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sembly, that the number of prelates in Great the language dictated by the Holy Spirit, Britain and Ireland is forty-eight. I will now then I will admit that the dissemination of read y u the names of those who patronise such tracts will be more useful than that of the Parent Society or institutions of a similar the Bible itself: but till this proof shall be dature. In Great Britain, we find the Right given, I will not be offended with the British Rev. the Lord Bishops of Durham, Salisbury, and Foreign Bible Society for circulating the Bristol, Norwich, Chichester, St. David's, Bible alone, without note or comment, and and Landaff*. In Ireland, le Most Rev. unaccompanied by tracts of any kind. the Lord Prinate, the Archbishop of Dub- “Il is further contended, that we ought to lin, the Archbishop of Cashel, the Archbishop give Prayer Books with our Bibles. To of Toan, the Right Rev. the Lord Bishops whom, I would ask. ought we to give thein ? of Kildare, Derry, Clogher, Cloyne, Limerick, To Dissenters? No : but to the members Cork, Down, and Kiliala. The arcl.bishops of our own church. Is it meant to be inand bishops, whose names have just been sinuaied that we neglect to do so ? 1 hold recited, anjount !o niucteen. I am not it to be the duty of every clergyman to supwholly unacquainted with arithmetical calcu- ply his poor with Prayer Books to the utLition; and I know that nineteen is not a most of his power : and I am well persuaded, small propor:ion of forty-eight t. So much that no meu are more active in discharging for the matter of fact.
this duty than the clerical members of the * It is further stated by the “ Churchman,” Bible Society. The worthy rector to whom that the Bible Society “ distributes Bibles I have just alluded, has in this respect also alune." We must really plead guilty to the set an example in bis own parish, which alt charge. He give nothing, as a society, but his brethren would do well to follow. la the pure and unsophisticated word of the most looking to general benefit, I never would kign God. The Society for promoting Chris- forget, that I am a member of the Church tian Knowledge distributes " the Scriptures of England. Does my connection with a and other religious Books and Tracts." This society, from which I purchase the Scriptures also is correct. Many of their tracts are alune, deprive me of the right or the inclivery excellent, and cannot fail to do good. nation to do every thing for the poor of the But #e we therefore enemies to the disper. Establishment, which a friend to the Estasion of good tracts, because, in the first place, blishinent ought to do? The force of such and above all things, we wish to supply the logic I cannot perceive. By this connection poor with the New Testament? A worthy I forfeit none of any means, I abandon none rector in this county, at present immediate- of my principles : but I procure incalculable ly below we, who has for nearly twenty good, which I could procure in no other way. years been a menuber of the Society for pro- By the united co-operation of Christians of taoting Christian Knowledge, and wbu is all denominations, in a cause where all can 110 ^ a very earnest advocate for an Auxiliary sately unile, asperity is subdued, Christian Bible Society, has supplied with tracis from charity is promoted, and, above all, resources the old society, all the poor families in his are called into existence, which descend in parish, that can use thein. And great has blessings, not merely upon this land and been the beqefit. But is our opinion of the people, but upon every nation to which the New Testament such that we dare nut trust liberality of Britain can direct ihem. it without a tracı? Does the Church of "Genilemen, if we would fully appreciate England appeal for its authority to the in. the glorious exercise of charity, to which the ventions of men, or to the Bible? When it Bible Society invites us, we should consider can be shewn that religious tracts contain ourselves not merely as Euglisbunen, hut something more essential to our salvation as members of the whole family of man. than the word of God cuntains, or that in The miserable savage, who wanders in the them the terms of redemption are more desert or the forest, untutored and unsubdu clearly and conclusively expressed than in ed, is still a brother of our own, created like
ourselves in the image of God, and like os We have sioce to add the Right Rev. an heir of immortality. For near six thouthe Lord Bisbop of Litchfield and Coventry. sand years, the groans of nature have been
