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At another time, he said, “The Lord sees my heart, and I know that his eyeis upon me: I am the chief of sinners. I declare my. self, that I am the chief of sinners! Let nothing be said of me, but that I am the chief of sinners!” Addressing Mrs. Scott, he said, " I hope you can give me up to the Lord.” She replied, “Yes, my love, the Lord is so gracious to you, I hope I do.'. He said, “ Do not tell a lie ; no, not for the sake of thy dear husband: you must give me up.”

On the 20th of May, to a minister who had to go out into the country that evening to preach, he said, “ Brother, go and tell them I am going to Hleaven; but all who die out of Christ will go to Hell. Tellilaem all I am dying, and going to Heaven !" To another minister he said, 6 God bless you in Christ for ever and ever! -- but I am weak.

" To this dear Surety's hands

My soul commits her cause !" Mrs. Scott said, ' May he keep you under the shadow of his wings! NIr. Scott replied, " Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever!” When one said, “ Good Sir, do take some refreshment,' he replied, “Don't call me good; I wish we may all see more of the poverty and emptiness of the creature, and more of the riches and fulness of the dear Redeemer!" On Thursday the 21st, to a servant he said, “ God bless thee in his dear Son! He has blest me! Jesus hath lived and died for me!" Saturday the 230, looking up to Heaven, he said, “ Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe.” Mrs. Scott replied, ' He does hold you up!' He added, " Precious Jesus !" - Sunday the 211h, he said, with peculiar emphasis, “ The Lord is my rightousness and strength, my strength and my Redeemér!" Ona friend saying, " Take a drop of wine into your dear mouth,' he replied, " It is a dear mouth, for it was purchased with precious blood!” - Monday evening, the 25th, he was enabled triumphantly still to exclaim,“ Blessed! blood of the Lamb! blessed blocd of the Lamb!" - On Wednesday afternoon, the 27th, he was very weak, and unable to speak. Some of his friends spent a few minutes with him in prayer : he appeared to listen, and manifested marks of approbation. At one time he said, “ O tell poor sinners what a sweet and precious Christ I have found, or rather, that has found me.

" Then will I tell to sinners round

What a dear Saviour I have found !
I'll point to thy redeeming blood,

And say, Behold the way to God!"
At another time be said, “ I am the chief of sinners; but the
Lord saith, I have redeemed thee, --- thou art mine!" To Mrs.
Scott he said, “My dear, I have no pain either in body or mind :
I am not afraid of dying. Ile who was dead is alive again, and
liveth for ever! " Because I live, saith be, ye shall live also.”
At another time he said, " Jesus loved me, and I cannot tell


why;” and then, stopping short, he added, “ Yes, I can; because he would love me. His blood did once for all alone;”. once for all, mind that. Once done, not to be done again.' On taking to his bed the last time, he said,

Weaker than a bruised reed,

Help I ev'ry moment need !" At length the days of the years of his pilgrimage being accomplished, the Lord, whom he had served, called him home, without a sigh, a struggle, or a groan. His happy spirit left its mortal tabernacle a little before eleven o'clock, on Thursday morning, the 28th of May, to take its station among the spirits of the redeemed, before the throne of God and the Lamb for ever. On Tuesday, the 9th of June, his body was interred in a vault within the Protestant Dissenting chapel, in Queen Street, Chester. Here the remains of the late Mrs. Scott also lie, agreeable to a direction he had given, by the Rev. J. Whitridge, of Oswestry.

We will conclude this Memoir of Mr. Scott with a brief sketch of his character. His character was certainly a great one, as it embraced an assemblage of many excellent endowments. If the natural warmth of his temper and the original habits of military command gave a sternness and severity to his reproofs, they added at the same time a genuine fervour to his piety, and a dig. nity to his religion. He was no cold-hearted or half-hearted Christian, but walked before his God with an upright mind; and (which strongly manifests the strength and reality of religious affections) in his age he displayed, both in his public and private life, all the zeal and vigour of youth. The strength of his picty and his zeal for the spread of the gospel, continued without any

abatement to the last. A very short time before his death, be united with his brethren in the establishment of an Association for promoting the Spread of the Gospel in the County of Chester ; and liberally contributed to the fund of that Association.

