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made by the Rev. J. C. Way, Rector of Middleton, for tion of bitter and irradicable hatred towards the Easter Offerings (so called.) It appears that Pearson
whole clergy of the Establishment no evil? But had neglected to pay the Rector's claim, and that costs to the amount of 18s. had been incurred to recover the
we wrong Lord Brougham. His Lordship is doubtoriginal sum of 5d. Three bailiffs entered the house, and less a Voluntary Churchman, and has quashed proceeded into his bed-room, expecting to find a sufficient this measure, solely that the enormous mischief of amount of property to satisfy their demand ; but there the Establishment may be made more fully mani. was neither bed nor bedding.
fest. If this was indeed his intention, he could Nor is it from the toil of manhood only that not have more effectually promoted it, than by our Vampire Church extracts its bloody susten- allowing the clergy to proceed unfettered in their ance. Childhood, infant poverty, is also sucked, present mad career. to yield its little drop. So far has the matter been pushed, says the Morning Chronicle, at one The clerical conspiracy, of which we have just place, that a penny a-head is exacted from each sketched a few of the atrocities, has naturally of the little bare-legged girls who seek for coc augmented the number of Dissenters, and excited kles, on every occasion of their being out. The in the people of England the most vehement inpicture is complete! Let any of our readers ima dignation. In one quarter this has been carried gine he sees the agent of the preacher of so far, that, at a recent vestry meeting, the Christianity watching for, and way-laying the assembly literally voted the Church a nuisance, bare-footed innocent, as she returns, weary and and advertised for a contractor who would rewet, from her toilsome labours on the wild sea move it for the value of the old materials ! beach ; and there, with an inhumanity which Even among moderate men, a determined oppohighwaymen might blush for, robbing her of her sition to church-rates has sprung up, and is rapidlittle coin ! Faugh, faugh! well may we say ly spreading throughout England. The demand for with The Times, surely the Clergy of England a rate has been everywhere met with a motion for have gone mad in thus revolting and disgusting adjournment; and the general feeling of the peothe world!
ple on the subject is now so well known, that But then exclaims a reverend clergyman, like
in many places the church-wardens do not ven. Shylock, “ I stand here for law.”
ture to propose a rate at all; while, in others,
tricks and false notices are had recourse to, for My deeds upon my head! I crave the law, The penalty and forfeit of my bond !
the purpose of keeping the rate-payers away,
and obtaining a rate from a previously-packed a claim which has been recognised by those who assemblage. Our limits prevent us from doing should have known better. Cobbett has forcibly than noticing a very few instances of shown that this eternal answer, “ It is the law,” | what we have just stated. To narrate even the is the very thing which is chiefly endangering the half of what has come under our own notice would safety, or rather ensuring the destruction of the more than fill the magazine. The campaign, we Establishment! “ We know it is the law, and believe, commenced at Birmingham, where it therefore we want other laws to do this law away.” was successfully argued, that it was beneath the So conscious are the real friends of the clergy dignity of the Establishment to call on the Disof the madness of their proceeding, that they senters for the support of their churches, and had recourse to the plenary power of Parliament quite as unreasonable as if the Dissenters were to arrest their insane course. A bill for the stay to call on the Churchmen for the maintenance of of tithe prosecutions was introduced into the their chapels. This good example was followed at House of Commons by Mr. Blamire, member Tavistock, where, at a meeting, held on the 6th for the eastern division of Cumberland, and pass Angust last, several strong resolutions were passed without serious opposition from any party.ed, “ protesting against the levy of Church-rates In the House of Peers, however, it met a dif upon Dissenters, thereby compelling the whole ferent fate. To the Right Honourable and of the community to pay for the repairs of the Right Reverend inmates of that respected place, religious edifices and the maintenance of the the measure appeared absolutely hateful. And forms of worship belonging to but a part ; and reno wonder ! Was not its object to protect the commending Churchmen to follow the example of sheep against the wolf, the weak against the the Dissenters, by raising, through voluntary strong ? Lord Brougham, who, before he sunk subscriptions, the sums necessary to support the into the woolsack, was ambitious of being thought interests of their Church. The Vestry farther the people's friend, objected to it on a curious passed a resolution, that “this meeting cannot ground: He thought the clergy would not have entertain any question connected with the estiit in their power to do much more evil, before mates now brought forward by the Church-warParliament should again assemble. Much more
