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dination, brought certificate of his abilitie blie upon the late ordinance of Parliaand good life and conversation, hee shew. ment. eth a request and desire from manie of “ Thirdly, that the first prorinciall the people at Oulton in Lincolneshire, meetinge to bee the eight of August uext, that hee might bee their minister, it is in the Church at Preston, and Mr. Amenjoyned unto him to bringe a certificate brose to preach the same day at ten of to the next Classis that the saide place is the clocke. without a minister, and that he hath the “ Fourthly, that three Ministers and consent of the patron,

six ruleing Elders shall be delegated to " A letter is to be written to the mem- the provinciall assenzblie from everie bers of the congregation at Oulton to Classis, and have letters of credence give them notice what is requested of us from the moderator of the said Classis by Mr. Allen, and to desire of them sat under his hand. tisfaction that no other minister hath “ 10. It was this day agreed in the right unto, or is in the place; and that Classis, that erery Minister in this Classis Mr. Allen bath the consent of the Pa- should in there several congregations give tron.

notice of the Provinciall Assemblie, Au. 6. Mr. Walton came to the Classis gust the eight, and shall instructe there and shewed his dismission from the con. people touchinge the nature, use and gregation of Horwich, and a dismission benefitt thereof. And desire there confrom the congregation of Boulton, and gregations jointly and earnestly to pray Samuel Tayler (ove of the Members at to the Lord for his blessinge upon that Blakeley) witnesseth hee bad the assent meetinge the next nationall Fast-day. and desire of the people at Blakeley to be The 22d Meeting at Manchester, their Minister; it was ordered, more of August 1", 1648. the congregation should come to the next 4. Delegates appointed by the first Classis to give satisfaction thereof. Classis within the province of the Coun

The 21st Meeting at Manchester, tie of Lancaster, for the Provinciall AsJuly 120, 1648.

semblie at Preston, the eight of August, 2. Mr. Walton manifested the desire 1648. of the congregation at Blakely to have “5. Ministers,—Mr. John Angier, Mr. bim to bee theire Minister, by a further John Harrison, Mr Richard Hollinworth. testimonie of Josephe Costerdine, Law Elders,-Peter Egerton, Robert Hyde, rence Walworke, Thomas Clough, John Richard Haworth, Esqrs.; Robert Ash Travis and William Cheetham, who ton, Peter Sergeant, Edward Johnson, affirmed they were sent by the Cougrega- Gents., Ruleiuge Elders. tion there to testifie there assent as afore “6. The unwillingenes of those chosen said.

Elders for Didsburie to undergoe there 3. It is thought fitt, that Mr. Wal- office, was certified by a note under there ton proceede according to ordinance of hands, delivered in by William Boothe. Parliament to make a preparatory Ser “7. Certaine things were reade and mon, and so to proceede to election of approred to bee propounded to the ProElders in his the said congregation with vinciall Assemblie, and submitted therewhat convenient speede hee cann. unto by the Delegates assigned by this

“4. The businesse that concerneth Classis, and the moderator is to subscribe Daldham is continued, and ordered to be the same. called upon the next Classis.

The 23d Meetinge at Manchester, “7. Mr. Angier, Mr. Clayton and September 50, 1648. William Boothe are still desired to deale “5. It was reported from the Provinwith those elected Elders at Didsburie ciall Meetinge at Preston, that exception to accept there office before the next was taken, for that all the Elders deleClassis."

gated from this Classis did not appeare. Two or three similar minutes of It was for there excuse declared that they foriner Meetings relative to the ap- and that the necessitie of the affaires of

were of the Comittee for this countie; pointment of Elders at Didsbury, have the countie would not, in regarde of the not been transcribed.

present dangers, permit there then ap“ 8. Mr. Hollinworth gave account of pearinge at that tyme. Mr. Harrison's and his journey to Preston “ 9. Samuel Pendleton chosen an by the appointment of the Classis, viz., Elder for Blakely Chappell came to be

“First, that there was an appearance examined, was examined and approred from each Classis.

for his knowledge. “ Secondly, that all those that appear “ The 24th Meetinge at Manchester, ed did agree that they may acte pro- September 29, 1648. vincially, and appointe tyme, and place 4. There was a petition brought in and delegates for the provinciall assem- and attest by foure men from Ouldham



against the validitie of the election of “ The question given to Mr. Martin: Elders at Ouldham.

dale, An liceat mere privato in ecclesia “The hearinge of the businesse was constituta publice concionare. Neg. defeved till the next Classis.

