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495 to the entire satisfaction of the tutors and permitted to continue longer than two of the committee. Mr. Goodier has not spars. been able to testime his situation, from For admission to the larger course of the precarious state of his health; but the instruction the comunittee recommend committee have the satisfaction to state, three months should be fixed for probationt, that the time he passed in the Academy and that no young man be admitted under has not been lost, for he continues to pro- the age of seventeen or above the age of secuté his studies though absent, and twenty, nor any who have not previously shouid his health and strength be restored, attained the rudinrents of the Greek and he promises to be a zealous and useful Latin languages. For tbe shorter course preacher of the gospel pure and unde- a probation of six weeks, and from the age filed.
of eighteen to tweuty-three, and that no The Rev. R. Aspland and the Rev. T. one be admitted who has not previously Brondbent have continued their able received an arlequate English education. assistance through the session now closing, The committee also beg leave to add, to the great advantage of the institution that they trust a fitness for pulpit services and of the pupils. The committee hare will at all times be considered an indisalso availed themselves of the assistance pessible qualification for all candidates of Dr. Moreli in the mathematical depart- for admission on the foundation of this ment.
Academy, whether for the longer or the The thaoks of this meeting are jnstly shorter period : as it is the fundamental due to these gentlemen for tbeir care and principle of this institution to ofer its nesiduity, as the funds of this ivstitution assistance to such young men only who bure not yet been able to offer any ade- appear to be qualified to be useful and quate renuncration to them for the time zealous Christian ministers. and labour they have devoted to the in- The committee wish they were able to provement of the students,
close their report with 4 favourable ac* It is in the recollection of this meeting count of the funds of the Academy : but that two years was the term appointed for with every possible attention to economy, the course of study of each student, with they are obliged to declare them inade power given to the committee to extend it. quate to the objects of the institution, But many inconveniences have been found The committee cheerfully offer their ser to result from this method : for in every vices to maintain and direct the establishinstance the tators and the conimittee have ment, but these will not be effective found two years too short to acconplish unless the funds for the support of the the objects of the institution ;' and the Academy are considerably increased. coinmittee have uniformly extended the Aad here they cannot refuse the oppor. tine to the longest period in their power: tunity to direct the thanks of this meeting 6 that the terms of three years instead of to the Rev. T. Belsham, who has been two may now. be considered the rule vot through the past year a most liberal prothe exception. From the experience of moter of the Academy in regard to its the tutors they have learned that this ex- pecuniary resonrces. They recommend tension of time at the end of two years has to the serious consideration of the Unita been attended with great inconvenience to rian public the advantages an institution them and bas proved a hinderance to the in the neighbourhood of London, like the progress of the students ; as the tutors new Unitarian Acadeny. offers, for the have not been able to arrange their course promotion of the general interests of true of instruction to the longer period from religion and virtue. Hitherto it has been the uncertainty of the committee acceding supported by 'a very few of the friends of to their request to continue the students free inquiry in matters of religion, but it under their care beyond the period of two demands the liberal support of all to conyears. Thus it appears from the expe. tinue its existence and to make it effective. rience of the committee and of the tutors THOMAS GIBSON, Secretary. that the plan originally designed has not been found advantageous or practicable. The committee therefore recommend
Dudley Double Lecturc. that the course of education be extended On Whit-Tuesday, June 4th, 1816, to four years. Though at the same time the Annnal Meeting of Ministers, denomithe original plan of the institution need nated “The Double Lecture," - took not be lost sight of, as a course of instruc- place at Dudley. The Rev. Robert Kell tion limited to two years may be arranged, conducted the devotional serrice. Two in order to prepare students for the excellent discourses were delivered to a Christian ministry, by instructing them very numerous congregation: the former ja general theology and English literature by the Rev. James Yates “on the historionly. The students admitted into the cal argument in favour of the truth of Academy on tbis plan ought not to be Christianity, arising from the progreis
which it has made in reforming and spending the remainder of my days in the
Friend and Brotber, be that goeth furth out of my mouth: it
JOSHUA STOULMIN. shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it Warwickshire Unitarian Tract Society. shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent The Members of the Unitarian Tract it : the latter by the Rev. James Scott, Society, established in Birmingham for
on the duties of the Christian minis- Warwickshire and the neighbouring country," from 2 Cor. viii. 23, they are ties, held tbeir Annual Meeting at Oldthe messengers of the church, and the bury, in Shropshire, on Wednesday, Juno glory of Christ.
