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waited in the society ever since it had been established; and, commenting with great energy upon the simplicity and comprehensiveness of its plan, directed to one end, the distribution of the Bible; and extending its benefits to “all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues.” The following is the Report read to the meeting. “After a lapse of little more than twelve months, since a society was formed in this town, with a degree of union and cordiality seldom witnessed, for the purpose of aiding and cooperating with the British and Foreign Bible Society in London, the sole object of which is the dissemination of the Holy Scriptures, without note or comment, throughout the whole world, we contemplate with much delight the progress, extent, and utility of this infant institution. The Report now published states that the sum of 643!. including collections, donations, and subscriptions, has been received ; from which the sum of 400l. has been transmitted to the parent society in London, with a view of promoting their general designs; and that in this town and neighbourhood, 716 Bibles and 785 Testaments have been dispersed among the poor. This simple statement alone, we should hope, will be sufficient to secure the continuance of those annual subscriptions which have been announced ; to sall forth the same lively and benevolent exertious which were shewn last year; and even to produce an increase of zeal and energy in a cause so conducive to the interests of religion. “Our conviction of the excellency and invaluable benefits of the plan has gathered strength in consequence of the circumstances which we have seen and heard during the last twelve months. We view with admiration, gratitude, and joy, the numerous and unexpected channels which the providence of God has opened to the Bible Society for diffusing the light of his truth, beyond all former example, in almost every part of the "odd. It was reserved for this favoured *go, and this privileged country, to propose *ud to mature a plan, in which all denominations of Christians can most cordially unite, "ithout making any conpromise of their Pouliar tenels, or engaging in any controversy. “The scheme is grand and extensive. It **uorestrictions of place; it comprehend, .* wishes and designs, not only Great *itain, the nations of Europe, and the men of our own day, but the darkest and re*t countries of the earth, and genera* of men yet uuborn. It can never be "necessary, till the “hurch of Cod bat receiv
ed its full consummation in the perfection of all its members. It has been already marked by the singular blessing of Heaven, beyond the most sanguine expectation of its warmest friends; and in a manner sufficient to encourage our humble hopes. that it will be one instrument of fulfilling the prophecies, and of ‘establishing the mountain of the Lord's house in the top of the mountains.” “The report of the parent institution lately circulated is highly animating. The perfect unanimity which continues to prevail among its members; the increase of their numbers and of the resources of the society; the avidity with which the Holy Scriptures are called for and received in our own country; the eagerness inanifested by other nations to form similar institutions, and to concur in this labour of love, the lively gratitude and joy excited among the thousands who, after having long been unable to peruse the word of God, now are unexpectedly in possessiou of it; impress our ininds with a frnu conviction, not only that good is already done to an immense extent, but that a continual augmentation of good is likely to follow. “Encouraged by these appearances and prospects, in the fortuation and establishment of the Bible Society, we would entreat Christians of every class to befriend it with their prayers and their contributions, that with united strength we may send forth the word of salvation throughout the earth. “The members of the Leicester Auxiliary Bible Society are requested to recounend the plan in their respective circles, and to be active in promoting the dissemination of the Scriptures around them. It is desirable that there may not be a family, or an individual, without the possession of the Bible. “What general plan can be devised for doing so much good to our fellow-creatures; for proiuoting so efficaciously the glory of God, and the great ends for which the Saviour died; and for co-operating so successfully with the gracious dispensations of God, ‘ who will have all men to be saved, and to coine unto the knowledge of the truth!" “HIEN n Y IRY Din, Chairman."
“The formation of such an establishment constitutes, as it were, a new era in the history of religion. It affords a rallying point for the piety of the age; an unsuspicious medium of communication among the good of all parties and nations; a centre of union and co-operation in the advanceinent of the common cause, which cannot fail to be productive of the most happy consequences; and which seems destined by Providence to hasten the arrival of that glorious period, when the whole Christian world shall join together in the unity of the Spirit, and the bond of peace,’ and ‘when the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ.’
“The particular period in which the British and Foreign Bible Society has been instituted, bestows on it a peculiar interest and importance, and leads the benevolent heart to regard it with increased hope, as an earnest of extensive blessings to the human race. We live at a period when the most awful revolutions have taken place in the affairs of men. The judgments of God are abroad upon the earth. Amidst the desolations of war. He who causes the wrath of man to praise him, is, we trust, working in silence annongst the nations, and secretly bringing good out of evil. That furious storm, which has carried darkness and destruction over the civilized world, and has threatened to lay in the dust all that wisdom had consecrated, or age had rendercq venerable, will, at last, under the direction of an unseen hand, pass away, and may leave a salutary influence behind. It is, at least, the duty of every Christian, at this important crisis, to exert all his powers for the welfare of his sellow creatures. By the new impulse which the ninds of men have received from the civil and religious distractions prevailing on the continent of Europe, an opportunity seems in that quarter to be afforded for giving a proper direction to their unsettled opinions, and for opening their hearts to the knowledge of the truth.”
