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would allow , the state of the several Societies in connexion was reported * from which it appeared that Unitarianism is making rapid progress in the district . Messrs . Ash worth , Taylor , Robinson , Brandreth , Clarke and Harris addressed the Meeting . The speakers recounted the difficulties the Societies had had to
encounter , and the great and formidable obstacles they had surmounted . In speaking on the affairs of Padiham congregation , Mr . Robinson most feelingly observed , We have had to fight our way with our lrves in our hands . " All the speakers warmly insisted on the importance , advantage and absolute necessity
of erecting a chapel in Padiham ; and Messrs . Taylor , Harris , Ashworth and Robinson were appointed a Committee for the purpose of carrying , if possible , this desirable object into effect . The whole of the large company were
evidently most highly gratified ; and the day cannot but be long remembered by all who had the pleasure of being present . Encouraged by this Meeting , the members of the Padiham congregation came forward , on the following Saturday , to dig with their own hands the foundation of
the intended chapel . On the next Monday the foundation stone was laid amidst an immense concourse of spectators , to whom an address on the occasion was delivered by H . Clarke . This was preceded and followed by singing and prayer . The building is now nearly at its height , its dimensions are twelve yards two feet ,
by ten yards two feet within the walls . It will have no gallery at present , but it is built on a plan to admit one , and most sanguine expectations are entertained that there will ere long be a necessity for a gallery , and means found to put it up . In the prospect of the chapel affording room for a Sunday-school , they have
already taken children as Sunday-scholars , and on Sunday last , the number of children present amounted to one hundred and eight . It is , however , with much difficulty they are at present taught ; the room being too small for the congregation . Were there room , it is more than probable the number would soon swell to three hundred . With such a
Sundavschool , and so large a congregation as from the favourable manner in which Unitarianism is generally attended to in Padiham , there is reason to expect the chapel will be quite fined as soon as it is completed . But although there are these very promising and highly pleasing appearances , they cannot be realized unless the chapel be finished . But this cannot
even now be done without the assistance of friends . There is not an individual belonging to the congregation but wh # t
is entirely dependent on daily labour for subsistence . They are nearly all weavers and in this branch of business there is but little to be earned . It is truly astonishing that people so circumstanced have held out and done so much . For my own part , when I was at Padiham on Mouday last , aud there beheld the exceedingly
great anxiety of the people for tne prosecution of their plans , the difficulty with which they raise their little weekly contributions towards the work , and" the hope of succeeding and fear of faiiiug by which they are alternately elevated and depressed , I was involuntarily led to
exclaim , " Oh ! that those who have the means were but eye-witnesses of this scene ; it would powerfully touch the springs of liberality , and soon cause such a pecuniary stream to flow , as would drown all these fears , and remove all these difficulties . "
H . CLARKE . Haslingden * Sept . 10 , 1822 . P . S . The estimated sum required to build this chapel is £ 350 , towards which about £ 100 is already subscribed . Subscriptions are received by Mr . J . Ashworth , Clough-House , Boothfold , Rossendale , Lancashire .
S 78 InteK . —Meeting of Uniterm * Ministers of Lancashire and ; Cheshire
Provincial Meeting of the Presbyterian and Unitarian Ministers of Jjancashire and Cheshire . At the last Provincial Meeting , held at Chowbent 9 on the 20 th June , a letter was received from the Rev . John Yates , who was absent from indisposition ,
strongly recommending extraordinary exertions in Missionary preaching at the present time , when a very general spirit of inquiry has been excited , and the public mind is more disposed than at any former period , to enter into an impartial examination of religious subjects ; and containing an offer of £ 100 towards carrying into effect any
plan which might be adopted . A Committee consisting of all the Presbyterian mid Unitarian ministers in the two counties of Lancaster and Chester , together with one or two delegates from each congregation , with power to add to their number , was appointed to meet at Manchester , on the 4 th Julv . It appearing
on that day that due notice of the proposed measure had not been given to the ministers and congregations of the two counties , the Meeting was adjourned to July 18 th . In consequence , a considerable meeting , consisting of ministers aud members of congregations , took place at Manchester , in Cross-Street Chapel Rooms , on that day . . CTttiWthL WOOD , Esq . ifl the Chair .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1822, page 578, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2516/page/58/