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Bible was still prohibited to the Catho- would tolerate but commend the reading lics ? Being convinced thereby, that of it. you was mindful even of the poor Ca- I feel a very great desire to witness tholics, I was particularly moved and the formation of a siinilar Bible Soediled; for indeed nothing is more af- ciety amongst the Roman Ca: holics ; fecting than that love which embraces and, indeed, I will make some attempts, all, without the least distinction; for though I foresee many difficulties; and "God is love; and he that dwelleth in can hardly suppose that so many active love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.” and benevolent friends of the Bible are I felt myself, therefore, constrained to to be found amongst the Roman Cathank you in the name of all honest and tholics as would be requisite for suche well-disposed Catholics, for those your an undertaking. Your question, hur fraternal sentiments.

ever, respecting the Catholics, inspiros Io answer to your question, I ob- me with the hope, that your Society is serve, properly speaking, the Bible has desirous to extend its beneficial indunever been entirely prohibited to the ence likewise to the Catholics, wishing Catholics. The Council of Trent only only to know, whether a dispersion states, — Indiscriminata lectio Sacræ of Bibles amongst them would be pracScripturæ interdicta est. Well-in- ticable ?-and, indeed, it would not only formed Catholics took this always in 'be practicable, but desirable in the that sense only: that not all books of highest degree. Let me, however, canthe Bible, promiscuously, should be put didly observe, that a Protestant edition into the hands of the common people; of the Bible would hardly be suffered referring chiefly to some books of the to have its free course, after all I know Old Testament. Besides, this prohibi- of the minds of most of the Catholie tion of the Council of Trent has never people and clergy. It ought, therefore, been admitted as binding by the whole to be either a Catholic edition of the body of the Roman Catholic clergy in Bible; or, if a Protestant, it ought to Gerinany; but so much is true, that all have the same appearance as if printed blind bigots of our church have always in a Catholic town; for instance, the spread the opinion, that it was entirely books of the Bible ought to be placed forbidden for all laymen to read the in an order different from that which Bible: and this prejudice is, alas! still is generally adopted in Protestant deeply prevalent among the greater part

Bibles. of the people. There are, however, at Now, I beg you, my dear brother present, many of our clergymen, both in in Christ, to receive these few lines in Swabia and Bararia, who strongly re

love. I wrote this, trusting it might be commended the reading of the Bible, acceptable to your venerable Society. chiefly of the New Testament; and do I cannot express, in terms sufficiently every thing in their power to promote strong, the fervency of my joy and love it. I have, for my own part, distributed towards all who, throughout Eogland, many New Testaments, and some Bi-heartily believe in Jesus Christ as their bles, among better enlightenei Catho- only Saviour, and zealously endeavour lics ; and several of my dear brethren

to extend the Redeemer's kingdom. I in Christ do the same.

embrace them all as the beloved and We are, however, not able to satisfyelet of God, as friends and brethree all the demands for Bibles,

in Christ, let them be of whatever ist, Because there is not any cheap name, or belong to whatever church or Catholic edition of the Bible to be got; denomination. The more distapt the whilst our situation renders it exceeds countries, and the more different the ingly difficult to distribute Protestant outward forms and establishments are, editions,

the more I rejoice, if I am privileged, 2dly, Because the property of indi.

to 'hear that our ever-faithful Lord and viduals is not suficient for such an up

Saviour is gathering from amongst them dertaking, there being so many poor

a flock of believing people. Truly, people who cannot purchase a Bible at

God has a numerous army of reserve all

. Should an institution be establish- in England, who do not bow before the ed amongst us, upon your plan, I am Baal of the age, nor sacrifice to the sure we could dispose of a good oum

idol of the times. Let all who know ber of Bibles and New Testaments. The his name, glorify him for this mercy! people seem to get more and more de- May the peace of God, and the all-suf sirous of the Bible; and the number of ficieat grace of our Lord Jesus Christ clergymen is increasing, who not only be with you all !

HOME INTELLIGENCE.

