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EDINBURGH.

Roman Catholic, bas avowed, in

the face of the sui, his contempt Sept. Sth. 1803. The Associate for all religion, and wishes to es.

Synod (or General Assembly of tablish an uncontrouled jurisdiction Burgher Seceders) met at Edin

over the consciences, as well as burgh, and agreed that the fol, the bodies of men. lowing Address should be read

To provide for those of his own from the Pulpit by all the Mi. household, and by consequence to nisters under their inspection, on defend them, is a duty which our the third or fourth Savbath of religion enjoins upon every man who September: which was done ac- prolesses it. A nation is a society cordingly.

of families, united for mutual seDearly beloved Brethren, curity and comfort. It is, there. In the course of divine Provi. fore, not less incumbent upon us as dence, these kingdoms are again in- Christians than as men, to join to. volved in the calamities of war, and gerber for the detence of our coun, are contending for their exi ience iry, and of those manifold privi. against that ambitious and over. leges, civil and religious, which a grown power which has subdued free constitution las transmitted or humbled the other nations of through past generations, in a de. Europe. We deem it fit, in the gree of unrivalled excellence. exercise of our pastoral care, to call The country, which is now in on you to consider seriously ihe im- danger, is endeared to us as the land portant duties, which you are re- of our nativity, and the depository quired by this awful dispensation of the ashes of our fatliers and our to perform. Under this impression, kindied. It is hallowed by the orwe have resolved to embrace an dinances of our God, and is bucome farly opportunity of assembling venerable in our eyes, ils the place with our several congregations, iu in which we have received spiritual humble ourselves before God, to blessings, the earnest and företaste supplicate his mercy, to deprecate of the happiness of Heven. bieimpending judgments, and to be. thren, could you endure to behold seech him, that he would speedily such a county invaded and laid deturn war into peace to the ends of solate by the insulting joe, whilst the earth.

you possess the means of repelling Brethres, our enemy, while he ihe aggression ? - As Dissenters, is practised in all the arts of cruelty you enjoy the most valuable priviand deceit, is daring in enterprise, leges, under the mild and equitable brave and skilful in war ; and the law of toleration. And are you not iron despotisin of his government ready to testily your railide, by favours him in the secrecy of his contributing to the defence ofiliut designs, and the suddeniess of their excellent govermunt, by which execution. Envious of our pros they are securedi It is done to perity, and regarding us with ma- mny of you, that your fathers in lignant jealousy, as the chief obsta- the sece-sion-chureň dis:inguished cle to his scheme of aggrandiseneni themselves, in a former national and dominion, he comes to over- struggle, by their loyalty and their throw our constitution, to destroy Courage; and we trust that you our conimerce, to plunder our will convince the world, that you wealth, and to reduce us to a state are worthy to inherit their name, of abject dependence on his impe- and to occupy their post of honour. rious will. In the ruin of our civil We exhort and beseech you to privileges, our religion, which is stand fast in the evil day; torcynit dearer to us than them all, would yourselves like men, and to be be involved; for this man, by turns strong. Expect not, that in ailan Infidel, a Mahonictan, and a swer to your prayers for proicttion and deliverance, miracles will be earth be removed, and though the wrought :-it is your duty, in hum. mountains be carried into the midst ble dependence on the Almighty, of the sea ; though the waters there. to employ the human means of dio of roar, and be troubled ; though fence with which you are provided, the mountains shake with the swell. and to look for his blessing on your ing thereof. There is a river, the vigorous exertions.

And never streams whereof shall make glad were men called upon to think more the city of God, the holy place of seriously on the deep stake which the tabernacle of the Most High. depends on the issue of the contest. God is in the midst of her, she shall We must shield from destruction not be moved ; God shall help her, that venerable fabric which our and that right early." fathers framed by their wisdom, and

Signed by our appointment, in ceinented with their blood. We

our naine and our presence, by must even struggle for our exist.

DONALD FRASER, Moderator, ence as a nation, and as individuals against a foe, whose progress has been hitherto marked with murder tise Church was formed at Luton,

AUG. 3. A new particular Bapand desolation. Interest, Patriotism, Bedfordshire, by thirty-nine who Religion, command us to resist, even

have withdrawn from the old con, unto blood, in this mighty conflict. Are you resolved to obey this gregation of that denomination in

the saine place. On the oth a command? Let the fear of God, and confidence in his protection, three public services, Mr. Sleap

new meeting-house was opened by give solemnity to this resolution. of Chesham, preached from Exod, Life is not to be exposed, nor assaulted, with light or frivolous from Ps. cxxi. 7.; and Mr. Hunt

XX. 24. ; Mr. Buiton, of London, feelings. In every age, the most devout men have been the bravest

(from Ridgemont) delivered a lec.

ture soldiers; and still, “the people of St Alban's ; Illidge, of London ;

the evening : Messrs Harris, that know their God will be strong, Grocer, of Watford ; and Finney, and do exploits.” The faith of (of the Westlean connexion) en: the gospel, and the hope of im. mortality, will inspire you with in gaged in prayer and other parts of

the service. vincible courage, and prepare you for the worst. Then,“ if you live, The sixth annual meeting of the you will live unto the Lord; if you Evangelical Society for, spreading die, you will die unto the Lord ; the gospel by an itinerant ministry and, whether living or dying, you in the villages of the four northern will be the Lord's.

