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woi ^ hip , addinp a luminous aunuaary of | ts various religious advantages ; at the game tjnie fairly- stating , aad answering , so far ; is the allotted time w < $ uld permit , the objections against the practice which
have been prged , with no small ability , by $ ome learned and serious Christians . We wish , indeed * that the preacher may be induced to gratify the desire earnestly expressed by his congregation that he would publish the sermon delivered on
an occasion so interesting . At the conclusion of his discourse the preacher traced , from the early times of Nonconformity , the congregation whose surviving members have become
possessed of this chapel , according to the provisious of an Act of Parliament for the improvement of West minster . It appears that Mr . Thomas Caw ton , one of the ejected ministers of the Presbyterian denomination , was the first minister of
the congregation which assembled ( till their chapel was taken down , under the Westminster Act ) hi Princes Street . To $$ r . Caw ton , tfie preacher was disposed to attribute , ( vvetrust with , historical correctness * certainly with Christian candour , ) an attachment to the right of private in
jupgrn ^ nt rehgion , and its uncontrolled exercise , on ^ hich alone the principles 9 $ N ^ couformity can be consistently Supported ; but which none were more $ eady to dispute , except jn their own cases , than too many Presbyterians of the I ? th , century
Jfrcun thu * first minister of the chapel t wh ^ died ^ ( according to Calamy ' s Ac count + f * 73 ^ r in 167 7 , tfce preacher passed dowi * to iwflcjra days , fcaving time only to recollect the , names of 41 sop , Calaray , Say and Kippis , ( all to be found , and the last eminently distinguished , among the the varied
e ^ c ^ riputor& to literature of ^ jjt country , ^ justly congratulating him * €$ if *> n becoming a successor to such men , m > r forgetting to offer a tribute of regard to hi * friends , the later unpisi&cs of that spqiety , who y ^ t survive . The preache r
< 5 OiKluded byexpressing his satisfaction , pa Ending in b # > pfw congregation many who had formed part of the dissolved society at St . Thomas ' s , Southwark , of < tffe $ eti 1 re ftad * keen for many years fhe minister .
It would he unjust to pass unnoticed the unequivocal avowal , which this dtacoiirte € kmutiwe 4 of a di «» eftt not only « Hin * life forms , weinoniear and secttfar ^ b ^ ltinioti , iMtit ^ l $ o ft < om the dodtrfne
of the Established Chirrch . r Fhi » dfestWt ^ tid ^ e ^ t ^ in well mimoortsm . doctrinal mt&tpeetti&im with lar ^ tf Ykritev & $ > ovt WbttcovtfattAist tirethret ^ ww ab un ^ cftii ^ t ^ ally * M > tohm * n * 4 ( 9 a « to be n ^ btaln 4 , Ili ^ the A 0 «| f n # ff Kctlfirt « iUw « hir * tyj add ^^ dt ^ e 44 ma il € ^ ppre € ) la 4 km of « Wt «
^ nt % an ^ viistues qf cree * ^ customs , the r ^ ult pf se ^ a ^ ^^ iry ^^ d the di ^ tatos or an , euli ^ UJi ^^ l cpascie ^ may co » amaTi 4 us to di ^ ipprave , ' , We cannot , indeed , fpiheajr « ^ co ^ gr ^ ^ ulate , those who he % ve ; t ^ at the ^ worship <* of tl | e God aud Father of ' ^ Lord J ^ m ^ Christ" i » th p worship « ift jpirit and in truth , " which Christianity inculcates , on the erection , of this chapel In a situation very accessible , and anu ^ t a neighbourhood rapidly increasing . The building itself has been justly admired as coo-aecfuig convenience with simple elegance , in a iaanner b % hly creditable to the tasle and atteixtioii of tjpte LageaiflBs architect , Mr ^ Charles Parser . N . L . T .
Opening * of the Unitarian Chapel , Bdinbn ' rf * h + Thjs Chapel was opened o \ i Sunday the 14 th of September . The Rev . W . J . Fox , of Parliament Court Chapel ,
London , who had been invited by the congregation to assist on this occasion , preached in the forenoon and evening . The Rev . B . Mardon , of Glasgow , preached in the afternoon . The devotional
part of the morning and evening ser * vices was conducted by the Rev . J . 0 . Squier , minister of the > cftapeU There was a very numerous attendance oa all these occasions , an *} in the snorning and evqniuglinaijy peopl ^ went away who could not obtain places . At the evening service the passages were crowded by persons who could not be acco mmodated with seajs . It is but justice to
say that these services were listened . with the mpst respectful aJttentfon , aod that the whole conduct Qf the strajagers preheat exhibited a ujkarked , corAtra ^ t to that of similar assemblages in " this cjjty only six or seven yea *?? ago * and pfQvea that the inhabitants of Edinburgh q ^ o now listen ? to the U ^ Uawa ooctrip ^ without those fe ^ lj n ^ s of \\ q wqv , and aversion whicl ) formerly induced tt « an , $ (? eyince their , di ^ apprpbatioi ) , by i » dwe » i Iqtexxuntipns of public worship ^ . 1 ' « — ^^ - -9 ^ m ^ p V W ¦ — w ^ K " . ' ^^ *
The addresses delivered frdm the pulpit oh tfeesre different oeeasioiis ^ z » weti ^ 5 the other , part 3 of the service ^ wer 0 most acce ^ fafcle to the members of the congregation , and mast hare produced a highly favourable i | Wf | &fsion on the minds of tKe strangers who neard the © . . Qm > ivpHidsky xhto rwh ^ h \ py&r ty ^ ff pera ^ im ^ d ^ 4- toother ^ WJP J rooms , Royal Exchange , to , coagratMjaie 5 each i > thor orx . tfitf coi ^ l ^ idin tf * && rnidertakitig . Thb liMiMAiig was . vpm atr ,
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1823, page 608, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1789/page/48/