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2. Crieff. Here are several Uni, ed in a hall to about 100 people, versalists, and some persons favour. who were very attentive. I had a able to 'Unitarianism. I should long conversation with several of have preached at Crieff, but a them afterwards, in which we dis. place could not be procured, and cussed most of the leading points the day was too rainy to attempt in theology. I found them favourpreaching abroad.

ably disposed to rational views of 3. Perth. The town-hall being Christianity. engaged, a place could not be pro- Edinburgh. Though mentioned cured for preaching; but I had last, is not the least important conversation and disputation with place to the great cause in which a few persons on theological sub- we are engaged: on the contrary, jects.

I think Edinburgh. calls for and Angusshire. In this county, I deserves our greatest attention in was only at Dundee. I received our exertions to promote Unitari. information when too late, which anism in Scotland. In the will induce me, should I go into Northern Capital there are at pre. that country again, to proceed to sent two Unitarian congregations. some other places.

The one meets in the Skinners' Al Dundee, there is still a small, Hall Chapel, and is respectable but pious, liberal and affectionale as to' numbers and the character congregation, which has been pre- of its members. The other meels served for many years by the la- in a hall at the head of the Anchor bours, and steady exertions of our Close, High Street: and though worthy and respectable friend Mr. small has respectable members also. R. Millar. I preached four times I preached in the Skinners' Hall in Dundee to full, and most of them Chapel on Sundays, and in the crowded, congregations, who were smaller place on nights. deeply attentive. I was told that My preaching was made known so many people never attended by printed bills being posted in difo Unitarian preaching before in that ferent parts of the city. town.

I preached 17 discourses in Fifeshire. There are a few per. Edinburgh, had many interesting sons in this county who are Unita. conferences with parties of friends, rians, but they live remote from and much edifying conversation each other. I visited

in a more private way. We had 1. Newburg. Where lives a always good, generally large, con. well informed and steady Unitaji. gregations. Our largest audiences an, with whom I had much plea. were estimated at 500 people, and sant conversation, but no opening were always deeply attentive to for preaching.

what was delivered. I was re. 2. Kittle. Here dwells a fine quested by the Skinners' Hall old man, an Unitarian, who was congregation to declare the Lord's excommunicated for heresy, by the table free, at the end of the public Scotch Baptists, 22 years ago. I service, and afterwards to adminis. had much agreeable conversation jer the Lord's supper, which I ac. with bim.

cordingly did with pleasure : re. 3. Kirkealdie. Here I preach- garding this as another triumpb VOL, VII.


over illiberality. The friends at him with every kindness. He Edinburgh have established a li. would find several openings for brary.

occasional preaching, without tra. The principal thing that is want. velling far from Dundee : and ed at Edinburgh is a regular mi. might do much 10 promote ra. nister of good talents; and such tional Christianity in that dis. an one both the congregations are trict. very anxious to obtain, in which

It would also be an important case I have no doubt they would thing, after ministers are found for be re.united. But one of the Edinburgh and Dundee, lor one places was opened at a time while to be placed at Paisley, as the mi. I continued there. The Unitari. nister of the congregation ihere, ans have continued to increase, and missionary in the West of Scotthough they bave laboured under land. He might go round his every disadvantage, in a city where whole circuit every monih, and a higher degree of talent is requi. preach in a number of places, site in a public speaker than, per. where little societies either are, or baps, in any other place in Scot. will be formed. Three ministers land. There is good reason to thus placed in Scotland, in addio think there are many persons in tion to Mr. Yates, at Glasgow, Edinburgh, who are either Unita. would supply the present wants of, rians, or favourable to Unitarian. that country, and greatly accelea jim, who will not regularly attend rate the progress of truth and li. the meetings, until they can hear berality. I have spoken the a correct speaker, of, at least, re. more fully on this subject, because spectable abilities.

