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of Europe. This gave rise to loud de- cluded, the business of the Society was nunciations from the other religious transacted, the Rev. Jerom Murch in denominations, who were surprised the chair. that a Christian Bishop dared to tra- The Rev. William James, the Secreverse the city of the crucifixion with tary, read the report, from which it worldly pomp. Bishop Alexander was appeared that at Torquay a room had accused with still greater vehemence been licensed by the Society, and opened of using stratagem to advance the inte- the second Sunday in January for divine rest of England, whilst in truth he, in worship, and that service had been a land where all were engaged in in- regularly conducted since that time, trigue, was the only man who was with favourable results. Much opposiignorant of, and who did not meddle tion had been encountered, and was with, those complicated affairs. When still manifested; but the Sunday eventhe building of a church was at length ing services were invariably well atpermitted, he turned his attention to tended, though chiefly by persons of the more distant parts of his Bishopric. the working classes. The formation of Of these, Egypt first laid claim to his the Western Christian Union had been attention, because many Englishmen, also of much service to the Cheltenham since the establishment of the Overland congregation, which had been greatly Mail, had taken up their abode there, assisted by a course of lectures, under and had already entertained the idea the direction of the Union, during the of erecting a church in Alexandria. past winter, the attendance on which Bishop Alexander set out thither on had been highly satisfactory. The Comthe 7th of November; on the 22nd, he mittee had engaged the services of the reached Ras-el-Wady; when he was Rev. W. Smith, late of Stockport, who taken ill, and in the night suddenly would be stationed at Torquay for three died. His body was, according to his months. The Committee had not forwish, taken to Jerusalem. As he left gotten the small congregations in the but little property, efforts were made district requiring aid. Grants of tracts in London to raise a fund for the main- had been sent to several ministers for tenance of his widow.
distribution; there had also been corDr. Alexander's successor is the Rev. respondence with friends at Calne, Samuel Gobart, who has been appointed Yeovil, and South Petherton, where by the King of Prussia, in conformity there are chapels at present without with the agreement that the nomination ministers. The Committee had likewise to the Bishopric should be successively been at some trouble to ascertain the in the hands of the British and the names of persons holding Unitarian Prussian Monarch.
opinions in places where there are no
organized religious societies professing Western Unitarian Christian Union.
these views. They had discovered many
who were glad to be brought into interOur readers are aware that a new course with their brethren; and espeAssociation for the West of England, cially had this been the case in the whose operations are designed to ex- county of Cornwall, in most of whose tend through the counties of Glouces- important towns it had thus been found ter, Somerset, Dorset, Wilts, Devon that there are some who adhere to "the and Cornwall, has been recently formed, sect every where spoken against.” The with pleasing prospects of success. Committee expressed their gratitude Its first half-yearly meeting was held for the ready response which had been on the 21st of April, at Taunton, and made to their appeal for pecuniary aid, was numerously and respectably at and especially to the Cambridge Gratended by ministers and friends from duate who had so generously contriExeter, Colyton, Sidmouth, Collump- buted the sum of £100 to the funds of ton, Tavistock, Plymouth, Otley, Honi. the Union. The Cominittee concluded ton, Ilminster, Crewkerne, Bridgwater, their Report in the following words : Bath, Shepton Mallet, Frenchay, Bris- “ They believe that the cause, in the tol and Cheltenham
support and defence of which you are The service in the morning was united, is one which is worthy of the introduced by the Rev. F. Bishop, of energies of every generous mind. It is Exeter ; and the Rev. G. Armstrong that of humbly vindicating the ways of delivered an able and impressive disa God to man, in the revelation of his course from Matthew xvi. 13-19, and truth by Jesus Christ, divested of the 2 Cor. iv. 13.
corruptions which have grown around After divine service had been con- it, and which, there is but too fearful testimony to prove, have darkened its few introductory observations, proevidence, and deadened its influence posed thanks to the Rev. S. Bache for throughout the whole stream of its past his services in conducting the worship history. God blesses the sincere, the and delivering the discourses of yesterearnest, the endeavouring; and let us day, and expressed the pleasure that not be weary in well-doing, for in due was felt in seeing him present on that season we shall reap if we faint not.'” occasion.
