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ler ones were established . With respect to the regulations for their internal government , experience trould soon correct any thing \ Vhich at the outset might not have i > e £ n sufficiently considered . At
the same time , the observations of the friends of ffee inquiry must be of considerable advantage , and I therefore hope that the Unitarian public will , through the medium of your valuable Repository , be favoured with the ftirthcr
sentiments of the advocates of Christian truth on this subject . A FRIEND TO CHRISTIAN UNION .
tJ >« the Letters of the Daventry Pupil" and Mr . Belskam . \ VoL VII . p . 609 & 6 & 4 . ] December , 21 , 1812 . Sir , Little as I am in the habit of
wondering , being now in the v ^ le of years , I must acknowledge myself astonished at reading the animadversions of your reverend correspondent , Mr . Belsham , in the last number of your Repository ,
[ Vol . VII . p . 684 . ] on a letter addressed to you by a I > aventry pupit , [ ib . p . 609 . ] I could'have bad no idea that there was any thing so exceedingly wrong and offensive in candidly pointing out ** mistake in the Memoirs of Mr *
JLindsey , as to hurt the feelings of tbe author , and give a more than usual asperity to his language , little becoming the gentleman , and still less a professed disciple and minister of the meek and lowly Jesus .
Mr . B « is one of the last persons that should tdke offence at an attempt to Correct a mistake of bis own , "Who speaks of himself as having been egregiousljr mistaken
through the greater pfcrfc of Iffa life , notwithstanding the distinguished advantages he enjoyed Tot the investigation of truth , in an institution conducted on a trul y
liberal ground , and whose tlrhe and talents are so zealously employed in correcting the dreadful mistakes of ninety-nine in a hundred of the Christian world .
Havitighad the pleasure of hfa acquaintance from the commence , ment of his academical course , and well knowing the amiable character he supported , fcnd the general attachment he secured to himself in different situations by
the urbanity and politeness bf his manners , nothing but bis own signature would have led me to suppose that the above letter cattfe from his pen . What reflection was it upon Mr . B * that he should not have known the whole reasoti
why TMr . Ashworth was not actually chosen by the Northampton tongregatioti , though his ^ sentiments were in unisbn wifh those of their late venerated and beldved pastor , Dr . Doddridge , \ fy whom he had been recommended to
that situation ? The reason ^ which the Davenlry Pupil assigns , ( to which I could add another proba - ble one ) I doubt ftot was just , and it was much < c to the purpose ; . ** But , supposing it to be a mistake , it does ti 6 t follow that what Mr .
B . assigns was the true one ; which implies a gross reflection upon tho Dr . and his congregation , as nvell as upon Mr . Ashworth . As to the other supposed mistake of the learned author of the
Memoirs , concerning the comparative orthodoxy of Mr . Gilbert and Dr . D . I beg leave to remafk , that Mr . B s objection to the testimony of his opponent , What .
# 5 On the Lttterw of the " H * tdritry PupiP anB J ^ r . Belsham .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1813, page 26, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2424/page/26/