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Gloucester, national and other weekly schools) Sir,
December 9, 1818. there are now in this city * four Sun(F the following articles be deemed day schools belonging to the Church Miscellany, have the goodness to in agree with us in teaching the essential sert them in your vext Number. Prior doctrines of Redemption through the to their perusal, it is right that the blood of Christ, and sanctification by reader should be informed, that the the Holy Spirit. These schools are Unitarian Christian Church in this able and willing to receive all the city has a Sunday school, consisting poor children of Gloucester, and have of nearly seventy children, boys and a sacred right to every shilling which girls. 'To defray the expense of it, a believer in the holy Trinity may be recourse has been had, of late years,
asked to contribute to yn Loitarian to the celebration of an anniversary
school. about this time of the year, notice of
“ It is not my disposition to make which is given to the public by bills illiberal reflections. If the frequenters announcing the same, and containing
of the chapel in Barton-street, be inselect hymns, to be sung on the occa
deed persuaded that they can find sion, with an intimatioll, or at least their way to the love of God' withunder an understood expectation, of a out the grace of our Lord Jesus collection at the door of the chapel. Christ and the fellowship of the Holy These steps being taken as usual, and Ghost,' let them bring up their chii.
dren in the nurture and admonition due preparations made for the purpose, the Editor of the Gloucester Herald of_Socinus; but let it not be ex. thought proper to insert the letter, pected that we should join them in sigued “ A Christian," in his paper,
teaching the children of our neighbearing date the 5th instant, the day bours to tread under foot the Son before the anniversary, but published of God, count the blood of the covethe preceding night." The Handbill nant an unholy thing, and do despite annexed to the Letter was circulated to the spirit of grace.' as speedily as could well be before
“I am, Sir, &c. Sunday, and on Sunday evening the
“ A CHRISTIAN." observations were made upon it, which I have added to the other papers.
The public are respectfully assured
that the letter to the Editor of the N. B. The title and motto before Gloucester Herald, in the paper of the letter, are usually placed at the to-day, respecting the Unitarian Suns head of one of the columns in the day school, is replete with craccurate Gloucester Herald.
statements, erroneous representations, The Christian Herald.
and unfounded insinuations. The mi“ Fear God, honour the King."
nister of the Unitarian chapel pledges
himself to prove this to be the case “ To the Editor.
to any who will have the goodness to
hear him from his own pulpit. A “Sir,—I feel it my duty to caution slighit notice only can be taken of the your readers not to attend the anniver- letter to-morrow evening, but oppor. sary of the Unitarian Sunday schools, tunity will be offered to discuss the as they have been invited by public subject more fully on the following handbills. I conceive that those Sunday evening, and during the winschools cannot be conscientiously sup. ter months. ported, (except by the members of
The Unitarians do not teach their that peculiar society,) for the follow- children any controverted doctrines ing simple reasons :“ 1. Because if a Churchman, or a anniversary nothing will be said that
whatever, and on the evening of their Methodist, or a Trinitarian Dissenter, be correct in his interpretation of the Bible, every person who may contribute to support the Unitarian schools, de Crypt, St. John's, St. Michael's and St.
" Attached to the Churches of St. Mary will contribute to the support and
Nicholas." diffusion of great, fundamental and destructive errors.
+ " In connexion with the Independent, “ 2. Because (in addition to the Baptist Chapels.”
the Methodist, Lady Huntingdon's and
Newton and Locke, Anti-Trinitarians.
can offend the conscience of the most 3. We are persuaded that what the scrupulous Trinitarian.
writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews THEOPHILUS BROWNE. says, x. 29, of treading under foot the December 5, 1818.
Son of God, &c., was and is applicable
only to the avowed and determined Address to the Congregation, which was
opposers and despisers of Jesus Christ very large and respectable, on the and his religion, apostates from his evening of December 6, 1818.
