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Rev. Mr. Taylor of Boston, Mass., and Rev. Mr. Conant of Geneva, III. The resolutions were then adopted, and the assembly retired at a late hour. The meetings were attended with great satisfaction by those most interested in their success, and the Association gives promise of efficient action.

British and Foreign Unitarian Association. — The twenty-first annual meeting of this Society was held in London, June 3, 1846. The anniversary sermon was preached in the Essex Street chapel by Rev. J. G. Robberds of Manchester, from Matthew iv. 19, and appears to have given general and great satisfaction. At the close of the religious services the meeting for business was opened, J. B. Estlin Esq. taking the chair. Mr. Hornby, the Treasurer, presented his Report, which exhibited the expenditures of the year as having rather exceeded £1,000, ($5,000.) Rev. Edward Tagart, the Honorary Secretary, read the Report of the Committee who conduct the operations of the Society, which detailed the proceedings the last year and suggested plans for an increased activity. The regular motions upon the acceptance of the Reports, the choice of officers, etc. were introduced by brief remarks from different gentlemen, after which a discussion of some interest arose on a resolution offered by Rev. Mr. Armstrong of Bristol, in reference to certain uncandid expressions used by the Bishop of Norwich at a recent meeting of the British and Foreign School Society; the debate ended in instructing the Committee of the Association to consider “what steps could be taken to secure that the schools of the B. and F. S. Society should be conducted upon the original, fundamental and comprehensive principles of the Society, without dogmatic teaching." A resolution was then adopted, approving of a measure similar to that which was the subject of much discussion at the late meeting of the American Unitarian Association, viz.

“ That this meeting cordially approves the plan of appointing a travel. ling agent, being an educated and accomplished minister, well acquainted with the wants and character of the Unitarian body, to visit various churches and districts in the country, to preach, and make extensively known the plan and objects of the Association, and would urge it on the Committee to take immediate and efficient steps by the offer of adequate remuneration to obtain a well qualified individual for the office.”

From the meeting in the chapel the members of the Association retired to the Crown and Anchor Tavern, to partake of the annual “dejeuner.” About three hundred ladies and gentlemen were seated at the tables. A blessing was sought by Rev. Mr. Robberds, and thanks were returned by Rev. Mr. Armstrong. The chair was taken by Charles Paget Esq., who after the regular toasts, -“the Queen” “the Royal Family” –“Civil and Religious Liberty all the world over," — called on gentlemen to speak in support of®“ sentiments” which had been prepared for the occasion. Speeches were made by Thomas Hornby Esq., Rev. Mr. Hutton of Birmingham, Rev. Mr. Talbot of Tenterden, Rev. Mr. Robberds of Manchester, Mr. James Yates of London, Rev. Mr. Tagart of London, Rev. Mr. Armstrong of Bristol, Rev. Mr. Gordon of Coventry, Rev. Thomas Cooper, Rev. Dr. Hutton of London, and Mr. H. C. Rob son. The “assemblage then separated, shortly after 8 o'clock, apparently highly gratified at the result of the proceedings."


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Sunday School Association, (in England.) — The twelfth anniversary of this Association was celebrated in London by a public “ breakfast on Thursday morning, June 4, 1846. The chair was taken by J. W. Dowson Esq. of Norwich, and after the reading of the Annual Report by the Secretary, Rev. Mr. Vidler of London, brief, but spirited addresses were made by several gentlemen. The Christian Reformer gives the following summary of intelligence communicated in the Report.

“In the 123 Schools from which returns have been received, there are 12,618 children and 2,395 teachers; to nearly all of them there are week-evening classes, libraries, saving funds, or other connected institutions. Six schools made returns last year, and have not done so this; in these schools there were then 747 children, and 86 teachers. If these numbers be added to those of the preceding schools, the gross total of the 129 schools would be 13,365 children and 2,481 teachers; leaving 29 schools of which the existence is known, but from which there is no numerical return. This is a large increase on the summary of last year, which, taken on the same plan, was 11,594 children and 2,058 teachers.

No one appears to have been present from the United States, but the last year, (as we should have been glad to notice at the time,) the Chairman, Rev. Mr. James of Bristol, offered the following sentiment:

“ That this meeting desires to give a cordial welcome to Rev. Mr. Simmons of America, and to express its best wishes for the success of our brethren in Boston, who are laboring with such distinguished success in the field of Sunday School instruction;" — to which Mr. Simmons made a brief reply.

