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is called *• the day of the Lord s . vengeance , and the year of recompenees For the controversy of Zion , " in language the most awfully sublime , when The indignation of the Lord shall be
upon all nations , and his fury upon their armies ; when the hosts of heaven shall be dissolved , and the heavens themselves rolled together as a scroll , as a leaf falleth from the vine , and a falling ; fig from the fig-tree : When the earth shall reel to and fro like a
drunkard , and be removed like a cottage ; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it , and it shall fall and not rise again : When the moon shall be confounded and the sun ashamed , and the Lord of Hosts shall reign in Mount Zion , and in Jerusalem
and before his Ancients , gloriousl y ^ "figurative expressions , no doubt , in a great measure , which , nevertheless , must have a precise and determinate meaning , though we may possibly mistake in their application . In the mean time , it behoves both
subjects and the rulers of churches and kingdoms to " discern the signs of the times 5 " the former , to attend chiefly to personal and family reformation , \ o . . C . 1 /• T _ "I »» fothe of Jerusalem
• ' pray -r peace , " and for a spirit of wisdom and justice in their governors ; not to forestal the Divine plans , never to disturb the state , in order to purify the church ; to wield 110 sword In defence of the truth , but
•* the sword of the spirit ; " and , while they ' < abide in their several callings , " and perform their duty , to leave the rest to time and Providence : —and the latter , to revise obsolete and to change obnoxious laws ; not to obstruct reasonable and gradual reformation ; never to encourage the horrid and flagitious
princip le of national enmiiies and antipathies , ( for a heathen could say ** Homo sum , nihil humani a me alienum puto" ) ; and ever to act under the impression of this important maxim , that that is likely to prove the most durable government , which hath its foundation injustice and equity , and in the good opinion of the people . AN OCCASIONAL READER , p . S . The above was written before An Occasional Reader had read the ingenious letter of Homily Cp . 45 < 6—460 ) . TC ^ e re are only Borne slight shades of -difference between . Homily and himself a % tp . controversial discourse and cototr ^ vef ^ iaj preaching .
588 Mr . Gilchrist on ihe Review qf his Grammar *
¦ Newingion GW Sir , , - * ¦ ¦ October % th , 1816 RELY on your candour ( Qr 25 " I insertion © f the -following re ^ arki ^ s occasioned by . ihe > no , Uce of ^ PUkm ^ L Eiymokgy in your Jast NumW - lnji 53 &—544 ) . That notice is iwMJ severe but less candid and Msu $ ci < auu than I expected . The writer of it ham remarked , indeed , that if the bookk " should not have a fair and irapartialil trial , the author will have principallyy himself to blame . Mr . GilchristYp / jL culiar manner has made it impossible that his work should be tried dispas - sionately by many of those who are »
qualified to sit in judgment upon it " It is generally understood , I believe ,, that judges pught to be peculiarly dis ! ' passionate : whether they could justify themselves , in conducting an unfair trial and pronouncing angrily an unjust sentence by saying it was impossiblet& be dispassionate , may admit of doubt It were unreasonable indeed to exact
extreme virtue from the gravest judges or most learned doctor ?; and therefore I " principally blame myself foE aot | having a fair and impartial trial . " H ^ d I written as libellously of law and lawyers * as of pur learning and the learned , of schools and schoolmen , it is probable that my cpndign , punishment would have been far more
afflictive , and that ridicule and h ^ scs would have pursued me Jx > Newgate , 1 vrish not to offer any remark $ - oij the notice of my work considered # * review : the real merits or demerits of the book are still before the judggs- '
your contributor has ( prudeptly j # rhaps ) left them to the sagacity pf my reader ? . The capital , I may say sdh orTence , preferred in the indictment , or set forth in the sentence pronounced uppu , me , is , " arrogant contempt of all who have gon ^ before me or who stand beside me . " On this charge 1 wish , both in respect for the pubffc and } n justice to myself , to solicit a
patient and candid hearing . I acknowledge that there is mucfl bitter con tern ptpousness in my wn tings . I acknowledge such contemptuousness to be very wrong and vffij reprehensible , and promise that I , si ^ V carefully weed it put of my pubhpaU 9 « j * j whepever ( if ever ) , any of tliei ^ $ WW pa . ss thraujdii rny bancls into a » fP BS / e 4 ppn ,. pkl 1 bec ^ n fortunate ertoufflL * t ^^ t ^ dy 4 eepV * hs dpctriaes of * < &W ! t >< s ¦¦ * ¦ * ¦ j ^ . iii .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1816, page 588, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2457/page/24/