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bury, Barons—De Clifford, Arundel, opened Nov. 25, 1828 ; when three sermons Dormer, Stafford, Stourton and Petre. were preached by Messrs. Peters, of Water
During the extended discussions of Beach ; Satton, of Cottenham; and Allen, the Bill, petitions were poured into tended, and we hope the church is in a
of Cambridge. The services were well atParliament from all parts of the coun
prosperous state. try:To the House of CommonsAgainst the Bill
2013 In favour of it...... 955
The Rev. Isaac Mann, A. M. Dr. Harris,
-1058 and T. Lewis, will preach the anniversary To the House of Lords
sermons this year at Cronch End Chapel, on Against the Bill .. 2521
Whit Tuesday, June 9th.
-1507 Highgate, will be beld ou Wednesday, May With respect to the public press, it 27th, 1829. The Rev. Joseph Hughes, A.M. appears that in the united kingdom of Battersea, and the Rev. Dr. Cox of there are 107 newspapers in favour of occasion. Services to commence at eleven,
Hackney, are engaged to preach on the Emancipation, 87 against it, and 44 three, and half past six o'clock. neutral. The Bill, however, has now received will be held in Broadmead, Bristol, on the
The Bristol Association of Baptist Churches, the sanction of our triple government: Wednesday and Thursday in the Whitsunand the wisdom or folly of the counter week. The brethren Saflery of Salisbury, efforts and contesting energies which Viney of Beckington, and Aitchison of Bralhave been put forth to aid or retard its ton, are expected to preach. progress, remains to be read in the his.
The next Anniversary of the Bedfordtory of those effects, which an expedient sbire Union of Christians, will be held at of such mighty import cannot fail to Bedford, on Wednesday, May 27th, when develope. Whatever be the political the Rev. Edward Steane of Camberwell will speculations of our readers, it now be- preach in the morning, and the Rev. Enoch comes them as loyal subjects, as sound Manning of Gamlingay, in the evening. patriots, as consistent Christians, to unite The Kent and Sussex Association will with us in the petitions which were in- hold their Fiftieth Anvual Meeting at Ashterwoven with the speech of the Right ford, on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26
and 27. The Rev. Messrs. Bowes of Wool. Honourable Secretary who introduced
wich, T. Cramp of St. Peter's, and Shirley the Bill.
of Sevenoaks, are expected to preach. The “God grant,” (said Mr. P.) “that Ministers and messengers are requested to in the simple and appropriate language put up at the Royal Oak. of that prayer by which, on the present,
The Association for part of the Western as on every other occasion, the proceed. District, will bold their next Annual Meetings of this House are preceded; the ing at Bridgewater, on the Tuesday and result of our councils on this day may Wednesday in the Whitsun week ; when lead to the maintenance of true religion the brethren Chapman, Singleton, and Aveand of justice; to the safety, honour line are expected to preach. The Ministers and happiness of the kingdom; to the that the Associatiou will commence at eleven
and messengers are respectfully reminded pnblic welfare, peace and tranquillity of o'clock on the Tuesday morning, with a the realm ; and to the uniting and knit- public prayer meeting for the effusion of the ting together all classes of persons, and Holy Spirit. all estates in true christian charity.”
The Southern Baptist Association will hold their Annual Meeting at Whitchurch,
Hants, on the Tuesday and Wednesday in BOTTISHAM LODE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE.
the Whitsun week. The Baptist Meeting House at this small The Annual Meeting of the Society of hamlet, whicb was built in 1810, and a Aged and Infirm Baptist Ministers, instichurch formed of seven members in the fol-tated in Bath in 1816, will be bolden at lowing year, has been enlarged, and was re- Bath, on Wednesday, June 10th, 1829.
PUBLIC, MEETINGS IN MAY, 1829.
Society. Occasion. Preacher or Chairman. Place of Meeting. Fr. 1. 11. Wesleyan Mission. Society Sermon Rev. J. Parsons
:..... Great Queen-st. Chapel. 12. Irish Society of London.. Meeting Bp. of Lichfield & Cov. Free Masons' Hall.
