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Intelligence.-South-Wales Unitarian Society.
125 pointed! May peace and love dwell with. Amonnt of bills received but in the walls of the house they hare built! not paid
94 May the ministers who shall there officiate Estimated amount of bills yet be clothed with salvation !
to come in
50 0 0 " And in the great decisive day, When God the nations shall survey,
£649 6 May it before the world appear, That crowds were born to glory there."
Anditors. B. G.
JOIN GEE, P.S.-The following is a statenient of The chapel is a neat and commodious the Treasurer's (Rev. W. Harrison's) ac- building, handsomely fitted up, capable of counts; by the insertion of which you will holding near three hundred people, and greatly oblige the congregation at Old- so built as to admit a gallery hereafter if ham, as, in consequence of several bills necessary. It need not be added, that any not having been brought in, it could not donations towards the liquidation of the be prepared previously to the day of opeu- above debt, will be thankfully received ing:
by the Rev. W. Harrison, Treasurer, No. 1. To congregational collec
20, Brazev-Nose Street, Manchester. tions for the new chapel, Old
To the above account we have ham, viz.
£. s. d. great pleasure in adding that the Com. At Altringhaun and Hale 22 1 0 mittee of the UNITARIAN Fund have voted Blackley
8 10 6 £20 towards the liquidation of the debt on Bolton
18 9 the Oldbama Chapel. Bury
South-Wales Unitarian Society. Chester
The Quarterly Meeting of this Society Cockey-Moor
was held ai Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, on Doblane
10 11 6 Wednesday, the 3rd of January. Twelve Gatacre, near Liverpool
ministers were present. On the preceding Hindley and Wigan
evening the Rev. John Grifiths, of LlanHyde
debie, prayed, and the Rev. Thomas Evans, Paradise Street 37
of Aberdàr, preached from Rom. xiv. 5,
36 1 “Let every man be fully persuaded in his Lydgate, near Huddersfield
own mind.” Wednesday morning Mr. Manchester
Cross Street 75 7 0 Wm. Williams, of Llangendeirn, conduct
Moseley Street 35 00 ed the devotional part of the service, when Monton Green
1900 two sermons were delivered; the first, by Oldham
the Rev. R. Aubrey, of Swansea, in EngPrescot
8 11 6 lish, from Job. xii. 7, “Will ye speak Rochdale
10 6 O wickedly for God and talk deceitfully for Stand
17 1 him?" The other by the Rev.John James Stockport
15 1 0 of Cardiganshire, in Welsh, from 2 Cor. Warrington
12 18 6 v. 19, “ God was in Christ reconciling the II. To individual subscrip
world unto bimself, not imputing their tions, viz.
trespasses unto them; and bath commit. Mr. É. Grundy, Pilsworth, near
ted unto is the word of reconciliation." In Bury
0 0 the evening the Rev. W. Williams, of Mr. C. Armitage, Dukenfield 5 0 0 Blaengwrach prayed, and the Rev. ThoMr. Shore, Meersbrook
5 0 0 mas Edwards, of Penyfai, preached from Mrs. Mary Hughes, Hanwood 0 0 1 Peter iv. 8, " And above all things have Rev. R. Astley, Halifax
10 fervent charity among yourselves ; for Dr. Thomson, do.
i o charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” Mr. Dawson, do.
1 1 0 And the Rev. D. Davis, of Neath, from Rev. W. Whitelegg, Platt
0 0 Ephes, iv. 2, 3, 4, chiefly the 3d verse, Mr. P. Lyon, do.
1 0 0 “ Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Rev. W. Turner, York
1 O spirit in the bond of peace.” The Rev. Rev. W. Jobas, Manchester 1 00) Thomas Evans concluded with prayer. To waste wood, &c. sold
4 3 The several discourses delivered on the To Collection at the Opening 26 70% occasion were attentively heard by respec.
table audiences. The holding of this
£530 5 10% meeting at Llanelly has been the means of Deficit
119 07 exciting a spirit of free inquiry in the
place, and of quelling in a great measure £649 6 6 the prejudice, which was very great in this
part, against Unitarianism. Ås Dr. EstExpenses of the Building, &c. lin, in his excellent sermon, says,-" The By amount of bills already
whole current of fashion is against uspaid
505 3 6 calumniated,” &c. * but I solicit only for
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them a patient hearing. Let their princi- Walker, Rochdale; and Dr. Thomson, ples be known and we are satisfied. With Halifax; to some one of whom all whe Ajax we only pray for light."
