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number of boys and girls. The chapel this Cup witnesseth) rise up to bless you has a library, containing about 200 vo.. and to thank you. lumes of useful and instructive books; It was the wish of many to make this and a juvenile library, composed of tracts, small token of respect more valuable ; sermons, and useful little works under but I am sure, if I know you, (which I three shillings a book, limited to this think I do from the long acquaintance I price that it may not interfere with the have had of you,) you will be better other library, supported by the younger pleased with this Cap than if it had been part of the congregations by subscription any thing more bulky and more partially of a penny a-week. Twice every month given, when I tell you how it was formduring the summer, and three times ed. in the winter, conferences are held in It, Sir, was utterly out of our power the chapel on Sunday evenings, which to make any thing like a compensation are well attended ; any one at liberty to for such a long period of usefuluess, por propose a subject. These conferences was it ever thought of, and had such a have great tendency to improve the minds thing been attempted, it must have been and increase the knowledge of the young, the gift of the few, and not the many; who take great interest in supporting but now, Sir, you see in this Cup the them. There are also a Fellowship Fund, hearts of all, the rich and the poor, the and a Sunday-School, which has been young and the old; for I know not one established about two years, supported present who has not nearly an equal by penny a-week subscriptions, conducted share in it. by the younger part of the congregation ; But I will decline making any further they have been obliged to limit the num. observations, as my brother possibly may ber of children to 120, not having ac- hare a few words to address to you, and commodation for more. The number of have ouly to observe, that as silver and the congregation is about 250,

gold are purified froni the dross, so may HENRY MACE.

this Cup be emblematical of the pure On presenting a Silver Cup to the Rev. place for fifty years.

doctrine you have delivered to us in this Lawrence Holden, with the following inscription :

Mr. Munn's Address.
From the Congregation of

Rev. Sir, It is with the greatest plea'Unitarian Christians

sure and satisfaction that I address myat Tenterden, to the

self to you at this time, at the request of Rev. Lawrence Holden,

this Christian Congregation, to present who completed the fiftieth year of his to you a small token of our esteem and Ministry,

affectionate regard, for your long, laboriJune 30th, 1822.

ous and indefatigable exertions in the Presented as a small Tribute of cause of rational Christianity. Respect and Gratitude

I beg leave to refer to some of the for Fifty Years' exertion in the cause of most prominent effects they hare produced Christianity,

among us. and in promoting the best interest and It is now many years since you, Sir, happiness of

recommended the establishment of a Man.

Charity-School for the instruction of the

children of the poor, to enable them to Mr. Mace's Address.

read the Holy Scriptures: in this wish we As the Elders of this Society, we are have most cordially united, and I hope now called upon, Sir, to address you. I sin. there are many who now hear me whose cerely wish that some person better qua- hearts bear a grateful remembrance of lified, and more used to public speaking, this invaluable blessing bestowed upon had been selected for this most pleasing them. and most gratifying task; but, Sir, I trust Allow me to notice with what zeal you will not attribute the deficiency of and energy you exerted yourself in the words to want of sincerity of heart. Bible Society, that the poor wight pos.

I cannot address you, Sir, better than sess this book of life, which is able to in that beautiful parable of our Lord and make them wise unto salvation, and our Saviour-you « eutered the vineyard delight has been to give all the support early, and have borne the heat and bure we could to this great and glorious cause. den of the day."

Through your benevoleut assistance You, Sir, have been our fathers' friend, this Society has established a valuable are our friend, and the friend of our library, which has the best tendency to children ; but if you have in the long pe. improve the minds and morals of society. riod of your services seen one generation And it is through your beneroleut ex. pass away, so have you seen another (as ertions that a desire has been instilled into the hearts of the younger members sious I have had the ready co-operation of this Society to establish a Suuday- of my friends. As to myself, in whatSchool, to enable all the children of the ever degree I may have been useful to poor to read the Holy Scriptures, to you or to the world, to God be all the guide them through life, to support them glory. in death, and to lead them to everlasting mausions of happiness beyond the grave.

