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a student at the York College, which he his devout resiguation to the will of his entered in the month of Sept. 1816. He heavenly Father, and his unwavering completed the usual period of academical confidence in the promises of the gospel, education in this institution with distin were an expressive illustration of the guished credit to himself, and on leaving power and triumph of the Christian faith. it succeeded the late excellent Mr. Howe in the pastoral charge of the Unitarian
MRS RICHARDSON. congregatiou at Bridport, where he con On Sunday, April 29th, at the age of tinued to the close of life. He pos- 58, of apoplexy, Mrs. RICHARDSON, of sessed unusual qualifications for the Cirencester, a member of the Uuitarian office he had undertaken, and gave him- chapel in that place. Mrs. Richardson self to it with an ardour and singleness was endowed with superior intellectual of purpose which shewed that he was powers, and had taken considerable pains deeply impressed with its importance to store her mind with religious knowand responsibility. The vigour and ledge, which was her favourite pursuit. comprehensiveness of his mind, his ha- She was a Christian and an Unitarian bitual fervour of devotional feeling, and from principle, and upon rational grounds. his benevolent anxiety for the immortal }n private life she was distinguished by welfare of all who were connected with uncompromising integrity, by active be. him, imparted upcommon force and im verolence, and by an exemplary attenpressiveness to his pulpit services, the tion to family religion. Her death, effect of which was heightened by the though awfully sudden, was such as she simplicity and energy of his manver, and had desired, and for which she was prethe consistency and excellence of his pared. character. His pastoral labours were continued during the week, as long as
MR. ROBERT BLAKE. his health and strength permitted ; and On Sunday, May 6th, aged 73, of a in his attention to the sick and afflicted, paralytic seizure, Mr. Robert BLAKE, in his efforts to promote the mental and Unitarian Baptist preacher at Hull. lu moral improvement of the young, and in his youth, Mr. B. was an occasional the daily offices of life he proved himself preacher amongst the Calvinists, for a faithful servant of the Master whom three or four years; but, being convinced he served. His humility and teuderness that the popular doctrines were unscripof conscience made him a severe judge tural and derogatory to the character of of himself, while he was ever ready to God and of Christ, he became a couvert form the most indulgent estimate of the to Unitarianism. It may be truly said motives and conduct of others. A gen that it was his meat and his drink to tleness and amevity of manners were study the Bible, and to preach those united to firmness and decision in the doctrines which he discorered therein. execution of all plans of useful exertion, He was for some time connected with and his influence extended far beyond the Unitarian Fund, and (although he his congregation and immediate circle. was very lame, owing to a fall when a A declive of health was apparent soon boy, and obliged to use a crutch and a after his settlement at Bridport, and in stick) he was in the habit of visiting the autumn of 1825, he resigned his situ- many places at a distance from Hull, ation as pastor of the society. At their where he was the first who sowed the request, however, he continued among seed of Unitarianism. Notwithstanding them, but with an assistant in the duties he was poor, and, on account of his of the ministry, whose valuable services circumstauces, much despised, he had and affectionate attentious were conti- preached in Hull for above forty years, nued to the hour of his death. The to a small society of Baptists, without hopes of friendship were not realized, receiving any salary. and increasing debility made him daily more unable to encounter exertion, and
REV. JOHN HORSEY. gradually withdrew him from his labours. On the 12th of May, in the 74th year But in the season of weakness and decay of his age, the Rev. John Horsey, fiftythe silent eloquence of his example was two years pastor of the congregation at still influential,
Northampton, which was formerly uuder “They also serve who only stand and years one of the tutors of the Dissenting
the care of Dr. Doddridge, and for many wait;"
Academy maintained at that place by Aud his patient endurance of suffering, Mr. Coward's Trustees.
Corporation and Test Aots. for concluding that his new allies would
have been able at least to soften this The active measures adopted to re resolation on a question in which they vive public interest in favour of the re must be supposed to feel strougly; and it peal of these absurd and degrading laws has rather an ominous appearance that hare already produced very importaut one of the first acts of the new Minister, effects; and the question has assumed who has himself on principle refused to that degree of political cousequence which serve under any leader adverse to religious it deserves, especially at a period when liberty as applied to the Catholics, should it is desirable that all subjects connected hope for cordial support from Whig aswith the cause of liberty should be taken sociates, when not eren neutrality, nointo account, and have their weight in thing short of decided opposition, is the arrangements for the future admi- avowed as his priuciple of action against mistration of the country.