have interested themselves in bebalf of the The services were conducted in Mr. Rossendale brethren are requested to reJohn Thomas's school-room, late of Car- port the subscriptions in their hands, withmarthen Academy. He had previously out delay; as it is desirable to proceed to preached a few times there and in the liquidate the debt of the chapel as soon neighbourhood : he intends to officiate in as may be, and as far as the liberality of in future regularly once a fortnight, and the public may enable the above-mento exchange, as often as circumstances tioned gentlemen to do so. An accurate will admit, with neighbouring and other account of the amount of the subscriptions ministers.
and of its appropriation will be published Mr. Lyons, I think, was the first Uni- in the Monthly Repository. tarian who preached in the town, though
£. $. d. others had, now and then, in the vicinity. Amount advertised, x, 721 222 7. 0
The next quarterly meeting is to be held Thomas Saxton, Esq. Lea-wood, at Aberdâr on the Wednesday in Easter Derbyshire,
William Jones, Esq. Manches-
5 0 0 The preceding account was sent to me Mr. Richard Mason, Bolton 0 10 0 by Mr. 'T B. c. of Llanelly, a steady and Mr. Edmund Ashworth, do. 0 10 warm friend to the cause, accompanied Sheffield Christian Tract Sociwith a request that I would forward it to ety (with a parcel of Tracts) 3 11 6 you for insertion in your valuable Reposi. Dr. Alexander, Leicester 1 1 0 tory. I am, Sir,
By Mr. Aspland.
D. D. John Mackintosh, Esq. Exeter
J. F. Barham, Esq. do.
Collection at Tavistock Chapel Subscriptions to the Chapel, Neath, Gla. Do, at the Dinner at Tavistock 4 4
morganshire. (See M. Repos. x. 261, 458, 596.)
249 Rev. W. Evans, Tavistock 1 0 0
N. B. The four last subscriptions comMr. S. Hornbrook, Do.
municated by Dr. Carpenter. Miss S. Prance, Neath Mr. J. Redwood. Do.
Unitarian Fund. Monsieur Jean Bippert, Do.
Additions to and Corrections in the List Rev. Timothy Davis, Coventry 5 5 0
of Subscribers Rev. - Brown, of Gloucester,
3 and Friends
Mrs. Healing, Shrewsbury, an-
Rev. E. Cogan, Walthamstow, Subscriptions to the proposed Unitarian
1 1 0 Chapel, Greenock. (See M. Repos. A Friend, Leicester
2 0 x. 528, 660, 722, 776.)
Mr. Coltman, Do., annnal 1 0 0 1. 3. d.
Major-Gen. Gifford, Hill House, English Students at College,
1 near Swansea, annual
Capt. G. Jones, R. N. Glanmor,
near Swansea, annual 11 0 Rev. Mr. Owen's Congrega
A Friend, by Rev. Jos. Jevans, tion, Loughborongh 4 12 6 Bloxham
2 Mrs. M. Hughes, Hanwood
Richard Mead, Esq., Taunton, Rev. Russell Scott, Portsmouth
1 0 Miss Carter, Do.
An Anonymous Benefaction 50 0 0 Mr. David Laing
0 Mr. G. Talbot, Jun., KidderEdward Carter, Esq. Do. 2 0 0
1 A Friend, Leicester
1 0 0 Mr. Hopkins, Do. annual 0 10 6 James Crowe, Esq., Stockton 1 0 0. N. B. These two by the Rev.
R. Fry, of Kidderininster, Unitarian Chapel, Newchurch, Rossen- whose name was by mistake dale. (See Mon. Repos. vol. x. pp.
omitted in the List of Re. 313, 392, 458, 461, 527, 596, 660, ceivers. 721.)
