« AnteriorContinua »
Intelligence.-Prince Regent's Notice of Prench Protestants. SOS us such. I have treated it as it regards soon after the battle, wrote to the Duke of religion; I have a right to treat it in that Wellington, stating, that in his opinion, view." "Mr. O'D. "You have no right to the non-commissioned officers of the Brií talk politics.” Mr. C. “Sir, I must tell tish army, had by their valorous conduct you that you are very presumptuous.” on that day entitled themselves to soine Mr. O'D. “I am not presumptuous; in distinct marks of their country's approbaany other place I would say something tion, and therefore he felt disposed for one, else." Mr.C. “I would tell you so here, to offer his humble tribute to their meritó or elsewhere. Strange doetrines have In order that this might be properly apbeen introduced by persons retaining the plied, he requested the favour of his Grace name of Catholics, and renouncing the to point out to him the non-conmissioned priuciples of that religion. It has been officer, whose heroic conduct, from the said that Lords Fingal and Trimbleston are representations which his Grace had reas competent judges of ecclesiastical sub-ceived, appeared the most prominent, to jects as the Bisbops or the Pope. Accord. whom he, the rector, meant to convey in ing to the principles of the Catholic perpetuity, a freehold farm, value 101. per Church, no individual has a right to inter- annum. The Duke set the enquiry immepret the Scriptures, save in the sense of diately on foot, through all the commandthat church, nor to act or decide in matters ing officers of the line, and, in conseof religious concern otherwise than ac- quence, learut that a serjeant of the Cold. cording to ecclesiastical laws and disci- stream, and a corporal of the 1st regiment pline. This is the doctrine of the chnrch; of Gnards, had so distinguished themselves, any individual denying this doctrine ceases that it was felt difficult to point ont the most to he a Catholic." Mr. O'D. “I differ meritorious; but that there had been diswith yon; it is no such thing.” Mr. C. played by the serjeant an exploit arising “Sir, I have taken some pains to acquire out of fraternal affection, which lie felt it a a competent knowledge of the religion, duty on this occasion to represent, viz which, as a pastor, I am bound to teach; That near the close of the dreadful conflict, I have taken more pains in tbat way than this distinguished serjeant impatiently you have, and I believe I am not over- solicited the officer commanding his comrating my slender powers by saying, that pany, for permission to retire from the I am as capable of acquiring knowledge ranks for a few minutes ; the latter exas you are.. You will therefore allow me pressed some surprise at this request, the to state those principles. If you dissent other said, “ Your honour need not doubt from the tenets of the Catholic church, you of my immediate return." Permission have a right to separate from her cominu- being given him, he flew to an adjoining nion. But you have no right to impugn barn, to which the enemy in their retreat those tenets in the face of a Catholic con- had set fire, and from thence bore on bis gregation, and to the obstruction of their shoulders his wounded brother, who lie pastor."—Here the dialogue ceased. knew lay helpless in the midst of the
fames. Having deposited him safely for
the moment, under a hedge, he returned MISCELLANEOUS.
to his post in time to share in the victorious Prince Regent's Notice of French Pro- pursuit of the routed enemy; we need testants.-00 Monday, April 29, the ad- scarcely add, that the superior merit of dress aod petition of the city of London this gallant non-commissioned officer was with respect to the French Protestants was thus established. presented to his Royal Highness, who re- Battle of Waterloo, 8th. ed. p. 84. turned the following auswer:“ The just sense entertained by his
NOTICES. Majesty's subjects of the value and im
The Anuual Meeting of the Members of portance of religious toleration is neces- the Unitarian Tract Society established sarily calcnlated to excite in their minds in Birmingham, for Warwickshire and the strong feelings of uneasiness and regret, neighbouring conaties, will be bolden at at any appearance of the want of it in Oldbury, in Shropshire, on Weduesday, other nations of the world. “ In such feelings, when called for and of Coseley, hus engaged to preach: on the
June 19, 1816. The Rev. John Small, justified by the occasion, I shall
occasion. participate, and whilst I'lament the cir. cumstaoces which led to your address, I derive great satisfaction from the persua
The Devon and Cornwall Unitarian Assion, that they are in no degree to be sociation and Tract Society will be held attributed to an indisposition on the part at Moreton Hampstead, on the first Wed. of the Government of France, to afford to nesday in July next, when Mr. Worsley, of the freedom of religious worship, the bene- Plymouth, is appointed to preach, and it fit of its promised protection and support.” is hoped Mr. Butcher, of Sidmouth, will
conduct the devotional part of the serThe rector of Framlingham, in Suffolk, vice.