cause, and wilful violaters of his comMy Christian BRETHREN,
mands; and we cannot but esteem it In reply to the letter which ap- as contrary as possible to the true spirit peared in the Herald of yesterday, I of Christianity, to charge us with any would beg leave to assure you, in the thing so grossly impious and wicked. first place, that we, the members of We purpose to have evening lectures this congregation, do not pretend to every Sunday in this place during the find our way (as it is strangely ex. winter months; and if you, my Chris. pressed) to the love of God without tian brethren, would be pleased to atthe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, tend, we would inform you exactly and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost what our sentiments are, and lay before or Holy Spirit. Whether the love of you the grounds and reasons of our God signifies our love of him, or his faith. We make a point of not teachof us, (which is uncertain,) we are ing the children of the Sunday School convinced that his love is not to be those doctrines which are matters of acquired, unless we strive to imbibe dispute and controversy amongst Christhe true genuine Christian temper, tians. Our advice to them is uniformly which we understand to be meant by this: “Be guided by your parents so the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; long as you are children, but when and we are very sensible that such you grow up and become men and feeble, frail creatures as we are, stand women, inquire and judge for yourgreatly in need of the enlightening, selves to the best of your knowledge supporting and directing assistance of and power, with a single eye to the the Spirit of our God. We do not in truth and in the fear of God." As general use the form alluded to as a your parents think proper to put you valediction at the close of our devo- under our care, we will do the best tion, because we think there is good for you we are able, but we will not ground to believe that the apostle re. prejudice or bias your minds for or ferred, in the last clause of it, to the against any party or denomination of extraordinary and miraculous gifts and Christians. endowments bestowed upon believers I hope this may suffice, for the prein the very first age of the Christian sent, to convince our brethren that we church, and which have long since are not those vile and worthless beings entirely ceased. Taking the clause to that we have been represented to be; convey the sense of such guidance and and that, notwithstanding what has direction as may be now and at all been said agajust us, you will be so times humbly hoped for from above, kind as to assist us, by your generous we have no objection, in the smallest contributions in our labour of love, in degree, to the use of it.
bringing up the children of our School 2. We do not bring up our own or
in the nurture and admonition-not of our neighbours' children in the nurture Socinus, you may rely upon it, but of and admonition of Socinus. With this one very far superior to him, even person we do not agree in some ma- Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and terial points, and if we did in all his Saviour. opinions, we should not wish to be called his followers. He was a learned, Sir,
Nov. 3, 1818. and, upou the whole, an excellent man; TR. Professor Monk, in his pambut we look upon ourselves as no more belonging specifically to him than we tanical Professorship at Cambridge, do to Paul, or Peter, or Apollos. We more than insinuates that neilber Sir profess to be the disciples of Jesus Isaac Newton nor John Loche are to Christ, and look upon him as, under be reckoned among Anti-Trinitarians. God, our proper Master, Teacher and I wish the question were set at rest, Guide.
and it were shewn whether, and how
far, those celebrated meu departed every one seemed anxious to assist at from the standard of moderate ortho- the first solemu mass that has been doxy ;-which might easily be done, celebrated in Edinburgh since the first, by collecting the evidence to days of the unfortunate Mary, Queen this point to be obtained from their of Scotland." owu writings; and, secondly, the ex- The above account is extracted from ternal evidence.
a St. James's Chronicle of the present BREVIS. weck, and I think describes one of the
fiuest displays of the splendours or Hanrood, fopperies of Roman Catholic worship
October 12, 1818. that has been witnessed in this country N
the festival of All Saints, a solemn monies attendant upon higdi niass, in high mass was celebrated in the new all its ancient grandeur, with their Roman Catholic Chapel in Edinburgh, various attractions for the eye and ear, with great magnificence. The Right have appeared once again amongst us, Rev. Bishop, Dr. Patterson, officiated it may well be expected that proces. in pontificalibus, splendidly clothed in sions of saints and relics will soon be purple and gold, with a golden mitre seen in our streets! and I see no reason and crosier. He was assisted by several to object to this: let them come, with priests in sacerdotal habits. After the all their tinsel and their gands; in the epistle and gospel had been chaunted, 1916 century we may surely venture to the venerable and learned metropolitan predict, from such ridiculous displays, Bishop, Dr. Camerou, delivered an ap- a more speedy dowofal of the super. propriate discourse. The sacred orator stition which brings them forward. dwelt with complacency upon that true Gross absurdities cannot long bear the evangelical spirit which at present dif- increasing light of these days! To profuses itself throughout the Christian long their existence, they should be world, especially the British empire. exhibited within the gloomy walls of He aptly observed, that the fire- convents, and in those seats of enforced brand of discord, persecution and fana- ignorance, where the precious fruit of ticism, among the followers of Christ, the tree of knowledge still remains a was for ever extinguished; that it was forbidden thing. no longer a matter of acrimonious con- Unitarians may, I think, be proud to tention between Christians, whether find how dangerous and alarming their they belong to the Church of England doctrives appear to the infallible sucor of Rome, Lutheran or Calvinistic, cessors of Peter; to see their metrobut that all true believers in the inef- politan call not only upon those whom fable mysteries of the ever-glorious and be esteems the true belierers, but upon adorable Trinity unite themselves under the Church of England, the Lutherans the triumphani banners of the cross, . and the Calvinists, all lesser heretics, to in order to combat manfully the ob- unite themselves in one band against poxious avd baneful tenets of Socini- them! He tells us that we are formianism and infidelity, which are so in- dable, when he exhorts the thousands dustriously disseminated by the pseudo- and tens of thousands who profess the philosophers of this degenerate age.' varying and anathematizing creeds of The learned prelate concluded by ex. discordant sects to come forward with horting his flock ‘to be guided by the him, and “combat manfully" with Sotorch of faith, whose resplendent rays ' cinianism and infidelity, for with Dr. alone illume the celestial path to the Cameron, as with many others, these heavenly Jerusalem.'
