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'found at your Graces hands, hath · To her Grace, the most
Noble, most Virtuous,
els of Somerset.
HE kind Acceptance. which, my former Discoursé upon this Subject
given me Encouragement and Confidence to prefix your great Name to this ; which indeed should have been presented to yoúr Noble Patronage long ago, but that the late Controversies with the Romanists (wherein I thought my self bound to take my soare) and a great many unexpected Accidents foncé, have hitherto bindred me from bringing it even to that little Perfe&tion wherein it now appears... Besides, Madam, the Subject being altogether Practical and directive of the Conscience, a little time was not enongh for that Confideration and Care, which a matter of such a tender and weighty Nature must require, eSpecially since my design from the beginning, was, not only to inform Communicants, but moreover to lend such Asistance to all others,
in order to a right understanding of their Dury, as I loped might serve to promote the great Ends of Christianity in general. To this purpose, I bare somewhat largely and particularly discoursed of these things which concern all forts and ranks of Cbristians," as Faith, Repentance, Charity, and Perseverance; to which I thought fit to add in the last place, a fiort Platform of a Christian Life, collected out of the Holy Scrip:ures, and digested into little, that every one may see, as it were at one view, the Nature, Excellence, and Eakiness of that Universal Obe. dience which the New Covenant exactet h at all our Hands : and all this I resolved and endeavoured to do in such a plain and clear mimer, that I might be serviceable to those of the most ordinary and vulgar Capacities, because they need Instructions most of all.
I confess, Madam, that in saying this, I feem to have made an Objeétione against my felf, as to this Dedication, and fear that all those who have the Hünour to know your Grace, will be startled to see a little Book, intended för ordinary Capacities, presented to a Person of Juch'eminent Parts and Judgment, his well as Quality. But I hope the wonder will reale, when 'once it is considered, that the whole defign of this Piece being to excite and quicken Men'to a serżous Practice of Religion, I could not but look upon it as your Graces due
were there no other reason but this, that your Grace is a great Example of Virtue and a truly Chriflian Life in all particulars; which, God be r banked, I can very safely afferm and tell the whole World, witbomt the least guilt of Flattery. But besides, Madam, my Perforal Obligations to both your Graces, for your great and continual Favours to me and mine, and the tenderness you are pleased to jhew #s daily, do challenge from the alt poffible Expressions of Honour, and dutiful Affection; and all too little, I am sure; not any thing indeed in comparison of that Service which I should, and with all my Heart would do, were. it in. ту
Power. Among fome Discouragements I have met with in i be World, I bless God, the great comfort of my life is, that I enjoy so plentiful a fhure of your Graces goodness, with all Freedom and Gratitude I acknowledge my self to be in that refpect, as happy a Män as lives. The Station I am now in, I was unexpectly put into by the desire of both your Graces, and by your Zealous Applications to some great Friends, who could have no other reason ta consider me but for the sake of your Graces, whom they were ready to gratifie for your being such true Friends and Ornaments to our Church, and the whole Protestant Religion. Tour thus transplanting me into your Graces own Neighbourhood, as it was an argument
of the most kind Intentions, that I should Spring and thrive afresh under the influence of your Favour ; So is it a mighty Advantage to my Ministry, which is now asisted with sucb Noble Comments upon Christianity, and Examples of it, as may prove more operative than
any Discourses of mine. Upon these Accounts, Madam, all the labours I can bestow, can be but so many Expressions of Thankfulness; which I humbly intreat both your Graces to accept of, being all that I can tender, besides my earnest Supplications to Almighty God, evermore to continue and encrease his Goodness to your Graces and your Noble Illue; and to enrich
with all the Blesings of Heaven and Earth; which is, Madam, the daily Affectionate Prayer of