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THE PASTORAL OFFICE.

Defigned principally to explain and recommend the
Duty of PERSONAL INSTRUCTION and CATE-

CHISING.

To which is added

An APPENDIX, containing fome hints of advice
to STUDENTS for the Ministry, and to TUTORS.

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LONDON:

Printed for J. BUCKLAND, at the Buck, in
Pater nofter-Row. MDCCLXVI.

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PREFA A CE

By the COMPILER of this Abridgment.

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R. BAXTER's practical writings are almost univerfally known, and generally held in very high esteem, on account of that remarkable ftrain of piety which runs through them, and the -uncommon fuccefs which has attended them. The REFORMED PASTOR is written with as important a defign as any of the reft, and has commonly met with as good a reception. It is prefumed, therefore, that the republication of it will need but little apology; and that it will be deemed fufficient to give, a brief account of the work as it was first published by the author, and of the liberty that has been taken with it to reduce it to the fize and form in which it is here prefented to the publick.

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The occafion of the work was this: The affociated minifters in Worcestershire, and the adjacent parts, affembled at WORCESTER, December 4th, 1655. to keep a day of fafting and prayer, in order to humble themselves before God for their mi

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