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Intelligence.-West Riding Association.
421 truth. The chairman proposed that and great changes in the religious Mr. Turner should examine the ac- views of its members. It has never counts and report thereon, when the altered its name, and perhaps on some certificate, of which a copy follows, accounts it may be better that it was drawn up and signed
should preserve its original appellation. We, whose naines are underwritten, That appellation, however, it must be being ministers and others present at confessed, but very imperfectly delinethe opening of the New Unitarian ates the real complexion of the meetChapel at Thorne, having examined ing, the members of which are nearly the account of monies contributed by all professedly Unitarians, as the term the members of the society there, and has been explained by Dr. Priestley. hitherto subscribed by others, and also The meeting appeared to afford pecuthe sums expended by them in the liar satisfaction to every one present : building of their plain, but neat and the cause of truth and religion was the convenient place of worship, beg leave predominant impression upon the to submit to the Unitarian public the mind, and it was accompanied with following general statement, and re every kind and good-tempered feeling spectfully to recommend the case of of the heart. If there are times when their friends at Thorne to public no- it may be said that “ righteousness and tice; not doubting that the debt at peace have kissed each other," the prepresent upon the chapel will in no sent would seem to have been an occalong time be liquidated.
sion when a salutation of a similar na
1. s. d. ture had taken place; for piety, friendSubscriptions in the Neighbour
liness, and cheerfulness, appeared to hood of Thorne,
91 11 6 have met in very pleasing union. Other Subscriptions received or
The religious services of the day promised,....
were conducted by the Rev. Jeremiah
Donoughue, of Lidget, and the Rev.
177 41 6 John Gooch Robberds, of Manchester, Costs of the Unitarian Chapel at
the former taking the devotional Thorne,
part, the latter the Sermon. The words of
the discourse were from John xiv. 15, To be provided for
99 “If ye love me, keep my commandNathaniel Philipps, Sheffield; W. Turner,
ments.” Nothing could be more inleNewcastle; N. T. Heineken, Gainsbro'; than this discourse: the style of its,
resting, impressive, and improving P. Wright, Sheffield; Richard Astley, Halifax; John Beattic, Elland; Henry composition was simple, elegant, Turner, Bradford; Joseph Hutton, Not- manly, and forcible; the manner of tingham; George Kenrick, Hull; F. W. the preacher solemn and impressive. Everet, Sheffield; W. Jevons, Altring. It has sometimes been complained, ham; John Thonison, Halifar; Samuel' that piety, seems not in very close. Martin, Hull; John Fox, Sheffield. union with Unitarianism: the Ser
mon of Mr. Robberds would sufficie Sul'scriptions received at Thorne,
ently redeem the cause from this reJune 28th, 1816.
proach: never did there appear a Rev. W. Turner, Newcastle,
more happy and engaging alliance. - George Harris,....
To enlarge is to endanger an encroach- Benjamin Marden,
ment upon delicacy of feeling in that Jobn Kentish,
o quarter where it is our last wish to N. T. Heineken,
1 o give oflence : where the eulogium is Samuel Martin, Esq..
most due, it is sometimes the least
desired, and that we are assured is the Association of the West Riding of case in the present instance. A vicla. Yorkshire.
tion, however, would be done to our The Meeting of the Dissenting Mi- feelings not to advert to one idea
pon nisters of the Vest Riding of Yorkshire, which the preacher very beautifully as they have been wont 10 tern them- enlarged -- the decisive advantaze selves, took place at Halifax on the which the Unitarian view of the cha. 6th of this month. This is a very racier of Christ possessed over every ancient association, and has undergone oùer system for the fulfilment of that in the course of its progress, consider-, love which is considered by all as dne able Auctuations in point of number, to the blessed Saviour. Every other VOL. XI.
