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Theological Students in Hebrew, which minutes longer. For your encouragement lasted three hours and a half, closing with I shall begin with promising you, that the Senior Class translating, vivá coce, a every means shall be used to shorten it in number of passages, selected at the time, future years; as far as this can be done, from the Prophets and the prophetical consistently with securing the obvious books. Short viva voce examinations advantages arising from the intermixture then followed on Ancient History, Natu- of a mode of examination, which has ral Philosophy, and Classics, (Junior Di- long been pursued with so much success vision,) interspersed with Orations, by in the University of Cambridge; but the Mr. Payne, on “ the rapid Diffusion of details of which, as we become more the Gospel an Evidence of its Divine Ori- familiar with it, will certainly admit of gin," including a brief refutation of Mr. some considerable improvements, Gibbon's Secondary Causes ; by Mr. Chat- “I hare the pleasure to congratulate feild, on the question “ Whether the you, in the pame of this assembly, on the Iliad was the work of more than one good advantage which you appear to have Poet ;" by Mr. Worthington, on “ the generally taken of the opportunity which Desire of the Praise of Men, as a princi. the Committee have this year provided ple of Action;" by Mr. Bowen, on the for you, of improving in the important Origin, Structure, and Design of the Book art of Elocution; and though I cannot go of Job ;" by Mr. Tagart, on “ Berkley's so far as to say that there is not, still, Theory of the Non-existence of a Material some peculiarity of tone remaining, which World;" and by Mr. Beard, on the ground I trust will, in another year, give way to of the maxim“ Magna est Veritas, et a completely natural and easy delivery, prevalebit.” On Thursday, the fourth and or that there is not room for further fifth year's Students underwent a long and advancement towards a deliberate, dissatisfactory examination in Theology; and tinct, and forcible utterance, and towards afterwards the Classes in Modern His. keeping up a full volume of voice without tory, in the Belles Lettres, in the Evi- falling, to the very close of the sentence;. dences of Natural and Revealed Religion, yet I cordially admit, that there is a very in Metaphysics, and Classics (Senior great improvement in the manner in which Division). Orations also were delivered, your several discourses have been read, by Mr. Shawcross, on “ Religious Cons and that I have been much pleased with troversy ;" by Mr. Brown, on “ Field the other specimens of elocution which Sports ;" by Mr. Carter, on “ the Assas. have been exhibited. I have been partisination of Julius Cæsar;" by Mr. Wre- cularly gratified to observe, that there ford, on “ the Origin of Poetry, and the does not appear to be any tendency toSources of the Pleasure derived from it;" wards a fine delivery, or a theatrical mode by Mr. Mitchelson, on “ Fortitude,;" and of speaking or gesture, which I take as a a Sermon on 1 John iv. 19, by Mr. Kell. proof of the judgment of your teacher, The Students having enjoyed, during a and of your own good taste. Finery, part of the present session, the advantage indeed, and ornamental decoration, I conof instruction in Elocution, by Mr. Bart- ceive to be in general out of place on ley, the Examination was varied and en- most, if not all the occasions, on which livened by Readings, with which, and gentlemen can be called upon to address with the improved mode of delivering the public in the course of civil and active the Orations, the Examiners were much life; and entirely so in addresses from pleased.
the pulpit, where the earnest and affecOn the whole, the Examination was tionate manner which nature dictates to highly satisfactory to all who attended it; one who is duly impressed with the imand it was pleasing to observe, that the portance of his subjects and the best intermode pursued on the first two days, though ests of his hearers, is apt to lose its it subjected the Students to much greater effect on the minds of the judicious, when labour, was much more agreeable to them- adulterated with the tricks of artificial selves; while to the Examiners it afforded oratory. the opportunity of judging much more “In the discharge of a pleasing part accurately of the advantage which they of my anuual duty, I have the pleasure to had respectively taken of the opportuni- inform this assembly, that the Prizes for ties afforded them.
