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he knows all things: , These, I have fortable ; but at present I have no pros 726 Extracts from the Report of the Unitarian Fund, 1812.
The chief particulars you expect nity of Christ is this. We are strictly fe. me to relate in this letter are the steps bidden to worship any other person be by which I have arrived at my Trini. God, and yet God himself authorizes al tarian conclusions ? and whether or the angels in heaven to worship Chris.; not our congregation have changed and he certainly has been worshipped by their views with me? In answering the various saints upon earth, and that by first of these questions, I may perhaps divine consent and approbation; and in sonte measure answer some others the thousands which St. John se i contained in your's. The first particu. heaven were all paying divine hacen lar which caused some doubiful ap- to the lamb that was slain. I can prehensions respecting the truth of therefore feel my mind perfectly car my former persuasion was the attric and satisfied when I am engaged in the butes which I find the inspired writers same employment as the glorified saict ascribing to the Lord Jesus. Of above are. course, nothing short of Deity could Respecting God's dying, I entertain exist from all eternity; I have there. no such idea, but it now appears to me fore concluded that the following pas" with considerable evidence, that Christ sages must denote the proper divinity possessed two natures, human and diof Christ. Micah, speaking of his vine, - the fornier of which suffered and nativity, says that his goings forth died. If he had not two natures, how have been from of old, from everlast could he be both " the root and offspring ing." v. 2. St. Joha observes, that of David ?" How could he be both
in the beginning was the word, and " the Lord and Son of Baid: In the word was God.” God himself says, one and the same sentence he is said to respecting his son, Thy throne, come of the Jews was concerning the God, is for ever and ever." St. Paul fesh," and yet is over all,' God bless also tells us that Jesus Christ is the ed for ever." Christ also informed Nisame yesterday, to-day and for ever," codemus that he was in heaven at the And that “all things both in heaven same time that he was talking to him and earth, were created by him." I upon earth. At present, I see no possi have therefore been thinking with my bílity of reconciling these passages with. self thus ; if nothing was created with out admitting the idea of iwo nacures in oat Christ, (as John says that it was Christ. not) how could he himself be a cre. zdly. Respecting the sentiments of ated being?
our people. We held a church meeting Solomon tells us, or at least observes yesterday on the subject, and after I rein his prayer, that “God only knows lated to them what my own belief was the bearts of all the children of meu,". now, (somewhat to my surprise) they (i. Kings, viii. 39), and yet Christ says, all appeared inclined to believe the that all the churches shall know that same, viz. the eternity and equality of I am he that searcheth the reins and the Son with the Father. Whether 1 the hearts. Rev. üi23. Christ also shall stay here or not I can't at present gives us to understand that he is 'ca- say, My income, I know, will not be pable of being in various places at the sufficient to support my family, and same time, and that he can pardon probably I may not stay longer than anthe sins of men Peter observes that other place offers, where I may be com been thinking, are prerogatives that pect of any. You say that my new can belong to 110 person bat 'a divine creed will procure me warm patroes; ope. Another particular, by which I I wish I may find it so, but I am sert was led to embrate my present views, I know not where to look for them at is the names and titles which I perceive present. I sincerely thank you, my dear the sacred penmen 'of the scriptures sir, for your kind offer in giving me : ascribing to Christ;" titles, which I recommendation ; perhaps 1 may be can't believe God would ever bare obliged to you for it another day. Wishsuffered any créature to be called by ing you every blessing, and praying whatever --such as the mighty God, that we may meet each other at God the everlasting Father, ** « God over right hand, where peace, pleasure and all,7.“ the true God," is the only wise . unanimity will ever gladden our heart, God, our Saviour.**
I remain, my affectionate Sir, Another particalar, through which Your very humble and obliged servaat, I have been inclined to believe the divi
(Sigaed SAMUEL WEBLEY.
"The Committee will only observe up- exception, (The Way to Wealth, hy on this occurrence, that the Society Dr. Franklin,) they were all original have equal reason to be satisfied with conspositions, and the productions of their wise and generous exertions, whe- ladies who were before literary benefacther the cvent be conformable or con- tresses to the Society. Mrs. Mary trary to their wishes ; and that, indeed, Hughes was particularly named, as havin the language of the letter just read, ing furnished the manuscript of three of “ our object is in part accomplished, if the new numbers. In addition to these we set the human mind upon inquiry, new Tracts, amounting in all to 30,000 whether inquiry lead to us or from us." copies, the Committee reported that they
had reprinted five of the former pieces.
