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teresting Report read at this meeting will at Madras, by Mr. Robinson, chaplain to enable us to lay before our readers an the late bishop. account of the proceedings of the institution “ The objects embraced by this institu. during the past year. We cannot, however, tion are various and most important. The withhold the expression of our regret, first is one perhaps whose utility is most that no allusion was made to the society's immediately apparent, the reception of proceedings in Barbadoes. In ranging missionaries on their arrival from Enfrom North America to Southern India, gland, to prepare them by all facilities, the friends of the society omitted to of books, of native instructors, of leisure mention their own slaves, whose labours and advice, for the field of labour on which on their plantations augment their funds they are entering ; to direct their view, " for propagating the Gospel in foreign without loss of strength or time, to those parts." We confess, however, that we studies and pursuits which will best fit gather a favourable presage from this them for future usefulness; and thus to silence: it is clear that the friends of the make the wisdom of those who have presociety do not consider either the retention ceded them available for their encourageof slaves, or the appropriation of the pro- ment and instruction. They who are at duce of their extorted labour to purposes all acquainted with the history of missions, of general benevolence, as circumstances and who have seen how much of patient calculated to interest the British public in labour and ardent zeal has been absolutely behalf of the institution. Let then the wasted during the first years of the young friends of the unhappy slave come forward missionary's residence in this country, manfully in the society, and plead his from the mere want of libraries, of instruccause; and let them never relax their tion, and, above all, of the advice and conefforts, till the society can fairly expurgate troul of those who have already borne the itself from the guilt of being slave-holders, burthen and heat of the day, well know and from the incongruity of watering the how to appreciate the wisdom of this part tree of life planted in India or America, of the design. A second object is to enwith the tears and the blood of unhappy courage and superintend translations of Africa. We are aware that the society the Scriptures, the liturgy, and other rehas done soinething towards improving ligious books, into the different languages the temporal and the spiritual condition of of the East, and to take care that no work their bondsmen; but bondsmen they still issue from their press, but with the careare; and, so far as any thing has yet been ful revision and approval of the learned effected or proposed, in hopeless, perpetual, persons connected with the establishment, interminable slavery. We trust that and a syndicate of revision specially apanother Porteus will be found to advocate pointed in each several language. But the cause of the society's bondsmen, who the chief and most important object of all cannot plead their own cause ; and, even is the instruction of youth, both native should some pecuniary sacrifice arise from and European, in sound learning, and rerestoring them to the freedom which no ligious education, with an especial reindividual or society has any just right to ference to the sacred office and thus formdeprive them of, the society will gain ten- ing a nursery of future labourers in this fold more by the benevolent zeal of the vast and important field. These advanBritish public, to whom such an act of tages are not, however, confined by the Christian philanthrophy would be the parent society to those employed by herstrongest recommendation.
self alone: they are open to all other soselves know of individuals zealously affect- cieties connected with our church; and ed to the society's object; but to whom the only condition required of them is it is absolutely a point of conscience, not that which gives energy, and weight, and to cast in their mite to a fund contaminated sanction to their exertions, a conformity by the produce of extorted slave labour. to the direction and authority of our eccleWe write frankly, it may be warmly, be- siastical governors. cause we wish well not only to the slave, “ These plans, are now in active operabut to the society; and we are doubly tion. The ministers of the Gospel have grieved that its members should incur already issued from its walls, and some the guilt of being willing slaveholders; whose bumble and zealous labours, espeor that their example should be pleaded cially among the Pabarees of Northern by oilers, or rest as an incubus on the India, are not without large promises of efforts of those enlightened and benevo- future success. But the great and eslent men who are seeking the best welfare, sential value of the institution is not, in both for this world and that which is to the very nature of things, to be fully seen, come, of many hundreds of thousands of till they who have nursed its infancy and our oppressed fellow-subjects in our slave watched its growth shall have been long colonies.
silent in the grave. And it is on this Before we lay down our pen, we shall ground that I venture most strongly to ask copy the following passage relative to the for it your present liberality and your con. society's proceedings and claims, chiefly tinued support. The plans of individual in reference to India, from an interesting missionaries, however useful and adsermon preached last year on Whitsunday, mirable they may be, cease with the life
of those who gave them birth; and much Mr. Davis has frequently catechised about general effect is lost by the interruption forty children. and change of a regular system of procedure. This will be a permanent and SERAMPORE COLLEGE. abiding source of knowledge and truth to The Sixth Report of this institution congenerations yet unborn.
