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to other societies; bat most unhesitatingly correct, we will suppose that there are and most strongly do I say to you, that you double that number wanted : I submit are bound by every tie both of religion that the proportion is not, and cannot, bo and duty, to support first and foremost, considered large in a population of at least what may so properly be called your own. 8000 persons. Taking, therefore, their Following the precept and advice of the own statement, there may be 200 persons great Apostle, I would say to you,“ do ready to accept a Bible if offered, but of good indeed to all men, but especially to these not more than about one half were those whom you conscientiously believe wholly unprovided; of the others, some to be of the houschold of sound doctrine complained of the smallness of the print of and orthodox of faith.” I come now to their Bibles, and the remainder that their my objections to the establishment of the Bibles were in some parts defaced. Farproposed Branch Bible Society at War ther it should be observed, that these perwick. It is my most earnest desire to wave sons reported to be in need were taken every thing personal, and to avoid drop- indiscriminately, without any guarantee ping a single word which might be con that they were likely to make a good use strned into a reflection upon any man, or of a Bible when given. I mention this on class of men. I shall confine myself, the authority of the same individual, who therefore, in the first place, namely, to two very fairly and candidly admitted that points: the sufficiency of the District such was the case. This statement I conCommittee of the Society for Promoting ceive to be conclusive; it fully refutes any Christian Knowledge, already established imputed attention, and accounts for any at Stratford, and the comparative small delay, on my part, especially when I add, extent of our local wants. In regard to that the very same persons of whom I the first, the operations of the Society for have before spoken, for I must once more Promoting Christian Knowledge are not allude to him, has been in the babit, for a unknown here-they have already been length of time, nay, for some years, of brought to bear to a certain extent in this applying to me for Bibles, books, and place; it has been the means of diffusing tracts, on the Society's list, at the Sovery considerable numbers of copies of the ciety's prices; that such applications have sacred writings; and at this moment it is, been uniforinly complied with by me; that and has for some time been in contempla- he has been requested to mention to his tion to establish a committee here. There friends, (and I know that his acquaintance is a plan in progress and nearly matured, with those amongst us who are disposed to not only of furnishing, through the me- charity of this kind is very extensive,) he diun of this society, a full supply of the has been requested, I say, to mention to Scriptures, but also of furnishing the poor them that every facility would always be with a lending Library of Books and given to supply even them, at their very Tracts for tijeir reading at home. In the rednced prices, for charitable distributions second place, speaking of oar local wants, to proper objects. And further, that it I believe them, as I have said, to be com- such poor persons were pointed out who paratively small. I speak, both from my could not themselves raise the money, and own knowledge, and from information de- had not friends to assist them, I would be rived from a very respectable individual, responsible that they should still have a who actually made, a few months since, a Bible. It is fair then to argue, from minute and full investigation into the ex what has been done, or what is in content of their wants, by personally visiting templation to do, that the Society for all, or nearly all, those within the Borough Proinoting Christian Knowledge is amply whose circumstances in life could place snfficient to meet our local wants. I have them in a situation to need, or to accept, a now explained, I trust satisfactorily, my Bible as a gift. The result of this in reasons for appearing before you. Conquiry, I conceive, must be the same fining my address solely to the members with the one to which allasion has been of the Established Church now present, I made, and I must confess that I have been have thrown out snch cautions as I hold to greatly surprised by the statement of it be necessary before we identify ourselves which has been given, To the best of my with any, even the most praiseworthy, or recollection it is rated as nearly double. charitable institntion-I have observed on I liad certainly understood that the num the duty of supporting the establishments ber of Bibles wanted were not more connecied with your own elmrch before, than one hundred-but in order to recon- and in preference, to all others--I have cile the two statements, satisfied as I am alladed to the very extensive operations of that the statement of the larger number the Society for Promoting Christian Koow. niust be made on the conviction that it is ledge and I have shown you, I hope, REMEMBRANCER, No. 36.
