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PREFACE.

Henry's

second

wife.

"Ile

was

a

gentleman

that

"greatly

affected

retirement

and privacy, especially

".in

the latter

part of

his

life

;

the

Bible, and

Mr.

" Baxter's Saint's

Everlasting

Rest,

used

to

lie

daily

"

before him

on

the

table

in his

parlour

;

he

spent

the

"

greatest

part

of

his

time

in

reading

and prayer."

In

the

life

of

that

honourable and most religious

knight;

Sir

Nathaniel Barnardiston,

we

are told,

that

"

he

was

constant

in

secret

prayer

and

reading the

" scriptures

;

afterwards he read

other

choice

authors:

"but

not

long

before his

death, he took singular

de-

"light

to

read Mr.

Baxter's Saints

Everlasting

Rest,

"and

Preparations

thereunto;

which

was

esteemed a

" gracious

event of Divine Providence, sending

it

as

"a

guide

to

bring

him more speedily and

directly

to

"

that

rest."

Besides persons

of

eminence,

to

whom this

book

has

been precious

and profitable,

we

have an instance,

in the Rev.

Mr.

Janeway's

Tokens

for

Children,

of

a

little

boy, whose

piety

was

so

discovered

and promo-

ted

by reading

it,

as

the

most

delightful

book

to him

next the

Bible,

that

the thoughts of everlasting rest

seemed, even

while he

continued

in

health,

to

swallow

up

all

other thoughts

;

and he lived in

a

constant

preparation

for

it, and looked more

like

one

that

was

ripe

for

glory, than

an

inhabitant of

this lower

world.

And

when he

was

in

the

sickness

of

which

he

died

before he

was

twelve

years,

old,

he

said,

"

I pray, let

"

me have Mr.

Baxter's

book,

that

I

may read

a

little

"

more

of

eternity,

before

I

go

into

it.

Nor

is

it

less

observable,

that

Mr. Baxter himself,

taking

notice

in

a

paper found

in

his

study

after his

death, what numbers of

persons were

converted by

reading

his

Call

to

the Unconverted,

accounts

of

which

he had received by

letter

every week,

expressly adds,

"'Phis

little

book

[the

Call

to

the Unconverted] God

" bath

blessed

with

unexpected

success,

beyond

all

"that I

have

written,

except

the

Saint's

Rest."

With

an

evident

reference to

this

book,

and even

during

the

life

of

the author,

the

pious

Mr.

Flavel

affection-

ately

says,

"Mr.

Baxter

is

almost

in

heaven; living

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