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a letter to Anthony William Boehm,chaplain to prince George of Denmark, consort to Ann queen of England. (circa 1712)

...But there was a disposition in me to please all, which I found to be very hard for me to be weaned from, so as to stand single to God; for when I did fear man, I had nothing but anguish and sorrow, and I used often to walk alone and pour out my complaint to the Lord. But after a long time, when the Lord had tried my fidelity to him as he saw meet, one day as I was sitting in a meeting in silence, waiting uon the Lord, to know my strength renewed in him and by him; this portion of scripture was given to me, viz.

"Comfort ye my people, saith your God, speak comfortably to Jerusalem and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquities are pardoned, that she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins."

This brought great comfort to my soul, and I treasured it in my heart, and I made this observation, that from that time the Lord gave my soul (as the apostle Peter expressed it) a more abundant entrance into the heavenly kingdom or New Jerusalem, whose walls are salvation and her gates praise; and my mind was brought into more stillness, and broublesoe thoughts were in a good degree expelled, and my outward enemies grew weary of their work and failed of their hope. The praise I freely, in great humility, offer up and ascribe to Almighty God, for it was his own work to perserve me from many strong temptations.

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