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will not offend you by returning to rated our friends--and which obyou their thanks for those concur
tained our success. rent exertions which your own sa
But wbilst our joy is vivid, and tisfaction will best reward :--and if our congratulations are sincere, we you have not received our previous are anxious that no unworthy exulcommunications, we request that tation should appear; we desire and you will not attribute to us any dis- pray that pious gratitude may be the respect, but that it may be imputed most animated emotion of our hearts; to the short interval between the and we would publicly and privately different readings of the bill, and to express our thankfulness to that dithe imperfection of the lists we were vine deliverer who has crowned our compelled hastily to collect. efforts by his blessing, and whom
We must, however, remind you we hope that our children will conthat very considerable expences have tioue to praise, for this interposition been incurred, and
as long as history shall perpetuate will transmit to the treasurer, Ro the memory of the event. bert Steven, Esg. No. 101. Upper
We are, dear Sir, 'Thames-Street, London, such pe
Your most obedient cuniary aid as the collective libera
Devoted Servants, lity of your congregation, or the in
Secretaries. dividual generosity of your friends
JOHN WILKS, may afford. We also apprise you that if any surplus should remain it.
ADDRESS. will be appropriated to the purposes
New London Tavern, June 13, 1811. of a society proposed to be formed,
DEAR SIR, and of which the plan shall be im
The committee of Protestant Dissen
ters and of other friends to religious limediately transmitted, comprising berty, direct us again to address you, all dissenting congregations in Eng- and their instructions we execute with land and Wales, who may think unaffected pleasure. proper to contribute a small annual We acknowledge with gratitude your sum, and of which their ministers useful exertions, and as we presume that will be members—for effectuating berality of your congregation will un
the pecuniary assistance which the fithat co-operation among Protestant. doubtedly bestow towards the expences Dissenters on all important ucca- which have been incurred, and towards sions, which is essential to their se- the establishment of the society to which curity--and for affording, to those our former letter alluded, has been who may he persecuted, that exten
withheld only until the plan of that sosive protection which is particularly ciety was transmitted; we have the liorequired, and which experience has
nour to inclose that plan for your consi
deration, shown that they cannot otherwise Before we invite your attention to obtain.
that plan, we must again congratulate The necessity of this measure, the you on the attachment to the principles recent result has confirmed. To his of religious liberty which all our friends Majesty's government, and to all have wohly displayed, and which in the noble supporters of religious li- many animated and pious resolutions berty, we are happy to acknowledge out the empire manly energy, directed
they have eloquently avowed. Throughour obligations : but we are per- by christian wisdom and moderation, suaded that it was the display of has been exerted, and the most euthupublic opinion, in the number -and siastic but judicious efforts bave demonrespectability of the petitions, so
strated that the sacred regard to the rapidly collected ivith such imper- rights of conscience, which distinguished
our venerated ancestors, remains unfect information, which determined the administration which invigo- On this occasion the propelling or at
abated in the hearts of their posterity.
