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wbofiais deeiarfcd , that to km * God h toto keep his commandments , ami that ia everjr nation , he that fekreth him and worketh righteousness , shall be accepted of Mm . I have been led into these
reflections by the perusal of a letter ( pp . 222- —224 ) containing objections to Bible-Society Meetings ; and which your correspondent commences with a suggestion , that I sincerely trust has
no foundation in truth , namely , that Unitarians as a body do not patronize Bible Societies . I confidently hope , Sir , t&at Unitarians in general are neither so bigoted to their own creed , nor have so contracted a view of the
great importance of moral worth and Christian virtue , compared with mere speculative religion , as to withdraw their assisting hand from so glorious a work as the general distribution of the word of life among those of their the wora ot lite among tnose ot their
feJiow-mortals , or rather immortals , who have hitherto been grovelling in Pagan ignorance and gloom ; a work which it requires no very extraordinary measure of faith to believe , is appointed by , and under the directing hand of God himself . And let not an
accusation of fanaticism be levelled against the man who from his heart believes this ; for he who places any trust in the prophetic promises of his God , must believe it , or he has read those promises in vain . That the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord , as the waters cover the sea ,
Is the delightful assurance given us by Him who never yet altered his decree ; and may none of us be found in opposition to the Lord and his Anointed , Iwat may we rejoice in every opportunity of furthering his gracious and benevolent designs ! Surely , Sir , the very existence of these Societies ( if we take into consideration the almost
unbotmded extent of their co-operation ) may be considered as an additional evidence of the Divine origin of the sacred volume ; being in fact that kind of evidence which is the most impressive , although most rare , viz . ocular demonstration . Perhaps one more
only of the same description and of equal weight is now before us , and that is , the dispersion of the Jewish nation . This has always been to my mind a sufficient antidote against the sophistry of the sceptic , and , with other sources of conviction , has led ra& grate * .
fully to receive Bea ^ n * s " last , ' hem boon to man , and rfiest cordially tto rejoice in the success of that glorious cause which , if we believe the Great Shepherd of our souls , Will , in the restoration of thousands of wanderers
to iiis ford , cause joy in the presence of the angels of God J . . JOHNSTON .
Bristol , Sir , Aug . 8 , 1822 . HAVE no doubt that the gentle-I men concerned in drawing up the proposed Bill to amend the Marriage-Act set forth in your last number , ( pp . 438—44 % >) having duly considered the subject , h £ feve only inserted such clauses ana provisions as they deem necessary ;
and under this conviction I am by no means disposed to animadvert upon any part of it as a critic , but only t 6 suggest my doubts as an inquirer , and which I do the more readily as the Committee have expressed their " readiness to receive any suggestions on . the subject /*
After an attentive perusal of this proposed Bill , I cannot persuade myself but that the consummation of the Marriage contract is burdened by ft with unnecessary trouble to the par * - ties concerned . In the first place ,
though the place in which the cere » - mony is to be performed is very properly requited to be a place already registered for public worship , yet it is likewise required that it shall be again registered as a place for the solemnization of Marriage . Where is the necessity of this ? What evil can it
prevent , or what good secure ? If there were any restrietidn as to the number of places of worship to be so registered for the celebration of Marriage within a certain number of miles , then , indeed , the necessity of the measure would appear ; but as it remains wholly unlimited , and every registered
place of worship , without exception , has the full liberty of being registered as a place for tne solemnization of Marriage , does it not amount to exactly the same thing in point of utibe
lity , whether this fresh registration required or not , and therefore , abstractedly , shewing such new registration to be nothing but mere e # tra , unproductive and unneeesfeary trouble ? Secondly . Where fs the necessity ot waiting the expiration fcf one year
5 $ 6 Unitarian Mfar * a # e ~ &iHand £ Hss <* rttt # g trusts .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1822, page 526, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2516/page/6/