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the Committee presents grateful acknowledgments for the several presents of Cornish Minerals which he has kindly communicated.

more neglected than even among the Catholics. They had established schools at Montpellier, Toulouse, Montauban, Bourdeaux, and other places; and the Catholics, alarmed at the progress of the Protestants, yet knowing that educa tion was not to be stopped, were about raising a rival institution. The system

We are greatly indebted to George Creed, Esq. of Mile-End road, for the printed "Copy of a deed conveying certain Estates in Trust, for the benefit of five Academies among Protestant Dis-had been introduced even into Spain, senters, namely, the Academies at Homerton, Hoxton, Hackney, Stepney, and Bristol."

We have received from Mrs. Brackett (widow of the late Rev. Mr. Brackett), a Letter in the hand writing of Dr. Watts, addressed to the Rev. Mr. Arthur, the first pastor of the Baptist church at Waltham Abbey. It is dated, Newington, September 9, 1734.

Other friends, it is hoped, will promote the benefit of the Institution in the same way.

Since the meeting, a handsome portrait of the Rev. Mr. Anderson, one of the first pastors of the church in Grafton-street, has been presented by Thomas Millwood, Esq. of Portsea.

BRITISH AND FOREIGN

SCHOOL SOCIETY.

and several schools were established at Madrid. Mr. Allen added, the cause was proceeding in other parts of the continent of Europe, in the East and West Indies, particularly in the island of Hayti, under the patronage of Chris tophe, in the United States of America, and in Africa.

Mr Allen further stated, that the cause of religious liberty had been espoused by the benevolent part of the Church of England, and has distinguished the House of Brunswick, now on the throne. That this Society owed much to the pa tronage of the King, who as long as he was able to attend to business, had regularly sent one of his pages with a subscription of 100l. a-year; and that great zeal in the cause and anxiety for its suc, cess had been displayed by the Dukes of Kent and Sussex.

The Bishop of Norwich said, it was not now a question of doubtful disputation, whether education be or be not conducive ON Thursday. January 22, a numer- to order or good morals in society. No ous and respectable meeting was held at man was now so bereft of his senses as to the City of London Tavern, his Royal make the subject a matter of argument. Highness the Duke of Sussex in the Well had the Legislature of Pennsylva chair, for the purpose of forming an nia some years ago laid down the wholeAuxiliary School Society, in aid of the some maxim, that it was far better to British and Foreign School Society, for prevent crimes than to punish them, and the north-east district of the Metropolis, that to inform and reform the infant race including Hackney. At this meeting, was better than to punish and extermi which was numerously attended, Mr. nate it. They had a fine practical exWilliam Allen, of the Society of Friends, ample of the success of so benevolent a stated, that the most gratifying infor- plan in the state presented by a body of mation of the success of the system their fellow Christians, one of the most was frequently arriving from various distinguished of whom had that day adparts of Great Britain; and particularly dressed them (Mr William Allen, of the that in many places its introduction Society of Friends). That body, by edu had been attended with an evident-im-cating their youth, had done more to reprovement among the children of the form the morals of mankind than all the poor, in the observance of good order governments on earth bad done by gib. and attendance on divine worship on bets and racks. It had been asserted, Sundays; that the system had also made and not without reason, that no govern considerable progress in Ireland, and ment had a legal right to inflict capital that no other plan was calculated for punishment upon its subjects, until it that country; that this, not interfering had taken the proper pains to instruct with the religious opinions of the parents, the lower ranks in the nature of their met with great support from the Roman duties. They had been well referred to Catholics; and its utility was so manifest the case of Scotland. Fielding, who that the Society in Dublin had been ashad so many years efficiently presided sisted by a Parliamentary grant of seve- at the Bow-Street Office, had once told a ral thousand pounds. The system had friend of his (the Bishop's), that in the been introduced into France; first among course of a very long period, he never the Protestants: among the poorer had brought before him, in his magis classes of whom education had been terial capacity, more than six Scotchmen,