“ The question given to Mr. Alleu, “ 3. In the meanetyme twoe Minis- An gratia salutifera possit amitti. Neg. ters are desired to meete and heare the “ 9. Those of the congregation of differences among the Members of the Ouldham that had petitioned against the congregation, and compose the differences election of Elders at Ouldham, were apamongst them, and give account what pointed to bring in there exceptions, if they doe therein the next Classis. they have any more than are in there

"Mr. Angier and Mr. Harrison are petition, the next Classis. desired to be the Minsters.

“ 10. There is noe cause shewed by 10. Ordered publicke notice hee anie of the congregation of Prestwich to given in the Parish Church of Prestwich, binder Mr. Furuess his dismission from that Mr. Furnesse haveinge a call to that place. Bury, desireth dismission from the Classis “11. This day there was a petition from Prestwich, they are to come in to preferred to this Classis from manie of shew cause to the contrarie, if they have the parishioners of Prestwich, takeing

notice of Mr. Furnesse intention to re“ The 25th Meetinge ‘at Manchester, move from thence; and desireing no Mithe 7th October, 1648.

nister may be placed there without the con2. There came some of the congre- sent of the major part of the parishioners. gation of Rostourne, and declared that “ It was agreed to give them answeare, they were desirevuse to have Mr. Martin- that the Classis hath taken there petition dale to be there Minister at Rostourne into consideration, and will give them aforesaid, and hee with them desired due and meete satisfaction accordinge to Ordination from this Classis ; they ten- there desire. dered a certificate to manifest his call to “ The 26th Meetinge at Manchester, that place under the hands of above 268 the 210 November, 1648. of the said congregation. Hee delivered “ 2. There appeared divers of the in a certificate of his age, that hee was parishoners of Rostorne delivered a write25 years of age ; and hee brought like. inge unto which there names were subwise a certificate that hee had taken the scribed, and by such as were there prenationall covenant. Hee was admitted sent attested, and subscribed by a pub. to examination to the end the Classis licke notarie, as they said, who was might receive satisfaction of his fitnes for present and attested it, wherein they obthe Ministrie, and so might certifie the jected against Mr. Martindale's ordi. same to the Comittee above, to the end nation. his civill right may be cleared to Rostorne “ 3. It was resolved not to proceeed aforesaid ; hee was approved so far as he to ordaine the said Mr. Martindale to was proceeded with in his examination. Rostorne, till the tytle he had to the

* 6. Mr. Anthonie Allen came to the place was cleared. Classis, and brought a presentation from “ 4. Mr. Anthonie Allen, Mr. Josephe the patron at Oulton, and satisfyed the Kellett, ‘Mr. Thomas Fowler, did all Classis of the vacancie of the place at bringe in there thesis, and disputed, and Oulton; hee is admitted to examination, were approved, and resolved to proceede and approved so farr as lee was proceed- to ordayne them. ed with in examination.

“ The 27th Meetinge at Manchester, 7. Mr. Joseph Kellett came out of 19th December, 1648. Notinghamshire to desire ordination; hee “ 4. The parishioners of Ouldham were brought certificate of his call to Hauton, appointed to produce witnesses to prove neare Newarke, aflirmed he was Batch- theire exceptions against the election of loure in Arts, brought testimonie of his Elders at Ouldham the next Classis." good life and conversation and fittnes for the Ministrie, was admitted to examina

N.B. A similar minute is registered lion, and approved soe far as was pro

under the next Meetinge. ceeded with in his examination.

