« AnteriorContinua »
are united to promulgate, and when testimony that their own labours are they are understood as we understand not vain, and as motives to future zeal them, we cannot believe that there and perseverance. By order of the will be so much blindness in prejudice Managers. or perverseness in bigotry, as to make
HENRY PAYSON, Prest. them the subject of reproachful denun The officers and managers for the ciations. They make for peace, and ensuing year are the following: righteousness, and love, and Christian
Henry Payson, President, William fellowship.
G. Appleson, Secretary, Isaac PhilThe means of knowledge which the lips, "Jun., Treasurer, William C. Managers possess, have made them Shaw, Librarian. Hon. Theodorick acquainted with several facts respect- Bland, Rev. Jared Sparks, Rev. F. W. ing the present state of Unitarianism P. Greenwood, John Hastings, Wm. abroad, and they are happy to say that Pennimen, Dr. E. Perkins, John W. their information is encouraging. In Osgood, and Joseph Parker. England, there are nearly 400 regular Unitarian congregations, and numer A friend at Liverpool (who is reous societies for publishing and dis- quested to accept our thanks) has sent tributing books and tracts. In Scot
us a New York newspaper, The No. land several churches have been esta- tional Advocate, of so late a date as blished, and others are forming; and January 28, containing the following from Ireland, the missionaries send pleasing intelligence, in an extract favourable reports.
from a letter, dated at Annapolis, in A letter written at Clausenburg, Maryland: Transylvania, in the month of May last, “ The Bill to ABOLISH RELIGIOUS by a member of the Unitarian Consis- Tests has passed the House of Dele. tory in that place, conveys the informa- gates, 40 to 33. In the Senate it will tion, that in Transylvania there are at
Maryland has at last represent 40,000 Unitarians, constitu- deemed her character." ting 120 churches. Unitarianism is one of the four religions, which enjoy equal rights and privileges in that country,
DOMESTIC. the other three being the Roman Ca- Proceedings of Protestant Dissenting tholic, the Calvinistic and the Lu
The first Meeting of the Deputies, During the last year, a Unitarian elected for this year, was held on the Society has been formed in Calcutta, last day of January. This meeting was under the direction of a Baptist Mis- occupied with discussions no way iptesionary in that place. Hopes are en- restiug to the public, and with the choice tertained, that much good will result of officers and a committee. The names to the cause of Christianity from this
of the officers and of the committee we Society, and another of the same kind
shall subjoin. The 14th of February was at Madras. It is well known that the appointed for a Special Meeting of the natives of that country, among whom
Deputation to take into consideration the
resolutions we inserted in the Repository are many wise and learned men, have
for the last month. [Pp. 58, 59.) always represented the peculiar doctrines of orthodoxy as an insuperable limits will not allow us to enter upon,
After some observations, which our obstacle to their ever embracing Chris- the following resolutions were submitted tianity. It is not unreasonable to to the assembly : hope, that when they shall be acquainted with this religion in its na
General Meeting of Deputies, tive simplicity and purity; free from
Feb. 14, 1823. the inventions and additions which Resolved, That the Deputies of the now encumber its most popular forms; Protestant Dissenters receive with pleathey will not be slow to receive its
sure the Resolutions which closed the doctrines, become the worshipers of proceedings of their predecessors, and the true God, and the humble fol
enter upon the task assigned them with lowers of his Son.
