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OP

THE EXPERIENCE

OF

HESTER ANN ROGERS.

AND HER

FUNERAL SERMON, BY REV. T. COKE, LLD.

TO WHICH IS ADDED

HER SPIRITUAL LETTERS.

" Come and hear, all ye that sear God, and I will declare what
he hath done for my soul,” Psa. Ixvi, 16.

NEW-YORK,
PUBLISHED BY B.WAUGH AND T. MASON,
Por the Methodist Episcopal Church, at the Conference

Office, 14 Crosby-streel.

J. Collord, Printer.

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY 153928 ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1899

REPAIR No. 7 § 8

109

OF

MRS. HESTER ANN ROGERS.

I was born at Macclesfielu, 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 reve. rence; 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 an. swers to prayer, when not more than folo

Lars old; and how my tender mind has been comfort. ed. I was deeply affected, and had very serious thoughts of death for some time, and after seeing the corpse of a little brother of mine, who died of the small pox when I was five years old, I took great delight in the Bible, and could at this time read any part either of the Old or New Teetament,

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