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jospel , -oagfrt hot to be regarded « s the infallible expositor 6 of it in point of doctrine * The late Bishop Hurd has stated , without answerfug , this objection to an acquiescence in the claims which some
men advance in behalf of the Reformers : nor has he shewn that toleration is a subject " difficult in ifcelf . " * Here I cannot suppress the observation's of the late excellent biographer of Cranmer . f " We are surprized , " says he , u at seeing the archbishop so far depreciate his own cause , as to Suppose that one man incurred gutft by acting on the same principles which entitled ano . iher to applause ; and that he who , in the opinion of one church ,
vms the great * st of schismatics Himself , should not , even in common jtistice , indulge toleration to others . Nothing even plausible can be suggested in defence of the archbishop on this occasion ; except only that the spirit of popery i * as not yet wholly repressed . " <( Th ^ re are , however , among Protestant writers at this day , « 6 mb who have undertaken his vindication . But I spare their indiscretion . Let the horrid act
be universally disclaimed To pallrate is to participate . With irtdrgnation let it be recorded , as What abovie all other things has disgraced that religious liberty wion our ancestors in most other
respects so nobly purchased . " My end will be answered , if the statements and reasonings in this e&s&y , awaken or confirm in n » y readers sentiments of
forbear-» Sermons at Lincoln ' s Inn * &c . "wol i . arorrr t GiJpln ^ t . if ^ of Cranmer , 13 d , 133 ,
ance and mutual lore , in their re * ligious profession , and induce them to remember that u One 19 their Master , Jesus Christ \ N " .
John Walker to the Editor of the Monthly Repository ., Bond Court , Walbrook ^ Friend , 22 d 5 th mo . 1813 * Amid the various divisions which
distract the Christian world , ott the doctrines recognised by the different sects as divine , and which they refer , as to a mutually acknowledged authority , to the scri p * tures of Sanhedric and Canonical
ordination or of the appointment of the Councils , successively , of Jerusalem and Rome , it is not easy to conceive a more striking one than that which separates them into believers in the Unity of the Ineffable , and the professors of faith in Persons of the Godhead *
In the motley compilations , histo * rical , doctrinal , devotional , amatory , &c . of the rabbis and the priests , got up into the form , and title of The Book , [ Bibl <] as they have been stamped by hierarchial domination , each sect , however
contradictory , can , unquestionably , find the support of all its tenets ; and , in the present day , we see all the sects in this country associating together , for the purpose of issuing their sacred book
throughout the world ; each sect and each pious individual , no doubt , feeling the consoling assurance , that their own church , being the true one , will eventually become universally established . Magna est veritas et valtbit .
May the greatness of truth , at length , every where prevail ! Then the one subjime principle , testified of in the Bible , and recognised by
Sir . WWctron a Society of Panadelphian Quakers . 50 §
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1813, page 509, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2431/page/21/