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ence, from Dr. Wiseman's inconsiderate deceased wife's sister is within the and ill-deserved attack. We trust his prohibited degrees of affinity; and in censure of them will not lessen the connection with that subject, they enwillingness of the Unitarians of Lanca- deavoured to ascertain, as far as prac. shire, hereafter as hitherto, to lend a ticable, the effect of Lord Lyndhurst's helping hand on fitting occasions to Act of 1835. On the first of these their Catholic neighbours.

topics, the Commissioners say there is Nor have their charities been limited a great diversity of opinion; that the to their neighbours. Once it was our prevalent feeling amongst the witnesses pleasant lot to visit the Catholic mo- is against such marriages, but that, nastery on Charnwood Forest, in the judging from the evidence, they cancounty of Leicester. The venerable not entertain a reasonable doubt that and dignified Abbot who presided over families of a religious and moral chathe establishment, knowing not how racter have, in instances where such gratifying the communication was to connections have taken place among us, told us that no Protestants had themselves or their friends, been perhelped them in their destitution so fectly satisfied, upon a review of the liberally as the Unitarians of Manches- whole subject, that they are not objecter. When the good man learnt that tionable either on religious or moral we belonged to that religious body, his grounds. With regard to the Act of attentions were more than courteous- 1835, the Commissioners state it was a they were truly kind.

wise amendment of the former law, in

so far as it abolished the distinction Report of the Commission appointed to

between void and voidable marriage; inquire into the State and Operation of they then state that in 1846, a limited the Law of Marriage.

inquiry was instituted, at the instiga

tion and expense of some private indi(From the Manchester Guardian.) viduals, to ascertain to what extent the

Few public documents issued during Act had been infringed, and whether this or any preceding session, present hardships had been inflicted by it to a wider field of social interest than the an extent to warrant an application First Report of the Marriage-law Com- to Parliament for an alteration in the missioners, lately issued. The Com law. The inquiry was short, and mission was appointed upon an address limited to a small portion of England from the House of Commons, on the alone; but it was discovered that 1384 28th June, last year, " to inquire into marriages within the prohibited dethe state and operation of the law of grees had been contracted since Lord marriage, as relating to the prohibited Lyndhurst's Act, of which more than degrees of affinity, and to marriages nine-tenths were with a deceased wife's solemnized abroad or in the British sister. Only 88 cases were discovered colonies ;" and the gentlemen to whom in which the Act had prevented an inthis most responsible duty was entrust- tended marriage. On a review of the ed were, the Bishop of Lichfield, Mr. whole subject, the conclusion of the Stuart Wortley (late Judge Advocate), Commissioners is, that the Act of 1835 Dr. Lushington, Mr. Blake, Mr. Jus- has failed in its object; and they express tice Williams, and Mr. Rutherfurd, the a doubt whether any measure of a propresent Lord Advocate. The whole hibitory character would be effectual. question, or at least the most material Such marriages, they say, will take question for elucidation, arose out of place, when a concurrence of circumthe indictment, at the Liverpool assizes, stances give rise to mutual attachment. of a person named Chadwick, living They are not dependent upon legislain Manchester, for bigamy, he having tion; and it is added that such attachmarried the sister of his deceased wife, ments and marriages are not likely to and whilst she was yet living having be extensively increased in number, married again. Mr. Justice Wight- because it is not the state of the law, man, upon the trial, held that the mar- prohibitory or permissive, which ever riage with the sister of the deceased will effectually govern them. Among wife was within the prohibited degrees the witnesses examined before the Comintended by Lord Lyndhurst's Act. mittee were the Rev. J. Garbett (exaThis marriage was consequently de- mining chaplain to the Bishop of Manclared invalid, and the man was acquit- chester), the Hon. and Rev. Mr. Perted. The main question, then, to which cival, Dr. Pusey, Dr. Wiseman, Dr. the Commissioners directed their atten- Cox (the eminent Baptist minister), the tion was, whether marriage with a Rev. R. C. Jenkins, Archdeacon Sin

Mr. John Jones, equal.

clair, Archdeacon Hale, the Archbishop 1st Prize-Mr. Daniel Jeremy.
of Dublin, the chief rabbi (Dr. Alder), 2nd -Mr. William Roberts.
Dr. Bunting, M. Bunsen, Mr. Cobden, 3rd
&c. &c.

