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moral character is correct, that they have a tolerable know ledge of the Scriptures, will act judiciously, and that their abilities are such as will not discredit the cause in which they engage. Wherever you can find such persons, encourage and bring them forward. They will be useful in supplying for your regular ministers when sick or from home, in officiating among those who have no regular minister, and in breaking up new ground.
5. Conference meetings were formerly carried on in some parts of your district with very good effect. In a congregation the members of which lived in several neighbouring villages, they were held alternately at the houses of different friends in those villages. I apprehend the revival of conference meetings among you would be useful, and help to promote the cause. They would cherish brotherhood and Christian fellowship, promote scriptural knowledge, stimulate zeal, and help to cultivate the talents of those who might become occasional preachers. If you wish to see a revival, and to bring your churches into a more prosperous state, you must use all possible means to effect this : and I am well persuaded village preaching, conference meetings, and what are called lay-preachers, as auxiliaries to the regular ministers, will be found means well adapted to the important purpose.
6. There are in some parts of your district detached individuals who are friends of the cause, and single families of Unitarians, who have no opportunity of uniting with any Unitarian congregation, or of regularly attending at any Unitarian place of worship. I beseech you, my brethren, so far as you can make it practicable, to attend to these sheep scattered in the wilderness, and do what you can to promote their edification. When I resided among you, I used to visit them occasionally, and preach in their houses, and sometimes had many hearers. And I beseech these detached individuals and familes to stand fast in the faith of the one and only God, the Father, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; to bear their testimony to his truth in the circle in which they move, to keep up his worship in their families, and to do all they can to edify themselves and enlighten their neighbours. Wherever there are two or three persons who can unite, they should form themselves into a little society, meet together at fixed times, and let their light shine by openly worshiping God according to the dictates of their understanding and consciences, and by holding forth the word of life according to the ability wirid God bath given them. A few persons thus uniting have, in several instances, proved the nucleus of a future congrega tion, and been the means of establishing Unitarianism in populous city, or of diffusing the pure light of the gospel over a dark and benighted tract of country.
7. As union is strength, I beseech you all, my brethren, to unite as closely as is practicable throughout the whole of your district. I am rejoiced to hear the Association is revived among you ; let all your churches be united in it and not only all your churches, but all the individuals and families which are so situated as not to be included in your churches. Strengthen the bonds of general brotherhood, be! helpers of each other, and do all you can to promote the objects of your association.
8. Finally, I exhort you to exert yourselves to the utmost to promote the Unitarian cause. In its extension and prosperity, you will find the increase and prosperity of your several churches. Your zeal and Christian exertions for its promotion will secure your individual improvement, and render you the more active and useful in your particular congregations. You have a wide field around you for your labours; and remember, God hath enlightened and blessed you that you might enlighten and bless others. This you are to do by promoting the ministry of the word, by circulating suitable tracts, by your conversation, but above all by your truly Christian spirit and exemplary conduct; and that you may do this, is, my dear brethren, the fervent prayer of your servant in the Lord,
R. WRIGHT. P.S. A letter on church discipline will conclude this series. Rachael's Lament on the Birth of Benjamin.
[From Knox's “Harp of Zion."] " -- and Rachael travailed, and she had hard labour. And it came to pass when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died,) that she called his name BEN.ONI (that is, the Son of my Sorrow) but his father called him BENJAMIN' (that is, the son of my Right Hand)...Gen. xxxv. 16-18. , . . . ,
BEN-ONI! thou son of my sorrow,
. I die by the pangs of thy birth! . . ♡ And the sun shall arise on the morrow, ľ. And find me no longer on earth; ..
And thou shalt be nursed by another,
And thou shalt be beauteous and brave,
Repose in the gloom of the grave.
As I thought--though unborn-upon thee,
When thou should'st be rock'd on my knee,
As lisping a mother's sweet name,
When sadness and suffering came.
The anguish that throbs in my heart;
To see the fond mother depart:
Of her thou canst meet with no more,
The affectionate mother that bore.
For the silence and sleep of the dead;
A father shall be in her stead.
To dying mortality given,
Prepar'd for the righteous in heaven,
Richard Brothers, the False Prophet. . In the last number (p. 380) we gave an extract from the Times newspaper on the end of this madman. A further account of him has been since published in the same paper, as the result of some pains-taking to investigate the mat, ter, and this we think will not be uninteresting to our readers. .
