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discourses, and proposed a practical im- lages. Fifteen ministers were present, provement of the whole, by explaining and a most repectable and attentive auand inculcating the religious regards due ditory. . The morning service was intro. to Jesus Christ, on the ground of his cha- duced by the Rev. Joseph Hunter, of racter and offices; previously observing Bath, who offered up the introductory that they rise from the Divine commis- prayer, and read the 121st Psalm, and sion under which he acted, and terminated the 2nd chapter of the Acts of the Apos. in the glory and honour of God the Fa. tles. The general prayer was given by ther, from whom he received all his the Rev, Mchael Maurice, of Lowestoffe, powers, and whose counsels of love and in Suffolk, and the Rev, Robert Asp'and, grace he executed. These religious re- of Hackney, delivered a discourse upon gards were stared to consist in obedience that great Protestant principle, “the to his precepts, in the imitation of his right of private judgment in religious example, in che ishing sentiments of love matters ;" clearly shoxing, that the fulland gratitude towards him, in an attach- est liberty of thinking, speaking and ment to his cause and zeal in promoting writing ought to be allowed, not only it, in a prevailing view to him, as the to the various sects of Christians, but minister of the divine mercy, in all the also to sceptics, and even to the opposers acts of religious worship, and in enter- of the Christian faith : the text was Rotairing the e pecta ion of his second mins xiv. 5. “Let every man be fully coming The venerable Dr's. attractive persuaded in his own mind." The hymns simplicity, and truly Christian and de. were read by the Rev. Thomas Madge, votional strains through the whole of of Norwich. After the morning service his discourse, especially towards the the Society met for business. The Rev. close of it, excited great interest in the Edmund Butcher, of Sidmouth, was callaudience, if the writer may judge from ed to the chair: the minutes of the meethis own feelings, and the fixed atten. ing held at Exeter, the preceding year. tion of all around him. Thus the con. were read by the Secretary, the Rev. clusion of this Anniversary was highly John Rowe, of Bristol, and confirmed: pleasing, for, as strongly expressed by - other business was then transacted :one of his hearers, the good Dr. “ in- the meeting for next year appointed to troduced us to heaven."
be held at Taunton, and the Rev. Joseph After the morning service the business Hunter fixed upon as the preacher : of the Society was transacied, and there More than twenty new members were was an addition of several new members. admitted, and together with the old The ministers and members dined to. members who were present, and some gether, and the afternoon was spent in visiting friends, par ook of an economical agreeable conversation on the general dinner. Fifty five persons sat down to interests of religion. Dr. Toulmin, not table, and afier the cloth was removed, without emotion, gave a short history a great deal of interesting conversation, of the rise and progress of Unitarian relative to the objects and plan of the SoTract Societies, which are now so ex- ciety took place; several useful hints tensively established ; and the account were thrown out, and much future good was received with marked attention and may be expected from the exertions that pleasure by the company.
will be made, if they, in any tolerable Evesham, June 19th, 1812. degree, correspond with the ardour and
unanimity with which all present ap
peared to be animated. Annual Meeting of the IV'estern In the evening service the Rev. Robert * Unitarian Book Society.
Aspland prayed ; the hymns were given
out by the Rev. Henry Davies, of TaunThe Annual Meeting of the WESTERN ton, and the Rev. Thomas Madge deliUNITARÍAN Society " for the diffua vered a truly scriptural illustration of sion of Christian Knowledge, by the ais. the words of the Apostle Paul, which tribition of Books," was held on Wed- occur in the Epistle to the Ephesians, ii. Desday, June 17th, ac Bridport in Dor. 8, 9. “ For by grace are ye saved, setshire, in the chapel of the Rev. Tho- through faith; and that not of yournas Howe, Notwithstanding the showery selves: it is the gift of God, not of works, state of the weather, many friends to lest any man should brast." The main this important and good cause, assembled object of this discourse was, to show that from the neighbouring towns and vibe the human race, chough holineas is iRVOL. VII.
