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England, and was at an early period of side, and moral obligation on the other. his life engaged in trade in that town. Those principles of strict honour and By some unforeseen occurrences, he met probity which had guided him through with severe losses in business, which life, came into full operation here. The reduced him to insolvency.' He called full amount of his debts was remitted to his creditors together, exhibited the state England, and all of them paid off. His of his pecuniary affairs, and surrendered creditors, ough knowing for the most to them all his property..
part his high sense of honour and strict ““The world was all before him, where moral principle, were little prepared for to choose his place of labour, and he this agreeable exemplification of it, held fixed upon the Uuited States as the scene a meeting, and voted him a large and of his future exertions, if his creditors valuable silver bowl, on which was briefly gave him a license to depart. So well inscribed a testimonial of their sense of satisfied were they that his misfortuues Mr. Turner's character and conduct. arose from no misconduct on his part, This honourable memorial, which a more and of the previous probity and honour ostentatious man would have displayed which characterized him, that instead of on his sideboard, he kept constantly congrauting him that license which he peti. cealed; and it is believed that, in this tioned for, they unanimously signed a country, pot a single individual knew of general release of all their demands, its existence, until a communication from though the remnant of his property England informed some of his friends of made but a very small dividend. He the fact, and the circumstances which came hither, Providence crowned his gave rise to it; and when, at an after well-meant endeavours. He was ex- period, another friend requested to see tremely frugal in his habits, and after a it, the request was reluctantly complied series of years he found he had accumu. with; and when something like a comlated property sufficient to satisfy all his pliment was attempted to be paid him, former creditors. There was not a mo he shrunk from it with apparent surment's hesitation in his mind. No com prise, merely saying that he was not conbating between a consciousness of legal scious of having done more than what irresponsibility and acquittal on the one was right.”
T'est and Corporation Acts.
has been) if our brethren suffer thena
selves to be beguiled into acquiescence The general associated Committee for or patience under a system of degradaprosecuting the claims of Dissenters for tion. Whatever might be the policy or relief from their disabilities, have cone propriety of abstaining on former occationed since the session of Parliament to sions, and particularly in the last session, keep the object of their institution in it is obvious, that, if we are in earnest, view, and have regularly met for the the time must some time come for agipurpose of attending to such measures tating the question with energy. Our of preparatiou as demanded their atten- hopes of success in throwing off our tion.
chains must be small indeed, if the posIt has been resolved to take every session of power by those whom we esmeans for the renewal of active pro
teem our friends is to be a reason for ceedings in the next session, and the submission. If such is to be the measub-committee met on the 21st of No. sure meted by our friends, what are we vember to consider the forms of peti- to expect from our enemies ? Under tions to be recommended for universal their sway we should at least have the adoption throughout the couutry, and to opportunity of complaining and probe set on foot so early as to ensure the testing. most general and energetic expression of The General Body of Protestant Disthe feelings of the Dissenting body senting Ministers have held a meeting to throughout the kingdom.
deliberate on the steps which it might We shall continue to pay the strictest be deemed expedient to pursue, and have attention to the proceedings of all parties unanimously resolved to petition Parlia. on this most interesting subject; and it ment for the Repeal of the Sacramental will not be our fault (we trust it never Test. VOL. I.
Trial of R. Taylor for Blasphemy.
demeanor of the orator, and the mani
fest indecency of the matter, the subject The past month has been signalized of the charge, took away all appearance by another, and one of the most remark- of simplicity or sincerity. There is, in able, trials for Blasphemy-those judicial truth, so much ju all this unfortunate attempts at patronizing Christianity in man's movements and actions, which can its humble character of a “ parcel of the only be accounted for on grounds which law of England." The peculiarity of would make him an object of sincere the display which took place on this pity, that we cannot too strongly express prosecution, conducted by the officers of the folly of those who, by endeavouring the city of London, agaiust the Reverend to fix upon him a load of crime and maRobert Taylor, and the feeling by which lignity, give him the opportunity of apthe scene has been received by nearly pearing in the character of a martyr, and, the whole periodical press of England, perhaps, of misleading his own ill-diwill, we trust, occasion this to be the rected miud into the belief that he really last of such exhibitions.
First of all appeared in this perform Lord Tenterden's exhibition, in charge ance, in the character of prosecutor, (as ing the jury, was in the first style of the Mr. Recorder Knowles assures us,) not old school of blasphemy-hunters. We Mr. Alderman Atkivs, but the late Lord know what used to be said, but were not Mayor himself. This gentleman calls prepared to find it could still pass for himself a Dissenter, we have understood; sense. England he eulogized as a counhe holds his high corporate office, there. try where people were permitted, by the fore, either by conforming or by the laws, to entertain what opiuions they connivance of the law, and has only been pleased on these subjects, provided they marked by the public, in his official ca. did not express them. Happy country! reer, as the prosecutor of those who His Lordship was not contented to rest believe less than himself, and (if we are on the wily position assumed by the Atto believe Mr. Smith, the street preacher) torney-General. He chose to stand on as the obstructor of those who choose a the broad ground, that “ Christianity is different course from his, of propagating part and parcel of the law of England," even his own creed. The funds for the and, therefore, not to be impugned ; a prosecution are supplied by the corpora- principle which equally involves in crition of London, that same corporation minality all attacks upon the established which petitioned last session in favour opinions, although it may be thought of religious liberty, avowing itself the convenient and politic to select for puenemy of persecution ; while not a mem- nishment, at present, only those which ber of the body has been found willing are expressed with indecorum, and are, to raise his voice against a practice which therefore, the least to be dreaded. even the Crown and the Bridge-Street The Jury found the defendant guilty. Society have abandoned.
