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lite attention which he has inva- would be transmitied by even the riably manifested to the repre. poorest congregations; and tiiat, sentations of their Committ e; and as by the report of the Treasurer, for his promise to bring forward the funds were consideratiy diminor to support an application to ished, the opulent congregations Parliament, for the purpose of would immediately make annual rendering legal the former practice collections, and rot punui proiec. under the Acts of Toleralion. tion to be wiinhela iron any de
VIII. That the harmonious and ficiency of prcuniary rescurce. active co-operation of the Metho. Resolutions were then adopted, dist Society, in the connection of expressive of the approbation of the late Rev. John Wesley, with the meeting, of the able and inielthe Committee, in their various ligent sertions of the Secretaries, exertions during the past year, en. of the zeal and attention of the titles them to the continued esteem Treasurer, and of the liberality of this meeting,
which the Chairman had displayed. The reverend gentlemen who And the meeting adjourned, aiter proposed the Resolutions, intro. an animated and impressive adduced them by several eloquent dress from the Rev. J. Cuckin, of addresses. They concurred in Halifax, in whici, after acknow. expressing their high satisfaction ledging with regret, the azathy at the proceedings which had been which pervaded his mind as to adopted by the Committee during this institution, he declared that the past year. They considered he had heard their labours with the formation of the society as a delight; that he considered their most providential event. They prosperity as essentially connected perceived that union and zeal with the progress of religion, that were most imperatively required the knowledge of their existence from all friends to toleration and and of their zeal ; would animate to evangelical truth, for that their him with confidence when exposed enemies being active, powerful and to persecution by village preache decided, their exertions to prevent ing, and that he most sincerely the progress of vital religion, and with all his heart wished them could only be defeated by similar God's speed. A wish in which and consentaneous efforts. They, the meeting, deeply affected, dehowever, lamented that many voutly and universally concurred. ministers were insensible to the importance of this institution. At the request of the Committee, which had already been proved to whose expendi ure has been unav idably be the firmest bulwark of their
great, we avail ourselves of this oppor
tunity to remind ministers that the anrights during the unprecedented nual subscrip.ions of their several constorins, by which, in the past year, gregations must be transmitted to Row they had been assailed, and they bert Steven, Esq. the Treasurer, No.
101, Upper Thames Street, London, expressed their hope, that as the bet
before the end of June, or that they will contribution towards the support discontinue to be members of the Soof the institution, positively re- ciety :--and also that any case, requiring quired, did not exceed 21. annually the advice or interposition of the Comfrom each congregation in from cach congregation in Eng.
Einm ittee, will experience immediate at
tention, if addressed to ei her of the land, and il, annually from each Secrctaries, T. Pellatt, Esq. Ironmoncongregation in Wales, those sums gers' Hall, or J. Wilks, Esq. Hoxton
Monday, March 30,1812, died, at Hack. I am waiting God's leave to die !" ney, where she had resided for some time After much suffering, she was at length on account of her health, Mrs. SUSAN. released, without a struggle or a groan. NAH TITFORD, wife of Mr. William How niuch ought we to extol the religion Titford, in the 6719 year of her age. She of Christ, in thus inspiring a hope full was interred at Worship Street; and on of immortality. And I wish to inipress Sunday, April 12, the Rev. J. Evans upon your minds, that the purity of her preached her funeral sermon to a crowded life and the peaceableness of her last house, from a passage left by the de- moments were the result of our conceased for the purpose, Psalm xxiii. 6. MON CHRISTIANITY, Infideli'y has Surely goodness and mercy, &c. Mr. E. no such triumphs. But some will tell concluded his sermon in the following you, that you must bclieve certain manner - Mrs. S. Tilford was born articles of faith, else you are out about the year 1746. The time of her of the pale of the Church, and can on birth is ascertained by a singular tradi- no account whatever be the subject of tionary circumstance, which has been salvation. Every man of sense, howhanded down in the family. She was a ever, must perceive, that the salvation child at the breast when her mother ran, of the New Testament is applicable to with others, to behold the Duke of Cum- all the human race who, by faith and berland marching with his army through repentance are disposed