others who claim the benefit of similar In continuing the narrative of the pro- principles, without most of the practical reedings of the united Coinmittee, we difficulties attendaut on any plau of Cahave to state that they have met regu- tholic relief. larly every Monday, and their sub-com If this conduct proceed in hin, or is wittee appointed for the purpose of pre- acquicsced in by any other parties, from paring suitable publications have also a reliance on the passiveness and want met generally once in every week. Com- of energy of Dissenters, it becomes nemunications have been opened with all cessary that they should (whatever may parts of the country, and every where is be done as to pressing a motion this manifested the same anxiety to redeem Session, which is not very likely to be the character of Dissenters froin the re thought advisable) shew their feelings proach of apathy and indifference which somewhat strongly ou the subject, and had so long weighed heavily upon thein. impress upon all parties to the contemThe Committee was early joined by a plated arrangements the absolute neces. deputation from the Scotch United As- sity of an understanding on this head, sociate Synod in London. Our readers and the determination of the Dissenters will have seen the statement prepared not to suffer themselves to be passed by and affixed to all the principal periodical quietly. publications of the past month; and the What has lately occurred impresses Committee have since been engaged on a strongly on our minds the necessity of more extended tract on the same subject, having the two questions (or rather the and they also contemplate reprinting one question, for it is but one) regarding some valuable tracts which appeared on Catholics and Protestant Dissenters disformer occasions.
We fear In the midst of the Committee's pre- much that there are many who use the ļ parations, and after Lord John Russell's arguments drawn from liberal views of
botice of motion on the subject, occurred civil and religious liberty only as weathose changes in his Majesty'sGovernment pons for the support of concessions to which have escited so much attention. the Catholics, a matter which has no The singular position of public affairs other interest with them than as a poliwill, of course, render it necessary to tical enbarrassment in which their fears weigh well the extent to which any Par- and interests alone induce them to do liamentary proceedings shall be carried justice, and that, unless while these ar. this Session ; and on this point the Com- guments are iu their mouths we assomittee have requested a meeting with ciate them with our claims and identify their Parliamentary friends, whose ad- them in their application, we shall find vice will of course have due weight. it very difficult to arouse the attention
The Dissenters, however, cannot but of these politiciaus to our less obtrusive feel some uneasiness at seeing what may, interests, when the subject which now perhaps, be thought the unnecessary and engages their attention and makes them uncalled-for announcement by Mr. Can. think of these matters is settled. ning of his intention to oppose their Situated as the Government was wlien claims, at least on temporary grouuds. the question of the Repeal of the CorpoThe Dissenters had, perhaps, good reason ration and Test Acis was first resolved
to be mooted this Session, present suc- Cavendish, Lord Clifton, Mr. J. Wood, cess was the least probable part of the Mr. Easthope, Lord Nugent, Mr. Maberprospect; and the recent changes, if they ley, Mr. F. Palmer, Mr. Monk, Mr. Sykes, have not improved it, have probably not Mr. John Smith, Hon. R. Smith, Mr. A. made it worse. But there are, doubt- Dawson and several others. Letters or less now, many considerations of policy communications were also received from which may revder it expedient to watch Dr. Lushington, Alderman Wood, Aldera little longer the aspect of affairs, and man Waithman, Lord Folkstone, Mr. to see whether the accession to the Kennedy, Mr. Hobhouse, Mr. Pendartis, new administration of men whom the Sir R. Fergusson, Sir F. Burdett, and Dissenters have been accustomed to look Mr. Birch. up to as the friends of just and liberal We have not thought it decorous to principles, cun wholly fail of couuteract- report the proceedings of a meeting ing that spirit of bigotry and hostility which was properly of a confidential chawhich it is plain exists in quarters where racter, further than to observe, that it ought to be least expected. We con strong opinions were delivered both for fess that the beginning of the new cra and against proceeding in the present does not inspire us with much confidence Session; though certainly more numerin its influence in favour of our prospects: ously against than for such proceeding. and so far as the new leader is iudividu- The United Committee adjourned to ally concerned his conduct towards the Monday the 29th May, for further conDissenters appears to us to entitle him sideration of the subject, first, however, personally to vo sort of consideration as directing their Secretary to communicate to the degree in which our movements to congregations the resolution then (if conducive to our own interests) would passed,--that it was highly expedient produce any sort of embarrassment to and desirable in the opinion of all that him. The conduct of the Catholics as many petitions as possible should be seems to be no proper rule for us; they immediately sent up and presented. have an arowed friend at the head of the Goverument and an expulsion of Petition of the General Body of Mitheir enemies. They would, doubtless, nisters of London and the vicinity. be singularly unwise if they acted other. wise than in accordance with his wishes.
The humble Petition of the underWe have an avowed opponent, and ove
signed, being the General Body of who seems to find himself so strong
Protestant Dissenting Ministers
of the Three Denominations rein that opposition as pot to feel that his meditated junction with our advocates
siding in and about the Cities of will render it necessary to qualify his
Loudon and Westminster, inclinations or impose any restraint on Sheweth, the indulgence of them.
