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ov not the death of a parishioner is to be declared by the tolling of the chiirch bell , then , I say , that if the proudest and the best Peer in the country seek to be buried in the chapel of his ancestors , it will be in the power of any clergyman to
refuse to him the tolling of this bell , if he die absent from his domain . It becomes the duty of the Legislature , therefore , to watch narrowly such proceedings as those to which I allude , and not to suffer the addition of one fragment to the power , already mighty , which these people are so desirous to extend .
I have now to notice another circumstance—it is one in which a poor man was concerned ; and our Society is very much to be considered as a shelter for the poor , and I am glad for their sakes that the Society exists . A poor man applied for parochial relief for his child 4
he was a Dissenter , and was therefore told , that unless his sick child went to the workhouse , no relief could be afforded him . The child was sick , and the mother could not bear to part with her pale and sickly offspring from her side , while in the bosom of his father there
was a spark of honest English independence and good feeling , which shrunk from the idea of permitting his boy to become the iumate of a parish workhouse : he retaiued the child , and he struggled on through his misfortunes , without the aid which his parish were bound to have afforded . [ The remainder in the next Number . ]
Oldfniry Double Lecture . On Tuesday , September 13 th , ( the second Tuesday , ) the Annual Meeting of Ministers , denominated " the Double Lecture , " took place at Oldbury , in Shropshire . The Rev . William Bo wen , of Coventry , conducted the devotional
service . Two interesting sermons were preached : the one by the Rev . Evan Jones , of Bewdley , on Psalm Lxxxiv . 11 , " For the Lord God is a sun and shield , " &c . ; the other by the Rev . John Small , <> f Coscley , on John viii . 32 , " And ye shall know the truth , and the truth shall make you free . " Ten ministers were
Present . The Rev . llees Lloyd , of Kings- wood , and the Rev , William Bowen , of Coventry , were appointed to preach on l » e next anniversary . At the Lecture in 1812 , it was unanimously resolved , on tlj motion of the Rev . Joim Come , se- ponded by ^ the Rev . Dr . Toulinin , that keeping in view the probable origin of u annual meeting , * the senior preacher "~ — „ . t The commemoration of the ejected
In future be requested to preach on some . subject connected with the principles of Protestantism or of Protestant Dissent . ' * Mr . Small was this year tlie senior preacher , and he concluded his discourse in the following words : << The
knowledge of the truth inspires the mind with the firmness and courage so requisite for its avowal and defence . The gospel h&s had to contend with great opposition from the beginning . This arose , in the first instance , from Jewish bigotry , heathen licentiousness and a vain , inflated
philosophy . But over all these it gloriously triumphed . Its heavenly principles inspired a courage more sublime and disinterested than ever warlike ardour , or the unbending pride of patriotism could supply . Even those who were naturally timid and irresolute , sacrificed all for the
gospel ' s sake , set at defiance the menaces of earthly power , and when no alternative remained which virtue could approve , hesitated not to urge their way to paradise through the gate of agony . In process of time , a worse evil arose in the bosom of the church itself , and that which could
not be effected by external opposition was brought to pass by the creeping , lethargic influence of superstition , preparing the way for priestly ascendancy , arjd an entire wo rid line ss of mind , against which the spirit of truth at last almost ceased to struggle . The Almighty hafeh
nevertheless raised up for himself witnesses in the worst of times , and special seasons of refreshing from his presence have occurred , when the apparently sinking cause of religion has risen with fresh energy to assure the hearts of the faithful
and renew their confidence in his superintending power and goodness . The m-r struments employed on such occasions have been men of like passions with ourselves , but eminently gifted with natural endowments and ardent zeal for the work
which Providence has assigned them . Difficult was the task they had to perform , and great were the perils and sufferings they underwent ; but the presence of God was with them , and the
consciouspa ' th ness of their own integrity supported them , so that the persecutions which human tyranny compelled them to endure , only servedto illustrate their faith and patience , thus gaining fresh converts to the cause of pure religion .
th th th an ** It is a noble sight to behold , when the manly and independent spirit resists the frowns of insoieat , overbearing authority , fearlessly vindicating the truth , and dreadiug nothing so much as that
se tn ; ii Isa self-reproach which would attend a betrayal of his honourable cause . Such illustrious examples are deserviug of everlasting remembrance . How indeed can such individuals be forgotten ? Do they
Intelligence . —Oldbury Double Lecture . 633
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1825, page 633, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2541/page/57/