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^^ anii /; to twenty young men who toiigfo t possess kn owled s : e and zeal , aiid appear likely to be useful , and put them fcrpofi Climfted course of education fm * lie ministry ,- who shoiiId afterwards %£ employed as itinerants in Scot land 3 ?
< # sj 6 c ? iaHyill suet * parishes as bad luke--warm preatherB , until separate corigre-£ ations could be : farmed , whose minister ^ Acting u pon the same pla n , might i > re £€ h in every village to which they « ad access . In th £ mean time , his
brother , * # ho had given iip his situation tinder the Company , and was attending lectures in the University of Edinburgh , Ifregan to pr-each in sorrne of the villages rautld . A short time after Ifir . Aikman , Wsttkfcnt in the university , who Qbfftcted t& subscript ion ^ to the co nfession 1
*> f faith , and Mr . Rate , who had studied tihder Mr . Bogu 6 , undertook to itinerate through the ) North of Scotland , and 1 i * cfea 3 f * iost every where received with tlfc greatest respect , multitudes attend . Mg'th&r sermons , in the streets , or in ^ eeti&g-houses , where they could obtain theni . After * the publishing of their
Jotirhalya Society" was formed for Cfe « propagation of the gospel at home , " Hhb ^ - abject it wag tb employ and I&fp&rt preafche * rs Occasionally to irine-* frte in Scotland . For this purpose they # btsfoed ^ egiil ar succession of preachers , 4 & * eHy ? independents from England ; as * 0 e 1 l ^ employed : the above named and « 8 me otfrerk . Mr . R . Haldane next
W ^ teed € d '! to « fe 1 ^ ct young men ( at first wefityiilive , afterwards * two more were ** t < kch to be sent to Mr . Bbgue , from Wfwin they wereto receive a full course && 4 h ? itiity leicttires , be taught Greek , ^ 6 > pu t upon a course of English r ' ead % Ng ^ Ttiis ^ considering them , when cfedieii , as already of mature age , of
tfoifee standing in Christianity , and acceptable teachers in sibbath schools <* H €% ilJ | hrietty generally established for t-tollgftmft ihsBiictibn and serious eJchortaticn ) , waV all that was thought ne-&&iirf < s * thtiy wereto be fifteen months < Mi ^ ed'in tirese ' studies ; after which WeyH *« rc td be otic ? year wholly ein-^ lWediindeV tbc directioh of the
So" Wty "JPb ^^ i )! W Sending ^ llem to Gosport If ^ lng IWeeii ^ iverfu ^; Mt . Ewing , who to d ^ glvfen t ^^^ Ms sitUaiti 6 ii ^ in th ec ^ iirch . t « aertid 6 ^ the- card of 1 : 1 ieir edticatron J * tiy \ % * fo $ ?< m # were * inimcciiately ^^ m ^^ tht ^ mco ^ mi ; alid * went through an extensive covitsc of reading ,
every student giving every Saturday an account of what had "been read . Almbst all of them were employ-d on Sunday evenings to teach the ycung and exhort the old who attended the numerous Sabbath schools in Edinburgh and its neighbourhood . Mr Ewing ; having removed to Glasgow in the July following the class was rerrioved at the same time :
the period of education was lengthened to two years , much more time was devoted to the Greek , and a part also to the Hebrew language . They were also sent to Anderson ^ Institute for a full course of natural philosophy . Nearly at this time Mr . Haldane established anotherclass of students urfdef
Mr . Jones , for whom he had built a * large place of worship at Dundee | £ nd for several years afterwards he kept tty 0 classes going forward at the same time , the one comtnsneing their course w- ^ cjs the other had half finished . After finishing" the second class Mr . E v ^ in ^ declined teaching any more , as he and Mr . H . differed re s pecting tneii-stucjies 5 there were besides some
misunderstandings between them respecting Mr . Ewing ' s salary . —The third class was removed to Edinburgh . Before the first class had commenced the Circus at Edinburgh was rented ; and Mr . James Haldane and Mr .
Aikman preached to large audiences . A church was formed on the Independent plan , and rapidly increased in numbers , till Mr . Aikman built a separate place of worship , and many of the members went with him . All these churches
continued in ereat harmony for several years , and many others were for meg in different places , and were supplied £ > y the preachers who had studied in . tke different classes . Every rhurch v ^ as considered as completely indcpendejit
but all joined in the g ^ netal cause , until more limited views of chorch discipliiJ , e ! > of the nature of the pastoral office , ai ^ d of the order of public worship , were introduced . The Mr . Haldanes axk > p * e < f these , and in thi 9 considered themselves
only as following up their fofmer < vie . i ^ s more frilly , while others thou ^ Ut th ^ y Were departing from th ( ir on ' gina ] |* ri # - copies , Mr . Ewmg and others took the niore popular side ^ This beca nve the cause or a contirorersy which enrdiil in the . total separation of these churche * . The subject of baptiam came next to be considered ; several of the preacher * and sonic © € ( he memb « r #
Intelligence . —Extracts from the Unitarian Fund Report , 1813 . \§ 3
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), March 2, 1814, page 193, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2438/page/57/