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and a good life ” 10 be the indis. note love to God, hope of heaven pensable conditions of salvation; and the practice of virtue) than but if this oftend Mr. Freeston, other Christians,-- who shall dare he must bring bis complaints to pronounce, unless he can read against the apostles, from whom the heart and be authorized to the Unitarians have learned to mount the seat of judgment? Our make the divine benevolence the author arrogates to himself this procuring cause, and well-doing prerogative of heaven, and inthe necessary means of eternal sinuates that “Socivaans” are de. life.
ficient in spiritual mindedness" “ 9. Because I find the church and “ morals, and asserts that on carth and the church in hea. they are " frequently fond of car. ven, ascribe their salvation to the nal pleasure." Such slander, blood of the Redeemer." What which must proceed ciłher from does Mr. Freeston mean by the malignity or wilful ignorance, blood of the Riveemer,' more can call forth no other answer from than his voluntary death, his offer. Unitarians ihan :heir pity and their ing up his life for the goods of prayers. Let them however take maukinii! I more b: nicant, let care and not regard this mode of it be explainel :--É no more be calumny as necessary to the remeant, then it will appear a cužio puied orthodox system; for we ous reason for not being a “ So. know many of its advocates who cirian," that the scriptures tcach would abhor the use of such poi. the favouriie doctrine of the “ Sce soned weapons, and who look on cinians," that salvation is by the such auxiliaries as Mr. Freoston dea:h of Chust, connected, as it a, the greatest foe's to the cause was in fact, and is in scripture, which they are officious to serve. with his resurrection.
“ 11. Because the Divine Being. “ 10. Because, as far as I am appears to withhold the sanction able to judge, the Socinians, in of his blessing from them, in that general, are more curious, critical their ministry is not succeeded to and speculative, than devotional, the conversion of the ungodly.” spiritual and practical.” This is Let us here only express our aile; an odd charge, and the man had miration that a minister of the need to be well satisfied of his own • New Connection of General Christian excellence who should Baptists” should set up numbers presume to prefer it. Curious, as a test of truth! indeed, the Socinians' are in 12. Because the wisest ard matters of religion, for they are best, the most prayersul and holy, careful about truth; critical too men, as well as the most learned they are, for they make it their in all ages of the church, bave practice to search the scriptures; held very different views of Chris. and speculative they may be, for tian doctrines, and rejected their's they look well to ihe tendencies as dangerous errors." This rea. and consequences of opinions son we might suspect to be copied before they, embrace them; but from a Roman Catholic Preser. that they are less devotional or vative against Protestantism, if spiritual or practical (as far as we did not know that ignorance these words of Mr. Freeston's de. and presumption speak the same
language in all sects. How would to the spirit of the gospel, which Mr. Freeston reply to this argu- is the spirit of truth, of meekness, ment in the mouth of a Catholic ? of diffidence, of candour, of ilovec
commit the guidance and of a sound mindo of his conscience to a Duddridge, a Hall;?? but the Catholic has a i wiser and better, a more prayer
Art. IV, Imposition the Support, ful, a holien, and more learned
of Religious Impysture, and guide, holy Catholic
Heresy ; , and the Enemy, of church.
Revealed Truth.— A Sermor “ 13. Because they who hold preached before the Congrega
tion of Protestant Dissenters, evangelical opinions are men after
at, Harlow, Essex, By Benja. mine own heart, whcse devotional views, tastes and habits are con.
min Penn Severn. 8yo, pp.32., genial.to my own:"q.d. I am not.:
Jones, Newgate Street. Is. a Socinian, because I am not a Harlow is . memorable in , theo Sacinian.
history of Dissent, for having been: Mr. Freeston's reasons now run the seat of the Synod, (as. M1 low, and the next is almost ver- Burke denominated it) on iny bally the same as the 8th. plain - language, of i the Baptist
« 14. Because, I dare not risk Association, which approved and my salvation on the foundation on recommended the late Mr. Robins. which they hope for eternal life.” .son's popular tract, 4: Plane of
“15. Because, I fear, I should Lectures on the Principles of Non.; find no rest for the soles of my feet, conformity. It appears from this 3 till I sunk into absolute Deism, sermon that the village still retains and be finally lost.” We shall the savour of Dissenuing principles. astonish Mr. Freeston, probably, At the request of his congregation, by informing him that the great Mr. Severn, has published one of champion of Christianity, whom the boldest defences of religious even the reputed orthodox profess. liberty that we ever remember 10 to revere, Dr. Lardner, was a bave read. We cordially recom-u " Socinian !!!
mend it to the notice of our read.. Under this head, we find more ers, as a sample, we would fains bold calumny. The... Socinians' believe, of the reasoning and lan. are charged with considering the geage of a numerous, respectable epistles of the apostles, as the write ayd growing sect, the Particular; ingsofother men,'and 'theircollege Baptists, on the subject of the at Hackney' is said to have been rights of conscience. There is a
given up, because most of their peculiarity in the preacher's manstudents were infidels.'
ner, which is as entertaining as " In fine,” says Mr. Freeston, his arguments are convincing. 6 the direct tendency of the Sou' cinian scheme seems the very reverse of that of the holy scrip- Aer. V. A Portraiture of Primin tures :" and, in fine, we say that tive Quakerism; By William the spirit of such men as Mr.
