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AMERICAN UNITARIAN ASSOCIATION.
The assembly consisted of friends to witness the cordiality and confidence from many neighbouring, and several shown towards this institution by the distant towns; and among other less Christian denomination, we assure numerous arrivals, was one of an ex- that excellent body of our sincere depress train, of 150 guests, from New- sire that this institution may be the castle.--Inquirer.
means, under providence, of strengthening their hands, and making them.
yet more useful in the service of our The public meeting was attended common Lord and Master, by a crowded concourse of people,
Resolved-That it is desirable to showing an increasing interest in the take active measures to promote a cause, on Tuesday evening, at half- more extensive circulation, through past seven o'clock, in the Federal- the country, of the works of standard street Church. Prayer was offered by Unitarian writers. Rev. Dr. Ingersol.
The chair was Resolved - That the increasing taken by Hon. Samuel Hoar, of Con- spread of liberal views among our cord, one of the Vice-Presidents, who brethren in Canada and Great Britain made an appropriate address. At his confirms our belief in the ultimate succall, the report of the General Secre- cess, and our sense of the saving power, tary was then presented. It was full of Unitarian Christianity. of interesting matter, and will be pub- Resolved— That we remember with lished. The following resolutions were gratitude the labours of those great offered by Rev. Mr. Clarke, of the and good men of our denomination, Executive Committee :
in this country and Great Britain, who “ Resolved–That Unitarians are, have, during the past year, gone from by the Providence of God, in a posi- among us into the spiritual world ; estion which qualifies them to conduct pecially recalling, at this time, with missionary operations to great advan- solemn joy, the Christian character tage ; inasmuch as they can go out and exalted worth of Ware, Aspland, untrammelled by creeds, and may and our late President, Story." dwell exclusively on those positive, Under the first of these resolutions, practical, and fundamental truths, G. G. Channing, Esq. travelling-agent which will create a new heart and during the last year, made a few obawaken a new life in the human servations, and offered an interesting soul.
abstract of his doings, and the results Resolved–That in our future action of his efforts. Rev. F. W. Holland, as a denomination, it is desirable to of Rochester, N. Y. spoke to the same adhere to the principles of Christian resolution, and adduced remarkable Freedom and Progress, embraced and facts and circumstances to show espeadvocated by revered and leading Uni- cially the utility of diffusing tracts tarians in past times.
and books where our faith is little Resolved— That it is the duty of known ; he also stated the cogent need Unitarians to feel and manifest an of an earnest and efficient missionary earnest interest in all the social re- to traverse the State of New York. forms and philanthropic movements The second and third resolutions were which promise to advance the interests advocated by J. A. Andrew, Esq. of of humanity.
Boston, who appealed to the explicit Resolved—That in the present si- example of Jesus Christ, as the one tuation of our country, as regards great, living argument for philanits foreign relations, Unitarians are thropic and humane endeavours on bound, in common with all disciples the part of Christian disciples, and reof Christ, to plead for peace, with re- curred to the benevolent earnestness newed earnestness; and we call upon of Channing, and the brave devotedour brethren, of all Christian denomi- ness of our Pilgrim Fathers. Rev. nations, to lift up a united remon- W.H. Channing followed in a similar strance against that spirit and those vein, or rather in a very different and measures which may tend to renew or peculiar vein, speaking powerfully, but perpetuate the horrors and sins of war. in a somewhat accusatory spirit, of the
Resolved— That we congratulate all short-comings of the denomination, our friends
upon the success which has in regard to its original and avowed thus far attended the Meadville Theo- principles, liberty, holiness, and love. logical School ; and while we rejoice George S. Hillard, Esq. took the tone of his observations from the spirit of ness hours of every week-day, under some of the resolutions, rather than the charge and care of the general from the words of any one of them; secretary, and in which shall be placed he directed his words with emphatic the books and library of the Associaand surpassing eloquence to the con- tion, and such tracts and pamphlets nexion of Christianity with public as they may possess, for sale or disconcerns, with statesmen and the tribution.” state. After a few observations from A resolution was also introduced by Richard Warren, Esq. made in behalf N. A. Barrett, Esq. to the effect that of the Unitarian Association in New the Executive Committee be recomYork city, the doxology was sung, mended to publish a series of tracts on and the services of the evening were practical subjects, and to make arclosed.
