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(And accept of MERCY, while MERCY may-
be had; as ever they will find MERCY, in
"By the late Reverend and Pious
PRINTED BY WILSON, SPENCE, AND MAWMAN.
Toppen Theol. @s A SHORT
:: THE AUTHOR;
The great Success which attended
the Call wben first published.
TT may be proper to prefix an account of I this book given by Mr. Baxter himself, which was found in his study after his death, in his own words.
“I published a short Treatise on 'converfion, intitled, A Call to the Unconverted, The occasion of this was my converse with bishop Usher, while I was at London, who approving my method and directions for peace of conscience, was importunate with me to write directions suited to the various states of Christians, and also against particular fins : I reverenced the man, but difregarded these persuasions, fuppofing I could do nothing but what is done better
already : but when he was dead, his words went deeper to my mind, and I purposed to obey his counsel; yet so as that to the first fort of men (the ungodly) I thought vehement persuafions meeter than directions only : and so for such I published this little book, which God hath blessed with unexpected success, beyond all the rest that I have written, except the “ Saints' Reft.” In a little more than a year, there were about twenty thousand of them printed by my own consent, and about ten thousand since, besides many thousand by stolen impressions, which poor men stole for lucre. Take.--Through God's mercy, I'have information of almost whole households converted by this finall book, which I set so light by : and, as if all this in England, Scotland, and Ireland, were not mercy enough to me, God (lince I was silenced) hath sent it over on his message to many beyond the seas; for when Mr. Elliot had printed all the Bible in the Indian language, he next translated this my “ Call to the Unconverted,” as he wrote to us here.And yet God would make some farther use of it; for Mr. Stoop, the pastor of the French Church in London, being driven hence by the displeasure of superiors, was pleased to translate it into French; I hope it will not be unprofitable there, nor in Germany, where it is printed in Dutch.”
It may be proper also to mention Dr. Bates's account of the author, and of this
useful Treatise. In his sermon, at Mr. Baxter's funeral, he thus says; “His books of practical divinity have been effectual for more conversions of finners to God than any printed in our time; and, while the church remains on earth, will be of continual efficacy to recover lost souls. There is a vigorcus pulse in them that keeps the reader awake and attentive." --His Call to the Unconverted, how small in bulk, but how powerful in virtue! Truth fpeaks in it with that authority and efficacy, that it makes the reader to lay his hand upon his heart, and find that he has a soul and a conscience, though he lived before as if he had none. He told some friends that fix brothers were converted by reading that Call, and that every week he received letters of some converted by his books. This he spake ofwith most humble thankfulness, that God was pleased to use him as an instrument for the salvation of fouls.
Self-denial and contempt of the world were shining graces in him. I never knew any person lels indulgent to himself, and more indifferent to his temporal interest.
His patience was truly Christian ; he was tried by many afflictions. We are ten
der of our reputation. His name was ob· scured under a cloud of detraction: many
fcandalous darts were thrown at him. He was accused for his Paraphrase upon the New