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so much of aS philosopher and Christian, as entirely to avoid these disorders: but I have reaped the benefit of knowing by my own repeated experience, that these malignant passions have in general a far less pernicious effect on bodies that are rendered firm and vigorous by temperance, than on those that are corrupted and weakened by gluttony and excess.
It was hard for me to avoid every extreme of heat and cold, and to live above all the occasions of trouble which attend the life of man; but yet these things made no great impression on the state of my health, though I met with many instances of persons who funk under less weight both of body and mind.
There was in our family a considerable lawsuit depending against some persons, whose might overcame our right. One of my brothers, and some of my relations, were so mortified and grieved on account of the loss of this suit, that c they they actually died of broken hearts. I was as sensible as they could be, of the great injustice done us, but thank God, for, far from breaking my heart, it scarcely broke my repose. And I ascribe their sufferings and my safety, to the difference of our living. Intemperance and sloth had so weakened their nerves, and broken their spirits, that they easily funk under the weight of misfortune. While temperance and active life had so invigorated my constitution, as to make me happily superior to the evils of this momentary life.
At seventy years of age, I had another experiment of the usefulness of my regimen. Some business of consequence calling me into the country, my coachhorses ran away with me; I was overset and dragged a long way before they could stop the horses. They took me out of the coach with my head battered, a leg and an arm out of joint, and
truly in a very lamentable condition. As soon as they had brought me home, they sent for the physicians, who did not expect: I could live three days: however, I was soon cured, to the great astonishment of the physicians, and of all those who know me.
I Beg leave to relate one more anecdote, as an additional proof what an impenetrable shield temperance presents against the evils of life.
About five years ago, I was over-persuaded to a thing, which had like to have cost me dear. My relations, whom I love, and who have a real tenderness for me; my friends, with whom I was willing to comply in any thing that was reasonable; lastly, my physicians, who were looked upon as the oracles of health, did all agree that I eat too little; that the nourishment I took was not sufficient for one of my years; that I ought not only to support nature, but likewise to increase
the vigour of it, by eating a little more than I did. It was in vain for me to represent to them, that nature is content with a little; that with this little I had enjoyed excellent health so many years; that to me the habit of it was become a second nature; and that it was more agreeable to reason, that as I advanced in years and loft my strength, I should rather lejsen than increase the quantity of my food, especially as the powers of the stomach must "grow weaker from year to year. To strengthen my arguments, I urged those two natural and true proverbs; one, that he who would eat a great deal must eat but little; that is eating little makes a man live long, he must eat a great deal. The other proverb was, that what we leave, after making a hearty meal, does us more good than what we have eaten. But neither my proverbs nor arguments could silence their affectionate intreaties. Wherefore to please
persons persons who where so dear to me, I consented to increase the quantity of food, but with too ounces only. So that, as before I had always taken but twelve ounces of solid food in the day, I now increased it to fourteen, and as before I drank but fourteen ounces of wine in the day, I now increased it to sixteen. This increase had in eight days time such an effect on me, that from being remarkably chearful and brisk, I began to be peevish and melancholy, and wa.s constantly so strangely disposed, that I neither knew what to say to others, nor what to do with myself. On the twelfth day I was attacked with a most violent pain in my side,- which held me twentytwo hours, and-ssras' followed by a violent fever which continued thirty-fivcTdays, without giving me a moment's respite. However' God be praised, I recovered, though in my seventy-eighth year, and in the coldest season of a very cold winter, c 2 and