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The meeting was most auspicious , and if followed-up by the same ability , zeal , and harmony , it must result in consequences thd rrrost happy to religion and to society .
Mr . G . Harris , of Maidstone , conducted the devotional part of the service , the Rev . T . S . Smith , the Unitarian minister of Edinburgh , delivered an address , explaining the nature and objects of the Institution , and the Rev . James Yates , of Glasgow , a sermon , explaining the nature , ' manner and extent of gospel
salvation , from Axits * iii . 47 , il I have set thee for a light to the Gentiles , that thou shouldest be for salvation to the . ends of the earth "
After the service , the address and sermon were unanimously and earnestly requested to be printed , and the following resolutions , constituting the Society , were unanimously agreed to . Resolved ,
. 1 st . That this Society be denominated the Scotch Unitarian Association . ^ 2 nd . That the objects of lhis institution be , 1 st , to promote and keep up an intercourse and correspondence between the different Societies in Scotland , which are united upon the common princi ples of the strict Urikyof God , and of his universal love to his
creatures , arid , 'To support public worship , by giving assistance to those Societies df Unitarian Christians in Scotland , who rnay be in need of it . 3 d , To assist in defraying the expences of Unitarian missionaries in Scotland , and , 4 th , To contribute to the illustration and establishment of the doctrines and spirit of Christianity , by the distribution of tracts .
3 d , That while the members of this Association disdain to shrink from the avowal of whatever they believe to be true , they will at all times endeavour to banish prejudice by a spirit of candour , and to destroy the effects of misrepresentation , by a character and conduct which shall be free from stain or rep roach i
4 th . That being stigmatized by the title of Deists , " they make their open and most solemn appeal to the writings *> f the Old and New Testaments ; in support ot the great principles they avoar and maintain . ' 5 th , Tha , t with a view to-carry in * ° meet trie objects of the "Association , as specified ^ bbve , tht different Funds , es-, &Ukte $ i 6 WppflrFthp A * so&ui 6 n , be OI v l
requested to transmit to it a sum annually , according to their respective resources , to be placed at the disposal of the Association . 6 th . That every member of any Fund connected with the Association ^ shall be considered a member of the Association * and his presence at it shall entitle him to vote »
7 th That each Fund be requested Co send three delegates to the General As * sociation , one or whom may be a minister . 8 th . That corresponding members ho appointed in everv place , where there
are Unitarians , and that they be requested to send an annual account of the state and progress of Unitarian ism in their respective neighbourhoods , to the Secretary of the Association , in order that he may lay it before the General Meeting .
9 th That the management of the , affairs of the Institution , be vested in nine Directors , from whom shall be chosen the Treasurer and Secretary . 10 th . That the Committee shall be chosen annually from the place where the last Association was held .
Uth . That the Committee for the ensuing year , shall consist of the following gentlemen , in Edinburgh : James fortune , Lamont Scott , Willjarr * Scott , David IVToncur , Robert Cumrning , William Phillip , William M'Minn , James Morison , Treasurer , T . S . Smith , Secretary .
12 th . That every question , which shall coine before the Association , shall be determined by a majority of vote ' s . The following vote of thanks to that able , indefatigable and successful advocate of civil and religious liberty , William Smith , Esq , M , P . was proposed , and carried unanimously , and the Sccre * -
tary ordered to communicate it in thft name of the Association . Resolved ^ that this Meeting regard , with warm sensations of gratitude , the exertions of William Smith , Escj . " M . P , to procure the repeal of all those disgraceful statutes in the codes of the United Kingdoms , which affected the security and honour
of the Unitarian body , rejoicing that the approbation due to those exertions , even if they had failed , is heighteijed by the sentiment of ardent , < ongrauilotion , on account of their xcon > piete success , arid hoping that the increasing liberality ojF the age , which had annihilated ( he violent spirit of * £ po 3 Hfto * i » o lately to
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1813, page 537, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2431/page/49/