rangements for conventions in county The adjourned meeting of Thurs. associations. day morning was continued in the afternoon, when the following resolu- UNITARIAN COLLATION.— The festitions were adopted with great unani- val known by this title was observed mity—the first six being offered by this year with preparations and on a Rev. Dr. Gannett, and the last one by scale of even unusual extent and comH. H. Fuller, Esq.
pleteness. As before, it was provided * Resolved-That the business of by Unitarian laymen of Boston for this Association has so much increased, the entertainment of the clergy, and and the opportunities for an extension of persons of both sexes, of the deof its usefulness have so multiplied, nomination generally. It was spread that it is proper to create a permanent in probably the largest single apartoffice, to be filled by a travelling agent, ment in the city, the hall over the so far as this may be done without an extensive and newly-built depot of alteration of the constitution.
the Maine railroad. The immense Resolved–That the trial of such an company sat down to the abundantly office which has been made last year, provided and elegantly decorated confirms us in the belief that it may tables, on Tuesday, at two o'clock, become an important part of our ope- P.M. A brief and appropriate speech rations.
was made by the Chairman of the Resolved–That such an office be Committee of Arrangements, E. Dale, now created, till it shall be abolished Esq. and a blessing was invoked by vote of this Association.
by Rev. R. C. Waterston. After Resolved–That the appointment of the refreshments were disposed of, a person to fill this office be vested in thanks were returned to Almighty the hands of the Executive Committee, God, by Rev. S. K. Lothrop... Å and that they be instructed to make hymu was sung; when the presiding such appointment annually, as soon as officer of the occasion, Hon. Josiah possible after this annual meeting. Quincy, late President of Harvard
Resolved- That the salary of this University, whose presence gave officer be determined by the Executive added dignity to the feast, rose and Committee, subject to the condition addressed the assembly in a course of that it shall not exceed one thousand able remarks, alluding to the peculiar dollars, exclusive of travelling ex- interest of the day, setting forth the penses.
distinguishing peculiarities of our Resolved— That the ExecutiveCom- faith, vindicating them, as he went on, mittee be authorised to prescribe the by many forcible and sound arguduties of the general secretary, and of ments, and extending a cordial and the travelling agent, respectively, and affectionate welcome to friends preso to distribute said duties, as to pro- sent from all parts of the country. He mote in the most efficient manner the was followed by Rev. Dr. Pierce, who great purposes of our Association. protested against being called by the
Resolved—That it is expedient and name Unitarian, and related an enterdesirable that a convenient room or taining anecdote in his best manner. rooms should be provided for the use Another hymn being sung, Rev. of this Association, in some central Mr. Hall, of Providence, adverted to place in Boston, which shall be kept the infinite value of Christian love, open as a Reading-room, and free of Christian Charity, and especially of access, as such, during all the busi- the great need we have of that foremost grace under present exigencies. 14, “ Though I bear record of myself, Rev. Mr. Hosmer, of Buffalo, N.Y. yet my record is true.” He stated in continued this course of observation, the first place what his views had been and made especial mention of the respecting the doctrine of the Trinity, growth, the religious necessities, and and what views he had adopted since prospects of the West—a region to he had rejected that doctrine. He which he said he had ceased to be- then stated how he was led to the long, through the multiplied facilities inquiry which terminated in a change of communication between his city of his opinions, and concluded by and this ; and he bespoke a yet in- alluding to the influence which that creased sympathy for the brethren change had upon his character and there. The next speaker was Richd. happiness. Warren, Esq. of New York city.-- Mr. Hassal is an Englishman, a He appeared in behalf of the recently native of Staffordshire, and was deeply organised Unitarian Association of impressed with the importance of rethe State of New York. With much ligion very early in life. He entered spirit he declared the aims of that upon a course of study preparatory to body, and besought the kindly regard his undertaking the duties of a preacher and fellowship of the liberal Chris- of the Gospel, under the superintentians of New England. Elder Har- dence of a venerable, aged minister of vey, of the Christian denomination, the Methodist New Connexion. Whilst of Pennsylvania, on the ground of pursuing his studies, he felt the want common points of faith between his of evidence in the Bible to sustain the denomination and Unitarians, took doctrine of the Trinity. He was struck the attitude of a fellow-worker and with the fact that nowhere in the four brother, in a very spirited strain, and Gospels is it recorded that Christ paid a high tribute to the fraternal taught, or even once named, the doccordiality displayed by the latter to- trine of a tri-personal Deity. For wards the former. A response to the some time he was disturbed in mind, references made to the western country, read several books in support of the was made by Rev. Mr. Conant, of Trinity, and a small wor: of Dr. Geneva, Illinois, who testified in terins Carpenter's in refutation of that docof strong commendation to the zealand trine. Not being able to find such efficiency of the preachers of the kind of proof as he was searching for, Christian connexion. A third hymn he finally came to the conclusion that was sung, and the attention of the though the doctrine of the Trinity was company
then engaged by unsupported by proof positive, it was Rev. Mr. Walter, of Springfield, nevertheless capable of being sustained Ohio, another Christian, who brought by a chain of inferential argument. evidence of the deep desire of his as. This settled his mind for the time, and sociates to gain à more thorough he resolved to receive the dogma as an acquaintance and co-operation with admitted truth, and as an essential our men and measures. His grati- part of the Christian's faith. How tude was eloquently expressed by his mind was again brought to the Rev. Mr. Cordner, of Montreal, consideration of this subject, after a Canada, for the substantial expres- lapse of years, is stated by himself in sions of sympathy hitherto received the following words:by his people from the Unitarians of * One day (oh, never shall I forget the United States. The Doxology it) whilst engaged in prayer to God was sung, thanks were tendered to with more than usual earnestness for the Committee, who were re-appointed, the outpouring of his blessing upon me and the company separated in the and the church, I was perplexed bebest possible humour.
