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Jenis Tis to lives like thine that we sadly turn, To see how the light of the heart may shine, And these are so few, that the more we mourn DAA The blight of a lily so chaste as thine. 9tom of 1989 CE folu Oh, may all who mourn thee the path pursue, Which thy young feet here in meekness trod, eweed Till th they pass, like thee, this vain life through, To the home of the pure-the land of God! ligent adT Sept. 26, 1823.


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1823. Aug. 13, at Pittsburgh, United States, Mr. GEORGE COURTAULD, late of Braintree, Essex.

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matter which lay nearest to his heart, determined him to quit the neighbourhood for ever. When the peace of his mind was sufficiently restored to allow him to resume the regular exercise of his profession, he was settled at Enfield, Middlesex. There he did not remain many years, but upon marrying a lady of his congregation removed to Wareham, where he was respected by men of every denomination, and where he has left behind him the affectionate remembrance of those amongst whom he laboured.


Iu point of talents Mr. Thomas was very respectable; and he had so far cultivated a literary taste as to find in it a source of interesting amusement. In his religious sentiments he was what is commonly termed moderate, but perhaps with not have allowed him to class himself some peculiarities of opinion which would


17, after a short illness, at Thick thorn, near Ilminster, Somerset, aged 70, the Rev. THOMAS THOMAS, for twentytwo years minister of the Dissenting congregation worshiping in the Old Meeting at Wareham, Dorsetshire, which situation he relinquished twelve months ago. Mr. Thomas was brought up at Daventry, under Dr. Ashworth, and had for his class-fellow and friend the late Thomas Northcote Toller, of Kettering, North amptonshire. Upon finishing their academical course these gentlemen were both settled in congregations, Mr. Toller at Kettering, and Mr. Thomas within a few miles from his friend, at Wellingborough. And it was a source of mutual satisfaction that the vicinity of their situations afforded them the opportunity of cherishing the friendship of their early years by frequent intercourse. During Mr. Thomas's residence at Wellingbo rough he was much esteemed and beloved by the society of which he was pastor, and experienced from some of its wealth ier members a kindness and attention which are somewhat rare in the history of Dissenting congregations. respect in which he was held was not confined to his hearers. By the Dissent ers of the county in general he was justly regarded as one of the most able and intelligent among their ministers. At Wellingborough he resided between ten and twenty years, and there, perhaps, he might have finished his days had not a sudden and cruel disappointment, in a

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decidedly with any party. But whatever
were his views on doctrinal subjects, he
was too deeply impressed with the value
of practical principles to attach an undue
importance to matters of speculation,
which do not seem to bear on the great
object of religion-a virtuous and holy
life. As a Christian minister he was ar-
dently solicitous to promote the best in-
terests of his hearers; as a man he was
a pattern of every thing that is upright,
honourable and benevolent; he had a
heart that was warm with the kindest
affections, and a generosity of spirit which
raised him far above every thing artful,
mean or selfish. But what chiefly dis-
tinguished him from almost every other
man was a singular delicacy of mind,
and a peculiar refinement of feeling in
every thing that concerned the feelings
of others. He behaved to every man as
though every man's sensibilities answered
to his own, and was careful to excess, if
there can be excess in that which is so
amiable, to do nothing, even in trifles,
which might appear to indicate an indif-
ference to the pleasure or comfort of
another.This brief but just tribute of
respect is paid to his character by one
who knew him upwards of forty years,


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I find, on looking at Mr. Belsham's List of the Daventry Students, (Mon. Repos. XVII. p. 196,) that they finished their academical course under Dr. Ashworth's successor, Mr. Robins; a man whose name, no one that knew him, will ever mention without a feeling of the highest respect.

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the way which she conceived to be the
right one, for her warm co-operation in
the honourable views of her family, for
the steadfastness of her feelings as a
friend, and her clear unambiguous mani-
festation of them, for the happy tem-
per with which she enjoyed society, for
interest her
country and mankind, for a religion
founded on conviction, continually
animating her to
to the practice which it
enjoins. She had almost reached her
sixty-fourth year in health scarcely in-
terrupted, and rich in every temporal
blessing, when she was attacked by a
most painful and distressing malady. She
combated it with firnmess and cheerful-
ness, bowed to it with pious resignation,
and escaped from it on the wings of faith
and hope.
Her friends and relatives
regret her here, and number her with
confidence amongst the blessed.

his malady, expressed himself towards the Doctor very affectionately. In order that he might be near his Majesty, this learned physician occupied a house in the neighbourhood of Windsor Castle. Dr. Baillie was married to Miss Sophia Denman, (daughter of the late Dr. Thomas Denman, and sister to Mr. Denman, the present Common Sergeant of the City,) by whom he has one son and one daughter living. Miss Johanna Baillie, whose poems and series of plays on the Passions have obtained for her so much celebrity, sister. The News.its noli was his

