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115 Monks has been removed from all coun. able enjoyment of their constitutional tries, and no where tolerated. In fact, righis and liberties. what state can suffer in its bosom those That this Meeting, deeply sympathizing who spread in it hate and disorder? Con- with those of their fellow-christians who stantly occupied in watching over the wel- have already suffered, or who may yet suffer fare of our faithful subjects, and consider in their persons and properties from these ing it as a wise and sacred duty to stop lawless outrages, do most cordially concur the evil in its origin, ibat it may not grow in the recommendation of the Protestant to maturity and produce bitter fruits, Dissenting Ministers in this city to the se
We have, in consequence, resolved to veral congregations of Dissenters throughordain
out the kingdom, to make collections for 1. That the Catholic Church which is the relief of the sufferers. here, be again re-established upon the foot- That the above Resolutions, signed by ing in which it was during the reign of our the Chairman, be inserted in the several grandmother, of glorious memory, the public papers. Empress Catherine II. and till the year WILLIAM SMITH, Chairman. 1800.
That the thanks of this Deputation be 2. To make all the Monks of the order. given to Wm. Smith, Esq. M. P. for his of the Jesuits immediately to quit St. Pe. attendance, and able conduct in the Chair tersburg.
this day. 3. To forbid them to enter vur two capitals.
At Edinburgh, Dec. 5, 1815, We have given particular orders to our The Ministers and Elders of the EdinMinisters of Police and Public Instruction burgh Associate Presbytery, this day asfor the prompt execution of this determi- sembled, having taken into consideration nation, and for all that concerns the house a letter, addressed to one of their number, and institution bitherto oecupied by the by the Secretary to the Board of the ProJesuits. At the same time, and that there testant Dissenting Ministers in London, may be no interruption in the divine ser- and which letter contains certain Resoluvice, we bave ordered the Metropolitan of tions passed by that Body at an Extraorthe Roman Catholic Church to cause the dinary General Meeting, held on the 28th Jesuits to be replaced by Priests of the day of November last, i especting the persame religion, who are now here, till the secation raised against the Professors of arrival of Monks of another Catholic Or. the Reformed Religion in the South of der, whom we have sent for, for that pur. France, unanimously approve of the prinpose.
ciples expressed in said resolutions; conDec. 20, 1815.
cur with these ministers in deep and most The original is signed,
tender sympathy with the persecuted ProALEXANDER. testants in France; and earnestly recom(A true copy).—The Director of the De- mend it to all the congregations under partment, TOURGUENOFF. their inspection, to make contributions in
aid of she general fund, which is collect
ing in Londou and other places of the FRENCH PROTESTANTS. United Kingdom, towards the temporal
relief of their suffering brethren. At a Special General Meeting nf the De- They farther recommend that these con
puties appoiuted for the Protection of tributions, when made, shall be paid into the Civil Rights of the Three Denomi- the hands of the Treasurer of the Presbynations of Protestant Dissenters, held tery, and be by him remitted to the Com. at the King's Head Tavern, in the Poul- mittee of Superintendance and Distribu
try, London, the Ist of December, 1815, tion at Williams's Library, Redcross Street, William Smith, Esq. M. P. in the Chair'; London, " some of the members of which
The following Resolutions were unani- Comınittee,” as stated by themselves, mously agreed to :
“ will, if necessary, examine on the spot That tħis Deputation consider it a duty the miseries they deplere, and distribute as absolutely incumbent upon them openly with impartiality the fruits of their Chris. and forcibly to express their abhorrence tian benevolence." of the persecutions under which the Pro- Meantime, the Presbytery embraces, testants of France are now suffering, and with zeal, the present opportunity to exof the spirit which has given them birth. press the liveliest feelings of satisfaction
That a humble Address from this Body and gratitude at the assurances of his Mabe presented to his Royal Highness the jesty's Government to the Deputation from Prince Regent, respectfully, but most ear- the said General Meeting, “ that they feel nestly beseeching his gracious interposi- the deepest regret at the dreadful scenes tion with the French Government to put lately witnessed in France, and that they an immediate termination to the insults and are using and will contione to use their injuries inflicted on the Protestants in that best efforts in their communications with country, and to protect them in the peace. the French Government, to secure to all
classes of French subjects, whether Pro- persecutions towards the Protestants in the
sembled on Nov. 21, 1815, and adopted
ANDREW LOTHIAN, Moderator. first to communicate their resolutions to
them accurate iotelligence, and that inter
position which acquaintance with their Woon, Mayor.
