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upon fhe mind of the Rev . Gentleifian bywhora thfe is related to seek for other proofs of the excellent effects of-a belief in
Christianity , trfan in the weakness or un * happiness of those whose minds are unfortunately closed to its evidences ; unless he is prepared to prove that this weak or unhappy frame of mind is solely attributable to their disbelief . But it is too
much the fashion of many zealots of the present day to hold forth with a degree of apparent satisfaction ( not betraying much Christian charily ) the misery of that part of their fellow erenfurvs who die un .
benevers / A celebrated female writer in a recent work , has laboured all in her power to convince us that Hume ' s was a miserable deathubed . Her best friends * I
am of opinion , could not wish her a greater happiness than that her mind at that solemn period may be as free from torment , and her Ite&rt from self-reproach , as Hume ' s wa * .
By inserting the above in your valuable publication , you will blige A CONSTANT READER .
^ Religious Penal Laws * . B ^ , Dec . 3 , 181 * . Sir , An idea I am informed prevails among « ome of the Protestant I > issettters in-the country , that the'late act in favour of religious
liberty has completely done away aril the penaL statutes which affect their rights as a bodjr , except the Test and Corporation Acts . - A * this- mistaken notiort may abate their zeal in promoting the object which the friends of civil and
religious liberty propose to bnng before Parliament in tb « course of
this winter , it might prove serviceable to the caus ^ , if one of your correspondents would have the good-ness to point out distinctly the deficiencies of that act , and the penal laws affecting the rights of conscience , which still remain to disgrace the Statute Book .
I have sent you for insertion in your useful Repository , an extract from a letter lately received by me from a liberal clergyman of the established church , containing intelligence which must be highly
gratifying to every advocate ibr the just rights of ali classes ot religious professors - In doing thi * , as it is entirely of a public nature , was sent to me to be communicated to my friends , and as I do not mention the name of my respectable correspondent , he wnl not deem it
a breach of confidence and delicacy ; and my wish to benefit hereby the cause which we have both nearly at heart , will I trust effectually plead my excuse , . A Frien d to Universal Liberty .
Oct . 26 , 1812 . My Dear Sir , The Newspapers informed us some time ago , that the aggregate meeting of Roman Catholics in Ireland , had resolved to join -in our truly Christian union , for obtaining the repeal of all our
intolerant statutes , thus proving to the United Kingdom , that they are as ready to allow to others complete liberty of conse'ence , as to claim it fur themselves , 1 can with pleasure now add , that the Irish Protestants are at least equal
to their Roman Catholic brethren in candour and liberality , and will concur with them next wintex in addressing petitions to Pgrlift-
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1813, page 33, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2424/page/33/