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9. Three volumes of Poetry, selected 35. A Work on Temperance and from Spencer, Dryden, Pope, Cowper, Teetotalism. Milton, Young, Wordsworth, Bow- 36. A Work on Peace and War. ring, Nichols, and other truly excellent 37. A Work on American Slavery. Poetical Writers.
38. The Lives of several noted Here10. A system of Grammar and tics and Reformers. Logic.
39. The Lives of several distinil. Selections from the most prac- guished Philanthropists. tical works of the Greek and Latin 40. The Lives of several distinFathers.
guished Philosophers, with selections 12. A Volume of William Law's, and extracts from their writings. from his works on Christian Perfec- 41. Two Volumes of Maxims and tion, the Spirit of Love, and the Spirit Proverbs. of Prayer
42. Several Volumes of excellent 13. Select Works of Robert Hall, Extracts from several old writers, in14. A Life of W. E. Channing; cluding John Hales, of Eaton, Owen
15. The Cause and Cure of Infi- Feltham, John Howe, William Dell, delity.
and others. 16. History of the Corruptions of 43, Le Clerc on the causes of InChristianity, by Priestley.
credulity: 17. Letters to a Philosophical Un- 44, A History of the Church. believer, on the Truth of Religion, by 45. Three or four Volumes of Natu. Priestley:
ral Philosophy, 18. Life of Luther, and the History 46. Life of Fenelon, and a selection of the Reformation,
of his Works. 19. The History and Portraiture of 47. Life of Massilon, and a selection ancient Quakerism,
of his Works. 20. Select Works of Dr. Isaac Bar- 48. Life of Saurin, and a selection
of his Works. 21. Select Works of Archbishop 49. Natural History of Birds, Tillotson.
Beasts, and Fishes. 22. Select Works of Bishop Wil- 50. Advice on the Pursuit of Knowkins.
ledge, on the formation of Character, 23. Select Works of Bishop Hoad- on Marriage, on Parental duties, and ley.
on Trade. 24, A Volume of Discourses by 51. A Treatise on Moral PhiloAbernethy.
sophy. 25. Select Works of Richard Bax- 52. A Volume of Facts and Certer.
tainties. 26. Selections from the Works of 63. A Volume of Doubts and QuesMalebranch, Bacon, Locke, Reid, and tions. others on the human mind, on the 54. Paul and Amicus, or a remarkpursuit of truth, &c. &c.
able Discussion between an American 27. The Works, or Select Works of Quaker of the old school, and an AmeTheophilus Lindsey.
rican Calvinist, on the Scriptures, the 28. Paley's Natural Theology, or the Light within, Water Baptism, the existence and perfections of God as Lord's Supper, Justification by faith revealed in the Works of Creation, alone, the Trinity, the Hired Minis
29. Two other Volumes on the same try, &c. subject, from various English and 55. Selections from the Works of American authors.
Acton, Belsham, Carpenter, &c. 30. True and False Religion, by 56. Life of Jeremy Taylor, with his Andrews Norton.
Liberty of Prophesying, and some of 31. Four Volumes of Discourses on his other Works. practical subjects, by J. Barker,
57. Life of Robert Robinson, and 32. A Commentary on the New some of his Works. Testament, in six volumes.
Other Works will be named as we 33. A Commentary on several parts proceed. The Works will be selected of the Old Testament.
and composed so as to give the best 34. Two or three Volumes of Anec- information on every subject of impordotes, illustrating various branches of tance that the extent of the Library Christian truth and duty.
In some cases the Volumes may and their children with means of inexceed twelve sheets each ; in such struction and profit without end. cases twelve extra sheets will be I should be glad if rich people would reckoned as a volume.
subscribe for four, eight, or ten LibIn some cases a work will make raries each. only six, eight, or ten sheets. In those What would four, eight, or ten shilcases other works will be added to lings a week be for some rich people ? make the volumes complete.
And what a vast amount of good they When such a work as a Bible Dic- might do by lending or giving books, tionary, or a Concordance makes to such young persons as are too poor twenty-four or thirty sheets, the whole to purchase libraries for themselves, may be bound either in one volume, but who would yet be likely to make or two, as may seem most convenient:
a good use of books, if they had them but whether the number of volumes at command. It might not be necesbe exactly three hundred or not, the sary for them to give to each person a quantity will be the same, namely, whole library ; but a library might be three hundred times twelve sheets.
divided among several.