tractive force of apprehended danger ing selected by the members at the anand of sacred principles, has beaten nual meeting in the month of May, when down the barriers of prejudice, by which many country members visit the metroDissenters were separated, and has a- polis, will be the representatives, not malgamated them into a mass, which only of the metropolitan, but of the we trust will never be broken. This country congregations; and will be intemporary union has produced a desire, terested in their prosperity, vigilant for unanimously expressed, that such ads their welfare, dependent on their approvantages should permanently continue, bation; and the country members being and we have been encouraged to pro- incorporated with the committee, will mote their perpetuity by the immediate not be received when they attend as ioinstitution of the new society,
truders, or even as guests, but as memThe plan will explain the name, the bers whose opinions will be peculiarly, objects, and the orginazation of that as- entitled to respect; who may give useful sociation. The society is not to be a
information and valuable aid. The exeparly, or local combination, but a nas cution of the plan is intended to be distional union of all congregations friendly. tinguished by liberality and promptitude. to religious liberty; and will include Advice, when necessary, will be immeevery congregation, of every denomina- diately and gratuitously afforded. Retion, assembling under the acts of tole- ports annually circulated will commuration. It has, therefore been desig- nicate accurate intelligence to the renated by an appellation, wbich we hope motest districts, and by the early and will be esteenied liberal and compre- regular diffusion of correct legal knowhensive. The objects are not to embar- ledge, misapprehensions will be prerass any administration, to assume po- vented, aod the ignorance as to their litical importance, or to menace any rights and privileges, and the public or 'opponents by ostentatious display of parliamentary proceedings by which they numbers or of influence; but legally and may be affected, which Dissenters have temperately, to protect and procure all frequently deplored, will be completely the privileges and rights, which the law dispelled. bas conferred, or which can be consti-, The eagerness displayed for the estatutionally obtained. These rights are blishment of this association, has anto be defended by mild but firm remon- nounced, that the necessity for its exisstrances, and when remonstrances may tence, and the advantages it must probe ineffectual, by appeals to law; and duce, are universally perceived; otherover all associated congregations, over wise we could multiply proofs, that it pious and useful itinerants, and over all will afford to protestant dissenters many other persons whom they may recom- benefits othei'wise unattainable. But mend, this society will endeavour to ex- we must reinark, that the powers improtend a shield. To afford such extensive perly assumed by magistrates in sererat protection, annual contributions will be counties require immediate restraint. required, and the minister and a layman, That every week will probably present selected by every contributing congrega- cases requiring legal interference. That tion, will he the meinbers of the society. the spirit of persecution has not expired, By opulent congregations liberal assis- and appears recently to be awakened. tance will uprloubtedly be supplied, and That during late years, penalties amountthe poorest may without difficulty con- ing to 901. have been recovered in Wales, tribute, by weekly payments of one under that Conventicle Act, which we penny from every member, the very trust that a wise and liberal legislature small annual sum which from such con- will speedily repeal. That in the cur• gregations will be accepted. These sums rent year, the prosecution of persons will become due at Lady Day in every guilty of daring outrages at Wye in year, and those congregations who delay Kent, has exposed the Wesleyan Methoi heir, remittance after the month of June, dists to heavy charges. That in Berkwill be considered as withdrawn from the shire 3001. have been expended in rée society. The organization of the plan, sisting the conviction of Mr. W. Kent, will, we presume, be intelligible and sa- of Childrey, in a penalty of 201. for tisfactory. From the union of ministers praying at a prayer-meeting : and that and laymen as members of the commit- to resist the unprecedented persecution tee, beneficial consequences will result. which has occurred at Wickham market The committee resident in London, be- in Suffolk, against the Baptist and In
dependent Dissenters, who have united be stimulated by their efforts, and to betheir erertions to instruct the ignorant nefit by their concurrence and advice. in that place, un expenditure exceeding To render this measure either practi5001. will be required. The unreflecting cable or useful, it must however acor the selfish only can desire that such quire general support. The small sums, erpences should be defrayed by individual which many congregations may contrigenerosity or local contributions. In- bute, unless the contributions be very terest and duty must evince the justice nuinerous, will be inadequate to the and expediency of forming a plan by unavoidable expence; and to provide which all friends to religious liberty may the necessary resources and give efficacy equally contribute to the defence of a to the design, it is desirable that every cause by which they are all affected, and congregation, however small, should be which by every just priociple they must inrolled among its members; and as the be impelled consentaneously to support. general strength and security will be The Dissenters, vast in numbers, but thereby increased, we intreat your immore important to the state for their mediate exertions to recommend the morals and usefulness, are the only pub- design to universal support. Any pav. lic body who have neglected by union to ment you may make will be considered increase their strength. They are scat- as a subscription for the current year, tered as single twigs easily to be broken. terminating at Lady day, provided you Each separate congregation is but an inform us within one month, of the aatom, but their general harinonious sys- mount you intend to transmit, and comtematic combination, will render them, municate the name of the gentleman through the divine blessing, a rock, who, with yourself, is to be considered which tempests of persecution will inef- as the member of this society—a society fectually assail.
