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pressed the truth in the most incredible the sake of hearing something new, eloand revolting terms. If they meant quent or original. In that case they exactly what they bore upon their would have been disappointed ; and he front, they were true expositions of for one should have been glad that they false doctrine; if their hidden and ulti- should have been so disappointed. For mate meaning was in accordance with the only state of mind in a hearer for the principles brought out in the life of which he had any respect, or for which Christ, then they were false expositions he felt any gratitude, was that which of true doctrine; in either case, our lay in a feeling of interest in the object position of dissent from them as articles of the preacher, a feeling of sympathy of faith was justified. Mr. Wicksteed with his effort, and a desire to let the then went into a statement of his views heart go out in Christian love and truth as to the best means of securing the to meet the preacher, and to work with progress of theological reform. He him in the spirit. He sympathized shewed that this must be done mainly entirely with the sentiments which had by affirmation ; that no mere negations already been expressed on the necessity could be of permanent influence; that of the Unitarian shewing his faith by the bare denial of the popular doctrines works of love and piety, and co-opewas as distasteful to the orthodox, and rating in all those Christian efforts in as inefficacious with them, as the bare reference to which he stood upon the forms of the creeds and articles were broad platform of an unsectarian relito the Unitarian. He believed that gion. He had the less need to state nothing but a combined action of affirm- this, however, because his sermon that ation and development of high and morning had principally been devoted positive truth, accompanied by the to an exhibition of that broader ground occasional but distinct exposure of theo- on which Christianity stood, and therelogical error, could efficiently serve the fore on which Christians might stand. interests of truth.
But they could not conceal from themA long meeting of the Committee selves that, as members of the Union, took place after service in the vestry. they had distinct objects, as well as
Soon after five, a large assembly of these general objects. Indeed, that fact the members of the Exeter congregation formed the ground and the necessity of and their friends met to take tea to- their separation from other religious gether. The Rev. Thomas Hincks, bodies. He had himself been brought minister of the congregation, was called up at a large public school in England: to the Chair.
while his class-fellows parted from him The Report, read by Rev. W. James, and went to share in the honours of was an interesting document, which Oxford and Cambridge, he wended his we propose noticing hereafter. It was way to the bleaker regions of the North, unanimously adopted. The speeches He had certainly some reasons for this which followed were by Rev, R. M. course, and he must say he was not Montgomery, of Taunton; James Ter- disposed to undervalue those reasons. rill, Esq.; Mr. Kent Kingdon; Rev. In like manner, he asked those present Chas. Wicksteed; J. B. Estlin, Esq.; why they did not worship under the Rev. J. Orr, of Strabane; Rev. William shadow of their own cathedral—why James, and Chairman. We regret they did not unite in the services of that our limited space prevents us from the Independents and Methodists-why giving a report of the excellent addresses they underwent many outward incon. of Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Estlin, and veniences, perhaps mortifications, in the especially Mr. James. The former part prosecution of this independent course? of Mr. Wicksteed's speech, which has They had good reasons for it, and he not hitherto appeared, we are able to (Mr. W.) was not disposed to underinsert. In both the Committee meeting value those reasons. He took this and at the evening meeting, a very ear- Union to be promotive of the expression nest wish was expressed that Mr. Wick- of those reasons, and his having full steed would allow the Society to print sympathy with its objects was the occahis sermon.
