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to oof Protestant brethren there the muh $ tn * b& \ enjoyment of the un * alienable fights of conscience and reftgious worship . ' * Attd as in tluty bound , your petitioners will ever pray .
Jlfeetinp of Roman Catholics of the > i 3 dnntie& of Northumberland , Duruhanij and the North Riding efYork * shire . At a most numerous and highly respectable Meeting of Roman Ca-* tholics as above , hoi den at
Newcastle-upon-Tyne , on the 27 th of December , for the purpose of taking into consideration th £ Persecution of the Protestants in the South of France , and their own condition as Roman Catholics and Subjects of Great Britain ,
G . Silvertop , Esq . in the Chair , The following Resolutions Were unauimousfy adopted : Resolved ~*» That attached as we are to the faith of the Catholic O h urcU , we do maintain $ he right of every Indmdea ) , it * every agG , and in every country , to judge of the reas 6 hableness of his belief , / and we do
moreoverBiafiutaiii , that tio man can be deprived of 1 1 this sacred ^ inalienable rigftt , wii $ t&tit injustice or oppression . » That attached a * We are to th& saetedscfctise of religious freedom , we should be undeserving the name of
ChtfgligM frr © f Britons * if our philatt ^ i r ^ y ^ rfd the feelings of our sympathy d * d rtbii extend to all who suffer fbr * f « consefeM * fc > * ake ; and if we did not regard religious persecution , by any i&ggf ^ W'By -fcttypotver , oV by any people , aa a horrid and detestable crftttfe . *«• ¦ >« Ji , ¦ ¦ ¦ ¦ .
^ Thrtt ruainmviiia ^ as we do , tb ^^ e ^ princlples , We have beheld with the deepest aotfrotfr the misfortunes an <* p € * r 8 ^ cutio « * of our fbilow-christians , the Protestants in the South of Frtueei aitd whiFsit we regret that relig » 6 ^ g rau <^ ur htu hac ^ iU share in in ^ n ^ h ^ thfeie ' atrocities , we are and from
witting to beftteY ^ Hope , thy besf tllfdlrm ^* k > tt we can obtain , that th ^ are l ^^ t > tte attributed to re | igioo ^ thfa iV I ^ pofitical hatved ^ ariaipg a » itihtoh ^ n ^ fro ^ i a » int 6 ^ itigs betwt * n&itikett artfl ^ mmn aad provee&tt * ft&m the varying dnd prot rtft ^* Wea ^^ tf ^ c FrW ^ b % < olUr tiobi noUil ^| > i 1 * « ft * fl ^*^' » ; , ' ? Tbft *> Wfe ^» J 6 W 4 y kK * -fb » Hvara '
io ^ sypeed ^ termioa&oa these &tm cities ; but if our . hopes sball be & § & appointed , ( an event which vi ^ should mo » t siivcerely deplore , ) we shall
consider ourselves called upon toy every principle of Christian charity and benevolence , to co-operate with our Protestaut countrymen in extending to the Protestants of France the same
relief and assistance , which , under similar circumstances , we should be ready to afford to persons of our owti persuasion . 5 . That these , together w ^ ith ihb subsequent Resolutions , be mad ^ f known , signed by our chairman , lo his Majesty ' Principal Secretary oi
State for Fpreigu Afta ' rrs , reqaestktig the Noble Viscount to accept , and to couvey to the other , ministers of * the Prince Regent ' s government , ourumjaife unfeigned thanks for ! the assurances n > ade by tbem to the dej ^ tttturfii of the Protestant Society for Aheip « otswj * i ' tion of Religious Liberty , statin g ^ ' * That it has been the invariable ob « -
ject of the British government and of their allies , to support , and oti every occasion to assert the priaeiples of Religious Toleration aud Liberty- ; and that , ' in their recent commtinieafr tions with the government of France ^
they have brought forward these principles as the foundation of their policy and of their just expectations ?; and that they are * therefore , ustegf their best efforts to arrest the pw »* gress of evils , which they uiost deeply deplore * . "
Q . That we have seen with MttguJar satisfaction , not only the declaration of the Congress of Vienna , relative to Religious Freedom , in the different States of Germany ; bu * we have itteewise beheld with real pleasure the Declaration of the Constitutional
Charter of France , by which every Freuchn <* an , whatever may be tltb principles of his faith , is equally en * titled to the liberties and privilege * * f his country ^ ^ r 7 . That contemplating a » we ba «* been , the misfortunes of oar fkUo&r
melt , notura fosses uputi us . the ateK < lanchoiy idea of Quryown dcgfadsitfoo «* Briton ^ and JSngli ^ hnien as mrie a % ^ and wegjjpry in . tbaftMtot ^ &u < b * initl | c& happy , Coiifi ^ Uution ofi tour / copfMlt ^ ' altfapxigh p . « W bffi la « tyi / tor' . « Bi * rMi science' a ^ Ve , * l » it > pu 4 frc ¥ tt ^ wery-Qtt ^ i ' of if » poWictf pwrte&e * > tm * &d witters ^ out the bower et chooaiiig otw repre ^
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1816, page 53, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2448/page/53/