[To M. B.] London, 1819.
I have many anxious fears about you, when I consider the reasoning of these people. All genuine experience is called impulse and natural, feeling; all faith without doubt, upon the written word, is called the true confidence; and all those sweet visitations and lifts by the way - all secret hints to keep me out of mischief - all spiritual counsel and direction to keep me from the paths of the destroyer, are called a narrow, bigoted spirit; and this being backed with that scripture - "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged" - seems right. I can only come off clear with this scripture-- "As deceivers, and yet true." Here, I trust, by the grace of God in Christ Jesus, I shall he able to stand till the day of judgment, and then all deception will be at an end; yet through grace I am made to feel my own blindness and helplessness.
Yours &c. J. B.