1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Scott

Anonymous, in Gentleman's Magazine 86 (December 1816) 529.



The private life of Dr. Scott seems to have been adorned with many virtues. To his extensive erudition he added refined and polished manners: his conversation was full of instruction and entertainment: he delighted much in the society of his friends; and used constant hospitality with cheerfulness. In support of public charities, or in relief of private distress, he uniformly displayed a zealous liberality, equally disposed to their assistance by his personal exertions, or his purse. There was no ostentation in his character, for his mind seemed formed by the principles of the Gospel which he so impressively inforced upon others. To the circumstance of family prayers he was particularly attentive, regularly reading them in his own family. It was his opinion that no Clergyman can possess a proper sense of his duty, who omits so essential a ceremony of Christian life.