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State of Public Affairs. The chief people therefore of the county requisition for a meeting, for a complig may be considered as the supporters of men ary address to the Prince Regent; the plan for educating the poor, accord- and, in consequence, either themselves, ing to their first resolution" in the or their more injudicious friends, issued principles of the establishment, and in papers, in which were severe reflections schools for such purpose formed on Dr. on the Catholics, and insinuations of Bell's system. This society by another the danger threatening us by a Pope resolution connects itself with the Anti- Buonaparte. These were answered with national Society, to which an account of asperity by papers on the opposite side the state and progress of the Dorset so- of the question, and the appearance of ciety is to be annually transmitted by things seems to have produced a waverthe president. Thus the Bellian sys- ing in the councils of the agitators of tem will have a fair trial in Dorsetshire, this unfortunate meeting, People, from where we trust our friends will not be all sides, crowded into the town, where inactive; and indeed we have not the they learned that the meeting was put least doubt, that the better education off, but, as might be expected in such that is given to the poor, the greater a multitude and on such an occasion, success we shall have in instructing them a riot ensued, and the hall of meeting in the principles of Christianity; and was broken into, and soon prrsented a whatever anti-scriptural terms they scene of devastation. Happily no great have learned, by rote in their schools mischief was done, indeed not more will easily be erased from their memory than the callers of the meeting can or at least cease to have any impression easily make up out of their own pockets, on their minds, when they come to com- These individuals met afterwards in pare the three creeds in their prayer, some other place; where they agreed on book with the simple and easy faith of an address, which was left for signatures the gospels.

in various parts of the town: but the In London the Anti-national Society Prince will take it but as a poor complihas opened a school on Holborn Hill, ment, that an address must be in such and are preparing another in Baldwin's, a manner smuggled; and, if the minisGardens, Grays Inn Lane, as the cen- ters did not devise the original scheme, tral school. They do not intend to open they will not thank the planners of it any more in the metropolis, being of for their officiousness. opinion that their funds would be ex The East India Company has applied hausted in partial efforts, and that it for a renewal of its charter, and has also would be more adviseable for parishes published a correspondence with minis: either separately or in unison with others ters on the subject, by which it appears, to provide schools for themselves, which that the public is likely to be more conif constituted on the system of exclusion sulted than it has been, and the strange are to be considered as parts of the gener anomaly of foreigners enjoying an inyal Anti national body. The committee tercourse with the cast, from which our however promise to afford assistance own countrymen are excluded, will be towards the building of these schools: set aside The state of India is unpabut more particularly in providing pro- ralleled in history. A company of merper persons to inspect them, or in train- chants, from being mere traders, has ing persons for that purpose. We are taken possession of immense territories : not surprised at these resolutions, which but their right to trade depends on charmanifest the first falling off from their ter, and, consequently, their whole au. original plan,

thority will cease on the expiration of Parturiunt montes, nascitur ridiculus that charter. To whom then would mus.

the territories acquired by them under

the charter belong? evidently to the Tumults have arisen in various parts sovereign of this country, for a subject of the country, and we are sorry to say cannot possess dominion exclusively of that, in one part, they have been owing him. Hence it becomes a matter of to the injudicious conduct of nen, who great political prudence, if a new char. ought to have considered better the ter should be granted, to make proper danger of occasioning a ferment in the regulations respecting the commercial public mind. "At Manchester between concerns of the proprietors of India one and two hundred persons signed a stock, and the dominion to be exercised

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over a vast territory. The subject beginning to develope themselves. It branches out into an immense discus. is supposed that he will soon head his sion, and it will be ably treated in both inmense army which is to give law to houses. Numerous petitions have been the north. The lofty Autocrat will prepared from commercial lowns for probably be humbled, and Sweden, ihe opening of the trade, against which though protected by our feets, must the East India Company plead, that it trenible for its existence; though we will be injurious to those who embark should rather suspect, notwithstanding in it: but of this question we cannot an envoy from us with dollars is said to allow them to be fair judges. We be in Sweden, that the French heir to. doubt, also, whether their Mameluc the crown will not forget that he is a system is beneficial, and whether it Frenchman, nor withdraw himself from would not be better for all parties to al- the politics of the great nation. low. Englishmen to possess landed pro The war between the Turks and Rusperty in India, and engraft themselves sians is thus held in suspense, and it is with the natives of that extensive coun- evident that if the French attack the try.

