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refrely it when it was day,) and even languished for want thereof. Which seasonable and excellent mercy of thine, as it hath been [to the great comfort] and benefit [of us,] who could not merit it, because we are [tbe unwoziby] and unprofitable Servants : So it shall be made use of by us to thy honour, [and to the Glory of thy Boty Pame,] for we will take this Occasion to declare thy infinite Goodness, and our own happiness [thuongh thy Derctes] bestowed on us, [in] the name, and for the sake of (Jelas Chuift our Lozo, ) to whom with thee, and the Holy Ghost, be all Praise and Thanks. giving now and evermore. Amen.

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