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or risking any of the tenets of, his creed. every government on the face of the The principal articles of the church of earth will be found happy, peaceable, England were, to fear God, love the king, and quiet, in proportion as its subjects are and do good to your neighbour. Now, free, and possessed, at the same time, of this institution effected the first, by pat- a good system of general education, to ting the best guide to future happiness in hinder their freedom from degenerating the hands of children; it inculcated the into licentiousness : it would give me real second, by the common feelings of gra- pleasure to be present at your meeting on titude which belonged to their nature, for the 12th instant; but the various duties of ungrateful indeed must they be if they a very laborious diocese, make it imposforgot the daty they owed a sovereign sible for me to be absent at this season of who had so bountifully bestowed his pa- the year. I am, Sir," &c. &c. tronage upon their work; and surely they could not be accused of inattention to the
The Rev. J. CLAYTON moved thanks to third article, when the sphere of their the Ladies' Committee. The reverend benevolence embraced the whole human gentleman took a strong and decided view race. So far from there being any exist of the advantages of the institution, and ence of jealousy between the National illustrated from holy writ the paramount Institution and the present, he hoped and importance of education. Ignorance was thought that the former would give the
the parent of vice and crime; and when £1,400 wanted by the latter, if applica- the jewish seer described the state of ly. tion were made for such a grant, as a justing into which the community of his day tribute of acknowledgment to the parent had falleo, be also declared its cause ; society! The honourable baronet refer because, said he, “ There is no knowledge -red to the minutes of the committee of in the land.” Knowledge was, therefore, education in the house of commons, as strength to the weak, and a puissant arm evidence to shew, on the authority of to the strong. He hoped, therefore, they several clergymen, that the progress of would all unite in erecting a temple of education among the poor had a decided knowledge over the tomb of bigotry. operation in reducing the heavy burthen
Mr. Robert STEVEN seconded the mo. of the poor rates.
tion of thanks to the ladies, and drew an Mr. YEOLAND (of Malta) drew a melancholy picture of the state of education institution in Ireland, where 23 or 24,000
affecting picture of the progress of the among the Maltese.
In one part of the children had been lately educated under island, containing a population of 10,000, its auspices. It was, if possible, still not 1,900 were educated. He concluded by a motion of thanks to the Treasurer standing some partial and important op
more gratifying to find, that, notwithand Secretary. Mr. John Pugh, in seconding this mo- position, the catholic clergy of that in
teresting country, in many instances, tion, complimented the society on the
came forward as its strenuous supporters, principles by which they were actuated, and gave the use of their chapels for and took occasion to praise the Bible So
schools. As a proof of the influence of cieties, with whom their system of edu- education and virtuous habits, he quoted cation was closely blended. The object the case of three orphan children, who, of the one was to put the book into the while weeping over the corpse of their hands of the poor, and of the other to mother, who had only survived their fateach them to read it.
ther a few days, declared their submission The Rev. Dr. SCHWABE said, that no thanks were due to him for his labours; their contidence that he would provide
and resignation to the will of God, and the Treasurer (Mr. Allen) being, in reali- for them. ty, the person entitled to them, for his ac
The Rev. J. TOWNSEND moved the tive and unceasing benevolence, The reverend doctor made an eloquent allu- thanks of the meeting to the Auxiliary sion to the interest which a distinguished and the Bible Associations was self-evi
Societies. The connexion between them dignitary of the church took in their pro- dent, and needed no argument. An ex. ceedings, and when he named the Right Rev. the Bishop of Norwich, he felt per- an institution like this had not appeared
pression of surprise had been made, that suaded the meeting would think with him, in earlier times, and soon after the inventhat he spoke of a character who united the most exalted patriotism with the tion of printing : the reason was obvious,
because then all teachers were priests, greatest liberality of principle. He concluded by reading the following letter, interest it was that the people should
and all sovereigns tyrants, whose mutual which he had received from the Bishop of be slaves; to make them which, they Norwich, as an apology for his Lordship’s
were kept in ignorance. inability to attend at the present meeting:
The Rev. RowLAND HILL thanked the
illustrious chairman for his liberality of “SIR-Warmly attached to the great sentiment on that and every other occaobjects of your truly wise and general in- sion; and on that liberality he relied for stitution, because Ärmly convinced that pardon in differing a little from what his Royal Highness had propounded. It | vices of the late Mr. Joseph Fox, whose grieved his heart to differ an iota with memory, he trusted, would be ever dear such a personage, but he could not avoid to them, and whose services, he hoped, it. His Royal Highness had said that before he left the chair, would be recordthis was no political meeting. Now, if ed in the minutes of their proceedings as it was not a political meeting, he (Mr. an example for future secretaries, to exHill) did not know what was one.-On cite their emulation and disinterested serthe contrary, he thought it was highly vices. political; for what could be more politic, This proposition was acceded to with what could be wiser than to educate all loud approbation, and the meeting sepapeople in the most liberal way, and rated, after making a handsome collecwithout trenching on their principles of tion. religion, except so far as grounding them in the fundamental precepts of the word of God?
