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erson, the assistant preacher, re. The consequence of this proceeda turned from Conference, invested ing is, the separation of icn memwith authority to excommunicate bers, which is about one third of the beretics; and, accordingly, the society: and this, Sir, was after he had preached the first done because they could not be. sermon, he requested all the so. lieve Mr. S. and Co.'s antiscripciety to stop bebind, and after tural form of words; though I praying for his mistaken brethren, have been informed, and from he opened his commission, and good authority, (which I can name delivered six articles which he if requested) ihat even those pillars called genuine methodism: viz. of methodism, Drs. Clarke, Coke Ist, Toial depravity of human and Benson, could not agree about nature ; 2d, The true and proper a creed, which was to be formed deity of Christ; 3d, Satisfaction for the whole Methodist society, to Divine Justice; 4th, Faith in notwithstanding they retired to the merits and intercession of compose one: it was postponed Christ; 5th, The immediate in- till the next conference, but, like fluence of the Spirit; 6th, End- Lord Sidmouth's bill, it perished less rewards and punishments. in embryo. Mr. Seckerson said And then he called over the name he was determined to proceed in of each individual, and said he the same manner at Falmouth, was bound by Conference and con. where there are a great many adscience, to ask if he or she be- vocates for religious liberty. Two lieved these doctrines ; if not they of their local preachers are Uni. must be expelled from the society. tarians; one an antisatisfactionist, The questions were then put. and preaches it; another. denies “Mr. O. do you believe in the the doctrine of original sin; and proper deity of Christ, &c.?” a fifth is an Universalist. Ans. “ If you mean by these terms I hope, Sir, you will insert the that Christ is the self-existent Je. above in the Monthly Repository, hovah, I cannot believe its be. in doing wbich you will oblige cause he himself said that he re- several friends to rational Christi. ceived life from, and lived by the anity in Cornwall, and particu. Father, and that of himself he larly, yours respectfully, could do nothing.”. “ That's

THOMAS PROUT. enough." "Mr. L. (formerly it P. S. We heartily wish we was my dear brother) do you could be revisited by one of those mean to continue with us on these worthy missionaries, Messrs. principles?" Ans. “No, Sir, I Wright and Gisburne: if we bad cannot for conscience sake.” a preacher, we would immediate“Mrs. O. do you intend to remain ly open some place for public with us? Ans. Whether I do worship. We have instituted a or not, I cannot believe that Christ book society on a small scale, and is the Supreme Being, the Father wish to have pointed out to us of the Universe.” " Then I con. some books which contain a good sider it my duty to expel you.” deal of matter in a small compass,

Some requested an explanation; relative to the different points of but the reply was, “I will have theology. no disputes, DO controversy."

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Manchester Quarterly Meeting. many ancient MSS. as well as

other valuable treasures. We Manchester, Oct. 19, 1812. The autumnal quarterly meet.

shall rejoice to fiud that this ining of Presbyterian Ministers in portant fact is stated on good auManchester and its vicinity, was thority, If the MS. can be proved held at Stand, on Sepi. 10, 1812. to be of the age above mentioned, The Rev. William Turner, of

it will be of as great or greater au. Newcasile, in compliance wiin an thority than any one extant. application from the members of

Michaëlis supposes the Codes the meeting, preached from 2 Alexandrinus to be of no higher Jobn v. 10. He was supported

dare than between the sixth and in the devotional part of the ser

eighih centuries: Dr. Marsh

fixes the vice by his son, the Rev. William

age of the Coder CantaTurner, jun. Mathematical Tutor brigiensis, or the Codex Bezæ, at York. At the request of the

about the fifth century: to which meeting, Mr. Turner consented 10 period Montfaucon and Blanchini publish the discourse. Twenty this ms. though often collated

refer the Codex Vaticanus, but ministers were present, wbo were joined by about as many lay gen. has never been published, and

(by Bentley, Birch and others), tlemen at dinner. Some of the company had come froin a very We shall carefully collect any fur

little comparatively is known of it. considerable distance. The ni.

ther information that may be given lity of the quarterly association, instituted no longer since than to the public on this subject; and 1809, was generally acknowledg. attention of our correspondents

in the mean time wish to turn the ed. 'It has proved the means, tuwards it. with the blessing of God, of exciting a greater zeal for the cause of truth and religious liberty, and Kent and Susser Association, a more general desire for acquir.