sion of his willingness and desire to be Mr. Wicksteed said that the kind among then that day. He understood expression of interest in his sermon, he that Union to be established with a was not ashamed to say, was exceed- view to mutual assistance and co-opeingly gratifying to him, because it ration their work of Christian reforshewed that those who had come out mation, both practical and theological, on that inclement morning to the ser- among the congregations in that neighvice in the chapel, had not come for bourhood, thus separated from the
other churches around them. It had pathy in all our common ground with for its worthy and benignant purpose our fellow-christians of all churches. the encouragement of those old places, The Rev. George Armstrong was some of which had been mentioned in prevented from being present, but wrote the report, and which required aid and a letter to Mr. James to be read at the countenance to enable them to perse- meeting. A delay in the post prevere unto the end, -and those new vented this, but it has subsequently places, such as Torquay, where it re- been printed in the Inquirer (Nov. 11), quired the spirit of a martyr to hold up and well deserves attention. It is a against the tide of opposing prejudice; spirited and admirable protest against and he was sure Mr. Montgomery for the “new form of latitudinarianism one would take home with him fresh which, in its aspirations after spiritualheart and hope for his work from that ity and practical usefulness, would proday's meeting. In our desire of acting scribe the distinct utterance of Chrisupon society at large, it was obvious to tian doctrine. Mr. Armstrong seems help and encourage those nearest to us to have been apprehensive that an atand most associated with us. He had tempt would be made to alter the purfully agreed with the warm-hearted pose, character or NAME of the Western remarks that had fallen from Mr. Mont- Unitarian Christian Union. He intigomery, of Taunton, in our duty to the mates that, should there be a final malarge neglected population around us; jority of the Union in favour of a supso convinced had his friends at Leeds pression of its Unitarian character," he been of this duty, that they had insti- should feel it to be his duty to relintuted a Domestic Mission, and support- quish his connection with a scheme ed it with singular liberality, for this which he should consider as fatally very purpose. These things, as the characterized either by unearnestness or spirit of that meeting and the general unfaithfulness in the entertainment of spirit of Unitarians was prepared to Christian truth.” This is a subject on avow, were the first objects of a Chris- which Mr. Armstrong, almost beyond tian's philanthropy, but certainly not any living man in the Unitarian denoto the overlooking of a purification of mination, is entitled to feel and to speak the source of all practical good-faith strongly. Having sacrificed for Unitaand opinion.
rianism the dignities and emoluments The Chairman summed up the even- of a Trinitarian Church, he may be ing's proceedings in a clear, kindly and pardoned if he expresses wonder, and judicious manner. He correctly de- something more, when he is asked to scribed the spirit of the evening to have sacrifice his Unitarianism for a somebeen entirely harmonious. They were thing which as yet nobody has been all agreed in the great importance and able to define. Éis denial of Trinitavalue of religious opinion, and in the rianism is by those he has left accountnecessity of an honest and frank avowal ed infidelity; by some of those whose of it. They were also agreed in the ranks he has joined, his earnest conconviction that this should be effected victions of Unitarianism are identified in no narrow or dogmatic temper, but with bigotry, Mr. Armstrong can well in a pure love of the truth itself, and a afford to smile equally at both charges. kindly spirit of co-operation and sym
1848. Oct. 24, at the Presbyterian field, by Rev. R. Brook Aspland, M.A., chapel, Atherton (Chowbent), by Rev. Mr. James Bennett, of Stalybridge, to A. Macdonald, Mr. HENRY FLETCHER Miss HARRIET ROWBOTHAM, of Newton to Mary, eldest daughter of Mr.COCKER, Moor. both of Leigh.
Nov. 18, at the Unitarian church, Nov. 2, at the Old meeting-house, New-hall Hill, Birmingham, by Rev. Mansfield, Notts, by Rev. C. Berry, of James Cranbrook, Mr. Felix HADLEY, Leicester, PHEBE, daughter of the late of Lionel Street, son of the late Mr. Henry HOLLINS, Esq., of Mansfield, to William Hadley, of Brettel Lane, near EDWARD JOHNSON, Esq., Abbot Cottage, Stourbridge, to ELIZABETH, only daughnear Chester.
ter of Mr. William WORRALL, of NewNov. 15, at the Old chapel, Dukin- hall Hill, Birmingham,
A. on Tritheism or Unitarianism, 631. Binney's Service of Song, reviewed, 130.
Bishops' protest against the appointment
Bloudy Tenent of Roger Williams, 577.
Boling broke, 278.
Bolton Unitarian Association, 380.
Book of Sports, 531.
Mr., of Norwich, 21, 23 (note). Bourne, Rev. S., account of, 18.
