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56 casions, prompted him to those little ata "tentions, those minuter acts of kindness
which, in the man of the world, are the produce of artificial politeness, but in him were the unstudied suggestions of Christian courtesy, of genuine benevolence.
“ Nor less striking was the unaffected “ simplicity of his manners, so inexpressibly " attractive!! His full stored and always
lively mind indulged in common to sporstive sallies of wit and merriment, with s the innocence and playfulness of a child.
Happily he had nothing of that gloomy “ gravity, that austere reserve, which often
accompany distinguished talents and at“ tainments, and are so repulsive to the freeos doin of conversation and intercourse; “ while at the same time he never lost sight u of the respect which is dye to sacred sub“jects, nor ever sanctioned licentious con“ versation. Replete with pleasantry, he « could, on proper occasions, be as strictly 66 serious as any man.
“ His aversion to every thing that bore a “ resemblance to guile and dissimulation
was open and avowed; his abhorrence of “ deceit he, on every occasion, strongly ex“pressed; and his own uniformly undis
guised, unreserved conduct fully proved, " that he inwardly felt that aversion, which “he outwardly manifested. For no motives “ of worldly policy, or selfish regard, could
prevail upon him to have recourse to, or " to countenance in others, those petty ar« tifices, for the accomplishment of even the “ best designs, which are too commonly re6 sorted to, and thought allowable by many, “ who are acknowledged to be, in the main, upright and well-intentioned
persons. " To him was strictly applicable the character of Nathaniel, that he was an Israelite “ indeed, in whom there was no guile. He
really was the man which he appeared to “ be. So that his character was as com
pletely developed by the intercourse of a “ few days, as by an intimacy of several At the very first interview he ex
years. At the
ccxviii MEMOIR OF THE REV. GEORGE WALKER.
« hibited the marks of a most benevolent «and cheerful disposition, of an open and
of a sincere love of “ truth and virtue, of a most vigorous and
comprehensive mind, which was ever ac“ tive and ever communicative."