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On the whole, the cause f Unita- II Every Subscriber shall receive an.
for Iris riamsın is advancing in the West nually 5 per cent
money; but no Subscrit er under £95 of Scotland, and there is a good shall be eli vible as a manager, nor shall prospect of its growing success. Subsiders under £5 be entitled to vote
at elections. [To be concluded in our next Number.}
JU. Donations shall be the property
of the Glasgow Up tarian Church, and Proposals for building a Chapel in shall be appiied to the building of the
Glasgou, for conducting Public Chapel.
IV. The management of all affairs re
lating to the Chapel shall be vested in a plos.
Preses, a Treasurer, and five other MaThe characteristic features of the In
nagers; two of whom shall go out of stitution, to which the atiention of the office annually by rotation, and their public is here solicited, will be these :
places shall be supplied by a new electi. 1. That every aid and encouragement Those going out may be re-electwill be given to Free Inquiry on religi- ed. ous subjects;
V. There shall be a general meeting of 2. That prayer and adoration will be the Subscribers annually, wben the ma. addressed, in the name of Jesus Christ, nagers shall produce a statement of their solely to the One True God.
receipts and disbursements, and report 3. That repentance and reformation proceedings; at which meeting the elecof manners, piety to God, benevolence tion of managers shall take place. to man, and a strict abstinence from
VI. All profits arising from the letting every sinful passion and indulge!ce of the seats, &c. shall be the property will be enforced as the on y means of of the church, whose object it shall be obtaining happiness in this life and
to pay back to the subscribers what they in that which is to come.
have borrowed, as soon as possible, so The supreme importance of these that the chapel may in the course of time principles will
, it is hoped, incline all who become their property, un ncumbered perceive their close connection with the with debt; but should the church ever welfare of individuals, and the general be unable to pay the interest due, the improvement of society, to support, according to their ability, a house of pra er, of the chapei so as to dis hargt be debt.
managers shall be a thorized to di pose in which they may worship the Father
VII. The rizht to the ground on in spirit and in truth: in which pure which the charel may be built, shall be and elevated revotion may spring from taken in name of the managers for the their knowledge and contemplation of time being, and thei: successors in office, the character of their Maker in ail its for behoof of the church; and all other majesty and loveliness; where they investitures of the funds of the church may meet with kind and friendly assist shall be taken in the same terms. ance in the calm, dispassionate and un
VIII. Subscriptions may either be biassed investigation of sacred cruth; and paid at the time of subscribing, or onc where they may be incited to do honour fourth then, and the remaining three. to their Christian profession, and to ac- fourths by equal instalments, at the date complish the great ends of their being, of three, six. or nine months. by growing perpetually in conformity to
IX. Should any alteration be found the image of their Saviour, and in fit- necessary in these rules, the proposed al. ness for the presence of their God.
teration must be laid before a general To accomplish this object, the followe meeting of the subscribers, and if sancing plan has been proposed :
tioned by a majority of two-thirds of 1. The money for building the chapel the meeting, it shall be equally obligatoshall be raised by Subscriptions and by ry with the above. Donations. We have great pleasure in laying
Unitarianism in America. this plan before our readers; and gladly offer our work as the medium of com- From one of the ministers of the Phi. munications and subscriptions,
in fur- ladelphia Unitarian Society, we have been therance of the object of the Glasgow recently favoured with accounts of the Unitarian Church. Ed.
growth of Unitarianism in the United
States, which we are happy to extract F. and C. when in a congregational pulinto our work : they relate to the state pit, conduct the prayers after the conof religion at Boston, and to the design gregational mode In most of the conof erecting a church at Philadelphia, 6a- gregational churches, Belkrap's collectie cred to The One God.
