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visited the Bissao river, also the river and return of these ressels, as well as others, settlement of Cacheo. Lieutenant Hagan , is, spoken of as a matter of course in the received in the latter place, a full corrobo- present season; and, as far as Lieutenant ration of the information he before obtain- Hagan could judge from the number of ed of the trade in slaves being still carried slaves seen in the place, they will not be on in that settlement.

long in completing their cargoes of unfor“ Lieutenant Hagan describes the town tunate human victims.” of Cacheo as the most wretched slave-fac

Portuguese Brig the Commerciante. tory be ever witnessed. The low, damp,

« H. M. S. Driver, Captain Wonlrige, and confined cells for the slaves, were

returned to this harbour, from a successful loathsome in the extreme, many of them

cruise to leeward, having captured, in addiheing below the high-tide mark of the

tion to the Spanish schooner described in river. The block-house, or, as it is called,

our last, a Portuguese brig in the river the fort, is in a most wretched state of de

Cameroons, on the 7th ultimo, with one cay; one gun only is mounted, the others

hundred and seventy-nine. slaves. An being dismounted with a log of wood under the muzzle. The swamps and stagnant information at sea : the Driver anchored off

English merchant-ship communicated the pools immediately in rear of the town, ren

the mouth of tbe river, and the following der Cacheo assuredly the most unhealthy morning, as the boats got in sight of the place that can be imagined; but this is not

slave-vessel, a great many canoes were seen sufficient to deter the slave-traders, who

about her: as the boats approached nearer, generally lose one half of their crews, fre

it was perceired that they were making quently all their Europeans.

every effort in landing the slaves; and wben “ Lieutenant Hagan was not able to

the last load left, the boats were actually procure any stock, although it was in the

within pistol-shot of the vessel. Lieutenant town in great abundance: he was eren re

King, who commanded the boats, explained fused a pilot to take him out-the greatest

to the chiefs the impropriety of assisting jealousy appearing to prevail from 'a visit

to land the slaves ; adding, that as they as unexpected as it was unwelcome. The

were removed from the vessel in sight of Thistle, howerer, by keeping the boats a

His Majesty's boats, they must be returned head and other precautions, found no diffi

to her. This they complied witb most culty in the navigation. “The officers composing the garrison of readily; indeed, in half an hour, the same

canoes which had been employed in landing this place (Cacheo) are all blacks, and mu

them, put the whole on board. Thus lattoes, with the exception of the governor, one hundred and seventy-nine slaves, chiefly J. Antonio Gomez, and another officer: a

females, were, under divine Providence, creole Portuguese of the Cape de Verd

rescued' from the galling iron grasp of the Islands, did not attempt to conceal that a

unfeeling and merciless slave-dealer. The brisk trade in slaves was still carried on

slaves were remarkably healthy, and, as there, as well as at Bissáo; and boasted,

soon as they understood the cause of their that hail the Thistle found the tuo vessels

seizure and liberation, they fell on their already named, she might probably have

faces, approached the feet of the officers of changed masters; one being armed with

the Driver, making every demonstration of sixteen, the other with elever guns. The

joy and satisfaction." PROVIDENTIAL ESCAPE OF MR. WOLFF, DURING THE EARTHQUAKE

IN SYRIA.

FROM THE JEWISH EXPOSITOR. For some time past, considerable alarm sented to them. I distributed again some bas been excited for the safety of Mr. Wolff, New Testaments in Persian and Arabic, left Those fears, we are thankful to say, bare Antioch the 12th of August, and arrived been removed by the receipt of a letter, in the village Jesia, near Lattachia. The The account which it contains of his heat induced me to the determination to providential deliverance, shows that the sleep in the open field rather than accept apprehensions were not altogether un- the kind offer of Mahomed Agha, one of tbe founded. We commend it to the perusal Shechs of the Ansari, who invited me to of our readers, assured that it cannot fail sleep in his house, which was built of stone; to excite at once their sympathy and their and thus it was thy will, O Lord; blessed gratitude.

