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ragement to further exertions in behalf of Rogers and Mr. R. B. Drummond, fourth religious liberty in education. Nor can year; Mr. Joseph Dare, Jun., Mr. Percy the Committee allude to this topic, with. Bakewell and Mr. George Heaviside, in out referring, with feelings both of grati- their first year. inde and pride, to the circumstance that,
The address was cordially adopted as in the first instance the right of the
by the Trustees, and after passing the nation to admission to the ancient seats
usual resolutions of thanks to the offi. of learning was asserted in Parliament by
by cers and to the President, the meeting a long-bonoured officer of this Institution,
separated. The friends of the College the late Mr. George William Wood, so its in
shortly after re-assembled at dinner at recent successful assertion, so far as Ox- the A
the Albion Hotel, and passed a pleasant ford is concerned, was made by the present afternoon, under the presidency of Mr. bonourable President of the College, Mr. Heywood and Mr. John Grundy. James Heywood.
Honour was done in the toasts to the While welcoming the progress made, more eminent friends and benefactors the Committee see no reason for suppos- of the College, and amongst them to ing that there will, in consequence of this Rev. Charles Wellbeloved. Rev. Wm. partial triumph of liberal principles, be Turner and Rev. John Kenrick. less necessity than before for the maintenance of separate and independent educational institutions, and especially of OPENING SERVICES AT HUDDERSFIELD. those that are designed for the cultivation In our last No., we were only able of sacred literature.
to report the services of the opening The Committee have, in the discharge day. We are now furnished by a of the duties assigned to them, met thir- friend with some particulars respecting teen times during the past year, viz. Jan. the religious services of the following 26, Feb. 18, March 15, April 6, May 24, Sunday. June 21, July 27, Aug. 23, Oct. 3, Nov. 10, On Dec, 24th, two deeply interesting Dec. 14 and 22, 1851, aud Jan. 16, 1855. and suggestive sermons were preached
The aunual examination took place in by the Rev. W. H. Channing. That University Hall on Monday, Tuesday and in the morning from the text-"That Wednesday, June 26, 27 and 28. In con- they all may be one ; as thou, Father, sequence of the absence, through illness, art in me, and I in thee, that they may of the Rev. John Kenrick, M.A., Visitor, be one in us” (John xvii. 21). Refer. the usual address to the students was ring to the following day as being that delivered by the Rev. Thomas Madge, of on which we celebrate the birth of the Essex Street, London,
Prince of Peace, whose prayer for unity On Wednesday, June 28, the Trustees among his followers was recorded in and friends of the College dined together his text, the preacher vividly pictured at the Freemasons' Tavern, Great Queen the aspect at this moment presented by Street, London,-James Heywood, Esq., the confederacy of nations called ChrisM.P., in the chair; and on the eveniug of tendom. Nation warring against naThursday, June 29, a soirée was held in tion; the many trodden down by the the rooms of Uviversity Hall.
few; the weak oppressed by the strong; During the past session the number of the weak and oppressed rising up divinity students was ten, viz., Mr. R. C. against their oppressors. And from this Jones and Mr. John Gow in their fifth war of justice, which is the basis of year; Mr. Carter, Mr. Coe, Mr. J. T. peace, he augured well for humanity, in Whitehead and Mr. Edwin Smith, in their the establishment of a more enduring fourth year; Mr. Charles Wood, Mr. Thos. peace. As regards the churches of Hollaud and Mr. William Blazeby in their Christendom again, how far were they second year; and Mr. Charles Upton in also from exhibiting that unity for his first year. Mr. Gow has since settled which Christ prayed! Yet the preacher with the congregation at Cheltenham, and lost neither hope nor courage, but the Committee have to regret the death of firmly believed that, unpromising as Mr. Charles Wood in May last.
the state of Christendom now appeared, The number of divinity students in the all would be overruled and issue in present session is fourteen, viz., Messrs. good; and, for our encouragement, R. C. Jones, Edwin Smith, J. T. Whitehead, Charles C. Coe, T. Carter, William The striking sermon of Mr. MarBlazeby, Thomas Holland and Charles tineau on that occasion has just been Upton, mentioned above; with the addi- given to the public, under the title of tion of Mr. J.C. Addyes Scott, fourth year “Life according to the Pattern in the ou his own foundution ; Mr. Reuben Jas. Heavens."