+ There are, it is true, forty-eight bishops heard in every land: but sages and prophets in England and Ireland, but only thirty-two bave consoled us wiih the assurance, that of these belong to the Society for promotiug these times shall have an end ; that a new Christian Knowledge, while the number who order of things shall arise ; and that the blesspatronize the British and Foreign Bible ings of the Guspei sball, ere long, call forth bocieig is, as above stated, twenty. Editon. from all nations the sacred and lofty measures of adoration and praise. Even now, combining our efforts • as workers together I seem to myself to behold the dawning of with God. The ardour and unanimity, that brighter day: even now, by the favour which we have this day witnessed, afford a of Providence upon the labours of English convincing proof, that we shall enter with men, and especially by means of the Bible zeal upon this work of faith and labour of Society, the glad tidings of the Gospel aré love. Let us then work, while it is day; heard in the most distant regions. Trans. the night cometh, when no man can work : lations of the Scriptures are proceeding to an the opportunity is now in our hands. we extent beyond all example ; and if the socie. "soon shall go hence and be no more seen.” ty continue to act according to the promise In the course of his speech, Mr. Dealtry of its present exertions, the Gospel will took occasion to read part of an interesting soon have been preached not in this land and appropriate letter from the Principal of only, or where its institutions and language the East-India College, which was received are known, but • unto all that dwell on the with much attention and applause. earth, to every nation, and kindred, and Sir John Sebright observed, that he pertongue, and people. Wherever the footsteps fectly concurred in the sentiments expressed of civilization can be traced, there will men by the last speaker, and was a warm friend read, in their own tongue, the wonderful and well-wisher to the Church of England. works of God. In the contemplation of It was in this view that he felt himself these things, I am struck with a degree of particularly called upon to support the soadmiration and astonishment which I cannot ciety. express. I would venture to borrow the A motion for thanks to the secretaries of words of that sacred book, which it is the the parent society, for their valuable asobject of this meeting to dispense to all sistance on this occasion, having been made men, and inquire, “Who hath heard such by the Rev. J. H. Mitchell, seconded by a thing? Who hath seen such things? Mr, Fordham, and adopted by the meeting, • Ask now of the days that are past, since the Mr. Owen entered into a lively description day that God created man upon the earth, of the extensive field of labour which lies and ask from the one side of heaven unto before those persons who wish to supplant the other, whetber there hath been any the Bible Society and its numerous depensuch thing as this great thing is, or hath dencies. After leading them through all been heard like it?' Except the day of parts of Great Britain and Ireland, he then Pentecost, I know of nothing to compare proposed, that they should visit the contiwith it. The temple of Truth has been nent of Europe, and pass over into America founded and built up in Britain: but the and Asia. When they should have accom. light is streaming through every outlet to all plished their purpose to the extent already the regions of the world. It has penetrated pointed out, he thought that he could tell the hut of the shivering native of Labradore: ibem of additioual employment. His conit lias cheered the dwelling of the poor Hin. clusion was marked by some striking obserdoo. The glory of the Lord is visiting his vations on the retrospect of the proceedings Church; from every quarter the gentiles of this day. It would prove a source of are coming to her light, and kings to the consolatory and animating rellection io many brightness of her rising. The consuling de- distinguished gentlenien around him, parclarations of the prophets appear, even iu ticularly to those who were terminating a these days of conflict, to be fast approach- long career of public usesulness by their ing their completion; the brightest visions generous co-operation in support of the of our poets secin on the point of being cause of religion throughout the world. realised, when,
Mr. Plumer, seconded by Sir John Se• The dwellers in the vales and on the rocks
briglit, then moved the cordial thanks of the Shout to each other, and the mountain tops
meeting to William Baker, Esq. for his able From distant mountains catch the flying joy,
conduct and important exertions in the bu
siness of this day. Till, nation after nation taught the strain,
Mr. Baker, in an address of great feeling, Earth rolls the rapturous Hosanna round.'
