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INTELLIGENCE. Plan for the Supply of Sunday-School Books. The following heads of a plan for supplying the want of suitable books, so long experienced in Unitarian Sundayschools, are submitted to the consideration of the managers those institutions.
1. That for providing and publishing such books, a capital of £50 shall be forthwith raised in 10 shares of £5 each, to be advanced by Sunday-schools either individually or collectively; on which shares interest at the rate of 5 per cent. per annum shall be paid in the society's publications. 2. That the society shall be managed by a committee of ten persons, one to be no. minated annually by the holder or holders of each share ;* and that a Treasurer and Secretary shall be annually chosen out of and by this committee. 3. That an annual account of the progress and state of the institution shall be rendered to the sharee holders. 4. That the shares shall be, under certain regulations, transférable. 5. That the shareholders shall receive interest upon every £10 increase in the property of the society.
When it is considered that the society will be secure of a sale amongst its own members, there seems little reason to apprehend a failure of the scheme.
Two shares have been already taken, one by the Worship Street Sunday-school, and one for a Sunday-school in Hoxton, by Mr. John Mardon, of No. 38, Gloucester Street, Hoxton, of whom further particulars may be had, and to whom all communications on this subject (if by letter, post-paid) are to be addressed.
Dover and Canterbury Sunday-School Union. The Second Annual Meeting of the Dover and Canterbury Sunday-School Union, was held at Canterbury, on Tuesday, July 18, 1826. About 60 friends assembled together, and the meeting appeared to lose nothing of that interest which was ex. cited at the formation of the Union. The reports from the two schools were highly satisfactory. Several excellent ad. dresses were given, and of these, those from the Monitors of the Dover school were heard with lively pleasure, as promising much future usefulness. The success which has attended a Magazine in manuscript, which was commenced last year, was noticed by several of the speakers, and hopes expressed that it would possess increasing interest. The want of a complete set of books for Sunday-school instruction, suited to our senti.
* As the seat of the society will be in London, schools in the country will generally, it is presumed, have some friend in the Me. tropolis willing to serve on the committee.
ments as Unitarians, was again mentioned, and a proposal made to apply to the British and Foreign Unitarian Association to take the subject under their notice, which met with the cordial approbation of the meeting, as the most likely means to obtain
so desirable an object. All appeared highly gratified with the * proceedings of the day, and the writer of this hopes all his ; fe how-labourers in the important work of the religious instruc
tion of the rising generation who were with him, departed with hearty resolves of continued assiduity and perseverance.
Somerset, Gloucester and Wilts Unitarian Missionary As
sociation. The next Half-yearly General Meeting of this Association, i will be held at Calne, on Wednesday, September 13th, when
the Rev. B. Waterhouse, of Warminister, is expected to preach. Service to commence at half-past Eleven.
British and Foreigr Unitarian Association. We are desired to state, for the information of the subscribers and friends, that the First Report of the British and Foreign Unitarian Association is published. An Appendix relative to
the Calcutta Mission, with a complete List of Subscribers, has been annexed.
The Report will be forwarded for general distribution in the country; but as there may be individuals to whom it cannot be conveniently delivered, they may procure it by application at the Rooms of the Association, 3, Walbrook Buildings, Walbrook ; or of Mr. Rowland Hunter, 72, St. Paul's Churchyard ; Mr. David Eaton, 187, High-Holborn; or of Messrs. Teulon and Fox, 67, Whitechapel, London.
1826. July 2, in the 55th year of her age, at Newbridge House, Pulborough, Sussex, ELIZABETH, the wife of Mr. R. EVERSHED, of an epidemic fever. The attack was sudden and severe. She lived a week after its commencement, when being exhausted by suffering and fatigue, she expired without a struggle, leaving a husband and eight children to lament her loss.
She was interred in the burial-ground adjoining the General Baptist Chapel, Billingshurst, July 7; and on the 16th instant a sermon, suited to the affecting event, was preached from Psalm xlviii. 14, by the Rev. William Chinnock.
Mrs. Evershed was the second daughter of the late Mr. Jolin King, of Great House, Loxwood. By instruction and habit she was trained to the profession of the established religion. Have
ing lived several years with a grandmother who imbued her mind with what is denominated Orthodoxy, she received the doctrines of the Trinity, the Fall and the Atonement as popularly explained, and believed that regeneration must be wrought on the heart by the Holy Spirit, to render men acceptable to God; but she could not receive, as true, the doctrine of Election and Reprobation. This she always considered at variance with the Divine attributes of justice and mercy. -After her marriage wbich took place in 1797, as often as opportunity offered, she attended worship with her husband, at the General Baptist Chapel, Billingshurst. Her sentiments remained unaltered for a considerable time. But many years' attendance at a place of worship in which the Divine Unity, Paternity, and unpurchased Mercy of God were inculcated, considerable reading, and mature reflection, effected a change in her faith. She became a decided convert to these doctrines, and experienced much pleasure in taking a retrospective view of the changes which her religious opinions had undergone. Not having relinquished them until she was fully convinced of their being unscriptural, she was free from misgiving. Recently she read, with much satisfaction, Dr. Estlin's Lectures, and was particularly pleased with that on Divine Government. After reading this lecture, she said, “ The view which he takes of the providence of God is satisfactory : all the Divine plans are wise and benevolent: whatever the Supreme Being appoints is best." These consoling and cheering sentiments influenced her mind during her illness. Almost the last words she uttered to her deeply affected husband were, “Oh! how happy I feel with my present convictions; being in great pain, I am not able to express myself as I could wish; but I never felt so happy in iny life!" These were consoling declarations to her sympathizing husband and children, who were soon bereaved of so valuable a companion and preceptor.
