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offered prayer. But even then they per peaceful, pious, and inoffensive. Be so haps were trespassing, or if they stood on good as to show the Dean what I have a church path, might be apprehended like written ; he perhaps may be induced to the poor man at Winchester as breakers respect my suggestions. of the peace. And it is in England and in
.6 I am, Sir, yours, &c. the nineteenth century, these deeds are
" H. NORWICH." done! Is it not high time indeed, that To the Rev. Thomas Rowe, this Society and the legislature interfere ? Wesleyan Minister, Lynn. • The clergy should either themselves offi Would that all the members of the ciate, or permit the ministers and friends
Established Church were imbued with bis to conduct the service. Yet our illus
spirit! Then, if dissent did not expire, trious Chairman is aware of the alarmi
at least love would revive ; and if we did this proposal will excite. If a prayer
not amalgamate into one bright orb, we should be offered up; if the monitory or shoald not be hostile and blood-red stars, consoling language of a Christian minister but kindly constellations, moving in sito surrounding mourners should be heard,
lent harmony, adding to our mutual oh! then the cry would be loud sounding
glory, and each illuminating well our apthat the church was now in danger, and
propriate sphere! For, though descended that its antique towers were about to be from the firm Puritans, we do not refuse battered down by violence or undermined our reverence to Latimer and Hooker, to by fraud. Lord Liverpool has not how. Ridley and to Leighton, to Tillotson and ever discouraged hope as to redress, and Hoadley, to Beveridge and to Porteus, we trust that next Session the Baptists
and to many who, though indignified, will be relieved from the oppression of beam the truest honours on the Protestant which they well complain. Among these and English Church. Yet, as these liberuthless scenes it is pleasant to behold one ral spirits rise only like islets in the deep cheering spot. It is delightful to have the
- far and wide between - Dissenters opportunity of doing justice to one pre. should endeavour to procure buriallate of the Established Church. The Rev.
grounds in every village, and especially in Dean Wood, in the Diocese of Norwich,
each extensive town. We are aware that, refused to bury a child, because it had
in the country, the expense of rearing a been baptized by a Wesleyan Methodist.
chapel often exhausts the finances of conA copy of the judgment of Sir John Nicoll, tributors : but whenever a new chapel is was sent to the Dean; but he still refused, erected, a piece of ground suitable to a an application was then made by Mr. Rowe, cemetery should, if possible, be obtained. to the Right and truly Rev. Diocesan ; At Manchester a large bririal-ground has without delay, the Bishop of Norwich ad
been well arranged, and an example set
her dressed to Mr. Rowe, the reply to which that other places might well adopt. The shall be read, because it does credit to the benefits of such a plan are obvious, as they truly Catholic and Evangelic spirit of a
are great. We should be free from all venerable man, whose sentiments are wore those controversies which occupy and vex. thy of the apostolic age, and the first and
We should visit the meeting-house with holiest Bishops of the Christian church.
more hallowed interest, if the tombs of The letter is as follows :
our fathers were there beheld. There 6 Sir Days' (says Job) should should peep out the first flower of spring, speak, and multitude of years should teach nor winter be without 'her rose; bobler wisdom. How far Dean Wood may ac- blessings too might well result'; more cede to the truth of this remark as appli- conversant with death, it would lose half cable to me, I dare not venture peremp- its horrors, and we should better learn to torily to decide, but I am inclined to be- live and die, as those who die only to live lieve, from the intercourse which has for ever! passed between us on former occasions, Many miscellaneous subjects have also he will not be indisposed to pay some de- required attention. The Committee re. ference to the opinion of a brother clergy. ceived a letter from the Rev. Mr. Thorpe, man, who is now in the 87th year of his of Bristol, stating that, a chapel being age, and I have no hesitation in stating about to be built at Mangotsfield, the most unequivocally what that opinion is. clergyman had threatened to pull it down, The decision of so well-informed a civilian if it approached too nearly to his parishas Sir John Nicholl, justifies, I think, church. The Committee replied, that the any minister of the Established Church in chápel" ought not, from courtesy, to be pursuing that line of conduct, towards erected so near as to give needless interDissenters of all denominations, which ruption or offence, but that the law precandour, and meekness, and moderation, scribed, no exact 'bounds, and that the and Christian charity must make him threats as to demolition were calculated anxious to pursue on all occasions, especi. only to terrify those whom phantoms ally upon so interesting a one as that men could alarm. A student of Cheshunt