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on in the work of the Lord, without anxiety on this ground! Serve him by the day, and trust him by the day: never flinch a service because nothing is paid for it: and when you want it in
reality, you or your's, he will pay it.
David Brown did much gratis in India: the East India Company raised a monument for the old bachelor Swartz; but they made provision for Mr. B.'s large family!....
"Among other things, I received a most friendly letter from Mr. Richardson, inquiring into my circumstances, of
which friends at York had received some report. I stated, that I bad all and abounded, and did not wish to trou
ble my friends further, except as subscribers to the works. But I, next letter, received 1151. as a present!-I have had 3501. from Bristol, where I thought my rudeness had given offence; besides orders for a hundred copies of
"Another letter to my brother, ten days afterwards, states that Mr. Cooke had remitted 2001. more from Bristol! and my father adds in a postscript-
"February 25, 1814. I have received at least 20001. as presents in little more than two months, besides the sale of books! You see how easily God can provide. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. You canuot do a better service to the world, than by bequeathing to it a well-educated family. Let this be your care; the rest will be the Lord's.'" pp. 418-420.
So practical was his principle of trust in God! so unreservedly did he act upon it, and so abundantly was it blessed!
During his remaining years, he was, on account of increasing infirmities, confined to the immediate neighbourhood of his home, and almost entirely to his own village. Still, however, the powers of his mind retained all their vigour ; and he never ceased to employ his pen till that period arrived, when he could work no longer.
The letters which he wrote in the interval, previously to his last illness, form a considerable part of the 15th chapter. It might be sufficient to say of them, they are of the same character with those which
appear in the former part of the volume: there is the same deep seriousness of mind, the same unremitted attention to objects of the highest importance, the same holy confidence in the promises of God, the same kindness of disposition, which we have previously witnessed. He seemed to live merely to do good; and was anxious only, that when his Lord should come, he should find him " so doing." The great principles by which he was actuated, were the same which had so long and so happily influenced his mind; but we feel, on perusing these pages, as if our later intercourse with this good man was yet more interesting than that which had gone before, and as if the nearer he approached to his everlasting home, the more affectionate were his regards, and the more elevating and attractive were his observations.
The which we subjoin passages are extracted from his letters. We deem it unnecessary to explain the occasions on which they were written: it is sufficient that they unfold to us the mind and character of the writer, and convey at the same time some lessons which are well worthy to be remembered.
"I cannot express,' he says, 'how much the death of Mr. H. Thornton af
fects me; even as the death of some near relation. I feel low and grieved whenever I think of it: but the Lord is wise and faithful. The Lord reward upon his fatherless children all his kindness to me and mine!—As far as either your concerns or mine are implicated, it is a fresh lesson on the admonition, Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils. When the rushlight in my chamber goes out, it is dark but that darkness leads me to expect the dawn and the sun. All things will be right at last, if we be right. Nothing is of much consequence but eternity.””, p. 432.
"March 7, 1814. I am much obliged to you for your kind inquiries after my health, and to all my friends who pray for me in this respect : but I especially need and value prayer for me, that I may be carried through the last stage or
my pilgrimage, in a manner which may adorn and honour the Gospel of God our Saviour.
I am enabled to spend almost as much time in my studies, and with my pen, as heretofore; and to officiate in my little church as formerly. Indeed I wish I were as well able in mind as in body, to answer the inquiry which you so reluctantly propose to me : but this is by no means the case. All my experience, and observation, and study, wholly fail to teach me how to keep together a congregation, which is prejudiced against some part of that in struction which faithfulness renders it my duty to inculcate. It seems to me as hopeless, as to give the farmer counsel how he may use his fan, and yet not lessen the heap of corn and chaff on his barn-floor. Even in respect of opinions about adult baptism introduced lately in my little congregation, all the plans which I have devised seem wholly to fail, in respect of keeping together even those who received their first religious impressions nuder my ministry. I have prayed much respecting it, and varied my plans but yet my people continue to leave me; especially the newlyawakened, who, I fear, go to be lulled asleep again by immersion, and joining a Baptist congregation in the next village...
"In all cases, as far as my expe rience and observation reach, they who have received partial religious instruc tion, and, as it were, made up their minds to it, will hear a new minister so long as he tells them what they already know or believe. This is the standard by which they try his doctrine: but, if he attempts to rectify their errors, however manifest, and with whatever ability and candour he does it; or to instruct their ignorance, however palpable; they will take offence, and probably forsake his ministry; accusing him of some deviation from sound doctrine, as their reason for so doing. Yet, without their errors be rectified, or their deficiencies supplied, or their characters improved, their attendance is wholly in vain. '"
pp. 436, 437.
