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liberal contributions toward his support. for itself; and we here earnestly recomThe sentiments of the meeting on the mend similar district associations to the late proceedings of the Unitarian Associ- Unitarian body in general. After tea ation of Loudon, was expressed by the Mr. Holden was requested to take the following resolution, which, like the fore- Chair. The company was then favoured going ones, was carried with perfect with speeches from Messrs. Ketley, Grisunanimity: “That this society has wit- brook, Harding, Payne, Blundel, Cole, nessed with much satisfaction and thank- J. Blundel, Shoobridge and Taylor. The fulness, the late proceedings of the Unita cause of civil and religious liberty, and rian Association of Loudon, both in the right of privare judgment, were briefly obtaining the attention of the legislature, but forcibly pleaded by Messrs. Gristhrough the medium of the Marquis of brook and J. Blundel ; Sunday Schools Lansdown, to their petitions for relief in were recommended; missionary and laythe Marriage Ceremony; and in origin- preaching was also earnestly pressed upon ating that truly Christian Petition, so the company present. All appeared to ably advocated by Mr. Hume in the House rejoice in the progressire course of Uniof Commons, against prosecutions in tarianism in the above counties. The behalf of a religion, whose only legitimate evening passed with the greatest corsupport is derived from its divine original, diality, and in that delightful spirit of and the benignity of its spirit and princi- union, which hath characterized our ples." About 80 persons of both sexes former meetings.
L. H. dined together at the George Inn, where they were afterwards joined by other friends. Sentiments suggested both by
Western Unitarian Society. the general objects of the society, and by The Annual Meeting of “ the Society the more interesting public transactions of Unitarian Christians, established in of the year, were given from the Chair, the West of England for promoting Chris. which was occupied by the excellent Mr. tian Knowledge, and the practice of virtue Holden, one of the originators and most by the distribution of books," was held efficient promoters of the institution. He in Bristol, ou Wednesday, the 9th of was supported by Messrs. John and George July, when the Rev. John Kentish, of Kenrick, who, by their judicious remarks, Birmingham, preached at Lewin's Mead, assisted the reflections of the company, from the words of the Apostle Paul, in and other friends contributed to promote I Tim. ii. 5, “ There is one God, and one that unanimity and Christian feeling Mediator between God and men, the Man which was manifested throughout the Christ Jesus.” It was the object of the meeting. The next Anniversary of the preacher, in his very able and closely Association was appointed to be holden argumentative discourse, to shew the at Maidstone.
strict and intimate connexion between the
T. P. Unity of God and the proper Humanity July 21, 1823.
of Christ; and at the close of the dis
course, he gave a brief but impressive Tenterden Unitarian Christian
view of the practical influences of the doc
trine of St. Paul, that the Mediator was Association.
the Man Christ Jesus. The publication The First Meeting of the Tenterden of the discourse was earnestly requested District Unitarian Christian Association by the Society at their meeting after the was held on Wednesday, 25th June, at service; and there is room to hope, that the above place. It commenced with an Mr. Kentish will comply with their reafternoon service at the chapel. The quest. About seventy members and devotional services, with reading the other friends of the Society dined togeScriptures, were conducted by Messrs. ther, Arthur Palmer, Esq. in the Chair. Ketley, Payne and Blundel. Mr. Holden Mr. Kentish, Mr. Rowe, Dr. Carpenter, preached the sermon, and concluded with and Mr. Maurice, afterwards addressed prayer. Those of the congregation who the meeting, when the latter adverted to were inclined, then adjourned to the the valuable services of the Unitarian Woolpack Inn, where tea was provided Association ; but the unexpected shortfor them. The company amounted to ness of the interval between dinner and 114. And it is to be here observed, that the evening service, prevented the introat the first meeting of the Kent and Sus. duction of several topics for which these sex Unitarian Christian Association, in meetings usually afford a suitable oppor1812, of which the above is only a branch, tunity. In the evening, the Rer. Richard the dinner party consisted of little more Wright, for many years engaged in misthan thirty, whereas only a District As- sionary labours, and now settled at Trowsociation of the present year consisted bridge, preached from Acts xiii. 32, of the before-stated number. This speaks having as his object to shew that, on
Intelligence.- Devon and Cornwall Unitarian Association. 421 Unitarian principles, the gospel may be succession of his images, and have often peculiarly denominated " glad tidings.” to regret, that they too soon lose sight of The leading topics of the discourse are to his striking metaphors and well-constructbe found in a little tract recently published ed allegories, by their, perhaps, too freby Mr. Wright, entitled “ The Touch- quent recurrence, and by a too great stone of reputed Evangelical Principles." quickness of delivery; a common defect The other services of the day were con in young men, which we hope will be reducted by the Rev. Messrs. Hunter, of medied in our Crediton friend. Bath ; Fawcett, of Yeovil, and Wawne, of After the service was closed, the busiBridport.
