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selves have ondergone vari. ous metamorphoses of this kind, without being conscions of them. At the pleasure of our orthodox friends we have been Atheists, and Deists, Mussaloans, and Hindoos by turns. Now we are inclined to think that it is in this sense that the selfcalled Protestants of Gera many are stated to be 00der the influence of " Deis. tical priociples; and we are confirmed in this interpretation by the epithet which is added. There is not only, it appears, a prevalence of Deistical burala so of Socininn priociples in Germany. In other words, these self-called Protestants are Unitarians; and honoris causâ are here styled Socini. aos and Deists. I would be a breach of truth and charity to allow the claim of Unitarians to be either Protestants or Christians ; it is po breach of either The one or the other to impose on them the names of Socinian and Deist which they uniformly disavow and which are only fitted to ren. der tbema the objects of un

deserved suspicion and reproach.

We wish we could per suade ourselves that the passages apon

which we have remarked are not contained in a Bible Society Report. The inconsistency of the place which they bold in that Report with the known principles of soch a Societs, the more we reflect on the sunject, fills us with increased astonishment at the temerity and inconsis deration of those who have given insertion to them, We

e ber, however, carnesto ly to assure our readers that it is not the Bible Society we oppose bat its abuses ; and that it is only the right and duty of seli-defence which belongs to every inan and

every Christian, that has called as forte now, and will, if peoessary, call us forth again, to resist an attack apon Voitarians and Unitarianism when made under the aus. pices of a Society, which, we should rejoice, if were permitted to regard with feelings of gomingled veneration.

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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

Annual Association of Methodist Unitarians. On Friday, May 231,1823, sually wet, yet there was a was held at Oid ham, the An- good attendance. In the Dual Association of the Me. oso'rning the Rev. G. Har. thodist Unitarians of Ros. ris, of Bolton, delivered a sendale. The day was 004- most pathetically imprese

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sive discourse," on the live Newcharcb had been porlant Uses of Afiluzion, if considerably enlarged, aud accompanied by Genuine

yet it was as well filied as Religion, and correct and hefore. About three bun. worthy Notions of the Dein dred children were educat. ts.” H. Clarke, of Hasiinge ed in the Sunday school, den, conducted the dovoti. and every member of the onal part. After the ser. congregation, male and fe. vice, a large parts, male male, that could possibly and female, sat dowo to au do so, assisted in the food economical dinner at the work. Mr. Clarke stated, Nelson's Ball Tavern. The that the cause at Todnior. cloth being drawal, Mr. den presented a very flatterHarris took the Chair, when ing appearance.

The conreports of the state of the

gregation had commenced Socielies in connexion building a chapel, 19 yards were given. Mr. Wilkinson by 1? yards, which was es. said the cause in Oldham timated to cost about sever was upon the whole improve hundred pounds, towards jog. A good Sunday. which they had raised School was connected with

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themselves four the chapel, and the debt had hundred. “It might be askbcen somewhat lessened. ed," said Mr. C., “why He was

of opinion, that they build so large a chapel could means be devised to in so small a town, where, enable a minister to reside too, there are four or fiva in the towo, the interests of other places of worship. To the Society would be very this I repls, that from past materially promoted, and experience of and obserthe cause much more ra- vation upon the march of pidly advanced. Mr. Tay- free inquiry, they have Jor stated that the cause in inach-reason to hope that at Rochdale was in as favour

Fery distant period able a state as could be ex- nombers will see the errors pected. Their Sunday. of Trinitarianism, and flock School went op well. At to the temple dedicated to Lanebead a village two the worship of the One God miles distant, they had the Father, and they are about one hundred scholars, anxious to be provided with and they were about to build a room for their reception." school room there which Mr. Ashworth said the peowas also to be used for re. ple at Padihain had ligious worship, Mr. Ashe length ventured to erect a worth reported that since chapel, which last Association the chapell nearly ready for opening.

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highls pleasing, yet They were all very poor peo. ple, and could do but little towards the expenses they had thus incurred. Individuals, in different paris of the kingdoni, and Fellowship Funds had aiready stepped handsomely for. ward to assist them. Still a considerable sum was yet wanted, and he hoped the Unitarian public would consider the case, and give it the necessary support. The meeting was also addressed by the Rev. R. Cree, of

Preston, Mr. Duffield, of Manchester, and the Rev. G. Harsis. In the evening the Rev. R Cree delivered a very interesting and apposite discourse on Mystery. Mr. Dulfield conducted the devotional part. After which the friends departed to their respective homes, carrying with them further motives for a patient copii. nuance in well doing, and additional assurances that their labours shall not foally be in vain in the Lord.Monik Rep.

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[From ibe Unitarian Miscellany.)

