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WILL BE PUBLISHED IN APRIL,
AND WILL CONTAIN,
1. Dr. Marsh's Answer to the last Letter of the Right Hon. N. Vand
sittart, on the subject of the Bible Society. 2. Mr. Gandolphy's Congratulatory Letter to Dr. Marsb. 3. Dr. Marsh's Answer.
4. Further Communications on the subject of Mr. Wylde's Letter on : the Means of preventing undue Marriages. 5. The Letters of Gracchus, with Answers to them, which originally appeared in The Morning Post.
AND OTHER 6. Pamphlets and official Documents for and against the renewal of
the East India Company's Charter. 7. Continuation of Pamphlets on the subject of the Vice Chancellor's
Bill. 8. Address to the Protestants of Great Britain and Ireland. By C.
Butler, Esq. with 9. Other Pamphlets for and against Catholic Emancipation. 10. Auticipation of Marginal Notes in the American National Intelligencer on the English Declaration.
&c. &c. &c.
N. B. The Editor begs to inform those Correspondents who have farored him with original Pamphlets, that the publication of them has been hitherto unavoidably deferred, through a desire of affording the fullest information possible upon questions of more general interest, and such as are immediately under the discussion of Parliament.
I he awful crisis, at which we are now arrived, should call every friend of his country to the most serious and unbiassed reflection. Standing erect among the convulsions of empires, our country still seems preserved by an Almighty arm, as almost the last asylum of liberty and virtue. Still we bid defiance to the thunder that rolls at a distance, and fondly hope to survive the wreck of surrounding nations, and to renovate them by the benevolent diffusion of religion and happiness. The Christian patriot, who sees a merciful God riding in the whirl. wind, and directing the storm, anticipates the dawn of light from the midst of darkness, and the purifi. cation of the world from the hurricanes that are hurling to the ground the proudest monuments of Time. His hope for his own country is not for the extension of her unwieldy possessions, or the bril. liancy of her evanescent glories—but that she may increase in virtue, pure religion, and internal happiness--that she may be secured by union from external dangers-and be the means of diffusing the promised blessings of universal peace, order, and happiness, to a grateful and an admiring world.
With such feelings, my Christian brethren, you will behold with wonder and alarm a large body of your countrymen excluded from serving the State, becoming daily more uneasy under their supposed fetters, and more alienated from those who refuse to break them. When nothing but a spirit of union and harmony-nothing but an ardor, which none but freemen can ever feel-nothing but the devotion of every soul, and the kindred feeling of every heart, can insure the stability of Britain, it becomes a question of the most solemn import, whether we are to be deprived of the talents of a large part of the population-to hear their discontent rising in suppressed, but awful, murmurs—and perhaps to incur the guilt of persecu. tion in the name of the God of Love. An empire kneeling asks for her rights—she appeals to our justice, our policy, and our faith—she points to the wounds she has suffered for us and shall we proudly refuse to listen to her complaints, or seriously to consider her petitions ?
It is with the hope of calling your attention to this important question, that I now presume to address you. The following plain arguments are not offered to the high church zealot, or flaming partizan of one establishment, which he may fear to oppose to another