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Feb. 9, greatly respected, and of the Rev. John Oakes. This was in the full enjoyment of her fa- in the year 1745, and she continued culties, at Cheshunt, Herts, in the a member of that church so long as 90th year of her age, Mrs. HaNNAH it remained in the same connexion. Joyce, relict of Mr. Jeremiah Joyce, The successor to Mr. Oakes was the who died in the same place, Sept. Rev. John Mason, author of nume17, 1778. Mrs. Joyce was grand- rous excellent works, of which the daughter by her mother's side to the most celebrated is, a “ Treatise on Rev. John Benson, a dissenting mi- Self-Knowledge;" au edition of this nister residing at Hoddesdon, in Hert with some alterations, and a biografordshire, at the period of the Revo- phical account of the author was in lution ; but who, in 1690 or 1691, re- 1803 published by Mrs. Joyce's youngmoved to Sandwich, in Kent. This est son, who dedicated it to his mogentleman had nine children, of whom ther as the last surviving member of The cldest, John, was educated for Mr. Mason's church. She has left the ministry, among the Dissenters, four children, who cannot cease to and was afterwards settled at Chert- remember with emotions of filial piety sey, in Surrey. His sixth child, Mar- and gratitude, the coustant care and tha, was married to Mr. John Somer attention which she ever manifested sett, of St. Mildred's Court, London, in forming their minds to habits of by whom he had six children. Of usefulness, integrity and virtue. these, Hannah was born Sept. 5,

J. J. 1726, 0. S. and was baptized the Highgate, Feb. 24, 1816. following day, by the Rev. Mr. Grosvenor, of Crosby Squarc. The fact is noticed in the Register kept by Mr. After the death of Mr. Oakes, a voBenson, who adds, “ And she is now, lume of his Sermons to young persons was June 8th, 1727, visiting (with her published by his successor, Mr. Mason. mother) her grandfather John and The following Questions in Mr. Oakes's grandmother Hannah Benson, at Sand- hand-writing, will shew on what terms wich, in Kent, whom God long pre- nion with him at that time, who was pas

persons were admitted to church commuserve as a blessing to herself and

parents.". Hannah remained in London

tor of a presbyterian congregation. only till she was about twelve years Questions publicly proposed to such as of age, when she was taken into the offer themselves to the communion with family of Mrs. Harding, of Cheshunt, who kept a very respectable and flou

1. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is rishing boarding school in that vil- the Son of God and the Saviour of the lage, but who afterwards married Mr. world ? Lewis Jones, at that time of Reading, 2. Do you believe that Jesus Christ died in Berkshire, who removed to Hack- for our sins according to the scriptures, ney, where he and Mrs. Jones died and that he rose again from the dead for and were buried.

onr justification ? While with Mrs. Harding, the sub

3. And do you so believe these things, ject of this article married Mr. Joyce, beartily devote yourself to him, and to

as that you do hereupon sincerely and by whom he had eight children. She God by him ; as it becomes those to do was from a very early period seriously who are bought with the price of his preand deeply impressed with the impor- cious blood ? tance of religion, and it appears from 4. And is it your fixed resolution and a sort of diary, in her own hand- the solemn purpose of your soul (in de. writing, but which was never seen, pendance on divine grace) to lead ihe life by her children even, till after her you live in the flesh by the faith of the decease, that though she had been Son of God, and in a course of dutiful extremely assiduous in her attendance obedience to his commandments ?

MINISTER, If this be the sincere belief upon public worship, and exhibited the most decisive proofs of undissem- solutions, then in the name of Jesus Christ,

of your heart, and these your settled. rebled piety, yet when she was in her and in the name of this Christian Society, 19th ycar, she made what she deno. I bid you welcome to this feast of the gosminates a solemn re-dedication of her pel. self to God and his service, by joining the church under the pastoral care