Intelligence.-Yorkshire Tract Society. system distracted in some degree the which, being beautifully clothed, and ieeling of regard. Calvinism utterly solemnly and earnestly delivered, very confounded the whole thing, or if deeply afiected the audience. not that, it did worse, for whatever of At the close of the service, the busilove ii conferred upon Christ, it nece;- ness of the Irart Sociriy lately estasarily stole from the Father. Two of blished in the West Riding of York=' the persons of the triune Colhead, shire came to be considered, and the the Father and Son, were erer placed Rev. T. Jervis, of Leeds, leing called in opposite scales, and as the one rose to the chair, the Secretary to the Socithe other inevitably fell. It was in «ty (the Rev. H. Turner, of Bradford), contemplating a being who in every procceded to read the first Annual Rerespect was madle like unto his lureth- port (and stated the following partiren, who was tempted as those breth. culars) which gave a very encouraging ren are, vet without sin, who was accouit of the progress of this Society, familiar with the same emotions of during the short period that had the heart, felt a similar influence froin elapsed since it was first instituted. the objects of life, was as alive to. It was stated that at the last annual kcenes of pleasure, and as sensible to meeting of the association, &c. held at those of sufferinz, set, throughout the Leeds, June 8th, 1815, it had been rewhole, was pertecily pure, resigned, solved to institute a Society for the anel tirm, that we could both under. Distribution of Religious Tracts, in the stand and feel the principle of affec- congregations of the West Riding, and tion that was due to the Saviour of that at a subsequent meeting at Elland men : beholding him "a man of sor- in September, (See M. Repos. Sept. rows and acquainted with grief,” yet 1815) the Rules of the Society had “ made perfect through suffering,", we' been agreed upon, and ordered to be, contemplate a definite and engaging printed : since that time printed copies object of regard—we understand the of the Rules and Catalogues had been nature of the sacrifice, what it must widely circulated, and that local have cost, and how to value it, and Tract Societies had been forined in the prompt do we find ourselves ready to following places ; York, Leeds, Wakecontess with an apostle, greater love field, Bradford, Halifax, Elland, and hath no man than this, that a man Lidgate. The Secretaries appointed lav down his life for his friends.
in those places had communicated There was another idea most hap- with the Secretary to the Tract Socia pily adverted to by the preacher in ety, uuder whose care the Depository connexion with his subject, not in- of' Tracts was placed, and had se deed as a matter of certain belief, but' ported the number of subscribers, and of pleasing probability, viz. that the the amount of donatious, and the folhlessed Jesus might be still present, lowing is an abstract of the affairs of though invisible, wiih his churches, the Tract Society. The rate of sub. and might be at that time a witness scription was fixed at a penny a week, to their expressions of regard, and or 4s. 4d. a year: the number of subtheir earnest wish to shew their love scribers reported from the different agreeably to the test he had prescribed, local societies 330: the total amount loy keeping his commandments. The of donations £26. 6s. 61. the total very mention of the circumstance number of the Tracts sold from the seeined at once to warm the heart, to Depository 1243. Most encouraging spread a more than common sanctity accounts had been received from vari-over the place, lo iinpart to the couri- ous quarters, of the acceptableness of tenance of the speaker, and of many the institution, and of the good which others, that animated irradiation it had done, and was likely to do. It which intimates an almost actual vi has been regarded as an acceptable sion of the revered personage the mind opportunity of supplying a deficiency was contemplating. These and simi- which had been long telt in our Socilar thoughts were brouglit forward eties, of the means of obtaining a more upon the subject, and rendered the general and exact idea of the grounds whole discourse a most interesting and principles of rational theology. service. We have to regret that we and from ihe variety of useful works do not recollect the words of the of a strictly practical naturi', which it preacher, and therefore can only very affords the opportunity of prowuring, it imperfectly convey those sentiments, will doubtless be inė means, under
Intelligence.--Yorkshire Tuct Society. the blessing of God, of a more general was acting in the same cause. Here diffusion of the spirit and practice of the speaker could not but contemplate the Christian life. But truth and with satisfaction the idea that he had virtue are natural, though not insepa- been the first promoter of this Instirurable companions, and never thrive so tion. No father could view the sucmuch as when they are cultivated cess of his child with more anxiety. together. This is what it has been lle breathed the wish that if his name our endeavour to connect, in the were destined to be hereafter repeated, formation of this Society, and it is it might be in connexion with the. hoped that it is one of those institu- West Riding 'Tract Society.. May it tions, of which there are so many in be that the latest posterity shall own the present day, highly tending to the the parent and the offspring! The moral and religious inprovement of name of Thnson is worthy of the mankind.
purest canse of benevolence and truh The report was ordered to be print- that can be associated with it. The ed, additions to the catalogue pro- Doctor also took up in a peculiarly posed, &c.
interesting manner the idea which the Ou this occasion, certain speeches preacher load advanced of the possible were made, particularly one by Dr. presenee, though invisible to mortal Thomson, of Halifax, to which we eye, of the blessed Jesus, and under are truly sorry
110t in our power that impression legged to call to mind to do justice. One particular point the nearly last injunction of their maswhich the Doctor dwelt upon should ter to his disciples, “ Feed my sheep: certainly be noticed, viz. that the Tract Feed my lambs,” and again“ leert Society had fully redeemned its pledge. niy sheep,” a command so reiterated Its catalogne of books, though in some yei discriminating, that it would seein respects not all that could be wishel, io indicate that provision should be arising from circumstances that could made in the Christian church, boub for not be avoided, was yet of a nature to the mature and the young. In this do ample justice to every promise it point of view, the Tract Society very, had made.
