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ANNUAL MEETINGS IN LONDON,

(Continued.) MAY 13.- Sunday School Union.- This morning, at six o'clock, the Annual Meeting of this Society was held at the City of London Tavern; Joseph Butterworth, Esq. M, P. in the chair. The Report was read by Mr. W.F. Lloyd, one of the Secretaries,

Movers and Seconders.--Rev. Edward Irving, and Rev. John Clayton, jun.---Rev. S. Hillyard, and W. Rust, Esq. Rev. Spedding Curwen, and Mr. Alderman Key-Rev. W. M. Harvard, and Rev. J. Taylor-and Rev. James Upton, and Rev, S. Kilpin.

State of the Funds.
Receipts of the year.

S. do
Contributions,

109 9 2
Publications,

1637' 10 0

Total £ 1746 19 22

Payments of the year.
Publications,
Grants to Schools and Societies,
Sundries,

£. s, do
1572 12 2

74. 15 7
71. 1 4

Total £ 1718 91

MAY 14, 15, and 16.-The London Missionary Society, On these days the Annual Meetings of this Society were held in their usual order. The sermons were preached by the Rev. Messrs. John Leifchild, William Chaplin, J. Macdonald of Urquhart, Edwin Sydney, and Joseph Fletcher. In the preceding week two sermons were preached in the Welsh lana guage for the benefit of the Society; the first by the Rev. John Elias of Anglésea, and the other by the Rev. W. Williams of Wern. The meeting of the Society for business was held on Thursday the 15th of May in the Wesleyan Chapel, Great Queen Annual Meetings in London.

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Street. William Alers Hankey, Esq. the Treasurer, having taken the chair, a hymn was sung, and prayer was offered by the Rev. Thomas Young of Margate. An abstract of the Re. port of the Society's proceedings during the past year, was read by the home Secretary. The Treasurer then presented the accounts and pleaded for renewed exertion.

It would argue a culpable insensibility, were we not to com. mence the present Report, with adverting to the unprecedent. ed mortality which has prevailed, during the past year, among the Society's Missionaries, chiefly in the East. Deeply do we lament to state, that, within this short period, no less than ten of our Brethren and Sisters have been, in rapid succession, removed from the present world, and from the scenes of their useful labours. But while we mourn over these, not less mysterious than painful, dispensations of Providence, we would bow in humble and unfeigned submission to the Divine Will. A statement, so melancholy and affecting cannot fail to make a deep and solemn impression on this assembly. It ought not, however, to abate our zeal nor to relax our efforts; still less should it be allowed to damp the fervour of our gratitude to Him, who, during the same period of time, has, in that and other regions of the world, afforded the Society so much to compensate for past exertions, and to animate to future and more extended labours.

“ It is peculiarly gratifying to the Directors to be able to ana nounce to the present Meeting, that the income of the Society, during the past year, has exceeded that of the former, in the sum of 185 l. 48. 6]d. the total amount of the Receipts being 31,2661. 113. 114 d.; the total amount of the Disbursements, for the same period, being 33,1871. 198. 3}d. A deficiency exists, notwithstanding, between the Income and Expenditure, of 19211. 78. 4d. The increase in the direct contributions for the past year, which the Directors are happy in most gratefully acknowledging, is partly to be ascribed to the establishment of additional Auxiliary Societies, and Branch and other

Associations, during the last two years ; and partly to the more zealous efforts of those previously instituted.”

The various Resolutions were moved and seconded by the Rev. Dr. Wardlaw, the Rev. Joseph Julian, Thomas Smith, Henry Townley, David Stuart, John Morison, Joseph Fletcher, Edward Irving, Mark Wilks, Professor Stapfer of Paris, Dr. Pinkerton, Dr. Paterson, the Rev. Mr. Marsden (Wesleyan,) John Dyer, (Secretary to the Baptist Missionary Society) and by Robert Steven, and Thomas Brightwell, Esqrs.

The collections at the different services were £ 1304 18. 1d.

MAY 17.-The Protestant Society for the Protection of Religious Liberty.The Twelfth Anniversary Meeting of this Society was held at the City of London Tavern, Lord Dacre in the chair. The meeting overflowed, as usual, at an early hour.