which we hope will prove a permanent If such union be important and the benefit arising from an injurious attempt, formation of this society be obviously and an additional demonstration that the desirable, we submit that no existing Great Ruler of events can out of evil exbody can render the establishinent su- tract unexpected good, and can cause perfluous. County associations are emi- even the wrath of man to celebrate his nently useful, but they are limited to praise. particular denominations and to local We are, dear Sir, utility. Public acknowledgments are
Your most obedient humble Servants. also due to the deputies from the con- Thomas PELLATT,
Secretaries. gregations of the three denominations in and near London ; from whom you will probably receive an address, con- Plan of “ The Protestant Society;" from gratulatory on our recent deliverance the Committee of the Friends of Reliand our prospects of future success. gious Liberty, to Dissenting Ministers. Although unconnected with any congre- I. The designation of this society is gations but those by whom they are cho. “ The Protestant Society for the Protecsen, they have kindly assisted, on many tion of Religious Liberty.” occasions, other persons who have so- 11. The object of this society is to licited their aid. But the nature of their protect the claims of Protestant Disseninstitution, unavoidably excluding many ters, and other persons included in the of the most numerous congregations in provisions of the Acts of Toleration, to the metropolis, and all country congre- all the privileges and exemptions therein gations, precludes them from represent- specified, and to assist them in the maining the general body of Dissenters, and tenance of religious liberty. their limited revenue must prevent that III. That every congregation in Enextensive protection which the new in- gland and Wales, contributing to this stitution will endeavour to afford. The society an annual sum, according to intelligence and liberality of their con- thier ability, by collections or subscripgregations will probably induce tbem to tions, but not less than 21. in England constitute parts of our society, whom and 11. in Wales, shall be entitled to its they may usefully assist by their expe- protection, subject to the rules of the rience; or if they continue to select se- society. parate delegates for their particular con- IV. That the officiating minister, for gregations, we shall be most bappy tó the time being, of every such congrega
tion, and one other person belonging such subscriptions: and that every perthereto, and chosen by them, sball be son making a donation of 101. 103. shall members of this society.
be an honorary member for life : and V. That as the existing committee that such honorary members niay attend possess the power of adding to their the general annual meetings of this sonumber, they, together with such other ciety. persons as may be chosen by them, shall
XIII. That all investments of money be the committee for the current year. in the public funds, or other real secu
Vi. That on the Saturday after the rities for the use of this society, shall be secoud Wednesday in the month of May made in the name of four trustees to be in every year, this society sball hold it's
appointed by the committee, who shall annual meeting, at the New London execute a deed of trust, declaratory of Tavern, Cheapside, when a treasurer the trust confided to them; and upon shall be chosen, the accounts presented, the death, resignation, or incapacity of and a report of the proceedings in the either of themi, another trustee shall be foregning year shall be made; which re- forthwith appointed by the committee. port shall be afterwards transmitted to
FORM OF A BEQUEST. every congregation contributing to the I give unto the Treasurer for the time society.
being, of a certain voluntary society VII. That at every such annual meeting formed in London, in the year 1811, a committee consisting of thirty persons alled The Protestant Society for the resident in London, or within five miles Protection of Religious Liberty, the sum thereof, shall be chosen from the members of pounds of lawful English moof this society; one half of whom shall ney, to be paid within months be ministers, and the other half Jaymen; next after my decease, out of such part one third of whom, who shall have been only of my personal estate, as shall not least frequent in their attendance shall, consist of chattels real, upon trust to be at the end of the year, retire from the applied towards carrying on the purposes committee, but shall be re-eligible after of the said society; and I do hereby dithe expiration of one year, and that the rect that the receipt of the treasurer of said committee shall be open to all the the said society for the time being, for members of the society resident in the the said legacy, shall be a sufficient discountry, whenever they attend the same, charge to my executor for the same. and that they shall be entitled to vote N. B. Devises of land, or money at any of the meetings.
charged on land, or to be laid out in VIII. That the comunittee shall meet land, are void ; but money or stock may on the last Tuesday in every month, at be given by will, if not directed to be six o'clock in the evening, punctually, laid out in the purchase of land. or oftener if necessary, at the New Lon- Contributions from individuals or condon Tavern, Cheapside.
grégations, will be received by Sir James IX. That the committee, for the time Esdaile and Co. Messrs. Robarts, Curbeing, shall elect all the officers except tis and Co, Lombard Street; Messrs. the Treasurer, shall decide on all ap- Down, Thornton and Free, Bartholoplications which shall be made to them mew Lane, London; Robert Steven, for proteccion; shall conduct all the af- Esq. No. 101, Upper Thames Street, fairs of the society, and give such di- the Treasurer; and by the Secretaries
, rections therein, as they, or the major · Mr. Thomas Pellatt, Ironmongers
' Hall, part of them present, at any meeting and Mr. John Wilks, Hoxton Square ; duly convened, shall resolve, and that to either of whom all applications may five of them shall be competent to act. be addressed.
