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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

ST. DAVID'S COLLEGE. wisdom which may fit us to discharge We have much pleasure in informing our high commission, we cannot but exour readers that this important infant pect the best results from that enlightened

piety, of which the first fruits are this day institution, which promises to be of es

offered upon the altar of God." sential value to the interests of religion, in

“ We look to this institution, with no connexion with the Established Church, small degree of satisfaction, when we conin Wales, has begun already to reward sider the benefit it is likely to confer in a the pious and benevolent zeul of its literary point of view, by giving an imfounders. About sixty students are als pulse to many an inquiring mind, and ready on the books. The annual ex- opening a path to those intellectual pleapenses, including board, lodging, and tui- sures, for which many, but for its assis. tion, it is calculated, will be about fifty tance, might have thirsted in vain. We

look to it with increased delight, when guineas for each student. The college

we consider that by thus dispensing the library already contains several thousand benefits of a liberal and substantial eduvolumes. The chapel has been recently cation, it will lay a foundation, upon consecrated by the bishop of the diocese, which its students may safely build, when who addressed the students on the great they devote themselves, as in the latter advantages likely to result to them from part of their course it is intended they the institution, both for the prosecution should do, to the prosecution of theology, of learned studies, and their preparation duties of their profession. We consider

and apply themselves more directly to the for holy orders. From the excellent con

it again to be a benefit of no ordinary secration sermon,

delivered on the occa- value, if our clergy with these advantages sion, by the pious and learned Vice-Prin- in their hands should acquire in some decipal, the Rev. A. Ollivant, we copy a gree a literary taste, and be raised, by the few passages illustrative of the charac- enjoyments it affords, above the necessity ter of the institution. We rejoice to which ignorance too often entails, of seek find that specific theological instruction is ing their recreations in habits unworthy of

their sacred office. But God forbid that to occupy a prominent place in the pur

we should so far mistake the means for suits of this new college ; and that to

the end as to rest here, and be satisfied " the cultivation of personal piety, and that this should become a mere school of the formation of habits conducive to mi- science or buman wisdom. Far higher nisterial usefulness,” among the students than these are the objects for which it has will the “principal efforts” of its conduc- been founded, and it is our hearts' desire tors be directed. May their labours be

and prayer that they may be always kept abundantly blessed by the great Head of learned education, and indeed it is invawe pray that all, who bear office in this ing attention to the religious wants of Ireour body, may remember the important land is manifesting itself in this country. duty to which they are called, to train up The reformation which has commenced ministers of Christ, we would urge it 60 auspiciously, and which seems to be upon all, who may repair hither for in- proceeding so steadily, has been the means struction, to reflect that they are not in- of adding new energy to exertion, and of vited to the groves of the academy to im- exciting expectations which, it is hoped, bibe the lessons of philosophy, or hang will not easily be discouraged. The upon the lips of a merely human teacher, but number of schools for scriptural instructo prepare for the arduous task of making tion, we may confidently anticipate, will men wise unto salvation, to listen to the be greatly increased; Bibles and Testalessons of inspiration, and submit them- ments, to a far greater extent than hitherselves to the teaching of the Son of God. to, will be put into the hands of an inquir

in view. Whatever be the value of a the church, for the promotion of his glory, luable to the minister of Christ, he will and the best welfare of mankind.

be but as the sounding brass and tinkling “ So far as we are able from reason or cymbal, if he be not animated by the Scripture to anticipate the effect of an spirit and follow in the steps of bim in institution such as this, and so far as we whose ministry he is engaged. He canhave experience to decide us as

to its

not perform aright the duties of the pasactual results, we should not hesitate to toral othce, unless he have in some ineapredict, that an abundant harvest will be sure the tenderness of him who, when reaped from the seed that shall here be he saw the multitudes, had compassion on sown, if only it be sown in dependence on them, because they fainted and were scathim with whom it rests to fertilize the terred abroad as 'sheep having no shepsoil, and open the windows of heaven, herd.' He cannot discharge the high and pour down upon us the healthful commission of an ambassador of Christ, spirit of his grace. For if it be the will unless he have felt the miscry of being of God, that the ministration of the Go- at enmity with God, and learnt to apprespel should be committed to faithful men, ciate that plan of reconciliation, which it who shall be able to teach others also; if will be his privilege to proclaim. it be his command, that the priest's lips “ To the cultivation then of personal should keep knowledge, that men may piety, and the formation of habits conseek the law at his mouth, for he is the ducive to ministerial usefulness; to the messenger of the Lord of Hosts;' if it attainment of those graces, rare in their be necessary, as it undoubtedly is, the ex- separate excellence, and still more rare in traordinary communications of the Spirit their combination, which are essential to the having now ceased, that we should use perfection of the clerical character, should the ordinary methods of obtaining that our principal efforts be directed; and while

