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upon at a very esff ly hoiwm the moreing , and diverted fcfie aiMst's attention from unpleasant recollections &r a considerable time , i We are : not teorry to add , that he has lately obtained a situation in India , and is , probably , now turning his talents to a more profitable purpose /'—Timer , Oct > 13 1 1826 .
RoaSfli itm ^ mmm fmrnmte u W&J 0 > M * « % ^ S Hf % , i ^ ^ y ®* % ^ % ^ E ^^ M , ff ^ ^^ he Cowr Hoy me , and the discussion jftil then assume wore impprtan < r ^ anA Cavity , pykry . tlujig * Jn jpy , 0 $ HiQ& !\ onspires to force uppn us a re ^ g ^ Qus' reform , and particularly tne conduct Of our clergy .
Sentence of Correctional Police on Tonquet . " The pamphlet , having for its title Kvangile 9 Partie morale et hfotorique , being only a mutilation of the Gospel , the author having suppressed every tiling relative to the miracles , and in thus jnuti *
lating the divine book , the basis of the religion o the state , -suppressing in the work all the miracles which signalized the birth , death , and resurrection of Jesus Christ , the author has had for his object to deceive uninstructed persons for whom his book is intended , by
shewing thefn Jesus Christ as a man , and not as a God . This is the greatest outrage which can be done to the morality of religion and to the religion of the state \ for it is evidently done with a view of denyiugthe divinity of the author of this religion , and , consequently , the religion itself ;
attacking the morality of the religion by shewing its author as a mere philosopher . It not being for a negative f act , against which the penal laws are impotent , that the present work is prosecuted , but for a positive fact , for the author has presented as a complete Testament a book which is not so : and that , moreover , the author
has thought proper , besides suppressing the miraculous facts , to distort several of the facts which he has mentioned , soch as the birth of Jesus Christ , whom he describes , suppressing the mystery of the incarnation , as born o Joseph and Mary . As far as concerns Tonquet , for these
reasons , he having declared himself the editor of the accused work , pretending in vain that he had the intention of pubblishing a second part , to complete the Gospels , in which he was to recount all the miracles , which is only an allegation , but which , if it were proved , would not
then make Tonquet guilty of outraging religious raorality > ajiol the religion of the state , by the publication of the first part of this work ; consequently , he has rendered himself guilty of outraging the religion of the state , as provided for *> y w > of
articles one and eight of tfie law May 17 , 1819 , and that of March 25 , Wi he is sentenced to uine mouttis' i mprisonment , and to pay a fine of 100 tow **' The seizure of the work is declared law-Ail , and the copies seized shall be destroyed , "
Persecution of the Religious Press . [ Extract of a letter from a Parte correspondent in the Times Newspaper , of the 26 th ultimo . ]
There are , with us , two principles which are yet far from being understood by an immense number of persons . These are , liberty of public worship , and resistance to arbitrary power . Npw these are the very two points which are perpetually contested before the
tribunals , by the Catholic priests and the agents of the police . Both know well enough that their reign is past if discussion continues - They endeavour , therefore , to stifle it ; but as they cannot attain their object without the assistance of the tribunals , their efforts only tend to
make it more animated . They blow on the fi re with the hope of extinguishing it , and they forget that they are kindling a conflagration . Two trials of this kind at present occupy public attention . In one of my former letters I stated to you that the people were willing enough to be religious , provided they got for
religion good morality and freedom from dogmas or superstitious observances . A bookseller , who seems to have been aware of this tendency , took it into his head to publish all the moral passages of the gospel , and to omit all its miracles . His work , which appears to have had an astonishing success , was immediately deliounced to the Court as an attack on
the religion of the State . The King ' s Advocate contended that not to publish tJie miracles along with the morality of the gospel was to deny them , and to deny them was an outrage not only against the Catholic but Protestant religion . Some Protestants , among whom
was M . B . Constant , gave a formal contradiction to this doctrine . They declare that they never consider freedom of discussion an outrage on their faith A learned Jew , called JVJichae } IJehr , has
entered the lists , and demanded for his fellow-worshiperB the right pot only of disputing the miracles of the gospel , but even the divinity of ( Christ . He has invoked , in favour of himself ami hi * brethren , the artfdfe'fef the Charter which guarantees freedom of worshi p * The
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1826, page 696, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2554/page/60/