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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 vote 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 frieudly 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 churches 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, have 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 pronot- 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 immediaiely 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 ordivary 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 inemory 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 uot forgotten, Unitarians of these parts, in the capacity which gare occasion to some excellent of their Missionary. Some extracts from remarks from his intimate friend and his journal have already appeared in the coadjutor, Mr. Benjamin Marten. Mr. 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 ensuccess 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 ap and generous assistance of the Uvitarian proaches of light are but too congenial Fund Committee, in concurrence with with the principles of an establishment, that of the Unitarian Baptists in London, which attempts to say to advancing 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 Sheerness he has been the situated in a field adjoining the towo, 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 nonumber. 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 cougregation at Diss is not a nuIn 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 untenable 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; the Society was transacted; Meadows after which, the following Hymn (written Taylor, Esq., of Diss, iu the Chair. The for the occasion by one of the congrega- opening a new Chapel for Unitarian wortion) was sung:

ship at Harleston, a market-town upon I.

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 II, 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, believe

ing that such practices are in direct oppoIII,

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 libeV.

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 Inu, 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 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, 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- pauy, 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 Tran- cause of civil and religious liberty. substantiation, were applied to the corruptions which yet remained in most

Warwickshire Unitarian Tract of reflective men to revolt, and had inSociety.

duced them to discard the Christian sys

tem. The argument was ably supported The members of the Unitarian Tract by a review of the opinions expressed in Society, established in Birmingham, for the writings of some of the most celeWarwickshire and the neighbouring coun- brated orthodox divines, by a reference ties, held their Annual Meeting at Kid. to the system of religious belief estaderminster, on Tuesday, July 2, 1822. blished in those countries which have The Rev. Samuel Fawcett, of Yeovil, been most distinguished for the growth whose presence, on such an occasion, in and spread of infidelity, and by an aphis native town, was peculiarly gratifying peal to the declarations of Deistical writo his friends, began the religious services ters themselves. Another of the causes of the day with prayer and reading the to which Infidelity was said to owe its Scriptures. The Rev. James Hews Brans- origin, was the illiberal and persecuting by, of Dudley, offered up the general conduct of the professed believers in the prayer; and the Rev. Joseph Hutton, of gospel. Leeds, preached from James ii. 18: On Thursday morning, the Rev. C. “ Yea, a man may say, thou hast faith and Wellbeloved, of York, preached from I have works : shew me thy faith without Philipp. ii. 5—9. The discourse was thy works, and I will shew thee my faith fraught with sound criticism and judicious by my works.” The preacher was evi- observation, and afforded a most satisdently heard with the most lively interest; factory explanation of the manner in and the writer of this brief notice ventures which this much controverted passage of to renew the expression of his hope, that Scripture ought to be understood. The Mr. Hutton will prevail upon himself to difficulties on the side of Trinitarianism print his discourse, in compliance with were shewn to be irreconcileable; while, the earnest wishes of the meeting. upon a more rational principle of inter

About forty members and friends of pretation, the text appeared to convey the Society afterwards dined together, a consistent, appropriate and beautiful J. T. Smith, Esq, being in the Chair; meaning. and in the course of the afternoou several On the same day, the friends of the gentlemen addressed the meeting, on sub- Institution dined together, in vumber jects connected with the interests of sixty-nine, and were inuch gratified with Christian truth, liberty and virtue. the strength which their cause seemed to

J. H. B.

have acquired since their last meeting.

In the evening the Rev. G. Harris de

livered a discourse from Luke vii. 22: Unitarian Association for Hull, Lin- "To the poor the gospel is preached,"

in which he endeavoured to shew that coln, Doncaster and Thorne.

the doctrines now improperly termed The Annual Meeting of this Society Evangelical are not taught in the writings was held at Hall, on Wednesday and of the Evangelists; but that they are Thursday, 3rd and 4th July. The Rev. directly at variance with the sentiinents W. Bakewell, of Chester, introduced the contained in these interesting portions of service on Wednesday evening; and the the sacred volume. Rev. G. Harris, of Bolton, delivered an The three services were numerously eloquent and most animating discourse attended. On Thursday evening, the on the Causes of Jofidelity, from Isa. lii. Chapel in Bowl-Alley Lane was crowded 5. The preacher having noticed the great to excess ; and so strong was the intealarm lately excited by the supposed pre- rest excited in the minds of the inhabi. valence and increase of scepticism, par- tants of the town, that on the Sunday ticularly that species of unbelief which is following, whén Mr. Harris again preachknown by the name Deism, and having ed, numbers of persons were unable to admitted that such sentiments did exist, obtain admission into the chapel. much to the injury of society, and that This Institution has already been prothey afforded a just subject of regret to ductive of important effects in the town all pious Christians, proceeded to shew in and neighbourhood of Hull. It has what they originated, and for what they brought into more general notice the were still indebted for their support. He sentiments of Unitarians, and tended stated two of the principal causes of In- much to diminish the prejudices formerly fidelity: the first of which was to be entertained against them. In the end it found in the gloomy, repulsive and con- will, no doubt, prove eminently serviectradictory sentiments of reputed orthodox able to the cause of rational Christianity. writers, which, having been too geverally identified with the genuine principles of

