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Intelligence.-Persecution of the French Protestants.

5$ pears to this meeting highly neces- 2. That we have heard with deep sary, that some effectual measures concern of some late movements, on should be taken for relieving our tlie part of the Court and Church of brethren in France from the losses Rome, indicating a design to supwhich they have experienced in the press, wherever their power may exdestruction of their churches, and the tend, the right of private judgment, spoliation of their property.

and the religious liberties of mankind, 6. That a subscription be entered particularly the expulsion of the Pro into for this purpose, and that the. testants from the Papal dominions and following gentlemen be appointed a adjacent territories of Italy, the revi. Committee for the management of val of the abhorred Ivquisition, and this benevolent business, in such way the restoration of the Order of the Je. as they shall see most expedient, suits which had been abolished by the viz:

common consent of all Europe. The Chairman, Archibald Reed, 3. That our sorrow and surprise Esq., James Losh, Esq., William have been heightened by the intelliBatson, Esq., Thos. Henderson), Esq., gence of the sufferings of our ProtesS. W. Parker, Esq., Stephen De tant brethren in the South of France, Mole, Esq., James Potts, Esq., Mr. intelligence, the truth of which has Hugh Spencer, Mr. Joseph Clark, been admitted by the highest authoMr. John Fenwick, Mr. Benj. Brun- rities, both in France and in this ton, Mr. W. H. Angas, Rev. John country, and confirmed by the most Parkin, Rev. William Turner, Rev. authentic private information. David MéIndoe, Rev. James Pringle, 4. That while we reflect on all Rev. R. Pengilly, Rev. George Mann.' circumstances, we cannot but be con

That William Batson, Esq. be re- vinced, notwithstanding the attempts quested to act as Treasurer ; and the which have been made to disguise or Rev. William Turner, as Secretary; der.y the facts, that these sufferings and that the several banks be request- have arisen, in a great degree at least, ed to receive subscriptions.

from religious prejudices, and partake 7. That copies of these Resolutions, of the nature of persécution for con. signed by the Chairman, be trans- science sake. mitted to the Right Hon. the Earl of 5. That the inhabitants of this Liverpool, the Lord Lieutenant of country will, we have reason to be the county, the Hon. and Right Rev. lieve, be greatly disappointed and af the Bishop of Durham, and the Mem- flicted, if the result of that struggle bers for Northumberland and New- in which the nation has been so long castle-upon-Tyne.

engaged, and in which so much treaHesky CRAMLINGTON, Mayor, sure and blood have been expended,

Chairman. shall have been to place the Protegs 8. It was moved by Mr. Alderman tants in France, with whom we are Reed, and seconded by Mr. Losh, united by the ties of a common prothat the thanks of this meeting befession, and to whom we owe so much given to Mr. Mayor, for his readiness in a religious view, in a worse situain calling the Meeting, and for his tion as to liberty of conscience than able conduct in the Chair.

they held under the preceding go

vernment. Glasgow, Jan. 9, 1816. 6. That, recollecting the many efAt a Public Meeting of the Inhabi- fectual interferences of the govern

tants of Glasgow, "called by Adver- ment of this country on behalf of pertisement to express disapprobation secuted Protestants on the Continent of the Persecution of the Protes- of Europe in former times, and, contants in France,

templating the peculiar relative situa. WILLIAM Murr, Esq. one of the Ma. tion of Great Britain and France at gistrates of Glasgow, in the Chair ; present, we conceive ourselves autho

It was Resolred unanimously, rized and called upon to remonstrate 1. That, as Protestants, we cannot thus publicly against the violation of bnt feel a brotherly sympathy with what we deem the most sacred of all Protestants, and a profound interest rights--the right which every man in that great and common cause on has to worship God according to the account of which they bave been dictates of his own conscience and made so often to suffer.

we feel entitled to expect that the go

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vernment of France, which owes so 9. That the thanks of the meeting-
much to this country, and is upheld be also given to the Corporation of
at present in part by the British arms, the City of London, and to such
will speedily adopt the most energetic other public bodies and individuals as
and efficient measures to repress this have manifested their sympathy with
spirit of outrage, and to secure to its the Protestauts of Frauce, and their
Protestant subjects that full freedom present aftlictions.
of worship, and of the public and 10. That, desirous of keeping the
peaceable profession of religion, in interesting object of this meeting in
every respect, which is guaranteed view, till it shall have been brought
to them by the Constitutional Charter. to a favourable issue, we appoint a

