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not shine like the stars for ever—a beauteous galaxy in the moral firmament —a sign to future generations , at once demonstrating the efficacy of truth and presenting a pledge of her \ iltimate success ? It may afford a subject of mutual
gratulation that our own country has not been the least distinguished in supplying the best of glorious martyrs and confessors , who have done honour to religion and to human nature , fighting the good
fight of faith . Nor would it be just , on the present occasion , to pass by without especial notice , that goodly band of virtuous and self-devoted men , whose trials and whose fortitude are this day called afresh to our remembrance—men whose
mental accomplishments and Christian virtues were of such conspicuous eminence as to render diffidence peculiarly ueedfu ] in him who would pronounce their eulogy . Faithful were they to Him who had called them . They knew nothing of that calculating spirit which weighs the interests of both worlds in its
balance , and were strangers to that worst species of sophistry which quibbles at the monitions of couscience . They not only sacrificed readily their own personal interests at the call of duty , but , what was greater still , saw with unshaken constancy
the fears and privations of those who were dearest to their affectioiis , persevering in their pious choice of suffering affliction with the people of God , rather than enjoy the advantages of sinful compliance for a season .
" Their integrity was not without its reward . They experienced , doubtless , the fulfilment of the promise of their Lord , receiving in the present life an hundred fold , in the peace of their own bosoms , the approbation of the virtuous and the favour of God , with the expectation of
an ampler recompense at the resurrection of the just . They have benefited the world by their example . It has cheered the pious , confirmed the wavering , and excited to renewed exertion their successors in the same holy office . Let it not be without its effect on us . Behold
we are surrounded with an innumerable cloud of witnesses ; let us run with patience the nice that is set before us , looking unto Jesus , the author and finisher of our faith . " J . H . B .
Frenchay , Melksham and Thornbury . a service was held on the Tuesday pieceding , wheti the Rev . G . Water house preached from 2 Cor . v . 17 . In the Wednesday ' s service , the Rev . Theophilus
Browne offered up the introductory prayer and read the Scriptures ; the Rev . Henry Clarke , of Frenchay , delivered the long prayer , and then followed a very able discourse by the Rev . Richard Wright , from 1 Tim . ii . 5 . The burthen of his
argument was to prove that the Mediator and the two parties betweeti whom he mediates must be three separate parties . He devoted the close of his discourse to appropriate moral reflections . The service was rendered still more impressive by the musical parts being well conducted . For this we were indebted to the choirs from Trim Street
Chapel , Bath , and the Conigre Meeting , Trowbridge . After service , the business of the Association was transacted in the CHapel , H . E . Howse , Esq ., iu the Chair . The Secretary read the Committee ' s report for the preceding half-year , which was interesting to a degree beyond what could have been reasonably expected , considering the difficulties which the Association had to encounter a short time
before . At Marshfield , under the patronage and with the assistance of this Association , the congregation is flourishing . It has established a Sunday Schoo } a Fellowship
Fund , and a Library , * by the unremitted , faithful exertions of Mr . Henry Hawkes , of Nantwich , who has thus honourably and usefully improved his summer recess from Glasgow College . The report mentioned other striking instances in which the Committee had exerted themselves
and in which also , with only one exception , their exertions had been crowned with success . The exception , in which they had exerted themselves in vain , only led them to regret that they had net formed their Association several yeais earlier . Had this been the case , tlie
Chapel and its endowment alluded to , and others , which are now lost , would probably have been saved . Several new subscribers to the Association gave in their names after the" reading of the Committee ' s interesting report . At the dinner nearly forty persons sat down , whom a fourth part were ladies , the Rev . H . Wright in the Chair , whose uniform
cheerfulness enlivened the whole party . After the cloth was removed , the choirs sang , to a suitable tune , Fawcett ' s appropriate hymn , " Praise to thce , tlioa great Creator ! " On various occasions the meeting was addressed by Messrs . Browne , Clarke , Howse , Niasand Hawkes , and the Chairman , who , among other pertinent observations , very happily i *' "
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Somersetshire , Gloucestershire , and Wiltshire Unitarian Missionary Association .
The Second Half-yearly Meeting was holden at Marshfield , in Gloucestershire , on Wednesday , the 28 th of September , friends being present from Bath , Trowbridge , OakhilJ . Bradford , Bridgwater
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1825, page 634, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2541/page/58/