And the other Members of the Coi rrcgation of Protestant Dissenters of the New Meeting at Birniinglicun. My Christian Friends, Removed as I have longbeen from you, and to a distant part of the world, the idea of our hnjjpy eonnexion, which subsisted more than ten years, is always present with me, and the reflection u)on it aifords m: culiar satis ction. My separation from you by ruilian viohnce, whicii received too much countenance from the g-eneral S irit of the times, and to appearance, from the go; iimn Mit that sliould have protected us,-) is a sul)ject of great regret; though, togc ther with all other evils that are permitted to take place in the unsearchable ways of Providence, we cannot doubt but that it will ultimately appear to have been )roductive of good. To the will of the greatest and best of i eings it clearly behoves us to submit without repining; and our enemies, though on account of the unworthy motives by which they were actuated, they are by no means excusable, yet being considered as the instruments in his hands, should be ro garded with pity rather than resentment. By this time too, it may be )resumed tliat tle most inveterate of them are convinced of the unreasonableness of their conduct, and truly repent of it, which will entitle them to the forgiveness of every Christian. It has been impossible for me not to take an interest in everv thiny thnt has befallen you since my removal, and I rejoiced in your uncommonly flourisliing state j!res ntly after vour sutferings, through your noble fortitude, anrl the peculiarly ardent and valuab Uservices of my successors in the ministry :and Jhave lamented some ciieumstunccs of an unfavourable nature, with respect to which your sentiments have not been unanimous, though tlay have terminated without any serious inconvenience. Pfisscnsioiis in Who died in 1818. See a Blemoir in Mon. I tqoi .XIH- li .
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