Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.1

PREFAC K. F publifhing the following memoirs fould appear to need any apology, no apology could be fufacient : But it is hoped, that upon a perufal of them, they will be found not unacceptable. Indeed life, in fuch a fla- gon as that in which Mr. Abernethy was placed, cannot furnifh thofe incidents which are moll ami ing to the imagination, or which have great influence upon the fate of mankind and public ea' irs : It is the hory of a few only, the great and powerful, that gives entertainment of this kind; but the in- genuous and thinking mug be fen ible, that in other fiations the moll illufrions patterns of virtue are often fòund; and the man who wants to make his heart better, by Purveying human nature in all the finings of virtuous improvement, and the various methods of dif- cipline, by which the perfè5lion of it is to Vo L. I. a be