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scoffers, and injured the minds of the part of pious parents, whether many of a very different character.
Churchmen or Dissenters, to permit The following are the principal to their children to learn “ the catechism” pics which the author discusses, and of the national Church, as in the forwhich are highly worthy the perusal of mer case, we doubt not, in numthose who wish to have their minds berless instances, it has led young set at rest on the subject; or to see people to imagine that until their conthe arguments which may have oc firmation, they are free from moral curred to their own thoughts, embo accountability, that resting, as they died in a lucid form;—these pretensions suppose, on the shoulders of their to the gift of tongues come without sponsors. While in the latter it not credentials—they come in opposition only involves a gross inconsistency, to the voice of scripture, sustained by but a positive untruth ; for how can a acknowledged fact-they come with- child that has received baptism at the out a text to show that the loss of the hand of a Dissenting Minister answer divine favour, of which they are as the second question in the terms presumed to intimate the return, ever scribed. These and many other occasioned their withdrawment—they points are ably exhibited in the clever come, assuming that the Gospel has tract before us, which we earnestly never been believed since the days of recommend to the notice of all serious miracles, and that there is no faith now parents who, for the sake, perhaps, of upon the earth – they come in a charac some literary advantages, are trifling ter not recognized by scripture; they with the consciences of their children are unknown tongues — they come in such momentous matters. without serving, and without adaptation to serve, the end for which the
The Aged Christian, ripe for Glory. A scripture states the gift of tongues was
Sermon preached in the Independent communicated, namely, to be a sign Meeting House, Stoke Newington, on to unbelievers; they come with an ap Lord's day, April 29, 1832, occasioned by parent libel upon the New Testament, the Death of Mr. John Scott. By John accusing it of deficiency, involving an Jefferson, 8vo. pp. 36. 18, 6d. impeachment of the providence of This is a valuable and appropriate God, and an extenuation of the sin of memorial of an aged Christian gentleunbelief for the last 1700 years, they man, long known and honoured by a come with concomitants alien from the
large circle of the followers of Christ plain, simple, and quiet spirit of the
of different communions. Gospel — they come in connexion with
We have often had occasion to tender care—they come unassociated with the gifts of healing, and of work. regret, in consulting the funeral dising miracles. The appendix contains
courses preached for the eminent lay
members of our churches of former some interesting facts respecting the
years, that scarcely a fragment of similar delusions of the Camisards ju the 17th century, of the French pro- in them.
biographical information is preserved
Mr. Jefferson has, howphets in England, in 1708, and of some
ever, done justice to his venerated friend pretenders in America. We recom
and the public in this particular, and we mend this pamphlet as calculated to
cordially recommend this Discourse to subserve the cause of truth; and we
our readers. cannot but congratulate our churches on their happy freedom from the delusions it so well exposes.
Sermons intended for the Use of Families,
or to be read in Villages, (Second Se. ries.) By W. Gurthwaite. 8vo. pp.
360 Holdsworth and Co. Objections to the Church of England Catechism as a School Book; or, Manual of Mr. Garthwaite's former volume, we
To those of our readers who know Elementary Christian Instruction, para ticularly in the existing circumstances of are sure the present will be most acthe Church; by a Presbyter of the ceptable, and we recommend the seChurch of Christ in England, 12mo. 68 cond series as well adapted for the pages. Higham.
exercises contemplated by their esIr is no small evil, we conceive, on teemed Author.
TRANSACTIONS OF THE CONGREGATIONAL DISSENTERS.
John Adey, Ramsgate
A. Jones, Harting.
Rev. George Legg, Bristol.
Thomas Luke, Taunton.
John Day, Hammersmith.
· Benj. Moore.
Stephen Unwin, Esq. Coggeshall. ing. They have also from time to time W. C. Wright, Esq. London.
reminded the official persons connected Mr. Benj. Wills, Ditto.
with Associations of the importance of James Wyld, Ditto.
communicating with their respective VISITORS.
brethren and churches, and of transmitRev. A. Nettleton, New England. ting the result to be laid before this ad
Austen Dickson, New York. journed meeting. They have, moreover,
caused some addresses on the subject Saml. Hendren, Armagh.
to be inserted in the periodicals conNoble Shepperd, Newry.
nected with the denomination. R. M. Beverley, Esq. Beverley.
