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Intelligence.—Dr. Toulmin's Speech. with greater lustre the territories of Eu- manufactures and commerce have to rope and Asia, and darted his resplendent contend, make it a matter of astonishbeams beyond the wide Atlantic. Read ment and gratitude, that the cxertions the Reports of the British and Foreign in this benevolent cause have been so Bible Society, which become every year little restrained in any place, and have, more interesting by the variety and num. in most places, been stimulated and enber of facts which they detail. Reflect larged." Under these circumstances on the increa-ing formation of Auxili- has the British and Foreign Bible Society ary Societies in this kingdom, in foreign commenced. Under these circumstan. countries to the east of us, and in the ces has its poble design been successful. American States. The first Bible So. What has been effected, in this situation ciety established in that country was at of the world and of our own country, Philadelphia, about three years since; affords, from its correspondence to pro. there are now twenty Societies of this phecy, a peculiar confirmation to our description in the United States, circu- faith in the truth of that Revelation, to lacing the Scriptures in every direction". which it is our pious and earne t wish Reckon up the number of Bibles and to give the most extensive circulation; Testaments which have been distributed it creates the most encouraging conjec. by the parent Society. Traverse over tures of what will take place, nay, it the countries into which, by its patron- converts coniectures into lively hope, age, translations of the Scriptures have and raises hope in o divine confidence. been introduced. As its last report ex
But much yet remains to be done. To presses it, “ it may be truly affirmed, ripen auspicious beginnings, and to rethat it has opened channels, by which alize expectation your continued efforts the springs of life have not only flowed are solicited, and are necessary. The to the numbers who thirsted for there, anticipation, which we are invited to within the United Kingdoms, but have enteitain, is delightful to every follower been conveyed to the barren and parched of the grea: Founder of our religion, of soils of the remotest regions.
every denomination and sect Let it In connection with these details of its animate our strenuous persevering ex• operations, recollect the word of pro- ert ons phecy. Prophecy declared, “the earth I embrace this moment to make my shall be full of the knowledge of the public acknowledgments to the respec.. Lord, as the waters cover the sea ; table clergymao*, whose candid appli. in that day the deaf shall hear the words cation first disposed me to enlist myself of the book, and the eyes of the blind in this sacred and philanthropic institushall see, out of obscuriiy and darkuess ; tion. I this day thank my God with all thy children shall run to and fro, and humble and joyful gratitude, whose knowledge shall be increased.” Com- gracious providence has lengthened out pare existing events with these predic. my years, that I have lived to see the tions. These predictions foretold an day in which an institution so propitious universal spread of Divine know ledge; to the universal spread of Divine know. existing events open a prospect of it ledge has commenced. I hail, Sir, with more propitious, more encouraging than gladdening hope, the approach of thal any preceding æra has afforded. May period when many, when all nations we not say that now the word of pro- shall say, " Come, let us go up to the phecy begins indeed to receive its accom. mountain of the Lord, and he will teach plishment. May we not augur from us his ways: come ye and let us walls present appearances, that the time is in the light of the Lord." rapidly approaching, when the earth Filled with this idea, and rejoicing in shall be filled with the knowledge of the this hope, let us, my townsmen and Lord ?'
fellow Christians, renew our efforts to These appearances, be it observed, bring on, more rapidly, this glorious break out under awful and alarming period, and 10 diffuse these sentiments, circumstances.
When war has, for these desires after sacred knowledge : nearly twenty years, been waving its and with our efforts let us unite our fer. bloody banners over the nations of® Eu- vent prayers. From every heart let this rope ; when, as it is stated in the last request ascend to heaven, "O God send Report, “ the difficulties with which out thy light and thy truth;" and let
every voice echo, AXEN. Boston Gazette, February 13, 1812.
• Rev. Mr. Burn.