"I have, for many years, when assailed by harassing mental temptations, taken occasion from them to leave, as it were, my own personal concerns, and to enlarge especially, after, or even during their prevalence, in supplica, tions for the extension of the kingdom of Christ, and for the subversion of that
of satan; subjoining a sort of earnest request, to be enabled to be revenged on these enemies, by more vigorous and successful efforts in the cause of God... Temptations follow tempers; and satan has awfully prevailed against some persons of a reasoning turn of mind. Such things used to harass me much more than they do at present; I would hope because I take a better method of getting deliverance from them.... In general I consider them as temptations to unbelief, contrary to the fullest proof conceivable; the remains of the scepticism of our hearts, wrought upon by satanical influence, as the waves of the sea are by the wind; and to be overcome only by the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God-THUS WRITTEN; and by earnest prayer, Пpóode poi mis, Increase my faith! Help mine unbelief! ... I every day
find cause to bless God for protection from the assaults of these enemies in this respect; of which I formerly had dire experience. 'O make strong thine hedge about me! '—(Job. i. 10.)”” pp. 440, 441.
"May 9, 1816, I am quite a prisoner in this place; but can reach the church, and preach nearly as usual. I can also write, and read, and study, many hours in a day; but always uneasy and weary. My sight, however, and hear badly, walk clumsily and with my faculties seem unimpaired; though I pain, and do not suppose I shall ever try to ride more. I have, however, numerous and most valuable mercies, and only need a more holy and thankful heart. I am now in my seventieth year ; and have outlived almost all who were my contemporaries, and many of my juniors, in the ministry. . . . All my in this respect (their conversion) are care and prayers about my own children transferred to my sixteen grand-children. . . I desire, and, I trust, shall not in vain desire, the help of your prayers, both for them and myself that I may close well..... It might be expected that I should write to each of them, and talk particularly to them, when I see them, in the way you wish me to write to your children; but I either never had the proper talent for this kind of service, or I have quite lost it. I pray for them, and say a few things to such as come to see me : and they seem very much attached to me: but I seem ashamed that I feel no li berty of being more explicit with them.
I trust, however, their parents supply my lack of service. I seem to have lost my talent of prattling with children, just as I have my adroitness in nursing, You must, in this respect, tell your children what you think I would say or write to them. I will send you a few of my later publications... and, if you meet with anght too Calvinistic, you must skip it."" pp. 443, 444.
"On the whole, I cannot but feel and consider myself as a man that has been peculiarly prospered of God; and I desire to knowledge this with humble and devout gratitude. Yes, good. ness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life. Whatever my feel ings may at any time be-and my situation and infirmities, and perhaps also my turn of mind, expose me, at times, to considerable gloom and depression I have not all that enjoyment which I could earnestly desire; yet this is my deliberate judgment. Yea and, on the whole, I can add with good confidence, not only they have followed. but goodness aud mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever."" pp. 464, 465.
"I find,' he says, in my own case, though in many respects surrounded `with uncommon mercies, that I have great need of patience, amidst infirmities, and pains, and, worse than all, temptations, and conflicts with the remainder (I hope only the remainder) of indwelling sin: so that I am often disposed to dejection, and consequently to impatience and unthankfulness, and sometimes peevishness. Yet, on the whole, I think my trials and conflicts quicken me in prayer; endear the Saviour and salvation to me; render me more tender and compassionate to others, when suffering and tempted; bring me more acquainted with the promises and engagements of the new covenant; and lead me to rely on them more simply and unreservedly, notwithstanding difficulties and discouragements. As Mr. Newton once said to an
inquirer, 'I think I am somewhat poorer than I was.' And, while I encourage myself in this way in the Lord my God, and hope, in opposition to my feelings, as if all were against me,) that all is working together for my good; what can I say more appropriate to animate, counsel, and solace you? You have trials, indeed, which I have not: but the heart knoweth its own bitterness.
However, without determining any thing in that respect, nay, supposing your's ten times the greater, the difference is nothing to the Almighty Sa viour, whose strength is perfected in our weakness. Trust in him; submit; call upon him: wait for him. Persevere in endeavouring to win over all around you to say, We will go with you, for God is with you. I hope I do not for, get you daily in my prayers, or any of yours. Pray for me and mine.""-pp, 466, 467.
"When I received yours, I was just beginning to recover from a rather dangerous attack of sore throat and fever, which reduced me so much, that I fully expected to have been delivered from the burden of the flesh before my suffering sister. Two Sundays I have been silent; I mean to try to preach once tomorrow, but feel very incompetent; and am convinced my work is nearly done. I am, however, now left, beyond all probability, the only survivor of our numerous family-tottering on the brink of the grave. So soon passeth it away and we are gone. Oh that I could adopt St. Paul's words under all-None of these things move me, &c. : but, alas! I am like an old vessel, shattered by many storms, and now scarcely able to stand a moderate gale of wind. Pray for me, that I may have more faith, hope, longing love, patience, submission, meekness, &c."" pp. 475, 476.
In addition to other letters in
this part of the work, which will be read with much interest, we should be glad, if our limits would allow it, addressed to the vicar of a large to insert a very instructive letter, parish, on the subject of Prayer Meetings. The general purport of it is, that if a clergyman cannot conduct these meetings without obtaining an exact conformity to his own regulations, it is better that he should leave them, and those concerned in them, to take their own course, neither directly supporting nor opposing them. Mr. Scott speaks on the ground of his own personal observation and experience; and should any judicious member of the Established Church be induced to question the soundness of this judgment, when thus briefly delivered, we doubt not that
a perusal of the whole letter would bring him to Mr. Scott's opinion.