former, the latter will easily overrun The dispute on the right of the Li. again the territory that he has lost. very of London to be received by the Austria is to be cordially united with sovereign on the throne, has been re- France in its new undertaking, and the vived ; for they had a meeting, in two emperors are to have a meeting to which an address to the Regent was plan together, most probably, a new diagreed to, containing many severe re- vision of territory. Thus the mighty marks on the conduct of ministers, ones of the earth go on their accustomed This address was not allowed to be pre- course, and the reign of peace is retardsented but at the levee; and, in conse- ed; but as light overcame the primeval quence, at the next meeting several re- darkness, so out of this horrible confu. solutions were entered into, which were sion shall a new state arise, in which directed to be conveyed to the Prince by the heroes and great men of the present the sheriffs. However, the substance day will be considered in ro bercer ligho of the petition and resolutions will be than boxers and prize-fighters. Sicily. laid at the foot of the throne ; for, at a is not completely tranquillised. It was meeting of the Common Council a si- not likely that the late change would milar address was carried, and this is to take place without leaving bitter remem, be presented by the Mayor and Common brance in the minds of those who have Council, who are always received in lost their accustomed power and influstate, their address being read and an- cnce in the government. swered. Thus the City of London has A melancholy day has passed in Caexpressed its sentiments fully; for the diz, though in the account of it the joy. Common Hall was nearly unanimous, of the inhabitants was expressed by and all the exertions of power and com- every manifestation that could be devismercial influence could not produce a ed : in illuminations, splendid dresses, majority in favour of ministers in the masses and feastings. The afflictions Common Council,

of the Spanish nation have not yet imAbroad, the eyes of Europe have been pressed upon it a due notion of liberty fixed on the motions of armies in the they retain their slavish despotism, and north. The French have overrun Prus. willingly devote themselves to the worst sia, but are received there as friends, of slavery. They have completed the and the King in his edicts proclaims great work of the constitution. This them such, received them in his capital they have sworn to defend: and, tou as such, lodged their generals in pala- make the whole more solemn, the Re ces, and gave them royal entertain- gency and the Cortez, and, with great ments. His troops also are enrolled concern we add, the British, ambassas. with those of the great nation, "Yet we dor, went to one of the churches to son: doube very much whether this visit of lemnise that ceremony which is called: his friends is by any means acceptable the mass, in which the whole assembly to the unfortunate sovereign. He has present kneels down to adore che wafera no means of resisting the torrent. His god. Thę Regency swore to defend royal existence depends on the nod of and maintain the catholic, apostolicale. the mighty, Emperor, whose plans are and Roman religion, without permite

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State of Public Affairs. ing any other in Spain.” Adieu to all tinue their usual occupations, but the hopes of this country. Better to bend French interest is gradually strengthene under the severest yoke of political ty• ing itself. The English have marched ranny with religious freedom, than to out of Portugal and are besieging Badaenjoy the utmost possible civil liberty joz, which is defended by an able engiunder such an abominable ecclesiastical neer. An outwork has been taken, and thraldom. We cannot expect a country our troops are only three hundred yards to be crowned with success which thus from the walls, but still the place is exdevotes its inhabitants either to groan pected not to surrender without much under a superstition which debases the loss on the part of the assailants. The human mind, or to sink into an apathy report of the Spanish colonies is more and contempt of all religion Fine favourable to the mother country, for speeches were niade on the occasion by the insurgents at Mexico are said to be the Regency and the president of the completely subdued ; but little depend. Cortez, magnifying the prospects of ence" can be placed on accounts from happiness and glory under the new sys- these distant possessions. The United tem, looking forward to it for the pre- States continue their warlike preparaservation of true religion and real liber- tions, but there is every reason to hope ty; but, alas ! these are all pompous that they will not give up their love of words, and when divested of their glare, peace on account of the inconveniences they proclaim the melancholy tale : that have befallen them from the folly Spaniards, ye are doomed to be the dupes and wickedness of Europe. of your priests ; the words of our Savi. In parliament many questions have our and eternal life shall not reach your been agitated ; ameng them the flageleyes or your cars, but under the conta- lation of suldiers was peculiarly interminating hands of the Inquisition. No esting : the allowance to the Princesses man shall dare to utter his thoughts on brought forward many pertinent rereligion, without exposing himself to the marks on a book, said to have been rancour of priestcraft

