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P

A

Ii

r

J.

Revere*dMr.

Richard

Baxter:

2

r

Parliament's Forces came

to take the Town, they

call

fuch

effe

&ual

Fire

-works

from

the Cattle

as

burnt down the

Town to

the Ground, and burnt alto the great

Church where

I

preached that Sermon

, and where Mr. Madtlard

was

interred

So

that the Inhabitants were undone, and fain

to

lye under Hedges, till the Com-

paflion

of

others afforded them

Entertainment and Habitation. And

as

for

their

Church, it

was a

great while before

it

was

rebuilt

,

and that after two general

Colle5lions

for it.

The

firft

time that

I

came among them when the Wars were

paft, I

chofe the fame

Text

again to preach on,

to

call

their

fins

againft

their

faith-

ful

Paftor to remembrance

:

But

they and

I

were

fo

much

interrupted with Tears,

that

(

with

fome Pawfes

)

I

had much ado

to

proceed on

to

the end.

§ 3

r. Whiltt I continued

at

KederminJier,

it pleafed God to give me much

En-

couragement by

the

Succefs

of my

weak

but hearty Labours:

As

when

I

was

young,

I

ulèd ro keep a

daily Catalogue

of

my daily Mercies

and

Sins,

but when

I

grew elder

I

found

that Conde

had its Inconveniences,

and took up too much

time, and therefore I only recorded

thofe

which were extraordinary

;

even

fo

when

I

loft entered upon my

Labours

in the Miniftry ,

I

took fpecial notice

of

every

one that

was

humbled, reformed or converted

;

but when

I

had laboured

long,

it

pleafed

God that the Converts were

fo

many,

that

I

could

not

afford

time for fuch particular Obfervations about every

one

of

them,

left

I

lhould

omit

fome

greaterWork;

but was fain

to

leave

that to theircompaffaonatefamiliarNeigh-

bours,and take notice my

felf

of

Families and confiderable Numbers

at once, that

came in

and grew up

I

fcarce

knew how.

§

;z.

All this forementioned time

of

my Miniftry

was paff

under

my

fore-

defcribed Weakneffes,

which

were fo great

as

made me live and preach

in force

continual

expeâation

of

Death,

fuppofing

11111

that I had not long to

live.

And

this

I

found through

all

my Life

to

be

an

unvaluable mercy

to

me

:

For,

a.

It

greatly weakned Temptations.

2.

It

kept me in

a

great

Contempt

of

the World.

3

It

taught me highly to efteem

of

time

:

fo

that

if

any

of

it paft away

in

idle

-

neti or

unprofitablenefs,

it

was

fo

long a pain

and burden to my mind

!

So

that

I

mull

fay

to the

Praife

of

my moil

wife

Conduâor, that

time hath

1tí11

feemed

to

me

much more precious

than Gold or any Earthly Gain, and

its

Minutes

have

not

been defpifed,

nor

have

I

been

much tempted to any

of

the

Sins,

which go

under the name

of

PaJtime ,

fine

I

underftood

my

Work.

4.

It

made me Body and preach

things

neceffary,

and

a

little

furred up my

(lug=

gifh

heart, to

fpeak

to

Sinners

with

force Compaffion,

as

a

dying Man to dying

Men.

Thefe,

with the

ref}

which

I

mentioned before when

I

fpake

of

my Infirmities,

were the

Benefits

whichGod

afforded me by Af

lietion

!

I

humbly

biefs

his

graci-

ous

Providence, who

gave me his

Treafure inan Earthen

Veffel,

and trained me

up

in

theSchool

of

Afiliâion,

and taught me the

Croft'

of

Cbrifl

fo foon ;

that I

might

be

rather

Theology's

Crur,s,

as

Luther

fpeaketh,

than

Theology's

Gloria; and

a

Cropbearer,

than

a

Croßmake,.

or

Impofer.

4

3;.

At

one time

above

all

the

ref},

being under a new and unufual Diften

per,

which put

me upon

the prefent

Expeâations

of

my

Change,

and going

for Com-

fort to

the

Promifes

as

I

wasufed,

the Tempter

flrongly

affaulted

my Faith, and

would

have

drawn

me

towards Infidelity

it

felf.

Till

I

was

ready to

enter into the

Minilry,

allmy

Troubles

had been raifed, by

the

hardnefs

of

my

heart, and

the

doubtings

of my own

Sincerity

;

but now

all

thefe began

to

vanish, and

never

much returned to

this day

:

And initcad

of thefe,

I

was

now

affaulted

with more

pernicious

Temptations

; efpecially

to

queftion the certain

Truth of

the

Sacred

Scriptures;

and

alfo

the Life

to

come, and Immortality

of

the

Soul.

And thefe

Temptations

affaulted

me

not

as

they do the Melancholy, with horridvexing Im-

portunity

;

but by pretence

of

fober Reafon,

they

would have

drawn

me

to

a fet-

led doubting

of

Chriftianity.

And

here

I

found

my own Mifcarriage, and

the greatMercy

of

God.

My Mif-

carriage,

in

that

I

had

fo

long

negleâed the

well fettling

of

my Foundations, while

I

had beftowed

fo

much time in

the Superftruâures andthe Applicatory

part

!

For

having taken

it

for an

intolerable Evil,

once

to

queftion the

Truth

of

Scriptures

and the Life to come,

I

had

either taken it for

a

Certainty upon

Trull

, or taken

up with Common Reafons

of it,

which

I

had never well confidered, digefted,

or

made mine

own. Infomuch

as

when

this

Temptation came,

it

feemed at firlt to

antwer and enervate

all

the former Reafons

of

my

feeble

Faith, which made me

take the

Scriptures

for the Word

of

God;

and it

fa

before me fuch Mountains

of

Difficulty