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evening following, the congregation numerous though not crowd. ed. The subject, “ The Prevalence of Unitarianism in the First Three Centuries of the Christian Church." Public service is conducted regularly on Sundays, morning and evening, and on Thursday evenings.

Hanley Chapel. --This Chapel for Unitarian worship is rapidly advancing. Dr. Carpenter, (who preached at Hanley on Thursday, the 3d of July, 1923) requests us to state,

that, in his judgment, the building of a chapel for this important and populous district, was become necessary for the progress of the Unitarian cause in it; and that all he heard and saw there leads him to regard it as a case highly deserving the countenance and supportof the Unitarian public. Mr. Cooper, he adds, is pursuing his objects with temperate and judicious zeal; and he is setting on foot the plan of local preachers with great prospect of success.---Month. Rep.


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POETRY. Robert Burns's Address to John Goldie. The following 'particulars res- in the Preface to the second pecting John Goldie are extract

work that Goldie published, ed partly from the Christian re- The Gospel Recovered,' &c. iu flector and Theological Inquirer

5 vols. 8vo. It cannot fail, of for February, 1823, and partly being highly interesting to the from the Monthly Repository for

friends of free inquiry and of March of the same year. In these scriptural Christianity. publications, reference is made “ Edinburgh, August 2, 1779. for further particulars respecting him to Maty's Review for the “I hold myself much obliged year 1785, vol. viii. p. 282.

to you for distinguishing me, from John Goldie was a peasant's

your other readers, by a present son of Kilmarnock in Scotland, of your book. I applaud your of an extraordinary genius and performance greatly, and still the anthor of several works di. more the motive that induced signed to overthrow the reputed you to write. orthodox doctrines. The first “ The strange and absurd docwork published by Goldie, was

trines that have been engrafted his · Essays Moral and Divine' on the Christian religion, by difintended to overthrow the dog- ferent sects, have occasioned not ma of original or birth sin, and to only much opposition and enmity prove that heart-withering opi- amongst Christians, but have nion to be utterly repugnant both tended beside, to much depravato reason and scripture. A co- tion of morals. What, in partipy of these ` Essays' was pre- cular, can be more destructive sented by their author to the to virtue and good works, than celebrated writer of

the doctrine of faith, as perverSketches of Man,' Lord Kaimes. ted by many of our zealots ? In This distinguished individual's a word, Christianity, among opinion of Goldie's talents and thosewho adopt it in its purity, is principles will be seen by the the great support of morality, and following letter, which is printed thegreat cement of goodness and


benevolence among men,

But or controul.-I am, Sir, Your not to mention other bad effects obedient humble servant, of the engrafted doctrines men

« HENRY HOME. tioned, a man of sense, when he “ To Mr. John Goldie." begins to study the motley figure The poet of nature and of that Christianity makes in the truth, ROBERT BURNS, was, it doctrines of many of our sects, appears, the intimate friend of must be a very good man indeed, John Goldie, and a short time if he be not tempted to think that subsequently to the appearance religion is all a cheat; and con- of the Essays Moral and Di. sequently that men may give way vine,' addressed to his heretical to every appetite without check brother the following lines :

• O Goldie! terror of the Whigs,

Dread of black coats and reverend wigs,
Soor bigotry on her last legs,

Girnin' looks back,
Wishin' the ten Egyptian plagues

Wad seize you quick.
Poor gapin,' glow'rin,' superstition,
Waes me! she's in a sad condition ;
Fy, bring Black-Jock, her state physician,

To see her;
Alas! there's ground o' great suspicion

She'll ne'er get better.
Auld orthodoxy lang did grapple,
But now she's got an unco ripple,
Haste, gie her name up i’ the chapel

Nigh unto death;
See how she fetches at the thrapple,

An' gasps for breath.
Entusiasm's past redemption,
Gaen in a galloping consumption,
Not a' the quacks, wi' a' their gumption,

Will ever mend her,
Her feeble pulse gie's strong presumption,

Death soon will end her.
'Tis you and Taylor + are the chief
Wha are to blame for this mischief.
But gin the Lord's ain fooks gat leave,

A toom tar barrel
An’twa red peats wall send relief,

An' end the quarrel.' “The Whigs' mentioned here, are the Covenanters and Cameropians.

