evening following, the congregation numerous though not crowded. The subject, “ The Prevalence of Unitarianism in the First Three Centuries of the Christian Church." Public service is conducted regularly on Sundays, morning and evening, and on Thursday evenings.

Hanley Chapel.This Chapel for Unitarian worship is rapidly advancing. Dr. Carpenter, (who preached at Hanley on Thursday, the 3d of July, 1323) requests us to state,

that, in his judgment, the building of a chapel for this important and populous district, was become necessary for the progress of the Unitarian cause in it; and that all he heard and saw there leads him to regard it as a case highly deserving the countenance and support of the Unitarian public. Mr. Cooper, he adds, is pursuing his objects with temperate and judicious zeal; and he is setting on foot the plan of local preachers with great prospect of success.-Month. Rep.


POETRY. Robert Burns's Address to John Goldie. The following 'particulars res- in the Preface to the second pecting John Goldie are extract- work that Goldie published, ed partly from the Christian re- 'The Gospel Recovered,' &c. iu flector and Theological Inquirer

5 vols. 8vo. It cannot fail, of for February, 1823, and partly being highly interesting to the from the Monthly Repository for

friends of free inquiry and of March of the same year. In these scriptural Christianity. publications, reference is made “ Edinburgh, August 2, 1779. for further particulars respect

SIR, ing him to Maty's Review for the

" I hold myself much obliged year 1785, vol. viii. p. 282.

to you for distinguishing me, from John Goldie was a peasant's your other readers, by a present son of Kilmarnock in Scotland, of your book. I applaud your of an extraordinary genius and performance greatly, and still the anthor of several works di. more the motive that induced signed to overthrow the reputed orthodox doctrines. The first “ The strange and absurd docwork published by Goldie, was

trines that have been engrafted his ' Essays Moral and Divine' on the Christian religion, by difintended to overthrow the dog- ferent sects, have occasioned not ma of original or birth sin, and to only much opposition and enmity prove that heart-withering opi. amongst Christians, but have nion to be utterly repugnant both tended beside, to much depravato reason and scripture. A co- tion of morals. What, in partipy of these ` Essays' was pre- cular, can be more destructive sented by their author to the to virtue and good works, than celebrated writer of "The the doctrine of faith, as perverSketches of Man,' Lord Kaimes, ted by many of our zealots ? In This distinguished individual's a word, Christianity, among opinion of Goldie's talents and thosewho adopt it in its purity, is principles will be seen by the the great support of morality, and following letter, which is printed thegreat cement of goodness and

you to write.

benevolence among men,

But or controul. I am, Sir, Your not to mention other bad effects obedient humble servant, of the engrafted doctrines men

« HENRY HOME. tioned, a man of sense, when he “ To Mr. John Goldie.” begins to study the motley figure The poet of nature and of that Christianity makes in the truth, Robert BURNS, was, it doctrines of many of our sects, appears, the intimate friend of must be a very good man indeed, John Goldie, and a short time if he be not tempted to think that subsequently to the appearance religion is all a cheat; and con- of the ` Essays Moral and Di. sequently that men may give way vine,' addressed to his heretical to every appetite without check brother the following lines :

• O Goldie! terror of the Whigs,

Dread of black coats and reverend wigs,
Soor bigotry on her last legs,

Girnin' looks back,
Wishin' the ten Egyptian plagues

Wad seize you quick.
Poor gapin,' glow'rin,' superstition,
Waes me! she's in a sad condition ;
Fy, bring Black-Jock, her state physician,

To see her;
Alas! there's ground o’great suspicion

She'll ne'er get better.
Auld orthodoxy lang did grapple,
But now she's got an unco ripple,
Haste, gie her name up i' the chapel

Nigh unto death;
See how she fetches at the thrapple,

An' gasps for breath.
Ent'iusiasm's past redemption,
Gaen in a galloping consumption,
Not a' the quacks, wi' a' their gumption,

Will ever mend her,
Her feeble pulse gie's strong presumption,

Death soon will end her.
'Tis you and Taylor † are the chief
Wha are to blame for this mischief.
But gin the Lord's ain fooks gat leave,

A toom tar barrel
An’twa red peats wall send relief,

An' end the quarrel.' * The Whigs' mentioned here, are the Covenanters and Cameronians.

+ Dr. John Taylor, of Norwich, whose admirable work on Origi. nal Sin was probably the cause of Goldie's renouncing Orthodoxy.

