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of Glasgow, but since, happily settled, the Committee trust, and with the prospect, they believe, of great Christian usefulness, with the Unitarian Congregation at Northampton. The opening at Tillicoultry was attended by numerous friends from all the surrounding districts, as well as by the inhabitants of the village; and worship has since been steadily conducted every Sunday, by two of the friends resident in the neighbourhood, assisted by Mr. Jones, Mr. J. H. Hope, Mr. Maclellan, and Mr. Harris. Heartily do the Committee congratulate their friends at Tillicoultry, on this auspicious beginning-congratulations in which, they are persuaded, all the members of the Association will sincerely join, and the more especially, as the congregation of Tillicoultry have since secured the services of the Rev. Thomas Bradshaw, formerly minister among the Independents, but for some years the pastor of the Unitarian Congregation at Cranbrook, Kent. He will labour not only at Tillicoultry, but likewise occasionally preach at Falkirk, Stirling, and Dumblane; and, bringing to his labours of love, earnestness and fidelity of purpose, an enlightened and vigorous mind, and indefatigable Christian benevolence and devotedness, the Committee cannot but augur, from this connection, good things to come, provided only, that the people in all the stations do their part—which it would be disgraceful to them for a moment to doubt—to aid and encourage, by their sympathy and union, his efforts for the building up of societies in Christian principle and practice. Mr. Bradshaw will be welcomed by the Association, as their coadjutor in the struggle with error, prejudice, and sin; and it will be their heart's desire and prayer, that the blessing of the all-merciful Father may crown and sanctify his mission.
Sunday, October 25, the Secretary preached at Greenock, commencing a course of Sunday evening lectures, in conjunction with the Rev. T. Cooper, at that period the Minister of the Congregation, and the Revds. R. E. B. Maclellan, J. H. Hope, and W. A. Jones.
Sunday evening, November 8, the Secretary also delivered an introductory lecture to a course at Paisley, in connection with Mr. C. Dunlop, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Hope; and preached at Paisley, in the large Exchange Hall, on four other Sunday evenings during the winter, and always to large audiences.
In addition to these missionary labours, the Secretary has also preached, since the last anniversary, once at Dumblane, twice at Falkirk, once at Carluke; and in these and all other places, perceiving additional proofs of the great importance of this kind of labour, to the diffusion of Scriptural knowledge, and the awakening Scriptural inquiry, and the union of the scattered disciples of the belief that God is One, that God is Love.
The stock in hand of books and tracts at the last anniversary, was 1679. There have since been added 300 copies of the Tenth Annual Report; purchased of various publications illustrative of the principles the Association is instituted to uphold and diffuse, 1820; and presented by the Rev. Jerom Murch, the respected minister of the congregation at Bath, 50 copies of his admirable sermon, entitled - Dangers Within," expository of the peculiar temptations and discouragements which impede the reception of the Unitarian faith; making altogether, 3849. Of these, there have been sent to the subscribers and friends of the Association, 300 copies of the last Report of the Committee; given away at the opening of the Tillicoultry Unitarian Chapel, 300; Bannockburn, 27; St. Ninians, 8; by the Secretary, to various individuals, 73; to the Congregational Unitarian Libraries—at Glasgow, 170
-Edinburgh, 169—Aberdeen, 169— Dundee, 237— Paisley, 166—Tillicoultry, 166—Carluke, 165—Greenock, 165— Kirkintilloch, 44. The Subscribers to the Association have claimed, in virtue of their respective subscriptions, 156; and 143 have been sold; making a total distribution in the year, of 2,458; and leaving at present on hand, 1391, value £20:17s. ld.
The Committee have again gratefully to acknowledge the continued interest taken in the progress of Christian truth in Scotland, by Mr. G. S. Kenrick of Varteg near Pontypool, who has this year also transmitted to the funds of the Association, a donation of £10; and they have likewise to record a similar act of generosity on the part of one who is ever ready to lend a helping hand, wherever truth can be diffused or man can be redeemed from ignorance and sin, James Heywood, Esq. of Manchester. To him the Association is indebted for a donation of £20. It is to these, and similar gifts from our English brethren who were present at the last Anniversary,- Messrs. Madge, Martineau, and B. S. Jones of London, that the Association have been enabled to effect so much during the past year; and the Committee cannot but hope, that such examples of devotedness to the good and the true, will stimulate their Scottish brethren, not only to continue their aid to the Institution, but induce them to urge others to cast their contributions into its treasury. With greatest ease, the number of subscribers to the Association might be doubled. There must be no withdrawment of effort, no stinted service, till error be uprooted, and ignorance and sin exist no longer.
The Committee solicit your attention to the Reports received from the individuals and societies in connection with the Association :
GIRVAN. Bigotry is less displayed; Unitarian books are read; much good might be done by occasional preaching. A general library, begun three years ago by a few Unitarians, is flourishing, and has led to the formation of a mechanics' institution; and the temperance movement is also doing good in every way.
-STIRLING. Removals have somewhat thinned the little band in this place, but the few who remain are full of zeal, manifested by frequent Sabbath attendance at Tillicoultry, and their desire to further the success of the mission in this district.-Patna and MAYBOLE. The exertions of our friend in the temperance reformation has caused considerable inquiry to be made respecting his religious views, and requests made by many for the loan of Unitarian publications. -HADDINGTON. Little change in public sentiment has taken place during the last twelve months in this neighbourhood, though no opportunity has been lost in circulating books and tracts explanatory of our holy faith.
