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493 Sunday Evening Unitarian Lectures at St. in the neighbourhood of Wisbeach. The 'Thomas's and Parliament Court bad an- usual labours of Mr. Bennett, in Sussex, swered the expectation of those that set bave been continued, and appear to be prothem on foot, there was great probability gressively valuable and important. And, that a Unitarian Lecture on a Week-day besides the mission already described, Mı. would also be well attended. They there. Wright bas visited numerous places which sore appointed & Sub-Committee to make have been named in the Reports of predue inquiry, and report to them the result: ceding years. in consequence, a Lecture was established On the recommendation of Dr. Thomson, on the Thursday Evening, in the Meeting- of Halifax, the Committee bave voted ten House in Worship-street, which was gra- pounds, to defray the expense of the hire tuitously leat to the Unitarian Fund for of a room for the experiment of Unitarian this purpose.
The following preachers preaching for one year, in the populous gave their services in this good work: town of Huddersfield, in Yorkshire ; two Messrs, Gilcbrist, Vidler, Rees, Broadbent, neighbouring ministers having zealously Flower, Treleaven and the Secretary. The offered their services for this purpose, Lecture was continued during four moáths. namely, Messrs. Donoghue and Beattie. All means consistent with decorum were Assistance has been rendered to various taken to make it known. The congrega- congregations during the year ; to Edintions were generally good and sometines burgh, which has hitherto bad the able large. Private subscriptions and public services of Mr. Smith, but which will soop collections' enabled the Committee to dis- be without a pastor ; to Paisley, where the charge the expense, without drawing upon Unitarian cause is prospering under the the Fund for more than the small balance ministry of Mr. Syme, who has been for of 61. 146. 11d.
several years patronised by the Fund; and The success of the plan leads the Com- to Brighton, which is supplied on Sunday mittee to recommend that it be hereafter erenings by Mr. Bennett, but which is in followed up with zeal, and extended. In wani of a Sunday morning preacher. order to strengthen the hands of the Lec- This/ want the Committee are able to turers resident in London, unhappily weak- provide for, during the inontbs of July and ened by the illness of some gentlemen who August next, by the liberality of the Gowere at first calculated on for most valuable vernors of the Unitarian Academy, who Assistance, they invited Mr. Treleaven, of have consented that one of the senior StuDorchester, to London for a few weeks in dents should spend the ensuing vacation at the winter, and the Society is indebted to Brighton. One of the junior Students will that gentleman for his ready compliance also be able to assist Mr. Bennett at Ditchwith toe invitatiop. It appears most de- ling; and thus Mr. Bennett may be set sirable to the Committee, that a succession free for some more extended plan of misof ministers from the couotry should be sionary labour, to be hereafter determined engaged for the London Winter Evening on. Lectures. They cannot doubt of their Considerable pecuniary grants have been willingn:ss to concur in the plan, and they made by the Committee to new Unitariad anticipate that the weight of expense which places of worship ; not indeed the first obwould lie upon sucb a proceeding, would jects contemplated by the Unitarian Fund, be in great measure borne by subscriptions but still objects which the Committee, with and collections for this particular purpose: means in their hands, hare na: thought it tbough should the Fund be required to allowable to neglect. make good even a large deficiency, they The interesting case of Rossendale was consider that wbilst the Treasurer's Re- reported from Dr. Thomson at the last port continues to be so satisfactory, a better Anniversary, and the Committee have obe use could not possibly be inade of the So- served with pleasure that the sanction of ciety's wealth. Were this plan to be the Fund has contributed greatly to the adopted, all the late Lectures night be re- relief of the zealous body of Unitarian newed with spirit, and others instituted, Christians in that place. particularly at the West End of the Town, A new chapel has been lately built at to which the attention of the Committee Oldham, a town of considerable population, had been long directed in rain, but to in the neighbourbood of Manchester. In which the Society, if it should concur in this town Mr. Wright preached the first the present proposal, may look with very Unitarian sermon, on his journey into High expectations of success.
