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and that no Cause or just Impedi.. for the last century and a half. The ment has been declared why such Parties zealous pleaders for the purgation of the should not be married according to Law. Synod of its corrupt and corrupting Arian Dated this

Day of

One members, must no longer complain of thousaud eight hundred

the persecuting spirit of the Church of I. K. Rome, nor accuse it of arrogance and

bigotry in confining salvation to those NOTICES.

who are within its own pale. It is curi

ous to observe, in some of the speeches Tue next Half-yearly Meeting of the

on this occasion, the pious concern for Somerset and Dorset Unitarian Associa- orthodoxy, mixed up with a prudent tion will be held at Dorchester, on Wed- anxiety about the opinion and the feelnesday, Sept. 5. The Rev. S. W. Brown, ings of the Government! What proporof Bridgewater, has consented to preach

tion of the zeal so ostentatiously dison the occasion, and it is expected that played was occasioned by. “ the Royal there will be an evening service.

Bounty”? After the termination of the Ilominster, Aug. 10, 1827.

discussion here reported, an animated

debate followed, on the question of adoptThe next Session of Manchester Col- ing a test in the Synod, as to the belief lege, York, will begin on Friday, Sept. of the members in the doctrine of the 21, by the eveuing of which day all the Trinity. Want of room obliges us to Students are required to be present. postpone an account of it to a future

number.] The Subscribers and Friends to the British and Foreign Unitarian Association The Annual Meeting of the Synod of are informed, that the Second Annual Ulster, for 1827, was held at Strabane, Report is just published, and will be (County Tyrone,) on Tuesday, June 26th, forwarded for general distribution. It and following days. may also be had at the Office of the The Rev. Dr. Wright, of Anvahilt, Association, 3, Walbrook Buildings; or Moderator for the preceding twelve of Mr. R. Hunter, 72, St. Paul's Church- nonths, preached from Col. iii. 14 : yard; of Mr. D. Eaton, 187, High Hol Above all things put on charity;" and born; and of Messrs. Teulon and Fox, constituted the Synod by prayer. 67, Whitechapel, London.

The Rev. James SEATON REID, of Car

rickfergus, was chosen Moderator for the IRELAND.

ensuing year, and expressed his intention Synod of Ulster.

of enforcing the standing orders of the

Synod. [We shall here present our readers When Mr. Orr, who was assisting the with a pretty full report of the proceed- clerk, proposed to read the usual entry, ings of the reverend body named above, “ That Mr. Porter be continued clerk,' which may, we think, be ranked among Mr. MAGILL, of Antrim, advanced into the most extraordinary that have taken the body of the Meeting-house, and plaplace in any association of ecclesiastics cing himself in the aisle, in front of the

Moderator, proceeded to address the • SCHEDULE (C.)

assembly on a motion he was about to A. B. of in the County of

make. He held in his hand a copy of in the County of

The Fourth Report of the CommissionBanos,

ers of Irish Education Inquiry; and, in with con. Licence,

the first place, inquired from Mr. Porter,

whether the report of his evidenee before this ,

Day of the Commissioners of Inquiry, was corin the Year One thousand eight rect? hundred

according to the Sta Mr. Porter replied, “ The evidence is tute Eighth George Fourth,

correctly given, so far as my recollectiou Before me, L. M. Justice of the will bear me out." for

Mr. Magill was about to read the parMayor,

ticular parts of Mr. Porter's evidence, on Alderman,

which his motion was to be founded, or, Magistrate,

when, This Marriage was had betweep us,

Mr. Porter said, that he hoped the A. B. entire minutes of his examination would

C. D. be read, and no garbled statement made In the Presence of us,

to the Synod. E. F.

Mr. MaGiLL then read the whole of G. H.