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Sept. 24, aged 61 years, Mrs. SUSANNAH › SAXBY, wife of Robert Saxby, Esq., graKent. Though her health had been throughout life extremely delicate, relatives and friends aetate, yet latterly it seemed so much anticipated many more happy days in her society. But heaven had otherwise determined. A cold caught by the taking of an airing brought on serious indispo soon virtuous and placid career. After a fortnight's illuess she expired without a sigh or struggle her end was peace! Her remains were conveyed to the family vault in the cemetery adjoining the General Baptist place of worship, Ditchling, Sussex, where they were interred by the Rev. Mr. Duplock, who addressed the audience from Rev. x. 5, 6: And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, that there should be time no longer! The ensuing sabbath a funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Briggs, at Bessel's Green, where the fash mily attended, from Job xiv. 1, 24 Mane that is born of a woman is of few days and w full of trouble; he cometh forth like a flower and is cut down, he fleeth also as shadow and continueth not. The writer of the present article had the pleasure of formerly being acquainted with Mrs. Saxby, and well recollects the impressionH left upon his mind. Her mild disposition and her unobtrusive manners were traits of character obvious to all. Her sorrow

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Istiprod 23, at his seat, near Cirencester, MATTHEW BAILLIE, M. D. He was considered, in many points of view, as being at the head of his profession. Dr. Baillie was the nephew of Dr. William Hunter and of Mr. John Hunter. In the schools of these celebrated anatomists he had acquired a knowledge of human anatomy equal to that of any of his contemporaries; and his lucid and accurate demoustrations gave him peculiar celebrity as a teacher of that important science. After


the death of the late Dr. Warreer in life, during a lengthened

of nearly twenty years, knew her

rapidly and deservedly rose in estimation and confidence, as to be una-worth, whilst his son and two daughters, ble to persevere with his lectures, and he continued for between thirty and forty years to hold a pre-eminent place in the foremost rank of his profession. Dr. Baillie had, in some measure, setired from general practice for some years, and except in the case of very old connexions, confined, himself to consultations. He was a great favourite with the late King, who frequently, during the intervals of

the offspring of his former marriage, treated by her with materual tenderness, affectionately venerate her memory. She delighted indeed, to render all around her happy. For some years past her impaired health withheld her from the exercises of social worship, yet would she express her regret to her family on their departure for the house of God—“Though I remain behind, my heart goes with


you!" Of retired habits, hers was a
simple and unostentatious piety. Her
kindness towards the poor was exem-
plary, especially in keeping by her sets
of linen for the use of the mother and her
babe, a provision peculiarly acceptable to
the lower classes of society. Farewell,
gentle spirit, till the resurrection of the
just, when pious relatives and friends
meet, never more to be separated. od To
an eternity is the dis-
tinguished privilege of the believers in
JESUS who brought life and immortality to
light; a privilege which even in anticipa-
tion, alleviates the distresses and miti-
gates the sorrows of mortality-
“Hold fast the golden chain let down
"Twill help your feet and wings; I feel
sits forced suono add to the Sunday School in St Martin's
DrawTM upwards-fasten'd to the pearly 100%; to the Peterborough Clergy Cha-
abagate bus vitae rity 1007.; to the Lincoln Clergy Charity
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Through this dark wild! "Twas wisdom's
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Hopkins's Hospital; of the like sum to
the trustees of Williamson's Callis; of
ces of Will
the like sum to the trustees of All
Saints' Callis; and of the like sum to the
trustees of Snowden's Hospital, for the
poor widows for the time being on t those
establishments in Stamford, which were
before very scantily endowed. The in-
terest. sums of 50% to be
applied in the purchase of meat during
for the use of the of
Stainfield, in the parish of Morton, hear
Bourn, and of Folksworth in Hunting-
donshire; and the interest of 1007. to be
distributed by the vicar of St. Martin's
yearly at Christmas, among twenty poor
widows of that parish. To the Blue-coat
School in Stamford 100%.; to the Na-
tional School for Girls in Stamford 100%;



100%; to the
Christian Knowledge 100%.; to the So-
ciety for the relief of Persons imprisoned
for Small Debts 100%.; to the Asylum