ness of the Tract Society was entered
upon ; when the question was fully conDevon and Cornwall Unitarian
sidered, “ Whether it was expedient to Association,
re-unite this Society with the Western,
or continue it still a separate association." This Association held its Annual Meet- This question was brought forward, in ing on Wednesday, July 2, at Tavistock. consequence of some gentlemen having The very retired situation of this town been displeased at the manner in which would have made the expectation of a the proposal had been set aside at the large atteudance unavailable: but this last year's meeting at Sidmouth. The is uo reason why our annual meetings Devon and Cornwall Association sprang should not sometimes be held in places, up iu the year 1814; it was formed apart in which a large company cannot be ex from its parent, the old West of England pected to assemble ; since these meetings Society, on three distinct, and, we conhave a tendency to give animation and ceive, very important grounds. Ist. Bespirit to the cause of truth, and are gra cause the extent of country, reaching from tifying to our friends who are thus sought beyond Bristol to the Land's End in out in their unavoidable retirement. The Cornwall, is too large for only one annual devotional part of the service was con- meeting. In the present year, for inducted by Mr. Martin, who had oppor- stance, the Western meets at Bristol; tuvely arrived in Devonshire on his way of course, two-thirds at least of its meminto Cornwall, where he has undertaken bers would have been deprived of a public to remain some weeks in Missionary pur. meeting had they adhered to that Society suits. It was a great pleasure to those alone. 2d. The rules of that Society are that were present, to see a young man, so drawn up, as virtually to exclude those who had devoted himself to those impor- Unitarians that hold the doctrine of the tant duties which cannot be undertaken pre-existence, while it is our opinion, by settled ministers and family-men; and that they should be embraced as brethren, the seriousness and piety which distin- and invited to unite with us in the diffuguished the service he conducted, toge- sion of the great doctrine of the Unity of ther with the peculiar pleasantness of the Godhead, in which we are all well his voice, are, we hope, guarantees of agreed. And, 3d, It is expedient to ad his being rendered useful in that line, mit subscribers, to associations of this from which our old and esteemed friend, kind on the lowest possible terms, on any Mr. Wright, is now excluded by his age terms indeed that may suit the finances and growing infirmities.
of our friends. Therefore, the Devon and Mr. Johns, of Crediton, delivered the Cornwall permits its members to subsermon. The subject he chose was, scribe whatever sum they think proper, “the Coming of the Kingdom of Heaven, and requires no specific subscription to for which we are directed to pray in the be demanded of them. second branch of that address to the Fa Letters from several of our congregather, which seems to have a prophetic tions were read, and the report of the reference to a future and more glorious ministers present received, as to the opiperiod on earth, and to a bright resplen- nions of theirs : and, since it appeared dent day in a perfect state hereafter. It that all were unanimous, excepting the is not possible to do any thing like jus, three gentlemen who had signed the letter tice to the compositions of this gentle- of complaint, the proposal of uniting the man, in such a report as we are now the two societies was dismissed, and the called on to make of the meeting at Ta next meeting appointed to be held at vistock. Mr. Johns' compositions are of Collumpton, on the first Wednesday in a very peculiar cast : they are truly his July, 1824. After dinner at the Bedford own; resplendent with imagery, often Hotel, an elegant house that the Duke of the most beautiful and striking kind. has recently built, a discussion, by no His style is as poetical as his language; means uninteresting, closed the business but while all that hear him listen with of the day; in which the actual state of delight, they have some difficulty in fol. things, both in the political and the relilowing him in the rapid and continued gious circles, engaged the thoughts of the