-DUNDEE. The small society continues to assemble every Lord's day for public worship; three of the members alternately conducting the services. A few books are occasionally called for from the library, which it is hoped are doing good. -EDINBURGH. The congregation has for the last year experienced all the disadvantages arising from the want of a settled minister, and the other unfavourable circumstances with which they have had to contend. Indeed, but for the persevering adherence of some of its supporters, the cause must have gone down. The most favourable circumstance in reference to the future, is the unanimity of feeling with which the new minister will be welcomed, and the general conviction entertained of the necessity of cordial and energetic co-operation.- -DUNFERMLINE. The friends meet every Sabbath afternoon for the worship of God, though their numbers be but few. Liberal views of religion are gaining ground, and the people are more inclined to read Unitarian books.- -CARLUKE. The society still farther diminished by deaths and emigration: cheered by a visit from Mr. C. Dunlop of Paisley, who preached an excellent discourse, and suggested some useful improvements.
-FALKIRK. The society continues to meet every Sunday for devotional exercises, and for mutual edification. Opened an intercourse with the Paisley congregation, and had two friendly visits from the brethren, Mr. Dunlop and Mr. Callender, who preached most appropriate discourses. Rejoice in the prospect of regular visits from the Rev. T. Bradshaw;
express deep interest in the labours of the Association, and of thankfulness to its Secretary for his exertions in behalf of the infant churches. -KIRKINTILLOCH. A few additions have been made to the number of avowed friends in this district. An impetus has been given by the occasional services of Mr. Harris, which, if faithfully followed up, promises good things to come. Very desirable that monthly evening lectures should be regularly conducted, in addition to the service the members themselves carry on every Sunday. Express the deep thankfulness of the society for the labours of Mr. Harris, with prayers for his continued usefulness and
-KILMARNOCK. In consequence of the excitement caused by the pamphlets of the Rev. Mr. Morison, of the Secession Church, in reference to the universality of Christian redemption, and his subsequent expulsion from that body by the sentence of Synod, great inquiry has been made for Unitarian works; and those to whom they have been supplied, have generally expressed a favourable impression of the arguments and principles.- -ABERDEEN.
In 1839, the report from this society stated that they rejoiced in hope. They still do so, although they have not realised all the progress which was then anticipated. During the by-past year, the number of seatholders has been considerably more than they ever were previously; and the attendance on the religious services continues steady. 6. For the erection of our church we feel highly thankful; and to those friends in the South, who so munificently assisted us, we would again tender our grateful thanks. By their aid, a sum, including interest, of £873 : 12s. 5d. was raised; £859: 12s. 5d. of which have been spent in the building of the church, and furnishing, &c. We have still the free charter of the property on which the church is erected to purchase, before we can consider ourselves out of debt; and to meet this expense there now only remains in the bank £14. There is little prospect, however, of our being able to increase this amount for some time, as it takes the whole amount of our collections, seat-rents, and what we can raise by subscriptions, to meet our annual expenditure. In this, however, there is no cause for discouragement. If we be enabled to pay our feu-duty for several years, the little we have in the bank is always adding to itself; and our rule in the circumstances, ought to be, to do well, and doubt not.' In the conduct of our Lord and Master, in much more discouraging circumstances, and while his blessed gospel was yet known only to himself and his small band of faithful followers, we have a noble example to persevere, as well as a foundation sure that the small remnant will become a great kingdom. We would return our thanks to the Association for the care and attention with which it watched over us, when we were not in a position to assist ourselves; and more particularly to one member of it, the Rev. George Harris, for his untiring and great exertions to place us beyond this state of helplessness.” The Rev. J. H. Hope of Fenton Barns, East Lothian, who, after completing his studies at the University of Edinburgh, has, since May, been preaching to the congregation, has made so favourable an impression as to receive their unanimous invitation to settle in Aberdeen, and has complied with the wish.GREENOCK. The prospects of the society not flattering. Since Mr. Cooper left for Stockton-on-Tees, no regular minister has been settled. The congregation have been supplied occasionally by Mr. Dunlop and Mr. Callender of Paisley.PAISLEY. Death and removal have made a slight inroad on the numbers of the society: Gratefully acknowledge the esteemed and valuable services of Messrs. Cooper, Jones, Hope, and Harris, in the course of Sunday evening lectures ; and state, as a gratifying fact, that on no former occasion of Mr. Harris's visits to Paisley,“ was there ever so many auditors from every sect and party, young and old, officials and non-officials. -Glasgow. The Congregation in a healthy condition. 6. The determination of our late Pastor to accept the invitation of our friends in Edinburgh to become the minister of St. Marks, was considered by us all to be a heavy blow, and a sore discouragement. After an intercourse the most unreserved and agreeable, of sixteen years, it was with the utmost regret that we contemplated his removal from amongst us. We saw, however, that a strong arm was needed to raise up the drooping society in Edinburgh.” solved, accordingly, to sacrifice our own personal feelings, and not to stand in the way of his departure. There is much, happily, of consolation and encouragement in the circumstances under which he leaves us. He goes only to a neighbouring city, and will be within two hours journey of his old flock. Let us hope, therefore, that he will frequently come over and help us. He leaves us, moreover, in a very different condition from that in which he found us; and, under Providence, he leaves us in good hands. “ Under the ministry of Mr. Taylor, in every respect the worthy successor of Mr. Harris, our numbers, we anticipate, will go on steadily to increase; and while we increase in numbers, with so able and exemplary an instructor, let us hope that we shall also