1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Isaac Watts

Thomas Green, 23 December 1799; Extracts from the Diary of a Lover of Literature (1810) 184.



Looked over the 1st. and 2d. Parts of Watts' Logic. In recommending us (c. 4, P. 2.) to cast away all our former prejudicate opinions, and form them afresh on an impartial examination, he seems to feel the danger of following this advice to its full extent; and therefore more than once observes, that this is not proposed to be practised at once, as men of business or religion, as friends or neighbours, as fathers or sons, as magistrates, subjects, or Christians, but merely as philosophical searchers after truth. — Watts, when he does not bewilder himself and his readers in scholastic subtleties — (for Locke had not quite purged him from the taint of the Schools) — but follows the dictates of his own sense, is very judicious. He may be regarded, I believe, as the last of that race of primitive divines, who united, in an eminent degree, sanctity and learning.