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The Preface

to

the

Reader.

neither

Time nor

Strength to

finifh

it

;

nor

to Correa, it

with

his

own Hand.

Such

therefore

as

it

is

,

yell

have it. ç.

He

brought it down

(not

long

be=

fore he

died)

to

publifh

it, but upon

fecund Thoughts he changed that purpofe,

as his B.00kfeller

fine

his

Death

affured me. 6.

I

have

realm

to think that the

Author

had

Come

thoughts to

have

made further Progrefs

in

this

Hiflory,

but

that

other Things diverted him therefrom

,

till

his

Death

at

loft

made that im.

pofible.

Sirgula

quid referam,

nil

non

mortale

tearmas;

Pet`lorü, Exceptia iñgeniique,bono.

Ovid. de

Trift.

Eleg.

vii.

Fourthly,

As

to

my

fell.

When

I

came

up

to

London, Anno Dom.

1671.

I

was

brought

into

Acquaintance

with

Mr.

Baxter,

by my dear and intimate Friend

Mr.fofeph

Trueman

elms

)

who it

feems,

unknown to

me, had told Mr.

Baxter

concerning

me, more

than

I

ever expected or deferved.

And

fo

great

was

Mr.

Trueman's

Reputation

with Mr.

Baxter

,

as

toconciliate that regard

to

his Character

of me,

which great

-

ly promoted

my,

Intimaéy,

andmy more

free and

frequent Converfation wins him

ever

after.

HereuponMr.

Baxter

wrote to a worthy Perron

to reek

me out,

and

to

bring

me

(a

perfe& Stranger

in the

City)

into Acquaintance and Employment

:

which

accordingly

was

done. And force Ihort time after Mr. Baxter and my

fell

met

together upon Minifterial Employment fomewhat frequently

,

to mutual Sa-

tisfa

&ion and reciprocal Endearments

;

God

fpeaking

to

his

Heart

for

me.

The

Lord impute not

to

me my

fo

(mall improvement

of

that

fo

great Advantage.

I

never was

deny'd

admiflion

to him, when

defired by

me:

And many

Secrets

he

committedto me relating to

his Soul

and Secular Affairs,

which

have

been, are,

and (hall

be fuck

God willing, whilft

I

live: for

I

take

it

to

be finful

to betray

a Secret, unlefs

Concealment

be injurious

to the Publick

,

or to

another Perlon,

And in that

cafe

I willnever

(as

I think

I

never have done to the

belt

of my

temembrance)

promife Secrecy

:

for

I

think

it

bafe, and

no way

capable

ofVin-

dication,

to

ferve one

Friend

fo

as

unjuftly and unworthily to differve another.

At

lair

it

pleated

God to caft my Lot upon Copartnerfhip with him

in

Minifterial

Work

in

Cbarterbaufe

-yard,

in

my own Dwelling

-houre

there;

which he the

rather

complyed

with

becaufe

of

the vicinity

of

our Refpedive Habitations.

He

would

not

meddle

with the Paftoral Work

;

but would

'tile

himfetf ( when fomewhat

pleafant)

my

Curate

;

but he

would take

no Money

of

me

for

his pains

:

but

oft

and

freely

profeft

his Satisfaction

in

his

Conjun/tion with

me,

and

in the

ferious

and

moderate

temper

of

my Flock.

And

I

know none beyond them

for

Peace

and Love

and

Candour. He

was

greatly

folicitous

about my

Subfiftence and

En-

couragemement

after his

Death. And not long before

his Exit he

drew

up

a

Pa-

per

to

have been

read

to

the Congregation

,

to

have procured me force generous

Subfcriptions from

them

for

one year,

betides

what they

ufually allowed me

An-

nually

;

and

to

excite others thereunto

,

he Subfcribed

Ten

pounds for him(élf.

He

defigned

it to

have been

propofed and

effe&ted

when

I

was

in the Country

;

but coming

to

the knowledge

of

it, I put it

by

,

which he

diftafted

not

a

little.

However,

I

am

for

making the

Gofpel

and my Miniltry

as

little chargeable

as

I

can

:

for

I

leek

not

theirs

,

but

them

:

and having Food and Raiment,

I

can be

therewith Content. My Congregation

is

but

fmall

:

but they are

worthy

of

a

far better Pallor than

my

felf.

And they are kinde to me

,

rather beyond, than at

the

rate

of

their

Ability.

And I

have

found God's

Blefïing on

what

they

have al-

low'd

me.

And

I

find

my Labour

not in

vain amonglt them.

§IX.

No Man

can

ju$ly

wonder

that

he efcaped

not

the

Scourges

of

Tongues and

Pens, and the bold

Strokes

of

Calumny

,

who

well confiders

Humane. Degene-

racy,

Satan's

Malignity

,

the

Dulnefs

of

Torre,

the

Raihnefs

of

others, the Cre-

dulity

of

others, the Narrownefs

of

others,

the Imperfeetions

of

himfetf

,

and

of

all,

the Entertainments

of

God's choicelt Favourites and Servants upon Record

from