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Presentation of Copies of the Holy Scriptures , by the Presbyterian Congregation of Strand Street , Dublin , to Hevds , # / . Armstrong and Dr . Drummond . [ From the Freeman's Journal of July 23 . ]
" It affords us much pleasure , " says the Editor , " to give publicity to the following address from the Presbyterian Congregation of Strand Street , iu this city , to their Pastors ; with the replies of those Rev . Gentlemen . The truly Christian sentiments expressed in these papers , are highly honourable to this respectable body . Happy would it be for this distracted land were such sentiments more generally acted on , and more widely diffused :
—TO THE REV . JAMES ARMSTRONG , AND THE REV . WILLIAM HAMILTON DRUMMOND , D . D . Rev . and Dear Sirs , We , the Members of the Presbyterian Congregation of Straud Street , in Vestry assembled , beg leave to offer you the sincere tribute of cordial approbation ,
respect , and affection , with which we unanimously regard your unceasing efforts to promote our spiritual welfare . Your pastoral exhortations- —your enlightened instructions—your manly example—your disinterested encouragement of . a liberal , elevated , and rational spirit —and your unwearied cultivation of all the charities to which our nature can be
awakened py the lessons taught by Christ , and inspired by his Father and our Father , by his God and our God , demand a testimony of . our gratitude , regard , and high estimation . The most suitable that we can present , and we believe the most acceptable that you can receive at our hands , is the Sacred Book which contains those momentous lessons . We
beg , therefore , that you will , each , accept a copy of the Old and New Testa ments , not only in English , but , as more desirable to studious , erudite * and inquiring minds , in the venerable languages in which they were originally written . To these , as an useful appendage , we have added the best Hebrew and Greek Lexicons we could procure . And , we
trust , that when the present generation shall have passed away , and our places are occupied by new pastors and people , our children shall , like ourselves , be united in Christian love ; and that not only with each other , but with all mankind , according to those everlasting precepts which you have so diligently drawn from Holy Writ , and so faithfully and forcibly Impressed upon your people .
With a sincere desire for your temporal and eternal happiness , and that you may long continue the guides and guardians of ours , we beg to subscribe ourselves , Your affectionate , grateful , and devoted friends and brothers , The Congregation of Strand ' Street , Dublin .
796 Intelligence . —Strand Street Congregation , Dublin .
Beloved Brethren , I feel most sensibly the affection and kindness I have uniformly experienced from you , since I had the happiness of being placed amongst you as one of your pastors . Were 1 to consider your present address merely a * an expression of personal attachment and approbation
from so enlightened and in dependent a portion of the Presbyterian body , 1 should esteem it as a distinction of which I may be justly proud . But I regard it in a much more important and valuable light , as implying your firm and unanimous adherence to those liberal principles which have been so long asserted and avowed by the ministers and members of this congregation .
Our predecessors and forefathers have uniformly maintained , through many successive generations , the character of inflexible attachment to civil and religious liberty , combined with undeviatiug loyalty to that incomparable form of government under which we dwell . Claiming to themselves the unrestricted exercise of the sacred right of private judgment in all matters of religion , and of that freedom of conscience which the
Son of God hath bestowed on all his followers , they have preserved uninterrupted harmony within the precincts of their own society , keeping the " unity of the spirit in the bond of peace . " Following , at the same time , the great rule of social duty , enjoiued by our Divine Master , " to do unto others as we would
that they should do unto us , " they have been ever ready to concede to all their fellow-Christians the privileges they claimed to themselves ; and being persuaded that the general church of Christ , at the last day , will be composed of the pious and upright of every denomination , they have never presumed to condemn or denounce those who conscientiously differed from them in their doctrines or
their worship . I trust that these principles will ever be supported and declared by the worshipers in this place . Especially in such seasons as the present , — when an unhappy spirit of contention has agitated the public mind to an unusual degree , *—1 fervently hope that all the members of our communion will niani-
mr Armstrong's answer .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1828, page 796, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2566/page/68/