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the Rev. John Porter and Mr. James Campbell, Rev. Dr. Montgomery and Mr. Patterson, Rev. J. Scott Porter and Dr. Burden, Rev. C. J. M‘Alester and Dr. Marshall, and adopted by the meeting:

“That the thanks of this Society are due, and are hereby returned, to the Rev. Robert Brook Aspland, for his discourses, preached yesterday in the meeting-houses of the First and Second Presbyterian Congregations, in behalf of this Society; and that he be requested to allow the Society to publish one of them.”

“ That, entertaining a deep conviction of the Scriptural character of Unitarianism, as well as of its tendency to promote the cause of rational piety, liberty, and charity, and all the best interests of mankind, we rejoice in the conviction, that its truths have already made extensive progress, in the face of much opposition and obloquy-that we rejoice in the growth of a milder and more tolerant spirit than formerly existed, with reference to religious subjects—that we hail this important change as the harbinger of a still more rapid and extensive dissemination of the pure doctrines of uncorrupted Christianity; and that, entertaining this hope, we would earnestly call on all the worshippers of the one God, the Father, to persevere in their efforts to disseminate the knowledge of the simple truth as it is in Jesus.”

“ That we respectfully invite the co-operation of our Unitarian brethren throughout the North of Ireland, in our attempts to promote the diffusion of Christian knowledge in this quarter of the empire; that we promise them the zealous aid of our Committee, to the utmost extent of the means placed at their disposal, for the dissemination of the truth in their different localities; and that we shall strenuously promote, as a Society, any measures calculated to advance the great and sacred cause, in defence of which we are associated together."

“ That we rejoice at the exertions made in Great Britain and America, for the spread of Unitarian Christianity; and we bereby tender to our British and American brethren the expression of our hearty sympathy in their labours, and our earnest desire to draw more closely the ties by which a common faith should unite us."

Thanks were unanimously voted to the Chairman; and Dr. Montgomery closed the meeting with prayer.

Monument to Mrs. BARBAULD, IN Newington-Green CHAPEL, LONDON.- We have received much pleasure from the information, that a tribute has been paid to the memory of this most excellent woman and eminent authoress, in the ancient chapel on Newington-Green. How few, of the many who admire her works, and especially those for the benefit of the young, are at all aware, that both she and her amiable partner in life were members of the sect now everywhere spoken against! How few are cognisant of the fact, that her husband was minister, for several years, of the Unitarian Chapel on Newington-Green! Yet, these are things that ought to be known; and the thanks of the denomination are justly due to the nephew and adopted son of the estimable pair, Charles Rochemont Aikin, Esq. of Bloomsbury-square, Surgeon, at whose expense this memorial has been erected. The inscription, from the pen of Arthur Aikin, Esq. late Secretary to the Society of Arts, Adelphi, is as follows:

In MEMORY of
Anna Lætitia BARBAULD,

Daughter of John Aikin, D. D.
And Wife of the Rev. Rochemont Barbauld,
Formerly the respected Minister of this Congregation.
She was born at Kibworth, in Leicestershire, 20th June, 1743;
And died at Stoke-Newington, 9th March, 1825.

Endowed by the Giver of All Good
With wit, genius, poetic talent, and a vigorous understanding,

She employed those high gifts
In promoting the cause of humanity, peace, and justice-

Of civil and religious liberty-
Of pure, ardent, and affectionate devotion.
Let the young, nurtured by her Writings in the pure spirit

of Christian Morality,
Let those of mature years, capable of appreciating
The acuteness, the brilliant fancy, and sound reasoning

Of her literary compositions,
Let the surviving few who shared
Her delightful and instructive conversation,
Bear witness that this Monument records

No exaggerated praise. In every respect, we understand, Newington-Green Chapel has exhibited signs of reanimation and greatly increased usefulness, of late. The lectures of the present minister, the Rev. T. Cromwell, particularly the recent course, entitled " Unitarian Christianity Explained and Defended," have attracted numerous auditories; and have not been without effect in conciliating prejudice and disarming hostility. In addition to which, a Sunday-School has been recently established, and is now flourishing; and the Congregational Library has greatly increased the number both of its works and readers.

UNITARIAN CONGREGATIONAL TEA-PARTY, NEWCASTLEUPON-TYNE.-The congregation assembling in Hanoversquare Chapel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, held a Soiree in the

Assembly-Rooms, on Thursday evening, Dec. 17, in lieu of the usual annual dinner to their venerable minister, the Rev. William Turner, now in the fifty-ninth year of his pastoral charge of the Unitarian Church in that town. Thomas Swinburne, Esq., of Gateshead, presided, supported on his right by the Rev. W. Turner, John Ridley, Esq. (the Mayor of Newcastle), and Russel Blackbird, Esq.; on his left, by the Rev. Joseph M'Alister (junior minister of the church), and Thomas Wilson, Esq. The Mayor, we should state, is not a member of the Unitarian Church, but of the Church of England. His Worship, however, and several other inhabitants of the town, attended the Soiree, from a feeling of respect to Mr. Turner, and of friendship to many of his hearers; and the total number that sat down to the tables, exceeded 300. A prayer having been offered for the Divine blessing, the company partook of their evening meal, and “ Non nobis, Domine," was sung by the chapel-choir. A dessert was placed on the tables after tea, and the Chairman having proposed the usual loyal toast,“ God save the Queen” was sung

