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vigilance and by zeal and union pro- 9. That this Meeting cannot separate portionate to the dangers which seem to without expressing and recording their impend.
real pleasure, at the kindness and atten3. That this Meeting learn, therefore, tion of the Right Honourable Matthew with extreme regret, that the useful and Wood, twice Lord Mayor of London, in unavoidable expenditure of this institu- attending and presiding upon this occation during the three past years, has in- sion, nor without assuring him of their creased considerably and progressively gratitude and respect for the additional beyond the annual receipts-and es- proof which he has thereby afforded, of pecially as the contribution of £2. re- his attachment to Religious Liberty, and quired from each congregation, if general, of his knowledge that social happiness would be at once so small and so abun- and real piety will be best promoted, by dant:-and that a Society which has the constant protection of those rights of afforded protection to persecuted and in- Conscience, which cannot be too highly jured congregations, of all denominations, esteemed, nor too firmly maintained. from the lakes of Cumberland to the Upon the first resolution the Rev. mines of Cornwall, and from the moun- Mark Wilks rose to express his cordial tains of Wales to the shores of Suffolk, approbation of the conduct of the Commerits and should receive, more regular, mittee. He considered that they had most cheerful, and universal support. pursued the legitimate objects of the So
4. That interested as this Meeting must ciety, and well applied its funds. While be in the exemption of places of religious the sun of knowledge was rising higher worship from parochial assessment, their daily, it should be remembered that the satisfaction is proportionately great that same glorious luminary which scattered as to Surrey Chapel no payment of such the darkness and the clouds, matured also rates have ever been enforced-and that the venom of the most noxions reptiles, even assurances have been tinally ob- which prepared their stings, and watched tained, that attempts to enforce such their opportunity to use them. It was rates shall not be renewed-and that not, therefore, the time to separate or this Meeting congratulate the Rev. R. disunite. He was glad to find that the Hill on the success which has apparently Committee had not only repelled the attended his perseverance and zeal-ac- blows aimed at their privileges, but knowledge the liberal collection of £80. palsied the band that aimed them. A which he has presented to the Committee disgraceful list of reverend names had --and applaud the Committee for the been associated with the worst actions:assistance which to Mr. Hill they have they had united with the lowest of man, continued wisely to afford.
kind in the work of persecution, joined 5. That the Committee for the past in the yell of savages, yea of fiends, to year merit sincere acknowledgments for disturb. peaceful Christians in the worthe prudence-promptitudemand energy ship of their God. which they have manifested in all the We had met this week for Missionary various matters that have required their purposes, and he hoped our Missionaries assistance or advice.
would be taught to carry the principles 6. That the London Committee for the of civil and religious liberty with them succeeding year consist of the Treasurer, through the world, wherever they might Secretaries, and of the following thirty be sent. Ministers and Laymen in equal propor- Rev. Mr. Grislin, of Portsea, seconded tions. Rev. J. Brooksbank, R. Bowden, this motion. W. B. Collyer, D. D. G. Collison, Alex. Rev. Dr. Bogue observed, that the exFletcher, Evan J. Jones, T. Cloutt, ertions of the Society demonstrate, that J. Hughes, T. Jackson, Jún. J. Town- religious liberty can only be maintained send, W. F. Platt, R. Hill, Matt. Wilks by firmness of principle, and temperance Mark Wilks, J. Upton-Messrs. Wm. of conduct. The want of religious liberty Bateman, W. Townsend, J. Emerson, was a great hindrance to the progress
of T. Wontner, J. Watson, J. 0. Oldham, the gospel; and he could not but think, T. Walker, Col. Hand field, T. Wilson, that when Satan claimed all the kingdoms J. Esdaile, J. Young, Peter Bateman, of the world as his own, he had a reference S. Mills, J. Pritt. J. B. Brown.
to the principles of tyranny in which they 7. That the acknowledgments of this were involved; for it was impossible for Meeting be presented to R. Steven, Esq. the Christian religion to flourish extentheir Treasurer, and that he be requested sively without religious and civil liberty. to continue in that situation bis useful But in one point he differed from the last assistance to Society.
