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lection , and an advocate went from Nismes to Valence in his behalf . The jury was well composed , and as it was i mpossible to return a verdict of not guilty , they added to the word , guilty * of the fact , but not of the intention . ' He was , therefore , only sent to the galleys /' --Ibid .
The second question is answered by the truly respectable M . St . Aulaire , before described , in his speech in the Chamber of Deputies : " ' When the King sent me in 1818 , to preside over the Electoral College of the
department , I must say that the Protestants appeared to me full of love for the lawful authority . Their desii-e was to repose under the Royal protection ; they felt the importance of making great concessions to the executive power , to enable it to mediate between all interests
and all passions . This testimony I must render to men whose political principles ha ^ e been so much calumniated / " " In the department of the Gard , the Protestants have suffered much , and they have suffered with resignation ; and I am certain they would have renounced all
vengeance , and have signed a sincere reconciliation , under the auspices of the throne , if the party of 1815 had consented to destroy its organization . But this organization still exists , ( April 25 th , 1820 , ) and every day symptoms admonish the
Protestants , that they enjoy not a durable peace , but a truce , and prudence counsels them to prepare . I do not say that there is a conspiracy , but there is at least a league , which is necessarily destructive of public tranquillity . What would be said , if the Protestants were to form an
association ? Who would have a right to complain ? Not those who first gave the example ; nor the government , which is unable to defend itself . Such is the state of the Gard , and I repeat , there will be no remedy till the organization and the power of the party of 1815 are destroyed . '"— Pg ^ 609 , 610 .
A crowd of reflections rush upon our minds in reviewing this sad detail of suffering innocence and tolerated crime . But we will observe only that the French Revolution has effected little towards enlightening and purifying the common people of France , if we
^ y judge of the rest of that unhappy country from the South ; that there 18 difference but in name between a njob of Jacobins and Atheists and one ot Royalists , and Roman Catholics ; j ^ d , that deplorable , or rather execra-Dle is that superstition under the ban-
ners of which men walk confidently to the commission of deeds at which hu * man nature uncorrupted stands aghast , and from the sacraments and mysteries of which such miscreants receive the consolations and promises that belong to unsullied virtue and exalted piety .
Art . II . —Practical Sermons . By Abraham Rees , D . D ., &c . &c . ( Concluded from p . 613 . ) ALL Dr . Rees ' Sermons are of a serious complexion , and some of those that he has placed last in the series are characterized by a certain solemnity , both of subject and of manner . In this class stands pre-eminent , Sermon XV . of Vol . IV ., entitled " The Christian Doctrine of Forgiveness guarded against Perversion and Abuse , " from the appropriate text , Psalm cxxx . 4 . The exordium deduces the subject from the context , and traces the doctrine of Divine
forgiveness through natural and revealed religion , and through both dispensations of the latter . The question is then naturally put , whether this doctrine protects and countenances , or
restrains and discourages , the practice of iniquity . The preacher gives for answer the sentiment of the text , which he proceeds to illustrate by the following * observations : 1 st . That
God is not less the object of fear because he is placable and forgiving " 2 ndly . That God is much more the object of filial reverence and awe , because he is placable and forgiving-,
than if he were unrelenting and inexorable . 3 dly . That because " there is forgiveness with God /* the conduct of the wicked derives , from this circumstance , peculiar aggravation . The Sermon concludes with a reflection
upon the excellence of the dispensation of grace and truth , and with an exhortation to progressive holiness and to mutual forbearance and forgiveness . We may point this out , as
a specimen of a practical Sermon that is not merely ethical but religious and evangelical . Tne two next Sermons are of the
historical kind , in which we have before remarked that the venerable preacher excels . One consists of ** Reflections on Peter ' s Denial . of Christ , ' * and the other is on " the
Hevivi& . - ^ Dr . Reefi Practical Sermdns . 679
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1821, page 679, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2506/page/47/