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Viii

PREFACE.

In

the

life

of

the Rev.

Mr.

John

Janeway,

fellow

of

King's

College,

Cambridge, who died in

1657, we

are told,

that

his

conversion

was in

a

great

.measure,

occasioned

by

his

reading

several parts

of the Saint's

Rest. And

in

a

letter

which he afterwards

wrote to

a near relative, speaking

with

a

more immediate

re-

ference to

that

part of

the

book which

treats of

hea-

venly

contemplation, he

says,

" There

is

a

duty,

" which,

if

it

were exercised,

would

dispel all cause

of

"melancholy

;

I

mean

heavenly meditation, and

con

"

templation of the things

which

true

Christian reli-

"gion

tends

to.

If

we

did

but

walk

closely

with

God

"one

hour, in a day in

this

duty,

oh

what

influence

"would it

have upon

the

whole day

besides,

and,

" duly

performed, upon

the

whole life!

This

duty,

with

its usefulness, manner, and directions,

I

knew

"in

some

measure

before,

but

had

it

more pressed

"

upon me by Mr.

Baxter's

Saint's

Everlasting

Rest,

"[a

book]

that

can scarce

be

over-

valued,

for

which

I

"

have cause

for

ever to

bless

God"

This

excellent

young minister's

life

is

worth reading,

were

it

only to

see

how

delightfully

he was

engaged in heavenly

con-

templation,

according to

the

directions

in

the Saint's

Rest.

It

was

the

example

of

heavenly contemplation,

at

the

close

of

this

book, which

the Rev.

Mr.

Joseph

Allein,

of

Taunton,

so

frequently quoted

in conversa-

tion, with this

solemn

introduction,

"Most

divinely

"says that

man

of

God,

holy

Mr. Baxter."

Dr.

Bates,

in his

dedication

of

his

funeral sermon

for Mr.

Baxter to

Sir

Henry Ashurst,

Bart.

tells

that

religious

gentleman, and

most

distinguished friend

and executor of

Mr. Baxter,

"

He

was

most

worthy

"of

your

highest

esteem

and love;

for

the

first im-

"

pressions

of heaven upon

your

soul

were in read-

"

ing

his

invaluable book

of the

Saint's

Everlasting

"

Rest."

In

the

life

of

the

Rev.

Mr.

Matthew Henry,

we

have

the

following character given us

of

Robert

War-

burton, Esq. of

Grange,

the

son

of the eminently

re-

ligious

Judge Warburton,

and father of Mr.

Matthew