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derable importance in religion , does not always lessen a regard to the common principles of Christianity and humanity , which indeed are of infinitely more value than all those with respect to which we differ . With such sentiments as those contained in this address , all
Christians may consider one another as brethren , and feel a common interest in all that befals them ; and this will gradually tend to lessen party spirit in this world , and fit us for meeting in a better . " 1 am , with much respect , Sir , jour very humble servant . * Clapton * Feb . 17 , 1792 . J . Puiestley . "
SHORT ACCOUNT OF JVt . PILLONIERE . To the Editor of the Monthly Repository . Sir , The Inquirer , " in the Monthly Repository for November , * is desirous of having whatever information any of your readers can give him concerning Mons . Pilloniere . He asks , first , What is his history ? Is there any satisfactory account oi It on record ? Did he continue a Protestant to the end of his
life ? And , lastly , was he in communion with the church of England ? In giving the following short but imperfect account , I must inform your correspondent , that it is taken from a pamphlet
in my possession , published by M . Pilloniere himself ( in the year 1717 )? in justification of his character , and m proof of the sincerity of his conversion from Popery to the Protestant faith ; for the one had been violently attacked , and the other called in question by Dr . Snape and other bigotted persons .
It does not appear where or when he was born ; but that his father resided at Morlaix in Brittany , and , from several incidental observations scattered through his work * it may be inferred that he was a person of no inconsiderable
respectability ; young Pilloniere was placed by him amongst the Jesuits at Paris for his instruction , where he continued for about two years , and then of his own accord , before he was fifteen years of age , and contrary to the intentions of his father , entered himself as one of their order . He afterwards became
tutor to the young Marquis du Roueve , nephew to the Duke de la Force ; and after he abandoned the Jesuits , he was received by the Duke into his famil y * During his noviciate , he says his time was wholly employed" ( as is their custom ) cc in a perpetual train of superstitious and devout trifles- " When we consider the efforts made by the elder Jesuits to * Vol . i . p . 575 .
Short Account ofM . Pilloniere . f
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1807, page 7, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2376/page/7/