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mas Abney, who received him into his house; where, with a constancy of friendship and uniformity of conduct not often to be found, he was treated for thirty-fix years with all the kindness that friendship could prompt, and all the attention that respect could dictate. Sir Thomas died about eight years af. terwards; but he continued with the lady and her daughters to the end of his life. The lady died about a year after him.

A coalition like this, a state in which the notions of patronage and dependence were overpowered by the perception of reciprocal benefits, deserves a particular memorial; and I will not withhold from the reader Dr. Gibbons' re

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presentation, to which regard is to be paid as to the narrative of one who writes what he knows, and what is known likewise to multitudes besides.

“ Our next observation shall be made “ upon that remarkably kind Provi. “dence which brought the Doctor into “ Sir Thomas Abney's family, and con“ tinued him there till his death, a pe“ riod of no less than thirty-six years. “ In the midst of his sacred labours for “ the glory of God, and good of his ge“ neration, he is seized with a most vio“ lent and threatening fever, which “ leaves him oppressed with great weak“ness, and puts a stop at least to his • publick services for four years. In this

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“ distressing season, doubly so to his ac“ tive and pious spirit, he is invited to « Sir Thomas Abney's family, nor ever 6 removes from it till he had finished “ his days. Here he enjoyed the un66 interrupted demonstrations of the “ truest friendship. Here, without any “ care of his own, he had every thing “ which could contribute to the enjoy“ment of life, and favour the unwea“ ried pursuit of his studies. Here he “ dwelt in a family, which, for piety, “ order, harmony, and every virtue, “ was an house of God. Here he had “ the privilege of a country recess, the « fragrant bower, the spreading lawn, “ the flowery garden, and other advan“ tages, to sooth his mind and aid his “ restoration to health; to yield him, “ whenever he chose them, most grate“ ful intervals from his laborious stu66 dies, and enable him to return to “ them with redoubled vigour and de“ light. Had it not been for this most “ happy event, he might, as to out“ ward view, have feebly, it may be “painfully, dragged on through many “ more years of languor, and inability “ for publick service, and even for pro“ fitable study, or perhaps might have * sunk into his grave under the over“ whelming load of infirmities in the “ midst of his days; and thus the “ church and world would have been “ deprived of those many excellent ser“mons and works, which he drew up

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“ and published during his long refi“ dence in this family. In a few years 66 after his coming hither, Sir Thomas “ Abney dies; but his amiable confort “ survives, who fhews the Doctor the “ fame respect and friendship as before, “ and most happily for him and great " numbers besides; for, as her riches “ were great, her generosity and muni“ ficence were in full proportion; her « thread of life was drawn out to a “great age, even beyond that of the Doctor's; and thus this excellent “ man, through her kindness, and that “ of her daughter the present Mrs. Eli“ zabeth Abney, who in a like degree 66 esteemed and honoured him, enjoyed: “ all the benefits and felicities he expe

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