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lite attention which he has invariably manifested , to the representations of their Committee ; and
for his promise to bring forward or to support an application to Parliament , for the purpose of rendering legal the former practice under the Acts of Toleration .
VIII . That the harmonious and active co-operation of the Methodist Society , in the connection of the late Rev . John Wesley , with the Committee , in their various exertions during the past year , en ~ titles them to the continued esteem
of this meeting . The reverend gentlemen who proposed the Resolutions , introduced them by several eloquent addresses . ' They concurred in expressing their high satisfaction at the proceedings which bad been
adopted by the Committee djuriog the . past year . They countered the formation of the society as a most providential event . They perceived that union and seal were most imperatively required from all friends to toleration and
to evangelical truth , for that their enemies being active , powerful and decided , their exertions to prevent the progress of vital religion , could only he defeated by similar and consentaneous efforts . They , however , lamented that many ministers were insensible to the
importance of this institution , which had already been proved to be the firmest bulwark of their rights during the unprecedented storms , by which , in the past year , they had been assailed , and they
expressed their hope , that as the contribution towards the support of the institution , positively required , did not exceed 2 / . annually from each congregation in England , jtttid *! i » annually from each congregation in Wales , those sums
would be transmitted by even the poorest congregations ; and that , as by the report of the Treasurer , the funds were considerably
diminished , the opulent congregations would immediately make annual collections , and not permit protecJ tion to be withheld from any deficiency of pecuniary resource .
Resolutions were then adopted , expressive of the approbation <> f the meeting , of the able and intelligent exertions of the Secretaries , of the zeal and attention of the
Treasurer , and of the liberality which the Chairman had displayed : And the meeting adjourned , after an animated and impressive ad ' dress from the Rev . J . Cockin , Halifax , in which , after acknow
ledging with regret , the apathy which pervaded his mind as to this institution , he declared that he had heard their labours with delight ; that he considered their prosperity as essentially connected
with the progress of religion , that the knowledge of their existence and of their zeal ; would animate him with confidence when exposed to persecution by village preachr ing , and that he most sincerely and with all his heart wished them
God ' s speed , A wish in which the meeting , deeply affected , devoutly and universally concurred .
At the request of the Committee , whose expenditure has been unavoidably great , we avail ourselves of this opportunity to remind minister * that the annual subscriptions of their several congregations must be transmitted to Robert Steven , Esq . the Treasurer , No . 101 » Upper Thames Street , London , before the end of June , or that they will
discontinue to be members of the Society : ~ -and also that any case , Re quiring tbe advice or interposition of the Committee , will experience immediate' at tention , if addressed to either of the Secretaries , T . Pcilatt , EuL Irorttoozi gerV Hail , VxlifcA ^^ Square * London
400 Annual Meeting of the Protestant Society !
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1812, page 400, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1749/page/56/