Mr. J. Hennell.--Mrs. H. Aspland.-Mr. Justice Heath. - Dr. Vincent. 11

Tuesday, Jan. 30, at his bouse, in longing to that cathedral. This elevation St. Thomas's Square, Hackney, Mr. was considered as a most appropriate reJAMES HENNBLI., aged 33. By a most ward of his long and skilful discharge of mysterious visitation of Divine Providence, the functions of master of Westminster this interesting young man is taken away School. from a numerous family and a wide circle It was brought as a reproachful charge of friends in the midst of activity and use against Milton, that he bad once emfulness. A Sermon on occasion of his ployed his superlative talents in the indeath was preached by Mr. Aspland tu struction of youth. Abilities not inferior the Gravel-Pit Congregation, Hackney, to his own would be required to atinch of which he had been a member, for seve- disgrace to an employment not to be comral years, on Sunday morning, Feb. 18th, pared in absolute utility with any other. when a numerous andience testified by The duties of it may be ill performed, and their deep sympathy their sense of the loss it then becomes dishonourable and injusustained by society in this melancholy rious. Yet few instances of its abuse event. At the request of the family of the would probably occur were due judgment deceased, the Sermou is put into the press; exercised in the selection of proper perwe shall extract the conclusion of it, con- sons, and due honour paid to the qualified taining some account of his character and and meritorions. Milton has been dehappy death, in our next.

fended, with almost supertinous ability,

hy Dr. Johnson; and nothing further On Saturday, Feb. 3, at Wicken, in needs to be urged in vindication of the the county of Cambridge, at the age of respectability of Dr. Vincent, and of the 64, Mrs. Hannah ASPLAND, relict of the ample remuneration bestowed upon himo. late Mr. Robert Aspland, of the same

The example of John Milton is enough to place. Her sufferings were severe and give dignity to any avocation. long-continued, but a deep sense of reli

Dr. Vincent was educated at the celegion which she had cultivated from ear

brated school which he afterwards directed liest youth bore up her mind with exem

with such success. On that foundation plary fortitude and patience. Her facul- he was elected to Trinity College, Camties were clear to the moment of her dis- bridge. At the end of four years be resolution, and her last breath was spent in turned, and never quitted the walls of that prayer to her heavenly Father. By her seminary; till it was judged right to terexpress desire, her funeral sermon was

minate his conscientious diligence by an preached at Wicken, on the Sunday fol. ample provision for his old age. Hundreds jowing her interinent, Feb. 11th, by ber of the nobility and gentry of the land acson, the only survivor of several children, quired under him that taste and that eruMr. Aspland, of Hackney, from 1 Peter dition which so much distinguish the highiii. 3, 4, 5, words of her own choice, er orders of society in Great Britain. Withwhich had been her comfort in the failure out injustice to his name, it cannot be se. of heart and flesh. A very crowded au- parated from the praises merited by Briditory was deeply affected throughout the tish learning during one half of a century. whole of this trying service.

In other respects, Dr. Vincent acquired

extraordinary literary reputation.

What, indeed, could have been done more Lately, at Park House, Hayes, the than he has done? Leisure and opportuHon. Mr. JUSTICE Heath, one of the nity were denied him in the midst of a Judges of the Court of Common Pleas. most arduous engagement, which, instead He was in point of service, the father of of admitting the intrusion of other purthe Bench, all his brethren having taken suits, stood itself in need of aid and divi. their seats subsequent to him. He was es- sion. Yet, he managed to steal from the teemed the best black-letter man of these school sutricient time to compose his ad. times, deeply learned and of the most so- mirable work on the Navigation and Comlid and fixed principles. He was justly merce of the ancients. This proof of his ranked among those few men, whom no learning and industry is well known at power nor persuasion could divert into a home, and perhaps inore highly appreciarelaxation from what be thought right; ted by the learned abroad, who may be yet this virtue bad degenerated into the pronounced equally discerning with his vice of obstinacy in his old age, and thus own countrymen, and perhaps less subject begat sternness and severity:

- Monthly to hostility or partiality. This was enough Mag.

for fame.

