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COL. JAMES GARDINER.
BY P. DODDRIDGE, D.D.
EXTRACTS FROM HIS FUNERAL SERMON.
THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,
DAVID GARDINER, ESQ.,
Cornet in Sir John Hope's Regiment of Dragoons.
While my heart is following you, with a truly paternal solicitude, through all the dangers of military life, in which you are thus early engaged, anxious for your safety amidst the instruments of death, and the far more dangerous allurements of vice, I feel a peculiar pleasure in being able at length, though after such long delays, to put into your hands the memoirs with which I now present you. They contain many particulars which would have been worthy of your attentive notice, had they related to a person of the most distant nation or age; but they will, I doubt not, command your peculiar regard, as they are sacred to the memory of that excellent man from whom you had the honour to derive your birth, and by whose generous and affectionate care you have been laid under all the obligations which the best of fathers could confer on a most beloved son.
Here, sir, you see a gentleman who, with all the