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179 a great work had been performed. From | He could conceive none more acceptable that country came, about a century since, to God, the Father of all, than that cause our deliverer from civil and religious which contemplated all mankind in the thraldom;-it was a proud gratitude to spirit of paternal care. This Society knew now return to it, the only greater liberty no distinction, it lavished upon all the - the liberty of the soul. In looking across
benefits which Providence had entrusted the Atlantic, another glorious view was
to it for its most glorious purpose. It given. He was rejoiced to see peace with knew no distinction of nation or name, or America; and he had now almost a pledge cast or colour, Christian or Pagan; it that we should see war no more with her. gave freely to all what it had freely reEven those who were to be influenced by ceived, and in it gave the greatest blessing nothing beyond those political views, might that man could communicate to man. now be inclined to acknowledg: the good
Mr. Robert INGLIS moved thanks to the of the Bible Society. From America, Vice-Presidents, and noticed in a brief with her 70 Bible Associations, already and elegant panegyric, the late Treasurer, swelling and spreading into strength and Mr. Thornton, a model of purity and zeal, we might hope for permanent peace. honour, solid intelligence and unwearied From France, where our efforts had been zeal. To take up his task, another of the impeded, and the Bible almost prohibited, same family had been found, like the poet's we were yet to learn what peace she tree, Uno avulso non deficit alier. would keep, but might God grant that Dr. COLLYER seconded the motion. No even she would yet be taught, and rejoice Society ever required high patronage to receive instruction. But if the pros- less; no Society eyer received more. It spect. was more gloomy now than it had was difficult in speaking of great services been, it was still to be remembered that to avoid the appearance of flattery, but the Bible Society rose and grew strong in that was not the spirit of the meeting nor a time of national struggle, and it might of himself. He might indeed say to those still go on from strength to strength. The distinguished individuals who had come Society had published more than a million forward in the cause of the Society, that of Bibles and Testaments. The world they did not give but receive honour. He was computed to contain a thousand was glad to be permitted to second this millions of people, let the Society go on motion, if it were nothing but to declare with the powerful step with which it had the conspiracy combined against the estamoved for the last ten years, and perhaps blishment. Was there ever a conspiracy some of those then around him might, be- like this one in which the bishops of fore they went down to the grave, see but Norwich, Durham, St. David's, Salisbury, little left to be done to shed the gospel and many other distinguished prelates, light through the nations of the earth. were conspirators; one at the head of
The Duke of KENT moved “The thanks which stood the Dukes of York, Kent, of the Meeting to Lord Teignmouth, for Cambridge, Cumberland, and Sussex; his indefatigable zeal and services to the one to which the liberator of Africa, one Society.” His Royal Highness would to which the pacificator of America, had only say a few words; but, he felt it in- given their most cordial and zealous assist. cumbent on him to express his full and ance? Why did not the pastors of the entire concurrence in all the objects of establishment come to watch over their the Bible Society. He should leave the proceedings? Yes, they did come; he peculiar praise of the Institution to those found them in those venerable Bishops whose profession led them more imme- who sat before him, thinking that they did diately to estimate its value ; but he must their most undoubted service in taking a say it in the feeling of a man who had the lead in that Society. But wherever might good fortune to be a soldier of the state, be the danger of the establishment, he and he thought it no derogation to the could point out its security. It was in its high and gallant spirit of soldiership to spirit of union, it was in its toleration, say so, that the Bible was the surest sup- He could see the time approaching, when port even of military courage. In all as in the apostle's vision, the new Jeruthe services it was the same. Would not salem was to be built glorious with prethe sailor expose himself, if not with a cious stones of different colours. The earth more desperate fearlessness, at least with might give no reward to the men who led a more unfailing intrepidity, when he felt the way in these things, it might have no that exposure was not ruin, that to die in reward. But if they would not have it in battle was not to perish, that in yielding the praise of man, they would have it in up life, he only entered into final and un- the testimony of conscience, and in the changeable glory! The Bible spoke the peace of God. same language to the soldier, and he could The Bishop of Norwich moved thanks find no better study of his profession than to their Royal Highnesses, the Dukes of that book which taught him first, reverence York, Cambridge, Cumberland, Kent, to his God, and next, obedience to his king. Sussex, and Gloucester, for their patro
