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mongst Europeans and their de- fine myself to a brief notice of scendants in Calcutta.
the unsuccessful attempt made deavours of Mr. Walter were by him to form a Society of unsuccessful. But no effort in Christians on the Uniturian Systhe cause of truth and virtue is tem, and to such particulars conentirely lost. The seeds which nected with that event as felt were then sown are now found under my ' personal observaspringing up on every side, and tion. the fruit thus produced will, we « On my return to this Presidoubt not, when it arrives at dency from Prince of Wales' Isa maturity, prove both abundant, land in 1803, I was invited by in quantity and excellent in Mr. Walter, with whom I had kind. The causes of Mr. Wal. - been previously acquainted, to a ter's immediate failure, however, weekly meeting held at his, deserve to be fully weighed by house for the purpose of read. Ünitarian Christians of the pre- ing the Holy Scriptures, the obo sent day, and by alt who are ject of which was to discover friendly to the principles of Uni- how far the doctrine. Haintained tarian Christianity. We have by the established Church of Engonly further to add that we late- and respecting the person of ly had an opportunity of con- Christ, was borne out by the geversing with Mr. Walter's widow neral tenor and evidence of the who was then about to proceed Gospel History, particularly with to Bombay; that the Calcutta reference to the declarations of Unitarian Committee purchased Christ himself, and the general from her all the books reinain- scope of the precepis taught by ing in her possession that had bim, as well as to the conduct of belonged to her late husband ; his disciples after his ascension. and that from the information On a subject of such importauce. which she communicated it ap- to maukind, and on which such peared that Mr. Walter had car- a diversity of opinions has been ried on a correspondence with entertained by men eminent for some one of the principal Eng- learning, piety, and candour in lish Unitarians, Dr. Priestley, every age, it would have been Mr. Lindsey, or Mr. Belsham, deemed the height of presumps. but that none of the letters which tion in a few obscure and .com-. bad been received were to be paratively illiterate individuals, found among his papers.
however well disposed, and sincere “I have been favored with your in the object of their research, note dated the 7th Instant, and to have attempted to arrive have much pleasure in communi- at any satisfactory or decisive cating to you, in compliance with conclusion, without having reyour request, such information course to such helps as were on the subject of your inquiry, within reach, to assist their judga As memory enables me to supply, ments. Grotius, Clarke, Watts, regretting that my absence from Doddridge, Wakefield, Priestley, Calcutta at the period when the Lindsey, Enfield, &c. &c. were Hate Mr. W. Greene Walter was frequently consulted, with a sin
first led to a serious considera- cere determination on the part tion of the popular doctrine of of the inquirers to give way to the Trinity; necessarily obliges conviction, on which side soever me to pass over an interesting it might declare itself. The repassage in his life, and to con- sult confirmed Mr. Walter and a
few others in the belief that the already been designated, or des-doctrine of the proper divinity titute of that firmness which of Christ was inconsistent with should characterize those who the accounts of bis life and the advocate the cause of truth ago general tepor of the doctrines gainst long established and deeptaught by him, as recorded in the rooted prejudices, they forebore New Testament that it was not taking any active part in the necessary to salvation that the exertions of Mr. Walter. The more the Scriptures were made meetings continued to take place, their own interpreter, the more tho' not regularly, during the would the fact of his simple space of nearly a twelve-month, humanity be apparent--and that but declined afterwards; the few he was consequently not the true that attended dispersing one God, but a being subordinate to by one, owing probaby to their God, to whom he himself on va- not having obtained any addirious occasions had solemnly, and tional members to their Society, in the most unequivocal man- till at length Mr. Walter was. ner, ackuowledged his inferiority. compelled, from the mere want These positions appearing to be of cordial support, to dissolve incontrovertible, Mr. Walter felt the connection, contenting bimhimself called upon, as a man self with offering his adorations and a Christian, to abjure the where only he conceived they faith in which he had been were due, according to the best brought up, and unhesitatingly lights which his reason afforded embraced the Creed of the Uni- him, and the declaration of Christ tarians, professing their tenets to immediately before his ascension the latest period of his existence. I go to your Father and my He endeavoured to establish a Father, to your God and my Unitarian Society, and succeeded God.'