Diligence, Regularity, and Proficiency, are The Examination was closed by the awarded to Mr. Beard, Mr. Worthingfollowing Address from the Visitor: ton, and Mr. Tagart; the Mathematical
“ Gentlemen,-It now becomes my Prizes, by a Friend to the College, to Mr. pleasing duty to close this long and labo- Worthington and Mr. Busk; the Prize rious Examination by returning you our for proficiency in Elocution, agreeably to best thanks for the attention and patience the decision of Mr. Bartley, to Mr. Brown; with which you have submitted to it; and for the best delivered Oration, to Mr. I assure you, that I do not propose to add Tagart. to your fatigue by detaining you for many “A Prize of Two Guineas was pro. posed at the beginning of the present ses who have succeeded, that that young sion, by Robert Philips, Esq. of the Park, friend* is absent through ill health, who, to the best Classical Scholar. It was if he had been present, would undoubtthought advisable that the competition edly have maintained the honourable stafor it should be opened to the Junior tion of former years. Class; and it has, accordingly, been “It may probably have occurred to awarded as follows:-To Mr. Beard, in many, that some events have occurred the Senior Class, Books of the value of since our last meeting, which may seem One Guinea; and to Mr. George Lee, in to require some brief notice. At least I the Junior Class, a Book of the same should feel myself inexcusable if I should value. The attainments of Mr. Brown, have closed this Address without advertof the same Class, place him nearly on a ing to the blank which we must all feel level with the successful candidate. in the absence of that inestimable per
"A Prize, of the value of Fire Pounds, son-iny father's friend, my own friend, was offered by a Friend of the College, and my children's friend-the patroness under the signature of Euelpis, for a of every benevolent and useful institution; translation of a passage, not less than six to whom this College in particular owes octavo pages in length, from some English a great part of its prosperity and success ; historian, into Greek, the style and dia. to whose kind notice and friendship most lect of Xenophon being taken as a model. of your predecessors, my young friends, The passage selected was from Mitford's have been so deeply indebted, and who History of Greece, Vol. ). pp. 68-74 used to grace the close of these Anniver(8vo. ed.). The Prize has been adjudged saries with her mild and venerable pre. to a Translation which has for its motto, sence. She, however, “ came to her « Si quantum cuperem possem quoque, &c.; grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn the letter accompanying it, inscribed with cometh in its season;" and we felt disthe same motto, is found to be subscribed posed to hail her peaceful and easy pas, John Relly Beard. Another translation, sage to her great reward. There are very creditable to the diligence of the other blanks,t which will occur to those author, has also been given in, bearing who have been accustomed to attend the motto,“ Conamur tenues grandia." If these yearly meetings, for which it may the author choose to claim it, he has now seem not so easy to account, and in an opportunity of doing so, by rising up which some of us may find it difficult and acknowledging it as his. (Acknow. perfectly to acquiesce. But on these it is ledged by Mr Payne.)
not for us to enlarge ; we would not dis." I have heard it hinted that the sys- turb either your composure or our own ; tem of Prizes is objectionable, as exciting it is rather our wish to bow to the dismore of jealousy than emulation; as posals of Infinite Wisdom, and endeavour holding out an improper motive to exer- to habituate ourselves to the practical tion to one set of Students, and extin- conviction, that all His disposals are ultiguishing all motives to it in another set, mately for the best. when once they have ceased to expect a “ Let us, before we part, commit ourprize. But I should feel the discharge of selves to Him, in whose presence we shall this part of my duty very much abated as still remain the favoured objects of his to the satisfaction attending it, if I could bounty, however divided by absence from suppose that the triling distinctions thus each other in the present world, or even conferred on some should produce any though separated for a time by worlds such unpleasant effect in the minds of themselves." others, as if an implied censure were The company then adjourned after a thereby necessarily passed upon those short devotional exercise, highly gratified who are not so distinguished. I hope with the proceedings of the week. At that gentlemen who are members of this dinner, on Wednesday and Thursday, Society are actuated to the diligent pur- were present, besides the Tutors, Joseph suit of their studies by higher and better Strutt, Esq., President : Robert Philips, motives—the approbation of their parents Esq., Robert Philips, Jun. Esq., Robert and other friends; the prospect of honour Busk, Esq., James Darbishire, Jun. Esq., and usefulness in the world, and rewards C. H. Dawson, Esq., J. C. Langlands, of a nobler nature still; and that if these Esq., Thomas Martiacau, Esq., J. Worsprigs of laurel, plucked in their way thington, Esq., G. W. Wood, Esq., Treathrough the academic grove, afford a lit- surer ; and the Rev. Messrs. Dean, Grundy, tle temporary gratification, any momen- Horsfield, Kentish, Lee, Robberds, Secretary feeling of disappointment, if at all tary, Shepherd, c. Wallace, and Turner, awakened in others, will speedily be laid Visitor.
