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R. E COMMENDATI O N.
OXFOBREGE, Oet. 25th, 1779. The Rev. Mr. BODDILY, having first examined the Epistle to Gillingham, subscribed ; and sent a Recommendation of it to Bath : Afterwards it gained the following Approbation
of other Ministers. W E whole Names are under. written, have perused the Epi
file to Gillingham, do believe it to be the true Spirit of the Gospel, and the Genuine Experience of a true Believer; and as such recommend it, hoping and wishing it may be of general Advantage to the Interest of Religion, and the Souls of Men in particular.
BRISTOL, 08. zoth, 1779. }
CALEB EVANS, Senior.
SEDM. CHISHULL, BATH, Nov. sth.
I JOSEPH BARLOW.
ST. HILLIER, FROME, Nov. 12th,
JAMES RICHARDSON. BECKINGTON, } ; .
THOMAS HEWET. • Deci 3d. S
Have not perused all the Book, but what I have
heard and feen, believe it to be orthodox and found, North BRADLY!
. GEO. BATCHELOR.
NB. The Number of Subscribers to this EPISTLE con
fifteth' of about Two Thousand: but it being so well attested by the above DIVINES ; it is needless to insert their Names for a Ręcoinmendation,
To the R E A D E R. W Hereas, by the Providence of God, this Epistle hath made P its Way into the IVorld; my Readers might be anxious to know the efficient Cause of its being written: therefore I would wish to inform them, that I was born in Gillingham, in DorsetMire, brought up a Churchman, and by Occupation a IVhite Taruer and Glover : after which I commenced an Officer of Excise, and was ordered to Talgarth, in Breconshire; and having Trevecka under Survey, had frequent Opportunities of attending the Ministry.of Mr. Howell Harries, who lived there ; under whose efficatious Doctrine I was convinced of Sin ; after which the Lord was graciously pleafed to reveal kimsálf unto me. Some Years after, I was favoured with an amiable iVife; and having now left the Excise, we judg’d it proper to go to Gillingham to settle : and being a Native of that Town, was received with much Affection, and lived exceeding happy for some Time : but seeing the People quite ignorant of the true Knowledge of God, was grieved for want of Christian Fellowship; I therefore endeavoured to exhort my Neighbours to seek the Lord, as they really stood in Need of fome one to teach them; for on a Sabbath Day, as I was coming from Church, I heard some of them boasting to each other, saying " What a famous Scholar our Minister is, his Learning is so great, that we do not understand the Half that he says !” I asked them what Advantage his Learning was to them, if they did not understand him, and also how many knew their Sins forgiven in his Congregation? They all declared that in this Life there was no fuch Knowledge to be obtained. I then infifted upon the Necelsity of Men's knowing it; or at least to have a well grounded Hope, through Grace : and that the constitutional Doitrine of the Church of England agreed thereunto. This new Opinion, as they called it, foon spread about, which caused the Rev. Mr. Wesley's Society from Shaftsbury to come to see me. The Town by this Time began to be alarmed, at seeing lo large a Company of Methodists, as they called them. Therefore when Preaching began, it being out of Doors, the Riot Act was read, and from that Time Perfecution commenced against me through the whole Town; and the Minister every Sunday railed again the Methodists, And as my House was opened for all enlightened Ministers, therefore Satan's Revenge was the more against me, 'till at length the People withdrew all their Custoon. After this I removed and came back to Wales; But have often wondered why the Lord fuffered me to go · to Gillingham to experience fo much Trouble; but as our Lord must needs go thro’ Samaria, to talk to the Woman at Jacob's Well, who brought the whole City to hear and believe on him: so there was need's be for me to go to Gillingham, for a Foundation to write this Epistle; and I truft that more than the whole City of Samaria will see the Lord Jesus in it, and worship him no more on the Mountains of Ignorance, but worship God in Spirit and in Truth.