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• In the society under the pastoral care they are evidently Liberal. I preached of Mr D-, very many of the most there lately to a very respectable asrespectable proprietors are decidedly sembly, and a very attentive audience, Anticalvinistic, but remain there, as although on the same day a meeting we think they ought to and as we wish, was held at a private house by the Orto aid in the support of stated religious thodox. The society, three to one, I instruction. You will remember, that was told, are advocates for Liberal Christhe zealous Mr- is of that society, tianity, and this town has always been whose name is found in most of the Or- under the yoke of the Orthodox. Five thodox periodicals. His influence and years ago the council that ordained the efforts, however, do not, in my opinion, late minister, voted Mr G—and his add any to his party. On the whole, it church out of the council, on the ground is fully my conviction, that what I con- that he was not the pastor of any church. sider liberal and just views of Christian- The present condition of this society is ity, are prevailing here.'

the result of this outrage.

On the whole, I place no confidence PLYMOUTH COUNTY.

in the reports of the Orthodox periodi• The cause of Unitarian Christianity, cals on the state of religion, or the pronotwithstanding the boasting of the Or- gress and triumphs of Orthodoxy. They thodox, I am confident, is not losing, are not true ; they are exaggerated, but gaining ground in this town and vi- highly colored, and in many instances cinity. I will mention a few facts and absolutely false. It is painful to read circumstances, which authorize me to them, for they are not to be believed. express this opinion. My own church We have only to regret that men, who has been better filled, and the number would be thought to embrace and teach much larger, during the last year and all that is true and good in Christianity, present, than for any period for five should pay so little regard to truth and years previous. And the parish clerk goodness in maintaining their cause.' inforins me, that not an individual has *signed off, as they term it, for two

BRISTOL COUNTY. years, to any other society, but sever- • The truth is, that the revival seasons al have joined us from the Orthodox, of the last two years have been utterly and others, it is known, intend doing it defeated of their object so far as Unita

It is the general opinion of the rians are concerned. It was confidentmost intelligent gentlemen in the soci- ly expected that this blast would tear us ety, that it is improving in numbers and to pieces. The storm has gone by, and property. The spirit of free inquiry is we all stand firm. among us.

Without any solicitation, I • Nothing could be more true than all may say, I have thirty subscribers in this with regard to ourselves. Our so. my society for the Liberal Preacher; ciety has regularly increased, and the and chiefly those who are not subscribers Orthodox have not gained from us a sinto the tracts of the Amer. Unita. Asso. gle member, of any description. New subscribers are added almost eve- • Things are more promising in this ry week. So far as I have the means neighbourhood. A strong demonstration of judging, I am persuaded there never has been made in favor of Liberal prinwas more freedom of inquiry, and never ciples in W--, eighteen miles east of us. more interest felt and expressed in the It appears that half of the town is Liberal, progress and success of Unitarianism, or and the Calvinistic clergyman is dismissRational Christianity, than at this time ; ed. Whether they will be able to supand my belief is, that any open attempt port a Unitarian minister, is doubtful. I to stop its progress, would prove more am surprised to find that Liberal thinkinjurious to the Orthodox societies than to ers are springing up in other towns the Liberal. The generaal opinion is, around us.' that the Calvinistic Baptist society and the other Orthodox society have lost ground within the last two years.

• In answer to your questions, I will • I am not very intimately acquainted endeavour to state my impression, and with the state of religion in the neigh- give you such facts as come within my bouring towns. Inw-howev. knowledge. I think the people are er, the minister who was Orthodox, is inquiring, and are taking a more dedismissed and gone, and, as a society, cided ground-and this is altogether

soon.

WORCESTER COUNTY

favorable to our cause. Our own pa- . at Cambridge, In the Christian Exam. rish has grown since the last year. iner for March and April, 1827 I have Several respectable families bave been heard from other sources of information added. Our meeting is far better filled that the demand for Unitarian minis. than it was a year ago. We have ters is greater than that School can at commenced a new house, for it is im- present supply. It is therefore highly possible to procure seats for all who desirable and necessary, that some new would worship with us. We have method should be adopted for sending a added nearly twenty to our church, greater number of young men into the and a spirit of inquiry and of religious ministry, that we may be able to supply earnestness prevails among our people. the increased and increasing demand for Although there has been an excitement pastors and teachers. Will you pardon among the Orthodox, we have lost none. me, if I venture to suggest a plan, which In the aspect of things in our neigh- I think might easily be carried into ex. bourhood, we have everything to en. ecution, and which would be productive courage us. In - an Auxiliary to of immense advantage to the Unitarian the American Unitarian Assoc. has been cause. formed. Bhas formed a new Uni- I have understood that it is an indistarian parish. G-R-, and O- pensable prerequisite for admission into are discontented with the present state the Theological School, that young men of things, and I may say generally, in should be pretty well advanced in the the county, the people are for putting knowledge of the Latin and Greek lanthe question to their ministers, whether guages, and in some branches of generthey mean to be Exclusive or not. I al science. This arrangement necessado not hesitate to say that it is my firm rily excludes a number of worthy and belief that the aspect of things is far excellent young men, who, having armore favorable than it was a year rived at mature age before they were ago.'

