« PreviousContinue »
now offered were selected by us as well, and now he was very good; and he had from their intrinsic value and interest, seen a vision; and altogether, with his as from the fact, that, with slight and strong Scotch voice, and his sword, and very partial exception, they had been his wonderful story, the most solemn left untouched by Humphreys.
visitant was this grave and lofty soldier. They are but the ear-gleanings of a But they saw how their father loved rich harvest. Still, we feel satisfied him, and they saw how he loved their that they will prove most acceptable father. As he sat so erect in the square to our readers, crystallizing as they do corner-seat of the chapel, they could (if we may be allowed the expression) notice how his stern look would soften, around the revered name of
and how his firm lip would quiver, and Philip DOODRIDGE,
how a happy tear would roll down his and affording glimpses of bis so hallowed deep-lined face; and they heard him as fire-side.
he sang so joyfully the closing hymn, We should gladly have selected some and they came to feel that the Colonel of the letters of Dr. Doddridge himself, must indeed be very good. At last, but the loss and disficulty is, that Hum- after a long absence, he came to see phreys has, after his own sorry fashion, their father, and stayed three days, and printed all these.
he was looking very sick and very old. In arranging the following selection, And the last night, before he went away, we have adhered to their chronological their father preached a sermon in the order, and have attempted to interca- house, and his text was, - ' I will be late a few explanatory and illustrative with him in trouble; I will deliver him remarks.
and honour him.' And the Colonel Our first letter is a short one; and, / went away, and their father went with in itself, of no very great interest. But him, and gave him a long convoy; and the signature it bears hallows it. Let many letters went and came. But, at James Ilamilton, of London, introduce last, there was war in Scotland. There the writer :
was a rebellion, and there were battles; Amongst the visitors at their fa- and then the gloomy news arrived. ther's house, at first to the children There had been a battle close to the very formidable, and by-and-by the very house of Bankton, and the king's most revered of all, was a Scotch cavalry soldiers had run away, and the brave officer. With his Hessian boots, and Colonel Gardiner would not run, but their tremendous spurs, sustaining the fought to the very last; and-alas for grandenr of his scarlet coat and pow- the Lady Frances ! - he was stricken dered queuo, there was something to down and slain scarce a mile from his youthful imagination very awful in the own mansion door." tall and stately hussar; and that awe
No. I. was nowise abated when they got cou
COLONEL GARDINER TO DR. Dodrage to look on his high forehead, which overhung grey eyes and weather-beaten
Edinburgh, ye 3d of [March], 17-10. chceks, and when they marked his firm
MY DEAR Doctor,-Being to set out and dauntless air. And then it was
this morning for the country, I have terrible to think how many battles he only time to acquaint you that, the good had fought, and how, in one of them, i hand of our God being upon us, we a bullet had gone quite through his got safe home last week, after a tedious neck, and he had lain a whole night among the slain. But there was a
* From a brilliant paper on “ The Rise
and Progress of Religion in the Soul" in the deeper mystery still. He had been a
"North British Review," No. xxviii. vol. xiv. very bad man once, it would appear, I pr. 350-381.
journey and much bad weather. Both
No. II. my wife and I are in no small concern LADY FRANCES GARDINER TO DR. to know how Mrs. Doddridge does, since
DODDRIDGE. her misfortune (to whom both of us REVEREND SIR, I was favoured with present our kindest motives (compli- your obliging letter this morning, for ments] ), as also how it goes with your which I return my hearty thanks. dear children. I bless God we found | Your taking the trouble of writing to ours in perfect health; our son wonder me when so much business lay upon fully recovered, to the astonishment of your hands, is, I own, a double favour, every body; but all things are possible but no way meritted by me. The with God.
Colonel promised himself the pleasure When I wrote you to give Mary Bills of meeting with you to-morrow at Mrs. a guinea when her necessities required Scawen’s, but his cold increased so it, I meant as often as you judged her much since I wrote to you last, that necessities might require it.
