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craft and corruption, but those I have already quoted will convince you, my friends, that the Bible does not altogether support such wickedness as we daily witness. I must admit that our bishops may find sufficient argument from thence to support their conduct; but it happened that there were no bishops when the Bible was first compiled, therefore, it contains no particular instructions for them; and our prophets of old did not foresee that mankind would ever become so stupid as to be bamboozled by such a class of men, who riot in palaces and luxury, whilst we poor curates can scarcely scrape together the necessaries of life, otherwise, they would have inhaled the word of God, and committed it to paper, on this subject. I'll warrant it, they would have stung our princely bishops as they did their kings and priests of old. But, alas! the art of inhaling the word of God is lost-prophecy is lost-the power of working miracles is lost-the power of oracles is lost-and I begin to fear, that even we, the more humble part of the profession, shall be all lost together, e'er long.
In the course of my clerical studies, I have been occasionally seized with a, tremor for the danger of monarchy, in consequence of the extensive circulation which the Bible has acquired and is acquiring: particularly, at this moment, whilst we enjoy so mild, so chaste, so temperate, so pious, so uxorious, a king. I find this sacred book has expressions and recommendations, which if acted upon, would be constructive, aya, destructive-direct treason. I am morally certain that when the Bible is made the general rule of life, which I hope and trust in our common saviour it will be, the present law of treason must be abolished, as it will be horrid to see temporal contradicting spiritual laws, or the laws of man contradicting the word of God. Doubtless, our pious sovereign will soon feel it to be his religious duty to relinquish even his personal safety for the better observation of this holy word. Attend my friends to the precepts of God concerning kings and princes. They are selected from the various prophets and the psalmist.
And he said unto me, son of man, the place of my throne, and 'the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of 'Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcasses of their kings in their high places.
In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post
by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even de
filed my holy name by their abominations that they have committed; wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger.
Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcasses of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for " ever.'
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed saying,
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.' Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your ploghshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears; let the weak say, I am strong.
Assemble yourselves, and con.e, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to eonje down, O Lord.
And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them; they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap
dust, and take it.'
For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the Lord; what then should a king do to us?
They have spoken words, swearing.'
To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;'.
To execute upon them the judgment written: I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because--burned the bones of the King of E-, into lime.'
-One would imagine from the above quotations, that Republicans were God's chosen people. It is actually said, that God will not come near the carcasses of kings. This is a dreadful word, but it is the word of God, therefore, the thoughts of man are vain to be opposed to it. Besides we are taught to scoff at kings, to make war against them with our plough-shares and pruning-hooks, to bind them with chains, and, lastly, to make lime of their bones! Certainly the Holy Alliance will take care to provide us with a corrected edition of the Bible, and never allow such treason to lurk in their bosoms, although it be the word of God. Per haps God may have repented since he spoke these words, and yet kings don't seem to prosper neither. Look at Spain, look at Portugal, look at Naples, look at Sicily, look at I must have another word in confirmation of the above before I can forsake my sovereign, and I trust my friends that you will adhere to the same sentiment. But if it
be God's will to make us all Republicans, then we may be sure that "whatever is is right." I hope we shall have no violence in the change, as violence is not the characteristic of our Holy Religion! Let us adhere to the powers that be, whoever or whatever they be, and not give our minds to change.
Iron-nose College, Dorchester University, Oct. 1, 1820.
So far is the Editor from feeling any thing like hauteur at the hints and corrections of " A Friend," that he would solicit a continuance of them, if convenient or agreeable. He is fully sensible of his inability, and feels that such lessons would be of the greatest advantage to him, as calculated to make greater impression on the mind, and to improve more rapid than the ordinary rules of instruction. He, at least, has philosophy enough to know that there is no friendship in flattery, and that improvement is the common business of life. His effusions are hurried and never find time for correction, even in manuscript, and too often come still more incorrect from the press. He can only hope, that an ardour to convey important truths will form some excuse and apology for the want of a grammatical education. Drawn into authorship and controversy quite suddenly, he hardly knew in what grammatical accuracy consisted, until he felt his own deficiency. For an improvement in this respect he hopes his present seclusion will be useful to him, and promises that his prison hours shall not be wasted.