Sir Thomas ACKLAND, President of the nage, and to the Dukes of Kent and Devon Bible Society, seconded the motion. and Sussex, in particular, for their marked He was deeply interested in the cause. attention to the interests of the Society. His Lordship expressed himself glad to The Duke of Kent returned thanks have been appointed to pay this tribute for his illustrious relatives and himself. to their Royal Highnesses. To the Duke To have received the praise of his veneof Kent he found himself inclined to ac- rable friend, (the Bishop of Norwich,) he knowledge great satisfaction in what he must have in some measure deserved it, had heard from him that day, the clear and to have deserved it, might well exgood sense, the princely dignity, the fine cite the spirit of any man. But little as and affecting mixture of military ardour he was inclined to speak or think of himand christian zeal. He must congratulate self, he could not but indulge the pleasure the meeting on this, the eleventh anni- of that unexpected praise which he had versary of their incomparable institution. just received. He had not seen that genIf we did not know that prejudice had tleman for an interval of fourteen years ; neither eyes nor ears, it would be almost he had seen him only in the accidental incredible that any one could be found in circumstances of the service, he should a christian country hostile to the purposes not have even known him in his present of that institution. But prejudice had dress; but he might be freely allowed to started up under the pretence of detecting express his feelings at hearing this casual danger to the establishment, and had even and most unprepared vindication of his been embodied in a work lately pub-conduct, this sudden refutation of calumlished. That work, grounded upon false nies which had been so painfully urged, facts, was sustained by inconclusive rea- which had taken such deep root, which soning, and must speedily be forgotten, he would not deny had for so many years. but if while it still lived, there were those bung heavy on his heart, and had at last who desired to see it treated as it de- the effect of making him withdraw from served, he had the gratification to state, the active services of a profession in that a learned friend of his (Dr. Dealtry) which no man ever embarked with more had within these few days given it an ardent zeal. This was even enhanced by answer, which, if it could not convert, the purity of its source, by its coming from a must at least put to silence for ever igno- quarter where no suspicion of humbler rance and malevolence.
motives could lie, the vindication of a Captain HAWTREY was glad to have soldier from a man who had now retired: the honour of seconding the motion. He from the hopes and objects of a soldier's felt, as they all must feel, the importance
But now to talk of the admin to the institution of the support wbich it rable institution in whose cause they were received from the higher ranks of the all equally engaged. He rejoiced in its country. But he must be pardoned for success, in its noble ambition of doing saying that he felt a peculiar gratitude to good, in its unwearied zeal, in its irrethe Royal Duke who this day attended sistable advance; and he hoped the time the meeting. In the course of his military was not far off when another object might life, he happened to have been under be numbered among the multitude which his Royal Highness's command, and to that they embraced. There still was igno. eircumstance he had to attribute, besides rance at home, and he wished to see the many personal comforts, the great one of children of this country instructed; if being made acquainted with those truths they were to have the Bible sent among which now formed so large a share of his them, let them bave the faculty to read it convictions. He believed that many others sent among them also. He wanted no had to thank their Royal Commander for dogmas, no forms of opinion, he wanted kindnesses not less considerate, if the effect the simple power to spell, and the simple was not so continued; but he could not study, the Bible. He desired to see the restrain himself from saying that he looked wish of his Royal Father, that wish so back to those condescensions with the worthy of an English king, realized, that deepest gratitude, and nothing but that every child in the Empire should be able gratitude now could have prompted him to read his Bible, and have his Bible to to speak of them. He had relinquished a read. soldier's life, and he was glad of that Mr. ROBERT GRANT moved the thanks change even now, as among its other to the Committee of last year, and other reasons, it gave him the privilege to speak individuals subsequently named. He of very noble and princely benevolence, traced in a very forcible manner the with the fairness and the force of un- importance which the objects of the Sosuspected impartiality.
ciety derived from a comparison with the The Rev. GERARD NOEL begged leave fleeting and changing scenes of the world, to mention that when objections had arisen and paid an eloquent tribute to the mein Nova Scotia to the Bible Soctety, and mory of departed friends of the Society; it was said that the mind of the Royal of Professor Jowett-of the Rev. ThoFamily was decidedly against it, the Duke mas Charles of the Rev. Dr. Buchanan of Kent had, without hesitation, written -of the Rev. Dr. Brunmark—of the to express his own attachment to the in- Rev. David Brown-of the Rev. Henry stitution, and the Halifax Bible Society Martyn—"and as the march of a victofeel to this hour the benefits of that in- rious army,” said he, “may be traced by terference,
the graves of its heroes, so may the swift
181 progress of the Bible. Society be marked | NAVAL AND MILITARY BIBLE by the tombs of these its friends, which
SOCIETY. rise in the far distant regions of the earth, This valuable Institution held its Anand which connect this Institution with niversary Meeting, at the Crown and the remotest regions.”
