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$ M Joseph Fown s f 3 P » 1735 W 1748 , removed to Shrewsbury , died 1789 , aged 75 . 8 . Noah . Tones , 1748 to 1762 , removed to Walsall , died 1785 , aged — , buried at Walsall *
4 . Joseph Baker from Newtown , from 1762 to 1789 , resigned , died 1805 , buried at Cradley . 5 . James Scott , 1789 to 1807 , sole-pastor , co-pastor with tf . Benjamin Carpenter , from 1807 to 1816 . Park Lane Chapel built \ 796 .
. . ; . Gregoire , Bishop ofBlois . * ^ HE Courier , as a palliative , has JL . eiven to his readers a list of the persons who voted for the death of Louis XV 1 . copying it , most probably , from some list published by one of the many libellist partisans , always
ready to add to the flame of kingly vengeance . He therein includes the name of the benevolent Gregoire , constitutional Bishop of Blois , thus relating a calumny which in France his enemies have in vain sought to affix to his name .
Gregoire , at the time of the death of Louis XVI . was absent , as one of the four envoys sent to Savoy ; and on its being known that , in the letter ^ serit to him , he had expunged the word death , he was accused to the
club of the jacobins , in 1 ' 793 , for ncu having voted for the death of . the king . In the speech he had pronounced as early as 1792 , he had de * mandsd that the penalty of death sfeould be abolished , and that JLouis , as . tbk 9 < nrs £ to enjoy the benefit of the law , should be condemned " a I
existence" Thus the papers of that trflne , and principally the Journal dcs Am * r ( > &c . No . 5 , Feb . 2 , 17 g 3 ) took great care to inscribe his name among those deputies who had not voted for the infliction of capital , punishment . 4 | regoire ' s enemies , nevertheless , inscribed his name among those who
htti vated for the king ' s death ; and aHbftugh he treated thq calumny with eojc ^ oxn t , wuen the bishops were ass ^ n bjed in $ * ari $ .. to * , ^ celebrate their s ^ qojkL natioii ^ lj coi * n i ^ in \ M 0 l 9 As the calurnny was j&xirem ^ d yt prevalent , they com missioned JVJ *> LSEy Hishop of St ^ trauda ^ to ^ ascetriain ^ the facts-and
make a report . I'his was perfectly satisfactory , arid by order of the coun-
cil , was inserted- h > & > Le $ ^ 'tmwle * d& $ a Religion , VoL XlYy . p »« 8 S . :-. ; nn . j >; It is well known that Bonaparte wafe not fond of bishop / iC ^ regoire , bQCOUSe , in the , senate , he \ v , a £ i always oppostfd to hjs ambitiii > u ^ projects > : aaduan explosion of his fury in 1810 gave occa > - sion to his-flatterers J , o traasrifest their
odium against Gregoire , a , n 4 again ^ repeat the falsehood which had beea previously destroyed . His friescck then reprinted the report laid . befofe- ' -th ^ council , with a small preface , and this served fully to establish the innocence of the accused .- , .
How peculiar is tbersifcuation ofttfois venerable man . Tha j ^ cobias accuse ^ hirij for not having voted tj > e kwig ' s death , and the anti-jacobins reproved him for having cjone jxi Th ^ ^ pux * chasers of negroes apcusfdhur ^ m tUc convention , of beina ; . a friend and
partizmi of the Knglish ,, because l > e sought to destroy so vUegal a ; trade ; and now an English paper , Without examining the facts , re-echoes the calurojny of hi 9 enemies ^ In the con * vention he was publicly reproached for seeking to Christianize France ,
( Moniteur , an . 2 , N < 1 . 57 ) , and the incredulous and jacobins besfeged him in his own house , and'kept his life in jeopardy during 1 & months , for having sustained his character and upheld re ] igion in the sessipn of 17 Bri $ - maire , ( an . 2 ) , notwithstanding trie cloud of enemies with whom be had
to contend , ( vide Annual ILegister ^ 17 Q 3 , page 201 , 20 & ) , whilst the Catholics have since persecuted him as a heretic . He was avowedly the principal support of religion in France , when it would have been extinguished
by the flight of the greatest part of the clergy , and the apostacy of others ; and when terror was still th * r order of the day , from the tribune he demanded the freedom of worship , and eventually was the cause of 80 , 000 churches
being opened . It was he who obtained the freedom of the miserable priests crowded into the hulks at Rochefort ( Moniteur , an . 3 , No . 81 , seancedu 18 FYirnaire ) , and priests are now his chief calumniators . When
Bonaparte returned from the Island of Elba he excluded him from the Chamber of Peers ( though he was formerly a senator ) , undoubtedly , because he claimed and defended the rights of tht $ people in his eloquent little tract , " £ > # la Constitution Franfaise de tan . 1814 /*
Gregoire , B&hop of Blah , v * f
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1817, page 7, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2460/page/7/