Os Whit-Tuesday, the 4th of June, being the eleventh anniversary of this Society, a Sermon will be preached at the parish church of St. Audrew by the Wardrobe and St. Anne Blackfriars, by the Rev. Melville Horne, late chaplain to the colony of Sierra Leone, when a collection will be made for the benefit of the institution. At two o'clock the annual general meeting of the society will o held, at the New London Tavern, cheapAloe,
This society was instituted in the year 1800, by members of the Established Church, and is conducted in consorinity to her docuines and discipline. Upwards of fifty persons, adults and children, are dependent on it in Africa, at the society's settlements on the Rio Pongas. Six are either now preparing for future labours, under the Rev. Thomas Scott, or are waiting for a passage to Africa: and three have sailed, as settlers, under the direction of the Rev. Samuel Marsden, in New Zealand. All friends to muissions, therefore, will have an opportu. nity of contributing their support to a society, wirich has a prospect of usefully em. ploying whatever funds uay be entrusted to its care.
Three thousand pounds having been raised by voluntary contributions for that object, a new Magdalen Asylum was erected in Edinburgh about five years ago. The building, however, required an additional expenditure of 1100l the interest of which hangs heavy on the finances. From the Report of the Directors, however, the following important facts appear.
“1.That nowithstanding the frequent sickness of the women in the house, and the ignorance of many of them on their first admission, the fruits of their industry do more than pay for their maintenance: a produce from senale labour which is rarely to be found, and unprecedented in the history of charitable institutions. 2. That the expense to be provided for, over and above the expense of the establishment, which is very moderate, arises chiefly from the circumstance, that the objects of the charity on their admission, are almost always destitute of clothing, and one-third of their earnings is not more than sufficient to procure the necessary supply. 3. That the ordinary contributions have been sufficient to answer those purposes, and that the deficiency which has occurred these three last years, arises from the interest of the debt of 1100). still due for the new buildings."
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The 21st Number of the Periodical Ac: counts of this mission has just reachedus; but we have only time to state, that about thirty natives appear to have embraced the Cho tian faith in the course of the year 18% About seventy persons of different nation". many of them Hindcos and Mussulma". had been baptised in the first nine month” 1810. -
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VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
SPAIN AND PORTUGAL.
Ix our last number, we were guilty of a mistake, in stating that Almeida had been evacuated by the enemy: this place alone, of all Portugal, remained in the possession of the French. Lord Wellington, as soon as he had driven the French across the Agueda, undertook the siege of it; and, while that was proceeding, he himself made a journey to the southward, for the purpose, as is supposed. of conce, ting with Marshal ijeresford the operations of the campaign. Olivenza surrendered to the allied forces on the 15th of April. The state of the Guadiana, which had been flooded by the rains, prevented for some days the investment of Badajoz. That measure has since been carried into effect, and its fall is confidently expected. When Lord Wellington returned to his head-quarters, in the neighbourhood of Almeida, on the 28th of April, he torund that Massena had been increasing his force on the Agueda, and particularly at Ciudad Rodrigo, with the manifest intention of shaking an effort to relieve Almeida. The enemy had attacked our lines on the 23d and 27th, but had been repulsed. On the 2d of May, having previously drawn to one int all the troops he could collect from #. and Castile, he crossed the Agueda at Ciudad Rodrigo, and on the 3d and 5th made two desperate attacks on the British army. The contest was very severe. It terminated, however, in the complete repulse of the enemy, the allied army continuing to maintain its position. On the 7th, at night, the French army, finding all their attempts to raise the siege of Almeida, or to make any impression on the British lines, ineffectual, retired again across the Agueda, leaving Al
meida to its fate. In these two actions the Bri. tish loss was 170 killed, and 1043 wounded; that of the Portuguese, 64 killed, and 191 wounded. The number of the allies missing on the two days was $16. The enemy's loss is said to have amounted to 7000 men. Ameida has since been evacuated by the French. A similar attempt was made on the 16th instant, by Soult, to relieve Badajoz. The contest with the allied army under Gen. Beresford was long and sanguinary, but it terminated in the repulse of the enemy. The particulars of the action have not yet come to hand. Joseph Bonaparte has quitted Madrid, in order to return to Paris. He passed through Walladolid on the 27th of April. The intelligence from different parts of " Spain is of a favourable nature, the papers being filled with accounts of the successes of the Guerillas and o, her Spanish corps in disferent parts of the Peninsula. Whatever truth there may be in these accounts generally, it is no longer doubtful that the Spaniards have obtained great advantages in Catalonia. The important fortress of Figueras surrendered to them on the 10th of April. S. Phillan and Palamos were taken possession of two days after by some British men of war, the guns embarked, and the batteries destroyed. Rosas is also expected to fall. We rejoice to hear that the Cortes have at length turned their attention to the subject of the Slave Trade. A proposition for its entire abolition has been received with apparent satisfaction, and referred to the consideration of a committee. A law has also been brought in, and seems to meet with general concurrence, for interdicting antirely the use of the torture.
