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INTELLIGENCE.

Western Unitarian Society. noticing particularly a sermon which has

been lately printed at Ringwood : 009On Wednesday, July 10, the Annual trasting the statements coutained in these Meeting of the Western Unitarian Society works with the Scriptures, he shewed was held at Crediton. The Rev. S. C. them to be totally irreconcileable with Fripp had been expected to preach upon each other—while it plainly appeared, the occasion ; but, as he found himself that from whatever other vices Calvinism unable to attend, his appointment de- might preserve its rotaries, it by no volved on the Rev. Dr. Carpenter. The means secured them from a disposition service was introduced by the Rev. G. to heap unmerited calumny and reproach Kenrick, and the Rev. W. Hincks gave on their opponents. The preacher conthe intermediate prayer. Dr. Carpenter's cluded with a forcible exhortation to his text was Ephes. i. 7. The discourse, as Unitarian brethren so to conduct thenmight have been expected from the selves as to prove that the invective preacher, was an impressive illustration with which they are so frequently asof an important subject. The business sailed, is as unmerited as it is most unof the Meeting was next discussed ; and doubtedly unchristian. the members and friends of the Society After the service the annual business then assembled at the inn, where more of the Society was transacted, wben than sixty dined together. In the course thaırks were unanimously voted to the of the afternoon much was said, that was preacher for his very able and eloquent heard with deep pleasure, and will not discourse; and it being considered, that, soon be forgotten. Nor did it diminish from Portsmouth being more in the cen. the interest of the occasion, that the tre of the district over which the Society Society lad held its first Meeting at Cre. extends, as well as from the very flourishditon ; and that, after a very long interval ing state of Unitarianism in that neighof time, many who had witnessed it in bourhood, it would be the most desirable that infant state, were present to be gra- place at which to hold the Quarterly tified by its augmented' importance. In Meetings of the Society, it was resolved, the evening, the Rev. B. Mardon, of that they should be held there in future, Glasgow, took the devotional service; instead of at Newport; and Mr. D. B. and the Rev. John Kenrick preached from Price, of Portsmouth, was requested to Psalm ii. 1, 2. It was a masterly and accept the offices of 'Treasurer and Sesubstantial discourse, a happy unison of cretary for the year ensuing, the beautiful and the useful. After the The members and friends of the Soevening service, the assembly dispersed, ciety afterwards sat down to an econoand there appeared but one general feel mical though comfortable dinner, at the ing of satisfaction with all that had taken Bugle Ion. The reporter trusts he shall place in the course of the day.

be excused for mentioning that it is a J.J. rule with this Society, that the dinner

shall be ordered with the strictest regard Southern Unitarian Society.

to economy, and that there shall be no

general reckoning after the removal of The Annual Meeting of the Southern the cloth, every person present being at Unitarian Society was held at Newport, liberty to call for any species of beverage Isle of Wight, on Wednesday, July 24, he thinks proper. The rich and the poor 1822. Mr. Bennett, of Poole, com- are thus enabled to meet together on terms menced the service by reading the Scrip- both agreeable and convenient to each, tures; Mr. Scott, of Portsmouth, offered and that Christian fellowship and co-opethe prayer before the sermon ; and Mr. ration is secured, which it is so desirable J. B. Bristowe, of Ringwood, preached should prevail among persons who have from 2 Cor. ii. 17 : “ For we are not as the same important objects in view. many which corrupt the word of God." In the evening, Mr. Fullagar, of Chi

The preacher enumerated the texts of chester, preached from Isa. xxxv. 8. The Scripture which are most usually adduced preacher pointed out the inconsistency of in support of the Calvinistic scheme, and those who reject the doctrine of Tran. shewed them to be either mistransla. substantiation on account of its absurdity, tions, or that they by no means necessa- though supported by the very words of rily bear the sense which Calvinists put on Scripture, while they retain other docthem. He theu made several quotations trines equally absurd, which, eren by from the works of the reputed orthodox, their own confession, rest on inference