I have a his face swelled, and his tongue was many things to say to you, but I have sore and blister'd, and yet continues not time: my reason for troubling you very painfull; this, with the stormyat this time proceeds from my anxiety ness of the weather (for this day we to know if my Miss Dodd, and your had a great deal of snow), makes him, spouse, be perfectly recovered.
though with regret, oblidged to lay aside I am, my dear Doctor, thoughts of going; and I persuade my Your most sincere Friend and most self you will not blame me useing my obliged Servant,
endeavours to prevent his endangerJa. GARDINER. ing his health. I am hearteley conOur next letter is from Lady Frances, serned to hear that you have catcht a wife of Colonel Gardiner, concerning
cold in your journey. I hope you whom Dr. Doddridge bears the follow-[have] before now got quit of it. I ing testimony in the well-known Life of hope this shall reach you soon enough the Christian soldier :
to prevent your going to Maidwell to“On the 11th day of July, 1726, he morrow, which might increase it; and (Colonel Gardiner) was married to the
am perswaded it would give no small Right Honourablo Lady Frances Ers- pain to good Mrs. Doddridge to have kine, daughter of the late Earl of you run the riscque. I reckon myself Buchan. I shall not indulge myself in greatly oblidyed to you, Reverend Sir, saying anything of her, except it be for the caution you give me, for I am that the Colonel assured me, when he conscious to myself that Earthly things had been happy in this intimate relation
have had too much place in my heart. to her more than fourteen years, that
Sir John Whitefoord is in this place;* the greatest imperfection ho knew in her character was that she valued and earliest patrons of l'urns; and it was to him
* Whitefoord. Sir John was one of the loved him much more than he deserved; that the poet addressed these " Lines," in and little did he think, in the simplicity transmitting the “ Lament" for the Earl of of heart with which he spoke this, how Glencairn :high an encomium he was making upon " Thou, who thy honour as thy God rever'st her, and how lasting an honour such a Who, save thy mind's reproach, nought testimony must have upon her mind, long
To thee this votive offering I impart, as the memory of it shall continue.”
The tearful tribute of a broken heart.
The friend thou valued'st, I the patron * This “Mary Bills” was one of the good lov'd; Colonel's pensioners. He made Dr. D. his Ilis worth, his honour, all the world apalmoner in England.
he has given the Colonel a guinea to One confessional Postscript omitted give for the “Expositor;" * you may by Humphreys may bere be subjoined; please to send the first volume here. the more so as we adhere throughout As to the names which Mr. Trail bas to the literal orthography of the MSS. sent you, they are right except Lord
Leicester, August 8th, 1740. Rea and Doctor John Stevenson. The
The last letter I wrote you was not Colonel cannot recollect any others five minutes gone till I remember'd I than those you have mention'd, but had omitted to date it; but I appreMr. Thomas Gairdner, Merchant in hend there are many greater blunders Edenburgh.t I must end, it being very in my letters, viz., bad spelling, &e., but near the hour that the post-house closes I hope such things will be excused from in, which will, I hope, plead my excuse for this hurry'd letter. I beg you'l believe that I am with great sincerity, We pass now to one of those names Reverend Sir,
" which the world will not willingly Your most obed. humble Sert, let die.” To Robert Blair of AthelFRANCES GARDINER.
staneford, whose weird poem of “The Leicester, April ye 21st, 1740. Grave" passes like a wandering cloud,
My dear Colonel offers you and Mrs. deep-shadowed, across the “stars of Doddridge his humble service; kindly song." * I beg her acceptance of the same from It affords us peculiar pleasure to be
able to present our readers with no less
than two letters of this so remarkable We have ventured to italie zo a sen
The first has been partially tence in the preceding letter', as it af- poet. fords us a glimpse of the affectionate printed in the “ Life" usually prefixed fidelity of the saintly Nonconformist of to his great life-work; but only partially,
and even that incorrectly. The other Northampton.
