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The Preface

to

the Reader.

Such was the

Exemplary Ingenuity and

true Equity and Candour

of

this

wor-

thy Perfon.

.

But the boldeft Stroke

that

ever

Ì

met with at the Reputation of this

worthy

Perfon Mr.

Baxter, occurs

in

a

Letter that I

have lately received from

a

Perfon

very credible

(

out

of

Worcefterfhire,

Dated

Mareb

the

firft,

3691.

)

The

Sum

whereof

is

this:

_i

]Ere

is

à

Report infbme Perfons.moutbs

that Mr. Baxter,

before he

dyed,

,and

fo

jam.

till

bis

Death, was in

a

great

doubt

and

trouble about

a

Future State. It

is

fugg

fbei

that

be

continued

infacb Doubt, orl.atber was

inclining

to

think

there

was

no

Fatale State at all

,

and that

he

ended bis

Days'under

flab

a Perfwafon;

which

occafs-

seed

no

fmall

trouble

to

bim,

be

having written

fo many

things to perfwade

perfoas

to

be=

lieve there

was..

This Report

is

related

to me

as

brought down from

London

by no

mean Man

;

by one

of

great Repute

in

his

Faculty,

and well known through the Nation,

frequently an Hearer of Mr.

Baxter,

and

an honourable Perfon. And

lam

further

informed

by

the

fame

Hand,

That

it

is

there reported that many

of

his

Friends, Per-

font of

quality

about

London,

know the truth

of

it.

x.

elution

feminist !

What

will

degenerate Mán flick at

!

We know nothing here

that could in the

le&

minifter to tuch

a

Report

as

this.

I that

was

with him

all

along,

have ever heard him triumphing in

his

heavenly

Expefkation, and ever

fpeaking

like

one that

could

never have thought

it

worth. a

Man's while to be,

were it not for the great Intereff and Ends

of

Godlinefs.

He

told me

that he

doubted

not, but

that

it

would

be heft

for him

when

he

had left this

Life,

and was

tranflated

to

the heavenlyRegions.

2.

He own'd what

he

had written, with

reference

to

the

Things of God, to

the

very laft.

He

advifed

thofe

that

came

near him

carefully to mind

their

Soul

Concerns.

The

thortnefs

of Time,

the inftancy of Eternity, the worth

of

Souls,

the greamefs

of God,

the

riches

of

the Grace

of

Chrift,

and

the

excellency

and

import

of

an heavenly

Mind

and Life, and the great

ufefulnefs

of

the Word and

Means

of

Grace purfuant to Eternal

Purpofes,

they

ever lay

prellingly upon

his

own Heart,

and extorted from him very

ufeful

Diredtions

and Encouragements

to

all

that

came

near

him,

even

to the

laft.

Infomuch,

as

that

if a

Polemical

or Ca-

fuiltical

Point,

or any Speculation

in Philofophy or

Divinity,

had been

but of-

fered

to

him for

his

Refolution, after the

cleareft

and

briefeft

Reprefentation

of

his

Mind,

which

the Propofer's

Satisfa

&ion

call'd

for,

he

prefently

and

molt

de-

lightfully

fell

into Converfation about what

related to

our Chriftian Hope and

Work.

;.

Had

he

thought that,tliere had

been

no Future

State for

Man to

be

Con-

cern'd

about, why

was he fo

delighted

in a

hopeful Race of young Minihers

and

Chriftians

?

to

my knowledge

he

greatly

valued

young Divines, and hopeful

Can

didates for

the

Miniftry

:

He

was

molt

liberal

of

Counfel and Encouragement to

them,

and

moll inquifitive

after, and

pleated

with their growthful

Numbers

and

Improvement: And hetold

me, and

fpake it

in my

hearing, That

he

had

the

greateft Hopes and Expebtations from

the

fucceeding

Generation of them

:

And

he

pleafed himfelf

with the Hopes and Expe

&ations

of this,

that

they would

do

God's Work

much

better than we had done

before ,

and

efcape

our Errours and

Defedts.

4.

Any

Man that

reads

his

laft

Will

may

eafily fee

that,

his

Apprehenfions and

Difpofition did not favour

of

filch

Scepticifm

as

the Report inlnuates.

That

pare

thereof which

may Confirm

the Reader that Mr.

Baxter

had

no

filch

Thoughts

abiding in him

,

I

Ihall

here

for

the

Reader's Satisfaction lay before him ;

which

is

as

followeth:

IRichard

Baxter of London

Clerk,

seaworthy

Servant of yefus

Cbria,

drawing

to

the

End of

this

Tra>

filmy Life,

laving

through God's

great

Mercy the free

ufe of

my

Underftanding,

do

make this

my

loll

Will and Teftament

My

Spirit

I

commit,

with

Truf

and

Hope of.

the Heavenly Felicity,

into

the

Hand, of

`

fefas

say

glorified Redeemer

and

Intercefrr

and

by

bi,

Mediation

into

the

hand,

of

Go4 my reconciled

Father,

the,