On Tuesday, October 20th, ing religious knowledge.' May it 1812, the first meeting of the acquire strength in its progress. Kent and Sussex Unitarian Chris'The Christmas meeting will be at tian Association was held at Northe Red-cross Street chapel in thiam, Sussex. An appropriate Manchester. The Rev. Mr. Dean discourse was delivered by Mr. is to introduce the service, and the Holden, of Tenterden, from Ephes. Rev. Mr. Johns to preach the iv. 15. The afternoon was spent


in friendly conversation, and in
adopting measures for the regula-

tion of the Association. More
Discovery at Moscow.

than 50 persons offered themselves It is staled in the Morning Post, as members, and it is expected of the 26th instant, that Buona. that another meeting will witness parte has found in the citadel of an addition to the number. Moscow, a Greek manuscript of

The Association having resolvthe New Testament, 1400 years ed on forming a Tract Society, it old, which will of course be re. was unanimously requested, that moved to the imperial library at the discourse which had been deParis, which already contains so livered in the morning, might be



published as the first number; That, whilst we endeavour to with which request the members expose the weakness of error by were favoured with the compliance the power of truth, we will equally of Mr. Holden.

endeavour to banish prejudice Among the resolutions of this from the world, by a spirit of canAssociation, the following show dour, and to destroy the effects of the objects which the members misrepresentation, by a character have in view, and the common and conduct free from stain or resentiments in which they are unit- proach.

That being stigmatized with Resoloed.That an Annual As- the title of Deists, we here make sociation be held in this district, our open, most solemn and confito advance the spread of religious dent appeal to the writings of the knowledge, to promote christian Old and New Testaments, in supfriendship and unity, and to en- port of the great principles we thus courage the influence of rational avow and maintain. religion.

The next meeting will be held That, losing sight of smaller at Tenterden, on Wednesday, June differences in opinion, we meet to 18, 1813, A sermon to be preachsupport those great, first principles ed, by Mr. Joseph Dobell, of Cranof religion, the unity, the suprem- brook,-in case of failure, by Mr. acy and universal sovereignty of Thomas Payne, of Burwash. the One only living and true God. The members of this Associa.

That as we acknowledge only tion will feel much obliged to any One God, even the Father, so we friend who will point out a tract admit, in religious concerns, one through the medium of the Repoonly as our Master, even Christ, pository, or transmit a manuscript

That we will, by the only pro- to the Secretary, Mr. T. Blackper weapons of the Christian, - more, Tenterden, on the Advan. argument and persuasion, support tages of Religious Knowledge. and promote the above-mentioned

S, D. principles of religion.


Resolutions of the Protestant merous congregations of Dissen Society.

ters and Calvinistic Methodists in At a meeting of the Committee the metropolis, and many hundred of the Protestant Society for the congregations of various denomiProtection of Religious Liberty, nations, in England and Wales, held at the New London Tavern, will invariably maintain that liber. Cheapside, this 29th day of July, ty of conscience is an unalienable 1812. Samuel Mills, Esq. in the right of all mankind, which ought chair.

ever to be held most sacred, and Ist. Resolved, That this com, that the enjoyment of such liber. mittee, which has the honour to ty must be incomplete as long as represent the Protestant friends of any man can lawfully interrupt religious liberty--the most nu. the enjoyment; and that their



ted respect.

efforts shall therefore be persever. chequer; and to the other members ing to obtain the repeal of every of administration who have intropenal law which prevents the com- duced and supported this act, and pleat enjoyment of religious li- coniributed to its success by their berty.

meritorious and friendly exertions. 2d. That this committee can- 5th. That, approving of the prinnot receive the act which has ciples asserted by the Right Honthis day obtained the royal assent, ourable Earl Stanhope, in the Bill for repealing certain acts and which he introduced to Parliament, amending other acts relating 10 for the abrogation of all penal laws religious worship and assemblies, restricting the freedom of religious and persons teaching or preaching worship, and grateful for the astherein," with perfect satisfaction; sistance which he has cheerfully yet as that act will repeal statutes afforded during the progress of the so justly obnoxious, as the five Act, - this

Committee request Mile and Conventicle Acts, as it him to accept their assurances of will increase the toleration and high consideration and of unaffecprotection before enjoyed-and as it indicates the existence of li.