veys the following information. “ In the earliest ages of the Christian ** The committee contemplate the creachurch, such colleges were found abun- tion of a body of native fellows and tutors dantly useful for the propagation of our from among the Christian students of the holy religion in heathen lands; such were college, who will reside in its vicinity, and the Gymnasia of Ephesus and Alexandria; will undertake the tuition of the students. and by the aid of such seminaries the light in this manner the committee propose to of the blessed Gospel was first communi- create eight senior and ten junior fellows cated and continued in our own land. and tutors. This body of learned fellows And why may we not indulge the pious will serve to strengthen the college, while hope, that the building now raised on the the prospect of rising to this dignity will banks of the Ganges may, by the abund- act as a stimulus to the zeal and industry ant blessing of Almighty God (without of the students in no ordinary degree. It whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy), is highly desirable, however, that these become the fountain of spiritual light to fellowships, so important to the permathe nations among whom we dwell ? nent utility of the college, should be
“But to fill up this large and extended independent of the fluctuation of subscripoutline, the liberal and continued bounty tions. The committee hope to be able to of our countrymen is absolutely necessary. assist in the endowment of a certain If it be not supported and extended on a number of them, when the heavy expense scale of efficiency answerable to the plan of completing the buildings shall cease to of its first foundation, much of what has press on their private funds; and they already been expeuded will be thrown respectfully solicit the aid of gentlemen, away. It has been called into existence, both in India and Europe, towards the and kings and prelates have watched over accomplishment of the design. The late its infancy; but its steps are yet trembling, excellent Mr. Grant, one of the directors and it looks earnestly to you, to care and of the Hon. East-India Company, having provide for its weakness. Much yet re- bequeathed to them, as the Serampore mains before it can arrive at its mature missionaries, 2,000 rupees, they have deand perfect age; when the strength and termined to devote this sum to the founvigour, which it is now acquiring, will be dation of a fellowship, to be denominated exerted with successful energy in diffusing, “The Grant Divinity Fellowship.' This to the provinces in India, an hundred sum will be permitted at present to acfold the fruits of your present bounty.” cumulate at interest, and, with the aid ing the addresses delivered at the anni- an increased attachment to the common versary, meetings of our religious and faith in which all true Christians agree, charitable societies ; but we shall, as usual, and this without any compromise of private present to our readers the substance of opinion. Indeed, we may say generally the proceedings of the chief of these in- of the sentiments expressed at the annistitutions, on the publication of their res- versary meetings of our religious societies, pective Reports and other documents. and on similar public occasions, that the We are happy in announcing, that these graces of Christian charity and candour anniversary meetings still continue to were never perhaps more strikingly evinced excite their wonted interest among the than in the present times. At the same friends of religion of all persuasions; and time we deeply regret to add, that in some, though the pressure of the times, and the we would hope but few, instances a very increase of new institutions, have in some different spirit is at work. The late coninstances partially diminished the funds troversy respecting the Bible Society has of some of the societies, those of others shewn how fearfully an unchristian temper have not only kept up but have increased; may insinuate itself into the minds of men while almost all of the institutions are who seem to think they are “doing God discovering new fields of utility opening service” by reviling their fellow-Christians. before them, and the blessing of God “Tantæne animis cælestibus iræ ?” We shall accompanying their labours to promote rejoice to be able to state that a similar his glory and the best welfare of mankind. unhallowed spirit is not awakened by The enlarged interest excited on behalf of questions mixed up with the religious some of our older church societies, is a necessities of the Roman-Catholic popumost pleasing feature in this year's anni- lation of Ireland. We have not heard versaries; in proof of which we need only without extreme pain the anathemas which refer to our notice of the meeting of the have been hurled in some quarters against Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. a spirit of conciliation, as if conciliation - The Church of Scotland has also been must of necessity be grounded on an inurging its claims upon the affections of difference to truth and a compromise with its members resident in our metropolis,
of a donation from themselves, will in EPISCOPAL MISSION TO THE about ten years be equal to the perpetual ONEIDA INDIANS.
