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and it was delightfal to witness the Dominvs Ioannes Russell spirit of friendly feeling and harmony Ioannes Vicecomes Dvdley et Ward that generally prevailed. The number Georgirs Baro de Arckland of Lay gentlemen present from the Shef Honorabilis lac. Abercrombie field congregation was a living testimony
Iacobys Macintosh Eqves to the truth of Dr. Philipps's remark, Alexander Baring Georgirs Birkbeck
That Unitarianism in Sheffield was a Henricvs Brovgham Thomas Campbell flourishing plant."
Isaac Lyon Goldsmid Olinthvs Gregory We, lament that our limits do not Georgivs Grote Iosephvs Home allow us to give the speeches more in Zac. Macavlay Iacobvs Mill detail,
Benjaminvs Shaw Ioannes Smith
Grlielmvs Tooke Heuricvs Warberton London University.
Heuricvs Waymovth loannes Wishaw
Thomas Wilson On Monday, April 30, at Three o'clock Gulielmys Wilkins, Architectvs. in the afternoon, the ceremony of laying the first stone of this great work took In the evening a dinner was given at place on the ground purchased by the the Freemasons' Tavern to the Members Council at the upper end of Gower of the Council and the friends of the loStreet. It was performed by the Duke stitution, who assembled to the number of Sussex with the usual Masonic ob- of nearly 500. The galleries were filled servances, in the presence of a very with ladies, who appeared to take great large and elegant assemblage of specta- interest in the scene, animated as it was tors. The Dukes of Norfolk and Lein- by music and singing, and frequent ster, Dr. Lushington, Mr. Brougham, bursts of enthusiastic applause during Mr. John Smith, and many other mem the toasts and speeches. The Duke of bers of the Council, assisted. Dr. Lush- Sussex presided. ington and his Royal Highness both Among the usual preliminary toasts, shortly addressed the company. Coins the healths of the King and the Lord of the preseut currency were deposited High Admiral excited more than the in the stone, which bore the following customary plaudits, recent political matLatin inscription, recording the date of
ters being evidently in the minds of the the commencement of the undertaking, company. its objects, and the names of the
In proposing the health of the Duke of Council :
Sussex, the Duke of Norfolk observed, Deo Opt. Max.
that, to the illustrious titles derived Sempiterno Orbis Architecto from his ancestors, his Royal Highness Farente
added the still mere illustrious titles of Qvod Felix Favstvm que sit Protector of every Charity, the enlightOctavvm Regui annvm inevnte ened Patron of the Arts, and the friend Georgio Qvarto Britanniarvm of Civil and Religious Liberty. The Rege
toast was received with immense cheerCelsissimvs Princeps Avgvstrs Fredericvs ing. Syssexiae Dvx
The Duke of Sussex returned thanks. Omnivm Bonarvm Artivm Patronys He was glad of every thing which reAntiqvissimi Ordinis Architectonici called to his recollection the principles
Praeses apvd Anglos Svmmvs which had placed his family upon the Primvm Londinensis Academiae Lapidem throne. He was greatly interested in Inter Civivm et Fratrvm
the establishmeut of the University, and Circvmstantivm Plavsys
would always give his best exertions to Many sva locavit
aid it. This Institution would in no Prid. Kal. Maii.
way interfere with Oxford and Cam. Opvs
bridge, and ought to be regarded as a Div mvltrın que desideratvm help to those universities in the common Vrbi Patriae commodissimvm business of education. Their discipline Tandem aliquando inchoatvm est and regulations prevented their adopting Anno Salvtis Hvmanae
the changes required by the progress of MDCCCXXVII.
improvement, and the expense of inApno Lvcis Nostrae
struction with them had greatly increasMMMMMDCCCXXVII.
ed within the last thirty years. Now Nomina Clarissimorvm Virorvm the object of the London University Qui svnt e Concilio
would be to embrace all improvements Henricvs Dvx Norfolciae
in the science, and greatly reduce the Henricvs Marchio de Lansdowu expense, of education. But he did not
suppose it possible that it could krijure prehended the lecture, and if he had the old establishments. His Royal High- made himself understood. A third hour ness concluded by proposing, “Prospe- was to be employed at least three days rity to the University of London," which each week, if not six, in discussions, io was drunk with three times three, amid which such pupils should have access as deafening shouts of applause.
