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the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Dissenting Academics. (search)
icious error, and that nothing which is really erroneous can be permanently beneficial to the best interests of mankind. The Unitarians claim the merit of being the only party who have acted uniformly and consistently on this just and enlightened principle. Some few of the academies established, partially at least, under the auspices of other sects, have, it is true, for awhile, and to a certain extent, followed the same plan. Among these honourable exceptions was that of Doddridge, at Northampton, and its successor at Daventry, under the conduct of Ashworth, Robins, and Belsham. But it is certainly not a little remarkable, that there is scarcely an instance of this kind which has not occasioned a considerable falling away from the rigour of genuine Calvinism, even among those who have remained nominally in the ranks of orthodoxy; while no small portion of the ingenuous youth, encouraged, or at least permitted, to examine both sides, and judge for themselves, have embraced some fo
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Caleb Rotheram, D. D. (search)
, son of Dr. Clark, was born in 1727, and in 1745 was sent to the academy at Northampton, where he improved his opportunities with so much diligence and success, tha occasion of the removal of the academy, which took place at this time, from Northampton to Daventry, Here it was placed under the care of Mr. (afterwards Dr.) Ashw reputation which he had acquired during his connexion with the academies of Northampton and Daventry pointed him out to the trustees of the Warrington academy, on tinently distinguished. In 1732 he was removed to Dr. Doddridge's academy at Northampton, but probably not, in the first instance, with a view to the Christian minisd by Blackstone in his celebrated Commentaries on the Laws of England. At Northampton, however, it is not to be wondered at, that the bent of his mind became morethey were assisting in the education of others. It is probable that he left Northampton in 1739, when Mr. Orton succeeded him. During this engagement, Mr. Aikin