MODERN VISIONARIES. an expositor of, the revelations of

Joanna Southcott, and the visions of SINCE the introduction of sin into Joseph Prescott; and he has adopted enr world, the mind of man las not only several ways of endeavouring to make heen liable to error, but to the most aw- proselytes to the reveries of the supful extremnes. At one time it is im- posed messengers of Heaven: First, pelled by sceptical principles to deny By writing ; - secondly, By public lecthe most evisiont truths; and ther, by turing on Lord's Day and Thursday the iniluence of a strange credulity, it evenings; and that to very crowded conreceives, as infallibly true, the most ab- gregations; - lastly, By private exhisurd an i unscripturainerions.

bitions of the pictures, &c.; on which I have been led to these reinarks, occasions, it seeini, Miss Carpenter also Mr. Editor, by the appearance of a new takes a cheeril and an active part; sect, and the busile they have made in and discovers no menn talent in carryDie neighbourhcod of London.

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ing on the farce. place where these people niret, being But the most singular trait in this crowed to 37 unusual desree, even on priziness is yet to be told, nainely, that nights when the darkness and rain, one there are three clorgymen, who have might have thought, would even have not only expressed their conviction of put Curiosity and the Love of Noveity the truth and importance of wirat I canat denance. I was half-iucliped to have not but call these are fill delusions, but gone myself, and satistied my mind as they have signed a public testimony to to the truth or untruth of the various this effect; and pullished it to the and strange reports which, from time to world in the most grive and solemn tine, were brought me, of the extrava- Hanner. The reader will, no doubt, be kunt absurdity and told inopiety of the surprized to be informed that these propagaiors of this new system. Think- three gentleneu, Niessrs. F. B. and W. ing, however, that my presence might however, still continue their connection help to sanction the imposture, I re- and coinmunion with the Church of frained; and, instead of this, procured England, of which they are ministers. the principal panoplilets they have pub- It is equally true as well as strange, lished ;-and big leave to give you an that the ic three divines lave obtainerl, outline of the business :

both from Joanna Southcott and Elias There are several actors in this reli- Carpenter, the appellation of the three gious farce : Joanna Southcott, formerly witnesses, in direct allusion to i John of Exeter, has bec: longest knowli, and

V.8. constitutes the prominent figure in this But the reader, it may be, wishes to groupe'. She avows herself a Prophe- know what is the import of the revelateis; and professes to have frequent tions and visions which these deluded revelations from Heaven, as to what persons are broaching, as communicated shall befall both the church and the na- from Heaven to them. It comprehends, tion.

as far as the writer can judge (by such The next is Joseph Prescott, an ig- of their publications as ic has seen) a norant but arifini lad, who professes to dicterogeneous and confused mass of masee visions, and hear audible voices terials; one branch of winch is nonspeaking to him from God. Some of sensical rhapsodies ; and the other is his visions he has himself drawn, and prophane, I liad alınost said blasphemnever was learnt the art of drawing. Ilcre and there a Scripture-truth It is affirmed by his adierents, that he is interrowen; but, in general, either received this gilt by immediate inspi- 60 mutilated, or so intermixed, that you ration of God.

scarce know it. The next individnal in this worthy Among the worst parts of this gross phalanx is Mr. Elias Carpenter, in imposition upon the credulity of the whose house, at the Neckinger, Joseph present generation, I select the followPrescott, the young visionary, resides; ing:- On the part of Joanna it is and where most of the visions are said gravely aflirmed, that she is “ the bride, to have been received; and where re- the Lamb's wife;" — that she is also presentations of thein are to be seen. “the woman clothed with the Sun," &c. It appears they have been inspected by in Rev. xii. 1, &c.: and her good friend many thousands of people. Mr. Car- and ally, Elias Carpenter, occupies six penter is both aa advocate fory and pages of his publication in attempting

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to prove his point, and running the pa- and hear the oddities of Mess. Joseph, rallel between that passage and Joanna Elias, and Joanna; and it is said, that Southcott. This immaculate lady also this trio boast of from 20 to 30,000 dis. claims the power and privilege of seal- ciples ! iog those who are to escape the judge Wbether thi; be true or not, the ments which God has shewed her are writer cannot but regret any persons speedily coming on the world; and should swallow such palpable absurdiwhich will inevitably fall upon those ties and impositions, which are oppowho reject and despise her testimony. site both to the letter and spirit of Having obtained one of the seals which divine revelation. Weighed in this she gives to her disciples, I can des- righteous balance, the visions and reve. cribe it: – The one I have consists of lations of these misguided enthusiasts half a sheet of commen writing-paper ; are lighter than vanity – what one on one side is an oval linc, made seem- apostle would call cunningly devised fuingly with a pen, in which was inscrib- bles; and what another would not scrued ihe name of the person supposed ple to name strong delusions. J. T. to be sealed. In one quarter of the opposite side is written, “ The sealed of the Lord, the elect precious. – Man's The Bristol Education Society redemption to inherit the tree of life.To be made heirs of God, and joint heirs

