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620 Intelligence.--Sunday Evening Lectures at St. Thomas's Street, Sonthwork. nevolence which actuated a Reynolds, everlasting rememlorance, may his bliss dwell with those who are associated to hereafter be augmented by an union supply his place! Then will it be for with those who have here trod in his good to others as well as for himself, steps ! May his admirers be his imithat he has rested from his labours. tators, and their desire like him be to May the seed that he has sown ascribe unto God the praise for evesy bear a rich harvest of love and good blessing they enjoy! works: and whilst his name is held in
a few hundred pounds, apod the security RELIGIOUS.
of the building, to enable them to com
plete it: which debt, in the course of a Plan of a Fund by the Unitarian Church, few years thereafter, will be easily paid off Edinburgh, for obtaining a more com
upon the same plan. modious Place of Worship.
P. S. Subscriptions in farour of this It is proposed to constitute a Fund, object, will be received hy T. $. Smith, which shall bare for its object the Frection M.D. Yeovil, Somersetshire; the Rev. of a small, neat, and commodioas Church, John Erans, Islington'; 'and the Rer, R. iu some respectaile situation in this city, Aspland, Hackney Road. for conducting Divine Worship on Unitarian principles.
A Course of Sunday Evening Lectures, On the necessity for such a building, it which will be Delivered at the Unitais almost ncedless to enlarge. It must be tarian Chapel, St. Thomas's Street, obvious to every one, that the present Southwark ; Commencing Nov. 3rd, place of worship labours under great dis 1816. advantages, as to situation, outward Service to begin at Half past six o'Clock appearance, and internal accommodation,
precisely. wbich operate to a considerable extent in deterring strangers from entering it,
(FIRST COURSE.) and detract very much from the comfort of Nov. 3.--Rev. R. Aspland. Reproach the congregation. But it may be proper for the Name of Christ the Christian's to observe, that although any resources Glory. which can at present be calculated upon, Nov. 19.-Rer. IP.J. For.The Rise nust be quite inadequate, we are not and Prevalence of Cbrist's Deity traced Therefore to suppose the object in view and accounted for. undeserving of present attention. This Nov. 17.- Rev. J. Gilchrist. The very circainstauce calls for immediate Doctrine of Hereditary Deprarity. consideration of the subject; for it is only Nov. 24.--Rev. IV, J. Fox. The Sabe an accumulation of our present small crifice of Christ. Tesources, that we can calculate upon the
Dec. 1.- Rev. T. Rees.--Our Lord's accomplishment of so desirable an object Agony in the Garden. with any certainty. It is therefore further Dec. 8.-Rev. R. Aspland.--The Faith proposed, that the Fund should be which the New Testament represents as established by Annual Subscriptions, and necessary to Salvation. incidental Donations, to be lodged in a Dec. 15.-Rev. J. Gilchrist -The MeBank for accumulation, until the purpose diation of Christ. abore mentioned shall be attained.
Dec. 22.-Rev. T. Rees.-The ScripLet every one who would feel himself tural Idea of Christ's coming into the called upon to contribute to the Erection of World. a Church, were such an intention to be Dec. 29.--Rev. R. Arpland. -Reflecimmediately carried into effect, determine tions on the Close of the Year. the sum he would give, and divide it into The List of Preachers and Subjects for five, six, or seren instalments, according the remaining Portion of the Winter, as his own opinion of tbe time which may will be delivered before the Conclusion of be required shall direct him: and, at the the present Course. end of five, six, or seven years, it is not
The Treasurer will attend in the Vestry purely altogether rain to expect that this every Evening after Service, to receire the Society may find thomselves in possession Subscriptions of those who may be disposed of a sun, which, though not, perhaps, to contribute to the Support of these Leck quite adequate, will enable them to tures. commence the operation, and to borrow
Intelligence.Worship Street Lectures.--Hanover Street Lectures.
A Course of Thursday Evening Lectures,
Tuesday, Nov. 26.-Rev. IV.J. For.which will be Delivered at the Mecting
N. B. Lists of the Preachers and Sub-
the year 1816, will be issued in a few Service to begin at Half-past six o'Clock days, aod may be had at Worship Street
and St. Thomas's, on the Evenings of precisely.
