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good is done, but under very disadvan- amends, a Jew had been as forward in tager us circumstances, from bad accom- gratitude as they had been remiss. The modations. We hope this inconvenience sentiments of that liberal and enlightened will soon be removed, by the erection of Jew he would now recite :--but he a new School house, which has long must first observe, that the Royal Highbeen in contemplation, and which now landers, the Marquis of Huntley's regi. appears
in a fair train for accomplish- ment, were had in high honour in the ment. The harmony and energy among country from which he had just come, Lancasterian Schools in this city are an Ireland. During the rebell on in that happy bond of brotherhood : and the country, the soldiery we e allowed to prospect of the education of every child live at free quarters; and, under martial in it, and of the extension of the same law, rapine and violence might hold benefits to every district where there their lawless sway: but those enlightmay be a disposit on to welcome them, ened, educated soldiers had he Bible in if found necessary, is indeed one of those their hearts and knowledge in their heart-anima. ing prospects, on which heads; the power of violence was rethe nind cannot but dwell wi h delight. strained by the force of principle, asso
We are pleased to see, that, in the ciated with knowledge ; and they would resolutions, the patrons of Mr. Lancas- not even take a drink of butter-milk without ter and his sistem are not forgotten 3 paying for it. If war had put a sword and we are persuaded the country at into the hands of these brave fellows, large, will unite in honouring those knowledge had put a shield, and with that royal and noble names who have ev.nced the oppressions of civil war had been their patriotism, in pacronizing a system, restrained, and the head of the wretched which will bring the light of knowledge and forlorn man protected from the iron (the handm: id of the Christian religion, hand of violence. He then recited the and the blessing of the Bible, into the verses. dwelling of every humble cottager in the empire
The Despot's rule must be o'er darken'd We have had the pleasure of. mention- The tyger's home, the darkness of a ing ihe di ner and ts respectab.e atien. den; dance.-We now report, with equal
But where true FREEDOM lives, no satisfact.on, some of the occurrences of fear she knows, the evening.
To make man learn the blessing she When the Chairm' n gave the health bestows, of the Duke of Kent, Mr. Lancaster made a statement, not as acknowledg
The enligh'en'd KENT, excited at her ing any torst, (which the strictne s of shrine, the religions opinions of the Society of
Spreads quick instruction through each Fr ends, to which he belongs, forbids in
martial line ; any case.) but by way of information..
That every soldier, civiliz'd and free, He stated that the King himself, at
May nobly sh:eld our land of liberty. tended by his consort and princesses,
(Universal approbation.) among whom was the amiable Amelia !) The Cha rman, in concluding his introduced bim to the Duke of Kent, address, stated, that it was not consistwhooned a subscription set forward ent with the principles of the Society of by his royal father. That the Duke Friends, or Quakers, to join in toasts ; then visited his cholars, not in the state and therefore he proposed that the comof a prince of the blood but as a privale pany should express their gratitude to gentlenian, to acquaint himself with the Mr. Lancaster by acclamation, instead merits of the plan, by minute enqu.ry of the customary compliment of drinkand personal inspection. That he then ing his health, which was done loudly introduced it into the Royals, and this and standing. Mr. Lancaster, evidently near three
years ago, as an example to under a strong grateful feeling of sensi. all the regiments of the line. He had bility, rose to make his acknowledgment. educated near 1,000 children and young He obsei ved, that members of his resoldiers in that regiment. And yet, ligious society were tenacious of their though he had : his exalted merit, there principles, for the sake of integrity in were some, u ho called ihemselves (hris religion, and regard to youth. On many tians, who would not give him the hon- occasions, it was hard for them to shut our which was his due: but to make themselves out from meetings conducive
to the purposes of universal benevolence: R. Davis ; at which fifteen ministers many of them might be unused to pub- were present. Mr. William J hui introlic speaking, and find it difficult to ex- duc d the service, and Mr Robert sineplain why ihey acknowledged the civi. thirsc preached from lots x, 34, 35. lity, and abstained from acknowledging Mr J Grundy preachei o non sous the compli: ent with which it was so audience in ihe evening. An arrangeassociated. They never imposed their ment was formed by some of the minisprinciples upon others, and were very ters present, for supplying Congleton for thankful for the enjoyment of her to a limired time. The number of gentle themselves. It was truly relieving to his nien w o dined with the ministers, amind, to have this social mörk of kind mounted to more than forty. at:ention oifered in a way which was
W.J, so une.ceptionable. He could return his grateful acknowledgments for the
Unitarian Fund. kindness shewn him, wii hout expla- We have the pleasure of reporting the nation : and he would conclude with Annual Meeting of the above society, repeating the gratifying relief it afford - which took place on Wednesday, the ed to his mind. Engaged in a public 2 th instant.' In no particular did it pursuit, public company was often a fall in pleasantness, and, it is hoped, in duły, but this marked attention to he usefulness, below the preceding anni. religous scruples of the society of which versaries; in some, it'e ceeded them he was a member, was to hi.n the high- ali; but as we have been so full in our est indulgence he had ever met with; account of the meeting in fornier years and he was highly gratified that this in- we shall content ourselves with a brief dulgence should have been shewn a- account. mong an educated people, where know.
