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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 you 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 Daturt. In Great Britain, we find the Riglıt given, I will not be offended with the British Res. 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, lie Most Rev. unaccompanied by tracts of any kind., the Lord Prinate, the Archbishop of Dub “It is further contended, that we ought to lin, the Archbishop of Cashel, the Archbishop give Prayer Books with our Bibles. To of Tuan, the Right Rev. the Lord Bishops whom, I would ask, ought we to give them? of Kildare, Derry, Cingher, Cloyne, Limerick, To Dissengers ? No: but to the members Cork, Down, and Kiliala. The archbishops 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, anjouut 10 nincteen I am not it to be the duty of every clergyman to supwholly un acquainied with arithmetical calcu- ply his poor with Prayer Books to the utLarion; and I know that nineteen is not a most of his power : and I am well persuaded, sipall proportion of forty-eight t. So much that no men 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, bas in this respect also alone." We must really plead guilty to the set an example in bis own parish, which alt charge. We give nothing, as a society, but his brethren would do well to follow. In the pure and unsophisticated word of the most looking to general benefit, I never would hign 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 Bai ae we there tore 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 my means, i abandon none rector in this county, at present iminediate of my principles : but I procure incalculable ly below me, 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 moting Christian Knowledye, and wliu is all denominations, in a cause where all can 110 :: a very earnest advocate for an Auxiliary sutely unite, 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 beyefit. But is our opinion of the people, but upon every nation to which the New Testament such that we dare not trust liberality of Britain can direct them. 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 Euglisbien, but something more essential to our salvation as members of the whole family of man. than the word of God contains, or that in 'The miserable savage, who wanders in the them the lerms 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 us We have sioce to add the Right Rev. an heir of immortality. For near six thou. the Lord Bishop of Litchfield and Coventry. sand years, the groans of nature have been
+ There are, it is true, forty-eight bishops heard in every laud: but sages and prophets in England and Ireland, but only thirty-two bave consoled us with the assurance, that of these belong to the Society for promoting 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 Guspeí sball, ere long, call forth Society is, as above stated, twenty. Editon. from all nations the sacred and lofty mea
sures 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 Enulish- 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 are 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, toevery 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, whether 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 accomlight 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: them of additioual employment. His conit has cbeered the dwelling of the poor Hin clusion was marked by some striking obserduo. 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 reflection to 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 seem 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
bright, then moved the cordial thanks of the Shout to each other, and the mountain tops
meeting 10 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 delighit which be 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 gentlemen 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 humbly when both sides considered themselves as
engaged in the right canse. It rejoiced 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 affiction 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. Randolph, 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, Mr. 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‘Donnoghue. 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 a 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 neighbourbood 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 Kcynsham, 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 Bath and Bristol, yet, on Bible Society, they 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 ventur. share its blessings."
ed to predict that an institution would soon
be formed, under the patronage of the mitre IUJTON COLDFIELD AUXILIARY BIBLE and the corunet, 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 neighbourbood, in aid of the British other, but who should all at once feel themand 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, Bart. ; 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 tisty 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 10 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 ur profitable bargain, if, in return to the British and Foreign Bible Society. for our liberality, we become instrumental in conferring upon a fellow-creature the best of INL BIELE SOCIETY AND DR. MARSN. blessings, obtain a share in the fervent We should have been glad, had our limits CHRIST, OBSERT, No. 122.
