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DOMESTIC , Religious . North-Eastern Association of Unitarian Christians . On Wednesday evening , June 21 , the Ministers and Friends of the North-Eastern Association met at Boston for the purpose of opening the new Chapel
erected there , and also for the general purposes of their- Association . The three services were attended by large audiences , whose attention was such as to gratify the feelings of all wht ) are alive to the interests of free inquiry in matters of
religion . By deviating somewhat from usual custom on such occasions , for peculiar reasons which it is unnecessary to mention , the three Sermons were preached by Mr . Madge , of Norwich , in his own happy style of animated elocution ; and , notwithstanding each sermon occupied
more than Mty minutes in the delivery , as far as we could ascertain , more were inclined to think them too short than too long . The service on Wednesday evening was from John iv . 23 : € t But the hour cometh and now is , " &c » From
these words the preacher , with a happy mixture of solid argument and rich eloquence , defended the leading doctrine of Unitarians , the Unity of the object of religious worship . On Thursday morning he pleaded , as we think , with unusual success for the most free and unshackled
exercise of the understanding in religious inquiries , from 1 Peter ill . 15 : " Be always ready to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear . " O « Thursday evening he met some of the principal prejudices to our body with great ability , from John i . 46 : " Can any good thing come out of Nazareth ?" The first and third services were
introduced by Mr . Treleaven , of Lynn ; and the second by Mr . Hawkes , of Lincoln . One hundred and seven friends , ladies and gentlemen , dined together at an inn on Thursday , W . Garjfttt , Esq ., in the
Chair ; and the time between dinner and tea was fully occupied by the addresses of different speakers on appropriate subjects . The Tract Society , which had for some years been discontinued , was again revived . Collections were made after each
service towards defraying that part of the expenses of erecting the Chapel , which is unprovided for . A Fellowship Fund is established in the congregation , which will raise about j £ 20 per annum .
On Friday , part of the Ministers and friends went to Fleet , to open a small , neat chapel , built g jby Mrs . Melbourne , in her garden , for the purpose of Unitarian worship : the afternoon service was opened by Mr . Jones , of Boston ; and Mr . Hawkes , of Lincoln * preached from John xiii . 17 : " If ye know these things ,
happy are ye if ye do them . " The evening service was introduced by Mr . Hawkes , and Mr . Jones preached from Gal . iv . 18 -. " But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing . " The two congregations were larger than the building would contain , and very attentive .
Mr . Madge , an his return home on Friday evening , preached at Lynn , on occaston of the re-opening of the Unitarian Cnapel there , after having been shut up several weeks in consequence of its having been thoroughly painted . He preached a very animated discourse to a numerous and highly-gratified audience , on the importance of a full and diligent exercise of the understanding in matters of religion .
Eastern Unitarian Society . The Eighth Anniversary of this Society was held at Norwich on Wednesday and Thursday , the 28 th and 29 th June . Mr . Toms , of Framlingham , delivered the prayer and read the Scriptures , after which Mr . Robberds , of Manchester ,
preached from 2 Cor . h . 17 : " For we are not as many , which corrupt the word of God : but as of sincerity , but as of God , in the sight of God , speak we in Christ . " From these words the preacher took occasion to vindicate Uhitarianism
from the various charges which are too commonly made against it , and in a most impressive and argumentative way asserted its claim to he received as a doctrine according to godliness . On Thursday morning Mr . Valentine , of Palgravc ,
commenced the service , and Mr . Bowles , of Yarmouth , delivered the prayer , after which , Mr . Fox , of London , preached from X Cor . xv . 55 : " O death , where is thy sting ? " The consolations and hopes which Unitarianism is calculated to afford ,
and which it has afforded to its sincere and pious professors , were powerfully displayed ; arid shewti to be in strict accordance with the declarations of Christ and the doctrines of ; lite gospel . After service , the business of the Society was transacted . * The Report of the Committee was received , and it was the
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1820, page 482, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2491/page/38/