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Intelligence.—Bible Christians.--Methodist Unitarians. 425 the liberty and happiness of man ;” “The sat down to an agreeable and homely Unitarian Ministers of Lancashire and repast, consisting of tea, salad, fruits of Cheshire, and may they ever act up to various kinds, lemonade, &c. and spent the sacred principles of Christian liberty the evening in the highest state of enjoyand equality ;" “ Mr. William Board- ment.--Monthly Mag. man, of Swinton ;" “ Mr. Cree, of Preston, and Mr. Knowles, of Park Lane ;" “ The Memory of Priestley, Lindsey and
Annual Association of Methodist Wakefield;" and “The Chairman." The
Unitarians. meeting was addressed by Messrs. E. On Friday, May 23d, was held at Old. Makin, R. Pilkington, F. Knowles, R. ham, the Annual Association of the MeCree, W. Boardman, J. Brandreth, H. thodist Unitarians of Rossendale. The Clarke, and the Chairman. In the course day was unusually wet, yet there was a of the afternoon, the Rev. William Allard, good attendance. In the morning the of Bury, entered the room, thanked the Rev. G. Harris, of Bolton, delivered a Chairman in the warmest terms in his
most pathetically impressive discourse, own name and that of the ministers, for
on the Important Uses of Afliction, if the sermon delivered that morning, and accompanied by Genuine Religion, and expressed his hope and confident belief
correct and worthy Notions of the Deity.” that the price of the dinner-ticket would H. Clarke, of Haslingden, couducted the for the future be fixed, so as to meet the devotional part. After the service, a wishes of all. Mr. Harris replied in his large party, male and female, sat down own name, and in behalf of the friends
to an economical dinner at the Nelson's who acted with him, that they deeply Ball Tavern. The cloth being drawn, regretted there should be any divisions, Mr. Harris took the Chair, when reports that they rejoiced in the prospect that a of the state of the Societies in connexion cordial union would be effected, and that were given. Mr. Wilkinson said the cause gladly would they present the right hand in Oldham was upon the whole improvof Christian fellowship to all their bre- ing. A good Sunday-School was conthren. Shortly after, the Rev. William nected with the chapel, and the debt had Hincks came to the meeting, and ad. been somewhat lessened. He was of dressed the company in very eloquent opinion, that could means be devised to terms, on the disgrace to Christianity, enable a minister to reside in the town, and the injury effected, and the absur- the interests of the Society would be very dity and injustice implied in the prosecu- materially promoted, and the cause much tion of Uubelievers, and stated that he more rapidly advanced. Mr. Taylor stated held in his hand petitions prepared by that the cause in Rochdale was in as “ the Unitarian Association,” to be pre- favourable a state as could be expected. sented to the legislature, pointing out the 'Their Sunday School went on well. At folly and reprobating the practice of such Lanehead, a village two miles distant, prosecutions. Many persons attached they had about one huudred scholars, and their signature to the petitions. On the they were about to build a school-room motion of the Rev. Robert Cree, seconded there, which was also to be used for reliby the Rer. Henry Clarke, it was unani- gious worship. Mr. Ashworth reported mously resolved, to request Mr. Harris to that since last Association the chapel at publish thc sermon delivered by him that Newchurch had been considerably enmorning. In compliance with this re
larged, and yet it was as well filled as quest, the sermon will be immediately before. About three hundred children sent to press. About half past five the
were educated in the Sunday-school, and meeting separated.
every member of the congregation, male The dinner of the ministers and others and female, that could possibly do so, was held at the Eagle and Child. About assisted in the good work. Mr. Clarke fifty gentlemen sat down to dinner, the stated, that the cause at Todmorden preRev. John Yates in the Chair, and the sented a very flattering appearance. The Rev. William Allard, Vice-president.- congregation had commenced building a Christian Reflector.
chapel, 17 yards by 12 yards, which was
estimated to cost about seven hundred Meeting of Bible Christians at Sala pounds, towards which they had raised
among themselves four hundred. “ It ford.
