1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Scott

Anonymous, in Review of Samuel Clapham, Sermons, selected and abridged from minor Authors; Gentleman's Magazine 81 (October 1811) 348.



We can bear testimony to this account of Dr. Scott: he was formerly well known as a political writer by the title of Anti-Sejanus: his writings were esteemed not a little serviceable by his party, for which he was rewarded by the valuable living of Simonborne, now designed, after his avoidance, to be divided into six parts, for the six senior Naval chaplains. But, acute as Dr. Scott was esteemed as a political writer, he was even at that time more celebrated as a preacher. We have seen a crowded auditory as much affected by his preaching, as the theatre of Covent-garden by the acting of Mrs. Siddons. His Sermons, if they will not be esteemed superior both to those of Blair and Porteus, as Mr. C. predicts, will be highly valued for their pathos and eloquence.