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Lewins Mead Chapel, Bristol, the Rev. D. Lloyd, M.A., one of the Tutors of the College at Carmarthen, offering up prayer, and the sermon, from Ephesians iv. 4-6, being preached by the Rev. Thomas Madge, of Essex Street Chapel, London. A meeting was held in the evening in the Music Hall, Park Street, the place being crowded, J. B. Estlin, Esq., president. It was one of thorough religious interest. The Union has wisely resolved to carry out the plan of a regular Mission, and has formed an engagement with the Rev. Edmund Squire, of Lympstone, to “commence the work of a Christian Missionary in several towns within reach of the village where he ministers; and, that his services should be available, to the general prosecution of the great objects of the Union.” This work is in addition to the arrangements already entered into by the Union for aiding Cheltenham, Torquay, and other places. We heartily wish success to these Christian efforts. Similar plans should be adopted by all our local Associations. On a still larger scale they should be carried out by the British and Foreign Unitarian Association. Present times and circumstances call loudly for such agencies. They should not be stinted. The people only want to know the truth, to embrace it with a living faith, and a loving heart. The Bristol meeting was addressed by the Chairman, the Revds E. Chapman, J. Murch, of Bath, T. Madge, H. Solly, of Cheltenham, E. Squire, of Lympstone, R. L. Carpenter, of Bridgewater, G. Armstrong, of Bristol, R. Gibson, D. Lloyd, F. Blakeley, of Moneyrea, W. Glendy, of Ballycarry, Ireland, W. James, of Bristol, who also read, as Secretary, the Report of the committee._ Cordial thanks were given to Mr. Madge for his sermon, and Mr. Estlin for his presidency. The meeting, by resolution, remembered the Rev.J. Shore in his bonds, and its proceedings were closed with singing and prayer.
NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT, PEACE MEETING.-A public meeting of the inhabitants of this town was held April 18, at the Queen's Rooms, to consider whether Arbitration Treaties ought not to be adopted, instead of the inhuman and unchristian practice of War, in cases of difference between nations. The Rev. E. Kell, M.A., the Unitarian Minister, was called to the chair. The meeting, one of the largest ever held in the place, was addressed by S. Bowly, Esq., of Gloucester, an enlightened advocate of Peace, and of the abolition of Death Punishment for Crime. The Rev. J. C. Richmond, an American Minister, and the Chairman followed, advocating earnestly the principles and practice of Peace, and a petition to the Legislature embodying these principles having been moved by Mr. Thomas Pierce, and seconded by Mr. Robert Pinnock, was unanimously approved.
MINISTERIAL REMOVAL.—The Rev. J. G. Teggin, who has since 1828 been resident in the West of England, first as Minister of the Congregation at Taunton, and subsequently of Crewkerne, Somersetshire, has recently removed to Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, to undertake the charge of the Unitarian Congregation. Previously to his leaving Crewkerne, the tradęs people presented him with a Silver Fish Slice, and Fork, as a mark of their respect, and subsequently, a tribute of esteem has been forwarded to him and Mrs. Teggin, mainly contributed by individuals in connection with the Church of England. The testimonial consisted of an elegant Silver Salver, richly embossed, bearing the following inscription, “Presented to the Rev. J. G., and
Mrs. Teggin, as a token of regard, by their friends in Crewkerne, and the neighbourhood. April 21, 1849.”
CANTERBURY.—The Rev. R. E. B. Maclellan concluded, on the 29th of April, a series of nine Discourses on the “ Preaching of the Apostles," as recorded in the book of “ Acts.” They were all well attended, and listened to with interest; but the last made, perhaps, the deepest impression. It was chiefly occupied with a summary of the Apostles' teachings concerning God, concerning Jesus, and concerning the Holy Spirit; contrasted with the doctrines on the same three subjects contained in the articles and creeds of the Church of England. Next followed a brief history of what is generally called “ the Apostles' Creed;" mentioning the time at which it was first publicly read in churches, and the periods at which many of its propositions were inserted. After mentioning, that so far as respected the Object of worship, this creed was a strictly Unitarian one, the lecturer proceeded to comment on a few articles it included, which seemed to him to have no sanction from Scripture; and concluded by urging on his hearers the acceptance of a genuine Apostles' Creed, which, through his kindness, we have been enabled to insert at p. 214 of the present number.
