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features into a grin of unmixed delight. been produced by those convulsions of But this is Catholic! but, indeed, vhat nature. Sometimes, as in the bay of abomination, what folly, what degrada- Bahia, a will is thrown up from the tion of the human mind exists here, that bottom of the sea, in the course of a few may not be traced to this most fertile of hours; and the morning finds a mountain all sources of error, the Catholic Church. where night left a plain. Sometimes a May heaven preserre England for ever rent is made in a rock, and a new passage from its influence. May there be at least opened to the waters; rivers are seen one nook left in the world, where this suddenly flowing over a country which, scourge of the human race is not felt! but a short time before, presented nothing The Pope has been heard to state, that to the eye but peaceful vineyards, or groves he hopes to live till he sees the church of oranges; the cottage is left standing in the same prosperity it enjoyed before on the very verge of the precipice; and the Reformation; and I must say, he is the goats are seen feeding on points inusing his endeavours to attain the object accessible even to their feet.* So fertile of his hopes. The Jesuits do not hesitate and luxuriant, however, is vegetation to avow, that they look to Catholic Emancipue in this fine climate, that the wound is tiwn as one great step towards uniting the healed almost as soon as it is made. Church of Fngland to the Holy See : and one Flowers, trees, and fruits, shortly become of their fraternity, an Irishman, who is visible in the clefts of the rent rock, and travelling bere, in the full confidence of nature seems to take peculiar delight their carrying their point this Parliament, in dressing out with luxuriant beauty, had the impidence to laugh, in my com- scenes which would otherwise bave the pany, at those Protestants who, by sup features of derastation and ruin. Dressed porting the claims of the Catholics, were and decorated as they now are, they preaiding and abetting their own destruction. sent nothing to the eye but images of You may smile at my fears, but I am sure delight; the very rents and chasms add that no Protestant who has seen, as I have to their fantastic character, and the wbote seen, the Catholic Church, both at its has the air of enchantment. fountain-head and in its polluted streams, The Host is just passing by! The wafer but must feel as I feel, if he have a human is carried by the priest in a little vase, heart in his breast, or is capable of being and a inan goes behind with a sort of moved by the deplorable and lost con cast-iron umbrella, which protects both dition of his fellow creatures.
priest and wafer froin the sun, and gives On the first of this month we had an some consequence, to what otherwise earthqnake, I felt it distinctly for some would be a most paltry procession. A seconds; indeed, long enough to reflect on dirty flag precedes, and two or three boys its probable consequences. The walls of with censers, and the box or canopy, my house, and the floor on which I stood, in which, I suppose, the little god is to shook so as to make me alınost lose my be placed when the priests enter the sick balance. The Italians call it leggierdres. man's house. Some police officers walk, sima, (i. e. most light); but to me it on each side, and a barefooted verger was dreadful. It seemed as if the earth heads the whole, ringing a little bell, to were moving out of its place, and as announce to the people that the god is though a little stronger concussion would coming. The carriages stop, and down have put an end to me and to the in- go all the foot passengers at once, on habitants of this populous city, and opened their knees. Some eren fall upon their a speedy passage for us to eternity; but, faces, and knock their heads against the as I said before, to the Italians it was ground. I now see them from my balnothing; it was not enough even to induce cony the whole length of a wide street, them to remove the masks from their and a most curious and melancholy sight facés; so they went on rioting and revel- it is. ling, and pelting their sugar plums, as This scene passing before my eyes, if nothing bad happened. News travels brings me back, most unwillingly, from slowly here. It was not till some days 'contemplating the power of Omnipotence after this we heard, that in a town called in the wonders of nature --to bebold, with Tito, in the interior of the kingdom, many feelings the most painful, the degraded houses were thrown down, the principal state to which the man of sin has here church nearly destroyed, and large masses reduced the human mind. The people of rock rent and separated from the moun åre constantly in the habit of calling the tains, and rolled down into the vallies, Pope, God upon earth. I recollect one carrying terror and destruction in their of my modellers telling me, how thankful course.
