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xlii. 7, and lxi. 1, 2, 3. were fulfilled unto many, and a heavenly gladness entered the hearts of many, who in the joy of their hearts broke forth in praises unto the Lord. The same Comforter our blessed Lord had promised, John xiv. being now come and received, did teach us to know the Father and the Son. Then were our hearts inclined to hearken unto the Lord, and our ears, which he had opened to hear, were bent to hear what the Spirit's teaching was, and what he said unto the church, who was the chief shepherd and Bishop of the soul, and thus were we gathered into a right gospel exercise and gospel worship; and worshipped God who is a Spirit; in the spirit received from him according to Christ's appointment, John iv. 24. and then we came to fee over all the worships in the world, which were set up either by imitation or man's invention, and saw it to be in vain to worship God and teach for doctrines the commandments of men, as our Lord had faid, Mat. xv. 9. and therefore we were constrained to withdraw from them, and also many of us to go and bear witness against them in their invented and traditional worships, where they were ignorant of the life and power of God; and growing into experienee of the goodness of the Lord, and of the sweetness, glory, and excellency of his power in our assemblies, we grew in strength and zeal for our meetings more and more and valued the benefit thereof more than any worldly gain : and thus continuing, we grew more and more into an understanding of divine things and heavenly mysteries, through the openings of the power that was daily amongst us, and wrought sweetly in our hearts, which still united us more and more unto God, and knit us together in the perfect bond of love, of fellowship and membership; so that we became a body compact, made up of many members, whereof Christ himself became the head, who was with us and did rule over us, aad so further gave gifts unto us, by
which we came to be enlarged and further opened, that we might answer the end for which he had raised us up, and so far blessed and sanctified us through his word that dwelt in our souls; and many through the favour of God grew in their gifts, and had their mouths opened, and became instruments in the Lord's hand to bear witness unto the world of the day of the Lord that was broken forth again, even of the great and notable day that Joel prophesied of, and Peter bore witness unto.'
So far J. Burnyeat concerned himself: let us now hear what testimony the brethren have given of him.
• He was (say they) a man of an excellent spirit and deep experience in the things of God and mysteries of his heavenly kingdom, which were abundantly made manifest unto him, and it was his delight to be meditating therein, whereby his experience was daily encreased unto the laft. He was always careful to wait for the motion of the word, and to keep close to it, whereby he grew in his gift. He was an early comer to meetings, and a diligent waiter therein. Many times he would fit a pretty while in silence (not being forward to speak), reverently waiting upon the openings of the heavenly life (like the good householder spoken of), to bring forth of his treasury things both new and old; and indeed he was a blessed instrument in the hand of the Lord for the convincement and conversion of many. He was deep and large in his gift, administering something that was suitable to every state; in judgment sound, free in utterance, zealous for holiness, severe against unfound and dividing fpirits, most tender to penitents and returning prodigals, affectionate to the brethren; of a grave and steady temper, yet sweet; hardy in his constitution, unwearid and undaunted in mind, a skilful marksman, whose bow abode in strength, and wisdom was given him to direct his arrows to the very 'mark;
so that the sturdy were wounded, the week were comforted, and the tender in fpirit refreshed ; and yet, although he was thus eminently gifted, he would condescend to the weak capacities of all, to reach to the good in all. He was not without honour, even in his own country; for when at any time he came to Cumberland, where he was born and educated, his neighbours would abundantly flock to the meeting to hear him; yet he was far from glorying in his gift, or desiring to be popular, but would rather restrain such who would applaud him, having self in no reputation. He did greatly delight to read the holy scriptures, and often advised Friends, especially the youth, to read them and other books treating of the true principles of the Christian religion, that none might be ignorant thereof. He was of a grave and becoming behaviour; his blameless deportmeni and conversation preached wherever he came. He would often visit the sick and those that were in distress or a Miction, as well the poor as the rich, and would freely administer of his outward substance to those that stood in need of it, as well as spiritual comfort and refreshment.
He spent his time chiefly, if not altogether, in the Lord's work and service, visiting Friends up and down in England, Wales, Scotland, Barbadoes, NewEngland, Long and Rhode Idland, New-York, and New-Jersey; but in Ireland in a more peculiar manner, both at his first entrance upon his ministry, and also of later years : for he married, and chiefly resided in Ireland about seven years before his decease. He was very valiant for truth, not only in preaching, but suffering for it; and at first, he with many faithful brethren, underwent many dangers and hardships, Ireland not being fully inhabited, so that he was many times exposed to great dangers, by waters, cold, hunger, and in prison often, besides other great abuses he received for his testimony's fake.
The like may be said concerning his travels in New England, with the islands and wilderness places where he accompanied G. Fox, and was wonderfully preserved through all those perils. He was a valiant in Ifrael, who never shrunk in the times of the greatest trials, sufferings, and storms of persecution ; and whereas in the year 1688, his wife being deceased, he had intended to have returned from Ireland to Cumberland, the wars and troubles approaching, he had not freedom in himself to go, but voluntarily gave himself up to stay here with friends to take part of what sufferings might happen; and indeed he was a blessed instrument in the hand of the Lord for the strengthening and comforting of his people in those suffering and calamitous times. It is particularly recorded of him, that in the year 1690, in his visit to Friends meetings, at a publick province-meeting, he delivered the following remarkable prophetick warning, viz. “It is now a time of great trial upon you in lofing what you have: but the time will come when you will be as greatly tried with getsing wealth ;" which was soon after accomplished.
Besides a journal of his life he also published some small controversial pieces annexed thereunto, concerning the resurrection, imputative righteousness, perfection, tithes, the call of the ministry, baptism, the supper, &c. He laid down his head in peace with God and love to his people, and good-will to all mankind, in the fifty-ninth year of his age, and was buried at New-Garden, being accompanied by many ancient friends and others, where his eminent and faithful services were commemorated by William Edmundson.
Second, to the palling the A&t. of Parliament for
Great plenty fucceeding the late times of devastation and scarcity, faithful warnings are given against the Spiritual danger thereon attending. The eminent zeal of faithful Friends of those days against the inordinate pursuit of worldly riches. Their zeal and prudence in the prosecution of Christian discipline. Some progress in propagating the gospel in the province of Cona naught. The characters of divers ministers and elders, deceased.
It is observable, that whereas this year, 1692, there had been some application made to the parliament in England, in order that the folemn declaration of the people called Quakers might be accepted in stead of an oath, an epistle of caution was sent in behalf of friends of this nation to the Meeting for Sufferings in London, defiring that only the form of Christ's own words, Yea and Nay, might be kept to if pollible; so