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COMPILER OF THIS ABRIDGEMENT.
In the following pages the reader will find none of the triumphs peculiar to martyrdom, nor any of those ecstasies which have distinguished some particular christians on their dying beds. Some extraordinary cases rather excite our joyful surprise, than are patterns for our imitation.
The “ Dying Thoughts” of Mr. BAXTER chiefly present to our view what every christian may attain, and what it is the highest interest, as well as the indispensable duty of every christian to aspire after. See, here, his doubts and fears in the prospect of eternity; though he had spent a long life in exemplary holiness, and in great nearness to God and heaven. See his jealousies over his own heart, and anxious concern to discover his sincerity; together with his sober appeals, and earnest attention, to every dictate of reason and scripture, in order to establish his mind and conscience in a well-grounded peace. See, also,