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Meeting of Ministers at Coventry. Small, of Coseley; Yates, of Liverpool; On the 6tb instant, a Meeting of and James Yates, late of Glasgow. Ministers was holdeo at Coventry, and a
The writer of this hasty, brief and defecreligious service was performed in the tire account cannot withhold the expression great Meeting, in that city. The Rev. of the great satisfaction and pleasure, James Scott conducted the devotional which he felt during the day; and he bas parts ; and the Rev. Jobn Yates delivered reason to believe that similar sentiments the Sermon, from 2 Cor. vi. 1. It is not were experienced by others of his respected intended to analize this learned and sin- bretbreu in the ministry. J. B. B. gularly excellent discourse, nor will it be Hinckley, Aug. 11, 1816. attempted to point out its numerous and various merits; but it may be permitted Additional Subscriptions to the Unitarian to say that it discovered an extensive
Chapel, at Thorne. acquaintance with the writings of the Al Altringham, by the Rev. W. Jedons : ancients, and the several systems of phi- Mr. Rigby,
0 0 losophy which bave prevailed in the world; Mrs. Worthington and which, however they may bare beeu Mr. Hugo Worthingtos, extolled by some, were yet clearly proved Mr. J. Worthington, by the preacher to be as inferior to Mr. Js. Harrop, Christiapity as the light of the twinkling Mr. W. Whitelegs,
0 star is to the refulgent light of the mid- Mr. C. Hankinson,
1 0 0 day sun: Mr. Yates disapproved of our Rer. W. Jerons,
1 1 0 British youth learning their morality from Mr. Burgess, the pages of Homer, (the beauties of Anonymous,
6 whose poetry, bowerer, be freely allowed) Joseph Dobson, (London,) while the Christian religion furnished a
By Mr. Aspland: far superior and purer system of moral Mr. David Walker, Hoxton, conduct. And it was finely remarked, Mrs. Severn, Broughton, Notts, i 0 0 tbat sooner than the heroes of Homer could become disciples of the mild, the Unitarian Chapel, New Church, Rosforgiving, the benevolent religion of Jesus,
sendale. should Satan and Beelzebub and Moloch (See M. Repos. X. 313. 392. 458. 461. have retained their stations in heaven ! 527. 596. 660. 721. XI. 194. The preacher pathetically described the Donations in aid of liquidating the debt, vast difference between the effects pro- (3501.) upon this Chapel, will be thankduced by the orations of the Pagan phi- fully received by the Rev. R. Aspland, losopbers and the discourses of the minis- Hackney Road; Rev. R. Astley, Halifax; ters of Christ; and while the former could Rev. W. Johns, Manchester; Mr. W. boast the mighty consequences that fol. Walker, Rochdale; and Dr. Thomson, lowed their eloquence, the latter had Halifax. oftco cause to lament the little influence It is intended to proceed to liquidate the which their labours had opon the conduct debt as soon as may be, and as far as the of their auditors! The reason of this liberality of the public may enables the difference is a subject of serious inquiry above-mentioned gentlemen to do so; to to both ministers and people. Some ja- whom all wbo bare entrusted themselves dicious and kind advice was given to the in behalf of the Rossendale brethren are ministers on the subjects of their preach- requested to report the Subscriptions in ing ; which, coming warm from the heart, their hands without delay. aud flowing from a quarter, in every point An accurate account of the Subscription of view, so highly respectable, and de- and of its appropriation will be given in livered with so much energy and feeling, the Monthly Repository. could not fail of making a deep impression Amount Reported, XI. 124. 249 on the hearts of those to whone it was A Legacy from the late Mr. addressed. Nor was the congregation Mason, of Bolton. overlooked; but exhorted diligently to Uuitariau Fund. improve the superior light and means of virtue and knowledge with wbich they
274 5 0 were favoured : the hearers were respecto able in point of number, and appeared unusually attentive. The following minis
