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Edward O'Brien, for assisting the sacrifice of foregoing the indul. establishment of a Lancasterian gence of bigotry. Mr. Lancaster school in the village of Corofin, has travelled through this coun. where one is expected to be com- try from North to South, decrying pleted about Nay.” The long intolerance every where; and it is room over the market-house, (the now ascertained for the informa. property of Sir Edward) is to be tion of Great Britain and Europe, made the theatre of instruction; that even with this formidable and the patriotic Baronet has, in opponent to contend with, he has addition, given an annuity of 101. been able fully to establish his to assist the maintenance of a system in Ireland. school-master.
We have noticed the principal After lecturing three times in incidents which occurred to Mr. Limerick, Mr. Lancaster left that Lancaster since his arrival amongst city for Cork, exhibiting in his us, but our hasty sketch must be way, according to his invariable of course dissatisfactory and great. custom, the excellence and utility ly imperfect. We understand of his system at Charleville and however that a new publication, Mallow, in both of which places entitled, “ A History of the Rise he had numerous auditors at a and progress of the Royal Lanvery short notice. In Cork he casterian System,” will shortly made his usual exertions, and make its appearance, when the in. after he left this city, Killarney, numerable admirers of our philanTralee, Youghal, Fermoy, Clon. thropist will be gratified with an mel, Waterford and Ross, were ample detail of all particulars of severally visited by him. His re. his tour through Ireland, as well ception in all those places, but as his proceedings and exertions especially Waterford and Ross, at the other side of the water. was uniform ; predilection to his We shall not lengthen out this system, attention to his lectures, article by adding any observation and personal kindness to himself, upon the benefits that must be de. were observable in all. He visited rived from what has been already schools and charities of all per. achieved by Mr. Lancaster's visit suasions as he went along, and he to Ireland. The incalculable adhad the singular felicity of observ. vantages that must result to the ing that his principles equally in- kingdom at large, is one of those terested and prepossessed all. At self-evident propositions which are his lectures all denominations at only obscured by an effort at iltended; and among his newly lustration. acquired patrons are to be found persons of all religious sects, Mr. Unitarian Church, Glasgow. Lancaster has ever made it a pri.
Glasgow, March 10, 1812. mary object to deprecate proselyt. ism and to abolish all traces of Unitarian Chapel in Glasgow, beg leave
The managers for the building of the religious exclusion, yet he has to inform the religious public through been successful; it forms then no the medium of the Monthly Repository, unimportant section in the history of the progress made towards the comof this country, that
education is pletion of their plan, and to solicit for it
the aid of the friends of frec enquiry and at length purcirased at the heavy rational Christianity. They have taken
272 Intelligence.- Protestant Dissenting Ministers' Petition. a lease at 221. a year of a piece of ground wately: My great anxiety is not to spend in an advantageous situation. The plan in privacy and professional inactivity of the chapel has been fixed upon; the chose powers, such as they are, that a building of it began last week, and, ac- kind Prov.dence has given me, but cording to the contract, will be finished whilse I am able to be doing good and at the end of August for 14651. Under making myself as useful as possible to the chapel will be a cellar for cocton, my fellow-creatures. I shall be at which is expected to lett for at least 6el. liberty to engage with any congregation per annum, and thus to discharge the at the end of the present month. interest of the whole sum which it is Your most obed. Servant, necessary to obtain by loan or subscrip.
THEO. BROWNE. tion. Those, who are acquainted wiih St. George's Colgate, the numbers and circumstances of the Norwich, March 10th, 1812. professors of Unitarianism in Glasgow, will be surprized to learn that they have already raised nearly 700l. in sub Unitarian Book Society. scriptions, and 50l. in donations. The
The Anniversary of this Society was managers, considering this first attempt holden on Thursday the 2 th ult. 'at the to erect a place of Uniiasian worship in London Tavern, Henry Hinckley, Esq. Scotland, as an object most worihy of Treasurer, in the chair, supported by the aid and encouragement of the Alderman Goodbehere, 'Mr. Timothy enlightened and benevolent Christian, Brown, Mr. Brooksbank, &c. &c. It earnestly request Unitarian ministers in England to patronize and recommend the Society in 1791, have recently de
appears that many of the institutors of their scheme; they will be thankful for
parted this life.
