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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. FROM HIS
LEAVING NEWINGTON, TILL HIS RETURN FROM SWITZERLAND TO MADELEY. 1.
It was in the latter end of April, 1777, that Mr. Fletcher was
removed from Newington to Bristol, having continued with Mr.
Greenwood upwards of fifteen weeks. "I was desired by Mr. and Mrs.
Ireland," says Miss Thornton, " to bear them company to Bristol,
which I willingly did. Indeed, I looked upon it as a call from God:
nor could I desire a greater honour than to share in the employment
of angels, in ministering to a distinguished heir of salvation. At
Brislington, near Bristol, he continued in the same holy, earnest
course as at Newington. Every day he drank the Hotwell water, and
it agreed with him well. So that he appeared to gather a little
strength, though not so swiftly as was expected. And all the
strength which he received he laid out in labours of love, for the
benefit of all those, rich or poor, whom Providence cast in his
way. "Whenever he was in company, it was his general method, so far
as his strength would admit, to pray particularly for every person
present. And from his habitual prayer, resulted that life and
energy in his words, which every one that was blest with his
society felt more or less. Now and then, likewise, he adventured to
pray in the family. But he was not wary enough in this. He more
than once so much exerted himself, that he was brought very low. As
soon as he was well enough to write, he was intent upon finishing
two treatises for the press. The Plan of Reconciliation, in
particular, lay very near his heart. He longed to conclude it
before he died, which he wished to do, breathing peace to
Jerusalem, and pointing out to the children of God the most
probable means of effecting it: of uniting together, in the
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