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army on the continent of Europe during three campaigns, and was present at several engagements with the enemy, and sometimes in situations of peculiar danger, he was never in the very hottest of battle. In the actions in which he was engaged, the cavalry, to which he belonged, took no part until the heat of the engagement was over. He was present at the famous battle fought near Minden, on the 1st of August, 1759 ; but, being attached to the cavalry of the right wing of the allied army, commanded by Lord George Sackville, had no share in the action.
The former part of Mr. Scott's military life was spent in gaiety and folly. The army proved to him, what it has been to multitudes beside,-a school of vice. What he heard from the lips, and saw in the lives, of his dissipated associates, cxactly suited the sinful propensities of his heart. Ile entered into their views, went with them in their ways, and was, for a considerable length of time, as much, perhaps, devoted to a life of dissipation as the gayest of them all.
Yet the army appears to have been, eventually, to this chosen vessel, a school of religion.
The danger to which, as a soldier, he was exposed, was seriously impressed upon his mind. This led to a train of thoughts, and a succession of resolutions, which appear to have been preparatory to his acquiring self-knowledge, to his reception of the gospei, and to the conversion of his soul. His resolutions were, at this period, and for a considerable time afterwards, pharisaical. They were founded in self-confidence; and, therefore, terminated in disappointment and shame. His selfish religion was without steadiness, and without perseverance. He had, from time to time, what he termed, Religious Fits. It was his custom, at the beginning of one of these fits, to make a resolution to be very strict and pious for a certain time, perhaps for a month; judging, that if he could keep his resolution to the end of the month, he should be able to persevere for a further limited time; - but, alas ! before the fixed period arrived, sometimes, perhaps, but a little before, some unthought-of temptation came in his way, and down fell all his work in ruins at once ; the consequence was, his pleasing hopes vanished, and he was left in the greatest distress.
All this while, it was his daily practice (though felt as a toilsome duty) to read the psalms and lessons of the day: a practice well known to his brother-officers; but, as his conduct in other respects conformed to theirs, they gave him no opposition; but were used pleasantly to ask him, - Well, Scott, have you read your psalms and lessons to-day"
While Mr. Scott continued to strive to make himself righteous by his own works, he necessarily laboured in vain. He“ fol. lowed after righteousness, but did not attain righteousness, because he sought it not by faith, but, as it were, by the works of the law." He renewed his resolutions from time to time, but in. variably, in the event, broke through them all. Being much concerned to find himself so very unable to live up to the plans he had laid down, he happened to meet with those words of David, “Seven times a day will I praise thee." “Here,' said he to himself, I have failed; for want of acting thus, my resolutions have come to nothing.' In consequence of this, he made it his practice for some time to pray to God as often as he understood the psalmist proposed to do, not doubting now, after he had made this discovery, but he should be able to maintain his ground and persevere. Nevertheless, his future conduct taught him that he was not yet right-that something was still wanting; but what that something was, he could by no means discover; he felt his poverty, but was altogether unacquainted with the Pearl of great price. Occasionally it was his practice to omit religious duties altogether, sometimes from the conviction of their inefficacy, aud sometimes of their hypocrisy, as it was his apprehension that he should be miserable without the gratification of those sinful propensities against which he prayed.
It may not be improper here to introduce an anecdote which Mr. Scott related to one of his particular friends. In a towa where he happened to be with his regiment, there had been a bequest of certain books on religious subjects, to be distributed gratis to every soldier that should pass through the place. Mr. Scott having heard of the bequest, earnestly intreated the commander of the regiment to procure those books for his officers and men, alleging, that they migit do them a great deal of good, or, at least, could do them no harm. The commander consented, the books were obtained, and one having been allotted to Mr. Scott, he eagerly retired to his room to read it. While alone, he used a form of prayer contained in this book. The prayer concluded with the words, “ for Jesus' sake.” Of the name of Jesus he was then entirely ignorant, and indeed continued sò to be for some time after ; yet, on repeating that blessed name, he was seized with feelings of an extraordinary kind, such as he could not describe, but which were sweet to his soul, and which he was persuaded he should never forget. He was constrained to repeat the words “ for Jesus' sake,” which had made so powerful an impression on his mind, again and again. Whatever may be thought of the nature of this impression, he was to be the subject of others of a no less agreeable, but of a more permanent kind, consequent on the great change, which, by the instrumentality of the divine word, afterwards took place in his mind; but it may not be improper, previously, to introduce a very singular instance of Divine Providence, by which he was preserved for the great work to be wrought in him, and the important ends to be accomplished through him. In riding near Shrewsbury, his horse fell with
him, and actually dislocated his neck * ; but a person of surgical skill coming by at the instant, and perceiving his situation, im, mediately replaced it: a circumstance which he was accustomed to repeat with the greatest sense of gratitude to the God of his life.
