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On Tuesday the 28th May, at Belvedere House, Bath, aged 12 years and 9 months, FRANCES, youngest daughter of Mr. THOMAS FISHER, of Dorchester, a child in whose ingenuous mind the opening buds of every virtue had promised an abundant source of comfort and enjoyment to her affectionate parents and friends. She was for the first time absent from the paternal roof, and had been under the tuition of Mrs. Broadhurst only two months, when, apparently in good health, she experienced an attack of epilepsy, which soon terminated her happy life: two days after the first seizure, unconscious of the presence of her affectionate relatives who surrounded the dying pillow, her pure spirit bade an eternal adieu to the sorrows of mortality, and returned to God who gave it. Her afflicted parents do not-cannot murmur that this choice blessing is withdrawn from them; it is the will of heaven, and they desire calmly to resign her to her God.
It is not wished ostentatiously to eulogise the memory of so young a person, by describing the attractions of a peculiarly amiable disposition, engaging manners, and a sweet susceptibility to all that was endearing, virtuous and good, but the recollection of these interesting characteristics is highly consolatory to her parents. Over such a tomb nature and affection are allowed to weep, and longer would they weep, but, thanks to the infinite goodness of our gracious God! the san of righteousness arises to dissipate the sepulchral gloom, and the exulting hope of immortality leads parents, children and friends to anticipate the glorious morning of that eternal day which will reunite them in the regions of permanent and purer love.
An additional consolation would it afford them, if this instance of sudden removal from the bosom of earthly affection, should induce any young persons so to regulate their tempers and habits, so to cultivate a fitness for the future state, as to ensure their surviving relatives the delightful hope of witnessing and enjoying their progressive improvement and perfection in another and a better world, which is to them the greatest possible source of comfort.
The Anniversary of this Society was held on Wednesday the 5th instant. The religious service was carried on as
Long as the memory of this lamented object of their affection will be cherished by her parents and their surviving children, they cannot fail to associate with it the kind and sympathizing attention of those to whose care she was entrusted, and the affectionate solicitude, the maternal tenderness of her instructress, which so well compensated for an own mother's love, will ever claim their warmest gratitude and respect.
June 14, after a short illness, at inkfield Green, near Bradford, aged 67, the Rev. DAVID EVANS, of Bath, upwards of forty years Minister to the Society of Unitarian Dissenters at Marshfield, Gloucestershire. A correspondent says, "the remembrance of his virtues through life, and pious resignation in the hour of death, is the only consolation that can be offered to those now mourning his loss. His life was spent in the acquisition of liberal and useful knowledge, and in the cultivation of these strong and vigorous powers of intelleet with which he was endowed. He was a firm believer in Christianity, not upon the authority of creeds and councils, but from an attentive and diligent perusal of the Sacred Writings. In bim civil and religious liberty, and freedom of inquiry, have lost one of their most zealous and etalightened advocates." Examiner, June 23.
We have the melancholy task of inserting among the Deaths of the month, that of our respected friend and valued correspondent, the Rev. JEREMIAH JOYCE, of Highgate, Minister of the Unitarian Congregation, Hampstead, Secretary of the Unitarian Society, and Author of many useful and popular Works. He died quite suddenly on Friday evening, the 21st instant. In the morning of the same day, he had written to us a friendly letter on the subject of the article on Natural Theology, of which he was the author, and which he promised to continue. next month! How strikingly is vanity written upon all that is human! We shall hereafter, doubtless, insert a more full account of our lamented friend.
usual in Mr. Vidler's Chapel, Parlia ment Court, Artillery Lane. In the absence of Mr. Vidler, through ill health, which we lament to say has been of long continuance, Mr. Rees officiated in the desk. Mr. B. Goodier, late of the Unitatarian Academy, prayed
and read the Scriptures. Mr. Fox, of Chichester, the preacher-elect, delivered the second prayer. Mr. Broadbent, of Warrington, preached the sermon, and concluded the devotional exercises. The sermon contained an able and energetic defence of the duty of avowing and supporting the truth. It was received with great interest by the Society, who resolved, with the permission of the preacher, which has since been obtained, to publish it: in a little time, it will come under our notice, in another part of our work, and therefore we shall say no more of it at present, than that it was truly appropriate and will form a suitable addition to the valuable discourses by Doctors Toulmin and Carpenter, and Messrs. Lyons, Butcher, Kentish and Madge, which the Unitarian Fund has already given to the world. The collection at the doors exceeded that of any year except the
The Society proceeded to business after divine service, Mr. Edward Taylor, of Norwich, in the chair. The Treasurer's Report was satisfactory. The Report of the Committee was read by the Secretary-an abstract of it shall be given in the next number. It was shorter than on most former occasions, the business of the Society being, in a great measure, the same every year, and there being of course less novelty in their proceedings. The Committee express themselves delighted with the openings of trath in every direction, and recommend persevering and increased labours in the great and good cause. Mr. Christie was re-chosen Treasurer, Mr. Aspland, Secretary and the following gentlemen were appointed the Committee, viz. Messrs. Bailey, Eaton, Gilchrist, S. Hart, Ives, Hurry, John Taylor and William Titford.
