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a vain attempt has been made to cir- quivocal testimonies of the confidence culate in the bosom of our country, of the Protestants in his paternal goeven to the foot of the throne of our vernment, of their attachment to his august monarch; but which had person, and of their love for the counbeen spread with too much success try. among foreign nations, which are « The Protestants may also rely upnow undeceived as to our true feels on the Protection of the King, who ings.

only sees in his subjects, whatever “ I conjure you tben, brave Nis- may be their religion, children to mois, brave National Guards, continue whom he bears an equal affection, to deserve, by your fidelity to the “ I have the honour, Mousieur le King, by your obedience to his sa

Prefect, &c. cred orders and the laws of the king- “ The Minister Secretary of State dom, by your respect for liberty of for the Department of the Interior, worship and conscience, the favour (Signed) “ VAUBLANC." which the King has just conferred on you-and your justification in the The following audacious calumny face of all Europe, which his Majes. appeared in the French papers. Hy has pot disdained himself to pro- « The Prefect of Calvados has pubclaim, by his Royal Ordonnance of lished at Caen a letter from M. de the 10th of this mouth. Live the Vaublanc, Minister of the Interior, to King! May our great, our good King the following effect : live for ever!

Paris, Jan. 31, 1816. “ The Prefect Marquis

“ I received the letter wbich you d'ARBAUD JOQUES." wrote to me, enclosing the reply made

by the Consistory of Calvados to the Extract of a Letter of Jan. 12, 1816, missives from the Protestant Society

of his Excellency the Minister of the of London. I have recognized with Interior to the Prefect of the Gard.

pleasure in this answer the patriot“ I learn with joy the happy con- ic sentiments which animate all valescence of M. the Count de La Frenchmen of the Protestant commugarde. May this good servant of the nion. They may depend on the proKing yet for a long period consecrate tection of the King ; tell the Cousiato him his loyal services."

tory, at the same time, that to my

certain koowledge, the persons who Strasburg, Jan. 29. have formed a society at London, in The Journal of our departmeut has order to throw a correspondence into published the following circular of the France, enjoy little credit or confiMinister of the Interior to the Pre- dence in their own country ; they are fects, dated Paris, Jan. 17.

there justly considered as belonging “ A circular, printed and dated at to a party of jacobius, enemies of reLondon, has been, Monsieur le Pre- pose and of every government. The fect, addressed by a pretended Pro- sessions of Parliament about to open, testant Society to the French Protes- will furnish proofs of this." tant Ministers. This paper, under This is the manner in which the the pretext of persecutionis, to which avowed agents of the French governit supposes the latter to be subjected, meat dare to speak of the respectable may spread disquietude amongst them, body of Dissenting ministers, and of and induce them to emigrate.

the Parliament of England. In every “ I have before me the answers of way, and by all descriptions of the the Presidents of several Consistories; constituted authorities in France, all of them are marked by the good England and Englishmen are treated disposition which prevails in them, with illiberality. The fact is, that and by the sentiments which they ex. while these proclamations are pubpress ; and I doubt uot that those lished, and that the unprotected vicwhich bave uot yet come to hand time of persecution are forced to write have repelled with the same indigna- letters denying the miseries they entiou these dangerous josinuations. I dure, every man who gets away from pray you, Monsieur, to send me co- the horrid scene makes known to us pies of all these answers, which I shall the grievous truth, that their suffer. lay before the King. His Majesty ings are not at an end, and that their will see with satisfaction these une only hope is in the exertions of the Intelligence.- French Protestants.

179 friends of civil and religious liberty day accumulates the proofs of a desoin England.

lating persecution in the southern proMorn. Chromi, Feb. 7. vinces of France, it is a duty as grateA letter from Switzerland contain, ful as indispensable, to prevent all the following particulars :

unnecessary agitation and distress. “ During the last tbree months we I embrace, therefore, the earliest have had here several persons, who moment, through your Magazine, to had left Nisines on account of the allay public apprehension as to the persecutions to which they were ex- fate of the Rev. 0. Desmond, Presiposed. Among others, I have con- dent of the Consistory of Nismes. versed with four or five mjuisters; From a letter received this day, the they all agree in painting their situa- following paragraph is extracted : tions as extremely critical; they de- “ I render a sad homage to truth, clare most solemnly that the present by confirming the frighful accounts of evils are not the result of any political the massacres in the South. How mamisconduct on their part, but arise uy widows inconsolable! How many solely from the hatred and jealousy of orphans wanting bread!! Notwith: their Catholic brethren ; that they standing the number of Protestants are so surrounded by enemies, and who have been assassinated is great, all their actions so misrepresented, we cannot count among the victinis that they are afraid to take any steps, the venerable Olivier Desmond, Prelest, on their proving insufficient, sident of the Consistory." they should be exposed to an increase Having been informed by another of malice and persecution; they are correspondent that the reformed therefore quite at a loss to know how churches have sustained a great loss their miseries are to be remedied. On by the death of the Rev. Mr. Armond, a late occasion, when the Duke d'An. one of the pastors of Nismes, it apgouleme visited Nismes, a, memorial pears probable, in the distracted state was drawn up, beseeching him, in of the country, that the event has octhe humblest manner, to grant them casioned an erroneous report to obtain bis protection, and to accept their considerable circulation. assurances of loyalty; but though not By order of the Committee, a single complaint was made of all

