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Reader, I have sent the testimony out, title page, and the date of the year in which it was first printed, nearly as I found it; I have only altered here and there a mistake, which I think was the printer's. I have only added a title, and this preface to the work--pray forgive me this wrong and have put here and there a little note, with the initials of W.H.S.S. which are the tokens in every epistle, so I write. That thou mayest read it to profit, and profit by reading, is the prayer and desire of
this author's cousin, and
thy servant to command,
WILLIAM HUNTINGTON. Postern-Row, Tower-Hill,
Nov. 24, 1;88.
COME AND HEAR, ALL YE THAT FEAR GOD, AND I WILL DECLARE
WHAT HE HATH DONE FOR MY SOUL. PSALM Ixvi. 16.
MADE ; MARVELLOUS ARE THY WORKS, AND THAT MY SOUL KNOWETH RIOMT WELL. PSALM cxxxix. 14.
BY I, B. AN UNWORTHY MINISTE2 OF THE GOSPEL.
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, 1699.
Fo bis very much repeated and highly bonoured Friend Mr. Nicholas Skinner, Merchant of London,
Worthy and Honoured Sir, THE laudable character given you by fome Ministers of Christ, and other good fouls, now, I charitably hope and believe, praising God in glory; especially the experimental taste I myself have had of your goodness, fince Providence made me so happy in your acquaintance, hath encouraged me to prefix your worthy and deserving name to this small Tract; whose design and chief tendency is to encourage poor dejected souls, under the hidings of God's face, to cast themselves on that never-failing goodness of God in Chrift, until God's set time for deliverance comes; and also to stir up experienced and grown believers to a becoming adoration and praising of that adorable name and wonder-working Providence of the glorious and tremendous JEHOVAH, which hath so conspicuously appeared in the deliverance wrought for me his poor nothing creature, both for soul and body; and who am to this very day kept alive and upheld by that divine manutenency of his own,