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who hare been educated ih sight of the practices of their national church , the custom of ministerial removals seems to be frequent . There is a strong prejudice against the practice in this country , not only among * Dissenters , ( to use a term somewhat
improper with us , ) but also among Church -of-England Episcopalians . The settlement of a minister is generally regarded here in the light of a Patrimonial tie— -better fot better .
worse for worse , and till deatk the parties do sever . Under such a system , there is not probably among preachers quite the same degree of competition and stimulated excellence as where the best churches are
in the . market ; but , on the other hand * some heavy evils incident to the latter state of things are avoided , and peace reigns more securely within our Zion ' s palaces .
Intelligence . Is it possible that the Protestant Society for defending Religious Liberty is inimical to the Catholic Claims ? How have they been able to stir or speak under such a load of inconsistency ?
Correspondence . On Obituary Notices of Humble Personages * I cordially join with HyJas . No department of the Repository furnishes more interest and variety than the Obituary . Though a far distant stranger , yet I
read it constantly with instruction and gratification . I have a melancholy pleasure iu becoming acquainted for a moment with so many worthy people just over their fresh graves . Where is the individual who has not some
specific difference in his character , that furnishes an interesting object of contemplation ? A collective biography of every son of Adam , written after the manner prescribed by John Foster , would be one of the best books
m the world . A history of the developement of each man ' s mind , of his struggles , his temptations , the causes of his falls , his sources of happiness , his incitements to action , hi 3 hopes
and his fears , his loves and his hatreds , his aspiring but indefinite wishes , his swelling , but unspeakable imaginations , —would be the only true picture of human life . Not that each man
should write his own biography . Every Savage should have his Johnson - y every idiot should be-described by his
Wordsworth . But suck a book , of coarse , is not to be -looked for ii * this world . I apprehend there will / be something likdt in- one of tht > s £ volumes of knowledge that are to bar opened on thegrovring soul in another state of beiag . ; * •
. There is one particularly strongs reason why we could < wish the JRe * pository to centiatie , its present style of Obituary Ndtices * yfe . thermiBing * testimonials thereby furnished t # the worth and efficacy of Unitarian principles . After making all allowances
for the fond exaggerations of surviving friendship , enough of unquestionable truth yet remains to coavince jthe most prejudiced ^ that a race of as high-minded , virtuous , sagacious and religious Christians as belong to the
human family , find * something in our vilified system to attach tfyern to it with chains of adamant through-: UC ^ and to inspire th&m with all joy ^ nd peace in believing , when their hoar of death is inevitable .
Whrke Par traits . * W
City Road , Sir , December 19 , 1825 * HA VING been a great reader of biography in my day , the practice has occasioned nae to collect a
considerable number of engraved portraits , chiefly of persons who f * ave most distinguished themselves in aiding and promoting the progress of human improvement . No occupation has proved more gratifying and instructive in a moral point of view ;
and as I advance in years , when I have a few friends around me , I find the exhibition of these physiognomies often gives rise to very agreeable azul instructive conversation , and proves a source of no ordinary pleasure . -Indeed , it has frequently afforded
opportumues of giving an impulse to thought , and of crating reflection ; and , moreover , ha& ^ tabled xne to point out an useful fts ^ vell as interesting course of reading to same of my female acquaintance , who had becu led , from education or other
circumstances , to waste their time nx the perusal of those jejune and frivolous productions which unfortunately constitute the too greater part of every circulating * library . 13 y this remark I would not have it inferred that I undervalue those works that are the oft-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1826, page 13, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2544/page/13/