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which shall remain fixed in some convenient place for the use of its inhabitants. We trust also that the state of Ireland will be considered, and measures taken by the erection of parochial schools, the distribution of the Scriptures, and the diffusion of general knowledge, to ameliorate the condition of that benighted people. In short, the scope for benevolent exertion is sufficiently large to justify the loudest calls which can be made on the members of the united Church of England and Ireland; and we sincerely hope that those calls will be obeyed, and that their renewed efforts in the cause of religion will be liberal, enlightened, and unwearied, and that they will be crowned with the divine blessing. A Ff I CAN AND A 81 ATIC 50 CI ET Y.
On the 21st instant, a general meeting was held of this society, which was instituted a few years since, for tile benefit of the natives of Africa and Asia, and their descendants, resident in London and its viciuity. The objects of the Society are, 1. To provide religious instruction for those persons, by means both of appropriate lectures, and of a school, where they are taught to read, write, and cast-up accounts; each individual being furnished with a Bible and Testament, and religious tracts. 2. To induce habits of economy and foresight, by establishing among them a Benefit Society, from the funds of which, raised by their own contributions, they may receive relief in seasons of distress or in old age. 3. To assist in providing situatious for such as are out of employment. 4. To relieve all distressed Africans and Asiatics, whether members of the Society or not.
Since the commencement of the Society, 275 persons of colour have joined it as subscribers to the benefit fund, most of whom attend the means of religious instruction: “some of these,” it is added, “give satisfying evidence of repetitance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Several have closed their warfare in triumph, and $xpired rejoicing in the Lord." Since the ast mecting, in July 1809, about an 150
cases of distress have been relieved, and the number of persons of colour subscribing to the fund has been doubled. We hope to give a farther account of this society, when the Annual Report appears. LoN Dox soci ETY Fort Proxiori Nc chrisTIANITY Axi on G T if E JEws. A Report of the Committee of this society appeared some months ago, the substance of which we shall lay before our readers. The lease of the late French Protestant church in Spitalfields, with a counodious house and premises adjoining, has been purchased, and converted into a chapel for the Jews. At this chapel Mr. Frey preaches a lecture to the Jews on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. An exhortation is also delivered ea Friday evening. At first, from 200 to 500 Jews attended; and though this number has decreased, yet a spirit of inquiry has been excited aujong them, and their attention is drawn to the subject of Christianity. This effect is increased by occasional lectures from eminent ministers both from among the clergy of the church and the dissenters. The society in their last Report called the attention of the literary public to the works of the late David Levi; in consequence of which a manuscript was received from a gentleman (well known to the readers of the Christian Observer, under the signature of Talib), entitled, “Remarks on David Levi's Dissertations, &c.” This able work, the author of which handsounely declined the proposed premium of thirty guineas, has since been priated for the benefit of the institutiou. A respectable clergyman has presented the society with another valuable pamphlet, under the title of “The Obligations of Christians to attempt the Conversion of the Jews." which it might be well for the iriends of the institution to distribute. Eight other tracts have been printed, and many of them distributed; and a number of copies of the Rev. Greville Ewing's essays have been purchased and sent to the different rabbis. At the Free-school opened by the society, from 300 to 400 children are regularly educated. This school was only intended as a means of inducing the Jews to send their own children in common with those of Christians. and this object has been gained. The Committee is now engaged in forming a plan for giving employment to such Jews as unite themselves with Christians. The week before the chapel was opened. a Jewish rabbi, a native of Jerusalem, of respectable counections, and acknowledged proficiency in Jewish literature, placed himself under the Society, declaring himself to
have been long persuaded of the truth of Chiistianity. Convinced of the sincerity of his professions, the Committee have placed him under the care of a clergyman, with whom he has made considerable progress in the English, Latin, and Greek languages. He is already master of Talmudical and Cabalistical learning. Should this man continue to act consistently with his profession, he may prove of infinite use in promoting the designs of the Society. Under the care of the institution were placed no less than 36 Jewish children—24 boys, and 12 girls. The case of two of the boys, who were orphans, and in a miserably destitute condition when relieved by the Society, is highly interesting. The progress of the Society appears to have excited some uneasiness among the Jews; and several pamphlets have appeared, written by members of that body, the object of which is to counteract the efforts of the Society. These have been severally answered. The Report concludes with calling on the public for support; and this call, we trust, will be listened to. We understand that in the few months which have passed since its publication, the progress of the institution has been more rapid than could have been anticipated; and that on the 13th instant, no fewer than thirty-one Jews, both children and adults, were publicly baptized, according to the rites of the Church of England. We cordially unite with the Committee in praying that the happy time may speedily arrive when Jew and Gentile, becoming one sold under one Shepherd, shall unite in one triumphant song of praise; Blessed be the Lord God, the light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of his people Israel! Amen.”