To the Two Deacons. Haring mentioned but few amongst

I have also to express my obligations the numerous benefits we have derived to you, Gentlemen, for the respectful and from your invaluable ministry among us, affectionate manner in which you have we sincerely hope it will please our hea. fulfilled the trust reposed in you. venly Father to bless you with many I can only add, may the best blessings years of health and strength to coutinue of Heaven attend on all around me. your ever-active and useful exertions. Happy, Rev. Sir, am I to state to you,

The congregation of the New Meeting this Cupis procured by the mutual wishes in Birmingham, a few months ago, testiaud mutual exertions of the whole of fied its sense of the important services this Society, whose feelings of affection- which it has received duriug a series of ate attachment are but feebly shewn in years from one of its members, who (will offering for your acceptance this “ small he excuse the writer for saying it?) cantribute of respect and gratitude for fifty not be known without being esteemed, years' exertiou in the cause of Christianity, by presenting him with a very elegant and in promoting the best interest and piece of plate. The following is the iohappiness of man."

scription which it bears : Mr. Holden's Reply.

si This piece of plate is presented to

Mr. Thomas RYLAND, by the Members of I confess, my fellow-christians, that I the Congregation of the New Meeting want words to express my obligations to House, as a memorial of their gratitude you for all your acts of kindness ; for the for his highly valuable services in inattention you have always been ready to structing the children of their Sundaypay me iu my public services, and particu- Schools in singing, during thirty-four larly for this testimony of your respect years, and for his kind attention to the and affection ; for, next to the favour and psalmody of their public worship: approbation of Almighty God, and the

“ Birmingham, November 1, 1821." testiinony of my own mind, I have ever We have sincere pleasure in recording sct the highest value on the esteem and such testimonies of gratitude and affecaffection of this congregation.

tion. All the returns I can make are the warmest good wishes for your earthly prosperity; or that, so far as a Being of The Rev. J. DONOUGHUE has resigned infinite wisdom and goodness shall know the pastoral charge of the congregation, it to be consistent with your highest and assembling at the

Great Meeting best interests and everlasting happiness, House,” in the High Street, Coventry : your cup of earthly good may low over; and on Sunday, October 13, the Meeting but above all, that you may be pre-emi. House, which had been shut up for more nent in all Christian knowledge, and than three months, during which time a more especially in all those Christian vire large proportion of the congregation retues which add the highest worth to the gularly met, on the Lord's-day, in a dif, human character, and are your appointed ferent part of the city, was again opened qualifications for the happiness of an end- for public worship, by the Rev. James less being.

Hews Bransby, of Dudley; who preached, Upou your reminding me of the various in the morning, from Psa. cxxii. 1 : “I plans of usefulness which have taken was glad when they said unto me, Let place in this Society, I can only wish that us go into the house of the Lord;" and I had done more, and this more effectu- in the afternoon, from Col. i. 28: “Whom ally, in promoting the good of others, we preach, warning every man, and teachand the sacred interests of religion in the ing every man in all wisdom, that we world.

may present every man perfect in Christ But particularly as to the Sunday, Jesus.” Mr. Bransby concluded his mornSchool, I would pay a just tribute to the ing sermon with an address adapted to young of this Society, with whom it ori- the peculiar circumstances of the conginated, and who have pursued this high- gregation, urging on his hearers, the paly commendable object with unabated ramount importance of those great priozeal and ardour from its beginning. To ciples in the profession of which they tbis I would add, that on all other occa- were assembled ; and affectionately re



commending to them a spirit of concilia- the result of their beneficent labours ; tion and harmony in their choice of a and after having experienced these feels minister, and in their management of the ings, if he was capable of turning against affairs of the Society.

the Ark of our Zion, then must his un

derstanding have been completely perGeneral Assembly of the Church of destroyed.

verted, and every honourable principle Scotland.

