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gave them credit , that no encroachment on Rherty is tjftetwted . ( P . 28 & ) But if it he r aeaat to he said or implied by such a charge , that I otight not , in endeavouring- to oppose th « revival of this practice , to bring- to light and exposure its ghostly
pretensions and spiritual impostures *—things which always were its acfcon * pantmeats * when it meant any thing , and things which will be , more or less , its accompaniments , whenever it shall Uave acquired a sufficient degree of consistence and countenance- ^ - ! must
be allowed to say * that I cars not how Ba&ny such charges are brought against me . I still feel myself at pei > feet Kherty to put m array , in any form I may think proper , all th £ uncliristiau practices and-assumption ? which ever attended this unauthorized
ceremony , ad posterortun terrorem , or auy other gpoc ( and useful purpose ; White it affords me gre ** t pleasure to bear my feeble testimony to the propriety , strength and pertinence Qi the arguments apd observations of R . A , M ., ( pp . 280—282 , ) and to express my surprise that their striking * feebleness h ^ s not been in any particular instance pointed out , I take
this opportunity to observe , that he does not appear to me rightly to perceive how the admission of an unauthorized practice into a Christian society or societies , is , in fact and operation , an encroachment on Christian liberty . He says , " Every society has a right to make regulations for its own government , and to adopt whatever customs
or ceremonies may seem fit to the members of that society . * * The yoke may be grievous , but it is selfimposed , and there can be no reason pfcomplaint , " What ! has a Christian society a right to introduce ceremonies which are not authorized by
the Christian institute ? But they are all , on a | l sides , agreed . Yes , all agree to introduce or continue an unchristjao ceremony , an unauthorized custom . And so it has been agreed from age to ivge in almost all the
churc hes . But surely the Unitarian Church vyill not consent to any such agreement . But " there can be no reason of complaint . " Suppose there fye one person , or a few persons * i \\ the society , who should be wiser than their teaphejr . and the < 5 > ^ roMo * , who agree to impose the yoke and be
convinced that the thing imposed is foreign t ^ tih # $ 4 ** e elements ^ f Q&is taanity , has he or they tm tfeiiwm to complain ? Have they not tire riafbt to eof » plaii } > aad to be heard too * that the unauthorized practice imposed is an unchristian imposition ?
What signifies it who are the persons imposing -ft— -the imposition i * the same . I observe , ia concluding the present communication , which want of time presents me at present from extend * ing , that in answering Mr . Baker * s defence of Ordinatioa Services , my notion of delicacy . did not suffer me
to conceal my real name ; and that if Spectator really entertained " feelings ^ or " prejudices similar" to mine ; he would , in a controversy like the present , either have appeared without disgnise , oi < have been still content to remain a spectator ,. la my next , I shall consider what have been advanced
oil the score of utiltiy and scriptural autkorit ^ mfavom of Ord i nat iofts , and hope ia a moderate compass to comprise pixibably alb I shall evser lid--vanceoa the subject If the subject be of sufficient impbriatnce , aiid your readers be not already tinted of k , it is time for others to shew their opinion .
In mine I am certainly rally confirmed ^ without any abatement of good-will towards my opponent ^ and without a wish to sound my own triumph or proclaim the feebleness of the opposite party ' s arguments : for m it not fit to commit the decision of the question to the tribunal to which we have appealed ? WILLIAM JOHNS ,
592 Inscription on the Monument erected to the Memory of Baron Maseres .
Inscription on the Monument Erected to the Memory of Mr . Bahon Maseres , ( see Mon . Repos . XIX . 364 , 425 , ) in the Churchyard of Reigate , in Surrey *
H . S . E . XpRANCISCUS MASERES , Ar-_ fij mi ^ f . Aul . ! ar . apud Cantab . olirn . Socius , Quinti Baronis in eurift . Scciccarii , Muuus , annos 50 executus eat . Viri hujus egre ^ i et amabalissuni fides , intQgritas , aequalitas , liberalitasque oncinibus , ( juibuscum erat versatus , innotufere . Exiiniis his virtutibus ac-.
cede bant tanta scrmoms moriimque suavitas , tanta coiuitas facilitasquc , ut lttiiit stipru . Humanitatis studiis , et litcris recoaditioiibus colendis omni
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1825, page 592, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2541/page/16/