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Uuitarianism. Two years have scarcely elapsed since the first attempt was made to promulgate Unitarian sentiments in that populous district. And now there are already several respectable, intelligent and zealous Unitarians, who seem determined to do all in their power to promote what they, from conviction, be

lieve to be the truth as it is in Jesus.

I cannot close the account of this day's proceedings, without expressing the satisfaction I felt in meeting so many recent and sincere converts to what I deem the most important of all truth; especially

under such favourable circumstances and

with such encouraging prospects. And if my feeble recommendation be of any weight with the Unitarian public, to induce them to come forward in support of the cause at Hanley, especially to assist in defraying the expenses of building the new chapel, I give it most freely; being convinced that much good will be hereby done, and that the efforts of benevolence will be well bestowed, as well as abundantly successful. JOHN PHILP.

Ecelesiastical Preferment.

THE REV. CORBET HUE, D. D., by the Crown, to the Deanery of the Island of Jersey, void by the death of the Rev. Dr. Dupré.

LITERARY.

We have great pleasure in announcing, in answer to many inquiries of our correspondents, that Dr. JOHN JONES's Greek and English Lexicon will be published on the 1st of July, in one large octavo volume, price 30s. in boards. In this work are contained all the words in the best Greek writers of prose and verse. The secondary senses of each term deduced by analogy from the primary, and the primary, when uncertain, ascertained from one of the oriental tongues. Refer ences are given to the original authors, and the doubtful syllable marked as long or short, intended not only for learners in private and the public schools, but also for those who after the usual period

of education, study to acquire a more correct and extensive acquaintance with the language and literature of ancient Greece.

A Letter to the Rev. C. J. Blomfield, D. D., occasioned by his "Lectures on the Gospel of St. John, as bearing Testimony to the Divinity of our Saviour." By W. J. Fox, 18.

The Theological and Miscellaneous Works of Joseph Priestley, LL.D. F. R. S. &c. Vol. XXII. With Notes by the Editor.

Matthew.

Mr. J. B. Williams, of Shrewsbury, has been for some time past employing moments of leisure, from professional avocations, in selecting and arranging the within his reach, of the venerable Philip numerous MSS. in his possession, and Henry, with a view to a new, and greatly enlarged, edition of his Life, by his son Mr. Williams is desirous, prior to committing the work to the press, that he may have an opportunity of inspecting every existing document which may at all bear upon the object, and, therefore, solicits from the holders of such papers, the temporary loan of them in Mr. Philip Henry's hand-writing, under -more particularly Diaries, and Letters the assurance that, if forwarded to Mr. W. by coach, they shall be most carefully preserved, and returned free of expense.

NOTICES.

THE Annual Meeting of the Western Unitarian Society will be held at Bristol, on Wednesday, July 9th. The Rev. John Kentish, of Birmingham, is appointed to preach.

THE next Anniversary of the Kent and Sussex Unitarian Association will be holden at Battle, on Wednesday the 16th July next, when a sermon on the occasion will be delivered by the Rev. John Kenrick, A. M., Classical Tutor, Manchester College, York. The friends will dine at the George Inn.

THE North-Eastern Unitarian Association will be held in Lynn, early in July, when the Rev. C. Valentine, of Diss, and the Rev. R. Smith, late of York College, are expected to preach.

THE Eleventh Meeting of the Scottish Unitarian Christiau Association will be held in Glasgow, the last Sunday of July

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Monthly Repository.

No. CCXI.]

JULY, 1823.

The Nonconformist. No. XXVIII.
On Religious Prosecutions.

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In the numbers of the Non more be well for us to turn our thoughts to

mist, no subject been frequently discussed than the comparative merits of various sects and religions, in different ages and countries, as to the advance which they had made, whether in theory or practice, towards a complete admission of the claims of religious liberty. Comparisons have been drawn between the several denominations of English Nonconformists, as to the degrees of light which they had each attained upon this important subject at the time of the great struggles in which they were engaged in the 17th century; and the severe scrutiny to which they have been subjected, where partial indulgence might have been anticipated, has shewn that many of them were lamentably deficient in a disposition to allow the exercise of religious liberty in others, although to their courage and perseverance in asserting it for themselves we certainly ought, in a great measure, to ascribe whatever advances our country has made in this respect.

Nor have we been occupied solely by what is to be learnt respecting the progress of tolerant sentiments in our own country. The great religious Reformers of Christendom and their disciples have, with this view, been in turn submitted to our investigation: and our attention has been called to the light which had faintly beamed in Italy and Spain, and amongst Mus sulmen and Jews. And whilst we have had to lament that so many of the Reformers almost equalled the Catholics in intolerance, yet it has been a truly gratifying employment to point out for merited distinction the names of those who, in times of such general darkness on this subject, boldly contended for the noblest privilege of man as a rational being.

So much having then been laid before us respecting the opinions and conduct of those who lived in ages past, and in distant countries, with

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what is passing in our own country and in our own times, and to consider how far we ourselves may merit any of the censure which we have bestowed on others;-recollecting at the same time that tenfold blame is due to those who now commit any sin against the right of free discussion, as sinning against the light, the subject having long since been ably argued and well understood, and as deficient in gratitude for the liberties which they themselves enjoy, and which they owe to the exertions and the sufferings of their forefathers. It is a truly painful thing, that in this age we should be roused from investigating the history of persecution as an antiquarian question, by the acts of intolerant folly which are now incessantly perpetrated before our eyes; but we should prove ourselves but little entitled to sit in judgment upon the great men of former days, if we remained indifferent spectators of the warfare now carried on against religious liberty, merely because the persecuted are strangers to us, and their opinions such as we disapprove and deplore.

Every considerable period in the lapse of time seems destined to be distinguished by some remarkable change in the state of the civilized world: and, perhaps, the present æra of our country is principally characterised by the greatly increased exertions which have been made for extended education among the mass of the people. By means of the new schools, the Bible and Tract Societies, and the zealous efforts of various sects, the subject of religion, and the discussion of the conflicting dogmas of its teachers, have been eagerly pressed upon the common people: immense good has doubtless been accomplished by these means, in bringing multitudes to a sense of religion, and in calling into action their reasoning faculties:

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