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interesting speeches were delivered by Messrs. Scargill, Cooper, Latham, Perry, Clack, Means and others, which were received by the company with marks of strong approbation. The Chairman in giving Mr. Cooper's health, referred to his exertions in the cause of Negro Slavery, which induced Mr. C. to give the company a view of what he saw of the slaves, and of the woeful effects of the slave-system, during his residence in Jamaica, and adverted to the great exertions which are now making by the Abolitionists for their gradual emancipation. He expressed an ardent hope that people in general would read the books which are now in circulation upon the subject of Negro Slavery, in order that they may be prepared to sign petitions to Parliament against it, which they will shortly be called upon to do. The company were much gratified by hearing, that an order had been sent out by the government of this country to lay aside the whip, at least as to the females.

About five o'clock, the elegant present of plate which had been provided by Mr. Toms's congregation and friends to be presented to him on this occasion, as a token of their high regard and esteem for him, was brought into the room. Mr. S. Keer, of Cretingham, presented it to his venerable pastor, aud addressed him in a very interesting manner to the following effect: "Rev. Sir, I rise to address you in the name of the church and congregation, as their beloved and highly-esteemed pastor, and to beg your acceptance of this present as a token of that respect and esteem we have for your person, your many virtues, both public and private, your long and useful labours amongst us, and for that bright and worthy example which you have so long set before us. Totally unaccus tomed as I am to speak in public, it will not be expected that I should say much before this truly respectable company; but, dear Sir, I sincerely congratulate you upon the pure and refined pleasures of this day which you are spared to enjoy, and upon that respect which you now receive from this numerous assembly. I bless God for all his goodness to you and to us in times past, and pray that you may yet be long spared, to be useful and happy amongst us." Mr. Toms replied in a speech of considerable length, in which he gave a brief view of the rise and constitution of the church at Framlingham; he also mentioned the steps by which he was led to become the pastor, and the motives which have induced him to continue in that situa tion for such a length of time, and that

he had never felt even a wish to remove.

Mr. Toms added, that he received the present with peculiar satisfaction from his old and much-esteemed friend Mr. S. Keer, who, with another individual at the end of the room, were the only two remaining in the congregation who signed his invitation to Framlingham, The speech seemed deeply to impress the minds of all those who had the pleasure of hearing it, and of witnessing the rapture and enthusiasm with which it was received.

At six o'clock, the company left the inn, and about sixty persons repaired (by invitation) to the minister's house to take tea, and spent the evening very pleasantly together. All who were present seemed much gratified and delighted with the proceedings of the day.

The bells were ringing through the day, a compliment totally unsolicited.

The plate consisted of a handsome tea pot, sugar basin, and cream ewer. The tea pot has the following inscription upon it.

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New Chapel at Hanley.

THE new Chapel at Hanley, Staffordshire, (the Rev. Thomas Cooper, minis ter,) is expected to be opened on Wednesday, Nov. 19, when two sermons will be preached, that in the morning by the Rev. R. Aspland, of Hackney, and that in the evening by the Rev. James Yates, of Birmingham. There will be a service also on the following (Thursday) evening, when a sermon will be preached by the Rev. J. Grundy, of Manchester. A public dinner will be provided between the services on Wednesday.

earnestly solicited by the congregation, who remained to execute the business of

the association, to give his permission for printing the Sermon, which it is presumed would prove highly beneficial not only to the society, but to the cause of Unitarianism generally. It is still hoped that this will be the case. Sixty-five persons, amongst whom were many ladies, dined together at the Gloucester Hotel. Much interesting information was communicated to the meeting by the preacher, respecting the progress of Unitarianism in India, and many animating and eloquent speeches were made in the course of the afternoon. The company separated at an early hour, highly grati fied with the proceedings of the day. The following ministers were present, and spoke at the meeting: Rev. R. As pland, Hackney; J. Fullagar, Chichester; Dr. Morell, J. Donoughue, J. Ketley, and W. Stevens, Brighton; G. Duplock, Ditchling; William Johnston, and T. W. Horsfield, Lewes. Ebenezer Johnston, Esq., of Lewes, was in the chair, to whom the members were much indebted for the ability with which he kept up the life and spirit of the meeting. T. W. H..


Consecration of the Jews Synagogue.