The religious services of the day were ledge had long taken root, and produced conducted as usual in the chapel, Pare the action and re-action of cultivated liament Court, Artillery Lane, Bishopsintellect, to improve its own powers. gate Street, The Rev. T. Madge, of The relief to his minu was inexpressible. Norwich, introduced divine worship by He hoped that pu'ylic urbanity would re- prayer and reading the 2d. chap. of the member the example. He believed the Acis of the Apostles: the 2d prayer was friends of his own society would feel the offered up by the Rev. E. Butcher, of attention so paid to the free exercise of Sidmouth : and the Rev. W. Severn, of their religious freedom, even in what Hull, preached i he Se mon from 2 t'or. might be considered a minutia, as very ii. 1;. For we are not as many which corgratifying: for his own part, he should rupt ihe word of God, but as of sincerity, feel a great pleasure, when going into but as of God, in the sight of G! speak public assemblies, to be able to come in, we in Christ. The preacher made some as a citizen or the s orld, as a friend of
very judicous observations upon the that cause which was so deur to the pre- word of God, distinguishing between the sent company, without having to expla'n word of God and the history of it, and the reason of the peculiarities of his reli. also upon the several ways by which the gious scruples and practices. He was word of God is corrupted, as by mingling truly obliged by the honour done him; with it subule speculations and unauand still more by the kind condescension thorised dogmas, and by not laying due apparent in the manner of doing it, for stress upon its plain doctrines and moral wh ch he returned his thanks,
precepts. He next pointed out the The British and Foreign Bible Society course which it behoves the professors, was drank with rapturous feeling, as and particularly the preachers of the were the friends of the Royal Lancaste- gospel, to pursue in relation to their rian System in London, Dublin, and religious duties, shewing how the AposEdinburgh; and several sentimental tles and primitive Christians were in toasts were given, independent of those Christ, and how the same character may which are merely customary.
belong to modern Christians Here he
was led to consider the present state of Manchester, April 30, 1812. Unitarianism, and the exertions of UniThe Quarterly meeting of Presbyte- tarians, contining himself particularly to sian ministers in this town and neigh- the society before him. He pointed out bourhood, was held on Good-friday at several circumstances in the times favourChowbent, at the chapel of the Rev. B. able to Unitarian efforts, and amongst VOL. VII.
them the detachment of men's minds The following gentlemen were cho.
David Eaton, as they acquired more knowledge they John Grice, would be more disposed to free inquiry, William Hall, Committee. more candid, and more likely to em
Samuel Hart, brace the truth as it is in Jesus. The -Robert Stevens, whole was concluded by an earnest and Rev. William Vidier, pathetic invocation of the blessing of
William Frend, Esq. } Auditors. heaven.
Lawrence Rowe, Esq. S The congregation was numerous, and
The thanks of the society were a large proportion of it stayed to hear voted to the Rev. W. Severn for his the Report of the Committee. In the meeting of the society for usi
sermon; to the Rev. E Britcher, the
preacher elect; to the Rev, R. Wright ness, Thomas Hardy, Esq. of Wal- and the other missionaries ; and to the worth, was in the chair. The Treasurer made his report of the several gentlemen who had served in
office the past year. A vote of thanks state of the finances, by which it ap. also passed to the Rev. T. Rees, for peared that the expenditure of the last the assistance which he has uniformly year had considerably exceeded the in, rendered the Secretary, in couducting come, owing to the several extended
the Welsh correspondence. The promissions undertaken during this period; ceedings of the meeting were marked the balance in the Treasurer s hands, and by unanimity, and closed about four the property vested in Exchequer bills, o'clock by resolutions thanking the amounts, we are sorry to say, to little chairman, and the minister and mamore than 400l. though we are better pleased that the funds should be now and their friends then adjourned to
nogers of the chapel. The subscribers employed, as far as the occasion calls the London Tavern, to a dinner profor them, than that they should be trea: vided by the stewards and committee, sured up for future emergencies which may never arise, or which may find the on the usual economical plan.