“ It is a complaint that is often urged ing population; and, in proportion to the against the universities of our land, that welcome which shali be given them, a the mode of education pursued in them great number of individuals, whose office has too little practical bearing upon the it shall be to read the Scriptures to the formation of the ministerial character. most ignorant will be employed. And perhaps there is some justice in the But it may be reasonably asked, charge. But though the circumstances whether other measures, in addition to of the country may have rendered it ex. those already alluded to, may not be pedient that they should devote them- adopted, with fair promise of success, selves in the present day to general both among professed Protestants and rather than clerical education, it will not inquiring Romanists. To obtain informabe in our power to urge the same plea tion upon this point, letters have recently in mitigation, if we fall under the same re- been addressed, in the name of the proach. For our object is more specific and Prayer-book and Homily Society, to a defined, and we are under no such necessity very considerable number of the Irish to embark upon a wider sea. It may be clergy, requesting them to say, whether, difficult for them to modify what usage in their opinion, the placing in the hands has taught them to revere; but while we of both descriptions of persons abovehave the benefit of their experience, we nadied the Formularies of the United are free to follow the plans which it sug- Church, in English or Irish as circumgests, without submitting ourselves to the stances might dictate, would or would risk of innovation, or incurring the ac- not be, at the present juncture, of the cusation of caprice."

highest importance. The answers re

ceived from about seventy clergymen PRAYER-BOOK AND HOMILY

have expressed, in he main, but one SOCIETY.

opinion ; namely, That the measure conWe feel much satisfaction in laying be- templated appears to be fraught with the

most beneficial effects ; and that the fore our readers the following appeal of thanks of those who wish well to religion the Prayer-book and Homily Society, re

are due to the Society which has instispecting the religious wants of Ireland; tuted the inquiry. At the same time, and we earnestly trust, that it will be direct applications have been made for promptly answered by the liberality of the the grant of Prayer-books in English and Christian public. The venerable formula- Irish, and of such a selection of the ries of our church, having been drawn up at

Homilies as that already circulated in the the period of the Reformation, and chiefly county of Cavan, to the number of about

7000 books; with intimations in most by persons who had themselves seen and

cases that a far more considerable numrenounced the errors of Popery, are espe- ber will soon be called for so strong is cially appropriate to the present circum- the spirit of inquiry which has of late stances of Ireland. Some parts of the been excited. Homilies in particular, the force of which “ 'Anxious as the Committee of the are less felt in a Protestant land, are pe- Prayer-book and Homily Society are to culiarly adapted to the necessities of a answer such demands, they find that the

funds which are placed at their disposal Roman-Catholic population, who are be

are quite inadequate to the exigency of ginning to inquire into the nature and

To make an effort to the full grounds of the respective creeds and forms

extent of their means, and even in some of Protestantism and Popery. The fol. respects beyond it, has appeared to them lowing is the Society's circular.

to be, under existing circumstances, an “ After all the benevolent efforts, by obvious duty. They have made this means of which schools have been multi- effort; and, in answer to the applications plied, Bibles circulated, and readers of the of their numerous correspondents, have Holy Scriptures sent forth among the granted 1000 English Prayer-books, people, ignorance and irreligion still pre- 750 Irish, and 1000 copies of a selection rail to a deplorable extent in our sister of the Homilies bound together; sa a island. It is equally true, that an increas pledge of their good wishes, and of their

CHRIST. OBSERV. No. 310.

the case.

