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GLOUCESTERSHIRE.

CHESTER. The anniversary of the Gloucestershire Aux The Anniversary of the Chester Auxiliary iliary Missionary Society will be held in the Missionary Society will be held in that city old chapel, Stroud, on Monday, September on Lord's day, the 21st October, and two 3rd, at half past five o'clock in the evening.' following days. Dr. Fletcher, of Stepney, Mr. Jones, of Madagascar, is expected to be London, Dr. Ross, of Kidderminster, and present. On the preceding day, and during other ministers, are expected to attend. the succeeding week, Mr. Jones will preach on behalf of the Society, at Rodborough Tabernacle, and other neighbouring places.

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*** The Officers of Auxiliary Societies are earnestly requested to accompany

their Remittances with correct Lists, having the Names of Places and Persons alphabetically arranged, as in the Society's Annual Report.

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[Collections, Anonymous Donations, and all other Donations of £5, and upwards, received

from 1st to 30th June, 1832, inclusive.] .... .........................

........ 400

Kirby Lonsdale and WrayP. B......

Collection, per Rev. Mr. Healy 5 3 4 . . . . Miss Sarah Powell .............(L. S.).... 10 10

Less Expenses.... 08 0 Mis3. Ann Powell...............(L. S.).... (1, s.).... 10 10 0

4 15 4 10 0 0 M. E... M. E. ............................... ........... 5 0 0

30 10 A Friend, per Rev. J. Arundel ............ 15 0 0

6 's Vauxhall Chape) Rev. Mr. Moore

Collections after Sermons by Rev. W. Ellis 5 5 0 1 Suffolk-Needbam Market-Mr. L. Maw-
Collected by Mrs. Dunbar.................. 0 17 7 For the Russian Mission..........

sion............... 5 0 0
Berkshire Auxiliary Society-
Henley - Rev. R. Bolton
Town Hall Collection....... 13 14 9

Sussex-East Grinstead -Rev. W. Aldridge.. 8 0 0 A Friend, per Rev. Mr. Alex.

ander ..................... 5 0 0 Collection after Sermon by

Yorkshire-Tickhill, per J. Tidd, Esq....... 5 9 7 Rey, Mr. Swan...

........ 4 15 4 Collected by H. Knight ...... 0 7 0

Low Road-Mrs. Knowles' Missionary Box 2 3 O
Donation..................... 0 10 6

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24 7 7

Wales-Cardigan Auxiliary-
Bockinghamshire-High Wycombe-

Per Rev. D. Davies ..................

14 14 5 Per Mr. W. T. Butler-(Ön Account) .... 20 0 0 1

Abergavenny-Castle Street Independent
Church-Rev. D. Lewis ......

9 0 0

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Scotland - Wick and Pultney Missionary

Society, per Rev. R. Caldwell..........
Aberdeen- Ellon Auxiliary-

Per Rev. R. Penman .................. 3 9 3
Meiblie Missionary Society, for the

Support of a Native Teacher, under
the direction of Rev. W. and A. Fyvie,
at Surat, per Rev. R. Pcaman-

(On Account.......................... 7 70 Stirling-Gateside-Legacy by the late

Mr. George Ray, per Rev. D. Stewart. 19 19 0 Peterhead Bible and Missionary Association

Per Mr. J. Anderson................ 7 3 7

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Donations towards Relieving the Distress at Hankey (South Africa ), occasioned by the late Inundation,

particulars of which were detailed in last Month's Chronicle, page 363. W. A. Hankey, Esq...................... 20 0 0 H. L. H.......

.................. 0 10 0 Anonymous .... 5 0 0 Mr. Medwin ............................

0106 Mr. J. C. Hailes ....

....... 1 0 0 Une Bagatelle .................. ..... .. 0 4 . S. Robinson, Esq.............

...., 1 001

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

The thanks of the Directors are respectfully presented to the following :

To a Welsh Lady, for an Amber Necklace, for the Queen of Madagascar, per Rev. David Jopes. To Ladies at Macclesfield, at Miss Elliott's School, Doncaster, and at Hull, for a Case of Fancy Articles, by Mrs. Kidd, for the Female School at Malacca. To Mr. Ward, Mrs. Colley, Mr. Cassell, J. K., H. L. H., and G. P. E.. for Evangelical and Tract Magazines, and Reports of various Societies. To Rev. J. Jerard, of Coventry, for a Parcel of Work Bags, &c. Per Rev. W. Ellis, Haberdashery, &c. To Rev. Mr. Bradsbaw, for Six Copies of Outlines of Sermons,

ERRATU M'in last Chronicle, page 369, line 3rd from bottom, article, “ Belgaum," under the head "Monthly Prayer Meeting,” for “ E. by W., read ir E. by N.”

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THE

EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE

AND

MISSIONARY CHRONICLE.

FOR OCTOBER, 1832.

RELIGIOUS BEQUESTS.

Perceiving that a disposition to cor- queath any part of our property towards rect detected wrongs is rapidly gaining establishing or supporting in the world, strength in the land, I feel encouraged to after our death, any theological creed, or say that I consider Religious Bequests as any plan of education, which we may one of the greatest evils of the present have adopted. We now have no better times. I view them as being obviously right to make bequests towards establishunjust in their principle, and as being ing Christianity in the world, than the highly injurious in their tendency.

Druids had to make bequests towards es1. Their principle is bad. No man has tablishing Druidisin in the world. If a a right to leave property, in trust, towards Christian can devote his thousands for establishing his plans or principles in the ever to a Bible Society, a Mahometan may world after he is dead; for if such a right devote lis thousands for ever to a Koran belong to any one man, or to any class of Society. If a Church-of-England-man men, it must also belong to every inan, · may bequeath his thousands for ever to a and to all classes of men; and if any Prayer Book Society, a Brahmin may besuch right do now exist, it must also have queath his thousands for ever to a Shaster existed from the beginning of time. If Society. If a Robert Raikes may beany such right can be claimed by Chris- queath his thousands for ever to a Sunday tians, it can also be claimed by Jews, In- School Society, a Baron Rothschild may fidels, Mahometans, and Pagans. If a bequeath his myriads for ever to a CirChristian may now bequeath his thou- cumcision Society. We have no better sands towards establishing his religious right to invalidate the will of a Jew, than creed or form of worship in the world, a we have to invalidate the will of a ChrisPapist could do the same in the time of tian. But neither Jews nor Christians Thomas a Becket, and a Druid could also can have any right to force their creeds do the same in the time of Uthr Bendra- upon their descendants, or to attach the gon. . The right, if now existing, must wealth of after-generations to their forms also have existed in the time of the of worship, or to their plans of instrucNoachidæ, and in the time of the antedi- tion. Every man has a right to make the luvians. But it is evident that no such best use he can of his property, while he right did then exist, and it is equally evi- lives; but the property is not his after the dent that no such right doth now exist. day of his death. His will is to order his The antediluvians had no right to leave wealth while he moves in the world; but their goods, in trust, towards establishing his will is not to order the wealth after his their observances in the world. The Dru- removal to another world. Silver and ids had no right to leave their riches, in gold may be at his disposal while the trust, towards supporting their institutions breath of life is in his nostrils; but he in the world. The Papists had no right can have neither silver nor gold after he to devise their lands or to bequeath their has ceased to breathe. He may bequeath monies towards promoting their creeds in his property to the persons he pleases, but the world; nor have we any right to be- not for the purposes he pleases: he can VOL. X.

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