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p~rts

of his

l~elation)

_and of the Holy Gh?!l:. The dofrrine of

Temptati,

ons

is handled wnh brevtty, becaufe they arelo numerous ; lefl: a due am–

plification f11ouldhave fwelled the Book

coo

much ; (when a fmall1'art

of their number maketh up fo much of Mr.

John Dorvname's

great and ex–

cellent Treatile called

The (brijli.m Welfare.)

The grellt radic;;l fins are

handled more large!y than feemeth proportionable to the reil:, becanfe all

die when they are dead. And I am large about

~deeming

Time,

becaufe

therein the fum of a holy obedient life is included.

If any fay,

Why

call

yo11

tl1at

ajmn of Pr.1Etical ;'heologie

which is bm

the

DireEI:ing part,

and leaveth om the explication, reafons, various Ufes,

marks, motives,

&c

~

Ianfwer,

1.

Had I intended Sermonwife to fay all

that might well be faid on each fubjcCl:,it would have mademany Volumes

as big as this.

2 .

Where I thought them needful,

rhe explication

of each duty

and fin is added, with marks, contraries, counterfeits, motives,

'-5"c.

And

Ufes

are eafily added by an ordinary

Re~der,

without my naming them.

I do efpecially defire you to ob{erve, that the refo_lving of

praEI:ic.1l

[afes of Confcience,

and the reducing of Theoretical knowledge into

ferio;u

Chriftian PraEI:ice

and promoting a

sk.ilfi•l facility

in the faithful cxercife of

univerfal obedience, and Holinefs of heart and life, is the great work of

~his

Treatife; And that where I thought it needful the Cales are reduced to

exprefs Q.tefl:ions and An[wers: But had I done fo by all, many fuch Vo–

l~mes

would have been too little : And therefore

I

thought the

DireCting

1vaj

moll:

brief

and

fit

for

[l:riftian praElice:

For if you mark them, you will

find few

DireEI:ions

in the Book, which may not pafs for the anlwer of an

( implyed) Qpefl:ion or Cafe of Con[cience, And when I have given you

the

Aliftver

1~

a

Dtreaton,

an 1ngenwus Reade: can tell what

fhleftton

it is

that is anfvvered; And fo, many hundred Cafes are here refolved, efpecia[.

ly in the twofirfl: Parts, which are not interrogatively named.

6.

And

I

mull: do my felf the right as

to

notifie to the Reader, that this

Treati!"e was written when

I

was (for not-fubfcribjng, Declaring,

&c.)

forbidden by the Law

to

Preach, and when I had been long feparated far

from my Library aHd from all Books, faving an inconfiderable parcel

which wand.red with

me,

where I went: By which means..this Book hath

two dcfetl:s:

t.

It hath no Cafes.of Confcienre but what my bare

memory

brought

to

hand : And Cafes are fo innumerable, that it is far harder, me–

thinks,

to

remember them, th-an to anfwer them : whereby it came

to

pafs that fome of the Ecclefiafl:ical Cafes, are put Out oftheir proper place,

becaufe

I

could not feafonahly remember them.

For I had no one Cafi.Jifl:

but

AmejiiU

with me.

But (after about twelve years feparation) having

received my Library,

I

find that the very fight of

Saym>,Jor,'ll,ofo, CJ\jderique:z;

To/et,

&c. might have helpt my memory to a greater number : Bm·

perhaps thefe will be enough for thofe that I intend them for.

2.

And

by rhe fame caufe the Margin is unfurnil11ed of fuch citations as are ac–

counted an Ornament, and in fome cafes are very ufeful.

The fcraps

inferred out of my few trivial Books at hand being

fo

mean, as that I am

well content (except about Monarchy

Par.

)

that the Reader pafs them

by as not worthy of his notice.

·

And it's like that the abfence of Books, will appear to the Readers lofs

in the

materials

of the Treatife : But

I Hull

have this advantage by it that

he