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sess, what he should speak, and how he should speak it. Such were the general divisions of the sermon. Each topic was unfolded and enforced with great power and felicity of expression. The Ordaining Prayer was next offered by Rev. Dr Lowell, a Charge given by Rev. Dr Ware, the Right Hand of Fellowship by Rev. Mr Gannett, of Boston, and a Concluding Prayer offered by Rev. Mr Ripley of Waltham. A church had been previously organized according to Congregational custom, and we are happy in being able to state that a respectable and constantly increasing congregation has been gathered by Mr Ripley's ministrations. The success of this establishment, has, we believe, exceeded the expectations of its original projectors.
Society for the Promotion of Christianity in India. On Sunday evening, November 12th, a meeting of the subscribers to a fund for the promotion of Christianity in India, was held at the Vestry in Berry Street. A committee, previously appointed to confer with the ' Society for obtaining Information respecting the State of Religion in India,' reported that a union of the subscribers to the fund with that society was practicable and expedient, and presented the draught of a Constitution for a new society to be formed by this union, which, with some modification, was adopted. The designation of the new Society stands at the head of this notice. By the Constitution, the yearly payment of two dollars constitutes any person a member; the third Thursday of November is appointed for the day of annual meetings, at which a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, and two Auditors are to be chosen and constituted an Executive Committee; the duties of these officers are defined; the Commitee are to have the disposal of all the Society's money, it being provided that no part of the sum already subscribed, nor any increase of that sum, by future do•nations, shall be sent out of the country, but by a vote of the Society. The Constitution, on due notice given to the members of any proposed alteration, may be changed at any time by a vote of two thirds. The officers for the ensuing year are
Rev. Henry Ware, D D. President—Hon. Peter O. Thatcher, Vice-President—Mr George A. Sampson, Treasurer—Rev. Joseph Tuckerman, D. D., Corresponding Secretary—Mr Joshua P. Blanchard, Recording Secretary—George Bond, Esq. and Robert Waterston, Esq., Auditors.
The objects of this Society we have often presented to the public. Wc know not how we can now better show their importance and the urgent call there is for the cooperation of Unitarians in effecting them, than by publishing the letter from
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Mr Adam to the Secretary of the American Unitarian Association, which has also appeared in the Christian Register.
Letter from Mr Main, on Unitarianism in India. 'It was with sincere pleasure that I received your letter of the 25th Feb. last, by the Pagoda, together with the Tracts of the American Unitarian Association. The set for Rammohun Roy, has been delivered to him in your name; and he has been so much gratified by the perusal of the One Hundred Arguments for (he Unitarian Faith, that he has caused an edition to be printed at his own press, for distribution in Calcutta.
'I congratulate you and-myself on the formation of the Association, and from its labors I anticipate the happiest effects in the increased zeal and effectiveness of the denomination both at home and abroad. I trust the day is not far distant when we shall have a British Indian Unitarian Association, not only an association, so named—but, whether so named or not, one having direct relations with avowed and zealous supporters of Unitarianism at the three Presidencies of British India. O! what a wide door is open here for Unitarians if they would only enter and take possession! I tremble lest they bring on themselves the guilt of neglecting to communicate, according to their ability, the knowledge of the pure and unadulterated gospel of Christ to the numerous inhabitants of this vast continent. With the strictest adherence to truth, I can say, that the minds of many, both Europeans and Natives, are prepared to receive the doctrines of Unitarian Christianity; if they are not actually received and embraced, it will only be because means are not used for that purpose, and because those who are willing and anxious to use them, have them not to use. But it is not with reference to India alone, extensive and important as that field is, that we here might be useful in preparing the way of the gospel. Ceylon to the south, now wholly under a christian government, and having a numerous christian population, with a Native population freed from the shackles of cast—the Cape of Good Hope to the west, with a population growing in numbers and importance, amongst whom the seeds of Unitarianism have already been partially sown, although I fear they have not taken root—and New South Wales and Van Dieman's Land to the east, settlements rapidly growing in population, intelligence, and wealth, in commercial importance and in liberal institutions, all of these stretch out their hands to us and we to them. Constant opportunities of communication occur, and if a permanent Unitarian Mission could be established in Calcutta, from it the word of God might be made to sound forth to them all.'
Ordination at Walpole. Oil the 15th of November, Mr J. P. B. Storer was ordained as pastor of the Congregation.il Church and Society in Walpole, from the care of which the age and infirmities of Rev. Mr Morey have obliged him to retire. Rev. Mr Dewey, of New-Bedford, offered an Introductory Prayer, and read portions of the Scriptures. A Sermon was delivered by Dr Nichols, of Portland, from 1 Cor. ii. I, 2; 'And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech, or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God; for 1 determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified.' We did not hear this sermon, which is universally said to have been an admirable one, and must therefore refer our readers to the Christian Register, for November 18th, in which will be found an abstract of it, which we regret we have not room to copy. The Ordaining Prayer was offered by Rev. Dr Harris, of Dorchester; the Charge given by Rev. Dr Lowell; the Right Hand of Fellowship, by Rev. Mr Huntoon, of Canton; and the Concluding Prayer by Rev. Mr White of Dedharn. Tlic orthodox, however, not willing to leave the work of this part of the vineyard to Unitarians alone, organised in the town a church of their own, we believe, at about the time of this ordination.
