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The

l'refäse

to the Reader.

And you

have here

fomeTafts.and

Informations of

his

Thoughts and Studies

and

of

his Books

and Letters to diversPerlons,

of

different Stations and

Quality,

and

allo

of what

Pens and Spiritswrote againft him.

He

was

of

fuch

Repute and

Figure in

his

day,

as

that

many coveted to

fee

his

Face, to hear

his Voice

, and to

receive

his

Refolution

of

weighty

Cafes

of

Confcience propofed to him. And

in

all

this

you

will find

that

verified

of

him, which

the Lord

Bacon

hath deliver'd from

his

Pen,

viz.

Muck Reading make,

Mm

full,:

Much Writing make, themjudicious

and

acute

:

and

much Converfatien make, them ready.

I

have been

amazed to

fee

how ha-

ftily

he

turned

over Volumes

,

how intimately he

understood them,

how

Strangely

he

retained

his

Reading,and how pertinently he could

ufe

it

toevery

propofed Cafe.

Men flayed not long for

what they wrote

to

him about

:

and what he

wrote

was

to

great fatisfallionand

to

the

purpofe.

He

wrote his

Books

with quick

difpatch

and never, but when he

thought them

needful, and

his

duty then to write them.

And when

as

the Reader

well confiders

his

Apology for

his Books

hereafter

menti-

oned, let

him

but ferioufly weigh

what

is

alledged, and

accordingly

form,

his

Cen-

lures. His

mentioned and recited Cafuiflical Letters

afid Books, favour

at

leaf}

of

Thought

and Pains; and perhaps the Reader's patient and

attentive minding

of

both

his

mention'd

Books

and Letters

will

not

be

lofs

of

time and

pains.

And

though through

too

much hafte and

heedlefnefs, fome

few Efcapes (perhaps

Inac-

curacies) in

the beginning may

ditafte

his

curious

eye;

yet

a

very few Pages fol-

lowing

will yield

him better Entertainment.

§

VII.

But

the

great things

which

are

as

the

Spiritof

this

Hiftory,

are

the

Accounts

he

gives

of

the Original

Springs and Sources

of

all thefe

Revolutions,

Diltradions and

Difafters

which happen'd from the

Civil Wars

betwixt King

Charles

the

Firlt,

to the

Reltoration

of

Charles

the

Second,

and what

was Confèquenc

after thereupon

to

Church

and

State.

And here we

Ihall find various

and great Occurrences

fpringing

from different Principles, Tempers and

Interefts; direlled to

diffetent Ends, and

refolved

into

different Eventsand

Iffues.

The

Hiftorian

endeavours to be faithful,

candid, and

Cenere.

Nothing of

real

ferviceable

Truth

would he conceal.

Nothing

but what was influential

on, and might, or

did

affeél

the Publick Interefl

would

he

expofe

to

Publick View.

Nothing that might

be capable

of

candid Interpretation

or

Allay, would he feverely cenfure.

Nothing

notorioufly

criminal, and

fatal

to

the Common Good

would he

pats

by

without

his

ju(t Refentntents

of it,

,and

Severe

Reffe

&ions

on

ir. As

to

his

immediate Perfonal acquaintance

with,

or

knowledge

of

the things reported

by

hint,

I

know no further

of

that,

than

as

he himfelfre-

lates.

As

to what

he received from others by

Report,

how

far his

Information

was

true or

falle,

I

know not. Indeed I wrote

(with tender

and

affe&ionate refpe&

and reverence

to the Do

&ors

Name and

Memory) to

Madam

Owen

to

defire

her

to

fend me

what

The

could,

well

attelted, in

favour

of

the Doetor, that I might in-

fect

it

in the Margent,

whore he

is

mentioned

as

having an hand in

that

Affair

at

Wallingford

Houle

;

or that I might expunge that

paltage. But this offer being re-

jelled

with more contempmoufnefs and fmartnefs than my Civility

deferred,

I

had

no

more to

do

than to let that

pats

upon Record; and to rely upon Mr.

Baxter's re-

port,and

the

concurrent Teftimonies of fuch

as

knew the Intreagues

of

thofe Times.

Yet

that

httight

deal

uprightly

and

upon the

fquare,

I

have

mention'd

this

(though

obiter)

to

teltifie

my

Refpels

to

him

with whom

I

never

was

but

once

:

but

I

was

treated

by

him then withvery great Civility indeed.

-

I

cannot deny

but it

would have been

VIII.

of

great advantage to the

acceptablenefs

and

ufefulnefs

of

this

Book, had

it's

Reverend

Author

himfelf reviled, compleated,

and corre&ed it, and publilhed it

himfelf.

I

am fare

it

had mioiftred more abun-

dantly

to

my fatisfallion

:

for

I

neither

craved

nor expelled

fuch

a

Trull

and Lega-

cy

as

his

Manufcripts.

Nor

knew

I

any thing

of

this his

kind purpofe and will,

till

two

or

three

days

before

he

dyed.

My Heart

akes

exceedingly at every remem-

brance

of

my incumbent

Trull:

and at the thoughts

of

my

Account for

all

at

loft.

I am deeply

fenfible

of

my inability for fuch Work

;

even to

difcouragement, and

no

(mall

Confternation

of

Spirit.

I

want not

apprehenfions

of thePardon

which

I

Shall

need from

God, and Candour from Men, both which I humbly

beg

for

as

up-

on the

knee.

I know the heart and

kindnefs and clemency

of

my God

through Je-

fus

Chrilt

:

But

I know not yet what Men

will

think,

fpeak,-

write concerning

me.

God

(peak

to Men

for me,

or give me Grace and Wifdom

to

bear and to

im-

prove