After the Unitarian Fund business was concluded, there was a general meeting of the governors, subscribers and friends of the Unitarian Academy, Mr. William Cooke, of the Isle of Wight, in the chair: a report of this meeting will be given in our next number.
The subscribers to the Unitarian Fund and their friends afterwards dined together, in number two hundred and sixty, at the London Tavern. By request of the Committee and the Stewards, Mr. Frend took the chair,
and he ably supported his station. Many admirable sentiments were brought forward and enlarged upon by the chairman and other gentlemen. The meeting was throughout harmnonious and pleasant. Considerable additions were announced to the list of subscribers. Amongst the contributions we heard with great pleasure of the sum of £2. "from a few persons in humble life, at Leeds, who wish prosperity to the doctrine of Unitarianism." We cannot close this brief account without saying that much of the agreeableness of the afternoon is to be ascribed to the judicious arrangements and the activity of the Stewards.
General Baptist Society.
The Annual Assembly of the Old General Baptists was held, as usual, on Whit-Tuesday, June 4th, in the Meeting-House, Worship Street, Lon
The Elders and Representatives of the churches in connexion with the Assembly, met early for business. At eleven o'clock the public service commenced. Mr. Evans, of Islington, read the scriptures and gave out the hymns; Mr. Treleaven, of Dorchester, offered up prayer; and Mr. Samuel Dobell, of Cranbrook, Kent, delivered the sermon, and concluded the devotional service. The preacher's text was Ephes. iv. 15, 16, "But speaking the truth in love," &c. The discourse was delivered with an animation which excited great attention. The authority of Jesus Christ as Supreme Head of the church was proved by a judicious appeal to the sacred scriptures; the equality of all the members of a Christian church zealously vindicated; and that equality shown to consist not only in a common right to participate in the privileges and blessings of Christianity
but also in an indispensable obligation to advance by individual exertion the interests of truth, and to promote to the utmost in their power, each other's welfare.
The letters from most of the churches were of a satisfactory nature-the dif ferent congregations are rather increasing than diminishing, the accession of their new members being, on the whole, more than adequate to compensate for their losses by deaths or removals. The General Baptist church
at Selby, Yorkshire, was received into connexion with the Assembly, and that of York will, in all probability, be united with it next year. Since the last annual meeting several of the churches have established Sundayschools with success; while those which existed previously were represented as being in a flourishing condition. The letter from the church at Cranbrook, Kent, stated that, "Agree ably to the recommendation of the last Assembly, they had established a Sunday-school, and though it is not more than eight months from its commencement, yet more than 220 children have been admitted. The school was opened upon the liberal plan of admitting the children of parents of every denomination; and hitherto teachers have been procured out of the different societies, who undertake to conduct the children orderly to their respective places of worship."
The Committee, appointed by the Assembly, two years since, recommended in their Report to this Assembly, the adoption of more vigorous measures for the revival of the General Baptist cause. Among other measures was that of raising a fund to defray the expenses of a more extended distribution of tracts tending to the promotion of morals in general, and the dissemination of their peculiar tenets in particular-of local preaching wherever there appeared a prospect of usefulness-and of lending pecuniary aid to poor or newly-formed societies, A resolution was passed by the Assembly, in approbation of the recommendation; it will, therefore, be submitted to the consideration of all the churches in the Assembly's Proceedings.
After the business was finished, the ministers, representatives and their friends (about sixty in number) retired to the White Hart Inn, Bishopsgate Street, to dinner. Several sentiments were given from the chair, which called forth very animated and appropriate speeches. The following were the principal: "The worthy Preacher Religious Liberty complete and universal". The Old General Baptist Cause"-"The Union of all Christians"-" Mr. Rees and the Christian Tract Society," &c.
