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To render lines harmonious to every ear, is hardly possible; yet since no part of history is more instructive and delighting than the lives of good and worthy men; and though the present treatise may not entertain the reader with a great variety of passages, it is hoped it will afford him some things acceptable, as well as plain and familiar instances which deserve imitation, and may be a means to persuade him to religion and virtue ; which having been asserted, maintained, and suffered for with constancy, to a great degree in this age, such memorials are fit to be delivered to posterity, as may carry with them evident tokens of the Divine goodness and protection to succeeding times; yet not to be done to procure glory to man, to set up his wisdom, or natural or acquired parts, but altogether the abasing of self, and to exalt alone the Lord Jesus Christ. Time to man here is short, in comparison of eternity ; it glides away apace : and possibly it may not be long ere ihy forehead, Reader, begin to wrinkle, and thy hair change grey, thy eyes become dim, and knees tremble, and thou perhaps to all enjoyments here, be as though thou hadst never been. And as the fol. lowing passages of the life of my deceased de!