chose to push their studies, and they Mr. BROUGHAM, in returning thanks, should attend the levees of the Profesadverted to the time (about two years sors, who would have the power of disazo) when the project was first brought pensing the highest titles and honours forward in the City of London, the cra which a sovereign could confer on a dle of civil and religious liberty in this subject-he meant the power of helping rogotry; of liberty which had been pur the pupils in their labours, and directing wired and watered by the precious blood the higher studies of those who felt disof its voblest citizens. On that day he posed to examine into the operations of had risen to perform a duty, under very nature. He thought it needful to say different circumstances from the present one word on another subject; he had -under the cold sneers of some, and been unjustly accused of having spoken the more opeu taunts and gibes of with disrespect, and of being inimical to others, accompanied by the faint hopes the two venerable Universities in which
many friends, and the ardent good learning and science had lovg been carewishes of others; while the project was fully preserved, and from which they heard with deep execrations by the ene had been not many years ago spread nies of human improvement, and of over the land, where truth and faith had light and liberty, which gave life and been treasured up—he meant Oxford and prosperity to this empire. But now Cambridge-whence, at no distant date, those clouds and mists were dispelled the lights of science and the grace of they had lived to see the walls of the letters had emanated. The Learned University rising amidst the plaudits of Gentleman vehemently repelled the surrounding thousands. The fabric they charge, and instanced the great men had erected would be an eternal pillar, who had been reared at the two Unihanding down their names to the grati- versities – the great Newton, the distade of posterity. He decried no man's tinguished Wodehouse, Babbage, Copoccupation-he contemned no man's vo- plestone, Wheatley, &c. To its older cation; but he could not help coutrast claims on our esteem, he said, Oxford hig that day's work with others of pass now added the claims of having of late ing interest, narrow and confined. They obtained a victory over itself: it had, in Rere not gratifying any vain or selfish a great degree, almost adopted the lights desires, but administering to the happi- and spirit of the age. des and liberties of mankind. The The Duke of Sussex, after a high great thing which then remained to be compliment to the Marquis of Lansdone was to take great care in choosing down as an University man, as well as the teachers. On this subject the Coun- for his political principles, gave" the eil had come to a fixed resolution, iu health of the Duke of Gloucester, and which the whole body had cordially con- prosperity to Cambridge,” and the curred-each of the twenty-four indivi
í health of Lord Greuville, and prosduals of which the Couucil consisted, perity to Oxford.” bad solemnly pledged himself never to The Marquis of LANSDOWN expressed allow such a phrase as a candidate for his great respect for the two venerable Totes to be mentioned in his presence. and illustrious Institutions alluded to, They had resolved to give the places to and at the same time his warm wishes the worthiest, aud to prefer the person, in favour of the new University, which though least recommended, to the per- he was convinced, so far from being a son best recommended, if his merits rival to the others, would contribute to Kere only so much superior as the dust the progress of science, and be a great in the balance. Instead of teaching four, means of promotipg morality and relier five, or six months ouly in the year, gion. it was their intention that the courses of Several other toasts followed ; among lectures should last nine months. In- them, “Prosperity to the City of Weststead of the Lecturer giving a single lec- minster," for which Mr. Hobhouse reture of an hour each day, it was pro- turned thanks, and in the course of his posed that each Professor should lecture address paid very high compliments to
an hour each day, and he should, during Mr. Brougham, without whom, he asked, ! another hour, examine the pupils suce where would the University of London
cessively, to ascertaiu if they had com- have been? The health of Mr. Brougham
was afterwards drunk, as “Chairman of LITERARY NOTICES. the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge ;' and that gentleman, in Mr. Elijah Galloway has announced a returning thanks, observed how com History of the Steam Engine, from its pletely their persevering efforts had earliest invention to the present time, silenced the poor jokers who had jeered illustrated by numerous Engravings from at their attempts, and even that small original Drawings. portion of the Pulpit which had opposed Ă work for young persons, under the the spread of knowledge. He eulogized title of Philosophy in Sport made Sci. the exertions of the illustrious Liberator ence in Earnest, will shortly be published of South America in the cause of educa- in three volumes 12mo. tion ; and, assuring the company that Mr. Dunlop is preparing a third votheir voice would be heard across the lume of his History of Roman LiteraAtlantic, proposed “the health of the ture. Liberator Bolivar, and success to the An anonymous work, which promises diffusion of knowledge in South Ame to be of some utility to young readers, rica."