The ministers and their friends separated at an early hour.
Report of the Committee of the Southern Unitarian Fund, read at the First General Meeting of the Subscribers, at Portsmouth, April 17, 1816.
The age in which we live is honourably distinguished by the formation of numerous associations for be nevolent purposes. The friends of religion and humanity by combining their efforts, have multiplied their usefulness. Relief has been administered to the bodily wants and infirmities of man; education has been provided for the ignorant, and knowledge placed within the reach of the inquiring. Nor have endeavours been wanting to bring back theological opinions to the simplicity of the New Testament. In many districts societies have been instituted for promoting the knowledge of the scriptures and the practice of virtue by the distribution of books. The London Unitarian Fund has forwarded the same object by the enconragement of missionary preaching, Still it was felt by the friends of genuine Christianity in this neighbourhood, that something more was desirable. Missionaries have paid us but rare and transient visits. Our tracts have too often lain dormant in the libraries of subscribers. In some places small congregations have been formed which needed the countenance and assistance of their brethren. In others a disposition to hear Unitarian preaching existed, which it was impossible for individual ministers to gratify, however desirous, on account of the attendant expense, and the want of co-operation. In the desire to remedy or alleviate these evils this Society originated; and your Committee have the gratification of announcing, that, in the short period which has elapsed since the commencement of its labours in September last, they have all been attended to with encouraging success. In one instance pecuniary assistance has been afforded to a necessitous congregation, towards the maintenance of public worship. A number of useful works, with which we were liberally furnished by the Southern Unitarian Society, has been distributed in such a way as was deemed most likely to secure their perusal. By the union of preaching with the dissemination of tracts, there is reason to believe that the impression
which each was calculated to produce has been rendered more deep and lasting.
On the 28th of September a lecture was opened at the school-room of Mr. Stockman, Bishop Street, Portsea, by the Rev. W. J. Fox, which has been regularly continued, once a fortnight, and attended always by respectable, and on several occasions by very numerous congregations.
Public notice was given for the following evening of a similar lecture at Gosport, where a room had been engaged for that purpose. Our intention was, however, frustrated. Bigotry had taken the alarm, and the person in whose house the meeting was to have been held had been so intimidated by the denunciation of both temporal and spiritual evils, that it was judged expedient to desist. A second attempt, shortly after, was equally unsuccessful. It is just and gratifying to record, that the measures adopted to prevent our assembling by some professing Calvinists were, by respectable persons of that denomination, indignantly disclaimed. At length the Old Poor-house was obtained, and on the 10th November Unitarian Christianity was first preached in Gosport, to an attentive and overflowing auditory, by the Rev. W. J. Fox, from Numbers x. 29, "Come thou with us and we will do thee good." Our subsequent efforts have been attended with considerable success. A room has been permanently engaged at Mr. Stubbington's, corner of Bemister's-lane; where several families, forming, it is hoped, the germ of a regular congregation, assemble every Lord's day for the worship of the only God.
For the continued and regular support of these lectures, the Society is indebted to the services of Messrs. Brent, Fox, Fullagar, Lyons, Read, Saint, Travers, and Treleaven, who have cheerfully contributed their labours towards the great objects for which we are united."
The ministers in connexion with the Society have also engaged to preach alternately, on the first Tuesday in every month, at Fareham. This measure has been adopted in conformity with the earnest wishes of the Unitarians in that place, and is expected to prove very useful in pro
moting their comfort, establishment and increase.
The attention of your Committee has been much engaged by the situa tion of the congregation at Southampton, collected by the exertions of Mr. Travers, who has unfortunately been compelled by illness to relinquish his station. The chapel has been kept open on Sundays by Messrs. Fullagar, Saint and Read, and there is reason to expect that permanent arrangements will soon be made for the support of Unitarian worship in that
The amount of subscriptions actually received during the past year has been 251. 5s. 6d., of donations, 38. 18s. 6d. The expenditure, of which the different items have been sanctioned by the Committee, and are submitted to your inspection, is 53l.6s.9d. leaving a balance of 107. 12s. 2d. in the hands of the treasurer.
