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April 20 th . The United Committee met at the King ' s Head in the Poultry . Mr . William Smith was requested to act as its permanent Chairman . The junction of the Body of Ministers and of the Unita ^
nan Association was officially announced , and communications were reported from the other bodies who had been invited to co-operate with them . A Sub-Committee was appointed , consisting , with the Chairman , of two members of each of the delegations , to prepare and publish a statement of the case of Protestant
Dissenters as to the Corporation and Test Acts , and to draw up a circular letter with the form of a petition , to be distri buted throughout the country . We rejoice that this Committee is now in motion , and we expect that by the time our number is in the hands of our readers , they will have taken some decisive steps to promote the great object for which they are associated .
Intelligence . —Test and Corporation Acts . 3 & 1
mlttee be formed , as in 1786 , comprising the Committee of the Deputies and six members from each London body or Society desirous of co-operating , with power to add to its numbers ; such Committee to be called "The Committee appointed for conducting the Application
to Parliament for the Repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts . * ' That such Committee should conduct all proceedings proper to be taken for promoting the object in view . That the different Societies be requested to name their six Deputies , and that then the aggregate Committee be summoned . And , that these resolutions should be sent to the
Body of Ministers , the Protestant Society , the Unitarian Association , the Wesleyan Methodists , the Quakers , the Presbytery of the Scotch Churches in London , and the Associate Presbytery of Seceders . The united Committee will proceed
with all activity on the duties entrusted to them , and will probably communicate to congregations the form of a petition which they may recommend . It is desirable that as many petitions should be sent up as can be procured , previous to the motion , and the most effectual course will be to commit them to the Members of Parliament connected with the districts from which they come , with a request of their support .
April \ Oth . At the Annual Meeting of the Dissenting Ministers of London and the vicinity of the Three Denominations , several resolutions were passed expressive of their opinion on the Corporation and Test Acts , and declaratory of their
determination to petition for their repeal . The following ministers were appointed as a deputation to unite with the Committee of Deputies , &c , in the formation of a General Committee : —Mr . Aspland , Dr . Rees , Dr . Winter , Dr . Humphrys , Dr . Newman , Dr . Coxy and Mr . Coates , the Secretary of the body .
April \ 2 th . The Unitarian Association met and appointed As their delegates to the united Committee , Mr . Christie Mr . Edgar Taylor Mr . Bo wring Mr . John Fisher Mr . Hornby Mr . John Watson . And they agreed on the form of a petition to be submitted to the united
Committee , as one which , wjfh their approbation , would be recommended by the Association to the congregations in its connexion .
Petitions . Where congregations have not prepared their petitions in their own forms , the following ( which has been approved by the Committee of the Unitarian Association ) may serve as a guide ; of course , with any variations which appear desirable .
Petitions should be in the hands of members of parliament by about the 1 st of June . Where an opportunity serves of intrusting them to the members connected with the district , it should by all means be embraced . If no other means offer for presentment , they may be sent to the Association rooms , No . 3 , Walbrook Buildings . —It is not thought necessary to present petitions , at present , to the House of Lords .
To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland , in Parliament assembled . The humble Petition of the undersigned , being Protestant Dissenters , assembling for religious worship at the chapel Cor meeting-house ] in Street , m Sheweth ,
That by the operation of certain acts , passed in the reign of King Charles the Second , and commonly called the Corporation and Test Acts , all persons are excluded , under heavy penalties , from the magistracy , from corporations , and from every place of trust or command under his Majesty , who shall not qualify themselves by professing their confor-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 2, 1827, page 381, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1796/page/69/