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greatness of mind, so an instance is rarely to be met with, in which both were more conspicuous, than in this excellent man.
But while his friends, from the great strength of his constitution, and the vigos of his spirit, with the perfect temperance in which he lived, promised themselves they should enjoy him many years; these pleasing prospects were unexpectedly cut off. He had for a good many years, from time to time, been attacked by the gout ; suffering much pain in the extremities, but not affected in the vital parts. But, in December 1740, that disorder, all of a sudden, seized his head, and quickly produced the usual melancholy symptoms. As soon as he became sensible what his case was, he needed no monitor, for he immediately concluded the disorder would prove mortal, and seemed to take no notice of any thing said to the contrary by way of encouragement. After the view, which has been given of his life and spirit, it will be easy to conjecture the manner and temper with which he met death. It was with great firmness and composure of mind, a chearful acquiescence in
the will, and a fixed trust in the power and goodness of that Being“ who governs all. . He died in the fixtieth year of his age.
I HAVE already given an account of some papers he published, as the course of thefe short memoirs of his life made it neceffary. I shall now mention the rest. The first he published, was a fermon on occasion of the accession of King George the first, on Psal; XX. 6. When he was moderator of the gem neral fynod, he preached a fermon (according to the usual rule, before them) on Dan. xii. 4. which was published. He printed like. wife a fermon preached on a fast-day, appointed by the general fynod, on account of the animofities then in the north. The text was, 1 Cor. iii.
After he came to Dublin, he preached a set of sermons upon the divine attributes; and in his own life published an octavo volume of them, all: which were upon the existence and natural perfections of the Deity. After his death, the second volume was published by his friends, upon the moral attributes. These sermons were printed in Dublin, and reprinted in London. I have only to add that f 2
he has left behind him several volumes of miscellany sermons in manuscript, generally very practical. . By the specimen presented to the reader in the two volumes now printed, which are the plainest and most practical, he will judge that they are worthy of being communicated to the world; though they cannot appear in it with that advantage they must have done, had he himself reviewed and corrected them. It is from the first draught, they are published.
I SHALL conclude this account of his life with a few particulars which have not been yet taken notice of, or only cursorily mentioned, and which contribute to give a just idea of him.
He was very remarkable for true and sprightly wit, which was always correct and the most distant possible from levity; this rendered his conversation as agreeable and entertaining, as it was improving and useful; no person of
grow weary of his
company. He had naturally a negligent air, and the appearances of irattention. As there was nothing at all affected in these,
they were not disagreeable to such as knew him; but strangers were often surprized to hear him reason justly, and speak with exactness, when he appeared to them very little to mind what he was engaged in.
Of his eminent piety much has been already said, but it deserves a particular remark, that piety appeared in him in the most amiable manner, and like itself, manly and rational ; there was nothing gloomy, nothing stiff or unnatural in his religion. And he was extremely happy in a free, easy and chearful manner, in conjunction with the greatest tenderness of spirit, and the warmeft zeal for God. In his temper and behaviour, men faw that religion, as it was intended to be, fo is in reality, the perfection of nature; no other than the proper exercise and improvement of our faculties, and the best means of attaining to the true enjoyment of life.
The whole of his conduct was guarded by the greatest prudence. The most important secrets might with perfect fafety be committed to him. And he had the greatest
tenderness for the characters of mankind, He never spoke to a man's disadvantage; when it was not neceffary to answer fome good end; and was utterly abhorrent of speaking evil to gratify a malicious or envious spirit, or from poverty of invention and want of what to say in company. Indeed, his whole behaviour was ordered with great dis, cretion. He was carefully attentive to all the decencies of life. The purity of his manners was unblemished. He was exactly temperate, rather, indeed, to a fault, abftemious; and seemed to take pleasure in the greatest severities of virtue.
His passions were naturally strong, but they were under such correction, that his temper was usually spoken of as quite immoveable. Incidents, which would have been fhocking to other men, were met by him without any apparent Emotion. And in some circumstances of life, which were extremely afflicting, he not only carried it with decency, but shewed such a tranquility of spirit and conítancy, as amazed his friends, All who were acquainted with the delicacy of his temper, knew, that this was not in the least owing to insensựbility, and there,