T. S. so far as to be joined by a few The 9th of December, 1822.". who had the same object at heart. They repaired on Sundays Doorga Pooja--The past month to a place selected for their meet- has witnessed the Anniversary of ings, where Prayers were read the Festival in honour of the according to the form laid down Hindoo goddess Doorga which, in the Book of Common Prayer, we learn, bas been numerously as revised by the Revereud Mr. attended, as on former occasions, Belsham, concluding with a by Christians of various rauks, Hymu; and a Sermon. The num- of both sexes, and of every age. ber of persons who assembled on We advert to this subject, which these occasions never ainounted we are not aware has hitherto to more than-seven or eight. A been publicly noticed, with the far greater number however, a- most painful feelings, and with mong Mr. Walter's friends and earnest desire not to be acquaintance did not hesitate to misunderstood. Notwithstandavow their conviction of the fal- ing the puerility and, absur; lacy of the received doctrine of dity of idolatry, and the gross the Trinity; but restrained by
immoralities almost invariably the fear of being branded with connected with the performthe appellation of Socinians, by ance of its rites, we fully admit which Mr. Walter and the few that its votaries, have just as who attended his meetings had good a right to celebrate the
honours of Doorga as Christians have to engage in the public worship of the one Living and True God. But surely it is not too much to expect that the ' latter should abstain from giving countenance to the worship of the former, by a regular or frequent attendance at an annual festival, at which the grossest and most revolting obscenities are unblushingly practised, and which is held in express honour of what Christians inust, in all consistency, consider as possessing no claim whatever to the attributes or worship of Deity. We have not room to point out the various evils by which this practice is attended, or to refute the different excuses by which some will attempt to palliate it. We state the plain unvarnished fact that it operates to the encouragement of idolatry and vice, and that it is considered by the natives themselves as a virtual approval of their worship; and we think that this alone should induce every sincere Christian and every lover of his species henceforth to withdraw his presence from these midnight orgies. It is true that even if this were done the idolatrous worship would still be continued probably for a considerable time; but there would no longer be thrown around it that halo of splendour which dazzles the eyes of the vulgar, and by which even the more enlightened shelter themselves from their own contempt. The growing knowledge of this age and people is already making the fabric of superstition totter to its base. Leave it therefore to the operation of this cause and it will soon crumble to pieces; but the operation of this cause cannot fail to be
materially impeded by the Cotitinued countenance of Christians to a system of religion and a mode of worship which they profess to consider hurtful as well as erroneous, not only as giving to dumib idols that worship which is due to the Divine Being alone, but injurious also to the best interests of human society.
To corroborate the views given above we add that the members of a wealthy and respectable Hindoo family known to us, who, however urged by the convictions of their minds, are at present prevented by circumstances from discontinuing the usual routine of idolatrous worship, would long before now have entirely given up the Doorga Festival but for the hints and solicitations of their European friends who thus, unwittingly we doubt not, counteracted their laudable endeavours gradually to free themselves from the trammels of a debasing superstition. We have also been informed on good authority that a distinguished and intelligent native, on the occasion of the Festival of the preo sent year, declared that as he is in the habit of expressing his contempt of the Hindoo gods and goddesses, in the presence of his European friends during three huodred and sixty-four days of the
year, he would not be so inconsistent as to invite them to a festival in honour of one of them, on the three hundred and sixty-fifth day. We leave these facts, without any further comment, to make their due impression upon those who are Christians in name and profession, and especially upon all who are so from conviction and by practice.
