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Obituary.~Mr. John Fordham.-Mírs. Ann Piesley. 733 the obstrusive kind, so that the know- tomed to remark, that controversy was ledge and taste which she possessed necessary to a more correct knowledge vere, perhaps, not fully known to all of the Scriptures, the best antidote her friends. Her partner is most against bigotry, and no bad remedly to deeply affected by the painful dis- the errors of education ; but he deprepensation of Providence, which has cated controversial preaching, which taken away one who contributed much as he thought, usually leads to a misto his happiness. But he consoles statement of the creed of others, imhimself with the idea, that as she was puting to them conclusions which the humble follower of Jesus Christ, ihey disavow, and productive of irrishe will at length be raised by him to tation instead of peace and love. glory, honour and immortality ;-and Amongst his particular friends he ihat virtuous friendship begun on was fond of promoting religious disearth shall be completed in heaven. cussion, and his acquaintance will
S. P. long remember the strength of arguStockport, Dec. 10, 1816.
ment as well as sweetness of temper
he uniformly displayed. Against all September 17, 1816, after an illness intolerance he was accustomed to exof nearly two years, John FORDHAM, press a pointed abhorrence; free, of Kelshall, Herts, who has left behind unfettered inquiry he considered as him to lament his loss, a disconsolate the birthright of Christians, and the widow and four children. In him glory of the gospel ; to substitute any the community are deprived of a sin- creed whether oral or written in the cere and zealous friend of civil and place of the sacred volume, was an religious liberty, the Dissenters of a evident return to popery, but to anathorough supporter of free and impar- thematize, to excommunicate, was to tial inquiry, his acquaintance of an beat our fellow, servants, and to lord intelligent, friendly and lively com: it over God's heritage. In conformity panion, and the neighbourhood of a to this truly Christian and liberal way man remarkable for a frank, straight of thinking, almost the last act of his forward integrity. So prominent was life was to provide a few friends with this last rare moral quality, that one a placc of worship, where the New and the saine observation was made by Testament, not human creeds, Christall ranks on hearing of his death, ian love, not uniformity of opinion, "Well, we have indeed then lost a are the bonds of Christian union. truly honest man.", Nor was he less His children are too young to know distinguished for the constancy and the extent of the loss they have sussincerity of his friendship; what he tained, but at some future time this was to day, you might rely upon find. imperfect sketch of his character may ing him on the morrow.
assist to impart soine faint image of companionable was his nature, that he the virtues of the parent they have always instantly dismissed all private been so early deprived of. concerns upon the entrance of a
E. F. friend, and to them in every sense of the word he was always at home. On Sunday morning, November 24,
His views of Christianity differed at Runwell-house, near Farnham, very materially from the popular creed; died, aged 80, Mrs. Anx, relict of bat he seldom made his own creed Mr. Thomas Presley, and was in. the subject of conversation. He ap. terred the following Sunday in the peared to have no desire to make con- General Baptists' burying ground, verts to his own opinions. He thought Mead Row, near Godalming, in the all sects too zealous for creeds, and not same vault with her husband. Mr.T. sufficiently attentive to the spirit and Moore performed the funeral service, example of the founder of their reli- and before a numerous assemblage of gion. He would say, “If Christi- friends preached from a passage which anity is a dispensation of grace, it is she had chosen from the 31st Psalm, not less a system of morals and mo- part of verse 5, "Into thine hand Í tives : every disciple had talents dis- commit my spirit.” From this subject tributed to him, and his appointed the preacher took occasion to show the work 10 do." He read with great character, present privileges, and fuattention and discrimination the con- ture portion of the servant of God, and troversies of the day, and was accusa concluded with observing that the life VOL. XI.
