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. Portsmouth ^ Sir , December 5 , 1823 . r"TTOE suggestion of your Reviewer , I ( p . 659 , ) that the accuser , who had the power of death , in Heb . ii . 14 , was the law , appears to me to lead to a just and rational interpretation of
the passage . Of this I was some months ago convinced , by reading Mr . Belsham ' s most valuable and lucid translation and exposition of Paul ' s Epistles . He has , I think , in his note on this verse , satisfactorily shewn that the ; law was the diabolos to which the author referred . Had I
not lost the recollection of the admirable paper on verse 16 , in the Theological Repository , Vol . V . quoted by Mr . Belsham , I , should not , in all probability , have been led to adopt
so untenable an interpretation as that of heathenism ; at least , beyond the unavoidable haste necessarily attendant on the weekly preparation of the lectures .
When your correspondent N . ( p . 673 , ) made inquiries after Dr . John Collet ; of Newhury , I expected that ample information would be afforded him from some of your readers in that town . As that has not been
done , permit me to offer an extract from the account given of him by his intimate friend the late Rev . David James , in a Sermon preached at Newbury , May 28 , 1780 ; so that my friend Mr . Rutt ( p . 650 ) must have been misinformed respecting the year of the Doctor ' s death . The widow of
Dr . Collet ' s brother is still living at Newbury , and is I believe in possession of the Doctor ' s books and MSS . * RUSSELL SCOTT . < s Dr . John Collet was descended of a reputable family . He was bora on the fifth day of July , 1708 , in London . Blessed in a father whose reverence for revealed religion' shewn by his diligent study of its
dis-* Should your correspondent be desirous of obtaining more minute information respecting the Dr ., J think it probable I might obtain it from a friend of raige at Newbury , who was accustomed rn early Jife to accompany her mother and aunt one evening in - each week to read and to converge on the prophecies : the Dr . was always the reader on these occasions .
coveries , and by some useful pi&lU cations which were well received ; and also in an uncle who was for some years a governor * in two , of our setdements in the East Indies , and whose conduct was an honour to his station he , in earl y years , imbibed those
sentiments of religion and Virtue which laid the foundation for the exercise of that probity and goodness for which he was distinguished through his whole life . In his youth he was tractable and orderly , fond of learniug , and rapid in his progress in it . The
knowledge of the classics and other branches of literature he , acquired under Dr . Ward , afterwards professor at Gresham College ; and Mr . Weston , who kept an academy at Greenwich . From the place last mentioned , he went to Trinity Hall , Cambridge , in April 1 / 25 , to finish his classical education . Some
time in the year 1727 , he went to Leyden , in Holland , to study under the celebrated Boerhaave , and to qua- ^ ljfy himself for the study of physic . After attending the usual course of lectures in that university , and
approving himself to his superiors by his application and progress , he took his Doctor ' s degree on July the fifth , 1731 . Quitting Ley den , he visited several cities and towns on the
continent : stayed for some time at Paris in order : to avail himself of the advantages which that city afforded for improvement in the practical part of dispensing medicine , as he afterwards
did in London . Being thus qualified for discharging the duties of * i physician , several places were proposed to him by his friends in which his knowledge and skill might be exercised . After some deliberation he
fixed upon Newbury , and came here in July 1733 , having a few days before been admitted a licentiate by the college , of physicians in London . Here he continued from that time till his death , except about six years which he spent at Brentford and Uxbridge . In what manner he has demeaned himself during his residence
• My late esteemed friend Mr . James was a native of Wales ; aud waa not , I am persuaded , related * as supposed in the page above-referred to , to this gentleman / either by consanguinity or affinity . B . S .
718 Mr .- Scott on his Lectures amtiJDr * . Collet .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1823, page 718, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1791/page/38/