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John's Wood, Mary-le-bone, attended before Mr. Rawlinson upon a summons, which had been issued upon an information, which ran thus :-"Whereas information hath this day (17th March) been laid before me, John Rawlinson, Esq., one of the police magistrates of the metropolis, sitting at the police court in Mary-le-bone, within the metropolitan police district, by Henry Pope, of St. John's-place, Camberwell-new-road, in the county of Surrey, tailor, that you on the 23rd day of February, in the year of our Lord 1845, at the burialground at St. John's-wood, in the parish of Mary-le-bone, in the county of Middlesex, and within the metropolitan police district, did bury and did also perform the funeral service for the burial of the dead body of James Holland, for which no certificate that the burial of the said James Holland had been ordered by any coroner was at any time delivered to you, the said Thomas Wharton, being the minister so officiating at the said funeral, and did not within seven days after so burying or performing the funeral service on the body as afore said, or at any other time give notice thereof, and that no such certificate had been delivered as aforesaid to Charles Berson Breary, who then was, and for three months before that time, and ever since has been, and now is the registrar of the All Souls' district, in the said parish of Mary-le-bone, within which district the said James Holland died.”

Mr. Gell attended, agreeably to instructions received by him from the registrar of All Souls' district; the latter of whom was acting under the direction of the registrar-general, to support the information which it had been found necessary to lay in consequence of many cases of neglet to register deaths having been mad known from time to time to the proper authorities, who now felt themselves bound to take up the matter, with the view of correcting what was amiss.

The latter part of the clause in the act of parliament of the 6th and 7th George IV., appertaining to the offence, runs thus:“And every person who shall bury, or perform any funeral, or any religious service for the burial of any dead body, for which no certificate shall have been duly made and delivered as aforesaid, either by the registrar, or coroner, and who shall not within seven days give notice thereof to the registrar, shall forfeit and pay any sum not exceeding 101. for every such offence." Proof was given, by the evi. dence of witnesses, that notice of the burial had not been given to the registrar within the period specified by the act.

The Rev. Dr. Spry made some observations to the effect, that in so extensive a parish as St. Marylebone, the clergyman whose performance of the rites of sepulture &c., were almost daily of an arduous nature, depended in a great measure upon their officers with regard to such a matter as was now under the consideration of the coart.

The neglect to register in due time was not disputed by the rev. defendant, who, throughout the inquiry, made no observation whatever, except on the outset, pleading pot guilty, either in defence of, or excuse for his omission.

Mr. Gell said, that in the laying of the information no other object was sought, than that of showing the rev. defendant that he had acted wrong, and that he might see the necessity of being more circumspect, as to the registering burials in future; he (Mr. Gell) had other cases of a similar nature, but not in the same locality as above alluded to, and he hoped that what had taken place would gain publicity through the press, so that the necessity for laying other informations, of a like nature, may be avoided.

Under all the circumstances there was no penalty inflicted, and Mr. Gell consented to the summons being considered as withdrawn.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE. ST. MARY'S CHURCH, NOTTINGHAM. We understand that Earl Manvers has entrusted the restoration of the chancel of this church to Mr. H. M. Wood. Mr. Cottingham superintends the restoration of the other parts of the edifice.- Derby. shire Courier.

OXFORDSHIRE. The Rev. T. Meyrick, M.A., Scholar of Corpus Christi College, who lately was announced to have quitted the University of Oxford, has since formally joined the communion of Rome. Mr. Meyrick was immediately connected with Mr. Newman, as a contributor to the “ Lives of the English Saints." —Record.

