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borne by characters of the first eminence and virtue in the kingdom, was rejected by the society, simply, as it appeared, on the ground of his being recommended by two gentlemen whose piety, for we believe they had no other tangible fault, had renderec them obnoxious to certain individuals who usually attend the society's board. This act of rejection could be meant only to stigmatize these geutlemen, and to repel from their ranks that body of clergy whom the world strangely endeavour to discredit by the appellation of the evangelical clergy. Now for such an act, and it is by no means a solitary one, the society must expect to suffer. Is it to be endured, that a society instituted for the general purpose of propagating Christian knowiedge, should stoop to meddle with the prejudices and jealousies of individuals, and should, at their bidding, issue its ban against a large body of ministers, and attempt to stamp the mark of the beast on their foreheads But from a view of some of the transactions of the society, to say nothing of some of its publications, this might easily be shewn to be the case. This class of ministers, as well as those of the laity who embrace similar views of religion, have for a long period seen their intentions suspected, their zeal discredited, and their very presence viewed with distrust, by the governing party in the society: and if they obtained admission into it at all, it was obviously because they were not yet known to be of what is called the evangelical school. And what was the consequence? That which might be expected: many ceased to attend, or to interfere, where their services were considered as intrusive or dangerous; while others, not yet on the society's list, feared to propose themselves, with the precedent of rejection hanging over their heads. Now this spirit, we are bold to say, has materially injured the society. The evangelical clergy, as they are
called, have been the topic of much
discussion in this work. We have fairly canvassed their faults, and as liberally, we hope, commended their excellencies. We wish it to be characteristic of our work, to have “Nothing extenuated, Nor aught set down in malice.” Our testimony, therefore, to the value of such men as compose the main part of this body to any religious institution, ought to be regarded. We firmly believe, that a large incorporation of them with the present acting managers of the Bartlett's Buildings' Society, would have given an efficiency to that institution which it now wants. If the spirit, however, of the institution is not corrected; if individuals are to be subtracting the weights and powers from the great wheels of the machine, to work their own petty levers; if the society is to set the stamp of intoler. ance upon every copy of the Bible it issues; if it is to forswear all zeal itself, and fulminate bulls of exclusion against the zealous; we sincerely think that the welfare of the new society “will not be dearly purchased even by the decay of the old.”—But we hope better things of this ancient institution. We trust that grey hairs will bring wisdom with them. We trust that she will rejoice to lean upon the crutch which the new society supplies; that she will feel for it as a daughter; that she will embrace it in her semewhat withered arms; and that, gaining in o what she yields in respectability, they may run hand in hand their triumphant career; “provoke" one another to nothing but “good works;” and, wherever they appear, be in reality, what the twin stars were in fable, signs of peace, and love, and joy. - Quorum simul alba nautis Stella refulsit, Defluit saxis agitatus humor: Concidunt venti, fugiuntoue nubes, Et minax (quod sic voluere) ponto Unda recumbit.
In the press: The sixth Part of Mr. Nicholl's History of Leicestershire, which was nearly destroyed by the fire at that gentleman's printing-office, together with the remaining portions of the work;-A new edition, with a new volume, of Hanman's Pulpit Assistant, containing 250 Skeletons of Sermons, in four vols. small 12mo.;Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell: a Poem, by the Rev. S. Elsdale, Curate of Surfleet, near Spalding;-A new edition of the Sermons of President Davies;–A work an Scripture Biography, by Mr. Toy;-A new edition of Bishop Earle's Microcosmography; and of Brand's Observations on Popular Antiquities;–and The preseut Picture of New South Wales, by D. D. Mann.
Preparing for the press: A Vindication of the British and Foreign Bible Society, in Answer to Dr. Wordsworth's Letter to Lord Teignmouth, by the Rev. William Dealtry, M.A., Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol;-A work on the English Language, by Mr. Grant, author of Institutes of Latin Grammar;-A treatise on the doctrine of Fluxions, by Mr. W. Moore, of Woolwich;-A new edition of Dugdale's Warwickshire, with additions, in three vols. folio;-A new work on Conveyancing, by Mr. Turner, of the Middle Temple;—and Chronological Memoirs of Mohammedan History, from its earliest period, by Major Price, of the Bombay Establishment.
Messrs. Sharp and Co. having lately advertised a new edition of the volume of Essays by Mrs. H. More, her booksellers, Messrs. Cadell and Davies, have informed the public, that the publication is not only wholly unauthorised by her, but against her convent; she having given notice, many years ago, in the preface to her collected Works, that she had suppressed those essays, as a juvenile production; and having also treated the same subjects more in detail, in her Strictures on Female Education.