proceeded, in reviewing the character. them apart from the Gentile nations, istics of the various churches of Chris- by attaching them to the peculiar intendom, to point out, in his own pecu- stitutions under which they lived, and liarly graphic style, the radical germs were not intended to atone for moral underlying all, and in whose fusion he guilt. He stated that atonements were sought the reconciliation, at-one-ment, offered for natural infirmities, bodily of the churches, which he ventured to diseases and accidental events, and predict, and which in God's good time even for inanimate objects, as for “the would assuredly come through the altar," the “ vessels of the tabernacle," communion of love, which was the the “sanctuary” and “the house," essential spirit of the gospel. To no where the idea of the commission of individual or church might the whole sin was altogether impossible; but truth be given,-each stood in need of where presumptuous or wilful sins had some which others had, - all were been committed, there was no sacrifice needed to complete the circle of Chris- appointed. He shewed that the sacri. tian truth; and the different sections fice of Christ, under the New Testament of the church had doubtless done good dispensation, did away with the necesservice in the conservation and work- sity of Jewish ceremonies and sacrifices, ing out each of the truth peculiar to “blotting out the handwriting of ordiitself.
nances which was against us ;" and The evening sermon, from Eph. iv. that, as levitical sacrifices could not 4-6, was the sequel to that of the atone for the commission of moral guilt, morning, illustrating the preacher's so neither could the sacrifice of Christ estimate of the present position of the be a vicarious offering for moral depraUnitarian church. It was contended vity. He dwelt on the true objects of that the first church was Unitarian in the death of Christ and its deep imits views touching God and Christ. Its portance,-its benign influence on men gradual corruption, through the influ- by attracting them through his cross, ence of oriental philosophy and other that all-conquering proof of love to causes, was traced through successive himself, to his purity. He pointed to steps, in an ascending scale, till popular it as the gift of a Father's grace-the Christianity culminated in Athanasian footstep to the Messiah's glorious retheology. Subsequently to the Re- surrection-the pledge that, because formation, this process had been re, “he lives, we shall live also." He versed, and the churches had followed advocated the superior efficacy of such a descending scale, whose lowest point scriptural views of acceptance with it was thought had been reached in the God, over those of vicarious sacrifice, form of Unitarian Christianity. And in awakening the sinner to the need of whilst it was urged on Unitarians that immediate repentance and holiness of they had not always done justice to life, and also in stimulating the Chrisor rightly appreciated other forms of tian to higher degrees of piety and virChristianity, an appeal was made to tue. He urged his hearers not to be orthodox hearers, whether the views disheartened by difficulties and discouwhich were set forth as those of Uni- ragements, but to give themselves and tarians, had not strong claims upon their first and noblest efforts to religion their sympathies.
and its sublimest truth; and, emulating The Rev. Edmund Kell occupied the the holy enthusiasm of the early Chrispulpit in the afternoon, and preached tians, to prove before the Christian an impressive discourse. His subject world that that great truth for which was the Saviour's Robe of Righteous. they had separated from other Chrisness wherewith man may hope for ac- tian churches, had indeed its throne ceptance, from Hebrews xii. 14: “And within their hearts. He entreated them holiness, without which no man shall to aspire to no lower standard than see the Lord." The preacher shewed that the Saviour held up before them, that happiness in this life is inseparably of ardent piety to God, and devotedness connected with holiness, and that we to the spiritual, the immortal interests cannot conceive of happiness in a future of man, state unless as the result of virtuous affections and habits, and that the voice of scripture confirms the voice of rea
MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENTS AND son. He shewed that the various sa
CHANGES DURING 1854. crifices under the Jewish dispensation Newbury-Rev. F. R. Young has sucwere intended, like the other ceremo- ceeded Rev. Robert Harris, removed nials of their religious services, to keep to Lynn.
