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Intelligence-Wright's Journal of an Unitarian Mission in South Wales. 682 preach there, but no place could be Phillips, and Mr. D. Johns, of St. procured, and I learned that the cler- Clears. This Mr. Johns is said to be gyman, who is also the mayor, would an excellent Welsh preacher; he is suffer no meetings to be held in the poor, and supports hiinself and family open air. He bad, a short time before, by the labour of his hands. prevented the bellinan's publishing a 5. Carmarthen. The Unitarian cause preaching in the Methodist meeting- in this town is highly important, and is house.

in a promising state. The congregation In the parts of Pembrokeshire bor. at Carmarthen is respectable, and a dering on Cardiganshire, I understand number of its members zealous in the there are a number of Unitarians; but cause. I preached there five times, learning that the Welsh language is and Mr. Meek onec. The congregachiefly spoken there, and those parts tions were always good, several of them being more remote, I thought it best to crowded ones, and the hearers rery at einploy my time in that part of the tentive. A number of strangers, of county where the English is chiefly different religious denominations, at. spoken. I was told of two congrega. tended. I was glad to find Mr. Evans, tions near Cardigan. These are visited late of Ilminster, who is now the mi occasionally by Mr. B. Phillips, and nister, at Carmarthen, much better in supplied at other times by others. health. There is reason to hope his

labours will be very useful in his present III. CARMARTHENSHIRE. situation. On the whole, Carinarthen Though in this county, some who exhibits a good prospect of success to raised expectation, and,scemed disposed the Unitarian canse. to inquire freely after truth, a few years 6. kidwelly. The minister in this since, have disappointed that expecta- place, Mr. Abel, ranks as an Arian! tion, and fallen back into the regions He very readily granted me the use of of mystery, the Unitarian cause is still his meeting-house. By some means advancing; Its most violent opposers the notice of my preaching did not arhave aided its progress, by even their rive in time, yet a good company was bitter invectives against it; they have called together in a few minutes, who helped to draw the altention of the were very attentive to the discourse I public to the subject. The seeds of delivered Unitarianism are too widely scattered, 7. Llanelly.. I visited and preached and have taken too much hold to be at this place twice, in a room in an rooted ont. In this county 1 preached uninhabited house. Mr. Meek also at the following places :

preached here.

We had many at1. Panteg. In this village there is a tentive hearers. The last audience congregation of Cnitarian Baptists. Mr. would have been much larger, had it B. Evans is their minister. I preached not been for a heavy rain which conamong and had interesting conversa- tinued through the evening. I am rion with some of them. Mr. Phillips told there are about twelve Unitarians gave

the substance of the discourse in in Llanelly and its vicinity. It is very Welsh.

desirable a regular congregation should 2. Rhyd-y-Park. Mr. David Phil- be formed, and Unitariau worship conlips and Mr. J. Evans are the ministers ducted in this place. in this place. The former is in years 8. Llangynuleirn. This is an Unitaand inform; but his conversation is rian Baptist congregation, of which very interesting. I preached to a good my late friend, Mr. William Thomas, congregation.

was the minister. Since his death the 3. Felin-Court. Here I preached at place has been supplied by various mithe house of the sister of my worthy nisters. The congregation is not at friend Mr. Johns, of Manchester } the present in a good state. I preached room was well filled with attentive here once, and Mr. Phillips gave the hearers.

substance of the discourse in Welsh. 4. St. Clears. I visited and preached 9. Brechsa. The meetings are held twice in this place, at the house of Mr. here in a private house; the people are B. Phillips, to very attentive congre- Unitarian Baptists. Mr. B. Davies, a rations. There is a small Unitarian poor man, is their preacher. The Baptist society in the neighbourhood of room where the meeting was held was this town, which is supplied by Mr. crowded with attentive hearers, who

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had been waiting nearly two hours be- discourse by an attempt to impress the fore we arriver, there being a mistake minds of his auditory with the necesFespecting the time when the service sity of attending to Scripture as the should be held. ! preached, and Mr. only proper guide in matters of reliPhillips repeated the discourse in gious faith and practice. The congreWelsh.

gation consisted of nearly 300 per. 10. Llandilo. Here I preached in room at one of the inns, had a large In the afternoon, Mr. Torrance and attentive company, and much con- preached a sermon to a very numerous versation before and after the service. and attentive congregation, on the DiMr. Phillips translated.

rinc Unity, froin i Pet. iv. 11.“lfany 11. Llandyfaen. Here I had a bet- man speak, let him speak as the oracles ter audience than might have been ex- of God." He proved by a variety of pected, the service being in the middle arguments, that both nature and reveof the day. Mr. Phillips gave the lation declare God to be Oue. He also substance of the sermon in Welsh. took a brief view of the doctrine of saMr. J. Griffiths, of Llandylie, an Uni. tisfaction, and shewed it to be contrary tarian Baptist, preaches to this and to every idea we have of the goodness several other small congregations. of the Father and Friend of man. At

