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guish'd himself by nothing so much as folid and substantial Piety; his Conversation gave frequent Instances of a profound Humility, and admirable Meekness of Spirit, and sweetness of Disposition; an anspotted Integrity, and a blameless Sincerity; an universal Charity, and a particular Concern for the Necessities of the Poor; a great Tenderness for the AffliEted, and an extreme Desire to do Good to all the World: There was remarkable in Him, a great Love of Devotion; an entire Submision to the Will of God, and a true Contempt of the World, by not Juffering it to allure or affright Him from bis Duty; a mighty Patience under all Afflictions, and so perfect an Abhorrence of all Sin, that he started even at the very, Appearance of it; the Flame of prudent Zeal burnt bright in his Mind; and as nothing- gave him a greater Concern, than the hazard Men expose themselves to, by the neglect of their Eternal Salvation, so his chief Sollicitude and Care was always to search and contrive Means to prevent their Everlasting Ruin; and his Thoughts were employ'd how to rescue Souls from those Snares which are laid for them by the World, the Flesh, and the Devil.

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Though his Intelle&tual Faculties ima proved by the Advantages of a Learned Education, might place him in the first Rank of confiderable Men; yet what he valued more in others, and upon which account he was really more valuable himself, were his Moral Accomplishments, his Pious Temper, and Disposition of Mind, bis true Christian Spirit: For Learning, and Great Parts, separated from Meekness and Humility, are like a dangerous Weapon in the Hands of a Mad-man, who uses it indifferently against bimself and others; and the Compiler of his Life will bave no great difficulty to find variety of Instances to justifie this part of his Character ; for he showed out of a good Conversation his works with Meekness of Wisdom

I cannot forbear upon this Occasion to mention his controverhal Writings, which bear evidence in this case, and are a genuine Proof of what was so very commendable in him; He never treats his Adver-, saries with ill Language, Scorn or Contempt, nor with personal Reflections, or injurious Surmises ; nor because he thought they erred in one Point, did he ever endeavour to make them Guilty, of all ; nor does he consecrate any unchristian heat under a pretence of defending Truth; a dan

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gerous Rock whereupon many Learned, and otherways good men have fatally split; as if while a Zeal was express’d in matters of Belief, the weighty matters of Practice might be neglected, and if while we fhew our selves warmly concern'd for God's Honour, we were exempted from all Christian Rules in the Prosecution of it; but the Wrath of Man worketh not the Righteousness of God; it being a very irregular Method to defend his Cause, by the breach of many of his Precepts, and as improper to expect to convince a Man's Reason, when we provoke his Indignation by any uncivil Treatment. The Suggestions of a Heathen in this particular are very pertinent, who advises, To give way to fallhood

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mean we should embrace it, but only orgács - give it a patient Hearing, and not to Pro count it such a strange thing, if Men

fall off sometimes from Truth And that excellent Moralit, a little before admanishes those who are able to destroy Er. rour, not to do it vehemently nor in. folently.

Moreover Plutarch, that great OrnaSpas munte ment of Moral, as well as Historical Lear. vilgastrãs. ning, makes the way of managing a DifP. 145, course with modesty and mildness of

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Temper, neither suffering our selves to engage with Vehemency and Passion, p. 80. nor to be hot and concern'd in urging an Argument, nor to rail and give bad Words, even tho' we are non-plush'd , to be a true sign of a great Proficient in Vertue. And the celebrated Roman Oru- De fire

. tor, gives it as his Opinion, That Disputes Mal. lib. accompanied with Reproaches, and opprobrious Language, with Passion, and obstinate Contention, are unworthy of that Man that makes Profession of Philosophy.

I am sure the Precepts of our Blessed Saviour are full to that Purpose, Quæ cum legimus quem Philosophum non contemnimus ? And that perfect Model of Piety hath set an Example of great Meekness, in instructing those that opposed themselves, and exercised an abundance of Patience, in bearing with the Infirmities of Men, and above all recommends the Pattern of his Meekness, as the furest method of acquiring a Likeness to him, to which Purpose he was pleased to be represented by a Lamb; and the Spirit that taught Chriftianity came down in the shape of a Dove.

How charitable and beneficial a Mind he had, appeared in the whole Course of his Life, which was spent in prosecuting the

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nobleft Ends of making others Happy; either by his pious Conversation, or charitable Offices, by his judicius Writings, or profitable Sermons, which were always adapted to the necessities of his Flock, and gave warning of those Dangers which threatned them : He was ready upon all Occasions to supply the wants of the Poor according to his Abilities ; and the assistance he gave the Sick in his Parish by some skill he had that way, was made use of as a favourable Opportunity to instill his heavenly Instructions, and served as a Vehicle to convey Nourishment to their precious Souls; nothing could set bounds to his large Mind, but that Period which will set bounds to all things; for his Inclinations of doing good were particularly conspicuous at his Death in that considerable Settlement he made for ever upon the Poor of the Parish where he was born in Yorkshire. I call it considerable, because Five and twenty Pounds yearly Revenue in that County very well justifies it ; besides it will more deservedly appear so, when the Reader fhall know 'twas near half of his Estate; the remainder was Dedicated to the assistance of those Relations, whose Circumstances most requred his Help: but fincé God bad not Blessed him with Children, he gladly adopted the poor Members of Christ, ás

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