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oh account of religious opinions . The petition was a copy of one which was at the same time lying for signatures at York . It was signed by forty-five persons , while the York petition obtained about double that number of names .
And though the immediate necessity for these and similar exertions seems to be deferred , yet the assertion of our rights cannot be unseasonable , if it only prepare the way for their future acknowledgment , by proving , that Dissenters are not themselves indifferent ( as it has been insinuated ) about their own rights of conscience . A Visitor at Welburn . York , June 2 , 1827 .
Sussex Unitarian Association . The Eighth Anniversary of the Sussex Unitarian Association was held at Brighton , on Wednesday , the 30 th of May , when the Rev . Russell Scott , of Portsmouth , delivered on the occasion a very interesting discourse from Gen . xiv . 18 : tf And Melchizedek , king of Salem , brought forth bread and wine ; and he
was the Priest of the Most High God . ' * The object of the discourse was to expose the fallacy of the opinion so generally entertained by the orthodox , that Melchizedek , who is said by the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews to have been " without father , without mother , without descent , having neither beginning of days nor end of life , " was a type
of Jesus of Nazareth , the Son of God . The extensive research , critical acumen , and historical illustration for which the sermon was distinguished , rendered it highly interesting to the auditors ; and we are happy to say that Mr . Scott has kindly consented to the request of the Society that it should be printed . The friends and subscribers to the
Association dined together at the Ship Inn , where the afternoon was pleasantly spent . Dr . Morell presided , and many gentlemen addressed the meeting . T . W . HORSFIELD . Lewes , June 24 , 1827 .
Shropshire , Cheshire , and Staffordshire Association . On Wednesday , the 6 th of June , the Annual Meeting of the Association of tfie adjacent Uuitaiiau congregations in Shropshire , Cheshire , and Staffordshire , was held at Whitchurch . One of the chief objects which hitherto has been contemplated in these meetings—to promote friendly and religious intercourse among the members of the Association ,
as a means of encouragement and support to each other in their common work—was pleasingly realized on thisoccasion . The meeting was attended by . various distant lay friends , as well as ministers , all of whom appeared to participate in the high gratification which their presence and encouragement afforded to the congregation of the place , almost all the active members of which are of the labouring class .
There were two religious services on the occasion , which were conducted by the Rev . Hugh Hutton , of Birmingham , as the preacher , and several of the other ministers who were present as supporters . Between the services , the company sat down to an economical dinner : Mr .
Hutton in the Chair . In this office as well as in the pulpit , the Rev . Gentleman afforded much gratification to those present , who could not but express their feeling of pleasure in the appointment of one possessing qualities so well calculated to promote the objects of the
meeting . The other ministers present were the Rev . J . Hawkes , Rev . R . B . Aspland , M . A ., Rev . E . Hawkes , M . A ., Rev . H . Clarke , Rev . — Buxton , and Rev . R . Shawcross , all of whom were called upon to address the meeting , and were listened to apparently with much attention and interest . After several
hours' social and edifying enjoyment the company withdrew to the School-Rooms , where tea was provided , and a considerable number of the female members of the congregation and some visitors assembled to meet them . A hope is entertained by some that this Association , though it is in its infancy , and its means are very limited , may yet be made more directly useful to the great cause in the promotion of which it is at present so humble an
instrument . The next meeting will be held at Nantwich , and the Rev . R . B . Aspland , of Chester , is appointed to preach . R . S .
Lancashire Unitarian Methodist Association . On Thursday , June the 7 th , 1827 , was held at Padiham , the Annual Association of the different societies of Methodist Unitarians in Lancashire . The service in the morning was introduced by Mr . J . Ashworth , of Newchurch , and a very interesting discourse was delivered from Acts xxviii . 22 , by the Rev . F . Ho worth , of Rochdale . The preacher ably answered many of then popular ob-
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1827, page 629, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1799/page/77/