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H I STORY
OR An Account of his BIRTH, EDUCATION, &c. with
divers Observations on his Life and Manners when a Youth: and how he came to be convinced of the TRUTH; with his many Sufferings and Services for the same : - Alo: several other remarkable Passages and Occurrencés.
WRITTEN BY HIS OWN HAND."
(To willcæ $. ATY DED): S.
By J. Walt
Hebrews xi. 2.--By Faith the Elders obtained a good Report.
RINTED AND SOLD BY JAMES PHILLIPS, GEORGE
“ ATHER up the fragments that “ U remain, that nothing be lost,” * was the direction of our Saviour to his Disciples, after he had fed the multitude. Which may well and usefully be applied, to the collecting and preserving the accounts of the lives of good men: men, who in their day have been eminently useful in those stations of life wherein God, by his good Providence, hath placed them. And this preserving, by publication, is the rather to be done, when themfelves do leave behind them, in writing, an account of their lives, and of the signal mercies of God to them therein: for from
such accounts may best be gathered, by the reader, the man's particular state, exercise and growth in the work of reftoration, out of the fall and degeneracy; and, in the reading thereof, be not only excited to bless the name of the Lord, on his behalf, but also gain some direction from the path so fairly tracked out, and ground of hope; that by being faithful, they may likewise attain to the same good experience.
There is not with me any doubt, but something of this kind may be the lot of many, into whose hands this treatise may happen to come ; for that they will herein meet with variety of exercises, and the Providences of God therein, all related with great strength and plainness of speech: Our deceased friend, Thomas Ellwood, having been a man whom God had endued with fingular abilities, both as a man, and as a Christian ; which is
evident, evident, not only from this short account of his life, which was written by himself, and by the Supplement added hereunto; but more largely from his many useful labours and services in the many books which he wrote in the defence of truth, and the friends thereof: for which service he was in a particular manner qualified by spiritual wisdom, and Christian obedience; to which, in him, was added great strength and depth of judgment, wherein he could discern the spirits of others, and was very much the master of his own, as did appear to such who knew him, not only by the foundness of his reasoning, and the seafonableness of his words; but also by his great and exemplary modesty, in that he was not hafty to propose, nor rudely tenacious to insist on what he had proposed, if any thing, though not well exprest, yet well' intended, was offered by any one much weaker, nay, though but by a babe in Christ.