recent

alone. He then shewed that the doc- evening at Paisley; and also the Monday trines held by Unitarians, so far from evening at Port-Glasgow. being liable to the charge of robbing The following are a few particulars of Christianity of its glory, were of them. the information contained in the Report. selves sufficient to make men wise unto Mr. Logan's preaching at Carluke, consalvation ; while of Unitariauism alone tinued till his settlement with the Society it can be said, that, by the plainness of at Port-Glasgow, where, under great disits precepts and by the simplicity of the couragements, he is labouring to promote privciples it inculcates, it proves itself to the interests of Unitarianism. The spibe that heavenly path of which it was rit and principles by which this zealous prophesied, that "the wayfaring men, preacher is animated, may be inferred though fools, shall not err therein." from the verses which he recited at the

T. C., Jun. social meeting, and a copy of which is,

at the suggestion of Mr. Yates, sept for, Newport, August 3, 1822.

your insertion : Scottish Unitarian Association.

The Christian Soldier. The Tenth Anniversary of the Scot. “ Ye martyrs who withstood the fire, tish Unitarian Christian Association was Persecuting, priestly ire, held in Glasgow, pursuant to public no

Your story sball my soul inspire tice, on the 28th of July. The morning

With thoughts of magpanimity. service was introduced by the Rev. B. 'Twas nobler courage that you led Mardon, M.A.; and the Rev. James To brave the martyr's fiery bed, Yates, M. A., delivered an admirable dis. Than ever in death's accents sped course from Deut. xxix. 29, in which he From "gory beds' of soldiery. shewed that a belief in mysteries forms no part of the Christian religion, and your aim the blessing of mankind;

“ Your battles were the fights of mind, that " where mystery begins, religion Your sword was Heav'n's own truth reends." Mr. Y. quoted, with approbation,

fin'd, the language used hy Dr. Van Mildert,

Unstaiu'd with blood and butchery. Bishop of Llandaff, who in a charge to his clergy, describes Unitarians Ye noble, holy, godlike men

;

Oh! glory, glory, to you then, as the sect which“ refuses to exteud its belief farther than the boundaries of the

Your names shall live in glory, when

A Cæsar's fame is infamy. human understanding." The afternoon service was introduced by the Rev. D. “ Oh! scorn like them, my soul, a lie, Logan, of Port-Glasgow ; and the Rev. From truth's fair banner scorn to fly; J. Squier, of Edinburgh, preached from Rather choose like them to die, Acts xxiv. 14, on the true meaning of Than part with dear integrity. heresy, shewing the unchristian spirit Say, who would be truth's traitor evinced, by applying it in the evil sense

knave,' to sincere lovers of truth and friends of Who would be ev'n the mitred slave, free inquiry. In the erening, the Annual That either purse or life would save, Discourse was delivered by the Rev. James Entrench'd in base hypocrisy?" Yates, who chose for his subject, an inquiry into the meaning of the title Savi. At Paisley, the conference once a fortour, as applied to our Lord in the New night is continued with much spirit, unTestament. The three sermons were in der the judicious management of the the highest degree appropriate, and were Elders. A highly interesting and detailed listened to with the utmost attention. account of which, drawn up by one of The Annual Sermon will, ai the unani- the Paisley brethren, formed part of the mous request of the Meeting, be pub- Report. It also noticed the desirable lished. The Report was read as usual, ness of a minister's being settled at Dun. by the Secretary, after the morning ser- dee, to second the exertious of our highly

About 45 persons assembled on respected friend Mr. Millar, whose reMonday, the 29th instant, at the Annual cent accounts of the prospect in the North Dinner, when a number of sentiments are highly encouraging, and describe it were given by the Chairman, Thomas as a good field for preaching. Muir, Esq., breathing the spirit of pure Ai Glasgow, a series of doctrinal Lec. Christianity, and which, connected with tures were delivered the last winter as several very interesting addresses, contri- usual, in which the minister of the chabuted in a high degree to the pleasure pel received the assistance of two other and delight of the Meeting, which sepa- preachers, and which were attended by rated at an early hour.

large congregations. Mr. Yates preached the following Sun- The Report also included reference to day, twice at Union Chapel, and in the the proposal for crecting a Unitarian

vice.

