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good impression of the plan, to the Bull Inn in this city. It was most nu. parents of the children He was as well. merously attended Robert Owen, received, and as well attended to, as Esq. ot New Lanark, was in the chair. could be wished; and some of the The whole room exhibited an assemstatements he gave made the good old blage, which was a fair specimen of King shine in the eyes of his subjects, the feelings of the respectable citizens as the patron of education and friend of of Glasgow, to this benevolent traveller, the poor. The instant the lecture was and of their zeal in the cause to which over, he set off by the mail to Edinburgh, he is devoted Previous to the dinner, in order to make his arrangements in a general meeting was h ld, to hear person, for a leclure there, and found several resolutions read, and to pass a general meet.ng of the committee of some additional ones. . the Lancasterian school in that place. The gentlemen belonging to the had appointed a public dinner at Oman's school in the Gorbals, had submitted hotel," !o welcome his arrival. Here a proposition, for uniting the schools he was received with an urbanity and under one committee, and making them atcent on, which we hope will always one concern This harmonious propocontinue to do honour to the magis- sition was brought forward and adopted trates, clergy and gentry of that city, as with deligh:. The Lancasterian schools well as to the enlightened head and in this city are now united : and as we members of its liberal university. They are not á divided people, our fellowpaid the highest honours to his Royal citizens will not fail to be pleased with Highness the Duke of Kent, for the this concentration of energies, and unity example he had set to the army, in in- of interests. troducing the Lancasterian system into A proposition for the extension of the Scots Royals, near three years ago, the views of the society beyond Glaswith unrivalled success and economy; gow, was also agred to, and now it an example, as well known to all the becomes-" The Glasgow and West of Royal Family, as it is to this nation; Scotland Lancasterian School Society." where such benevolence in a prince will Its purposes are, by a distinct fund, to never fail to meet the most cheering re- promote the spread of the system oier ception from an affectionate and loyal the districts, wherever there may be a people. Having completed his arrange. disposition to receive it: to carry its ments for lecturing in Edinburgh, he energies and benefits, by the operation again returned hither, to lecture in the of a general fund, home to the doors of theatre, where he again met a cheerful those who otherwise might desire its auditory, who gave him a most hearty benefits, and feel the need of them, in welcome.
vain; not to innovate upon our truly The master of the Calton school ap- respectable establishments, but to add to peared on the stage, with a detachment their energies; considering their consti. of fine little fellows, who illustrated tution as sacred, but willing to render part of the plan by their evolutions. Service to all populous places where The lad who attended them and gave there are not adequate means of educathe commands, is one of Mr. Lancaster's tion adapted to the number of people ; apprentices from London, an orphan, and to render every service to existing who has been five years with Mr. Lan institutions, which they may be precaster, and, thuugh only fourteen pared, and cheir conductors may be disyears of age, has organized several posed to receive : and this from a fund schools on his system, and contributed which will certainly afford the means of most materially to their success and accomplishing a great good at the whose services in the Calton school will smallest expense. . not soon be forgotten. The lecture was The good the Committee will be enreceived with marked attention and abled to do will be practical, and by approbation, and though the recent means of persons well experienced in fatig es ot Mr. Lancaster, at one time the plan. We are happy, that the Cal. seemed to overpo. er him, yet he re. con School is already in so flourishing a sumed, and went on, with unbroken state, as to promise high perfection in a spirit, to the end of a long and very in- short time, and afford a good model of teresting lecture.
the system, Nor must we forget the Wednesday, a public dinner was merits of a schoolmaster in another given in the great room of the Black school of the Society's, where much
good is done, but under very disadvan- amends, a Jew had been as forward in tageous circunstances, from bad acçom- gratitude as they had been rem ss The modations. We hope this inconvenience sentiments of that liberal and enlightened will soon be removed, by the erection of Jew he would now recite but he a new School house, which has long must first observe, that the Royal Highbeen in contemplation, and which now landers, the Marquis of Huntley's regi. appears in a fair train for accomplish- ment, were had in high honour in the ment. The harmony and energy among country from which he had jast come, Lancasterian Schools in this city are an Ireland. During the rebellion in that happy bond of brotherhood; and the country, the sold ery were allowed to prospect of the education of every child live at free quarjers; and, under martial in it, and of the extension of the same law, rapine and violence might hold benci ts to every d.strict where there their lawless sway: but those enlightmay be a disposit on to welcome them, ened, educated soldiers had the Bible in if found necessary, is indeed one of those their hearts and knowledge in their heart-animating prospects, on which heads; the power of violence was réthe nind cannot but dwell wiih delight. strained by the force of principle, asso
We are pleased to see, that, in the ciated with knowledge : and they would resolutions, the patrons of Mr. Lancas- not even take a drink of butter-mick without ter and his system are not forgotten; paying for it. If war had put a sword and we are persuaded the country at into the hands of these brave fellows, large, will unite in honouring those knowledge had put a shield, and with that royal and noble namen who have evinced the oppressions of civil war had been their patriotism, in patronizing a system, restrained, and the head of the wretched which will bring the light of knowledge and forlorn man protected from the iron (the handm: id of the Christian religion, hand of violence. He then recited the and the blessings of the Bible, into the verses., dwelling of every humble cottager in The Despot's rule must be o'er darken'd the empire
men We have had the pleasure of mention. The tyger's home, the darkness of a ing the di ner and is respectable atien
den; dance --We now report, with equal But where true FREEDOM lives, no satisfact on, some of the occurrences of fear she knows, the evening.
