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In May 1719 * the assembly again met . Some of the violent party were for making new declarations . Mr . Peirce proposed that a fast should be appointed , and that all should unite in prayer td the Divine Being to conduct them into the path of truth ; that all
animosities should cease , and that the subjects of dispute should be discussed in a frank and friendly manner . So reasonable a suggestion was as a matter of course rejected . During the meeting , Mr . George Jacomb applied to be ordained , but he was refused ,
because he would not give his confession of faith in any other than Scripture language , and in consequence , the following singular record was proposed by the Moderator : «• Whereas Mr . Jacomb , out of respect to the Scripture , bas refused to declare his faith in other
than- Scripture words ; so the assembly , out of respect to the Scriptures , refuse to admit it . " One individual said , that liow-a-days Scripture was not plain enough without explanation ; and another hoped that God would restore the ministerial and magisterial power
to punish heretics . During the assembly , Mr . Samuel Carkeet preached a most striking Sermon , in which lie says , he came forth from ** unenvied , unmolested obscurity , to bear his testimony" against those encroaching
anti-Christian teachers , who presumed to erect their system as the standard of faith and holiness , excommunicating and anathematizing all who claimed for themselves " the liberty with which Christ had made them free . "
But the orthodox had determined now to effect their object , and in consequence , forty-five ministers signed a declaration , that they could not consent to the preaching of any candidate , or recommend any minister to a congregation , who would not profess his
faith in the Trinity -y they say they heartily pity and pray for those who had fallen into dangerous errors , and warn their flocks against them , intimating that their sole hope of future
blessedness must depend on the soundness of their opinions , which , to preserve unshaken , they recommend should be undisturbed bv restless inquisitiveness into the " mysteries of religion . "
Mr . Peirce subjoins , " May that good man ' s joke sit easy on him ! I cannot yet repent that I did not submit to the same . "
Let such men and such acts be forgotten , while we record with honourable mention the names of those distinguished ministers who , refusing to receive imposed creeds themselves , or to be instrumental in imposing creeds on others , signed a public protest against the proceedings of the assembly : —
Joseph Hallett , Isaac Gilling , * James Peirce , John Cox ,-f-Matthew Huddy , t Ro ^ er Beadon , \ Samuel Carkeet , \\ Samuel Adams , John Parr , % Joseph Hallett , jun . ** * Of Newton Abbott . He was deserted by his congregation , calumniated and iusulted , for having asserted ( to a brother minister , who proclaimed Mr . G . 's heresy ) his belief in the subordination of Christ .
Ou another occasion , he said u he could not , and would not , believe the Trinity in Unity . " At the September assembly , he refused to make any declaration of faith . -f John Cox , of King'sbridg-e , was required by his congregation to subscribe to the Fifth and Sixth Answers of the
Assembly ' s Catechism : he refused , and was dismissed . He was a man of exemplary virtue , to which bis enemies themselves bore testimony . J Mr . Huddy would make no declaration at the meeting * in September ; and in one of his Sermons he is said to have cautioned his hearers u against giving * too much honour to the Son . ''
^ Mr . Peirce calls him " rjonest Mr . Beadon . " He was afterwards ejected by his congreg-ation at Budleig-h , for denying the Genuineness of 1 John v . 7 . ; for refusing
to teach the Assembly ' s Catechism ; and for saying that the Son is not in all respects equal to the Father . The western inquisitors accuse him ( p . 28 of their Answer ) of having been unsound in his faith . See Note , pp . 580 , 581 .
|| Mr . Carkeet resisted the authority of the assembly in September , and would make no confession of faith whatever . * f [ Mr . Parr guve as his creed the wordt of Ephesians ir . 4—6 , and would gf ive uo other . The synod accused him of heresy . ** Mr . Hallett succeeded his father as
co-pastor with Mr . Peirce , in 1722 . He published a Funeral Sermon for the latter . Himself died in 1744 , cet . 52 . Some o ( his works are yet held in high estimation . He was a man of uncommon gentleness <*> manners and integrity of heart , and wai honoured with the friendship and orres-
384 Trinitarian Controversy at frxeter
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 584, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/12/