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From the Universalist Magazine.
The Southern Association of Universalists met at the house of BR. RICHARD CARRIQUE, in Attleborough, on the 2th of December, 1820.
1. Chose Br. Elias SMITH. Moderator.
3. In compliance with a request from the Rev. Zephaniah S. Crossman. from the religious denomination called “Christians” to be received into fellowship as a believer in and preacher of the Abrahamic faith of the salvation of all the nations of the earth, it was voted that Zeph. S. Crossmag be received into fela lowship with this Association.
4. Adjourned to 9 o'clock Wednesday morning. Wednesday morning met according to adjournment. Order of public services was as follows:
Morning Service.-Br. Hosea Ballou, the introductory prayer; Br. Joshua Flagg, the Sermon from Matt. xii. 32. Br. Zephaniah S. Crossman, the concluding prayer.
Afternoon Service.--Br. Elias Smith, the introductory prayer; Br. Hosea Ballou, the Sermon from Col. ii. 18, 19; Br. Richard Carrique, concluding prayer.
Evening Service.--Br. Joshua Flagg, the introductory prayer; Br. Elias Smith, the Sermon from 1 Joha iii. 8. Br Hosea Ballou, the concluding prayer.
5. Adjourned to meet with the Norfolk Society in Stoughton and Canton, the second Wednesday in June, 1821.
STAE CHRISTIAN MESSENGER." la reply to our remarks of the notice of 'Byram and Philo' by the Editor of this paper, Page 115 of the Chr. Rep. be observes; “In answer to the above, "it is only necessary to state that the Editor of the “Christian Krpsitory is entirely mistaken is he sur“poses that 'Hyram' and 'Philo'were implicitly char“ged with any thing more than what was candidly band openly stated; which was that such 'insinuations, “as their writings contained and which had been dis"tinctly stated 'appeared to us to be more disingenu. sous than a direet and open attack: an opinion was "also expressed that the influence,' i. e. of "such insin"uations' tended, among other things, 'to sow discord. "among brethren."
We observe in reply to this that we are willing to acknowledge the entire mistuke of the Editor of the Chr. Repository, because we deem it a privilege belonging to every writer to explain the meaning of bis own words. We likewise deem it our privilege to mention the principles on which this en tire mistake was foundcd. It was thought that propriety dictateil, that as admonitions are frequently paioful, they should embrace no more reproof, than what would well apply to the subject; and that this need of reproof was only known by the measure of his transgression. From this idea, the charge was thought to. be implied. . We pretended not to determine that what was implied, embraced more than what was expressed in the charge of disingenuous insinuations. the former seemed to describe what was meant by the latter.
Speaking of the same charge of disingenuous insinuations, expressed,” he says; This however was. by no means charged as being the desigo of the writers, for their writings may produce effects which they did not design:" but, in the first piece, (Chr. Rep. page 114) we read; “One thing: however, is very obvious, viz. that candor and sincerity were very remole, if not entirely out of the question, IN HE MIND of these writers." These two sentences look so pear like a contradiction that we confess we are unable to reconcile them
Qur admonisher further writes; The Editor of the
SC. Repository adds, "On a careful review, it is beslieved, 'Hyram's piece 'will be found to be a direct "and open attack' of a system of sentiments, (not of "any one particular author) which he briefly de"scribes." We have therefore reviewed the piece for "the purpose of making the discovery, but being dull "of apprebepsion, remain in the same opinion respect-sing it as formerly; neither do we believe it has been "so understood by others, as we cannot learn that there “bas been any reply to it from any source whatever.'
In reply to this, let 'Hyram' speak for himself. What does he say? Look and see! “Believing that the Christian Repository is designed for the detection of error, as well as for the discovery of truth, and feel-ing fully persuaded that a late system of divinity wbichi is circulated with industry, and read with avidity, is replete with absurdity and contradiction, I SHALL ATTEMPT TO POIT OUT some of the many inconsistencies, with which this system abouous” Chr. Rep. page 54. At the close of his piece, page 56 he observes; "These are a few of the many i1l-consistencies with which this system abounds." These words show us that he thought he had attempt. ed what he promised, then he began to write. If he has not succeeded in his attempt, or does not succeed, that is a matter between him and his
opposers. It eflects nothing concerning what was stated respecting: the design of his piece.
