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Sir , Dr . Chauncey , after some others who went before him , has given us hn inviting description of the new _ - ^^^ M ^ b—
heavens and the new earth , in which the righteous will dwell , when they shall have obtained the applauses of their Judge , supposing-this habitation to mean a renovated state of the
earth , assimilated to paradise . But , why may we not here , look forward to a new and more glorious world ? We must presume that this present world existed thousands of ages before it became a Chaos , from which
it was restored and fitted up as a receptacle for the posterity of Adam , and that in its former state , it was the habitation of rational beings , who , after having approved themselves the devoted servants of God , and finished their probationary course , were not
Annihilated , but translated to some other world , more congenial to their exalted characters , where they might be advancing- in perfection and dignity for ever . Why may not this be the case , then , with all the upright children of men ? And , as each must he exercised in contemplating the
wonders of creation , arid he always increasing in divine knowledge , who can say , that the comets are not the habitations of all such , which are so admirabl y calculated , for animating them with this most sublime knowedge , whilst : they are conveying them through millions of worlds ? These thoughts rtiay possibly amuse your
more ingenious correspondents , and produce from them some profound disquisitions . I am , Yours , &c . W . H .
P . S . All your readers must have been sensibly affected with the account of the premature death of Mr . Buckniirister . This account , though I do not by any means com pare tl i em together , brou ght the great Crichton to my recollection , who , when he sat for his decree and
the question was put to him , Quern lib-runt profiteretur ? answered Quern 7 ion ? And , after the professors had tired him with every book which they thought puzzling , to no sort of purpose , at last put into his hands an illegible book , on which he said , Tu legito dotnine , et ego expona ? n . But , the
sermons which I reported to you in one of your former numbers , ( ix . 401 . ) as published at Boston almost three years ago , were not written by Mr . B , but were published by Mr . Freeman : some of them , I am persuaded , are his own , though I am not authorized to say that they all or the greatest part of them are really his .
I have . been lately reading Dr . Chauncey ' s book on Universal Salvation . I must confess his arguments to be very ingenious , though 1 cannot yet say , that I think he has altogether proved his doctrine . His introduction , however , of the pre-existence and incarnation of Jesus Christ , have
involved him in great obscurity . I have also been reading an excellent pamphlet on repentaneey by the late Mr . Mole , and think that he has proved his point , as far as he goes . But , there are some difficulties , to which he has not adverted . A rrnnu
for instance , may be influenced In certain predominant passions , nutis ! that period of his life , when these passions cease , and may suffer so much from reflecting on what lie has done , as to be truly sorry that he had ever transgressed . But , how can such a
one be accounted a true penitent , on the . supposition that if his passions had not forsaken him he would have proceeded in still indulging them ? And , hence the young should be tsiuglit to practice all purity and goodness in the prime of life , lest what they may at last be led to consider as true penitence , should be found to be no repentance , but only a bodily infirmit y or decrepitude .
Dr . Chauncey on Universal Salvation . qq
0 f the incumbent , Mr . Hoilis pre tented this gentleman to the living in a most handsome manner . Perhaps the following epitaph ( extracted from Memoirs of Hollis , p . 784 , ) in honour of Algernon Sidney , may please some of the readers of your Repository :
<( Algernon Sidney fills this tomb , An atheist , for disclaiming Rome - y A rebel bold , for striving- still To keep the law above the will . Crimes ! damned by Church government Oh ! whither must his ghost be sent ? Of heaven it cannot but despair . If holy Pope be turnkey there : And hell will ne'er it entertain .
For there is all tyrannic reign . Where goes it then ? Where ' t ought to go—Where Pope nor Devil have to do . ' Your ' s , J . C .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1815, page 29, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1756/page/29/