File 1: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 1-690, 1796-1854

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Mr Rowland Hassall 1814 June 10 R Jenkins To goods as per Bill delivered 15,16.         The bal. was paid a few days afterwards and the Rect given to Father [indecipherable]

 By Cash Nov16               Twelve pound £ R Jenkins

Mr Hassall In as I am pushed for cash having a large payment to make Carpe Deum you will oblige me by settling this I remain Your Obed Ser                        R Jenkins 11 Nov 1814 

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Mr Rowland Hassall Parramatta

 

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At Sea 29th May 1817 Often with anxious thoughts I travel back to  scenes of former pleas ure and hope usefulness but more particularly both with pleasing ideas I retraverse the mighty Ocean and get amongst you in your labor of love and usefulness tis now I feel the length of the [indecipherable - LS?] and am almost con strained to cry out O that my feet could be directed to the house of the L [Lord?] that my soul might be refreshed with the springs of heavenly comfort yea if it were but for one hour those of you that have been placed in my situation may have some idea of the manner of spending this day on board ship but those of you who have never been on board & love the Lord can have no criteria to go by - like

[Adjacent page inverted. Two lines deleted] one jot or little of his word shall pass away - there is a promise that is sure; & an affirmation that time will most surely accomplish. What a compassionate Saviour have we to serve yet how feebly do we obey his blessed mandates truly we are unworthy [5 - page number in margin] unprofitable servants but let not our time our talents however small be hid under a bushel as there is a way open [or opened?] let us be diligent giving the more ear nest? heed to make our calling election sure - let in worth while it is called to day let the night come on when no man

[page turned at 90 ° left]      5 mock me. I much fear my Dr B & S some of you will get lukewarm cold & indifferent Some of you will take offence at something or other & suffer your unruly passions to be controlled by envy hatred. I make Sloth? [or Slap?] I began to see & hear of these things before I left I sought opportunity to admonish you ere I departed but time & circumstances prevented this not that I point to any particular one let each ask himself am I engaged merely to please my self my friends or those around me if so you  may be assured you labours will not be found? [or owned?]

and blessed Go immediately to a throne of Grace ask for wisdom & direction & seek only God's Glory the salvation of your own soul & the welfare of all mankind - Where a more pleasing talk where a more profitable employment than that which you are engaged in viz the teaching children to read the Sacred Scriptures the blessed word of God which will make us wise unto salvation - If a soul be worth this whole world surely many souls must be worth many worlds & the soul of a child is equal to the soul of a man & not only the salvation of a child is to be taken into account but should one? be

 

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and moniter[?] of the Lord. Think how many Thom and (who is called by the name of Oxley) [know not this day - this text crossed out] who never [are allow - text crossed out] have the great priviliges [privileges] that we have. Consider again the privilege you enjoy not only on your own account but on account of the rising generation the seed tho [though] feebly sown with the blessing of our Maker may grow up & bring forth fruit an hundred fold. Remember that God will hear the prayers of those who come to him with a contrite humble spirit more over sought his fate[?] in vain. None has asked 7 sought his blessing (according to his desire) [all text in bracket crossed out] but hath reserved it. Ash & rye[?] shall rain. This earth shall pass away but this item not indexed [presumable this is library note?] not [page 2] not indexed [presumable this is library note?] brutes[?] wd [would] appear to rise eat drink & lie down again about life we consider [crossed out] Go my dear friend let in consider [appears to be written after original text] for one moment [all crossed out] that we have a [God] to serve an immortal & never dying soul to prepare for an endless eternity and that Gd[God] has in infinite love and mercy allotted a seventh part of our time for the more immediate pure love[?] of serving him with all humility and Godly sincerity . I say if we do but consider his love to forward[?] methinks we should give the move assent[?] head[?] to attend to his laws & commandments & be exceedingly thank ful that he has cast your lot in a place where we may arise early make known your prayers & suppients[?] Atend [attend?] his ordinances, hear his word and assent in training up the little ones in the fear meantime [?] and [page 3 - written on top] be brought to the knowledge of the love of Cst [Christ] he will naturally be constrained to dispense those blessings around him as far as opportunity permits thus he will be a blessing wherever he goes light will suround [surround] his paths and all that he will do will prosper. Surely the field is large troubles will assail you tis true Satan will beset on every hand, but remember he trembles when the sinner is upon his knees. If God be for us who can be against us. If the Lord be on our side of whom shall we be afraid. Arise my Dear young friends. I beseech you by the ties of Love & of friendship. Arise search and try your [crossed out] your own selves wether [whether] ye be in the faith whether ye believe the Scriptures whether ye act according to the commands therein or not. Go not forward in your own strength but in the strength of the Lord. He has promised that your strength shall be according to your day Love mercy do justly & walk humbly with your God. Pray for me & believe me your most affectionate Brother & friend - TH [Thomas Hassall?]

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Sydney Dec 1816

Dear Brother

I received your kind note this morning just as I came from the Meeting in the rocks where I had been preaching. I thank you for what you sent and for the trouble you have taken to find our umberella. I am happy you had a pleasant passage and cheerful meeting. May the blessings of God rest upon you.

I am very sorry to hear thay [that] you fear you may not come down again as I much wish to see you Samuel and Mr Gilchrist. & hope you will not let a little thing prevent you, we received the things Mr Ben sent & we thank Miss Elisa for her present and Mrs

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