We are informed, that the minister at held at Etridge's Hotel, on the evening of Lynn and his friends having declined re- Wednesday, the 26th, when all applications ceiving the members of the North-eastern for the admission of divinity students on Unitarian Association, to hold their an- the foundation will be taken into considenual meeting in that town, according to a ration and decided upon. former notice, that association will be held The friends of the institution will dine at Wisbeach, on Thursday, June the together at Etridge's Hotel, at the close of Twenty-seventh. There will also be a the second and third days' examination. public service on Wednesday evening, As a considerable accession of new staJune 26.
dents is espected next session, it is par.
ticularly requested, that gentlemen inManchester College, York. tending to enter as lay students will enake The annnal examination of students will application as early as possible, ia order take place as usual at the close of the that the necessary accommodation may session, in the College Library, York, be provided for them. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Tuomas Henry Robinson, Secretaries. the 25th, 26th and 27th of June. The J. G. ROBBERDS, York annual meeting of trustees will be Manchester, May 11, 1816.
MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS;
The Christian's Survey of the Political World.
THE situation of the Protestants in all to blame in this matter as they were
France has long been a subject of perfectly friendly to religious freedom. great uneasiness to the friends of true A debate in the House of Commons bas religion. The bloodshed in Nismcs and enabled every person to form an accurate its district excited the commiseration of judgment on all these points; and we are every British heart that was not led away much indehied to Sir Samuel Romilly for by the base calumny that Protestantism taking up the question, for stating facts was only another word for Jacobinism. as they really occurred and fur making Under this latter word it is well known those comments on the celebrated letter that the speaker means to convey a idea of the Duke of Wellington which it really of all the horrors perpetrated in the vio- deserved. Lord Castle eagh took, as lent stages of the French revolution. might be imagined, the other side of the Strange, however, it is, that crimes at- question ; but in spite of all his sophisms tended with such infamy should not deter be corroborated these facts in such a manothers from the imitation of so horrible a
ner, that it can be no longer a doubt that conduet; yet future ages may pes haps murders and massacres to an incredible class Jacobinism and Bourbonism together amount were perpetrated at Nismes and as the parents of enormities at wbich hu.' its neighbourbood, and that the murderers manity shudders.
were suffered to escape with impunity, The efforts made by various bodies in though the government is strong enough England to place this subject in its proper to repress inferior crimes without difficolours before the public are well known. culty. A subscription vas raised and information We will not repeat bere all the horrors was procured which might satisfy the committed by the Bourbonites upon this most incredulous. Still it was the inte occasion. We trust that the speeches of rest of certain persons to stifle the discus- Sir Samuel Romilly, Lord Castlereagh sion, and discourage the benevolence of and Mr. Brougham will be faithfully reEngland, and, to a certain degree, their ported in a separate publication with measures succeeded. It was contended such notes as may tend still more to excite that the whole was a political feud, that an horror of religions persecution. Not. religious opinions had notbing to do with withstanding the solicitude of the French it, that our government could not possibly government that our papers should not interfere, or if it did, that its interference , have a free circulation in France, we have would be only disadvantagevus to the no doubt that the debate will find its way suffering party. Above all, it was con- into that country; and at any rate the other tended that the Bourbons could not be at nations of Europe will feel for the unhappy
State of Public Affairs.