The Oxford Diocesan Board of Education has just issued its sixth annual report. It states that the number of masters and mistresses sent out from the training schools during the year had been rather below the average of former years. With respect to the condition of the middle or commercial schools the report remarks that favourable mention may be made. At Cowley, Newbury, Bicester, and other places, these schools have been established, and were working remarkably well. That at Hungerford, in consideration of the

peculiar circumstances of the place, had the Rev. Vaughan Thomas having been been abandoned. During the year all the read, communicating the Rev. Dr. Warneschools established by the board had been ford's intention to give to the college an visited by inspectors appointed with the additional thousand pounds, on the motion sanction of the Lord Bishop of the diocese of the Right Hon. Lord Lyttleton, the

most warm and grateful thanks of the SOMERSETSHIRE.

council were presented for the same. A The Rev.J. T. Law, son of the venerable donation of 101. has been given by Edward and now superannuated Bishop of Bath Armfield, Esq. The Dean of the Faculty and Wells, bas addressed a letter to the has also received from the executors of Times, defending himself from the charge Benjamin Guest, Esq. a legacy of 100%. of mal-administration of the affairs of the free from duty. We trust that this first diocese. In reference to the episcopal example of the late Benjamin Guest, Esq. revenue, he says—“During the latter part will be followed by others.—To the honour of the year 1843 the episcopal revenue fell of this town (Birmingham) the Queen's off sadly, in consequence of that wretched College has taken the lead, both of the piece of legislation, the Episcopal Func metropolis and the provinces, in the intions Act; and since that act came into troduction of the collegiate system for the operation my parent has not received protection of its students. Still, however, under the act one farthing; in consequence funds are wanting to comple the collegiate of which his account is more than 50001, rooms, to found and endow professorships in debt, myself being personally respon and scholarships, to diminish the expenses sible,"

of collegiate residence, and, in a word, to STAFFORDSHIRE.

complete the system of collegiate education. BUTTERTON CHURCH, TRENTHAM, situ. Education here, as in all other schools of ated on the Butterton estate, about mid- medicine and surgery, is found to labour way between Newcastle and Whitmore, under the disadvantage of wanting much has been consecrated by the Lord Bishop to make it a moral and religious training, of Lichfield. The church, which will seat a course of instruction in general literature about 250 people, is a handsome structure as well as natural science, an engrafting of of the early Norman character, having the feelings, habits, and manners of the deeply carved circular-headed windows, Christian, the gentleman, and the scholar, and of a chaste simplicity throughout. It upon the acquirements of professional is erected of stone raised in the neighbour knowledge.-By the royal charter of inhood. In the internal arrangements, the corporation, the college is for ever able cruciform shape has been adopted, the and capable, in the law, to take, purchase, tower being in the centre, terminated with receive, hold, possess, and enjoy, for the a spire. Only two pews are appropriated, use and purpose of the said society, to the rest being free for the accommodation them and their successors, any goods and of the neighbouring population. The cost chattels whatsoever ; and also able and of the building, including timber from the capable, in the law, notwithstanding the estate and stone collected on the spot, is statutes of mortmain, to take, purchase, about 3000l. ; the greater part of which hold, and enjoy any lands, tenements, and was provided for by the will of the late hereditaments whatsoever. W. Swinnerton, Esq., and partly by the The Bishop of Worcester has consented liberality of Sir W. and Lady Pilkington. to become patron of the Birmingham Pro

vident Institution. SURREY. ROBBERY AT KEW CHURCH.-On Sun

YORKSHIRE. day, 23rd February, Kew Church (which The committee for the erection of a stands in the centre of Kew-green) was monument to Bishop Ferrar, have chosen entered hy some thieves, who carried away an advantageous site in Halifax parish a box which contained the parish registers, church, and given the execution of the and a book, in which was entered a list of work to the hands of the able sculptor, a charitable bequests belonging to the parish. native of Halifax, Mr. J. B. Leyland. The object of the robbers was probably East ARDELEY.— The works connected the communion-plate, but that is in safer with the rebuilding of the church are in

satisfactory progress. The Earl of CarWARWICKSHIRE.

digan subscribes 100l. towards the rebuildQUEEN'S COLLEGE, BIRMINGHAM.-Ating of the church, and sustains also the the monthly board of Queen's College, expense of the chancel ; 1001. to the proheld on the 4th of March, the Principal, posed National and Sunday school, and ten Dr. Johnstone, in the chair, a letter from guineas per annum in support of it; and

keeping.

gives the present houses and farm building, commonly known as Ardsley-hall, as ma terials for the erection of the parsonage. The total value of his lordship's contribution towards these several objects cannot be less than 10001.