principles and conduct induced them to A Common Council, bolden in the Cham- expect :--and that they received from the ber of the Guildhall of the City of Lon
Earl of Liverpool, and from other memdon, on Thursday, the 14th day of De
bers of the Administration, admissions of cember, 1815,
the evils and assurances of their due ex. Resolved unanimously,
ertions to prevent their continuance, That a dutiful and loyal Address be pre- which they did not delay most publicly to sented to his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, representing the feelings of this
4. That, gratified hy this declaration, Court at the information we have received by an Ordonnance published on Nov, 23d, of the cruel and inhuman persecution and by the Court of France, and by the insuffering of our Protestant Brethren in formation of the Duke of Wellington of France, whereby their places of Worship the disposition of that Court to repress the have been closed, their property pillaged outrages, which he did not attempt to de and destroyed, and the lives of inno- ny, the Committee, by public Resolutions cent and unoffending individuals have adopted on Dec 5th, and by other statebeen sacrificed to the inerciless rage of in
ments, communicated the substance of the furiated bigotry and superstition ; humbly information they received, and expressed praying bis Royal Highness to adopt such their intention not to augment public anx prompt and efficacious measgres as may jety by active labours, but rather vigilantbest tend to suppress these enormous evils. ly to observe the measures which might WOODTHORPE.
occur in France.
5. That to these Resolutions they have
firmly adhered--that they have sought for At a Special Meeting of the Committee of information by bonourable means-that
The Protestant Society, for the Protec. they have avoided all proceedings which tion of Religious Liberty, held at the might increase solicitude and discontentNew London Tavern, Cheapside, Lone that they have not invited public contridon, on January 23d, 1816,
butions which might not be required, Samuel Mulus, Esq. in the Chair; which the sufferers might decline to accept, The Committee, having considered the and which they might be unable to disnecessity and expedience of further imme- pense that they have addressed to the diate ioterference with the affairs of the French Protestants a letter which calumny French PROTESTANTS,
bas not ventured to denounce and that Resolved,
they have sought rather to conciliate than 1. That this Society, including members to offend, and to bush the elements of exof the Established Church, as well as nume- isting discord into permanent tranquillity. rous congregations of Protestant Dissenters, 6. That, able to discriminate between throughout England and Wales, has not exaggerated complaints, and equally exbeen formed for the special purpose of af- aggerated exculpations : between details fording relief to the Protestants in France, which gave universality to local oppresmis unconnected with any political party, siolìs, and assertions which denied that local -has invariably been disposed to afford cruelties had been displayed :-and that, 10 government all just support ;-and, al. regardless equally of inflated panegyric, though especially designed to protect the and of unmerited obliquy, the Committee enjoyment of Religious Freedom accord. have pursued the path they originally de ing to the existing laws in the British Em- signed, and have now arrived at the goal pire, could not, without selfishness and they intended to attain. degradation, disregard the numerous state- 7. That, from the intelligence they have mnents long circulated in the daily journals received, they learn that there are 89 conand other publications, of the existence of sistories, 230 churches, and 251 ministers,
117 belonging to the Protestants in forty de- can alone justify a foreign interference, and partments of France, and one college for that such interference, especially when their literary and theological instruction, needlessly protracted, may increase jealouestablished at Montauban ; and that in the sy, perpetuate suspicion, and inflame redepartment du Gard a persecution, partly sentment, in foreign countries ;---relying on political but rendered most acrimonious by the auspicious change which has obviously religious animosity, had continued during and actually occurred,---confiding in the several months,--that many persons had promises of future and equal protection, been murdered, -that public worship was now repeatedly promulgated by the Court prevented, -that churches were despoiled, of France,---encouraged by the recent as—that trade and manufactures were sus- surances which have been given by Lards pended, that hundreds, appalled and Liverpool and Castlereagh to the inhabitants alarmed, had quitted their occupations--- of Glasgow, and the Catholics of the north, their property and their homes, and be- ---and inforined of the wishes and situation come fngitises;---and that all the evils bad of the Protestants of France ---this Comlocally existed, which mobs, unrestrained mittee will not solicit Subscriptions on their by adequate authority, and stimulated by behalf, and will now withdraw from active party spirit, ignorance, desire of pillage interposition with their affairs ;---but that and superstition, could inflict.
