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promoter of innocent cheerfulness upon in whose welfare he did not take the
Dissenting brethren both in Ireland and pelled to abandon them by a sudden and England, to question the propriety of total incapacity.” After gratefully acgranting to the Catholics a full enjoy, knowledging the kind indulgence and ment of their civil rights; but he was affectionate regards of his flock, during governed, not by prejudice, but principle, nearly fifty years of his ministry, he and therefore he was a decided advocate concludes in this beautiful and impresof Catholic emancipation. Firm and un- sive language: “ It is my fervent hope bending, however, as he was, in attach and prayer to the Fountaiu of all Wisment to the principles of nonconformity, dom, that He may preside over your dehe numbered among his friends men of liberations on this important business, all religious persuasions. Amung these and direct you to the clioice of a succeswere Dr.Law, the late Bishop of Elphin; sor to myself, who is rich in spiritual and Dr. Brinkley, the present Bishop of gifts and graces, and abounding in all Cloyne. With the former of these those amiable qualities of the heart learned and accomplished dignitaries of which can make him to you a useful the established religion, who never and acceptable minister, and to my made any secret of his Unitarian con- ever and highly esteemed friend and victions, he lived on terms of cordial colleague a welcome and affectionate amity.
associate." Notwithstanding this letter, Mr. Taylor's pulpit exercises were he continued to officiate until the apdistinguished by a correct style and pointment of his successor, the Rev. chaste elocution. His appearance and James Martineau, in whose ordination delivery were so earnest and dignified he bore a part, on the 26th of October, that no one could listen to his dis- 1828; on the last day of which month courses without advantage. His devo- he was presented by his affectionate tional services were always simple, flock with a most gratifying mark of pure, and impressive; it was in this their esteem and love (as more particudelightful part of the public worship of larly detailed in the Non. Repos. Vol. the sabbath that he peculiarly excelled; III. New Series, p. 446). and flowing as his prayers did from a He continued for nearly three years truly pious heart, they seldom failed to after this period in the enjoyment of engage the responsive Amen of every comparative health, and an almost enhearer.
viable cheerfulness of mind and spirit; On the 8th of October, 1820, after a and at leugth, by a gradual and almost bappy union of forty-six years, Mr. imperceptible decline, saukto rest in Taylor was deprived by death of the Jesus. “ My spirit" (he beautifully faithful friend and partner of his life. says, in that instrument which, as it were, Possessed as she was of a mind highly closed his earthly career ) “I resign cultivated, of mappers the most refined into the hands of that gracious God who and amiable, and piety as warm as it gave me being, and hath crowned a long was siucere and deeply rooted, no wife life with innumerable mercies; humbly or parent, no friend or loved com- hoping that, through His continued pauion, was ever consigned to the grave goodness, my soul may be redeemed amidst more lively or general regret. She from the power of the grave to the pospossessed a heart which overflowed with session of complete and enduring happicharity and beverolence. It was im- pess in a better world to conie." possible to know her without loviug and Who then shall say, after contemrespecting her pure character, and in plating the beautiful life and the peaceevery relation of life she shone bright ful death of our venerable frieud, that and conspicuous to the last.