7. That we regard with the live- Committee to watch over it, to follow
liest satisfaction the assurances early out such measures as may appear to
and promptly given by his Majesty's be necessary to give effect to these
government to the first application our Resolutions, and (if it shall seem
made to them, on behalf of our Pro- to them expedient) to call us toge-
testant brethreu in that country ther again at any future period, to
“ That they feel the deepest regret express our sentiments regarding cir-
at the dreadful scenes lately witnessed cumstances which may occur in the
in France, and that they are using, progress of an interposition, the suc-
and will continue to use their best cess of which must be near the heart
efforts in their communications with of every atfecting and zealous Protes-
the French government to secure to tant.
all classes of French subjects, whether 11. That the Chairman be instruct.
Protestant or Catholic, the full enjoy- ed to trausmit a copy of these our
ment of the advantages which the Resolutions to his Majesty's govern-
Constitutional Charter provided for ment.
them," and contained also in a letter (Signed) Wm. Muir, Chairman.
from Lord Liverpool, in reply to The Chairman baving quitted the
another interposition in their favour chair, and Mr. Mathew Urie being
from a most respectable quarter, called to it, the unanimous and warm
“That the Prince Regent's govern- thanks of the Meeting were given to
ment are using their best eff to Baillie Muir for his conduct in the
arrest the progress of the evils, which Chair.
no persons can deplore more deeply (Signed) MATHEW URIE.
than themselves ;"--and we trust that
the British ministry will redeem this Borough of Plymouth.
sacred pledge, and will continue to At a numerous and respectable Meet,
exert themselves for the Protestants ing of the inhabitants of this Bo-
of France, with that propriety and rough, convened by the Worshipful
energy which become their charac- the Mayor, and held at the Guild.
ter, as well as the cause, and which hall thereof, this 9th day of Jan."
may be so justly expected from the uary, 1816, iu pursuance of a re-
government of one of the first Pro. quisition from several respectable
testant States in Europe, and one inhabitants, to take into considera-
which has been so signally instrumen- tion the present state of the Pro.
tal in accomplishing the recent Revo- testants in the South of France, and
lution in that kingdom.

the best means of alleviating their 8. That our warmest thanks are distresses, due, and be given to the Dissenting The Worshipful the Mayor, in the Ministers of London, and to “ The

Chair, Protestant Society for the Protection Resolved, of Religious Liberty," who so prompt- That we are deeply impressed with ly took up this subject, obtained the high value of that Religious Lifrom the British ministry the commu- berty, which the subjects of the Uninications quoted above, and besides ted Kingdom of Great Britain and Irehave been at such pains in exciting land enjoy under the auspicious reign the attention of the public, by their of the House of Hanover; and we are Address and Resolutions, as well as grateful to Almighty God for the pose by the circulation of other important session of so inestimable a privilege. and authentic documents relating to

Resolved, That it is our persuasion, matters of fact,

founded on the very principles of the


Intelligence.-Persecution of the French Protestants. Gospel, and arising out of the spirit Resolved, That a subscription be which it breathes, that all men possess immediately set on foot, and books to an equal right to worship God ac- receive the

names of subscribers opencording to the dictates of their con- ed at the Banks in this town, and at science,

the Guild-hall, for the purpose of af. Resolved, That influenced by these fording relief to the unhappy sufferers; convictions, we have learned with deep that Mr John Tingcombe be requested heartfelt concern, that persecutions to be Treasurer for the same, and that have arisen against the Protestants re- the Mayor, together with the Gensiding in the South of France; where tlemen who sigued the requisition, the persons of many hundreds of inno- form a Committee, to see that the cent and useful members of society have money, which is raised, be properly been ill-treated and murdered, their applied. property pillaged and destroyed, their Resolved, That these Resolutions families deprived of the means of sup- be signed by the Chairman, and pubport, their houses of worship shut up or lished in the Plymouth Chronicle, the demolished; and that under the influ- Plymouth and Dock Telegraph, and ence of fear, thousands have fled from in the Courier and Morning Chronicle the pursuit of the persecutors, and are Newspapers. now suffering wretchedness and want Resolved, That the Thanks of this amongst the mountains of the Ce. Meeting be given to Mr. William vennes and in other parts of the French Prance for bringing forward these Reterritory.

solutions, and for the able manner in Resolved, That we should ill de- which he has supported them. serve the advantages by wbich we are William LOCKYER, Mayor. distinguished, if we did not make a The Mayor having quitted the public avowal of our abhorrence of Chair, the spirit which has actuated the Resolved, That the Thanks of this Catholics in the South of France, and Meeting be given to him for his readithe violence to which that spirit has ness in convening it, and for his great led them, and our determination to attention to the business thereof. employ whatever influence we may

porsess to remove the miseries of the The Prefect of the Department of I persecuted Protestants, and restore to L'Isere to the Mayors of Communes. them peace and security.

