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

The PREFACE. iii mother, carried him along with him. This was the means of his efcaping the hard- fhips of the fiege of Derry, in which Mrs. Abernethy loft all her other children. When he had been three years in Scotland, which he fpent at the grammar - fchool, he returned to his father's family, then fixed in Colrain. Here he continued at fchool, till he was thirteen, and then was fent to Glafgow- college : This he often regretted as an error in the management of his edu- cation ; feeing however parents might flatter the genius of a child in their own ima- ginations, it could not be reafonably thought, that he had fufficient knowledge of clafí'i- cal authors, to fit him for academical ffu- dies, or that his mind was enough ripened for that reflefion, which is neceffary to make them fuccefsful. IT may not perhaps be difagreeable to the . reader, to mention a very remarkable in- terpofition of providence in preferving his life, when on his way to Scotland. At Belfajl, he was diverting himfelf with a fervant who attended him, upon the great bridge, by which that town is joined to the county of Down; they flood upon the bridge az a