The Secrecary, the donations however small, and offer Rev. Jere. Joyce, read a very affecting their own security for paying the interest, letter from Mrs. Harries, widow of Mr. and by degrees the principal, of all sums H. the seceding clergy man, (See M. Re. borrowed in the form of subscriptions: pos. p. 118.) announcing the death of They rejoice in the prospect of still that gentleman: he also stated in feeling greater increases in the number and re- language the late removal from their spectability of the Unitarian Church in carthly sphere of usefulness of those two this city; and they look forward with extraordinary females Mrs. Lindsey and high satisfaction to the time, when, Mrs. Jebb-The health of a gentleman, after discharging the debt at present con in the company, was given from the tracted, the funds of the chapel may be chair, and received with much interest, in part applied to the erection of Unita- who, it was said, had within a few days rian chapels in many other parts of been disowned by the Society of Friends Scotland.
for being a member of the Unutarian Subscriptions and donations are re. Society. We hear, also, that another ceived here by the following persons as charge wbich led to this e pulsion was managers; Messrs. Robert Smith builder; that the gentleman referred to, did not G. Auchinoole, James Ross, and Wm. deny being the writer of some stric:ures Rae, merchants.
in this work on the Yearly Epistles. As
we hope the public may be put in posLetter from the Red. Th. Browne. session of the whole case, we shall con· Mr. Editor,
tent ourselves for the present with girI request permission to recommend' ing this information. my services as an active and diligent minister to such congregations of Unitarian Resolutions and Petition of the Christians as may be at this time destie Protestant Dissenting Ministers. tute of one. I would give them iwo,
Resolutions. three, or even six months to judge of my qualifications and suitableness, and At a General Meeting of the Protestant if they were of opinion that I expected. Dissenring Ministers of the three denomy connection with them to involve in minations residing in and about the ci. it 'unreasonable terms, I would retire at ties of London and Westminster, holden the expiration of che stipulated time by adjournment at the Library in Redwithout giving them the smallest tross Street, on Tuesday, April 21. cause of offence citaer publicly or pri- The Rev. John Evans in the Chair,
Resolved, That it is the natural as expressive of sentiments with regard right of all men to worship God agree to the nature and extent of religious ably to the dictates of their own consci- liberty which no longer prevail-at a ences.
period when the subjects of the British That all human laws which serve to empire, however they may differ with restrict them in the exercise of this right, regard to the principles of their religion are unjust in their principle, and in their and their mode of professing it, concur tendency and operation highly injurious in a cordial attachment to the family on to the best interests of religion. the throne, and when enlightened views
That this Body regard with deep of religious liberty, and a corresponding concem the existence, on the Statute liberality of spirit have been diffused · Books of their country, of several laws among religious professors of all denas of this description, which, in whatever minations. * measure recommended at the several
Thit your Petitioners, expressing their periods of their enactment by the plea lively gratitude for the concessions made of political necessity, are at present, from to their religious rights in the course of the change that has taken place in the the present reign, earnestly but respectcircumstances of the times, and the fully pray that every remaining Penal more liberal spirit which prevails among Statute, which extends its operation to • all classes of the community, no less the province of religion, may be repeal
unwarranted by such plea, that they arc ed, and that whilst they conduct them: repugnant tothe principles of Christianity. selves as loyal, obedient, and peaceable
That, with the view of asserting their subjects to the state, they, in common claim to the unrestricted freedom of with all their fellow-citizens, may be divine worship, and to an equal parti. put in possession of complete religious cipation with their fellow subjects of freedom, and allowed to worship their the privilegos of the constitution, from Maker, and maintain their Christian which they are excluded on account of profession, according to their own views, their religious profession, a Petition be and their incumbent duty, without being presented from this body to both houses subjected, under the sanction of law, of Parliament, praying for a repeal of all to any penalties or disabilities in consethe Penal Statutes now in force, whose quence of their dissent from the estab. operation extends to the province of lished church. Religion.
That your Petitioners, confiding in JOHN EVANS, Chairman. the wisdom and justice of this Right PETITION.
