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7 iolic&d « ril distinguished , assumes several ciiegAjises , and seldom exa < H » i *» ov ^ oiin * gitj « iry dues with * < mt robbirig others of a portion of thtrr ij ubstaatiai rights . In the
same mariner ^ the love of pleasure * fcy h ^ hichr ^ o many families are impoveifkbeck , hds its rise in nacorreeted selfishness , before which * exclusiveaildtyrant sen . timent , all interests and affections
sink and vanish ^";* For though men of- dissipation fondly sup ~ pose that they ; and they alone , enjoy society :, there are , in tru th » iem persons so completely dead as 3 themselves to its genuine
de-Ugm % ip ^ lie can h ave no ra tional affection f ®* i his family who con-&uiHes ^ in ^ iher gratification of his l » viKitaitto ) and nhabits the time , il * e ptfopei $ y&nd the thought which he- should employ in furnishing
them with the means of subsistence , and who , at all events , denies the ** i * the benefit of a good exampfe ^ Thrare are * no doubt , those wfeose faults proceed from the -eaioeesbof ? generous feelings : but ^ irithlsuchcchamc'lers we m eet less
frcQuent ^ y than with men whose ineotiscious selfishness prevents them ite ) itevot ing 3 . ny of their jidiij&n and their attention to the highest interests of mankind .
\ Selfishness has been well styled * hkhe antagonist , the check , the destroyer ofall virtue . " t Nothing short ; of religious principle , can be its effectual remedv or antidote .
We uowe tos arevealed reli gion pu r sense of our accountableness and obligations : hence we derive proofs that titne is most intimately con . Hected with eternity , and thut the trntmpbs of sel fifehtiess a re
moi ; ' ^ iaf ^ 1 " " ? 'i « u'J . ' : } . tf . " i . ¦; - ¦ : ti : ? . v . ^ ll : " : . .-.: ,. .. v-. < 3 B ma isp ^ : t * && ?» *^» ^ l \ ft % ri ^ n ( ^ u riil *> ril -i ; "i ' '! i " ' ' ¦'• t " . ' a iilAKIWl AS' ~ iJ V yj ) ii v i'H J ' - ¦ > ¦ - ll - > - ¦ ' i-v :. -
mentary * whife ^ those nf bdnevo ^ lence receive perfretual Rdditioii 34 If Ac is th £ wifeest man whd chuses a safe rulfr 6 t life and acts steadily upon it , religious virtue is only another name for the highest wisdom . For the
purpose of making the choice of which I have just spoken , two objects must be regarded : ' we must alike endeavour to avoid those pursuits which promise indeed but canrrot ensure happiness , and to select such as will certainly answer ocrr most rational and fervent wishes .
There are false and there are l * eal pleasures : there are courses of behaviour which at first appear easy and flattering , yet issue in bitter disappointment ; there ara
others which , instead of smiliog to deceive us , will not fail of pre * paring our minds for substantial and everlasting gratifications * N ,
Modern Quakers Fashionable Trinitarians . March 14 , 1814 , Sir , I am fully sensible of the good motives and honest zeal of yoor
respectable correspondent , Mr . Thos . Foster , who has been excommunicated by the Quakers , for making a noble stand in favour of what he deems the primitive and fundamental principles of the early Quakers ; but I wish to put
it to his good sense , whether it would not be as well to s » ve yoiir readers any further perusal of proofs to » hew the Quakers are not now , in doctrine , what they were a century ago . The Trinity was always a courtly doctrine , ami the Friends are now t <* o much in the fashion , to maintain
Modern Quaker ^ Fashionable Trinitarians . 2 i 9
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 219, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/19/