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in the last Number, p. 121.) Jp both it may contribute to lead others, and cases a large circle of relatives and near especially some who might hereafter have friends had to experience the same sor- had the benefit of her example and her rows, and they shared in the same con- friendship,) to discern what is the true solations. None who knew Mrs. Estlin excellence of the female character; and intimately, can cease to mourn her loss. to perceive that its finest features can Her mild humility, her simplicity and only be formed, by seeking but little for uprightness, her steady and discrimina- the applause of the world, and looking ting judgment, and her rational and influ- principally for the approbation of the ential piety, and well-disciplined affec- wise and good, and even this in suborditions, formed a character unusually ma- nation to the approval of Him who tured, and enabled her to fill up well the knoweth the heart; by a judicious prerelations of wife and mother, daughter, paration for the constantly recurring du. sister and friend. Religious conscienti- ties of the more confined relations of life, ousness formed the main-spring of her and the thoughtful and faithful discharge conduct and self-culture ; and with this, of them as they present themselves ;-in which gave her the firmness of duty, and short, by the devotement of the heart to prepared her for its higher and more God and Christian obedience. extraordinary exercises, she blended the
L. C. mild graces of the female character, its thoughtful kindness, its tenderness and
Feb. 22. JOHN STEWART, Esq., comits gentleness; and these made her more useful and more respected, as well as
monly known by the appellation of
“ Stewart the Traveller," or " the walkmore the object of heartfelt affection
ing Stewart,” aged 78. [Of this gentleThe principles which gave such stability and value to her virtues, which shed their
man's life and singular publications we
hope to be furnished with some particuinfluences on the sources of happiness
lars for our next Number.] and comfort, chastening without weakening, directing without interrupting them, and which made her view the world, as
March 3rd, in the 7th year of her age, the Christian should view it, in its rela
HENRIETTA SADLER, daughter of the Rev. tions to another state of being, enabled
Thomas Sadler, of Horsham. The Rev, her to meet death with a collected com. Edwin Chapman, of Billingshurst, preachposure, a peaceful hope, a tender concern
ed an excellent sermon on the occasion for the best interests of others, a stead
from Isa. xl. 7, The flower fadeth! to a fast trust and filial resignation, which could very large and sympathizing congregation. not but aid the lessons of her life, and She was an amiable and promising child, which were alike affecting, encouraging making rapid progress in her education, and consolatory. One is deprived of her even at so early a period, and bidding watchful, judicious care and guidance,
is care and onidance fair to become a valuable member of the who is too young to know her own cala- community. She had endeared herself mity. She held her child as a trust; and to her relatives and friends by the mildby express act, as well as in the daily ness of her temper and the simplicity of offering of the heart, devoted her to her
her manners. Doddridge, who lost a heavenly Father. May he who shared in
her Mav he who shared in beloved daughter at the same age and her pious cares, be enabled so to fulfil of a similar disposition, asked her, not their mutual purposes and most earnest long previous to her decease, “ How is desires, that when the separation is finally it, that every body loves you so?" She ended, (which to her, as she said, “ is gave this immediate reply—“I do not but for a moment,") she may see them know, except it is because I love every fully realized.-Her religious sentiments body!" Of such, indeed, is the kingdom were those of Unitarianism, which she of heaven. embraced from conviction, after a serious Islington.
