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The Preface

to

the Reader:

I

had

neither time

nor

ftrength to attend the Preis,

fo

as

to

infped

the

Imprefion

Ikea

by

fheet;

and thereupon

I

nulled

to

the promifed Care

of

the. Bookfellersa

but I

found upon review

the Errata to

be

more numerous

and groS by

far than

ever

I

expected. But

if

the Candid Reader

will

corre& the Errata

,

as

they are ren-

der'd corrigible to

his

view,

I

(hall

think my fell greatly

obliged to

him. But

if

the Reader's

firft

Hiltorical

Salute difpleafe

him,

as

being much beneath

his

expect-

ed Entertainment, one

hours

reading

I

hope he will

find

to

be

the utmolt -Exer-

cife

of

his

Patience, from the

meannefs

of

the Matter at

his

Entrance

into

the

Book.

II.

As

to

the Author'sordering and digelting

of

his

own

Memoirs,

a

Rhapfody

it

now

appears

s

and

as

to

method and equality

of

Stile, fomewhat below

what

curious Readers

might expeót; yea,

and from

what it had been,

had it

but paffed

the Author's

hider

Thoughts and

View.

Yet

we

(hall

find

the

Hifory

greatly

ufeful, though

not

exactly uniform ;

nor'is it

fo confufed,

as

to

be

incapable

of

ea-

fie

References and

Reduaions

to

Euch

proper

Order

as

may belt

pleafe

the Reader:,

if

the Defign be clear and

worthy, viz. to

tet in

open Light the degenerate

Age

he

lived in

:

the

magnalia

of

Grace

and

Providence

as

to

bimfelf

e

his

Self-

cenfurings

on

all occafions:

Caution and Conduct unto others

:

and tracing

all &vents

to

their genuine

Sources

and Originals, the

judicious

Reader will improve fuckthings,

There

were

feveral Papers loofely

laid,

which' could not

eafily

be

found

, when

needed. And

,the defe&ivenefs

of

my

very much

declining Memory, made

me for

-

get

(

and the

more, becaufe

of

haste and bufrnefs) where

I had

laid

them

after

I

had found them. And force few

Papers

mention'd,

and important here

,

are

not

yet

found,

though

fearch'd

after;

which yet

hereafter may

be

brought to light

amongf

force

others, intended

for

the Publick View, if God permit.

The

Reve-

rend

Author wrote them at

feveral times,

as

his

other Work

and 'Studies, and

fre-

quent

Infirmitieswould admit

of.

And he

was more

intent upon the

Matter than

the Method

:

and

finding his

Evening

Shadows

growing long,

as

the Prefage

of

his

own

approaching

and expected Change,

he

was willing

(through

the

importunity

of

his

Friends) to

haften the compleating

of

his

Works before

he died. And he

had rather

that

the Work

was

done fomewhat imperfectly

,

than not at

all.

It

is

true indeed, that he bath

left

us

nothing of the lait

Seven years

of

his

Life, lave

his

Apology for

his accufed

Parapbrafe

and

Notes

on

the

New

Teftament ,

for which he

was

fo fiercely

profetuted,

imprifoned, traduced and

fined.

And though fame

preffed me

to draw

up

the

Supplemental

Hillary of

his

Life, yet the wifelt that I

could

confule advifed

me to the

contrary

:

and

I

did take their

counsel

to

be

right

and

good;

for

I

well

knew my fell very unable to do

that uniformly with

the

reft ;

and

I

was

not

inclined to obtrude upon the World what

was

not Mr.

Barters.

Pre-

carious

Reputation I

affe&

not.

That

Fame cannot be

rightfully

my own which

is

not

deferved by me.

And

if

this

Preface and myfubjoyned Sermon be butcan-

didly received, or moderately cenfured, and any way tributary to the Reader's

benefit

,

I

(hall

rejoyce therein

,

and

not

expe&

his

undeferved Commenda-

tion.

III.

I

am well aware

( and think it worth

my while

to

take

notice)

of

feveral

Things which

may awaken

Prejudice, Cenfure, or

Difpleafure

,

and

occafon

(if

not

caul)

Obje

&ions

and Offence,

as

to the Treatife and my fell; which I

would

obviate and prevent

(

at leaft

allay) if

poffïble.

I neither

love

to

kindle Flames,

nor

to enrage

them, nor

to

contributethe

leali breath

or

fewel

to them.

I

am

for

Faithfulnefs and

Truth in

the

foftef

file

and way confiftent with the Ends and

Interelt

thereof.

Flattering Titles and

needlefs

Pungencies

I

difaf.

What

was

the Author's,

is

not

mine.

To

nublilh

is

not

always

to

affent.

And

if

Modell),

and Self

diffidence

do

make me refrain from Cenfures and

Correftionsand Expun-

&ions,

can that

be

efeemed

culpable

?

Efpecially when

it

is

vet

foie

Meridian

cla-

rims,

to both my felf

and every

Man, how much

my Knowledge, Parts,

Judgment,

Holinefs and Advantages

to

know what hé Reports and Cenfùres, come

fhort

of

what

his were.

Molt of

the Perfons

(if

not

well

nigh

all)

cenfured

by

him

,

were altogether unknown

tome

:

Nor

do

I

find

them all, or many, mentioned by

him

as

utterly ungodly or undone. But

as

far

as

Mifcarriages

or

Negle

&s

upon the

Publick

Stage

did miniller

to

Sufpicion,

ana

(to

the prejudice

thereof)

affe&

the

Publick Intereft

; fo far

they are remarked by him with refentmene

If

jaflly,

the

Equity

will

jufifie the Cenfure; and

evidently

hew

how much

the

Interef of

Church

and

State

lay nearer to, and more upon

his

Heart

than

private Friendship

or