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Intelligence. Proceedings of the Scottish Unitarian Association. 353 which each was calculated to produce moting their comfort, establishment has been rendered more deep and and increase. lasting
The attention of your Comınittee On the oath of September a lecture has been much engaged by the situawas opened at the school-room of Mr. tion of the congregation at SouthampStockman, Bishop Street, Portsea, by ton, collected by the exertions of Mr. the Rev. W. J. Fox, which has been Travers, who has unfortunately been regularly continued, once a fortnight, compelled by illness to relinquish his and ai ended always by respectable, station. The chapel has been kept and on several occasions by very nu- open on Sundays by Messrs. Fullagar, merous congregations.
Saint and Read, and there is reason Public notice was given for the fol- to expect that permanent arrangeJowing evening of a similar lecture at ments will soon be made for the supGosport, where a room had been en- port of Unitarian worship in that gaged for that purpose. Our inten- iown. tion was, however, frustrated. Bigotry The amount of subscriptions actuhad taken the alarm, and the person ally received during the past year has in whose house the meeting was to been 251. 55. 6d., of donations, 381. have been held had been so intimi- 185. 6d. The expenditure, of which dated by the denunciation of both the different items have been sanctemporal and spiritual evils, that it tioned by the Committee, and are subwas judged expedient to desist. Amitted to your inspection, is 53l.6s.gd. second attempt, shortly after, was leaving a balance of 101. 125. 2d. in the equally unsuccessful. li is just and hands of the treasurer. gratifying to record, that the measures It would have been easy for the adopted to prevent our assembling by Committee to extend its operations, some professing Calvinists were, by had the funds of the Society permitted. respectable persons of that denomi- Limited however as they were, much nation, indignantly disclaimed. At has been done. Our brethren have length' the Old Poor-house was ob- been cheered by encouragement and tained, and on the 10th November assistance, and ihe pure word of life Unitarian Christianity was first preach- has been dispensed to numbers of ed in Gosport, to an attentive and willing hearers, to wlion, but for overflowing auditory, by the Rev. this Society, it would only have been W. J. Fox, from Numbers x. 29, offered with the adulteration of human “Come thou with us and we will do inventions. We rejoice that we have tkee good.” Our subsequent efforts not labonred in vain, while we still have been attended with considerable look anxiously at the wide field of usesuccess. A room has been perma- fulness which remains to be cultinently engaged at Mr. Stubbington's, vated. Aiming only at the divine corner of Bemister's-lane; where se- glory and the good of man, we hope veral families, forming, it is hoped, for the continued and increased supthe germ of a regular congregation, port of our brethren, and the blessing assemble every Lord's day for the wor- of the God and Father of our Lord ship of the only God.
Jesus Christ. For the continued and regular sup- May the Southern Fund be an port of these lectures, the Society is humble instrument, in the hands of indebted to the services of Messrs. Providence, of accelerating the time, Brent, Fox, Fullagar, Lyons, Read, announced by inspired prophecy, when Saint, Travers, and Treleaven, who there shall lie One Lord and his name have cheerfully contributed their la- One, in all the earth! bours towards the great objects for which we are united.
Proceedings of the Scottish Unitarian The minisiers in connexion with
Association. the Society have also engaged to
Sheffield, June 10, 1816. preach alternately, on the first Tues- My Dear Sir, day in every month, at Farehamn.