be thy name, Jesus Christ! possessed of “I left Aleppo on the 3d of August, and glory and honour. As I firmly insisted to arrived again at Antioch on the 5th, where remain with my servant in the open field, I stopped till the 11th of August. John the Shechs and all the other inhabitants of Barker, Esq. British Consul-gencral of that village came to talk with me in Arabic; Aleppo, who was just there with bis ami- I told them that their brethren in Antiable family, told me that the Ansari, ido- ochia hare accepted copies of the Gospel, Jaters, as they are supposed to be, are con- and are reading them with anxiety. The tinuing to read the New Testaments I pre- Shech Mahomed Agba desired me to give

to him likewise some copies, and I pro- but earthquakes often interrupted our mised to comply with his wish next morning prayers! I sent immediately several exafter my arrival iu Lattachia ; and thus we presses to Antiochia, which cost me togesat very comfortably together on the ground, ther eleven dollars, to learn what had bedrinking milk and smoking the pipe, and come of Mr. John Barker and his family, conversing; it was a great wind-calm at for the news was arrived at Lattachia, that nine o'clock: and twenty minutes after, Antiochia, Swedia, Scanderoon, and Alepthat very evening, “the Lord looked upon po, had been utterly destroyed; and this the earth, and it trenibled!” A terrible news has been true. I received answers shock, first horizontal, and thirty-six ver- from John Barker, Esq. and at the same tical ones, accompanied by a noise like the time an express arrived which was sent to thunder of cannons, proceeded out from the me by Benjamin Barker, Esq. John Barearth. I prayed, crying to Jesus my Lord, ker, Esq. his wife, and little girl, Benja-' and the Ansari exclaimed, • Merciful min Barker, Esq. and all the European Lord! merciful Lord!' We first stood still Christians of Aleppo bave been saved by upon one place, but we feared to stand the grace of the Lord! John Barker, Esq. still; we leaped about, and we feared to was just going to bed when the shock took leap about ; for the earth threatened every place; the wall of the room, and the stairs, where to open ber month, and swallow us all gave way in a moment, and John Barup. The falling of houses, the shrieks and ker, Esq. and bis wife, were precipitated lamentations of dying women and babes, on the ground, and buried under the ruins, who were plunged in a time of sixty se- and thus carried out safely, only with some conds into an awful eternity, produced in trifling scratches. Benjanıin Barker, Esq. us all the firm belief, that the judgment-day has been seriously wounded, but is now of the Lord is now coming! Mahomed cured-hut all the towns, villages, and cotAgha exclainied, “This is of the Lord! tages, twenty leagues around Aleppo, bave The observation of that Ansari makes me been utterly destroyed; 40,000 of our felbeliere that that sect are not idolaters, for low-creatures bave lost their lives. The I cannot suppose that such an observation, Jew Esdra de Picciotto, the Austrian Conin such a terrible moment, could be hypo- sul-general, lost his life, and was buried crisy. I felt then more than ever the force under his sixteen slain horses. At Aleppo, of the passage in the sacred writ, saying, are 25,000 souls buried under dead borses, Ye mountains, fall on us; ye bills, cover cats, and dogs! There have been 3000 Jews us!" I can say, that I was the instruwent, at Aleppo; 2500 of them became victims in the Lord's hand, of saring the lives of of the earthquake. their ancient synamany persons; for if I had accepted the gogues, from the time of the second temple, offer of the Shech, and had entered their bare been utterly destroyed ! Not one houses, we all were become victims of the single house at Aleppo remained whole! terrible earthquake. The earthquake was, Spirits of those rabbies! when I told you after the terrible shocks, felt repeatedly that Jesus was the Son of God, you exevery hour two and three, and often four claimed, 'We have neither seen nor heard times, through the whole night! I went it! Spirits of those rabbies, it seems to the next day to Lattachia, but perceived me, that you are now standing before me, that all the inhabitants were out of town, and it seems to me that I hear you exclaimin the open field, baving left behind their ing, We do now see it—we do now bear property, which was buried under the it—that Jesus is the Son of God!'ruins of their houses. I saw many naked, Many of those children who were designed they went not back to take their clothes; to be sent to that my projected college, are and I saw sucking children faipting away. now in another college in the college of • Woe unto them that were with child, and the other world! to them that gavc sack in that day! I went “ Dear friends, I beseech you weep with first to see the Franks of that town, and me! For many children died after the then the Greeks; they were all with pale earthquake. I sat the 20th of August faces, and with tears in their eyes; and on the ground in the garden of the those who received me on my first arrival Greeks, and wrote a letter, a terrible at Lattachia with kind countenances, have earthquake took place again! and labeen so taken up with sorrows, heaviness, mentation of children and women, and and terrors, that the mother did not mind young and old men ! 'Thou, O Lord, let us the cries of her babes! One hundred and never forget, that thou dost neither slumfifty houses hare been utterly destroyed, ber nor sleep! Some days before my and some hundreds of persons lost their departure from Lattachia, a cararan of Jires. It did not cost me much pain to in- Turks arrived from Aleppo. I met thein in duce as well Catholics as Greeks, to kneel the field. They were soldiers, 'Turkish sol.. down with me, and to pray to our Lord diers. They asked me: 'Are you in peace;' Jesus Christ. Eren those prayed, who, in “1. In peace, praise be unto God, the the time of peace and ease, almost the Sa- Lord of the worlds! viour's benefits began unfaithfully to deny.; " Trírks, Aleppo is gone, Aleppo is no