Could a suit. I feel iis vast imporiance to the able minister be placed there, I am cause, because our Scoitish bre. much of opinion that a very large thren are urgent on the subject, and respectable congregation miglit and because I consider an imporbe collected. This is not only of lant end of Unitarian missions, is, importance to the cause in ihat by disseminating the pure doctrines city, but also the country around of truth, to collect congregations, it, as such a minister might find and prepare them for regularly many places for occasional lec, settled ministers: and by ministures at moderate distances from ters being settled with congregaii. it. I have no doubt of the friends ons as they are collected and esia, at Edinburgh doing every thing in blished, the missionaries will be their power 10 promote the com, at leisure to labour in new direcfort and usefulness of a minister, tions, to publish the truth where it could they procwe one. They is not known,, while in their way possess much intelligence, liberali. they visit churches which have ty of sentiment and Christian af. been raised, either in whole or in fection,

part, by their labours. The field At Dundee, ton, ibe friends are of action in the North is still ex. desirous to obtain a minister, and tending; the prospect of success it would much promote the cause still brightening; but during the if they could be l'urnished with present journey I have found it one. They would do what they necessary. 10 confine myself on Lould for his support, and treat Sundays to those places where we have congregations already, as fear of death. 37. Suffering, fatheir present circumstances de. therly chastisement from the divine manded this attention.

hand. 38. Christian liberty. 39. The following are the subjects Christian communion. 40. Chris. on which I preached during this tian zeal. 41. Heresy, with a journey :

plain exposure of our religious 1. The Uniiy of God. 2. The sentiments. justice of God. 3. The love of The annual sermon which I God. 4. The paternal govern, preached on behalf of the Scotch ment of God. 5. The knowledge Unitarian Fund, had an introduce of the only true God, and that tion on the nature of heresy, and Jesus whom he sent is the Christ, corsisted of three parts, the foundation of eternal life. 6. 1. A statement of what we are. The inercy of God. 7. The hu. 2. Of the objects we have in view; manity ot Christ. 8. The Son of and 3. Of the means by which Man the Christ, ibe Son of the we seek to attain them. living God. 9. The doctrine of The following are the places atonement. 10, Sacrifices. 11. preached at during this journey Jesus the Mediator of the New which had not been previously Covenant, 12. Love to Christ. visited by an Unitarian missionary, 13. What is meant by God being 1. New Town of Wishaw. 2. Stra. in Christ. 14. Glorying in the haven. 3. Renfrew. 4 The cross of Christ. 15. The living Brigg of Johnston. 5. Blackford. God the Saviour of all men. 16. 6. Kirkealdie. Indeed I had been Universal restoration. 17. The once before at Blackford, but had Father greater than the Son, then no opportunity of preaching, Christ one with the Father, and The retrospect of this journey Christ and Christians one. 18. The gives me much satisfaction: every love of God in making Christ a where I found our brethren ready propitiation for sins. 19. Christ to second my efforts to promote sent to bless mankind in turning the cause of truth and righteous. them from their iniquities. 20. ness, and found among them much Eternal life the principal subject hospitality and unceremonious of the gospel. 21. Future judg. friendship. Their Christian simment. 22. The future state of plicity, progress in knowledge, brothe righteous. 23. Future pun. therly affection and zeal, temperishment. 24. The Spirit, and ed with charity, much delighted being lead by the Spirit of God, me. May the blessings of wine 25. Original sin. 26. Repent. providence attend them, and all ance. 27. The justification of the the consolations of the gospel be Heathen through faith. 28. The ever with them! insufficiency of faith without works, The cause of truth and liberalis 29. Isaiah ix. 6, 7. 30. Christ ty has certainly maile considera. the first-born of every creature. ble progress in Scotland, since I 31. God no respecter of persons, was there before.

The concepa 32. The doctrine of election. tions which I then sormed of the 33. Being born of God. 34. The people, and of the country, as a imitation of Christ, 35. Prayer. favourable soil for the spread of 36. The cause and curc of the Unitarianism, are more deeply

fixed, and I am more fully satis. practical principles of the gospel. fied of their correctness by what It was with the view of embracing I have seen and heard during this all such persons that the general last journey. Fully am I con. term “ Christian” was applied to vinced that our attention ought to it, rather than any other of more he steadily directed towards North res'ricted signification, which might Britain ; among different parties appear to pledge the members to there is some stir about opinions, the peculiar tenets of some one and a variety of circumstances sect or party. which are operating to produce By a reference to the tracts al. more of the spirit of free enquiry ready published, now Fifteen in and Christian liberality. The number, it will be seen that the work is undoubtedly great, and principle which led to the choice the difficulties many; but they of the title, bas uniformly been admust give way before persevering hered to in the books of the socie. efforts, if well-directed. Perhaps, ty,—no doctrinal topics having no where are we more secure of been admitted, except in a very the ground we gain than in the fow instances, wherein some tenet North, owing to the more steady may have been brought forward babits of the people. May God for reprobation on account of its crown with success our efforts for obvious tendency to sap the foun. his glory!

dation of Christian morality. To

carry the benevolent designs of the On the Christian Tract Society; society into execution, it is proa Letter from the Rev. T. vided, that "any pecuniary sub.

