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the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, John Shute, (search)
luence could be brought into beneficial operation. One of the most important of these was the then projected union with Scotland. On this occasion he was sent for by Lord Somers to attend a meeting of the cabinet ministers, to whom, when his opinioost warmly ill favour of the design. They replied, that the influence of the English Dissenters on the Presbyterians of Scotland would be most important in bringing it about; and proposed that he, as a representative of the former body, should proceed to Scotland for that purpose. After some consideration, he agreed to abandon, for the present, his professional views, in order to promote this great object; stating, at the same time, that the Dissenters were not likely to exert themselves in itn when the object was accomplished. In consequence of his services on this occasion, Mr. Shute, after his return from Scotland, was appointed, in 1708, one of the Commissioners of the Customs. About the same time, Francis Barrington, Esq. of Tof
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Samuel Chandler (search)
o such claim was set up even by the apostles, who, if any, might be supposed to have a plausible right to assert such an authority; that what have been called creeds in the writings of the early fathers are nothing more than voluntary declarations of individual opinion; and that, in fact, the earliest attempts in this manner to lord it over the consciences of men, are subsequent to the ill-omened and mischievous union of church and state. About this period, on the occasion of a visit to Scotland, in the company of his friend, the Earl of Findlater and Seafield, our author's well established and growing reputation procured for him, from the two Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the unsolicited distinction of a Doctor's degree in Divinity. In 1760, on occasion of the death of George II., Dr. Chandler preached and published a Sermon containing an eulogy on the deceased monarch, in which he compared him to king David. This gave rise to a pamphlet by some anonymous writer, enti
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Caleb Fleming (search)
ril 6, 1769. Gentlemen,—Though I am ignorant of the motive you had to honour me with the unmerited degree of D. in D., yet I am able to assure you, that those abilities which God has given me have been ever devoted to the service of truth and liberty; never once resigning the right of private judgment to any human authority, nor consenting to sacrifice conscience on the altar of human emolument. I take this occasion to congratulate you on the advances liberty is making in the kingdom of Scotland, and on the many excellent publications from your countrymen. I wish prosperity to the University of St. Andrews, and should rejoice to render it any service. I am, with the greatest respect, Gentlemen, Your most obliged obedient servant, Caleb Fleming. We will hope that none of the parties concerned were troubled with any misgivings that they had made a mistake in thus distinguishing this uncompromising champion of truth and liberty, and of private judgment in opposition to
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Caleb Rotheram, D. D. (search)
thought and feeling on these points is preserved in the following extract of a letter to Doddridge on occasion of a remarkable outbreak of bigoted intolerance in Scotland: You have seen, I suppose, what the public prints inform us of relating to the proceedings of the General Assembly in Scotland against Mr. Patrick Simpson. TScotland against Mr. Patrick Simpson. They are going to deprive the church of one of the most valuable persons in it, because he does not think it necessary to tie himself down exactly to their Shibboleth, nor oblige himself to conform to all the scholastic ways of speaking concerning some things about which Scripture is silent. By what I saw and heard of him when in Scotland, he is a much better judge of those matters than the greater part of those who are to judge him. His crime is, that lie is disposed to think for himself; but yet he is very cautious to avoid giving offence, which I perceive is, by the bigots, interpreted into cunning and dissimulation. One would think the experience of