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such small subscriptions some deuouiinations of Christians raise vast sums of money . Itis hoped the Edinburgh friends will never , either by building- or purchasing- a chapel , involve themselves much in debt , as a heavy debt ever proves a dead weight on the cause . The promotion and firm establishment of Unitarian ism in this city , is , under every view , of great consequence , and deserves all the aid and countenance that can be
given it 5 and the prospect of its success is encouraging . Neither the word Unitarian , nor what it is used to express , excites the alarm it did formerly ; many persons are more disposed to read < iuv books , and examine tlie subjects to which they relate , than they once were ; and there is little doubt
but that many persons are favourable to the Unitarian doctrine , who , on account of its unpopularity , or their own peculiar circumstances , do not venture to shew themselves openly as its friends , The spirit of inquiry and liberality is evidently growing *; and this must be favourable to the progress of truth .
On tlie whole , all that I saw and heard , during i \ three months' * residence in the northern capital , convinces me that luiitarianism . is gaining * ground there , and that if proper means be applied , in a judicious manner , with , perseverance , there may , in a
few years , he a large mid respectable congregation . I estimate the progress the cause is making * , not merely hy the numbers Viho constantly meet together , but by the decree of information diffused on the subject , the spirit of inquiry excited , and all the circumstances which have a bearing *
upon its prosperity . Before I left Edinburgh , the annual association of the Scotch Unitarians was held there , of which a short account has already been given to the public . This meetingis well calculated to promote union and mutual exertion among * the brethren .
Lit f . rarv . With the new year there are always ushered into being * some new periodical publications ? on cc plans entirely new , " and after the issuing' of prospectuses full of promise : but most of these productions perish in their cradle- We put down the titles of such of these works , as aie
announced for 1819 : — ' * A new Literary Journal , entitled The Edinburgh Monthly Review , " in 8 vo . price 2 s . 6 d . As the name imports , this Journal is to give light from the North . The Scottish literati seem , indeed , to
aspire to n . monopoly of public instruction . The Edinburgh Review , the Encyclopaedia Britartnica , and the Edinburgh Annual Register , have obtained great and deserved literary distinction . The Edinburgh Gazetteer is slowly struggling into existence : and The Edinburgh Monthly Magazines
are deafeningthe public with their mutual bickerings and empty pretensions . It remains to be seen , whether the mass of British readers will put themselves under tlie training * of Monthly Northern Reviewers . u The Rememb ?* a ? icer ; or Ecclesiastical and Literary JSIiscellany , " Is . 6 d . Under this heavy name , which has sunk ventures
of this kind without number , the Rivingtons , booksellers of High-Church , orthodox celebrity ., propose a " Theological Journal , for general use , intended to combine the seveial provinces of a Magazine ,
a Review and an Historical Register . " The object is stated to be , to produce
co-operation amongst Churchmen , and to conciliate reverence and esteem for the clergy . " u The Fireside Magazine and Monthly Epitome , ** Is . This Journal promises an u Impartial Review , quite original , " and a " Summary of all the Reviews in the
preceding * month . ' * It is to be published by Drakard , of Stamford , the Editor of the respectable weekly paper called *"*• The Stamford News , " and this we must say is the most promising * feature of the prospectus . ii The Caledonian ; or Scottish Literary and Political Investigator , " a weekly publication , 4 d ., designed to record the
progress of literature , science and political opinion in Scotland . progress of literature , science and political opinion in Scotland . " The British Magazine and Periodical Gleaner" a monthly miscellany , 6 d .: pursuing- " a middle path between the religious and literary Magazines . "
u The Anti-Jacobin Review , which ha * also the name of The Protestant Advocate , advertises , that u an Editor to succeed the late Mr . Giffai ' d has been at last procured . " The Champion Sunday Newspaper , from which extracts may be found Vol . IX .
pp . 441 and 470 , has lately changed hands . It was instituted by Mr . John Scott , who had distinguished himself as the Editor of Drakard ' s Stamford News , and who has been since better known by his two volumes , entitled A Visit and A Second Visit
to Paris . Of him it was purchased bjr Mr . Clayton Jennyns , who held some legal office in one of the West India Islands , but being * displaced , came home a flaming * patriot , and made his appearance on the hustings at Covent Garden : he has since ,
however , cooled down to his former temperament . His successor in the proprietorship and conduct of the Champion is the celebrated Mr , John Thelwall , one of the u Acquitted Felons , " ( according * to the late Mr . Windham , ) of 1795 , who has laudably devoted himself for tlie last twenty years to the profession of elocution ^ but has now returned to the stormy region of politics . He assumes the character of
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1819, page 62, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1768/page/62/