Mrs. Evershed possessed mental and moral qualities of a superior order. She highly prized knowledge, and was anxious to inake all within her influence sensible of its worth and im. portance. Though she had seen reason gradually to relinquish her early-formed opinions on some religious subjects, she retained and cultivated the spirit of piety. She indulged unfeigned reverence and love to God, affection to Jesus Christ, as the divinely-appointed Instructor and Saviour of men, and an earnest desire to obey his righteous precepts. She discharged in the most exemplary manner the duties of a wife, parent, friend, and neighbour. Her humility was equalled only by her excellence. She had a deep sense of the imperfection and sinfulness of man. Her hope of future life and happiness was founded on the mercy and grace of God, as revealed by his belowed Son Jesus Chris. She committed herself to God in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator, relying on his promise, that if we are faithful unto death, we shall receive a crown of life. Billingshurst, Aug. 15, 1826.
*Letters from the Rev. R. Wright, to the Unitarians in the
Trowbridge, September 5, 1826. : MY CARISTIAN BRETHREN, In this letter I shall attempt to answer the question, “ If Unbelievers remain in some of our congregations, what is to be done to prevent the inroads of scepticism and unbelief among us?" It is presumed this may be done more effectually in connexion with the liberal, than with the illiberal treatment of Unbelievers. Illiberal treatment, while it contributes nothing towards their conviction, will tend to irritate and disaffect them to Christianity and its professors, and to rouse them from inactivity and silence to more direct and open opposition to the gospel ; it will be natural for them to repel what they deem unjust.censure and ill treatment, by endeavouring to convince others that they have strong grounds for their doubts and unbelief; and your treatment of them will gain them the more attention, and give force and currency to their observations and arguments with many persons. . Besides, their being treated with illiberality will create a sympathy with them and a prejudice in their favour, among those whose minds revolt at whatever seems uncharitable, and especially among the young, who are most in danger of being misled by them. If, on the contrary, you act towards them in the manner I have recommended in a preceding letter, it will have a tendency to conciliate their attention to what they hear in favour of Christianity; and, if they be not convinced, to render them the more passive, and restrain them in their opposition to the gospel : it will prevent sympathy and prejudice from being created in their favour, and their having opportunity of saying, that you feel it necessary to resort to other weapons than those of evidence and fair argument in support of your religion.
It is easy to perceive which of these courses will be the you most creditable to yourselves, and the most honourable to p VOL. XII.
the truth which you profess. I have witnessed the injorious effects of the former, and the good consequences of the latter course; which certainly is most in unison with the Christian character and with the spirit of our holy religion.
To prevent as far as possible, the inroads of scepticism and unbelief among you, and especially among your young people, is certainly of the utmost importance; and I will point out the methods which I conceive best for you to adopt for this purpose.
1. Use all possible means to be well acquainted with the grounds and evidences of what you believe and profess, that you may continue firmly established in the faith and hope of the gospel. It is not enough that you have already examined those grounds and evidences; it is necessary for you to have them in remembrance, to keep them steadily in view, that you may not be soon shaken in your minds. It will be found that the generality of those who have gone over to the ranks of Unbelievers, never seriously and closely examined the grounds and evidences of Christianity, but had merely taken its truth for granted without much thought and consideration ; hence, it is not to be wondered that, when plausible objections to divine revelation are urged upon them, they are turned from the faith. Let what you profess be the result of serious and close thought and examination, and of inward conviction : if this be the case with the bulk of those who belong to your churches, unbelief will not make any fatal inroads among you. In particular, the rising generation among you should be well-instructed in the evidences and leading principles of Christianity, that they may grow up not merely nominal Christians, but rational and practical believers. If they be not instructed in the grounds and principles of the religion they are taught to profess, whether you have Unbelievers in your congregations or not, they will be likely to fall in the way of such persons, and to be carried off from their Christian profession. · 2. As the objections and arguments of Unbelievers derive most of their bearing and force from the corruptions of Christianity, you must carefully distinguish Christianity from its corruptions, and continue to maintain and profess it in its purity. Against pure and primitive Christianity the shafts of Infidelity will fall pointless; but if the errors and corruptions which have been sanctioned with its venerable name be retained, though there should be no Unbe