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Australia. Remarkable Disco- Kirkstall Abbey
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Avoid Evil Companions, How to 148
Temple of Isambel and the
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Evil Companions. How to avoid 148
Brottreaux. The Silent Tower of 16 Foliage of Trees. The.......... 223
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Contentment. Lowliness and .... 299 How to be Loved
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Letter from Jerusalem
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Providential Deliverance. The
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Sailor Loy. The Converted
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Ornamental Graves.Burial Rites
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Birth of the Messiah, The 332 Wish Emily's......
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DR. ISAAC WATTS AND ABNEY HOUSE. EMINENT men, who have by their labours contributed largely to the instruction and happiness of mankind, ought to be kept in memory. Their virtues ought to be recorded, that they may be regarded as examples which we may strive to imitate; and we ought to be thankful to God for the benefits we have received, and may continue to receive, from the good books which have been written for our instruction.
Dr. Isaac Watts was a very good and learned man, and he wrote many very excellent books on various subjects, which have afforded much valuable information to multitudes of persons of all ages. He was born at Southampton, on the 17th of July, 1674. His father was a dissenter, and kept a boarding-school in that town. At that time dissenters were greatly persecuted by the adherents to the established church. Dr. Watts was the eldest child of a family of eight children. His father and his grandfather suffered for their non-conformity; his father was more than once put into prison because he refused to conform to the established church; and when Dr. Watts was an infant, his mother sometimes suckled him sitting on a stone near the jail where her husband was imprisoned.
At a very early age, Dr. Watts gave evidence of the possession of superior talents. He began to learn Latin when he was only four years old. In the year 1690, he was sent to an academy in the neighbourhood of London; and when in his nineteenth year, he became a member of the church of which his tutor, the Rev. Mr. Rowe, was the pastor. From the ardour with which he pursued his studies, his health became impaired ; and when he was about twenty years old, he returned home to his father's house, where, for the benefit of his health, he had to remain for about two years. Here he spent his time in reading, meditation, and prayer; and preparing himself for the work of the ministry. He was then engaged to be tutor to the son of Sir John Hartopp, and went to reside in his house, at Stoke Newington. Here he continued for five years; and wbile he instructed his pupil, Mr. Watts was not negligent of his own improvement, and diligently applied himself to the study of the Holy Scriptures.
When Dr. Watts was twenty-four years old, he, on his birth-day, began to preach ; and shortly after, became assistant to Dr. Isaac Chauncy, pastor of a church in Mark-lane, London. His preaching was well received ; but soon his labours were interrupted by a severe illness, which lasted five months. In March 1702, he succeeded Dr. Chauncy, and became the sole pastor of the church. But soon after he was again dangerously afflicted, and he was for a long time in a state of great weakness. His