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ings , and to promote the habits of virtue in the most numerous class of society , depends upon the conduct of its women , how entirely almost the principles and the morals of the young of both sexes rest upon it , no
argument will be necessary to prove the importance of that aid , which the wives , and often , too , the daughters , of the clergy , contribute towards the great purposes of the Christian ministry . " Phil pott's Sermon at St . Paul ' s , Mav 12 , 1814 . In various cases , also ,
of co-operation in the management of certain public charities , y 6 u may contribute those personal services which it will be out of your husband ' s line to offer . See Mrs . Cappe ' s excellent Paper on Female Visiters in Hospitals * , in the Pamphleteer . But besides cheerfulness and active
co-operation , fidelity to admonish your husband , if any case should occur of neglect or deficiency , and to remind him of duties , whether general or particular , will never / - I persuade myself , be undervalued or ill-received by him .
You may , indeed , be of great use to each other in maintaining your respective provinces regular , by keeping an exact account of the business of each day , and by comparing notes every night before bed-time , of what eaeh has
respectively done or omitted doing . 1 am far from pretending to claim a right , from having myself observed them , to give either to you now , or to your husband formerly , the advices with which you have both been
troubled : but T persuade myself , you both will take them in good part ; and will believe that there exists no jealousy of either of you excelling , as much as you please , the friends who have gone before you .
With my best love , then , to yourself and your dearest friend , I will at length relieve you by subscribing myself , Your affectionate Father , V . F .
Unitarians , as they may arise , with the view of procuring for them suitable chapels , and otherwise supporting them in their infani efforts , until they shall attain to sufficient strength to depend upon their own exertions .
We need not experience to teach us the benefit which must arise from such institutions . It is evident , at first sight , that'if infant societies of any kind can only be carried through the difficulties attendant upon that
stage of their existence , as a child is carried through the helpless period of its infancy by parental care , many of the impediments to their arrival at maturity , may either be greatly lessened or altogether removed , their
future permanence insured , and their usefulness greatly increased . For these reasons I consider our friends at Birmingham entitled to the cordial thanks of their brethren at large , for their disinterested conduct on this
occasion , and would gladly hope that their example will be speedily followed by all other congregations of Unitarians , who find their circumstances such as will enable them to do so . Were such societies more
numerous , the general result "would be great , probably beyond what we can at present conjecture , while the expense to individuals would be scarcely perceptible . We should then see Unitarian congregations more speedily formed , because their members would
more readily be induced to abandon the Established Church , when they saw some prospect of establishing themselves immediately , instead of labouring for ten , twenty or thirty years , almost without hope and without friends , through an accumulation of difficulties , which few men are found firm enough to endure .
But while I would , recommend the example above-mentioned , I would at the same time propose to the . se infant institutions , the adoption of another plan , which , while it would
tend to ensure to them the advantage * of the benevolent societies already alluded to , would also greatly accelerate the accomplishment of the end in view . The plan I would recommend to them is the establishment of a fund .
to be exclusively appropriated to the building- of a chapej , in every case where such a measure shall be found indispensably necessary * Let tiicw
30 O On Fellowship Funds .
Sir , Aug . 28 , 1817 . IT is with peculiar satisfaction I have observed in one of your late Numbers , ( April , XII . 250 , ) that a benevolent fund has been established
at Birmingham , on the plan suggested by Dr . Thomson , of Halifax , which has for its leading object , tjie affording pecuniary aid to new congregations of
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 600, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/28/