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ev * r it may * have of wit , contains no solid argument . Supposing this Daventry Pupil to be upwards of seventy years of age , he was twenty * above fifty years ago , " and surely a student of that age might be a competent iudge of a minister ' s strain cJf
preaching . But he rests his assertion not merely upon his judgment tJi&iy but upon printed sermons still extant . To his testimony , however , " I must add , " notwithstanding Mr . B ' s ingenious comment on that phrase , my own . I
was a student at I > aventry during the lifetime of Mr . Gilbert , and I occasionally officiated at Northampton after his death . Now , Sir , though I never heard him preach , yet from what I could not but hear from the people there
concerning him , I am persuaded that , notwithstanding the respectability of his character , his public services were not popular , either in regard to matter or man . lier , nor such as to correspond with the taste of that party of Christians to which Mr . B . supposes him to have belonged .
As to what concerns Mr . Hextnl r tHoqgh it is true , Mr . B . 4 C has not mentioned his n ^ nic , " every dissenter in or near
Northampton , of sufficient age , would at once know what " independent chur-cti , " was alluded to . It was right therefore , in my opinion , that a correct account of that
affair should be given , and particularly to preve ^ U the censure ' s being misfipplie 4 by strangers . After ^ U Mr . Editor , ( not to
in-, quire what these things had to do in ml 4 f * of JVf r- ! Lindseyt ) I should not ferret thought the matters at issue of sufficient importance io have written to you upon them , had it
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not been for the check given by the spirit which Mr . B ' s letter discovers , to that free , good . humoured correspondence which is to be wished for , and in which you , Sir , as editor , are concerned . I cannot see any necessary tendency in Umtarianism to interrupt the wonted course of friendly and gentle feelings , to raise the tone , in speaking or writing , and to give its advocates a fancied place above the common standard
of human intellect . Could I sup . pose these to be its legitimate offspring , I should have a very pow * erful additional argument against it . - That there m * y be no dread of a challenge for every little difL
ference as to facts or opinions , and that one loss may not be fol - lowed by another and a greater , the loss of argument by the loss of temper , is the wish of your obedient servant ,
ANOTHER DAVE 1 TTRY Public . P . S . A friend of the late I > r-. Price would ask Mr . Bel sham , whether the choice of Dr .
Priestley to succeed that gentleman at Hackney was owing to his not having been explicit in acquaint * ing that congregation with his sea . timemg ?
JOHN MILTON . Vhus Patronus Lotus c mis or satis est . EPI 8 COPIUS . This wonderful genius towered above his contemporaries , a ^ much in point of understanding as of imagination . His prose , no
less than his poetical , works bear the stamp of true greatness . In going through them lately , we have taken extracts , which we shall lay beforejour readers in successive numbers : out end will be an *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1813, page 27, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2424/page/27/