yond description(as many others have been) in endeavouring to address the
triune God, or, in other words, the On the evening of Sunday, the 17th Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. My ult, the Rev. Robert Hassall
, formerly faith taught me that each Person of a preacher of the Methodist New Con- the Trinity was an object of worship, nexion, made a statement of the rea- inasmuch as each person was God; sons which induced him to reject the yet I found that I could not worship doctrine of the Trinity, in the Unita- one person without separating it in rian Church in this city. The Rev. my mind from the other two. But I gentleman chose for his text John viii. knew, if I livided them, I should make
RENUNCIATION OF TRINITARIANISM.
three objects of worship ; and I knew ment of “ Prosperity to the Unitarian too, that if I worshipped one person, Congregation of Newry." that would only be a part or third of The Rev. HENRY ALEXANDER spoke the Divinity. Still I found it impos- briefly on Sabbath-School Instruction. sible so to unite the three persons in Mr. W. H. CORDNER returned one, as to worship the Father and the thanks for the notice taken of his Son and the Holy Spirit at the same brother, the Rev. John Cordner, of tiine, or the Son and the Father at the Montreal; and same time. I say I found it impossible After Messrs. M'Calpin, Moore, to do it, and I defy any human being Cowan, Weir, and other country under heaven to do it. If there be friends had expressed their satisfaction three persons in the Deity, we can in being members of the Congregation, render supreme worship to one only and with the proceedings of the evenat a time. From the constitution ing, a hymn having been sung, and a of the mind, it is impossible to do blessing asked, the meeting separated. otherwise. Thus, then, I felt myself situated. I became agitated ; I rose CALL OF ABRAHAM.—Most imporfrom my knees, and, in a state of con- tant for mankind was the call ot fusion and perplexity, paced my room Abraham. It was one of those events backwards and forwards. Question on which human destiny is found from after question respecting my faith oc- time to time to hinge. Idolatry was curred to my mind. Can the Divine all but universal. The knowledge of Being, I asked myself, be what I believe the Creator had nearly vanished from him to be? Is he divided into three the earth. Egypt, the centre of the persons called Father, Son, and Holy arts and refinements of life, worshipped Ghost? Is the being of supreme wor- even the lowest animals. There it ship such a one as to perplex the was fully proved how little man can mind of the sincere worshipper? I do for himself in regard to the solemn doubted it. It appeared to me to be obligations of duty, and the high hopes impossible. I resolved again, then, to and destiny of the religious life. But examine the evidence of Scripture for God chose Abraham, and a new era the doctrine of the Trinity. That began which will never come to an examination I believe was impartial, end ; for Jesus finished what Abraham conducted with a simple desire for the commenced. It is a gratifying fact, truth. I read my Bible, and the best that the series of biographical pictures works I could find both for and against begins with one which is so pleasing the doctrine ; and the conclusion to and so ennobling as that of Abraham, which I felt myself obliged to come, Had the dispositions which actuated as I have stated before, was, that it him been shared by all who came was not scriptural.”—Montreal Bible afterwards, we should not have found Christian.
