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to animate their devotions, or to warm their religious affections. A sense of duty to their maker, no less than integrity to conscience, urged them to this step, and to unite in establishing and supporting a mode of worship more congenial with their views of the religion of the Saviour.

Such were the original causes of the Unitarian Society in New York. Since its establishment, its success has been more than adequate to the highest expectations of its friends. An edifice for public worship has been erected, which does equal credit to the taste of those by whom it was planned, to the munificence of the society at large, and to the energy and perseverance of those, by whom the work was conducted.

In the month of November last, the Rev. William Ware, of Harvard University, was chosen to be the pastor of this society, and on the eighteenth of December he was ordained to the pastoral office. The following churches were represented in the ordaining council, either by their ministers, or delegates, namely, Rev. Dr. Channing's, Rev. Mr. Pierpont's, Rev. Mr. Ware's, Rev. Mr. Palfrey's churches of Boston; Rev. Dr. Bancroft's of Worcester; University Church at Cambridge; Rev. Dr. Harris's of Dorchester; Rev. Mr. Taylor's of Philadelphia; Rev. Mr. Sparks's of Baltimore.

The services of the occasion were as follows; Introductory Prayer, by Mr. Taylor; Sermon, by Dr. Ware; Ordaining Prayer, by Dr. Harris; Charge, by Dr. Bancroft; Right Hand of Fellowship, by Mr. H. Ware; Concluding Prayer, by Mr. Pierpont.

Several circumstances conspired to render the exercises of the day peculiarly interesting. The performances were remarkably appropriate, and calculated to heighten the solemnity of the scene, as well as touch the feelings of the audience. The sermon was by the father, and the right hand of fellowship by the brother of the young pastor elect. The paternal solicitude of the one, and the affectionate sympathy of the other, were deeply and feelingly expressed. Of the charge it needs only be said, that it was dignified and impressive, and worthy of the high and liberal spirit of the author.

These performances have been published, and we shall hereafter make our readers more particularly acquainted with the sernion. At present we will only recommend it to all, who would see some of the leading principles of unitarianism happily illustrated and ably defended, and who would know their influence on the heart and the affections.

The following hymn was written for the occasion by the Rev. Mr. Pierpont.

O T'hou who art above all height!

Our God, our Father, and our Friend!
Beneath thy throne of love and light,

Let thine adoring children ben d.
We kneel in praise,-that here is set

A vine that by thy culture grew;
We kneel in prayer, that thou would'st wet

Its opening leaves with heavenly dew.
Since thy young servant now hath given

Himself, his powers, his hopes, his youth,
To the great cause of truth and Heaven;

Be thou his guide, O God of truth!
Here may his doctrine drop like rain,

His speech like Hermon's dew distil,
Till green fields smile, and golden grain,

Ripe for the harvest, waits thy will.
And whe he sinks in death; by care,

Or pain, or toil, or years opprest;
O God! remember then our prayer;

And take his spirit to thy rest,


Anniversary of the Baltimore Unitarian Society for

the Distribution of Books. The first anniversary of this society, took place on the twenty-fifth of December last. A discourse was delivered on the occasion, and a very liberal collection was made, for advancing the objects of the society. After the services of the day, the secretary read the following

REPORT. In conformity with the articles of association, the managers beg leave to lay before the society a brief statement of their proceedings during the past year. After having obtained subscriptions to a considerable amount, one of their first acts was a resolution to print a monthly publication, to be called the Unitarian Miscellany, and which was accordingly commenced on the first day of January last. Their monthly meetings through the year have been devoted to the general concerns of this work, to deciding on what books and tracts it should be deemed expedient to reprint or purchase, and devising the best methods of distribution. It has been their aim, to employ the means of the society in such a way as to produce the most general and beneficial effects.

The amount of funds derived from subscription, including the subscriptions to the Unitarian Miscellany, has been two thousand two hundred eighty dollars, and fifty cents, a portion of which is still outstanding. These funds have been so ample, as to enable the managers to purchase and distribute a great number of Bibles and other works, which are considered valuable as vehicles of religious instruction, as incitements to devotion and a christian spirit, and as guides to a pure and scriptural faith.

The extraordinary and unexpected encouragement, afforded to the Unitarian Miscellany, has obliged the managers to resolve on printing a second edition of the first voluine. Several of the first numbers are already reprinted. The character of the supporters of this work, must be highly gratifying to its immediate friends and patrons. It circulates throughout every part of the Union, and comprehends among its subscribers an unusual number of the most learned, intelligent, and distinguished citizens of the country, both in public and private capacities. It thus becomes an instrument of communicating what we conceive to be just religious sentiments, to that portion of society, which will be likely to produce the widest and strougest influence on the community at large.

It cannot fail, also, to be a source of great joy to the society, that opinions and views, for the advancement of which we have united our humble efforts, and which we deem of vital importance, as they relate both to our comfort and improvement in this world, and to our everlasting welfare, are becoming daily better understood and more widely and rapidly embraced.

In the extensive correspondence, which has been occasioned in the management of the concerns of the society, a strong and decided impression has been made on the minds of the managers, that the chief cause of infidelity in this country, has been the teaching, as doctrines of christianity, those corruptions, which have been incorporated with it in the articles of churches, and the decrees of councils.

In this advanced stage of intellectual improvement, it is not surprising, that the minds of most men should revolt at propositions, professing to be a revelation from heaven, which are contradictory in themselves, and inBaltimore Unitarian Book Society. compatible with the just government and paternal character of God. Men are not averse to the belief, that God has made known to his rational creatures, his will in relation to their moral conduct, and their prospects in a future state of imniortality; nor do they revolt at the gospel evidences of the divine mission of Jesus of Nazareth, bis holy messenger; but only at the perverse interpretations and inconsistent doctrines, which these evidences have been supposed to maintain, and which have diminished their force and weakened their efficacy.

Is it not, then, the duty of this society, as christians, to extend, as diffusely as their means will admit, such works as will carry on that reformation, which commenced with Luther and Calvin, with Zuinglius and Erasmus, and which, we trust in God, will result in the complete restoration of the religion of Jesus Christ? By order of the managers,

HENRY PAYSON, Prest. After the reading of the report, the society proceeded to elect the following inanagers for the ensuing year,

HENRY Payson, President.
WILLIAM READ, Treasurer.

Rev. JARED SPARKS, John Hastings,



The Rev. Robert Little has been chosen pastor of the Unitarian Society in Washington City. A handsoune and commodious house for public worship, is now build. ing by the society, and will be completed in the spring,

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