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PREFACE.

"in

the

daily

views,

and cheerful expectation,

of

the

"

Saint's everlasting

Rest

with

God

;

and

is

left

for a

"

little

while among

us,

as a

great

example

of the

life

"

of

faith."

And

Mr.

Baxter

himself

says,

in his

pre-

face

to

his

Treatise

of

Self=

denial,

".I must

say,

that

"of

all

the

books which

I

have

written,

I

pursue

none

"

so

often for

the

use

of my

own soul

in

its daily work

"as

my Life

of

Faith,

this of

Self-denial,

and

the

last

" part of the Saint's

Rest." On

the

whole,

it

is

not

without

good reason

that

Dr.

Calamy

remarks

con-

cerning it,

"

This

is

a book, for which

multitudes

will

"have

cause to bless

God

for ever."

.

This

excellent

and

useful book now appears in

the

form

of

an

abridgment,

and therefore

it

is

presumed

will

be

the

more likely,

under

a

divine

blessing,

to

diffuse

its salutary

influence among those

that

would

otherwise

have

wanted opportunity

or

inclination to

read over the large volume.

In

reducing

it

to this

small

size,

I

have

been

very desirous to

do

justice to

the

author,

and

at the

same

time

to promote

the

plea

-

sure and profit of the

serious reader.

And,

I

hope,

those

ends

are,

in

some

measure, answered

;

chiefly

by dropping things of

a

digressive, controversial, or

metaphysical

_

nature

;

together with

prefaces, dedica-

tions, and various

allusions

to

some

peculiar circum-

stances

of

the

last

age:

and

particularly

by

throwing

several chapters

into

one,

that

the number

of'

them

may better

correspond with

the

size

of

the volume;

and

sometimes

by

altering the

form,

but

not the

sense,

of

a

period,

for

the

sake

of

brevity;

and

when

an

Obsolete

phrase occurred,

changing

it

for

one

more

common and

intelligible.

I

should never have

thought

of

attempting

this

work,

if

it

had

not

been

suggested

ana

urged

by

others;

and by

some

very respectable

names,

of

whose

learning,

judgment,

and piety,

I

forbear

to

avail myself.

However

defective this

per-

formance may appear,

the

labour

of

it

(if

it

may

be

called

a

labour)

has

been

I

bless

God, one

of 'the most

delightful

labours

of

my

life.Certainly

the

thoughts

of

éverlasting rest

may

be

as

delightful

to

souls

in

the

present

day,.

as

they

have ever been

to

those

of past