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a parallel to the mitre and lawn of our bishops, and to the surplices of our clergy. No one will do us the injustice to suppose, that we lay any very great stress on these minor points. . We nevertheless think it our duty to advert to them, because. they may not be without an effect in quieting the scruples of some tender consciences; or at least in rescuing existing usages from a portion of the ridicule and contempt with which they are frequently loaded. That our ecclesiastical institutions, whether they respect the government of the church, or the conduct of its worship, may be abused to purposes of ambition, or degenerate into a mere lifeless form, we admit with deep concern. But of what institution may not similar things be predicated? At the same
time, it is undoubtedly a lawful ground of satisfaction to us, as members of the Church of England, to observe, that when another church, with which we have had no intercourse whatever, but which has existed in unimpaired succession from the apostolic age; after dwelling for thirteen or fourteen centuries in a state of almost entire separation from the rest of the Christian world, is at length discovered among the rocks and fastnesses of M. she professes the same fundamental doctrines, recognizes the same orders in the Christian ministry, practises the same general mode of congregational worship, and uses many of the same ceremonies, with ourselves. (To be continued...)
Preparing for the press: A work, in two vols. by Dr. Edwards, to ascertain the real and relative Foundations of the different civil, political, commercial, and individual Interests of Society and Nations;–A Dictionary of Architecture, in 2 vols. 4to. by Mr. P. Nicholson;–ATranslation of Doomsday Book, by Mr. Bawdwen – and Charlemagne, or Rome Delivered, an Epic Poem, in 24 Cantos, by Lucien Bonaparte.
In the press: The State Papers and Letters of Sir W. Aston, afterwards Lord Aston, Ambassador in Spain from James I. and Charles I.;—An edition of “Chrysostom de Sacerdotio," Lib. iii., in Greek and Latin, with an Introduction, “On the Importance and Dignity of the Pastoral Office, and the Danger of rashly undertaking it,” by the Bishop of St. David's;–and Travels in Iceland, in 1810, by Sir G. Mackenzie, Bart. Mr. Holland, and Mr. Bright.
His Majesty's Commissioners of Public Records, have appointed Mr. Payne, of Pall Mall, to sell such copies of the following works, printed under their direction, as are not appropriated to public uses:—Calendathun Rotulorum Patentium, 11, 16s.; Tax
atio Ecclesiastica P. Nicholai, 21.2s. ; Catalogue of Cottonian MSS. 21. 10s.; Calendarium Rotulorum Chartarum, 21.; Rotulorum Originalium Abbreviatio, 2 vols. 3.10s.; Calendarium Inquisitionum Post Mortem, 2 vols. 3l. 10s. ; Testa de Nevill, 11. 16s.; Nonarum Inquisitiones, 21.2s.; Valor Ecclesiasticus, vol.I. 21. 10s. Joseph Lancast En. A numerous and most respectable meeting of the subscribers and friends of the Royal British System of Education (Mr. Lancaster's), was held on the 11th inst. at the Freemason's Tavern, the Duke of Bedford in the chair. It was attended by the Dukes of Kent and Sussex, the Marquis of Lansdowne, Lord Keith, Mr. Adam, Mr. W. Smith, Mr. Horner, Mr. Brougham, Mr. Abercromby, Mr. E.W. Bootle, &c. &c. The report made by the Committee who superintend the progress of the undertaking, was very interesting. It appeared from it, that children osthe poor, even in the metropolis, can be taught reading, writing, and arithmetic, before they are old enough to work, at an expense of little more than 5s. a year for each; and that therefore those useful attainments may be easily extended to the whole of the rising generation, and the pious wish of our good
old King fully accomplished, “that every poor child in the kingdom should be able to read the Bible." With respect to religious instruction, it is an inviolable law of this institution, to teach nothing but the Scriptures themselves. The children are trained in the habit of reading the Bible; but it is left to their parents and friends to explain and comment upon it. ln the Borough school alone 6000 children have been educated, whose parents were of the poorest description; and hitherto no instance has occurred of any of these youths being charged with a criminal offence in any court of justice. The patronage of their Majesties and the whole of the Royal Family, has greatly contributed to Mr. Lancaster's success; and schools on his plan are now established in every county of England. Some also have been erected in Scotland, and some in Ireland. In all these cases, persons trained in the practical details of the system are required to organize and conduct the schools, and the education of youths for these purposes forus the main source of expense to the institution. Many instances have occurred, where youths of fifteen years of age conduct, with the regularity of a machine, schools containing several hundred children, imparting to thein the eleneuts of education with astonishing rapidity. A new system of teaching needlework has also been invented for the girls' schools; by which one mistress may teach with perfect ease any number of scholars. Fify new schools have been erected on Mr. Lancaster's plan, in the year 1810, for about 15,000 children. The Duke of Kent has introduced this system into the army, by attaching a school to his own regiment. The *chool consists of the children of the privates, and amounts to 220. A young man, a serjeant, was trained for schoolmaster by Mr. Lancaster. The regiment is now quartered at Stirling; and so impressed were the magistrates with the advantages of the school belonging to it, that they have allowed the Guildhall to be used as a school-room, where a great number of the children of the town are admitted to participate in its benefits. Many other military commanders are follow*g this excellent example. This system of tuition is already in operation in the island of Antigua, and in different parts of the **ed States; and is likely to be introduced into South America by General Miranda. Two missionaries of the Society for Missions to Africa and the East, have received instruction at the school in the Borough Road, with *** to extend the system to Asrica; and "Committee have proposed to the Directors Christ. Osseav. No. 113.