Or they The Books which I am proposing to might sell the books at reduced prices. publish, will be cheaper than the Some that could not pay eightpence a cheapest that have ever yet been pub- volume for them, might be able to pay lished. They will be more than twice sixpence or fourpence. as cheap as knight's weekly volumes. In cases where youths could not Knight's weekly volumes are little afford more than threepence or sixmore than half or two-thirds the size pence a week, two, three, or four might of my Channing, and they are un- join together to purchase a library, if bound besides. Reckoning the bind- they could agree about using or diing in, my readers will have as much viding it. for eightpence, as Knight's readers If I should die, I hope that the Lay, have for eighteen-pence or two shil- man, or some other kind person
would lings. The books I am proposing to be found able to carry forward the publish will be cheaper than Cham- work to its completion, bers' Miscellany, Chambers sell ten If any of the subscribers should die, sheets and two-thirds for a shilling ; I or become too poor to continue their shall sell twelve sheets for eight-pence. subscriptions, they will not be subject
The price to those who do not sub- to any loss or penalty. At the same scribe for the works, but get them time, it is very desirable that those through the booksellers, will be one who give in their names, should do the shilling. The booksellers themselves best in their power either to continne cannot have them under eight-pence their subscriptions themselves, or ina volume. The best plan for those duce others to continue them in their who wish to forward this great work, places. will be, for a number in every town or If any should become so poor as to neighbourhood to join together. Ex- need the money they spend in the pense will thus be saved in carriage books, it is very likely, if they take and remittances, The books can care of their books, that they will at come all in one parcel, and the money any time be able to sell them for the can be all sent in one Post-office price they gave for them or even more. order.
It is a miserable book indeed that No credit will be allowed; but on cannot be sold for eightpence, to any the contrary, two weeks' subscriptions seller of old Books. must be sent in advance, then two or Let the country, be supplied with three volumes will be sent in re- abundance of good cheap tracts and turn.
books, and great and glorious To places where the subscribers are changes in society will take place few, the volumes will be sent only once inevitably. Give the Press, a month or once a quarter, as the case and the power to keep it going, may be.
and I will shake every corrupt instiWe recommend young persons to tution in the land. I will shake the abstain from intoxicating drin) to- whole world. I will undermine every bacco, and snuff. The cost of two false creed, and every system of philopints of ale a week, and two ounces of sophy in the universe. "I will paralyse tobacco, will enable them in the course the advocates of error at once. I will of four years, to furnish themselves silence both the false priest and the
blaspheming infidel; or, if I do not silence them, I will make their talking like the idle wind, which men regard not. In short, let the followers of Christ, let the lovers of truth and righteousness, the friends of knowledge and the friends of man, use the Press as they ought, and they shall rule the world; they shall rule both the kings and the people; they shall rule both men's bodies and souls.
JOSEPH BARKER. [Subscriptions to Mr. Barker's Library will be received by the Rev. J. Scott Porter, 16, College-square, Belfast.]
'CONVERSIONS TO UNITARIANISM.
REV. R. HASSALL.
We quote the following paragraph from the Christian Messenger, a Methodist paper, of this city:
"The Rev. Robert Hassall, we are sorry to state, has left our body, in consequence of his becoming a Unitarian in sentiment."
Mr. Hassall was, until his change of opinion, a preacher belonging to the Methodist New Connexion in Montreal. In renouncing the doctrine of a threefold Deity, he has only done what hundreds of Trinitarian ministers have done before him, and what, we doubt not, hundreds will do after him. It is Mr. Hassall's intention, we understand, to continue in the Gospel ministry, in connection with the Unitarian body or the" Christian" denomination.-Montreal Bible Christian.
CASE OF REV. M. A. H. NILES.
