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I beg leave farther to ask Mr. G. one or two cpiestrotw wirrr- a particular reference to this subject, fc it not within hisknowleifge-, that some of the Calvinijlic Dissenters have recently learnt, from sorpnetlions in Frame, that their opinions are gaining ground fall in the trench army? and is it not within his knowledge that manv of the tune tfeliription earnestly hope that a republic will eventually be ejlailijked in connection with the lama religious principles in this kingdom?

P. S. I found my claim to the ground I have taken the liberty to occupy at the outlet of my letter on G.'s own words. <; It may however be urged that several amongst the orthodox Dissenters hnve been active a,nd strenuous in political concerns I am lorry that it true in some instances, but I maintain tht\< are very Jew compared with the body of the orthodox Dissenters:" and upon his remark* relative to Mr. Boucher's Discourses. The instances I have-adduced arc not selected from the young, and inexperienced; the mini iler cannot be much less than eighty years of age, and his hearer, i should apprehend, certainly not Icls—" than threescore winters worn." W. A.

To the Editor.


THERE appeared, fame time since, jn that Ingenrous vehicle of infidelity, called the Monthly Magazine, a paper whicR roundly denied that the Scriptures of the Old Testament discovered any trace of a persona) plurality in-"the Godhead-. I sent to the publisher a- detwnustrat'ioii of the faWvhoo<s of that affi-rtion; but my pains might have been spared1. The only notice taken of the refutation, was a hint upon the cover of the next number, that the Monthly Magazine was not designed to brVome avehicle-of theological controversy. You will probabliv agree, that the inference to be drawn from these premises is, that any thing derogatory to Christianity was acceptable, but that arguments in defence of it •vere inadmissible to that Magazine.

- ~ It gives me much pleasure that I am able to contrast with the -above, the conduct you have pursued, relative to the censures that have bce» passed, ir» your publication, on the exertions of Dissenters in village preaching, fly your impartial admission of arguments do .each tide oi the question, I hope your readers will be enabled to possess themselves of the ground fipon which it really stands." I desire nothingmore than that they slionld know the trutlv and act accordingly, i hare delayed replying to-the papers inserted in your miscellaneous department for February, partly because I thought almost every thing advanced ir» them had been precludr-d by my former letters; and partly because;-J expected to have {txti'r in your last number, something additional that* might have demanded my attention. Being disappointed in this respect, s trouble you again- at present,, under the apprehension that a longer delay would be liable to misinterpretation,

1 decline

I decline entering tlve lists -with such an antagonist as the Writer" «f that virulent letter (p. 214,) ot" your second volume. He ha* saved me the trouble and degradation of such a contest, by exposing, the weakness of his cause in a manner that is accessible to the. comprehension, I" imagine, of all' your readers, in order to stig-. matize. Protestant Dissenters with disaffection to the Britilh government, he is under the neceility of listing into their uumber,.indi-. viduals who have published iheir contempt of all wealed religions and of all social worship. I am only sorry, that he should have •been tlie occasion of introducing into the index of your former volume, so striking an inconsistency as the follwiug; "Godwin, a Dissenting Minister, r. b'32." ■ Godwin dedans no person in tit. right siloes will frequent places of public worship, r. "What I

said to you, Sir, in my sirst letter, which I did not U>en expect t» fee in |*ritK, J now beg kave to say t<» all your readers; Pboif.s


Worship. It is only by their attendance on public worship -that the law recognizes them as Dissenters; and it.tulerates them only upon their'professing themselves to be Christians aa'd Protestants, and that they .believe the Scriptures of the Old and Now Testament, as corn? monly j<eceived among Protestant churches, to contain the revealed, will of 'God, and that.they receive the £-une as the rule of their doctrine and prailice. Stat. IQ Geo. IIL, cap. 44. If there be persons who once were Dissenters, but who Iuyiv are infidels, to them the Dissenters may, with the strictest propriety, apply the language o£, the Apostle,. " They went not from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of «k, .tkey. would, no doubt, have continued with us: but they-went oitt, that they might be made manifests that they were not all of us.'*.. 1 J<ohn ii. It). 'I