At the dinner, a larger company society less disposed to active exertion.
was assembled than on any preceding The Report of the Committee was
occasion Preparation had been made next read, embracing a great variety of for 250 persons in the great room ; topics, it occupied an hour and a half but the influx of visitors war so great in the reading. As we shall probably that it was found necessary to lay a be favoured in an early number with table in an adjoining room; the guests the substance of it, we shall not now here afterwards joined the larger party, attempt an abridgment. It was receive making the con pavy to consist of uped by the meeting, and ordered to be wards of two hundred and seventy published at the discretion of the Com.
who by the arrangements mittee. . One of the priuc pal features and activity of the stewards were all of it was the history of the rise of the Un tarian congiegation at Reading,
comfortably accommodated. and the society resolved that they cor- into the chair, which he had filled at
Joh. Towill Rutt, Esq. was chosen dially approved the proceedings of the the first annual dinner, and which he Committee in this particular, and that had on this occasion been solicited by they would second, according to their the Committee to occupy again. To ability, the exertions of their brethren him the meeting was indebted for its in that place. They also voted the sum spirit and harmony, and useful bearof T wenty Pounds towards the Unitarian ing upon the objects of the society. church now erecting at Glasgow. It was further resolved that every gen- timents delivered from the chair..
The following were some of the sentleman preaching the annual sermon should be, in virtue of his services, an ed, that every child in the British empire
The King; may his wish be accomplishhonorary member of the society; this should be enabled to read the Bible. l'his rule tu be retrospective.
was prefaced by the remark that in
the present circumstances of the per- was heard with marked attention by synage referred to, it would have been the meeting. perlaps most respectful to him to The Treasurer, John Christie, Esq. have forborne introducing his name who gave a ve y interesting represeninto public; unless indeed the King's tation of the plan and objects of the patronage of Joseph Lancaster bad institution, followed by an urgent reconferred upon him such an honour. commendation of its support. able distinction as uo adversity could Mr. Frend, and the Unitarian Academy; reuder worthless.
which gave occasion to Mr. F. to The cause of civil and religious liberty explain the plan and present state of all the world aver
this institution. The names of several The Unitarian Fund.
subscribers were in consequence given May the wisdom of the legislature no to the Treasurer of the Fand, who is longer suffer the Toleration Act to be also Treasurer of the Academy “ abominably intolerant." This was in- Mr. Severn next proposed the fol. troluced with au explanation of the lowing, after some pertinent and wording of it: the phrase within como interesting introdurtory observations : was was stated to have been used by The Uritartans of Transylvania, and a Lord Sidmouth, in his speeeh on the speedy communication between them and rejection of his celebrated and upfor, their British lyethren. In giving it, the tuvate (though perhaps cotill-intend. chairman stated that he believed the ed) bili; and it was understood that intercourse which was deemed so de. the phrase bail been privately ex- sirable was about to be opened, plained by the puble speaker in re- through a channel lately discovered. ference to the Unitarians. Some ju. We can and only the names of the dicious and impressive observations gentlemen, in order, who afterwards were made on the general subject of addressed the meeting: Mr. Hardy, the Toleration Act, and of religious who proposed to the chair, Success to liberty.
the Monthly Repository: the Secretary, The Rev. W. Severn, the preacher, who on his health being given : the Rev. returned thanks in a very animated W. Vidler, whose name was given, in strain.
conuection with a wisb for the prosThe Missionaries of the Unitarian Fund: perity of the cause at Reading: the may they go forth bearing precious seed, Rev. E. Butcher, the preacher elect: and the harvest be abundant. On this, Mr. Eaton, for the Committee : Mr. Messrs. Wright and Bennett addressed Sturch, on proposing the health of the company.
