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Intelligence. -- Unitarian Meeting House Anniversary, Bolton. 245 prayer was, “ Thy will, O God, not mine devoted his leisure from his early years be done." But though her piety was thus to the study of uatural history, and was pure and elevated, so as almost not to beginning to acquire a solid reputation need any adventitious aid, yet she was a at the time when he was cut off by a great advocate for public worship and short illness. He wrote for many years family devotions. Her last effort, and a the Monthly Reports of Natural History painful one it was to leare her home, was for the Monthly Magazine, dated from io attend her usual place of worship. Christ Church, where he then performed With respect to family prayer, she uni. parochial duty. formly practised it in her own house, and evidently with great seriousness and ardour; and she often lamented the
Lately, in Covent Garden, aged 64, lightness with which it was regarded by the public as a political and statistical
Mr. William PLAYFAIR, long known to many families who make a public pro- writer, and as a miscellaneous editor. fession of religion—who perform the duty He was the elder brother of the late Probut once or twice a week, and not even then if at all inconvenient. In a word,
fessor John Playfair, of Edinburgh. the piety of this excellent lady was of the most elevated character, and such as,
Death Abroad. no doubt, gained her the favour of her 1822, Aug. 22, at Serampore, by an God, and qualified her for a seat among attack of the cholera morbus, Kisuun the blessed in heaven. During her ill- Pall, the first idolatrous Hindoo in Benness, which was short, but very painful, gal, who was converted to the Protestant she was perfectly resigned to the will of faith. He was baptized by Dr. Carey, God. She softly sunk in the arms of in the Ganges, in the year 1800, and death, without a murmur or a sigh.
throughout a Christian profession of more than twenty years, proved how well-suited
Christianity is to elevate the Hindoo chaLately, in Charlolle Street, Blooms racter. He has left a widow, four daughbury, aged 54, the Rer. William BING. ters, and eleven grandchildren. He was Ley, F.L.S., author of “ Animal Biogra- beloved and respected in life, and was phy,” and of several other ingenious followed by his relations and numerous works of natural history. Mr. B. was friends to the grave. He died full of brought up in the law; but prospects Christian hope and joy.—Calcutta Jourof promotion led him to exchange this nal. profession for that of the church. He
union of heart and soul, and the strict DOMESTIC.
observance of Christian practice, as the Anniversary of the Opening of the only sure foundations of the prosperity
Unitarian Meeting-House, Moor of a religious society, and of human hapLane, Bolton.
piness. The Doctor's text was Philip. i.
27 : “ Let your conversation be as it beThe First Anniversary of the opening cometh the gospel of Christ ; that wheof the Unitarian Meeting House, Moor ther I come and see you, or else be absent, Lane, Bolton, was held on Easter Sunday I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand and Monday, March 30th and 31st. fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving There were individuals present from together for the faith of the gospel ; and Blackburne, Bury, Chowbent, Cockey in nothing terrified hy your adversaries." Moor, Congleton, Dob Lane, Dukinfield, In the afternoon, the Rev. T. Madge Haslingden, Hindley, Liverpool, Maccles. conducted the whole service, and preached field, Manchester, Mellor, Monton, New
an eloquent and argumentative discourse, church Rossendale, Ormskirk, Padiham, On the Right and Duty of fearless In. Park Lane, Preston, Rivington, Rochdale, quiry, and of a bold Declaration of Truth, Southport, St. Helens, Stand, Tildesley, from 1 Peter iii. 16. In the evening, Walmesley, Warrington, Wigan, &c. The the Rev. Joseph Marriott, of Liverpool, morning service was introduced by the took the devotional part of the worship, Rer. Thomas Madge, of Norwich; and and the Rev. Dr. Philipps preached from the Rev. Dr. Philipps, of Sheffield, deli. Psalm lxxxvi. 5, and Psalm ciji. 11, vered an admirable sermou, strongly en- very ably vindicating and illustrating the forcing a steady adherence to Christian free, unpurchased grace and mercy of priuciple in spite of every obstacle, an God.