To make man learn the blessing she When the Chairm n gave the health of the Duke of Kept, Mr. Lancaster made a statement, not as acknowledge
The enlighrend Kent, excited at her ing any toast, (wbich the strictness of
shrine, the religions opinions of the Society of
Spreads quick instruction through each Frends, to which he belongs, forbids in
martial line; any case,) but by way of information.
That every soldier, civiliz'd and free, He stated, that the King hiniself, at
May nobly shirld our land of liberty. tended by his consort and princesses,
(Universal approbation.) among whom was the amiable Amelia !) The Chairman, in concluding his introduced him to the Duke of Kent, address, stated, that it was not consistwho jo.ned a subscription set forward ent with the principles of the Society of by his royal father. That the Duke Friends, or Quakers, to join in toasts; then visited his scholars, not in the state and therefore he proposed that the com. of a prince of the blood, but as a private pany should express their gratitude to gentleman, to acquaint himself with the Mr. Lancaster by acclamation, instead merits of the plan, by minute enquiry of the customary compliment of drinkand personal inspection. That he then ing his health, which was done loudly introduced it into the Royals, and this and standing. Mr. Lancaster, evidently near three years ago, as an example to under a strong grateful feeling of sensiall the regiments of the line. He had bility, rose to make his acknowledgment. educated near 1,000 children and young He observed, that members of his resoldiers in that regiment. And yet, ligious society were tenacious of their though he had this exalted merit, there principles, for the sake of integriig in were some, who called themselves Chris- religion, and regard to youth. On many tians, who would not give him the hon occasions, it was hard for them to shut our which was his due: but to make themselves out from meetings conducive
to the purposes of universal henevolence: R. Davis; at which ffieen ministers many of them might be unused to pub- were present. Mr. William Johns introlic speaking, and find it difficult to ex- duc d the service, and Mr Robert Stieplain why they acknowledged the civi. thurst preached from Acts x, 34, 35. lity, and abstained from acknowledging Mr J Grundy preached to a nunierous the compliment with which it was so audience in the evening. Ar arr-ngeassociated. They never imposed their ment was formed by some of he minisprinciples upon others, and were very ters present, for supplying Con leton for thankful for the enjoyment of them to a limited time. The numbe. of pentiethemselves. It was truly relieving to his men who dined with the ministers, amind, to have this social mark of kind mounted to more than forty. attention offered in a way which was
W.J. so unexceptionable. He could return his grateful acknowledgments for the
Unitarian tund. kindness shewn hini, without expla
We have the pleasure of reporting the nation : and he would conclude with Annual Meeting of the above society, repeating the gratifying relief it afford- which took place on Wednesday, the ed to his mind. Engaged in a public 20th instant. In no particular did it pursuit, public company was often a fall in pleasantness, and, it is hoped, in duly; but this marked attention to he usefulness, below the preceding annireligious scruples of the society of which versaries: in some. it exceeded them he was a member, was to him the high- ali; but as we have been so full in our est indulgence he had ever met with ; account of the meeting in former years and he was highly gratified that this in- we shall content ourselves with a brief dulgence should have been shewn a- account. mong an educated people, where know. The religious services of the day were ledge had long taken root, and produced conducted as usual in the chapel, l'arthe action and re-action of cultivated liament Court, Artillery Lane, Bi hopsintellect, to improve its own powers. gate Street. The Rev. T. Madge, of The relief to his mind was inexpressible. Norwich, introduced divine worship by He hoped that public urbanity would re- prayer and reading the .d. chap. of the member the example. He believed the Acis of the Apostles: the 2d prayer was friends of his own society would feel the offered up by the Rev. E. Butcher, of attention so paid to the free exercise of Sidmouth : and the Rev. W. Severn, of their religious freedom, even in what. Hull, preached the Se mon from 2 Cor. might be considered a minutia, as very ii. 17. For we are not as many which corgratifying; for bis own part, he should rupt the word of God, but as of sincerity, feel a great pleasure, when going into but as of God, in the sight of God speak public assemblies, to be able to come in, we in Christ. The preacher made some as a citizen of the world, as a friend of very iudicious observations upon the that cause which was so dear to tbe pre- word of God, distinguishing hetween the sent company, without having to explain word of God and the history of it, and
gious scruples and practices. He was word of Gol is corrupted, aby mngling truly obliged by the honour done him; with it subilc speculacions a id unauand still more by the kind condescension thorised dayınas, nd by not laying due apparent in the manner of doing it, for stiess upon its plain do, trines anu moral which he returned his thanks.
