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dered , aid « ifccer £ fy wisrh that tlfey may continue to flourish , and to enjoy these grant * as long as they wisely and faithfully employ them . But does the name of Belfast render that useless which is elsewhere so highly approved £ Or , is the circumstance that the noblemen and gentlemen about
Belfast , as well as its own inhabitants , have done more than has been done in other places , a reason why this should be less assisted ? I believe the subscription , on becoming a member of the Dublin Society or Cork
Institution , is thirty guineas , whilst there have been several subscriptions of one hundred and fifty guineas each , to the Belfast Institution , and some of still larger sums ; and the friends of literature in India , with the
Marquis of Hastings as their leader , sent a donation of above 6000 / . The sums so liberally bestowed , have been partly expended in building , and partly in the maintenance of the Institution , since the annual grant from Parliament was withdrawn .
Is it consistent with that iinpar * tiality which ought to distinguish , and which , in most instances , does distinguish the Irish Government , that there should be such marked neglect of the Belfast Institution ? According to the Act of Incorporation , the bye-laws are sanctioned by the Lord
Lieutenant in Council , and cannot be altered or rescinded , without his approbation . Amongst the visitors are , the Lord Primate , the Bishops of Down and Droinore , the Provost o Trinity College , Dublin , the Sovereign of Belfast , and the Members of Parliament for the Counties of Antrim
and Down . If these are not sufficient checks , can no f urther security be devised , which , whilst it would satisfy the Government , would not deprive of all influence those who , at first , gave their money , and have given also their exertions for so many years , to make the Institution what it
is ? This is no party question . Let inquiry be made , as it has been always courte d ; and if , on inquiry , it be tound , as I dare assert it will , that * ne institution is conducted oft pure Principles , and / is ; rendeti * g fm&Oiv giil . services t < yi the country , may not « b -mend * hope ^ qthat aasktanee will 2 « LiTc : ^ ***** &t& * ^ flPfcirt < ^ lrtNI » au be accessary fo such art eve&t ;
will hereafter rejoice id the good they wiM have fefltected ; wEftt ; ff ' - fcriSry effort be unavailing , — if Wiis trtiiy useful Institution must give way io the objections raised against it , ttiere will be a melancholy satisfaction in reflecting-, that it did not deserve to be neglected .
On a Passage in Irving * i € Orations , &c . 6 $#
Hackney , Sir , September 1 . 5 , 1823 . f 1 ^ HE following remarkable passage JL is from the Kev . E . Irving ' s boot of Judgment to Come . I quote it as a sample of that extraordinary man ' s manner , but more particularly as it indicates a doubt of the very creed he is so vehemently insisting on .
Like many other good and pious men , I fe ar he stifles inquiry , lest it should lead to blasphemy , and contrives to believe vvith the Pseudo-Egyptian Athanasius , because he dare not question the dogma . " Pudebat etiam non videre , quod tain esset perspicuum . "
" He" ( God ) " cared not that he must for a season abdicate the throne ; and resign the government of the universe "—( to whom ?) ' he cared not that he must wrap up his conditions
within the bounded sphere of a creature—he cared not that man ' s puny strength must be his measure , and man s penetrable and suffering frame , the continent of his being—that his " ( God ' s ) " Spirit must take on human affections , and his" ( God ' s , God's
body !) ** body be afflicted with human wants—and he cared not that , hell , and hell's sovereign should be loosed against him , and those of his own household become traitors , —those he died for , his executioners—death his
portion , "—( oh , immortal God !) ** and the grave his abode . Nor did he care that during the hottest of this fiery tr ial , his Father should cloud his face , and withdraw his countenance , and leave him to tread the wine-press of sorrow alone , and roll his garment in blood . —Oh ! what is this , " ( he
naturally and justly exclaims , self-revolted from the fiction , ) < oh what * s thi ^ we speak of ; can it befthat the ( 3 reaw > r should become a creature , dwelling upon tbe ungrateful ^ arth l ^ e made ; M vr t * i& of 4 i « o * fey % jf "ft * Btead , aft « ia j
eUp of its wuferVto satiafy hfehtoget atttl his thfrsrV % pifi& uttW ^ W *^ - tOtierB he forced a ^ ftd . For 1 their ch ^
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1823, page 563, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1789/page/3/