on is used. Mr. Buckminster uses Tate The following extract is from a letter and Brady's, and a selection compiled dated, “ Philadelphia, Sept. 28, 1811. by himself. Ere long, Bellinap's book
“ Having this summer made an ex- must be discarded, for ali the s ministers cursion to Boston, perhaps a few parti- alluded to are anti-calvinistic and anticulars relatire to the state of religious in- trinitarian. The mode of preaching formation there may not be unaccepta: which prevails among them is rational hle. I shall proceed therefore, without and insiructive The congregations are farther preface, to give you this infornia- made up of no inconsiderable proportion tion. There is only one place of worship of literary and professional men; for, at Boston which is avowellynitarian, in New England, great attention is paid viz. King's Chapel, originally an Episco- to public worship. To stay habitually at pal Church, and still so in regard to the home, would be deemed di reputable. mode worship, except that the service The churches, generally speaking, are has been freed from every thing relative supplied with organs. Every min ster to the trinity, atonement, &c. A new is considered as a m nister of the town and improved Liturgy was published a generally, and as the fr end of his own few months ago, which is now used in- hearers in particular. The ministers of stead of the former one. The ministers Boston and its vicinity hold meetings at are, Mr. Freeman, a most excellent each other's houses in rotatiop once every man, and Mr. Cary, a young gentleman fortnight, for the examination of candiof superior talents and great respectabi- dates, and for friendly advice and social lity. To see the harmony and kindness intercourse ; at these meetings you n:ay which subsists beiween these ministers see Unitarians, Arians and Trinitarians, is truly deligt iful, and the congregation indiscriminately—as also at the weekly is not deficient in paying them every Thursday morning Lecture, which is proper mark cf respect For years af preached by orthodox , and heterodox ter Mr. Freeman's settlement, the other men alternately I heard two of these, ministers, with few exceptions, regard. one by Mr. Carey, quite ap Unitarian ed him with consiuerable shyness
, on ac- discourse; the other, by a Mr. Codcount of his supposed heterodoxy, and man, in the true style of an old puritan. because he had not had clerical ordiva- By the bye, Dr. Osgood, whose sermon tion--but now, and for a considerable was animadverted on in the Monthly time past, these prejudices have given Repository, vol. v. 606 is a high Cal. way ; while the weight of his talents vinist, of a warm and affectionate temper and great goodness of his heart have and of great liberality and candour on rendered him the object of high and ge- theological subjects His sympathies neral esteem. Mr. Carey was not or. are with the Anti-Calvinists, and if any dained in any other way than by Mr. of his own folks show any thing like Freeman laying his hand on his head, bigotry:-Dr. O. is their champion. merely in the name of the congregation. He is therefore a great favourite with No minister was called to assist. Of the Boston ministers. As to politics, late years, there has been a remarkable they all think alike. The preaching of change in the congregational churches polític al sermons has long been customat Boston. Of this description, there ary in New England - I mean on weekare 9; 8 of which are supplied by minis. days—they have election sermons, artil. ters Jiffering more or less on various to- bery sermons, &c &c.—The Presbyteripics, but all living in great harmony ans of the middle states, finding that with each other and with Messrs. Free so many of the congregational churches man and Carey, with whom they occa- had departed from the old faith, erected sionally exchange pulpits, reading the a fine new church at Boston to promote King's Chapel service, when they preach revivals. It is supplied by one Dr. there, and on the other hand, Messrs. Griffin, who had beer extremely popu.
lar in New Jersey ; but he has settled * A few days ago, Mr. Freeman had down at Boston. The church is deeply in the degree of Ď. D, from Harvard Uni debt, half the pews are yet to let, and versity.
