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his patience and resignation might his intimale friend, was one of still be equal to the trials which those who conversed wish him on he who" does not willingly aftlicı his dealb-bed, and returning from the children of men,” had merci. his chamber, deply affected, de. fully alloited for him.
clared that he had hardly ever "The fervent prayer of a righe seen any one in so truly Christian teous man availeth much!” he a frame of mind! supporied his last illness, which M ay examples like this incite continued throl h many werks, in every one of us to look carefully a manner which most strongly into his own conduct and princi. evinced the firmness of the rock on ples! Let us diligently search which he leaned for support. Allbis afier truth, and follow its lead jatimate friends were admitted in joyfully, whether into a good rea turn to his bedside, and to each port or evil report ;' and above all of them he expressed the full satis. Things, ondeavour by the holiness, faction which he then felt in the purity and usefulness of our lives, principles which, upon entire con- to “ adorn the doctrines of our viction he had formerly embraced. Lord Jesus Christ;" that through He reposed with humble and grate. him we may be admitted into ful confidence upon the mercy of those heavenly mansions, where our great and goor God, as de.“ There will be no more death, clared unto us by our Lord Jesus neither sorrow nor crving, but Christ; and in this faith first God himself shall wipe away the delivered to the saints," he found tears from every eye!” true rest unto his soul. The wor
M. H. thy rector of his parish, who was
Extracts from Mr.Wright's Jour. quence of the miscarriage of a lete nal of his Missionary Tour ter no notice had been given, and in Scotland, 1811. when I arrived it was too late. I
had interesting conversation with [Concluded from p. 55.]
several friends : and should have Stirlingshire. In this county visited them again and proached there is some stir among the Anti. there; but it was jiopracticable. Burghers; one of their ministers At Stirling, I could find no open. is at present suspended under the ing for preaching. charge of heresy. He seems, Perthshire. In this county, I from a pamphlet be has published, visited the following places. is to be a Sabellian. I visited Fal. 1. Blackford. This is a village. . kirk, where there are some Unita. There is one avowed Unitarian, rians, though they do not meet re. and other person3 favourable to gularly : there are some well.in. the cause, in ii. I preached in a formed and steady friends to Unic room to about 100 attentive hear. tarianism in the neighbourhood, ers; and had conversation on seI went to Falkirk with an expec- veral subjects with a small party tation of preaching, but in conse. afterwards.
2. Crieff. Here are several Uni. ed in a hall to about 100 people, versalists, and some persons favoure who were very attentive. I had a able to Unitarianism. I should long conversation with several of have preached at Crieff, but a them afterwards, in which we dis. place could not be procured, and cussed most of the leading points the day was too rainy to attempt in theology. I found them favourpreaching abroad.
ably disposed to rational views of 3. Perth. The town-hall being Christianity. , engaged, a place could not be pro. Edinburgh. Though mentioned cured for preaching; but I had last, is not the least important conversation and disputation with place to the great cause in which a few persons on theological sub. we are engaged: on the contrary, jects.
I think Edinburgh, calls for and Angusshire. In this county, I deserves our greatest attention in was only at Dundee. . I received our exertions to promote Unitaria information when too late, which anism in Scotland. In the will induce me, should I go into Northern Capital there are at preci that country again, to proceed to sent two Unitarian congregations. some other places.
The one meets in the Skinners' At Dundee, there is still a small, Hall-Chapel, and is respectable but pious, liberal and affectionate as to numbers and the character congregation, which has been pre- 'of its members. The other meets served for many years by the la- in a hall at the head of the Anchor bours, and steady exertions of our Close, High Street: and though worthy and respectable friend Mr. small has respectable members also. R. Millar. I preached four times I preached in the Skinners' Hall in Dundee to full, and most of them Chapel on Sundays, and in the crowded, congregations, who were smaller place on week-day nights. deeply attentive. I was told that My preaching was made known so many people never attended by prinied bills being posted in dif. Unitarian preaching before in that ferent parts of the city. town.
I preached 17 discourses in Fifeshire. There are a few pere Edinburgh, had many interesting sons in this county who are Unita. conferences with parties of friends, rians, but they live remote from and much, edifying conversation each other. I visited
in a more private way. We had 1. Newburg. Where lives a always good, generally large, conwell informed and steady Unitari. gregations. Our largest audiences an, with whom I had much plea. were estimated at 500 people, and sant conversation, but no opening were always deeply attentive 10 for preaching.
what was delivered. I was re2. Kittle. Here dwells a fine quested by the Skinners' Hall old man, an Unitarian, who was congregation to declare the Lord's excommunicated for heresy, by the table frec, at the end of the public Scotch Baptists, 22 years ago. 1 service, and afterwards to adminise had much agreeable conversation ter the Lord's supper, which I acwith bim.
cordingly did with pleasure : rer 3. Kirkealdię. Here I preach. garding this as another triumph VOL. VII.
