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Since, then, this anecdote proves nothing, except the fact above mentioned, it is natural to inquire what motive could induce you to record it in a book? To me there is one obvious motive. Your sermon was intended for persons, who were very imperfectly acquainted with the opinions of unitarians. It was intended for those, who are opposed to them more from prejudice and the bias of early impressions, than from the convictions of deliberate inquiry, or a knowledge of the truth. On these persons, and especially on such as not only have not inquired, but are not disposed to inquire, and who are contented to take your conclusion without troubling themselves to examine your reasons, this anecdote, in the connexion in which you have contrived to introduce it, is well calculated to produce an effect unfavourable to unitarians. Whether the end sanctifies the means, let others judge, By making Dr. Priestley speak the language of this anecdote, and giving such a construction to bis words, as you think suited to your purpose, you exhibit him in a character directly opposite to that in which he appeared during his whole life. No traits were more remarkable in his character, than his mild and amiable temper, his benevolent and christian spirit, and his desire to open the door of christian fellowship to all the believers in Jesus, and followers of his word. And yet, you have made use of his authority to justify you in the most illiberal censure, which one christian can pronounce on another, and in passing on the persons, whose opinions resemble his, a sentence of total exclusion not only from all ecclesiastical intercourse, but from the common privileges and hopes of christians. Few good men of any denomination of christians can envy you the character, which you have assumed here, of being a censor

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