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r aise o f its future usefulness . " — " The Committee have been gratified by the sympathy expressed for them in the prosecution of their duties by Unitarians near and at a distance . They have been favoured with letters from Maine , New Hampshire , Vermont , Connecticut , Rhode I sland , from
all sections of this state , from the city of New York , and from the" western part of the state of New York , from Philadelphia , Harrisburg , Northumberland , Pitteburg , and Meadville in Pennsylvania , from Mary * land , from the District of Columbia , from South Caroliua , from Kentucky , and from Indiana . Jn all these letters the same
interest is exhibited in the efforts which the Association promises to make for the diffusion of pure Christianity . Many of them have contained interesting account * of the state of religion in different places , and especially correspondents have furnished the Committee with ample details respecting the history and and condition of Unitarians in Pennsylvania . If similar accounts could be obtained from all the
states of the Union , they would embody au amount of knowledge that is now much wanted . And the Committee avail themselves of this opportunity to remind Unitarians , that they will reuder a ser * vice to the cause of truth by communicating facts connected with the progress and present state of Unitarian
Christianity . The existence of a body of Christians in the Western States , who have for years been Unitarians , have encountered persecution on account of their faith , and have" lived in ignorance of others east of the mountains , who maintained many similar views of Christian doctrine , has attracted the attention of the Committee .
Measures have been taken to ascertain more correctly the situation and character of this fraternity , who have adopted various names significant of their attachment to freedom of inquiry , and to a purer gospel than that embraced by other sects , and who , though they have refused to assume the title , openly avow themselves Unitarians . With two ministers of this body a correspondence has buen continued for some time . The Committee
have watched with peculiar interest the growth of the Christian connexion , which Is daily becoming more numerous and respectable . From members of that body , they have received expression * of fraternal regard ; and although there should not be a more intimate union between these
disciples and ourselves , than now exists , yet vte rejoice that they have the same great Work at heart , and we doubt not will prosecute it perseveringly and successfully . The need of * jnore ex ^ ct know *
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American Unitarian Association . We have been favoured with a copy of the " First Annual Report of the Executive Committee of the American Unita « rian Association , " the first anniversary of which was celebrated on the 30 th of
June , 1826 , in the Pantheon Hall , in Boston . The meeting was opened with prayer by the Rev . Dr . Bancroft , the President of the Association . The Report was then read , from which we shall give a few extracts , which we doubt not will be interesting to our readers .
u Executive Committee , in offering their first annual report , cannot but express tbeit * gratification at the circumstances under which it is presented . They behold in the numbers and character of thofte who compose this meeting , not only a proof of interest in the Association , but evidence of its stability * afld the pro **
Religion in America , Philadelphia had , we believe , the honour to be the first spot where religious liberty was fully and solemnly established . All men have here full permission to * ' search the Scriptures , " aud
draw their principles from the fountain head , aud no wealthy establishment stands by with bribes in the one hand to ensnare the conscience , and penalties in the other to terrify human weaknesg . The Jesuits there may ply their intrigues and Antichrist raise his horns in full
day ; truth and reason sniile at . such bugbears ; no alarms are felt or affected ; and no man glides into Congress on the shoulders of shouting multitudes , by raising the cry of " The Church in Danger , " or " No Popery . " It is
delightful to see that this perfect freedom promotes both piety and peace — that there is less wrangling and more religion than in the British Isles , where Christianity is " part and parcel of the law of the land . " This is one of the invaluable
truths which America , in her bright career , has shed upon the world . There are 77 congregations in Philadelphia , ( a city containing less than 130 , 000 inhabitants , ) viz . Presbyterians 15 ; Metodists 12 ; Episcopalians 10 ; Baptists 6 ; Quakers 6 ; German Lutheran * 4 ;
Catholic 4 ; Dutch Reformed 3 ; of other ects 17 . For the sake of comparison , we may mention that Edinburgh and Glasgow , the one with 150 , 000 , and the other with 160 , 000 inhabitants , have each 63 congregations , including Sectaries , great and small .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1827, page 3308, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1795/page/76/