Such was the state of education in that
country, that proper subordination was
infused into the minds of the people, and
such would be always found the result
of an universal system of education.
An allusion had been made to the Nati-
onal System of Education, which was
confined to those of the Established
Church. In looking at the Institution,
and at the British and Foreign one, he
would not scruple this day, in the face of
the public, to avow his decided prefer-

ence to the latter.-and to assert its bet

ter claim to the appellation of National than the one which had it, however meritorious were its objects. He begged to be unequivocally understood as appreciating the merits of the National system, and of being ready to do all in his power to promote it; but at the same time he would not conceal his preference for this system, because it had nothing of exclusion in its plan or character. He ardently wished prosperity to both, and to the one would say, when it spoke

of the other, "Go thou and do likewise." The Rev. F. A. Cox, the Secretary, expressed his apprehension that this and similar Institutions were not yet duly appreciated, for that, in his opinion, the school system is entitled to take precedence of most if not of all other chari

ties-even of the Bible Society itself: for of what use were Bibles if people could not read them? Mr. Cox affirmed, that the simplicity of the principle upon which this society proceeded, was such as to admit of universal co-operation.It asked all to unite in instructing the untaught mind; and he could not help expressing his satisfaction, that the cause of education was this day patronized by royalty, episcopacy and legislation.— He was certain that an enlightened population constituted the stability of an empire, and the strongest prop of a throne, being happy in peace, and, under Providence, invincible in war; because such a population only could duly appreciate its privileges, and understand the rights of government and the reasons of subordination. He felt convinced that knowledge was connected with and sustained industrious habits, and that industry promoted individual improvement, and national prosperity.

His Royal Highness declared himself highly gratified with the meeting, hoped that all would go away contented, and anticipated their assembling again another time, with mutual congratulations on the success of what had now been so auspiciously commenced.

The meeting was also addressed by the Rev. Messrs. H. F. Burder, R. Hill,

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Harper, Brittan and Broadfoot, G. Byng, Esq. M. P. T. F. Buxton, Esq. John Pugh, Esq. David Bevan, Esq. James Young, Esq. and Mr. Mackenzie, and the resolutions were all passed unanimously.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.

The two following cases, important to the interest of Protestant Dissenters, and the latter to the rights of worship in general, were tried at the Salisbury March Assizes, before Mr. Justice HOLROYD, who presided at Nisi Prius.

Lewis v. Hammond.

In this case it appeared from the statement of Mr. Sergeant Pell, Counsel for the plaintiff, and the proofs, that the plaintiff, being a farmer at Foxhanger, in the parish of Rowde, near Devizes, attended regularly a congregation of Independent Dissenters in that town, and Seend gate, on Sundays, he claimed in passing through a turnpike gate, called

from the defendant, who is a collector of tolls at the gate, an exemption from the because he was going to his proper place toll of ten-pence demanded from him, such claim being rejected, and the toll of religious worship at Devizes, and that enforced, the action was brought, in his name, by the Society in the metropolis called "The Protestant Society for the Protection of Religious Liberty," to recover back the amount of the toll so obtained.

For the defendant it was contended by Mr. Casberd, that under the particular words of that turnpike act the plaintiff was not entitled to the exemption, because he went out of his own parish to because there was in such parish a disattend at a place of public worship, and senting place of worship.

But a case being mentioned by Mr. Sergeant Pell, where, at the Suffolk Assizes, Mr. Justice Grose had held such defence to be unavailing, Mr. Justice Holroyd determined that the plaintiff was entitled to the exemption, notwithstanding the topics urged for the defendant; but he permitted his Counsel to apply to the Court, if they, on reflection, should deem it expedient to correct his judgment, and directed the Jury to find a verdict for plaintiff.-Damages 10d.

and costs.

The King v. Rev. William Easton, Clerk,

James Jerrard, and eight others, for a
Conspiracy to disturb a Congregation of
Dissenters, at Anstey, near Tisbury, in
this County, and for a Riot.

The following were the facts of this

to London for the judgment of the Court of King's Bench, during the ensuing term.

At this liberality the Judge and the Court expressed satisfaction, and the Jury returned a verdict of Guilty of the Riot, against the Rev. W. Easton, J. Jerand seven other defendants.—Salisbury Journal.

BRUSSELS.

