Background Image
Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  7 / 576 Next Page
Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 7 / 576 Next Page
Page Background

PREFACE..

R.

RICHARD

BAXTER,

the author

of

the Saint's

Rest,

so

well known

to

the

world by this,

and many

other

excellent and

useful

writings,

was

a

learned,

laborious, and

eminently

holy divine,

of the

17th

cen-

tury.

He

was

born near Shrewsbury, in 1615,

and

died

at London,

in

1691.

His

ministry

in

an

unsettled

state,

was

for

many

years employed with great

and extensive

success,

both

in London, and

in several

parts of the country

;

but

he

was

no

where

fixed

so

long, or

with

such

entire

sa-

tisfaction to

himself, and

apparent advantage

to

others,

as

at

Kidderminster.

His

abode

there

was

indeed

in-

terrupted

partly by

his bad

health,

but

chiefly by

the

calamities

of

a

civil war,

yet

in

the

whole

it

amount-

ed to sixteen years; nor

was

it

by any means

the

result of

his

own

choice,

or

that

of the inhabitants

of

Kidderminster,

that

he

never settled there

again,

af-

ter

his

going

from

thence in

1660.

Before his com-

ing thither, the

place

was

overrun

with

ignorance

and

profaneness

but,

by

the

divine

blessing on

his

wise

and faithful cultivation,

the

fruits

of

righteousness

sprung

up

in

rich abundance.

He

at

first found

but

a

single instance

or

two

of

daily family

prayer

in

a

whole street,

and,

at

his

going

away,

but

one

family

or

two could

be found in some

streets

that

continued

to

neglect it.

And

on

Lord's

day, instead

of

the

open

profanation to which

they had

been

so

long. accus-