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same spot , | o , perceive , that the oriohiaj , honourable and
characteristic inscription had been erased , and the wards " Essqjt-Street Chapel" substituted in its stead . Maya stranger , Sir , without offence , ask , what possible cause there could have been for this
change * It could not have ori - ginated with the very respectable minister of the place ; who is distinguished no less by the manly openness of his conduct
jjn the avowal of his opinions , than by the ability he has displayed in * their defence . And it is difficult even to surmise , why Congregation vrhich bas been so
eminently favoured in respect to its ministers , and which has to boast of being the first that as-$ en ) blecl in this nation avowedly as Unitarians , should , particularly after they lad once committed themselves ^ shrink from such H public declaration of their principles , and blot out the name by wljiich they are called , as if they blushed to acknowledge it .
, I dp not notice thi $ very extraordinary circumstance from any impertinent wish to meddle with what may be considered by this ^ congregation as its private concern ; . but from a serious apprehension
£ hat the proceeding may operate prejudicially on the future conduct of some of our country friends . , ypu know , $ ir , we are used to look up to the metropolis with , great respect . We are apt , per . baps indeed too apt , to think .
that what is done in London is right , because git is done there . While tben this propensity , which , T assure you is very general , con . ^ in ^ es * there is great danger that Unitarian congregations in provincial towu $ which b&ve already
marked their meeting-hoi ^^ wuk appropriate superscriptions ,. may
follow the example of that in | £ ssex Street , ami . erop ] oy - " Jlf £ * ajtijsts to obliterate or , a | t « r |^^ > and that other cqngcegati n % j ^ ay be deterred from re&oriingto suph proper methods of making themselves known .
I hope , Sir , you and ypur readers will not < deeti \ wholly impertinent th ^ se fcrief observations , pn what he , regards , as a matter of public concern , from A WAYFARING MAI ?*
Progress of Intolerance afftongrt the Quakers in Ireland ^ Letter , II . Bromley , Ctet . 14 , I 8 J $ « Sir , >
When the numbers and the respectability of tbe seceders fr ^ m the Society of Quakers in IrelarxJ , alluded to in the minute of their last national yearly meeting inserted at p . 109 , is consickral ,
it is no wonder their separation should be still felt by tk ^ t body as a distressing circumstance * It is said , that a retrospective v i ^ W of those days , brought the meet * ing * under considerableexewiiie /
but this does not appear to kav < e produced any distinct recollection of the complexion and character of the events which then took place * For the minute made in
consequence of this *• exeycise ^* does not in any manner notice " the grounds of dissent from or disunity with the body , which produced the lamented separation ,
but delusively brings forward a number . of other c topics in connexion with an express reference to those seceders , as if these were the matters at issue between tjbem and < he twisty , than * hicb n ^ -
152 Progress of Intolerance amongst the Quaker * in Ireland .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), March 2, 1814, page 152, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2438/page/16/