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ing has, hitherto, been rather an to call the attention of your readers
Your most obedient Servant,
AN UNITARIAN LAYMAN,
The end proposed is A General Association of all the Unitarian
Societies, throughout England and Plan of a General Unitarian As. Wales. sociation.
THE PLAN. Warrington, July 1, 1812. 1. District Assuciation. - A SIR,
number of neighbouring societies, Conceiving that a greater de- willing to join the Association, tu gree of Union than at present sub. be united, so as to form a District sists between the different societies Association, to be denominated by of Unitarian Christians, would the town of most consequence in most essentially promote the cause the district. of Unitarianism, which I firmly The minister, together with a believe to be the cause of the gos- lay delegate, chosen annually, to pel, I beg leave, through the me- be deputed by each society, to a dium of your valuable Repository, meeting of the district, to be held
432 Plan of a General Unitarian Association.. four times in the year, at each knowledge amongst the tower place belonging to the district, al- classes of society. terpateiy, and a sermon to be de. 2. County Association. At the livered on the occasion.
first quarterly District Meeting, a At the first quarterly meeting, minister and layman to be deputed a President and Secretary to be from each District to a County chosen annually out of the minis. Meeting; and where the numbers ters of the district, and a Treasurer in one county are small, two or out of the lay delegates.
more counties may be united in The friends of the cause, not one Association. delegates, to be adınitted to the . The Couny Meeting to be held meeting, and allowed to deliver twice in the year, at one or other their opinions freely, on any ques. of the principal places of the tion, but not to be entitled to vote. county, alternately, and a sermon
At the conclusion of divine delivered on the occasion, when it service, the business of the district would be proper to have a collecto be entered upon, when the state tion to be added to the funds of of ihe different societies is to be the Association. laid before the meeting, and the At the first half-yearly meeting, pecuniary wants of particular so. a President, Secreiary and Trea. cieties taken into consideration and surer to be chosen, for the year relieved, if adviseable, out of the ensuing. funds of the Association. Any case, After divine service, the business requiring assistance, either of a of the County Meeting to be enpecuniary or of any other nature, tered upon, and the state of the not in the power of the Association different districts taken into consi. to afford, may be referred to the deration, together with any plans consideration of the County As- to promote ihe prosperity of the sociation mentioned below. cause, such as supplying pecuniary
After the business is concluded, aid to societies in want of it, or the ministers and other delegates furnishing assistance in the formato partake of an economical din. tion of new societies, &c. which ner at the expence of the Associa- plans, if not then determined upon, lion ; other friends of the cause, may be transferred to the General not delegates, to be admitted to the Meeting, hereafter mentioned. dinner at their own expence.
Where the funds of the Associ. It is obvious that such a meet. ation are sufficient for the purpose, ing must be of incalculable utility, it would be adviseable to employ a and many plans might be there missionary in spreading the gospel adopted to promote the cause; throughout the county. such, for instance, as the forma. The Association to dine together tion of new interests in the dis. after the business is transacted. trict, by preaching and by Unit. 3. General Association. — At arian tracts; the establishment the first half yearly meeting of of congregational libraries or of each County Association, a mi. Sunday schools in each society nister and a layman to be annually of the district ; or the institution appointed to attend a meeting of of small tracı libraries in different the General Association, which is places, for the diffusion of religious to be held, once in each year, at
one or other of the largest towns sions, and to follow the instrucin the kingdom alternately, and a tions of the Association, and sermon or seriens to be preached to watch over the interests of the on the occasion, and a collection body at large ; with a power of made in aid of the General Fund; calling an extraordinary general and, after choosing a president, meeting upon any emergency, such, secretary and treasurer, the gi ne, for insiances as an intended inva. ral business of the Association to sion of the religious righıs of Dis. be transacted, and the result to senters in general, or os Unitarians be printed in an Address to the in particular. body or Unitarians, and transmit. The expences of the respective ted to the difierent county dele. delegates to be defrayed out of the gates, to be by them transmitted funds of the Association to which to the delegaies of the district they are depuied. inecting, and by them commun).
In order in form the necessary cated to each separate society. funds, each pariteular s city en
The General Association would tering into the Association, toliave be of great utility in devising an annual sermon and a collection. schemes for the support of de One-t. urth of the monky so colo cayed ministers, and for the relief lected to be reserved by the society of the widows, and for the educa. for their own particular exercions ; tion of the orphans of dice:sed three-fourts to be tran-mitted to ministers, as well as for the esta- the districi m'pting, who are to blishment of seminaries of minis transmit one-balf to the county terial education. They might also meeting, by whom the remaining undertake the publishing of popu. one-fourth is to be transmitted in lar Unitarian books and tracts, the General Association meeting : and of lessons, according to the so that one.fourth will be approplan of Mr. Lancaster, which are priated to the funds of each socie. much wanted for the use of Uni. ty, -one-fourth to the funds of the tarian Sunday schools; and, by district Association, once fourth printing large impressions, might to the funds of the County Assosupply the Unitarian body with ciation, and the remaioing one. books, &c. at a cheap rate. They fourth to the funds of the General might also send missionaries io Association. preach throughout the kingdom, It is probable that the funds by means of whom, and aided by might be considerably augmented the General Fund, new interests by donations and bequests from might be raised and the cause re. opulent friends. vived in those places where it has N. B. The object might be hitherto been declining for want promoted by the exertions of the
London Unitarian Fund Society 4. Generul Committee.-A stand. and of their missionaries, who ing Committee to be chosen an- might transmit to each separate nually by the General Association, Society a printed copy of the plan consisting of such of its members deemed must e igible, and solicit as reside in or near London, who their concurrence. are to carry into effect the deci.