That your petitioners are sincerely Our own opinion is, that it becomes and devotedly attached to the civil conthe Dissenters to act temperately and stitution of these realms, and that they coolly, but with firmness and activity; are always eager to acknowledge, with that numerous petitions should be pre- gratitude to Divine Providence, the desented; that much will depend on the gree of religious liberty which they and events arising out of the present crisis; their fathers have enjoyed under the and that if they do not take care to keep wise and liberal Goverument of the king. their case steadily before the public view, dom established at the glorious Rero. and to force it upon the consideration of lution of 1688, and confirmed by the those with whom all these topics must, accession of the august House of Brunsif properly pressed, become the subjects wick, of discussion and arrangement, they will That in their private and public conbe very likely to find themselves in the duct, and especially in their character end overlooked and forgotten.
as ministers of the gospel, your peti.
tioners have erer maintained and incul. May 23, 1827.
cated the principles of order and loyalty, A conference took place between the and endeavoured to promote submission United Committee and many Members to the Laws, confidence in the Legislature, of Parliament, among whom we observed and respect for the Throne. Lord Holland, Lord King, Mr. Brougham, But that your petitioners have dever Lord Althorpe, Mr. Byng, Mr. Calcraft, ceased to feel aggrieved at the disqualifMr. Calvert, Lord Milton, Sir R. Wilson, cations under which the members of their Mr. Fitzgerald, Lord J. Russell, Mr. community labour by the operation of Phillipps, Lord Ebrington, Lord George the Corporation and Test Acts, which,
toder heavy penalties, require the par- has opposed no bar to the advancement taking of the Sacrament of the Lord's of upbelievers and scoffers, who regard Supper according to the rites of the it as a mere civil ceremony. Church of England, as an indispensable That, as ministers of the gospel of condition of holding any place of trust, Christ, your petitioners cannot but look emolument or honour under bis Ma- upon every religious test of civil and jesty's Government; with which condi- political merit as preguant with injury tion the greater part of the Protestant to the sacred cause of religion ; and that Dissenters are withheld from complying, they deem it their bounden duty humbly by their deep sense of religious duty. to state to your Lordships their deep
That it appears to your petitioners, conviction that the use of the holy and that the exclusion of so large a portion solemn ordinance of the Lord's Supper, of His Majesty's subjects as the Protes. as a qualification for civil and political tant Dissenters from rendering sach ser- office and trust, (a thing unheard of, as vices as may be in their power to their your petitioners believe, except in this king and country, is inconsistent with Protestant country,) is a degradation the first principles of civil policy, and is, and perversion of a rite of peculiar sancnoreover, productive of division amongst tity, instituted by our Saviour for high tuse whom Divine Providence has made and momentous spiritual purposes, and brethren.
enjoined upou all Christians to the end That your petitioners are not ignorant of the world, as a memorial of the love of the wise consideration shewn by the of their common Lord, and an instruLegislature in passing an annual Act of ment and pledge of peace and union and lodemuity for the benefit of such persons brotherly love. is may have incurred the peualties en That, in the candid judgment of your xcted by the Corporation and Test Acts; petitioners, the administration of the bat they beg humbly to represent to your Lord's Supper, as a passport to civil Lordships that the efficacy of this Act, and political office, must be no less a to protecting conscientious Protestant burthen and a scandal to the consciences Dissenters, is held by some of the learned of the ministers of the Church of Ene in the law to be very doubtful ; and fur. gland who are called upon to administer ther, that if the protection afforded by it the Sacrament for this end, than to those were complete and certain, they could of Protestant Dissenters who may be hot rest contented under the imputation, reluctantly compelled to this occasional which an Indemnity Act implies, of their conformity. being offenders against the law of the Your petitioners, therefore, humbly land, since the Toleration Act, which implore of your Lordships to take the was happily enlarged in his late Majesty's premises into consideration, in order to reigu, during the Regency of his present relieve their consciences from a grievous Majesty, virtually declares Nonconfor. burthen, and at the same time to rescue nity to be no longer a crime.
a most holy ordinance of the Saviour of That is the ouly construction which the world from abuse and profanation, pour petitioners can put upon the Sacra- and to remove a bar to the union and nental Test, it is designed as a solemn co-operation of all classes of his Majesmert declaration of entire communion ty's subjects by the repeal of the Corpowith the Church of England, and that, ration and Test Acts, in so far as relates therefore, the enforcement of it is a to the Sacramental Test. Share to the copsciences of Protestant And your petitioners, as in duty bound, Dissenters; and your petitioners are ut- shall ever pray, &c. terly unable to conceive in what manner all act of insincerity can promote the good of the community, or how an oc
Corporation of London. casional compulsory conformity can add A SPECIAL Court of Common Council to the security or dignity of the Church was held on Wednesday, the 9th of às by law established.
