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THE ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA. Mr. Editor,—You are aware of the plan of consolidating the Encyclopædia Britannica with the Supplement, in one work. It ought to be stopped in its progress. The pure theology of the one, which was principally conducted by Bishop Gleig, can never coalesce with the corrupt philosophy of the other; and I hope that the name and merit of the original work will not be suffered to cover the wretched designs of the ceconomists.
OUTLINE OF A SERMON FOR PALM SUNDAY, ON THE PLAN
OF THOSE IN PASTORALIA. Subject, The occasion. Text, John xii. 12, 13—" On the next day, much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna, blessed is the king of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord." Principal words, Quivikwv — 'Doavvá. Scripture proofs, Psalm cxviii.; Matt. xxi.; Mark xi. ; Luke xix. Parallel passage, Zech. ix. 9.
Whence this day called Palm Sunday? (Nelson and Wheatly.)
The Palm, a sign of victory, Rev. vii. 9. Hosanna, 073-778'win, Save, we beseech thee.
Hence, it appears, that the believing Jews accepted Jesus as a Conqueror and a Saviour.
Whether their ideas on this subject were spiritual or not, does not appear. Their hearts appear to have been right, and their faith genuine. In this respect they are a model to us; and we have the means of knowing in what sense Jesus was a Conqueror and a Saviour; so that we may imitate their example with the very highest advantage. Let our meditations, therefore, this day,
I. Welcome Jesus as a Conqueror, Rev. vi. 2 ; xix. 11, seqq. 1. He hath conquered the world, John xvi. 33. Let us do likewise by faith, 1 John v. 4, 5.
2. He hath conquered the devil, Gen. iii. 15; John xii. 31; xvi. 11; Col. ii. 15; Heb. ii. 14. Let us in like manner conquer him, Eph. vi. 10, seqg; Rev. xii. 11.
3. He hath conquered death and hell, Isai. xxv. 8; Hos. xiii. 14; Rev. xx. 14; 2 Tim. i. 10 ; 1 Cor. xv. 54. Let us conquer them by the conquest of sin.
II. Receive Jesus as a Saviour. 1. He is the only Saviour, (Acts iv. 12.) So, that if we will not receive Him in this character, it will be in vain to receive any other.
2. To embrace him as a Saviour, we must be sensible' of our need of salvation-our incapability of it without Him (Psal. xlix. 7-9); our sinfulness, which has made his sacrifice necessary.
The Jews received Jesus with joy, supplication, and thankfulness. With all these must we receive Him, 1 Thess. v. 16-18.
We shall then share his triumphs and his salvation, Rom. viii. 37; 2 Cor. ii. 14; Rev. ii. 7, 11, 17, 26 ; iii. 5, 12, 21; xxi. 7.
Let us, then, like the Jews of the text, go forth unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach ; for here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By Him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise unto God continually, &c. Heb. xii, 13—15 ; Psal. xcviii. 1; 1 Cor. xv. 57.
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.
Ripon and Masham District Committee. The First General Annual Meeting 541 other bound books, and 1303 of the members of the Ripon and religious tracts, besides a considerable Masham District Committee of the quantity of school cards; which they Society for Promoting Christian Know could not but consider as an auspicious ledge, was holden on Tuesday, the beginning of their labours—a sufficient 26th of January, 1830, when the Rey. encouragement for perseverance - a James Charnock, one of the Secre- pledge of its future usefulness-and taries, informed the meeting, that the the first fruits of a more abundant Committee had received, since their harvest. commencement in March, 1829, do N. B. The sum of 861. 14s. 104d. nations to the District Fund, amount was last year sent to the Parent Soing to 1261. 10s. 9d.; and had issued, ciety, from this District Committee since that period, 117 bibles, 64 tes- for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign taments, 212 common prayer-books, Parts.
TREASURER'S ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 1829.
Received. £. s. d.
Paid. £. s. d. For Books sold at the Depo
Incidental Expenses ....... 10 4 9 sitory ................. 88
For Books from London .... 152 3 0 Contributions ............. 126 10 9 Amount of Annual SubscripBenefactions to the Parent
tions to the Parent Society 23 2 0 Society .......
2 2 0 Annual Subscriptions to the
185 9 9 Parent Society ..........
21 0 0 | Due to the Parent Society for
Books ................ 28 10 2
237 15 6 ) Due for Books sold to NonIn the hands of the Treasurer,
0 6 2 after that which is now due to the Parent Society, shall
£214 6 1 have been paid.......... 23 9 5
NATIONAL SOCIETY. Grants voted to Schools in Union.
