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245 Christian truth and in the cultivation of a His last illness was so rapid and so enpious temper. He was particularly con- feebling as to allow of few opportunities for versant with the Holy Scriptures, and his the expression of his opinions and feelings ; family and nearest friends can bear witness but his dying hours were marked by pahow he prized this inestimable volume. tience under suffering, serenity in the midst His religious opinions underwent of late of change, gratitude for conjugal and filial years some considerable change, and he is kind offices, and resignation and devotion well-known to have embraced cordially and to God. to have professed unreservedly the Unita- Such is my honest view of his character, rian faith. He thought himself the happier which I think it the part no less of religious and the better for the change ; nor was he duty than of friendship to hold up to public singular in this persuasion. But whatever imitation. May we, my brethren, be foto may be the judgment of the world upon lowers of him, as far as we believe that he his creed, it may be confidently affirmed followed Christ ! May you especially that that no one can ascribe his adoption of it were his friends, take warning from his to a want of examination or to a defect of sudden departure, to prepare to meet your religious feeling, much less to notives of God, that you also may enjoy a peaceful self-interest. He sought for truth in the end and sleep in Jesus! And may you, Holy scriptures, and, persuaded that he above all, that are mourning a relation, a had found it, he held it firmly, and recom- father, a husband, be comforted by the remended it to the conscientious considera membrance of his faith and virtue, and be tion of his fellow-christians.
led by his example to live the life that you His zeal was at the same time tempered may die the death of the righteous! And by charity. He condemned no one for re- may God Almighty of his infinite love and taining opinions which he himself gave up. mercy through our Lord Jesus Christ grant He esteemed and honoured highly many that when time shall be no more, we may Christians, whom I see before me, whose all rise with our sleeping brother in the resurfaith was very different from his own. On rection of the just, to enjoy the blessedness the same paper from which I borrowed the of them that die in the Lord, and to enter sentence which I have just read, there is together into that holy and heavenly state, the following record of his liberality, which where truth will be no more shaded by agrees with the tenour of all his conversa- error, where piety will be no longer weaktions on the subject, " I do think many are ened by the influence of time and sense, us sincerely wrong as others are sincerely right.” where friendship will be interrupted by no
Our deceased Christian brother's piety cloud of imperfection, where there will be was manifested by his regularly filling up no more death nor sin por separation nor liis place in this House of Prayer, where pain ; where Jesus Christ, in the glory of his he was an attentive hearer and a devout exaltation, will be our eternal companion worshipper, and by his daily observance of and wonderful counsellor, and where God, the too inuch neglected duty of family de- the ever-living, ever-gracious Father, will be votiou.
all and in all through endless ages. Amen and What he was in the intercourse of life, Amen. his neighbours and friends are best able to declare. But I know I shall not lay my. At Bath, on Monday, the 15th instant, self open to contradiction, when I say that in the 70th year of his age, Mr. William though he had failings which he himself MATTHEWS, of the Society of Friends, and was the first to acknowledge and lament, Secretary to the West of England Agriculand over which it was the business of his tural Society. The Newspapers, from life to get the mastery, he was just in his which we extract this notice, state that Mr. dealings, temperate in his enjoyments, in- Matthews was the author of a Tour in the nocent in his discourse, ready to serve his manner of Sterne, and of some religious and fellow-creatures, especially such as were in moral Tracts. We hope to receive an trouble and distress, and of an independent authentic account of this gentleman from and public spirit.
some one of our correspondents.
report of the Committee, which was read by RELIGIOUS.
the Secretary, gave a favourable account of Christian Tract Society.
the continued prosperity of the itestitution, The seventh anniversary of this Society and of the increasing approbation with was held on Tuesday the 13th of February, which its labours are viewed by the religious at the Old London Tavern, Bishopsgate public. It stated that three new tracts had Street. At the meeting for business, w, been published in the course of the preFrend, Esq. was called to the chair. The ceding year, by which the Committee had VOL. XI.