19th. In the morning, the Rev. Richard Fifteen ministers were present : viz. Fry, of Kidderminster, read the Scriptures Rev. Messrs. Guy, Kell, and Kentish, of and conducted the devotional service. The Birmingham; Small, of Coseley ; Davis, Rev. John Smal, of Coseley, delivered a of Coventry; Scott, of Cradley ; Bransby, very argumentative and interesting disof Dudley; Davis, of Evesham ; James course on the Unity of God, from John Yates," lately of Glasgo# ; Corrie, of viii. 54.-"It is my Father that honourethe Handsworth; Bristowe, of Hinckley í me; of whom ye say, that he is your God." Fry, of Kidderminster;' Daris, of Oid. The sermon was heard with the most bury; Carpenter, of Stourbridge ; and marked attention. Two passages, in parSteward, of Wolverhampton.
ticular, the one referring to tbe preacher's In the course of the afternoon, Mr. emancipation from Calvinism, and the Bransby read the following extract from a other offering a tribute of affection to the most affecting letter addressed to him by memory of Dr. Toulmin, exhibited specihis lamented friend, Dr. Toulin, in mens of the finest eloquence. Mr. Small reference to one of the resolutions at the bus kindly consented to favour the Society last anniversary.*
with a copy of his sermon to be printed “ London, No. 2, Pump Pourt, Temple, for distribution among the members.
May 23, 1815. At the conclusion of the service, Mr. " Dear Bransby. My mind is variously Samuel Kenrick, of West Bromwich, affected with the unexpected and united (second son of the late Rev. Timothy Kear testimonies of respect and affection, and rick, of Exeter,j being called to the chair, of approbation of my work from my worthy the minutes of the last general meeting brethren, assembled at the Double Lec and of the subsequent committee meetings tufe at Dudley on Whit-Tuesday, and were read by the Secretary. After the with the cordial interest you express in usual business bad been transacted, upthe communication of their resolutions ;- wards of forty members and friends of the on which I shall ever place a high value, Society dined together. In the course of And ever recollect with lively gratitude. the afternoon several gentlemen addressed As they do not meet again under the same the mecting on topics connected with the circunstances till next Whitsuntide, when objects of the Society, and the day was probably my intercourses of a friendly and spent in a way that could scarcely fail to ministerial kind, and my days may be exercise and improve the best emotions of terminated, it must remain uncertain the heart. whether I sball ever have an opportunity It was resolved, “That the warmest to offer them, as • body, my sentiments thanks of this meeting be presented to the of affectionate respect, and my warm Rev. Jeremiah Joyce, the Secretary of the thanks for these expressions of their esti- London Unitarian Book Society, (an office mation of my imperfect lahours and which after having ably discharged its character. But, as they fall in your way, duties for fourteen years, he bas signified an I would request the favour of you to intention of resigning,) for his uniform express to them individually, my senti- punctuality and kindness in furnishing the nents of brotherly attachment to them, as tracts ordered from time to time by the ministers, my sense of the honour they Committee, and for the lively interest have done me and the sincere pleasure which he has always taken in the welfare with which I entertain the thought of of this Society."
