Imatges de pÓgina

(Query. Does Bonaparte require, or State of Religion in France, &c.

refuse Licences ?) in which they as[Taken from an American Review, edit. semble on Sundays and holidays ;

ed by R. Walsh, Esq. Published at the expences of whieh are defrayed New York, for April, 1811.] by voluntary subscription.

• The (ecclesiastical) Council po • In the interior of the country longer assembles at Paris;. they the peasantry go to church with

have quietly withdrawn, without some regularity; but are, in every other respect, insensible to the ob formality or oppesition, having ligations of their religion, and to published no act or decree. the auihority of their teachers. In the provincial cities, and particu

ROME.—'The Clergy at Rome lạrly in the sea-port towns, the having refused to acknowledge the cause of infidelity has many more authority of Bonaparte, he has proselytes than that of the gospel ; driven them all out of that city, and the clergy are held in open de- and has placed others in their stead, rision. The state of public morals from different parts of the empire. generally is but little, if at all, im

THE POPE.—Upon the authenproved. There is more hypocrisy ticity of the following most imthan beretofore ; and a very small increase of Christianity. I am in- mentioned in ihe London papers,

portant intelligence, though not deed firmly persuaded, that the sys- the public may confidently rely:tem of Buonaparte bas, by its de- His Holiness the Pope, having commoralizing effects, more than coon: plied with the wishes of Bonaparte, terbalanced all the benefits which by nominating to the vacant Bishthe efforts of the clergy and the oprics in France, and its dependauthorization of public worship encies, has been freed from all retended to produce. The people of straint, and granted a palace at France are, perhaps, at this mo

Parma in Italy.--[Freeman's Jour.] ment, more inveterately corrupt, more incurably irreligious, than they were in the year 1800.'

French Generosity. The MinisThe same writer thus expresses

ter of Religion at Paris has lately his opinion of the views of the

addressed a circular letter to the French government with respect to

Bishops, by which they are author. religion :

ised to give assistance to such of the Judging from the language now

poor clergy as have served some held by Bonaparte, on the subject church at least thirty years, and of the Catholic religion, and from

were at least eighly years of age. the tenor of several open attacks The sum to be distributed is only upon Christianity that have recently 60,000 francs ; and can be granted issued from the Parisian press, I only to two or three, or at inost ta should not þe surprised if an attempt four persons in each diocese ! were speedily made, either to new. model the Christian religion, or to

RUSSIA. erect, uuder the imperial auspices, We are credibly informed that some other religious banner than effective measures have been rethat of the Cross.'

cently taken to obtain the forma

tion of a Bible Society at Abo, in Another accounl from the Literary Finland, for the continued circulaPanorama, for January, 1812.

tion of the holy Scriptures in the "Scarcely is any appearance of Finnish language: on which occapublic worship visible at Paris. sion, application having been made Those individuals who retain a feel- to the Emperor of Russia for pering of piety, cause Mass to be said mission to print the same, His Imprivately at their own houses; and, perial Majesty not only gave his apseveral families associatiog together probation, but has also contributed for the purpose, forin a species the sum of 5000 roubles from his of Meeting - house, or Conreuticle private purse in aid thereof,


Awful Catastrophe at Richmond,

The doubts which may have December 27, 1811. Last night existed of the fate of this eminent the play - house in this city was man are now removed, by the cer. crowded with an unusual audience :

tain accounts lately received from there could not have been less than Goree, of his having perished, 600 persons in the house. Just be through the hostility of the natives, {ore the conclusion of the play, the

on one of the branches of the Nia scenery caught fire, and in a few

ger. The particulars have been iminutes the whole building was transmitted to Sir Joseph Banks, wrapt in faines. It is already as,

by Governor Maxwell, of Goree, certained that 62 persons were de, who received them from Isaco, a voured by that terrific element.

