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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

-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)

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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 occasion, " Thanks be to God for his orthodox are already sufficiently 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 the intrepid spirit of Jesus we consider what this system of pri- and his apostles, rather than the mis. msitive faith is, compared with the taken notion of a temporising pruprevalent orthodoxy, and reflect upon dence. We do not mean to accuse : the inighty obstacles which it has had we only regret it as a misfortune that to encounter, and which still array they failed to perceive in the example against it, we behold this progress of their Master and his disciples ihe with astonishment. The Unitarian more excellent way. As a scheme of doutrine not being tinctured in any the Divine Providence, however, we think feast degree by, mystery, fanaticism, we can perceive there is reason in it. superstition or implicit faith, which, We shall probably have less Arianin all ages, hare heguiled the multi- isun 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. teneration of the feeble-ininded, this Mankind abandon their gross errors refurmation bears npon its comte- by degrees, especially in case they nance a Divine stamp. It is a reform have not before them a complete ex. with which the passions aud propen- bibition of the true doctrine with its sities of man have no concern. It is various evidences. In this predica

nature purely intellectual, in ment were the early converts of our which preconceived notions, deeply country. They were not more than inprinted by education and sanctioned half illuminated. The exhibition of by their adoption throughout Christen- the doctrine as they understood it, doin, 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 teniple itself is in full view of ing~ 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 some confidence to the period as not self-styled orthodox! Wlrerefore? for very distant, when the sced of Divine becoming open and honest votaries of truih 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 pablication of Christ- labourers here are, indeed, 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 les particularly drawn and presented more laudable zcal. 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 triunphed and the same by which Christianity over it even when backed by civil es itself is supported. It would at least tablishments, the mortal foe to freedoin convince its readers of the honesty of inquiry and ingenuous confession of of Unitarian advocates ; of the intelli- the faith. The recent events at Boston

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Intelligence.-- Account of an Unitarian Church in dnerica. 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 borraroused the dormant spirit of the society, in New England, under circumstances and, considering the embarrassidents so propitious as to allow no longer of incident to new settlers, who have a aların or even anxiety about its destinies. forest to prostrate, their lands to pay li 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 but 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, rreverthe 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 a Sacred Scriptures, needs only to be contribution of fifty dollars. The dispreached with fidelity in order to ob- 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 home. 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 disseminaments 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 niay 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 conadditions are made to it of worthy and inually forming in your own country, respectable citizens. Its members are that you must probably have numerous not only seriously convinced of the applícations 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 pity around us : our congregation is strong; and notwithstanding our preincreasing, and had we a decent and sent low estate, in comparison with conimodious 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 fock 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 England may be disposed to furnish in a certain water; and the eunuch said, this way for the promotion of Christian see, here is water, what doth hinder knowledge among us, will be thank- me to be baptized? And Philip said, fully received and gratefully acknow- if thou believest with all thine heart ledged. The hope of establishing thou mayestand he answered and Unitarian societies in the adjoining said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the towns, leads us to mention particularly Son of God.” John iv. 15, “ Who the Rev. Mr. Aspland's Hymn Books soever shall confess that Jesus is the for their use ; also the Welsh Hymn Son of God, God dwelleth in him and Books, mentioned in the Monthly he in God.". 1 John v. 1, "WhosoRepository, as the Welsh are very ever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, numerous in our neighbourhood. is born of God; and every one that

And now, worthy and dear Sir, we loveth him that begat, loveth him also commend you to Him, who rewards that is begotten by him." with a blissful immortality, the faithful III. Liberty of conscience shall be prein the cause of truth and virtue. May served inviolate. Every member shall He preserve your valuable life to vene- be maiutained in his right of free inrable old age, and render it as happy as qniry into the doctrine of Scripture, in it has been useful to mankind. publishing what he believes the Scrip

With the highest respect and the tures to contain, and in practising acmost affectionate

regard, we subscribe, cording to his understanding of his Your Brethren in Christ,' duty. This liberty shall not be

JOHN SHERMAN, abridged as to his understanding and

ISAAC BLISS PEIRCE, practice respecting the ceremonies, or-
Pastor of the Reformed Christian dinances, or positive institutions of
Church.

Christianity.
The Rev. Thomas Belsham, Minister

IV. The government and discipline of the Chapel in Essex Street, London. shall be according to the directions of

our Lord, Matt. xvii. 15-17, “ MoreArticles of the American Reformed Church. over if thy brother shall-trespass against

[Communicated by Mr. Vander Kemp, thee, go and tell him his fault between of Oldenbarneveld, New York, United thee and him alone ; if he shall hear States of America.]

thee, thou hast gained thy brother; The Reformed Christian Church was but if he will not hear thee, then take composed from a part of the United with thee one or two more, that in the Protestant Religious Society—the re- mouth of two or three witnesses every maining members continuing to asso- word may be established; and if he ciate with it in religious worship. shall neglect to hear them, tell it to

