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POLYANTHOS.

Volume Hi.

We shall never envy the honours which wit and learning
obtain in any other cause, if we can be numbered among the
writers who have given ardour to virtue, and confidence to
truth...Dr. Jobnwiu

Me In silvam abrtrudo densam atque a^eram...Cktra,

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AUGUST, 1806,

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THE gentleman, whose life is the subject vf the following Vrief sketch, was the son ef Ckenbridge Thatcher, Esq. of Boston^ a lawyer of eminence, who died in the midst •F Mi wputatiea and usefulness % whose m rmable moral character is remembered by the present generation, and his name frequently mentioned in terms of very high esteem.* Dr. Thaeher wis his eldest sort, and wil then a student of the feoutli grammar schooL He was fcorn at Milton, Mareh 21,1752, the family having retired on account of the small

* The follptthig Biles tiete inserted Jn the NeSrapapcr, the xkaftjer hjifiihet^l.

Once vrans with peal in honest Virtue^ caate,
— • - 5 free, Wd wteUled Britain'* ll«t>

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pox, which, during this season spread t the town. There were indications of a serious mind when he was young, an uncommon gravity of deportment, and it was then predicted that he would add another to the list of worthies, whose praise is in all the churches.

Mr. Osenbridge Thacher died in 176SL Before his death he had fuedhismind upon his son's having a liberal education, but, like most professional men, more ambitious of fame than desirous of wealth, he left his family in circumstances by no means' affluent. He left however many friendsj, among them several respectable clergymen, who exerted themselves with the gentlemen in the line of fcis profession," to preserve the'literary honours of the name. Their desires and expectations were answered. Many showed their friendship for the man tvhbm they loved, when his remains were in the dust, and their benevolence received a full'reward in the im, pravement made by the youth'who obeyed hvery stimulus to exercise his. talents and industry. . The preceptor of the school at that time was the venerable Lowell, whose opinion

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AliKe to him, worth could its charm impart.
In kine or beggar touched Ms generous heart,
from humble birth to paths of great renown
He dawned, he brightened to the hour of noon.
Learned,' yet' riot vain; in useful science read
Fair freedom's cause with manly strength 'he plead
A patriot's flame wttn pious Bearsustained,

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