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ensuing Pages, I chuse to remit the Reader thither; by which possibly he may be excited to the Perusal of them, and shall only say concerning them, That the judicious Reader will easily observe, that his Method and Stile do denote him to have been a Scholar: And yet not farther so, than the Simplicity and Purity of the Truth, whereof he made Profellion, would permit him.
I was with our Friend Thomas Ellwood the greater Part of his Sickness: In which he was also very frequently visited by our Friend George Bowles, who was his Neighbour; to whom therefore I refer, for the Account which he may give of his Sickness and dying Words.
As it was any good Lot to be well acquainted with him (though only in the latter Years of his Life) and know that he did neither use nor encourage the bestowing elaborate A4
Encomiums upon Persons deceased : So neither shall I add further concerning him, than to say with the
Apostle concerning the Faithful, Heb. 11. That he was righteous, God testify.
ing of his Gifts; and by it being:
J. W. second Month, 1714.
George Bowles his TESTIMONY
concerning Thomas ELLWOOD. Dear Friends, IT is in my Heart briefly, on this Occasion, to I commemorate the tender Dealings of the Lord with His People in this latter Age of the World, when it bath pleased Him, in Love to poor loft Man, graciously to appear, by the breaking forth of His glorious Gospel-day. And by the secret divine Reaches of the Hand of God, which hath been felt and seen in the Light of it, many have been drawn in their Spirits to seek after the Lord, and to enquire after the Knowledge of the Way of Life and Salvation ; and blessed be His holy Name, who was graciously pleased, by the Inshinings of this divine Light in the Hearts of many, to expel the Darkness and rend the Vail. And then was the Arm of His mighty Power made bare, for the gathering many Thousands to the saving knowledge of Himself. And in that Day was the Lord pleased, according to His Promise, to pour forth of His Spirit upon Sons and upon Daughters ; yea, upon Servants and upon Handmaids, and many were made to prophesy; and being qualified by the holy Spirit which they received, and were baptized by it into His Name, became willing, and were freely given up in Obedience to the Lord, and in Bowels of tender Love to the Souls of Mankind, in His Power to preach the Gospel of Life and Salvation to those to whom they were sent, and many were turned from Darkness to Light, and from the Power of Satan unto God, by their Ministry : Amongst whom our dear deceased Friend and Brother, THOMAS ELLWOOD, was one, whose Conscience was reached and awakened by the powerful Ministry of dear Edward Burrough, as I have keard him relate (and as by the following Sheets will more plainly appear.) And of that Day and Time, and the worthy Instrument by whose Ministry he was convinced, and turned unto God, and made fenfible of the divine Principle of Life and Light in his own Heart, have I beard him speak with great Regard; and also of the Sufferings which did attend him, after he received the Truth, in his Fatber's Family, for the Truth's Sake ; and how the Lord preserved him in that Time, under the various Exercises which he passed through for Truth's Testimony; which for Christ's Sake he was conscientiously concerned to stand in, according to that Plainnejs and Simplicity which Truth then led, and still continues to lead the fincere Disciples of Christ into, by which they were distinguisised from the World and, for the Sake thereof, they were despised of Men, and hated of the World. Such was the plain Language of Thou to one, and refusing the Hat-' Honour ; for which, dear T. Ellwood suffered not a little in that Day, as, by the following Acm count of his Life more fully appears. And it were well if all, who come up in a Prof Non of the blessed. Truth in this Time, were faithful in thellë, and in the other Branches of its Testimony. And let all consider, that the neglecting thereof, is, in a Degree, *a making void the Sufferings of the
Faithful (and frengthening the Hands of evil Doers) who for the Sake of their Testimony, loved not their Lives to the Death ; but under: went cruel Mockings, Buffetings, Stonings, Whippings, Stockings, Revilings, Imprisonments, and Spoiling of Goods ; rejoicing in the Lord, that they were counted worthy to suffer, either lefs or more, for His Name Sake. In respect of which, this my dear Friend was a good Example, be being a Man of a steady Mind, and very patient in Suffering, as well as faithful in his Testimony for Truth, and took joyfully the Spoiling of his Goods, wberein be was tried but a few Years before bis Death. He was often concerned in Defence of Truth's Testimony, both againlt our profelled Adversaries, and also against the libertine Spirit which appeared in fome, professing the same Truth with us, who opposed themselves against that good Order and Discipline which the Truth led Friends into. All which will abundantly appear from the Books themselves, which are in print, which he writ upon various Occasions, and upon divers Subjects; and let not bis great Labour and Industry be forgotten, in bis writing those Two Historical Volumes, relating to the Old and New Testament : A Work truly great, and is, and may be of great Use and Service. By all which bis many Labcurs, it may be perceived by the wary and inlightped Reader, that the Lord had endowed bim with an excellent Gift, and qualified him for the Service of Truth, His Church and People ; in which he imployed the Talent which the bountiful Lord bad given him, to the Honour of the great Giver, and to the Com