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gether out of the hands of those who minister in holy things , and place it , where , I confess , it appears to me it ought to be , in the hands of the magistrate . I am not going here to discuss
what is marriage , or what the views with which it ought to be entered info , or with which it is entered into . But whatever may be determined on these points , if it should hereafter be necessary to discuss them , the manner in which the intention of the
parties , intending to be man and wife , should be made public is a civil affair , and is designed for the preservation of harmony in society . Awy grievances arising to married parties , as far as redress can be obtained , is sought for in our civil courts : the proceedings
in the ecclesiastical courts scarcely can be said to form any exception to this remark . At all events , the moral guilt of parties offending , seems to be considered of trifling importance . Their punishment is visited in degree , according to the supposed magnitude
of their civil offence . Besides , suppose a Unitarian should happen to marry a Trinitarian , the latter must be married ( I use the term as it is generally used ) according to the present law at church , because the mode adopted by Unitarians would not be
binding on the Calvinistic lady . This is now done by Quakers , I believe , when they happen to marry out of their own community . It will be necessary that some clause should be introduced into the act , to obviate this inconvenience , provided the affair is still to be considered so far as a
religions matter as to be left in the hands of ministers : but I wish to see from any of your correspondents , a substantial reason why it should not be rather ratified before the magistrate . J . F .
Church , and , therefore , to adopt it would frustrate our efforts to obtain relief . Let us neither seek to " increase the scanty incomes of our own ministers , " nor to «* deprive the church
of any pecuniary object , " but to be eased of a burden which we ought not to bear . Let us respectfully petition Parliament , not for permission to solemnize our own marriages , but for relief from a ceremony which does violence to our consciences , leaving it to their wisdom how such relief shall
be afforded . If a request so reasonable should be denied , nothing will then remain for us , but to " obey God rather than men . " Let us be determined to do
our duty , but let us do it in singleness of eye as unto God and not unto men , and with meekness and gentleness , and universal peace and love * F . K .
61 O Marriage Ceremony , as it respects Unitarians *
Marriage Ceremony t as it respects Unitarians , This subject has attracted public attention . A better proof of this cannot be given than its being agitated in the Times Newspaper , a Journal , which is conducted , we believe , upon
the mercantile principle , of provoking the discussion or of adopting the side which is most popular , that is , most profitable . From this paper we make the following extracts : No . I . consists of Remarks in the Times , Sept . 18 ; No . II . is a Letter from Mr . W . Smith on those Remarks ; and No . III . contains the further Remarks of the Times upon the general subject and upon Mr . Smith ' s Letter .
TVT T No . I . Remarks in the Timesf Sept . 18 . IT will be recollected , that towards the close of last session of parliament a notice was given by Mr . Smith , the member for Norwich , of some intention to move a bill , the
object of which was to allow Unitarians , as they call themselves , or Socinians , as they are more generally called , to marry in their own chapels , and according , we presume , to a ritual
of their own , either already compiled , or to be compiled hereafter . About the same time , we should suppose , a question relating to the same subject has been agitated with uncommon warmth in the British settlement of
Sir , Nantwich , Aug . 6 , 1817 . HAVE long thought that the sub-I ject of the marriage ceremony deserved the most serious consideration of the worshipers of the one undivided
God , and I am glad that it is again introduced into the Repository . The remedy , however , which your Warrington Correspondent [ p . 409 , ] proposes , appears to me to be worse than no remedy a ~ t all . There is something in it of hostility to the Established
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 610, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/38/