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Ricsi, In a little more than a year, there were about
twenty thousand of them printed by my own consent, and
about ten thousand since, besides many thousands by
stolen impressions, which poor men stole for lucre sake.
Through GOD's mercy, I have information of almost
whole households converted by this small hook, which I
set so light by : and as if all this in England, Scotland and
Ireland, were not mercy enough to me, GOD (since I was
silenced) hath sent it over in bis message to many beyond,
the seas ; for when Mr. Elliot had printed all the Bible
in the Indian language, he next translated this my Call to
the Unconverted, as he wrote to us here, And yet GOD
would make some farther use of it; for Mr. Stoop, the pas-
tor of the French Church in London, being driven hence
by the displeasure of superiors, was pleased to translate it in
to French ; I hope it will not be unprofitable there : nor
in Germany, where it is printed in Dutch.
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also to mention Dr, Bates' account of the author, and of this useful treatise. In his serinon at Mr. BAXTER's funeral, he thus says : ' His books of practical divinity have heen effectual for more conversions of sin. Ders to GOD, than any printed in our time ; and while

church remains on earth, will of continual efficacy to recover lost souls. There is a vigorous pulse in them,

that keeps the reader awake and attentive. His Call to the Unconverted, how εmall in bulk, but how powerful in virtue ! Truth speaks in it, with that authority and efficacy, that it makes the reader to lay his hand upon his heart, and find that he has a soul and a conscience, tho' he lived before, as if he had none. He told scme friends, that six brothers were converted by reading that CALL; and that every week, he received letters of some converted by his books.' This he spake with most humble thankfulness, that GOD was pleased to use him as an instrument for the salvation of souis.

Self-denial and, contempt of the world, were shining graces in him. I never knew any person less indulgent to himself, and more indifferent to his temporal interest.

His patience was truly Christian ; he was tried by many afflictions.

We are tender of our reputation ; his name was obscured under a cloud of detraction. Many scandalous darts were thrown at him. He was accused, for his Paraphrase upon the New Testament, and condemned, unheard, to a prison, where he remained some months. But he was so far from being moved at the un. righteous prosecution, that he joyfully said to a constant friend, What could I desire more of GOD, than having served him to my power, I should be called lo suffer för him?

His pacific spirit was a clear character of his being a child of GOD, How ardently he endeavoured to cement the breeches amongst us, is publicly known. He said to a friend, I can as willingly be a Martyr for love, as for any article of the creed. It is strange to astonishment, that those who agree in the substantial and great points . of the reformed religion, and are of different sentiments only in things not so clear, nor of that moment as those wherein they consent, should be opposite parties.

Death reveals the secrets of the hearts ; then words are spoken with most feeling, and least affectation. This excellent saint was the same in his life and death. His last hours were spent in preparing others, and himseli to appear before God.

He said to his friends that visited him, You come hither to learn to die, I am not the only person that must this

way. I can assure you, that your whole life, be it ever so long, is little enough to prepare for death. Have a care of this vain deceitful world, and the lusts of the flesh : Be sure you chuse GOD for your portion, Heaven for your home, GOD's glory for your end, his Word for your rule, and then you need never fear but we shall meet with comfort.

Never was penitent sinner more humble and debasing, merer was a sincere believer more calm and comfortable.

my labour.

He acknowledged himself to be the vilest dunghill worm (it was his usual expression) that ever went to heaven. lie admired the divine condescension to man after saying, Lord, that is Man, what am I vile worm to the great GOD. many times he prayed, GOD be merciful to me a sinner, and blessed GOD, that that was left upon record in the Gospel, as an effectual prayer : He said, GOD may justly condemn me for the best duly I erer did: and all my hopes are from the free mercy of God in Christ, which he often prayed for, After a slumber, he waked and said, I shall rest frona

A minister then present said, And your works follow you. To whom he replied, No works, I will ledve out works, if GOD will grant me the other, When a friend was comforting him with the remembrance of the good many bad received by his preaching and writings, 'he said, I icas bul a jen in GOD's hand, and what praise is due to u pen.

His resigned subinission to the will of GOD, in his sharp sickness, was eminent. When extremity of pain constrained him earnestly to pray to GOD for his release by death, he would check himself': “ It is not fit for me to prescribe," and said, “ When thou will, what thou wilt, how thou will."

At another time be said, That he found great comfort and sweetness in repeating the words of the Lord's

's prayer ; and was sorry that some good people were prejudiced against the use of it ; for there were all necessary petitions for soul and body contained in il.

At other times he gave excellent counsel to young ministers that visited him, and earnestly prayed to GOD to bless their labour, and make them very successful in converting many souls to Christ; and expressed great joy, that they were of moderate peaceful spirits.

During his sickness, when the question was asked, how he did, his reply was almost well. His joy was most remarkable, when in his own apprehensions death was nearest: And his spiritual joy was at length consummate in eternal joy.

Thus lived and died that blessed saint. I have without any artificial fiction in words given a sincere short account of him. All our fears are below the just grief for such an invaluable loss. It is the comfort of his friends, that he enjoys a blessed reward in heaven, and has left a precious remembrance on the earth.

Now blessed be the gracious GOD, that he was pleas. ed to prolong the life of his servant, so useful and beneficial to the world, to a full age : that he has brought him. slowly and safely to heaven.'

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