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Critique on Mr. Sadler's Speech. Notice of the School of Free
Discussion. Speech of the Reforming Optimist on Dissection. Rev.
Robert Taylor's Fourth Sunday's Discourse. Letter from a Christian,
Letter from a Rational Infidel. Flag of truce between high belligerent
parties. Lines on the advantages of a variety af Religions, and on the
God-eater. Beginning of the Infidel Rent.
Secret history of the revolt of Islam, one of Mr. Shelley's Works.-
Strietures on the trial of Jonathan Martin, the incendiary of York Min-
ster.--Concladed critique on Mr. Sadler's Speech.-Notice of the School
of Free Discussion.—The Saints in a pucker.—The “Do as you would be
done unto" Precept, not practised by Christians, contrasted in the Ban-
galore Mission, and the Home Bible Society.-Search for the immaterial
Šabstance at the Royal College of Surgeons.—Letter of “Faithless.".
The fifth proposition of the Frenchman's Speech.—Poetical Enquiry:-Is
there a God ?—Rev. Robert Taylor's first Oration on Moral Fortitude.-
Co-operation, a Communication by “ A Mechanic,” addressed to a Bir-
No discussion in Bible Societies.—Muggletonian Communication and
Curse addressed to Mr. Carlile.—Letter from, and to William Brooks.
Specimen of an Infidel Death.—A strong Reason why the Rev. Rob. Taylor
should have been liberated.-Infidel Rent.-An Oration by the Rev. Rob.
Taylor.-Manchester Correspondence and Subscription.—Notice of the
School of Free Discussion.— The Diegesis.—Letter of E. B.
Letter 5: To the Duke of Wellington.—Mr. Cobbett's Letter to Lord
Chief Justice Tenterden.-Notice of the School of Free Discussion, and
of the Infidel Rent.--Rev. Rob. Taylor's Second Oration on Moral For-
titude. -Character of the Jesuits.-Five Guinea Tribute to Truth, by
Philanthropos of Clifton.--Note by the Reforming Optimist.-Stanzas on
Letter to Mr. Peel, on the Case of Jonathan Martin.-infidel Home
Missionary Project.-Co-operation.—Communication of Juvenis, on “ Re-
ligion destructive of all moral Obligation."—Notice of the School of
Free Discussion, and Jewish History.-On Eccentricity. Rev. Robert
Taylor's Oration on Justice. The Contrast, or Infidelity and Cbristia.
nity.-Phrenological Exhibition of the Reforming Optimist.
City of London Auxiliary Bible Society Meeting, with a Sketch of
the Books of the Bible.-Speech in character and manner of Dr. Stein-
kopff, reported by the Rev. Robert Taylor.-Decline and Fall of the
Gods.- Case of Hobson and others v. Cochrane, in the Court of King's
Beneh.--Eighth Discourse delivered before the Society of Universal
Benevolence, On the Duties which a Man owes to himself, by the Rev.
R. Taylor.--Article from a Birmingham Correspondent, on Co-operation.
Infidel Mission - First Bulletin.--Banner of Infidelity unfurled in
the University of Cambridge.-The University shrinks from the Con-
test.-By Persecution, proclaims its Defects, and gives a glorious
Triumph to Infidelity.-Twelfth Discourse delivered before the Society
of Universal Benevolence, On the Duties which a Man oroes to his Rela-
tions, by the Rev. Robert Taylor.-Letter to the Editor. The Beauties
of Shaftsbary's Characteristics, continued from p. 656.
Infidel Mission, Second Bulletin, Head-quarters, Nottingham, con-
taining a final Letter to the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge ; notice of
Wisbeach; Petition to the House of Commons on the Misapplication of
the Funds of the University ; a List of the Preachers who received the
Infidel Circular in Nottingham; Postscript, containing a Note from Mr.
Willson, the Roman Catholic Priest of Nottingham ; a Correspondence
with Sir Gerard Noel, of Exton Park, and with Mrs. Payn, of Notting-
ham.--Decay of Nottingham as a trading town.- Proper Castigation of
Anonymous Bravado and Impertinent Advice.—Thirteenth Discourse at
Founders' Hall by the Rev. R. Taylor, on the Duties which a Man owes
to his Relations, Part II.—The Beauties of Shaftsbury's Characteristics,
continued from page 704.
Infidel Mission, Third Bulletin, continued Proceedings in Notting-
ham; Letter to the Duke of Newcastle. --Aspects of Infidelity.--Four-
teenth Discourse at Founder's Hall, by the Rev. R. Taylor, on the Du.
ties which a Man owes to his Country.--Communication to the Infidel
Mission from Bristol by a Child of Nature. The Beauties of Shaftsbury,
continued from page 736.