dens for the ensuing year; and do, therefore, evil! Is this the man, who, in his better days, adjourn till February 6, 1834.” denounced with such tremendous energy, the Only two days afterwards, (August 8,) a Vestevils of the Court of Chancery, and drew so ry meeting of the parish of St. Andrews, Newfeelingly the picture of its beggared suitors ? castle, was held for a similar purpose. From Does he think the addition of a few thousand the report of the proceedings that took place, suits no evil? Is the ruin, which these prosecu (for which we are indebted to that spirited and tions must bring on hundreds of the smaller thriving paper, the Newcastle Press,) it appears, farmers of England no evil? Is the dissemina that in that parish the expenses for which a VOL. 1, NO. I,
church-rate are required amounted to the sum “ To assemble as numerously as possible, as it of L.337, ls. 11d. ; while the whole pew rents is intended to meet the proposal for the grant of the church yielded only L.50, 17s. 6d.—the of the Church-rate, by a motion to adjourn the same being let at the small and easy charge of meeting to that day twelve months ; hoping that, one shilling and threepence per annum! A rate in the meantime, as the Church-cess in Ireland of one penny per pound having been moved and is now abolished by law, the same measure of seconded, Mr. Pengilly, a very respectable dis- justice may be dealt ont in this country.” We senting minister in Newcastle, opposed the motion have condensed the following interesting account in a speech which we regret our limits prevent of the proceedings which followed, from the Notus from giving at length. The following extraets, tingham Review. After it had been moved and we are sure, will be read with pleasure.
seconded, that a 9d. rate should be granted, I believe, sir, the time has happily arrived when we Mr. B. Boothby, jun. said, that in presenting himself are prepared to recognise this principle—“ that no one before the meeting, with the intention of offering an man is amenable to another for his religious view—that amendment to the motion just made by the churchwarden, God alone is the Being to whom alone every man, and he begged in the outset to disclaim any, the slightest every man alike, is accountable in spiritual things.” | personal hostility towards the Rev. Chairman, or that If any one in this parish were to attempt to interfere in body of Christians over whom he presides as minister ; the rights of conscience, I conceive we all should be ready he desired to wage war with opinions, and not with men. to address him in the firm, powerful, and beautiful lan It would be in the recollection of some in the meeting, guage of the apostle Paul, “Who art thou that judgest that on the present church wardens being first elected to another man's servant ? to his own master he standeth the office, he submitted to the vestry, and which they did or falleth.” We have on earth one Bible, one revelation him the honour to adopt, resolutions pledging the rateof the will of our great Creator and Saviour; and by the
payers to resist, by every legal means, the imposing of Divine Author of that revelation, we are commanded to
any future church-rate. He appeared before them this search the Scriptures, and are taught that all religious day in fulfilment of that pledge, and his motive for reerror arises from ignorance or a departure from that only ferring to the resolutions of a former time, was for the standard of divine truth. Upon this principle it is, sir, purpose of showing that he was not suddenly seized with that thousands and tens of thousands of persons in this
the anti-church-rate epidemic, which seemed likely to country have felt it their duty to dissent from the reli
run its course through the country, but that he acted gious establishment ; and they do it not from any captious from long-cherished convictions. The resolutions with or cavilling disposition, God forbid ! but because, if they which he should close the observations he now addressed should continue in union with that establishment, they to the meeting, were declaratory of the inalienable right should do violence to the dictates of their consciences, of every man to worship God according to his conscience; and be unfaithful to Him who hereafter is to sit in judg- and that it was tyrannons and unjust to impose a pecu. ment upon their conduct. I would inquire, therefore, niary exaction for the support of a dominant sect. The whether, in a case of this kipd, it is right or just, or is it meeting would deem it presumption in him to attempt according to the spirit of Christianity, to compel a man, any illustration of " the rights of conscience ; " these now thus conscientiously dissenting, to pay his money to sup formed but the A B C of the political lesson-book. He port what he conscientiously disapproves ? Upon this intended only to remark on the solemn mockery of relipoint I appeal to the enlightened mind, and to the li
gious freedom, which was included in the acknowledg. beral and Christian heart of every man in this meeting. ment of the right of every man to worship God in his Now, church cess being imposed for the express pur own mode, and then, with the next breath, to demand pose of supporting the worship and service of the Estab.
from him money to support religious opinions and cerelished Church, and demanded and insisted upon from inonies which he believed to be utterly repugnant to the Dissenters, is a violation of the principle of religious word of God, and injurious to his fellow men. liberty, and of the dictates of conscience; and if this
meeting knew that the legislature had recently passed an parish be aware of this circumstance, I do not believe that
act abolishing the odious exaction of church-cess in Jrethey would be disposed to enforce the demand.