dispensably necessary as a qualification Matthew xix. 17, on the goodness of for happiness, are indebted for salvation, God, not to the “ merits of Christ," a phrasé It having been reported to the Society, no where to be found in scripture, nor that the Unitarian cause, at Brighton, to any other merits, but solely to the free was apparently flourishing, and that a mercy or favour of Almighty God. This place had recently been purchased by its service, as well as the preceding, was patrons, in which to perform public well attended. Christian unanimity, worship; it was agreed that the next charity and cheerfulness pervaded the general meeting of the society should be whole of this happy day, and the friends holden at that place, when the Rev. J. of pure, uncorrupted, scriprural Christi. W. Fox is expected to preach. anity may congratulate themselves upon The members of the Society were the encreasing success of their labours, gratified in finding that whilst from the
The following evening, Jude 18, at a changes incident to human affairs, some lecture, the Rev. Samuel Fawcett, of names were obliged to be erased from Yeovil, conducted the devotional part of the list of subscribers, new members the service, and the Rev. Robert Aspland were obtained to fill the vacant places. addressed a considerable auditory from A present of books was voted to the that part of Paul's speech before Felix, Unitarian Fund, and to the Welch Uniwhich is found Acts xxiv, 15, 16 “And tarian Society. have hope towards God, that there After dinner the following toasts, shall be a resurrection of the dead, both among others, were drank:of the just and unjust; and herein do I Joseph Lancaster, whom the Chairman exercise myself, to have always a consci- described as an able coadjutor in the ence void of offence toward God, and cause of truth, as the more knowlege toward men.” In meetings like these, is diffused, the more must truth prevail. attended from proper motives, and con- The York Academy was proposed by ducted in a truly liberal and candid W. Cooke, Esq. as a seminary which spirit, the social nature of Christianity had produced many able and enlightened is exemplified, the power of religious defenders of true Christianity. principles invigorated, the bond of affec- The Secretary, adverting to a custom tion between all sincere enquirers after which formerly prevailed in the Society, truth, rendered more firm, and that of drinking, in silence, the memory of “refreshment from the presence of the Dr. Priestley, suggested the propriety of Lord" experienced, which is the solace classing with it the names of li'ekekeld and joy of the devout soul. May these and Lindsey. He considered these three “ fruits of the spirit” be multiplied in men were ncarly equal in talent : equally our churches, and more and more acted ready to brave the storms of adversity, upon in the lives of individual profes- in defence of what they decmed the sors ! !
truth, and of having equally contributed to the support and spread of the Unita
rian cause. Southern Unitarian Society.
And in rising to return
thanks, when his health was drank, he The Anniversary Meeting of the took occasion to press upon the company SOUTHERN UNITARIAN SOCIETY, the necessity of adding exertions to took place at Chichester, on the first of wishes, for the furtherance of the object
for which the Society had then met: The morning and evening services and particularly insisted on the useful were well attended; the former was tendency of the MONTHLY REPOSIopened by the Rev. J. W. Morris, after TORY. He characterised this publicawhich, the Rev. W. Hughes delivered tion as the only work devoted to the an excellent discourse from John i. 18, Unitarian doctrine, as the only one open from which words he took occasion to to free enquiry, and of course not only shew, that the ascription of the titles and worthy of support, but that it would attributes of Deity to Christ, formed no be a dishonour to the friends of civil ground for the belief that he was a Di. and religious liberty if it were not exvine Being. Asithe sermon will prob- tensively supported, and concluded by ably be printed, it is not here necessary giving as a toast, The Monthly Repository. to enlarge upon its design. In the even and may it receive such support from ing the Rev. R. Scott began the service, the friends of free enquiry, and particu. and the Rev. R. Wright preached, from larly from Unitarians, as shall affon
ample satisfaction to the Editor, and re- to specify, where the whole was so creflect honour upon themselves.
ditable, it might be said that the students of the fourth year afforded particular sa
tisfaction, by the clear and unembara Manchester New College, removed rassed manner in which they went to York.
through their long examination on the
sources and rules of Biblical Criticism, On Wednesday and Thursday, the and the practical exemplifications which 24th and 25th of June, the Annual Ex- they gave of each, out of the several amination was held in the presence of books of the Old Testament, with the Samuel Shore, Esq. Samuel Shore, jun. original language and contents of which Esq. President, Robert Driffield, George they shewed themselves to have attained Strutt, T. B. W. Sanderson, Samuel a degree of acquaintance, which could Philips, Esqrs. Messrs. Robert Kay, scarcely have been expected at so early George Hampson, G. W. Wood, Trea. a period; but which afforded a pleasing surer, and T. H, Robinson, Secretary, earnest of their being well-prepared for and the Rev. Messrs. Astley, Davies, entering on the study of the more perfect Dean, Hawkes, Higginson, Kentish, dispensation of the gospel in the ensuing Lee, Roberds, Severn, Yates and Tur- session. ner, Visitor; who were, throughout the The examination closed, as usual, with whole, highly gratified with the profi- an address from the Visitor, which, at ciency made by the students under the the request of the gentlemen present, is able direction of their tutors. The ex- sent for insertion in the Monthly Reposiamination commenced each day at nine, tory, and continued, with a short intermission « Gentlemen, I now come to disfor refreshment, tili half past five : the charge my part, which I am happy to several classes being carefully led through say continues ito be to myself a highly the subjects which had come before them pleasing part of this day's business. In in the course of their studies, during the ihe name of this assembly I congratupreceding session, by a series of questions late your tutors, as well as yourselves on concerning the nature of which they had the result of this long and satisfactory not the slightest previous information ; examinacion. We, each of us, have it and by the reading of passages, chosen now in our power to attest to our seveat the moment, from the Greek and ral friends the excellent state of this Roman classics, and from the originals institution; for students who are able of the several books composing the sacred to give so good an account of the course volumes: the whole interspersed with of study in which they have been orations, critical discourses and sermons, engaged, and to cxhibit such pleasby all the students, except those in their ing specimens of their talents for comfirst year, on subjects chosen by them. position, on subjects connected with it, selves, and none of them corrected, or must have been very carefully instructed: even seen, by any of their tutors, pre- and it is a high satisfaction that we can vious to their delivery". - If it were fair carry with us the further report, that its
discipline continues to be no less com.