Liberality was one of his conspicuous graces. It is believed, that through a long series of years, p. rhaps embracing the entire period of his religious c:urse, he never employed less than the whole of his own proper income (the necessary expences of his

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The following information, confirmed by ancient records in the family,

came to hand too late for insertion in its proper place. 6. Richard Scott, father of the late Rev. Jonathan Scott, was a younger

Scott, of Scott's Hall, Kents, and married Mary, the eldest daughter and heiress of Jonathan Scott, of Betton, Salop (who was also a branch of the Kentish family). The Scolts, of Scott's Hall, trace their descent f.oin John Baliol, King of Scotland, who, ou his being driver from that kingdom, settied in Kcut, and was known by the name of Baliol, the Scot. In course of time, the family dropped ihe naine of Baliol, Titaining only that of scott, as to this day.” XY.

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family Leing defrayed) in religious and charitable purposes; and as he sowed liberally, so he also reaped. Ile has been heard to declare, that though, prior to his conversion, he never had a sufficiency to supply his wants, yet afterwards he never experienced a pecuniary restraint. To a letter to a friend, dated Oct. 2, 1786, he says, “ Hitherto, my extremities have been God's opportunities. He has suitably, seasonably, and oft most marvellously supplied my every want, and helped me through the difficulties of every work lie has hitherto condescended to employ me in, - having always put it into the hearts of those who were able to help me, when I have nevried it. Indeed, through his blessing, my own little property has seemed to multiply in using for Him. How else does it hold out as it does ! Oh, my dear friend and brother, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name; for he has dove great and marvellous things for us, in us, and by us ! Let us, as we poor sinful creatures may, give him all thanks and praise.' Thongh Mr. Scott began his religious life in circumstances not far from indigence, the providence of God, by both his alliancen, raised him to a situation which at once secured the supply of liis necessities, and afforded him the means of extensive liberality; and it must be particularly noticd, that his was not a liberality undirected by Prudence. Such was his firmness and strict fidelity (for he looked upon himself merely as a steward!) that no considerations of personal attachment or other improper motive could have induced him to give to an occasion which he did not approve; and this contributed much to enable him to do good effectively and diffusively.

His talents for introducing religious topics, both in his conversation and correspondence, were of a very eminent kind. His conversation was peculiarly spiritual and savoury, scarcely possible to be in his company for any length of time, without hearing something calculated for edification. He viewed and felt religion as iulinitely superior to every thing in the world ; and neither wealth nor rank, however exalted, deterred him from introducing the subject. There was indeed such a mixture of good humour and wit in what he said, that it did not often oftend; but generally pleased. It is thought he never wrote a letter, however foreign the subject of it might seem from a religious purpose, which did not contain at least some hint or reflection calculated to excite serious impressions.

There was such a dignity in his carriage, that it rarely happened that any indecent or profane language was uttered in his presence, particularly by any who had a previous acquaintance with him. Wben, however, this was the case', pointed reproof was sure to be given ; but there was at once a peculiar delicacy in the managment, as well as singular fidelity in the application of it. An o-tier, at an inn in Coventry, being about to do something for his horse, used some profane language; when the ani

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mal, turning round to look at Mr. Scott, he improved the opportunity, and said to the ostler, “ Do you observe how my horse stares at you?

He is not used to such bad words at home : he never heirs an oath there; and he does not know what to make of it.” Thus the protane sinner was reproved, but could not be offended. The same was observable in his endeavours to in. press the thoughtloss with serious reflection. At another place, meeting with some ladies, who came to speak to him after preaching, one of them said, 'Do you remember, Sir, dancing with us at such a tinc and place?' He replied, “ () yes, Malam, I remember it very well ; and am much ashamed of those days of my vanity; but, Madam, you and I are many years older now, and so much nearer death and eternity.” He then proceeded to speak of the great things of God, &c.

