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PHILIP DODDRIDGE AND HIS CORRESPONDENTS.
· Monument - Letter of — Rev. Thomas Scott-Letters of-Right Hon. Earl of
Halifax-Letter of-Mrs. Doddridge--Remarks --Letter of:
and as I was not permitted to bear a Rev. Robert BLAIR to DR. DODDRIDGE. part with her, in her griefs and fears, I
Athelstaneford, March 14, 1745. must begg leave to join with her in her REVD. AND DEAR SIR,-I return you praises. my sincere thanks for your most affec. The prospect you have given me tionate letter, which I am sorry did not (however distant) of seeing you in this come sooner to hand. Tho' it bears country, gives me the sincerest joy. date Jan. 26 (by what means it has Happy should I count my self to have happened, I know not) it did not reach so valuable a freind under my roof. I me till Feb. 26. You may easily judge, long much to see your book of the Rise by what your own heart feels upon a and Progress of Religion in the Soul, like occasion, what joy it must give me and am quite ashamed of your kindness to hear of your recovery from so threat- in ordering me a copy of it. ening an illness. I desire from the I am truly afflicted to hear of the bottom of my heart, to mingle my infirm state of health of your eldest thanksgivings with yours, to a Gracious daughter, of whom I have conceived a God, for the more than ordinary sup- very amiable idea, and who I can easily ports of his staff in the hour of your perceive has no small room in your distress: and that he hath in his own affection. I would fain hope taat as good time restored you to your family the season of the year becomes more and friends, and (to] your wonted use- kindly, your tender anxietys about her fulness in his vine-yard. Death and [will] be happily removed. I thank you .
I the grave cannot celebrate him; the for your kind enquirys after my health ; living they shall praise him, as you do I bless God I enjoy any measure of it, this day. And now that your Lord and who am less than the least of all his Master, hath been pleased to give you a mercy's. My wife (who is well, togenew lease of life; I trust he has much ther with the young ones) joins with good work in store for you: and that me in offering our best respects to your under your care, children yet unborn Lady and family, and in recommending shall be made to shoot up (in faith] like you and all you hold dear to the Father willows by the water courses.
of Mercies. I hope by this time your Lady is re- I am, Rev. and Dear Sir, covered of her indisposition. I can Your most affect : Brother and most easily figure to my self the many pangs
obliged Humble Servant she must have suffered, during the pro
ROBERT Blair. * gress of so insidious a distemper as that you labourd under; But as it hath
* Robert Blair was the son of the Rev.
David Blair, one of the ministers of Edinpleasd a merciful God to preserve him, burgh, and grandson of a former Rev. Robert who was the desire of her eyes, and to Blair, Minister of St. Andrews, Chaplain lengthen out those intercourses which Charles I., and a zealous clergyman. He was I am sure she holds dearest upon earth : born in 1699: educated for the churclı, at the
University of Edinburgh : and afterwards I desire in a particular manner to con- travelled. In 1731 he was “ presented” to gratulate her, upon so joyful an event; the parish church of Athelstaneford in East
Leaving Scotland, our next Letter, concerns. For it is a very great numreferring mainly to Dr. Doddridge's ber of months that I can say I never " recovery,” alluded to in the letter of put up a Secret, solemn Prayer without Blair's, is from one who was very much a very particular remembrance of Dr. beloved by the family circle at North- Doddridge, his family, his Assembly ampton ... the Rev. Thomas Scott, an and Seminary: and as a composer of immediate ancestor, if we err not, of ye most excellent books, and a Visitor of the world-famous Commentator. . . Mr. our Churches; and for the continuance Scott was the author of various pub- of his Precious Life and usefulness, weh lished “Sermons" on the personal God- puts me in mind of returning you thanks, head of Christ, which he endeavours to my excellent Friend for all ye kind supsettle categorically by enforcing John plications you have been putting up XX. 28 in a literal sense. These “ Ser- for me; wch I beg ye continuance of. mons” gave rise to an interesting Cor- It is not possible to express ye sense respondence with Dr. Doddridge, which my Daughter and many here have of is given by Humphreys, more or less ye Work, and importance of your last faithfully....
Piece, ye Rise [and Progress of Religion
in the Soul]. But a thousand thanks No. V.
to God for his assisting you in it-many Rev. Toomas Scott ro DR. DOD
to yr Self under God for undertaking it DRIDGE.
and so happily executing it, and also Norwich, April 17th, 1745. to Dr. Watts for recommending to go REVD: AND Very much HONOURD SR. Self ye design of it. - It is ye pure indisposition of my child yt binders her being the Inditer of a
Rerd: dear Sir, Letter to a man she so much honours,
Your most obedt very but as she finds ye shortness of ye time
faithful Servt. pressing and her own disorder disa.