Anchor Tavern, on Tuesday, May 9th. The Rev. Mr. THORPE, Secretary of The Duke of GLOUCESTER having taken the Hibernian Society, seconded the mo- the Chair, briefly stated the purposes for tion. At that late hour of the day he which they were assembled; the Report of should confine himself to the mere men- the Committee was read by one of the Setion of some matters relative to Ireland. cretaries. It contained much interesting The Hibernian Bible Society was an In- information relative to the objects of this stitution of late growth; its existence was Society, which are certainly highly praiseowing to the great Society here. A few worthy. To make any serious impresyears since the Bible was to be found only sion on the minds of our SEAMEN and in a few of the larger Towns in Ireland, SOLDIERS, to make them in any degree and in those at a price decidedly beyond partakers of the mind and habits which the means of the lower orders. Now result from an acquaintance with the Bibles were for sale in more than 100 Bible, is to render them a service with towns, and the greatest desire was mani- which none other can stand in compefested to receive a copy. The Catholics tition. This has in part been effected; exhibited a zeal not less striking than and there is reason to hope that this great that said to exist among them on the Con- public and private good will continue to tinent. Of a large number of Bibles be extended from day to day.—The Relately sent to one of the counties, one port was adopted with universal marks of half of the entire had been already sold, approbation. Various Resolutions were and of those every copy had been the passed, among which the most important actual purchase of a Catholic.
was--that the Duke of WELLINGTON be instances the Bible was not only pur- requested to accept one of the high ofchased, but its consolations felt. One fices of the Society. This Resolution which lately occurred, he would submit was moved by WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, to the Assembly :-In a mountainous dis- Esq. M. P.-with that vehement elotrict of the county of Roscommon, a fa- quence which no less distinguishes his admily had been visited with sickness. In vanced years than the days of his youththeir solitude there was as little help from ful career, he infused into the minds of the world, as intercourse with it. The the persons assembled, even a new and father died--the mother was soon on her increased enthusiasm for the Cause of death bed. As she felt the hand of death the Bible. He traced, as an appropriate upon her, her agony was for her five illustration of the principles he would children, almost infants, that must be left inculcate, the splendoor which was added to famine; her eldest girl brought the to the most illustrious names among the Bible, which she had been taught to read, DEFENDERS of our Country by a pious -pointed out the promise of God to be a concern for the interests of Religion. father to the fatherless, and soothed the The Duke of MARLBOROUGH, he observed, last hours of her parent. She was found notwithstanding the confidence he must thus engaged by a charitable person who have in the resources of his fine genius, traversed that dsstrict, and provision was and the remembrance of his successes, made for her necessities. (Applause.) placed his hopes in God, and in the jus-.. In a Blind Asylum in Dublin, five Catho- tice of his Sovereign's cause. He inlic boys got a person to read the Bible to stanced in the conduct of other great them. They in some time after refused to Commanders, who followed the same go to Chapel. The Remish Priest applied example. He made a happy transition to the Committee; the boys said they to the humane and just character of the would not go till they found something of Duke of Wellington, in the very midst his Reverence and the mass in the Bible. of the difficulties of his war in Spain, At the meeting of the Committee, com- and of his invasion of France. He had posed of Catholics and Protestants, a Pro- no doubt his Grace would readily cultitestant Governor wishing to spare the vate that love of the Bible among his feelings of his Catholic friends, turned to troops, from which emenates a sure sense one of them with the words, “Let these of justice and humanity. One consideboys take their way; half a dozen poor ration gave him the higliest gratification blind beings can be no great accession to and hope. The sailors and soldiers were, us, and no great loss to you.” The Ca- willing to receive the Bible; not coldly tholic Gentleman replied, “I see, Sir, out of compliment to superiors, but with ours is a religion which can but address a readiness to co-operate in this cause. itself to the eye; yours is a religion The Honorable Gentleman then traced which can reach the heart through the the eminent value of the Bible to these. ear,”
