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New Unitarian Chapel at Boston.

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22 Suffolk Pluce, Hackney Road, Sir, November, 12, 1819.

town, and the shell of a commodious chapel is nearly completed. The

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the Unitarian congregation at is as follows, viz. : Boston from its first existence to the present time, having with pleasure

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£400 0 0 sein the gradual progress of Unitari- The erection of a party wall avism in that town, and being fully Estimated cost of the chapel 850

about it acquainted with the present circumstances and prospects of our brethren

1290 there, in compliance with their request, and prompted by the interest Towards the defraying of I feel in the promotion of truth and which, the friends in Boston charity, I beg permission, through have raised by their subthe medium of your valuable Repo

scriptions

677 14 6 sitory, to submit to the consideration The value of the shell of the of the Unitarian public, and to re

old chapel was estimated coinmend to their patronage, the case

at £200, but it is feared it of the new Unitarian Chapel at Bos. Subscriptions already obtain

will not sell for more than 130 0 0 ton.

ed from friends at a disThe above congregation has existed

76 3 0 but a few years; at first it consisted but of a few persons, and, though

883 17 6 their number gradually increased, they had to struggle through many diffi- Leaving a debt, at present unculties, which, by steady persever

provided for, according to ance, they have so far sarmonnted,

the estimate, of

£406 2 6 that, not withstanding the opposition they encounter from the prejudices I beg leave, in the name and on of their reputed orthodox neiglibours, the behalf of the Unitarian congregathe prospect of success, of a large and tion at Boston, to solicit the aid of The respectable congregation being firmly Fellowship Funds, and of the Unitaestablished, is much greater than the rian public, towards the discharging most sanguine of them had dared, till of the above debt, necessarily incurred recently, to expect.

for the promotion of a cause which When the congregation was col. every Unitarian must think bigbly lected, by the zealous exertions of important. The population of Boston their first highly-csteemed minister, is rapidly increasing, and is at present Mr. Platts, now of Doncaster, and a supposed to amount to 9000 persons. chapel became vecessary, as but little The nearest Unitarian congregation money could be raised in Boston, it to Bostou is that at Lutton, which is was prudent to erect merely a small nearly twenty miles distant. The place, on the most economical plan. surrounding district is very populous. For a considerable time this place has This undertaking is not an experi. been found too small for the congre- ment; the ground is tried, and the gation, and there is good reason to success morally certain. What the think, were it larger, more people friends at Boston have themselves subwould attend, who cannot at present scribed is a great proof and pledge of be accommodated; and the situation their zeal, and, considering their numof it (the best which could be ob. bers and circumstances in life, more tained at the time) has been found than is usually done in such cases. very inconvenient. Such being the The congregation contains a number case, after due deliberation, it has of promising young people. It is beeu judged essential to the interests hoped, the consideration of these of Unitarianism that a much larger things will recommend this case to chapel, in a more cligible situation, the patronage of the liberal friends of should be erected. Accordingly, a Unitarianism. I am, Sir, very reparcel of land has been purchased, spectfully, your and their servant in sufficient for the site of a chapel and the gospel, a burying.ground, in a most conve.

R. WRIGHT, nient situation, near the middle of the

U. Missionary.

P.S. I am happy to add the fol- just to add, that if I can in any way lowing recommendation of the above forward the views of those societies in case, by my worthy friend Mr. Lyons, the country wbich bave declared u of Chester.

intention to assist the Madras com “ I have witnessed, with great gregation, I shall feel great pleasure pleasure, the very zealous and liberal in co-operating with them either of. exertious of the Unitarian congrega cially or otherwise. If any thing is tion at Boston, and, being well ac- to be attempted it would be well

, I quainted with all the circumstances think, that it should be done in die of their case, do most cordially re- cert. commend it to the attention of our

THOMAS REES, brethren,

Secretary to the Unitarian Society. “ JAMES LYONS."

