Excerpt from A Second Letter to the Rev. William E. Channing, on the Subject of Unitarianism
In reading your Remarks, my first care was to find, if you had made it appear that I had, in any instance, misappre hended or misrepresented you, or done injustice to you or to others. In two or three instances you intimate that I have misrepresented you, and in three or four that I have wronged you by unjust imputation. To these I will brieﬂy attend.
I stated that in the terms of your creed, as given in your Letter, there is a great want of clearness and preci sion; great indistinctness and ambiguity. You deny the correctness of this representation. I have deliberately re examined the subject, and my views of it remain unaltered. It was not because your statement, or creed, did not meet and answer every question which may possibly be started in relation to your sentiments, that I pronounced it indistinct and ambiguous; but because, as I attempted to shew, it Was not clear and unequivocal upon the points most directly in question: and I am perfectly content to submit it to the judg ment of candid men on either side, who will attentively read what you have written and what I have written, whether in this instance I am guilty of misrepresentation. To them also I would refer, whether, as I have never been charged with concealing my sentiments, I am open to the reproach, in turn, of ambiguity and indistinctness, in regard to any statements which I made, or which it was incumbent on me to make.
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