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TO'THE... Le IN HABITANTS
"E OF THES.. ! 23 BOROUGH AND FOREIGN, : . OF . KID DERMINSTER,
:. Both MAGISTRATE $ and PEOPIE.
My dear Friends,
fixing your Names to this Book. It contains the Substance of what was first preached in your Parish-Church, and was
first published from the Press with a Dedi*cation to your worthy Ancestors. Your
Trade and Manufactures can never render your Town so famous, as the Name and Writings of Mr. Baxter have already made it, both in this Island, and in many remote Parts of the Protestant World. His intimate and important Relation to kidderminster, and the Years he abode in it, af
forded him the most delightful Reflection · as long as he lived.
LONG Experience has enabled me to testify for you, that, notwithstanding your : Share in those common Distinctions which fo unhappily divide Fellow-Protestants, you poffefs a most unusual Degree of Cándor and Friendship for each other. Thus you thew, that Kidderminster has not totally lost the amiable Spirit which it imbibed inore than a Century ago,
There are no Excellencies personal or relative, no Species of domestick or publick Happiness, no Beauties of civil or religious Life, but what will be naturally promoted by a Care to secure to ourselves an : Interest in the Rest wbich remaineth to the Peale of God. They are the People for whoin alone that Reft is designed, both by the Promises of God, and by the Purchase of the Son of God. A Care to fe
cure that Rest to ourselves, is the one Thing necdful. But neither this people, nor this Care, you well know, are the Peculiarities of any Age, or of any Party. "If the Inhabitants of Kidderminster formerly excelled in this Care, you must allow, it was their greatest Glory. And this, more than any Improvements of Trade, or increasing Ele gancies of Life, will be the greatest Glory of their Successors.
To excite this Care, is the noblest De sign of all religious Instruction. This, and nothing else, aniinates the following Pages. Here, God and Christ, Heaven and Holiness, invite your most attentive and affectionate Regards. Here, you may peruse, what Multitudes in the same Town have heard and read before you to their everlasting Joy, till your Blefing's prevail above the Blessings of your Progenitors. Here, by the
Help of divine Grace, you may learn the * heavenly Art of walking with God below,
of living in a constant View and Foretaste of the Glories of the new Jerusalem, and of making all you say or do, suffer or enjoy, fubfervient to the brightening your immortal Crown. Nothing has the Compiler of this Abridgment to wish like fuch Con
fequences sequences as these; even, to see the fame holy and heavenly Converfation in hinfelf, and in those around him, now, as Mr. Baxter faw in his Day. This would be the greatest Joy, and shall be the constant and fervent Prayer, of