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that the liberal-minded Bishop Law ; did hot appear m our ikhW , ' the cause Assigned xm $ , " the unpleasantness of being brow-4 > 6 aten < by so many of the same station , when his aid would be ineffectual . ** Otit coming to towti at that time and waiting on Archbishop Cornwaiiis , that prelate , so inferior in
every episcopal qualification , greeted him with a sneer : '' I suppose your Lordship is come to assist Dissenting endeavours . " Bishop Shipley was then one of the bench , but did not come forward as the friend of liberality , though afterwards he obtained that honour . . JOSEPH CORNISH .
Lancashire , Sir , Julg 16 , 1820 . IN the " Congregational Magazine " for the present month , there is an account of a Chapel at Allostock , near Northwich , in Cheshire , with the
circumstances of which , probably , some of your Correspondents are informed . It appears that in the year 1742 , Dr . Samuel Baton was the pastor , who was succeeded by the Rev . William Turner and the Rev . John Holland . The Congregational Magazine adds , " the ministers who have followed Dr .
t ^ aton were probably Arians or Antitrinitarians , " with the exception of the present pastor , Mr . Glover , who is represented as an Arminian Baptist and far advanced in years , preaching only once a month . It appears that an estate of 27 acres of land , situated at Rainow , two miles from Maecles -
iield , was bequeathed by the Rev . Samuel Garside , for the " officiating minister of this Chapel for ever /' " But this bequest , " says the Magazine , €€ has experienced the common
fate of posthumous benevolence , and is not enjoyed by , thei party for whom it was designed /* i The case of theu Chapel just ' mentioned is so < analogous to many' # ther& in . this part of # he Country , that I h 6 pe no apology is ireqiiisfte for alluding to the subject , as i aui not aware that
any Btepa are taking to preserve our old Presbyterian chapels from the fate that seems to await them . Since the extinction of the Preffyyfary in these counties , no body has existed with authority to take up the cause or falling congregations ; and however ive ' may object to the powers witH which eccle *
srastical associations have Wmettihes bete armed , or have assutded , I am totich inclined to think , that Mftrat may be termed the rational classes of Dis-Centers , have fallen lamentably * into the other extreme , leaving our weaker churches to struggle on as they may ;
Or altogether to perish , for want of the friendly support and protection which can only be effectually given by an associated body . With these views , I cannot but regret the failure of the late laitdable attempt tb establish a Unitarian Association of the counties
of Lancashire and Cheshire , which would have been competent not only to have taken up the cause of several expiring churches , but would have been a powerful auxiliary to the Unitarian Fund . Surely no one can doubt of the absolute necessity of union in any public affairs , or doeg he think that , in this instance , exertion is
misplaced and Unnecessary ? As I am an advocate for active measures , I am glad to find that the subject of an Association is not dropped . I certainly should have been better pleased , had the friends of the measure persevered at once in tbeir original plan , but much ought to be sacrificed to
conciliate all parties ; and I trust the Committee appointed at the late Annual Meeting at Warrington , will enter upon some plan for immediately carrying into execution what so many of their brethren have long wished for . In no part of the kingdom is there a wider uncultivated field than is pre ^ -
sented by our manufacturing districts for popular preaching ; and when it is considered that several missionaries have offered their services in tjie Unitarian cause , I think the friends to
divine truth can scarcely acquit themselves of culpable neglect if they longer defer to avail themselves of the means before them for disseminating the genuine doctrines of the gospel . 5 A . B . C .
Sir , July 25 , 1820 . / k MONG the various iretnarks oo-J ^ L easioned W M ? : FWkty discourse oti " the Diit& / 6 f Chris % ii $ towards Ddsts , " I was i | Ot k fittfef stri- ^ ri ^ d by the assertion of iffpMsip- * *? that " -of all men ; Uttftariaii s > &ave the greatest reason " to coBaptein < ^ of ^ Sermoii ? ' iiT ^ cIT 1 Kr KscovCT » tendfeiifey to < JtfkrM fift # ^ t « y
' 470 Fate of a Bequest to a Chapel at AUostoch , Cfieshir e *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1820, page 470, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2491/page/26/