THE LATE DR. BECKWITH, OF YORK.The monument to the memory of this munificent benefactor, consists of a high tomb of the decorated period, surrounded by pinnacled buttresses. The cover of the tomb will be of black marble, having the inscription in incised brass. On the tomb will repose a whole-length effigy of Dr. Beckwith, the size of life, in white marble. The head will be a faithful likeness; the sculptor, J. B. Leyland, having had the advantage of carving and modelling the bust previous to the doctor's death. The tomb is to be placed in the east end of the south aisle of York Minster.

PUDSEY.-John Farrer, Esq., of Grovehouse, has recently suggested to the Rev. David Jenkins, incumbent of Pudsey, the great advantage of another church in this populous place. The situation Mr. Farrer has pointed out is Low Town, containing a large population; and for effecting the desired object, he has offered to give an acre of ground for the site of the church and the churchyard ; half an acre for a parsonage-house; 2001. towards the erection of the church, and 1001. towards the clergyman's residence. Through the exertions of this gentleman, a school has been lately built in the contemplated district, the site of which he also gave.

WALES. THEWELSH BISHOPRICS.—Letters have been received from the Vale of Clwyd, and from different parts of England, expressing strong feelings with respect to the union of the dioceses of St. Asaph and Bangor; and stating that petitions are getting up against the measure, both clerical and parochial.- Chester Courant.

DIOCESES OF ST. ASAPH AND BANGOR. -A meeting of the clergy of the archdeaconry of Montgomery was convened at Welshpool, on Thursday, the 6th of March, to take into consideration the propriety of

addressing her Majesty and the Archbishop of Canterbury, and petitioning the two Houses of Parliament against the proposed union of the sees of St. Asaph and Bangor, the Venerable Archdeacon Clive in the chair. Addresses and petitions on the above subject were unanimously adopted by a large and respectable assembly. Letters also were read from several of the clergy, regretting their unavoidable absence, and expressing their cordial approbation of the object of the meeting.

FOREIGN AND COLONIAL. THE BISHOP OF CALCUTTA.- Private letters from India contain the melancholy intelligence that the Bishop of Calcutta, the Rev. Dr. Wilson, was suffering from severe indisposition; his medical advisers had recommended a sea voyage as the best means of restoring his health. His lordship intended returning to England immediately ; but as he was at a distance of 800 miles up the country from Calcutta, it was apprehended that this great distance would be almost too much for him to accomplish without very great fatigue. It is now thirteen years since his Lordship quitted his native country. The following letter from his son, with reference to his lordship’s intentions, has appeared in the newspapers. “Sir,- Permit me to inform you that the Bishop of Calcutta has no intention of resigning his bishopric. His visit to this country, should he be spared to return, will be only temporary, with a view to recruit his health, which has suffered severely during his recent visitation. He proposes to take a furlough of eighteen months, and to return to India in time to consecrate the new cathedral. The state of his health may possibly alter this arrangement, but such is his present design. He has engaged a passage by the Oriental steamer, which leaves Calcutta on May 10th, and may be expected in England about the end of June. May God graciously answer our prayers in his behalf! I am, Sir, your obedient servant, Daniel Wilson.-Islington, March 11, 1845."

NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS. How can a private letter from the Editor be forwarded to “ L. de R.?" Meantime be will see in the Reviews in this Number a work noticed which seems likely to prove very convenient to him as a work of reference.

A second letter from “ Rathmicus' was received after the letter it referred to was in print; and the Editor is rather glad it happened so. Temperate discussion is anything but useless, and there are points connected with this subject which require consideration and the views of different persons.

THE

BRITISH MAGAZINE.

MAY 1, 1845.

ORIGINAL PAPERS.

MODERN HAGIOLOGY.*

NO. VII. If the laws laid down by the advocates of what they are pleased to call Meditation be acted on, one must not be surprised to find something like discrepancy in their accounts of the same transaction. A very simple instance will suffice to illustrate one's meaning. From the narrative in the Gospel of St. Luke, nothing can be gathered as to the scene of the Annunciation, except that the angel seems to have appeared to Mary when she was in the house. Bonaventure, according to his manner, determines the point somewhat more precisely.