. We quit this me- printed, but not published, by Mr. Per. lancholy subject, impressed with the ceval, relative to the conduct of the sincerest regret for the unhappy nation, Princess of Wales : but the most inand trusting that if this wretched consti- portant question is that relative to the tution should succeed in Spain, still the Catholics, which has been decided colonies will think for themselves, and against them by the house of Lords, separate from a country which imposes and is expected to occupy the House of such a yoke upon its subjects. In the Commons for two nights with the same interior of the country, the guerillas con- success.

OBITUARY.

1812. Feb. 8th. died at Woolton, Mr. by a jury of his country, to be seditious, THOMAS LLOYD, assistant teacher he was sentenced to suffer two yeats im. at the Rev. W. Shepherd's school. He prisonment, and to pay a fine of 50% was a man of singularly extensive ac- Soon after he was conveyed to the House quirements, being well versed in the of Correction, at Preston, which was Latin, French and Italian languages, and appointed as the place of his confinement, possessing a tolerable acquaintance with his brother addressed to him a letter in the German and the Greek. In mathe- which he expressed himself in terms of matics he was profoundly skilled. His strong indignation at the result of his integrity was unimpeachable, and his trial. This letter was opened by the manners were at once simple and cheer- jailor, and by him transmitted to a maful. About fourteen years ago the exer- gistrate, who, instead of proceeding cise of his poetic talent unfortunately against the writer, gave orders that the became to him the fruitful source of dis- unconscious prisoner, to whom it was tress, and in its consequences brought addressed, should be put into close conhim to an untimely end. Having com- finement. These orders were but too posed a song, which was pronounced, well obeyed. Every morning Mr. Lloyd

was conducted from his sleeping cell left with me, one was to write to you, to a solitary apartment, totally destitute to settle all arrears to Unitarian sociof furniture he not being allowed even ties and funds. He more particularly

a chair to sit on, nor any book except enjoined me to say, that from the tine the book of common-prayer. Here he he first began to think upou the subwas locked up till bed time, when he ject, and quitted the church, the con. was carefully guarded back to his place victions of his mind upon the truth of of rest. This process lasted for six those doctrinesthat Jesus Christ taught, months, during which time he was on had been more and more strengthno occasion suffered to quit his day room, ened and confirined; that they had to open the only window of his apartment, promoted his great kappiness in life, or to hold intercourse with any one, save and given him unshakeu, though his keepers. At the end of that time he humble, confidence, in the mercy, was, in consequence of the remonstrances justice and goodness of the One only of Councellor Scarlett, put on the same God. On his siek-bed, he was more footing with his fellow prisoners. It was than usually animated and eloquent, soon evident, however, that his health speaking to all who visited him of the was dreadfully impaired--and though unspeakable satisfactiou he had derived during the remainder of his confinement, from the opinions he had adopted, he was treated with humanity, and was and how bright they made his way as promoted to the confidential situation of he approached the nearer to eternity. acting clerk to the prison-he left Pres. He further wished me to express his ton at the expiration of the term of his sentiments upon what we owe to the imprisonment with a confirmed asthma, Great Founder of our Religion, the which yearly becoming more and more Prophet sent from God, the Messiah, oppressive, for the last 12 months ren- the man Christ Jesus. Nice shades dered the prolongation of existence a of differeuce he never entered into, painful toil, and tinally terminated his «s believing them not of that impormortal career with acute suffering. The tance that some do, though he did not magistrate, in consequence of whose in- believe him to form any part or portion terposition Mr. Lloyd was so harshly of the Indivisible, Omniscient Being, treated, has by a few months preceded who made heaven and earth and all his victim to that “ bourne” from things they contain, yet he thought our whence " no traveller returas.” In this warınest gratitude, love, veneration circumstance perhaps he was fortunate: and esteem, for all the good things for had he lived to read this record of he had done and suffered in his life, the mischief which he has done, its pe- death and resurrection, for his brethres Tusal wouid, in all probability, have by of mankind, were most justly his due, no means tended to dissipate the horrors and unless we feel them in our hearts

we cannot shew our love for him as

we onght by keeping his commande Addition to the dccount of the mients.”

