"The soul before sought after this, and the other thing, but now faith the soul, I see really that it is not necessary that I should be rich, but it is necessary that I should make up my peace with God; it is not necessary that I should live a pleasurable life in this world, but it is absolutely necessary that I should have pardon of my sin, it is not necessary that I should have honor and preferment, but it is necessary that I should have God to be my portion, and have my part in Jesus Christ; it is necessary that my soul should be saved in the day of Jesus Christ; the other things are pretty fine things indeed, and I should be glad if God would give them me, a fine habitation, and comings in, and clothes, and promotion for my wife and children, these are comfortable things, but these are not the necessary things, I may have these, and yet perish forever, but the other is absolutely necessary; no matter though I be poor, so be it I may have that is absolutely necessary; thus Christ instructs the soul."
Jeremiah Burroughs. "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment." London: Printed by W. Bentley for L. Sadler and R. Beaumont, 1651.- Reproduction of the original in the Union Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.) Library. p.50-51.