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lection **' Md- 'tQ receiver tracts to the amount pf their subscription . And h know that in many instances they would be much better pleased with this method , than they would be with receiving them as a # ift from their richer neighbour And if such a nlan was made thoroughly known and
understood , and every person who chose , allowed to contribute towards it , I would answer for it that a rr ^ uch larger sum might be raised this way than could be grafted from a Fellowship Fund . And it might be left to the option of avery subscriber , either to receive their tracts themselves , or
to make a present of them to their sunday schools , or to their poorer neighbours . This plan would undoubtedly be attended with a little more trouble , inasmuch as it would be necessary to take a list of the names , and the amount of their subscriptions . But I would answer for
it that in erery Unitarian society that is worth the name , there are persons to be found , who would gladly come forward , and volunteer their services in such > a cause . At the same time , there will probably be some persons in every society too poor to contribute even the
smallest sum towards such a collection . It would be doing these persons an essential and lasting benefit , to keep a few sets of the tracts in the vestries of our chapels , for the purpose of lending to these poor , but perhaps valuable members of our societies .
I entirely agree with our Bristol friends , as * to the excellent ; effects tUey are calculated to produce on the poor and the uneducated , and of the Rreat utility of distributing them in Sunday schools . Our orthodox neighbours are every where on the alert , ' to distribute publications which are
oiled with what we deem to be . gross wd mischievous corruptions of genuine Christianity . Let us be at least equally zealous in diffusing those wuch abound y ^ k the mos t jus t , endeanog wd amiable views of the character and government of our Ueavenl y Father , and are calculated ™ promote the sublim ^ et de votion and l&e purest ; moral practice - ' ' - * ¦ ¦ I .
Notions of * Jewish Rabbins on the TrMty : 689
Sin , ' IN a late Number of the Monthly Repository , ( p . 277 >) you inserted an extract from a paper first printed in " the Inquirer , " on the literature of the Dutch Jews , which paper is
commonly attributed to the pen of Mr . Bowring . In the concluding passage Mr . B . Of I may take the liberty of assuming him to be the author ) states that intelligence bad just been , received of the conversion of Da Costa
to Christianity . I have just beeft favoured with the Jewish Expositor for July last , which contains a letter from Mr . Thelwall , one of the London
Society ' s Missionaries , giving an account of this conversion , and by which it appears that Da Costa has fully adopted the Trinitarian scheme ., It is a very curious circumstance that Da Costa , and his cou $ iti Dr . Abraham
Cappadoce , both attribute this change in a great measure to a patient " search into the writings of the old Rablnns , and the discovery of thehr sentiments respecting the Trinity and the divinity of the Messiah , " though , they add , " these truths are to be sought out of a great mixture of cabalistic ^ absurdity and superstition /* On reading this passage , I was struck by a coincidence between this statement and some observations made last
year at a provincial meeting in aid of the Society for the Conversion of the Jews . The remarks in question were uttered by Mr . J . J « . Gurney , a respected member of the Society of Friends , who , it is said , is about to publish a work on the Old Testament
with reference simpl y to the question of the divinity of Christ . As the subject is really curious , and I do not recollect that it has ever occupied any of your pages , perhaps I may be permitted to transcribe , from a report taken in short-band by a person present , a part of Mr . G / s
observations " I . must observe that in their apprehension of the character of their own Messiah , I believe the views Qf the Jews to have materially altered and degenerated , therefore I would have the Society not only point their attention to the Old-Testament
account of the Messiah , but also examine the ancient writings of the Jews , to find their original opinion ?
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1823, page 589, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1789/page/29/