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and efficient manner in which he had fresh demands. As long as the prinfilled the chair that evening.

cipal business of the Society was conThe Rev. Mr. MADGE seconded the fined to the supplying actual subscrimotion, which was passed, amid loud bers with the books and tracts required and protracted applause.

by them, a depôt at the house of one Mr. ANDREWS acknowledged the of the members might be sufficient for compliment, in appropriate terms; the purpose ; but when we come to after which,

reflect, that we are in the centre of a The meeting separated.

population of half a million, several

thousands of whom, it is no exaggeraWEST-RIDING UNITARIAN TRACT SO- tion to say, are looking out for reli

gious instruction and guidance, and The thirty-first annual meeting of are willing to accept assistance at our this Society was held at Bradford, on hands, it is clear that greater facilities Wednesday, June 10th, 1846. The ought to be afforded, and a more saservice in the Chapel commenced at tistactory arrangement for the supply twelve o'clock: the Rev. Geo. Hoade, of books and tracts ought to be made, of Selby, conducted the devotional than can possibly exist with a private service, and the Rev. Samuel Bache, depository of Birmingham, preached the sermon. # The Committee have turned their

At the social meeting of the mem- anxious attention to this subject; and, bers and friends of the Society, held mindful of the caution with which any in the afternoon (the Rev. J. R. Ry- changes should be introduced into the land in the chair), the report was read, working of the Society, without the from which we give a few extracts: full knowledge and approbation of

“The Committee of the West-Rid- those who have for upwards of thirty ing Unitarian Tract Society, in meet- years sustained its interests, they veniing the subscribers and friends on oc- ture only to propose, for the present, casion of the thirty-first anniversary, the following commencement of an are happy in being able once more to extended plan, which can be pursued present to them a favourable and en

at a subsequent period, if found to hold couraging account of recent proceed- out promise of good. ings. It has become abundantly ma- “In the first place, they would sugnifest, that, since the establishment of gest the gradual formation of a new this institution, in the year 1815, a Series of Tracts, to be called “The great change has taken place in pub- West-Riding Series of People's Chrislie feeling. Instead of merely supply. tian Tracts. The Committee have ing its own subscribers, and a few of for some time been convinced of the those chapel libraries connected with necessity for some such step as this. the denomination which seemed to Some of the most useful and popular require aid, the Society has now open- tracts in our catalogue are published ing before it a wider demand for its by the American Unitarian Associatracts, on the part of a more general tion, but at such prices as, with the public. The labours of Bell and Lan- additional charges of freight and bookcaster are beginning to tell upon the sellers' commission in this country, to people; and the old prophecy of the render them too expensive forextended Unitarian, that education must pre- circulation. Tracts, for instance, for cede, and would eventually introduce, which this Society has been giving 50s. a greater disposition for the entertain- per hundred, may be printed and obment of his views of religion, is be- tained in this country for 6s. per hunginning to be fulfilled. Numbers of dred. This is shown by the practical the people in this neighbourhood, and reply which the Committee of the many other parts of England, are filled British and Foreign Unitarian Assowith the spirit of inquiry ; and it be- ciation have given to the request forcomes a very serious question with warded to them from the last meeting the religious philanthropist, at the pre- of this Society, as they are now present time, how that spirit may be at pared to offer several tracts, by the once best ministered to and best di. aid of Mr. Barker's Press, at prices rected,

reduced to a sixth or eighth of the sum “With regard to ourselves, it seems which they previously cost:evident that the existing machinery

Per 100.-8. d. of our Society is inadequate to these Questions to Trinitarians....... 1

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One Hundred Scriptural Argu- the carrying out of these objects, even

ments for the Unitarian Faith 3 0 on a limited scale, increased means Elwall's Trial............

0 will be necessary, especially as at preTyrwhit on the Creation of all sent the Society is considerably in

things by Jesus Christ........ 3 0 debt. An effort to place the funds on Clarke's Answer to the Ques- a satisfactory footing would have to

tion, Why are you a Chris- be made this year, at all events, and tian?'