This proceeding (so disgraceful to the The trial was opened by Sir James Scar. characer of the great body by which it is lett, the new Whig Attorney-General; instigated) closed, so far as the corpowho drops very easily into the track of ration is concerned, by its Recorder his predecessor; extols the press, liberty (himself a judge, and therefore bound to of conscience, &c.; and has the adroita act with some degree of moderation and ness to rest his case entirely on the mode veutrality, the more so because the salaof the attack made upon religion. It ried servant of the prosecutors) officiwas, iu truth, as proved, as scurrilous, ally presenting the prime mover in these low, and self-destructive an attack as disgraceful operations in terms of the could well be, and the natural and obvious strongest eulogy, for the kind manner in remark that would occur to every one on which he had been pleased to protect the subject would be, that it might be Christianity, and of bitter invective against very safely left to its own condemnation, the accused, at the very threshold of the and that the only way in which it could court where he has yet to appear to have be likely to do mischief, would be in its his case calmly considered for the puraffording a pretence for a revival of the pose of punishment. dangerous doctrines of legal persecution, under the pretence of attacking not opi. Newport Chapel, Isle of Wight. pion, but the mode aud fashion of ex The Annual Meeting to commemo. pressing it.
rate the re-opening of the Unitarian ChaThe accuscd, who appeared in full pel, Newport, after its enlargement, took canonicals, delivered au oration, great place on Wednesday, the 30th October, part of which reads very well. But the when the Rev. John Fullagar, of Chi. affectation of its delivery, the theatrical chester, delivered an admirable discourse
IRELAND. from Heb. x. 25, on the duty of the members of a Christian society' to culti- Moneymore Presbyterian Congregun vate a spirit of affectionate concern in tion and the Drapers' Company. each other's welfare, and on the advantages of co-operation in the cause of A most extraordinary attempt has truth and holiness. The preacher ob- been lately made by the Irish agent of served, that the text did not refer ex the Drapers' Company, backed by a de. clusively to meetings for religious wor- putation of the court, to interfere with ship on the Lord's-day, but to other the rights of the Congregation of Mosocial meetings for various purposes, neymore, in the appointment of its miwhich were common in the early ages of nister. Christianity, and which, had they been Moueymore is a village on the Irish continued, would probably have tended estates of the Drapers' Company. Some much to preserve the purity of the years ago they erected here a large Christian doctrine. In the evening, chapel for the Presbyterian congreganearly eighty members of the congrega- tiod. Soon afterwards the old minister, tion drank tea together, and many inter• Mr. Moore, retired, and the cougrega. esting addresses were delivered. Particu- tion chose, as his successor, the Rev. lar reference was made to an Infant Uni- John Barnett. Mr. Barnett was, it tarian cause in the neighbouring town of seems, a friend to Catholic emancipaBrading, where for some time past a regu. tion. This, in the estimation of Mr. lar service has been conducted by one of Miller, the agent of the Drapers' Comthe members of the Newport congrega- pany, a member of the Established tion, and with considerable prospect of Church, was a deep blemish in his chasuccess. The company separated highly racter, and he made it the ground of an pleased with the harmony and Christian attempt to prevent his being ordained feeling which pervaded the meeting, by the Tyrone Presbytery. In this, and happy in the prospect of uniting however, he was defeated, and Mr. Bartogether on a similar occasion in future nett was ordained. Disappointed in this years, “ thus to provoke one another to
measure, he now conjured up another love and to good works."
charge; Mr. Barnett was hostile to the
Established Church. He had, it was Removals and Settlement of Unitarian alleged, affirmed, in a private company, Ministers.
that he believed the Established Church to
be a limb of Antichrist. Mr. Miller re. The Rev. BENJAMIN MARDON, of Maid. ported this offensive declaration to a destone, has accepted the pastorship of the putation of the Drapers' Company then in General Baptist Congregation in Worship Ireland, consisting of Mr. R. Borrodaile, Street, Loudon, vacant by the death of Mr. Stonard, and Mr. Trimby; who, the late Dr. EVANS.
strange to say, on being satisfied of the Upon his settlement, in January next, truth of the charge, gave notice to the he will, we are informed, commence à congregation that they must dismiss Mr. course of evening lectures, the subjects Barnett or quit the new chapel! adding, of which will be duly advertised.
that if Mr. Barnett were not dismissed, The Rev. T. HORsfield has accepted they should never obtain from the Coman invitation from the congregation at pany au inch of land on which to build Taunton to be the colleague of Dr. another chapel! DAVIES.