maintenance of one individual.” Among the missions of the Episcopal Church in the United States is one to the SOCIETY FOR THE IMPROVEOneida Indians. Mr. Davis, catechist MENT AND ENCOURAGEMENT and lay-reader, states, that the mission OF FEMALE SERVANTS. continues in a prosperous state. Divine The Report read at the fourteenth anservice has been regularly performed dur- nual meeting of this useful institution ing the past year. A respectable number states, that the Society has given away, of the natives, manifesting a serious atten- since its formation, 997 Bibles to that tion, have usually attended. It is truly number of servants, and three thousand gratifying to witness the humility and de- seven hundred and fifty-four pounds in votion which distinguish these people money in 2195 rewards from half a guinea when engaged in public worship; to be- to five guineas. Five hundred servants hold the sturdy savage—who once roamed are now nominated on the books by the at large in the desert, ignorant of the way subscribers with whom they live. The of salvation by Jesus Christ, and en- . subscribers may always have as many deavoured to appease the anger of his names of servants on the books as the fancied god by the sacrifice of dogs-now number of guineas annually subscribed; enter the house of prayer, and reverently besides the privilege of resorting to the offer up his adorations in the language of Society's Registry in Hatton Garden to our excellent liturgy, to that exalted Being obtain servants free of expense. Nearly who alone is to be worshipped, of whom six thousand servants have obtained situacometh pardon, peace, and salvation. In tions with subscribers without any expense the school thirty scholars now attend, and whatever to themselves. make very good proficiency. Several of them are able to study the Scriptures in ANNIVERSARY MEETINGS OF the English language. During the past RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. year, the ordinance of baptism has been We have frequently stated, that our administered to thirty Indian children. plan and limits do not admit of our detail
Let those who “lay their hand through the powerful arguments, deep upon the ark of the magnificent and awful piety, and earnest eloquence of Dr. cause” of Christian benevolence, diligentChalmers and Dr. Gordon, at the open- ly examine “what spirit they are of ;” ing of the spacious and elegant structure let them earnestly guard against a harsh, a erected by the members of that church, rash, a dogmatical, or an opinionated frame under the pastoral charge of Mr. Irving. of mind; ever remembering that “the The warm sisterly affection expressed on wrath of man worketh not the righteousthis and other occasions, by our Northern ness of God;” and that “the servant of Presbyterian brethren, those “sons of God must not strive, but be gentle unto rugged sires,” towards the Episcopal all men, apt to teach, patient; in meekness Church of England is, we trust, one among instructing those that oppose themselves; many pleasing indications of the decrease if God peradventure will give them repentof bigotry and party spirit, combined with ance to the acknowledging of the truth.”
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
There is no article of foreign in- the title of Viscount Goderich, secretary telligence that particularly calls for our of state for the colonies, and the Marquis notice. At home the chief subject of of Lansdowne, but without office. The interest is the late change in the admi- cabinet ministers in the House of Comnistration, the extent of which will be mons are, Mr. S. Bourne, secretary of seen from the following list :—Sir J. state, provisionally only it is understood, Copley is the new chancellor, and takes for the home department; Mr. Hushis seat in the Ilouse of Lords under the kinson, president of the board of trade; title of Baron Lyndhurst. The other Mr. Wynn, of the board of controul ; peers who are members of the cabinet Lord Palmerston, secretary at war ; Mr. are, the Earl of Harrowby, president of Tierney, master of the mint; and Mr. the council; the Duke of Fortland, lord Canning, first lord of the treasury and privy seal; Lord Bexley, chancellor of chancellor of the exchequer. Among the duchy of Lancaster; Viscount Dud- the other public officers, not members of ley and Ward, secretary of state for the cabinet are, the Duke of Clarence, foreign affairs, but it is understood lord high admiral; the Marquis of provisionally only; Mr. Robinson, under Anglesea, master of the ordnance; the