Caerleon, Monmouthshire, 1001. ;
Measham, Derby, additional, 301.; THORNTON, Bradford, Yorkshire, Titchfield, Hants, 1501.; The Banks 130l. ; Holmfirth, Yorkshire, 2001.; in North Meols, Cheshire, 1001.; and Gatesheadfell, Durham, 501.; Long Bridgnorth, Salop, additional, 501. Sutton, Lincolnshire, 1001.; Oakthorpe, St. Martin's Vestry-room, Derby, 701.; Eccles, Lancashire, 80l. ; March 3, 1830.
tified by any thing you may be disposed to do to increase the attendance at the meeting of the Society of Secretaries.* A warm desire for the prosperity of this Society has been expressed by the General Committee of the National Society; and I trust that the proceedings which arose out of their last meeting, may show the utility of an annual conference among the 'Treasurers and Secretaries of all National Schools. I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
J. C. WIGRAM, Secretary.
A CIRCULAR FORWARDED TO THE SECRE
TARIES OF LOCAL SOCIETIES, IN UNION
London, March 5, 1830. SIR,--In pursuance of the notice communicated to you on the 1st of January, an account of the National Schools is now being prepared, in order to its publication in the spring; and I shall feel obliged by your informing me, at your earliest convenience, whether it is your design to furnish a new list of the numbers of the children in the Schools, &c., (and by what time it will be forwarded), or whether I am to make use of the one you had the goodness to supply last year.
In January, 1831, the proper period will have returned for making a general inquiry froin London, into the state of all Church-of-England and Sunday Schools; and it may be a subject for consideration by your Committee, whether it is desirable any second inquiry respecting Schools should be carried on in the district for which you have the kindness to officiate, at or about the same time.
The attention of the General Committee has of late been directed to diminishing the number of annual returns, and the trouble occasioned in consequence of them to the Parochial Clergy; and, in order to forward their wishes, the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge has desisted from any further inquiries into the state of Schools using their books, (as noticed in their last report,) and it may promote the views of the National Society to make this arrangement generally known.- The Committee take the further liberty of suggesting the expediency of printing, for the future, the Schools and Children after the same method in the District reports, as that in which they will appear in the National Society's report for 1831.
I have the pleasure of subjoining notices of several anniversaries, which you will probably have the kindness to make known in your neighbour
THE ANNIVERSARIES OF THE FOLLOW
ING SOCIETIES WILL TAKE PLACE
The Annual Meeting of the Society of Secretaries, will take place at the Central School, on Tuesday, May 25, at one o'clock; and the private examination of the Children in the Central School, before the Secretaries, is appointed for eleven o'clock the same day;- also, the members of the Society will dine together at the FreeMasons' Tavern, on Wednesday, May 26, at a quarter before five o'clock. Dinner, including wine, tea, &c., fifteen shillings each person.
1816. Resolved, “That the Treasurers of all National Schools shall be members ex officio of this Society.”
1818. Resolved, “ That a copy of any resolution to be proposed, be sent to the Chairman, two days at least, before the meeting.”
The Public Annual Examination of the Children before the President and Committee, will take place on Wednesday, May 26, at twelve o'clock precisely, in the Central School-room; and immediately after the Examination, the General Meeting of the National Society will be held in the same place, at two o'clock.
The Meeting of the Sons of the Clergy, in St. Paul's Cathedral, on Thursday, May 13; and the Anniversary Dinner, in Merchant-Tailors' Hall, at five o'clock precisely on the same day.
* The Society of Secretaries is a voluntary Association of gentlemen, not officially recognized by the National Society, but whose proceedings are regarded with interest, and with a very friendly feeling..
The Anniversary Dinner of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, on Tuesday, May 25, at the Free-Masons' Tavern.
The Examination of the Children of the Clergy Orphan Society, in St.
John's Wood-road, Thursday, May 27.
The Meeting of the Charity Schools of the Metropolis, in St. Paul's Cathedral,* will take place on Thursday, June 3, when the sermon will be preached by Bishop Monk.
wawwas Domestic.—The king's health is in whole tax on beer, and lay the trade in a very improved state, and has re- that article completely open, whilst he ceived great benefit from the present continues the restrictions on that in mild weather, which has permitted spirits, and subjects them to a small him to take exercise abroad daily. increase of duty, one shilling per gal
Parliament has been occupied with lon in England, and two-pence per many important measures; two of gallon in Scotland and Ireland. The these were motions for reform in par- pecuniary relief to the country he esliament; one, brought forward by the timates at £3,000,000, or one penny Marquis of Blandford, upon a very per quart to the consumer. He also extensive plan, has been rejected by a proposes the entire repeal of the duties majority of one hundred and three ; on cider and leather, amounting annuthe other, by Lord John Russel, for ally to about £400,000; thus the whole granting the elective franchise to the direct relief he considers to be at least towns of Manchester, Leeds, and Bir £3,400,000, and the indirect not less mingham, was negatived by a minority than one million more. The defalcaof forty-eight.
