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Who was in the MILITIA

Of the County of Chester, near
Fifty Years:

Chiefly drawn out of his own


By the late Reverend

The Second EDITION Corrected.

Printed for J. Osborne, in Lombard.street: -
R. Ford, at the Angel in the Pauiter

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Christian READER,
VAT is. ' well observed by the

wife Man, Prov. XIV. 10. songs that the Heart knows its

mesto Oivn Bitterness, and its own Fears, Ceres, Defires, Foys, and Hopes and Expectations, that as there is Occasion, it is natural and easie to speak or write' most feelingly concern. ing them: These are those. Things of a Man, that no Man knoweth, fave the Spirit of Man which is in

him, I Cor. II. 11. which is there| fore called the Candle of the Lord, which searcheth all the inward s A 2


Parts of the Belly, i. e, of his own Heart, Prov. XX. 27. especially when This Candle' is lighied by the Word and Spirit of God, And wben a Person makes it his Business to accomplisle a Hiligent Search, doubtleß he may arrive at a certain Knowledge of his own State and Condition, with refeFence to Godą and his Salvation : 1 By obferving the Complexion of his own Soul from Time to Time, and looking himself in the Glaß of God's Laiv, he may come to know what maaDer of Man he is..:::: ;; ... The World Fees our Ways and An

ctions, and is apt to be either fevere Cenough on the one Hand, or favourable enough on the other Hand in their Remarks upon them :. But as to this, which is the most hidden, Anda yet moft excellent Part jöf Man, the Thoughts, the Designs, the various Workings of the Heart, and the foo cret and foleinn Transactions betiveen God and it; bere a Man is beft able. to drap his own Picture, - mibich this


good Man had done for his own vse, in the Manuscripts he hath left behind him, that he might know (but not mith any Defign to make known to on

thers) what manner of Man he was. What he had done more at large, his friend hath in this Extract done in Miniature, and taken the Liberty to sew it to the World: This we find done by some, who, for their Eminency in Gifts, and Learning, and Station, have made a much greater Figure in the Church, and in the World; and it hath met with good

Acceptance, and been of use for the affisting, quickning, and warning of others. And we are not without

Hopes, that this may have the like · good Effects; that it will not be de

spised, but be the more acceptable to fome, for its Plainnes and Simplicity, as proceeding from an honest Farmer, who was a good Husband of his Time, and was instructed, by the Grace of God, how to cultivate his Soul, well as his Ground, and suffer neither

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