E. search into the records of revelation ; and she manifested an increasing satis: March 8, at Burton Hall, Yorkshire, faction in their truth, and in their effi- in the 83rd year of his age, the Rev. cacy and value,
CHRISTOPHER Wyvill, the anniable, virIt is refreshing, in these days of excite tuous and persevering friend of civil and ment on the one hand, and of indifference religious liberty. (We hope some one of on the other, to witness the simplicity our correspondents will furnish us with and calm influential piety of the gospel. biographical particulars of this excellent And while the writer of this imperfect man.) notice, offers it as a tribute of affectionate . respect to the memory of one whom he - Ilth, at Worthing, Mr. BENJANIN highly valued, le cherislies the hope that Hawes,
. Christian Tract Society. published three new Tracts" The Fa. · THE Anniversary of this Society was
ther's Treatment of the Lost Son on his holden at the Old London Tavern, on
Return," by Mr. Wright ; and “ Family March 6th ; JAMES EsdAILE, Esq., in the
Dialogues, or Sunday well spent," and Chair. The Treasurer read his report,
« The Good Grandmother, or a Visit to from which it appeared that there was a
my Uncle's," by Mrs. Hughes. Of each balance in his hands of £52. 168. 2d.; but of
of these 2000 copies have been printed, the Society was stated to be indebted to and eight
and eight of the former Tracts have been its stationers and binder, £76. 108. Od.
reprinted ; making in the whole 22,000. * The Committee's report was then read.
The total of the Tracts published by the The arrangements for a medal to be pre.
Society from its formation was stated to sented to the Author of the best Tract,
be 317,000, of which 278,000 have been in each year, which had been referred to
sent from its store. the Committee, were briefly noticed ; Mr.
The Society's property was reported to Parkes, who had generously offered the
· be as follows:
be as follo dies and the medal, being prepared to lay Due from Booksellers, ) the medal before the Meeting. When Country Societies, &c. £105 18 6 the report was finished, Mr. Parkes laid on sale or return - S on the table two medals, one of Silver Estimated value of the 2 A 16. and the other of Bronze, leaving the So- Stock ou hand ciety to make its election. That of Silver In the hands of the Treasurer 52 16 2 was accepted. - The appointment of a Collector, which
404 11 2 had also been referred to the Committee, Due from the Society to ? 6 10 was next adverted to; Mr. Titford, whom . Stationers, &c. . . the Committee had re-appointed, having a few months since resigned his office in Balance of the Society's 2.pngo, , consequence of his intention of going to Property - - - - S Jamaica. A gentleman was known to the Committee who was willing to accept
The Report concluded with the gratifythe office; but as the collectorship to the
ing announcement, that the Rev. JAMES Unitarian Society, Unitarian Fund, and YATES, of Birmingham, had kindly conUnitarian Association was also vacant,
sented to become the Society's Agent for the Committee did not recommend the
the Midland Counties, and that, with his Society to proceed to that gentleman's
permission, the Committee had sent down election; it being thought desirable that
50 sets of the Tracts, as Mr. Yates anthe four societies should avail them
ticipated a considerable increase of Subselves of the services of one Collector.
scribers. Sunday-school and Fellowship The appointment was therefore again re
Fund Societies becoming Subscribers in ferred to the Committee, who will doubt
the Midland or Northern counties will less give the subscribers the earliest pos
thus be enabled to procure the Sosible notice of their having found a gen
ciety's Tracts at a comparatively trilling tleman to fill the office.
expense for carriage. Mr. Yates has en• Some of the Tracts sent to Piedmont
gaged to receive the names of Subscribers in 1820, were reported to have been
and to forward their allotments. translated by the pastor Geymet, who speaks of them in terms of high com The following gentlemen were elected mendation. From the Moravian Tract into office for the ensuing year: Society at Zeist, near Utrecht, some of
James EsdAile, Esq. Treasurer, their publications had been received in return for a set of those of the Christian
Mr. GEORGE SMALLFIELD, Secretary.* Tract Society; but as yet the Committee were not prepared to make a report of their contents. To France another set This oftice was accepted conditionally, has been sent; but it was feared that the Mr. S, stating that he was unable to derecent restrictions laid on the press in vote to it the time which the interests of that country might operate against their the Society required. The Committee circulation,
are pledged to endearour to find a sucDuring the year the Committee have çessor.
and there is a clause inserted in the deed, Rev. Dr. T. Rees. Messrs. Hart. Holt, securing the property to the UNITARIAN R. Taylor, J. Bowring, Leach, Robinson,
FUND, should Unitarian worship be disFrend, Joseph Feruie, R. Fennell and
continued in the Chapel. Of this, howJacob Guillonneau.
ever, there is little fear, as the prospect
at Port-Glasgow and in its neighbourhood Auditors.
is very encouraging. The morning and Messrs. C. Lean, C. Richmond and S. evening sermons, delivered by Mr. Harris, Bayley.
are published, at the unanimous request The Society afterwards dined together;
of the congregations which heard them WM. FREND, Esq., in the chair. In the
delivered. course of the evening the sentiments given by the chairman called up the fol.