The total number of copies reprinted was Christian Tract Society.
stated to be 20,500, making the whole The fourth Anniversary of the Chris. Eration, 50,500 copies. In consequence of
printed, during the period of their adminis tian Tract Society was holden, on Wed. this accession of new Tracts, the Commitnesday, November the 18th, at the Old tee intimated the probability of the speedy London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street. In completion of another volume. The the meeting for business, Thomas Gib- Report next presented a brief account son, Esq. was called to the chair. The of the past labours of the Society, from Report of the Committee was read by which it appeared that since its comthe Secretary, and received with much mencement, it had printed, in all, satisfaction. It began by announcing 136,500 Tracts, of which the number the growing prosperity of the institution, actually circulated was not less than and the continued approbation with
90,000. which its publications were received With respect to its means for future wherever they had been circulated. operation, the following statement was Several additions were stated to have made of its funds and property: been made to the list of subscribers dur. ing the past year. Means were also
£. S. d. mentioned to have been taken to invite In the Treasurer's hands farther public support, by making the Due from the publishers, for Society more generally known and books sold last year among others, it was stated that the Estimated value of the stock Tracts had been advertised in the pub
272 9 6 lic prints, with a short paragraph, * de. Due to the Society from coun. claratory of the liberal spirit of the Soci. try agents, &c. ety, as aiming at the diffusion of the moral precepts and practical virtues of
422 2 6 the gospel, without interfering with the Dae from the Society for doctrinal peculiarities of any party or
• 133 2 6 denomination of Christians."
Notice was taken of the valuable as- Leaving a balance of . . £288 18 2 sistance which the Committee had re- for the amount of the Society's present ceived, in the circulation of the Tracts, property, But it was added that this sum from the Auxiliary Societies of Sheffield would shortly be increased by the annual and Exeter, which had been supplied, subscriptions, which were now falling dae. in the course of the last year, with about The Report proceeded in connection with 12,0col. copies; and they strongly re- its financial affairs to notice the heavy loss commended the formation of other So. the Society had sustained by the death cieties of a similar nature, in all popu- of their late respected Treasurer, James lous and manufacturing districts especi- Esdaile, Esq. one of its warmest friends ally, from the success which had in and most liberal supporters; and the these two cases attended the plan. Be- appointment by the Committee, of his sides these, the Tract Societies of Man- son, Mr. James Esdaile, to fill the office' chester and Birmingham were mentioned, during the remainder of the term. as having distributed considerable num The Committee concluded their Rebers of the Society's publications. port, by congratulating the Society on
The Committee reported, that since its past success :-and expressing their the last Anniversary, they had published confident reliance on the co-operation of six new Tracts, of each of which they the benevolent Parent of mankind in had printed 5000 copics: chat, with one cvery thing really conducive to the in
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723 Intelligence.-- Opening of the Unitarian Chapel at Glasgos. tellectual and moral improvement of his institution and support of associat cas rational offspring, and to the advance- for the purpose of promoting truth, ment of his gracious designs in the virtue and freedom. Christian dispensation, commended their own labours to his blessing, and Opening of the Unitarian Chapel, the Society, in all its future plans and
Glasgow. measures, to his countenance, direction and support.
Glasgow, Nov. 19, 1812. The Report having been received, the The chapel erected here, for conduct thanks of the meeting were voted to the ing religious worship upon Unitaria Treasurer, the Secretary, the Committee principles, was opened on Sunday last : and Auditors, for their services during the when two very excellent aod suitable last year; aiso to Mrs Mary Hughes discourses were delivered, by the Rer. and ihe other ladies who had furnished James Yates, to a respeciable audience. the new Tracts; to the Auxiliary So. The subject of discourse for the forenoon cicties of Sheffield and Exeter, for their was taken from Acts
xxiv. 16 valuable co-operation, and to the Edi- The reasons which justified our seces tor of the Monthly Repository, “ for his sion from the Established Church, and assistance, through the medium of that Dissenters, were mentioned; the view publication, in promoting the objects of of Trinitarians impartially discussed and the Society." — The meeting likewise compared with ihose of Unitarians. passed a resolution, " that Mrs. Mary The doctrines generally believed by the Hughes, on account of her eminent latter were ably stated: as also the services, be admitted an honorary mem. constitution of our society, and the ber for life, with the privileges of a life motives which induced us to erect this subscriber of ten guineas.''
building. These are a few of the The following gentlemen were chosen important topics treated of in this into office for the present year : discourse, which, at the unanimous
JAMES ESDAILE, Esq. Treasurer. request of the society, Mr. Yates has Rev. THOMAS REES, Secretary. consented to publish. In the afternoon COMMITTEE,
the subject of the discourse was taken Mr. BELLERBY, Mr. JOSEPH from Leviticus xix. 30: when the ESDAILE, Mr. FOSTER, Mr. FREND, origin of public worship was stated, Mr. THOMAS GIBSON, Mr. HALL, the veneration with which we ought Mr. MACKMURDO, Mr. PARKES, to engage in it, and the motives which Mr. RIXON, Mr. JOHN ROBERTS, tend to inspire that sublime, pleasing, Mr. JAMES SILVER.
devout and grateful homage, which it AUDITORS,
is the highest honour and greatest hapRev. R. ASPLAND, Mr.J. MONT- piness of every rational being to yield GOMREY, Mr. J. T. RUTT.