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entire disposition, if means can be found, “ The distribution of the Prayer-book to forward, as soon as may be, more ade- would be of most essential service, by quate supplies. Under these circum- giving the Roman Catholic the 'opportu. stances the committee appeal to the nity of comparing it with the Missal, &c. benevolence of the public, and especially “ Consequences the most interesting to that of the members of the Established and important are likely to result from it." Church. Shall thousands of Protestants “ From the very great anxiety testified (some of whom are new converts, and by Roman Catholics for instruction, we whose poverty is extreme), be left desti. have no doubt that Prayer-looks would tute of that aid, which may, by the Divine be read by many of tņem, as well as by blessing, assist them in praying with the Protestants. A selection of the Homilies spirit and with the understanding ? Shall would be most acceptable to both; and the Romanist be willing to learn how Pro- we have no doubt that great results may, testants worship, and not be presented by through God's blessing on such means, be them with those scriptural forms, which produced.” may be blessed as the means of teaching “ It is the general opinion of the clergy him to approach the Throne of Mercy in whom I have consulted, that the distributhe alone name of Jesus Christ? Or shall tion of the Homilies would be attended either Protestants or Romanists be in- with the best effects, and materially promote clined to peruse a simple exposition of the cause of the Reformation.” the doctrines of the Gospel, such as tke Homilies of our church contain, and find DEFENCE OF THE SANDWICHno one willing to impart the means? Such;

ISLANDS MISSION. it is humbly hoped, will not be the case.'

Various reports have of late been cirThe following are extracts from letters

culated in different quarters, and especially of clergymen in Ireland on the subject. I. “ The plan proposed will be most

in the Quarterly Review, to disparage the useful in enabling curates to forward the truly Christian and benevolent labours of knowledge of religion. The Homilies the missionaries in the Sandwich Islands. would tend much to the spiritual welfare We intended some time since to have adof the people.”

verted to these most injurious misreprena Prayer-books and Homilies would be sentations and fabrications, with a view · materially useful to the Protestants of this

to refute them by a selection of simple parish.

“Many Prayer-books would be thank- facts, clearly proving the momentous befully received by the lower class of Pro- nefits which those calumniated missiontestants.”

aries have been the means of conferring • The Protestant population is not fully upon the hitherto barbarous and pagan supplied ; many of whom are in the hum natives; but understanding that a full blest circumstances.”

official exposition on the subject was in “ I apply in behalf of a parish of 1000 preparation, we have forborne our remarks Protestants, many of whom are extremely till this vindication should be published. poor." II. “ Prayer-books are very much in

We are happy, for the sake of the great demand by the converts: they take great

cause of Christian missions in general, as pleasure in reading them.”

well as of the individuals more immediately “ The prospect of numerous converts concerned, to state, that a defence has renders it highly desirable that we should been drawn up by Mr. Orme, which comhave a supply of Prayer-books and Ho- pletely rebuts the charges urged against milies. A quantity, however small, will them. We shall lay before our readers be most useful.”

some of the facts of the case. We will “ Numbers have lately joined us from Popery ; and many are preparing to follow only premise, that much of the opposition their example. In consequence, a great

which has been raised to the South-Sea want of Prayer-books is experienced. missions, both in the United States and The Homilies would be most useful, to in Eugland, has arisen from a cause as shew these persons the true doctrines of honourable to these Christian islanders the church into which they are passing."

“ We have probably 100 conformists, • Mr. Orme is known to our readers as who should be supplied with Prayer- the biographer of Dr. Owen : he has since books. This would just now be a most published an elaborate and highly useful valuable acquisition."

work for reference, entitled, “ Bibliotheca III.“ A strong religious excitement Biblica,” containing a select list of books has for some time existed here. Within on sacred literature, with biographical, crithe last four months, twenty-two persons tical, and bibliographical notices. He has have publicly conformed, and many other also more recently published an interestRoman Catholics are constant in their ing memoir of the late Mr. Urquhart, of attendance on our Protestant worship. the University of St. Andrews, a young They are willing to receive any book man of remarkablo promise both for talent which may give them information.”

and piety.

