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which, in the same ratio, impede its progress, and deprive mankind of those blessing, which its wider diffusion would impart. One principal reason of the existence and perpetuation of what is here complained of, perhaps is, that each party has some leader, creed, or confession of faith, which it has set up as the infallible standard of truth, which all must acknowledge, and to which all must subscribe, who would share in its communion and privileges. And thus freedom of opinion, and freedom of inquiry, have been interdicted by authority, in each of the sections into which the church is divided. Under such a state of things, it will be next to impossible for the scattered fragments of truth to be collected, arranged, and presented to public view, as a beautiful and harmonious whole.
Should the present attempt he found to contribute, in any measure, towards the accomplishment of so desirable an object, the writer's principal aim will be answered.
A different fate, however, may await the work which is here submitted to the judgement of the public; for, “The man who presumes to think, to speak, or to act, differently from the generality, even in matters of singular importance to the common good, is looked upon as an unsocial savage being, who separating himself from his species, is entitled to no share of their regard and affection. It is well, if he is not exposed to the severest effects of resentment and hatred.” Brown's Natural Equality of Men.
Kirby-Moorside, February, 1844.