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The Rev. S. Wood conducted the de- truth, piety and goodness, and, finally, votional service, and the Rev. Edward the opposition which this cause has to Hawkes, of Kendal, preached an im- encounter from a great variety of causes. pressive and appropriate discourse from The soundness of the reasoning and Acts ü. 22. At the business meeting the earnestness with which the preacher of the Society, the Rev. Henry Hawkes enforced his views made a useful impresided, and the Rev. E. Kell read the pression upon his audience. report, which, in addition to interesting After the chapel services were coninformation from the older churches in cluded, a large company partook of tea the district, gave a pleasing account of at the village inn, from which they the state of Unitarianism in Jersey and adjourned to the chapel, when some Southampton. In the former place, interesting sentiments were introduced from the liberality of Admiral Gifford by Robert Andrews, Esq., of Rivington and the judicious and zealous labours Hall, who presided, and the following of the Rev. James Taplin, the cause gentlemen addressed the meeting seems to be permanently planted. In Revds. Franklin Howorth, C. B. Hubthe latter, there has been an increase bard, Henry Clark, John Ragland, W. of members during the past year, and Probert, F. Baker, and C. J. Darbithere is considerable promise of future shire and Leighton, Esqrs. progress. The meeting passed a spi- The autumn meeting of the Assorited resolution to continue to afford ciation will, it is expected, be held at this infant church all the assistance in Chowbent on the 12th of October, when its power, and an animated discussion the

officiating ministers will be Revds. took place as to the best methods of F. Baker and H. Clark. effecting this object. In the evening, about 350 persons drank tea together at the Queen's Rooms, Rev. Edward

Christianity in China. Hawkes in the chair, and a lively in- Of Christianity in China I am afraid terest in the propagation of Unitarian I cannot give a very satisfactory acChristianity was evinced in the various count; as for a real native Christian, addresses. In addition to the ministers I do not suppose one exists in the emalready mentioned, the audience was pire; the converts all adhere to the addressed during the proceedings of worship of their ancestors, and partial the day by the Rev. J. Fullagar and success has attended the preaching of the Rev. W. Hall; Messrs. A. Clarke the Roman Catholics alone, who canand Pinnock of Newport; Mr. Burgess, not overcome this rooted obedience to of Southampton; and Capt. Morgan, the precept of the Confucian system. Messrs. Knight, Sheppard and Faulk- The plan adopted by these worthy faner, of Portsmouth. Some pieces of thers is to enter the country thoroughly sacred music, excellently performed, prepared; they acquire the language contributed to increase the pleasure of at some outpost, together with the the evening

knowledge of medicine or other art

that may be turned to good account; Bolton District Unitarian Association.

and having let their hair grow into a

tail à la Chinoise, and left European The usual half-yearly meeting of this habits behind them, they take ship Association was held at Rivington, on and enter the country as common sailThursday, April 27th. It was well at- ors or fishermen, and devote themselves tended by members of the different con- to gaining the confidence of the natives. gregations in the district. The reli- The extent of their success I am ignogious services were introduced by Rev. rant of, but the following extract from Franklin Baker, M.A., after which an the Chinese Repository, June, 1846, excellent sermon on Zeal, from Gal. iv. will shew that they are not idle : 18, was preached by Rev. John Rag- “Apostolic Vicariate, Fer-kien. This land. After defining zeal, and describ- province is assigned to the Spanish ing some of its various manifestations, Dominicans. Bishop Carpena is vicar the preacher came to the more parti- apostolic, and there are in connection cular object of his discourse, which with the mission, one coadjutor, five was to describe religious zeal, pointing European priests and nine native, and out as its leading characteristics, sin- more than forty thousand members." cerity, charity, energy and perseverance. I wish I could say as much for the Among the motives for the cultivation success of the Church of England misof religious zeal, he urged the impor- sion; but at Koo-lung-su (Ken-lang. tance of the cause itself, as the cause of Shuy, meaning "gold cold water," or the island of the golden springs), where Henry VIII. ?" It is said that every I was for upwards of a year, the only candidate left these questions unantwo Protestant converts that I could swered, and that the Examiner by whom hear of were suspected of running off the questions were proposed happening with the Communion plate. And yet to be absent when the papers were gone we read and are expected to believe through, the other Examiners very such precious romances as the follow- candidly confessed their entire ignoing :-“We have had rather a long rance of the Abbot and his book. On season of rain; when it intermits, as it the Examiner's appearing in the Senate has to-day, many comeover from Amoy. House when the degrees were conferred, It is at such times especially that our the undergraduates saluted him with situation appears favourable for a mis- three hearty cheers for the Abbot of sion. It combines the advantages en- Winchelcomb. This Abbot was Dr. joyed by Paul at Ephesus and Rome. Richard Kedermyster, a preacher at We need not go to the school of one Paul's Cross, of whom Burnet, in his Tyrannus, but can dispute daily with History of the Reformation, states, that multitudes who come to our hired he published a book to prove that all house." But the Jesuit possesses clerks, whether of the greater or lower great advantages over the Protestant. orders, were sacred and exempted from Amongst bells, candles, incense, chant- all temporal punishment by the secular ing, flowing robes and celibacy of the judge, even in criminal cases. The priesthood, the Buddhist and Catholic correspondent of the Magazine doubts are equally at home. And the Church the alleged fact of the publication of of England does not tolerate the wor. the book, of which neither the title is ship of ancestors; but blame must known, nor the place where it was attach somewhere for the paucity of printed, nor the language in which it churches; one in Macao and a mat-shed was written. at Hong Kong comprised all that I could hear of. The Dissenters are better provided with buildings, but are equally

