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have too long impeded the tide and current of life. Unnatural quarrels, the magnifying of small matters, and interminable disputes on subordinate points, have too much absorbed their attention. Now, at length, let all the Protestant communities come forward to take their share in this work of the Lord. Let our own church, the glory and bulwark of the Protestant faith, lead the way. Let the members of our two venerable Societies occupy the foremost ground. The friends of the Church Missionary Society are actuated by no undue partiality for their own particular plans. Human judgment—fallible in its most unbiassed operations - will lead the best of men to different conclusions as to the comparative merit of this or that missionary institution. Let only the great work be wisely and vigorously prosecuted, and none will more sincerely rejoice than ourselves. Let, then, our two revered Societies redouble their efforts. Let them fairly appeal to the good sense, feeling, piety, and

gratitude of the nation. Let them no longer confine themselves to their present limits, but boldly enter on new spheres of action. Let one or two, or more distinct missionary establishments be formed for the different quarters of the world. There is room enough for all. Charity would hail and bless the day. Then, engaged in the actual work of missions, minor

objections would fade away, and unnumbered difficulties would be removed. Everything would be practicable, under God's blessing, if we were fairly in earnest. A more copious effusion of the grace of the Holy Ghost might be expected to descend. Our parishes and congregations at home would feel the sacred influence: a general revival of pure and scriptural piety would take place: prayer would be more abundantly and more fervently offered up at the Throne of Mercy: a holy unity and order would accompany and strengthen the warm emotions of love and zeal; the glory of our reformed and apostolical church would break forth all around; and the cause of missions, undertaken by its members as by one man, might usher in, perhaps, that day of prophetic rapture, when all the kingdoms of the earth shall become the kingdoms of our God and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.


Address from the Committee of the Bath Asso



" It is with the deepest pain and regret, that the Committee feel themselves called on to take this public notice of çertain circumstances which occurred at the Meeting held for the formation of this Society, on Monday last. They deprecate from the very bottom of their hearts, as Christians and as Churchmen, ihe remotest approaches to strife or contention in a cause, in which nothing but the purest Christian love and harmony should be seen to prevail; and they trust, both individually and collectively, their conduct will ever be found in unison with their professions. But they regard it as a duty they owe to the Meeting itself; to the Honourable and Right Reverend Prelate who filled the chair; to the public at large; as well as to themselves, not to remain silent on the occasion,

“ The Committee scarcely need observe, that they refer to the very unexpected and extraordinary interruption given to their proceedings by the Archdeacon of Bath, and the written Address he chose to deliver to the Meeting. As the Archdeacon, for reasons best known to himself, withdrew instantly on concluding his Address, and would not remain to hear a single word in explanation or reply, it was deemed the fairest and most proper course to him, as well as the Meeting, not to pursue the subject, but to pass to the business of the day.

As it might be thought, from the Archdeacon's conduct and Address, that no communication had been made, either to the bishop of the diocese, or the clergy of Bath, respecting the formation of this Society, the Committee beg to observe, that, as soon as the measure was resolved on, a letter, of which the following is a copy, was sent to the Bishop :

" (COPY.) " MY LORD, Norfolk Crescent, Bath, Nov. 19, 1817.

I am requested by the Committee of the Church of England Missionary Society, to solicit the honour of your Lordship’s patronage to the formation of an Auxiliary Association in Bath, to aid the charitable efforts of the Parent Society. The Bishop of Gloucester has kindly condescended to promise to explain the nature of this Institution from the pulpit of the Octagon Chapel, on Sunday morning, Nov. 30th, and preside at a public meeting on the following day. Your Lordship will confer much honour upon the Association, as well as materially benefit its success in Bath, by kindly undertaking the office of patron. “ In the name of the Committee,

I have the honour to be,
Your Lordship's obedient humble Servant,

CONOLLY COANE.” " To the Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells." “ And the following answer was received:

“ (COPY.) «« Rev. Sir,

Palace, Wells, Nov. 21, 1817. “ I lose no time in acknowledging the receipt of your let. ter; and request the favour of you to inform the Committee of the Church of England Missionary Society, with my respectful compliments, that I beg leave to decline the office of Patron of the Auxiliary Association in Bath, to which they have done me the honour of offering to appoint me.

“I am, Rev. Sir,
Your faithful humble Servant,

B. of BATH and WELLS.” To the Rev. Conolly Coane.


“ It is unnecessary for the Committee to remark, that the Bishop declined accepting the office offered him in the handsomest and politest manner; nor is there a word of objection or disapprobation of the measure.

The next step taken was to depute two officiating clergymen of the place, the Rev. Mr. Richards and the Rev. Mr. Player, to wait on the Archdeacon of Bath, and solicit his countenance and support to the intended Association. The Archdeacon received these gentlemen in the most warm and friendly manner; and though he appeared to decline taking any part in favour of the Society, yet he certainly signified no express disapprobation of it; nor did he say to either of them, as officiating ministers in his archdeaconry, a single word on any impropriety in their belonging to such an Institution. The rectors of Bath, Walcot, and Bathwick, with other officiating clergy of the town, were either perso nally waited on, or addressed by letter on the subject. The Rector of Walcot behaved in the mildest, most candid, and gentlemanly manner; and the same was the case with regard to the Rector of Bath.

“ The Committee have deemed it necessary to enter into this detail of their proceedings previously to the formation of the Institution, both to show that they were not deficient in any mark of attention and respect to the bishop or clergy of the place; and, though they had to lament that want of concurrence which would have been so highly desirable in a cause which appears to them equalleil calculated to promote the best interests of the church and the Gospel, yet that it was impossible for them to contemplate from any quarter any active hostility or opposition. Some judgment, then, may be formed of their surprise, and, we would add, grief also, when the Archdeacon appeared at the Meeting in the manner he did, and delivered his Address; though the Committee will venture to say, that none, but those who were present, can adequately enter into the sensations excited at hearing that Address —at the sentiments it contained, as well as the spirit in which it was conceived, or the tone and manner in which it was delivered. As the Archdeacon will probably publish this Address, the Committee forbear entering on this part of the subject at present: they only hope it will be given literally to the public as it was delivered, without curtailment or alteration; and then the public will have to judge for themselves.

“ The Committee, however, cannot conclude this Address, without adverting to one point of most material import, not only to themselves and the Society they have recently formed, but to every similar Society throughout the kingdom, and to the rights of Englishmen at large. The Archdeacon, in the opening of his address, talked of coming there by right, as Archdeacon of Bath; and in the course of it, he permitted himself to say, that he would, if he pleased, call in the peace officers to dissolve the Meeting. The Committee would wish to ask the Archdeacon, what ecclesiastical power or controul he conceives himself to have over a Meeting convened, in the usual form, by public advertisement, and assembled under the protection of the civil law, and at the Guildhall, with the permission of the chief magistrate of the city? The Meeting was either legal or illegal. If legal, wbat possible right had the Archdeacon to interfere;--or, whence does he draw any such right of interference or controul over the proceedings of such a Meeting? If illegal, is

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