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discourse so bold an assertion of great mass of people whom the religious liberty. This eminent preacher wishes to reclaim? The scholar seems to have a clear in. instructors of the Methodists unsight into the free constitution of derstand human nature better Christianity. He is equally the than their opponents: they adenemy of superstition and of in. dress the munitude by means of tolerance, and his principal object small, and often gratuitous, puba is the resistance of the inquisitori. lications and fainiliar externpore al spirit and oppressive tendency preaching; and waile the Church of Methodism. In his Notes, he of England and other rational sects declares himself an advocate for content them wives with well.writ. the Catholic claiins, subject to the ten volumes and decently-read serproposed Veto.
mons, they must ever wage au unThe publication will, no doubt, equal war. The people are the be extensively read and make con. prize for which all parties are siderable impresion, in the upper contending, but they will be won classes of society; but what chance by those only that make their suit has a five-shilling sermon, with to their plain understandings and learned notes, of reaching that unrefined affections.
Sonnet to Joseph Lancaster.
And true, which thou hast chosen, go, my friend,
The pampered curs that on thy steps attend,
Supported by the still small voice within,
And bade thee first thy glorious task begin.
Of a new dawn to hope and feeling dear.
Or curb the tide of knowledge thundering near?
J. B. A.
Extracls from Mr. Wright's Jour friends, but other persons disposed nal of his Missionary Tour in to ariond to the most free discussi. Scutland, 1812.
on of incological subjects. I was This Journey employed Mr. expected and desired to preach Wright 103 days, being commenc. much on conuoversial points, as ed June the 24th, and terminated many strangers would coine ese October the 4th : during which, pecting to hear such points stated he travelled about 1200 niles, and argued. On my arrival in and preached 74 times, besides Glasgow, I found tw.) societies, holding many meetings for con. and iwo places open for Unitarian ference on theological subjects. worship The one is the Trades' In going down, he preached once Hall, which is very large and ele. at Peterborough, and two Sundays gant. Our friends give 501. per at Chester, Mr. Lyons being absent annum for the use of it on Lord's on his Mission in Wales; and in re- Days only. In this I always turning, he preached once in York. preached on the Sunday. The He spent 80 days in Scotland, and other is Provan's Hall; in this 1 preached 68 times in that country. preached on week day evenings ; . The following is the account he it was not opened on the Lord's gives of the piaces he visited.. Day while I was there, nor has it
Lanerkshire. In this county been re-opened since I left. Both Unitarianism is making considera, the congregations attended the ble progress, and there is good same place during my stay; and reason to hope that the endeavours I hope their re-union will become of our friends to promote it, by perinanent, as they all think highthe circulation of books and the ly of, and are much attached to establishment of small libraries in Mr. J. Yates and his ministry. different places, will be saccessful. Before I left this city this able and I visited the following places in zealous young minister had comthis county.
menced bis labours with much 1. Glasgow. In this city Unita. prospect of success. It gave me rianism may be considered as firmly high pleasure to see so respectable established. Its progress has been a congregation formed at Glasgow, rapid, its advocates are numerous, by the assistance of our missiona. and well-informed. I preached ries, and so suitable a minister here 19 times. We had always placed, for one year at least, very good, generally large and among them. From this circumdeeply attentive audiences. Our stance much good to the cause largest congregations were esti, may be anticipated ; and I hope mated at 7 or 800 persons. I had Mr. Yates's success will be such opportunity of bringing before as to render his residence in that them a considerable variety of populous city permanent. subjects, and availed myself of 'The last Sunday. I spent in it, I found not only our own Glasgow, I shall deem one of the
best days of my life. At eight in sons in the course of the day, and the morning we met at the public arrived about 4 o'clock in the afterbaths, where I baptized several noon at the new town of Wishaw. . persons, and delivered an address 3. Wishaw. Here I preached on on the occasion. In the forenoon, the Monday evening, in a stone Mr. Yates preached an excellent quarry, to about three hundred sermon preparatory to the Lord's persons, who were very attentive; Supper being administered in the a large party followed us to our afternoon; at the close of it the inn, for books, which we distri. Lord's table was declared free. buted among them. We knew no In the afternoon, I preached the person in this town prior to our Annual Sermon for the Scotch arrival. Several spent the evening Unitarian Fund, which was nu- with us. We found them quite merously attended. Then again dissatisfied with the popular systhe declaration of the freedom of tem ; consequently they had ceased the Lord's Table ' was publicly a regular attendance on public made. Then the Lord's Supper worship. They were open to con. was administered. By the request viction and athirst for information, of Mr. Yates, I presided at it. which they received with evident We had about 150 who united in joy. We advised them to form a it, and I suppose about 250 spec. small library for their mutual betators, who stayed after the public nefit, and to meet with each other service to witness our proceedings. for reading, conversation, &c. We This was a great triumph of Cbris, gave them some books to begin tian liberality over bigotry their library. An intercourse is and narrow plans of discipline ; opened between them and some of we rejoiced greatly in seeing it ef. the brethren at Glasgow. On the fected. In the evenins, we had a Tuesday morning we proceeded to fellowship mecting, which was 4. Carluke. Here I preached numerously attended, and con. in the evening to about 500 peoducted with much zeal and Chris. ple, who were remarkably atten. tian affection. This meeting was live. A chamber window was attended by friends from different taken out at the inn, and I stood parts of the country
in the opening this made and ad. 2. Pollickshaws. Here I preach. dressed the congregation who were ed once, in the town hall, to a in the street. After the preaching, small congregation.