When a soldier returns to his country,
perhaps worn out with a long service, [To be concluded in our next.] he knows nothing of the Bible, he is a
prey to the moral infirmities which the who will violate any fence of the laws habits of his profession have engendered. however strong, when it stands in the If a Bible has been given him, and he way of their passions and prejudices; has felt something of its sacred influence, and then it becomes the injured to appeal he comes home with the Bible in his to the arm of the law to vindicate and hand, which he owes to your goodness, enforce its own just and necessary proand its presence sweetens the remainder visions. But many of the religious world of his life. It is a cordial to his old age, may be unacquainted with the proper revives his spirits, and preserves him from legal remedy for the wrongs or insults those scenes of vice, to which his unfortu- offered to them; and others, knowing the nate comrades fall unhappy victims. law of the case, may not have the means
The Rev. DANIEL Wilson, in moving to prosecute to judgment and punishment. thanks to the Ministers who had made This Society is ready with its advice for collections for the charity, and others the former, and its power in support of who had given their aid to it, well ob- the latter. No violence nor insult, nor served that the labours of this and similar wrong, offered to any congregation, and Societies eminently verified the Proverb made known to them, escapes the punishwhich we all learn at school –“ Virtue is ment of the law, unless the timely and its own reward.”—These Societies had ample concessions (if not contrition) of generated that spirit of mutual love the OFFENDERS intervenes to arrest its which is the charm of society, and given hand. But its labours do not rest here. us deliverance from that selfishness which Its powerful influence has been extended is the bane of human happiness. He to obtain from Government, not only an spoke, also, of the consolation which enlargement of Religious Liberty, but every person having relatives in the ser- new legal protections, to repel and crush vice, must feel when they know their re- newly devised modes of PERSECUTION. lations have a Bible, and love the Bible. The imposing of Poor RATEs upon One who is dear to him was on board a Chapels and Meetings was of this latter vessel, which is believed to be lost. It kind. The active Committee of this sois impossible to describe the consolation ciety were not content with affording which all his friends derived from the advice, and giving aid in such cases, but circumstance that he had a knowledge of they laid the grievance before Governhis Saviour. The Rev. Gentleman then ment, and had a communication with the said he was requested to state a circum- CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER, the restance that most eminently exemplified sult of which was, that a Bill is brought the Duke of WELLINGTON's humanity. At into the House of Commons expressly to a time when he was in the face of the exempt not only all CHAPELS, MEETINGS, enemy, and hourly expected an attack, and other Places of Public WORSHIP, he learnt that some of his wounded in the from the Poor Rates, but also all Places rear were not treated with the attention employed in the INSTRUCTION of the he had brought into usage. He rode POOR. They have not stopped even at thirty-five miles back, in the night, saw this important and elevated spot of their the evil remedied, and returned to his ascendancy. They have prayed Governpost.
ment to give instructions to their Ministers The assemblage was numerous, and at the CONGRESS of VIENNA, to strive to highly respectable, and many Naval and gain an enlargement and security of REMilitary characters of rank were present. LIGIOUS LIBERTY on the CONTINENT;
and their pious and earnest solicitations,
have not been wholly in vain. NotwithSOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION standing prejudice and old habits, someOF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.