“ The 28th Meetinge at Manchester, 8. Mr. Thomas Fowler came out of 6th Januarie, 1648. ihe countie of Derbie,” &c. same as last 6. Evamu Clarke, by generall consent minute, mutatis mutundis.

of the Classis, is appointed, pro tempore, “ The question given to Mr. Kellett, for their Register. And Mr. Hollinworth -An siut distincti ordines Presbiteron. entreated to overlooke and to have an Afirm.

eye upon him, " The question given to Mr. Fowler, “ Mr. Birch, schoolmaster, at Prest--An Presbiteri sint ejusdem ordinis. wich, is by the Elders thereof to be arAffirm.

pointed to appeare at the next Classical

Meetinge at Manchester, for baptiseinge of anie part of the Ministeriall function children, and for makeinge clandestine within these bounds, hath beene hereto. marriages.

fore admonished for baptizeinge of child“ 'The 29th Meetinge at Manchester, ren, and hath contemned theire order ; February 13, 1648.

whose offence herein is furth e aggra“None of the Elders of Flixton ap- vated by his baptiseing in prirate cons peared."

trarie to the directorie, and leth beca This minute is entered in the Regis- prored before them by oath; and have ter of several former Meetings.

inge alsoe beene divers tyines sumoned to

appeare before this Classe, has refused to “ 2. There appeared severall other make due appeareance, these are therefore Eldershipps to the number appointed for publicklic to give notice to your cougaa Classe.

tion at Prestwich, that the said Mr. * “3. The generalitie of the people of is prohibited by this Classe to baptize anic Newton did appeare before this Classe, children either publickly or privately, or and there did declare theire willingnes to to exercise auie other parte of the Minishare Mr. John Walker to bee there teriall function. And these are further Minister.

to give notice to the said Mr. Birch, to " 4. Mr. John Walker appointed to appeare before this Classe at theire next preach the next Classicall Meetinge, at Meeteinge at Manchester, the 8th day of Manchester, being the 13th of March next. May, or otherwise they must proceede to

“5. Mr. Dury hath beene examined in the further censure of him for his severall Logicke, Phisicks, Ethicks, Metaphisicks, contempts, and makeinge clandestine mar. Greeke and Hebrue.

riages, whereof there are complaints made “ 8. Mr. Birch, schoolmaster, at Prest- unto us." wich is once more to be advertised by the Elders there, to appeare before this

Your readers will perceive that the Classe for baptiseinge children privately change of the date of the year in the without order, and to appeare upon Register is made in April. Tuesday the 13th of March next.

In my selections from the Register, “9. It is ordered, that the Elders though many items, by no means deelected for Ouldham come in the next void of interest, have been necessarily Classe to bee examined in point of know- omitted, to the best of my judgment ledge, and that the said Elders elected I have given the preference to those have notice of it publickely in the said which appeared most generally intercongregation. "* 'The 30th Meetinge at Manchester, give too much rather than too little esting. Perhaps I may be thought to

; March 13th, 1648. “ 2. This Classe hare rendred thanks

or more probably in this, as in almost to Mr. John Walker for his paines in every thing else, different tastes will preacheinge before the said Classe.

decide differently. I shall be guided “4. Agreed that the exhortation from by any hint which you, Mr. Editor, the Provinciall Assemblie be reade iu may deem necessary. crerie congregation within this Classis My next communication I intend the next Lord's Day, beinge the 18th of to contain the Resolutions of the March instant.