T. MORGAN, Secretary. they were actually suffering, their bitter enemies, who surrouuded the Assassin of Gen. Lagarde. Duke, intercepted the memorial, and The following paragraph from the threatened tenfold vengeance on its French papers proves, what we sus. authors.

pected, that the military employed at “ The persons here are most anx. Nismes to protect the liberties of the ious for the fullest investigation, but Protestauts, are the volunteers, or nathey deeline furnishing any details in tional guard of the town, who swore, writing, lest they should commit their when the Protestants some months unfortunate companions. Such is the ago wished to shew their loyalty by state of terror and alarm.

joining that corps, that they would “ Last week a letter was received have no Protestant rascal among them.”' here from a Protestant Minister in "A votice, published by order France, where he had officiated for of the Prefect of Vauclusc, says, that twenty-five years, informing his friends the assassin of Gen. Lagarde is a man that the French government had de- of the name of Boissin, a grenadier of creed that none but natives should con- the national guard of that city." tinue in its offices, and that himself and many other Swiss ministers must

The Times. leave their churches and throw them- The most decent part of society selves upon charity. This respectable must feel so instinctively and strongly, man, between 50 and 60 years of that any remarks of ours on the scurage, is anxious to obtain bread for his rilous language of The Times may be children."

well omitted. We need only record

the fact, that that Journal bad the MISCELLANEOUS.

indecency (to say no worse) to describe Rev, O. Desmond.

the ministers of religion, who preside Williams's Library, Redcross Street, over the Dissenting congregations in Sir,

Dec. 9, 1815. the metropolis of the British empire, While the correspondence of every and any individual of whom would, we presume, incalculably outweigh this country, we stated as a fact which that Journal in public confidence, as was before the public, that the re-, the treble faced rogues." What must spectable editor of a periodical work be the character of that cause which had mentioned, that Mr. Marron had dictates such abuse and employs such written to this country in strains of meaus?

high commendation of those who We wish the Bourbons joy, with took an interest in the affairs of French their agent in the Journal Department Protestants ; and the fact is precisely of this country; he may give articu. as we stated it. lation to their malignity, and display Mr. Marron now, it appears, sends their taste as legitimate gentlemen, another letter, in which he acknowthough he will precisely fail where ledges that he wrote to the Ret. R. A. they especially need his aid ; that is, and with a profligacy of expression, in deterring the honourable and bene. unworthy of a minister of religion, volent inhabitants of this kingdom and especially when connected with from bringing to light, and resisting the calamities of his brethreu, he says the shameful persecutions which have _" he might have gilded the pill, and marked the short periods of their first have softened the crudity of his refuand second reign.

sal.That pill still exists, but the The Times is exceedingly delighted gold has disappeared. at having disposed so soon of the If Mr. Marron feels sore at the gracompany, called • The Protestant So. tuitous abuse of the “self-styled Prociety, and of course equal pleasure tectors," he has much reason to bless will be experienced at the Thuilleries. the forbearance of the Committee at The task, by the bye, appeared so Williams's Library—but forbearance easy, that it was hardly worth the ce- may have its limit; and in the letter Tebration : indeed we were always at itself, which we hope will be puba loss to discover what the Protestant lished, the public may learn how to or Penitent Society had done to ex- estimate the President's talents for cite the rage of the Bourbons and pill making and pill gilding. No one The Times. It certainly could only need “be inclined to asperse him," arise from neglect of a little explana- for he takes care what with odes and tion. Whether intentionally or not, pills, effectually to asperse himself. its operations seemed calculated to As to the dictation of the police, secure their cause, and now it is evi- we know the history of that business dent that it is only anxious to make too well to assist Mr. Marron in his its peace, by preventing the exertions justification.-M. Chron., Feb. 3. of others.

