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< £ 78 Mr . BetskaWs Remarks on Dr . B . Charming *
tinction ?* -O fcity of my birth , what ; WMt 1 &bient £$ ioris , what catling reproadies , Ml Up 6 n thefe ! Ihto thy bosom % pour the sorrows of £ f&ther ' s iieirt . tf tjiou return not to thy God ,
O Geripvi , if thoti abjiitfe not thine irreligion , I shall charge tapon tliee the ruin of my ^ fataily 1 I shall repent of having had tbee for jny children ' s cdutffcryF * ( Pfr&dicaii&p' du Christy atitime , Tome I . pp ; 367 , 370 , 3 ^ 7 ,
393 . ) This strairk flows through many pages , and the author anxiously caiitions his reapers agMnst supposing that his accusations and confessions are f lietorical exaggerations ; Mr . Bake well says , * I boldly challenge Dr . Smith to name any < £ ty of
equal size where Calvinfeift is the dominant religibh , or indeed any city containing twenty thousand people , either in Protestant or Catholic Europe , equally advanced in civilization , where , among all classes , public or private morals are more correct , Where there is less vice of any kind , or where
so large a portion of the population has received a religious education , and is so well instructed in the evidences and leading principles of Christianity . I have been in almost every large town and city in England And Scotland , and in several cities on the
Continent , but I know none that can compare with Geneva in these respects . " To this challenge I reply , that there is not a large town in England and Scotland , where , if as much wickedness be found in it , ( which
might be justly doubted , ) there h not also found a much greater proportion than at Geneva , a short time ago , of the counteracting principle , * ' the salt of the land / ' pure , genuine , practical relJgion . Nor can I think that ,
in any one of our populous towns , we should see the sdlaiers forcibly taking religious tracts from terrified children , ramming them into their pieces , and boasting , ** We fire off the Lord" !
Or that it would be possible to raise a mob to attack a place of worship and its peaceable occupants , with the outcry , " Down with Jesus Christ" !^ - But I have satisfactory testimony that both these horrors have been witnessed
in modem Geneva . In the first of these Letters , adverting td the insatiable attacks of the majority of the clergy upori the comfort and usefulness of m . Malatf , ami
Mr * Belsham ' s Remarks on fir . J £ Channing * s attempt to delineate Dr . Priestley ' s Gkameter . [ The passage to which these "
Remarks" refer , is as follows ; being- a note to a Sermon of Dr « Chantftiiig's on the Leading Tr $ it £ of the present Age , preached at the O *< ilination of his Colleague , Mr . Gannett > an < $ $ ince published : —
• The Unitarians of that country ( England ) may be considered as forming a political as well a& religious paiiy . " The influence of distinguished individuals , bo great on all classes of Christians , has not !> £ en favourable
to a just zeal among Unitarians in England , " Dr . Priestley should always be named with respect for his eminent endowments , attd for his devotion to science and to the cause of
Christianity ; but the distinctive traits of his mind made him too receptive of the spirit of his times , whfch was a spirit of innovation as well ad of improvement . Distinguished more by rattidity
than by profoundness of thought ; **** dined , perhaps by his attachment to physical science ., to confound the pro * vin <* es of rtiatter and mind 5 constitutionally deficient in moral enthmtosrrt and deep feeling ; and connected by
his very tneail £ of subsistence , I W plied t& then * * Be epithet ruiklets This Mr . Bakewdl represents as pel euli&rly harsli , and says that its usual adjunct is nionsier px teUlain . \ en ^
tirely disapprove the empldyiBent of irritating fea ^ iage on itiiyMWcasion ^ arid most of all in religious controversy : arid if I hav ^ iieMj ^ Enl ty of ft ; I wMild be tlie first to condemn niystfe But Christian meekness is not a tarae and insensible apathy , when viiito ^ and truth are outrdgea . The old English adjective ruthless , merely slpii ^ fies merciless , ( Fr , itepit 6 n < &t * le y ) and
was , I still think s by % 46 means too strong for the bcca&ifcft . Mr . B . m mistaken when he affirms that the two reproachful words which he has adi
duced are usuall y associated with it . In Mr . Todd ' s edition of Johft ^ on ^ Gur best and most copious Lexkoii , the only substantives joined with ruthless ate seat , flinty people and moimr&k . J . F ? E SMITH .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1824, page 678, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2530/page/38/