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Intelligence.—Unitarian Fund Anniversary.
395 vonshire, during the last summer, by Mr. Rev. T. Jervis, as executors of the late Smethurst of Morelon-Hampstead. Addi. Swan Downer, Esq.: a vole of thanks to tional interest was given to the abstract of those gentlemen, was unanimously passed, Mr. Smerhurst's journal, by information and they were elected honorary members extracted from letters just received from of the Society. Mr. Wright, who was, at the time of the In consequence of these very liberal meeting, actively employed in the same donations, the balance in the Treasurer's district. It appeared that the successive hands is not yet annihilated, although it visits of the missionaries bad excited an has been found necessary, for the two or increasing attention to religious subjects, three past years, to apply a part of it to the and disposition for inquiry, and that the current expenditure. The very usefulness prospects were such as to render Cornwall of the Society, by extending the sphere of especially deserving of the attention of its operations, increasing ihe number of those to whom the interests of the Society small congregations partly depending upon may in future be entrusted. 4 The Re. its assistance, and creating opportunities port then stated the separate cases in which for further diffusion of its principles, imgrants of money had been made for the poses the necessity for augmented exertion introduction or support of Unitarian wor
for its support.
Some aid, though but ship, and the progress of the cause in those little, has been derived from Fellowship congregations which have been raised or Funds and congregational collections, and cherished by the Unitarian Fund. Under the arnual contribution of the Rev. T. this head some interesting information was Broadbent's congregation at Warrington, conmunicated relative to the congrega. is especially entitled to notice and thanks : tions at Colchester, Woolwich, Lutton, lo these sources, in connexion with indivi. Reading, lluddersfield, &c. 'The Com: dual subscriptions, it is hoped the Uninittee also informed the Society, that in tarian Fund may look with confidence consequence of the increased expense of for the means of future and wider usetravelling to Mr. Wright, from his not fulness. being able to take such long journeys on
The Rev. Russel Scott, of Portsmouth, foot as formerly; and also of his being was announced as preacher at the next deprived of some additions to his income anniversary. by the relinquishment of the character of The following gentlemen were chosen a stated minister, in order to devote him into office for the ensuing year : self wbolly to the service of the Unitarian Fund, they had voted an addition to his
J. CHRISTIE, Esq. Treasurer. salary, and at the same time suggested the
W. J. FOX, Secretary. expediency of his residing, when not en
Committee. gaged in inissionary journeys, in or near Rev. R. ASPLAND, London, that he might assist in the intro
Mr. D. EATON, duction of Unilarian preaching into the Mr. S. HART, villages about the metropolis, and in die
Mr. T. HORNBY, recting the operations of such persons as Mr. E. JOHNSTON, Jun. should be found properly qualified to act Mr. G. SMALLFIELD, as local preachers. This resolution met
Mr. E. TAYLOR. with the cordial concurrence of the ineet.
Auditors. Allusion was made in the Report to Mr. D. TAYLOR, some instances in which the Fund, without Mr. B. KENNEDY. deviating from the pursuit of its main objects, has incidentally been very useful
Collector. to the Unitarian cause. Great numbers Mr. W. J. TITFORD, 49, Coleman of valuable tracts are every year distri- Street, buted, under circumstances most favour- To whom it is requested that those mi. able to their being read with advantage. nisters and gentlemen in the country who By the exertions of its Committee, in con- have consented to receive subscriptions junction with several subscribers to the for the Fund, will forward the sums colo Fund, who solicited their co-operation, lected by them. As a corrected list of the Association for Protecting the Civil subscribers will speedily be printed, it is Rights of Unitarians was formed, an ac- desirable at the same tiine that any changes count of whose proceedings will be found of abode, new subscriptions, &c., should in our present Number (pp. 377–386). be particularly noticed.
