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in the whole canon of the New Testament? Our Lord says, the spirit should abide with the holy penmen, lead them into all truth, and teach them things they were not able to bear in his life-time, but would be able to bear after his resurrection, and the effusion of the spirit j when their understanding was enlightened, and their faith established j and after this, to doubt the credit of the apostles in some things, and suppose they might any where write their own fancys instead of the doctrines of heaven j does it not tend to a subversion of our religion? It appears so to me. It makes Mr. Chubb seem an inconsistent cbrijiian. I likewise think, that this gentleman does not lay stress enough on the MeJJiah's being come, and that Jesus is the Mefjiak. To be a christian, is it sufficient to have a persuasion of this writer's doctrinal

propositions? Is not something more

required from us, than to believe we are obliged by the gospel, to conform our minds and lives to the eternal and unalterable rule of action, which is founded in the reason of things; to repent and reform, if we have violated this law j and to expect a day of judgment, for rewards and punishments, in proportion to our having, or not having conformed to this rule of righteousness? These propositions are, to be sure, the main part of the true gospel. They are not the whole of it, as I apprehend.

These just remarks on Mr. Chubb's book, made by this fine young creature, amazed and charmed me, as her mother assured me, she had never hinted any thing of the kind to her daughter; and I then proceeded to ask her, what she thought of this gentleman's other writings, as I law they were all lying about the house? Think, Sir, Maria replyed ; as I conceive, he was a bright man, but as often out as in. What he fays in his other writings of inspiration, the resurrection of Christ, and the case of Abraham, in being commanded of God to offer his son, is what I cannot assent to. He is wrong, if I think right. Here (he proceeded to lay before me his notion and her notion of inspiration; what he fayed of the resurrection, and what she thought of that matter: She came to Abraham and Isaac next, and to my admiring mind, not only confuted my sage friend, the excellent Mr. Chubb, but, layed before me many new and fine things upon the occasions. This is no place to mention them, and therefore I refer you for an account of them to note O, where you will find a review of Mr. Chubb's writings.

It is now time to go on with my history, and so, as I was telling you, we arrived at Crawford-dike, Here we found the beautiful ful floop before mentioned waiting for us, and wind and tide favoring, we immediately went on board. They hoifed up all their fails the instant we came on deck, and-as the golden God of day was making a glorious set, we sat down under an awning to enjoy the charming prospect and the breeze, and to participat of an excellent cold repast the captain had provided for us. Our company consisted of the following fouls; Mrs. Benlow, and Mrs. Schomberg, Mrs. Howel, and her charming little daughter; Miss West, and Miss Chawcer, Rinaldo Tunftall, Mrs. Howel's half-brother, a fine, sensible fellow, and your servant, whom the ladys pressed on board; for I did intend to have taken my leave of them at the water-side, and have travelled eastward in tracing the Roman wall. They would not suffer this. Mrs. Schomberg told me, I could be no courteous knight, if I left them in the dangerous adventure they were going on. As to Miss fanson, she stayed behind at Halt-farm, at her own request, to take care of the house and concern. She had seen enough of the world, and did not chuse to venture into it, to France especially, any more. Thus did the company muster, beside the ladys women and the footmen: the captain and his crew. We were a fine social set as ever sailed in one bottom, and tho' we met with some misfortunes in


the voyage, yet, in the main, it was a delightful, improving scene. Jack Scarlet, our captain* proved an entertaining, valuable man j and as he was as good a trumpet as Granno, he added greatly to the music the ladys obliged us with every day on deck that the weather served; while we sailed among the western islands, and many leagues beyond the extremitys of them. We met with things the most surprising in this course, and had discoverys new and curious every day. What many of them were, Mrs. Benlow relates in a journal she kept the whole time, and therefore, it is fit I mould lay her account before you. The remarks I made you will fee in another place.

Transactions and observations in a voyage to the western islands:

In the year 1741.

Mrs Ben- "1TN the year 1741, I was persuaded by tow. jour- jpQme ja^s tQ ^ ^em to the He

1741. brides, to pay a visit to a relation of theirs, June zo. wno ijves jn a charming retreat on one of these western islands, and with a fair gale of wind at north-east, our ship was unfastened the 20th of June. At nine in the evening we began to fail from the firth of Clyd. We passed by Arran, and Ha, and endeavored

to to gain the last of the Æbudce to the northwest, without calling at any other place by the way: but this was not in our power* A furious wind was up the second day, and drove us to the north through many perils by I741, the way. We had the Vijis and Harries on our larboard, as seamen call the left-hand side of the (hip, and on the right-hand side, which they call starboard, were Mull and Skie, and hundreds of little islands. We had a frightful race for about sixty leagues. I wished myself among the hills of Cheviot a thousand times. At last however the wind changed, and ceased to be outragious or a storm. Yet it was still a strong gale, and tossed us for many hours towards the Norway coast: then veering about, it brought us back again to the western ifles, and we landed on Troda.

This island is two miles and a half in cir-The isle of cumference, and surrounded with vast rocks,Troda' excepting one opening to the east, which forms a little bay. It lies to the north of Skit) at the distance of a league. It is a very beautiful place. The land is a scene of line inequalitys, rising ,grounds and pretty vales, sweetly copsed with various evergreens, and watered with several fountains, which form the brightest streams. Many beautiful birds were on the clifs j the sca-pye, sea pheasant, and St. Cuthbert's duck, in

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