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Yodr readers need not be informed , that he was a thoroughly liberal , hospitable , benevolent Christian , and a strenuous advocate for
unlimited civil and religious liberty . He was so fully satisfied of the truth of the doctrine for which he was particularly celebrated , thai when the monstrous character of Nero was
objected to him in opposition to it , he replied , the scourging of hinn during a few ages would undoubtedly qualify him for 3 state of happiness * He was peculiarly
intimate with Dr . Gay , who lived at Hingham , about twenty miles from Boston . This Dr . Gay , who died in the year 1787 * and who preached to a congregation consisting of more than 1200 people , b&d been their minister above 70
years , and was the last of three ministers who regularly succeeded one another from the year 1635 , wheh the « fmt of them with his flock landed there from England .
General Lincoln with his family made a part of this distinguished arMitbTj ^ which always engaged ttik afteHtion of strangers , from the view of between two or three
hundred old * men , from 70 to SO ye ^ rs of age , who occupied that part of the church which faced thd pulpit . Dr . Gay , when a young man , being susbected to be
heretical , called one of his sons Calvin , and the next Martin Luther , which effectually silenced his opponents . At one time , when he found himself plundered of a part of his hay , he so placed himself in the barn with his lighted
p » pe , as td be able to throw the bufrririf * ibbnedo upon the bundle after 't he * man hfid taken it up . The bundlfe consequently taking firfe cin the tfoad as the plunderer *? a * carrying it home , tfndbe fce ^
lievHig it to be a judgment from heaven upon him for bis dishonesty * called upon the Or . the
next morning , confessed his guilt , and asked his forgiveness . Bui , what I meant particularly to say copcerning Dr . Cfcmuncey , was to communicate his belief , that the
righteous , after a certain period , would again be subject to death , after which they would pass into a higher stale of felicity , and that thus advancing from glory to glory , such changes would await them through all eternity .
With respect , however , to the doctrine of universal restitution , I cannot yet perceive , that it has any solid foundation in the holy scriptures , in which aloi > e we can have any certain illumination upon the subject . Our business is to consider what God has revealed
to us , and not to labour to expouftd this according to any accidental sentiments which we may have previously conceived . But * the scriptures say , that the finally wicked shall not only be punished with the second death , but with .
an everlasting destruction trom the presence of the Lord , and from the glory of his power . Now , what can death , or eternal destruction mean , but annihilation ,
after the olyects of it shall have previously endured such punishments as are proportioned to their individual criminality . I remain , yours ^ &c .
W . H , P . 5 .-1 have read : what your correspondent Philo . gogmagog says concerning the word Reverend .
If by it we understand Venerabie it may possibly be as justly applicable to one of his footmen as to ail . archbishop , or to a door opener of the church of Bethnal
Particulars of Dr . Chauncty . 233
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 233, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/33/