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Northern Unitarian Society.
was well filled both parts of the
day. It had long been lamented by The Annual Meeting of the the friends of rational religion, that NORTHERN and MIDLAND Uní. in so populous a town as Brighton, TARIAN MINISTERS was held at no eligible house for Unitarian wora Chesterfield, on Wednesday the 1st ship had been procured. By the of July, at the chapel of the Rev, advice and assistance of several T. Astley. The service commenced friends this desirable object is at at eleven o'clock, when the Rev. last obtained. The above house is E. Higginson, of Derby, conducted small, yet neat and commodious, the devotional part; and the Rev. will hold from 150 to 200 people, D. P. Davies, of Makeney, deliver- and present circumstances seem to ed a sermon on the subject of To- promise considerable success. leratiou. After the service was It is thought proper to state, that concluded, the Secretary of the the purchase money and other exNorthern and Midland Unitarian pences will amount to nearly 200 Book Society 'presented his ac- pounds. About two thirds of this counts for the last year, which sum is raised by the voluntary subwere audited by two gentlemen scriptions of friends in the neighpresent; and it appeared that the bourhood of Brighton, Lewes, and Society's finances were in an im- Ditchling, and if other friends to proving and flourishing state. Mr. rational Christianity think this case Davies was desired to continue in worthy their notice, their aid is his office of secretary; several new hereby solicited. Any donation for works were voted into the cata. the purpose of defraying the above Jogue; some new members admitexpence, transmitted to Mr. Bented; and a few resolutions passed nett, Ditchling, Sussex, or to Mr. for the better conducting the socie- Thomas Vine, Sen. Brighton, will ty's affairs. It was resolved, that be thankfully received and duly the next annual meeting of the mi: appropriated. nisters be held at Mansfield; when the Rev. E. Higginson is appointed to preach, and the Rev. T.O. War
Annual Meeting of the General wick, M. D. to conduct the devo
Baptists in South Wales. tional part of the service. . ' The Annual Meeting of the Gem
". S. NERAL BAPTISTS in SOUTH WALES,
was held this year, at Pateg, in
the county of Carmarthen, on Unitarian Chapel, Brighton.
* Tuesday and Wednesday in WhitOn the 22d. "July, 1812, was gun week. It commenced on Tuese opened a Meeting-house for Uni, day, at 8 o'clock, by Mr. William tarian Worship and public instruc- Morris reading a portion of scrip. tion, situate in Cumberland Street, ture ; then Mr. John Griffiths BRIGHTON, Sussex, Two Sermons preached from John xviii. 20; and were preached on the occasion by on Wednesday it began at 11 the Rev. R. Agpland: that in the o'clock, by reading and prayer, by morning from 1 Tim. ii5. on the Mr.'J. Griffiths; then Mr. W. Existence and Unity of God; and Morris preached from 1 Peter ii. 7; that in the evening, from Rom. xiv. and after him Mr. Evan Lloyd from $, on Christian Liberty. The house Matt. xxiv. 14. They afterwards VOL. VII.
took some refreshment. At six in the Association closed, having beei the evening, Mr. William Thomas well attended, and it was conducted preached from 1 Tim. vi. 16. Thus with its usual peace and harmony.
