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the friends of liberality , free discussion , and improvement , should feel interested in such a work , whether they be Unitarians or not , and whether or not they approve of our other plans . Thirty years since , Unitarians had nd , magaseine or regular ^ periodical ; now they have several : most of our public institutions have been formed and established during that tirae ; many n « w congregations have been raised , and
individual persons and * families converted to Unitarianism in places wfoerfe no congregations exist ; Unitarian publications have been widely circulated in various parts of the kingdom ; and the Unitarian doctrine has made its way to the minds of not a few persons among other denomination . If such progress has been made , and so much done , in such unfavourable circumstances a * id under such great disadvantages , what may we not hope to effect by judicious , zealous , and persevering exertions in future ? R . WRIGHT .
i ** Do not you think Biography a very delightful study , and as useful as it Is interesting ? " is a question asked by ail intelligent young people of their sensible seniors ; and there is no difficulty in anticipating the answer , for it is always in the affirmative . There is perhaps no department of literature which , affords such varied instruction and eotertainment to different orders of
mind . Young and old , grave and gay , the learned and the simple , the scientific man , and the moralist , all have some high example before their eyes , some patron saint , through whom their homage is paid to a supreme object of pursuit . The young sailor who despises all other books delights in the Lives of the Admirals ; the embryo statesman pores over the Lives of the Chancellors , Everv paee in Plutarch is familiar to the best bovs in the
highest form ; while members of . the administration , and the orators of Parliament , are acquainted with the minutest circumstances in the lives of their jpredecessors and models . In one or two of our religious denominations , ( he lives of the pipus are almost the only books circulated besides the Bible ; and in the nursery , die child's absorbing interest in Robinson Crusoe is caused by the belief that it is true . And yet , in no department of literature > perhaps , is there so much imperfection ; in none so much error and deception . The causes of this imperfection are so obvious , and so many curious
discoveries have been made here and there , that a pretty general distrust of the fidelity of biographers now exists ; and few but children and the wilfully credulous now believe all that is told them of the great and good and wonderful people whom they long to resemble . This distrust , however unavoidable , has a very demoralizing effect ; and it is worth a serious inquiry whether there is any probability , or at least whether there is not a possibility , of its being removed .
The liability to deception of which we complain relates solely to the character of the person whose mind and whose deecls are €$ t forth , and therefore it is of more material consequence in some kinds of biography than , in others * .
' ? The Correspondence and Diary of Philip Doddridge , D . D . Edited from tlie original MSS . by J . D . Humphreys , Esq . 2 vote . Bvo . London , 1829 , Colburn and ftentfcv .
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DODDRrDCEfS CORRESPONDENCE AND DIARY . *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1830, page 15, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2580/page/15/