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civil and religious liberty , I admit j it is likewise true that I have publicly advocated the cause of what I deem sacred truth , according to my ability ; yet , I fear , your partiality has formed too high
au estimate of my merits ; but , whatever my past services may have been , I considered myself amply rewarded by that agreeable , improving , and affectionate intercourse , which , without interruption , I have enjoyed for so many years in your society .
" 1 assure you , I neither expected nor wished such a magnificent testimony of your esteem as that which I now receive . I accept it with the deepest feelings of respect and gratitude ; and I hope I shall be encouraged by it to devote myself still more firmly to the support of those principles by which we are in common distinguished , and on the maintenance of which depends , I am persuaded , every thing valuable in the world .
" While I live I shall make use of this piece of Plate with heart-felt satisfaction and delight ; and I hope those that come after me will ever carefully preserve it , as alike honourable to the givers and the receiver . " am , with the most unfeigned respect and affection , " Your Friend and Minister , ( Signed ) " CHARLES BERRY . " To the Congregation of the Great Meeting-House , Leicester . May 23 , 1828 . "
The Deputies . At a Meeting of the Committee of Deputies , held 11 th July , 1828 , it was resolved , " That this Committee recommends to the General Meeting to sanction an arrangement for this Society and the Protestant Society defraying the expenses attendant on the Repeal Bill , iti the proportions to be agreed upon by the Committee as forming part of the United
Committee ; this Committee being empowered to authorize the Treasurer to pay the Deputies' share ; and that the General Meeting should direct their Committee to take immediate steps for addressing the congregations of the Three Denominations in town and country , on the propriety of keeping up , by donations , the usual permanent fund of this Deputation . " That the Committee be also directed
in such address to explain fully the objects of this Deputation , the state of its funds , and the purposes to which , for
many years , such funds have been appropriated , without any annual subscription or other call having been made upon the public ; and the expedience and convenience of their being furnished with the means of continuing their usefulness on the same p l ^ n , by the income of a fund , the principal of which can be resorted to on any emergency .
" That the Committee be instructed , in preparing such an appeal , to consider and report to the next General Meeting whether any enlargement or alteration in the plan , constitution , or objects of this Deputation , be expedient to be adopted in the present position of the affairs of Dissenters . "
At a General Meeting of the Deputies held on the same day , the minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held this day having been read , it was resolved , " That the Resolutions entered into by the Committee be approved and adopted by this Meeting . "
Test-Act Repeal Dinner . We are enabled to give the following Report of Mr . Aspland ' s Speech , from notes taken at the time : May it please your Royal Highness , — At the request of the Managers of this Meeting , I rise to acknowledge the honour you have done to myself and my brethren , the Protestant Dissenting Ministers , by the toast so kindly given from the Chair , and so cordially cheered by the company .
Sir , we are a humble class of men , but we may be allowed s < 5 me share of Christian pride on the preseut occasion , and we do feel proud , that we are met to celebrate the triumph of those great principles to which we and our fathers have been devoted ; in the promotion of which we have employed our small portion of talents ; and for the fake of which we should have been ready , I trust , to meet privations and sufferings at the call of conscience .
Sir , you have done us honour by uniting us with the ever-memorable two thousand , —men who made a noble sacrifice of all that is dearest in this life to the great cause of truth and freedom . We cannot pretend , Sir , to their profound and varied learning , to their
unspotted and exemplary manners , and to their exquisite sense of religious honour ; but we do share with them , and every Dissenting minister would consider himself calumniated if it were not admitted that he did share With them , in their ardent love of liberty , civil and religious
5 / 2 Intelligence . —The Deputies . —Test-Act Repeal Dinner .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1828, page 572, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2563/page/60/