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and a closer comparison of them with the plain tenor of Scripture doctrines , together with the exercise of a little more of that charity which "
hopeth all things /* to remove from the minds of professing Christians generally , much of that prejudice which still exists against Unitarianism , and the doctrines they hold .
Should this paper tend in any degree to produce that effect , and excite a spirit of inquiry after genuine Christian truth , it will be a great gratification to RELLAW .
472 Virtue of Celibacy .
July 19 , 1821 . On Mr . Hume ' s Political Inconsistency as an Historian . " Though our historian , from his desire of placing the princes of the House
of Stuart in a favourable point of view , frequently palliates the most exceptionable parts of their conduct ; yet it is but justice to him to acknowledge , that there are sundry passages in his history highly favourable to the general interests of liberty , and the common rights of mankind "
Towers . FEW of these passages , con-A trasted with others of a different character , I shall lay before the readers of the Monthly Repository ' , who will hence perceive that Mr . Hume ' s most objectionable statements are refuted by himself , and that " we have little
reason to applaud our author for his consistency . " Speaking of Charles I ., he says , " The king had , in some instances , stretched his prerogative beyond its just bounds ; and , aided by the church , had well nigh put an end to all the
liberties and privileges of the nation / ' * This , assuredly , is no exaggerated statement ; within a few pages , however , the same historian remarks , " All Europe stood astonished to see a nation , so turbulent and unruly , who , for some doubtful encroachments on their
privileges , had dethroned and murdered an excellent prince , descended from a long line of monarchs , now at last subdued and reduced to slavery . " + Mr . Hume , in his narrative of the
trial of Algernon Sidney , observes , " In ransacking the prisoner ' s closet , some discourses on government were found ; in which he had maintained principles , favourable indeed to liberty , but such as the best and most dutiful
* History , &c . VII . ( 1793 ) , 220 ; and see VI . 228 , 229 , 231 . t Ibid . VII . 225 .
Sir , " ^ T ^ OUR Correspondent , Mr . Cor-_ K _ nish , in your last Number , ( pp . 390 , 391 ) has pointed out the propriety of moral restraint in Dissenting Ministers , as their incomes are in general
small . Now , where to draw the line of strict duty , in this most difficult and most important of all questions , is , perhaps , impossible to know . But any early marriages , if avoidable , certainly ought to be discouraged , and the industry of the young should be stimulated by the prospect of marriage and easv circumstances in somewhat more
advanced life . But although this question is difficult , there is one thing connected with it which is very easy , and that is the monstrous and outrageous custom of laughing at old maids and bachelors . That those who have led a more
intellectual life , should be even ridiculed by the more sensual , shocks every moral feeling . Chastity , and even celibacy , is so excellent in society , that a marked respect should be paid to it ; and I fear the reformers did not view this subject correctly .
Besides , single men have been the most useful and the most illustrious of their kind , and so have single women too , in every age of the world . Find we amongst the married men , names
more illustrious than those of Pascal , Fenelon , Newton , Barrow , Leighton , Latimer , Lardner , Watts , Fothergill , Hume , Spinoza , Adam Smith , and ten thousand more ? The sensual call
single men and women selfish—as if marriage were ever contracted from a pure sense of duty ; as if sensual pleasure were not purely selfish ! If we cannot improve in our morals , we may improve in our reasoning ; and if we can-
not make the virtuous happy , we can at least yield them respect and adm iration . On the question of the selfishness of single persons , both male and
female , I will simply declare my experience , and that is , that they have been found by me , the most generous and benevolent of human beings . A MARRIED MAN .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1821, page 472, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2503/page/32/