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ing hospitals for the « ick , in roaking . aud repairing , gratuitously , roads , fountains , and conduits . If , however , youv correspondent thinks that such displays of patriotism are of too humble and insignificant a kind , I believe courage aud ferocity iu the field of battle have never been denied to be characteristics of the Turkish soldier ; and , with regard to the late war , my impression is , that the
Russians met with a far more vigorous resistance than was expected ; aud if , iu the contest , which I tremble to anticipate , with the Poles , the same arms shall be successful , in this ca . se , as in that of Turkey , it will be allowed by impartial judges , that the victory is to be ascribed to the overwhelming numbers of the assailants , and not to their superior courage , any more than to the justice of their cause .
JAMES YATES . P . S . Jan . 17 th . Since writing the above remarks , I have read ' the Life of Mahomet " published by the Society for Diffusing Useful Knowledge , It would , I apprehend , be difficult to shew , that the philosophers and chieftains of Islamism have put forth many books containing so
much prejudice , ignorance , and bigotry , as this tract , which has within a few months appeared in London under the auspices of Lord Brougham , and a nu merous host of those who are usually reckoned among the great promoters of all that is enlightened and liberal in our country .
On the Publication of Unitarian Literature . To the Editor * Sir , The circulation of popular productions connected with any topic , invariably tends to bring its merits fairly before the public ; and by engaging the general attention in associated circumstances , to win a candid and even favourable
hearing to every matter touched ou in the relation . Never did any thing more promote Protestantism than the relations of Fox ' s Book of Maitiys . The saints of the Catholic Church have done more for her iu th «* ir deaths than in their lives . Their legends have been believed against
faith , because they interested the taste for the marvellous , pathetic , aud even for a certain class of the sublime . The Methodists have made good use of their low class of saints , the pictures aud biographies of their preachers having formed the leading article of their month-
ly magazines ; and as many of them harve been industrious , single-minded men , they sought houour , the reward of republicans , and the bare smoothed head of a magazine engraving was bay enough for Methodist preachers . On this , and much more experience , I would suggest to the Unitarian Tract Societies to publish a seues of Unitarian Biographies in shilling
numbers , giving an engraving as a frontispiece to each . I have before now seen a Methodist ' s parlour and bed-room hung round with engravings from the Methodist Magazine , and certainly the print led to inquiry ; I have no doubt also but inquiry led to emulation .
Seeing even the portraiture of the practiser of a theory , is giving more vividness to his teaching ; it is coming near the adage , that example is better than precept . I am sure the fine manly picture of Rammohun Roy has given additional interest to the inquiry as . to the state of Hindoo Uuitariauism . Who can look at the
mild yet speaking portrait of the late Mr . Broadbeut , and uot feel that he had lived enough to leave many who honoured his memory , and could almost say on looking at it , ** Though you departed early , yet would that my end should be like thiue" ? There are many amongst the Unitarian body whom it would be an advantage to point the young Unitarian ' s attention to . It should be
chiefly the religious aud moral history of those men which should be the subject of these memoirs ; but some men have so largely coloured the times ( hey have lived in , or have shewed up so strongly the characteristics of their times , that a certain proportion of collateral matter would inevitably and most justly steal upon their biography . I will
instance Priestley . Scarcely a Unitarian who would not give a shilling for an engraving of Priestley ; but add to that a popular sketch of what he suffered for civil and religious liberty , his discoveries iu science , his industry , his daring ; aud his life would be enough to make martyrs endure , writers and preachers become indefatigable , and to fire with religious zeal the most cold-hearted and
insensible . Theophilus Lindsey—what conscientious integrity ! Rammohun Roy , a convert under extraordinary difficulties ! 1 think that if notice were given of an alphabetical series of such biographies , including both ancient and modern , a volume of great interest and value might be put forth , say in monthly numbers , and sold firat to subscribers , and afterwards introduced into the Tract Societies * catalogues . Religious tui < jl moral
| 38 MisceLlarieou * Correspondence ;
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1831, page 130, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2594/page/58/