We suspect, however, that the Bourbons and their Editor will find,

Protestant Society: that the respectable persons whom To the Editor of the MORNING

CHRONICLE. they now vituperate with all their might, are made of more genuine and

Sir, sterner stuff, and that a threefold cord

Without entering at all into the will not easily be broken.

consideration of the conduct of the The contributions they cannot en

Protestant Society for the Protection dure, but they cannot prevent them, of Religious Liberty, in regard to the and The Times may be assured that letter of the Duke of Wellington, I not a farthing of them will be given have thonght it proper to address you, to it for hush money, nor will the ad

on purpose to distinguish the Society vice, nor the consent of the French in question from the great mass of police be asked as to its disposal.

Dissenters in this country. It is the Europe will koow, and history will

niore vecessary because paragraphs record, that wise, upright, and cha. have appeared in many of the papers, ritable Christians in England assisted and, I believe, in your respectable to relieve the sufferings of persecuted Journal, assuming that' this Society Protestants in France in the secoud defeated Lord Sidmouth, obtained the reiga of Louis THE DESIRED.

enlargement of the Act of Toleration, M.Chron., Jan. 31.

and is composed of many members of

the Church of England, and repreMr. Marron.

sents all the Dissenters of England When Mr. Marron's letter was pub- and Wales. Now, Sir, this assumplished by the Bourbon Journals in tion deserves the severest reprobation. Intelligencc.-Wahabees, Mahometan Reformgrs.

181 On the occasion of Lord Sidmouth's been in existence since 1782, a Com. Bill, all that worshiped under the mittee of Deputies appointed by alAct of Toleration, made an instant most all the regular Dissenting churchmovement; the Methodists in the es in Loudon, to protect and repreconnexion of the late Rev. John Wes- sent them in all matters respecting ley, particularly distinguished them their religious freedom, and from an selves, and a great proportion of the interesting volume lately published, petitions was from that numerous bo- containing the Proceedings of this dy. A great many Dissenters also body, it appears, that as long ago as came forward at that time, who have 1745, they addressed a circular letter not acted with any public body since. to the Dissenters throughout Eu Some of the persons who were active gland to raise forces against the Prein that affair formed a Society, and tender. They have also come to recalled it the Protestant Society; but solutions on the present question. others retired, and have neither con- I learn, in fact, that very few of tributed to the Society or been mem- the London Dissenters, belong to this bers of its Committee; it cannot, society, which assumes to represeut therefore, be said with truth that this all England and Wales. They repreSociety defeated Lord Sidmouth, for sent none of the Methodists—the it was not formed till after that event, Quakers have a Committee of Sufferand many who tuok part then have ings—and indeed they only represent, no connexion with it whatever. With according to their own plan, those respect to the enlargement of the Act congregations who subscribe annually of Toleration, the Methodists, also, a certain sum. The design of the were particularly employed to obtain Society, it appears, was to protect that measure. The solicitor to that the persons so subscribing in their body, and Mr. Butterworth, M. P. freedom, under the acts of toleration I, myself, know to have been very as existing from time to time, and to active.

afford legal assistance in assault, riot, It is further stated, that the Com- &c. Very important objects, no doubt, mittee is composed of several mem- but how this Committee of thirty genbers of the Established Church. Now, tlemen, thus appointed from year to Sir, the names of that Committee are year, can assume to represent all the published, I suppose officially, in a Dissenters, on the subject of a perwork called the Evangelical Miscel- secution in France, is to me inexplilany; it appears that there are fifteen cable. ministers and fifteen gentlemen-all An Old CitizeN AND DISSENTER. the ministers are Dissenters, and I perceive the others are tradesmen in Wahabees, Mahometun Reformers. the Metropolis, and may therefore be - Letters from Egypt state, that Mocasily known; and out of the fifteen hanimed Ali, the reigning Viceroy, I only see one to whom any doubt who had undertaken an expedition can attach of his being a Dissenter- against the Wahabce Arabs, had at and that is the individual whose name length terminated it with complete generally appears as Chairman, Mr. success. After driving them from Mills. He does, I understand, receive Mecca, Medina, and the ports along the sacrament at the church occa- the coast of the Red Sea, taking possionally—but all his family are Dis. session of their great inland capital senters. He was brought up to attend Tarabe, &c., the strong hold on a meeting in Spitalfields, and now which they chiefly depended, he efattends himself principally at that in fected their total defcat, by pursuing East Cheap, where the Rev. Mr. them to the remotest coufiues of their Clayton preaches—he is further a ma- territory. nager of a Dissentivg Academy in Hoxton, for educating persons for the

DOMESTIC. ministry among Dissenters. It scems

The first Annual Meeting of the Southto me therefore to be deceiving the

ern Unitarian Fund Society will be beld public, to hold out that the Commit

on Wednesday, 17th April, 1816, at the tee is composed of members of the

General Baptist Chapel, Thomas Street, Established Church. As to its re- Portsmouth. The Rev. W.J. Fox is expresenting all the Dissenters in Eng. pected to preach. land and Wales there is and has


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