In the " Diary and Correspondence" appears in our Magazine primarily. already referred to there are several dridge was a scholar; Mr. Humphreys prints interesting letters of Lady Gardiner's; Latin to the tune of Nunk dimittus." Dr. but, like the others, they are sadly Mr. Humphreys is a noisy scrawler of bom.
Doddridge was a man of taste and refinement; mutilated and improved.
bast and bluster," et seq.—North British
Review, supra. We'll mourn till we too go as he has gone, * We would very earnestly second the And tread the dreary path to that dark Appeals” of the amiable and accomplished world unknowp.'
successor of Blair in Athelstaneford, the Rev. * “ The Family Expositor" was originally J. M. Whitelaw, and of the large-hearted Gilpublished by subscription.
fillan, with referenee to the proposed erection † The Editor of Dr. Doddridge's “Diary of a monument over the dust of the author of and Correspondence” has been thus heavily “ The Grave." He lies in the graveyard of his charged by the same fire-pen wbich furnished own parish, uudistinguished save by his our introduction to Colonel Gardiner'sletter:- initials R. A. B. This is not what ought to
“No man is responsible for his reinote de- be. It is not honourable either to our reliscendants. Sir John Doddridge, judge of gious feelings, or our national pride, or our the Court of King's Bench, would have personal gratitude. What other Scottish poet blushed to think that his great-grand-nephew of mark (except Tannahill) is without his was to be a Puritan preacher.
monument? Mr. Wbitelaw has organized, in reason might Dr. Doddridge bave blushed to East Lothian, a respectable and working comthink that his great-grandson was to be a mittee--has begun to collect subscriptions, coxcomh. But so it has proved. Twenty and will very gratefully receive and acyears ago, Mr. John Doddridge Humphreys knowledge any sums our readers (among gave to the world five octavos of his ances- whom doubtless there are many admirers of tor's correspondence, which, on the whole, we “ The Grave") may be pleased to remit. We deem the most eminent instance, in modern trust that this will not be overlooked by our times, of editorial incompetency. Dr. Dod- Scottish friends in England.
in a manner most Oblidging. A great obs, Rev. ROBERT BLAIR TO DR. deal less from him (to say no more) DODDRIDGE.*
would have done me no Small honour, REVD. Sir-You'l beJustly Surprized but att the same time he Advertises me with a letter from one, whose name is that he had offered it to 2 booksellers not so much as known to you; nor of his Acquaintance, who he tells me shall offer att an Apology. Tho' did not care to runn the risque of pubI am Entirely Unacquainted with your lishing it; they can scarce think (con. person, I can Assure you I am no sidering how criticall an age we live in, Stranger to your meritt as an Author, with respect to such kind of writings) neither am I altogether a Stranger to that a person living 300 miles from the your personall character, having often great Metropolis of a Nation could write heard honorable Mention made of you so as to be Acceptable to the fashionable by my much respected and worthy and polite---perhaps it may be so; tho friends Collonell Gardiner and Lady att the same time I must say, in order Frances.
to make it more generally taking, I About ten months agoe My Lady did was oblidged sometimes to goe cross to me the favour to transmitt to me Some my own Inclination, well knowing that Manuscript hymns of yours, with which whatever Poem is written upon a Serious I was wonderfuly delighted.
Argument must upon
very I wish I could upon my part Contri- lye under peculiar disadvantages: and bute in any measure to your Entertain-therfor proper Arts must be used to ment, as you have Sometimes done to make such a peice goe down with a mine in a very high degree.
licentious age that cares for none of And that I may Showe how willing I those things. am to do so, I have Desired Dr. Watts
I begg pardon for breaking in upon to transmitt to you a Manuscript Poem Moments precious as yours, and hopo of mine Entitled the Grave; written I you will be so kind as to give me your hop, in a way not unbecoming my pro- | Opinion of the Poem. fession as a Minister of the Gospell;
I am Sorry I have not yett gott time though the great bulk of it was com- to wait upon Collonell Gardiner and posed Severall years before I was my Lady since they came last home. clothed with so Sacred a Character.