Benefactions, of £50. each, were ac- In the afternoon about three hundred knowledged from the Rev. Charles Too. members and friends of the Society dined gond, of Sherborne; from Joseph Liddell, togetber at the London Tavern, w. Frend, Esq., of Moore-Park; and froin E. John Esq. in the Chair. There were not so ston, Esq., the Rev. W. Johnston, and the many ministers from the country as usual,
and we had to regret the absence, from Bridgwater heard not in vain the exhor. unavoidable circumstances, of many friends tation of the apostle : “ Use hospitality to our cause, who have frequently shared one to another,” and the day was spent in the pleasure of these annual meetings. in a manner which appeared very much to Ou the other hand, it was highly gratifying realize the object of the meeting. What lo observe a large accession of new friends that object is, will best appear from the and subscribers to the Institution. We Resolutions which were proposed and lament our inability to offer some account unanimously adopted at the first meeting, of the many interesting observations with held at Yeovil in September last, and which the Chairman prefaced the toasts which were sent for insertion to the usually given on these occasions, or which Mouthly Repository, but which miscar. they elicited from those whom he called ried. up to address the company. The number Resolved 1, That the want of interof persons who dined has been only twice course and co-operation between the Uniexceeded since the formation of the So- tarian ministers and congregations in the ciety; and as a day of elevated enjoyment Western part of England, who are agreed to those who were present, and of cheering in the important principle that God the promise for the future prosperity of the Father is alone the object of worship, has Unitarian Fund, it has noi been surpassed, long been a subject of regret. if equalled, by any former anniversary. 2. That such a meeting, consisting of
ministers and friends, held alternately in
neighbouring places, is calculated to cheFellowship Funds.
rish that interest in each other's welfare
which ought to distinguish the disciples of Taunton-Rev. Henry Davies, minister.
Jesus Christ; to animate each other to the Whitchurch, Shropsbire : established January 10, 1819. Object, to promote
performance of their respective duties, and Unitarianism by the distribution of tracts;
of those especially which are connected by presenting occasional contributions to
with the comfort and prosperity of their Unitarian chapels about to be erected and congregations, and the promotion of wbat to Unitarian Academies, and by other means
they deem frue evangelical doctrine and that may be thought proper by the sub
practice. scribers to the Fund.". President, Rev. valuable purposes a meeting be held half
3. That in order to accomplish these Joseph Marriott (the minister); Treasurer, yearly at the following places :-siz. at Mr. John Edwards, Jun. Stockton (upon Tees). Established
Yeovil, Dorchester, Bridport, Crewkerne, March 9 and 12, 1819, under the name of
Ilminster, Tauntou and Bridgwater. the “ Stockton Christian Fellowship So.
-4. That in the inorning of the day on ciety.” Object, “ to afford assistance to
which the meeting is held there be a pubsmall and indigent congregations, and to
lic service; the preacher and the place promote generally the diffusion of those of meeting to be appointed at the precedgreat principles of religious truth which, ing meeting. An economical dinner to be as it appears to the Society, were taught provided at an inn.
5. That Dr. Southwood Smith be reby Christ and his apostles.” Monthly meetings to be held for religious coufer quested to accept the office of Secretary to Any member of the Society may
the Association, &c. &c. be excluded by the majority, after due
At the meeting at Bridgwater, it was admonition, for immoral conduct. Presi. resolved, That for the future the meetings dent, Mr. James Crowe ; Treasurer and shall be held on the Tuesday in Easter
week, and the first Tuesday in October : Secretary, Mr. Thomas Richmond.
and alternately, according to the following
rotasion, viz. Yeovil, Bridgwater, CrewSomerset and Dorset IIalf-Yearly
kerne, Dorchester, Ilminster, Bridport and Meeting of Ministers.
Taunton. Accordingly, the next meeting
will be held at Crewkerne, and the Rer. On Wednesday the 14th of April, was Mr. Tingcombe, of Bridgwater, is, apheld at Bridgwater, the Second Half- pointed to preach. Yearly Meeting of Ministers and Friends
S. S., Secretary residing in Somersetshire and part of Dorsetshire, who are united on the impor. tant principle that God the Father is alone
Western Unitarian Society. the object of worship. The Rev. Samuel The Annual Meeting of the Western Fawcett, of Yeovil, delivered in the morn- Unitarian Society will be held at Batb, ing a very interesting and impressive dis- on Wednesday the 14th of July, when the course on the Mutual Duties of Ministers Rev. T. Madge, of Norwich, is expected and People," and the Rev. R. Wright to preach. preached in the evening. The friends at Agreeably to the resolutions of the Ge
Intelligence.--Manchester College, York.-Foreign. America.
