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lijWjBpt ^ ^ a ^;^* ^ , ^^^^ - . *? % ? I cxmMjm w ^ apr 0 ^» thc ^ TOia :: mj sight is very dim , hearing pretty good , memory poor enough . : I answer your question—is death an evil ?— -It is not an evil . It is a
blessing to the individual , and to the world ; yet we oujrht not to wish for it till life becomes insupportable . We must wztit the pleasure and convenience of the " Great Teacher . " Winter is as terrible to vc $ e as to you . I ana almost reduced in it to the life of
« bear or a torpid swallow . I cannot read , but my delight is to hear others read $ and I tax all my friends m os t unmercifully and tyrannically against their consent . The ads has kicked in vain ; all men say the dull animal has missed the mark .
< T $ U 8 globe is a theatre of war ; its inhabitants are all heroes . The little eela ^ m vinegar , and the animalcules in pepper-water , L believe are quarrelsome . The bees are as warlike as the
Romans , Russians , Britons or Frenchmen . —Ants , caterpillars , and cankerworms , are the only tribes among whom I have not Been battles ; and heaven itself , if we believe Hindoos ^
Jews , Christians and Mahometans , has not always been at peace . — We need not trouble ' ourselves about these tilings , nor fret ourselves because of eviLdoersj but safely trust the " Ruler with his skies . " Nor need we
dr $ ad the approach of dotage ; let it come if it must .- — ???? * , it . seems , still delights in his four stories ; and Starke remembered to the last his Bennington , and exulted in his glory : the worst of the evil is , that our friends will suffer more by our imbecility than we ourselves .
In wishing you health and happiness , I am very selfish ; for I hope for more letters ;—this is Worth more than five hundred dollars to me , for it has already given me , and it will continue to give me , more pleasure than a thousand . Mr . Jay , who is about your age , I am told , experiences more decay than you do . I am , your old friend , JOHN ADA | HS . President Jeffer&oti .
r . i y Pa ( ernmter ^ Row y 8 m ^ lfi $ tdn , SOME particulars have la ^ y coipe into nay possession relative ta the intercourse between the late Dr .
Priestley and the Rev . Elhanan Winchester in America , and I beg leave to fiffer them as deserving to be recorded in the Monthly Repository . In conversation with a respected friend , I remarked that I was informed from undoubted authority , that the late Mr . Winchester , the Unjversalist , though
a Trinitarian , was a most liberal Chnsa Trinitarian , was a most liberal Christian , and possessed a truly Catholic spirit , which he evinced by his friendly conduct towards Hv . Prjeatley in America , after the Doctor had been expelled from his native land , by those whose intolerant spirit could not bear
the freedom and energy . vvith whjiiijh that great maa advocated the cause of truth and uqallpyed , Ciiristianity ^ T Wishing to possess a correct statement of the particulars , I requested my sister , who resided at that time in
FhiladeJphia / to furnish me with' any that fell within her knowledge * which she kindly and readily did in ar letter from which I have made the fallowing extracts , and which place both of those eminent characters in an estimable light . JSAltytu HART .
Exeter , December 10 , 1822 . Dear . Brother , It 13 noyv nearly nve ^ and-twenty years siuce I was in America , having sailed therefrom for England in tire , spring t > f 1798 , aad in the lapse of a quarter of a
century many circumstances have faded from my mind : at your request , however , I will with cheerfulness endeavour to call back to remembrance the occurrences of those long-departed dayij . It is ever a pleasure to me to reflect on' the character of the late Mr . Winchester , in
which were combined uniformity 6 f Christian conduct and deportment with great urbanity and benevolence of heart ; and what render * his memory peculiarly estimable to me , was that artlegsness of
manners , singularly his own , and an unaffected iiberality which he manifested towards Dr . Priestley the , first winter th ^ e Doctor came down to Philadelphia to preach , . and for which I was quite unprepared . ;
I . believe that . Dr . Priestley ' s a <| 4 Me-Winchester ' s being first made knnvfip Id each other arose from the fallowing ci ^ circumstance : when the Doctor was
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1823, page 41, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1780/page/41/