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controversy between him and Mr. could have done in the best days ililes, Mr. Porter, Mr. Bass, of my strength. and many others; it broke out " The most amictive circum. like the eruption of a volcano, and stances that I have witnessed in blazed with portentons aspect for the lot of humanity, are the nar. many years. The death of Dr. row views, the unsocial humors, Miller, the Episcopal minister of the fastidious scorn, and repulthis town, produced the contro- sive temper of all denominations, versy between Dr. Mayhew and excepting one. Mr. Apthorp, who were both so "I cannot conclude this letter connected with this town, that without adding an anecdote. they inight almost be considered one of the zealous mendicants inhabitants of it. I may say, that for the contributions to the tunds my eyes opened upon hooks of of Missionary Societies, called controversy between the parties on a gentleman in Haverhill, and of Mr. Buckminster, and Mr. requested his charity. The gen. Miller;-I became acquainted tleman declined subscribing, but with Dyer, Doolittle, and Bald-added, that there are in and 'win, three notable disputants. | about the town of -a, nine ClerMr. M'Carty, though a Calvinist, gymen, ministers of nine Cont was not a bigot; but the town of gregations, . not one of whom Worcester was a scene of dispute lives on terins of civility with any all the time I was there. When other, will admit notre utier into I left, I entered into a scene of his pulpit, nor be permitted to go other disputations at the bar, into the pulpit of any other. Now and not long afterwards, disputa- | if you will raise a fund to convert tions of another kind, in politics. these nine Clergymen to ChrisIn later times I have lived with tianity, I will contribute as much Atheists, Deists, Sceptics; with as any other man.-I am, with Cardinals, Archbishops, Monks, great esteem, your friend, Friars of the Roman Catholic

JOHN ADAMS.” persuasion; with Archbishops, Bishops, Deans and Priests of | RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE the Church of England; with Farmer, Price, Priestley, Kip- The King and the Athanasian pis, Rees, Derring, and Jebb ;

Creed. with the English and Scottishi It appears that the Athana. clergy in Holland, and especially sian Creed was not read or sung with Dr. Maclean, at the Hague. , in His Majesty's presence, in the I have conversed freely with most Palace Chapel, on Christmas-day of the sects in America, and have (1822). It must be imagined that not been wholly inattentive to the the omission was intentional, and writings and reasonings of all it' so, as the King is the head of these denominations of Christians the Church, we hope it may be and philosophers ;-you may well / regarded as a prelude to the exsuppose, then, that I have had pulsion of' that, to use the mildest controversy enough ; but after all, term, uncharitable Creed from our I declare to you, that your twenty- usual Church service.--Brighton nine sermons have expressed the Chronicle. result of all my reading, experi- It is curious, and we are asencr, and reflection, in a manner sured of the fact on authority on more satisfactory to me than


which we can rely, that the Atha

nasian Creed, which is specially before the public, according to appointed by the rubric to be read the strongly expressed wish of on Christmas-day, was omitted on the company at the dinner. At that day at the Chapel Royal at ter divine service, the SubscribBrighton ; His Majesty was pre- ers proceeded to the business of sent on the occasion, aud took the the Society, Mr. James Young in sacrament. A Sunday paper al. the Chair. The case of William Juded to this circumstance, and Roberts excited much discussion, supposed that it was the effect of and it was finally resolved, that a mere mistake of the mini: ter, £100 should be annually devoted Dr. Pearson. We find some dif- to the support of the mission at ficulty in assenting to this expla- Madras. As this was probably nation, as the Athanasian Creed the last time, when the Society is not read by the minister, but would meet in the Chapel at Parsung where, as in the Chapel liament Court, it was unanimousRoyal, choral service is performed. Iy resolved to present £50 toA dignitary* of the Church declar-wards the erection of Mr. Fox's ed of the Creed in question, i new Chapel in Finsbury, as an "Would that the Church were well expression of the gratitude of the rid of it! We do not know whe- Society for the support uniformly ther this is intended to be a step rendered to their cause by the towards the accomplishment of Parliament Court Congregation. this wish.-Globe and Traveller. At the annual dinner at the

The writer was present (the London Tavern, there were about Lord pardon thy screant in this

280 gentlemen present, Mr. J. T. thing!) at the Chapel Royal, on

Rurt in the Chair, who presided Easter-Sunday of the last year,

with his well-known ability. The (one of the Athanasian days,) Meeting was enlivened by the when, also, the Saint and his presence of the Secretary, Mr. creed were forgotten.-Christian Fox, who is so far restored to Reformer.

health as to be able to resume his public and official duties. His

speech, on his health being given, Unitarian Fund Anniversary. was abundant in humour and

The Annual Meeting of the strikingly eloquent. In the course Unitarian Fund was held on

of the evening several gentlemen Wednesday the 21st May 1823, at

addressed the company: Mr. the Chapel in Parliament Court.

