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tional exercises ; and , to guard against informers and disturbance , they took the precaution to have
their dwelling-houses ,, perhaps their barns also , registered . Several in this parish were registered , even two or three in the street , in
which pei'sons lived who had a strong predilection for social prayer , &c . At mv settlement here , 37 years ago , some of the worthy very old
members of the society informed me , that 7 tiost or many of 4 he farm-houses in the surrounding villages , which were or had been occupied by dissenters , were
registered on the above account ^ though no divine service was now performed in any of them . Consequently , were a list of them to be made out ? it would bespeak as if there bad ' anciently been a meeting-house and congre-
To the Editor of the Monthly Repository .
SIR , Did it necessarily follow , as Mr , Farmer seems to have thought , that , ' . if the temptation of Christ is neither to be understood as an outward transaction nor a diabolical delusion , it mv $ t have been a divine vision , " * all who admit ( as I do ) the authenticity of the evangelical narratives of that event , and at the same time reject ( as I also do ) the two former hy pothcses , could not avoid adopting the third or Mr . F / s , which at present I certainly do not . But the consequence mentioned by that able reasoner obviously fails at once , if any others beside those three , and having th « distinguishing
fea-? Inquiry , &c . p . 5 * .
ture of neither , can be proposed , which has in fact been dune . Mr . Dixon ' s and Mr . Cappe ' s differ from each of the three , as do tiv . o others , perhaps less known , one of which may be seen in a pamphlet entitled , 46 A View of Revealed Religion , as it stands to Reason . 1772 . " This pamphlet , which I believe is now become extremely scarce , was in all probability written by Dr . Glass , a late physician of Exeter , of distinguished eminence ia his profession , and , according to report , by no means a stranger to thcolological and metaphysical subjects . Some account of the other , and the only one I am acquainted
gation of dissenters in almost every town and village , and . , in some more than one- when in fact neither had ever existed in them * As misconceptions lead to wrong conclusions , and wrong conclusions / to injurious and oppressive proceedings , y ^ u , Hon . Sir , will , I hope , excuse my laying these facts before you ; of which it may naturall y be supposed , that lew of the members of either house of Parliament , from their stations and connections in life , can have any exact knowledge . I am ^ honored Sir , Yours most respectfully , A Dissenting Teacher , . and Well-Wisher to the liberty , virtue and happiness of Britons and all mankind , SAM . SAY TOMS .
On the Temptation of Christ . —Letter 3 . 397
ON THE TEMPTATION OF CHRIST , —LETTER III ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1810, page 397, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2407/page/21/