On Monday, ä publie dinner of the Somerset and Dorset Unitarian members and friends of the congregation
Association. was held in the Cloth Hall. Dr. Philipps
On Tuesday, April 1st, the Half-Yearly (in consequence of the illness of the Res. George Harris) kindly presided, and Mr. Meeting of the Somerset and Dorset Uni
tarian Association was held at Bridge Joseph Best, of Rose Hill, was the VicePresident. Two hundred and thirty- and evening, were performed by the Rev.
water. The religious services, morning seven persons, male and female, sat down to dinner ; which number was increased S. Fawcett, D. Hughes and G. B. Wawne. to nearly four hundred after dinner by should be held at Crewkerue, on which
It was resolved that the next Meeting the admissiou of other members of the occasion the Society have reason to hope society. Various sentiments were given; for the advantage of Mr. Fawcett's serwhich drew forth animated speeches vices as their preacher. The plan adopted from Dr. Philipps, Messrs. Makin, Bran- last year for the circulation of cheap dreth, F. B. Wright, Revs. Joseph Mar
tracts has met with geueral approbation, riott and T. Madge, and Messrs. H. Clarke, F. Boardman, W. Duffield, Berry, tribute this year Mr. Wright's Essay on
and the Committee have resolved to dis and P. Smith, Jun. The congregation Repentance, (one of the “ Christian were congratulated on the success which has attended the efforts of the minister Tracts,") and, if possible, to procure the and members during the year, in which publication, in a separate form, of a part period they have established Sunday
of Mr. Aspland's Plea for Unitarian DisSchools, a Benevolent Society for the senters, viz. that part iv which the prinSick and Poor of the Congregation, a
ciples of Unitarianism are admirably es. Library, and a Class Meeting for Relic of the Church of England, and in the
hibited both in contrast with the Articles gious Conference ; and have paid off
words of Scripture. more than £500 of the debt on the
G. B. W. Meeting House. On the health of the Rev. George Harris being given, the following Resolution was proposed, and car
Southern Unitarian Tract and Fund ried by acclamation :
Societies. Resolved, “That the warmest thanks THE Southern Unitarian Tract and of this Meeting be given to the Rev. outhern Unitarian Fund Societies, held George Harris, for his valuable and un their Annual Meetings at Portsmouth, on wearied services both in this town and the 2d of April. The Rev. William Stethe county at large; we beg to assure vens, late of Newport, preached in the him of our sympathy in his present atilic morning before the Tract Society, at the tion, aud of our fervent wishes for his General Baptist Chapel, from Luke iii. speedy restoration to health, and to the 5, 6. He took a review of the obstacles exercise of his ministerial functions in which Unitarian sentiments have to enthe temple of our God and Father." counter, and of those favourable circum
In the evening there was another reli. stances which indicate their ultimate gious service in the Meeting-House. The success. The preacher observed, that it Rev. Robert Cree, of Preston, engaged might on superficial consideration be in prayer, and the Rev. T. Madge, from expected that doctrines so benign, raJohn i. 46, gave an unauswerable reply tional and scriptural need only be anto the common and prevailing objectious nounced, to meet with general acceptto the Unitarian Christian doctrine. The ance; but when we look at the nature and religious services were all well attended, antiquity of prevalent errors, the firm and the collection towards the liquida. hold they have taken on men's minds, tion of the debt on the Meeting House and the dependence of one false dogma amounted to £55. 178. 10d.
on others, so that the inquirer shrinks On Tuesday the Sunday Scholars, edu- with horror from the consequences which cated by the congregation, to the number may follow from removing any part of of one hundred and sixteen, dined toge. the fabric, we shall have more cause for ther in the Cloth Hall; they were at- gratulation thay disappointment. Pride, tended by their teachers and others, and interest, the influence of national estanearly two hundred persons sat down to blishments, and the mistaken and calumthe tables ; the Rev. R. Cree in the Chair. vious reports of Unitarianism given by its Various addresses were made by Rev. R. adversaries, were pointed out as other Cree, and Messrs. D. Shaw, Brandreth, powerful obstacles. Under the last-menE. Seddon, R. Scowcroft and E. Makin; tioned head, Mr. S. observed, and the afternoon was spent in a truly “ There is no subject upon which there edifying and rational manner.
