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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 respeo. 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 consupport.
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 ToleB. 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
riot, and under the last Toleration Act, of Religious Liberty.
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 comusual, 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 Anni. there yet remained an obrious 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 benerolent 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 Sunwill crcate. 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 ere 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, solved 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. Wilson. It
The Rev. J. S. HYNDMAN, formerly a is one among many noble monuments of Christian bounty. Those monuments
student in Dr. Wardlaw's Theological were dearer to himn than the lofty column
Academy, is now supplying the congregaand the classic arch; than all the tem.
tion at Call-Lane Chapel, Leeds. ples that, though in ruins, grace the Acro
We are authorized to announce that polis of Athens, or the hills of Rome. In 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. &. Harris, removed to ments and blessings. To their praise
the New Meeting, Bolton, and that he immortal bards sang their lyric strains na
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 uerer 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 Loxof man!
DONDERRY. We are allowed to add, that (To be continued.)
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Address of the Eastern Unitarian Society to the Bishop of Norwich, with the
Bishop's Answer. TN pursuance of a resolution unani- ercise of this liberty, and how greatly
I mously passed at the last Yearly therefore we are indebted to your LordMeeting of the Eastern Unitarian So- ship, not only for the courtesy and kindciety, a deputation waited upon the
waited upon the ness which on all occasions have charac: venerable and excellent Bishop of Nor.
terized your general conduct, but for the
open and public and persevering manner wich, to present him an Address, ex
in which you have advocated and defendpressive of the gratitude of the Society ed the common rights of Christians. for his Lordship's long and valuable
To that wame and to those rights, howexertions in favour of religious li. ever much we may differ from your Lordberty.
ship and your Lordship from us, we are The time appointed by his Lordship sure you will not refuse to admit our for receiving the deputation was Tucse claim. We therefore take the opportuday, September 3rd, at 12 o'clock. pity, while conveying to your Lordship The members of the Society appointed our high sense of the value of your lato discharge this truly gratifying office
bours in behalf of Christian charity, of
testifying our entire agreement and corwere, The Rev. T. Madge, the Rev. T.
dial sympathy with the avowed opinions
of your Lordship upon the nature and Drummond and Mr. Thomas Marti
extent of religious liberty. We unite ncau, of Norwich ; the Rev. - Beynon
with you in reprobating every enactment and Thomas Hurry, Esq., of Yar.
which renders a man's condition in civil mouth; Meadows Taylor, Esq., of society worse than it otherwise would be, Diss; George Watson, Esq., of Sax- on account of his religious opinions. We lingham (the Chairman of the Meet- agree with your Lordship, that liberty and ing); J, L. Marsh, Esq., and Mr. Ed. not toleration is the claim of conscience; ward Taylor, the Treasurer and Secre- and further, that Christianity would be a tary of the Society
groat gainer, and the cause of justice and They were received with that kind humanity be essentially promoted, by the ness and cordiality which so strongly
total repeal of every law which would inmark the Bishop's character, and the
dict, or which has a tendency to inflict,
upon the sincere professor of any relifollowing Address was read by Mr. gious opinions, either pain or penalty, Madge:
obloquy or reproach. To do as we would
be done by, whether it relates to matters To Henry Lord Bishop of Norwich.
of faith or to matters of practice, to our MY LORD,
inward belief or to our outward ayowal, In consequence of a resolution unani. appears to us to be the Christian rule mously adopted at the last Amuual Meet- of right, and to have been the uniform ing of the Eastern Unitarian Society, held measure of your Lordship’s conduct. at Diss, we beg leave to tender to your considering, therefore, your Lordship's Lordship the thanks of that body of high station, and what is more, your Christians, for your Lordship's uniform Lordship's high character, and knowing attachment and marked devotion to the as we do, the value of their influence cause of religious liberty.
upon the great cause to which they have Dissenting, as we conscientiously do, been so steadily and powerfully dedicated, from the Established Church, of which we trust that your Lordship will allow your Lordship is so distinguished a mem- us to offer to you, on behalf of the Chrisber, distinguished, may we add, not less tian Society which we represent, our for your learning and piety, than for your most sincere, respectful and grateful acbenevolence and liberality, we feel how knowledgments. And permit us also to deeply important to us is the liberty of express our anxious hope, that long as acting agreeably to our religious convic- your life has been, it may be still further tions, how much of our peace and coin- and happily lengthened, and that you fort and happiness is involved in the ex. may yet live to witness the complete triVOL. XVII.
umph of that cause for which you have vouchsafed to man, “uon disputandi made so many efforts, and we believe we causâ, sed ita vivendi.” may add, so many sacrifices.