neral Meeting of 1818, it will be referred
FOREIGN to the ensuing Meeting, to consider the
AMERICA. United States. propriety of altering that part of the Pre- (Extracts from a Letter of Joseph LAN. amble which relates to the doctrinal prin. CASTER's to Mr. Sharwond, London.) ciples on which the Society is founded, so
Philadelphia. as to open it to all who worship the Father ESTEEMED FRIEND, as the ouly true God, and worship him I do myself the pleasure to communicate alone.
my success in this country by way of aeThe part of the Preamble referred to is knowledgments of thy friendship and kind as follows: "-declaring it to be the fun. , sympathy: thou wilt see I have left a land damental principle of the Society, in which where the kindness of my pretended friends we all agree, that there is but one God, bad united in the operations of the highthe Creator and Governor of the universe, church parties, so far as to proscribe my without an equal or a vicegerent, the only usefulness, for one where a nation hails me proper object of religious worship; and with a cordial welcome, where listening that Jesus Christ was the most eminent sebates receive me as an ambassador of of those messengers which he has em- peace for the good of poor children. ployed to reveal his will to mankind, possessing extraordinary powers similar to On my way down the Channel, I had an those received by other prophets, but in a opportunity of taking a pleasant farewell much higher degree.”
view of my conntry. The ship tided it down Channel with but little wind, but
that so direct as kept us steady as a stean)Manchester College, York. boat in fair weatber; in consequence, we Tue Thirty-third Annual Meeting of had a fine view of many beautiful towns Trustees of Manchester College, York, and villages. We sailed by none of imwill be held at Cross-Street Chapel Rooms, portance in wliich I had not the pleasure Manchester, on Friday, August 6, 1819,
to reflect that my labours had been hailed, at Eleven o'clock in the forenoon.
one time or another, with patriotic and The trustees and their friends will dine Christian regard, and crowned with suctogether as usnal, at the close of the meet
cess in the establishment of schools and ling
, at the Bridgewater Arms--Joseph the education of hundreds of children. Strutt , Esq., of Durley Abbey, near Derby, This
, and I do not know of in the Chair.
any man in existence, unless such as have THOMAS H. ROBINSON,
built on my foundation, that could part J. G. ROBBERDS,
from bis native couniry with the same Secretaries.
refreshing view of bis sea-coast towns: Manchester, June 17, 1819.
the sight almost made me forget the chiApplications for the adınission of Stu
canery and intrigue, the fair face and dents on the foundation o: otherwise, are
double tongue, with which my Jesuitical requested to be immediately made to the enemies bad driven me from a shore which, Rev. Charles Wellbeloved, Theological but for the impunity granted to their ma: Tutor, York, or to one of the Secretaries.
chinations, could never have ceased to be dear to me, at least much more endeared
than it is ; for, except the children to Birmingham.
whom I have done good, and a few kind
friends like thyself, what have I to thank Tile Rer. Stephen Weaver Browne is that country for, whose children I have unanimously chosen successor to the Rev. exalted, and whose princes I have first led John Corrie, as Pastor to the Old Meeting forth lo honour? The contrast in America Congregation in Birmingham, in conjunc. speaks wonders. Here is a people of the tion with the Rev, Robert Kell.
same language, who, in spite of fame with ber thousand tongues, and systematic in
trigue with a thousand lies, hails me at LITERARY. The Twelfth Volume of Dr. Priestley's world, places me in honour, ease and com
once as a friend of youth and citizen of the Theological Works, containing Notes on the remaining Books of the Old Testa: ample fields, ripe and rich for harvest,
fort, and throws wide open before me her inent, &c., which it was expected would and in all which the British and Foreign have been ready for publication on the School Society have had no part. last day of June, will not, in consequence of the great number of references which
(Mr. Lancaster here presents his friend. it has been found necessary to make, be
with extracts from the newspapers, relating ready for delivery until July 24th, at Mr. him. He had, it appears, delivered two
to the proceedings in Congress concerning Eaton's, 187, High Holborn.
