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cupants . Now , Sir , neither of these cases can exist , supposing the Trust Deed to have been prepared in the form usually observed on those occasions , and I cannot conceive but that every object J . B . proposes to attain , is already arrived at by the usual mode
of settling Trust Property of this description : for instance , the premises are conveyed to Trustees , so as to vest the legal estate in them upon Trust f or such person for the time being , as the major part of the subscribing congregation shall elect to the office of minister .
Under this limitation the Trustees liave no power whatever , either to appoint , reject or remove the Minister , but they must of necessity stand seized in Trust for him ; and such minister will be the real or equitable occupant
x ) f the Meeting-house and its endowments ; and a mandamus may at any time be obtained by him to oblige the Trustees to admit him upon his election , or afterwards to restore him should he be forcibly expelled *—See 3 Term Reports , 575 , 3 Burrough ,
1265 . The Trustees have in fact , supposing the Trust Deed to have been drawn in the manner before-mentioned , no right at all to interfere either with the
minister or congregation , their office being simply that of legal mutes , passively to subserve and support the equitable purposes of the Trust , and which they are bound to do , and have no discretion to exercise therein . G . P . H .
€€ worthy deeds " , and provident adtni * nistration , has been their exemplar , rather than Paul , the magnanimous prisoner , offering to the same magi .
strate no compliment beyond a respectful acknowledgment of his exalted station . Thus has been verified the maxim adopted by Watts , a poet who was sufficiently a panegyrist of royalty , that
" The court ' s a golden , but a fatal circle , Upon whose magic skirts a thousand devils In crystal forms sk tempting innocence . "
Yet , notwithstanding the almost insuperable moral disadvantages of a princely education , it might have been expected , at least during the progress of numerous ages , that a period should occur , when the praise of moral
excellence in a king could be justly united with the customary homage exacted by his worldly distinctions . Such a period , if the early history of Britain be not a fable , was the reign of Alfred . Such too , another rara
temporum felicit as , " the Church of Scotland" ( unless virtue be no endow * merit or accomplishment of kings ) appears to have very latel y discovered under the government of George IV . That Church , speaking by her
Christian Presbyters , the established national guides to " the kingdom of God and his righteousness , " thus expresses her " veneration , affection and loyalty "
towards the reigning monarch , ( always the best of kings , ) in an Address presented to his Majesty at Holyrood , on the occasion of his having " most graciously condescended to visit" Scotland .
" From the first moment that your Majesty undertook the charge of public affairs , the Providence of God lias beamed upon you with a bright effulgence . —But we cannot express what we feel when , within the precincts of your ancient kingdom of Scotland , we
behold your Majesty in person , —^ -a king distinguished by every splendid endowment , and graced by every elegant accomplishment , " ( decus humani generis *) " at once the safeguard of our country , and the bulwark ot our church ! ' *
The larger part of two centuries had elapsed since Scotland had been indulged with the presence of royalty
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Rook-Worm . No . XXX . Coronation of Charles II . at Scone , in Scotland . Sir , Sept . 2 , 1822 .
IT has been justly regarded , in foro conscienticE , as a task of no easy execution , to conduct with moral propriety a complimentary intercourse between kings and Christians . Too many , even while acknowledging him for their Master in whose mouth wus
no deceit , and professing only to " render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar ' s /* have yet improvidentiy bartered those eternal treasures , " simplicity and godly sincerity , " in exchange for that perishable , though gilded bauble , the favour of a king . Tertullus , the venal orator , complimenting- a profligate magistrate on his
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1822, page 528, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2516/page/8/