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Lancasterian School , Dorsetshire . -7 Pool , Dorset , May II , 181 a . Mr . Editor , It is with pleasure I perceive you noticed in your valuable miscellany for ihe last month , the meeting that took place at Dorchester , on the 13 th ult . for the avowed purpose of establishing a school for the education of the poor on the the Kev . Mr . Bell ' s plan . It is a source of the highest gratification to rue ' , that I have it now in ray power to acquaint you , sir , and ( through the medium of your excellent work ) all
friends who may feel in the least concerned for the welfare of the Lancasterian system of education , that the friends of that Kighiy commendable institution in this part , have by no means been backward in support of it : for six weeks
hay ^ e scarcely elapsed since a subscription was proposed , put in execution , and ( highly to the credit of the directors ) a school opened . It opened on this day , with upwards of two hundred and fifty children , and the day , the month , and year , will , I hope , be lasting monuments of the liberal and generous spirit tHat have pervaded all ranks in this town and county .
The school is in its infancy ; but there can be no doubt , that , in a little time , tlie number of children will be doubled , a * the room is sufficiently capable of containing four hundred at least ; it is a spacious building , ninety-one feet by twenty-five . I am happy also in having it in my power to say , our friends are not backward in another part . At Blandford a school is forming , and will open in a
few weeks , at least , for two hundred children and I hope and trust , in a littie lime * we shall be gratified with intelligence of similar zeal having manif ^ S ted itself in most parts of this county . aThere has been no movement on the part of Mr . B . ! s . friends since the late meeting , and I think it very probable no school will be attempted to be opened in this town by them ; indeed , so prompt have our friends been in the execution
of thejr plans , that it would be a source of infinite difficulty for his friends to ctablish one . V .
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General Assembly of the General Baptist 5 m
On Tuesday , May 19 , i 8 iz , the General Assembly of the General Baptists was held at Worship Street . The Rev . J , Evans , as usual , in ' rodu ^ ed the service by reading appropriate port ons of
scripture from the Old and New Testament ; the Rev . Joseph Brent , of Godnlming , prayed , and the Rev . James Giichrist , of Chatham , preached an excellent sermon , from the Lord ' s Prayer > which , agreeably to request , will be printed Among other resolutions that were made relative to the churches was , that
The messengers , ministers and representatives of the General Assembly o £ General Baptists , met May 19 , 1812 , at Worship Street , return ( heir best thanks to the Committee of the late Meeting of the Ministers of the three Denomina *
tions at Red Cross Street , ( of which their brother Evans was Chairman ) for their Resolutions and their Petition to both houses of Parliament for the repeal of all penal statutes in matters of religion * The whole of their measures to secure
this important object has their cordial approbation , and they wish them every success . The abolition of all penal statutes , in matters of religion has ever lain near their hearts , and they hope thd * period is approaching when , without pains or penalty , there will be a diffusion of pure Christianity throughout the earth /*
As an incorrect and even false representation of the meeting had gone abroad through the medium of the Evangelical Magazine , Mr . Evans , as Chairman , was induced , at the request of some friends , to send forth a more accurate account ^ which he respectfully inscribed to the Assembly . The ministers and a
considerable number of friends , at the con - clusion of the business of the Asseatl > ly , retired to the White Hart Tavern , J ^ i 7 shopsgate Street , where' they dia © d ^ together and spent the evening with tfreir accustomed concord and harmony . ! Thc
full etfercise ' of thq ^ ri&hV of j > rihate juffgt ment in matters bfreugioa . ' without in * curring either pains or penalty , has been the favourite principle of the General Baptists in every period of their ft istory , nor has the comparative smallness
INTELLIGENCE . m-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1812, page 403, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1749/page/59/