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from, intelligent witnesses residing on veniently situated, is well attended, the spot, and interested in his success. especially on Sunday evenings. There One gentleman of Flushing, in a letter is a reasonable prospect of being able to the Committee, (lated Nov. 8th,) to form the people into a church. At says, “ Mr. Martin is better calcu- Redruth, the head quarters of Melated to get the attention of the peo- thodism in this district, Mr. Martin ple in this place, than any one that bas a numerous audience every time has been here before, and by his means he preaches, and a fair prospect prehas been obtained what we have en- sents itself there also of establishing deavoured to obtain for many years a church in a little while." past, -I mean, a hearing. The tide These, surely, are safe grounds for of prejudice ran so high, that we could the conclusion, that Mr. Martin is not get a congregation till Mr. Martin well qualified as a Missionary for the came amongst us; and now the houses district in which he labours; and it in this place, and at Penryn, and at will not be easy to shew why such a Redruth, are crowded on a Sunday, district ought to be entirely neglected, and nearly so on the week evenings, merely because it has not yet been when Mr. Martin preaches; the peo- found practicable to attempt to make ple here are much attached to him. our way in the “good towns.” It Some of the most bigoted enemies of appears that, from our Missionary's Unitarianism in this place, have been head-quarters, Unitarianism is diffusbrought to examine for themselves, ing itself widely around, as much and consequently to give up their old « like that celebrated banian tree, creed. There is a prospect of doing which we read of in the Indian hissome good in Redruth. I think a tory,” as can be necessary to gratify society may be soon raised there, Mr. Worsley's imagination. and then something may be done to
If Mr. Martin has been at all hurt support a minister in this county. from supposing himself alluded to in We have in this little place let thirty Mr. Worsley's reinarks, (though we sittings in the chapel, and with col. hope this was not intended to be their lections, and so forth, we may fully effect,) he may be consoled by the calculate on getting twelve or thirteen assurance, which is hereby given, that pounds a year."
he has the cordial sympathy, approAnother gentleman, writing from bation and respect of those who have Penryn, says,
“ In this borough, the best means of judging of his prowhere last year the chief magistrate ceedings, and of knowing the estiforbade the town crier from giving mation in which he is held by his notice of Mr. Martin's preaching, a hearers. Signed at the request of the room las, after much difficulty, been Committee, obtained, and though small and incon
B. P. POPE, Secretary.
Sonnet on the Death of S. H.
And shed fond tears, and weave a funeral wreath
Less lovely than the flower that fades beneath.
Disturb the stillness of her blissful sleep,
But round her couch our silent vigils keep.
We would not murmur at thy deep repose,
And taste the bitterness of mortal woes.
Liverpool, December, 18, 1824.
“ On Friday last, in the 56th year of thodist, and at seeing him regularly at. his age, after enduring a lingering illness tend their meetings. But he was of too with Christian resignation, Mr. James sanguine a mind to be a mere passive TORRANCE, of the firm of Torrance and convert; he became zealous for the dif. Darling, of this city, boot and shoe-ma- fusion of their sentiments, and for the kers. He had for many years been the welfare of others, as well as of himself. gratuitous and faithful minister of the The writer met him by accident one day, Unitarian Baptist Church. He was pos. and got into religious conversation, and sessed of much energy of mind and deci. was about bidding him good morning, sion of character, combined with the when he warmly expressed himself at my most catholic sentiments towards those haste to be gone, but accounted for it by who might conscientiously differ from his my being conscious of my inability, with religious views. Though he could not be the very erroneous views which I held, termed a scholar, in the classical sense of to meet or reply to the truths he was the word, his literary attainments were urging upon my attention. Feeling both respectable : and although his lot for- my zeal and confidence equal to his, I bade an intimate acquaintance with Ho- assured him that he had mistaken my mer or Xenophon, he was much read in motive, and to convince him that nothing Jesus and Paul. In argumentation he was more desirable on my part, than to was close and pointed, and when it was converse with him and his friends, I aprequisite to defend the necessity of a di- pointed an evening when I would call upog vine revelation against the attacks of infi- him for the express purpose. At the time delity, he displayed no common share of appointed I repaired to his lodgings. All penetration in unravelling a sophism, or work was laid aside, and all sat round, drawing the line between what nature and we had a regular set-to for four hours, discovers, and what it is necessary for without any refreshment or interruption revelation to teach. The doctrines he of any kind. One of the party, a young had preached were his consolation on his man very confident and fluent of speech, approach to the dark valley, and he ex- and who had been longer in the way, and pired with humble confidence in a joyful was withal preparing himself for coniresurrection to that life and immortality mencing preacher, and, of course, was which was brought to light by Jesus looked up to, was my chief opponent. Christ."-York Courant.
