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I

he

Prefsace

to the

Reader.

from

Age

to

,Age; and

the

vaft Reaches and

Defigns

of

Providence

its all.

Could

i

but.

perfwade

the Reader to read

and paufe upon

fore

Inftances

upon

Record in Sacred

Writ,

as

being

leaft

liable

to Exception ( thoughmany might

be

produced from

Ancient and Modern

Hiftories)

he might there

by

at lealt prevent

conlderably

his

being Scandalized

by

the many

Obloquies that

tome

from

incon-

liiderate and

malignant Men. What Man

of

Worth could

or

did ever

yet abfo-

lately efcape being traduced by tome or

other?

See

ter.

t5.

ro.

and zo.

ro.

Neb.

z.

r9. and

6.6,7.

Gen. 39.

t4.

1

Sam. 22.

z

Sam. 16.

3.

Amos 7.

to,

io.

Mataf.

z6.

ht.

Ails

2,4.

q

--

9.

and 18:

r 3.

Rom.

3.8. If greater

Perlons (fuch

as

`fofepb,

Nehemiah,

7eremiah, Daniel,

Chrift, and

his Apoltles, and

David him

-.

felt,

Chrift's Royal

Antitype)

were traduced

by

the

Sons

of

Belief,

as

guilty

of

what their

Souls

abhorr'd

fo

intimately; what wonder

is

it to

find this

Reverend

Perlon Mr, Baxter, mifreprefented

by

the malignity and obloquy

of

fore;

and by

the weaknefs, credulity, and miltakes

of

others ; and

thole perhaps excellent Per

-

fons

otherwife, in manifoldrelpects

?

Mr.

Baxter

is charged

by

Come

as being

again!? King

Charles

the

Fir!?

in the

Pie.

War,

and

too

much

a

Fomenter

of

it.

to

this

you

have his Replys

in the Hiftory

it

felf; and thither I

refer

the Reader.

He

has been

alto traduced

by

fore,

as

having

kill'd a Man in

cold Blood

with

he8

own bands.

From which

Scandalous

Report he

has alfo

vindicated himfelf

in the

following Hiftory. But for the,'Reader's

further

Satisfy

&ion,

I

will

here fubjoyn

a

Letter from Dr.

Alleftree,

which

is

not there inferred

(

that I

remember

). When

a

credible Perlon

(Mr.

y. H.)

told

Mr.

Baxter

that the

Dolor

had formerly laid

the like to him

;

laying,

That

he

could not

think

well

of

'one

that had

kill'd

a Man in

'cold Blood

with

his own hands

;

Mr.

Beater

.

fufpe&iog

that the

Dodoes

Chair and

Reputation

might

give credit

to

this flanderous

Report,

he wrote to the Doetor,

defiring to

know

of

him whether he reported

this

or

no;

affuring him

in

the

fame

Letter, that he

never Crack

any

Man

in anger,

in

all his

Life,,to

his

remetn

bronce--

-This

Letter

to

the Doctor

was

dated

London, Decemb.S.

1679.

Her

opon the

Dottor

returned him the

following

Anfwert

,SIR,

*

Mon

profeeffmcerely

that

I

cannot

recolle!?

that

ever

IPaidInch

words

cf

you

to

M.

H.

j

as

it

firms

he Both affirm

I

did. But yet

I

cannot

bat

acknowledge-

it

is

very pofblu

that

I

related

(and

it

may

be to

bim

)

that

I

bad beard

you

kiü'd

a

Man

in coldblood;

Ow

I

very well remember

that

above

Thirty years

fine,

at

the end

of

the

War,

I

bard

that

publickly

poke

before

Company,

and with this

further,

Circumflance

,

that

it

wee

a

Sol

-

dier

who

had

been

a

Prifoner fome,hours

before.

Now

this Report

relating

to

the

Wars,

in

which I

fear

rich

things wore

no

great Rarities ; and from

rgy

very tender

youth,

I baying

nor

had

the

leaf?

Concern

with

you;

nor Iikelybeod

of

any

for

the

future, did

nt

therefore

apprehend

at

prelim

any concern or

occafson

of

enquiring whether

it

were

true;

oa

which,

up-

on

that

confident

AJvëration

Uhl

make no doubt.

And

I

took fo

little thoulbt

of

laying

up the

Relation,

that

I

protei?

to

you, as in

the

pretence

of

Almighty

God,

it

er

impofble

for

me,

to recover who

made

up

that

Company

in which

I

beard

it,

or

from

whore

I

heard

it.

And

I

wonder bow

it

came

into

my

mind

to

fay

that

I

had

beard

itfe

long

afer.,

Bat

bow=

ever, though

it

be

fame

cafe

to me

to

believe

that

the

late

Difcourfes

of

it,

do

not come

f

om.

my relating,

it

fo long

fine

that

I

have beard

it,

neither are

likely to

receive any

confirmation

from

it,

unleß it.be made morepublick

than

I

have

made

it

;

yet

I

do

profeß

it

es

a

great

afo!?ion

to me ro

bave

ffaken that,

though but as

a

Report, which

it liens'

was

a flander

(

for

fo

I

believe

it

upon

yourAffeveration)

and

not

having

endeavoured

to

know whether

it

werearue. And

as

I

have

begg'd God's

forgivenef, fo

I

heartily_defre you

will forgive

me.

And

if

I

could

direi?

my

felf

to any other

way of

Satìsfaiion,

I

vnuld

give

it.

This

is,

the whole Account

I

can

giveof

this Matter ;

To

which

I

pall

only

odd

that

I are

Eaton

-

Colledge,

S

I

R,

Dec.13. 1679.

Your very affectionateServant,

Richard

4lliffree.

S,ucb