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Believe, me, good sir, I do not state angrily made or harshly enforced ; you these things thus strongly in order to request to hear from me, and I give harrass your mind, but merely to you, as a christian friend and baother, warn you of the tendency and conse- my free thuughts. If they are good, quences of your new faith, of which I treasure them up; if bad, reject them; would fain persuade myself you are but at any rate consider them before not fully aware. If, indeed, you see you determine upon their values all these consequences, and can look When you have thought over my at them and the scriptures at the same letter, give me your answer; in which time, with an undaunted face, I shall I shall be obliged to you to state wheadmire your courage, whatever I may ther the congregation at Wedmore think of your creed.
have changed with you, or whether You seem to intimate a belief that your new opinions will affect the conyou bave been led in your inquiries by nexion between you ? If you have dethe Holy Spirit; that you have not clared your Trinitarian principles to been guided by an evil spirit I am fully the church, it would perhaps be canprepared to admit; but I must demur did to let them hear this letter. to your statement of divine influences As to the future, you need not be when I see you adopting sentiments so under anxiety; for, besides the protecoffensive, (as I cannot but deem them) ţion of a good Providence, which you to the clearly revealed will of God. have in common with all the children Divine teachings, you know, are claim of men, your new creed will make you ed by men of almost all sentiments, more popular than you could have and claimed most eagerly by the great been with your old one, and, if not at est fanatics, by the followers of Joanna Wedmore, yet elsewhere, will procure Southcott more than by Calvinists, you warm friends and zealous patrons. and by them more than by you;-this My recommendation would scarcely assumption, therefore, goes no way in be of service to you with Trinitarians, a controversy; the only proper question but if in any thing I can serve yon, i is, what is the doctrine of Jesus ? His shall be happy to testify that notwithword is spirit; he teaches me that God is standing your desertion of the faith One; that he himself is not God but which I glory in, I am your wellman; and that God is a Father, and wisher, and Christian friend and bro: always acts a fatherly part towards all ther, his children: and if an angel from (SIGNED) heaven were, in spite of these divine
ROBERT ASPLAND. teachings, to preach to me the trinity, N. B. I intended to write a short letthe deity of Christ, and the incapacity ter, but have been insensibly drawn or unwillingness of the Almighty to on to this length by the interest which pardon sin without full satisfaction, I I take in your welfare. Perhaps you should, as I valued my soul, hold his will frankly tell me by what steps and doctrine accursed.
with what progress you have arrived That the exercises of your mind at your Trinitarian conclusions. have been very painful I am well persuaded; the operation of putting out
LETTER JII. an eye cannot take place without ex To the Rev. R. Aspland, Hackney. treme anguish ; and will you pardon
Blackford, Dec. 9, 1811. me for saying that I consider you as Reverend and dear Sir, having been employed of late in ex Your's, of the 20th of last month, tinguishing the light of your mind. came safe to hand the 27th of the You, no doubt, thiok you have been same, and has been carefully perused on the contrary brought out of dark- over and over; and I assure you in ness. Be it so :-let the scriptures thén truth and sincerity there is not a single determine between us; but as we differ word in it but what I have not only about their judgment on the points in taken in good part, but considered it controversy, let
us refer our cause to the as a further instance of your friendship Judge of all the earth, who will do right to me; and in a letter that I have andmake truth manifest ; in the inean since sent to some other minister I time, not judging one another, nor have mentioned this, “ If I ever find claiming any dominion over faith, but such another friend as you have been helping each other's joy.--You will to me it will be more than what I now, not, I trust; consider my remarks as expect."
726 Extracts from the Report of the Unitarian Fund, 1812.
The chief particulars you expect nity of Christ is this. We are strictly fur. ane to relate in this letter are the steps bidden to worship any other person but by which I have arrived at my Trini- God, and yet God himself authorizes all tarian conclusions ? and whether or the angels in heaven to worship Christ; 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 Sc. Jonn saw in contained in your's. The first particu. heaven were all paying divine honours lar which caused some doubiful ap- to the lamb that was slain. I can prehensions respecting the truth of therefore feel my mind perfectly easy my former persuasion was the attri. and satisfied when I am engaged in the butes which I find the inspired writers same employment as the glorified saints 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 paso with considerable evidence, that Christ sages must denote the proper divinity possessed two natures, human and diof Christ. Micah, speaking of his vine,-the former 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 soot and offspring ing." v. 2. St. John observes, that of David p" How could he be both “ in the beginning was the word, and “the Lord and Son of Bavid? In the word was God.” God himself says, one and the same sentence he is said to respecting hiø són, “ Thy throne, o come of the Jews “as concerning the God, is for ever and ever." St. Paul Aesh," and yet is over all, God blessalso 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 possihave therefore been thinking with my bility of reconciling these passages withself thus; if nothing was created with, out admitting the idea of two natures in ont Christ, (as Joho says that it was Christ. not) how could he himself be a cre 2dly. 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 searchethi the reins and the Son with the Father. Whether i the hearts. Rev. ii: 23. 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. lie knows all things. These, I have fortable; but at present I have no pros. been thinking, are prerogatives that pect of any. You say that my new can belong to tro person bat 'a divine creed will procure me warm patrons ; one. Another particular, by which I I wish I may find it so, but I am sure was led to embrace 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 i ascribing to Christ; titles, which I recommendation, perhaps I may be can't believe God world ever have 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's the everlasting' Father, ** «God over right hand, where peace, pleasure and all," the true God," is the only wise unanimity will ever gladden our hearts, God, our Saviour.