Q.R.S.T. is received.
Mr. Aingar's communication is received, and will be attended to at the earliest opportunity.
J. J. B. is respectfully informed that we dislike any correspondence with the Devil; we wish to kill him. The Editor will explain himself more fully in a week or two at farthest.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE REPUBLICAN.
Cripplegate, Sept. 21, 1820.
There appears to me a singularity in the proceedings on the trials for uttering forged Bank notes, which I dare say has escaped your observation. The trial of J. W. Panington, as reported in the Times of Wednesday last, will serve as an example; but that paper is too profitably engaged to trouble itself with any comments on a circumstance which merely concerns the due administration of justice unconnected with popular feeling. It is usual, as we all know, to support a criminal prosecution by direct evidence to the single fact charged in the indictment, and to that fact only; but in this case of Panington, the evidence goes also to prove the prisoner's connection with several other criminal transactions not included in the indictment; or, in other words, to shew his general bad character and habits. Now, however frequently this may occur in the Bank prosecutions, it would, I think, be something new to read in a trial for any other capital felony, housebreaking for example, that several other similar offences, said to have beer: committed at various times and in different parts of the town, had been collected and introduced in evi, dence on the same trial! How could the prisoner be prepared to defend himself against such a prosecution-against a variety of unexpected and, perhaps, unfounded circumstances of his life, which if not repelled must of course assist the conviction? I confess, I feel considerable diffidence in alluding at all to the proceedings of a court of justice, being wholly ignorant of law, and particularly as I have seen the counsel for a prisoner acquiesce in this course without objection, but your insertion of this by way of enquiry, may elicit information and satisfy the minds of others as well as of Your obedient servant, C
P. S. You will recollect a statement in the papers a few weeks ago, that certain smugglers of Dover had been sent on board a king's ship. I saw no account of any trial or conviction of these men, aud as a matter of curiosity I am anxious to know, by whal legal process or authority this summary sort of punishment was inflicted, and their liberty thus disposed of, because we have not heard of any recent issue of warrants for the impress service.
Note. This letter did not reach the Editor until the 30th Sept, or it should have had an earlier insertion.
Warwick, Sept. 1, 1820.
About twenty-four months past, a dissenting minister of this corrupt borough, addressed a secoud pamphlet, entitled, "The Antidote, or Unitarians proving themselves to be Infidels, by denying the doctrines of the Bible; Remarks upon a Sermon preached by John Platts, Unitarian Minister at Doncaster, by Evan Herbert, Minister of the Gospel, Warwick."
This pamphlet is about nine pages, which has produced another entitled, "Letters to the Calvanistic Christians of Warwick, occasioned by Evan Herbert's Antidote, &c." (both published by Heathcote, and the latter to be had of Hunter, St. Paul's Churchyard,) those letters occupy 170 pages. In "The Antidote," you are slightly alluded to; in the reply to it, you are called an "infidel." Now, my dear sir, if you feel inclined, or think it worth while to notice these two pieces of abuse, I think it will afford you a few hours amusement. I must say, I have often heard two fish-women use fouler language, but I never found in any publication whatever, a more vindictive spirit than what must actuate the minds of these two reverend divines these would-be-thought meek, lowly, aud humble hearted men.
Instead of these two tiger like animals joining and reprobating your cruel sentence, they care for nothing but the childish distinctions they have each set up, and are ready to worry each other about the peculiar forms they are both paid to adopt.
If you are publishing any work at this time wherein this would be a fit subject for insertion; your readers could not fail being amused at the mild practice of these two humble professors of Christianity.
How their respective flocks can feel interested in such fiery disputes I am at a loss to conceive; if any thing is calculated to add to the number of Deists, surely such fierce wranglers as these are likely to do it. Having never troubled myself with unravelling the splithair theories of any sect, I really am at a loss to conceive where the merit of the dispute can lie; even the victor, in my estimation, does not deserve applause. For these divines to benefit their disciples, I presume it would be far better for them to preach, and also as zealously act against the vagabonds that are plundering, persecuting, and oppressing them, as against the anguish and mischievous acts that affect the health and comfort of us all-against the drunkenness, perjuries, and debaucheries that are so notoriously set before us;