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made at Paisley for several months of the past year , with a view to disseminate a knowledge of the evidences t > f Unitarianism by means of a conference held once a fortnight in the chapel there , between certain « # f the members , and such
individuals of Trinitarian sentiments as are disposed . At these meetings have been discussed a great variety of points in tiae Unitarian controversy , and it is calculated with much certainty , that a considerable number of persons now understand what those principles are which their Unitarian townsmen have espoused ,
and are better atye to judge of their agreement with scripture and common sense , and of their tendency to refine and elevate the mind , and animate to benevolent activity in human life . The two subjects which have been discussed at the meetings when ypar Secretary has been present , have been The Titles given to our Saviour in the New
Testamentand whether these imply the Deity of his Person ; aad Very recently a question collateral to the scriptural argument , viz . What has been the doctrine of the Jewish people in regard to God ; and if they ever believed the Trinity , when did they discard this article from their creed ? On
the former of these occasions , an essay was read by Mr . John Wilkinson , of which it i » but scanty praise to say , that it did full justice to his subject * There was no want of talent or acuteness on the Trinitarian side ; and the whole was managed with as much order as , from the nature of such institutions , seems practicable ; and no one can well doubt that the result will be favourable to our
views m scriptural truth . It may be remarked , that the cards of admission to the conference contain a printed set of regulations , which it is expected that every member will conform to , and by attention to which the general harmony is much improved * At Renfrew , during the last year , a very laudable exertion has been made by Mr . John Mackenzie and his friends in order to collect a
society for Unitarian worship , and a small number have pretty regularly assembled in a school-room there , where , on ordinary occasions , Mr . M . has read sermons , or Kenrick ' s Exposition , and at others there has been preaching , by the same MivJLogan and Mr . Rees , to whom the friends to Unitarianism will feel
themselves under strong obligations . Besides the places now enumerated , we have t& mention ,, atid I am sorry that my mate * rials will only allow me just to mention , the society that has been formed at IXalkfak , consisting of several persons from t )* e vicinity , among whom is our correspondent Mr , Harvie . They have been visited once by Mr . Holland , who speak **
highly of their excellent moral principles and of the spirit of candour which actuates their inquiries * They have received tracts , it may be added , from Glasgow as well as from Edinburgh . At the latter places , the cause is going on slowly , but ,
we trust , surely . The numbers at Edinburgh have this year received a few important accessions from Ayrshire . At Glasgow , during the last winter , a series of fourteen controversial discourses ( lists of which were published ) was delivered by the minister , many of which were attended by crowded congregations . It
remains only to add , that the society hope to hold their next Annual Meeting at Glasgow , the last Sunday of July , ( Edinburgh being thought not sufficiently central , ) and that a very earnest request of the society is -made to the Rev . James Yates , of Birmingham , that he will favour them with his services on that occasion .
This request was also strongly enforced by the friends who assembled on Monday at a social meeting . The interest was increased by the presence of the son of one of Dr . Priestley ' s personal friends . B , M . Sec .
498 Intelligence . —Parliamentary Unitarian Marriage Bill .
PARLIAMENTARY * House of Commons , Friday , June 8 . Unitarian Marriage Bill . Mr . \ fr . SMITH presented a petition
from 9 . body of Protestant Dissenters , calling themselves Unitarian Dissenters , complaining of certain grievances which they endure under the present Marriage Laws , and praying for some amendment of the same . He could assure the House
that nothing but the great pressure of public business had prevented him from bringing forward soine legislative measure to remedy these grievances during the present session * He would leave the petition on the table for the further consideration of the House . <
The petition was then brought up and read . On the question that it be printed , Dr . Phijulimore rose and said , that he should be the last person in tlife House to object to an alteration in the Marriage Laws , provided that a necessity were made out for the alteration , and that it did not go to do away with marriage as
a religious ceremony . If the honourable member for Norwich had any intention to propose the same remedy for the alleged grievances which he had proposed upon a former occasion , he ( Dr . Philjiratore ) should most decidedly oppose it ,
as it was calculated to destroy that reverence and sanctity with wMci * the ceremony of marriage ought always to w attended . Mr . W . Smith said that the petitioners were not wedded to any particular mode
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1821, page 498, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2503/page/58/