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< c When in Calcutta , it was my good fortune to enjoy an intimate intercourse with the author . He was sent to India as a Baptist Missionary , by the Society in London , and had , subsequently to his arrival , proved
himself to be judicious , welUinforrned and pious . About six months prior to my departure , he engaged with Ramfnohun Roy , as an instructor in the Greek and Latin languages ; but being
at the same time employed with hun and another gentleman of the same mission , in preparing a translation of the New Testament into the Bengalee , the subject of his conversation with Ram mo hun Roy alone , was most
frequently one which had been suggested or discussed at other Meetings . € t In consequence of these conversations , the instructor was led to doubt , to examine , and at length , to renounce hi 3 previous opinions ; and on the occasion above-named , he made his first public confession of the change which had taken place in his belief .
" The Society is not regularly organized , nor have they a proper place of worship ; but Mr . Adam intended to appeal to the benevolence of the public for aid in erecting a chapel . € t
It would give me pleasure to be able to state , that this difference of opinion had not affected his standing in the good opinion of his brethren of the mission and the public ; but in
this , as in almost every other instance . this , as in almost every other instance , a difference in religious opinion has succeeded iu destroying Christian charity " . A letter from a friend , himself a
Missionary and a Trinitarian , speaks in the highest terms of Mr . Adam , acknowledging that in his view , he appears to be as pious and as sincere as at any former period of their acquaintance . " In an advertisement prefixed to the Sermon mentioned above , the author
speaks the following language , which fe equally creditable to his independence , his goodness of heart and Christian temper . "He would respectfully suggest to those who . differ from him , that the exercise of Christian charity even towards such as himself is not
forbidden , that hatred even of enemies is not enjoined , and that fierce decjaratkms of eternal vengeance proceeding from the mouth of a human being * ,
are neither honourable to him that makes them , nor convincing to those against whom they are directed . Firmly to believe , boldly to avow and zealously to propagate wjiat is believed to be the truth of God , the author
conceives is perfectly consistent with the most unfeigned charity and meekness towards those from whom he differs ; and he is the more confirmed in this , from recollecting how conscientious he himself formerly was in the belief of the Supreme Deity of Jesus Christ —a doctrine which he is now satisfied
has no foundation in Scripture . " The sermon is taken up in explaining the author ' s views of the offices , person and character of Christ . We cannot but look upon this discourse as portending" much good to the cause of pure Christianity in India . Should
a Unitarian Society be established iu Calcutta , it will at least afford an opportunity of ascertaining whether the simple truths of the gospel , as believed by Unitarians , may not be introduced to the natives with better hopes of success , than the dogmas of
orthodoxy ; which , in the space of t \ ven $ jf years , have scarcely secured one : $ » r wavering convert . In this point of view , an institution of this sort , rising up at Calcutta , ought to be regarded with more than common interest by all Unitarians .
756 Toleration in New York .
Toleration in New- Yorh * [ As the subject of the Blasphemy-Isaw in the United States of America has been brought into discussion in
the present Volume , pp . 224 , 585 and 690 , We think it right to insert the following paper , which we confess surprises us , from the Baltimore c Unitarian Miscellany ** for January ,
1822 . ] ON a trial for Blasphemy before the Recorder in the city of New York , We find that ; the ledt ^ fl judge , < x in his charge , to ^ ti § Ju rS / i Smructed them , that hll \\ 0 p ^ k : ^ ^^^ mt \ tu tion every m ^ a in ,, < tlie' ccWSfl ^ tfy had a
ngnt to ent ^ rtjstji . any religious opinion , and all sects , J ^ acJ fjpqe ; toleration in their respective Woden& £ : worship ; though the Umjaritiu , $ e \ xfy Mahometan and Pagamtemai&ed hqve fitee from persecution , ' yet it was eoritfary to the principle of the common law for any
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1822, page 756, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2519/page/36/