“Provinciall Synrod at Preston,” being " 7. A warrant to bee drawne up to in number forty-three. bringe in the witnesses to testifie what

W. J. they can against Mr. Birch, schoolmaster,

P.S. Allow me in a few words to at Prestwich, for private baptizeinge of

correct children, and makeinge clandestine mar

an error, probably of the riages.

press, in Dr. Carpenter's Examination “ 8. Agreed that there bee a solemne of Magee's Charges. In a note in the day of humiliation to be kept at Manches- 5th page, Dr. C. ascribes what he is ter, upon the grounds and reasous in a pleased to designate “An able Letter petition presented to us by some of the on the Atonement," to G. of Manwell-affected iu Manchester.

chester. It ought to be J. of Man" At the first Classe within the pro- chester, the latter of the initials sub

vince of the Countie of Lancas- scribed above.

ter, April 10th, 1649. “A copie of a warrant for Mr. Birch, schoolmaster, at Prestwich.

Eresham, “Forasmuch as Mr. Birch, schoole

Sir, January 15, 1822. maister, at Prestwich, beingenot ap

HE insertion of three harmless proved by this Classe for the exerciseinge letters from the Illinois, in the


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Number for October, 1820, Vol. XV. hood, called Quakers-in the comprepp. 606-609, has been made the pre- hensive fraternal embrace" of the text for a very heavy charge against Unitarians. This, he thinks, has of the Monthly Repository. It is pre- late “ been a favourite design with ferred by a Constant Reader and Oc- them. And as those letters from the casional Contributor to the Christian Illinois were written in the style and Obseryer, in the Number for Novem- language" of the Quakers, he says, ber, 1821, Vol. XX. p. 690, under the “it would seem to the undiscerning signature of T. P. His letter is with- public to corroborate this claim to put date, but says, “ were the month association.” to pass away without bringing to my Yet I think the public are not so door its Number of the Christian Ob. blind as this attack of T. P. supposes, server, I should feel as though that for not one word do those letters conmonth had lost a day of sunshine.” tain respecting Unitarians, or any of He adds, “ It happened, not long their distinguishing doctrines. “This since, that my favourite pamphlet error, however,” adds he, can only found its way to me in company with operate on minds totally unacquainted a number of the Monthly Repository. with the opinions, feelings and wor. I am no reader of the latter produc. ship of the Quakers." It should, tion; but my bookseller observing in therefore, seem, if his object was to it soine private letters, from a family correct the error into which the style to which I am related, now residing of his relatives had led your readers, in the Illinois State, North America, that he should have addressed you on sent it for my perusal.”

the subject, not the Editor of the T. P. describes himself, moreover, Christian Observer. His next senas “ residing in a small town at a great tence may, however, explain why he distance from the metropolis.". He did not, though he fancies you have is of opinion the said letters should fewer readers among Friends than the not have been published without the latter work, and being otherwise curipermission of the writers. Adding, ous, I shall give it entire. He says, ** This liberty, however, if not justifi. “ As this people have found their able, loses its fainter hue of enormity, happiness materially guarded, by when compared with the attacks on avoiding, as much as possible, all dis. public opinion, for which the Monthly putes on theological questions, I am Repository is so justly celebrated." not going to drag them into the arena As he is no reader of this work, of controversy. But I cannot apprethough his censure is intended to con- hend any danger, from throwing into vey no slight hue of enormity, it seems the pages of the Christian Observer as if T. P. judged it not from exami- (for no periodical work is so much nation, but from report. He should read, or so well received by them) a have been more careful to avoid even passage I have lately met with, which the appearance of " defamation and I think explains their feelings on cerdetraction," against which the Society tain points of difficulty, in a manner of Friends, of which I suppose he is a that places them at an inmense dis. member, give salutary cautions, and tance from the hardy Unitarian;" a profess to bear a religious testimony. character as little alarmed at controHe should also have considered, that versy, as any he could have mentioned, an attack

on public opinion,” may because it is not apt to build on the be sometimes not only innocent, but sand of human invention, but “on useful and commendable. The writers that foundation which cannot be of the New Testament attacked it moved.” boldly and with great effect, as faithful The docunient T. P. quotes for the witnesses and servants of their Lord above purpose, is not from Penn's and Master.