the Chairman, which was received The memory of Priestley, Lindsey and with unusual demonstratious of reWakefield. This toast, received with spect: Mr. Thomas Foster, in con. silence by the company, was prefaced nection with the book societies : the by some fceling observations. The Rev. T. Rees, as Secretary of the chairman repeated one remark made Christian Tract Society, and Mr. by Mr. Sturci (who now sat on his Hennell, on behalf of the Stewards. left hand) when he filled the same As the company was more numerous chair; namely, that we ought rather than on any former occasion, so it to rejoice that such men lived, than contained, we are happy to say, a to lament that they died.
greater number than we had before The Rev. Mr. Lyons, and the Unitarian seen of country ministers and brecause in Scolland. Mr. L. stated, in thren, returning thanks, which he did with We have but one remark to make much warmth of feeling, that he con. in concluding our brief report; namely, sidered the Society's the most honour. that the pleasautness of the meeting, is able and important work to which a pledge of its utility, and that the the powers of the human mind could growing interest which the successive possibly be directed, that he gloried in the object of the institution, which • A general meeting of the sub. was no other than the promotion of scribers and Friends to the Unitarian human happiness; and that he felt Academy was held, agreeably to ad. a growing conviction that this ubject vertisement, the next day: the result was practicable and attainable by the of the meeting will, we expect, SVOB means within our reach, Tbis speech appear on our pages.
anniversaries of the Unitarian Fuod mon parent in schemes of the greatest excite, is the best proof of the appro- and most sublime utility Several rebation of its plan and objects by the solutions expressive of the Satisfaction Unitarian public.
of the meeting were put by the alternate
speakers of every persuasion, and were Birmingham Auriliary Bible So. carried without a dissentient oice. In ciety.
short, the most perfect and cordial una
nim ty prevailed, and all dist actions of 'The general annual meeting of the BISMINGUAM ASSOCIATION for pro- in the general and laudable desire of
parties and opinions seemed to be buried moting the oljects of the BritisH AND
be ng instrumental in conferring benefits Foreign Bible SOCIETY, was held at
of the most valuable nature upon the the Royal Hotel, yesterday, when the accounts of the success of the institution poor and the ignorant.
Midland Chronicle, April 25th, 1812. were listened to with pleasure by a nu. merous auditory of ladies and gentleThe chair was taken at twelve
THE UNITARIAN TRACT SOCIETY o'clock, by the Rev Mr Spooner, who opened the business of the day, and was
TOR WARWICKSHIRE and the NEIGHfollowed by the Revds. E. Burn, Dr.
COUNTIES. The annual Tou'min, Scott, J. Kentish, Jas. mecting of this Society will be held, Budaicom, &c. Messrs. Corn, Rock, this year, on Wednesday, the 17th of P. M. James and others, who succes: June, at Evesham in Worcestershire: sively addressed the asse.nbly.- We re. when the Rev. John Fry, of Coseley, gret that want of room prevents the will preach. The service to begin ac possibility of our giving any report of 11 o'clock. A Lecture will be preached ther various in:eresting and eloquent on the preceding evening by the Rev. speeches. The most sati tactory ac
John Kentish or Bu mingham. counts were given of the success of this most excellent institution and the most The Annual Meeting of the Southcheerin hopes held forth of its future ERV UNITARIAN SOCIETY will this usefulness. In eight years it was stated vear take place at Chichester on the the Holy Scriptures bave been trans first of July: The Sermon in the Mornlated into fifty-four languages, and ing will he preached by the Rev. Wil300,000 copies have been distributed. liam Hughes, formerly of London. 100 Auxiliary Societies have been estab. There will also be service in the even lished, which co-operate with the com- ing.
MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS ;
The Christian's Survey of the Political World.
With the utmost grief we heard the secutor, committed to prison. It is first account, that the Attorney Gene- needless for us to say, how much we ral had thought it necessary toʻuse the abhor the sentiments, which were the power with which he is, or claims to objects of this pro ecut.on. Our Lord be in reted, in prosecuting a bookseller and master was reviled upon earth, but for publishing a book, written against he did not crush his revilers : and when the per uliar doctrines of Christianity. his mistaken disciples intreated him to This grief was increased, by the event ca'l down fire from heaven to destroy of that trial, in which a deaf old man those, who would not ac' nowledge, was frequently interrupted by the court, like the author of the book in question, and his defence did not appear to be his divine miesion, far from acceding to answered by either his prosecutor or his such a request, he rebuked them with judge ; and being found guiliy by the these emphatic words, Ye know not jury he was, at the instance of the pro- what spirit ye are of.' Sir Vicary Gibbs,