ness.

more!--And saying this, they began to but the whole stock has been buried under beat their breast, and they lifted up their the ruins of his magazine, and nobody yet voice, and cried and wept, and exclaimed, dares to enter the town to excavate their « This was of the Lord, this was of the buried property. Poor Musa Elias, and Lord!'

many of the Europeans, have lost all their “I desired Musa Elias, the British Agent property. Shocks have been heard four of Lattachia, to furnish me with some co- and five times through forty days. What pies of the Arabic New Testament, to dis- an awful instance of the power of God!". tribute tbem among the poor and afflicted,

SUNDAY SCHOOLS. The following extract from a monthly there were many children who were not paper of the Irish Sunday School Union is attending Sunday schools (which numdeserving of serious attention from every ber we found to be far greater than we benevolentsupporter of those valuable in- expected). In consequence of the influx stitutions,

thus occasioned, many of whom were as Belfast, County of Antrim, unaccustomed to restraint as their minds, November 1822.

were to application, a considerable time Having carefully examined our roll. elapsed without much apparent improvebooks, and struck off a number which were ment: but we still laboured on in hope, not attending, still you will perceive by the and we have now cause to be thankful to annexed statement, that we have a great the Author of every good gift, for the imincrease of numbers, which we attribute provement and reformation that have ala partly to the situation of the school being ready appeared. There is also a risible remore public and central, as well as more vival, we trust, of the true spirit of Suns comfortable, and partly to frequent visit- day school instruction among the teachers, ing of the streets and lanes in the neigh- evinced by their increasing regularity and bourhood of the school, to ascertain if attention to the children."

CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
NEW ZEALAND MISSION.

better things were hoped, bas lamentably We are happy to state, that the fears en- damped the present prospects of usefultertained that the missionaries were con

We trust, that God will hear the pelled to quit the island, bave proved to be prayers of bis servants, and that tbe genegroundless. The information of four ar- rous and expensive efforts made for the riving at Sidney is, however, substantially conversion of this, noble race will not be true; two of whom left New Zealand on in vain. There is, however, need of .the Society's business, and two on their

prayer, of patience, and persevering contiown concerns. As, however, one of these nuance in well-doing. " The husbandman has left on a royage of matrimony, with hath long patience before he receive the the intention of returning to the Bay of precious fruits of the earth; be ye thereIslands shortly, it is obvious there is no fore patient; stablish your hearts, for the apprehension of personal danger. But, coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”, alas! the unholy conduct of one of whom

THE LORD'S DAY. We are happy to understand, that sere- great effect. It seems at first a trifling thing ral pious and distinguished individuals are to allow a laundress to send home clothes, using every exertion to promote the hallow- or a shoemaker shoes, on a Lord's day morning of the Lord's day. Many of the poorer ing; but all sinful practices begin with tradesmen in various businesses have been triling things. The laundress acquires the induced to violate the laws of God and of habit of finishing her linen on the Sunday their country under an idea, that if they morning; the shoemaker's boy is taught, refused to sell, others would succeed in ob- in his early and best days, to neglect the taining their customers; and, on the other ordinances of God's house; and thus hand, many respectable persons, desirous impiety, infidelity, and irreligion prevail. of dealing only with those like-minded with Grave divines, and learned lawyers, and themselves, have been defeated in their efforts professing Cbristians, are astonished at the by the difficulty of discovering tradesmen progress of infidelity, and attempt to put who were not guilty of violating the Sunday that down by a few harsh laws or penny in selling or sending home articles on that tracts, wbich they have been countenancing day. To obviate this difficulty, we under- "and encouraging by their example, their stand a list is preparing of persons in va- cowardice, or their supineness for a series rious trades, who have pledged themselves of years. Let but individual Christians once 'not to sell, or allow to be sold or sent act a decided part, and the very persons who home from their premises on the Lord's object to their measures will soon most day, any of the articles in which they deal. cordially approve. We hope shortly to be We trust this measure will be productive of able to resume this subject.

