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On the whole, the cause of Unita. II. Every Subscriber shall receive anriauism is adiancing in the West nually 5 per cent interest før las
money; but no Subscriber under £25 of Scotland, and there is a good shall be eligible as a manager, nor shall prospect of its growing success. Subscribers under £5 be entitled to vote [To be concluded in our next Number.? at elections.
III. Donations shall be the property
of the Glasgow Unitarian Church, and Proposals for building a Chapel in shall be applied to the building of the
Glasgow, int conducting Public Chapel.
IV. The management of all affairs re.
lating to the Chapel shall be vested in a pls. *
Preses, a 'Tre surer, and five other MaThe characteristic features of the In
nagers; two of whom shall go out of stitution, to which the atrention of the
the orice annually by rotation, and their, povic is here solicited, will be these :
places shall be supplied by a new electi. 1. That every aid and encouragement
on Those, going out may be re-electwill be given tu Free Inquiry on religi. ous subjects;
v. There shall be a general meeting of 2. That prayer and adoration will be the Subscribers annually, then the ma. addressed, in the name of Jesus Christ,
nagers shall produce a statement of their solely to the One True God.
receipts and disbursements, and report 3. That repentance and reformation
proceedings; at which meeting the elecof m aners, piety to God, benevolence
tion of managers shall take place. to man, and a strict abstinence from
Vi, All profits arising from the letting every sinful passion and indulgence of the seats, &c. shall be the property will be enforced as the only means of of the church, whose object it shall be obtaining happiness in this life and
to pay back to the subscribers what they in that which is to come!
have borrowed, as soon as possible, so The supreme importance of these that the
t these that the chapel may in the course of time principles will, it is hoped, incline all who become thair property, upencumbered perceive their close connection with the with debt; but should the church ever weltare of individuals, and the general be unable to pay the interest due, the improvement of society, to support, ac- managers shall be authorized to dispose cording to their ability, a house of praver, of the chapel so as to discharge the debt. in which they may worship the Father Vuth
VII. The right to the ground on in spirit and in truth; in which pure which the chapel may be built, shall be and elevated devotion may spring from taken in name of the managers for the their knowledge and contemplation of time being, and their successors in office. the character of their Maker in all its for behoot of the church and all other majesty and loveliness: where they investitures of the funds of the church may meet with kind and friendly assist- shall be taken in the same terms. ance in the calm, dispassionate and un- vil. Subscriptions may either be biassed investigalion of sacred truth; and paid at the time of subscribing, or one where they may be incited to do honour fourth then, and the remaining three. to their Christian profession, and to ac- fourths by equal instalments, at the date complish the great ends of their being, of three, 'six. or nine months. by growing perpetually in cooformity to IX. Should any alteration be found the image of their Saviour, and in fit
necessary in these rules, the proposed al. ness for the presence of their God.
teration must be laid before a general To accomplish this object, the follow- meeting of the subscribers, and if sancing plan has been proposed:
tioned by a majority of two-thirds of s. The money for building the chapel the meeting, it shall be equally obligatoshall be raised by Subscriptions and by ry with the above. Donations.
* We have great pleasure in laying this plan before our readers; and glad
Unitarianism in America. ly offer our work as the medium of com. From one of the ministers of the Phi. munications and subscriptions, in fur- ladelphia Unitarian Society, we have been therance of the object of the Glasgow recently favoured with accounts of the Unitarian Church. ED.