Various resolutions were then passed Mr. Bache responded in an interestrelating to the appointment of officers ing and manly speech, in the course of and the rules of the Society; and at which he took occasion to advert to three o'clock, about fifty gentlemen his family connection with Mr. Higdined together. The business of the ginson, formerly minister of the HighUnion was resumed, instead of the usual Street chapel, Stockport, and to pay a after-dinner toasts; and the discussion graceful tribute to the beauty of the continued until it was time to prepare building in which the congregation for the evening service. Mr. Barker now assembles. In concluding, Mr. lectured in the chapel, not in connection Bache proposed the prosperity of the with the Union; but Mr. Montgomery Stockport congregation, which was achad arranged for his visit on this occa- knowledged by the Chairman, and by sion, in order that many of the friends Mr. H. Coppock, town-clerk, and sem from distant places might hear him. nior warden of the church, who exThe chapel was crowded with persons pressed himself most hopefully of the of various classes and opinions, and affairs of the congregation, and stated great pleasure, we are sure, was expe that its numbers continued steadily rienced.
to increase. The Rev. J. J. Tayler, of At ten o'clock on Wednesday (the Manchester, next addressed the meetfollowing) morning, several ministers ing in a speech, the truly enlightened and laymen again met in the vestry of earnestness of which must have carried the chapel, at an adjourned meeting of his words to the hearts of all present, the Western Christian Union, and con- on "The Religious Spirit-not confined tinued together for about three hours to the services of the sanctuary, nor to
Thus ended one of the most interesting the special offerings of devotion.” He Association meetings that it has ever was worthily followed by the Rev. P. been our happiness to attend. The P. Carpenter, at present of Stand, who impression produced by it, we believe, enlarged with great animation and is universally favourable; and we can- power on the subject of “Moral Renot but hope that the Western Chris- formers-may their call be answered tian Union, having been commenced and their efforts successful." The fawith prospects so encouraging, will be miliar, but often little understood, senfound extensively useful, and do well timent, “Civil and Religious Liberty the work which it has undertaken. all the world over," was responded to
by Mr. Herbert New, of Evesham,
who brought fresh interest to an old Stockport Unitarian Church.
theme. The interests of the “Sunday- On Sunday, April 26th, sermons on schools of the Stockport Unitarian occasion of the fourth anniversary of Church and associated Institutions," the opening of the new Unitarian were connected with the name of Mr. church were preached at Stockport by Johnson, one of the superintendents of the Rev. S. Bache, of Birmingham. the former and librarian of the vestry His excellent discourses were listened library, who read a report, somewhat to with marked attention by a large at length, of both institutions. The congregation, and at the close of each school, which was opened in November, service the usual collection was made numbers nearly 100 scholars, among for the purpose of defraying the still whom many have become subscribers remaining debt upon the building. and readers to the library. As the
On the following evening, Monday evening was already considerably adthe 27th, a congregational tea-party vanced, the Chairman called on the was held in the spacious school-room Rev. Franklin Howorth, of Bury, to beneath the church, which was well close the addresses of the evening. filled by the congregation and their Mr. Howorth enforced the necessity friends. The chair was taken by the for “the religious and moral training minister, Rev. D. Davis, who, after of the Young in our Sunday-schools,” giving out a hymn, which was sung illustrating his observations with many by the whole assembly, and making a interesting extracts from the corre
spondence of old Sunday-scholars who upon all the ministers present in the had come within the sphere of his own course of the evening to speak to some observation. After a few concluding sentiments connected with the progress remarks, a hymn was sung, and a final or application of our religious opinions. prayer offered by the Rev. S. Bache. The autumn meeting of the Associa
Besides the gentlemen above men tion was fixed to be held at Cockey tioned, there were present, the Revds. Moor on Thursday, Oct. 1st. Preacher, R. B, Aspland, of Dukinfield; J. the Rev. J. Ragland; supporter, the Taylar, of Dob Lane; Mr. P. E. Mars- Rev. F. Howorth. land, Mayor of Stockport; Mr. C. Hudson, Coroner for N. Cheshire, &c. &c. The proceedings of the evening
Unitarianism in Southampton. closed at an advanced hour, and appear
A small number of Unitarians have to have afforded pleasure and improve
for the last two years regularly met ment to all present.
