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.....'Tis our disgrace, that there is so little difference to be seen in the ordinary conversation of Believers from other men: Is it not a shame, that when we are in company with others, this should be all the difference that is to be seen, that we will not curse and swear, if you will honour the Gospel, bring forth your Religion out of your Closets into your Shops, Trades, Visits, and exemplify the rules of Religion in the management of all your Relations, and in your ordinary converse. Let there be no place or company that you come into, in which you do not drop something of God: this will be the glory of Religion, and we shall never convince the world till we come to this. May you come my Brethren, out of your Prisons with your faces shining, having your minds seasoned, and your tongues tipped with holiness: May your mouths be as a Well of Life, from whence may flow the holy Streams of edifying discourse: may you ever remember, as you are sitting in your houses, going by the way, lying down, rising up, what the Lord doth then require of you.
Joseph Alleine, from a letter written
January 10, 1664, to a minister in prison