6. Wesleyan Mission. Society, Sermon., Rev. J. Beaumont Hinde-street Chapel, Sat. 2. 12. Anti-Slavery Society ... Meeting
Free Masons' Hall,
12. London Hibernian Society, Meeting Lord Rexley....... Free Masons' Hall.
64. Church Missionary Society, Sermon.. Rev. J. H. Singer, D.D. St. Bride's, Fleet-street. Tu. 5. 12. Ditto Ditto .... Meeting Lord Gambier
Free Masons' Hall. 6. Christian Instruction Soc. Meeting Rev. Rowland Hill,M.A. Finsbury Chapel.
64. Sand. Sch. Soc. for Ireland, Sermon.. Rev. J. H. Singer, D.D. St. Stephen's, Coleman-st. W. 6. 11. British and For, Bible Soc. Meeting Lord Teignmouth...... Free Mas ops' Hall.
64. Prayer Book and Hom. Soc. Sermon.. Bp. of Lichfield and Cov. Christ Ch. Newgate-st. Th. 7. 11. Religious Tract Society Meeting Marquis Cholmondeley Willis's Rooms, King-st.
11. Moravian Missions Sermon.. Rev. G. Noel, A.M..... St. Clement Danes.
Sermon.. Rev. C. Jerram, M.A. St. Paul's, Covent-garden. Fr. 8. 12. Ditto Ditto . Meeting Sir T. Baring, Bart.... Free Mason's Hall.
5. Seaman's Friend Society.. Meeting Earl of Mountcashel City of London Tavern.
64. Moravian Missions ...... Sermon.. Rev. Rowland Hill, M.A.Spafields Chapel. M. 11. 12. British and For. Sch. Soc. Meeting Duke of Sussex ....., Free Masons' Hall.
12. Port of London Society ., Meeting Marquis Cholmondeley City of London Tavern. 6. London Missionary Society, Ser. Juv. Rev. J. Bennett, D.D. Poultry Chapel.
6. London Itinerant Society.. Meeting Thomas Wilson, Esq. .. City of London Tavern. Tu. 12. 6. Sunday School Union
City of London Tavern. 11. Sp. & Fr. Translation Soc. Sermon.. Rev. D. Wilson, M.A... St. John's Ch. Bedf-row. 11. Port of London Society .. Sermon.. Rev. E. Andrews, LL.D. In the Floating Chapel. 12. Naval and Mil. Bible Soc. Meeting
Free Masons' Hall, 3. Port of London Society .. Sermon.. Rev. J. Hunt ........ In the Floating Chapel. 64. Newfoundland School Soc. Sermon.. Rev. G. Noel, A.M..... St. Paul's, Covent-garden. 64. Sund. Sch. Soc. for Ireland, Sermon.. Rev. J. Clayton ...... Scots Church, Swallow-st.
6. Irish Evangelical Society, Meeting Thomas Walker, Esq... Finsbury Chapel W. 13. 104. London Missionary Society, Sermon.. Rev. John Barnet Surrey Chapel.
11. Naval and Mil. Bible Soc. Sermon.. Rev. J.H. Stewart, M.A.St. John's, Bedford-row. - 12. Newfoundland School Soc. Meeting Lord Bexley.......... London Coffee-house.
6. Londou Missionary Society, Sermon.. Rev. Mr. Lucy ...... Tabernacle. Th. 14. 104.
Ditto Ditto Meeting W. A. Hankey, Esq. City-road Chapel. 12. Sailor's Home ..
Meeting Viscount Mandeville Free Masons' Hall, 12. Metropol. City Mis. Soc. Sale
Hanover-square Rooms. 6. London Missionary Society, Sermon.. Rev. D. Dickson, D.D. Craven Chapel. Fr. 15. 6. Religious Tract Society .. Meeting Thomas Pellatt, Esq. .. City of London Tavern.
