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size over mankind. The deism of to ies why, then, cut off their legs; and also is pitiful and ba e. As it sensible of its of eatin, the sacramental bread; well, ogliness, its face is always in a mask proceed, and pluck out their teeth, or Its approaches are insidious; it; voice is rather fo low the custom of David's hypocritical; it is the twin sice of su• time and break their jawbone. Thi is perstition ; a prostitute to priestcraft. strictly following up the no-reading pian, It is the father of the vile brood of i,nu. because reading has been abused or rance, prejudice, bigot y, delusion, and rather regaried in a wrong li hr. Compersecution. We have seen the monster mon sense is all the while forgotren, in various shapes and places, with a lits which says, if a man read the bible foul retinue at its heels. We have heard without study,“ let him sudy;" if he it hallooing and chee ing dogs in their read it we hout understanding it, “ let bloody onset on the noblest of ani- him read it till he does understand it;" mals, and men, as brutal as dogs, in if he mistake the end of scading, “let their attempts to acerate and maim, and him read on and he will row wiser." draw vital lood from, each other. We 3. That the Bible, if univer ally have heard it plead, as if l.fe depended read, would lead to nothing hort of on it, for the eternity of neg. o-stavery, UNIVERSAL SCUISM,” which is now with its beil, its whip, and its cortures. prevented only by ignorance, among the We have heard it blaspheming the nanie reader of the Bible, of its contents. A of peace, and shouting with diabo.ical good hint to bishops and priests. Let energy, war FOR EVER! meaning by them keep the people ignorant, or they thar tremendous yell, not merely ili may not be able to foresee, much less to blood, and write, hatred and contention, control the consequences. But is this but robbery and murder, the contiagra. writer serious ? does he really mean to tion of peacefui unsuspecting cities, and aff.ont the established re igion of this the massacre of unarmed nien, women country by representing that it is found. and children. And having seen and ed in inorance, and ignorance, mind, of card all this, ought we not to trace the tbe Bible; and that as soon as men be steps of the fiend, and admonish the come Bible-taught they cea e tu be good world to beware.

churchmen? does he honestly intend The passage given above from ob- the compliment to Methodists and Dis. beit is in his u ual manner. It discovers senters that they are such from reading a shrewd kpow.edge of human nature the Bible, and that their being such, is mixed with stupid prejudice ; prejudices the natural conseq.ence of such reading? which the growing power of reason if so, let the church ook to him; af not has, ere thi, e xploded even from the so, let him, when he next feels disposed lowest ranks of the army. It is a good to write about the Bible, look to himself,

it does not require a man to be lhe sight of Latin is as abominable to a pa son to be able to preach from it. him, as the sight of a poor man reading

The text says, 1. that the common his Bible, els: we might ay, ne rutor, people read the bible without uuder. &c. but in plain English“ very bán to standing, and without s wiying it. Frue his calling." Hece, such ignoran e, such error among 4. The Bible is undeniably a book of the vulga:, who conceive religion to bc MYSIERILS. So said Tbomas Paire, a mystery, and the Bible tu be pure.y the only with his usual honesty, he spoke Priests' book.

out, and made use of a word more cx2. That they superstitious'y imaginc pressive than that of “mysteries," the reading of ihe Bible to be meritori- namely" riddles." But this is not ous, a work of propitiation; in which“ undeniable;' it may be denied; it is Bespect the protestant poor are on the here denied. Mysteries the Bible taiks manie degraded level with Roman l'a- about, but it reveals them, or makes tholic. Another truth and a lamentable them clear; they are secrets which the onc ! the evil wants to be remedied; Bible tell. The Bible is a book of how shall this be done? Take away their hi tory, with inferences from that has. Bibles, or which is the same thing tory called doctrines, or, conimandıncats. give them not the power of using them, a child may understand it; but the says Cobbett; ban let him not stop here, child must have cycs, and not be like The common people make an equal some men, who pretend to see a long ecrit of walking to church on a Sunday; way, and who are the same time,

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wilfully, and it is to be feared, incurably would not lead them to place their hapblind. Mysteries, truly an objection piness, where he places it, in merely onito the Bible! why, it denounces some mal pleasures It would not allow them mysteries of iniquity, and even them it to curse inen, without knowing them, explains. For instance, it foretels that in to extol them as soon as known, and then ibe last duys PERILOUS TIMES shall come. to curse them again when out of sight. The Weekly Register says, and seems to It would not lead them to delight in rejoice, that they are come. But the brawling and quarrelling, cudgel-playing Biblc shews what will bring on and and bruising, cock-fighting, and bull-baita constitute and aggravate, the peril of ing. It would not domesticate them at the times: and its description must be the alehouse, and make them strangers perpetually present to the inind of every at their own fire-sides. It would not constant reader of Cobbett's Political carry them away from their work, over Journal; such an agreement is there be- miles of country, to see the horrid spectatween the Bible and him! For men, says cle (acted so often at Batley and the this mystery-explaining book, shall be neighbourhood for the amu ement and BOASTERS, PROUD, WITHOUT NATURAL instruction, it is supposed, of the author's ATTECTION, TRUCE-BREAKERS, FALSE children) of men in health and vigour ACCUSERS,FIERCE,DESPISERS OF THOSE beating each other over the head with THAT ARE GOOD, TRAITORS, HEADY, clubs, the blood spouting out, fragments