Extract of a Letter dated Dec. 26, 1817, from Mr. Angus to Dr. Newman.

the unlettered state of the poor, have "THE government, having considered some time ago voted a sum of money for the establishment of public schools, nister of Instruction. A noble measure! to be placed at the disposal of the Mi until it be realized no rational hope can be entertained of seeing this fine population released from the chains of darkness by which they are bound.

ease, conducted like the former, by the society in Loudon for the Protection of the Religious Liberty of the Dissenters, as stated by Mr. Sergeant Pell, and proved by the witnesses for the prosecution. The Rev. W. Hopkins, a dissenting minister at Tisbury, was invited to preach at Anstey, an adjoining parish.rard, Of that parish the Rev. W. Easton was the perpetual curate, and J. Jerrard was the tything-man; but the clergyman resided also at Tisbury, three miles from the place of riot. A dwelling-house belonging to J. Butt was certified as the place of the meeting of the Dissenters. Mr. Hopkins first attended in November 1816; he repeated his visits, and noises were made without the house, which interrupted the worship at the several tines when he so attended, until the 31st of December, 1816, the time stated in the indictment. On that evening he went about six o'clock to preach, when seventy persons were assembled without the house; the night was showery and cloudy, and the ground wet. Among those assembled were the several defendants, also Easton (the clergyman) and Jerrard. The mob were supplied with cow-horns, large bells, and various discordant instruments, and, encouraged by the clergyman and peace-officer, made a most clamorous and terrific noise. They paraded about nine yards from the house, and, notwithstanding the remonstrances of the high constable of the hundred, who attended the meeting-house, and other respectable persons, they persevered in their disturbance, until the minister could not be heard, and he was compelled abruptly to discontinue the religious service. On the return of Mr Hopkins, he was followed by the same mob, amidst execrations, noises, and their horrible music, for half a mile, to the boundaries of the parish of Anstey.

Mr. Casberd, for the defendants, endeavoured to convince the Court and Jury that there was no conspiracy: and that, as the people did not enter the house of meeting, nor personally ill-treat the minister or congregation, there was no riot.

But Mr. Justice Holroyd interposed, and declared, that as to the conspiracy the Jury should decide; but that the proof of a most indecent, unwarrantable, illegal riot, was distinct and uncontrovertible.

Mr. Sergeant Pell then stated, that the Dissenters from lenity to the clergyman, not by way of compromise, would not press for a verdict for the conspiracy, bnt only for the riot; and for which they would certainly bring up, the defendants

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very interesting work, published at Paris, is about to make its appearance in three volumes, two of which are already A Critical History of the Inquisition. The in the hands of the booksellers, entitled horrible institution for many years, and author was himself a Secretary to that judging from his titles, a man of great celebrity in the literary world. subject is taken up from the very earliest period of its history, and is brought down to the present day-noticing the different degrees of heat by which the pious establishment was inflamed. reading world on this side of the water, seems to be much sought after by the and I am persuaded it will not be less so on yours, when it comes to appear in an English translation."

SHOCKING OUTRAGE.

It

ON Tuesday last, a very extraordi nary outrage was perpetrated in the church-yard of Otterton, Devon. The grave of the late Rev. S. Leat, a vener able dissenting minister of Budleigh, who was interred about ten months since, was opened, both coffins pulled abroad, the corpse mangled, the shroud torn to pieces, and the cloth which covered the outer coffin carried away. Great exertions are making to discover the atrocious perpetrators, and a hand. some reward offered for their convic tion.-Times, Mar. 44.

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ON Wednesday, March 18, 1818, a most crowded and respectable meeting was held, pursuant to a notice published in our last Number, at the City of London Tavern, Bishopsgate-street, to form a new institution for the benefit of sailors, nominated "The Port of London Society for promoting Religion among Merchant Seamen."

Benjamin Shaw, Esq. M. P. was called to the chair. R. H. Marten, Esq. stated at large the object of the meeting, and urged it by a variety of suitable and forcible arguments upon the attention of all classes present. The Rev. Drs. Collyer and Rippon; the Rev. Messrs. Vowles, Ivimey, Hoby, Harper. Smith, Hyatt, and Evans, with Messrs. Cowen, Jennings, Munu, and other gentlemen, severally addressed the meeting upon the important and interesting features of such a society-the advantages likely to accrue from its operations, and the obligations which all who value the souls of men must feel themselves under to promote it. A liberal subscription was opened. The numerous assembly departed at a late hour of the day amply gratified with the accounts they had received, and with the new and interesting measure of Christian benevolence which had been proposed to their at tention.

