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to be loyal men and true , ought never to cejrae their effor t * till every civil disability , imposed on the ground of differences of religious opinion , be removed . But even should this be attained , and all penal statutes against Dissenters as such , were removed , that might not alter the present mode
of celebrating the marriage service in the Church ; and to this point I am desirous of calling the attention of your numerous readers ; I am the more induced to do this , as a member of parliament gave notice last session that he would early the next session bring the marriage act before the House for amendment . Would not
this afford a proper opportunity for the Dissenters , who all complain of the grievance in question , to come forward as a body , and lay their complaint in * a respectful but manly tone before parliament . If they were to act with Zealand union , their numbers and influence are of too much
importance to be lightly disregarded ; Lord Sidmouth ' s bill is a case in point : If they are not-wanting to themselves , similar exertions may produce similar results . Having thus briefly introduced the subject I trust
some of your learned and able correspondents will enforce it in a more practical shape , and stimulate our Dissenting : brethren to measures at once prompt and efficacious . D . E .
On the Use of the Word mvt . 23
meant the One Supreme /'— -Gifford * IUucidation . " Four miles from this stands the Castle ; I have no doubt but the Raman * occupied it , and possibly the Saxons and Danes . "—Hist . ofEna .
" I take up the pen , not doubting but the remarks I offer will be received with candour and affection . " —i * Tr . Wright . The conjunction tkat would have distinctly conveyed the author ' s meaning .
Dr . Priestley appears to have been fond of the old fashioned way of unit * ing the two conjunctions in one place , by which means he certainty might convey an idea the direct contrary of what he intended . Thus
" It will not foe denied but tkat any man has a right to employ one of has hands . * ' He meant that he has the right . u We have no occasion to enforce
our principles by penal laws > having no doubt but that the clergy will be able to support them by reason and argument . " Would not this seem to imply that we have a doubt >
" But notwithstanding this , I have no doubt but that I shall make it appear perfectly intelligible to you . " If the woixl but had been left out ia these sentences his meaning would have been distinct . The following , in the same page with the last , clearly shews that this criticism is just .
" Indeed , if he had ^ man y dbubfe could not but have arisen in his mind with respect to it . " Here fhe but is proper . —See Familiar Letters . Compare these two sentences ~ y tKe one conveying an idea contrary to the other , yet both formed alike .
u I trembling- wak * d , and for- a season after Could not believe but that T was in hell . ' * He thought he was in hell . " Having no doubt but that the clergy , " &c . He had not a doubt of the matter , although the expression seems to convey it .
In the following sentence from Dr . P&ley , appears a similar redundancy : "An agency so general as that we cannot discover its absence or assign its place . "
Dr . Priestley is with great propriety regarded as an authority inthelSn * glish language ; and I should tiav ^ been fearful of remarking upon the ua 0 tare makes of words were it not that it is
On the Use of the Ward but . Sir , TKT is possible I may oe mistaken : JL if I am I should be obliged to a better grammarian to set me right . The use of words is a matter of great
importance , inasmuch' a » they are designed to give the clear and precise explanation of the thoughts * of the mind ; , I apprehend ^ however , that several of * your correspondents , as well as other good writers , have erred in the use of the word but * This is a
conjunction * which , when we meet with > iU is a kind of stop to the sense , and prepares the mind to expect 1 'a change of subject , or an opposition to what went before . You shall have this * & 4 te- ^* you sh all not have that .
In the passages I shall quote below , h ^ s noi . thufc w ord then been misused * * ' * Jfc cannot be doubted but the »< ¥ c $ b % when * he epoke these words .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1816, page 23, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2448/page/23/