Principal Nicol was proceeding to MAY 16, at noon, the Earl of Morton, address the House, and to answer those his Majesty's High Commissioner to the charges preferred by Dr. Cook against General Assembly, after holding his Le- many of those with whom he acted, vee, walked in procession, accompanied when by a number of noblemen and gentle

The LORD PRESIDENT objected to any

discussion taking place, observing that it The Rer. Dr. MEARNS, Professor of would be endless, as it would lead to Diviuity at Aberdeen, Moderator to last disagreeable altercation. Assembly, delivered an appropriate dis- After some delay, the votes were called course, in the High Church, from St. and marked, when the numbers were John X. 17 and 18 ; after which, his found to be Grace and suite proceeded to the Assein.

For Dr. Lamont

216 bly-house by the new entrance appro. For Dr. Cook

84 priated to their use, when the General Assembly was constituted with prayer by

Majority...... -132 the late Moderator.

Dr. Lamont was then called in, and The names of members whose com. informed by Mr. Mearns, that he was missions had been produced having been elected. The Rev. Doctor accordingly read,

took the Chair, when his Grace's com. The Rev. Dr. MBARNs observed, that mission and his Majesty's most gracious it was now the time when the Assembly, letter were read. as usual, should proceed to elect a Mo- His Grace the COMMISSIONER then adderator for the present session. He dressed the Assembly, and communicated therefore begged leave to propose the the Royal warraut for 20001., to be enRev. Dr. LAMONT as a candidate for the ployed in the propagation of Christian Chair; a gentleman whose respectability knowledge in the Highlands and Islands of character, knowledge of the laws and of Scotland. business of the Church, and general ta- The MODERATOR replied ; and after lents, had been so long and so well arranging the meetings of Committees known to all the members of this Court, and other routine business, the Assembly as to make it unnecessary for him at adjourned.-Edinburgh Paper. present to enlarge upon his merits and qualifications for that office.

Principal Nicol seconded the motion. Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Pro

Sir HENRY MONCRIEFF then rose to testant Society for the Protection propose another candidate, Dr. George

of Religious Liberty. Cook, of Laurencekirk. This gentleman's talents and experience in the proceedings

(Concluded from p. 645.) of the Church were known to every one

Or Miscellaneous Matters, which were present; and, he might add, his charac. many and important, (continued Mr. ter and abilities were held in so high an Wilks,) the following were most proiniestimation by the public at large, that he nent. Complaints as to restrictions on felt he might sit down, without saying soldiers respecting religious worship, another word in commendation of him. which he believed the Royal Commander

The motion was seconded by Professor in-Chief would readily redress. ProbiJARDINE, of Glasgow.

bitioos of visits to prisons by Dissepting Dr. Cook then entered into a long Ministers. The Bill depending in Parstatement and refutation of the charges liament, kuown as The Marriage Ser. which had been brought against him, of vice Act," and intended to relieve Unibeing a renegado, turning his back on tarians from embarrassments, which all his former friends, and being a person should deprecate and avert, and which disaffected both to Church and State. was recommended to approval and sup He was the same man that he had ever port. Proceedings at Great Chart, in been. He had spent much time in stu- Kent, where an agent of the clergyman dying the history of the church, and had and magistrate, required WN. BRENCHcontemplated with admiration the cha- Ley and his wife, worthy Wesleyan Meracter of its founders, and with gratitude thodists, to sigu a pledge not to risit the

