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particularly concerned : —he was no less concerned in the cure or removal of the Pope ' s evil , another dreadful malady , wkich had Jong and grievously afflicted most of the good people of this country , and which was generally deemed incurable , till he took it in hand . All the world know how powerfully and effectually his royal touch operated on that occasion . —It
Essay on the Infinity of Creation . Nov . 27 th , 1812 . Though the unbounded extent of the Divine works be rather a philosophical than a theological
subject , it is not , however , an uninteresting and useless speculation : and , though it rest upon probable evidence , without admitting of strict demonstration we may give
ho irrational assent to the arguments for this doctrine . The proposition of which I shall attempt the illustration , and , as far as possible the proof , is , that creation has no limits conceivable
by the human understanding and imagination . What orders of beings inhabit other planets and systems , what are their structure , powers and employments , I pretend not to explain . There are four considerations
on which I shall insist , —the infinity of the Divine attributes—the extreme difficulty , not to say the impossibility of supposing that space is either bounded or unoccupied— the construction and appearances of the heavens —an deertain analogies discoverable in nature . Power , wisdom and benevolence
are the grand attributes of God , and we justly ascribe them to him without measure and imperfection . From reason and revelation we further derive a persuasion of the supreme excellence of his moral
character : hence we gain the be * lief that he is good in the highest sense of the expression , that he is disposed to produce the greatest sum of happiness , and to produce it in the best and most effectual manner .
Shall we assert then that the at * tributes of the Deity are infinite ^ but that the effects of them are , nevertheless finite } Can we place
limits to the one , I mean when they are regarded collectively , not individually , while we maintain that none are assignable to the other ? Let us suppose that an inferior being has both the
inclination and the capacity to create a given quantity of happiness "within his sphere : what can restrain him from creating it ? By the coiidscions of the statement he has
no defect of either will or powi * r . - ^ -But if this reasoning be of any weight , how farinore forcibly may
* Occasional Thoughts , as before , p . 6 l .
Essay on the Infinity of Creation . n
MISCELLANEOUS COMMUNICATIONS .
seems he had also the reputation of being endowed with extraordinary gifts for the cure or prevention of the cramp j and we find that he distinguished himself by the consecration of cramp rings , which Stephen Gardiner says were much esteemed every where , and often sought fo r ** So very eminent was Henry among our royal doctors and miracle-mongers . ( To le continued . )
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1813, page 11, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2424/page/11/