expressed the delight which he experienced “ As sure as the voice of prophecy has fore- in seeing, ou the close of a long political told them, these glorious times will arrive; life, one meeting of unanimity. It had been and we in our generation are called to the his lot to witness many of dissension; he had distinguished honour of acting as instruments been opposed to geritlemien near him on in the Divine Hand to hasien their approach. questions of great interest to public men, We are invited to the privilege of lumbly when both sides considered themselves as engaged in the right canse. It rejniced his prayers and benedictions of the righteous heart to find, at last, that there was one sub- and find our own piety rekindled and inject on which they could all agree, and creased by contemplating the zeal of especially that this subject was the disper- others.”. sion of the Scriptures. “They are,” he.observed, “the only solace of affliction in this BRISTOL AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY. life, and afford the only ground of hope for The annual meeting of this institution was the life to come.”
held at the Guildhall on the 13th inst. the An eye-witness of wbat passed at this Rev. Dr. Randolphi, prebendary of Bristol, meeting assures us, that " the harmony, so in the chair. The report of the committee uniformly manifested on the formation of having been read, and received with great auxiliary societies in every part of the king- approbation, several gentlemen addressed dom, was eminently displayed on this occa- the meeting; among whom were, Alt. S. sion.” “A more gratifying scene,” he adds, Cave, Mr. J. Smith, the Rev. Mr. Thorpe, " has seldom been witnessed. The effect Mr. E. Protheroe, Mr. Lowell, the Rev. Mr. produced upon the minds of those who were Rowe, and the Rev. Mr. O‘Domnoghue. present, will not be the transient impression Mr. Smith observed, " that England had of a day. They will, many days bence, ac- been called the land of Bibles; yet the knowledge the excellence of à cause that scarcity of them, betore the establishment of can unite in perfect cordiality gentlemen this institution, was truly surprising. Even of distinction who have long been opposed in our city and neighbourhood it had been a upon political questions, and elicit the best subject of equal regret and astonishment.” feelings from men of every class. Their To prove the truth of this statement, Mr. principles of Christian charity will be en. Smith read a letter from Keynsham, where, larged and confirmed. From the good which although a small place, and lying between has already been done by means of the two such cities as Barb and Bristol, yet, on Bible Society, tbey will see what the united inquiry, 150 grown persons were found exertions of Christians can effect in the without Bibles in their possession. “ Even most benevolent of all projects, and will in the Bristol Infirmary, out of 205, only perceive, that we are not merely called by fourteen possessed this sacred treasure.”a sense of duty, but invited by our best Mr. Thorpe, among other things, observed, interests to co-operate in its service, and to “ In the year 1804, if any man had venturshare its blessings."
ed to predict that an institution would soon
be formed, under the patronage of the mitre GUZTOX COLDFIELD AUXILIARY BIBLE and the coronet, with the sanction of genius
and literature, comprehending the religious On the 23d of Dec. 1811, a society was of all denominations, whose jarring princiformed at Sutton Coldfield, for that town ples had so long repelled them from each and neighbourhood, in aid of the British other, but who should all at once feel then. and Foreign Bible Society. Henry Grimes, selves drawn, as by some powerful but inviEsq. the warden, was appointed treasurer, sible magnet, into a friendly association, and the Rev. Joseph Mendham secretary. where, actuated by one spirit, they would The committee consists of the rector, the Rev. combine to promote one and the same obJ. Riland; Sir E. C. Harlopp, Barı. ; Franeis ject : if he had gone farther, and ventured Hackett, Esq.; Thos. Terry, Esq.; and W. to predict that, within a few years after the Webb, Esq.
establishment of this society, the Scriptures In the address of the society, it is well would be printing in about titty different lanobserved, “ Religion is communicative. One guages, into many of which they had now, of its two great branches is love to man; for the first time, been translated, and that and he who understands the value of divine near 200,000 copies of the Old, and near blessings by his own enjoyment of them, will 300,000 copies of the New Testament, would be desirous of imparting the benefit to be dispersed in the course of six years, others. This is the best benevolence : it is would he not have been deemed a visionary?" benevolence eminently Christian : we add, The amount raised by this society, during it is a benevolence, which will return seven- the preceding year, was about 1750!. Upfold into our own bosom. For, certainly, it will wards of 17001 of that amount was remitted prove no unprofitable bargain, if, in return to the British and Foreigu Bible Society. for our liberality, we become instrumental in conferring upon a fellow-creature the best of TNL BIELE SOCIETY AND DR. MARSA. blessings, obtain a share in the servent We should have been glad, had our limits CHRIST, OBSERT, No. 122.