Honourable House, pray that their To the Right Honourable the Lords cause may be taken isto consideration, Spiritual and Temporal, in Parliament and the relief granted to them for which assembled :
they supplicate. The humble Petition of the undersigned, being Protestant Dissenting Mi- A List of the Committee of Dea nisters of the Three Denominations, residing in and about the Cities of Lon
puties, appointed to protect the don and Westminster,
Civil Rights of the Three DeSheweth,
nominations, of Protestant-Dis. That your Petitioners conceiving the senters, for the year 1812. tight of worshipping Gud according to the William Smith, Esq. M. P. Chairs dictates of their own consciences to be de man, Park Street, West. John Gurney, rived from the Author of their being, and Esq. Dep. Chairman, Serg ant's Inn, confirmed by the Founder of their Christian Joseph Gutteridge, Esq. Treasurer, faith, and therefore not to be subject to the Camberwell, James Collins, Esq. Dep. controul of human authority, cannot but Treasurer, Spital Square, Messrs. regard with deep concern those statutes Joseph Stonard, Joseph Towle, Samuel which restrain and liinit the exercise of Favel, Henry Waymouth, John Towill this right, and impese conditions and Rutt, Joseph Bannell, George Hampenalties that seem to them as unjust in mond, Thomas Stiff, William Freme, their principle, as they are injurious to Joseph Luck, William Hale, Thomas 'the vital in erests of true Religion. Wilsou, Natbaniel Child, Ebenezer
That your Petitioners consider thore Maitland, Thomas Maitland, William statutes as originally designed to guard Alers, Joseph Wilson, John Addington, against evils which no longer exist, and Joseph Beuwell, William Esdaile, Wila VOL. VII.
2 Nliam Savill.
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MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS ;
The Christian's Survey of the Political World.
Discussion is recommended as a great the footing of other subjects. They improver of the human mind; and, if have presented a petition to the Prince this is rally the case, the last month Regent, which may be considered as ha3 afforded ample matter, on which the exposition of their principles; and the men of his world may engage their in this they disavow every obnoxious thoughts. The subjects too, if they do doctrine, relative to the civil power, not too much engross us, are of impor. which has been fastened upon them. tance: and it is useful to all, whose con- The power of the Pope to deprive kings cerns are involved in them, to have of their thrones and to absolve subjects clear ideas of the points in agitation. of their oaths of allegiance, is particularThe Catholic Question and the new re- ly specified and as absolutely denied ; strainis on the Toleration Act come and they declare themselves as much home to those, who are not members bound to keep their faith with heretics of the Established Sect: and that sect, as with their own body. They enter desirous of retaining pre-eminence, must, too more into points of religion than like Diotrephes, see with concern any might seem necessary, and in fact in the attempt in the others to regain that grand question which occasions all the equality, which belongs to all Christians. difficulty they might use the words of The commercial world is deeply inte. their brethren of the Established Sect rested in the East India Question, in in one of its articles : “ The Church whose charter there will be some hath right and authority in matters of changes. The Bank has such posses- religion.” The difference between the sion of the circulating medium, that all two sects is that the thirty nine articles classes turn their eyes with fear to the of one have no authority but under an depreciation of its paper, and the conse- act of parliament, whereas the Romish quences of its system, which is fixing sect believes, that its church, as they its roots more deeply into the soil, and call it, may decree in matters of religion' threatening very extensive ruin. The independently of the civil power. Here manufacturing part of the community rests the whole difficulty: and if it were has been employed on the Orders in to be settled by half a dozen bishops of Council, and we are sorry to add have each side, they would soon come to a been pressed besides by the disturbances conclusion, though we will not venture which have taken place in various parts to say, that it would meet with the cor- ; of the country, and the general ques. dial assent of the laity of either party. tion of internal politics, which has en. To the truc Christian the decision is gaged the attention of the City of Lon. very easy: for he acknowledges no don, has been prosecuted with great in. master but Christ, to whose words he discretion at Manchester, where it has makes his appeal; and a church is a produced a disgraceful scene of riot and voluntary association, from which the confusion.
