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cessary, the Committee had long directed their atteution. They determined in these times not to agitate the country by requiring their civil rights, but to be content with protecting their religious liberty. They also resolved not to become the tools of any political party, but to conciliate the esteem and invite the support of the existing Government and of all illustrious men in both Houses of Parliament, who were friendly to civil and religious freeclom. On these principles they applied, on December 6th, to the late Mr. Perceval; they obtained an interview with him, at which they explained the situatiou of the Dissenters and solicited his aid; and at his request they transmitted a written statement of the apprehensions they entertained, and the interposition they required. To that application, they received in April, the frank and liberal reply before stated, and they acquiesced in his suggestion that an application to Parliament should be postponed until a decision in the Courts on the depending cases should be obtained. When that judgment was pronounced during the present month, on the cases of Mr. Packer and Mr. Brittan, it was communicated to Mr. Perceval, and an interview occurred in the morning of the day on which he fell, generally and justly deplored, by the hand of an assassin. At that interview he expressed his conviction that Parliament ought to interfere, to protect the Dissenters, and his inclination to ensure to them all the relief which the counteracting prejudices of other persons would permit him to recommend.

Under existing circunstances Mr. Wilks could not venture to prognosticate what proceedings would occur. He would not assist Dissenters to rear a structure of hope which might not be realized; nor would he agitate them by apprehensions which might be equally chimerical

. As soon as a new Administration was formed, the applications of the Committee would be renewed, and some measure would be probably subunitted to Parliament during the ensuing Session. The Committee desired to obtain relief by the repeal of all statutes interfering with the freedom of religious worship; and if that could not be obtained, they at least would not concur in any measure which shali not legalize the past practice, and effectually prevent any novel magisteriał interposition, hostile to the rights of worshipping his Creator according to the dictates of bis conscience, which every professing Christian was entitled to claim. In the pursuits of that end difficulties might arise-difficulties which might demand not only the energetic exertions of the Committee, but the concurrent and immediate efforts of every congregation of Dissenting Protestants, and of every friend to religious liberty. If such necessity should occur, experience demonstrated that such aid would not be withheld; and that in their just claims and prudent labours, the Committee would receive, not only the strenuous assistance of the numerous members of their own Society, but that unanimous support, which would probably prove a torrent sufficiently irreşistible to bear away every obstacle which timidity and prejudice might collect..

After this exposition by Mr. Wilks, which excited much attention and produćeri inuch pleasure, but of which, only an imperfect sketch can be introduced, the following resolutions, proposed by the Rev. Messrs. COLLISON, BOGUE, GRIFFIN, Cockr:", SLATTERIE, M. WILKS, THOMAS of Chelmsford, TOWNSEND, Dr. Nicol, and others, were unanimously adopted.

I. That an abstract of the satisfactory statement of the proceedings of the Committee of this Society be prepared and circulated to all the members with all convenient expedition,

II. That this meeting highly approve of the conduct of the Committee during the past year, and the zealous attachment to religious liberty which they have displayed. That they particularly applaud the liberality with which they defrayed all the expenses incident to the prosecution of the rioters

at Wickham Market; their vigilant attention to the individual and local applications for redress which they have received; their interference to prevent the Acts for regulating the Local Militia, and the Registration of Births and Burials in England, from containing clauses injurious to the rights of Protestant Dissenters; their efforts to ensure liberty to Missionaries to promulgate Christianity to thế nations of the East; their promptitude and perseverance in resisting the attempts of Magistrates in Suffolk and Gloucestershire, to violate the provisions of the Acts for Toleration; and especially the energy and pru: dence with which they have hitherto, conducted their exertions to obtain the Legislative repeal of all penal laws affecting religious worship, and to exempt places appropriated to that purpose from parochial assessment.

III. That this Meeting learn with much anxiety the opinion respecting the construction of the Toleration Act, as to persons pretending to holy orders, intimated by high legal authorities, and being convinced that such explanation will expose thousands of pious and useful ministers, students, and other persons to ruinous penalties to an immense amount, and to the horrors of imprisonment, and being firmly attached to religious liberty, they instruct the Committee of the ensuing year to persevere, by every legal means, to obtain the repeal of the Five Mile and Conventicle Acts, and every other Statute which prevents any individual from worshipping God according to his conscience, and from promulgating his religious opinions: subject only to such restrictions as public security and the national welfare imperatively demand.

IV. That this Meeting consider the exemption of all places exclusively appropriated to religious worship, as a measure calculated to prevent vexatiuus charges and litigations to afford universal satisfaction--and to promote morals and piety by the encouragement of public instruction, without imposing any new burden on individuals or on parishes; and that the Committee be therefore also instructed to endeavour to obtain an Act for that purpose.

V. That the experience of the past year having demonstrated the necessity and advantages of this. Institution and the excellence of its plan, this meeting recommend to every congregation of all denominations throughout England and Wales, to become members of this Society, and to perpetuate or to afford their support.

VI. That the part of the original plan for electing the Cornmittee be dispensed with for the year ensuing, and that the former Committee constitute the London Committee for the ensuing year :--and that as all country members and deputies are members of the Committee, they be particularly requested, when they visit London, to attend the regular monthly meetings on the last Tuesday evening in every month at this place.