GOD IS GOOD.
God is good! Each perfomed flower,

The smiling fields, the dark green anod,
The inseci, Huttering for an hour,-

All things proclaim that God is good.
I hear itio the rushing wind;

Hills that have for ages stood,
And clouds, with gold and and silver lined,

Are still ropeating, God is good.
Each liitle rill that many a year

Has the same verdant path porsaed,
And every bird, in accepts clear,

Join in the song that God is good.
The restless main, with haughty roar

Calnis each wild wave, and billow rade,
Relreats sanmissive from the shore,

And swells the chorus, God is good.
Countless bosts of burning stars

Sing his praise with light renew'd;
The rising sun each day declares

To rays of glory, God is good.
The moon that walks in brightness says,

God is good !-and man, endued
Wich power to speak his Maker's praise,

Should still repeat that God is good.

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The Red. Daniel Whitby, D. D. Prebendary of Sarum. DANIEL WHITRY

was borot by the Bisbop, of born, 1638, at Rushden, Oxford, and the autbor was Northamptonshire. His fa- obliged to make retracta. ther a clergy man of tion. His volame on the Five coosiderable attainments. Points in defence of Armi. Giving his son a liberal e. pianism, is a master-piece, dacation, be, 1653, was sent and he soon after published to Oxford, and became a his invaluable Commentary Coomoner in Trinity Col. on the New Testament, His lege. Patronised by Seth Last Thoughts, printed after Ward, Bishop of Salisbury, his death, demonstrate his he was made his Chaplain, integrity and piety. He and Chanter of the Cathe- died 1726, in the 88ih year dral. In 1673 he was cbo

His character Bea Rector of St. Edmonds, raoks high as a theologian, Salisbury; and, 1696, Pre. and his writiogs baveenlightbeodarg of Taunton Regis. ened the Christian world.He was

a great student, Evans's Sequel to the Sketch. and ardeot in his stody of His Last Thoughts, were theology. He employed bis prepared by himself for the talents, at ihis period, in the press, aod contain a formal exposure of the pretensions retractation of his former opi. of Papacy. Indeed few nions respecting the Tripity. clergymes were more intent The conclusion to which op discharging the daries of

strong and

irresistible their profession. Of a troly convictions” at last brought Christian spirit, and a lover him be expresses in these of peace, he published, 1683,

words: In fine,” he says, The Protestant Reconciler, " this doctrine, tbat tbe bumbly pleading for condo. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost scension to disseating bre- are of one and the same in. tbred in things indifferent dividual and numerical es. aod vodecessary, for the

$ence,seems to burlesque the sake of peace, and showing Holy Scriptores, or to give how very onreasonable it is theo an uncooth and ab. to make such things the de- sard sepse from the begin. cessary condition of com- ning of the Gospel to the end of puoion. Tois exoelleot work the Epistles," Sec p. 70.--Ed.

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Missionaries.- Original grounds of the Missionary

Controversy with Rammohun Roy.
SIR,

be supposed to bave formed : It is more than

of the merits of your work ; two years since the publi. for you appear to me to cation of yoor Seven Essays, have come to this contro. porporting to be “A De- versy better prepared and fenoe of some important to have conducted it in a Scripture Doctrines,” in re- more becoming manner than ply to Rammohan Roy's yoor fellow:labporers in the First and Second Appeals same cause. Nor has it to the Christian Public, do- proceeded from an unwill. sing the whole of wbicb pe- ingness to join issae with riod po pablic notice has you on the important points been taken of them, either involved in the Tripitarian by the advocates or oppo. Controversy. Of ibis I cannents of reputed orthodoxy. not give you a more satis: It is do part of my present factory proof than by in. business to inquire into or to forming you of my inter, explain the causes of this tion, as circumstances may Apparent peglect. The fore epable me and my health, mér may have overlooked and leisure will permit, to this expression of your zeal address to you a Series of in behalf of their favourite

Letters op the principal opinions, through circom. sobjects which your Essays stances which you

embrace. could have no controol; Your Essays are publishand the latter may have de- ed in the name of the body clined a controversy with of Baptist Missionaries in you, either because your ar. Calcatia, and thus carry goments appeared too weak with them all the weight and to need, or too strong to influence which it is io the admit of, refotation. As the power of that body to besitoation in which I am pla. stow. It would have per baps ced, together with yoor oc. been better if their namo casional references to me, had been altogether sap. may seem to have given pressed and your own subo you a claim apop my atten- stituted in its place. I shall tion, permit me

afterwards have occasion yog that my silence hitherto to notice the particular rea. has not proceeded either 800 assigned for this course, from contempt or fear. It but at present I refer only to has not proceeded from the the general aspect wbioh it lo

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