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ACCOUNT

OF THE

L I F E
DEATH

AND

OF
Lieutenant ILLIDGF,
Who was in the MILITIA

Of the County of Chester, near
Fifty Years

Chiefly drawn out of his own

PAPERS,

By the late Reverend
Mr. MATTHEW HENRY.

The SECOND EDITION Corrected.

LONDON,
Printed for H.Osborne, in Lombard.ftreet: -
R. Ford, at the Angel in the Pauitrr

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PREFACE

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CHRISTIAN READER,

Tis' well. obferved by the

wise Man, Prov. XIN."10. Share that the Heart knows its

Ovn Bitterness, and its own Fears, Cares, Desires, Joys, and Hopes and Expectations, that as there is Occasion, it is natural and easie to speak or write most feelingly concern. ing them: These are those. Things of a Man, that no Man knoweth, fave the Spirit of Man which is in him, i Cor. II. 11. which is therefore called the Candle of the Lord, which searcheth all the inward

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Parts of the Belly, i. e. of his own Heart, Prov. XX. 27. especially when this Candle is lighied by the Word and Spirit of God; Andi wben a Perfon makes it his Business to accomplislo a miligent Search, doubtleß he may are rive at a certain Knowledge of his omn State and Condition, with refeFence to God, and his Salvation : By obferving the Complexion of his own Soul from Time to Time, and looking himself in the Glaß of God's Luv, he may come to know what man.ner of Man he is.

The World sees our Ways and Actions, and is apt to be either severe enough on the one Hand, or favourable enough on the other Hand, in their Remarks. upon them : But as to this, which is the most bidden, and pet moft excellent Part of Man, the Thoughts, the Defigns, the various Workings of the Heart, and the ficret and solemn Transactions between God and it; bere a Man is beft able. to drav his own Picture, which this

good

greater

good Man had done for his own Use, in the Manuscripts he hath left behind him, that he might know (but not with any Defign to make known to Others) what manner of Man he was.

What he had done more at large, his friend hath in this Extract done in Miniature, and taken the Liberty to sew it to the World: This we find done by some, who, for their Eminency in Gifts, and Learning, and Station, have made a much Figure in the Church, and in the World; and it hath met with good Acceptance, arid been of use for the afisting, quickning, and warning of others.

not without Hopes, that this may have the like good Effects ; that it will not be deJÞised, but be the more acceptable to fome, for its Plainneß and Simplicity, as proceeding from an honest Farmer, who was a good Husband of his Time, and was instructed, by the Grace of God, how to cultivate his Soul, well as his Ground, and suffer neither

And we

are

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