confidence. Thirty years have passed
since the Dissenters made a combined Such are the reflections and facts appeal to the public and the Legislature which the Managers have thought pro- for redress of their grievances. Knowper to lay before the Society, as a ledge and just views of civil goverument
Proceedings of Protestant Dissenting Deputies. 121 have made a rapid progress through all throughout the country : that every conclasses of society during this period. gregation, and all the friends of religious Many indications that the Legislature liberty will prepare themselves to adopt, participates in the increasing liberality of heartily and steadily, the means that, the times are recorded in the Acts and shall be recommended by the Deputies the votes of Parliament; and the Depu- as best conducing to effect the repeal of ties feel that they have gond ground to the obnoxious statutes, so justly described anticipate the candid attention of their as being a disgrace to our country, where countrymen to the well-founded come the principles of liberty are supposed to plaints they have to prefer against the be better understood than in any other Test and Corporation Acts, which con- nation of Europe. 'We direct the attentinue to affix a stigma upon them, solely tion of our readers, at least such of them for the exercise of their judgments upon as believe in the progressive improve. the subjects of their religion. That they ment of individuals and of society, to the therefore enjoin upon the Committee to resolutions adopted so unanimously, for proceed instantly, ardently and prudently we cannot give up the term for one disto the consideration of those measures sentient, by the Deputies. And we ear, recommended in the Resolutions of the nestly entreat them to use their exertions 10th of January last, as proper to be in the good cause. Our pages shall be, adopted for the promotion of the great at their service, and we hope in the next object for which this Deputation was Repository to detail the plans which the formed.
Committee of the Deputies shall recom. Resolred, That a special General Meet- mend for general adoption. ing of the Deputies shall be convened on the secoud Friday in March, to receive from the Committee their Report, and to A List of the Committee of Depuco-operate with them if needful, in such
ties, appointed to protect the Civil measures as may appear desirable in the
Rights of the Three Denominations present circumstances.
of Protestant Dissenters, for the An amendment was then proposed, Year 1823. the exact form of which has not reached us; but it purported, that the Deputies
WILLIAM Smith, M. P.,' Chairman ; having experienced the attention and ac- Joseph Gutteridge, Deputy Chairman, tivity of former Committees in the ma
James Collins, Treasurer; Samuel Farell, nagement of the important concerns com- Joho Addington, Benjamin Shaw, Henry mitted to their trust, they relied with Waymouth, William Burls, William perfect confidence upon the zeal and Alers Hankey, John T. Rutt, George activity of the present Committee, and Hammond, William Hale, Joseph Sto. deemed all instruction to them to be un- pard, Edward Busk, Joseph Benwell, necessary. This amendment was sup- William Esdaile, B. P. Witts, James ported by its Morer, Seconder, and one Esdaile, Thomas Stiff, James Gibson, or two other Deputies. The original David Bevan, John Wilks, William Gill Resolutions were then put to the vote of man, R. H. Marten. the Meeting, and carried with one dissentient yote, that of the Deputy who proposed the amendmeut.
The Rev. J. BRIGGS, known by his In the course of the debate the Chair- labours in the Unitarian cause at Selby, man remarked, and his long connexion Yorkshire, and its neighbourhood, has with the Parliament entitles his remark accepted the pastoral charge of the old
at Bessels to attention, that he believed the Parlia- Unitarian Baptist Church ment weut before the country in liberal Green, Kent, vacant since Mr. Harding sentiments on the subject of religious commenced his labours as a Missionary. toleration and freedom. And he instanced some late public occurrences which justified this opinion. He also
The Anniversary of the opening of the Doticed some of the difficulties, which Bolton, will be held on Easter Sunday
Unitarian Meeting-House, Moor Lane, stood in the way of the Dissenters in their and Monday uest, March 30th and 31st. pursuit of the object the Deputation were now attempting to acquire. The apathy
The congregation feel happy in announcand indifference of the Dissenters under
ing 10 the friends of Christian liberty and their grievances were not among the
equality, that the Rev. Dr. Philipps of least of them,
Sheffield, and the Rev. Thomas Madge As the Deputies have now set them
of Norwich, have kindly consented ta selves in earnest to the work they were preach on the occasion. appointed to perform, we trust they will be supported by all Dissenting Societies VOL. XVIII.
