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be called “ The Bedford Asylum.” Nine Answers to the following prize The Emperor Napoleon, by a special questions of the Amsterdam Society grant has permitted the Lyceum at for the increase of Religious Know- Mentz, to receive foreign students ledge, have been received: “ How with their own preceptors and des comes it, that in our dark and sorrowful nestics. This new benefit to literature, times, insensibility is so great, and a suf. has lately been announced by the Di. ficient attention to the dispensations and rector General of Public Instruction. judgments of God is so little observ- The Athenee de la Langue Francaise abie?-and, What are the best means established at Paris, seems to be a and most applicable, to counteract the substitute for the cidevant Academy. spreading of that jusensibility ?” The The first quarterly sitting of the soranswer of M. C. A. Vanderbroeck, mer was held on the 21 t ult. when preacher, at Oud-Beizerland, has ob• M. Moreau de St. Mary delivered tained the prize.

an oration, and several men of letters From the Methodist Magazine for successively occupied the tribune. The November last, we learn, that the object of this institution is, to re olve total number of person, in the Soci- the difficulties of the language; to pereties of Methodists, in various parts fect the art of audible reading, and to reof America, according to the last an- cal the enlightened auditors to the nual report of the Seven Conferences in Chefs d'@uvres of the French orators in that country, is 130570; the number and poets. of itinerant preachers is sco; and of local preachers, 2000.

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Mr. TOWLE. we here publish, arcording to promise, Mr. Shipman's Strictures on our Obituary of the Rev. T. Towle. One paragraph only of Mr. Shipman's letter is omitted, as relating not to Mr Towle, but to the Homerton Academy, and as containing some aukward irony about“ modern scepticism,” which we think misplaced in a letter assuming to rectify our mistakes concerning facts. We wish our readers to peruse the obituary and the letter together. They will see that the only error of which we are convicted, is concerning Mr. T.'s “ maxim never to admit ministers of different sentiments from himself into his pulpit," and we heartily thank Mr. Shipnian for setting us right in this particular. Mr. S.'s account of the erection of the Meeting-hou e differs not substantially from our's; and as to the motives of his being one of the thirteen protestors, we could have nothing to do with them, our business having been to record the fact. .

EDITOR. SIR, In your Monthly Repository for December last, (Vol. I. p. 665.) there is an Account of the Death of the Rev. T. Towle, with Strictures on his Character; evidently unfriendly to the memory of the deceased. He is happily out of the reach of these things, and had the facts related been correct, they would have required no answer. But I trust your readers will in general, prefer truth to misrepresentation, and they have a right to expect it in a publication which appears to be open to free and liberal inquiry.

The account says, “ His Meeting-hou e being in an obscure situation, he prevailed upon his people to agree to the erection of a new one in a more public and respectable place; and he devised the following schene for defraying the expense, which was not approved of by all his independent brethren. It was customary in his, as well as in other congregations, to make annual collections for the fund for relieving poor ministers of the independent denomination. The money thus collected was laid by to accumulate, with a view to the building of a new place of worship. After some time Mr. T. was able to accomplish his purpose, and the new Meeting-house was erected in London-wall.” This representation is altogether wide of the truth. There are those yet living, who were present at the consultations of the Society, re pecting their place of worship, and from them I have had the following relation. The lua e of their Meeting-house was either run out, or just expiring, and it became a matter of consideration with ihe Society whether they should procure a new lease from the city, which could be granted for a short term only, if at all) and subject themselves to a heavy expense in necessary repairs of the old place; or whether they should build a new one. They adopted the latter; and though the Society contributed freely towards the expense of erecting a substantial building, such as your relator describes; they incurred a con-iderable debt. Under the weight of this expense, and during the continuance of that debt, they thought proper to omit the making collections for the fund. After the debt was fully discharged, and the Society found itseif in a proper state to resume its contributions to the fund it did so. This conduct requires no vindication. And though Mr. Towle, as an individual, and one of their number, contributed liberally to that good work, the business did not lie with him, but with the Society. When they removed to the new place of worship, he did, as the relator states, take the whole service upon himself, to which a circunstane might with truth have been added. he told the Society that he found his health more e tab ished than when he first came among them, and as they had incurred a large debt by building, he was willing to save them the expense of a morning preacher. This proposal he generously acted up to, and the Society were enabled by that means to discharge their debe much sooner than they could otherwise have done.

