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He kind Reception which "1 has been given to all the other Works of this incomparable Author, particularly to his Privaté Thoughts, written in his younger Years, has encouraged the Publishing of another Yolume of his Thoughts, upon Subjects of the most importance to the Christian Life, 'in all the chief Scenes of it'; and those compos'd when Age and Experience in the Course of his Parochial Ministry had taught him, what Directions were moft neceffary for the Conduct of every Difciple of Christ, through all the Stages of that Race that is set ber fore us, that he fo run that he
Preface. may obtain. Accordingly the Reader is here furnish'd, not only with such Instructions, as are moft proper for the Entrance upon this Race, and the early Discipline of those who are new listed under Christ's Banner; but also with such other Points both of Faith and Practice, as are most fit to be afterwards inculcated and press’d upon them, for their successful carrying on of this Holy Warfare, and finishing their Course, so as at last to attain the Crown of Righteousness, laid up for all those that continue Christ's faithful Sol. diers and Servants to their lives end.. .i .. .!
As in his Private Thoughts and Resolutions, this Excellent Bishop seems to have chiefly aim'd at settling his own Principles, and regulating his Practice, as became a Follower of the Holy Jesus, and
a Minister of his Gospel: So in These which are more Publick, he carries on the same pious Delign with respect to others, and Exez cutes that Sacred Office, for which Those were to prepare him." Inc deed, great and indefatigable -as hiz Labours were (for few ever labour'd inore) the End of them
And as that Spirit of Piety which runs through all his Writings, "to. gether with his plain, unaffected, familiar, and yet most folid way of Argument and Perswasion, are both admirably adapted to this great End : (io say nothing of all his other daily and unwearied pains in the Ministry while living) fo, through God's great Blessing up on his. Endeavours, they were then, and have been since crowns ed with great Success; and it is the Hopes and Prayers of all good Men, that they may continue fo
to be, to the End of the World, and daily add to our Holiness, and his Happiness. stani : AMONG many. Instances that might be given of this happy Success, I have now one before me in a Relation of the Behavi. our of one of this vigilant Par itor's Flock, in his last Sickness, as it is Attested by Eye-witness of ite I will not trouble the Reader with the Particulars ; the sum is, That this pious Gentleman, with his laft Breath, expressed so much Resignation to God's Will, and fa little fear of Death, such Com, fort in reflecting upon the bet, ter part of his Life, especially his Charity to the Poor; and so much
ty to those about him ; and am bove all, such an Anticipation of those Extasies of Joy and Happi, ness which he was going to in a