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w& $ aft introduction t 6 a tkvw state of miMd ghd religious privilege . And \ &ife I take my leave of the subject by a ^ alii re ferring- your readers to Mr . Keririck ' s Sermons , and , I add with pleasure , to Mr . Belsham ' s Exposition of the Epistles of Paul . E . COGAN .
a ® 4 Case of Mr . Ross ? jfifrriferty - (* ilffcwWi ?^ » t ? t $ GMrck Scotland .
^^^^^ g ^ A ^^ j ^^^^ tf Exeter ^ Sin , Twfw ? 3 , 1823 . ]? OUBT not it is in the recollect Itioh df many of your readers , that at the titrie Mr . Lindsey was deliberatidg $ bout the resignation of his Hiring ,-he corresponded with Mr . Rosfe , ar liiinistef of tlie Ghiireh of Scotland .
Mr . Ross haft difficulties oh the sub- * ject of Subscription to the Articles of his Church , similar to those ! which embarrassed Mr ; Lindaey respecting " those of the Churcfi of England . After the death of Mr . JtOss his
widow settled in Exeter , and became a * valuable member of ihy congregation ; and by her I was ihfohried of the steps taken by Mm , after much careful exanimation and serious
reflection , to relieve his min < i . He sent to the Presbytery of Stranmaer a declaration of his sentiments , and a petition to be released from his Subscription . Sortie zealous member ^ of the
Presbytery would have prevented the reception : of the petition , but a majority decided in his favour . Disappointed irt their scheftie , they tarried their opposition into the Syiibd ; but there also
they were silenced . But still hoj ^ ihg to succeed , they brought the questioti before the General Assembly , arici there also they were not listened to and Mr . Ross was allowed to coivtinea
a minister of the Ghitrch of Scotland ; after he had thus publicly restfirided his subscription to its Articles . This is so extraordinary an occurrence in an Established Church , that yott may
esteem it desirable to prefcerrfc th& following document in youfc valuable Repositbry . * ' Unto the Reverend Presbytery of Stranmaer ,
" The Declaration and Petition of Mr . Ahdrew Ross , Minister of Inch ; hiiitibly sheweth , " That your petitioner being deeply sensible of the iiivaluabla btessilig of i-cfigious liberty , considering also that ifi < £ futidaTtlfental piiiiiuiples bf tlife PW ^ tefetani reli ^ ioh are , th 6 * t ^ e iferiy
Scrip ku&& are tlie toidf - tqte erf fiiitli ttm practte ^ i- tbkitto ^ ercji ^' M private jtM % nient is tlie ttfidottbted ^ gfel and dtity of every < 3 hrUti « Ln 5 ^^ * hm JeL sus Christ himself , who is the Sole head of his chrtrch ; has cohaharanded us to search tire Scriptures , and to staiul ftist in the liberty whetiewith he hath made us free ; it gives hiril mtich
concern to see a practice prevails which contradicts these principles which we all profess , namely , the compiling of articles and cmkfesslbns of faith , and the requiring a subscription or belief of them as a cdddUktfi
of ministerial comttiuftitm . Smih a requisition , he is cotiviticed ^ sttpersed ^ & ti > 6 duty required of Christians to search the Scriptures , pr&fciiftte ^ the , exercise of private judgiherft in religious ^ iattfef 3 , and is a m < t « ilfest usHtpattoti df-thfe prerogative of 6 tir Lt > t €
Jesus Christ , who id the oftty lteati of his chtitehj and who ha ^ ffeiirhei * Kihi - self , nor by his apb ^ tles , irivesWed any man ^ or body 4 f ttieti , with atithdrity to impose their e&pHcatlons of SctJpture on the consciences of Ihfcfr lirfe- ^
tliren ; * ' Wherefoi-6 ) being deeply impressed with these sfcittiments , and firmly persuaded that it is his duty to a ^ sterl his religi ^ us Hbmy , by earnestly
contending foi * th ^ faith once delivered to the saints in thfeHttty Scriptures , after mature deliberation , fitl < J s he cannot xvith a gbotl conscience hold the offiee of a miritstefr of this Natiohai Church
oil the terms of his admission to that office . I mean not to advance any thing against the doctrmea ^ contained in the Confession of Faith . I only disclaim the usurped authority which imposes the belief of that or atty composition as a qualification for the holy ministry .
" ANDREW ROSS . " In an original letter , now before me , from Dr * Bfeimm to Mr . Towgobd , ^ n this subject of Subscription , he says , " I am desirous ydu fehould see the itifelosfcd letter oti Sub ^ CYiption 4 because I hope you are proceeding iti
your answer to P&Nvers Sermon concerdihg Subfiicrlpiioti m l *« Thirtyniiie Articles iii * my s ^ ftBG , i « l eteiy sense , and in no sense at all y as articles of truth which are not true ; as articles of peace which . create " eitd ^ ess < oiUertt ) i ^ ns ; afe ^ rtictes « rf the Cftulrch
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1823, page 324, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1785/page/12/