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tbolic clergy were kept in order by the respectability and talents of their opponents . The effect © f the persecution of the Protestants was not at first seen , but it appeared in the following reign , ^ when the clergy had different opponents to deal with , and
found themselves unable to cope with the rising body of infidels . If it were allowable to speak positively on the judgments of God , we might almost say , that the Bourbon family , the emigrant nobility , and the Catholic clergy , received in the revolution the
just retribution for the atrocious acts of their ancestors in the reign of JLouis the XIV . Assuredly the rise and progress of infidelity may be attributed to this cause . The morality
of France was undermined by the expulsion of the Protestants , and we will venture to prognosticate , that the restoration of that body will be the great means of restoring better principles to the kingdom of France .
Policy might have taught the French the folly even of their persecution . Where there is a great established sect , the Dissenters from it are generally to be found in the middle walks of life , and . in them chiefly
among the most industrious and economical . If any of this class rises to opulence , his wealth soon finds its way into the establishment . It is a proverbial saying , that it is not easy to find three generations of Dissenters , who rode in coaches . The reason is
obvious ; increasing wealth brings the occupier more in contact with the higher classes . His sons and daugh * ters , by this association , gradually indulging in a little relaxation from the severe principles of the father ; or perhaps the father himself , when
settled on his country estate , may have led the way by occupying occasionally the squire ' s seat in the parish church . The nearest meeting may be too vulgar . An advantageous match may occur for sons and daughters , and to
abstain from church or customary visits , exposes to the imputation of singularity . A variety of similar circumstances , will be suggested to the mind of the reader , and lead him to reflect on our Saviour's words : " hard
is it for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven : " and perhaps it is one of the hardest trials of a parent to reflect upon the changes that Kay take place in his posterity . This ,
however , should stimulate us . to impress most strongly on the minda of our children the importance of scrip t tural truth , not teaching them to gabble over like parrots catechisms , and
creeds , and confessions of faith , but to exercise their understandings daily in the divine word , that they may esteem the gospel as the precious jewel , to purchase which a man will part with all his substance .
The amnesty bill has passed in France , modified from that which was presented by one of the hot-headed royalists , but containing greater severity than that which had the sanction of the court . A considerable degree of discussion took place in the 1
Commonshouse , but when it was brought to the House of Peers , it was passed by acclamation , and in a manner , which in England would be deemed most unfitting and indecent . The king's consent soon ratified the
deed , which drives away from France a number of the regicides , and ex ^ poses to pains and penalties a number of persons involved in the administration , under the three months * reign of Buonaparte .
The anniversary of the execution of Louis the XVI . has been kept with great solemity , and by a very judicious regulation , instead of , a sermon , by which the passions might have been inflamed , the will of the deceased
sovereign , calculated to sooth them down , was read in all the churches . It is to be wished , that this may produce the desired effect ; but in opposition , as it were to it , a plan has been struck out , which can but be of
a very dangerous tendency . This is to have manifestos in different places , expressing detestation of the crime of regicide , and to these people are iii « - vited to subscribe their signatures . It was not considered by the framers of this measure , that more than one half
of the present population of France had nothing to do with the sentence on the late king : they were at the time of its passing , too youiitf to enter into the merits or demerits of the case * and it cannot answer a good purpose
to compel them now to examine the question . Whether kings may be justly dethroned by their subjects or not * is not a question for the multitude to decide upon . The history ., of . the world proves that , whether right or wrong , the case has frequently < m *»
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1816, page 63, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2448/page/63/