I am desired, by the Committee of This measure has been adopted in the ScottisH UNITARIAN CHRISconformity with the earnest wishes of Tian Association, to transmit to the Unitarians in that place, and is you the following account of the Proexpected to prove very useful in pro- ceedings at the Fourth Anniversary of the Institution, held on Sunday and Rutherglen, and Greenock; that Mr. Monday, May 12th and 13th, in the Syme had undertaken a mission last Unitarian Church, Glasgow. Dele- summer, and preached at Hamilton, gates were present from Edinburgh, Lanark, Carnwarth, Melrose, &c.; Paisley, Dundee, Greenock, Black- that the Society have had in their ford, Daley, Port-Glasgow, &c. hands, since the last anniversary,
On Sunday, the devotional part of 3248 Tracts, of various kinds, nearly the morning service was conducted 2000 of which they have sold or disby Mr. Yates; and Mr. TORRENS, tributed; and that ten corresponding of York, delivered an excellent Dis- members had this year been added to course, on the Tendency of the Uni- the Institution, making altogether tarian Doctrine to promote Love to forty-two places in Scotland in which God and Man, from the text, 2 Co Unitarians are at present known to rinthians, chap. v. ver. 20. In the reside. Letters were then read from afternoon, Mr. Yates delivered his the corresponding members of the farewell Sermon, froin the words, Society, most of which were very Philippians, chap. ii. verses 14, 15, satisfactory and encouraging, particuand 16, “Do all things without larly those from Greenock, Blackford, murmurings and disputings, that ye and Dundee ; and gave an additional may be blameless and harmless, the stimulus to the friends of the Instisons of God without rebuke, in the tution to proceed, with vigour, in midst of a crooked and perverse na- the good work they had begun. tion, among whom ye shine as lights The following Resolutions were in the world, holding forth the word severally proposed, and unanimously of life; that I may rejoice in the day adopted: of Christ, that I have not run in vaió, neither laboured in vain." In the
“That the cordial thanks of this Meetevening, Mr. SMITH, Minister of the ing be presented to Mr. George Harris, Unitarian Church, Edinburgh, preach
for the distinguished zeal, ability, and ed the Annual Sermon in aid of the tinued to discharge the office of Secretary
perseverance, with which he has cogInstitution; the subject, the Ten- during the past year ; also to Mr. Potter, dency of the Unitarian Doctrine to
and the members of the Committee, for promote Benevolence, from John, their co-operation in promoting the ob cbap. xiii. ver. 35. The congrega- jects of the Association. tions throughout the day were very “ That it is the opinion of this Society, numerous and respectable. Between that the attention of the Association should the morning and afternoon worship, be particularly directed towards Dundee, the friends from the country, and during the ensuing year ; that the Coninany of those in Glasgow, both male mittee be requested to use every exertion and female, to the number of seventy, in their power to send them supplies as partook of some refreshment; and, often as possible; and that the Society between the afternoon and evening there be requested to institute a Penny worship, about sixty persons, of both Weekly Society, in aid of the Association, sexes, drank tea together.
or of the promotion of Unitarianism in On Monday, the Society met in any other way they may deem proper. the Church at 12 o'clock, when, the Committee to supply Blackford with
“ That it likewise be recommended to after joining in prayer, Mr. AULB, preaching as often as possible. of Leith, was elected President of the
“ That this Meeting express their most. Meeting. The Report of the Com, cordial thanks, congratulations, and good mittee for the past year was then read wishes, to Mr. George Harris for his exerby Mr. George HARRIS, the Secre- tions in preaching at Greenock, as the tary. It stated, that two editions of Missionary of this Society; and to the Mr. Yates's Sermon, on the Duty and regular attendants on his services in that Manner of deciding the more impor- place, who have exposed themselves in the iant Religious Controversies, preached cause of pure aud undefiled religion, to at the last Anniversary, had been the great discouragements and obstacles prioted; that Messrs.' GASKELL, attending the first introduction of unpo. Russell, and Harris, had, in the pular truth. course of the year, volunteered their
“ That the thanks of this Society be Services as Missionaries to the Insti. given to the London Unitarian Fund for
their Donation of Ten Guineas to Mr. tution, and had preached, with great Syme, in order to enable him to continue succese, at Cathcart, Renfrew, Partic, his services to the Paisley Church.
* That the thanks of this Meeting be good, and which, if enabled to extend presented to Mr. Smith, of Edinburgh, its benevolent exertions, would asand to the Edinburgh Unitarian Asso- suredly produce great and incalculable ciation Fund, for their Donations of Books, benefits to society: Tracts, and Money ; also to the Glasgow I remain in behalf of the CommitUnitarian Associatiou Fund, for their 'tee of the Scottish Unitarian Christian Donation of 201.; to the Greenock and
Association, Port-Glasgow Unitarian Association Fund,
Your's sincerly, for their Donrtion of 51, 5s, and to all the
GEORGE HARRIS, Secretary. other contributors.
“ That Mr. George Harris be earnestly requested again to undertake the office of Secretary to the General Association of FRENCH PROTESTANTS. Unitarians of Scotland.
Williars's Lilrary, Red-Cross Street, “ That the cordial thanks of this Meeting be given to Mr. Torrens, Mr. Yates,
April 24, 1816. and Mr. Smith, who so ably conducted mittee of the Dissening Ministers of
At a Special Meeting of the Comthe religious services of yesterday.