the good man himself, by not returning
the civilities paid him by the other mi. America, inserted by Mr. Grundy, as a sisters when he first came to Boston, is note to his sermen, at the opening of the now neglected not only by them, but by New Chapel, Liverpool; to which we their hearers, and he has to stand his rcfer our readers. (See pp. 26, 2;-) ground, and plead the cause of orthodoxy The extract which follows is from a against eight of the congregationalists, letter dated “ Philadelphia, Nov. 22, besides the King's Chapel ministers.-While at Baston I had every opportuni
“ You have heard of our humble proty of sceing with my own eyes. The gress, of the manner in which our little different m nisten were remarkably frank Hock was coller ted again after a suspenand friendly, and high as the character son of our worship for more than 5 years, of Boston has alwaye's ood for hospital- and generally ot every thing of consety, what I experienced far exceeded my quence in relat on to us wh ch has since expectat ons, much as they had been occurred. No doubt, t will he matter raised. There are in Boston 2 Ep sco. of pleasing surprise to lean that we have pal, 4 Baptist, 2 Methodi t, 1 Univer- en saged a su table lot of ground on sal:st, i Catholic, i Friends', i Sande- which we intend, a soon as possible to manian, and Black (hurch, as also a erect a church for ile worsh p of the plice called the Travelling Preachers' One True God, the Father. Our own Society: these are in addition to Mr. members and contributors do not much Freeman's and the 9 congregational exceed ju persons, and a cons derable churches. It was peculiarly pleasing to proport on of "hese are persons whose me, while at Boston, to find the congre support arises from the labour of their ucional ministers, as well as Messrs Free. hands. Our own folks, however, who man and Cary inuch inyerested in the are un o mous in the measure, have welfare and perinanency of our litle done their bet; and it is with no small wciety, and since my return, I have haut degree of satisfaction and grit tude hat the pleasure of hear ng from some of I have to add, that we have been favour. thein-Messrs. Thack'r and Cary had ed w th the names of a good number of this spring been a: Philadelphia, and persons of opinions very diss milar to each of them gave us a sermon. Mr. ours, who have kindly lent us their aid. T. is a worthy and valuable young nan, This is a pleasing omen; yet it must but, alas! his healih is very precarious not be concealed that there are those He succeeded Dr. Kirkland who had who, vaunting themselves on their orbeen elected President of Harvard Unic thodox creed, scruple got to hold use versity. Mr T. gave so good an account up as infidels in disguise, and us all of us, that Mr. Cary, who had occasion their influence to excité and perpetuto go to New York, came to Philadel. ate prejudices against us. This is our phia on purpose to spend a Sunday with 'situation, but unanimous among outus; and these occurrences pared the selves, satisfied with the grounds of our way tur my journey. It was my wish hope towards God and encouraged by to have heen only a hearer, while at Bos- the liberality and courteousness of many top; but although I declared myself a who belong to other persuasions, we Jayman, yet a minister according to our mean to proceed. - The place in which constitution, i. e, as respects our flock, we now meet is incommodious; besides I had to officiate twice. Had I thé we hive no certainty of obtaining the pleasure of a personal interview, I could use of it much longer, the landlord have say much respecting Boston, and espeeiing already declined renewing the lease. ally as to the correct manners of the The smallness of our present scale prepeople and the excellent spirit of the cludes all expectation of getting a miministers. Had your correspondent nister, according to the common accepknown Dr. O. personally, however he tation of the term. My two coad utors might have uisliked his politics, or the are advanced in life; we have no prosintroduction of any politics into the pect of any young person stepping forpulpit, he would have extenuated mat- ward to supply our places, and therefore iers a Ittle. I mean, he would have ac. unless we no make some effort to give companied his criticisms with unequivo- permanence and se ength to our society, cal acknowledgements of the Doctor's its utter ext nction may be rcasona' ly worthiness."
expected - We have concluded to c:ect This account of our correspondent's an octagonal building, 50 feet each way, is corroborated by extracts of letters from except where the form of the building VOL. VII.
58 Intelligence.--New Chapel, Lynn.-State of Public Affairs.
that event from which it is hoped that last
ing quod will result. Should any of our New Chapel, Lynn, Norfolk.
readers wish to be further acquainted
with the circumstances which gave rise On Sunday, January 5, 1812, a new to this pew cause, they are referred to and commodious place of worship, call- Mr Finch's Sermon and Narrative reed Salem Chapel, was opened for divine cently published, and reviewed in our service at Lynn, in Norfolk. The Rev. Jast volume. (Vol. vi. p. 679, 680.]
MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS;
The Christian's Survey of the Political World.