Held their annual meeting, Aug. 1, with Jesus Christ.

1804, when a sermon was preached by

the Rev. Js. Dore, A. M. from Prov. May 21, 1803. JOANSA SOUTIICOTT." It is then folded up, and directed in

At this meeting it was stated by Mr. the name of the person sealed. It was

Coles, that the academy at Bristol has' originally sealed with two seals ; the hitherto been the only public institution impression of one of these is J. C. and

of the kind among the Baptists that two stars ; the other is so broken, in

the young men educated there bear no opening the paper, as not to be legible: due proportion to the number of Barit looks as if there had been a lion and

tist churches in this kingdom, which a C. There are no less than three

are little short of 40G - that it sceins hand-writings. The mutilated texts of indispensably necessary to increase the Scripture are written in one hand, the

number of students, and that, consedate of the paper by another, and the

quently, a suitable addition to their rewhole is subscribed by Joanna herself ;

sources will be required. at least I think so, having scen her

The Society also resolved to look out hand-writing before.

for ground, on which to erect a new But let me extract a point or two building for the academy, in a more from the visions of Joseph Prescott :-

eligible and healthy situation than the In one of these he reports he saw a

present, and apted to the reception crown; for a while, he doubted what

of more studcats. A subscription for it was; but, at last, he heard a voice

this purpose was immediately commensaying, “ Tell my servant to style it a

ced, anounting to about 400l. crown; for it is a representation of the

It was likewise recommended to the fulness of the Godhead bodily."- Mr. Baptist churches to subscribe an anCarpenter also assures us, that Joseph Dual sum, for the support of the semiPrescott saw " a representation of the nary, in their collective capacity, as ascension of the spirit of a departed many persons may be found who will friend: he saw it precisely three days cheerfully contribute smaller sums, tho' after the decease; and it was accom- unable to subscribe a guinea. panied with these words; “ That as

A circular address was also agreed Christ was three days in the grave be

upon, to be transmitted to ministers fore his resurrection, so is every be

and gentlemen, with a request that they liever that dies, three days before his would not only receive subscriptions, ascension to glory.”.

but use their utmost exertions in proI think I have given enough to the moting the important objects of this reader as a specimen of the revelations Sociсty. To this address are subjoined and visions of those unhappy and de

the names of Baptist ministers in the lused persons who are led astray by principal country towns, and the names the wildness and irregularity of their of the Rev. Messrs. Dore, Coxhead, and own imagination; and have the impu- Gray, in London. dence and wickedness to say, “ Thus saith the Lord;" and yet such is the

We are happy to hear that a Socierage for novelty, — such is the rage for ty, called the Schoolmasters' linion, has nonsense and for the marvellous, that

lately been formed for the benctit of bombers Mocked from all parts lo see Schoolmasters of all denominations,

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when rendered incapable, try age or in- el; Mr. Grillin, of Falmouth, preached firinity, of following their professions ; in the evening from John xvii. :4. which is supported by the voluntary contributions of the friends of religion, minister's held their half-y carly mee:

Nov. 14. The Dorset independent as well as tile subscriptions of its me 11bers. We carrily wish it success, be

ing at Sherborne, when the new cha. ing full, convinced of the absolute ne

pel, lately built there, was opened. cessity of such an institution,

Mr. Seicole began by prayer an i read

ing the Scriptures; Mr. Iliggs delivered July 26, 1894. The Rer, Geo. Prit

an appropriate discourse; leja. Keynes charu was orilained Pustor of the Bap- and (irey erercises iu prayer. In the tisi (hurch at Colchester, Esier, lace afternoon, while the ministers of the uin:ler the pastoral care of Mr. Thomas couniy ai tendeil to ihe lines of the Stevcus. Mr. Gieo 11:1!, of Ipswich, iweraney, Vr. t'ittard pruechel; Mess. asked the usual questioni, &c.; Mr. J. Jones and iteris. Prili Mr. UrackMartin, of Londo:,, give the charge nell preached in 61 cek Vessrs. from 2'Cor. iii. 5; Mr. J. Upton (also Vickery, Hart'n, 21 5.0", enrared of London) adressed the church from

in cinlucting to direcions. We of Heb. xiii. 20–22.

