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Excerpt from John Bunyan His Life Times and Work, Vol. 2 of 2
Then, again, that same year, the month he was arrested, Bunyan published a little book in Cate chetical form, entitled Instruction for the Igno rant. Its prefatory dedication runs thus To the Church of Christ in and about Bedford, walking in the Faith and Fellowship of the Gospel, your affec tionate brother and companion in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, wisheth all grace and mercy by Jesus Christ. He goes on to say that though he has designed this treatise for public and common benefit, yet by reason of special bonds which the Lord hath laid upon me to you-ward, Icould do no less being driven from you in presence, not in ejection, but first present you with this little book. He signs himself, yours to serve you by my ministry when I can to your edification and consolation, John Bunyan. It is difficult to attach any other meaning to these words than that when he wrote them he was once more in prison. The book was probably finished before his arrest, and only the dedication written after he was in gaol.
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