Infidel Mission, Fourth Bulletin; General Observations on Infi-
delity, Parliamentary Reform, and Public House Resort. -Correspond-
ence between Mr. Taylor and Mr. Gilbert, with a Critique on Mr. Gil-
bert's Letter by Mr. Taylor.---Progress of Methodism.-Fifteenth Dis-
coourse delivered at Founders' Hall by the Rev, R. Taylor, on the Du-
ties which Governments owe to the Governed.-The Beauties of Shafts-
bury's Characteristics, continued from page 768.
Infidel Mission, Fifth Bulletin ; Proceedings in, State, and Charac-
ter of Leeds ; List of the Persons who have received our Circulars in
Leeds.-Sixteenth Discourse delivered at Founders' Hall by the Rev. R.
Taylor, on Truth.
No. 1. VOL.3.] LONDON, Friday, January 2, 1829. [Price 6d.
TO HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON, FIRST
LORD OF THE TREASURY, &c. &c.
ON THE VICE OF OATH MAKING.
Health, wisdom, and happiness to you, my Lord Duke. Health
I wish to every man, therefore I never object to drink to the
King's health, or to any man's health. Wisdom, I wish to every
man; for, without it, no man can be permanently happy; so I
wish you wisdom, as the precursor of happiness. And this, as a
whole, you may receive as an amplification of the seasonable com-
pliment, A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOUR GRACE.
My Lord Duke, I have taken upon me the character of a school-
master, not to teach the alphabet on a horn book, not to teach
reading, writing and spelling, not to teach arithmetic, geometry
and the mathematics, not to teach languages; but to teach some-
thing without which all these other teachings are nothing ; to
teach the art of free discussion, to beat down dogmas, mysteries,
and divine revelations, to teach the art of politics, and to beat
down the dogmas of monarchial and aristocratical rights and pri-
vileges, to teach morals, and to destroy that chief of human vices,
superstition in all its ramifications. So, you may see, my Lord
Duke, that I have taken upon me a very serious and a very impor-
tant task and character; and as I cannot suppose that you ought
to, or can, leave the treasury, to come to my school, in person, in
place and in time; yet I have a spiritual power, by which I can
make you a scholar. I will send you a few lessons, which may be
learn i atthe treasury or elsewhere, and more especially my Lord
Duke, you will find it to be a most profitable use of time, to have
a lesson in your pocket ready to study in the house of Lords, when
any doll harangues arise about Catholic emancipation, about the
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No. 1.-Vol. 3.
liberty of the subject, which means in other words, the liberty of a slave, about Greece or Turkey or Russia or France or Spain or Portugal or any of the American States, about game laws, about petitions of any kind, about their Lordships' privileges, about every thing that is there said and done, excepting the repeal of obnoxious laws. I should think it a waste of time to be in either house of Parliament, as now constituted, without a new lesson in my pocket by which I could profit. Even in spending a single evening in the gallery of the House of Commons, there is an intolerable dullness, which is only relieved occasionally by the order of “STRANGERS WITHDRAW ;” an order that premises the speedy introduction of a new subject.
The subject of this first lesson is stated at its head, to be on the evil of oath-making, and after giving a reason for thus addressing your Grace, I will show how oath-making is a vice, and the advantages to be nationally derived from its legislative removal.
My reason for addressing your Grace is, that every man's knowledge is not complete, nor alike on every subject. This axiom may be applied to wise men. Supposing your Grace to be a wise man; supposing you to be the first of soldiers in relation to military skill; supposing you to be a master in the financial arrangements of a government; supposing you to be the best and wisest man that ever swayed the destinies of a nation, and I am sure that as far as you have exhibited character, I do not yet know one wiser or better, past or present; it yet remains, that you are not wiser than the aggregate of wisdom to be found. It is the nature of wisdom, rather to be particular than general. A man may become very wise on one particular subject, to which he has paid particular attention, and generally ignorant on all others. "Wisdom being an artificial principle, a human property acquired by art, labour and industry, it follows, that it may be more readily perfected in particulars than in generals; and though I may be a schoolmaster equal to the teaching of the Duke of Wellington, on some points, I do not mean to resent myself in the offensive light of offering to teach him on all subjects. The snbject of oath-making, as growing out of human religions, has been my peculiar study; I have considered all its purposes and bearings, its want of moral purpose and bearing, and I feel competent to teach the Duke of Wellington and his administration on this particular head. This, then, is my reason for this address and all the peculiarity of its manner. To which I may add, that your Grace has not yet done a thing that is nationally offensive, you have not promised to do or not to do any thing that is nationally offensive, you have not pledged your attachment to any party in the state, you as yet stand in the dignified light of being a minister for all parties, as far as either projects any thing useful to all, and without that, I hope you will not attend to any one