Coltioned in your letter, and in behalf of 'an lege, Herts, had been drawn for the miindividual belonging to a sect remarkably fitia ; but, after explanations, lis ex. emption was allowed. Many of these Far be such a blot from any other escutthings may be individually small; but cheon; and even by his successors may inany acquire importance by their aggre- the blot be eternally removed ! gation; atoms form the Andes, and drops The Isle of Man presents a theatre for compose the far-resounding sea; every new aggressious. Mr. Dalrymple had manacle, though light, should be removed, there established a private academy and and though the fiend of persecution be re Şunday School in his own house, which strained by public opinion and the law, the Bishop has attempted to suppress. still, as the fiend suryives, and from long Every thing relating to that island is inslumber sometimes terribly awakes, the volved in mystery, The Bishop claimed Jaw must be upheld and strengthened, and this power under some old act of Tyn. public sentiment often and aloud express wold, passed in 1705, and said that the ed. Cases have occurred at South Molton, Toleration Laws had no operation in the and other places, during the year, as to Isle of Man! If that be so, then the the liability of ministers to serve on juries, legislature ought soon to interpose, nor and in parochial offices; their exemption suffer that little islet to form a dark spot has been denied; but the denial has been unilluminated by the light which should overcome. An attempt to compel the beam brightly over all regions subject to Rer. Mr. Farr, of Wrestlingworth, to the British crown. serve as a Surveyor of Highways, because In Canada, the Catholic religion was he occupied a farm, was abandoned, on the the religion of the State. After it became interference of the Society; and the re- & British Colony, episcopacy was introspectful and liberal conduct of Mr. Pym, duced. Presbyterians also became setthe magistrate, merits acknowledgment tlers, and an Act was passed to allow and praise,
Protestants, as well as Catholics, to celeAt York, the Secretary to the Arch- brate marriages, burials, and baptisms: bishop has given much trouble to Mr. Subsequently several independent Baptists Pritchet, an intelligent and highly re- and Methodists became residents in the spectable Dissenter, respecting the re Colony, and for several years their minigistry of chapels in that diocese ; but the sters exercised these rights. As their numintimation of an application to the Arch- bers increased, the Chief Justice refused bishop, or to the superior courts, as soon to grant books to their ministers, and supplied a remedy for that complaint. denied their right under the statute. An
At Exeter, Mr. Terrell has corresponded appeal was made to the Courts at law, by with the Committee as to the Certificates whom it was decided that Dissenters were of Registration. He had met with many not Protestants. The Methodists and Disformal objections; and it appears that, to senters were precluded from the rights render such certificates availing, they they had enjoyed! An Act supported by should be signed by the Archbishop, or the Catholics, intended to remedy the other principal, or by a regular official Registrar; and when the registration tempt, passed the Legislature of Canada ; has been made either with the civil or but the Attorney-General and Chief Jusecclesiastical authority, and that registra tice protested, and prevented its final adoption is certified, all the requirements of tion, until it should be approved and conthe law on that matter are well fulfilled. firmed by his Majesty's Government in
In many places, Dissenters have justly England. Under these circumstances, the complained that the Poor's Rates have Canadians have requested this Society to. been made a mean of persecution. At interpose on their behalf : and, we trust, Wittering, in Leicestershire, a poor man, that our Government, who know the inwho had allowed preaching in his cottage, creasing trade of Canada, who desire its was threatened to be deprived of all as improvement, and who encourage emisistance. In other places, the same me. gration to increase its population, and its thod has been adopted by persons of high strength, will not sanction there the introrank, to obtain the same result. But the duction of intolerance, which will be more plan adopted by Lord Rolle, in Devon desolating than fires or inundations, than shire, is most decisive, and, for the in- dreary winter, or American and Indian formation of all bigots, may be well re- foes to those improving states. vealed. He actually inserts a special pro The subject of registration of baptisms vision in his leases, that the lease shall and births is a point on which Dissenters immediately be forfeited if any preaching be allowed. (The lease was produced, cern. It was long supposed that the reand the sentence read.) Oh! liberal gistration of births at Dr. Williams's Li. Lord Rolle ! a British nobleman! and an brary, and of a baptism by a dissenting old man, too,-trembling on the borders of minister, was equal evidence of a birth the grave! Is not he forging fetters to or baptism with a registration of a baptism bind posterity? Is not