and death of the genuine Christian article of the Christian faith; and was most happily exemplified in the going to Godalming to hear Mr. deceased. She was a native of Ditch- Thomas Foster, one of the expelled ling, Sussex, where her father, Mr. members, and who had by his zealous Agate, was a preacher in the General exertions collected a small church, he Baptist connexion : she was of the became confirmed in this fundamental same persuasion, and a worshipper of truth. Some of his brethren suspected, the one, living and true God, strict in then questioned, and lastly, accused the. actice of moral virtue, and rich him before the church of disbelieving in the possession of Christian graces. Jesus Christ to be God. He confessed Her sympathy and benevolence, her and contended that Jesus Christ was unruffled patience, her unaffected piety, the Son of God. They replied, that the ease and simplicity of her manners, is not enough-you must believe that her sted fastness of faith, confidence of he is God, yon came into the church hope and serenity in death, reflect with this faith. He denied this; if lasting credit on her religion, and en- was not faith, I thought it was so, I dear her memory to her friends, and assented to your creed (this was a acquaintance. That habitual peace written formulary of faith read over of mind which she enjoyed was not and assented to by incoming members). disturbed at the prospect of dissolution: They proposed to suspend him from she desired it, but feeling neither rap- the Lord's supper which was to be ture nor depression, she breathed her celebrated the next Sunday. He oblast with composure, fell asleep in jected, While I continue a member of Jesus, and rested from her labours. the church, I am entitled to all the
T. M. privileges of the church. They would
not break bread with an here ic; and On Wednesday, December 11, at they cast him out, not after the second Guildford, Thomas OSBOURN, aged admonition as the Apostle directs, but 77, after a long season of weakness at this very time when he was first and bodily pain. He in early life charged with this heresy. He retained enlisted in the service of the East his other religious tenets, as did Thomas India company, and served several Foster, with whose church he then years in the Peninsula, and after his united and regularly attended at the return to England he followed the distance of nearly five miles. He was military, profession, beloved and es. bold and unreserved in the avowal of teemed by those who knew him; but his religious principles, and defended at times he drank to excess, and then them with zeal and ability from the he was very profane. After his dis- Scriptures against the attacks and insicharge he came to Guildford, where nuations of his opponents who were he went to hear Mr. Chamberland, many and violent; and although he the minister to the Particular Baptists: never entirely relinquished all his forhere he became convinced of the neces- mier Calvinistic opinions, yet be besity of repentance and newness of life, came very moderate and candid, which and was admitted a member of this will appear from a circumstance that church, and was very conscientious I will relate, and which I myself witand circumspect. Prior to this epoch, nessed, Mr. Foster had embraced the six or eight of the most enlightened doctrine of universal restoration, and and pious members of this church had Thomas Osbourn after hearing him been expelled for heresy, (viz. the for the first time preach on the subject, unity
, and supremacy of the Father), when he came down from the pulpit which they had imbibed through the took him by the hand and said, preaching and conversation of Mr. J. “ Friend, where did you get this new Marsom. Our deceased friend asso- old doctrine?” which he cordially ciated with one of these heretics, received, and ever afterwards rejoiced Mrs. S. Matthews, a devout and intel- therein. He read and studied the ligent woman, who still attended at Holy Scriptures very diligently, and his the chapel, and was on friendly terms conversation was fraught with passages with Mr. Wood, the successor to Mr. from those lively oracles, and he used Chamberland; she conversed with to express himself with uncommon them freely on the doctrine of the feeling and thankfulness on the love divine unity. Our friend saw reason of God in Christ Jesiis. He died in to consider, and then to believe this peace, with a hope fall of inmottality,
Intelligence.Wright's Journal of an Unitarian Mission in South Wales. · 735 stedfast and immovable in that faith of England, who allowed him a weekly for which in lif: he had sacrificed and stipend, beside many other favours: suffered so much. When excommu- and this he did after our friend had nicated he was advanced in years and refused to comply with his request to his frame debilitated, able to do little attend the service of the Church of towards getting a livelihood, and de- England. Generous and noble-minded stitute of parochial aid, his wife lume, Churchman! thy liberality shall not and his daughter afflicted with a grie- be forgotten ; and maya it not rise in Yous scrofula, and being deprived of judgment against those whose unfvelshe charities of the church, he was ing bigotry led them to expel and severely exercised. But the Lord in abandon this worthy and unfriended whom he trusted did not forsake him, confessor of Christ. but raised him up a compassionate
T.M. benefactor in a ineinber of the Church
3. White Rock, a place near SwanRELIGIOUS.
sea, connected with the copper works. An Account of Mr. Wright's Mission in Here I preached in a large schoolWales. Extracted jrom his Journuls. room, which is occupied as a place of (Concluded from p. 684.) worship by Christians of diffcreni
ties. We had a croadei congregation, THIS is the most populous county a number of genteel persons from in Wales, and the most important in Swansea and its vicinity attended. a commercial point of view; and here Mr. Phillips repeated the discourse in Unitarianisın appears to have made Welsh. greater progress than in any other part 4. Neath. The congregation has of the principality. I preached at the been raised in this place by the exerfollowing places.