To: SeorT.] bling, yr wish devolves on me, who yet
Earl Halifax, who as Lord Lieutenant am very unfit to write at all; but much more to one, of wm I have such an idea of Ireland and subsequently as Secreimpressed on my heart as disheartens tary of State, filled a large space in
eyes me from addressing to him any thing of
of the public, was the warm
friend and excellent correspondent of mine. I cannot however forbear ex
Doddridge. pressing our joint gratitude to God for the 2 fold deliverance lately granted yr their mutual Letters: and that which
Humphreys has preserved several of Dear Self: and ye other to yr Spouse and Child, and our hearty thanks to
we are about to give from the original, you Sr for communicating such desir. he daintily condescends to call a frank able events to us. For tho' I know my
and manly" one, but forgets to add that
the Dr [daughter] interests herself at ye
very pith and marrow of its “ manthrone of Grace in behalf of Your Self liness" is silently suppressed by him, as
shall and family, I question much, whether appear on collation. my Prayers go not up as numerous
No. VI. and as ardent for Yr Self and all yr The Right HONOURABLE GEORGE MoxLothian, where he passed the remainder of
TAGUE DUNK, EARL OF HALIFAX, TO his life. He was an excellent botanist, and
DR. DODDRIDGE. corresponded with Barker. He left a consi
Audley Street, Nov. 14th, 1745. derable family: one of whom was the after
Dear Doctor,-For that Epithet I wards able and upright President Blair. The author of “ The Grave" died on 4th February, must make use of, and you would think 1746.
I might justly do it, if you know how
much you had endeared yourself to me | foundation, and you will do well to conby your worthy and good disposition. tradict it. As I told you solemnly at
This must make you valuable in the Northampton, and protested to God, I eyes of every honest man. Give me had no other motive in what I did but leave, who have seen so much of it, to the public welfare, so I can with be particularly affected by it; amiable, greatest truth assure you I have never however, as it is, don't suppose I mean had any other thought, any other Init will universally meet with the reward ducement but the service of my coun. it ought; it is with great concern I am try; and however his Majesty might obliged to think above half the world consider me as a subject worthy his knaves or fools. Those whose inten- favour, He never has, and I never tions are the most upright are most wished he should reward me for what subject to the secret weapons of envy, I have done. (What gave rise to this jealousy, and malice; and though there infamous lye, is I suppose that Parlinis nothing to be alledged against them ment has thought fit that these new but that they have eminently done as regiments are to be paid, as all others they ought, that, believe me, is sufficient in his Majesty's service.) So far from to draw numberless enemies upon them. being a gainer by my Regiment I am God knows, I heartily wish I had in my confident I shall be a sufferer above a sphere as singular merit as you have in thousand pounds, not a farthing of yours; but if I had, my enemies perhaps which I ever shall or erer will be reimwould not be fewer than they are; for I bursed. When I see you at Northmust observe to you that I never at- ampton, which I purpose doing in a tempted anything I thought essentially, very few days, I will bring you signed though perhaps uncommonly right, but the papers you sent me: and I think that I was immediately exposed to ca- myself obliged to you for putting it into lumny, reproach, and to the false con- my power to relieve the distress'd. structions of those who had not the Now let me return you my hearty nature to attempt the same.
thanks for your friendly congratulations I disregard and despise them; and upon Lady Halifax's safe Delivery, and would rather have the approbation of assure you, one such man as you, than that of the
I am, Dear Sir, corrupted misled multitude. In this
Your most faithful and obedient, light I consider the manner in which
humble Servant, (behind my back) I have been treated
Dunk Halifax. in return for the great fatigue and la. bour I have been nt to serve my King The preceding very interesting letand country in this time of danger. ter sheds broadcast light on the thorny The shafts which malice and resent anxieties attending office.
But turn ment have directed towards me, will we from the chafed and indignant miss their mark and recoil upon those statesman to that “meek and quiet" who are the authors of them.
spirit who was in the fullest sense the What you mention in your letter life-long help-meet of Dr. Doddridge. I own surprises but does not concern Mercy Maris" was come of gentle me. I mean that I [had] have got a blood, and her dark eyes and raven pension from his Majesty of £2000 hair and brunette complexion were A-year for my services.
true to their Norman pedigree; and her This is absolutely false, and I desire refined and vivacious mind was only you would tell them who spread such too well betokened in the mantling news that they are guilty of a notorious cheek, and the brilliant expression, and falsehood; such a report is without the light movements of a delicate and
sensitive frame. Fascinating, and good, I
No. VIII. and gifted, what wonder that Doddridge
IBID. deemed the 22nd of December (1730)
Northampton, Friday Noon, the brightest of days when it gave him
July ye 31, 1717, such a partner? Neither of them, ob- DEAREST AND BEST OF MEN,-No serves James Hamilton, had ever cause words can tell you how welcome your to rue it; and it is fine to read the Dear Letter was to me. Dr. Stonecorrespondence which passed between house being out of Town, I had not the them, showing them youthful lovers pleasure of receiving it till Last Night to the last. How full of affectionate at Mrs. Renkin's, wear (where ?) Mrs. naïveté is the sentence which closes Stonehouse and I spent the Evening. onr first Fragment, “She is a very good My Heart can feel tho' it is not blest Lady, for she reads your books!” with an Eloquence like yours and Mr.