The circumstances attending his conversion were as follows:At a time when he was quartered in or near Brighthelmstone, Mr Romaine was engaged to preach at Oat Hall, in Sussex, in a house fitted up by Lady Huntingdon. At this place, Mr. Scott was led to hear that venerable man of God in the following singular manner :- Being out a shooting, he was overtaken with a storm ; and, recollecting that a farmer lived near, with whom some horses belonging to the regiment had been at grass, he betook himself to his house for shelter ; where he was kindly and hospitably entertained. The farmer being a pious man, and Mr. Scott happening at this time to be in one of his religious fits, the conversation took a serious turn, which issued in an importunate invitation of the former to Mr. Scott, to accompany him to hear Mr. Romaine, whom he represented as a very extraordinary man, Mr. Scott complied; and was true to his appointment. He was struck with the neatness and solemnity of the congregation, as well as the impressive manner in which the prayers were read. Mr. Romaine preached on our Lord's words in John xiv. 6, “I am the way: The truth delivered was exactly suited to his case; and God, who, in his good providence, brought him to hear it, by the power of his grace, made it effectual to the ever, lasting benefit of his soul. When giving an account of his con. version, under the ministry of Mr. Romaine, to two of his friends, about six years before his death, he informed them that his mind was at that time fully prepared to receive the gospel of Christ; so that, the instant he heard it, he received and embraced it with 'all his heart. 66 This,” said he to himself on the blessed occasion, “this is the thing, the very thing I want, and have wanted so long, and knew not what it was, or how to obtain it;" and, of so decisive a naiure was ihe work now wrought, that he has been heard to declare that, from this period, he never, to his knowledge, heard any other than a gospel sermon ; or ever neglecteil an opportunity he could embrace for hearing one.
After he had heard Mr. Romaine with so much satisfaction and profit, he was particularly anxious to have some conversation with him. He rode with him from preaching,- was with him in the house where he took some refreshment afier preach:
* It may he proper to remark, that a complete dislocation of the neck would so compress the spinal marrow, that it would produce a palsy of all the vital organs, which would be inevitably followed by death ; but a partial dislocation might take place; and, by being speedily restored, the patient would survive. The latter might occasion such a distortion as would be apparent; and is what is commonly, but incorrectly, called breaking the neck.
ing,~~put himself at different times in his way,-and made use of all the means he could devise to bring about a free intercourse. But all his attempts were ineffectual. Mr. Romaine continued shy and distant; so that Mr. Scott could never accomplish his purpose while he continued in the country.
Soon after this, Mr. Scott was induced to visit his native place, Shrewsbury; and having to pass through London, a thought struck him, that he would wait upon Mr. Romaine, to see (to use his own expression) whether there was any difference between the air of London and that of Brighthelmstone. He did so; and, to his great surprize, Mr. Romaine received him with the utmost affability: He conversed with him in a very sweet and profitable way; and prayed most affectionately with and for him. Thus a most cordial intimacy coramenced between these two eminently great, good, and useful men, which nothing but death could interrupt. When they were about to part, Mr. Romaine requested him to convey a letter for him to Mr. Powis, of Berwick, in Shropshire.
