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The

LIFE

of

the

Lis.

I.

was feared

that

he and more

of

them came by their Orders the fameway with

the

forementioned Perfon

:

Thefe

were the School

-

mailers

of

my

Youth

(except two

of

them

:)

who read Common Prayer

on

Sundays

and Holy

-days,

and

taught School

and tipled on

the Week

-

days,and

whipt the

Boys

when

they were

drunk,

fo

that

we

changed them very oft.

Within a

few miles about us,werenear

a

dozen moreMi-

nifters

that

were near Eighty

years old apiece,

and never

preached

;

poor ignorant

Readers,and moll of

them of

Scandalous

Lives

:

only three or

four

confiant com-

petent Preachers

lived

near

us,

and thofe

(though Conformable

all

fave one

) were

the common

Marks

of

the People's Obloquy and Reproach, and any

that

had but

gone

to

hear them, when he had

no

Preaching at home,

was

made the Durillon

of

the

Vulgar Rabble, under the odious Name

of

a

Puritan.

But

though we had

no

better Teachers

,

it

pleated God to

inflru&

and change

my Father,

by

the bare reading

of

the Scriptures in private,without either Preach-

ing, or Godly

Company,

or

any

other

Books

but the

Bible:

And God made him

the

Initrument of

my

first

Convt

&ions, and Approbation

of

a

Holy

Life,

as

well

as

of

my

Refrain

from

the

groffer fort

of

Lives,

When

I

was

very young, his

ferious Speeches

of

God

and the Life

to come,

poffeffed me

with

a

fear of fin-

ning

:

When

I was

but near

Ten

years

of

Age, being at School at

Higb.Ercall ,

we

had

leave

to

play on

the Day

of

the Kings Coronation

;

and

at

Two ofthe Clock

afternoon

on

that Day there happened an Earthquake, which put

all

the People

into

a

fear,

and fomewhat poffeffed

them

with

awful

thoughts

of

the Dreadful God.

(I

make

no Commentary on the

Time;

nor

do

I know certainly whether

it

were

in

other Countreys.)

At firft my Fatherfet me to

read

the Hiftorical part

of

the Scripture, which fuit-

ing

with

my

Nature

greatly delighted

me;

and though

all

that

time

I

neither

un-

derstood

nor

relished

much the Do&rinal

Part,

and

Mystery ofRedemption, yet it

did me

good by

acquainting me with the Matters of

Fa&,

and drawing me on

to

love

the

Bible, and

to

fearch

by

degrees

intothe

ref.

But

thoughmy Confcience

would trouble me when

I

finned,

yet

divers

fins

I

was addieted

to, and oft committed

againft my

Confcience; which for the warn-

ing

of

others

I

will

confefs

here

to

my

shame.

a.

I

was

much addi&ed.when, I feared Corrre

&ion

to

lie,

that

I

might

fcape.

2.

I

was

much addi

&ed

to the

excelliive

gluttonous eating

of

Apples and Pears :

which

I

think

laid

the foundationof that

Imbecdlliry

and

Flatulency of

my

Stomach,

which

caufed

the

Bodily Calamities

of my

Life.

3.

To

this

end,

and

to

concur with naughty

Boys

that

gloried

in

evil,

I

have

oft

gone into other

men's

Orchards

,

and

foln

their Fruit,

when I had enough at

home.

4.

1

was

fomewhat

excefliively

addi&ed

to

play, and

that with

covetoufnefs,

for

Money.

S.

I

was

extreamly bewitched

with a

Love

of

Romances, Fables and old Tales,

which corrupted

my

Affe

&ions and loft my

Time.

6.

i

was guilty

of

much idle

foolish

Chat,

and imitation

of

Boys

in

fcurrilous

foolish

Words and

A&ions

(though I

durf

not

fwear).

7.

I

was

too proud

of

my Matters Commendations for Learning,who

all

of

them

fed my

pride, making me

Seven

or Eight

years

the higheft in the

School

,

and

boating

of

me

to

others,

which though it furthered

my Learning,

yet helped

not

my Humility.

8.

I

was

too bold and unreverent towards my Parents.

Thefe were my

Sins

which in my Childhood Confcience troubled me for a

great while before they were overcome.

In

the

Village

where I

lived

the Reader read the Common-Prayer briefly, and

the

tell

of

the Day even till dark Night almolt, except Eating

time,

was

fpenc

in

Dancing under

a

May-Pole and

a

great

Tree,not

far front

my Father's

Door;

where

all

the Town

did

meet together

:

And though one

of

my Father's

own Tenants

was

the

Piper,

he

could not

refrain him, nor

break

the Sport

:

So

that we could

not

read theScripture in

our Family without the

great

dinurbanceo. the

Taber

and

Pipe and

Noife

in

the

Street

!

Many times

my

Mind

was

inclined

to

be

among

them, and

fòmetimes

I

broke

look

from

Coniience,

and joyned with

them; and

the

more

I

did

it

the more I

was

enclined

ro it.

But

when

I

heard them

call

my

Father

Puritan; it did much

to

cure me and alienate me

from them

:

for

I

confi-

der'd that

my Father's

Exercife

of

Reading

the Scripture, was

better than

theirs,

and would Purely

be

better thought

on

by all men

at the

Tall; and

I

conldered

what it

was

for

that he

and others were

that

derided.

When

I

heard them fpeak

fcornfully