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and darkness, to suit new and in. but from a secret dread of this, comprehensible articles of faith! that we so seldom meet with
We now come to the conclusion man or woman who will venture of H. M.'s remarks, and I can to open a Unitarian book! This have no hesitation in assuring him however does not appear tu be the that every pious Unitarian must case with H. M. or the pages of devoutly desire to participate in your Repository would not have “the grace of our Lord Jesus come wiihin bis view. Wishing Christ, the love of God, and the him therefore candidly to inquire communion of the Holy Spirit ;" and to be amply recompensed by no belief in a threefold divinity discovering the truth "as it is in being necessary to make him Jesus," I remain your obliged thankfully receive the truly apus- bumble Servant, М. Н. tuliç benediction ; nor can be be P.S. I am much pleased with at a loss to understand Peter wben your correspondent, Mr, Mataddressing the converts, le pro. thews’s recommendation of regular noutices them “elect according Unitarian worship being performed to the fureknowledge of God, in private houses, by the members through the sanctification of the of the family, for themselves and spiril," and who having been any of their neighbours who may made fully acquainted with the wish to join them. For a believer sufferings and doctrines of Christ, in the unity of God, to attend a were washed from their sins, and Trinitarian service, appears to me become obedient to the boly laws little less than idolatry. To jus. wbich he delivered.
tify this they tell us that they still I bave been led to say much relain their own sebriments, and more on these interesting subjects join or detach their minds from than I at first intended, or than the solemn words repeated in their was strictly necessary, in reply to bearing, as they agree with or H. M. but if he candidly and vary from their convictions ! But coolly considers what has been 'must not this cause a perplexity written, I trust that it will induce and confusion of ideas, most ins bim to inquire further. Of the compatible with the unbroken at: i books that he mentions to me, he tention and reverential awe,
has given me no titles by wbich to which we should endeavour to inquire for them; but avoiding preserve when we address our this omission, I will follow bis Creator. I can say
say from experi*example, and earnestly recom. ence that this family worship may mend to his perusal Dr. Carpen, by a very small number be most ter's “Unitarianism the Doctrine satisfactorily carried on, and as of the Gospel;" a work which ap- a form of prayer will be generally pears to me to bring forward such desirable on such occasions, I a mass of evidence, as hardly pre. 'would warmly recommend the rea judice herself, unsupported by printing of one consisting of ten worldly interest, could resist. services, which is now used in the Indeed, I am fully persuaded, that Unitarian chapel at Shrewsbury, If sensible men could be persuaded but which at present I believe is to read, a general conviction not to be bought. If any of the would take place; and wby is it family happen to be skilled in music, the introduction of a page 17-27, or in Kippis's edi. hymn or psalm is very pleasing, tion, Vol. VIII. p. 110-119, and while she scriptures are open who quotes with approbation the to us, and we have such sermons opinion of Mr. Joseph Hallett, as Wright's, Lindsey's, &c. it that this altar (like other altars, must be wanı of zeal in the reader, in different parts of Athens, in. if the hearers go away inanimate scribed, 'To the unknown God,) and uninstructed
was dedicated, not in any parti. cular god, but to him, whoever
he was (but still supposing him to Inscription on the Altar at Athens. be one of the heatheu idols) who SIR,
Aug. 18, 1812. had delivered them from the As you so obligingly inserted plague; and therefore that the (in M. R. for April, p. 221.) a Athenians had in fact, but yet ig. former commnnication respecting norantly, paid homage herely to the inscription found by Paul upon the true God. J.T. E. an altar at Athens, I will thank you to add a few lines more on the same subject. Dr. Wellwood,
Dissenters' Marriages. in his Essay concerning the death Norfolk, Aug. 24, 1812. of Socrates, prefixed to his trans
SIR, lation of the Banquet of Xeno. The period seems to be fast apphon, (printed in 1710) says, “ It proaching, when we may expect is very probable, and we have se. that the Parliament of the United veral of the ancient historians and Kingdom will do theinselves bo. divines for vouchers, that it was nour by expunging from the sta. done (that the altar thus inscribed tute book all the penal laws, which was erected) by Socrates, It affect all classes of Dissenters, seems, instead of raising an altar, and grant to all sects the libero as was the custom, to any of the ty, with which the great Foun. fictitious gods of Greece, he took der of our faith has made us free. this way, as the safest, to express I wish to be informed, what reason bis devotion for the true and one can be assigned, why other Dis. God, of whom the Athenians had senters should not have the privi. no notion, and whose incompree lege of marrying those of their heusible being (he insinuates by own communion, as well as the shat inscription) was far beyond respectable body, denominated the reach of their understanding “ Friends." Can any suficient or his own. And, it is very rea. cause be given for confining the sonable to think, it was owing to performance of the marriage cere
the veneration they had for the mony to the clergy of the esta. -memory of its founder, that it blished church? Why should not came to be preserved for so many the objections of Únitarians to ages after, though they under. Trinitarian language upon this ocstood not the sense of the inscrip. casion be treated with the same tion." But this subject is most respect, as those of “Friends” lacgely discussed by Dr. Lardner, upon other grounds! We, who in his “ Jewish and Heathen Tes. most solemnly protest against the timonies," Vol. III. Chap. 24, worship of Jesus Christ, are per.