A Home for Penitents. unsuccessful at conversion. And yet The Athenæum mentions the estathere are many hard-working and zeal- blishment of an institution, founded by ous men, both English and American, the munificence of Miss Burdett Coutts in the Protestant missions ; perfect to- and called her “Home,” for penitent leration is granted to all other sects of females. A large house has been taken Christianity in the five ports equally, at “Shepherd's Bush," and fitted up at as the edict somewhat naïvely re- an expense of £1200, for their reception, marks, with the worshipers of images. The institution is under the more imme• . On the occasion of the death of diate management of Mr. Chas. Dickens an officer of H. M. service at Chusan, and Mr. Chesterton, the Governor of in reply to the military surgeon, whó Cold-bath Fields Prison. It is as yet had asked an English missionary why only an experiment; but gives, we are he did not attend the hospital to ad informed, every sign of proving useful minister the consolations of religion to to the class for which its benefits are the sick, the amateur apostle, who, no intended. Our readers are aware of doubt, flattered himself he was not like the suspension of the transportation the publicans, said—“Soldiers and sail system by Government, and the substiors are so very bad, it is of no use; I tution of "exile" for male prisoners, never like to go near them.”-Forbes's after a course of rigid discipline at PenFive Years in China, from 1842 to 1847. tonville. Miss Coutts's * Home" is

intended to try the same scheme for

female penitents. They are to be sent A Cambridge Examination Incident.

out to the colonies, after a course of A Cambridge correspondent of the trial and probation here, as free women; Gentleman's Magazine states that at the provision being made for them until recent B.A. Examination in the Uni- they enter into service or marry. Every versity, the following questions were kind of domestic art-cooking, sewing, proposed: “What was the object of straw-plaiting, &c.-is to be taught in the Abbot of Winchelcomb's book on the “Home," which can render them the immunities of the Clergy? Give a valuable as wives or servants. Great brief account of the proceedings which care is taken in the selection of the immediately followed its publication. inmates ; real penitence, sobriety, hoWhat memorable determination in con- nesty, health, being the qualifications nection with it was pronounced by demanded in the applicant for admis

sion. As yet there are but twelve or will probably ensue, it may be that the fourteen inmates; but, if the scheme fitness of others besides Jews for the work well, the promoters are prepared discharge of legislative duties may beto appeal to the public for the means come a question, less easily settled and of greatly enlarging it.

involving more serious consequences. Jewish Emancipation Bill.-It is with regret we record the rejection of this The General Baptist Assembly. The Bill by the Lords, lay and spiritual, General Assembly of General Baptist the numbers being—for, 128—against Churches will be held on Whit-Tues163. Our regret, though, is less for day, June 13th, at the General Baptist the measure than for the possible effects meeting-house, Worship Street, Finsof its rejection. The present is hardly bury Square. The business will comthe moment when any wise or patriotic mence at nine o'clock, and the public man would unneces

cessarily provoke pub- service at eleven, when the Rev. Robt. lic agitation. The Lords may have Ashdowne, of Horsham, will preach. power to postpone, but can hardly be The friends and members of the Asstrong enough to prevent the ultimate sembly will dine together at the White passing, of, a measure so manifestly Hart Tavern, and there will be the founded on common sense and common usual evening meeting at Worship justice. In the heated discussions that Street.

OBITUARY.

