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APRIL, 1825.

Remarks on the Quarterly Review, for April 1824, relating to the

Memoirs of Scott and Newton.

In the Quarterly Review for April most comfortable period of his life. 1821, there is a paper on the Me. And when his malady returned, his moirs of Scott and Newton, p. 26– distress was owing not lo any senti52, which can by no means be consi- ment of Calvinism; but to the viodered as a review of those publica. lent impression on his mind, of an tions, since it takes very little no. idea as uncalvinistic, as it was tice of the life of either. Indeed, “ unreasonable and unscriptural.” the only thing to which the writer Yes, it was directly opposed to one refers in Mr. Scott's Life, is the ac. distinguishing article of bis creed, couat he gave of a child, whom he as an acknowledged Calvinist. He lost when she was very young; on still admitted the doctrine of persewhich the Reviewer animadverts, as verance, as to all other persons in he suspects it would have weight, the world, who ever bad believed with ihose who consider Regene in Christ; but he considered his ration as distinct from Baptism, own as an exempt case, such has whom he charges on that account never bad a parallel; for in the with beterodoxy. He is unwilling midst of his despair he continued to to admit this child to have expe. believe, that be once loved God, rienced any change, but what may and that God once loved him, but be ascribed to the effects of very conceived himself to be the only early education ; and he seems to one that God ever cast off. With consider Mr. Newton's later con- what shadow of justice can this imversion, after years of profligacy, pression, which was an outrage on as attributable to the same cause. Calvinism, he charged upon that He does not profess to ascribe system ? them to their infant Baptism; and

As to Mr. Newton, this Reviewer indeed it is probable that Mr. New- says, with reference to his mother's ton's was as irregularly adminis. instructions, “ We own that we tered, as that of the archbishops should not be inclined to expect Tillotson and Secker!

effects so negative, from such posiThe case of Mr. Cowper is intro- tive discipline, or to ascribe so duced early in this paper, p. 26, much to the prayers, and so little and again adverted to in p. 48. But to the instructions of a parent.” surely it ought to be remembered, Yet he adds, “ We are much misthat this amiable man was first af- taker, if her lessons had not fosterficted with insanity, before he had ed in him an indolent dreary imathe least acquaintance with evange- gination, little suited to the real lical religion; while to it he after. duties of life.” wards owed all the happiness of the

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with both these ministers, for many which may trust to the imagination years, and aver that I never knew to furnisir cyidence of personal elecmen more laboriously engaged in all lion, and thus inflate the soul into a the duties of a christian life. Mi. presumptuous Calvinism.” True CalNewton first invited me to visit him vinists, whether in the establishat Olney, in 1708; and from thencement or out of it, are careful not to to his death, I always esteemed him, encourage any one to believe his and Mr. Hallof Arosby (father to Mr. clection on the ground of impres. Hall of Leicester) as my wisest and sions on the imagination. We mainmost faithful counsellors, in all diffi- tain that no man can ascertain his culties. Mr. N. introduced Mr. Scott, election any other way, than by very soon after his embracingevange proving thai he has actually obeyed lical' sentiments, to my father, old ihe call of the Gospel; nor can he Mr. Hall, Mr. Fuller, and myself, de prove that he has done ibis, or that scribing him, I well remember, as he is a true believer in Christ, but " the man, who he hoped would by his following after holiness. prove the Jonathan Edwards of This Reviewer says, p. 27,“much Old England.”. My intimacy with error in belief and practice bas him also, lasted till his death.

arisen from not attending to the disAnd verily, as these men were tinction, which sounder divines bave attentive to all the real duties of life observed, between the extraordithemselves, so were they most ear- nary and the ordinary operations of nestly concerned, in the whole the Spirit.'

The Spirit." But surely our ablest course of their ministry, to incul- Calvinistic Divines have insisted on cate practical religion, in all its this distinction, as carefully as him- il prill branches, on their hearers. Though self. We consider all pretensions a Dissenter myself, yet I heard them to the extraordinary influence of the both often enough to ascertain this: Holy Spirit, in modern times, as and their publications prove it, to arrogant and tending to real enthuqbose who had not the blessing of siasm. We warn our bearers against their personal acquaintance. giving heed to impressions on the wall

The Reviewer introduces a far imagination, and making them the longer account of Madam Guyon, ground of their hope of safety; and than he has given of Mr. Scott, with against all new discoveries or direcwhat end he best knows. Certain- tions, not already contained in the ly the established church was never written word. We wish all the blessed with a man, who more zea. most zealous Arminians in the king, Jously and judiciously opposed An- dom were equally guarded against rinomianism than Mr. Scott. Nor the idea of an immediate witness to could any one be more unjustly their justification, or sanctification, charged, with respect either to his or even their being made perfect in ministry or bis numerous publica- love. tions, that they had a " tendency to I humbly conceive that the asdivert the Christian's attention from surance of faith, (properly so called) right conduct, founded on pure respects the testimony of God confaith, to a religion of feelings .... cerning bis Son, and the excelwhich will not need the evidence of lence, glory, and all-sufficiency of good works." P. 48.

the plan of salvation by him : for Another piece in this volume, p. this every one has ample ground in 242, contains a similar nameless in the express declarations of the Gosnuendo against the Calvinistic Dis. pel. He may well believe that senters, as fostering " that pride Christ is able io save unto the ut

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