" When the fulness of time was now come, the Ever-blessed Trinity having de. creed to redeem mankind by the Incarnation of the WORD, it pleased ALMIGHTY God to summon to bim the Archangel Gabriel, and send him to Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, and the Virgin's name was Mary. Gabriel, with a calm and beaming countenance, reverently and devoutly prostrate before the throne of God, listens to the gracious message, and accepts the embassy. Then rising on the wings of joy, he quits the heavenly courts, and is instantly present, in human shape, before the Virgin Mary, whom he discovers in the innermost retreat of her lowly dwelling."-Bonaventura's Life of Christ, p. 9.

Other persons, however, have thought themselves equally free to meditate. And the meditators of ancient times seemed to have preferred assigning some other situation. The Latins of Palestine will have it that the Annunciation took place in a cave under ground, and will show the traveller the very spot where the angel and the blessed Virgin stood at the precise moment of the Incarnation, marked by two pillars erected by the Empress Helena, who, according to their account, was divinely informed of the exact places. But if the Greeks are to be the guides of our meditations, they will tell us that we must leave the city of Nazareth; for the angel, according to their meditation, not finding the Virgin at home, followed her to a fountain, whither she had gone to fetch water, and there delivered

* Numbers 1.–VI. have been reprinted as tracts for distribution. Vol. XXVII.-May, 1845.

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his message. And this is the form into which Mr. Newman's meditations appear to develop themselves; for in the second volume of the Lives of the English Saints, the editorial preface to which is written by Mr. Newman himself, we find the following passage :

“ In the time of St. Willibald, tradition showed the spot where the Annunciation was made to Mary, as she returned from drawing water at tbe Fountain of the Virgin. The church dedicated to the archangel Gabriel, was built over the same source. "That church,' says the narrative, has often been redeemed for a sum of money from the violence of the neighbouring populace, who have desired to destroy it; as though heathen hate were ever hemming in, and pressing hard, in fiendish malice, upon Christian love. It is interesting, if not more than that, to learn, that after a lapse of eleven hundred years, the fountain still flows with a feeble stream, and a church stands over its source.'”-St. Willibald, pp. 33, 34. So that the meditations of the Greeks and Mr. Newman will teach us to reverence a church over a fountain some distance from the town as the scene of the Annunciation, while those of St. Bonaventure, Mr. Oakely take another direction, and the monks of Nazareth will fix on a chamber in a subterannean grotto in the church of their convent within the city. Why everything sacred should have happened under ground they do not say ; but, as it must have happened somewhere or another, and, according to Mr. Oakely's canon of Meditation, “Why may I not please to imagine ?"You cannot prove me wrong, nor suggest any alternative which is not equally unauthorized, and more improbable”- the Meditators of old time chose to let their meditations take a subterranean direction. But others might meditate in another line. And the saints in Italy might say-Do you suppose that the holy house could have been left in Palestine exposed to the insults of the infidels ? Of course they must have known exactly whereabouts to look for it—or at least they might, “ You cannot prove me wrong, nor suggest any alternative which is not equally unauthorized, and more improbable,"—as Mr. Oakely would say ;-" And," as he adds, “ what great harm though I be mistaken ?" And so, as we cannot disprove that the infidels would know the precise spot where the Annunciation took place, or that they would somehow or another come to discover it, and, having discovered it, would infallibly set about profaning it, or at all events, would prevent Christians from approaching it with reverence and acts of devotion, do you think, asks the meditator, that it is likely the sacred house should be left exposed to their profaneness, or suffered to remain in such sacrilegious hands? You may reply, that I am not bound to suppose they would ever have discovered it, or have treated it with indecency if they had. But is not one supposition at the least as probable as the other? and so, why may not I, in the exercise of the divine act of Meditation, “ please to imagine" whichever alternative is most agreeable to my fancy. “And, at last, what great harm, though I be mistaken ?" Well, I do " please to imagine” that the infidels would have found it out, and would have profaned it, and excluded the feet of the pilgrim from visiting the sacred shrine ;-and, having got so far in my meditations, why may I not go a little further ? —why may I not suppose that the profanation of the infidels may have been guarded against and prevented. You may suppose that they were supernaturally

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