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who have not his claims to the public notice , have contributed much more than he : and as to his importance to Hie cause of Unitarianism , I do not learn that he took any active share in the measures designed specifically to promote it . Mis change will prove
more beneficial to Unitarianism than his previous services- It will lead , as it has led many , td inquire and to think : and all we ask is , that the serious inquirer will give our cause a fair hearing . Among the many who are afraid to hear , to read or to think , we do not expect success .
I do mvself individually resrret his change . The little personal intercourse I had with him , and what I knew of him from other sources , led me to believe that I should find iu him a friend to value and to love : our
pursuits would , in many respects , have been similar ; and our great objects , in more : our love of truth would have led us in the same direction ; and it would have been cheering , in
the duties of my profession , to have had his co-operation . But it should be stated , that he was not the official organ of the Lewin ' s-Mead Society in their different communications with
me . He took , indeed , an active share in the business of the congregation at that period , far beyond what the state of his mind fully authorized ; and he composed the letter of invitation to me , ( in which he says , * ' our city has been designated by an eminent writer ,
as the nursery and hot-bed of English fanaticism ; and the particular sentiments which distinguish us as a religious community have to encounter a proportionate degree of misrepresentation and obloquy : " ) but I was little acquainted with his share in those proceedings till after his change ; and I had no direct communication with
him whatever . I regret that change ; and believing that it was from truth to error , I regret it on his own account . If , however , in its immediate or remote
influence , it should be the means of bending his heart an ^ life , more and niore , to the obedient and imitation of Christ , then it must be well with hun . L . CARPENTER .
Sir Isaac Newton ' s Timidity . —Mr . SehhanCs ** Evidences" 591
Sir , Aug . l % th , 1817 . IN the elegant and comprehensive Summary of the Evidences for the Christian Revelation , by the Rey . Mr . Belsham , the following sentence occurs in the first discourse : — " The utmost which the generality of sober
Sir , July 10 th , 1817 . YOU inserted in your last volume , ( p . 220 ) my letter on Sir Isaac Newton ' s " Historical Account , " in which I ventured to regret his cautious avoidance of any direct declaration on the subject of the Trinity . I have since observed that Mr . Lindsev
had found that great man ' s " prodigious reserve , " as he terras it ? , * ' ascribed to a blameable timidity and fear of persecution , " by " the anonymous author of a pamphlet of some repute , " entitled Caiisu Dei contra Novatores , 1748 , pp . 31 , 58 >
« The author , " adds Mr . Lindsey , " having mentioned Mr . Emlyn ' s sufferings , proceeds to say , this persecuting spirit ' kept in awe and silenced some extraordinary persons amongst us , SirPetei * King , Sir Joseph Jekyll , and the > greatest man of the age and glory of the British nation , I mean—the renowned Sir Isaac
NewtonS After which he points to Sir Isaac ' s then unpublished discourse or dissertation upon the pretended text of 1 John v . 7 , 8 , as an instance of of this excessive caution . " Historical View , pp . 402 , 403 . At the close of mv letter I
conjectured that Sir Isaac Newton ' s two tracts were probably written about the time of the Revolution . That event , while it brought relief to the impugners of established rites and ceremonies , was followed by the indulgence of a persecuting spirit against those who
disputed the Faith by law established . Thus the Bill of Rights , to all free inquirers in religion , whether Christians or Unbelievers , became , what a celebrated republican once described it , on another account , * ' a Bill of
Wrongs and Insults . " The sufferers from Protestant persecution , during those falsely vaunted days of personal freedom , will , I am persuaded , be ibund , on inquiry , to have been far more numerous than has been generally suspected . N . L . T .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 591, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/19/