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denying the personality , and of course the deity of the Holy Spirit . Every where they manifest great zeal and wonderful pecuniary generosity ; building handsome places of worship at their own charges , and carrying on gratuitous service . Their forms are the same as those of other orthodox
Dissenters . I have learned the following particulars of their present state , which I put down , that , if incof nect , some of your correspondents may . set me r ight , and that others , knowing more , may be tempted to impart their information .
Mr . Baring , a clergyman , of the great mercantile family , has erected a splendid chapel at Exeter , where he officiates . He has another , I believe , atTaunton . The clergy preach and publish against him , and for a time forget the Unitarians .
Mr . Arnold ( the same , I suppose , referred to Vol . XIII . pp 724 and 754 ) Thas also opened a room for worship at Exeter . He is reputed to be higher in orthodoxy than Mr . Baring .
Sir . Cowan , a popular clergyman , has long attracted attention at Bristol , by his secession , and is now building a handsome chapel in Great Georgestreet , the most fashionable part of the city .
Mr . Snow , another clerical seceder , has a chapel at Cheltenham * It was reported that , becoming a Baptist , ( several of his brethren in the secession have become the same , ) he would
be scarcely able to continue in the chapel , which was erected for him by a zealous Paedobaptist : I have lately heard a statement of the affair , which is very creditable both to him and his lay-patron .
Mr . Kemp , a country gentleman , of Sussex , formerly M . P . for Lewes , has erected chapels at both Lewes and Brighton , the latter a fine building , and officiates himself at both places ,
but , it is said , with a decaying popularity . A sister of his , a widow lady , was accustomed to preach a few years ago in the hall of her mansion , not far from Battle . She is said to have been
very eloquent . At a village in the neighbourhood of Ditchling , a gentleman , formerly in the army or navy , is said to have erected a chapel in the same interest .
Mr . Evans , from the Church of England , is the minister of the newlyerected noble chapel , said to have cost many thousands of pounds , in Doughtystreet , London . Of the state of his congregation , and style of preaching , 1 have not been informed .
Some of these gentlemen make , no scruple , it is reported , of recommending one of the Unitarian Tracts , viz . Marsoms Impersonality of the Holy Ghost . R . B .
Evelyns Descriptioji of Incidents in the beginning of tlte Reign of Charles II . IT has been fashionable of late to pour contempt upon the Puritans and Nonconformists of the 17 th century , as fanatics > but it might be shewn that the fanaticism was not all on one
side . The following description of a piece of state * fanaticism is from the pen of a courtier and an eye-witness : " 1660 , July 6 . His Majestic began first to touch for the evil ** according to tie
custome , thus : His Masitting under his State in y Banquet ting House , the Chirurgeons cause the sick to be brought or led up to the throne , where they kneeling , y King strokes their faces or cheekes with both his hands
at once , at which instant a Chaplaine in his formalities says , * He put his hands upon them and he healed them . * This is say < l to every one in particular .
When they have ben all touch ' cl they come up againe in the same order , and the other Chaplaine kneeling , and having Angel-gold t strung on white ribbon on his arme , delivers them one
by one to his Ma , who puts them about the necks of the touched as they passe , whilst the first Chaplaine repeats , * That is y true light who came into y * world / Then follower an Epistle ( as at first a Gospel !) , with the
Liturgy , prayers for the sick , with some alteration , lastly y * blessing ; and then the Lo . Chamberlaine and Comptroller of the Household bring a basin , ewer and towell , for his Ma to wash . " Evelyn ' s Diary , in Memoirs , 2 , vols . 4 to . Vol . I . pp . 323 , 324 .
* A pretty full historical account of this Royal Farce may he seen in our VKIIth Vol . pp . 5 , 91 , 232 , 363 . Ed . -f " Pieces of money so called from having tlie figure of an angel on them , ' *
22 Evelyns Description of Incidents in the Reign of Charles , 11 .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1819, page 22, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1768/page/22/