« AnteriorContinua »
Poetry.--Sonnet to Joseph Lancaster. discourse so bold an assertien of great mass of people whom the religious liberty. This eminent preacher wishes to reclaim. The scholar seems to have a clear in. instructors of the Methodists un. sight into the free constitution of derstand human nature better Christianity. He is equally the than their opponents: they ad. enemy of superstition and of in- dress the truititude by means of tolerance, and his principal object small, and often gratuitous, pubis the resistance of the inquisitori. lications and familiar extempore al spirit and oppressive tendency preaching; and while the Church of Methodism. In his Notes, he of England and other rational sects declares himself an advocate for content themselves with well.writ. the Catholic claims, subject to the ten volumes and decently-read ser. proposed Veto.
mons, they must ever wage an un. T'he publication will, no doubt, equal war. The people are the be extensively read and make cone prize for which all parties are siderable impression, in the upper contending, but they will be won classes of society; but what chance by thuse only that make their suit has a five-shilling sermon, with to their plain understandings and learned notes, of reaching that unrefined affections,
Sonnet to Jaseph Lancaster,
And true, which thou hast chosen, go, my friend,
The pampered curs that on thy steps attend,
Supported by the still small voice within,
And bade thee first thy glorious task begin.
Of a new dawn to hope and feeling dear.
Or curb the tide of knowledye thundering near ?
J. B. A.
Extracts from Mr. Wright's Jour. friends, but other persons disposed nal of his Missionary Tour in lo attend to the most free discussi.
Scotland, 1812. on of theological subjects. I was This Journey employed Mr. expected and desired to preach Wright 103 days, being cominenc. much on controversial points, as ed June the 24th, and terminated many strangers would come ex. October the 4th : during which, pecting to hear such points stated he travelled about 1200 miles, and argued. On my arrival in and preached 74 times, besides Glasgow, I found two societies, holding many, meetings for con- and iwo places open for Unitarian ference on iheological subjects. worship,
The one is the Trades' In going down, he preached once Hall, wbich is very large and eleat Peterborough, and two Sundays gant. Our friends give 50l. per at Chester, Mr. Lyons being absent annum for the use of it on Lord's on his Mission in Wales; and in rl. Days only. In this I always turning, he preached once in York. preached on the Sunday. The He spent 80 days in Scotland, and other is Provan's Hall; in this I preached 68 times in that country. preached on week day evenings ; The following is the account he it was not opened on the Lord's gives of the places he visited. Day while I was there, nor has it
Lanerkshire. In this county been re-opened since I left. Both Unitarianism is making con-idera. the congregations attended the ble progress, and there is good same place during my stay; and reason to hope that the endeavours I hope their re-union will become of our friends to promote it, by permanent, as they all think high the circulation of books and the ly of, and are much atiached to establishment of small libraries in Mr. J. Yates and his ministry: different places, will be successful. Before I left this city this able and I visited the following places in zealous young minister had com
menced bis labours with much 1. Glasgow. In this city Unita. prospect of success. It gave me rianism may be considered as tirmly high pleasure to see so respectable established. Its progress has been a congregation formed at Glasgow, rapid, its advocates are numerous, by the assistance of our missionaand well.informed. I preached ries, and so suitable a minister here 19 times. We had always placed, for one year at least, very good, generally large and among them. From this circumdeeply attentive audiences. Our stance much good to the cause largest congregations were esti. may be anticipated ; and I hope mated at 7 or 800 persons. I had Mr. Yates's success will be such opportunity of bringing before as to render his residence in that them a considerable variety of populous city permanent. subjects, and availed myself of The last Sunday I spent in it. I found not only our own Glasgow, I shall deem one of the
best days of my life. At eight in sons in the course of the day, and the morning we met at the public arrived about 4 o'clock in the after. baths, where I baptized several noon at the new town of Wishaw. persons, and delivered an address
3 Wishaw. Here I preached on on the occasion.
In the forin on, the Monday evening, in a stone Mr. Yates preached an excellent quarry, to about three hundred sermen preparatory to the Lord's persons, who were very attentive; Supper being administered in the a large party followed us to our afternoon; at the close of it the inn, for books, which we distri. Lord's, table was declared free, buted among them. We linew no In the afternoon, I preached the person in this town prior to our Annual Sermon for the Scotch arrival. Several spent the evening Unitarian Fund, which was nu- with us. We found them quite merously attended. Then again dissatisfied with the popular sys. the declaration of the freedom of tem; consequently they had ceased the Lord's Table was publicly a regular attendance on public made. Then the Lord's Supper worship. They were open to con. was administered. By the request viction and athirst for information, of Mr. Yates, I presided at it. which they received with evident We had about 150 who united in joy. We advised them to form & it, and I suppose about 250 spec. small.library for their mutual betators, who stayed after the public nefit, and to meet with each other service to witness our proceedings. for reading, conversation, &c. We This was a great triumph of Chris- gave them some books to begir tian liberality bigotry their library. An intercourse is and narrow plans of discipline ; opened between them and some of we rejoiced greatly in seeing it ef. the brethren at Glasgow. On the fected. In the evening, we had a Tuesday morning we proceeded to fellowship meeting, which was 4. Carluke. Here I preached numerously attended, and con- in the evening to about 500 peoducted with much zeal and Chris. ple, who were remarkably atten. tian affection. This meeting was live. A chamber window was attended by friends from different taken out at the inn, and I stood parts of the country.
in the opening this made and ad. 2. Pollickshaws. Here I preach- dressed the congregation who were ed once, in the town hall, to å in the street. After the preaching, small congregation.