LONDON DOMESTIC MISSION.—The fourteenth annual meeting was held in Essex St. Chapel, London, May 3. The sermon was preached hy the Rev. J. H. Thom, of Renshaw Street Chapel, Liverpool. The collection, £29 4s. 6d. At the meeting for business T. Thornely, Esq., M.P., presided. The Report of the Committee was read by Mr. H. Enfield. Two Mission stations are supported by this Society, the one in Spicer Street Spitalfields, the other at Chapel Street, Cripplegate. The Missionaries are the Rev. W. Vidler and C. Corkran, who read their Reports for the year. They conduct religious worship at the respective places on the Sunday, which are well attended. About 300 children are in the day schools. Fifty four teachers give their labours in the Sunday schools. Numbers of persons of various ages avail themselves, two evenings in the week, of classes for elementary instruction. A Reading Room and Lending Library have been opened at Chapel Street. Courses of Lectures have also been given by various Friends. A great amount of good has been effected. The Society has been enabled to meet all claims upon it to the end of the year 1848, but an increased income would render it still more efficient. The meeting was addressed by the Chairman, Messrs. Worsley, H. C. Robinson, Lalor, James Yates, W. Wansey, Gibson, Hornby, Preston, R. Martineau, H. Enfield, P. Martineau, and the Revds.
T. Madge, E. Chapman, Dr. Hutton, of Carter Lane Chapel, J. H. Thom, F. Bishop, Domestic Missionary, Liverpool, E. Tagart
, of Little Portland Street Chapel, D. Davison, Dr. Sadler, of Hampstead, Dr. Harrison, of Brixton. A list of donations, and new and increased subscriptions for 1849 was read by the Treasurer, donations £181 13s. Od. ; subscriptions £67 4s. Od.
The late Mr. John Chapman, of Manchester, so long the Secretary to the Lower Mosley Street Schools, has bequeathed £500 to their continued support and efficiency.
The late Daniel Parsons, Esq., formerly a member of the Unitarian Congregation, Wolverhampton St., Dudley, has bequeathed £10,000
for establishing and supporting Day Schools for Boys and Girls, who are to attend the Unitarian Chapel in that town.
William Rathbone, Esq., of Liverpool, learning that on Father Mathew's intention to visit America, as the Apostle of Temperance, being made known to the Life Insurance Company, in which the benefactor of Ireland had insured his life, they demanded £300 for increased risk thereby occasioned, transmitted to that excellent individual the generous and Christian gift of Five Hundred pounds.
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE HANOVER SQUARE CHAPEL PEACE PETITION.—The following Petition, numerously and respectably signed by the members of the Congregation, has been transmitted by Mr. Harris to W. Ord, Esq., M.P., for presentation to the House of Commons : TO THE HONOURABLE THE COMMONS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND
IRELAND, IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED; The Petition of the undersigned Members of the Congregation of Unitarian Christians, Hanover Square Chapel, Newcastle-uponTyne,
SHEWETH, That, as disciples of the Prince of Peace, your Petitioners deem War to be in direct antagonism to the principles and objects of the Religion of Christ.
That, independently of the fearful sacrifice of human life, as well as of the enormous money-cost which an appeal to War necessarily entails, the injury to commercial enterprise which it inflicts, the barriers to the free exercise of national industry which it raises up, it is no less a flagrant violation of the brotherhood of humanity, than it is a defiance of the commandments and spirit of the Gospel of Peace, and one great Crime both against God and Man.
As inhabitants of a country professing Christian principles, as individuals who regard those principles as the law of action to Nations as well as to private citizens, your Petitioners earnestly desire that the Wisdom of the Legislature may devise such measures, as in any future misunderstanding between this and other Countries, would prevent recourse to War, by the substitution of methods of adjustment and amity more accordant with the rights of humanity, the welfare of the people, and the Christianity of Christ.
And your Petitioners will ever pray. OBITUARY.At St. Lawrence, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, March 21, Mrs. Meikle, aged 49. Long and anxious attendance on her son, who died of consumption in May, 1846, had made inroads on her constitution, which all subsequent efforts were unavailing to repair. Her mind was enlightened by religious principles, and her faithful discharge of the duties of domestic life endeared her greatly to her family, and the friends who knew her virtues. A large company testified their respect at her funeral, and listened with sympathizing attention to the Christian counsels and consolations, addressed to them by the Minister, on whose services at Hanover Square Chapel, so long as health permitted, she was wont to attend.