Service at those Places. (FIRST SERIES.) Nov. 7th. Rev. W. J. Fox. The Prac
Lancashire Presbyterian Quarterly tical Influence of a Belief in the Unity of
SIR, Nov. 14th.
The last Quarterly Meeting of Ministers, Importance of the Difference between Cal- generally denominated Presbyterian, was vinism and Unitarianism.
held at Chewbent, on the 2d instant. The Nov. 21&t.
On Relie Rev. Mr. Ashton conducted the devotional
parts of the service, and the Rev. Mr. gious Feeling, Vor, 28th.
The Final Brettell preached from Matt. vi. 9, a very Happiness of all Men predicted in Scrip- useful and acceptable discourse on the pa
ternal character of God. The extreme ture. Dec. 5th. Rev. R. Aspland. The
welness of the day precluded the attend. Loveliness of the Divine Character on the
ance of all distant friends, and must hare Unitarian Scheme..
considerably lessened the attendance at the Dec. 12th. Rev. T. Rees. The Titles chapel, which, nevertheless, was not in and Offices of Christ consistent with bis considerable. Between twenty and thirty Humanity.
persons dined together after the service, Dec. i9th. Rev. J. Gilchrist. The and spent the afternoon in a manner vot Doctrine of the Atonement.
unworthy of the occasion, and in the erenDec. 26th. Rev. R. Aspland. The Im- ing the greater part of the company retired portance of the Birth of Christ on the to the hospitable mansion of a valuable Onitarian Scheme.
member of the congregation, and a steady
friend to the interests of religious truth and Before the expiration of the year, the Conductors of the Lecture design, with liberty. On some occasions, the attendance the Divine Blessing, to publish a List of tation of the members of the Quarterly
at the chapel has disappointed the expecSubjects for tiue remainder of the Course.
Meeting, but at Chewbent, the reporter can The Treasurer will attend in the Vestry say with great truth, that they are always every Evening after Service, to receive the gratified with beholding a numerous and' Subscriptions of those who may be dis
devout congregation of Christinn worshipposed to contribute to the Support of these
W. J. Lectures.
Manchester, Oct. 14, 1816.
Unitarian Fund Lectures, in the Presby Mr. Saint on the Chapel at Southampton:
terian Meeting-Ilorse, Hanover-Street, SIR, Long Aere.
I have long been expecting to see, through Lectures will be carried ou in the above the medium of your valuable Miscellany, a Place of Worship on the Sunday and Tues
statement of the sums raised by different day Evenings, during the Winter Seasou, congregations, in aid of the Uvitarian cause 1816-17, to connience on Sunday Even
at Southampton. From what I have heard ing, Nov. 10.
within the last few weeks, I fear indispo
sition is the cause of the delay. I sincerely Service to begin each Evening at Half- hope that Mr. B. Travers, or one of his past Six o'('loch.
friends, who are in possession of the docu-' Sunday, Nov. 10.-Rev. Ř. Aspland. ments, will for the satisfaction of those The Unity of God the Plain, lavariable persons who have subscribed, lay an early Testimony of Divine Revelation,
statement before the public, through the Tursday, Nov. 12.-Rev. II”. J. Fox, mediuin of the Monthly Repository. I am Glorying in the Cross of Christ.
the more earnest in this request, because I Sunday, Nov. 17...
tin myself in some small degree connected Christianity Corrupted by False Philo- in the collections made in behalf of that sophy.
interest, (though at the time I was so enTuesday, Nov. 19.
gaged, I was not fully aware of the tenure Scripture Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. by which the Chapel was held,) which in-'
Sunday, Nov. 21.-Rev. T. Rees. duced me to decline accepting the invitaGod the Father the only Object of Reli- tion given me by the people at Southampton gious Worship.
to become their minister. 'If I could have YOL. XI.
