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682 A Friendly Correspondence between tin Unitarian and a Ctdvinist .
mend&l the system of distinguishing divine authority from human creeds , and the . practice of benevolence from ridiculous outward observances . But what disappoints , or rather grieves , me much is , that our sovereign , ( whose reign may God crown with peace and prosperity !) whom all parties , cither
Whigs or Tories , enthusiastic radicals , or political time-servers , are compelled by the force of truth to acknowledge as the most -accomplished-person / of his tinae , of niost enlightened acquirements , and niost liberal sentiments , should not use his r * Oyal influence to remove from the members of his National Church the fetter of
a solemn oath , imposed by the Thirtynine Articles , naturally liable to doubt , and disputed as these have been , from the beginning of Christianity , and tfiat he has . not caused to be discontinued the Repetition of that general denunciation found in the concluding part of the Atfiahasten Creed , to wit , ' This is the
Catholic faith , which except a man believe faitkfuityy he Cannot be saved . ' The only consolation which 1 can offer to myself is , that as his Majesty is the best judge of suitable opportunities for the introduction of improvements in the National Ghurch * it is probable that in due time more enlarged principles may receive the Royal
sanction . As to the state of the Unitarian Society in Calcutta , our Committee have not yet been able to purchase a suitable piece of ground for a chapel and school . They will , I h 6 pe , soon succeed in their endeavour ? . We have collected , partly
by purchase , and partly by gift , a great number of works , and established a pretty respectable library in Crflfcutta , in which I have placed the books with Which you have favoured me , in the same manner as all the books that the Rev . Mr . Adain ^
the Unitarian Missionary in Bengal , and myself have received at different times from England . IMr . Adam is preparing a catalogue of the books belonging to this library , and will , I doubt not , send a few copies for the perusal of the CominitUee in London , Liverpool , &c .
In the month of December last , Mr . R ., a member of the firm of Messrs . M . and Co . of this place , left Bengal for Europe , atid 1 embraced that opportunity of answering a letter I had the pleasure of receiving from the venerable Mr . Belsham , and begged at the same time his
acceptance of a parcel of books sent in charge of that gentleman . I also sent a duplicate by the hand * of Mr . S . A ., a Member of the Unitarian Society in Calcutta , and a particular friend of mine . As subsequent to these despatches I received the books stated in Mr . Belshatn ' s
A Friendly Correspondence between an Unitari&h and a Calvinist . ( Continued from p . 605 . ) / . to N . j with N . ' s Observations ( inserted as Notes ) . Dear N . 23 d October . HAVING understood you to be disinclined to prosecute the dis- *
qussion * respecting the duration of future punishments , I bad made up my mind to drop the subject . I am surprised that you should have again revived it ; ami , to speak ¦; iny mind plainly , I must declare that I do not think that the continuance of this sort
of correspondence is likely to prove useful to you . For my own part , although for very many years I have been very little in the practice of mentioning my opinions to persons not immediately connected with me > Cwith the exception of such + as have
founded objections to the Bible upon the supposed doctrine of endless mi ^ sery ,. ) yet / derive pleasure in going over the grounds on which I rest my faith in the universal love and effectual grace of God ^ J as manifested in Jesus Christ .
No person , however , is fitted for an inquiry into the revealed designs of * It is afflictive to me to do so . ± These people will not believe any thing they do not like . They say death does away all si a ; or else , for certain assigned reasons , the soul is not immortal . X To every returning sinner .
tetter to have bfefcn forwarded to my address , I bfcg to s&nl a frfcort Ifettei * ac * fcnowledgiBg the receipt of them ; whfcii I shall feel obliged by your transmitting to that gentleman .
I have the pleasure of sendiug you for your acceptance a fe \ V tracts as a token of regard and respect , and remain , Yours most obediently , RAM * MOH * JN ROY .
Calcutta , Jwne 4 , 1824 . P . S . From the pamphlet , No . 6 and 7 , published by a neighbour of mine , and another by a friend , you will perceive to *
what a degree of ridicule the Trinitarian preachers have brought the religion they profess among the enlightened natives of India . 1 hope to God these Missionaries : may at length hav £ their eyes opened to s £ e their own errors . K . M . R .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1824, page 682, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2530/page/42/