Moor, sent inland by the Governor, There was but one door for the for thc purpose of enquiry. In a greatest part of the audience to letter to Mr. Dickson, of Covent pass.,' Men, women, and children Garden, brother-in-law to Mr. Park, were pressing upon each other, Sir Joseph this writes : while the flames were seizing upon " I have read Isaco's translated those behind ; those, urged by the journal; by which it appears that flames, pushed those out who were

the numerous European retinue of Dearest to the windows; and people Mungo Park quickly and miscrably of every description began to fall

, died, leaving at the last, only hinone upon another, some with their self and a Mr. Martyn. Proceedclothes on fire; some half burned.' ing on their route,' tfiey stopped at In addition to a list published,

a settlement, from which, accord, which includes the Governor and ing to custom, they sent a present his Lady, it is believed that at least

to the Chief whose territory they 60 others perished, whose names

were' next to pass. This present are not yet ascertained. It is said that the inhabitants have held, the Chief considered it, in the

having been treacherously withpurchased the spot on which the travellers, as a designed injury and theatre stood; and have agreed to neglect. On their approaching, in build a church tbcreon.

á canoe,' he asseinbled his people It was stated in a letter from on a narrow channel of rocks, and the General Assembly of the Pres. assailed them so violently with arbyterian Church in the United States rows, that

some of the

rowers were of America, to the Churches under killed. This caused Mr. Park aud their care, and as an argument to Mr. Martyn to make an effort by induce them to support a Theologi- swimming to reach the shore: ".in cal School, that there were, in the which attempt they both were year 1810, Four Hundred vacant drowned. The canoe shortly after, Congregälions within their bounds ; wards sunk, and only one hired na-, and that not oäly the frontier set-tive'escaped. Every appurtenance teinents, but many large and imó also of the travellers was lost or portaut districts, in the interior of destroyed, except a sword - belt the country, were every year calling which had belonged to Mr. Martyn, upon them for Missionary labours, and which Isaco redeemed, and which they were not able to supply brought with him to Goree.

M. Galarzin, a Russian prince, became a Roman Cathplic clergy. The two following Letters, lately reman about ten years ago, and fixed his residence on the Allegany moun

ceived from pious Roman Catholics tain, the highest in North America.

in Bavaria, arc addressed to inc Though his flock was then Jimited

Members of the British and fo. to six Roman Catholic families, it

reign Bible Society, duled March is now the largest congregation,

22, 1811. next to that of Philadelphia, in all As it is your noble employ, North America. - Limeric Evening ment to spread the Book of books, Posl.

and more especially the New Testa

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ment, among all nations, without a persecution for faith's sake; but having any thing else in view than God will give us all needful grace. eternal life, which consists in the We encourage each other in faith, knowledge of the oply true God, prayer, patience, confidence. Assist and Jesus Christ whom he has sent ; us with your prayers. We have to and as you proclaim nothing but fight the same light of faith, and God in Christ, I salute you most have one and the same Lord, even cordially, wishing you complete our Lord Jesus Christ. United to success in all your undertakings, him, we are united to each other : and recommending myself to your neither continents nor seas," vaunited intercessions. I am

rious forms of government, nor Yours, &c. different outward confessions of reProfessor of Divinity ligion, can separate us: all these in the University of

things pass away; but love abideth.

Help us, therefore, to pray, to beMarch 20, 1811. lieve, to suffer, to love; and all will *Your love to Christ, and your go well: for it is a faithful saying, impartial and comprehensive love that all things work together for to all Christians who sincerely pro- good, to them that love God.” foss our Lord Jesus, are known to With these sentiments, which I ime and to many in Germany. I trust you will receive kindly, I extherefore embrace this opportunity press to you my joy and particiof salutipg' you (though the least pation in the success of your Bibleof your brethren) and of thanking works. May God give you his you for the lively intereșt you Holy Spirit, by whom alone the have taken in our Ratisbon Bible dead letter can be quickened. Institution. Our New Testament (Signed) goes off rapidly. Indeed, there

