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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
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
“ 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