Chapel in a very eligible situation in at his wisdom, and knew the authority Edinburgh ; a proposal in which every of his example, he sought to obtain from Scottish Unitarian, from a knowledge of him that attendance at the church, which the beneficial influence which the respec- his conscience induced him to decline. tability of the cause there must excite There he thought without envy-with upon Scotland in general, feels the most kind compassion-on his prelatical oppolively interest ; and it is confidently nent, who might be excited to his frehoped, that the published “proposal," quent and almost hebdomadal diatribes under the judicious and excellent ma- against education, unconnected with the nagement of the friends in Edinburgh, church, by the remembrance of the rewill induce the Committees of the Fel- proofs and firmness of that modest, welllowship Funds in England, to contribute taught cottager, whose form and sufferings their speedy, simultaneous and effectual memory might introduce amid the con. support.

vocations of his clergy, and beneath his The Rev. David Davis, of Neath, is gilded canopies of state. appointed the preacher at the next Asso- The affair of GRIFFIN was important, ciation,

as on that depended whether the Tole B. M., Secretary ration Acts would afford protection to

the public worship of Protestant Dis. Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Pro- senters. That offender had been contestant Society for the Protection victed at the Hampshire

Sessions of a of Religious Liberty.

riot, and under the last Toleration Act,

was sentenced to pay the penalty of forty This Anniversary was held on Saturday, pounds. But the magistrates decided May 11th, in the City of London Tavern, that the Act gave them no power to Lord John Russell in the Chair. We enforce the penalty; the offender was regret that we have not been able to give liberated-impunity produced insolence an earlier account of its proceedings. In and new offences-and village worship this and a following number we shall throughout that county would have beextract from “ The Supplement of the come insecure. By an application to the Philanthropic Gazette," of Friday, May Court of King's Bench, at a considerable 24, as full a report as our limits will expense, orders and writs were obtained allow.

MR. Wilks's speech was, as that enforced the penalty by the conusual, the great attraction of the meeting, mittal of the culprit to the county gaol. which was crowded to excess : the speech Compunction was the result, and as his occupied nearly three hours and a half, aged parents needed his labours, as he and was received with acclamations of contritely applied for mercy, the Comdelight. After a suitable introduction, mittee, mindful that mercy should temper Mr. Wilks said that before he adverted justice, acquiesced in his discharge. But to the transactions since the last Anui. there yet remained an obvious need that versary, he would allude to some of those

some legislative provisions should be made matters to which attention was then most to prevent such trouble and expense, and awakened. The destiny of Amos Nor- to secure the prompt attainment of the ROWAY, the intrepid and enlightened la- justice which the 'Toleration Laws were bourer at Ewelme--the result of the enacted to confer ! prosecution of GRIFFIN for a riot-and The Education Bill had, he hoped, the Bill as to the Education of the Poor, passed away to that grave, where many excited the deepest interest.

mistaken projects of the benevolent and For Amos NORROWAY, he was happy worthy, happily slumber to awake no to announce,

