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intelligible, such is the last sentence of the first paragraph on page eight of this volume, it stands without the slightest application to any part of the whole article. I am often put to the blush for the alterations and errors which have occurred. As I am on the subject I will proceed to notice a few of those errors and alterations. In the last number, page 44, in speaking of the men who were executed on the conviction for high treason, I observed in my manuscript, that, “ they were a sample of the million who wait for nothing but judicious leaders in whom they can place confidence." The printer has set up million in the plural, and by attaching an s to the word, has carried away the sense of the sentence to something quite foreign to what I intended it should be. When I confined myself to a million, I considered, that I spoke within bounds, and alluded to the people of Great Britain, but the word being printed millions, of course gives it an appearance of applying to the oppressed of other countries as well.-In page 186, of the last volumc, in addressing the “ Vice Society,” in the copy I sent to the press, I abserved: “Your attempt to impede the progress of truth and liberal opinion, will have no other tendency than to detract from that merit and applause you would have obtained, if you had confined yourself to searching out the origin of those abscenities which every father of a family would assist you in, and applaud you for.” The word observations lias been substituted for obscenities, and renders the sentence quite absurd, and apparently superfluous.- In page 92 of the same volume, in my answer to the Rev. I. G. Durham's letter and pamphlet, I made my answer conclude with the contradiction of the title of his pamphlet, in the following words. “ Christianity is a fiction” his pamphlet is entitled, “ Christianity no fiction.” The printer has changed my sentence to “ Christianity may be a fiction,” a most spiritless and absurd sentence, and such as I could never write nor utter.
These are a few of the many which must be sufficient to convince the reader, that my expressions are frequently distorted by alterations, and too often by neglecting to correct the typographical errors.
I am not aware that I can advance any thing further respecting Edwards, than jo say, from all the observations I could make of him as a neighbour whom I had employed in his business, it appeared to me, that throughout the whole of the last summer and autumn, he supported his family by other
means than working at his, business. He frequently spoke of being about to model a likeness of the present Archbishop of Canterbury, and observed, that he had had some communication with his grace on the subject, and that it would be sure to sell well amongst the established clergy; but then, he would frequently add, it must not be known that I am doing any thing for you, or I shall lose all my other business ; at the same time he made it as public as possible, that he had mouided both the busts and figure of Paine, which were in my shop. Mr. Alderman Wood's endeavours to bring him to punishment I fear will prove unavailing, as he is protected by men who are as base as himself, and who have sufficient power in their hands to protect him, and to provide for him in some other country. I shall conclude this disagreeable subject with noticing, that I am informed some of my readers have asserted, that I have borrowed all the malignity of Dr. Stoddart, in making my observations on Thistlewood, and that I could have no other object in view than to obtain a mitigation of punishment for myself. I beg leave to tell those gentlemen, that I am satisfied myself, that I have sinned past all forgiveness, and that they should recollect that Christian Priests and Christian Kings are by no means of the same disposition as - the Christian Gods, they never forgive on a slight repentance: but I have not yet found the stool of repentance, and at present am determined on my liberation, whenever, or however,
take place, to publish publicly the Age of Reason by Paine, and the Principles of Nature by Palmer. I shall accept my liberation on no other conditions than those. Many of my friends congratulated me on the death of the king, and felt certain that it would shorten my imprisonment, but I am not Christian enough to hold any idle hopes, or to seek any thing by prayer. The death of the late king has put the smugglers, king's debtors, and others confined in this prison in a state of wretched and miserable suspence, in the hope of an Act of Grace, according to custom, but it appears the present is not to be a reign of grace,
Dorchester Gaol, May 8th, 1820,
PURTHER PERSECUTION OF MRS. CARLILE.
The “ Vice Society," have again replenished their coffers, ot, obtained credit for law expences, and are about to make another attempt to shut up the shop in Fleet Street. I beg leave to tell them, that I shall enlist the whole of my family, and every one of the name against them, that are inclined to serve for a good bounty, good pay, and much glory. I have already a sister in the shop in training to oppose them, and I have another whom I can command as soon as my wife and sister are defeated: by the time they have gone through the family, I hope to be prepared to have another struggle with them myself, The following is a copy of the new indictment found against Mrs. C. for Sherwin's life of Paine, and the 9th No. of the Republican, Vol. I. on which I shall offer a few observations next week. Mr. Davison is also indicted for the same Number.
