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1-have laid down , viz . ** that if the intention and view of the legislature which imposed subscription be satisfied , it is enough . " But here comes a doubt , whether we can be permitted to go out of the terms bf subscription , that is to say , the words of the statute , to collect the intention of the legislature or not . If we look to the terms of the subset
iptioft , they seem to require a positive , assent to each and every proposition , contained in tfie articles , so as that bel ieving" any one such proposition to be , untrue , is inconsistent with subscjsa ^ ion
If we may be allowed to jitegeof tKe design and object of the legislature , from the nature of the case , and the ordinary jnaxims of human conduct , it appears likely that they meant to fence out such sects and characters as were hostile and
dangerous to the new establishment ^ viz . Popery and the tenets of the continental ^ nabaptists ; rather than expect what they must have known to be impracticable , the exact agreement of so many ininds in such a great number of controverted propositions .
Now concerning this doubt , viz . whether we may or may not go out of the terms of the statute to eoLect the
UNITARIAN CONGREGATIONS IN THE WEST Otf EUGIAKD * 4 To the Editor of the Monthly Repository .
SIR , Will you allow me to make an . application , through the medium ¦ o ( your valuable Repository , to the managers of - the Unitarian Fund ? I understand thejr object is the dissemination of rational
. a'eligioh , and this J am convinced they might in s <> me measure accomplish by sending a missionary into the west of England . There ^ are in Devonshire several rneetings r sonjepf them having considerable endowments , in which
divine worship is very seldom per-, formed . J ^ t M orctou liainpstc ad [ there is a meetirjg which is opened every third Sunday by a gentjieanan who preaches the' other two Sundays itCredifon . ' At Totne ^ j there is another meeUxig ,. i : R ^\ ci \
design of the legislature , ( wHlch question I think involves the whole difficulty , } I . can only pay that a court of justice * in . interpreting written law * , certainly wbuld not and ought not ; for any Sueh liberty would give to courts of justice
the ppwer of making laws ; but I do not see that any danger <> r insecurity will he introduced by allowing this liberty to private persons . I mean that private persons acting under the direction of $ law , may be saifl to do their duty if they act up to what they Jaelieve to bq the design of the legislature in making the law , whether their opinion of that ' design be founded oa the terms of the statute alone , or upon the nature of the , subject and the actual probability , If I had the pleasure of your son ' s presence , Iknow not whether I ought to say any thing more . It is the office of an
adviser in such cases to suggest general principles . The application of these principles to each person ' s case niust be made b , y the person himself , who , alone knows ^ fhe state of his own thoughts . I have only to addLthat Burnet ' a seenis a fair explication of the sense of thji articles . ' *
68 Unitarian Congregations in the West of England .
a gentleman belonging to the con * gregation , sonic times reads a sermpu from the desk . The meeting ^ t Dartmouth is enti re ly shut up .
It appears to me that much good might be done by enabling a respectable minister to reside perma < - nently in some centrical situation , Totnes for instance , where he would be but a short distance
from either of these meetjngs * and irorn whence he might visit then \ all in rotation . A . very little as-. sjstance from the Fund would be surncient . ' } 3 y inserting . this in the Monthly Repository , you will vem much
oblige , . Y pu ^' constant Reader , ¦ . ¦ ¦•• ¦ ¦ . ¦ ifparrjcags ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1808, page 68, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2389/page/12/