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ners; pursued his labours with times he would comforthis comfortincreasing energy; and employed ers, suggesting many, consolatory all his ralents for the glory of God, promises concerning the widowand and the good of his fellow crea, the fatherless, and earnestly, exlures. On the 29th of Dec. 1798, hort his children to serve the he commenced a lecture on the Lord with all their hearts; assur. evening of the Lord's day in a ing them that godliness hath the private dwelling near his own promise of tbe life, that now is, house at Donington. A build- and of that which is to come; and ing on his own premises was open, fervently praying that God would ed for public worship on the 16th have mercy, upon them. On of March 1808, which he gener- some occasions he expressed graously gave up for the use of the titude for the kindness which his society; and when it was enlarg- friends manifested, devoully wish. ed some time afterwards, he con- ing that they might experience tributed liberally to defray the the blessing of the Almighty: and expence. In this, and in each of at other times desired to be left his chapels he continued to labour alone, that he might with unremitting zeal and assidui. munion with his God. He was ty, as long as the state of bis sensible of the value of Christ and health would permit. He also his gospel; wished to die a peniestablished amongst his hearers, a tent believer ių Jeșus; and more circular weekly meeting for reli. than once exclaimed, "I know gious conversation and prayer, in wbom I have believed, and I over which he himself usually am persuaded that he is able to presided; and regularly devoted keep that which I have commit. at least two hours every week, to ted unto him against that day the education of the children of A few hours before he expired, the poor., A variety of interesting when the language of affection ex facts recur to the memory of his pressed the confident expectation friends, which farther testify that that he was going to beaven, he his conduct and behaviour in dosaid, "I have no doubt of it.? mestic life, were exemplary and The following just portrait of him engaging

has already been given to the pubAs he advanced near the close lic. “He discharged the arduous of his earthly, pilgrimage, he seem- duties of his situation, with grens ed to be ripening fast for glory, activity, zeal and faithfulness. During his long illness, wbich The respectability of his characcontinued more iban five months, ter, and the urbanity of his man he occasionally suffered some ners, rendered him bighly beloved pain; though but for short inter. by his friends, and generally esvals, experienced great debility, teemed in the neighbourhood in and was sensible of his approach- which he lived. He sustained a ing dissolution. But not a mur. severe illness with Christian par muring word escaped from his tience and fortitude: and has left lips; and his mind was composed, a name behind him worthy of the patient and resigned. He would imitation of his rising family, and frequently exclaim,“ how gently which his friends will long cherish in does God deal with me." Some their affectionate remembrance," Mr. Paterson died of a nervous Kings, ii. 5, “Knowest thou that atrophy, before he had completed the Lord will take away thy mas. his 44th year; and has left a ter from thy head to day? and widow and six children to lament he said yea, I know it; hold you his loss, and profit by his good your peace." And in the evening example. His remains were in- at Donington, from Genesis xlviii. terred on the 21st of August, in 21, “Behold I die, but God shall the burial ground belonging to be with you." The funeral Bardon Park Chapel, when the sermon at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Rev. Herbert Jenkins, of Leices. was preached on the following ter, introduced the funeral service, Sunday, August 30th, by the Rev. and the Rev. Henry Davis, of Henry Parry, from Numbers xxiii. Wigston, addressed a numerous 10, “ Let me die the death of and weeping audience.

the righteous, and let my last end The next Lord's day, Mr. be like his."

J.S. Jenkins, having conducted a part Cradley, near Stourbridge, of the devotional service, Mr.

Worcestershire. Scott, of Cradley, preached at Sept. 17th 1812. Bardon in the morning, from 2


such a



of political party. The idea of

measure gladdens our [This article was written, as will be seen, for insertion last month: it is hearts, and we hope to see the now given for the sake of asserting a

time when political divisions will great principle, though without any all be lost sight of, and men be weak expectation of its availableness. denominated only as


OF WAR, or FRIENDS OF PEACE! Religious men begin at length Let this philanthropic association to be alive to a sense of the ini. proceed, careless about the timidi. quity of war and the desirableness iy, lukewarmness, cowardice, and of peace. The Quakers have no. opposition of some religious pro. bly bome their testimony in favour fessors: they will carry with them of suffering humanity (M. R. p. 470); and we learn with plea

• The associated Christians have held sure that their example is likely public meeting a: Derby, which was to be followed by other sects of solucions, breathing a refreshing spirit

most numerously a tended. Their reDissenters. Some respectable of peace and charity, have been pub. gentlemen of various denomina- lished; the petition founded upon them tions, in the midland counties, is, we believe, to be presented to the

thrope. have, we understand, taken up The veteran reformer, Major Cart. the project of a general petition wright, has endeavoured to persuade to the legislature for peace, FROM the associators to bl ad the pursuit of RELIGIOUS MEN; the whole proPeace; but they have, wisely, we think,