All join'd by Power Divine, and offie for Deaf and Dumb 100%; to the School

link is love. 002 HOW -10 & 7911A 19978 biosig WATTSO data anodal beriqzo da esa exigin Be thou faithful unto death, and thou shall receive a crown of life. 919 Enisme nadi aniniorbe 115 EVANS Islington, Oct. 10, 1823.siq tenga la sdi yd borotni- d stod eane Oct. 9, at Colyton, the Rev. JOSEPH CORNISH, in the 73rd year of his age, who had been fifty-one years the faithful and beloved pastor of the society of Pro testant Dissenters in that town. Bore bit On amit ad bl 1,199 ban Lately, at Stamford, HENRY FRYER, Esq., a most benevolent gentleman, as the following account of the charities which he bequeathed at his death will shews to a mos to do in

"The interest of 20001. perpetually to be applied for the use of the poor widows of bedesmen, who at their deaths were upon the foundation of Lord Burghley's Hospital in St. Martin's, and Truesdale's Hospital in Stamford. The interest of 1000 perpetually, to the trustees of atlari 19W 819000 9712u1tdonu 19d bus

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DOMESTIC.auctio oil of the services, before a respectable and for you & hot50) very attentive audience, the chapel being Opening of the New Chapel, Stam filled, notwithstanding the unfavourable ford Street, Blackfriars Road


appearances of the weather.

After reading portions of Scripture suited to such an occasion, and delivering a highly appropriate prayer, the preacher discoursed on the arguments from Scripture and from Christian antiquity for the propriety and duty of social Christian

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dra ON Sunday, Oct. 12, the newly-erected Chapel in Stamford Street, Blackfriars' Road, was opened for public worship. The lately-appointed Minister, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Rees, conducted the whole

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worship, adding a luminous summary of its various religious advantages; at the same time fairly stating, and answering, so far as the allotted time would permit, the objections against the practice which have been urged, with no small ability, by some learned and serious Christians. We wish, indeed, that the preacher may be induced to gratify the desire earnestly expressed by his congregation, that he would publish the sermon delivered on an occasion so interesting.


At the conclusion of his discourse the preacher traced, from the early times of Nonconformity, the congregation whose surviving members have become possessed of this chapel, according to the provisious of an Act of Parliament for the improvement of Westminster. appears that Mr. Thomas Cawton, one of the ejected ministers of the Presbyterian denomination, was the first minister of the congregation which assembled (till their chapel was taken down, under the Westminster Act) in Princes Street. To Mr. Cawton, the preacher was disposed to attribute, (we trust with historical correctness, certainly with Christian candour,) an attachment to the right of private judgment in religion, and its uncontrouled exercise, on which alone the principles of Nonconformity can be consistently supported; but which none were more ready to dispute, except in their own cases, than too many Presbyterians of the 17th century.

From this first minister of the chapel, who died, (according to Calamy's Account, p. 73,) in 1677, the preacher passed down to modern days, having time only to recollect the names of Alsop, Calamy, Say and Kippis, (all to be found, and the last eminently distinguished, among the contributors to the varied literature of their country,) justly congratulating him self on becoming a successor to such men, nor forgetting to offer a tribute of regard to his friends, the later ministers of that society, who yet survive. The preacher concluded by expressing his satisfaction, on finding in his new congregation many who had formed part of the dissolved society at St. Thomas's, Southwark, of which he had been for many years the minister.

It would be unjust to pass unnoticed the unequivocal avowal, which this discourse contained, of a dissent, not only from the forms, ceremonies and secular constitution, but also from the doctrine of the Established Church. This dissent, however, as well as important doctrinal disagreements with large bodies of our Nonconformist brethren, was as unequivocally recommended to be maintained, in the spirit of Christian charity, and with an equitable appreciation of the ta

lents and virtues of any whose creeds or customs, the result of serious inquiry, and the dictates of an enlightened conscience, may command us to disapprove.

We cannot, indeed, forbear to congratulate those who believe that the sole worship of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" is the worship" in spirit and in truth," which Christianity inculcates, on the erection of this chapel, in a situation very accessible, and amidst a neighbourhood rapidly increasing. The building itself has been justly admired as connecting convenience with simple elegance, in a manner highly creditable to the taste and attention of the ingenious architect, Mr. Charles Parker. N. L. T,

Opening of the Unitarian Chapel,

THIS Chapel was opened on Sunday the 14th of September. The Rev. W. J. Fox, of Parliament Court Chapel, London, who had been invited by the congregation to assist on this occasion, preached in the forenoon and evening. The Rev. B. Mardon, of Glasgow, preached in the afternoon. The devotional part of the morning and evening services was conducted by the Rev. J. O. Squier, minister of the chapel.

