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DOMESTIC . Scottish Unitarian Christian Association . The Ninth Anniversary <^ f this Society was held in Olasgow on the 12 th inst . The ilev . B . Mardon introduced the
services of the day . The Rev , D . Logan preached a very animated sermon on the Duty of an unbiassed Investigation of Scripture , from John v . 39 . The Rev . P . Cannon , of Edinburgh , delivered an excellent discourse , much admired for its elegance of composition , on Prov . xviii .
13 , on the Duty of Deliberation in forming , and of Candour in defending Religious Opinions ; in the course of which the preacher was led ix > notice some of the unfounded charges against Unitarians . The Annual Sermon was preached in the
evening , by the Rev , T . . C . Holland , of Edinburgh , on the Love which the Saviour evinced in Dying for Mankind , which naturally led to a -consideration of a prevalent perversion of Scripture in the Jiotion of Satisfaction ,
Mr . Holland has consented « to print this discourse in the form of a tract , for distribution , aud to . annex to it a short Appendix , containing some of the extravagant assertions of the orthodox on this subject . The three services were attended by as great a number of avowed Unitarians as we have for a long time
witnessed . The Annual Report described the labours of the preachers connected with the Association , in conducting worship at Carluke , Renfrew , Paisley and Port-Glasgow . The Rev . David Rees , M . A-, now supplying the congregation at Merthyr , in Glamorganshire , although actively < engaged in academical pursuits , and the Rev . D . Logan , of Glasgow , the recent — ¦ — ' ^ r p ^ b ^ bv " ^—» m —^ ™ v ™»^» ^ m ^^^ wm *^ w ^ fl » ^ r ^ p «~ - v ^ k ^^ r- v v V ^* ^» ^ - ^ t— ^^ ^^ s ^^^ ^^^^ £ ^^ ^ m
convert from the Divinity Hall , cheerfully offered their gratuitous services towards supplying the above places with preach-!« g . Some of your readers may perhaps be pleased with a few extracts from the Report . « It is gratifying to be able to communicate the pleasing information , that at Carluke , in particular , the congregations , during the term of preaching , vvere very considerable , being held out of the time of the Church service ; and abundantl y prove the lively arid cordial
interest which a great number of the Carluke people take in Unitarian worship , a » d a rational interpretation of the Scripture * . This state of mind is well known *<> have been produced by the judicious i-sertions , and truly Christian labours of v ol . xvi . J «
a late pastor , whose name they hold in deserved reverence , and are naturally anxious to honour as the instrument , in the hands of Divine Providence , of imparting a faith without paradox , and a hope blended with universal benevolence . "
Mr . J . Ross , in a letter to the Association , dated August , 1821 , thus writes : " I cannot oiwit this opportunity of acknowledging the very great obligations we are under to Mr . Logan , by whose laborious exertions we have been enabled
to resume public worship once a fortnight . Permit me to add , that we are highly pleased with his prudenceand zeal , and from his scriptural and urgent manner of preaching , there is every reason to hope that he will be a useful minister , and able advocate for the pure and holy doctrine of Unitarianisra . " Divine
worship will be carried on regularly in the school-room belonging to the Dissenters there , the use of which on Sabbaths has been obtained by the decision of a majority of -the subscribers to it . At P < ort-Glasgowy by the wishes
expressed by our friend Mr . David Hutton and others , about the time of the last Association a plan of preaching there was concerted , and the labourers before-mentioned , Mr . Rees and Mr . Logan , consented to alternate their services at
Port-Glasgow , while they continued their preaching at Carluke . Mr . Logan first preached on Thursday , the 3 d of August , 1820 , in defence of Unitarianism in general , to a crowded auditory in the Masons' Hall . In the language of one every way competent to describe this occasion , * ' The people yielded a patient
and civil attention ; and though their errors were not spared , yet not a mark of uneasiness , or of disapprobation , was expressed ; and there was augured from the manifestation of so marked a change in the public mind , a coming day of triumph over established error . " Mr . Rees
preached there about ten days after ; and from that time to the present , no interruption has occurred in the services , but that furnished by the r « ecent Anniversary of the Repeal at Paisley , which several pf the Port-Glasgow Unitarians attended . At Paisley , the usual highly creditable and useful exertions of the
elders of that church have been seconded by the services of the same two preachers , witft the addition of Mr . Mardon ' s , who preaches on the evening of the second Sunday of the month at Paisley . It is with great satisfaction that the writer of this report refers also to the exertions
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1821, page 497, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2503/page/57/