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bis privilege to be connected with, were persons in the middle and working class, and he had experienced great clelight at the attention with which his services, and particularly his lectures, were listened to. And he concluded with expressing his deter. mination to persevere in that course in which he bad begun his ministry, and which he had reason to hope was satisfactory and edifying.
American Unitarian Association. We give in the present number the plan of the British and Foreign Unitarian Association : we believe we have not yet rècorded the formation, and about the same time, of a similari society in the United States of America. We are reminded of this Association of our Transatlantic brethren for Unitarian objects, in a letter from a friend at Philadelphia, dated December 19, of which the following is an extract:
« On the 25th of May last, at Boston, an association was formed, which is styled “The American Unitarian Associa- tion :' its declared objects are, 1. “To collect and diffuse in-formation respecting the state of Unitarian Christianity in our country. 2. To promote union, sympathy, and co-operation among liberal Christians. 3. To publish and distribute books and tracts inculcating correct views of religion, in such form and at such price as shall afford all an opportunity of becoming * acquainted with Christian truth. 4. To employ missionaries, especially in such parts of our country as are destitute of a stated ministry. 5. To adopt whatever other measures may hereafter seein expedient, such as contributions in behalf of clergymen with insufficient salaries, or in aid of building churches, &c., &c.'-These are the words of the instrument."
Religious Intolerance towards a Child.
Collumpton, Jan. 8, 1826.' Your correspondent had entertained a hope, that the time was at hand when your motto might be dispensed with, but the two articles on intolerance in your Reformer, (XI. 419, 427,) and the following specimen of bigotry, confirm the truth of the remark, that “ the dregs of the Church of Rome are not yet sufficiently washed from the hearts of inany men.”
A free school is founded in this town upon the general prin. ciple of such institutions, supported by Churchmen and Dissenters, but under the superintendence of the higher powers in the Establishment. It is customary to give the scholars a dinner on Christmas-day. This happening on a Sunday, the dinner was put off till the next day, previous to which all the scholars had received an invitation and instructions to attend.' When the long-wished-for morning arrived, they, with gladsome hearts and countenances beaming with gratitude, attended in due time
and order to partake of a repast, such as some of them enjoy perhaps but once a year; but while one of these dear children (a child six years old) was indulging the pleasing thought, he was accosted by a superintendent with “Where did you go yesterday?" "To the meeting, Sir," was the reply (namely, the Unitarian chapel, where he is under the care of his parents). “ Then where you go on Sundays, there go for your dinner,” and immediately sent him hoine with a heart bursting with sorrow and disappointment.. - I could furnish you with a few more instances of intolerance and persecution which the Unitarians in Collumpton have had to endure ; but this shall suffice at present; to us they are not grievous, but joyous, for ive rejoice in that we are counted worthy to suffer for his name's sake who hath said, “ If they have persecuted me they will also persecute you. But rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”—It is now about a twelvemonth since we lost a venerable friend and pastor, the late Rev. John Davis, " at the remembrance of whose worth friendship drops a tear.” Then “by the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, yea we wept when we remeinbered Zion.” Having but little or no prospect of giving another minister an adequate salary, being but few in number and most of the few poor, and having been bereaved of those who had chiefly supported the cause for å series of years, we had sunk under the stroke had not the Lord been on our side, who hath turned our sorrowing into joy and lifted upon us the light of his countenance; and I am happy to inform you, that a spirit of inquiry is excited in the town and neighbourhood, that our numbers are considerably increased, and the chapel well filled with attentive hearers.,
. : Negro-Slavery. • . This subject is exciting great attention all over the kingdom. Numerous petitions have been sent up to both Houses of Parliament, and more are contemplated, from congregations, societies, towns and counties. The Dissenting Ministers of the Three Denominations are amongst the petitioners. In a short time, the great question will be discussed in Parliament. What is wanted is that the colonies should be obliged to take mea. sures for the improvement of the condition of the slaves, that they may by degrees be prepared for freedom, If the WestIndia planters would lose any thing by the measures adopted, let them be indemnified; but let not this foul stain remain any longer upon the character of England. There is reason to hope that the present'stir in behalf of the Negroes will not be in vain. His Majesty's Ministers are generally favourable to measures of amelioration; the West-India proprietors alone stand in the way; bnt they cannot surely long resist both the government and the people. To such as wish fully to understand the subject and to see one of the best pamphlets ever written, we recommend “ An Address to the Electors of Great Britain,” headed England Enslaved by her own Colonies, by Mr. STEPHEN, the Master in Chancery.
