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To her Grace, the most

Noble, most Virtuous, and Religious Lady, Elizabeth, Lady Dutch

els of Somerset. May it please your Grace,

HE kind Acceptance, which my former Discoursé upon this Subject found at your Graces hands, hath .

given me Encouragement and Cone fidence to prefix your great Name to this; which indeed should have been presented to your Noble Patronage long ago, but that the late Controverfies with the Romanists (wherein I thought my self bound to take my share) and a great many unexpected Accidents fincé, have hitherto hindred 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 consideration 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, Az

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in order to a right understanding of a bear Duty, as I hoped might serve to promote the great Ends of Christianity in general. To this purpose, I bare somewhat largely and particularly discourse of these things

which concern all sorts and ranks of Christians, as Faith, Repentance, Charity, and Perseverance; to which I thought fit to add in the last place, a fort Platform of a Christian Life, collected out of the Holy Scrip:ures, and digested into little, that every one may fee, as it were at one view, the Nature, Excellence,' and Ealiness of that Universal Obe. dience which the New Covenant exacleth at all our Hands : and all this I resolved and endeavoured to do in such a plain and clear mmer, 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 objection against my felf, as to this Dedication; and fear that all those who have the Hinour to know your Grace, will be startled to see a little Book, intended för ordinary Capacities, presented to a Person of such'eminent Part's and Judgment, this well as Quality. But I hope the wonder will ceale, when once it is considered, that the whole design of this Piece being to excite and quickin Mento a serious 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 Christian Life in all particulars; which, God be thanked, I can very safely afferm and tell the whole World, without the least guilt of Flattery. But besides, Madam, my Personal Obligations to both your Graces, for your great and continual Favours to me and mine, and the tenderness you are pleased to thew #s daily, do challenge from me alt poffible Expresions 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 my Power. Among fome Discouragements I have met with in the World, I bless God. the great comfort of my life is, that I enjoy so plentiful a share 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

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of the most kind Intentions, that I should Spring and thrive afresh under the influence of your Favour ; lo is it a mighty Advantage to my Ministry, which is now asifted with such Noble Comments upon Christianity, and Examples of it, as may prove more operative than any Discourses of mine. Upon these Accounts, Madam, at the labours I can bestow, can be but so many Expressions of Thankfulness; which I bumbly 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 Issue; and to enrich

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with all the Blesings of Heaven and Earth; which is, Madam, the daily Affe&tionate Prayer of

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