Grantham, Nov. 14, 1807.
NOTHING but continual' company of country friends prevented me from answering your very kind and affectionate letter. Being long engaged to visit this part of the country, I am now at Grantham in Lincolnshire; and am to go from hence next week to Leicester, if God permit. At my return I shall be glad to see you, either at the vestry at Providence on a Monday forenoon, or at my house on a Thursday, which ever is most convenient to you. I have no doubt but the malice and reproach which has fallen to my lot has found you out, and will reach all who become companions of them that are so used. But even this is a jewel and a crown, when compared to the doom of a minister of the letter, an impostor, or that of a hypocrite in Zion. The offence of the cross has not ceased; it still follows the application of the atonement, the sentence of justification in the conscience, and the inhabitation of the Holy Ghost: where these are not, the strong man keeps possession and sustains no loss; and of course he will raise no tumults. But a two-fold savour attends the gospel; that of death unto death, and of life unto life. They must fill up their measure, and patience must have its perfect work in us.
Adieu! Grace and peace be with thee; so prays