In the present times, the sense of the danger of our situation (felt it is to be feared by far too few) and the undisguised determination of an inveterate foe to accomplish our utter destruction, has united all ranks in sentiments of affection for our beloved Sovereign, and attachment to our happy constitution : but this was a trait which shone at all times with a mosi conspicuous lustre in the character of Mr. Scoit, and particularly during that period when the French poison of disaffection was disseininated with so perniciou's an industry in this and other nations.

If any preju liced individnal has affected to doubt the reality of the existence of genuine pairiotism, with a conscientious dissent from the Established Church, here might he have witnessed a full refutation of his prejudice and error

Mr. Scoit was possessed of the gift and the spirit of prayer in a very eminent degree. His natural endowments, sanctified, spiritualized, and aided by divine grace, qualified him to conduct this very important part of public worship in a very edifying manner. His prayers discovered a ready invention, a fervour of sentiment and expression, an awful solemnity, and a particularity which evidenced his firm belief of the power, and the universal as well as special providence of Ilim whom he addressed.

His pulpit-discourses, though they might not be embellished with any beauties of arrangement, sentiment, expression, or any very particular eloquence or grace in the delivery, it must be recollected did not profees to be studied compositions ; but they contained what was far more valaable, a true siivour of piety, just views of Scripture truth, and a pointed addriss to the consciences of men. There was no trimniny, -- no teinporizing,

* Since toleration is as much (to use an expression of the late Lord Mansfield) established by the decisions of our couris, and the principles of our constiiulio!, as the religious institutions them zelves, they who would destroy or abridge it are as worihy of being branded with siigmas of disa loyalty an: disa section as those (if such tho.e bo) who may wish lho de:nodition of the established church.

shunning to declare the whole counsel of God, -no fear of the faces of men, nor desire of gaining their applause. He paid perhaps too little attention to the composition of his sermons, and was not a very correct preacher ; but when he enjoyed the important truths of the gospel in his own mind, as he obviously very frequently did, his sermons were truly excellent; and abundantly ca'culaled, through the blessing of God, to promote the important ends of preaching,

Mr. Scott was a iender-hearted and truly com passionate man. He could not, without measiness, endure even the death of a fowl or other animal for the necessary fool of his family. He never neglected his horse at home or abroad ; nor would he, either froin inattention or false delicacy, confide, without inspection, in the care of any man. Ile has been known, at the house of a friend, when he has thought his beast in any degree neglected, to strip and th rougbly clean him with his own hands, thus administering at once to the comfort of his horse, and reproof to the servant of his friend; and even in his


he was accustomed, especially in his journies, to pray for the strength and support of his animal, us addressing a God whose care and providence ex: tended to all his creaiures.

Mr. Scott was also a real gentleman : he may have been in. debted to the army for some of his exterior graces; but his prin. ciples were formed in the school of Christ. Bis politeness was therefore not insincerity, but the effect of a true and Christian berevol nce, In short, Mr. Scott was throughout a real and not a fictitious character ; – every action was a display of life and feeling!

J. W.


Thoughts on Matt. xv. 21. The adorable Jesus went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed by the Devil; he sought occasions to give men to see and feel the effects of his divine power, tor the establishment of his gospel, and the communication of spiritual blessings, to perishing sinners. He travels unto the coasts of Tyre and Sidon ; there he meets a deeply afflicted parent, whose daughter was in a most distressing condition. Maternal sym, puhies are not to be described, whether they are pleasing or painful; children are often insensible to prrental anxiety, and remain so, until they become parents the selves; and then frequently it is too late to correct errors, which, if healed in time, might have contributed to the comfort of their parents, sinking under the pressure of age, an i difficulties occasioned by the improprieties of their offspring. But as the first sin began with parents, and as they communicate its principles to their

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