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Ponderino again on the subject of the immense wealth of the town of Birmingham , collectively and individually , as shewn in a statement lately published , b y which it appears probable that £ 100 is the average share of each person , that the total amount is not less than £ 10 , 000 , 000 , and that one half of it may be supposed , to belield by one hundred of the inhabitants ; and
reflecting on the extreme difficulty the most fortunate must have in devising suitable means to discharge their beneficent intentions—many plans suggested themselves to mjr mind , and crowded their claims for pre-eminence so urgently , as to bewilder me in their choice . I became , in consequence , overpowered , and fell insensibly into a pleasing slumber ; when the following scene presented itself to my enraptured fancy , and remained indelible in my recollection .
Methought the following advertisement appeared in Aris ' s Gazette : " The friends of social order and moral improvement are requested to meet at the Public Office , on * * * , when some propositions will be submitted to them , affording them an unexceptionable opportunity of gratifying their benevolent feelings , independently of all party considerations , and in the pure spirit of Christian charity . " Chair to be taken , &c , &c . "
Accordingly ( the theory of dreams not being cognizable by the laws of dramatic unity ) my good genius conducted me to the meeting , which was , as might have been anticipated , most numerously and respectably attended ; when the good and venerable * * * being called to the chair , he opened the business by a concise , eloquent and impressive speech , comprehending the objects in view by the projectors of the plan ; and which would now be brought forward in a tangible and practicable shape in some embodied resolutions , and submitfed to the meeting for its approbation .
1 st , That the whole human race are children belonging to one universal family , created and protected by the same Almighty Parent and Friend . 2 d . That necessity requires various classes in society—some to govern by their talents , or to assist by their reflections , and others to labour with their hands to supply the necessaries of life ; and society is in its most healthful state when the efforts of all harmonize together in unanimity and content .
3 d . That the laws and regulations of every community have a certain tendency to favour the few in preference to the many , inasmuch as custom , courtesy , strength , and influence , will always place the authority of making the laws in the hands of the wealthy and powerful ; while every principle of justice , humanity , and religion , is perpetually and imperiously called upon to k 6 ep that ascendency in salutary check , in order to ameliorate the condition of the less fortunate , by the sacrifice of a part of the superfluities of the affluent , and protecting them from oppression and want .
4 th . That the many valuable institutions for these purposes , patronised and supported by , public , decidedly evince their willingness and alacrity when plans of " real utility and benevolence are matured and presented for their adoption , and prove that * as long as distress may exist , or humble integrity may merit protection and -encouragement , new and appropriate modes of meeting these ctajms Will never be undervalued or neglected .
5 th . That as a patriotic ! and useful channel for benevolent intentions , a subscription be commenced for the purpose of rewarding such faithful and meritorious servants as may have continued a certain time in one place .
VISION OP AN ALMOST SEPTUAGENARIAN RECLUSE .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1829, page 28, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2568/page/28/