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OF THE ^^i^y
Life, Time, and Writings,
The Reverend and Learned
Sometime Minister at Simprin, afterwards at Etterick.
Written by Himself, and addressed to his Children.
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.
7. Ditto on p, 470. The Author's memorial concerning
his Essay on the Hebrew accentuation, - ib,
Letter to the Author, in the Latin tongue, from the very
Letter from' the Author to the Rev. Mr James Hogg,
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