about 40 persons spent a long even. I will give a more particular ing with us in the free discussion of account, in order, of one week religious doctrines. In Carluke, spent in this county, as a specimen there are a number of well-inform. of the manner in which my time ed and zealous Unilarians, and if was spent in the West of Scotland. they had not the pure and simple The Fund Committee at Glasgow gospel in the parish Kirk, there had deputed one of the brethren, would be a congregation of Unitawho was excelently suited to the rian Dissenters in this place. No purpose, to go a circait with me where have I found so small a vil. at their expence. · We set out on lage as Carluke that contains so the Monday, had conversation, on many well-informed and judicious religious topics, with several per. Christians; this is in no small de
gree owing to the labours of ibeir together to worship the One God, aged and worthy minister Dr. and edify one another, also to Scoti. Ai Corluke ibe Unitarians form a library, both which they have established a library. On gave us reason to think they would the Widnes.ay we proceeded to do. On the Saturday we returned
5. Lanerk. This is the county to Glosguw, where I preached in town. Here we found a few Uil. the evening. I have given this detarians, and others fai ourable to tailed account of one week as a the cause. I preached in the specimen; it would render my ac. evening on the Castle-hill, we had countivo voluminous to be as parabout 500 barers, who were very ticular in describing every part of attenuve. Afterwards a large party this journey. I can hardly express spent the evening with us at our how much I was indebted to Mr. inn, and we had much interesting Plenderleiib, ihe zealous friend conversation. Several times I was who attended me in this little circalled froin the company to con. cuit, for his ready and able assistverse with persons in a separate ince in the conversations we had, room, who would not join a large and in procuring congregations. party, but wanted to ask me ques. Before I quit the subject of tions in a more private way, and Lanerkshire, it will be proper to hear some passages of scripture mention the exertions of the bre. explained. I answered as speedily thren at Glasgow for the promo. as I could, and then returned to tion of the cause in their own and the more public discussion. We the neighbouring counties. The advised the friends to the cause at library they have established in Lanerk to establish a library, and their own city, is in a good state some hooks were sent from Glas. and has been of much use. It is gow for them to begin with. On hoped it will be still further im. the Thursday we crossed to proved, and its usefulness much
6. Strahaten. Here we had yo extended by the assistance of Mr. previous acquaintance with any Yates.
From this library they person, I preached in an open have sent parcels of Unitarian place by the side of the street, to books to a number of public li. about 300 people, who heard with braries in different parts of the the most serious attention. A par. country, which have been well ty followed us to the inn, we haš received. They made my preachmuch conversation with them ; ing known before I arrived by pube we found one already an Unitari. lic advertisement, and printed an, and others favourable to the bills which were posted in different doctrine. We sent them some parts of the town. The week be. books. On Friday we came back fore I went the above circuit they to
sent out bills by the common car. 7. Hamilton. Here I preached riers, to be posted in the different in a garden to about 150 attentive towns which I bad to visit, and hearers. We had a party together where it was intended for me to afterwards and conversation on se. preach. veral theological subjects. There Renfrewshire. Next to Lanerk. are several Unitarians at Hamilton; shire, Unitarianism has made most We advised them to meet regularly progress in the county of Renfrew; and there is a good prospect of its 4. Renfrew, the county towni further spread and success. I Here I preached in a large hall, preached at the following places and had a respectable audience. in this county.
To the above piaces I was atiended 1. Paisley. In this town there by several friends from Paisley, is a society of liberal, judicious 5. Port-Glasgow. Here are a and well informed Unitarians. I few Unitarians. I preached in the preached 12 discourses in Paisley. Freemasons' Hall, to a small, but We had always good and frequent. atientive audience. ly very crowded congregations.
6. Greenock. Here I preached Our largest audiences were sup- in the Gardeners' Hall, to a small posed to consist of 4 or 500 peo- but very serious congregation. One ple. The last Sunday I preached Unitarian family which resided in here, it was said some-hundreds this town is removed 10 America, of people went away because they and one remaining. could not get into the place of Ayrshire. Had certain ministers meeting, nor near enough the door in this county, now many years to hear any thing. Many of our since, iinitated the conduct of the own friends deprived themselves of venerable Lindsey, and not hesi. the pleasure of hearing in the tated in the day of trial, they would evening to make room for stran. have greatly promoted the Unita. gers. The society lias established rian cause : their want of firmness, a library. No where have I met and of a fearless avowal of their with Christians better informed, sentiments at every risk, spread timore simple-hearted, more liberal midity around them, and there is in their sentiments, or who disco. reason to think there are Unitari. ver more Christian affection than ans in Ayrshire who will not arow our friends at Paisley. In no themselves. I preached at the part of the island have I found following places. persons who possess so much va. 1. Dalry. Here are a number ried information, urbanity of man- of well-informed and zealous ners, and even taste, in the same Unitarians, who have assisted in class in society, as many I have forming a respectable library, in the pleasure of knowing in Paisley. which are many Unitarian books.
2. Kilburchan. Here I preachid I preached once, in a public hall, twice; we had very good and atten: 10 an attentive audience. It is tive audiences. Our place of much to be wished our friends at meeting was a large room. There Dalry would hold regular meet. are several well-informed Unitari. ings among themselves, they are ans in this village, and they have able to edity one another, and lately established a book society. bear by their conduct a practical I hope they will soon hold a meet. testimony to the worship of the ing among themselves, as they are One and Only God. 5 miles from Paisley.
2. Kilwinning. Here I preach3. The Brige of Johnston, ed in a hall, to an attentive congre. This is a new and populous village, gation. Our friends in this town about 4 iniles from Paisley. Here meet regularly to worship the I preached once. We had a good One God, and edify themselves, congregation.
though their number is small.