that a secure asylum from more." Of Mr. BROUGHAM no man could the visitings of persecution was obtained. think more highly, or would utter more In a comfortable cottage, well repaired, cordial praise. In debate, he moved like surrounded by fruit tress now full of a giant in a storm. As an advocate, as blossoms, and with a garden-plot, pur- a political economist, as a statesman, as chased by one who could revere the love a philanthropist, he was pre-eminent. of principle in a peasant breast, he had Since their last meeting, he had boldly found a home, whence he would not and greatly, for a Royal client, stemmed remove until he entered his last and hap- the torrent of influence and power, and pier home in heaven. There his consis- secured an amaranthine fame. As to ient conduct pleased the pious, profited education, his object was laudable, but the observing, awed the unfriendly, and his means needless and unwise. From a exercised that moral influence over the small source bubbling up in the vale of numerous villagers, which such conduct Gloucester, in the establishment of Subwill create. There he had even the Cu- day-schools, had issued a stream swollen rate for a guest. He acknowledged his by ten thousand charitable rills, wideindustry and worth, and as he wondered spreading and beneficent. Christian love had added to these waters, till Wales slain-and again the objectionable exand England, that had been parched and pressions re-appeared. The efforts of the desert, were now among the best in- Committee must also revive; they must structed nations on the earth. If a system reuew against that evil their Herculean parochial, clerical, compulsory, expensive, toils, and should so renew them with the had been established, these waters of hope that better triumphs than those of charity would have ceased to flow-the Hercules would be achieved. taxations of the country would have been In a Church-Rate case from Loughenlarged—the agricultural interests, now borough, they afforded their advice. For gaping for existence beneath too heavy relief from the Assessed Taxes as arising burdens, would have sunk under a new from claims on a minister at Wern in pressure—the wrongs of Dissenters would Wales, and for Portland Chapel, Bath, have been increased—the ecclesiastical they had taught their friends how to powers, already too dominant, would apply: and he repeated publicly the inhave received fearful augmentation and formation, that Assessed Taxes were not an harvest would have been reaped of claimable for any Meeting-house, and immediate evil and of abiding woe. Hap- that all School-rooms for the poor, and pily, however, the dark, oppressive cloud rooms in Academies devoted to ministethat blighted and overhung them had rial students, were, on account of their passed away, and all was again serenity charitable appropriation, also exempt and sunshine, May vo fragments of the from charge. threatening masses ever re-appear! But One claim for a Mortuary Fee of ten he must entreat, as its needlessness was shillings, was made at Keighley, in Yorkthe best argument opposed to the design, shire, on a poor woman who was left that the friends to the gratuitous, reli- with three orphan children. As it did gious, unpersecuting, unsectarian educa- not appear that the fee had been demandtion of the poor, would, by their increas- ed before the reign of Henry the Eighth, ing diligence, give even to that argument and had been since but occasionally reaccumulated force. Every where let there quired the payment was withheld, be established Sunday-schools, combined though the clergyman offered greatly to with week-day evening tuition-or Lan- lessen his demand. The transports of castrian schools for mutual instruction, the widow, grateful that persons living under the British and Foreign School so distant, not knowing her, and to her Society, till an untaught hamlet or alley unknown, should step forward to soothe here or in Ireland should be like an un- and succour her, afforded to the Comknown land-and till the little plant of mittee a pleasant and pure reward. universal education, become the noblest The vexatious subject of the assessment tree, outspreading its undecaying branch- of Chapels at Bath, Chatham, Beverley es, should afford to every Briton, infant and Paddington, to Poor's Rates, had reor adult, the joy of beholding its blos- newed anxiety and labour. At Bath soms, and sharing its inestimable fruit. some additions to Argyle Chapel, prin

According to his former custom, he cipally for the accommodation of the would first revert to those which were Sunday scholars whom the members of mere pecuniary demands. They included that munificent congregation endeavoured Turnpike Tolls, Assessed Taxes, Poor's to instruct, produced a treble assessRates, and Mortuary Fees.

ment to the poor ;

as if these paroAs to Turnpike Tolls, letters had been chial patriots were fearful the noxious received from Hartland in Devonshire, weeds of pauperism should vegetate too Pinchbeck in the county of Lincoln, and slowly, and would therefore, by a tax, Tremerchion in Wales. All such inqui- forbid the wise instruction and infant ries should include an extract of the ex- piety-which can alone restore to the emption clause in each Turnpike. Act. poor an independent but submissive spiTo Pinchbeck he had the satisfaction to rit, and the love of labour, economy, reply, that the exemption they wished comfort, and of a humble, but a happy had been already inserted in the Act, home! At Chatham, during several and he hoped that as the bills were re- years, the Rev. Mr. Slatterie had resisted, newed, all the provisions unfriendly to by every fair expedient, an assessment on Dissenters would disappear; because, to his chapel which amounted yearly to the that object the Committee directed con- vast sum of one hundred pounds, and stant and needful care. Indeed, Cerberus which now would subtract from the docould not be too wakeful to prevent sur. nations of the congregation a yearly sum prise. Last year a General Turnpike Bill of sixty pounds ! By legal suggestions was proposed and postponed. All the the Committee had enabled him to profit old objectionable words were there in- by some negligence and delay of his opserted, but at their application were re- ponents, and to avert the payments of moved. This Session the measure was two rates which they threatened to enrevived. The snake was scotched, not force, and at which the majority of the