speakers ; the signs of the times were Eastern Unitarian Society. pot neglected; and a deep feeling of The Eleventh Yearly Meeting of this regret and of esteem uvited was mani- Society was held at Bury St. Edmunds, fested, when restoration to health of our on Wednesday and Thursday, the 25th venerable friend Mr. Belsham, and of our and 26th June. On Wednesday evening active and useful ally, Mr. Fox, was the service was introduced by Mr, Toms, giren, and some observations made by of Framlingham, after which Mr. Latham, one who is deeply impressed with a sense of Laxfield, prayed. Mr. Valentine, of of the value of the latter's life to the Diss, preached from Matt. xv. 13. From cause which but for a few years he has these words the preacher reviewed the so manfully advocated, and who has had leading doctrines and principles of the the best opportunity of observing and Church of England, and by applying to appreciating the long, the laborious, the them the test of Scripture, shewed that upright life of the former, the close of they came under the description, given in which an alarming affliction has led as the text, of plants, which were pot planted all to deprecate. Great has been the by our heavenly Father. The contradicdebt due to him from the friends of pure tions and absurdities which exist in the Christianity, for his numerous services, Book of Common Prayer were ably aud which are without parallel in the history strikingly delineated, and shewn io be of theology, except they be compared unworthy the belief of those who profess with those of the immortal Priestley; to derive their Christianity from the Bible. since he has been the instrument, under The present state of the Established Providence, not only of advocating the Church was depicted in terms which are cause of truth in a most masterly and but too consonant with truth. Oo decisive manner amongst the higher Thursday morning, Mr. Perry, of Ipswich, classes of society, but also of training up began the service, Mr. Bowles, of Yarso many ministers to follow in the same mouth, followed, and Mr. Selby, of Lynn, course, and inspiring them by his own preached from Phil. iii. 3. Of this admiexample, with that decision of character rable discourse it is needless here to say which alone can secure the eventual more, than that it powerfully impressed extension of truth, and the coming of the minds of an attentive audience, who the kingdom of God. They whose hapo unanimously joined in requesting its pub. piness it has been to call hin father, can- lication, a request to which Mr. Selby not retrace that life, which has been for acceded. forty years or more before their eyes, After service the business of the soand pot be inspired with the desire of ciety was transacted ; Thomas Robinson, following him to the confiues of time, Esq., in the Chair. The Report of the and of catching his mantle when he shall Committee was read, and the Secretary be carried away from them to that happy was directed to request its insertion in ahode, whither the Prophet of Bethel, the Christian Reformer (where it will be the faithful servant of the one God aud fouud, in the Number for this month). Father of all, is gone before him.
The Treasurer's accounts were then read, A general wish had been expressed at by which it appeared that the finances of the chapel, that Mr. Johns would oblige the Society continued in a prosperous us by publishing his sermon; but the state. Isaac L. Marsh, Esq., and Mr. proposal was made with diffidence, from Edward Taylor, were severally elected the apprehension that, however excellent Treasurer and Secretary for the ensuing it might be, it might meet with the too year. The next yearly meeting was apcommon fate of single sermons, and lie pointed to be held at Harleston, in Norin heaps on the dusty shelf. A proposal folk, and the Secretary stated that he was, however, made after dinner, that had reason to hope Mr. Aspland would the company present should give proof preach. of their wish to see the sermon in print, Fifty-four gentlemen dined together at by entering immediately on a subscription the six Bells Ino; Mr. Richard Taylor, to carry it through the press. And of London, in the Chair. After dinner although the company was smaller than several ladies joined the party. It was would have been assembled on such au highly gratifying to see so many indi. occasion in a more populous town, we viduals collected from various parts of bare pleasure in reporting, that his ser the two counties, engaged and united in mon will be published, and that he is the support of those great principles secured against loss in thus obliging his which have for their object the liberty, friends. Indeed we cannot doubt, that peace and happiness of mankind. The when circulated, it will excite a more toasts were intended to express and to general interest.
call forth these principles, and they were Plymouth.
in general most cordially received by the company present. On the health of Mr.
Intelligence.--North Eastern Unitarian Association.
