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John Beaufoy's book Evesham
A Brief Collection
Sayings, Precepts, Counfels,
Of feveral Eminent
With a fhort Account of their Lives.
By JOHN BоCKETT.
Whereunto is added,
An Apology for this Book, and those
By Richard Claridge.
London, Printed and Sold by Philip
SI have diligently perused the Sayings and Precepts, which are faid to have been utter'd by fome of the Antient Heathen Philofophers, and confidered the many Great and Excellent Truths therein contain'd, it bath made me Admire that Divine Wifdom wherewith they were endu'd and alfo bath inclined my Mind to make a Small Collection out of them, (as I found 'em fcatter'd) and place the most particular Matters under their proper Heads or Chapters, for the Ufe and Benefit of those chiefly, who have but little Time to Read, or Money to Purchase Large Volumes.
The greatest part of this Collection is taken out of an antient Book, Intituled, A Treatise of Moral Philofophy; and I have been careful to infert the Authors Names, as I found them, and put A 2 them
them to their respective Sayings; altho there are fome Sentences in the faid Book, wherein the Authors Names are omitted. And if any Author or Sentence appears to thofe, who are better Learned in Hiftory to be out of Order, or mifquoted, I crave their favourable Cenfure thereof, it being not defignedly done: And where I have abbreviated their Sayings, I endeavour'd to keep their Senfe.
I have alfo Collected many other Sayings out of other Books, and placed them (as I judge) under their proper Heads that thereby I might render it the more Acceptable and Delightful to thofe, that fhall defire carefully to perufe the fame..
But if they fhould be lightly effecmed by any, because they are for the most part the Sayings and Precepts of Reputed Heathens; yer upon diligent Search shey will find them to be generally Cöncurrent with Scripture, and Confonant to Chriftianity, both as to the Divine and Moral Duties thereof; and fome Profeffed Christians, 'tis to be doubted, fall far short of many of these Gentiles, both in Piety and Vertue; and the more is the pity, because they have much greater Advantages, rather to Excel there there
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in, confidering their Chriftian Education, and the Benefit afforded them, which the Gentiles had not, as the Help of the Holy Scriptures, which are fuperior to all other Books, whether we confider the Prophecies of the Old Testament, or the Fulfilling of them in the New, by the Coming, Life, Sufferings, Death and Refurrection of Chrift; and the Redemption, by and through the great and infinite Love and Favour of God, that he ob tain'd for Mankind, and of the Miracles wrought, and Doctrine taught by Him; I fay, if thefe call'd Chriftians fall fhort of the Heathen in Piery and Wertue, how much more inexcufable will they be, than thofe that had not thefe Advantages for their Help and Benefit? Tet the Lord's Love was fo univerfally extended towards them, that he did manifeft fo much of his Light, Grace and Spirit in them, that (giving heed, and fubmitting thereunto) was fufficient to Guide and Direct them to efchew Evil, and embrace Vertue in this Life; which doth concur with what the Apoftle faid, Rom. 1. 19. That which may be known of God, is manifeft in them (the Gentiles) for God hath fhewed it unto them. And again, he faith, Chap