V. F. asleep in the feeling of congratulation with their more successful friends. I am * Mr. John Howard Ryland. sure there will be a generous sentiment + See Mon. Repos. for Oct, and Feb. of regret in the mind of more than one last.
Kentish Unitarian Association. · cost was fully come," &c.: the latter by The Annual Association of the Kentish
the Rev. Joseph Guy, of Birmingham,
from 2 Tim. iv. 5: “ Do the work of an Unitarian Baptist Churches, was held at Canterbury, on the 7th of May last.
evangelist ; make full proof of thy minis
try." An appropriate sermon was delivered
Thirteen ministers were present, by Mr. Pound, of Dover, from John iv.
and the congregation was numerous. 38 : “ Other men laboured, and ye are
J. H. B. entered into their labours." The worthy preacher took occasion from these words
Quarterly Meeting of Unitarian Mis to expatiate, in a forcible manner, on the
nisters in South Wales. necessity of making every possible exer. tion to promote that cause which had, The Quarterly Meeting of Unitarian under Divine Providence, been preserved Ministers in South Wales, was held at and handed down to us by the instrumen Gelli-Onnen, on Wednesday, the 26th of tality of our persecuted forefathers. June last. Mr. Philips, of St. Clears,
Ai the close of the public service, the introduced, and Mr. Thomas Evans, of business of the Association commenced; Aberdar, preached from 1 Tim, iv. ll. Michael Kingsford, Esq., in the Chair.. The subject discussed after the service * Owing to the general feeling produced was, The difference, if any, between pracby the irreparable loss of a late venerable tical and controversial preaching, friend, Mr. Sampson Kingsford, whose The next Meeting is to be held at constant exertions had associated his Pant-y-Defaid, Cardiganshire, on the 26th name more or less with every article of September next, at which J. James, of which came under consideration, the bu- Gelli-Onnen, was requested to be the siness proceeded with a kind of melan- preacher. choly satisfaction ; for it could but be
J. JAMES. remembered, that the place of meeting July 2, 1822. had been the scene of his ministerial labours for more than fifty years.
Mr. Harding's Missionary labours Annual Meeting of the South Wales amongst the Kent and Sussex Unitarian
Unitarian Society. Baptist Churches, formed a prominent
The Annual Meeting of the South feature of the proceedings. This mission Wales Unitarian Society, was held at was set on foot by the friendly co-opera. Swansea, on Thursday, June 27. The tion of the Committee of the Kent and Rev. J. Thomas, of Pant-y-Defaid, preachSussex Unitarian Christian Association; ed in Welsh, and the Rev. Dr. Carpenter and it affords the writer great pleasure in English, in the morning; and the Rev. that he is enabled to announce the pro- Dr. T. Rees in English, in the evening. bable continuance of a plan which appears The derotional services were conducted already to have done much in promoting by the Rev. J. Evans, of Carmarthen, in the cause of rational Christianity.
Welsh, and the Rev. B. Mardon, of GlasUpwards of 70 ladies and gentlemen gow, in English. sat down to a frugal dinner at the Fleece
The audiences were numerous, includ lan, and nearly 200 took tea, according ing visitors from distant parts of Glamorto usual custom, in the chapel, and the
ganshire, Carmarthenshire, and Cardiganwhole day was spent in Christian har
shire. Between sixty and seventy gen
tlemen dined together at an inn, and The next Association will be held at
other considerable numbers were proBessel's Green, near Seven Oaks, and we
vided with refreshinents in other places. have the pleasure of adding, that Mr.
The Meeting was altogether highly graGilchrist is requested to preach on the tifying and animating to the friends of occasion,
Unitarianism, as affording evidence of the B. M.
growing strength of the cause in South Dover, July 1, 1822.
The next Annual Meeting is to be at
Capel-y-Groes, in Cardiganshire, and the Dudley Double Lecture. Rev. John James is to be the preacher, On Whit-Tuesday, June 4, 1822, the
R. AWBREY. Annual Meeting of Ministers, denomi- Swansea, July 16, 1822. nated the Double Lecture, took place at Dudley. The Rev. James Scott, of Crad. ley, conducted the devotional services.