VII. That, but for the mournful catastrophe which has excited their sincere regret, and has prevented the exercise of their wishes, this meeting would have been most happy to have expressed their public acknowledgments to the late Right Honourable Spencer Perceval, for the prompt and polite attention which he has invariably manifested to the representations of their Committee; and for his promise to bring forward or to support an application to Parliament, for the purpose of rendering legal the former practice under the Acts of Toleration.

VIII. That the harmonious and active co-operation of the Methodist Society in the connection of the late Rev. John Wesley with the Committee in their various exertions during the past year, entitles them to the continued esteem of this meeting.

The reverend gentlemen who proposed the resolutions, introduced thema by several eloquent addresses. They concurred in expressing their high satisfaction at the proceedings which had been adopted by the Committee during the past year. They considered the formation of the Society as a most providential event. They perceived that union and zeal were most imperatively required from all friends to Toleration and to Evangelical Truth, for that their enemies being active, powerful, and decided--their exertions to prevent the pro gress of vital religion, could only be defeated by similar and consentaneous efforts. They, however, lamented that many ministers were insensible to the importance of this Institution, which had already been proved to be the firmest bulwark of their rights during the unprecedented storms, by which, in the past year, they had been assailed and they expressed their hope, that as the contribution towards the support of the Institution positively required, did not exceed £2 annually from each congregation in England, and £1 annually from each congregation in Wales, those sums would be transmitted by even the poorest congregations;mand that, as by the report of the Treasurer, the funds were considerably dininished, the opulent congregations would immediately make annual collections, and not permit protection to be withheld from any deficiency of pecuniary resource.

Resolutions were then adopted, expressive of the approbation of the meeting, of the able and intelligent exertions of the SECRETARIES—of the żeal' and attention of the TREASURER-and of the liberality which the CHAIRMÁN had displayed :--And the meeting adjourned, after an animated and impressive address from the Rev. J. COCkIn, of Halifax, in which, after acknowledging with regret, the apathy which pervaded his mind as to this Institution—he declared that he had heard their labours with delight--that he considered their prosperity as essentially connected with the progress of religion—that the knowledge of their existence, and of their zeal would animate him with confidence when exposed to persecution by village preaching-and that he most sincerely and with all his heart wished them God's SPEED. A wish in which the meeting, deeply affected, devoutly and universally concurred.

At the request of the Committee, whose expenditure has been unavoidably, great, we avail ourselves of this opportunity to remind ministers that the annual subscriptions of their several congregations must be transmitted to ROBERT STEVEN, Esq. the Treasurer, No. 101, Upper Thames Street, London, before The end of Juue, or that they will discontinue to be members of the Society:and also that any case, requiring the advice or interposition of the Committee, will experience immediate attention, if addressed to either of the Secretaries, T. PELLATT, Esq. Ironmongers' Hall, or J. WILKS, Esq. Hoxton Square, London,

Congregalional School. and was taken into custody. Upon

examination, he protested that he had On Tuesday, April 28, the Friends

neither personal enmity nor political and Subscribers to the above useful

animosity to Mr. P.; but he had been Institution, held their Half - yearly

an injured man while in Russia ; agd. Meeting at the King's Head in the

having in vain addressed his Majesty's Poultry, to elect six more children.

ministers for relief, had determined to The following is the List of Candidates. revenge himself and punish them. On

1. Jones, J. aged 13, son of the late the Friday he was tried at the Old Rev, W.J. of Namptwich. The widow Bailey, and made a very collected dehas two children.

fence ; still denying any malicious in2. Milward, J. aged 13, son of the tent, and depending confidently on that Rey. J. F. M. late of Mansfield, who plea for his acquittal. He was, how. bas three children.

ever, found guilty, and executed on the 3. Griffiths, J. aged 12, son of the Monday morning. Oo the Sunday in. Rev. J. G. of Carnarvon, who has five tervening between his sentence and children.

execution, he was visited by Mr. But4. Whitehouse, J. aged 12, son of terworth, and other gentlemen, , with the Rev. Jos. W. of Wilmcote, War.

whom he conversed freely, engaged in wickshire, who has seven children.

devotional exercises, and appeared by 5 Houlton, C. aged in, son of the

no means ignorant of the gospel meRev. Jos. H. of Fiochingfield, who has

thod of salvation, yet still justifying eight children.

his conduct to the last minute of his 6. Jones, S. aged 11, son of the Rev. life, and revolting at the charges of T. J. of Lambeth, who has five chil

murder or assassipation. His counsel dren.

pleaded insanity on his behalf; and it 7. Barton, J. M. R. aged 11, son of appeared that he was once in configer the Rev. J. B. late of Sheffield, who

ment on that account; bụt he spurned has seven children.

such a ground of defence, and evidently 8. Sloper, S. aged 1, son of the Rev. thought his conduct rather meritorious C.S. of Wilton, wbo has six childreu.

than criminal, 9. Dobson, J. aged it, son of the

What reflections crowd upon us in Rev. J. D. of Chisshill, who has five reciting this event! a man of amiable children.

