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the Legislature and the government , that hereafter measures of conciliation , and not of coercion , shall be pursued with regard to conscience;—and let those measures be pursued , and what grandeur , what happiness , is there to which England may not attain !
Allow me , Sir , to express one hope ; I express it uot for myself , but for my children , and my children ' s children ; and I know that I express the hope and feeling of my brethren in the ministry , and of the Protestant Dissenters generally 5 it is , that the Repeal of the Sacramental Test is an earnest of the repeal of other tests not enacted by the government , but by corporations , and
learned corporations ; it is , that our country , our beloved country , our mother country , which has dealt rather hardly with us Dissenting children , which has allowed us hitherto only the crumbs of learning that have fallen from her table , will , by and by , open iier bosom , her maternal bosom , ( loud applause , ) and receive us to her cordial embraces ; and that hereafter we Dissenters shall have our fair portion of the children ' s bread . ( Loud applause )
In conclusion , allow me to say , Sir , that we Dissenting ministers have been accustomed to watch the signs of the times , as is natural to those who have been inured to storms and perils ; and we have observed , as you , Sir , must have observed , with infinite pleasure ,
that the course of legislation in this great kingdom , for the last quarter of a century , has been all in one line , and that the straight-forward path of jus * , tice ; and we can hardly doubt , we can have no doubt , that things will go on , . —under that ever-adorable and merciful
Providence which , amidst the commotion and confusion of human affairs , causes all things to worit together for good , —to greater and greater perfection , and that the government of this country will be still more paternal and still more Christian . But let me not be
mistaken ; when 1 speak of a Christian government , God forbid that I should be thought to express a wish that the . government should ally itself to a sect , that it should be Protestant as opposed to the Catholics , or . Church- » of- £ ugland as opposed to Dissenters . What I mean
is—judging from the paat and looking at all the augur , ies of the . time&m-that « fche future government of this country , the best and the greatest country on the face of the earth , will and wuet be the government of the people , a , i > d for the people ( Bravo ) Sir , > lefc the coupe
of government in this country be , as it has been under the present happy reign , and as I am certain it will continue to be , wise and beneficent , and then the three great religious divisions of the country , —the members of the Church of England , the members of the Roman Catholic Church , the old church ,
let my Dissenting brethren remember , the church of our fathers , aud the members of the various Dissenting churches , —instead of consisting of so many opposiug establishments , and reckoning any one ' s gain another ' s loss , will be bound together in the bond of peace and charity , and form that triple cord that cannot be broken ; in the strength of which , our Rulers ( to use
the words of that great man whose language has been quoted with so much felicity , and whose prose is poetry , and whom 1 may here quote with peculiar propriety , because he was not only an ardent lover of his country , but also a Nonconformist ,- ^ I mean John Milton ) " may be able to sjeer the tall and goodly vessel of the Commonwealth through ail the gusts and tides of the world ' s mutability . " ( Loud applause . )
Unitarian Worship at Devonport , At a Meeting of the friends of Unitarian Christianity in Devonpprt , held June 8 , 1828 , for the purpose of taking into consideration the erection of a Chapel , the following resolutions ( among others ) wqre agreed to unanimously :
. 1 . That this meeting approve of the conduct of the Congregational Committee in purchasing the lease of a piece of ground , situate in Granby Street , for the purpose of building a Chapel for Unitarian Christian worship . 2 . That as an active spirit of religious inquiry now prevails in this town and neighbourhood , which has been excited
by our having kept open a room for public worship on Sunday mornings an 4 evenings during the last eight years and a hal f and by the free circulation of the books and tracts belonging to pur Congregational Library , it is the ( Jecidetl opinion of thjs meeting , that tfre
erection of a neat ; Chapel , as e ^ rly as possible ., would essentially conduce to the further extension of unadulterated tru | U , especially jae we are liable to \> e $ epm ; etl of the room we occupy at a quarter > notice , find ip t \\\ a case , there is no ostfcor e ^ giWetp > laceJln the town \ n whic > we could i ^ emble-to wofsJWyp the Father of our LQrd Jesuo Christ .
574 Intelligence . —Unitarian Worship at Devonport .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1828, page 574, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2563/page/62/