been able to complete a third volume. The the Society was originally formed. Several entire number of Tracts printed and reprint- names were added to the list of subscribers. ed during this period, was mentioned to be ten thousand. It appeared that since the
Unitarian Book Society. first establishment of the Society in the The twenty-fifth anniversary of this Socimonth of May, 1809, there had been print- ety was bolden on Friday, March 29, at the ed in all 208,500 Tracts; and that the en- old London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street. tire number circulated,' was 162,600, of In the morning the Society met at the which 22,000 had been issued from the Chapel in Essex Street, where an able disSociety's warehouse during the last year. course was delivered by the Secretary, the
The following statement was presented of Rev. Jeremiah Joyce. As this discourse the Society's property.
is already before the public, having been Estimated value of the stock 1. s. d. printed at the unanimous, request of the on hand,
O general meeting, where upwards of four Due to the Society froin the
hundred copies were subscribed for, it is publishers, &c.
122 8 unuecessary to give any statement here of Balance in the Treasurer's
the preacher's subject and reasonings. Mr. hand,
66 13 0 Joyce was considerably agitated in the
delivery, at the commencement, owing to
430 0.8 the recent and sudden death of an esteemed Due from the Society for
brother, of whose decease he had been inprinting, &c.
94 4 11 formed only a few hours previously; but
the sympathy which he clanned he fully reAmount of the Society's pre- 334 15 9 attention was amply repaid by the increased
ceived from all who heard him, whose sent property,
The Report announced that Messrs. fervour and animation which this afficting Cradock and Joy having discontinued to calamity imparted, as he proceeded, to his act as the Society's publishers, Messrs. language and manner. Sherwood, Neely and Jones, of Paternoster At the meeting for business, after the Row, had been appointed to be their suc- service, Mr. Rutt was called to the Chair.
Mr. Belsham produced a letter which be The Resolution of the last meeting re- had received from Mr. Joyce, (of whose specting the time of holding the annual company the society was unfortunately meetings was re-considered, and it was deprived after the close of the religious agreed that in future the anniversaries service,) notifying his resignation of the should be held on the third Tuesday in office of Secretary. This communication January, in each year.
was received with deep regret by all preThe thanks of the meeting were voted to sent, who considered the Society as emiMrs. Mary Hughes and the other literary nently indebted 10 the unremitting activity .contributors to the Society; to Messrs. and laborious pains of Mr. Joyce for its Cradock and Joy for their attention to prosperity during the last fourteen years. the interests of the Society while they acted The following resolutions were then passed as its publishers, and to the officers of the unanimously: Society for their services during the last Resolved, on the motion of Mr. Belsham, year.
That this resignation be accepted ; but that The following gentlemen were elected Mr. Joyce be respectfully solicited to favour into office for the year ensuing:
the Society, by continuing to perform the TREASURER.- James Esdaile, Es,
duties of the office until a successor can be SECRETARY,-- Rev. Thomas Rees. appointed.
COMMITTEE.-Messrs. Roberts, Titford Resolved, on the motion of the same, Gibson, flart, Parker, Thomas Foster, That the cordial thanks of this meeting be Lean, Croper, Frend, Hall, Barton.
returned to Mr. Joyce, for his long, able, AUDITOR3.-Messrs. Parks, Mackmurdo and meritorious services as secretary; and and J. Taylor.
that it receives with the liveliest regret his The subscribers and other friends of the resignation of an office, the arduous duties Society, to the number of seventy, dined of which he has during fourteen years, vogether; Thomas Gibson, Esq. in the discharged in a manner so honourable to Chair. Although the meeting was deprived, himself, and so highly advantageous to the through the state of the weather, and other Society. circumstances, of the company of some of Resolved, That the thanks of this meets the friends of the institution whose presence ing be returned to Mr. Joyce for his very has usually enlivened its assemblies, the appropriate, eloquent and energetic disevening past off with considerable spirit; course delivered this moming. and much interest was imparted to it by the The members of the Society afterwards speeches of several gentlemen who addressed dined together, in number about scventy, the Chair on topics connected with the at the Old London Tavern, Bishopsgate great objects, for the promotion of which Street, Wm. Smith, Esq. M. P. in the Chair. Intelligence.-Southern Unitarian Fund.