and their instructors, as disgraceful to the the Editor of the Quarterly Review ;'a originators of these calumnies. It is well work which, we regret to say, has of known that the sailors of both countries late lamentably disgraced itself by its un. had long been accustomed to the indul- candid and unjust animadversions upon gence of habits of licentious intercourse Bible and Missionary Societies. with the natives of these islands; but, in Mr.Orme opens his account with the folconsequence of the introduction of Chris- lowing narrative of facts. We quote the detianity, the native women no longer visit tail more at large than may perhaps appear the ships which anchor on their coasts; and necessary, in order to exhibit to our readers a strictness of conduct very generally pre- a specimen of the spirit in which charges vails, which has given great offence to are too currently urged against our religithose Christian visitors, who, in some in- ous and charitable institutions. It is cerstances, encouraged, it is feared, by their tainly not surprising that numerous obofficers, have caused great tumults in the jectors can bring themselves to express a islands, and threatened vengeance against belief in such charges, if even the Quarthe missionaries who had been the means terly Reviewer can gravely profess to creof bringing about this new state of morals. dit that an epistle, beginning with the traWe give the following illustration from a ditional formula of a homely Englishman's letter, dated as late as Nov. 2, 1826. The letter, “I take this opportunity of sending letter was written by a respectable mis- you these few lines, hoping they will find sionary at Owhyhee, to the American you in good health, as they leave me at Board of Foreign Missions.

present,” was, bona fide, written by a “ Mr. Bingham and family still remain Sandwich islander, and this after Mr. Ellis at Kiruah, where we are revising the Go- had most clearly pointed out the improbaspel of Matthew for the press. Mr. Ri- bility. But let our readers weigh the mat. chards and family have just returned to

ter for themselves. Lahaina after a visit to this island of six weeks. His stay was protracted in con- “ In the March Number of your joursequence of information received from La- nal (the Quarterly Review), you have fahaina, of the base conduct of the crews of voured your readers with an article on several English and American whale ships, • The Sandwich Islanders,' in which occur who had threatened to kill him if they some very gross misrepresentations of the could find him ; because through his in- state of the missions, and the conduct of fluence, a stop had been put to prostitu- the missionaries established there, and in tion. They went in a body to his house the South Seas, on which I feel it my duty to demolish it, but found it carefully guard-. to animadvert. That article professes to ed by some friendly natives; when they be drawn up from the • Voyage of his Maturned away to another part of his land, jesty's ship Blonde,' from the · Narrative and took away his hogs and fowls as their of a Tour through Hawaii, or Owhyhee, booty. The women all fled to the moun- by Mr. Ellis, the missionary,' and from tains, and with them Kekauonchi, the unpublished letters of Captain Beechey. chief woman, who had charge of the place The voyage of the Blonde appears before during the absence of Hoapili , Governor the public without a name.

The reason of Mani. For several days in succession of this is not satisfactorily accounted for. the sailors prosecuted their search through Whether the authors were many, and could the village for women, breaking into houses, not agree about the division of their claims, and taking away the property of the inof- or whether the principal author, if such a fensive inhabitants, who looked on with- one exists, was ashamed to acknowledge out assaulting them, because their chiefs his offspring, I shall not determine. It is were gone who should lead them. They of little consequence, however, who wrote bore the spoiling of their goods with for- it, provided its statements be correct. You titude, knowing that it was for righteous- acknowledge that it is bot a meagre narness' sake that they were called to suffer : rative,' and express a doubt whether we but they yielded not an inch in complying really have the narrative in its original with the demands of the ships: and the state ;' thus unintentionally throwing dissailors, at last, abandoned their search, credit on the whole book. and hired their captains to take them to “ That we have it not in its original Woahoo, in hopes of succeeding in their state, is very evident; and, were it worth object there. This is but a specimen of the trouble, it would be easy to shew that the abuse and insult that the mission is the voyage of the ship Blonde is a meagre daily receiving from our own countrymen compilation, a piece of patch-work : nuand other foreigners, who leave no means merous portions of which have been taken, untried to bring into discredit, not only us, sometimes with slight verbal alterations, but all who profess to have become pious. and at other times without any alteration,

We now proceed to Mr. Orme, whose and always without acknowledgment, from defence appears in the form of a Letter to the work of Mr. Ellis, one of those very

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missionaries, whom you affect to despise, as but thank god he is now much better, and fit only to handle the awl or the needle;' we ar in hops of his recovery, and I am but without whose assistance Mrs. Maria verey sorey to tell you that Mr. Bingham Graham would have made but a poor figure the head of the Misheneres is trieng evere in editing the voyage of the Blonde, and thing in his pour to have the Law of this you yourself must have failed in furnish-. country in his own hands. all of us ar ing an article on the Sandwich islanders, verrey happy to have sum pepel to instruct of sufficient interest to your readers. us in what is rite and good but he wants

