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castes h ^^ ol > st ^ cle to . tteir conversion to Christmulty . . That obstacle is not insurmountable ; the same may be said ¦ . < & the absurd doctrine of polytheism , which cannot continue to be maintained
by a civilized people . If once the Hindoos c ^ n be convinced that there is but one God , and that t ; hey are all children of th < e same Father , who is no respecter of persons , then the fall of Brahminieal prejudices and of idolatry , > vill prepare the way for the triumph of the gospel .
English , and- quotes Locke and Bacon on all occasions . From the view he thus ( takes of the religions ,, manners
and customs of so many nations , and from his having observed the number of different modes of addressing and worshiping the Supreme Being , he naturally turned to his own faith with
an unprejudiced mind , found it perverted with the religion of the Vedas to a gross idolatry , and was not afraid , though aware of the consequences , ta publish to the world in Bengalee and English . his feelings and opinions on the subject ; of course , he was fully prepared to meet the host of interested
enemies who , from sordid motives , wished to keep the lower classes in a state of the darkest ignorance . I have understood that his family have quitted him—that he has been declared to have lost caste—and is for the present , as all religious . reformers must be for a time , a mark to be scoffed at . To a
man of his sentiments and rank this loss of cH ? te must be particularly pain * fill , but at Calcutta he associates with the English : he is , however , cut off from afl familiar and domestic inter * course ; indeed , from all communica tion of any kind with his relations and former friends . His name is
Rammohun Roy . He is particularly handsome , not of a very dark complexion , of a fine person , and most courtly manners . He professes to have no objection to eat and live as we do , but refrains from it , in order not to expose
himself to the imputation of having changed his religion for the good things of this world . He will sit at table with us while the meat is on it ,, which no other Brahmin will do . He continues his native dress , but keeps a carriage , being a man of some property . He is very desirous to visit England and eater one of our universities , where I shall be mo ^ f anxious to see him , and to learn his ideas of our country , its manners and customs / ' ]
¦? : ¦ . - _ * . If / p « Coffan an the < &estion of Liherty and Necessity . J
Sir , HAVING repeatedly heard intellk gent persons express ip opinion , that the question c ^ nrorafte * jfo $ fly and Necessity involves difficulties fjppkn which * the human itwnd i « papt easfl y extricate itself , I conceived thttt it might not be useless to shew , that as a philosophical q ^ estitjn ^ Js ^ s simple as need be , and admits a moat clear
[ We cannot find a fitter place than this for the insertion of a short account of Raminohun Boy , taken from p . 106 of a " Journal of a Route across India , through Egypt to England , in the years 1817 and 1818 . JBy Lieut-CoL * Fitz clarence" 4 to . 18191
" There has never been , to my knowledge , an instance of any Hindoo of condition or caste being converted to our faith . The only conversion of any kind , if it can be called so , that has
come within my observation , was that of a lugli-caste Brahmin , of one of the first families in the country , who is not only perfectly master of the Sanscrit , but has gained a thorough acquaintance with the English language and literature , and has openly declared that the
Brahminieal religion is in its purity a pure Deism , ana not the gross polytheism into which it has degenerated . I became well acquainted with ? him , and admire his talents and acquire ments . His eloquence in our language
is very great , and I am told he is still more admirable in Arabic and Persian . It is remarkable , that he has studied and thoroughly upderstands the politics of Europe , but more particularly those of Engl aixd ^ , and thje lasjt time 1 was m 9 P * J $ ™ y > ifrfi ** & ¥$ forcibl y ? y > .. rt& ^ &mti >* K foz j ** sm *
brought ff $ nmj $ by the JVJtembers of the Opposition . I think that lie is in many r € fs » e ts a moat extraordinary person ^ , In the first place , he is a reugious reiformer , who has amongst a people more bigoted than those of Europe in the mWdle ages , dared to think forjhim ^ elfv . , IPJ | V ' lfi « Bte > A mo 6 t
ex-, *?* w »* v Hwi ^ tMwjgsw ^ hpk ¦;¦ % yeiA sftiaiea rnetonc in Axwk and
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1820, page 7, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2484/page/7/