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laity will not any inore than the clergy wish this bill to pass into a law. “The removal of all parish registers now extant, required by section thirtieth, to the general office in London or York, will deprive every parish in the kingdom of all local records, and render it impossible for a poor sian, without an expense and trouble which he is not able to bettr, to obtain information of many particulars, relative to his ancestors and faunily, the knowledge of which may be very weeessary at least to his comfort and satisfaction. To which add, that after the commencement of the Act, the clergyman is ihhibited from giving any certificate or copy of the register of any birth, marriage, or burial. What then is to be done, if the certificate of the register of any birth, marriage, or buriał, which may take place in the course of the year, become necessary before the book be verified on oath after the end of December, and transmitted to the office of the register general 2 “As to dissenters, might they not be encouraged to transmit to some proper office or repository of their own, copies or duplicates et registers of births, or baptisms, or burials, attested by the ministers or others of their respective congregations, and due authority given to such registers, as was the case when such registers were subject to the duty imposed on the register of baptisms and burials? - -*Upon the whole, every valuable purpose for which this Bill is intended to provide,

may, it is presumed, be effectually secured by the due execution of the laws and canons already in force. “Copies of the parish registers, attested by ministers and churchwardens, are every year returned at the bishops' or archdeacon's visitation, and deposited in their respective courts. And if any clergymen have been remiss in this business, they are liable te censures, which no doubt ought to be inflicted. But surely the negligence of some individuals ought not to operate to the disgrace of the whole body, or be considered as a reason for enacting rules, the observation of which will be attended with much difficulu, and perplexity, and in many cases from a vatiety of causes be totally impracticable."

CHINA.

Intelligence has been received by the London Missionary Society, that Mr. Marison, their missionary at Canton, has printed one thousand copies of the Acts of the Apostles in Chinese. The expense of print. ing was about one hundred pounds sterling; but from the same wooden types, with only occasionally retouching them, one hundred thousand copies may be taken. Mr. Morism having learnt that the Gospels and Epistle, were preparing at Calcutta, had begun the translation of Genesis and the Book of Psalms. He has sent home some speciusers of Chinese literature from the maxims of Confucius and the history of Fee.

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mediately retired, as had been done in the case of Badajoz; one part of his army marching towards Salamance, and another part towards Placentia. This is the only movement of any moment which has recently taken place in the Peninsula. There seems no doubt that the French have received cunsiderable reinforcements. The Spanish colonies in South America appear to be in the most unsettled state. A second revolution has taken place in the Caractas, where they have thrown of a allegistice to Ferdinand the Seventh, or to the mother country, and have proclaimed themselves independent." They have issued also a declaration of their rights, which iss much in the Prenth revolutionary style, thou —we dare not augur much good from it. There is a part of the province which is indisposed to submit to the new regime, and a civil war is the consequence. The state of things in the river Plate is still worse. While the Junta of Buenos Ayres blockade Monte Video by land, the Governor of Monte Video is bombarding Buenos Ayras by sea. The Cortez are said to have accepted the mediation of Great Britain to bring about an amicable understanding with the Spanish colonies in South America. This report seems to be confirmed by the appointment, which has appeared in the Gazette, of C. Stuart, G. Cockburne, and J. P. Morier, Esqs. to act as commissioners in South Ainerica, in conjunction with commissioners appointed by Spain. We trust that the terms of our mediation are such as will, in no case, involve usin any lostile collisions with those colonics. Bonaparte, has pursued his journey along the coast to Holland. From Boulogne he went to inspect his squadron in the Scheldt, where he was detained on ship board three days by the equinoxial gales. The bulletius of his route are filled with minute aud vaunting accounts of the strength of the fortifications at Antwerp, and other places which he visited, partly intended, perhaps, to deter us froui renewing our atteupt on the Scheldt. He is expected to return to Paris between the 15th and 20th instant. The only intelligence from France, respecting the proceedings of the great ecclesiastical council, is, that a deputation of patriarchs, cardinals, archbishops, and bishops, had set off for Italy, probably to make some fresh attempt on the firmncss of the Pope, and to induce his compliance with the wishes of Bonaparte. A circular letter was sent by Cardinal Fesch to the bishops,

announcing the death of a member of the

council, the Bishop of Feltri. “We can now give this prelate," he observed, “ no other proofs of the esteem he merited, but by putting up public prayers for the repose of his soul.” He invited them, therefore, “to enter into a holy and salutary delibera

tion," by ordering in their diocese “prayers' for the deceased bishop.” This invitation was couplied with, and the council also ceJebrated a solema service on the same account. ** *

The unexpected return of Lord William Bentinck from Sicily, whither he had gone to take the command of the oritish forces. has giveu rise to many surutises with respect to the state of things in that islaud. The probability seems to be, that the Sicilian Government is not disposed to adumit of British interference in its affairs, and is, perhaps, even averse to British cominection and inclined to featernize with France. If such should appear to be really the case, our Government will certainly have a difficult part to act. The great body of the Sicilian people, it is believed, are much disaffected towards their own government, which is, perhaps, one of the most oppressive in the world—certainly the most oppressive and vexatious in Europe. The Sicilians also dislike the French almost as much as they do their own government, and would gladly unite with us against both. We have hitherto supported the government against the people. Now that the government most unnaturally and treacherously takes part against us (assuming the fact to be so), and attaches itself to the cause of France; it will probably be found not only expedieut, but just, that we should unite with the people against the government and France, its ally. Lord W. Bentinck has returned to Sicily, to resume the command there.

