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the non-essentials on which men may the preaching of them would also, of safely differ, we at least gain little by course, be illegal. the relaxation, for I know of no What is the rule by which the Church which does not regard as conduct and the language of persons essentials those very articles which are to be interpreted? The rule is our name implies that we reject.” this, and it is a just and reasonable
Can we suppose then, I repeat it, rule, that where a construction, conthat this pious lady would have given sistent with lawful conduct and lawful her funds for the purpose of promot- intention, can be put upon the words ing and encouraging the preaching of and acts of parties, you are bound to doctrines in opposition to her own do it, and not unnecessarily to put opinions in respect to points which upon those words and acts a conhave been universally considered, and struction opposed to what the law which, we must presume, she also prohibits or enjoins.-I cannot, thereconsidered, as essential in matters of fore, bring myself to the conclusion, religious belief? At least, it would that Lady Hewley intended to prorequire some distinct evidence, or mote and encourage the preaching of some reasoning which I have not doctrines contrary to law-that she heard, and which does not occur to intended herself to violate the lawme, to justify us in coming to such a it would be contrary to every rule of conclusion. All the probabilities and fair construction and legal presumppresumptions are the other way; and, tion so to decide. as a question of fact, I feel myself It was argued at the bar, that this compelled to conclude that such could law was now repealed, and it was not bave been her view and in- supposed that the repeal of the law tention.
would make an alteration in the conBut another argument arises out of sideration of the case. - It does not the Act of Parliament to which the appear to me, in the slightest degree, learned Judges bave referred, or to affect the question :-the question rather, out of the Acts of Parliament is-What was her intention at the of that period. Those preachers who time? What, at the period when she denied the deity of Christ, were executed this deed, she intended ? exempted if they preached from the Who were the persons whom she benefit of the Act of Toleration--that meant to include in it? What we
were Act was passed in the year 1688. In the doctrines, of which she intended 1698, ten years afterwards, and six to encourage and promote the preachyears before the date of the first of ing? It makes no alteration in this ihese deeds—the Act against Blas- respect, it makes no change as to her phemy was passed, by which any intention at the time, that in the person, who should deny that any one course of a century afterwards the of the three persons of the Trinity law has been changed, and that that was God, became liable to the severest is considered as innocent which at the penalties. Those doctrines were styled foriner period was illegal. On these impious and blasphemous. To teach two grounds then, each of which them was called a detestable crime.
appears to me nearly conclusiveI am not justifying the law-I am first, that I cannot presume that this making no comment upon it-I am pious lady intended that her estates stating only what the law at that time should be applied to encourage and was. Those persons, who by preach- promote the preaching of doctrines ing, denied the doctrine of the Trinity directly at variance with that which -I think the word is “ teach"-who, she must have considered as essential either in writing, in teaching, or to Christianity, and that she could advised speaking, shall maintain those not intend to violate the law. On doctrines, are subject to the penalties these two grounds, I feel myself of the Act. It was contrary to law, brought to this conclusion,--that she therefore, at that time to preach those did not intend, under the description doctrines. To give money for the of “ godly preachers of Christ's holy purpose of encouraging and promoting gospel," '10 include persons who impugned the doctrine of the Trivity; their answer do Mr. Wellbeloved and that she did not intend to promote others of the defendants state to be and encourage the diffusion of those Unitarian opinions ? They say, “ they opinions. With regard to the law believe it to be true that the class of and her respect for its authority, we Christians stuled Unitarians do reject find some evidence of it in the second as unscriptural the doctrine that Jesus deed--the deed of 1707; for she Christ is really and truly God, and as directs, “ if by any lawful authority such a proper object of divine worthe objects of her bounty, in that ship. They believe it to be true that deed, cannot be carried into effect,” the class of Christians styled Uuitathat her trustees shall make a different rians do many of them reject as application of the funds.
