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perty and quality are at variance and enmity , one with another , and do with the greatest tyranny imaginable , domineer and reign . Survey but live very materials of a military profession , and you stall always find they all proceed from this dark wrathful fountain .
swords , guns , spears , mortars , bombs , carcases , powder , regi . ments , brigades , squadrons , platoons , ambuscades , mines , bastions , horn-works , intrench ments , palisadoes , and an infinite train of monstrous and horrid terms oi
art , coined and invented on purpose to signify the cruelty , violence and injustice of martial exercises . Nay , the very actions , gestures , aud looks of men are altered and fashioned according to the nature of this envious
fountain of evil from whence they are produced . The poets of old were well aware of this when they described their God of War to be a bloated , blustering , fierce , envious , furious , bloody , untameable , Deity . Such epithets as these would suit much better
with a Devil than a God * And further to shew the extensiveness and universality of this evil , they had a goddess too , a Bellona , altogether as fierce , raging , destructive and unpeaceable as Mars
himself , by which characters and descriptions they painted and set forth to mankind the odious , abominable , unjust and pernicious effect of war , and the spring and source from whence they proceed , and , if possible , to deter men
from all acts of violence , murder and oppression , have \ ery honestly represented their very gods concerned in these tragedies with a countenance as ugly and frightful as the grounds thereof are unlawful and inhumane /'
Whilst I have been transcribing ; this passage , in wfeich Thotnas Try on maintains that pacific principle , the inflexible assertion of which has done so nurch honour to the Quakers * I icoulcf scarcely avoid the recollection of
the following lines by a member of that society ; and a justly ad * mired poet , the late Mr . John Scott , of Amwelh With these lines , though well known , I beg leave to conclude and adorn this
paper . : I hate that drnmV discordant sound / Parading round , and imind , and rotmd t To . thoughtless yotith it pleasure yields * And lures from cities an 4 ffoffi fields , ;
To sell their liberty for charms ; Of tawdry lace , atid glittering arms ; And when ambition's voice commands , To march , and fight , and faji , in fot&fen lands .
I hate that drum ' s discordant sound , Parading round , and round and founds To me it talks of ravag'd plains , , . And burning towns , and ruin * d strains , And it ] angled limbs , and dying c groans , And widows' tears , and orphans ^ moans * And all that misery s hand bestows , ^ To fill the catalogue of human woe $ , ¥
I quote these lines from u * the Poetical Works of John Scq 4 t > Esq . " published by hunselfin ] 7 S 2 ( p . 201 ) . In the same vo * lume , Mr . Scott , with the justice and impartiality of a phjlanthrp *
pist , has expressed the indignation of his muse against the cruelr ties perpetrated in one age by the Spaniards in South America , and in another by the British government in India . VEHMlCULUS .
Intended Reply to Dr . M ^ ageey on Atonement * March 10 , 1814 . Sir , I believe Unitarians are pretty generally agreed in thinking , thai what has been already advanced
174 Intended Reply to Dr Mazee , on Atonement .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), March 2, 1814, page 174, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2438/page/38/