Kent and Sussex Unitarian Christian Two interesting discourses were delivered
Association. on the occasion. The former by the Rer. The Eleventh Anniversary of the Kent Robert Kell, of Birmingham, from Acts and Sussex Unitarian Christian Associa. ü, 1-4: “And when the day of Pente- tion, was held at Cranbrook, on Wed.
nesday, June the 26th. Mr. G. Kenrick months, when his report closed, Mr. preached on the occasion from the con- Harding had travelled 733 miles, and cluding clause of Luke vii. 22: “ To the preached 74 times. A rote of thanks poor the Gospel is preached,” shewing was passed to the Committee of the Unithat Unitarianism is that Gospel, and that tarian Fund for the liberal grant of £20, it is infinitely better suited to the capaci. and for their friendly aid in forwarding ties and wants of the industrious classes, the undertaking by the occasional labours than the tenets to which it is opposed. of Mr. Wright. Thanks were also voted Such were the combined excellencies of to the Unitarian Baptist Committee, and this discourse, both as it respects its com- to those chuches and individuals who, position and its delivery, that they can though not previously members of the be estimated only by its being heard from institution, hare generously co-operated the lips of the preacher. The writer with them in carrying this object into must be content with expressing his cor- effect. The Society resolved on using dial sympathy in its benevolent design; their utmost exertions toward contimay it have proved efficacious in promot nuing Mr. Harding in his present “ useing in the auditory, whose attention it so ful and animated career of missionary powerfully arrested, and particularly in preaching." that numerous and respectable class to The business of the day having closed, whom it more immediately related, those the Society now retired to partake of a convictions and those salutary impres common repast. The afternoon was spent sions, for which it was so eminently with much harmony and friendly intercalculated. That it has produced such course. Some appropriate sentiments were effects in no ordinary degree, there is given, which called forth addresses from every reason to conclude.
Mr. Holden, Mr. Kenrick, Mr. Harding, After the service, the Report of the and several other friends. Among others, Committee was read, including the jour. the memory of that good man and liberal nal of Mr. Harding, who has in the supporter of benevolent institutions, Mr. course of the last year been engaged by the Sampson Kingsford, was not forgotten, Unitarians of these parts, in the capacity which gave occasion to some excellent of their Missionary. Some extracts froin remarks from his intimate friend and his journal have already appeared in the coadjutor, Mr. Benjamin Marten. Mi. Christian Reformer, and have been adopt. Paine, who a few years since wrote two ed in the Report of the Unitarian Fund. excellent Letters to a Clergyman in DeThe engagements of Mr. Harding from fence of Unitarianism, which obtained a the commencement of his labours in rapid circulation, addressed the Meeting October last, have been various, and his on occasion of his having again been ecsuccess in the several objects has been, all gaged in a similar contest with one of things considered, highly satisfactory and that order. His sound refutation of the encouraging. His applications, being sup- general charge that his principles were ported by the Resolutions of the Commit- erroneous, had received no other notice tee of the Association, have proved effec. from his clerical opponent, than that of tual in uniting the exertions of almost all the almost immediate return of his Letter, our churches; which, with the friendly Such methods of shutting out the apand generous assistance of the Unitarian proaches of light are but too cougenial Fund Committee, in concurrence with with the principles of an establishment, that of the Unitarian Baptists in London, which attempts to say to adrancing knowhas enabled him to enter upon the under- ledge, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no taking. He has been employed on the further. Sabbaths in conducting the services of
'T. P. several of our churches which have no June 30, 1822. stated ministers; and much of the intervening time has been employed in announcing Unitarianism where it was pre.