speaker but one. “I tell my students, 8. That to T. Pellatt, Esq. and J. (said Dr. B.) when they go into despotic Wilks, Esq. the judicious, indefatigable, countries, not to meddle with the princiand disinterested Secretaries of this In- ples of liberty. If the tyrant cut off the stitution, this Meeting also renew, with heads of his subjects, your business is to pleasure, their sincerest thanks, and in try to save the other half.” It was their vite with anxiety and afection, the con- office to preach the Gospel
, and as men nuance of their meritorious exertions. began to know that they bad immortal
spirits, they would feel their importance his example, not only in this respect, but in the scale of Society, and at length in resisting every attempt of oppression learn that they had both civil and reli- and imposition. He wished to say a gious rights. Adverting to the Test Act, word in favour of his kind neighbours in he considered it as the grossest abuse on Christ Church parish, very few of whom earth ; at Gosport he knew there was had approved of the proceedings against sometimes great difficulty to find a sober him, and even those had now fallen out interval for superannuated officers to
among themselves. qualify. But he recommended patience As to the Church of England he avowed and forbearance. The cause of religious his cordial attachment to it, and to all liberty was increasing: in the last 25 or pious and conscientious clergymen: it was 30 years the Dissenters in Hampshire had of the bad only he complained ; and as to been tripled, and not less than a million the libel against himself, as a rebel, and of converts made, among the various de- an enemy to kingly power, it was very' nominations, throughout the kingdom; true that King Charles, by following and if the cause continued in progression, high church counsels had lost his head, but in the next 25 years the number would he was sure that none of the Dissenters be far greater. They should also exer- wished to hurt good old King George, who cise forbearance. Many of the clergy | had always been the friend of toleration who were most hostile to the Gospel were and religious liberty. He could, theremen of education and talents, and it was fore, most cordially say--Long live King certainly provoking to find their people George and the House of Brunswick. drawn away by the preaching of men so Rev. Dr. Styles, of Brighton, in rising much their inferiors, as is often the case to move the 5th resolution, (viz, thanks to in point of rank and education: nor can the Committee) observed, that at so late they be expected to take into their cal- an hour, and amidst the evident impaculation, that this is done by the power tience of the company to separate, he of the Gospel.
should not detain them but for a moment. It is our duty to endeavour to make men In proposing thanks to the Committee, Christians, and to leave the rest to time: however, he could not avoid expressing if converted by our means, they will na- his entire approbation of their measures turally, unite with us. As to our burdens, during the past year, He must also be it is better to bear them patiently till they permitted to commend, in the strongest become intolerable, and then seek redress terms, their prudence and their promptionly by gentle and constitutional means. tude, their energy and their mildness.
Rev. Mr. Chaplin, of Bishop Stortford, They were indisputably engaged in the seconded this motion, and observed, that noblest of all causes, for the cause of though much had been heard of the utility | Jiberty of conscience was the cause of reof the Society, more remained unheard. | ligion and social happiness. He regretted He knew that the report of the Society's deeply that a spirit of persecution still existence had, in some instances, pre- manifested itself in this enlightened age; vented persecution; and he doubted not, but, as it did exist, he hailed the Com
mittee as the tutelar angel of the perseRev. Mr. Cloutt, of London, had to men- cuted and oppressed throughout the tion with regret, that for the last three or empire. four years the Society's funds had fallen greatly short of its expences: he hoped
IRISH EVANGELICAL SOCIETY. gentlemen would remember that their funds were the cement of the Society, and Among the hopeful features of modern Rot depart contented with merely giving times, a benevolent concern for the contheir applause; but leave a pledge behind dition of Ireland is remarkably promi. them to support the Society, by at least nent:--and we witnessed its display with the small sum which would constitute peculiar satisfaction at the Anniversay of them members- £2 per annum.
The IRISH EVANGELICAL SOCIETY, which This motion was seconded by the Rev. took place on Tuesday evening, the 13th Mr. Hackett.
of May. The room at the New London, Rev. Mr. Jackson, of Stockwell, pro- Tavern, in Cheapside in which the meetnounced an eulogium on the Rev. R. Hill, ings had been held in former years, being for his conduct in the affair of Surrý too small, the Society assembled in the Chapel; but he was glad to find that the great room at the City of London Tavern, assessment of that chapel was given up, Bishopsgate-street; and though several hoping this circumstance would operate as meetings had been already held on the an inducement with many others. He same day, though the rain fell in heavy inoved the 4th resolution, which was se- showers, and though many ministers and conded by the Rev. Mr. Roby, of Man friends of the Institution had not arrived chester.