precepts. He next pointia out the The British and Foreign Bible Society course which it bukoves the professors, was drank with rapturous feeling, as and particularly the preachers of the were the friends of the Royal Lincaste- gospel to pursue in relation to their rian System in London, Dublin, and religious duties, shewing h the Apos. Edinburgh; and several sentimental tles and prin:itve Christians ere in toasts were given, independent of those Christ, and how the same character may which are merely customary.
belong to modern Christians Here he
was led to consider the present state of Manchester, April 30, 1812. Unitarianism, and she evertions of UniThe Quarterly meeting of Presbyte. tarians, confining himself particularly to rian ministers in this town and neigh- the society betore him. He pointed out bourhood, was held on Good-friday at several circunıstances in the times favourChowbent, at the chapel of the Rev. B. able to Unitarian efforts, and amongst VOL, VII,
them the detachment of men's minds The following gentlemen were chom from the habiliments, buildings, and sen into office for the year ensuing; ceremonies, &c. of the established re. viz. I'gion, by means of the popular sects, John Christie, Esq. Treasurer. whom he consider d as the forerunners Rev Robert Asplaud, Secretary, of the preaches of the unadulerated Mr. George Cooper, gospel, and of whom he predicted, that - David Eaton, as they acquired more knowledge they John Grice, , would be more disposed to free inquiry, — William Hall, I Committee. more candil, and more likely to em. -- Samuel Hart, brace the truth as it is in Jesus. The Robert Stevens, wlole was concluded by an earnest and Rev. William Vidler, pathetic invocation of the blessing of William Frend, Esq. Laudita herven.
· Lawrence Rowe, Esq. The congregation was numerous, and The tbanks of the society were a large proportion of it stayed to hear
voted to the Rev. W. Severn for his the lieport of the Committee.
sermon; to the Rev. E. Butcher, the In the mecting of the society for busi
preacher elect; to the Rev, R. Wright ne s, Thons Hardy, Esq. of Wal
and the other missionaries; and to the worth was in the chair.
several gentlemen who had served in · The Treasurer made his report of the
office the past year. A vote of thanks state of the inances, by which it ap
also passed to the Rev. T. Rees, for peared that the expenditure of the last
the assistance which he has uniformly yer had considerably exceeded the in
rendered the Sacretary, in conducting come owirg to the several extended
the Welsh correspundence, The promissions undertaken during this period :
ceedings of the mee ing were marked the balance in the Treasurer s hands, and
by unanimity, and closed about four the property vested in Exchequer Lills,
o'clock by resolutions thanking the amounts, we are sorry to say, to little
Chairman, and the minister and mamore than 4.01, though we are better
nagers of the chapel. The subscribers pleased that the funds should be now
and their friends then adjourned to emploved, as far as the occasion calls
the London Tavern, to a dinner profor them, than that they should le area. vide
vided by the stewards and committee, sured up for tuture imergencies which
"on the usual economical plan. may never arise or which may find the
At the dinner, a larger company society less di posed to active exertion.
was assembled than on any preceding The Report of the Committee was
occasion. Preparation had been made next read, embracing a great variety of to
for 250 persons in the great room ; topics, ir occup.ed an hour and a half
but the influx of visitors was so great in the heading. As we shall probably
that it was found necessary to lay a be favoured in an early number with
table in an adjoining room; the guests the substance of it, we shall not now
here afterwards joined the larger party,
i attempt an abridgment. It was receive
inaking the company to consist of uped by the meeting, and ordered to be
wards of two hundred and seventy published at the discretion of the Com
persons, who by the arrangements mittee. line of the princ pal features
and activity of the stewards were all o it was the history of the nse of the comfortably accommodated, Unitarian congregation at Reading, Johu Towill Rutt, Esq. was chosen and the socieiy resolsed that they cor into the chair, which he had filled at dially approved the proceedings of the the
the first annual dinner, and which he Conimittee in the particular, and that had one they would second, according to their the Committee to occupy again.
had on this occasion been solicited by
To ability, the exertions of their breihren ;
him the meeting was indebted for its in that place. They also voted the sum of Tweniy Pounds towards the Unitarian
spirit and barmony, and useful bear. church now eructing at Glasgow. It
ing upon the objects of the society.