April 16, at the residence of W. R. bouring village, by the handsome and Hawkes, Esq., in Hertfordshire, aged generous aid of her valued partner, was 62 years, Mrs. GASKELL, wife of Daniel she enabled to train a succession of Gaskell, Esq., of Lupset Hall, near scholars that witnessed her almost Wakefield.

daily visitation, her judicious and unTo the memory of this most excellent ceasing kindness, her enlightened and and distinguished lady, many a tribute even more than maternal affection. of affection and admiration will, no The tears which must now flow from doubt, be promptly paid, for her various many a father's and mother's eyes, and attainments and virtues were exten- not less so from their young offspring, sively known; but the writer, who is for the loss of their sweet benefactress, now anxious to recal some of the lead- must be numerous and of genuine grief. ing features of her life and character, Alas ! let benevolence take up the man. can only plead the warmth and depth tle of the departed as it may, never of his sorrow; for, to do justice to the can it fully repair the melancholy vacharacter of the departed, he is fully cancy. For many years to come we aware may well engage the efforts of cannot doubt will her endeared name those who, in the power of an eloquent be repeated from the lips of village and pathetic narrative, may far surpass gratitude, mingled with tones of mournhis ability; yet, feeling as he does, he ful regret. cannot forego the relief his bosom asks, Ever mindful of the importance of to take at least a share in this last early education, it was in the spirit of token of regard.

a thankful heart that she so much disIn contemplating this most interest- tinguished herself in procuring some ing and beloved personage, a prominent suitable recompence for the indefatigafeature that presents itself is the ble labours of a Wilderspin. The exstrength of her mind, and her unshaken traordinary efforts her perseverance in perseverance in accomplishing those this object led her to make, are not schemes which aimed at the improve- easy to be told. The hundreds of letment and happiness of her fellow-crea- ters in the beautiful and clear style tures : thus, with unwearied exercise, she had acquired, bear a testimony of both of mind and body, did she exert the highest kind to her skill and adherself in establishing an Infant School, dress in this generous undertaking; and bringing it to a matured excellence and the final success with which it was that was the admiration of all who vi- crowned, and which has made easy sited the institution. In a beautiful and happy the evening of a worthy erection for the purpose, in a neigh- man's life, who has left the footsteps of his instructive walk in almost every stores of her information, so ready to town of the United Kingdom, was the engage in pleasing and instructive compleasing reward to her pure and disin- munication with every literary friend, terested spirit. Other instances, too, of while willing to unbend to the more her persevering kindness in fostering general conversation of society, that genius in its intellectual growth, till it few indeed, we may truly say, filled up reached an independent pre-eminence, with more acceptance and pleasure the might be enumerated, were it necessary advantageous situation in which she to add a further tribute to the kindness was placed, more especially in union of her nature.

with a partner in life every way worthy In various respects were the mental of and receiving her warmest attachpowers of this lamented friend distin- ment. guished. Her attainments in languages But here we approach delicate and were considerable. Hebrew, Greek, sacred ground, and venture no further and Latin, were not unknown to her. to proceed than now to breathe a last The Old Testament in the first, the farewell. The writer of these somewhat New in the second, and several of the hasty remarks has known the departed Latin Classics, she was wont to read for more than half a century, has seen with considerable facility. The mo- her progress from almost the cradle to dern languages, French, Italian, and the grave, at least from early childhood German, were almost the daily habit of to nearly the last hour-has been hoher perusal; and those who are ac- noured through the whole of the lengthquainted with the ready and beautiful ened period with being included in the mode in which she was wont to write pale of friendship; and has, therefore, her native tongue, cannot but feel as- great cause for thankfulness in knowing sured that rarely indeed is a happier how much it has contributed to his manner acquired of expressing the own advantage and happiness. Yes, well-arranged thoughts of a cultivated he now takes a last farewell—and o ! mind. In political investigations, she departed friend ! drawing near as he was ever the warm friend of liberty; must, from highly advanced years, to and feeling an ardent glow in its cause, the verge of the grave, and feeling a she ever welcomed the progress it was loss not likely to be repaired in the making for the happiness of the great short remains of his earthly lot, may it family of man. Yet, impressed with be, when the final event arrives-peran anxious wish that it might never be haps as sudden as was thine own-may stained by violence or cruelty, when it it be to renew an acquaintance with really was so, her sympathy with and thee in another and a better world ! pity for fallen greatness were most sen- One other prayer to heaven he would sitive. In theological investigations breathe, in the full sincerity of his and biblical knowledge, she was yet heart, that his most valued friend, the more at home,-they were indeed her surviving partner of thy existence here, favourite study; and the various sen- may have strength from above to suptiments of different religious sects often port his bereavement; and when it engaged her attention. Perfectly des- shall please his Heavenly Father that titute of bigotry, and with no fondness he should follow thee, that he may be for sectarianism as such, she listened blessed with thee for ever, no more to with readiness to the arguments of experience those heart-piercing sepagreat and good men of every persua- rations known in this transitory state. sion; yet, clear in her own views, her Sic deo placeat ! attendance in the Unitarian chapel at The interment of the above very exWakefield, was the result of her sin- cellent lady took place in the catacombs cere conviction, and secured her deci- of the Westgate chapel of this town, sive preference. Her truly religious on Monday morning last, attended by feelings and unostentatious display of the following relatives and friends as piety-still, deep and true-adorned mourners :-Daniel Gaskell, Esq., Arher profession, and added an ornament thur Heywood, Esq., Acton Hall, Benj. to the place of her worship; and, so Gaskell, Esq., Thornes House, and his esteemed, has left a gloom upon the son, Milnes Gaskell, Esq., Heywood assembly of her fellow-worshipers that Jones, Esq., Badsworth, and his browill be long ere it can pass away. ther, Hugh Jones, Esq., Liverpool, Rev.