This gross infringement of the rights The Rev. A. Melville has beeu unanie of their body was taken up with great mously chosen pastor of the Unitarian spirit by the Tyrone Presbytery, and by congregation at Ipswich, vacant by the the fixed Committee of the Synod. After death of Mr. PhilP, Jun.
thoroughly investigating the matter, the Mr. PhilP, Sen., has removed from latter body agreed unanimously to transFalmouth to Lincoln, where he succeeds mit a memorial and remonstrance on the Mr. Jones, who has gone to America. subject to the Court of Assistants of the
Mr. Talbot, who lately finished his Drapers' Company in London. This doeducation at York, has settled at Ten cument was intrusted to the very excel. tenden, as the colleague of the Rev. L. lent and able moderator, the Rev. J. S. HOLDEN.
Reid, who was directed to proceed with Mr. CREE, of Preston, has been chosen it to London forthwith. Mr. Reid imto succeed the late Mr. Wawne, at Brid- mediately acted on his instructions. He port.
laid the case before the Court, and after Mr. TagArt has resigned his situation several extraordinary meetings, at which as the pastor of the Octagon congrega. it was warmly discussed, he succeeded tion, Norwich.
in the object of his mission, and ob
tained from the Court a substantial and “ That the Court have also attentises satisfactory disclaimer of the proceedings considered the various memorials and of their officious delegates and ageut. papers which have been presented to
The following are the resolutions them on the same subject from certain passed on the occasion, which we copy of their tenants and others at Money. from the Belfast Northern Whig of No more, praying that the Court will adopt vember 22.
some measures for removing the sup“ At a Court of Assistants, held on posed cause of the dissensions that have Saturday, the 3d of November, and con arisen there. tinued, by adjournment, to Tuesday, the “ That deeply as the Court lament the 6th of November, 1827 :
conduct and proceedings stated or ad. “ Resolved – That this Court have verted to in the papers before them, and considered with great attention the re the unhappy distractions which have presentation made to them on behalf of been thereby produced at Moneymore, it the Ministers and Elders of the General appears to the Court, after the most Synod of Ulster's fixed Committee, to- anxious and deliberate consideration of gether with the memorials of the Pres. all the circumstances which have been bytery of Tyrone, and the Presbyterian brought to their attention, to be inexCongregatioù of Moneymore, therein pedient for the Court to offer any interreferred to.
ference therein; not doubting that the “ That the Court have observed with Rev. bodies under whose consideration the utmost astonishment and concern, the cause of these unhappy disturbauces the misconception which appears to have has been already brought, will so exerprevailed among those bodies upon the cise their authority in the matter, as to subjects there referred to.
restore to the Presbyterian Congregation “ That this Court never contemplated of Moneymore the harmony which has any interference, direct or indirect, in been so unhappily disturbed, and without the appointment or removal of the mi- which harmony, it appears to this Court, nister of any congregation, Presbyterian that the occupation of the building, or otherwise, on any part of their estate erected by this Company for their bene-an interference to which they disclaim fit, must be worse than useless.— By all right, aud of which they disavow all order of the said Court. intention.
“ EDWARD LAWFORD, Clerk." CORRESPONDENCE. Since the answer given in the address to correspondents, to “ An Old Student of Trinity College, Dublin," was printed, it has been discovered that the article on which he animadverts had been inadvertently ascribed to the wrong author, and was, in fact, anonymous. Such being the case, the anonymous answer has been inserted in the present uumber,',
Communications have been received from Mr. T. T. Clarke; Mr. G. Dyer; J. J. T.; W. D.; H. I., &c., &c.
In their first number, the Conductors assigned their reasons for not engaging in the subject of R. A.'s communication, and they at present see no sufficient cause to change their determination. R. A. will besides perceive that little good could result from the very inconvenient plan of taking up, in one periodical work, a controversy which had been begun, and carried on for some time, in another contemporary publication.
The Conductors have added nearly two sheets to the present number in order to give the title-page and copious indexes, without contracting the materials of the other departments of their work,
The great pressure of other interesting matter has unavoidably caused the omission in some numbers of the Literary Notices and Lists of New Publications. They will, however, be resumed in the future numbers.
The Conductors have already some valuable materials for the next number, among which is an original New-Year's Discourse, by the late Mrs. Barbauld. They trust to the continued co-operation of their literary friends to give increased interest and value to the New Series of the Monthly Repository.
ERRATUM. The fourth line of the Greek quotation, p. 821, should have been printed as follows :
Δε δαίδαλμένοι ψεύδεσι ποικίλους
SUBJECTS AND SIGNATURES.
The Names and Signatures of Correspondents are distinguished by Small Capitals
Artists secured in their legal pro-
perty by the papal government, 144
183 versalists in America, 176. His
On Egyptian hieroglyphics, 473 Rev. R. B. Aspland, reviewed,
Rev.W.J. Fox and Rev. Dr. Tuck. believers as witnesses in the Ame-
B, Obituary of Mrs, Bristowe, 762
94 Baptists, General, on the history of, 483
918 Barrington, Sir Jonah, his Sketches
9 Barry, Don David, his edition of
831 Bavaria, education of the Catholic