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commit whatever enormities they pleased, not examined history for myself; for in defence of what they considered, or being of a curious and speculative turn; were told by their priests was the truth, is I have made myself acquainted with most it not evident, from the diversity of denominations of Christians at present sentiments of different sovereigns, and existing in the Christian world; and after the opposite persuasions of their various having carefully examined their tenets, teachers, that they must necessarily, at one studied their prejudices, and observed time, and in one country, be punishing their conduct, I do affirm, that' howa their subjects for entertaining opinions ever tame and tolerant they may be, which, at another time, and in another while low in the world, they all possess country, were deemed perfectly ortho- the latent seeds of persecution. These dox. Does not this prove incontestably, only want fostering, by the genial that by once admitting the principle, warmth of power, to shoot forth with that the magistrate is to defend Truth, an enthusiastic fury, compounded of he will much oftener be found defend- envy, ambition, pride, hatred, and faing ERROR ? Every one will easily agree, natic zeal; as if it were commissioned by that all systems cannot be right. “ Er- heaven. I would except the Quakers “ror,” says the same author, “ has an from the charge of being likely to evince « immensity of space, and Truth is like a persecuting spirit towards other sects; “a mathematical point in the prodigious though they are capable of doing it as “ void.” Now, although every one claims to their own people ;* but the Friends of that point to himself, is it not palpable, the present day are not a religious society, as Truth is one, and Error multifarious, like the Weslian or Whitfieldian Methox that the greater portion of religious dists. They are an Aristocratical civil murders, barbarities, robberies, and in- community; a trading company, and a set carceration, must have been in defence of respectable, industrious, economical, of Error rather than of Truth. How money-getting disciplinarians; who posmodest, how humble, ought such con- sess no inore practical religion than the siderations to make us? How cautious members of the Church of England. ought these reflections to render us, of But to return to the sentiment of arrogating to ourselves the sole possession Franklin, respecting the early Christians of the truth, when we find that thou- It was shewn in my last, that they were sands who think different from us, claim persecuted by the Romans, at the instithe same happiness? Ought it not to gation of their priests, in the same manner make us diffident of ourselves, and for- as the Deists are molested by us, at the bearing towards others? Those who have instance of our priests, on account of the studied human nature will have perceived simplicity of their tenets. I cannot illus.
, that this violent animosity and furious trate the subject better, than by quating persecuting zeal, does not arise so much Justin Martyr, one of the easliest and from a generous love of virtue, or an most learned writers of the Eastern enthusiastic admiration of abstract truth, Church, born of beather parents, eduas from the inordinate thirst for power cated a pagan, and who was a platonic" which pervades the heart of every biz- philosopher, previous to his becoming a man being. We wish others to think as Christian, He: resided at Rone, during we do, and the greater part of us would the reign of Antonius Pius; and ipou if we had the power, compel them to a persecution breaking out against the do it. The sword of religious persecu- Christians, he presented an Apology in tion is an instrument upon which every their behalf, pointing out in a very able party has played its tune, when raised to manner, the impropriety and absurdity power. The celebrated Dr. Franklin re- of religious persecution; which Apology marks, that if we look into history, for caused the Emperor to send a letter to
the character of the ancient Christians, thie States of Asia, not only forbidding
we shall find few who have not in their the Christians to be persecuted, but “ turn been persecutors, and complainers joining, “ that if any one bereafter shall • of persécution. The primitive Chris- go on to inform against tiris sort of “tians thought persecution extremely
wrong in the pagans, but practised it “ on one other." I could easily give Ratclif Montlity Meeting, for being suspEETH
See the case of Thomas Fuster, disuwned by credit to this assertion, even if I had ti bylieving in 0X2One Guda.
