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life they occupied.❤ Happy will it be for the poor of this place and neighbourhood, and honourable will it be for the present medical practitioners of our city, it, from their assiduity, the poor have no occasion to regret that heaven did not extend, to a longer period, the professional labours of our deceased friend. He was not, it is true, during his illness, left solitary and alone, for conjugal and filial affection was ever active in its attention; but the calmness and serenity be displayed from the commencement of his illness, assured, as he seemed to be, from the hints he dropped, that he would Bever more join the bustling sons of men, demonstrated that he had with him in his confinement, not merely his earthly friends, but his heavenly Father also. The energies of his nature failed, and his gradual descent to the house appointed for all the living, was not by art or solicitade to be impeded; but he knew that he was in good hands, in the hands of his Father and his God, and in the joyful hope of a future resurrection, with composure of spirits he was gathered to his fathers in peace. Let me die,' may all who saw him exclaim, 'the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his.'
"We yet survive; and what are the duties which, from these reflections, seem to be incumbent upon us? To cultivate pious feelings; to display benevolent affections; to be ardent in an inquiry after, and to be dauntless in the profession of, Christian truth. Then, by inducing others by our example to glorify our Father in heaven, we may become instrumental, in the hands of our God, in filling up that vacancy in the church and in society, which the removal of our friend has occasioned; then may we find the work of our God prospering in our hands; and then may we entertain a well-grounded hope, that if the decay of nature, or the prior removal of friends, should leave us, to human appearance alone, we shall not be ALONE, for that our heavenly Father will be with us, his promises will support us through the vale of death, and the falness of joy belonging to heaven be ours; when, with a voice as résistless as that which now commands the sons of
Mr. STREET was, for many years, surgeon and dispenser of medicine at the Dispensary in Chichester; which Institution has had the able assistance of Dr. Bayley and Dr. Sanden, who, with Dr. Silver and Dr. Powell, whose premature and deeply regretted death happened a few years since, frequented the Unitarian Chapel.
men to return to their native dust, the sleeping saints shall be raised from their slumbers, and this mortal shall be or dered to put on immortality.”
Jan. 25, at Newbury, in the 75th year of his age, the Rev. JOHN WINTER, thirtyeight years pastor of the Independent Church, in that town.
29, at Brighton, after a long season of debility and suffering, James Weston, Esq., of Upper Homerton, at the age of 63. He has been extensively known for many years as one of the firm of soli citors bearing his name, in Fenchurch Street, and respected by the public for his honourable character, and highly esteemed by his numerous friends for the amiableness of his temper and manuers.
- 31, after an illness of a few days, Mrs. ANNE WELLBELOVED, the wife of the Rev. C. Wellbeloved, of York: "a woman," says the York Herald, "little known to the world, but in the bosom of her family, and within a small circle of friends, admired, esteemed and loved, for her excellent understanding, her exemplary fortitude, her cheerful piety, and her regular discharge of every social and domestic duty."
Feb. 4, at her house in Harley Street, Lady RUMBOLD, widow of Sir Thomas Rumbold, Bart., and daughter of the late Dr. Edmund Law, Bishop of Carlisle.
- 6, at Stoke Newington, in the 53rd year of her age, Mrs. MYRA HODGKINS, relict of the Rev. George Hodgkins, many years minister of the Dissenting congregation at that place. [Mon. Repos. IX. 639 and 788.] By her amiable temper and pleasing manners she endeared herself to all who had the pleasure of being acquainted with her. The removal of this excellent woman from this sublunary sphere of being was most sudden and impressive. She had entertained a party of friends the preceding evening in the possession of her accustomed health and cheerfulness. Seized with an apopletic fit, she never afterwards spoke, and within the hour expired! Little did she imagine that Providence had ordained that she should so soon follow her beloved youngest daughter, who was a few mouths before consigned to the tomb.A sole surviving eldest daughter and a beloved sister remain to bewail her irreparable loss, and cherish her many virtues. The deceased was interred in the family vault in the cemetery of the new Church,
Hackney. The writer of this article having preached at her particular request the funeral sermon of the Rev. George Hodgkins, witnessed the piety and resignation of this worthy woman on that trying occasion, and feels a melancholy pleasure in paying this unsolicited tribute of regard to her memory.