land ; but why this distinction between the two countries Mr. Pengilly concluded by moving the follow--why was Ireland relieved, and England still burdened? ing resolutions :
It was because of their passive resistance to the law ; and Ist, That it is the opinion of this meeting, that man is
in this case our modern legislators have offered a premium
on resistance, and said to the people, “ bow to our oppresaccountable to God only, in what relates to religion and
sions and we will continue the wrong ; but if you resist, religious worship ; and consequently, that it is unjust and
we will acknowledge your rights, and remove the griev. contrary to the spirit of Christianity, to compel pecu
ance.” He recommended the meeting to take a leaf out niary payments to support what persons conscientiously
of the Irish book ; the right of petition was utterly disdisapprove. 2d, That this meeting, hoping that the legislature will
regarded by our present lawmakers, and his opinion was
that passive resistance to the law would prove the best speedily introduce a law, as they have done in reference
and quickest means of removing the grievance.
The to Ireland, by which Dissenters will be freed from any
proposition of the church wardens was that a rate be demand for supporting the worship of the Establishment,
granted; he recommended them to reply, that they would do adjourn the consideration of imposing a church cess
take time to consider, and that they would meet again upon the inhabitants of this parish, until this day twelve
on that day twelve months, to talk further about it. He months.
concluded by moving the following resolutions :After some conversation as to the hardship of
• That this meeting, recognising the inalienable right leaving the newly elected church-wardens with
of every man to worship God according to his conscience, out funds, the amendment was put and carried regards all laws as tyrannous and unjust which impose a almost unanimously, about twelve hands only pecuniary eraction for the support of a dominant sect. being held up against it !
That this meeting has witnessed with pleasure the pass.
ing of a law which has put an end to the collection of A Vestry meeting of the parishioners of St.
Church-cess in Ireland, and hoping also that the same Nicholas, Nottingham, having been advertised to measure of justice may in the meantime be dealt out to be held, about the same time, for the purpose of this country, RESOLVES TO ADJOURN TO THIS voting a church-rate, handbills were extensively DAY TWELVE MONTHS.” circulated about the parish, apprising the rate The amendment having been seconded, a conpayers of the meeting, and requesting them versation ensued, in the course of which the
Rector explained that the emoluments of the did not satisfy the meeting. They insisted on living were not more than L.200 per annum, that examining into the different items of expendihe was constantly resident, and that he did the ture proposed to be allowed by the church-warwhole duty. Mr. William Sharp spoke in favour dens; and after a most merciless scrutiny, reof the rate, and censured the present desire for duced the amount from L.289 to L.146, 14s., or change, which was but too prevalent. This line about one-half. The rate-payers terminated of argument not seeming to suit the taste of his their proceedings by unanimously adopting the auditors, Mr. Sharp concluded by moving that following resolution :-" That it is unjust in the amendment be rejected. The question be principle, and injurious in practice, to tax indiing put, almost every hand was held up for the viduals for the support and extension of any paramendment, at least 150 ; and but very few in ticular denomination of Christians, whose tenets favour of the original motion, twelve or fifteen and form of church government they do not apbeing the very extreme. The Chairman then prove; and therefore this meeting trusts that declared the meeting adjourned to that day
Parliament will speedily pass a law, under which twelve months.
each denomination will be left to uphold and The friends of the establishment, however, maintain their own places and forms of worship.” managed to discover that the proceedings at this Well might The Leeds Times assert, as it did in vestry meeting were null, in respect no notice of adverting to these proceedings, that they “afford it had been stuck up on the church door! A too decisive indication of the state of public mind second meeting was held ; but the same spirit was
to be mistaken. It is evident that some change still predominant, and a similar amendment was must be effected in the mode by which the church carried by a large majority. Still the scruples of is supported. The time is at hand when the the churchmen were not exhausted. It was found members of the Establishment must sustain both out that the name of the individual who moved their own ministry and their own institutions !” the obnoxious amendment was not inserted in the The powerful character of the opposition we rate-book! A third meeting was therefore held, have been describing, may also be estimated by with precisely the same result. Mr. Samuel Fox, the unworthy practices which its enemies are grocer, and one of the Society of Friends, in a obliged to resort to, in order to evade it. At speech of some length, moved as an amendment, Stoke-upon-Trent the vestry meetings have, for “ That the vestry do adjourn to the 22d of Au the last twenty years, been held at twelve o'clock, gust, 1834, (the day to which both former ves though the nominal hour of business is eleven. tries were adjourned,) in the hopes that the
On the 3d of October last, a meeting was held legislature would in the meantime take measures for the purpose of laying on a church-rate. The to abolish the impost.” The amendment having friends of the tax, instead of waiting till the been seconded, the Reverend Rector tried to in usual hour, attended precisely at eleven o'clock, timidate the voters, by threatening them with
and instantly proceeded to business. A chairman the once formidable wrath of the Spiritual Court.