Dr. Vincent was not less intent and as. Lately, at the age of 77, the very siduous for heaven. He had talents ; he Rev. WILLIAM VINCENT, Doctor of Divi. had learning; he had a rare felicity in nity. He had been preferred, in the year communicating the store of his mind to 1808, to the deanery of Westminster, and others. However, he had higher qualifiresided, at his death, in the cloisters be- cations. His heart was simple, his man.


ners were pure. Those whom his station philanthropy. Religion had in Dr. Vinor closer affinity placed under his guidance cent an enlightened friend of its cause, and protection experienced in him erery and a bright example of its excellence and kindness which could be prompted by true consolation.-Weekly Mag. No. VI.




was before precarious, and they also gave Persecution of the Vaudois, them perfect and complete civil equality. We reqnest the attention of our liberal When at length the French were obliged and feeling readers to the subject of a new to give up Italy, and the king of Sardinia persecution of our Protestant brethren, was restored among the other legitimates, commenced in another quarter, a perse- he issued a proclamation, declaring as null cution which, though in appearance not every act which had taken place during so glaring as that already noticed in France, his absence. By this general declaratiou, is in reality more atrocious. It has not, the Vaudois have been actually deprived of. we believe, as yet been brought before the the revenues for the support of their relipublic eye in this country, and should any gion, and as our minister has neglected reader not be aware of the circumstances to insert, in the new treaties, the old cove. which render this persecution an act of nant in their favour, they are thus subject peculiar meanness as well as of atrocity, to the fury of a bigotry which may we leg leave to state a few historical facts again break out with the same rage as it which will serve to represent the matter in did formerly, and in the mean time their its proper colours, and also enable every teachers are deprived of all subsistence. candid mind to judge how far our minis. A siugle word from our minister might ters have been anxious for the bonour of have prevented the possibility of such an this country, and the interests of the Protestant religion abroad, for which at home The following genuine letter, which we they profess so much devotion. The dread- have received from Piedmont, will give ful persecution commenced by the King of our readers a fuller description of the caSavoy, in 1654, against his unoffending lamity which this persecutiou has brought Protestant subjects, a persecution during upon that inoffensive people. Here, at which several hundred of innocent victims least, there cannot be alleged against them perished by the sword, and many others the crime of Buono partism amongst Alpine shows, is unfortunately La Tour de Pelis, 12th Dec. 1815. too well known to require any detail of “Consternation is in our valleys--we are its atrocities. When the account of that threatened by the Agents of our King persecution reached Englaud, Cromwell, with being robbed of the little which had who was at the head of the government, been granted to us by the preceding goimmediately wrote on the subject to the vernments, for the support of our religious different powers in Europe, and to the worship. The Court of Turin pretends King of Saroy iu particular : so strongly not to be bound by any convention on this did he express bis abhorrence of the bar. subject, and professes to do in this case barous outrage, that the persecutions were as in every other, whatever pleases itself, not only pat an end to by his interference, or rather whatever pleases the cabal of but even a treaty was made, by which the Monks which rules under its name. In Protestaat inhabitants of Piedmont, known reality, neither the treaty of Paris iu 1814, under the name of Vaudois, were specially nor that lately concluded, makes any menplaced under the protection of Great Bri. tion of the special protection granted by tain. This treaty was ratified at different preceding treaties, particularly by that of times, and the worsbip of these Protestants Aix-la-Chapelle, to the Protestants of the was, in fact, supported by English con- valleys of Piedmont, known under the name tribution down to the time in which the of Vaudois. Can England, who formerly present Sardinian King was expelled from acted so generously towards them, hare Piedmont. Regardless as the French Re- now changed her system with regard to volutionary government was in many in these eldest sons of the evangelical reli: stances of church property, yel so great gion, whose arersion to the Roman Church was the respect paid at all times to the vir. is anterior even to the Reformation of Lu. tues and poverty of the Vaudois, that even ther? Can this population of 30,000 souls that government not only endowed the have appeared to the English minister an Protestaut church of the Vaudois with a object too unimportant to employ his attenprovision arising out of the revenues of tion amidst the political dismemberment of the country, larger than the sum they had so many nations? We cannot believe it; been in the habit of receiving from Eng. for nothing is trifling which involves a land, but they made that perpetual which great moral principle. However, if at a


