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How much justice is there in the reproach that , however vehement in defence of their opinions , Unitarians are inert in the application of those principles which they call life-giving ? How far is it true that we do not consider it a primary duty to heal the broken-hearted , to preach deliverance to the captives , and to give the gospel to the poor ? Now is the time to answer these long-agitated questions , which admit of none but a practical answer . That some among ? us are not obnoxious to such reproach is proved
by the steps which have been already taken to establish City Missions . With the Unitarian body at large it rests to justify the cause in England , as it has been justified in America . The resolutions of the Unitarian Association Committee , which we subjoin , will explain the objects of this new institution ; and the extracts from the reports of Dr . Tuckerman explain the modes in which those objects may be best effected . A selection only from the latter is here offered , from which enough may be gathered to stimulate us to learn the rest by experience . If these fail to stir us up , there is little hope that any quantity of testimony , any urgency of suggestion , can be of any avail .
** Extracts from the Minutes of the Committee of the British and Foreign Unitarian Association , 7 'elative to the subject of City Missions , on the Plan and for Purposes similar to those detailed in the Reports of the Rev . Dr . Tucker man , of Boston , U . S . " The Committee having , in obedience to the directions of the General Meeting held at Manchester on the I 7 th of June 1830 , inquired into the nature and design of the Missions referred to in the resolutions passed at that Meeting , and being strongly impressed with the true benevolence of the plan , and with the great good that may be accomplished , ' Resolve ,
" That the establishment of City Missions in the Metropolis and other large towns in this country be recommended to the next General Meeting * of this Association . " That , for the information of members of the Association , and of supporters of every good work , such extracts be made from Dr . Tnckerman's Reports and Correspondence as will fully explain the nature and design of these Missions , and that those extracts be printed and circulated wherever they are likely to be of service .
" That , as the present disposable funds of the Association are altogether inadequate to the support even of a single Mission by way of example , an appeal be made to the public for pecuniary aid . " That , should such an increase to the funds of the Association be obtained as will justify the attempt , and the General Meeting sanction the undertaking of one or more Missions , the duties of the Domestic Missionary may be thus defined :
" To seek out and visit the poor and ignorant at their own habitations , and to communicate to them moral and religious instruction , avoiding theological controversy and sectarian opinions ; — " To select for this purpose individuals and families not connected with any congregation , nor already receiving visits for the like objects from Missionaries employed by other denominations of Christians ;—" To act as the almoner of the charity of individuals and congregations ; and , by the relief of distress , the introduction of destitute children into schools , and similar means , to alleviate wretchedness , and promote the comfort and improvement of the poor;—" To keep a journal of his proceedings , which shall be from time to time
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CITY MISSIONS .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 2, 1831, page 315, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2597/page/27/