to partake of it. Shoreditch, to meet the rebels in Scot. There is nothing in the perfections of land, and this was done with every cir- the Supreme Being, nothing in the miscumstance of military pomp, to revive sion and offices of Jesus Christ, nothing the drooping spirits of our countrymen. in the ordinary means of grace and in This was a par icularly important event, the modes of religious worship to preas his defeat of the Pretender's troops at clude the final happiness of The great Culloden put an end to the rebellion, mass of mankind." Ot the deceased, I which had raged near a twelvemonth, shall only add, that her seriousness, her and finally established the present Bruns- love of reading the scriptures, her regard wick family on the throne of these to public worship, her liberality torealms. Mrs, T. was brought up reli- wards persons of different religious sengiously, and, at an early period of life, timents, her resignation to the will of became attached to the venerable John God amidst her manifold sufferings, and Wesley and his numerous followers. above all, her hope of a better world She continued in connection with this these were the glory and the ornament society to her dying day. Upon her mar- of her Christian profession. She was riage to a member, and, for some years pious without muroseness ; she venepast, a deacon of this church, she at. rated the scriptures, but put a reasontended, occasionally at least, with her able interpretation upon them; she was husband; but for these last twenty regular in her attendance upon public years, she has constantly joined with us worship, without a superstitious attachin the services of religious worship. She ment to it ; she was liberal towards inhad been long declining in her health : dividuals of opposite sentiments, without indeed ever since I had the pleasure of a criminalindifference towards her own; knowing her. Her constitution was submissive to the will of heaven in all broken, and she continued to live by a things, she, without any unmeaning triminute attention to those means which umph or affected raptures, proved herare most favourable to human existence. self a rational and steady expectant of a Latterly, the springs of life were sud- blessed immortality.” denly relaxed and her end rapidly approached, but that end was PEACE! Died, May 31st, 1812, WILLIAM Sometimes she expressed an impatience KINGSFORD, Esq. of Barton Mills, to be gone : the last time I ever saw her, near Canterbury, aged 63. He was a I reminded her of the dying declaration zealous Unitarian General Baptist, well of the great and good Dr, Isaac Watts known by a numerous and respectable 10 his inquiring and anxious friends circle of friends. By his death the Bap
tist cause loses one of its firmest advo- His character as a Christian is well cates. Having rerired from business known. He abounded in acts of libero for some years, and being much confined ality to ihe poor. He as circumspect by the rheun.auic gout, most of his time in his conduct, and e hibited in example was employed in desence of what he con- of ardent piety. Though his deafness sidered in be the truth. More than 20 prevented his hearing the minister in years ago, he poblished an Appeal to preaching or prayer, yet unles, illness ihe Scriptures on the Universality of he prevented he teadily attended public Love of od to Man supporting the worship, wishing by his cxan.ple to paidea, that the mission and Guspel of ironise an institution so much calculaled Chiist were (esign d for the redemprion to adyace the cause of Christianity. of all mankind. Or w! ich publication a In an illness preciding, and which seemed large number closely printed in octavo, of more to threaten his dissolution, than the nearly 40 p ges, were dis.ributed a- last attack of disorder, a gentlenian who mongit different religious societ es in visited him could not but o serve,-That the kingdom. Since which he has also in the dignity of his mind, he composure printed many smaller things on differ- of his heart, the resignation of his will ent ub ects, mostly, as well as his larger to the providence of God, and in the work, circulated gratis. He addressed cheerful sol d hope of a future state of several letters to the Rev. John Wesley. happiness, he never saw the power and on the subject of Baptism, occasioned by excellence of Christianity more fully exMr. Wesley's censure on the baptists, Crplified. So many concurring circumbecause when men were converted they stances of his life, made him a living directed them, as in primitive times, to the epistle of love and piety to all around, duty of baptism; upon which Mr. Wesley and the rem. mbrance of him will be said, they might as well tell them to cut deeply impressed on the minds of his their throats. At the time of his de- friends and relatives, who have to lament cease, he had in the press, and which that he is no more will soon be published, Center:ary Traces The following, being the preface to of the Baptists. .
