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jections to Unitarian Christianity , $ rid exhorted his audience to evince the superior excellence of their faith by the parity and holiness of their lives . Me pronounced a justly-merited eulogium on
those useful meu , who , though engaged ' in secular pursuits during the week , go out on the Sunday to instruct their fellow-creatures' in the great and important truths- of Christianity , and whose labours have been attended with such signal success- in this populous district .
After the conclusion of the services at the Chapel , the friends , in number one hundred and twenty , male and female , retired to an inn and sat down to a plain , inexpensive dinner . This arrangement admitted the poorer brethren to participate in the pleasures which Christian intercourse is so peculiarly calculated to impart . After dinner the business of the
meeting was transacted in the Chapel , the Rev . N . Jones in the Chair . Reports were then given of the different societies connected with the Association , viz ., Rochdale , Newchurch * Burnley , Todraorden , Oldhatn , Rawtonstall , and Padiham . We were happy to hear that most of those" congregations and the Sunday-schools connected with them are in a flourishing state . The societies at Newchurch and Padiham have consi
derably increased during the past year . Padiham is principally supplied by two worthy individuals of the congregation , with occasional assistance from the " Lancashire and Cheshire Unitarian Missionary Society . " The writer of this report spent the following Sunday after the Association with this truly
interesting and religious people , and preached to unusually large audiences—in the afternoon to about two hundred and fifty , and in the evening to upwards of three hundred . He likewise preached in some of the adjacent villages , and considers this district a genial soil iu which to disseminate the seeds of Christian
Unitariantsm . We lament to say that trade in this place , and indeed throughout this part of the county , has been so depressed , that the weavers have scarcely been able by honest industry to supply even the wants of nature ! One of the humble individuals above alluded to
remarked , " that amidst all their distress they had not lost their religion , which imparted to the dejected mind , under the most calamitous Circumstances , the purest and highest consolation I" Such is the happy influence of Unitarianisiii when it assumes H # sway over the human mind . It affords w sincere pleasure
in being able to state that the societies in this district have received assistance both in money and clothing from congregational collections and benevolent individuals iu the metropolis , for which they return their grateful acknowledgments .
In the evening the friends again assembled for divine worship . Mr . Buckland , the Missionary , read the hymns and engaged in prayer , and a very excellent sermon was preached by Mr . Jones , from the words of the apostle " If any man think himself to be something when he is nothing , he deceiveth himself ? ' No one could listen to the
preacher but with a lively interest ; and but few we think went away without being convinced that charity and humility are essential to the formation of the Christian character . We regret to state that Mr . Tate , who had engaged to preach in the evening , was prevented in
consequence of indisposition . —Thus ended the proceedings of a day devoted to the cultivation of friendship , the promotion of piety , and to the furtherance of the Christian religion . U . M . Manchester . June 16 , 1827 .
Unitarian Association at Hull . On Weduesday and Thursday , July the 4 th and 5 th , the Anniversary Meeting of the Unitarian Association of Hull , Doncaster , Lincoln , Thorne , &c , was held at Hull . On Wednesday evening , the Rev . Dr . Hutton , of Leeds , preached an excellent sermon on the silent and
uuobserved but constant progress of truth , at the close of which he ably defended the Unitarians against the charge , which has been so pertinaciously brought against them , of the want of missionary zeal . On Thursday morn ing , the Rev . W . Duflield , of Thorne , preached a sermon on the respect entertained by Unitarians for the authoritv of the
Sacred Scriptures , jn which he successfully vindicated them from the charge of irreverence , and , by an appeal to numerous facts , shewed that such a charge could not be maintained against those who consider the Scriptures as of sole authority in religious matters , who interpret
what is figurative in them by that which is literal , and the obscure by the plain , and who express their religious sentiments in the most unambiguous scriptttral language . At one o ' clock the meeting for business took place in the chapel , when the Secretary ' s Report , which contained , among other interesting partial-
£ 30 Intelligence . ^ Unittxrian Aamekitwn at Hull .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1827, page 630, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1799/page/78/