the sorvice of the city

rin prosOG. 2. The Associated Ministers and pH-t is more pleasing in lies 10.0 10.A their friends met at St. Coluuts, when for Bally years part. the Rev. Mr. Wildbore preached in the

Nor. 14.

The Anura! Sernin for morning, and Nir. Cope, of Lange ton, in the ctenine. On the preceding

the Benefit of the Society for *** ning exening Sr. N14111, of St. Ives, preach. Religious Knowlerige a.inge est. The largesl congregations ever seen

was preached at Bread Street, by the in that part of the country attenleton

Rav. John Kel'), irom John this (crasion; the number of pinisters

after which a collecii o was Mate 10 audreligious friends from différent parts

aid of the chari y, as usual. Was very great; and the prospects of Nov. 15, was cenedl a sma'l chare? future openings for the spread of the at I!: emerein Surry, where the gospel gospel, aliorued much satisfaction. was in::oduced by the late Rev...gre, Oct. 24. The Rev. John Söyles was

and has since been p.cipaliy sopportordained Pastor over the recently form

ed by the Village itinerancy ani e ad church ai sfest Cowes, in the Isle of Surry M'asion. some mand has been Wight. Mr. Tyreman, of Newport,

done to adul3; and about 130 charen Átroduced the service by prayer and

are instructed. The moniter: tag! et reading: Nr. 1 inter, of Yewport, de

on the bove service were Messrs. Culo livered an introductory discourse; Mr.

lison, Cirillon, Wells, Tracy, Exiell, nd Dogur, of Gosport, offered up the or

Cray; the three forer ofwhore.1'ldination pract with imposition of ed, and the other; cugused in prayer. hunds; Vir. Bunne', of Romy, gave Novi 21. The Rev, John Kmghat was the charge. Mr. Adams, of Wincires- publicly see apart to the pastoral e lice ter, odereri 11the intercessory pray- over the churc of Christ al ber's er; Ur. Kingsbury, of Southampion, Bud. Mr. Broodsbank began with praipreached to the people; and Vr. Sed er, C.; Mr. Thomas, of End, decole, of Swanase, concluded. The pre- livered the in roductory dianurse; Mr. ceding evening, Nr. Laker, of lord- ·l'ord prayeci; Mr. Barber product ing Brilyo, preacher; and il follow- fro" ? cts xvii. 9; and Mr. Burcler ing evening Mr. Boguc, of Gosport; concludca. Messrs. James, Davies, Cox, anul scamp,

Dec. 12. A small decent place, erect'engaged in prayer.

er for divine worship in the parish of Oct.25. dir. Tyso was orilaincd to -Barion St. David, So:persetstine, the Pastoral Office over a newly-forni- openeil. Messrs. Evans, Cox, llerascu Baptist church at lleiston, Cornwall. man, Gale, aul Reynolds, prayed. In atr. Opic Smith, of Bath, introduced the the mornut Mr. Herdsm u preached service with reiding 2011 prayer; Mr. on Rev. ii. 7. The afternoon Mr. Biri, of Plrinowh Dock, dclivered the Evans, of Wells, on Isa, Ivi. 7. In introdutory adiress, ace:; and after the evening, Mr. Col, oi lorsington, Mr. Rowe, of liednuin, hall offered up on Sam. vii, 12. (“Fenezer') "The the ordinarion prayer, Mr. Birt gave gospel was preached in this dark na sh the charge froin : Tim. iii. 15; after in 1973 by the students of Lady Huntwhich Air. Rrduivs, of Truro, preach- inydon. Many of the firs: fruits of their il to the people from Phil. ii. 14, 16; labours are fallen asleep in Jesus. Ever Mr. Saunderi, uf l'eazaoce, conclud- since, divine Wocship bas been kept up