they will continue feelingly alive to their 8. That although the Committee do not future destiny, and ready to afford them rely on letters influenced by fear,---on pub- all that assistance ---cordial, prompt and lications induced by interest ---and on as- abundant, whieb authentic applications surances inserted in the subservient Journals may invite, or unexpected exigencies shall which circulate in France ;---and although demand. they regret that perfect compensation has 11. That the Committee cannot announce not been made to the sufferers, and more this determination without renewing their decisive measures earlier adopted against acknowledgements to the British Governtheir aggressors---they are convinced that, meut for their wise and liberal conduct --even in that department where the evils did nor without expressing their thanks to the exist, those evils are now much decreased : Corporate and other Bodies ---to the publie that the rights of the Protestants have been spirited inbabitants of Glasgow, Hull, New. officially recognized, in reiterated publica- castle, Gosport and Plymouth, and to the tions ;--- another Royal Ordonance, for their Catholics of Dublin and of the North of advantage, bas been announced ;---civil and England, who have attorded them manly military authorities have united for their and Christian co-operation and support. protection ; --- their ministers have been And, placed on an equality with the Catholic 12. That convinced of the resistless pow, Clergy in the Electoral Assemblies, and er of public opinion in a free country, and flattered by titular and honourary distinc- of the inestimable value of the indepen, tions ;---their churches have been re-open- dence of the press, the Committee cannot but. ed ;---many fugitives have returned ;---ma- offer their unfeigned and grateful applause nofactures have revived ;---some of their to the spontaneous perseverance and zeal persecutors bave been committed for trial; with which the great majority of the Editand repose and security re-appear. ors of the public Journals have, with judg.
9. That this Committee cannot but attri- ment and eloqnence, advocated the cause of bute these results to the declarations of the humanity and freedom, have counteracted Allied Powers, to the special efforts of the the efforts of opponents, and have promoted British Cabinet, and to those expressions an important and memorable triumph for of public opinion in England and through- Religious Liberty and Truth. out Europe, which have abashed the violent and unconstitutional Catholics in France... and, penetrating to the Thailleries, bave induced that Court to display an interest, At a Meeting of the Committee of the Proa decision, and an energy, which had been testant Dissenting Ministers of the Three too long deferred:---and that the Committee Denominations, beld at Williams's Litherefore rejoice in all the exertions which brary, Red-Cross Street, on Monday, have not only contributed to this immediate January 29, 1816, effect, but which have formed an example It was unanimously Resolved, for future labours---have announced the That the Committee, at length, feel it an rights of conscience--- have declared to the imperious duty to declare publicly, that existing generation and to future ages, that they have never had any connexion with Religious Freedom is esteemed and re- the Association denominated, “ The Provered, ---that Intolerance will no longer be testant Society ;”-that, from sufficient endured, and that all persecuturs must ex. evidence, the Committee can assure the pect contemporaneous abhorrence, and a public of the correctness of their published contempt permanent as the remembrance statements; and that the contributions of their críines.
which have been, or still may be, entrust. 10. That aware that imperious necessity ed to their care, continne to be highly ne.
cessary, and will be appropriated to the the principal Ministers of our church. Such efficient relief of the Protestants in the a measure, may it please your Royal HighSouth of France, whose sufferings hare ness, would only substitute, for one anode not only equalled, but exceeded, the re- of servitude, another still more galling and presentations given by this Committee. oppressive.—The political freedom of Irish THOS. MORGAN, Secretary. Roman Catholics might be enlarged; but
their religious freedom, which they hold DOMESTIC.
incomparably more dear, would be materia
ally diminished. Under such a restriction, Address of the Catholic Bishops to his the most extensive concession of temporal
Royal Highness the Prince Regent. advantages would be followed by continual To his Royal Highness George Augustus heartburnings and discontent.