12. Llandybie. Here I preached at six o'clock in the evening the chapel the house of Mr. Griffiths, just before was crowded to excess; it is supposed mentioned, to a crowded congregation, there were near 500 persons present, 1o. and Mr. Phillips interpreted. I visited whom Mr. Griswood preached a serthis place again; but the notice having mon from Mark xvi. 16, in which he miscarried, we could not have a public exhorted his hearers each for himself to meeting

form his religious creed by the Gospel, On the whole, Carmarthenshire pre- that is alone calculated to promote the sents an extensive, and in many places love of God and the happiness of man. an encouraging field for the propagation He also made some apposite remarks of Unitarianism.

on the moral effects likely to be pro Mr. Jones, one of the Academical duced in the temper and conduct of Tutors at Carmarthen, who ranks as those whose actions are regulaied an Arian, has a congregation at Capela by it. Zion.


R. D. [To be concluded in our next No.]

The following is a statement of the Unitarian Baptist Chapel, York.

decoun's, O a , York,

Trustees of the Independent Cha- Unitarian Fuad, pel in the city of York, gave possession Mr. Hall, York, of the same in the Trustees named by Rev. C. Wellbeloved, the Unitarian Baptists.

J. Kenrick, The following morning, the Chapel

W. Turner,

H. Turner, Bradford, was opened for Unitarian worship by

Students at York College, Mr. Torrance, who conducted the de.

J. Rawdou, Esq. York, votional part of the service. After

Mr. Robson, Newcastle,

10 which, Ms. Griswood, of Hull, preach

Mrs. Capre,

0 10 6 ed an excellent serion from 1 John Miss Hotlam, York,

0 10.6 p. 29. “ Behold the Lamb of God, Sundry Subscriptions, which taketh away the sin of the word," in which he took a view of the state into which inan was brought Paid for the Chapel, Writings, by Adam's transgression, proving that

&c. the doctrine of Original Sin is unsupported by the Scriptures. He then Debt upon the Chapel, . shewed in what sense Christ took away the sin of the world ; that it was not by becoming a vicarious sacrifice,

Manchester College, York. but by his example and obedience to THE Rev. William Lamport, of the will of God; that he brought life Lancaster, has offered a prize for an and immortality to light: closing his essay in answer to a work lately pub

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Intelligence.- Manchester College, York.--Hanover Street Lecture. .685 lished, entitled, “ An Enquiry into the Sunday, Dec. 8. - Rev. T. Rees.Integrity of the Greek Vulgate, or re- Objections to the Doctrine of the Trinity. ceived Text of the New Testament, Tuesday, Dec. 10.---Rev. J. Gilchrist. &c. by the Rev. F. Nolan."


-The True Grace of God. prize to consist of books of the value Sunday, Dec. 15.-Rev. R. Asplandof five guineas. The candidates to be The Sufficiency o. Scripture. such Dissenting ministers as have re

Tuesday, Dec. 17.-Rev. T. Rees. ceived their theological education in Christ's Doctrine concerning Himself. Manchester College, York, and have Hindrances to the Reception of Truth.

Sunday, Dec. 22.Rev. J. Gilchrist.· left the College within the last seven

T'uesday, Dec. 24.-Rev. R. Aspland. years. The Essays to be sent in ano

Jesus “ the Carpenter's Son." nymously before ihe ist of May, 1817, Sunday, Dec. 29.-Rev. T. Rees. The each distinguished by a descriptive Creation of all Things by Jesus Christ. motto; and the prize to be awarded Tuesday, Dec. 31.-Hev. J. Gilchrist. by the Visitor at the next annual ex. -Scripture Doctrine concerning the End amination, to the author of the best of the World. Essay, on the decision of the Visitor The Conductors of the Lecture design, and Tutors.

with the Blessing of Providence, to pubManchester, Nov. 15, 1816.

lish the Subjects of the Second Course be

fore the Expiration of the Year, Manchester College, York.

A Gentleman will attend in the Vestry The following new subscriptions every Evening to receive Subscriptions for have been received on account of this defraying the Expenses of the Lectures. Institution.

FOREIGN. Rev. E. O. Jones, Duffield.

0 Account of an

Unitarian Church in Matthew Needham, Esq. Len

America. ton, near Nottingham. Mr. W. Falla, Newcastle, (Ad

(In a Letter to the Rev. T. Belsham.) ditional).

