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Intelligence.-Southern Unitarian Society. dispensably necessary as a qualification Matthew xix. 17, on the goodness of for happ ness, are indelted for salvation, God. not to ibe“ merits of Christ," a phrase It having been reported to the Society, no where to be found in scripture, nor that the Unitarian cause, at Brighton, to any other merits, but solely to the tree was apparently flourishing, and that a mercy or favour of Almighty God. This place had recently been purchased by its service, as vell as the preceding; was patrons, in which to perform public well attended. Christian unanimity, worship; it was agreed that the next chrity and cheerfulness pervaded the general meeting of the society should be whole of his happy day, and the friends holden at that place, when the Rev. J. of pure, incorrupted, scriprural Christi. W. Fox is expec:ed to preach. an ty may congraculate themselves upon The members of the Society were the encreasing success of their labours, gratified in finding that whilst from the
The folloing evening, Jude 18, at a changes incident to human affairs, some lecture, the Rev. Saniuel Fawcett, of names were obliged to be erased from Yeov I, conducted the devotional part of the list of subscribers, new members the ervice, and the Rev. Robert Aspland were obtained to fill the vacant places. addressed a cons derable auditory from A present of books was voted to the the part of Paul's speech before Felix, Unitarian Fund, and to the Welch Uniwhich is found Acts xxiv. 15, 16 “And tarian Society. have hope 10:ards God, that there After dinner the following toasts, shall be a resurrection of the dead, both among others, were drank of the just and unjust; and here in do I Joseph Lancaster, whom the Chairman exerc sé myself, to have always a consci. described as an able coadjutor in the ence void of offence toward God, and cause of truth, -as the more knowlege toward men.” In meetings like these, is diffused, the more must truth prevail. attroded from proper motives, and con.
The York Academy was proposed by ducted in a truly liberal and candid W. Cooke, Esq. as a seminary which spirit, the social nature of Christianity had produced many able and enlightened is exemplif ed, the power of religous defenders of true Christianity. principles invigorated, the bond of affec The Secretary, adverting to a custom tion between all sincere enquirers after which formerly prevailed in the Society, truth, rendered more firm, and that of drinking, in silence, the memory of "refreshment from the presence of the Dr. Priestley, suggested the propriety of Lord" exper enced, which is the solace classing with it the names of li akefield and oy of the devout soul. May these and Lindsey. He considered these three “ ruits of the spirit" be multiplied in men were nearly equal in talent : equally our churches, and more and more acted ready to brave ihe storms of adversity, upon in the lives of individual profes- in defence of what they deemed the sors ! !
truth, and of having equally contributed
to the support and spread of the UnitaSouthern Unitarian Society.
rian cause. And in rising to retun
thanks, when his health was drank, he The Anniversary Meeting of the took occasion to press e pon the company SOUTHERN UNITARIAN SOCIETY, the necessity of adding exertions to took place at Chichester, on the first of wishes, for the furtherance of the object July.
for which the Society had then met: The morning and evening services and particularly insisted on the uscful were well attended; the former was tendency of the MONTHLY REPOSIopened by .he Rev. J. W. Morris, after TORY. He characterised this publicawhich, the Rev. W. Hughes delivered tion as the only work devoted to the an excellent discourse from John i. 18, Unitarian doctrine, as the only one open from which words he took occasion to to free enquiry, and of course not only shew, that the ascription of ihe titles and worthy of support, but that it would attribuies of Deity io Christ, formed no be a dishonour to the friends of civil ground for the belief that he was a Di- and religious liberty if it were not exvine Being. As the sermon will prob. tensively supported, and concluded by ably be printed, it is not here necessary giving as a coast, The Monthly Repository, to enlarge upon its design. In the even- and may it receive such support from ing the Rev. R. Scott began the service, the friends of free enquiry, and particu. and che Rev. R. Wright preached, from larly from Unitarians, as shall afford
ample satisfaction to the Editor, and re- to specify, where the whole was so crefect honour upon themselves.
ditable, it might be said that he stu lents of the fourth year affordel particular sa
tisfaction, by the clear and u em Jara Manchester New College, removed rassed manner in which they went to l'ork.
