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Scottish Unitarian Association . On Sunday tfre" 30 tlf of J&ly , pursuant to public notice , the &igfetn - Anniversary of the Scottish Unitarian Christian Am > ciation was held in Glasgow . The ttev *
Robert Asplahd conducted the momittg service , and preached to a numerous a&d respectable audience , on the Omnipresent of God , from Psalm cxxxix . 7—12 ; The Annual Report and letters from Correspondents were read by Mr . Mardon after the morning service . The Rev . / T . C . Holland conducted the devotional
selfvice in the afternoon , and the Rev . Mr . Lyons , the first Unitarian Missionary that was sent to Scotland , preached with great effect from Phil . ii . 7 . In the evening , the annual sermon was preached by Mr . Aspland , who chose for his subject , the Import of the appellation 4 * Son of Man , " so often used bv our Saviour in reference
to himself . The preacher was earnestly solicited to print this ingenious discourse , as being admirably adapted to promote the objects of the Association . About 50 friends of both sexes assembled between the afternoon and evening at tea , when
several interesting subjects of conversation w ere stated , in particular the petition likely to be presented , for relief in regard to marriage among English Unitarians . The liberty enjoyed by Dissenters of . all denominations in Scotland , formed a natural digression . * y
On Monday the 31 st , between 50 and 60 gentlemen assembled in Gardner ' s Tavern , Princes Street , at the annual dinner ; Thomas Muir , Esq ., of Muir Park , in the Chair . The sentiments proposed , and the speeches which these called forth , expressed the cordial good wishes of the Meeting for the advance of
civil and religious liberty . The . interest was increased by the presence of Mr . Logan , a native of Glasgow , who had spent several years in attendance upon the College , with a view to the ministry in the Kirk of Scotland , but who has
recently become Unitarian , and avowed his change of opinions in the pulpit of Union Chapel . The spirit of the several Meetings was a spirit of Christian candour , blended with a zealous attachment to that cause which , upon mature inquiry > we believe to be the cause of Christiaii improvement and of human happiness . B . M , * Here , all regular marriages are merely proclaimed in the Established Church , and registered ^ by the Session Clerk ; but the religious ceremony is conducted by whomsoever and wheresoever the parties may determJUie . It is usually performed by the \ r own pastor , and in the house of the bride .
Unitarian S&cteitjr , South Wcdes . The Annual 3 v | feeting of the Unitarian Society in South Pfales , was held on the 29 th of June last , at Gelli-Onnen , Glamorganshire . There was service on the preceding evening , when Mr . J . Evans , introducedand
of Carmarthen , , Mr . T . Evans , of AberdAr , preached from John x . 30 . On the 29 th , Mr . £ k Philips , of St . Clears , introduced , and Mr . J . Davies , of Capel-y-Groes , Cardiganshire , preached from Matt . xix . 16 ; and Dr . H . Davies , of Taunton , delivered an English sermon from 2 Tim . i . 13 , 14 .
When the business of the Society was concluded , the Scripture doctrine of regeneration was proposed for discussion . The morning service began at 10 o ' clock * and the conference closed about half-past three in the afternoon ; and though the Meeting lasted so long , scarcely one individual could be said to be missed before
the end of the conference . The Meeting was well attended , and there were about eighteen preachers . The day was a day of geueral and great satisfaction and pleasure to the friends of Unitarianism . The next annual meeting of the Unitarian Society is to be at Swansea . J . JAMES .
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Western Unitarian Society . The Annual Meeting of the TVestern Unitarian Society was held at Bridgewater , on Wednesday the 19 th of July .
In the morning the service was introduced by the Her . Mr . Hunter , of Bath ; and the Rev . Mr . Davis , of Collumpton , pronounced the long prayer . The Rev . Wm . Hhicks , of Exeter , then delivered an appropriate and excellent discourse from 1
fim . ii . the latter part of the fifth verse , which , at the request of the Society , he has engaged to publish . The evening service was conducted by the Rev . Dr . Smith , of Yeovil , and the Rev . Mr . Rowe , of Bristol . The latter gentleman , in a discourse from John i . the last clause of
the 46 th verse , very happily and forcibly replied to some popular misrepresentations of the conduct and views of Unitarians , and left a strong impression on his audience . The singing on both parts of the day , was conducted in a pleasing and solemn manner ; the ladies of the congregation having for some years past
laudably exerted themselves in promoting an attention to this interesting part of divine service . The congregation at Bridgevvater received no small gratification from intercourse wjith those respectable and intelligent friends who yisited them on the occasion * The next annual meeting is to be "Befit at CoUuropton .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1820, page 485, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2491/page/41/