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taker of other men's sins, and to be frec minister. On this occasion about one from the charge of blood-guiltiness, to hundred and twenty Socinian ministers refrain instantly from the use of West and gentlemen sat down at the convivial Indian sugar, and to BUY THAT ONLY board ; and upon the health of the Rev. WHICH IS PRODUCED IN THE EAST INDIES, George Harris being drank, that Rev, BY FREE LABOUR.”
gentleman faroured the company with a The State of Ireland. The following ex
long speech, which was received with tract of a letter received by the Rev. J.
thunders of applause. After the tumult had Bulmer, from J. D. La Touche, Esq. of subsided, the Chairman discreetly solicited Dublin, will show, that the work of in
the use of the manuscript, from which it struction advances in that country in de
was delivered, for publication, and confiance of clamour.-5. We have great rea
sequently it was " gazetted ;" and the folson for thankfulness, that, under all lowing extracts will be sufficient to prove, the circumstances of the country, in
that its publication was a deliberate institutions, such as those we assist, in
sult to every other denomination :
“ I am confident that I am addressing crease, not only in number, but in influence; and it argues well for the
men of liberality and intelligencemea future, that no attempt to do us good freedom, and the happiness of the race of
who are anxious for the improvement, the fails of prosperity. Much has been done ; much still remains for us to do; and there
which they form a part ; and, therefore, are many adversaries ; but if God be for
I am the more desirous of impressing on us, who can successfully oppose us ? He your minds the vast and unspeakable imhas already prospered us, in the improved portance of Unitarianism, as a means of and increased religious feeling of our no
human civilization and instruction. This bility and gentry, and of several of the
is a point of view in which, I think, it middle class in Ireland, in the desire for
has not yet been sufficiently considered, į nstruction, which more and more mani
even by its friends; but it is one of which, ft 'sts itself among our people, in the
I think, it is admirably deserving, and various institutions which are furthering contrast, for a moment, the spirit wbich
which will appear the more clearly, if we scri ptural instruction amongst us, and the progress which, from year to year, they all
the two opposing systems are calculated make , in the sympathy felt for Ireland in
to generate. For what is the spirit of Orthe oi her parts of the empire, and the thodoxy? Is it not a slavish spirit? But liberali ly which is extended to any mea
the spirit of Unitarianism is one of ratio. sure for her benefit. All these may be ac
nal and enlightened liberty. The spirit of counted for separately by second causes ;
Orthodoxy is a mean spirit; for it beods be
fore the dictation of a worm of the earth, but it is the pleasure and delight of the Christian to refer them to the God and
and its essence consists, as its own adyoFather of ,111, in whose hands are the
cates aver, in the prostration of the huhearts of mell, and who worketh all things
man understanding ;' but the spirit of
Unitarianism is open, generous, liberal. according to the counsel of his own will. This persuasion adds sweetness to his
The one is partial and capricious, viewing the
favourites of heaven only in a selected labour, as lie feels that the Lord hath done
few; whilst Unitarianism sees in every great things, wliereof he is glad ; and this feeling also adds swiftness to his zeal.
man a brother, training up for the glori. May it be so amongst us! And while we ous importance which awaits all the family
of the eternal. The spirit of Orthodoxy is humbly and simply wait on Him for strength, may we be stedfast and unmove
a cruel and vindictive spirit : witness its ex. able, always abounding in His work; and
communications and its inquisitions. The we shall never find that our labour in Him spirit of Unitarianism is merciful and has been in vain."
benevolent anxious for man's rights,
and detesting revenge. The spirit af Or. Unitarian Encroachments. Our readers thodoxy is one of persecution : look at the are generally aware, that a spirited con- Athanasian Creed, and Test and Corporatroversy has, for some time past, been tian Acts ; see the unbeliever-oh! shame carried on in the columns of the Manches- and scandal !-even in the nineteenth center Gazette and the Sheffield Mercury, tury, dragged before the tribunal of man, -respecting Chapel-funds and Endowments, to answer for his supposed want of faith "originally the property of Orthodox Dis- and behold Judges, acting under the abussenters, but which are now in the bands ed name of that Christianity which they of the Unitarians. This discussion, it say is part and parcel of the law of the appears, originated at a public dinner land, inflicting sentences which even the which the Unitarians of Manchester gave worst of crimes would scarcely sanction; to the Rev. John Grundy, who for up- but Unitarianism is free as the winds of wards of ten years preached Socinianism heaven, and desires that every human in Cross-Street Chapel, Manchester; which creature may be so too. Orthodoxy says, it was originally built for the Rev. Henry encourages inquiry, it may do so to a cer-Newcome, a very cininent Trinitarian tain point, but when a human being ar.