through their long examination on the
sources and rules of Biblical Criticism, On Wednesday and Thursday, the and the practical cxemplifications which 24th and 25th of June, the Annual Ex- they gave of each, out of the several amination was held in the presence of books of the Old Testameat, wi'h the Samuel Shore, Esq. Samuel Shore, jun. original la: guage and contents of wiich Esq. President, Robert Drifield, George they shewed thems:ives to hive atta.ned Struct, T. B. W Sanderson, Samuel a degree of acquaintance, which could Philips, Esqrs. Mes»is. Robert Kay, scarcely have been expected ar so early George ilampson, G. W. Wood, Trea- a period; but which affordd a pleasing surer, and T. H. Robinson, Secretary, earnest of their being well-prepared for and the Rev. Messrs. Astley, Davies, entering on the study of the more perfect Dean, Hawkes, Higginson, Kentish, dispensation of the gospel in the ensuing Lee, Robe:di, Severn, Yates and Tur- session. ner, Visitor; who were, throughout the The examination closed, as usual, with whole, highly gratified with the profi- an address from the Visitor, which, at ciency made by the students under the the request of the gentlemen present, is able direction of their tutors. The ex- sent for insertion in the Monthly Reposiamination com:nenced each day at nine, tory, and continued, with a short intermission - Gentlemen, I now come to disfor refreshment, till half past five : the charge my part, which I am happy to several classes being carefully led through say continues to be to myself a highly the ubjects which had come before them pleasing part of this day's business. In in the course of their studies, during the the name of this assembly I con Tatupreceding session, by a series of questions late your tutors, as well as yourselves on concerning the nature of which they had the result of this long and satisfactory not the slightest previous information ; examinacion. We, each of us, have it and by the reading of passages, chosen now in our power to attest to our seveat the moment, from the Greek and ral friends the excellent state of this Ronan classics, and from the originals institution; for students who are able of the several books composing the sacred to give so good an account of the course volumes: the whole interspersed with of study in which they have been orations, critical discourses and sermons, engaged, and to exhibit' such pleasby all the students, except those in their ing specimens of their talents for comfirst year, on subects chosen by themposition, on subjects connected with it. selves, and none of them corrected, or must have been very carefully instructed: even seen, by any of their tutors, pre- and it is a high satisfaction that we can vious to their delivery*:-If it were fair carry with us the further report, that its
discipline continues to be no less com* Mr. Wallace, on the different Effects meudable than its proficiency.-If this
should have been promoted, in any deof Arguments on the Judgment, as a Ground of Candour, and mutual For which you have this year resi ied, it will
gree, by the more collegiate form in bearance; Mr. Howse, on the Character be a gratifying circumstance to those of Richlieu; Mr. Holland, an Examina. sion of Hume's Essay on Miracles ; Mr. Brettell, on the Divine Authority of of Christi Mr. Lewis, on the Evidences Moses ; Mr. Strutt, on the Advantages of of the Resurrection of Christ ; Mr. Man the Study of Natural History; Mr. Cook, ley, a Sermon on Christian Union, from on Liberty of Conscience; Mr. Bakewell, John xvii: 20, 21. Mr. George Kenrick, on the Causes which tended to infuse a on the Christian Sabbath, from Gen. ii. Spirit of Freedom in the British Consti: 2, 3, Mr. Henry Turner, on the Sanc cution, and an opposite Spirit into that of tions of the Mosaic Law, fiom Exod. France; Mr. Ashton, on the Destruc. xix. 3–8. and Mr. Hutton on the Duty tion of the Canaanites; Mr. Sanderson, and Benefit of Searching the Scriptures, on the State of the World at the Coming from Joha v. 39.
468 Delligence.- Manchester New College removed to Yorką who have, in so handsome a manner, youth might properly be led to those effected the purchase of the academical studies which might fit them for civil bildings; and may stimulate others life. In addition to the rudiments of to contiidi te their aid towards the liqui- the dead languages, and the elements of dution of the debt which yet remains mathematical sc.ence, history, ethics upon them. In the mean time it has and jurispruden e, the maxims of politicreated a pleasing difficulty with regard cal economy, the usctul application of to the adjudication of the prizes; the natural h.story and philo ophy, to agrireport of good and orderly conduct, have culture,:he art, and manufactures, these, ing been found so general, that in this with vanous other subjects of obvious respect, for want of prizes for you all, use and importance, began to be introwe must request that you will accept in duced, particularly into that seminary of general our testi ony of high as proba- which several of us eniertain a grateful eon ; which will operate as an effectual recollection, and of wh ch this is the encouragement to your perseverance. direct succissor, by that excellent pe son* As a selection, however, must be made, who has thrown light on almost every I am commissioned to deliver the fi st subject of human enquiry, but who has, prize for diligence, re ularity and pro- more especially, contributed to free from ficiency to Mr. Samuel Robinson, of corruption the important doctrines of the Woodlands near Manchester, the second Christian revelation : and his example to Mr. Benjamin Mardon, of Exeter, and has been followed, more or less, by to present a testimony of approbation, several of our Universities. equal in value to the third prize, to each “You, my yı ung friends, have been enof the three following gentlemen,-Mr. joying, in these respects, such advantages Lewis, of South Wales, Mr. Holland, of as this institution could afford you ; and Manchester, and Mr. Smith, of West- your in provement of them we have had minster. The eminence of the two a satisfactory opportun ty of witnessing. la:ter, in their respective pursuits, may Those of you who return to us will le. seem to have entitled them to a higher tuin, 1 persuade my elf, with a full deprize; but their superior attainments, termination to avail yourselves of the previous to their entrance into this in- further opportunities which it will be stitution, though greatly to the r credit, in our power to offer. Those of you and carrying in itself its own reward, who leave us will persevere, I trust, in were not to be taken into consideration, those habits and courses of study which in calculating the proficiency of the pre. you ha e here beşun, so far 's your sesent year.