Mr. H. Oliver,

4th -Mr. David Davies. Presbyterian College, Carmarthen.

Presents of Books as a token of general The annual examination at this Col.

satisfaction : lege took place on the 21st and the four

1st Division--Mr. Thomas Evans, following days in June last. It was

Mr. J. Jones, Sen. conducted by the deputation from the

Mr. D. Jones, Presbyterian Board, the Rev. D. Davi

Mr. D. D. Davies, son, M. A., T. P. Warren, Esq., and

Mr. D. Griffiths, P. Martineau, Esq., aided in the He

2nd Division--Mr. Titus Evans, brew and Mathematical department by

Mr. D. Thomas, Dr. Davis, Froodvale. After a very se

Mr. Ben. Williams, vere and minute examination, which

Mr. Evan Jones, lasted four days, commencing at 9 a. m.

Mr. George Palmer, and continuing till 5 p.m. each day, the

Mr. Henry Jones. examiners and friends of the institution

Mr. Davison, then, in the name of met in order to declare the result of the deputation, presented some valuthe examination, and award the usual

able books to Mr. Stevens, who was Prizes which the liberality of Lewis this session an extra student, and thereLoyd, Esq., enables the deputation to give the successful candidates each Prizes. He expressed a very compli

fore disqualified to compete for the year. Previous to the distribution of the Prizes, a sermon was delivered by mentary opinion of Mr. Stevens's chathe senior student, Mr. W. F. Stevens, that he would be eminently useful in

racter and acquirements, and hoped the composition and delivery of which

his future career. gave very great satisfaction. The Rev. D. Davison then addressed self highly gratified with the result of

Dr. Davis, Froodvale, expressed himthe students at considerable length, the examination in his department. He He dwelt some time upon their general could venture to pronounce it the best studies, as manifested by the examination, and expressed great satisfaction examination, taken altogether, he had at its results. It was quite evident that racter of the examinations had been

ever witnessed there, although the chathey had been very diligent in the pur- gradually rising for the last 20 years. suit of their studies, and that the tutors had done their part of the business nister, Swansea, concluded the proceed

The Rev. J. S. Hughes, Baptist miwith much care and efficiency. The

ings by prayer. examination was highly creditable to the tutors and their pupils. Mr. Davi- tlemen, comprising laymen and minis

On Thursday evening, about 55 genson then referred to the importance of

ters of different denominations, dined an early formation of character in stu- together at the Drovers Arms, W. G. dents designed for the ministry, and to Thomas, Esq., Mayor, in the chair. the attention which should be paid to

We desired to give some report of the the inaintenance of a good moral cha interesting speeches delivered on the racter; reminding them that the good occasion, but straitened space compels name of the College was in their keep

us to omit them. ing, as the public would undoubtedly judge of the character of the institution, and that most justly, by the young Newcastle and North-of-England Unitamen whom it sent out into active life.

rian Christian Tract and Missionary Above all things, they should be care

Society. ful to manifest the principles of their The third anniversary of this Society holy religion, and the liberal spirit of was held at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on the College, in their “life and conver- Sunday and Monday, July 23 and 24. sation.” He then stated that only four The religious services were conducted Prizes would be given that year, one to in Hanover-Square chapel by the Rev. each class, and that the rest of the stu- Samuel Bache and the Rev. Dr. Beard. dents would be divided into two classes, Large audiences listened with deep and according to their degrees of merit. In delighted attention to their impressive, this case, presents of valuable books valuable and truly Christian discourses, would be made to all the students as a - the one on Christian Liberty, its token of general approbation.