The first volume of the Theological Works of Mr. A. Macleau, of Edinburgh, has been reprinted, and is now ready for delivery. Wols. W. and VI. (the Paraphrase and Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews) are put to press. The whole, making eight or nine vols.1tmo., will be published as speedily as possible.
Mr. Baynes, in Paternoster-Row, is about
to publish an extensive and valuable col. lection of books, both English and foreign, consisting of Divinity, Ecclesiastical History, Sermons, Dictionaries, Lexicons mars, &c. &c. ' The Savilian electors have appointed Mr. Regaud, of Exeter college, to be Savilian professor of geometry at Oxford, in the room of Dr. Robertson, promoted to the professorship of astronomy, vacant by the death of Dr. Hornsby. The prizes at Oxford have this year been adjudged as follows—viz.: English Essay, to Mr. Whately, B.A. of Oriel; Latin Essay, to Mr. Miller, B. A. Worcester; Latin Verses, to Mr. Coleridge, Corpus Christi; and English Verse, to Mr. Chinnery, of Christ-Church. The installation of Lord Grenville, as chancellor of the university of Oxford, which occupied the whole of the week beginning on the 2d instant, appears to have been a very splendid spectacle. It does not suit our plan or our limits to enter into any account of the various ceremonials employed, and fêtes given, and sights exhibited, on this occasion. We were gratified to hear, that the noble part which his lordship had taken in the Abolition of the Slave Trade formed a prominent feature in all the laudatory speeches and poems which were recited in honour of his appointment. At the examination of the students of the East-India college at Hertford, in May last, the following prizes were presented, by the Honourable Chairman of the East-India Company, in the presence of the college committee, principal, professors, and nasters, to the undermentioned students, to whom the same had been awarded by the college council, for their superior attainments, in the several branches of study—viz. Books. For their acquirements in Sanscrit; to Messrs. Stuart, and Swetenham.—For Bengalee; to Messrs. Richardson, Hobhouse, and Wilkinson.—For Persian; to Messrs. Lindsay, Clive, Norris—For Hindustani; to Messrs. Macleod, Vaughan, Norris.—For Oriental writing; Mr. I. A. Pringle.—Mathematics; Messrs. Chastenay, Richardson, Macleod, Fraser.—Classics; Messrs. I. A. Pringle, Chastenay : Norris, Bubington, junior class.-Political economy; Mr. Stuart. —Ditto and Modern History; Mr. Wynch. -Modern History; Messrs. Hobhouse: Walphy, junior class.--For Law; to Messrs.
Stuart, Rooke, and Glynn.—Theology; Mr. Evan Baillie-French; Messrs. Traill, 1st prize; Chastenay, 2d do—Drawing; Messrs. Waters, 1st prize; Stuart, 2d do. Messrs. Lewis, Trail, Sutherland, Chnstenay, W. Hudleston, Wynch, Hobhouse, Macleod, Pigou, were reported as having highly distinguished themselves. Messrs. Swetenham, Norris, Glynn, Dalzell, Biscoe, Dick, Gardiner, Bax, passed the examination with credit. In the month of May, a large company of agriculturists and breeders of sheep, from most parts of the kingdom, assembled on Fair-mile Farm, near Cobham, the seat of Lord Somerville, to examine the flock of Merino sheep, imported some years ago by his lordship, improved by a careful selection under his own immediate care, and now, for the advantage of the country at large, offered for sale. The ewes with their lambs, and the rams, were put up singly, and were purchased
with avidity at wonderful prices. The corect result of the two day's sale was as solows: i. s. 5. 124 Merino eves with their 4786 12 6 lanbs sold for 30 Merino eves - - - - - - - - - - 992 5 0 40 Merino ewe-hogs (or 773 17 0 yearling ewes) 20 Merino rams - - - - - - - - - - 851 3 0 14 Merino yearling rams. . . . 806 & 9
Thus 228 Merinos sold for no losio 3 & less than $
The distribution of so great a number of Spnish sheep, of the pure Merino breed, by his Majesty's annual sale, and former and recent donations, and by this sale of Lord Somerville's, and others among the most careful and experienced breeders of cattle throughout the British island, cannot fail of soon producing a beneficial effect on our staple manufacture of broad cloth.
LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
TH Folo G Y. Sermons by Samuel Horsley, LL.D. F.R.S. F.S.A. late Lord Bishop of St. Asaph. 2 vols. 8vo. 11, 1s. Two Sermons on the Unity of the Church; with copious Illustrations. By the Author of “The Spirit of Religious Controversy.” Being the first volume of Sermons on various Religious and Moral Subjects, for all the Sundays of the Pentecost. 8s. An Address from a Clergyman to his Parishioners. By Richard Valpy, D.D. Rector of Stradishall, Suffolk. 3s. 6d. On the Authority of the Church and the Holy Scriptures; an Address to the Roman Satholics of England, occasioned by a Serinon of the Rev. Dr. Milner's, lately preached at Birmingham. By the Rev. Thomas Le Mesurier, M.A. 3s. Introductory Key to the First Four Books of Moses. By the late James Morrison. No. VII. being the last. 6d.