But-not unnecessarily to expand Edward Brooksbank, Tickhill, James where it would be easy to be copious Booth, Esq., counsel to the House of indeed—so unwearied was her pursuit Commons, Rev. J. Eastwood, of Ecclesof knowledge, so daily adding to the field, and the Rev. T. Johnstone. To these we might add numerous other and was educated for the ministry, first friends of different religious persuasions, at Caermarthen, and afterwards, in conanxious to manifest their respect for sequence of his embracing Unitarian one who was the liberal friend of all, opinions, at Exeter, under the Rev. of whatever party. Nor was the testi. Timothy Kenrick, whose youngest sismony of regard even so limited. The ter he married at a later period of his irreparable loss had been felt through life. He did not, however, exercise the the town and neighbourhood, and oc- profession of a Dissenting minister, casioned more tears to be shed amongst except by occasional services, but was a larger crowd of attendants than has occupied for many years in tuition at been usually known in these last ex- Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool. Latpressions of funeral regret. The ser- terly he had retired altogether from vice was performed by the Rev. Edwd. active duties. His mind was well culHigginson, minister of the chapel, in a tivated and his reading extensive; his most solemn and impressive manner, judgment, both of books and men, reand the address more particularly was markably sound and clear. His unobso appropriate and affecting, that no trusive manners prevented his being one could retire from the mournful known beyond a limited circle ; but his scene but with the warmest sentiment amiable temper and singleness of chaof admiration.- Wakefield Journal. racter procured him the affection and

esteem of those who were brought into April 21, at his house in the Abbey intimate connection with him; and his Green, Chester, the Rev. JAMES PARRY. removal is deeply regretted by the reliMr. Parry was a native of South Wales, gious body to which he belonged.

MARRIAGES.

1848. April 22, at Hatfield, Herts, second daughter of Mr. N. EALES, RICHARD ANDREW MARSDEN, of Bennet Hinckley. Street, St. James's, London, and Blackheath, Kent, to AUGUSTA SOPHIA, second May 11, at Little Portland-Street daughter of Mrs. BRADLEY, of Green chapel, by Rev. E. Tagart, FRANCIS wich.

TAGART, Esq., of Carlton Hill, St. John's

Wood, to ISABELLA FIRMIN ONGLEY, April 25, at Bank-Street chapel, Bol. youngest daughter of Captain Ongley ton, by Rev. Franklin Baker, M.A., Hopson, late 25th Light Dragoons, RutMr. CHARLES MÄKEAND, of Manchester, land Gate, Hyde Park. to ISABELLA, daughter of the late Mr. Henry Moss, of Bolton.

May 16, at the Unitarian chapel,

Earl Street, Maidstone, by Rev. William May 2, by Rev. J. P. Malleson, at Stevens, minister of the chapel, Mr. the New-Road chapel, Brighton, Rev. Sam. John BARTLETT to Miss SOUTHON, GEORGE KENRICK, of Regent Square, both of Maidstone. London, to SARAH, youngest sister of G.S. WALTERS, Esq.,

of Artillery Place, May 16, at the High-Pavement chaFinsbury Place, London.

pel, Nottingham, by Rev. B. Carpenter,

Mr. G. R. COWEN to HARRIET, only May 4, at Todmorden, Henry, second daughter of Mr. S. More, Clerk of the son of J. BROCKLEHURST, Esq., M.P., Peace, Nottingham. to ANNE, daughter of John FIELDEN, Esq., late M.P. for Oldham.

May 24, at the Old chapel, Dukin

field, by Rev. R. Brook Aspland, M.A., May 8, at the Unitarian church, Mr. JOHN AYRTON LEVENS, of RochStockport, by Rev. David Davis, B.A., dale, to Miss MARY BRIERLEY, of DuHERBERT NEW, Esq., of Evesham, Wor- kinfield. cestershire, to Mary, elder daughter of John ALCOCK, Esq., of Gatley, Cheshire. May 24, at the Old chapel, Dukin

field, by Rev. R. Brook Aspland, M.A., May 9, in the Great meeting, Hinck. ISAAC PARKER, of Mottram, in Long. ley, by Rev. G. C. Lunn, Mr. John dendale, to HANNAH KELLY, of the same WILSON, printer, Birmingham, to ANNE, place.

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