305 sufferers in France, and hold in abbor- himself advantages above the rest of the rence that anti-christian spirit which leads community to which least of all men is he a man to injure, insult and murder his entitled. The consequence of this false neighbour on account of his religious policy is, that the landholder cannot at opinions.
present obtain a loan of money but at a Above all the reflection on what has inuch greater rate of interesi than the happened in France ought to make us state of the money market requires. As grateful to Providence for the comparative the law stands, five per cent is the utmost ease which we enjoy in this country. annual sum that can be received for a loan Though our opinions differ so widely from of money, but as the holders of inoney can those of the sects established by law in this make more of it than by lending at this island, and we who bow to no anthority but rate, a borrower is put to his shifts to thai of Christ in matters of religion, are obtain a loan. The law is avoided in this so small a body compared with those who manner. The borrower grants an annuity blend with the precepts of our Saviour to the lender during the life of the longest rules derived from buman tradition and of three lives vamed by him, redeemable the laws or fashion of the country, yet on a notice specified by the deed. This how happy is oor state compared with anpuity amounts in general to
ten per that of the early Christians under the cent, though sometimes the money may be Roman emperors. We are not called upon got at nine, and thus in another name the as they were to sacrifice our lives in sup. borrower pays from nine to ten per cent port of onr faith, and the danger we have for that sum which he might oblain, if it to apprehend is not from persecution, but were not for the law, at six or seven per the indit'ereace which such a state of ease cent. The borrower also pays all the law is apt to create. The fascinatious of the expences on the transaction, which are world may be as dangerous as its batred, covsiderable. and if we do not impress upon our children The absurdity of the law is evident from the importance of our religious faith, it its uot distinguishing between the different may be undermined by the seductions of securities on which money is lent. Thus, interest. The Israelites did not all at once if five per cent is a fair price for money fall dowa bere Paal; yet when his wor- secured on land, a greater rate is certainly ship was supported by the court, by fash- to be required if it is lent merely on siinple jon, by interest, the worsbippers of the bond.' Many have been the inerchants and truc d graduaily dininished till there tradesmen ruined by this law, for a loan at were left only seven thousand men who had a certain time frould have preserved them, not bowed the knee to the idol. In fact, though they paid for it at the rate of ten nothing can preserve us and our children or fifteen per cent, and the injury done to but the full conviction that as our Saviour the landed and commercial interests by has said, " 10 know the Father as the only it may be estimated at many millions true God, and to acknowledge the Christ annually. sent by bim is eternal life," and that to In support of this law it is argued by leave our Savionr on account of fashion or administration that their loans would not interest, or ihe palpable deceit of innocent be so cheaply made as they are at present. compliance with a false worship, is a dere. But it is not considered that the trifling Jiction of duty disgracesul to ourselves and gain upon their loans bears no proportion attended with most dangerous consequen- to the injury occasioned to the community ces. We cannot 'serve God and Mammon. by the losses which it sustains. The landWe cannot adore one God in our hearts holder also thinks it a preventative to spend. and with our lips offer up prayers to three thrifts whose estates might be swallowed up Godz. Let those who pretend to be Unita. by their improvideut bargains, as if it were rians and yet frequent Trinitarian worship of consequence to the state what became of consider this.
