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and x > n the nation , a character of harskness and cruelty , which evidence of a mild administration of them will not ^ entirely remove . Repeal silences the objections Reasoning , founded on lenient exercises of authority , whatever its force
shay be , is siot calculated to efface a general and deep impression . The removal of disused laws is a preliminary operation , which greatly facilitates a just estimate , and ( where it is necessary ) an effectual reform of those laws which are
to remain in activity . Were capital punishments reduced to the comparatively small number of cases in which they are often inflicted , it would become a much simpler operation to form a right judgment of their propriety or necessity . Another consideration of still greater
moment presents itself on this part of * th £ subject : penal laws 4 re sometimes called into activity after lohg disuse , and in cases where their very existence may be unknown to the best-informed part of -the community , malicious prosecutors set them in motion ; a mistaken administration of the law may apply them to purposes for which they were not intended ,
DOMESTIC . Religious . The British Critic is , we are glad to see , devoting itself to the Unitarian
controversy . In spite of its misstatements and vaultings and reproaches , it will do goqd by leading some of its readers to the pure sources of truth . The Number for December contains a Review of an
Answer to Captain Gifford ' s admirable Remonstrance to the Bishop of St . Davids ' , ( see Moh . Rep ^ ns . XIU . 638—640 , ) by Mr . John Gurbett * , curate of Cardington , in , , ttie county of Bedford . The Critic decries the Captain ' s pamphlet which , by ha $ own confession , He has never read ,
and equally cries up the Curate ' s : but t&ere are ^ me deductions from his praise # f jMr , Gafkett * whom he considers not qufo 3 put ) d m the " Athanasian Greed /' ati 4 whom , he gently rebukes for not spe * ktog : , ? 1 with greater confidence of ** & genu ine ****) of I Johnv . 7—after the ptmw&d testimonies in its favour tofiM have been lately prefaced" . Wh&t can the writer mean ? What new
at-* B * fwpt is * hm > to revive the credit of the eiqfloded pafisum ?
and which they are calculated more to defeat than to promote ; such seems to have been the case of the person who , in the year 1814 , at the Assizes for Essex , was capitally convicted df the offehce of cutting down trees , and Who , in spite of earnest applications for mercy frtan the
prosecutor , the committing magistrate , and the whole neighbourhood , was executed , apparently because he was believed engaged in other offences , for none of which , however , he had been convicted or tried *
This case is not quoted as furnishing any charge against the humanity of the judge or of the advisers df the ctbvm : they certainly acted according to the dictates of then * judgment ; but it is a case where the effect of punishment is
sufficiently shewn by the evidence to be the reverse of exemplary ; and it is hard to say whether the general disuse of the capital punishment in this dffence , or the single instance in Which it has been carried into effect , suggests the strongest reasons for its abolition . ( To be continued . )
an action was brought by the minister against the churchwarden ; and the charge in the citation waS " for obstructing aiid prohibiting , by his oWti pretended J > o * rer and authority , and for declaring openlv his intention still further to obstruct and
prohibit , the singing ami cMtintfhg of the charity children 6 t the toar&h . " Hefe the churchwarden styppbfeed that ht M » d a right to direct When the children 3 n # uM sing and ivheft their should not . ^ The minister had directed the organ td friay In certain part * &f the service , * ftd [ th ^
children to chatmt at thie SatWetfmc : we churclrwaTd ^ directed the ttttttrttfjr , &M the or ^ ani ^ t obliged him in prefe * e ¥ ^ e t 6 * ht minister . Ttiife Court sal * , tnat the 3 * gtft bf directing pivtne teftict wte with the mmist ^ r , eihd , fdrthb chi ^ rh y ^ B ^ mi t 6 ihterruttt bi defeat ft , Utos aft offence attd an innovation bf tHe c ^ f ^ ytn&h 8 « i } litB , tb I * ftotmtW HtttfflSst by ¦ dMtikb ' . "
58 Intelligence . —Law of Church Singing . — Miscellaneous .
MlGCELJ ^ JSOUS . Dissenter * J /* m * i ^ . F *^* t ition 8 nu-^ neroualy signed ^ have tteen » ttt by the Prote ^ aift IMapmterK &t Ncwifetle , to mmi J 6 r&f and Sir M .: W . Rid ^ r , to pitfctffcifc tt > * a <* Houie of ^^ iiaiwtft , pray ing timy ^ ztiws&ft ^ " ttrtiijr mmmt ttartritofffy in ^ tMteir wt »
t t ^^^^^^ mwi ^^^^**** &am of Church Sin # ingi ~ - ** J > ti a ** use hftely tried in the € < mrt of Ardm 9 Sir J . Nighol refeifed to a case m vmsh
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1820, page 58, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2484/page/58/