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Coningsby , Nov . 2 4 , 18 2 9 . Thk friends of ITnitarianism owe " The Watchman" their thanks for his vigilance and fidelity , his endeavours to check bigotry and abate uncharitablenessy and his z § ai fbr rational and vital Christianity . If hr » reports of the night sometimes Wing into view the defects of Unitarians , as well as those © # other parties-of Christians , and place in a strong light the evils which
exist anaong us , it is to be hoped this will be taken in good part , as a proof of his faithfulness in his office as our " Watchman , " ana of his deep concern , for the interests of that holy cause , which ought to be dearer to us all thar * . even life itself ; if we are wounded by his reproof , let us remember we feel the faithful wounds of a friend . His exposure of our defects should not offend , but lead us to a close examination of ourselves , to a strict scrutiny of pur ways , and cause deep " searching ^ of heart ; " that we may be led to eorreet what is wrong , and be roused to * every possible exertion to do justice to the best and holiest of causes .
Though the Watchman ' s report gives me much pain , it produces no despondency , it abates not my sanguine hopes of the continued progress , the final and not very remote triumph of the Unitarian cause over all opposition ., I can never despair of the success of what I firmly believe to be the cause of God and truth , to be designed to regenerate the world * a « d which sacred prophecy assures us shall universally trkuopb . I trust , that the piobing of our wounds , the full exposure of existing evils , will excite us to seek a remedy , help forward the cure , and promote out attaining to a higher state of inielieetual and moral health . What I have seen of Unitarians and of the
progress of Unitarian ism , during the last thirty years , authorizes the conclusion , that the friends of the cause may and will oe excited to far greater exertions than have yet been made , and that we may confidently look for more abundant success than has yet been obtained . What I feair is , Lest tHie Watchman ' s statement should discourage ? and cfis « hearten those whoneed and deserve to be cheered and encouraged , and lead ti ^ era through despondency to relax their exertkaoe , thinking they would be
itt vain ; though , I am sine r the-producing any such effect was most remote fro en his intention in writings and that fee would greatly lament it . Fearing lest this should be the case , and fc © check the exultation of our opponents , I take up my pen , not to cfflaaferoverfc the justness of his remarks , ( though I may notice a mistake or two which he has unintentionally made , ) but to
shew , that if ttue state of the Unitarian cause in * Great Britain f thirty or forty years since ,, be taken into view , and the causes of existing defects and failures be fuUy examiaed , it will be found s that amidst all our difficulties * and diseourag ^ ementSy we ha # e no season to despond ; that Unitarianisni has made coiifiiderable progress during that period ,, and that we have much to * encourage quit zeafaus and persevering exertions .
Though we are not to bound our prospects of the future by the past , nov to estkaate what may be dome by what has already been effected ; yets , if a retrospect of what , has been done be taken , it will be found that the exertions already made have * noti been © a the whole unsuccessful , that as much success , bos beam obtained as , considering th * e previous , circumstances , the slate oi things in wbicltwe have had to act , arid : the prevalent views and feeling ^ -of Religious panties , could reasonably ? be expected ; Some disap * pointments , failures ^ and rev erses , must always be expected ; it is in the
ON THE PUOGHESS OF UJVaTARlAKISM IN GREAT ? BRITAIN ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1830, page 10, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2580/page/10/