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11.1,

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Part

III.

1Zezierend

Mr.

Richard

Bàxter.

191

to

Preach occafionaìly,

and yet for

fo

doing

was Excommunicate even

in

Wales

while he

was

doing

all

this good.

).

Hefereed God

thus to

a healthful age

(

Seven-

ty

four

or

f

venty fix,)

I

never

faw

him fad, but always chearful.

About

a

fort-

night before

he dyed he

told

me

that

fometime

in

the night

fome fatal

trouble

came

to

his

heart,

he knew

not what

;

And without

ficknefs,

or

pain,

or ,tear of

death, they

heard him in his

Ileep give a

groan,

and he

was dead.

O how holyand

blelfed a Life, and how eahe

a

Death

?

S.

74. Finding

the

Snccefs

of

my Family

Dialogue

I

wrote

a fecond

part

i6Si

and

t682,

called

The

Catechifing

of

HouJhoulds

teaching Houlholders how

to

in-

Aral

their

Families,

Expounding, First, the

Law

of

Nature

:

Secondly,

The

Evi-

dence

ofthe

Gofpel

:

Thirdly,the

Creed :

Fourthly,the Lord's Prayer

:

Fifthly,

the

Commandments

:

Sixthly, the Miniftry:

Seventhly, Baptifm

:

Eighthly,

the

Lord's

Supper.

It

is

fuited

to

thofe

that

are

Pall

the. common

little

Catechifin

;

And

I

think

thefe

two

Family-books

to

be

of

the

greateft Common

ufe

of

any that

1

have publilhed

:

If

Houihoulders

would'but

do

their

parts

in

reading

good

books

to their

Houfholds,

it

might

be a

great

Supply

where the Miniftry

is

defeftive

and

no Miniftry will

ferve

fufficiently

without

Men's

own

Endeavours for them

-

felves and families.

..

fig.

Having been for

retirement

in

the

Countrey

fromquly till

Auguft

iq,

1682, returning in

great

weaknefs,

I was

able only

to

Preach

twice,

of

which

the

lift

was

in

my

ufual

Lefture in

Nero

ftreet,

and

it

fell

out to

be. Augufk

24.

juIt

that

day

twenty year,

that

I

(

and near

Two

thoùfand more)'

had been by Lbw

forbidden

to

Preach any more.

I was fenfible

of God's wonderful mercy

that

had kept fd

many

of

us

Twenty

years

in fo

much

Liberty and

Peace,

while fo many

fevere Lawswere in force

againft us, and fo

great

a

number were

round about

us,

who wanted

neither

malice

nor power

to

aff

is

us.

And

fo,

I

took that day

my

leave

of the

Pulpit and

publick

Work,

in

a

thankful Congregation.

And

it

is

like

indeed

to

be my

laft.

§. 76. But

after this

when

I had ceafed

Preaching,

I

was (

being newly

rifen

from Extremity

of pain)

fuddenly

furprized

in my houfe by

a

poor violent In-

former,

and many Conflables

and

Officers,

who

rulht in

and apprehended me, and

ferved on

me

one

Warrant

to,

feize on my perfon

for

coming

within

five miles

of

a

Corporation, and

five

more

Warrants, to

diftrain for an Hundred

and

ninty

pounds,

for

five

Sermons.

They

call

my

Servants

into

fears, and were about

to

take

all my Books

and Goods, and

I

contentedly

Went

with

them towards the Jultice

to

be

fent to

Jail, and

left

my houfe

to their

will

:

But

Dr.

Thomas

Cox,

meeting

me, forced

me

in again

to

nay

Couch and

bed, and went

to

five

Juftices

and

took

his

Oath

(

without

my

knowledge) that

I

could

not

go

to

Prifon without danger

of

Death

:

Upon

that the

Juftices delayed

a

day

till they

could

fpeak

with

the

King,

and

told himwhat the

Dolor

had

fworn

;

and

the King

contented,

that

at

the

prefent imprifonment

should

be

foiborn, that

I might die at

home. But

they

Executed all

their Warrants

on

my Books and

Goods;

even

the

bed

that

I lay

lick

bn, and

fold

their

all

:

and fome friends paid

them

as much

money

as

they were

prized

at,

which I

repayed,

and was fain

to

fend

them

away.

The Warrant

against

my perfon

wasfigned by Mr. Parrey and

Mr.

Phillips

:

The

five

Warrants

againft

my

Goods

by Sir

lames

Smith

and

Sir

dames

Butcher:

And

I

had

never

the

leaft

notice

of

any

accufation,

or

who were the

Accufers

or

Witneffes,

much

lefs

did

I

receive any

Summons

to

appear,

or

anfwer

for

my felf,

or

ever

taw

the

Juftices

or

Accufers.

But

the

Juftice

that

fign'd

the Warrants for

Execution raid

that

the two

Hilton

folicited him

for them,

and one

Budge

led the

Gonflables

that

diftreined

But

though

I

fent

the

Juftice

the written

Deeds which

proved

that

the Goods

were none

of

mine

(

nor ever

were)

andfent

two

W

itnefies whofe hands

were

to

thofe

Conveyances,

I

offered

their

Oaths

of

it,

andalto

proved

that

the

books

I

had

many years

agoalienated

to

my kinfman,

this

fignified

nothing

to

them, but

they

feized and fold all

neverthelefs And both.

patience; and prudence forbad

us

totrie

the

Title

at

Law, when

we

anew what Charges had been lately made

of

ultices, and Juries, and how

others,

had been ufed

If they

had taken only

my

Cloak they fhould have had my

Coat alto,

and

if

they

had taken

me

on

one Cheek

t

would have

turned the other

:

for

I

knew

the

cafe wasfuch

that

he

that

will

not

tut

up one

blow,

one

wrong or

Iland'er;

fliall

friar

two,

yea many snore.

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