grave, in the
mined to baptize our children every part of his reasoning sifted, and commit our deparied and the latent, but primary and friends to the silent abodes vi the extensive sources of fallacy should
use of religious be detected. forms which we prefer to those Tiany gentleman to n hose no. which are prescribed by an autho. licc this may come has in band rily unacknoudedged by us. In such a Fork, it will materially the present enlightened state of oblige the wriier to be informed the world, justice and decorum, of it either through the medium no less than re'igien), l'equire that, of the Monthly Repository, or by in a Propelant country, there a private letter to ile care of Mr. should be full and complete libes. Slower. If no such communica. ty of conscience to marry and tion be made within two or three to bury where and as we like. If months, he will perhaps feel him. dissening registers are valid for selt bound t.. alleinp such a work; the purposes it baptism, they may but most reluctantly, not merely be (quäily so in cases of marriage. because the daily urgencies of a The outle" and truly Christian laborious station render any new Proust of the Lords Holland, engagement very unwelcome, but Stanhope, Lansdowne, and Nor. because he wishes to see the defolk, may surely be hailed as a sired work executed in a much prelude to the arrival of that aus. more able and coinplete manner picious day, when the lwin bro. than he can renture to hope that iheis, Intolerance and Toleration, his own abilities are equal to. shall be consigned to their proper
X. Y. abude.
Answer to Mr. Belsham's “Calm On a Passage in Mr. Belsham's
Memoirs of Mr. Lindsey.
Aug, 15, 1812. It is now nearly two years since In the “ Memoirs of tbe late the publication of Mr. Bi Isham's Rev. Theophilus Lindsey," which “Calm Juquiry into the Scrip'ure I have just read with high grati. Docirine concerning the Person of fication, the following paragraph Christ," &c. It is with some concludes a very interesting chapsurprise and disappointment that, ter on the religious character of as yet, I have not been able to the late Duke of Grafton. learn that any Reply bas been “ Some have affected to believe published, or is intended from that this virtuous nobleman was any quarter.
'I he work appears not thoroughly consistent, and to me capable of being fairly that he did not carry his princi. and satisfactorily refused; but ples to their proper extent. Sufsuch a refutation would require fice it to say, in reply to such larger scope than the limits of a ungenerous insinuations, that the review or a pamphlet. “The prin- Duke of Grafton at all times ciples of Mr. Belsham's Inquiry acted up to his own ideas of conshould be carefully analysed, sistency and rectitude, though every text critically re-examined, his judgment might not entirely
correspond with that of his ac. any case where his judgment was c'users. Let such persons recol. not influenced, however imper. lect what this illustrious noble. ceptibly, by recollections of af. man did, before they presume to fectionate friendship and justly arraign him for what he did not, merited esteem, And it may not be unbecoming
“ Abad effect, but from a noble cause." those who are so very sharp- I had too often observed a sad sighted in discovering a mote in inattention to a subject of acknow. the eye of another, to consider ledged importance, when our Uni. well whether there may not at the tarian nonconformist gentry were sa me lime be a beam in their own.” setiling in the country, perhaps (Mim. p. 335.)
with a young family whose habits This passage has, I apprehend, were yet unformed. They would a «pecial reference to some remarks probably inquire, like other genin your last volume (pp. 469 and iry, for a gravelly soil in a fine 721, though the concluding sen. sporting country, contiguous to t nce is quite irrelevant to the case a genteel assembly. But to find oi veper Eadem. For, how. or institute a place for Unitarian ever aktiviert in too many Chris- worship, appeared an object of tian duries, he has never with. secondary, if indeed of any, moheid, ivica due to Unitarian con. ment, The example of the Duke sist:ney, the sacrifice, not indeed of Grafton, as I had misappre. 01 power or place, which were hended it, I thought peculiarly remote from his condition, but calculated to arrest their atten. of objects more precious, connect. tion, and expose to them by con. ed with ihe most endearing inter- trast their own inconsistency. courses of private life.