tions of Mr. D. Davis. They have 1. Gelligron. Here I preached in a erected a very neat and commodious farm house, to an attentive audience; chapel, in which they now meet. In and Mr. Phillips gave the substance defraying the expence of erecting this of the discourse in Welsh. fiad also building, they have been assisted by the pleasure of visiting the relations of subscriptions from several places : still our respected friend, Mr. T. Rees, a considerable debt remains, the diswhose aged grandmother, near her charge of which would be beneficial hundredth year, feels a lively interest to the cause. The contributions of in the success of the Unitarian cause. those friends who have not yet given
2. Swansea. In this populous and any thing towards the Neal chaincreasing town there is a very re- pel would be thankfully received. I spectable and improving congregation. preached in this place four times; we Many of its members, some of them had respectable, and soine of thein persons of superior rank in society, large congregations. The Unitariang discover much zeal in the Unitarian at Neath are not without zeal in the cause. Mr. Aubrey's labours in Swan- cause. By steady and persevering exsea appear to have been highly useful. ertions much good niay be done in The success of Unitarianism seems to
Mr. Meck preached here have given considerable alarm to some twice. of the reputed orthodox; what they 5. Gellionnen. Here is a large and have published, notwithstanding their well built meeting-house, amon?? the illiberality, and the temper in which mountains, of which some Calvinists, they have been replied to, can hardly who have no kind of claim to it, enfail to excite inquiry and promote the deavoured lately to possess theinselves, knowledge of the truth. "I preached but were defeated in the attempt, at Swansea four times, most of the This place was the scene of the useful congregations were pretty large; and labours of the late Mr. Josiah Rees. had much pleasant conversation with Mr. James is now the minister here, the friends. Some of them are very and at Bridgendaud Bel!103. I preached active in pushing into circulation once, but ii biog in the middle of the small Upitarian tracts.
day, and a busy tile ainous the fara
mers, the congregation was small. I have zeal in the cause. I preached am informed it is very good on a three times to crouded audiences, who Lord's day:
were very attentive. 6. Ilick. In this village there is an 13. Blaengurach. The meeting. Unitarian Baptist congregation. I house here is said to be one of the preached to a pretty large audience. oldest in the principality, and stands
7. Newton-Nollage. Here also the on an hill in the midst of trees, some congregation ranks as Unitarian Bap- way from any habitation. I preached
I preached to a crouded assem- to an attentive audience. A Mr. Wil bly. Mr. Phillips at both these places liams is the minister in this place. kave an outline of the sermon in 14. Alerdare. I preached here Welsh. Mr. Eran Lloyd is the mi- twice, bad very good congregations. nister of both these churches.
Mr. Phillips repeated in Welsh the 8. Bridyend. Here is a good meet- substance of the sermons. There ing-house, but the congregation has seems to be a good Unitarian congrelong been in a low slate. Mr. James gation in this place. Mr. T. Eram has lately undertaken to try what can is the minister at Aberdare and Merbe done io revive it: he preaches here thyr-Tydvil. one Sunday in the fortnight, and Mr. 15. Cymmar. Here I preached to Evan Lloyd supplies the other Sunday. an attentive assembly. Mr. James I preached here three times; the gave the substance of the discourse in hearers were very attentive. In this Welsh. I know not with what class congregation there is a respectable of Christians the minister of this coufamily who are relations of that truly gregation ranks, but he appears to be a excellent man the late Dr. Price.
truly liberal man. 9. Bettws. I preached here to a con- There is reason to think there are gregation which was said to be much Unitarians in some parts of Glamorlarger than what usually aitends. ganshire who do not openly profess
10. Cardiff. There are Unitarians the doctrine, nor contribute to its proin this town, but some of thein want motion by uniting with its -friends. courage and zeal. I preached in the Still the knowledge of the truth is Presbyterian meeting-house to a re- making progress; and in a few years spectable congregation. Mr. Phillips the name Unitarian instead of being gave an outline in Welsh.
thought reproachful, will be esteemed 11. Cuerphilly. Here I preached in honourable. Our brethren in this the Town-Hall, to a large assembly. couny, especially in the eastern part There are several Unitarians in this of it,' have many openings for their place and its vicinity. In this town exertions in the great cause of divine and at Cardiff it is much to be lamented truth. that Unitarian worship is not regularly carried on.
