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12

The

L

IFE

of

the

Y.

LB.

T.

got the

Bridle

as

aforefaid, and fet

on running; and in the midit of

his

running

unexpectedly turned

alide, and leapt over the

top

of

the Hedge

into that

deep

Lane

:

I

was fomewhat before

him at the Ground, and

as

the Mire

faved me

front

the hurt beneath,

fo

it

pleated God

that the Horfe nevertouched

me, but

he light

with two

feet on

one

fide

of

me, and

two

on the other

;

though the

place

made

it

marvellous,

how

his

feet

could

fall befides me.

§r

;.

While

I

look

back

to this,

it

maketh me remember how God at that time

did cure my inclination to Gaming

:

About Seventeen

years

of

Age being

at

Lud-

low

Cattle, where many

idle Gentlemen had little elfè to do,

I

had

a

mind to learn

to play at Tables

;

and the

bell Gamefter in

the

Houfe undertook

to

teach

me

As

'I

remember, the

firlt

or

fecond

Game, when

he had

fo

much

the better that

it

was

an hundred to

one,

befides

the difference

ofour

skills,

the

ftanders by laugh'd

at

me,

as

well

as

he, for

not

giving

it up, and

told me the Game

was

loft

:

I knew

no

more but that

it

was

not

loft

till

all my

Table

-men

were loft, and would

not

give

it

over

sill

then.

He told me,

that

he would

lay me

an hundred to

one

of

it,

and in good earneft laid me down ten

fhillings

to my

fix

pence

:

As

foon

as

ever

the Money

was

down,whereas he told me that therewas

no

poffibility

of

my

Game,

but

by

one

Call

often,

I

had every

Caft

the

fame

I

wifhed, and he had every one

according to my

defire,

fo

that by that time onecould go

four

or

five

times about

,

the

Koons

his

Game

was

gone, which put him in fo

great an admiration, that

I

took the

hint,

and

believed

that the

Devil

lead

the ruling

of

the Dice, and did

it

to

entice

me

onto

be

a

Gamefter.And

fo I gave

him his

Ten

fhillings

again,

and re-

folved

I

would never

more play

at

Tables whilftI

lived.

I

t,4.

But to

return

to the place where

I

left,:

When I

came

home from

London,

I

found

my

Mother in extremity

of

Pain, and

fpent that Winter in the hearing

of

her Heart piercing

Groans,

(

That

up

in

the

great Snow

,

which many that went

abroad did

perils

in)

till on

May

the

loth

fhe

died.

At

Kidermir,

je

the

Town

being

in

want

of

fire,

went

all

to

fhovel

the.

way

over the Heath

to

Stone-

bridge,

from whence their

Coals come

;

and

fo

great and

fudden

a fform

of

Snow

fell,

as

overwhelmed

them;

fo

that fome perilhed

in

it,

and others

raved

their

Lives

by

getting into

a

little Cote that ftandeth onche

Heath,

and others fcaped home

with

much ado.

§

r

ç.

Above a

year after the Death

of

my Mother, my

Father married

a

Wo-

man

of

great Sincerity in the Fear

of

God,

Mary

the Daughter

of

Sir

The.

Hunker:

whole

Holinefs, ivlortification,

Contempt of

the World, and fervent

Prayer

(in

which

file

(pent

a

great part

of

her

Life)

have been

fo

exceeding Exemplary,

as

made her

a

Special

Blelrng to our Family, an Honour to Religion, and

an

honou-

rable Pattern to

thole

that

knew her.

She lived

to

be 96 years

old.

§

i6. Fiom the

Age

of zr

till

near

a

;,

my Weaknels

was

lo great,

that

I

expe-

ded

not to

live above

a

year

and my

own

Soul being

under the

f

rions

appre-

henfioncf

the Matters

ofanotherWorld,

I

was exceeding defirous

to Communi-

cate thole Apprehenfions to fuch

ignorant,

prefumptuoas,

carelefs

Sinners

as

the

.

World aboundeth with.

But

l

was

in

a very

great perplexity between my

En-

couragements and my Difcouragements:

I

was confcióus

of

my

perfonal infutfici-

ency,

for

want

of that

mealùre

of

Learning and Experience, which

fa great

and

high

a

Work

required. I knew

that

the want

of

Academical

Honours

and De-

grees was

like

to

snake me

Contemptible with the molt,

and confequently hinder

she Succeis

of

my Endeavours.

But

yet

expeding

to be

fo

quickly in

another

World,

the great

Concernments of

miferable Souls, did prevail

with

me against

ail

shell Impediments

;

and being confcióus

of

a

thirlty

defire

of Mens Converfi-

,m

and Salvation, and

of

fume competent perfwading Faculty

ofExpreffîon,which

ervent

Affections

might help to actuate,

I

refolved

that

if

One

or

two

Souls

only

mightbeh

+:on

to God,

it

would eauly

recompenceall the difhonotirwhich

for

want

of Tides I

might undergo from Men

!

And indeed

I had fùch

clear Convictions my felf

of

the

madnefs

of

fecure

pre

-

fmptuous

Sinners, and the

unquelionable

Reafons which fhould induce men to a

:icily

Life,

and

of

the untpeakable greamefs of

that

Work,

which in

this

batty

inch

of

Time,

we have

all

to do,

that

I thought that Man that could

be

ungod

--

tv

,

if

he

did but hear thefethings,

was

fitter for

Bedlam,

than

for

the.

Reputation

of

a

fiber

rational Man

:

And

I

was

fo

foolifh

as

to

think,

-that

T

bad fo

much

to

fay, and

of

fuch Convincing Evidence for a Godly Life

,

that Men

were fcarce

a-

ble to

withffand

it

;

not

conlidering what a blind and fenflef Rock the

Heart

of

an

obdurate Sinner

is ;

and

that

old Adam

is

too ftrong for young

Luther (as

he laid).

But these Apprebentïons determined my choice.

f

t7.

Till