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Reverend

Mr. Richard

Baxter:

44i

Preaching or Catechizing, and fpent the reit

of

the Day with

my Family

( aid

a

few poor Neighbours

that

came in

)

;

1pending

now

and then a day

in

London,

and

the next year

1664.

I

had the Company

of

divers godly faithful Friends

that

Tabled with me in Summer, with whom I

folaced

my

felt

with much content.

Having almoft

finilhed

a

large Treatife, called

,

A

Chriflian

Direltorj,

or Suns

of

Prattical

Divinity

,

that

I

might knowwhether it would

be Licepfed

for

the

Prefs,

I

tried them with

a fmall

Treatife

of

The

Charaíters

of

a Sound Cbriftian,

as,

diffe-

renced from

the

Weal Cbriflian

and

the Hypocrite

:

I

offered

it Mr.

Grsg

the

Bi-

(hop

of

London's

Chaplain, who had been

a

Non.conformift,

and profeft

an

ex-

traordinary refpe&-for

me

:

But

he durst

not

Licence it.

Yet

after

,

when the

Plague

began

1

fent three ftngle

Sheets

to the Archbilhop

of

Canterbury's

Chap-

lain

(

without any Name that they might

have pair

unknown, but accidentally

they knew them

to

be

mine)

and

they

were

Licenfed:

The

one

was Direllions

for

the

Sick:

The

fecond was

Direllions

for

the Cenverfion

of

the

Ungodly;

and the third

was

Inftrultions

for

a

Holy

Life

:

for

the

ufe

of

poor

Families

that

cannot

buy

great-

er

Books,

or

will

not

read them.

44o. March

26..

being

the Lord's Day

1665.

as

I

was

preaching in

a

Private

Houib, where

we received the Lord's Supper,

a Bullet

carne

in at the Window

a

mong

us,

and pall by me, and narrowly miff the

Head

of

a Sifter-it-flaw

of

mine

that

was

there,

and

hurt none

of

us

;

and we could never

difcover whence

it

came:

§

441.

In June

following an ancient

Gentlewoman with her

Sons

and

Daughter,

came

four Miles

in

her

Coach to hear

me

Preach in my Family,

as

out

of

Ipecial

Refpe&

to

me: It

fell

out that

(

contrar to

,our

cuftom)

we let her knock long

at the Dbor,

and

did not open it

;

and

fo

a

fecond

time when

the had

gone away

and

came

again; and the

-third

time

fhe

cante when we had ended

:

the was fo

earneft

to know when

fhe

might come

again

to hear

me, that

I

appointed her a

time

:

But before

fhe

came, I had fecret intelligence from one

that

was

nigh her,

that

fhe came with

a

heart

exceeding

full

of Malice,

refolving

,

if

potfible,

to

do

me what Mifchief

fhe

could by Accufation

:

and

fo

that Danger

was avoid-

.

ed.

§

442. Before

this, divers

Forreign

Divines had

written to me

,

and

expelled

filch

Correfpondence

as

Literate

Perlons have

with one another

:

But

I

knew fo

wellwhat

eyes

were upon me,and how others had been

ufed

in

force filch

accounts,

that

I

durst not write one

Letter to

any beyond the

Seas

:

By

which

Come

were

offended,

as

little knowing our Condition here

:

Among others

;

Amyraldus

fent

one upon the

occafion

of

a word

of

honefk LuLn.

Molin.eus,

a Dr.

of

Phyfick,

who had

faid

that

he had heard

that

Amyrald

had

faid

fomewhat

as

(lighting

the

Non-conformifls in

England,

and

me

in particular, which with what vehemency

and great

re(pe& he

difowneth

,

his

Letter

following will thew.

Another

was

from

a

Miniffer in Helvetia,

who

would have had my Advice about fatting

up the

Work

of

Minifterial

Inftrudion of

the

Families and Perlons

of their

Charge par-

ticularly, which I

will

alto add

:

but

I

fent

him an Anfwer by

his

Friend by word

of

mouth only. And

fo

I

refufed

the anfwering

of

all

others.

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