A Breviate of the Life of Margaret Baxter

Richard Baxter (1615 - 1691)

A breviate of the life of Margaret, the daughter of Francis Charlton, of apply in Shropshire, esq. and wife of Richard Baxter. For the use of all, but especially of their kindred. There is also published the character of her mother, truly described in her published funeral sermon, reprinted at her daughter’s request, called, the last work of a believer, his passing-prayer, recommending his departing spirit to Christ, to be received by him.

"Being thus obliged by her request, mine own affections urged me to premise this Breviate of her own life: Written, I confess, under the power of melting grief, and therefore perhaps with the less prudent judgment; but not with the less, but the more truth: For passionate weakness poureth out all, which greater prudence may conceal. Conscionable men’s histories are true; but if they be also wise, they tell us but some part of truth, concealing that which would do harm, and which the depraved world cannot bear without abusing it: But we that are less wise, tell all the truth, too little regarding how men will receive it. And hence comes all history, which hath not evidence equal to natural, to be of less credit than most men think; while bad men lie, and good men leave out so much of the truth, as makes the rest to be as another thing than altogether it would appear." - Summary from the title page and text

Genre(s): Christianity - Biographies

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Her Parentage, and the occasion of our acquaintance InTheDesert
Play 02 Of her Conversion, Sickness, and Recovery InTheDesert
Play 03 The workings of her soul in and after this Sickness InTheDesert
Play 04 Some parcels of Counsel for her deliverance from this distressed Case, which I find reserved by her for her use InTheDesert
Play 05 Her temper, occasioning these troubles of mind InTheDesert
Play 06 Of our Marriage, and our Habitations InTheDesert
Play 07 Of her exceeding desires to do good InTheDesert
Play 08 Of her Mental Qualifications, and her Infirmities InTheDesert
Play 09 Of her Bodily Infirmities, and her Death InTheDesert
Play 10 Some Uses proposed to the Reader from this History, as the reasons why I wrote it InTheDesert