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happiness to sit down again with you in Christian communion . When I reflect upon the many opportunities p ast , I cannot help exclaiming , " Oh that it was with me as in times past !"
And nothing lies so near my heart as to meet in this rude country with a few sincere , plain Christians , and celebrate with them the dying institution of our Lord and Master . I have much
reason to be thankful that my health has been remarkably preserved during the trying sickness in my family , as has also that of Mrs . Amphlett , and that we are at length comfortably settled , lacking nothing but English society that is essential to our happiness . I have now four children , the eldest
boys just coming to be useful , and I hope , ere my strength decline , to see them able to ' * bear the heat and burden of the day . " John Vaughan , Esq ., of Philadelphia , will have the goodness to forward me any package or parcel of books you should have the goodness to forward to him . You have better
means of hearing than I have of the progress which Unitarian sentiments are making in the Eastern States . There is as yet no place for Unitarian worship exclusively , west of the Allegany mountains , unless Mr . Flower has finished one he contemplated to build at Albion . But there is no doubt
but an English Unitarian preacher would meet with many supporters at Cincinnati . Mr . Burke , a most popular Methodist preacher in that place , has lately become a Unitarian . Whether he means to preach I have not been informed : I mean to call on him
when I go down there next month . There is much less bigotry here than in the old States of the Union ; a profession of some religion seems expected from every man—and with that profession the majority are content . There are but very few instances of gross vice to be heard of in the
community—alas , still fewer of exalted virtue . Practical sermons are never heardactive benevolence never practised . To hear seems to be regarded as the only religious duty—and that is seldom neglected : I hear for ever of their
going to preaching 9 but never a word of what they hear . In no old Catholic country is devotion a mere routine business more than it is here . In the summer and autumn , when camp meetings are frequent , there seems to
be an emulation betwixt the rival sects here above-mentioned , which shall be the most ridiculous : the scenes then exhibited disgrace the name of Christianity , and must be seen by the discreet worshiper to be credited .
I ought to find room , ere I conclude , to make you an apology for this hasty , ill-written letter , A gentleman going to Philadelphia gave me but a few hours' notice to prepare a packet for Europe ; my materials for writing
are bad , and I have not time to copy my letter as I intended . Should you think proper to send me a supply of Unitarian publications , I shall make it a point to give you a farther account , at my leisure , of our progress in Christian truth . I have read from the
Reformed Liturgy the burial service on several occasions , and should be glad of a few copies with the Hymns . I have not yet received a copy of the Emigrant ' s Directory , which Messrs . Longman published for me—a little work I too hastily compiled . I should be glad to see a copy or two with the other books . I am , Sir , With every sentiment of respect , Your most obedient servant , W . AMPHLETT .
Liverpool , Sir , December 10 , 1820 . * HAVE lately perused with much I pleasure , a work recently published at Baltimore , by the Rev . Jared
Sparks , the stated pastor of the Unitarian , congregation of that place , in reply to a sermon by a Minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States , in defence of its forms and doctrines . Whilst such able
advocates of the cause of truth and Christian liberty are to be found , there is little to dread in America , from the attacks of those who still cling to the semblance of an Establishment , though it be but " the naked , marrow less
skeleton of the gaudy thing" from which it sprung . The book itself is reviewed by the Editors of the Christian Disciple , ( published at Boston , ) and it may not be uninteresting to some of ypur readers to extract a few of their remarks . * This communication has but lately come to hand . Ed .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1821, page 349, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2501/page/25/