Excerpt from Some Gospel Principles: In Ten Lectures
I saw to-day, quoted from the London Leader the follow ing words, which struck me as an appropriate introduction to the subject of this evening. The writer said, under the title Events of the Day, There is something noble in the very simplicity of the course which King Victor Em manuel has taken. He determined to found constitutional Government in Piedmont, and he has done so. To do it ia volved the necessity of standing independent of Austria; of conceding representation with free discussion in speech and printing; and independence from the dictation of Rome hard matters these for a Catholic Prince to grant but he has granted them and accepted the consequences. He has, in short, steadily followed the course of constitutional freedom, and he is essentially the opponent of absolute despotism.
Now, my friends, it is certain, it is only the truth, that what Victor Emmanuel is doing in political life, the Unitarian Church, if I know anything of it, is doing, or essaying to do, in the religious world.
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