thing has been done towards that great THE Anniversary Meeting of this In-object; and more is in train to be done, stitution was held on Saturday, May 13th, as circumstances will permit. at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, The REPORT of the COMMITTE (from SAMUEL MILLS, Esq. in the Chair. It which the materials of the above obserhad been supposed by some, that when vations are chiefly drawn) was read by a Bill calculated to abridge ReLIGIOUS the Secretaries, Messrs. PELLATT and LIBERTY was thrown out of Parliament, Wilky. It enumerated a variety of inand GOVERNMENT gave active and strong stances in which the Society had interaid to measures intended to enlarge and posed its power to redress wrongs offered enforce that IMPORTANT RIGHT, there no to religious bodies or individuals. These longer existed much need for the vigilant were of various kinds, of which we will attention and exertions of this Society. notice some in general terms. The refuBut experience has proved that the sup- sal of Magistrates to administer the oaths position was formed in a too hasty view to persons who presented themselves, leof the subject. It is true, the law raises gally to take upon themselves the office of strong bulwarks for the security and free- Ministers among the Dissenters; the disdom of Divine worship among the Dissen- turbance of Divine Worship in Chapels ters, and others not within the immediate and Meetings, and violence offered both pale of the Church. But there are men to Ministers and individuals of the con
183 gregation; the refusal by Clergymen of would have excited rage in them if they the Church of England to bury children had not been governed by that well-renot baptized in the ceremonies of the gulated spirit, whose powerful influence Church; and imposition of tolls upon was imparted to them by their DIVINE Dissenting Ministers proceeding to per- MASTER. Hence arose the necessity, in form the duties of their office in places of some cases, of removing the cause by worship.-In all these several cases the certiorari, from the Quarter Sessions to Committee afforded their advice, or the Superior Courts. We do not follow (where it was wanted) the pecuniary aid up this with mentioning individual cases. of the Society. Many instances, pecu- We trust this gross ignorance, and the jiarly interesting in their circumstances, stain of this denial of JUSTICE will pass were detailed; and the manner and de- away speedily from the land. We would gree in which the impudence and violence as far as we have any power) wish to of the aggressors were humbled and put imitate the conduct of those amiable and down, were highly gratifying, and in excellent persons who have been the some cases) not a little amusing.–We objects of the persecutions. We know have no room to enter into a detail of they would say Forbear;" and we these, and indeed the statement of indi- listen to the voice which we anticipate, vidual cases is not important. The and can hear, as it were, in secret. RESULTS are the main objects of our The Report being concluded; Mr. Reader's attention; and it is with plea- WILKS (one of the Secretaries) made a sure we observed, from the tenor of the most able speech, in which he analysed Report, that in every case of aggression and illustrated its principal topics. On against religious bodies, the law is ample the subject of the attempt to impose the for the redress of the grievance. This Poor Rates on Chapels and Meetings, he Society, meanwhile, finds means for gave the most ample and satisfactory those who have not the power to seek information. The case of the SURREY legal redress for themselves, and great and Chape! (the Rev. RowLAND HILL's) had glorious has been its succESS ! - Although been carried to the King's Bench, where we cannot go into detail respecting the it was decided in favour of the Chapel. cases of persecution stated in the Re- He observed that a few men in that port, we must not neglect to glance at neighbourhood, envying the eminent serone or two. At Windsor, not only were vices and highly venerated character of the windows of a Chapel broken, but the Rev. Gentleman, who had brought rockets were thrown into the body of the six or seven hundred pounds a year to be Chapel. At another place the windows distributed in charities among the poor of were broken, and the railings in front of the parish, had made the attempt to levy the Chapel were pulled up and carried the Poor Rates on his Chapel for the sake away. Riotous and prophane language of six or seven pounds. But he was not a was used to interrupt the worship within man likely to bend. He resisted, and other Chapels. But the most aggravated they failed. But it must be confessed, violence, mentioned in the Report, was that the principle of the question had not at Andover:-- the Minister there, the been brought to issae. It was deter, Rev. Mr. SEATON, was insulted in his mined on some points of form; therefore, Chapel and pulpit, and afterwards put in it was thought proper to apply to Go hazard, if not (from his reliance on his vernment to set this question at rest, and great PROTECTOR) in fear of his life. the Bill mentioned in the Report was Some of his congregation were pursued brought into the House in consequence. for three miles, and were beaten and It was not for him to say, what Parliabruised, insomuch that the lives of some ment might deem it proper to do; but were despaired of. The Committee of there was every reason to believe the Bill the Society, however, have, with the would be attended with success. (Loud zeal and stedfastness which belongs to and repeated applause.) --Of the conduct them, applied themselves to the punish- of his Majesty's Government on this, and ment, by law, of those enormities. No all similar questions, Mr. Wilks now less than thirty persons concerned in the spoke in terms of the highest respect riotous assaults at Andover have been in and gratitnde. With the aid of the Aldicted, and will be followed up to punish- MIGHTY, without which no success could ment. The case is removed, by certiorari, attend their best and most anxious ento the Upper Courts, and already has this deavours, he trusted they would finally case cost the Society more than 3001. We triumph over all opposition. The Speaker are reluctant to touch upon another part then observed, that the Society had reof this Report, and are almost persuaded ceived many applications in consequence to pass it by in silence. But we do not of differences between Trustees of the know that we should do our duty in sup-Chapels and the Ministers of them, as to pressing it. In some cases, the Magis- their respective rights; and also from trates threw every obstacle in the way of parties (of the same congregation) dife the prosecution of the rioters. They fering on religious points. In all such treated the Ministers, and other appli- cases the Committee had declined to incants for justice, with a contumely that terfere. They confined their exertions to