To the Secretary of the Unitarian Subscriptions are requested to be

Society, of London. sent to the Rev. R. Aspland, Hack. - REVEREND Sir, ney; the Rev. W.J. Fox, 4 Suffolk

I have received your letter, and Place, Hackney Road; or to the Rev. D. W. Joves, and Mr. C. Wright, the ample benefaction of books

, safe Boston, Lincolnshire.

ou the 26th of last month. My good

master not being at Madras at the London,

time of its arrival, it being left in his November 15, 1819.

office, on his return I received them

Our joy and gratification on the occaDr. T. Rees's Account of a Correspon- sion were great—no earthly possession dence with W. Roberts, and the

can ever give such pure pleasure and Native Unitarian Christians at Ma- sensation to the mind. May the Lord dras.

our God give us due sense and wisSir,

dom to profit by them. By this large THE case of William Roberts, and collection some of my books are now

I can now lend some of Unitarian Christians at Madras, hay- them to others more freely than 1 ing excited considerable attention could do before. Myself and my among our Unitarian frieuds in the friends return our heartfelt thanks metropolis and in the country, it will, and obligation to the respectable L'oi. I doubt not, be interesting to them to tarian Society for their benefaction learn what has been done in that and kindness, and hope in the day quarter since the last account was retribution it will not be found as lost published by Mr. Beisham, in William Roberts's second letter, which [The next paragraph relates to ad was addressed to bim. Last year, I application to the proper authorities was instructed by the Unitarian So. for leave to print in Tamul, sont ciety to open an official correspon- of the books which Roberts had pre dence with William Roberts on their pared for the use of bis flock. This behalf, to convey to bim a donation part of the letter cannot be published of books, and to assure him of their at present. The writer then gives a disposition to give him every en copious analysis of two tracts which couragement and assistance in their he had drawn up for publication

. power, towards prosecuting the work. They relate to the Hindoo Mythologi which he had so honourably and ably and superstitions, and are designed to commenced. On the oth' instant s lead the worshipers of Bralıma, &c4 received a long letter from him in to the knowledge of revealed religioreply, dated Madras, the 30th of April, and the principles of Unitariau Chris 1819. From this I transmit some tianity.] extracts, in the hope that you will “ My present labour in hand," he admit them into the Repository. The proceeds, “ is notes and discourses letter is at present under the conside- ou the Gospels. Dr. Doddridge's Fa ration of the committee, and will, I mily Expositor, Dr. Priestley's Notes, suppose be, like the others, printed Mr. Lindsey's Works, your improved entire, or with the exception ouly of Version of the New Testament, and some communications which are of a all other Unitarian writings that is private nature. I take this occasion [are) in my possession, are my guides

upon us."

Extracts of Letters from the Illinois.

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some

I do not think that I shall do much resistance, the deepest prejudices and harni to my countrymen, as

revited (rivetied) errors of ages comes thinks [think] that I does [do] it al. [come] down before it like the Egypready, while I am guided by such tian frauds of old (Exod. viii. 19). masterly hands. I have wrote, and in my humble opinion [of] Unitaricopied it fair, fifty-five sections al anism only can [it] be said that it is ready, following Dr. Priestley's order, like a fire, and that it is like [a] bamexcept the story of the miraclous mer that breaketh the rock in pieces. (miraculous] birih of Jesus Christ, “In my account to the Rev. T. which I pass by, only stating my ob- Belshamn I said, that, aster the death of jections against it. These notes I read my friend Annathy, our school was in our chapel, whenever I am there, kept by a Trinitarian Christian of instead of sermous. My brethren are Tranquebar. 'This man died with upon intent of copying and dividing Chollera Murboos [Cholera Morbus) these notes into small portious, so as in last October. After a while the to have them in circulation among school is opened agaiu by a young them, there being nothing of the kind man of our own society. We have in our language." (After alluding to also now another school under our the difficulty of getting his MSS. direction, which is also kept by ano. printed, and noticing the scanliness of ther young man of our society; but the means of himself and friends, he they are poorly paid. May Jehovah, proceeds :) “ Therefore, I and my the keeper of Israel, increase our numbrethren most humbly beg leave to bers, and make things go easy with lay our case before your respectable us." Society at large, as the man of Mace- "I have nothing further for the predonia, Acts xvi 9,) to their bevevo. sent, but to wish and pray that your lent considerations. You have, Sirs, respectable Society may increase more already begun doing the work of and more with its unresistable, pure benevolence and love upon us, and and glorious light, and be the means may he, who is the God of Abraham, of spreading it to all the world, to the the fear of Isaac, the strengih of Israel, honour and glory of the One Great and the excellency of Jacob, put it God, our heavenly Father, even the into your hearts, bless and strengthen God and Father of our Lord and Sayour hands to continue it, aud consider viour Jesus Christ. Amen. us as those who have received their " I remain, Sir, your most obedient religious birth from you,-- vot as those and most humble servant, William who presume upou the goodness of Roberts, at W. Harrington, Seuior's. their parents, but as those who ear. Madras, Soth April, 1819." nestly crave whatever assistance you could afford. In the present state of

