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intyressiohs , but upon argiirneiit and reason . It has hitherto operated however chiefly upon one , and a small class of personSf those habituated to reading ; and its effects have been gradual
and silent , and have frequently not reached beyond the library or the closet . Converts thus created have generally retained the associations which they first received , and have connected Unitarianism habitually with litefrature and refinement .
Qud semcl est imbuta reccns , servabit odotetn Testa diu . Of late the Unitarians , without stepping out of this path , h&ve endeavoured to accommodate the multitude , by widening it . They have written , and have formed societies for
disseminating popular Unitarian tracts , at once gratifying and increasing the growing intelligence and inquiry df the people . There are already four of these societies * of which all have an annual sermon , and two Regularly publish it . At present * perhaps , their tractsare not sufficiently level to the capacity of the une- * ducated and uninquisitive ; they are too much in the form of
literary and critical disquisitions . Let them take a lesson from the conductors of the Cheap Repository , who speaking to the people in their own language never fail to be heard . All the hacks circulated are not , we grant , liable to the same objection ; some of the sermons , especially , are as plain and intelligible as they are strong in argument and powerful in eloquence . Of
this class , we are happy to state , is that before us * which , whilst it abounds with sound reasoning , masculine sense , and animated and forcible writing , evinces also an earnest zeal , a charitable atid even affectionate temper , and a highly devotional spirit , which excite our respect and esteem for the author , and
encourage us to hope that he will prove an active and successful advocate of the cause of free enquiry and rational religion . From the appropriate words of Peter ( 1 Pet . iL 21 *) ' Mr . Bransby observes , that precept is less efficacious than example , and then proceeds to delineate the beautiful pattern of moral excellence which Jesus has set his disciples , and to show that his example , of small practical influence if he be a God , or a
superangehc spirit , is most powerful and prevailing as the example of a . Man , Several judicious and useful notes accompany the discourse , which concludes with a faithful and eloquent portrait of the late Rev . Timothy Kenrick , in whom the
society has lost a wise and active supporter , and Mr . B . a revered preceptor , and 3 ( n affectionate friend . The untimely removal of such a man as Mr . Kenrick , is indeed , a mysterious part of the plan of Providence ; but it is no small consolation to his friends , and to the TeligiQUS world , that although dead he yet
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1806, page 41, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1720/page/41/