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THE ORIGINAL EDITOR.
THE little Piece, which is now presented to the public made its first appearance in the second volume of the Theological Miscellany. The Editor voluntarily undertook the trouble of transcribing it for that work, and he had the satisfaction to hear that many were edified. And it is from a conviction of its excellence, and from a desire that it may be still farther beneficial, that he wishes it to be more generally known.
A D D R ES S.
THE TRUSTEES OF PHILLPS ACADEMY, to whom is committed the distribution of the pious bounty of the late Lt. Gov. PHILLIPS, convinced, with its original Editor, of the excellence of the following little tract, and from a desire to extend its usefulness, have caused a new edition of it to be printed and gratuitously circulated for the edification and comfort of Christians generally, and pare ticularly those of the same sex of its amiable and pious Author. The Trustees can
assure every cne, who will be at the pains to give it an attentive perusal, of an aburdant reward. Jan. I, 1812.
MY DEAREST CHILDREN,
GRACE, mercy, and peace be to you, from God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Lord.
You have been companions with me in all my troubles, and my sorrows have been therefore enlarged by your sufferings. You best know the weight of iny burden, because you only sympathise in my afflictions.
You cannot but remember how, by the providence of God, we pitched our tabernacle in that pleasant place, Ireland. What an heritage did your dear father, now with God, think he had purchased both for himself and us; But while we were singing peace, behold sudden destruction! It was just with God, that we, who had been partners in the sin, should be included in the punishment. God had a controversy with Ireland, and he designed to begin at the sanctuary-his own house.*
But in this must we read infinite love. For though others (precious saints) were stripped of all, yea and of their lives too, our God did not only preserve our lives, but something also to cover us, that we might know how to prize mercy the better all our days.
* The Author here refers to the Irish Massacre, in which she was a great sufferer. An account of this awful afluir, is given by - Bishop Burnet, in his life of Bishop Bedel.