Died, July 1, 1812, at his house, El. ness of her disposition and the softness liot Place, Blackheath, JOHN BRENT, of her manners, he had eleven children, Esq. in the 83d year of his age. He was two only of whom, Mr, Samuel Brent born in the year 1729, at Portsea, in the and Mr. Daniel Brent, live to cherish county of Hants, of pious and excellent the virtues of a parent whom they loved parents, who, knowing the value of re- and revered. At the time of his death ligion, brought up their children in the he had nine grand children and cleven nurture and admonition of the Lord. He great grand children. Lo! Children are served his apprenticeship to a shipwright (Psalm 128) an heritage of the Lord. As in his Majesty's Yard at Portsmouth, arrows in the hand of the mighty, so are and in the year 1762, removed to his children of the youth. Yea, thou shall see Majesty's Yard at Sheerness, where he thy children's children and peace upon filled the situation of foreman of the new Israel. By his second marriage he united works, along with the late Sir John himself to the eldest daughter of the Williams. About the year 1768, he late truly respectable and reverend John was appointed assistant surveyor to the Sturch, of Newport, Isle of Wight, who East India Company, under the late not only proved a suitable companion in Gabriel Snodgrass, Esq. Jo the year his declining years, but by her constant 1770, he entered into partnership with kindness and attention smoothed his deJohn Randall and John Gray, Esqs. in scent towards the tomb. the ship-building line, at Rocherbiche. Of his religious character much might Here he continued for many years, main- be said. He was only 18 years of age iaining a high and deserved reputation in when he joined the General Baptist his profession. His mind was active and church in's Thomas's Street, Porishis body stiong, whilst his skill in naval mouth. Upon his removal to London architecture exceeded that of most men, in 1763, he became member of the Ge. and few did more for its extension and neral Baptist church which, in the year improvement. The comprehensiveness 1688, met for religious worship in Fair of his viens and the promptness of his Street, Hussleydown, but has now, for conceptions have been thc subject of some years, assembled in the Old Meet general admiration. The blessing of ing House, Church Street, Deptford, Providence descended on his superior under the pastoral care of the Rev. knowledge and honcst industry, by which William Moon, by whom he was intermeans he was enabled to retire about red in the adjoining cemetery, and who twenty years ago to the enjoyment of afterwards improved the mournful event ease and comfort for the reinainder of by a discourse suited to the occasion. life. He had erected a small but neat of the deceased it may be remarked mansion at Elliot Place, Blackheath, with truth, that he adorned the doctrinc where lie lived beloved and revered by he prosessed. His views of jeligion all who knew him. His venerable ap. were enlarged and liberal. The goodpearance, his cheerful looks and his kind ness of the Deity in nature, providence address will not be forgotten by those and grace had made a deep impression who had the happiness of his acquaint- upon his mind, I have heard him more ance, His was à patriarchal dignity, than once expatiale on this his favourite the contemplation of which excited the topic with tears of joy. Indeed univer. mingled sensations of lore and esteem. sal redemplion and its legitimate conco
He had been married TWICE; by his mitant, universal restoration, were themes first' wife who died January 23d, 1793, on which he dwelt with rapture. And and who was distinguished for the mild. the benevolent disposition which he chctished in consequence of this belief (so of that criminal indifference which is to remote did he deem it from any kind of be found even in some professors of licentiousness) rendered him happy in Christianity. A bigor is the dupe of his himself, useful to his fellow creatures, prejudices and the enthusiast is a slave and a blessing to the world.* His faith to the reveries of his own undisciplined and practice went hand in hand, he never imagination. But THE CHRISTIAN, even in thought separated them ; for in rational, serious and cheerful, rejoices him they formed a delightful and edify, in the progress of true religion, as'a pering union throughout life. Of the manent source of individual hppiness, scriptures he might justly exclaim, Thy as the firmest cement of society and as statutes have been my songs in the house of the best preparation for eternity! In my pilgrimage! As to public worship, the journeys that my aged friend took nothing but indisposition could prevent annually during the summer season and his attendance, for his language was- this was his practice for many years) he How amial'le are thy talernacles, O Lord would often tell me, upon his return, of Hosis-I love the halitation of thy how gratified he had been to observe house and the place where thine honour large and flourishing congregations. dwelleth. Nor was it the regularity This feeling was in unison with the of his attendance only that deserves experience of the Psalmist, when he to be mentioned, but the serious and says-ll'alk alont Zion and go round devout' manner in which he conducted about her ; tell the towers thereof; mark himself during the whole of the service, well her bulwarks; consider her palaces, He listened to the accents of religious that ye may tell it to the generation followinstruction with delight, and his features ing: for this God is our God for ever and glowed with a heart-felt satisfaction. ever, he will be our guide even unto death. Indeed he often reminded me of the Throughout the whole of his long life picturesque description which Dr. Watts he was blest with an uncommon share gives of the true worshipper : . of health and strength. It was only . Not like a stranger go and come,
within two years of his deccase, his But like a child at home !'
