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.. , * -y-. , jr . . ... ' : < . - - 'V- ' .-v r u "• ' "¦ ¦ ' IM ^^^^^^ g ^ rrn ^^ m nQt b ^ Contemplated without the admiration due to her virtues and her pure and unpretending piety . Her last momenta were particularly striking ; and I do not know that in tttfj course of reading the story of
mankind , and still less in my observations upon the existing portion , I ever met with any thing sp unostentatiously beautiful ! Indisputably , the firm believers in the gospel have ^ grea | advantage over ail others , for this
simple reason , that if true , they will have their reward hereafter , and if iSeife he no hereafter , they can be but with the infidel in his eternal sleep , having had the assistance of an exalted hope through life / without disappointment , since ( at the worst for
them ) * out of nothing—nothing can arise / not even sorrow ! put $ man ' s creed does not depend upon himself . Who can say , I wilt believe this * thsrt , or the other , and least bi ail that whieh he least can comprehend ? I iiave , however , observed , that tho ^ wba & $ ve begiiji life with extreme
faith , have in the end greatly narrowed it , a ^ GhiJlingworth , Clarke , ( who ended us an Arian , ) Bayle and Gibbon , ( once a Catholic , ) and some others ; while , on the other hand , nothing is ~ more common than for the early sceptic t $ ^ njd ill a firjj ? ] t > £ lief lik e tj ^ and iti rlc
Manpt ^ Henry e WMte , JBi * $ my business is to acknowledge youf letter , and nojt to make a 4 isser-^ tiWf I w qW % § d to yoijfc for your good $ 4 § b ££ , aiuj more than pbligeij by the extract from the papers of the beloved object whose qualifies you have sp vyell described in a few words .
I cap assure you that all Jhe faqae Ifcyat ; ever clpe . ate 4 towcuuty into higher notions pf its own importance , would nm $ r weigh m wy flfriwU agppst the pjjEe ai ^ i pious interest vvlucli ; a
vir-% nvm pfmg may be pleased tQ taHQ ui ^ ny \ ye lfare . In this point of view , I wPul < jLm > $ ^ cfci ^ iig ^ tfee prayer of ttiQ 4 ^ £ Qased | p . u ay behalf for the united glQyy pf Ifomer , Caesar an < J Nappleon , could pupjjt be accumulated uppn a living hj ^ dL Dp me at least the justice to suppose
that-Video meliora proboque , how ^ yer the deterjora sequor i « $ y have been applied to xuy conduct . I have
me honour tp ^ ypu ^ pjbiigscl ^^ i obedient servant , ** B ^ bon , * P . SL i- - (^ /*^ Qt ' -knpv ^'''' ^ ii » t - I ym addressing a itfefrgymtin , but £ | ire-£ i * me tha ^ t yQ ^ y ^ . ; n 0 t ' l ^» 9 fl % ^^ by the mistake ( if it is oji |§) pp the address of tins letter . One who has
so well explained and deeply felt the doctrines of religion , will excuse the error which led me to believe him its minister /* Upon this characteristically * n 1 teresting epistle of Lord Byro ^ , Mr . Sheppard wakes sereral appropriate reflections ; for which I refer to hit
work ; wMlst the following parajjraph is deserving transcription , being fraught with the divine spirit of charity : * Ip tercessions I cannot doubt had long been anxiously offered on liis behalf , at least by relativesand some of these
, in the blessed spirit of Christian j / piL giveness | others , as the preceding f ages affectingly shew , by ope unnownXo him , from the pure promptings of a Christian solicitude for his
welfare , enhanced by his % e gifts and high responsibility . Till the heavenly records of Christian charity shall be at last unrolled , we know not what more and si m ilar petitions may
have been poured from hearts that responded to his geniu ? and deplore ! its aberrations 1 Nor can ^ ny prqnounce till after € tjie judgn ^ eivtr isi set and the books are ooehed . ' ' that ( t ]» p « ^ and the books are openedthathese
, Were ultimately and altogether &se-Jess . " * It may not be unwprthv of observation , that Loud Bvkon had in jtip priginal manuscript \ 6 f " hi $ Chjlye Harold s Mlgriiniage this offen ^ iye stanza respecting a future state off being *—
t * Fvown noti upon inje , cjwriis § h prije ^ t J th ^ t I Look not for Jife \ yhere life pi ^ y nevpr be— - I an > no sneere ^ at th ^ r phantasy ; l ^ hou p itiest me , alas ! I ejtivy thee .
* Mr . Sheppard is the author of two other yoinrnmrr ^ 'A Tmv m i § l 6 tlirpugh France and Switzerland , with i ^ jrfental RefleptR > fi ? m Religion ; »? ^ ud al ^ o « f A « Enquirjr Qrt the Duty of Ghrfcti&s resppcti ^ g W ^> " whk r ^ ferencp to the Pe ^ ce Societies ^ JkhJ * parked by good jsense and an unaffected piety .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1825, page 5, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2532/page/5/