ePub 版

iogs, by counteracting the religious prejudices of part of his congregation, induced him cautiously to avoid the discussion and illustration of some of the unpopular doctrines of the gospel.' He died in June, 1810, having preached at this place thirty years. Mr John Grundy became the successor to Dr Barnes. Soon after his settlement at Cross Street, he delivered a course of lectures, in which he stated the peculiar doctrines of Unitarian belief. These lectures excited great attention in Manchester and the neighbourhood at the time of delivery, and were afterwards published. Mr Grundy removed from Manchester in August, 1824, on which occasion a dinner was given by some of the Cross Street congregation for the purpose of publicly presenting to him 'a handsome silver tea-service, as a testimony of their high regard for the zeal he had evinced in the cause of Unitarian Christianity.' Mr J. G. Robberds, who had been educated at York College, and is a Unitarian, was appointed Mr Grundy's coadjutor at Cross Street on the death of Mr Harrison, and continues to occupy the pulpit- Mr J. H. Worthington, a student of the same College, was elected to succeed Mr Grundy, before completing his ministerial studies, a circumstance which created some dissatisfaction. (7b be continued.)

Britith and Foreign Unitarian Association. This Association held its Annual General Meeting in London on the 17th and , 18th days of May, 1826. The General Committee and Treasurer's Reports were read and approved, and a union resolved upon with 'The Unitarian Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge and the Practice of Virtue, by the Distribution of Books.' The Trust for printing an Improved Version of the New Testament, was upon certain terms offered to the Association and accepted. Resolves respecting the place of holding the next Annual Meeting, and the expediency of the Association taking part in conducting or promoting any periodical work connected with the Unitarian body, were passed, referring both subjects to the General Committee. The Committee in their Report say, that 'the promptness and zeal with which the Unitarian public have entered into the plans of the Association, in the short interval that has elapsed since its establishment,— afford the most gratifying earnest of its permanence and success.' They next give interesting and encouraging Reports from the Sub-Committees for the Congregational, Missionary, and Foreign Departments, and from that for attending to the Civil Rights and Privileges of Unitarians. The statements of the Foreign SubCommittee are concluded thus:

'The Committee has been favoured with some copies of the "Constitution and Circular of the American Unitarian Associa*

[ocr errors]

tion," instituted at Boston on the 25th May last; and a letter from its secretary, the Rev. Ezra S. Gannett, inviting the correspondence and as far as practicable the cooperation of this Society, which have been readily and gladly promised. He justly remarks that "the coincidence between the British and the American Societies in name, objects, and time of organization, without any previous concert, is interesting, and affords to the friends of pure Christianity in each country promise of sympathy and encouragement." May this harmony in the proceedings of the friends of truth, of mental freedom, and of the universal brotherhood of man, in Great Britain and America, be an auspicious omen of the future progress of their cause, as it is a cheering indication of that which has been already made!'

Unitarian Mission in Bengal. In an Appendix to the Report of the Foreign Sub-Committee of the British and Foreign Unitarian Association, we have, 1st, a Brief Memoir respecting the Establishment of a Unitarian Mission in Bengal; 2d, the Resolutions passed at a Meeting of the Calcutta Unitarian Committee on the 21st of November, 1825; 3d, the Resolutions of the Committee of the British and Foreign Unitarian Association, upon the whole subject, passed on the 19th of June 1826; and 4th, a List of the Subscribers to the Calcutta Unitarian Chapel and Mission. The first paper contains nothing which is not well known to our readers. The second, gives a full view of the 'Scheme for the permanent support of a Unitarian Mission in Bengal,'of which we gave the outline in our Number for March and April. The third, expresses amongst other things, the conviction of the Committee, that it is of essential importance to the cause of Unitarian Christianity in British India, that Mr Adam should promptly resume his Missionary character and labors ; that Mr A. should be appointed the Missionary of this Association in British India with a salary of Sa. Rs. 1500 per annum, to be paid annually in advance ; and that should Mr A. become the Missionary of this Association, it shall be competent for him to hold a similar appointment from the American Unitarian Association, and to be the minister of the Calcutta Unitarian chapel. The fourth, presents the following account of subscriptions for India.

£ d.