Grenoble, Dec. 21.. Resolved, That it affords us much

(Circular.) pleasure to learn that his Majesty's M. LE MAYOR, ministers have declared their disap- Attempts have been made to esprobation and regret, of measures, tablish, in some of the departments which must fill every benevolent heart of the South, a pretended secret royal with sorrow, and we do express our association, and in order to draw to it hope that they will continue to use a greater number of proselytes, the all their influence with the Court of chiefs have dared to abuse the august France, to stop the present cruel pro- name of the king, by stating that their ceedings, and prevent the recurrence instructions emanated from his Ma. of similar violence and misery. jesty himself,

Resolved, That with these views, I doubt not that if insinuations of copies of these Resolutions be respect- this kind have reached you, you have fully transmitted to the Earl of Liver- pointed out their falsehood, knowing pool, his Majesty's first Lord of the as you do that the king never transTreasury, to the Lord Bishop of Ex: mits orders or makes known his will eter, to the Lord Lieutenant and except through the medium of his Members for the County of Devon, ministers and magistrates charged and to the Members for this Borough, with assisting in the administration entreating them to embrace every op- of the state, If in unfortunate times portunity which may present itself to the true friends of the king have been them, both in and out of Parliament, sometimes obliged to envelope their to promote in France and in all other proceedings in secrecy, those times countries, as far as they consistently are at length past, and every indican, the full enjoyment of liberty of vidual who without an express misconscience, and a free exercise of reli- sion recognized by the government gious worship.

seeks to intermeddle io its operations, VOL. XI.


is no other than a factious person who negligence in this respect; he therewishes to deceive and seduce you. fore invited and even enjoined them Every secret association, although to re-open their temples, assuring even its members should be actuated threm of every protection, but added, by good sentiments, is dangerous on that the Roman Catholics, seeing with account of the facilities which it af- dissatisfaction that these temples were fords for disturbing the public tran- before the Revolution,

Catholic quillity.

Churches, it was agreed, in order Upon these grounds the king or- that there might be no pretext for ders that every secret association, disturbance, that there should be new whatever may be its apparent or pre- temples. The city would give the sumed object, shall be immediately land for building them on : one to be dissolved, and his Majesty prohibits situated to the North and to the South, the organization of any of that de and to cost 110,000 francs, towards scription.

which, he informed them, the Duke I enjoin you specially, M. le Mayor, d'Angoulemewould give 15,000 francs. and on your personal responsibility, The proposition has been accepted, to look to the execution of this formal and the work is about to be comorder. If the persons already initiated menced. The tenpies will be within associations of this description, or out the city, and until they are fidisposed to be so, are truly attached nished the Protestants will have peaceand faithful to the king, they will be able possession of the present temeager to obey; but if, notwithstand- ples."--M. Chron. Jan. 3. ing your injunctions, they should be contumacious, they will become fac

The Lancasterian System of Edutious persons, whom you will immediately denounce to me, that I may der the

happiest auspices ; but its

cation had commenced in France un proceed against them with the just

great end, universal education, is deseverity of the law. I rely, M. le Mayor, on all your

feated. The Directors, the mouthzeal to conform exactly to these in pieces of superior power, have refusert

to admit PROTESTANT CHILDREN. structions, and to render me precise account of what you shall have done The affairs at Nismes was not an iso: in this respect. It is indispensably lated act, but essentially connected necessary that I should receive this with the religious policy of that horde Report before the 30th of the present of bigots who dictate to the crown. month. I have the honour to bė, &c. My next will convey further particu

lars.-M. Chron. Dec. 26.
The Prefect of l'Isere,

Duke of Wellington's Letter.
The following has been handed to

Paris, Nov. 28, 1815. us as an extract of a letter from France

GENTLEMEN, relative to the Protestants of the South. I have had the honour of receiving We hope the highly laudable exer- your letter of the 24th inst. and I take tions of the friends of humanity in the earliest'opportunity of replying to this country have at length had their it. I have every reason to believe intended effect in compelling the that the public, and the society, of French government to adopt effectual which you are the secretaries, have measures for restoring the persecuted been nisinformed regarding what is Protestants to all their former pri- passing in the South of France. It is vileges.

