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R E A D E R.
OUL and Body constitute
the whole of Man, and therefore' are the primary Things,
and most necessary Subjects we can employ our Thoughts and Care upon.
Now such Books as tend to Party, and the setting us together by the Ears, are directly Diabolical.
And such as teach Languages, natural Philosophy, Oratory, Poetry, Hiftory, Mathematicks, and all the Arts and Sciences, are only for the bringing in and preserving of Credit, Profit and PleaSure, which are but Secondary. external Things , subservient to the First.
But those that are written for the enriching the Head with needful Notions, furnishing the Understanding with practical Rules, and rectifying the Affections:
As also those that are designed for the Preservation of Health; curing of Diseases
, and prolonging of Life: That is, those that aim at securing to us a found Mind in a found Body: These of a certain are the Usefulness of all Writings, and best deserve our most serious Study and Obfervance.
Accordingly. I have fixed upon these Subjects, and have cast my cwo Mites, namely my Moral. Collections, and my Pharmacopæias into the Corban, as believing I was born a Citizen of the World, and not for myself only
, and not knowing how I could
serve the Publick better.
As to the Matter of Commendation and Cenfure, I endeavour to neither, exalted nor deje&ted, nor any way concerna ed about either of them.
And that partly upon Confideration, that they are in the Hands of the Vulgar, who taking nothing right, difpenfe
both these not according to Merit, but Capricbio, and generally to the wrong PerJons.
But chiefly because Praise and Dif praise are Things that belong to this World only, which I am every Day, more and more sensible, I must sortly leave; and therefore am pluming and preparing myself to take Wing into the World of Spirits, where there is no more Regard had to the Foolings, the Flatteries, and Flouts of the little bumane Insects creeping upon the Earth, than to the Attions of silly Emmits crawling upon their Hillock.
For in that State, they that are miserable sball feel
, and can think of nothing but Mifery; but the happy will be filled up to the Utmost of their Capacity, with beatifick Vision, Wonder, Foy, Rapture
, Ecstasy, Ineffable, Inconceivable
, and Incessant for ever and ever.
Good Reader, I suspect I may have written fome Things twice; if not the same in Words, yet in Senfe, which I desire you to pass by favourably ; forasmuch as you may
well think, it was as difficult and dull a Thing for me, in fo great a Number of independent Sentences, to find out the Repetitions
, as it would be in a vast Heap of different Coins and Medals, confusedly thrown together, to pick out here and there one that bore the same and like Inscription, with some other among them.
Besides the Pains, such a Search would cost me more Time, than I can afford it ; for my Glass of Life running now low, I must not suffer one Sand to fall in waft, nor spend one Minute in picking of Straws.
And moreover, my aged Eyes being grown weak and dim, I fear they will become quite dark, by much perusing and poring; or at least so far, so as to render me imable to perfečt several Papers now lying by me, which I would willingly make á Present of to you.
But to conclude this, since in Matters of Advice Precept must be upon Precept, and Line upon Line I apologise in the Words of St. Paul, To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grie
vous, but for