his book of private accounts, will exhibit In early life he devoted himself to God the temper of his mind, and shew that by public baptism, and entered into he tabi'ually lived relying on the proviunion with the Society of General Bap- dence of God, and enjoying his mercies tists, meeting in the Black Friars, Can- with a thankful heart.-6. I acknowledge terbury. No one in that society was that all I have comes from God; more zealous than he was, in the cause it was he who caused my lies to fall in in which he had embarked. The minis pleasant places, and gave me a goodly ters he much encouraged in their labours, heritage ; and my desire is, that he will and for years was a liberal subscriber, be pleased to giie me grace to consider with his brothers, towards the support myself as a steward of his manifold of two or three ministers to preach mercies ; and enable me to use them to in the surrounding villages, which was his glory in promoting the general good done with considerable success. of my fellow Christians, my family and
He built several meeting-houses, one fellow-criatures." at Broadstairs one at Sielling, and ano. He was buried at West bere, where ther at Whit-table; and his friends have some of the family are interred. A reason to suppose, that he principally funeral sermon was preached, the Lord's defrayed the expence of another lately day following, at 'the chapel, Black erected in Suftoik.
Friars, Canterbury, by the Rev. James Particularly did he encourage the Gilchrist. The congregation was pu. young to be religious, and that by ex. merous and atentive, and the subject hortation, and by distribution of suitable appropriate to the decea ed, Mark the books. On Lord's day evenings he had perfect man, and behold the uprighi, fet a party at his house, for the purpose of the end of that man is peacc. engaging in social religious duties, adapted to inform the judgment and raise devout affections in the heari,
Lancasterian School, Dorsetshire. General Assembly of the General
Pool, Dorset, May 11, 1812. MR. EDITOR,
On Tuesday, May 19, 1812, the Geo It is with pleasure I perceive you no- neral Assembly of the General Baptists ticed in your valuable miscellany for i he was held at Worship Street. The Rev. last month, he meeting that took place J, Evans, as usual, introduced the serat Dorchester, on the 13th ult. for the vice by reading appropriate portions of avowed purpose of establishing a school scripture from the Old and New Testafor the educiion of the poor on the men, the Re Joseph Brent, of Godalthe Rev. Mir Bell's plan.
ming, prayed, and the Rev. James GilIt is a source of the hig'iest gratifica. chris, of Chatham, preached an excellent tion to me, that I have it now in my sermon, from the Lord's Prayer, which, power to acquaint you, sir, and through agreca ly to request, will be printed. the medium of your excellent work) all Among other resolutions that were friends who may feci in the least concern- made relative to the churches was, that ed for the welfare of he Lancasteriin « The nessengers, min sters and represystem of education, that the friends of sentatives of tac Geaeral Assembly of that high y commendable institution in General Baptiscs, met May 19, 1812, at this part, have by no means been back- Worsh p creet, retum heir best thanks ward in support of it ; for six weeks to the Committee of the late Meeting of have scarcely elapsed since a subscription the Ministers of the three Denominawas proposed, put in execution, and tions at Red Cross Street, (of which their (highly to the credi of the directors, a brother Evans was Chairman) for tbeir school opened. It opened on this day, Resolutions and their Petition to both with upwards of two hundred and fifty houses of Parliainent for the repeal of children, and the day, the month, and all penal stacu tes in matters of religion. year, will, I hope, belasting monu- The whole of their measures to secure ments of the liberal and generous spirit this important object has their cordial that have pervaded all ranks in this town approbation, and they wish them every and county.
success. The abolition of ALL penal The school is in its infancy ; but there statutes in matters of rel gion has ever. can be no doubt, that, in a litle time, lain near their hearts, and ihey hope ihe. the nu nber of children will be doubled, period is approaching when, without as the room is sufficiently capable of pains or penalty, there will be a diffusion containing four hundred at least; it is a of pure Christianity throughout the earth, spacious building, ninety-one feet by As an incorrect and even false representwenty five.
tarion of the meeting had gone abroad I am happy also in having it in my through the medium of the Evangelical power to say, our friends are not back- Magazine, Mr Evans, as Chairman, was ward in another part, At Blandford a induc d, at the request of some friends, school is forining, and will open in a to send forth a more accurate account, few weeks, at least, for two hundred which he respectfully inscribed to the children; and I hope and trust, in a lite Assembly. The ministers and a consi. . ile time, we shall be gratitied with in- derable number of friends, at the con. telligence of similar zeal having mani., clusion of the business of the Assembly,'. fested itself in most parts of this county. retired to the White Hart Tavern, Bis.
