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which Divine Providence has sent us, ven is merciful : and let us receive along with an excellent corrector, in this blessing as a pledge, that this Sir Gore Ousely. You see we shall most foul stain shall be soon wiped soon meet our brethren in the East from the code of all nations !
CAPTURED SLAVES. Thus it appears that an edition of All the slaves captured on the coast the Persian New Testament for the of Africa, by our cruizers, must be western provinces of Persia, most of carried into the colony ofSierra Leone. which are subject to Russia, is already The inode of disposing of them on beguns, and that the British Ambassa- their arrival reflects great honour on dor, being detained there for some the agents of this country. Those time, has kindly undertaken to super- who do not enter the army or navy,
are placed in villages, according to The principle of Bible Associations their respective countries, and have has been adopted, and many distin- Jands allotted to them. Eight vilguished personages are already en- lages have been actually formed of gaged to preside over their establish- these people. The houses are built ment. So great is the desire of thc , according to the mode practised in people in Russia to possess the scrip- their respective countries; and great tures, that the poor fall at the feet of progress has been made in cultivating those who distribute bibles, intreating their lands. There are thus settled no they may be favoured with the word less than 2000 captive negroes, of of God. Bibles already occupy the whom 800 are children! and, in contoilets of the rich; and labouring men sequence of their juvenile ignorance, who
possess a copy of this invaluable they are to be under the instruction of treasure, read it to those who have it proper schoolmasters and mistresses, Dut, after the hours of labour.
who have been sent out for that pur-
ceive the farther assistance of the
black boys, who also lately sailed from Our readers will learn with delight, London, after being qualified as teachthat the pleadings of justice and hu- ers, under the British system of edumanity have been successful in behalf cation, in the Borough School; there of Western Africa—the French lave is, therefore, every prospect that these prohibited the Slave Trade north of individuals will soon become a most Cape Formosa! The whole line of important part of the population of English settlements, where cloristian that infant colony; and that, under bepevolence is struggling under all hicaven, great blessings will be derivdifficulties to remunerate Africa for ed from their education, religious inher wrongs, will now be free, by law, struction, and moral improvement. from the evils which the revival of the Many of the inhabitants of these vilFrench Slave Trade threatened: and lages have already made great adthe French establishments themselves vances in civilization, and have bewill throw back on the unfeeling come useful mechanics. Moors and other 'Traders, those multitudes of unoffending victims, wlrich,
FRANCE. it is well known, they have been as- State of the Reformed Churches. sembling hundreds of miles up the The President of the reformed Church Senegal, from the moment when they of Nismes, Chevalier of the legion heard that peace would restore to of honour, Member of the Council, France her dependencies in those and General of the Department.quarters. Let us adore herein the To the Rev. G. C. Smith. gracious Providence of Him who an
Nismes, * Jan. 10, 1815. swers prayer, and who is delighted You have manifested, my dear with the efforts of his servants to be sir, a desire of knowing the situation merciful as their Father who is in hea- of our Churches, and their spiritual
Nismes is a large Town a few leagues from Montpelier, on the borders of the Mediterranean, famous for the number and piety of the Protestants ever since the Reformation. Vol. VII,
wants, for the advancement of truth relative to the abuses which ofter and piety. It is not half a century creep into the faith and conduct of the since we were brought from a state of people. However, sir, these inconslavery and oppression, into which the veniences must necessarily be felt less unhappy revocation of the edict of in this department than in others not Nantz had precipitated us; but, you
so "favoured : where the pastors are know, the blood of the martyrs is the less numerous and less united, thereseed of the church. During the pro- fore we have the advantage of them. scription, zeal for 'religion was un- We conciliate, and endeavour to do shaken, the manners of the persecuted, what we can ; but far from being able which were the fruit of their faith, to do the good we wish, power and were most pure ; the calm which suc- aid are wanting; our country Churchceeded the storm, toward the end es are poor, the greater part of them of the reign of Louis XV. spread have neither temples, nor zeal, for the Jukewarmness and indifference.