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: تعداد به ، و ثم

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HE POSTHUMOUS WORKS of Mr.
THOMAS CHUBB bave the ad-

vantage of most others, in that they appear to have been deliberately finished; and the reader may be satisfied they are his genuine remains, transcribed, and, for the most part, corre&ted for the press, by his own hand a little before bis death.

THE first section of his Farewel was published in his life-time, and is now republished, that the whole might appear together.

THE following brief account of himself, and of his commencing Author, he designed as part of an introduction to a second quarto volume of tracts, of which his Farewel was to have been the conclusion. As he did not live to make that publication, it becomes a material article in his remains, and supplies the place of any further preface. А

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S the Author, at the conclusion of this col

lection takes his leave of the world as a writer ; so, to prevent any false account that may be given of him, either whilst he is alive or after he is dead (preluming it will not be unacceptable to his readers) he gives the following shortaccount of himself andhow he came to appear in the world as a writer.

THOMAS CHUBB (son of Henry Chubb, of the hamlet of Eati-Harnhan, near the city of New-Sarum, Malster) was born the twentyninth of September 1679. Henry Chubb, the father, died in the year 1688. and left a widow and four children, viz. three fons and one daughter, of all which the Author was the youngest. The Author was taught to read English, to write an ordinary hand, and was farther instructed in the common rules of arithmetick; this education being suitable to the circumstances of his family and to the time he had to be instructed in. For as the Author's mother laboured hard, in order to get a maintenance for herself and

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family, so she obliged her children to perform their parts towards it. And, accordingly, the Author was very early required to perform such work and service as was suitable to his age and capacity; so that he had neither time nor means for farther inAtruction than that above-mentioned. At

. Lady-day 1694. the Author was put apa

apprentice to Mr. Thomas Rawlings, Glover, in Salisbury, where he met with kind usage from his master and the family, and with which family he had a particular friendship the remainder of his life. When the Author had served his apprenticeship, he worked a sa journey-man to his inafter,in making gloves, as he had no better, nor indeed no other way to get his livelihood ; tho' it was improper for him, on account of his weakness of light. In, or about the year 1705. the Author removed his dwelling to Mr. John Lawrence's, Tallow-Chandler, in Milford-street, Sarum; after which he partly worked at making gloves, as before, and partly affisted Mr. Lawrence in his buA 2

finess,

finess, viz. in weighing candles, giving at-
tendance in Mr. Lawrence's shop, and the
like; and thus he got an honest maintenance
by his labour ; and tho’ he did not abound
in worldly goods, yet he had no lack, which,
as it was equal to his desires, was quite
satisfactory to him. The Author lived a
fingle life, he judging it greatly improper
to introduce a family into the world, with-
out a prospeet of maintaining them, which
was his case ; such adventures' being usually
attended with great poverty, the parent of
much misery ; and that was a state of life
he did not chuse to rush into. And tho',
according to the proverb, God does not
send mouths without fending meat to fill
them ; yet our Author faw, by daily expe-
rience, that meat to some was not to be ob-
tained but with great difficulty. And as to
trusting to providence, in such cases, the
Author thought it was rather groundlesy pre-
suming upon providence, than a proper trust
in it; nor did he find that providence inter-
pused to extricate such it's pretended de-

pendents

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