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that be avowed himself a Socmian . Dr . Gibbons , who wrote the Life of Dr . Watts , and had been intimately acquainted with him , passes this matter over in total silencr , and dues not even attempt to justify his executors , who had hvvn severely censured for suppressing and destroying the MSS in question . Some time afterwards Dr . Sam
Johnson , from a singular partiality to Watts , published a Life of him in his Biographical Prefaces to the Works of the Poets , and it is doubtless a valuable and
curious performance . But it was not to be expected that such a writer should enter info the Doctor ' s
theological opinions , or do justice to him as a dissenting minister .
Another person , theiefore , soon after , without giving his name , printed a detached edition of Johnson ' s Life of Dr . Watts , " with Notes , containing animadversions and additions ; " the principal object of which work was to investigate the matter respecting the Doctor ' s last sentiments , on the doctrine of the Trinity . For such an undertaking he seems to have had peculiar advantage fn > m some MS papers , which were put into his
hands by Mr . Parker , the Dr ' s amanuensis , a copy of which was printed in an Appendix . From hence it appears evident , that though no MS which the Dr . left
for publication contained what had been reported , and that , therefore , | iisexecutors were fully exculpated , yet that he had materially changed
his opinion respecting the Athanasian Trinity , particularly in regard to the real personality of the Spirit . In these papers there is 4 . 1 so & copy of what the Doctor
wrote to Mr . Martin- Tomkinsv concerning his use of the common Doxology , and the reason why he did not alter his Hymn Book , of of which Carlo has had but an imperfect account . This work , which has been ascribed to Mr .
Palmer , of Hackney , was printed in the year 1785 , for Rivington . It cariies the marks of credibility , but it is said , there is subsequent evidenceof a later and much greater change in the Dr ' s sentiments ,
which will shortly appear before the public . The writer of thiswishes , as much as Carlo , that the whole truth may come out . I am , Sir , Yours , &c . VERITATIS AMOR .
Last Sentiments of Dr . Wattsi Moreton-Hampstead , Sir , May 12 , 1813 * On reading tke other day the letter of Carlo , in your Monthly
Repository , ( page 227 , ) which generally contains very interesting information , I was induced to take some trouble to procure the sight of a pamphlet , denominated
" A faithful Enquiry after the ancient and original Doctrine of the Trinity , taught by Christ and his Apostles , by Isaac Watts , D . D . 1745 . " Edited by Mr . Gabriel Watts , of Frome , Sep . ISth , 1802 , but now Minister of the Unitarian
Congregation at Crediton , Devon . In the Preface , Mr . Watts says , " The copy from which this little piece on the Trinity is taken , accidentally found in a collection of old books , several years since ; and it appears , from internal evidence and collateral circumstances ,
370 Last Sentiments of Dr . Watts .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1812, page 370, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1749/page/26/