might be asked," said Mr. C., “why they On Wednesday, in Whitsun week, the build so large a chapel in so small a Society of Bible Christians held their Fif- town, where, too, there are four or five teenth Annual Meeting in the Academy, other places of worship. To this I reply, King Street, Salford, Manchester, when that from past experience of, and obser. nearly 130 persons, (adults,) who abstain vation upon the march of free inquiry, from animal food and intoxicating liquor, they have much reason to hope that at
no very distant period numbers will see Sketch of the Denominations, and to this the errors of Tripitarianism, and flock to end there was prefixed to the “ Dicti. the temple dedicated to the worship of onary" an “Essay on Truth,” by the late the One God the Father, and they are Andrew Fuller, designed to guard Chrisanxious to be provided with room for tians against excess in charity. It is cutheir reception.” Mr. Ashworth said the rious, however, that Mrs. Adams's name people at Padiham had at length ren- can no longer be announced with satistured to erect a chapel, which was now faction by the Pseudo-orthodox, her connearly ready for opening. The prospect version to Unitarianism being publicly as to numbers was highly pleasing, yet declared in a late American periodical they were all very poor people, and could work. There is not much, it is said, that do but little towards the expenses they liberality will require the authoress to had thus incurred. Individuals, in dif. correct in her account of the sects; some ferent parts of the kingdom, and Fellow. alterations she will probably make in ship Funds had already stepped hand- another American edition, and we shall somely forward to assist them. Still a see whether the “ Evangelical" editors considerable sum was yet wanted, and and publishers of England will adopt her he hoped the Unitarian public would improvements, or even continue her name consider the case, and give it the neces- in the title-page. sary support. The meeting was also ad. dressed by the Rev. R. Cree, of Preston,
MISCELLANEOUS. Mr. Duffield, of Manchester, and the Rev. G. Harris. In the evening, the Rev. R. Receipts of Religious Charities in Cree delivered a very interesting and
1822. apposite discourse on Mystery. Mr. Duf- British and Foreign Bible field conducted the devotional part. After Society
. £97,062 11 9 which, the friends departed to their re- Hibernian Bible Society. 4,343 0 11 spective homes, carrying with them fur. Naval and Military Bible ther motives for a patient continuance in Society
1,929 29 well doing, and additional assurances Merchant Seamen's Bible that their labours shall not finally be in Society
648 10 2 vain in the Lord.
Society for promoting
Christian Knowledge · 57,714 19 11
Society for promoting the
Gospel in Foreign Parts
· 20,000 0 0 is rapidly advancing. Dr. Carpenter, (who preached at Hanley on Thursday,
31,266 11 11 the 3d of July,) requests us to state, that,
30,252 6 7 in his judgment, the building of a chapel Baptist Missionary Society 14,400 0 0 for this important and populous district,
Moravian Missionary Sowas become necessary for the progress of
2,691 8 3 the Unitarian cause in it; and that all General Baptist Ditto 1,200 00 he heard and saw there leads him to Home Missionary Society 4,311 0 0 regard it as a case highly deserving the Baptist Home Missionary countenance and support of the Unitarian
1,059 18 8 public. Mr. Cooper, he adds, is pursuing
Hibernian Society 8,984 13 6 his objects with temperate and judicious Sunday School Society for zeal; and he is setting on foot the plan
1,883 17 2 of local preachers with great prospect of Irish Evangelical Society 2,275 2 3 success.
Irish Religious Book and
3,750 7 7
2,500 00 In the course of the month of August, British & Foreign School it is expected that a number of Mr. Well- Society
2,053 16 11 Beloved's Family Bible, containing the Sunday School Society 540 4 6 Book of Numbers, with the continuation Sunday School Inion Soof the Critical Notes, will be published. ciety
1,746 19 2
Society for promoting A new edition is forthcoming of Mrs. Religious Knowledge Hannah Adams's “ Dictionary of all
amoug the Poor
825 15 7 Religions." This lady is an American. Society for Conversion of Her work was republished here, we be- Jews
11,400 9 10 lieve, with a view to check the spread and Prayer-Book and Homily to lessen the influence of Dr. Evans's Society
Intelligence.- Secession from the Church of Scotland.-Legal.