.. “Mr. BROTHERS, it seems, was liberated from confinement by an order of Lord Erskine, as stated by a correspondent in The Times of October 6, in the year 1806. He then became an inmate of Mr. Finlayson, of Upper Baker Street (although the appointed committee of his persoa was Mr. Fallofield, of Chancery Lane); and with the gentleman he resided until the period of his death, Jan uary 25, 1824. During this time he does not appear to have been under actual personal restraint; he visited friends, and was observed in the street, as stated by the writer already referred to. We have seen a letter written by Mr. Brothers in September, 1823, shortly before his death, which betrays no symptom of unsoundness of minu He died intestate, leaving a widow and a married daughter Administration was granted to the widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Brothers, by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, in February, 1824. The actual property left by him was $450 3 per cent. consols, which, we understand, has not been paid by the Bank, owing to a claim on the part of Mr. Finlayson, who, by a Chancery order, has attached it, to answer the expenses incurred by him for the maintenance of Mr. Brothers, for which Lord Erskine promised (we are told) he should have an annual allowance of £300, but of which he has received not a farthing.
“ As Mr. Brothers was a man of considerable notoriety at one period, and as the remoteness of that period may, cause his eccentricities to be unknown or obscurely remembered at the present day, a brief sketch of his history may be acceptable.
• Richard Brothers was a native of Newfoundland, where several of his brothers and a sister still reside. He entered early in life into the British navy, where he attained the rank of lieutenant, and was said to be much respected. The first remarkable proof he gave of that religious frenzy which afterwards became so extravagant, was bis refusing to make the requisite affidavit, on receiving his half-pay, which the Lords of the Admiralty consequently refused him. This instance of persecution, as he considered it, acted violently upon a mind apparently diseased by constant application to theological studies, and his conduct became so outrageous that he was removed, at the instance of his landlady, from his lodgings to the workhouse of the united parishes of St. Margaret and St. John the Evangelist, Westminster. By the interposition of the governors, he received from the Admiralty the arrears of his half-pay. Mr. Moser, the late magistrate, observed that his behaviour while in the workhouse was unexceptionable, and his con
versation strongly marked with shrewdness and propriety on general subjects, but with enthusiastic flightiness when religion was touched upon. This was in the year 1792. He soon after quitted the workhouse, and in the year 1793 or 1794, he commenced business as an inspired prophet, and actually presented himself at the door of the House of Commons to advertise the members that the fulfilment of the 7th chapter of Daniel was at hand. He published several pamphlets, of wbich the most remarkable is entitled, A Revealed Knowledge of the Prophecies and Times ; Book the First; wrote under the Direction of the Lord God,
and published by his Sacred Command. In this extraordierbun nary work, he announced himself to be the nephew of God
Almighty, and commissioned by him to predict the approaching destruction of London by earthquake and fire ; likewise the destruction of the Parliament. Some persons
were to be saved by his intercession, among whom was the The Countess of Buckinghamshire, because she, (the writer ob
served,) as well as himself, was descended from 'Joseph, the president of Egypt.' At this period, Brothers became an object of astonishing curiosity: not only were all his books, . and every book in which he was named, purchased and read with avidity; but it was stated in Parliament that his lodgings were, in the forenoon, constantly filled by persons of quality and fortune of both sexes, including members of the legislature, and that the street was crowded with their carriages. In one of his works, he presumed to address the King in the following words :- The Lord God commands me to say to you, George III., King of England, that immediately on my being revealed in London to the Hebrews, as their prince, and to all nations as their governor, your crown must be delivered up to me, that all your power and authority may cease.' Government, during these feverish times, being apprehensive that Brothers, though a were enthusiast himself, might become a dangerous tool in the hands of others, through the amazing influence he had gained over the public mind, (his house being daily beset by crowds of people,) determined upon taking him into custody.. A warrant was accordingly
issued by the Duke of Portland, one of the Secretaries of The State, founded on the statute 15th Elizabeth, charging him
with unlawfully, maliciously and wickedly writing, publishing and printing various fantastical prophecies, with
his bal ently considera