Parliamentary Relorm with that of ceeding to be kept as distinct as resolved to keep to the r one great object possible from every appearance and to stand on Christian ground.

the hearts, and what is more, the talk be religiously or profanely, prayers, of the best portion of every who will not pledge himself to be denomination, of all such as are

A FRIEND TO PEACE, practical disciples of the Prince of Peace : sooner or later, too, they will succeed, for their arguments American Intelligence. will be enforced by national ca. lamity, and while they are, by

We have received a letter from this means, relieving the tempo- dated June 12, 1812, the sub

a correspondent in Philadelphia, ral distresses of the poor, they will probably excite the multitude,

stance of which we shall lay before

our readers. to a more serious sense of religion, which will be brought before them “ I avail niyself of the return of Mr. in such a pleasing point of view.

W. L, and family to England to thank A hint or two to the Associa. you for the instrtion into the Monthly

Repository of my communication, relation :-Let the ministers belonging tive to our intended Unitarian church. to it, chuse every opportunity Should you see Mr. L. he will be able (, Fast-day, &c.) to give you every necessary information

He has been a régnlar for preaching peace on earth, attendant, being a zealous Unitarian. and good will to men:" let small We greatly regret the loss of himself tracts, of from one page to a dozen, and family, for our numbers, although be drawn up and distributed under gradually on the increase, compared

with those of other denominations, are sanction of a Committee, contain.

inconsiderable. ing selections from popular reli. Such is the unhappy situation of gious writers, (as Mr. Law,) on the two countries, yours and ours, in the wickedness of war, and also respect to their political relations, that

we cuuld not bave fixed on a more unoriginals on the cost, the sins and propitious time than the present for the horrors of martial battle :

our building. Yet, perhaps, some on let the associated members resolve your side of the water may be disposed never to illuminate their windows to think of us. Mr. L, has pretty sapon occasion of victories, even do among his immediate connections.

guine hopes, and will try what he can though the populace should re. I know his warm attachment and exsort to violence; but 10 prevent cellent heart. There is a mistake in misconception, let them explain the article in the Repository, respectby public advertisement, before church instead of 5,000 dollars it

ing the probable of our new a general illumination, that they should have beea £5,000 sterling, and mean to refrain from the custom, was so stated in my letter. I also şiale the ground of their not doing mentioved that we had obtained sub

scriptions for £1200. Now if the whole as their neighbours do, and signia

expence had only been estimated at fy that the sum which would have 5,000 dollars, 12001. would cover it; been expended on candles or thus a very small error of the press is lamps, or torches, shall be religi. often of cousequence, and in the present

instance may be disadvantageous. ously appropriated to the poor, hy

“Respecting the churches at Bos. a public Committing to be named; ton and their ministers permit me to this will disarm the mob and give say a few words. In the communicanotoriety to the association : and. tion formerly made by me, and inserted in the approaching GENERAL tried togive an accurate account, and on

in the Repository for January last, I. ELECTION, let no member of the reflection see no reason to alter what association give a vute for any was then written. Mr. Gruody's corres candidate, be he Whig or 'Tory, pondent certainly went too far, for, with the exception of King's or the has kindly put the original into our Stone Chapel

, viz. Dr. Freeman's hands, with permission to make church, no place of worship is avowedly Unitarian;-the very name of use of it, contains an account of Congregationalist, as is well known, the premature and melancholy has relation, not to doctrine, but to death of a Boston clergyman, who, the mode of discipline. The truth is, two or three years ago visited at Boston there is considerable diversity of sentimeat, yet great liberality an, London, and is remembered here candonr ;-the people are serious and with lively esteem. The followenquiring: no wonder, then, if, in the ing extract will interest and affect same congregation, we find Unitarians the reader :and Trinitarians. In this state of things, particularly as many worthy persons, " Hitherto, it has been my pleasing advanced in years, retain a strong at. task, dear Sir, to give you very favourtachment to the tenets which prevailed ahle accounts of the health and happiin their early days, it has not been ness of our friends in America. The deemed either expedient or proper to tidings I hare now to communicate preach in a controversial straiv, or to are of a far different nature, and will, change the name of Congregationalist I am sure, deeply afflict you. We have for that of Arian, &c. but, although lost our dear friend, Mr. BUCKMINDr. Freeman's church, as well as the STER,—the boast and ornament of our congregational churches, still retains city, the hope and snpport of enlightits original name, and although there ened and liberal theology, and the are some Trinitarians who statedly at- delight of our social circie. He was tend there, it ought to be known that seized on the 3d of last month, with King's Chapel, at Boston, is as much a succession of violent epileptic tits, an Unitarian place of worship as Essex which rapidly reduced him to the Street Chapel, in London; and, also, greatest weakness, and totally deprived that Dr. Freeman and Mr. Cary, the him of his senses. He died on the gth, officiating ministers, have no reserve and I received your letter to him on on that subject. See the liturgy used the day of his interment. there. Not having the Repository “ He probably suffered no pain. Alfor March in my possession, in conse- though occasionally he recollected quence of having loaned it to a friend, those around his bed, and called them I cannot distinctly notice the commu. by name, he seems to have had no nication froin London by an American connection of ideas, and relapsed imminister: I shall therefore only say, mediately into a state of vlter insensi. that, su far as relates to King's Chapel, bility. I was with him a great part of it is incorrect; and I am persuaded, several days and rights, but am disunless the writer's zeal for certain or. posed to think he never knew me. He thodox opinions should induce him sensibly squeezed my hand, but this to believe what he wishes, rather than was, most likely, a spasmodic affecwhat is supported by evidence, another tion. And I cannot assure myself that visit to Boston would enable bim to my dear friend meant to couvey to me view matters in a light somewhat dif- this last mark of his affection. ferent from tbat in which he has repre. “ His death seemed to spread a septed them. I suspect a good deal of general consternation and dismay over confusion arises from the different the whole town. How deeply it is felt senses affixed to the term Unitarian; by those who enjoyed his unreserved some restricting it altogether to those intimacy, I need not and cannot say. who hold the simple humanity of Jesus In losing him, we feel almost as if Christ, while others extend it to all, we had lost every thing valuable aud whatever may be their sentiments on desirable. other topics, who worship the Father “ The existence and essential inte. only, and not the Father, Son and rests of Christianity do not depend Holy Spirit. It is in this last sense upon any man, and we trust the that I use it."

