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OF THE ^^i^y

Life, Time, and Writings,

The Reverend and Learned

Sometime Minister at Simprin, afterwards at Etterick.
Divided into Twelve Periods.

Written by Himself, and addressed to his Children.
Now sirst published from his own Manuscripts.

To which are added,

Some Original Papers, and Letters to and from the Author.

Thou •which hast skewed me great and fore troubles, foalt quicken me again, and /halt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Thou /halt increafe my greatnefs, and comfort me on every fide. Psal. Ixxi. 20.21.

Come and hear, all ye that fear Cod, and I will declare -what he hath done for my foul. Psal. )xvi. 16.

The righteous /hall be in everlasting remembrance. Psal. cxii. 6+

By it he being dead, yet sbeaketb. Heb. xi. 4.


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Sold also by J. Bell, and W. Gray, Edinburgh; J. Krycp, and P. Tait, Glasgow; and G.keith, J. Bucklamd* and J. Donaldson, London.


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The author's address to his children, - - i



I. From his birth [1676], till he left the grammar-

school [1689], - y

a. From his leaving the grammar-school to his laurea-

tion [1694], - - - 12

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 [16983, 32

5. From his removal into the bounds of the presbytery

of Stirling to his return unto the Merse [1699], 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 [1712J*, - - 222

10. From the oath of abjuration refused till his trans-

portation to Closeburn, refused by the Commission

of the General Assembly [1717], - 2S0

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, six months

besore his death], - - 391

Postscript, • - - - - ;12



1. Note on p. 2;;. concerning the situation ot the parish

of Etterick, I

2. Ditto on p. 308. Advice to the parish, with respect to

their duty as loyal subjects in the rebellion 171;, 4

3. Ditto on p. 3J1. Overtures of admission to the Lord's

table, and debarring from it, 5

4. Mr Gabriel Wilson's lpeech besore the synod os Merse

and Teviotdale, in desence of his sermon before that

synod, Oct. 1721, - * - 8

3 2 5. Note
No i»^,

The Author's Address to his Childreih

T 6 John, Jane', Alison, and Thomas Bostons.

My Dear Children,

I Apprehend, that by the time it is designedl under the conduct of all-disposing Providence, this mould tome into your hands, ye may be desirous to know your father's manner of life, beyond what ye saw with your eyes: and it is very pleasing to me, that, as to that point; I am capable, in some measure, to satisfy 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, Passages of my Life, at writing hereof, consisting of three hundred and sixty-two written pages, beginning from my birth, ending October 19. 1730, and signed *. I was not arrived at twenty years of age, when, without a prompter, so far as I know, I began collecting of these passages, for my own foul's benesit: and they, being carried on, have often since that time been of use to me. For which cause I recommend the like practice to you; remembering the promise, Psal. cvii. 43. "Whoso is wife, and will observe those *' things, even they shall understand the loving" "kindness of the Lord."

The other is the following general account of my Use, at writing hereof, consisting of two hundred and

* The author, before his death, added some pages more. >.. A seventy

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