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- "Ye are living , my brethren , in the midst of nations professing to be followers of Jesus ; and in this are many persons , with great zeal , endeavouring to convert you to their peculiar opinions , and to draw you away from the law given to our fathers . But to what are they
endeavouring to convert you ? Each has his Shibboleth . And what would they make of you ?—a divided people , separated from each other , aliens from the house of Israel . They cannot agree among themselves ; nay , they carry with them such distinctive marks of hatred ,
that they not only deny to each other their civil rights on account of some peculiar doctrines , but in many places , and on a variety of occasions , they have delivered each other over to prisons and to death . This , my brethren , cannot be the religion of the Messiah , the Prince of Peace . "—P . 6 .
" The Law , they cannot deny it , was given from heaven . It was given to our nation , —commanded to be observed for ever by us . By whom , then , was it abrogated ? By Jesus ! by him who followed the Law , and declared not one iota of it should be abolished till the
consummation of all things ? By his apostles ! who constantly worshiped at the Temple , who were satisfied with a a few necessary injunctions to the nations , but thought it needless to speak to their own nation on this subject , as they said , ' Moses was read every Sabbath-day in the synagogues" ?* Neither Jesus nor his apostles departed from the
Law . How , then , can any man m these days call on you to forsake your privileges , your honourable distinctions , your part in the covenant made with our fathers ? Let them , at any rate , shew us their authority . Whence do they derive it ? Be not deceived by them , my
brethren . The Messiah , when he comes again , will come to his own people , to the house of Israel : and though he was once rejected by our fathers , yet will their descendants * look ou him whom they pierced / and acknowledge him as their Saviour , the King of Israel . "—Pp .
. V ,, Wp ^ re not , my brethren , let me repeat it , called upon to forsake the Law , because we acknowledge Jesus to be the Messiah . We are * u > i on that account to quit our sy nagogues ., We are stjll tfoe peculiar people of the Almighty , destined by him to . make his truth to be known " ¦ ' " See Acts xv . 21 '
to all nations . We will rejoice in the conversion of the nations t # the worship of one God , the God of Abraham , Isaac , and Jacob , him whom Jesils , the Messiah , proclaimed to be his God and our God . We will acknowledge them to be our brethren in one faith , not called upon to follow our rites and customs : for the Law was not given to them ; * but grace and truth came by Jesus , * the Messiah , equally to them and to us . " —Pp . 8 , 9 .
" We shall not , then , be objects of jealousy and suspicion to any party . We shall not say to them , There is no salvation unless you follow our rites and customs . We shall exhort them as brethren to compare together the Law , the Prophets , the Gospels , and to be assured , that the whole makes one
consistent system , worthy of Him who declared his will to the Patriarchs , to Moses , to the Prophets , and lastly to our nation by his beloved Son , the Messiah , by whose command the chosen messengers , all of our nation , were sent to promulgate these great truths to the whole world . "—P . 11 .
Art . VI . —Letters from his late Majesty to the late Lord Kenyon , on the Coronation Oath , with his Lordshi ' s Answers : and Letters of the Right Hon . William Pitt to his late Majesty 9 with his Majesty ' s Answers , previous to the Dissolution of the Ministry in 1801 . Second Edition . London . 1827 . Murray , pp . 40 .
It cannot be denied that this pamphlet comes forth most seasonably . It places the honest but obstinate and ignorant difficulties raised by the late King , and those who seek to justify their unreasonableness by his , in excellent contrast with the more enlightened and equally manly opinions of Mr . Pitt ; and it deprives of all support those who would
now more loudly than ever cover their opposition to every improvement by the authority of his name . Mr . Canning and his friends will now mQ 8 t clearly have the sanction of that authority on their aide , and the notoriety given to the facts will contribute , jve 1 trust , still more decidedly to fix him Jn the course which the country has a right to expect from hitti . ' ' ¦ ¦ •'¦• '" " '> . - ¦ ' ¦ ¦ . . "
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1827, page 604, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1799/page/52/