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14.

The

L

FE

of

the

Lis.

I.

9.

And my Reply to Mr. John

Warren's

Animadverfions

(

which being

firft

done

is

leaft digefted).

Io. And

the beginning

of

a

Reply to Dr.

Wallis's

Animadverfions.

XI.

And

a Difeourfe

of

the Power

of

Magiftrates in Religion, againft thofe that

would

not

have

them to

meddle

infuch

Matters, being an

Mize

Sermon preach-

ed at

Shrewsbury

when

Coll.

Thomas

Hunt was

Sheriff

since

rz.

And tome Fragments

of Poetry.

Printed.

13,

And

a

Multitude

of

Theological

Letters.

14.

And an imperfe& Treatife of Chrift's Dominion, being many popular

Ser-

mons preached

twentyi

Years ago

;

and very rude and undigefied

;

with

divers

others.

§

ctz.

And

concerning almoft

all

my Writings

I

mutt confefs,

that my

own

Judgment

is,

that

fewer well ftudied and polifhed had been better

:

but

the

Read-

er

who can

fafely

cenfuse

the

Books

is

not

fit

to cenStre

the Author,

unlefs'he had

been upon

the Place, and acquainted with

all

the

Occafions and Circumftances

:

Indeed for the Sants

Zefl

I had Four Months

Vacancy

to write

is

(

bat in

the

midit of continual

Languilhing and Medicine

):

But for

the

reft

I

wrote them

in

the

Crowd of

all my

other

1

mploy

ments,which would allowme no great Leifurefor

Polifhing

and

Exasnefs, or

any

Ornament

;

fo

that

l

Icarce ever

wrote one

Sheet

twice

over,

nor

flayed

to make any

Blots

or Interlinings,

but

was

fain ro

let

it

go

as is

was firft

conceived

:

And when my own Defire

was

rather to flay upon one

thing long, than run over many,

fome fudden Occafions

or other extorted

almoft

all my

Writings from

me

:

and the Apprehenfions

of

Prefect

Ufefulnefs

or

Necefry'

prevailed againft

all

other

Motives. So

that theDivines which

were

at hand with

me

Rill

put me on and approved

of

what

I

did,

becaulè

they were movedby

pre

-

fent

Necefties

as

well

as

I

:

But

thofe

that

were far

off,

and felt

not

thofe nearer

Motives,

did rather with that

I

had taken the other way, and publithed

a

few

ela-

borate

Writings; and I

am ready

my felf

to be

of

their Mind, when I forgot the

Cafe

that then I

flood

in,

and have loft the

Senfe

of

former Motives.

The oppo-

fing

of the

Anabaptifts, Separatifts, Quakers,

Antinomians,

Seekers, &c.

were

Works which

then

feemed neceffary ;

and

fo

did the Debates about

Church Go-

vernment

and Comn. union

which

touched our prefent Pra

&ice ; but

now all thofe

Reafons are

putt and

gone,I could with

I had rather

been doing fume work

of

more

durable

Ufefulnefs.

But even

to

a forefeeing

Man, who knoweth what

will be

of

long

-

eft

ufè, it

is

hard to dffcem how

far

that which

is

prefently

needful

may

be omitted,

for the

fake

of

a

greater future Good.

There

are force

other

works,

wherein my

Heart hath more been

fee

than

any

of

thofe forementioned ;

in which I

have

met

with great Obftru

&ions.

For

I

muff declare

that in

this

as

in

many other Mat-

ters

1

have found

that we

are

not the

Choofers

of

our own Imployments, no more

than of our own

Succeffes.

g

al

3.

Becaufe

it

is

Soul-

Experiments which thofe that

urge me

to

this

kind

of

Writing,

do expe& that

I

Ihould efpecially

communicate to others, and I

have faid

little

of

God's dealing

with

my

Soul

lince

the time

of

my younger Years,

1

(hall

only

give

the Reader

fo

much

Satisfa

&ion,

as

to acquaint him truly

what Change

God

hash made

upon

my Mind and

Heart

lince thofe

unriper

times, and where-

in I

now

differ

in

Judgment and

Difpotition from my felt: And for any more

par.

titular Account

of

Heat

t-Occurrences, and God's Operations

on

me,

I think

it

fomewhat

unfavory to

recite them

;

feting

God's Dealings

are much what the

fame

with

all his Servants

in

the main,

and the Points wherein he

varieth are ufu-

ally

fo

fmall,

that

Ì

thinknot

Inch fit

to

be repeated

:

Nor

have

I

any

thing extra-

ordinary to

glory in,

which

is

not

common to the reti of my Brethren, who

have

the fame Spirit, and are Servants

of

the

fame Lord.

And the true Reafon why

I

do adventure

fo

far upon

the,

Cenfure of the World,

as

to tell them wherein the

Cafe

is

altered

with

me,

is

that

I

may take

off

young unexperienced Chriftians

from being over confident in their

firft Apprehenfions,

or overvaluing their

firft

degrees of Grace, or too much applauding and following unfurnilhed unexperi-

enced

Men

;

but may fomewhat be

direhed

what Mind andCourfe

of

Life to pre-

fer, by

the Judgment of one

that

hath

tryed both

before

them.

1.The

Temper

of

my

Mind bath fomewhataltered with the Temper

of

my

Body.

When

was

young,

I

was

more

vigorous, affefl'ionate,and fervent

in

Preaching,

Cow

pence

and

Pryer,

than

(ordinarily) I

can be now ; my Stile

was

more extem-

porate and

laxe, but by

the Advantage

of

Affection,

and a very familiar moving

Voice and

Utterance, my

preaching

then

-did

more affes the

Auditory, than

many

of

thelaft Years

before

I

gave over

Preaching;

but

yet what I

delivered

was

much