Installation. — Rev. Thomas TREADWELL STONE, late pastor of a church in Machias, Me., was inducted into office as the Minister of the First Church in SALEM, Mass., on Sunday, July 12, 1846. The church preferred in this instance to return to the principle of lay ordination asserted at the commencement of their ecclesiastical history, and induct their own minister, without the assistance of other clergymen. George Choate M. D., in behalf of the Standing Committee, addressed the congregation in explanation of the course they had adopted, and then, after extending to Mr. Stone the right hand of their fellowship, charged him to be faithful in his ministerial relations. Mr. Stone made a brief reply, accepting the service to which they had called him. After wbich he was introduced into the pulpit, and the usual services of the Lord's day were conducted by Mr. Stone, with a special reference to the peculiar character of the occasion.

Dedications. — The Chapel erected for the Ministry at large in PROVIDENCE, R. I., was dedicated by appropriate religious services, (in connexion with the Ordination of Rev. Mr. Babcock,) April 8, 1846. The Sermon was prenched by Rev. Mr. Hall of Providence, from Revelation xxii. 17,'( not xx. 17, as erroneously printed in our May number;) and the Prayer of Dedication was offered by Rev. Mr. Osgood of Providence.

The “Church of the Saviour" erected by the First Unitarian Congregational Society in HARTFORD, Conn., was dedicated April 22, 1846. The Sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Harrington, pastor of the society, (whose installation took place on the next day,) from 2 Chronicles vii. 16; the Prayer of Dedication was offered by Rev. Mr. Gray of Boston; and the other services were conducted by Rev. Messrs. Farley of Norwich, Conn., Ellis of Northampton, and Harrington of Albany, N. Y.

The “Church of the Unity” erected by the Second Unitarian Society in WORCESTER, Mass., was dedicated April 28, 1816. The Sermon was preached by Rev. Dr. Dewey of New York, from Ephesians iv. 16; the Prayer of Dedication was offered by Rev. Mr. Hill of Worcester; and the other services were conducted by Rev. Messrs. Clarke of Uxbridge, Hale of Worcester, (whose ordination as pastor of the church took place on the next day,) and Willson of Grafton.

The Mount Pleasant Congregational Church in RoXBURY, Mass., was dedicated July 29, 1816. The Sermon was preached by Rev. Dr. Putnam of Roxbury, from Ezekiel xlviii. 10; the Dedicatory Prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Hall of Dorchester; and the other services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Huntington of Boston, and Rev. Dr. Putnam.

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. New Works. — We have found it impossible to furnish in our successive numbers such information in regard to the appearance or preparation of new works, either religious or literary, as we hoped to give when we included this department in the plan of our journal. The few pages which alone we can devote to “Intelligence," with the constant accumulation of that which falls under the head of “religious,” will not allow us to present anything like a regular or complete announcement of the contributions which the press is continually making to the literature of our times, even in our own neighborhood. A multitude of books, of which a considerable part are really valuable, are reprinted here, and others of not inferior character are given to the public by American writers, but we are obliged to let them pass by as if we were ignorant even of their titles. We endeavor to include within our Notices some mention of every volume or pamphlet proceeding from our own denomination, or bearing on the great questions at issue between us and other bodies of Christians; and this, with occasional notices of such other works as may come under our eye, occupies all the room at our command. The same want of space has compelled us to omit that review of the political history of our times which we had once hoped to give in the Examiner, and which seems to us to belong to a journal whose purpose it is, to consider the character of the present period, in the world of action as well as of thought, as it appears under the light of Christian truth. We say this once for all, as an excuse for past deficiencies, and as an explanation of the incompleteness which must continue to mark our record of Intelligence. The necessity under which we have often been placed, of postponing, and afterwards throwing aside, matter which we had wished to publish when it would not be altogether stale, has taught us to reduce our expectations for the future. We shall be satisfied, if we can preserve a faithful record of whatever of importance takes place within our own body.

Among the volumes which have lately come from the press, we may mention as of special value the “Works of Henry Ware Jr., D. D.," 1846.]

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issued by James Munroe & Co. of this city. The two volumes which have been published contain his miscellaneous writings, in prose and poetry, the greater part of which are already well known, but will be welcomed again in this permanent and well printed collection of his works. A third volume will contain sermons, most of which have never before been printed; and if sufficient materials should remain for a fourth volume, it will follow. We shall endeavor to take proper notice of the whole, when concluded. — C. S. Francis & Co. of New York have commenced another important publication — the “Works of Rev. Orville Dewey, D. D.,” the first volume of which contains Discourses and Reviews upon Questions in Controversial Theology and Practical Religiou, some of which have never before been printed. We shall notice this volume hereafter. — We are glad to announce the publication of a volume of Miscellaneous Writings of the late Rev. Dr. Greenwood, compiled principally from journals and letters. We learn with pleasure that a new edition of Noyes's Translation of the Psalms is in press, with extended Notes. — Messrs. Ticknor & Co. of Boston have reprinted, in two very neat volumes, Motherwell's “Minstrelsy, Ancient and Modern,” with an Historical Introduction by the editor, which fills nearly half of the first volume and adds much to the value of the work. — From the same publishing house we have received a reprint of Richard Monckton Milnes's “ Poems of many Years,” which will be acceptable to the lovers of modern English poetry of the purest kind. The style in which these publishers reprint choice works of elegant literature deserves commendation. - We cannot speak so approvingly of an edition of Shelley's Poetical Works, issued by a New York house, and edited by G. G. Foster, who has prefixed a biographical and critical preface. It is said to be the only complete edition of Shelley that has appeared in this country, and is neatly printed, but on a type altogether too small for comfortable reading.