such wretches, and the interest of a few A subject of a temporal nature was individual families is not to be put in comintroduced into the House, and though it petition with the general good of the did not lead to immediate amendment, country. The real fact is, that the land. yet at a future time the change recom- holders in this as in some other instances, mended will probably be adopted. The take an unfair advantage of their situation. word ustry conveys an odious impression They have looked too much to their own which is rencouraged by the absurd epi- supposed interests, and have paid too little thets annexed to it in our laws. The attention to what is due to the community use of money is supposed to be essentially at large. different from that of any other commodity, A still more important question was and the divine and the landholder have brought forward, but the agitation of it is united their forces together to establish the deferred till the next sessions of parliaprejudice. The former grounds his opini- ment, and if the promoters of the bill sucon upon some passages in scripture per- ceed, the consequence to the kingdom verted from their real meaning, the latter may he in a high degree detrimental. The from selfish motives wished to secure to readers of this report were favou, able to the abolition of the slave trade and with accustomed to see soldiers performing the just reason, but the abolition of that trade duty of constables, the people will graand the emancipation of the blacks in the dually lose the distinction between those West Jodies are two distinct questions, two characters; and thus the military will In the former case the right and propriety in time, as was the case in France, usurp of parliament to legislate cannot be doubl. all the employinents of the civil power, be ed, for it is a question intelligible by every seen in the corners of every street, and the member of the House. But the emancipa- nation will be enslaved, and no slavery is tion of the blacks or measures tending to so bad as that exercised by one part over it are questions of a very different nature, the other of the fellow subjects ! In suband involve the knowledge of the relations, mitting to the bayonel of a foreign soldier, of several classes of people to each other a tacit respect is paid to the right of conin our West India islands. The abclition quest; but in crouching under the sabre of of slavery throughout the world is a desira. ones own countrymen, the wind is des' ble object, but care must be taken not to graded, rendered abject and vile, and he increase the evil nor to obtaiu our end by is fit only to lord it in his turn on similar unjustifiable means. Mr. Wilberforce degraded beings. This was felt by two announces his jutention to bring in a bill noble lords whose progress in the open next sessions for registering all the slaves streets had been resisted by soldiers, and in the West ludia islands, and this is to be they complained of this outrage in their dove ander technical forms of law very respective Houses. Both Houses entered oppressive in proprietors and very expens into their feelings, and the result was a sive to the colonies. Many a good job will promise on the part of administration that be created by tbem, and salaries here and care should be taken to remedy the evil abroad are to be multiplied. The intended by placing the whole under the controul measure has created very great alarm in of the civil power, and at a following the colonies, for it strikes at the root of court day the constables were seen in their internal legislation, and excites their proper places. among the slaves a restlessness which ren- But the measure of the greatest conders the masters apprehensive of similar sequence has been introduced by Lord scenes being acter in their islands as have Stanbope, which is to digest our laws taken place in St. Domingo. The pro, in such a manner that they may be moters of the bill out of parliament have intelligible to lawyers and people. At not in the mean time been inactive; they present it is well known that the latter have published writings teeming with have no chance of understanding them, false and injurious 'accusations of the and of the former very few indeed lave planters for their conduct towards the time, application and abilities to do it. slaves, and endeavouring to make them A committee is to be formed of both odious to their fellow subjects in England. Houses with proper assistants for the Under the specious head of humanity to laborious task, which if properly executed one class of mankind, they are guilty of will be highly beneficial to the country. inhumanity to another class; and laying Disturbances have appeared in France, hold of the interest taken by this country but to what extent it is not easy to in the abolition of the slave trade, they determine. Grenoble is said to hare aim at a vew species of legislation which been taken at one time by the insurshall put the planters at their mercy, and gents, whose defeat was attended with exe. hasten their object of emancipation. It cutions of some and high rewards for is necessary that the humane should be the apprehensions of other ringleaders. put on their guard against these false pre- The Freneh press is so completely subiences, and be particularly careful not to jugated, that an insurrection might exbe led away on this subject by the appeal tend over half of the kingdom without inade to Christianity; for the language of the good people of Paris knowing any Seripture is very different from that used ibing about it but by private information, on this occasion by the supporters of this or ou its defeat by government. Their intended bill, and our religion was never parliament has been prorogned and our intended to interfere rudely between the ihree countrymen have been tried. Whatmaster and slave, but to introduce such ever opinion may be entertained of the dispositions as would gradually over- nature of the misdemeanour for which come every evil belonging to servitude. they were indicted, all parties concurred
Both Houses were occupied in a debate, in applauding their spirited and manly on what, though trifling at first sight, is conduct in their defence. The court was of great importance. This was the station- crowded by the principal people of both ing of the military in various places ad. nations, English and French, at Paris, joining to the palace on ceriain court who were admitted only by tickets, and days. Military parade is the great fea- the French had an opportunity of seeing ture of arbitrary governments, aod cannot the difference between minds formed onbe permitted in a free state without dan- der English liberty and French slavery. ger to its constitution. For by being The sentence was three months' imprisou.
