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aud liberality which I so often recommend to others , prompt me to speak a word in favour of a class of professing Christians in this country , whose peculiar religious system is as opposite to ray own as the west is to east . I cannot doubt , that the inhuman treatonent which the Protestants in the
South of France receive from infuriate fanatics , is viewed with abhorrence by the great body of Catholics in tbe united kingdom . Justice therefore requires that they ought not to be deprived of any civil or religious privileges which would otherwise be
granted to them on account of the intolerant outrages and cruelties of those in another country , who are called by the same name . Would not this be a violation of the first
principle of equity ? Would not this be worse than * returning evil for evil , ' which Christianity forbids , even visiting the iniquities and injuries of the guilty on the heads of the innocent ? Such conduct would do
honour to Britons , to professing Christians and Protestants . By the religious and moral instruction indeed of the poor in general * and by granting to all classes of the community the rights to which they are entitled , is
in my opinion the best mode of making good subjects , kindly disposed neighbours , and useful members of society , and of diffusing among all of them a spirit of mutual concord and Christian love .
" Had these principles been adopted and acted on by the governors of the nations of Europe , the British and Foreign Bible Societies , and the British and Foreign Schools , and similar institutions been generally established and supported in Christendom thirty
years ago , the sanguinary wars which have since devastated the Continent ; the shocking scenes exhibited in Ireland , and the present fanatical persecution of the Protestants in France , would according to human probability have been prevented . Let us
then , as yte regard the divine glory , the interest of Christianity , and the peace' and happiness of our fellowcreatures , do our part towards removing the cause of the evils we deplore , by contributing to enlighten the minds of men with useful knowledge , and lead them into the paths of Christian truth , liberality and vir-£ M # , I * et us also , as far as we are
able , alleviate the distresses of those who are suffering the direful effects of lamentable ignorance , blind bigotry and outrageous zeal . Parent of good \ regard them with an eye of
mercy ; enable them ' to hold fast their integrity ; * to exercise fortitude , and to manifest towards their persecutors the disposition becoming the disciples of Christ , . praying , * Father forgive them , ' and turn their hearts . Pour into their wounded souls the
balm of divine consolations ; and may their -fellow-Christians readily afford them relief , as they themselves would wish for the sympathy and aid of others , were they deprived of their earthly comforts ; of their near
relatives and beloved friends ; of their places of worship ; of their habitations , and driven destitute into the mountains and dens of the earth , by the rage of persecution and the violence of cruel men . May such atrocious deeds among professing
Christians , so shocking to humanity , so disgraceful to religion , be never more repeated , but that happy period soon arrive , predicted in the page of inspired prophecy , when * knowledge , truth , liberty , peace and righteousness shall cover the earth as the
waters overspread the channels of the sea / "
16 Animadversions ' on Mr . GilchruVs Sermon .
Nottingham , Nov . 17 , 1815 . Sir , ON the recommendation of your last Review [ x . 654 . ] I procured a copy of Mr . Gilchrist ' s Sermon , delivered at Southampton , curious to read what was described as " an acute , able and eloquent" composition , and willing to determine the extent of mv claims to
that comprehension of mind of which your reviewer speaks . With disappointment , however , I find that I can neither admire nor be amused . Perhaps it will" console gome of ray weak brethren in the Unitarian church to know
that they have a companion in infirmity ; and perhaps some of my fellow-Christians who are without the pale of Unitarian orthodoxy , may be pleased to hear that there is one of their opponents at least who does not deem
it necessary * or even right to lay aside the spirit of Christian moderation when he approaches them , or to address them in other language than that of Christian courtesy . I am , I confess , one of those " intellectual
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1816, page 16, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2448/page/16/