together for public worship at the house of one of their friends, and have evinced
a strong desire to aid in the extension Bolton District Unitarian Association. of “pure and undefiled religion" to
The fortieth half-yearly meeting of their brethren around. Influenced by this Association was held on Thursday, these considerations, the members of April 30th, at Chorley. It was nume- the Southern Unitarian Fund Society rously attended by members of various have for some time past been desirous congregations in the district. The of assisting in this laudable attempt, ministers present were the Revds. H. and by the kind co-operation of the Clarke, F. Knowles, F. Howorth, Dr. British and Foreign Unitarian AssociaHarrison, W. Probert and F. Baker. tion have guaranteed the rent of a suitThe religious services were introduced able place for worship for one year, and by the Rev. F. Knowles, and a useful the necessary expenses attendant on its discourse was preached by the Rev. F. preparation for that purpose. The Rev. Howorth, from the words, “Thy king. Edwin Chapman has preached, morndom come,” Matt. vi. 10. This king- ing and evening, for four Sundays, dom was described as a kingdom of Measures have been taken for continutruth, righteousness and love. The ing the lectures by other ministers for blessings of its extension were devoutly some time longer, and though the sucacknowledged, while regret was ex- cess of the attempt has not been so pressed that there was so small an great as might have been expected, yet amount of real Christianity in the a sufficient degree has attended these world. Some of the causes were pointed exertions to warrant their continuance. out why practical Christianity had not In the mean time, the friends of Scripmade greater progress. One was the tural Christianity, not only in the dispractice of preaching Christianity in a trict, but in other parts of the kingdom, style of vague generalities, instead of to whom God has given the ability, are giving it a practical application to the earnestly requested to come forward existing evils of the time ; and the and assist this infant society with the superiority of the latter method was means of securing the services of some illustrated in reference to the great stated minister who might be able to questions of war, slavery and intem- devote himself wholly to the propagaperance. Other causes adverted to by tion of religious truth, and give the the preacher were the influences of experiment a fair trial. The funds alpolitical institutions and the general ready subscribed are altogether inadeeducation and habits of the people. quate to this purpose. Further con3. The inconsistencies of the lives of tributions will be thankfully received professing Christians. The preacher by Rev, E. Kell and Rev. H. Hawkes, concluded by shewing the necessity of Secretaries to the Southern Unitarian individual regeneration and of social Fund Society; or by Mr. P. Brannon, organization for the promotion of true 25, Carlton Place, Southampton, Treareligion, urging the duty of presenting surer of the congregation. the religion of Christ less in a contro- The friends to Unitarianism at Southversial and more in a positive and de ampton are desirous of engaging the votional form.
services of a minister who would for a Tea was provided in a spacious room short time encounter the difficulties of in the town, where a large party as- forming a new society, and the consesembled. The minister of the place quent uncertainty of income, and would presided over this meeting, and called be obliged by communications on the
subject addressed to either of the above moral value of the Profession of TeachSecretaries.
ing. This it proposes to effect by ex
acting from its members some test of Shildon Congregation. - Mr. Hoade, capability and proof of qualification; the Unitarian minister of Selby, has the masters of public schools and gracalled our attention to the Shildon duates at the Universities alone to be congregation, in the North of England. exempt from this test. It is hoped by The society arose out of expulsions, on its founders that in time a corporate the score of doctrine, from the Wes body or college, consisting of persons leyans; it consists of about twelve engaged in tuition, may be formed, to church-members, with an average at- be called “the Royal College of Pretendance, in a confined room, of forty ceptors." In the mean time, the Society persons; and it is considered that if à proposes to elect from its own body fitter place could be obtained, congre- certain persons who shall examine apgations averaging above a hundred, plicants and grant certificates of qualiand a Sunday-school of fifty children, fication to Teachers. This plan will well supplied with teachers, could be secure to the public a safe guarantee of obtained. There is hope of securing a the qualifications in character and atsuitable chapel, if the means could be tainment of those who aspire to educate raised. The whole sum required is youth. By it, the respectability of the very small. The case is recommended scholastic profession will be enhanced, by Joseph Barker and Dr. Bateman, and in time it is hoped that the Schoolwho are personally acquainted with it, master will be placed by his office on a and consider it worthy of attention. footing as to rank in society with the The Rev. George Hoade, of Selby, other learned professions. We foresee Yorkshire, will thankfully receive any some difficulties in the organization and subscriptions that may be offered. proper working of such a Society, but
Shildon is situate near Darlington, if its purposes be carried out with in a populous and improving neigh prudence, but, above all, unflinching bourhood. The entire sum required honesty, it may be the means of good for establishing this cause will not ex both to educators and the public. Great ceed 901., of which, it is expected, 201. care must be taken, especially at the will be raised by the congregation. outset, to let no religious test be intro
duced, or the fate of the Society will Warrington Sunday-School Union.- be quickly sealed. One matter sur: On Monday, May 4th, a tea-meeting prises us—it is that the originators of of the teachers and friends of Sunday. the Society of Preceptors have not yet schools was held in the large room of decided whether female teachers and the Lion Hotel, N. Cooke, Esq., in the schoolmistresses shall be incorporated chair. We observed on the platform or with it. in the body of the room members of almost all Christian denominations in Episcopal Persecution. It may be rethe town-Baptists, Independents, collected that about two years ago, the Unitarians, Quakers, Methodists, and Bishop of Exeter commenced proceedLady Huntingdon's Connection. The ings against a gentleman who had been meeting was addressed by Mr. Roberts a clergyman in his diocese, but who on the moral condition of the town; previous to the offence charged against by Mr. Robson, on the Sunday-school him had announced to the Bishop his institution ; by Mr. Ryland, on the duty secession from the Church. As, howof personal effort; by Mr. M'Minnies, ever, the circumstances may not be on the advantages of union; by Mr. fresh in the minds of our readers, we Phillips, Mr. Wilkinson, Mr. Leather shall briefly recapitulate them. In and Mr. Wilson; and the evening passed 1832, the Duke of Somerset built a over in uninterrupted harmony and chapel at Bridgetown, in the parish of peace.