10. London Missionary Society, Sermon.. Rev. D. Dickson, D.D.
Zion Ch. Orange-st. &c. Sat. 16. 11. Protestant Protection Soc. Meeting
City of London Tavern. M. 18. 69. Home Missionary Society, Sermon.. Rev. H. Townley. Silver-street Chapel. Ta. 19. 12. Aged Pilgrims' Friend Soc. Meeting Viscount Mandeville Crown-street Ch. Sobo.
6. Home Missionary Society, Meeting W. A. Hankey, Esq. Spafields Chapel.
64. Continental Society .. Sermon.. Rev. Rowland Hill,M.A. Orange-street Chapel. W. 20. 12. Philo-Judæan Society Meeting Lord Vernon..... Crown & Anc. Tav. Strd. Th. 21. 12. Continental Society Meeting Hon. J. J. Strutt Free Masons' Hall. 6. British Reformation Soc.. Sermon..
St. Paul's, Covept-garden. Fr, 22. 12. Ditto Ditto ... Meeting Viscount Mandeville .. Free Masons' Hall. San. 24. 11. Lond. Female Penitentiary, Sermon.. Bishop of Chester .... St. Andrew's, Holborn.
Many of our readers will recollect, that the deceased Thomas Bushe, in the commencement of his pious and zealous endeavours to enlighten his countrymen, by reading the Scriptures to them, was violently opposed. He was anathematized, and forcibly expelled from the Romish chapel. Nothing dismayed, however, he persevered with increased diligence, and by an extract from one of his letters, published in the Society's Report for 1824, it is evident that he laboured not in vain. “ Having,” he says,
“ been requested by you (Mr. Thomas, of Limerick,) to attempt assembling a small congregation in my own house on the Lord's day, I went round and invited my neighbours to attend; as there is but one Protestant family in the parish, only seven or eight persons came, and these were all Roman Catholics. Three or four of these, indeed, were like Nicodemus, and came by night, for fear of the priests. I trust the few who attended found it good and profitable to be present. I am bappy to say many more than these welcome me to their houses to read for them, as they áre in general nearly as much attached to me as ever; for all the public denun. ciations and private stratagens employed will not prevent the people from hearing me read and explain the Scriptures. The same persons who would not hear me, after the priest turned me out of the chapel, nor even look at or touch my Irish Testament, are now inviting me to their houses, and are earnestly desirous that I should procure for them Bibles and Testaments."
And to the termination of his life, his fidelity, fortitude, and industry, were truly exemplary. It was confidently expected by some, that in the dying hour he would be induced to solicit the administration of the rites of the Romish church ; but solemnly renouncing every other ground of dependence, he departed trusting alone in the sacrifice and righteousness of Christ.
From the following passage, in a letter just received from one of the agents of the Society, it appears that “he being dead, yet speaketh:”
“The death of Thomas Bushe, the Society's late itinerant reader, has made a very great impression on the minds of many in this country; even the most violent opponents and persecutors are now giving him credit for his manly and decided principles, and seem to respect his memory more than they valued his words while living among them.”
From the Rev. J. Wilson to the Secretaries. I found brother Franks, who will join me in
endeavouring to collect subscriptions in this Belfast, March 17, 1829. part of the country, where I am happy to
find that the interest felt on behalf of the DEAR BRETHREN,
Society is not at all abated. Although I have sent the Readers' jour- You will learn from the journals that I nals to Dublin, unaccompanied by a letter bave forwarded, that notwithstanding the of my own, from want of time to write when most determined opposition, to prevent this I sent them, I am unwilling that they should deluded people from attending to the Scripproceed to London without an observation or ture readers, dumbers continue to listen to two from me, relative to tbe Society's pro- them with earnest attention. And I will ceedings for the past month.
add, that the little parties that bave been I was more than fully employed during formed, for the purpose of dispassionately that time inspecting schools, preaching, and discussing the merits of the doctrines of the co!lecting subscriptions in my district; this Roman Catholic church, by several persons latter I have not yet completed, not finding and the readers during the last winter, have some of the gentlemen at bome after repeated been the means of very considerably ex. calls, but I hope to see them op my return tending the spirit of inquiry. But it may be in time for the annual accounts.