W.W. the gospel, had caused the understandings

zenose.

The Annual Meeting of the Trustees luerit apud Eruditiores Antiquorum Polyof Manchester College, York, will be held theismus," by Mr. J. B. OXLEY, of Oriel at Cross-Street Chapel Rooms, Manches- College. ter, on Friday the 20 August next, at Latin Verse, “ Alpes ab Annibale Eleven o'Clock in the forenoon.

superatæ," by Mr. F. CURZON, of Bra. J. G. ROBBERDS, S. D. DARBISHIRE,

English Essay. “ On the Study of

Secretaries. Moral Evidence," by Mr. W. A. SHIRLEY, Manchester, July 12, 1822.

of New College.

Sir Roger Newdigate's Prize.-- English THE Rev. George KENRICK has ac- Verse. Palmyra,"

;" by Mr. A. BARBER, cepted the pastoral charge of the Unita- of Wadham College. rian Church at Maidstone.

Rare and Select Historical and TheoloSOME late proceedings in Parliament and in the Scottish courts of law have gical Tracts connected with Nonconforexposed the abominable system of libel mity.-The Rev. Mr. Redford, of Uxling, lately adopted by persons high in tion, an octavo volume of about 600 or

bridge, proposes to publish, by subscripoffice, and in various ways connected with the Government, in that country, in 700 pages, containing a selection of very order to overwhelm every independent nected with the History of Nonconformity.

choice, rare and interesting tracts, conpolitician. The infamous scheme is de At present it is intended to include in feated by its exposure, and its plotters the volume, The Discourse of the Trouand abettors, whatever be their rank and bles at Francfort, &c.; 1577"; several of talents, are consigned to public contempt. - Meaner tools, in what hands the celebrated Marprelate tracts ; a few remains to be seen, are still carrying on

tracts by the early Independents or Brownthe same disgraceful mode of political

ists; Vincent Alsop's Mischief of Imwarfare in England. These creatures,

positions ; Marvel's Rehearsal Transwho brandish the tomahawk and the prosed, and Answer to Danson; Palmer's scalping knife, and whose object it is, by against Wesley, 1760; Clegg's Life of

Vindication of the Dissenting Academies base and cowardly calumnies, to frighten Åshe ; Defoe's satirical tract, called The public men from the path of patriotic Shortest Way with Dissenters, &e. &c. duty, will we hope be tracked to their &c. As the object in this publication is dens and dragged forth, their employers and patrons by the side of them, to the not gain, but the preservation of works indignation of the country: in the mean deeply interesting to every Dissenter, time, it is satisfactory to observe that though uearly extinct, it will not be unvirtuous men, who are commouly devoted dertaken unless a sufficient number of

names be transmitted to cover the exto the measures of Government, feel and express proper abhorrence of these ruffi- pense; which it is supposed will not ans of the pen. Thus the Christian 06 exceed twelve or fourteen shillings. The server says, in its Number for June (pp: literal reprint from the earliest and best

tracts contained in the volume will be a 381, 382),-"We are increasingly grieved that among any of the professed friends editions, and without abridgment. The

names of persons disposed to encourage of good order and constituted authorities

transmitted in Church and State, there should be

this undertaking, should found so gross an inconsistency and de- without delay to Mr. Hamilton, 33, Pa

ternoster Row. reliction of principle, as is indicated in the wide circulation of such a publication as the John Bull Sunday newspaper, the

Ecclesiastical Preferments. libellous and disgraceful character of Rev. R. LAURENCE, D. C. L., Canon of which has been recently decided by a Christ Church, and Regius Professor of court of law, in perfect accordance with Hebrew at Oxford, to be Archbishop of the feelings of every well-disposed mind.” Cashel (not Bishop Alexander, as stated

p. 389). Cambridge, June 7. The Chancellor's Very Rev. Archdeacon BISSETT, to be Gold Medal for the best English Poem Bishop of Raphoe (not of Down and Core by a resident Under-Graduate, was yes- nor, as stated p. 389). terday adjudged to Mr. JOHN HENRY Rev, A. NICOL, M. A., of Baliol ColBRIGHT, of St. John's College-Subject, lege, to be Canon of Christ Church, and “ Palmyra.”

