Oct 22, 2015 - Sale 2394

Sale 2394 - Lot 48

Price Realized: $ 3,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 80 - $ 120
CONTROVERTIAL PURITAN: "PREACH HARD WHERE THERE IS MOST NEED" BAXTER, RICHARD. Fragment of an Autograph Letter Signed, "Ri:Baxter," to an unknown recipient, including only the last 18 lines, asking about the extent of his illness and about the nature of need among ministers near him, explaining that he had given all his money to a school at Eaton, and advising him to urge others to preach where they are unwelcome. 5 1/2x7 1/2 inches; short closed tear in lower edge repaired with paper verso, folds. [London] 30 April 1673

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". . . I had got a 1000£ of my owne (all the money I had in ye world) & setled all most all of it by a sealed deed of settlement on a Free School at Eaton & books to be given . . . . And . . . it is all lost by yr shutting of ye Exchequre . . . . But yet I want not, nor am like to do for so short a part of my journey. Pray for us. . . . Preswade ye able Ministers to go about & preach hard where there is most need; & not to confine themselves to those that best accept them."
Richard Baxter (1615-1691) was an English Presbyterian divine who was imprisoned in 1685 for having published in that year his Paraphrase of New Testament.