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variance with his coronation oath ; and , in 1817 , they give an official advice to the Prince Regent , or his confidential servants , to go down to parliament to give his Royal assent to the hill !
desired to transmit these resolutions to the friends of Mr . Wright , in such a way as he may judge most proper . The list of members received a , considerable addition of names from Coseley , Wolverhampton and the neighbourhood . J . FL B .
Protest against the Marriage Ceremony . Sir , Your readers have doubtless heard with pleasure the intentions of Mr . Smith , of Norwich , that noble advocate of the rights of conscience ,
particularly as affecting Unitarians , to bring the marriage question under the consideration of the legislature . It is really a disgrace to our age and country , that men , whatever may be their sentiments and religious opinions ,
should be called upon to bow at the altar of any mode of faith , established or otherwise . Marriage , in fact , is and should be a civil contract ; it is a private agreement between the parties which is to be publicly sanctioned indeed by law , and which should be so sanctioned
by the magistrate > not the priest . The sole object of the legislature in passing the marriage act , that act by which every one who marries is now compelled to visit the established church , the sole object I say , Sir , then in view was publicity , and to prevent illicit and unadvised unions : this
should be ever kept in view in all our endeavours to obtain redress ; till we obtain it , however , we must submit ; though something may still be done ia the way of bearing our testimony against this grievous imposition on the conscience of all Dissenters , Unitarians in particular . Asa proof of this i
inclose you the copy of a protest which , in a parish church in the city of London , was publicly delivered by two parties at the time of their marriage last Sunday j every effort was , besides , made by them to resist the performance of the ceremony , particularly by their refusing to kneel while the idolatrous and unchristian rite was
performing . Your giving publicity to their protest just at this particular moment , may essentially serve the cause of freedom of conscience in this instance . Requesting , therefore , your speedy attention to it , T am , Sir , W . L . London , Sept . 26 th , 1817 .
5 ? G Intelligence . —> JProte $ t against the Marriage Cei * emonu
Warwickshire Unitarian Tract Society \ The Annual Meeting of the Unitarian Tract Society , established in Birmingham , for Warwickshire and the neighbouring counties , took place at Coseley , in Staffordshire , on
Tuesday , June 17 , 1817 . The Rev . James Hews Bransby , of Dudley , read the Scriptures and conducted the devotional service . The Rev . James Yates , of Birmingham , delivered a very interesting discourse from 1 Kings xviii . 21 . " And Elijah came unto all the
people , and said , c How long halt ye between two opinions ? If the Lord ( Jehovah ) be God , foHow him ; but if Baal , then follow him . " Mr . Yates first applied the words of the prophet to the present state of opinions in this country : he then endeavoured to obviate the various excuses which men
commonly urge for declining the examination of the most important religious controversies : he afterwards pointed out the dispositions with which such an examination ought to be ^ conducted , and the proper employment of religious truth when discovered .
After the usual business had been transacted , upwards of forty gentlemen , members and friends of the society , dined together . In the course of the afternoon several subjects , connected with the progress of Christian truth and with the interests of religious liberty , engaged the attention of the
meeting-. The Rev . John Kentish having read a letter , addressed to him by the Chairman of the Committee , for conducting the defence of Mr . John Wright , of Liverpool , against whom a prosecution had been commenced , on the charge of blasphemy , it was resolved ,
I . That the meeting cordially sympathize with Mr . Wright in his present circumstances . IT . That they will be most happy to contribute , individually , to the expenses which may be necessary for his defence , at the enduing assizes , at Lancaster . III . That the Rev , John Kentish be
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1817, page 570, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2468/page/58/