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365 Vuitarianism. Two years have scarcely of education, study to acquire & more elapsed since the first attempt was made correct and extensive acquaintance with to promulgate Unitarian sentiments in the language and literature of ancient that populous district. And now there Greece. are already several respectable, intelli. gent and zealous Unitarians, who seem determined to do all in their power to
Mr. J, B. Williams, of Shrewsbury, promote what they, from conviction, be
has been for some time past employing lieve to be the truth as it is in Jesus.
moments of leisure, from professional I cannot close the account of this day's avocations, in selecting and arranging the proceedings, without expressing the satis. within his reach, of the venerable Philip
numerous MSS. in his possession, and faction I felt in meeting so many recent and sincere converts to what I deem the Henry, with a view to a new, and greatly most important of all truth; especially enlarged, edition of his Life, by his son under such favourable circumstances and
Matthew, Mr. Williams is desirous, with such encouraging prospects. And prior to committing the work to the press, if my feeble recommendation be of any
ihat he may have an opportunity of in. weight with the Unitariau public, to inspecting every existing document which duce them to come forward in support of may at all bear upon the object, and, the cause at Hanley, especially to assist therefore, solicits from the holders of in defraying the expenses of building the
such papers, the temporary loan of them new chapel, 1 give it most freely; being in Mr. Philip Henry's hand-writing, under
-more particularly Diaries, and Letters conviuced that much good will be hereby the assurance that, if forwarded to Mr. done, and that the efforts of benevolence w. by coach, they shall bc most carefully will be well bestowed, as well as abundantly successful. JOHN PHILP.
preserved, and returned free of expease. Ecelesiastical Preferment.
NOTICES. The Rev. Corbet Hue, D.D., by the Unitarian Society will be held at Bristol,
The Annual Meeting of the Western Crown, to the Deanery of the Island of Jersey, void by the death of the Rev. Dr. Kentish, of Birmingham, is appointed to
on Wednesday, July 9th. The Rev. John Dupré.
The next Anniversary of the Kent We have great pleasure in announcing, and Sussex Unitarian Association will be in answer to many inquiries of onr cor holden at Battle, on Wednesday the 16th respondents, that Dr. John Jones's July next, when a sermon on the occaGreek and English Lexicon will be pub- sion will be delivered by the Rev. Johu lished on the 1st of July, in one large Kenrick, A. M., Classical Tutor, Manoctavo volume, price 30s. in boards. in chester College, York. The friends will this work are contained all the words in dine at the George lun. the best Greek writers of prose and verse. The secondary senses of each term de The North-Eastern Unitarian Associ. duced by analogy from the primary, and ation will be held in Lynn, early in July, the primary, when uncertaiu, ascertained when the Rev. C. Valentine, of Diss, and from one of the oriental tongues. Refer- the Rev. R. Smith, late of York College, euces are given to the original authors, are expected to preach. and the doubtful syllable marked as long or short, intended not only for learners The Eleventh Meeting of the Scottish in private and the public schools, but Unitarian Christiau Association will be also for those who after the usual period held in Glasgow, the last Sunday of July.
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The Nonconformist. No. XXVIII.
On Religious Prosecutions. N the numbers of the Nonconfor- regard to religious liberty, -it may frequently discussed than the compara- what is passing in our own country tive merits of various sects and religi- and in our own times, and to consider ons, in different ages and countries, as how far we ourselves may merit any to the advance which they had made, of the censure which we have bestowed whether in theory or practice, towards on others ;-recollecting at the same a complete admission of the claims of time that tenfold blame is due to those religious liberty. Comparisons have who now commit any sin against the been drawn between the several deno. right of free discussion, as sinning minations of English Nonconformists, against the light,--the subject having as to the degrees of light which they long since been ably argued and well had each attained upon this important understood,—and as deficient in gratisubject at the time of the great strug- tude for the liberties which they them. gles in which they were engaged in selves enjoy, and which they owe to the 17th century; and the severe scru. the exertions and the sufferings of tiny to which they have been sub- their forefathers. It is a truly painful jected, where partial indulgence might thing, that in this age we should be have been anticipated, has shewn that roused from investigating the history many of them were lamentably defi- of persecution as an antiquarian quescient in a disposition to allow the ex- tion, by the acts of intolerant folly ercise of religious liberty in others, which are now incessantly perpetrated although to their courage and perse. before our eyes; but we should prove verance in asserting it for themselves ourselves but little entitled to sit in we certainly ought, in a great mea- judgment upon the great men of sure, to ascribe whatever advances our former days, if we remained indiffercountry has made in this respect. ent spectators of the warfare now car. ,
Nor have we been occupied solely ried on against religious liberty, merely by what is to be learnt respecting the because the persecuted are strangers progress of tolerant sentiments in our to us, and their opinions such as we own country. The great religious disapprove and deplore. Reformers of Christendom and their Every considerable period in the disciples have, with this view, been lapse of timne seems destined to be in turn submitted to our investigation: distinguished by soine remarkable and our attention has been called to change in the state of the civilized the light which had faintly beamed in world ; and, perhaps, the present æra Italy and Spain, and amongst Mus- of our country is principally charactesulmen and Jews. And whilst we rised by the greatly increased exertions have had to lament that so many of which have been made for extended the Reformers almost equalled the education among the mass of the peoCatholics in intolerance, yet it has ple. By means of the new schools, been a truly gratifying employment the Bible and Tract Societies, and to point out for merited distinction the zealous efforts of various sects, the names of those who, in times of the subject of religion, and the disa such general darkness on this subject, cussion of the conflicting dogmas of boldly contended for the noblest privi- its teachers, have been eagerly
pressed lege of man as a rational being. upon the common people: immense
So much having then been laid be good has doubtless been accomplished fore us respecting the opinions and by these means, in bringing multitudes conduct of those who lived in ages to a sense of religion, and in calling past, and in distant countries, with into action their reasoning faculties : VOL. XVIII.