Epistles of Faith

Letter XV

William Huntington (1745-1813)


My very dear Friend,

I HAVE had the satisfaction of knowing you now upwards of twenty years. At our first acquaintance, you were an exact portrait of Job's wild ass's colt; and never was I more surprised than when I first saw you in a pulpit! But I perceived that God had sent out the wild ass free, and loosed the bands of the wild ass. The Lord having at that time quickened my soul, I knew the voice, felt the power, and divine union took place, which I hope will ever continue.

I have perused most of your writings, but find few exceed the enclosed, which you sent me when I lived on Hounslow Heath, and which I wish you to publish in your present Epistles of Faith, and that without any correction or human decoration, unpolished, unembellished, and I say unadulterated; that your readers may have the satisfaction of seeing an original.

As the Letter is without date, according to custom, I cannot certainly say how long it was ago; but I think it must be upwards of fourteen years. My reason for desiring to have it published is, because of the simplicity of it. A few days ago, I was looking over the many epistles I have received from you, and I found a savour in them, therefore wished others to partake of the savoury meat, not willing to eat my morsel alone.

Your room is still vacant; but Jannet, of late, has talked of letting the lodgings, as they are so seldom occupied. You know it has been otherwise formerly: but times are now altered, therefore we must expect to meet with many disappointments.

You see I write without any of those compliments which the clergy in general expect, without adding even the title S. S. But conclude in joint affection, attended with our best wishes,


Petersham, near Richmond, Oct. 6, 1790.

William Huntington