Congleton-vacant by death of Rev. W. Norwich-Rev. D. Davis, removing Fillingham.
from Lancaster, has succeeded Rev. Macclesfield-Rev. J. C. Meeke, remov. J. H. Hutton.
ing from Royston, has succeeded Banbury-Rev. J. M'Dowell, removing Rev. John Wright.
from Crewkerne, has succeeded Rev. Cross Street, Cheshire-vacant by remo H. H. Piper.
val of Rev. G. V. Smith to London. Shrewsbury-Rev.J.R. M'Kee, removGee Cross, Hyde- Rev. James Brooksing from Pendlebury, has succeeded
deceased. Rev. Charles Beard, pre- Rev. R. Astley. viously assistant minister, elected Shepton Mallet-vacant. pastor.
Crewkerne - Rev. J. E. Fletcher, reChesterfield-Rev. A. T. Blythe has moving from Coseley, has succeeded
succeeded Rev. Thomas Hunter, who Rev. J. M'Dowell. has quitted the ministry.
Bury St. Edmunds - Rev. Joseph A. Crediton-vacant.
Newell has succeeded Rev. H. Knott. Devonport-Rev. F. W. Stevens, B.A. Framlingham-Rev. Thomas Cooper. Ereter-Rev.G.B. Brock has succeeded Ipswich-vacant by removal of Rev. H.
Rev. Thomas Hincks, removed to Knott to Plymouth.
Coseley-vacant by removal of Rev. J. Honiton--vacant.
E. Fletcher to Crewkerne. Plymouth-Rev. Henry Knott, remov. Godalming-Rev. Joseph Smith has
ing from Ipswich, has succeeded removed from Sidmouth. Rev. John Hill, returned to Chiches Battle-vacant by removal of Rev. E. ter.
Parry to Kidderminster. Sidmouth-Rev. Benjamin Mardon, re. Lewes-vacant by the removal of Rev. moving from Worship Street, Lon- W. Smith. don, has succeeded Rev. Jos. Smith, Corentry-vacant by removal of Rev. removed to Godalming.
John Gordon to Edinburgh. Cheltenham-Rev. John Gow has suc- Tamworth-Rev. W. Parkinson has ceeded Rev. John Dendy.
announced his intended resignation. Frenchay-Rev. D. Harwood has suc. Warminster---vacant by removal of Rev. ceeded Rev. D. D. Jeremy.
Thomas Cooper to Framlingham. Royston-vacant by removal of Rev. J. Dudley-Rev. Richard Shaen has anČ. Meeke to Macclesfield.
nounced his resignation at Lady-day. Blackley-vacant by resignation of Rev. Evesham-Rev. J. C. Lunn, removing William Harrison.
from Lynn, has succeeded Rev. T. Dob Lane-Rev. A. Lunn has succeeded Davis. Rev. James Taylor.
Kidderminster-Rev. E. Parry, removLancaster-Mr.Goodwyn Barmby elect- ing from Battle, has succeeded Rev.
ed minister jointly with Rev. W. M. Gibson, removed to Swansea. Herford.
Stourbridge-vacant by the resignation, Liverpool, Renshaw Street-Rev. J. H. through ill health, of Rev. Alfred
Thom resigned. Pulpit filled tem Worthington. porarily by Rev. W. H. Channing, Doncaster-Rev. W. Elliott removed of America.
from Selby. Manchester, Cross Street - Rev. J. Pan. Halifax-Rev. John Barling has suc
ton Ham has succeeded the late Rev. ceeded the late Rev. W. Turner, but J. G. Robberds.
wishes to have a co-pastor. Rivington-vacant by decease of Rev. Selby-Rev. Geo, Jones has succeeded C. H. Hubbard.
Rev. W. Elliott, removed to DonLeicester-Rev. Charles Coe elected co caster. pastor to Rev. Charles Berry.
Stannington-vacant by death of Rev. Hinckley-vacant.
Peter Wright. Boston-vacant by removal of Rev. A. Leeds-vacant by the resignation of Lunn to Dob Lane.
Rev. Charles Wicksteed. London, Worship Street-vacant by re Idle - Rev. A. M'Combe, removing moval of Rev. Benjamin Mardon to from Crediton, has succeeded Rev. Sidmouth.
E, Squire. London, Stamford Street-vacant. Swansea--Rev. Matthew Gibson, late Lynn- Rev. Robert Harris, removing of Kidderminster, has succeeded Rev.
from Newbury, has succeeded Rev. G. B. Brock, removed to Exeter. J. C. Lunn.
