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erection of the chapel at Altringham . For on the 6 th of November following , the persons above alluded to , beingtrustees to the chapel in this place lately occupied by an Unitarian minister , and having a legal right to appoint to the situation , chose an
evangelical minister , of the Calvinistic persuasion , in opposition to a young man proposed by the Unitarian trustees of Warriagton , and therefore suspected of being tinctured with the Unitarian heresy . But this , Sir , is not the only triumph which the
friends of orthodoxy expect from the happy and glorious change produced on the persons above alluded to . They are some of the leading persons in the Altringham and Hale congregations ,
and the leading trustees at Cross Street Chapel in this neighbourhood , and we may therefore anticipate that when these places become vacant , gospel ministers will be introduced into all the three situations . I trust
to your impartiality for the insertion of this letter , and am , Sir , Your obedient servant , A Friend to the real Gospel of Jesus Christ .
Natural Arguments for a Future State * 25
Sir , Bristol , Dec . 1814 . PERHAPS you have heard the story of the English sailor , who finding an unarmed enemy , presented him with one of his pistols , saying , " Now let us fight fair ' !
Nor can you be ignorant , if you would , nor insensible of the contrary nature of the Christian ' s address to his supposed enemy , the infidel ; he first binds his hands behind his back , threatens him with fine , tortures
imprisonment and perhaps death if he utters a syllable , thrusts a great gag in his mouth , and then exclaims ** now let us hear what you have to say" ! And don't tell us that this conduct
is contrary to the precepts and spirit of Christianity : what ! my Lord Ellenborough , Lord Erskine , Sir Vicary Gibbs , and Sir William Garrow , are undoubtedly Christians ! you cannot deny it , or if you should , you will not be believed , for we know them by their fruits . CHlftON .
&iR , Trowbridge , Dec . Q , 1814 . OU must have seen in the papers Ywwch an account a « tfa-foUtow-VOLr . JU E
Natural Argnmmits for a Future ; Slate . IF we admit the belief of an infinitely wise , powerful and good Being
presiding over the universe and superintending the affairs of his creatures , we must , 1 think , see reason to suppose that this life is not intended as the termination of our existence . Inde-Eendently of the revelation which God a * been f * Jteaaed to bestow on man
ing ; on such a day Mr . Such-a-one was condemned to pay to the King a fine of two hundred pounds and to be imprisoned in Newgate for the space of two years for writing a book called " Ecce Homo " .
You must hnve seen too , I suppose , the speeches of Mr . Whitbreatl and others about the Spanish Inquisition , and have noticed the universal silence about the English one . 1 can hardly tell which of these
circumstances appears to me most shocking , nor anil going to express to you my deep detestation and horror at such proceedings , for that is impossible . . Also , I do not wish to give occasion for refusing the insertion of this .
But what 1 wish you to notice is , the cruelty and baseness , the detestable cowardice , while things are in this situation , of writing defences of the Christian Religion , of challenging to
its adversaries ^ provoking them the combat , when it is known the more strong and unanswerable their arguments may be , the more certain will be their personal ruin .
The only reply that I can think of , and I hope and believe that Unitarians generally are able to make it , is , that they are not more approvers than parties in such transactions ; but even this will not be sufficient , since , ( not to mention that thev make no
exertions to remedy this case , nor to notice Mr , Smith ' s declaration , that as Christians , they have no further toleration to wish for , ) the charge of cowardice cannot be got over whilst they continue to provoke their fetter'd
antagonists-I am sure that any man of a free and generous spirit must scorn such conduct when seen in this light , which I 'till better informed , shall continue to think the true one . I am , Sir , Your obedient servant , THOMAS .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1815, page 25, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1756/page/25/