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nor had I anything to satisfy them for diet and entertainment. He accepted an offer to live in the Governor's house at Coventry, and preach to the soldiers of the garrison. Here his skill in polemics was called into requisition, in an encounter wiwork of the laity, the sturdy yeomanry and God-fearing commoners of England. The news of the fight of Naseby reaching Coventry, Baxter, who had friends in the Parliamentary forces, wishing, as he says, to be assured of their safety, passed over toan the pikes of Jacob Astley, or the daggers of the roysterers who followed the mad charge of Rupert. Hastening back to Coventry, he called together his clerical brethren, and told them the sad news of the corruption of the army. After much painfulrved. But no one volunteered to assist him, and the plot of revolution went on. After Worcester fight he returned to Coventry, to make his report to the ministers assembled there. He told them of his labors and trials, of the growth of heresy an