+ Dr. John Taylor, of Norwich, whose admirable work on Origi. nal Sin was probably the cause of Goldie's renouncing Orthodoxy,

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The Rev. Davil Osgood, D.D. Pastor of the Congregational

Church in Medford, Massachusetts. When such men as Dr. oot brought acquainted Osgood die, it is a duty with great opportunities, which we owe to society, 10

but wbich has been conpreserve some memorial of

tinually exertiog its ibeir lives. Without hav. celebrated, though imporing performed actions which

tant 'aod benignant sway, fame will be busy in over the principles and ac. nouocio!, or occupied sta. tions of a lar;e portion of tions which will give them, a mankind. prescriptive demand on the The subject of the present pen of the historian, they notice was a man of upcom. have exhibited talents and mon endowments and char. virtoes, and exercised in. acter. He possessed talents Dueoces, which should in which epabled him both to some way be registered, acquire koowledge with rea. ibat their names and char. diness, and to in partit with acters may not be entire.

advantage. His mind, if it ly lost, when their foot. was not uncommonly orige steps on

the earth ioal, was upcommonls bold worn out, and their friends

aad independent. His feela have followed them into the ings, if they were sometimes grave. The example of such

too easily excited, were al. men is useful ; much more

ways generous and affec80, we think, than that of

tionate. Remarkably honest many who have bad volumes

in his temper, and free in filled with their exploits the expression of bis opi. and marbles erected to their nions, he sometimes gave of. memory. It teaches os, a.

fence by what he said, but mong other lessons, thal

the offeoce was unintention. there has beeo much genius al, and when discovered, and excellence in the world, was anxiously repaired. His vticb circumstances have character was without stain,


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At the age of twenty-five, he gradualed at Harvard Coiversity in Cambridge ;

and three years afuerward, on the 14th of September, 1774, was ordained as col. Jeayoo with the Rev. Mr. Turell, over the Church in Medford.

death of Mr. T. in 1778, he was left sole pastor, and continued to discharge the duties of bis office alone, till he was called to his eternal reward.

In his pastoral care, he Taboured inost assiduonsly and usefully. A long life Was devoted to it. The constani and filial respect of his parishioners while he was with them, aod their deep, sorrow for his loss, testify io the most yoeanivonal manner that he was a faithfui shepherd.

As a preacher he very distioguished.

His matter was copioas and sepsible, and drawn, for the noșt part, from tbe moral precepis, and the undisput. ed 'doctrines of the Gospel. His style was apimated and forcible; and bis manner

most striking which we

witnessed. His looks, his gestures, the tones of his voice, were altogether peculiar to him. self. Without being at all like those which we are ac. customed to find in what is called a finished speaker, they were so energetic, so

fall of meaning, so traly eln. qoent, that they arrested and enchained the most pro. fogod and delighted atteam tion. We shall never forget bis patriarchal appearanco in the polpi. No one who has witnessed, could ever forget ir.

But the most reinarkable trait perhaps in Dr. 04 good's character, and that which we particularly wish to notice and preserve, was bis uoconinon liberality of feeling. In dociripal'opin iod's 'he

ranked himself among the orthodox; but in parrowness, io exclusives ness, io Phärisäical pride, in excoamunication of ihosó who difered from biin in belief, he would join with Do wao. It he had been sợ disposed, he might have be. come the deaiagogue of party; he might have pre. sided in the meeting's of the infallible, and pointed out what nen should be lieve, and what they shoold not believe, and who should be supported, and who should be denounced, and havo said, as others have said, to the advancing and irresistible tide of opio. ion, “ Thus far shalt ibon come, and 'no farther,” His was a woriniér, and more rational ambition. He di. recied his talents, and his sirength of character, to the work of assuaging, rather


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hy those of his own doo. uinal sentiments, to prescribe a creed, to ordain a test, or

to dictate in any way to the consciences of their breibrep. At times like these, he spoke with an authority which few had the confidence to question

or resist. But it was the au. thority of his noble feelings and views, of the manner la which ibes, were enforced, and of the years and character of bini wbo enforced


than innaming' the angry passions of disputants, and of preventing,

far possible, the assumption of oodeiegated, and unrighi. eous domination. Heihought fhat Christians might agree in love, if they conld not in doctrine; and that encour. aging and assisting each other in every good work, they mighileaie conscience and opinion with Kain who alone can judge the beari.

With these sentiments he mingled in social and Chris. tian intercourse with the Voitarian clerogmen of Birse ton and the neighbouring towos; took a part in stiéir councils and. ordinations; preached in their pulpits, and invited them into bis own; agd erinced by his condurt on every occasion, thai he regarded thert as disciples and servants of the same Master, whom he delighted to follow and to serve, And he was not a man who was to be taken to task for doing so. We have seen him iu assemblies composed of clergymen of different denominations, and have admired the spirit and resolution with which he set his face against every attempt which was made


We say that this vnion of liberal feelings and ort

orthq. dox opinions, in the per fection in which it existed in ilie character of Dr. Osgood, is rare, and deserving of all praise. consider it as infinitely more hodourable than any mero party distinction.

It ins creased oor reverence for hiat while he was in life, and it has made os anxions to pay this tribute to his memory.

He died, on the 12:h of December, 1822, in Meď. ford, Massachusetts, in the seventy-sixth year of his age, aud the forty.eighth of his mioistry.Unitariant Miscellany.

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APHORISM. He that never change

any mistakes in bimself will ed any of his opinions, ne. not be charitable enough to ver corrected any of his misa excuse wbat he reckons takes : and he who was pe- mistakes in otbers, Dr. ver wise crough to bod oat Whichcot.

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