April 16, aged 19, at Newcastle-on-Tyne, John Dixon. the only son of his Mother, and she was a Widow.” Though early
“ He was
removed to another scene of existence, the character of this
young man had so favourably developed itself, as to attract the esteem and regard of his fellow-workmen at the manufactory of the Messrs. Stephenson. His co-apprentices requested permission to carry him to the grave, and the tribute of respect thus voluntarily paid to the memory of their deceased friend, must have been soothing to his relatives amidst the heart sorrow occasioned by their earthly loss.
At Westmoreland Terrace, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, April 26, Edward Jackson Kay, Esq., aged 59. The loss of this truly estimable man is deeply lamented by the members of the Hanover Square Congregation. From his youth upwards he had taken an earnest and heartfelt interest in the religious welfare of this Society. In all that could promote its increasing prosperity he took a practical part. He was the Chapel Treasurer, the Treasurer of the Equitable and Benevolent Society connected with the Congregation, one of the Committee of the Tract and Missionary Society, and a member of the choir for conducting the singing. Education found in him a zealous and judicious friend. In the diffusion of the Christian principles in which he had found peace and joy in believing, he was active and hopeful. Firm and persevering support he gave to every plan calculated further their knowledge, publicity, and adoption. The proposals and subscription for a New Chapel and School Rooms had his faithful advocacy, persuaded, as he was, of their essential importance to the future, lasting prosperity of the Congregation. The religious principles, he had embraced from personal inquiry and conscientious conviction, were near and dear to his heart. They constituted his strength and consolation in times of domestic bereavement and sorrow; they enabled him to fulfil with anxious solicitude, and hallowed devotedness his Parental duties; they sanctified his friendships ; they kept him to the right and true and honest in commercial relations, they cheered him through life, they sustained him in death. Known, respected, and esteemed through a wide circle of business connections in the North of England and in Scotland, his death will give sorrow to many, whilst to his more immediate religious associates and friends, the deprivation of his society and efforts will leave a mournful void. To his Sons he has left the richest legacy which it is in the power of a Father to bestow, an untarnished and honoured name, and they will be emulous to cherish and preserve the inheritance.
May 17, at Summerhill Terrace, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, aged 58, Mrs. Catcheside. A painful and acute disorder, borne with the patience and sweetness which characterized her disposition, has deprived her family of a truly valuable Mother, and her friends of a cheerful and affectionate associate. In her, patience and hope had their perfect work. Affliction strengthened and improved; trial brought out virtues which otherwise might have slumbered; filial, conjugal, and maternal duties were assiduously discharged. Nor were her thoughts and efforts centred alone in family and friends. The sorrows of others had her sympathy, the melioration of the pains and privations of poverty her assistance, the instruction and enjoy. ment of the young her aid and participation. Mercifully preserved to bring up her children, she has left them the light of her memory to console, and cheer, and guide, and bless their pilgrimage of life.
SCIENCE, NATURAL AND REVEALED RELIGION,
Nothing but intelligence can unravel the laws of Creation; and hence it may be legitimately inferred, that nothing but Intelligence could have formed them. This important truth immediately connects Man, the explorer, with God, the Author, of Nature. Granting, then, that Man might have discovered that all Creation was the production of one Great Being (which is, however, more than the history of Man warrants us to allow,) still the intimate relation between the creature and the Creator, which it is the grand object of Revelation to unveil, would never have been ascertained by ordinary and natural means. The voice of all Creation proclaims an Almighty Author, but couveys no intimation that Man was created in his “own image and after his own likeness," and is destined for “glory, honour, and immortality." On this all-momentous subject all Nature is as silent as the grave! That human reason alone is unequal to the attainment of this glorious Truth, the total ignorance of the great Sages of the world before the Christian era affords indubitable evidence. The great philosophers of Greece and Rome, who possessed a vigour of mind not exceeded in modern times, never were able to reach a glimmering of the all-consoling truth, “that there is One God and Father of all.” It is true, once the discovery is attained, once the Revelation is made, all appears so simple, rational, and consistent with all that Nature does teach, that many have overlooked the chasm which separates the natural and the supernatural, the ordinary and the extraordinary, and have alleged that the important Truth is sufficiently evident without Revelation.
It is presumed that it will be allowed, that if Man is destined for another and a superior state, the knowledge of so important a fact, becomes not only highly desirable, but must change the whole complexion of human life by con