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can understand but those who ^ likjg ^ jggtg |^|^ have gro in the trammels of dissecting bondage . I airi in years , and I am , I know , disposed to hk garrulous , but will you allow me , good Mr . Editor , to state in confirmation of this last observation
which might otherwise appear invidious , that I was constrained to disunite myself from orxe society because I bad persuaded some of my brethren that it was unscriptural and servile to solemnize our teacher with the title Reverend—from another ^ because I resisted a proposal from our young pastor , our finances being at the time very low , to paint our old , and I fancied ve-Berable , oaken pulpit , in order that it might look like
mahogany ; to remove our old wooden clock , which had been put up by our predecessors on November 4 , 1688 , in commemoration of the arrival of King William in this country , and which had gone so well , that from generation to generation the congregation had always set their watches by it , while the minister was reading the chapter before prayer , and to put in its place a new and fashionable piece of mechanism , bedecked with several
fanciful and transmarine ornaments ; and , finally , to substitute for our pewter cup , whose simplicity and neatness were I always thought congenial with the rite in which it was used , a silver chalice , which I knew our poor members would be afraid to put to their lips—and from another , because I had the temerity , and on that occasion the fatal skill , to beat the minister on a religious argument before a large company ; the
topic was , falling from grace , for the possibility of which I contended ; he strenuously denied it , but at length being pushed with a text that I brought against him , he started up Suddenly , and with much warmth exclaimed , " Sir , in one instance 1 will allow the possibility of falling frpm grace , and thou art the man , " and then hastily left the room : a
melancholy pause ensued , which was broken at length by some females , who expressed their fears that their minister was offended , and descanted upon the horrid nature of religious disputes , and persuaded me , and here they were joined b y the whole company , to beg the minister ' s pardon : " Beg pardon , "
exclaimed I , " for reading and examining the Scriptures" ! humph ! " The next church meeting announced my exclusion . But where am I rambling ? You , Mr . Editor , will surely think rne impertinent ; however , I must tell you further , that I have now happily found a Christian society in this great city , where the fundamental principles of Protestantism are recog ; nised and revered , and where there is a perfect unity of spirit in
the midst of a great variety of opinion . Our teacher is of the same jxiind with ourselves , and what is most pleasant , he will bear
aned Strictures upon Twelfth-day . . 11
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1806, page 11, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1720/page/11/