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P

A

ß

r

I.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

§

7.

The

Means by

which God

was

pleated

to

give me fome Peace and Comfort,

were,

rThe

Reading of many Confolatory

Books.

2.

The

obfervation

of

other MensCondition

:

When I heard many make

the

very

fame

Complaints that

I

did, who were People

of

whom

I

had the heft

effeem,

for the uprightnefs and

holinefs

of

their

Lives,

it

much abated my

fears

and

troubles.

And inparticular

it

much comforted

me,

to read him whom

I

lo-

ved

as

one

of

the

holieft

of

all

the Martyrs, Mr. John

Bradford,

fubfcribing

him

-

felf

fo

often,

[The

bard

-

hearted

fanner

;

and

the

miferable

hard

-

hearted

longer] even

as

I

was ufed

to do my

felf.

3.

And

it

much

increafed my peace

when

God's Providence called me

to the

comforting

of many others that had the

fame

Complaints

:

While

I

anfwered their

Doubts,

L

anfwered my

own

;

and the Charity which

I

was

conftrained to exer-

cife

for them redounded to my

felf,

and

infenfibly

abated my Fears, and procured

me

an inereafe

of

quietnefs

of

Mind.

And yet

after

all, I

wasglad

of

Probabilities

inftead

of

full

undoubted

Certainties;

and

to this

very day, though

I

have

no

fuch degree

of

Doubtfulnefs

as

is

any great

An.1664

trouble

to

my Soul,

or

procureth any great difquieting

Fears,

yet cannot I

fay

that

I

have fuch

a

certainty

of

my ownfincerity in Grace,

as

excludeth all

Doubts

and

Fears

of

the contrary.

§

8.

At that time

alfo

God

was pleafed

much

to

comfort and fettle me by

the

acquaintance

of

fome

Reverend peaceable Divines

;

Mr.

Garber

(aforeLid

)

and

Mr.

George

Baxter

of

Little

Wenlock,

(very holy men and peaceable,

who

laboured

faithfully

with

little

fuccefs

till theywere

above fourfcore years

of

Age

apiece;)

efpecially old

Mr.

Samuel

Smstb,

fometime

of

Prittlewell

in

Efféx,

but,

then

of

Cref

jPa

e

in

Sbropfhire,

( who hath written

ors

the 6th of

Hefea,

the

fìrft

Pfalm

,

the

23d

alm,

the grft-Pjalm, the 9oth

Pfalm,

the

Eunuch's Converfon,

Noah's

Dove,

the

Great

Afz4and

other Books:)Thisgood

Man

was

one

of

my molt

familiar Friends,

in whole

Convert

I

rook very much

delight;who

was

buried but this

Winter

x664.

at

his

Native place at

Dudleey

in

Wcrcefterfleise.

4

9.

And

becaufe

the Cafe

of

my

Body

had

a

great

Operation

upon my Soul,

and the

Hittory

of

it

is

fomewhacneceffary

to the right underftanding

of

the

refs,

and yet

it

is

not a Matter worthy to

be oft

mentioned,

I.fhall here

together give

you

a

brief

Account

of

the molt

of

my

Aflliê

ions

of

that kind,

referving the men-

tion

of

fome

particular Deliverances to the proper

place.

I

was

naturally

of

a

found

Conifitution, but

very

thin

and

lean

and weak,

and

efpecially

of

a

great debility

of

the

Nerves.

At

fevers

years old

I

had the

Meafils, and

at

fourteen the

Small

-pox:

I

too loon after them went into the cold,

and after

(in

a

Loofnefs)

went into

a

River or

Brook

to

walls

me

;

and I eat

raw

Apples

and Pears and Plumbs in

great

quantities for

many

years

:

All

which

together brought

me

into

a

violent

Catarrh

and Cough, which would

not

let me

Deep

quietly in

the Night. When

this

had continued about

two

years,

my Body

being very

thin,

and Confumptions

then common in the Country,

I

was

much

afraid

of

a

Confumption

:

And

Drli

I

did

eat

great

tore

of

raw Garlick, which

took off

fome

part

of

my Cough, but put an Acrimony into

my

Blood,which

na:

turally

was

acrimonious.

After

this

theSpitting

of

Blood increafed

my

fears

:

After

that

Sir

Henry

Herbert

advifed me

to take the Flower

of

Brimftone,,

which

I

continned till

I

had taken

feven

Ounces ;

which took

off moll

of

the remainder

of

my Cough, but increa-

fed

the Acrimony

of

my

Blood.

Then

an

unskilful Phyfician

perfwaded me

that

I

had

a

He,%ck, and

to

cure

that I took much Milk from the

Cow,

and

other

pituitous cooling things

, and

conftantly anointed my Stomach and Reins with refrigerating Oils

of

Violets

and

Rofes ;

and

was

utterly reftrained from

my

afoul

Exercife

!

By this time

I

had an

extream

chillinefs

without, and yet

atrange

fcurf on my

Tongue,

with a con

-

Bant

extream

delire

of

Itretching, that

I

thought

I

could

almoft have endured a

Rack

;

and an incredible flatulency`

at the Stomach , and

a

bleeding

at

the

Note.

The next Phyfician

(an

Aged and

Experinced Docttor)

was

confident

the

Scurvy was

my

chief Diftemper, and thereupon prefcribed me more Acrimonious

Medicaments,

Scurvy-

grafs, IHorfe-

radilh, Muftard, Wormwood, Vic.

which a-

bundantly

increafed my bleeding at

the

Nofe;

infomuch

as

I bled many times

half

a Pint or

a

Pinta

day, and

it

continuing

long, I

was

much weakned

:

Yet under

this fear

of

the

Scurvy

I

continued two

years

taking

exceffìve

quantities

of

Acri-

monious