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Numb.VII.

APPENDIX

Drench

;

I

mean; to

none

againft their wills

:

none but

Volunteers

or Confen-

ters

being capable

of

fo

great

Benefits

according to Chrift the Donor's

mind: But

this

requireth many Cautions, and belongeth not

to the

Cafe

in

hand.

Numb.

VII.

A

Letter

of

Mr. Baxter's

about

the

Cafe

of

Nevil

Symmons.

SIR,

'((

Think

not the

Confuting

of

any

of

the Calumnies that are call upon me by

1

Backbiters

(

whether

from Ignorance or Envy

)

worth

any great care

or la-

bout

were

it

not

for

the

fake

of

the Guilty

themfelves

,

and others whom

they

`

may draw into

the

fame

Guilt, or hinder

from profiting by my Labours, in the

Calling that

God

bath

placed

me

in. But

I will not

defpife all

thefe

fo

much,

as

`

not to think them worthy

the labour

of

a few

Lines.

`

It

is

not

long

since

fomeGentlemen at

a Coffee

-Houle

affirmed

,

That I

had

`

kill'd a Man in cold

Blood

with my own Hand,

that

is,

a

Tinker

beating

his

`

Kettle

at

my Door,

and difturbing

mein

my

Studies ,

I

piftoll'd him

,

and

was

`

tried at

Worceffer

for my

Life. But

theft Gentlemen were

fo

ingenuous

as

to

ask

Forgivenefs,

and

confefs

their

Fault,

and one

of

themopenly to

my

Vindication.

`

Though

Dr.

Boceasen,

Parfon

of

St.

Giles's

in

the

Fields,

that in

a

printed Pam

-.

'

phlet

led

the

way, never did

fo.

(Yet

lived

three or four

years

Sufpended, or.

fuppofing

himlelf

Sufpended

,

and

fo

died ).

Another

(

caraâerized

James

;.

y

`

reporteth that

I

am

fo

hot

a

Difputant,

that

at a Gentleman's

Table,

I

threw

the

Plate

at him

that

I

difputed

with.

The

whole Story

feigned ;

nor

did

I

ever

`

know the

leaf}

occafion for the

Report.

The

greateft

Reproach that's

laid on me,

is

by Conformiffs for

not

Conforming, or not

giving over

my Preaching and

Minifiry

:

And

if they

accule

me

for

not turning Paptft,

and for

not

giving

o-

ver

Prayer

as

they

did Daniel,

it

would have thefame effeót

with

me.

.But

now

comes a

new

one

(my

Sufferings

are my

Crimes)

my

Bookfelle

Nevil

Symmons, is

broken,

and it

is

reported

that

I

am

the Caufe,

by the excel.

five

Rates that

I

took for my

Books

of

him ; and

a

great Dean ( whom

I

much

value)

foretold

that

I.

would undo him.

Of

all

Crimes in

the.

World

I

leali

ex-

'

peEted

to

be aceufed

of

Covetoufnefs. Satan being

the Mailer

of

this Defrgn,

to

hinder the

Succefs

of

my Writings when

I

am

dead,

it

is

part of

my warfare un-

der Chrift

to

refill'

him.

I

tell you therefore truly all my Covenants

and Deal-

'

ings

with

Bookfellers

to

this day.

When

I

firft

ventured-upon

the publication

of

my Thoughts,

I

knew

nothing

`

of

the Art of

Bookfellers.

I

did

as

an

a&

of

meet

kindnefs, offer

my

Book

cal-

'

led

The

Saints.

Reff

to

Thomas Underbid

and

Francis Tyten

to print

,

leaving

the

`

Matter

of

Profit

without any Covenants to their Ingenuity.

They

gave me

Ten

pounds for the firft

Imprellion, and

Ten

pounds

apiece, that

is,

Twenty

pounds

for every after Impreffion

till

x665.

I

had

in

the

mean time altered

the

Book

by

'

the Addition

of

divers

Sheets: Mr.

Underhill

dieth

; his

Wife

is

poor: Mr

7yton

`

hash Loffes

by the Fire

1666.

They

never gave me nor

offered

me a Farthing

`

for any Imprellion after,

not

fo

much

as

one

of

the

Books,

but I

was fain,

out

'

of

my ownPurfe

,

to

buy all

that

I

gave

to

any

Friend or poor Perlon that

ask-

'

ed it.

'

This

loofening me

from Mr.

*ton,

Mr.

Symmons

ftept in, and told me,

That

Mr.

Tyron Paid

he had never

got

Three pence

by

me;

and

brought witnefs.

`Hereupon

I ufed

Mr.

Symmons

only. When I

lived

at

Kidderminffer,

Tome

had

defamed

me of a

covetous

getting many hundred

pounds

by

the

Bookfellers.

I had till then taken

of

Mr.

Underhill,

Mr.

Tyro;

and Mr.

Symmons

( for

all

fave

`

the

Saints

Reff)

the

fifteenth Book,

which

ufuilly I

gave

away

;

but

ifany

thing

`

for

Second Impreflions were

due,

I

had little

in Money

from

them, but in

filch

Books

as

Iwanted at their

Rates. But

whenthis Report of

my great Gain came

abroad,