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are pleased to conceive of me ; it hks always been my care , and I hope ever will be , to recommend myself , as it came in my way , to the opinion of
wise and good men , without which , according to ^ itiy way of thinking , a man in nay idle station can take no great pleasure in his existence . I don't mean , my Lord , that I have aimed at what the world calls name
or character . I well know , and your Lordship knows , that my foundation has no strength for that . I can say honestly , that 1 have been doing out of the world , what your Lordship has been doing in it—endeavouring to do no harm ; and if I am entitled to any
share of merit , it is on that only I must place it , which in such a station as mine must be a very small one . If any uneasiness has attended my manner of life , it has proceeded from the consideration of having nothing to do . I mean in that sense in which the
world understand it ; hovvever , it is my comfort that I have never declined any station of life pointed out by Providence , in which I could have done more good or less harm than where I am ; and on a serious review of the world and my own temper , I can live
as I am disposed of without being out of humour , and without the uneasy impressions of envy and ambition . Your Lordship doubtless remembers what I wa 3 designed for when I left London . I had no prospect of being easy or useful that way . I soon dropt
all thoughts of it , and , as things Went , you cannot blame me . I have since been just as I was , enjoying my books and my friends , with health , peace and liberty , with an humble competence which just supports me between the sunshine of life and the clouds and
darkness of it . For some years past I have conformed , partly out of regard to public peace , and partly for the sake of paying that respect to the public , which I think it is entitled to from every man who can pay it fairly . I could say ro / uch on some other
subjects , which your Lordship ' s conversation has formerly very strongly impressed upon me , but it is now time to ask pardon for having said so much of myself . My best thanks attend your Lordship for th ? t affectionate regard you still retair ior me . ' I assure y £ > * ny Lord , I feel a pleasure in this which I have been a stranger to
for many past years , and it will always be one gfeat satisfaction of my life to be permitted to subscribe myself your Lordship ' s friend , And most obedient servant , JOHN FOX .
and Mr . John Fow . 635
Analysis of if / . Feuxllade s work designed to restore Primitive Christianity , and to re-unite all Christian Sects . THE Correspondent who transmits us the following analysis of M . Feuillade ' s work , became accidentally
acquainted with him at Paris the last autumn . M . F . was a Catholic priest , who gave up his emoluments in the French church apparently from the most conscientious motives . He professes now , what he calls the true Catholic system of Christianity , the lead *
ing principle of which he announces to be , that Jesus Christ was merely an exemplary teacher of the principles of natural religion . He is an agreeable , sensible man , and if he has gone too far in wiping off what he conceives to be errors and corruptions , it is .
most probably from disgust at the deplorable mass of absurdity and superstition by which he was surrounded , and the total want of any persons of purer and more enlightened views of revealed religion , with whom he could communicate on the subject .
His book was written , or rather published , during the 100 days . Even if the power of the Emperor ( to whom it was meant to be presented ) had not then been overturned , his desire for reforms in religion was probably gone , otherwise the system of M . FeuiU lade would appear to coincide very much with the notions which his active
mind seems once to have entertained , before he had determined to patronize the Pope , and when he is reported to have inquired about the religion of Dr . Priestley . M . F . has been much
persecuted since the publication of his book , and the restoration of his orthodox Majesty . His brother even , who is a Curf , refuses to have any intercourse with him . The Earl of B . * ,
now at Pans , lately met with his work , sought his acquaintance , and has ever since been very kind to him . He has directed hifc attention to the wotffes of some of our' able theologians , ' aftd by his Lordship ' s desire , M . F . 4 ftf& employed himself in superintending
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1821, page 635, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2506/page/3/