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    Bolton, Robert & Nicolas Estwick. Mr. Boltons Last And Learned Worke of the Foure last Things, Death, Judgement, Hell, and Heaven. With his Assise-Sermons, and Notes on Justice Nicolls his Funerall. Together with the Life and Death of the Authour. Published by E.B. And re-viewed, with Marginall Notes, and an Alphabeticall Table added thereunto. Hereunto is added the Sermon at M. Boltons Funerall, by M. Nic. Estwick. [bound with]: Some Generall Directions for a comfortable walking with God: delivered in the lecture at Kettering in North-Hamptonshire, with enlargement: by Robert Bolton, Batchelor in Divinitie, and preacher of Gods Word at Broughton in the same county. The fifth edition: corrected and amended; with a table thereunto annexed. [London : John Legatt, for Edmund Weaver, 1638.] London: George Miller, 1639. 4to. 2 works in 1 vol. A2 [-A1 port.], a-c8,d2, B-R8, S4,T4 [misplaced at end]; [General Directions] B-2B8, 2C6; [Two Sermons] A-N4; [Learned And Godly]A-I4; [12]41, [1], 264; 224, 227-390,[8]; [6], 97, [1]; [2].70,[7], [1]p. Modern full morocco, spine banded, gilt title,19th-century. note on first leaf, some minor stains; Lacks Meditationes in diebus dominicus de vita futura. (as often). Generall Directions lacks A1-6 prefatory matter & t.p. Lacks [A]1 portion. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $475


    More Information: Bolton, Robert (1572Ð1631), Church of England clergyman. "His mental outlook was transformed by the pains of his spiritual rebirth, in which God came 'not by any soft and still voice, but in terrible tempests and thunder, the Lord running upon him as a giant, taking him by the neck and shaking him to pieces as he did Job; beating him to the very ground, as he did Paul, by laying before him the ugly visage of his sins' (Bagshawe, 15Ð16). From many months of temptations and suffering Bolton emerged with unshakeable convictions, but he never forgot the torment his conscience had suffered. Thus it was that 'though in his preaching he was a son of thunder, yet unto bruised reeds and those that mourned in spirit, he was as sweet a son of consolation as ever I heard' . Indeed, conceded Anthony Wood, 'he was sought to far and near, and divers beyond the seas' came to him for relief from the doubts that afflicted their consciences (Wood, Ath. Oxon., 2.515). Several of Bolton's works reflect a deep preoccupation with the inner life of the saint, not least in their titles: Some General Directions for a Comfortable Walking with God; Instructions for a Right Comforting Afflicted Consciences; A Cordiall for Christians in the Time of Affliction. There is no doubt that Bolton's ministry was directed at a minority of that minority who conventionally saw themselves as good people in the sight of God: there was 'no hope for the drunkard, the swearer, the liar, the usurer, the unclean person, the sabbath breaker, the sacrilegious, simonical, and sinners of such infamous rank,' though he spoke with grief rather than anger of the sins of his flock. Yet 'many thousands' of others falsely supposed that, being free 'from gross and notorious sins,' and having 'civil honesty, a formal profession of Christianity, outward performances of religious seriousness, that then their case is good enough for heaven, though there be wanting the saving power of inward sanctification, and the truth of a sound conversion.' And he pointed instead to 'a paradise of Christian comforts, a royal peculiar, a victorious simplicity, a neglected innocency, a marvellous light, an invisible kingdom, an heaven upon earth; which I call the state of grace' (Bolton, Discourse, sig. A3)."

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