The health of Mr. Turner was then given, accompanied by some appropriate remarks on his long and useful life, by which he had merited and acquired the affection and reverence not only of his congregation, but of the whole people of Newcastle, without distinction of sect or party. Mr. Turner replied with much feeling to this addi. tional mark of esteem from his friends; and observed, that so kind an expression of their attachment would stimulate him to a zealous discharge of his duties during the remainder of his life. Mr. Turner proposed the toast of “ Civil and Religious Liberty," and gave a concise and interesting historical sketch, in which he traced the progress of our liberties, civil and religious; and concluded with a happy allusion to the presence of the worthy Mayor, as an indication of the improved spirit of the present age, and of the amelioration of the statute-book in regard to Nonconformists.— The Rev. Mr. M.Alister addressed the company, on the progress and condition of the Unitarian church throughout the world, and on its claims to respectful attention;—and Hugh Lee Pattinson, Esq., with a view to the instruction and gratification of the meeting, explained the modern discovery of the Daguerreotype, by which the image formed by the Camera Obscura is permanently fixed. A plate of copper coated with silver (Mr. P. stated), is covered with a thin skin of iodine, and placed in the camera. The image of an object being then thrown upon the plate, the iodine is removed from the parts on which the light impinges, but is left untouched on every other portion of the plate. This being done, the plate

is placed in an iron box, at an angle of 45 degrees, and exposed to the action of quicksilver, by means of heat. The quicksilver operates only on those portions of the plate from which the iodine has been removed by the light, and the remaining iodine is subsequently washed off; and the image of the object is presented, the quicksilver portions giving the light, and the other portions the shade. 'Mr. Pattinson exbibited two pictures which he had himself taken in this manner, viz. one of Ravensworth Castle, near Gateshead, and the other of the Falls of Niagara. In these representations, Nature herself having been compelled by Art, to be (if we may so speak) the artist, the objects portrayed were necessarily given with the most minute fidelity. Mr. Emerson Charnley proposed “ Manchester New College," and made a few observations on the subject of education, with especial reference to the education of young men for the ministry. The Chairman gave, “ The Ladies: thanks to them for their presence and services."- Mr. Griffiths, Hon. Secretary of the Chapel, acknowledged the toast; and after making a few remarks on the happiness which they had all enjoyed, stated that it was to the ladies they were indebted for this truly social meeting. The Committee were about to make the usual arrangements for the annual dinner, when the ladies broke in upon their deliberations, claiming to be participators with the gentlemen in paying respect to their venerated pastor. Such a claim, the Committee, of course, were too gallant to dispute, and the dinner became a soiree. That such a change had been made, no one could possibly regret. The congregational compliment to Mr. Turner, had been incal. culably enhanced in value; and to those who had been in the habit of attending the dinner, the social enjoyments of this evening, must present a pleasing contrast to the dulness which prevailed in former years, when their meetings were unenlivened by the presence of the ladies.—“The health of the Chairman” was next proposed, and received with lively acclamations; his eloquent and happy manner of discharging the arduous duties of the office having given great and general satisfaction, and materially contributed to the enjoyments of the evening.-Mr. Swinburne, in acknowledging the toast, expressed the high gratification which he had experienced in the company of his friends, on the present occasion, and hoped that they would long continue to meet under similar circumstances. No pleasures were so pure and heartfelt as those of the domestic hearth, and this was a fireside party on an extended scale. He trusted, the friendly feelings which it had called forth, would not depart with the evening, but would continue to increase in strength, till the revolving year brought them once more under the improving influences of social communion.--The Rev. Mr. Turner having offered up prayer and thanksgiving, the “ Hallelujah Chorus” was sung, and the company broke up, every one joining with the Chairman, in his wish that the Congregational Soiree should be annually held.

ORDINATION OF THE Rev. W.J. Blakely.-On Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Remonstrant Presbytery of Bangor ordained the Rev. William Joseph Blakely, son of the Rev. Fletcher Blakely of Moneyrea, and formerly of the Unitarian Congregation of Billingshurst, County Sussex, to the pastoral charge of the Remonstrant Congregation of York-street, Belfast. The services of the day were commenced by the Rev. W. H. Doherty, who preached an impressive and very appropriate discourse, from Matt. ix. 36-38. The Rev. James Mulligan defended Presbyterian ordination, and the sufficiency of Holy Scripture as a perfect rule of faith and duty, at considerable length, and with much ability; after which, he put a few plain questions to the person about to be ordained, as to the inspiration of the Bible, and its perfection as a standard of belief; to which Mr. Blakely replied in a distinct and satisfactory manner, and added a statement of his views in undertaking the charge of the congregatiou. The Rev. Dr. Montgomery then offered up the ordination prayer; in which he was succeeded by the Rev. John Scott Porter, of the Presbytery of Antrim, who addressed the minister and congregation in a truly affectionate and eloquent discourse. The meeting-house, during the service, was filled with an attentive and respectable audience.

In the evening, the members and friends of the congregation dined together at Davis's Hotel.

UNITARIANISM AT GREENOCK.—The Rev. G. T. Mostyn, Minister of the Episcopal Chapel, Greenock, has been delivering a course of lectures in defence of the peculiar doctrines of his faith. The vituperation of Unitarians and Unitarianism in which he indulged, induced Mr. Cooper to expostulate with the accuser of the brethren; to whom he addressed a private letter, pointing out the offensive terrus. Mr. Mostyn, in his reply, stated, that he never intended to apply an offensive term to any Unitarian, but to the system only

It was thought, however, that as those terms had been publicly uttered and not publicly retracted, a statement of the principles really maintained by Christian Unitarians should be published. Mr. Cooper accordingly published such a statement; and the calm and Christian temper the

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