of flesh fying in every direction, and s. “The Bible is a book for learned out of a dozen persons all except bistorians and profound thinkers to read. one, the conqueror, having their heads No doubt it is, for it knows no distinc. actually broken! Thus the Bible would tion of learning and the contrary, great not prorir the poor ; it would not talents and moderate ones. It puts all inake them savages or brutes : and if men on the same level. But thou igno- these practices be manly, it would rant, thou impudent contemner of the in effeci unman them. It would make Scriptures, who would'st insinuate, that them meck and quiet, and tendergreat learning and profound thinking are hearted. It would make them connecessary to the right understanding of stant, kind husbands; affectionate, the Bible, to the right understanding of attentive, fathers. It would impel the Proverbs of Solomon, the Psalms of them to regular industry, and make the Da id, our blessed Lord's Sermon on yoke of labour light. It would inspire the mount, his Prayer, or the parable of them with contentment, by shewing the Prodigal Son. This writer has no that all things are wisely arranged by doubt confounded the common priyer the fatherly hand of the Almighty, that book with the Bible, and becn rumina- nothing is in itself evil, and that in the ting in his "profound” reveries upon the end all pains and privations will be made thirty-nine Articles and the forged creed up to the patient and virtuous. It would ealled after Athanasius. Learned historians. make every interval from labour valuIt this be not, as we suspect, that sort of able, by filling it up with pleasing and vulgar language concerning intellectual useful cmployment. It would conse. superiority which has no definite idea crate the niorning and sweeten the reattached to it; if it be not sound with- pose of night. It would lighten afflic. out sense, it amounts to this, that before tion, it would abolish the terrors of the a man reads history, he niuit be a com- grave. But what of this to the author plete historian, using the word in the au• of the P. B, if the man be a coward, thor's low-lived sense, of one versed in if he dare not fight, or will not swear history and not in the ordinary and truc and curse! In the present times, the sense of historiographer, a writer of his- poor, who are the property of the countory: Profound thinkers 'These only are try, are valuable only as they are ready to read Sir Isaac Newton's Principles, to be turned into soldiers, and the whole Kant's Transcendentals, and the Bible, of a soldier's business is, always and And the Bible must be thought of before every where, to hate whomsoever he is it is known; first understood and then told to hate, and to wound and tear and learned.

kill and slay, whomsoever he is told to 6. The perusal of such a book as the destroy! B ble, would not prefit the poor : certain- 7. The Priest is the proper expounder ly not in the author's sense of profit. It of the Bible, and the Church is the on