Religious Tract Society. 8,809 13 2 whom concurred in paying respect to Church of England Tract
Mr. Shirreff's character and talents, and Society
636 8 8 it was finally voted that it should lie on Continental Society 1,536 7 2 the table till the next meeting. Africao Institution 1,134 2 1 Society for Relief of Poor
LEGAL. Pious Clergymen 2,282 8 2
Literary Property-In the Court of
Chancery, July 22, Murray, v. Dugdale, Christians' Petition against the Prose- Mr. Shadwell moved for an injunction to cution of Unbelievers. This petition (in- restrain the Defendant from invading the serted pp. 362-364) was presented to copy-right of a poem entitled Beppo, the the House of Commons by Mr. Hume on
work of Lord Byron. The Lord Chanthe Ist instant, and followed by a motion cellor asked if there was any thing obon the subject. The motion was of noxious in the book : upon Mr. Shadcourse lost, but the petition is on the well's saying there was not; his Lordship Journals, aud the object of the petitioners said, that if he did grant an injunction, is gained in entering their protest against it must be upon the suppositiou that there promoting or avenging Christianity by was nothing in the work of an objectioncivil penalties. The debate was intended able nature. There had been a great to be given in the present Number, but many remarks made upon the line of conwant of room compels us to defer it to duct he had pursused with respect to questhe next: it will be read with deep in- tions of this nature. He was old enough terest by such as consider Christianity to remember the refusal of the Courts to equal to its own support and defence. protect Dr. Priestley from the destruction Amongst the subscribers of the petition of some literary property, which consisted was the learned and venerable Dr. SA- of works proved before the Court to be MUEL PARR, but unfortunately the sheets of an objectionable kind. The rule laid containing his name were not returned in down at that time was, that the law time to be attached to the petitions. could give no protection to works written
against the morals and religiou of the Secesion from the Church of Scotland. country; He had then the honour to -On Tuesday, June 17, the Presbytery enjoy the intimacy of many diguitaries of Stirling met for the purpose of receiv and eminent professors of the law, all of ing the resignation of the Rev. WILLIAM whom concurred in opinion as to the proSUIRREFF, minister of the parish of St. priety of the judgment, that in the case Ninians, who had siguified that he could of a work, for pirating which the lower no longer conscientiously continue the courts would give no damages, this court minister of a national and political church. would not allow it protection. He was His resignation was worded as follows:- aware of the objections taken on the "To the Moderator, and other members other side, that the refusal of the injuncof the Reverend the Presbytery of Stir- tion was the most effectual way of disling. Gentlemen, In the religious com- seminating the work itself; but it must munion, especially when established by criminal jurisdiction iu cases of this na
be remembered that the court had no civil laws, of Papists, Prelatists, Presby- ture, and that if the work were really terians and Pædobaptists, the word of God, in fact, is not and cannot be used criminal, the publication of it could not as the rule and only rule, to a greater or
be stopped here, but it must be done in less extent, of the materials, constitution, another way. In the next place, he did government, discipline, doctrine, worship
not conceive it to be his duty to alter the and obedience of the churches of Christ. law, where it had been settled without Wherefore, and for other like causes, I That was an opinion which he could not
question for a cousiderable time past. do hereby resign my clerical charge of the parish of St. Ninians. Your accep- should think fit to alter the law itself.
consent to abandon till the Legislature tance of this my resignation, will oblige, Mr. Shadwell here stated again that there Gentlemen, yours sincerely, WILLIAM SHIRREFF. stirling, 17th June, 1823.” could prevent the protection of the court
was nothing in the book of a nature which Such a secession on the part of a gentle from being extended to it; aud the Lord man that has been for thirty years a pas- Chancellor said, on that supposition he tor in the Scottish Church, and highly esteemed by his brethren, and in no small would allow the injunction, and he orreputation with the people as a preacher, dered that it should be served imınedicould not fail to excite deep interest.