It is impossible to record this rote of
thanks (passed only two days before Mr. • See Monthly Repository, Vol. X. p. Joyce's lamented death ) without feelings 319.
of mournful regret. Mr. Bransby, in
497 neving it, stated Mr. Joyce's claims to the Manchester College, York. gratitude of the Society, and availed him. The following sums have been received on self of the opportunity to express his own account of this Institution. personal esteem; and Mr. Kentish ob- Collection at Stannington Chaverved that he had for a long series of years pel, acar Sheffield, by the had the pleasure of calling Mr. Joyce his Res, P. Wright,
7 0 friend, and that he never knew the bosom Do. at Wakefield Chapel, by in which glowed a warmer or a kinder the Rev. Thomas Johnstone. 30 heart.
Do. at Upper Chapel, ShefIn the evening Mr. Bransby conducted field, by the Rev. Dr. Phithe devotional service and the Rev. James lipps.
14 8 Yates delivered an eloquent discourse from Do. at Plymonth, by the Rev. Ps. civ. 81 : “ The Lord shall rejoice in Israel Worsley.
10 10 bis works."
Do. at Norwich, by the Rev,
6 6 Do. at Newcastle, by the Rer.
13 Sorthern Unitarian Society.
- Do. at Leeds, by the Rer. On Wednesday the 24th of July, the
15 17 9 Angual Meeting of the Southern Unitarian Two Collections at GainsboSociety, was beld at the Unitarian Chapel
rougb, by the Rev.N.T. H. in Newport, Isle of Wight. The object of
50 this Society is to promote the knowledge
In 1816. aod practice of evangelical Cbristianity, by Benefaction from the Rer. Mr. the distribution of buoks. Mr. Aspland
Anstis, of Bridport. preached a sermon adapted to the occasion Do, from George Bayly, Esq. of the meeting, from Rev, xiv. 6, 7. The
25 Society voted thanks to Mr. Aspland for his sermon, with a request to be allowed
141 7 0 to print the same. They re-appointed Thomas Cooke, Jun. Esq. the Secretary;
Manchester, August 17, 1816. voted several new books, and determined
G. W, WOOD, Treasurer. that the Society sball meet next year at Poole, in Dorsetsbire, and that Mr. State of the Finances of the Oldham Bennett be requested to preach. Afterwards a numerous and respectable company
Unitarian Society. met to dine at the Bugle lon, in Newport, S. Jones, Esq. near Manchesters
ADDITIONAL BENEFACTIONS. when Mr. Samuel Parkes was unanimously called to the chair. After dinner several Legacy from the late Mr. Rd.
Mason, appropriate addresses were delivered by diferent gentlemen; and the afternoon Donation from the Unitarian was spent in a truly pleasant and harmo
Fund, nions manner,
80 The meeting was dissolved at an early hour, and the company adjourned to the
Amount of Contributions ebapel, where 'Mr. Fox delivered to a
560 including the above
1 99 mumerous and attentive audience a very impressive discourse from Jobn viii. 32: By Loan from the Rev. W.
Johns, * The truth shall make you free."
100.0 N. B. After the morning service, the Money in advance per J.
Taylor, wames of several gentlemen were enrolled
7 5 2 as new members of the Southern Upita
667 6 11 vian Society.
Amount of bills discharged,
including every expense The Manchester Annual Meeting of connected with the buildTrustees and Friends to this Institution ing of the new Chapel 667 6 119 a intended to be held on Friday, the There is a deficiency to the amount of soth of August. The anniversary dinner 1071. 58. 9d. which remains to be provided wito de at the Spread Eagle Inn, in for. Manobester, on the same day, Nathaniel The Unitarian friends at Oldham are Philips, of the Dales, Esq. in the Chair, gratefully sensible of the liberal aid which We hope to give an account of the proceed they have experienced, and beg leave, gs in a future number
through the medium of their Treasurer, to " renew their acknowledgments. lo recall
ing the attention of the Unitarian public to and Dr. Marsh being knowd as its wano the present state of their firances, they by opponent. We can hardly suppose that po means wish to trespass upon that the Professor has been rewarded with the liberality in which they have so largely mitre for his political publications tending participated. They merely desire it to be to promote the war against kepublican knowo, that their own resourees are very · France: the results of that war are now inadequate to the provision which they are so clearly seen asd so strongly felt, that called upon to make, and that the smallest even the Pitt party must, one should think, donations with which they may be favoured look back upon its proinoters with sentia will be most thankfully received.