6 ( that not by recourse to any unusual Carpenter's Beneficial Ten- proceeding, or by any additional pres

dency of Unitarianism...... 6 0 sure on the present subscribers. It Acton's Religious Opinions of has always been usual to have collec

Milton, Locke, and Newton 6 0 tions at our chapels, from time to time Locke, on St. Paul's Epistles 0 -in some places even from year to

"These tracts, or most of them, your year—in aid of this Society. For some Committee recommend to be adopted years, this custom has been omitted: into the New Series; and to these the last collection for the Society was they would gradually, add others, made at Leeds, several years ago. It eithier to be hereafter printed by them- is hoped that this meeting will pledge selves, or to be obtained from other itself to hold collections in each consources. They feel anxious that this gregation, during the ensuing summer Society should avail itself of the in- or autumn, and that the local Treacreasing knowledge which it now re- surers will make an effort to place ceives of the wants and wishes of the upon the list of subscribers many people in its vicinity, and be prepared names now absent from it, which the to meet them. For this purpose, it is mere mention of the subject would be not intended by any means to confine sufficient to place there: thus, in the tlie Series to works of a controversial course of a few months. the Society character. It is proposed to introduce may be put out of its difficulties, and a large proportion of moral, didactic, into the possession of funds at least strictly devotional, and also, as oppor- suficient for present purposes. tunity may offer, a good deal of nar- "Owing to the absence of the Trearative matter, such as the Christian surer, wlio is in America, your ComTracts supply, or of a kind still more mittee are not able to lay before suited to the every-day topics and in- any financial statement; but they terests of a manufacturing district. have only too great reason to believe, For the preparation of such tracts, they that, if those accounts were presented have pre-eminent facility in the pecu- to you, they would exhibit a very cobliar talents of the minister to the poor siderable balance against the Society. at Holbeck, which they are sure would The Committee fcel no call to apolngladly be devoted, as they already have gize for, or even to regret, this defibeen most successfully, to such a pur- ciency, because it is an indication that pose.

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the Society has been active to the full “In the second place, it is recom- extent of its funds; for there can be mended that a depository, in a regular no condition more condemnatory to a bookseller's shop, be obtained in a cen- society of the present kind than the tral situation in Leeds, and, if possible, possession of a large number of' tracts a like accommodation in other places, undistributed, and a large balance of where tracts should be always on sale. money unspent. A respectable bookseller in Leeds has “For the better carrying out of the signified his willingness to undertake above objects, your Committee recomthis duty; and if the plan should an- mend the formation, for the next year, swer, your Committee may be en- of a larger Committee than that to couraged at a future meeting to pro- which the affairs of the Society are at pose its extension to other and larger present practically entrusted. works; so that the complaint which this view, a resolution will be submithas so long been made, that there is ted, constituting all the Secretaries no bookseller's shop in the Riding, and Treasurers into a General Comwhere a stock is kept of those publica- mittee. tions which are peculiarly wanted by “Something under 500 books and us as a religious denomination, may tracts have been distributed to subbe removed.

scribers, about 1,100 given away in " It is obvious, however, that, for grants, and about 100 sold; making a

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total of 2,000 books and tracts. But well, an able and popular minister of a this small number would convey a faint Baptist congregation in this borough, idea of the real intluence exercised on account of a change in his religiupon public opinion by agencies of a ous sentiments. His general strain of similar kind. Many of these 2,000 preaching was more liberal than that tracts are, in fact, large and expensive of his brethren, from his first settlevolumes, placed in libraries for the per- ment here, about five years ago; and manent use and improvement of popu- some of the Orthodox had seceded in lous neighbourhoods; and the number consequence. Lately his sentiments of small leaves circulated by friends, have undergone a decided change, in having many principles and objects in favour of Unitarianism; and, after common with this Society, as the hard struggles between his feelings Messrs. Barker, the Domestic Mission and convictions, he resolved to follow Societies, and Mr. Mill, would swell the dictates of conscience, whatever the number probably to something might be the consequence. Some inlike 20,000.