We have already apprised our read- tablished sect is an institution of a ers (vol. vi. p700.] that the exertions small body of men in this kingdom; of Dr. Marsh, at St. Paul's, had not for this sect is a small body, and daily been without an effect; and as he had growing less; though we confess that roused the church, it was not likely it abounds in the rich, and the great, that he would rest upon his arms. Å and the noble. In power and influence National Institution, as it bas been it stands by far the highest of any falsely called, has been formed, and, sect; bat these are nut the tests by as Dr. Marsh is so candid in his writ. which we estimate a church of Christ. ings, we trust that he will join with We know of no political rights on us in reprobating this very improper which a church of Christ can boast : title. The institution for educating yet, if the established sect wishes to the people in the principles of the use he considered as a political institucion We rejoice that men, like Dr. Marsh, basis on which this modern society is will proclaim," that dissenters of built. In this constitutional equality, every description should, for con- there is evident danger, the Doctor science' sake, be tolerated.” Tolera- coatends, that the pre-eminence of tion, in the mouth of a Christian, is a the established sect should be gradualstrange word: if we could not tolerate ly forgotten, and finally lost. He exour brethren, how should we be disci- hoits the sect to consider, whether it ples of a master who has given a deo is prudent to augmeut the power of cided mark by which his followers such a society, by throwing into its should be known, namely, that they scale the weight of the establishment. should love one another. We will not He suggests, that bis sect can have only tolerate Dr Marsh, but we assure no guarantee, that other objects, ini. him, that we will not envy him any mical to it, will not, in time, be wealth or bonour, which his sect can associated with the main object. He confer upon him ; we will applaud argues, that the constitution of the him in all liberal proceedings ; we will modern Bible Society gives an impornever be displeased with any fair and tance to the dissenting interest, which honourable means which he employs otherwise it never would have obtainfor the support of his cause. Dr. ed. And be contends, that, if the Marsh has attacked the liberal mode members of his sect injure, or even of education introduced by Mr. Lan- neglect to support it, small will be caster, and adopted in many parts of the coinpensation by the distribution the kingdom; and he cannot be con- of bibles in foreign parts. If this sect, tent unless the doctrine of his sect is the doctor modestly observes, professes tacked to it. Another object of attack christianity in its purest form, its has presented itself to his imagination, downfal will be an irreparable loss aud he has commenced his warfare in not to this nation only, but to the another field. The University of Cam- whole world : and we will put another bridge has a correspondence with all if to this learned doctor; if your sect England, and a subject discussed in dues not profess christianity in its its senate cannot fail to become gene- purest forin, Dr. Marsh cannot be rally known in every part of the coun. better employed than by using his en. try. On this account, Dr. Marsh has denvours to bring it to the standard of very prudently addressed the members the scriptures. The doctor's Letter of the Senate, and, in a Letter, called to the University has produced a dona. upon them to examine the nature and tion to the old societice, and excited views of the Bible Society, lately esta- a considerable sensation, which tended, blished in the metropolis, and sup- however, to the benefit of the Bible Soported with great success by voluntary ciety. A very large body of men, both subscriptions from both dissenters and in the estab ished sect and out of it; members of the established sect.-The begin to be sensible, that Christianity complaint against the Bible Society, is was not made for thig or that sect and of a similar nature with that against to be merely a political engine. They the Lancastrian schools. The Bible , are convinced that Christ died not for Society distributes only bibles, where. this or that people, but for the whole as there are two very extensive Societies human race, and that it is the duty of in the established sect which distri- every Christian to extend the influence bute not only bibles, but the common- of our beloved Saviour to the utmost of prayer books and other books written his power. With respect to the three on the principles of the sect. Of these societies, as far as they are willing to societies, one amounts to about five promote gospel truths, we wish them thousand members, no one being ad- all well; we wish them God speed, in mitted into it, as Dr. Marsh informs the name of the Lord. But we have the University, without testimony of something to say against them all. What his attachment to the constitution in makes you so tenacious of the English sect and state ; but he very candidly Translation ? Why is it, that when such states, that the Bible Society is nuch great improvements have been made in more numerous, but it consists of the scripture criticism, when manuscripts sectmen and dissenters indiscriminate- have been cxamined, and so pure a text ly; and equality of power and interest has been given to the public, both of the between the two parties is the avowed Hebrew and the Greek scriptures, why i