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76, Doomtollah Street to whom those who may be desirous of
of him, and to his praise be it John Howe, A. M. spoken, that be loved all good John Howe was born, 1630, men, and loved them accord. at Loughborough ; he was ing to their goodness, without first sent to Cambridge, and considering to what commuafterwards to Oxford. He nion they belonged. This is the was settled at Great Torring. genuine spirit of Christianity. ton, Devonshire ; bat, being -Evans's Sequrl to the Sketch. on a visit to London, Oliver Cromwell took a liking to him, ESSAYS, EXTRACTS, &c. and would bave him preacher at Whitehall. On his death, Relivious Convention. and the withdrawment of Rich- How little any of us know, ard Cromwell, be returned to
or are capable of knowing, bis flock at Torrington. He in this our present state. was persecuted after the Act
And they that think they of Uniformity was passed ; know most, or are most conbut, in 1671, passed over as ceited of their own kpowcbaplain to Lord Mazarine ledge, know nothing as they into Ireland. He then came
ought to krow. They that are back to Loodon, where he la.
most apt to contend, do, most boured for ten years with of all, fight in the dark.' It is great usefulness. In 1685 he too possible there may be travelled on the continent
much knowledge without love. with Lord Wharton ; and on How little such knowledge bis return settled in Silver
is worth. It profils nothing. Street, with a select congre. It hurts, puffs up, when love gation, dying there 1705, in cdifies. The devils know the seventy-fifth year of his
more than any of us ; while age, with peace and serenity. their want of love, or their His talents were of a high or- hellisb walignity, makes them der. His works consist of devils. As by pride comes two folio volumes: his chief contention, so humility would pieces are, The Blessedness of contribute more to peace (and ike Righteous; Delighting in to the discerning of truth too) God; but, above all, bis Liv- than the most fervent dispuING Temple; this exceeds the tation. But to closc all, I rest. Some tracts were pub pray, let us consider we are lished after his decease. He professedly going to heaven, is a great favourite with the ibat region of light and life, Calvinists, who generally de- ! and purity and love. It well,
indeed becomes them that aro names dear to philosophy, • upon the way thither, moder. science, and literature, as well ately to inquire after truth. as lo piety, virtue, and univer. Humble, serious, diligent en- sal philanthropy. Such pames, deavoors to increase in divine were they multiplied a thouknowledge are very suitable sand-fold, would form no ar.
to our present stato of dark- gument against the popular ness aud imperfection. The theology ; but they should at product of such inquiries we least save the advocates of U. shall carry to heaven with us. nitarianism from those imputa. We shall carry truth and the tions of a practical disregard to knowledge of God to heaven the authority and commands of with us. Wo shall carry pu- the gospel which would includo rity thither, devotedness of within their range, men ewi. soul to God and our Redeem- nent not only for every intele er; divine love and joy, if wo , lectural attainment, but for eve. have their beginnings here, ry moral excellence that awith whatsoever else of real | dorps, enriches, and diguifics permapept excellency, that the nature of wan. hath a setiled fixed seat and
The work of reformation in place in our souls now, and sball there have them in per
the chureb of England is not fection. But do we tbink we
stationary. Besides the High
Church and Evangelical parties shall carry strife to beaven ? Shall we carry anger to heao ed a third party, consisting of
there bas been gradually formven? Envyings, heart-burnings,
men of sober and rational animosities, enmities, haired of our brethren and fellow-Chris. piety, who, with a sincere at:
tachment to Episcopal govern. tiaus, shall we carry these to
ment and discipline, earnestly heaven with us ? Let us la. hour to divest ourselves, and
desire in the language of Arche strike off from our spirits eve
shop Tillotson to see the
church “ wellrid" of the AlbaTy thing that sball not go with
pasian Creed and similar symus to Heaven, or is equally
bols of faith. Although many unsuitable to our end and way
still continue nembers of the that there may be nothing
Established Church olio thus
bave given the most unequivo-
and disinterestedness by de.
clining to renew their subscripChurch of England.
tion to the Liturgy and Articles, The following translation thus relinquishing every pros. of another extract from the pect of preferment in the digui.
ties and emoluments of the Brevis Expositio exlibits the
State Religion. We trust that progress of Unitarianism with
the time is not far distant when in the pale of the Church of
Church Clergymen will no
by an ex animo subscription at and associates with the histo- once an unscriptural creed and
a muchistiap spirit. -ED, ry, of Unitarian Christianiny