rives at that, it is the language of its deeds, The whole controversy will be speedily * Hitherto shalt thou go, but no further :'. published, with an introduction by a genUnitarianism, however, has no land-marks tleinan well acquainted with the discuson the shores of knowledge ; like the sion. swelling waves of the ocean, it is spirit and it is life. Orthodoxy would strip a man
Monthly Meetings.--January-The subof the name of Christian, and would shut ject of this month's discourse, him out from all the rewards of heaven,
« The Faithfulness of God the ground unless he can pronounce the Shibboleth of of Confidence and Prayer.” The preacher an intolerant party ; whilst Unitarianism
was the Rev. John Townsend, of Beraffirms, that in every nation, age, and in mondsey, well known for his philanevery sect, he who feareth God and work- thropic and successful exertion on behalf eth righteousness, shall be accepted of
of the deaf and dumb. The meeting was him. Orthodoxy is bound up in creeds, and
held on the 6th, in the Rey, Mr. Wall's confessions, and articles of faith, with inky Meeting, on the Pavement, Moorfields. blots, and rotten parchment bonds : but Uni
Mr. Townsend selected for his text, Gen. tarianism, like the word of the everlasting xxxii. 12. “ Thou saidst, I will surely Jehovah, is not, and cannot be bound. do thee good.” The faithfulness of God Orthodoxy is gloom, and darkness, and deso
was well illustrated from the Scriptures lation : Unitarianism is light, and liberty, by the venerable speaker, whose age and and joy. The influence of this system on ku.
tried fidelity gaye additional effect to all man civilization, human liberty, and human
he uttered. That faithfulness was the happiness has already been tried; it has been ground of Christian confidence, and the tried for ages, and its direful and demora- encouragement to prayer, was recomlizing effects may be read in the history of every mended, both from the consideration of nation under the sun. It is, has been weighed, the doctrine of Scripture, and the history Sir; and has it not been found most miserably of the experience of the people of Gọd. wanting? Let the statecraft and the priest- Feb.--'The monthly meeting took place craft, the war and the slavery, by which man
on the 10th, at the Rev. J. Davies's Meet kind have been oursed for ages, answer the ing, Hare Court. The Rev. Mr. Washquestion.”
bourne ought to have been the preacher, The effects of this harangue have illus
but in consequence of indisposition, the trated the saying of Solomon, that " He
Rev. Mr. Chapman took his place, aud who is first in his own cause seemeth just, delivered anexcellent discourse, on“ Chris. but his neighbour cometh and searcheth tian Beekness,!' from Matt. xi. 29. 6. Take þim." Ministers and laymen amongst the
my yoke upon you and learn of me, for Orthodox Dissenters replied in the Journals,
I am meek and lowly in heart ; for ye shall and have attempted to show, “ that by a de.
receive rest unto your souls." Mr. Chapficiency of integrity, the Socinians have in
man illustrated the nature of christian many cases possessed themselves of pro
meekness from the example of our Lord, perty never designed for their use. This pointed out the means of acquiring it, by has led to the publication of lists of the
taking his yoke upon us, and enforced its chapels in the midland and northern coun, cultivation from the consideration of the ties whiệh are now in the occupation of blessedness connected with it, in the rest Uuitarians, marking the number of those
of soul which is experienced. whiệh were erected by the Orthodox, and those which have been built by Socinian Pembrokeshire Itinerant Saciety. -The Anliberality for the use of their own body. nual Meeting of this Society was held at We insert "a Summary' of all the lists, Narberth, Jan. 25, when several of its which certainly “ presents, not merely a members were gratified in finding that its melancholy display of the gradual and ex. affairs had proceeded satisfactorily during tensive substitution of error for truth, but the past year. It appeared that, in one of the deficiency and obliquity of moral village especially, a proper disposition had principle by which, in many cases, that been manifested on the part of some of the substitution has been effected."
more respectable inhabitants, to provide Originally Built hy
for the permanent enjoyment of the means Counties. Orthodox. Unitarians. Total. of grace. Some measures have, in conseLancaster,
37 quence, been already taken for the erecChester 12
14 tion of a place of worship, and liberal subDerby 14
14 scriptions promised. The only thing to be Nottingham 2
regretted was, the backwardness of some of York 16
20 the country churches in affording pecuniary Westmorland 1
support to the Society, several having Worcester
done nothing at all, and others having Leicester
presented only half, or less than half the Warwickshire
8 yearly sum of £2. originally requested from
each of them, and which would be amply 91 15 106
sufficient for the support of one itinerant.
