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the good of mankind , and to the honour of the institution which has been instrumental to your advancement in knowledge—let it also be instrumental to your advancement in all virtue !"
Kent Unitarian Baptists . The Annual Association of the Kent Unitarian Baptists was held at Chatham , Tuesday , May 15 th . The preliminary proceedings commenced at half-past nine o'clock and the public service at eleven . The Rev . B . Mardon and the Rev . J . Marten engaged in the devotional exercises , and the Rev . D . Eaton , of London , delivered an excellent discourse from
John vii . 48 . On the meeting being concluded , the elders and representatives of the churches , with other Unitarian friends , sat down to a well-provided dinner at the Mitre Tavern , after which a number of sentiments were proposed from the Chair , ( which , as is customary in the
connexion , was occupied by the preacher of the day , ) all of which were in unison with the principles of civil and religious liberty , and drew forth appropriate remarks from Messrs . Mardon , Harding , Brent , Ashdowne , &c . After taking tea , the party , consisting of between fifty and sixty persous , departed from the scene of their innocent festivities with expressions of mutual regard and satisfaction . T . F . T .
Anniversary of the Sunday School at Welburn , near York . If simple and unpretending zeal , conjoined with those principles which have been too generally represented as destructive of such feelings , be sufficient to interest the Unitarian world , no apology can be required in offering the present communication . Amongst a large portion
of our Christian brethren , it is felt and stated as no slight objection to our peculiar sentiments , that they are little qualified for the use of that important class of society , who , being precluded by their station and employments from a very refined and philosophical education , need a
religion which shall speak to their hearts rather thau one which can approve itself to a discriminating judgment . As furnishing an answer to such reasonings , the religious anniversaries of village Unitarians , in places almost unknown by name , may claim a record in the pages of the Monthly Repository .
The Unitarian congregation at Welburn , who have lately been indebted to public liberality for the erection of their
neat and convenient chapel , owed their origin to the exertions of Mr . John Mason ; a man whose only philosophy lay in the natural strength of a vigorous intellect , and whose only literary
acquirements were a thorough knowledge of the contents of his Bible . Many among his converts exhibit much of his philosophy and knowledge in their rational creed and their serious and reflecting habits of mind ; and , nurtured as this little flock has been by the care of their founder , by the zeal of some
among themselves who do not shrink from the duties of divine service , and , of late years , by the assistance of the divinity students of the York College , they furnish a living example of the adaptation of pious and unsophisticated Unitarianism to the capacity and wants of the poor .
The Annual Meeting , announced at the head of this article , was a highly interesting occasion . On Monday afternoon , May 28 th , a religious service was conducted , and an excellent sermon preached on behalf of the School , by the Rev . W . Turner , of York . After service , the children , to the number of seventy , assembled at tea ; and when
they were dispatched to their sports , the members of the congregation sat down , in company with such friends of the school , or of Unitarian Christianity , from the neighbourhood , from Maltou , and from York , as an unfavourable state of the weather would permit to assemble . The evening passed with much life and harmony ; and we were not a
little pleased to observe many of our orthodox friends in the room , partaking , we assure ourselves , in the kind and liberal feelings which were expressed both by members of the Welburn flock and by their friends from a distance . The encouraging prospects of Unitarianism in Welburn , while they gave
occasion for mutual congratulations amongst its professors , led to the mention of the pleasing and truly Christian relation in which the Society stands towards the Wesleyan Methodists , who opened a chapel lately in the village . Long may the profession of either faith be unmixed with jealousy towards the advocates of the other !
The principles of religious liberty and the rights of conscience formed a copious topic for the consideration of our meeking ; and in connexion with such sentiments , a petition to Parliament was produced for signature , praying for the repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts , and of-all acts imposing civil disabilities
628 Intelligence . *—Anniversary of the Sunday School at Welburn .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1827, page 628, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1799/page/76/