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The Rev. David Osgood, D. D. Pastor of the Congregational

Church in Medford, Massachusetts. Whep such men as Dr. oot brought acquainted Osgood die, it is a duty with great opportunities, which we owe to society, to but which has been preserve some memorial of

tioually exertiog its ibeir lives. Without hav. celebrated, though imporing performed actions which

tant 'aod benignant sway, fame will be busy in

over the principles and acnouociog, or occupied sta. tions of a lar;e portion of tions which will give them, a mankind. prescriptive demand on the

The subject of the present pen of the historian, they notice was a man of upcom). have exhibited talents and mon endowmeots and char. virtoes, and exercised in. acter. He possessed talents Nueoces, which should in which enabled him both to Bome way be registered, acquire koowledge with rea. ibat their pames and chaj. diness, and to in partit with acters ay not be entire.

advantage. His mind, if it by lost, when their foot. was pột ugcommonly orige Steps on

the earth are ioal, was upcommonls bold worn out, and their friends aad independent. His feela bave followed them into the ings, if they were sometimes grave. The example of such

too easily excited, were al. men is useful; much more

ways genero08 and affece 80, we think, than that of

tionate. Remarkably honest many who have bad volumes

in his temper, and free in filled with their exploits the expression of bis opi. and marbles erected to their nions, he sometimes gave of. memory. It teaches 08, a. fence by what he said, but mong other lessons, that the offence was unintention. Ihere has been inuch genius al, and when discovered, and excellence in the world, was anxiously repaired. His bicb circumstances have cbaracter was without stain,

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At the age of twenty-five, he gradualed at Harvard Loiversity in Caúbridye ; and ihreo years afterward, on the 14th of September, 1774, was ordained as rolo leaybe with the Rev. Mr. Turell, over the Church in Medford.

death of Mr. T. in 1778, he was left sole, pastor, and continued to discharge the duties of bis office alone, till he was called io his eternal reward.

Io his pastoral care, be Taboured inosi assidionsly and usefully. A long life was devoted to it. The constant and filial respect of bis, parishioners while he was with ihem, aod their

sorrow for 'bis loss, testify in the most voeanivonal manner that he was à faithful shepherd.

As a , preacher he very distinguished,

His matter

was copious and sensible, and drawn, for the poșt part, from the moral precepts, and ibe undisput. ed doctrines of the Gospel. His style was apimated and forcible; and bis manner ope, of the most striking which we ever witnessed. His looks, his gestures, and the tones of his voice, were altogether peculiar to him. self, Without being at all like those which we are ac. custowed to find in what is called a finished speaker, they were so energetic, so

fall of meaning, so trolç eln. qoent, that they arresied aod enchained the most pro. fouod and deligbted alieno tion. W. shall never forge's his patriarchal appearanco in the polpi, No one who has witnessed, could ever forget it.

But the most remarkable trait perhaps in Dr. 0% good's characıer, and thas which we particularly wish to notice and preserve, was his uncommon liberality of feeling. In doctrinal opinion's he ranked hinsells among

'the onlbodoš; but in narrowness, in exclusive ness, io Phärisäical pride, in excommunication of ihoso who difered from bin in belief, he would join with do wao. It he had been so disposed, he might have bee come the demagogue of party; he might have pre. sided in the ancelings of the infallible, and pointed out. what men should be lieve, and what they shoold not believe, and who should be supported, and who should be denounced, and have said, as others have said, to the advancing and irresistible ride of opiu. ion, “ Thus far shalt ib'oy come, and 'no farther.” His was a worihier, and more rational ambition. He din rected his taleois, and his strength of character, to the work of assuaging, railies

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than inflaming the angry, passions of disputants, and of preventing, as far possible, the assumption of ondelegated, and uprighi. eous domination. He thought that Christians might agree in love, if they could noi in docerine; and that encour. aging and assisting each other in every good work, they nightlesie bonscience and opinion with Kuin who alone can judge the heart.

With these sentiments he mingled in social and thristian intercourse with the Voitarian cleroymen of Birse ton and the neighbouring towos; took a part in their councils and. ordinations; preached in their pulpits, and invited them into bis owo; aod erinced by his condurt on every occasión, that he regarded them as disciples and servants of the same Master, whom he delighted to follow and to serre, And he was not a man who was to be taken to task for doing so. We have seen kim iu assemblies composed of clergymen of different denominations, and have admired the spirit and resolution with which he set his face agaiost every attempt which was made

hy those of kis own doo. uinal, sentiments, to prescribe a creed, to ordain a test, or to dictate in aoy way to the consciences of their brethren. Al times like these, he spoke with an authority which few had the confidence to question or resist. But it was the au. thority of his noble feelings and views, of the manner in which ibes, were enforced, and of the years and char acter of bimi who enforced them.

We say that this union of liberal feelings and orthọ. dox opinions, in the per fection in which it existed in the character of Dr. Osgood, is rare, and des serving of all praise. We consider it as infinitely more hoooorable than any mero party distinction. It iné creased oor reverence for him while he was in life, and it has made us anxions fo pay this tributo to bis memory

He died, on the 12:h of December, 1822, in Med ford, Massachusetts, in the seventy-sixth year of his age, aud the forty.eighth of his mioistry.Unitariant Miscellany.




any mistakes in bimself will ed any of his opinions, ne. not be charitable enough to ver corrected any of his misa excuse ubat hie reckoos takes : and he who was pe- mistakes in otbers.Dr. ver wise caough to food oat Whichcot.

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