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prepared to deny the influence of gold ; but in candour let us compare tile loss with the gain , not onl y of property , but of liberty and healthy and judge on which side the balance stands ; let it be remembered also , that many of the most renowned Christian martyrs
lived by the diffusion of their opinions , yet who , for that reason , presumes to tax their honesty ? I confess I see much to respect in this devoted family and much to compassionate ; whether their opinions are taken upon true or
erroneous grounds does not abate that respect and compassion a tittle , and I cannot discover the slightest reason for suspecting their sincerity . My estimate of Mr . Carlile is founded in part on a circumstance which truth and
justice require should be known . A day or . two previous to his trial it came to my knowledge accidentally that the tradesman with whom he had served his apprenticeship , and I believe worked-fbr some time afterwards , was a
resident in my own neighbourhood , and that he had spoken highly of his integrity . Feeling the force of the Christian precept , ( do as you would have others do to you , ) I waited on this
person in the expectation that a good character might be of service to Mr . Carlile on his trial , and received the following account as near as I can recollect :
" During the many years Carlile was with me , I found him an honest , faithful servant ; the hours of business were early and late , but he never failed in diligence and industry , and although we did not always agree , / never had the slightest reason to suspect him of a falsehood "
He attended the trial at my request , and his evidence was to the same effect . Of this man ' s religious and political opinions I am in total ignorance to this day , and of Mr . Carhle I had no other personal knowledge previously to his trial than once seeing him in his shop ; but to this day I have never heard of an attack on his moral
character , which certainly would not have escaped the virulence of his persecutors had it been vulnerable . I do not hesitate , therefore , to be-
lieve Mr . Carlile to be an frvmrst enthu sia&t , and to award him the meectof fcespect due to that character : erudi tion and science are not necessary constituents in the formation of a bold honest innovator , nor were the aal eient propagators of new doctrines
eminent for those qualifications . Still to such men is the world indebted for various important benefits . S . C . P . S . I am just told that another sister of Carliie has undertaken to carry on the business of the shop , which is still open .
No . CCCLXXXIV . Anecdote of Judge Jeffries . ( From Chatteiton ' s Works , by Southey , 3 vols . 8 vo . 1803 , III . 93 ) A few months before the abdication
of the dastardly tyrant James II . » Lord Chancellor Jeffries , of detested memory , went to Arundel , in Sussex , in order to influence an election . He took his residence at the castle , and went the day fixed for the election to the Town-hall , where Mr . Peckham ,
who was then mayor of Arundel , held his court . Jeffries had the imprudence to shew his bloody face there : the mayor ordered hiih to withdraw immediately ; and in case of refusal threatened to have him . committed . " You / ' said he , ' * who ought to be
the guardian of our laws , and of our sacred constitution , shall not so audaciously violate them . This is my court , and my jurisdiction here is above yours / ' Jeffries , who was not willing to perplex still more the king ' s affairs , and to esnrags the populace , retired he
immediately . The next morning invited Peckham to breakfast with him , which he accepted ; but he had the courage to scorn to take * a place , which the merciless executioner offered him . ( Taken from the records v the town of ArunueL )
663 Gleanings .
GLEANINGS ; OR , SELECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS MADE £ N A COURSE OF GENERAL READING .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1821, page 668, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2506/page/36/