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most sensible seasons of reflection , any the least uneasiness with his theological system ; buf to the last spoke with great dissatisfaction of the narrow and confined schemes of the divine mercy * [ To be concluded In our next . ]
MISCELLANEOUS COMMUNICATIONS .
ORIGINAL LETTER OF DR , PRIESTLEY ' S . To the Editor of the Monthly Repository . Sir , I shall thank you to preserve in your Repository a letter from Dr . Priestley , which was written to me on the following
occasion . I happened , in 1792 , to be a delegate from the Dissenters in Essex , who ^ like their brethren in the other counties , had united with the deputies from the dissenting congregations in and about London , to consider of a renewed application to Parliament for the Repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts * At the first meeting of the Committee in Essex
after the Birmingham riots , they unanimously voted an address to Dr . Priestley , which I had the pleasure of conveying to him . In the course of the address , they hinted at their great differences with him upon theological questions , for they were almost exclusively Calvinistic . To this circumstance ^ as you will perceive , Dr . Priestley refers .
These friendly intercourses among Christians of different sentiments would very naturally give an alarm to the jnore zealous among the orthodox . Such an alarm appears , from the preface to that work , to have produced " The Calvinistic and Socinian Systems compared , " from the answers to which * we are indebted for two able and gratifying representations of what Unitarians must become whenever they are so happy as to do justice to their own principles . I remain , Sir , your ' s , Clapton , Jan . 4 , 1807 - J . T . Rutt .
" Sir , ic I beg you would return my thanks , in the most respectful manner , to the Committee of Protestant Dissenters in Esscx ^ for their very acceptable address to me . It is more particularly pleasing to me , as a proof that difference of sentiment , on subjects of consi-* By Dr . Toulmin and Mr . KcntiJi .
6 Original Letter of Dr . Priestley s .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1807, page 6, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2376/page/6/