idea of dominion is excluded" That The Catholics have prepared a prodi- is exercised,” saith our Lord and Savi. gious number of petitions, and present our " among the Gentiles, but it shall themselves
before parliament in a very not be so among you." different point of view, from what they In England scarcely any movement have hitherto appeared in. The Pro has been made on this important question. testants of Ireland are very generally A petition against the Catholics from Os. united to them: and it comes new as ford has been obtained in the University, it were from one third of the United but it speaks only the sense of a majority Kingdom, supplicating to be placed on of the resident masters or rather of the
higher dignitaries, for the body at large, Mr. Whitbread, and signed by opwards if polled, would be decidedly in favour of nine thousand persons, chiefly clergyof religious liberty. The Deputies of men, gentlemen, and the higher orders the Dissenters in London have had a of merchants, manufacturers and tradesmeeting on the occasion, in which it men. This petition goes upon true was thought prudent not to stir, but Christian principles, and prays for the the body of Dissenting Ministers of the removal of all religious tests and penalties, Three Denominations are impressed with that every man may adopt what religion the necessity of considering the question he pleases, and be accountable to the more at large, and have come into the state not for matters of conscience but measure of that worthy clergyman of for civil crimes. If the Catholic Emanthe Church of England, Mr.Wyvill, and cipation is rejected, this will afford have addressed the legislature to purge matter for another debate, and the the statute book of all its enactments on principles of the Established Sect, will the subject of religion, which tend to undergo a severe discussion. It will be set one sect against another and to em- seen how far the experience of the past bitter Christian affections.
has operated upon them, and wheiher Three Dissenting Ministers at Nor- they can embrace in their true extent wich, have been refused a licence on the the doctrine of love, the genuine maxims ground of not having procured the cer- of the gospel. tificate of their appointment, said to be The Lancasterians have had a triumph required by the Toleration Act. In this in a very extensive district of London, interpretation the magistrates are justi- around the line from Blackfriars' Bridge fied by a Dissenting Minister, who, in to Clerkenwell Church: and the Bel. notes to a Fast Sermon published this lians have met with success in Dorsetmonth, has given his own interpreta- shire. In the former district, a very tion of the act, which is in unison with respectable meeting was holden, over the high church party, and totally op- which Alderman Smith, late Lord May, posite to the opinion of his brethren, or, presided, whose plain and inartificial and of the last century. Whether the speech on the influence of knowledge judges are of the same opinion we shall on morals, aided by his own experience soon learn : but surely the question in the magisterial chair, of which he gave might have been left to their decision, very important instances, pointed out without affording arguments or advan- in the strongest manner ihe necessity tages to the opponents. It is obvious of educating the poor. The resolutions that, if the interpretation contended for were introduced by Mr. Wajthman in a is granted, the Dissenters have no alter- very eloquent and impressive manner, and native but to preach without licence, or supported by Mr. Quin, in a speech that to apply to the legislature for an inter- would do honour to any assembly. pretation of the act. The carly Chris. They were resisted by a gentieman, tians took the former course; and when who threw out the most illiberal and meetings take place upon the same unfounded assertions that could be deChristian principles the interference or vised, representing the Quakers as Soci. support of the legislature will be unne- nians, and the opposers of Lord Sidcessary,
mouth's Bill, as ready to support their Whilst the Papists and the Dissenters opinions by force. For the honour of are thus claiming our attention, it is with the meeting, he had on the shew of pleasure that we see a party rising, hands only two to support him in some which we trust will increase rapidly in resolutions, and in others he stood alone. numbers from all the sects. It has been A Committee was formed and a liberal raised by the prudence, the industry and subscription commenced. Of the Dor. the zeal of a distinguished member of setshire meeting we know nothing but the establishment, a clergyman of con- by the advertisement, from which it siderable fortune and independent prin- appears that the bishop of the diocese ciples. We need not mention the name was appointed president, five peers, one of Wyvill, the true friend of civil and re- right honourable and two honourables, ligious liberty. He circulated copies of a dean and an archdeacon, vice presidents, his petition, through a very large part of and these with five baronets, seventeen the country, and he has had the satisfac. csquires, and nineteen without any diseion to see it presented to parliament by cinction to their names form a committee.