Hymns for Infant Minds. By the Athors of “Original Poems for Infant Minds." “Rhymes for the Nursery,” &c. 1s 6d. Twenty-one short Sermons, calculated for Children, and explanatory of the essential Doctrines of Christianity, with a View to an early and adequate Observance of religious Principles and moral Duties. By a Lady, 2 small vols. Price, together, sewed, 2s. 6d. Hebrew Criticism and Poetry, By George Somers Clarke, D.D. Vicar of Waltham, Essex. 8vo. 15s. A Sermon preached before the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, at Westminster, on 30th January, 1810. By William Lort, Laid Bishop of Bristol. 2s. Mitsch. I. L.A. N. F.0 Us. Yuli, the African. In six Cantos. 4s. The Associate Minstrels. Post 8vo. 7s. supplement to the Life and Writings w the Hon. Henry Home, of Kames, 4to. 63.5 large paper, 10s. 6d.
prevent our emulation of that divine love and Christian moderation, that self-dedication and kwliness of heart, which it recommends to its members. “Dear Friends,-Keep in view the two great commandments of perpetual obligation; the love of God, and the love of our neighbour. The latter is the ground of our Christian discipline; and the former is the life of our spiritual worship. And we are persuaded that is, through the redceming power of the Lord, and by continuing in his fear and under his guidance, we become settled in these holy dispositions;-if, to use other words, with gratitude, watchfulness, and lowliness of mind, we improve these holy gifts of grace, they will never be taken from us; but will remain and expand, when the veil of flesh shall be removed, and a nearer, access be opened to the fountain of love, in a blissful immortality. "At these annual assemblies, we have too often occasion of grief, in hearing of defects which do not comport with a people professing to be spiritually minded. Yet we are not disposed to enumerate them now; though we can readily trace their origin. Butlet us remind every one amongst us, that it is better to be willing to trace, each the origin of his own defect, than to compose his mind by considering it a small one. The more we can abide under a sense of our own wants, the readier and the more earnestly shall we apply for help to Him upon whom help is laid. And probably the natural unwillingness there is in the creature to feel in itself a testimony to its own unworthiness, is one great reason why no more are raised up as testimonybearers to the Lord's all-sufficiency and goodKess." “It is not easy to compress the wants of the church in one comprehensive term; but it seems as if one of the watch-words, peculiarly worthy of attention in the present day were, Dedication. Remember, dear visited friends, that when Christ invites you to sub*it to his yoke, he declares it to be casy; *hile the yoke of disobedience is known to * heavy.” “Brethren, Sisters,' yeare called *nto liberty,’ even ‘the glorious liberty of the children of God.' It is with thankful*that we perceive, that very many of our oved young friends, of both sexes,...seem *ible that the Lord's preparing hand is "Pon them. How then do we desire that *may perseverein the path of dedication; *that in their love and service, they may '8" on from strength to strength; until, having fulfilled their due measure of suffer**ety one of them may ‘appear, with final *cceptance, ‘before God in Zion.”
Sunist. Observ. No. 103.
“We have received at this time epistles from all the North American yearly meetings; in which, besides the general vigilance over the welfare of the society, we find a continuance of attention to the same objects of more general concern, which we mentioned last year: namely, the state of the black people still held as slaves, and the measures employed for civilizing the Indian natives.
“Now, dear friends, we would mention one subject which at this time has been under our notice; a caution to all, to use moderation in their manner of living; and in this way to seek relief from the increasing expense of the times in which we live, rather than by engaging in more extensive, and of. ten hazardous schemes in trade. By these latter means the mind becomes encumbered, and unfitted for religious service, yea often for religious thought, and for breathing daily after the spiritual riches, which are to be enjoyed in close communion with God. And let us beseech you to consider, how distant from the state which endeavours to stand resigned to give up all, if required, is that state which indulges itself in ease to the full ex
tent of its power, or is endeavouring by mul
tiplied adventures in trade, to acquire that power, which it covets for the purpose of worldly enjoyment. We believe, however, and we are glad in believing, that there are numbers who act upon sounder principles than these; who knowing, as saith the apostle, that “the fashion of this world passeth away,” are really desirous of using “this world as not abusing it.” These, we would encourage to hold on in the way cast up before them, trusting in the Lord, who hath declared that all things necessary will be given to those who seek first His kingdom. Thus trusting, and endeavouring to apply to him in secret supplication, in the difficulties that must in a state of probation be the lot of all, we may humbly hope that, in our several proportions, we shall “grow in the truth' individually; and that, coming up in our allotments in the church militant, our various meetings will also, whether more or less as to number, experience among them a “growth in the truth.'