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REGISTER OF EVENTS.

HOME. His Majesty has been much indisposed during the past month, but was sufficiently recorered on tbe 21st to be able to leave Brighton, and to hold a Court at Carlton Palace for the transaction of business.

The Session of Parliament was opened on the 6th of February, by Commission. The Royal Speech announced a considerable surplus of revenue, and invited the House of Commons to consider in what branches a remission of taxation might be most advantageously granted. In pursuance of this recommendation, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Robinson, brought before the House on the 21st, a proposition for the repeal of about one half of the assessed taxes, by which means upwards of two millions would be remitted to the people. This plan was received with great approbation, although some apprehend that the distress, which is now almost confined to the agricultural classes, will be little alleriated by a boon which must be shared between them and the more prosperous commercial and manufacturing classes.

The topic, however, of the greatest interest in His Majesty's Specch, was that of Continental affairs, and of the views of the British Government respecting the threatened hostilities between France and Spain. To the great satisfaction of the Parliament, and, we may add, of the public, a most decided disapproval of the hostile intentions of France was given. So satisfactory did this prove, even to those who are commonly opposed to the Administration, that not only did the proposed Address pass without a dissenting voice, but nearly a fortnight elapsed without a division in the House of Commons.

There is clearly no intention, at present, in the Government, to take any active part in the war which seems to be impending ; but, condemning so decidedly as His Majesty's Ministers do, the measures of the French Government, they do not profess to consider it by any means impossible, that some line of defensive warfare may be forced upon us. Should indeed war actually commence between France and Spain, it seems scarcely possible that we should long remain at peace. Our commercial interests must immediately be endangered; we shall be required on the faith of ancient treaties to interfere in the defence of Portugal; and a numerous party, combining the Opposition in general, a large part of the agricultural interest, and a multitude of those who are discontented and in debt, will endeavour to urge on the Administration to vigorous, or rather to violent measures. From a similar concurrence of circumstances former wars have usually arisen, and we cannot but entertain serious apprehensions at the present crisis. We therefore earnestly call upon all our readers to join in fervent prayer to Almighty God, and entreat him mercifully to give peace in our time upon earth.

FOREIGN. The councils of France would seem to have been lately giren up to a kind of infatuation, and the determinations of the Government have been equally unjust in principle and absurd in policy. Thic decision of the Congress of Verona was, it appears, for the suppression of the present Constitution of Spain, and that France should be called upon to put this decree into execution. The manner in which this decision was at first received by the French Ministry, and the dismissal of its bearer from office, seemed to betoken the presence of some degree of prudence in that Cabinet. From one cause or other, however, a change in this pacific disposition appears to have taken place, and a Speech was put into the mouth of the French Monarch breathing nothing but hostility.

The Chambers were informed by the King, that “one hundred thousand Frenchmen," commanded by the Duke d'Angoulême, would immediately march to put an end to the disorders existing in Spain.

We bave never doubted the violence of the means lately used to establish and sustain the present Constitution of Spain. We fully believe, that a large portion of the people of that country are opposed to the present order of things, and a still larger without attachment to the Government. We grant also, that the Constitution itself is faulty, and ill-calculated to give practical liberty. But we are utterly unable to perceive, in all this, any cause for the march of “ one hundred thousand Frenchmen," who can only offer the alternative of submission to their commanders' orders, or fire, sword, and desolation. War is a tremendous evil, and the guilt of it and all its attendant crimes must attach to the unjust authors of it. How either justice or necessity can be pleaded for the projected invasion of Spain, it is very difficult to perceive.