Acton, Mr. Hornby, (the Deputy The devotional services were con

Treasurer, who acted for the ducted by the Rev. G. Kenrick, Treasurer, Mr. Christie, unavoidRev. S. C. Fripp, and Rev. J. ably absent,) Mr. G. Wood, (of Fullagar. The Sermon was preach- Manchester,) Messrs. Hill and ed by the Rev. H. Acton, of | Talfourd, (barristers,) Mr. Wright

We lament that we Walthamstow. The preacher's and others. text1 Thess. ii. 13, from which he have no minute of any speech but discoursed with much ability on

Mr. Wright's, of which the fol. the grounds of faith and the excel- lowing is, we believe, an accurate lence and power of truth. The report: Sermon, will, we hope, be laid “I rise, Sir, to thank you and

this Society, for the very kind and * Archbishop Tillotson.-ED. too flattering notice you have ta

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ken of me. It is not possible for ; it, in certain districts; and I ar. me to find words that will do dently wish that its children may justice to my own feelings on the rise up in every district of the present occasion. My connexion kingdom, to aid and be aided by, with the Unitarian Fund I have and act in concert with their regarded, do still regard, and venerable parent, the London shall ever regard, as one of the Unitarian Fund. I bless heaven, happiest circumstances of nay life; | Sir, that I have had strength to it has given me opportunity of go on in its service until it is 80 extending my exertions, in a well established, and has produccanse which will ever be dear ed such importanteffects.” Mr. W. to me as life itself, to the most then referred to the new aspect distant parts of this island, and which Unitarianism has assumed of labouring incessantly for the during the last few years, to the promotion of that glorious cause. new churches which have been I wish to express distinctly the formed, many of them consisting obligations I am under to this of the poor and unlearned, and Society and its Committees. stated as facts, which had been They gave me, Sir, the whole proved by the operations of the island for my bishopric; it is true, Fund, and of which he had witto this bishopric were not append- nessed the proof, that Unitari. ed a palace and large worldly anism is capable of being, and now emoluments; and what has a Mis: is in many places, the religion of sionary of the pure gospel to do the poor and unlearned, and his with palaces and worldly emolu- full conviction, that of all religi. ments? But they gave me in con- ous systems it is eminently calcunexion with this bishopric what is lated to be the religion of those far more valuable; they gave me despised and numerous classes, as their judicious counsel, their pow. being perfectly level with their erful countenance, and able and capacity, containing a provision effective support, in the important for their moral and spiritual wants, work in which I was engaged : and requiring nothing but what and what can an Unitarian Mis- they are capable of doing; that sionary need more? With the Unitarians can no longer be chargweapons furnished by reason and ed with dwelling in the frigid scripture he may go on to demo- zone of Christianity, with being lish the strong holds of error, and without zeal; and that he had seen spread successfully the Unitarian its efficacy in destroying bigotry doctrine among the mass of the and producing Churistian charity. people. I cannot forget, Sir, He expressed his deep regret in what were my feelings, and what having been compelled by increasI believe were the feelings of ing years and infirmities to withothers with wh I nad the draw from an office in which he honour of acting, when this Insti- | experienced the purest pleasure; tution was first established. If, but that though he retired from then, it was regarded as an ex- the field, before the conflict with periment, it has long ceased to error, superstition and bigotry was be so regarded: it has long been concluded, it was not till the well established, and may now victory was ensured; and with be regarded as a parent institu. the determination that if the ene. tion, crhere haviog sprung from my assailed his quarters, they

