The key of knowledge which is, a little booke intended to bee of good use, as for all degrees of Christians, so especially for religious families, and religious schooles. The full use and contents whereof must be enquired in the preface or introduction to the worke, which is (first) deliberately to be read of those who desire to receive profit by the booke. By John Jackson, rector of Marsk neere Richmond in York-shire.
Jackson, John, 1600-1648.
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TO THE WOR∣shipfull, and his ever honoured friends, the whole po∣sterity of his worthy Patron, Sir Timothy Hutton deceased, both to his Sonnes with their wives and Children, and to his Daughters with their husbands and children: namely, Mathew Hutton of Marsk. Esquire, Iustice of peace; Iames Maulleverer of Arncliffe Esquire; Iohn Dodsworth of Thornton-watlasse, Esquire, Iustice of peace: Edmund Cleburne of Cleburne, Esquire; Mr Timothy Hutton; Mr Philip Hutton decea∣sed his relict and issue; Mr Iohn Hutton; and Mr Thomas Hutton, Peace &c.

THis little fol∣lowing book had beene in the Printers Page  [unnumbered] hands diverse daies ere ever I purposed any nuncupation, or dedi∣cation of it at all. At last, it came into my minde to addresse it this way, and that for these causes. first, out of honour to your chiefe, Arch-Bishop Hutton, of whom for his learning, and gravitie, this great Encomium was pub∣liquely given, that hee was worthy to sit Presi∣dent in a generall Coun∣cell. Secondly, because I was well ascertained, my book could receive Page  [unnumbered] no smut from you, be∣ing people of whole fame for native gentle∣nesse, innocency of manners, faire deport∣ment, and for the con∣stant and uniforme pro∣fession of Religion. Thirdly, for that the most of you are spread into a goodly posterity and have faire sonnes and daughters, unto whom these things may bee truely usefull to ground them soundly in Religion, so as nei∣ther Abundance can choake, nor IndigencePage  [unnumbered] ever starve in them those due respects they owe to divine powers. Would God parents would at last be wise, and thinke it were conduceable to the hopefull setling of a child, to aime at more of instruction and in∣stitution, though lesse of provision. Fourthly, in acknowledgement of that great love, sweet fa∣miliarity, and continuall intercourses of Christi∣an acquaintance which you were ever pleased to hold with mee, both affecting my person, Page  [unnumbered] and leaning to my mi∣nistery farre beyond the proportion of de∣sert. Lastly, and espe∣cially for the pious me∣mory of that worthy Knight Sir Timothy Hut∣ton, your deare Father, and my most incorrupt Patron. Into the menti∣on of whom being fal∣len, I cannot containe my pen, but to his great praise I must relate one or two things of him in this very regard: first that comming to settle his family at Marske, and finding the RectorPage  [unnumbered] there to be no more but a bare reader, he rested not till hee had com∣pounded forth the pre∣sent incumbent, and fil∣led the Church with a preaching Ministery. And when it was empty againe by the death of that incumbent, he most freely presented my selfe with out the least request made in my behalfe to him, either by my selfe, or any other; yea hee besought mee earnestly to take it, and when he signed the presentation he drew with his pen the Page  [unnumbered] forme of his heart be∣tweene his name and sir-name. and I can well take an accompt of my memory, that the Bpp of the diocesse, when he gave institution, asser∣ted vehemently that I had the best and most upright Patron living. This I say not onely for his honour, but also for the just defamation both of such Patrons (sonnes of the earth whosoever they be) as thinke hea∣ven and earth would faile them for mainte∣nance and support, if Page  [unnumbered] they should present a Father and Priest with∣out some sprinckling either of direct or indi∣rect symonie: and also of such Clerkes as pro∣fesse they believe the re∣surrection of their bo∣dies after they are cal∣cined to dust, and yet dare not trust God for food and raiment, with∣out these indirect and symoniacall contracts. But I containe.

These things there∣fore (my much honou∣red, and most deerely respected friends) I pre∣sent Page  [unnumbered] unto you, and to∣gether with them what∣soever is worth accep∣tance either in the per∣son or function of

Your most affectionate friend, and Servant in the things of Iesus Christ. IOHN IACKSON.