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are fawned upon ; on the contrary , their hand , even when it is picked by sycophancy , is ever ready to smite those that make the least reserve of obedience and submission . However the Dissenters may regard themselves , these politicians know that they properly belong to that class of public men who contemplate in all their measures the amelioration of our laws and institutions ; and they hate them from dread of this natural , which is also a moral , connexion . The Whig party in return bear the odium amongst
High-Churchmen of being Dissenters in their hearts ; and it is really a public scandal that so enlightened and virtuous a body of men as the Dissenters , should seem for a moment not to distinguish between their enemies and friends , and even to requite long services with ingratitude and neglect , and to seek to strengthen the hands of a faction who may use their power in the first instance to put and keep down their political antagonists , but who will never cease , so long as their power lasts , to watch and curb those religionists in whose Nonconformity they discern the elements of political freedom . * Z .
To the Editor . Sir , This paper in your last Number in recommendation of the London University , is one in the general sentiments of which most of your readers will doubtless concur , and which is manifestly the work of a man of talent and reflection ; but it is equally evident to me that , whoever he may be , he is not
* The writer is reminded that he has been partly anticipated in the above reflections by the Edinburgh Review , from a late No . [ LXXXVI 1 I . ] of which the following excellent passage is extracted : " Every measure of government , every act of legislation , every vote of an individual , which , upon the whole , and in the end , tends to lessen the influence of the opinion of those classes who must be orderly and provident , over the conduct of the
rich and great , is an aggression against public morals , which , as far as its power reaches , impairs their best human security . The neutrality of the zealously religious party among us , in all late contests between authority and liberty , and the partiality shewn by a large body to the side of power , seem to indicate that they no longer perceive that important relation of civil institutions to domestic morality , which contributed to make the ancient Calvinists the most zealous friends of human
freedom . From "whatever causes this remarkable deviation from the example of their predecessors may have arisen , it will be strange if they should persevere in supporting principles favourable to a state of society the most fruitful in vice , and the most incompatible with every disposition towards religion . Other considerations , perhaps , of a still higher order , present themselves , which , from their importance aud their peculiar nature , would require ( if presented at all ) to be more fully unfolded than they can be at this time and in this place . It will be sufficient , for those who have much considered such matters , to observe , that all ardent and elevated feelings have
a strong , though frequently a secret , connexion . They often combine for a time with other principles . They are disturbed by accidental circumstances . r lliey may be made to counteract each other . But their natural affinity is always discoverable , and most generally in the end prevails . They prepare for each other—they succeed each other—they combine together . There are no principles which have so often and so clearly exemplified these observations , as the zeal for religion and the love of
liberty . But if the . friends of religion should be blind to this affinity , they may be well assured tliat it never escapes the watchful jealousy of the possessors of power ; who , however they may be pleased with an obedient clergy and a religion which teaches quiet , vet , as politicians , ( whatever may be the exceptions of individual character , ) regard zeal as an ungovernable quality , tremble at the approach of every apeciee of enthusiasm , atid have a natural dread of whatever breaka upon them from that higher region of humau feeling wiiere piety and patriotism are kindled /'
DISSENTING COLLEGES .
254 Dissenting Colleges .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1827, page 254, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1795/page/22/