is a more extravagant misunderstanding. S. As it comes from the lips of our opponents,
is resounded from every pulpit, repeated
Intelligence.-Southwark Unitarian Chapel Anniversary. 247 in the declamations of every itinerant tianity was ably contrasted with the orator, heightened with all the odious Athanasian and Cavinistic adulterations colouring which ignorance or bigotry can of it. The mildness and candour of the prepare, it is a perfect caricature; it has preacher, and his sincere, unaffected manneither form nor comeliness, that men ner, gained the attention and esteem of should desire it. Thus it is described as every class among his hearers. the halfway-house to infidelity, Deism in An interesting report, read by the Rev. disguise, as a denial of every thing and a Russell Scott, comprised a retrospect of belief of nothing; as robbing the Saviour the labours of the Society's Missionaries of his glory, encouraging immorality by during the past year. A short abstract denying future panishment; as a religion of the subjects treated on will best confor the rich, because it flatters the pride vey an idea of their nature and impor. of their understandings and their hearts, tance. but affording nothing for the poor man's By the Rev. W. Hughes :-Orthodox comfort, &c. &c. The uplifted eye of Falsifications of the Scriptures ; Calvihorror, the deep-drawn sigh of sympathy, uistic Objections to the Christianity of the shake or shrug significant of some Christ; Salvation offered not to Calvinists thing too monstrous to be described, are ouly, but to all men; Love to Christ; the language by which it is pictured to the History and Mystery of Chapters i. the multitude ; and, while it conveys no
and ii. of Matthew's Gospel. precise idea of what our faith is, it an By the Rev. John Fullagar :-The Triswers well the purpose which it was nity not a Christian Doctrine, because it intended to serve, that of impressing the is unreasonable ; The Faith of the Apose mind with a notion of something exceed- tles and Primitive Christians; The Suf, ingly horrible and blasphemous, and intim ferings and Temptations of Christ ; The midating the inquirer' from raising the Comforter promised by our Lord to his curtain to behold what this tissue of mis. Disciples ; The Use and Abuse of Paul's representation conceals. It is true, these Epistles; Trinitarian Calumuies; The falsehoods are generally propagated by Moral Effects of Popular Orthodoxy, those who know nothing of our senti, By the Rev. M. Harding :-Unitarianments but what they have received in ism the Religion of the People; The Car. the same manner. Few of those who penter's Son. know better will indulge in such calum. By the Rev. William Stevens:--Titles nies ; but though not active combatants applied exclusively to the Father; the Di, in the warfare, many of them evidently vine Character, as affected by the Calvinlook on with no inconsiderable interest, istic Scheme; Mystery, Revelation and else should we not see them sometimes Reason; The Orthodox Doctrine of interfering to restrain the torrent of Faith ; Glorying in the Cross of Christ. misrepresentation ? Their silence proves,
Thanks were voted to the several that the more extravagant the caricature, preachers; and general regret expressed the more they enjoy it. Success, how at the removal of Mr. Stevens from a erer gained, sanctifies the means. district where his approved Christian
Assurances of the ultimate triumph of character, and co-operation in every good truth were drawn, from its reasonable. work, have much endeared him. Happily ness and simplicity, the progress of liberal the regret at losing so valuable a labourer sentiments, and the increasing diffusion was alleviated by the arrival of the Rev. of knowledge. The preacher concluded Edmund Kell, on his way to supply the by strongly recommending Tract Socie- congregation at Newport for a limited ties as powerful means of forwarding period; he addressed a crowded assembly the good work, anticipating the time on the following evening, in a large when every valley shall be filled, every school-room at Portsea, from Paul's demountain and hill made low, the crooked claration to the Corinthians, “ To us straight, the rough places smooth, and all there is but one God, the Father,” in a flesh shall see the salvation of God, manner creditable to his zeal and talents,
The Rev. S. C. Fripp, B. A., of Bristol, preached before the Fund Society in the Southwark Unitarian Chapel. evening, at High-Street Chapel, where SUNDAY, the 13th of April, being the a numerous auditory were attracted by Anniversary of the Opening of the Chapel the notoriety of the conscientious sacri- in White Horse Court, High Street, fices made by him, in seceding from the, Borough, two sermons were preached by Established Church. His discourse, from the Rev. Benjamin Mardon, A. M. of Act3 x. 34, was an appeal in favour of Glasgow. The subject selected for the popular exertions for the spread of Uni- morning's discourse was, The principal tarianism, founded on its simplicity and Causes of Objections to Unitarians and accordance with the teachings of our Unitarianism considered ; that in the Lord and his Apostles. Primitive Chris- evening was, On the absence of all proof
in Scripture of the Doctrine of 'the Tric communicate the amount of their intendnity, with a particular examination of the ed contributions, to Mr. David Eaton, texts adduced in support of that doctrine 187, High Holborn, Mr. Smallfield, Prinby Westminster Divines. The congrega- ter, Hackney, or to Robert Pethurst, tions in both parts of the day were Cranbrook, as early as possible,-as they highly respectable and numerous, and the propose not to call for the subscriptions, preacher, by his very impressive manner, unless the aggregate amount be such as commanded the attention of his auditors. will enable them to retain the chapel.