The very beauties of this country savour strongly of volcanic action; and those * A partial earthquake of this kind wild and fantastic forms which now make happened lately at Amalfi, in the gulf of such an inpression on the imagination, Salerno, of the effect of which I have have probably, at some time or other, preserved a drawing,
they were to the holy father for giving moved by the force of public opinion, so them such a delightful rain, which had as to be disposed to a relaxation, and, in done so much good to the corn and the due course an abandonment of their pervines. Is it not reasonable to suppose, that secuting measures. But this hope has the priests encourage this? for otherwise been painfully repulsed. Violent proit would be difficult to conceive how ceedings have been revived. Several have the people get such things in their been condemned to fines, with heavy costs, heads. They believe every thing the priest and others to cxile of different periods, tells them,
from one year and a half to two and three You will think I torment you on the years. A young minister, who had been subject of Popery; but I am really appre- condemned to banishment, is also obliged hensive, lest the generosity and kind. to repay 50 louis, (we suppose old louis, heartedness of Englishmen should be worth about 23s. cach, which had been deceived into granting what their obli granted him as a college exhibition. gations, as Christians, require them to Another minister of distinguished fidelity withhold. I wish them to know, that and zeal, but whose prudent and inPopery is now just what Popery always offensive conduct had been so far respectwas, saving and excepting the deficiency ed by the men in power, tbat they had in power. Should you grant them power, not instituted proceedings against him, you may depend upon it they will use it is apprehensive that he cannot much to your destruction. I have lately looked longer escape. On the Lord's day before much into Catholic books, and it is really our last advices, he had beld a meeting in wonderful how little they contain in sup- the concealment of a wood, and he, with port of the whole, or any part of their his fellow-worshippers, escaped being apdreadful lie. They talk of their antiquity, prehended by the gens-d'armes, only in and of their universality. I can conceive consequence of having changed their plan a wen, or excrescence, to grow on a mao, for that day. We have sent different which had its origin in some accident of sums for the assistance of those sufferers his youth: I can conceive it continuing to whose cases are satisfactorily ascertained ; increase, till it spread over and disfigure and shall, providence enabling, proceed the greatest part of his body. This wen, with all the expedition that is consistent. however great, extended, and alarıning it with careful investigation. The banishmay become, is still the wen, the man ment of some who were engaged in trade, exists in bis original identity. Not less is productive of ruin to their temporal absurd would it be to call this wen, or interest. In the midst of these proceed excrescence, the man, than it is to call ings, so injurious to the sufferers, and Popery, Christianity! England has already so deeply disgraceful to the oppressors, done too much toward setting up and our hearts are gladdened with the intelli. establishing this curse on humanity; let gence, that “the Gospel spreads, and that her not add the misnamed emancipation the pious clergy, non-separatists, are to her other crimes. Let her give the acting nobly.” We hope to be favoured, Catholics à nobler emancipation; let her in due time, with an elucidation of these endeavour, in every possible way, to edu- words of our correspondent. cate the poor, and to put the Bible into The quantity of matter arising from the their hands, and at length there will be an numerous religious anniversaries, will end to the power of popes and priests. probably preclude my further report on The Bible is a thing unknown here; I this subject in the next month's Magazine, Jately tried to procure an Italian Bible, but we hope, in the ensuing number, to but without success. There is a little be able to make our final report. book which contains a sort of history of On behalf of the Committee, the Old and New Testament, and this is
J. PYE SMITH. all the people are allowed to read.
April 24, 1826.
£ S. d. FURTHER PERSECUTIONS AT LAUSANNE. Balance from the last account - 58 u 2
The Committee for the relief of the A Friend, “ Hatez-vous vite" - 1 1 0 Exiled Swiss Ministers, bas not yet been Ditto, by the Rev. J. Leifchild - 1 0 0 favoured with the particulars of informa. Wm. Townsend, Esq. - - - 1 1 0 tion which have for some time been Mr. Wm. Matthews, Aberdeen, auxiously expected. But we are not by Rev. J. Arundel • • • 1 0 0 surprised at ihis. Many of the persons and families, concerning whom our inqui- A PETITION TO PARLIAMENT FOR THE ries are in progress, and others to whom
REMOVAL OF DISABILITIES relief has been sent, are in places difficult On April 17th, Mr. Calcraft presented of access, and to which there is probably the following Petition from the Dissenters no post. A few months ago, we had in- of Wareham, Dorset, for the removal of formation, which excited the hope, that those restrictions under which the Prothe members of the Lausanne Council testant Dissenters of England still lie. were either convinced of their error, or We copy it from the Appendix to the Votes of the House, No. 634, and cannot at least as the Baptist denomination is but express our regret that a small society concerned, that system of religious menof Dissenters, in a Borough-town, remote dicity which has so long and disgracefully from the metropolis, should thus take prevailed in London, by which the minisprecedence of the bodies which are annu- terial character has been degraded, and ally appointed in London to perform this the cause of religion frequently injured. long neglected duty. We do hope that We congratulate our Baptist Brethren in they will soon attempt something worthy the honourable example they have set, and of the great body they profess to represent, we trust that the Coogregational body may or that the country congregations will be excited, by their success, to follow it. follow this spirited example, and take the " Your Committee at the commencebusiness into their own hands.
