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( Ep hes . v . 20 , ) "Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lard Jesus Christ to God , even the Father , " without fearing * to incur tlie guilt , or
hazard the punish merit of idolatry . But to proceed . Mr . Stodhart was supported by Mr , Thomas Wilson , of Islington , who unhesitatingly declared , though in a somewhat milder manner , that all denying" the sacrifice of Christ and the influence of the
Eternal Spirit , were not entitled to the name of Christians , and could not he saved in the world to come ! * Three Calvinistic gentlemen , much to their honour , Mr . A— -n , Mr . L -e , andMr / E r , ably and zealously opposed the motion , as antichristian , and pregnant with mischief to the charity . Mr . Sharp and Mr . Teulon followed them in the inculcation of similar
sentiments 5 when the Rev . John EvanSj concluding the business , spoke thus : Mr . Chairman , It is only justice to myself and a doty I owe to the morning church at Worship Street , over which I have presided as
Pastor near thirty years , to say a few words on the present occasion * Last week I received in an envelope two communications of a very contradictory nature , and which I now hold in my hand . The one is a notice of the present meeting ^ " -to prevent the Wood-Street Charity School from attending * any longer at Worship
Street 5 " and the other is the little hook containing ; the rules of the school , the first paragraph of which states , that u this school was founded in 1717 , without the least distinction of parties and denominations , and has been ever since supported
upon the same Catholic principles . Now , Mr . Chairman , judge my surprise when these contradictory communications came to hand . Has this school , said I , abandoned these Catholic principles ? No ; 1 have never heard any thing of the kind .
Have the church at Worship Street altered their religious principles ? No ; I have been with them as pastor twenty-seven years , and the only alteration has been the admission of Free Communion , which I pronounce an improvement ia candour and charity towards our Peedobaptist
bre-* This gentleman rung changes on tbe Assembly ' s Catechism , which is taught the children ; and the children hearing at Worship Street any thing hostile to the Catechism , seemed most to distress him . The Bible appeared to be forgotten . But
it is worthy of remark , that even Neal , a zealous Calvinist , says , of the Assembly ' s Catechism , in his'l £ tetoi * y of tllie Puritans , "It hap by some been thought a little too long 1 , and in- some par tiett fare too abstruse for the capacities ef oJiildren V
06 Intelligence *—Wood Streets Spitalfields , Charity School .
* ' That the grateful acknowledgments of the meeting be offered to the Committee of the Unitarian Fund , and the other friends of the Unitarian cause , who have discovered so much zeal and judgment , in conveuing and preparing the way for the present meeting-. "
This being agreed to , Mr . Rutt moved , 64 That the thanks of the meeting be given to the Chairman , for his uniform services to the Unitarian cause , and for his able conduct in the Chair on the present occasion- "
Mr . Asplakd said he had great pleasure in seconding the motion , and observed , that it *> ug * bt to be explained why they had not secured the advantage of such names as those of the Chairman and the Mover of the present resolution on their
Committee- The only reason was , that it was thought best at the outset not to > elect for this office g-entleinen who were on the Committee of Deputies , as he hoped both Mr . Rutt and Mr . Christie , who represented the New Gravel-Pit congregation , at Hackney , would be .
The motion was unanimously carried ; the Chairman returned his acknowledgments ; and the meeting was dissolved . About fifty gentlemen gave in their names to the Treasurer , as members of the Association .
Communications are requested to be addressed to the Secretary , and- subscriptions to the Treasurer . Congregations wishing * to enrol themselves in the Association , a ^ e requested to mak e known thei r intention , and to report the names of their representatives some time before the annual meeting at Whitsuntide .
Late Proceedings in the Wood Street ^ Spitalfields , Charity Sckool . Monday Evening ^ Nov . 30 , 1818 . A numerous Meeting of the Managers and Subscribers lo the Wood-Street
Charity School was held at the School-House , Spito-lfields . Chairman , James Collins , Esq . Agreeably to a notice given , the Rev . U , Stodhart , of Fell Street , Ratcliff Highway , stood up , and moved that " the children of the school should no longer attend at the chapel , Worsb-ip Street ; '
adding , u that the people assembling there denied the co-equal and co-essential Godhead of Jesus Christ - and witfi Unitarians would be damned to all eternity ! " This profound and liberal divine had declared , at the former meeting , that he that
worshiped tbe Father alone , without God the Son , and God the Holy Ghost , was an idolater ; for the Father alone was a false Deity ! True Christians , however , that ( allow the New Testament , and not the Assembly ^ Cateohisno , will continue to adopt the words of the apostle Pa , uJ : —~
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1819, page 56, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1768/page/56/