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of being twisted iato an offensive import . It ? is not , therefore , from his implacable enemies that I would seek an elucidation of his meaning in any instance , especially in passages perhaps designedly ambiguous , to revolt the impracticable stiffness of their hearts .
Rather would I , have recourse to his chosen friends and disciples for their understanding of any declarations that passed his lips , an < J which have since become the subjects of controversy ; and that , fairly ascertained , should , in my humble apprehension , prevail decisively .
Did , then I ask , those friends and disciples who accompanied his ministry , and whose faith in what he uttered was implicit , understand him as asserting that he and his Father were € t one God" ? What indications escaped them
of their understanding him in this awful and overpowering sense ? Did they cover their faces and fall prostrate in his presence ? Did they subsequently associate with him , oppressed by the consciousness of his divinity , —even with that hesitation and restraint which
any of them would have felt , if apprised that they were conversing with Caesar in disguise , however much encouraged by his condescension ? We know the contrary of all this ; that his disciples to the last conversed with him without embarrassment ,
affectionately , familiarly , however respectfully ; and that the tone of the intercourse they held with their Master was scarcely changed , after he had ratified his divine mission by emerging from the tomb . What then is the clear deduction
from these premises ? Is it that which I have recognized in the commencement of this paper ? Or , are we to vindicate the Jews in the strained constructions they put , or affected in their malice to put , upon his divine communications , and confess
that they did riot misinterpret or misrepresent them ? Or , to maintain that his disciples chatted with the Almighty , knowing well with whom , and seated themselves at table with him , so undauntedly , that one of them scrupled not to recline upon his bosom ?
Or , to contend th&t the orthodox of this generation understand what Jesus sauj , but that hi * confidential diseiptes , to whom ; iii theiir retirement , he w&fc
* ? accustomed to expound what he Had declared ambiguously in public , dicl not ? It is a choice of difficulties that I
present to these impatient theologians ; more than suspecting that ; arrogant as the assumption might appear , they would , one and all , incline to chodse the last as the least . BREVIS .
Sir , ¦•¦ ¦ MUCH as you have doubtless lamented the late decision of the American Congress to permit the Missouri territory , on its admission among the United States , to hold slaves , it
will give you some consolation to hear from undoubted authority , that this decision is as warmly reprobated by the more enlightened of our transatlantic brethren of ail sects and parties , as it can be in this country .
In a letter from a very excellent Unitarian minister in Dorchester , Massachusetts , dated April 20 th , with whom I have the privilege of occasionally corresponding , after mentioning the unchristian proposition and
deploring the unhappy result , he thus expresses himself : — " It was generally believed that Congress could not grant such an indulgence ; that it would be a violation of the Bill of Rights on which our constitution was founded ,
as well as of the principles of justice and humanity . Both in the Senate and Congress , the question whether Missouri should be admitted with or without the restriction , was agitated in warm debate , and in some most
impressive speeches . All that learning , humanity , a regard to sound policy , and a respect for the principles of our free government could adduce in favour of restricting slavery in the New State ,
exhibited with the most powerful and impressive eloquence , failed , alas , of effecting their benevolent purpose . Their pleadings fell upon deafened ears ' , and moved not hearts indurated by selfishness . The bill for the admission
of Missouri into the Union passed the House of Representatives without ttt < 8 restrictive clause prohibiting slavery , though only by a majority of four votes . —Against the restriction , 90 ; for the restriction , 86 ; so that Missouri is permitted to become a slave-holding stafcte !! " f '" my correspondent thus pitteecidfc , ^
* * % B * ' * r ' * ¦ ' ** * Mrs . Cappe dh Slavery in the United States . 511
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1820, page 511, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2492/page/11/