ment of their labours, judged it of im" That the petitioners belong to a body portance to obtain as large and correct a of British subjects, who, for a century and list as possible of the names and residena half, hare patiently submitted to priva ces of those persons who had previously tions and penalties imposed on their an. been in the habit of contributing to councestors in an unenlightened and persecut try cases. ing age; that the principles which the " From various sources, and with conpetitioners profess are declared, by the siderable difficulty, a list of several hunundisputed testimony of history, to have dreds was formed, letters of address, with been mainly instrumental to the most the rules of the Society, were forwarded, auspicious national events, the expulsion and the Collector, with the aid of the of arbitrary power from these realms, and Committee, was desired to wait on them the succession of the House of Brunswick severally. More than two hundred of to the Throne; that the forefathers of the them have become Subscribers or Donors petitioners, in the reign of James the to the amount of £1,418 ls, and a conSecond, nobly refused to receive the re- siderable number, who have declined for peal of the Test Act, when the grand the present, have promised the Society principles of Protestantism would thereby their support in the ensuing year. have been endangered, but patriotically " When your Committee began their remained the self. devoted victims of civil active services, twenty-seven cases from disqualification; that as a body, the peti- the former Committee were transferred tioners have been remarkable for their to their care; and during the year 1825, unshaken loyalty to the House of Hanover, thirty-six fresh applications have been tbat they have ever been faithful to their made; the following sixteen bare been country, and obedient subjects to the relieved with various sums proportioned Laws of the Land; that while France, to their exigencies, to the amount of Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, £1,400, and forty remain on hand, waitRussia, and Prussia, following the dictates ing for assistance. of a liberal and enligbtened policy, have Aldborough, Suffolk. ...£100 discarded every test purely religious, in Axbridge, Somerset . . . . Britain, the boasted land of liberty, Epis Barnstaple, Devon ....
90 copalians alone are eligible to offices of Clonmel, Ireland . .. . honour or emolument ; that this exclusion Collumpton, Devon . . . . implies a stigma which the petitioners feel Great Brickbill, Bucks . . . 80 they do not in justice deserve, and they Kingstanley, Gloucester . . humbly beseech the House to remove the Malton, York . . . . . .
100 anomalous reproach from them and their Nash, Monmouth . .. . country, which excludes a Protestant Dis Oswestry, Salop . . . . . 70 senter from situations of honour and con Rattlesden, Suffolk .. .. 75 fidence, yet does not deny him a seat in the Ravensthorp, Northampton . 90 house, to participate in counsels, and de Semly, Wilts . . . . . . liberate on measures that involve the fate Swaff ham, Norfolk ..
90 of empires and the destinies of the world ; Trowbridge, Wilts, 2nd Church 100 the petitioners humbly pray, That the Whitchurch, Salop . . . . House will confer on them the same privileges as Protestant Dissenters in Ireland
the UNIVERSITY OF LONDON. enjoy, where every restriction affecting On Monday, February 6, a General them is removed, and that they may par Meeting of the Proprietors was held at ticipate in those blessings of religious the Crown and Anchor Tavern, Strand, freedom which our glorious King has con his Grace the Duke of Norfolk in the ferred on his Hanoverian subjects.”
Chair; to consider the analysis of the
deed of settlement, when some of the THE LONDON BAPTIST BUILDING FUND. clauses were discussed, and the Court ad.
We beg to present our readers with the journed to Saturday, the 11tb, when the following extracts from the first report Right Hon. Lord Auckland presided, and of this important Society, which has been the remaining clauses were considered and most laudably formed to supersede, as far approved. That deed, which consists of
71 clauses is now printed, (occupying 40 -5. That the said capital of the Instituoctavo pages,) for the use of the share- tion shall not amount to more than three holders, who are required to sign the hundred thousand pounds, or to less than original document without delay.
one hundred and fifty thousand pounds, It in course is much too long and tech- and shall be raised by subscription for nical for insertion in our columns, but we shares, of one hundred pounds for each transcribe a few of the clauses, which will share ; but that no one person shall be give our readers information on the most capable of holding, directly or indirectly, important parts of its constitution.