Articles of Association. the church; but if he neglect to hear I. We acknowledge the Scriptures the church, let him be unto thee as a of the Old and New Testament to heathen man and a publican." The contain a revelation of God's will to executive authority of the church shall mankind, and that they are in matters be rested in the minister, the elders of religion the only standard of doc- and deacons; but if any one suppose trines and rules of practice.

that by the church there mentioned II. We acknowledge that no other is intended the brotherhood generally, confession or test of Christian fellow- he shall have the liberty of referring ship, and standing in the visible church his cause for adjudication to the body of God, ought to be established, than at large. that which Christ and his Apostles V. The officers of the church, elmade necessary, or on which they re- ders and deacons, shall be chosen by ceived believers in the Gospel. Matt. ballot, and hold their office during the xvi. 15–17, “ He said unto them, but pleasure of the church, or that they whom say ye that I am ? and Simon choose to decline serving any longer. Peter answered and said, thou art VI. The mode of admission to the Christ, the Son of the living God: and church shall be, that any person wishJesus answered and said unto him, ing to become a member, shall make blessed art thou Simon Bar-jona, for known his desire to the consistory, the Aesh and blood hath not revealed it minister, elders and deacons, who unto thee, but my Father which is in shall, if the applicant be a person of heaven." Acts viii. 36, 37, “ And as good moral character, refer his case for they went on their way, they came to decision to the church at large.

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Intelligence.-- Mr. Rull on Priestley's Worls.-The Franklin Manuscripts. 689 VII. The Lord's supper shall be notes and a general Index. Those celebrated four times a year, twice in who have bad occasion frequently to Oldenbarneveld, and twice in Holland's consult such a publication as LardPatent, on such particular days as shall ner's Works, can best appreciate the be found convenient.

superior use of the writings of a voVIII. The name by which this laininous author in a connected forin. church is designated shall be The Re- From such persons, especially, I very formed Christian Church.

naturally expected, what I have reN. B. Our first pastor was Rev. John ceived from several of them, a ready Sherman, the present, Rev. Isaac Bliss support of the present indertaking. Peirce.

I remain, your's,

J.T. RUTT. LITERARY. Mr. Rult on his Edition of Dr. Pricst- The Franklin Manuscripts. ley's Theological Works.

We congratulate the public; that Sir,

Clapton, Nov. 19, 1916. after a lapse of so many years, these I beg leave to acquaint those of valuable treasures are at length about your readers who may take

any

inte- to be laid open by the Doctor's grandrest in the success of the project for son, William Temple Franklin, Esz. collecting, Dr. Priestley's Theological to whom they were bequeathed, no Works, that it is my present intention doubt, with the intention that the to send for your next Number a list, as world should have the chance of being correct as I can ascertain it, of the benefited by their publication. It was names of all those who have already certainly so understood by the perscu become subscribers to the proposed in question, who, we know, shortly edition. Thus the friends to the wri- after the death of his great relative, tings and memory of Dr. Priestley will hastened to London, employed an have an opportunity of observing what amanuensis for many months in copysupport a design to do honour to both ing, &c. and had so far prepared them has yet received, and they will judge for publication, that proposals were for themselves what further patronage made by several of our principal booksuch a project may require or deserve. sellers for the purchase of them.

As it is, of course, very desirable The terms asked for the copy-right that the list should be as fúl as possi- were however so high, amounting to ble, I am induced to request any per- several thousand pounds, that a demur sons who desigu to possess the edition, arose, and the negociation broke off. to send their subscriptions before the From this period to the present year middle of December, that their names nothing more was heard of the manumay be inserted. The amount, scripts, and it was asserted by various though but a single subscription, persons, both in this country and would be received by any Bank in the America, of whom some were inti. country to be paid to me in London,' mate with the grandson, that the and if such subscriber would write to proprietor had found a bidder of a me at Clapton, Middleser, mentioning different description, in soine emissary the Bankers in London where the of governineni, whose object was 19 money might be received, the busi- withhold the manuscripts from the ness would be easily settled and the world, not to benefit it by their pubreceipt be sent as they should direct. lication, and that they had thus either I take the liberty of requesting those passed into other hands, or the person who have already subscribed, but to whom they had been bequeathed

whose subscriptions have not been had received a remuneration for sup· received, to employ the same mode of pressing them. We are glad to find remittance.

that this conclusion was erroneous, I cannot omit to acknowledge Mr. and that the interesting remains of Cordell's renewed attentions, (p. 589.) this profound philosopher, sound poand to thank two other Correspondents litician, and excellent moralist, are för their expressions of good-will. I to appear forthwith. They consist, should readily adopt the proposal of we understand, first, of his life, writT. H. (p. 590.) if I could perceive it ten by himself, to a late period, and practicable on my plan of bringing to continued to the time of his death by gether so many publications, of such his grandson; the whole of his corre. various sizes, and connecting them by spondence, private and political, nu:

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