Selby being drank, he expressed the plea. said that this was the most interesting sure which it had given him to have had and delightful meeting the society had an opportunity of defending the doctrines ever enjoyed. The utility of the Associof Unitarianism in his natire countyation was most convincingly established : He then related the circumstances which a spirit of friendship, of zeal and of union had led to his invitation to the care of seemed to inspire all present, and the the Unitarian Church at Lynn, where, company separated in the hope that they he hoped, though the difficulties with should meet next year upon new ground, which its members had to struggle were to enjoy a similar gratification. formidable, that the uncorrupted doctrines of the gospel would take root and fourish. Present appearances there war.
North Eastern Unitarian Association, ranted bim in expressing that expectation. The North Eastern Unitarian AssociThe number of hearers was considerably ation was held in Lynn, on Weduesday, iucreased. By seriously and sincerely July 9, on which occasion the ininisters laying before ihem not merely Unitarian and friends were present from Boston and morality, but Unitarian Christianity, he Wisbeach, as well as friends from Norlooked forward with hope and confidence wich, and from Tidd and Fleet, in Linto the result.
colnshire. The fineness of the day gave : Mr. Latham, of Laxfield, gave a very additional interest and satisfaction to the interesting account of his progress to proceedings, which were commenced and Unitariavism, and of the various and conducted in the following order. Mr. disgraceful kinds of oppositiou which he Payne, of York College, introduced the had to encounter in consequence of having morning service by reading a portion of embraced his present opinions. It was Scripture; Mr. Walker, minister from highly gratifying to the meeting to learn Wisbeach, offered up the prayer; and that the simple and uncorrupted truths Mr. Valentine, minister at Diss, delivered of the gospel were making their way in a very aniinated address upon the pecuvarious parts of Suffolk, and were daily liar doctrines of the gospel being identiproved to be not merely calculated to cal with Unitarianism, from 1 Thess. interest philosophers and men of learnid, v. 21. The friends afterwards, male and in their closets, but men of all ranks and female, to the number of fifty-nine, par. all classes.
took of an economical dinner at the An interesting address was delivered by Coffee House, and passed a highly grati. Mr. James Abbott, who is a shoemaker fying, and, we also trust, an instructive. at Mildenhall, and who on this occasion afternoon ; in the course of which several attended an assembly of Unitarians for appropriate sentiments were given from the first time. He stated that he had the chair, and respectively and warmly been connected with the Wesleian Metho- dilated upon by gentlemen present. It dists about sixteen years, and had been would be an act of injustice to the india zealous advocate for their cause; but vidual, as well as acting contrary to the that about three years ago he was led to wishes of the friends, if I were to omit saspect that “ all was not right" in to state, that the satisfaction of the meetMethodism, and that inquiry led him to ing was considerably increased by the embrace the Unitarian faith, but for gentleman who filled the chair, Mr. which he must have sunk into Deism, Edward Taylor, of Norwich, whose intromuch as he shuddered at the bare thought. ductory remarks to the several sentiments Since he had become an avowed Unita- proposed, were such as deservedly called rian, he had encountered considerable forth the most sincere, as well as the odium and reproach, which had at one greatest applause. This satisfaction was time almost determined him to seek for moreover further increased, by the prospeace and comfort in another place of pect of the Association being continued, abode. But he was happy to say, that as the time and place for the next year's the prejudices against him were gradually meeting were fixed at this, to be at Latmelting away, and that he does not now ton, in the first week of July. stand alone at Mildenhall, but can reckon A public service was conducted in the upon the countenance and co-operation in evening, which was introduced by Mr. his religious views of several individuals Valentine's reading a portion of Scripof jutelligent minds and good characters. ture ; Mr. Selby, minister to the Lynn He added, that a desire of reading Uni- congregation, delivered the prayer; and tarian publications had been lately, mani. Mr. R. Smith, lately of York College, fested in his neighbourhood, and con. addressed an attentive audience upon the cluded by requesting the assistance of subject of the Divine Unity, from 1 Tim. such friends as might be able to furnish ii. 5. them with popular religious tracts.
W. S. On the whole, we believe it may be
Ordination of the Rev. A. Paterson, Mystery the mark of Antichrist ; the Stourbridge.
place was well filled.