Penn. With a Modern Sketch : Freeston is diametrially opposite of Reputed : Orthodoxy, and
'Real' Intolerance,' by Ratcliff excommunicating "power exepMonthly Meeting. 8vo. pp. cised by that body is consistent
60. Cradock and Joy. 1812. with truth and freedom, with the : By some unnccountable asso. principles of William Penn, and ciation of ideas 'we have been above all, with the doctrine and *thinking, all the time we have spirit of the New Testament, employed upon this pamphlet, of
But the greater part of the pub. the title of one of good Arch. lication consists of a tract of Wil. bishop Tillotson's Sermons; viz. liam Penn's, less known by Qua. The folly and wickedness of ho- kers and others than its merits de. nouring dead saints and persecut.
serve. We shall give the whole ing living ines.
title of it, with an extract or two, How dangerous a' possession is relating to its history, from the spiritual power ! In the bands of Editor's preface. Our end will the magisterial Pharisee, the lord be answered, it'we excite our ready, papistical prelate, and the ders to procure, and to put into plain Friend, it is a certain,
the hands of their neighbours, though not equal, instrument of this excellent manual of Quakeroppression.
Unitarianism, in other words, of Here is an interesting record of evangelical truth. • the Ratcliff Monthly Meeting,'
“The Sandy Foundation Shaken; disowning Mr. Thomas Foster for or, those so generally believed and simply aiding in propagating' the applauded Doctrines, of One God, favourite principles of william subsisting in three distinct and se Penn. The Minutes of the meet. of God's pardoning Sinners, 'with
parate Persons, the Impossibility wing are given by the editor, and out a plenary Satisfaction, 'the Jus" from these it appears that the 'tification of impure Persons by an 'charges brought and proceeded on imputative Righteousness, refuted, by this Quaker Inquisition,' were from the authority of Scripture Testhat T. F. distributed some re- timonies and right Reason. "By marks on the Quakers’ Yearly Epis. William Penn, a' Builder on that
Foundation which cannot be movtle, which appeared in the number ed. But to us there is but one God of our work for October 1810; that the Father, of whom are all things. hedid not deny being the author of 1 Cor. viii. 6. Who'is a God like certain publications -tunder the unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity? name of Verax; intended to prove He retaineth not luis auger for ever, that the early Friends were not Tri. because he delighteth in mercy. nitarians; and that his name stands Micah vii. 18. forl will notjustify
the wicked. Exod. xxiii. 7." asa" member of the Unitarian Book Society. The Editor bas - Tract was first published by Wil
"The following justiy celebrated appended to the pamphlet the Liam Penn, in the year 1668, in preamble to the Rules of the London, and soon excited so much (Initarian Society, and the Re. 'attention; that the author was commarks as they were published in "mitted to the Tower, by a warrant this magazine. "Thus the reader signed by Lord Arlington, the is in possession of the case be principal Secretary of State, on actween Mr. Foster and the Rat- to some then at the helm of the
count of the hotfence it had given cliff Monthly Meeting, and may church.' judge for himself how far the “During Penn's imprisonment,
it appears he was kept 'under close him, for writing the Sandy Founconfinement, and even denied the dation Shaken, visits of his friends.' His biogra- • • In this Apology,' says his pher adds, “But yet his enemies biographer, 'he so successfully vinattained not their purpose; for dicated linself, that soon after the when after some time his servant publication of it, he wus discharged brought him word, that the Bishop from his imprisonment, which had of London (Dr. Henchman) was re- been of about seven months conti, solved he should either publicly nuance. However quickly Penn's recant, or die a prisoner, he made release followed the publication of this reply: All is well; I wish this Apology, it scems, by his own they had told me so before, since account, to have had nothing to do the expecting of a release put a stop with the cause of his liberation. to some business. Thou mayest His persecutors, although professed tell my father, who I know will Protestants, were not to be so easily ask thee, these words; that my appeased. Nor was that work, faprison shall be my grave, before I vourable as it may be thought, to will budge a jot; for I owe my con- the Sabellian hypothesis, likely to science to no mortal man; I have produce such an effect. The high no need to fear. God will make eulogium it contains on Socinus, amends for all. They are mistaken not only on account of his ‘parts, in me; I value not their threats uor wisdom, gravity, and just beharesolutions; for they shall know I viour,' but as having had, in many can weary out their malice and pec- things, a clearer prospect' of relivishness; and in me shall they all gious truth, than most of his conbehold a resolution above fear; con- temporaries,' would rather serve to science above cruelty; and a baffle inflame, than allay, the intolerant put to all their designs, by the spirit of such men. spirit of patience, the companion of “ That it was not to their indulall the tribulated flock of the blessed gence Penn was indebted for his Jesus, who is the author and finisher release, but to the laudable interof the faith that overcomes the position of the Duke of York, afterworld, yea, death and hell too. wards James the Second, appears Neither great nor good things were by a letter of Penn's, dated Oct. 24, ever attained without loss and hard- 1688, to W. Popple, Esq. in reply ships. He that would reap and not to a most friendly epistle from him, labour, must faint with the wind, in which Penn says, “To this let me and perish in disappointments; but add the relation my father (that is, an hair of my head shall not fall, Admiral Penn, who died Sept. 16, without the Providence of my Fa- 1670,) had to this king's service, ther, that is over all.'
