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T

H

E

PREFACE

T

O

T

H E

READER.

§

L

IAm

very

fYenfrble

that

this

Memorial

of

Mr.

Baxter,

and

his

Hiftorical Ac

-

counts

of

the Times which went

over

him,

have been long expected

and

much

defired by

the World. And the greater the impatience, the more

feverely

the

delay

is

like

to

be refented. But he

that

well

confiders, r.

How

confufedly

a great quantity of

loofe

Papers relating thereunro,cameinto

my

hands

;

all

which

were to be

forced

and reduced to their proper

places.

z.

How

much other work

was

then incumbent

on

me.

;.

How little

my

indifpofed

and

weak hand can write

;

(not an OP

avo

page

in

a competently great charaéter inad

hour). 4.How many uncomfortable Providences

have

line

diverted me

;

and

could

not

but

do

fo.

r.How much time

the orderly

difpofal

of

his

bequeathed Library

to

young poor Students; according to his Injunétions

on me, took up.

6.1-Iow

much

time my Minifterial Work required

;

together with

the

unavoidable removal

of

my

Habitation and Meeting Place,

and

the

Setling

of

my Congregation thereupon:

He that (I

fay),

well confiders thefe things

(and

more that

I

could

fay ,

were it expe-

dient

fo

long

to

detain the Reader from

the

more profitable and

delightful

Enter-

tainment of

the

Book it

Pelf)

will

at leali

abate his Cenfures,

if

not

quite

lay

them

by. However, I

muff and

(hall

fubmit my felt

unto what

Confiru5tions

the

Rea

der

!hall

think

fit

to make

of

my Apology

for

its

delay folong.

§

IL

As

to the

Authour

of

the enfuing Treatife, he appears

Par

negocio,

as

being very

Sagacious,

Obfervant, Impartial, andFaithful.

The

Things

here

treated on

were

Things

tranfaCted

in

his

day, qualm

ipfe

vìdit

;

Et

quorum pars

magna

fuit. Much

he-knew and

felt,

and

was

himfelf

a&ively

and

paflively

concerned in, and the ref:

he

was

inquifitive after, obfervant of, and acquainted with.

And being himfelf an

hater

of

falfe

HiRory, he

gave

the greater heed and diligence

to

enter

into

the

depths and fprings

of

what

was

in

his

day upon

the Theatre

of

A&ion.

Much he

mull

be

inform'd of by others neceffarily

:

and

yet

he

was

greatly

averfe

from the

reception

of

things

as

true, upon too

look

reports.

He fanned Intelligence, and

was

not

eafily

impofed

upon, in

things

of

moment. Credulity

,

Raflinefs,

Partia-

lity, and

Perfidioufnefs,

Ignorance and Injudicioufnefs do

ill

become Hiftorians.

Quie nefcit,

primam

hi(toriæ Legem

effe, ne

quidfalls

dicere

audeat

?

deinde

ne

quid

veri

non audeat

?

Nequa fuf(icio

gratin

fit

in

fcribendo

?

nequa

rmultatie

?

Cic.de

Ora.

lib.

r

r.

and

he had realòn for this

thought to that

(as

the Lord

Bacon

well obferves) the

Examples

of

our aincefiors,

the

Vic

Ludes

of

Affairs,

the

Grounds

of Civil

Prudence,

and

Mena Names

and

Reputations

do

depend

upon the Knowledge, the

Judieioufnefs

and

Faithfulnefsof

Hiftorians. Diligent

Searches, deep and

wife

Thoughts,

faithful

Reprefpntations

and

Reports,

with honed

Intentions,

and generous

Deigns and

Aims

at

Publick

Good, render

Mens Hiftories of.

Things and

Perlons

(as

influential

upon others,) pleafant and advantageous. Every one

is

not

fit

to tell

the

World the

Hiftory

of

his

own

Life

and Times

:

Who

f;v'd therein

:

what Poft and

Station,

Trull

and

Buliinefs,was

their

affigned

Province:

what Chara6ters

they

bore

through

their deportment

therein

:

what were the regentPrinciples, the

genuine Spirit,

and

b

main