hi Bert N i An society.
This Society has begun to carry into effect a plan for instructing the Irish in their native language. A spelling-book has been printed for that purpose, and the British and Foreign Bible Society being about to print the New Testament in Irish, much good is expected from the measure. The attachment of the Irish to their native language is strong; and many of them may be induced to receive religious instruction when conveyed to them in this language, who would turu from it in any other. A teacher whose native language is the Gaelic has been sent to a much neglected part of Ireland. The
"We are happy to perceive that a subsidiary society for pronoting the conversion of the Jews has been instituted at Edinburgh.
had rendered it no longer necessary.
Gaelic and the Irish are so nearly alike, that in a few weeks he was able to converse with the people, and to commence his work of instruction. He has now many children under his care, chiefly Roman-catholics. No religious book is taught but the Bible; and the plan is to teach all, whether old or young, papist or protestant, who are willing to learn to read the word of God either in Irish or English. Four young men, natives of Ireland, are now training for schoolmasters, and when sit to enter on that office, their place will be supplied by others.
SOCIETY Fort Missions to Afrt ICA AND Tii e FAST. On Whit-Tuesday, June 12, was held the tenth anniversary of the Society for Missions to Africa and the East. The annual sermou was preached by the Rev. Claudius Buchanan, D.D., from Matth. v. 14. “Ye are the light of the world." The discourse was able and impressive; and abounded in interesting representations, the result of the preacher's residence and travels in India. The addition made to the funds of the Society on this anniversary, amounted to about 600l. The Aanual Meeting of the Society was afterwards held; when the Secretary read a very interesting Report of the proceedings of the Committee for the preceding year; of which we hope soon to be able to lay an abstract before our readers.
Poort cleft G Y of en GLAN d and scotI.A.N.D.
We stated, in our number for April last (p. 244), that a Report had been laid on the table of the House of Commons, of the number and value of the stipends of the Scotch clergy under 150l. per annum; from which it appeared, that only 8700l. annually was required to raise them all to that sum. 10,000l. has been accordingly appropriated to this purpose by Parliament; and will, without doubt, be continued from year to year. An addition of 100,000l. has been made to Queen Anne's bounty for raising the value of the small livings in England; and this sum, it was intimated, would also be annually continued, until the progressive augmentation of the value of those livings These are appropriations worthy of a great and Christian nation.
Diss ENTERs. Lord Sidmouth has given notice, that early in the next Session of Parliament it is his intention to propose some regulatious, which will prevent the abuse of the Toleration Act, by persons who avail themselves of it merely for the purpose of escaping from the routine of parochial offices, and from their share of military service. He restricted his views entirely, as we understood his notice, to the prevention of this species of inequitable oxemption. He said he had talked with some of the most respectable dissenters upon it, and found them not indisposed to concur in some measure of this description. We are inclined to think, at the same time, that the measure will not be carried into effect. Such is the prevailing (we would add, just and
salutary) dread of interfering with the tole
ration laws, that, unless a very strong case of abuse can be made out, Parliament will not, as we conceive, be induced to adopt the proposal. For our own parts, we apprehend that the abuse in question has had a very partial and limited existence.