Annual Subscriptions 150 3 6

Donations tothe Chapel 1166 9 10

Ditto for General Purposes of the Mission . . . 246 13 10 Ditto to Mr Adam, personally, 15 5 0

Total, £ 1578 12 2

Evangelical Missionary Society. This Society held its semiannual meeting in Salem on the 11th of October. A Sermon upon the Claims of Religious Charities was preached by Rev. Mr Gannett of Boston, and a collection of about $130 made for the Society's funds.


The Rev. John A. Williams was on the 18th day of October, ordained as the pastor of the First Congregational Church and Society of East Bridgewater. The Rev. Dr Lowell of Boston offered the introductory prayer and read a portion of the Scriptures; Rev Dr Porter of Roxbury preached the sermon from 1 Cor. xiv. 3; Rev. Dr Willard of Deerfield made the ordaining prayer; Rev. Dr Kendall of Plymouth, gave the charge ; Rev. Mr Hodges of South Bridgcwatcr, the right hand of fellowship; Rev. Mr Clark of Norton, addressed the Society; and Rev. Dr Reed of West Bridgewater, offered the concluding prayer.


Died, on the 14th of July last, Mrs Elizabeth Cabot, widow ofthe late Hon. George Cabot, it would be difficult to do justice to the character of this excellent lady, within the short limits of an obituary notice. But her worth, and the feelings of her friends, demand that some tribute should be offered to her memory. The following is acknowledged to be a feeble and imperfect, but claims to be a sincere one.

It is not by events that the life of females is most appropriately delineated. The quiet, and retirement, and domestic employments of woman, are at variance with notoriety, and shrink back from it. Her ambition is not to seek for fame; ber happiness not to acquire it. Her mind and her heart, therefore, are to be described, and not her achievements. We look not for dates and adventures; we do not expect, nor do we desire to find them. We deal, almost abstractedly, with dispositions, affections, principles; we tell of gentleness, devotedness, and piety.

With that unobtrusive delicacy, and nice sense of propriety which belong to the female sex, Mrs Cabot united an extraordinary degree of mental strength, clearness of perception, liberality of opinion, and superiority to prejudice. Custom and fashion stood not, with her, in the place of reason and principle. She kept her judgment in continual exercise; and suffered it not to be blinded by the glare of wealth and high name, or overwhelmed and borne down by the clamorous voice of the multitude. She certainly paid a due respect to the usages ofthe world, and to its generally acknowledged laws; but that respect never took the form of servility, because her convictions and resolutions were independent, and founded on something better than mere authority.

In her advanced age, though her constitution was much impaired, her mind retained the whole of its native vigor, and shared in none of those weaknesses which are the usual inheritance of years. They whose privilege it was to visit her as friends, went not only out of respect for her venerable worth, and the high rank which she bad always held in society, but really to enjoy her conversation, and be improved and delighted in her company; and they came away from each interview, with fresh admiration of her unfading powers, her lively wit, her shrewd observation, her copious and original flow of thought, her kind and indulgent sympathies. The force of tier intellect enabled her to cope with any subject which might be offered for discussion ; she was not startled nor offended by an idea, for no other cause than that it seemed to be new and bold. It has been intimated above, that she was singularly free from little superstitions, and those fears and forebodings which are so often the companions of old age.

By the means of this same intellectual energy, she held a powerful mastery over her feelings, which were themselves of no ordinary strength. Her life had been summoned to many trials. In her latter years, two children only remained to her of nine. She was doomed to behold seven of her offspring, and at last their father, pass on before her to the grave. But she struggled, and oveicame. Her family duties were not neglected ; her friends were received aud attended to with cheerfulness; her sorrows were obtruded on no one. Even the last and saddest loss, which came, like a storm, over the vale of her existence, left it serene and pleasant to the eye , though the cloud still hung, and threw a broad shadow over it, and the full brightness of the sun never broke in upon it again. She lived, because it was God's pleasure that she should live; she continued to be useful, because she felt that it was her duty to be so; but she lived and acted as one whose strongest interests are not on earth. We were not called to any exhibition of grief; yet we could not but know that there was a shrine in her inmost soul, at which, with but One Eye upon her, she knelt and wept alone.