MISCELLANEOUS. ter's were present on this interesting Curious and Important Recent Religious occasion — Messrs. Bransby, of Dudley ;
Prosecution. Bull and Bristowe, of Hinckley ; Davies, Religious liberty is so well established of Coventry, (who gave out the hymns); in Great Britain, that we rarely hear of Field, of Warwick; Kell and Kentish, of persecutions or prosecutions on the ground Birmingham ; Kenrick, of York College ; of faith or worship. When Lord GrosveLlusd, of Kingswood; Scott, of Cradley; nor was lately charged with an indirect
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persecution of some of his labourers who this friend of Mr. Noel's as a person hoswere Dissenters, his friends came forward tile to the establishment, or to have susto explain away the charge. How Lord pected him of forming designs injurious Romney's friends will proceed remains to to the interests of the church. be seen : his Lordship has acted the part “But however pure and unmixed were of an Informer against, prosecuted and Mr. Noel's motives, it has been proved convicted, (not a Dissenter, but) a brother that he erred in his judgment, in the intiChurchnan, for unlawful religious wor- mation given to bis tradesmen and the ship! The Penal Statutes regarding reli- workmen upon bis estate, that they were gion have been repealed with respect to allowed the privilege of attending at his Dissenters, and are in force only against family worship; as the law prohibits aby the members of the Establishment! congregation or assembly of Protestants
But the reader will be better pleased for religious worship, exceeding the numwith a history than a commentary, and ber of twenty, in addition to servants and therefore we extract the following account domestics in any unlicensed place; of of this curious case from a pamphlet just which limitation Mr. Noel was not aware, published at Maidstone, entitled “A Nar- and has expressed his regret that he should rative of the Prosecution of the Honourable uniutentionally, or from the purest moCharles Noel-Intended as a Friendly tives have violated any law. Caution, hy a Friend to Religion, Order “What contributed to lead Mr. Noel and Law.” The writer of the pamphlet into this error, was the constant, uninter-, appears to be a friend of Mr. Noel's, and rupted, unopposed practice of the late to be intimately acquainted with all the Lord Barham, who, for a considerable circumstances of the case.
number of years, bad himself attended “ The Honourable Charles Noel having sonie religious services on a Sunday eventravelled some time on the Coutinent for ing, at a school his Lordship bad erected the recovery of his health; op bis returu in the village for the instruction of the to England, he came to reside at the poor of those parishes where he had any family mansion, Barham Court, in the interest, at wbich the parents of the chilparish of Teston, where it was the first dren, and any other of the inhabitants, wish of his heart to render his influence, might attend, and where his Lordship was from bis rank and situation, subservient very generally accompanied by any friends, to the best and inost essential interests visitors at Barbam Court. of all who were dependant upon him,---- “ As no objections had ever beep heard tradesmen and labourers ; and being duly against this practice, and Mr. Noel's state sensible that family religion is a most im- of health not rendering it prudent to be portant part of practical Christianity, and out in the evening air, at that season of that family worship is a duty that may be the year, lie was not aware that the transpractised by persous of every rank in life, ferring this long continued practice at the and that without the observance of this school, countenanced by the presence of privilege, as well as duty, every other duty Lord Barham and his frieuds in general, will be regarded with luke-warınness :-it to bis own bousc for a few evenings, was vas a reasonable hope and expectation in contradiction to any existing law. that example would have its 'use, and “In Mr. Noel's first intentions, the prore productive of religious improvement privilege of attending the evening service in the parish.
