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judgment and discretion of such persons as may be desirous of making similar ^ attempts , and who muat be guided by local and ^ indefinab le cireucn stances . Whoever , then , of your correspondents or readers may be anxious to avail themselves of the
experience necessarily connected with such a large establishment , and . of so long standing , and will apply through the medium of their booksellers or to your publishers , I shall be glad to supply the demand by sending each of them a copy of the work as far as
fifty of them may extend , or more if they can be made useful , and shall feel honoured by their acceptance . J propose waiting two months to see what applications may be made , and then one arrangement will do for all . The books to be then forwarded with
the Numbers of the Repository , and whatever trouble and expense may attach , I will cheerfully remunerate . I cannot refrain from improving the present opportunity , by stating the great encouragement held out to others by the uniform and gratifying success of this establishment . There
are two buildings exclusively erected for the purpose , each of them at not less than ^ 1000 expense , in which there is an average of 1200 children regularly instructed ia the duties they now or hereafter may owe to themselves , to society , and to their Maker . Their teachers are upwards of fifty in
number , all giving their attention and instruction gratuitously , most of whom were themselves educated by the institution , and have now unitedly almost the whole management of the concern in their own hands . The discipline of the schools and of their own society is steady and effective ; and the org a ^ nization of the whole seems to admit
no doubt ' of its beings well calculated to provide for its continuance and improvement . The fund connected with the provision for relief in eases of illT Hess has realized nearly < £ 6 Qi ) ; the Committee having honourably , and in some cases generously , discharged every claim which the rules enjoined ; and most of the teachers are
themselves' interested in the benefit they may hereafter derive from this valuable part of the plan . Gould the most sanguine enthueias / ja liave anticipated auoifc a result jrou the apparently , small xsttaawces whisk
presented themselves at the coin * mencement of the institution ? One of the resolutions of the original committee , in the year 1787 , was , that the number of children should be limited to twenty ! On the present and
ultimate consequences I need not attempt to enlarge . The advantages of public instruction ^ re now almost universally admitted , and any attempt to direct the benevolent steal of its patrons , will bv the public be duly appreciated . JAMES LtJCKCOCK .
Liverpool . Sxn , December 3 , 1822 . THE following is an extract from one of the first numbers of a periodical publication , lately established at Charleston , South Carolina , entitled the " Unitarian Defendant ; " a work conducted with no little
talent , and certainly in the same excellent spirit which shines so conspicuously in the writings of our Unitarian brethren in America . It may not be unknown , to your readers that at Charleston there is a very large and respectable society who profess to
worship the Father only , and who , in consequence , have J > een subjected , to use the language of the " Unitarian Defendant * " to < € a species of persecution that has sprung up within a few years against that class of Christians , who , belieying in the strict unity of God , have ventured to conform
their worship to this great $ ncl impressive doctrine /' The article alluded to is headed by the Editor , * Signs of the Times . " " One of the most grateful And satisfactory indications of the progress of correct opinions on the subjetrt of religion . in our country * is the rapid
increase of periodical publications of a decidedly liberal character . By this term we mean to designate , in general , all such publications as maintain , in its broadest sense , the right of private judgment in matter * of faith . We bold it to be Ihe privilege and the duty of all men to examine the Records of
our faith for themselves ; to form their own opinion of the facts and doctrines which they contain , and of the duties thence resulting- ; and to hold and express these opinions without let or molestation—without in-£ unpg a liability , on account of their seatuaejitfl iuerely while tjiey m
R ) Liberal Periodical Publication * inAmerica .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1823, page 10, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1780/page/10/