Her goodness and strong sense did not tend to make her a severe judge of the faults, mistakes, and incapacities of others. She saw them, but she looked leniently on them. She offered such apologies for those who were represented to be in error, as they would probably have offered for themselves. She made due allowance for human frailty. She was above censure; and not only so, but above being censorious.

Her religious sentiments were rational and practical; early imbibed, and deeply impressed. She was for many years a member of the church now under the care of the Rev. Mr Young. Two former pastors of that church are living, who often think of the long and friendly intimacy with which she honored them, and who deplore her loss with those who knew and loved her best.

Mrs Cabot died at Watertown, whither she had retired for a few months from Boston, for the benefit of country air and exercise. She breathed out her spirit calmly and without severe suffering, in the 71st year of her age. Any attempt to estimate the magnitude of this loss to the bereaved relations would be needless. They can ieel, but even they cannot express it.

Dikd in Boston, August 25, aged 90, Mrs Hannah Storxr, widow of the late Ebenezer Storer, Esq. and daughter of Josiah Qnincy, Esq. of Braintree. The memory of this venerable lady is cherished with a peculiar sensibility far beyond the domestic circle which is bereaved by her death. Her natural disposition, as far as it was to be distinguished from the effects of christian discipline, seemed uncommonly placid and benevolent. Her understanding, which was of a high order, had been cultivated with systematic assiduity, and exercised in an extent of inquiry much beyond what was common at the period of her early life. Her connexions of family and friendship, were with several of the most distinguished persons of this portion of our country, and her manners, well befitting the place which she held in their regard and in the respect of a large acquaintance, united the most finished elegance with a frankness and cordiality which gave her society an extraordinary charm. Her christian faith was a principle deeply rooted in ber heart, She had familiarized it by much reflection, and tried its strength in some vicissitudes. It was the source of her uniform cheerfulness, and the support of her uncommon virtues; and, consistently acted on through so long a hfe, it produced its proper fruit in an extraordinary maturity of the christian character. She was privileged beyond the common lot in her last years being far different from years of labor and sorrow. Extreme age brought with it the least possible portion of infirmity. It was attended with no decay of the mental powers, and scarcely even impaired her senses. Up to the time ofhei mortal sickness, her society was the delight of a numerous ciicle of devoted friends, who feel that in her departure, a large resource of happiness to them is withdrawn. She did not live in the past. Her kind heart had always a place for new interests and new attachments. It is exceedingly rare to see the ardor and sprightliness of youth mingled, in such beautifully harmonious union, with the wisdom and dignity of age; and perhaps she is scarcely^cherished in more affectionate remembrance by her few surviving contemporaries, than in the minds of some who have Mil) on-joyed the friendship of oer declining years. Her life is to be regarded as a singularly happy one. It was passed in the pleasant ways of wisdom. It was protracted to an unusual period, yet without the wonted infirmities of age. Its close was watched with respectful and fond solicitude. It was terminated by the mildest messenger of death ; and resigned in the most enviable exercise of faith and hope, and it has left behind most tender recollections and elevating influences.

Weto DJttWfcatfons.

Sermons Illustrative of .several important Principles of the New Jerusalem Ciiurch, designed chiefly for the Use of its Members. By the Rev. M. B. Roche, Piladelphia.

A Plea for the American Colonization Society. A Sermon. By the Rev. James Milnor. New York.

Three Sermons delivered in the first Universalist Church, in the city of New York, in which is embodied a brief Portraiture of Christian Theology. By the Rev. A. Kneeland.

A Treatise on the Union, Affiinity, and Consanguinity between Christ and his Church.

A Sermon delivered before the Auxiliary Education Society of Norfolk County, at their Annual Meeting in the East Parish in Medway, June 14, 1826. By William Coggswell, A. M. Boston, 8vo.

An Elementary Course of Biblical Theology ; translated from the Work of Professors Storr and Flatt, with additions, by S. S. Smucker. Andover. 2 vols. 6vo pp. 481 and 408.

A Sermon occasioned by the Death of Ma. David Chapin, By the Rev. Winthrop Bailey. Greenfield, Mass.

Sermons, By Thomas Wetherell, and Elias Hicks.

« 上一頁繼續 »