he planning that in a parish register by a minister of the the spirit of intolerance sball descend with Established Church. An Act now rehis estates, as an hereditary heir-loom ? pealed, that passed and imposed a stamp duty on those registers of births and bap- should make the entries, and supply copies tisms by Dissenters, confirmed the hope. and information in forms to be prescribed. But a contrary decision has been pro- As the registry would be optional, no pernounced by the Court of Chancery, as son could be thereby vexed, and as no in well as by the Ecclesiastical Courts. terference was contemplated with baptisms, Great dismay has been consequently no ecclesiastical persons could complain, spread among dissenting congregations and security might be obtained by parents throughout the country. That dismay is as to their children, which would lessen excessive, since such registers, although future litigation and relieve the anxious not equally availing with parocbial re- heart. Lord Liverpool made no objection
in any cases of litigated claims. Yet it lend it his concurrence; but at this time is highly important that other security intimated, that it belonged particularly to should be obtained. Parochial registers, the province of the Secretary of State for as far as they extend to baptisms, are re- the Home Department. An interview was garded as public records, and examined obtained with Mr. Peel. It cannot be said extracts from them are admitted as suf- that he greeted the suggestion with the ficient proofs on the matters to which they same cordiality as Lord Liverpool had apply. But dissenting registers and entries shown. Mr. Þeel hesitated much about at the Library of births are but secondary the expediency of the proposed alteration; evidence, and the original books or entries he said, he should be obliged to consult must be produced, and other testimony many persons,--declined to legislate on a must be given as to the signature of the matter so important without much consiparties and their identity to render them deration, but at last doubted whether a availing; and from which, in many cases,' universal registry of births should not be Baptists also, wlio never baptize their required and by compulsory enactments infants, are precluded from the benefit be enforced. The result was, however, a of parochial registers, which extend only promise that when Parliament was disto the baptized. To obviate such incon. solved, he would give the matter more veniences, and meet the wishes of nu- attention, and either bring forward a bill merous congregations, the Committee have in the next session, or apprize the Society communicated with the Government, and of the objections he entertained. That sought the attention which the great body communication the Committee will await, of Dissenters and Methodists are entitled and expect that propositions 'so just and to expect. Their sanction they thought needful cannot be repelled; but if that desirable before any appeal was made to expectation be disappointed they must the Legislature for relief; and the liberal apply to the Parliament for their protecrespect they have ever experienced from tion, and trust that although they may Lord Liverpool, Lord Bexley, and their meet some rocks and shallows in their ministerial friends, encouraged confident course, and find some ebbing currents or expectation of just support. In such ap. opposing gales, they shall obtain the coplication they felt more confidence, as in operation of the deputies and all their Rev. cases of settlement, entries of baptism friends, and be enabled to steer the vessel are not evidence of birth, for in a recent securely into port. case Mr. Justice Bayley had decided that The Committee have also considered it an entry of birth in a register of baptism, their duty to make an application to Par. was not evidence, as the present entries of liament during the past year on the subbaptism not only supply no proof of birth, ject of Negro Slavery, and to urge the but are much less useful to supply proofs matter on their country friends. That is of descent and identity than they might be a subject on whieh all Christian spirits made ; and as all classes, whether Church- could not but agree, and a petition was men or Dissenters are interested, that on presented, praying that Negro Slavery this matter some improvements should might not long deform the earth. It occur. The remedy we propose, avoiding might be doubted whether that question is all interference with registers of baptisms, not of a nature too political to occupy a and thereby leaving clergyınen and Dis. Society formed for the protection of relisenting Ministers in possession of their gious freedom. But when it was a quespresent rights, is to obtain a voluntary re. tion whether 850,000 beings with immortal gistration of births as a civil and not eccle. minds, and their sad posterities should consiastical affair. Such registers are to con tinue slaves, what man, what Briton, what tain ample information of the parents of Christian, what Protestant Dissenter, what the children, and the day of their birth, true lover of religious liberty, could withand being duly verified and entered, shall hold any effort that might assist a good debe regarded as public records belonging to cision that they should finally be free ? It the State. Of those records, we propose is a foul blot on this country that Slavery that the clerks of the peace in their seve has so long existed! The cause of the ral cities and counties should have the abolition of Slavery is a glorious cause ; care, and that for certain small fees they but they would not be true patrons to the