at Barham Court was limited tu his own “ It may bere be necessary to remark, dependants, and that it extended beyond that it is Mr. Noel's constant practice, and this, arose from circumstances not under his general rule of conduct, to assemble his control. But soon after this had ochis domestics and servants the mornings curred at Barham Court, a rumour was in and evenings of every day for the exercise circulation, that a nobleman of high rank of this duty. When alone, he is his own had commenced a prosecution against Mr. chaplain ; when favoured with the company Noel, a report pretty generally discredited : of any friend on whom with propriety it strong reasons were urged by many against can devolve, it is resigned to such friend. its being worthy of aay credit, and it
“Such a commitment of this duty oc- seemed to be dying away; when a second curred on Sunday the 31st of December, report positively stated that the same no1815, and on Sunday the 7th of January, bleman had called upon a most respectable 1816—the two Sundays named in the solicitor, desiring to put into his hands the complaint and information made against conducting the intended prosecution, him, when the family worship at Barham which, by this solicitor was politely deCourt derolved on Mr. Noel's friend : and clined :—this second report seemed to rest from the attendance of this friend, twice on some evidence, but the solicitor applied on every Sunday, at the parish church, to having declined the conducting the during the whole of his visit at Teston, prosecution, it was supposed it would not it would justly have been thought a breach be persevered in—wben a third report of Christian charity, to have considered came into circulation that a very respecte
able solicitor from Maidstone had actually Teston aforesaid, the Rev. Richard Wood, been to Wateringbury to take the deposi- curate of Nettlested, in the said county, tion of John King, lately a servant at Nettlefold, clerk of the said parish Teston Vicarage, and who had asked and of Teston, David Thompson, steward at obtained permission to attend the family Barham Court aforesaid, James Gardiner worship at Parham Court, on the two Jeffery, of Yalding, in the said county, Sundays mentioned in the information. gentleman, and Jobn King, late servant This report was soon proved to be founded to the said John Kennedy, and now seroa fact. By duplicates of a summons, one vant to the Rev. Dr. Willis, of Wateringfor each offence being served upon the bury, in the said county, are material Honourable Charles Noel, upon David witnesses to be examined concerning the Thompson, steward to the estate, upon same.—These are therefore to require the Rev. John Kennedy, vicar of Teston, you, or any one of you, forthwith to semupon the Rev. Richaud Wood, curate of mon the said John Kennedy, Ricbard Nettlested, upon Nettlefold, parish Wood, Nettlefold, David Thompsou, cle.k of Teston, upon John King, servant James Gardiner Jeffery, and John King, to the Rev. John Kennedy, and upon severally to be and appear before us, or Gardiner Jeffery, of Valding, gentleman, such other of his Majesty's justices of the a copy of which is here added :
peace for the said county, as shall be as“ Kent to wit.To the Constable of sembled at the Swan, in West Malling, in the Lower Half Hundred of Twyford; the said county, on Monday the first day to Edward George Buds, and to all others of April next, at the hour of eleven in the His Majesty's Officers of the Peace for forepoon of the same day, then and there the said County, and to each and every of to testify their several knowledge concernthem.
ing the premises. And be you then there “ Whereas information and complaint to certify what you shall have done in the have been made before us, his Majesty's premises. Herein fail you not.-Given justices of the peace for the said county, under our hands and seals, the fourth day by the Right Honourable Charles, Earl of March, 1816. John Larking, Henry of Romney, that the Honourable Charles Hawley, G. Moore, Thomas Cobb, H. W. Noel, of Barham Court, in the parish of Brooke. Teston, in the said county, the occupier «« When this cause came before the of the mansion house and premises called bench of magistrates at their monthly Barbam Court aforesaid, situate in the meeting, held at the Swan Inn, Town said parish of Teston, and county of Kent Nalling, the six witnesses attended, of aforesaid, did on Sunday the seventh day whom, only Mr. Thompson, the steward of January last past, knowingly permit and of the estate, and the Rev. Jobo Kennedy, suffer a certain congregation or assembly vicar of Teston, were called. for religious worship of Protestants (at “Mr. Thompson having proved the ocwbich there were present more than cupancy of the house by Mr. Noel, and twenty persons, (to wit) thirty or there. delivered a letter from bim to the chair. abouts, besides the immediate family and man of the sitting—which being read, was, servants of the said Charles Noel), to meet as far as can be recollected, expressive of in the said mansion house and premises, regret that any mistaken views of bis own occupied by him the said Charles Noel as privileges had led to the violatiou of any aforesaid, in the parish and county afore- law enacted for the regulation of human said, the said mansion house and premises conduct, and leaving to the decision of the not having been duly certified and regis- bench to what degree of penalty, by his tered under any former act or acts of par- mistake, he had made himself liable: this, liament relating to registering places of as far as can be recollected, was the subreligious worsbip, nor having been certi- stance of the letter. fied to the bishop of the diocese, nor to the “ When Mr. Kennedy, being sworn, archdeacon of the archdeaconry, nor to the was asked by the chairman whether more justices of the peace at the general or than twenty persons, in addition to