was installed, the different demands were moved This turned out a mere brutum fulmen however. in one resolution, promptly seconded, and imThe adjournment was again carried by a vast mediately voted. So great was the haste, that majority; and a poll having been demanded, at
the whole affair, though it included the voting a the close, there were, for the rate, 50; for adjourn
rate calculated to produce L.3000, was transactment 123; majority against the rate, 73 !
ed in from ten to fifteen minutes! The opThese examples have been followed in every
ponents of the rate, who had foolishly trusted part of England ; and opposition to Church-rate
to the honesty of their antagonists, now began is spreading with a rapidity which the writers for
to pour in. But it was too late : the trick had the public press find it difficult to characterize. been completed, and the outwitted parishioners By one editor it is said to travel faster than the were left to console themselves with passing the cholera ; another designates it the Church-rate following protest : influenza; while all seem to agree that it will We, the undersigned, present at the parish office, on soon become general, and acquiesce in Lord Thursday the 3d instant, previous to twelve o'clock, the Wharncliffe's prophecy, that “ Church-rates can
usual hour at which parish meetings have heretofore been
held, and finding the business done, and the meeting disnot be much longer collected in England.” We
solved, do protest against the manner in which the whole cannot pretend to enumerate one-half of the has been transacted : a manner, we regret to say, that we places in which this vexatious burden has been deem not more uncourteous than improper, and therefore flung from the shoulders of the people, but we
deserving the consideration of the parishioners. may mention Canterbury, Durham, Manchester, When a cause can only be supported by manWakefield, Middleton, Chorley, Gateside, More oeuvres of this description, it is lost, even in the ley, Chard, and a great variety of parishes in estimation of those who resort to them. Such and about the metropolis. In fact the determined measures can only accelerate the downfal of the nature of the opposition to Church-rates is now so Church establishment. They display its weakwell known, that, in many places, the church ness as well as its tyranny. wardens have been instructed not to propose a We are glad to observe that Voluntary Church rate at all. Thus, at the Vestry meeting lately Associations are rapidly spreading in England. held at Leeds, although it had been advertised | What can be more cheering than the following acthat a rate was to be imposed, the church-wardens count of their labours in the principality of Wales, wisely refrained from proposing one. Even this I which we extract from a recent English print ?
Wales is probably the poorest, and decidedly the most dulently obtained. Can it be wondered at, that thinly-inhabited part of the kingdom, containing, Mon the inhabitants of Edinburgh should abhor a tax mouthshire included, less than one million of inhabitants
of such a nature and authority; or that abhor. on a superficial area of 8000 square miles--about 120 persons for each mile; yet there are more than 1700 Dis- ring, they should follow the example of the senting chapels, all of which, with very few exceptions, Friends in refusing payment? They did refuse ; have been either rebuilt, or built for the first time, within and, so universal was the feeling on the subject, the last forty years ; all of course, by voluntary contri that no one could be found to purchase the goods butions, and at the expense of at least L.850,000 ; L.500
distrained for payment.
Determined not to be for each chapel being a very low
average. tenth (perhaps not the one fifteenth) of the inhabitants
baffled in their object, the clergy now tried a of Wales take their religious instruction in the “ Esta- bolder, and, as they imagined, a more certain blishment,” derive any benefit from it, or consider them game. The pain of imprisonment, it was thought, selves in any way connected with it, save only by being would soften the obduracy of resistance, and compelled to pay towards its support. During a late tour
the squalor carceris would thus become a sweet of some hundreds of miles through the length and breadth of the land, almost in all places « chapels” were being smelling savour in the nostrils of the clergy. then erected, or recently erected ; while the “ churches," Their right to imprison was disputed : but this supported by vast compulsory revenues, decay, wax old, was decided in favour of their reverences by Mr. and appear as ready to vanish away.