* men, purely because they are Christi- France some of the greatest geniuses the ** ans, let the persons accused he dis- world has produced, were united hand in "charged, although thiey be found to be hand for fifty years, for the purpose of “ Christians, and let the informer him:elf enlightening their fellow creatures. It * undergo the punishment." When shall is a great pity the enemies of supersti we see en Antonius? Yet the Apolngy tion, tyranny, and priestcraft are not which produced this, contains passages better known to each other; and more which no one would, in this enlightened, organized in their exertions. Look at the hrimane, and liberal age, dare to advance. Fonaties of every description; how they In the second section, of his second Apo- unite, and how successful they are in togy,' he says, " Reason informs and ad- stultifying the human understanding, that "nonishes us, that true pbilosophers and most glorious ornament with which NA“nten of virtue, who have been filled ture has vonchsafed to cinbellish man! $' with godliness and holiness, have would not a general merlin of commu* lover and honoured the simple truth, nication for Theology, Metaphysics, and * and have turned aside from Following Moral Philosophy, to we open with im"the ancients, whenever their opinions partiality to the Churchiman, the Dissent. “have been found erroneous, or bad. er, the Disciple of NATURE, the follow * Roth seriyetare ami sokud reason enjoin ers of Pyrrho, and every class of Lati;
us mot only to avoid those whose lives tudinarian, be the means of facilitating ** have been wicke:l; who by teaching, such an object? It would lead people to "" argument, or other means, have dis- think, exanine, and judge for themselves :
semiuated false and impious doctrines; and ultimately inculcate a liberality of " not to imitate, nor in any respect to be sentiment, which can only be acquired "" led by tliem; but also prescribe, that by the exercise of our reason concerning w the inquisitive lover of truth should the nature of man, his intellectual faprefer it to his life, and should not be culties, and education,
It would ena“deterred by the fear of death, or threats ble them to make that generous allow* of torture, front speaki:13 and acting ance for the opinions anil prejudices of Saccording to justice."
others, so essentially necessary to the These noble "sentiments nay be used hermony of society; but which they can by every reforner; they were appropri- aever possess, wliile their reading and are to throse who suffered in Smithfield, observation are confined within the pale
to Galileo, Huss, and Jerome of Prague; of a particular seet; and while they are 1 they may be used with equal propriety in the habit of implicitly receiving their
by the Deists of the present day, and by religious notions, upon thecredit of others, rall persons persecuted for what they without investigation. A Journal of the believe to be true. Those of my friends above description has long been a desidewho will take the trouble, will find inuch ratum in the republic of letters; for learning, philosophy, and curious natter notwithstanding the number and variety
i in the works of this Father. I am writ of theological and controversial maga. ing a treatise upou the model of the zines, there are none completely open ta Apologies of Justin Martyr and Tertul- all parties; whatever liberality
, they may lian, to be entitled, (if God spare my life, profess. Some are exclusively the vehiand that of the best of Princer, till ke cles of one set of opinions only, and shall ascend the throne of these realias) refuse insertion to eyery thing of an "An Apokgy to King George the Fourth, opposite tendency. Others admit nothing **s in behalf of that most learned and contrary to their own tenets, but what "respectable portion of his subjects, the they think can easily be answered by “Materialists, Sceptics, and Deists; by some of their own partizans. I have ta“aCHRISTIAN:" and intend approaching ken the liberty of throwing out these few him in person with a hoiy boldness, to hints, as to the nature of a Journal much deliver a copy thereot'. Everything wantod by the Friends of Free Discussion ; shiel bias been done towards liberalising and remain, dear Sir, your's truly. mankind in this country, will be found the
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VOL XXVII, No. 4.]
LONDON, SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 1815. .
[98 PARTIAL AND MEAN PERRY, Mr. Lovell of the Statesman was im.
prisoned a year or 18 months in NewProprietor of the Morning Chronicle.
gate, and also fined.--The selfish and READER, a full report of the proceed- unfeeling crowds, who are now clamouring ings of the Flampshire meeting was sent who are applying to it all sorts of vile
against this tax; who are abusing, it; to the above Printer, together with the epithets and names, because they now PETITION, which I moved thereat, and feel the pinch of their pockets; these
persons never meet to petition against which petition (the only copy I had) was the prosecutions of the press; no, and obtained from me, by the Reporter of the they never would have met for that pur
pose, if every press in England had been Chronicle, in order to be sent to London demolished and the types thrown into to be printed in that and other papers, the street, as were those of thie American It was so sent; but was suppressed by printers at the City of Washington, by
comrand of our military and naval this partial, this mean, this despicable commanders.--These persons now call tool of a despicable place-hunting faction. the tax partial, oppressive, cruel inqui
sitorial, tyrannical. They come it --I have juzt learnt these facts, and can to every thing on earth that is odious, only now say, that I will, next week, and some of them have gone to Hell
for similies in the way of illustration. give this trick of PERRY the exposure, They declared, that it is every thing whieh it deserves.
that is tyramical, odious and detestable, WM. COBBETT.
and that it violates the spirit of our
constitution; and all this in its PRINCIBotley, Thursday Evening.