over illiberality. The friends at him with every kindness. He Edinburgh have established a li. would find several openings for
occasional preaching, without tra. The principal thing that is want. velling far from Dundee: and ed at Edinburgh is a regular mj. might do much 10 promote ra. nister of goud talents; and such tional Christianity in that dis. an one both the congregations are trict, very anxious to obtain, in which it would also be an important case I have no doubt they wo: Id thing, after ministers are found for be re-united. But one of the Edinburgh and Dundee, for one places was opened at a time while to be placed at Paisley, as ihe min • I continued there. The Unitari. nister of the congregation there, ans have continued 10 increase, and missionary in the West of Sout. though they have laboured under land. He might go round his every disadvantage', in a city where whole circuit every month, and a higher degree of talent is requi. preach in a number of places, site in a public speaker than. per. where linule societies either are, or haps, in any other place in Scot. will be formed. Three ministers
land. There is good reason to thus placed in Scotland, in addi. i think there are many persons in tion to Mr. Yates, at Glasgow,
Edinburgh, who are either Unila. would supply the present wants of riaus, or favourable to Unitarian. that country, and greatly accele. ism, who will not regularly attend rale ibe progress of truth and lia the meetings, unul they can hear beraliry. I have spoken the a correct speaker, of, at least, rc. more fully on this subject, because spectable abilities. Could a suit. I feel is vast imporiance to the able minister be placed there, I am cause, because vur Scottish bre. much of opinion that a very large thres are urgent on the subject, and respectable congregation might and because I consider an imporbe collected. This is not only of lant end of Unitarian missions, is, imunrtance to the cause in ihat hy disseminating ibe pure doctrines cily, but also the country around of truth, to coliect congregations, is, as such a minister might find and prepare them for regularly maliy places for occasional lec. settled ministers: and by ministures at moderale distances from Iers being setlled with congregari. it. I have no doubt of the friends ons as they are collected and esta. at Edinburgh doing every thing in blished, the missionaries will be their power to promote the com. at leisure to labour in new direc
fort and usefulness of a minister, vons, to publish lhe truth where it · could they procore one. They is not known, while in their way
possess much intelligence, liberali. they visit churches which have ty of sentiment and Christian af. been raised, either in whole or in fection.
pari, by their labours. The field · At Dundee, ton, the friends are of action in the North is still ex. disirous to obtain a minister, and tending; the prospect of success it rogid much promote the cause still brightening; but during the if they could be furnished with present journey I have found it Ome. They would du what they necessary to confine myself on seuld for his support, and treat Sundays to those places where we.
have congregations already, as fear of death. 37. Suffering, fatheir present circumstances de theily chastisement from the divine manded this attention.
hand. 38. Christian liberty. 39. The following are the subjects Christian communion. 40, Chris. on which I preached during this lian zeal. 41. Heresy, with a journey :
plain exposure of our religious 1. T'he Unity of God. 2. The sentimenis. justice of God. 3. The love of The annual sermon which I God. 4. The paternal govern. preached on behalf of the Scotch ment of God. 5. The knowlexige Unitarian Fund, had an introducof the only true God, and that tion on ihe nature of heresy, and Jesus whom he sent is the Christ, consisted of three parts, the foundation of eternal life. 6. 1. A statement of what we are. The mercy of God. 7. The hu. 2. Of ile objects we have in view'; manity of Christ. 8. The Son of and 3. Of the means by which Man the Christ, the Son of the we seek to attain them. living God. 9. The doctrine of The following are the places atonement. 10. Sacrifices. 11. preached at during this journey Jesus the Níediator of the New which had not been previously Covenant, 12. Love to Christ, visited by an Unixurian missionary. 13. What is mcant by Goil being 1. New Town of Wishuu. 2. Stru. in Christ. 14. Glorying in the huren. 3. Renfrew. 4. The cross of Christ. 15. The living Brigg of Johnston. 5. Blackford. God the Saviour of all men. 16. 6. Kirkealdie. Indeed I had been Universal restoration. 17. The once before at Blackford, but had Father greater than the Son, then no opportunity of preaching. Christ one with the Father, and The retrospect of this journey Christ and Christians one. 18. The gives me much satisfaction: every love of God in making Christ a where I found our brethren ready propitiation for sins. 19. Christ to second my efforts to promote sent to bless mankind in turning the cause of truth and riglitcoils. them from their iniquities. 20. ness, and found among them much Eternal life the principal subject hospitality and unceremonious of the gospel. 21. Future judg. friendship. Their Christian simment. 22. The future state of plicity, progress in knowledge, brothe righteous. 23. Future pun. therly afiction and scal, remperishment. 24. The Spirit, and ed with charity, much delighted being lead by the Spirit of God. me. May the blessings of divine 25. Original sin. 26. Repent. providence attend them, and all ance. 27. The justification of ine the consolations of the gospel be Heathen through faith. 28. The ever with them! insufficiency of faith without works. The cause of truth and liberali29. Isaiah ix. 6, 7. 30. Christ ty has certainly maile considera. the first born of every creature. ble progress in Scotland, since I
31. God no respecter of persons, was there before. The concep. 32. The doctrine of election. tions which I then formed of the
33. Being born of God. 34. The people, and of the country, as a .
imitatiou of Christ. 35. Prayer. favourable soil for the spread of . 36. The cause and cure of the Unitarianism, are more deeply
fixed, and I am more fully satis. practical principles of the gospel.' fied of their correciness by what It was with the view of embracing I have seen and heard during this all such persons that the general last journey. Fully am I con. term “ Christian” was applied to vinced that our attention ought to it, rather than any other of more he steadily directed towards North, restricted signification, which might Britain; among different parties appear to pledge the members to there is some stir about opinions, the peculiar tenets of some one and a variety of circumstances sect or party, which are operating to produce by a reference to the tracts almore of the spirit of free enquiry ready published, now Fifteen in and Christian liberality. The number, it will be seen that the work is undoubtedly great, and principle which led to the choice the difficulties many; but they of the title, has uniformly been ad. must give way before persevering hered to in the books of the socic. efforts, if well-directed. Perhaps, ty,-no doctrinal topics having no where are we more secure of been admitted, except in a very the ground we gain than in the few instances, wherein some tenet North, owing to the more steady may have been brought forward habits of the people. May God for reprobation on account of its crown with success our efforts for obvious tendency to sap the foun. his glory!
dation of Christian morality. To'
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