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The Conductors ot the New Series of the Monthly Repository are much gratified In being able to acknowledge , at this e&ly period of their labours , the receipt of valuable communications from eminent individuals whose writings gave interest and importance to the foxnier Series . It is their wish to secure the continued literary friendship of all such persoiis , fox ' the > mbre effectual promotion of the great objects equally contemplated inbo& publications .
Some papers have been transmitted to them on the subject of Baptism , and they are threatened with many . more . In order to save their Correspondents unnecessary trouble , the Conductors deem it ri | ht ip state a ^ pjice , generally , that their own must be considered as so far an original work , that they cannot take up controversies commenced in the former Series , and carry them on fj-om the point where it left them . On the Baptismal Controversy , so far as respects the matters , in dispute between the several combatants , they will pronounce 110 opinion ; but they must be allowed to say that , in their judgment , some time should be allowed to allay the angry feelings it has excited , before the parties again enter the arena . The language employed by one of their Correspondents confirms them in this view of the
case . He ought to be aware that epithets of contempt applied to an opponent , will produce far other effects than the removal of his alleged errors . The Conductors will not shrink from the promise held out in their Prospectus , of which they are studiously reminded for an obvious purpose , to open their pages to the free discussion of controverted topics that properly fall within their province . They must , however , be allowed to exercise their own discretion as to the time when those discussions shall be introduced , the extent to which they shall ]> roceed , and , they will add , the spirit and the language in which they shall be prosecuted . —The principle on which the Conductors decline embarking in the Baptismal Controversy , will equally apply to the paper of J . L . just received .
The Conductors are pleased with the general remarks of Chnsttanus ; they object , however , to his personal allusion to the respectable writer whom he names , which they think it were better to avoid . The concluding censures would be rather ungracious in the First Number of the New Series . Dr . J . Pye Smith ' s note arrived too late for insertion . Though his communication belongs properly to the Old Series , the Conductors will , from personal respect , afford him the opportunity he solicits for explanation . The Conductors have it in contemplation to enter into the subject of the Catholic Declarations much more fully than has been done by a respected Correspondent .
The writer from Crewkerue is referred to the pamphlet , and the subsequent explanatory papers of the learned author of the hypothesis to which he alludes , where , the Conductors conceive , he will obtain the information he seeks . Articles intended for the Review department , the writers of which are unknown to the Conductors , are inadmissible . ' - The Conductors , after mature deliberation , hate come to the resolution so wisely , they think , adopted by Mr . Matty , not to invite communications which they are not at liberty to reject without assigning a reason . Nor can they undertake to return communications which they may decline to insert .
The pressure of important matter has induced the Conductors to add half a sheet to the present Number . They regret , however , that notwithstanding this enlargement of their assigned limits , many articles intended for insertion have been unavoidably omitted . They propose to secure for their next Number a report of the proceedings of the last general meeting of the Deputies , when a proposition was brought forward to afford some assistance to the London University . It is their intention to record in future the acts of this body whenever any subject of interest is discussed . They have no doubt that their readers will be pleased to know what passes in this Society ; and that considerable benefit will be derived from giving greater publicity to its proceedings .
All articles intended for the General Correspondence department should be in the hands of the Conductors by the first day 6 t \ the majoilu ^ H * d all articles of Obituary and Intelligence ty 4 he fifteenth . '
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1827, page 80, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1792/page/80/