Principles and Obligations,-the other

.

on the Wisdom, Goodness and Har- to gather up the fragments, that nothing mony of all the Dispensations of God. be lost (John vi. 12). Evening : Enter In the afternoon of Sunday, a meeting ye in at the strait gate (Matt. vi. 13), was held in the chapel to receive the Nov. 26, Rev. J. Scott PORTER, Bel. report of the Committee of the Tract fast.-Morning: Heavenly joy for the and Missionary Society for the past Penitent (Luke xv. 20). Evening : year. The income had been £44.68.3d.; The hidden person of the heart (1 Pet. the expenditure, £16. Os. 10d. ; balance iii. 4). against the Society, £1. 148. 7d. Tracts Dec. 31, Rev. Dr. BEARD, Manchescirculated, 3299. Missionary services ter.-Morning: Holy Ground (Exodus by Mr. Harris at Sunderland, Alnwick, ini. 5). Evening : The mutual and comBarnard Castle, Gelling and Evenwood. bined influence of Faith and Love (Gal. Sustained missionary labours in these

v. 6). and other places called for and required. 1849. Jan. 28, Rev. H. GREEN, A.M., Effort of the Alnwick congregation to Knutsford. - Morning : The advantages pay off a debt of £70 on their chapel of giving attention to reading (1 Tim. praiseworthy and deserving of aid.- iv., part 13). Evening : Accountability Robert Busby, Esq., of Alnwick, was of the young (Jer. i. 6, 7). in the chair at this meeting, which was Feb. 25, Rev. John LAYHE, Mancheswell attended, and began and closed ter. — Morning: The proper office of with religious worship. Collections, reason in relation to our religious life £15. 128. 9d.

(Luke xii. 57). Evening: The imitaMonday afternoon, nearly 400 indi- tion of Jesus Christ (1 Pet. ii. 21). viduals assembled to tea in the Tem- March 25, Rev. Jour ROBBERDS, perance Hall, Nelson Street, the Rev. B. A., Liverpool.-Morning : The preGeo. Harris presiding, and J. D. Wea- sumption of pleading resignation to God therley, Esq., the Sheriff of Newcastle, as a substitute for effort by man (Prov. being Vice-President. The meeting was xix. 3). Evening : Faithfulness to duty addressed by the Rev. Messrs. Bache, equally possible and equally important Beard, M’Dowell and Harris, and by in every condition (Luke xvi. 10). Messrs. Clephan, Weatherley, Green- April 29, Rev. G. Vance Smith, how, Wallace and Dr. Hayle. The B.A., Manchester. – Morning : Jesus Sheriff, on behalf of the members of the Saviour (Matt. i. 21). Evening : Hanover-Square chapel, presented Mr. On meditation and self-examination as Harris with a handsome testimonial on auxiliary to a life of active usefulness the expiration of the three years of his (Rom. xii. 1). ministry.

May 27, Rev. R. B. ASPLAND, A.M.,

Dukinfield.- Morning : Christianity a Services at Cleator.---The following is religion for a man's home (Luke viii. a list of the preachers, and their sub- 39). Evening : Miraculous cure of the jects, at Cleator, in accordance with the Centurion's servant (Luke vii. 1-10). generous wish of Mr. Ainsworth, made June 24, Rev. W. GASKELL, A. M., known at the recent meeting of the Manchester.-Morning: The spirit in Provincial Assembly at Hyde,

by Rev. which differences of disposition should Joseph Ashton :

be treated (Gal. v. 13.) Evening: On 1818. July 30, Rev. E. HAWKES, the control and direction of Thought A. M., of Kendal.- Morning: On the (Phil. iv. 8). benefits, in a religious point of view, of Morning service at 10 45; Evening sound secular education (1 Thess. v. 21). service at 3 o'clock. Evening : On the duty of parents to give or obtain for their children religious instruction (Deut. vi. 5).