“But, dear friends, there is one attainment which, at this time, we are earnest to remind you of; an attainment without which, no other gift can be permanent and certain. We
or however he may replenish our souls with the more excellent gifts of his Holy Spirit, still we have notling which we have not received; and we can have no sound reason for setting at nought the least of our brethren—for whom, let us remember, equally as for us, Christ died. Let us then, dear friends, be willing to examine ourselves, and know whether we are indeed humble followers of a lowly-ruinded, though omnipotent Saviour. If we feel a deficiency of humility, letus pray for an increase, and for assistance to check the springings up of its dreadful opposite, pride; and if we are not without some ground of hope that we are endowed, in good degree, with an humble heart, we shall certainly be encouraged still to supplicate for its continuance. Finally, dear friends, whether, with the beloved disciple, we address you as fathers, or as young men, whether, without regard of sex or station, our love in Christ now salutes the aged or the rising generation; remember, that it is “the meek whoha the Lord will teach his way:" and thus taught, and receiving with unreserving heart, the holy doctrine, “Grace and peace” will be multiplied, “from God our Father, aud the Lord Jesus Christ.”
ED IN Bup G in Bin Le society.
This society has been recently instituted— ander the patronage of Lord Cathcart, as president; and Lord Calthorpe and others, as vice-presidents—with the same objects, and for the same purposes, as the British and Foreign Bible Society; being to acteither in concert with it, or separately, as circumstances may require. The first Report of the proceedings of the Committee of this society has reached us, from which it appears that they have been active, both in raising funds, and in distributing Bibles. Danish, French, and 1)utch Testaments, have been given to the different prisoners of war confined in Scotland. The different hospitals about the Aletropolis, as well as poor families, have been supplied with English Bibles; and the wants of the army and navy have been particularly atteuded to. Means have been taken for furnishing the Scriptures, in the German, Dutch, and Danish languages, at reduced Prices, to foreign seamen visting Leith: aud the society has undertaken, for the British and Foreign Dible Society, the task of distributing the Gaelic Scriptures. A donation of 890. has been sent to the British and Fowiga Bible Society; and one of 200l. to the Hiberilian Society : 2001, have also been voted to promote the translating of the Scriptures into the Oriental languages; and 100. * *id of the Icelandic translation. The
aloney raised during the year amounts to up' wards of 1700l.
The following account of the Pope's lin. prisonment is said to have been received from Paris —“The Pope's confinement in the fortress of Savona has been rendered so severe, that even the servants who attended him from Italy are denied access to him. His Holiness subsists on the common gaol allowance, having refused to receive a monthly sum of money offered to him by Buonaparte.”
MISSIONS of the UNITED BRETHREN." - C-PE OF Gooir horro. At Gnadenthall, during the year 1808. 78 persons have become candidates for baptisin, and $5 for the Lord's supper; of these, 50 have been baptized, and 16 admitted to the communion. The Hottento congregation consists of 121 communicants, 47 candidates, 96 baptized adults (not yet communicants), 164 baptized children, 116 candidates for baptism, in all, 544 persons. being 76 more than last year. The settlement contains altogether 791 persons, dwelling in 183 houses. Gruenekloof, another settlement, contains 105 inhabitants. From the journal of proceedings at this place we shall abstract at present but one passage. “We celebrated Christmas with hears filled anew with joy and gratitude towards our incarnate God and Saviour, for his infinite love in coming down to dwell amongst us. An unusual number of strangers tame to partake in the festival solemnities, and at the close of the year the crowd was greates than was ever known in this place. Several so-called Christians, especially among the young people, behaved so improperly, that we were greatly disturbed. Other strangers, who were better disposed, expressed their indignation at it, and said: “We ought indeed to be ashamed before your Hottente's that people, calling themselves Christians, can act in such a manner.' Though we had made every possible arrangement to acces. modate the white visitors, yet a great many were obliged to seek lodgings with the Het.
* The total number of Missionaries, male and female, enuploycd on the usissions of the United Brethren about the end of 1808, was 151, viz. 31 in the Danish West Indian islands, 14 in Antigua, six in St. Kitt's three in Jamaica, two in Barbadoes, 19 in South America, 17 in North America, is in Labrador, 18 in Greenland, and 14 at the Cape of Good Hope, besides four pet. sons on their journey to different missiouk