The Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell: In One Volume. to Which Are Added, the Dumb Philosopher; and Everybody's Business Is Nobody's Business

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A REMARKABLE PASSAGE
OF AN
APPARITION. 1665.

IN the beginning of this year, a disease happened in this town of Launceston, and some of my scholars died of it. Among others who fell under the malignity then triumphing, was John Eliot, the eldest son of Edward Eliot of Treberse, esq., a stripling of about sixteen years of age, but of more than common parts and ingenuity. At his own particular request I preached at the funeral, which happened on the 20th day of June, 1665. In my discourse (ut mos reiq; lociq; postulabat) I spake some words in commendation of the young gentleman; such as might endear his memory to those that knew him, and withal tended to preserve his example to the fry which went to school with him, and were to continue there after him. An ancient gentleman, who was then in the church, was much affected with the discourse, and was often heard to repeat the same evening, one expression I then used out of Virgil;

Et puer ipse fuit cantari dignus.--

The reason why this grave gentleman was so concerned at the character, was a reflection he made upon a son of his own, who being about the same age, and but a few months before not unworthy of

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