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Were it allowed to proceed upon this principle , a very mistaken one > and one which no man could have adopted who knew the people to whom , it relates , the present measure would speedily be followed by other and more fatal aggressions upon religious liberty . * But let not the Dissenters be alarmed . The Education Bill will
in all probability experience the usual fate of schemes involving a compromise of principle ; its author may alienate the Dissenters , but he has hot yet gained over the High-churchmen : and the mass of the nation , standing
between the two parties , will look with suspicion upon the political tendency of a project , the immediate and certain effect of which would be the promotion of clerical ascendancy .
Are not then the people to be educated ? is the question of Mr . Brougham and his Edinburgh advocate . Undoubtedly , they must be educated to ( it them for the times in which they live : and in the present eagerness of the public mind it is not probable that universal education can be long
delayed . But , be it observed , that the alternative is not between this Bill and no national education at all . Other plans may be devised by which this great blessing may be secured , without bringing" in such enormous evils as
would render it a doubtful good . Of these tke foundations must be placed in the opinion , the affections and the power of the people . And when any schemes of this liberal and comprehensive character are brought forward , it will be found that the Protestant
Dissenters are not more jealous of their own rights and privileges , than anxious for the diffusion of all the means of knowledge and respectability and free-* Upon such a Bill as this , supposing it passed into an Act , how easy would it
be for an intolerant , artful and daring minister , in some moment of general panic , to engraft certain prohibitory clauses that should be exceedingly onerous and vexatious to the Dissenters
Those that would object to a direct innovation upon religious liberty , might acquiesce in a regulation of it , in one instance , and by a mere amendment of one act of parliament : ' ' ¦¦ and nothing said , But that two-handed engine at the door Stands ready to smite once , and smite no mare .
dom amongst all classes of their countrymen . A .
GLEANINGS $ OR * SELECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS MADE IN A COURSE OF GENERAL READINGttMB ^ BMiMM ^^ B ^ k V ' No . CCCLrXXIV . Ancient Churchicardens * Accounts . The following extracts from the Churchwardens' . Account in the Histories of Lambeth Palace and Lambeth Church , 4 to . are interesting , as illustrations of the spirit of the times :
" A , 1569 . For ryngemg when the quene ' s majestie dined at my lorde ' s grace of Canterbury . " It might be at this visit , that her majesty , in so unprincery a manner , thanked Mrs . Parker for her hospitable reception , declaring that she knew not how to address her— Madam , I may not call you , and mistress I am ashamed to
call you * so as I know not what to call you '—( History of the Palace , p . 55 ) . The compiler of the Regulations of the Officers of the Primate's Household seems to have had no doubt in this respect ; for when he mentions the archbishop and his lady together , he terms them their graces , and Mrs . Parker he repeatedly styles her grace . See Append , to History of the Palace , pp . 29 , 30 > 31 , &c . "
*• A . 1586-7 . For rynging , when the Queen of Scots was put to death , 1 * . 4 d . " This article is a glaring mark of the spirit , or I may say , of the barbarism of the golden age of Elizabeth ; and adds weight to the many proofs that have been offered of the artifices devised to inflame the people against the unfortunate Mary , in order to countenance the resolution
taken to put her to death . Much dishonour does it reflect upon the character of Wickham , Bishop of Lincoln , if what is reported of him is true , that in his sermon preached in Peterborough Cathedral at her funeral , he used these remarkable words , * Let us give thanks for the happie dissolution of the high and mighty
princess Mary , late Queen of Scotland , and dowager of France . ' ( Bibl . Top . Britan . No . XL . p . 57 . ) But if a prelate could thus prostrate his sacred office , and a queen be ' capable of jesting , whilst she was signing a warrant for the execution of a queen and her own nearest relation ,
( Robertson ' s Hist . Vol . II . p . 168 , ) can it be matter of surprise , that the ringers ' of a country parish , situated not far from the palace of their sovereign , should consider the day of Mary ' s execution a $ a holy day , and exhibit their customary demonstration of joy !"
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1821, page 33, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2496/page/33/