Manchester New College, removed gether with the interest, by small an
nual instalments. The classical and to York.
mathematical tutors, and the students The Committee of the MANCHESTER already occupy the greater part of the New COLLEGE are desirous to submit premises ; and the remainder is let to the following circumstances to the con- respectable tenants, but may be resumed, sideration of their numerous friends. in whole or in part, at any future time,
When this Institution was removed if wanted for the purposes of the college. from Manchester, and placed under the The whole produces a rent fully suiliable direction of the Rev. Charles Well- cient to discharge the interest of the purbeloved, the only difficulty which oc- chase-money. In the payment of the curred, arose from the want of proper principal it will be necessary to approapartments for the students. Mr. Well. priate not less than 150l. per annum, beloved could accommodate in his own from the current income of the college, house only a v ry limited number, and till the whole is redeemed To this exas his family grew up, even this ceased tent, there will of course be a diminu. to be convenient to him. To obviate tion in the funds applicable to the edu. the difficulty, apartments were engaged cation of divinity students, and the numin different lodging houses in York, in ber must, therefore, of necessity, be which the students were placed. But smaller than might otherwise be admit. besides the heavy expense attending this ted. Many zealous friends to the inmode of accommodating them, especial. stitution have expressed their regret at ly as their number increased, there were this circumstance, and are anxious that, several other obvious objections. That at a time when so many congregations, the force of these was not seriously felt, in different parts of the country, are in affords a striking testimony to the excel- want of ministers, a general effort should lent principles and virtuous conduct of be made, among the English Presbytethe young men who have hitherto been rian Dissenters, to increase the number students in this institution. It would of this class of students. They have have been unreasonable, however, to urged the Committee to state these facts expect that this should always continue to the Dissenting public, and to set on to be the case ; and the want of perma- foot a subscription for the express purnene accommodations, in which the stu- pose of relieving the funds from this dents might all lodge together, under charge of 150l per ann in order that the immediate superintendance of the the entire income of the college may be tutors, had indeed been stated by several applicable to this important object. parents, as an insuperable objection to They have, at the same time, enforced their placing their sons in the college. It their proposal by the offer of such very therefore became an objectofanxious con- liberal contributions on their own parts, bern with the Committee to procure such that the Committee cannot hesitate to accommodations. And a very suitable comply with their recommendation. range of buildings, in the immediate The sums which have been already sub. neighbourhood of Mr. Wellbeloved's scribed are enumerated below, and the house, being offered for sale, about two Committee, in calling upon their friends years ago, the Committee were instruct- at large to second these generous efforts, ed, by the general body of trustees, to beg to assure them, that all the properpurchase them, and they were accord. ty of the college in land and buildings, ingly bought for the sum of 31401. It both in York and Manchester, is, in the may be desirable to state, that they do strictest respect, a permanent property. not consist of showy public buildings, They pledge themselves that as long as incapable of being converted, without their authority continues) the capital great expense, to other purposes; but of shall be for ever inviolable, and that the plain dwelling-houses, which may at annual income arising from it shall be any ti ue be readily disposed of, with applied exclusively to the education of little or no loss. The purchase-money young men for the sacred ministry, on was advanced by twenty-five gentlemen, the principles of free inquiry and indion the condition of its being repaid, to- vidual judgment.
538 Proceedings in Parliament relative to the New Toleration Act,
200 Ioo IOO 100 IOO
Benefactions already announced.
the payment of gl. per ann. during Mrs. Grindrod's life 100
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Proceedings in Parliament rela. rant intent. He declared it as his opi
tive to the New Toleration Act. nion, that this Ace would be generally HOUSE OF COMMONS, JULY 20.
acknowledged by the Dissenters as a
He then brought up a Mr. William Smith, on the question clause, allowing to the Dissenters the that the Toleration Amendment Bill be same exemptions under this act as they read a third time, rose for the purpose enjoyed under that of the 19th of his of making one or two observations. And present Majesty, first, he could not help congratulating
Mr. Whitbread said he had examined the House and the country on the sin the Bill, and he found it was the same gular progress of the present Bill he had himself intended to have brought through that House, to this its last stage, in. He drew the same happy inferences without having provoked the expres.