of the African Institution, to board add educate two intelligent African youths with the same view. The secretary of this institution is Joseph Fox, Esq. Lombard Street. PALESTINE. We understand that the Rev. Dr. Buchanan has it in contemplation to visit Jerusalem and the interior of Palestine, with the view of investigating subjects connected with the translation of the Scriptures and the extension of Christianity. It was stated in the India papers, before Dr. Buchanan left Bengal, that it was his intention to return to Europe by a route over-land, for the purpose of visiting the Christian churches in Mesopotamia, some account of which he had received from the Syrian Christians; and also of inquiring into the present circumstances of the Jews in these regions, and in the Holy Land; and with this design he came to the western side of India: but he was dissuaded by the Bombay government from proceeding further, on account of the then unsettled state of the countries through which he was to pass. He had received from the Syrian Christians the names of upwards of an hundred churches in Mesopotamia and Syria, constituting the remains of the ancient and prinitive church of ANT1och, with which they maintained correspondence in former times; and some of which, it is said, have remained in a tranquil state, subject to the Mahonedan dominion, since the commencement of that power. Another object of Dr. Buchanan's inquiry will be the state of the Syriac printing-press of Mount Lebanon, from which various works have issued; and to ascertain whether it may be practicable to establish presses in Jerusalem or Aleppo, for the Hebrew, Arabic, and Syriac languages; and to open a correspondence with England for their encouragement and support; the relations of amity now subsisting between Great Britain and the Porte and Persia, rendering the present time more auspicious to researches of this nature, than any former period. He will also learn what language (with a view to a translation of the Scriptures) is most generally used at this time in the Holy Land. It is Dr. Buchanan's intention to touch at Alexandria in his voyage to Palestine, and to return from his tour by Lesser Asia, through the region of the seven prinitive churches, some of which cmdure to this day. He proposes to pass over from thence to Athens and Corinth, to visit the principal Christian churches in Greece, and asterwards those of the larger islands in the Archipelago. 2 U.
A chief object here will be to ascertain whether a translation of the Scriptures in one dialect alone of Modern Greek, will suffice for the continent of Achaia and the Archipelago (which he does not think to be likely), or whether some principal dialects have not been already cultivated.
Queries of the learned concerning the present state of these countries, in connection with the promotion of Christicinity, or the elucidation of scriptural history, it sent to the Editor of this work, will be communicated to Dr. Buchanan.
We understand that Dr. Buchauan will take charge of Bibles for distribution in his way in Portugal, Spain, and Malta; and will endeavour to establish a channel of correspondence in these countries with England, for the supply of the authorised version of each country respectively, as far as the existing governments inay be pleased to countenance the design.
Messrs. Cuvier and Brogneart have dis
tovered, in the environs of Paris, very exten
sive beds of stone, that contain only freshwater shells, which appear to have been deposited in ponds or #. Some of these beds of stone are separated by intermediate strata of marine formation. This seems to prove that the sea has made an irruption on the continent, which it had formerly aban. doned, and confirms the traditions of a deluge, so universally spread amougst different nations. Upon beds of gypsum in the same neighbourhood, which contain the bones of reptiles, and of fish, with fresh-water shell, and petrified trunks of palm-trees, repose beds of stone, containing innumerable quan: tities of marine shells only; and again upon these, other beds of fresh-water shells, but of a kind entirely different from the former. It is impossible to have more clear and manitest indications of the revolutions which have taken place on the surface of the globe. M. Sage has lately stated, in a memoir read to the National Institute, the efficacy of Fluor Wolatile Alkali, in cases of severe apo
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British Ax D ron EIGN BIBLE SocIETY.
0x Wednesday, the 1st inst the British and Foreign Bible Society held their Seventh anniversary at the Feemasons' Tavern, Queen Street, Lincoln’s-Inn Fields. The Report was read, as usual, by Lord Teignmouth, the president; and the thanks to his Lordship were moved in a very impressive address by the Bishop of Durham. The facts detailed in the Report, and in the Extracts of Correspondence with which it was followed, were peculiarly interesting and satisfactory; and evinced the successful operation of the society in the pursuit of its object over a large portion of the world. It appeared, that besides the three great societies to which this institution has given birth, on the European tontinent, and the Corresponding Committee or British India, it has been instrumental in Producing, by its example or encouragement, sixteen similar societies in the United States of America. It appeared, also, that the *ciety had made considerable progress in the course of the last year, in augmenting *th its influence and its funds; not less than
seventeen new auxiliary societies in Great Britain, among which is compreheded one in the important town of Liverpool, having . been added to its list within that period. Further particulars will be given when the Report itself appears. The attendance at this anniversary was very numerous, and highly respectable. Among the principal persons present, many of whom took a share in the business of the day, were, besides the President, the Bishops of Durham, Salisbury, Norwich, Cloyne, and Clonfert; Lords Gambier, Headley, and Harrowby ; Messrs. Wilberforce, Grant, H. Thornton, Babington, Vansittart, Porcher, &c.; and it was truly gratifying to witness an assembly, consisting of at least eighteen hundred persons of different ranks, and of almost every Christian denomination, evincing the greatest harmony, and the most lively interest in the truly benevolent purpose of sending forth the Holy Scriptures without note or comment—“to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people." The Committee of this society have esta.
supplying auxiliary societies with Bibles and Testaments.
