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138

2he

LIFE

of

the,

&C.

LIB.

L.

And that which I named

before on

the by,

is

grown one

of

my great Difeafes:

I

have loft much of that

Zeal

which I had, to propagate any Truths to others,

fave

the

meer Fundamentals. When

I

perceive

People or Mini(lers

(

which

is

too

common) to think

they know what indeed they do

not,

and to difpute thole

things which they never throughly ftudied, or expedl

I

fhould

debate the

Cafe

with them,

as

if

an

hours talk

would ferve inftead

of

an acute

underftanding and

£even

years Rudy,

I

have

no Zeal to

make

them of

my

Opinion,

but

an

impati-

ence

of continuing

Difcourfe

with them on

fuch

Subje &s,

and am apt to be

filent

or to turn to

fomething elfe: which

( though there

be

force reafon for

it)

I

feel

cometh

from

a

want of

Zeal

for

the

Truth,

and from an

impatient Temper

of

Mind.

I

am ready to think that People

Ihould quickly

underfland

all

in

a few

words;

and

if

they

cannot, lazilyto defpair

of

them, and

leave

them

to them-

felves

:

And

I

the more know

that

it

is

linful in

me,

becaufe

it

is

partly

fo

in

o-

ther

things;

even about

the

Faults

of my

Servants

or otherinferiours,

if

three or

four

times

warning do no

good on

them, I

am

much tempted to

defpair

of them,

and turn them away and

leave

them to themlelves.

I

mention all

there

Diftempers,that my

Faults may be

a

warning to

others to take

heed,

as

they cation my

felf for

Repentance andWatchfulnefs.

O

Lord,

for

the

Merits and

Sacrifice

and Intercellion

of

Chrift,

be

merciful to

me

a

Sinner, and

forgive my known andunknown

Sins.

T

HB