OBITUARY. Nov. 16. Stockton-on-Tees, ELIZABETH ELLERBY, aged 23. After an illness of eight or nine days, this excellent young person was suddenly removed from this state of existence. Her religious principles were fully exemplified in her practice. Her whole deportment was kind, gentle, and unassuming. One proof of the sweetness of her temper, and of her self.command, is worthy of record. The last seven years of her life she spent with an uncle and aunt; during which time, they never heard her utter a single word expressive of anger or resentment. Her conduct was marked by a degree of seriousness, prudence, and modesty, rarely found in so young a person. Her uniform attendance on divine worship; the readiness which she always manifested of making herself useful, especially in promoting the objects of a newly-established Sunday-school, had gained for her the respect and esteem of the Unitarian society of this place, of which she was a member. While her elder relatives mourn in her the loss of a dutiful and affectionate daughter, and her younger ones a kind sister, her fellow-worshipers must regard her removal as having made a vacancy amongst them which will not be speedily filled up, l'hough the decease of this amiable young person is to her relatives an affictive dispensation, to herself, we confidently trust, it is a happy change. She has been taken from life without experiencing many of its sorrows; and is removed to a fairer and brighter clime, where her virtues will bloom with increasing vigoar. May her mourning relatives and friends seek for peace and comfort in the remembrance of her many excellent qualities, and in the hope that, when they shall have waited their appointed time here, they will be re-united to her in those heavenly mansions which our Lord and Saviour is gone to prepare for all his faithful followers !
CORRESPONDENCE. COMMUNICATIONS have been received from Messrs. J. Philp : Ja Emons; and N. Rundell : also from the transcriber of the Parable and w. T., who is requested to furnish the full title of the book and the page from which he copies : the last sentence in his MS. is unintelligible.
We insert the communications of our Correspondents whenever we think they are appropriate and will be useful, and are sorry when from any cause we are not able to make use of them.
Mr. MOORE wishes us to notice an Erratum in his Letter in the last number, p. 24, 1.9, from the bottom, where the word inference should be used only once, as the last word of the sentence.
Letters from the Rev. R. Wright to the Unitarians in
the North-east District.
Trowbridge, March 9, 1826. [This district includes the northern parts of Cambridgeshire, the western parts of Norfolk, and the greater part of Lincolnshire.]
My CHRISTIAN BRETHREN, .. Among you I had the pleasure of spending some of the most active years of my life in a work which I deemed and still deem most highly important, and which, through the Divine blessing, was attended with considerable success; and we went on together, with mutual affection and persevering exertions, in what we believed to be the cause of God and Truth, until, in the course of Divine Providence, I was removed to a distance from you, and at length fixed as a minister in another part of the kingdom. As increasing years and growing infirmities rendered it necessary for me to withdraw, myself from the extended labours in which, for some years, I had the happiness of being engaged, so God, in his providence, opened a way for me to be employed in the same great work, in a more limited sphere, in a part of our Lord's vineyard remote from your district, which prevents my having that frequent intercourse with you, and giving that attention to the good cause among you, and to the prosperity of your churches, and your edification as individuals, which, were it practicable, would be gratifying to me. At what distance soever from you, and how seldom soever I have the opportunity of seeing any of you, the concern I feel for the success of the pure gospel and the spread and increase of true and genuine Christianity among you, is as deep and ardent as when I was labouring in your district and daily instructing you in the way of life. I cannot hear of the cause languishing in any of your churches, of any troubles existing among you, of any thing taking place to prevent your edi. fication and prosperity, or of any of you falling from your
steadfastness or becoming lukewarm and indifferent, without being sensibly affected and feeling much pain. On such occasions I cannot help regretting that distance de prives me of the opportunity of attempting to advise, strengthen and encourage you, or' of warning and admonishing, or of comforting you, or of stirring you up to more zeal, as the case might require; of which it is difficult for me, being at a distance, accurately to judge. This concern which I feel for you, and for the success of that cause in which for so many years we united our exertions, for which we laboured and suffered reproach, has determined ine to address a few short letters to you through the mediun of the Christian Reformer. I adopt this method that my friends in all parts of your district may have opportunity of reading them, which could not well be the case, if they were inerely written and sent to some particular place; besides, I hope what I writé may be useful to Unitarians in some other parts of the country, though more particularly suited to those in your District. .
My object in writing is, as an apostle once said, to stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance; to excite you to steadfastness and perseverance in your holy profession, and to an increase of Christian zeal; to warn you of the evils and dangers to which you are exposed; and to encourage, strengthen and comfort you, under any difficulties and discouragements you may experience. I am persuaded that you, my brethren, are too well acquainted with the sincerity of my love to you all, and satisfied of the interest I feel in your prosperity and everlasting welfare, to render any apology necessary for my thus addressing you, and for my doing it with much plaioness of speech. I can appeal to you all, that during the years I spent among you, I sought not yours but you ; that I was ever ready to spend and be spent in your service; that your edification and the success of the cause among you were the objects I continually pursued; and now, while absent from you, I would recall to your remembrance the instructions, warn. ings and exhortations which I often gave you, and entreat you to keep in view the example of persevering zeal and unwearied exertion in the cause of God and Truth' which I ) left you. Whether we ever meet again in this world or not, we must meet before the judgment-seat of Christ, 0! that we may then meet with joy, and that I may have to rejoice in you at that day!.