The Committee have now to lay beRev. W. Blood, Ireland. Theodore Fliedner, Prussia.
fore this meeting the letters which they
have received from various quarters in The Rev. Mr. Luke, of Taunton, reply to their communications. commenced the business of the meet
[From these communications it aping with prayer; after which the Secre- peared that of the 34 counties in Engtaries were called upon to read the land, in which there are Associations Report of the Provisional Committee. (six counties having none), 26 were
Report.—In compliance with the in- most favourably disposed to the object; structions of the General Meeting in four bad declined for the present, and May, 1831, as expressed in third of from the remaining four, no answers their final resolutions—the Committee
bad been received. drew up a report of the proceedings of
The following interesting and importhe General Meeting, together with a
tant communication from the Rev. Dr. circular letter addressed to the officers Snell, Secretary of the General Associ. of the various Unions and Associations ation of Massachusetts, addressed to the throughout England, requesting them to Secretaries, formed part of the Report.] make known officially the proceedings of
“North Brookfield, Feb. 10, 1832. the meeting in their several connections,
“ Gentlemen. - Your very acceptand also to transmit to the Provisional able communication, containing an Committee any observations and sug- account of the doings of a meeting for gestions on the proposed plan, together the purpose of forming a Congregawith statistical or other intelligence tional Union in England and Wales, which might be thought interesting, was received on the 25th ult. and with a view of laying the whole before will be laid before the General Assothis Adjourned General Meeting. ciation of Massachusetts, at their next These circulars were addressed official- meeting. It is highly gratifying to ly to the following parties, in addition me, on this side the Atlantic, to know to those before mentioned, viz. that respectable bodies of Christians,
1. The editor of the Congregational in distant countries, entertain the Magazine.
same views with ourselves respecting 2. The editor of the Evangelical the privileges and independence of the Magazine.
churches. And it is a circumstance 3. The Board of Congregational Mic that affords additional pleasure to be nisters of London and its vicinity. assured, that they are associating in a
4. The Secretary of the Congrega- manner which will combine and intional Union of Scotland.
crease their influence, and furnish 5. The Secretary of the Congrega- facilities and new opportunities to tional Union for Ireland.
encourage each other's hearts, and 6. The officers of the Congregational to strengthen each other's bands in Unions and Associations in New Eng- every good work. land.
“I have carefully examined your plan 7. The Missionaries connected with of union, and the objectsit contemplates. our body at Calcutta, Madras, South The objects are important and desireAfrica, and the Windward and Lee- able, and I discover nothing but what ward Islands in the South Seas. I approve, provided that, upon expe
In addition to the foregoing, the riment, you should find no inconveCommittee distributed generally 500 nience. Provision is made that “ each copies of the Report of the last meet- Association may appoint such a num
ber of representatives as it may deem other. From these narratives a connecessary.” This may possibly be an densed report is drawn up and sent evil, and you may find it necessary in forth with our printed minutes to the some way to limit the representation churches, which is followed with beof County and District Associations. neficial effects. It presents the inThough you do not in any case crease of piety in one section and the sume legislative authority, or become decline of it in another, and leads to a court of appeal,” still many impor an investigation of the probable causes tant subjects may come up for discus- of each, and the adoption of measures sion, and important questions for deci to remedy evils where they exist. sion, on which there may be a diver. The cause of truth and evangelical sity of opinion, and which may affect religion has been rising ever since the interests of the whole denomina we have combined our influence and tion.
counsels by general association. Be“ The plan we have adopted is this, fore, we operated as so many indivithat each Association shall be repre- dual corps-since, as a united and sented in the general and annual meet marshalled host, against error, uning by two delegates. Two others godliness, and vice. All this, and still are appointed as their substitutes, who more, we anticipate from your conare to attend on the failure of the pri- templated union, and hope soon to maries, so that we can generally cal- hear of the most pleasing and animatculate upon a full representation. ing results of the measures you are This prevents the body from becom- adopting, especially the abundant ining too unwieldy for the dispatch of crease of evangelical religion, and the business, and also a disproportionate enlargement of the civil rights of Prorepresentation when our meetings are testant Dissenters. holden in the midst of a dense popu Perhaps, in the sequel, I may state lation. These remarks I should facts with which you are already well not have made, but in compliance acquainted; still I will not forbear. with your request; and such may be The state of Massachusetts spreads the difference between your circum over a territory about 150 miles by stances and ours, that they may be 60 as its mean width. This territory wholly unnecessary.