the great life-roll of humanity blotted, blurred, and disgraced by such names
as Alexander, Nero, and Napoleon. The annual Soiree of this School
Already, at the times of Abraham, was held on the 8th July. Owing to had the world made some decided prothe unfavourable state of the weather, gress in civilization ; a knowledge of and other circumstances, the attend- which, so far as it is definite and satisance of friends was much less numerous factory, we owe to the divinely illumithan on former occasions ; but we have nated pages of the Bible. The most not to complain of any lessening of the useful arts of life had long been inspirit with which the proceedings vented, and were in general use. Those were conducted.
large societies of men which are called The Rev. F. BLAKELY spoke on nations were gradually forming themcivil and religious liberty.
selves on spots which were determined The Rev. Thos. ALEXANDER, who by a regard to the natural limits and occupied the chair, addressed the as- advantages afforded by seas, rivers, sembled children, urging them to a and mountain-ranges. And, as men faithful use of the means of improve- fixed themselves in different places up ment placed within their reach. and down the earth, so did they be
The Rev. SAMUEL MOORE explained come more and more divided from the origin and principles of the Re- each other by the continually increasmonstrant Synod.
ing diversity of languages, which led Mr. Scott responded to the senti- to other alienating diversities in social
usages, and in religious opinions and ranean Sea tends to mitigate its ferobservances. The first empires were
Lebanon covered the land thus founded, and the great question from the cold winds of the north.of human education began to be seri- Other hills gave shelter, and formed ously worked out. War had begun warm vales ; while they themselves its desolations ; slavery was quietly afforded pasturage for cattle, and, by but effectually wasting human ener- means of terraces, soil for culture gies away, perverting the natural re- under different degrees of heat. A lations of life. The union of the sexes, large river runs through the length of which is the great hinge of man's the land, and is fed by many tributary highest good, was uncertain and ill- streams; other rivulets cut Palestine regulated. Hospitality had assumed from east to west, flowing from the a distinguished position, and sheds a hills into the Mediterranean. The mild lustre over these early days; but rocky (limestone) nature of the land if, from such a tent as that of Abra- gave an abundance of fountains and ham, we turn to the world at large, brooks. The dew's are heavy. Rain we behold scarcely any other virtue falls plentifully in the opening and in in a high condition, and such vices the decline of the year. All these abounding as easy abundance and ex- advantages contributed to make treme leisure may produce, under the Isaac's wish a reality :
“ God give aid of burning skies, vivid imagina- thee of the dew of heaven, and the tions, and uncontrollable passions.-- fatness of the earth, and plenty of People's Dictionary of the Bible. corn and wine.” (Gen. xxvii. 28;
comp. Deut. viii, 7, seq.) No real The Mosaic CONSTITUTION.—The objection to this account can be drawn choice of an agricultural constitution, from the actual condition of Palestine. on the part of Moses, had this advan- Its civil history accounts for its actual tage, that it eflectually served one unproductiveness. The sword is a great instrumental purpose which he bad substitute for the plough. Tyranny had in view; namely, the severing of and oppression inevitably produce a his people from the idolatrous nations desert. It was a nation of freemen into the midst of whom they were that, under Mosaism, made the entire going, and by whom they would, land a garden. A nation of bondunavoidably, and for many ages, be men could do no other than make it surrounded. The country, too, was and keep it barren and desolate. Yet, eminently fitted to give scope and wherever due care is now applied, opportunity to the resources of agri- ample proofs are given that the Land culture. Its position on the globe is of Promise might again produce the such as to secure a full supply of heat, richest rewards of human labour.while the proximity of the Mediter- People's Dictionary of the Bible.
DIED—At Ardglass, on the 10th July, every eye; and every Christian Jessie, youngest daughter of the late mother shall meet her departed John Rowan, Esq. of Downpatrick. Christian children; and may we not The peaceful and beneficent life and reasonably believe that they will be death of this young lady, her meek associated together, for ever, the submission to the will of God, must same mansion ? be a joyful remembrance to those Died-At Boltnaconnel, parish of friends by whom she was tenderly Killead, on Wednesday, 5th August, cherished and dearly beloved. Their Mary, the beloved wife of Mr. John sorrow cannot be the bitter sorrow of Montgomery. She possessed a disthose who have no hope. To the criminating judgment, and had a glorious appearance of our Lord Jesus clear apprehension of gospel truth ; Christ may they look, in the blessed was a kind wife, a tender and aflechope of a re-union in the future king- tionate mother, a sincere and steady dom of heaven of our common Father. friend, a rational and intelligent There every tear shall be wiped from Christian.
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