After a few introductory observations from the noble Chair. man, and some extracts from the minutes of the Committee, read by Mr. Pellatt, Mr. J. Wilks, the other Honorary Secretary, rose and addressed the Meeting with his usual ability and effect. Taking a review of the cases of the past year, he divid. ed them into the usual classes, beginning with those of a pecuniary nature, as Turnpike Charges, Taxing of Chapels, &c. Mr. W. informed the Meeting, that since the last Anniversary an Act had been passed, exempting Dissenters, as well as Churchmen, from all Sunday tolls in going to, or returning from, their customary places of worship, Several fresh attempts had been made to assess Dissenting Chapels and School-rooms; and a Mr. P. Watson, of Newcastle, had been imprisoned for a contempt of the Ecclesiastical court, arising out of Easter Offerings.

Parochial relief bad been withdrawn from paupers on ac. count of their attendance at Dissenting chapels; and a publican bad been threatened with the loss of his licence because an itinerant preacher put up there. Several riots had taken place at Dissenting places of Worship, and in some cases the magis.

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trates had taken part with the rioters. In other instances, however, justice had been done.

(To be continued.)

SIERRA LEONE.

Distressing Intelligence from Sierra Leone. At a Meeting of the Committee of the Church Missionary Society, held on Monday, the 14th of July, 1823, the Secretary stated that he had very afflicting intelligence to report from Sierra Leone, not less than Five persons connected with the Society having been removed from their labours between the 20th of April and the 8th of May, among whom was their ex. cellent friend, the Rev. W. Johnson. On Sunday, April the 20th, Mr. James Bunyer, School-master in Freetown, died about one o'clock in the morning, after a short illness, and was buried the same evening“- Friday, the 25th. the Rev. W. H. Schemel died, after several weeks decline-Saturday, the 26th, the remains of Mr. Schemel were committed to the grave : on the same day, the Rev. W. Johnson sailed for England, apparently in perfect health-Tuesday, the 29th, Mr. Johnson was taken ill-Saturday, May the 3d, the Rev. S. Flood, First Colonial Chaplain, sailed for England, somewhat indisposed at the time; and on the same day the Rev. W. Johnson died at sea-Sunday, the 4th, the Rev. H. Palmer Second Colonial Chaplain, preached in the morning at Freetown, and adminis. tered the Lord's Supper ; but was taken ill in the afternoon, and was carried up to Regent's Town-Tuesday, the 6th, the Rev. S. Flood died at sea- Wednesday, the 8th, the Rev. H. Pal. mer died at Drgent's Town.-Miss. Reg. July, 1823.

Scientiác Department.

A Comparative Estimate of the Mineral and Mosaic Geologies.

By GRANVILLE PENN, Esq. In no department of Science has there been so much trifling with Divine Truth, as in Geology: and in none, perhaps, has it been left so much at the mercy of its enemies, without a friend to maintain its cause. It is true that the bold speculations of Geologists have been denied, and there has been no Christian who has not felt confident that the ground of his faith was too strong to be shaken by such winds of doctrine. But till now these speculations have never been sifted with sufficient care, nor the credibility of the Mosaic history of the creation, sufficiently shewn upon the principles of reason as well as of faith. Now, however, it has been done: and we congratulate our Christian Readers, and the world at large, on the appearance of the admirable book whose title stands at the head of the page. We

e are sorry that we have not had the pleasure «f perusing the work itself; we believe not a copy of it has yet reached India. But we have seen analyses of it, in two periodical works of eminence, which have made us acquainted with so much in it that is important and interesting in the highest degree, that we cannot delay imparting what is in our possession, to all within our reach.

We may remark that the warmest eulogiums are passed upon the work by the critics who notice it, and it seems most fully to deserve them. The Analysis which we shall principally use is that which has appeared in No. 29 of Brande's Quarterly Journal of Science, published in April 1823. We shall not be scrupulous about using the language of the Analy. sis, as far as we find it convenient, when we have no hesitation in embracing its sentiments as our own.

“ The object of this work, as its title denotes, is to examine and decide between the Mineral and the Mosaical geologies, as to their respective pretensions to guide us in our investigation

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