Our admonisher still further writes; “If these writers really believe in a future punishment, that is, a punishment after death for sins committed in this life, let them state the doctrine clearly and explicitly, so that the discussion may not be merely about words, and then state the scriptures on which they shall rely for its support; and shew that those scriptures must necessarily be so construed-and, when they have done this, we will either acknowledge the doctrine true, or show wherein they have failed in giving it support. But before they attempt any thing of this kind, we advise them 10 read carefully and attentively the correspondence which was published a few years since; in the "Gospel Visitant.” He closes by saying, "If these writers, therefore, or any other, wish for further discussion on this subject, there is an oppor. tunity, it bring what we also most sincerely desire."
To this we ans:ter, the correspondence alluded to in the Gospel Visitant, is far from satisfying is that there can be.no punishment after this life. We have read the dissertation in that correspondence, on
Christ's preaching to the spiriis in prison, page 296, Vol. III. and compareil it with a piece on the same subject, and we believe hy the same writer, page 229, Vol. I. a careful investigation of which the Editor of this work is willing to lay before the public, if requested Shonld any one feel disposed to correspond in opposition to future punishment, we invite bim to an. sier Hyram's piece as found in this number. He wilt undoubtedly attempt to vindicate, and we hope can. didly, on that siile of the question which he has cho.
Should this in sitation be accepted by any one who writes for the Christian Messenger, the Editor thereof is requested to send an extra paper of every No that contains such discussion, to the Editor of the Christian Repository, that he may forward it to the writer who is thereby opposed.
The Rev. ELLAS SMITH was installed to the pastoral care of the Third Universalist Society" in Boston, on the dil of January last. Introcluctory prayer by Bi: Barzillia Streeter; sermon by Br. Richard Carrique, from 2 Tim. ii 21,25; consecratingprayer. Br. Joshua Flagg; delivery of the scriptures and charge, Br. llosea Ballo:1; right hand of fellowship, Br. Edwarel
Turper; concluding prayer, Br. Hosea Ballou 2d, of Stafford, Con.
On the 5th of January last, the First Universalist Meeting House in Roxbury, Mass. was dedicated and set apart to the service of Almighty God.-Sermon from Malachi iii. :0, by Br. Bosta Ballou.
On the 10th of the same month the new Brick Meeting-House in Milford, Mass was dedicated to the wor. ship of God Appropriate portions of scripture were read by Br. Robert L. Killam; introductory prayer by Br. Richard Carrique ; Constcrating prayer by Br. Elins Smith ; sermon by Br. Hosea Ballou from Isai. ii. 3; concluding prayer by Br. Zephaniah 5. Crossman.
It is stated from the Christian Watchman that there are 375 Congregational Societies in Nassachusetts, 153 Baptists 67 Methodist, 39 of Friends, 22 Episcopalian, 23 Universalist. 10 Presbyterian), I Roman Catholic, 5 Freewill Baptist, | Sandemanian, 4 of Shakers, and I Swedenborgian ;- total, 701.
Besides the Christian Repository, there are three periodical publications circulated among the hrethren of the Universalist Societies. The Universalist Ma. gazine, edite.. by Br. Hosea Ballou, is published in Boston, at $2.25 per year; the Christian Messenger, by Br. Abver Kneeland, in Philadelphia at $2,00 per year; and the (N.Y) Gospel Herald, in New-York;
OBITUARY. Died at Reading, December 27, 1820, SOLOMON KEYES, Esq. in the 66th year of his age. He had, for many years, been a respectable inhabitant in this place, and continued to his last in the faith of universal salvation.
At Windsor, Dec. 31, Mr. JONATHAN REAN, aged 72.
At Cavendish, Jan. 3, 1821, Widow MERCY Huison, ayed 77. Feb. 13, Pliny ROCKWOOD PARKER, son of Francis Parker, aged 5 months.
At Reading, Feb. 21, Martin ROILY HATCH, son of Alvia Iatch, aged 4 months.