serquarter sessions of the peace for the county, vants and domestics were present and by riding, division, or place in wbich such Lord Romney, whether any persons besides meeting was held, according to the direc- the parishioners of Teston were present, tions of the statutes in such case made To both which questions, he answered in and prorided, whereby he, the said Charles the affirmative. Noel bath forfeited for the said offence a “ As the witness from frequent conversum not exceeding twenty pounds, norsations with the Honourable Mr. Noel, less than twenty shillings, at the discre- was well acquainted with his principles, tion of the justices who shall convict the views, and sentiments, he requested persaid Charles Noel of the said offence, if he mission of the bench to offer a few remarks shall be by them thereof convicted—and to their observation ; wbich being granted, that the Rev. Jobo Kengedy, vicar of he began by observing, that the name of
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561 the Noble Lord at the head of the Paper he could assert from Mr. Noel's authority, held in his hand
and from the conversations with him, that “ Here Mr. Kepnedy was interrupted by 110 one could more venerate our laws, or the Noble Lord bimself, saying he could was more desirous to pay all due respect not permit Mr. Kennedy to proceed ; and to magistrates ; that his error had been this interruption appeared to arise from an unintentional and arose from misconcepentertained idea that some censure was in- tion, and respecting his public sentiments tended against his Lordship, for the part bis he need not intrude more upon their time, Lordship had taken in this prosecution ;- But as Mr. Noel was not present, being but sucb an idea, if entertained, was imme- called to attend the death-bed of a beloved diately removed by an immediate appeal sister in a distant county, be requested the from Mr. Kennedy to the Earl of Romney, indulgence of the bench, to speak a few whether in any one instance during the words upon his private character, to which, many years he had been known to his Lord- in his absence, he could speak more freely. ship, he had ever given any ground for a sus- He had known him from infancy to manpicion, that he was capable of any disrespect hood, and hesitated not to say, that a per. to his Lordship ; that what he meant to ob- son of more solid practical Christianity, serve was-that from the name of the No- of more amiable manners, of more bu. ble Lord at tbe head of the sunimons he mane benevolence, of greater generosity held in bis hand, it was impossible to ascribe of mind, or with a greater degree of the any but the best motives that actuated his milk of human kindness, he had never Lordship in this prosecution.—Here Lord known—and he was persuaded he might Romney observed, that Mr. Kennedy's re. affirm, he would not knowingly do the marks had taken a different turn to what he least injury to any buman being, but expected, and he had no objection to his would rejoice in any opportunity of doing proceeding; but that he thoughtht neces- good to all, and more especially in that sary here to state, that as complainant and good that ended not with the present life : informer he took the wbole matter upon bim- in a word, he was the gentleman and the self, and added he had learned with surprise Christian. and astonishment that Mr. Kennedy and ““ With such dispositions, such views, Mr. Wood, two clergymen of the church and such intentions, the degree of crimi.. of England, should countenance by their nality attached to an error in his judgment; presence the illegal proceedings at Barham and the degree of punishment it merited, Court. To this, Mr. Kennedy begged might cheerfully be submitted to the judgleave to impress upon the minds of bis ment and decision of the bench. Lordship and the bench, that for the rea- “ Mr. Kennedy now begged a further sons assigned in the letter read by the indulgence for a few moments, to make chairman, he was equally unconscious an observation be considered as due to with Mr. Noel, that the assembly at Bar- himself, ham court was illegal—and referred to “ He must confess that when the sumwhat had been the practice at the school, mons was delivered to him by a clerk to during the life of Lord Barham.
Messrs. Burr and Hoar, he read the names “Here it was observed from the bench, of the selected witnesses with some degree that by Mr. Kennedy's reference to the of surprise, as being classed with his serpractice of the school, Mr. Kennedy was vant boy, to give evidence against Mr. injuring the canse he meant to serve Noel. an Lord Romney remarked, that the “ Here Mr. Kennedy was interrupted master of the school was not content with by Earl Romney, who remarked that Mr. reading to his scholars a chapter in the Kennedy was the first person he had ever New Testament, but that he actually heard object against a serrant and his preached.
superior being required to give evidence “Mr. Kennedy was about to proceed to a fact in a court of law; where, to in his observations, when Mr. Brooke, a prove the fact, a nobleman and his groom magistrate, whose name is affixed to the might be equally necessary, and he did not summons, objected to bis being heard any suppose Mr. Kennedy or Mr. Wood would further upon the subject.
appear as voluntary witnesses. “ As this required the determination of “Mr. Kennedy o:served, that where a the bench, Mr. Kennedy was requested by peer of the realm and his groom were the chairman to withdraw, and being equally necessary to prove a fact, certainly 8000 recalled was informed that the bench no objection could reasonably be made ; acquiesced in his proceeding, as it was not but where inore than an hundred othc; bis intention to justify any breach of the persons were equally competent to prove ·law, but merely to speak in mitigation of the fact, it had been thought singular by any penalty incurred.
