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Vestries, begging the fignatures of every pea-= sant and mendicant, who cornes to hear the gospel: ** Wrong no man; he that loves his u neighbour fulfils the law," &e. and those pious souls " pained and trembling for the ark ** of God," running with the fagot to kindle the flames of sedition, and to oppress their neighbours. Remark, in seventeen hundred and eighty, a lord with his hair cropped, a bible in his hand, turned elder and high-priest at the age of twenty-three, and fainting for the ARK or ISRAEL. '
In the sore- ground of this extraordinary picture, remark a MIssroNARY, who has reformed the very reformation ; separated from all the Protestant churches, and in trimming the Vessel of religion, which he has brought into a new dark, has suffered as much for the sake of conscience, as Lodowick Muggleton or James Nailer could register in their martyrology. Remark that same gentleman inflaming the rabble, dividing his Majesty's subjects, propagating black slander, and throwing the gauntlet to people who never prc? voked him. Is not fanaticism, the mother of cruelty, and the' daughter of folly, the first character in this religious masquerade ? Is it not the first spring that gives motion to these extraordinary figures, so corresponfive to Hogarth's Enraged Musician ? And in fencing with folly,
C . have have not the gravest authors handled the foils of ridicule ? To the modern Footes and Molieres, or to the young student in rhetoric, who employs irony in enlarging on his theme, should I for ever leave the " pained souls and " trembling hearts," of the Scotch Jonathan 'and the English Samuel, with their squadrons of Israelites fighting " for the ark of the Lord," if what they style in England the Gordonian Associations, had not voted their thanks to Mr. Wesley, for what they call his excellent letter. Such a performance is worthy the approbation of such censors; and in their holy shrines the sacred relic should be reposited. In examining a performance which contains in a small compass, all the horrors invented by blind and misguidcd zeal, set forth in the most
bitter language, I shall confine myself to the '
firict 'line of an apologist, who clears himself and his principles from the foulest asperfions. To the_public and their impartial reason, the appeal shall be made. To the sentiments implanted in the 'human breast, and to the conduct of man, not to the rubbish of the schoo'ls, __Mr. \_Vefley should have made application, when he undertook to solve the interesting
_ problem, Whether the 'Roman Catholics should
'be tolerated, or persecuted ? But inspired writers partake of the spirit of the seers, vand copy
35- muchlas poffible after the prophets: the _ prophet Ezekial breathed on a pile of bones, and lo ! a formidable army starting from the earth and ranging itself in battle-array. Mr. Wefley blows the dust of' an old book, and lo! squadrons of religious warriors engaged in a crusade for the extirpation of the infidels.
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The loyalty, the conduct, the virtues cornmon to all, the natural attachment of man to his interest and country, the peaceable behaviour of the Roman Catholics, have no weight in the scale of candour and justice. An old council, held four hundred years ago, is ransacked and misconstrued ; a Roman Catholic is unworthy of 'being tolerated amongst the Turks, because Mr. Wesley puts on his spectacles to read old Latin.
I have the honour to remain,
Your humble and obedient servant,
MMW's-LANB, DUBL! N, rumour 18, 1780.
L E T E R-
FAN A TI C I S M is a kind of religious folly. We laughed at it in a formel letter. Whoever has a mind to indulge his humour at our expence, is heartily welcome. You now expect a serious answer Ato a sel.lous charge. I send you such as occurs.
" The council of Consiance has openly " avowed violationof faith with hereticsJ But " it has'never been openly disclaimed. Theren " fore," concludes'Mr. Wefley, ." the Roman
' V Catholics should not be tolervated 'amongst
" the Turks or Pagans."
A council so often quoted in anniversary
sermons, parllmentary debates, and fiying_
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