Mr. Porter's examination, which may be

and C. D. of

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found at page 136 of the Fourth Re- highly disapproves of Arianism, yet that port. He complimented Mr. Porter for Mr. Porter, having always discharged his his readiness in giving his evidence ; and duties as clerk with ability and fidelity, expressed his anxiety that the mind of be continued in his office." man should be left “ free as the wind ;" Mr. HENRY MONTGOMERY rose, and but regretted that this body should have avowed himself an Arian, and expressed been wounded through the effects of Mr. his willingness that auy one should take Porter's evidence. He said he was the up his arowal, aud deal with him as sincere friend of the Belfast institution; might be deemed right. Until some one and regretted that it had been wounded had procured a patent of infallibility, he through the Arianism of the Synod; and had as good a right to maintain his opinot by Arianism in itself. " It would pious, as others had to state theirs. appear,” said he,“ that we have Arians Whilst some ministers of that body thought in this body, more real thav professed it right to join the clergy of the Esta

In the name of Christ, let us see blished Church, and were assisting them who are these masked characters, who in their labours of conversion; and whilst hide themselves in the waters of infide- ministers of both sects were constantly lity. (Hear, hear.) It had been said, urging on their Roman Catholic brethren • they were few in vumber;' the thinks the right of free inquiry-surely it would ing few.' He trusted they would be few be only common honesty to grant him indeed — like some poisonous plauts, what they were offering to others. The which, though placed at the distance of a measures, now proposed, were calculated thousand miles from each other, yet to lead to absolute Popery in the Presby. withered and destroyed all around them.” terian Church. He spoke with the highMr. Magill then inquired for the Arian est respect of his Roman Catholic bre. creed : and compared a High Arian and thren,-no one could mistake his meana Low Arian to a high-way and a low- ing, but it was the principle he referred way robber--for they robbed the Son of to. He then read from the Synod's code the Eternal God of his crown of glory. an extract :-“ it is the right and duty He contrasted the minutes of the Synod of every man to read and examine the of 1824, with the assertion that Arian Scriptures,” and contended, that even priuciples had been progressive since the Jews were invited by Christ and his 1726; and proceeded to inquire by what apostles to read and examine the Scripspiritual freemasonry these Arians knew tures. We had but one Lord and Mas. each other? For, it appeared, their clerk ter, even Jesus Christ; and should the was their grand master. (Hear.) After Synod of Ulster usurp his place, and destating, that unless he were to raise up prive them of what Christ freely gave to his voice in the cause of the holy gospel the unbelievers of his day? If ever the of the Lord Jesus, he could not enjoy the instructions or example of Christ were to repose of his pillow; and that this being be regarded, he could see no grounds the first time an Ariau had avowed him for the Synod adopting the motion. He self to be such iu that assembly, they spoke of Mr. Porter's talents, honesty, should view it like the fabled Salamander, purity of heart, and uprightness of life; and crush it. He made some allusion to and asked, what crime he bad been the people of India, Africa, and the South guilty of ? “ We are not,” said Mr. Seas, fixing their eyes on the Synod of Montgomery, “ charging him with any Ulster, and proceeded to move, that “Mr. derelictiou of duty as our Clerk, but we Porter, having avowed himself an Arian are about to punish him for having, when before the Commissioners of Irish Edu on his oath before a parliamentary comcation Inquiry, be no longer continued mission, honestly confessed what he beclerk to the body.”

lieved to be the truth. We are about to The motion was seconded without injure a man for his honesty! Oh, facomment, by the Rev. Mr. Simpson, of thers and brethren, is this the conduct of Dublin.

the followers of Christ? Pause before Mr. R. Dill, Sen., supported the mo you so commit yourselves, as preachers tion in a speech of considerable length. of Christian mercy and peace among

Dr. Wright, of Anuahilt, expressed men.” He felt no personal anxiety about his sorrow that the motion had been the issue of the question; it was for the made; protestod against Arian principles; character of the Synod he was alarmed. eulogised Mr. Porter's fidelity as a clerk He referred to secret measures which bad to that body; expressed his regret that been adopted against Mr. Porter; conMr. Porter had been compelled to give denned the vulgar and low humour exevidence; advocated the propriety and hibited on this occasion, and asked, honesty of his telling the truth, when he would any member of this body use bis was on his oath, and concluded by mov common servant in this way?-would he ing, “That although this Synod as a body turn him out of doors without an hour's

