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WE* regret the necessity we are under of noticing, before w« close the present Number, the conduct of the Rev. John Scott, in reference to our review of his Essay on Baptism. Neither the ministerial character he sustains, nor the justly venerated name he inherits, ought to shield him from the reprobation which is dtie to an act of deliberate baseness. As a pretext i'or not noticing the Article in the Eclectic, which related to his Tract on Baptism, this gentleman has recourse to another Article in fhe same Number, by a different writer, and on a subject wholly unconnected, in order to attesnpt to give a political com; lexion to our conduct in the discussion of a theological question, With this view, he selects an extract in which the Reviewer points out the national expenditure as the simple cause of this present exhaustion, affirming that, * the miracle is, that the * productive powers of the country have so long kepi pace with 4 the destructive powers of Government.' The words productive and destructive are here evidently antithetical; but it suits Mr. Scott's purpose, to endeavour to conceal this by printing the latter only of these words in capitals, as also the word Government, whenever it is used by the Reviewer, in order to affix to them, if possible, a meaning which in the Article they do not bear. The only use of printing them in capitals,, is obviously tp produce an effect, thnt, without this expedient, they would not have. The passage however, Jhus disconnected and misrepresented, contains nothing that is false in assertion or injurious in tendency; but Mr. Scoit follows it/up wilh declaring his resolution to have 'no communication with peisons who seemed 4 equally wi II prepared to preach rebellion against " the Go44 verninent," and virulent animosity against the Established 4 Church .
We have received a Letter from the Author of the Article in question, in which he justly remarks, that 'To object to the 4 phrase " destructive powers of government," is at once, and 4 without subterfuge, to preach the old and detestable doctrine 4 of passive obedience and non-resistance; that so long as 4 governments are imperfect, so long will they have the power 4 of committing abuses; that surely the power of committing 4 abuses is a destructive power; and if we must not speak of 4 such a power under its true name, and express our desire that 4 it should be taken away, we are in the foul embraces, assuredly, 4 of passive obedience and non-resistance.'
* See page 229 of the Present Number.
'The very principles of the British Constitution infer the 'right which every man possesses, to point out wherein the
* practice of Government departs from the proper path, and 'to call upon his countrymen to join with him in petitioning for 'amendment. Persons, therefore, who, like this John Scott,
* try to calumniate the exercise of this right, do nothing more 'than betray the constitution, and what depends upon them 'to deprive it of those principles of liberty in which all its
* excellence consists.'
The writer authorises us moreover to affirm, that he is not a Dissenter. He belongs tethe Established Church of Scotland.
Mr Scott's letter is, in other respects, highly discreditable to his understanding and to his temper. But the charge wiiich he has the temerity to insinuate against us of sedition, is either so weak or so wicked, that we can only regret it should have proceeded from a man who has the least pretensions to truth and honesty. Its ready insertion in the Christian Observer, will serve to illustrate the principles and the spirit with which that work is in future to be conducted.
*#* We are much obliged to an intelligent Correspondent for his remarks relative to the Aiticle on Clarke's Travels in a former Number. His letter has been forwarded to the Reviewer.
"The Nonconformist Directory," was reviewed in the Number for March 1814. The « Village Pastor,' will obtain further information of our Publisher.
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