ments very different froup gratitude. We W. HARRISON. cau still less imagine, in these times of Any persons disposed to contribute to professed orthodoxy, that Dr. Marsh is the assistance of the Oldham brethren, advanced to bis present dignity on account may transmit tbeir donations either to of his services to Biblical Literatures the Rev. R. Aspland, Hackney, or to the Those services are in the eye of a true Rev. W. Harrison, 20, Brazen-nose Street, Churchman of very questionable merit; Manchester.
since they have contributed in spite of Dr. For particulars of the different contribüa Marslı's own protestations) to take away tions to the Oldham Chapel, vide M. Rep. the supports of soine of the fundamental for Feb. 1816, p. 123.
doctrines of the sui disant ortbodox church.
Whatever be the cause of the new DOMESTIC.
Bishop's creation, it will be honourable MISCELLANEOUS.
to him and gratifying to the lovers of Dr. llerbert. Marsh, Margaret Pro- Biblical learning, if he proceed in the fessor at Cambridge, is promoted to the course wbich he has so successfully entered See of Llandati, vacant by the death of upou, and lay open the road to a thorough Dr. Watson. - This appointment is proba- knowledge of Scriptural divinity. He has bly designed to preserve an equilibrium on displayed on some occasions an independe the Episcopal bench; the last gentleman.ence of mind and a spirit wbich are an raised to this dignity, Dr. Ryder, Dean of earnest to bis friends that the Sve of Llan Wells, made Bishop of Gloucester, being daff will still be eminent for the public a zealous member of tbe Bible Society, virtue as well as talents of its bisbop: MONTHLY RETROSPECT of PUBLIC AFFAIRS;
OR, The Christian's Survey of the Political World. A great feet is gone out to chastise it is them if possible to a superior line of consaid the Algerines, for their mode of war duct. It is a beautiful traît in the history fare, which differs from that pursued by of the Romans, that in a treaty with the the states which call themselves Christian. Carthaginians, they insisted on the aboliThe papers are in consequence full of bit- tion of human sacrifices. We may readily terness against the Corsairs, not reflecting conceive what influence the religion of how very little superior to theirs is the Moloch must have had on the teinper and conduet of more civilized life. Sonre al- manners of his worshippers. Traces of it lowance is also to be made for those may be seen in the writings of St. Auwretched men, „who have not the advan- gustine, whose divinity was warped by the tages which we possess of more improved feelings of his country; and we are not to instruction from the Scriptures, from the be surprised that Calvin should have beliberty of the press, and a better system of held with jay the torturing of Servetns, government. It is to be recollected also without reflecting that tliis inhuman senti. what cause of hatred to the Christian name ment sprang from the Carthaginian Mo. they inherit from their ancestors; for they loch, not from the God and Father of our are the descendants of the Moors, whom Lord Jesus Christ, who is distinctly prothe wicked policy of the Spaniards drove claimed to us under the endearing cpithet with unexampled barbarity from the of a loving Father. This reflection merits country in which they had been settled to be impressed on every mind subjugated' for several hundred years. Besides, if ther to Calvin; for the same cause produces the Christians complain of slavery in Africa, - same effects, provided the circumstances are it is to be recollected that the Africans in the same: and however meliorated by the their turn, when taken slaves, have been spirit of the times is the Carrinistic spirit, subjected to a very great degree of hardship yet its basis remains the sane, derived from on board the Christian gallies.
