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themselves , were clear and deci- sive , I had always understood - and this point seems to be put be * yood a doubt by the strong evidence exhibited in a pamphlet , entitled " Devotional and
Doctrinal Extracts / ' from their numerous annual Epistles , since the year 1678 , down to the present times . But this evidence now suddenly seems to be denied by an obscure branch of their society , called 1 he Ratcliff Monthly
Meeting i Of the low scale of intellect Slid liberality , in that district of the society , the specimen of their proceedings exhibited by the editor of the pamphlet ( if correctly reported , as it appears to be ) taken in the view of common candour
and common sense , h a most humiliating proof . The idea of any sensible and worthy man being liable to the religious controul of such brethren , would be equally unreasonable and unpleasant ! The
printed Minutes of procedure against their respectable brother , Mr . Foster , are most indefinite , weak and confused * far beyond what might have been expected from men professing rational
religion and Christian liberty , and especially from men professing adherence to the principles of their forefathers . Under such circumstances , it must be improbable that the conduct in question can receive the final sanction of the
whole body of the Friends . In the present stage of the business , I cannot but recommend the-pamphlets above mentioned to the perusal of those friends of religious truth s who feel interested in the cause of toleration and Christian
brotherhood . * They will furnish
* Tubliihc * by Cradock and Joy , Ffcternoster Raw .
; ample evidence of the merits of Mr , Foster ' s case . But I hope , if future proceedings render it proper , that a more complete elucidation will follow . The
subject is closely connected with , the general principles of religious liberty among all rational Christians . I sincerely join with you in a hope , that the enlightened individual , now under such
ambiguous and intolerant censure , will fully refer the question to the whole body of his brethren , in justice to himself , to them , and to the cause of scriptural
Christianity . It will then be seen whether the society of Friends , in their collective character , are , or are not , the followers of their ancestor * in the faith of One Eternal
God , or hav « degenerated into Trinitarian opinions . With best wishes for the success of your monthly publication ,
which claims , and justly , the character of a faithful register of the religious occurrences of the times , I remain , Your ' s most respectfully y PHILO-VERITAS .
Eulogy on the Liturgy of the Church of England . Sir , In the many eloquent speeches which have been made in different parts of the kingdom , in favour of the Bible Society , it is no wonder that clergymen , to shew their unabated attachment to the Church of England , should speak ia high-terms
of the public Liturgy . Nor would it be at all proper or decent that Dissenters should , on such occasions , utter a syllable in disparagement of it . But that any Dissenting ministers should ex-
Eulogy on the Liturgy of the Church of England . ZJ&
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1812, page 375, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1749/page/31/