Various interesting topics were touched on This end is pursued by establishing lectures by several speakers. Amongst others in different places, and defraying the er. the proposed edition of Dr. Priestley's penses of ministers by whose labours they Works by Mr. Rutt, to which several new are supported ; assisting necessitous consubscribers were obtained. In his speech, gregations by loans or donations; and inon his health being given, the Chairman ducing individuals who have become conentered into the inquiry how far Religious verts to Unitarianism to form themselves Liberty had prevailed of late, and produced into religious societies. After the service some interesting proots (which we shall lay the report of the Committee was read, by before our readers next month in another which it appeared that the short period part of the work) of the Rights of Con- which had elapsed since the commencement science being better than ever known and of their exertions, in September last, had respected amongst the nations of Europe. been distinguished by the most encourag
ing success. To one congregation in the The Spring Quarterly Meeting of the district very acceptable pecuniary aid bas ministers generally denoininated Presby- been advanced ; and another, in a depressterian, in the district of Manchester, was ed state, has been cheered by an arrangeheld on Good Friday, the 12th instant, at ment for the frequent visits of neighbouring Dukinfield. Dr. Brettell introduced the preachers. A fortnightly lecture at Portservice, and Mr. Elliot proached from 1 Tim. sea has been numerously and respectably v. 22. the last clause: “Keep thyself pure.” attended. A similar one at Gosport, where Though the day was very unfavourable, a con- at first much opposition was experienced, siderable number of friends from a distance has been attended with the happiest results, attended the meeting, especially from Stock. as several families have already united for port and Hyde. Aiter the service, twelve the regular support of Unitarian worship. ministers and between thirty and forty lay. The effect of preaching has been aided by gentlemen dined together, and passed the the judicious distribution of books furnished afternoon in a manner suitable to the occa- by the Southern Unitarian Society. The sion.
thanks of the Society were voted to Messn. Though the Reporter does not undertake Brent, Fox, Follagar, Lyons, Read, Saint, the task of giving a detailed account of the and Treleaven, for their services in these sentiments and speeches at each meeting, lectures. yet it is conceived, that such a brief notice About thirty gentlemen afterwards dined as the present, with the addition of any together at the Fountain Inn, where the interesting particulars when they happen Chair was ably filled by James Carter, Esqto occur, must be pleasing and edifying to Several new subscribers were announced; the friends of rational religion and primitive and the company was highly gratified by Christianity in other parts. By this mode the able and animated discussion of topics of communication, when they are precluded connected with the institution by several from others, may the zealous friends of gentlemen present. The Rev. J. Lyons, truth provoke one another to virtuous and in particular, on the Chairman's proposing unremitting activity in the sacred work of as a toast,“ Success to the London Unitareformation.
J. rian Fund," gave a pleasing account of vaManchester, April 16, 1816.
rious instances of its usefulness which had
fallen under his own observation, and adSouthern Unitarian Fund.
verted to his own change of sentiments in a The first General Meeting of the sub- manner which deeply interested the feels scribers to the Southern Unitarian Fund was ings of all who heard him. held ou Wednesday, 17th of April, at the In the evening an impressive discourse General Baptist Chapel in Portsmouthi. In was delivered by Mr. Lyons, from John the morning the devotional exercises were viii. 31, 32, on the importance of religious conducted by the Rev. J. Fullagar, and truth, the difficulties to be encountered in the Rev. J. Lyons. The sermon was preach- its pursuit, and the characteristics by which ed by the Rev. W. J. Fox, from John iv. it is distinguished. The friends of the 29, Ye worship ye know not what ; but we Southern Fund, the first provincial society know what we worship. After strongly con
of the kind, separated with feelings of untrasting the mystery and absurdity of Tri- mingled pleasure at the good already efnitarian worship with the simplicity and in- fected by their efforts, and its probable telligibility of that wbich is addressed to extension froin the increase of their rethe One God, the Father; the preacher sources ; and with ardent wishes that siapplied his subject to the principles and milar proceedings may speedily be adopted objects of the institution, whose members by their Unitarian brethren throughout the were now for the first time assembled to- kingdom. gether. The Southern Fund Society is formed on the broad basis of Unitarianism, Letter from Dr. Thomson, respecting the disregarding all minor differences, and aim
Chapel at Thorne. ing simply at the promotion and encou- Srn,
Halifax, April 20, 1816. ragement of a pure and scriptural worship. The appeal of our brethren at Thorne
to the Unitarian public, (in your Number 20. The area of the chapel is 10 yards by for February, p. 120.) requesting assistance 11. The remainder of the ground will be in the building of their chapel, seconded left for a burial-ground, and I am informed as it has been by the recommendation of that if necessary, more ground adjoining Mr. Wright, of Wisbeach, (p. 156) will, I this can be obtained. That it is desirable, trust, be kindly considered and promptly in the first instance, to enlarge the burialand liberally answered.