A regular meeting of the Essex South Association of Ministers, was held at the house of Rev. Mr. Mann, in Salem, on Tuesday last. The meeting was more than usually full. A communication was received through the Scribe, from Rev. Mr. Niles, the purport of which will appear below. The preamble and resolutions below were introduced; and after various remarks by brethren present, the Association was led in prayer with reference to the subject before them, by the oldest member, Rev. Dr. Emerson. The vote was then taken by yeas and nays, and the preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted as follows:
TO THE ESSEX SOUTH ASSOCIATION. Byfield, Feb. 28, 1846. REV. AND DEAR BRETHREN,-It is with feelings of unfeigned sadness, that I make to you this communication:-the communication of a request to withdraw from the relation, which I have sustained to you for several years past. I cannot suppose that you are ignorant of a rumoured change in my views on many points of theology. Whether you have heard more or less than the simple truth, I know not; but I feel, that I can no longer honestly profess, even indirectly, to accept the more prominent features of "Orthodoxy," as the true exposition of a scriptural Christianity. As yet, I have adopted no name as the exponent of my faith; but I cannot honestly profess to be an Orthodox man, in the sense in which that word is current in your Association. And while I conscientiously believe, that my present views of Christian doctrine are consonant with the word of God, feeling more and more firmly persuaded, that my departure from a Trinitarian faith brings me nearer to the truths taught by the Christ and his Apostles, I do not wish to throw upon you the responsibility of sanctioning, even by silence, what you
with which you have met my difficulties, and my rejection of the faith which you still hold. I beg you will not disappoint the hope, that, though you may not be able to symbolize with me, in the opinions which I entertain, you will still regard me with feelings of personal kindness and sympathy. I feel that I am a weak, frail, and erring man; but my hope is still in an all-sufficient Saviour. And my most earnest and devout prayer is, that when we shall no longer "see through a glass darkly," but "know as we are known," we may in a more perfect and enduring fellowship enjoy the bliss of heaven. Very unworthily but most affectionately, Your friend and brother, M. A. H. NILES. -Christian Register.
Extract from a letter of one of the members of the Unitarian Church, Montreal, dated March 27, 1846:"The Montreal Unitarian CongreThe gation continues to increase. average attendance is about 150 in the forenoon, and 250 in the evening. For some time back, Mr. Cordner has been engaged in a course of doctrinal lectures, which have brought out large audiences, and have told with powerful eflect upon the minds of this people. Many converts are known, and among them, the Rev. R. Hassall, a preacher of the New Connexion Methodists. At our last sacramental occasion, the communicants' list numbered 98, of whom 80 were present., Our SundaySchool numbers about 30 pupils, and our Bible-class has about 25 members. We are blessed with harmony and peace, deep and happy enjoyment of religion, and zeal for the spread of truth. As respects our pastor, we have been peculiarly favoured: he is a pious, earnest man, eloquent in the pulpit, and surpassingly industrious out of it."
as firmly believe to be erroneous doctrines. Nor do I wish any undue publicity to be given to the change of doctrinal sentiment through which my mind has passed; still less do I wish to cause you any unnecessary trouble or pain.
I have, therefore, thought it the most Christian and judicious course, quietly to withdraw from your Association; and I beg you to accord to me the painful privilege of sundering the bond by which I have been united to you for a period of more than eight years.
In making this request, I trust I shall not be misunderstood. Do not, for a moment, allow the suspicion, that I no longer wish to enjoy your ministerial society, counsel, and sympathy. God knows that my heart acknowledges no such feeling. In requesting to be no longer considered one of your number, I am influenced by the impression, that you cannot consistently fraternize with one, who does not accept the essential points of an "Orthodox creed." And without deeming it necessary to enter into detail, I cannot regard those essential points as in harmony either with the word of God, or with right reason. I am thus explicit, not because I aim at assuming a bold or defiant position, but simply because I wish to be rightly understood. I certainly feel, that I may be mistaken; though I think I am not. Of one thing I am sureI wish to be guided into truth-the truth of faith, and the faith of life. The heart is an unsafe adviser; I do not think I have taken counsel of it. At all events, I cannot falsify my honest convictions. And I do honestly believe, that the views of Jesus Christ, of the Holy Spirit, of the Atonement, of Human Nature, as taught by the prevailing "Orthodoxy" of New England, are contrary to reason and Scripture.