The following were some of the senwas further resolved that every gen- timents delivered froin the chair. tleman preaching the annual sermon
The King; may his wish be accomplishshould be, in virtue of his services, an ed, that every child in the British empire honorary member of the society; this should be enabled to read the Bible. This rule to be retrospective,
was prefaced by the remark that in the present circumstances of the per- was heard with marked attertion by sonage refcrred to, it would have been the meeting. perlaps most respectful to him to The Treasurer, John Christie, Esg. have forborne introducing his name wlio gave a very interesting represeninto public; unless indeed the King's tation of the plan and objects of the patronage of Joseph Lancaster had institution, followed by an urgent reconferred upon him such an bonour. commendation of its support. able distinction as no adversity couldM r. Frend, and the Unitarian Academy; render worthless.
which gave occasion to Mr. F. to The cause of civil and religious liberty explain the plan and present state of all the world nyer
this institution. The mames of several The Unitarian Fund.
subscribers were in consentitice given May the wisdom of the legislature no to the T.easurer of the Fund, who is longer suffer the Toleration Act to be also Treasurer of the Academy “ abominably intolerant.' This was in Mr. Severn next proposed the foltroduced with an explanation of the lowing, after sume pertinent and wording of it: the phrase within com- interesting introductory observations : mas was stated to have been used by The Unitarians of Transylvania, and a Lord Sidmouth, in his speech on the speedy communication between them and rejection of his celebrated aud unfor. their British brethren. lu giving it, the tunate (though perhaps not ill-intend. chairman stated that he believed the ed) bill; and it was understood that intercourse which was deeined so de. the phrase bad been privately ex- sirable was about to be opened, plained by the noble speaker in re- through a channel lately discovered. ference to the Unitarians. Some ju. We can add only the names of the dicious and impressive observations gentlemen, in order, who afterwards were made on the general subject of addressed the meeting : Mr. Hardy, the Toleration Act, and of religious who proposed to the chair, Success to liberty.
the Monthly Repository: the Secretary, The Rev, IV. Severn, the preacher, who on his healthi' beng given : the Rev. returned thanks in a very animated W. Vidler, whose name was given, in strain.
connection with a wish for the prosThe Missionaries of the Unitarian Fund: perity of the cause at Reading: the may they go forth bearing precious seed, Rev. E Butcher, the preacher elect: and the harvest be abundant. On this, Mr. Eaton, for the Committee : Mr. Messrs. Wright and Bennett addressed Stuịch, on proposing the health of the company.
the Chairnian, which was recived The memory of Priestley, Lindsey and with unusual demonstrations of re. Wakefield. This toast, received with spect: Mr. Thomas Foster, in con. silence by the company, was prefaced nection with the book societies : the by some feeling observations. The Rev. T. Rees, as Secretary of the chairman repeated one remark made Christian Tract Society, and Mr. by Mi. Sturch (who now sat on his Hennell, on be alf of the Stewards. left hand) when he filled the same As the company was more numerous chair; pamely, that we ought rather than on any former occasion, so it to rejoice that such men lived, than contained, we are happy to say, a to lament that they died.
greater number than we had before The Rev. Mr. Lyons, and the Unitarian seen of country ministers and brecause in Scotland. Mr. L. stated, in thren. returning thanks, which he did with We have but one remark to make much warmth of feeling, that he con. in concluding our brief report; aamely, sidered the Society's the most honour- that the pleasautness of twe meeting is able and important work to which a pledge of its utility, and that the the powers of the human mind could growing interest which the successive possibly be directed, that be gloried in the object of the institution, which . A geueral meeting of the sub. was no other than the promotion of scribers and Friends to the Unitariana human happiness; and that he felt Academy was held, agrceably to adda a growing conviction that this object virtisement, the next day : the result was practicable and attainable by the of the meeting will, we expect, soon means within our reach, This speech appear on our pages.