terms are represented as nearly syno“ The music for the mass was very pymous; and we will hail their coming. grand, being the celebrated composi- Free and fair discussion is what we tion of Mozart for the Imperial Chapel earnestly desire; and wbile sound reain Vienna. The choir was conducted son, and clear scriptural authority, by Mr.Corry, of London, and the whole again and again plainly repeated in was performed with great judgment every book of the sacred writings, is and effect. The chapel was crowded on our side, we fear not their embattled to excess by people of the first rank phalanx, of whatever number it may and fashion, of every religious deno- consist. While they are drawn up, as mination, even Jews and Quakers; now, against our tenets, and not, as in Outrage at Edinburgh.-Late Seceders from the Church.
old times, ayainst our persons and pro- pointed an early immortality:" that perties, we not only willingly, but though “sickness wasted his body, it
gladly, meet them; and if, in the en- had no power over his spirit!" “that his · counter, we should find that the strong understanding retained all its vigour,
arm of Truth fights on their side, we and his heart gained new sensibility." will readily, joyfully and thankfully The next circumstance mentioned of enlist ourselves with them under her Mr. Thacher coincides, too, in a re. sacred banner.
markable degree: “his sufferings called These must be the sentiments of forth an almost unprecedented kindevery sincere and consistent Unitarian: ness," (in different parts of this counand that a full and patient discussion try, and afterwards in a foreign land,) of all the points in which they differ in those with whom he associated, from their Christian brethren may “which furnished him with new and speedily take place, and be carried on constant occasions of pious gratitude, by both parties in the spirit of meek and perhaps he was never so thankful ness and candour, is the earnest wish to the Author of his being as during of your constant reader,
his sickness." MARY HUGHES. The parallel holds so entirely throughP.S. Will you permit me, before I out almost every sentence, that I might close this paper, to make a few obser- go on transcribing to the end of the vations on the very interesting account paper, and still imagine that it was given in your last Repository of the expressly written to commemorate our late Mr. Thacher. (XIII. 717—720.] departed friend, so perfect in all respects I think, if Mr. Fearon himself, or, if such is the resemblance. To that admirable there be, one still less willing to allow paper, then, I refer the many who feel any degree of talent or of virtue to exist a deep ivterest in the remembrance of among our brethren on the other side Mr. Goodier, as presenting a likeness of the Atlantic, were to peruse it, he of him which cannot but be highly must confess that the Western ontj. gratifying to their hearts. pent has produced a man whose character does honour to human nature; Sir,
native skies, a survivor was not want. more reading the ing, fully able, with simple, forcible account of the horrid execution at and heart-affecting eloquence, to hold Edinburgh, where a malefactor being forth his bright example to the world. cut down from the gallows in a state
But what chiefly induces me to no- of insensibility, was restored to contice this article, is the very striking scious animation by being bled by a résemblauce which, in character and surgeon, and then banged a second circumstances, in life and in death, the time. This is pure vindictive justice. subject of it bears to our lamented But this is not the last nor the worst friend, Benjamin Goodier; which I scene of the kind, if your corresponthink cannot but have forcibly oc- dents who believe in both the resurcurred to the mind of every reader rection and destruction of the wicked, who had, like myself, the happiness be right. I submit the case to their of being intimately acquainted with moral sense. that excellent young man.
