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THE

AUTHOR'S

PREFACE.

I

THINK

it necessary to

give

the reader

a

brief

ac-

count

of

the

nature

and

design of

the

-plain

ensuing

discourse, which may

both direct

him

in

the reading,

and

be

some

kind of

apology

for

myself in

the

publish-

ing of it.

He

may

therefore

know,

that the thoughts

here

communicated, were originally private medita-

tions for my

own

use,

in a

season wherein I

was eve-

ry

way unable

to

do

any

thing

for

the

edification of

others, and from expectation,

that

ever

I

should

be

sa

able

any

more

in

this

world. Receiving,

as

I

thought,

some benefit

and

satisfaction

in

the exercise

of

my

own

meditations therein,

when God was

graciously

pleased to

restore

a

little strength

unto

me, I

insisted

on

the

same subject, in

the instruction

of a

private

congregation;

and

this

I

did

partly

out of

a sense

of

the advantage

I

had received myself by being conver-

sant

in them, and

partly

from an apprehension,

that the

duties

directed

and

pressed

unto

in

the

whole discourse,

were

seasonable from

all

sorts

of

present circumstances,

to

be

declared

and

urged

on

the

minds

and conscien-

ces

of

professors.

For

leaving

others

to

the

choice

of

their

own

methods

and

,designs, I

acknowledge,

that

these are the

two

things whereby I regulate

my

work

in

the

whole

course

of my

ministry

to

impart

those

truths,

of

whose power

I

hope

I

have had,

in

some

measure,

a

real experience;

and

to press those

duties,

which

present

occasions,

temptations,

and

other cir-