Claplon, things you know full well that Uni

SIR,

November, 1819. tarian Christians can expect little or S I believe many of your readers no favour from any other quarter

take an interest in the progress therefore, we would beg you to have of the English settlement in the Illian eye over us, that we may not be nois, and a pear relation of mine, who discouraged. Whatever assistance has just received a letter from a family your respectable Society can or think that has lately arrived there, says I proper to afford us, we shall think am quite welcome to publish any part ourselves very happy with such bless- of it I please, I have extracted all the ings, and thankfully endeavour to information that it contains respecting make [the] best use of it."

the settlement, for insertion in the “I have no fear of Indian Unitarians Repository, if it meet with your apdoing for themselves when they are probation. The family consists of a once set agoing with necessary means, gentleman and his wife (ap uncle and and multiplied into societies. The aunt of Mrs. Janson's) and their eight voice of Unitarianism is clear, distinct, children : they occupied a farm for sound, and penetrating into the in- some years at Baustead in Surry, near most recesses of the understanding, to Wanborough, and were very much whenever worldly interest and worldly attached to Mr. Birkbeck as a neighglory is [are] not in contact. Uni- bour. The letter is written by one tarianism enters with little or no of the daughters: it will be perceived

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that they are members of the Society preferred on account of the great fa. of Friends.

cility of erecting them, though brick T. U. JANSON. is easily procured for chimnies, &c.

Morris Birkbeck has nearly finished English Prairie, Illinois, a large and commortious mansiou of

July 15, 1819. this kind, and we hope it will be “MY DEAR AUNT,

completed in a few weeks, fit 10 re“I feel much pleasure in addressing crive his daughters, who have been thee for the first time from this far absent almost ever since we arrived distant laud, or wilderness, as some here, on a visit to their friends in hesof our friends doubtless imagine this tucky and Cincinnati. We shall be place to be, but which, even at this glad to see them return, as they are early period, does not seem its proper very amiable and interesting gir's, appellation: we are, indeed, living in and we promise ourselves murli pleza log cabin, but nevertheless we are sure from their society. Their father surrounded by agreeable and intelli- appears to feel their loss very much; gent neighbours, wbo are situated he loas only his youngest son Charles like ourselves, and we have a much at home with him, a very clever and more agreeable society thau when we ingenuous lad: we see a good deal of lived at Banstead. This is a delightful him and his father, as they live only country! displaying rather the mild about the third of a mile froin us, and beauties of nature than any bold and we much value the privilege of conromantic features. Accustomeri as we versing frequenily with so superior a are to see timbered land, we live not man as M. B. Such energy of mind, yet lost our taste for woodland sce- depth of understanding, and elegance nery, and the prairies exhibit a fine of manners, I should think were selspace of open country, diversified dom uvited. with clumps of fine trees and delight- • The summer is certainly hotter ful slopes: we have no river wilbio here than in England, and we some: view, which we do not much regret, times experience a day or two of very as the neighbourhood of large rivers sultry weather, but in general the is almost invariably unhealthy, and heat is not at all oppressive, for the which we understand is the case at warmth occasioned by a more fervid present in many places on the banks sun is alleviated by a refreshing breeze, of the Ohio. It seems a matter of wirich is particularly delightful on regret that so great a barrier should the prairies. All kinds of melous ripen hinder settlers from choosing resi- here without any other care than just dences on the shores of that grand digging the ground and sowing the and delightful river, which, though seed; we have a great many of difnot nearly so large as the Mississippi, ferent kinds, which are growing most I much preser, from the superior luxuriantly, and expect to gather beauty of its banks. This place is some in a few days. Grape vines considered remarkably salubrious— spring up in the woods spontaneously, there has been very litile illuess here, but the fruit is small and acid, yet and we have all enjoyed excellent night, doubtless, be much improved health since we arrived, considering by cultivation—we mean to cullivate the long journey we had gone through all that spriug up in our garden, with --my dear mother's health is, upon some care. It is thought that this the whole, improved since she left would be a fine country for vineyards. England.

