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tkeistffeji&fct & $ VginM ! $ Wh Services , or to ejeattiitie 4 Sfty M tti 6 s& ^ tich haVe bee& ? - 'ntiftKd £ ^ kki ^ y undertakes for your readers the task of judging ; of the merits-df tlie question . ! la the absence © f « U argument * would it ndt tiave been as well to suflfer them , to
judge for themselves ? The sentence by Mm pronounced is delivered m neariy the following words : «< The objections against the continuance [ revival ] of this service appearstirifcingly feeble fey the side of those advantages which have beea triumphantlyurged in ita favour . "
. Your readers will remember the opinion of Mr . Rutt ( p . 348 ) con ^ . cerjiir ^ the merits of the question , and how strikingly modest it appears ifjpthe- ' Side ^ f this arrbgant decision . His wolrda iare , " The questioh appears to Me to be set at rest , as far
a& thme m ^ judgm ^ nit of it . " The opinion liei ^ eNl ^ f ^ ressted , evidently refers tfc&b ® merits Of the question as discti&sed to ^« he ^ tfepositorj ^—to the urgumenU ^ f the ! Writers f but our sagafcious SpebMtor ^ applies it to the 6 f im
stat ^ opinfon Htlie supjecfc , and , accordingly , hiii § teTi a fe ^ fac ts — curiou ® ^ tMWlgb in ^^ 6 ^ € ^ eCTS- ^ whi ^ h , he s a ^ s , h ^ fc ^ ettei' ^ iset the qtfestia » atvre ^^^ lilfe ^ lie ipse ^ dicctt of Mr . . Rutt . ; !" ,. " ¦ - ¦ "
lo&i \ m $ foStiki Si ^ - tfeat favourable opinion < 64 f--iftoe tHidereftihding of most of your reader ^ tfciBit ^ 1 strii coniiderit they . wttli'feW ; thi % ik a question of this ivature sealed by the facts which Spectator enumerates , even if they were a hundred times more numerous
than they are . I am sure they will not consent to have the question decided by this kind of voting , even if Spectator should again kindly come forwards to assure them that it is strikingly the best way .
It is very true that the ceremony of Ordination has fereen of late warmly recommended * ^ eiiibflly by gentlemen connected with the Manchester College , York . It is also true that in the course of the hrsta 9 fttre or six years a few services of the description in question have been celebrated almost
sports in the ^^ Qsi tpjrjf .-Jg $ tfo t fts strt&ingl y demonsW ^ i ^^ fl ^ apd wishes iti regard io ^ therp ^ Jiceu as
^ ^ « ^ % : W ^ f * ^ jjfiWBPW * - S ^ IM ^ M v ^ fWs r sion WOulu have been th £ v juffef § # ° * i £$ W ® t ®§ P * * I * l mmMm ^ ;« pr-W * " !^ M « W * »| e » ^^^ ¦^ 4 &Sr - ^ Atf » lk ? s couatea ^ t ^ c % to-, tjae jpraGtie& % md m one of tlie 6 a ^ sj 2 lu ^ , td ^
tutor , ! am quite ^ t % Jqs 3 f | f ? , 3 i ^ py ^ r \ vhat part the society can be siippQsed to have taken . Sucfi is tlie formMable pwt ^ ter of facts which , have aet tne question at
rest ! Such is | he ; terrifying « uray against us whiclj inspires Spectator vvitli such a triunaphaRt strain of boasting 1 And hence , and because some friends and acquaintance have expressed some approbatxcrti of the
revived ceremony , it is most saga * ciousiy concluded , that the feeling in favour of it is general . What a happy talent is boasting ! Well , but good Mr . Spec % to ^ is it not to be presumed , tUi ^ reh ^ ve authentic information to tlxje 0 ntr ^ , yy
that those who have neither revived , nor concurred in reviving , tliip uasprlptural ceremony , that all t ^ Q ^ e uot included in your appalling enumeration , must be ranked as yqiir opponents in this controyqrsy ? And if t ^ p Unitarian body be ndt incoiis ^ erable , indeed , in point of numbers , they
greatly outnumber your partisans . Does Spectator forget , when he : inquires us " to level our objections against the abuses of Ordinatipn , " that we declared that we view t \\ p whole as an abuse ? ( P . 283 . ) fyfcr . Baker also asserts , ( p . 346 , ) that I
ought not to mention the . abu ^ ^ of the practice , it being the part of r bigoted misrepresentation so tq $ pj when they are disclaimed by the pa-Ur ties . I do not remember to Jfiavg taxed the gentlemen , with aiiy abuse
which they disclaim , iuid ap ^ upd ^ the necessity of observing that the charge is wholly groundless . " . The prie ^ ^ iy pretensions and domii \ aj , ion 3 the . ghosj ^ r ly power and authority , " were not brought forward by me as accompaniments of the Bolton service ; I even expressly stated the contrary , that I
Mr . Johns oh the Revwdl of Ordinution Services . 591
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1825, page 591, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2541/page/15/