unscriptural the doctrine of Original It has been said, and the learned Sin, or that mau is born in such a Judges have adverted to it, it has state that if he were to die in the been said, that the religious opinions condition in which he was born and of that day were liberal and compre- bred, he would perish everlastingly." hensive, and that in particular Lady These are the doctrines stated in the Hewley entertained enlarged views answers of Mr. Wellbeloved and upon the subject of religion. All this, several of the other defendants, as however, resis in general statement, being the peculiar doctrines of the and from which I can deduce no Unitarians. precise or satisfactory conclusion, I An observation was made, I think feel bound, therefore, for the reasons by a learned gentleman whom I now which I have stated,--having first see in Court, on the conduct of Mr. established to my own satisfaction Wellbeloved, with respect to his that Lady Hewley was, in her reli- answers, stating that they were obgious opinions and belief, a Trinitarian, tained with great difficulty; that they -to come to the conclusion, that she were extorted from a reluctant denever intended that her charity should fendant; I think I owe it to Mr. be applied for the propagation of Wellbeloved, and the other defendUnitarian doctrines. I am the more ants, to observe that, from the nature satisfied of the correctness of this and delicacy of the subject, they were result, because I came to it in the justified in using much caution; and first instance, without at all knowing if we can fairly reler the conduct of what were the opinions of my two men to proper motives, we are not learned friends, and without having justified in ascribing it to such as are had any communication with them
Mr. Wellbeloved may upon the subject. I formed my have considered that the questions opinion upon a careful consideration were put in such a way as to lead of the case, agreeing not only in my properly to the answers which be conclusions, but in the grounds and successively gave; he may have principles upon which they rest, with thought it his duty to exercise great the learned Judges who have favoured caution on such a subject. But me with their assistance on this leaving this, we have, in addition to occasion.
the answers both from Mr. WellheThe remaining question then is loved and from Dr. Kenrick, clear this-In what manner, and by whom, and distinct statements of what the bave these funds been administered? opinions of the Unitarians are upon The trustees are, with one or two the points in question. exceptions, (both the trustees and the I refer to a document which is in sub-trustees,) proved to be Unita- evidence-a sermon preached by Mr. rians. Mr. Palmes is a member of Wellbeloved, at Huil, in which he the Church of England. Mr. Hey- states his opinions in these terms:wood was not proved to be an “ With the doctrines concerning the Unitarian. With respect to the rest, deity of Christ we also reject as as I understand and read the evidence, equally unscriptural those which other they entertaju C vitarian opinions. christian sects bold to be of such vital What are these doctrines? What in importance, relating to his office and
the design and consequences of his purposes have these funds been apdeath. We see nothing in the pages plied by these Trustees? In what either of the Old or New Testament manner have they discharged the imto justify the doctrines which are portant duty that was entrusted to generally deemed orthodox, relating them! If I am correct in my conto Original Sin." He thus states that clusions as to the intentions of Lady the Unitarians reject not only the Hewley, the funds have been misapdoctrine concerning the deity of plied, and misapplied for a long series Christ, but that also which relates to of years, and to a very great extent. Original Sin. In another part of the This alone might perhaps be a suffisame sermon he says:“But it will cient ground for removing the Trustees. be said that we deny bis deity;" (that But it has been said that the misapis, the deity of Christ.) “We refuse plication was nuintentional upon their to acknowledge bim as the second part;—that it was an error of judyPerson of the Godhead; we do not ment; that they put a construction allow bim to be one God with the upon the instruments fairly and boná Father, coeternal and coequal, or fide that would have justified their even God of God. We contess,” he
But, looking at the evidence in says, “ the man Christ Jesus, but this case, I am compelled to say, and deny bim as that incarnate, suffering, I say it with reluctance, that I cannot and dying God which he is believed accede to this statement.
