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The

Preface';

about

the Sacraments

I

have

defendedagain

in

a

Volume

by

it

(elf.

The fecond

is

this

in

hand

.

which

I bad

fj

oijb-

ed

about

fifteen

or

ßxteen

months

ado.

The

third

is

about

the

Intrumental

efficiency

of

Faith

to our

fu,lificati

en,

of

which

i

had

.31

fo

begun above

4

twelve

month

five.

But

it

bath lately

?leafed

our wife

and

gracious Lord

to

call

this Reverend

Brother

to

himfelf

:

whereupon,though

this fir/I

Difputation

was

gone

fo

far,thit

¡could

not

well

recall

it,yet

the others ,which

was

not

out

of

my

power,

I

re-.

folved

to

condemn to

perpetual

filence.l

f

you

ask

me

it

rea-

fon

of

this

re

folution,

t

malt

de

/Ire

that

my

di

fpo/ìtion

and

pafsion

may

go

for

part

of

a

Reafon

this

once.

The

grief

of

my

heart

for

the

lofs

of

this

precious

fervant of

Chrift

would

not

permit

me to

appear

any

further

in

a

way

that

Teemed

to

militate

with

the

dead

, and

with

one

whofe

death,

we

have

all

fo

much came

to

lament.

_4las,

that

our

fin

Mould

provoke

our

dear

Father

,

to

put

out

the precious

Lights

of

his

Santluary, and

to

call

in

fuck

experienced

faithful

Labourers

,

while

ignorance,

and

error,

and

prophanefs,

and all

Vice

doth

fo

plenteoufly

furvive.

When thefe

plants

of

Hell

do

thrive

upon

as,

under

all

our

care

to weed

them

up

:

what will

they do

when

the Vineyard

is

left

defolate ? Though God

in

mercy

is

railing

up

a

fupply

of

young

sues,

that

may

come

to

be

Pillars in

their

Styes

:

yet

alas,

what

difference

will

the

Church

find

between

thefe,

and

their

grave

experien-

ced

Guides

:

and

bow

many

years

Rudy,

and

experience,

and

patience,

is

necefjary

to

ripen

thefe

tender

plants,

to

bring them

to

the

gesture,

and ftability, andfirength

of

fuck

a

this

Blued

fervant

of

chrifi,

that

is now

taken

from

us.

The

fenfe

of

our

lofs

cloth

make

it

doubly

bit-

ter

to

my

thoughts,

that

ever

I

was unhappily

engaged

in

any

way

of [crying

the

Lord

of Truth,

which muff

con

-

sein

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