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the Holy Land, and by seeing that, to make me say, "I would not live always," because I was convinced it was better for me to die than to live. And I did then heartily desire that, as Elias was, I also might be carried up to heaven, without ever so much as returning first to bid those farewell that were in my house, or ever seeing the face of relations more; for prayer and meditation had so associated my spirit to such company, that I thought I had rather a body too much, than found the want of any. God gave me in this morning meditation, plenty of tears, and many earnest desires of being made. meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light. God sent me home much refreshed and comforted; then I went into my closet and prayed. After dinner, was hindered by company from being retired; but after evening prayer in the chapel and supper were over, I went into my closet and committed myself to God for that night.


Sept. 22.-In the morning, before the sacrament-day, I rose betimes, and, as soon as dressed, went into my closet and read the chapters of the institution of the Lord's Supper and of the sufferings of Christ, and then did meditate on them, and considered what a heinous thing sin was, that made Him suffer so much. In the afternoon, I read two hours.

Sept. 23, Sunday morning.-I rose very early and went into my closet, and upon reading that passage in Scripture of Christ's asking Peter whether he loved Him, and Peter's answering that He knew he loved Him, God was pleased to melt my heart exceedingly, and to make me, with abundance of tears, to say, as he did, that He knew I loved Him above all things in heaven and earth. I felt the love of God made great work in my breast; then I went and meditated upon the passion of Christ, in order thoroughly to melt my heart; and God was pleased to encourage me to come to His table by bringing most sweet promises to my mind. I had great encouragement to come, by finding some inward persuasion that God,

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through Christ, would accept me; He was pleased then to give me sweet communion with Him. When I had prayed earnestly to God, and blessed Him heartily for giving me leave to come, I went to the chapel. In the prayer, the desires of my heart went out exceedingly after God. When the sacrament was brought me, my heart did pant and breathe after it, and God was pleased to give a great deal of comfort in that ordinance, and much assurance of His love; I had then a lively sense of His love in my heart, and could steadfastly believe that I was my Beloved's, and He was mine. After the sacrament was over, I instantly went up from thence, while heart was warm, to bless God, and to beg strength to keep the promises I had made of new obedience. God was pleased there to give me sweet communion with Him, and much soulsatisfaction. After the public duties of the day were over, which my heart continued still to breathe after God, I did alone, in the evening, meditate upon the privileges of God's children, and upon His unchangeable love to them, which made the meditation of Him to be very sweet to me: then, after supper, I committed myself to God in a short prayer before bed-time. Lord, I bless Thee for this day; oh, that I might have many more such! ...


Nov. 20, Tuesday.-In the morning, as soon as ready, prayed to God to go along with me in my journey to London, and then took coach to go, and by the mercy of God got safe thither without any misfortune. As soon as I entered into the burned city, my eyes did affect my heart; and the dismal prospect of that once famous city, being now nothing but rubbish, did draw many tears from me, and made me pity and pray for those who had their habitations burned, and beseech God to make up all their losses to them, and give them patience to bear them. I did endeavour to consider the operations of God's hand, and to lay to heart what desolations He had made on the earth, and would fain have imitated Jeremiah

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in his grief for the destruction of Jerusalem.

When I came to Warwick House to my lord, I found him, blessed be God, pretty well...

Nov. 25, Sunday.-I meditated and prayed to God to fit me for the duties of the day, then went to St Andrew's Church to hear Mr Stillingfleet preach; his text was, "God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power." It was an excellent sermon, and God was pleased by it much to melt my heart, and to give me many tears, and enabled me in prayer to send up strong cries. After dinner, had good discourse with my lady Manchester, my mother-in-law.

Nov. 28.-In the morning, as soon as dressed, went to prayer, then went in a chair to visit my sister Ranelagh. As I went, had very serious meditations of the vanity of the world, and did there make a short reflection upon what I had seen since my coming to London; how vain and unsatisfactory all was, and how much more real and solid content there was in a retired life. I did then pray to God to sanctify this conviction to me, and to wean me more and more from all creature contentment. Then came to my sister's, where she and I alone had discourse of that which was serious and profitable. After dinner, was visited, and at night committed my soul to God by prayer.

Nov. 29. In the morning, as soon as dressed, went to prayer; and after that went to dinner to my lord Berkley's; and after dinner, was visited by the Archbishop of Canterbury, with whom I had very good discourse. After supper, committed myself to God.

Dec. 1.-In the morning, as soon as dressed, went to prayer, then went to my brother Burlington's to dinner.

Dec. 2.

Then went to my sister Ranelagh's, where

my brother Robin, * and she and I, had holy discourse.

April 23, 1667.-In the morning, as soon as dressed, in a *The Honourable Robert Boyle.



short prayer I committed my soul to God; then went to Whitehall, and dined at my lord chamberlain's; then went to see the celebration of St George's feast, which was a very glorious sight. Whilst I was in the banqueting-house, hearing the trumpets sounding, in the midst of all that great show, God was pleased to put very mortifying thoughts into my mind, and to make me consider, what if the trump of God should now sound! Which thought did strike me with some seriousness, and made me consider in what glory I had in that very place seen the late king, and yet out of that very place he was brought to have his head cut off. And I had also many thoughts how soon all that glory might be laid in the dust; and I did in the midst of it consider how much greater glory was provided for a poor, sincere child of God. I found, blessed be God, that my heart was not at all taken with any thing I saw, but esteemed it not worth the being taken with, At night, committed my soul to God. . . .

May 22.-At evening, went to visit the Duchess of York, whose sons were both very sick. When I went to the Duke of Kendal, I found him in a convulsion fit, and near death. The sight of him, and of the king and duke, and four doctors standing by him, and the women about him crying to the doctors to give him something to ease him, and yet they not being able to do it, made me think they were all physicians of no value, and that they might say, Unless the Lord help thee, how can we help thee? It pleased God, by the sight of the dying child, much to affect my heart, and to make me pray for a sanctified improvement of this affliction to the parents. I came home not till late in the evening; and that night the duke died. After supper, I committed my soul to God. . . .

June 8.-As soon as up, I retired; meditated and prayed, but with some distraction. After dinner, went to see the Duchess of York, who sent to me to have the Duke of Cambridge (that was dangerously ill) come to my house for change

of air. I stayed with her a great while, and had good discourse with her. At last, it was determined that the duke should not come to my house, but to the Bishop of Winchester's. I returned not home till evening. Committed my soul to God at night, being very well pleased that the duke came not, because I feared he would die there.

June 12.-After evening prayer was over, came the ill news that the Dutch were come as far as Chatham, and had set some of our great ships on fire. I was much surprised and grieved at that sad news, and presently retired and prayed to God, and did confess that He was just, and that He had punished us far less than we deserved; and did, with great store of tears, beg that a way might be found out to save us from destruction, and that He would not let the French set up Popery in the kingdom. I did send up strong cries for mercy for England. After supper, committed my soul to God.

June 13.-God was pleased also to enable me, with much sorrow and many tears, to bemoan my husband's swearing and cursing; and I was much troubled to think that he did often at his table (which God had spread daily with variety of His creatures) curse and swear, when he should have been speaking good of His name, and blessing Him. I did weep much for this sin, and did, with earnestness, beg of God to pardon this unworthy return for His mercies; and did with great truth confess that it were now just with God to deprive us of those mercies we had so abused, and to turn us out of those houses wherein He had been so blasphemed; and I did exceedingly adore and admire His mercy, that did yet keep the plague out of my house, when that curse was so usually in my husband's mouth.


Hard, logical, and unimaginative, Locke, as a theologian, had the faculty of perceiving the mistakes and fallacies of

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