It is ruraoured that the Government of the United States is about to re-enact its embargo. Parties ran so high in that country, and the newspapers speak a language so widely different, according to the party to which they belong, that a correct judgment can hardly be formed of the state of the public mind in that country.

Accounts from India state, that the second son of Tippoo Sultaun had shot himself at Calcutta. No reason is assigned for this act.

GREAT BRITAIN.

The following is represented as the substance of the last Report of the Queen's Privy Council on the subject of his Majesty's health, viz. “ that His Majesty's health is not such as to enable his Majesty to resume the exercise of his royal authority; that his Majesty's bodily health does not appear to be essentially altered since the date of the last Report, that his Majesty's mental health

appears to be materially worse than it was at that period; that from the protraction of thre disorder, its present state, the duration of its accessions, and the peculiar character which it now assumes, one of his Majesty's physicians thinks his Majesty's recovery improbable, and the other physicians think his recovery very improbable; and that on the other hand, from the state of his Majes

ty's health and powers of mind, from his memory and perception, and from the remaining vigour of his constitution, and from his bodily health, some of the medical personal attendauts do not entirely despair of his Majesty's recovery.” Lieutenant-General Sir G. Prevost, has been appointed governor and commanderin-chief in Upper and Lower Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Fúward, and Cape Breton. He has the command of the troops also in St. John's, Newfoundland, and the Bermudas, Lieutenant-General Brownrigg has been appointed governor and commander-in-chief in Ceylon. Thomas Sydenham, Esq. has been appointed ambassador in Portugal. An attack of the islands of Jersey and Guernsey has been threatened by the French, and is expected. Every preparation has been made to repel it. An order in council has been issued in this country, regulating the lumber and provision trade between the United States and our West India islands; and imposing a duty on articles the growth or produce of the United States imported into those islands after the 31st of December next. We doubt not that in the present feverish state of feeling in America, even this measure of mere regulation, (we do not decide on the policy of the measure) will be represented as an act of marked hostility on the part of our government. Another ordet in council has been issued,

prohibiting to neutrals all trade with the

Cape of Good Hope, except by licence.
The following is a statement of the ac-

counts of the revenue for the quarter just

expired.

The income of the consolidated fund has amounted to . . . . L. 10,239,835

The charge is ------------ 7,436,005

Leaving a surplus of . . . . . . 2,799,852 The comparative amount of the War

Taxes for the quarters ending the 10th of

October, 1810, and I311, is—

1810. 1811.

Customs . . . . . , 988.017 895,532 Excise . . . . . . . . 2,170,921 2,289,224 Property Tax .. 4,331,044 4,666,197. 7,490,282 7,851,563

Three French frigates sent out to relieve the islands of Bourbon and Mauritius appeared in the Indian Seas in the month of June last. They were discovered and attacked by a British squadron, and two of them were taken. The third, the Clorinoir, escaped, and after encountering fresh der. gers on the coast of France, where she was chased by a seventy-four, got safe into Prest. Just at the moment when the seventy-four was about to close with her, the main top-mast of the former gave way, from the severity of the weather; and to this accident the Clorinde appears to have owed her safety. Six or eight French privateers have bees taken by our cruizers in the course of the month.

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A Correspondent wishes to know on what authority rests the truth of the account inserted in our volume for 1805, p. 645, entitled, “The Death-bed of a modern Free

thinker, exemplified in the last Hours of the Hon. F. Newport.”

We will endeavour in

our next number to give him satisfaction on this point.

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A Correspondent inquires where he can meet with a Memoir of Mr. Norris, Rector of Bemerton, mentioned in Mr. Orton's Letters, p. 13, and a list of his works.

Mr. Tucker's Essay is left at the Publisher's. Pattobralion ; and B., have been received.

X. Y. Z. and R. H. S. are under consideration.

-ERRATA. In the last number—P. 539, col. i. last line, after first read born. col. ii. last line, after was read instituted. 540, col. i. 1, 25, after conscientious read rure.

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* No. 1 19.] NOVEMBER, 1811. [No. 11. Vol. X.

o RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATIONS.