It happened at that time that Mr. Powis, who was a lover of the gospel, entertained the late Rev. Mr. Venn, as a visitor, in his house. One morning, soon after breakfast and family prayer, Mc. and Mrs. Powis and Mr. Venn were in the parlour, looking over the lawn in front of the hall, and whom should they see but Mr. Scott, who was now bringing Mr. Romaine's letter, enter upon the lawn, dressed in his uniform and riding his military horsc. Mr. Powis recognized him at a distance, and said, “ There is Captain Scott; what can he want here? I am determined not to see him if I can avoid it," Upon this they all withdrew.
Mr. Scott rode up, and asked, “ Is Mr. Powis at home?" The servant, uninstructed by his master to adopt the fashionable expedient of stating an untruth to avoid an inconvenience, informed him he was Mr. Powis was called, and received his visitor with an air of distant civility, thinking that his presence would be an interruption to the spiritual enjoyments of himself and friends; but after he had read Mr. Romaine's letter, which he received with considerable agitation, giving an account of Mr. Scott's conversion, he caught him in his arms, embraced and rejoiced over him as over one raised from the deal. In this position, with an elevated voice, he cried out, “ Mr. Venn! Mr. Venn! Mrs. Powis! Mrs. Powis ! come, come here quickly! here is Captain Scott, a convert to Christ, a new creature in Christ Jesus!” They both came, and being informed of the contents of Mr. Romaine's letter, all three, in the joy of their hearts, embraced the penitent, and, in imitation of the Angels in Heaven, rejoiced over him who had been dead, but was alive again; and had been lost, but was found.
The change which God had wrought in the heart of Mr. Scott, soon manifested itself: it could not be hid. He was decidedly on his part, who had done such great things for his soul. He was blessed with new joys; he formed new connexions ; he engaged in new pursuits : God, who had quickened him by his grace, kept him alive, and made him happy in his soul. He was alienated from his former associates : they were without relish for his company, and he was equally without telish for theirs. But new companions were graciously given to bim : with them he took sweet counsel : he mingled his prayers with theirs; and the God whom they served made them mutual blessings to each other. In a letter to a most affectionate and respectable friend, whose correspondence and intercourse with him appear to have been much to his edification, dated Lewes, March 20th, 1766, he writes as follows: “ God is ever watchful over me, and keeps my soul alive and vigilant amidst the dangers that surround me. This peculiar goodness to me raises in me the comfortable belief that the Lord is with me, and will, in good timre, teach me more of his will, and enable me, from time to time, to do it.”
In another letter to the same friend, dated December the 17th, 1766, he says, “ To the praise of free grace, I must invite ali that fear the Lord, to come and hear what great things he hath done for my soul. He bath plucked my feet out of the ret, he hath broken my bonds, and set my happy soul at liberty. O! how good and gracious is the Lord to such an unworthy wretch! But worthy is the Lamb that was slain ; in him is my merit; in him is my worthiness. This, and this only, will I mention and make my boast. Join me then, my dear friend, and all ye servants of God, in lauding and magnifying the God of our salvation; and giving bim the praise that is alone due to his great name.” In the former letter he says, “I find that before I left the regiment, in order to go to Shrewsbury, I began to be a sus. pected person. Attending the ministry of such a notorious person as dear Romaine, and associating with some christian people, were sufficient to cause suspicions that I was turned this, and turned that. Upon my rejoining the regiment, I found it was no longer bare suspicion. Now they are convinced I am turned an arrant Methodist; and this their persuasion is a very lucky one for me; for now they begin to think my company not wortk being over solicitous about; and I am sure you will readily believe that a very little of theirs is enough to satisfy me; or, more properly speaking, to dissatisfy me, so as to be tired of it, since their whole conversation consists in idle, vain nonsense, larded with herrid oaths and filthiy obscenity; this is the more shocking to me, as I must sometimes be present at it, and have it not in my power to remedy it.”
Referring to the goodness of God, in favouring him with a most comfortable and useful companion on his journey towards Zion, in the letter last quoted, he says, “I must not here omit to thank and praise God for his goodness in giving me one dear Christian friend, a faithful brother in Christ; he is a most gra. cious child of God, indeed. We lodge together in one house;