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ed to him, as well those entrufted to the Rev. Me
as those that should be found in his repositories after his death, giving me leave to do with them what I had a mind. Soon after another large parcel was Tent me by his heir and executor. He had originally given the manuscript the title of, An account of the life and death of a young gentleman, who lately died in
But after correcting and enlarging it, he prefixed the title che book now bears, with a dedication and preface. The account which he had several years ago favoured me with a reading of, was not near fo full, ended with the death of Mr Thad the two letters that were afterwards published, with my permiffion, in a monthly Magazine, annexed, under the title of Extraits of two letters, &c. In his travels he picked up the materials of what he calls the Second, third, and fourth parts. He wrote the first and second parts in one volume; and the third and fourth in another, under the title of Memoirs of ferea ral persons of both sexes. And he tells me in his letter, that if Providence had spared his life fome months longer, he intended to have added a fifth and fixth part, under the same title as the third and fourth, from a variety of extracts and letters, which he has sent me wrapped in two parcels, one entitled, Anecdotes and biftories for the fifth part of the Memoirs, and, Anecdotes, &c. for the fix:h part.
From the dedication and preface it would appear that the author intended this work for the press. On perusal of the four parts, all written with his own hand, and of the materials of the other two, I could not reGift the inclination I for a long time have had, to favour the world with so valuable a treasure of Christian knowledge and experience; and Y cannot bat felicitate myself on being the happy instrument of publishing a work which natively tends to recommend vital piety and serious religion, in the most pathetic terms, to a world lying in wickedness; and I am sure that the fole view of the writer and publisher is thereby to promote the glory of God, and illustrate his fovereign and effi. cacious grace
in the salvation of finners. As the whole work will confift of three handsome
volumes, I have allowed only the first volume to come abroad at frit, refolving, it it shall meet with the approbation of the friends of religion, as I can have no doubt but it will, the other two volumes shall follow in due time, as I have now begun to compose the fifth and áxth parts from the excellent materials afforded me. The author's preface is reserved for the second volume.
It may not be improper to observe with regard to Mr T-s, that while he lived in , he lodged in a-retired place of the ciry; that his landlady was an ancient widow lady, very deaf, as was also her maid ; and that they knew very little about him, except that he was ' fick, and apparently dying; that a few days before he was seized with his fatal fever, he gave out that he was soon to return to his own country; that falling fick in the middle of September, he languished till the beginning of April ; that no body knew of his
or vilted him, but his most intimate compa. nions, except one gentleman, who a little before his death went to America; so that his condition never be came the subject of public talk or speculation. After Mr No's departure to the country in the beginning of his ilgess, fome one of his companions was almost constantly with him. For my part, oot of the endeared. regard I had for the worthy gentleman, I taid many hours with him every day; and after Mr Na's return, vifited him daily. I regret that I did not take dow'n many excellent speeches and exhor. tations he delivered to me and others, which were not a whit inferior to those recorded in this volume. But though they are now irrecoverably loft, I am sure every ferious reader will bless God for those here preserved, which cannot fail to have a happy influence on the inteTests of piety, fo warmly recommended by the dying gentleman.
I shall only further take notice, that, according to my
accounts, as well as by letters found among MrNu's papers, all Mr T-s's intimate companions are yet alive, fertled in different places of the kingdom, and that they continue to thew the warmest attachment to the cause of religion, and to adorn
their Christian profession by a holy conversation. The gentleman who desired to be present at Mr Ts's death, as related p..246. fome years after took orders among the dissenters, and is now a very famous and successful preacher of the gospel. Mr Ts and his lady died about a twelvemonth ago. The fons are comfortably settled, and the daughters married to their own relations, as has long been the custom of the family. Mr N.
Lu left each of them a legacy, as he did one to me. I can give no account of the gentle. man and lady, nor the famous Mally, from whose letters of correspondence he extracted the second part of the Memoirs, though it would appear I was acquainted with the lady when in a disguised habit. Nor can I give any account of the other persons who make a dif. tinguished figure in the other parts, the author taking no notice where they lived.
I shall conclude with remarking, Ithat whether all the initial letters of the names in these Memoirs are real or fictitious, as I believe they are of the latter character, the narrative is genuine, and intended, both by the author and editor, for the noblest purposes, those of advancing the glory of God, and promoting the best interefts of mankind, in oppofition to that levity and lewdness, and that deluge of wickedness and unconcern about eternity, which overwhelms the prefent age. And that it may be accompanied with the divine blefling for the benefit of every reader, is the hearty prayer of June 10.
The EDITOR. 1767.
Extract of a letter from a Clergyman in the country, dated June 17. 1767,
I was intimately acquainted with the writer of the following Memoirs. He was a gentleman of folid judgment, great knowledge, and sincere piety. He had for about fifteen years spent the fummer-feafon in viGuing all the noted towns in the kingdom, where he became acquainted with the most eminent clergymen, and the most judicious Chriftians of every denomination, especially those among the diflenters; with whom he maintained a religious correspondence; fo that a week feldom paffed without his receiving and writing very large packets. In his travels he collected a great number of very instructive anecdotes, many of which I have heard him repeat with great pleasure. MrN-u bad, from his infancy, been troubled with a weakness in the lungs, and of late years with a cough, which threatened a consumption. He was very fickly all the last winter, and had the sentence of death in him. He then put the finishing hand to the firft four parts of these Memoirs, and collected and arranged the materials of the fifth and fixth. He indulged me with a reading of the first four parts; which afforded me a moft rational and religious entertainment, as containing the best and most accurate account I had cver read of a work of conviction and conversion, of a life of faith, of the glorious displays of grace in salvation, of the most forcible perfuafives to a religious life, and of the most joyful and triumphant death; together with a series of the most striking anecdotes and entertaining histories, relating to the important interests of mankind, that are to be found in any language. A little before his death, which happened in the beginning of laft mooth, he gave me the copy of these Memoirs, with a large parcel of papers, writings, and letters, to be conveyed to Dr M, to whom he left them in his will, to be disposed of as that. gentleman should think proper. His behaviour on his deathbed was truly amiable and Christian,;, and he died in sweet peace of mind, in the faith of being with the Lord for ever. After his interment, I transmitted the Memoirs, with all the other papers entrusted to me, to Dr M, earnestly desiring him to oblige the world with the publication of so valuable a collection, that might be of great utility both to faints and finners. As he has complied with my importunate desire, I heartily pray the blefling of God may attend the perusal of these excellent papers.
1. 34. 9. for and calculated read or 'tended 49. 23. for worth read worthy 52:18. for word read Spirit?
1. 53. 22. after man infert can 62. 18. read Because 64. 18. 19. for love-adventure read love-conversation .70. 28. read duty
ult, read worshipping 75 I. read and 105. 32. for mean read means