Sunday, December 7 1755

At church in the morning, the text Philippians 1:22, 23, 24: “But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour; yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt the two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” The subject was 1st to show what Mankind should by a steady perseverance in religion and virtue make the fare [fear] of death as it were familiar to them, and likewise that in the immediate space of time between death and judgment the soul receives pleasures or sufferings according to the virtuous or wicked life we have led in this world. Paid for butter 3d. Dame Reeve died this morning about 10 o’clock.

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