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much for his loyalty , by imprisonment first and afterwards by expulsion . " Wood then refers to L . 1 , p . 405 , of Hist , and Antiq . Univ . Oxon . the Latin version of his History , His original MSS . in the Bodleian , were not many years ago edited by Mr . Gutch . In that work I find the
following paragraph : " 1648 , April 17 , Monday . The visiters commanded a mad woman to be whipt for calling them roundheads and rebels . Mr . Thomas Smith , also ,
of Magdall . Coll . and Mr . Webberley , of Lincoln , were committed to Bridewell for speaking boldly to and uttering rash words against them ; and especially for that Webberley did presume to take his commons in the
Hall , after they had suspended him from his office of sub-rector and the emoluments of his place . " Hist . &c . 5 vols . 4 to . 1786—1792 , B . i . II . p . 574 . Dr . Walker , a Churchman , of the school of Sacheverell , and worthy of the highest form , has mentioned Mr .
Webberley , in his Sufferings of the Clergy . He has all his information from Wood , adding , " I should have been glad to omit him , because he was esteemed by all a high-flown Socinian . So that his expulsion wanted nothing but a lawful authority , to make it a most commendable act . "
Attempt , 1714 , Pt . ii . p . 121 . Should you accept this offer of correspondence , you may , perhaps , hear again from
CIVIS RUSTICUS . [ We beg Civis Rusticus to continue his correspondence . He will find some account of Mr . Webberley , Mon . Repos . X . 82 , 83 , 498 , 499 . Ed . ]
Clapton , Aug . SO , 1817 . Sir , IN a note to the first article in the Review of your Repository for July ( p . 413 ) , Mr . Wardlaw is charged with repeating a calum ny ^ when he says , " truly the laxity of the views of Unitarians respecting the plenary inspiration , and universal authority of
the Scriptures * is a matter of such flagrant and lamentable notoriety , that I feel no anxiety to defend myself on this head from the charge of misrepresentation , to any who are at all acquainted with their writings . " I apprehend the passage contains no
calumny . Jt states , as I suppose , a fact , and in terms not more offensive than might be expected from a man of Mr . Wardlaw ' s faith . If to believe in " plenary inspiration , " is to acknowledge every word of the Old and New
Testament to be the dictate of inspiration ; and if to submit to the " universal authority of the S criptures , " is to receive every book , and the whole of every book iii the present Canon , as the undoubted word of God , 1 do
not think it is a calumnv to affirm that Unitarians do not generally believe in the plenary inspiration , and acknowledge the universal authority of the Scriptures . A railing and injurious and absurd accusation is indeed
brought against them , when it is pretended , that they withhold their faith from what God has revealed , as if they disputed the veracity of God . They do refuse to submit their understanding to fho&e interpreter * of Divine revelation , especially , who presume to
array their own interpretation in the same authority as the revelation itself ; but this is to question not the veracity of God , but the infallibility of men . To an acknowledged declaration from God no man in his senses ever did , or ever could refuse his belief : and it is
manifestly absurd to accuse him of such extravagant and impious folly , who refuses his belief only to what he does not acknowledge to be a declaration from God , to what he considers on the contrary the mere doctrine of man , unsupported and contradicted by the revelation from God . This the
Unitarian does in refusing his assent to the popular creed ; and to accuse him on this ground of refusing to submit to the authority of God , if it be not calumny , is misrepresentation and injustice . On this charge Mr . Wardlaw and his brethren ought to plead guilty ;
they construe dissent from their explanation of the Scriptures into resistance to the authority of God . But without pretending to say what is the actual opinion of the body of Unitarian Christians , 1 do not for myself
complain of misrepresentation , When it is said , that they doubt the genuineness of a part of the present Canon of Scripture , and the plenary inspiration of a much greater part . It should , indeed , be added , that they do thi * because the evidence of plenary inspiration appears to be incomplete ,
Unitarian Opinion of the Scriptures * 595
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 595, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/23/