Warwickshire Unitarian Tract Society. Aug. 27, Rev. J. G. ROBRERDS, Man- The forty - second annual general chester. – Morning: The character of meeting of this Society was held at God: God is love (1 John iv., part Oldbury, on Tuesday, August 8. The 8). Evening: The promised success of Rev. Hugh Hutton, M.A., of Birmingprayer (Luke xi. 9).

ham, introduced the service, and the Sept. 24, Rev. J. Ashton, Preston. Rev. Matthew Gibson, of KidderminMorning: On the Communion of the ster, delivered a discourse on the PaLord's Supper (1 Cor. xi. 26). Even- ternal Character of God, from Matthew ing: The peace of affections centred in vi. 9, which was afterwards very justly God (Job xxii. 21).

acknowledged in a resolution conveying Oct. 29, Rev. FRANKLIN BAKER, A.M., the cordial thanks of the Society, as Bulton.-- Morning : Christ's command "scriptural, judicious and appropriate."

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ANSWER.

The members and friends of the So. oblige a number of your friends if you ciety afterwards dined together, under would enable them, supposing it to be the presidency of Thomas Eyre Lee, false, to give it contradiction.—Yours Esq., of Birmingham, when various truly,

J. K. sentiments were delivered in connection with the interests of the Tract Society, Dear Friend, -I am sorry that any Uniand with the general interests of Truth tarians should be guilty of the low and and Liberty. We believe that the feel. unmanly vices of the Orthodox intoleing expressed by some of the speakers rants. The story is wholly false ; and was entertained by all,--that they had Mr. Aspland will not think it strange seldom, if ever, attended a more inte. if I say, that unless he gives up his auresting meeting

thority for the tale, I shall set him down as the fabricator and circulator of a

grievous slander. Correspondence between Mr. Joseph Barker

I say the tale is wholly false. I have and Mr. Aspland.

never, in any case, done any thing at It is with reluctance and regret that all resembling the thing which Mr. the following correspondence is inserted R. B. Aspland charges upon me. in the Christian Reformer. The Editor About nine months ago, two Unitafeels that an apology is due to his read- rians called upon me and proposed to ers both for obtruding upon their notice raise me a thousand pounds a year, to a matter so personal to himself, and for enable me to give up my printing busi. this departure from his recorded pur- ness, and employ myself wholly in lecpose with respect to Mr. Barker. But turing on theology. They proposed to he trusts that the very peculiar circum- give me from two to three hundred as stances will be taken as a justification à salary, and to employ the rest in of his present course. There shall be paying the expenses of rooms, bills and no return to the subject. Mr. Barker's travelling, and in purchasing tracts for future accusations cannot, in the estima- gratuitous distribution. I objected to tion of any right-minded and fair-deal- that portion of the plan that referred ing man, operate to the disadvantage to a salary, but told them, that if they of any one.

would spend the whole of the thousand To Mr. R. B. Aspland.

pounds in tracts, I should be glad to lecThe enclosed will appear in No. 12

ture through the country, and put the of The People. If you have any expla, and my family by printing. Those gen

tracts in circulation, and support myself nation, I will publish it in No. 13, if tlemen came to me twice on this subspeedily forwarded. One of my informants was one of your brother minis- ject. They made their proposal in the JOSEPH BARKER.

presence of my wife and family, and I

made my objections in the presence of Aug. 10, 1848,

the same individuals. When those genWortley, near Leeds.

tlemen found that I was not to be in(Enclosed were the two letters that duced to accept any thing as a salary, follow, signed J. K. and J. Barker.) they said no more to me on the subject.

Thus, so far from offering to lecture for

a salary, I positively refused the offer Rotherham, Aug. 5, 1848.

when made by others.-Yours truly, Dear Sir,-A number of Unitarians

J. BARKER. are circulating the following story respecting you. They say that you of

Without the loss of a single post, i.e. fered to be a missionary among them,

on August 11, the following reply was on condition that they would give you

sent to Mr. Barker, in the hope that, as £500 a-year-£200 for travelling ex- The People, No. 12, would not be pubpenses, and £300 to support yourself lished till August 15, the defence might and your family ; and that when some be printed together with the attack, or one asked you if it would not be con- at least that it might be in good time trary to your principles to take a salary, for insertion, according to promise, in you replied, “Oh, we can arrange that; No. 13. let Mrs. Barker receive the salary.'

