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THE

PREFACE.

THE

great

ufeefulnefs

of

Hifiory

needs not

many

words

to

prove

it,

f

eing

natural

inclination

it

felf

is fò

much

for

it,

and

reafon

and

experience

tell

men,

that

they

cannot/pare

it,

as

to

Natural,

Civil, or Religious

afe.

God himfelf

hath

.highly

com-

inended

it

to

us,

by

writing

the

Sacred

Scriptures

fi

mach

H

f

orically

9

yea

and

making fame

of

it

part

of

the

nece7ry

Articles

of

our Creed.

Children

that yet

underhand

not

the

Do/lrinalpart

of

the Bible, do

quickly

take delight

in

the Hiflorical

part

5

which

prepareth them

for

the

ref

Ignorant

and

ungodly

perfons

that

have no trite

feenfe

of

Sacred

Dodrine,

can

yet

underfland

and

with

lef

averfnefi

and

marine's' read

the h

f

ory.

Melancholy

and

fad

perfons

who

can

hardly

bear

long

Do5drinal

"ladies

, are often

eafed

and

recreated

with

ufeefd

Hiflory.

Man

is

a part

of

the

Úniverfe,

and

every

man

is

a

part

of

the

world

of

mankind,

and

therefore thivkgth the

cafe

of

the

whole

to

be

much

of

his

concerne.

And

were

not narrow

fe

ffbnes

much

of

oar

Pravity,

we

fbould

take the

univerfal

and

public(

good, and

Gods

Love

to

it and

Pleafednef

and

Glory

in it,

to

be

mach more our

end,

and

the objeli

of

our defire

and

delight, than

any

perfoonal

felicity

of

our

own

g

It

is

a Mother of

inhumanity

in

the

Dotirine

of

the

Sad-

ducees,

Sp.inofa,

Hobbes,

and

their

bruitifb

followers,

that

they

fet

up

Individual

fe

f

interefi

as a

mans

chiefefl

end

-and objeïl

of

rational

Love

and

deßre7

and

own vo Good,

but

that

which

Rela-

tively

is

Good

to me,

that is, either

my

perforallife

and

pleafure

as

theend,

or other

things as

a

means- thereto

:

Though

Grace

only

f

ving-

ly cure

this

bate

inhumane maladie,

yet

common reafon

bearcth

wit

-

nef

againft

it,

and

only

fenfe,

and

reafon

captivated

by

feì

f

do

pa-

tronize it.

Put

not

the

quef

ion

to

a

reajánable

man,

though wicked,

what he

can

do or

Both But

what

in reafon,he

ího

rld

do, and

he

cannot

deny

bat

that

he

frould

thinkoff

a

more excellent pérfon

at

the

Indies, that

never

will

do

anything far-hinr,

asmorea;wwiable

than him-

/el

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