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1V

PREFACE.

tomed,

a

person,

in

passing

through the

town,

in

the°

intervals of public

worship,

might

overhear

hundreds

of

families engaged

in singing

psalms,

reading

the

scriptures,-

and

other

good books, or

such

sermons

as

they

had

wrote

down, while

they heard

them

from

the pulpit. His

care

of

the

souls

committed

to

his charge,

and

the

success

of

his

labours

among

them,

were

truly

remarkable

;

for

the number of

his

stated communicants

rose

to

six

hundred,

of whom

he himself

declared,

there

were

not twelve concerning

.

ing

whose sincere

piety

he had

not

reason

to enter-

tain

good

hopes. Blessed

be God,

the

religious

spi-

rit

which

was

thus

happily

introduced,

is

yet

to

be

traced

in

the

town and neighbourhood in

some de-

gree:

that

it

were in

a

greater!) and in proportion

as

that

spirit

remains,

the

name

of

Mr.

Baxter

continues in

the

most

honourable and affectionate

rémembrance.

As

a

writer,

he

has

the

approbation of

some

of

his

greatest

contemporaries,

who best

knew

him,

and were

under

no

temptations

to be partial

in his favour.

Dr.

Barrow

said,

" His

practical

writings

were

never mend-

"

ed,

and

his

controversial

ones

seldom

confuted."

With

a

view to

his

casuistical

writings,

the

honourable

Robert

Boyle,

esq.

declared, "

He

was

the

fittest man

" of

his

age for

a

casuist, because he

feared no man's

"

displeasure, nor hoped

for

any

man's

preferment."

Bishop

Wilkins

observed of him, "

That

he

had

"cultivated

every subject

he

had

handled;

that

if

he

"

had lived

in

the primitive

times, he

would have

"been

one

of the fathers

of

the church; and

that

it

"

was

enough

for

one age to produce such

a

person

as

"

Mr.

Baxter." Archbishop

Usher

bad

such

high

thoughts

of

him,

that

by his earnest

importunity he

put

him upon

writing

several

of

his

practical discour-

ses,

particularly

that

celebrated

piece, his

Call

to

the

Unconverted. Mr.

Manton,

as

-

be freely

expressed

it,

"

thought

Mr.

Baxter

came

nearer

the

apostolical

"

writings than

any man in

the

age."

And it

is

both

As

a preacher, and

a

writer,

that

1)r.

Bates

considers

him,

when in

his

funeral sermon for him he

says,

"

In

his