Clapton, March 27, 1822. lowing gentlemen--the Rev. R. Aspland, S. W. Browne, Dr. T. Rees, Mr. R. Taylor, &c. &c. By desire of the Sulse
I BEG leave to inform the Subscribers scribers, the Silver Medal given by Mr.
to Dr. Priestley's Works, that Vol. XXI., Parkes, was presented by the chairman
which concludes the theological part, will to Mr. Asplund, requesting him to con
be ready for delivery at my friend Mr. vey it to Mrs. HUGHES, with expressions
Eatoo's, 187, High-Holborn, on Saturday, of the liveliest gratitude for her numerous
April 20th. and highly useful literary productions,
I have found, on a late examination, and the most cordial respect of the Sub
so large a number of the former volumes scribers.
for which subscribers have not applied, ; On the health of Mr. Parkes, and
that I cannot but request them to consithanks to him for his handsome donation,
der the great pecuniary inconvenience imbeing given—that gentleman rose and
posed by such neglect, upon au Editor, said, he had two favours to ask of the
unavoidably occupied in the literary duties company, which he trusted they would
of an undertaking, laborious and unproreadily grant him. The first was, that
dactive; except of the high gratification every Subscriber would demand his allot
afforded by the prospect of accomplishing ment of Tracts, and endeavour to find
a favourite, and, as he trasts, no useless means of distributing them; the second,
project. that every Subscriber present would strive
I am, however, indebted to many suba to make the Society as extensively known
scribers, for their prompt attention to the as he possibly could and as it justly
notices which I had deemed sufficient, merited.
and which hare always appeared in your
Repository, when any volume was ready Greenock and Port-Glasgow Unit.
for delivery. Of such subscribers, (ex
cepting those with whom I am in corres, rian Chapel.
pondence,) I have only to request that The Subscribers to the Greenock and they would procure Vol. XXI. from Mr. Port-Glasgow Unitarian Chapel are re- Eaton, sending at the same time their spectfully informed, that on Sunday, Ja. full address, that I may correct my list, nuary 20th, 1822, the Chapel built at which I have reason to fear is, as to Port-Glasgow was opened for the worship some names and places, very inaccurate, of Almighty God, Friends were present. Subscribers who have not received the from Greenock, Glasgow, Paisley and whole of the 18 Volumes, pow ready for Renfrew. Three Sermons were delivered delivery, I must request immediately to in the course of the day by the Rev. apply by letter to Mr. Smallfield, Printer, George Harris, of Liverpool, to deeply Homerton, Middlesex, mentioning what attentive audiences. In the afternoon, volumes they have received, and directing the Rev. David Rees, of the University where the rest, with Vol. XXI., shall be of Glasgow, concluded the devotional sent, adding an order for payment in services; and the Rev. David Logan deli- London. vered his acceptance of the pastoral office As the Subscribers are generally readto the Port-Glasgow Congregation. The ers of your work, I trust that these rechapel is a very neat and commodious quests will come under the observation building, and there is a house, ultimately and be favoured with the attention of intended for the use of the minister of those whom they concern. A very few the place, under it. The whole expense copies of Dr. Priestley's Works are yet will not exceed £500, which will leave at the service of any who may wish to but a small debt to be discharged. The possess them. buildings are secured to seven trustees,
J. T. RUTT. of whom the Rev. George Harris is one,
Liverpool Unitarian Fellowship Fund. God, the Father. Three Sermons will bie
A REPORT of the LivERPOOL USTA delivered, those in the morning and evenRIAN FELLOWSHIP FUND has recently been
ing by the Rev. George Harris ; and that published, by which it appears the fol
in the afternoon by the Rev. W. J. Fox, lowing donations have been made during
of London. On Monday the friends and the year ending 31st December, 1821.