Intelligence.--Holy Alliance. period when England was far from that “ As we have seen from experience, and preponderance on the Continent which the from the unbappy consequences that have follies of Napoleon have put into her hands; resulted for the whole world, that the if at a period in which religious freedom course of the political relations in Europe had not yet become a common maxim with between the Powers has not been founded all enlightened governments, the British on those true principles upon which the Administration in former days could obtain wisdom of God in his revelations has so great a triumph on this subject over the founded the peace and prosperity of naprejudices of time and place, can any per

tions, son doubt but that a single word from your tion with their Majesties ihe Emperor of

“We have consequently, in conjuncministers (whom the House of Savoy must regard as its restorers) would have been Austria, Francis the First, and the King sufficient to assure, not only to the Vau- of Prussia, Frederick William, proceeded dois, but to all the inhabitants of Pied- to forin an alliance between us, (to which mont, the free exercise of their religion ? the other Christian Powers are invited to Since then, negociators, supported by so accede), in whieh we reciprocally engage, great an influence, did not think proper both between ourselves and in respect of to insert in the new treaties the ancient

our subjects, to adopt, as the sole means guarantee to the Protestants of Piedmont,

to attain this end, the principle drawn from we must suppose that they could not fore the words and doctrine of our Saviour Je. see that the Court of Sardinia, by declar

sus Christ, who preaches not to live in ening every thing null which happened dur- mity, and hatred, but in peace and love. ing its absence, that is to say, during We hope and implore the blessing of the sixteen years and more) would, under this Most High ; may this sacred union be general proclamation, rob the Vaudois of confirmed between all the powers for their all the benefits with which a palernal ad- general good, and (deterred by the union ministration had endowed their church, of all the rest), may no one dare to fall and of which the French fiscality had not

off' from it. We accordingly subjoiu a cothe hardibood to despoil them. Deprived py of this, union, ordering it to be made of this resource, the Protestants of the generally known, and read in all the Alps will be obliged again to call upon

churches. the liberality of the English to contribute

“St. Petersburgh, on the day of the to the support of their religion ; but sup

birth of our Saviour, 25th Dec., 1815. posing that they should not be disappoint

« The original is signed by bis Imperial ed in their expectations from them, can Majesty's own hand,

“ ALEXANDER." any one compare this humiliating and precarious situation with that public and " In the name of the Most Holy and independent support of their worship, and Indivisible Trinity, that perfect civil equality which they en- “ Their Majesties, the Emperor of Ausjoyed for so many years before the resto- tria, the King of Prussia, and the Emperation of the Sardinian King? How much ror of Russia, having in consequence of anguish and uncertainty through Europe the great events which have marked the might have been put an end to by a few course of the three last years in Europe, words from your ministers, supported as and especially of the blessings which it they are on this subject by claims so strong has pleased Divine Providence to shower and resources so immense! Will they who down upon those states, which place their have done so much for kings, do nothing confidence and their hope on it alone, for the people, especially for that portion acquired the intimate conviction of the of the European people whom the sacred necessity of founding the conduct to be ties of a common religion, and the recol- observed by the powers in their reciprocal lection of similar sufferings, bind in so relations upon the sublime truths which elose a manner with the nation whom they the holy religion of our Saviour teaches. profess to represent? We hope, and dare 6 They solemnly declare, that the prebelieve, that these great personages par- sent Act has no other object than to pubtake themselves of the indignation with lish in the face of the wbole world their which we are pepetrated, and that they fixed resolution, both in the administrawho bave headed the coalition of kings tion of their respective states, and in their against their people, will not disdain to political relations with every other governadd to that glory, assuring their naturalment, to take for their sole guide the preand legitimate rights to those nations whom cepts of that holy religion, namely, the they have forced to return under the domi- precepts of Justice, Christian Clarity, ration of their ancient masters.”—Morn. and Peace, which far from being appliChron. Dec. 28,

cable only to private concerns, must have

an immediate influence on the councils of Holy Alliance.

princes, and guide all their steps, as being " By the Grace of God, We, Alexander the only means of consolidating human

the First, Emperor and Autocrat of all institutions, and remedying their imperthe Russians, &c. hereby inake known- fections. VOL. XI.