I remain, my affectionate Sir, Another particular, through which Your very humble and obliged servant, I have been inclined to believe the divi" (Sigoed) 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 compositions, and the productions of their wise and generous exertions, whe- ladies who were before literary benefacther the event 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 a
stated to be 20,500, making the whole The fourth Anniversary of the Chris. tration, 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 Gibe 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 numbet 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
96 39 among others, it was stated that the Estimated value of the stock Tracts had been advertised in the pub- Due to the Society from coun.
272 9 6 lic prints, with a short paragraph, " de. claratory of the liberal spirit of the Soci. try agents, &c. ety, as aiming at the diffusion of the
492 2 6 moral precepts and practical virtues of the gospel, without interfering with the Due from the Society for doctrinal peculiarities of any party or
133 2 6 denomination of Christians."
Leaving a balance of
£288 18 2
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 copies : chat, with one cvery thing really conducive to the in
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723 Intelligence.--Opening of the Unitarian Chapel at Glasgou. tellectual and moral improvement of his institution and support of associations 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 Unitarian Treasurer, the Secretary, the Committee principles, was opened on Sunday last : and Auditors, for their services during the when two very cxcellent and suitable last year; aiso to Mrs Mary Hughes discourses were delivered, by the Rev. and the 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 cieties of Sheffield and Exeter, for their was taken from Acts xxiv. valuable co-operation, and to the Edi- The reasons which justified our seceszor of the Monthly Repository, " for his sion from the Established Church, and assistance, through the medium of that Dissenters, were mentioned; the views publication, in promoting the objects of of Trinitarians impartially discussed and ihe Society." — The meeting likewise compared with those 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 six. 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 en The members and friends of the So. forced by a variety of arguments. At ciety afterwards dined together, in num- the same time the unprofitable and ber upwards of one hundred; EBENE- degrading nature of that servile obedi. ZER JOANSTON, 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 is accidentally acquainted with the Society 1700l. There has been already subon 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. Rees,) Mr. Wilks, make up the deficiency: The cotton Mr. Hinckley, and other gentlemen, cellar below the chapel is rented at 63 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 deficiforty new names were added to the list cnt be advanced by one person, a bond. of subscribers It 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 five per forward to acknowledge the littlc obli- cent interest, it would prevent the ma. gations 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 disadvantageous is hoped the praise, to encourage the terms.
THOMAS MUIR, Jur. (Correspondence on 2d page of Wrapper.]
TBE Rey, J. B. While events, at which huma. DEWURST.
nity shudders, are daily arresting To the Editor.
the public attention, it seems also
good to the infinite Wisdom, 'often Bromley, Dec, 3, 1812. -unsearchable, yet always unerre SIR,
ing, 10 interrupt even the pore I cannot perform my promise of and rational enjoyments of private offering you the following Memoir, life. Thus are taken away, in the without aeknowledging my obli. midst of their days, those who gations to those gentlemen who were full of wisdom, and who knew have furnished me with its princi. to speak of excellent things. pal and most interesting passages. Such a reflection was naturally Should I have introduced their excited on the late sudden decease communications with any success of one endeared to his friends by I shall be amply recompenced for-moral and intellectual qualities, the anxiety with which I have and who cannot be soon forgotten made the attempt. The honour by those whom he had wisely and of connecting my name with that successfully conducted into the of the late Mr. Dewhurst, I can. paths of knowledge, not esteem ligbtly. The recol. Plants of his hand, and children of his lection of liaving known him with the intimacy which very op
A just regard to the improveposite engagements in lifewould per ment of society, forbids that such mit, and of baving lost him so soon, a man should be numbered with will often revive in my mind that the dead, without a memorial, mixed sensation of pleasure and however inadequate, among the regret, commonly experienced living. Nor can this tribute of when we contemplate their cha. esteem and friendship be offered racters who died, according to any where with so much propriehuman estimate, prematurely, just ty, as on the pages of a work when their highly cultivated talents which proposes, like the subject and expanding virtues, had dis- of this Memoir in the last and tinguished them as most worthy favourite purpose of his life, to to have lived.
engage literature iu its noblest I remain, Sir, yours,
office, the defence and illustra.
tion of scriptural theology. J. T, RUTT.
John BICKERTON DEWHØRST,
eldest son of Edward and Catharine VOL. VII.