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notice ? Surely the Synod would not count of politics, yet he felt satisfied, the use a brother minister worse than they whole of the present proceedings · had would a common servant. The manner their origin in personal hostility. Mr. of the thing proved the malignity of the Magill and Mr. Simpson were mere tools spirit in which it was engendered.—No in the hauds of designing men. Mr. potice had been given to Mr. P. of the Porter felt assured that his political feelintended motion.

ings had their share in producing the Mr. Magill observed, that he had re present procedure; and that his advocacy ceived the Commissioner's report so very of Roman Catholic Emancipation had shortly before the meeting of Synod, that been partly instrumental in producing he had not time to write. [Mr. Mont- the present motion; and entered his progomery then put some questions to Mr. test against the unjust and ungenerous Magill, regarding his having consulted principle, that he was to be held acwith Lord Ferrard on this subject; and countable, as their clerk, for any thing it appeared that Mr. Magill had obtained not illegal or dishonourable, which he of him a copy of Mr. Porter's evidence might conceive himself called on to say on the second Tuesday of May.] Mr. or do, as a free-born Irishman. He deMontgomery then went on to observe, clared himself favourable to Catholic that it would be well if the clergymen Emancipation : and protested against beand members of the Established Church ing made a victim to party for having would purify themselves, before they cast merely avowed himself friendly to a meaa stigma on them. He lamented the aspect sure which had on three several occaof affairs in that Synod, and asked why sions received the stamp of the Synod's Mr. Porter should be puvished for doing approbation. The present procedure what Mr. Cooke had done ?-[He then against himn could hardly originate in read an extract from Mr. Cooke's evie that; and as to the prejudice which might dence, in 1825, in which he had said, exist against him on account of his reli

very few of the Arian members of gious sentiments, he had Mr. Cooke's the Synod' were willing to avow it."] authority for stating that he held those " You accuse Mr. Porter of bringing a sentiments with between thirty and forty charge of hypocrisy against you, and yet members of the body.—Differences of Mr. Cooke had done the same thing opinion had long existed; and he would twelve months before without remark. not insult the body by supposing, that so In the pame of consistency, what do you long as it retained Arians in communion, mean? It is now a century and a year it would exclude them from offices of since you drove out one portion of your ecclesiastical emolument. The Synod had body; and you are now about to place chosen for its Moderators, Dr. Campbell, a moral stigma on your character, which Dr. Crawford, Dr. Nelson, Dr. Dickson, ages cannot remove." Mr. Porter was a Mr. Cuming, (who was Mr. Porter's imcivil officer, paid by Government; and mediate predecessor in the Clerkship,) that body had no right to interfere in an Mr. Shaw, Mr. Bankhead, Mr. Dunlop, ecclesiastical manner, and punish such Dr. William Nelson, and Dr. Malcolm, officer for matters of opinion. On these who were all deceased; he would not grounds he opposed the motion.

name the living man, of new-light sentiMr. PORTER said, that his personal meuts, who had been chosen to fill their feelings dictated that he should have re chair, as it might be considered invidious; mained silent, but this might be constru but as the Moderatorship was a spiritual ed into disrespect. He denied that the or ecclesiastical office, and as men of present motion had been rashly made, those sentiments had been chosen to and said that for many years it had been that office, without detriment to the reliin a state of concoction. He said that gious character of the body, surely their these were pot random assertions, for admission to the secular office of clerk there were two gentlemen in the house could not be injurious. But the salary, the who had been solicited to join in the money to be derived from the situation, cabal against him. Still, however, as that was the rub against the grain, which the season drew near, their courage began had set on end ministers' sanctimonious to fail. It was found that no effective bristles. They admitted men of openly strength had been collected. The good acknowledged new-light priuciples to miwork was of course necessarily delayed nisterial communion and places of spiritill a more convenient season, and the tual trust, but were quite horrified at the mortification of seeing Mordecai the Jew idea of appointing a person of that deseated at the king's gate, had to be a scription to a civil situation, if it happened little longer endured. He said the season to be lucrative. Mr. Porter contended for the attack had at length arrived : and that the situation of clerk was always although some were dissatistied with hinn held during lite or good behaviour ; and on account of religion, and some on ac although the words, “ Mr. such-a-one

