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asiuHed ^ aiul , whiiih , they andrtv&jy man throughout the worldare enitijtfd t ® enjoy . » , Thom ^ Pelcatt , ? Secretaries . JjQHN WlLSS , S <•• .
At a Meeting of the Friends of Civil and Religious Liberty , held in the Meeting-House of the Fourth J ) isseuting Congregation , _ in Belfast , the rlth of December , 1815 , Rev . Robert Acheson , in the Chair , Keso tved u nan ii ? i o usly ,
That the exercise of private judgment in forming religious opinions , is the ^ inalienable rij ^ ht of every iudividua ] , and that no Government ought to interfere between the mind of man arid bis God , nor ought any persons £ 0 taunt or revile their fellow-citizens
r ^ o r ppinioDs deliberately and conscienpiously formed . . Resolved unanimously . —That hnv--ingipetiti ^ ned . the two Houses of Par-Jiameait , j during the two last years ,
without success , on the manifold evils arising from the system of Orangemen , which still continues with unabated violence in many parts of Ireland , it is inexpedient to present similar , petitions at this time .
Resolved unanimously—That in coming to the foregoing resolution , we are not actuated by . any dereliction of duty , nor do we less strongly feel disapprobation , of the system , por less dread its , hurtful consequences , being
thoroughly persuaded that this Protestant combination against Catholics is illegal , and keeps up a spirit of irritation and animosity on both sides , and is an attempt to persecute for religious opinions .
Resolved unanimously—That we earnestly 3 ntr # at the Earl of Donoughjnore a / nc ( Sjr Henry ParneU to bring forward motions on this subject during the ensuing Session , as we are convinced that the permanent
tranquility of Ireland depends on the suppression of the grievances sustained from the Orange party r Resolved—( With several dissenijenls to an amendment substituted as the last paragraph , jn place of onq expung ^ d )*—That actuated by . a spirit
• The paragraph expunged in the 5 th resolution , wa * * iii the foMtrtvmg ' words : — v ** We the titore lament ¦ these outrages as & * && $ » £ ( MP'SpetrOted 1 . by nfeta supported by the . jHritish Oo ? ennnent . j ^ itbe 4 tcraiioatioA oC
cpn ^ istent v Q& £ u $ & re ^ oIuUan w / e behojd wMh a , t > h p rren ^ j ^ he ^ gstqration , of the Ip ^^ i ^ tipain S pa ^ i as , ap abridgmeut of the legitiinajte rights of , the people ^ , w , l ? iclv are d ® fi $ tially of mor ^ , importance than me ^ so
much talked of legitimacy of Princes . We likewise view .. with ^^^^ o ^ gpgt emotions of disapprobation ) t ]^ eo jp ^ secution of the Protestants , in . ^ P ^^ tJ 1 of France , commenced . , ap _ pajentTy mir der the countenance of sq ^ ie Q f , jwe branches of the BqurbQps . Aw ? ^ fcw
we lament that this persecution shojujfcd ouly have corameqeed undeir ^ Qpvernmeut estat ) lishied ip France ^ fe y
the power of the allies , in the erecting of which they professed t& have r ^ n view the establishment of soc ^ aj ^ m--der , we hail with pleasure the , pleijjje which the British Government have
given , in their answer to the , English Protestant Dissenters , of their disposition on th ^ s subj ect * . . ip . Resolve ^ unaninaouslv ;—^ That ifkQ United ^ taj es pf Nor , tti Afiierica lioJ 4 out an object worthy of imitation , where all sects live , peaceablyijWgether , a ^ id are equalJy protected tri the right of forming their religious
opimons . xK . , ... . ,, ^ r . AM ^ - ' ^ tt Resolved unaaim ^ sLy ^ ry That the Thanks of this Mfeting t ^ returned to Daniel Q'C ^ n ^^ ' ^ kh' -a ^^ yp bg the first in Ireland tp cal ^ jpub ^ c attention tp tjie persecution of tnp Protestants in France , at ^ n ^ getiip ^^ the Catholic AssociOrtipB jja WuWinljthus
evincing that i ^ th ^ ^ pp . p ^ a ^^ jMvsuit of Catholic Emancipation , and protection from thenostUitypfprange outr ^ ges ^ he only & 9 Pgkt < ;• ^ fV imself ' and his fellow C . aftiolics * that liptgty nvhich he was equally rea . dj 5 , jtp g rajH toothers . , . '
Resolved—( With , several . ^^ iss ^ ntients on an amej ^ dment earned for insertion in the Belfast Newp-Letter ) —That these resolutions be puDJished in the Belfast Conimerc ^ al (^ hro ^ icle , the Belfast News-letter , th ^ ^ ubliu Chronicle , the Dublin jBvenm ^ , f ^ stf anpl ia the . ^ orflWg r hronjSe fci \ ** * * ' ¦ , 1 It- ¦ ' , H . * I ~ \\ \
a content , whicli affected to be ifbr th' ^' restoraiion of social omer , more especililly as 1 n tie , H arions * ' f ^ vonit \ &totff f fedleYnmentS 6 V Francei liow ^ i ^ rr ^ eal . Mryre ^^ iWeir excesses , or their transgressions bgainft the piindipl ^^ f greoi ? nrf Hb * rt ^ thSy ge ^ nerall j" preserved tbeisacredrig&feii ^ f <^» - j $ owntx ' Wiolabkt / 9 > >< vri ) . , •*<>
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1816, page 50, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2448/page/50/