There has been no movement on the shopsgate Street, where they divel con part of Mr. B's friends since the late gether and spent the evening ith their meeting, and I think it very probable accustomed concord and harmony The no school will be attempted to be opened ful exercise of the right of private judo. in this town by them; indeed, so prompt ment in matters of religion, without in have our friends been in the execution curring either pains or penalty has been of their plans, that it would be a source the favourite princ ple of the Gen:RAL of infinite difficulty for his friends to BAPTlsts in every period of their hisestablish one.
V. tory, nor has the comparative smallacus
of their numbers nor the obloquy of an most harmony, and 'truc Christian unthinking multitude led them at any friendship and affection. time to be backward in the assertion of The devotional part of the service in it At the dinner, Mr. Evans, alluding the evening, was conducted by Mr Finch, to the meeting of the Ministers of the of Lynn, and Mr. Aspland preached three Denominations, at Red Cross Street, again. All the services were numerously declared, that he was not ashamed of attended. The writer of this article the glorious cause in which they were cannot close his report of this meeting, that day engaged, and did indeed deem without expressing his high pleasure his having presided on such an occa- in witnessing the increasing numbers, sion the most honourable event of his growing information and zeal of the
members of this Association. R. W.
Wisbeach, June 6, 1812. .
Annual Meeting of the Unitarian
NOTICE. Association, at Wisbeach.
Dr. Carpenter wishes, through the The Annual Meeting of the UNITARI,
medium of the Monthly Repository, to AN Association for CAMBRIDGESHIRE,
intorm a gentleman, who some months LINCOLNSHIRE and NORFOLK, took
ago, wrote him an anonymous letter, place at Wisbeach, on Thursday, the 4th
respecting Dr. Pye Sith's Discourse on instant. There was a public service on
the worship of Chr st, that he is printthe preceding evening.
ing a small tract, entitled Proof from On the Thursday morning the service
Scripture that the Father is the only true commenced with prayer and reading of
God, and the only proper olject of religious the scriptures by Mr. Platis, of Boston.
; worship; with some brief remarks, on Mr. Smallfield, of Hackney, delivered
the Rev. Dr. J. Pye Smith's Vindication the second prayer, and Mr. Aspland
of the Adoration of our Lord Jesus preached the Association Sermon. The Christ, and also on the Rey, D. Veysie's ministers and their friends dined together: Detence of bis Preservative against Unithe company was very respectable, con
tarianism.'-Dr. Carpenter has recently sisting of one hundred and one persons. After dinner a number of sentiments
published a discourse, entitled, ' A Brief
View of the chief Grounds of Dissent were given, and a number of animated from the Church of England, by Law speeches delivered
established.' Price 6d. The afternoon was spent with the ut- <S
MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS;
When our Saviour was hanging on the they are doing. If in the moments of cross, he was treated as an impostor by his sufferings he had been told, that in the priests and lawyers of his time, and future times the priests and lawyers, inreviled in the most opprobrious manner. stead of reviling him, would call down His agonies produced no effect on their the vengeance of the state on any man, merciless feelings, and they derided his who dared to treat him as an impostor, sufferings. In this situation our Lord what would have been the answer of afforded us an example of his own pre- the Saviour of mankind ? Would he cept, bless those who curse you, do have said, - My disciples, you must good to those who revile you, and per- bear patiently all the reproaches, that secute you:' and he prayed to his father are cast upon me and my religion. We ' forgive riem, for they know not what are few in the world. We must allow