fuential friends wished him to retain “Your Committe would beg to con- the pulpit; but he considered he had gratulate you on the establishment of not a moral right to do so, after his a congregation at Huddersfield, under change of sentiments. Mr. C. preached the pastoral charge of the Rev. Geo. his last sermons to his congregation, Heap. It has long been felt, that, in August 9th, on “the paternal governso large a town as Huddersfield, some ment of God," and "the dignity of means of public worship and religious human nature.” August 16th, he for instruction should be provided forthose the first time appeared in a Unitarian who could not conscientiously unite pulpit, at Cheltenham, where his serwith existing societies of Christians. vices were received with great approFor this purpose, but with feelings of bation; and, on the 20th of August, he perfect charity and respect for all other is to officiate for Mr. Jones, at Northdenoininations, the friends at Hud- ampton. At the annual meeting of dersfield have assembled themselves the Warwickshire, &c. Tract Society, for their own spiritual good, and for held at Northampton, August 18th, that of such as may be like-minded Mr. C. delivered a speech of fervid with themselves, and feel the same ne- cloquence, describing the struggles of cessity; and we are happy to say, that his own mind, in the change which many of these have joined the Tract had taken place in his views of ChrisSociety.

tian doctrine, and expressive of the “They would further congratulate love and good-will he retained for his you on the settlement of the Rev. Ed- former friends and connections, in lanward Higginson at Wakefield, whose guage that reached the hearts of all zeal and energy they doubt not will present. The assembly was estimated be the means of reviving interest in at four hundred and upwards. Mr. the Tract Society at that place, and Casewell's speech was delivered in regreatly promote its general prosperity sponding to the following expressive and efficiency

sentiments—“Honour to those who "They are much gratified to learn manifest religious principle and relithat the Rev. John Owen has accept- gious consistency, and especially to ed the invitation of the congregation those who have suffered for the cause, at Lydgate; and that the Chapel at hearkening unto God rather than unSelby is once more opened for worship, to man.”—Christian Reformer. under the pastoral care of the Rev. G. Hoade; and they trust that this is not the only instance in which places which formerly resounded to the wor- The growth of the town of Worcesslip of one God, the Father, will be ter, and of Rev. Mr. Hill's society, redeemed from silence and neglect, to made it evident to the Unitarians of their wonted and exalted purpose.” that place, some months ago, that a

new sanctuary must be opened for the worshippers, according to our faith. —

Through the energetic efforts of seveConsiderable sensation has been felt ral active gentlemen in Mr. Hill's in this town, among the Orthodox, by society, and with the generous co-opethe resignation of the Rev. J.D. Case- ration of that society generally, and

ORDINATION AND DEDICATION AT

WORCESTER, MASS.

RENUNCIATION OF ORTHODOXY, AT

EVESHAM.

of its minister, measures were taken Worcester : Sermon, by Rev. Doctor for the organization of a new Uni. Dewey of New York city; Conclud. tarian church. A hall was obtained ing Prayer by Rev. Mr. Wilson of for the temporary accommodation of Grafton. An original hymn, which, this body, and was soon filled. Re- in our judgment, is of singular excelligious services were held regularly on lence, was composed for the occasion the Sa ath, for a considerable period, by Judge Thomas. various persons officiating. Among On the following day, April 29, Mr. these was Rev. Dr. Thompson, of Edward Everett Hale was ordained Barre, whose faithful exertions were as minister of the church, it being rendered through a series of successive styled, “ The Church of the Unity. weeks. A meeting-house was soon The services were in the following projected ; a lot of land was procured order :- Introductory Prayer and in a central position ; and a structure Reading of the Scriptures, by Rev. of excellent proportions, commodious Mr. Huntington of Boston ; Sermon, and tasteful, was erected, all the pro- by Rev. Mr. Lothorp. of Boston ceedings in the enterprise being cha- Prayer of Ordination, by Rev. Mr. racterised by a great deal of prompti- Lincoln of Fitchburg : Charge, by tude, economy, and business-like sa- Rev. Mr. Peabody of Boston ; Right gacity, as well as by a generous fore- Hand of Fellowship, by Rev. Mr. sight