increase of cii U R chrs AN to chA PEls. We are happy to perceive that the same nobleman has turned his attention to the great object of increasing the number of places of worship connected with the established church throughout the kingdom; and has called for a return from all the parishes in England and Wales, containing more than a thousand inhabitants, of the churches, cha. pels, and other places of worship belonging to them, and the number of persons which each is capable of containing. His Lordship's design seemed to be of a double nature: 1st, To procure the erection of additional chapels wherever the increase of the population rendered it necessary; 2dly, To appropriate a space in all the churches and chapels now in existence, and which are not private property, as well as in those which may hereafter be erected, for the accommodation of the poor. Much of the good which Lord Sidmouth proposes (and we cannot speak too highly of his intentions) might be effected on very easy terms, if Parliament would only pass an act, which should confer, under certain restrictions, on the persons erecting additional churches or chapels, the patronage of them; and which should facilitate the means of their erection, by certain general rules, that might preclude the necessity of applying to Parliament for particular acts, in all cases where the state of the population is such as to require additional accommodation. slave traid E. We congratulate our country on the proSeeding” which have lately taken place in Parliament on the subject of the abolition of
‘the Slave Trade. In both houses the following resolutions have passed unanimously. They were moved in the House of Lords by Lord Holland, and in the House of Commons by Mr. Brougham; by both of whom the cause of justice and humanity was most powerfully and energetically pleaded.— “That this House has learnt with the greatest surprise and indignation, that cer. tain persons in this country have recently been guilty of evading the prohibitions of the Acts abolishing the African Slave Trade, and that this House will, early in the next Session, take into its consideration such measures as may effectually prevent such daring violations of the law. “That an humble Address be presented to his Majesty, representing to his Majesty that this House has taken into its serious consideration the papers which his Majesty was graciously pleased to cause to be laid before this House upon the subject of the African Slave Trade. “That while this House acknowledges, with gratitude, the endeavours which his Majesty has been pleased to use in compli. ance with the wisfies of Parliament, to induce foreign nations to concur in relinquishing that disgraceful commerce, this House has to express its deep regret, that those efforts have been attended with so little success, “That this House does most earnestly beseech his Majesty to persevere in those measures which may tend to induce his allies, and such other foreign states as he may be enabled to negociate with, to co-operate with this country in a general abolition of the Slave Trade, and to concur in the adoption of such measures as may assistin the effectual execution of the laws already passed for that purpose. “That this House has learnt with the greatest surprise and indignation, that cer. tain persons in this country have not scrupled to continue, in a clandestine and fraudulent manner, the detestable traffic in slaves. “And, That this House does mosthumbly pray his Majesty that he will be graciously pleased to cause to be given to the commanders of his Majesty's ships and vessels of war, the officers of his Majesty's customs, and the other persons in his Majesty's service, whose situation enables them to detect and suppress those abuses, such orders as may effectually check practices equally contemptuous to the authority of Parliament, and derogatory to the interests and the honour of the country.” "One of the ulterior measures referred to in
The present month has produced no intelligence from the continent which may not be comprized in a very narrow space. The French Emperor and his consort have finished their tour, and have re-appeared at ParisMassena has proceeded to take the command of the army of Portugal; and the force with which he threatens to attack that kingdom, amounts already, as is said, to 80,000 men, and will probably be increased still more. No action has taken place in that quarterIn Spain, two places of force, Hostalrich and Lerida, have fallen into the hands of the French. To counterbalance this, it is reported that General Sebastiani, who commanded a body of about 8000 men, has sustained a defeat. Cadiz continues closely invested, but no change has taken place in the relative position of the parties. A Regency has at length been formed in that city, to which the Junta have resigned the supreme power. —A detachment of the army of Sicily has succeeded in reducing St. Maura, a strongly fortified island in the Adriatic. The resistance was considerable, but the determined valour of our troops at length overcame all difficulties.-France continues to confiscate American ships in her harbours, and her priwateers have begun to capture them at sea. This proceeding seems to leave to America hardly any alternative but that of war with Frauce.
The session of Congress having concluded
without any step having been taken to renew
the non-intercourse law with Great Britain,
that law has ceased to operate. A power
has indeed been lodged with the President
to renew the law, but not till three months o
Parliam extan Y PRoceed INGs.