negroes, nor friends to their country, or to nourable to that country, and acceptable man, who would attempt precipitately to to us. From Dumfermline especially, a hurl down an edifice which, though wrong. voluntary contribution was sent, and our fully erected, involves much property and correspondents, when they remitted their comfort, which must not be allowed for donation, expressed surprise and sorrow ever to rear its frowning turrets and invite that England should be so inferior in reliindignant thunders on the land, but which gious freedom, to the country from which wisdom and charity must persevere pro. it was separated only by the Tweed! In gressively to dilapidate and finally re Scotland, they have no struggles as to
baptisms, and marriages, and burials : and As to the Test and Corporation Acts, the intolerance with which we had to conthe peculiar circumstances of the country, tend, was there unknown. Yet they reand the shortness of the Session, rendered mind me they were not always free. There it inexpedient to address the legislature for was a time when persecution stalked their repeal. It is postponed with the among their mountains, and dyed their conviction, that, whenever brought for. lakes with blood; and they entreat us to ward, it should be discussed as a great and be true to ourselves and to our cause, and momentous subject. It is only by speak say, “ We have been firm-have persevered ing generally and firmly, that the Dissen -and overcome ! Be firm and persevere ters, can hope to be free from these vex. -Scotland will aid your efforts and you atious and disgraceful laws. An oppor. too shall overcome !" tunity will soon arrive, when they may To the intended establishment of a Lonspeak with firmness and effect. I hope don University I think it proper to advert that Dissenters at the General Election, We envy not the revenues of the Estawill be true to themselves, and that in blished Church, nor seek to violate their giving their influence and votes, they will rights. They err who think it is their not be swayed by interest, nor crouch to wealth we envy, because we complain if power, but will vote for congenial spirits, trodden on, or bleed if we be wounded. who will pledge themselves to promote The ministers of the Protestant Dissenters here, and throughout the world, Improve. are inferior to none in piety and learning ; ment, Liberty, and Truth! Friends to and while they live stipendiaries on the religious freedom can do much by union, love of those for whom they labour, they and by firmness. When the excellent pass by the palaces of bishops, unenvying Whig representative of Surrey applied for their revenues, and breathe out a prayer support to the individual who addresses that the prelates who dwell within them you, he addressed to him a note, and en- with ample means of liberality, may have quired what he thought of Bible Societies, that liberality of heart which alone sanctiof Lancasterian Schools, and of the Test fies the means. But who does not feel Act? That hon. gentleman replied, that that our exclusion from the Universities, he was Vice-President of a Bible Society, that are the boast of Britons, is a tyrannear his residence in Surrey; that he nous and cruel wrong? How can the in. maintained a Lancasterian School in the genuous and educated youth of Protestant North of England, at his own expense, Dissenters look on those venerable seats and that he considered the Test Act a dis of learning--the bowers where Bacon, grace to the Statute Book, and the Esta Locke, and Newton reposed and studied, blished Church. This reply was imme. and where our celestial bards first breathed diately communicated to every Dissenting their strains-without an emulous glow, a Minister throughout the county, and no kindling of poetic feeling, and an ardent consistent Dissenter would have withheld wish to share their benefits ? I have myfrom that candidate his influence or yote, self wandered among their Gothic strucIf friends to freedom will thus act, they tures, have paced the margin of the Isis will demonstrate their numbers, their prin and the Cam, have wandered amid their ciples, their respectability, their strength, parks and groves, have gazed on their and their determination, to be relieved collections of ancient and modern lore. from the degradation of annual Acts of bave felt that science might never boast a Indemnity, and from the innumerable petty nobler home; but I have, too, felt a stranrexations which may be designated rather ger in my native land. I stood on the as insults than as wrongs. On this matter, border of a paradise I could not enter; I trust, we shall soon speak, and so speak odious statutes, hostile as avenging cheruas to command attention and ensure sucó bim, forbade my entrance! What to me cess !