Sandy Foundation Shaken," or any T. P. does not think he is “ wholly other approved work of the early ignorant of the channel through which Friends, but from “ Dr. Waterland's those letters found their way to pub. controversy with Dr. Clarke," as cited lication," or of “one of the motives in a letter from Edward Nares to for printing them ;” viz. "to catch Francis Stone,” two entire strangers the little, quiet, undisputing brother- to me. This quotation informos us,

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“The first Christians easily believed hold that the above text has no relation that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, whatever to water baptism. in whose name they were baptized, and Dr. Waterland, as quoted by T. P., whom they worshiped, were equally adds, " Probably these plain, honest dirine ; without troubling themselves Christians believed every person to be about the manner of it, or the recon- God, and yet but one God." This is eiling it with the belief in one God." oddly enough called “the artless simkis much easier to make these asser- plicity of the primitive Christians,". tions than to prove them.

of which, however, the New TestaIf, as Archdeacon Blackburne ob- ment, the only, or at least the most serves, we read the supposed bap- authentic record of their faith, affords tismal form, Matt. xxviii. 19, as fol- not even the slightest evidence. " It lows, “Go ye, therefore, and disciple seems they troubled not their heads all nations (baptizing them) into the with any nice speculations about the name of the Father, and of the Son, modus of it, till prying and pretending and of the Holy Ghost;" there is not men came to start difficulties, and a single tittle altered in the text of raise scruples and make disturbances ; the Evangelist, save in the pointing ; and then," adds the Doctor, “it was and yet a very material alteration of necessary to guard,” not the purity the sense of the passage obtained, and simplicity of the apostolic faith, which makes the two Evangelists as expressed in Scripture, but “ the (Matthew and Luke] perfectly con- faith of the church," in new notions sistent with each other. For as the which required new terms against passage stands above, explained by such cavils and impertinencies as began the parenthesis, the command to bap- to threaten it." tize refers to no particular form at How did the church act in this diffiall, and leaves us to supposé, what culty, as T. P. confesses it still is, to was certainly the truth of the matter, reconcile the doctrine of the Divine that the apostles being already well Unity, with that which he holds the acquainted with the form used in the cominon doctrine of the Trinity? His baptism of Jesus, it was quite super- oracle, Dr. Waterland, says,

PhiloAuous to enjoin it here.

sophy and metaphysics were called in St. John tells us expressly, chap. to its assistance, but not till heretics is. 2, that the disciples of Jesus made had shewn the way, and made it in a and baptized other disciples to their manner necessary for the Catholics to Master, and these not a few. This is encounter them with their own weaa sufficient proof without any other, pons." that the apostles of Christ were well This is, in other words, to say the versed in the form of baptism pre- Catholics adopted heretical language. scribed by our Saviour ; upon which I confess there is too much truth account the repetition of it in this in this, whether they or others first solemn mamer, is one of the last set so bad an example.

« Some things one would look for in this par- new terms and particular applications

came in by this means, that such as The Archdeacon, I need hardly add, had a mind to corrupt or destroy the was of opinion that the words in ques- faith” aforesaid, “ might be defeated tion contain " no baptismal form at in their purposes ; but after the hereall." Works, I. xxvi. Appendix B. tics had invidiously represented the Barelay, in his Quakerism eonfirmed, Catholics as asserting a division," by says, “That the apostles used the the new terms they had adopted in words Father, Son and Holy Ghost, speaking of the one true God, instead when they baptized, cannot be proved; of those used by the sacred writers, far less used they the word Trinity, and by their Lord and Master, " it which was not invented (till] long after was high time,” says the Doctor, "for the apostles' days.” Works, III, 139, the Catholics to resent the injury, and And, accordingly, he is entirely silent deny," not disprove, “the charge." on that doctrine in his “ Apology for He adds, “ There was no occasion for the true Christian Divinity," which mentioning of three hypostases, till be of course thought miglit well do such as Praxeas, Noetus and Sabellius, without it. The Quakers have always had pretended to make one hypostasis

ticular passage.

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