6 Yon may

should find him still in his armour | general subject of marriage, and and ready to renew the contest that they have been laboriously with all the strength he had re- employed in considering them, maining. This led him to mention particularly the cases of Roman the controversy in which he is now Catholic marriages, and those of engaged, having been attacked other Dissenters, especially Uniby a Calvinist minister at Trow- tarians, which latter have been bridge. In which controversy he brought under their consideration stated, that one important point in numerous petitions referred to is ascertained, i. e. that though them by the House ; but after inthe Unitarian doctrine can be quiry and discussion, they have expressed in the words of scrip- thought it more advisable, upon ture without addition or comment, the whole, not to recommend that the Trinitarian doctrine is ac- specific provisions respecting them kuowledged by his opponent to should be included in the proposbe incapable of being so express- ed bill; the cases of the various ed. Mr. W. distinctly expressed denominations of Dissenters being the obligations he felt to the extremely diversified in their vasuccessive Committees and otficers rious circumstances, and appearof the Unitarian Fund, and con- ing to require a diversity of procluded with saying,

visions much more proper to be have missionaries of superior lear- suggested by communications of ning, of greater talents, but I have their own to the Legislature. been resolved that you shall bave “ The Committee has therefore none who will be more devoted to

upon the whole thought that a the cause, who will serve you more satisfactory discharge of more faithfully, or with greater their duty would be found to con

sist in suggesting regulations for The next day, Thursday the the domestic marriages of Eng22d, the first stone was laid of the lish subjects, according to the new Finsbury Unitarian Chapel, rites and ceremonies of the Natiwhen Mr. Fox delivered an ad- opal Church.” dress, of which, as well as of the It may be fairly gathered from ceremony, we hope to be favour. this, that the noble Lords who ed with some account.-Monthly framed this Report, see no objecRepository.

tion in principle to the claims

either of Protestant Dissenters or Extract from the Report of the Com

Catholics, and that they are like.

ly to be received with attention mittee of the House of Lords, on

when introduced in the form sug. the Marriage Laws.

gested. It may perhaps be not “ The Committee think it not undeserving too of remark, that proper entirely to omit, that their the Unitarians are in the Report attention has been called to many (probably for the first time in any other topics connected with the official or legislative document)

recognized by that name; and • We learn that Mr. W. in-apparently designedly, inasmuch tends publishing a Review of his as none of the petitions them. Missionary life and labours at as selves so described the parties early a period as circumstances presenting them.--Report of Uniwill enable bim to do it.

tarian Association.



Laying the Stone of the New Uni.

tarian Chupel, Edinburgh.
The foundation-stone of this
chapel was laid on the morning of
Thursday the 6th of March, in
presence of a number of the mem-
bers of the congregation and of
some strangers attracted by curio-
sity to the spot. On this occasion
an appropriate prayer was deli-
vered, in a very impressive man-
ner, by the Rev. John Omer
Squier, minister of the congrega-
tion. The site is in a retired,
quiet street, nearly in the centre
of the richest part of the New
Town of Edinburgh, and every
day becoming more central in
consequence of a large piece of
ground belonging to the Earl of
Moray having been recently open-
ed up for building. A number of
papers were lodged in a sealed
bottle, and deposited in the foun-
dation-stone, one of which contain-
ed the following inscription :

This Chapel,
dedicated by

The Edinburgh Unitarian Church

to the worship of
One God in One Person,
the God and Father of our

Lord Jesus Christ,"
(being the first erected for this

purpose in this city,)

was founded
the 6th day of March, 1823.
The Rev. John Omer Squier
Minister of the Congregation.
Messrs. Patterson and Son, Ar-

In the evening a number of
the members supped together,
and congratulated each other on
the commencement of an under-
taking which all of them felt to
be likely to give a great impulse
to the cause of Unitarianism in
Edinburgh, and which, together
with the union and good under-
standing universally prevailing
among the members, and the
well-merited respect and attach-
ment which they entertain towards
their minister, will give perma-
nency, it is hoped, to that cause in
this great city.



Sung after the Sermon preuched by the Rev. John Morell, LL.D.
before the Friends and Supporters of the UNITARIAN Fund, at
Parliament Court Chapel, London, May 29th 1822.

Ancient of Ages! humbly bent before Thee

Songs of glad homage, Lord ! to Thee we bring:
Touched by thy spirit, Oh! teach us to adore Thee,
Sole God and Father! Everlasting King!

Let Thy light attend us!

Let Thy grace befriend us,
Eternal — Unrivalled —- All-directing King !

Send forth thy mandate! gather in the nations,

Through the wide universe Thy name be known:
Millions of voices shall join in adorations,
Join to adore Thee, Undivided God!

Every soul invited,

Every voice united,
United to praige Thee! Undivided One!


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