lectures in Congress Hall, Washington, on Education, “ before the President, Vice
President, Senators, Representatives and the morer of the Resolution. Mr. Lancaster Foreign Ambassadors, with many persons adds,] of distinction," having occupied for this When I took my seat in the House, I was purpose the Speaker's chair. The day introduced and surrounded by members for after the last lecture, the following Reso- more than two hours: the Speaker and lution was passed in ihe House of Repre. B. Basset, with the Philadelpbia members, sentatives :
introduced me to menubers from all parts “ Resolved, That Joseph Lancaster, the of the Union; and invitations to their friend of learning and of man, be admitted bouses and neighbourhoods, invitations to a seat within the Hall of the House." which came from their hearts in all the
We regret that we cannot here insert warmth of patriotic feeling, were given to Mr. Lancaster's letters, on this interesting an extent I never received before at the occasion, to Mr. Clay, the Speaker, and same time. Mr. Basset, a representative froin Virginia,
On the 27th of Niay, al Walthamstow, of empty pews observable in many places Mrs. ELIZABETH Solly, widow of the late of worship in the afternoon, which are Isaac Solly, Esq. of that place. She was crowded in the morning. Let those Dis. the daughter of Nathaniel Neal, Esq. an senters who acknowledge that an alieneminent solicitor in the city of London, dance on public worship is a duty, and yet distinguished for luis piety, virtue and neglect it, reflect on the evil effects of their talents, an active and zealous supporter of example, by discouraging both ministers the Protestant Dissenting interest, the au- and hearers. As she was exemplary in thor of " A free and Serious Remon- her observance of the public offices of the strance to Protestant Dissenring Ministers," house of prayer, so she was consistent and republished in 1775, by Mr. Orton; of a liberal in her support of the place of wor. pamphlet addressed to the members of his ship which she frequented regularly, as own profession; and of soine admirable indeed she was of other places of worship letters, which have been published in Mr. which she attended occasionally. It is to Stedinan's collection of leiters tu and from be regretted that the faithful labours of Dr. Doddridge, and which have been many able Dissepring ininisters are so ill thought worthy of being selected as spe- requited, and that there are so many persons cimens of epistolary composition, by Dr. who will spend more upon one evening's Koox, in his Elegant Extracts. She was amusement than they subscribe to a migrand daughter to the Rev Daniel Neal, nister of the gospel for a year's instruction, A.M., the author of the History of the Mrs. Solly took a great interest in the Puritans, &c. and great-viece to Dr. Na. Orphan Working School in the City Road, thaniel Lardner, whose laborious and eru- one of the few Dissenting Institutions in dite researches into tbe early history of which the Three Denominations unite with. the Christian Church, and whose cautions out distinction. She was on the Ladies' but free inquiry into the doctrines of Chris. Committee from the first adoption of that tianity, have given him a rank among the arrangement. Those who have been premost eininent of ecclesiastical writers. From sent at the annual meetings, must recollect principle as well as froin education she the impression apparently made upon the was a Protestant Dissenter; firm and in- girls that were examined, by ber questions flexible in the path of duty; and reli- and remarks. gious without bigotry or party spirit. She Mrs. Solly was a woman of a quick aphad a very decided objection to every party prehension, and of a vigorous and active denomination. “I am a Christian," she inind, not easily dismayed, of a cheerful would say, “and acknowledge no other temper, and froin system as well as constileader than Christ;" and though she agreed tution, disposed to look on the bright side in sentiment with those who call themselves of every thing, and to overlook or disseUnitarians, she objected to the term; for gard the evils, that she might enjoy better she justly observed that Jews and Maho. The blessings of life. She had a deep sense metans were Unitarians though not Chris- of justice, and displayed a dignity as well tians. She was a strenuous advocate for a as liberality in her benefactions, wbich es. regular attendance on public worship, and cited respect as well as gratitude. As the recommended the duty not only by precept, parent of a numerous family, her conduct but also by her own example. She fre- was exemplary, affectionate and strictly quently spoke with regret of the number impartial. “On the death of her husband,
Obituary.--Mr. J. and Mr. T. Carpenter.- Lieut. Henry M'Dermott. 399 to whom she was cordially attached, and with which all are made free, they bad with whom she had been upited thirty-five learnt to perfection, an attainment by no years, she expressed the wish that her latter means universal, nor of small account in end might be like bis. Her prayer was the Christian character. granted; they each lived to the advanced Mr. Thomas Carpenter was universally age of 77, beloved and respected by all and most deservedly respected by all who who had the happiness of being connected knew him, on account of his extraordinary with them, in the full possession of all meekness, gentleness and kindness of temtheir faculties, and exempt from those in. per, and his inflexible integrity and virtue. firmities that are commonly the lot of ad. Few can contemplate bis character withvanced age. They each departed this life nut learning something to meliorate their after an illness of only a few hours, sen. He was a kind and sincere friend, sible nearly to the last, and apparently very good to his domestics and servants, without pain.