Professor of Hebrew in the University of Oxford, June 19. The Essays to which Oxford, vacated by the promotion of the Chancellor's Prizes had been awarded, Dr. Laurence. were recited in the following order : Rev. G. GASKIN, D.D., to a Prebend Latin Essay. An re vera præva- in Ely Cathedral. VOL. XVII.

3 M

Rev. C. LLOYD, D.D., to be Canon of logical; displaying to the historian one Christ Church, Oxford, and Regius Pro- of the features of the present times. The fessor of Divinity in the room of the Rev. subject has received at least its share of Dr. Hodson, deceased.

attention in this work. At the close of Very Rev. the Dean of Hereford (Dr. our report of the proceedings in Chancery Carr, of Brighton) to a Prebendal Stal in on this matter, in the last Number (p. that Cathedral.

389), we inserted, from the Monthly Hon. and Rev. R. Bagot, a Prehend of Magazine, a paragragh relating to Mr. St. George's Chapel, Windsor, vice Heath, Lawrence's reappointment as Surgeon to deceased.

Bethlem Hospital ; but the Editor of that

Journal has published, in the present The Bishop of Chester has obtained Number, the following letter of Mr. Law a grant to raise every benefice in his dio- rence's, which we think it right to reprint,

since, if it does not alter the state of the cese under 501. to that amount.

case generally, it relieves his opponents

from some portion of that odium of intoReceipts of Religious Charities, 1821. lerance under which they seemed to lie. British and Foreign Bi

Ed.] ble Society

£103,802 17 1 “ College of Physicians, April 16. Society for promoting

« DEAR SIR, Christian Knowledge 53,729 9 3 “ The renewed publication by others, Church Missionary So

over whom I have no controul, of the ciety,

32,975 9 7 work which I suppressed three years ago, London Ditto

29,437 13 4 induces me to offer a few observations on Wesleyan Ditto

26,883 5 5 the subject ; and to present them through Society for propagating

you, to the Governors of Bridewell and the Gospel in Foreign

Bethlem. The motives and circumstances parts

19,513 11 0 of the suppression in question, are deBaptist Missionary So

tailed in a letter to Mr. Harrison, through ciety (about)

14,000 0 0 whose medium it was communicated to General Baptist Ditto

the Governors of the two Hospitals; and (about)

1,000 0 0 this letter, I conclude, is entered on the Moravian Missionary

minutes of their proceedings. Further Society

7,192 18 5 experience and reflection have only tendSociety for Conversion

ed to convince me more strongly that the of Jews

10,689 13 9 publication of certain passages in these 'Naval and Military Bi.

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2,040 4 2 my regret at having sent them forth to Religious Tract Society 9,261 3 0 the world ; to make me satisfied with the Prayer Book and Hó.

measure of withdrawing them from pubmily Society

2,056 15 8 lic circulation ; and consequently firmly Hibernian Society

5,372 5 6 resolved, not only never to reprint them, Church of England Tract

.but also never to publish any thing more Society

514-11 10

en similar subjects. Fully impressed Society for Relief of

with these sentiments, I hoped and conPoor Pious Clergy

cluded that my Lectures would in future

2,219 0 5 be regarded only as professional writings, Continental Society 1,074 12 6 and be referred to merely by medical London Female Peni

readers. The copies which have gone tentiary

4,075 19 0 out of my possession, from the time when African Institution 1,124 0 0 the sale was discontinued to the late de. "Sunday School Society

cision of the Lord Chancellor, which has for Ireland

3,193 6 6 enabled all who may choose to print and Hibernian Bible Society 5,679 11 10 publish my Lectures, have therefore been British and Foreign

granted only as matters of favour in indiSchool Society(about) 1,6000 Ovidual instances to professional men, Irish Religious Book

particularly foreigners, or to scientific and Tract Society 3,943 0 0 and literary characters. My expectations Sunday-School Union

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1,762 4 5 act of a bookseller in the Strand, named

Smith. When his reprint of my Lectures Mr. Lavorence's Retractation. was announced, I adopted the only mea. MR. LAWRENCE'S “ Lectures” have the suppression of the work, namely, an

sure which could enable me to continue given rise to much discussion and contro. 'application to the Court of Chancery for versy, civil, legal, metaphysical and theo- an injunction against this person, being

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