sick, and to hold no religious converse ing their religious assemblies, could be with the poor, on paid of being turued enforced without delay, or expense, by out of a house and forge, where the ho. the courts before whom convictions were nest blacksmith had long lived, and his obtained. 2. The placing of Baptists in livelihood obtained. But to that threat. the same situation as to the right of buening ruin (like old believers) they sub- rial, with all other Dissenters. 3. The mitted, relying only through the remnant exemption of their places of worship of their lives, on the good Providence of from parochial assessment. 4. The pubGod. The vexations that in Suffolk had licity and security of all their registravisited a worthy shopkeeper at Stonham tions of baptisms and interments; and Aspal, and thought to be directed by a 5th. That repeal of the Test and CorpoPrebendary of Norwich Cathedral ! 'an ration Acts, which though last annou.ced, Incumbent of several livings! and also was most to be desired. Year after an acting magistrate ! and only because year, he purposed to present these obbe went to a neighbouring parish-church, jects to their view : and if the memory and dared to distribute Church Mise of their greatly-good 'forefathers was sionary Tracts. The prosecution at Man. truy cherished, and the love of posterity chester of Mr. WALLER, for obstructing was really felt—they would not be lookthe highway when he preached on the ed upon as unattainable, or worthlesssteps of a house at Ashton-upon-Line. they would be rightly estimated and fin For that offence, although excellent in nally obtained. Nor would the safety of character, possessed of fortune, and suf- the Established Church be compromised fering from ill health, by a bench of Jus- by their success. Its situation might be tices, with a Clergyman as Chairman, he less elevated, but would be more secure; was committed for the long period of the rude frowning eminence would be three months to the common gaol! While exchanged for a lowlier but safer site. too that sentence was made to seem vin. Toleration would be made more toleradictive, by the committal on the same ble; and as the fetters remaining on day, to the same prison, but only for one Dissenters would be lighter and less gall. month, of a woman guilty of publicly sel- ing, they might be more quiescently and ling songs too indecent to be even pub- permanently worn. licly submitted to the court !

Mr. WilkS then adverted to the Royal Some proceedings at Wisbeach on the and noble and distinguished Patrons of election of a great Burgess ; when it ap- the Society, who had successively filled peared that all votes given at a corporate the chair at the Annual Meetings, and election, for a Dissenter, are thrown passed a high eulogium upon the Russell away, and that the next candidate with family and the present Chairman. He a smaller number of votes is duly elect- concluded with a review of the state of ed, if before the election the disqualifi. Religious Liberty on the continent of cation of the Dissenter from the non- Europe, and sate down amidst loud and taking of the Sacrament, he publicly an- long-coutinued acclamations. nounced. The notice of this proceeding A series of Resolutions were then was succeeded by a long and able expla- passed, of which we give the 1st, 4th, uation of the origin, degradation, and 5th and 8th : impolicy of the Corporation Act, of the 1. That, aware of the benefits resultfolly and profanity of the Sacramental ing from the frequent and public avowal Test, and of the insufficiency and dis- of memorable truths, this Meeting again honour of the Acts of Indemnity annu- declare, that the right to Religious Lially passed ;-and by an urgent and elo. berty is a universal, paramount, unalienaquent entreaty, that Protestant Dissen- ble right-that religious opinions should ters would resume universally their at- pot alone entitle or disqualify for public tention to these obnoxious Acts, and offices--that all restraints on their exwould prepare for a wise, deliberate, but pression, by penalties or exclusions, are prompt and simultaneous application to acts of oppression and of wrong—that Parliament for their repeal.

the connexion of privileges and emoluFor the protection and honour of Dis ments with particular opinions may senters, several matters required to be create hypocrites or martyrs, but that attained. He presented them that they the unrestricted allowance of all religious might never be forgotten. They should opinions and diversites of worship is. be inscribed in characters of fire. They essential to the rights of conscience, fashould be known, desired, sought-vourable to the promotion of piety, and sought with union and perseverance un propitious to the harmony and improvetil attained ; if so sought, that attain- ment of mankind—and that this Meeting ment was secure. They were, 1. A le- observe with pleasure the progressive regislative explanation of the Toleration cognition of these truths throughout variActs, whereby the penalties for disturb- ous countries of the world, and ardently

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desire their more wide-spread diffusion Commons till a late hour this morning, and universal sway.