members of this new church will dine
together in the Cloth Hall; and in the To the Unitarian Fund (Londou)
- £10 0 0
evening, the Rey. W. J. Fox will preach Rochdale Chapel
10 0 0
in the Meeting-House. Oldham Ditto
5 0 0 Newchurch (Rossendale) Ditto 500
The Friends of the late Rev. HENRY Merthyr Tydvil Ditto
TURNER, of Nottinghant, propose to print Boston Ditto
in 8vo. (price 12s.) a volume of his Ser. Knowsley Ditto
10 00 mons. They request the pames of such Padiham Ditto
Ő as propose being subscribers may be for Newcastle-under-Lyme, Ditto, 500
Ö warded as early as convenient. Gellionen Ditto
500. General Baptist Academy 500
FOREIGN. An Aged Minister
• 300 Lancashire and Cheshire Unita
FRANCE. rian Association - - 5 0 0 We perceive that in our last, (p. 128,).
we stated prematurely that the law reTotal
straining the press had passed the two
Chambers. The event thus anticipated Communications (post paid) may be bas since taken place. The discussions addressed to the Secretary, Mr. H. Taylor, in the Chamber of Peers, as well as in Bold Street, Liverpool.
that of the Deputies, were very animated :
the speech of Prince TALLEYRAND has On Thursday evening, March 21st, the been much applauded. This disastrous Meeting-House in Sir Thomas's Buildings, measure was carried in the upper chamLiverpool, formerly a Catholic Chapel, ber by only a small majority : it is now, was opened for Unitarian worship, when however, the law of France, and will be a sermon was preached by the Rev. so as long as the present system of George Harris, explanatory of the doc- government is suffered to continue. trines maintained by Unitarian Christians. Tumults have arisen in various parts of The place was crowded to excess. The France, principally in places of public Meeting House is intended for the use of education; the young men being very the Society formerly assembling in Great reluctant to submit to the yoke of legitiCross Hall Street, and religious worship macy. will be conducted there on the morning. One great source of discord is the and evening of Sunday, and on Thursday preaching of the Missionaries, that is, night, commencing with the first Sunday priests who go about carrying the cross, in April.
preaching up the old doctrine of passive
obedience, fulminating church-censures NOTICES
against those that took a part in or pro
fited by the Revolution, asserting the The Half-Yearly Meeting of the So- divine right of tithes, calling back, as far merset and Dorset Unitarian Association as words avail, feudal times and usages, will be held at Taunton, on Tuesday the and in some cases pretending to miracles. 9th of April.
Fanatics and impostors as they are, they G. B. W.
are countenanced by the government, and
on that account, perhaps, more than from THE Rev. GEORGE HARRIS bas ac. any dislike of superstition, they are cepted the unanimous invitation presented' obnoxious to the people, who have on to him to become the pastor of the new several occasions opposed their preaching Unitarian Congregation, Bolton. His so riotously, that they have been obliged connexion with the Renshaw Street So- to claim the protection of the military. ciety will terminate on Sunday the 31st Certain state-prosecutions have brought March ; and he will enter on the duties out very prominently the political feeling of his situation in Bolton on Sunday, of the French people. Alarmed by this April 7th.
