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mind , on his death-bed he earnestly entreated his father to make some provision for him which the Colonel readily promised to do ; and as Mr . E . declined to accept any place under government , he settled an annuity upon hitOy which was punctually paid to his death . Ifto be concluded in cur next A
f We are sorry that a great press of matter constrains us to divide this interesting article ; we could not possibly insert the whole of it , without excluding other valuable and necessary communications . This apology will , we hope , be satisfactory to our correspondent J . S . and to our readers . Editor . ]
INDISCRETION OF PREACHERS . * To the Editor . SIR , THE plan of your excellent Magazine cannot fail , I shoulcf hope , to recommend itself to every sincere lover of truth ; for such , one would think s must be aware that the real interests of
Christianity can never be so effectually promoted as by an open and candid investigation of its evidences , its doctrines , and its sanctions . I have been accustomed , Mr . Editor , in the coarse of a long life , to pay some attention to these several topics , and * m persuaded that the evidences in favour of the miracles of
Christ , of his death by crucifixion , his resurrection from the grave , and ascension to a state of glory * and consequently of hi * divine mission , if they do not amount to demonstration , approach however much nearer to it than any other series of historical facts whatever ; and respecting its doctrines and sanctions , I am equally persuaded that , when rightly
understood , they are precisely such as might be expected to proceed from a Being of infinite power , wisdom , and goodness , for the melioration , improvement , and happiness of a creature so feeble , so erring , and so imperfect as man . That this divine revelation should , in many instances , be
misunderstood , and in others fatally corrupted , is nothing more than might be expected by him who considers , that truth is one—the sources of error infinite . But if I were asked , what that propensity may be in the human constitution which , more than all others , has been the prolific parent of error , I should
not hesitate to answer , an inordinate attachment to the airy phantoms of a lively imagination ^ excited by the vain desire of being wise beyond what is written .
-To this , as to its source , may be traced many of the controversies urged " with so much violence in synods and councijs , $ ) o \\ \ trifles the most contemptible } councils in '' which the
Indiscretion of Preacher * . f
MICELIANEOUS COMMUNICATIONS ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1806, page 7, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1720/page/7/