Intelligence.--Oldbury Dorie Lecture.
seen a prospect of the Society raising the Mr Corrie introduced bis discourse with rent, and other expences, I would have observing that the parable teaches a lesson given my services gratis for twelve months of forlearance, of forbearance even to those with pleasure : but finding that even this who will hercafter receire from the all-seeing was not in the power of the Society to per- and unerring judge, the just puuistiment form, I thought it advisable to leave the their crimes hare merited. And this foraffair in the hands of those who were its' bearance, we should remember, may be first projectors, and have accepted an invi- shown not merely by the magistrate or bis tation from tive small Society of Unitarians tribunal, but by erery individual in the in this place, where I hope to be the means formation of his own opinions, and the under Providence, of raising this drooping guidance of his own conduct-io that kind, Society to its former health and vigour. feeling and that proneness to support or to
However we may fail in the object of our relieve, wbich attaches to those whose cbawisbes, or however unfortunate we may be raciers we respect and love, and which in our speculations, it is a daty which we should never be withdrawu except in cases owe to our friends, and to ourselves, to lay in wbich it is morally impossible to confound a statement of all monies collected, and to the innocent with the guilty. express our thanks to those persons who This interpretation of the parable har. bave assisted us.
monizes with the whole tenor of the gospel, I sincerely hope, notwithst wading the with all that is recorded of our Saviour's situation of tbe Chapel at Sonthampton, conduct and all that is preserred of his arrangements will be made by our Uvita- discourses. " And here," said Mr. ('orrie, rian friends in the South, to keep up " I think we may justly feei surprised that Unitarian worsbip in that town. I trust
any who have professed themselves to be that this Southampton speculation will not the disciples of Christ should have preached fail of answering some useful purpose, that or practised persecution. of leading those who profess a rational Viewing the subject, moreover, as we do, religion, to exercise reasou in building in all the light that has beer poured upon it tbeir places of public worship.
by powerful and sagacious writers, we must Your giving this a place in the next Num-, be allowed to feel still more surprised that her of your valuable Repository, will much mankind should have been so slow to learn oblige
Your Constant Reader, that the most perfect toleration in religion
C. N. SAINT. is not more the doctrine of the gospel than Alcester, W'arwickshire, Oct, 14, 1816. the dictate of the soundest buman policy:
And our surprise is still augmented, Oldbury Double Lecture.
when we consider wbat those offences have On Tuesday September 10th, 1816, was been which have provoked the rod of the the Anuiversary of the Double Lecture, at persccutor, and could be expiated only by Oldbury, in Shropshire. The Rev. John the severest punishment: for those offences Keộtish, of Birmingham, conducted the have been differences of opipion in the indevotional service : the Rev: John Corrie, terpretation of what is, in some respects, a of Handsworth, and the Rev. Thomas most obscure volume, and upon subjects Bowen, of Walsall, preached the fornier which it confessedly exceeds the most rion Matt. xiii. 24–30.--The parable of the gorous grasp of the bumau faculties pertares, in the field*—the latter on 2 Cor. fectly to comprehend, and all the powers of iv. 13.-"We also believe, and therefore buman language adequately to express. speak."
Yet there is scarcely an exposition of those
mysterious doctrines that might not hare * May the reporter be excused if hc here been written in the blood of sonje virtuous expresses his bigb admiration of the acute
and learned martyr who has died in its ness with which Archdeacon Blackburne defence. Las availed himself of this parable, in his The eloquent preacher then proceeded to Remarks on Johnson's Life of Milton. recommend unlimited toleration io religion,
The Doctor, speaking of Milton's Areo on the following grounds : pagitica, says, “the danger of such un I. From the nature of the subjects whicls. bounded liberty (of unlicensed printing,] have generally been made the occasions of and the danger of bounding it, hare pro- persecutien--the doctrines of the Trivity, of duced a problem in the science of govern the atonement, and of original sin-docment, which human understanding seenis tripes confessed, on all hands, to be very unable to solve."
abstruse and far remored from the appreLet us then have recourse to a Divine hension of the mind. understanding for the solution of it. Let II. From the nature of the evidence to both the tares and the wheat grow together wbich all must alike appeal in support of till the harvesi, lest, while ye gather up the their opinions. Under this bead, Mr. Corrie tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. pointed out the difficulties attendant on a Remarks, page 89.
critical examination of the Scriptures.
Intelligence.--Irish Presbyterian Association.
623 III. From the doctrines which are usually
The Rev. Robert Kell and the Rev. the occasion of persecution haring, as Mr. James Scott were appointed to preach on Corrie conceives, little or no connection the next Anniversary.