mendable than its proficiency.-If this * Mr. Wallace, on the different Effects should have been promoted, in any deof Arguments on the Judgment, as a
5. gree, by the more collegiate form
in Ground of Candour, and mutual For.
which you have this year resided, it will bearance; Mr. Howse, on the Character
be a gratifying circumstance to those of Richlieu, Ms. Holland, an Examination of Hume's Essay on Miracles ; Mr. Brettell, on the Divine Authority of of Christ; Mr. Lewis, on the Evidences Moses ; Mr. Strutt, on the Advantages of of the Resurrection of Christ : Mr. Man the Study of Natural History; Mr. Cook, ley, a Sermon on Christian Union, from on Liberty of Conscience; Mr. Bakewell, John xvii: 20, 21. Mr. George Kenrick, on the Causes which tended to infuse a on the Christian Sabbath, from Gen. ii. Spirit of Freedom in the British Consti- 2, 3, Mr. Henry Turner, on the Sanc tution, and an opposite Spirit into that of tions of the Mosaic Law, from Exod. France; Mr. Ashton, on the Destruc- xix. 3-8. and Mr. Hutton on the Duty tion of the Canaanitesi Mr. Sanderson, and Benefit of Searching the Scriptures, on the State of the World at the Coming from John v. 39.
who have, in so handsome a manner, youth might properly be led to those effected the purchase of the academical studics which might fit them for civil buildings, and may stimulate otheis life. In addition to the rudiments of to contribite their aid towards the liqui. the dead languages, and the elements of dition of the debt which yet remains maihematical science, history, ethics upon them. In the mean time it has and jurisprudence, the maxims of politie created a plcasing dificulty with regard cal economiy, the useful application of to the adjudication of the prizes; the natural history and philosophy, to agrireport of good and orderly conduct, have culture, the arts and manufactures, these, ing becn found so general, that in this with various other subjects of ouvious respect, for want of prizes for you all, use and importance, began to be intro. we must request that you will accept in ducud, particularly into that semina y of general our testin.ony of high approba- wasich several of us entertain a giateful tion ; which will operate as an effectual recollection, and of which this is the encouragement to your perseverance. direct successor, by that excellent person* As a select.on, however, must be made, who has thrown light on almost every I am commissioned to deli: er the first subject of human enquiry, but who has, prize for diligence, regularity and pro- more especially, contributed to free from ficiency to Mr. Samuel Robinson, of corruption the important doctrines oi the Woodlands near Manchester, the second Christian revelation: and his example to Mr. Benjamin Mardon, of Exeter, and has been followed, more or less, by to present a testimony of approbation, several of our Universities. equal in value to the third prize, to each « You, my young friends, have been enof the three tollowing gentlemen - Mr. joying, in these respects, such advantages Lewis, of South Wales, Mr. Holland, of as this institucion could afford you; and Manchester, and Mr. Smith, of Weste your improvement of them we have had minster. The eminer ce of the two a satisfactory opportunity of witnessing. latter, in their respective pursuits, may Those of you ho retuin to us will leseem to have entitled them to a higher turn. I persuade myself. with a full de. prize ; but their superior attainments, termination to avail yourselves of the previous to their entrance into this in- further opportunities which it will be stitution, though greatly to their credit, in our power to offer. Those of you and carrying in itself its own reward, who leave us will persevere, I trust, in were not to Le taken into consideration, those habits and courses of study which i calculating the proficiency of the pre. you have here begun, so far as your resent year.
