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The

Preface

to

the

Reader.

prove their Cenfures and Reflections,

if

filch

th °ngs

mult

be

my

Difcipline and

Lot

Quo

guifgue eft

major magic

eft

placabilia

ira

Et

faciles motusmens

Generofa

capit.

Corpora

Magnanimo

facia ell proflralle Leoni

Pugna

forum

fsnem cum

jacet

bofts,.babet.

At

lupus

do.

tropes

inftant

Morientìbus

urf

Et

gueecungue

minor nobilitate fera.eft..

..

Ovid.

Trill.

Eleg.

iv.

However

let

the

Reader

bear with me

if I

attempt to obviate what I apprehend

Molt likely

forMen to

reply and urge upon me,by offering thefe things

taferious and

impartial Thoughts, relating

to

a.

The

Author, z.

The

Treatife,

3.

The

Publication,

And 4.

My

felf.

FirE the

Author.

.

r.

He

was one

who lov'd to

fee

and

let

things in their cleareft,

andmolf

genuine

Light

;

he well confidered

what

fort and lize

of

Evidence

and Proof

all

things

were capable

of.

Matters of

Senfe

are evident by

their

due Appulfeson the

Sentes.

Matters of Doófrinal

Truth

by

Demonllration

;

Matters

of

Hiffory by credible

report

:

and he could confider well

how Certainty and Probability

differed.

Nor

was he

willing

to

be

impofed

upon, or

deceived through Prejudice, Lazinefs,

Inte-

refl, or

a

faelious

Spirit.

To

fay

he never

was

miftaken

( for

undoubtedly

he had

his

Errours and

Miffakes,

Tome

of them

rerraded,

and publickly acknowledg

d

by

him

when difcern'd)

is

to attribute more

to

him, than

any

meet Man

can

fay:

and

more than any impartial

and

fevere Student

will

arrogate to

himfelf.

I

Thal!

never

call

the Retra&anon

of

a difcovered

Errour or Miftake,

a

Fault;

but

rather

a

commendable Excellence

:

and

I

judge

it better to

argue clofely,

than bitterly to

recriminate or traduce.

Truth

needs

neither

Scoff

nor

Satyr to defend it.

z.This

made him

fo

folicitous to leave

behindhim

filch

an Impartial Account of

the

Hiflory of

his

Times,

and

of

his

own Endeavoursin

his

place

and

day

to promote

Holinefs,

Truth

and Peace.

3.

He

hence

obferv'd how thefe

great Concerns were either promoted or

ob-

ftruded

;

and

by

whom.

What

was

amifs,

or

right,

either in himfelf or others,

Ó'c.

4.

He

was

concerned to prevent Mifapprehenfions,Prejudice, Cenfures and Scan-

dals

for

time

to come

;

to

call

the

Guilty

to Repentance;

to clear the

Innocent,and

warn the prefect

and fucceeding Generations againif

their being

fplit

upon the

like

Rocks;

to

lay

all

Mifcarriages

at their right

Doors; and to

undeceive

Forreiga

Churches

and

Kingdoms,

and to deliver

them from

being impofed

on,

by

falfe

Re

-,

prefentations

of our

Affairs

at

home.

S.

He

had

an

acrimonious pungent

Stile

indeed, contra&ed by

his

plain dealing

with

obltinate

Sinners> whirls he told are was

much

feverer

than

his

Spirit

was.

He

lov'd to

give

Sins

and

Sinners

what

Names

might

make themfelves and

all

Men

moff fenlible

of

their aggravated Crimes.And yet he was

averfe from

blackning them

more than there

was reafon

for in

his

judgment

:

and

from

concluding Men grace

-

lefs

or

hopelefs

from any particular Mifdemeanoursor Defe

&s.

6.

He

was

publick fpirited, and valued not

(nor

would he

be

fwayed

by)Parties,

Names or Intereffs.His

Soul was

drawn out to

a

greater length, and wrought into a

finer

temper

,

than

toover

-look any

thing

truly Excellent and

Worthy in

any

one,

thoughof

a different

Charaler

and Perfwafion

from

himfelf,

as

to things

of

a

lower

Nature,and

confiffent

with the

Spirit and

great Defigns

of

Chriilianity.

I

have heard

him great and copious in

his

Commendations

of

feveral

Prelates and Conformifts.And

ter

the Reader

pardon me

if

I

tell him

the Right

Reverend the Archbilhop

of

Canter

-

bury,Dr.Tenifon,the

Reverendprefect

Bithops

ofWúreofter

and

Ely,were exprefly

men-

timed

by

him

to me

as

Perlons greatly

admired,

and

highly

valued

by him

;

and

of

theirreadinefs to

ferve

the Publick Interelf, both Civil

and Religious, he told

me

he

doubted

not.

And for

feveral

of

their

excellent

and

ufeful

Labours,

I

think my

felt (amongft

many others) obliged to

bid; God,

and

thank them

;,

though I be

unknown to them, and indeed

def

rvedly below their

Notice.)

His

great

Concern

and vehement Delire

was

for

a

Comm

eheofion

fit

to

include

all

peaceable,

ufeful,

ütber Perlons.

And he

thought

it

not

impoflible

nor

incongruous

to

fix

upon Foun-

dations

large and

flrong enough,

fo

as

to take in

all

that might

fitly

contribute to

Publick