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IN TWO VOLUMES.
MEDITATIONS AMONG THE TOMBS:
CONTEMPLATIONS ON THE NIGHT:
CONTEMPLATIONS ON THE STARRY HEAVENS: AND
BY JAMES HERVEY, A. M.
TROY, N. Y.
PUBLISHED BY SOLOMON WILBUR, JUNR.
Francis Adancourt printer.,
WOR 20JUN 84
REV. JAMES HERVEY, A. M.
REGARD to eminent writings, which display genius, learning, orthodoxy and piety, naturally excites a desire to be acquainted with the writer; and this desire is the stronger, when these writings are not only truly excellent in themselves, but are universally admired, eagerly read by good people of all denominations, and calculated to promote the best interests of mankind. Hence one is fond to know the author in private life, how he spent his time, how he sustained his character as a public teacher of religion, what influence the doctrines of grace, which he so warmly inculcated on others, had on his own heart and conversation; and finally, how he closed the last scene. Abundant satisfaction as to all those particulars will be obtained from the following account.
Mr. JAMES HERVEY was born on Friday the 26th of February, 1713-14, at Hardingstone, a country village, one mile from Northampton, his father being then minister of the parish of Collingtree, within two miles of Hardingstone. His first instruction was from his mother, who taught him his letters, and to read. Under her tuition he continued till he was seven years of age, when he was sent as a day-scholar, to the free grammar-school at Northampton, of which the Rev. Mr. Clarke, vicar of St. Sepulchre's in the said town, was at that time master.
At this school he remained till he was seventeen years old, and learned the Latin and Greek languages; in which his genius and memory would have enabled him to have made a much earlier progress, if it had not been