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York . May both societies increase In numbers and improve in godliness , and thus furnish another demonstration that to the poor now , as in primitive times , Unitarianism " is the power of God unto salvation" ! Many friends attended the services from Manchester , who were ereatl y delighted with the proceedings of
the day , and while they gladly hore their testimony to the zeal and piety of this congregation , could cot but feel an anxious desire that both might remain in their present vigour , and cause their beneficial influences to be extensively felt
among the inhabitants of Middle ton . A controversy between the Unitarians and the Calvinists has for some time been going on in this town . Mr . Wake , a Trinitarian minister , preached against the Unitarians and aspersed their characters . This occasioned a letter to be
written by John Buckley , a weaver , inviting Mr . Wake to a conference . Mr . Wake disdainfully refused . A correspondence ensued between Mr . Wake , John Buckley , and another weaver , Peter Cocker . Subsequently the correspondence was published . On this a pamphlet was issued , as it is believed , by the successor of Mr . Wake . This has
met with a reply from the pen of Mr . Beard , in a pamphlet entitled , " A Vindication of the Conduct of the Middleton Unitarians and the Supreme Deity of the Father asserted . " * The Committee of the Lancashire and Cheshire Unitarian Missionary Society , under whose
patronage these exertions for the promotion of vital and primitive Christianity are made , respectfully solicit the aid of the friends to free inquiry , the education of the rbing generation and the evangelizing of the poor . Assistance by advice ,
co-operation , pecuniary contributions , or donation of books and tracts will be acknowledged by T . B . W . Sanderson , Esq ., Treasurer , Manchester ; Edward Shawcross , Esq ., Deputy Treasurer ; the Rev . J . G . Robberds , Chairman of the Committee ; the Rev . J . R . Beard , Secretary B .
under-Line aud Hunley 9 ha * signified his intention of leaving them at the end of July .
London Missionary Society . The Thirty-second Anniversary of this Society was held from Monday the 8 th to Friday the 12 th of May . The following is the State of the Funds .
Receipts of the Year , General Contributions ... £ 32 , 578 6 8 Legacies 1 , 967 15 8 dividends on Stock 1 , 033 3 10
35 , 579 6 ' 2 For Widows'Fund 287 9 0 For Mrs . Smith 974 3 5 For Anglo-Chinese College 323 2 6 Total £ 37 , 164 1 1
Payments of the Year , On Account of Missions .. 38 , 860 14 10 Anglo-Chinese College .... 1 , 459 16 0 Invested for Widows and Orphans „ 2 , 530 0 0 Balance paid to Mrs . Smith 48 17 4 Balance on account of Sundry Special Objects ., . 11 9 1
. £ 42 , 910 17 3 The sums of 1750 / . 3 per cent consols , and of 1750 / . 3 per cent reduced , have been transferred from the Society's Stock into the names of Trustees to provide an annuity as agreed upon for Mrs . Smith .
Collections at Annual Meeting . Poultry Chapel £ 77 14 . 'i Surrey Ditto 404 18 2 Tabernacle 101 10 0 Queen Street Chapel 178 16 * 0
Tottenham Court 91 1 3 Church 121 16 il Orange-Street Chapel 70 3 0 Keimington 43 14 0 Sion . . 70 10 0 Tonbridge 33 3 0 Silver Street 40 0 0
1233 5 10 Total collected last year 1134 18 0 In favour of this year j £ 98 7 10
Intelligence . —Removals of Ministers . — -London Missionary Society . 377
J ; k Y Green , A . M ., having cointWlf teriu Of Ms engagement wit }* ** Unitarian congregations of Newcastle ^
yttl mbyH ' Hunte * , St . Paul ' s Church .
Removals , fyc , of Ministers . John Cropper , A . M ., of Glasgow V ° » ege , has accepted the unanimous invitation of the congregation assembling ™ the Unitarian Meeting-house , Moor t-ane , Bolton , to become pastor of the society . *
The Rev . John Reynell Wrefobd , late of Manchester College , York , bas accepted an unanimous invitation from the congregation of the New Meetinghouse , Birmingham , to undertake the pastoral office in conjunction with the Rev . John Kentish . Birmingham * June 16 , 1826 .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1826, page 377, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2549/page/61/