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AN
ACCOUNT

OF THE
CONVERSION

AND
EARLY PIETY

OF
Mr. Caleb Head.
With his after REMARKS and
OBSERVATIONS, taken from
his own Manuscripts.

YAVING always had the HapH p iness and Advantage of a Pious

Education, which my tender Pa.. rents took special Care and Pains to beftow upon me; (and for which I shall have E 3

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cause to praise God to Eternity.) The Blesed Work of Regeneration was begun, and carry'd on in my Heart, secretly, tho' not insenlibly for several Years together; and the Holy and Blessed Spirit of God was new Creating, and Forming my Soul.

As long ago as ever I can remember, I have been of a serious Temper and Disposition; owing partly to my Parents early Instructions; partly to the reading Books of Practical Divinity; but more especially to my Father's Preaching, which I con{tantly attended, and delighted in: And tho's was, when first affected with what I heard, so young as to have forgot many of the Sermons with which it pleas'd God to impress my Mind; yer several of the Subjects are to this time fresh upon my Thoughts; which I would mention with great Thankfulness.

Pfalm 50. 22. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lejt I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

· Pfalm 144. 15. Happy is that Peopie » whole God is ihe Lord. *

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Pfalm 51.10. Create in me a clean Heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within me.

John 14. 23. If a Man love me, he will keep my Words, and my Father will love him; and we will come unto him; and make our abode with him.

· Rom. 8. 17. If Children, then Heirs ; Heirs of God, and joynt Heirs with Chrift, With that of the Prodigal Son,

Luke 15. 20. When he was yet a great way off, his Father Jaw him, and bad compallion, and ran, and fell on his Neck, and kissed him. There are besides these many other Places, which I remember so much of, as to be able to say, they help'd on my Conversion, tho' I cannot particularly relate them.

THE Books that first made me in love with Reading, was the Pilgrim's-Progress: and another of the fame Author's, that lay about in the House : which in the pleasing Allusions recommended Serioufness, and Religion in a way very suita

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ble to my Understanding, and Apprehenfion at that time.

IT pleas'd God of his own Rich, and Sovereign Grace,by these things as Means; and the Operations of his Regenerating Spirit, as the great Cause, and Agent, to convince me of my fallen State; and to dispose me to a very great Thoughtfulness, and Concern what I should do to be sav'd. Whatever I read, or heard any way pointing to what I apprehended my Case, I apply'd to my self; and look'd upon everý Word as directed to me. I hearken'd to the voice of a Minister, as the Voice of God; whose Presence and Concurrence I was convinced of, in the suiting things discours’d of, exactly to my Condition. This would at sometimes excite such a Sorrow for my sins, as made me burst out into Tears, and form many a Resolution to forfake my evil ways; tho' alass! these Impressions were frequently but short in their Continuance.

· MY Concern to conceal these tl from the notice of others, has sometimes driven me into the Fields, where under some Tree or Hudge, as I thought out of the way, and reach of Observance, I : would spread my Miserable Case before

the Great God; begging of him to direct me what I should do. These happy Moods would prevail a day or two together, but seldom longer before they wore off again.

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MY Constant and Close Attendance at School at that time, made me too intent upon my Diversions when at Liberty: and

h was I taken up with those trifling Pleasures I then set my Mind upon, as scarcely to allow my self time to Eat and Drink, much less to think of my Soul, God, or Eternity. In a careless condition I sometimes continued a Month, or more; until it pleased God by some seasonable af fecting Sermon,to revive my former Sense; and awake me into a fresh thoughtfulness of the Danger I was in. Then would I grieve, and humble my self for my forgetfulness of God, and my own Purposes. The Sense of licole Sins lay heavy on my Cooscience ; such as Lying, Petty Oaths, and the like; which were indeed the worst, and grosseít Sins that ever I had been guilty of.

THUS

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