has been announced by the title of Clas
sical Manual, or Mythological, Historical, NOTICES.
and Geographical Commentary on Pope's
Homer and Dryden's Æneid of Virgil. The Annual Meeting of the Southern It will contain a copious Index, renUnitarian Society will be held at Chi- dering it available as a Dictionary or chester, on Thursday the 5th of July. Book of general Reference on various The Rev. J. G. Robberds, of Manches- subjects. ter, is expected to preach on the occa
Mr. W. T. Lowndes proposes to pubsion.
lish by subscription a Bibliographical work, which he calls the Book-Collector's
Manual, or a Guide to the Knowledge of The Annual Meeting of the Eastern Rare, Curious and Useful Books, either Unitarian Society will be held at Hales- Printed in or relating to Great Britain worth, in Suffolk, on Wednesday the and Ireland, from the invention of Print4th and Thursday the 5th of July. The ing to the present time, with BibliograRev. Michael Maurice is expected to phical and Critical Notices. preach on the occasion.
Dr. Samuel Walter Burgess is printing By the kind consent of the friends of select pieces in prose and verse, under Yarmouth, the meeting is this year the title of Sacred Hours. transferred from that place, in conse Mr. J.C. Beltrami will shortly publish quence of the late opening of a chapel a Pilgrimage from Italy to North Amefor. Unitarian worship at Halesworth; rica, including a Narrative of his Dis. a circumstance which will, no doubt, add covery of the Sources of the Mississippi, considerably to the usual interest of the in two volumes octavo. meeting.
The Rev. Henry Chissold is preparing for publication an Account of the
Death of Men who have been eminent The Annual Meeting of the Kent and for their attainments in Theology and Sussex Unitarian Association will be General Literature. held at Canterbury, on Wednesday the Among the recent literary announce4th of July, when the Rev. Robert As ments is mentioned a Theological Ency. pland is expected to preach.
clopædia, embracing, it is said, every A religious service, on occasion of the topic connected with Biblical Criticism settlement of the Rev. B. Mardon, as aud Theology Unitarian Minister at Maidstone, will be Mr. Godwin is printing the third ro. held there on the 6th July, when the lume of his History of the Common. Rev. L. Holden, of Tenterden, and the wealth of England. Rev. Robert Aspland, of Hackney, are We understand that the Manuscript expected to be engaged.
Herbal of Jean Jacques Rousseau, the
French Philosopher, in eight volumes We regret to learn that Dr. Carpenter,
quarto, which contains 800 sorts of on account of continued indisposition, hand-writing of that eminent Botanist,
Plants with their descriptions, in the has resigned his office as one of the is now for sale in London, and may be ministers of Lewin's Mcad, Bristol.
seen at Mr. Rolandi's Foreign Library, 20, Berner's Street, Oxford Street,
THE MONTHLY REPOSITORY
NEW SERIES, No. VII.
To the Editor,
A VALUABLE correspondent, in a former number, enriched your pages with some most interesting observations on points arising out of the recent discoveries in Egyptian Hieroglyphics. His remarks assume an acquaintance on the part of your readers with the general nature of those discoveries, and he also refers to the sources of information on the subject; but perhaps you will not think a small space ill employed by an attempt to transfer to your pages a short summary of the history and progress of the late inquiries, in which of course you will understand me as aiming only at a very humble office, compared with that of your former correspondent.