parishioners wept no tears but those of The Rev. Dr. Evans, of Islington, has joy. The congregation at Beverley had on the eve of publication the fifth edition not been before assailed. It was a small of his Golden Centenary, or One Hundred corporate town, where local antipathies Testimonies in behalf of Candour, Peace and meie personal dislikes exercise illibe- and Unanimity, by Divines of the Church ral and ungracious power. There, they of England, of the Kirk of Scotland, and had rashly distrained the property of an among the Protestant Dissenters; with individual trustee-but, mindful of the One Hundred concentrated Sketches of place where he first plucked the flowers Biography. of spring, and gazed on the blue sky, the Rev. George Collison had manfully re

The Rev. David REES, M.D., who, sulved to resist every extorsive and ille during his studies at Glasgow, was an gal act, and with a noble spirit had de- occasional preacher in the West of Scotclared that he would rather “beg from land, has settled with the Society at door to door” than allow those measures Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire. to prevail. Paddington Chapel was erected at the sole charge of Mr. W11.On. It is one among many noble monuments of student in Dr. Wardlaw's Theological

The Rev. J. S. HYNDMAN, formerly a Christian bounty.

Those monuments were dearer to him than the lofty column tion at Call-Lane Chapel, Leeds.

Academy, is now supplying the congregaand the classic arch; than all the temples that, though in ruins, grace the Acropolis of Athens, or the hills of Rome. In

We are authorized to announce that those Pagan temples, the founders had the Rev. W. Hincks, of Exeter, has been memorials more durable than brass. chosen pastor of the Unitarian CongreTheir grateful, though superstitious, coun- gation, Renshaw Street, Liverpool, in the try gave them spoutaneous acknowledg-room of the Rev. G. Harris, removed to ments and blessings. To their praise

the New Meeting, Bolton, and that he immortal bards sang their lyric strains has signified his acceptance of the apand elegiac verse. We, strangely niggard,

pointment, repay kindness with taxation--and so would freeze up the genial ardour of de- On Sunday morning, August 25, the vout munificence ! Thus, though Mr. Rev, S. W. Browne, Minister of the Wilson expended six thousand pounds in Chapel in Monkwell Street, preached a the building of that chapel, he is required Sermon, as had been previously announcto pay church rates and parochial claimsed in the public papers, on the occasion for his own house of mercy,—though he of the late suicide in high life. We are nerer received interest, principal or rent; desired to state that the Sermon was pot, and asks and has no recompence but the as has been represented in the Courier, bliss-producing consciousness of a desire “ to the memory," but simply on the for the glory of God, and the happiness auful death, of the late Marquis of Lonof man!

DONDERRY. We are allowed to add, that (To be continued.)

some details" of this discourse will be prepared for our next number.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Communications have been received from Messrs. Mardon; W. Erans; and N. Jopes; also from G. P. H.; F. K.; Brevis ; M. (for Obituary); and T. F. B.

Various articles of intelligence are unavoidably postponed. During the present cessation of public business, we hope to bring up our report of proceedings in Parliament and in the Coarts of Law, as far as they relate to questions of religious liberty or general humanity.

We trust also that we shall be able to resume our account of Foreign Theological Literature, and to pursue other improvements in the Monthly Repository, which hare been hindered by circumstances over which we had no controul.

The proffered “ Essay on Sacrifices," by the late Rev. H. Turner, will be thankfully accepted.

The “Inquiry respecting the Rev. C. Wellbeloved's Bible," by A Subscriber, should be addressed to the Author himself, who will, we are sure, give the writer the informatiou that he seeks concerning the progress of that work.

Mr. Procter is requested to apply to the Publishers through his bookseller for the Music-SHEET omitted in his number for June ; and the same advice is given to any other Subscriber whose number may have been delivered without it.

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