I do not to have been by all others who bear wish to enter into detail upon the his name. True, we do deny the subject, because I am desirous, as far Jesus of the Athanasian and the as possible, to abstain, on this occaNicene creeds, of the Liturgy, and sion, from every thing that is personal, the Articles of the Established -but I am forced to say, using the Church, of the confessions of faith most gentle terms, that there has adopted by almost all the churches of been, in my judgment, a strong, Christendom." Nothing can be more undue, and partial leaning, in the clear and distinct than these state- administration of these funds, towards ments, not only as to his own opi- Unitarian doctrines and Unitarian nions, but as to the opinions of those objects. who think with him, and who come I shall not go through the evidence under the class and denomination of with respect to this part of the case, Unitarians.
but shall content myself with referring, Now, as to Dr. Kenrick, another by way of example, to two points. of the defendants upon this record, he How has it happened that almost all says:-“ We are convinced that no the trustees are Unitarians ? that the doctrines can ultimately prevail among
vacancies have been so filled up as to a people allowed to think and exa- make the whole body substantially mine for themselves, which, like Unitarian; as
to place the entire transubstantiation, involve a sensible control of these estates and funds, and absurdity; or, like the Trinity, a the management of the whole Charity, metaphysical contradiction. The sur- in the hands of Unitarian trustees render of their understandings,” he of persons entertaining Unitarian says, “ is a price which men will not opinions ? long consent to pay for the belief of Another subject to which I shall any system of theology." Such are also refer in illustration of what I have the doctrines stated by two of the stated, relates to the exhibitions to defendants as the doctrines of the Manchester College. Almost all the Unitarians. I consider then, the great exhibitions of late years have been body of trustees and sub-trustees, as given to persons educated at that disbelievers in the divinity; or, to college. Upon a caretul examination use the term of the Unitarians, the of the evidence, I must consider, that “ deity of Christ, and disbelievers in so far as relates to the education for the doctrine of Original Sin."
the ministry, Manchester College is Having stated this, then, the next substantially an Unitarian establishquestion is, - How and for what ment. I refer to the evidence, among others, of Mr. Manning Walker, who tion of the funds which has taken was himself educated as an Unitarian, place, and adverting also to the conand was a member of that college. It sideration of the danger of future appears to me strong and decisive abuse,-if persons of one particular upon this point. If it required further class of opinions are to be entrusted confirmation, I might refer to Mr. with the management and entire Wellbeloved's letter, in which he calls control of funds which are to be upon the Unitarian Dissenters to applied for the benefit of persons “ subscribe to the support of that maintaining other opinions,-that I establishment for the purpose of main- am bound to decide, that the Vicetaining a succession of well-educated Chancellor was correct in removing ministers, in their class of Dissenters," the trustees. It follows also from obviously meaning indeed the fact is what I have already stated, that he proved by the evidence,) those of was correct in the declaration he has Unitarian opinions.
made. And the result, therefore, of These circumstances, with others, my judgment, confirmed as to the lead me therefore to the conclusion, principles of it by the learned judges not merely that these parties have near me, and founded as to the misapplied the funds, but that in the further conclusions which I have exercise of their trust they have mani- stated upon those principles, is—that fested a strong and undue leaning in the Decree of the Vice-Chancellor favour of persons of their own persua.
should be affirmed. It is not a case sion. I think then, looking at these for costs, and I think the Decree circumstances, and considering the should be simply affirmed, extensive and continued misapplica
CHURCH SOCIETIES. S. P. C.K. - Report of the Brentford, 8c. And the total issue of Bibles, TestaDistrict Committee, 1835. ments, Prayer Books, Tracts, &c. since
the first establishment of the ComTue time has again arrived when the Committee beg to present to their
mittee in 1822, is 38,358. Friends a Report of their proceedings
The amount of subscriptions for the during the past year; from which they past
year is 69l. 12s. 6d. from which trust it will be evident that they have
the Committee, after discharging the endeavoured to promote, not only the
expenses incurred in the District, will general designs of the Parent Society; (for the payment of the differences be
be enabled to forward to the Society but also one of the chief objects for which all District Committees were
tween the cost price to the Society first established; viz. to enable the
and the charge to the Members,) the
sum of 501. poor to purchase Bibles, Prayer Books, &c. at very reduced prices.