X. That the treasurer annually chosen by the general meeting, shall be a member uf the committee for the time being. BONAPARTE'S CONFERENCE
XI. That there shall be one or more WITH THE CATHOLIC AND PRO• secretaries, who shall gratuitously an
TESTANT CLERGY AT BREDA. swer all letters, and in all cases of emergency convene special meetings of the committee.
[An Account has been published XI!. That persons subscribing the in the Gazette of Dorpt, a town of sim of 1l. 1s. per annum, shall be ho- Livonia, of an audience granted by unorary members, during the payment of Bonaparte to the Catholic and Pro
1811.) Bonaparte's Conference with the Catholic and Protestant Clergy. 391 testant clergy at Breda, on the 1st come into a province where the maof May, 1810. It professes to be jority are catholics, who, in former an accurate report of what. passed times, were oppressed, -who, after on that uccasion ; and we conclude, the revolution, acquired more lithat in the present state of the con- berty, and upon whom the king, tinental press, no gazette would dare my brother, bestowed many favours. to attribute to Bonaparte sentiments I come, in order to make you all materially different from those which equal to the rest; and you begin by he might deem it politic to avow. forgetting the respect due to me, and The account follows:-)
complain of the oppressions that you After Bonaparte had made the cus- suffered under the former governtomary tour, he said a few words to ments. Your conduct, however, the president of the court of appeal, shews how well you deserved them. took a view of the different colle.' The first act of sovereignty which I giates, and at length stopped oppo- was obliged to exercise, consisted in site to the catholic apostolic vicar, the necessity of arresting two of your who, with bis manuscript in his contumacious priests; even the aposband, complimented the monarch tolic vicar: they are imprisoned ; in the name of the catholic clergy. and shall continue under arrest. On His Majesty did not deign to give the other hand, the first words I any answer; but asked, 'Where are hear from a reformed priest, are te the reformed clergymen?" Where- render unto Cæsar the things which upon the Prince of Neufchatel pre- are Cæsar's. This is the doctrine sented them to the Emperor; and you ought to preach. From that Mr. Ten Oever, of the Walloon con- gentleman," pointing to Mr. Ten gregation, received permission to ad. Oever, "you ought to learn it. I dress his Majesty. The discourse have always met with faithful subwas short; and contained, among jects amongst protestants, the rest, the following words :-—" It have I had occasion to complain of is the immutable principle of pro- any of them. You have calumnitestants, in every thing that hap- ated the protestants; by representing pens, to address Providence, and to them as preaching doctrines dangerender unto Cæsar the things which rous to the state ; but the best subare Cæsar's.”—The Emperor listened jects I have are protestants. In Paattentively to this speech; and an- ris I am partly attended by them : swered, "You are right: I protect they have free access to me; and all religions. Protestants and ca- here a handful of Brabant fanatics tholics enjoy equal privileges in attempt to resist my designs. Had France: it is but just that the pro- I not met, in Bossuet's Doctrines testants in this department should and in the Maxims of the Gallican have equal prerogatives with the ca- Church, with principles that agree tholics." His Majesty asked Mr. with mine, and had not the concordat Ten Oever, “Why, Sir, are you in been received, I myself should have your full dress ?"**
Sire," answered become a protestant; and thirty mil. Ten Oever, is that is ihe rule," lions of people would have followed " Why, yes," said the Emperor, "it my example. But what religion do is the custom in every country; but,' you teach? Do you not know that continued he, turning to the Roman Christ said, " My kingdom is not of this catholic clergy, who were not in world ?"--and would you interfere in their full dress, Why have not my concerns ? you your cassocks on? You say for a sovereign,” [Probably, the cayou are priests. Wbat are you? tholic clergy in these new provinces Attornies, notaries, peasants ? I had partly declared that they would
You will not pray