more than twenty such shares ; and that, "2. Therefore, this Indenture witnesseth, to the extent of his or her share, or reand it is hereby agreed and declared, that spective shares, and to that extent only, the several persons, parties to these pre- each proprietor for the time being shall sents, being the persons who have so agreed be liable to the Institution, or to the fulto become proprietors or shareholders of filment of the contracts and engagements the aforesaid capital, in the share or shares to be entered into by the council, or ses- · set against their respective names in the sion of council for the time being, constischedule to these presents, and who are tuted and nominated as hereinafter menhereinafter distinguished by the title of tioned, on account thereof. • Proprietors,' and the several other per- “30. That the session of council, for the sons who shall become proprietors, as time being, shall have the power of aphereinafter mentioned, shall be and con- pointing a secretary, or clerk and clerks, tinue an Association, or Institution, by for conducting the business of the Institu. and under the name of · The Proprietors tion; and also a librarian, or librarians, of the University of London.' But it is and professors, masters, tutors, officers, bereby expressly agreed and declared, that agents, messengers, workmen, and serthe said Association or Institution, or the vants, and of procuring such aid or assistpresent or future proprietors of the shares ance as the object, business, and concerns of the same, shall not assume or pretend of the Institution shall, in the judgment of to be or to act as a corporate body, unless the session of council, for the time being, or until they shall hereafter be legally in- require ; and shall allow to persons emcorporated, and that none of the provi- ployed by them in any of the capacities, sions contained in this present indenture or for the purposes aforesaid, respectively shall be deemed or construed to imply any such salaries, wages, compensation, graintention on the part of the said Associa- tuities, privileges, and benefits, as well in tion or Institution, or of the present or respect to past as future services, as the future proprietors of the shares in the said session shall think proper, and shall same, to be a corporate body, or to act as have power, from time to time, to delegate such. And this Indenture further wit- to them respectively by any instrument in nesseth, and it is hereby declared and writing, or otherwise, such powers and agreed by and between the said parties to authorities as the said session may deem these presents, in manner following, (that expedient; and to vary and alter, or reis to say ;)-
voke such powers and authorities, and dele"3. That the object of the said Institu- gate others whenever, and so often as the tion is the advancement and promotion of session of council, for the time being, may literature and science, by affording to think proper; and shall have power to young men residing in or resorting to the suspend, displace, or remove any secrecities of London and Westminster, the tary, clerk, librarian, professor, master, Borough of Southwark, and Counties ad- tutor, officer, agent, messenger, workman, joining to either of the said cities, or to and servant, either as occasion shall re. the said Borough, adequate opportunities quire, or as the said session shall think fit, for obtaining literary and scientific educa- without being compelled to assign any tion at a moderate expense.
reason for such suspension, dismissal, or “4. That, for effecting the said object of removal ; and also, from time to time, if the said Institution, a piece of land, near deemed expedient, to appoint persons to Gower-street, in the parish of Saint Pan- supply the vacancies occasioned thereby. cras, in the County of Middlesex, has been Provided, nevertheless, that the professors, purchased, and the purchase of it has been, masters, and tutors, shall have the priviand is hereby approved.
lege of appealing against such dismissal « That halls, schools, lecture rooms, within one month after the same shall offices, and other buildings, proper and have taken place, to a General Meeting of suitable for receiving professors and pupils, Proprietors, to be called by the clerk of and for carrying into effect the object of the institution fourteen days after notice the Institution, shall be erected upon the of such appeal." said purchased piece or parcel of land ; We regret to learn, that the embarrassand ibat the said building, when com ments of the commercial world have prepleted, shall be called, “ The Universityvented many subscribers fulfilling their proof London,” and appropriated solely to mises of support, but there is capital the objects of the Institution..
enough untouched by these calamities amongst the friends of liberal institutions, racter of a Home Missionary, is become a to place, with a little exertion, this noble, resident in the town, to preach regularly in attempt in the most prosperous situation, the place, and in the neighbouring desti. and we respectfully entreat opulent Dis- tute villages ; many of the pews in the scoters, who have not become proprietors, chapel have been let to respectable famito lend it their support, as it is doubtless lies; the place is crowded with attentive the most important attempt ever made to hearers every Sabbath-day; and upwards break an unjust and mischievous mono. of a hundred persons attend the week-day poly.
evening lectures. Thus a work has been ASSOCIATIONS.