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. How badly politic would it not be to throw aside into ignorance and SEVERAL of the public prints have in. darkness one half of the population of formed us, that the Hon. Charles Noel the empire, because they sought the road has been lately fined 401. for a certain of heaven their own way. It, however, violation of the laws, at which they have fortunately happened, that some impor obscurely hinted. But as we have been tant personages in this country turned a favoured with the particulars from an audeaf ear to such advocates for barharism; thority on which we can fully rely, we among the number was the venerable and hope Mr. N. will excuse our laying them pious sovereign and his benevolent sons; before the public; and we are confident they clearly foresaw the anarchy and the noble earl (Romney) who was so acconfusion that would follow the system of tive in the prosecution, will applaud us exclusion; and by setting the example of for suggesting the caution to other persons, adopting a different course, they barred equally unacquainted with the offence. the pass to the throne from all such rebels, It seems the late Lord Barbam, of and educated the people into loyalty. A Barham Court, has founded a Sundayworthy baronet (Sir J. Jackson) had said, school in the village in which he resided, that he was a staunch member of the and had been himself in the habit of atchurch of England, though he supported tending the evening worship carried on these schools. “'So am I,” said Mr. therein, with a view to the benefit of the Hill, “ and I do the same; I am a mem- parents of the children, and other inhaber of the established church, so far as bitants who may choose to attend. Since they'll let me in; and when they wou't his lordship’s death, the Hon. Mr. Noel allow me to go any farther within their having come to reside in the same manporch, I go elsewhere to one of my own.” sion, and his health making it imprudent The Bible Societies were fairly said to
for him to venture out in the cold and go hand in band with this; the members damp winter evenings, he thought proper, of one he often found members of the as a temporary measure, to remove the other, and he ventured to say that the service to his own house ; and without royal family shewed their wisdom in com- suspecting that he was violating any exs ing forward to countenance this system, isting law, he permitted his neighbours because it was calculated to unite ali and tenants to attend. But to avoid the hands in support of the throne; for who, danger of an error in our statement, we but madmen, with such a system of edu- give the following literal extract from the cation open to them, would think of sub- information exhibited in court, verting the pillar of their strength. The Kent to wit. To the constable of the time indeed was, when difference of re- lower half hundred of Twyford, &c.ligion made a man a political delinquent;
“ Whereas INFORMATION and Combut those dark clouds had passed away; PLAINT have been made before us, his the bright sun of intelligence now shone Majesty's justices of the peace of the in all its splendour, and each man could said county, by the Rt. Hon. Charles, bask under the shade of his own fig-tree, Earl of Romney, that the Hon. Charles without envying his neighbour's thoughts Noel, of Barham Court, in the parish of or his position.