“ That the Association have heard, the Three Denominations, appointed with pleasure, of Mr. Syne's accept by the General Body for Inquiryableness and usefulness, and return him Superintendance and Distribution of their thanks for his conduct.
the Funds collected for the French “ That the cordial thanks of this Meet- Protestant Sufferers for conscience sake ing be presented to the Rev. Dr. Rees, suunmoned to receive the Report of and the Committee of the Dissentiug the Rev. Clement Perrot; who, from Ministers of the three denominations in his eminent qualifications, the respectLondon and the neighbourhood, for their ability of his character, and his perable, zealous, undaunted, and persevering sonal'acquaintance with the most disexertions, in calling the attention of the tinguished Protestants in the South of British public to the condition of the France, had been requested to repair persecuted Protestants in France, in ex
to that country, for the purpose of horting us to perform towards them the Christian duties of sympathy and nid, and examining in the capital, and on the in maintaining the great cause of Religious spot, the real situation of the ProtestLiberty."
ants, collecting evidence of their per
secution, and arranging plans for the The following persons, resident in distribution of the money contributed Glasgow, were elected the Committee for their relief : for the ensuing year :
Rev. J. RIPPON, D.D.
It was unanimously resolved-
I. That the interesting and luminous
Report now presented by the Rev.
Clement Perrot, of his personal invesCommittee : Mr.G, M'Leod Mr. J. Lawson
tigation into the past sufferings, and Mr. J. M'Kenzie Mr. J. H. Burn
present situation of the Protestants, be Mr. D, Potter Mr. G. Wilson
received, approved and printed : and Mr. J. Lambe
that the various verified documents,
and articles of intelligence, illustrative The thanks of the Meeting were of the Report, and forming an historical then unanimously voted to the Chair- relation of the sufferings which the man for his able conduct in the Protestants have endured, and are enChair, and the Meeting adjourned. during, be prepared for the press, under
At five o'clock a numerous and the direction of the Rev. C. Perrot, and respectable company sat down to an published with all possible dispatch. economical dinner" in the Trades' II. That the Rev. Cleinent Perrot, Hall. In the course of the evening for the promptitude with which he many excellent sentiments were given, complied with the request of this Comand many able speeches delivered, mittee, and undertook a long, fatiguing, and the company separated at an and dangerous journey—for the dili. early hour, every one appearing to be gence, the prudence, and the zeal with impressed with a desire of supporting, which he has executed the objects of to the utmost of his power, an Insti- his important mission--for the genetution, which has already, with its rous sacrifice of his time, his engage. very limited resources, produced much ments, and his personal safety--for the
IN THE CHAIR:
display his conduct has afforded, of the publicity of the crimes--the nothese liberal and enlightened principles toriety of the criminals—the uselessness which hare distinguished Protestant of complaints from the sufferers, and Dissenters among the benefactors of the vexations to which they have been mankind-for the important services exposed the confidence with which which he has rendered to the cause of the robbers and murderers have acted, the French Protestants in particular, and the impunity and protection they and to the interests of truth, liberty, have experienced, are equally unknown, humanity, and religion in general; ne- in any country, where the magistracy, rits the warmest gratitude and esteem, however feeble, ba; been active and and that he be requested to accept the sincere. That it is equally evident, most sincere and affectionate acknow. that from some cause, which this Comledginents of this Committee.
mittee do not intend to assign, the :DI. That this Committee recognizing higher departments of the Government the sacred right of every man to adopt have not taken a suitable interest in the his religious creed, and to profess his dreadful calamities, which have been religious faith without molestation, in- sustained by its faithful and honourable sult, or priration-considering the re- subjects--hare not maintained equal cognition of this right by human go- security for the professors of the Provernments to be essential to the tran- testant and Catholic religions ;-but quillity and happiness of the world, have appeared to entertain the most and esteeming it as the first duty of lively jealousy of the unsolicited interRulers and Magistrates to preserve in- ference of benevolent persons in this violate that right themselves, and to country—have neglected to give to guarantee its enjoyment to all class s of the Protestants, and to Europe, any society, free from outrage, interruption, satisfaction, by demanding an account or disquietude--cannot review the of their conduct from the local or exwhole history of the persecutions which traordinary authorities and, finally, the Protestants of the South of France have left the victims of persecution at have endured, and are enduring, with- the mercy of prevotal courts, composed out horror and indignation. That of their enemies, who have inficted from the verification of documents be- on Protestants the most degrading and fore possessed, (the truth of which was cruel punishments for alleged trifling never questionable,) and especially crimes, and have honourably acquitted from the evidence now produced by Catholics-covered with blood, and their respectable friend, it is perfectly guilty of numerous and horrid murevident io them, that the persecutions ders. so long and so disgracefully continued, IV. That it was not the design of this have been instigated lwy bigotry and Committee to procure for the Protesintolerance, and have been excited and tants a temporary alleviation of their directed by powerful leaders, against public miseries ; or