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PHILADELPHIA:
AMERICAN BAPTIST PUBLICATION SOCIETY,

118 ARCH STREET.
118520

R.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

5272098 ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

1950 L

R

Entered according to Act of Congross, in the year 1852, by the

AMERICAN BAPTIST PUBLICATION SOCIETY,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in

und for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Editor's Prefart.

49 X 792

The author of the following work being compara tively little known in this country, a brief notice of his life and character may not be unacceptable to the reader.

The Rev. Oliver Heywood was the second son of Richard and Alice Heywood, and was born March, 1629, in the parish of Bolton, Lancashire, England. Both his parents were sincere and earnest Christians. His mother, especially, appears to have been not only devotedly pious, but highly intelligent, and well qualified to instruct and guide his youthful mind. To her instrumentality he ascribes his first religious impressions. From his earliest childhood, it was her constant endeavor to unfold to him the great truths of the Gospel, to awaken him to a sense of his lost state as a sinner, and to direct him to Christ as the only source of hope and salvation. The neighborhood, in which he was brought up, was also at that

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