admitted of it, to have noticed the formation a week 10 the soldiers and others. Amongst of many other Auxiliary Bible Societies ; the soldiers, the work of the Lord seems but this we must reserve for another oppor. greatly flourishing. Among the Dutch is a tunity. We were also anxious tu have given greater revival than we ever saw. Ons some account of a pamphlet which has re- speaks to the Christians on the Saturday cently appeared, against the Bible Soo evening, and another instructs the slaves on the ciety, from the pen of Dr. Marsh ; because Sunday evening. Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Hyser we think the air of confidence with which are indefatigable in their labours, instructing it is written may produce some effect on
the slavos, &c. We have thorning and evenpersons ignorant of the real merits of the ing lectores in our own bired liobse, which, subject. We have only delayed, however: in the evenings especially, is not only crowdwe have not abandoned our purpose; and ed, but numbers, who cannot come in, hear we here pledge onrselves to prore, that the from the open windows. I have commenced learned author's single groand of objection 10 a Sunday school for the poor slaves, which this society—the forlorn hope of his party is likely to be of important service. There is as destitute of weight, and as little entitled are numbers of young friends who will carry to consideration, as any one of the weigh it on, and much goodl, we hope, will be teen" reruted objections of Dr. Wordswurth, done." A revival of religion, similar to that Mr. Spry, and Mr. Sykes; most, if not all, at the Cape, is said to have taken place in: of which, indeed, Dr. Marsh bim self seems other parts of the settlement. to consider as too weak to be defended. His own single objection, though produced:
UNITED STATES: with much “ pomp and circumstance, ape
The General Assembly of the Presbyteriana pears to us to have already received its Church, in the United States, have proposed answer in Mr. Dealtry's speech, inserted the establishment of a Thevlogical School for back.
the education of ministers. In the prospectus
it is affirmed, thut the progress of population, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE. is four timos greater then the increase of The missionary Read, writing from Cape ministers; that ministers and missionaries Town, in the month of June last, states, that are loudly called for, and that there are 400 he and Dr. Vander Kemp had been sent for vacant congregations within the bounds of frum Bethelsdorp by the Government, in their jurisdiction. order to assist in investigating the com- The Philadelphia Bible Society have displaints which had been made of cruelties tributed during the last year 8185 Bibles. exercised towards the Hottentots by the and Testaments. It is a rule of the society. Dutch boors. From his account, a consi- not to give a copy where one was previously dérable degree of concern about religion had possessed. been excited at Cape Town; which was Dr. Buchanan's Christian Researches in greatly increased by a severe earthquake, India have been re-published in America, which occurred on the 'th of June. “[ and are said to be producing muah effect in found,” he says,
on any arrival at the Cape, that country. The Christian Observer is also my hands full. I bave poeaclied four times regularly re-published at New York.
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troops during every part of the siege, and CIUDAD Rodrigo was carried by assault on particularly during the storin. The governor, the 19th of January, being the tenth day after 78 officers, and 1700 men, were made pri. it had been invested by Lord Wellington. soners. We got possession also of 158 pieces This is unquestionably one of the most bril. of ordnance. The French general Mariront liant exploits of the war. The Prince Ro appears to have been astonished at the gent has expressed his sense of it by con. rapidity with which this place has been referring an Earldom on the gallant general, duced. He prosesses to have attempted the and Parliament hy a vote of thanks and an junction of troops from different quarters, in additional pension of 20001, a year. No- order to march to its relief; but the vigour thing evuld exceed the galloutry of vur of the besiegers disappointed all his calcula-
... Sicily... United States. 128 tions, “ There is in this event,” be snys, pose that a disposition of this kind has been “something so incomprehensible that I will manifested by Sweden. If peace should not permit myself to make any observation actually take place between that country, upon it." Our loss during the siege, we are and Great Britain, such an event could not sorry lo say, amounted, including ibe Portufail greatly to embarrass Bonaparte. gueze, to 150 killed, and 600 wounded, Two general officers, Major-generals Mackinnon
SICILY. and Crawford, were among the former. It A complete revolution appears to have was expected that the siege of Badajoz taken place in this island. On the 16th would be immediately underiaken. Ciudad January, the King issued a Royal Act, apRodrigo has been given up to the Spau pointing the Hereditary Prince, Vicar-General iards.