his particular favour, in getting me During this close imprisonment, released out of the Tower of Lonthe loud and general clamours don, in 1669, my father's humble against him reached Penn's ears, or request to him, upon his death-bed, eyes, and induced him to write a to protect me from the inconvenismall tract which he called an Apo- ences and troubles my persuasion logy for the former, not with an might expose me to, and his friendly intention of recanting any of those promise to do it, and exact perdoctrines, which he had so recently formance of it, from the moment I professed to lay down, on the im- addressed myself to him.' See his moveable foundations of scripture Works, vol. i. p. 131 to 139, in and right reason, but to clear him- which these interesting letters are self from the aspersions cast upon inserted."
Northern Unitarian Society.
was well filled both parts of the
day. It had long been lamented by The Annual Meeting of the the friends of rational religion, that Northern and Midland Uni- in so populous a town as Brighton, TARIAN MINISTERS was held at no eligible house for Unitarian worChesterfield, on Wednesday the 1st ship had been procured. By the of July, at the chapel of the Rev. advice and assistance of several T. Astley. The service commenced friends this desirable object is at at eleven o'clock, when the Rev. last obtained. The above house is E. Higginson, of Derby, conducted small, yet neat and commodious, the devotional part; and the Rev. will hold from 150 to 200 people, D. P. Davies, of Makeney, deliver- and present circumstances seem to ed a sermon on the subject of To- promise considerable success. leration. After the service was It is thought proper to state, that concluded, the Secretary of the the purchase money and other exNorthern and Midland Unitarian pences will amount to nearly 200 Book Society presented his ac- pounds. About two thirds of this counts for the last year, which sum is raised by the voluntary subwere audited by two gentlemen scriptions of friends in the neighpresent; and it appeared that the bourhood of Brighton, Lewes, and Society's finances were in an'im- Ditchling; and if other friends to proving and flourishing state. Mr. rational Christianity think this case Davies was desired to continue in worthy their notice, their aid is his office of secretary; several new hereby solicited. Any donation for works were voted into the cata- the purpose of defraying the above logue; some new members admit- expence, transmitted to Mr. Bented; and a few resolutions passed nett, Ditchling, Sussex, or to Mr. for the better conducting the socie- Thomas Vine, Sen. Brighton, will ty's affairs. It was resolved, that be thankfully received and duly the next annual meeting of the mi- appropriated.
B. nisters be held at Mansfield; when the Rev. E. Higginson is appointed to preach, and the Rev. T. O. War
Annual Meeting of the General wick, M. D. to conduct the devo- Baptists in South Wales. tional part of the service.
The Annual Meeting of the GES. NERAL BAPTISTS in South WALES,
was held this year, at Panteg, in 'Unitarian Chapel, Brighton.
the county of Cærmarthen, on
Tuesday and Wednesday in White On the 22d. July, 1812, was sun week. It commenced on Tues. opened a Meeting-house for Uni- day, at 3 o'clock, by Mr. William tarian Worship and public instruc- Morris reading a portion of scription, situate in Cumberland Street, ture; then Mr. -John Griffiths Brighton, Sussex. Two Sermons preached from John xviii. 20; and were preached on the occasion by on Wednesday it began at 11 the Rev. R. Aspland: that in the o'clock, by reading and prayer, by morning from 1 Tim. ii. 5. on the Mr. J. Griffiths; then Mr. W. Existence and Unity of God; and Morris preached from t Peter ii. 7, that in the evening, from Rom. xiv. and after him Mr. Evan Lloyd from 5, on Christian Liberty. The house Matt. xxiv. 14. They afterwards VOL. VII.