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daily more and more in the hearts of those whom thou hast savingly wrought upon. Olet thy blessing be on this people: God Almighty blesse them. Let Truth and Holinefle, reall Piecy and the power of Godlinessc, Lec roundnesle of mind, and uprightnesse of heart and life ; let crue Faith and ferveot love ; lee charity and good works ( through the operation of thy holy Spirit) abound among them. That to living here in thy fear, and serving their generation according to the Will of God, they may at last (chrough thy infinite mercy, and the merits of our blessed Lord and Saviour) bereceived inco thy Heavenly Kingdom. This is tbe carnest and hearty Prayer of,

Tour very affectionate,

though unworthy Pastor,

Samuel Cradock,


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S in humanc bodies, some parts

are vital, ochers only integrall, some necessary to che being, others to the well being, incegrity, and

beauty of them: So it is in Theologicall Doctrines, some are more fundamental, and immedially necessary to life and Godliness others sack as do greatly accomplish and adorn Christians that have accained unto chem, and are of singular use for the edification of the Church, though not so primarily belonging to the very vicals and eflencials of Faith and Holineffe.

Now because multitudes of crdinary Chriftians, cither through the exigence of their parcicular callings, or chrough the narrownefle of their capacities, waac boch time and ftrength to procure such plentiful measures of knowledge, as many others, whose leisure is greaçer,


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and intellectuals stronger, have accained unto : Therefore che Lord hach from cime co cime stirred up zealous and faichful men to commit unco writing those primary and most necessary Doetiines of Faith and Duty which are common to great and smal, and of principal use for ordering their conversacions arighe in every relacion wherein they stand towards God and men.

Of this forc were Bafil's Morália & Regula, Ambrose His Book De officiis, Auguftia's-Enchi. ridior, Bernards Tractacs De interiore domo De Confcientia, De ordine vite, Di Dilectione Dei, De modo bene vivendi, and other the like writings of the Ancients.

Amongst our felves in this age, several Books of this nacure have been written. Mr. Rogers his feven Treacises, Mr. Pan Baine hís Directions for a godly life, Mr. Fohn Downham bis Gaide co Godlinefle and Christian warfare. The Practife of Piery, Mt, Scuddats Chriđians daily walk, Mr. Boltons Directions for comfortable walking with God, with divers others of the fame kind." Ofwhich some possibly may be of coo great a price for every more serious consideracion of the importance of them.;

a poor min to procure, and too large for him to read quickly over. However, the fame miserials managed by the differene gifts of several instruments, and presfed by new Arguments and Motives, do bring to the Conscience a a fuller evidence, and awaken the heart unto a


Amongst Books of this Nature, I commend unto the Christian Reader chis Manual, which I have read with great fatisfaction and delight, It hab many things to render is acceptable to sucb judicious Palats as are best pleased with Savoury and serious things, 1. The variety and neceßicy of the maccers therein handled: Such as are self knowledge and examinacion: Repentance and self-judgiog, living by Faith; watchfulneffe over our hearcs, words, and waies : communion with God in spiritual duties; faithfulnesse in our particular callings and relations, a 2. The pertinency of the Scriptores produced for confirmation of the Truths which they refer unto. 3. The graciousneffe, favourineslę, and whollomnesle of the Language, becoming the weight and holinefse of the matter. 4. The strength of the Arguments whereby the duties are pressed.

5. The Brevity of the whole, which rendrech is the ficcer for memory, meditation, and praEtise: In all which the Reverend Author hach Thewed himselfe a workman, which needech not to be ashamed.

Some Learned men have chosen some one or other Book, which they have resolved to read over once every year.

I could wish chac serious Christians would single out some one

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or other choice Book, fraughe with variety of
most wholsom and necessary Doctrine to read
frequently over, for daily quickning and pre-
serving their hearts in an healthy and spvisual!
frame. Of which sort I should como ad
1. Summaries and Compendiums of found
Doctrine , such as Mr. Crooks guide to true
blessedneffe, and others of that fort. 2. Sum-
maries of the most weighcy and neceffary da-
ries : A mixture of both which we have'in this
liccle Book. By cbis means, with Gods blefsing,
the hearts of men might be established in the
love and ebedience of the Truth, and be preser-
ved from being coffed about with every wind
of Doctrine, the great sin and fháme of these

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