Nero Theological Publications.
307 meut, and it is to be hoped that this in- Ai bome the satisfaction was general teresting trial will, on the return home of on the martinge of the presumptive Heiress aur countrymen, be given faithfully to the to the Crown to a young prince of a re. publie.
spectable family in Germany, the head of The eye recoils with horror on a view which was made royal by Buonaparte. of Spain. The officers of the Inquisition Such a marriage does not involve with it boarding ships to examine books, and the foreign alliances or foreigu subsidies, defenders of their country sufiering tor. But this event was followed by the distress, ture, are objects too slocking to huma- ing intelligence of dissatisfaction in sevevity. It seems as if the legitimate sove- ral counties on the price of corn, which reigns were determined to convince man- had broken into tumultuous riotings. kind that usurpation and exclusion were These were chiefly confined to parts of highly justifiable actions. Where success Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. attends the Spaniards in America, cruelty They who are at the head of affairs will harrows up the feelings in the rear of their follow Lord Bacon's advice we trust upon armies.
NEW PUBLICATIONS IN THEOLOGY
AND GENERAL LITERATURE.
History of the Origin and First Ten Peace and Persecution incompatible Years of the British and Foreign Bible with each other: An Address on the . Society. By J. Owen, A. M. 2 vols. Persecution of the Protestants in the 8vo. 11. 45. Royal 11. 15s. South of France, delivered at Worship
A Second Letter to the Bishop of Street, Finsbury Square, Thursday, JaSt. David's. By a Lay Seceder. nuary 18, 1816, the Thanksgiving Day
Prospectus of a Polyglott Bible, in for the Peace. By John Evans, A. M. Six Languages. In 4 pocket volumes 8vo. 1s. 6d. or 1 volume 4to. with the Prefaces The Fatal
Effects of Religious Intoand Specimens of each Language.- lerance: A Sermon preached at Gate12mo.is.
acre Chapel, Sunday, Dec. 17, 1815, Religious Freedom in Danger; or in recommendation of a Subscription the Toleration Act invaded by Pa- for the Relief of the Persecuted Prorochial Assessments on Places of Re- testants in France, and published for ligious Worship. By Rowland Hill, their Benefit. By the Rev. William M.A. 8vo. Is.
Shepherd. 8vo. Is. 6d. The Sequel to an Appeal to the A Sermon on Universal Benevolence, Yearly Meeting of Friends, on Thomas containing some Reflections on ReliFoster's Excommunication for asserting gious Persecution and the alleged Prothe Unity, Supremacy and Sole Deity ceedings at Nismes. By the Rev. James of God the Father. 8vo. 4s.
Archer, (Catholic Priest.) 8vo,
Perfect Religious Liberty the Right Persecution of French Protestants.
of Every Human Being, and PersecuResolutions and Statements, relative tion for Conscience' Sake the most to the Persecution of the French Proa atrocious of Crimes : Proved in a Ser testants, extracted from the Proceedings mon, preached on Dec. 10, at Hemel of the General Body of Protestant Disn. Hempstead, for the Benefit of the Persenting Ministers of the Three Deno- secuted Protestants in France. By.John minations in and about the Cities of Liddon. Is. London and Westminster. 8vo. 6d. Notes, intended as Materials for a
Statement of the Persecution of the Memoir, on the Affairs of the ProProtestants in France since the Re- testants of the Department Du Gard. storation of the Bourbon Family. By By the Committee of Dissenting Mithe Rev. Ingram Cobbin. 3rd edition. nisters at Williams's Library. gvo. Svo.' 4s.
Divines, Catholic and Protestant, with