Mr. Gundry, Bridport
5 00 Donations in aid of liquidating the debt Mrs. Meyer, Enfield, a further (£350) upon this chapel will be thank- donation
0 fully received by Rev. R. Aspland, Hack. Mr. L. Marshall, Dalston, life 5 0 ney Road; Rev. R. Astley, Halifax; Rev. Mr. J. Barnes, Homerton, anWilliam Johns, Manchester; Mr. W. nual
1 1 0
1 1 1 2
1 0 William Hale, Homerton ; William Burls, Mr. Staniland, Dalston, annual i 0 Lothbůry ; James Esdaile, Bunhill-row; Mr. C. Stower, Homerton, annual 1 10 William Esdaile, Clapham Common ; Wils Further Additions and Corrections
liam Alers Hankey, Fenchurch-street; will be made from time to time.
John Addington, Spital-square; Joseph
Bunnell, Southampton-row; Samuel Committee of Deputies, of the Three De- Jackson, Hackney; James Gibson, Highnominations of Protestant Dissenters, Milk-street; William Titford, Union-street,
bury-place, Islington; Joseph Wilson, for the year 1816.
Messrs. William Smith, M. P., Chair- Bishopsgate-street; Joseph Towle, Walman, Park-street, Westminster; Joseph worth; William Dudds Clark, 'HighGutteridge, Deputy Chairman, 'Camber- street, Borough ; Joseph Luck, Clapton ; well; James Collins, Treasurer, Spital
William Preme, Catharine-court, Towersquare ; John Towill Rutt
, Bromley, Mid-Hill; Edward Shrubsole, Bank'; James dlesex ; Samuel Favell, Grove Hill, Cam
Black, York-street, Covent Garden; B. berwell; B. Boswell Beddome, Walworth;
P. Witts, Friday-street.
MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS; ;
The Christian's Survey of the Political World.
AMONG the strange events which the mighty, and contemplating the vanity and
state of Europe has produced, a treaty folly of human policy, they may have felt, entered into by three sovereigns, and to that the only way to govern wisely was, by which the other states are invited to con- adhering to the precepts delivered to us by car, now calls our attention. It was signed bin who is emphatically styled our Saviour, at Paris during the time that the sovereigns the Prince of Peace. If this is really the were there, and in this instance they may case, we cannot but congratulate the world be considered as the representatives of the on so great an event. If in the extensive three great sects, whose religion is esta- regions of Russia, Austria and Prussia, blished by law, These are the Greek every thing contrary to the mild spirit of Church, the Romish Church and the Pro- the Christian laws is abolished; if a new testant Church. The personages are the system is set up, in which mildness and Emperors of Russia, Austria, and the king Christian love should be as much predomi. of Prussia. The object of the treaty dif- nant as heretofore cruelty and intolerance; fers materially from that of the voluminous we cannot doubt that the example will ones which have been laid before parlia- spread itself, and that other nations, observ. ment. It is not to settle boundaries, to ing their order, propriety, love of justice, annihilate republics, exchange provinces, and hatred of war, will gradually assimiset up or dethrone kings; it is a solemn late their laws to a purer standard. appeal to the whole world, a testimony in As yet we can know nothing of the effavour of the Christian religion, a deter- fects of this treaty. We must allow a sufmination to make it the rule of their ac- ficiency of time for the great potentates tions both in their conduct to each other to introduce the gradual reformation into and to their subjects, and what is, bow- their respectire dominions. The boors in ever, a suspicious covenant, to assist each Poland and the slaves in Russia cannot other in the promotion of their laudable immediately be placed in the rank of freedesigns.
men, nor is it adviseable that such a change The signatures of princes have been so should be instantaneously enforced. Ausoften afhxed to treaties, broken almost be- tria inay find some difficulties from Popish fore tbe wax of their seals has had time to superstition, Prussia from its military syscool, that their language ceases to carry tem. But we shall be glad to hear of a with it that confidence which ought to at- beginning made in the respective countach to persons of their exalted rank. In tries, and of the manner in which it is rethis case, bowerer, there seems not to have ceived by the subjects. Some things may been any call for this voluntary association evidently be done without great difficulty; and voluntary declaration. We may easily as, for example, the seizing of a person on conceive, that the great events in which suspicion of crime, and treating him with these sovereigns bave been enaged, may as much severity in a prison as if he had have made a deep impression on their · been guilty of it
, will be po inore.
