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FUNERAL SERMON, BY REV. T. COKE, LL.D.
TO WHICH IS ADDED
HIER SPIRITUAL LETTERS.
Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what lio
PUBLISHED BY J. EMORY AND B. WAVGH,
For the Methodist Episcopal Church, at the Conference
Office, 14 Crosby-street.
J. Collord, Printer.
MRS. HESTER ANN ROGERS.
I was born at Macclesfield, in Cheshire, January 31, 1756, of which place my father was minister for many years; being a clergyman of the Church of England. He was a man of strict morals, and as far as he was enlightened, of real piety. I was trained up in the observance of all outward duties, and in the fear of sins, which in these modern times are too often deemed accomplishments. I was not suffered to name God but with the deepest reverence; and once for telling a lie, I was corrected in such a manner as I never forgot. We had constantly family prayer; the sabbath was kept strictly sacred; and as far as outward morality, my parents lived irreproachably, and in all social duties were regular and harmonious.
I was early drawn out to secret prayer; I believed God was the author of all good, of all happiness; and sin the cause of all misery and pain. If therefore I wished for any thing I had not, I asked God in secret to grant it to me. And in any pain of body, or in any of my childish grief, I fled to him for ease and comfort; and it would be incredible to some, how often I have received manifest answers to prayer, when not more than four years old; and how my tender mind has been comforted." I was deeply affected, and had very serious thoughts of death for some time, and after seeing