Unitarianism in Ayrshire. tended service, between 80 and 100 per. It may afford pleasure to the readers sons, of both sexes, were collected togeof the Repository, to be informed of some ther from the adjoining parishes of Kirkcircumstances which have lately occurred, michael, Coylton, Ochiltree, Dalwellingwhich are thought likely to direct the
ton and Spaiton, of very creditable apattention of some of our fellow.chris. pearance, and remarkably attentive and tians to the simple and intelligible doc. serious. As no other room could be trine of Unitarianism. A man of the procured in the village, we assembled name of Blair, of unblemished and most together in a room in the public house, respectable character, in the parish of and a discourse was delivered to them Dalrymple, (about three miles from the preparatory to the dedication service, in house which gave birth to the poet
defence of the Unitarian doctrine. The Burns,) applied to the miuister of the definition of the Trinity in the Confession parish to have his child baptized. Agree. of Faith was read, and the scriptural ably to the custom with the clergy of the argunients there adduced in favour of the Kirk, it is recommended to the parents doctrive, viz. 1 John v. 7; Matt. iii. 16, to bring up their children accordiug to
17; Matt. xxviii. 19; 2 Cor. xiii. 14, the principles contained in the Confession
were particularly examined. The effect of Faith and the Westminster Catechisms, of a single discourse cannot be much caland an audience with the minister (especulated on; but it appears to me that cially before the baptism of the first the soil of Ayrshire is well prepared for child) is obtained, in which the minister the reception of Unitarianism, by many examines the father on subjects of reli- ministers of the last as well as of the gion. 'Io the present instance, it is sup- present century, who, if they did not posed that he had receired a hint that directly preach Unitarianism, preached his catechumen was not sound in the nothing against it, or in favour of Calvinfaith, iu other words, that he had some
ism. The well known prosecution of Dr. leaning to Unitarianism. He accordingly M'Gill, of Ayr, at the close of the 18th examined him strictly, as “ he had re century, produced a discussion, the effects solved to put down those worse than of which are felt at the present day, and Infidel principles of Unitarianism." Ist will continue to be much longer felt. Question. Who instituted baptism ? An. His.“ Practical Essay on the Death of swer, Jesus Christ. 2nd Quest. By Christ,” which was the chief subject of what authority? Ans. By the authority that prosecution, a work of singular piety of God, as it was a part of his commis- and elegance, would, if republished, be sion, or special order from the Father. still very useful in the promotion of 3rd Quest. But, John, do you not believe scriptural truth in Scotland. Several of that he was God himself, and instituted my congregationi owe their first impresbaptism by his own authority? Ans.
sions in favour of Unitarianism to the No, indeed ; I do not think that he was
perusal of it; and were led to this, by God, and I am informed in Scripture the general outcry, which was raised that he did nothing by his own authority. against him. This was the eminent per(John v. 30.) Here closed the examina son ironically addressed by the Ayrshire tiou: the minister said he was an Unita. pnet, in his Kirk's Alarm :" stan: he, therefore, could not baptize his child, but he would give him a book to
“ Dr. Mac, Dr. Mac, you should stretch convert him. Johu read the book, but
on the rack,
To strike evil doers wi' terror, to no purpose, for he had seen abler things before. After an interval of some
To join faith and seose upon ony preweeks, the minister, anxiously expecting
tence, that John would come round to ortho
Is heretic, damnable error. doxy, wished for a further delay, but the I cannot refrain from adding his beau. man himself, finding his conviction of the tiful sketch of the character of Dr. truth of the Unitarian doctrine becoin- MʻGill's venerable colleague, in the fol. ing increasingly stronger, despaired of lowing stanza : obtaining this Christian privilege for his child, and determined to apply at once “ D'rymple mild, D'rymple mild, by means of a mutual friend, to the Uni Though your heart's like a child, tarian Minister of Glasgow, who had be. And yonr life's like the new driven fore visited another part of Ayrshire, on
suaw, a similar occasion. Accordingly, on the
Yet that winna save ye, 17th of December, your correspondent
Auld Satan must have ye travelled to Dalrymple in order to per For preaching that three's ane and form the office of Christian dedication,
twa." and, contrary to his expectations, for no
