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By this gentleman we are informed, that she was well acquainted with philosophy, with astronomy, mathematics, and physics. That she was "not only conversant with these sciences, but a mistress of them, and that to such a degree as few of her sex had ever attained." That she was familiar with the writings of the ancients in their original languages. "At the age of twenty-three," says he, "she had the knowledge of a profound philosopher.” In metaphysical learning, we are also told, "she was a nervous and subtle disputant." She took great pains to perfect herself in the Greek language, that she might have the pleasure of reading in their native purity the works of St. Chrysostom. Her compositions in the Latin, which were various, were written in a pure and elegant style.

She possessed an acute and comprehensive mind, an ardent thirst of knowledge, and a retentive memory. She was accustomed to declare, ' that it was a sin to be content with a little knowledge.'

To the endowments of the mind she added the virtues of the heart; she was modest, humble, chaste, and benevolent, exemplary in her whole conduct, and in every relative duty. She was pious and constant in her devotions, both public and private; beneficent to the poor; simple in her manners; retired, and perhaps somewhat too rigid, in her notions and habits. It was her custom to lay aside a certain portion of her income, which was not large, for charitable uses; to this she added an ardent desire and strenuous efforts for the mental and

moral improvement of those within her circle and influence.

About two years previous to her death, her spirits seem to have been impressed with an idea of her early dissolution ; a sentiment which first suggested itself to her mind while walking alone, among the tombs, in a churchyard. On her death-bed, she earnestly entreated the minister who attended her, that he would exhort all the young people of his congregation to the study of wisdom and knowledge, as the means of moral improvement, and real happiness. 'I could

wish,' says she, that all young persons might be exhorted to the practice of virtue, and to increase their knowledge by the study of philosophy; and more especially to read the great book of nature, wherein they may see

the wisdom and power of the Creator, in the order of the universe, and in the production and preservation of all things. That women are capable of such improvements, which will better their judgments and understandings, is past all doubt, would they but set about it in earnest, and spend but half of that time in study and thinking, which they do in visits, vanity, and folly. It would introduce a composure of mind, and lay a solid basis for wisdom and knowledge, by which they would be better enabled to serve God, and to help their neighbours."

The following character is given of this lady in Mr. Collier's Historical Dictionary. Anne Baynard, for her prudence, piety, and learning, deserves to have her memory perpetuated;

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she was not only skilled in the learned languages, but in all manner of literature and philosophy, without vanity or affectation. Her words were few, well chosen, and expressive. She was seldom seen to smile, being rather of a reserved and stoical disposition; their doctrine, in most parts, seeming agreeable to her natural temper, for she never read or spake of the stoics but with a kind of delight. She had a contempt of the world, especially of the finery and gaiety of life. She had a great regard and veneration for the sacred name of God, and made it the whole business of her life to promote his honour and glory; and the great end of her study was to encounter atheists and libertines, as may appear from some severe satires written in the Latin tongue, in which language she had

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