manners, and of splendid talents, fill. 10. Corbishley, J. aged 10, son of ing the highest office in the British the Rev. J. C. of Abbotts Roothing, empire, surrounded with an affectiopate Essex, who has nine children.

wife and in children, cut off in a mo11. Seaton, W. aged 9, son of the

ment by assassination, while the cri. Rev. W. S. of Woodbridge, who has minal himself (also with a wife and three children,

several children) is hurried into eter12. Clift, S. aged 9, son of the Rev. pity, under the awful influence of selfS. C. of Alfreston, Sussex, who has six delusion, to meet that God who hath children.

not only forbidden murder, under the 13. Harper, T. aged 9, son of the most awful sanction, but hath expressRev. T. H. St. George's Fields, who ly said, “Vengeance is mine, and I has four children.

will repay it.' 14. Waddell, J. aged 8, son of the Rev. J. W. of Nayland, who has five (Omitted in our last.) children.

LONDON. @ The successful candidates were Numbers 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 14. The period for another election, and the num

March 25. At a Meeting of the ber to be admitted, must depend on the

Wards of Farringdon Within, Faramount of subscriptions ansi collections ringdon Without, and Castle Bayreceived during the present summer. nard, and also of the parishes of Bermondsey. J. TOWNSEND. St. Andrew, St. Sepulchre, and

Clerkenwell, Alderman Smith in the Assassination of Mr. Perceval. chair, it was agreed that a • Lancas

trian Institution for the Education Monday, May il, about a quarter

of the Poor' of all denominations, past five o'clock, as the Right Hon. Spencer Perceval was passing through be formed within the above district. The lobhy to enter the House of Com. Alderman Smith, G. Longman, and mons, he was shot through the heart P. Grenfell, Esqrs. M. P. Vice Preby a mao of the pame of Bellingham, sidents; R. Slade, Esq. Treasurer: who immediately surrendered himself, and B. Blundell, Esq. Secretary.

April 8, was held the Annual a large district, were under religious General Meeting of the Society for impressions. The Associations at the Support and Encouragement of Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest Sur day Schools, W. H. Hoare, Esq. were very pleasing and profitable. V. P. in the Chair.—The Committee The congregation at the former, reported, that since the last Gene. amounted to about 20,000 persons ; ral Meeting 239 Schools had been and great order and solemnity preadded to the Society's List; and as- vailed during the whole of the sistance repeated to 92 other Schools meetings. I have seen something formerly established; for which, similar in former days; but nothing, and the new Schools before stated, like it for years past

. Preaching they had distributed 26,723 Spelling was as easy as opening the lips, and Books, 5056 Testaments, and 132 divine influences on preachers and Bibles. That since the commence- hearers, were felt mightily. Withment of the institution, 1785, they out being in the work, and parhad issued 329,695 Spelling Books, takers of the influences, no one 70,537 Testaments, and 8801 Bibles, can form any conception of it. to 3730 Schools, containing up. For myown part, whilst I have any wards of 303,000 Scholars. In the memory, I shall never forget it! It course of the past year, numerous is the more delightful to me, as I testimonies of the utility of this in-. view it, in great measure, as the stitution have been furnished from happy fruit of our Sunday Schools. various quarters, many gratifying I pray the Lord it may spread wider instances of which were read bŷ and wider, till it cover the land ! the Secretary Wales appears to More has been done in a few weeks have felt the "moral influence of since the work began, than was Sunday Schools throughout the done before in many years painful. Principality; and Ireland is rapidly labour, although perhaps it is the advanciog by means of them to a produce of those years of faithful state of civilization and religious labour. light. Applications have also been The Lord hath done great things made to this country for the esta- for us, whereof we are glad! Our blishment of Sunday Schools at St. mouths are filled with laughter! ExJohn's, Antigua; St. George's, Bar- cuse my warmth in writing on the badoes; the Cape of Good Hope; subject, when I think of it my Sicily; and Gibraltar : in conse- whole soul is kindled in a flame.' quence of which, the Society resolved to extend their patronage The following is inserted by partias far as they may be enabled

cular request. • throughout the British Domin

Knowing that your work is read jons,' and have designated them- by a number of poor persons, I am selves accordingly as above, upon induced to request you to acquaint the presumption, that in prosecut- your readers that BREAD is greatly ing an object that promises such improved in favour and colour by extensive benefit, both moral and the addition of half a pound of rice political, the liberality of the Pub- (having been boiled 50 minutes in lic will not be found to desert two quarts of water) to a peck of them.

four; and, what is more, it increases Extract of a Letter from a Minister the loaf very materially; and is the in Wales, dated durch, 1812.

saving of one, shilling in six.

A PHILANTHROPIST. The prospect in South Wales, in a religious point of view, is most

NOTICE. delightful. In some parts was truly On the 17th instant the Surry presented to us a faithful represen- Mission will be held at Stockwell. tation of the day of Pentecost; there was a rushing mighty wind (See Cover, p. 11.) * We are that bore down all before it. Into

sorry to be obliged again to defer one Society, above 140 were received in the space of about two

a great number of minor Articles months. All the young people in of Intelligence.


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