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“ In consequence, their Majesties have

St. Petersburgh, Dec. 21, 0.$. agreed on the following articles :

Jan. 2, 1816. Art. 1. Conformable to the words of Ukase of his Majesty the Emperor to the the Holy Scriptures, which command all men to consider each other as brethren,

(OFFICIAL TRANSLATION.) the three contracting monarchs will remain Being returned after a bappy conclusion united by the bonds of a true and indisso. of the external affairs of Europe, io the luble fraternity, and considering each empire which God has entrusted to us, we other as fellow countrymen, they will on have been informed by several nations all occasions, and in all places, leud each (probably notices] complaints and reports other aid and assistance, and regarding of the following circumstances :themselves towards their subjects and ar- The religious order of the Jesuits of the mies as fathers of families, they will lead Roman Catholic Church had been abolishthem in the same spirit of fraternity with ed by a bull of the Pope; in consequence which they are animated to protect reli- of this measure, the Jesuits were expelled, gion, peace and justice.

not only from the states of the Church, « Art. 2. In consequence the sole prio- but from all other countries,-they were ciple in force, whether between the said not perinitted to remain any where. Rus governments, or between their subjects, sia alone, constantly guided by sentiments shall be that of doing each other recipro- of humanity and toleration, retained them cal service, and of testifying by unaltera- in ber territory, gave them an asylum, and ble good-will the mutual affection with insured their tranquillity under her powerwhich they ought to be animated, to con- ful protection. She did not oppose any sider theinselves all as members of one and obstacle to the free exercise of their worthe same Christian nation. The three Al- ship; she did not deter them from it, either lied Princes looking on themselves as by force, persuasion or seduction ; but in merely delegated by Providence to govern return, she thought she might expect from three branches of the one family, namely, them fidelity, attachment and utility. In Austria, Prussia and Russia, thus confess- this hope they were permitted to devote ing that the Christian nation of which they themselves to the education and instruction and their people form a part, has in reality of youth. Fathers and mothers entrusted no other Sovereign tlrau bim to whom to them their children without fear, to alone power really belongs, because in teach them the sciences and to form their him alone are found all the treasures of

It is now proved that they have lore, science, and infinite wisdom, that not fulâlled the duties which gratitude inis to say, God, our Divine Saviour, the posed on them; that they have not kept Word of the Most High, the Word of themselves in that bumility which the Lise. Their Majesties consequently re- Christian religion commands; and that commend to their people, with the most instead of remaining peaceable inhabitants tender solicitude, as the sole means of en- in a foreign country, ihey have endeavour. joying that peace which arises from a good ed to trouble the Greek religion, which, conscience, and which alone is durable, from the remotest times, has been the preto strengthen themselves every day more dominant religion of our empire, and on and more in the principles and exercise of which, as on an immoveable rock, repose the duties which the Divine Saviour has

the tranquillity and the happiness of the tanght to mankind.

nations subject to our sceptre. They have si Art. 3. All the powers who shall begun first, by abusing the confidence chvose solemnly to avow the sacred princi- which they had gained. They have turnples which have dictated the present act, ed aside from our worship young people and sball acknowledge how important it who had been entrusted to them, and some is for the bappiness of nations too long women of weak and inconsiderate minds, agitated, that those truths should hence

and have drawn them to their church. forth exercise over the destinies of man- To induce a man to abjure his faith, the kind all the influence which belongs to faith of his ancestors, to extinguish in him them, will be received with equal ardour the love of those who profess the same and affection into this Holy alliance. worship, to render him a stranger to his “ Done in triplicate, and signed at Pa- country, to sow 'discord and animosity in

ris, in the year of grace, 1815, (14, families, to detach the brother from the 0.8.) 26th Sep!.

brother, the son from the father, and the (L.S.) • FRANCIS

daughter from the mother, to excite divi(L.S.) “ FREDERICK WILLIAM.

sions among the children of the same (L.S.) "6 ALEXANDER.

church ;

is that the voice and the will of Conformable to the original,

God, and his divine Son, Jesus Christ, our (Sigoed) “ ALEXANDER.

Saviour, who shed for us his most pure 6 Done at St. Petersburg, the day of blood,“ tlmt we might live a peaceful

the birth of our Saviour, 'the 25th and tranquil life, in all sort of piety and of Dec. 1815."

honesty?" After such actions, we are no longer surprised that the Order of these


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