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TIIE N0NC0NF0KMIST" NEWSPAPER. The committee appointed some time ago for the extension of the circulation of the Nonconformist, held a soiree at the London Tavern, on the 28th ult., to celebrate the completion of their labours, an increase of 1,000 copies weekly having been secured. There was a large and respectable attendance of gentlemen interested in the Nonconformist and the prin- ciples it advocates. Samuel Morley, Esq., occupied the chair. The Rev. H. Richard, in proposing the last sentiment, "An honest and free Press, and the Nonconformist as one of the best types both of its honesty and its freedom," referred in highly complimentary terms to the Nonconformist and its j. respected editor. Mr. Miall, in acknowledging the sentiment, delivered an elo- quent and heart-stirring address. He stated that the three cardinal principles of the Nonconformists are—The Separation of Church and State, Manhood Suffrage, and Peace. His re- ference to the origin and early progress of the Nonconformist was most interesting, especially to those who have read it from the commencement, and whose political creed and earnest sympathy with truth and rectitude are attributable to his teach- ings. The following is* an extract:—" It has been my earnest desire, if possible, to purify and elevate the mind of Dissent. It has been my earnest intention, and thought, and prayer, that I might be enabled to enlarge the charities of those who are to take part in this great conflict of right against wrong—that they might throw aside all that is tricksy, mean, all that passes current among men simply in consequence of its conventional stamp—that they might breathe an atmosphere of holy virtue and manliness, and. be able, at every period of their carreer, and in the hottest of the fight, at any time to plant their feet upon eternal right, and appeal to their own consciences, appeal to the knowledge of their fellow-men, and appeal to the eye of the heart-searching God, that what they have earnestly sought to promote by means purely consistent with the lovely and beau tiful precepts of Christianity herself. In the preparation of the Nonconformist—-more especially in the conduct of it during the earlier part of its course-I took pains-pains to inquire, pains to express myself, pains to get at the hearts of those with whom I came in contact, pains to make known and to commend to all my readers the thorough honesty of my intentions. For three or iour years after I had embarked upon the experiment, I may truly say that the Nonconformi&t was scarcely ever out of my thoughts, whether awake or asleep, I had it before me by day —I dreamed of it by night. I had no sooner sent forth one ■number, than I had my thoughts busy upon the one to follow. I looked abroad and around me, upon every object that could interest the mind, in order that I might have materials for vari- ety, for illustration, for argument, or for appeal. I may truly tkut it wao tlie one purpose of my life, the Single idea that haunted me during that period; and I believe that this been the secret, to a great extent, of the moral influence which it has attained (hear, hear). No man can be earnest, even in wrong, without communicating the contagion of his earnestness to those to whom he speaks. I feel grateful now for the oppo- sition which I encountered at the commencement of my career. I am delighted at the discipline through which Providence saw fit that I should pass; and I earnestly trust that I may turn to account all those great lessons that have been impressed upon my own mind in Consequence of the position which I was obliged to take up. I have reason to thank God, and take courage. I do it with feelings which perhaps many of you can conceive, but which, I am sure, none can describe. None can tell the dreary prospect that was before me when, as I came to this metropolis, with the enterprise in my heart and in my head, of establishing ah organ for the reflection and expression of great principles of moral, political, and ecclesiastical truth-none can tell the anxiety that was produced in my heart by the uncertainty of the issue. None can tell the shrinking of one's soul from the diffi- ties, unpleasantness, and annoyances which one foresaw he must go through in order to any thinglike victory. There were few who cheered me, who took me by the hand. To take me by the hand then, was kindness indeed; and the first to do so was our friend Mr. Burnet. But in general, my purpose was misun- derstood. I did not feel surprised it was the common lot of those who had struck out a new path—a new practical path- and had left behind the ordinary conventionalisms, at all events, religious conventionalisms, of society. Nor, after all, was the trial so great as was anticipated. In my work, I found my reward. I say it for the encouragement of those who are now young, and who will have these principles to their ulti- mate issue. I say, if you will take your stand boldly, and look obloquy in the face, the feeling of unpleasantness will be but the feeling of the moment. Conscience comes in to aid ybu—the sentiment of the mind within bears you up—and then comes over you what I can only describe, in the languago of holy writ, as a peace which passeth understanding." In j the daily routine of the work which I had set myself, there f was full employment for all my powers and though the world might scowl or neglect--and though one's brethren might stand aloof, and say Fie !"—and though the company which one was obliged to meet at times would regard him as they would regard one who brought with him a contagious disease —yet, on the whole, I felt prouder of serving the truth, of battling for great principles, and of suffering, if suffering there were in the case, reproach and contumely for the advancement of the great interests of mankind, than I should have felt of all the flattery which the press of the world could give me, or of all the smiles with which the Church could bless me (cheers), And now what a change I scarce know where I am. Al- though I had occasionally dreamt of these things in my imagi- nation-, yet I can soxpetimes hardly realise to mycolf the posi- tion in which I have been placed. I look back and marvel—I look forward, and hope I feel that to have been employed in. this good work at all is matter for devout thankfulness to the providence of God and I can most sincerely and earnestly assure you, that in those moments when most of all I feel the- importance of the infinite as compared to the finite, I feel like- wise the most devoted gratitude to Him who can turn whatever instrumentality He pleases to account, that He has been j pleased, in His wisdom and goodness, to give to myself, among others, an opportunity of serving Him in a way in which the affections of my heart, and the conclusions of my judgment, can so heartily go with me to the work."








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