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Here, Sir, you see a gentleman, who with all the advantages of a liberal and religious educa. tion, added to every natural accomplishment that could render him most agreeable, entered, before he had attained the stature of a man, on those arduous and generous services to which you are devoted, and behaved in them with a gallantry and courage, which will always give a splendour to his name among the British foldiery, and render him an example to all officers of his rank. But, alas ! amidit all the intrepedity of the martial hero, you see him vanquished by the blandishments of pleasure, and, in chace of it, plunging himself into follies and vices, for which no want of education or genius could have been a sufficient excuse. You behold him urging the ignoble and fatal pursuit, unmoved by the terrors which death was continually darting around bim, and the most signal deliverances by which Providence again and again rescued him from those terrors, till at length he was reclaim. ed by an ever memorable interposition of Di. vine grace. Then you have the pleasure of fee.. ing him become, in good earnest, a convert to Chrisļianity, and, by speedy advances, growing up into one of its brightest ornaments; his mind continually filled with the great ideas which he gospel of our Redeemer suggests, and bringing

the blessed influence of its fublime principles into every relation of military and civil, of public

and domestic life. You trace him persevering 4, in a steady and uniform course of goodness, -1 through a long series of honourable and prospe2 rous years, the delight of all that were so happy

as to know him, and, in his sphere, the most faithful guardian of his country, till at last, worn out with honourable labours, and broken with infirmities, which they had hastened upon him before the time, you see him forgetting them at once, at the call of duty and Provi. dence; with all the generous ardour of his most vigorous days rushing on the enemies of religion and liberty, suftaining their shock with the most deliberate fortitude, when deserted by those that should have supported him, and cheerfully facri. ficing the little remains of a mortal life in the triumphant views of a glorious immortality.

This, Sir, is the noble object I present to your view, and you will, I bope, fix your eye continually upon it, and will never allow your. self for one day to forget, that this illustrious man is Colonel Gardiner, your ever honoured father; who, having approved his fidelity to the death, and received a crown of life, seems as it were, by what you here read, to be calling to you from amidft Abe cloud of witnelles

with which you are surrounded, and urging you, by every generous, tender, filial sentiment, to mark the footsteps of his Chriftian race, and ftrenuously to maintain that tombat, where the victory is through divine grace certain, and the prize an eternal kingdom in the heavens.

The last number of the Appendix introduces a moft worthy triumvirate of your father's friends, following him through the same heroic path, to an end like his ; and with pleasure pouring forth their lives in blood, for the rescue and preservation of their dearer country. And I truf, the eloquence of their examples will be prevalent with many, to emulate the many virtues for which they were conspicuous.

My hopes, Sir, that all these powerful motives will especially have their full efficacy on you, are greatly encouraged by the certainty which I have of your being well acquainted with the evidence of Christianity in its full extent; a criminal ignorance of which, in the midst of great advantages for learning them, leaves so many of our young people a prey to Deism, and so to vice and ruin, which generally bring up its rear. My life would be a continual burden to me, if I had not a consciousness in the fight of God, that during the years in which the impor{ant trust of your education was committed to

my care, I had laid before you the proofs both of natural and revealed religion, in what I assuredly esteem to be, with regard to the judgment, if they are carefully examined, an irresistible light; and that I had endeavoured to attend them with those addreifes which might be most likely to impress your heart. You have not, dear Sir, forgotten, and I am confident you can never entirely forget, the assiduity with which I have laboured to form your mind, not only to what might be ornamental to you in human life, bụt above all, to a true taite of what is really excellent, and an early contempt of those vanities by which the generality of our youth, especially in your station, are debased, enervated, and undone. My private, as well as public addresses for this purpose, will, I know, be remembered by you, and the tears of tenderness with which they have so often been accompanied: And may they be fo remembered, that they who are most tenderly concerned, may be comforted under the loss of such an inestimable friend as Colonel Gardiner, by seeing that his chara&er, in all its most amiable and resplendent parts, lives in you ; and that, how difficult soever it may be to act up to that height of expectation, with which the eyes of the world will be fixed on the son of such a father, you

are, in the firength of divine grace, attempting it; at least are following him with generous emulation, and with daily folicitude, that the steps may be less unequal !

May the Lord God of your father, and I will add, of both your pious and honourable parents, animate your heart more and more with such views and sentiments as these! May he guard your life amidst every scene of danger, to be a prote&tion and blessing to those that are yet unborn ; and may he give you, in some far distant period of time, to resign it by a gentler diffolution than the hero from whom you sprung; or, if unerring Wisdom appoint otherwise, to end it with equal glory!

I am,
Dear Sir,
Your ever faithful,
Affectionate Friend, and
Obliged humble Servant,

- P. DODDRIDGE. NORTHAMPTON, ?

JULY 1. 1747..

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