Trenton Oneida, Co. New York, Rev.N.T. H. Heinekin, Gains

DEAR Sır, June 24, 1816. borough,

Notwithstanding the intervention Rev. Benj. Mardon, Glasgow.

o of the Atlantic prevents personal acRev. R. W. Wallace, Chester

quaiutance and intercourse, yet, since Reld.

we believe with you that rational sysRawdon Briggs, Juu. Esq.

tem of theology taught by Jesus of Halifax.

O Nazareth, which though obliterated Barnabas Leman, Esq. Nor

for ages by an anti-christian spirit, is wich.

now beaming again upon the human W. Henry, M. D. Manchester,

mind, to the unspeakable joy of the Rev. L. Pollock, Macclesfield.

thousands whom it has redeemed from Rev. J. Kenrick, Manchester College, York.

a gloomy state of worse than pagan Rev. W. Jevons, Altrincham.

errors, we are led by the spirit of a Rer. T. C. Holland, Preston,

congenial faith to extend the hand of (Additional)

0 10 6 fellowship and to address you as our

brother in Christ. And while we 6 unite in fervent gratitude to Almighly

God, who causes the Divine light of G. W. WOOD. the Gospel again to shine in its origiManchester, Nov. 16, 1816.

nal simplicity, we at the same time

express to you our thankful acknowL'nitarian Fund Lecture, Hanover Street, ledgments for your apostolic exertions Long-Acre,

in this heavenly cause. We would To be carried on the Sunday and Tuesday here speak of the exultations of our

Evenings in the Winter Season, hearts inspired by this unadulterated Service to begin each Evening at Half-past system of Divine truth: but are reSix o'Clock precisely.

strained by the consideration., that we

address one who has been vindicated (FIRST SERIES. Concluded from p. 621.)

Sunday, Dec. 1.-Rev. J. Gilchrist from the same Calvinistic and TriniThe First Principles of Christianity.

tarian distractions that we have, and Tuesday, Dec. 3.-Rev. R. Aspland.- is well apprised of the heavenly transThe Prince of this world." Juba xir. ports which such a redemption never 80,31.

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turous expression of St. Paul, on this gence of the champions of this cause, the decasion, " Thanks be to God for his orthodox are already sufficiently as unspeakable gift!"

sured. The wonderful progress of primitive In this country the light of genuine Christianity in England within a few gospel truth has, we think, been too years, and the rapidity with which it much concealed froin the public eye, is now extending itself, seems the by its earliest converts. Its progress opening of a truly glorious reformation has been less, certainly far less, than not less important to inankind than it must have been, had they been that of the sixteenth century. When guided by eb z intrepid spirit of Jesus we consider what this system of pri- and his apostles, rather than the mismitive faith is, compared with the taken notion of a temporising pruprevalent orthodoxy, and reflect upon dence. We do not mean to accuse: the mighty obstacles which it has had we only regret it as a misfortune that to encounter, and which still array they failed io perceive in the example against it, we behold this progress of their Master and his disciples the with astonishment. The Unitarian more excellent way. As a scheme of doetrine not being tinctured in any the Divine Providence, however, we think least degree by, mysterv: fanaticism, we can perceive there is reason in it. superstition or implicit faith, which, We shall probably hare less Arianin all ages, hare heguiled the multi- isın in this country than otherwise iude, but a plain artless scheme of might have been. The change from rational sentiment, without any of Trinitarianism to the simple humanity that pomp, that external display, that of Christ is so great, that few have lofty pretension, which feeds the pride, passed immediately from the one to amuses the curiosity and excites the the other. veneration of the feeble-ininded, this Mankind abandon their gross errors reformation bears upon its coimte- by degrees, especially in case they nance a Divine stamp. It is a reform have not before them a complete exwith which the passions and propen- hibition of the true doctrine with its sitics of man have no concern. It is various evidences. In this predicaof a nature purely intellectual, in ment were the early converts of our which preconceived notions, deeply country. They were not more than nnprinted by education and sanctioned half illuminated. The exbibition of by their adoption throughout Christen- the doctrine as they understood it, dom, are nevertheless abandoned ; and might have pointed us to a by-path, abandoned solely on the ground of but could not have directed us into