Frederick, Prince of Wales, Regent of Relying, therefore, on the wisdom and the United Kingdom of Great Britain equity of your Royal Highness, we most and Ireland,
humbly implore your gracious interposition, The humble and dutiful Address of the that our long hoped-for emancipation may Roman Catholic Prelates of Ireland. be free from a condition so degrading to our
MAYIT PLEASE YOUR Royal HIGHNESS, characters as loyal subjects, and so alarming We, his Majesty's most dutiful and loyal to our feelings as Ministers of Religion. So subjects, the Roman Catholic Prelates of will your Royal Highness live in the hearts Ireland, beg leave to approach your Royal of a grateful and affectionate people; and Highness, with the tribute of our humble we will endeavour to acknowledge this most and sincere congratulation on the late signal signal favour of your Royal Highness, by success,
with which it has pleased Almighty our daily prayers for your prosperity and God to bless his Majesty's arms; whereby happiness, and by every demonstration of the peace of the civilized world is likely to duty, gratitude and zeal. be established on a solid and permanent The receipt of this Address is acknow. foundation.
ledged in the following letter :We presume to avail ourselves of this
Dublin Castle, Sept, 20, 1815. first opportunity of expressing our grati
SIR, tude, for the relaxation which has taken The Lord Lieutenant having transmitted place during his present Majesty's reign, of the Address from the Roman Catholic Premany of those penal laws which oppressed lates of lieland to his Royal Highness the the Roman Catholics of Ireland ; and we Prince Regent, I am to acquaint you that humbly hope that the total abrogation of his Excellency has received a letter from our remaining grievances is reserved for Viscount Sidmouth, one of his Majesty's the auspicious Adminstration of your Royal principal Secretaries of State, siguifying Highness. To your Royal Highness it be- that his Royal Highness was graciously longs to consummate the work of goodness, pleased to receive the same. which was commenced by your august Fa
am, Sir, ther; and, great as the other achievements Your most obedient humble servant, undoubtly are, which have distinguished The Rev. Dr. Troy. W. GREGORY. and will signalize your Government, we presume to affirm, that the total emancipa- The Report of Manchester College, York, tion of his Majesty's Roman Catholic Sub- (Founded at Manchester, February 22, jects will be recorded as a deed of grandeur, 1786.--Removed to York, September 1, not inferior to any other of your memorable 1803.) At the Twenty-ninth Annual Administration.
Meeting, August 4, 1815. While thus we venture to disclose our The Trustees of Manchester College have sentiments most respectably to your Royal the satisfaction of presenting to its numerHighness, may we be permitted to represent ous Friends a favourable state of its Funds. that which most nearly concerns us as Mi. The amount of Annual Subscriptions has nisters of Religion? We beg leave most this year been increased. The number of humbly to submit to your Royal Highness, Congregational Collections, however, they that no portion of his Majesty's subjects is, are concerned to state, has been only six; or has, at any time, been more eminently and the supply derived from this source distinguished for pure, conscientious, and would have been very small, if it bad not disinterested loyalty, than the Roman Ca- been for the very handsome contributions tholic Prelates of Ireland. With this im- from the Members of the Old Meeting at pression of our minds, we cannot but be Birmingham, from whom any similar assurprised and alarmed, that under the pre- sistance cannot reasonably be expected to tence of securing the loyalty of our body, be more than occasional. an intention has been inanifested of com- The Trustees are particularly desirous to pelling us, in direct opposition to the dic- urge upon the Friends of the Institution this tates of our consciences, to submit, in mode of assisting its Funds, both as it is the the event of Catholic Einancipation, to one best calculated to render its existence the interference of persons of a different and objects generally known, and to obtain religious persuasion, in the appointment of for it a supply, not only of Funds, but of
Intelligence.—Report of Manchester College, York.
119 Students; and also because the custom of the Committee hope the exertion of their preaching annual, or at least occasional, Friends will furnish them with the means of Sermons for its support, may be made sub- discharging, before the publication of their servient to the interest of religious liberty, next Report. by supplying Ministers with a fair oppor- The Deeds relative to the York Buildings tunity of addressing their bearers on those are now completed, and are enrolled in the great principles which are the foundation Court of Chancery. of a Protestant Dissent, and on the expedi- The Trustees beg leave to announce, that ency of providing for them a regular supply Benjamin Gaskell, Esq. M. P. of Thornes of enlightened and able advocates.
