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Judkins for his manliness on the occasion, and the papers in the interest of the slaveholders abuse him, and threaten him with no more American passengers for allowing their nation to be insulted.
Douglass's lectures are said to be very eloquent. He is now finishing some at Belfast, where the chapels of the Wesleyan Methodists, Independents, and Unitarians have been thrown open to him. His next visit will be to Glasgow, and he will probably come to Bristol (an invitation from which place he has accepted) in the spring.--Bristol Paper.
ENTERTAINMENT TO MR. DOUGLASS, BELFAST. On Tuesday morning, Mr. Douglass, who had been lecturing here for some time past, on the subject of American Slavery, was entertained at a public breakfast in the large room of the Commercial Buildings. The company, composed of upwards of two hundred gentlemen, was presided over by Mr. Sharman Crawford. Eloquent addresses were delivered by the chairman, the Rev. Mr. Nelson, Mr. Douglass, and others; and, during the proceedings, Mr. Nelson, in the name of the Anti-Slavery Society, presented their respected guest with a richly-bound copy of the Bible, as a small token of their affection and regard for his services.
ANTICIPATIONS OF DEATH.
Clouds of woe are darkly spread,
Useless mortal aid appears,
Fearful prayı rs for mercy pouring, -
Though thy tears should nought avail ;
Still, let faith lift up thy head ;
For this cause, perchance His power
Brings thee to this dreaded hour,
All the treasures of His love,
Make thine own election sure.
Brighter burns the Christian's light,
When around him all is night.
Doubt thou not that He will raise thee.
Plead thou not thy burden's weight,
For thy strength is made too great.
And the needed aid bestoweth,
For thou hearest a Father's voice ;
From His love, to guide thee home.
Like thy Saviour, be thou still.
Rev. S. G. BULFINCH.
THE PARTITION OF THE EARTH.
(From the Patrician.) [We are indebted for this version of one of Schiller's characteristic pieces to Mr. Lodge, the translator of the “ Bride of Messina."]
“TAKE ye the world ;"—thus from his height sublime
Jove spake to men—“take it--my boon is free ; 'Tis marked your heritage through endless time ;
Share it like brethren, lovingly."
Quick hies the busy race, atbirst for gain ;
To seek their portion young and old repair ;
The huntsman tracked the forest lair,
The merchant garners all his varied store ;
The abbot claims the juice of purple hue ;
And criesa "tenth- a tenth is due !"
Ah! last of all-too late-each part assigned
From some far distant scene the poet came ;
No vacant spot his wandering glances find,
No soil but owns a master's name.
“Oh woe is me ! for all thy gifts abound,
And portionless thou leav'st thy faithful son."
He fell before the eternal throne.
“If in the land of dreams, and Fancy's reign,
Fondly thou lingerest, then, reproach not me ;
“I was,” the poet cried—“ with thee !"
“My ravished eye thy glorious face surveyed ;
My rapt ear drank the music of the skies ;
That lost earth's dull realities !"
“ What shall I do ?” cries Jove.
“ Earth given away ; The mart, the field, the chase, no more are mine ; Say-wilt thou sojourn in the realms of day?
Come when thou wilt, a home in Heaven is thine !"
OPENING OF A UNITARIAN CHAPEL, NEW YORK. On the 22d. October, a new chapel was opened at New York, called, “ The Church of the Divine Unity," and dedicated to the worship of the One God, the Father. The exterior has a very imposing effect, and the interior is considered as being exceedingly beautiful. The opening prayer was by the Rev. F. A. Farley; the Scriptures were read by the Rev. H. Furness ; dedicatory prayer by the Rev. Dr. Kendal; the sermon by the Rev. H. W. Bellowes, by whose congregation the chapel had been built, and which was crowded upon the occasion.
BIRMINGHAM UNITARIAN BROTHERLY SOCIETY. The annual meeting of the members of this society was held in the Upper Vestry of the New Meeting House, on Sunday, Jan 4, when reports of the several institutions in connection with the society were laid before the meeting, and the following is an abstract of them :-"Number of pupils in the several Unitarian Sunday Schools in Birmingham-males, 1099; females, 503 ; total, 1602; who are instructed by 250 teachers. The school libraries flourish in a most satisfactory manner. Total number of books in all the libraries, 4837, which have been renewed and exchanged during the past year to the extent of 20,260; number of subscribers at a half-penny per week, 600 ; number of depositors to the several savings' clubs during the year, 807; deposits, €551 4s. 2 d; repayments, £527 7s. O d.; increase the amounts deposited, £156 8s. 8£d.; increase in repayments, £176 15s. 1fd.