constitution began to be shaken by the
slow but certain approach of old age. And with respect to prayer, it was an But he was still cheerful in the social exercise in which he delighted, as an circle and active to the last period of his appropriate homage to the Supreme Be- existence. He had been on a visit to his ing and a principal medium of moral younger son in Essex, but returning improvement. Indeed, with as few im- home was immediately taken ill, and perfections as any man I ever knew, he after a few days indisposition, expired was anxious to do the will of God in his without a groan! All the days of Me day and generation. As to his benevo- thusaleh were nine hundred and sixty.nine lence and zeat, his contributions to cha- years and HE DIED! But the hoary ritable objects and to charitable institu- head is a crown of glory when thus emi. tions were cheerful and prompt, agree- nently found in the way of righleousness, able to the ability which Providence I beg leave to conclude with the men. had bountifully given him. His ready tion of a circumstance which may not be support of the General Baptist Education unworthy of preservation. It was my Society from its commencement in 1794, honour and happiness, not only to be is deserving of particular mention. . He introduced to my excellent deceased friend, knew that by means of this institution, upon my first settlement in the metroseveral churches had been supplied with polis, but to share largely in his kindness young men of ability and learning, who and esteem. In return for many acts of are assiduous in promoting the cause of friendship and early patronage, I inscrib. truth and righteousness. The interests ed to him my Skeich of the Denominaof religion lay near his heart. He had tions of the Christian IVörld, The Dedi. nothing of that constitutional apathy or cation of the last and twelfth edition,
which was published only six months * Though he enjoyed not the advan- ago, had this additional and closing pa. tages of a liberal education, yet he was ragraph. anxious to have his mind well informed, « And now, my dear Sir, at your adespecially on religious subjects. He vanced age of upwards of fourscore years, employed his leisure hours in reading, this is probably the last time I shall have and cook the Monthly Review almost the opportunity of addressing you. I from its commencement:
havé therefore done it at some lengthe And with freedom. I congratulate you youth, a pulmonary consumption, which that Providence has spared your life to she bure for many months with great witness the success of a work, in the diffu. and exemplary patience. About two sion of which, from your known cha- years ago she attended he funeral of racteristic love of candour and charity, her youngest brolher, who died of the ġou were pleased deeply to interest same disorder, and last November, she yourself. May your NUMEROUS DE• followed her honoured and highly be. SCENDANT. adhere sledfastly to that lo ed father to the grave ; and, alas, religion which you have professed and in the coch year of her age, she ceased adorned for more than half a century! to breathe, and is now sleeping in the And may you continue to experience its regions of the dead. As far as her cha. abundant con olations, raising you by rarter was formed, it may be denothe good hope through grace above the fear minaced virtuous, which gives her dis: of death and reovering your last end tressed and affectionate parent a well Peace. Farewell, my venerable Sır, till grounded and cheering hope of seeing we meet in that luminous sphere of be- her beloved daughter rise to glory, ing where neither error por infirmiry honour and immortality in the world to will rema'i. to exercise our mutual foro come. In this hope the deceased was hearance and where the universality of in erred in the General Baptist Burying Div ne Lore in the redemption of the ground, Southover. Mr. Bennett, of human race by JESUS CHRIST shall be Ditchliog, preached a sermon on the the theme of eternal triumph expressed mournful solemnity, from Job xvii. Ily in ihe glorious and long suspended hal. "My days are past, my purposes are lelujahs of the heavenly world :”
br. ken off ;' and Mr. Morris pronounced The above account is an Extract from the address at the grave. May we all À SERMN, preached by the Rev. J. stand ready, for in such an hour as we Evans, at Worship Street, from Luke think not, the Son of Man may come. xxiii 50. HE WAS A GOOD MAN, and which, by particular request is now in Lately died, at Clifton Hot Wells, of the press, as a tribute of respect to A a rapid decline, PHILIP MALLETT, GOOD MAN's memory. The General Esa. Barrister at Law, and formerly of Baptists lave, within the short period Trinity College, Cambridge. Mr. Malof ihese last two years, lost three of their lett was respected by all who knew him, best friends in the decease of Stephen as a man of distinguished abilities and Lowdell, William Kingsford, and John of the most upright, independent prinBrend, Esqs. Their joint ages amount- ciples. He was the editor of a philoso ed to 239 years, and their character was phical work of Mr. Hobbes, jusi pubsuch, ihat they would have proved an hished, to which he has preixed a very ornament to any denomination of the valuable life of the author, which he Christian world.
just lived to finish. Mr. Mallett also
edited Lord Bacon's Advancement of Died. 15th July, 1812, Miss SARAH of Learning, together with a Life of MARTEN, of K ngston, near Lewes, that great Man, and an A bridgment of Sussex. Her illness and death were Locke's Essay on the Human Underoccasioned by that common scourge of standing.
MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS;
· The Dissenters are no longer subject members of the legislature. Neither in to the bigotry of petty magistraies, who the Lords or Commons was any opposi. finding lauli wiih the increasc of rul gion tion made to the principle of the bill, among the people, wished to restrali and all parties seemed to be drawing it by their interpretat.on of the late' Act nearer to the Christian precept of alof 'f'oleration. A new one has passed lowing to their neighbour what the with the unanimous consent of the would wish for themselves. Several ridiculous penalties remain still on our dictates of his own conscience: he has statutc book which affect the members a right to hear and to teach ihose Chrisof he established as well as those of the tian uruchs wh ch he conscientiously other sects; but the good cose of the believes, without any restraints or iutimes has got rid of the folly by which dicial interference from the civil magis they were enacted, and it may perhaps trate, provided he does not hereby dis. be as well that they should be retained, turb the peace of the community " This if it were only to shew to what excesses is firm ground to stand upon, and we the pr de and the intolerance of priesi- congratulate our country, that so large craft will run.
a body as that of the Wesleyan Mecho. The Conventicle and the Five Mile dists has come forward in the mainteActs are repealed, but the vo aries of nance of this great and essential right in dissipation and riot have the advantage every Christian society. There is, howover the sons of religion. No more than ever an unnecessary preamble to the twenty persons are tu meet under this resolution, ofwhich we must take notices act for the sake of prayer or religious namely, “ All well regulated societies exerc ses, in any house, without a license. and denominations of Christians will The Lady Beitys and Lady Marys of exercise their own rules for the admission the age would have created no small of public or private teachers anong tumult in the legislature, if an attcır pt themselves." Societies, professing to had been made to res rain their assem. be Christians, have, it is to be lamented, blies for cards or dancing or music to exercised their own rules in the admisthe same number We cannot see the sion o' teachers, and every nation almost propriety of this distinction. Wherever exhibits the fatal consequences of the there is a public meeting it may seem to injudicious exercise of this right, and be liable to the cognizance of the public, the impudent assumption of power on one though even here we do not see why side and the base acquiescence of mind on religion should be put under peculiar the other torules noc founded on the scriprestraints, and in such meetings, as tures, but on the vain and idle traditions decorum is most likely to be preserved, of men. A society may be independent it, is sufficient to guard them only from of others, yet in itselt' may be far from the intrusion of evil-minded persons, that liberty with which Christ has made who love to disturb the peace of suciety, us free. Its burden may be heavy, its Let us be thankful, however, for at proceedings intolerant. Having laid is granted and trust to time for future down a set of rules, it may be so rigidly improvement. The established sect is attached to them as not to permit any so much on the dt cline, that it may stand inquiry into the reasonableness or truth in aced cselt, in no long time, for that of them. The members may become toleration which it has so long denied to slaves to the tenets of a former age, to others. in
which they bend the scriptures, instead The body of Methodists in the Wes- of examining the scriptures themselves leyan connect.on has, at a meeting of and bringing every opinion to the test of their general committee, thanked Lord divine tru.h. The difference between a Stavhope for his unwcaried exertions Chrissian and a worldly socie y is this; in behalf of religious liberiy;' to which that the former cannot lay down any his lordship returned an idmirable an- rule in opposition to the scriptures and swer. In this it is observed, that “ the is ever ready to give an answer in theekalready cotcering tower of intolerance ness to the doubts of any inquirer, . It could not any looger stand in opposition will not turn away from cxanrination. to the power of argumeni, aided by the It will not say, such was the faith we force of ridicule. That rotien and received from our fathers; but, on the despic ble system has at last given way, contrary, our forefathers have been in and it is only necessary to attack it error, they were once heathens, then properly and with united efforts, directed papists, afterwards Church of England by the light of principle, to cause it men, many of them extremely bigoted totally to disappear like an empty dream." to the fallacious opinions they held. Let The principle of the Methodists respect. us, convinced by the example before us, ing the rights of conscience is een in beware of placing implicit confidence in their circular lettur, dated July 31, 1812. any men or any set of men or any set of “ It is the unalienable right of every sules, which have noc che scal of divine man to worship God agreeably to the truth, and above all, let us be upon our