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Sir , May 23 , 1821 . IN your Number for August last , ( XV . 486 ; , ) was given a statement pointing out the importance of establishing an Unitarian place of worship at Scarborough : no further
information having since appeared on this subject , the writer wishes to learn if there be any nearer prospect of this design being carried into execution . Any additional particulars through the medium of the Monthly Repository would be very acceptable . J . W .
Peterborough Table of Orthodoxy . IN our last Volume , XV . pp . 391 , 392 , we explained that the new Bishop of Peterborough , Dr . Herbert Marsh , had put out Eightyseven Questions to Candidates for
Holy Orders and for Licences , of an Anti-Calvinistic complexion . These have given rise to much controversy . Several pamphlets pro and con , but chiefly in opposition , have been reviewed in the Christian Observer , ( the organ of the Calvinistic Church party , ) and the review is thus concluded in the
number for May : — " We shall only say , upon a review of the whole question between the Bishop of Peterborough , his friends and his opponents , that whatever might be our convictions in sitting down to
the perusal of these pamphlets , as to the illegality , the inexpediency , and the incorrect theology of his Lordship ' s Eighty-seven Questions , we rise from the discussion with those
convictions greatly increased . The danger to the Church , if the precedent be not timely checked , is incalculable . We are happy , however , to know , that the Bishop of Peterborough ' s Test has not been approved by his brethren on the episcopal bench ; nor does there
seem the least probability that any member of that body will think fit to follow his example , and much less to adopt his Questions . We sincerely believe that those who most nearly coincide in opinion with his Lordship , cannot candidly weigh the various arguments which have appeared upon
the subject , without perceiving that his Lordship's measure is unadvised , and that some , at least , of his Questions are hostile to the spirit of the Articles
and Homilies which he is bound to reverence and maintain . The sooner , therefore , they are withdrawn , the better : we are convinced that they cannot long drag on their feeble existence : and even if they could , it were far better that an individual should
make a sacrifice , than that the peace and safety of the Church should . be endangered by an ill-advised pertinacity . The public mind is not yet inured to arbitrary power in any of its forms , and is least of all inclined to submit to it in ecclesiastical affairs . It
behoves , therefore , the episcopal guardians of the Church to look well to the conduct of those individuals of their body who , by rendering her ministrations and her government unwelcome to the people , are among her worst , though doubtless they are her unintentional , enemies , Her policy must
be large , liberal and unsuspected ; her laws known and approved ; her administration conducted openly and upon intelligible principles ; or she will , sooner or later , meet the fate which has attended almost all institutions in which law and reason were suffered to become subordinate to the irresponsible will of individuals - "
Peterborough Table of Orthodoxy . r 337 *
June 2 , 1821 . Essay on Bishop Lowth ' s Epitaph on his Eldest Daughter . May that sweet comforter , the heavenly
Muse , Who fondly treasures Sorrow's sacred dews , In Glory's vase preserve the precious tear
Shed by Paternal Love on Beauty s bier ! Hayley . rjHHE merit of literary composi-M tions of taste and feeling , will be easily ascertained by their immediate effect on readers of congenial minds .
Crkicism may disclose the beauties or mark the faults of the several parts . Yet the author ' s end will have been defeated , should the whole performance fail of leaving an agreeable
impression . And though such writings can in general endure the most rigorous scrutiny , to begin with applying it is neither requisite nor proper . We may , at the same time , fairly expect that productions consisting of few lines
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1821, page 337, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2501/page/13/