that with the addition of the plan we con- who allow, in my biwpble opinion, znost template, of a Branch District Committee, unadvisedly, their names to remain, as they and a lending Library, our local wants say, for the sake of peace-Why, I ask, will be fully met; and, therefore, that the shonld the members of the Church in geestablishment of the proposed Branch neral, be pressed to support Society, Bible Society is, locally speaking, unne. which is scarcely any longer under even cessary. I inust now touch upon a more its partial controul? It is vot my wish to general point; and I cannot but express trespass any longer upon your time, and I my surprise that it should have been wholly have only to make my acknowledgement passed over by the Gentlemen who have for the attention with which I have been addressed yon; it is a point, I confess, favoured, and retire." P. 14. which in my mind carries with it the
Messrs. Dudley, Bumn, and Grimgreatest weight. I allode to the pretty shaw replied to this speech. The general opinion, at least among the Estab. lished Clergy, that the Society you are
former stated that the District Com. called npon to support, is not only not
mittee of the Society for Promoting identified with our Church, but as it is at Christian Knowledge had, in two present conducted, is in a considerable years, remitted to the Society only measure in the hands of those who dis. 31. 12s. *; and contended that the sent from 18. I mean disrespect to no one ; but I must be allowed to say that dissenters more than by churchmen
Bible Society was not supported by my own observations, and my own reading, and my own enquiries, lead me to the
and clergymen, He likewise asserted same conclusion. I know that some years
that at the Stratford meeting, al. since, this Society was supported by a luded to by Mr. Boudier, there were very considerable proportion of biglaly dise only one or two dissenting ministers tinguished and highly dignified members present; and “ that he knew of no of our Church, and by po inconsiderable umber of her officiating Clergy; but I his name erased from the Bible
clergyman who had solicited to have know also that a great change has taken place, and very many have withdrawn Society.” In conclusion, he said their support from it altogether, while that there could be no plot in an very few can now be found (I speak of institution which was patronized by the Established Clergy) to come forward, the First Lord of the Treasury and and take any active part in its concerns. the Chancellor of the Exchequer. To bring the matter a little nearer home, I appeal to your own observation as to “ Mr. Grimshaw, in refutation of Mr. the present meeting, and to the late one Boudier's statement that the Bible Society held at Stratford; and I ask, taking my was not generally sanctioned by the minis data from the newspapers, was this latter
ters of the Established Church, read over meeting attended, or the Society sup
the names of the Vice-Presidents of the ported, by even a moderate proportion Bible Society, among whom were many of of the Established Clergy? is this present
the first dignitaries in the Churchi." P. 20. meeting so attended and supported? Com Mr. Buro asserted, that at the ments would be idle. No man present can draw any other conclusion, than that present meeting there were present, the Bible Society is looked upon by the
sixteen clergymen of the Established Clergy of our Church, as being, to say the Church, and only three dissenting least, somewhat equivocal, as not being ministers, and that at the Stratford the one which they ought to sanction; it meeting there was but one dissenting is consequently not the one which those minister. who are zealously attached to ber doctrine and discipline ought to support. We do * The author and the repeaters of this not hear of those who dissent from us, squib, might have known and onght to liave coming forward and giving their support known, that it was a gross misrepresento the Society for promoting Christian tation. The fact is,' that the sum mepKnowleriye; it would be absurd, it would tioned is the third part of some small be almost insulting to ask them to do so; donations made by persons not connected why then should they expect, that be with the Society for promoting Christian cause there are even a few clergy and Knowledge. The money transactions of charcbmen, who still adhere to the Bible the Committee with the Board in London, Society, from conviction, and some others have amounted to some hundred pounds.
Mr. Richard Spooner, the late un ple of Warwick ; but he (Mr. W.) consuccessful candidate for the repre- gratulated them that this deputation from sentation of the county in Parlia, the London Society had broken through
this spell, and that how they saw a society ment, said that
established in their own town and county, * Even were the objections of Mr. He was convinced the establishment of Bondier well-founded, he could not agree this Society had not been opposed to the with him that the friends of the Established interests of the Church. If his own obChurch would be exercising a sound judy- servation had failed to convince him of ment in abstaining from joining the British this, Dr. Milner's able defence of the Soand Foreign Bible Society, as
ciety, in reply to Dr. Marsh, would have mended by the rev. gentleman, and for convinced him." P. 27. this plain reason, that the Church was already so intimately connected, and so.