Q. Who that witnessed his conduct and behaviour during any considerable part SIR, of the four years of illness which pre
GREAT sensation has been creceded his death, the great mental improvement that he made, and the by the late secession of several of its zealous and active exertions for the ministers and members, distinguished benefit of his fellow-creatures which at least by their opulence. They are continually employed him, even under ultra-evangelical, going beyond the such trying circumstances, could fail Calvinists themselves on the subject to see in him “ a young man uncom- of imputed righteousness and justifimonly ripe in understanding and vir- cation by faith. They appear not to tue!" and, though unwillingly, to an- be all of the same mind, but several ticipate that for him “ God had ap- of them are said to be Anti-trinitarians,
denying the personality, and of course Mr. Erans, from the Church of the deity of the Holy Spirit. Every England, is the minister of the newlywhere they manifest great zeal and erected noble chapel, said to have cost wonderful pecuniary generosity; build- many thousands of pounds, in Doughtying handsome places of worship at street, London. Of the state of his their own charges, and carrying on congregation, and style of preaching, gratuitous service. Their forms are I have not been iuformed. the same as those of other orthodox Some of these gentlemen make vo Dissenters.
scruple, it is reported, of recommend. I have learned the following parti- ing one of the Unitarian Tracts, viz. culars of their present state, which I Marsom's Impersonality of the Holy put down, that, if incorrect, some of Ghost. your correspondents may set ine right,
R. B. and that others, knowing more, may be tempted to impart their ioforma. Evelyn's Description of Incidents in the tion.
beginning of the Reign of Charles II. Mr. Baring, a clergyman, of the T has been fashionable of late to great mercantile family, has erected a
pour contempt upon the Puritans splendid chapel at Exeter, where he and Nonconformists of the 17th cenofficiates. He has another, I believe, tury, as fanatics; but it might be shewn at Taunton. The clergy preach and that the fanaticism was not all on one publish against him, and for a time side. The following description of a forget the Unitariaus.
piece of state-fanaticism is from the Mr. Arnold (the same, I suppose, pen of a courtier and an eye-witness : referred to Vol. XIII. pp. 724 and 754) “ 1660, July 6. His Majestie began has also opened a room for worship at first to touch for the evil,* according to Exeter. He is reputed to be higher custome, thus: His Ma'ie sitting under in orthodoxy than Mr. Baring. his State in yo Banquetting House, the
Mr. Cowan, a popular clergyman, Chirurgeons cause the sick to be has long attracted attention at Bristol, brought or led up to the throne, where by his secession, and is now building they kneeling, ye King strokes their a handsome chapel in Great George- faces or cheekes with both his hands street, the most fashionable part of at once, at which instant a Chaplaine the city.
in his formalities says, • He put his Mr. Snow, another clerical seceder, bands upon them and he healed them.' has a chapel at Cheltenham. It was This is saya to every one in particular. reported that, becoming a Baptist, When they have ben all touchi'd they (several of his brethren in the seces- come up againe in the same order, siou have become the same,) he would and the other Chaplaine kneeling, and be scarcely able to continue in the having Angel-gold † strung on white chapel, which was erected for him by ribbon on bis arme, delivers them one a zealous Pædobaptist: I have lately by one to his Ma“e, who puts them heard a statement of the affair, which about the necks of the touched as they is very creditable both to him and his passe, whilst the first Chaplaine reJay-patron.
peats, That is ye true light who came Mr. Kemp, a country gentleman, of into ye world. Then followes an Sussex, formerly M.P. for Lewes, has Epistle (as at first a Gospell), with the erected chapels at both Lewes and Liturgy, prayers for the sick, with Brighton, the latter a fine building, some alteration, lastly ye blessing ; and officiates himself at both places, and then the Lo. Chamberlaine and but, it is said, with a decaying popu- Comptroller of the Household bring larity. A sister of his, a widow lady, a basin, ewer and towell, for his Matic was accustomed to preach a few years to wash." Evelyn's Diary, in Meago in the hall of her mapsion, not far moirs, 2 vols. 4to. Vol. I. pp. 323, 324. from Battle. She is said to have been very eloquent. At a village in the neighbourhood of Ditchling, a gentle Royal Farce may be seen in our Villth
• A pretty full historical account of this mani, formerly in the army or navy, is Vol. pp. 5, 91, 232, 363. Ep. said to have erected a chapel in the “ Pieces of money so called from same interest.
having the figure of an angel on thein."