of the kingdon, with the whole of the royal The same post which brought the oficial authority. And on the 19th, the Prince apaccount of the capture of Ciudad Rodrige pointed Lord W. Bentinca Captain-General brought that also of the fall of Valencia. of the Sicilian forces. The Britislı army This evert took place on the 6th of January, had been ordered to Palermo, and was exand it appears at least as incomprehensible pected in a few days. The Sicilian nobles as the fall of Ciudad Rodrigo. Blake with who were banished in July last were recall. 17,000 men, well supplied with awwunition, ed, and an entire change has taken place in was within its walls. Where was the spirit the ministry; the Prince Cassano baving of Palafox and the heroes of Saragoza, or for the present the chief directiou. that more recently displayed by · Colouel Skerret and his thousand British troops at
UNITED STATES. Tarifa, against ten times his force? The In what will be found in a subsequent besieged were in this instance about half page, on the licensing system, we think that as aumeroas as the besiegers.
a decisive answer is given to the complaints The guerillas continue to make vigorous of America on the subject of our Orders in bead against their oppressors.
Council. The Orders in Council are neither A complete change has taken place in the njore nor less than a justifiable, and, as we executive government of Spain. The mein- conceive, necessary measure of desence bers of the old regency have been displaced, against Bonaparte'o open and avowed war sud a new regency has been appointed, at on our commerce, which is the seminal printi:e head of which is the Duke del Infan- ciple of our power. Nor is it our own in. tado, now an.bassador from Spain to the terests, or our own existence only, that we British Court. Great hopes are entertained are defending, but those of America also. from the increased vigour which is to be America, however, is not disposed to take expected from the new administration. We this view of the subject; and she appears anxiously wish they may be realized. We bent on going to war with us, because, ia should rejoice to see the new reign coiumence aiming some hard blowys at our enemy, she, by the extinction of the abominable Inquisi- who has been told to keep out of their reach tion, and we should augur fron such a com- yet chooses to put herself in the way of them, mencement the happiest issues.
receives a few scratches. That her trade A truce has been agreed to by the rival must be lessened by our blockade (for, in parties in the Rio Plata, under the media. fact, our Orders in Council are a blockade tion of the Portugueze Government, the under another name) of the ports of Holland, basis of which is the mutual acknowledg. France, and the north of Italy, is unqueswent of Ferdinand VII. and a disposi- tionable ; but still it is obvious, thal it is tion to receive the proposals of the Com- only when she chooses to attempt to render missioners who have been appointed by nugatory this defensive measure of ours, by Great Britain and Spain to settle the afl'airs entering the probibited ports of our enemy, ef the South-American provinces.
that she can sustain any actual loss. If, then,
our right of self-defence be unquestionable; if SWEDEN.
our right to relaliate on France her decrees A strong hope is entertained of peace against one commerce be equally unquestionbetween Sweden and Great Britain. Suchable, surely the neutrals who oppuse tbema measure would clearly imply that Berna- selves to those rights ought not to complain dotte was desirous of shaking from his shoul of the belligerent if they should suffer from ders the yoke of France ; and the recent for- their intrusion. We still hope that circumcible seizure of Swedish Pomerania by a slances may arise to abate the violent feels body of French troops gives ground to sup- ings towards this country which pervade the