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had elapsed since the sum mouses issued , lie was happy to say he had received letters of approval from several ministers , and oj ? i > ehalf of several congregations , which would become members of the Association . The approbation of Dr . Carpenter , of Bristol , would have great "weight :
besides that , he had letters from Mr . Soott , of Portsmouth , Mr . Worsleyj of Plymouth , Mr . Toms , of Framling-ham , Mr . Blake , of Crewkerne , Mr . Astley , of Halifax , Mr . Grundy , of Manchester , as u Chairman at the Quarterly Meeting of the Ministers of the Presbyterian Denomination and their Friends in Manchester and its vicinity "
Mr . Turner , of Newcastle , Mr . Prohert , of Alnwick , Mr . Knowles , of Nantwich , Mr . Moore , of Mead row , Godalming , and Mr . Ashworth , of Rossendale . These names would , he thought , abundantly shew that tlie feeling of the country , was the same as that of London , and many others , he knew , only waited for the official announcement of the proceeding's of that day . *
Ot course it was of importance their offices should he well and ahlv filled . The names of many persons would have heen obviously very desirable , hut they were already connected with other societies . The Treasurer should be a man of
acknowledged worth , stability and character , and he knew no one better qualified than Mr . Young . He therefore moved , " That James Young , Esq ., of No . 16 , 'Change Alley , and of Grove Place , Hackney , be appointed Treasurer for the ensuing year . "
Mr . Holden seconded the motion , and observed , that he attended the meeting- at the request of his congregation , and that he had no doubt they would , on his return , entirely concur in what had been done . The resolution being- carried
unanimously , Mit . Young returned thanks to the meeting * , lie was anxious to observe , that there was , in his opinion , no impropriety in his accepting * the appointment , although a member of the Protestant Society . For his own part he liked best to
fight on general principles ; but he conceived the general body was fully employed , and that , for special purposes , it was much better to form particular institutions . He would only add , he hoped gentlemen would not make his office a
sinecure , as he was not in the habit of accepting- such appointments . Mr . Fox said he thought all would agree it was desirable to have a legal man their Secretary ; be would therefore move " That Mb . Edgar Tayjlor ( No , 9 ,
* The Rules , &c . will be printed , and , together with an official announcement of the proceedings of the meeting ' , be circulated as early and widely as can be .
King ' s Bench Walk , Temple ) be appointed Secretary j for the ensuing year . " Mr . Asp land seconded the motion , observing , that be knew no one so well qualified for the office as the gentleman proposed . His , family name was of itself a recommendation , and to this he added the personal qualities of knowledge , firm - ness , zeal and affability . To Mr . Edgar Taylor the public were indebted for the
valuable report of the proceedings in the Wolverhampton Case , which was published in the Monthly Repository , and he had now the conduct of that important cause . It ought to be known also , that Mr . Taylor had done more than any other individual towards originating the
Association . This resolution being unanimously carried , Mr . Taylor returned thanks for the honour the meeting * had done him , and for the obliging terms in which the gentlemen
had been pleased to propose his appointment . He could only say , that no zeal in the protection of their Civil Rights should be wanting , and that he should readily afford as much exertion in their cause as
other engagements , many of which had a prior claim on his attention , would permit * He should regard his appointment , as he hoped tliey did , merely as an experiment , on both sides ; they would soon judge of the extent of the business before them , and the attention it would require , and if he should find that the assistance he could
give was insufficient to the end in view , he had no doubt they would relieve him by appointing- him a colleague or successor ^ as should seem most for the benefit of the Association . The following gentlemen were then ap- > pointed the first Committee :
JOHN CHATFEILD , Esq ., Stockwell , Surrey . Rev . R . ASPLAND , Hackney . THOMAS GIBSON , Esq ., Trump Street . Dr . THOMAS REES , Somerset Place , Kennington .
IVES HURRY , Esq ., London Wall . S . PARKES , Esq . Gosvvell Street . RICHARD TAYLOR , Esq ., Shoe Lane Rev . W . J . FOX , Suffolk Place , Hack ney Road . T . N . TALFOURD , Esq ., Inner Tern pie .
C . RICHMOND , Esq ., Inner Temple . It was then moved and agreed , that the appointment of the present officers should continue to the general meeting in 1820 . Mr . Rutt said it was impossible they
could separate without bearing a testimony of respect and gratitude to the gentlemen who had called them together . They all knew the difficulty of uniting particular opinions , so as to bring them into general measures : he should move
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