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Two interesting discourses were delivered
Kentish Unitarian Association. cost was fully come,” &c. : the latter by
from 2 Tim. iv. 5: “ Do the work of an Unitarian Baptist Churches, was held at
evangelist ; make full proof of thy minisCanterbury, on the 7th of May last. An appropriate sermon was delivered try;". Thirteen ministers were present,
and the congregation was numerous. by Mr. Pound, of Dover, from John iv.
J. H. B. 38 : “ Other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours." The worthy preacher took occasion from these words Quarterly Meeting of
, Unitarian Mito expatiate, in a forcible manner, on the
nisters in South Wales. necessity of making every possible exertion 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-Onneu, on Wednesday, the 26th of tality of our persecuted forefathers. June last. Mr. Philips, of St. Clears,
At the close of the public service, the introduced, and Mr. Thomas Evans, of business of the Association commenced; Aberdâr, preached from 1 Tim, iv. 11. Dlichael 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-Detaid, 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 Uuitarian
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-operation of the Committee of the Kent and Rev. J. Thomas, of Pant-y-Defaid, preach
Swansea, on Thursday, June 27. The Sussex 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 devotional 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 fragal dinner at the Fleece
The audiences were numerous, includImn, 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 ion, 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
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- Swansca, July 16, 1822. nated the Double Lecture, took place at Dudley. The Rev. James Scott, of Cradley, conducted the devotional services. Kent and Sussex Unitarian Christian
Association. on the occasion. The former by the Rev. The Eleventh Anniversary of the Kent Robert Kell, of Birmingham, from Acts and Sussex Unitarian Christian Associaii. 14: “ Aud 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 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 roted 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 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 iminediately 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 Keprick, 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 uot forgotten, Unitarians of these parts, in the capacity which gave 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 Fuud. excellent Letters to a Clergyman in DeThe engagements of Mr. Harding fron 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 baving 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 efiec. 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 congenial Fund Committee, in concurrence with with the principles of an establishment, that of the Unitarian Baptists in London, which attenupts 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 iutervening time has been employed in announcing Unitarianism where it was pre
Eastern Unitarian Society. viously little known. Iu Queenborough Tue opening of the New Chapel erectand Hastings he has introduced Unitarian ed by the Unitarian cougregation 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 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 nonumber. Having at his suggestion forined thing about it shotvy 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 bearers. Sunday-school by their own exertions. The congregation at Diss is not a nuIn the course of a little more than five
merous 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 sub. their church. The service was opened by jected, modern orthodoxy must be disan appropriate Hymn; after which, Mr. carded as unrenable and unscriptural. Valentine (the minister of the place) There is some reason to expect that both pronounced the iutroductory prayer and the above Sermons 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, in 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 1.
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
couducts the service every Sunday mornla beams of light thy dwelling be, ing, a permanent interest nay 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 whepsoe er we seek thy face,
of those who profess to call themselves
Christians, have been carried on within Thou, Lord, in all thy mercy come, Our minds inform, dispel our gloom.
the last year against unbelievers, believ
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,
upnoticed and disregarded. James L. Pursues the work begun in Thee.
Marslı, Esq., and Mr. Edward Taylor,
were re-elected to the offices of Treasurer IV.
and Secretary: and it was unanimously la 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 Map fades, more weak, more frail than valuable and disinterested labours in pro. they ;
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 Mr. Madge, of Norwich, then preached George Watson, of Saxlingham, Esq., in
together at the King's Head Inu, Diss; from Psalm c. 4: “Enter into his gates the Chair. During the afternoon, the with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise.” It was a sermon worthy rited eulogy, the liberality of the Diss
Chairman noticed, in terms of well-methe occasion, and worthy the preacher; congregation in having erected so handand was heard with deep attention and
some aud commodious a building for interest by a crowded audience.
public worship. Meadows Taylor, Esq., Ou the Thursday morning the Yearly retarned thanks on behalf of the conMeeting of the Eastern Unitarian Society gregation. The absence of Mr. Aspland, was held. Mr. Bowles, Yarmouth, and especially the afflicting cause of it, began the service by prayer aud 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 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 Unitariau Tract by a review of the opinions expressed iu 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 hare 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, hegan 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 judicions 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 prerail 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 afternoon several On the same day, the friends of the gentlemen addressed the meeting, on sub. Institution dined together, in number jects connected with the interests of sixty-nine, and were much 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 Rer. 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 Hull, on Wednesday and of the Evangelists; but that they are Thursday, 3rd and 4th July. The Rev. directly at variance with the sentiments 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 Infidelity, from Isa. lii. Chapel in Bowl-Alley Lane was crowded 5. The preacher having noticed the great to excess ; and so strong was the inte alarm 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 unhelief which is following, when 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 servicetradictory sentiments of reputed orthodox able to the cause of rational Christianity. writers, ivhich, having been too generally identificd with the genuine principles of
W.W. the gospel, had caused the understandings
TAB Annual Meeting of the Trustees luerit apud Eruditiores Autiquorum 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 2d 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 Neudigate'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 700 pages, containing a selection of very with the Government, in that country, in choice, rare and interesting tracts, couorder to overwhelm every independent politician. The infamous 'scheme is de- nected with the History of Nonconformity. feated by its exposure, and its plotters At present it is intended to include in and abettors, whatever be their rank and the volume, The Discourse of the Troutalents, are consigned to public con. the celebrated Marprelate tracts ; a few
bles at Francfort, &c., 1577 ; several of tempt. — Meaner tools, in what hands 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 Reheursal 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 calumuies, to frighten Åshe ; Defoe's satirical tract, called The public men from the path of patriotic duty, will we hope be tracked to their Shortest Way with Dissenters, &c. &c. dens and dragged forth, their employers not gain, but the preservation of works
&c. As the object in this publication is and patrons by the side of them, to the indignation of the country: in the mean deeply interesting to every Dissenter, time, it is satisfactory 10 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 of good order and constituted authorities
names of persons disposed to encourage in Church and State, there should be this undertaking, should be transmitted found so gross an inconsistency and des 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., Capou 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
Cambridge, June 7. The Chancellor's Very Rev. Archdeacon Bissett, to be Gold Medal for the best English Poem Bishop of Kaphoe (not of Down and Conby 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.