ground, few, I think, will doubt, and I Your correspondent Zelotes (p. 134,) has hope the liberality of the subscription will made, in my opinion, soine very sensible enable our brethren at Thorne to do so. and just remarks, as to certain preliminaries I have thus, in order, adverted to the which ought to be satisfactorily answered, judicious remarks of Zelites as applicable to before any appeal, similar to the one from the case at Thorne, and I hope what I
Thorne, ought to be entertained by the have stated will so satisfy his inind that I Unitarian body. These preliminaries are shall see his naine upon the subscription briefly as follows:-1. That the Comınittee list. I take the liberty of adding a few of the Unitarian Fund, or some other pro- particulars, on the authority of one of the minent and responsible body should certify brethren at Thorne, which I hope may that the case is a proper one for Unitarian tend to strengthen their appeal, and interest liberality. . 2. That in the event of a ge- distant friends to assist them in the building neral subscription, it should be provided in of their chapel. The dimensions of the the trust deed of the chapel, that on the chapel have been already stated; our friends discontinuance of public worship on Unita- calculate that it will hold from three hundrian principles, the chapel shall come into red to three hundred and fifty hearers. the hands and be the property of some In this they appear to me to much over Unitarian body. 3. That the ground upon estimate its capability; but it is so planned which the chapel stands and the burial- as to admit of a gallery if necessary, large ground should be freehold. 4. That a bu- enough to hold from one hundred and filty rial-ground should be provided. Though to two hundred people. At present the
these remarks of Zelotes are general, as I Unitarians in Thorne and its neighbourhood • entirely concur in their justuess, I shall are estimated at from forty to fitty. “But,” briefly apply them to the case of our Uni- my informant adds,“ we have generally about rian brethren at Thorne. 1. It appears to ninety or one hundred hearers. It is beme that the testimony of neighbouring mi- yond all doubt that the hearers will greatly nisters, and of other friends, who from their increase when the chapel is opened.” On local knowledge have better and surer their assembling for worship on the Lord's means of information than the committee of Day, the devotional part is conducted by the Unitarian Fund can, from the distant an aged and venerable man, Francis Moate, residence of its members, possibly have, who is the only member of the society with is in all cases to be preferred ; and ought, whom I am personally acquainted; two henceforth, to be considered as indispen- other members, by turns, read sermous. sable. In a case submitted to the public The society meets occasionally for religious (M. Repos. Vol. x. p. 313,) this mode was conversation and prayer; "we generally adopted. In the Thorne case, the testi- have two or three such meetings in every mony of Mr. Wright, and of several minis- month;" and it has been in agitation to hold ters and friends in the county of York, as these meetings regularly; an intention which borne in the subscription list (p. 182,) will it is to be lioped will be carried into effect. be considered as satisfactory. We have a The chapel is expected to be finished by similar certificate from the Committee of the first of June, and will be opened as the Unitarian Fund, in their grant of 201. Soon afterwards as may suit the convenience to the Thorne Chapel. 2. Our brethren of distant friends. at Thorne are desirous of the advice of The society at Thorne is in a great mcafriends respecting the provisions of their sure insulated from other societies, who trust deed, that what may be built by Uni- hold the same religious sentiments. This tarian liberality, should in the event of dis- circumstance will not fail to be duly apprecontinuance of worship on Unitarian prin- ciated by distant friends, and is indeed one ciples, revert to that body; and they will of the strongest points of the appeal. Every be obliged to any friend to furnish them one must have read with the highest satiswith a clause providing for the same. 3. faction the very handsome list of congrega. The tenure of the ground at Thorne is free tional subscriptions for the Oldham chapel hold. In this our brethren at Thorne have (Vol. xi. p. 121,) from various Unitarian been very fortunate, as all the old enclosed societies in Lancashire and Cheshire. But land in the neighbourhood is copyhold; but Thorne is very differently situated to what they have purchased for their chapel and Oldhan is. It has no near and powerful burial-ground an allotment of common land neighbours ; nor are the Unitarian Socielately sold under an enclosure act, the pow. ties in the counties of York and Lincoln ers of which convey the land as freehold of either so numerous, so large, or so affluent inheritance in fee sinuple.