Lancashire, the time before the last. A The missionaries have not been inactive congregation has been since collected, and during the past year. In Walcs, Mr. Ben- a neat and cominodious chapel crected, cajamin Poillips and Mr. Davies, of Carmar- pable of holding nearly 300 people, and so theu, bave made frequent journies, of which built as to admit a gallery nereafter i ne the report is pleasing. Mr. Winder has cessary. The building cost €5. i and out gone out preaching with great acceptance, 5301. had been raised when application w29 VOL. XI.
made to the Conimitter. They voted 201. of expensive law proceedings, that they
The names of Trustees are upon the Another rw chapel has also engaged books of the Fund for taking care of any the attention of the Committerahat at monies that may be bequeathed to the SoThorne in Yorkshire. The l'nitarian doc- ciety; and the Committee have reason to trine was introduced into this town and expect that in the course of time their Deighbourhood about ten years ago, by means will be recruited and enlarged by your missionary, Mr. Wright, and has been this kind of liberality. taught by him in repeated jourley's de- In tooking back to the receipts of the scribed in preceding years. Amidst some last year, the Conimittee see many instances discoaragements the cause of Truth bas of individual and suine of congregaiional continued to prosper, until it bas been zeal which they gladly aeknowledge; but found necessary that the worshippers of they cannot help recuminı'nding strongly the One God, the Father, should have a to congregations in general, to adopt some capacious building in which to assemble. plan of contribution, by which the resources The chapel is to be finished by the end of and consequently the exertions of the Sothis month. The plan appears to be com- ciety niay be increased. mendably economical. It is calcnlated that The Committee find a perpetually growing the cost will be 350l. of which 1201. bave demand for Tracts, of wbich they have disbeen subscribed in the immediate neigh- tributed many hundreds in the course of bourhood. The (onunittce gave 201. lo the last year, in which they have been this case. Many private subscriptions have assisted by the Unitarian Society and the since been received. In the judynrent of Christian Tract Society and other Boom sereral judicious correspondents, Thorne is Societies; though the cost of Tracts will an important station; and Mr. Wright bas still be found a considerable item in the impressed upon the Committee, that it year's expenditure. would form a proper centre for the labours The Committee have great pleasure in of a missionary.
announcing Mr. Fox, of Chichester, as the The only remaining case of this kind Nest year's preacher. which the Committee tbink of sufficient In concluding their Report, the Cominportance to report, is that of the Uni- mittee hare only to express their wish that tarian Baptists at York, whose early bis the Society may continue to proceed upon tory bas been so well wide known by the principles by which it has been hiMr. Darid Eaton, in his “ Narrative." therto guided, uniting zeal for truth with This people, consisting of persons in huwble prudence in exertion, and boldness in the life, had laboured under great inconvenience great canse with delicacy towards indirifrom the narrowness, obscurity and un- duals; and their prayer that the God and pieasant situation of the room in which they Father of our Lord Jesus Christ may own had been wont to assemble. At length, a and prosper the labours of the Society, and commodious chapel, formerly occupied by make it an effectual instrument of promoting another denomination of Christiaps, be- the purity of evangelical truth, the imcame vacant; and with the advice of judin provement of the buman mind, and the cious friends they ventured to purchase it glory of the Divine character and name. at the price of 300l. though of this sum they could raise amongst themselves no
Unitarian Academy. inore than 6ol. The case' was strongly The Annual Meeting of the Governors tecommended to the Committee by the of this Institution was beld in the Chapel, respectable name of Mr. Wellbeloved, of Parliament Court, Artillery Lane, og York: and they voted to it i be sum of 201. Wednesday, June 5th, 1816, after the hoping from the representations made to Meeting of the Subscribers to the Unitathein, that the whole debt may be speedily rian Fund, William Cooke, Esq. of the liquidated. In no instance would the Com- Isle of Wight, in the Chair, wbem the mittee sanction any congregation in the following Report was read and adopted : contracting of a burdensome deht.