May, pursuant to a requisition to the That your petitioners have witnessed Lord Mayor, signed by about one hunwith grief and shame, that whilst con- dred members, for the purpose of conscientious Protestant' Dissenters have sidering the propriety of petitioning both been restrained in numberless iustances Houses of Parliament for the repeal of by the Sacramental Test from
taking the Corporation and Test Acts, and to offices to which they appeared to be en take such other measures as might be titled by their rank and talents, or to deemed expedient for the same purpose. which they were actually called by the Mr. Favell introduced the subject by voices of their fellow.citizens, this test observing, that he felt peculiar anxiety
npon the occasion; not because he had cussion of a subject like this, relating to any doubts as to the goodness of his the rights of conscience, from the incause or the spirit of that Court. The creasing knowledge and liberality of the cause he knew to be of paramount im- age, and the efforts everywhere making portance, and the Court had already to diffuse the light of true religion : he practically testified its dislike of the next took a rapid view of the history of Corporation and Test Acts by abstain the Acts, and pointed out in numerous ing from compelling its members to particulars their absurdity, impolicy and qualify in order to take their seats ; his injustice. After which, he adverted to anxiety was occasioned solely by his the necessity under which the Legislature apprehensions lest the great cause of re found itself, from the proved impossibiligious liberty should suffer in his hands. lity of enforcing them, of passing an
He begged to say this was not to Annual Bill of Indemnity to relieve those be considered as a narrow sectarian who had neglected to qualify from the question. It involved the interests of heavy penalties they had incurred. These two millions of Protestant Dissenters, Indemnity Bills were, after all, imperfect and it deeply concerned the whole Scot- in their operation, as they only allowed tish nation, as every Scotchman who further time to qualify, which supposed crossed the Tweed was exposed to that the parties could conscientiously conthe penalties of these statutes. They form, and therefore did not meet the case were also a serious grievance to every of Dissenters who had abstained from respectable clergyman of the Establish- principle. They were also objectionaed Church, who was compelled by them ble, as implying that such persons had to administer the sacrament to all per- been guilty of some criminal offence in sons who applied for it as a qualifica- acting upon their religious convictions. tion for office, whatever might be their He could not, besides, too strongly recharacter. They limited, besides, the probate the practice thus attempted to prerogative of the Crown by putting it be enforced of prostituting a sacred orout of the King's power to select for his dinance of the Christian religion to be a servants particular classes of his sub- passport to state offices. To shew that jects; and they were equally an in no danger was to be apprehended from fringement on the rights and privileges the measure now sought to be obtained, of the people.
he adverted to the case of Ireland, where It was far from his wish in bringing the law imposing the Sacramental Test forward the subject to create any em had been repealed more than forty years ; barrassment to the present administra- and yet the cause of Protestantism and of tion. He had been grieved at the de- the Church of England had subsequently claration of hostility said to have been been strengthened rather than weakened. made by the gentleman at the head of He wished his resolutions to be discussed the government, against the Dissenters on their own intrinsie merits, without rein their application for relief. He could ference to any particular parties in the state not but consider such a declaration to whom they might affect. The Court had, have been hasty and imprudent; and he in former times, acted on the same liberal confessed that he could not understand principle. In 1689 it had petitioned the the reasons by which it was attempted House of Commons to be freed from all to justify it. He did not believe that restraints in serving the public, by the repeal sought for would injure the having full liberty in the choice of its Catholics in their applications to Parlia- members, without reference to their remeut. On the contrary, he thought that ligious sentiments : and in the present the success of one measure must be of times it would, he was sure, be the last benefit to the other. As, however, he to maintain the necessity of these stahad been given to understand, by some tutes as bulwarks of the Constitution, members of the Legislature, that it was for it had ceased to enforce them in its deemed inexpedient to agitate the ques own case. He had ascertained, from tion in Parliament at this time, he official authorities, that out of 260 memshould, in deference to their opinion, bers composing that Court, not more hot press his original proposition of than 90 had taken the sacrament as a petitioning for the repeal of the Acts in qualification. Many of those who had question. He should content himself refrained were yet members of the with moving certain resolutions which Church of England. They could not might be placed on record as the de. then surely consistently refuse to supclared sentiments of that Court.- He port him in seeking the repeal of laws then said, that he considered the present which, by their conduct, they declared times peculiarly favourable for the dis to be at least unnecessary, and there