The society has now completed the Signed by desire of the congregation, first year, as may be seen by referring to
ROBERT PETHURST. the Monthly Repository and Christian Cranbrook, April 21, 1823. Reformer for May 1822. The services have hitherto been conducted gratuitously
MISCELLANEOUS. by ministers and lay preachers, and the
Anti-Slavery Society. Society humbly solicit the assistance of
Object and Grounds of the Society.-A those ministers who occasionally visit number of benevolent persons in the London. As the Society have received Metropolis have united themselves togeassistance from Funds, they beg to em- ther under the appellation of the “ Lonbrace this opportunity of publicly return.
don Society for mitigating and gradually ing their thanks ; From Unitarian Fund, abolishing the State of Slavery throughout £7.78.; Hackney Fellowship Fund, £5; St; the British Dominions.” Samuel Hoare, Thomas's Fellowship Fund, £5; Bristol Esq., Jun., is Treasurer of the InstituFellowship Fund, £3; Tenterden Fellow
tion. ship Fund, £2. The expenses of fitting
The grounds on which this Association up, as well as the incidental expenses, has been formed are defined in the folwhich amounted to £71. 18., are all dis- lowing Resolutions, which were unani-, charged, leaving a balance of 188. 10d. in mously adopted at the first Meeting :the Treasurer's hands. W. WOOD,
“That the individuals composing the 63, High Street, Borough,
present Meeting are "deeply impressed
with the magnitude and number of the Case of the Unitarian Baptist Society evils attached to the system of Slavery at Cranbrook.
which prevails in many of the Colonies A statement of the embarrassed situ- of Great Britain ; a system, which apation of this congregation was inserted pears to them to be opposed to the spirit in the Monthly Repository [XVI. 61, 62] and precepts of Christianity, as well as for January, 1821, and may still be re- repugnant to every dictate of natural hucollected by many of its readers. While manity and justicethe members feel grateful for the dona “ That they long indulged a hope that tions they received, they regret to say, the great measure of the Abolition of that the £700, for which the chapel was the Slave Trade, for which an Act of mortgaged, remain unpaid, as they were the Legislature was passed in 1807 after only enabled to pay the arrears of inte. a struggle of twenty years, would have rest. Rather than involve themselves teuded rapidly to the mitigation and gra. farther by accumulating interest, which dual extinction of Negro bondage in the they are unable to pay and at the same British Colouies : but that in this hope time contribute to the support of a minis- they have been painfully disappointed ; ter, they have instructed the Trustees to and, after a lapse of sixteen years, they dispose of the chapel and burying ground, have still to deplore the almost undimin which were advertised on the wrapper of vished prevalence of the very evils which last month's Repository for sale by auc- it was one great object of the Abolition tion on the 24th of May next. Unwilling, to remedyhowever, to have recourse to this mea “ That, under these circumstances, sure, they venture once more to make they feel themselves called upon, by the their appeal to the friends of truth gene most binding considerations of their duty rally. They have commenced a subscrip- as Christians, by their best sympathies tion among themselves, which amounts as men, and by their solicitude to mainto nearly £200, to be advanced if sufficient tain unimpaired the high reputation and' can be raised to redeem the chapel, &c. the solid prosperity of their country, to (which originally cost upwards of 19401). exert themselves, in their separate and On this condition they venture to make collective capacities, in furthering this their appeal both to the churches in their most important object, and in endeavourown connexion, and to the Unitarian ing, by all prudent and lawful means, to body at large. And, as no time is to be mitigaie, and eventually to abolish the lost, they respectfully and earnestly in- Slavery existing iu our Colouial posses. treat those Societies and Friends who sions." may be disposed to reoder assistance, to
Intelligence. -- Irish Church Establishment.
