On reviewing a writer, un-named,
who was less than just to the memory
of those Covenanters who died for their faith
This writer shows mercy neither to the living nor to the
dead, provided only they have the original sin of being Scotch. The very
martyrs, to whom we owe much of that freedom in which we now rejoice as a
cherished birthright, whose memories are dear to every man who is capable of
appreciating high principle, patient endurance, unconquerable faith, and by
whose humble graves the soil of our country is consecrated and hallowed,- these
very martyrs he has tried to rob of their peculiar honours, and to lower in the
estimation of the people for whose liberties they fought and died.
He might have spared us this outrage at least on our feelings. Even if he had been at once a native and a resident of England, it was in miserable taste to leave his subject for the purpose of heaping insult on ancestors whom we venerate. But it is intolerable that this should be done by one who has voluntarily migrated into our land, has sworn allegiance to that polity for which our martyrs struggled, and is eating, at this very moment, the pleasant fruits of that plant of renown which they rooted with their hand and watered with their blood.
He represents them as men mistaken in the work that God required of them; aud as falling like Homers heroes rather than Christs confessors, prophesying retribution, and denouncing judgment, against their oppressors, it is easy for those whom their forefathers have left nothing to fear, and nothing to suffer from the oppressors arm, - for whom the battle has been won, and the yoke broken, and the blessing secured, - and to whom has descended the privilege of living secure and dying in peace ; - it is easy for such to talk of the failings and aberrations that occasionally mingled with the virtuous achievements by which this great deliverance was wrought out, and to illustrate them with a careless mixture of Christian and classical allusion; but it is base - base beyond endurance - thus to requite the doings and the sufferings of those ancient worthies, who, at the expense of their lives, asserted for their posterity that precious freedom, without which all other possessions are poor and unsatisfying!
Rev. Andrew Thomson, D.D. (1779.1831).
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