The account says, “ He was zealous even to bitterness against the Baptists.' This is mere assertion, unsupported by, and I may safely say, contrary to evident fact.. He was known to live in habits of friendship with some of the most respectable Baptist ministers. I have seen many of that denomination, at different times in his pulpit, engaged in the most solemn acts of worship; and I well know those of the same denomination who were admitted into his church, (yet retaining their descriptive principles) and for whom Mr. Towle always discovered through life, much esteem...

I Have some reason to think the protest against an application to parliament, referred to, arose not so much from a dislike to the professed design of that application, as a desire not to appear united with those who were avowed opposers of principles which the 'Thirteen Protestors considered as important, and which they apprehended were to be struck at under the specious name of liberty. Mr. T. was not a man who could be easily drawn into a design, which had in his apprehension, an insidious, or an hurtful tendency.

I will only add, in the words of one well able to appreciate his character. “ He has left that testimony to his integrity and uprightness, which all the efforts of malevolence will never be able to invalidate.” ** No. 3, Love-lane, Wood-street.

THOMAS SHIPMAN.

ADDITIONS TO, AND CORRECTIONS IN THE MEMOIRS OF DR. JAMES ROSTER,

IN THE MONTHLY REPOSITORY, FOR JANUARY, 1807-NO. 13, VOL. II. Page 2, l. 17, for Pictel's read Pictet's.- Page 4, I. 21, preacher should have been in Italics, for the force of the remark lieth in the emphatical tone of the word. Page 4, col. 1, l. 30, for Dorsetshire, read St. Mary O tery, in Devonshire - Page 31, for Mr. Lavington, read Mr. John Lavington, who died in 1764. Mr. Samuel Lavington, at Biddeford, is the gentleman now living, brother of the tutor. The seminary was supported by the King's Head Society. After Mr. Lavington's death, it was removed to Bridport, and conducted by Mr. Rooker, on whose decease it was it fell under the direction of the Rev. Thomas Reader, at Taunton; since whose removal from this world, the Rev. Mr. Small, at Axmin. ster, Devonshire, has presided over it.

N. B. The father of the Lavingtons, a Dissenting minister, at Exeter, took an active and leading part in the Trinitarian controversy, which agitated the West of England, about the years 1719, 1920, &c. by proceedings against the great Mr. Peirce, and others, suspected of heresy, when the partizans for orthodoxy forgot and violated their principles as Dissenters, and as Prote tants.

Gogmago, must again pardon us for delaying his letter till the next month, when the addition since sent to us shall be incorporated with it.

ERRATUM.- In the obituary of Lady Hesketb, in the last number (p. 105) for Mr. Row, read Mr. Rose.

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BIOGRAPHY. MEMOIRS OF THE REV. THOMAS THRELKELD. (Taken from the Appendix to the Sermon on his death,

: by the Rev. Dr. Barnes.). THOMAS THRELKELD was the son of the Reverend

1 SAMUEL THRELKELD, Minister of the Presbyterian congregation at Halifax, in Yorkshire, who died in 1767. He was born April 12, (N. S.) 1739: and died April 6th, 1806, having very nearly completed his 67th year. Of the earlier part of his education, no particular account has been received. After his grammar learning was finished, he went, first, to the Academy at Daventry, and was entered as a student under Dr. ASHWORTH, who succeeded Dr. DODDRIDGE. He did not continue there long, though the singularly neat and beautiful copies of several of the Lectures delivered in that academy, written by him in what is commonly called Dr. Doddridge's Short Hand, prove that his time there was very diligently employed. From DAVENTRY, he was removed to WARRINGTON, soon after the opening of the academy there, in 1757.

In the year 1762, Mr. Threlkeld settled as minister at Risley, within four miles of Warrington, with a small and plain, but most harmonious, affectionate, and agreeable society of Presbyterian dissenters. Here he lived useful, respected, and happy, till the year 1778, when he removed to Rochdale, where he continued to his death. At Risley, he married Miss Martha Wright, the daughter of a much respected member of that congregation; by whom he had no issue, and who survives him.

When Mr. T. first went to the academy at Darentry, he was, at that early age, so well acquainted with the English Bible, that he was a perfect living concordance to the scriptures. You could not inention three words, except perhaps those words of mere connection which occur in hundreds of passages, to which he could not immediately, without hesitation, assign

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