Lyttleton's * to describe: yet sure I am No. VII.
that 'tis hardly possible for one Human Mrs. DoppniDGE TO DR. DODDRIDGE. Heart to feel for another more esteem
Bath, Saturday Night, and tenderness than mine does for you.
August ye 30th, 1746. Your last I have read orer and over MY DEAR LOVE,- It is very vexa- with many tears of pleasure and thanksious that I have but a minute or two fulness to that Supreme Power that has left to answer that delightful Letter of given and continued to me so delightfal yours, which deserves a volume to be and invaluable a friend, whilst in His writ in its praise, but such as been wise providence, he has been pleasd to ye unforeseen accidents of the days, not suffer the hearts of many of our Friends much indeed to be complain[ed] of in to be torn with that extreem anguish any other connectione, but this, as it which none but Hearts so perfectly deprived me of the pleasure of convers- united as Mr. Lyttleton's and ours, are ing with my dear a little longer, and capable to Feel : I believe there are few him of reading a little, or rather a great persons better qualified than our Selves deal more of my impertinence, which he to sympathys with him: I long to hear would certainly have been favoured his story, tho' it should cost me many with, had it not been for Dr. Oliver's Tears and break a night's rest. breakfasting with me yesterday morn- How charming a passion is Love: pitty ing, and kindly engaging me to Spend rain should be its attendant: Lett me ye afternoon at his house to see ye intreet you then my Dearest to Dismiss Cavelcakd (Cavalcade ?] of ye tow Prin- all anxiouse care about me and cheercesses; glad at heart does ye princess fully Leave me, wear (where ?] I am of Hess seem to be that she is got again persuaded you are dayly committing a on English ground. She’as been walk. Far Greater Treasure: I bless God I ing to day all round ye Parade-Grore, continue pure well, and am for your and most part of ye town,-was at the sake, I can truly say more than my own, rooms to night, and 'as [does ?} by that carefull to aroid every thing that may and ber obligeing behaviour so much Expose me to the Least danger. ingage ye hearts of ye people hear already, that I fear poor princess Carolina
MERCY DODDRIDGE. is in great danger of being a Second
* Afterwards Lord Lyttleton, a pleasing time supplanted by her younger Sister: poet, and the author of one of our theologibut notwithstunding that, she is a very cal "corner-stones," “ The Conversion of St.
Paul." good Laly: for She reads your books.
+ This allules to the death of Lady L.
(Miss Lucy Fortescue), to whose memory MERCY DODdrugo. Lord Lyttleton composed the famous Monody.
Thus tender, and dewy, and heart- | dridge's own, which, from its touching warın did the love of this most estimable allusions to Colonel Gardiner, will be pair continue “even unto the end." Our read with interest. next is a similar fragment of Dr. Dod
(To be continued.)
A COLUMN FOR THE DEVOUT.
No. I. A thought will often strike, when even a volume will produce no impression. E.calted Views of the Saviour. Christ, one moment's sense of union High thoughts of Christ constitute with him, one moment's view of inthe very essence of a sinner's religion. terest in him, is ineffable, inestimable. They are the foundation of his hopes,
Toplady. and the materials of his happiness.
Obvious Cause of Socinianism.
IGNORANCE of the purity of God, of Secret Prayer.
the extent and spirituality of his law, I may term secret prayer, the invisible and of the total depravity of their own light of the soul into the bosom of God. hearts, is that which makes any perOut of this heavenly closet rises Jacob's sons commence Arians or Socinians. ladder, whose rounds are all of light; Were they duly convinced of sin, they its foot stands upon the basis of the would need no other arguments to concovenant in thy heart; its top reaches vince them that the Saviour whose the throne of grace.—Lee.
blood is able to expiate its guilt is, and
must be, very God.-Dr. Haweis. Answers to Private Prayer. At the great day, secret prayers
The Threefold Victory. have open and public answers.-Ibid.
He who overcomes evil with good,
conquers three at once,—the devil, his What occurs after Prayer. immediate adversary, and himself; and We halt, like Jacob, both in and this is no trifling conquest. after our strongest wrestlings.-Ibid.
The Dangers and Unhappiness of Where the Believer reposes.
the Great. I lay my head to rest on the bosom EMINENCE of situation is no proof of Omnipotence.—Rutherford.
of superior happiness. Hence Pope
Adrian VI. had this inscription on his The Path to Eminence.
monument:-“Here lies Adrian VIth., LABOUR, want, and pain are tho who was never so unhappy in any beaten roads to greatness.--Cecil. period of his life, as at that in which
he was a prince." The Divine Refiner. I PERCEIVE clearly that the Refiner Want of Faith in Prayer. sits watching his gold during the pro- THOSE prayers
suffer shipwreck cess, and makes the fire merely purify- which dash upon the rock of unbelief. ing.--Ibid.
The Value of Fellowship with the
The Three Jewels which God gires
his Children. There are three jewels, which God