Excerpt from American Unitarianism: Or a Brief History of the Progress and Present State of the Unitarian Churches in America
The writer of this memoir is happy to add, that the day of increased light and liberality, predicted by this enlightened re former, is now arrived, and that Dr., Freeman has himself lived to see his own prediction verified. In a new edition of the Boston Liturgy. Printed in the yenrotsti, a copy of which the writer has had the honour to receive as a present from the Ministers, Wardens. And Vestry of the King's Chapel, nothi is to be found which is inconsistent with the purest rinciples of Unitarian orship as such, and with a very few a terations, chieﬂy verbal, it mi ht be made perfectly unobjectionable. May It long be the e cacicus means of supporting the purity and simplicity of Christian worship, and di using a spirit of rational piety!
M r. Freeman further proceeds to state the progress which Unitarian principles were making in the United States, and particularly in ewengland. '1 his he imputes to the many excellent books published in England, and to Mr. Lindsey's Works in particular, which were much read and with great efo feet. The sermons and conversation of some Clergymen in new-england also contributed their share and amongst these he mentions the Rev. Mr. Hazlitt, a pious, zealous and intpllio gent Elfifilh minister, who since his return to England is setp tied at cm in Shropshire. Mr. Freeman s eaks of himself he particularly indebted to the instructions an conversation of this respectable person. I bless the day, says he, when that honest man first landed in this country. In another let ter dated J one, 1789, Mr. Freeman writes, Before Mr. I'laz litt came to Boston, the 'l'rinitarian doxology was almost oni versally used. That honest, good man prevailed upon several respectable ministers to omit it. Since his departure, the num ber of those who repeat only scriptural doxologies has greatly increased, so that there are now many churches in Mthe worship is strictly Unitarian.
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