From the report of the Provisional Committee it appeared, that in full reliance on the public liberality, a ship is already purchased, and in a forward state of preparation for the principal object of the Society, namely, the preaching of the gospel twice every Sunday to the sailors upon their own element. The vessel, which is nearly

400 tons, is capable of accommodating from seven to eight hundred hearers; and it is confidently hoped, that a large number of sailors will be found willing to avail themselves of the opportunity furnished for their benefit, and promis ing such important and inestimable re sults.

R. H. Marten, Fsq. America-square, Minories, was elected Treasurer. The Rev. N. E. Sloper, of Chelsea; Mr. J. Thompson, of Brixton-hill, and Mr. W. Cooke, of Prescott-street, were ap pointed gratuitous Secretaries, to whom all communications respecting this insti tution are to be addressed.

This Society having been informed that individuals wholly unconnected with it have been collecting in its name, thinks it necessary to caution the public against giving to any persons whose characters are not sufficiently known to recommend the application.

ORDINATIONS.

HAVERFORDWEST.

ON Wednesday, October 1, 1817, the Rev. J. H. Hinton was ordained pastor of the particular Baptist church in Ha verfordwest. Worship was begun by Mr. Rees, of Froghole; and the ordina tion-service conducted by Mr. Reynolds, of Middle-Mill. The charge was delivered by Mr. Harries, of Swansea, from Acts, xx. 28; and Mr. Herring, of Cardigan, addressed the church, from 1.Cor. iv. 1. Mr. Evans, of Caermarthen, preached in the evening. The service was highly interesting, and the prospects are very encouraging.

BRAINTREE.

ON Tuesday, December 23, 1817, Mr. Richard Millar was ordained pastor over the particular Baptist church at Braintree, Essex. Mr. Craig, the Independent minister, of Bocking, began the service by reading and prayer; Mr. Garrington, of Burnham, delivered the introductory discourse, asked the usual questions, and received the confession of faith; Mr. King, of Halsted, offered the ordination prayer; Mr. Pilkington, of Rayleigh, gave a serious and impressive charge, from Phil. ii. 20; Mr. Wilkinson, of Saffron Walden, preached to the people, from 1 Thess. v. 12, 13; Mr. Carter, of Braintree, (Independent minister,) concluded with prayer.

FENNY STRATFORD. MR. James Crudge, late pastor of the particular Baptist church at Bythorn, Hants, has been unanimously chosen pastor of the Baptist church at Fenny Stratford, Bucks; and on the 23d July last, was publicly recognised by that church as their pastor. The Rev. Mr. Keely, of Ridgmount, asked the usual questions; the church, by one of its deacons, related the leadings of divine providence, and the consequent steps they had taken, which had issued in the business of the day; Mr. Crudge recited the leading ar ticles of his faith; Mr. Keely addressed the pastor from Matt. xxv. 21. The Rev. F. A. Cox, M. A., of Hackney, addressed the church from James, i. 9, 10. The devotional parts of the service were conducted by Messrs. Hobson, of Maulden, Wilson, (now of Dublin,) and Simmons, of Olney. The services were concise, solemn, and interesting.

GOSWELL-STREET ROAD. On Tuesday, August 19, 1817, Mr. John Bolton was ordained pastor of the Baptist church in Spencer-place, Goswell-street road. Mr. Keen commenced by reading the Scriptures and prayer; Mr. Sowerby asked the usual questions, received the confession of faith, and stated the scriptural nature and foundation of a gospel church; Mr. Trivett, of Yorkshire, offered up the ordination prayer; Mr. Shenston gave the charge from 1 Tim. iv. 16; and Mr. Carr concluded the morning services by prayer. In the evening, Mr. Rodgers commenced with prayer; Mr. Keeble preached to the church from 2 Cor. xiii. 11. and concluded in prayer.

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O! Thou o'er all things Lord supreme Whose Providence fills earth & sky, Thy praise for ever be our theme,

Our Father, yet the God most high. What gracious, oh! what mighty love, Dost thou for sinful mortals bear, That thou whilst thron'd in light above, 1 Shouldst keep us with a Father's care. Not only being, life, and breath,

Immortal Father hast thou given; But to preserve us e'en in death, Thine only Son was spar'd from heav'n. Oh! the ecstatic blissful thought,

That Christ our elder brother came; His hreast with tender inercy fraught, To change for Son the alien's name! May his benignant grace inspire

Our hearts with filial love to Thee; Oh! could we serve our heavenly Sire, As sons of God from error free!

London: Printed by J. BARFIELD, 91, Wardour-Street, Soho.

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