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Letter from Rammohun Roy to Dr . T . Rees . . 681
vol . xix . 4 s
no system of tfyeology , if that be his meaning . Dr . P . took his religion from the New Testament , and expressed it in the words of the New Testament . Dr . P . believed that"there
is one God , and one Mediator between God and man , the man Christ Jesus . " He also believed that " as by man came death , by man came also the resurrection of the dead . " And , finally , he believed that ' God will judge the world
in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained , whereof he has given assurance to all men in that he hath raised him from the dead . " This mav . for aught I I know , be a This mayfor aught knowbe a
, , very cold and uninteresting doctrine in the estimation of Dr . Channing , but it was the doctrine of Dr . Priestley , and is the doctrine of St . Paul .
T . BELSHAM , P . S . Dr . Channing is pleased to represent the Unitarians of England as a political sect . This charge is too
unfounded and too contemptible to need refutation . Dr . Channing is a man pf talent and of many good qualities , but let me recommend to him a little more consideration and
candour before he again publishes what , however unintentional , is nevertheless , in fact , false witness against his neighbour . It is understood that Dr .
Channing derived his ideas of Dr . Priestley and of the English Unitarians from Dr . Southey ; which accounts for his gross misconceptions of their opinions and character . It is even said that
Dr . Southey represented the English Unitarians as being generally , if not universally , An ti-supernaturaiists ; thaa which nothing can be more erroneous , not to say calumnious , on the part of a man who ought to be better
informed , and from whose rank and character more candour might be expected . The fact is , that Anti-supernaturalism never prevailed in England . The theory is so absurd , that it never vet met
with a public advocate . I never knew but two individuals who professed it . One was a clergyman of the Established Church , lately deceased ; the other is a gentleman distinguished by an attachment to paradox .
Essex Street , Nov . 6 , 1821 .
Letter from Rammohun Roy to Dr . T . Rees . Kennington , Sir , AW 19 , 1824 . T AST year I was intrusted by the JL _ Jl Committee of the London
Unitarian Book Society to forward to Rammohun Roy a few copies of the edition of his " Precepts of Jesus /* and the first two Appeals in the defence of that work , which they had then just published , accompanied by a let ter expressive of their high respect for his talents and character / and of their sense of the value of his services
to the cause of Christian truth . A few days ago I received his answer to that communication . I herewith transmit to you his letter , thinking " , that as every thing relating to this extraordinary man must be interesting
to the religious , and especially to the Unitarian , public , you may deem it worthy of insertion in the Monthly Repository . I am unable to say anything respecting the books referred to in the postscript , as they have not yet come to hand .
THOMAS REES , Secretary to the Unitarian Society . To the Rev . Dr . Thomas Rees , Sjc . § c , London . Reverend Sir ,
I received your letter of the 16 th June last , accompanied by a parcel of books to my address , with feelings of peculiar gratification . T cannot but be proud of the honour which the Committee have
conferred upon me in reprinting my compilation of " The Precepts of Jesus /* and the two Appeals in its defence . I beg you will oblige me by communicating to the members my warm
acknowledgments for so distinguished a mark of their approbation . 1 also beg you will accept my best thanks for your valuable present of the Racovian Catechism , which I shall not fail to read with due attention .
I have no language to express the happiness I derive from the idea that so many friends of truth , both in England aud America , are engaged in attempting to free the originally pure , simple and practical religion of Christ from-the
heathenish doctrines and absurd notions gradually introduced under the Roman power ; and I sincerely pray that the success . of those gentlemen may be as great as ( if not' greater than ) that of Luther and others , to whom the religious world 5 s indebted for laying the first stone of religious reformation , and having recom-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1824, page 681, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2530/page/41/