1813 THOMAS SCOTT. Manuscript Letter re: His Published Works - Charles Simeon &c.
1813 THOMAS SCOTT. Manuscript Letter re: His Published Works - Charles Simeon &c.
1813 THOMAS SCOTT. Manuscript Letter re: His Published Works - Charles Simeon &c.

1813 THOMAS SCOTT. Manuscript Letter re: His Published Works - Charles Simeon &c.

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Wonderful printed subscription letter for the first edition of the Theological Works of Thomas Scott in five volumes with an accompanying 2pp autograph letter entirely in the hand of Scott regarding some trouble raising the funds, Charles Simeon, etc. 

Thomas Scott [1747-1821] is today best-remembered for his Commentary on the Whole Bible and his autobiographical work on the nature of true conversion [which he experienced through his friendship with John Newton], The Force of Truth. He was one of the most significant characters in the post-Great Awakening world that included his close friends John Newton, William Wilberforce, etc., He was successor to Newton and was also William Wilberforce's pastor; it was he and Newton who convinced Wilberforce not to leave Parliament. He was also instrumental in founding the Church Missionary Society, etc., etc. 

Aston Sandford, December 26, 1813.

Dear Sir,

I write this on one of the printed sheets concerning my publication, which I hinted at in my last: because I wish you to see it: but immediately after I had begun to circulate the letters, I received, wholly without any expectation on my part, or preintimation on that of my friends, so very large & liberal a present from Cambridge, as has overhwlemed me with astonishment; and in short altogether more than meets half the debt, which I stated to you.

I should not have troubled you again at this time; but that I deemed it my duty to inform you of this, which I know will give you pleasure, both on y account & that of the donors; most of whom are unknown to me, or but known by my late visit to Cambridge. It is to me, a most delightful proof of how much true religion flourishes in that university, for I have had no university education, and making no pretensions either to learning, eloquence, or any thing of the knid, the reception which I met with, the attention paid me, and this liberality, must have arisen from regard to the truth, which I preach and publish. However, they may & do overrate my character, I will be obliged to you to diretc the enclosed to the Rev. Mr. Simeon. 

With high respect, and constant prayer sfor abundant blessings on you & all your family & friends,

I remain, dear sir,

Your much obliged friend & servant,
Thomas Scott"