partli AM extant Y Pitoceedi NGs. 1. The Report of the Bullion Committee has been most amply discussed in the House of Commons. The debate continued for five nights, during which much more light was thrown on the subject, than by all the Pamphlets, numerous as they have been, which have appeared upon it. The points * issue were chiefly, whether the present
unfavourable rate of exchange with foreign countries, and the corresponding high price of builion, did not prove that our currency was depreciated; whether that depreciation was not caused by an excessive issue of such currency; and whether the remedy for the evil was not to restrain the amount of such issue. The affirmative of these propositions
was maintained by Mr. Horner, Mr. H.
Thornton, Mr. Huskisson, Mr. Parnel, Mr. Sharp, Mr. Canning, Mr. Giddy, Sir F. Burdett, Mr. Wilberforce, Mr. Whitbread, Mr. Magens, Mr. Mariyatt, Mr. W. Smith, Mr. Ponsonby, and Mr. Tierney. The speakers on the other side were, Mr. Rose, Mr. Vansittart, Lord Castlereagh, Sir T. Turton, Mr. Manning, Mr. Perceval, Mr. Long, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Simcon, the Attorney General, and Sir John Sinclair. The propositions were negatived by a majority of 134 to 75, and resolutions of a contrary tendency, proposed by Mr. Vansittart, were adopted. We must, however, take the liberty of saying, that, to our apprehension, the whole weight of the argument was in favour of the unsuccessful side. If ever any point of political economy was satisfactorily, we would say unanswerably, established, both by the deductions of reasoning, and the evidence of facts, it is this; 1. That, under the existing circumstances of the bank restriction, an issue of paper, larger than would have circulated if paper were couvertible into the an unt of coin of the standard weight and fineness, which it professes to represent, will cause a depreciation of that paper;-2. That the actual existence of such depreciation of the paper of this country, to the amount of about 20 per cent. is proved by a proportionable rise in the price of bullion, and a proportionable sinkiug of the forcign exchanges;–3. That the true and only remedy for this evil, no less an evil than the diminution of all monied incoine to four-fifths of its former value, is to restrain within so, newhat narrower limits the issues of paper from the Batik. 2. Lord Sidmout!, brou.ht into the House of Lords the bill of which he gave notice in the last session, for explaining and amending the provisions of the Tolera'ion Act. We really believe, that his Lordship had not the most distaut intention to abridge the religious privileges of dissenters. At the same time, we have no doubt that such would have been the eflect of his measure, and we therefore cannot but rejoice that he has consented to withdraw it. Upwards of five hundred petitions were presented to the House of Lords against the bill in one day; and had it mot been withdrawn, that number would probably have been multiplied four-fold. But while we congratulate the friends of religious liberty, among whom we ourselves take outr decided stand, on the result of their exertions, we are anxious that they should use their victory with moderation. Let none mmong then be persuaded, by any heated spirits, to adopt such prospective nea
sures, as, while they are wholly unnecessary, may tend to provoke hostility, excite jealousy, and create divisions. We speak to wise men, who, we trust, will understand what we say. 3. The bill for rendering the acts abolishing the Slave Trade more effectual, received the royal assent on the 14th instant, and is now a law of the land. Its main object is to punish as felons, with transportation for fourteen years, or with imprisonment and hard abour for five years, all who shall be concerned in the slave trade, as owner, or part owner, freighter or shipper, factor or axent, captain, male, supercargo, or surgeon; or who shall carry away, detain, or confine, or who shall buy, transfer, or sell ; any person, in any part of the world (except within our West India Islands), for the purpose of being used or dealt with as a slave. An inferior punishment attaches to seamen and servants. This act is a great triumph gained to the cause of humanity. The slave trade is at length classed, as it deserves, in the list of felonies; and we cannot but hope, that the very circumstance of its being so classed, will of itself have a powerful effect in deterring suen from engaging in it. 4. The thanks of both Houses of Parliament have been voted to Lord Wellington, and his gallant army : to his Lordship, for the consummate skill and admirable perseverance; and to his army, for the distinguished valour, displayed in the late canpaign in Portugal. All parties seemed to vie with each other in exalting the talents, the foresight, the generalship of Lord Wol. lington: and it clearly appeared from his Lordship's letters, which were read in tle House, that the whole plan of the campaign had been concerted by himself, in such a way as to bring about, the very resul" which have taken place, and with a cle” foresight of those results. 