J. H. B, either theoretically or in fact with the proper discharge of the duties of life or with Irish Presbyterian Association. the formation of the character. Granting,
SIR, said he, that their doctrines are the doc During a late visit to Cork, I was intrines of Scripture, will any one contend vited to attend a meeting of Christians that they are held forth to our belirí as beld on the 16th of July, at Bangun. matters of the first importance, that they The object of the association was to form are revealed as clearly as the great principles & friendly and religious union between of Christian morality, or the awful decla- the Presbyterian congregations of Cork ration of the resurrection of the dead, and and Bandon. It was the first meeting a future eternal state of retribution ? ever bold in the South of Ireland, with
The principles which bear inomediately such professed sentiments and prospects. on the conduct of mankind are the moral I sincerely trust it will prove a foundation principles : and the sanction which gives on which pure, rational religion will erect all their peculiar etticacy to religious prin- lier standard for ages yet to come. The ciples, is the doctrine of a future sta'e. congregation was numerous and highly For, what nioral principle can be more reputable. The public service was opened forcibly impressed upon the heart, on the by the Rev. James Armstrong, of Dublin, Trinitarian, than on the t'nitariau sys in the most impressive manner, by reading tem? To what height of Christian per and prayer ; after which the Rev. William fection can the one aspire, which the Hincks, of Cork, (colleague with the veneother may not humbly hope is attainable rahle Mr. Hort) preached from the words by him? On reading a treatise of Christ- of Paul to the Corinthians, “To us there ian morality, who can decide from its con is but one God the Father, of whom are texts, what articles formed its author's all things and we in bim; and one Lord creed? In sketehing a picture of Christ Jesus Christ, by whom are all things and iao perfection, where is the church in ve by him." The sermon was highly inwbich we may not find a model? He teresting throughout, and delivered in the surely has not read nach of Christian spirit of Christian nieekness united with bistory and has not seen much of Christian firniness of principle. The chief design sects, who has not found among the vo the preacher had in view, was to affirm taries of the most discordant creeds, much and prove the Unity of God as satisfacof all that most adorns the Christian cha- torily declared in the Old and New Testaracter : and who would not be filled with inents; that Jesus Christ was a distinct - a holy transport, could he hope that in his being from the Father, deriving all his final doom, his soul might be with some authority and powers from him ; that all whom he could name, whose creed is much the blessings of the gospel proceeded from wore ample or much more scanty than his the unpurchased grace of God the Father; own. If the 'Trinitarian errs, he erts with and that Jesus Christ was the messenger almost all the learning and almost all the by and through whom the Divine mercy was virtue which have ever graced the Christian made known to the children of mankind. world :-if the Unitarian errs, bis errors After establishing in a masterly manner have been sanctified by the learning of a the above important poiots, he insisted not Lardner, by the saintly virtues of a Lindsey, only on the believing, but on the proprio by the talents of a Newton, a Locke, a ety and utility of publicly declaring our Priestley.
religious sentiments: herein nis arguments Mr. Bowen's discourse breathed through are reasonable, strong and conclusive. out a pleasing spirit of piety and kindness. He remarked, with great judgment, the He earnestly recommended the union of more simple any religious system, diligence in the igrestigation of Divine easier will be its truths established and truth with manly courage and unwearied believed ; while on the contrary, the more zeal in its defence.
irrational and mysterious, the greater Fourteen ministers were present, viz. must be the dificulties to prove the Divine Messrs. Guy, Kell, and Kentish, of Bir origin. Many other observations were mingham; Small, of Coseley ; Scott, of made, exceedingly interesting and imporCradley ; Branshy, of Dudley ; James tant; a spirit of Christian candour, modeYates, lately of Glasgow; Corrie, of ration and charity is diffused throughout Handsworth ; Fry, of Kidderminster; the discourse, towards those Christians Lloyd, of Kingswood; Davis, of Oldbury; who think differently, so that bigotry forin Bowen, of Walsall ; Steward, of Wolver- no part. hamptog ; and Benjamin Carpenter, Jun. After the close of the public service, of Wymondley Academy.
sereral friends met together belonging to
Intelligence.- Prosecution of a Methodist Preacher.
