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MEMOIRS OF

DR.

WATTS;

the

sanguine politician

:

Butif

characters

and events in themselves little

(if

it

all) adapted to

the

great purposesof

intellectual and moral improvement, can

create such an interest

in

theworldly mind,with what

superior

delight and ad-

vantage may the

subjects

of the

wisdom

that

is

from above review

the

lives

of

those who (whatever inauspicious circumstances may have attached

to

their

origin, or

to

their

condition

in life)

have exemplified

the

beauties of unaffected

devotion,and shewn

the way

to

true,

to

substantial happiness, and immortal

honour

!

"

Such a man,

althoirgh

the meanest mechanic,

who employs

his

best

affections upon

the.

Author

of

his

life and

salvation, who loves

the

good,

compassionates the distressed, and breathes peace

and good

-will to all

;

who

abhors vice, and pities

the

vicious, who subdues and

triumphs

ovèr

the unruly

passions of his fallen nature

;

such a man(however

lowhis outward condition).

is

the

best patriot,

and has more

just

pretensions to heroism,

than he

who

makes

the

most

glaring figure

in the

eye

of

an injudicious world.

He

is

like

one

of the

fixed

stars, which through

the

remoteness

of

its situation,

may be

thought very

inconsiderable and obscure by unskilful beholders,

yet

is as

truly

great

and glorious

in

itself; as those

luminaries which,

by

being placed

more

commodiously for our view, shine

With

more distinguished

lustree."

The

christian

will

here

see

the

excellence of genuine religion, in

its

influ-

ence upon the mind and conduct through every department

of

life.

In the

most

afflicted state

of the

Saviour's empire, he

will find some

bright examples

of

decision,

unshaken

confidence, and

undaunted zeal.

His faith

in the doc-

trines

of

the

gospel will

be confirmed

by

observing

the

god

-like tempers, and

the

varions lineaments of

the

divine

character

produced by

the

sovereign

vir-

tues of

those doctrines. In such memoirs, he

will

learn moreperfectly

to dis-

tinguish

between

the

realities and

the

shadows

of

devotion; and

to

decide

more satisfactorily

on

thestate of

religion in

his

own

mind;

and while

tracing

the

mysterious operations

of

providence,

in

advancing

the

servants

of

God

to

prosperity and happiness, by trivial and improbable means, new sources

of

admiration and pleasure

will

continually

open to

his

view.

Here

in

thetime

of

difficulty,

he may

obtain well

adapted directions for his

conduct; he may

meet

with salutary cautionamidst the allurements

of

worldly enjoyment

;

and

in

the

prospect

of

suffering or dying,

he may

so

far enter

into

the

spirit of

the

characters he

contemplates,

as

more effectually to secure

the

dignity

of

his

own.

From the

memorials

of

distinguished men,

the

student, who

is

seriously

engaged in

the pursuit of

knowledge; willrenew his strength, to surmount

the

hinderances incident

to

his labours, while he

follows

them,

whose admired

natural

abilities have been cultivated to

the highest

attainable

state of perfec-

tion, or

whose persevering application to

the

means

of

improvement has

brought

to

light

hidden powers

of

genius

;

who were insensible to

the

baits

of

pleasure, the contagious example of

indolence and vice, and

the mostdiscou-

raging

difficulties

;

who were superior to the obstinate prejudices

which often

persecute a

low

origin, the disadvantages of indigence,

a

sickly constitution,

natural impediments,and whatever

a

supine and grovelling mind would

pro-

nounce insuperable.

While hekeeps

such

a

characterin sight, he

will

assume

fresh courage

in

struggling

to useful eminence

;

and every

day his success

willbe less dubious.

The

plans

they

adopted,

the

various helps

of

which

they

availed themselves in their progress,

their

uniform perseverance,

their acqui-

a

Seed.