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text intimates that this is the secret ope * ration going on in the breast . ' If thou sayeet , Behold ; we knew it not ;* if thou calmest the scruples of conscience by whispering to thy heart , or saying to others , * I was not aware of the circumstances ; I knew not the aggravation of
the case ; I did not think I could do any material service ; I did not judge it was my duty to intermeddle ; I waited for further information ; I could not see my way ; I was as well-disposed as possible towards the cause , but I knew not how to act . '
" By such arts of self-delusion has man , ever since the fall of our first parents , hidden truth from himself : the process especially goes on in cases where the inclinations and fears are on one side , and the duly on the other ; where the difficulties , apparent or real , are near at hand ,
and the duty affects persons or a race of men at a great distance ; where numbers in authority , princes , legislators , are unwilling to be disturbed ; and where lapse of time and copiousness of debate have chilled the sympathies and irritated the passions of disputants .
* ' The minister of religion , then , must come forward at such a crisis ; he must rend aside the veil ; he must lay open the human heart ; he must drag into the blaze of day the hidden sophisms of the ill-informed and torpid conscience ; he must shew , that if the plea of ignorance
might have been plausibly urged before the case had been fully developed , it cannot be fairly urged now ; that if it be still pleaded , the plea is our accusation ; that , at all events , it shall no longer be in the power of those who will listen to his statements , to allege it another instant . "
We cannot conclude the above extracts without earnestly recommending the cause they advocate to the exertions of the ministers of religion of every sect and denomination . Much is in their power , and they cannot consecrate their time aud their talents more usefully or more nobly . It is a great duty imposed upon them by the office they bear to come forward in society in every
important question involving the moral interests of their fellow-creatures , and to take a decided and active part in it ; and surely there can be none that can carry with it a deeper responsibility , or call for interference from the humane and enlightened portion of our community more strongly and authoritatively , than that which we now present to their notice .
Art . IX . — The Advantages of Cooperation in the Pursuit of Knowledge , and the Benefits resulting therefrom to Individuals and to Society ; together with some Hints to the Uninstructed as to the Course of Reading they may advantageously pursue . An Introductory Lecture delivered before the Bridport Association for Mutual Instruction . ByR . Cree . Hunter . 1831 .
This treatise contains , as our readers will perceive by its title , a series of mighty subjects . They can , of course , be only touched on in a tract of 40 pages ; but as the mere survey must be expansive to the minds of those who seek
information , we hail this as we hail all works whose design is to illustrate the advantages and pleasures of knowledge . It suggests , however , the hint that in treating subjects which are in themselves eloquence , an unaffected style is the most appropriate .
346 Critical Notices . —Mist ^ Jhaneous .
Art . X . —An Abridgment of Zumpfs Latin Grammar , for the Use of Schools . By Rev . J . Kenrick M . A . London . 1830 . Why have linguists and metaphysiciana so long frowned at each other as natural foqs ? The lord * of literature at Oxford have insisted on it that the
GENERAL LITERATURE . Art . VIII . —Biographical Memoirs of the Rev . J ' . S . BucTiminster , S . C Thacher , and «/ . E . Abbott , deceased American Unitarian Ministers . Reprinted for John Mar don . London . 1831 . The nielancholy inspired by the contemplation of the similar fate of these exemplary young men , is relieved by the convictions which their three histories
confirm , that they were as happy in their lives and deaths as they were useful to society . By the combination of their JVienioirs we are furnished with a proof of the efficacy of the principles through which , diversified as were their characters , they shared a common peace , and
departed in a common hope . The lives of Buckminster and Thacher have long been circulated among us . If they were found valuable and interesting in their former shape , they must be yet more so when brought into combination with the Memoir which is now appended to them .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 2, 1831, page 346, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2597/page/58/