It cannot be expected, nor indeed The account of Books, &c. issued
can it be at all necessary, that argufrom the General Depository, at Brent
ments should be produced from year ford, during the last year, is as fol
to year, in favour either of the usefullows :
ness of District Committees, or of the
Society. There is one point, however, Bibles ..
which appears to deserve particular Testaments
notice. It has been stated by some Prayer Books
that there is no further want of Bibles,
12 Other Bound Books
Prayer Books, or Religious Tracts, in Tracts.
this immediate neighbourhood; from
one quarter or another it has been Total.
2332 abundantly supplied. In reply to such
a statement, the Committee would beg
to observe, that if the supply were accommodation brithi to the subscribers equal to the present demand (which
and the public. they have just ground to fear is very “ They have now the happiness to far from being the case), still it would state, that a depôt is opened in St. by no means follow that further exer- Thomas's Church-yard, in the house tions were unnecessary in a popu- erected for the Sunday School of that lous neighbourhood, the inhabitants of parish; and that Mrs. Lucas, the which are constantly shifting, and with newly-appointed librarian, gives daily fresh objects continually supplied by attendance from ten o'clock in the a very numerous rising generation. morning to four in the afternoon, and
Consistently with feelings of christian is authorised to receive and dispense charity for the spiritual wants of their orders for books, as also to settle bills more needy brethren, the Committee due, and receive subscriptions, benecannot desire less than that every poor factions, &c. for the Committee. person in the District should be en. This new arrangement naturally abled to read the Bible, by having that causes additional expense; the Conprecious treasure in their possession. mittee are therefore under the neces.
They cannot think the field for their sity of rescinding the 10th Resolution, exertions closed, till all shall feel their which has been acted upon for several want of such sacred instruction, and years past, authorising a reduction in bave their wants supplied. They are the price of books in favour of the convinced that, in their own neigh- Subscribers to the District; but hope bourhood, their past labours are, aud still to be enabled to allow two-thirds have been, blessed with good effect; of the subscription to the District, to and their earnest prayers and hope be received in books at the Society's are, that as this hunger and thirst prices, and to supply any demand for alter spiritual food becomes more uni- books over and above those taken in versal, they may, by the cooperation right of subscription on the following and contributions of all zealously dis- ternis :-Persons, being Members of posed Christians, find themselves pos- the Parent Society, and subscribing at sessed of more ample means to meet least a guinea per annum to the disthe existing exigency.
trict fund, i.e. double Subscribers, may Rev. John STODDART, M.A. Sec.
purchase books at the Members' prices marked in the Society's catalogue. Those who subscribe to the Parent Society only are charged five per cent.
on the Members' prices; and those S.P.C. K.-Salisbury Diocesun and Dis- subscribing to the District only, are trict Committee for South Wilts.
charged ten per cent. on the Members'
prices, to compensate the Committee The Report of the Salisbury Dio- for the expenses of carriage, the shop, cesan and District Committee of the
&c. &c. The public, or non-subscriS. P. C. K. for South Wilts for the hers, are charged five per cent. upon last year, is just published. It con- the cost prices' of the Society, for tains a very satisfactory abstract of the same reason, the proceedings of the Parent Society, “ The distribution of religious books, which we recommend to the perusal during the past year, in this District, of our readers; we must content our- amounts to 12,953, [an increase of selves with the following extract of 4,944 over the year preceding] in the the Report respecting the proceedings following proportions : of this District. “ In their Report for the last year
459 the Committee gave reason to hope
Testaments and Psalters. 540 that a depôt would be opened in the
Other Bound Books 781 course of the present one, for the sale of
Half-bound and Stitched 8241 the Society's Books, as also of those of
Cards, Papers, &c. , . 1905 the Committee of General Literature and Education, thus giving greater
12953 VOL. XVIII. NO. Y.