FRIDAY, August 29, a very interesting scene, as affecting the Hebrew nation, took place at the Great Synagogue, in Jews-place. Some time since, it was by accident discovered, that the dry rot had found its way into the rafters and sup porters of the roof of the Jewish Synagogue. The repairs were of so extensive a nature, that many months have been occupied, and nearly 5,0001. ex2 pended in performing them. The inside of the Synagogue has been fitted up and beautified in such a style, that it may, in point of splendour, vie with any place of worship in the metropolis; and yesterday was the day appointed for performing the solemn ceremony of its consecration. All the avenues round the Synagogue were crowded with the lower order of the Jew people, whilst the interior of the building contained all the wealthy and powerful members of that persuasion. The galleries were crowded with females, many of whom were very beautiful, and all attired in that fashionable splendour which forms a principal characteristic of the nation. Soon after four o'clock, the hour appointed for the performance of the ceremony, the Chief Rabbi, attended by the Wardens, Elders, and other Officers of the Synagogue, bearing the rolls of the Law, appeared at the doors of the Synagogue; the Chief Rabbi was in his full costume under a canopy of state, supported by six persons; the Wardens and Officers were in their robes and scarfs. The Chief Rabbi then exclaimed,

New Chapel, Stamford Street,

THIS elegant chapel has been erected with the funds granted by the Commissioners for the Improvement of Westminster, as the value of the Presbyterian Chapel in Princes Street, Westminster, which they took down some years ago. The delay in building a new place of worship arose partly from the tardiness of parliamentary and legal forms, and partly from the difficulty of obtaining eligible freehold ground. The new building is for the use of the Westminster congregation, which is represented by the surviving trustees and members. These gentlemen were applied to by the members of the congregation, lately assembling in St. Thomas's, Southwark, for accommodation in the new edifice. This has been granted, and on the recommendation of the St. Thomas's congregation, their former minister, the Rev. Dr. THOMAS REES, has been unanimously appointed by the trustees and members of Princes Street, the minister" Open unto us the gates of righteousof the Stamford Street Chapel, which isness; we will enter them and praise the expected to be opened by him for Unita-Lord." They then all entered in procesrian Christian worship on an early Sun- sion, preceded by six little boys tastefully day in the month of October, of which attired, each carrying a large silver basdue notice will be given. The chapel is ket filled with different flowers, which under the sanction of a special Act of they strewed along the path over which Parliament, rendered necessary by some the procession passed. In this manner defect in the general Westminster Im- they circumambulated the Synagogue seprovement Act. ven times, during which time seven appropriate Psalms were chanted by the

Reader and Choir, the music of which was exceedingly grand.. Upon the procession approaching the Ark for the seventh time, the rolls of Laws, which were all secured in peculiar cases, most splendidly ornamented, were severally placed within the Ark. The Chief Rabbi then delivered a prayer on behalf of the whole congregation, in which he particularly noticed the providential discovery of the state of the building. Three of the rolls were then taken from the Ark, and conveyed in procession to an elevated spot in the centre of the Synagogue, when the Reader, surrounded by all the Officers, delivered in a very solemn manner, in the Hebrew language, the following prayer for the King and the Royal Family:

"He who disposeth salvation unto kings and dominions unto princes, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, who delivered his servant David from the destructive sword, who maketh a way in the sea and a path through the mighty wilderness, may He bless, preserve, guard, assist, exalt, and highly aggrandize, our Sovereign Lord King George the Fourth and all the Royal Family. May the Supreme King of kings, through his infinite mercy, graut them life, preserve and deliver them from all manner of trouble, sorrow and danger. Subdue the nations under the soles of the king's feet, cause his enemies to fall before him, and grant him to reign prosperously. May the Supreme King of kings, through his infinite mercy, inspire him and his Councillors and Nobles with benevolence towards us and all Israel. In his days and in ours may Judah be saved and Israel dwell in safety, and may the Redeemer come unto Zion, which God, in his infinite mercy, grant, and we will say Amen."

The rolls of the Law being replaced in the Ark, and some other peculiar forms of service having been gone through, a

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subscription was opened towards defraying the expenses of the building, and in a very short time near 10007. was collected. The mode of conducting the subscription was a most curious one; for the Sabbath having just commenced as the subscription was opened, no money or checques passed, and every moment one might see the officers who were collecting the names of the subscribers hold up their fingers to any friends whom they saw at a distance, which was to ask him how much he meant to subscribe. As many fingers as the individual held up in return he was immediately put down for so many guineas. The subscriptions were afterwards announced in Hebrew; after this was over, the ordinary forms of the Sabbath eve commenced-Courier.


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THE Roman Catholic Church has lately lost her Pope, Pius VII., at the advanced age of 81, or as some reports state, 83. His name was Chiaramonti. He had been a Benedictine monk, and rose to the chair of theology at Rome, then successively to the bishoprics of Tivoli and Imola, afterwards to the rank of Cardinal, and lastly, in 1800, two years after the death of Pius VI., to the Holy See. His private character seems to have been universally respected. While he was Bishop of Imola, he addressed, under the name of "Citizen Chiaramonti," a "Homily" to the people of his diocese, in favour of republicanism, extracts from which are given in a former volume (XV. 693, 694). In the reign of Bonaparte he was a mere cipher, when he was not made a tool. The Catholics have been busy in the pageantry of masses for the deceased old gentleman, and the cardinals are in conclave at Rome to elect a successor, who will in all likelihood be the creature of Austria, whose influence is unhappily predominant in Italy.

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