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Green , } died sound in the faith , be was so shocked by his temporary recantation of it , that he never after lifted up his head / ' That he died in the faith of the trinity
by no means appears , nor dores it appear that he was shocked at his temporary recantation of it . Had there been any evidence of . the one or the other , it would no doubt , have been industriously irculated , and we should not
have failed to have heard of if « But whether he died in the reputed orthodox or Unitarian fafthy that circumstance would not have affected his real character , his
piety to God , or acceptance with him , who will reward every mam not according to the soundness of his faith , but according to his works , Your ' s , &c . 3 . MARSOJVfi
SPANISH PATRIOTS *
To the Editor of the Monthly Repository .
Nit , Jan ^\ 2 9 1809 . I perceive , with regret $ a disposition in some of your
correspondents either to sneer at the Spanish Patriots ( Vol . iii . p , 65 % ) or to look with unconcern on their ex . ertions , ( p . 659 ) . Corrector appears to take for granted , that if
JSpain become externally free , or in other words , independent , she will still remain the prey of her own crafty priests and cruel inquisitors . This apprehension is , surely * unreasonable . Be the issue
of the present contest what it may , I feel historically and morally certain , that Spain will , in consequence , have a better government : for the efforts which she is putting forth , cannot but be ultimately
favourable to her interests , both civil and religious . Assuming , however , for the stake of argument , that , as the result of a successful struggle for independence , she continues to wear the chains with which she is
§ hackled by inquisitors and priests ; - —much as 1 may lament so grievous a state of things , they are chains , let me remark- which she
consents to wear . And I am yet to learn , that because a nation is so unhappy , as to have absolute
monarchy for their civil government , and intolerant popery for their established religion , their independence may therefore be attacked , wantonly , and with
impunity , by combined violence and fraud ; or that they ttre not entitled to our good wishes for the repulse of their unprincipled invaders . I am not yet a convert to the doctrine of " doing evil that
good may come ; " nor shall Tad- * mit that Bonaparte , though , like the Assyrian , he is the staff of the Almighty ' s anger , is justified in seizing a neighbour ' s" territories at his pleasure .
In what degree the Spaniards arc enlightened patriots , is immaterial to the question . Patriots they certainly are , if patriotism be the love and the defence of one ' s
native land , and if it animate to a vigorous contest for the independence of a country on any foreign power ., I am , Sir , Your obedient Servant ,
^ S Spanish Pctfrtofo .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1809, page 16, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1732/page/16/