6th, That this Committee would beral opinions in the administra, manifest inattention and ingratition and the legislature, this com. tude, if they neglected any oppormitleè accept that measure with tunity to announce their grateful considerable delight, and cherish

esteem to the Right Honourable fervent gratitude to all the persons tions in their favour, and for the

Lord Holland, for his recent exerby whose efforts the benefit has been obtained.

zeal which he has invariably mani.

fested in the great cause of religi3. That to the Right Honourable the Earl of Liverpool, First

ous liberty.

7th. That the direct or practi. Lord of the Treasury, &c. they cal support promised or afforded to must therefore express their sincere this Committee, by the Dukes of and ardent thanks for bis polite Norfolk and Bedford; Marquisses and respectful attention to the Lansdowne and Douglas; Earls communications of this commita Oxford, Carnarvon, Moira, Dartee, for the frank and conciliatory ley, Donoughmore, Grey, Rosslyn proceedings he adopted, for the and Lauderdale, and Lord Erskine; liberal sentiments he repeatedly and by Thomas Brand, Esq. expressed, and for the persevering M. P.; James Stephen, Esq. kindness with which he afforded M.P.; William Wilberforce, Esq. to the act his constant and power. M. P. and other Members of both ful support.

Houses of Parliament, and the 4th. That their thanks be also spontaneous alacrity manifested by presented to the Right Honoura. Samuel Whitbread, Esq. M. P., ble Lord Eldon, Lord High to advocate the Rights of ProtesChancellor of Great Britain; to tant Dissenters, when assailed by the Right Honourable Lord Cas. new and detrimental constructions tlereagh, one of his Majesty's of the Acts of Toleration, entitle principal Secretaries of State; to those noblemen and gentlemen to the Right Honourable Nicholas the animated and grateful acknowVansittart, Chancellor of the Ex. ledgments of this Committee.


8th. That the solicitous anxiety ceived the Royal Assent on the for the removal of all obstructions 29th instant-for the polite and to the promulgation of religious condescending attentions manifets. truth, and the love of religious li- ed to the members of this Comberty displayed by “the Commit- mittee upon various occasionstee for guarding the Privileges of and for the liberal and important the Methodist Society,” in their services rendered by his lordship cordial co-operation with this Com- to the very large body of people mittee merit ardent praise, and jus- whoin this Committee have the tify expectations of their future as- honour to represent. sistance and undiminished support,

(Signed) 9th. That the judicious, zeal- ADAM CLARKE, Chairman. ous and indefatigable exertions of Jos. Butterworth, Secretary. Thomas Pellatt and John Wilks, Esqrs. the Secretaries to this Copy EAL STANHOPE's Committee, have essentially con

ANSWER. tributed to their present success, Berner's Street, Aug. 3, 1812. and deserve their highest approba

Gentleinen--It is highly gratifytion and warmest thanks.

10th. That these resolutions being to me to find that my exertions publicly advertised, signed by the in behalf of religious liberty have Chairman, and be respectfully met with your full approbation, communicated to the noblemen and with that of the General Com and gentlemen to whom they re- mittee of the Societies founded by late.

the late Rev. Jobo Wesley. May Samuel Mills, Chairman. I beg the fav'ilir of you io return 11th. That the wise and impartial your worthy colleagues for their

my cordial acknowledgments to conduct of the Chairman, not only your worthy colleagues for their at the present Meeting, but upon friendship towards me, and for every occasion, has obtained for him the permanent and increasing ples respecting the sacred right of

their concurrence in those princi. esteem of this Committee.

private judgment in matters of

religion which I have never ceas. Thanks of the Methodists to Earl ed io malotain, and which were Stanhope.

most emphatically and unique At a Meeting of the General vocally declarcd in the Bill which Committee of the Societies found. I introduced last session to the ed by the late Rev. John Wesley, House of Lords. The already held 31st July 1812, Dr. Adam lottering Tower of Intolerance Clarke in the Chair:

could not any longer stand in Resolved, That the most te- opposition to ihe power of argus spectful thanks of this Committee ment, aided by the force of ridi. be presented to the Right Honour. cule. That rotten and despicable | able the Earl Stanhope, for his system has at lası given way, and Lordsbip's unwearied exertions in it is only necessary to attack it behalf of religious liberty-for the properly, and with united efforts, support and valuable assistance directed by the light of principle, afforded relative to the bill respect- to cause it totally to disappear ing religious worship, which re. like an empty dream. I have the

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