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PART

I.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

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here, but was a

meer

putrilage

fine

fibrin

, like

thin

Ink or Saw-pit Water.

To

keep this Blood

in

the

relaxed Veffels

was

now

all

my

Cares, which daily

bed

abroad upon

my

Eyes, and

Teeth,

and Jaws, andJoynts,

fo

that

I

had fcarce

reft

night or day

:

(

of

Come

of

the

Effeóts,

and my Remedy

which God

bleffed

to

my cafe,

I

!hall

fpeak

more afterward).

With

filch Blood ,

Ina

kind

of

Atro-

phie, which bath

caufed a very

troublefome Drowfinefs

to

feize

upon and

follow

me,

I

have lived now thefe

many

years, and wrote all the Books

that

ever

I wrote,

and done the greateft

partof

nay

Service: My chiefeft Remedies are,

t.

Temperance

as

to

quantity

and quality

of

Food

:

for every bit or fpoonful

too much, and

all

that

is

not

exceeding

eafie

of

digeftion, and

all

that

is

flatulent,

do turn

all

to Wind,

and

diforder my Head.

2.

Exercife

till I fweat

:

For if

I walk

not

hard with almoft

all

my ftrength, an

hour before

Dinner,

and an hour before Supper,

till

I

fweat well, I

am

not

able

to digeh two

Meals ; and

cannot

exiled

to

live

when I am difabled for Exercife,

being prefently overwhelmed with

chillinefs, flatulency, and ferofity.

3.

A conftant Extrinfick Heat,

by a great

Fire, which

may keep me

hill

near

to a Sweat,

if

not

in

it:

(

for

I

am feldom well at

cafe

but in

a Sweat).

q..

Beer

as

hot

as

my

Throat

will endure, drunk

all at

once

,

to make

me

Swear.

Thefe are the Means which God bath

ufed

to draw out

my

days,

and

give

,me

eafe

(

with one Herb inwardly taken

)

;

which

I

write for the

fake

of

any

Stu-

dents

that

may be

near the

fame Diftempers ; but

almoft

all Phyfrck did

me harm

:

And no Aromatical

Thing

now can

I

talle, but

it

fetteth my Nofe

a

bleeding

,

though finte

I

bled a

Gallon I am

not

fo

prone to it

as

before.

I

havecalf in all this

here together, that the Reader may better underhand other

things, andmay not too oft

be

troubled

with

fisch

Matters. But now at the Age

of

near Seventy years,

what Changesand

fad

Days and Nights

I undergo, I after

tell.

§

Io. About

the Eighteenth year

of

my Age Mr.

Wickftead,

with whom

I

had

lived

at

Ludlow, had

ahnoft perfwaded me

to

lay by

all

my Preparations for

the

Miniftry,

and

to

go to

Londar3,and

get acquaintance at

Court,

and get

forre Office,

as

being

the only

riling. way. I had

no

mind

of

his

Counfel who

had helped

me

no

better before; yet

becaufe

that

they knew

that

he

loved me,

and they had

no

great inclination to

my being

a Mil-lifter

,

my

Parents accepted

of

his

Motion

:

He told them that

if

1

would goup and

live a

while with

Sir

Henry

Herbert,

then

Maher of

the Revels,he

would quickly

let

rise

in

a

riling way.

I

would

not

be

difobedient, but wentup, and hayed

at

Whitehall

with

Sir H. H.

about a month

:

But

I

had quickly enough

of

the Court

;

when

I

faw

a

Stage-

.

Play

inhead

of

a

Sermon on

the Lord's

-days

in

the Afternoon,

and faw

what

Courfe was

therein

fafhion, and heard little

Preaching,but what

was

as

to one

part

.againft

the Puritans,

I

was

glad

to

be

gone

:

And

'at

the

fame time it pleafed

God

that

my Mother fell

Fick,

and

defired

my return

;

and

fo

I refòlved

to

bid farewel

to

thofe kind

of

Employments and Expectations.

While

I

was

in

London

I

fell

into Acquaintance with

a

fober,

godly, underhand

-

ing Apprentice

of

Mr.

Philemon Stephens

the Bookfeller

,

whofe

Name

was Ham-

pbrey Blanden

(who

is fence

turned anextraordinary Chymifl

r

and

got

Jacob Behan

his

Books

rrantlated and

printed),

whom

I

very

much

loved, and who by

his

Con

-

folatory Letters and Dire &ions for Books,

did

afterwards

do me the

Offices

of an

ufeful

Friend.

§

ea. When

I

was

going home again

into the Country

about

Chrifèmae

-day,

the

greateft Snow began

that

bath been in this Age, which continued thence till Ea-

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fter, at which fome

places had

it many

yardsdeep

-;

and before

it

was a

very hard

Froh,

which

necefCtated me to

Froh

-nail my Horfe twice

or thrice

a day.

On

the Road

I

met a Waggon loaded,

where I had no

paffage

by, but on the

fide

of

a

bank

,

which

as

I

paffed

over, all my Horfes feet hipt from

under

him, and all

the Girths brake,

and. fo

I

was cult jufl before

the Waggon

Wheel

,

which

had gone

over me, but

that

if

pleafed

God, that fuddenly the

Horfes

Ropy without

any dif-

cernable caufe, till

I

wasrecovered

:

which commanded

me

to

obferve

the Mercy

of

my

Proteetor.

.

4

a2.

This mindethme

of

fame other Dangers and Deliverances which

I

pall

over.

At Seventeenyears

of

Age,

as

I

rode

out

on

a

great unruly Horfè

for plea-

fare,

which

was

wont on

a

fudden

to

get the

Bitt in

his

Teeth,

and

fet

on running

;

as

I was

in

a Field

of

high Ground, there being

on the

other

fide

a

Quick

-fet

Hedge,

a

very deep

narrów Lane, about

a Stories

height below me

; fuddenly

the Horfe

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got