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ESSAYS TO DO GOOD;

ADDRESSED

To all Christians,

WHETHER IN

PUBLIC OR PRIVATE

PRIVATE CAPACITIES.

BY THE LATE

COTTON MATHER, D. D. F. R. S.

TO DO GOOD, AND TO COMMUNICATE, FORGET NOT,

Heb, xiii, 10,

A NEW EDITION, IMPROVED,

BY

GEORGE BURDER.

LONDON:
I'RINTED FOR WILLIAMS AND SON, STATIONERS' COURT;

AND BURTON AND BRIGGS, LEADENHALL STRÆET.

1816.

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CONTENTS.

PAGE

THE Editor's Preface, with a Sketch of the
Author's Life.....

V-xii
Preface

1
Much occasion for doing good

17
The excellence of well-doing

18
The reward of well-doing

20
The diligence of wicked men in doing evil

25
The true nature of good works

28
On seeking opportunities to do good

34
On internal piety and self-examination

37
"On doing good to our relations, children, &c.
to our servants

58
.... to our neighbours

62
Private meetings for religion

69
Meetings of associated families

70
of young men

73
Proposals to the ministers of the Gospel 76
Directions for pastoral visits

83
The duties of schoolmasters

92
Proposals to churches, for doing good

97
magistrates

100
physicians

108
rich men

118
ladies

127
lawyers

144
Societies for the reformation of manners 148
A catalogue of desirable things

154
Conclusion

160

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CONTENTS.

PAGE

THE Editor's Preface, with a Sketch of the
Author's Life....

V-xii Preface

1 Much occasion for doing good

17 The excellence of well-doing

18 The reward of well-doing

20 The diligence of wicked men in doing evil 25 The true nature of good works

28 On seeking opportunities to do good

34 On internal piety and self-examination

37 Hi On doing good to our relations, children, &c. to our servants

58 to our neighbours

62 Private meetings for religion

69 Meetings of associated families

70 of young men

73 Proposals to the ministers of the Gospel 76 Directions for pastoral visits

83 The duties of schoolmasters

92 Proposals to churches, for doing good

97 magistrates

100 physicians

108 rich men ladies

127 lawyers

144 Societies for the reformation of manners 148 A catalogue of desirable things

154 Conclusion

160

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