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Written by Himself, and addressed to his CHILDREN.
Now first published from his own Manuscripts.
To which are added,
Some ORIGINAL PAPERS, and Letters to
and from the AUTHOR,
Thou hich haft shewed me great and fore troubles, shalt quicken
me again, and malt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on
every side. Psal. lxxi. 20. 21. Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what
he hath done for my soul. Psal. Ixvi. 16. The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. Psal. cxii. 6. By it be being dead, yet speaketh. Heb. xi. 4.
E DIN BURGH:
and P. Tait, Glasgow; and G. Keith, J. BUCKLAND,
CO N T E N T S.
5 2. From his leaving the grammar-school to his laurea
tion , 3. From his laureation to his being licensed to preach the gospel (1697),
18 4. From his being licensed till he removed into the
bounds of the presbytery of Stirling (1698), 32 5. From his removal into the bounds of the presbytery
of Stirling to his return unto the Merfe , 39 6. From his return unto the Merse to his ordination to
the holy ministry at Simprin, Sept. 21. 1699, 62 7. From his ordination to his marriage, July 1700,
98 8. From his marriage to his removal to Etterick (1707), 162 9. From his removal to Etterick to the oath of abjura
tion refused by him (1712), 10. From the oath of abjuration refused till his tranf
portation to Clofeburn, refused by the Commillion of the General Affembly (1717),
280 11. From the transportation to Closeburn refused, to the
notable breach in his health, and alteration in his constitution (1724],
342 12. From the notable breach in his health, to the time
of closing this account [Nov. 1731, fix months
before his death], Postscript,
A P P E N D I X. NO 1. Note on p. 255. concerning the situation of the parish
of Etterick, 2. Ditto on p. 308. Advice to the parish, with respect to
their duty as loyal subjects in the rebellion 1715, 2. Ditto on p. 351. Overtures of admillion to the Lord's
table, and debarring from it, 4. Mr Gabriel Wilson's ipeech before the synod of Merse
and Teviotdale, in defence of his sermon before that fynod, O&. 1721,
JOHN, JANE, ALISON, and THOMAS BOSTONS.
MY DEAR CHILDREN, I Apprehend, that by the time it is defigned under
the conduct of all-disposing Providence, this should come into your hands, ye may be desirous to know your father's manner of life, beyond what ye faw with your eyes : and it is very pleasing to me, that, as to that point; I am capable, in some measure, to fatisfy you, by means of two manuscripts, which I leave unto you, committing them to the Lord my God for preservation, and a blessing on them.
The one is a bound book in quarto, intitled, Pala. ges of my Life, at writing hereof, consisting of three hundred and fixty-two written pages, beginning from my birth, ending O&tober 19. 1730, and signed *. I was not arrived at twenty years of age, when, without a prompter, fo far as I know, I began collecting of these passages, for my own soul's benefit : and they, being carried on, have often fince that time been of use to me. For which cause I recommend the like practice to you; remembering the promise, Psal. cvii. 43. “ Whofo is wife, and will observe those
things, even they shall understand the loving66 kindness of the Lord.”
The other is the following general account of my life, at writing hereof, consisting of two hundred and
* The author, before his death, added some pages more.