The Brotherly Benefit Society, formed in 1798, has 306 members; increase since 1844, 25; and the payments to members in times of sickness is larger than any other society in this town. Subscriptions during the year, £144 Os. 6d. ; payments for sickness and funerals, £94 7s. 2d. ; being a saving of £49 13s. 4d. on the subscription. The amount received and due for interest on mortgages, £162 17s. 8d.; making a total saving during the year of £212 11s. Od. The total capital of the society now amounts to £3041 2s. 3 d., £2870 of which is invested in freehold securities. This society is independent of the New Meeting Provident Fund. The Loan Fund, also in connection with all the schools, continues to prosper, and is supported by subscriptions of members at 6d. per quarter. Receipts and payments during the year 1845, areSubscriptions, £5 16s.; loans repaid, £52 14s. 6d.; amount lent on loans, £49 5s. The total amount of the fund is £157 12s. 7d.” These institutions are of great utility to the industrious classes of this borough, and it is gratifying to find their operations are extending.
On Tuesday, December 30th, the annual Tea Meeting of the Unitarians was held at Mary-street Chapel ; at 5 o clock about two hundred and fifty sat down to the social repast; the body of the chapel was boarded over and formed a large platform; garlands of evergreens wound round the massive pillars formed a neat and appropriate decoration ; after tea the company was consderably increased. The Rev. Mr. Montgomery presided, and the audience was addressed at considerable length by that gentleman, and the Rev. Mr. James of Bristol(who unexpectedly joined the party and who was warmly recrived). The spirit of inquiry now so rife, and the increasing intelligence of the times, were especially alsuded to as peculiarly favourable to the increase of Unitarianism. The audience, which numbered many members of other religious denominations, were thanked for their attendance (particularly as Unitarians were a sect everywhere spoken against) and evinced by their close attention, that the devotional and christian sentiments urged by the speakers met a a ready response. In the interval between the addresses, pie ces suited to the season were sung by the choir. It is hoped that all separated, profitted as well as pleased with the evening's proceedings. The following institutions are connected with the chapel :-The Sunday School it appears numbers about seventy scholais The Provident Society has thirty-six families of the poor connected with it. The Dorcas Working Society is in active operation; the various garments made by the ladies belonging to it, being sold at the half price of the material. The Tract Society is also extensively useful, there being one hundred and fifty tracts exchanged weekly through the town, exclusively of such tracts as are distributed amongst the congregation, and many of the members of the chapel have offered their services as tract distributors for the coming year. The Chapel Juvenile Library contains about three hundred and fifty well selected books, and another library exists for the members of the congregation. A Blanket Society for lending blankets during the winter also exists, and is of increasing benefit. During the winter, a Weekly Meeting takes place in the vestry, for the discussion of religious and controversial subjects, and these meetings seem increasingly attractive, about fifty persons usually attending. And a strong feeling is manifested as to the desirableness of establishing a day school, wholly unsectarian in its principles, and of building a room suitable for the schools, and also for meetings of the congregation.
NORWICH-OCTAGON CHAPEL DISTRICT VISITING SOCIETY.
On Friday evening, the 2nd inst., a Social Tea Meeting of the members and friends of this society was held in the spacious girl's school-room, recently erected in connection with this congregation.
After half an hour spent in friendly conversation,
The Rev. Joseph Crompton, minister of the congregation, then took the chair, and, after a few prefatory remarks, called upon Travers Madge to read the report of the secretary, Mrs. Withers Dowson.
The report commenced by stating the establishment of the society in December, 1843, its object being to promote mutual improvement and co-operation in plans of Christian benevolence, and for enlarging their means of usefulness, especially among their poorer brethren. The city is divided into districts; visitors were appointed, and monthly meetings, for business, and for working for the poor, were arranged. The visitors' duty is to visit all who were in any way connected with the congregation, its schools, or other institutions,—to distribute tracts where wished for,-to receive small deposits for the District Provident Society,--to attend especially to any cases of sickness or distressand, by every means in their power, to cultivate a spirit of Christian brotherhood. The report then spoke of the happy effects produced by the society. “The sick have been watched over, the sorrowing comforted, and the erring brought back to better ways, and the blessed feeling of the great brotherhood of man, with all its sweet and holy charities, spread over our communion. There are twenty districts containing above five hundred members of families, each of which has been visited. A great number of tracts, and useful and interesting books, have been circulated; help has been given to those in sickness, or any other distress; a considerable sum of money has been saved, which the depositors are now receiving back with a bonus of ld. for every shilling. Linen has been lent out to many families in illness, and clothes