Teston, &c. did on Sunday, the 7th day His Royal Highness the Duke of Sus- of January last past, knowingly permit sex, in allusion to what had fallen from and suffer a certain congregation or ashis worthy friend, Mr. Hill, had only to sembly for RELIGIOUS WORSHIP of Prosay, that when he disconnected the meet- TESTANTS, (at which there were present ing from identity with politics, he was far more than twenty persons, to wit, thirty, from saying that there was no policy in or thereabouts, besides the immediate their plan, so that his worthy friend had family and servants of the said Charles made out his point by overlooking one Noel,) to meet in the said mansion-house term which he had used, and substituting and premises, occupied by the said C. N, another which he had not used. His as aforesaid, -the said mansion and preRoyal Highness concluded by pronounc- mises not having been duly certified and ing an eloquent eulogium upon the sera i registered according to the directions of
The statutes in such case made and pro- | knowingly do the least injury to any huvided," &c. &c.
man being, but would rejoice in doing This document was signed by five ma- good to all, and more especially that gistrates of the above county, and the ap- good which ended not with the present pearance fixed for the 1st of April, on life: in a word, he was the gentleman which day the following witnesses were and the christian! With such dispositions, also summoned to attend, viz. the Rev. such views, and such intentions, the deJohn Kennedy, vicar of Teston, Rev. gree of criminality attached to an error R. Wood, curate of Nettiested,- Nettle in his judgment, and the degree of panfold, parish clerk of 'Teston, D. Thomp- ishineni it merited, migbt cheerfully be son, steward at Barham Court, Jas. Gar-submitted to the decision of the bench. diner Jeffery, of Yelding, gent. and Jn. After some farther conversation, the King, late servant to the said Rev. John witnesses were ordered to withdraw, but Kennedy; but of whom only two were in a few minutes recalled, and informed called in evidence.
that the bench had convicted Mr. Noel in Mr. Thompson having proved the occu- the full penalty of Forty Pounds, for pancy of the house by Mr. Noel, then two offences, on Dec. 31, 1815, and Jan. delivered a letter to the chairman of the 7, 1816. sitting, which being read, was expressive- Mr. Thompson, the steward, immediof regret, that under mistaken views he ately paid the penalty, and, at the same had violated the law, and submitting to time enquired whether one moiety of the the decision of the bench to what degree penalty did not belong to tlie poor of of penalty his error had made him liable. Tesion parish; to which the chairman
Rev. Mr. Kennedy being sworn, was answered, that when the expences of the interrogated by Lord Romney, whether prosecution were paid, of what remained more than twenty persons were present, one-lialf went to the informer (Lord beside Mr. N.'s domestics, and whether | Romney we presume) and the other to there were any besides parishioners of the poor! Teston, answered both questions in the The reader has the whole case now beaffirmative.
fore him, on which we shall offer only a Here Lord Romney said, that he thought few brief remarks, 1. That the promeit necessary to observe, that, as complai-cution is grounded on the last Toleration nant and informer, he took the whole Act, and on a clause which seems at the matter upon himself, and added, that he time to have attracted but little novice, as had learned with surprise and astonish- referring only to the registry of Dinosta ment, that Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Wood, ing chapels, but when, it appears, aptwo clergymen of the church of England, plies equally to members of the estableshould countenance by their presence the ment, not on consecrated ground. 2.. Phat illegal proceedings of Barham Court. In the assembly thus made criminal was not reply to this, Mr. Kennedy begged leave a political, a commercial, or a convivial to impress upon the minds of his lordship meeting; nor was the assembly for a ball, and the bench, that for reasons assigned but for religious worship, (as the infornain the letter read by the chairman, he tion states) and that on a sabbath-day. was equally unconscious that the assembly 3. The worship is expressly stated to be at Barham Court was illegal, and refer- Protestant, not Roman Catholic, which red to what had been the practice at the (as far as we can karn) requires no lischool in the time of Lord Barham. cence, but simply to enter the name of