“ An- obserýation of the Lord's-day. The archy, in consequence of the revolu- pastors cannot establish Schools, for tion, produced ungodliness and im- the religions education of children, for morality, so that divine worship was want of money. It is only the prinentirely abolished, and there were no cipal churches which have been able longer faithful pastors, or the means to form them for the poor, and they of edifying their flocks, and instruct- are insufficient, and we cannot dising their children, by their exhorta- simulate, that the two grand obstacles tion and example. Since the law of that exist are from two principal the 18th Germinal, in the year 10, causes; the first is, that the children worship being established every where, of the peasants and mechanics, knon gave us an opportunity of giving our not how to read, and those are the most Churches a legal organization, which, numerous of the people ;* the second in preserving our ancient discipline is, the want of religious books in those and the synod, has not left it in the who know how to read, which renders power of any one to deprive us of it; instruction painful, and unprofitable to , but the difficulties we had in obtain the teachers. ing a convocation under the preceding I'have seen, by'an extract of letters government were great. We have written by Mr. Martin's son, whom no personal persecution at present, you have now in London, which his and have no communication with, sy- father communicated to me, that you nodical assemblies, in consequence of and your illustrious co-operators, are which we are fallen into an unhappy disposed to favour the efforts of miinsulated state, which renders each nisters in France, for the propagátion church an independent consistorial, of the gospel. Receive, my dear sir, and at liberty to follow or not the Ar- the expressions of lively gratitude, and ticles of our anciont discipline, from be assured our prayers will never which results there is an easy intro- cease to be offered up, that the Alduction to difference of opinion as to mighty may deign to crown your lathe doctrines, worsliip, and use of the bours, and favour you with his blesssacraments, and in the application of ing. the canonical censures, and penalties
I am, &c.
DOMESTIC RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
the Baptist Society, for promoting
Prom a Pædobaptist Minister, in the
county of Sligo, dated Dec. 14, 1814.
You have done me an act of kindness by sending the Irish Testaments
* It may be gratifying to the public to hear that one French Protestant Minister is now receiving instruction in the British System of Education, under the patronage of the British and Foreign School Society; and another Minister is on his way to this country for the same purpose. The South of France will soon be the sphere of their labours. Tofforts are also making to establish Sunday Schools in that kingdom.
to my care. It affords me great plea- mistake, both in them and in myself, sure to lend an helping hand to such a I was put to a great stand; as I had good work. I hope you will not forget given them books they could not read: to employ me in any thing, in which I nor could I procure any one to instruct can be useful to the Society, free of them. So I concluded it was my duty expense; for to be candid with you, to exert myself in whatever way I my circumstances will not bear much could be most useful; and therefore in that way
I assembled all the Readers at my I sent forty Testaments to Mr. H. own house; struck out a new plan; and B, H, got some for the use of his and in a very short time I had twelve daughter's school; Mr. M. has also got out of twenty that could read to the some of them.
satisfaction of any man. But you are When you requested me to give some to observe, the days that other schools of these away, I did not think there were idle, such as Sabbaths, Christwas any person who would read them mas-time, and holy days, these were near this place; but I have great plea- our most active times: old as well as sure in saying I found many. I have young were thronging. Then as I given away about thirty; all, except- was to leave the place, and lest the ing two, to Catholics; and only one of spark should be extinguished, it was them had ever read the Scriptures be with sorrow of heart I thought of partfore. I have already heard many ing from them. I accordingly sepapleasing accounts of persons who are rated them into two parties, and app reading them to their friends and pointed J, H. and E. H. to teach both neighbours.
old and young, whoever applied, in There is one way in which I think evening schools. I allow two shillings Irish may be taught to great advan- per week, and candles; for which they tage; I mean by evening schools. I are very grateful. Of these two i am certain were persons employed in have great hopes, as their exertions this way; say two, three, or six even- are very great. ings in the week; the expense would From these small beginniugs it is be small, and many, both adults and not casy to calculate how far the sound children, would attend them.
of the gospel is extending; as there
are several men who have six or seven From one of the Society's Readers in children now learning to read the Irish
the province of Connaught, dated Testament; the Lord only can give Jan. 23, 1815.