each congregation, and after dinner & cause he had not the Prayer-baok in his string of resolutions were entered into with hand! J. Lanc, another of Mr. Peyton's ser. a view to promote the religious interests of vants,corroborated the testimony of the last each society, by the establishment of half witness, but be would not swear that there yearly meetings to be alternately held at
were twenty persons present.--Mr. Berill, Cork and Bandon. Mr. Hincks was re Counsel for Mr. Newstead, submitted to quested, by the company present to print the Court, that the prosecutors had not bis serinon, to which he kindly consented; made out their case. The Toleration Act and Mr. Armstrong was invited to preach' requires that the place where any congrethe next sermon at Cork, to which he re- gation or assepubly shall meet, at which plied, that if circumstances suited bis con there shall be present more thau twenty venience, he would cheerfully comply with persons, besides the family am servants tlic wishes of his friends.
of the person in whose house such meeting I canuot help congratulating the friends shall be held, shall be certified and regisof rational religion on the coinmencement tered. In order, therefore, he contended, of so auspicious an event, when the power to render a religious meeting unlawful, of ancient prejudices and blind supersti- according to the provision of this act, tion too much prevail.
E. C. there must be present twenty persons of a. Birmingham, Aug. 26, 1816.
particular description-of a certain class,
twenty, exclusive of the family and serMISCELLANEOUS.
vants of the owner or occupier of the place Prosecution of a Methodist Preacher. of meeting; but for aught the Court kuer
At the General Quarter Sessions, bolden from the testimony of the witnesses, (obe at Wisbeach, on tbe 17th of July instant, of whom could not swear that there were a singular, and, happily, from the liberal twenty persons present,) the congregation temper of tbe times, a novel appeal came might be chietly composed of the family of before the magistrates for their determi- the owner of the field. He further conpation; in which Robert Newstead, a tended, that a field is not a place which preacher, in the Methodist connexion, required registration : the term “s place" was appellant, and the Rev. Algernon , of meeting is used throughout the act: Peyton, Rector of Doddington, and Tho- and, in the lith section, that term is mas Orton, Esq. two of his Majesty's Jus- explained, and defined to be, a place with tices for the Isle of Ely, were respondents. doors, bolts, bars, and locks. As thergIt appeared from the conviction, and the fore it did not appear in evidence that evidence adduced in support of it, that the there were twenty persons present of the offence with which Mr. Newstead stood particular class required by the Act, and charged was, the collecting together a con. as a building, and not a field, was cantemgregation or assembly of persons and preach- plated by the legislature, he contended ing to them, otherwise than according to that the conviction was uulawful, and the liturgy and practice of the Church of must be quashed. The magistrates, boxEngland, in a field which had not been ever, confirmed it; and hence Mr. Newlicensed. This was Mr. Newstead's crime; stead became liable to the penalty of thirty it was for this, that the Reverend Rector pounds, or to three months' imprisonof Doddington, caused bis fellow-labourer ment. A case was. demanded on the part in the work of reformation to be appre of Mr. Newstead, for the opinion of the hended; and that he and his brother Court of King's Bench; but the prosecu
Magistrates convicted him in the utmost tors having proposed to abandon the pro: penalty which the Toleration Act imposes ! secution, ayd engaged not to enforce the Against the legality of this conviction penalties, the friends of Mr. Nexstead Mr. Newstead appealed. After several withdrew their applicatiou, having obobjections had been taken to the form of tailled all they could desire. The question the conviction, by Ms. Newsteau's Coug- of right, howerar, between the Rector sel, and which were over-ruled by the and the preacher remaios undecided. The Court, Richard Vince, servant to Mr. writer of this article is assured, that Mr. Peyton, proved that he beard Mr. New- Newstead, conscious of the purity of his stcad preach in a field at Doddington, on intentions, and feeling the firmest-coaricSunday the 7th of April last ; tbat he tion that no human anthority had a right preached contrary to the Liturgy of the to interfere in matters purely religious, Church of England ; and that there were that peoal laws.canpot be thrust betweeu more than twenty persons present. On his man and his Maker, without a violation cross-examination, he admitted that he did of the inalienable rights of conscience and not know what it was he preached, whe- of private judgment, was prepared to subther it were' a prayer or a sermon; it was mit with cheerfulness to the consequences something, but he knew not what; and of his actions; and that he easied not the that he knew he preached contrary to the Reverend Rector the possession of those Liturgy of the Church of England only be feelings and motives, which could iaduce