Hopton Haynes. Mr. Crabbe's Representation of Thy thoughts, thy ways, great God I are Universal Restoration.
not as mine,
And to thy mercy I my soul resign.
The author of The Borough,
tion to theology, beyond his subany views of the Divine govern- the Church of England. He might ment, short of universal restoration, will be glad to find the otherwise have discovered from
the connected" sense of holy writ," professors of that doctrine recog.
that he hazarded no “conjecture," nized among the sects of the country, and their opinions represented
in believing that God is good to all,
and his tender mercies are over all fairly. Under this impression, I send you the following lines, from his works ; a position which can Crabbe's Poem, called The Bo. scarcely be reconciled to any view
of the Divine dispensations, which rough, which has just come in
excludes the idea of universal re. my way. They are, in Letter 4.,
storation. entitled Religious Sects.
HOSPES. We have, it seems, who treat, and
doubtless well, Of a chastizing, not awarding, hell;
Hopton Haynes. Who are assured that an offended God
June 25, 1812. Will cease to use the thunder and the In the New View of London,
rod; A soul on earth, by crime and folly
1708, (ii. 703.) I lately found the stain'd,
names of Newton and Haynes When here corrected has improvement thus mentioned among the officers gain'd;
of the mint, at that period. In other state still more improved to “ Sir Isaac Newton, Kt. (that
grow, And nobler powers in happier worlds to
most celebrated mathematician,) know;
is Master Worker. New strength to use in each divine em “Hopton Haynes, Esq. Weighploy,
er and teller, &c." And, more enjoying, looking more to
This entry agrees with the state
ment in the Preface to the second The ingenious poet, however, edition of Haynes's Scripture Ac. appears rather to wish than believe
count. The New View, attributed the truth of this doctrine, for he
to a writer of the name of Hatton, adds,
is considered as a work of autho. A pleasing vision ! could we thus be
Since the decease of the worthy Polluted souls would be at length so
relict of Mr. Michael Dodson, pure; The view' is happy, we may think it there has been added to the col. just,
lection at Williams's library, a It may be crue --but who shall add, it portrait of Hopton Haynes. Would
must ? To the plain words and sense of sacred not an engraving of this portrait, writ,
attached to a new edition of his, With all my heart, I rev'rently submit; now very scarce work, be suffici. But where it leaves me doubtful, I'm ently desired by the Unitarians to To call conjecture to my reason's aid;
cover the expence ?
Deity of the Holy Spirit.
name; that prayer, therefore, ap
pears not to be intended for the Liverpool, June 18, 1812. Christian, but the Jewish state : SIR,
had it been designed to be used In your Repository for March when Christianity was established, last (p. 149) a correspondent who how came Mark and John not to signs himself M. H. puts some notice it in their Gospels ? as questions relating to the Holy Spi. thereby those early Christians, rit. He asks, “ why did Jesus who had only those gospels, would Christ never offer up a single pe. want this important form of prayer. tition to this equal in Omnipo- And if you refer to the 16th chaptence,” &c.; and further remarks, ter of John, our Lord, just be. that “in that most striking and fore his sufferings tells his disciples, comprehensive form of words which Hitherto ye have asked nothing in he delivered to us does he exclu- my name ; and that whatsoever sively teach us to pray to the Fa- they should ask the Father in his ther.” Now, it is difficult to say, name, he would give it them ; evi. whether your correspondent is dently showing that prayer was to really ignorant what reply Trini. be offered in a different manner tarians would make to this, or and through a different medium whether he supposes, that none of after his ascension, to what it had the few who may happen to see been during the Jewish polity. I the Repository, will think it worth have also said, that the disciples did while to answer it, therefore ex. not understand the nature of the pects to claim a victory as though gospel, or Christ's kingdom, until it was unanswerable. I would after his ascension, for we find, even refer your reader to two excellent after his resurrection, his disciples books on this subject, viz. Dr, asked him, Acts i. 6. " Wilt Owen's and Mr. Hurrion's, and thou at this time restore the king. advise him to read them; but dom to Israel?” This he tells lest he should think this doctrine them it was not for them to know, has no advocates in the present but that they should receive power day, I would make one or two after the Holy Ghost was come observations. And first respect. upon them. So that it does not ing the Lord's Prayer, which ap- appear, that every thing which pears to me only suited to the our Lord and his disciples prac. Jewish state of the church. Every tised as Jews is to be a model for one who attentively considers the Christians. New Testament must observe, that But further. However M. H. our Lord acted as a Jew and at. may think of the Holy Spirit, he tended all the Jewish feasts, rites appears to have been a person of and ceremonies; and that the true considerable importance during nature and design of his kingdom our Lord's stay on earth, who and gospel were not revealed to declares blasphemy against him his disciples until after his ascen. to be an unpardonable sin : and sion, when the Holy Ghost came he also appears to have been con. upon them : and, previous to this, sidered as of high importance after prayer was offered up through the our Lord's ascension. When our medium of the daily sacrifices, Lord, according to his promise, and not through him or in his sent him to carry on the gospel,