Roman Catholic Parish. still exists a hunger in the land after

Priest in Bavaria.' the heavenly manna; and the Lord has promised to satisfy this hunger. New Construction of Old Laws. The Scripture is also a bond of union in Christ; for who hath the words of eternal life'but Jesus Christ alone ? " To whom else, there. fore, shall we go?" Whether the

Leeds' Sessions. translation of the Bible be in Latin, MR. R. Wood, a Preacher in Gernian, or English, is immaterial: the Methodist Connection, presentthe great point is, whether we be- ed himself before the Magistrates, come better ; that is, new creatures and requested that the oath might in Christ, through faith in him, be administered to him, that he which worketh by love. This is might make the declaration requirnot effected by the Greek, Latin, ed by the Toleration Act, to qualify German, or English letter, but by hiin to, officiate as a Dissenting the Spirit of God, which we receive Teacher. freely by faith, that we may work The Bench inquired if he was ap. the works of grace and love. Surely, pointed a teacher to any specific the hand of the Lord is not short congregation ?- Mr. Wood, senior, ened. In these times of general who is also a travelling preacher in fermentation, when all is shaking, the same connection, replied, that and the vessel of Christ's church his son was to preach at Bramley.appears sinking, be arises with Recorder. Suffer the young man power, cheers his frightened dis- to answer the question himself. ciples, and commands the winds and Mr. R. Wood-It is intended that I waves to be still. Let us show a should preach at Bramley, Armly, noble courage ; confiding in Christ, and other villages in the vicinity. we may risk every thing

The Recorder, after some conWith us matters seem to proceed versation with the Bench and the to such lengths, that we must expect Counsel' near him, resumed From


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a report of a case just published, it admitted that it was certainly a new appears that the Court of King's interpretation of the Act, and that Bench have decided, that a Protes. Magistrates had been uniformly in tant Dissenter who states himself as the practice of administering the one who preaches to several con- oaths without any reference to gregations, without shewing that he those conditions which tbe Court has a separate congregation attach- of King's Bench had decided to be ed to him, is not entitled to take the uccessary. oaths and make the declaration required by the Toleration Act. It At the Quarter Sessions held at will therefore be necessary for you Spilsby, Jan. 17, the Magistrates reto prove your appointment to fused to administer the oaths to the preach to a separate congregation, Rev. A. Crabtree, a minister in the before you can be entitled to take Methodist connection, appointed by the oaths.

their annual conference, and reMr. Maude here observed, that spectably recommended as a fit and though the Court of King's Bench proper person for the office. This did not, in the case cited, think pro- gentleman (in conjunction with two per to issue a mandamus to compel others) is a minister statedly preachthe Magistrates to administer the ing and officiating to very large and oaths, it did not follow that the oaths respectable congregations at Horn

ght not be administered here- castle, Alford, Langham Row, and tofore, without requiring those new other chapels. We understand that conditions, which were never be- the Magistrates refused the applicafore heard of.

tion, on the ground of a decision alMr. Hainsworth, in reply, said the leged to have been recently inade Magistrates could only adininister on this subject in the Court of the oaths agreeably to the provi: King's Bench. sions of the Toleration Act; and if that act required certain previous Ar the Lincoln Quarter Sessions, conditions, it was not in the power held Jan. 18, two young men apof the Bench, or any other, to dis- plied to be permitted to take the pense with them; for if the Magis- oaths which are required of Dis. trates in the case alluded to, had re- senting Ministers. One of them, quired any thing to be done which Mr. Buimstead, has been an itinethe law had not inade necessary, the rant preacher nearly five years ; Court of King's Bench would have the other, Mr. Bacon, has been enissued a mandamus to compel thein gaged in local preaching about to administer the oaths.

two years. Some questions were In these observations the Court put to them by the Magistrates, recoincided, and refused to administer specting their employınents and the oaths.

