In his autobiography Richard Baxter observes:
Whilst I was in Health I had not the least thought of writing Books; or of serving God in any more publick way than Preaching: But when I was weakened with great bleeding, and left solitary in my Chamber at Sir John Cook's in Derbyshire, without any Acquaintance, but my Servant, about me, and was sentenced to Death by the Physicians, I began to contemplate more seriously on the Everlasting Rest which I apprehended my self to be just on the Borders of (Reliquiae Baxterianae, Part I, 108).
In order that Baxter's “Thoughts might not too much scatter” in his meditations upon heaven, he began to write them down. This was primarily …
Searle, Alison . "The Saints Everlasting Rest". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 October 2006
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