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THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME;
DELIVERED UNDER THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM.
BY JOHN BUNYAN.
WITH A MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR.
THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,
DEPOSITORIES, 56, PATERNOSTER ROW, 65, ST. PAUL'S
AND SOLD BY THE BOOKSELLERS.
Great pains have been taken in collating this edition with other copies, in order to render it a correct reprint of the original work. The original side notes, which often throw much light on the text, have been preserved. A very few expressions, that from the lapse of time have become obsolete or offensive, have been altered or omitted.
MEMOIR OF JOHN BUNYAN.
JOHN BUNYAN was born at Elstow, one mile from the town of Bedford, in 1628. "His descent," to use his own words, "was of a low and inconsiderable generation, his father's house being of that rank which is meanest and most despised of all the families in the land." His father was a tinker and brazier. Whether he was a gipsy has been disputed. In after years when John was in soul distress, and was ignorantly but earnestly looking hither and thither for comfort, the thought occurred to him whether his family were of the Israelites or no? For," he says, " finding in the Scriptures that they were once the peculiar people of God, thought I, if I were one of this race, my soul must needs be happy. At last I asked my father of it; who told me no, we were not." Whether the father meant that his was not a gipsy family, or merely that the gipsies were not, as many supposed them to be, Israelites, cannot be determined. He is described in one of the earliest lives of Bunyan as "an honest poor labouring man, who, like Adam unparadised, had all the world before him to get his bread in." Even English tinkers, however, were generally vagrants, and were often confounded with the gipsies.
The elder Bunyan, though a vagrant in his calling as a tinker, had a home at Elstow, and John was put to school when a boy.