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Sfo ; LI . . The Press a villainous Engine .
" The press , ( that villainous engine , ) invented much about the same time with the Reformation , hath done more mischief to the discipline of our church , than all
the doctrine can make amends for . 'Twas an happy time when all learning was in manuscript ,
and some little officer did keep the keys of the library . When the clergy needed no more knowledge than to read the liturgy , and the laity no more clerkship than to
save them from hanging . But now , since printing came into the world , such is the mischief , that a man cannot write a book , but
presently he is answered . There h& ^ e been ways found out to banish ministers , to fine , not only the people , but even the grounds and fields where they assembled in
conventicles . But no art yet could prevent these seditious meetings of letters . Two or three brawny fellows in a corner , with mere ink and elbow-grease , do more harm than an hundred
schismatical divines with their sweaty preaching . Their ugly printing-letters , that look but like so many rotten teeth , how oft have th <* y been pulled out by B . and L . the public tooth-drawers ! and yet these rascally operators of the press have got a trick to fasten them again in a few minutes , that they gro * v as firm a set , and as biting and talkative as ever . O Printing ! how hast thou disturbed the peace of mankind 1 That lead , when moulded into bullets , is not so mortal , as when founded Into letters ! There was a mistake sure in the story of Cadmus ; and the serpent ' s teeth which
No . L 1 I . A Dilemma . c < The body of the nation were under one hardship at the time of the Revolution , which was a
sensible conviction to many , of the great inconvenience of being under a confinement to particular forms of divine worship . While they privately prayed for the Prince of Orange ' s prosperity , they
were forced in public to pray , accordrng to the liturgy , that God would be the defender and keeper of King James , and give him victory over all his enemies . '' Calamy , i . 387 . &
No . LIII . Parliament Faith . % Robert Robinson somewhere recommends to pay parliamentary taxes , and to obey parliamentary civil statutes , but to u have no . thing to do with a parliamentary
religion , or a parliamentary God /* Robinson might have in his recol - lection an expression used by Osborn , a political and miscellaneous writer , who died in 1658 . In < c Some Traditional Memorials of the reign of Queen Elizabeth /* he says that in that period the doctrine professed most generally in England bore in foreign nations the name of parliament-faith . "
No , LTV . Dr . Pdhy s Story of the Pigeons , and kis Divine Right of Constables ^ . The late excellent life M of Paley by Mr * MeadJey ^ [ see . Rep . \ oi . iv . p . 1 (> 3 »] will it is to be hojrfcd
26 Gleanings .
he sowed , were nothing else but the letters which he invented . !' Marvell's Rehearsal Transposed 1672 . p . 5 . -
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1810, page 26, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2400/page/26/