249 Hibernian Translation Society. THE Aunual Assembly of the General This institution was established at
Baptists will be holden on Whit-Tuesday, a public meeting, held in the Lecture May 20th, at the Chapel in Worship Room of the Dublin lustitution, on the Street, near Bishopsgate St., London. The 30th of April, of last year, the Right Rev. E. Chapmau, of Chatham, is apHon. the Earl of Roden in the Chair poiuted to preach, and in case of failure, for the purpose of forming a Society
the Rev. R. Wright, of Trowbridge. for aiding the Translation of the Holy Scriptures inlo Foreign Languages.”
THÉ Anniversary of the Unitarian An Address has been lately circulated Fund Society will be held on Wednesday, by the Committee, some extracts from 21st of May, at the chapel, Parliament which will explain the grounds on which Court, Artillery Lane, Bishopsgate Street, the Society has been established :
London. The Rev. Henry Acton, of WalAmong all the Societies at present thamstow, will preach, the Rev. James existing in Ireland for promoting the
Gilchrist having declined, on account of knowledge of the Redeemer's name among
the state of his health. Heathen nations, there is not one specifically directed to the translation of his
Unitarian Chapel, South Place, FinsHoly' Word into their various languages. bury, (adjoining the London Institution, Hitherto Ireland has borne no share in Moorfields).-It is expected that the first this important concern. Her Bible So stone of the New Chapel, to be erected in ciety is purely domestic; and though her South Place, will be laid on Thursday, Missionary exertions have been laudably May 22, at half-past Eleven o'clock preextensive, considering her means, and cisely. An address on the occasion will eminently successful, as yet she has made be delivered by the Rev. W. J. Fox. do effort that foreign tribes and nations The building is to be completed, and may read in their own tongues the won- opened for public worship in Nov. next. derful works of God.
“Under such circumstances, the Com The Annual Meeting of “ The Protesmittee of the Hibernian Society for tant Society for the Protection of Reliaiding the Translation of the Holy Scrip- gious Liberty” will be held at the City of tures iato Foreign Languages' conceive London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street, at that they have just ground to congratu. Eleven o'clock precisely, on Saturday, late the Irish public upon its formation. May 17th, when a distinguished friend It is not a Bible Society, for it does not of Civil and Religious Freedom is excirculate the Scriptures; it is not a Mis- pected to preside. sionary Society, for it has nothing to do with the explanation of them : but its Christian Tract Society: simple object is, to assist all Societies The Anniversary of this Society was engaged in the Translation of the Holy held at the Old London Tavern, BishopsScriptures into Foreign Languages. gate Street, on April 24th, JAMES És
“ This simplicity of object in the So- DAILE, Esq., in the Chair. We regret ciety, it is presumed, should protect it that the particulars cannot appear till from every jealousy; and, at the same our next number. In the mean time we time, commend it to public patronage. beg to call the attention of our readers It interferes uot with any other Society, to the appeal on behalf of this useful but is in the strictest harmony with all : institution, contained in pp. 234, 235, and, even should the Hibernian Bible being strongly impressed with the conSociety, at some future period, find her. viction that it is entitled to the most corself in a situation to imitate her elder dial support. sister of Great Britain, and embrace foreign objects in her principle, and bend
PARLIAMENTARY. ber energies to foreign operations ; still
HOUSE OF COMMONS. it is conceived that they would not clash,
MARCH 5. and that the Hibernian Bible Society would find in the Hibernian Translation Substance of the Debate on the Church Society a powerful and efficient auxiliary," Establishment of Ireland.
(Concluded from p. 188.) TAB Annual Meeting of the friends of Mr. HOBHOUSE seconded the motion. Unitarianism in Sussex, will, as usual, Mr. GOULBURN rose for the purpose of be held at Ditchling, on the Sunday pre- giving his most decided negative to the ceding Whitsuntide. Mr. Horsfield has Hon. Member's Resolutions. If, on this consented to preach.
occasion, he felt any dificulty ia mswer.
ing the Hou. Member, it arose, not from VOL. XVIII,