ately. The acceptance of the resignation was eagerly debated by the Presbytery, all of
obstruct the former, to impair the latter, Petition of some of the Clergy of the and to bind in the strongest bonds of Diocese of Norivich in fuvour of the unanimous hostility those who suffer
under them. Catholic Claims, presented to the
4. That to a free circulation of the House of Commons by Mr. Coke, Scriptures, to the benefits of general containing 55 signatures.
education, and to their own individual The Petition of the undersigned Clergy of exertions in their sacred calling, your
the Diocese of Norwich, Ministers of petitioners look as the best means, under the Established Church,
the blessing of God, for guarding the HUMBLY SHEWETH,
interest of that pure part of the Church That we whose names are hereunto of Christ, at whose altars they minister, subscribed, beg leave hunbly to approach and doubt not that the same intrinsic your Honourable House on behalf of that excellencies which have procured for her very numerous body of our fellow-subjects the attachment of the wise and good for and fellow-christians, who, though pro
80 many generations, and carried her in fessing in common with us every funda- triumph through so many storms, will be mental article of religious faith, and still more able in an age of superior light acknowledging every principle of moral and more extended information to perpeobligation, we yet see with compassion tuate her prosperity and protect her weland regret excluded from a very impor- fare. tant share of civil rights and privileges, 5. Impressed with these convictions, on the ground of certain speculative opic and auxious that the last footsteps of nions and an adherence to the spiritual intolerance should be shewn not to be authority of the see of Rome.
those stamped upon the soil of our counThat without here entering into any of try by the ministers of its religion, your those political considerations which might petitioners have thus ventured to implore be deemed to be less belonging to our your Honourable House not to stop short province as clergymen, or questioning in that work of justice and mercy which either the expediency or necessity which has of late years been so auspiciously originally dictated the severe enactments begun, which, as far as you have pursued by which such exclusion is enforced, your it, has produced no evil, but much acpetitioners beg to express their unmixed knowledged good, and not one step of satisfaction at the growing opinion, that which they believe, even those who have neither the same expediency nor necessity so constantly opposed it, would now wish exists at the present day for their conti- you to retrace. nuance, and to record upon the follow.
6. To these sentiments and prayers, ing grounds their own sentiments in founded as your petitioners conceive in favour of their immediate remoral. reason, sanctioned by religion and con
1. That the gospel which they are tirmed by experience, they humbly beg ordained to preach recognizes no civil your Houourable House to give your disqualifications on account of difference solemn and mature consideration. in religious opinions amongst Christians, And your Petitioners will ever pray, but may, on the contrary, be considered &c. in several passages strongly and pointedly to dissuade them. 2. That as the reformed churches in
Churches in Ireland. general, and especially the Church of
JULY 15. Eugland, have always rested the defence of their own separation upon the sacred. the Irish Churches' Bill,
On the motion for the third reading of ness of the rights of conscience, it does
The Earl of LIVERPOOL addressed their not appear to your petitioners to be con. Lordships in support of the measure; sistent to imitate in practice what they observing, at the same time, that he did condemn in principle, or to visit with
not mean on this occasion, to go into any penalties upon others what they claim as matters of unquestionable justice for churches in Ireland. This was a mea
statement of the general condition of themselves.
sure of relief; and their Lordships would 3. That your petitioners feel fully con
observe the beneficial effect of the latter vinced, that the penalties and restrictions portion of the Bill; which was to reduce, enforced upon their Catholic fellow-sub- in future, the parochial rates necessary jects are so far from promoting the cause of Christian unanimity, or adding to the fices, from 61. to 41. per cent.—an altera
for the purposes of repairing these edi. strength and security of the established religion of these realıns, that their effect
tion of the existiug law which could not has been and will be, if continued, to
fail to prove a great relief to parishes.
