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saar uis pas worn July 17. 1674, at Southamptı neze s ather, si te same name, kept a boarding-scher örung leme, iwugh common report mates bin.
He appears from the narrative of Dr. G! JUES. .. sve seen teder indigent nor illiterate.
Isae, te se i nine cuildren. was given to boots Tom ins maney. and begin, we are told, to learn LatTien le ras Dur vers old, I suppose, at home. He ra nterrutis augue Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, by Mr. P: um, I certmun. naster of the free-sehool at Southampion. ] shum te pratitude of his scholar afterwards nservesi Larin jie.
Es riches Exel Fas so conspicuous, that a sub serdun is used for his support at the university ju je teciuret lis resolution of taking his lot with the iscenters. Sucă le vas as every christian chnrch would ruce o use tupeed.
Ee. eredūre, repaired, in 1690, to an academy taught by Mr. Bowe. where he had for his companions and fellowstudents V. Eies the poet, and Dr. Horte, afterwards archbishop et Team. Some Latin essays, supposed to fave been written as exereises at this academy, show a degree of kaowledge, both philosophical and theological, such as very few attain by a much longer course of study.
He was, as he hints in his Miscellanies, a maker of verses from fifteen to fifty, and, in his youth, appears to have paid attention to Latin poetry. His verses to his brother, in the glyconick measure, written when he was seventeen, are remarkably easy and elegant. Some of
ther odes are deformed by the Pindarick folly then ailing, and are written with such neglect of all metrical 3, as is without example among the ancients; but bis ion, though, perhaps, not always exactly pure, has i copiousness and splendour, as shows that he was but ery little distance from excellence. Iis method of study was to impress the contents of his ks upon his memory by abridging them, and by interving them to amplify one system with supplements m another. With the congregation of his tutor Mr. Rowe, who ere, I believe, independents, he communicated in his neteenth year.
At the age of twenty he left the academy, and spent vo years in study and devotion at the house of his father, ho treated him with great tenderness; and had the hapiness, indulged to few parents, of living to see his son minent for literature, and venerable for piety.
He was then entertained by sir John Hartopp five years, as domestick tutor to his son: and in that time particularly devoted himself to the study of the holy scriptures ; and, being chosen assistant to Dr. Chauncey, preached the first time on the birthday that completed his twentyfourth year; probably considering that as the day of a second nativity, by which he entered on a new period of existence.
In about three years he succeeded Dr. Chauncey; but, soon after his entrance on his charge, he was seized by a dangerous illness, which sunk him to such weakness, that the congregation thought an assistant necessary, and appointed Mr. Price. His health then returned gradually ; and he performed his duty till, 1712, he was seized by a fever of such violence and continuance, that from the feebleness which it brought upon him he never perfectly recovered.
This calamitous state made the compassion of his friends necessary, and drew upon him the attention of sir Thomas Abney, who received him into his house ; where, with a Freisin mi nismity of conduct not ofta
mos pated for thirty-six years with Oes that resistap cond prompt, and all
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Er ise as a state in which the notions : Rentence were overpowered by the perapmei jeneits, deserves a particular e * i vil 100 sinhold from the reader Du
en: to which regard is to be paid e sa me to writes what he knows, a su iste s maltitades besides,
. Es sisere shall be made upon that is 23 Eni Dance which brought the doctor irto T Mas Les's immiiy, and continued him there to us ten. 1 Di f no less than thirty-six years. In the DIES I us si mbons for the glory of God, and gun
os gater. is seized with a most violent an arsens M. via leaves him oppressed with gree
RSS ZE TO stup, at least, to his publick service we in T L this distressing season, doubly so s sve me pis spirit, he is invited to sir Thoma
s. Dever removes from it till he had finish e os der Here be eajored the uninterrupted demorSpaus & see treest friendship. Here, without any care
us an be iad erary thing which could contribute te sie en met de and favour the unwearied pursuits of his state. Here be dwelt in a family, which for piety, order, barnear, and every virtue, was an house of God. Here be bad the privilege of a country recess, the fragrant bower, the spreading lawn, the flowery garden, and other advantages, to sooth his mind, and aid his restoration to health; to yield him, whenever he chose them, most grateful intervals from his laborious studies, and enable him to return to them with redoubled vigour and delight. Had it not been for this most happy event, he might, as to
ward view, have feebly, it may be painfully, dragged through many more years of languor, and inability for blick service, and even for profitable study, or, perhaps, ght have sunk into his grave under the overwhelming d of infirmities in the midst of bis days; and thus the arch and world would have been deprived of those many cellent sermons and works, which he drew up and pubhed during his long residence in this family. In a few ars after his coming hither, sir Thomas Abney dies; but s amiable consort survives, who shows the doctor the ime respect and friendship as before, and most happily or him and great numbers besides ; for, as her riches ere great, her generosity and munificence were in full roportion; her thread of life was drawn out to a great ge, even beyond that of the doctor's; and thus this exellent man, through her kindness, and that of her daughter, the present Mrs. Elizabeth Abney, who in a like degree esteemed and honoured him, enjoyed all the benefits and felicities he experienced at his first entrance into this family, till his days were numbered and finished ; and, like a shock of corn in its season, he ascended into the regions of perfect and immortal life and joy.”
If this quotation has appeared long, let it be considered that it comprises an account of six-and-thirty years, and those the years of Dr. Watts.
From the time of his reception into this family, his life was no otherwise diversified than by successive publications. The series of his works I am not able to deduce; their number and their variety show the intenseness of his industry, and the extent of his capacity.
He was one of the first authors that taught the dissenters to court attention by the graces of language. Whatever they had among them before, whether of learning or acuteness, was commonly obscured and blunted by coarseness, and inelegance of style. He showed them, that zeal and purity might be expressed and enforced by polished diction.
He continued to the end of his life the teacher of a