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. accoust of Mr. Joshua nowley danger which, might arise from the Gilpi N. manners and habits of the younger

o students. Their apprehensions, how

. (Concluded from p. 611.) ever, were quieted by what they

* T N the last Number, the account knew of their son’s character, and

f of this extraordinary youth was still more by a dependence on the

to brought down to the period of his
leaving the grammar-school at New-
* port, when he obtained, in consi-
* deration of his great proficiency, an
* exhibition for Christ-Church college,
* Oxford.
During the summer, he shewed
an inclination to be much in the
open air ; and he and his parents
enjoyed many social walks, accom-
panied by a variety of endearing
, circumstances. His mother's pre-
sence, whenever she had it in her
* power to be of the party, threw a

a new charm over the whole scene. .

She had the art of pleasantly no-
ticing and happily improving every
object, still inviting their thoughts
upwards, till she had fixed them,
where she delighted to occupy her
own, on God and heaven.
Early in October, 1805, they set
out together for Oxford, where
young ë. was entered a fellow-
commoner of Christ Church; not
intending, however, to take up his
residence there till the commence-
ment of the following Term. The
prospect of their approaching sepa-
ration was grievous to them all: for
nearly eighteen years they had been
inseparable companions. But even
now their fears were misplaced, for
it was only death which would part
them.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilpin, though
aware of the advantages to be de-
rived at Oxford, yet dreaded the
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grace and goodness of God, who
seemed to have marked their Jo-
shua for his own.
At this time, they had great rea-
son to be satisfied with the state
of their son's health. He had no
cough, his spirits were lively, and
his appearance was that of vigour.
His classical and mathematical stu-
dies employed almost the whole of
his time: and so assiduous was he
in these pursuits, that he was the
first of the family to leave his cham-
ber, even in the severest part of
the season; nor would he yield any
of his time to sleep, except on the
ground of absolute necessity.
But while he thus watched at
wisdom's gate, he shewed none of

that self-complacency which is too

often manifest in young scholars; nor did he ever betray the least desire to outshine an inferior. On the contrary, he seemed on all occasions ready “ in lowliness of mind to esteem others better than himself.” He appeared as one who had sitten at the feet of Christ, and had learnt of him that charity which “envieth not, which vaunteth not itself, which is not puffed up.”

For several years the winter had . proved unfavourable to his health, but appearances were more encouraging at the setting in of this. Before the period came, however, for his gaol to Oxford, several

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uncomfortable symptoms began to shew themselves, which had the effect of deferring his departure. In the mean time, his eighteenth birth-day arrived. Such days were always days of extraordinary gratitude to God, and of affectionate congratulation among themselves. One relation, and one only, was admitted to share their enjoyments on these occasions;–a maiden aunt, to whom young Gilpin had discovered a strong attachment from his infancy, and whose life appeared to be bound up in his. She also, observes Mr. Gilpin, is now lamenting the “lapse of happy seasons which are never to return. And though two of those days, which were formerly marked by us with such sweet observance, have now passed silently by, since our house has ceased to be the residence of joy, she has not hitherto had the courage once to meet the eyes of its bereaved inhabitants.” About noon on his birth-day, a servant arrived with a letter addressed to young Gilpin, containing bank bills to a considerable amount, and requesting that he would receive them as a joint token of affection from a few friends interested in his welfare, who wished to repeat the same till he should take his first degree. All the donors in this instance, except one, the writer of the letter, are still unknown. Their present was received by young Gilpin with astonishment and gratitude. Through the winter, he took a more active part than ever in the evening readings. The last work with which he entertained and imroved the family circle, was Bates's }. Philosophy, a volume which interested them greatly. Towards the close of winter, his parents observed, with some uneasincss, the return of his cough; but it was too slight to occasion any very serious apprehensions. Towards the end of March, however, he was again seized with an expectoration of blood, which, on examination, proved to be more copious

than at any former period. This greatly increased his parents' fears, especially as it was followed by repeated bleedings in the course of the day. A skilful medical person, who was called in, seeing no reason to doubt of a favourable issue, in some degree abated their anxiety. But the influenza at this time had made its appearance in the village; and, in spite of every precaution to the contrary, it seized upon young Gilpin, and, falling on lungs already diseased, no power of medicine could eflect its removal. While his parents found it disficult to restrain the vehemence of their grief, even in his presence, he met all the painful changes of his state with cheerful submission. No murmur ever fell from his lips, nor were any traces of chagrin and anxiety visible in his countenance. Neither the loss of appetite nor the decay of strength, neither his languid days nor restless nights, could break the calm of his mind; nor would it be easy to say whether his patience or his fortitude were carried to the greatest extent. Amid his increasing weakness, he constantly rose, till within a few days of his death, at six in the morning; and for some time he employed him. self in his usual manner. Pindar, Sophocles, Demosthenes, and Tully, occupied him for a part of the day: Euclid was reserved for the evening. These authors, who had once added to the enjoyments of health, now seemed to alleviate the languors of sickness. But he was daily engaged in far more important labours, and cheered with richer consolations. He was still regularly advancing in his preparations for that elema world, to which he was so fast approaching; and he derived thence all those unspeakable refreshment: known only to the humble and pious. His happy portion seemed to be made up of grace and peace. It was about the middle of May that the physician gave his decided opinion to the parents, that to son's case was incapable of relief

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