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21 millions of people , ( Established Church and other sects , ) pays more than dne / hatf ! > Having thus laid the basis of < his plan , the author goes into the derail . We cannot follow him further than to say that he proposes that the church lands should be sold for the
national benefit , each incumbent , however , to receive for life his present income , the future clergy of all sects to be paid out of the national fund , and their salaries to be in proportion to the number of hearers in their congregations . He reckons the amount
of church property available for the use of the st ^ te at 177 , 450 , 000 / . The mode of the new provision for the clergy is by a per centage on the rent of lands and , houses , which is Estimated at 1 $ . in the pound , of which two-thirds would be raised from lands
and one-third from houses . A curious Table is exhibited , p . 76 , of Intolerant and Tdlerant nations . The Intolerant nations , in which men are excluded , from civil offices and emoluments on account of religious
opinions , are Spain , Portugal , Italy , Denmark , Sweden and Norway &nd England ; but then the grievance is nothing in any of these countries , except England as there are a © aects in them : the Tolerant nations , ' in which
no man is excluded from office , <* ivil or military ,, on account of his sect or religion , are United States , Frartce , Russia , Austria , Prussia , Netherlands , Bavaria , Wurteoiburg , Hanover , Saxony .
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Aut . II . —Don Carlos ; or , Persecution . A Tragedy , in Five Afts * By Lord John Kussell . Second EaUion . 8 vo . pp . 136 . Longman and Co . 1822 .
WE- are not accustomed to criticise works of this description , but the peculiar character of this tragedy may just ify us in laying an ex * tract from it beTOre our readers . Don Carlos waa the son of Philip
II . of Spain , the gloomy t > igot who is memorable in the English annals for having been the husband of pur Queen M ary ^ and for having sent out the * ' Iuvmcible Armada ,, " to reduce these Mwd ^ rt * tto * « y » k * < tf -Ppppfy - T "o * mmmmt wk > m&hfc body lies m th « rt&W toirifc of the fiseurial , h $ » dfe » & . Philip featf-borae the imputation
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of his murder , and not without reason . The rumour has been that the vindictive father employed the Inquisition to . take off , his son secretly ; incited to the atrocity by the discovery of , his leaning towards heretics , and by jealousy of the Queen , * Elizabeth ^ of France , for whom Don Carlos entertained strong affection , previously to
her becoming his stepn&oth' ^ r . This story is the basis of Lord John Russell ' s tragedy . The noble author has , however , made little more use o £ it than as a vehicle of some excellent sentiments in favour of religious toleration . The following Dialogue states these , and from it t ] ie reader will form his own opinion of the poetical merit of the Tragedy ,
u Carlos . < c I do remember well—too well , alas , My age but scarce fourteen , your xpyal self Absent in , Flanders , I was bid preside At the great Act' of Faith to be £ erfornied
In fair Valladolld : at that green age Quite new to life , nor yet aware of death , The s $ enin pomp amused my careless mind . " * But wheu the dis « aal tragedy bega ? ,
How were my feelings changed and clouded ! First Came there a skeleton , upon its head A cap with painted names ; this thing had been A lady who throughout her life had borne A name unsullied ; twenty years had
past Since her remains had rested in the ground , And now by sentence of the HoJy Office , The dull disgusting mass of whitened bone
That once had been her garment , was dug up To clear some flaw in her theology * Then can ^ e a learned priest , his name Cazalla ; With countenance serene , and calm devotion , He walked to death , and as he passed
rne by , ' ; With earnest manner he entreated me For his poor sister ' s offspring ; she condemned To prison for her life * and loss of goodd , While twelve unhappy children were bereft * >
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1822, page 761, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2519/page/41/