Being soon reluctantly convinced, I will acknowledge to the re- by your respectable corresponverent and learned biographer, dent (vi. 651), that iny statement the height of my offending. I was directly opposite to the fact, certainly did more than affect to and that the Duke, at his chief re. believe that the late Duke of Graf. sidence in the country, "did reton " was not thoroughly consist- gularly attend on the Church of ent." The “eminent inconsis. England worship, and as regular. tency" of that, otherwise, exem- ly received the communion from plary nobleman apptared to me a clergyman of the establishment," an indisputable fact, not the crea- my second letter (p.721) was a ture of“ ungenerous insinuations," natural result. I confess, for my. but a fair conclusion from pre. self, that I cannot remember the mises established, much to my writings and example of Mr. Lind. surprise, by a correspondence sey, or his friend and biographer, which commenced in your work, and at the same time doubt the under an innocent misapprehen. late Duke of Grafton's inconsiste sion of the late Duke's practice, ency, in adopting a half measure, after he became an Unitarian, such as his profession of the Uni. Such a conclusion from such pre- tarian doctrive appears. It was mises. would, I am persuaded, unworthy of what this illustriapprove itself to the correct ap- ous nobleman did” to advance prehension of Mr. Belsham in the truth as it is in Jesus.
I will detain Mr. Belsham no thought sufficient. Whether, how. longer from his important pursuils, ever, one or two be sent, they but offer him, though with grateful should be the free choice of ibe respect and no small personal re. association, restrained within limits gard, this unavoidable dilemma. of another kind, one of wbich I He must, I think, upon consider. borrow from ihe gospels, the other ation, adinit that the late Duke of from the Epistles of St. Paul. My Grafton was eminently inconsist. limits then would refer to age and ent, or that our venerable friend situation in life. With respect to Mr. Lindsey was unreasonably the one, he should not be under scrupulous.
thirty years of age, and to the SEMPER EADEM. other, he should be a married man,
I will not here enter upon arguOn the Plan of an Unitarian As ments to shew the propriety of sociation.
these limits. Suffice il that the SIR, August 14, 1812. apostate church, by excluding I was very much gratified by married men from offices, estab. reading in your Repository, (p. lished in great measure its abo. 431.) a plan drawn up by a writer minable despotism. signing himself An Unitarian Lay. The proposer of the plan styles man. The subject has been long himself an Unitarian Layman, in my thoughts, and it was my in. whence I fear he is still involved in tention to have requested your in. those prejudices, in which I was dulgence in communicating my educated, and to which I adhered ideas to the Unitarian public. 1 with very great tenacity. In the am very glad to have been thus Christian Church I know of no anticipated. The plan in general such distinction as laymen and meets with my approbation, and ministers, and here as a Unitarian I bave conversed with others, who Christian I make my solemn proare equally pleased with it. As it test against it, and exhurt my supposes societies formed and brethren to be above all ibings on considers only the union of those their guard against such a distioc. societies, the writer will, I am tiun. Let it not appear in any of sure, excuse me, if I take the li. their meetings. All are people in berty of stating in what I think Christ's church, and the adious some little alteration necessary.
distinction of laity is the offspring The end proposed is " A Gene. of the apostate church. “Be ye not ral Association of all the Unitarian called Rahbi,” said our Saviour, Societies throughout England and and we must be very careful not to Wales,” | approve of tbe end, a'lmit of a distinction which may but would extend it to the Uni. give to any one a claim to that tarians in Great Britain.
title. District associations are to It may be asked here, whether send two delegates, one a minister Christian communities are to be the other a layman. To this I without ministers? By no means, object, for I would lay no such rc- where they can maintain and straint upon the association, and choose to bave one: but a charac. perhaps one delegate might be ter like that of minister is not es.