on a cause not unconnected with religi. 4. That, to such Committee, this ous liberty, must be the apology which I Meeting recommend all expedient sup- entreat you to accept. I have also some port to “ The Marriage Service Bill," apology to offer for delaying the Meeting. depending in Parliament, for the relief of I was ready, and my arrival was retarded Unitarians, and to every measure by which by an accident that filled me with rethe actual enjoyment of religious free- gret. doin may be more diffused; and that It is with no spirit of hostility to the they neglect no opportunity to obtaiu Church, of which I am a member, that I from Parliameut some enactments where have attended the Society this day. I by places of public worship shall be ex- rather came to promote its welfare. For, empted from parochial assessment-En. if I am not mistaken, much of the pains glish soldiers, who are Disseuters, may which the Committee of this Society has have liberty of worship--the peculiar dis so worthily taken, and of which the proadvantages of Baptists, as to the rights ceedings have been commented on by of interment, shall be reinoved-and the your eloquent Secretary with such vast official registration of the births and bu- ability, ought to have heen the labours of rials of Protestaut Dissenters may be re- the Church of England. It would do gulated and secured.

well to appoint persons to watch her 5. That, impressed with the inexpedi- members, and to observe that so bigoted ence, degradation and injustice of the or prejudiced persons pervert the cast Corporation Act, and of the needlessness, power and riches granted by the State, to oppression and profanity of the Sacramen- the purposes of luxury, or despotism, or tal Test-apprised that the Annual In- pride. I own I was surprised at many demnity Acts are a wretched and insuffi. of the circumstances which have been cient protection to Protestant Dissenters related. It is hardly possible to believe assured that in Ireland they have been that vexations so petty and so intolerant emancipated from the operation of those can exist in this country, in this age. Acts—and believing an uaprotesting ac, With almost every word that fell from quiescence in those laws to be dishonour- your Secretary I cordially concur. There able and unwise this Meeting recom- are, however, but one or two matters to mend to their members, throughout the which I will allude. One is on the pucountry, to revive their attention to nishment by three months' imprisonmeut these subjects—and request the Commit- for preaching in the street ; a punishment tee to consider and adopt such measures, so completely disproportioned to the at a fit time, as may re-introduce the offence, that it indicates a spirit of persesubject to the attention of Parliament, cution most uugenial to a British heart. and obtain, by the repeal of those Acts, If it be proper that the law should prean essential though long-deferred re- vent such preaching, it was eridently the lief.

duty of magistrates and officers to give 8. That, mindful of the history of notice to the preacher of his error, inother times-devoted to constitutional stead of condemning him to such an imfreedom-attached to those noble fami- prisonment, a man who was anxious to lies whose illustrious forefathers thought impress on himself and his fellow-creaand spoke, and lived and died, for their tures the divine lessons of the Christian native land--and noting the conduct of faith. That persons should be refused those public men who, imbued with the assistance from their parishes on account spirit of their ancestors, seek also to be of difference of religious opinions, also saviours of their country, and blessers of appears to me a grievous wrong. Is this maukind-this Meeting have with pleasure the lesson tbe clergy received from the welcomed the attendance of Lord Jous religion they are taught ? Is this the RUSSELL, M.P., their noble Chairman; lesson the parable of the good Samaritan and assure him, that his talents, his in- affords? Did he stop to ask the man formation, his principles and his exer- whom he found wounded and lying in his tions, rendering him worthy of his uoble way, whether their religious sentiments race, have obtained for him their un- were similar ? Did he wait before he bealbought and unpurchaseable gratitude and ed his wounds, and liberally prorided respect.

for his support, to ask whether he believed When this Resolution had passed, the every iota of his creed? No ; while God noble Chairinan rose and said, (when the knows the beart and the conscience, it is long and loud applause would permit,) It for men to judge each other only by their is with great regret I feel compelled to acts; and that man wbo is found belping leave this Meeting ; but an indisposition us when distressed, relieving us when our compels me, though reluctantly, to go spirits are exhausted, and binding up oar Illness from attending in the House of wounds, is most likely to gain our conh

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