ANI minds, may have led them to prostrate tortures should be abolished. Persecuthemselves before the throne of the Al- tion on account of religion should cease,
and the freedom of worship, provided it does this may hare arisen either from a companot behave unseemly to the public, should rison of the two sects together, indepen, be allowed. The knout and exilé to Si. dent of any instruction received on the subberia will not be frequent sentences, the ject, or it may have been from the teachcodes of law will be purified from the bar- ers’ instilling into the minds of their pu. barities of an ignorant age and the tech. pils notions uniavourable to the established nicalities of the profession. The under- church, and gradually conducting them to taking of the three sovereigns is noble in a difierent persuasion. A jealousy of the itself, requires prudence in the execution, latter kind is very natural from the known and will establish their fame, if they act character of the Jesuits, but of the proofs agreeably to their promises,' on a more nothing is known. The Russian governdurable basis than what is achieved by ment has expelled the Jesuits from the military prowess. In the latter they bave country, and given, as the reason, their for competitors all the heroes of ancient abuse of the education of the children enand modern times, the Big Bens and Men- trusted to their care, and perverting them, dozas of history. They have opened to as it would there be called, by insinuating, themselves a new career, they have ren- contrary to the laws of hospitality, into tured on an untrodden path. May the their minds the doctrines of the Romish world not be deceived; may the sovereigns church. persist in the line of conduct they have If the three confederated sovereigas chalked out for themselves; and may have manifested such good intentions, re. prince and people acquire daily more and specting their future government, the same more of a true Christian spirit.
spirit seems by no means to prevail in the In the extensive dominions of Russia neighbouring country. The exertions are to be found professors of every species here in favour of our persecuted breof religion. The Greek is the established thren abroad, bave excited, it is evident, church, but no bindrance is given to other no small dissatisfaction in France. Tó forms of worship. The temple of the ido- the denials of the fact no unprejudiced later, the churches of the Christian, the mind will give any credit, and every day mosques of the Mahometans, are all to be confirms the opinion the more that the found in the same district. The circum- truth is suppressed as much as possible. stances of the country have led to a tole- It remained, however, for the spirit of ration of a very extensive nature, and Jew calumny to set the last seal to its atrocities, and Christian, Mahometan and Idolater are and this has been fully done in the French to be found exercising offices under the papers with the signature of a prefect, state. The narrow policy of this country who does not scruple to assert, that the is there unknown; and indeed despotism persons here who have undertaken the itself would not permit the contemptible cause of the Protestants are a set of Jacofolly that prevails among us, of prohibit- bins, deserving of no confidence abroad ing the sovereign from availing himself and despised at home. The word Jacobin of the services of a subject, unless he be- is constantly resorted to by men who, in a longs to a peculiar sect, and that sect in- different shape, perform the same actions ferior in numbers to those who differ from as those which distinguished the celebrated it. Yet, even in Russia are some bounds society under that name. In fact, there set to toleration. Every one is permilted are royal jacobins and democratical jacoto follow his own form of worship, but he bins: the prevailing feature in both is, the must be careful not to infringe on the disregard of solemn treaties, covenants, domains of the established sect. He may obligations, every thing which is sacred meet his brethren of the same persuasion between man and man, and making every unmolested, but he must beware of the thing bend to their own will and the caspirit of proselytism : he must not enter price of the moment. The royal jacobin into the Greek fold, nor attempt to seduce calls others by that name, wbo appeal to any of that flock from their established laws, religion and charters, and the Frenchpastures.
man who dared to attach the contemptuous An instance has lately been presented to epithet to those respectable bodies which the world, by which the views of the Rus- undertook the cause of the Protestants, bas sian government on this subject are plainly little knowledge of our country. To him, manifested. It had given an asyluin to to be respectable there must be titles and the Jesuits, who devoted themselves agree- dignities: virtue, honour and indepenably to their former practice in other depce, united with religion, carry no countries, to the education of children. weight. Bis insults, however they may Their superiority in literature and the art be received in France, and however calcu. of instruction, induced the higher ranks to lated to serve a party there, will meet with put their children under their care, and it contempt among us.