many that out of five selected witnesses "Mr. Kennedy now observed he had Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Noel's parish priest, Jittle more to say in addition to what Mr. Mr. Wood, his curate, Mr. Nettlefold, kis Noel had addressed to the bench-that he parish clerk, and John King, his servant boy, were four out of the fire summoned “ To this Mr. Kennedy replied that to appear before the bench to give evi- for every farour he bad received from dence against a person he considered as Mrs. Bourerie, he stood indebted to the his patron and his friend.
friendship of the late Lady Middleton. “The Earl of Romney here remarked, “ Here the discussion ended, and Mr. that to exonerate Mr. Hoar, the solicitor Kennedy and Mr. Thompson were desired in this cause, be thought it right to de- to withdraw, but in a few minutes were clare that he was the sole selector of the recalled, and informed that the bench bad witnesses, as well as being the complainant convicted Mr. Noel in the full penalty of 200 informant. It was his wish to hare forty pounds, which was immediately paid aroided all discussion ;-simply to have into the hands of the chairman by Mr. prored the offence, and to have left to the Thompson, with an enquiry whether one magistrates the amount of the penalty; moiety of the penalty did not belong to the but on this point his mind was now poor of Teston parish ; and was answered changed :-Mr. Kennedy bad objected to hy the chairman, that when the expences being called to give evidence against Mr. of the prosecution were paid, of what reNocl, whom he terned his patron and his mained, one, half went to the informer, friend. Mr. Noel was not his patron, nor and the other balf to the poor of the parish had Mr. Kennedy ever received any bene- where the offence was committed." fts from that family, as he well knew.
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The Christian's Survey of the Political World. THE conflict at Algiers is over, and it A strict eye will of course be kept upon the has terminated with a treaty of peace, execution of this article of the treaty; and highly honourable to this country. For it will be an honour to England to hare the time it låsted, and the small space in acted more for the benefit of Europe than which the combatants were engaged, it may for its own—for few if any of the English be considered as one of the great actions had been kept in these disgraceful chains for which an eventful period will be cele- of bondage. brated in the annals of history. The Another article provided for the release Algerincs, confident in the strength of of all the Christians held in slavery, who their batteries, kept up the fight for above thus through our means have been restored six bours; but nothing could stand against to their country and their friends. Many the bravery and skill of the English sailor. a captive now made free will, whilst grati. Tbeir batteries were demolished, their ships tude remains, offer up prayers for the welburnt, and great part of the town becanie fare of that power which has conferred on a mass of ruins. This severe chastisement him the greatest kindness; and the prayers brought the sovereign to his senses, and of our fellow creatures are to the generous fearing a worse disaster, he complied with mind a source of the greatest satisfactiona the terms proposed to him.
Besides this the Dey was compelled to reThe first article of the treaty abolishes fund a considerable sum sent to him by the infainous tratfic that had subsisted for European powers for the redemption of many centuries, of selling for slaves the slaves; and now for some time at least the unfortunate persons that the chance of war Mediterrancan will be freed from the ra. bad tbrown into the hands of these barba- vages of the pirates. Its shores will bow. rians. Whatever contempt we may cast ever remain subject to the Mahometan upon the nanie of infidel in this country, it name, and Christianity will lament that is a tbuusand fold greater at Algiers: but the bad conduct of its professors drove then there the term of intidelity is appropriated from a country, which they disgraced by to a confession of the Christian faith. their contemptible disputes, and disregard Slarery in all its forms is wretched enough, of all that is most valuable in religion. but the Christian slave amongst the Alge- France presents to us a new picture. ripes was treated worse than and called by The sovereign seems at last to be sepsible the name of a Christian dog. The system that he can no longer govern his country is now changed: the States of Barbary are on the principles of faction: that the benefit no longer to indulge in this horrid custom: of the whole must be consulted, not that their prisoners of war are not to be subjected of the few who arrogate to themselves the to the horrors of slavery. This article is exclusive title of royalists. He has dissolved beneficial to the conquered as well as the his parliament; a new one is to be called, conquerors; for instead of their abominable according to the charter, which he now piracy, the former may in time be brought declares to be the rule of his conduct. to exercise their talents in houest industry. Gerinany is on the point of entering in