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church where I was born, a large volume of Fox's Book of · Martyrs “ publicly offered to the general perusal of the people.” The parsons (thinking no doubt, all men thieves but themselves) had it fastened by a strong chain to one of the pillars; but the little boys re-martyred the martyrs; for, before I came to London, they had run away with the greater part of the pretty pictures !
Once more, Sir," It is one great wish of the present society to supply this defect : the volume, therefore, will be put to press, as soon as a sufficient number of names are received." Shocking! What! wait for names in a business so important? Solicit subscribers to place a book in a church, while the people are even “consulting their Almanacks, for the return of a red letter-day." “ What pity 'tis, yet pity 'tis 'tis true!” Don't let the “ people perish fur lack of knowledge;" you have
yet the means in your power; I will suggest it. I want no reward, not even the honour of being a member of the Prayer Book and Homily Society. Gather up, then, all the surplices and gowns belonging the church-carry them to the pawnbrokers, and pledge them for money to provide Homilies. . 66 Oh!" says Mr. Two to One, they won't suit me--they are rotten, and only fit for tinder! Then take Two to One's advice, make tinder of them, and carry him the communion plate, " Oh! sacrilege!" no, no, this is no sacrilege; it is the keeping plate in the church that encourages sacrilege, and offers temptations to thieves. “Oh! blasphemy! The plate is necessary for the administration of the holy sacrament.” I deny it!
« The population of the empire (say they) is very rapidly becoming a reading population; and, if they are not amply supplied with wholesome truth, too many are lying on the watch to poison them with pernicious errors.” Now comes my speech.-" The population of the empire (generally speaking) will never become readers of the Homilies ; and if they are “ amply supplied with wholesome truth,” all'the efforts of the Prayer Book and Homily Society will never “ poison them with pernicious errors.”
Boucer, in his epistle from Strasburgh-Bishop Horsley, in his address to his clergy--and the Right Reverend Father in God my Lord Bishop of Lincoln-have all spoken in favour of the Homilies; and therefore, the expediency, and even the necessity of again bringing these compositions into general notice are unquestionable!” Was Boucer, with all“ Strasburgh in his belly," to tell me that three is all the same as one, and that one is undoubtedly three, I should laugh at him. Bishop Horsley to tell me that“ unless I held the holy Cathalic faith, I should perish," I would answer " then perish I
must, for I do not believe it;" and should the Bishop of Ling coln walk into my study with the Pope standing on one leg on the top of his perriwig,
and say we have power to pronounce unto you absolution and remission,” I would, sans ceremonie, give them the lie!
Your's, &c. Russel Court, Sept. 1812.
P.S. I intend in your next (with your permission) to offer some remarks on the extensive usefulness of a Tract Society on Freethinking Principles. wwwronger wannoworonowotworama Nonwororerorosonorowotne srun
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THE SOLDIER'S PARADE.
drawn up into lines and sqnares! What sensations and thoughts do they not produce in me, a humble thinking spectator--how many moments, hoursnay years of anxious concern, have they not cost their parents, under the blessing of Divine Providence, to bring them up to manhood ! And for what? to be thus arrayed to destroy their fellow creatures ; nay even their own fellow citi zens! Is this perfect model, made after the image of God, created for no other purpose than to desolate the globe, and make it a prey for wild beasts? Is this the fruit of a boasted religion? Does it in any point follow the precepts Jaid down by Christ? Can any system of morals defend such principles--thus to array the beautifullest part of God's creation in all manner of dresses, and to foster prejudices to destroy each other, plunder villages, destroy cities, make widows and orphans? Is there any example for this in nature? Is this the pride and boast of reason? Was this image of God created for no other purpose, than to invent means and methods to destroy himself, and render himself and his fellow creatures miserable and unhappy in this world? Do we see, throughous all the system of nature, any animal abuse his power and superior wisdom equal to mortal man ?-Alpha.
We are told that war is the just judgment of God for our sins. Oh, Heavens ! what blasphemy! What idea can we hayé of God's justice and mercy by thiş assertion? Who makes war? Not the peaceful labourer, the industrious mechanic, the innocent ploughboy, or thoughtless youth under twenty years of age. But are not these folks plunged into its evil consequences, and lasting miseries, and their blood spilt in the cause, be it ever so just or wrong. Pray can the sins of the young artless ploughboy, of eighteen years, be any ways equal to the crafty, artful statesman of fifty years, the ambitious sycophants of a vile monarch ? If God had any thing to do with wars-if he interfered with man's business, would not his justness be poured forth on the guilty. Alas! thoughtless mortal, consider well first whom you blame; “perceive the moat in thine own eye;" and remember there is a day of retribution for wars, when the secrets of all causes and hearts will be open to the view of this beneficent Being, who endowed man with free will; but at the same time gave him reason and conscience to discover good from evil.' Pray, who employs the de ceitful recruiting serjeants ? the merciless press warrants? who opens every avenue to distress, poverty, plunder, wretchedness, rapine, woes, and curses? Do the poor curse God for wars ? No ; but they always curse the pride of their evil, vicious, governors, who roll in luxuries on their children's blood.-Alpha,
SHOULD you be induced to insert the following lines in your Magazine,
it may perhaps be proper to inform your readers, that they were originally suggested by a perusal of M. Pavillon’s “ Advice to a young Female on her Entrance into the World;" the latter part of them (after the line “ Never with undue warmth,” &c.) being little more than a free translation of certain of the stanzas of that poem.
Addressed to a youthful Friend.
BEFORE your youthful eyes, my friend, appears
make the awful choice.
In Pleasure's whirlpools, or in Passion's fires,
discourse be open, mild, and clear,
REMARKS ON THE INVESTIGATION OF TRUTH.
To the Editor of the Freethinking Christians' Magazine. TYCHO BRAJI E, the Danish philosopher, by a train of well
conducted observations, discovered the true system of the world. The sun he placed in the centre; and the planets, accompanied by their moons, he sent round this common cen. tre, all in rapid motion. This arrangement we know to be just. Our philosopher knew it too : and, but for an amiable weak, ness, would not have rejected a conclusion, founded on principles so clear and satisfactory. He perceived however, or thought he perceived, that his inquiries conducted him to results, incompatible with the decisions of Scripture ; and with the best intentions imaginable, though in direct opposition to the evidence of his senses, he again brought back the earth to the centre, and bid the luminary of day, amidst a croud of planets, moons, and comets, wheel round, with desperate vem, locity, once in every twenty-four hours.
Father Scheiner, one of Galileo's contemporaries, had discovered the spots in the sun : he imagined that he was the only person who had remarked this curious phenomenon; and lost no time in making the communication to the provincial of his order. “Do not expose yourself (answered the provincial), by propagating such absurdities ; I have looked over my Aristotle several times, and he says nothing about spots in the sun.”
Mr. Malthus, a writer of deserved celebrity, expresses infinite concern, in his work on population, lest any of his conclusions should be thought, in any measure, to detract from the moral goodness of the Deity. He proves, in a manner which admits of no reply, that the mu tiplication of our species is such, that, checks and controls being removed, no cultivation of the ground can yield an adequate supply of food; and that millions of the human race are, on this account, constantly perishing either directly or circuitously. The conclusion appears to shock even the writer bimself; and he takes the trouble to suggest a variety of expedients, which, if attended to, would, he thinks, correct or diminish the evil. The two Belshamıs, gentlemen well known in the republic of