counties, was held at Reeth, August Finally, Brethren, let us trust in 9th-11th. On the evening of the the Lord our God, and continue 9th, Mr. Graham preached from incessant in prayer. His perfections Heb. vi. 1d.; and Mr. Carnson, and his promises assure iis of what from Psalm xí. 2, and concluded. he is able and willing to do for Aug. 10, in the morning, Mr. Rus. those who rely on his mercy and his ton preached from Rev. ii. 29. ; power; and the frequent interposi. and in the evening. Mr. Kay from tions of his providence, in behalf of Isai. liii. 1. ; and Mr. C. Whitfield our country, encourage 11s to hope, from Luke xv. 7. The members that he will yet stretch out his arm of this Society met in Mr. Cook's for our salvation. “Our fathers vestry, Aug. 10; when Mr. Gra. trusted in God; they trusted, and ham was requested to continue his he did deliver them. They cried labours four months longer in the unto him, and were delivered : same places, with liberty to sertle a they trusted in him, and were not congregational church in a central confounded." Let their children situation. The next meeting to be at say,“ God is our refuge and strength, Kendal, the second Wednesday in a very present help in trouble ; Aug. 1804; Mr. Hill and Mr. therefore will not we fear, tho' the Berry to preach.

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457 SEPT. 2. A large room was season, but generally 'terminate ia opened for preaching the gospel, at disgrace and death. Eishopstone, near Salisbury, which had been fitted up at the expence

SEPT. 6th. The Independent mi. pt a private gentleman. Mr. Ro. nisters of Gloucestershirc, and others,

A berts (from Mr. Sattery's church) met in association at Uley. preached from Ps. lxxiv. The double lecture was preached in the service was well attended, though morning, Mr. Hyatt, of Frome, the gospel has been very lately in

from Isa. vi. 13.; and Mr. Lowell, troduced into this dark village.

of Bristol, from Rey.ii..7. The af. Saturday, Sept. 3,

ternoon was employed in settling the

business of the association and mis. cuted at Carlisle, Haifield, the no

sion: and particularly of the Inde. torious impostor and swindler. He was born at Mortram, in Cheshire, has now in the funds about 3201.

pendent Benevolent Society, which in the year 1759. He married a

for the aid of the widows and or. Lady of good family; but soon phans of ministers. An evening lecsquandered away her fortune, and left her, with three children, to de. of Bristol, from Rom. v. 8.; Mr.

ture was preached by Mr Browning, . pend on the precarious charity of Sabine, minister of the place, closed her relations. He afterwards tra- the services of the day in prayer. velled in Ireland and America. In The next association will be holden 1792 he figured away in Scarboro', at Tewksbury, in the spring of 1804. pretending to great connections; but was arrested for debt, and confined

Sept. 7th, was opened a eight years; when a lady (his for meeting-house at West Cowes, in the mer wife being dead) took him Isle of Wight; Mr. Davies (a stu. from prison, and gave him her hand dent at Gosport) introduced the in marriage. After this, he en, service in the morning by prayer tered into partnership with some

and reading; Mr. Winter, of New, merchants, got a clergyman to ac

port, also prayed; Mr. Cox, of cept his dratts, to a great amount, Fareham, preached; Mr. Hopkins and made a splendid appearance

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concluded. The evening service London; he even proceeded to

was begun by Mr. Murrell, of Ly. canvas the borough of Queenbo: mington; Mr. R. Adams, of Win. rough as a candidate, previous to

chester, prayed; Mr. Bennet, of the last general election. obliged to retire from the indig Romsey, preached; Mr. Frey i

'The nation of his creditors, he soon after prospects in this place are very en,

converted Jew) concluded. appeared under the assumed name couraging ; people flock in great of Colonel Hope, in the north of numbers to hear the gospel. Mr. England, where he married Mary Styles, who, under God, was the of Butterniere. He was, however,

means of introducing a stated mic soon suspected, and once

nistry here, has engaged to labour obliged to decamp; but at length constantly in this congregation. was apprehended, tried for for. gery, and has made the forfeit SEPT. 8. Mr. D. Trotmar, late of his life to the justice of his a student at Bristol, was ordained country.

pastor of the Baptist church at We cannot observe the abuse of Tequksbury, in Gloucestershire. Mr. talent and address for such infa. H. Williams, of Cheltenham, be. mous purposes without a sigh, la- gan the service, with reading and menting the prostitution of abilities, prayer ; Mr. L. Butterworth, de. which, under the direction of grace, livered the discourse, and after Mr. might have rendered the possessor Trotman's confession of faith, prayed respectable and useful. His awful the ordination prayer ; Dr. Ryland end, however, like that of similar gave the charge from Eph. iv. 15.; - adventurers, should deter young Mr. Morgan, of Birmingham,

men of spirit and enterprize from preached to the people from Rom. those temporary deceptions, which xv. 29. ; and Mr. Osborne, of Wor. inay dazzle and succeed for a short cester, closed in prayer.