places of abode; and when they Before the Court adjourned, Mr. had received their answers and the Holthy, a student under the tuition testimonials they produced, sigued of the Rev. Mr. Steadman, a Dis- by four respectable inembers of senting Miuister at Bradford, pre- the Methodist connection, the sented himself for the same purpose; wbole bench of Magistrates retired and his application was rejected on and left the court for about half an the same grounds. But it appeared hour; after which they returned, upon inquiry, that this gentleman and informed the young men they had inade applications to an impro- could not be admiited to take the per Sessions, the Court having no oaths. Mr. Bacon asked, Whether jurisdiction out of this borough; he should be liable to fine for and he was advised to make appli- preaching without having taken cation to the Sessions for the kid. ihe oaths which the law prescribes, ing. On this gentleman expressing and which he thea desired to be suine surprise at the new provisions, permitted to take.

The Magiswhich, after the lapse of a century, trates replied, that was not their had been discovered in the Tolerä business : be might take the conse tion Act, Mr. Hardy, the Recorder, quences.

Similar refusals to those which relation to any congregation, to we have recorded, have occurred produce a certificate by some memin thirty counties. at the Quarter ber of his congregation that this Sessions held for them during the

was the fact.

l'his was a general last month ; - and we understand, rule, which, having adopted, the that not only refusals have occur- Justices could not depart from, red, to perinit-any persons' to take satisfied, as they were, that it was the oaths who are not appointed for the advantage of the Dissenters ministers of separate congregations, themselves; and that the most exbut certificates have been required ceptious person could not object from such ininisters, of their ap- to this as a reasonable general rule. pointment; and on their non-pro. Against the prosecutor in the preduction, even such persons havę, sent case no objection could be been refused. We are, however, taken, either in respect to his chahappy to learn that the New Society racter or his functions. This was in London, for the Protection of an opposition which he himself had Religious Liberty,' have anticipat- raised: there could not be a doubt ed these proceedings, and with that he could conformn to the pule, laudable activity have prepared to if he chose. sicertain their legality, by endea- Mr. Gurney, in support of the vouring to obtain the solemn ad- mandamus, contended, that these judications of the Court of King's Justices had no right to demand Bench. They have selected three the certificate, without which they cases; and of the proceedings which had refused to allow the prosecutor have occurred, we present the fol- so to qualify himself, as that he Inwing abbreviated, but we believe might escape the penalties in force. accorate; Reports

against Non - conforinists. The KING'S BENCH, JAN. 29.

practice of demanding such certi

ficate was novel, and one which The King, on the Prosecution of had not been resorted to for 150

Ellington, versus the Justices of years after the passing of the ToleSuffolk.

ration Act. A MANDAMOS had been ap- Mr. Justice Bailey said, The Act plied for in this case, calling on the required that it should be a house, Justices of Suffolk to admit the or place of meeting, certified and prosecutor, who claimed to be a registered. He did not observe Preacher or 'Teacher of a Dissenting that it appeared on the face of the Meeting of upwards of 100 persons, prosecutor's affidavits, that the to take the oaths required by law place of worship in question stood to be taken by him, in order to in this situation, of course, it did qualify him as such preacher or not appear that the question came teacher.

before the Court in such a shape The Attorney General and Mr. as justified their interference by Dampier shewed cause against the this extraordinary exercise of their rule. All the Justices required at authority. the Sessions was, That the prosecu- Mr. Gurney contended, That he tor should produce a certificate sufficiently fortified himself under that he was the teacher mr.preacher the 8th section of this act, which to the particular congregation in regarded the qualifications of respect of which he claimed to be preachers, teachers, &c. allowed to qualify. The Justices Mr. Justice Bailey asked, — Did had laid it down as a rule, and one not the 19th sect. of the act qualify which, they subinitted, was far the 8th, by requiring that the house from being unreasonable, that such or place to which such preacher or certificate should be produced by teacher was appointed inust be ree7ery person without distinction, gistered? A fact which did not who came before them with suchá here appear in evidence. člain. Nothing could be easier Mr. Gurney being unable to sa*than for a person who stood in this tisfy the Court on this bead,

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