At that celebrated little town Har“You have, doubtless, heard many monie, they have planted European accounts of the progress we have vines, and already make excellent made towards settling; it is not quite wine. It is a great advantage to this decided where our final abode will be settlement to have such industrious fixed. It is most probable that my neighbours, from whom to procure father and mother will reside at this many of the luxuries of life;

but we place, where we have a cabin of our shall principally be indebted to them own and another rented one, but hope for their skill in gardening, as from before wioter arrives we shall have them we shall procure all the fruits erected a convenient frame-house. that we were accustomed to in out This kiud of building seems generally native land. My father has paid them

Extracts of Letters from the Illinois.

691 a visit, and was much pleased with dians paid us a visit, and encamped a the extraordinary progress made in few miles from us; they were very four years, and the order and unani- fond of stopping at the door to conmity of their proceedings; he says it verse with us, and ask for a draught has the neatness and comfort of an of water; they were very friendly, English town, and there are many and fond of shaking hands with my elegant and substantial brick build brothers, and when they found we ings erected: they have also manu- were all English, they exclaimed, factories to supply themselves and “then good all;" they were Miamies, others with all the conveniences of life, and were much finer men than most

“lu consequence of coming by way of the other tribes that we had seen of New Orleans, we have seen less of on the shores of the MississippiAmerica, than if we had travelled some of these were very tall and wellover-land. At that place, though the made, and their faces by no means population consists principally of unpleasing, as far as we could distinFrench and Spaniards, we saw many guish through the stripes of vermillion Eastern Americans, as we did also paint with wbich ihey ornament at Shawvee Town, where we were themselves; they wear large feathers detained many weeks, and lodged at stuck in their hair, and silver ear-rings a public tavern. We generally sat and bracelets; their chief, who called down to table with upwards of thirty himself Captain Billy, and who was gentlemen, many of them employed particularly sociable, had a ring in his in different trades and professions in nose: they bring moccasins and skins the town, the rest travellers, and we to sell, riding about on horseback at are inclined to judge very favourably a very quick pace, but are sadly adof the American character: they are dicted to drinking whiskey if they in general well-informed and polite. can procure it. We feel no fear of This settlement is almost entirely Eu- molestation from them, as they are in glish-we have a few Americans general very peaceable; there was a amongst us, and they are agreeable. skirmish between them and the AmeThe back-woods-men are quite a class ricans some time since, at Vincennes, of themselves, some of them are wild, when some Americans lost their lives, semi-barbarous people, but most of and three Indians were bung, which those we have pear us, if treated well, they feel as a deep disgrace, and have are very civil; they sometimes pay been very quiet ever siuce. us an uninvited visit, (the ladies, I “ We have heard that W.Cmean,) and after sitting an hour, and family sailed from England some asking a few questions about England, months ago, but have received no inand making good use of their eyes, telligence of their safe arrival on this they generally conclude with saying, continent; we hope soon to hear from, • well, I reckon I must be going,' wish or see W. C., as he had some intenus good day and depart. These wo- tion of preceding his family. I hope men are in general very ignorant, but this spot will have sufficient inducethey are exceedingly independent, ments for bim to fix his final abode riding about the country on biorse- near us; it will be very delightful to back, and visiting one another; their have them for near neighbours. We dwellings are vot very cleanly, and, expect another friend's family, and though very fond of finery, they do hope when they both arrive, to be pot look comfortably dressed like able to form a little meeting of our English women of the same rauk of own. There are no Friends in the Jife. Some of the meu are great raw. Illinois, I believe, but there are a few dies, as they are called, but by pre- in Indiana ; and, as the country beventing the sale of whiskey in this comes more thickly peopled, there settlement, we have now no distur- will, no doubt, be many of our so. bance from them. We caunot say the ciety scattered in different parts. same of the town that

“My brothers are busily employed has established, which is situated on iu bewing down trees, clearing land, a pleasant elevation about two miles and fencing in a garden, and we hope from bence, and is considered a thriv. soon to begin farming on a pleasant ing place.

tract of land, about a mile from “ Last week a great number of In- hence, mostly prairie, where, I ex

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