We discussed many subjects, but those To the above just statement, the writer, chiefly that related to conversion, saving who knew him most intimately for above faith, the work of the spirit, atonement, thirty years, can add a biographical sketch &c. Torrance was exceedingly attentive not, perhaps, unworthy of being known. to all that passed-frequently asked the James Torrance was a native of Kilmar- meaning of this and that passage of scripnock, in Scotland, was carefully and mo- ture. To be brief, when we separated rally educated by his parents, who, though he took his hat and insisted upon setting in the humbler ranks of life, had, by their me home; during which we had much industry, acquired some property. Being conversation till a late hour, when he of an ardent temperament he determined assured me, again and again, that he ne. to travel, and on his way to London, ver felt so interested in his life: his whole stopped at York. He was soon distin- views seemed changed, and those just guished, to use a trade phrase, as a don in given of the character of God and of his profession, and, like many other supe- Christ, and which I had insisted upon, he rior workmen, was given much to com- was pleased to say, though new to him, pany and drinking; this he carried to such appeared so scriptural and rational, as to excess that, in the language of good John far better accord with his judgment than Bunyan, he might be termed a “ town what he had been accustomed to hear, sinner." Having sunk himself in great and, as a consequence, he changed his wretchedness, he went to lodge with Mr. lodgings, and regularly ever after, to the George White, a very sedate man, who, day of his death, attended and worshiped with others of his lodgers, belonged to with the Unitarian Baptists, and was a the Wesleian Methodists. From their preacher amongst them for 28 years, and conversation and example, poor Torrance, latterly their chief leading man. (1 ought from being in rags and poverty, through to have added that his landlord, Mr. dissipation, soon became steady, sober White, also joined the society, and was and decent in his appearance. And I remarkable for his steady attendance till well remember how great the surprise his death.) His habits were plain, simple that was excited at his becoming a Me and easy, and so unassuming and unosten.
tatious, that he would mingle vccasion. he, in powerful language, described how ally, dirty as he came from the workshop, every faithful minister, who was especiwith the most respectable society, and ally set for the defence of the gospel, and without the least concern, if there were indeed every sincere Christian, who was any religious matters to be considered. zealous for the success of his Master's The fashions and maxims of this world cause, might have it with truth affirmed he utterly disregarded. But piety, worth of them, “That to live was Christ.' In and goodness engrossed his admiration. the second part of the discourse, it was He possessed a strong uucultivated mind, most feelingly urged how much the death which he greatly improved by the most of such would prove their eternal gain. laudable application, and, for his narrow The preacher's description, as far as finite means, his books and reading were con- tongue may describe those enjoyments siderable. His zeal was steady and per. which 'eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, severing, and which enabled the society, nor the heart of man conceived,' and aided by the Unitarian Fund and public, which God hath reserved for them that but especially by Mrs.
B1, one of their love him,' was well adapted to lift the worthy members, to purchase a comforta- mind above the troubles, the follies, and ble meeting-house, where service was the vanities of this terrestrial life, and to regularly conducted three times on Sun- fix our affections upon those sublimer days, and once on a week night, and all scenes and that brighter world, which gratuitously. For the sake of truth and shall be the eternal habitation of the mutual edification, the chief care of the righteous in the presence of God and his society will now, we presume, devolve on
Christ. Mr. Wi's allusions to the de. Mr. John Mason, who has long laboured ceased, who had been the cause of the amongst them, and by whose laudable service, though indicative of high respect exertions the cause at Welburn was raise towards his memory, were at the same ed, and for whose benefit your last num.
time entirely divested of any overstrained ber afforded such a respectable list of compliments or flattering eulogium. But subscribers for building a meeting-house on this subject we shall not enlarge, have there. The labours of this small society, ing in our last week's obituary paid our in that part of the vineyard, unaided by tribute to the memory of a respected either learning or fortune, can never be member of society.
The chapel was overlooked; they are truly meritorious. crowded in every part long before the
D. E. commencement of the service, and, ow.
ing to its restricted accommodations, as [The York Courant of the 21st inst., many more as it contained were obliged gives the following account of Mr. Well- to depart without being able to gain beloved's Funeral Serinon for the de- admittance.”] ceased.