House, has accepted the ofice of President But while this is an object which the of the College, on the resignation of their Trustees would particularly keep in view, present_most worthy President, Samuel they feel it, at the same time, very desir- Shore, Esq. able, that the Friends of the College should Mr. Thomas Rankin succeeds Mr. Morbe aware of the importance of keeping up gan (who resigns from ill health) as Deputythe list of individual Subscribers to at least Treasurer at Bristol; and the Rev. John its present standard. This is probably the Kentish succeeds his lamented colleague, way in which the more opulent Dissenters Dr. Toulmin, in the same office at Birmingwill always choose to give their principal ham; Mr. Robert Kay, of Bolton, and Mr. assistance; but to this purpose it is neces- J. D. Strutt, of Derby, are also added to sary that the subject should be frequently the List of Deputy-Treasurers, these being called up to their attention: for a consider the first appointments for the above towns. able annual reduction may naturally be ex- At the last Annual Examination on the pected in any list of Annnal Subscribers, 27th and 28th of June, the first Prize for in consequence of deaths and other contin- Diligence, Regularity, and Proficiency, gencies, which it is therefore desirable to was adjudged to Mr. John James Tayler, of have supplied by new names.
Nottingham; the second to Mr. Patriek The institution of Deputy-Treasurers in Cannon, of Sheffield; the third to Mr. forwarding the interests of the College in James Taylor, of Manchester : The Prize this respect, has already been of such great for Elocution, to Mr. William Bakewell,importance, that the Trustees cannot but Next year there will be only two Prizes of feel desirons of seeing their number in- the former class; but the best Oration or crease, till at least one active and enlight- Essay, delivered at the Annual Examinaened person be found in every neighbour. tion, is to be considered as a Prize Compebood' where there are any considerable sition: and the Rev. William Shepherd, of number of friends to free inquiry, who, by Gateacre, has announced his intention of circulating among them the Annual Re- giving a Prize of Books, value Five Gujports, promoting Sermons and Congrega. neas, to the best Classical Scholar in the tional Collections, and collecting and trans- College. Also, to encourage a persevermitting the Subscriptions of individuals, ance in Theological Study, after the ex. may render the most essential service to the piration of their Academical Course, a Prize College, and to the cause which it was in- of Five Guineas in Books will be annually stituted to promote.
given to the best Essay which shall be writ. An additional Benefaction of 1001. has ten by any of the Gentlemen who have been been received from the Rev. John Yates, Divinity-Students in the College within the and has been appropriated, according to his last three years, and have completed their kind intention, to the further reduction of conrse. The subject will be prescribed by the Debt upon the York Buildings; which the Tutors; and the Essays must be deli. it is hoped the continued liberality of the vered in, on or before the first of May each public will enable the Trustees shortly to year. discharge.
Of the Divinity-Students who left the An anonymous Benefaction of 1001. has College at the close of the last Session, Mr. likewise been received through the hands of Wallace is settled at Chesterfield, in the the Rev. Thomas Belsbam ; which has been room of Mr. G. Kenrick, removed to Hull, laid out in books, and Philosophical Appara- and Mr. Bakewell, at Chester. The numtus, in consequence of an intimation that this ber of Students for the Ministry during the would be most agreeable to the generous ensuing Session will be nine; Mr. Marden intentions of the Donor.
and Mr. Morris in the last year of their An opportunity having occurred of re. course; Mr. Cannon in the fourth; Messrs. deeming the amual chief rent of 581. 12s. Haslam aud Wood (of Liverpool, from the charged on the Manchester Buildings, it University of Glasgow) in the third ; Messrs. has been purchased for 11721. ; to reduce John Tayler and James Taylor, in the sethe burden arising from which to the Funds, cond; and Messrs. John Wellbeloved and a chief rent of 141. 11s. 10d. per annum,
Charles Thompson, of Norwich, in the first. due from the Trastees of Cross-street Cha- There will also be ten Lay-Students., pel, has been sold for 2911. 163. 8d. There The Trustees beg leave once more to call still remains, however, a balance of the attention of the public to the advan3361. Os, 9d. due to the Treasurer, which tages which the Institution offers for the