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the 22 d Sept . the next the 10 th of Oct . In the first he endeavoured to exculpate himself of the accusations , concerning the
immortality of the soul and the incarnation of Jesus Christ , and declared himself willing u to submit to any punishment , even the crudest , if the truth of such horrible and
detestable opinions could be proved / ' Fie required , that Calvin should be imprisoned with hina and , that both might have a fair trial /* To this petition Servetus tacked several articles of
accusation against Calvir * ; * ' as that he was the cause of his imprison , ment at Vienne , and would have been that of bis death , if he had not escaped from that city ; " and joined four reasons to show , that Calvin deserved to be condemned
and exiled . " In that of the 10 th of Oct . Servetuscomplained , " that a fair trial \ vas refused him , and lamented that the hardships of his prison were not relieved ,
notwithstanding his petitions and prayers , but were rather increasing , as he suffered greatly from cold yet more so from his severe bodily complaints /* But even this petition was in vain .
Before the final sentence of his combustion with , a slow fire was passed which happened the 26 th of Oct . Amadeus Gorreus or ,
Perrin , who absented himself three days from the senate , not to participate in the condemnation of Servetus , * now returned , and interceded with warmth in his behalf entreating the senate to refer his cause to the council of two
hundred for adjudication—but in vain . Gorreus or Perrin had been before cap tain-general of Geneva , and had accused Calvin of
erroneous doctrines , for which , and other malversations , says Vene - rna , f he lost his offices and seat in the senate . But , ere long , the tide of popular favour in that democratic
city being again turned in his favour , he was not only restored to his former dignities , but , as usual , through a kind of phrensy , invested about that period with the high station of / first syndic of this republic .
There is every reason to believe , that the life of Servetus would have been spared , had his cause been brought to the council of two hundred . This was Gorreus' aim :
this was the principle of Calvin ' s opposition ^ as this council wa& invested with the right of pardon . Let it not be objected now , that
this was an exclusive privilege of the citizens of Geneva , to which Servetus could n ^ t be enti tled . If so , Sir , then this objection Would
? Calvin says , " Having feigned himself sick during three days , he returned at last in the senate , to screen that villain from punishment ; as he blushed not torequest , that this cau . ^ e might be brought to the council of two hundred ; but he is unanimously condemned , and shall be executed to-morrow . ** Lett , to Farcll , the $ 6 th of Oct . See Calvin ' s Lett , and Amw . n . clxi . p . 304 , In another Letter to Bujhnger , of the zjth of Oct . Calvin says , " What will " become of h ! m is yet uncertain , but , as much I can conjecture , to-morrow the court will sit , and the next day he will be executed . * ' Lett . p . 306 . f Venema H . E . t . vii . p , 474 , who makes a mistake in stating , that Calvin had accused Perrin of errors . Sec Spo * Hist , dc Geneva , p « 374 » X Calvin ' s Lett , and Answ , n . i 6 x . p . 304 .
384 * Sketch of the Life of Servetus . *—Letter 6 .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1810, page 384, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2407/page/8/