natural that there should be violent « The Prefect of the Department contests in a country in which the of Gard having invited to his house people are divided, not only by a diftwo ministers of the Protestaut com- ference of religion, but likewise by a munion, and two members of the difference of political opinion, and that Consistory, with the Mayor of the the religion of every individual is in city of Nismes and his adjunet, in general the sign of the political party formed them that the French govern- to which he belongs, and at a moment took the greatest interest in the ment of peculiar political interest, and opening of the temples, and seemed of weakness in the government on aceven to accuse him, the Prefect, of count of the mutiny of the army, that Intelligence.--Mons. Marron's Letter.

59 the weaker party should suffer, and tory at Páris, and addressed to M. that much injustice and violence M. of the Committee for the Affairs should be committed by individuals of the French Protestants. of the more numerous preponderating

Paris, Dec. 7. party. But as far as I have any GENTLEMEN, knowledge acquired during my resi- I have made it a duty to oppose dence at this court last year, and since every proposition tending to foreign the entry of the allies into Paris, the interference in the affairs of the French government have done every thing Protestants. I cannot, therefore, see in their power to put an end to the with satisfaction what passes in Engdisturbances which have prevailed in land on this subject, and I cannot the South of France, and to protect concur in it.

If the zeal of your all his Majesty's subjects, in conform- fraternal love edifies and affects me, ity with his Majesty's promise in his it appears to me, nevertheless, to go Royal Charter, in the exercise of their beyond the line of true prudence, and religious duties according to their se- even the spirit of trne charity. It is veral persuasions, and in the enjoy- not thus that the latter virtue proment of their several privileges, what. claims its assistance, especially when ever may be their religious persua- it may have reason to dread, that by sions. In a recent instance, an offi- such a conduct it may compromise cer, General La Garde, was sent the very interests of the cause which down to Nistes, specially by govern- it undertakes to support and defend. ment, to inquire into the state of af- I am far from admitting that there fairs in that country, and upon his can be, as you imagine, any thing first report he had orders to open the hostile in the conduct or in the intenProtestant Churches, which, in the tions of the French government, with course of the contest between the regard to the Protestants. The sufparties, had been closed. He was ferings at Nismes are great, doubtless, severely wounded when in the exe- but they are local; and local causes, cution of these orders ; and I have however unfounded, may have conbeen informed by good authority, that tributed to provoke them and to prohis Royal Highness the Duc d'An: long their duration. The French gogouleme has since marched at the vernment laments them as much as bead of a body of troops against those you or I. The king has pronounced, who had opposed themselves to the in the most unequivocal manner, his execution, by General La Garde, of displeasure, his horror at the late the orders of the government. I en- events. His wishes and his efforts to close the copy of the King's Ordon- remedy the evil, to calm the lamentnanee, issued in consequence of this able exasperation of public feeling are event which sufficiently shews the attested by the Royal Ordoonance, by views and intentions of government. what the Duc d'Anguouleme said to I have further to inform you, that it the deputation of the Consistory, and is not true that the salaries of the by the flattering distinction with Protestant ministers have been dis- which one of the pastors of the Ce. continued by the King of France. I vennes (M. Malines) was lately hotrust that what I have above stated noured, in receiving the decoration of will convince the society of which the Legion of Honour. you are the Secretaries, that the King I do not know, gentlemen, who of France's government, at least, are could take it upon bim to excite your not to blame on account of the unfor. commiseration for the delay which tunate circumstances which have oc- the ministers of the reformed religion curred in the South of France. experience in the paymeut of their

I have the honour to be, &c. stipends. What we experience in (Signed) WELLINGTON. this respect, we only participate with Mr. J. Wilks and Mr. T. Pellatt, all other public functionaries. They

Secretaries to the Protestant So- do not impute it, any more than ourciety for the Protection of Reli- selves, 10 any other cause than to gious Liberty.

the deplorable situation into which

we have been thrown. We ought Copy of a Letter written by M. Marron, rather to bless the government for

President of the Protestant Consis- what it has done, than blame it for

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