to his Maker, were impressively er The members and friends of the So. forced by a variety of arguments. At ciety afterwards dined together, num- the same time the unprofitable and ber upwards of one hundred; EBENE- degrading nature of that servile obedi. ZER JOHNSTON, Esq. of Lewes, in ence, which is the offspring of ignorance the chair. The usual philanthropic and superstition was clearly and forcibly sentiments were given from the chair, pointed out. with suitable explanatory and recom The chapel is very neat, and will mendatory remarks. The Rev. Mr. comfortably accommodate 700 persons Benson (a clergyman, who became The whole expence of the building i accidentally acquainted with the Society 1700l. There has been already sub. on the day of the meeting), the Rev. scribed •1000l. and the managers hope, Mr. Maurice, late of Lowestoff, the that the liberality of those who have it Treasurer, (James Esdaile Esq.) the in their power, will enable them to Secretary, (Rev. T. Rces,) Mr. Wilks, make up the deficiency: The cottoa Mr. Hinckley, and other gentlemen, cellar below the chapel is rented at 03 addressed the meeting ; the harmony Any money which may be subscribed, and spirit of which were equal to the is quite secure, and the interest will be experience of any former year. About regularly paid. Should the sum defici forty new names were added 10 the list ent be advanced by one person, a bond. of subscribers le gives us great plea- would be given over the whole property. sure to record that the Society were If money could be thus had ai fire per forward to acknowledge the little obli- cent interest, it would prevent the magations they lie under to this work, of nagers from being under the necessity which it will ever be the object, and it of procuring it on more disadvantageons is hoped the praise, to encourage the terms.
THOMAS MUIR, JUR. [Correspondence on 2d page of Wrapper.]
MEMOIR or THE Rev. J. B. While events, at which huma.
nity shudders, are daily arresting
the public attention, it seems also
good to the infinite Wisdom, often Bromley, Dec, 3, 1812.
unsearchable, yet always unerr-
ing, to interrupt even the pure
A just regard to the improve-
-engage literature in its noblest I remain, Sir, yours,
office, the defence and illustra.
tion of scriptural theology. J. T. RUTT.
John BICKERTON DEWHERST,
eldest son of Edward and Catharine VOL. VII.
Memoir of the Rev. J. B. Dewhurst. Dewhurst, was born October 1, lated to fix attention "by their in1776, al Cottingham, in the trinsic excellence." The regard county of York. His birth was which he had conciliated in bij unattended by the advantages of neighbourhood, appears " from the fortune. He was destioed to following fact," communicated possess more durable riches, for, by a correct and intelligent friend, as Bishop Wilkins concludes one that it may " be kpown in honor of his curious philosophical specu- of the memory of both the parties lations, “ whatever the world may concerned." It happily justifies think, yet it is not a vast estate, a that maxim so encouraging to noble birth, an eminent place, that laudable exertion, can add any thing to our true real The father's virtues shall befriend his worth; but it must be the degrees child. of that which makes us men, that “Although Mr. Milner, mas. must make us better men, the en. ter of the Grammar-school at dowments of our soul, the enlarge. Hull, was a zealous Calvinist, be nent of our reason."
had so much regard to Mr. Des. The father of J. B. Dewhurst hurst, a reputed, and, if human was a Protestant Dissenting mi. formularies are consulted, a real nister, of the persuasion com. heretic, as spontaneously to un. monly, thuugh no longer correct. dertake the instruction of his son." ly, denominated Presbyterian, The Rev. Joseph Milner was s He was a native of Lancashire, clergyman of the Church of Engo and, when racher of advanced age land, and brother of the present for a student, was recommended learned Dean of Carlisle. He to Coward's academy at Da. has been justly celebrated by the ventry, then under the superinten. Calvinists, as, from talents and dance of the Rev. Dr. Ashworth. piety, a distinguished ornament of He settled as a minister, first at their communion. It may be Oswestry, then at Cottingham, added, on the authority of near Hull, where he died about the pupil, and, in his opinion, 1784. His widow, whose family to the credit of the tutor's comname was Bickerton, survived her sistency, that he took every fair husband many years, and passed occasion, in going through the the closing scenes of life in the Greek Testament, to point out, house of her second son at En. what appeared to bim, proofs of field, where she died in 1811, illnstrations of his peculiar sentiaged 62. A few of the elder Mr. Dew. His pupil declined to adopt
at this burst's fellow.students yet survive. respectable tutor's theology, yes Two of them were his intimate largely imbibed his literature friends. On their respectable au. From himself, the late Mr. Det thority, he is said “to have been hurst's proficiency at school bad as much distinguished by modesty never been discovered, except by and a reluctance to meet the pubo its effects. It is related by a be lic eye, as his son,” though as a loved companion of his youth
, preacher he possessed no mean and, through life, bowever their qualifications.' “ His prayers and paths diverged, en esteemed and urmons" were peculiarly calcu. esteeming friend. The Rev. W.