Feb. 10, at her house Moria Place, Southampton, suddenly, aged 70 years, Mrs. YOUNG, widow of John Young, Esq., late Professor of Greek, in the University of Glasgow, whose lamented death is recorded in our XVth volume, p. 682.
Feb. 16, near Vauxhall, aged 60, WILLIAM ARTAUD, Esq., the artist, well known by some of his portraits of distinguished men, and amongst others of Dr. Priestley. The 4to engraving by Holloway of this eminent man, the best extant, is from Artaud's picture.
The question of war with Spain remains in the same undecided state. All the population of France, excepting always the priests, are said to be against the projected legitimate crusade. "On the superstitious minds of the Comte d'Artois and the Duchess d'Angoulême," says writer from Paris on the 19th inst., a "the bad weather has had a serious effect, and some ineffectual prayers of the Abbé Frayssinous for sunshine to light up the invading army, have had their share in increasing the apprehensions of the war. Whatever be the cause, momentary stop has certainly been put to the military movements."
Prince TALLEYRAND made an eloquent speech in support of the amend
21, at his house, St. Mary at Hill, aged 74, Mr. SAMUEL BROWN, winemerchant. He has left a widow, one of the daughters of the late Rev. Robert Robinson, of Cambridge. He was the brother of Mr. Timothy Brown, (Mon. Repos. XV. 553,) who was the friend of Mr. Horne Tooke, and the associate of all the principal Reformers of his day, and also the friend of the Rev. E. Evanson, whose peculiar hypothesis he favoured, as he shewed by causing a New Testament to be printed after Mr. Evanson's death, agreeably to his standard of genuine scripture.
Lately, the Rev. ISAAC ASPLAND, M. A Rector of East Stonham, Suffolk, and formerly Fellow of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge.
we reported, XVII. 776, has reached his native land in safety and been received with enthusiasm by the Spaniards. From Irun, on the 25th of December, he addressed a letter to the Constitutionnel Paris newspaper, in which he expresses warm gratitude to the Journals for their favourable mention of his case, and to the Parisians who had shewn him so much kindness. He alleges that he was not wholly unworthy of this kindness, since in the years 1792 and 1793, when he was Governor and Vicar General of his diocese of Calaharra, he had fed 150 French priests for six months, without asking them what were their political opinions. To the priests, he says, he attributes his expulsion from Paris. He has information that the Jesuits made the Pope's Nuncio believe that his work entitled "Portraits Politiques des Papes," was the same work as the "Crimes des Papes," and that in consequence the Nuncio demanded that he should be expelled or punished. The French ministry preferred the former alternative, and proceeded to the expulsion without any inquiry into the charge, which is wholly false.
Immediately after writing thus far, we see an account in the papers of LLORENTI's death. He died lately at Madrid, a few days after his arrival there, in consequence, it is supposed, of his compulsory journey over al. most impassable roads in the depth
of an inclement winter. Here is an
other victim of the barbarous policy
of the Bourbons!
The Court of Rome is not idle in Spain. The Roman Congregation denominated the Index, i, e. the Inder Expurgatorius for pointing out books that are not to be read, passed a decree, printed copies of which were circulated in Spain, prohibiting various works of Spanish authors, written in defence of the rights of the nation. This arrogance the Spanish Government reprobates in a circular of the Minister of the Interior, which or dains that all political chiefs shall endeavour to obtain the copies of the said decree and prevent their illicit circulation.
ecclesiastic, in the character of ambassador from Spain, on account of liberal opinions advanced by him in certain publications. In consequence, the Spanish Government has ordered the Pope's Nuncio to quit the kingdom.