is divided into 14 counties and 300 “I am persuaded that the general towns. The whole of these towns union you contemplate, will contri embrace about 750 religious societies, bute largely to your strength, peace, many of which are exceedingly small and enjoyment. Such has been the some but just exist in name, without case with the union of the Evangelical much religious instruction. Congregational Ministers in Massa “Of these 750 societies of all denomichusetts. It has increased our ac nations, 406 are Congregational; leavquaintance with each other and our ing of all other denominations 344; 185 brotherly love, harmonized our views Baptists—60 Methodists – 36 Univerand measures, given us a more cor salists—31 Episcopalians-17 Friends rect knowledge of the state of the -8 Presbyterians —4 Roman Cathochurches ; while it has contributed in lics-2 Shakers –21 Swedenborgians. no inconsiderable degree to the re The 406 Congregational Societies are vival of true religion in various parts again divided into two sects, Orthodox of the State, and increased and invigo- and Unitarian-350 Orthodox, and rated our
measure of reform and the rest 56 Unitarian. Of the 350 plans of general benevolence. One Orthodox churches and pastors, 276 considerable portion of time during are represented by delegates in our each meeting is occupied in giving an general Association-about 60 of the account of the state of religion within remainder are feeble churches, most our limits,-its declensions and re of them without pastors and teachers. vivals--the trials and prospects of the A few settled ministers, for various churches. We find that this is hap- reasons, have not associated with their pily calculated to excite the sympa- brethren. The churches whose pasthies of the ministers and churches for tors are associated in the general meeteach other on the one hand, and to en- ing contain about 40,000 members ;courage and animate them on the 5 or 6,000 of these are the fruits of
the very extensive revival of religion come forward with one accord to avow during the past year. Most of the them to the world ; and to exhibit, acUnitarian churches and societies in cording to the phrase of our American America are in this State-i. e. Mas friend, “ a united and marshalled host sachusetts. Harvard College, at against error, ungodliness, and vice.” Cambridge, the earliest public literary 1. Moved by the Rev. J. A. James; institution in our country, and the seconded by the Rev. John Burnet, only one till 1700, is the support, life, and resolved unanimously, and bulwark of Unitarianism in this “That the Report of the Provisional country. It is wholly under Unita- Committee, now read, be approved.” rian influence, instruction, and ma 11. Moved by J. B. Brown, Esq. nagement-completely sectarian in its LL.D.; seconded by John Brown, character. Its popularity, however, Esq. and resolved unanimously, is evidently on the wane, judging from " That in conformity with the folthe decreasing number of young men lowing resolutions of the General who repair to it for an education. Meeting held in this Library, in May, Most of these are from Boston and 1831, for the purpose of considering the vicinity--from Unitarian fami- the propriety of forming a General lies. A great majority of Unitarian Union of Congregational Churches churches and ministers are to be found and Ministers throughout England at no great remove from the college. and Wales,-THE UNION But notwithstanding all the obstacles FORMED." lying in the way, the cause of evange I. That it is highly desirable and lical truth and piety has made great important to establish a Union of Conadvances in Boston and the vicinity of gregational Churches and Ministers the college in the course of ten or throughout England and Wales, fifteen years past, and is still in a state founded on a full recognition of their of successful progress.
While Har own distinctive principles, namely, the vard University, once the hope of the scriptural right of every separate American churches, has received none church to maintain perfect indepenof the refreshing dews of grace, wbich dence in the government and admihave watered the various portions of nistration of its own particular affairs ; the vineyard, still the other colleges and therefore, that the Union shall not of the State, Amherst, and William, in any case assume legislative authorihave been the subject of rich spiritual ty, or become a court of appeal. blessings, and are furnishing many (The constitution and objects of the valuable ministers for our own churches Union, and the machinery by which it and missionaries of the cross, to our was proposed to work it, were then new settlements and heathen nations. stated from the document issued last
“And now, dear brethren, pray for year.] our peace and prosperity, and may II. That such Union consist of Counthe God of peace be with you and ty and District Associations, together give you enlargement, with all joy with any Ministers and Churches of and peace in believing.
the Congregational order recognized “I am, dear Sirs, your friend and by an Association. fellow servant, in the gospel of Christ, III. That the following be the ob
THOMAS Snell. jects contemplated in its formation : The Rev. Messrs. Arthur Tidman, 1. To promote evangelical religion
Joseph Turnbull, and Joshua Wil- in connexion with the Congregational son, Esq.”
Denomination. In conclusion, the Provisional Com 2. To cultivate brotherly affection mittee beg to state, that the more the and sincere co-operation in every subject has been considered by them in thing relating to the interests of the its relation to the interests of the Congre Associated Churches. gational body, and, through our deno 3. To establish fraternal corresponmination, in its bearing on the cause of dence with Congregational churches, truth in the world, the deeper is their and other bodies of Christians throughimpression that the time is fully come out the world. when all who profess Congregational 4. To address an annual or occaprinciples, and feel their worth, should sional letter to the associated churches,