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ly place where religion ought to be stand the drift of this writer, that we learned. Venerable principle! as old as may not be taken unawares popery! and happily admitted implicitly cret insinuations serve to explain, as they in Old England before Whiggism had are doubtless explained by, his avowed debauched the public mind! For this, doctrines. Some of the French pbilosoCobbert, the clergy will pardon many, pbers, we remember, inculcated the if not all, of thy late sins: this, with most-lavish ecclesiastical principles, thy revilings of the republicans of the till the opportunity arose of exploding other world, with thy bawlings for the all religious principles as dastardly sovereignty of the seas, with thy cry- super-titions ! ings out for the demolition of Copen- 8. And lastly, (for the text though hagen, and thy loud protestings against not exhausted, is too disgusting to be Peace, at any time and under any mi. dwele on longer than is necessary,) nister ; these things will go nigh to A capacity of reading would not make making thee a favourite with them; the poor more attentive or docile at and wouldst thou coase thy eulogiums public worship. Not a capucity of eadoh Sir Francis, thy menaces about the ing it is true; but this writer knoros Funds, and thy insinuacions about a that that is not what is concended for, ebange, a great change, a radical change, but a babit of reading., A cudgel-playthou mightest regain thy perihelion or cr, a brawler, an ale house frequenter, glory, and be as in former days, the may have the capacity of reading, aye, days of shy now-forgotten favourite, of readin; the bible; but what avails thy once-darling hero Pitt, be praised it if he never improve; it? Who ever and handed from glass to glass, quoted talked of the beneficia: eff cts of a mere and toasted at visitation dinners, and capacity of working ? while every one episcopal and archiepiscopal feasts! The knows and asserts the benefits of industry. PEOPLE, then, the unhappy, people, A capacity of reading is likely to b.gét are not to think, not to talk about re- the babit; and will any man be hardy ligion. They must read the bible enough to maintain, that he who is somés through churchmens' glasses. No mat- what acquainted with written ianguage, ter what the knowledge, what the cha- will not listen with greater attention, racter of any one of the 10,000 parish because with more understanding, to a priests in England and Wales, the sen- public discourse, than one who has tence of every one of them is oracu. never contemplated the structure of a lar, the word of every one of them is single sentence; or that he who has al. law; and the good people of this coun- ready learned a little, will not be a bettry are to believe precisely what they ter scholar than he who has learned say, and to punctually obey all that they nothing? Why is a man, who is of a command." This is the doctrine of the literary turn, more teachable and more champion of liberty, of the spokesman ready to learn than a peasant, or a of the patriots of Westminster. It is common soldie. ? Why, but because fitting that such a writer should vilify he knows more? For knowledge, winch Mr. Fox. It was natural that such a consists in the opening of the cyes, and of cherisher of the dying verinin of monks the ears, and of all the ense;, naturally and friars should have detested and tends to open them stil: wider; and calumniated DR. PRIESTLEY. He is reading is the great source of knowthe right man for a N. Popery minis. ledge. tery ; a properly qualiked agent to This political Journalist is a curious bring forward another Sacheverel, ano- instance of a person reading on purpose ther Tory, Oxford Doctor, who shall to find arguments for the inutility of make our pulpits resound with passive reading; and truly, if reading led all obedience and non-resistance. But, men into his way of thinking, that perhaps, after all, this is intended as statesman would deserve a statue to be irony; and along with hints about erected to his memory, who should colCburib Lands may be designed to pave lect all the books that were ever wricthe way for a proposal to the political ten, all the paper that was ever manuagitators of the day, to vote Priests factured, and all the printing-pro-ses useless, and Bishops a nuisance. Such that were ever constructed, and make a vote would not frighten us. Our on- one joyful bonfire of them all. Around ly concern is to know how to undere such a bonfire the familiars of the la

quisition, and the enemies of Mr. Whit- James Fox, than whom he is more foze bread's bill would clasp hands and dance, tunate, in this, that he is placed in a situand sing the death-song of Knowledge. alion where he can carry his excellent With the ashes of this funeral pile, che principles into effect. ingenious WINDUAM might form the The Ministers and Messen ers of the image of Ignorance, and the zeelous Baptist Churches of Norh Ca olina COBBETT would deserve to be anointed, having, at their late. Association, prewith the juice that poisoned Socrates, sented a congratulatory addres to Mr. Higb-Priest to the Goddess.

Jeffer op, the President returned the Rideunt Saturnia regna: following an: wer :Jam nova progenies cælo demittitur alio."

It'u bington. June 24 1807. • Mere drinking, eating; eating, drink- “ SIR-I have duly received the ing;

address signed by your elf on behalf of With no impertinence of thinking." the minister i and me engers of the se

G. veral Baptist Churche of the North David RICHARDS, a young man, Carolina Chowan Assoc ation, held at who was a inember of the General Bap- Sa em, and I proffer my thanks for the tist congregation under the care of the favourabl sentiment which it expresses Rev. Benjamin Philips of St Clear, has towards myself per onally. The happilately accepted an invitation from two ness which ou cour try enjoys in the Unitarian Baptist congregations, one in pursuits of peace and industry ought to the town the other in the neighbour. endear that country to all its citizens, hood of Cardigan. to settle with tiem and to kind e that hea ts with gratitude as their stated maister. in cor sequence to the Being uuder whose Providence of this, there was a meeting of minise these blessings are held We owe tv biz ter: held there on the 5th of November. especially, thanks for ibe right we enjoy to The service was begun by Mr. Evan wersbip bim, every one in bis wa way, Evans, with reading and prayer; after and that we have been singled ut, ta prose which Mr. William Thomas preached by experience, the innocerse of freedom in from 2 Tim. iv. S; Mr. James David religious opini ses and exercises, tbe power of from 2 Cor, xiv I. and Mr. Benjamin reason to mintain itself against error, and Philips from from 1 Thess. v. 15, who the comfort of living wnder laws x bicb asalso concluded the meeting: This is sure us that, in these things, there is none the fir t Unitarian Baptist minister who, ubo sbe'l make us fraid.' as such, has been called to the pa toral "I an pe wiarly gratified by the concharge of a congregation in the prin i fidence you express that no attempt will pality. We understand that Mr. Philips ever be made by me to violate the trust has another young man of promising reposęd in me by my fellow-citizens, or abilities in his society, for whom he is to endancr their happiness. In this desirous of procuring some advant:q's confidence you shall never be disapof education for the ministry in the pointed. My heart never felt a wish Baptist connexion.

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