PLE, in its very NATURE; and ES. N.B. Mr. Hunt said, at the time, that men ? What are these noisy petitioners ?
SENCE.-Now, then, what are these this worthy " member of the Hampden What is their character, even upon their “ Club,” would play us this trick. Iowa shewing? Why, that they are now
calumniators of the government; or, could not believe it. Mr. Hunt knew that they have been slaves for the last the man better than I did.
'18 years. Let them take their choice.It is curious enough to see men, and
great numbers of them too, who supPROPERTY TAX.
ported this tax when it was laid on, who
voted for it in parliament, who, in fact, This poor tax is now become as much laid it on; it is curious to see tliese the object of senseless abuse as were, men, and in great numbers too, now in 1798, those who endeavoured to pre coming forward and joining in the above vent it from being imposed. In 1812 horrid descriptions of the tax. They an unfortunate man, named CARTER, seem to be looking to new scenes. They was imprisoned in jaol, for a year, and are ratting from the Government. They fined, for having published a paragraph begin to suspect, that the taxing and complaining of the operation of this tax. soldiering system must soun undergo a My Lord Folkestone, who made a mo- very material change. In short, the systion upon this subject, described the pa- tem (for it is of no consequence who are ragraph as being moderate and inoffensive. ministers) is in a state of great anxiety Yet, for republishing the same paragraph, 1 at least. The peace has produced thee.
fects, thus far, that I anticipated ; and those effects will now. develope them- The whole of the army, and nearly all selves, day after day.--In some places, the navy must be discharged; the petitioners have included all the war taxes, in others only the malt and pro- The dividends on the National Debt must perty tax, in others only the property tax.
go unpaid, The first is the only rational mode of Take your choice, good petitioners. proceeding; for, in fact, all the taxes One of the five propositions you must are equally burdensome. But, in some take. I am for the fourth. What say places, as at Worcester City, they are you? What sense is there in your
clafor doing away with all the war-taxes, mours and abuse, unless you think that except the Landlord's part of the property the war taxes can be dispensed with; and
What a whim is this ! What a child if you think they can be dispensed with, ish distinction ! Is it not clear, that the why do you not say so? One thing, Landlord's part of the property tax must however, in this senseless uproar, I am be included in the rent of the tenant, and highly delighted with. It is this: That that, finally, it must be paid by those there are no longer any accusations heard who eat the bread, the meat, the butter, against us Jacobins. It is not we, but the cheese, the poultry, the milk, and the loyal,” who now cry out, who cla
“ the eggs, and who wear the flax and the mour, who now deal out abuse on the wool? People are so galled with their taxing system. Mr. HARDY, who esdifficulties to pay the taxes, that they cảped with his life, after endeavouring to know not what they say. Political eco- effect a reform in that body who imposed nomy is a subject too deep for minds in these taxes, is alive to see the day when general; but, as every one now feels, those, who clamoured for his destruction, every one cries out. Sir Francis Bur- clamour against those taxes. He is alive dett, in 1811 or 1812, when he moved to see “ the loyal" pouring forth all sorts the address in the House of Commons, of invective against things, which he lawas most grossly abused for describing boured to prevent. Mr. Tooke is not the Property Tax in colours far less alive to enjoy this spectacle; but, bis edious than those, in which " the loyal" efforts, the noble stand which he made, now describe it. Thus time makes all will always be remembered with gratitude sorts of changes.---But, if other taxes be by those who retain any esteem for the imposed instead of the war taxes, what rights and liberties of their forefathers. will the people have gained? If, for instance, JERRY JOBERNOL, the farmer,
No. 1.-CORN BILL, should get rid of his tenpounds a year of war taxes, and should, in future, have to It is now evident to me, that our pay ten pounds a year in lieu of it, in his ministers mean to propose a law to put salt, malt, horse, window, soap, candle a stop to the importation of Corn. I am and leather tax, what would Jerry there-confirmed in this opinion by the language by gain? And, if the petitioners mean, of the COURIER newspaper for some that no other taxes should be laid on in time past; and especially by the following lieu of the war taxes, they should say so. article, which appeared in that paper of Then, do they mean, that the funding the 23d instant, and which article I am system should be destroyed, and that morally certain came from a source of the fund-holders should not be paid their authority. The reader will see, from dividends ? No: they do not mean this. the ability with which it is written, that Why then do they not say so? And, it never could come from the same pen why do they not point out how faith may whence proceed the articles of the Editor be kept with the fundholders, and the of that paper; and the form and place, war taxes (without substitutes) be done of it, if the reader could see them, away?