Weiss of Watertown ; Address to the The dedicatory services took place People, by Rev. Mr. Hill of Worcester. April, 28, 1816, and were as follows: We cannot but express our conIntroductory Prayer, by Rev. Doctor viction, that the Church of the Unity's Clarke of Uxbridge ; Reading of commences its existence with a peScriptures, by Rev. Mr. Hale; Prayer culiarly sound condition and high of Dedication, by Rev. Mr. Hill of promise.

OBITUARY.

DIED-At his residence, Castlreagh, not, for the last twenty years of his after a few days illness, Mr. John life, twenty times absent from his Orr, eldest son of the late Mr. Gawin place of worship on the Lord's Day. Orr, of the same place.

During the debates on the DisIn the unexpected death of this senters’ Chapels Bill, he became inexemplary man, his mother, now in dignant at the methods employed to the goth year of her age, has been oppose it, and he pledged himself, in deprived of the attention and services case it became necessary, to give a of a kind son; his more immediate respectable sum towards the erection relatives of the society and advice of of a new Meeting-House, for the ac. a judicious counsellor.

commodation of the Congregation Mr. Orr was a much-respected mem- with which he was connected, and by ber of the Congregation of Moneyrea, which he was highly esteemed. and a decided and enlightened 'Uni- Since the Belfast Poor-Law Union tarian in his religious views. He well was declared in December, 1838, he understood and much valued his prin- was, until the time of his death, one ciples; and, whilst he was well quali- of the valuators of the property within fied to defend them by arguments

, he its bounds; and such were his judiadored them by an upright and blame- cious and conscientious estimates, less life. It has been said, since his that the several parties interested, put death, and with truth, that he was the utmost confidence in his decisions.

NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS. A few communications, which we intended should appear in the present number, are unavoidably postponed till next month. We beg to decline publishing the lines entitled, “ The Field of Potatoes."

The writer's piety is greatly superior to his poetry. We are not yet disposed to sigh with him Potatoes farerrelly** We trust he will live to see them agaiu, as he has seen them before, * AU smoking and fine !"

It is requested that all communications intended for insertion in the Irish Cnitarian Maga. zine, will be forwarded not later than the 10th of the preceding month (if by post, prepaid, to 23, Rosemary-street, Belfast.

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But as if the injustice of accounting one man a sinner because another has sinned was not sufficiently great, God, according to the Calvinist, must himself become an agent and an actor in the perpetration of crime. We read, Con. chap. 5, “the almighty power, unsearchable wisdom, and infinite goodness of God, so far manifest themselves in his providence, that it extendeth itself even to the first fall, and all other sins of angels and men, and that not by a bare permission, but such as hath joined with it a most wise and powerful bounding, and otherwise ordering and governing of them, in a mani. fold dispensation to his own holy ends !Now, who is he who thus “bounds, orders, governs the fall and all other sins of angels and men?” It is Almighty God, "who, in a manifold dispensation," with an infinite store of means at his command, unerring wisdom to apply them, and almighty power to accomplish " his own holy ends," hedges and fences round his own weak, ignorant, and erring creatures, that he may be glorified in their endless misery and condemnation. According to all laws, human and divine, is he not by such conduct the author of the fall and all other sins, and justly answerable for all the consequences? If infinite wisdom and almighty power bound, order, and govern, who can resist or successfully oppose? You see, then, how impossible it is that the sinner should not transgress, when God has not only "immutably and infallibly decreed” he shall, but “orders, bounds, and governs all his sins;" and how iniquitously unjust it must be to punish him for what God orders and it was impossible for him to avoid. The murderer, Cain, for instance, is from all eternity predestinated to the commission of the crime—the decree of God is “infallible and immutable”-it is the counsel of his own will; but lest it should fail, almighty power and infinite wisdom are employed for its accomplishment, and, doomed and driven, the assassin must commit the

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