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under the Almighty protection of the AIL Wise , the All Good , the Only God ! our light shall shine more and more , even unto the perfect day !
Sir , ; —I was not a little surprised on reading the remarks which your eor- > respondent , A ., has made on the Christian Tract Society , in the last number of your Chronicle ; nor can I refrain from expressing my regret that you should haveadmitted into your
columns an anonymous attack * on a respectable society , which has done , and is still doing , much good . Who ^ eyer your correspondent be , I will tell him . plainly , that his boasted boldness ( ' I will boldly say better and cheaper ') is not worth a rush , choosing , a& he does , to conceal himself under the mask of a fictitious
signature ; The guise-which he has assumed might obviate the necessity of answering him , even if the flimsiness of his arguments were less conspicuous than it is ; yet , as there are one or two of his statements , which may convey a wrong impression to the public , I shall beg leave to notice them . He asks whether it 5 s worth while
to have a large subscription list , amounting to upwards of 86 / . / together with a machinery of reports ^ secretaries , and annual meetings , for the sake of guaranteeing ' that the tracts shall contain nothing orthodox V Now , I contend that , in two
views , this is not a fair stateinent of the question ; for , if it be one object of ^ he . sp . c ; i « eiJ ; yjp _ pjCQL 4 ucesse ^ f ^ ctS jjn which there shall be nothing orthodox , it is equally its object to produce such as shall contain nothing heterodox ; it endeavours , in short , to preserve them free from any sectarian bias
* The writer-is not anonymous to us ; and is o . perKpn well entitled , if so disposed , to admonish Mi \ Wood , or to criticise the con-& \\ c . t of any of our iustiluUunjj , —Kp .
whatever- ^ -taiiiake them so perfectly * Catholic in their matter , and in their spirit , that they may stand a fair chance of securing the approbation , not only of Unitarians , but of every other partyynot absolutely and immovably bigoted , in the Christian world . That this should be done ,
will be allowed to be very desirable .. j in whatever degree it is actually done , so far is a good point gained . To accomplish so valuable an object * it is worth while to make some sa- * crifice ; but that it costs the whole
money subscribed , cannot with any truth be asserted , since every subscriber is at liberty to c \ aim tracts to the amount of his subscription , and the fact is , that about two-thirds of the whole number generally dp claim their ^ ailbtmTents ; s ^ that not
above 30 / . a year of the regular subscription may be considered as going towards the disbursements of the Society . That , even with this-assistance ,. thte Society should not * be able to bring
out its tracts quite so cheap as some others , which are published without any such adventitious aid to support them , is its misfortune , not its fault , Houistons may easily publish their works at a low price , because they are sure of an immense circulation
we , on the other hand , have no siich certainty ; we must be content with a comparatively moderate sale ; and that ^ -part-- ~ of-the--p . u . bJicr ., v ^ tebitMl i ^ it worth while to accept our guarantee , ( I do not say against orthodoxy , but against sectarianism , ) must be content to pay for . it . If the ma * jprity of the religious public are de * terrnined not to be liberal , the mino *
rity must give something for the opportuflity of gratiryiHg tBelF taste in their own way ; and ill does it become ? iny man to tauflj ; a society with the comparatively limited circulation of its tracts , when he knpws perfectly well , and in fact acknowledges , that one main cause of that limitation is the . prevalence of pbstit nate , and deeprpoted prejudice ,
4 UNITARIAN CHRONICLE ,
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 1, 1833, page 4, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2605/page/4/