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Though Mrs . H . " cannot perceive tke least affinity ** between the two brothers and the Jews and Gentiles , or that the latter can be " figured " by the former ; I still think with the
late excellent Mr . Kenrick , in his exposition , and many other good writers , that Jesus had this in view in the parable , as well as to repel the objections of the Pharisees to his immediate conduct . To the extension of the gospel to the Gentiles he seems
to have frequently alluded , though obscurely , because even his own diseiples were not then prepared to hear the subject stated plainly . In what Mrs . H . says of the Jews and Gentiles , she seems not to recollect that the language of a parable is not to be
construed strictly , as if every part of k was designed to allegorize something ia the subject designed to be brought into view , or to be only obscurely intimated . Whatever the moral character of the Jews might be , they certainly all along continued
professedly the people and church of God ; they continued to enjoy the privileges of the former dispensation ; and to them the promises respecting Christ and the gospel were made ; and this I think sufficient to justify the Iangi * age used to them , as the elder brother in the parable . The Gentiles
before they were lost in superstition and idolatry , had the knowledge of the true God , and voluntarily departed from him , his worship , and the enjoyment of has favour , ( see Rom . cb . i ., ) which seems to me , to
reader applicable the description given of the younger brother . I do not < ieem it necessary to say mote on the present occasion ; but cannot conclude without expressing my high esteem for the amiable writer , whose strictures have called forth these remarks . R . WRIGHT .
SiR r Sept 10 , 1823 . YOl / ft Correspondent who describes him self as a " Friend to the Quafeerc , " I doubt net very sincerely , unknown as he is to me , inquires in your last Number , < p , 4 i 67 , ) how it is to be accounted for that the language of the last Yearly Meeting Itateifce should be so different from the -ittpresbfit&tioas of a ^ rae of ywve c ^ r * Eftipo&deirts in former Nuraf * ei ? s , aad the extnrcte they h ^ ve adduced from
writers of eminence amongst the Qua . kers . He also appears to- consider those Epistles as unquestionably giviQir t ^ general -dense of tlte large kssembW
in whose name they are given forth as if it was th& practice at those Meetings to ascertain what that sense is , in a manner equally decisive of tlie fact as ft sh ^ w of hands , a ballot , or some other personal declaration of the sense of the majority of persons
present ob any question that may come before them . Perhaps your correspondent may Uimelf be one of that respectable Society , and of that m . Greasing class amongst them , ( if I
am not misinformed , ) who both purchase and read your Journal . Be this as it may , be does not seem to know that your readers have had within about ten years past ample information on , I believe , every part of his
inquiry . That there was considerable variation in sentiment on several points of doctrine of more or less importance amongst its authors in high and general esteem with the Society , from the age of Fox , Penn , Barclay , and their contemporaries , will be evident
on an examination of their writings , comparing' one pt ? rt with' another . It is equally clear fironi the history , or rather biography , of its founders , and other leadiag members of the Society , that they then rather encouraged than repressed the free exercise of private judgmeat in Ub members , on the momentous co&ceraa of faith
and worship . Yet were they , if any thing in tbeir history cam 4 # depended upon , as highly distingui&Ued for zeal io tl * e cause of truth , or of what they believed to be &t * cb » . # s thgy were , for bearing the peculiar badge of
discLplesinp , b y which all ^ ep were to know the ^ followers of Cjk r ^ s t , their love one towards anotti&r . They walked , as Isaac Peningjton said of them , harmoniously tqg § J&er > **} & different apprehensioii ^ conce ^ ninff truth , and * & the i ^ dst of 4 iffercnt
practices . ; < , Your Correapo ^ edat fil ^ Qiiid ca ^ sx * der , tkftt ia ihe Up ^ e of jtjn ^* . MJP » of 0 &eB % ev € j » pwif ^^ iipff ^ . Chrifi > ^ uader l ^ e ^ ifte , ap ^ jiJ ^ tmn ^ gradwflf and alw ^ s ^^ JU ^ nftjtbly ^ J a ^^ n ^ % n « sli 3 > . cfcxijtl ifl ^ on ^^^^ i ^^ Q ^ . ^ tj ^ ers ; wW ^* tteyt £ olmm ^ l * dSJi ^ iif 4 l ^ ^
5 < tS History of the last Quaker ? " Yearly EpUtlef *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1823, page 568, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1789/page/8/