continued clerk,” were ammually printed, were, he observed, abody of pon-subscribyet he challenged any ove to shew that ers; and whilst subscription had waned, they were not words of mere form. On Arianism had been gaining ground. Dr. this consideration he had been appointed Bruce had said it was gaining ground in to the oflice, and if fidelity bad bitherto the Synod : Mr. Porter had avowed the becn regarded as the tenure by which the same; and, therefore, he (Mr. E.) must situation was to be held ; and if the adop join in voting him out of the clerkship. tion of a different principle were now con He had been forty seven years a member; templated, then, Mr. Porter contended, he might never again be heard in the the Synod were bound, as men of honour assembly; and he would, therefore, now and fairness, to give him timely warning raise up bis warning voice, and imof the intended innovation. Even those plore them to purge Arianism out of the who had brought forward the motion, Synod; for as the cause of Arianism io. had not the candour or mauliness to ap- creased, the cause of the Lord Jesus de. prize him of the meditated attack; and clined. He lamented to hear two memhe called on persons present to say whe- bers of that body declare themselves ther the Synod had not been secretly Arians; and deplored the state of their searched for support-but he had soli. congregations. If the Synod allowed cited no man's vote; he relied on the them longer to remain in it, they would honour of the Synod of Ulster. Should infect the whole body; and they could uerer he be removed from the office, the loss expect to enjoy the glorious blessings of would fall on him and his family; but eternal joy through the Everlasting Head the disgrace would remain with the body. of their Church. For, should they remain He had done nothing of which he should as they were, how dreadful must be their be ashamed; his religious opinions were situation, at the great day of judgmevt, as well known to his brethren the day before the throne of the Most High, and they appointed him to office, as they were in the congregation of saints and angels ! at the present moment. He had prac Mr. R. Dill would have supported a tised po deception, he had betrayed no motion to separate the Arians from them, trust, nor would he bend his body to one as a body; but would not sanction a unmanly stoop, nor his spirit to one un measure which weut to punish their clerk, worthy concession. Should the Synod's on account of the peculiar features preconfidence be now withdrawn from him, . sented by that body. He would vote for he should ever regret the privation ; for the amendment. their confidence was a possession which Mr. MORELL supported the amendhe prized most highly; but he had no ment on the same grounds. retractation to make; no time-serving Mr. MAGILL would hereafter more apology to offer. For eleven years he had for the expulsion of the two avowed officiated as their clerk; with what abi- Arians ; meanwhile the Synod must lity, it was not for him to determive; choose a clerk. but he wouid say, that with greater fide Mr. BleckLEY (of Monaghan) had iu lity those duties never had been, and vever tended to give a silent vote; but he felt would be dischared.

compelled publicly to state that he most Mr. Brown, of Aghadowey, urged, sincerely wished for the expulsion of that Mr. Porter's feeliugs were warı, Arians from the body; yet, he could not that he had made an incorrect report of bring himself to vote against Mr. Porter the proceedings of the Synod, that he being continued clerk, because he had had a body of men of certain known given his evidence conscientiously on bis religious principles always about him oath. He wished Arianism driven from reporting the proceedings. He should, the Synod, for it had withered up the therefore, be removed from the clerk best interests of the Christian Church. ship.

Mr. Carlisle (of Dublin) expressed Mr. ELDER, Sen., said, that he had his firm belief in the Trinitarian docvoted for Mr. Porter to be appointed trines ; coudemued the causes which clerk; but he did not then know he was were the foundation for Mr. Porter's an Arian. From the time he saw the giving his evidence; opposed subscripminutes of the Education Commission he tion as having never purified any church; had changed his opinion. He said he would have every man tried by the Bible could not look on an Arian as a brother; alone; expressed his belief that Arianbecause the Arian denied that the Lord ism was on the decline ; inquired what Jesus was God over all. Mr. Elder then opinion the world would form of the quoted a long list of texts of Scripture Synod if it dismissed Mr. Porter from in support of his opinions; and went on being clerk, and yet kept him a member to lament the present state of the Synod; of its body; spoke of the injury which imploring it to consider in what light it would be done to Mr. Porter in his con. must be looked on by gorerument. They gregation by this measure ; and felt

