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Corporation mid Test Acts . We are happy to be able to congratulate our readers on the energy and activity which have at length manifested themselves among the various denominations of Dissenters on this important object . More unanimity has seldom been evinced
than at the meetings which have taken place ; and the wonder has only been , with all present , how men , so feeling on such a subject , have kept themselves , or been kept , so long quiet by doubts and hesitations and mistrusts , which discus- * sjon dissipates in a moment .
In consequence of energetic remonstrances sent both by the Board of Congregational ( or Independent ) Ministers and by the Unitarian Association to the Society of Deputies , urging them to some consideration of the important duties which they were established to perform , an aggregate meeting was requested by
the Committee of that Society , with deputations from the General Body of Ministers of the Three Denominations , from the separate Body of the Congregational Board , from the Protestant Society for the Protection of Religious Liberty , and from the Unitarian Association , for the purpose of discussing in common the course to be pursued .
March 28 , 1827 . The different Societies having acceded to the proposal , this Meeting accordingly took place , and was attended by the following gentlemen ;
Committee of the Deputies , W . Smith , Esq ., M . P . Mr . Ruti ; Mr . Collins Mr . R . Taylor Mr . Favell Mr . Waymouth Mr . Hale Mr . Wilks Mr . Hanbury Mr . Wood Mr . Jackson Mr . Yallowley Mr . Medley JMr . Yockney .
From the General Body of Ministers , Rev . Mr . Asplaud Rev . Dr . Cox Dr . Rees Mr . Coates , Dr . Winter
From the Congregational Board , Rev . Mr . BJackbuine Rev . Mr . Yockney Mr . Ornie Mr . Harper . Trom the Protestant Society , Mr . Steven ty [ r . Walker Mr . WUks , their Secretary ( attending also as a Deputy ) .
From the Unitarian Association , Mr . Christie Mr . Bowring Mr . Richmond Mr . Edgar Taylor . Mr . W . Smith , being called to the Chair , addressed the Meeting at considerable length , on the difficulties which , he , and many zealous friends of their cause , felt as to the expediency of agU
tating the question . This Meeting , he stated , was not called at the instance of the Deputies , but from the applications of other bodies , which would probably communicate their feeling on the subject . For his own part , he was inclined to believe that the present was a favourable moment for preferring their claims . *
Mr . Favell , at some length , expressed his opinion that they could no longer delay their application . The Resolutions of the Congregational Board of Ministers were then read . They strongly urged that no further delay , should take place .
Mr . Bowring , as a Delegate of the Unitarian Association , communicated the earnest feeling of that body on the subject , as expressed in the three resolutions which he read . The first is the same as was afterwards adopted by the Meeting . The second declared the opinioii of the Association , that it was expedient to convene a public meeting , requesting
the presence at it of distinguished friends of Liberty . The third expressed the strong feeling of the Association that their claims should be urged only on the broad ground of denying the right or policy of the magistrate ' s making reli «* gious opinion or profession the ground or pretence of civil preference or
exclusion . < Mr , Aspland stated , on behalf of the body of Ministers , their decided and unanimous feeling , that -longer delay waa alike injurious to their cause , and inconsistent with their character and
profes-, > Mr . Wilks , on the part of himself and his co-delegates , stated , that . the Protestant Society also Jfelt tl \ e necessity of taking active measures , and were con-, vinced that they could no longer be delayed . ;
The Rev . Mr . Yockney ( as a Congre * gational Minister ) expressed , in lener * getic language , the feeling of his brethren on the subject , and their earnest desire to come forward oft the broadest grounds .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 2, 1827, page 377, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1796/page/65/