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their discourses to the character and design of the Society , and among the i-est , the gentleman who preached at Its last anniversary : he , it is true , warned his hearers " not to be ashamed
of Chri&t and his wards "— " a duty certainly in these times of no very difficult performance ; " but he was far from resting in this general exhortation ; he defined the leading articles of Christian faith to consist in a belief of
the unity of God , the placability of the Divine character , and the remedial nature of future punishment : these fundamental doctrines he earnestly exhorted his hearers openly to avow and maintain ; though , like some of his predecessors , adapting his discourse to the character and design of the
Society , he forbore to insist on any peculiar opinion as to the person of Christ . In conclusion , Sir , allow me to express a hope , that the respected gentleman so frequently alluded to , will see the propriety of abstaining in future from so severely censuring those who have only followed the line of conduct which he himself assisted to mark out . VECTIS .
Norwich , Sin , December 14 , 1819 . MUCH as I admire and applaud the spirit which pervades the letter of your Liverpool Correspondent T ., [ XIV . 672 , ^\ I am not so much aware , as he seems to be , of the
absolute necessity of a Genei'al Unitarian Association . It appears to me that the exertions of the Unitarians have been , though slowly , yet gradually and powerfully directed as a body towards the accomplishment of those ends which , as Christians , they are bound to promote . They are bound to make known their sentiments and opinions , to attack unscriptural creeds and idolatrous worship , to wage unceasing war with error , bigotry and superstition , and never to relax till these be
no more . This they are associated for the purpose of effecting , by their London Unitarian Book Society , which , in the course of thirty years , has lived to see in existence and in action a
numerous and tliriving progeny—by the unwearied and valuable labours of their Missionaries , and by the various objects which the Unitarian Fund pursues with equal zeal and prudence . They are bound to watch over and protect ( as
far as they can ) the civil rights which they enjoy , and to obtain an extension of them / TMs Tiiey do by the Association for that purpose . . They $ rfe
bound to provide a place at which education may be given to those persons who desire to become public instructors ; and this they do by supporting the College at York . They are « lso bound to afford assistance to the wants
of their brethren , and this they do by their Fellowship Funds . All these Societies and Associations have arisen , because the want of them has become manifest , but what other objects your Correspondent has in view besides these , is not , I think , very apparent . He has referred to the state
of the Chapels at Stafford , Stone , and Neweastle-urider-Line , in proof of the necessity of such an Association , but surely these cases come immediately within the province of the Unitarian Fund , which has . successfully interposed to rescue some of our old Presbyterian Churches from entire decay , and if its funds had been sufficierrtlv
ample , would , probably , have used the same exertions in behalf of these places . In counties where there are no Unitarians , of course no Associations can exist , but in those in which they are at all numerous , Associations of one kind or other have sprung up , and these , I conceive , may be rendered quite
adequate to the necessary exertions of then * respective districts . Each of these Associations has a secretary , whose name is generally announced every year in the Repository , and to whom , of course , the London Societies apply whenever necessary . The following list will shew how much has already been effected , and how much still remains to be done
in various parts of the kingdom . It is , probably , not a complete one , but it may serve as an attempt or a beginning of a more perfect one : London . —Unita 3 * ian Book Society . Unitarian Funil , Association for Protecting' the Civil Rights of Uhttariaris .
TVes tern Unitarian Society , including Somerset , Gloucester , Devonshire , Dorsetshire , Wiltshire . Southern Unitarian Society , including Hampshire and Sussex . Northern Unitarian Society , including Derby , Nottingham , Leicester , and the South of Yorkshire . Warwickshire Unitarian Society ' ,
22 Mr . JE . Taylor on ewisting- Unitarian Associations .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1820, page 22, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2484/page/22/