would strengthen the opinion. After inThe war taxes must be continued ; serting it, I shall endeavour to shew, how
it blinks all the main points, how fallaThere must be new taxes laid on, equal cious it is, how it is calculated to deceive to them in amount ;
and to mislead. “The Meetings upon
“ the Agricultural State of the Country There must be Loans in time of peace; are become universal. This is subs
ject which we touch always with deli-1“ ever high it was, did not depend upon cacy, and almost with dread. It is “ them. It arose from causes over which
one of such vital importance, one in they had no controul ; from deficient " which a false step, or an erroneous doc-" seasons, and from the state of the con“ trine, may do such incalculable mis- )“ tinent, with which all intercourse was
chief, that we fear ever to pronounce prevented. But allowing, for the sake " any decisive opinion. What suggestions of argument, that they did make large
“ we throw out, we throw out with diffi- “ fortunes, that must have been a public “ dence and hesitation, convinced of our “ benefit, inasmuch as the increase of
being more in want of information, than “ their capital would naturally lead them " able to communicate any. But there “ to extend the agriculture of the coun
are some facts upon which there can try, to improve bad land, and bring “ be no doubt, and upon them we may
" the waste into produce. The answer safely reason-and in reasoning upon " to the first question involves in it an
them, we are quite sure that we shall answer to the second. Upon the third “ not deserve, in the words of Mr.Burke, “ we very willingly observe, that we are “ to be classed amongst
those wicked “ for the people having this necessary of “ writers of the newspapers, who would " life as cheap as possible; but we would “ inflame the poor against their friends," not purchase an unexampled cheapness "guardians, patrous, and protectors."--" to-day, with the certainty, or even the
Upon this subject, more than any other, “ risk, of having dearness to-morrow. By " there are prejudices so strong as almost “ the return of last Saturday's Gazette, to resist the evidence of the strongest
find that the average price of wheat “ facts, and these prejudices are infinite- was 31. 3s. 4d. the quarter, or 73. 11d.
ly aggravated by the number of idle “ the bushel : Barley, 11. 11s. 6d. ; and “ tales spread about by the industry of “ Oats, 1l. 3s. 9d. This cheapness arises
faction, and greedily devoured by the “ from two causes--the admitting the
malignant credulity of mankind. When “ free importation of corn, and the con“ grain is dear, the prejudice is against " sequent necessity under which the
monopolizers; when it is cheap, then “ British farmer has been of bringing his “ the cry is, to give the utmost license grain to market. The generality of " and encouragement to importation, “ mankind, looking only at the present “ in order that it
“ result, will rejoice, and we are not sur“ still, and thus, as we have heard it“ prised at it, and feel disposed to look " said, to be revenged on the farmer. “ with an evil eye upon any thing that
. But revenge ought not to be exercised " would disturb it. Forbearance, and
against the farmer. Revenge on the “ the want of all interference would “ farmer would soon be accompanied “ be a greater disturber than any " with a much wider vengeance upon
systhe avengers---they would themselves be- “ tem of encouraging the free impor
“ come at no remote period the victims of “ tation of corn be continued, and the “their vengeance. Evils however at a dis- vengeance which the ignorant would " tance we are too apt neither to see nor “ inflict upon the British farmer would care for.
“ Have not farmers (is the “ be complete. He would not enter the common cry,) been making immense “ lists of competition with the foreign “ fortunes for the last twenty years ? grower, for he would not cultivate " Have they not been living upon the “ grain at all. But the British farmer
. “ distresses of the people? And ought “ ought not to be so dealt with, nor
not the latter to have the advantage “ ought the food of the people of Eng. " which the late harvests and peace have“ land to depend upon foreign coungiven them, to have bread at as cheap
“ tries. There is not a more obvious a rate as possible?" We answer each “ principle than this, that men will not " of these questions - That the farmers “ apply their industry and their capital “ have been making immense fortunes“ to the growing or manufacturing an " for the last twenty years, is an asser
“ article which they cannot sell at a tion which it is as easy to make, as we price higher than it cost them in grow" believe it would be difficult to prove. “ ing or manufacturing it; a price that
; "But if they had, how would that bear" shall enable them if not to lay something upon the subject? The price, how-" by, at least to maintain them, Wheat