“ A most affectionate and impressive discourse was delivered on Sunday even
Sept. 30, at Chatham, aged 28, Mrs. ing last, in Jubbergate Chapel, in this
Mary Wood, of a consumption, which city, by the Rev. Charles Wellbeloved, rapidly preyed upon her constitution. It Theological Tutor of the Manchester Col. is pleasing, amid the regret of relatives, lege, York, and Minister of St. Saviour
to recollect, that in her suffering she degate Chapel, on occasion of the death of rived support from the Scripture, as the Mr. Torrance, the late minister of the record of eternal life, which God has former chapel. The sermon was founded given us in his Son. When the writer on Philipp. i. 21 : 'To live is Christ, and
last saw her, she expressed her sentiments to die is gain.' The preacher having,
as to the reality of religion in terms corwith his usual perspicuity, explained the respondent to the apostolic declaration : meaning in which the term Christ should
that “ with the heart man believeth unto be understood in the text-namely, as
righteousness ;” and under her malady
she indulged no murmur, but exhibited synonymous with the gospel which Christ was sent into the world to promulge,
a meekness at once cdifying and exemplary.
T.C. A. * No man could be more steady and industrious in his calling. He had been for many years boot clicker to Mr. Gill, Nov. 15, at Brierley, near Bilston, Miss and the best eulogium on his regular ap- Hannah WHITEHOUSE, youngest daugh. plication to business is, that his master ter of Mr. Elisha Whitehouse (who, about resigned in favour of him and another. 30 years ago, resided at the Colonell's Hall, But he did little more than enter upon Tipton, the then warm and steady friend the business as master, when he was at- of the late Rev. Samuel Bourn, of Cosely, tacked by that illness which terminated Staffordshire). She was a great friend so fatally. He has left a widow and se.. and advocate for Unitarians and Unitaveral children.
rianism, embracing every fair opportuuity VOL. XIX.
of stating and defending our peculiar tes inquirer after truth, and recommended nets, with those who were opposed to his principles by a life of strict integrity them, by conversation and by the loan of and exemplary worth. Having frequently books. She bore a very severe and pro- expressed to his now sorrowing reliet á tracted illness, with a truly Christian modest hope that it might not be deemed temper, not a murmur escaping her lips, unfitting to improve his death from 2'lim. but with devout resignation submitted iv. 7, 8, the Rev. John Evans, of Carmar herself to the will of her heavenly Father, then, at her request, delivered an able rejoicing in the hope of a resurrection to and impressive discourse in English, from eternal life.
that passage, to about 200 persons, as I. H. sembled to offer their last tribute of re.
spect to departed excellence. The preachNov. 17, of a decline, aged 52 years; Welsh language, and his hearers appeared
er afterwards addressed them in the JANE, wife of Mr. James BAINBRIDGE, of Clapton Place, Hackney; much respected to be suitably ita pressed with the solemfor her unostentatious discharge of the nity of the occasion, various duties of her station in life.
Dec. 10, at St. Clears, near Carmar, Dec. 14, at Bristol, after long decay, then, Mr. THOMAS BOWEN, formerly of Mrs. MARY HUGHES, so well known in Templeton, in Pembrokeshire, aged 60. the pages of the Monthly Repository. His attention was called above twenty (Further particulars of this estimable and years ago to Unitarianism, and after calm truly Christian lady in our next.) inquiry and examination of the Scriptures he became an earnest and zealous pro. fessor of that much-reviled faith. Living Within a few days, at Collumpton, Dein a district peopled by colliers and other vonshire, after very short illness, the persons in humble life, he laboured in. Rev. John Davis, minister of the Unitacessantly to diffuse those sentiments which rian congregation in that town. he had adopted, and with which he de. clared his satisfaction in the immediate prospect of death. Under the guidance his 82nd year, JOHN HOLLIS, Esq.
Lately, at High Wycombe, Bucka, in of a vigorous and acute mind, although unaided by education, he was a diligent
and, with their wives and children, re.
duced to beggary and want for daring, in RELIGIOUS.