growth of Unitarianism in the United
States, which we are happy to extract F. and C. when in a congregational pulinto our work : they relate to the state pit, conduct the prayers after the conof religion at Boston, and to the de ign gregational mode. In most of the conof erecting a church at Philadelphia, sa- gregational churches, Belkrap's collecticred to The One God.,
on is used. Mr. Buckminster uses Tate The following extract is from a letter and Brady's, and a selection compiled dated. “ Philadelphia, Sept. 28, 1811. by himself. Ere long, Belknap's book
“ Having this summer made an ex- must be disc ded, for ali the ministers cursion to Boston, perhaps a few parti- alluded to are anti-calvinistic and anticulars relatise to the state of religious in- trinitarian. The mode of preaching formation there may not be unaccepta. which prevails among them is racional ble. I shall proceed therefore, withcut and instructive The congregations are farther preface to give you this informa- made up of no inconsiderable proportion tion. There is only one place of worship of literary and profess: ona) men; for, at Boston which is avowedly Initarian, in New England, great atention is paid viz. King - Chapel, originally an Episco- to public worship. To stay nabitually at pal Church, and still so in regard to the home, would be deemed di-reputable, mode of worship, except that the service The churches, generally speaking, are has been freed from every thing relative supplied with organs. Every min ster to the trinity, atonement, &c. A new is considered as a minister of the town and improved Liturgy was published a generally, and as the friend of his own few months ago, which is now used in- hearers in particular. The ministers of stead of the former one. The ministers Boston and its vicinity hold meetings at are, Mr. Freeman, a most excellent each other's houses in socation once every man, and Mr Cary, a young gentleman fortnight, for the examination of candiof superior talents aad great respectabi- dates, and for friendly advice and social lity. To see the harmony and kindness intercourse ; at these meetings you may ! which subsists between these ministers see Unitarians, Arians and Trinitarians, is truly delightful, and the congregation indiscriminately-as also at the weekly is not deficient in paying them every Thursday morn og Lecture, which is proper mark of respect for years af preached by orthodox and heterodox ter Mr. Freeman's settlement, the other men alternately I heard two of these, ministers, with few exceptions, regard. one by Mr. Carey, quite an Unitarian ed him with considerable shyness, on ac- discourse; the other, by a Mr. Codcount of his supposed hecrodoxy, and nian, in the true style of an old puritan. because he had not had clerical ordina- By the bye, Dr. Osgood, whose serinon tion-but now, and for a considerable was animadverted on in the Monthly time past these prejudices have given Repository, vol. v. 606, is a high Cal. way; while the weight of his talents vinist, of a warm and affectionate temper and great goodness of his heart have and of great liberality and candour on rendered him the object of high and ge- theological subjects His sympathics neral esteem. Ms. Carey was not or are with the Anti-Calvinists, and if any dained in any other way than by Mr. of his own folks show any thing like Freeman laying his hand on his head, bigotry, Dr. O. is their champion. merely in the name of the congregation. He is therefore a great favourite with No minister was called to assist. Of the Boston ministers. As to politics, late years, there has been a remarkable they all think alike. The preaching of change in the congregational churches political sermons has long been customat Boston. Of this description, there ary in New England -I mean on weekare 9; 3 of which are supplied by minis. days they have election sermons, artilters differing more or less on various too lery sermons, &c &c. - The Presbyteri. pics, but all living in great harmony ans of the middle states, finding that with each other and with Messrs. Free- so many of the congregational churches man and Carey, with whom they occa- had departed from the olil faith, erected sionally exchange pulpits, reading the a fine new church at Boston to promote King's Chapel service, when they preach revivals. It is supplied by one Dr. there, and on the other hand, Messrs. Grittin, who had been extremely popu
lar in New Jersey; but he has settled • A few days ago, Mr. Freeman had down at Boston. 'I he church is deeply in the degree of D.D. from Harvard Uni- debt, half the pews are yet to let, and versity.