B. M. public notice had been given of the in
Intelligence.-Mr. Jeffrey's Speech on Sir J. Mackintosh's Installation. 123
MISCELLANEOUS. Court of King's Bench, Feb. 6. Ton. Mr. Jeffrey's Speech on Sir James BRIDGE, convicted at the last Guildhall Mackintosh's Installation, as Lord sittings of a blasphemous libel, (see p. Rector of Glasgow. 61,) was brought up for judgment, on the motion of the Solicitor-General: He
(See pp. 43-47.) read a paper to shew why he ought pot After the election of Sir James Mackto be punished, in the course of which intosh to the office of Lord Rector of the he was interrupted by the Chief-Justice, University of Glasgow, Mr. Jeffrey, the and Mr. Jastice Best. Mr. Justice Bay- late Rector, addressed the Students, as ley pronounced the sentence of the Court, follows : which was, that he be imprisoued for
« Gentlemen, two years in Cold Bath Fields' Prison, do pay to the Kiug a fiue of 501., and “ Though I believe I have no longer give security for his good behaviour for any right to address you in an official five years, himself in 1001. and two sure capacity, yet I cannot take my final fareties in 501. each. The defendant retired, well of you without ouce inore returning saying that such a sentence was worthy you ry thanks for the indulgence I have of a Christian church, of which a certain uniformly met with at your hands, and bishop was so distinguished an orpament. offering you my congratulations on the
choice you have made of a Rector, who
is destined, I am firmly persuaded, far SUSANNAN WRIGHT was also brought and lastingly to eclipse the undeserved up for judgment. She had been con- popularity of his predecessor. I think it ricted at the sittings in London after right also to explain, in a few words, the last Trinity Term of publishing a blas- grounds upon which I, along with the phemous libel. (See XVII. 645-647.) great majority of those who now hear in Michaelmas Term she appeared to me, have given him ou this occasion the more for a new trial, but was then com preference over his illustrious competitor. mitted for contumacy to Newgate, where Between two such candidates it might she had remained ever since. (XVII. well have been thought difficult to choose; 716.) She was now brought up on the and if the result of our decisions had tnotion of Mr. GURNEY. The Defendant been supposed to depend on any compawas genteelly dressed, and was attended rative estimate of their general merits, I by a young woman about 17 years of age. should certainly have felt the task of seShe appeared in infirm health. Being asked lection to be one of infinitely greater difby the Court if she had any thing to say in ficulty and delicacy than that which we mitigation of panishment, she produced have actually had to discharge. Sir Wala paper and proceeded to read it, bnt ter Scott, in point of inventive genius, of the matter with which she commenced discrimination of character, of reach of being deemed by the Court improper to fancy, of mastery over the passions and be heard in a Christian court, inasmuch feelings of his readers, is undoubtedly as its tendency was to revile the Chris. superior, not only to his distinguished tian religion, their Lordsbips would not competitor in this day's election, but suffer her to proceed. She was warned probably to any other name in the whole Bot to persevere, but was told that the range of our recent or auciem literature ; Court would most gladly hear any thing and to these great gifts and talents i which had a tendency to induce a lenient know that he adds a social and generous consideration of her case. The Defendant disposition, which endears him to all who sand if the Court was determined to pass have access to his person, and has led sentence upon her, she was determined him to make those splendid qualities suhto proceed ; and she accordingly pro- servieut to the general diffusion of kind ceeded some way io her address, when and elevated sentiments. By this happy Mr. Justice BAYLEY (the Court having use of these rare endowments, he has considered what oughi to be done), im- deservedly attained to a height of popamediately pronounced sentence, and or- larity, and an extent of fame, to which dered the Defendant to be imprisoned there is no parallel in our remembrance, for 18 months in Cold Bath Fields' Pri- and to which, as individuals, we must son, to pay a fine of 1001., and to give each of us contribute our sbare of security for her good behaviour for five willing and grateful admiration. But years, herself in 1001. and two sureries what I wish to impress upon you is, that in 501, each. She left the Court with a those high qualities are father titles to laugh of triumph, saying something which general glory than to doademic honours; was not generally audible.