admitted of it, to have noticed the formation & week to the soldiers and others. Among of many other Auxiliary Bible Societies; the soldiers, the work of the Lord seen but this we must reserve for another oppor. greatly flourishing. Among the Dutch is tunity. We were also anxious to have given greater revival than we ever saw. OLE some account of a pamphlet which has re- speaks to the Christians on the Saturda cently appeared, against the Bible So- evening, and another instructs the slaves on t ciety, from the pen of Dr. Marsh ; because Sunday evening. Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Host we think the air of confidence with which are indefatigable in their labours, instructin it is written may produce some effect on
the slavos, &c. We bave morning and ever persons ignorant of the real merits of the ing lectures in our own hired house, wbict subject. We have only delayed, however; in the evenings especially, is not only croire we have not abandoned our purpose; and ed, but numbers, who carinot come in, het we here pledge onrselves to prove, that the from the open windows. I have commence learned author's siugle ground of objection to
a Sunday school for the poor slaves, whicthis society--the forlorn hope of his party is likely to be of important service. Their is as destitute of weight, and as little entitled are numbers of young friends who wil} cart to consideration, as any one of the weigh it on, and much gooil, we hope, will be teen” refuted objections of Dr. Wordsworth, done." A revival of religion, similar to tha Mr. Spry, andʻMr. Sykes; most, if not all, at the Cape, is said to have taken place i of wliich, 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
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The General Assembly of the Presbyteriat *pears to us to have already received its Church, in the United States, have propose answer in Mr. Dealtry's speech, inserted the establishment of a Theological School for two pages back.
the education of ministers. In the prospectu
it is affirmod, that the progress of population CAPE OF GOOD HOPE. is four times greater than the increase o The missionary Read, writing from Cape ministers ; that ministers and missionarie: Town, in the nionth of June last, states, that are loudly called for, and that there are 400 lie and Dr. Vander Kemp had been sent for vacant congregations within the bounds o 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 Bible cxercised 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 derable degree of concern about religion had possessed. been excited at Cape Town; which was Dr. Buchanan's Christian Researches its greatly increased by a serere earthquake, India have been re-pablished in America, which occurred on the 'th of June. “I and are said to be producing much effect in fnund," he says,
on any arrival at the Cape, that country. The Christian Observer is aba my hands full. I have preaclied 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 duriog the storm. The governo, 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 Marmont liant exploits of the war. The Prince Re appears to have been astonished at gent has expresscd his sense of it by con rapidity with which this place has been referring an Earldon on the gallant general, duced. He professes to have attempted the and Parliament hy a vole 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 gallautry of vur of the besiegers disappointed all his calcule
tons, “ There is in this event,” he says, pose that a disposition of this kind has been " something so incomprehensible that I will manifested by Sweden. If peace abould 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 to say, amounted, including ibe Portu. fail greatly to embarrass Bonaparte. goeze, 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 undertaken. Ciudad January, the King issued a Royal Act, ap. Rodrigo has been given up to the Spar pointing the Hereditary Prince, Vicar-General iards.
of the kingdon, with the whole of the royal The same post which brought the official authority. And on the 19th, the Prince apaccount of the capture of Ciudad Rodrige pointed Lord W. Bentinck Captain-General brought that also of the fall of Valencia. of ihe Sicilian forces.
The British army This event 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 recall17,000 men, well supplied with ammunition, ed, and an entire change has taken place in
as within its walls. Where was the spirit the ministry; the Prince Cassano having 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 numerous 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 head 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 defence bers of the old regency have been displaced, against Bonaparte's 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. tadu, 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 lu 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, in should rejoice to see the new reign colomence 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 from such a com- get chooses 10 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 Couneil are a blockade tion of the Portugueze Government, the under another name) of the ports of Holland, basis of which is the mutual acknowledy- France, and the north of Italy, is unqueswent of Ferdinand VII. and a disposi- tionable ; but still it is obvious, that 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 atlairs entering the probibited ports of our enemy, of the South-American provinces.
that she can sustain any actual loss. If, then,
our right of self-defence be unquestionable; if SWEDEN.
qur right to retaliate on France her decrees A strong hope is entertained of peace against our commerce be equaliy unquestionbetween Sweden and Great Britain. Suchable, surely the neutrals who oppuse ibera measure would clearly imply that Berna- sclves to those rights ought not to complain dotie was desirous of shaking from his shouls of the belligerent if they should suffer from ders the yoke of France ; and the recent for their intrusion. We still hope that circumsible seizure of Swedish Pomerania by a slances may arise to abate the violent feel. body of French troops gives ground to sup- ings towards this country which pervade the