Few, if any instances have occurred After Mr. Madre had read the Ad- of a proceeding similar to that which dress and delivered it to the Bishop, we have now recorded, and we have his Lordship replied in the following only to repeat the sentiment expressed words :
in the Address of the Society, that his
Lordship may live to witness the comHaving always considered the favoura. plete triumph of those principles of ble opinion of wise and good men as the which he has been so consistent, so best reward which, ou this side of the able and so disinterested a champion. grave, an honest individual can receive,
È: T. for doing what he deems to be his duty upon all occasions, I cannot but be highly gratified by the approbation of so respect
Brief Notes on the Bible. able a body of my fellow-christians as
No. XXI. those are, an address from whom has been this moment read to me. I am
“God is a spirit, and they that wor
ship Him must worship Him in spirit and most certainly a very sincere, though a : very humble friend to the cause of Reli. In truth." John 1v. 24. gious Liberty, and have uniformly been so
Fragment of a Dialogue. from the first moment I was capable of distinguishing—“Quid sit pulchrum, quid
OTYRINITARIAN. I do not attempt
! turpe, quid utile, quid non." In carly
tly I any explication of the doctrine, life, an attentive perusal of the immortal or affect to understand it. works of Locke and Hoadly, and parti- Unitarian.-I did not expect one. cularly the arguments of the former in or suppose the other; but, is it very behalf of Toleration, and of the latter on unreasonable to require consistency the expediency of repealing the Test and in an opponent ? Corporation Acts, deeply impressed upon T.-I am aware of no inconsistency my mind this important truth, that every in referring to God what He has not penalty, every disability, every restriction, given me a capacity to comprehend. every inconvenience even, to which auy He no doubt good Civil subject is exposed, merely on
U.-He! Who? the score of his Religion, is, in its degree, persecution ; because, as the great
T.-God, certainly. Lord Mansfield justly observed, “con
U.-You do, it seems, admit that science is not controulable by human laws there is one only God; but represent nor amenable to human tribunals,” ac. that God to consist of three persons ! tions, not opinions, being the province of How, therefore, can you permit your. the magistrate. Such is, as it seems to self to speak of the Deity as He or me, the clear voice of reason; and reve-, Him? Does not consistency require lation, I am sure, confirms this voice, the use of They or Them, when diswhen it enjoins persons in authority to coursing of such a threefold Deity? “ restrain" with the civil sword “evil You. Trinitarians, would have us bedoers," and still more decidedly, when it warmly expostulates with those who
lieve that “Let us make man” was
i are fond of interfering in matters of con
an address by one person of the Mysscience: “Who art thou that judgest
tery to the others. Upon your own another man's servant ? To his own principles, therefore, and upon such master he standeth or falleth."
an authority, ought you not to use Let us all then be content to leave our the plural pronoun; and ought it not, fellow-christians to stand or fall by the upon your hypothesis, to have been judgment of our common Lord and Mas. used in a famous passage, thus-“God ter, to whom both we and they inust is three spirits, and they that worship hereafter give an account: and, in the Them must worship Them in spirit mean time, should we, upon reflection, and in truth”? regard it as a duty to convert others to
7.-It is not so in the Bible. our own peculiar opinions, let us never w cease to remember that reason and argu
Would you presume to vary the lanment are the only weapons of spiritual guage of revelation? warfare, and even in the use of these, we 0:Heaven forbid! But, why is shall do well constantly to bear in mind, it not so ? that revealed religion was graciously T. I receive the word of God as it