hospitable in bis house, and a father to the Well might the Psalmist say, “ Mark the family to which he belonged. Till bis perfect, and behold the uprighi, for their last illness he was a constant attendant at end is peace.” But it must not be for- the place of worship begun by Mr. Spilsgotten by those who wish to die the death bury, the ejected minister of Bromsgrove. of the righteous, that they must strive to His loss is very sensibly felt by the reli. live like them. Our deceased friend was gious society with which he was connected, regular in her family and closet devotions as well as by his other friends. The long to the close of life, and enjoined the same and tedious illness with which he was on her children.
afflicted, he bore with the Christian meekHer remains were interred in the family ness and patience characteristic of himself. Fault at Walthamstow, and a sermon was The last words which he spoke in this preached, on occasion of her death, to her life were, “ My trust is in the Lord.” numerous family and a large assembly of
“ Blessed is the man that maketh the Lord friends, by the Rev. Mr. Jerons, in the bis trust.” Old or Presbyterian Meeting-House in
Mr. John and Mr. Thomas Carpenter were brothers to the late Rev. Benjamin Carpenter of Stourbridge, and uncles to
the Rev. Dr. Carpenter of Bristol, and the 1819. March 6, at the Lydiate, near Rev. Benjamin Carpenter of Leeds. Bromsgrove, Mr. JOHN CARPBNTER, aged
V. V. 78; also, on the third day after, at Bromsgrove, his brother, Thomas CARPENTER, in the 64th year of his age, an extraor- On the 19th ult. at Winchester, in the dinary coincidence of mortality. They 220 year of his age, Lient. Henry M‘Der.. were descended from a family which has mort, of the 9th Regiment of Poot, second been very respectable in the neighbour. son of Lieut-Colonel M‘Dermott, of the hood of Bromsgrove for more than a cen. Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Berks. tary past, and rather numerous, but which, He was a young man whose placid dispoby removals and deaths, is now nearly sition, conciliating manners, and exemextinct in that neighbourhood. Neither plary conduct, obtained bim the esteem of tbem had been married. Mr. John and respect of all his acquaintance: to his Carpenter
was at one time the owner of disconsolate parents and immediate relamuch landed property in Worcestershire. tives his loss is irreparable, and his early He is well known to bave been a person death will be long a subject of the deepest of extraordinary generosity of temper, so regret to bis numerous friends and brother much so as to have been very prejudicial officers, whose heartfelt concern was so to bis own interest. If worldly circum- conspicuously manifested at Winchester, stances sometimes involved him in differs from whence the regiment recently marched eaces with his fellow-men, he was always for embarkation to the West Indies, having a very peaceable member of the religious cherished a hope, that had he been enabled society to which he belonged. * He and
to proceed, the sea voyage and change of his brother always exercised the most per- climate might have given a favourable fect Cbristian candour and charity to all turn to the pulmonary complaint under who differed never so widely from them- which he laboured. His remains were inselves ia religious sentiments. That liberty terred in the Cathedral Church-yard of
Winchester with military honours, his be
loved and respected faiber being chief • The Presbyterian at Bromsgrove.