the increasc. There is not a house, I have very pressing calls from four or place, where I have yet read the different and distant places, in conse- Irish Testament, that I have not found quence of not only the youth, but the some impressions; and until now, the aged men, being as eager to obtain scarcity of readers of Irish was so knowledge as the children. Some of great, that the Testaments printed by them begin to think seriously of what the Bible Society were of no use. they have heard, and only, like the One of the men I have employed eunuch, want one to instruct them. about six miles off, came to me this The Lord, I plainly see, is preparing morning and requested eighteen Tesmen's hearts for the reception of his 'taments, in addition to six, which I word; and wbat is most hopeful, is, gave him at the commencement : that by mild perseverance the dread of though I employed him only for Sabthe priests will shortly die away. bath reading to his neighbours; yet
I have gone through the neighbour- he is instructing both old and young hood, and have read the Scriptures, to read. I told him I would represent and spoken to them “ as they were his exertions to the Committee. able to bear it.” By these means I have employed seven othur's; six they came and beyged Testaments of whom know are fulfilling their for their children that could read. The duty. As for the seventh, he is far simplicity of the poor people was such, off on the borders of the counties of tliat they thought as they could read alway, Mayo, and Roscommon. I the English, they had nothing to do appointed him to read to his neighbut set to and read the Irish in like bours, and gave him two l'estaments:
But when I perceived the but my principal view was that it
would be an introduction for me into ed if they should deal or hold any the wild, wicked part of the kingdom, communication with him. This threat which I intend to visit, as there are was so effectual, that no one of the few, if any, that can read the Irish; country people would sell a sod of and it is not taught, except in a few turf to Donovan to beat' bis oven ; of the Hibernian schools. I will exert and he could not even sell, in his myself whilst the Lord is pleased to own name, such flour or stock as lay spare my health, in bringing the on his hands. Reduced almost to gospel to their ears; no one can have despair, the baker went in a white a more free reception. I was told by sheet to the chapel, as a voluntary peone “it was very odd I was getting no nance, and asked pardon of God and opposition, it was not a good sign. the priest for bis disobedience; aud I answered, that is often the case, was there, by the priest, desired to atbut for îny part I would have greater tend him to his house, where he ahope where the door would be open- gain demanded from him the two ed for me, than shut against me. guincas, which Donovan assured him
he could not possibly make up. The Excommunication.
excommunication was, therefore, conThe following are the facts of a tinued in full force against him, and cause which was tried before the he was consequently obliged to shut Hon. Mr. Justice Day, and a Special up his house. The above facts were Jury, at the Cork Assizes:--A Baker incontrovertibly proved by two unof the name of Donovan, brought an willing witnesses. The Jury, after a action against the Rev. Mr. O'Brian, very able charge from the Learned vicar-general to Dr. Coppinger, titu- Judge, found a verdict for the plaintiff lar. Bishop of Cork, and Roman Ca- with 501. damages. tholic parish priest of Clonakilty. The damages were laid at 500l. It From a letter from Mr. M'Carthy. appeared on the trial, that a subscrip
Jan. 25, 1815. tion had been set on foot by the pricst, As to the prospect of good being for the purpose of building a Roman done, I think there is a glorious one. Catholic chapel. Donovan was order.. I have a most convenient place for ed to pay, as his affixed quota, the preaching in Tullamore; the congresum of 165. 3d. which he accordingly gation is daily encreasing, and I hope did. He was afterwards called upon by the divine blessing much good to pay Os. this sum he likewise paid, will be done. At Athlone the fields but observed, that he was very poor,
are white unto harvest: my ministry and that he could not afford it. A is always attended by some of the third demand was made
on him by most respectable people, as well as by the priest of 15s. which Donovan re- the
of the town. The last time i fused to comply with. On Donovan's was there I had about 150 hearers. going to mass the following Sunday, I hope about twelve persons have rehe was asked by the priest whether he ceived divine impressions under the would pay the 158. or not? He answer- word : these meet me after preaching ed, that he was not able. The priest to speak about the things of God. At rejoined, “I will settle you.” 'Ter- Ferban and Craggen my cougregarified at this observation, Donovan tions are wonderfully encreasing. I sent by his wife 16s. to the house of have conversed with 12 or 14 persons thç priest, who refused then to take who professed to depend alone on the less than two guineas. On the fol- righteousness of Christ for eternal lowing Sunday the priest cursed from salvation. Craggen was one of the the altar all those who had not paid most barren places in the kingdom, their demands towards building the totally destitute of a gospel ministry, chapel. Dunovan went on the next At Eglish, or town-heath, I have had holiday to mass, and was formally about 40 or 50 Catholics, besides proexcommunicated, and the people de- testants, who seemed to receive the nounced as cursed and contaminat- word joyfully. Two or three of the
* We are happy to acknowledge on behalf of the Treasurer, the receipt of twenty pounds, sent by a Lady from Limington, in aid of the Schools for the Native Irish.