The Court of Rome has refused to receive M. VILLANUEVA, formerly an
The Chapter of Canons of St. Isidore of Madrid, headed by Luis GREGORIO, Bishop of Lozerna, has sent an address to the Cortes, breathing ardent patriotism.
Another proof has just been exhibited of the growth of superstition in this miserably-governed country. The Pope has resolved that four of the holidays which had been abolished in the Austrian States shall be restored, viz., the 2nd day in Easter week, St. Joseph's, St. John the Baptist, and St. Ann's days.
A learned Jewish merchant of Warsaw, of the name of NATHAN ROSENFELD, has written a history of his native country, POLAND, from the best authorities, in the Hebrew language.
By an effort of daring courage the Greeks have gained possession of NAPOLI DI ROMANIA, the most important fortress and harbour of the Morea. They found large stores of artillery and ammunition. Amongst the pri soners taken is ALI BEY, the principal Turkish commander. The Greek government has removed its seat to this place, which is both convenient and secure.
The English Government recognizes the Greek blockade, and allows the Ionians to have free communication with Greece.
The BOMBAY papers contain a notice of a new weekly paper published in the Bengalee language, the first attempt of the kind, and edited by a learned Hindoo. In the first and second numbers were articles on the liberty of the Native press, and on the trial by jury, which had been pur-` chased with so much avidity that both were out of print. It appears under
the title of "Sungbaud, Cowmuddy," or the "Moon of Intelligence."
A gratifying spectacle has been exhibited in this country. General SAN MARTIN, who has held the supreme command and conducted the Native forces to victory, and thereby esta blished the independence of Peru and Chili, has laid down his military character. He kept his station until the assembly of the National Congress, in which the sovereignty resides, and then, contrary to the wishes of the representative body, resigned all his power; nobly alleging that the interests of freedom demanded of him this sacrifice. He withdraws into private life, followed by the benedictions of tho whole country. The place of his retirement is near Mendoza in Chili. He declares in his letter of resignation, that if at any time the freedom of the Peruvians should be threatened, he will dispute the glory of accompanying them in its defence, but solely as a private citizen. From the Holy Alliance of Europe, we turn to such a
character with refreshment and delight.
Unitarianism in America.
[We copy the following document from The Baltimore Patriot of Jan. 3. The same paper contains an advertisement of a new number of "The Unitarian Miscellany," with an extract from the Editor's address, which we here insert.
Christianity is a simple religion, intelligible in its doctrines, and plain in its requisitions. It speaks most reasonably to the understanding, and appeals most forcibly to the heart. Designed as it is for all, it is suited to the capacity and apprehension of all. If men have thought it intricate, it is because they have not been content with its simplicity; and if they have turned from its light, it is because they have loved the darkness better. And thus it happens that by far the greater part of the labour which is required from us is, not to explain Christianity, for it is sufficiently explicit, nor to recommend it, for it powerfully recommends itself, but to shew how much that has been supposed to be Chris
tianity does not at all belong to it, and how miserably it has been misconstrued by its professed interpreters. The minds of men have been so long accustomed to connect mystery, and terror, and scheming, and planning, and darkness, with the very name of religion, that the great object to be attempted is to dissolve this connexion; and when that is done, every thing is done. Let us clear away the heaps of rubbish which are every where piled up in the way, and then the way itself will be straight and level enough. If we can only pull down the superstructures of wood, hay and stubble, which have been built on the edifice of Christ and his apostles, our work is at an end; for the edifice appears in all its beauty then, complete and wellproportioned."] Second Annual Report of the Baltimore
Unitarian Book Society.
The Second Anniversary of the Baltimore Unitarian Society for the distribution of Books, was held the 25th of December, at the First Independent Church. A discourse suited to the occasion was delivered, and after the religious services of the day, the Secretary communicated the following Report:
In making a statement to the Society of their last year's proceedings, the Managers are gratified with being able to express a high satisfaction at the success of their labours. Accord ing to such means and opportunities as were in their power, they have endeavoured to promote the objects of the Society. Books and tracts have been circulated in various directions, and in those places especially, where the greatest benefit may reasonably be expected. By publication, exchange and purchase, they have enlarged the number and variety of works intended for distribution, and have now on hand an extensive assortment.