There is no part of this speech, completely COMMITTED with the British which can be read without pain. It and Foreion Bible Society, as to make it gives us a peep bebind the curtain, RESPONSIBLE for every thing that eman and communicates information which, ated from thut Society!!!!" P. 24.
more experienced speakers would Another of Mr. Boudier's answer have withheld. So far we are obers shall speak for himself.
liged to Mr. Wade. But for the " The Rev. Arthur Wade was not pre- rest, he is uninformed, he is unprepared with the various arguments on the pared, he is uninvited ; and why did subject, as was usual with persons stand- not he stay away? His reasons for ing as he did; he could not give them attending divide themselves into two much information on the subject, but branches, viz. that he himself wished would just state the reasons that had
well to the Bible Society, and that brought him there. He had not been invited to attend; but that he believed arose
Mr. Boudier did not. On no better from his being from home at the time the grounds than these does he come arrangements were made. He wished well forward at a public meeting; set to the Bible Society, and that feeling was
himself in avowed and uncomproprincipally instrumental in bringing him mising opposition to a brother clerthere. Atter the remarks which had been
gyman of the same town; question, made by so many Gentlemen, he had only to glean those few things which they haŭ nay deny the truth of that gentleneglected, mure especially as it referred man's word; and all this in the to those made by Mr. Boudier. Mr. B. hearing of the mob of Warwick, who had told them there was no occasion for composed "the very numerous and a Bible Society in Warwick, for he had highly respectable meeting” he adsupplied to a certain individual a consider- dressed. Upon his own showing able number of Bibles, and would engage Mr. Wade was the aggressor. He to supply all the people of Warwick.
had long seen and deplored the want But how stood the fact? This Gentleman had applied to him for Bibles for two
of Bibles in the parish of St. Nicho. years without success. Mr. B. came be- las, and had neglected (for good fore them as a clergyman in that boroughi, reasons doubtless, though he was being Vicar of St. Mary's, and as such he not prepared with them) to become opposes this Society. : He (Mr. Wade) a member of the Society for Promoalso came forward as a Clergyman of thrat ting Christian Knowledge... Ile had boronglı, being Vicar of St. Nicholas, and as such he should support the Society. Mr, Percy, the Methodist teacher
conversed upon the subject with Mr. B, had used all his interest to oppose it in favour of the Bartlett's Buildings So
at Warwick, for the period of two ciety; to that he (Mr. Wade) did not sub- years, but they were both paralysed' scribe, being anxious to do all in luis power by Mr. Boudier's magic, and contito promote a Bible Society. Some years, nued mute and motionless under the ago he had a conversation with the Rev.
rod of the enchanter. He congraMr. Percy on the subject, but they found that the Rev. Gentleman was opposed to
tulated himself on his-escape from them, and that by his influence be drew his very disagreeable dilemma by around him as it were a pagic circie, the counter-spell of “the London which paralysed all the efforts of the peo. deputation,” and felt convinced that
the establishment of this society had so were Mr. Greathed and Mr.Spoon. not been opposed to the "interests er; and from all that appears in the of the Church !” What? was it for Sketch, they were the only county the interest of the Church that Mr. gentlemen present. Mr. Stratton, Wade should make this speech? well known for his good humoured Because he had no Bibles to give eccentricities, was also of the party, away, and did not choose to avail and he signalized himself still furhimself of the assistance of the So. ther by repeating the story of the ciety for promoting Christian Know- 31. 128., in the Warwick Newspaper. ledge, and had not influence enough But all the world is aware tbat this to establish a Bible Society in his facetious gentleman ť is an inbabiown parish ; was it for the interest of tant of Oxfordshire. the Church of England that a Lon. Such then is the short and simple don deputation should come to his fact; three country gentlemen, and aid, and give him an opportunity of twelve Clergymen constitute, in affronting the principal Clergyman their respective classes, the sum of the place, in the presence of all total of a General Meeting for the the Dissenters in the neighbour- Formation of an Auxiliary Bible hood ? Mr. Wade evidently implies Society for the county of Warwick. that his station and his character The said three gentlemen consented
as good an argument in fa- to be vice-presidents, and Mr. Stratvour of the Warwick Auxiliary Bi. ton was also named to the same si-. ble Society, as Mr. Boudier's sta- tuation. No president was elected, tion and Mr. Boudier's character but “ we understand," says the reare against it. If so, why did Mr. porter, at p. 21, of the Sketch, Wade remain spell-bound and pow Go that it is intended to solicit the erless till he was set at liberty by Lord Lieutenant of the county to Messrs. Grimshaw, Burn, and Dud- accept that office." This is the ley? The comparison between St. reporter's understanding of the matMary's and St. Nicholas' reads ter, but the Resolutions speak a difwell, but the confession by which ferent language. it is followed spoils its effect. We Resolution II.--(Moved by the Rev. have Mr. Wade's own testimony W. Spooner, and seconded by G. Harris, agaiust liimself and his friends ; the Esq., Under-Sheriff,) That the Committee town in which he is an incumbent be authorized to elect a President. did not want or desire a Bible So
“ Resolution III. (Moved by the Rev. ciety, and it is forced down their John Davies, of Coventry, and seconded throats by a deputation.
