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dispose him to be rulid and influenc'd by you, so that of that I need say nothing.
But there is one thing, which it is necessary for me to recommend to your especial care, and memory *******
May you live long and happy, in the enjoyment of Health, Freedom, Content, and all those blessings, which Providence has bestow'd on you, and your Virtue intitles you to. I know you loved me living; and will preserve my Memory, now I am dead. All the use to be made of it, is, that this Life is a scene of Vanity, that foon passes away; and affords no solid satisfaction, but in the consciousness of doing well, and in the hopes of another Life. This is, what I can say, upon experience; and what you will find to be true, when you come to make up the account. Adicu : I leave my best Wishes with you,
Cannot but think my self beholden to any occasion that procures me
the honour of a Letter from you. I return my acknowledgments for those great expressions of Civility and marks of Friendship, I receivd in yours of the eighth instant ; and wish I had the opportunity to shew the esteem I have of your merit, and the sense of your kindness to me, in any real service.
The desire of your Friend, in the inclos'd Letter you sent me, is what of my self I
am inclin'd to satisfy: and am only sorry, that so copious a subject has lost, in my bad memory, so much of what heretofore I could have said, concerning that great and good Man, of whom he enquires *. Time, I daily find, blots out apace the little stock of my mind, and has disabled me from furnishing all, that I would willingly contribute, to the Memory of that learned Man. But give me leave to assure you, that I have not known a fitter person than he, to be presery'd as an example, and propos’d to the imitation of men of Let
I therefore wish well to your Friend's design, tho' my. mite be all I have been able to contribute to it.
I wish you all happiness, and am, with a very particular respect,
Your moft humble Seryant,
* Dr. POCOCKE. See the following Letter.
L E T T E R
TO * * * *
Oates 23 July 1703.
tell me you are writing *, that when I set my self to recollect what Memoirs I can (in answer to your desire) furnish you with;
with; I am asham’d, I have fo little in particular to say, on a subject that afforded so much. For I conclude you lo well acquainted with his Learning and Virtue, that I suppose it would be superfluous to trouble you on those heads. However, give me leave not to be wholly silent upon this occasion. So extraordinary an exam
* Dr. EDWARD Pococke, Regius Professor of Hebrew, in the University of Oxford. He was born at Oxford on the Sih of November 1604, and he dy'd on the roth of September 1691.
ple, in so degenerate an age, deserves for the rarity, and I was going to say, for the incredibility of it, the attestation of all that knew him, and confider'd his worth.
The Christian World is a witness of his great Learning: that, the Works he publish’d, would not suffer to be conceal'd. Nor could his Devotion and Piety lie hid, and be unobserv'd in a College ; where his constant and regular assisting at the cathedral service, never interrupted by sharpness of weather, and scarce restrain’d by downright want of health, shew'd the temper and disposition of his mind.
But his other Virtues and excellent lities, had so strong and close a covering of Modesty and unaffected Humility; that, cho' they shone the brighter to those who had the opportunities to be more intimately acquainted with him, and eyes to discern and distinguish folidity from shew, and esteem Virtue that fought not Reputation ; yet they were the less taken norice, and talk'd of, by the generality of those, to whom he was not wholly unknown. Not that he was at all close and refery'd; but, on the contrary, the