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of Prestwich appeared against the said Mr . Isa&c Allen for his non-officiateinge at Prestwich aforesaid , It is ordered , that those that doe appeare in the behalfe of Mr . Allen , they give in their names in
writinge , the next Classe at Manchester . And also ordered , that nothing bee done against Mr . Allen , untill such tyme as the parties appeareinge for him come in to make out what they can on theire behalfe .
" 4 . Mr . Birch , Scholemaster at Prestwich , havinge been formerly admonished for makeinge clandestine marriages and private baptizeinge of children , and hath notwithstandinge , since his admonition ,
offended herein contrarie to the directorie . It is ordered that the said Mr . Birch , bee from henceforth inhibited from the exercise of all Ministeriall offices within the bounds of this Classe of Manchester . And it is ordered that
this Inhibition bee published in the congregation of Prestwich . " 6 . Warrants to be sent to Mr . Jones , Mr . Woolmer , Mr . Benson , and Mr , Clayton , to shew cause wherefore they doe not frequent Classical ! Meetings as formerly . st A new summon to bee sent to the Elders of Ouldham to come in the next Classe . "
Letters from ike Ikte Rev . Jame * f&icol , 735
Letters from the late Rev . «/ . NicoL Letter IL Traquair Manse , May 5 , 1819 . My dear Sir ,
YOU are by no means to suppose that I deem this meagre scrawl , for such I fear it will prove , any equivalent for your friendly letter which I received some months ago . When I tell you that I am writing
this in bed , propped upon my elbow , you will believe me , when I assure you , that the sole design of my writing , at this time , is to inform you that I am " still in the land of the
living ; " that though I have long been silent , yet my heart is not dead to friendship ; and that though I may seem to have forgot the friends of truth and of religion , yet 1 have never
ceased to rejoice in their joy ; and the very love of the dearest interests of religion has given you the grounda of suspecting my attachment , which I fear may have taken place . Instead therefore ^ of entering into any disquisition ; on ttos interesting topics of
your last commtflOtlcSfction , for TVhich I feel myself at prefcfcfct altogether unequal , I design to gttfc you a sketch of my history , which mil include my
apology , and , at the ft&tae time , if such is the will of Providence , it may also prove to be ** the lfc&t speech > confession and dying words ** of your friend .
For many years I have oeen muck subject to a stomach and bowel complaint , which , though not ao severe as to preclude me from performing the duties of my situation , has scarcely left me a week of uninterrupted good
health . You may easily conceive that this radical defect in my constitution —for such from early recollections I am convinced is its real characterhas not been removed by the process of time : on the contrarv . everv vear of time ; on the contraryevery year
, has rather increased it ; and though the use of medicine , to which I am obliged daily to have recourse , has enabled me to enjoy a good deal of happiness in literary pursuits , and in the society of my friends and family ,
yet still , upon the whole , I have been making it worse . In consequence of this , immediately after I received your last letter a young gentleman in Edinburgh , who has long been a particular friend of mine , and is one of my heritors , insisted that I would come to
town for medical advice , offered me every accommodation in his father ' s family during my stay , and , with his wonted generosity , sent out his father ' s carriage to convey me to the
metropolis . I need not say that I accepted his kind invitation ; that 1 carried your letter to Edinburgh in order to answer it during my abode there and that , as my other studies were to be broken off for two weeks at least , I
sincerely resolved to pay all my literary debts , and yours among the rest . But what is man 1 Notwithstanding all my virtuous resolutions , matters turned out in Edinburgh very differently from what I expected . Uneasy , and even sick with medicine , unable
almost to command a single hour from the attention and solicitude of my friends , and hoping that every succeeding day would prove more propitious to thought than the present , the whole t \ yo weeks that I remained in Edinburgh , passed away without my ever putting pen to paper ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1822, page 735, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2519/page/15/