strikingly niet the injunction, and the It possessed those Tracts it is true blessed Jesus might be now supposed which gave a very clear view of Unita- to be casting his sinile upon it. riau sentiments, and this, from the After the business of the Tract Sonature of the Societies which had ciety was over, an adjournment took joined together, night be expected 10 place to the 'Talbot Inn, where a dinhe the case; but it also possessed those ner was provided for the occasion, 19 which were separate from any doctri- which 68 gentlemen sat down—24 nal tenets, and which were purely of ministers and 4+ lay brethren. Atter a practical nature, while it was open dinner, many toasts congenial with the to any recommendation of "Tracts, of oljects of the day were given by the, other views, which its members might Chairman, the Rev. R. A tley, which bring forward. In a word, every ap- produced very animated speeches, plicant might be accominodated agree- Accounts were imparted of ihe pro-, ably to his wishes. The Doctor inter- gress of Cnitarianism in various places. iningled with the subject of discussion particularly in Sci tland, by the Secre many interesting thonghts. Contem- iary to the General Association of the plating the progress of truth, as it had North, in Rossendale, Thorue, Silby advanced in the North, he glanced and Huddersfield, by the different his imagination back to the time of mini-ters, whose labours in these Wicklitle, that dag-star of reformation, places bad been pleasingly bles ed. If, who, he believed, was born in the in the ardour of feeling, a more sancounty of York. A Priestley, too, was guine colouring, night he occasionally born not far distant from the spot imparted, than the stubborn and slow where his friends were then meeting. progress of change may at present jusThis reformist would become a yet iifs, still that much is doing is beyond. brighter star. He was hourly gaining a question, After every deduction the ascendant with an increasing the most suspicious and sober-minded lustre. The mists of ignorance and calculation, con exaci, there is suffierror were gradually deparring, and cient cause for congratulation, and for permitting the pure light of the popel rejoiging in the assurance that the to be seen and felt. 'The Tract Society great coctrie of the Divine Unity is
Intelligence.-Kent and Sussex Unitarian Association. gradually advancing, till at length it don, and the remainder are immedi, shall be the one Universal Faith. ately directed to the promotion of This at least is the polar star of our rational views concerning scripture creed, that to which we believe the doctrine, with exhortations to consis great lawgiver of the Jews pointed, tency of conduct in all who are conand to which the founder of the vinced of the strict Unity, the unriChristian faith as clearly pointed. valled supremacy, and the spontaneAnd we have no doubt that although, ous and universal benignity of God. like the polar star of the natural firma The melancholy case of Mr. C. ment, it may at present be but dimly Herbert, who has lately been warned seen by some Christians, yet that ere out of his school, on which he delong it shall be as clearly viewed as a pends for the subsistence of a family star of the first magnitude in the of cight children, for his integrity iá brightest night, and prove, in con- maintaining the divine Unity with the nexion with those pleasing hopes of plain and inestimable truths connected the gospel to which it is attached, a with it, was laid before the Society, safe guide to all who are sailing the and as he possesses considerable merit occan of life, to the blissful shores of as a teacher, and is particularly desieternity.
rous of inculcating just and generous Wakefield.
T. J. views of religion and virtue upon the
minds of children, it is hoped that Kent and Sussex Unitarian Association. shonld any opening of this kind be
The fifth Anniversary of the Kent afforded, or indeed should any source and Sussex Unitarian Association, was by which an uprighi man skilled in held at Maidstone, on Wednesday the the arts of writing, arithmetic, &c. 10th instant, when it is but justice to may proride, or be assisted in provie Mr. Aspland to observe that his truly ding for a numerous, and still increaexcellent discourse excited a very lively sing family, reach the knowledge of interest in the minds of his auditory, any of our Unitarian frierds, or of the and that it is sincerely hoped that he friends of liberalitz and humanity in will yield to the warm expression of general, who may be acquainted with their wishes in favour of its publica his case, they will not fail to commution, and thus enable them to derive nicate the particulars either immedithe full benefit from his generous la ately to Mr. Herbert himself, or hours, by its extensive distribution. through the medium of some friend. The service commenced with an ap- There is evidently no object of our propriate prayer by Mr. Harris ; while unanimity so pressing as the endeavour the principal part of the devotions, by to remove or alleviate those sufferings Mr. Holden, presented a beautiful or inconveniences to which a friend delineation of the universal benefi- may occasionally be subjected, from a cence and tender mercies of our hea. conscientious adherence to his prinvenly Father, with a most fervent ex- ciples. pression of gratitude and obedience. From the communications of seve The annual report of the proceedings rai of our friends from different parts of the Committee, which has been ap- of the counties, it appeared that the pointed to superintend the distribution spirit of