tion of the revenue during the past Motions for inquiry into the causes year he admits to be about £500,000; of the distressed state of the country this, together with that arising from have been proposed in each house, the proposed measures, he intends to and, after adjourned and animated de provide for by the above-mentioned bates, more remarkable for the ability addition to the existing tax on spirits, and moderation of the friends of in and the increased productiveness of the quiry than for the display of party malt and other taxes, many of which feeling, have been thrown out.
must necessarily become more efficient The Chancellor of the Exchequer in consequence of the stimulus which has opened the budget with the propo- will result to the community from this sal of several measures which promise remission of duties. He also contemconsiderable relief to the people, and, plates a reduction of the interest of we hope, a permanent future influence those portions of the public debt which on their morals. The reduction of the bear an interest of four per cent. where duty on spirits, adopted some years the faith of government is not pledged since, whilst it broke up the establish- for its continuance; and he calculates ment of the illicit distisler, and almost upon some augmentation of the revedestroyed smuggling in that article, so nue from the consolidation of the much increased the consumption of stamp duties. As these last now exist spirits and diminished that of beer, they form a most intricate and perwhich had experienced no alleviation plexed body of financial regulations, of duty, that both the health and mo and their consolidation will at once berals of the lower classes were deeply nefit the subject and the revenue. If injured by it. The Chancellor of the these measures do not supply the deExchequer now proposes to repeal the falcation, any remaining deficiency is
* Tickets must be obtained, and can only be had of the Treasurer and Stewards, or by those Members of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, who personally attend the meeting of that Society, next preceding the meeting of the Children in the Cathedral.
to be provided for from the surplus of the consolidated fund, which has generally been applied to the sinking fund, and from which we are sorry to see it diverted.
The amount of permanent stock converted during the last two years into annuities, which will fall in to government and expire within the next thirty years, is stated at £2,700,000.
The property in the wardship of chancery is
£. $. d. Cash .......... 1,496,337 4 2 Securities.......37,719,988 15 11
Total......39,216,326 0 1 No doubt is entertained of the intention of the cabinet to recognize Don Miguel as king of Portugal.
FRANCE.—The following is an epitome of the speech of the sovereign of France, delivered in person from the throne, at the opening of the present session of the chambers.
“His Majesty declares the confidence with which he meets the peers and deputies; notices the great events which have taken place since the preceding session, the pacification of the east of Europe, the measures pursued to secure the independency of Greece, and the succession of an able and suitable sovereign ; his exertions for the repose of the Peninsula, and the reconciliation of the hostile branches of the house of Braganza; admits that whilst engaged in these negotiations, he has not obtained from Algiers reparation of the insult offered to the French flag, but that he will pursue plans, already begun, from which he contemplates not only the honour of his kingdom, but the general benefit of Europe; reports the revenue to have exceeded the estimates of the year's expenditure; hints at projects for the improvement of the finances, the laws, and the condition of the military on half-pay; congratulates them on the liberality with which charity has been extended to the indigent during the severity of the winter, professes his interest in the prosperity of France both at home and abroad, and his desire that her institutions may go down to posterity unimpaired; expresses his reliance on their aid, and his assurance, that, if obstacles
should be raised to the peace of the kingdom, he shall overcome them by his firmness, his confidence in his subjects, and their love to him.
The chamber of peers returned an address to the throne, couched in the most loyal terms, and without one dissentient vote.
Not so that of the deputies. After a very warm and protracted debate the opposition carried an amended address by a majority of forty, 221 members voting against, and only 181 for the ministers. In this address the following expressions are too strong to be passed unnoticed :
“It (the charter) makes the concurrence of the political views of your government with the desires of your people an indispensable condition of the regular administration of public affairs."
“ Sire, our loyalty and our fidelity oblige us to assert, that this concurrence does not exist. An unjust mistrust of the sentiments and reason of France is the principle which now governs the administration. Your subjects view it with pain, because it is insulting to them; they also view it with anxiety, because it threatens their liberties. Sire, France is as great an enemy of anarchy as your Majesty is of despotism. She deserves that your Majesty should rely on her loyalty as she relies on your promises."
The answer of the king to this address is brief and firm. He simply regrets their dissent from his views and measures, which he declares to be fixed immutably. If so, there must be a dissolution of the chamber of deputies. Public feeling is strongly excited, and the greatest anxiety prevails.
EASTERN GERMANY. -The breaking up of the frost has been attended with great inundations, especially in Silesia, Moravia, and Austria. The damages sustained in the two former are very great, but in the latter they defy estimation. Vienna, and the adjacent country, is, from situation, particularly exposed to this sort of devastation, and means, approved by long experience, are always employed at the commencement of a thaw to prevent the consequences. These were resorted to as usual, but, from the rapid increase