the their being weighed in the balance of highway to the temple of truth. The cool investigation, of sober judgment, plain road is now irod by numbers : of rational evidence, and found want- the temple itself is in full view of ing—a reformation in which benefits all, and the half-way resting-house of of a worldly character instead of being Arianism is. demolished. acquired are lost, and most serious As things are, may we not look with evils are incurred: from whom? the same confidence to the period as not self-styled orthodox! Wherefore ? for very distant, when the seed of Divine becoming open and honest votaries of truth which is here and there sowing the rational' decisions of the mind! in this land of liberty and free inquiry: The case, in its most prominent fea- shall under the auspices of Heaven yield tures, corresponds so exactly to that an abundant harvest ? At present the produced by the publication of Christ- labourers here are, îndeed, comparaianity in the beginning, it would be tivey few; but the minds of these few highly gratifying to us to see the paral. are more enlightened, and they possess a Tel particularly drawn and presented more laudable zeal. It is also true that to the public. A pamphlet of this the prejudices of education wherever it character, ingeniously executed, could exists (and it exists every where) is anhardly fail to produce conviction in doubtedly a powerful obstaele to the the common mind, as the argument prevalence of truth. But you are witwould be an appeal to common sense, ness that truth has often triumphed and the same by which Christianity over it even when backed by civil esitself is supported. It would at least tablishments, the mortal foe to freedorn convince its readers of the honesty of inquiry and ingenuous confession of - Unitarian advocates : of the intelli- the faith. The recent events at Boston


Intelligence.- Account of an Unitarian Church in America. and in its vicinity, together with the few months since an eloquent address state of things at Harvard College, are to the friends of Christianity here, and such as not only to generale a hope, put in circulation a subscription for the but to inspire with confidence, that the erection of a house of public worship doctrine of Divine Unity has at length in this village. This eloquent address come to the birth, and is actually borri roused the dormant spirit of the society, in New England, uncler circumstances and, considering the embarrassments so propitious as to allow no longer of incident 10 new settlers, who have a aların or even anxiety about its destinies. 'forest to prostrate, their lands to pay It must of necessity prevail. In our for, and habitations to erect for their ac new settlements, which are populating commodation, the friends of Unitarian with an unexampled rapidity, surpass worship have exhibited a highly lauda. ing the belief of any bui eve-witnesses, ble zeal beyond what would have been and which are composed of enterprising imagined. Still, however, the sum spirits from the older establishments, raised is inadequate. Our friends in who, of course, are more inquisitive Philadelphia, although pressed with and liberally-minded than the mass of the expense of erecting a chapel for the communities they have left behind, themselves in that city, have, reverthe primitive faith, supported as it is theless, manifested their zeal for the by reason and the plain letter of the promotion of the common cause, by Sacred Scriptures, needs only to be contribution of fifty dollars. The dispreached with fidelity in order to obe position of our brethren in Boston is tain converts. Froin the success which good, but their peculiar situation rehas attended the exertions in this town, quires all their exertions at bome. and in the neighbouring regions where Unwilling to abandon the highly the Divine Unity has been occasion, important object, and knowing that ally preached, we feel an undoubting you and your worthy brethren in assurance, that, did our new settle- England are earnest for the disseminanients enjoy the regular ministration tion of primitive Christianity through. of the unadulterated gospel, Unitarian out the world, we feel a degree of churches might be easily established in freedom in stating our condition, and all its parts : and notwithstanding the requesting such aid as your circumscores of orthodox missionaries who stances may warrant. Should a col. swarm in every district, the truth would lection for ihis object be obtained, we certainly and speedily triumph. wish it to be made “ to the Reformed

The church' here' has considerably Christian Church in Trenton." Aware increased in numbers of late, and daily from the new societies which are con additions are made to it of worthy and tinually forming in your own country, respectable citizens. Its members are that yon must probably have numerous not only seriously convinced of the applications of this nature, and fully Unitarian doctrine, but are (its females persuaded that you are always inclined not excepted) so well versed in the ar. io aid to the extent of your ability, we gument and have so often put to silence shall rest satisfied, should we receive their orthodox neighbours, that they little or no assistance, that it cannot be are far from being held in contempi. imputed to your disposition. Indeed our society is becoming more We rejoice, that though we are yet respectable in the eyes of the commu- weak, you are growing, daily more nity around us : our congregation is strong; and notwithstanding our preincreasing, and had we a decent and sent low estate, in comparison with conimodions house of worship, in all yours, we indulge the pleasing hope probability it would secure a permanent ihat our feeble, but well-intended exestablishment to our society, and con- ertions, will meet the approbation of sequently to the cause of Unitarianism Heaven, and that genuine gospel truth in this district. Numbers would Alock will extend itself here, with as high to the standard, and the rising gene- effect as it has done in Great Britain. ration, even the children of the ortho- The distribution of books, which dox, would hear the plain truth of our worthy Mr. Vander Kemp has, primitive Christianity and be liberated from time to time, received from his from their errors.

friends in England, has greatly conUnder these impressions, some of tributed to the dissemination of correct our enlightened, worthy, and most re- principles in this region. spectable sisters of the church, formed a Any aid which our brethren in

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