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In the Montreal Herald of December 29, 1827, there is a spirited report of the second annual dinner of “The Dalhousie St. Andrews Philanthropic Society." All persons, Scotch or not, of a good moral character, are admitted. One object is to give relief to sick or old members and those having bodily infirmities. You can have a perusal of both the Herald and original letter, if wished.

Yours truly, PAISLEY, 10th August, 1828. CHRISTOPHER DUNLOP.

(Extracts.)

DALHOUSIE, Upper Canada, April 28, 1828. DEAR FRIEND,

Two years ago, it was proposed to institute a Scotch Society, and to have an annual dinner. I joined in the idea; the Society was formed, and called the “ Dalhousie St. Andrew's Philanthropic Society." Our anniversary is held on the 30th of November. The last celebration was patronised by several gentlemen from Perth; and they were so well pleased with the Institution, that they proposed we should erect a Hall for the Society to meet in. Conceiving that this would be a public benefit, I heartily seconded the suggestion, and a liberal subscription took place. The Hall is in a state of forwardness, and will be ready by November, 1828; it is 32 by 22 feet inside, and will be handsomely done off. From this sprüng the idea of a Public Library, which is in progress, and will soon be

open for the members, &c.

Numbers here-about associate in Clubs, and get the Montreal Herald, so that we can talk still on Trade and Politics as formerly. In a short time, a Newspaper will be commenced in Perth, to be called The Independent Examiner; and from the known abilities of the Editor, I expect it will be a good one.

Seldom a Sunday passes, but we have an opportunity of hearing preaching, either by a Dr. Gemmell of the good old Cameronian faith, or by the Methodists. I sometimes have a little skirmishing with them. To be sure I hold, as they think, some capital errors; but they admit

a gabby chap," and express pity, that such knowledge should be so ill applied." I understand I have the benefit of their

prayers. I now have a few here and there who seem to think

I am

with me.

Unitarianism the most reasonable and scriptural doctrine; but as yet, I find none who would take up the cross along

Never did I desire more to have a Sunday meeting on the Paisley plan*; nor am I altogether hopeless. My opponents, I think, are not quite so bigotted as at the first, and I hope liberality of sentiment will prevail.

I know, from a discussion which took place in the Provincial Parliament, that Unitarian Societies do exist in Upper Canada. On a debate on what was called the "Religious Society Relief Bill," a Captain Mathews took occasion to prove

that Unitarians were the only true Christians; and, in a long speech, went into detail on the subject of the Unity, from the Old Testament—thence, to the New. That it was what Jesus and his apostles taught, that it was the doctrine of the primitive Church-traced its corruption, and how the doctrine of the Trinity came to be so universally received—finally, he declared himself a firm Unitarian-that he believed what was Christ and his Apostles' doctrine on the subject, and no other.

So that you see, even here our principles are making their way, as well as in the Imperial Parliament, where I rejoiced to see a decided majority for the Repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts.

A new Parliament will be chosen this summer, and if Captain Mathews is re-elected, I shall try to get into correspondence with him.

I am anxious to hear from you all, and hope to be gratified soon. Meantime

you
all have

my best wishes and prayers.— Your affectionate friend,

WILLIAM LAMBIE.

The Unitarian.-No. I.

The unity and absolute supremacy of Jehovah, is the grand the distinguishing doctrine of the Scriptures: there is not a book there is scarcely a chapter, either in the Old or New Testament, which does not contain the most striking passages in confirmation of it-—passages, the force of which, one would think, must be irresistible, and bring full conviction to every mind. The following are a few of the passages from the Old Testament:-“ Hear, O

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Israel; Jehovah our God is one Jehovah"-Deut. vi. 4. « That thou mightest know that Jehovah He is God; there is none else beside him"-Deut. iv. 35. “For who is God save Jehovah? or who is a rock, save our God?”_2 Sam. xxii. 32, and Psal. xviii. 31. “O Lord God of Israel, who dwellest between the cherubims, thou art God, even thou alone”—2 Kings xix. 15, and Isaiah xxxvii. 16. Lord God! there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears”—2 Sam. vii. 22, and 1 Chron. xvii. 20. 66 Thus saith Jehovah, I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God. Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is no God, I know not any”—Isaiah xliv. 6 and 8. “ I am Jehovah, and there is none else; there is no God beside me"_xlv. v. 66 There is no God else besides me; a just God, and a Saviour; there is none else beside me. Look unto me, and be saved, all ye ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else"21 and 22. “I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me" _xlvi. 9. 66 To whom then will

