that the

more more unworthy I am, the more sit to work for Jesus, because he will get much glory in working by such mean instruments; and the more he has for given me, the more I ought to love and serve him. Fired with a sense of his unspeakable lovingkindness, I dare to go out and tell poor sinners that a lamb was flain for them; and that he will have mercy on sinners as such, of whom indeed I am chies. I wish my dear friend was in this respect not almost, but altogether such as I am. Well would it be with him, and happy would he then be. Upon the receipt of yours, I prayed the Lord to open your mouth. The language of my heart for you, myself, and all »he Redeemer's witnesses, is this;

Ah! Lorb, enlarge their scanty thought
To see the wonders thou hajl tvr ought;
Unloose the stammerlng tongue., to tell
Thy love immense, unsearchable.

I bless our Lord for giving you such freedom with himself, though you cannot speak so freely to others. Prayers wrought by his own spirit, he will hear and answer. It is mdst godlike to be frequent in intercession. It is the constant employment of the Son of God in heaven. I rejoice to hear the work of God goes on among you in Scotland. Blessed be God, it prospers in our hands here, in Wales, and in various places. That it may prosper more and more, and be daily carried on in your precious soul, is the hearty prayer

•f, dear Mr. R ,

Yours most affectionately in Christ Jjius,

G. W.

L E T T E R D.;

To Mist S , M Edinburgh. ¥ - - *

Dear Miss S , London, Dec. 24, 1742.

CONTINUAL avocations about my master's business, has prevented my answering your kind letter. It gladdened my heart, because it brought me the glad tidings of your being accepted in the beloved; and knowing that you arc so, what does the Lord require of you now, but ta walk humbly with him I Beg him to shew you more and more

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