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those good qualities which you observed in him. And therefore, I shall, in as few words as I can, comprise, what twenty years experience hath enabled me justly to fay of him.
He was a serious sincere Christian; of an innocent, irreproachable, nay, exemplary life; which was led, not only at a great distance from any foul vice, but also in the even and uniform practice of many virtues; such as were suitable to a life of great application and business, such as became and adorned the state and profession to which it pleased God to call him.
He highly valued and heartily loved that church wherein he was baptised and educ ated; of which he gave the best proofs, by being a' constant frequenter of its worship, and, in the litter part of his life, a never-failing monthly communicant; I add also, and by adhering fteddily to its interest; two things which ought never to be separated!
Nor was his attendance on divine ofsices a Hmterot formality and custom, but of conscience; as appeared by his composed and serious behaviour, during the service. It was such, as shewed him to be in earnest, and truely affected with what he was doing.
His religion did not spend itself all in public; the private duties of the closet were equally his care; with these he began each morning, and to these he repaired, as often as he entered upon any business os consequence (I speak knowingly); and his family were every evening summoned by him to common devotions; and in these too, his regard for the public service os the church appearC 2 cd> ed; for they were expressed alway s in he r language.
Indeed, he was a very singular instance or all. those domestic virtues that relate to .the good-aniL discreet government of: a family!. . He had:great, natural prudence, which experience.had;much improved; he was of a sweet temper; and a mighty lover of regularity and order: and, by the happy mixture of these good qualities, man*-, aged all his asfairs (particularly those within.doors). with the utmost exactness; and yet, witlnas muchr quiet and ease, to himself and": others, as was poffible.
Those about him grew insensibly active and. industrious by his example and encouragement and he had such a gentle method of reproving their faults, that they were not so much afraid, as ashamed to repeat them., He took the surest way to be obeyed, by being loved and respected j for he was free from any of those rough, ungo* vernable paflions, which hurry men onto fay and do very hard or offensive things. He had indeed a certain quickness of apprehension, which in-, clined him a little to kindle into the sirst motion* cf anger, upon some particular occasions: but this part of his disposition he had so far conquered, that, for a long time before he died, no one, v ho had occasion to receive his orders, did, I believe hear an intemperate, or harsh word proreed from him; or see any thing in his behaviour, that betrayed any misbecoming degree of inward .concern.
He took care to season the minds of his servants with religicus instructions 5 and, for that end, did himself otten read useful discourses to.
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them, on the Lord's day, of which he was always a very strict:;andisolemn observer. And what they: thus learned from him in one way, they did not. unleara again, in another: for he was a man,) not only sincerely pious, but of the nicest sobriety and. temperance, and remarkably punctual and'; just in all his dealings with others. I fee many authentic wimesses of this particular branch of; has character.
He abounded in all the truest signs of ah asfec-; donate tenderness towards his wise and children ^ and yet did so prudendy moderate and temper his passions of this kind, as that none of them gor the better of his reason, or made him wanting in' any of the other offices of life, which it behoved, or became him to perform: And. therefore, tho'. he appetred to relish these blessings as much as> any man; yet he bore the loss of them, when it happened, with great composure and evenness of mind.
He did also, in a very just and sitting manner, proportion his respects to all others that were any ways related to him, either by blood or affinity; and was very observant of some of them, even■ where he could not be determined by any views of interest, and had manifestly no other obligations, but those of duty and decency, to sway him.
In what manner he lived with those who were • cf his neighbourhood and acquaintance, how obliging his carriage was to them, what kind offices he did, and was always ready to do them, 1 forbear particularly to fay; not that I judge it; a flight, but because 1 take it to be a confessed part of his character, which even his enemies
(if there were any such) cannot but allow ; for, however in matters where his judgment led him to oppose men, on a public account, he would do it vigorously and heartily; yet the opposition ended there, without sowring his private conversation; which was (to use ihe words of a great writer) soft and easy, as his principles were stubborn.
In a word, whether we consider him as an husband, a parent, a master, relation, or neighbour; his character was, in all these respects, highly sit to be recommended to men; and, I verily think, as complete as any that ever sell tmder my observation.
And all this religion and virtue fat easily, naturally, and gracesully upon him; without any' of that stisfness and constraint, any of those forbidding appearances, which sometimes disparage the actions of men sincerely pious, and hinder real goodness from spreading its interest far and wide into the hearts of beholders.
There was not the least tang of religious (which is indeed the worst fort of) affectation in any thing he said or did; nor any endeavours to recommend himself to others, by appearing to be even what he really was: He was faulty on the other side, being led, by an excess of modesty, to con-, ceal (as much as might be) some of his chief virtues; which therefore were scarce known to any but those who very nearly observed him, tho' every day of his lise almost was a wituess to the practise os them.
I need not say, how persect a master he was of all the business of that useful prosession, wherein
he he had engaged himself: You know it well; and the great success his endeavours met with sufficiently proves it. Nor could the event well be be otherwise: for his natural abilities were very good, and his industry exceeding great, and the evenness and probity of his temper not inserior to either of them.
Besides, he had one peculiar selicity (which carried in it some resemblance of a great christian persection), that he was intirely contented and pleased.with his lot; loving his employment for its own fake (as he hath often said) and so, as to be willing to spend the rest of his lise in it, tho' he were not 'if that could be supposed) to reap any surther advantages from it.
Not but that the powers of his mind were equal to much greater talks; and therefore when, in his later years, he was called up to some public ofsices and .stations, he distinguished himself in all of them by his penetration and dexterity in the dispateh of that business which belonged to them, by a winning behaviour and some degree even of a smooth and popular eloquence, which nature gave him. But his own inclinations were rather to consine himself to his own business, and be serviceable to religion ond learning, in the way to which God's providence had seemed more particularly to direct him, and in which it so remarkably blessed him.
When riches flowed in upon him, they made no change in his mind or manner of living. This) may be imputed to an eager desire of he.iping up wealth i but it was really owing to another principle,: He had a great indisference to the pleasure*