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118

aflTmEND

IyY,

le]urnb.VII.

`

abroad, and

took notice

of

it in print, and told the World that

I

intended to

take more

hereafter;

and ever

frnce,

I

took

the

fifteenth Book

(

for my

Friends

'

and fell) and Eighteen pence more for every Rheam

of

the other fourteen

;

which

I

deftinated to

the Poor.

With

this,

while

I

was

at

Xiddersriinffer,

I

'

bought

Bibles

to

give

to

all

the poor Families: And

I

got

Three

hundred or Four.

hundred

ounds,

which

I

deftinated

all

to Charitable Ufes

:

At

last

,

at

London,

'

it

increafed

to Eight

hundred and

thirty pounds,

which delivering to

a

worthy

Friend,

he put it into

the

Hands

of

Sir Robert

Viner

(

with an Hundred

pounds

`

of

my

Wives)

where

it

lyeth

fetled

on

a

Charitable

!fife

after

my Death,

as

from

the

first

I

refolved

If

it

fails

I

cannot

help

it.

I

never received more

of

any

'

Bookfeller

than the

fifteenthBook

, and

this

Eighteen pence a Rheam. And

if

'

for after

ImprefHons

I

had more of

thofe Fifteenths

than

I

gave

away,

I

took

`

about

two third

parts

of the

common price

of the

Bookfeller

(or

little

more) and

'

oft left

:

And

fometimes

I

paid

my fell

for

the printing many Hundreds

to give

`

away, and

fometimes

1

bought them

of

the

Bookfeller ,

above my number,

and

'

and

fometimes

the Gain

was

my

own

neceffary

Maintenance

; but

I refolved

ne-

ver to

lay

up

a

Groat of

it

for any but the Poor.

Now,

Sir,

my

own Condition

is

this:

Of

my Patrimony or

(mall

Inheritance,

never took

a

Penny to my

Pelf,

my poor Kindred needing much more,

I

am

fifteen

or

16 years divefted

of

all Ecclefiaftical

Maintenance

:

I

never had

any

Church or Ledlure

that I

received Wagesfrom

:

But

within

these

three or four

`

years,

much againftmy Difpofrtion,

I

am

put to

take

Money

of

the Bounty

of

fpecial

particular Friends

;

my

Wives

Eftate being

never

my

Propriety, nor

'

much morethan

half our

yearly Expence.

If then it be any

way unfit for

me

`

to receive

filch

a Proportion

as

aforefaid,

as

the Fruit

of

my own long and hard

`

Labour, for

my

Neceffary and Charitable

lifts

;

and

if

they that

never took

` pains

for ir, have more right than

I,

when

every

Labourer

is

Matter of

his

own, or

if

I

may

not

take fome

part with them ,

I

know

not

the reafon

of

any

`

of

this.

Mtn

grudge

not at

a Cobler, or a

Tailor

,

or

any Day

-

labourer,

for

living

on his Labours: And why an

ejedted

Minifter

of Chrilt,

giving freely

`

five

parts

to a Bookfeller,may

not

take the

sixth

to

himfelf,

or to

the

Poor,

I

know

nor. But what

is

the Thought

or

Word

of Man?

`

Dr.

Bates

now

tells

me,

that

for his

Book called

the

Divine

Harmony,

he.

had

'

above

an Hundred pounds,

(yet

referving

the Power

for

the

future to

himfelf)

'

For

divers Impreflïons

of

the

Saints

Ref , almoft twice

as

big

,

I

have

not had

a

`

Farthing:

For no

Book have

I

had more

than

the

fifteenthBook

to my felt

and

Friends, and the Eighteen pence a Rheam for the Poor and

Works

of

Charity,

`

which the

Devil

fo

hateth, that

I

find

it a

matter

pail

my

power, to

give

my

`

own

to any Good

Ufe;

he

fo

robs me

of

it,

or maketh Men

call

it

a

Scandalous

`

Thing. Verily,

since I

devoted

all

to God

,

I

have found

it harder

to

Give

it

(when

Ido

my

belt) than to get it

:

Though

I

fubmit

of

late

to

him

partly

upon

`

Charity,

and am fo far fromlaying up

aGroat,

that (though

I

hate Debt)

I

am

'long

in Debt,

&c. &c.

&c.

$

1

R,

Tours,

R.B.

Numb.