the Unitarian faith is incapable of susWe now come to the concluding taining the mind and supporting the events of Mr. Taylor's life. On the spirit in such a gloomy hour? Verily, 29th of April, 1827, when he had been his was the faith which triumphs over sixty years an officiating minister, the death, which enables the believer to say last fifty of which he presided over the with the Apostle, “O Death! where is congregation in Eustace Street, Dublin, thy stiug ? O Grave! where is thy vichis increasing infirmities suggested to tory? Blessed be God who giveih us him the prudence of retiring from the the victory through our Lord Jesus pastoral office. In the letter which an. Christ. Amen." nounced his determination, he says, " While still allowed to retain some
MRS. SARAH HERFORD. little power of body and mind, I trust Oct. 30th, aged 40, at Altringham, in that I shall conclude my public labours the county of Chester, SARAH, the wife now with a better grace than if com- of Mr. HERFORI), When worth, talents, and energy, are summoned away in the preciating the value of time, and the full career of their useful action, importance of the often disregarded sewhen the parent of a large family, their ries of small detached portions of this companion, iostructor, guide, and friend, precious gift, she had the happy faculty fulfilling with sedulous and untiring cheer. of finding suitable and useful employ. fulness the varied duties of wife and mno- ment for every passing minute. She ther, is removed from the presence of thus gained leisure for the acquisition those who delighted iu her society, it is of knowledge where others saw only fitting that such an event should be se- constant and wearyiug occupation in riously considered, that the liring should her professional pursuits; and thus was “ lay it to heart." Blind unbelief com- she enabled, not only to continue her plains of the unequal distribution of course of self-education in the various happiness and misery in this world; branches of useful knowledge and eleaud feeble, unreflecting faith almost gant literature, but indulging a predi. shudders at appointments in which, lection which, from her earliest childapparently, unmixed evil prevails; but hood, she had evinced) to surprise her the sincere, the rational, the confiding friends by the continual production of Christian feels a firm conviction that new efforts of taste and skill in more the entire ways of Divine Providence than one branch of the pictorial art, form a mighty and harmonious whole, which shewed, that had she been de. and is enabled to bow with calm resig- voted to that pursuit, as the occupation natiou under the action of the inmuta of her life, she would have been recogble decrees of him who “saw the end nized as one of the painters “ of this from the beginning." *
age and uation." She also published a Many circuinstances conspire to ren- comprehensive Chart of History and der the death of Mrs. John Herford un- Biography, in which, by an ingenious usually distressing and deeply impres contrivance, she succeeded in exbibitsive to an extensive circle of relatives ing, not only the rise, progress, and and intimates. Highly gifted by nature, extent, of each empire, but its compaand with taleuts industriously cultivated rative condition of prosperity or decay. and improved, she had for many years In the midst of this constant activity, devoted herself to the work of educa- Mrs. H. never permitted herself to detion; and, incessantly and usefully oc- generate into the mere worldly chacupied, she was happy in the success of racter. Her religious feelings were pure her own efforts, and ever ready to con- and ardent; her admonitions on this tribute to the success and advancement subject earnest and affectionate ; her of others. Especially, she held herself faith enlightened and sincere, and her favoured in being permitted to assist benevolence disinterested and diffusire. and promote the welfare, in succession, Enjoying to the last the complete use of of a number of her young friends, whó her faculties, she was enabled to adminow, profitably employing the informa- nister consolation to her surrounding tion they received from their amiable friends, and to suggest the best possible instructor, recall, with respectful re- arrangements for coutinuing for the begret, the recollection, not of the teacher nefit of her family, the establishment only, but of the kind, the active, and she had succeeded iu forming. the unwearied friend. Thus usefully Such an example is surely worthy of proceeded the days of the excelleut per. being recorded. It shews that the best son whose decease, in the prime of feelings of the friend and the Christian middle life, is here recorded. But her may co-exist with the most assiduous exertions were not confined to the exercise of the mental faculties, and the routine of her engagements. Fully ap. most active occupation of the time. It
shews to the young that the task and
duty of acquiring knowledge need not " It has been ascertained," writes be renounced because their days are a near relative of the departed friend, constantly and laboriously employed. " that there existed an internal disease It presents, in fact, another instance in which inust have terminated fatally if addition to many more which might be peculiar circumstances had not expe- quoted, to prove that the more regular dited its action, and would have caused, and important are the occupations, the while life continued, severe suffering. more opportunities may be found for How merciful then was her removal !" benevolent and intellectual pursuits. This account was received after the
W. H. S, above was written, but what a practical Birmingham, Nov. 6, 1831. commentary does it present! S.
Tenterden District Meeting. since the congregation assembling in
this chapel, were unjustly expelled from The Eighth Auniversary of this Branch
their former place of worship in John's of the Kent and Sussex Unitarian Chris
Street. During this period, they regntian Association, was held at Tenterden,
larly assembled for public worship in a on Wednesday, the 19th of October.
school-room, having the services conMr. George Buckland, of Benenden,
ducted by one of their own members, read the Scriptures and offered up the
with the occassional assistance of neighgeneral prayer. Mr. Payne, of Rolven.
bouring mipisters. The attendance on den, preached an excellent discourse
this occasion, and the liberal contribu
this from Colossians iii. 16: “Let the word
tions of many of the members of difof Christ dwell in you richly in all
ferent churches around them, evinced wisdom teachiug and admonishing one
the steady progress of - liberal and chaanother.”
ritable feelings. Among the numerous After the religious services ninety
congregations which attended on the seven individuals, of both sexes, ad.
