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CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF THE LETTERS IN THIS VOLUME.

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1685, May 21. Mr. Isaac Watts, Sen, to his children....

...36444 1 1693, Feb. Epistola Fratri suo dilecto R. W. I. W. S. P. D. ..119—122 1696, May 30, Mr. John Hughes to Mr. Isaac Watts

156-158 1697, Nov. 6. The Same to Mr. Samuel Say

131 The Same to Mr. Isaac Watts

.173-176 1698. To David Polhill, Esq.

..176 1699, Jan. 11. Mr. Samuel Say to Mr. John Hughes

..132 1700, March, From Mr. Enoch Watts

.176-179 1701, July. To Lady Abney

..179–181 1702, Dec. 26. Mr. John Hughes to Mr. Samuel Say

. 133-136 No date, Dr. Owen to Lady Hartopp ...

..153 No date. to Charles Fleetwood, Esq.

.154 1683, Aug. 22. -- to the Same

..155 No date. to Sir John Hartopp

...156 1702, Feb. 8. To the Church of Christ assembling in Mark Lane, London.

181-187 Feb. 26. Froin the Rev. T. Rowe's church, to the Church of Christ, of

which the Rev. Dr. Chauncey was lately Pastor........187 No date. To the church at Mark Lane....

...187 No date. To Mr. Enoch Watts

189—198 1704, June 15. To Sarah and Mary Watts

.225 1705, Aug. 24. To Henry Bendish, Esq.

...226 1707, Dec. 22. To the Rev. John Shower

..227 1708, Dec. 23. To the Rev. Samuel Say

.228 1709, March 12. To the Same

.229 Nov. 1. To the Same

...231 1711, Nov. 18. From Mr. Secker, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury

232-237 1712, Aug. 19. To the Spectator

.325–327 No date.

To the Church of Christ meeting in Bury Street, of which the
Holy Ghost has made me Overseer

1.327-331 1718, Jan, 11. From Lord Barrington

..332 1719, Jan. 9. To Sir Richard Blackmore, Knt.

...333 1721, May 26. From the Rev. Joseph Standen

.399-401 July 8. From Lord Barrington......

.401-404 1722, March 10. From Lady Mary Levett

...404 Aug. 4. To the Rev. Hubert Stogdon

405-411 April 7. To the Rev. Samuel Rosewell

.411 May 24. To Mrs. Rosewell

..412 1724, Jan. 23. From Lord Barrington

413 Aug. 18. From the Same

.414

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1725, June.
From Lord Barrington.....

.416-418 17:26, Jan. 21. From Sir Gilbert Elliot

443 March 6. To Mrs. Rosewell

.444 Oct. 29. From Mr. Robert Porter

.445–451 1727, Feb. 2. To the Rev. Samuel Say

.451 Feb. 29. From the Rev. Daniel Mayo

.452-454 March 4. From Sir Gilbert Elliot

.454 Aug. 10. To the Rev. Samuel Say

.455 Sept. 12. To the Same

.456 Nov. 8. From Sir Gilbert Elliot

.456 1728, April 1). To the Rev. Samuel Say

.457-459 Sept. 12. From Professor Greenwood, A.M..

.459 1729, Feb. 23. From the Countess of Hertford...

..464 Nov. 8. From the Rev. Philip Doddridge, D.D.

.465–467 Nov. 22. From the Same

..468 1730, Jan. 8. From the Hon. Jonathan Belcher

469_471 1731, Feb. 4. From Lord Barrington

489 April 30. From the Bishop of London

..490 May 17. From the Countess of Hertford ..

491 May From the Rev. P. Doddridge, D.D.

.492-494 Aug. 3. From the Countess of Hertford.

.495 1732, Feb. 23. From the Rev. Messrs. Hunt, Drake, and Doddridge... ..496 March 7. From the Bishop of London

.498 Aug. 12. From Zabdiel Boylston, M.D.

498_500 Oct. 20. From the Hon. Jonathan Belcher

..500 1733, Dec. 28. From Samuel Holden, Esq.

.502 1734, Jan. 22. From the Bishop of London

.502 Feb. 9. From the Countess of Hertford.

503 April 8. From the Same

.504 July 14. From the Bishop of London.

.505 Nov. I. To William Duncombe, Esq.

.505-507 Dec. 16. From Edward Cave, Esq.

...507 Dec. 26. To Edward Cave, Esq......

.508-511 1735, Jan. 19. From the Bishop of London

.511 Jan. 21. To a Friend.......

512 Feb. 22. From the second Lord Barrington

.514 March 11. From Edward Cave, Esq.

..515 April From the Countess of Hertford...

..516 May 23. To William Duncombe, Esq.

517 Oct. 24. From the Hon. Jonathan Belcher

519 1736, Jan. 17. From the Rev. George Thompson

.537 Jan. 28. To the Rev. Samuel Say

.538 Feb. 12. From the Rev. Benjamin Colman, D.D.

538-543 May 24. From Mr. Elisha Williams

.543–548

1736, Nov. 29.

Oct. 29.

Dec. 17. 1737, Feb. 8.

April 13.
April 23.
May 2.
July 13.
Aug. 1.
Aug. 17.
Oct. 27.
Nov. 30.
Dec. 9.

Dec. 10. 1738, June 6.

Aug. 8. 1739, Jan. 17.

May 19.
June 7.
June 10.
July 30.
Aug. 15.
Aug. 20.
Aug. 21.
Sept. 10.
Oct. 16.
Oct. 20.

