An extract from the journal of Susanah Wellington (1819-1838) of Yeovil, Somersetshire. Her diary includes school and scripture lessons, copies of letters and a record of the last few years of her life.
Resolutions of Bishop Beveridge.
1. I am resolved by the grace of God never to speak much lest I often speak too much, and not to speak at all, rather than to no purpose.
2. Always to make my tongue and heart go together so as never to speak with the one what I do not think in the other.
3. To speak of other men’s sins only before their faces, and of their virtues only behind their backs.
4. To do everything in obedience to the will of God.
5. To do everything with prudence & discretion as well as with zeal and affection.
6. Never to set my hand, my head or my heart about anything but what I verily believe is good in itself and must be esteemed so by God.
7. To do all things for the glory of God.
8. To mingle such recreation with my business, as to further my business by my recreation.
9. I am resolved if possible to redeem my time past by using a double diligence for the future, & to employ and improve all the gifts and endowments both body and mind to the glory and service of my great Creator.
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William BEVERIDGE (1637-1708), of St John’s College, Cambridge, was Archdeacon of Colchester for twenty years before being consecrated as Bishop of St Asaph in 1704. The diocese of St Asaph covers the counties of Conwy, Flintshire, Wexham as well as parts of Gwynedd and Powys in northern Wales.
The chronology and the history of the early Church were two of Bishop Beveridge’s pursuits. His theology work found favour with the Church of England and many non-conformist Protestant denominations, most especially the Wesleyans. In his day he was styled ‘the great reviver and restorer of primitive piety’, as many of his sermons and writings dealt with the ‘back-to-basics’ teachings of the early Church.
The nine resolutions quoted in Susanah’s journal are the opening statements of some of his resolutions that are expanded in more detail in the original text. Significantly, they are extracted from Resolutions on WORD and ACTION.
Even if you are not religious these are credible words to live by. Replace the word ‘God’ with ‘Good’ in the above resolutions and they still hold true.
A more detailed account of Bishop Beveridge’s Thoughts of Religion and Resolutions can be seen at Wesley Center Online.
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Sources: Susanah Wellington’s Journal, Buck family collection. You can read more about it here: susanah’s journal – somerset to sydney. Journal transcription by Terry HASTINGS.