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try * Our hearts were cheerful . We saw that he had succeeded in exciting such a general and deep interest in the cause both of the youthful and of the aged poor , in the cause of the prisoner , in the cause of the criminal , in the cause of the persecuted and
oppressed of all classes and all climes , that the claims of humanity and justice must have become known , and , therefore , have been acknowledged . We saw , assembling around him to aid his exertions , men whose name is honour , whose countenance is strength , and whose union is victory . When we first heard of his death , our hearts
sunk within us . We felt as though the very foundation of the fabric of mercy , which we saw rising up in majesty and strength , were suddenly and completely destroyed . Never till
that moment did we appear to ourselves to have recognized the true extent of his influence in promoting the cause of knowledge , liberty and benevolence in general : and never till then did we seem to have estimated
it properly , even in regard to those parts of the great cause which he Selected for his peculiar care . We felt as though the cause must now indeed stand still . But we know it cannot he . Its advancement does not
diepend on human agency alone , otherwise it might fail . Man is but the instrument ; God's is the master-ha tic ) that directs it . One instrument may fail in effecting so much as we ex > pected , but it accomplishes its allotted
work , and the . p . gives place to others , whose operation is more effectual . The labourers , covered with honour , rest from their work - the work goes on * He whose work it is , and who has the sole direction of it , is
immutable and omnipotent . And , as it regards the present , we see that it must go on , for we see the aew instruments which he has raised up to promote it . We knoyv ' the spirits finely touched , and to fine issues , ' which remain to us , the associates arwl
coadjutors of that noble spirit which has left our world . They will prove , by emulating its conduct , that they possess a kindred nature , and are worth y to rejoin it in tjiat celestial world \ w which the flame of benevolence will ' glow ware nleudily aud brightly ; and the him fa $ Mffi&it ,
because knowledge will be unmixed with error , and excellence unimpaired by frailty •!"
10 Voters in the Suiters' Hall Synod * 1719 *
Sir . Nov . 3 , IBIS . AMONG the many claims which the Monthly Repository has upon the favour of the public , I consider , as not the lea&t important , that
it contains 50 many historical aud biographical notices , that will be found of the greatest service to any future historian of Nonconformity . But where shall we find a man with the
research of Neal , or the extensive biographical information of Calamy , who , as a collector and publisher of original biography , is surpassed only by his contemporary and antagonist , the Oxford antiquary , and the veteran in their pursuits of the present day , the learned and laborious Author of
the " Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century "? I wish to obtain permission to have recorded on your pages , the names of the ministers who voted on the famous question * of the year 1719 , at Salters' Hall . The
names of those who were on the side of freedom of inquiry are e ^ iven in the Memoirs of Whiston . * The following list varies only in one point , namely , in wanting the name of John Sheffield , which stands next to that of Dr . Oldfield in Whiston ' s catalogue .
The two lists are preserved in some family memoirs , by a gentleman who was long . a very respectable and judicious member of Dr . Benson ' s congregation , with whose account of the affair in question the names may b £ introduced .
" In the year 1719 , the Dissenters having been at ease for a few years since the death of Queen Anne , began to quarrel among themselves about orthodoxy in speculation . Some hotheaded people at Exeter opened the scene , spurred on by two or three
over-zealously affected minister * in London ; which occasioned an assembly of divines of the Three Denominations of Protestant Dissenters ^ to meet nfc Sahere' Hall , in prder to send pacific advices to the people at Exeter . But a great number of the mmfotera , wot content with sending their advice , 1 ¦ . «" ' ¦ ¦ ¦ ii » . | Ii ... — .. i ) . iii-i , 11 ——I— - . i « . ¦¦ ... ¦¦*» ¦ f — .- ¦— - »¦ .. ¦¦ - ¦ , — .. — ¦ ¦ - ^ - ¦ - ¦ mm * ¦— , ¦¦ ¦¦
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1819, page 16, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1768/page/16/