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ffeience in the General Baptist Meetirtg ^ houste of that place , by which no strtall degree of attention has been ex ^ cited to the great question at isstie between Unitarians and their
opponents . Our Secretary for the Maidstone district © bserves that " we have every eyidence of the number of Unitarians being nruch greater than it appears to be ; the extreme difficulties , the force of fashion , and a false shame ,
deter many from expressing their belief of the sublime and despised traths of Unitarianism . " He acquainted the Society with a p lan which has been adopted at Maidstone for conveying religious instruction to children in a
language and manner adapted to their tender capacities . The boys on one part of each Sunday , and the girls on the other , are taken apart from the congregation to be familiarized wilh the leading principles of reli g ion , and theplaiflest practical admonitions . The Society adopted some resolutions with a view to the more prompt dispatch of its business , and to the keeping up of a more perfect intercourse between its branches , -as it is
hpped that every step which tends to engage us in the mutual pursuit of the common objects , will contribute in every point of view to increase the advantages of our Association .
With an expression of the deepest regret at . the horrid persecution of which our * Protestant brethren in the department of the Gard , have so long been the unofTending and unprotected victims , a vote of thanks was unanimousl y passed to the Coiaamtttee of the Dissenting Ministers of the Three Denom mat ions , for their unwearied
exertions in their behalf ; to Mr . C . Perrot for his Christian intrepidity in encountering every hazard and every difficulty to arrive at the first sources of information , and for the luminous re port b y which he has established the dreadful detail of ferocious
cruelties and merciless oppression ; and to Sir Samuel Romily for the able , wanly , arid Christian-like conduct , which he has shewn in pleading that cause in the British House of Commons .
The company afterwards adjourned to the Starirnr , where 134 persons sat down to a plain dinner , a larger rftototber than ; Jiari assembled at any prtviotis trieeting ofthe Society . Several appropriate sentiment were given
by the ^ chairman ( Mr * Aspland ) which he prefaced with some interesting remarks , and which drew forth observations from several persons present . The company being composer ! of both
ladies arid gentlemen , the inconsistency of the marriage ceremony with the general princi p les of l > issenter % and especially of Unitarians , became the subject of some animated discussion , and perseverance in applications to Parliament for release from this
ceremony , as the only legal bond of union , was strenuously teconrimended . The utmost harmony prevailed , the company in general appearing impressed with the obligation , as well of imitating their master in his entire devotion to the will of his Fatherland
his God , as in his brotherly-love and charity . May these social meetings in which we stt down to one table , as the worshippers of one common and only God and Father , in obedience to one Lord , be attended with the happy effect of diminishing our attachment to all sublunary distinctions ,
remembering that , as the disciples of Christ , we must strive to be distinguished by those qualities of the heart and lire which it was his sole object to inculcate upon mankind of every rank and condition , and by our proficiency in which , alone we can attain to distinction in his' heavenly kingdom ! THOMAS PINE , Maidstone , Secretary . July \ 6 , 1816 .
Eastern Unitarian Society . The Yearly Meeting of this Society was held at Ipswich , qn Wednesday and Thursday , the 2 & $ i and # 7 * h of June . On vVednesday evening Mr-George , Harris of Greenock introduced
the service by prayer , and reading the Scriptures , and Mr . FuHagar of Palgrave preached from & Peter i . 10 . *• Wherefore , the rather ; brethren , give diligence to make your calling and
election sure . " On Thursday morning Mr . Scargill , of Bury , introduced the service , and read the Scriptures ; Mr : Toins . of Framlinghatn , prayed ^ and Mr , Thornas - Rees , of London ,
preached from Isaiah jd , 25 . ** , Ta whom * ben will ye liken me , or ahall I be equal ? saith the Holy One / ' ; It is much to be regretted that Mr . Recs declined complying with th £ wish of the Society to print a sermon so admirably adapted to expoee the pernicious
Intelligence . S — Eastern Unitarian Society . 4 $
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), July 2, 1816, page 425, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2454/page/53/