spective circum tances will adnit. For " It has been usual, on these occasions, I hope you will keep it always in mind, to address a few words of adv ce to our that you will still continue to have much young friends who are to leave us ; par- to lern, beyond what your tutors bave ticularly to those who are entring on here bech able to teach you. You will the in.portant office of public religious remember, that “ schools and colleges in: tructors. As none of this class are are not the only places of education't expected this year to dissolve their con. You will find the world itself to be the nection with the College, I wish to take greatest theatre of instruction; and you the opportunity of addressing a few will continue to learn by acting in it. If words more pa ticularly to those young we have only succeeded in inspiring you gentlemen, who are de igned for some with a love of truth, and the sense of or other vi the departments of civil and virtue and public spirit, you will be active life. It is a great advantage, my " ready to every good work," as you young friends, which you possess, over shall be called to it. You will discharge your predecessors in former ages, that the relative and social duties, as mcmyou have the opportunity of a much bers of families and of civil society, and, more enlarged and liberal education, at the same time, you will not forget Formerly none but the clergy, or, at that you are members of the larger 80most, the learned professions, were con- ciety of mankind, and should therefore sidered as having any occasion for learn- feel an interest in whatever respects truth ing, and if others offered themselves for instruction, they were obliged to submit to the plan of scholastic discipline, • Priestley on Education, p. 185-.. traced out for the former classes. But of 230. late it has been justly thought that + Priestley's Sermon at Hackney, p. 6. liberty or general happiness. You will others that general regard to virtue and probably have a vari ty of duties to per- religion, which is the best security for form: some of you will be called on to the well-being of society. act a part in commercial and civil life; " It has given us the hi hest pleasure some, perhaps, in a still more extended to observe, hat those of you who, on sphere. It is of great importance that this occasion, have exhibited specimens you should be quilihed to act your parts of your proficiency in comption, have, well: for in times so eventful as the in general, chosen such subjects as shew present, and those which follow are not that you have paid great attention to the Jikely to be less so,; a favourable issue of evidences of natural and revealed reli. things very greatly depends upon the gion; and to learn, that during your principles and conduct of those who are residerce here, you have duly and reto be the actors. If you herc imbie a spectfully attended the services both of Christianity of an colarzed and liberal tamily and public worship. We trust form, you will have an infallible guide that we may take ths for a suffi ient in evriy energency; having been duly security, that in the spirit with which instructed in its evidences, you will be your fellow student has so well pleaded in less danger of being laughed, or scoff- the cause of the Christian Sabbach, you ed, or persecuted out of it; having learn- will carry with you into the world those ed its genuine principles, you will be principles and habits which you have grateful for them, and steadily attached here been forming, and in this, and to them; you will securely depend upon every other instance, do honour to the the providence and government of such institucion in which you have been edua Being as it represents the Father of cated," mercies to be; you will be furnished The whole was concluded, as usual, with precepts ready for application to with a short devotional e er ise, and the every circumstance and event, with an Committee adjourned to dinner at tt example of spotless purity, invincible ridge's; where much interesting con. integriiy, and unliniied benevolence, versation took place on the business of and with motives beyond all others, ani- the two days -A min ster from one of mating you to an excellent and honoure the midland counties, who had now for able conduct.
the first time attended, expre sed a wish " But in order to maintain the proper that every congregation in ihe kingdom, influence of this most excellent gift of interested in the successful education of God upon your memory, let me re- ministers on enlared and iberal princicommend it to you to be particularly ples, vould send a deputy to the Annual careful that you continue to observe a Examination; he was convinced that regular attendance and devout behaviour nothing more would be ne dful to in. in regard to public worship. Your con- sure the effectual support of the institu. duct in this respect is of great impor- tion. Several additional applications tance, not only to yourselves, but to having been made for the admission society. It nay be thought that those of students on the foundation, and who are engaged in he service of the some apprehension having been exsanctuary are obliged in decency to re. pressed, that the inte.est on the debt spect its ordinances. But, as you have on the newly purchased buildings, tolately heard it ably and convincingly gether with the annual instalmei,ts for argued, the obligation is not confined to its gradual liquuation, inight cramp the then; it is for you also to “ search the exertions of ihe Commitiee in this way, scriptures," and profess i he truths which at a period when they were likely to be you tnd in them : and if you also shew so much called for, a conversation took by your conduct, that you consider place, on the very handsome conduct yourselves under an equal obligation to of several subscribers to the loa.l, and attend to the duties which they incul- the Secretary repor ed at the close of cate,by no means neglecting the in- the meeting, thai twelve gentlemen had strumental duties,--you will not only agreed to give up their respective suis secure your own happiness, but you will to the Permanent Fund, on condition of adorn the religion which you profess, an Address reing drawn up and circu. and the stations in life which you may lated among the friends of the institu. be called to fill; and you will contribute tion; which was immediately prepared most efectually to promote among accordingly, and ordered to be printed,