The Committee of the Unitarian A former Report wrised the preparation Academy report with much pleasure to of a Trust Deed, under which places of this General Meeting the proceedings of Worship miglit be held by the Fund; but the Institution through the past year. the Committee have found this so dificult, The four students who have been in the and in some cases which they bare duly Academy throughout the present session considered there appeared such great danger bave continued to prosecute their studies
Intelligence.-Dulley Double Lecture.
to the entire satisfaction of the tutors and permitted to continue longer than two of the committee. Mr. Goodier has not years. been able to tesume his situation, from For admission to the larger course of the precarious state of his healtb; but the instruction the comunittee recommend committee have the satisfaction to state, three months should be fixed for probatiott, that the time he passed in the Academy and that no young mau be admitted under has not been lost, for he continues to pro- the age of seventeen or above the age of secute his studies though absent, and twenty, nor any who bave pot previously shonid his health and strength be restored, attained the rudintents of the Greek and he promises to be a zealous and useful Latin languages. For the shorter course preacher of the gospel pure and unde- a probation of six weeks, and from the age filed.
of eighteen to twenty-three, and that no The Rev. R. Aspland and the Rev. T. one be admitted who has not previously Brondbeut have continued their abile received an arlequate English education. assistance through the session now closing, The committee also beg leave to add, to tbe great advantage of the institutwu that they trust a fitness for pulpit services and of the pupils. The committee hare will at all times be considered an indisalso availed trienselves of the assistance pensible qualification for all candidates of Dr. Morell in the mathematical depart- for admission on the foundation of this ment.
Academy, whether for the longer or the The thanks of this meeting are justly shorter period : as it is the fundameni al due to these gentleven for tbeir care and principle of this institution to offer its wesiduity, as the funds of this institution assistance to such young men only wbo bure not yet been able to offer any ade- appear to be qualified to be useful and quate renunciation to them for the time zealous Christian ministers. and labour they have devoted to the jnu- The committee wish they were able to provement of the students.
close their report with a favourable acIt is in the recollection of this meeting count of the funds of the Academy : but that two years was the term appointed for with every possible attention to economy, the course of study of each student, with they are obliged to declare them inadepower giren to the committee to extend it. quate to the objects of the institution. But many inconveniences have been found The committee cheerfully offer their serto result from this method : for in every vices to maintain and direct the establishinstance the tutors and the conimittee have ment, but these will not be effective found two years too short to accomplish unless the funds for the support of the the objects of the institution, and the Academy are considerably increased. committee have uniformly extended the And here they cannot refuse the oppor. tine to the longest period in their power : tunity to direct the thanks of this meeting 86 that the terms of three years instead of to the Rev. T. Belsham, who bas been two may now be considered the rule not through the past year a most liberal prothe exception. From the experience of moter of the Academy in regard to its the tutors they have learned that this ex- pecuniary resources. They recommend tension of time at the end of two years has to the serious consideration of the Unitabeen attended with great inconvenience to rian public the advantages an institution them and bas proved a hinderance to the in the neighbourhood of London, like the progress of the students ; as the tutors new Unitarian Academy offers, for the have not been able to arrange their course promotion of the general interests of true of instruction to the longer period from religion and virtue. Hitherto it has been the uncertainty of the committee acceding supported by 'a very few of the friends of to their request to continue the students free inquiry in matters of religion, but it tinder their care beyond the period of two demands the liberal support of all to conyears. Thus it appears from the expe- tiaue its existence and to make it effective. rience of the committee and of the tutors THOMAS GIBSON, Secretary. that the plan originally designed has not been found advantageous or practicable. • The committee therefore recommend
Dudley Double Lecturc. that the course of education be extended On Whit-Tuesday, June 4th, 1816, to four years. Though at the same time the Annnal Meeting of Ministers, denomithe original plan of the institution need nated “ The Double Lecture," - took not be lost sight of, as a course of instruc- place at Dudley. The Rev. Robert Kell tion limited to two years may be arranged, conducted the devotional serrice. Two in order to prepare students for the excellent discourses were delivered to a Christian ministry, by instructing them very numerous congregation : the former ja gerieral theology and English literature by the Rev. James Yates “on the historionly. The students admitted into the cal argument in favour of the truth of Academy on tbis plan ought not to be Christianity, arising from the progress
which it has made in reforming and spending the remainder of my days in the ameliorating the state of the world," circle of such characters and friends as I from Isaiah lv. 10, 11,-For as the rain am cordially united to in the neighbour. cometh down, and the snow from heaven, hood of Birminghain. and returneth not thither, but watereth the carth, and maketh it bring forth and
Dear Braosby, bud, that it may give seed to the sower, Your obliged and sincerely affectionate and bread to the eater: So shall my word
Friend and Brotber, be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it
MIN.” shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it Warwickshire Unitarian Tract Society. shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent The Members of the Unitarian Tract it :-the latter by the Rev. James Scott, Society, established in Birmingham for
on the duties of the Christian 'minis- Warwickshire and the neighbouring country," from 2 Cor. viii. 23, they are ties, held their Annual Meeting at Oldthe messengers of the church; and the bury, in Shropshire, on Wednesday, Judo glory of Christ.