Your'correspondent'Xu writes in a manner much more becoming a gentleman aud a Christian than the former; but I think, that, if he turns back to roy rust letter, he wdU find, that it docs not coiirjtain the principal positions ^vhich he controverts. 1 neverassertedr that the religious meetings in villages were held "for thepiirposc of attaching people to• GofenlraenL." p.. 217- 1 firmly believe that they hav« a tendency to render the populace peaceable and useful subjects., 'upder any form of civil government; but the purport of tny letter was to maintain that these meetings were held purely for religious purposes, and were .by no means designed, or adapted, to propagate sedition. Respecting iaateroellion for the parochial clergy, I did iwt assert it to be made geuerally, or throughout the kingdom, at the village meetings 5 not that I knew it to be otherwise,, but because I had not sufficient information to serve for the ground for such an aflertioui-J ipoke expressly,os the religious meetings in my own neighbourhood, ihat is, in Buckinghamfliire and Bedfordshire; at several of which I h«re been a personal wjtnessof the fact; aud at many others, I know, lirom ample testimony, that the fame intercession is usually made. Your correspondent has also inserted the, word only (p. z 15) in making a quotation, where Iliad not used it; but I imagine this to haw;been inadvertently, and it rather obscures, fe.. ..'--. G 3 s than than changes, the m*anlng of the sentence. I still affirm, that, so far a|i my knowledge extends, it 'wtb'itfly in villages where no clergyman resides, and in ha/nlets, which have no parochial place of worship, that the Dissenters have lately begun to preach; and that they avoid places which are blessed with pious and a^alons clergymen. By the latter, I do not mean those gftit'emen, however respectable otherwise, who generally omit, in their public ministrations, the important doctrines of the atonement of Christ, and the renovating *ork of the Holy Ghost, But I knote not a tingle instance of Dissenters recently intruding themselves into a parish, were these truths, which they judge to be essential to the salvation of sinners, art clearly and usually inforced in the church. 1 could product striking facts of a conduct directly the re\ers<», if there were room, Or occasion, for alledging them.

The cafe of the Reverend J. Martin h cited by-X, in fuppport of the political censures passed upon Dissenters; but I think it is not in point. I highjy esteem Mr. M. but his declaration at Broad Street wrt surely ill-judged. When he to his hearers, that he believed some of them Would join the'French, if they landed; he reduced them to the dilemma, of either acquiescing silently in the charge, or publicly resenting it. They adopted the latter; and ail that it proves is, that they were unwilling to be thought difatffe.'ied to the government under which they live.

If your correspondent B. M. apprehend*, that I desired the truth of his statement, as to the number of places latt-ly registered, and the poverty of the attendants, he mistakes my design. All that I meant to oppose, ts the conclusion, that be drew from these facts, compared With the former proceedings of the Jacobites, who were the most violent enemies of Protestant Dissenters at the commencement ef this century. This analog)-, corroborated only by a preconceived ©pinion of Dissenters which 1 think erroneous, seems to me scarcely admissible; even as presumptive evidence. My judgement of the design's ittA conduct of Protestant Dissenters ih the Jiocefe of Salisbury, is formed upon my personal knowledge of several Ministers who reside therei and especially upon the printed testimony of my excellent friend Mr. Kitigsbury, of "Southampton, whose integrity and-loyalty I 'believe to he unimpeachable, and who cannot be ignorant of what is done by his neighbouring brethren. As to the declarations in the concluding parltgraph of my sirst letter, I beg the favour of B. M. to disprove the truth of my we of them. 1 am ready to name a iwtdrid places, where the coffduct is invariably pursued.

Permit me, in closing, to express my hearty acquiescence in th* sentiment, expressed in your first number, that the departme-nty in which you review the reviewers, is the most useful, and''most necef* fary part of yoar plan. The excellent remarks ot Meteilus, by which t was introduced* might justly ha^ precluded those cen* sures of Protestant Dissenters, which have arisen from claUimj among them professed unbelievers of ScflpmiT. Recommend* rng the auetittuu of all your readers, to the observations *f >>. 1os on a passage in the Monthly Review, in Pp. 317, and 439, of your first volume; and hoping that none of your learned cor* respondents will be regardless of the Latin adages prefixed to that branch of your work, in t. 53

I am. Sir, your well-wisher,


Oh a late Charge of Jacobinical Principles against ^ College, Cambridge.