During the period embraced in this chapter, Mr. Scott was chiefly occupied in revising his Bible, with the view to a new edition; and in preparing a Concordance. Of the zeal with which, under all his infirmities, he still continued his labours, some notion may be formed from his own brief statements.
"December 10, 1818. Preparing copy, five sheets (forty quarto pages) a week, and correcting proofs, together with the desire of the partners to have the Concordance carried on, purposing ere very long to begin to print it, (as much approving the plan of a revised specimen which I sent,) makes me shrink unduly from letter-writing. I never studied each day more hours
than I now do.""
"February 18, 1819. Never was a manufactory more full of constant employment, than our house: five proofs a week to correct, and as many sheets of copy to prepare and, alas! Mr. seems to stand his part, as to health, worse than I do. The first volume is nearly finished, and I hope much im proved: yet I feel more and more dissatisfied, as discerning more and more the defects. What I have lately been
finishing off, as to the Concordance, is fully approved: but I can do so little now, that I fear it will never be
"So I have lived to enter on my seventy-third year, which I never expected; and am still able to study and preach. May it be to good purpose! My feelings are often very uneasy: but I am free from great and sharp suffering. Pray for me, that I may be patient
"April 23, 1819. Nearly a week I was so far confined to my bed as to do nothing. Two Sundays I was disabled from preaching and last Sunday, with great difficulty, I performed one service. I have also recovered hitherto, very slowly, and am continually harassed by sickness; so that I neither have appetite for food, nor take any without fear of very uneasy consequences. Yet, I have gradually been restored to my usual ability of studying, and fill up my hours nearly as before; but with increasing debility and weariness. This, indeed, must be expected in my seventy
third year, and I would not complain; for surely goodness and mercy have followed me all my days....But, be sides sickness, my employments are a than most have:-four or five proof more full excuse for not writing letters, sheets every week: on an average, each
vising: this besides preparing an equal quantity of copy, and other engage ments. One in Psalms, that arrived last night, has taken me np already alof us above three hours more. But it most four hours, and will take up others is a good and even pleasant employment, and I rejoice in it.'"-pp. 467, 468.
costs one or other of us six hours re
The Concordance he lived not to finish. and considerable expense, he finally After years of labour relinquished it, with the view of attending to matters which appeared to him, in the decline of life, of superior importance. A few months, it seems, might have completed the undertaking; but he deliberately determined, in this respect, to take his labour for his pains; and Cruden, with all his deficiencies-most valuable certainly notwithstanding them all-must, for the present, be the great work of appeal as to Scriptural references. We are happy, however, to learn, that the projected work, although left incomplete by Mr. Scott, is not likely to be abandoned his son informs us, that a topical index to his father's Commentary, upon a plan approved by himself, is in a course of preparation; and that his whole mass of papers (a very large one) pertaining to the Concordance, is in the hands of the person best qualified to turn them to account, if that should be judged practicable and expedient.
We bave thus far seen this good man gradually advancing in his Christian course,and,as be increased in knowledge and experience, manifesting more abundantly the grace of God that was in him, and becoming more and more meet for the inheritance of the saints in light. The 16th chapter details to us the account of his last illness and death; and if in any case we may apply to
the dying Christian those familiar ines of Watts, which compare his departure to the setting of the sun, we think that an instance will seldom be found in which they are more appropriate than the present.
"As he comes nearer to finish his race,
Like a fine setting sun, he looks richer
And gives a sure hope, at the end of his days,
Of rising in brighter array."
The narrative of this chapter is derived partly from information communicated by those who were in constant habits of intercourse with Mr. Scott, and partly from the very excellent sermons preached on the occasion of his death by his old and valued friend, the Rev. Daniel Wilson.
We gather from these sources of intelligence, that the event which was to terminate his earthly course had long been anticipated; and that he viewed its approach with calmness and tranquillity. He preached more than once, with an evident reference to himself, from the words of St. Peter, Knowing that I must shortly put off this tabernacle; and expressed in private, his persuasion, that nature was giving way, and his wish, if such were God's will, to be at home. As his infirmities increased, he became the more earnest in prayer that God would support him in his sufferings; and that he might not, as life wore away, say or do any thing that should dishonour his holy profession.
The last sermon he preached was delivered on Sunday, March 4, 1821, from the text, He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also frecly give us all things? In the evening he expounded a passage of Scripture as usual to several of his parishioners at the rectory. The subject of that night was the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican; and he applied to himself in a very affecting manner the prayer of the penitent Publican, God be merciful to me a sinner.
We cannot pass over this little incident without reminding both ourselves and our readers of the time and the place, in which this expression of humility occurred. It was not in a crowded and popular congregation, where some lurking worldly motive might tempt a
man to use sentiments of self-abase-
From this period he began to be so much indisposed as to excite