A CLERICAL APOLOGY.
In the morning, the Rev. John Ely, of Some months back, two persons, named Rochdale, preached a very interesting and James Horner and William Wood, leachers iustructive discourse, from Matt. xvi. 16, of a new sect called Baptist Revivalists, 19. In the afternoon, the Rev. Dr. Cope, visited the town of Newport Pagnell, with of Wakefield, preached from Isaiah xxxv. & case, soliciting subscriptions toward the l.; and in the evening, the Rev. Joseph erection of a place of worship for their Cockin, of Halifax, from 1 Thess. iv. 15,16. use. They went from door to door, and All the services were highly pleasing, and received the smallest sums. At length
the collections liberal. The cause of the they arrived at the residence of the clergy
blessed Redeemer, in this neiglıbourhood, man, the Rev. William Marshall, who in- has prospered amazingly, during the last stantly gave them in charge of the consta- twenty years. Kipping chapel, situated in ble, and they were taken before a clerical
the village of Thornton, in the parish of magistrate, the Rev. Mr. Lowndes, who,
Bradford, in the county of York, has been upon the oath of Mr. Marshall, that they twice enlarged within that period ; and, were rogues and vagrants, committed them notwithstanding there is in the village a to Aylesbury jail, where they were kept large church-chapel, and a Methodist on the Tread Mill for more than twenty
chapel is now building, is capable of condays, until the health of one of them be- taining nearly 400 more.hearers than the came seriously affected, when the Hon. population of the village. When the Rev. Robert Smith, member for the County,
Joseph Cockin, who had laboured in this hearing of the transaction, interfered, and
place fourteen years, left it, and removed the illegality of their commitment being to Halifax, many of the neighbouring miapparent, these unfortunate men were re
nisters, as well as the people, concluded leased. J. Wilks, Esq. the indefatigable
that the interest must decline, and the Secretary of the Protestant Society, how
cause dwindle into ruin. But, after a peever, took up the business, and Mr. Mar
riod of four years, the people were again shall has consented to the publication of comfortably settled with a minister. Unthe following apology, which has appeared
der the ministry of the Rev. John Calvert in two other papers beside the Northamp
the cause revived the truth prevailedton Mercury, and also to pay a sum, in
the chapel became too small, and was encluding expenses, which we understand large:l in the year 1807 ; and inany were must amount to nearly £100. However
added to the church. This holy man was illiterate, or even fanatical, these indivi.
suddenly removed by death, on the 26th of duals may be, we cannot but rejoice, that March, 1816, and entered the joy of his they have been thus delivered from the Lord, aged 69 years. Since his departure, intolerance of a clerical magistracy, and
the congregation has greatly increased. trust that this will prove a seasonable
Nearly 100 have been added to the church, admonition to gentlemen of that tempera
and a great number of young people are ment,
taking the kingdom of Heaven by
violence," and anxiouslyinquiring, "What To the Printers of the Northampton Mercury.
must we do to be saved ?” The present SIRS,– With reference to the charge
chapel seats upwards of 1,100 people, and preferred by me, against Mr. James
is generally well filled. The people, who Horner and Mr. William Wood, before
are, with a few exceptions, the poor of the the Rev. Mr. Lowndes, one of the Justices
world, have contributed very largely of of the Peace for the County of Bucking
their little savings to maintain the cause of ham, in the month of July last, in conse.
genuine religion amongst them. The quence of which they were committed to
chapel was built, and enlarged the first Aylesbury gaol; I think it but justice to
time, without any assistance from the pub. the parties to admit, that the charge was
Jic but what they obtained at the opeaings ; preferred by me under a mistake as to the
and although the congregation erected a meaning of an Act passed in the last Ses- large and substantial school-room, altosion of Parliament, and that I am now
gether detached from the chapel, capable satisfied these persons were not impostors,
of comfortably accommodating 300 Sabnor acting in an illegal manner, and sin
bath-scholars, in the year 1819, yet they cerely regret the imprisonment and many enlargement themselves. May. He whose
intend lo defray the expense of the present inconveniences they suffered in consequence of that mistake.
glory they desire to promote, still continue WILLIAM MARSHALL.
to bless them. May “his work appear Newport Pagnell, January, 1825.
unto his servants, and his glory to their
children.” Chapels opened.-On July 6th, 1824, Kipping Chapel was re-opened for divine Jan. 28.—The chapel at Epsom, Surrey, worship, after having been thoroughly re- which will contain about 500 persons, was paired, and considerably enlarged. Three re-opened, when the Rev. George Clayton, sermons were delivered on the occasion. preached in the inorning, and the Rev.