by the Rev. W. Chambers, of Rugby,) The case, as it regards the tleman who carries with bim into retirecounty, is, if possible, more clear. ment the affectionate regret of his constiThere were, as we have already tuents; and whose charity was as mosheard, sixteen Clergymen present, tentatious as it was extensive and judicious. from a county which must contain
Some allowance may be made for his sacseveral hundreds. Many of these
cessor, ou the plea that a newly seated
county member is expected to take the gentlemen had also attended the chair at a Bible Society, as a matter of meeting at Stratford. Three of course, precisely in the same manner as he them at least were entire strangers is bound to take charge of a turd-pike to the county of Warwick, and a
bill. fourth said that he had resided there
+ Having once been a candidate to refor a very short time. So much for present the city of Coventry in Parliament, the Clergy. Of the laity, the shew liven the meeting by telling them that
Mr. Stratton took an opportunity to enwas still more scanty. Mr. Lawley, “ he had been sent to Coventry." Upon forsaking the footsteps of his re the establishment of the Oxfordshire Bible spected predecessor*, was there, and Society, in 1813, the same gentleman as
serted, that he had conferred with 15,000 * Sir Charles Mordaunt, Bart., a gen- persons upon the occasion!!
That the following Noblemen and Gentle- dents of the Institution. Many of men be respectfully it vited to become these solicitations have been met Vice-Presidents of this Society:-(Tue to our certain knowledge, by a des Mover here read the Names.'' P. 37.
cided refusal; and even the ladies The names of the committee are wbo are now undergoing the prosubjoined, and, with the exception cess of a canvass, are not so tract. of Mr. Stratton, there is not a sin. able as Mr. Dudley had been pregle individual among them who is pared to believe. He has been predignified with the title of esquire. sent, as he told the Ladies' AssociaIt rests therefore with the worthy tion, at four thousand similar meetshopkeepers of Warwick and Lea- ings, (p. 32.) and though he added mington to elect, or not to elect that not one had given him more the Lord Lieutenant for their Presi- pleasure than that which he had dent; and we would put it to our been the humble instrument of asreaders whether their recollections sisting to establish in the town of can furnish them with an instance Warwick ; we suspect that by this in which similar powers were ever
time he is inclined to - vary his before delegated by a general phraseology, and confess that none county meeting to a humble town has given him more trouble. We committee. What necessity was
trust that he will not suspect us of there for all this haste? Why could wishing to add to his embarrassments, not Mr. Wade and Mr. Percy, who by the remarks which we are called had been silently at work for two upon to subjoin. years, wait a week or a fortnight Our readers will probably have longer, till they knew whether the participated in the surprise which destined president would accept we felt, at hearing from Messrs. their offer? Did they fear that his Dudley and Burn, that there were Lordship would refuse, or did they not more than three Dissenting fear Mr. Boudier and the district Ministers present at the “
very nucommittee ? A little of both. At merous Warwick Meeting, and least this is the natural inference that at Stratford there had been from what follows respecting the only one. As the persons who-gave vice-presidents, a list of whose us this unlooked-for intelligence, names was read to the meeting, but had summoned the meetings, and has been carefully excluded from arranged the plans of operation, it the Resolutions and the Sketch. The seemed impossible that they should consequence and obvious object of be misinformed ; and yet if their which maneuvre is, that in case assertions be correct, what are the all or any of the gentlemen shall Dissenters about ? Was not the decline the honour, the fact of Bible Society instituted for the purtheir refusal may be concealed, and pose of uniting them gradually to
substituted in their the Church, of softening down prestead. And this is called a public judices, and of promoting goodmeeting of a great, opulent, and will and harmony between them loyal county. It is a smuggling and us? And how is this object to (not a conjuring) business from the be answered, if such an experienced beginning to the end. The court deputation as that which attended house was crowded with respectable in Warwickshire cannot procure the gentlemen, and nothing is forgotten co-operation of half-a-dozen Disbut their names. The Clergy flock to- senting Teachers throughout the gether to the number of twelve; and entire county? The circumstance, the members of the deputation from therefore, as it stands in the Sketch, London read over a long list of the is quite beyond our comprehension, weighbouring nobility and gentry, and but for the good offices of and solicit them to be Vice-Presi. Mr. Stratton, we inust have quitted