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such Tracts as are calculated to recommend the duties of the Christian life , fey those motives which we judge most consistent with the views of Christianity which we embrace . But while we teach others , we would be careful to exemplify what we teach . Let us be allowed to express
our earnest hope , that every member of this Association will habituajly keep in mind , that the greatest injury which can be done to any cause , especially to a cause which professes to be that of religion and the gospel , is a life at variance with the doctrines which we profess . That it is not every one that saith , Lord ! Lord ! that shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven , or be honoured as the instrument of promoting his kingdom upon earth , but he that doth the will of his Father who is in heaven . This is especially incumbent upon those itfho profess an unpopular doctrine ;
who may naturally expect that every advantage will be taken of their failure in any of the duties of the Christian life , and that it -will be charged to the account of the creed which they have embraced . Let such be careful in all
things to maintain a good conscience , " that if any speak against them as evil doirs , they may be ashamed who falsely accuse their good conversation in Christ /'
Extracts from the Report of the Committtic of the Unitarian Fund ,, 1813 . The Committee of the Unitarian l ^ uhd being desirous of engaging the Rjev . J . Campbell , of Newcastle , on a mission into Scotland , consulted the
Rev . W . Turner , of iha . t p lace , respecting the measure , and received from him . the following account of Mr . Campbell and of the HaMane Connection , in ^ jvhich lWr C . had bee n trained up , in a letter addressed to the Secretary . Newcastle , June 4 , 1813 . Dfar Sir ,
As the Committee of the Unitarian Fund have already paid so much attention to rny report of Mr . Campbell , as to propose that he should be invited to become a missionary in Scotland , I have thought t ^ at it might not be uninteresting to you and them to receive some account of the religious society under whose auspices he came to this place ,
and of the steps which led to hi * Ia 1 e change of opinions respecting the person and offices of our Lord Jesus Cbrist . . Robert Haldane , Esq . of Aifdde , a gentleman of ample fortune and great respectability , and his brother James , a captain in the service of the East
India Company , had their minds seriously turned to the subject of religioii much about the same time . By what means this was effected ^ my friend can . gi \ e no circumstantial accountj but he helieves the change was gradual , especially in the case of Robert , and followed a close examination of the
evidence of the truth of the gospel . When . once convinced of its truth , he perceived its great importance , and thought that the greater number of its professors were criminally negligent , in © ot adopting more effectual means to eoisamunicate the knowledge of it . He turned his attention particularly to tjfee
heal hen world , . and , considering itfce multitude of the inhabitants of India , their subjection to the British government , and the probable -advantages which missionaries would enjoy by laying under its protection , his first plan was to sell his estates , take a few m ^ p of learning and zeal with him . and for « i
a missionary settlement at Benares , eject there a seminary of education , %$ & spread the gospel in the region rc * m * d about : to take some of the first £ t | i || 9 of their labours among the heathy , and instruct them so as to qualify theja for preaching the gospel among ths **
countrymen . Having formed this pla $ « he invited three others to join vtifa in the undertaking , Mr . David Bogyc of Gosport , Mr . —Innes , of Stirling , and Mr . Greville Ewing , of Edinburgh ; the first an independent , the two la ^ ec ministers of the church of Scotland ,
From the nature of the Company Vclwter , it was necessary to apply to them for liberty to settle in I heir dominions . He accordingly laid his plan fully before the court of Directors , but received A decided refusal , notwithstanding . , tbat he made every explanation , and o&er&d every security that he would iiot mwfe \ e either wilh tfjteir trade of tluif politics .
His designs being thus frustrated , although he had * old most . of his-.. tawU and made other preparation- - , he . con- * sidered what he had now m hisj > o > yer ^ and presently determine ^ to fo ' lloiy iieaily tfie sutae nivd * at p : * © cc « J « r « i «
155 Intelligence . —Extracts from the Unitarian Fund Report , 1813 .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), March 2, 1814, page 192, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2438/page/56/