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dent, F.A. C., misconceives the Doctrines, of the Unitaris, aps, or be would not have sent you the chapter on eternul punishments, for Mr. H.'s perusal, as no sect can hold that dogma in greater abhorrence than the Unitarians. They profess to believe, that all punishment is corrective, and that when a man is sufficientiy corrected by punishment hereatter, las to perfectly convince bim of the evil of vice, and the advantages of virtue, he will then be made perfectly happy, and so remain througb eternity. The four chapters, however, are most excellent, and contain some powerful arguments on my side of the question. You cannot publish the whole of tbe book too-soon. I noticed several typographical and other errors in the reply to Mr. H. published in No. 11, I will mention two only, for the others are not very material; in page 326, line 18, from the bottom,“ repeated the falsehood of Isaac his father,"should be “ Isaac repeated the falsebood of bis fatber;" and in page 331, lines 10, and 11, from the top, for “may exist through eternity to come, it may have existed through a past eternity," read “ may exist through an eternity to come, and if through an eternity to come, it may have existed through a past eternity.” Perbaps my own MS. may be chargeable with the errors; but I am not aware that such is the case. Being, as I imagine, perfectly acquainted with the Unitarian system of Christianity, I have been particularly careful to attribute nothing to it, which ihe Unitarians themselves do not admit, and consequently the arguments, I have used, have been entirely against that system, which approaches much pearer to rationality than any other system of Christianity that I know, Free thinking Christianity I look upon as only another name for the same doctrine. Its professors take the best grounds of any, for the dogmas of other sects are so pregnant with absurdity and mischief, that it seems impossible for any thinking man seriously to believe them. irri I am, Sir, yours respectfully,
TO RICHARD CARLILE DORCHESTER GAOL,
Leeds, October 6, 1825. The Christian God having had occasion for my wife, and I having occasion for another, I have exchanged with bim, Elizabeth Smithson died on Wednesday the 4th of September, and I married a cousin last monday the 2d of October. All I think of is an agreeable temper, cleanliness and indus try, and, in these three points, I am as certain this time, as I was the first time I yielded to a ceremony that I detest.
N. B. The above epistle, though private, is too curious to be lost. All my readers know that John Smithson is a genuine “odd fellow." This is his third wife. I commend his courage, and wish him all joy and happiness.
COPY OF A LETTER SENT TO THE KING,
Dorchester Gaol, October 4, 1825, When the art of printing was discovered, there arose, on the part of those who ruled the people of Europe, a great dread of printed books. The first book submitted to the Press was the Bible, and a printed Bible had then precisely the same or a more terrifying effect, than the printed investigation of the Bible called the “ Age of Reason” bas now: it was denounced as a seditious and blasphemous thing, and calculated to corrupt the labouring class of the people, in plain or intelligible language, means, to open their eyes to existing abuses. Its publishers and holders were prosecuted and even burnt; and precisely for the same reason as the pub, lishers of the " Age of Reason" are now prosecuted and im.
prisoned : the fear of knowledge. That dread of prioted books, even of printed Bibles, is not yet extioct; and the fear that they who labour will gain too much knowledge is yet a prevailing vice among those who do not labour. It is a vice that cannot thrive again; for the press bas now gained the upper band and rendered the once powerful powerless. Abuses of the press cannot exist any more than abuses of speech, and the one can have no more bad effect than the other; for the one is but the auxiliary of the other. Printed books are printed speeches, and the best sort of speeches; for they are generally made at calm moments and in a state of deep thought, which cannot exist with oral communications. It is thus that they are the most powerful kind of speeches.
I counsel you to throw off all dread of printed books and to send out a flaming proclamation, inviting all to free discussion, upon all subjects. We shall then hear nothing but the cry of “God bless the King: we have gotten a wise king at last.”
I am, Sir, your prisoner,
For printing books,
TO MR. RICHARD CARLILE DORCHESTER GAOL.
Yarmouth, 18th Sept, 1825. The friends of freedom of opinion in this town beg to transmit their fourth subscription, in aid of the “good husbandman," who is now tilling the ground; and which, with the assistance of the Press," will in due time, bring forth an hundred fold. That it may be to perfection, is the wish of those, who although absent in person, are ever with you in sentiment. $. d.
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Note.—Thanks to my Yarmouth Friends. I can assure them, that so rapid is the progress which we are making, though with little poise, at all times the best way to work, I begin to cberish my chains. I am really growing proud of, and fond of my imprisonment, and shall not trouble for a moment as to the period when it will end ; not but that I think the Ministers and the priests must be desperate iudeed to keep me in prison much longer; desperate towards their own dismay and downfall, “ Consummatum est !”.
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No. 16, Vol. 12.] London, Friday, Oct. 21, 1825. [Price 6d.
A CHARGE TO THE WHOLE FRATERNITY
DELUDED BRETHREN, One of tbe Grand Architects of the Universe is about to ebarge you, to mend your mappers and to increase your knowledge. I AM THAT I AM, and you are that you areal noodles. To order, Noodles, whilst I open the grand lodge of the universe, to shew you the true secrets of Masonry in an improved book of Revelations. Holy Saint John was a drunken blockbead and has not left you a revelation worth a moment's attention. Mine is to be one end. less stream of masonic light, that is to shine from the east to the west, and from the north to the south, or, in scripture phrase, to the four corners of a globe! Hereafter, you will want neither artificial nor allegorical lights: you will find my revelation a thorough illumination, and superior to the Holy Law. Your Holy Law is an expiring tallow rushligbt, wbicb 1 AM THAT I AM means to put out. Yes, Noodles, I swear by Jao-bul-on, by the boly word and triangular grip of a Royal Arch Mason, that I will put out all your lights and light up the first year of light with the last of Christianity. I will make a taper of the last Annus Domini, to set fire to the first Angus Lucis. Then, the world will be on fire, then will bave arrived that prophesied period, when speculative Masonry is to bave its end. So mote it be.
My new lodge is open to the bretbren of all the degrees, from the entered apprentice to the ne plus ultra, and here you sball find a revelation of all the secrets at one initiation, aud that without being made naked, boodwinked, marched, cable-towed, tiled or obligated : for a very small fee and no subsequent quarterly payments, no lodge-night payments, no grand lodge fees, no badges, no sashes, no swords, no robes, no fool's caps.
Priorid and Published by R. Carlile, 135, Fleet Street.