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received the ctfnctfffent approbation of their own party , would obviate much of the evil of which they &t present so loudly ^ though , in my opinion , so unreasonably , complain . CLtewcrus Cantabrkjijensis .
of truth , that opinion should be aU love ejd to make its own natural progress , free from obstruction ; and it is certain that alt such persons tfould utterly deprecate the idea that , in the pf&se&t age , any class of Christians
should be put to the slightest inconvenience or hardship , or be visited with the least obloquy , because , in the exercise of their unquestionable right to think for themselves , it is their fortune to think in certain
respects differently from ancestors to whose piety they and their fathers have been indebted for some of their religious accommodations and advantages . Unitarians to whom this description applies , will never be reluctant either
to acknowledge their obligations to their Presbyterian ancestors , or to bear their testimony to the serious religious spirit with which a large proportion of them \ fcere deeply imbued . To which of the various principles existing in their minds in a
certain state of combination , and forming the whole of their religious creed , the genuine piety and eminent Christian virtues which many of them possessed , are in justness to be asferibed
aa their cause , is a question not to he do hastily disposed of as a warm partisan might be apt to fancy ; but is one which it is evident , to be satisfactorily determined , must be reserved for the decision 6 f the exact ~ and
discriminating inquirer , the cool and accurate reasoned An intelligent Unitarian would anticipate , from a proper examination of this point , a result any thing but derogatory to the character of those views of Christian doctrine
to which he ascribes so much importance and efficacy , and which he accounts it his own highest happiness to entertain . With regard to Unitarianism , I beg ieatge to observe , that it is a system of doctrirte which directly bears with
Utt whole weight and force on the production of religious and moral excellence . Of ) ts power to sway the affecti < in » &kd establish an effectual contract over conduct—to bring these
into objection to all the benign and salutary influences of piety and virtue , v | i ! ie * ever it exists not in mere ignorant Or thoughtless profession , but in tite clear and steady perceptiotx and settled convictions of the understand-
Right ^ flMiai ^ nsin their Chapets . 25
., xx . e
Knutsford , Sir , November 27 , 1824 . FRIEND put into my hands a A few days ago , a newspaper , * containing a letter on Unitarian Cha * pels , by a writer who subscribes himself " Another Orthodox Dissenter . "
Much of the letter m question is in a style of invective , which , whatever may have been its effect on the minds of prejudiced and ill-informed
individuals who have perused it , was fated to make little impression on the intelligent and dispassionate reader . Under the influence of considerable misapprehension , as it would seem , with
regara to Umtanatts generally , the writer reflects on theni la ti highly invidious manner , as being , in a l arge number of instances , in the occupy tion of Chapels built and endowed by ancestors whose doctrinal sentiments
were Trinitarian , I apprehend that no enlightened or liberal person will lend his sanction for a moment to a suggestion , however raised , thai tb 6 lineal descendants or regular successors of the Presbyfceriaft Dissenters ,
wh 6 as sttfeh are still reeogifized tmdar that denomination by the Dissenting body in general , should be disturbed in their possession of the places of worship which have descended to them through several generations ; or
be reproached with it because , in their serious exercise of the right of private judgment , they have been gra * dually led to embrace views of Christian doctrine which they think more
m agreement with the language of scripture , correctly interpreted , and more accordant with reason , ti ^ pu , those which were entertained ? M&py # a century ago , by the fouitt $$ t $ i- $ f v their Chapels , In the px ^ ffi , mp + such modes of oppO 3 iti ^| i to ww * may be deemed error , aTe h »|> pil | i regarded as inappropriate by llnjS mtir . lightened part of the comnittpUy . It seems now univergallv adii ^ tea , by men of enlarged and liberal views , to be highly expedient for the interests
voi * The Manchester Gazette af H&r * € » lu
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1825, page 25, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2532/page/25/