from the silent progress of this Bill as sion of one sentiment of hostility against were drawn by his honourable friend, it
. This he could not help looking up and he hoped it would continue till the on as a most auspicious system of the great work of religious freedom received rapid advance of liberal and enlightened its final consummation, because he opinion. (Hear!] The honourable gen. thought that the strength of the Estabtleman then went into a history of the lished Church rested in the freedom of origin, rise and progress of the present religious opinions. The cl use was Bill, which we forbear giving, as the then brought up and agreed to, and the same has already appeared before the Bill ordered to be read a third time, public, in a letter from the honourable passed and ordered to the Lords.---Admember to a noble lord (Stanhope.) journed, He censured the measure proposed in
HOUSE OF LORDS, JULY 23. a former sessions, by another noble lord The Earl of Liverpool moved the se(Sidmouth,) which he thought might cond reading of the Toleration Bill. His have created the evils it was designed to lordship. observed, that in looking into prevent, though he had no hesitation in this subject, it was found that it could aequitting the noble lord of any intole not be properly entered into without
repealing certain acts which certainly ples upon which it rested, courting the ought not to be suffered to remain on investigation of the Scriptures upon the statute hook, and which no one which it founded its doctrines would now think ought to be put in Earl Stanhope objected to the Bill, that force: but which might be made the it was founded in its preamble an-i its means of vexations to individuals. A- clauses upon expediency and e. pediency mongst the acts repcaled were the Con- alone, and did not recognize the right venticle Act and the Five Mile Act; of religious worship, which he contendsome parts of the former were retained od to be the u 'alienable right of mao. in another shipe, but the la ter no one His lordship went through most of the would now think of carrying into exe. clauses, making several objections to cution. It was well known that lately, a par i ular paris of them, respecting construction had been p't upon the Tole- which it was his intention to nove in ration Act, different from that which it the Committee had practically received for upwards of Lord Holland agreed with his noble a century, and to remedy the inconve- friend as to the right of religious wor. niences thus occasioned to individuals, ship, but, nevertheless, was a fir a friend was one also of the objects of the pre- to the present Bill. He remembered sent Bill. In order to combine the to. being toll some years ago, by he late leration which it was proposed to give Mr. Selwya. chat a good law required a in the most ample torm with the requi- great deal of soaking in the House of site securities, it was proposed in the Commons ; so it appeared first place, that to assemblies for the great principle required a great deal purposes of religious worship there of soaking ; but the noble lord who should be given notoriety; in the se- moved the pre ent Bill seemed to cond place, publicity : and, in the third have become a wet intolerant, and, place, that from the preachers and viewing this Bill ás so much gaie1 to teachers in those assemblies there should the cause of roleration, he (Lord Holbe required some test or security in the lan!) did not despair of seeing at length oaths to be takın by them. Meetings acknowledged the great principle for for religious worship, where the num- which he con ended. ber of persons assembled, exclusive of Lord Viscount Sidmouth could not the family of the occupier of the house give an unqualified approbation of this or premises, where such meeting took Bill. He approved entirely of the replace, did not amount to more than peal of the Five Mile Act, but he retwenty, were exempt from any restric- greeted the extension of the nuniber al. tion, but where the number a nounted lowed at meetin:s not registered, from to more than twenty, then the place of five, the numbe in the Conventicle Act, meeting was required to be registered, to tu enty. He thought that giving an in order that upon searching the regis- exemption from civil duties and militia ters all such places of meeting might to preachers and teachers of meetings, be known. In order to secure notoriety who carried on any other business, would it was enacted that all such meetings for lead to abuses, as persons might registhe purposes of religious worship should ter small meetings oficiting only once take place with doors unbolted and un or twice a year at the.o, for the purpose barred, and not fastened, so that any of obtaining the exemptions Felda one might go in; and, for the purpose mented, particulierly, thar by this Bill of a sufficient test or security, it was no qualification was required from enacted that teachers and preachers of preachers, or teacher, but that all percongregations should take the required sons, wh tever mighi be their ignorance oaths at the sessions; but it was not re or moral chara ter, inglit, on their quired that they should take the oaths taking the oaths, be preach is,nd teachiantecedently to their exercising the du- ers He thought that some qua'ificaties of teaching and preaching. His tion ought to be required brore they lordship, after adverting to the other were all wed to preach or teach ini. provisions of the Bill, observed, that an stad of their einy selt elected and selfenlarged and liberal coleration was the appointed, as 'bcy vould be under this best security to the Established Church, Bill. He did not, towever intendo -a Church, not founded to the exclu- give any 0,"position to the Bill, but ne sion of religious discussion, but in its could not belplamenting that sorre prohomilies, its canons, and all the princi- vision was not made to ensure some te* VOL. VII.