Mr. Kennedy added, that he could as- the officiating priest. 4. That it was not sert from Mr. Noel's authority, that no a meeting of Protestant Dissenters, tho' one could more venerate our laws, or was some might possibly be present, they are more desirous to pay all due respect to not named, nor are they involved in the magistrates; that his error had been un- accusation : but Mr. Noel, a member of intentional, and arose from misconcep- the church of England, his parish priest, tion; and respecting his public senti- the parish clerk, and the curate of a ments he need not intrade farther upon neighbouring parish, are particularly their time. But as Mr. N. was not pre- named. Now herein seems a difficulty: sent (being called to attend the death-bed dissenters may licence a house, or a field, of a beloved sister in a distant county,) or a barn, for public worship; but a memhe requested the indulgence of the bench ber of the church of England cannot conto offer a few words upon his private cha- scientiously do this, as it ranks him withracter, to which, in his absence, he could out the pale of the establishment: he is speak more freely. He had known him therefore under disabilities unknown to from infancy to manhood, and hesitated either Catholic or Protestant dissentients. not to say, that a person of more solid 5. The Act gives magistrates a discretionpractical christianity-of more amiable ary power to mitigate the pounds of the manners, of more humane benevolence- penalty to shillings; and it is known that or greater generosity of mind, or with a in many cases, as swearing, sabbathgreater degree of the milk of human kind- / breaking, drunkenness, short weights and ness, he had never known; and was per- measures, and some other faults mentionsuaded he might affirm, he would not cd in the late Police Report, magistrates often shew themselves very tender hearted;
CHAPEL OPENED. but praying and preaching are, it seems, crimes of such enormity, that they admit On Friday, Sept. 6, 1816, a new Bapof no palliation, no mercy! Lastly, in re- tist meeting house was opened at Oldham, spect to Lord Romney, and to prevent Lancashire, under favourable circum. any mistake which might arise from a stances. Service begun at ten o'clock, trifling similiarity of name, we remark, | A.M. Mr. Littlewood, of Rochdale, read that it was not this poble Earl, but Lord a portion of scripture and prayed. Mr. Radnor, who, two or three years since, Stephens, of Manchester, preached from fined Kent, the Methodist, for saying his Eph.iv.5. “One baptism.” After the serprayers in public, without a licence; tho'mon, fourteen persons, who had been prethe Court of King's Bench had after- viously examined by Mr. Hargreaves, of wards the temerity to reverse the judg. | Ogden, were baptized in a reservoir, ment and return the pepalty.--Par nobile near the town, in the presence of from fratrum ! Philanthropic Gazette, Jan. 1. eight to ten thousand spectators. At half
past two o'clock, P.M. Dr. Steadman, of
Bradford, preached on the nature and BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL | order of a gospel church, from the first SOCIETY.
chapter of Revelations. After the ser
mon, the newly baptized persons formed Extract of a Letter from Mr. Gul- themselves into a church, and sat down at
LIVER, dated Cape Henry (Hayti) the Lord's-table with many members from Nov. 26, 1916.
neighbouring churches, and Mr. Har.
greaves presided. At half-past six in the His Majesty has sent me some young evening, Mr. Fisher preached from 1 Cor. men for monitors, whom I am at present i. 23. "All the services were very numer. training. A school is building for me at
ously attended, and conducted with great the Cape which will contain from 300 to solemnity. A deep impression seemed to 400 scholars, at the opening of which his Majesty will be present, and indeed so
be made on all present. The brethren
were edified, strengthened, and greatly well pleased is he with the military movements
, &c. in the school, and finding the comforted, by the rational hope of future system, in every respect, so well adapted ed with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many
success among a people so little acquaintfor this country, and for changing the individuals found it to be to them a good larguese, that no exertions will be spared day. The Lord seemed to be there of a to secure its success. I have every reason
truth. 1o be pleased with my pupils as to their attention and ability; the ardent desire they have to learn the English language, and every thing else that may be benefi- GLASGOW AUXILIARY TO THE cial to them, gives me great encourage
BAPTIST MISSION. nient. Last Sunday I commenced a Sunday-school, when the scholars were pre- On Thursday, November 28, 1816, sent in order to hear the scriptures read, the first annual meeting of the Society in this appears to be the particular desire of Glasgow, auxiliary to the Baptist Mission his jiajesty.
and Translations in India, was held in the Trades hall, Glassford-street. The chair
was taken at one o'clock, by William A Lord's-day evening lecture has lately Cunningham, Esq. who was supported by been established by several of the pastors the Rev. Dr. Balfour, and the Rev. Dr. of Baptist churches in London, at No. 56. M'Gill, Professor of Divinity in that Bartholomew Close.