The Rey, George Harris preached also On Tuesday, July 15, the Rev. Alex- on the Thursday evening following, the ander Palerson, M. A., was set apart and congregation numerous though not crowd. ordained to the pastoral office, in the ed. The subject, “ The Prevalence of society of Protestant Disseuters assem Uuitarianism in the First Three Centuries bling in the chapel on the western side of of the Christian Church." Public service the High Street, in Stourbridge. The is conducted regularly on Sundays, mornRev. John Small, of Coseley, offered the ing and evening, and on Thursday evenintroductory prayer, and read some ap- ings.--Christian Reflector. propriate passages of Scripture.
An address explanatory of the nature and design of the service, was delivered by
Provincial Meeting. the Rev. Robert Kell, of Birmingham, The Annual Assembly of the Unitawho received Mr. Paterson's auswers to rian Ministers of Lancashire and Chethree inquiries, relating severally to the shire, commonly called “ The Provincial grounds of his belief in Divine Revelation, Meeting," was held at Bury, on Thursday, his motires for exercising his ministry June 19th. Thirty four ministers and among Protestant Dissenters, and his preachers were present. The Rev. Wilviews and desires in undertaking, the liam Allard, of Bury, gave out the hymns, duties of a pastor. Then followed the the Rev. John Gaskell, of Dukinfield, general and ordination prayer, which was conducted the devotional parts of the presented by the Rev. Richard Fry, of worship, and the Rev. George Harris, of Kidderminster. The charge to Mr. Pater- Bolton, preached from 1 Cor. xiv. 12, son was given by the Rev. James Scott, “ Seek that ye may excel to the edifying of Cradley, who founded his observations of the church.” The preacher dwelt on on the words, a good minister of Jesus the necessity of increased exertion on Christ, (1 Tim. iv. 6). The Rev. John the part of those who held a purer faith Kentish, of Birmingham, delivered a dis- and advocated more benevolent doctrines course to the people on the obstacles to than the generality of Christian profesthe efficacy of public religious instruction, sors, and gave a comparative statement and the means of removing them, from of the numbers and labours of the MeJames i. 22—25, “ Be ye doers of the thodists, Calvinists and Unitarians of the word," &c. &c.; and the Rev. James county. The congregation, which was Yates, of Birmingham, concluded with deeply attentive, appeared to be about prayer; suitable hymns having been sung 400. by ihe congregation in the course of the At the close of the service, the Rev. service. A considerable number of mi. William Allard, of Bury, in the Chair, nisters, and of members of some of their the thanks of the meeting, on the proposocieties, dined and passed the afternoon sition of the Rer. John Yates, of Liverunder the hospitable roof of William pool, seconded by the Rev. J. G. RobScott, Esq., and felt great delight in. berds, of Manchester, were unanimously reviewing the proceedings of the day, given to Mr. Harris for his discourse. and in anticipating the permanently happy The Rev. William Hincks of Liverpool, influence of them on those by whom they was appointed the supporter for the next had been witnessed.
yearly meeting, to be held at Altringham. N. Afterwards the business of the Missiouary
Society was transacted. Opening of the Unitarian Meeting
At two o'clock the friends of Christian House, Great Cross Hall Street, the Hare and Hounds, the Rev. George
liberty and equality dined together at Liverpool.
Harris in the Chair. One hundred and On Sunday, 8th June, the meeting. sixty-two persons, male and female, sat house, lately occupied by a society of down to ihe tables. The price of the Calvinist Baptists, was opened for the dinner-ticket was ls. 6d. ludividuals public worship of the One and only God, were present at the dinner from Bolton, by the society of Unitarian Christians Preston, Walmesley, Bury, Cockey-Moor, formerly meeting in Sir Thomas's Build- Kingsley, Manchester, Park Laue, Warings. The Rev. George Harris, of Bolton, rington, Hindley, Wigan, Chowbent, Ri. in the morning, delivered a very eloquent vington, Stand, Rochdale, Swinton, Newand impressive discourse, to a very atten. ehurch Rossendale, aud Haslingden; the tive and exceedingly crowded audience. following toasts and sentiments being In the evening the Rev. Robert Cree, of given : « The cause of civil and religious Preston, delivered a very interesting, ar- liberty all over the world;" “ The progumentative discourse on the Doctrine of gress of knowledge, and may it issue iu