various services on the day of opening, journed to the Town Hall, where tea
and the succeeding Sunday, they had the was provided. After tea Mr. Holden
happiness to number many of the most was called to preside. One of the first
strenuous and consistent supporters of toasts was the King: to mention his
the Established Church,-and have rea
the name is now something more than a
son to hope, that many went away immere form,--this is shewn by the way
pressed with a more faroorable opinion in which it is received in all asseinblies of Unitarian Christianity, and feeling and for whatever purpose met. In the
that though its professois may differ course of the evening speeches on va- from them in many of their distinguishrious subjects were elicited by the sen- ing doctrines, they are yet not wholly timevts proposed by the chairman ; but
unworthy of the name of Christians and wbatever the topic, there were continual
brethren. allusions more or less distinct to the The morning sermon, on the day great question. Was the topic the
of opening, was preached by the Rev. coming conquests of truth ? Reform Joho Kentish, of Birmingham, who, in would do much for the truth, by, re- a most lumivons, eloquent, and powermoving the supports of error. Was
ful discourse, pointed out the grounds the subject colonial slavery ? Grant
of our disseut from the Established but Reform, and soon will the man
Church of this country. He was foldate be given, to let the oppressed be
lowed, with great ability, in the evening free. Even the passing of the Unita
sermon, by the Rev. Samuel Bache, of rian Marriage Bill was considered to be
Dudley, who, with great force of argucontingent on the success of that mea
ment and warmth of piety, illustrated sure to which all thoughts are turned.
the unity which the Scriptures represent City Missions, and Unitariavism in In
as subsisting between Jesus Christ and dia, were also amongst the topics to
his God and Father, with the powerful which the attention of the meeting was directed.
motives which this doctrine preseuts to The individuals who took a his followers, to imitate his example priucipal share in the discussions of the
in spirit and in conduct, and thus beerening, were Messrs. George Buckland,
come joint partakers with him of the Mace, E. Adams, Payne, Ford, and
E. T. T.
After the morving service, the members of the congregation, with their
friends, sat down, to the number of Opening of the New Unitarian Cha- seventy, to a dinper which had been pel, Wolverhampton.
provided at the New Hotel.
On Sunday, the 23d iustant, notwithOn Tuesday, the 18th instant, the standing the unfavourableness of the Suowhill Chapel, Wolverhampton, was weather, the two services were most opeved for public worship. An interval numerously attended. Iu the morning, of nearly fifteen years has now elapsed, the Rer. Stephenson Hunter, the minis
ter of the congregation, stated and de. Henley (Oxon) Auxiliary, Hitchin and fepded the distinguishing doctrines of Baldock Auxiliary, Hungerford Branch, Unitarianism; and in the evening the Kidderminster Auxiliary, Loughborough Rev. Hugh Hutton, of the Old Meeting, Branch, Luton Branch, Malmesbury AuxBirmingham, with the impressive elo- iliary, Marshland Branch, Merionethquence for which that gentleman is re- shire Auxiliary, Newark Auxiliary, New. markable, pointed out the richness of castle-upon-Tyne Ladies' Association, divine grace, as more particularly dis- Newport-Pagpel Branch, Pentonville Asplayed in the Christian dispensation. sociation, Peuzance Branch, Reading
S. H. Auxiliary, Scarborough Auxiliary, Ships.
ton-on-Stour Auxiliary, South-Shields British and Foreign Bible Society. Auxiliary, St. Columb Branch, Tavi
In continuation of the Lists, printed stock Apxiliary, Tring and Berkhanistead in our last Number, made up to the 16th Branch, Wandsworth Ladies' Associaof September (not the 6th) we subioina tion, Weald-of-Kent Auxiliary, WeyList of Fifty one additional Societies ad.
mouth Branch, Whitby Auxiliary, Wood
bridge Branch, York Auxiliary. verse to any Alteration in the Constitution.
List of Two additional Societies farourable Acle Branch, Bath Auxiliary, Bec
to Alteration. cles Branch, Bedfordshire Auxiliary, Bi
Brewham and Pitscombe Association, shop-Stortford Branch, Blaenavon Aux- Clerkenwell (North) Association. iliary, Bodmin Branch Society, Bradford The above Lists are made up to the (Wilts) Branch, Bridlington Auxiliary. 17th of October, Bridport Branch, Brigg Auxiliary, Bury (Lancashire) Auxiliary, Chippenham As
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