Master of the told will send others:

who may supply, and more than supAnother letter from Boston, ply, the place of our friend; yet to (dated July 9, 1812,) 10 a much the interests of real and uncorrupt rerespected minister in London, who ligion, the loss of him seems irrepara

ever was.

ble. I cannot think of it in this point is received by the northern States, isho of view, without the most gioomy view it as directed as much against anticipations.

their interests as against Great Britain. “ it is remarkable that his father, This is universally felt, and boldly the Rev. Dr. BUCKMINSTFR preache expressed. If the war be persisted in, cd, for the last time, on the sanje there is no saying to what lengths the Sabbath, (May 31st,) with his soul, resistance may proceed. Here we are was taken ill a day or two afterwards, fortunately of one inind upon this suband dicd the day after hin, on a jour. ject." ney to some medicinal springs in Vermont. He was a man of considerable taleats, highly orthodox in his opini- Mr. Prout, on the Case of the ons, and a very popular preacher; in

Unitarians at Flushing, er bis yonth much more so than his son His son's heresy gave him

communicated by the Methodists. great oneasiness, notwithstanding which Flushing, Oct. 9th, 1812. he loved him with the most sincere af- SIR, fection, and on his side received from

I take the liberty to communi. our friend the most constant and af. fecting marks of filial piety. In spite cate to you an instance of intolerof the narrowness of bis religious sen. ance in Cornwall. A few indivi. timents, which were more the effect of duals belonging to the Methodist the confined and bigotted system of society in Flushing, have had the theology in which he had been edu- fortitude to read the Scriptures cated, than at all characteristic of the man; he was, I believe, of distinguished and judge for themselves; the worth and exemplary devotion, consequence is, they have aban.

* I have not yet reached the end of doned the unintelligible jargon of my melancholy letter. Mr. THACAER” (another of the respectable clergymen

a Trinity in Unity, and heartily of Boston,)“ suffered severely about a embrace the doctrine of One selts month ago, from a bleeding of the existent, independent, immutable langs, with which he was seized on Jehovah, the God and Father of bis return from a journey to New York, our Lord Jesus Christ, the only which we commenced in company. He is as much recovered as can be hoped object of religious worship; deem. for the time, but of a relapse of this ing the worship of any other being disease there is always danger. I saw in the universe Christian idolatry. bim two days ago at a beautiful coun- As there is no community of try seat of one of his parishioners, where he is nursed with all the solici. Christians in Flushing, wbose re. eude of a parent. He inquired if I had ligious sentiments are congenial written to you and requested his most with iheir own, and not deeming sincere respects. The death of his an uniformity of opinion the bond friend presses hard upon him."

of union, they thought to remain The next paragraph of this letter, in connection, on the basis of on a different subject from that of Christian charity and mutual forthe foregoing extracts, deserves to bearance. But it was all in vain. be quoted, as shewing the senti. The leader said he could not ré. ments of some of the wisest and ceive them as brethren, and would best of the inbabitants of the Unio do what he could to get them out; ted States, on the present unibappy the steward said he wished they state of public affairs.

were to themselves; and one posi. " In addition to these private calam tively declared, that if he should ities, we have the public one, of an go to heaven and find an Unitarian land. It is impossible to express the there, he should not be happy. indignation with which this declaration in the interim, Mr: A. B. Seck.

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