Unitarian Chapel, Thorne, Yorkshire. A short distance from Caerphilly is At a meeting of the Unitarian Soa sinall congregation, said to be chiefly ciety at Thorne, held in their new Antitrinitarian.
chapel after afternoon's service on the In going from Cardiff to Caerphilly Lord's day, December 15, 1816, I had the pleasure of visiting the rela- Francis Moat reported the particulars tions of my highly respected friend of his late excursion, and stated that he Dr. Carpenter.
had left home with a debt of £208. Os. On the evening of the day when I 11d. upon the chapel, and ibat after preached at Caerphilly it was ap- an absence of six weeks he had suc. pointed for me to preach at Craig- ceeded in collecting £829 6s. 6d.; Fargod, but the distance was so great, that his expenses had been £4 185. 3d. the road some part of it so bad and only (owing to the kind hospitality difficult to find, that we arrived too with which he had been received), late! Here is an old Unitarian Bap- leaving a balance of £16. Is. 4d. in tist congregation. We conversed with the hands of the Treasurer. some of the brethren.
It was resolved unanimously : 12. Merthyr-Tydvil. This is a very 1. That the grateful and affectionate populous town situated in the midst thanks of this Society are hereby given of the iron works. The Unitarians to the friends at Halifax, Rochdale, meet here in a large school-room, and Manchester, Stockport, Bolton, Stand, seein io be pretty numerous, and to Bury, Monton, Warrington, Gateacre, Intelligence. --Breach of the Salbath.-Mr. Maturin.
737 Liverpool, Chowbent, Sheffield, and Works, I did not take into consideraOther places, for their kind reception tion how soon such a list must be of Francis Moat, and for the Christian furnished you, from the necessity of liberality with which they entered completing the ensuing number at the into the object of his journey: press much earlier than usual, on ac
2. That the heartfelt thanks of this count of the Index. Society are hereby given to all our I am also disposed to delay the pubChristian brethren who have by con
lication of the List from some encoutributions assisted in extinguishing the raging, appearances of a desire to prodebt; and to the Committee of the mote the subscription, which, I trust, Unitarian Fund for its grant of £20. may enable me very early in your
3. That it has been strongly recom- next volume to announce the required mended to us, and is very desirable, to number of 200 subscribers, as they increase the burial ground attached to now amount to 160, by the assistance the chapel (which at present consists of a subscription for ten copies from of only' 72 square yards); that 144 a gentleman who knew and respected square yards of ground contiguous may Dr. Priestley, and is attached to his be obtained, which with a plain sub- memory, but who will not allow me stantial . wall to enclose the whole to mention him under any other burial ground is estimated at £55; description. towards which a balance of £16. Is. 4d.
I remain, Sir, your's, remains on hand. That the assistance
J.T. RUTT. of our brethren who have not hitherto contributed is respectfully requested to The Rev. Dr. Estlin, of Bristol, has enable us to effect this object; and issued Proposals for publishing by that the proceeds be reporied in the subscription, in two volumes octavo, Monthly Repository.
price to subscribers 24s. Familiar 4. That the expences
Lectures on Moral Philosophy. Dediof building the chapel
cated to the Gentlemen who have amounted to
£408 1 3 been his Pupils. To be published Expences of F. Moat's
by R. Hunter, St. Paul's Church journey
4 18 3 Yard. Balance in Treasurer's hands
16 1 4
Breach of the Sabbath. £429 0 10 It will scarcely be believed, but the
fact is certain, that notwithstanding Subscriptions by Uni
the severity of the weather, and the tarians at Thorne and
critical state of the crops in Scotland, its neighbourhood £ 88 10 two farmers were fined last week by Subscriptions of friends
the Sheriff of Kircudbright £10 each as reported in M. Repos. 111 13 4 for carrying their corn on the preceReceived by Francis
ding Sunday, in violation of the act Moat during his late
of the Scottish Parliament for punishjourney
229 6 6 ing the breach of the Sabbath. The
defendants in justification pleaded the £429 0 10 necessity of the case, but the plea was
overruled by the Sheriff, and the fine (Signed)
was enforced ! M. Chron. Nov. 28. William Darby, Treasurer, Charles James Fox Benson, A private letter from Dublin states
Secretary that the Rev. Mr. Maturin, the author Thorne, Dec. 16, 1816.
of Bertram, is likely to be deprived by
his bishop of a small living which he Literary.
now has, in consequence of his having Nr. Rutt on his Edition of Dr. Prieste written that tragedy. It was consi
ley's Theological Works. dered a harsh and bigoted proceeding Sir,
Clapton, Dec. 18, 1816. in the Church of Scotland, which is When, in your last number, I men- more strict than the Church of Entioned my design of publishing a list gland, to have degraded Mr. Home, of the subscribers to the proposed for having written the tragedy of edition of Dr. Priestley's Theological Douglas. Eruminer, July 7.