590 Proceedings in Parliament relative to the New Toleration Act. of qualification in the persons preaching of land in consequence of the death of a and reaching
relation, or his holding lnd in fee sim Loid italiand said the Bill had his ple, was not considered in law a taking support as it went to extend the system to farm. This construction of the law o: Toleration, and, as far as it was re- would also, he conceived be app ied, strictive in its nature, he disapproved of under this Act, to Disse ting Ministers, it.
so that their possession of land under The Lord Chancellor did not say that such circumstances, would not deprive he could altogether agree with the them of exemptions. With respect to clause, granting exemption in favour of amendmenis, he thought some caution every person who was a teacher, or should be used, lest all the benefits preacher. that, however, would be best sought to be conferred by the Bill judged of in he Committee.
should be risked. Earl Stanhope said, however the Bill The clause was struck out. might come out of the committee, he Earl Stanhope contended, that under never meant to ohject to its passing. the words of the Bill, assemblies for re
The Bill was then read a second time, ligious worship, not consisting of more and committed for tomorrow. than 20, exclusive of the family and ser
HOUSE OF LORDS, JULY 24. vants of the occupier of the premises, The House of Lords resolved itself the doors being required not to be fastinto a committee on the Toleration ened, would be liable to be intruded Bill.
upun, and that two or three more comThe Lord Chancellor ob ected to the ing in would make an illegal assembly, clause, granting exemptions to preach- the place of meeting not being certified. ers and teachers exercising any other pro- He therefore moved an amendment to fession or occupation, contending, that confine the non-fastening of doors to complete justice was done to the princi- certified places of meeting. ple of the Bill by the exemption granted The Lord Chancellor contended a. in the preceding clause to preachers and gainst this construction of the Act, and teachers, not exercising any other pro: observed, that if any dispute arose as to fession or occupation, except that of a che number of the congregation, it schoolmaster, and that if persons of could be easily settled by any inquiry this description resorted to secular oc- into the fact. cupations, they ought, in return for the The Amendment was negatived. advantages derived from their secular Earl Stanhope moved another Amend. occupations, to be liable, in the same ment in the Proviso, saving the ecclemanner as other persons, to secular du- siastical jurisdiction, to contine that juties. He therefore moved to strike ou risdiction to the ministers of the church, the clause,
t complaining, that he could not learn The Earl of Liverpool and Lord Vise from any one what was meant by the count Sidmouth concurred in opinion ecclesiastical jurisdiction over the church with the Lord Chancellor.
The Archbishop of Canterbury obLord Holland was disposed to acqui- served, that over the church, meant over esce in striking out this clause, but those who belonged to its communion, doubted how far, if the clause was struck and contended, that to save the jurisdicout, Dissenting Ministers in the possess- tion of the church was of great imporion of land, although following no other tance in a Bill like this, in which consi. occupation, might be deprived of their derable concessions were made to those exemptions.
who dissented from the Church. The Earl of Lauderdale also entertain The Earl of Liverpool stated, that this cd the same doubt, and proposed to in- proviso left the ecclesiastical jurisdiction sert words to the effect, that a Dissent- exactly where it was, and that if any aling Minister should not be deprived of teration was wished to be made, it his exemptions on account of the occu- ought to be brought forward as a subpation of from 25 to 30 acres of land. stantive measure.
The Lord Chancellor was of opinion Lord Holland agreed in this opinion, that the same rule in this respect would and observed, that the question of the apply to Dissenting Ministers as did to ecclesiastical jurisdiction was one of great the clergy, namely, that although a importance and very complicated, which clergyman could not take land to farm, required much consideration, and that yet that his being in possession of a Icase to use an expression of his noble friend's