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FOR JUNE, 1816.

ART. I. The Common Prayer Book of the Sect of the Thirty Nine Articles, (still whimsically enough styling Itself the Church of England) made Scriptural in Point of Language; if not in its Mode of Address to the One only true God, viz. the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the Use of Children at Scriptural Schools, and other Protestant Christians, who have not an Opportunity of attending any other Place of Worship than the Parochial Building of the aforesaid established Sect. Uxbridge. 1816.


WHEN we had dispatched the subject of Mr. Jones and his associates, of the Unitarian fraternity, we were far from gratifying ourselves with the hope, that we had silenced the frontless blasphemers, or put down the pestilent heresy. The vanity which had prompted those adventurers to make a desperate effort, in a contest which might be decided by fortune or address, had seduced them so far out of their depth, as to leave them ample cause to repent their temerity. For with whatever boldness they advanced to the assault, we venture to believe, that we left those confident pretenders little reason to triumph, at the pitiful exhibition which we made of their qualifications, to sustain the character, which they assumed as critics and reasoners. But it is seldom the part of ignorance, folly, or conceit, to profit by cas tigation, however salutary in the administration. The three champions, who added insult to defiance in provoking us to the field, had pledged themselves to maintain the ground on which they planted themselves, when they challenged us to contest it. From adversaries whose obstinacy is hardened by continued aggression and defeat, we never expected the compliance of an easy submission. Whatever, therefore, be our mortification in returning to the offensive subject which we resume, we return to it, with expectations prepared for its recurrence,



VOL. V. JUNE, 1816.

But however mortified we may feel, that our efforts have failed in reducing those empty and confident boasters to silence, we have still our consolation, in thinking that they have not proved wholly abortive. If we have not secured the sacred frontier, which we are prepared to defend against the fury of the assailant; we have at least paralyzed his means of offence, and contracted the sphere of his hostility. We have taught the most wily and unwearied of our opponents, that the stores of Lardner and of Peirce are not to be rifled by every plagiarist, who aspires at the reputation of learning, by concealing the sources from whence it is pilfered. We have instructed others, that the weak and mouldering fences behind which Priestley and Towgood had taken shelter, afforded little protection to the Belshams and Asplands who now undertake to defend them. Here we would have willingly suffered a contest to rest, from which we conceive, our adversaries can derive as little profit, as we derive pleasure. But whatever counsel prudence might have dictated to our opponents, vanity has stimulated them to a different conduct. The internal evidence of the despicable production before us warrants us in believing it the joint production of two of those respectable champions of Unitarianism, whose names and qualifications we have already emblazoned; for, an imbecile effort to cover the senseless blunders of Mr. R. Aspland, and Mr. J. Jones, affords sufficient ground to support a conjecture, that their united efforts have been employed in its composition.

The production, of which we have transcribed the title, at the head of the present article, is nearly composed of the "Order of Morning and Evening Prayer" extracted from our Liturgy; but adapted to the worship of the Unitarian conventicles, by a rejection of every passage and expression, which relates to the fundamental doctrines of the Christian Religion. With thus much of the plan of the work we are in no respect disposed to quarrel; we have no inclination to question the right of any body of seceders to pray by whatever formulary they may deem fit, however immoral or blasphemous; we have no desire to dispute their right to publish that formulary if they think proper, however absurd and impious. But to the Order of Prayer thus mutilated there is prefixed an Introduction, and the whole production is interleaved; the supernumerary pages being devoted to a libel upon the Established Religion, the nature of which may be collected from as much of the title, as we have already laid before the reader. For it is necessary to observe, that in addition to the intention which that title undauntedly avows, the following promise is recorded, of which however the author or authors have forgotten the performance; "To which are added, a few words of note and comment on the Authorized Version of the Scrip


tures." Of the vast expectations, however, which this prognostication naturally excited, there was unfortunately no further realization, but that contained in the following reference, inserted opposite p. 5, the latter part of which was as unfortu nately legible through a blot, intended to conceal it: "See the Notes on the Authorized Version at the end."

Now how little important soever this circumstance may appear, we cannot pass it over in silence; as it is a full admission, on the part of our opponents, that they have already felt their utter incompetency to make good, as much as their vanity flattered them they should be able to accomplish. And if the reader turn to No. XXIV. Vol. 1v. p. 657, sqq. of our Review, he will probably discover the causes of this change in the operations of our opponents, which was rather dictated in a moment of prudence than repentance. As our first strictures upon them, in the months of September and November, had doubtless excited the desire to return the attack with promptitude and vigour; the first intention of the respondents was to extend the range of their operations, by directing their hostility against the Authorized Version, as well as the Established Liturgy. Between the time required to form this intention, and to carry it into effect, we taught them to know, that this ground was not to be trenched upon with impunity; or had probably spoiled the effect of some of their strongest objections, by exposing, even to themselves, the ignorance and shallow. ness of the undertakers. To these circumstances it is probable we owe the result; that, while they leave their objections to stand against the Book of Common Prayer, they have prudently withdrawn their exceptions to the Authorized Version; merely quali fying the threat denounced against it in the title-page, by a few stale objections, now subjoined to the Introduction, which principally apply to the received text of the Greek Testament. It now remains for us to prove, whether it would not have been as wise in our opponents, to have shewn that deference to the Prayer Book, which they have, very much against their will, paid, to the Authorized Version. From this account of the scope and intention of the production before us, we shall proceed, without further preface, to the consideration of its subject. On the general character and tendency of the work, we will speak in due time ; and as the sentence is decided, which we have to pronounce upon the authors of a libel upon the established mode of worship, which is as unprovoked as it is daring; we wish it to be preceded by a formal statement of the grounds on which our opinion is founded.


The Introduction' opens with contrasting the doctrine of the Unity and Trinity, and representing them as inconsistent and Contradictory. In a change rung upon the phrase " One God,” PP 2


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