EVERY species of misdemeanour owes the complexion of its guih fe much to the circumstances which attend it, that we may fairly fay, a charge of Jacobinical principles against one of our most distinguished colleges, as a time like the present, is a charge of no mean account. Such are the sentiments "which a late report of a certain secret committee has awakened in every mind, that the idea of a seminary of education, which has always been looked upon as one of the very'first in this country, having been for several years past in the habirs of setting the most pernicious examples to our rising generation, at an age in which she impressions they receive arc-of the deepest consequence, must have filled every well-thinking person with a degree -of horror. At the same time that a society, which successive genera. "iions have been taught to consider with the highest gratitude and admiration, n'hich has afforfk-d its fostering protection to some of the greatest ornameKts -of -ot»r history, as well as of our own dayi and lastly, which is rich, almost beyond example, in the endowments 10s royal munificence, should, at a time when every exertion, is requisite for the support of good order in civil society, be found capable .of such an -example, bears certainly upon the face of it a very paradoxical appearance.

Il is, at any rate, an incontestable fact, that, in a volume rarely offered for publication, and which is evidently the production of no 'contemptible scribbler, such a charge has been most vehemently urj>ed in a long ^nd very eloquent note. "The tidings of an attempt like this, of course, speedily reached the Society; who, encouraged, as it is said, by the words of Lord Kcnyon, even truth may be a libel, •threatened a prosecution, and thus stopped the sale of the book till the offensive passage was cancelled. How far they acted with propriety upon this occasion, it is not my present intention to enquire; suffice it for me, as'A Friinb To Tjiuth, and a lover of my King, my country, and its constitution, to fay that I was one of the fortunate few who obtained a copy of the book in its original form, and that, from -the moll disinterested love to society, I am determined, by your permission, to examine into the validity .of the charge; and to endeavour to shew whether the College in question, may still We tntrustctf with the care of our sons, or Whether, as we have been

G 4 taught taught by this writer to suppose, we are to consider it as a detefiahle Jacobinical College, <it)here the r'J'ng generation see the moji pernicious examples, in the adoption and conduit oj those <very persons nvhom they are taught to respect and imitateexamples nohscb miiy snake (fie age to come even more rueful of the consequences than that ill tv/jffh <we live.

After a few remarks on the conduct of the Society to a particular

gentleman, we are told, "Alas! vain is the search for equity amid

the party,intrigues of those spruce, antiquated democrats, witli which this Society is so well stocked. Long had their spirit lain dormant, from (he want of a proper opportunity to display ilsell; 'till at last, fortunately, a pamphlet was published in Cambridge, which called loudly for a prosecution of the Author, by the betterdisposed member* of the University. Upon the occasion os this trial ■—we relate the circumstance with a degree of horror—two most conspicuous men in the Society, totally unmindful of the reputation ot that very institution which raised and feeds them, had the audacity to sit, in the eyes of the whole University and of the world, on the fame feat with the defendant, as abettors of his cause; and to prompt him with every contemptible equivoque and quibble, which would occur to their distorted fancies, in extenuation of the most glaiitig Slid shameful expressions. And, what is even more remarkable—in a Society consisting of sixty fellows and a master, three only could lie found who would join in the prosecution; when the rest of the University, hardly larger in collection than this Society of itself, produced Twenty-four! No sooner was such a declaration of principles thus publicly made, than the junior Sheridan and Erskine, thepatriot son of Earl Derby with his adherent Hornbys, and a copious list of like-affected Irish, stocked to this standard of instruction. The examples they saw they followed with complacency, the very air they breathed was a grateful democratic medium, the very temple in which they knelt was frequently prophaned with noisy Jacobinical harangues, the grateful effervescence of youthful warmth and youthful fancy; and thus 11 nest of Jacobins was built in the noblest foundation of one of our princely Universities, where, in fatal parental affection, arc cherilhed the infant brood.''

In his expression, fprucet antiquated democrats, the writer is evidently a copyist of the celebrated author of the Pursuits Of Literature, who, in a note in one of his late editions, applied these very words to the members of the fame Society,

Respecting the conduct of the two persons alluded toon the occasion of Mr. Trend's trial, I confess it has always appeared to me to be open to considerable censure. It is true, these gentlemen had been for many years in habits of intimacy with Mr, Frend, and therefore-, we arc told, it was an amiable weakness, if a weakness at all, to endeavour to serve him in a season of need. But let me ask, was not the friendship which they owed to this College, infinitely superior tq that which any individual could claim from them—and ought not ever/ sentiment toward such an individuals however warm, to have

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