From London journals lately received we learn, that a volume to which we referred in the last number of the Examiner as in preparation bas appeared, - under the title of “Unitarianism Exhibited in its actual Condition; consisting of Essays by several Unitarian Ministers and others, illustrative of the Rise, Progress and Priuciples of Christian Anti-Trinitarianism in different parts of the World. Edited by Rev. J. R. Beard, D. D.” We shall look for its arrival in this country with interest. — We observe with pleasure the issue of proposals for publishing “ Principles of Textual Criticism, with their application to the Text of the Old and New Testaments. By J. Scott Porter, Professor of Scripture Criticism and General Theology in the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.” Such a work, executed as we believe it will be by Mr. Porter, we should esteem a valuable addition to the means of theological education. “It has been undertaken to supply a defect in English theological literature which many students have felt, and of which not a few have complained.” It “ will be put to press as soon as a sufficient number of subscribers have been procured, and will form an 8vo. volume of ordinary size.” – We are exeeedingly gratified to find that the Messrs. Chapman of London propose to publish a cheap edition of Mr. Norton's “ Evidences of the Genuineness of the Gospels." The three volumes of the American edition will be comprised “ in two bandsome volumes, demy 8vo., bound in cloth,” and will be furnished to subscribers at fifteen shillings, or about three dollars and a half, a copy. The publishers announce that “there will be about fifty pages of new matter in the first volume, and this edition of the work will embody throughout various alterations and corrections made by the author at the present time.”

Serial Works. — While the impure tastes of a certain — we fear, a large — class of readers are fed by the publication of numberless cheap tales which are sold at railroad and “periodical depots,” and a vast amount of miserable fiction imported from abroad is reprinted here, it is but an act of justice, if gratitude did not impel us, to acknowledge the efforts of those publishers who are engaged in issuing series of works of a more profitable and substantial character, in volumes fairly printed and sold at a moderate price. Several such series are before us, and if they can all be sustained, the number of readers in this country is even greater than we had supposed. These " serial” publications include of course works of unequal merit, partly original, but mostly such volumes as have met with a favorable reception in former editions or have lately appeared in England. Wiley and Putnam's “Library of Choice Reading,” published in New York, has reached the Ixvith number, and consists entirely of reprints of English books; beginning with “Eothen,” a very pleasant book of Eastern travels, and comprising other equally agreeable volumes by Hazlitt, Tupper, Dickens, and many others; while their “ Library of American Books” is confined to the productions of our own writers, the last of which is Hawthorne's Mosses from an Old Manse. Appleton & Co. of New York bave given in their “ Literary Miscellany” still more choice works, such as translations of Michelet's Life of Luther, and his llistories of France and the Roman Republic, Gilfillan's Sketches of Modern Literature, Guizot's Histories of the English Revolution and of Civilization in Europe, etc. Harper's “Family Library,” after reaching the clxxijird number, has been succeeded by their “New Miscellany of Sterling Popular Literature,” which includes Whewell's Elements of Morality and Polity, Holmes's Life of Mozart, etc. J. W. Moore of Philadelphia has commenced a "Select Library," of which only four numbers have appeared, but which promises to furnish instructive reading. In this city Francis & Co. are issuing a “Cabinet Library of Choice Prose and Poetry,” in which have already appeared Mrs. Child's History of the Condition of Women and Biographies of Good Wives, Mrs. Norton's Poems, Memoir of Mrs. Hemans, Talfourd's Tragedies, Moore's Lalla Rookh, and Tuckerman's Thoughts on the Poets, noticed in this number of the Examiner. J. Munroe & Co. have published the Second Series of R. W. Emerson's Essays as the first number of the “ Boston Library of American and Foreign Literature.” Saxton & Kelt, in their "Library of Select Literature,” have given Wilson's tales of Margaret Lyndsay etc., and Tupper's Geraldine.—Here is a sufficient amount of good reading, if our people are disposed to spend a part of their time in the cultivation of intellectual and moral tastes. We should be glad, however, if there were one series of "books for the people,” which included works of a decidedly religious character. Why should religious books always constitute a class by themselves ? Religion has its literature, and literature can never be complete without religion. Let them appear as friends and allies, not as having separate interests and separate provinces.

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