Kenilworth--Rev. D. D. Jeremy, of Geldeston-Rev. J. J. Bishop.
Warwick, has succeeded Rev. John Northampton-vacant.
Gordon, removed to Edinburgh,
The above list has been in great of Lychett Minster in consequence of measure compiled from Mr. Webb's the uncourteous behaviour of a clergyexcellent Unitarian Almanac. Corre- man at Lychett (the Rev. J. B. Rogers) spondents will oblige by an early trans- to Mr. Darby, on account of his having mission of any errors or deficiencies. taken an active and successful part in The list is painfully large, and the the resistance to a church-rate. We number of vacant pulpits shews the inake the following extract from its great importance of an increase of stu- closing remarks: dents in our educational establish “I belong, as you may be aware, to ments.
the denomination of Unitarian Christians-a body which has suffered more
abuse than any other sect of believers ; NEW UNITARIAN CHAPEL AT ORGAXFORD,
but I venture to assert that the greater Asmall chapel was opened, Nov. 19th, portion of that abuse has been founded at Organford, in Lychett Minster, a on misconception, and generated by village known to many as the spot where sheer prejudice. I once held an arguthe able and accomplished Rev. Francis ment with a clergyman of the EstablishWebb passed some years in the decline ment, who confessed himself altogether of life. The chapel having been dis- ignorant of the views and sentiments of used for some time by the body of re- Unitarians, and yet he was quite ready ligionists to whom it once belonged, to denounce them! Thousands are was put into repair and refitted by the eager to judge and condemn us without gentleman on whose estate it is situated. investigation ; but you, I trust, will not On the day of its opening, the chapel follow their example. was filled to overflowing, and it has “We believe in the Unity of God, since been well attended, the religious and we worship Him as the Universal services being conducted by Mr. Darby, Father and Benefactor of all his creaof Bere Farm, Lychett. On Sunday, tures. Dec. 3, the Rev. E. Kell visited this “We believe Jesus Christ to be the newly-formed band of worshipers, and Son of God and the Saviour of men, addressed them on the duty and holy and the Founder of that religion which pleasure of social worship, from Psalm is best calculated to remove sin and xxvi. 8: “Lord, I have loved the ha- misery from the world. bitation of thy house, and the place “ We conceive that conduct to be where thine honour dwelleth.” A pre. best in the sight of God which proceeds sent of Kippis's Hymn-books has been from a pure heart; and that man to be made to the congregation by Mrs. Dix the most acceptable to Hiin, whoever on, of Southampton, and other friends he be, or by whatsoever name called, have contributed books to the chapel who endeavours to reach after the true library, which promises to be of much Christian life by cultivating within him use in the neighbourhood. The circum. the purest and most devout affections, stances of the origin of this society hav- and by striving to exemplify in his ing been brought under the notice of the every day walk and conversation, the Committee of the Southern Unitarian same spirit that was in Christ Jesus.' Fund Society by the Rev. E. Kell, at “ These are the primary doctrines of the last quarterly meeting at Ports. Christian Unitarianism ; and I would mouth, the Rev. H. Hawkes in the beg to ask the Rev. J. B. Rogers, if chair, the following resolution was this be heresy, what is truth: I might moved by the Rev. J. C. Woods, and moreover have replied to him in the seconded by Mr. Megginson : " That words of no mean authority, even those this Committee beg to assure the Rev. of Paul the apostle, viz., . With me it Joseph Darby of their warm sympathy is a very small thing that I should be in his efforts to establish public worship judged of you or of man's judgment. at Lychett Minster, and their heartfelt * * . He that judgeth me is the wishes that, under the Divine blessing, Lord.'" his labours to promote the kingdom of Christ may be attended with success. They have also read his admirable Ad.
SECULARIST NOTICE OF UNITARIAN dress in explanation of his views, and
SERVICES. most heartily approve of it." - This Ad. In the “ Almanack of Freedom," just dress was published to the inhabitants published by Holyoake and Co., which
is understood to be the organ of the Se• See Monthly Repository, Vol. XI. cularist party, there is given a list of
Sunday services, “ whose conductors