There was a very numerous attendance on all these occasions, and in the morning and evening many people went away who could not obtain places. At the evening service the passages were crowded by persons who could not be accommodated with seats. It is but justice to say that these services were listened to with the most respectful attention, and that the whole conduct of the strangers present exhibited a marked contrast to that of similar assemblages in this city only six or seven years ago, and proved that the inhabitants of Edinburgh can now listen to the Unitarian doctrine without those feelings of horror and aversion which formerly induced them to evince their disapprobation by indecent interruptions of public worship.


"The addresses delivered from the pulpit on these different occasions, as well as the other parts of the service, were most acceptable to the members of the congregation, and must have produced a highly favourable impression on the minds of the strangers who heard them.


On Monday the 15th a party of forty persons dined together at McEwan's rooms, Royal Exchange, to congratulate each other on the completion of their undertaking. This meeting was much enlivened by the eloquence of Mr. Fox, and derived much interest from the presence of Dr. Southwood Smith, whose

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former connexion with the congregation
was remembered by the great majority
of the party, whose steady friendship and
recent good offices were within the re-
collection of all of them, and who was
on both accounts welcomed by all with
the most unfeigned pleasure and gra-

fore wish very much to get rid of the
debt on their chapel, and they intend
immediately to take measures for that
purpose; but as their utmost efforts will
do little towards its extinction for a
number of years, they will feel greatly
indebted to any of their friends else-
where who may be kind enough to aid
fellowship funds and
them. To
individuals who have already contributed
so liberally, they beg leave to offer their
warmest thanks.


A unanimous request was made to Mr. Fox to publish his two sermons and opening address, to which he obligingly acceded. The meeting was addressed at great length by many of those present, and after expressing their gratitude to Mr. Fox for his able and eloquent efforts to serve their cause, and to their English friends and others who have so liberally contributed to the erection of the chapel, and joining in many other sentiments appropriate to the occasion, the company parted between nine and ten o'clock. MAt the request of the congregation, preached twice the following Sunday. So intense was the anxiety to hear him, that every part of the chapel ture took place at Oldbury, on Tuesday,

Oldbury Double Lecture.

THE Anniversary of the Double Lec

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Glasgow Unitarian Association.

On the last Sunday of July, 1823, was held in Union-Street Chapel, Glasgow, the Scottish Unitarian Association. The annual sermon was preached in the evening by the Rev. J. O. Squier, of Edinburgh.

in which even standing room could be
obtained, was completely filled soon
after it was opened for the evening ser-
vice, and multitudes went away who
could not get admission.

The chapel is small, but is remarkably
neat and thoroughly well finished. It is
furnished with a good organ, built by
Wood, Small and Co. of this place. It
is very elegantly lighted with gas, and
the apparatus for heating it is on the
best construction. In short every thing
has been done to render it as comfort-
able as possible, and the expense
stated on the cover of the Repository,
will not, it is hoped, be found to be ex-
orbitant. The greatest care has been
taken to superintend the appropriation
of the money, and to prevent any of it
from being uselessly squandered.


The fund for erecting the chapel has been in existence since 1816, and the numbers and wealth of the original contributors were so small as to make its success appear very doubtful. By a reference to the treasurer's books, it appears that the fund has derived the sum of £30. 12s. 7d. from interest of money, and the sum of £55. 8s. 6d. from bequests, contributions by persons since dead, and other sources which but for the existence of the fund during these seven years would never have been available. The contributors state these facts, as they conceive that they may be useful to other congregations similarly situated. The members of the congregation are very desirous to improve the salary of their minister, but they are still unable to give him such a remuneration as the nature of his office requires. They there

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September 9, 1823.

The Rev. James Hews Bransby, of Dudley, conducted the devotional service. The Rev. Alexander Paterson, of Stourbridge, and the Rev. Hugh Hutton, of Birmingham, preached : the former on 1 Cor. xi. 19, For there must be also heresies among you, that they who are approved may be made manifest:" the latter on 1 Thess. v. 16, "Rejoice evermore." Eleven ministers were present. The Rev. J. Small, of Coseley, and the Rev. E. Jones, of Hinckley, were appointed to preach at the next


Annual Meeting of the Unitarian Association for Hull, Lincoln, Doncaster and Thorne.

The Annual Meeting of the Members of the Unitarian Association for Hull, Lincoln, Doncaster and Thorne, was held at Hull on the 17th and 18th September. There was an introductory service on the evening of Tuesday the 16th, conducted by the Rev. G. Harris, of Bolton, who preached a discourse which went to prove, that the clear, simple and consistent doctrines of Unitarianism, are superior to those which distinguish the popular creed, inasmuch as they are better calculated to promote feelings of pure and genuine devotion towards the Supreme Being. Notwithstanding the short notice which had previously been given of this service, the audience consisted of between seven and eight hundred persons.

The first regular service connected with the Association, was performed on the following evening. It was introduced by

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