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Hs poignant satire the Goverrior-getieral and ' ^ Lottf" Pbolbuiitfee / ' the Chiefc-Justice . In short , British India was threatened with rtiin ; the Press wus free , and it was saved .
In farther proof of the passive and tolerant spirit of the Hindoos ,, and the safety of discusion , I shall mention a reinarkable event that occurred some years since at Isbra , in the immediate vicinity of Calcutta . While Juggernaut ' s temple was there passing over
a human victim in the presence of a hundred thousand zealots , Christian Missionaries were breaching to them unmolested , and distributing printed papers expressly designed to expose their cruel superstition . As another instance , I shall notice the work of
Bruja Mahema , entitled " Strictures on Hindoo Polytheism /* which has long been in wide circulation without producing the least alarm . Had this book , which contains a satirical , argumentative , and masterly exposure of
the absurdities of the present Hindoo superstition , been submitted to a Censor , it would have been suppressed , or have been published under the sanction of Government . If suppressed , there would have been an end to free
inquiry ; if allowed , it would have gone forth with the mark of public authority , and might have excited strong jealousies * We are not to imagine that the discussion of religious
subjects is a novelty in Indostan . The natives are exceedingly fond of discussion , and have been writing on the nature of the Divine essence and the doctrines of their faith for twenty centuries .
I shall now close this Letter by expressing an anxious hope that a Free Press may be established at Goa ; that from it may diverge a flood of light ; and that your liberties may be immortal . I have the honour , Genttemen , To subscribe myself , Your most devoted Servant , LEICESTER STANHOPE . ^
- Recount of the Establishment of P reshyterianism in Manchester . No . IV . Sir , Nov . 2 % 1822 . THROUG H a waat of Opportuni ty of seeing the Register for a cofc- >
siderable time , I have not been able sooner to resume the ta 3 k of making extracts . I now send you , as promised In my last , ( Vol . XVII . 147 , ) the Resolutions of the " Provinciall Synod at Preston" entire , with a few extracts from the 31 st and 32 nd Meetings of the . Classis . W . J .
" By the Provinciall Synod assembled at Preston , Novembre 14 o , 1648 , and contiuueinge unto Feb . the 7 ° , Anno $ upradicto , <«" " The Synod propoundinge to hear and resolve such difficult questions as the delegates should bringe in from their severail Classis for resolution , resolveth as folio wese .
" 1 . That the discipline of the Church is to bee extended in the exercise of it to all persons professinge Christian religion within our locall bounds , respectively , that are not excommunicate , and the recoverie of excommunicate persons is to bee endeavoured by all Christians , especially by the Church officers .
" 2 . That the Ministers and ruleinge Elders are to laboure accordinge to theire places , to bringe all theire people to the knowledge of the Christian fakir and religion . " 3 . That Cataehiseinge by way of question and answere is a Minister ' s dutie .
" 4 . That all Ministers within this province are required to hould a course of publicke Cataehiseinge . " 5 . That the Minister in everie place \ s to endeavoure dilligently to bringe in all to be catachized by him , either publickely or privately , and the asseinblie ' s Catachisnies are recommended to this
use . < c 6 . That there is not onely one way warranted or prescribed by the word of God for the Eldershippes satisfielng themselves of the aufficiencie in point of knowledge of persons that are Members of theire congregations , respectively , tbat they may be admitted to the Lord ' s'
Supper . * ' 7 . That it is not lawfulf for the £ 1-dershipps to tye themselves' to on ^ way , as aforesaid ( suppose it bee exanimation before ., them ) when that one attains not the end , and another probably may doe it .
" 8 . The choice of the naanner of the Eldershipp ' s satisfaction concerneioge a person ' s sufficiencie io pointe of knowledge for the Lord ' s Supper , 13 left to the EldeisWppQ . Provided thVt tide Minister or other person of otter pera > n > of the Eldershippe t&Ke upon ( the # pTo adinicte of tinte person to thatOrtiin ^ tifce ; iiwMste the EMersWppe be satiened of the said
733 Aocount of the EsU&Ushment of Ptezbpterianism in Manchester .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1822, page 732, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2519/page/12/