Justice Boyle, and his brethren of the second III, In Scotland, with the exception of the division ; and as the opinions of their Lordcapital, the pressure of the Establishment on
ships on matters of law are generally held good the purses of the laity has been comparatively once out of twice in the Supreme Tribunal, we light. The rude rapacity of the Scottish nobles, presume we must not quarrel with the decision. at the Reformation, rent from the Church the
But admitting that the Clergy of Edinburgh fairest portion of her inheritance; and the mad
had the law on their side, did they act as Chrisdetermination of Charles I. to reconstruct the tian Ministers when they imprisoned the bodies then hated fabric of Episcopacy, made him con of men for a conscientious refusal, on their part, sent to measures which ensured a wholesome
to pay for the service of an altar at which they poverty to the clergy in time to come. Still, did not worship? Beaton had the law with him the evil does exist in no inconsiderable degree, when he sent the pure soul of Patrick Hamilton and, as is usual in such cases, presses hardest on to Heaven from amid the flames kindled by his those individuals who are least able to endure
order in the streets of St. Andrews ! Sharp had it. It is more from love of principle than pence, the law with him when he hounded out Dundee, however, that the opposition to the Establish to shoot and hang the noble-minded men who ment has taken its rise in Scotland. The Vo- worshipped God on heath and glen, with a sword luntary Church Associations, which are now in one hand and a Bible in the other! Are they springing up in every town—we might almost say execrated the less on that account? in every hamlet--are not influenced in their doings But what has been the result of the coercive by any hope of plunder. Many of the members
system ? Have the citizens been subdued ? Have contribute nothing directly to the support of the clergy triumphed ? Far from it. The opthe establishment, and would not be a penny position to the annuity tax has been increased richer, though its domination were ended to tenfold ; for not only have its enemies been augmorrow. It is the noble principle of equality in mented in numbers but in determination. A matters of conscience which they contend for. majority of the new Town Council of Edinburgh It is the unscriptural and irreligious nature of have been pledged by their constituents against the structure, which has raised against it their its continuance. It has been openly reprobated destroying hands. Now, here precisely lies the by members of the Government, and is in short peculiar danger of the Scottish establishment, looked upon even by its friends, as in articulo as compared with the others. Were it only for mortis. Pereat in sempiternam. a share of its wealth that the combatants con We have now taken a rapid survey of the tended, the surrender of a portion might purchase several districts in which the battle against cledelay, and bribe the invaders, at least for a sea rical intolerance is being fought. The odds are son, from the gates of the citadel. The nuisance, evidently in our favour. In the words of an might be abated, and still exist. But the Kirk old Scottish preacher, “ The wark gaes bonnily has nothing to give ; and, if it had, its oppo. In every quarter men are shaking off that nents could not possibly receive it. The Es- superstitious reverence for the Establishment, tablishment is hunted, not for its wealth, but under the debasing influence of which they feared for its life.
to lift their eyes to its gross deformities. They The numbers of Voluntary Churchmen have are now applying to its deficiences the same mi. been greatly augmented by the disgraceful pro-croscopic gaze which they had previously confined ceedings which have lately taken place in Edin to those of the twin establishment the State. burgh. The annuity tax, by which the established They have discovered, that though it may be clergy of that city are chiefly supported, unites necessary for our political welfare that we should in itself all that is odious, unjust, impolitic, and all live under one king, it by no means follows irreligious. And it is notoriously known, that that we should have one chief priest. Convinced until 1809 this abominable tax was illegally ex that there is no parliamentary path to Heaven, acted ; and that the Act of Parliament which they demur to the toll existing longer than the then legalized it was surreptitiously and frau- road. Admitting that the labourer is worthy
of his hire, they assert that their labourers shall we are sorry to observe that the memorial blinks be chosen by themselves. In a word, the reign the main question, or at least does not, with of knowledge has commenced; that of priest sufficient energy, demand the total abrogation of craft has consequently ended.
all compulsory assessments, whether in the shape
of tithes or otherwise, for the support of the Note.—Since the foregoing article was put in
dominant sect; and we earnestly recommend to types, unequivocal symptoms have appeared of
the numerous meetings which will no doubt be the determination of the people of England no
immediately held on this all-important subject, longer to submit to the power which has displayed that their petitions should embrace the following itself in the abuses we have enumerated. Opposi-objects, which we have adopted from the Chris
tian Advocate :tion to Church-rate has now spread so widely, that it may be safely termed universal. Rather than
1st, A total disconnexion between Church and State, submit to it, men are suffering their goods to be leaving the details consequent thereon to be dealt with sold by auction for the most trifling sums. These 2d, The repeal of all laws which grant compulsory sales are attended by great numbers of respect powers to raise money for the support of any Church able individuals, loud in their execrations of the
whatever. system under which they are carried on.