They were well last time I heard of I was Urged by Some friends here to them. If Mr. Gardiner is with you, whom I showd it, to make it publick ; | You'l please make my Compliments to nor did I decline it, provided I had the him, perhaps he may have forgotten Aprobation of Dr. Watts, from whom I had received many Civilitys (when at
I am, Rerd. Sir, London about twelve years agoe), and Your most Humble and Obedient Servt. for whom I had ever entertained the
ROBERT BLAIR. highest regard.
Athelstaneford, Feb. 25, 1741-2. Yesterday I had a letter from the Dr.
You'l please Direct to me, Minister of Signifying his Aprobation of the peice the Gospell att Athelstaneford, to tho * It may be proper to state that the pre
care of the Post master att Haddingsent writer, previous to his adding the above toun, N. Britain. To letter of Blair to a well-known Scottish col- The Revd. lection, threw off a few copies of it, and other
Philip Doddridge, D.D., of these MSS., which were circulated among private friends. Being, however, only printed, att Northampton, South Britain. not published, they are (in Coleridge's phrase) the same as MS.
(To be continued.)
"Men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do." The attempt to impose, by human au- maxims of Popish rule and priestly thority, that which Christ, the great Legis- dominion, by which she herself was lator of his kingdom, has not enjoined, governed, regained their ancient sway; and by human laws to render essential and horrible were the sufferings inthat which the code of the New Testa-flicted by the “ enemy of all righteousment leaves indifferent has been the fruit- ness” upon the innocent and the holy ful source of controversy, division, and during her reign. Happily for Eng. suffering in the church of God in every land, and for the sacred cause of truth age. It is so at the present time. It and liberty in it, as well as for the ever will be, till human authority shall good of mankind at large, that necease to interfere with the doctrines farious reign was limited, by an invisi. and worship of religion, and there shall ble Ruler, to the brief space of five be inscribed on all her banners, as they years; and thus the nation was freed float in beauty and majesty over every from the accursed yoke which the country under heaven, especially over our Papacy had again attempted to impose. own, that righteous and salutary maxim, Elizabeth, a more enlightened and “In necessariis, unitas : in dubiis, tolerant princess,—at least, more inlibertas : in omnibus, caritas.” — “Inclined to the Protestant cause, and necessary things, unity: in things in- determined to resist the encroachments different, liberty : in all things, charity." of the Bishop of Rome on her domiTo obey when God speaks; to be under nions,—was elevated to the throne, and no obligation when he does not. This brought with her her father's indignais our motto.
tion at Popery, and his resolution to It was the losing sight of this axiom have none superior to herself, in church in things moral and spiritual, nay, the or state, within the precincts of her absolute denial of it, that produced all realm. She was undoubtedly a greatthe discord and confusion, the penalties instrument, in the hand of the Soveand privations, the persecutions and reign King, of uprooting the strongsufferings, even unto death, which holds of idolatry and superstition, and distinguished and disgraced the greater promoting a purer doctrine and purer part of the sixteenth century, in this worship in the time of our fathers. our now comparatively peaceful and But her naturally despotic temper,happy land.
The Reformation had her high notions of the prerogative, dawned, and well-nigh been established both in matters civil and ecclesiastical, within the British Isles, under the-her native love of pomp and cereauspicious reign of the pious Edward; mony, especially in the services of deand had his life been spared, it is pro. votion,—and her determination to make bable that those immutable principles all persons and all things bend to her on which it is founded would bave
own powerful sway, combined to set up gained tho ascendancy, and completed laws in the church which no human their triumph in these realms. But authority had a right to enact, and to when, by the inscrutable providence of impose rites which no earthly power God, that promising monarch had been, had a right to enjoin. This soon in our estimation, prematurely snatched raised up in her dominions the sturdy from the British throne, and the principle of passive resistance-a princibigoted Mary ascended it, the worst ple which th great and good of that