1. That the committees of auxiliary socie
ties shall be entitled to receive, gratuitously, if their local necessities shall require such a supply, Bibles and Testaments, estimated at raime cost, to the amount of half the entire sum remitted by o to the parent institution. 72. That the members of auxiliary societies, whose subscriptions amount to one guinea or upwards annually, or to ten guineas or upwards at one time, may purchase Bibles and Testaments at the reduced r rices, in proportion to the share of its aggregate funds remitted to the parent institution. 3. That an adequate quantity of Bibles and Testaments shall be forwarded, as required, to their respective depositories; the same to be accounted for half yearly. '4. That the committees of auxiliary societies shall have the further privilege of purchasing to any amount, at PR rue cost.
On Friday, the 26th of October, 1810, a numerous and highly respectable meeting of the clergy and inhabitants of the town of Uxbridge and the neighbourhood, was held at the White Horse sun, Uxbridge, pursuant to the following circular invitation, signed by Clergymen of the Church of England. “The clergy and inhabitants of Uxbridge and the neighbourhood, are requested to meet at the White Horse Inn, in Uxbridge, on Friday, October 26, at twelve o'clock, to take into consideration the propriety of forming a society auxiliary to the British and Foreign Bible Society.--George Young, Iver; John Penrose, Harefield; John Hilliard, Cowley; W. W. Smith, Hillingdon; Edward Ward, Iver; Frederick Tomkins, D. D. Harmondsworth; Joseph Middleton, Harlington; J. Haggitt, Denham; John Josiah Pike, Uxbridge. —Uxbridge, 20th October, 1810.” The Right Honourable Lord Gambier having been unanimously called to the chair, the business of the meeting was introduced by the Rev. Mr. Ward of Iver; after which the secretaries of the British and Foreign Bible Society, who attended by invitation, severally addressed the meeting; when it was resolved to form a society on the plan of the British and Foreign Bible Society, to be entitled The Auxiliary Bible Society of Uxbridge and the Neighbourhood, for the purpose of aiding and cooperating with the parent institution, in giving the widest possible circulation to the Holy *śrīPtwo both at home and abroad. The
Right Hon. Lord Gambier was chosen presi. dent of the society —the Right Hou. John Sullivan; Count de Salis; Sir Robert Harvey, Bart. ; T. T. Clarke, Esq.; Edward Hilliard, Esq.; Charles Clowes, Esq.; and Harrv Edgeli, Esq.; vice-presidents:—and Mr. Samuel Hull, treasurer. An offer of Mr. Riches, tobo gratuitous secretary, was thankfully accepted. Letters were read to the meeting from the Rev. Robert Hodgson, vicar of Hillhigdon, and the Rev. John Freeman, curate of Hay” expressing their cordial approbation of the measure of establishing an auxiliary Bible society. The greatest harmony prevaile" throughout the meeting ; and persous, of every description and persuasion, seemed " rejoice in an opportunity of co-operating in a measure so happily calculated to prouate the best interests of their fellow-creatures, both at honic and abroad. A subscription was opened for the above purpose, and up: wards of 160l. were innediately subscribed.
The first anniversary meeting of the Leicester Auxiliary Bible Society took place on the April last. A number of the no respectable inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood were present, and all pie" appeared to have one object, and, in the pursuit of that object, one spirit. The Rev. Mr Robinsou opened the meet" ing with expressing his regret at the un" voidable absence of the worthy preside". Mr. Babington. He was, however, authorised to convey to the society his best wisho sco its wellare. He then moved that the Ho". and Rev. Henry Ryder, lector of Lut" worth, should be called to the chair; and, in allusion to the residence of the Re". Gentleman, took occasion to describe tle holy delight with which the first of the * formers, the venerable Wickliffe—who wo in his time, rector of Lutter-orth—wou" have surveyed the prise.it assembly, und congratulated them on their zeal and un” nity in the glorious cause which it ". the labour of his life to promote, the general diffusion of the sacred Scriptures. Mr. Ryder having taken the chair, and expressed his cordial approbation of the plau and general purposes of the society, M. Wood, the secretary, read a stateme" ofthe accounts, which was persectly satisfactory to all present. The Rev. Thomas Robinson, and * Rev. Robert Hall both addressed " meeting at some length, expressing their joy at the zeal with which neu of all secto and parties had come torward on thi. F". occasion, and at the harmony which had soft