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We know not how far the writer ' s numbers are correct , but every man that mixes much in society must perceive that a large proportion of the nominal members of the Church of England are not believers in her doctrines or advocates for the whole of her worship .
" It is surprising that in the rapid march of knowledge , no liturgical reformation has taken place . I have been told by an honest yet most zealous Church-of-England man , that not more than one lay member of that Church in
nve thousand , subscribes in his heart to the whole of the Thirty-nine Articles . According : to this remarkable admission , ( and I believe that it is very true , ) 4999 out of 5000 , who profess the doctrines of the Church , are really dissenters from that Church . " —P . 197 .
We wish we could suggest to many a pert theological talker the author ' s maxim , " Every philosophical inquirer is a Free-thinker ; but every Free-thinker is not a philosophical inquirer /'—P . 220 .
Some of the writer ' s shortest " Essays , " as he calls them , are the best , and we finish our extracts with one which is somewhat plain , but very sensible , and moreover expository of a part of that system of morals which works well for human nature :
" Prudence and good temper will compensate for a multitude of freckles on a wife's face . "—P . 224 . There are some opinions and maxims in the volume to which we cannot assent . Is the author serious in
thinking that " God is space "—( p . 26 ) ? Does he indeed persuade himself that the " Paradise Lost" is " out of fashion , " as it ought to be ( pp . 61 , 62 )} Is he a bachelor that he dares to pen the ungracious doctrine that females are not always to be exempted from corporal chastisement from the hands of the other sex ? Bachelor he cannot
be , for persons to whom this epithet belongs are commonly distinguished * * by their gallantry ; but being , as we therefore presume , a husband , can we sufficiently admire his hardihood ?
The long list of " Corrigenda" at the end might be very easily enlarged . For Wilkin , p . 60 , read Wilkins , for Priestly read Priestley , pp . 69 , &c \ &c . We cannot dismiss the volume without observing , according to our cus-
tom in the like case , that it is sold at a price which reminds us of the good old times of English literature .
Art . III . —A Letter to Dr . Blomjield , Bishop of Chester , in Reply to the False Charges which his Lordship has brought against the Unitarians and their Ministers * ( Reprin ted from the Christiah Reflector . ) Liverpool , printed by F . B . Wright sold by Teuton and Fox , London * 8 vo . pp . 8 . 3 d . 1826 .
IN the Bishop of Chester ' s Letter to Mr . Butler is the following passage : Ci I do not admit the truth of what Dr . M liner says , that most of the old stock of Presbyteriaus and Independents are now Socinians ; many of the Meeting , houses which were formerly occupied by
Presbyterians are now , 1 acknowledge , in the hands of Unitarian congregations , ( who have been deluded into Unitarianism by the most disingenuous artifices oa the part of some of their preachers , ) but a great number of the descendants of the
old Presbyterians have entered into communion with the Established Church , and the number of those independent communities who have lapsed into Socinianism is , I believe , very small indeed . " —P . 3 .
Upon these assertions the writer before us , who signs himself Camber , animadverts with considerable severity . He pronounces the term " Socinian " offensive : he doubts the accuracy of
the statement with regard to Presbyterians conforming to the Church ; and he resents , with much indignation , the charge of disingenuousnesa and artifice brought against certain unnamed Unitarian preachers . Hi * " Letter" would have lost none of its force if its language had been a little more temperate . We cannot say , however , that the Bishop does not merit rebuke . We should be glad if by anv means Dr . Blomfield could be
induced to explain what he means !>>' representing certain Unitarian preachers as deluclers ! He cannot refer , we are sure , to any part of the history oi the Unitarian congregation at Bury St . Edmunds , though naore likely to know something of that congregation than any other , a aear relative of his , not long ago deceased , having l > e one of its zealous and active jnemberi .
358 Review . —Letter to Dr . Blomfield , Bishop of Chester .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1826, page 358, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2549/page/42/