in town to assist at the Missionary services, Rev, Rowland Hill observed, he had which commenced the next morning-yet brought , them another collection, and numbers went away who could not be achoped to repeat it again and agaio: and commodated, and we recognized among hoped that other ministers would follow those who were present, the founders and
the most active and respectable supporters enormous crime, and when brought into of the Missionary and other benevolent the prison-yard, amused himself by paintSocieties.
ing with some mortar spurs to the feet of We have seldom heard a report more an image of death, holding an hour-glass, distinct in its narrative, or more interesting which was placed on the walls of the jail. in its information, than that which was The Rev. Dr. Bogo e, in a speech dis read on this occasion by the Rev. MARK tinguished by sound philosophic views, WILKs, one of the Secretaries: and we vigorous intellect, and Christian eloconfess we partook of the surprise and quence, traced the distinction between pleasure which pervaded the room, for, the reformation of the Continent and until we heard the Report, we had not that of Ireland, the one real and ef. imagined that a Society so infantine and fected by the preaching of the gospel, the unassuming, had been able to accomplish other achieved by the efforts of the civil so much, and to have so widely extended power; and by a reference to the scripits cxertions ; it appears, indeed, as though tures and to history, exposed the folly of God had prepared the population for the expecting any great national religious inreception of the gospel, and as though he provement, without the application of those had designed the Irish Evangelical Society means which the Society employed, nameto be an iastrument of conveying to them ly, the faithful exhibition of truth by the its reviving and transforming sound. We voice of the living teacher. learnt with extraordinary saitsfaction, Dr. STYLES also with great animation that, besides sopporting or assisting minis- advocated the cause of Ireland and come ters in nearly 20 counties, and in each of mended the spirit and plans of the Society. the four provinces, Mr. Loader has under He produced an instance of the success his care, in the Academical Institution which had accompanied the preaching of founded by the Society in Dublin, eight the gospel, in the conversion of an interesStudents preparing to devote themselves ting and educated female, from whose to the work of the Christian ministry in correspondence he read some beautiful exIreland.
tracts: some accouut of this lady we unThe Rey. JAMES BENNET of Rother. derstand is to form the subject of a tract. ham, in a very impressive speech, moved An old piece of ordnance was then the adoption of the Report, described the dragged forward, but neither primed effect of popery on national comfort and nor loaded in the person of the Rev. independence, and by the spirits of Luther MATTHEW WILKS, who described himand Knox, and the host of reformers and self by such a humorous figure. He manconfessors, called upon their descendants aged,
however, to keep up a very effective and the friends of Protestantism to exert though not a galling fire, and the donations themselves for the emancipation of Ireland and subscriptions which fell in proved that from its degrading thraldom. In conclud- though an old, he was not an useless piece ing his address, (he said) he could not neg- of artillery. lect an opportunity of giving bis warm The Rev. Messrs. HYATT, SLATTERIE, through feeble testimony to their acknow. MARK WILks, and other gentlemen, adledged excellence of the tutor of the Aca. dressed the meeting, and the multitude demy in Dublin, the Rev. Tho. Loader, separated, after having experienced much They had together commenced their mipis- pleasure, evidently pledged more deeply terial studies and pursuits, and in the to support the Institution, and leaving, as nightly vigils and disturbed slumbers of we are informed, substantial proofs of his beloved friends, he had perceived his their approbation in pecuniary contridetermination to do something great for 'butions to a very large amount. We hope the Redeemer's cause,
! in future years to record the growing prosThe Rev. Mr. STRATTON, Minister of : perity of this valuable Society. York-street Chapel, Dublin, followed and described in glowing colours, the miseries of a people left for ages under the grow
HIBERNIAN SOCIETY. ing power of the Catholie bierarchy, and On Friday, the 16th ultimo, at the the encouragement wbich the providence early hour of six in the morning, a large of God bad given to the Society in its at company of the friends and members of tempts to alleviate and terminate their this Society assembled at the City of Love suflerings.