Church in Higginson Square, Salem. This building, erected on the very spot on which the first Congregational church in America was accustomed to assemble for the worship of God, was, on Thursday November 18th, dedicated to its purposes. The Introductory Prayer and Selections from the Scriptures were by Rev. Mr Brazer, of Salem. The Dedicatory Prayer was offered by Rev. Dr Prince, the senior, the Sermon delivered by Rev. Mr Upham, the junior pastor of the Society; and the Concluding Prayer offered by Rev. Dr Flint, of Salem. The text of the Sermon was, Ezra, v. 11. 'We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house which was buildcd many years ago.' The house was dedicated, said Mr Upham, to the one God of heaven and of earth, the God of Abraham and of Israel, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; to the ends for which the christian revelation was given; to the memory and principles of our forefathers; and to the advancement ofthe reformation. Each of these topics, especially each ofthe two last, was enlarged upon, and offered the preacher frequent opportunities, of which he ably availed himself, to illustrate his subject from the history of the early days of NewEngland and ofthe reformation, the main principles of which were stated; principles to which we shall fail to be true, if we rest in the results to which the reformers came, instead of makinjf the principles, which led them to those results, our guides to a still further reformation.
Massachusetts Peace Society. The anniversary meeting of this Society was held, as heretofore, on Christmas evening. After the usual reports were read in the Vestry, the Society listened in the Old South Church to an able address from the Hon. T. Fuller, of Cambridge, in which the objects of the association were stated and vindicated from the charge of being visionary or romantic.
South's Sermons. We are pleased to see Proposals issued at Cambridge, for publishing 'A Selection from the Discourses of Robert South, D. D.' We think a volume judiciously selected from the eleven which his discourses compose, would be one of the most valuable in our language. A large portion of them are embittered with unworthy political animosities, which in sermons are particularly revolting. But the purely ethical and practical parts of South's works are of the very highest order of excellence.
Sunday Evening Lectures. For the months of January, February, and March, two or more of the Unitarian Churches of Boston, are to be open on Sunday evenings for the purpose of giving a course of religious lectures. The services will be by Unitarian clergymen of Boston and its vicinity, and we trust they will be the means of much good.
To perpetuate the meritorious actions of public men, is not only a Tribute due to their memory, but an act of justice to that public which they have faithfully serv'd. Their actions, too, are usually of that imposing character which affords to the biographer an increased motive to record them. Yet when we reflect how few, in comparison, can ever have an opportunity to imitate their virtues, whilst from those which have been exhibited in private life, nil may in some degree profit, we shall perhaps find a sufficient inducement to preserve a memorial of such as have exerted an influence, though less seen, not less happy, or less extensive in its effects; especially when that influence is the consequence of principles, immutable in their nature, and universal in their application.
Thom As Arnold. Esquire, who died at his country residence, near Providence, on the 8th of November last, in the 75th year of his age, was in our estimation an instance worthy of such notice. Possessing by nature, a powerful and discriminating mind, he avowed ia early life bis conviction of the truth of those fundamental principles, the freedom of the will, the rights of conscience and of civil and religious liberty. These were not with him subjects of mere speculation, or to be acted upon only when national or individual convenience may permit, but inviolable principles by which the actions of men should at all times be influenced.
With acquirements equal to those of most men, Mr Arnold was among the last to use thorn for display; and, at the commencement, as throughout his life, he manifested an almost fastidious disregard to all factitious honors. At the time for taking the first degree at the college of his native state, with several of the best scholars of his class, whilst he fulfilled every
fiecuniary obligation to the institution, ho refused the usual Diploma, sieging as a reason, that he preferred to rest his reputation on his mental acquirements, and failing in this, he would never produce a written certificate of a good education.
He indulged his predilection for the study of the law, and successfully commenced practice a short time previous to the Revolution. But when the excitement of that period introduced a test oath, to be administered to all practitioners at the bar, he abandoned the profession, because he could not conscientiously take it. In perfect accordance with the just principles which never ceased to influence him, the oppressed Africans ever found in Mr Arnold, a faithful and able advocate; and whilst their rights and the abolition of the slave trade depended rather on the justice of the cause, than its popularity, he was for many years actively engaged in it, often laboring alone, or with but a few sincere coadjutors. But when the public feeling and the laws became such as to leave little for individuals to perfom, he was satisfied to leave to others the honor of appearing as its public supporters.
Mild and conciliatory in bis feelings and manners, he was ever firm in the performance of his duty; and when engaged in wlmt he believed a just cause, no threats or difficulties could intimidate him. A striking illustration of this occurred at the period of public excitement already alluded to, when Mr Arnold became the advocate of a few obscure farmers, in the settlement of whose accounts with a servant of the French government, the members of the General Assembly were attempting to interfere. lie maintained the supremacy of the laws and the trial by jury; and, though threatened with imprisonment, dared to remind the sovereign body of the state, that they were usurping a power which did not belong to them, and refused to obey its mandates. But having firmly withstood this impassioned excitement, and addressed his remonstrances to the calm reflection and good sense of that body, he had the satisfaction to find himself referred to the proper tribunal, and to gain his cause.
Public stations to which the discrimination and respect of his fellow citizens would have called him, he invuriably declined, though never disposed to undervalue their good opinion. For more than thirty years he was a merchant. But the s.imc rules of conduct always governed him HewithKlood, as fur as he was able, every practice, which, thougii sanctioned by custom, was inconsistent with equity and justice; and with a few conscientious and honorable individuals, whilst yet they retained some influence in the religious society of which they were members, strenuously advocated and succeeded in obtaining a positive rule forbidding all, when under pecuniary embarrassment, to favor any of their creditors to the prejudice of others. For himself, when pressed by losses—and few men over had more to encounter—instead of entering into more extended and doubtful adventures, in the hope of retrieving them, to the imminent hazard of the rights of those to whom he was indebted, a course too often pursued— Mr Arnold preferred to rely upon his own prudence and honorable exer