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Sir , f 11 HE following extract from a book-_ JL seller ' s catalogue in Paris may tend to shew in some decree the state of religion in France , which is- , unhappily confirmed by the reports of travellers into that unhappy
country-THEOLOGY . " Selecti a sacris scripturis versiculi ad usum studiosse juventatis . 2 partes in 12 . " On ne peut disconvenir que nor livres saints ne soient main tenant ,
presque aussi mconnus a uos jeune * etudians que le Coran au les livres mystiques de pretres' Indiens * Cet extrait de tottte lecriture sainte eat dispose de telle maniere que deux versets seulement appris chaque jour pendant les cours des humanites peuvent en donner au moins cette connaissance
generate de laquelle tant soit peu ininstruit devroit se faire une obligation rigoreuse . "
TRANSLATION . Verses selected from the HolyScrip--tures for the use of young students . We cannot deny that out : holy scriptures are at present almost as unknown to our young students a « tile Coran or the mysterioua book * « f
* 4 Octavius Ccesar—William Pitt . —^ State of Religion in France
well known Dr . Blair was himself guilty in his writings of the violation of all the rules he had laid down for the study and use of our language . J . W .
Octavius Ccesar—William Pitt . Aug . 18 , 1815 . OCTAVIU S CAESAR entering early into public life , was recommended no less by the celebrity of his uncle , Julius Ccesar , than by his own insinuating manners and address . William Pitt , also , on his first
appearance , at an early age , was as much indebted to the high reputation of his father , William Earl of Chatham , as to a commanding and persuasive eloquence peculiarly his own . Octavius Ccesar at first , pretending great zeal for the republic , strenuously supported Cicero against , the
designs of Anthony , and raised an army for its preservation and defence . William Pitt , espousing with the same apparent warmth the great cause of his country , joined with HorneTooke and other popular leaders , against the prevailing abuses of the representative , system , and three times moved the House of Commons for their
reform . Octavius Ccesar , afterwards coalescing with Anthony , turned his arms against the steady friends of the republic , and gave up Cicero to the vengeance of an enemy , by whom he was unjustly put to death . William
Pitt , also , having with equal readiness , accepted office in alliance with the supporters of the old system , not only opposed successive motions for a reform in the representation of the people , but acquiesced in the prosecution of . Home Tooke , a more
consistent reformer , on an unprecedented charge of High Treason . When , however , Octavius Ccesar abandoned the cause of the republic , he united with the adherents of his own family against the very men by whom his xmcle had Been publicly assassinated
But William Pitt on his apostacy , by a more flagrant dereliction of principle , entered into the closest union with the political enemies of Jiis father , against his own early and most
disinterested friends . Octavius Ccesar , also , when he had attained the object of his ambition , became the patron of literature arid the arts \ and , after a long and prosperous administration , l * ft Wk country in the enjoyment of
external peace , and sole arbiter of the destinies of the world . Bfaf * tf 7 / - liam Pitt , in the plenitude of his power , regardless of all liberal patronage , involved his country in a most disastrous war : and , having contributed largely to the subjugation of Eurotoe , like another Phaeton , unable to guide the chariot of his father , perished amidst the conflagration which he had so rashly caused . Octavius Ccesar , therefore , having been , by the gene ^ ral voice of his countrymen , proclaimed A ugustus , has been honoured by
the eulogy of eminent writers , in his own and each succeeding age . Whilst William Pitt , having no corresponding claims to the applause of the tristorian or the poet , however flattered by his infatuated or interested adherents , as the saviour of his country , or the heaven-born minister , will be more
justly appreciated by posterity as the bane of Europe , and the chief promoter of his country ' s fall . Whilst * therefore , in the comparison of these two men , the parallel at times appears so striking , the equally marked contrast is by no means favourable to the character of William Pitt .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1816, page 24, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2448/page/24/