convinced of the truth and value of our

doctrines, and having only an English HAMPSHIRE COUNTY. education, are at once deterred from de*To your circular, asking for informa- voting themselves to the ministry, from tion, I have not much to say that I have the long preparation that would be ne: not said before. Things remain much cessary before they could be admitted as in the fall—beiter in some places, into the Theological School at Camworse in none. The aspect of affairs bridge. Hence the idea of becoming is certainly encouraging. I have not useful as ministers of the gospel, is at heard of anything to dishearten in the once abandoned, and their otherwise least-not a single instance of backslid useful talents are devoted to other pur. ing or conversion from Unitarianism to suits. What I wish to propose to your Orthodoxy, or anything of the kind--but serious consideration, as a remedy for much implying an opposite progress.' this want, is, that an attempt should be

made to open the Theological School at Unitarian Ministers.-[There is no Cambridge, for the reception of young want which the Unitarian denomina- men of pious character and good natural tion at the present moment feels more talents, though destitute of all classical sensibly than that of an increased knowledge ; that these should remain number of Unitarian ministers. Any two or three years in the School; that hints as to the best manner in which theology, in an especial manner, should this want may be supplied, are there be an object of their study, in conjunc fore seasonable and valuable. It is for tion with all those branches of knowthis reason and not because we are ledge, which are immediately connectprepared to advocate in their full ex- ted with this subject; that they should tent the measures it proposes, that we be taught composition, particularly in publish the following extract from a relation to sermonizing; that they shoula letter addressed to the Secretary of the be initiated into the practice of extemAm. Unit. Assoc. by a highly respecta- porary preaching, which is a most imble clergyman of Pennsylvania, who portant and valuable part of the theohas had particularly favorable opportu- logical course at Cambridge ; and, in a nities for judging to what extent the word, that they should be taught every remark we begun with is true.) branch of knowledge, which can be ac

"I have just read, with much interest, quired without an acquaintance with the the account of the Theological School Latin and Greek languages.

I can easily foresee that some objec. 8. Tho Progress of Religious Truth. tions may be made to this proposal ; but William Newell. I am fully satisfied they will be of small 4. The Effect of Free Inquiry on the moment, when compared with the im- Influence of the Clergy. Hersey B. mense advantages which would arise Goodwin. from its introduction. Some years 5. An Exposition of John xi. 35.— Jeago the importance of such an object as sus wept.' William Barry, Jr. this, was so much felt in England by 6. An Exposition of Luke xx. 19—26. the zealous friends of the Unitarian Stephen A. Barnard. cause, that an institution of this kind 7. On Religious Poetry. David H. was established at Hackney, under the Barlow. superintendence of the truly pious and 8. On the Causes of Infidelity. Horatio zealous Mr Aspland; from which sev- Alger. eral useful ministers have been sent