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LONDON.

on Tuesday the 5th of Sept. aps While the dependence of Bri- being kept back by his officer, on

pointed on the King's guard; but tons should rest alone on the Lord that day and the next, on account of Hosts, it is inatter of thankful- of sonié little imperfections in his ness that our means of defence are dress, he retired to his chamber, so ample. The regular force in our

and shot himself with a horse-pis. jsland is said to be not less than tol. His head was nearly taken off 100,000 men; the militia nearly the and a large fragment of his skull, same number, and the volunteers driven through the window, was full half a million : but, what is still picked up in the street by a boy. better, we trust there are more than Such is the pride and the sorrow of 300,000 praying Christians! and the world, which work death! we are sure that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man AUG. 28. Being exactly seven availeth much." The 19th ult. years since he first addressed that was cbserved by many congrega. people, the Rev.W. Cooper preachtions, both in town and country, ed to a considerable number of Jews as a day of prayer and humiliation. and a very crowded auditory at Sion Rut this observance was certainly Chapel, from Isa. ix. 16. “ For less general than it would have the leaders of this people cause been, on account of government them to err; and they that are led of having a few days before this oc. them are destroyed." After an curred, issued a proclamation for a introduction, calculated to engage general national fast to be observed their serious and candid attention, the 19th instant; which we hope will he showed that in many lamentable be particularly attended to by serious instances, this people had been fa. Christians of every denomination. tally misled, and therefrom exhori. By a late act of parliament, it is

ed them to * cease from man," and made a punishable offence to con.

to search their own scriptures for ceal the birth of a child. In con.

themselves. He then endeavoured sequence of this wise and salutary cause them to err, by exhibitinga

to shew then that their leaders still law, several women have already been convicted and sentenced to

concise but comprehensive sketch two years imprisonment. Thus, of the evidences for Christianity, while the cruel destroyers of their and the divine authority of the New bastard offspring may escape the pilo

Testament; with distinct answers nishinent of death, 'due to murder. to the principal objections made to ers; and which, through a studied both, by Jews and infidels. In the secrecy, can seldom be brought close of the discourse, they were hoine to them, the legislature has directed to look forward to a period judiciously contrived that they may

when their nation will be converted, be put to shame, and that their im and the Jews' brought into the prisonment may operate as a warn

Christian fold, togetber with the ing against the same crimes in other fulness of the Gentiles. femnules.

THE congregation at Edmonton It is much to the disgrace of a being considerably increased since Christian country, and an awful the settlement of Mr. Fowler, the proof of growing ungodliness, that chapel has been enlarged, and was instances of suicide are so frequent re-opened for public worship, Sept. anong us. Almost every week, 7ch. In the inorning a sermon was the public prints inform us of some preached by Mr. Griffin, of Port: such melancholy events. Among sea, from Isa ix. 7.; and another others, one took place lately in Lon. in the evening, by Mr. John Cooke, don, in the person of a German by of Maidenhead, from Ps.cxviii. 25, birth, of excellent parents, and by The services of the day were opened profession a limner. Having en- by Mr. Williams, of Stepney, i tered into the life.guards about a Messrs. Thomas, of Enfield; Gould year ago, he was, for the first time, and Collison engaged in prayer.

POETRY.

SATURDAY EVENING. Olney Hymns. Book 2, Hymo xl

Set by the Rev. Dr. Hawker.

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Great, condescending husbandman !

Behold the lurking seed;
And grair, O, grant thy saving hand,

To crush llie deathful weed! T.R,

AN HYMN

FOR THE APPROACHING. FAST.

THE THISTLE DOWN.

Gen. iii. 17, 18. Gursed is the ground for thy sake : Thorns also and thistles shall it

bring forth to thee.
Ah! go, ye sad remembrancers,

Obedient to the Lord ;
And scatter down to future years

The signets of his word.
If whirl'd upon the stormy west,

Or sailing with the breeze,
Or scarce aHoat on Eve's calon breast,

Still speaking his decrees.
Hover round infidelity,

Wave slow before his eyes ; Press him to owo, fulfill d'in thee,

The message of the skies.
Wing'd by the curse, spread want around!

Preach vengeance as ye fiy !
Then bid the troubled thoughi rebound

To peaceful Calvary!
Alnud denounce the righteous woe

On Eden's cxiles laid :
But louder yet, where'er ye 8?,

Proclaim the ransom paid !
Basom'd in down, lo, curses rove,

On silent pinions borne !
Qur least suspected comforis prove

The parents of a thorn,

JUDG, V. 20, 21. Lord of the starry hosts,

Let them for Britain fight! While angels mighty guard our coasts,

And put our foes to tight.
If they invade our isle,

Let Nature rise in arms:
In merey on our navi's sune,

Aud írown on Gallia's swarms.
Stretch out thy pow'rful arm,

And wield the sword of war, Britann a shield from threat'ning harm

And spread her camnerce far. Here may religion stine,

And piety increase; So shadd our tanktul hearts beihine, Anipraise the God of Peace.

Lanbury.

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