Parson Toppan of Newtown1
preach'd at our meeting this day. I attended all day and was very much pleased with
his ingenuity: he is quite orthodox enough, although he has contended with Mr. Spring
upon some very knotty points. His delivery is not graceful, nor even agreeable; but
the sound sense, and ingenuity, which appear in his sermons, more than compensate
for defects which are so common.
I have read through Knox's treatise upon Education, and in general am much pleased
with it. If his censures of the present times, did not sometimes border upon ill-nature,
and if he had not profess'd to maintain the advantages of prejudice, and partiality
I should place much greater confidence in his opinion; but his complaints in many
cases are but too just, and too applicable to the manners of this Country.