Berry Pomeroy, and the Rev. James
Shore, the curate of that parish, was Society of Preceptors.--Attention has appointed incumbent by the vicar. In of late years been called in various ways 1836, the vicar died, and in 1843, his to the depressed social station of Edu- successor exchanged livings with the cators, whose services to society entitle Rev. Mr. Cosens. Soon after this genthem to a better reward than they ordi. tleman's induction, the Bishop's secrenarily receive. A Society has just tary wrote to inquire whether Mr. been formed, the object of which is to Shore's license had been renewed. protect the interests and enhance the Finding that it had not, the Bishop directed Mr. Cosens to refuse any appli. are about to surrender, and to bring cation for the purpose from Mr. Shore, about the repeal of the barbarous staand withdrew his license from the tutes which thus give up the minds and chapel. The Duke of Somerset, in consciences of clergymen into the keepdignant at these proceedings, directed ing of intolerant and inexorable priests his steward to have the chapel (which armed with the episcopal power. was his own property, and had never been consecrated) licensed as a Dissent. Crimes of the Clergy.-The alumni ing place of worship. Mr. Shore quali- of the Universities, candidates for the fied himself as a Dissenting minister, priesthood in the Church of England, and inquired from the Bishop's secre- have petitioned the Lords to increase tary whether any other step was re- the spiritual authority of the Bishops. quisite in order to withdraw himself They say — “ That your petitioners from the jurisdiction of the Church of have observed with deep concern some England. No answer being received, recent cases of clerical delinquency, Mr. Shore proceeded to perform the painful to every well-regulated mind, service and administer the sacrament but peculiarly so to those who, like in his chapel, according to the rites of your petitioners, look forward with the Church of England. On this, the hope to the enjoyment ere long of the Bishop of Exeter, after monition, com- high privilege of being themselves menced proceedings against him in the dispensers of God's Holy Word and Arches Court at Canterbury. Mr. Sacraments. That in the cases referred Shore took the case into the Court of to, facts which have exhibited in the Queen's Bench, urging that he was no delinquent parties gross profligacy and longer subject to ecclesiastical juris- an utter disregard of the sacred office diction. Lord Denman lately an- which they hold, have been brought nounced the decision of the Court, home by undoubted evidence, and yet which was, that there was no ground a measure of punishment has been for a prohibition. Defendant “ was a inflicted which, as your petitioners priest of the Established Church, in believe, is greatly disproportioned to holy orders, and nothing could divest the heinousness and evil tendency of him of that sacred character and the the offences committed." consequent liabilities of his yow, ex. cept the power ecclesiastical. No priest A Move amongst the Baptists.- We in holy orders could be divested of the hear from several quarters that there sacred character, and of its duties, is considerable theological restlessness except by the same authority which amongst the Baptists, and that there had created him such priest in orders. are not wanting indications of an ad By the 17th canon, no clergyman of vance towards liberal views amongst the Established Church shall, after or portions of this highly respectable relidination, be allowed to use himself as gious body. At Hull, a rather intea layman upon pain of excommunica- resting movement has just taken place tion by the ordinary and the ecclesias in the congregation which, forty years tical law.” We presume, therefore, ago, was taught by the Rev. James the Ecclesiastical Court will now pro Lyons, who in the year 1808 resigned ceed to pass sentence on Mr. Shore, the pastoral office in consequence of and that excommunication will proba. embracing the Unitarian doctrine. Since bly be his punishment. And let no one Mr. Lyon's time, the ministry at the imagine that this punishment is slight. George-Street chapel has presented two The excommunicated man, says Black- other heretics. The last is the Rev. stone, “cannot serve upon juries, can- Mr. Pulsford, a young minister who is not be a witness in any court, and, described to us as possessed of much which is the worst of all, cannot bring ability and taste. At the time when an action, either real or personal, to he was chosen at Hull, the Baptist recover lands or money due to him," interest was somewhat declining, but &c. (Commentaries, III. 102.) His the popularity of his services gave the mild, Christian Diocesan seems re- desired renovation. Lately, however, solved on convincing Mr. Shore that his deacons began to entertain suspihe has “subscribed slave," and that cions of his being heretical. They called a slave he shall continue to be. We upon him to make a confession of his hope the Bishop of Exeter will push faith on the subject of the Trinity and this matter on to extremities, both to the Atonement. In doing this, he open the eyes of candidates for “ holy avowed some recent modifications of orders," as to what natural rights they his views, but maintained a kind of