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To

the Reader.

raifed

experiments

of

Growth

which

are

found

in

fuck

as

the

iIpo

jlle

John

calls

Fathers

,

elderly

Chriflians,

who

with

Enoch

have

walked

long with

God

;yet

I

have

hoped

that

you

that

are

young

men

(as

he

alfo

ftyles

the

middle

fort

of

Chriflians) that you

may

finde

many

things

help

-

full

to your

right

underhanding

and judging

of

your

growth, and

which

may

free

you

from

many

makes

in

mif

judging tbereof,and

fo

canfegraently

of

many

tentations

about

it,

which

that

Age

of

Beleevers

are

more peculiarly

incident unto.

I

dare

not

/ay,

I

write there

things to

you

Fathers,

I

never

prefumed

it

in

my

thoughts;

I

my

felfe

wrote

and

preached

it

when

I

was but

young

inyears,

and

for

the

time

far

younger

in

grace and

experience.

And

I

Cor,

to.

¿4.

dare

not

(if

the

great

Apoflle would

not)

ftretch my

fclfc

beyond

that

meafure

which

God

bath diftributed

to

me.

A

meafure, which, yet, may

reach

you

that

arc...)

young

men

,though

more eminent

grown

Chrifjtians

are

gone

far

beyond

the

line

of

it.

The

God

of

grace and

peace

grant

sss

and

all

his

children

#irits

endeavouring

to

(peak

the

truth

in

love

(in

thefe

Ephef.

4,

I.

j,

dividing

times)

that

we

may

grow

up

into

him

in

all

things,

who

is

the Head,

even

Chrift.

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26.

1643

..

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