specuive circumstances will adnit For “ It has been usual, on these occasions, I hope you will keep it always in mind, to address a few words of adv.ce to our that you will stil. continue to have much young friends who are to leave us : par- to learn, teyond what your tutors have ricul sly to those who are ent: ring on here been able to teach you. You will the important office of public religious remember, that "schools and colleges, instructors. As none of this class are are not the only places of education.'t expected this year to dissolve their con. You will find the world itself to be the nection with the College, I wish to take greatest theatre of instruction; and you the oppori unity of addressing a few will continue to learn by acting in it. If words more particularly to those young we have only sui ceeded in inspiring you gentlemen, who are designed for sone with a love of truth, anu the sense of or other of the departments of civil and virtue and public spirit, you will be active life. It is a great advantage, my “ready to every good work," as you young friends, which you possess, over shall be called to it. You will discharge your predecessors in former ages, that the relative and social dutics, as mensyou have the opportunity of a much bers of families and of civil society; and, more enlarged and liberal education, at the same time, you will not forget Formerly pone but the clergy, or, at that you are members of the larger somost, the learned professions, were con- ciety of mankind, and should therefore sidered as having any occasion for learn- feel an interest in whatever respects truih ing, and if others offered themselves for instruction, they were ubliged to sube mit to the plan of scholastic discipline, * Priestley on Education, p. 185--traced out for the former classes. But of 230. late it has been justiy thought that + Priestley's Sermon at Hackney, p. 6.
liberty or general happiness. You will others that general regard to virtue and probably have a variity of duties to per- religion, wh ch is the best security for form: some of you will be called on to the well-being of society. act a part in commercial and civil life; “ It has given us the hi hest pleasure some, perhaps, in a still more extended to observe, :hat those of you who, on sphere. It is of great importance that this occasion, have exhibited speciens you should le qualified to act your parts of your proficiency in composition, have, well: for in times so eventful as the in general, chosen such subjects as shew present, and those which follow are not that you h ve paid great attention to the likely to be less so,) a favourable issue of evidences of natural and revealed reli. things very greatly depends upon the gion : and to learn, that during your principles and conduct of those who are residence here, you have duly and reto be the actors. If you here imbi e a spectfully attended the services both of Christianity of an enlarged and liberal family and public worship. We crust form, you will have an infallible guide that we may take this for a sufficient in every emergency ; having been duly security, that in the spirit with which instructed in its evidences, you will be your fellow-student has so well pleaded in less danger of being laughed, or scoff- the cause of the Christian Sabbath, you ed, or persecuted out of it; having learn- will carry with you into the world those ed ts genuine principles, you will be principles and babits which you have grateful for them, and steadily attached here been forming, and in this, and to them; you will securely depend upon every other instance, do honour to the the providence and government of such institution in wh.ch you have been edua Being as it represents the Father of cated.” mercies to be; you will be furnished The whole was concluded, as usual, with precepts ready for application to with a short devotional exercise, and the cvery circumstance and event, with an Committee ad ourned to dinner at Et. example of spotless purity, invincible ridge's where much interesting conintegrity, and unlimited benevolence, versation took place on the business of and with motives beyond all others, ani- the evo days --A min ster from one of mating you to an excelient and honour. the midland counties, who had now for able conduct.