And now, dear Brethren, in taking my leave of your Association, I beg you to accept my thanks for all your past courtesies and kindnesses, with the assurance, that I shall attach no light estimate to your counsels and your prayers. To many of your number I cherish and shall ever do so, feelings of the strongest personal attachment-an attachment greatly strengthened by the fidelity and kindness, and, I doubt not, the prayers,
CONDITION OF UNITARIANISM.
Evidences multiply upon us of the spread of Unitarian opinions, and of the increased ability and stability of our religious societies. Besides the gathering of new churches, we hear of the renunciation of Trinitarianism by ministers who have formerly been its public teachers. Several of our old FF
houses of worship have been remo- in the limits of the State; and the sugdelled, or replaced by new and more gestions made in an “Address” which convenient edifices. We especially re- they have put forth, respecting the joice to see that our congregations are methods to be pursued for this end, taking advantage of the prosperous shew that the plan originated with condition of the country, to relieve wise and energetic men. The first themselves of the embarrassment or annual Catalogue of the Meadville inconvenience of debt. The Church at Theological School justifies the offiSt. Louis, Mo. under the care of the cers of the institution in “congratuRev. Mr. Eliot, have within the last lating its friends upon its flourishing year freed themselves from debt by a condition." The three classes contain voluntary subscription of more than twenty-three students, of whom four8000 dollars for this single purpose. teen have entered this year. The The society in Montreal, Canada, of Library “has been increased the past which Rev. Mr. Cordner is minister, year by an addition of 900 volumeshave just raised by subscription from making in the whole 1400 volumes ;" their own members 1000 dollars, by besides “ 800 volumes of text-books; which they have cancelled all their the use of which is given to the stuliabilities, except for the land on which dents during their connection with the their house stands, to extinguish which School.” The plan of study is coma sinking fund has been established, prehensive, and the Professors are inthat will amount to a sum sufficient defatigable in their attention to the for this purpose when the prescribed classes. The rapid sale which Unitime of payment arrives. The Uni- tarian books obtain is a circumstance tarian congregations in and about to which we can also refer with pleaSalem, Mass. have united themselves sure. The first edition of Mrs. Dana's for the purpose of sustaining mission. Letters on the Trinity, published last ary operations in Essex county--and September, and consisting of 1250 have, in reference to this object, copies, has been sold, and the work is adopted the name of the “ Fraternity now in process of being stereotyped. of Unitarian Churches in Salem and The whole of the first edition of the Vicinity. It includes the four congre- Memoir of Henry Ware, Jun. by his gations in Salem, and those in Be- Brother, consisting of 1500 copies, has verly, Danvers, Lynn, Marblehead, been exhausted in two months, and a and Gloucester. We understand that stereotype edition on larger type is now Rev. Mr. Stone, of North Beverly, in press. will be employed by them as a preacher in that neighbourhood. An Association of a somewhat similar character has been formed in the cities of New York and Brooklyn, the design and (From the New York Sun.) plan of which give promise of much usefulness. It has taken the name Origin.-About fifty years ago, this of the “Unitarian Association of the denomination arose. The movement State of New York,” and is meant was almost simultaneous at the South to include not only the members of and the North. In North Carolina, the congregations in these two cities, it began among the Methodists; and, but the Unitarians of Fishkill, Al- in Vermont, among the Baptists. bany, Troy, Trenton, Syracuse, Ver- Early, in the present century, it apnon, Rochester, and Buffalo, where peared among the Presbyterians in regular societies exist, and any others Kentucky and Tennessee. of our faith in any part of the State. The denomination thus originated Zebedee Cook, Esq. has been chosen with the three chief sects in the United President; Moses H. Grinnell, Esq. States. There seems to have been no Vice-President; Messrs. P. M. Irving, concert with, or even knowledge of, George Ireland, S. J. Beals, Richard each other ; but the three branches all Warren, Seth Low, and W. H. Carey, went forth within eight years of each Directors ; William B. Allen, Trea- other in various and distinot quarters. surer ; and James A. Cleveland, Se- Progress.—Their progress has been cretary. The object of the Associa- very rapid, until they now number tion is, in general, to promote the in- about 1500 churches, with 325,000 terests of Unitarian Christianity with communicants, 1500 preachers, and