It must be highly gratifying to the Society, not only to observe the fruit of their own exertions, in the spreading influence of principles and doctrines which they deem of the first importance, but also to witness the corresponding efforts of their brethren in other quarters. It is now two years since this Society was first instituted, and within that time, associations have sprung up in different parts,
with the professed object of distributing Unitarian publications. A double purpose, highly auspicious to the cause we have at heart, will be thus effected; the comparatively small means and narrow influence of individuals will be made more extensive and effectual, by bringing them to act in concert; and the respective associations, by mutual aid in exchanging publications, will be able to do the greatest good at the least expense. It is hoped the time will not be long be fore every Unitarian congregation will perceive the importance of such a system, and unite in carrying it into general operation.
The progress of Unitarianism in this country has been rapid, more rapid than even the most sanguine could have anticipated; it is going on, and will go on; it carries with it the ma jesty and the power of truth; it is the cause of Heaven, and the work of God; it will not stop while reason is honoured, or piety cherished, or the Scriptures revered. Yet there is enough for the friends of righteousness and of sound doctrine to do; truth will conquer at last, but it requires incitements from human aid. God is the author of all, but men are his agents; we must labour if we would hope; we must do what we can to build up the kingdom of God in the world, if we would seek for the blessings of his good government, and the joys of his final approbation. With these views we may be encouraged to persevere, and trust to the great Ruler of all things to direct our labours, in conformity with his wise and holy designs. To the present time the good influ. ences of an overruling Providence have been manifest in strengthening the hands, and cheering the hearts of our brethren in this country. New congregations are forming, preachers are multiplying, the demand for Uni tarian writings is increasing, and a spirit of inquiry has gone abroad. In some parts of New England, a large portion of the inhabitants are Unitarians; many are found at the South and the West, and some in almost every town and village in the Union. More than forty preachers, professing Unitarian sentiments, are employed in Kentucky and Ohio, some with esta blished congregations, others in the duties of missionaries. Our central
situation gives us facilities for sending out tracts and books in these various directions, and this should prove to us both the value of our institution, and the importance of zealous activity.
But for the influence of our religious views we do not look more to the increase of our numbers, and prosperity of our churches, than to the gradual change of public feeling. We see it in the softened tone of orthodoxy, the subdued spirit of bigotry, the weakened power of prejudice, the gradual relentings of malevolence, the dying embers of kindled passions, and in all the indications of the increasing ascendancy of truth over error, of reason over blind eredulity, of piety over hypocrisy, and of charity over the narrow views of sectarism, and the unholy zeal of the self-righteous. In all these respects a visible change has taken place, favourable to peace and religion, and to the progress of those principles of faith and action, which exalt, purify and adorn the human character.
Pulpit denunciations have become less frequent. The ery of heresy, the incorrect assertions, and reproachful language, which were the burden of orthodox Journals, have gradually given way to a more Christian spirit, and a milder temper. The wise have learnt to be silent where they could not confute; the virtuous and candid have learnt to respect the voice of seriousness and candour.
This change, so beneficial to the harmony of Christians, and to the interests of pure religion, we have good reasons to believe, has been owing, in no small degree, to the exertions which have been made to diffuse a knowledge of our sentiments, Such will always be the consequence; ignorance is our worst enemy. The principles of our faith need only be known to be respected-they are the principles of the Scriptures, of reason, of nature; they accord with the best feelings of the human heart, and the highest powers of the human understanding; they have God for their author; they are the principles revealed and published by Jesus Christ, illustrated by his own life, proved by his miracles, sanctioned by his assurance of a future judgment, and confirmed by his death and resurrection.
Such are the principles which we