In the midst of ihese things, however, we are to remember, that the Lord reigneth, and that he maketh the wrath of man to praise him. Let us hope, that He who raiseth up one and putteth down another, will over-rule these evils to the furtherance of his own glory, and the spread of his own Gospel. And for our own parts, let us seek and pray, that the blessing of the peace-makers may be ours.

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Notices and Acknowledgments.

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The continuation of Luther-Aliquis-S. S. D.--Amicus Hibernicus, are come to hand, and will be inserted.

We receive so much Poetry, that it is impossible to inscrt one half of it.-We apprebend the effusion on Easier is somewhat too hasty to find a place. We highly approre the sentiments of Minimus, but fear his poetry is scarcely admissible.

The extract froin the Carlisle Patriot, though valuable, is not exactly suited to our pages.

We are obliged to Elizabeth for ber extracts from Mason's Spiritual Treasury; that work is, lowever, far too generally and extensively read, to allow of their insertion. The same observation applies to the anecdote of St. John, which miay be found somewhat abridged in Milner's Church History, i. 120.

Received, and most probably will be inserted, F.--Letter to a younger ProtherHistory of Dorothea-and C. D. The communication of W. L. T. will perhaps appear in a somewbat enlarged form; the subject has not entirely escaped us, and we thank him for recalling it to our recollection.-Funeral Sermon frcw G. K.-another paper on Want of Saccess in the Ministry-Moraedór-and Anna, are still undetermined.

Rusticus is answered agreeably to his direction, as also is Investigator,

If de Louar Kerwalc will favour us with a list of the subjects contained in the MSS. which he mentions, and the probable number of the papers similar to that he has transmitted which they will occupy, we shall be able to form a more decisive opinion. We fear that the series will occupy too much room, and that the style will not exactly meet the approbation of some of our readers.

We regret the accident which occasioned our delay in answering IIperbus-we shall be happy to receive his communications on the subject alluded to; at the same time we trust he is aware of the exceeding difficulty of producing any effect in such cases by written instructions.

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.

Just published. The Vanity of Youth : a Sermon on the Death of Elizabeth Shepherd, who died at Haddembam, May 6, 1818, aged 18 Years. Preached at Aston Sandford, Bucks. By the late Rev, Thomas Scott, Rector,

The Second Number of a new Monthly Publication, entitled, the Religious Instructor; or, Church of England Sunday School Magazine.-The plan of this work embraces original Essays upon the importance of religious Education to the Poor ;-the economy of Sunday Schools ; tbe moral, religious, and mental qualifications of Teachers, with directions for their increasitig usefulness;-- the biography of the early Church, including extracts from Ecclesiastical History;-the annals of the Reformation, with short lives of its promoters, particularly those of our own Church and country;-familiar lectures on the historical Scriptures, Miracles, and Parables ;-illustrations of Holy Writ frow various authors ;-explanation of the Catechism, and other parts of the Liturgy; short and fauniliar Sermops; fornis of Prayer for Morning and Evening, and occasional Psalms and Hyanns ;--information of the progress of Education at home and abroad; anecdotes of youthful Piety ;-brief Review of Books proper for the perusał of Teachers, and to be given as Rewards to diligent and docile Scholars. To this list of subjects will be added any other matter consistent with the general plan of the publication.

An Appeal to Scripture; the Church; and Facts: in Reply to “Remonstrance addressed to the Supporters of the British and Foreign Bible Society, on the System of Visitation, as introduced by their District Committees,” &c. &c. By the Rer. B. S. Claxson, M.A. late Fellow-Commoner of Worcester College, Oxford; and President of “ the St. Michael and St. Mary de Grace Bible Association," Gloucester.

Tbe Teacher's Offering;'or, the Suuday School Monthly Visitor: Edited by the Rev. John Campbell, Kingsland. Embellished with a superior Wood Cut, and an ornawental Wrapper.

In the Press.
A Fifth Edition of the Life of the Rev. Thomas Scott.

A new Edition of an Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England : by Question and Answer: Désigned chiefly for the Use of Schools. By the Rev. Tbomas Viviun, late Vicar of Cornwood, Devon.

"A new Poem, entitled, A Sabbath among the Mountains, is nearly ready for publication.

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