Duke of Devonshire, chamberlain of the trial of strength. In some cases indeed, household ; the Duke of Leeds, master of it has assumed the form of personal disthe horse; the Earl of Carlisle, surveyor like to Mr. Canning, rather than of obof woods and forests; Mr. Lamb, chief jection to any measure which has been secretary for Ireland; Sir John Leach, brought forward by himself or his friends. master of the rolls; Mr. now Sir A. Hart, Indeed, with the exception of the imvice-chancellor; Sir James Macdonald, a portant question of Catholic emancipamember of the board of controul; Mr. tion, there appears to be no present topic now Sir J. Scarlett, attorney-general; Sir of great parliamentary interest in which N.Tindal, solicitor general; and the Ho- Mr. Canning does not express an opinourable James Abercromby, advocate- nion coinciding with the opinions of his general. Mr. Plunkett and the Lord Chief late colleagues. The corn bill, which Justice are raised to the peerage. is in its progress through the legislature,
The new ministers have not entered was avowedly framed by Lord Liverupon their functions without experiencing pool ; Mr. Peel's admirable bills for a large measure of support on the one simplifying and improving the criminal hand, and, on the other, a most zealous code, which are also in progress, are opposition. The chief measures of the lauded by all parties; and, with regard late cabinet having been, for the last two to both our foreign and our commercial or three years, warmly hailed by the policy, no change has taken place in our late Whig opposition, and Mr. Canning public measures since the seceding miand his friends having been considered nisters spoke and voted in favour of what the chief originators or promoters of now denominated Mr. Canning's those measures, the great body of that
We are constrained to think opposition have pledged themselves to therefore, that whatever differences of support the new ministry. On the lead- opinion may exist upon the momentous ing questions of our foreign policy, and question of Catholic emancipation, it is on various important questions also of the duty of loyal and Christian subjects domestic interest, they were perfectly not vexatiously to embarrass the public agreed in sentiment with the recent councils, by an indiscriminate and sysmeasures of Lord Liverpool's adminis- tematic opposition to the measures of tration, the general course of which is to those whom his majesty has constitube pursued by the present ministers; tionally appointed to the high and rebut the closest bond of union between sponsible office of conducting the affairs them and Mr. Canning is their strong
of the state. Where those measures are view of the necessity of relieving the considered wrong, they ought, without Roman Catholics from the civil disabi- doubt, to be as strenuously opposed as the lities which at present attach to them; constitution of this free and happy counand it is chiefly with the hope of even- try permits; but we should deprecate, as tually furthering this object, (though it unchristian and injurious to the welfare is not to be made a cabinet question,) of the realm, a bitter spirit of opposition that they have been induced to unite directed more against men than meathemselves with the existing administra- sures, or originating in a mere party tion, notwithstanding a difference of opi- contention for emolument and power, nion between its leader and many of We ourselves have differed widely from thern, respecting parliamentary reform, some of Mr. Canning's expressed or unthe abolition of the sacramental test, derstood opinions; and we have not and several minor subjects. Mr. Tierney been backward, nor shall we be backand Mr. Brougham in the House of ward in future, to animadvert upon them Commons, and Lord Lansdowne and freely whenever we are required by a Lord Holland in the House of Peers, sense of duty to do so: but this may have accordingly taken their seats on the always be effected without either viruministerial benches, and are among the lence or indiscriminate condemnation. most powerful supporters of the new And we trust our readers will not think administration. A few individuals in the warning superfluous in a both houses, and particularly Earl Grey, which, we regrei to say, has called forth have refrained from joining either the political heats to which for some time ministry or their regular opponents. we have happily been strangers; heats, The opponents of the administration we also re ret to add, which have not have commenced a series of attacks upon been confined to the arena of secular it;chiefly, however, in a way which, while controversy, but have, in some instances, it gives birth to much teazing interrup- even intruded into the assemblies of retion of public business, and much acrimo- ligious benevolence, and into the Chrisnious remark, avoids every fair and direct tian pulpit itself.
ECCLESLASTICAL PREFERMENTS. Rev. Rob. Gray, D. D. Prebendary of Rev. W. Adamson, Kilkishem R. co. Durham, to be Bp. of Bristol.
Clare. Rev. Dr. King, Archd. of Rochester. Rev. C. L. Band, Sheldon P. C. with Rev. W. Ainger, Preb. of Chester Cath. Combrawleigh R. Devon.
