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r «* mgst the < ral * mifting co- * f > eration SfTrdtisidtothGfeV&f Denomination , btift dsfcecfafTy of Protestant Dissenters , in this labour of love 5 and they express their confident assurance that iii contributing to this object , without suffering their zeal'to be damped by aiiy insinuations or assertions Whatever , they are promoting the spread and establishment of that Christian
Liberty Which is the greatest earthly boon that Heaven can bestow on man . Signed ( by Order of the Committee ) , Thomas Morgan , Secretary .
At a Special General Meeting of the fJommittee of the Protestant Society for the Protection of Religious Li-* berty , convened at the New Lontlon Tavern , Cheapside , London , on November 21 , IS 15 , "To consider * ' the Situation of the persecuted Protestants of France , "
SjimiteI , Mills , Esq . in the Chair , It ' was Resolved , 1 . That this Committee , who include several Members of the National Church , and who represent many Ijuridred Congregations of Protestant ItMS&eiiters—? and of Friends to
ReligioikW Liberty of all denominations , tKtfdughout England and Waleshave been taught by their forefathers , attid . ever will continue , to regard the rigWt of every man , in every age , and in every country , to worship God according to his . conscience , as an
inviolable— -sacred—unalienable right—Which no individuals—or governments —or legislatures can , without injustice and oppression , directly or indirectly , infringe .
% , That although this Committee be principally appointed to protect the Religious Freedom of their fellow * countrymen , in their native land—yet they should be undeserving of the name of Britons—of Protestants—of
Christians—&nd even of men , if their philanthropy was not extensive as the world—ifthey did not sympathize with all who suffer for conscience sake— -if they did not regard religious persecution , by any sect , With alarm and jibr
horrence—and if they did not endeavour to e | Tect its extinction , by the exertion of every energy which they possess . 3 , itfyt at this fteriotf—when fa-* tfaction i ^ sd ^ ten ^ i ^ el y fliffuss * --.
treaties knS ^ he * 6 $ t ^ 6 wef ? ul i ^ o-Harchs have recognised the ntthQ ' conscience—and whenftatio ' wtivtypy Christian denomination have united in resistance to opjiressioti and for the restoration of permanent peade ' ancl prosperity to Europe and to the worfH
—This Committee did hopfe that perfect Religious Liberty would have been regarded as an hallowed plantand that all nations would have participated the beneficial fruits , which that liberty must produce .
4 . That , even if this Committe could have apprehended that persecution would revive , they could not have , expected that revival , and especially ' the revival of a persecution of Protestants , under princes—whose obvious *
interests demanded conciliation—whose predecessor ^ had devastated tBeir ow ^ . countries by former persecutions- — some of whose Charters had ' declare ^ € t that all religions should be protected by the law , and that all men of all religious professions should be eligiJGjfe to the offices of state "—^ -a hd ^ vhose *
restoration and continued Authority &ad been chiefly effected and upheM by Protestant liberality , Protestant perseverance , Protestant valour , $ nd Pyotestant support . 5 . That the Committee have therefore learnt , with astonishment . ' aia §
deep regret , that at Nismes , ah ^ Pther places in the South of trance , a systematic and cruel persecution of Pfptestants ha ^ excited , siace the restoration of the present Monarch to '* £ qe Throne of mat Country 5 &ai their property has been seized or destroyed —^ that many persons interesting iiyr their youth and sex , or respectable $ > r * their industry , their loyalty , their virtue and their piety , have been assassina-, ted- —that an aged , venerable and ex ^ cellent Minister of Religion has been
put to death—and that the enormities which superstition , interest and cruetty have effected in former ages have tliejre been re-performed j—and that they have learnt , with augmented sorrow , that these barbarities yet continue to be perpetrated , as they have not been
suppressed with that p romptitude ind firmness which wisdom , jgratitu « te ? benevolence and Christianity io * ji $ - pensably require , 6 . That against deeds so full ojj ' har ^ ror , this Committee mu | t" publicly protest } and ^ a ? it they temre fiT un - happy , stfmvTng sutTerers , T > y such
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1816, page 48, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2448/page/48/