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Teftament, and condemned, unheard, to a prison, where he remained some years; but he was so far from being moved at the unrighteous prosecution, that he joyfully faid to a constant friend, “What could I desire more of God, than having served him to my power, I should be called to suffer for him!”
His pacific spirit was a clear character of his being a child of God. How ardently he endeavoured to cement the breaches amongst us is publicly known. He said to a friend, “I can as willingly be a martyr for love as for any article of the creed.”— it is strange, to astonishment, that those who agree in the substantial and great points of the reformed religion, and are of different sentiments only in things not so clear, nor of that moment as those wherein they consent, should be of oppo
site parties. • Death reveals the secrets of the heart;
then words are spoken with most feeling and least affectation. This excellent saint was the same in his life and death: his last hours were spent in preparing others and himself to appear before God. He said to his friends that visited him, “You come hither to learn to die, I am not the only person that must go this way: I can alsure you, that your whole life, be it ever fo long, is little enough to prepare for death. Have a care of this vain deceitful world and the lusts of the flesh: Be sure
you choose God for your portion, heaven for your home, God's glory for your end, his word for your rule, and then you need never fear but we shall meet with comfort."
Never was penitent finner more humble and debasing, never was a sincere believer more calm and comfortable. He acknows ledged himself to be the vilest dunghillworm (it was his usual expression) that ever went to heaven: he admired the divine condescension to man, after faying, * Lord, what is man? what am I, a vile worm to the great God?" Many times he prayed, “ God be merciful to me a finner!” and blessed God, that that was left upon record in the Gospel as an effectual prayer: He said, “ God may justly condemn me for the best duty I ever did; and all my hopes are from the free mercy of God in Chrift," which he often prayed for.
After a slumber he awaked and said, " I shall rest from my labour.” A minifter then present faid, “and your works follow you.” To whom he replied, “No works ! I will leave out works, if God will grant me the other.”_When a friend was comforting him with the remembrance of the good many had received by his preaching and writings, he said, “I was but a pen in God's hand, and what praise is due to a pen?
His resigned fubmiffion to the will of God, in his sharp fickness, was eminent. When extremity of pain constrained him earnestly to pray to God for his release by death, he would check himself: “ It is not fit for me to prescribe;" and said, “when thou wilt, what thou wilt, how thou
At another time he said, “That he found great comfort and sweetness in repeating the words of the Lord's prayer; and was forry that some good people were prejudiced against the use of it; for, there were all necessary petitions for foul and body contained in it.”
At other times he gave excellent counfel to young ministers that visited him, and earnestly prayed to God to bless their labours, and make them very successful in converting many souls to Christ; and expressed great joy that they were of moderate peaceful spirits.
During his fickness, when the question was asked, how he did, his reply was, “almost well.” His joy was most remarkable when in his own apprehension death was nearest: and his spiritual joy was at length consummate in eternal joy.
Thus lived and died that blessed saintI have, without any artificial fiction in words, given a sincere short account of him. All our tears are below the just grief for such an invaluable loss. It is the com
fort of his friends that he enjoys a blessed reward in heaven, and has left a precious remembrance on earth.
Now, blessed be the gracious God, that he was pleased to prolong the life of his servant, so useful and beneficial to the world, to a full age: that he has brought him 'slowly and safely to heaven.
I shall conclude this account with my own deliberate with: “May I live the remainder of my life as entirely to the glory of God as he lived; and when I shall come to the period of my life, may I die in the fame blessed peace wherein he died: may I be with him in the kingdom of light and love for ever.”
I shall also add Dr. Calamy's account of this treatise; his words are thus: 'In 1657, Mr. Baxter published a Call to the Unconverted; a book blessed by God with marvellous fuccefs, in reclaiming persons from their impieties. Twenty thousand of them were printed and dispersed in little more than a year. It was translated into French, and Dutch, and other European languages; and Mr. Elliot translated it into the. Indian language ; and Mr. Cotton Mather, in his life, gives an account of an Indian prince, who was so well affected with this book, that he sat reading it, with tears in his eyes, till he died.”