Bowman's Remarks on Manchester Col-
Breitell's, Rev. J., tract, 126.
British Quarterly Review, 179, 565, 753.
Broadbent, Rev. T. B., account of, 670.
Broadhurst, Mr., on Mr. Morgan, &c.,
Hare, 482. On Western Unitarian Brooke, Lord, 233.
Brooks, Rev. J., of Hyde, 445, 479, 505.
His history of Hyde chapel, 471.
212, 292, 350, 414, 533, 606, 670, 732. Burdett, Sir Francis, 416.
446, 507—at Manchester, 312. Cor- Bury, schools at, 249.
respondence with J. Barker, 573. Buxton, services at, 511.
Wish, 490. Review of Final Memo-
ston's Poems, 695-of Horne's Judas
C., P. P., on chanting, 727.
Cambridge examination incident, 381.
Cappe, Mrs., letter of, 733.
Cappur, Mr., obituary of, 128.
panion to the Almanacs, 239. Cor. Carpenter, Dr., eulogium on, 183.
Chadkirk chapel, 472.
, speech at Hyde, 446, Chanting, on, 727.
423, 425, 426, 533, 537, 607, 615, 671, Child, Mrs., obituary of, 320.
Chivalry and Puritanism, 532.
Chloroform, religious objections to, 508.
Christian Inquirer, 118.
Christian Tract Society, 359, 442, 736. Eaton, Mr. David, account of, 167, 302.
Eaton, Mrs., obituary of, 640.
Eclecticism on philosophy, 692.
Edinburgh Review, 367.
Eddowes, Mr. Ralph, 356.
Education, national, 54.
Egypt, antiquity of, 524.
Elliott, Rev. G. W., obituary of, 127,
Error, cause of, 470.
Estlin, Mr. Charles, obituary of, 640.
Evans, Rev. Thomas, obituary of, 512.
Extracts from my journal, 258, 458, 661.
Field's, Mr., Life of Parr, 20. Letters,
Findern Academy, 475.
Flower, Mr. Benjamin, 296, 352.
Fogg, Mrs., obituary of, 320.
Forwalk, Mrs., obituary of, 320.
Foster, Thomas, 305 (note).
470, 717, 746.
Fox, George, 641.
Fox, Charles James, character of, 102.
Letter of Wordsworth to, 715.
Freme, Mr. James, obituary of, 127.
Fuller, Mr. Andrew, at Cambridge, 220,
Gaskell, Mrs. D., obituary of, 382.
Gaskell, Margaret, obituary of, 640.
Hymn for opening the chapel, 502.
Gee-Cross chapel, description of, 184.
History of, 471. Opening of, 500.
Gisburne, Mr., of Soham, 218.
Goldsmith and nature, 595.
Good company, 532.
Goodier, Rev. Benjamin, 677.
Hoyle, Rev. John, account of, 21.
Hughes, Mrs. Mary, 735.
I.'s review of Medwin's Life of Shelley,
225. Review of Life of Sterling, 279.
Interest of real life, 532.
Irish Unitarian Magazine, 117.
Jacock's Moral Government of God, re-
Jean Paul, extracts from, 349, 731, 746.
Jeffery, Isaac, obituary of, 128.
Jevons, Miss, obituary of, 256.
Jewish disabilities, removal of, 54, 124,
174, 187, 382, 629.
Jews in Alexandria, 619.
482. His Life of Sterling, reviewed, 188.
Johns, Rev. W., letter of, 681.
Johnson, Rev. Thomas, 753.
Jones, Mrs. Hugh, obituary of, 512.
Joyce, Rev. Jeremiah, 670.
K.'s review of Grote's Greece, 1.
Kell's, Rev. E., speech at Manchester,
Kenrick, Rev. John, testimonial to, 126.
at Birmingham, 315. Address at Man-
Lancashire and Cheshire Presbyterian
Larken's sermon on Toleration, 43.
Lee, Dr., Bishop of Manchester, 193.
Legatt, Bartholomew, opinions of, 528.
Lindsey's, Mr., death, 216.