James Stratten in the evening. This place the pastoral office, was in the highest deof worship is of long standing, and formerly gree encouraging. Of this he was deeply was well attended, but the interest gradu- sensible; and I had indulged a hope, ally diminished, till at length the chapel when called to attend his ordination in the was shut up. In the year 1805, it was cb. mouth of June, that, with a mind at ease, tained by an annual rent, and since pur and with prospects on every account ex. chased and placed in the hands of trustees. hilarating and cheering, he might be useIt was supplied by various ministers, till fully employed in the service of the sancthe late Rev. John Atkinson went to reside tuary, to which bis heart was fervently there, who preached regularly. After his devoted. Such was not the will of God. removal, for want of suitable management, Twice he enjoyed the privilege of adminisit declined, and the decay of the roof made tering to his dock the memorials of that it unsafe for occupation. Of late, several. grace on which his own liopes were built. families in Epsom, feeling for the spiritual One member was added to the church; wants of the inbabitants, proposed to raise others were proposed. Every preparation £100. for the re-establishment of an evan- too was made for domestic comfort, and gclical ministry, to which a friend in Lon on the 3d of August lie left Norwich, don added £50. In consequence of these alas! not to return after a few weeks, as encouragements, the chapel has been put we all hoped, with the dear friend who into substantial repair, and contributions was to have been a sharer with him in all for the liquidation of the remaining debt the joys and sorrows of life; but--to reof £350. are respectfully solicited through turn no more. The fatal attack, to which the medium of the Rev. Thomas Lewis, of there had been for some months a constiIslington. It will be supplied from Hox- tutional tendeney, took place on the 10th ton Academy, until a suitable minister is of August. On the following day, he arobtained.
rived at Little Baddow. Every succeed
ing week was marked by increasing debiSickness and Death of the Rev. Stephen lity: his religious joys increased in the Morell, Jun. late of Norwich. Some inac
same proportion. His lively faith, his curacies respecting the departure of the
growing spirituality, his communion with above excellent young minister appeared God, which he assured me, several weeks in the number of the Congregational Ma
before his death, was inexpressibly degazine for December, which we can scarce lightful, were indicative of the scenes that ly regret, as they have produced the fol
were quickly to be unfolded. At length, lowing interesting letter from his esteemed
not more than a week before his removal, father the Rev. s. Morell, of Little
it became iny solemn duty to apprize him Baddow, Essex; with whom we sincerely
of the certain event that was before him. sympathize in the mingled feelings which I knew, he would be able to bear it ; but this bereavement must produce in his mind. little expected the perfect composure with We regret that a press of matter prevented which he received it. His answer was, its insertion in our last number.
with a smile upon his countenance, "I " The account of the illness and death have thought for some time that my case of my late beloved son, in your number was dangerous, and now I hope it will for December, being not quite correct, I please God to hasten the end : I fear noam induced, by the repeated solicitations thing so much as a long lingering conof many of your readers, to send you a 'sumption. I have often put my soul into short statement ; which you will perhaps the hands of Christ, my intercessor, and have the goodness to insert in your next he has accepted it. I am not afraid to number.--Although his removal at the die, and I am prepared to stand before last took place much sooner than I had ap- ' my God.'-- Sentiments of the same imprehended, the event itself was not unex. port, with increasingly strong expressions pected or sudden; as he had been resi- of joy, were repeated daily and hourly.-dent with me nearly three months after an • I long to depart. I am looking forward attack of bæmorrhage, attended with cir 'to eternity without trembling; and why cumstances that scarcely allowed the in- should I tremble ? My affections are dulgence of even a faint hope of his ulti. 'not on the earth ; my soul has long been mate recorery. But fears, which I was given to Christ. - If I could now choose, anxious to hope would prove groundless, I should prefer to die. Every thing here were seriously awakened by circumstances appears to me so low, so mean, so gross, : which I will not now particularize, but I should be glad to break the trammels which produced a depression of spirits, of mortality to-night, and enter into a and, I fear, an effect upon his bodily state pure and refined, fit for an imhealth from which he never afterwards mortal soul.' --This state of mind he was recovered. His introduction to the Church favoured to enjoy for five days, without assembling in the Old Meeting at Norwich, interruption. He was not confined to his and the affectionate cordiality with which bed; he even walked out on the day prehe was accepted by them, and invited to ceding his death and sat up with us later than
usual. In the evening he enjoyed some sleep ant, Lacey, Hunt, Varty, Dubourg, Smith, for a few hours after he withdrew; be. May, Schofield, Harper, Forsalth, Pbilicame evidently worse about one o'clock on more, Irous, and Haynes. The pall was the morning of Thursday, October 21st; supported agreeably to his own request and after uttering such language expressive by Messrs. Knight, Percy, Johnston, of spirituality and joy, with scarcely any Widgery, Dallison, and Churchill—then interruption for three bours, as I had ne- followed his relations, and the members of ver before listened to, or exactly conceiv- the church and congregation, two and two, ed, be expired, almost without a strug- after them a large company of the inhabigle. I refrain from stating more, as a tants of the town. The solemn service Memoir of his Life, and a full account of was conducted as follows :-Mr. Jackson, the closing scene, is now preparing, and the Senior Secretary of the Surrey Mis. will be offered to the public within a few sion, began by reading and prayer, Mr. weeks.