The minister of seems that in consequence of this prefer- Bngland will, without doubt, if necessary, ence, several of them have quitted the take care that our ambassador should Greek for the Romish communion. Now inform the cabinet of France, that if this
language is countenanced by it, it mis. animated by their success, diffuses an enunderstands entirely the nature of our con- ergy over the whole kingdom, and it is by stitution and our country.
no means clear what will be the result of But the insinuations thrown out in the it. The same spirit ia a degree pervades French papers against our countrymen, will the other armies, which will carry into their be circulaied without the means of refuta. respective kingdoms new principles of action. The press in that country is in the tion, and in this general agitation one is most slavish state, and the government bas naturally anxious for the fate of our own paid the greatest compliment to ours, by armies, lest in their combination with the refusing admission into theirs of the Eng- others, they may have acquired more of a lish newspapers. Though written in a lan. foreiga military spirit, and lost somewbat guage, which very few Frenchmen can read, of the sentiments peculiar to onr constituthe truths contained in them are of such a tion, nature, that the government dreads their A new turn has taken place in Spanish being made known to any. The free discus. America. Carthagena oppressed by fasion which prevails here, is a most horrible mine, has surrendered to the Spanish troops, thing in the eyes of superstition and des- which on taking possession of the place dispotisn: and we cannot but be astonished played its usual cruelties. In Mexico also at the servile minds of the French, with the royal cause has had some successes, whom a change of government makes no the prolongation of the conflict is now cerchange of system. The same plan of es- tain, the eveut doubtful. pionnage and censorship continues, what. At home the meeting of the parliament has ever party holds the wire by which the been attended with the communication of puppets are moved. Whether a Bourbon voluminous treaties on the settlement of Euor a Bonaparte gains the ascendency, it is rope ; which gave rise to aniinated discusthe lot of the French to be in terror, and sions. The minister had a considerable the only difference is, that in the one case majority in his favour, but the conduct of there was a degree of splendour to flatter the Bourbons in France and Spain met with their vanity, whilst in the other they are severe reprehension. The intended measubjected to the caprice of a party, which sures of finance, however, created a greater they cannot but despise.
interest, and the country heard with horror Their legislative bodies continue to deli- and astonishment, that in spite of repeated berate. Their great object is to save as promises the Income Tax was to be conmuch for the clergy as they can, and their tinued, and a standing army kept on foot, vengeance is now directed to those who are quite incompatible with all the maxims of married. Our countrymen iu confinement our ancestors on this subject. It was warnily hare not been broughi to a trial. The re- urged, that the confederacy of the European gicides have quitted France, and numbers powers overthrew the greatest and most of persons engaged in the active scenes of horrible military power that ever tormented the last twenty-five years have emigrated mankind; but if every kingdom was to to America and Russia. The latter country carry on the same military system, the danopens its arms to all classes, and will bene- ger to Europe and the distress to each fit greatly by the event. The national in- country were rather increased than dimistitute has been purged also by the King's nished. There can be no liberty, no secuaathority and the celebrated Abbé Maury, pity to a free constitution where there is a the stannch advocate of the Bourbons in large standing army. The inen successively the early part of the revolution, ceases to enrolled in it will gradually imbibe sentibe enrolled among its members,
ments agreeable to the esprit du corps and Germany seems likely to be soon in mo- inimical to freedom. tion, and the proceedings in Prussia will The continuance of the Property Tax has lead to eventful changes throughout the excited also no small alarm, not merely on whole of the empire. The great blow struck account of the evident inequality in iis asagainst Bonaparte, was occasioned chiefly sessments, in making a man with a precari. by bringing into action against him the ous income, derived from personal exerforce of the people, and in this the Land- tions, pay the same sum annually as an, wehre of Prussia was particularly effective. other whose income is derived from per. In this body men of all ranks enrolled them- manent property, but also from the vexaselves, with little inquiry whether they tions attending the collecting of the tax; were to serve as officers or common soldiers and the injury that morals will snffer from In exciting them to come forward, great the spirit of espionnage, that will be graduuse was made of secret societies, and the ally diffused throughout the country. La spirit which prevailed in them, has not fact, when sueh a tax is established, the subsided. This has led to the circulation consequences will be the same in this kingof a variety of publications, in which the down with respect to property, as attended principles of liberty have been laid down the inquisition in Spain with regard to rein a manner by no means suited to the ligion. The class of inquisitors, familiars military despotism by which that country and others connected with the inquisition, was governed. The return of the army will become uumerous; every one will look