to raise an useless the Protestants, as the depositories of clamour, and then leave them a prey those religious and social principles, to persecutions more dreadful, because which must always render their pos- they are more secret, and because they Scssors efficient and honourable in so- assume the character of judicial puciety ;-that political opinions have nishments, instead of the outrages of only been the pretexts under which banditti; but they were resolved to the odious projects of their enemies contribute, by every honourable means, were concealed, as Protestants were as to reinstate them in that security and prompt, and as sincere in their accept- comfort they had so long enjoyed, and ance of the restored dynasty,as any class their title to which they have never of Frenchmen whatever ;-that the im- forfeited. While, therefore, the obpious, rapacious, and barbarous conductjects of their unabated solicitude are of their persecutors, has exceeded the living under the most dreadful apprerepresentations which have been made hension-exposed to the violence of by the Committee, and has equalled in hostile authorities-cut off from the criminality that of the most guilty per- enjoyments of civil society-fugitives secutors of ancient times;--that it is from their homes-deprived of their impossible to exculpate, at least from sources of support, and prevented from connivance, the local, civil, and military exercising, on account of their religiauthorities, because the extent of the ous opinions, their industry and taoutrages--ihe length of their duration lents--while many, from the absence
Intelligence.- Debate in the House of Commons on the French Protestants. 357 of their pastors, the loss of their tem- House; but, considering the impresples, or the fear of their enemies, are sion which had been made throughdestitute of the public supports and out the whole country, it appeared to consolations of their religion ; and es- him that it would be extremely to be pecially encouraged and stimulated by lamented if the session were to pass the voice of the General Body, lately over without any notice having been expressed at their Annual Meetings taken of the subject. Reports had this Committee will not relax in its reached this country of dreadful arts vigilance or activity, but will ended- of riot, violence and oppression in the vour to direct public attention to the southern departments of France; they situation of the French Protestants-- had made a deep impression upon the to enlighten public opinion on the public; public meetings were called, true character and extent of their suf- resolutions were formed, subscriptions ferings to excite public sympathy and were opened with that liberality which benevolence for the alleviation of their had always characterized the British calamities, and public indignation nation; and the House would recolagainst the authors of their distress :- lect the progress that was making in and although they will seize with the public feelings, when a sudden eagerness the first opportunity to an- turn took place, and the face of affairs nounce any improvement in the situa- was changed. Although these meettion of their brethren, of their full ings had not taken place without a restoration to their former state of bap- previous communication being had on piness as professors of religion, they the subject with his Majesty's miniswill not remit their humble efforts, ters, yet those meetings were discounor abandon the sacred cause to any raged, and he was most sorry to have delusive promises or violent opposition, seen that a very successful turn was but will persevere, till to the gratitude given to that 'meritorious course of of their fellow Protestants, shall be proceeding. In a letter written by added, their congratulations and“ re- the Duke of Wellington to one of pose.
these meetings, his Grace had said, V. That, grateful for the numerous that he felt satisfied that every thing and liberal contributions 'which have possible had been done on the part been already received, not only as they of the French 'government to prevent display the generous emotions of these disturbances; that the King of Christian benevolence, and provide France had extended his protection to relief and comfort for the miserable, his subjects of all
persuasions, and had but as they afford also a strong expres- secured them in the exercise of their sion of attachment to the unalterable religious rights. The effect of that principles of truth and freedom; this letter was very strong upon the minds Committee' renew their solicitations of the people. The Common Council to those who have not to this period of the City of London had considered remitted to the Secretary the amount this subject, and had voted an address of their subscriptions or collections, to the Prince Regent: much delay and assure all their friends, that a occurred in its presentation, and alpunctual and faithful attention will though hiš Royal Highness had said be paid to the distribution of the funds that it could be received by him on which may be entrusted to their care. any occasion on his arrival in London, Signed by order of the Committee, that occasion' had never arrived, and THOMAS MORGAN, the address had never been presented. SECRETARY He was not bringing this question
forward to criminate his Majesty's MISCELLANEOUS.
ministers; and he inost sincerely as
sured the House, that he had not such Debate in the House of Commons, on the an opinion of them as to believe, that
French Protestants, May 23, 1816. if they had been acquainted with
Sir S. ROMILLY rose, in pursuance what had really taken place, or had of notice, to bring this subject under seriously considered what the interthe consideration of the House. He position of the French government' had waited for some time in the hope amounted to, and had known in that there would have been no occa- what manner it had been demonsion for such a motion as that which strated, they would have acted as they he was notv about to propose to the had done. He never could think that VOL. XI.