as those of Lancashire and Cheshire. I do 4. The ground purchased is 10 yards by not mean to insinuate the most distant
donbt but that the societies in Yorkshire conclave at Bartlett's Buildings (present, and Lincolnshire will do all in their power the most Rev. the Archbishop of Canterto assist their brethren at Thorne, but bury, the Right Rev. the Bishop of Lonwhen they have done their utjnost there don the Very Rev. the Dean of will still be much for distant friends to do. and the plain Rev., the Anti-biblist NorI add the distance of Thorne from several ris, and other illustrious Church and State other Uwitarian Societies ; but some of Divines) by a majority of three only ; the these are not in a condition to give any number for the aflirmative of the question help to their neighbour. Thorne is distant being thirty-seven; for the negative thirtyfrom the following places (about) the num- four. Who shall decide when Doctors ber of miles specified ; from Selby, 15 ; so disagree?" Yet it has been thought by Doncaster, 10; York, 30; Lincoln, 40 ; some profane clerks, that this portentous Hull, 40 ; Rotheram, 22; Sheffield, 28; issue arises out of one of the most palpable Wakefield, 25; Leeds, 30; Gainsborough, interpolations that ever maintained its 20; Halifax, 45; Elland, 45; Bradford, usurped station in a record, against the 40.
strongest internal evidence of its non-auWith best wishes for the success of our thenticity. Alas, what great events from brethren at Thorne,
little causes spring! I am, Sir,
(From a Correspondent.) Yours respectfully,
Examiner, (Sunday Newspaper.) April JOHN THOMSON.
21, 1816. Errata in the Thorne Subscription List,
NOTICES. For Mr. Robert Matbien read Mr. Mal
Mrs. Cappe has in the press a second kin, Chesterfield. For John Cartlidge, read James Cart-timal Subjects, which has been long ont of
edition of Mr. Cappe's Sermons on Devoledge. For Charles Carthage, read Charles print. It will be accompanied by the Me
moir, &c. as first published in 1803. The Cartledge. New Subscription.
volume is expected to be completed in June. Mrs. M. Hughes, Hanwood, by Mr. As
Mr. Cocax, of Walthamstow, having pland, A.
resigned the pastoral charge of the l'nitaEcclesiastical Controversy.
rian congregation in that place, proposes
to present his friends, at their request, with Strange such a ditierence should be “ Twixt Tweedle Dumn and Tweedie Dee!" have read Mr. Cogan's single sermons will
Two Volumes of his Sermons. Those that SWIFT.
look forward to this publication with much The momentous controversy which at interest. present agitates, and seems likely to convulsc, the Church of England as by law MR. MEADLEY, author of the Meinoirs established, viz.“ Whether the besprink- of Algernon Sydney and Dr. Paley, is colling an infant with water by the hand of a lecting materials for a Life of Jolin Hampperson episcopally ordained,” (a sine quá den. Any gentleman possessing original non it seems of the metamorphosis) deter- letters or other documents, tending to ilmine or not his " moral character here, and lustrate this important subject, will oblige his eternal destination hereafter,” was de- him much by either communicating them, cided, ad interim, a few days ago, in full or informing him where they may be found,
MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS;
The Christian's Survey of the Political IVorld.
VERY day discovers more and twig is bent the tree's inclined, 'it cabinet. Twenty five years of revolu- debase in any manner it pleased the tion must have produced great effects human race under its coniroul. But in the minds of men, but it is pre- this is far from being the fact; and sumed, that it is possible to bring them circumstances must concur to give the back to the same stale, in which they same effect to its institutions at one were prior to these changes. One period, which they would have at important point is doubtless education; another. and, if it were true of beings endued An attempt has been made to inwith reason as with trees, that as the troduce into France the system of edu