SENIOR CLASS. out, who are now laboring in various 1. The Encouragements which this parts of England. Let me therefore beg Country affords to a Faithful Ministry. that you will give this subject an atten- Moses G. Thomas. tive consideration; and if it should meet 2. Pastoral Duties. John L. Sibley, your approbation, as I hope and trust it 8. On the Leading Design of the Chriswill, that you will introduce it to some tian Ministry. Artemas B. Muzzey. of your zealous and active friends. It 4. Should the Connexion between a is not necessary that every minister Pastor and People be Permanent ? should be a classical scholar. If one in Samuel K. Lothrop. ten of our ministers are deeply learned, 5. The Influence of Christianity on the it will be sufficient for the honor and World. Frederick H. Hedge. success of our cause. Let such be es. 6. On the Differences in Religious Opintablished in our cities and large towns, ions among Christians. Jonathan Cole. where their learned and polished dis- 7. On the Study of Ecclesiastical Histocourses will attract the attention of cul- ry. George P. Bradford. tivated minds. But in the country, in nine cases out of ten, ministers educated Unitarian Mission in Bengal.-[In as I propose, will be equally, if not more our number for July and August, 1826, useful, than the elegant and polite schol- we published at length a letter from tho ar, and it is in the country where the Rev. Mr Adam, of Calcutta, giving an want of ministers is most sensibly felt. account of the principal facts, and cir. In our large towns, where large sala- cumstances connected with the present ries can be given, and polished society state and prospects of Unitarian Christican be found, there will be little diffi- anity in British India.' That letter, it culty in obtaining ministers. But in seems, has also been published in Cal. the country, which will generally be cutta, and is the • Brief Memoir' referdeficient in both these respects, the dif- red to below. At the General Meeting ficulty will be great, unless we ed- of the friends and supporters of Unitaucate a class of men, whose habits and rian Christianity in Calcutta, of which attainments are adapted to the circle in we gave an account in our last number, which they are destined to move. If the Unitarian Committee of that city, this plan were introduced, we should in read a report, which has since been all probability have three students where given to the public under the title of we have now one : and thus would be the • Second Memoir Respecting the brought into immediate operation, the Unitarian Mission in Bengal, &c.' collective talent of the Unitarian body.' We shall copy the whole of it into our

pages, as the best means of putting our Theological School in Cambridge.- readers in possession of the most auThe Annual Visitation of this School, thentic information upon the interesting took place on Friday, July 11. The subject to which it relates. It occupies exercises by the students were as fol. thirty six duodicimo pages, and we in lows;

this number present to our readers MIDDLE CLASS.

about two thirds of it, and we shall feel 1. On the Proper Test of Ministerial happy if it should succeed in attracting Faithfulness. George Whitney.

to the mission an attention better propor2. On Religious Controversy. Cazneau tioned to its importance than any it has Palfrey.

hitherto received.]

• Two years have elapsed since the ed Foreign Unitarlans from engaging publication of the “Brief Memoir re- with the desired promptitude in a Misspecting the Establishment of a Unitarian sion to this country, among which the Mission in Bengal,” which contained the following, collected from the writings first announcement made to the Indian both of English and American UnitaPublic that such an object was contem- rians, may be briefly enumerated:plated and that measures were in pro. They regard the christian religion as gress for its accomplishment. A Unitari- the most powerful instrument that can an Mission had not then been established be employed for promoting human virin Bengal, but it has since gone into op- tue and happiness; but they do not coneration, and its friends in India, in Eng. sider the knowledge of it indispensably land, and in America, expect more infor- necessary to salvation; they do not bemation than they have yet received lieve that all those who are ignorant of respecting what has been done, what it are doomed to certain and eternal is now doing, and what is proposed to be condemnation, and they are thus dedone for the promotion of its objects. prived of that paramount motive which The Calcutta Unitarian Committee which has brought other Protestant denominahas been chiefly instrumental in calling tions within the last thirty years into the attention of Unitarians to the subject the field of Foreign Missions. Unitaof a Foreign Mission, and which can rians have also been discouraged by the alone be employed in this country in di- injudicious manner in which, as appears recting its operations and superintending to them, Trinitarian Missions have been its details, as the proper organ for com- conducted, by the little success attendmunicating the information required, pre- ing them, and by the knowledge that sent the following Report.

Unitarian Missionaries would not be re1. Cooperation of Foreign Uni- ceived as coadjutors, but opposed as tarians.—The Committee, at their insti- enemies. Their numbers and resources tution in 1821, deemed it their first duty also are comparatively limited, although to endeavour to secure foreign aid, con- rapidly on the increase; they have to vinced that such cooperation was neces- contend for the first rights of Protestants sary to the permanent prosperity of a and of citizens against the declared and Unitarian Mission in India. All other unqualified hostility of all other chrisProtestant Missions derive the chief part tian sects; and they are consequently of their resources from abroad, and all as yet able to apply only a small portion religious and philanthropic institutions, of their means to foreign objects, after except Missionary ones and those patron- affording due support to their domestic ized by the Government, are found to institutions. To these considerations it languish for want of support an effect may be added that some of the gentlewhich arises from the comparatively men to whom letters were addressed small number of Europeans resident in from this country, have labored under India, and the constant fluctuations of severe and continued illness occasioning English society; and which would be unavoidable delay; and the Committee felt in a still higher degree in the case of deeply regret to state as a further oba Unitarian Mission not enjoying foreign stacle to the success of their endeavours, support, in consequence of the still small- the fact of calumnious statements reer number of Unitarians, their liability to specting the personal conduct and chathe same fluctuations, and the total want racter of some of their own body having of sympathy with them among the pro- been propagated from this country by fessors of other christian denominations. certain individuals both in England and The committee therefore lost no time in America, which, before there was suffiopening a correspondence with the Eng- cient time to contradict and refute them, lish and American Unitarians with a view had contributed to cool the zeal and pato secure their assistance in the estab- ralyze the exertions of the well dislishment of a Unitarian Mission in Ben- posed. gal, and thus to give full efficiency to . For these various reasong the first their own exertions for that purpose, and communications of the Committee to the they are happy to announce that they English and American Unitarians rehave in some degree succeeded, although ceived but little attention. The first after a greater delay than was originally symptom of interest was discovered in a anticipated.