It would have been easy for the Committee to extend its operations, had the funds of the Society permitted. Limited however as they were, much has been done. Our brethren have been cheered by encouragement and assistance, and the pure word of life has been dispensed to numbers of willing hearers, to whom, but for this Society, it would only have been offered with the adulteration of human inventions. We rejoice that we have not laboured in vain, while we still look anxiously at the wide field of usefulness which remains to be cultivated. Aiming only at the divine glory and the good of man, we hope for the continued and increased support of our brethren, and the blessing of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
May the Southern Fund be an humble instrument, in the hands of Providence, of accelerating the time, announced by inspired prophecy, when there shall be One Lord and his name One, in all the earth!
Proceedings of the Scottish Unitarian
Sheffield, June 10, 1816.
I am desired, by the Committee of the SCOTTISH UNITARIAN CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION, to transmit to you the following account of the Proceedings at the Fourth Anniversary of
the Institution, held on Sunday and Monday, May 12th and 13th, in the Unitarian Church, Glasgow. Delegates were present from Edinburgh, Paisley, Dundee, Greenock, Blackford, Daley, Port-Glasgow, &c.
On Sunday, the devotional part of the morning service was conducted by Mr. YATES; and Mr. TORRENS, of York, delivered an excellent Discourse, on the Tendency of the Unitarian Doctrine to promote Love God and Man, from the text, 2 Corinthians, chap. v. ver. 20. In the afternoon, Mr. YATES delivered his farewell Sermon, from the words, Philippians, chap. ii. verses 14, 15, and 16, "Do all things without murmurings and disputings, that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world, holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain." In the evening, Mr. SMITH, Minister of the Unitarian Church, Edinburgh, preached the Annual Sermon in aid of the Institution; the subject, the Tendency of the Unitarian Doctrine to promote Benevolence, from John, chap. xiii. ver. 35. The congregations throughout the day were very numerous and respectable. Between the morning and afternoon worship, the friends from the country, and many of those in Glasgow, both male and female, to the number of seventy, partook of some refreshment; and, between the afternoon and evening worship, about sixty persons, of both sexes, drank tea together.
On Monday, the Society met in the Church at 12 o'clock, when, after joining in prayer, Mr. AULD, of Leith, was elected President of the Meeting. The Report of the Committee for the past year was then read by Mr. GEORGE HARRIS, the Secretary. It stated, that two editions of Mr. Yates's Sermon, on the Duty and Manner of deciding the more important Religious Controversies, preached at the last Anniversary, had been printed; that Messrs. GASKELL, RUSSELL, and HARRIS, had, in the course of the year, volunteered their Services as Missionaries to the Institution, and had preached, with great success, at Cathcart, Renfrew, Partic,
Rutherglen, and Greenock; that Mr. SYME had undertaken a mission last summer, and preached at Hamilton, Lanark, Carnwarth, Melrose, &c.; that the Society have had in their hands, since the last anniversary, 3248 Tracts, of various kinds, nearly 2000 of which they have sold or distributed; and that ten corresponding members had this year been added to the Institution, making altogether forty-two places in Scotland in which Unitarians are at present known to reside. Letters were then read from the corresponding members of the Society, most of which were very satisfactory and encouraging, particularly those from Greenock, Blackford, and Dundee; and gave an additional stimulus to the friends of the Institution to proceed, with vigour, in the good work they had begun.
The following Resolutions were severally proposed, and unanimously adopted:
"That the cordial thanks of this Meet
ing be presented to Mr. George Harris, for the distinguished zeal, ability, and tinued to discharge the office of Secretary perseverance, with which he has conduring the past year; also to Mr. Potter,
and the members of the Committee, for their co-operation in promoting the ob jects of the Association.
"That it is the opinion of this Society, that the attention of the Association should be particularly directed towards Dundee, during the ensuing year; that the Committee be requested to use every exertion in their power to send them supplies as often as possible; and that the Society there be requested to institute a Penny Weekly Society, in aid of the Association, or of the promotion of Unitarianism in any other way they may deem proper. the Committee to supply Blackford with preaching as often as possible.
"That it likewise be recommended to
"That this Meeting express their most. cordial thanks, congratulations, and good wishes, to Mr. George Harris for his exertions in preaching at Greenock, as the Missionary of this Society; and to the regular attendants on his services in that place, who have exposed themselves in the cause of pure and undefiled religion, to the great discouragements and obstacles attending the first introduction of unpopular truth.
"That the thanks of this Society be their Donation of Ten Guineas to Mr. given to the London Unitarian Fund for Syme, in order to enable him to continue his services to the Paisley Church.