don Tavern, Bishopsgate Street, and The Rev. Dr. Townley, who tbe vext breakfasted together, after which S. day set out for Limeric; the Rev. JOHN Milis, Esq. the Treasurer, was called Davies, Minister of the congregation unanimously to the chair, and the Rer. assembliog in Pootbeyn-street, Dublin; Mr. GARDINER implored ihe Divine blessand ROBERT MARTEX, Esq. of London, ing on the Society, and on the present addressed the meeting in the varied styles Meeting. of cheerful and solemn ewquence; and in The REPORT was then read, from which speaking of the ignorance of many of the we shall give some brief extracts. Irisil, who were naturally brave and ar- The Committee of this Society, at their dent, Mr. Davies mentioned the case of last General Meeting, reported that the
man who was condemned to die for some' number of Schools exceeded 800; and
that the children and adults educated additional allowance has been gaanted to therein were upwards of 19,000. They the masters for their Irish Testament have now the pleasure to state, that by classest; and this has powerfully operated the return made up to Christmas fast, the to increase the demand for Irish Testa. number of Schools is 347; and the chil- ments, both in the day schools, and also in dren and adults therein, 27,776.
those which are held in the evening, for The Committee are happy to state, teaching adults. that the regulations for the conduct of the If it be kept in mind that the labours Schools are in full operation, and that the of this Society are peculiarly directed to Inspectors are active and circumspect. the children of the Roman Catholic poor The progress of the children in learning in Ireland, and that an indispensable and to read, and in committing the Scriptures essential part of the instruction which to memory, and the interest that even they receive in the schools, is from the Catholic parents feel in having their little Scriptures ;-the opposition which the ones appear with credit at the inspections, designs and exertions of the Society have and truly gratifying. The attention of the met with will not excite surprise, nor inmasters, in general, to the import of the duce discouragement. The decided opisacred word, is pleasingly on the increase; nions which the Roman Catholic clergy in and among such as have had their own this country have recently and officially understandings enlightened and informed, expressed against the introduction of the their exists a spirit of emulation, to have word of God into schools for the educa. their pupils excel in giving suitable an- tion of children, have been cherished and swers to questions relating to the meaning and acted op in Ireland, not merely in a of the passages which they repeat. way of privation, but of direct hostility.
While the children are thus taught the The Hibernian Society and the priesthood Holy Scriptures, with the hope of their of the Church of Rome have therefore being thereby made wise unto salvation, joined issue on this grand point: the forthey are not only receiving the most im. mer have held forth the " word of life" portant benefits themselves, but are pre. to the young in the schools, and to the pared to be the humble but effective in- aged in the cottage ; the latter have enstrument of diffusing Scripture know- deavoured to snatch the precions gift from ledge among their families. “ Out of the the hand of benevolence, and to scatter mouth of these babes” it pleases God " to or destroy those schools in which it has desordain strength.”
seminated its blessings. [Several instances are given in the Re- The Committee have remarked, in for. port of the high value which the poor set mer Reports, the existence aud prevalence on the education of their children, which of this hositility to the schools established we omit, as most of them are introduced by the Society; and they are concerned to in the subsequent speeches.]
observe that in some places it still continues These instances evidently shew the im- its baneful operation. By the power of mediate and direct influence which the Divine Proidence, however, this hostility Schools produce on the minds of the is to be contemplated in connexion with parents of the children who are educated increasing exertions and decided success. therein; and that an emanation of Scrip- | And what is yet more encouraging, the phityre light, and a portion of religious inte- lanthropy of the Society's designs, the imrest of the most important and useful kind, portance of its objects, and the purity of are introduced into the humble cottages its means, bave, in many instances, not
only neutralized opposition, but even conThe Committee continue to give the quered systematic resentment, and con. greatest encouragement to the instruction verted persecutors into friends. of adults in the vicinity of the schools In exemplification of these observations, and they receive the most pleasing accounts the Committee are happy to present the of the efficacy of the word of God, in following information. One of the Society's the enlightening of the minds of those who Irish Teachers presented a Bible to a probably would never have bad an oppor- Catholic Priest, whichwas very gratefully tunity of reading the Scriptures, or of accepted, and the Priest lifted up his hearing them read, had it not been for the eyes, and fervently implored a blessing free schools which this Society has estab- on all with whom the Society originated, lished, and for the numerous copies of the and by whom it is supported ! divide word which it has industriously In the parish of A-, the Catholic circulated. Indeed the visitors to the Rector favoured the school, while his schools preceive and acknowledge, that, Curate violently opposed it, the latter, were it not for the labours of this Institu- being supported by the titular Bishop, tion, it would be impossible for the Bible denounced the school from the altar, and Societies to get the Scriptures into the prohibited the parents from sending their hands of the Catholics, the great mass of children thither for instruction. The the population of Ireland.