Nov. 28. 1740, Jan, 16.

April 23. 1741, May 20.

June 6.

June 19, 1742, July 12. 1743, Sept. 14.

Dec. 15. 1745, March 2.

March 20.
Nov. 8.
Nov. 29.

Dec. 14. 1747, Nov. 15.

Dec. 3.
Dec. 10.

From the Hon. Jonathan Belcher
From the Rev. F. M. Ziegenhagen
From the Rev. Benjamin Colman, D.D..
From Dr. Watts to his father....
From the Countess of Hertford
From the Bishop of London
From the Countess of Hertford
From the Same
From the Hon. Jonathan Belcher
From the Countess of Hertford
From the Same
From the Rev. F. M. Ziegenhagen
From the Same
From the Hon. Jonathan Belcher
From the Countess of Hertford
From the Same
From the Same
From the Same
From the Same
From the Same
From the Same
To the Bishop of London.....
From the Rev. Benjamin Colman, D.D...
From the Bishop of London
From the Countess of Hertford
From the Archbishop of York
From the Hon. Jonathan Belcher
From the Countess of Hertford
From the Rev. Benjamin Colman, D.D...
From the Rev. P. Doddridge, D.D..
From the Hon. Jonathan Belcher
From the Bishop of London
From the Bishop of Oxford
From the Bishop of London
From the Bishop of Oxford
From the Archbishop of Tuam
From the Bishop of London
From the Bishop of Oxford
From the Rev. John Sergeant
From the Bishop of London
To the Rev. Philip Doddridge, D.D.
From the Countess of Hertford
From the Same
From the Rev. James Hervey

..548–550 ..550-552 .552-559

.53

.559 ....561 .561-563

....564 .566-569

....569

....569 570—573 .573-575

....576 -577-579

....579 .630-632

...633 ...634 .. 635

.636 ..637-640 .640—645

.645 ..647 ...648 ..649

...650

.651-655 .656—661

...662 .. 664 ..664 ..665 ..666 ...667

.683

..684 .684–688 ...688

.689 ..689-693

..693 694

CHAPTER I.

MR. ISAAC WATTS, SEN.

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS.-FAMILY OF WATTS.—MR. THOS. WATTS.MRS. M. WATTS:-ODE ON HER DEATH.-MR. ISAAC WATTS.-EJECTED MINISTERS IN SOUTHAMPTON.-SAY FAMILY-PERSECUTED.-PLAGUE AT SOUTHAMPTON.-LICENSE FOR PREACHING.-MR. I. WATTS PERSECUTED, IMPRISONED, AND OBLIGED TO LEAVE HIS FAMILY:WRITES FROM LONDON TO HIS CHILDREN :-ZEAL AGAINST POPERY. -WRITINGS OF THE NONCONFORMISTS AGAINST THE PAPISTS.RETURNS TO SOUTHAMPTON.-SINGULAR DREAM OF A STONEMASON. -POETRY, “ THE SOUL'S DESIRE OF REMOVE,"_“CEREMONIES,"“DIVINE WORSHIP,”-LINES WRITTEN IN HIS SEVENTY-FIRST YEAR.DEATH OF MR. WATTS.-LETTER FROM HIS SON.-FUNERAL SERMON.

“We carry wisdom,” says one of the fathers, “not in the external habit, but in the mind; we do not utter great things, but we live them.”* This declaration, which its author advanced to check the arrogant assumptions of a vain philosophy, and to describe the character and conduct of the early Christians, is equally true with reference to their successors in modern times. The majority of those who have ornamented the faith, have been strangers to the “pomp and circumstance” which captivates the observation of man; the beauty of holiness has been generally unfolded in the privacies of domestic life; and the noblest struggles and the most impressive triumphs of Christian virtue, have transpired where no mortal eye can penetrate, in the retirement of the human bosom. There have, however, been those connected with the history of the church, who have lived great things as well as uttered them; who have associated the influence of religion with the highest intellectual excellence and mental grandeur; and

*Minucius Felix.

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whose names are deservedly honoured as well for the efforts of genius, as for the more unobtrusive exercises of piety.

To the greatest minds it has been an object of ambition, to live in the esteem and admiration of posterity; to be spoken and thought of when the sepulchre shall have closed over their remains; and thus to travel down the stream of time, to receive the homage of succeeding ages. “Nothing I confess," says Pliny to his friend Capito, “so strongly stimulates my breast, as the desire of acquiring a lasting name - a passion highly worthy of the human heart, especially of his, who, not being conscious of any ill, is not afraid of being known to posterity. It is the continued subject, therefore, of my thoughts,

By what fair deed I too a name may raise."*

But in estimating the characters of individuals, and in apportioning the honours of immortality, the world is too often guided by maxims directly opposed to those which the “wisdom from above" sanctions. The admiration of mankind is in general attracted by outward show and pompous ceremonial; and he who has contrived to surround himself with the elements of earthly grandeur, however unworthy his actions, and disastrous his existence may have been to others, is often distinguished by a memorial and an eulogy. The pen of the historian, the song of the poet, and the chisel of the sculptor, hence, have been employed to preserve the memory of those, who have alone surpassed their fellows by a career of splendid crime and desolating power. The distinctions, however, conferred upon such candidates for fame, are but short-lived; for though the record of their names may exist, yet posterity consigns them to merited neglect, or only refers to their story to illustrate the scorn and execration which an ill-spent life deserves.

A far stronger claim upon the notice of a future age, have they who attempt to secure it by literary eminence; who

* Lib. v. Epist. viii.

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