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1. Dr. Bates' Account of the Author, and this
useful Treatise, in his Sermon at Mr. Baxter's Funeral.He thus says:
“His Books of Practical Divinity have been effectual for more conversions of sinners to God than any printed in our time; and while the Church remains on earth, will be of continual efficacy to recover lost souls. There is a vigorous pulse in them that keeps the Reader awake and attentive. His Call to the Unconverted: how small in bulk, but how powerful in virtue? Truth speaks in it with that authority and efficacy, that it makes the Reader to lay his hand upon his heart, and find that he has a soul and a conscience; though he lived before as if he had none. He told some friends that six brothers were converted by reading that Call, and that every week he received letters of some being converted by his books. This he spake with most humble thankfulness that God was pleased to use him as an instrument for the salvation of souls.
2. Dr. Calamy's Account of this Treatise. His
“In 1657 Mr. Baxter published a Call to the Unconverted; a book blessed by God with marvellous success in reclaiining persons from their impieties. Twenty thousand of them were printed and dispersed in little inore than a year. It was translated into French and Dutch, and other European languages; and Mr. Elliott translated it into the Indian language; and Mr. Cotton Mather, in his life, gives an account of an Indian Prince, who was so well, affected with this book, that he sat reading it with tears in his eyes till he died."