and other demonstrations of disloyalty,
the police are very active in their inquisiOn Sunday, April 7th, 1822, the tion after heresy and blasphemy. We Meeting-House in Moor Lane, Bolton, copy a paragraph on this subject from a formerly a Calvinistic Chapel, will be paper which we do not often quote, but opened for the worship of the One True which we never see without amusement, the New (or pretended) Times. So ex- rance attached so much importance, and travagant, and therefore so innoxious, is which fraud and cuming made availing this wretched journal, that it rebakes the for their sinister interests. There are Courier, (the regular ministerial paper,) many ecclesiastics in the Portuguese for speaking with decency of the Opposi- Cortes, but they are generally disposed to tion in the Chamber of Deputies, and support the independence of the Lusitaespecially for naming BENJAMIN CON- nian church. Ecclesiastical reform has STANT with respect. CONSTANT is the not, however, on the whole, made such friend of LA FAYETTE, of GREGOIRE, of rapid progress as in Spain. No church or LANJUINAIS, and was the friend (which convent property has been hitherto conof itself is a testimonial that might carry fiscated. In half a century the religious him with honour through the civilized orders will, howerer, be extinct by the world) of the wise and virtuous ROMILLY; non-admission of noviciates. In Spain but he stands up for the Charter, and not their suppression is much more rapid; as merely for the family of the Bourbons, they have been there deprived of much of and therefore the ex-jacobin Dr. STOD- their revenue, every encouragement has DART, points him out as a revolutionary been given to secularization, and many monster, whom the majority of the Cham- convents have been already alienated ber would do well to impeach. The where the number of Friars was small, or paragraph referred to is in the paper of where a veighbouring convent existed of March the 19th, and runs thus : « We the same order. Of the most enlightened perceive from the Paris journals that the among the Friars in Spain, a considerable police exerts itself with laudable diligence portion have been absolved from their in the seizure of blasphemous and sediti. religious vows. The Spanish Cortes have ous publications. A writer named Du- assumed a high tone in their intercourse PUIS, several years ago wrote a book with the Church of Rome. An annual entitled, De l'Origine de tous les Cultes, sum was formerly paid in the shape of which was intended to prove, among tribute to the Holy See. Since the Revoother things, that there never was such a lution that sum bas been very much dimiperson as Jesus Christ. In order to bring nished, and the Cortes refused to allow the substance of this impious work within any thing unless it were received as a the reach of the common people, an free gift,-not claimed as a recoguized abridgment of it has been printed at right. The Jansenists are becoming Paris, which, we are happy to find, was stronger in Spain. To that party belongimmediately seized, and we trust that the ed the leading ecclesiastics of the last vender, M. CHASSERIAN, will be made an Cortes. One religious journal is pub. example of.”
lished at Madrid, called the Cronica Reli
giosa. Its character is liberal, and its PORTUGAL AND SPAIN
object is to destroy the Papal influence; A DISPOSITION to loosen the shackles but involved as all men are in party-poliof Popish authority has been for some tics, it does not seem to excite much time visible in the former country, and interest or obtain much circulation. The that disposition has been much encouraged The remnants of old intolerance hare and strengthened since the establishment been but too visible in Spain during the of the constitutional system. The office late discussions on the Penal Code ; many of the Patriarca, or supreme Bishop of of whose articles breathe the most furious Lisbon, has been extinguished. The re. bigotry. The strongest assurance was spect with which the regular clergy have given that they would not be permitted Been regarded by the people is singularly to pass ; however, they were approved diminished, and even among the peasan- almost without discussion, in spite of a try questions as to the utility of the very general conviction of their absurdity monastic establishments, are sometimes and cruelty. “Let us inake this cession started and answered in a spirit of bold (they said) to the ignorance of the clergy, inquiry. During the Lent just over, the as no Spaniard can be affected by it. To Cortes applied to the Pope for a Bull to us, all the forms of religion are indifferallow the people to eat flesh. His holi- ent, and the common people are too ness refused for some time; but being sound in their faith to be exposed to the given very plainly to understand that his consequences of heretical pravity. The refusal would not alter the determination ecclesiastics will allow civil reform to of the national representatives, who were move onward, if we give them enough of resolved to root out some of the foolish church tyranny as the price of their acquisuperstitious of the Portuguese, he at last escence!” Thus it is, that fancied wisdom consented. The Bull was received, pub- becomes the ally of folly, and that tritth lished, and Lent has been observed with- itself is made the herald and the handout those forms to which folly and igno- maid of error.