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taernory than all the pomp of funereal hfinaurs . And permit me to remind you that when aged piety is lost to the world , when the most useful members of society are called away from their sphere of usefulness , it is to the young
we look for filling up so wide a chasm . It was always a pleasure to the venerable deceased , to behold " the rising" generation distinguished by a love of truth , by a spirit of piety , and by those virtueswhich afford the promise of future usefulness . To them he looked as the persons who would supply his place when his head should be laid in the dust . Let
\ is all emulate his virtues while we cherish his memory in our hearts , and i £ we cannot promote the cause of religion in exactly the some manner or degree as he did , yet in that decree , and by those methods whuh are in our power , let us lend it our helping hand . The religious society to which you belong claims your attachment and zeal ; and we may venture to assert that it can never fall to
decay , but that it has within itself the seeds of future increase , when its younger members feel interested in the cause of religious truth , and when their passions are seasoned with that spirit of rational piety , without which a speculative assent to truth is of no avail . I
cannot help indulging the ardent wish that the building in which you statedly meet together to worship the God of your fathers , may long be consecrated * r > that truly valuable purpose , and that
the society to which you belong : may flourish , if possible , in numbers , but especially in the zeal and intejligente , # : e thirst for knowledge , the ardour for truth , 'the chearful devotion , and active benevolence of those who are its
members . You belong to a sect which is every Avhere spoken against ; but in this respect you have only the fate of the apostles and first Christians , and while such U the fact , it can never be asserted that numbers are a test of trut ; h . If it - were , it would prove that Papists are nearer -the truth than Pioteataiits , Ma-
To the Editor , of the Mont hit / Repository .
siff , London i Jan . 3 , 1809 * 1 hatw lived to see another fast-Jay , announced in the Gazette , alwjtys ' fk < Jay ' of real humiliation to the country : this ^ like precede
ing days of the kind , will be tclig iotisly observed by the sacrifice of freedom on the altar" of loyalty , and by pouring copious libations to the god ot * war . What part
hometans . than Papists , and Pagans than Mahometans . The cause which we espouse * however , is a growing cause , and it ill becomes us to shrink from -our attachment to it when we consider that
at a period when it had fewer supporters than at present , the excellent JLindsey resigned his share in the emoluments of an establishment , and bore a firm and zealous testimony" to * the doctrines which oa full conviction he had embraced . Hi
preferred the reproach of Christ to the riches of the world . But his memory is embalmtd in the hearts of the wise and virtuous , and his name is written in heaven . One word more and I have done . Religion has been so often connected with violent passions and violent measures , that the spirit of a sect has almost been considered as another word for
bigotry , rancour and persecution - Mr . Lindsey was infinitely superior to the low passions of a fiery zealot . His war- « fare was the warfare of reason , and his * concern was for the honor of God . ln «» the work before us he gives , as you have heard , instances of a persecuting
spirit , of which several were the victims who adopted that sentiment respecting the divine unity , of which he was so eminent a professor . It is a spirit which , in tracing the anrials of the Church , he witnessed with grief among most denominations of Christians . But '
he himself would have been the last roan t to shed a drop of blood in the cause of _ religion , or to hurt a hair of the head o& * the most mistaken of his brethren . Such / a disposition is well worthy of our imi * tation . By this and by all the Christian * virtues may you adorn the doctrine
¦ which you profess , and though some good men may still dislike your opinions , they cannot long behold you with aversion . Their prejudices , at least , will be greatly softened , when they witness in you the fair fruits of holiness , / and the bright lustre of an exemplary / life . *
32 Gf > gmagogj on the approaching Fast-Ddy .
COGMAGOG , ON THE APPROACHING FAST-DAY .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1809, page 32, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1732/page/32/