about 40 persons spent a long even. I will give a more particular ing with us in the free discussion of account, in order, of one week religious doctrines. In Carluke, spent in this county, as a specimen there are a number of well-inform. of the manner in which my time ed and zealous Unilarians, and if was spent in the West of Scotland, they had not the pure and simple The Fund Committee at Glasgow gospel in the parish Kirk, there had deputed one of the brethren, would be a congregation of Unità. who was excelently suited to the rian Dissenters in this place. No purpose, to go a circuit with me where have I found so small a vil. at their expence. We set out on lage as Carluke that contains so
the Monday, had conversation, on many well.informed and judicious , religious topics, with several per. Christians; this is in no small de.
gree owing to the labours of their together to worship the One God, aged and worthy minister Dr. and edify one another, also 10 Scott. Ai Carluke the Unitarians form a library, both which they have established a library. On gave us reason to think they wouli the Wednesilay we proceeded to do. On the Saturday we returned
5. Lanerk. This is the county to Glasgow, where I preached in town. Here we found a few Uni. the evening. I have given this de. tarians, and others favour:ble to tailed account of one week as a the cause. I preached in the specimen; it would render my acevening on the Castle-hill; we bad count 100 voluminous to be as par. about 500 hearers, who were very ticular in describing every part of aitenuve. Afterwards a large party this journey. I can hardly express spent the evening with us at our how much I was indebted to Mr. inn, and we had inuch interesting Plenderleith, the zealous friend conversation. Several times I was who attended me in this little circalled from the company to con. cuit, for his ready and able assist. verse with persons in a separate ance in the conversations we had, room, who would not join a large and in procuring congregations. party, but wanted to ask me ques. Before I quit ihe subject of tions in a more private way, and Lanerkshire, it will be proper to hear some passages of scripture mention the exertions of the bre. explained. I answered as speedily thren at Glasgow for the promo. as I could, and then returned to tion of the cause in their own and the more public discussion. We the neighbouring counties. The advised the friends to the cause at library they have established in Lanerk to establish a library, and their own city, is in a good state some books were sent from Glas. and has been of much use. It is gow for them to begin with. On hoped it will be still further im. the Thursday we crossed to proved, and its usefulness much
.6. Strahaven. Here we had no extended by the assistance of Mr. previous acquaintance wiih any Yates. From this library they person. I preached in an open have sent parcels of Unitarian place by the side of the street, to books to a number of public li. about 300 people, who beard with braries in different parts of the the most serious attention. A par, country, which have been well ty followed us to the inn, we had received. They made my preachmuch conversation with them ; ing known before I arrived by pube we found one already an Unitari. lic advertisement, and printed an, and others favourable to the bills which were posted in different doctrine. We sent them some parts of the town. The week be. books. On Friday we came back fore I went the above circuit they to
sent out bills by the common car. 7. Hamilton. Here I preached riers, to be posted in the different in a garden to about 150 attentive towns which I had to visit, and hearers. We had a party together where it was intended for me to afterwards and conversation on se. preach. veral theological subjects. There Renfrewshire. Next to Lanerk. are several Unitarians at Hamilton; shire, Unitarianism has made most we advised them to meet regularly progress in the county of Renfrew; and there is a good prospect of its 4. Renfrew, the county towna further spread and success. I Here I preached in a large hall, preached at the following places and had a respectable audience. in this county.
To the above places I was atlended 1. Paisley. In this town there by several friends from Paisley. is a society of liberal, judicious 5. Port-Glasgow. Here are a and well-informed Unitarians. I few Unitarians. I preached in the preached 12 discourses in Paisley. Freemasons' Hall, to a small, but We had always good and frequent. attentive audience. ly very crowded congregations. 6. Greenuck. Here I preached Our largest audiences were sup- in the Gardeners' Hall, to a small posed to consist of 4 or 500 peo- but very serious congregation. One ple. The last Sunday I pieached Unitarian family which resided in here, it was said some hundreds this town is removed to America, of people went away because they and one remaining. could not get into the place of Ayrshire. Had certain ministers meeting, nor near enough the door in tbis county, now many years to hear any thing. Many of our since, imilared the conduct of the own friends deprived themselves of venerable Lindsey, and not hesi. the pleasure of hearing in the tated in the day of trial, they would evening to make room for stran. have greatly promoted the Unita. gers. The society has established rian cause : their want of firmness, a library. No where have I met and of a fearless avowal of their with Christians better informed, sentiments at every risk, spread timore simple-hearted, more liberal midity around them, and there is in their sentiments, or who disco. reason to think there are Unitari. ver more Christian affection than ans in Ayrshire who will not arow our friends at Paisley. In no themselves. I preached at the part of the island have I found following places. persons who possess so much va. 1. Dalry. Here are a number ried insormation, urbanity of man- of well-informed and zealous ners, and even taste, in the same Unitarians, who have assisted in class in society, as many I have forming a respectable library, in the pleasure of knowing in Paisley. which are many Unitarian books.
2. Kilburchan. Here I preached I preached once, in a public hall, twice; we had very good and atten- to an attentive audience. It is tive audiences. Our place of much to be wished our friends at meeting was a large room. There Dalry would hold regular meet. are several well-informed Unitari. ings among themselves ; they are ans in this village, and they have able to edity one another, and lately established a book society. bear by their conduct a practical I hope they will soon hold a meet. testimony to the worship of the ing among themselves, as they are One and Only God. 5 miles from Parsley.
2. Kilwinning. Here I preach. 3. The Brigg“ of Johnston, ed in a hall. to an attentive congre. This is a new and populous village, gation. Our friends in this town about 4 ipiles from Paisley. Here meet regularly to worship the I preached ouce. We had a good One God, and edily themselves, congregation.
though their number is small.