19th. In the morning, the Rev. Richard Fifteen ministers were present: viz. Fry, of Kidderminster, read the Scriptures Rev. Messrs. Guy, Kell, and Kentish, of and conducted the devotional service. The Birmingham; Small, of Coseley ; Davis, Rev. John Small, of Coseley, delivered a of Coventry; Scott, of Cradley ; Bransby, very argumentative and interesting disof Dudley; Davis, of Evesham ; James course on the Unity of God, from John Yates, lately of Glasgow ; Corrie, of viii. 54.-"It is my Father that honouretk Handeworth; Bristowe, of Hinckley me; of whom ye say, that he is your God." Fry, of Kidderminster; Davis, of Old. The sermon was heard with the most bury; Carpenter, of Stourbridge and marked attention. Two passages, in parSteward, of Wolverbampton.
ticular, the one referring to the preacher's in the course of the afternoon, Mr. emancipation from Calvinism, and the Bransby read the following extract from a other offering a tribute of affection to the most affecting letter addressed to him by memory of Dr. Toulmin, exhibited specibis lamented friend, Dr. Toulmin, in mens of the finest eloquence. Mr. Small reference to one of the resolutions at the has kindly consented to favour the Society last anniversary.
with a copy of his sermon to be printed “ London, No. 2, Pump Court, Temple, for distribution among the members.
May 23, 1815. At the conclusion of the service, Mr. " Dear Bransby.-My mind is variously Samuel Kenrick, of West Bromwich, affected with the unexpected and united (second son of the late Rer. Timothy Kerr testimonies of respect and aftection, and rick, of Exeter,j being called to the chair, of approbation of my work from my worthy the minutes of the last general meeting brethren, assembled at the Double Leco and of the subsequent committee meetings tufe at Dudley on Whit-Tuesday, and were read by the Secretary. After the with the cordial interest you express in usual business had been transacted, upthe communication of their resolutions ;- wards of forty members and friends of the on which I shall ever place a high value, Society dined together. In the course of And ever recollect with lively gratitude. the afternoon several gentlemen addressed As they do not meet again under the same the meeting on topics connected with the circunstances till next Whitsuntide, when objects of the Society, and the day was probably my intercourses of a friendly and spent in a way that could scarcely fail to ministerial kind, and my days way be exercise and improve the best emotions of terminated, it must remain uncertain the heart. whether I sball ever bave an opportunity It was resolved, " That the warmest to offer them, as e body, my sentiments thanks of this meeting be presented to the of affectionate respect, and my warm Rev. Jeremiah Joyce, the Secretary of the thanks for these expressions of their esti- London Unitarian Book Society, (an office mation of my imperfect lahours and which after having ably discharged its character. But, as they fall in your way, duties for fourteen years, he bas signified an I would request the favour of you to intention of resigning,) for his uniform express to them individually, my senti- punctuality and kindness in furnishing the ments of brotherly attachment to them, a6 tracts ordered from time to time by the ministers, my sense of the honour they Committee, and for the lively interest bave done me and the sincere pleasure which he has always taken in the welfaro with which I entertain the thought of of this Society."