in private houses. The labours of Mr. boys have left it, greatly benefited, and Reynolds, a gentleman of Charlton- are now filliug userul stations in socieAdato,larc been mu h blesied within a t, as mechanics, or servints, &c.few years past. The dwelling-house Three or four live been discharged for being now far too small, the people want of intellect; about ality are now subscribed cheerfully, and have raised under iuition; and nearly ico are anxia place for (iod, almost solely by tlicir ohy waiting for adonision. The 20own excrtions,

nual expenditure for ihe number at pre

seni on the foundatior, is necessarily Dec. 18. A new meeting-house was

very considerable, as they are boarded opened at Thatcham, near Newbury.-- and educated at the expence of the inThe place was much crowded, and the stitution. They are taught to speak preachers were, Mr. Elliott, of Devi- and read articulately; to write, to cyzes, in the inorning, and Mr. Cook, of

pher, to understand what is spoken or Maidenheat, in the crening; and the written to them; and to convey their ministers who otherwise engaged were own ideas with satisfactory reaaliness from Reading, Wallingford, Goring, and precision. The time required to llungerford, an:! Newbury. In this

give them a competent education is fic place the gospel is to be preached to years. — “ Though the number of puthe poor, and probably to the poor pils has been gradually augmented from only.

six to near fifty, it is stated with deep A new place of worship in concern, that at every election the nonWilson Street, near Finsbury Square, ber of candidates nearly ten tinies exwas opened for the use of the congrega

ceeds the wmber of vacancies - only tion under the care of the Rev. Charles for want of more abiple funds; for the Buck, their foriner chapel in Princes plan itself is limited to no number, deStreet having been pulled down to make nomination, or district within the Briroom for some public improvements.-- tish dominions." We are happy to Three sermons were preached in the add, eviilence has appeared that secourse of the day by the Rev. Messrs. veral or the pupils have not only been Moody, Thorpe, and Burder; the Rev. rendered useful mriubers of society, Alessrs. Wilks, Stollery, Brooksbank, but, by divine grace, truly serious Jones, and Ball, engaged in prayer.

Christians, Nov. 25. Two charity sermons were

Dutch Prisoners, preached for that truly benevolent instirution, the Asylum for the Deaf and Mr. Kicherer, and the Hottentots, Dumb, by the Rev. B. Wood, at Ben- when in London, were rewarkably anx. tinck Chapel, Paddington, when col- ious for the liberation of some pious lections were made, amounting to sool. Dutch fishernien, who huid been taken and pew annual subscriptions of fol. prisoners, and were coniineil at ChatSince the establishment of this Asy- ham. We have the pleasure to learn tum in 1792, there have been received that they liave at lengih obtainnd their into it -6 bors and 24 girls, --- togethes liberty, and have reuirued hon.e to their 100; of which äuinber 13 girls and ;! respective families.

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Bristol Monthly Lecture, 1805.
Time.
Place.

Subjects.
Jan. 17, Th. The Pillay. On Piety towards God, Tabernacle Vinister

The larniony of the Divine
Feb. 13, W. Tabernacle. Perfeciions in the Plan of Dr. Ryland

Relemption.
Mar. 12, Tu. Castle Green. On Justice towards Men. Mr. Page
April 16, Tu. Broadmead. The Intercession or Christ, Mr. Lowell
May 14, Tu. bruise street. Self-Government.

Castle Green Minist. June 13, Th. The Piitay. The Aid of the Spirit in Prayer. Tibernacle Minist. Joly 1?, W. 'labe-marie. Mortification of Sin.

Hr. Skrárp Ass. I Tu. Castle Cire'n. Cluistian ('andour.

Mr. Lonell Sept. 1, Tu. Brouincaid. Seilnenial.

Castle Green Minist Oct. 15, Tu. Bridge Street. The forgiveness of Injuries. Dr. Ryland Kor. 14, Th. The Pithay.

$ Zeal for the Proriotion of

Religious Knowledge.
Dec. 10, Tu. Castle Green. ('hristian Patience,

Mr. Sharp:
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Mr. Pigc

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