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convinced, that, by exciting the sympa- tian instruction; and if he (Mr. Carlisle) thy of the people, on account of the could convince him of one thing, he harshness of the case, they would give (Mr. Cooke) would have nothing more to the doctrines of Arianism a firm hold. say. Mr. Carlisle had observed that the He saw nothing but mischief in the Bible was sufficiently powerful to purify measure.

a man before he entered into the door of Mr. Park (of Ballymoney) could not the church. If it would effect this at the agree with either the motion or the door, why not inside the house? If they amendment. His doctrinal opinions found that an enemy's army had, under were well known to be opposed to false colours and assumed clothing, enArianism; and he could not conscien- tered into a garrison, would they not use tiously support the amendment, because all their exertions to have them driven it went to keep Mr. Porter in the clerk- out, lest they conquered and overthrew the ship; but he could not bring himself to citadel? If they plotted, should they not believe, that it would be acting like one counterplot ? If they mined, should they Christian to another..." for I will call not undermine? If they found that men Mr. Porter a Christian.”

had come into the church without passing Mr. PORTER, “I am much obliged to through the Bible at the door, should they you."

not drive them out as an enemy that had Mr. Park. If they were to dismiss come into the garrison under false colours? him from his situation, without sufi- Let those persons be tried by the Bible, cient notice, he suggested the propriety and let them see who were the enemies. of both motion and amendment being Let Mr. Carlisle convince him that the withdrawn; and wished a declaration to enemy should be retained, and he (Mr. be entered in the Minutes, that the Cooke) would yield to him. If a wolf Synod would next year proceed to the had gotten into the fold, in sheep's election of another clerk. He hoped clothing, should the shepherds not drive before the Synod closed its sittings, to him out? Should he be allowed to remain fud a plan adopted which would enable and destroy the Aocks and the young them at the next Synod to know more lambs? Surely not. Let them then try correctly each other's opinions on this the flock, carefully inquire who were the subject. He was anxious that an active wolves that had crept into the folds of canvas should be set on foot, and that Christ's tlock, that they might drive them they should be prepared to meet the out; or, if they were too strong for them, question next year.

that they might withdraw from them, and Mr. Hay trusted that Mr. Park's view take their flocks with them. He had heard was not the view of the Synod. He much about the unity of the spirit in the wished rather that the question should bond of peace. Before God, he could not be met in the spirit of Christian charity silently stand by and contemplate a unity at the present session, and that Mr. Por of the spirit between men who assert ter and his family should not be kept in Christ to be a mere man, or a little suspense. Mr. Porter's principles were more than a mere man, and those who pretty generally known at the time of believe him to be the Eternal Son of his election. He (Mr. H.) was his op- God, the Supreme God over all. What ponent, and a candidate for the situation unity could there be between the man of clerk ; but it was not fifteen minutes who looked on Jesus Christ as an exalted after Mr. P.'s appointment when he as. augel, and he who worshiped him as the sisted him in the duties of his ofice. Supreme and Divine Head of the ChrisHe could, therefore, speak pretty accu tian Church, the Everlasting Father, the rately of the conditions on which he re Prince of Peace ? Could persons who held ceived it, and he felt the understanding such different opinions about the means to be, that unless he was guilty of a

of eternal salvation, hold the unity of breach of duty, he should not be re

the Spirit in the bond of peace ? No, moved for life. He did not think Mr.

Let them withdraw from them; Porter guilty of a breach of duty; and, that they might, in sincerity and in truth, if there were Arians in the Syuod, give unto their Lord and Master, even the (which had been sworn to by more than Lord Jesus, that divine homage without Mr. P) it would be hard to visit the which there could be no unity of the crime on him. Mr.

Hay put it to the Spirit. They had been told that they had lings of the body whether Mr. Porter been in the habit of choosing modera

"I be sent home, with feelings deep tors aud clerks who were Ariaus. But if "runded, after eleven years faithful they had been wrong in doing so in past

times, should they continue to do so ? In Cooke felt it his duty not to give Should they retain in their household phy. ste. He was in the habit of sicians whose skillcould not cure their own

:, Carlisle much Chris. diseases ? Physicians, heal yourselves :

never.

seful services.

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