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The noble example of the Rev . James Martineau , in sacrificing a highly respectable situation , extended influence , and desirable prospects , rather than , by the acceptance of the royal bounty , that is to say , of the public money , give his sanction to the pretended support of religion by government taxation , has not been without its immediate effect in Ireland ; unless , indeed , we
must suppose the declaration for the voluntary support of religion , which has been forwarded to us from Cork , to be an independent emanation of a spirit already widely diffused in that country , and which must soon show itself in this country also . We rather incline to the latter supposition , and take Mr . Martineau ' s resignation of the pastoral office over the congregation of Eustace Street , Dublin , to be not so much the cause as the occasion of
the proceedings which have so promptly followed , and which are , as we have reason to believe , only the harbinger of similar manifestations on a more extended scale . The work has begun in the right way , not by the non-recipients attacking the recipients , but by those who were legally entitled to the spoil , washing their hands of the pollution . Mr . Martineau has never touched it . From the nature of his connexion with the
congregation he only became entitled to a portion of it , ( nearly 1007 . per annum , we believe , ) on the decease of the late Rev . P . Taylor , the senior pastor of the congregation . His determination was then announced , and the consequence followed , for which he was prepared . The Cork Declaration , which we shall presently give at length , is a parochial document . The first name to it , that of Mr . Richard Dowden ( R ) , is known to many of our
readers , as are some others which are appended ; but the subscribers , who were upwards of a hundred when it was printed , and whose numbers were increasing , are of all denominations—Churchmen , Dissenters , and Catholics . They declare against either receiving or paying taxes levied under religious pretences .
They affirm their own readiness to support their own churches . We are glad to see this from Dissenters , for they really renounce what , in Ireland , must be to them , in a pecuniary sense , a valuable consideration . We are glad to see it from Catholics , for their expectancy of payment from the state has had much to cherish it . The statesmen who have befriended their emancipation on the ground of political expediency have been understood generally to look forward to the completion of that measure ( in their view of it ) by linking the Catholic hierarchy to the government with a golden chain : and we most of all rejoice in such a declaration from members of the Church of Ireland , for that is the great receiving and absorbing body , and therefore the last that
RELIGION WITHOUT TAXATION . ( Public Declaration at Cork , for the Voluntary Support of Religion . )
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1832, page 116, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1806/page/44/