Rector was absent when this took place, The formation of Irish classes in the but having been informed of all that ocSchools which are appropriate thereto, curred, he took an early opportunity, continues to be sedulously promoted. An from the altar, of speaking very highly
of the poor.
of the Society, recommending it as the would ardently bless her pious and liberal greatest blessing to the poor; and ob- benefactors. With regard to lessening served, that he had examined the books the expence of future operations, the used in the school (which had been con- Committee have endeavoured to connect demned by the Bishop and Curate) and the formation of new Schools, with an had found they were not only free from Annual Subscription; and, in this way, error, but were the best he had ever met it is to be hoped that many of the resiwith.
dent noblemen and gentlemen in Ireland If, however, the views and objects of will assist in carrying into effect the de. the Institution haveonly commended them- signs, and in relieving the funds, of the selves as to a small part of the Catholic Hibernian Society. body; the Committee are happy to state The Committee feel a pleasure in rethat, in the Protestant community, the porting the assistance with which the high importance of the Hibernian Society Society has been favoured in the course increasingly arrests public attention; that of the last year, from various benevolent the demands for schools in almost every Institutions, and from the kind exertions district are more numerous than can be of Ministers. attended to ; and that in every place re
The BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE spectable individuals come forward, un- Society has, with a munificent liberality, solicited, to carry into execution the be made a grant to this Society of 1000 nevolent designs of the Society. And English Bibles. here it is very appropriate and grateful to
In IR ELAND the HIBERNIAN BIBLE SOobserve, that to the Clergy of the Es- CIETY bas generously presented to this tablished Church who have afforded their Institution 500 Bibles and 2,500 Testapatronage to the schools, and have con- ments. descended to act as visitors, the Society In Money also, various Congregaare under very great obligations : and tional Collections and Individual Donaparticularly to an excellent dignitary of tions have been received to a considerable that Church, who has always entered into amount, and are acknowledged in the the views of the Society with a liberal Report. mind, has furthered them with continued (To be concluded in our next.) assiduity, and has recently from the pulpit pleaded the cause of the Institntion, and thereby added to its celebrity and'sup
BAPTIST SOCIETY port. It has been noticed that the number
In London for the encouragement and of children and adults taught in the So- support of Itinerant and village preachciety's Schools has increased, in the ing, established in 1797. course of the last year, from 19,000 The friends of this institution break. to 27,000, and that requisitions for ad-fasted together at the City of London Taditional Schools are far more numerous vern, on Wednesday morning the 25th of than can be complied with. It will also June; after which the report of the probe remembered, that at the time of hold-ceedings of the committee for the past ing the last Annual Meeting, the expen- year was read by the Rev. Mr. Shenstone, diture of the Society had exceeded its from which we observe that the labours of income upwards of £600. In this con- the ministers assisted and patronised, flict of an enlarged establishment and a have been more widely extended than at deficient revenue, of encouraging prose any former period, epenuraged as they pects and limited means, of the Com- have been by the continued liberality of mittee have endeavoured to increase the the society; for although by the last refunds of the Society, and to lessen the port, it appeared such ministers preached expences of its future operations. To in upwards of 200 villages, situate in 26 obtain the first-mentioned benefit, they counties. The committee found from sevehave transmitted a circular letter to ral of their correspondents, that during Ministers generally, in town and country; the past year, other villages, whose inhabidescribing the state of the Institution, as tants till then, were wholly or in a great to its importance, its usefulness, and its degree destitute of the knowledge of the necessities ; urging them to interest them- gospel, had been taken in within the selves in procuring Subscriptions and sphere of their exertions, and that the Donations; and particularly and ear. word of God still continues “ to run”.in nestly requesting them to incorporate it the unenlightened parts of our country ; amongst those other excellent Societies, and they trust that in very many instances for the assistance of which Auxiliary it is glorified. Institutions have in so many places been Upon the subject of the Scilly Islands, established. These dispense their tribu- the committee say, “ It can scarcely be tary streams with fertilizing and invigo- necessary to call to your recollection, the rating energies, and if in their course, descriptions which have been laid before they were perínitted to visit and enrich you of the unenlightened state of the Inthe Hibernian Society, Ireland would habitants of the 'isles. The appeal made greatly benefit by the diffusion, and to your christian benevolence at the last