inquiry has been making con. of Tracts, and to direct their attention siderable progress. Our Battle Secreto whatever relates to the general inte- tary observes ihat "it is become almost rests of our associated body, was read universal : men begin to think conat the close of the service, and was cerning religion, and are no longer followed by the reports and commu content to rest in an implicit faith. nications from the several congrega- This, therefore," he observes, “is the tions, some of which have chosen coin- time to exhibit Christianity to their mittees from their respective subscri- view' in its native purity and simplibers, denominated District Commit- city, that they may see its excellence tees, which maintain a correspondence and be convinced of its truth, and that with the general Committee, through its effects may appear in their chatheir Secretaries. Nearly 2000 small racter and deportment in life." A Tracts have been distributed during the scarcely less pleasing account was prelast year; upwards of 1000 of which' sented in the narrative of a friend from consist of practical publications, by Dover, whose exertions have been a the Christian Tract Society in Lon- principal means of establishing a con
Intelligence.-Escon Unitarian Society. ference in the General Baptist Meet- by the chairman (Mr. Aspland) which ing-house of that place, by which no he prefaced with some interesting re small degree of attention has been ex- marks, and which drew forth obsercited to the great question at issue vations from several persons present, between Unitarians and their oppo. The company being composed of both nents. Our Secretary for the Maid- ladies and gentlemen, the inconsisstone district observes that “we have tency of the marriage ceremony with every evidence of the number of Uni- the general principles of Dissenters, tarians being much greater than it and especially of Unitarians, became appears to be ; the extreme difficulties, the subject of some animated discusthe force of fashion, and a false shame, sion, and perseverance in applications deter many from expressing their belief to Parliament for relcase from this of the sublime and despised truths of ceremony, as the only legal bond of Unitarianism." He acquainted the union, was strenuously recommended. Society with a plan which has been The utmost harmony prevailed, the adopted at Maidstone for conveying company in general appearing imreligious instruction to children in a pressed with the obligation, as well language and manner adapted to their of imitating their master in bis entire tender capacities. The boys on one devotion to ihe will of his father and part of each Sunday, and the girls on his God, as in his brotoerly-love and ihe other, are taken apart from the charity. May these social meetings congregation to be familiarized with in which we sit down to one table, as the leading principles of religion, and the worshippers of one common and the plainest practical admonitions. only God and Father, in obedience to
The Society adopted some resolu- one Lord, be attended with the happy tions with a view to the more prompt cffect of diminishing our attachment dispatch of its business, and to the to all sublunary distinctions, rememkeeping up of a more perfect inter- bering that, as ihe disciples of Christ, course between its branches, as it is we must strive to be distinguished by hoped that every step which tends to those qualities of the heart and life engage us in the mutual pursuit of the which it was his sole object to inculcommon objects, will contribute in cate upon mankind of every rank and every point of view to increase the condition, and by our proficiency in advantages of our Association.
which, alone we can attain to distincWith an expression of the deepest tion in his heavenly kingdom ! regret at the horrid persecution of
THOMAS PINE, which our Protestant brethren in the Maidstone,
Secretary department of the Gard, have so long July 16, 1816. been the unoffending and unprotected victims, a vote of thanks was unani- Eastern Unitarian Society, mously passed to the Committee of The Yearly Meeting of this Society the Dissenting Ministers of the Three was held at Ipswich, on Wednesday Denominations, for their unwearied and Thursday, the 26th and 27th of exertions in their behalf; to Mr. Ç, June. On Wednesday evening Mr. Perrot, for his Christian intrepidity in George Harris of Greenock introduced encountering every hazard and every the service by prayer, and reading the difficulty to arrive at the first sources Scriptures, and Mr. Fullagar of Pale of information, and for the luminous grave preached from 2 Peter i. 10. seport by which he has established * Wherefore, the rather, brethren, give the dreadful detail of ferocious cruel- diligence to make your calling and ties and merciless oppression; and to election sure." On Thursday mornSir Samuel Romily, for the able, ing Mr. Scargill, of Bury, introduced manly, and Christian-like conduct, the service, and read the Scriptures; which he has shewn in pleading that Mr. Toms, of Framlingham, prayed; cause in the British House of Com- and Mr. Thomas Rees, of London, mons.
preached from Isaiah xl. 25. “ To The company afterwards adjourned whom then will ye liken me, or shall to the Star Inn, where 134 persons I be equal ? saith the Holy One.". It sat down to a plain dinger, a larger is much to be regretted that Mr. Rees puinber than had assenıbled at any declined complying with the wish of previous meeting of the Society. Se the Society to print a sermon so admi. veral appropriate sentiments were given rably adapted to expose the pernicious