G. Clayton delivered an appropriate adThe Death and Funeral of the Rev. John dress, and Mr. Lacey concluded with prayer. Whitehouse, of Dorking, in Surrey.He At half-past six o'clock, a large congregadied on Saturday, January 22, 1825, in tion assembled again in the chapel, when the thirty-eighth year of his age, and the Mr. Churchill commenced the service with twelfth of his ministry at Dorking. The prayer ; Mr. Lewis preached from Philippiety of his heart, the mildness of his pians, i. 21.; and Mr. Knight concluded manners, and his disinterested zea! for the solemnities of this truly affecting day God, endeared him to all who knew him. He has left an afflicted widow apd five Recently died after a short illness, the children to lament for him. Toʻthe church Rev. C. Slopek, of Hitchen, Herts. and congregation over which he presided,
Notices. the loss is great ; indeed, he is a public loss. The Surrey Mission, of which he
Wilts Association. The next half yearly was one of the most active Secretaries, will meeting of the Wilts Association, will be long remember his labour's of love, to
holden at the Rev. Mr. Goode's meetingpromote the interests of that important house, Sarum, on the Wednesday in Institution. The high esteem in which he
Easter week. Mr. Jay is engaged to was held, appeared on the day of his in- preach in the morning, and Mr. Elliott in terment, a day which will be long remein
the evening. hered by those who were present on the The Rev. RoBERT VAUGHAN, of Worcesoccasion. The following is a corruet ac
ter, having been unanimously invited to count of the order of the day. At three succeed the Rev. JOHN LEIFCHILD, at o'clock the corpse was removed from his Kensington, which invitation he has aclate residence to the chapel, preceded by cepted, will commence his labours there, the following ministers :- Messrs. G. Clay- on the first Sabbath in April. ton, Lewis, Jackson, his medical attend
Answers to Correspondents, &c. COMMUNICATIONS have been received this month from the Rev. H. Evison--J. Hayter Cox-Joshua Shaw-J. A. James-J. Winterbotham-T. Golding-C. N. DaviesW. H. Stowell—T. Jackson-Joseph Fletcher-W. Orme-J. Blackburn-John Alexander.
Also from H. Heudebourck-A friend to Missions-H. R.-Rob. Boyle-J. B. Williams---Amicus-B. Hanbury-E16--J. S. H.--A. B.-N.--W. H. S.-A.-Viatorius Mercator-Quidam-T. L.--E.T.--J. H.
A. is thanked for his Communication, but is informed, it is a standing rule with us to admit no anonymons Reviews. There are particular reasons which prevent the wish of our respected correspondent A. from being complied with. Our friend Viatorius, &c. is thanked for all his attentions. We are always glad to hear from him, and his Communication on Statistics will be peculiarly acceptable. We doubt whether the Biography of Gervase Disney would be sufficiently interesting:--A. Correspondent, who signs A. B. complains of the inaccuracy of some modern editions of standard works, and wishes to give a hint to the editors of such reprints. He says, that in the Leeds edition of Doddridge's Works, he made, some time since, a list of thousands of Errata. The persons concerned in all such undertakings should print from the best editions, and revise the press with great care, as the devotions of a; family may be very unpleasantly interrupted by the occurrence of such mistakes in the course of reading.--T. L.'s poetry is well-intended, but unfit for publication.-E. T. wishes to know where he may find a Memoir of Thoma de Laune, and who was the editor of his “ Plea," that speaks of himself as his fellow-prisoner for non-conformity? Amicus (Beds) is informed we have it not in our power to answer his queries at present.