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PART

II.

Reverend

Mr. Richard. Baxter.

To

the

Reverend and

moll

Learned Mr.

Richard Baxter,

a

Zealous

Minifter

of

the

Gofrel

of

Chrift,

his

moll

worthy

and

moll

ho-

noured Brother

in

Chilli, at Kiddermin(ler.

Recommended to the care

of

Mr.

Dorvile.

The Grace

of

our

Lord 7e

fus,and

the Peace

of

God,be

increafed

among

us.

Moll

worthy and molt

honoured

Sir,

er

H

E Occafion

of

twoCofins

of

mine going

for

London,

invites

me

to take

1

the liberty to write

this

Letter to

you

( moll honoured

Sir,

)

^and

hope you

will

excufe

my

boldnefs

in

fo

doing ; being

unknown to you,I

Ihould have

forborn

troubling

you in

your

weighty Affairs, which

befides

the great

zeal

and

care for

your

Parifhioners, yea for

the whole Church

of

God

,

are made

known

i

But

I

could not

pals

by fo good

an

Opportunity,

to acquaint you, how muchyour Name

and your Perfoo, (although with your

Body

fo

far fromus,)

is

efteenied

by

me,

an unworthy

Servant

of

Jefus

Chrift, and

by many other faithful Brethren in

the

Lord

in this our

Town,

and

allò

in our Neighbour

Proteftant Confederate Cities

of

Zuric

and

Seb

fboufen infomuch that we often remember one another

the

great

caufe

we have to pray the Lord joyntly and conflantly

with your

beloved

Parilhi-

oners, yea with whole

England,

for

your health

and long

life ,

that

you may

fur-

ther continue to

us

all

your edifying

Doârines and

Admonitions.

I

dare

not write

to you,

molt

godly Sir, in

what

fame you

are among

us,

that you may notfufpeet

me of

flattery,

which

doubtlelss

you

defpifè

as

a

great vanity

:

But

I

pray,

Sir,

to

believe me confidently,

that after Providence had

led

me fòme

years

agone

into

England,

but time

would

not permit to flay long there, but

as

fpeedily

as

poflïble

to

learn the Englfl,

Tongue, andam

heartily forry

I

did

not

vifit

you,

molt

wor-

thy

Sir,

at

Kidderminfter

that time, for to

take

upon

feveral

Points your godly Ad-

vice: being in ten Months time,

as,

long

as

I

flayed in

London,

Oxford,

and

Cam-

bridge,

I did

learn

(God

be

thanked)

lb

much

Englrf

r

that I

could

underftand read.

ing and preaching. And

by

the

Advice

of

the molt zealous and worthy Men

;

Mr.

Edmund

Calamy,

Mr,

Cranford,

Mr.

Nalton

(

of

whom

I

received

great Cour-

tele

and Friendfhip, though

a

Stranger) Í bought

a good

number of

Englifh

Divi-

nity

Books

of

your molt

folid and

fele

&ed Divines ;

and among others your E-

ver/ailing

Ref, Item

Gilder,

Salvianue,

Or

Reformed

Pallor

;

Item

True

Chri/tianity,

Item

A Sermon

of

Judgment,

&c. being at

that

time recalled to my

own

Country;

I

had no time

to

penile thole heavenly

Meditations

;

but

ftnce

have

made

it my

chief

work, and

cannot

exprel

the great Advantage I received

by them

:

that

I

commended the

very fame Books

to others

of,our

Brethren who have .endea-

voured without delay to.get them,

by means

of

fome

of

our Merchants

here;

and

alfo

the remainder

of

your Works,

that we

could

bring

to our

notice,

viz.

The

Un

-.

reafonableneßof Infidelity,

your

Confejon

of Faith,

The

rigbt

Method

for a

fetled Peace

of

Conf

dente, The

fafe

Religion,

Key

for

Catbolicka, TheCrucifying

of

the World

,

Item

of

Self-denial,

Item

B

Treatife

of

Converfion,

Call

to the

Unconverted,

your

Apology

again

Mr. Blake,&c.

Item your

Holy

Commonwealth, The Catbolick Unity,

your

Treatife

of

Death

:

For which Workswe thank God with one accord

,

for the great and hea-

venly

Gifts he

bath

ft

largely bellowed upon

you,

for

the common

good

of

his

Church

;

and with that

by this occafron

we

might

alto

be

partakers

of

what

we

want

of your Works

that

are extant

;

Sermons or other Treatifes

:

Particularly

I

mull

acquaint you

with the high elteem

we

make

of

thofe two

Chief

Pieces,

the

Everlajting

Re/t

and

ReformedP

fior

r

in

which latter you ltrike home to the very

heart many Minifiers:

and we ruultneeds.confels

that living among

a

rude

and

unlearned People, ignorant

and

felt=

conceited;- -that

according to

your Advice

in

the

Reformed

Paftor, it

is

molt necelfary to take in hand,with

all fpeed

and

care,the

private

Inllruhlion and Catechizing:

But we can find no way to obtain

it

:

And

being your Admonitions and

Perfsvafions

to the Praetiee

thereof; are very

home

Lit

a

and