observed, that in proportion to tbe number of I reached this town last evening, where I individuals thus influenced, does the hostility
of the friends of popish darkness discover No. 2, the Clanshanny school, is at a itself.
stand, as you may see by tbe cash roll; With regard to the schools, I have to and as the gross number amounts to but remark, that of the thirty-three under my 33, and the number in regular attendance superintendence, seven or eight of them | 28, yet the school is worthy of patronage, continue to be violently, and in some mea- as the children are anxious for instruction, sure successfully opposed, that is, so far as and, for the number, have improved in proto diminish the numbers in attendance. But portion as much as in any school ander my it is with pleasure I state, that the others care. There have been committed to nieare doing well, and are progressing far be- mory the last year 166 chapters. It is yond my expectations.
situated in a destitute and a poor neighbourI have again to mention the increasing hood. I preach bere generally at the time desire that is evinced, both by parents and of inspection, and sometimes on my way to children, to possess the Bible; this has and from Ferbane. been manifested in several schools, and No. 3. tbe Barry school, as you may see especially by Roman Catholics ; and one from the cash roll, is iu a good slate. The circumstance deserves to be noticed, as | Rev. Mr. Handcock, a pious minister of the calculated to afford pleasure to the friends established church, visits this school in my of the Bible. In one school, out of eigh- absence, mostly once a week. Though Mr. teen readers in the Testament class, sixteen Ward is no more, and the school is under bad mcrited premiums, and ten of them the care of bis widow and son, on the last capital premiums; that is, a Bible. Four inspection I was highly pleased, both with of this nomber particularly requested Bibles the number and the improvements made in it. of a large print, such as their parents would No. 4, Evans's school, of Keanagb, seems be able to read, for that they were desirous to vie with No.3, -as to number and imof reading the Scriptures.
provements, the first having on the books Another evidence that the Scriptures are 59, the latter 54. The former have comreally used by those who thus become pos- mitted chapters in the last year, 423, and in sessed of them, is, the debates that are the latter 208. In the other improvements often held between the parents and the chil- there is a great similarity. dren, and the repeated requests that are made Now comes on No. 5, the Athlone school. for murginal Bibles.
This one keeps considerably a-head of all Permit me here also to request, that if the rest of the schools, both as to vumber any of the female friends of Irish girls and improvement ; 992 chapters have been should send you any articles, as pincushions, committed to memory the last year. There work-bags, &c. as premiums for the female is on the list 109 children's names, 67 in schools, they may be forwarded as early as regular attendance. I preach here and in possible, as my stock is quite exhausted. the circumjacent neighbourhood about once
Yours sincerely, in the fortnight.
soon equal the above, if not outrun it ; 98
are the number on the books, 76 in attendMr. M.Carthy to Mr. Ivimey. ance daily. Mr. Barlow will soon be able Eden Cottage, Kilbeggan,
to let me have the place in which I now March 25, 1829.
preach, at the same rent we pay for the
bouse in which the school has been conDEAR BROTHER,
ducted, and then we will have a house suitAs my last journal chiefly treated on the able for the purpose in every respect. I subject of preaching, and the circumstances bave not fixed on the place for the seventh connected with it, in this laconic report, I school, therefore I omit it tbis quarter. shall now confine myself mostly to the state What sball I now say of the whole? I of the schools. They have not in general think that I may affirm it, without fear of experienced as fierce opposition this quarter contradiction, as to the schools under my as we have bad beretofore to complain of, care, though they may be equalled, yet they yet No. 1, the Tullamore, or M.Donnell's are not excelled, by the schools of any other school, has soffered mach for a long time, denomination. Much of this is owing to and is now injured much from that source. their regular inspection. Tbis serves both I have inspected it three times in this quar- master and children, as their minds are ter, and bave preached there as usual, disbarthened each time of the stock they about once in the fortnight. We have now have laid in, and with greater facility tbey on the books in the school 85 children, 41 can proceed until the next. There must, Protestants and 44 Catholics. In the last of course, during the year, be a great flux year 262 chapters have been committed to and influx of children. When you read in memory by the repetitioners, and 65 since my report so many added and so many disthe last report.