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liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One"-xl. 25. “ In that day there shall be one Lord, and his name One"-Zech. xiv. 9. See also Gen. i. 1, 27, and 31; lv. 11. Exod. iii. 6; xiv. 15; xx. 3; xxii. 20; xxxiv. 14. Deut. iv. 39; v. 7; vi. 13 and 39; x. 17; xxxii. 9. 1 Kings xviii. 39. 2 Kings xix. 19. 2 Chron. i. 5. Psal. xviii. 31; lxxvii. 13; 1xxxiii. 18; lxxxvi. 9 and 10; lxxxix. 6; xcv. 3; xcvi. 4 and 5; c. 3; cxxxv. 5. Isaiah xxvi. 4; xxxvii. 20; xliii. 8; lvii. 15. Jer. xxx. 9; xxxii. 27. Hosea xiii. 4, &c.

The unity and absolute supremacy of Jehovah, then, is the doctrine of the Old Testament; for we find nothing there in contradiction to these clear and decisive passages. This was the doctrine which separated the Jews from the nations of the earth. They often disregarded the declarations, and disobeyed the commands of their God; but. never to this day have they found a Trinity in their Scriptures (which some Christians have thought they have done); they have never conceived the idea, that their promised Messiah was to be their God: indeed, the doctrine of the Trinity, as held by the generality of modern Christians, is their principal, and in many cases their only, objection to Christianity.

Did, then, he who came not to destroy, but to fulfil

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the law,” Jesus Christ, “the way, the truth, and the life," did he by his doctrines, his precepts, and example, annul, or did he confirm this doctrine of the Old Testament? Let us examine the account of his life and sayings, recorded by the four Evangelists: “And one of the Scribes came, and asked him, which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the com. mandments, is, Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our God is one Jehovah; and thou shalt love Jehovah thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.' “ And the Scribe said unto him, Well Master, thou hast said the truth, for there is one God, and there is none other but he.” " And when Jesus saw that he had answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God”—Mark xii. 28 to 34. Were there no other

passage but this, this alone would be sufficient evidence that Christ confirmed the doctrine of the Old Testament; since he has proclaimed the Unity and absolute Supremacy of Jehovah, in the very words of Moses, and has declared it to be the first of all the commandments. But this is not all; every page of the New Testament is filled with the same sublime doctrine. When praying to his Father, Jesus says, “ This is life eternal, that they might knew thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent"-John xvii. 3. He has declared, speaking of the day of judgment, or, as some commentators think, of the precise time of the destruction of Jerusalem: Of that day, and that hour, knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father"-Mark xiii. 32, and Mat. xxiv. 36. When the Pharisee said unto him, “ Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” He answered, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God”—Mat. xix. 16, 17, and Mark x. 18, 19. He answered the demon who temptingly told him to fall down and worship him, “ Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve" -Mat. iv. 10. He thus encourages his disciples when about to leave them, “If ye

loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I”-John xiv, 28. And when the mother of James and John came to him and said, “ Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, the

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other on thy left, in thy kingdom,” he answered, " Ye know not what ye ask-to sit on my right hand and on my left, is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father”—Mat. xx. 21, 23. He said unto Mary after his resurrection, “Go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God”-John xx. 17. He constantly ascribed all his knowledge, his words, and his works, to his heavenly Father, and argues from thence the divinity of his mission. “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me"-John v. 30. My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him"-_John vii. 16 to 18. “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him”. John viii. 28, 29. " But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have beard of God" -Jobn viii. 40. “I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that bis commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak”—John xii. 49, 50. “ Now they have known that all things, whatsoever thou hast given me, are of thee: for I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me”—John xvii. 7, 8. He taught his disciples to pray to the Father only. “ When ye pray, say, Our. Father which art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. _" For thine is the kingdom, &c.”. Mat. vi. 9, &c. and Luke xi. 1 to 4. 6. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him”—John iv. 23. « In that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he

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