Rev. C. E. Keene, Wiveliscombe Preb. Rev. A. Bayley, Edgcott R. Northamp. in Wells Cath.
Rev. A. Beckwith, Collingham R. York. Rev. C. R. Ashfield, Blakenham R. Rev. E. R. Benyon, Downham R. Suffolk.
Essex. Rev. T. Baker, Bexhill V. with Rod. Rev. C. Hall, Routh R. York. mill R. Sussex.
Rev. T. Bradburne, Toft R. with Rev. Ld. F. Beauclerk, St. Michael's Caldecott V. annexed, co. Cambridge. V. St. Alban's, co. Herts.
Rev. C. Johnston, Feliskirk V. York. Rev. R. Burnaby, St. George R. Leic. Rev. G. W. Jordan, Waterstock R. Rev. T. Clark, Dallinghoe R. Suffolk. Oxon.
Rev. C. Cremer, Ailmerton with Run- Rev. M. Keating, Ventry R. co. Kerry, ton R. Norfolk.
Ireland. Rev. C. Cremer, Felbrig with Melton Rev. J. Kempthorne, Wedmore V. co. R. Norfolk
Som. Rev. H. Dawson, Hopton R. Suffolk. Rev. W. Lloyd, Lillingstone Lovell
Rev. J. Edmeads, St. Mary Crickdale R. co. Oxford. R Wilts,
Rev. M. Lowther, Maker R. York. Rev. —Elliott, to the New Chapel of Rev. A. M‘Laine, to the Parish of St Mary's, Brighton.
Ardnamurchan, Scotland. Rev. P. Glubb, Clannaborough R. Rev. W. Mayd, Wethersfield R. SufDevon.
folk. Rev. J. Griffith, Fulbourn V. Cambr. Rev. G. Montagu, South Pickenham Rev. W. A. Hadow, Haseley R. Warw. R. Norfolk.
Rev. J. Hallward, Assington V. Suf- Rev. C. Musgrove, Halifax V.co. York. folk, with Easthope R. Essex.
Rev. S. Burder, Chaplain to the Earl Rev. Dr. Irwin, Chatham P.C. Kent.
of Bridgewater. Rev. W. Jones, Eastbridge R. Kent. Rev. E. Burton, Examining Chaplain Rev. F. V. Lockwood, Mersham R. to the Bishop of Oxford. Kent.
Rev. J. H. Seymour, Chaplain to the Rev. S. Rowe, Budeaux P. C. Devon. King.
Rev. W. Wallinger, Hellingby V. Sus- Rev. J. Harrison, Chaplain to the Duke sex.
of Sussex. Rev. Dr. Wellesley, Bishop Wear- Rev. J. Fletcher, Chaplain to the Earl mouth R. Durham.
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Index to our first twenty volumes, we are much obliged to him for affording us an opportunity of rendering an explanation on the subject to himself, and our readers in general. The delay in preparing it has been a subject of great vexation to us, and it has not been for want either of exertion or expense on our part, that it has not been completed long ago. Great delays took place in consequence of different friends, who had successively undertaken it being obliged, from the pressure of other engagements, and from finding the labour much greater than they had contemplated, to relinquish it after holding it in their hands a considerable time. Afterwards, when it appeared nearly fit for publication we were induced, from the discovery of errors and deficiencies,' to have the whole revised and corrected. The gentleman who undertook this office returned the manuscript to us last year for press ; but upon re-examination we still found so much that required alteration that we determined, though with renewed expense and delay, to have the whole again revised. This revision is now in progress, and we hope shortly to be able to announce that the manuscript
is in the hands of the printer. We are desired to assure Mr. BuvDICOM, that the remarks of which he complains, in our last Number, had no personal reference to himself, beyond the single paragraph, at p. 244, which commences the discussion. Had the writer suspected that either Mr. Baddicom himself, or any other individual, would consider the ge. neral remarks which follow as directed to him, he would have sedulously guarded against that inference. But he had no such suspicion. The reproof contained in all but that single paragraph had long been meditated, and had an application far beyond the immediate occasion which called it forth, and to some other places even still more than to Liverpool.