under convictions. is profusely sprinkled. Being asked The Priest hearing of this his indigna- by the Priest the reason for his protion was raised against us; and on two fane conduct, the boy replied, with successive Sundays, before my last great simplicity, “Why Sir, I have visit, he warned them not to hear me read the Testament through and again, on the penalty of excommunis through, and I have not met in the cation. He told them he would nei-' words of Christ or bis Apostles, one ther marry them, baptize their children word about holy water! and if it was -give them the Sacrament, nor a
od, sir, would not they have noint them when dying. Many of commended it? Though the Priest them told my friend Mr. W. they said nothing to the boy, yet be rewere exceedingly sorry, as my preach- solved to punish the mother; or, at ing had affected their minds more least, to make her an example of his than all the priest had ever said to high displeasure, according to the them; but that they were afraid to power which the keys of St. Peter come, as the Priest had all power, and had, through the Pope, entrusted to if he had a mind, lie could change him. Accordingly, on the next Sunthem into a black stone: however, day, before a large congregation, he some of them were at my last sermon. passed sentence of excommunication,
I have much encouragement at by bell, book, and candle. Thus, so Port-Arlington: I have in general far as he was able to do it, separating good congregations.
the poor heretical mother, from the At Rosenallis last Monday the peo- church of God on eartb; and depriv. ple came for two or three miles round, ing her of all hope of entering heaven and the place was so crowded that hereafter. Notwithstanding all this, they could not all get in. Truly we the poor woman continued unintimi-. had a memorable season, yea, an dated, and still sends ber. boy to epitomize of heaven!
school. I am invited to several other places. A young man, who resided in the I never can be sufficiently thankful to vicinity of the schools, merely from the Lord, who is giving me the esteem reading the Scriptures appears to of the people all through the country, have been made wise unto salvation. in all the places where I have la- Being apparently at the point of death, boured.
Yours, &c. his mother was very importunate to.
the conversation of his mother, he London Hibernian Society. revived, to the astonishment of all We are happy to find that notwith- present, and told her that he would standing the opposition that has been bave no priest, nor any of his rites; raised against the schools established but that if she insisted upon bringing by the London Hibernian Society, by him, he would speak to him as the priestly influence in Ireland, the num- Lord should enable him; and perhaps, ber of children which attend them is added he, the Lord may make use of increasing. By the last quarterly re- my dying words, to rescue him from turn from one of the principal dis- bis dangerous situation. tricts, it appears there has been an in- In another district, a catholic who crease of 1200 scholars. 'Many pleas- lad access to the scriptures, was very ing instances of the utility of teaching desirous to possess a Bible. At length the children of Catholics to read the he purchased one, and began to tell scriptures are coming to the know. bis neighbours of the important disledge of this Society. " A boy about coveries that he had made upon the 10 or 12 years ofage, named Thady H. subject of religion? The Priest soon who had been kept by the schools, got intelligence that M. was tainted notwithstanding the threats of the with strange doctrines, and coming Priests, and who was reading the Tes- to his house, seized the Bible, and cartament in the school; refused, when ried it off in triumph; though he afterthe Priest was anointing a dying man, wards sent him the sum he had paid to hold out his hand to receive the for it. The Rev. Mr. S. a pious clerholy water, which on those occasions syman, hearing of the distress felt by