was the magnificence and beauty-what While I indicate the clouds that collect the fruits of intellect and stores of knowand impend, and which discourage and be- ledge, if I might not dwell in those abodes, gloom, I am, however, happy to advert to nor share their treasures ? Into those sunshine that beams upon the path. Universities Dissenters cannot be admitAmong some circumstances which animate ted, or take degrees or honour, but by and cheer, we have received subscriptions apostacy from the principles of their foreand communications from Scotland, ho fathers. They cannot gather the laurels which there may grow, without signing temple to any thing below the skies, to articles of faith in which they do not liberty the altar should be reared ; and if agree, and the very signature of which the inscription or our purpose be inquired, they may condemn. 'Therefore am I glad. I will reply in the language of the imdened that our Chairman, and men of rank mortal Locke, “ Liberty, absolute liberty, and influence, and of unbounded talent, just and true liberty, equal and impartial ündeterred by obloquy and opposition, liberty, is what we need." have resolved to found in London an Uni- [This eloquent address was received by versity, in which Protestants and Catho a crowded audience with great applause, lics, Jews and Christians, may all receive and enthusiastic cheers followed its conthe best instruction, without leaving the clusion.] paternal roof, and without any obtrusive The resolutions, which we shall insert interference with their religious creeds. I in our next number, were moved and sehope that similar colleges will be founded conded by the Rev. Messrs. J. Morrison, in all the great towns and cities of the em- T. Atkins, W. Platt, Mark Wilks, and pire, and that learning, and liberty, and W. Orme; T. Walker, Esq., and Dr. J. religion will advance together with tri. B. Brown. The Marquis of Lansdowne umphant speed !
and Lord Dacre severally acknowledged [Here Mr. Wilks indulged in some the votes of thanks, and the meeting sepalengthened and very animated allusions rated. to the progress of religious liberty in
IRISH EVANGELICAL SOCIETY. •France, South America, and Greece, The twelfth Annual Meeting of the wbich we reluctantly omit.]
above Society was held at the City of LonEarnestly I deprecate the spirit of sel don Tavern, May 9, 1826. Thomas Walker, fishness which sometimes influences Pro Esq., in the chair. Rev. T. Morell, of testant Dissenters. Parents are taking Wymondley, opened the meeting with their children to the parish church to be solemn prayer. From the Report of the baptized. Young men are apostatizing Committee for the past year, it appears from the faith of their fathers for literary that the number of students in the Sohonour and paltry gain. I lament this ciety's Academy has been extended to spirit, because they sacrifice their honour, twelve : three have recently finished the not because it diminishes the number academical term, and are now occupying of Dissenters; for to numbers I pay important stations of missionary labour in little heed, and should still maintain and the country; and the statements and rerecominend our principle, though but one commendations of promising candidates Dissenter remained resident on earth. We for admittance are already before the should watch against this sprite of selfish- Committee, to fill up the vacancies thus ness. Superstition rests on a couch of occasioned. The labours of the students skulls, and loves to lave herself in blood. on every Lord's day, in superintending We breathe the sweet fresh air of liberty ; Sunday Schools, and preaching the Gospel let us ever be mindful of the victims we at destitute openings in the neighbour. have left behind, and who are amid the hood of Dublin, appear to be interesting glooms and dangers whence we may have and important. The Society has eighteen escaped. Oh that I were able to exbibit stations through the country, at which its selfishness in all its true deformity! then labours are promoted in the English lanthose who are most under its dominion guage, and seven native missionaries, who would loathe and burst its thrall. As the are diffusing its important benefits in the fair lady, on whose snowy bosoin rests the overnacular tongue. It is gratifying to find, incubus of night-mare, would wish to 'in reference to all the Society's stations, shake off the ill intruder; so, could I de- that there is perfect harmony among the pict selfishness, as it visits the aged and missionaries and the congregations; that the young, the lovely and the wise, be the spirit of general co-operation for the numbing each faculty, and infusing to the advancement of the great cause appears to heart the apathy of death, I am persuaded be increasingly felt and exemplified; that that all would shrink from its embraces, Sunday and other Schools are multiplying and would renew to benevolence and to in most of the districts, and promising the freedom their devotion and their troth. bappiest results ; and that the distribution But, should multitudes allow his influence, of the Holy Scriptures and religious tracts we may not despond. Throughout the has met with unprecedented encourageworld, and in that assembly, the love of ment, and seems likely to prove a powerful liberty did not decline. Many whom I auxiliary in the spiritual instruction of see around me have grown grey, devoted the people. The missionaries generally to her cause; and the manly bosoms of report that, throughout the whole of their our vigorous youths beat gladly at her itinerating labours, they bave found a name. Still shall it be taught by opr pas- very considerable spirit of inquiry about tors to the people, and by our matrons to the Scriptures of salvation, and an intheir noble boys, and if we might raise a creasing desire for instruction, particu