“ On what authority you have used the us to be intirly under his laws which will letters of Captain Beechey to criminate not do with the natives. I have don all in the missionaries you have not told us. my pour to prevent it and I have don it as This I shall leave you to settle with him, yet. Ther is Cahomano wishes the Mishwhen he shall justify himself to his coun- eneres to have the whol atority but I sholl try, for going out of his way to meddle prevent it as long as I cane, for if the have with matters which it is obvious he does ther will be nothing done in thes Ilands not understand.

not even cultivation for their own use. I “ The charges in the article itself, you wish the pepel to reid and to rite, and likefurther confirm and corroborate by insert- wise to worke, but the Misheneres have ing at the end of the same number, a let-' got them night and day old and young so ter from Boki, one of the chiefs of the that ther is verrey little don her at present. Sandwich Islands. This letter I shall here The pepel in general ar verrey much disproduce, as I entertain little doubt that it cetisfied at the Misheneres thinking they is a shameful imposition. That imposition will have the laws in ther own hands. I do not impute to you. I know the do- Captain Charlton has not arrived from cument is to be found in the records of Otiety which makes me thing sumthing the Admiralty. Who framed it, will, has hapned to him. Mr. Bingham has perhaps, one day be disclosed. The au- gone so far as to tell thes natives that netber thor of it had unquestionably the “Com-, King George nor Lord Biron has any replete Letter Writer' before him, and the gard for God, or aney of the English cheefs, reader who is in possession of that useful that they are all bad pepel but themselves, and learned work, has only to turn to its and that ther is no Redemsion for aneyofthe pages, where he will find a perfect coun- heads of the English or American nations. terpart to this veracious document. God send you good health and a long life. ". Since the preceding pages have been

« « Mrs. Boki sends her kind love to struck off,' says the Quarterly Review, Lord Biron and Mr. Camerone and the

we have been favoured with the following Hon. Mr. Hill. (Signed) NA-Boki.' literal copy of a letter of Boki, (which we “ This production is not given as a pledge ourselves to be genuine,) confirm- translation, but as a literal copy' of a ing what we have stated with regard to

letter written in English, by Boki. Withthe conduct of the American missionaries out anticipating Mr. Ellis's remarks on it, at the Sandwich Islands.

which are perfectly fatal to its authenticity, Island of Woahoo, Jan. 24, 1926. I will here give a copy of a real letter from “Sir-I take this opportunity to send Boki to Mr. Ellis, and will simply áppeni you these fu lines, hopping the will find to every person of common understandyou in good health, as ples god the leve ing, whether he can believe that the two me at present. I am sorrey to inform you letters are the production of the same inthat Mr. Pitt (Karaimakoo) has gon thro dividual. Their entire phraseology and four opperashons sine you sailed from here, manner indicate that they belong to oppo• Or the Reviewer either, Mr. Orme and translation are both before me.

site quarters of the globe. The original might have added. Take, in proof of “Oahu Honoruru, October is the month. this, the following passage from the Quar- “ • Affection for you, Mr. Ellis. This terly Review itself :-" The apprehension is my entreaty to you. Return you hither, of civil war, expressed by Captain Beechey, and we shall be right, Grief was our's on appears to be owing to the misapplication your returning, (to England,] and symof another tert of Scripture, which says, pathy with you, Mrs. Ellis, in your illthat in the kingdom of heaven none is be- Heard before this have you of the fore or after another,—none is greater or death of the king. But all things here are less than another ;—which, as the Ameri- orderly. We are serving God. We are can teachers apply and expound it, is ex- making ourselves strong in his word. actly to tell these poor creatures, that all Turned have the chiefs to 'instruction. men are equal.' _Where did the Re- Their desire is towards God. I speak viewer find this passage in Scripture? It unto them and encourage them concerning occurs, it is true, in the Athanasian creed, the Word of God, that it may be well though on quite another subject; but an with our land. American non-episcopalian missionary was " • Attachment to you two. Attachnot very likely to quote that document,

ment to the Missionaries all. and still less to call it Scripture. The

« « CAPTAIN Boki.' whole matter is clearly a fabrication.

“I must now, sir, lay open to the

ness.

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