Of Euster Term in the first year of the reign of King
George the fourth, Londox,-Be it remembered, That at the General Session of Oyer and Torminer, of our Lord the King, holden for the City of London, at Justice Hall in the Old Bailey, within the parish of Saint Sepulchre, in the Ward of Farringdon Without, in London aforesaid, on Thursday the seventeenth day of February, in the first year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord the fourth, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, king, defender of the faith, before George Bridges, Esquire, Mayor of the City of London ; Sir Robert Graham, Knight, one of the Barons of our said Lord the King, of his Court of Exchequer; Sir John Richardson, Knight, one of the Justices of our said Lord the King, of his Court of Common Pleas, Sir William Curtis, Baronet; Sir James Shaw, Baronet ; Thomas Smith, Esquire ; Joshua Jonathan Smith, Esquire, Alderman of the said City; Sir John Silvester, Baronet, Recorder of the said City ; Robert Albion Cox, Esquire; John Thomas Thorp, Esquire; other of the aldermen of the said City, Newman Knowlys, Esquire; John Vaillant, Esquire, and others their fellows Justices of our
said Lord, the King assigned by Letters Palent of our said Lord the King; made under the Great Seal of our said Lord the King, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: To the same Justices above named and others, or any two or more of them directed to inquire more fully the truth, by the oath of good and lawful men of the City of London, and by other ways, means, and methods by which they shall or may better know as well within liberties as without, by whom the truth of the matter may be better known of all treason, misprisons of treason, insurrections, rebellions, counterfeitings, clippings, washings, false coynings, and other falsities of the money of Great Britain, and other kingdoms or dominions whatsoever; and of all murthers, felonies, manslaughters, killings, burglaries, rapes of women, unlawfull meetings, conventicles, unlawful uttering of words, assemblies, misprisons, confederacies, false allegations, trespasses, riots, routs, retentions, escapes, contempts, falsities, negligences, concealments, maintenances, oppressions, champartys deceipts, and all other evil doings, offences and injuries whatsoever; and also the accessaries of them within the City aforesaid, (as well within liberties as without) by whomsoever, and in what manner soever, done, committed, or perpetrated ; and by whom, or to whom, when, how, and after what manner; and of all other articles and circumstances concerning the promises, and every of them or any of them, in any inander whatsoever; and the said treasons and other the promises, ia hear and determine according to the laws and customs of England, by the oath of twelve jurors, good and lawful men of the said City, now here sworn and charged to inquire for our said Lord the King, for the body of the same City. It is presented as followeth ; (that is to say,) London (to wit); 'The Jurors for our Lord the King upon their oath present, That Jane the ucife of Richard Carlile, late of London, bookseller, being an evil disposed and wicked person, and disregarding the laws and religion of this realm, and wickedly and pro-, fanely devising and intending to bring the Holy Seriptures, and the Christian religion into disbelief, and contempt among the people of this kingdom, on the twenty-eighth day of January, in the sixtieth year of the reign of our late Sovereign Lord George the third, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, king, defender of the faith, at London, that is to say, at the parish of Saint Dunstan in the West, in the Ward of Farringdon Without, in London aforesaid ; unlawfully and wichedly, did sell, utler, and pub,
that is to say,
lish, and cause to be sold, uttered and published, a certain scandalous, impious, blasphemous and profane libel, of and concerning the Holy Scriptures, and the Christian religion, containing therein, amongst other things, divers scandalous, impious, blasphemous, and profane matters and things, of and concerning the Holy Scriptures, and the Christian religion in one part thereof, according to the tenor, and effect following;
“ It is only in the creation that all our ideas and conceptions of a word of God can unite; the creation speaketh an universal language independently of human speech or human language, multiplied and various as they be, it is an ever existing original, which every man can read. not be forged, it cannot be counterfeited, it cannot be lost, cannot be altered, it cannot be suppressed; it does not depend upon the will of man, whether it shall be published or not, it publishes itself from one end of the earth to the other. It preaches to all nations, and to all worlds, and this word of God reveals to man all that is necessary for man to know of God. And in another part thereof, according to the tenor and effect following, (that is to say, “In fine, do we want to know what God is, search not the book called the Scripture, (meaning the Holy Scriptures), which any human hand might make, but the Scripture called the creation. And in another part thereof according to the tenor and effect following, (that is to say), “ From a great portion of the work before us, it is evident that Mr. Paire possessed an extensive knowledge of Astronomy and mathematics, and the mode in which he applies those branches of science, to prove the ignorance of the Bible, (meaning the holy Bible), writers and the falsehood of their statements is worth the readers attention;" and in another part thereof, according to the tenor and effect following, (that is lo say), “ Their (meaning the Jews) ignorance is inferred from the circumstance of there not being in the whole Bible (meaning the Holy Bible) more than one book in which any branch of useful or scientific knowledge is mentioned, (the Book of Job), and this it appears is a Book of the Gentiles, and not of the Jews, the ferocity of their character is established by the almost innumerable and unprovoked murders, with which the Scriptures (meaning the Holy Scriptures) are filled, and which are blasphemously ascribed to the God of Mercy and eternal beneficence, and in another part thereof according to the tenor and effect following that is to say), the pamphlet in which the foregoing doctrines were contained, was afterwards republished in England, under the title of the Age of Reason,