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<* iely to serious rejection , many valuable works , particularly use . fill as books of reference- , would prove of great utili ty to persons of all ages * As c < lome books are to be
tasted , others to be swallowed , and SMnefew % o be chewed and digested ; that is , spme books are to be read only in parts , others to be read , but not curiously , and some few to be read wholly , and with diligence and
attention : *—so whilst the minister and each family continued to select a private li brary for their private use , it would be advantageous for them to have an easy access to rwany publications which might not otherwise fall iato their hands .
It is much to be apprehended , that from a , want of information , sentiments may be adopted without any principles for their
foundation , and opinions maintained , without any ability to adduce in their support the full forte of sound argument . To liberal minds , truth is the
To tk * Editor of the Monthly Repository .
SIR , One of your correspondents , under the signature of Philo , f after noticing a former paper in your excellent Miscellany
concerning " the peculiarly distin- guishing doctrines of the Quakers , " says , he does not expect that any © i * e of that respectable fraternity will feel himself called upon to defend that doctrine- ' From such an attack , upon his own admis ~
• Bacon , \ Monthly Repository , Vol . iv , p . 559 ,
only object : and , consequently , a liberal society will admit into their literary armoury the weapons of their opponents , that from an acquaintance with the probable mode of attack , the most effectual means of defence may be acquired *
Disputation , however , is not the main object ; but since it n > ay be necessary on some occasions to enter the lists of controversy , solid arguments are formidable weapons . -
The charity towards people of all denominations , which ignorance often boasts , commonly originates in a conscious incapacity for any decision respecting truth or errer ; and the liberality
of many better informed minds , is often but a specious title for indifference ; but knowledge it fruitful in liberalitv , and never appears to more advantage than when accompanied by peaceful * candid , and benevolent senti *
ments . Your ' s , An Advocate for the Diffusion of Information *
" i i sion that it was only sneeringly glanced at without argument /* no defence can be necessary . u But there are , he alleges , u such incopsistences amongst the modern Quakers , of departure from some of their ancient maxims ,
s ] < and of adherence to others , as would furmish a much better to * , pic to expatiate upon , than the one < above-mentioned /' This may b <> very true . Arid
On tie Consistency of tie Quakers , J ?
- — — * THE CONSISTENCY OF THE QUAKERS ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1810, page 11, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2400/page/11/