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P

R

E

F

A

C

E

.

READER,

MR.

WALTER

MARSHALL,

compofer

of

thefe

Di-

re5tions,

how to

attain to

that

practice

and

manner of

life, which

we

call holinefs,

righteoufnefs

or

godlinefs, was

educated

in

New College

of

Oxford,

and

was

a fellow

of

the

Paid

college; and afterwards

he

was

chofen a fellow

of

the

college

of

Winchefler

;

but

was

put

under the Bartholomew

Bufhel,

with

near

two

thoufind

more lights

(a

fin

not yet repent-

ed of)

whofe

illuminations made

the land a

Gofhen.

He

was

efieemed a

Prefbyterian

;

and

was

called

to

be

pallor

to

a people

at

Gofport

in

Hampfhire, where

he

fhined,

though

he

had not the

public

oil.

The

fubllance

of

thefe

meditations

was

there

fpun

out

of

his own experiences

;

he

having

been

much

exercifed

with troubled

thoughts,

and

that

for

many

years,

and

had,

by

many mortifÿ

ing

methods, fought

peace

of

confcience

;

but,

notwithftan_ding

all,

his

troubles

flill

increafed.

Whereupon

he

co.nfulted

others,

particu-

larly Mr

Baxter,

whofe

writings he had

been

much

converfant with

;

who

thereupon

told Mr. Maríhall,

he took

them too legally.

He

afterwards confûlted

an

eminent

divine,,

Dr. T.

G. giving

.him

an

account

of

the

'late of

his

foul,

and

particularizing

his fins,

which

lay heavy

on

his cónfcience

;

who, in

his

reply,

told

him,

he

had

forgot to mention the greatefl

fin

of

all, the

fin

of

unbelief,

in

not

believing on

the

Lord

jefus for the

remiffion

of

his fins,

and

fancltifying

his

nature. Hereupon

he

let himfelf to the fludying

and

preaching Chrift, and attained to

eminent

holinefs,

great

peace

of

confcience,

and joy

in

the.I

Ioly

Ghoft,

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