Lord HOLLAND protested that this was
Intelligence.-Parliamentary. Churches in Ireland. 429 the most extraordinary bill in its shape, thought their Lordships would not refuse the most extraordinary in its history, and, to indulge him with eight sentences about as he thought he should be able to shew them. (14 laugh.) One of these had, their Lordships, the most extraordinary indeed, the beneficial operation of rein its provisions that they had ever seen. ducing the parochial rate from 61. to 41. But neither its shape, uor history, nor per cent.; but this pleasing draught was provisions were more extraordinary than mixed up with some bitter ingredients its title. The Noble Earl was pleased to indeed. The first thing which the Bill call this a bill of relief; but if their Lord. proposed to do, for example, was to take ships should be satisfied, (as he (Lord away the power of relief and forhearance, Holland) hoped to satisfy them,) that which, under the present law, it was in this bill of relief was intended to make a the breast of the Irish judges to exercise; considerable number of Roman Catholic for here it was expressly stated " that subjects pay for that which at present justices should not forbear to give judgthey were not called on by law to contri. ment in cases where parties might have bute for, the House would, perhaps, dc- been proceeded against for non-payment monstrate its disinclination to counte- of rates, unless such parties should have dance such a remedial measure, After previously gone into the Ecclesiastical all that they had heard about the state of Courts." This was effectually to do away the Protestant Church in Ireland, and with any power of affording relief to the comparative numbers of Protestants them. The next part of the Bill related and Roman Catholics in that country, he to the giving notices in Church. The could not help thinking that it was the Noble Earl had said, it had been found most wbimsical plan of relief he ever that notices given in the parish churches heard of, to require the Roman Catholic in Ireland were as good as no notices at majority to pay for the churches of the all. (A laugh.) And why so? Why, small Protestant community. For aught their Lordships should be told-it was he knew, the measure inight have some because there were no Protestants in foundation in justice, or expediency, or those churches to hear the notices. A propriety: but to use a vulgar, and he Noble Friend of his (Lord Holland's) had believed unjust imputation, to illustrate just put into his hand a letter, which was what he meant, the way of laying it was received by a clergyman in the south certainly very Irish. laugh.) Now of Ireland, and might serve to shew it was a maxim among their Lordships, what was the proportion in that part that when a bill came before them with of the couutry of Protestants; and as a great variety of preambles, it presented his Noble Friend (the Duke of Leinster) itself in a very suspicious shape. Du- permitted him, he would read it to the ring the period in which he had sat in House." Dear Sir, she is unwell ; that House, he had seen some bills with therefore you need not come to-day." two, three, and even as many as four Now, who was intended, could their preambles ; but how many, in the name Lordships possibly imagine, by “she”? of wonder, did their Lordships suppose The ancient “ Mother Church”? (A that this Bill boasted! Absolutely, no laugh. No, but the mother of the less than eight. (A laugh.) Well, this sexton. (Laughter.) So that their Lord. great non-descript reptile with its eight ships would conclude from this, that the legs, having crawled on as far as a third sexton was the only person who usually reading in that House, was just upon the represented this congregation. There was point of flying out into au Act of Parlia- another circumstance about the bill which ment, when the Noble Marquis, (of Lans- appeared very whimsical, and calculated down,) who was somewhat of a natural to generate a good deal of suspicion. philosopher in the history of these rep- Whoever, by the dye, had drawn out this tiles, (laughter,) detected and prevented bill, knew very well what he was about ; it. Yet even on that occasion, did any and carelessness or oversight was the last one of their Lordships know what mat. thing in the world that he (Lord Holland) ter this Bill contained? No, he doubted would impute to him. As far as he could whether the Noble Earl himself was understand it, there was a vast deal more aware of its provisions, relating as they meant than met the eye or car. It prowere to the greatest, the most delicate vided that all persons paying rates of the and the most ticklish principles of legisla- nature therein described, and to which tion on the most delicate and most ticklish a former clause had subjected Roman subjects known our constitution. Catholics, should be admitted to vote in (Hear.) Of these eight Acts of Parlia. vestry, and to all the rights consequent to ment-for such, in effect, the various the payment of such rates. But then clauses were-he (Lord Holland) would followed the act of relief, as the Noble briefly as possible state the nature : and Earl had ventured to call it, in the next seeing that here were eight preambles, he clause, providing and declaring that no