accomplished, within the short period of March 24, 1826, the Anniversary of the one year, which, in all pro ability, would Yorkshire West Riding Home Missionary not have been performed in ten or fifteen Society was held at Wakefield. Sermons years by the usual mode of entering into were preached by Dr. Bennett, of Rotber. destitute towns. A debt of £400. remains ham, and the Rev. J. Fox, of Bolton ; and to be defrayed ; to effect which the aid of a public meeting held in the afternoon, in the benerolent public is earnestly solicited. Salem Chapel, when addresses were deli- A new Independent chapel was opened at vered by the Rev. Drs. Boothroyd and Bawtry, Yorkshire, on Wednesday, the Cope, the Rev Messrs. Vint, Pool, Bruce, 15th of March, when sermons were preachScott, Rheeder, Hudswell, Wolgate, &c, ed by the Rev. James Parsons, of York, A very pleasing Report was read by Mr. the Rev. W. H. King, of Gainsborough, Vint.
and the Rev. Dr. Bennett, of Rotherham. March 29, 1826, the Associated Minis- A sermon was also preached the preceding ters of Sheffield, Wakefield, and Rother- evening, by the Rey. James Parsons. hain, &c. held their half-yearly meeting at These sermons were impregnated with the Melton. The services commenced on the most important and essential truths of the preceding evening, when a sermon was de.. Gospel ; the attention and the number of livered by Dr. Cope, of Wakefield, on the auditors was highly encouraging, and " the Kingdom of Christ, and the Means their contributions truly liberal. of its Advancement." The next morning,
ORDINATIONS. the Rev. Mr. Boden, of Sheffield, preached On Wednesday, the 29th of March, the on “ Satanic Influence," and the Rev. Rev. J. W. Wayne, from the Newport Mr. Dixon, of Sheffield, on “ Christian Pagnel Evangelical Institution, was orWatchfulness." The Rev. Messrs. Ni.. dained to the pastoral office over the Indechols, of Bawtry, Docker, of Sheffield, pendent church at Hitchin, The Rev. Dr. Bennett, of Rotherham, and J. Wood. C. Gilbert. of Stony Stratford. comwark, of Doncaster, engaged in the de. menced the service, by reading the Scrip. votional parts of the services.
tures and prayer. The Rev. S. Hillyard, CHAPELS OPENED.
of Bedford, stated the nature of a Gospel On Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1825, a neat and church, and asked tbe usual questions. commodious place of worship, connected The Rev. D. W. Aston, of Buckingham, with the Independent denomination, was (Mr. W.'s pastor,) prayed the ordinationopened for divine service, in the pleasant prayer, with imposition of hands. The town of Solilull, Warwickshire; on which Rev. T. P. Bull, of Newport Pagnel, gave occasion three sermons were preached the charge to the minister, from 1 Tim. that in the morning, by the Rev. d. A. iv. 16; and the Rev. W. Chaplin, of BiJames, of Birmingham ; that in the after shop's Stortford, a discourse to the peonoon, by the Rev. J. W. Percy, of War- ple, from Matt. v. 14; and the Rev. J. wick; and that in the evening, by the Geard, the venerable Baptist minister of Rev. 'T. East, of Biriningham. On the Hitchin, concluded the interesting service following Sabbath-day, sermons were with prayer. preached, in the morning and afternoon. In the evening, the Rev. J. Slye, of by the Rev. W. Hood, minister of the Potter's Parry, delivered a discourse from chapel, and in the evening by the Rev. J. Rom. iii. 31, The Rev. Messrs. Early Sibree, of Coventry. After which latter ser- and Hawkins engaged in prayer. vice a collection was also made. The col- On Thursday, April 13ih, the Rev. lections amounted to £43. 4s. 2d, The George Moase, late of Okehampton, devotional services were conducted by the Devon, was publicly recognized as the Rev. Messrs Sibree, Jerard, Barker, &c. pastor of the Congregational church, ArThe success attending the erection of the tillery Street, Bishopsgate Street, London. above place of worship, is, at once most The Rev. J. Blackburn read and prayed. surprising and gratifying. This town, Dr. J. P. Smith delivered the introductory containing from two to three thousand discourse ; Rev, J. Fletcher, M.A., offered souls, was previvusly, for upwards of the intercessory prayer; Dr. Winter adtwenty years, destitute of evangelical dressed, the minister and people, from preaching by any denomination of Dis. 1 Thess. iii. 8-“ Now we live," &c.; senters. An eligible piece of ground was and the Rev. J. Meek, of Painswick, conpurchased by the Rev. J. Sibree; a chapel cluded with prayer. has been crected ; a minister, in the cha