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mivate life quietly andc regpectabl y * But by making baptism : a / 1 test of the fitness for fnarriage > ** ml go ; much r&ortheiv far the party mwst either- $ ub » ixiit ft V-or for ever be denied the ettjoy * nt £ nt of the " only bliss of paradise which has survived the * fall , " or be
continually exposed to the taunts and sseori * of society , for permitting aflfectkm to triumph over the injustice of tfee law . If it rests upon the divine knv , surely it should for the benefit of the , ignorant be pointed out ; or how aue * $ be parties wishing to be married
U > confess the existing impediments to itheir-marriage , which very early in the service they are charged to do ? Moreover , does it rest with the clergyman whether he makes these inquiries or not ? Because if so , it is making the law the creature of caijrice . I
ask this , knowing that un baptized persons have been married without questions being asked . Now was the Lincolnshire clergyman righteous over much * or was the other clergyman U > whom I allude negligent of his duty ?
I $ ut what an apparently shameful prostitution of an ordinance of Christ was exhihited in Lincolnshire on the above occasion—I mean on the baptism of the lady . Baptism is , at least according to the Church service , a Christian ordinance : and if so should
not be resorted to without due reflection and consideration . Yet it is scarcely to be supposed that the lad y in tliis case could have duly considered the subject . If she had never thought about it , she was not a fit subject to submit to it , in an hour or two ; if she had considered it , and
approved it , why had she not previously been baptized ? If she disapproved ^ it , her religious principle was sacrificed for the sake of her spouse . IJnt if in the above case , notwithstanding appearances , due consideration had been exercised , and every thing
was as it ought to be , it is manifest , that-the tendency of the anecdote is to make the public believe that a pecson unbaptized is no Christian , and that therefore baptism is a most
important ordinance ; though it may ba performed nevertheless , without previous thoughts in order to remove an obstruction , to . the performance of ^ vhat the law positively enjoins on all * as a d ££ fc $ 9 & * V civil compact . J . F .
$ Q 2 Dr . PriestltetjLS Treatment at Itfarwick .
~ j " - - ^ y-igl «•* . Sir , . ¦ .. : - - - ? . . •< « , . ! IN the Oumositie 9 i ^ LkmBiinfe i ? qi isuan article on the DcstoMfaJr BooA \ % in which ; it is remarked that ! * r the greater part of the boofe ofi Origen and the other . Httfetics , were continuall y burnt by the Orthodox party . " On this * passa ge some foftner possessor of my copy has writteti the following note .
" The illustrious heretic of our times has met with a similar treatment at Birinihgham , in 1791 , and was personally ilJ-used at Warwick Assizes in 1792 . " Ip a i > assage of Dr . Priestley ' s Fast Sermon , for 1 794 , quoted it * his < Me *
moirs ( 12 mo . p . 131 , ) there is a reference to some unkind treatment " at the Assizes at Warwick , " I soppose when he sued the county for "his- ' loss of property at Birmingham . I have a particular reason for wishing to ascertain what was the personal ill-usage to which the manuscript note refers , and shal 1 thank- any of your readers for information . BREV 1 S .
July 19 , 18 $ . Sir , VERY lately met with the Life of I Sir Michael Poster , by his nephew , the late Mr . Dodson , which was published in 1811 , from a copy designed for Dr . Kippis ' s Biogfapbia Britannica . I know not thalt a general reader has any right to complain of such a Life as containing scarcely a page interesting to any but the learned pen sion , to whom the justly reverenced dicta of a great lawyer naiisr be WgW ? . valuable . Yet I donbt whether the Life of a dignitary of the long robe ever exhibited a reputation more exclusively legal than that of Judge Foster ; who appears never to have recreate himself ; like Sir Edmund Coke , m hi * Forest Laws , by a ramble amoog Dido ' s f leer .
But I am rairibliag from mj ? ' pose ; which was to propose to anml T version a sentiment of the Biogwp ^ which follows his notice a **™ opinion maintained by Judg ? ^^ in : his fomous , Aqp ** * " " ? l Z right of impfeishig m ** tn * & ! r a p uhhVservice i $ 0 flft *> g * ti v ^ jn » thd crownv Krottttded . ^ p *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1816, page 592, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2457/page/28/