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The Preface

to the

Reader.

And the Knowledge which could

not

keep fome from doing

Mif

hief in

the

World,

and from

their being

fitted for Hell,

and from drawing others

after them

thither;

hath yet helped others

to

heavenlinefs

and

Heaven. But he

that

well confiders

what

Man

is

to

God,

and God to Man

;

what. an Enemy degenerate Man

is

to God and

himfelf

;

what

a

date

and frame and

pofture

of War

fin

hath

put Men into, both

againit

God,

themf

Ives,

and each

other';

what

an

Enemy Satan

is

to all, and

what

advantages Sin gives hit»

againit

us;

and how Chrift

is

engaged againft Satan for

us,

as

the.

Captain of

our Salvation

;

and how he manages

this

War

by his

Spirit,

Oracles, Ordinances, Officers,and under

-

Agents

in

Church

and State, and by

the

Condu&

of

Providence

Over

crowned Heads,

Thrones,

Senates, Armies

,

Navies,

greater

and

lefsCommunities, and iinglePerlóns;

in

all

things done by

them,

for

them, or upon them,or

agàinf

them: how he

ufes,and influences

the

Faculties,ArRi-

ons,

Projects, Confederacies, and Interefts

of Men,

by

poizing

them,

changing

them, and turning

them

to

his

own

purpofes

and praife:

He,

I

fay,

that

well

attends

to

thefe things

in

his

Hiflorical Readings and

Studies;

will

(to

his

profit and

delight)

difcern God's Providence in and over the

Affairs

of Men to

be exprelfive

of

God's

Name,

miniffring to

his

avouched purpofes,

and

a

great

Teftimony

to

his

Word

and

Son,

and

to

his

Covenant

and Servants.

§

V.

And

fuch

a Perron

was

the Reverend Author (and inpart

the

Subjedt

Matter)

of

the fubléquentTreatilè.

He

was an

early Votary to

his

God

:

fo

early

as

that he

knew not when God engaged him

fielt

unto

himfèlf

And

hence he

in

great

,mea-

litres

efcaped thofeEvil

Habits and Calamities which

old

Ageordinarily

pays to

dear

.

for,

though

he laments

the

careleGtefs

and intemperance

of

his

heft

childilh and

youthful

days.

And

if

the Reader think

it ftrange

and mean,

that

thefe, and fome

other

paflages

inferiorie fubfellsj

lhould be inferred

amongft

fo

many things

far

more

confiderable, written by

himfelf,

and

publiflsed

by

me,

I

crave leave

co

reply, r.

That

Cohfcience

is

a

tender

thing,

and when awaken'd,

it

accounts no

fin

!mall,

nor

any

Calamity below molt

ferious

Thoughts

and fenhble and

fmart Refentments,

that

evidently fprings from

the

leaft

Mifcarriage, which

might

(and

ought to)

have

been

prevented. z.

That

the apprehenfion

of

approaching Death made him

fèverer

in

his

Scrutinies and

Refle&ions.

;. That

lie

thence thought himfelf concerned

and bound in

duty

to

warn

othersagainit all

which

he

thought or found

fo

very

prejudicial

to

his

own

Soul and Body.

4.

That

as

mean

paffages as

there are to

be

found in

Ancient

and

Modern Lives and

Hillories,:

which

pats

not under rigid

.Cen-

lures.

ç.

That

the Author wrote this

his

Hillary,

l,b

arfim

er

raptim, and

it

was

ra-

thera

Rhaplody than one'continued

Work.

So

that

I

hope

that the

obvious

ine-

qualities

of

Style and

Matter, (or the

Defe

&s

in accuracy

of

Method

(

much more

the

Errours

of

the Prefs) will

be

no

fcandal to the ingenuous and candid Readers.

6.

And

as

to

my

luffering

fuch

things to

be

expofed

to

publick view

;

can any

Man

take

it

ill,

that I

give him

what Mr.

Baxter

left with me to

this end

?

and had

I

thought

to

have expunged tome things, and

to

have

altered others

,:

I

could nor

have laid as he

hindelf did (in

his

Preface

to the

Lord.

Chief Juftice

Hale's

Judg,

ment of the Nature

of

true Religion

)

`

I

rake

it

as an intolerable

Piaculum

to

pat

any

alteringband

of

mine

to

the Writing, of

fuch

a Man

But

to

pars

by this

His ferioufnefs in and

about

the

greateft things,and his

folicitous care,

to

fave his

own

and others

Souls,

and

his

great zeal for

Holinefs,Truth, Concord and Peace amongft

all

Chriflians

abroad,

and in there

Kingdoms, made him

(

when capable

thereof)

to mind how Matters flood betwixt

God

and

us; and to enter into the

Springs

of

Publick

Affairs

and Acîions in

Church and

State

:

and

to take

notice of

the

Origi-

nais, Initruments, Principles, Progrefs,

Tra

&s,

Traverfes, and

Refults

of

Things.

How Men were

placed, 1pirited, influenced

and engaged

:

and how herein

they

minilired to the

woes

or welfare

of

the Publick,

of

rhemfelves, and of

Pofterity.

And very loth he was

that

all

lhould

be

impofed upon and injured by partial

or

faire

I-

Iilfory;

and

hi

become Deceiversor Deceived, and Scandalizers or

Scanda-

lized.

He

wellconlidered

what

a

faithful

Hilory

of

his

Times might import to

alt

And hence, having

had fuch perte&

underftanding

of

all

the

Things here treated

on,

from

the

firfl, he

thought

it

notemits to write the

chiefeft

of

them in

order;

that others might know the certainty

of

things,

to

the. better

inlitution

of after

Condu&

and

Deportment:

and (if it may

yet be) to

call the

Guilty

of

all

Parties

yet

alive,

to due Repentance, and Returns to God.

hs

§VI.