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"Those things which ye have both learned, and received, and
heard, and seen in me, do, and the God of peace shall be with

Revised by the Committee of Publication.



I. Ashmead, Printer.

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It is a sensible pleasure to me that I have prevailed upon so worthy a man as my reverend and dear brother Mr. David Jennings, to transport the treasure of this excellent Life from America to Great Britain. I had enjoyed, indeed, a happy correspondence with the Reverend Dr. Cotton Mather, for near twenty years before his death, as well as with the Rev. Mr. Samuel Mather, his son, ever since. I found much of his learned and pious character very early, from the spirit of his letters, and by his public writings, which he favoured me with every year; yet this account of his heart and life being drawn up in so great a part of it by himself, hath highly increased my esteem and veneration for the memory of so valuable a person.

I was so charmed with it upon my first perusal, that I thought had never read a life of stricter piety, of warmer zeal for God, of greater diligence in duty, and more generous love to men, than appears in this book, and I am still of the same mind. My worthy friend

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