the first time attended, expre-sed a wish “But in order to maintain the proper that every cong egation in hek.ngdom, influence of this most excellent gift of interested in the successful education of God upon your memory, let me re- min.sters on enlarged and liberal princicommend it to you to be particularly ples, would send a depury to the Annual careful that you continue to observe a E an:inat on; he was couvinced that regular attendance and devout behavicur nothing more would be ne dful to in. in regard to public worship. Your con- sure the effectual support of the instituduct in this respect is of great impor- tion, - Several additional applications tance, not only to yourselves, but to having been made for the admission society. It may be thought that those of students on the foundation, and who are engaged in the service of the some apprehension having been exsanctuary are obliged in decency to re- pressed, thai the interest on the debt spect its ordinances, But, as you have on the newly purchased buildings, tolately heard it ably and convincingly gether with the annual instalme. is for argued, the obligation is not confined to its gradual liquiation, night cramp the them; it is for you also to " search the exertions of he Cornmittee in this way, scriptures,” and profess the truths which at a period when they were likely to be you find in tl.em: and if you also shew so much called for, a conversation took by your conduct, that you consider place, on the very handsome conduct yourselves under an equal obligation to of several subscribers to the loan, and attend to the duties which they incul. the Secretary reported at the close of cate,-by no means neglecting the in. the meeting, thai twelve gentlemen had strumental duties,-you will not only agreed to give up their respective sums secure your own happiness, but you will to the Permanent Fund, on condition of adorn the religion which you profess, an Address being drawn up and circuand the stations in life which you may lated among the friends of the institu. be called to fill; and you will contribute tion; whiskon was immediately prepared most etiectually to promote among accordingly, and ordered to be printed.
Intelligence:-Quakers' Yearly Epistle. There have this year been twenty one “I am deeply sensible of the calamistudents, of whom thirteen have been ties which necessarily attend a state of for the ministry. The number of divi- war. nity students in the ensuing session is “ It would, therefore, be most grateful expected to be, at least, fifteen ; and the to my feelings, to observe such a change whole number between twenty and in the views and conduct of the enemy thirty.
V.F. as would admit of the cessation of hos
tilities, consistently with a just regard to
the important interests which have been Address of the Quakers to the committed to my charge, and which it Prince Regent, from the Lon
is my indispensible duty to maintain.
“ Í reflect with great satistaction or don Gazette, June 20, 1812. the religious privileges secured to you To George Augustus, Prince Regent of the by the wisdom and benevolence of the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and laws, and you may rest assured of my
journments from the 20th of the office of administering the regal government of this country, we his dutiful sub
5th Month, to the 30th of the jects, the religious Society of Friends, same, inclusive, 1812. are desirous of representing to thee a To the Quarterly and Monthly Meetings subject, in which we believe the welfare
of Friends, in Great Britain, Ireland, of our country is deeply concerned,
Being permitted at the present time believe it to be an evil, from which the to investigate the state of our religious spirit of the gospel of Christ would society, and partic.pacing together in wholly deliver the nations of the earth, that love, which, we believe, takes its we humbly petition thee to use the royal origin in the boundless mercy of God prerogative, now placed in thy hands, through Christ our Holy Redeemer, to take such early measures for the put through Him who died for us, and who ting a period to this dreadful siate of ever liveth to make intercession for us, devastation, as we trust the wisdom of we have found this love to extend to ihy councils, as they seek for divine di. you our brethren. We have considered rection, will be enabled to discover.
your situation, whether in your larger Impressed with a grateful sense of the or smaller meetings; and as we have religious privileges we enjoy under the aga n been impressed with the belief, present government, we submit this that in renewing the written salutation highly important cause of suffering hu- of our love, we shall be found in the manity, which is peculiarly near to our way of our duty; we have desired to hearts, to thy most serious consideration;
be directed to impart to you such inthat thus thou may'st become an honour formation and counsel as 'may tend to ed instrument in the hand of the Al your increase in the fear of the Lord, mighty, in promoting his gracious de- and in the consolations of his presence. signs respecting the inhabitants of the
Seeing therefore the infinite value of earth.
love, that indispensible qualification of
a true disciple, we are desirous of pressSigned in, by order, and on behalf of ing it on every individual, to examine the Yearly Meeting of the said impartially how far he feels it to floupeople, held in London, this ogch rish in his own mind, and to influence day of the 5th month 1812, by all his actions, thus inducing o hers to JOHN WILKINSON,
follow him, as he is endeavouring to Clerk to the Meeting this year. nothing will be so favourable to the
follow Christ. And we believe that To which address his Royal Highness preservation of this holy disposition was pleased to return the following most as humility of heart, a temper in which gracious answer:
we constantly see ourselves unworthy