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Title: Cox, John to Forsythe, John Jr, 1799
CollectionJohn Forsythe Letters
SenderCox, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOxmead, New Jersey, USA?
DestinationWesttown, Co. Chester, Penn., USA
RecipientForsythe, John Jr
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count585
Genrechange of profession, account of his niece, religious commentary, philosophising
TranscriptDear Friend Oxmead, 10 mo. 13th, 1799

Thy letter of the 11th, met me in a barren land, and proved as a Brook
by the way: the more so, perhaps, as I hardly had flatter'd myself with
such a testimony of thy affectionate rememberancee; and it is rather from
a desire to let thee know my sense of it, than from any qualification I
feel for much communication. I was pleas'd to hear of thy late relaxation
from mental labour, and that its effect was such as to invigorate with
renewed cheerfulness again to enter the Vineyard. While I cherish a desire
for a blessing on the Fruits of the Earth, that thy "Fields may yield their
increase, a secret aspiration arises to Him who graciously dispenses "the
former and the latter Rain" in its season that he may also continue to
favour his little Heritage within your walls, with "the dew of Hermon
that the dew that descended on the Mountain of Zion, may be their portion,
and rest on their tender branches! Thy account of my exercised
Niece, is grateful: her early dedication to the openings of superior duty
has, I trust, already been attended with such conseqences as will furnish
her, at. times, will: cause of humble rejoicing, and enable her to bear up,
under the trials which may yet await her—In her, and some others, who
have been call'd out of Families, scarcely known in Israel, is fulfilling the declaration of the Prophet—"One shall say, I am the Lord's; and "another shall call himself by the name of Jacob: and another shall "subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by "the name of Israel."
I have little knowledge of either of thy present helpers; of one, from the
transient observations during my last visit, which made an impression
rather favourable: and of the other, only from report. The whole scope
of thy meaning, respecting the qualifications which Tutors should hare, I
think I am at no loss to comprehend; those are likely to give, or to secure, permanency:—without them, the mind is tempted to be continually on
the wing, till at length we are fitly compared to Birds of Passage; yet, to
either of these valuable young men, I have no allusion. Having heard,
some weeks ago, that E.L. was with you, and that his wife was in the
capacity of a Teacher among the Females, I was surprised at the uncertainty
intimated in thy Letter, respecting him. I sincerely and affectionately
wish an increase of thy Faith, that the benign and gracious Author
of the work to which thou hast put thy hand, will yet supply all that is
lacking—Many occasions occur, thou well knowest, where we have nothing
else to lean upon: and sometimes, when we are quietly resigned to walk
thereby, more than by sight, it has been increas'd to our humbling admiration—
In a measure of this precious cement, which has, in time past,
made us near to each other, and wrought a willingness to bear a portion
of each others burden, I salute thee—intreating thee still to exercise that
holy patience which has so often center'd thy mind in serenity and quiet,
looking unto him who weighs the Mountains of Opposition in Scales,—and
the Hills of difficulty and discouragement in a Balance, that so, when he
is pleased to manifest himself for our help, he may have all the glory'
Thy affect.J.Coxj
John Forsythe—Weston