Dukinfield, Aug. 11, 1848. This tale was told in a large company Sir,- I have received your letter en of ministers and others at Sheffield, closing a cutting from No. 12 of The some time ago, by R. Brook Aspland. PEOPLE, headed, “A Libeller." If your The story is operating to your injury Rotherham correspondent or yourself with many, and you would greatly had thought proper to submit the nar

ters.

A LIBELLER.

rative imputed to me to my inspection, Of the mode of remunerating you by I should have informed you or him that buying a thousand pounds' worth of it is grossly inaccurate. I shall content your tracts, my friend told me nothing. myself with briefly stating what I did Had he been informed of this circuitous say at the breakfast-party at Sheffield, and somewhat costly mode of getting which was a private one, and at which over the difficulty, I believe he would no one from Rotherham was present. not have concealed it from me. A few days previously, I had been in- You are now, Sir, in possession of formed by a friend from Leeds (whose what was really said at Sheffield. You name I mentioned), that he had been will of course insert my letter without waited upon by a friend of yours with alteration or omission. Whether you will a proposal that Mr. Joseph Barker see fit to withdraw the hypothetical should be set free from the printing terms of abuse in which you indulge business, for which he had less talent on mentioning my name, is of no con. than for preaching, and should be ena- sequence to any one but yourself. To bled to devote his whole time to in- me, your censure is now as unimportant structing the people as a missionary. as your praise would be distasteful. I My friend inquired how it was to be shall look on your personalities as a reeffected? The reply was, “ That the tribution for the wrong I unconsciously Unitarians of England should raise did to society, by assisting to arm with about £500 per annum for the purpose, 50 powerful a weapon as the press, one and that the Unitarians of Leeds should who so frequently abuses it in the grabegin the scheme with a liberal sub- tification of his personal animosities. scription.” My friend replied, “Mr. -I am, Sir, yours, &c., Barker's principles respecting the hired

R. BROOK ASPLAND. ministry stand in the way of such a Mr. Joseph Barker. scheme." It was said that difficulty could be arranged; that £300 could be The People, No. 13, was published given to Mr. Barker to pay his travel. Aug. 22, but contained neither the let. ling expenses, and that the rest could ter nor acknowledgment of its receipt, be applied, without passing through nor any allusion to the subject. No Mr. Barker's hands, to defray house- private communication, explaining the hold expenses.

My friend inquired non-publication of the letter, has been whether Mr. Barker was acquainted received. Mr. Aspland has only to add with the proposal, and was told he was. that his friend in Leeds offered, on hav. My friend added that he said, “He did ing his attention called to The People, not think the Unitarians of Leeds would No. 12, to avow and justify the narraraise £5 per annum towards supporting tive; but his offer was declined froin Mr. Barker as a missionary;" that thus the consideration of the inexpediency the interview ended, and he had heard of any man's name unnecessarily apnothing more of the scheme.

pearing in a work like The People.

OBITUARY.

1848. Jan. 25, at Portland, N. Ame- distinguished for earnestness of spiririca, Rev. Jason WHITMAN. The in- tuality as for earnestness of action. tegrity of his character was impaired Thus, and in almost all respects, he neither by deficiencies in his heart nor shewed the completeness, the wholein his head. He was zealous and en- ness of his character; and it was this, thusiastic in every good cause, wise and his manhood, that gave his words and of sound judgment in regard to action. his example weight among his fellowTo deep feelings and sensibilities he men. Nobly were those words uttered, joined so deep and calm a faith, that he that example shewn. In good deeds was ever cheerful and ever trusting; he was always foremost to act, in good To a practical good sense, and practical words always foremost to speak. A habits of thought, he added a devout frequent contributor to our periodicals, spirit; with all his earnestness of action a frequent lecturer at our lyceums, his and eagerness to produce outward im writings were so marked with good provement, he ever felt the worth of the sense, so aimed at good ends, that they things of the spirit, and was, indeed, as had no inconsiderable effect upon the

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