the good man himself, by not returning
the civilities paid him by the other mi. America, inserted by Mr. Grundy, as a nisters when he i rst ame to Boston, is dit his sermon, at the open n, of the now ne lected not only by them, but by Nw Chupel, Liverpool to which we their hearers, and he has to stand hii refe: our readers. Ses pp. 16,2,.) ground, and plead the cause of orthodoxy Tho extract which follows is from a against eight of the congregational ses, letter dated “Thilde pha, Nov. 22, besides the King's Chapel ministry, - 181.". While at Boston I had every opportunis “ You have heard of our humble proty of seeing with my own eyes. The gress, of the man er in which our little different ministers were remarkably frank flock was collected again after a suspenand frieodly, and high as the character son of our worship for more ihan years, of Boston has always s:ood for hospital- and generally of every thing of consety, what I experienced far excee led try quemie in relation to us which has since expectat ons, much as they had been occurred. No doubt, it will be matter raised. There are in Boston 2 Ep sco. of pleas ng surprie tolearn that we have pal, 4 Baptist, 2 Methodist, i Univer. engaged a suitable lot of ground on sal st, 1 Catholic, i Friends', ) Sande which we intend, as soon as possible, to median, and i Black (hurch, as also a erect a church for the wor:h'p of the place called the Travelling Pre chers' One True God, the Father. Our own Society: these are in addition to Mr. members and contributors do not niuch Freeman's and the 9 congregational exceed 30 persons, and a considerable churches.-It was pecul arly pleasing to proport on of these are persons whose me, while at Boston, to find the congre support arises from the labrur of their gational ministers, as well as Messrs. Free hands. Our own fol.s, however, who man and Cary inuch in'erested in the are unan nious in the measure, have welfare and permanency of our 1 ttle dine the r best; and it is with no small society, and since my return, I have hal degree of at station and grat tude ihat the pleasure of hearing froin some of I have to add, that we have ieen favourthen-Messrs. Thack.r and Cary had ei wth the names of a good number of this spring been ai Phil delphia, and persons of opinions very diss.milar to each of hem gave us a vernion. Mr. ors, who have kindly lent us their aid. T. is a worthy and valuable young man This is a pleising oren; yet it must but, alas! his health is very precarious ne le concediha: there are those Hc succeeded Dr. Kirkland, who had who, vaunting thesiselves on their orbeen elected President of Harvard Un. thodo'creer, scrup e not to hold use versity. Mr T. gave so good an account up es infideis in d sgu se, and us all of us, that Mr. Cary, who had cccasion her pfluence to exis and perpetu. to go to New York, came to Ph late ate prejud ces aga n«t us. This is our ph:a on purpose to spend a Sunday with situati in but unanimo 'g among our. us; and these occurrences pa ed the selles sa istio i win the grounds of our way for my ourney. It was my wish hope coxar's Gud and encouraged by to have been only a hearer, while at Bose the iberality and courteousness of many ton; but although I declared myseli a who belook to other persuasions, we layman, yet a minister accord ng to our mean to proced - The place in which constitution, i.e. as respects our flock, we now mect is incommodious; be ides I had to officiate twice. Had I the we hi ve no certainty of o tainn: the pleasure of a personal interview, I could use of it much longer, the landlord have say much respecting Boston, and especi. ing already declined renewing the lease. ally as to the correct manners of the The smallness of our pre-ent scale prepeople and the excellent spirit of the cludes all exp. ta'ion of getting a mi ministers. Had your correspondent nister, according to the conimon ccep. known Dr. O personally, however het tion of the term.' My two coadiutors migbt have disliked his politics, or the are advanced in life: we have no prosintroduction of any politics into the pect of any young person stepping fo pulpit, he would have extenuated mat- ward to supply our places, and therefore teis a little. I mean, he would have ac- unless we 10 x make som: etiort to give companied his criticisms with unequivo. permanence and strength to our society, cal ackpowledgements of the Doctor's its utter extinction may be reasonably worth ness."
expected -We have concluded to erect This account of our correspondent's an octagonal building, 50 feet eaclı yay, is corroborated by extracts of letters from except where the form of the building
renders it necessary that it should be J, Evans, of Worship Street, London,
on the Sunday morning, as a memorial of
ing good will result.-Should any of our New Chapel, Lynn, Norfolk.
readers wish to be further acquainted
with the circumstances which gave rise On Sunday, January 5, 1912, a new to this new cause, they are referred to and commodious place of worship, call. Mr. Finch's Sermon and Narrative reed Salem Chapel, was opened for divine cently published, and reviewed in our service at Lynn, in Nortolk. The Rev. last volume. [Vol. vi. p. 679, 680.)
MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS ;
We have already apprised our read- tablished sect is an institution of a ers (vol. vi, p, 700.] that the exertions small body of men in this kingdom ; of Dr. Marsh, at St. Paul's, had not for this sect is a small body, and daily been without an effect; and as he had growing less; though we confess that roused the church, it was not likely it abounds in the rich, and the great, that he would rest upon his armsA and the noble. In power and influence National Institution, as it has been it stands by far the bighest of any faisaly called, has been formed, and, sect; but these are not the tests by as Dr. Marsh is so candid in his writ. which we estimate a church of Christ. ings, we trust that he will join with We know of no political rights or us in reprobating this very improper which a church of Christ can boast : title. The institution for educating yet, if the established sect wishes to the people in the principles of the eso he considered as a political institution
We rejoice that men, like Dr. Marsh, basis on which this modern society is will proclaim, “ that dissenters of buill. In this constitutional equality, every description should, for con- there is evident danger, the Doctor science' sake, be tolerated." Tolera. contends, that the pre-eminence of tion, in the mouth of a Christian, is a the established sect should be gradualstrange word: if we could not tolerate ly forgotten, and finally lost. He ex. + our brethren, how should we be disci- horts the sect to consider, whether it ples of a master who has given a de- is prudent to augment the power of cided mark by which his followers such a society, by throwing into its should be known, namely, that they scale the weight of the establishment. should love one another. We will not He suggests, that his sect can have only tolerate Dr Marsh, but we assure no guarantee, that other objects, inihim, that we will not envy him any mical to it, will not, in time, be wealth or honour, which his sect can assuciated with the main object. He confer upon him; we will applaud argues, that the constitution of the him in all liberal proceedings; we will modern Bible Society gives an impornever be displeased with any fair and tance to the dissouting interest, which honourable means which he employs otherwise it never would have obtainfor the support of his cause Dr. ed. And he contends, that, if the Marsh has attacked the liberal mode members of his sect injure, or even of education introduced by Mr. Lar. neglect to support it, smail wilt lie caster, and adopted in many paits of the coinpensation by the distribution the kingdom; and he cannot be con- of bibles in foreign parts. If this sect, tent unless the doctrine of his sert is the ductor modestly observes, professes tacked tit. Another object of attack christianity in its purest form, its has presented itself to his imagination, downfal will be an irreparable loss and he has commenced his warfire in not to this nation only, but to the another field. The University of Cam whole world : and we will put another bridge has a correspondence with all if to this learned doctor ; if you sect England, and a subject discussed in dues not protess christianity in its its senate cannot fail to become gene. purest form, Dr. Marsh cannot be rally kuown in every part of the coun- bitter einployed than by using his eatry. On this account, Dr. Marshi has deavours to bring it to the standard of very prudently addressed the members the scriptures. The doctor's Letter of the Senate, and, in a Letter, called to the University has produced a donaupon them to examine the nature and tion to the old societies, and excited views of the Bible Society, lately esta- a considerable sensation, which tended, blished in the metropolis, and sup- however, to the benett of the Bible Soported with great success by voluntary ciety. A very large body of men, both subscriptions from both dissenters and in the estab.ished sect and out of it,members of the established sect.The begin to be sensible, that Christianity cumplaint against the Bible Society, is was not made for this or that sect and of a similar nature with that against to be merely a political engine. They the Laneastrian schools. The Bible arc convinced that Christ died not for Society distributes only bibles, where. this or that people, but for the whole as there are two very extensive Societies human race, and that it is the duty of in the established sect which distri- every Christian to extend the influence bute not only bibles, but the common- of our beloved Saviour to the utmost of prayer books and other books written his power. With respect to the three on the principles of the sect. Of these societies, as far as they are willing to societies, one amounts to about five promote gospel truths, we wish them thousand members, no one being ad- all weil; we wish them God speed, in mitted into it, as Dr. Marsh informs the name of the Lord. But we have the University, without testimony of something to say gainst them all What his attachment to the constitution in makes you 80 renacious of the English sect and state ; but he very candidly Translation? Why is it, that when such states, that the Bible Society is much great improvements have been made in more numerous, but it consists of the scripture criticis:.', when manuscripts sectmen and dissenters indiscriminate. have been cxamined, and so pure a text ly; and equality of power and interest has been given to the public, boch of the between the two parties is the avowed Hebrew and the Greek scriptures, why is