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T

H

E

LIFE

O

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D

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

LIB.I.

PART

L

4

Y Father's Name

was Richard

(the

Son

of

Richard)

Baxter:

His

Habitation

and

Effate at

a Village

called

Eaton-Con

flan-

rine, a

mile

from the

Wrekin

-Hill,

and above

half

a

mile

from

Severn

River, and

five

miles

from

Shrewsbury

in

Shrop-

(hire

:

A

Village

molt

pleafantly and healthfully

fituare.

My Mother'sName

was

Beatrice

the

Daughter

of

Richard

Adeney

of

Rawton,a Village

near

High-Ercall,the

Lord New-

port's

Seat,

in the

fame

County

:

There

I

was

born

A.

D.

i6r

g.

on the

rash

of

November,

being

the Lord'sDay,

in

the Morning at the time

of Divine Worthip

;

and Baptized at

High-Ercall

the

19th day following

:

And

there

I lived from

my Parents

with my Grandfather till

I

was

near

Ten

years

of

Age, and

then

was taken

home.

My

Father had only the Competent

Hate

of

a

Freeholder,free from the

Temp-

tations

of

Poverty

and

Riches

:

But

havingbeen addi&ed to

Gaming

in

his

Youth,

and

his

Father

before

him, it

was fo

entangled

by Debts,

that it

occafioned

Tome

excefi

of

worldly Cares

before

it

was freed.

We

lived

in

a

Country that

had but

little

Preaching

at

all

:

In the

Village

where

I

was

born there

was

four Readers

fucceflively

in Six years time,

ignorant Men,

and two of them immoral

in

their

lives

;

who were

all

my School-mailers.

In the

Village

where my Father lived, there

was

a

Reader

of

about Eighty

years

of

Age

that never preached, and

had

two Churches about

Twenty

miles

diftant

:

His

Eye

fight failing him, he faid

Common-Prayer

without

Book

but

for

the Reading

of

the

Pfalms

and Chapters, he got a

Common Threfher and Day

-

Labourer one year,

and

a

Taylor

another year

:

(for

the Clerk

could

not

read

well)

:

And at

lad

he

had

a

Kinfman

of

his

own, ( the

excellenteff Stage

-

player

in

all

the

Country, and

a

good Gamefterand good

Fellow)

that got Orders

and fupplied one

of

his Places

!

After hint anotheryounger Kinfman,that could write and read, got Orders

:

And

at the

fame time

another Neighbour's

Son

that had

been

a

while at School

turn'd

Miniller,

and who would

needs

go further

than

the reif, ventur'd to preach

(and

after got a

Living in

Sraffordfhire,)

and when he

had been

a

Preacher about

Twelve

or

Sixteen years, he was fain

to

give

over, it being difcovered that

his

Orders were

forged

by

the

firft

ingenious

Stage-

Player. After

him another Neighbour's

Son

took Orders,

when he had been a while an Attorney's Clerk,and

a

common Drun-

kard,

and tipled

himfelf

into

fo

great Poverty that

he had

no other

way

to live:

It

B

was