opposition to the threatenings and exe. Final Service at Monkwell Street. crations of priestly power, to proceed in
that Reformation begun and sanctified by SIR,
Dec. 16, 1824. the blood of Latimer and of Ridley-a It is with much regret that I send for Congregation which fearlessly encounterinsertion in your Jourual the announce. ed the merciless attacks of intolerance ment that on Sunday, the 12th instant, and cruelty too justly characteristic of the divine service was performed in Monk- period intervening between the Restorawell-Street Meeting-House for the last tion and the Revolution, and remains at time; for, in publishing this circum- the present day à venerable monument of stance, Sir, you record the separation the more enlarged views, of the existence and dispersion of a Society which has of better feelings, and the greater diffunow existed as a Dissenting Congregation sion of religious liberty amongst our counfor upwards of a century and a half-a trymen at large and a Congregation not Congregation which was formed at a pe- more distinguished for the great respectriod when religious animosities raged with ability and liberality of its successive great violence at a period of persecution members, than for the pre-eminent worth and unrelenting bigotry, (scarcely sure and talent of its respective ministers. passed by the atrocious cruelties of the The names of FORDYCE and LINDSAY preceding century,) when the Conventi- need no eulogium to remind your readcle Act was in full force, and carried into ers of the bright ideas associated with strict execution, as the prisons of that them : the virtues and abilities of the period bore too fearful evidence; and former, are perpetuated in the minds of men, distinguished for their abilities and all by the works which have survived him zeal, were cast out of their possessions, -those of the latter are too deeply and
recently engraven on the hearts of the borne on them a more refreshening franumerous friends and large circle of ac- grance than those consecrated to your quaintance favoured with his intercourse, religious and moral interests ; nor have to be effaced otherwise than by death. I ever felt more exquisite delight than
Under these circumstances, a separa. when, surrounded by you, the members tion, which nust always be painful, in of our little flock, I have endeavoured to the present instance is peculiarly so, and impart to you the word of life, and to much to be regretted. It is a severance give you those consolations which might of ties which alike bind the old and the charm the toils of your earthly pilgrimyoung, the rich and the poor. The Chris, age, or those precepts which might make tian fast declining into the vale of years you the glory of our Christian societies,
-accustomed from the years of earliest so that our lamp of virtue might not die childhood and of after manhood, here to out, unreplenished with oil. If at any bend the knee and join in offering up the time I have seen your countenances glisthymn of praise and thanksgiving with euing with enthusiasm, or melting into friends and relatives who have long pre- compassion, from my feeble representaceded him in the last fearful conflict, and ţions of human virtues or human woes, I the images of whom the venerable pile have flattered myself that I was laying a must forcibly recall to his remembrance foundation for virtue in the various sta
must deeply feel such a separation. tions occupied by the different members The Christian yet in the prime of life of our congregations; and happy beyond and vigorous manhood-Here accustomed the usually given lot of human happiness to lead up, every succeeding sabbath shall I esteem myself, if our mutual inmorn, his family, and to occupy the same struction and advancement in goodness seat and to behold the same objects which have resulted from the discharge of the his father and his father's father occupied sacred functions to which I have here and beheld before bim-must deeply feel devoted myself. If any in our connexion such a separation. The young Christian have been roused by my exhortations to just entering upon life-too soon disgust- a virtuous activity; if their minds have ed with its follies, vice and fleeting plea. been prepared for, and their affections sures ; accustomed, upon entering this directed towards, the attainment of those holy sanctuary with excited passions and valuable habits which, like the gold puridesponding hopes, to have those evil pas, fied in the crucible, are often evolved sions calmed, subdued and vanquished by from the trials of life; if prosperity has the cheering, heart-reviving assurances been induced to contribute to the welfare that this life is but a state of preparation of the society in which we have moved ; for another and a better, and that its if adversity has been taught to bow its pleasures are chiefly such' but in antici. head with placid resignation to the inevpation and vanish with possession, and itable ills of an earthly course; if the those desponding hopes elevated from suffering have been sustained in the earth and fixed on heaven-must deeply conflict of those awful hours in which feel such a separation. And is the mi. the human character is put to the severest nister the only one unmoved? Does not test; if those who have approached the the shepherd of the fuck deplore the sacred table have clothed themselves with scattering abroad of the objects of his the nuptial robe; if I have been able to care and watchfulness, and for whom he foster that solid virtue the gospel inculhad accepted so responsible a trust? The cates ; – such labours have drawn after following termination of an admirable them a rich reward. Aware, however, discourse from Matt. xxviii. 20, by the of my ditficulties ; aware of the snares Rev. $, W. Browne, sufficiently shews which are found even in the best path; that he was not the only one unmoved, aware that the suggestions of vanity minthe only indifferent person in the service gle even with our best resolves; i trust of that day:
I have been too far removed from pre. “Such, my Christian friends, are the sumption not to lament my weakness; consolations we may experience at the and for the errors and imperfections which moment of our dispersion, and amid the may have betrayed themselves in my pube ruins of a fallen church. Christ will lic or private connexions, in the spirit of still be with us to the end of the world. Christian humility I supplicate your inTo the last, we have borne testimony to dulgence, and beg of you to remember the truth of his religion and the value of that human duties must be performed by his precepts. Nor need I expatiate at human beings, and that it perfection were large, in this my last official discourse, insisted on, no individual could perform on the motives by which I have been the task. But yo! I leave you with the actuated in the performance of the duties overflowing testimonies of kindness you your invitation implied, and by the dis, have borne to my imperfect services; and charge of which I promoted most my it is an abundant source of cusolation own happiness. No hours have ever that, though vur congregativual tie is