. Eastern Unitarian Society. viously little known. In Queenborough The opening of the New Chapel erectand Hastings he has introduced Unitarian ed by the Unitarian congregation at Diss preaching in the first instance, and has took place on Wednesday evening the excited a considerable degree of public 26th June. The building is delightfully attention. In Sheeruess he has been the situated in a field adjoining the town, leading instrument of re-uniting the “lit. which overlooks a large piece of water, tle flock" into a regular society, and of and is constructed in every way most making a permanent accession to their tastefully and judiciously. There is no number. Having at his suggestion formed thing about it showy or extravagant, but a Fellowship Fund, they are now carry. all is substantial and convenient. It is ing on their services and conducting a calculated to seat about 300 hearers. Sunday-school by their own exertions. The congregation at Diss is not a ueIn the course of a little more than five inerous one, and the erection of such a
place of worship is highly creditable to Protestant Churches, and it was most the piety and liberality of its founders. convincingly shewn, that, tried by the May “ peace dwell within the walls" of test to which Popish errors were subtheir church. The service was opened by jected, modern orthodoxy must be disan appropriate Hymn ;, after which, Mr. carded as uncenable and unscriptural. Valentine (the minister of the place) There is some reason to expect that both pronounced the introductory prayer and the above Serinons will be given to the read the Scriptures. Mr. Scargill, of public. After service, the business of Bary, delivered the succeeding prayer; ihe Society was transacted; Meadows after which, the following Hymn (writteu Taylor, Esq., of Diss, in the Chair. The for the occasion by one of the congrega- opening a new Chapel for Unitarian wor, tion) was sung :
ship at Harleston, a market-town upon the borders of Suffolk, was noticed, and
there appears every reason to hope, that, God of our fathers ! though on high
with the assistance of Mr. Valentine, who Above the unapproached sky
conducts the service every Sunday mornIn beams of light thy dwelling be, ing, a permanent interest may be estaWe rear this house on earth to Thee. blished there. The Society recorded in
the strongest terms their protest against Now may thy Spirit bless the place!
the persecutions which, to the disgrace And whensoe er we seek thy face,
of those who profess to call themselves Thou, Lord, in all thy mercy come,
Christians, have been carried on within Our minds inform, dispel our gloom.
the last year against unbelievers, believing that such practices are in direct oppo
sition to the spirit of the gospel, and With Christian faith our souls inspire ;
calculated to bring into notice publicaWith Christian hope our spirits fire ;
tions which would otherwise have been While Christian love o'erflowing, free,
unnoticed and disregarded. James L. Pursues the work begun in Thee.
Marsh, Esq., and Mr. Edward Taylor,
were re-elected to the offices of Treasurer IV.
and Secretary: and it was unanimously In every heart thy temple rear :
resolved, that an Address be presented Thee, and Thee only may we fear : to the venerable Bishop of the Diocese, Deep in our souls thy name record,
in order to convey to him the thanks of The Servants of the living Lord.
the Unitarians in those counties with which he is connected, for the truly libe
ral spirit which he has shewed to ChrisOur earthly temples pass away;
tians of all denominations, and for his Man fades, inore weak, more frail thau raluable and disinterested labours in prothey ;
moting the cause of civil and religious But thou, O Lord, for ever sure,
liberty. Through rolling years shalt still endure. Fifty-six gentlemen afterwards dined
together at the King's Head Inn, Diss; Mr. Madge, of Norwich, then preached George Watson, of Saxlingham, Esq., in from Psalm c. 4: “ Enter into his gates the Chair. During the afternoon, the with thanksgiving, and into his courts Chairman not
Chairman noticed, in terms of well-mewith praise." It was a sermon worthy rited eulogy, the liberality of the Diss the occasion, and worthy the preacher, cor
preacher, congregation in having erected so handand was heard with deep attention and some and commodious a building for interest by a crowded audience.
public worship. Meadows Taylor, Esq., Ou the Thursday morning the Yearly returned thanks on behalf of the conMeeting of the Eastern Unitarian Society gregation. The absence of Mr. Aspland, was held. Mr. Bowles, of Yarmouth, and especially the afflicting cause of it, began the service by prayer and reading were the subjects of general regret, and the Scriptures, after which, Mr. Perry, a hope was expressed that he would faof Ipswich, prayed ; and Mr. Fullagar, of vour the Society by his attendance at Chichester, preached from Isaiah xxxv.8: their next Anniversary at Bury St. Ed“The wayfaring men, though fools, shall munds. Mr. Toms, Mr. Madge, Mr. not err therein.” In the course of the Fullagar, Mr. Richard Taylor, of London, Sermon the arguments used by Protes. Mr. Henry Taylor, of Liverpool, and the tants of the Church of England at the Secretary, severally addressed the comtime of the Reformation, against the cor- pany, on subjects connected with the inruptions of the Church of Rome, and terests of the Society, and of the great particularly against the doctrine of Trans cause of civil and religious liberty. substantiation, were applied to the corruptions which yet remained in most