It is impossible to record this vote of
thanks (passed only two days before Mr. See Monthly Repository, Vol. X. p. Joyce's lamented death.) without feelings 319.
of mournful regret. Mr. Braosby, in
497 neving it, stated Mr. Joyce's claims to the Manchester College, York. gratitude of the Society, and availed him. The following sums have been received on self of the opportunity to express his own account of this Institution. personal esteem; and Mr. Kentish ob- Collection at Stannington Chaverved that he had for a long series of years pel, acar Sheffield, by the had the pleasure of calling Mr. Joyce his Res, P. Wright,
7 0 friend, and that he never knew the bosom Do. at Wakefield Chapel, by in which glowed a warmer or a kinder the Rev. Thomas Johnstone. 30 heart.
Do. at Upper Chapel, ShefIn the evening Mr. Bransby conducted field, by the Rev. Dr. Phithe devotional service and the Rev. James lipps.
14 8 Yates delivered an eloquent discourse from Do. at Plymonth, by the Rev. Ps. civ. 81 : “ The Lord shall rejoice in Israel Worsley.
10 10 bis works."
Do. at Norwich, by the Rev,
6 6 Do. at Newcastle, by the Rer.
13 Sorthern Unitarian Society.
- Do. at Leeds, by the Rer. On Wednesday the 24th of July, the
15 17 9 Angual Meeting of the Southern Unitarian Two Collections at GainsboSociety, was beld at the Unitarian Chapel
rougb, by the Rev.N.T. H. in Newport, Isle of Wight. The object of
50 this Society is to promote the knowledge
In 1816. aod practice of evangelical Cbristianity, by Benefaction from the Rer. Mr. the distribution of buoks. Mr. Aspland
Anstis, of Bridport. preached a sermon adapted to the occasion Do, from George Bayly, Esq. of the meeting, from Rev, xiv. 6, 7. The
25 Society voted thanks to Mr. Aspland for his sermon, with a request to be allowed
141 7 0 to print the same. They re-appointed Thomas Cooke, Jun. Esq. the Secretary;
Manchester, August 17, 1816. voted several new books, and determined
G. W, WOOD, Treasurer. that the Society sball meet next year at Poole, in Dorsetsbire, and that Mr. State of the Finances of the Oldham Bennett be requested to preach. Afterwards a numerous and respectable company
Unitarian Society. met to dine at the Bugle lon, in Newport, S. Jones, Esq. near Manchesters
ADDITIONAL BENEFACTIONS. when Mr. Samuel Parkes was unanimously called to the chair. After dinner several Legacy from the late Mr. Rd.
Mason, appropriate addresses were delivered by diferent gentlemen; and the afternoon Donation from the Unitarian was spent in a truly pleasant and harmo
Fund, nions manner,
80 The meeting was dissolved at an early hour, and the company adjourned to the
Amount of Contributions ebapel, where 'Mr. Fox delivered to a
560 including the above
1 99 mumerous and attentive audience a very impressive discourse from Jobn viii. 32: By Loan from the Rev. W.
Johns, * The truth shall make you free."
100.0 N. B. After the morning service, the Money in advance per J.
Taylor, wames of several gentlemen were enrolled
7 5 2 as new members of the Southern Upita
667 6 11 vian Society.
Amount of bills discharged,
including every expense The Manchester Annual Meeting of connected with the buildTrustees and Friends to this Institution ing of the new Chapel 667 6 119 a intended to be held on Friday, the There is a deficiency to the amount of soth of August. The anniversary dinner 1071. 58. 9d. which remains to be provided wito de at the Spread Eagle Inn, in for. Manobester, on the same day, Nathaniel The Unitarian friends at Oldham are Philips, of the Dales, Esq. in the Chair, gratefully sensible of the liberal aid which We hope to give an account of the proceed they have experienced, and beg leave, gs in a future number
through the medium of their Treasurer, to " renew their acknowledgments. lo recall