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toi haa been already observed , carried further than they did , his notions of religious discipline . In short , religion was to him the most important of all concerns , and that which chiefly excited the ardour of his mind . The essentials of the system in which he finally settled were ,
the proper humanity of Christ , including- the rejection of his miraculous conception , and oi the doctrine of atonement ; and a future state , in which punishment is to be only emendatory , and all rational beings are to be finally happy : this was an inference from the doctrine of necessity combined with that of the
benevolence of the Deity . He rejected an intermediate state of existence , and founded all his expectations of a future life upon revelation alone . Of the very numerous publications in which he proposed and defended his theological opinions , a great part were
temporary and occasional . Those which may be deemed most durable and important are , his " Institutes of Natural and Revealed Religion , " his " Letters to a philosophical XJnbeliever , " his explanations of Scripture , and his inquiries into the faith of the
early Christians , which he endeavoured to prove to have been conformable to the Unitarian system . To the study of scripture he was extremely attached , and he paid a reverent respect to its historical and
prophetic authority . He published several works in practical divinity , of which , two sermons , on Habitual Devotion , and on the Duty of not living to ourselves , are of singular excellence . ^
did justice to their opinions or their characters in their faint and tardy declarations against generally received and established errors . It is painful to those who revere the memory of the latter , to find them praised as enlightened believers , by a Wilberforce or a More , in the same work where they censure Unitarians as , according to Baxter , scarce Christians .
31 These Discourses have been Jarg-ely circulated among- the tracts of the Unitarian Society . For a complete enumeration , of Priestley ' s works we must refer to a catalogue annexed to his Mem . Vol . ii . — Their number ( 108 ) and their variety serve to shew how constantly the author bore in ^ ind the se n timent which he adopted from "> ppocrates as a motto to his seal , Ars
Of his other writings , the most important have been mentioned in the narrative of his life . Among these , his Histories of Electricity , and of Vision , are perhaps the only ones by which his name would have been perpetuated , had it been devoid of so many other passports to immortality .
Memoir of the Rev . Robert Edward Garnham . is
A Short Memoir of the Rev . Robert Edward Garnham , [ Priyited but not published . ] MR . GARNHAM was born at Bury St . Edmunds , May 1 st , 1 7 ^ 3 , and was the only surviving child of the Rev . Robert Garnham ,
many years master of the tree Grammar School at Bury , and rector of Nowton and Hargrave , in Suffolk . * His mother was Mary , daughter of Mr * Benton , and sister of the late Edward Benton , Esq . secondary in the Court of King ? s Bench . Mr . Garnham received his
school-education under the tuition of his father , whojustly supported a considerable reputation for classical learning . He was removed from Bury school , and admitted of Trinity College , Cambridge , in 1770 , and the following
longa , vita brevis . We trust that a plan now in contemplation , for publishing * by subscription , the "whole of Priestley's works , except the scientific , will very soon be communicated to the public .
Besides various particulars respecting * the character and opinions of Priestley , interspersed through successive volumes of the M . Repos ., we may refer especially to his Historical Eulogy , " by Cuvier , Secretary to the National Institute of Franc * , i . 216 , 328 , to an account of him in his residence at Northumberland , America , by
Mr . Wm . Bakewell , of Melbourn , i . 393 , 505 , 564 , 622 , to his eulogiuin by thy venerable Christian Patriot , and Phi Ianthropist , Wyvill , ii . 464 , to the character of Priestley by his successor at Leeds , the late Mr . Wood , iii . 401 , and to V . F ' s . interesting sketch of that part of his life , in which he was connected with the
Warring-ton Academy , viii . 226—231 . R . * He was formerly Fellow of Trinity College , Cambridge , and took the degree of 3 . A . 1737 , and M . A . 1747 . After having- retired some years from his school , he died at Bury , Nov . 8 tb , 1798 , aged 82 . His widow survived hrm little more
than twelve months , dying" at Bury , Dee . 6 th , 1799 , aged 79 . They were buried in the chancel of the parish church of Nowton .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1815, page 13, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1756/page/13/