and being derived far more from the prodigality of dature' chap the successful
pursuits of study, have their appropriate of preventing misconstructions, for which reward rather in popular renowu than in 1 care very little, and which I do not fear the suffrages of societies dedicated and at all, than to gratify myself by expressset apart for the encouragement of learn- ing a little of what 'I feel of the merils ing and science. The world at large is of both the distinguished candidates, Sir Walter Scott's University, in which whom I have the honour of ranking alhe studies and in which he teaches; and most equally in the list of my friends. every individual who reads is a concur. The choice you have made I do conscienreut suffragau for the honours he has tiously believe to be the best calculated earned from the public. We, however, for promoting the interests of this Uniare not met to-day merely as a portion versity, aud the honour of the studies in of that public, or to express as individu. which all its members are engaged. I als what we owe to its benefactors. We have only again to congratulate you upon are met as members of a learned body, a that choice to thank you for the attensociety consecrated to the cultivation of tion with which you have favonred methose severer studies in which the perse- and, for the last time, to bid every one verance of the young should be stimulated of you affectionately farewell.” by the honours which they help to confer on those who have made the greatest advauces; and, acting in this capacity, and Mr. Justice Bayley has expressed a with a due sense of the ends of the Insti- wish to resigu his seat in the King's tution in which we are united, we ought, Bench, for the less "laborious functions of it rather seems to me, on an occasion a Baron of the Exchequer. The King's like this, to take care that we are not Bench Bar have presented an address to too much dazzled with the blaze of that his Lordship, expressive of their regret broader and more extended fame which at being likely to lose a Judge, whose fills the world beyond us. Now, it ap- profound knowledge, upright character pears to me, that, in all the attainments and amiable deportment throw such a which are to be honoured in a seat of lustre on their Court. learning, Sir James Mackintosh is as clearly superior to his competitor as he is inferior perhaps in the qualities that
Considerable anxiety begins to be felt entitle him to popular renown.
In pro- by the public concerning Capt. Parry's found and exact scholarship-in learning, Expedition to discover a North-West pasproperly so called, in all its variety and sage. An account has been received from extent-in familiarity with all the branch- Russia, that some fishing vessels belonges of philosophy-in historical research ing to Kamschatka have seen the adven. in legislative skill, wisdom and caution- turous navigators off the Icy Cape. We in senatorial eloquence, and in all the ardently hope that the intelligence may amenities of private life and character, I prove correct, not only as ascertaining know no man (taking all these qualifica the safety of our brave countrymen, but tions together) not merely to be prefer- also as shewing that British enterprise red, but to be compared with him whom has effected the great discovery of a paswe have this day agreed to honour aud sage to Icy Cape from Behring Straits. invite among us. And, considering him These bloodless triumphs over the diffias a great example of the utility and the culties of nature are the real greatness beauty of these attainments which we and true glory of nations. are here incorporated to cultivate and exalt, I cannot but feel that we have done right in giving him the preference
Ecclesiastical Preferments. upon this occasion over that other distin The Hon. and Rev. GERARD WELLESguished person to whom he has this day LEY is appointed Bishop of Meath, in been opposed, and who would undoubt. lieu of Dr. O'Beirne, deceased. cdly have doue honour to the situation The Right Rev. Dr. ELRINGTON, Bishop for which he was proposed. The great of Limerick, to the See of Ferns and comfort in such a competition as that in Leighlin, vacant by promotion of Lord which we have been engaged, is, that it Robert Tottenham to Clogher. cannot terminate in any choice that shall The Rev. J. Jebb, D.D., Archdeacon not be a subject of congratulation; and of Emly, to the See of Limerick, vacant it is only on looking to him who has not
as above. been elected, that there can be any room CALVERT, T. Norrisian Professor, Camfor feelings of regret. I have thus en- bridge, to the Wardenship of Manchester deavoured to explain the motives which College: patron, the King. have induced me to concur with the majority of iny co-electors-less for the sake