The Monuments of Egyptian art seein built for eternity; but, till lately, they spoke to us only in the permanence and magnitude of their outward forms. The obscurity and ignorance in which the remains of ancient literature engraved upon them all, have been for ages involved, appeared doomed never to be removed. But even this part of the labour of the artist is likely at last not to have been in vain. The revelation of his object, in an age which perpetuates its discoveries even on more durable materials than the rock, will give it a new immortality, now that the book which he left before the eye of the curious is doomed, after the revolution, not of centuties, but of milleniums, to be read and understood, as asserting and vindicating the title of the Egyptians to be considered the patrons and cultivators of the arts when the rest of the world was plunged in hopeless barbarism.
That the monuments of the ancient dynasties of the kings of Egypt, of her Pharaohs, or even her Ptolemies, should now be in a state of preservation, enabling the antiquarian to trace the characters of their inscriptions, is sufficiently wonderful; but no one expected, after the fruitless research of $0 many ages, to see the day when they would be deciphered and understood, and when the spectator would readily develope the records of time extending beyond the conception of the most sanguine observer.
It is perhaps wrong to despair of receiving new sources of information on any topics of historical inquiry. Within a short time the ancient history of Eusebius has been restored, to enlighten us on many points of antiquarian controversy; and now a few ingenious inquirers have hit, as it were by
Mr. Rowe's Letter of the 10th of May has been received ; but the Condutors, wishing to put an end to the personalities which it must tend unnecessarily to continue, decline the insertion of it. They avail themselves of this opportunity to remark, on their own behalf, that they were induced to admit Mr. Rowe's former communication by an anxiety to evince at the outset of their undertaking that their pages were open to the adversaries of Unitarianism as well as to its friends. They confess, however, that they admitted it with reluctance, because they thought that a writer of Mr. Belsham's profound and varied erudition, great talents, venerable age, and high and exemplary moral worth, might have commanded from his theological opponent more of the urbanity of the gentleman and the scholar, and more of the suavity and gentleness of the Christian. The appending of the author's name, on which Mr. Rowe lays much stress, is, in their judgment, of little importance, unless it have the effect of restraining the spirit and the language of religious controversy within their legitimate boundaries. They will, with pleasure, insert the paper on Dr. Marsh's note on Michaelis, if they are permitted to omit a few of the introductory sentences, and an offensive personality, which have no necessary connexion with the writer's argument.
There is nothing in D.'s communication that can induce the Conductors to depart from their declared determination not to continue controversies begun in the former series. He will see that, by a very slight exertion of literary skill, his object may be fully attained without putting his observations in a controversial form; and they think his paper would be improved by being remodelled.
The communication from Penzance will appear in an early Number. The proposed additions to it will be very acceptable.
A Correspondent, in reference to a remark in a Review article, page 362, states, that Dr. Mead, before his death, no longer deprecated the publication of the translation of his work, but “ approved and respected” that made by Dr. Slack, as appears from the title and page xviii of the publication in 1755.
Philalethes is respectfully informed that the Conductors have demurred to insert his papers from an apprehension that the subject would not interest a sufficient number of the readers of the Monthly Repository to justify their allotting to them the necessary space.
Mr. Harrison, who writes from "No. 3, Penton Place, Walworth,” wishes to learn the fate of a scheme which, he says, was in contemplation “twelve or eighteen months ago," for building an Unitarian Chapel in Walworth. The Conductors are not aware that any such plan was ever publicly announced. It is understood, that on the expiration of the leaze of St. Thomas's Chapel, and the refusal of the proprietors to relet it, the Trustees of the Westminster Chapel were prevailed upon to apply their funds to the erection of one in Stamford Street, Blackfriars' Road, for the accommodation of the Unitarians residing in the districts which Mr. Harrison enumerates.
Some Notices and Advertisements arrived too late to appear in the last Number. Such documents ought to be in the Printer's hands a week before the day of publication.
Since the preceding sheet was printed, the United Committee on the Corporation and Test Acts met, and resolved by a majority not to press a motion for the Repeal of the Sacramental Test in the present Sessions.
313, note, line 2, for Vol II., read “ V. 2."