5. A bill has passed for erecting a bridge over the Thames, from Queenhithe, in the city, to Bankside, in the Borough. This bridge, when finished, will greatly add " the general convenience. 6. By a bill which is now before Parlinment, it is proposed to make the militia “. giments of Great Britain and Ireland inter changeable; a measure which, we conce” will be attended with many good effects: 7. On the 20th inst the Chancellor of th’ Exchequer brought forward his budget sor the year. We mean to take another "P. portunity of stating the details. Suffice "" say at present, that the amount of the "" for the year is 12 millious, which has beef
raised at an interest of 4!. 15s. pcr cent. The additional taxes are on spirits distilled from grain and from sugar; a duty on foreign timber, expected to produce 62,000. ; on pearl and pot ashes, estimated at 20,000l.; and on foreign linens, at 71,000l. The duty. ou hats has been taken off. On the whole, the financial state of the country presents an encouraging aspect.
DOM estic Inter, t. i. G Exce.
The King's health, as far as a judgment may be tormed from the bulletins, has been improving; and hopes have been entertained of his speedy return to the exercise of the regal authority. For ourselves, we confess that we are not free from considerable fears on this point: all, however, is in His hands whose prerogative it is to kill and to make alive, to wound and to make whole.
The cause of Sir F. Burdett, against the Speaker of the House of Commons, came on to be argued before the Court of King's Bench ou the 17th instant. The decision of the Court was such as might have been anticipated; and it will serve, we trust, to settle the much-disputed point of the legality of the Speaker's warrant. “ The privilege of committa!,” said Lord Ellenborough, “is inherent in the House of Commons, and cannot be taken from them; and the officer executing the Speaker's warrant, has a power to break the outer door, if refused admittance. In every way in which I can consider the subject, I am of opinion that this action cannot be sustained, and that the
plea of the defendant is a good plea."—Judg
ment was given for the defendant. The Duke of York is re-appointed to the
office of Counnander in Chief. '
NAVA 1, INTELI. IGENCE.
On the 13th of March, three British frigates and a sloop of war fell in, off the island of Lessa in the Mediterranean, with a French squadron, consisting of tour ships of 44 guns, two frigates, and five other armed vessels. After a severe action of six hours, one of the forty-fours and a trigate were taken, and another forty-four destroyed. A third forty-four had struck, but atterwards escaped. The loss of men in our ships amounted to fifty killed and one hundred and fifty wounded.
A French frigate, the Dromedaire, has been taken in the Mediterranean, going, with fifteen thousand shot and shells, and ninety tons of gunpowder, to the relief of Corfu.
A large fleet of British men of war has entered the Baltic, under the command of Sir James Saunarez. Whether this force has any object in view beyond the protection of the trade to and from this county, does not as yet appear. The powers which border on that sea have shewn no disposition to violate their engagements with France, and we apprehend that no hostile movements against that power are to be expected, perhaps not to be desire!, in this quarter. Prussia has as length Joined the confederation of the Rhine.
Manual for Winchester Scholars. As he grew up, his manners were most engaging and his talents respectable. Having made a moderate proficiency in the Greek and Latin languages, and general knowledge, at the age of eighteen his tather proposed his entering at the university, when he had the unspeakable mortification to find that his son declined the church. His reasons, which he assigned, were conscientious, alleging that he did not consider his und sufficiently serious for so sacred a profession. This determination was atterwards a frequent subject of his regret. From this period he applied himself to surgery and physic—a choice which, alas! proved fatal to his morals and his health. By this 2 X