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feel in your heart some of the sweet drops of his love, that you may give
it to us warm from the beart! After the service, le said, “O my poor hard heart! May the Lord soften it! I hope I did feel a little softening to-day.”
On Lord's Day, the 10th of May, he was enabledl, for the last time, to attend public worship. On the following Friday he was very ill, and felt the symptoms of approaching dissolution ; but, through abundant grace, felt those symptoms without dismay. On lying down, he said, “I am lying down on my dying bed; and I bless God that I am free from either prin or dread on this my dying bed.” -- On Saturday, May 16, in the presence of Mary (a servani) he said, “ Into thine hands, O God, I commit my dear wife and dear friend! - into ihine hands I commit poor Mary!
“ Weak as helpless infancy
Hangs my he!pless soul on thee !" He was asked if he had much pain: his reply was, pain of bo:ly, nor terrors of mind." --- Lord's Day, May 17, to James (il servant) he said, “ James, I am going to spend an eternal Sabbath!" Frequently he said, “ Men shall be blessel in Him!" In Ilim be oftea repeated; and emphatically added, " No blessing out of Mim, -- mind you that."
that." He frequently exclaimed, “ Precious Jesus ! precious Jesus! Jesus is precious to me!” On Tuesday, the 19th, to a minister who visited him, he said, “ When you preach, my brother, bring it all out at once : don't keep it as men keep a new guinca, all to the Jast." When cne observed, that those around his bed were highly privileged, by hearing his dying testimony to the truth, and expressed a hope that they should profit thereby, — he sharply replied, “ I do not know that. Poor Benjamin (nean. ing a servant, a good man, who died in his house) prayed with them, and talked with them very faithfully; but some of them soon forgot it all, which I was sorry to see. Shortly afier, he said to a minister present," Use your tongue, brother, for the glory of God. Bring the people to Christ at once, and tell them simply what you know of Him; and may the Lord bless you !" Waking suddenly in the course of the night, and sceing a female friend weeping, he said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but for yourselves." On an occasion, when he seemed to look earnestly around, Mrs. Scott said to him, I am here, love, what do you want?' He replied, “I want nothing but Jesus'!" She added, “ You have Heaven in your countenance:' he rejoined, “ I have more than that, my love: I have it in my heart, and that's better!" At another time he said, looking earbestly up, “ Into thy hands I commit my body and spirit, which thou hast redeemed.” Seeing Mrs. Scott much affected, he said," Make the Lord thy refuge. You must all conie to the blood of sprinkling: I believe you have. My dear love, I commit thee into the hands of Jesus, with all thy weighty coucerns !"
At another time, he said, “The Lord sees my heart, and I know that his eye is upon me: I am the chief of sinners. I declare mye 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 Heaven ; but all who die out of Christ will go to Hell. Tell them all I am dying, and going to Heaven !" To another minister he said, “ 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. Scoit said, ' May he keep you under the shadow of his
Mr. Scott replied, “ Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-slay, 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, “ Gol bless thee in his dear Son! He has blest me! Jesus hath lived and died for me!" Saturday the 23d, 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 24th, he said, with peculiar emphasis, “ The Lord is my righteousness and strength, - my strength and my Redeemér!" On a 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, “ Blessedd blood of the Lamb! blessexi 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.
s6 Then will I tell to sinners round
What a dear Saviour I have found !
say, Behold the way to God!” At another time he 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. He who was dead is alive again, and liveth for ever! “ Becanse 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. co 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,
66 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 Os. westry.
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 excelleut 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 dige 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 youh. 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 course, he never employed less than the whole of his own proper income (the necessary expences of his The following information, confirmed by ancient records in the family,
came to hand too late for insertion in its proper place. 16. Richard Scott, father of the late Rev. Jonathan Scott, was a younger
- Scott, of Scott's Hall, Keni; and inarried Mary, the eldest daughter and heiress of Jonathan Scott, of Betton, Salop (who was also a branch of the Kentish family). The Scotts, of Scott's Hall, trace their descent f.on Jobo Baliol, King of Scotland, who, ou his being driven from that kingdom, settled in Keut, and was known by the name of Baliol, the Scot. In course of time, the family dropped the name of Baliol, retaining only that of Scott, as to this day.''
family being defrayed) in religious and charitable purposes; and as he sowed liberally, so lie also reaper. Ile has been heard to declare, that thousli, prior to his conversion, he never had a sufficiency to supply his wants, yet afterwards he never experienced a pecuniary restraint. In 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 he 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 necried 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 paor sinful creatures may, give him all thanks and praise.” Though Mr. Scott began his religious life in circumstances not far from indigence, the providence of God, by both his alliances, raised bim 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 noticed, 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 at. tachment or other improper motive could have induced him to give to an occasion which he did not approve; and this contri. buted 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 braring something calculated for edification. He viewed and felt religion as iufinitely superior to every thing in the world; and neither wealih 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 offend; 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. When, however, this was the case, pointed reproof was sure to be given ; but there was at once a peculiar delicacy in the management, as well as singular fidelity in the application of it. An ostier, at an inn in Coventry, being about to do something for his horse, used some profane language; when the ani
mal, turning round to look at Mr. Scott, he improved the oppor. tunity, 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 hears an oath there; and he does not know what to make of it.” Thus the profane sinner was reproved, but could not be offended. The same was observable in his endeavours to iinpress the thoughtless with serious reflection. At another places 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 time and place?' He replied, " ( yes, Madam, 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 most conspicuous lustre in the character of Mr. Scott, and particularly during that period when the French poison of disaffection was disseininated with so pernicious an industry in this and other nations. If any preju:liced individnal has affected to doubt the reality of the existence of genuine patriotism, 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 profons to be studied compositions ; but they contained what was far more valuable, a true savour of piety, just views of Scripture truth, and a pointed addross to the consciences of men. There was no trimming, - no temporizing,
* Since toleration is as much (to use an expression of the late Lord Mansfield) established by the decisions of our couils, and the principles of our constitution, as the religious institutions themselves, they who would destroy or abridge it are as worihy of being branded with stigmas of dis. loyalty and disaffection as those (of such there be) who may wish lho deinodition of the established church.