Our limits oblige us to be very brief in
stating the proceedings in Parliament to the
Period of its prorogation. We shall pro
shall have elapsed from the prorogation of Congress. In the mean time, all restrictions on the trade of the two countries are at an end, and, under existing circumstances, are not likely to be revived. The manifestly hostile disposition lately evinced by France towards the United States, must make that government anxious to draw as close as possible the ties of amity with Great Britain. We shall probably, therefore, hear no more of those frivolous complaints against this country which, for the last two or three years, have been urged by America with so much vehemence and pertinacity.
An important province in Spanish America, the Caraccas, has declared its independence; and the example is likely to be followed by others. It appears, that, having learnt the reduction of nearly the whole of Spain by the French, and concluding that all was lost in that quarter, they thought it necessary to adopt measures for securing their own poliitical existence. The Governor was arrested, though uot without some resistance and bloodshed, and sent to Spain. The proclamation issued on the occasion expresses the most determined hatred to France, and attachment to Great Britain; and declares the readiness of the province to re-unite itself to the parent state, should Ferdinand be restored, and its independence be established. The new government of the Caraccas has proposed to enter into a treaty of alliance with this country; and probably oue of the leading inducements to the course which has been pursued, was the desire of a free commercial intercourse with this country, which had been severely prohibited by the late government.
bably, in a future number, resume the subject, and take a review of the whole session, which, in many respects, has been a most important one. - - - The question of Catholicemancipation has been discussed in both houses, on a motion for going into a committee on that subject. As might have been expected, the motion was negatived. the catholics to concede to the Crown a veto on the appointments of their bishops, has naturally alienated many of their former friends. A series of resolutions, proposed by Mr. Baukes, chairman of the Committee of Finance, for the abolition of sinecure places, and the reduction of all offices performed by deputy (regard being had to existing interests), has been adopted by the House of Commons, though opposed by Ministers. This vote, we think, cannot fail to do much towards re-establishing the character of parliament. A bill for preventing bribery, and other corrupt practices at elections, has been brought in by Mr. Wynne; but it stands over till next session, in order that it may engage the consideration of members of parliament during the recess. This measure belongs to that species of moral reform which above all others we are desirous to see carried into effect. The question respecting the privileges of parliament has undergone several new discussions in both houses; and we cannot but think, that, whether we consider the law or the reason of the case, those privileges stand on ground which cannot be shaken—though doubtless much discretion and forbearance are requisite in their use. Parliament was prorogued on the 21st inst. by a Speech from his Majesty, read by the Lord Chancellor. The points noticed were, The capture of Guadaloupe, which has deprived the enemies of Great Britain of their last possession in the American seas;– the growing commercial prosperity and increasing revenue of Great Britain, which have rendered any new taxation unnecessary;-the determination of his Majesty to maintain the cause of Spain and Portugal against the common enemy;-the importance of promoting order, and obedience to the laws, and general concord among all classes of the people;—and, the full reliance of his Majesty on the affections of his subjects, “whose loyalty and attachment have hitherto supported him through that long
The pertinacious refusal of
and eventful period, during which it has
pleased Providence to commit the interests of these dominions to his charge.”
Doxiestic INTelligexce. Here, also, we must be very brief—The extraordinary attempt to assassinate the Duke of Cumberland, and his more extraordinary escape, have occupied much of the
attention of the public. His Royal High
ness, we are happy to say, has so far recovered from the effects of his wounds as to be able to take exercise.—A publication by the celebrated Mrs. Clarke, in which she professes to develope the intrigues of Colonel Wardle, and the motives by which he and his associates were actuated in the prosecution of the Duke of York, while it cannot fail to attract notice, must naturally be liable to strong suspicions of unfairness.-The conviction of Mr. Cobbett for a seditious libel, is another memorable event. . The prosecution was occasioned by a passage in his weekly paper, in which it seemed plainly his object to produce disaffection, and even mutiny, in the Local Mihitia. The issue of the trial must afford satisfaction to all friends of order. His punishment is not yet awarded— One other occurrence remains to be noticed. The prorogation of Parliament had the effect, as a matter of course, of setting Sir Francis Burdett and Mr. Gale Jones at liberty. In the contemplation of this event, great preparations had been made for conducting the Baronet, in triumph from the Tower to his house in Piccadilly; and an immense pro