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whose views ft was indeed benevolent to warn his pupil against the errors of the Socinians . Since the Memoir was concluded , I have been kindly
informed , by a correspondent at Hull , that Mr . Joseph Milner ** was in high reputation in the town and neighbourhood , as an evangelical preacher , and was a
very high churchman ; " also , that " his classical literature was generally esteemed far to exceed the ordinary standard . Mr . Milner was , at the time of his death , ( Nov . 15 , 1797 . ) Vicar of the principal church in the town , called the Holy Trinity . His age was fifty-three . " I remain , Sir , Yours , J . T . RUTT .
Scottish Blasphemy Act . Sir , The English Blasphemy Act is well known , and through the exertions of Mr . William Smith , in the House of Commons , will , it is
hoped , be soon known as it deserves , and banished to its own place : but I apprehend the Scot * tish Blasphemy Act is matter of less notoriety . I beg , therefore , to extract an account of it , exhibiting also an instance of its fatal
operation , from " Collections and Observations , concerning the Worship , Discipline and Government of the Church of Scotland . In four Books * By Walter Stewart , ofPardovam Edinburgh , 1773 . " 8 vo .
. Book iiu Title 1 . "OfApostaCy and atheistical O p inions of Deists , " § 3 , is as follows ' : — ' 4 i By the 11 th Act of King William , Par ! . l 6 *) 5 > it is ordained tftiat whoever ibalL in their writ-
ing or discourse , deny , impugn or quarrel , argue or reason against the being of God , or any of the Persons of the blessed Trinity , or the authority of the Holy Scriptures , or the providence of God ,
in the government of the world , shall , for the first fault be punished with imprisonment , ay and while they find bail , to give satisfaction , in sackcloth ^ to the congregation within which the scandal was committed : and for the
second fault , the delinquent shall be fined in one year ' s valued rent , and the twentieth part of his free personal estate , besides his being imprisoned , ay and while he give satisfaction again , ut supra ; and for the third fault , he shall be
punished with death , as an obstinate blasphemer . Accordingly one Aikenhead was hanged for that crime , betwixt Leith and Edinburgh , about the year 1 697- " pp-142 , 143 .
As this instrument nearly affects the Scottish Unitarians , perhaps some one of them , competent to the task , will inform your readers whether it be still in force , and also , whether there be any record
of the character , offence and sufferings of the above-mentioned Aikenhead . Was he a proper Unitarian martyr , or did he die for professed irreligion and open prophaneness ?
An answer to these inquiries will particularly oblige BIDELLIANUS .
Mr . Ftotver ' s Strictures on Mr . Belshani ' s Account of Hubert Robins on , in his Memoirs of Thto ~ philus hind&ey . Harlow , Dec . 5 , 1812 .
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Scottish Blasphemy , Act . — Mr . Belshani ' s Account of R . Robinson . 17
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1813, page 17, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2424/page/17/