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Nor were the literary acquirements of the Puritans restricted to theology , although that " Queen of all Sciences" might have justified her votaries in an exclusive homage , whilst the unhal- lowed arm of temporal authority still retained within its . grasp so large a
portion of her rightful domains * Of Whitaker , Rainolds and several others , still more unequivocally Nonconformists , the concurrent testimonies of eminent and impartial writers prove that their learning was varied and comprehensive , extending to the ornamental as well as the more solid branches of
knowledge - and with respect to many of them it may be remarked , that their English style is as correct and pure as their reasoning is vigorous and unanswerable . Amongst the laity distinguished by talent , and not unfrequently also by rank and station , the
principles of Puritanism found many secret supporters , and not a few public advocates . The corruption and vena-Mty of the established clergy , which had in Wickliffe ' s days provoked the Satire of Chaucer , in a more advanced gtage of the Reformation called forth
the indignant but cautious reprobation of a Spenser . * Does any one still hesitate to pronounce Nonconformity to the state religion compatible with the expansion and cultivation of genius , imagination , fancy and taste , let him look upwards to the
venerable form of Milton , enthroned on the imperishable products of his intellect , and crowned with increasing honours from each successive generation . To describe him worthily requires a genius like his own . In the regions of poetry he alternately contests the empire with Shakspeare .
special licence from King Edward to preach without being * ordained , took every opportunity of acting under it which the favour and connivance of the Queen afforded him * Whilst high sheriff of the county of Oxford , he appeared in St . Mary ^ s stone pulpit , with his gold chain and sword , and preluded
his discourse with the following- words : " Arriving at the mount of St . Mary ' s , in the stony stage where I now stand , I have brought you some fine biscuits , baked in the oven of charity , and carefully conserved for the chickens of the church , the sparrows of the spirit , and the sweet swallows of salvation . ' ? See his Shepherd ' s Calendar , Eclogue * £ tji atyd 7 th , and Mother Hubberd ' s Tale , »
i < " Fancy " ' s child , " and with the epic muse of antiquity . To the less ideal conflict with the €€ powers of this worldin the cause of liberty , * he advanced under the celestial panoply of < wisdom and virtue , nor has his
* " noble task' been wrought in vain . The country which gave him birth will not cease to derive a growing lustre from so rare and perhaps unparalleled a combination of all the majesty of genius with all the grace of science 5 but more especially may those who enlist under the banners of Protestant
Nonconformity , that glorious cause which called forth the most powerful energies and moulded the loftiest conceptions of his mind , fearlessly go forth , armed in the mental and moral strength of their immortal champion , so long as iC ¦ r ¦¦ i . New foes arise * ' Threat'iiing to bind our souls with secular chains . ' * R
Essex Street , Sir , Jan . 16 , 1819 . SEE , by Mr . Harris ' s account , I published in the blue cover of your last Repository , that there remains in his hands £ 800 . of the
collection made for building a Chapel at Greenock : but as the conditions of the collection were not fulfilled , and as there is no reasonable prospect of building an Unitarian Chapel at Greenocli , the money collected returns
of right to the subscribers , to whom , if required , their proportion , that is , two thirds of the original contribution , should be paid . But as this would occasion great trouble and considerable expense , and as the main object for which the monev was collected was to
promote the cause of Unitarian Christianity in Scotland , I would recommend that the three hundred pounds in Mr . Harris ' s hands should be divided
equally between the two congregations of Edinburgh and Glasgow , to assist in discharging the Chapel debt of the one , and in accumulating the Chapel fund of the other .
In order to this , would it not be advisable that Mr . Harris , if he has no objection , should give notice every month in your Repository that it is Irish " ¦¦ ' ¦ ¦ ¦ " ¦¦ * ' ¦¦ ' > ¦ i ¦ * ¦ " 1 « * For who loves thaty must first be wise and good . ' *
§ 6 Mr . Belsham and Mr . Aspland ori the Greenock Subscription .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1819, page 30, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1768/page/30/