missed, the former you can readily ander
stand, but the latter requires explanation. ever heard ; that be never liked the ScripSome of their parents leave the towns, the. tores until he saw the effect they had on names of their children of course must be the minds of his children, but that now he obliterated; others, through necessity, go would not think the day long listening to to service, are bound appreutices, before his youngest child reading it. their education is finished; but we have On the 12th inst. I went to visit the numerous instances of children who enter Clonouley school, and was hearing the the schools not knowing their alphabet, and children in their lessons and tasks, when never leave till fully fitted for almost any there followed me into the schoolroom an situation, and some of them now filling them officer and bis lady. The officer made sein society. The answers to scriptoral ques- veral objections to their not being taught the tions are generally satisfactory. What is it Church catechism. I said, I believed the children of this generation will not be ! Society wished to give every denomination
My preaching stations are as described in professing the Christian religion, whose my last. I bave taken in to the number children attended their schools, an opportaAbbyleix. I never rode and travelled so nity of teaching and training their children much; I am this moment with fatigue bardly any way the parents and pastors pleased ; able to hold my pen, but what does it mata but while at school they were to read the ter? The cause is good, it is the best, and Scriptures, and commit their tasks to meI am willing to spend and be spent in it. o, mory at bome mornings and evenings. I how happy would I be, could I see the added, there could be no catechism so good kingdom of God prosper in my day, but as the word of God, which bad the internal this I do not to my satisfaction. I have evidence that it made men wise unto salvamany discouragements. Brethren, pray for tion. After which he strongly advocated the
practice of infant sprinkling, and reproved Believe me, dear Sir,
the Baptists for their nonsense about adalt Truly yours,
baptism. We had a discussion, which lastJ. MCARTHY. ed, I believe, more than an hour, after
which the officer retired, declaring that I was too well acquainted with the Scriptures.
His lady, Mr. Clark, and several others From a Scripture Reader to Mr. Thomas. who crowded to bear, said my arguments Limerick, March 17, 1829. were overwhelming, and the Scriptores con
clusive in favour of believers' baptism. Rev. Sir,
I was no less successful in O’Gonally Though the country is at present so mach during the greater part of three days, in agitated, and serious inquiry somewbat abat- rebuiting the charges made against me by ed, that is, we are not as well attended to many bands of papists. Thank God, I was as on former occasions, nevertheless, thank not ashamed of that which is the power of God, I trust he has rendered my humble God to salvation to every one that believlabours profitable to many since my last, in eth— the gospel of Christ. this much injured, degraded, and benighted During my stay in this city I have had country.
several good opportunities of doing good In Birdbill tlie Lord seemed to break the afforded me too. Yesterday I saw an instony heart of a woman to whom I address- mense crowd running to see the judge. I ed myself, in the Irish language, at the addressed them, and said, What great terRepository; so much so, that Mr. Flood, ror, amazement, and surprize, will seize wbo spoke to her also, and the lady who many of the children of men, when they attended the institution, expressed their start into instant animation, and will be apprehension of ber being overcome ; she awakened from the slumber of ages, when wept much, and asked many eager and ear- they will come forth from their darksome Dest questions.
and silent graves, when the sea and even I trust another man whom I met with bell will deliver up their dead, when many was benefited also. He told me be was very of the great ones of this earth will open bappy In bis tbree children who attended the their long locked and stiffened jaws, to call, Society's school at Birdbill; be said one of not to the Judge for mercy, but to the mounthem, not seven years old, did not know his tains and rocks, saying, “Fall on us and alphabet six months ago, when he first en- hide us froin the face of the Lamb, for the tered the school; that now he could repeat great day of his wrath is come, and who ten cbapters of the New Testament, and shall be able to stand," &c. form letters on his slate tbat surprized every May God add bis blessing to the exer. person who saw them; that their whole tions of every individual that strives to sow employment was, when at home, reading the good seed of bis word, and grant an ibeir 'Testaments and committing their tasks abundant harvest for his name's sake. Amen. to memory, and singing the finest hymns he