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Irresponsible and unpopular , ahd therefore inefficient magistracy , was the power that bound him for the sacrifice . And , then ^ he was a soldier . The prospect of losing caste was
before him . Too many of those who wear the sword know no immorality like that of allowing the sword to remain an instant longer in the scabbard than they think becoming . Opinion governs the world . But it is the opinion of those who constitute the world to each individual . The soldier ' s world is not that of
the citizen , the philosopher , the moralist . These classes have no right of suffrage in it . Their approval does not even mitigate judgment . Colonel Breretoii felt that in his world opinion would be against him . It was no world for him ; and he had no other . Suicide is no new thing under such influences .
Our question is answered . Let the Christian , in his horror of suicide , meditate on its causes . Le £ him strive to make individuals so religious , that they may resist any inducements to its commission ; but let him not think that his duty is done , while permanent temptations exist which produce this , and a mighty
host of other and wide-spread evils . Let Christianity assert the supremacy of its moral principles over all regulations , national or municipal , and over all prejudices of class or station . When the operation of any of our institutions for the production of vice or misery has been fairly pointed out , we become all guilty , as a people , until those institutions are reformed .
THEOLOGY . The Funeral Discourse and Farewell Address , delivered in Strand Chapel , on Sunday Afternoon ^ December 18 th , 1831 . By Arthur Dean . We suppose Mr . Dean entered on the ministry late in life , as we learn from the discourse that lie has been engaged in it only twenty years . In vain have we looked through his discourse and address for any other
reason of his retirement . Every sentence breathes an attachment to , and an eminent fitness for , the sacred office . Nor , when we regard the vigour and elegance displayed , are we sure that we have hit on the right cause . The indirect indications are rather of a mind in full and active maturity , than one debilitated by age . Whatever may be the reason , every reader of this piece will , we are sure , deeply regret
that a mind so vigorous and well-disciplined , and a heart so pure and devout as those of the writer , should be severed , till compelled by the Hard necessity of death , from the sacred and benign work of the Christian ministry . As only ' a few copies' of the discourse have been printed , we shall extract more largely from it than our custom is , preferring that part which relates to the dtith'drf * retirement from jpdblfc duty : —
134 Critical Notices . —Theology *
CRITICAL NOTICES .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1832, page 134, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1806/page/62/