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S ^ ttftctad ^ km of York ^ wheye ^ wi Ir 739 , < he was elected president of a college . He had been minister at Newhaveu ; from 1769 to 17 & 5 . His biographer says , ¦ ¦¦ ^ y For several years previoas to his dismission , some uneasiness had subsisted in the society , arisiug from a difference
of religious opinions . Those peculiar sentiments , whence the uneasiness originated , aud which were adopted by some of the leading and most influential men among his parishioners , were of a nature quite opposite to the sentiments of Dr . Edwards , and indeed to those of the same church and society , at the time when he was ordained among them . "—
P . 236 . The following " extracts from Dr . Edwards ' s letters" will serve to discover " those peculiar sentiments" to which the biographer alludes : " New-Haven , Dec . 24 , 1788 . ** The Trinitarian controversy is likely to be agitated among us . A principal member of the church to which I am
pastor , and who formerly appeared to be a friend to the true system , seems now to be warping off from that system in general , and from the doctrine of the Trinity in particular . I fear it will break the church / ' —P . 254 . " Oct . 21 , 1791 .
" The difficulty in our church still subsists , sometimes in a greater , sometimes in a less degree . The paroxysm is generally in the winter ; and if this approaching winter should remove me from my present situation , I would not have you surprised . The current against the doctrines of grace has run exceedingly strong in this town for five years past . " —P . 256 . ¦ ¦ " Greenwich , Nov . 1 , 1795 .
" I aiclose for your information the result of our council . Though the only reason for iny dismission , urged by the people , Was their poverty , the true reason was the disaffection of some principal men to the doctrines I preached . Th | s was well known to the council ; yet , as they professed it not , no notice could be taken of it /'—P . 259 .
I wish one : of your transatlantic readers would obligingly eay > what tyrogrtfcs in free inquiry has been mkde in Newhaven during the years wjrich have elapsed since the dismission of Dr , Edwards U 1795 , and especially Whether *'< the * ettrl rent againat the doctririe * of grace ;"" fM falsely entitled , « has W bli ^ Ve ^ HU they havfc been overwhelmed ' m a- px& vailing conviction of fihfc ApbafoViC dfe * trine , that Cod i& love . - '
. That eminent metaphysician ftAtf 6 f * iB& thefachserof Drv E ^ r ^ Avd ^ j couk ^ r i < j ^ ? n bis eai $ SeF yeawj , -a ^ he * dfeij ^ ribe * > ntt mental progress , ( liife ^ 48 ^ tf ) }" r&&tfi cite to the afWJStoiic doctrine Gtt&'fc' ^ re ^ jecting whom he pleased , leaving tneth eternally to perish and be everlastingly tormented in hell . It used to appear like a horrible doctrine / ' -
At length , under ati " extraordinary influence of God ' s spirit , " as Mr . ' EA * wards evidently apprehended , * ' he saw farther . " In consequence or * this supposed divine iIluiuination , " the doctrine' * which secured the salvation of the elect , though it equa ' ly secured the endless torments of the reprobate , that once " horrible doctrine" now " very often appeared exceedingly pleasant , bright , and sweet . " Degustibus rton disputandwn . J . T . RUTT .
Commemoration of John Ray . To the Editor . Sir , As zoologists , botanists , and the lovers of ail branches of natural knowledge , are about to pay homage to the memory of
John Ray , on the 29 th of November , by meeting to celebrate the second centenary of his birth-day , it may be well to notice in your pages , that illustrious as his name deservedly is amongst naturalists , he has also a claim on the affectionate recollection of his non-conformist
countrymen as one of the ever-memorable two thousand who gave up church preferment for conscience' sake . His character as a naturalist stands much higher at the present day , both at home and abroad , than ever it did , and perhaps also an examination of his
theological writings might increase his reputation as a liberal and enlightened divine . If , like some other ejected ministers , he did not join himself to any denomination of Dissepters , may this npt have Jbeen ; owing to his disapprobation of thejCalvinifttic doctrines then almost universally prevalent among them ?
Sir James E . Smith , in hfs memoir of Ray in Rees ' s Cyclopaedia , says of him ,, " In the preface to both editions of his ripsiS y the learned author , venerable his character , His talentfe , ahfl hia rtrofe ^ ion , as well as by h ^ nobl ^ adh ^ nce to pflndple in the most WM& titetf , ' ha ^ Wn becasfbh ' W ^ toiffi mteMeffttsidri * to myin ^ Pi ^ r ^ WJ b '« W Tfortfiy df Miitoi ^ pt M ¥ m mblbhw ^ nt of rdlgion , liny , W %% by the revolution nvWh placed 'Kfng
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1828, page 787, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2566/page/59/