Moloch, pot from him of whom it is said Far be it from us to vindicate the Afri- God is Lore. cans, or to deny the propriety of bringing This new warfare will lead to many re
State of Public Affairs. dections on the conduct of Christians to- servaits of holiness to the perfecting of wards each other. For tearly a quarter of tuman life. At any rate it is now the time a century they, who profese this holy name, for all men of enlightened minds and lihave been living in a state, which is the beral dispositions to forward the designs of direct opposite to what the name implies. these sovereigns, and to encourage their Every Christian is directed to address his undertakings. As they express their de heavenly Father in a prayer, that his king. termination to act upon Christian principles, dom may come : but this is a kingdom of too much care cannot be taken to place peace, and it cannot be conceived that, if those principles before them in their propert this prayer which was repeated so frequently liglit; and one of the first ohjeets should by so many millions of tongues, bad really be su to regulate the relations of states to come from the heart, the nations of Europe each other, that they may not hereafter could have lived in the state of warfare, rush heedlessly into war, but take every which it has beep our melancholy fate to previous step which prudence dictates and experience. We know that it has been and religion requires, before they run into the is urged continually, that war has existed danger of calling upon themselves or their from the earliest times, and will continue subjects the Avenger of blood. as long as there are men on carth. True France appears to be approaching to a it has existed for too long a period, and more settled state. It has been said of the will exist as long as the spirit of the first- Bourbons, that they neither learned any born Cain, the first murderer, continues to thing nor forgot any thing during the years be the theme of general applause. But let of their adversity. But whatever might be it be recollected, that this spirit is entirely their state, whether that of dreaming, or opposite to the spirit of Christianity: and dozing, or attending in some degree to the as real Christianity makes a progress in the changes in their nation, they cannot avoid world, the spirit of Cain will give way to it, the general rule; they must submit to cirand at last be entirely subdued. In the cumstances. They cannot bring the nation. mean time it is the duty of Christians to to what it was before the Revolution, and oppose it to the atmost of their po zr, and they must accommodate themselves to the to bail with satisfaction every attempt to change. One great point has been subbring men to a just knowledge and abi mitted to by them. The Legion of Honour horrence of war, and at any rate to en- formed by Buonaparte has been adopted deavour to alleviate as much as possible its by them, and the consequence is, that the horrors. The events of the last years shew flattering distinctions of ancient nobility dow little is to be gained hy blood : con- will bend to the new bonours, more suited querors and conquered on calculating their to the present times. In fact they now bud respective gains and losses, have reason to that it is impossible to restore the pobility regret that the voice of religion had not its and the clergy to their ancient privileges, due effect on all parties.
The minds of men are so changed in this Let us hope that the new Christian respect, that the deference formerly exacted treaty, as it is called, may have some ef would now appear ridiculous. Bat it must fect. The eyes of Europe are turned to be long before the French can adapt them the congress of sovereigns united on this seives suitably to the new order of things. eccasion. Mankind has been so often de- The court now sees that in governing twenty ceived by professions, that apprehensions millions of people, used for twenty-five ere entertained that ander cover of religious years to a freedom of sentiment, unknown zeal greater inroads may be made on civil in the times of the Bourbons, cannot be liberty. Yet who knows whether God may ruled by the few that were devoted to their not have turned the bearts of sovereignis cause. The old Royalists may be oftended, towards their people, and reflecting on the but the necessity of the case requires that miseries which they have occasioned to each men in office should be selected from other other, and to their subjects, too oftea upon parties; and whatever may be deemed the frivolous occasions, they may be led to em crimes of the Revolutionists, some of them brace a system, which shall prevent in fo- must be admitted into the management of ture unnecessary effusion of blood. The public affairs, or there will be no rule at all. page of history bears too ampie testimony By degrees party spirit may subside. Eacho to the poet's exclamation
party should look a little more to its own Delirant reges plectuntur Achivi:
faults, and not to the faults of their neighand the centerse is also true
bours :- and of all spirits, that which is the
most dangerous to the kingly authority is Delirant Achivi, plectuntur reges.
the military. Happy will it be for all naThe hoists of all parties must be changed; tions and for all sovereigns, when they see and if they have rendered themselves up as this subject in its true light. A sovereign, servants of iniquity to iniquity, it is an en- who is despotic by means of the military, couraging thought that the time is at hand is only a slave to the military, and bolds hic when they will retider themselves up as-throne on a very precarious tenure.