series of questions addressed by ProfesVarious considerations have prevent- sor Ware of Harvard University, United States, on behalf of a number of Unitari- rians. This cause is advocated in Amer. an Christians with whom he was associa- ica by several of the most distinguished ted, to some of the members of the Com- Unitarians—clergymen, professors, mermittee, the answers to which, embody- chants, &c. It has frequently been ining all the information which could be troduced into the pulpit and is made the obtained respecting the actual state of subject of investigation at the AssociaProtestant Missions in Bengal, were tions of Ministers. Its claims are depublished, first in Calcutta, and after- fended in the periodical publications of wards at Boston, in America, where they the denomination, and it has been made excited very general attention to the the theme of College exercises. It is subject which they treated. This was the frequent subject of private as well followed by a donation, from several in- as of public discussion, and although not dividuals whose names were not given, an object of universal support, yet it is of $375 towards the support of a Mis- one of general and extending interest, sionary, but which was placed at the among Unitarian Christians in America. disposal of the Committee for the Gen- For several years before the existence eral Purposes of the Mission; and by a of this Committee, the English Unitarifurther donation of $100 from the ' As- ans had their attention called to British sociation for aiding Religious Charities India by the exertions of Mr William in Brattle Square Church, Boston, Roberts at Madras. But the interest exwhich was added to the Chapel Fund. cited in favor of a Foreign Mission, was In February 1825, an Association was apparently limited and feeble; and the formed in Boston' with a view to obtain correspondence of this Committee did not and diffuse information respecting the produce any better effect until the pubstate of religion in India, and to devise lication in England at the expense of the and recommend means for the promo- London Unitarian Fund, of the answers tion of Christianity in that part of the to Professor Ware's questions, of wbich world, of which Professor Ware was an edition was distributed gratis among President, the Rev.Dr Tuckerman, Sec- Unitarian Ministers throughout Engretary, and Mr Lewis Tappan, Treasu- land. In the early part of the year 1825, rer; and the first act of this Association J. R. Freme, Esq. of Liverpool, remitted was to remit six hundred dollars as their £35 as a donation towards the support of first annual contribution in aid of the funds a Missionary from several friends at Livfor the support of a Missionary, with an erpool and Manchester, of which £20 engagement to continue it for three years was added to the Chapel Fund, and £15 certain. The sum thus received was also to the Fund for General Purposes; and placed at the disposal of the Committee. about the same time a public subscripIn the course of the year 1826 various tion in aid of the Calcutta Mission was public meetings were held in Boston and opened in England which ultimately numerously attended, the result of which amounted to £ 1579 2 2. In May, 1825, was, instead of the Association just men- the British and Foreign Unitarian Assotioned for obtaining information, the ciation was formed, of which the promosubstitution of a Society for the Promo- tion of Foreign Missions is one of the tion of Christianity in India, and a fur- specific objects, there being a Foreign ther remittance from that Society of 600 Secretary appointed to conduct the cordollars towards the support of a Mission respondence and manage the details beary, with a pledge to remit an equal longing to that department. One of the sum annually for ten years, and the ex- first acts of this Association was a pledge pression of a strong hope of being able to contribute 100 Rupees per month toto continue this contribution indefinitely. wards the support of a Unitarian MisThere has also been formed at Boston an sionary for five years certain, with in* American Unitarian Association’the ob- structions to draw on their Treasurer for ject of which is to give union and efficien- £100, which however it was not deemed cy to the whole Unitarian body in that advisable to do. In January, 1821, a recountry; and although it does not em- mittance was received of £100 for Genbrace foreign objects within its de- eral Purposes and of £15 towards the sign, it seeks to maintain a friendly support of a Missionary, which was also correspondence wit this Committee, added to the General Fund; and in May and has published two tracts powerfully last the whole of the funds collected in recommending the cause of Foreign Miss England were received, amounting, with sions to the support of American Unita- interest, to Sa. Rs. 17,091 9 8, of which

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