3d, The reformation of the Universities, the repeal of Hoot
all religious tests, and a grant of equal rights in them. ing mobs accompany and vilify the purchasers ;
4th, A reformation of the laws relative to marriage the Church-wardens who levy the distress are and registration, with equal rights in places of public threatened with prosecutions; and the public burial. excitement, and, consequently, the public infor
The Dissenters at Manchester have indeed mation on this subject, is every day heightened spoken somewhat more to the purpose than their and increased. This cannot last long. Moreover, brethren of Leeds. Their memorial contains the the Dissenters, as a body, have now taken up the following comprehensive and energetic sentence : great question. A very numerous meeting was We therefore earnestly solicit your aid and influence lately held at Leeds, at which a strong memorial to procure for the British nation such a full, complete, to Earl Grey, regarding their claims and griev- and sound plan of Church Reform, as will at once and
for ever separate the unnatural and unholy alliance beances, was unanimously agreed to; and we have
tween the Church and State, and place all sects and parno doubt the example will be universally fol. ties on an equal footing, of maintaining at their own sole lowed. We have extracted from the memorial expense their own religious worship : the following abstract of what is now claimed by and concludes in these emphatic terms:the Dissenters of Leeds :
We are well aware of the present state, and rapid From everything in the shape of levies, rates, or taxes
growth of our principles in the country, and especially for building the churches, and maintaining the worship of beg to assure you that we will never relax our efforts un
in all the trading and manufacturing districts ; and we the Episcopalian community in this country, we ask to
til we have established our claim as Dissenters to justice be forthwith relieved. The cemeteries, belonging to the respective parishes of and equality with those of the Established Church ; and
we feel confident that we shall meet with the countenance the country, are public property, and have been provided of his Majesty's Ministers, and the support of all or most by rates levied on the inhabitants generally, to which Protestant Dissenters have contributed their full proportion; Church worship to our own.
of our countrymen, and even of many who prefer the we ask, therefore, that these, which, in many instances, are the burial places of our fathers, may be open to us, to
At a meeting of Dissenters, held at Sheffield, bury our dead, in our own way, without being compelled on the 6th instant, resolutions of a similar nato subunit to the ritual of the Church of England. ture were moved and carried unanimously. We The Universities claim to be national institutions; and
extract the followiug sentences from the memoowe their existence to the authority, and their means of support, in whole or in part, to the pecuniary grants of rial to Earl Grey, adopted by the meeting, as the Legislature ; we ask access to the privileges to be indicative of its spirit:enjoyed there, and to the honours to be acquired there, Of this, then, your memorialists complain, considering without the imposition of oaths which would fetter our it an unjust and severe grievance that we should be consciences, and of forms which militate against our prin.
quired, nay even compelled, to contribute funds for the ciples.
support of a system which we conscientiously disapprove, We respectfully claim to be released from the necessity and whose services we do not attend. We therefore un. of performing the marriage service in a church, and ac- hesitatingly ask, that we may be relieved from all rates, cording to a certain ritual; and to be left at liberty to levies, and taxes for building the churches, and supportconduct it, so far as the religious part of the ceremony ing the worship of the Ecclesiastical Establishment of is concerned, in a manner more consonant with our own this country. views.
The determination of the people has awaAs much confusion and many evils have arisen from kened the alarm of thé Clergy, who are now the want of due and authorized registration of births, baptisms, &c., we, your memorialists, are convinced of meeting and petitioning their Right Reverend the necessity there is for the establishment of one uniform Chief, to make use of the legislative power with system of registration, applicable to all classes, and to be which the superstitious folly of our ancestors conducted without regard to religious distinctions; we beg, vested his predecessors, to defeat our demand therefore, to urge apon the serious consideration of his Majesty's Government the early adoption of some plan by for justice. The battle has, therefore, fairly bewhich births, marriages, and deaths may be recorded, gun, and all who are capable of appreciating the with all possible facility and accuracy, in all parishes value of civil or religious liberty, know which throughout the kingdom."
side it behoves them to take in the combat. Let All this is very well, so far as it goes; but them but strike boldly, and success is certain !