University. The report of the proceed. The room is large and commodious, and ings of the society for the past year, was bas hitherto been well attended.
read by Mr. Buchan, the secretary, and Mr. Deakin, the treasurer, gave a state
ment of the sums received and remitted to LITERARY NOTICES.
the parent institution. After which, the Just published. Serious Warnings ad- meeting was addressed by the Reverend dressed to various Classes of Persons. By Doctors Burns and Mitchel, the Reverend J. THORNTON. I vol. 12mo.
Messrs. Carment, of Duke-street Gaelic A SUNDAY School DIALOGUF, in verse,
Chapel, Barclay, of Kilwinning, Ewing, intended to shew the utility and import
of Nile-street meeting-house, and Anderance of Sunday Schools. Price 4d.
Though we do not profess to give a INSTRUCTIONS FOR BABES; or Answers report of any of the speeches, we cannot in Verse to Scriptural Questions; adapted deny ourselves the pleasure of adverting to the ideas of Children, and designed for to what was stated with much feeling by Sunday Schools and Private Tuition. the chairman, after be had received the By R.NEWSTEAD, a Missionary to Ceylon. thanks of the meeting. 'In what has Price 4d.
been said by different speakers of the
merits of the gentlemen who conduct the blessed effects would result to the immense mission in India, I most heartily concur. population of India. Those who have spoken on that subject, One of the most gratifying spectacles however, know their character only from exhibited by this meeting, was the merg. report; but I can speak from personal ing of all party differences in the one knowledge-from intimate acquaintance great cause of the gospel; the speakers with the missionaries themselves. While were of different denominations of Chrisin India, eighteen years ago, I often met tians, yet they all united in recommendwith Mr. Carey in a small house, where ing the cause of one denomination, not in he communicated religious instruction to the article from which it takes its distinca few poor natives. Little did I think tive name, but merely as promoting the then that a work so small in its beginning, truth in which they were all agreed. This should, in a few years, excite such interest is as it should be; and we cordially conio the Christian world, or that I should cur in the wish of one of the speakers, have the honour of presiding in a meet- who said he hoped soon to see other denoing like this in the city of Glasgow.' He minations of Christians receive similar gave the most decisive testimony to the countenance and support from those who ability and zeal of the missionaries, and could not follow them in all their peculiexpected that from their labours, the most | arities.
BRISTOL MONTHLY LECTURE, 1817.
Jan. 16, Th. Broadmead, The advantages of being established in Tab. Minister.
grace, Feb. 13, Th. Castle-Green, The Person of Christ,
Mr. Page, Mar. 12, W. Tabernacle, The Prayer of Faith,
Mr. Holloway, April 17, Th. King-Street, The glory of the Levitical Priesthood, Mr. Thorp,
The distinction between the convictions May 13, Tu, Bridge-Street, of natural Cor ence, and those pro- Dr. Ryland,
duced by the Holy Spirit, June 11, W. Bath-Street, The Believers entrance to the most Ho- Mr. Roberts,
ly Place, July 17, Th. Broadmead, The Conversion of Manassah, Mr. Lowell, Aug. 14, Th. Castle-Green, Christ the theme of the Christian Minis- Tab. Minister, Sept. 17, w. Tabernacle,
The offence of the Cross, [try, Mr. Page, Oct. 16. Th. King-Street, The Patience of Hope,
Mr. Holloway, Nov. 11, Tu. Bridge-Street, The Witness of the Spirit,
Mr. Roberts, Dec. 17, W. Bath-Street, The nature and evidence of Divine Dr. Ryland.
To begin at Seven o'Clock in the Evening.
United Meeting of Prayer, for the Success of the Gospel, at home and
abroad; to be held in Bristol, for the Year 1817.
From the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure Joffering; for my name shall be great among the heathen saith the Lord of hosts. Mal. i. 11.
To begin at Seven o'Clock in the Evening,