Rees, to the Editor. scription shall be received, but Sin,

thai subscribers of half a guinea The interest which you have annually shall be entitled to vote taken in promoting the success of at the general meetings : and that the Christian 'Tract Society, an a donation of five guineas at one institution which may be said to time shall constitute a member for owe its birth to your valuable mis. life, with the same privilege." cellany, induces me to hope you The practice of the society, in will allow me a small portion of respect to the distribution of its the space usually allotted to cor. tracts, has, from the first, been to respondents, for a short statement, allot to each subscriber, without explanatory of its present consti. regard to the amount of his contution and plans.

tribution, a certain number of I hardly need inform your rea. every book on its publication;

that ders of its original design; which is, twelve of each of those retailed was, as expressed in the preamble at one penny, and six of each of to the rules," to distribute those of higher price : and also to amongst the poor small cheap give to the members the privilege tracts, inculcating moral conduct of purchasing quantities for cha. on Christian principles," without ritable purposes at a very reduced attending to those minor points rate : the scale of these prices may of difference on matters of opinion be seen in the catalogues appended which are seen to divide many to most of the tracts. persons who yet agree on the great This practice was continued, until the last annual meeting of which their catalogues and parthe society in November 1811, ceis might be conveyed to them. when a new regulation was esta. In calling, at this time, the atblished, which changed the mode tention of yourself and your reaof furnishing the subscribers with ders, to this society, it affords me those quotas of books to wbich sincere pleasure to be able to an. the society considered their sub- nounce its growing success; and scriptions to entitle them. This the demands for the tracts already regulation provides that instead of published have been of late so ra. allotments of new tracts being, on pidly on the increase as to yield their publication, awarded to the the pleasing assurance that they members, a catalogue of all the need but be known to be approved, books, with the prices affixed, and to furnish a happy earnest of should be sent to them by the Se. the extensive and lasting benefits, cretary in the month of January which may, under the divine bless. in each year, out of which they ing, result from our labours. should be allowed to claim, at

THOMAS REES, their own choice, books to the

Secretary amount of their several subscrip- Barnard's Inn, Hulborn. tions, provided they made their Fet, 18, 1812. claim within three months from the date of the notice. A resulu. Dr. Marsh's Address to the Níem. was at the same time past, that bers of the Senate of the Uni. by way of apprising the subscribers dersity of Cambridge; occaof its publication, a single copy of sioned by the Proposal to introevery new tract should be sent to duce in that place an Auxiliary each, as far at least as the Secre.

Bible Society. tary might find this practicable. We have at present two very exten

Such is the present situation of sive Bible Societies, the one founded in the society in respect to the privi- 1699, the other in 1804. Both of our leges of its members. The new the Prince Regent at the head) are mem

Archbishops and all our Bishops (with plan has not yet been acted upon. bers of the former: neither of the two Owing to some accidental circum. Archbishops, and only a small proportion stances, which it is needless here of the Bishops are members of the latter.

The members of the former, now ato specify, it was found impracti. mounting to about five thousand, are excable this year to circulate the clusively Churchmen, no one being adcatalogues in January. They are mitted to it without testimony of his however now ready, and will be attachment to the Constitution, as well very shortly sent to the subscri. in Church as in slate. The members

of the latter are much more numerous, bers. But as it is likely some dif. than those of the former; but they conficulties inay occur

as to the sist of Churchmen and Dissenters indismeans of conveying them to those criminarely. The two Societies agree in members who reside in distant Bibles both at home and abroad, though

the very laudable object of distributing parts of the country, they will per- the number of Bibles distributed by ceive that they will be affording us the latter, especially abroad, greatly exessential aid, as well as securing ceeds the number distributed by the for themselves the more certain former. For not only are the funds of

the latter much superior to those of the reception of their books, were they former, but those funds are employed in to point out to me the channel by the distribution of Bibles only, whereas

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