Rev. E. Harries, p. 118. (An
Extract from the Letter refer.
red to, p. 272.)
“ Ainongst some injunctions he

of the grave.

NOTICES.

A Collection of Hymns, primarily It consists of somewhat more than designed for the use of the congré. three hundred hymus, of which about gatiou assembling in George's Meet. twenty have never before been intro. ing, Exeler, is in a state of con. duced into any collection -As the siderable forwardness, and will be names of the authors are not given, ready for publication early in June. the Editors have felt themselves at

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Notices. liberty to make or adopt any alterati. at Wisheach, on Wednesday and ons whatever, wbich they considered as Thursday the grd and 4th of June. of themselves improvements, or which Mr Madge and Mi, Aspland are appeared necessary hy a due regard iuvited and expected to preach on the to the object and ends of religious occasion. worship. They have been particularly desirous to increase the number of suitable hymos, peculiarly referring Voilàriau Book Society will be kept

The Anniversary of the Western to Christian privileges avd requisi. si Bridport, on Wednesday, the 17th tions: and while they have constantly of June': 'the Sermon to be preached kept in view the wrand truth that the by Mi. Aspland. Father is the only trtie God, and the only proper object of worship, they have studiously endeavoured to avoid

Mr. Aspland has in the press a Sera all expressions directly implying opi: inst. at the Old Jewry Meetivg-house

mon preached on Wednesday the sth nions which are commonly controvert, iu Jewin Strect, on behalf of The ed ainong those who are united iny their adherence to this fundamenta} Widows' Fund, for the Relief of the principle. It has been their object to

necessitous Widows an Children of enable the Christian worshipper to

Protestant Disscuting Ministers :sing with the understanding ; but Thie & hject, The Beneficial Influence of they trust it will not be íound that is Christianity on the Condition and Characdoing this, they bave sacrificed any

ter of the Female Ser. thing really calculated to excite aná cherish the warmest and noblest affec. bers and friends to the Unitarian

The Annual Meeting of the Subscritions of the heart. The collection is printed in demy 12mo, on a good paper Wednesday, which falls this year on

Fund will be held as nsual on Whitand distinct type. Farther particulars may be known, by applying to the May the Twentieth, at the Chapel in Rev. J. Manning, or Rev. Dr. Cara

Parliament Couri, Artillery Lane, penter, Exeter.

Bishopsgate Sireet, The $ rmon on behalf of the Fund will be preached

by the Rev. W. Severn, of Hull; or ia Agrecally to a proviso of the last case of failure, by the Rev. Edmund anoual mceting of the Welch Theo. Butcher, of Sidmouth. Liviue service Upitarian Society, held at Neath, the to begin at 11 o'clock, next annual meeting is appointed to

After Service," the Society will be held at Aberdâr, near Merthyr. proceed to business. (See Advertisement Tydvil, on Thursday, the 25th of June on the last page of the Wrapper.) 1812-and not at Landilo as was once intended.

A General Meeting of the Subscri.

bers and Friends to tbe projected Mr. Kentish lias just published a UNITARIAN ACADEMY will be held Secoud Edition of his Sermon before on Thursday, May 21st.

(See also the Western Unitarian Society, last Advertisement on the last page of the year, on the Connection between the Wrapper.) Simplicity of the Gospel and the leading Principles of Protestantism.

The Annual Assembly of GENERAL

BAPTISTS will be held in Worship The Annual Association of Unita. Street, on Whịt Tuesday, May 19th. rian Ministers in Lincolnshire, Cam. Divine Service to begin at 11 o'clock. bridgesbire and Norfolk, will be holden

For Correspondence, see the fourth Page of the Wrapper,

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