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" Resolved, That it be most earnestly dination of the Rer. Ebenezer Swain, edin de recommended to the friends of this so- over the newly-formed church at Sum. s'hi ar ciety, in all parts of the United Kingdom, mer's Town, near Oxford, will be publicly lo; la to employ their strenuous efforts in form- recognized. Mr. T. Coles of Bourton on OUT ing Anti-slavery Associations, for the the Water, is engaged to deliver the
purpose of diffusing information respect. charge; Mr. W. Gray to preach the ser." the buses ing the state of Slavery; of exciting and mon to the church ; Mr. Pryce, of Coote,
keeping alive a feeling of strong interest and other ministers, will take the other
in the unhappy lot of our colonial bonds- parts of the service. Worship to begin ties, vagi men, and of producing a suitable impres- at three o'clock in the afternoon, and at
sion among all classes, and especially half past six in the evening. #bers among the young, of the paramount obli.
gations attaching to us as men, as Britons,
and as Christians, to leave no means unbet beige attempted for alleviating their condition,
Mr. W. Gray, of Chipping Norton, has Montice and for raising them from their present accepted the very cordial invitation of the
state of mental darkness and brutish sub. Baptist Church at College-street, North50517 jection, to light, liberty, and the hope of ampton; and, Providence permitting, inthe Gospel.
tends to remove to Northampton, with his
“In the mean time, however, the slaves
tun-rou, near Hackney.
THE LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT, in this struction. He may thus, and in a variety Number, from a sketch by the Rev. John of other ways, make their lives bitter Lawson, gives a representation of the first
premises purchased at Serampore, as
described in Periodical Accounts, Vol. II. ORDINATIONS, &c.
page 44. Since that period many other
premises have been added to the MissionOrdination of Mr. E. Swain, at Summer's within about three hundred yards of it,
property, and lately, a large college, Town, fear Oxford.
has been erected. These are the premises Os Thursday, August 4, 1825, the Or. which have been so much injured by the
with hard bondage.'
inundation which took place in October, House, in the sixty-fifth year of his age.--
to be long and deeply regretted by the
which be was more immediately connectDIED -At Darley Abbey, on Mon- ed, and amongst wbom his many excellenday the 20th of June last, Thomas cies were best known and appreciated. Ward Swinburne, Esq. of Mill Hill
Musings in a Time of Affliction.
during his last Illness.
THOUGH often my mind is dejected,
Yet will I not dare to repine;
By wisdom and goodness divine.
My father's severest correction,
Shall work, in the end, for my good;
Nor ought I to doubt his affection,
Though all be not yet understood.
Whatever to him brings me nearer,
From earth, and from sin, wing my
Makes Christ and his Spirit still dearer,
I ought to receive in good part.
I know what perverse contradiction,
My dearest Redeemer once shar'd;
And light is my present afiliction,
With joy everlasting compar'd.
The conquest and crown are at hand;
When I, to his kingdom ascended,
Secure in his presence shall stand.
That happiness daily expecting,
In patience my soul I possess ; This hope shall like an anchor be, And earth and its shadows rejecting, For ever tirm and sure.
To glory eternal would pass,
Calendar for July. 1. Moon passes Herschel, v.
14. Moon passes Mars IX. 24 aft. 1. Mercury passes Mars.
15. New Moon X. 25 aft. Too far 10. Sun (as to longitude) between the south to cast her shadow on the Earth.
Earth and Mercury, VII. morn. 16. Moon passes Mercury XI. 15 morn. 39. Herschel south Xi. 54 aft, Alli- 17. Moon passes Jupiter IV. 15 aft. tude 15° 46'.
26. Mercury passes Jupiter VII. morn. 12. Ceres south IV. 55 ast. Altitude 26, Venus, passes Saturn X. aft. 54° 49'.
29, Full Moon XI. 67 aft, Too far north 12. Moon passes Venus VIII. morn. 13. Moon passes Saturn V. 15 more.
to pass through the Earth's shados.
IRISH EDUCATION INQUIRY. “ The anxiety and apprehension whicte
we found to prevail anong the Roman The first Report of the Commissioners Catholic clergy, with respect to proseof the Inquiry into the State of Educa- lytism, induced us carefully to inquire
tion in Ireland, has been printed : we whether many children had in fact been. ala opfra merely extract that which refers to the converted from the Roman Catholic faith
Schools founded by the Hibernian and through the immediate instrumentality,
either of the Schools of the Kildare-place "It forms no part of our duty to notice Society, or of the other Societies with
any of these Societies, but such as are which it is connected ; and we have no ES
connected with the establishment of reason whatever to believe that the con.
Schools; and of that class we found that version of any children has taken place Dr. We the London Hibernian and Baptist $o- in any case in which they cannot be suffi
cieties were so conducted as to excite a ciently accounted for by the religion of greater degree of distrust on the part of one or other of the parents. The Roman the Roman Catholic clergy than any of Catholic clergy, however, do not rest the others.
their opposition to these Societies on the " It is true, indeed, that general di- ground that proselytism has actually been rections are given by these Societies, that affected by them, but on an allegation no attempt shall be made in their Schools that such is their object; that such is the to instil Protestant doctrines into the tendency of their Schools, and that such minds of the Roman Catholic children. might be the effect of their system if it The chief object is to give them scrip. were allowed to prevail. Whatever may tural instruction. They are required not have been the nature of the opposition only to read the scriptures in the Schools, which the Roman Catholic clergy have but to commit considerable parts of them given, we had abundant opportunities of to memory, for which purpose it becomes seeing that it had been very generally necessary that they should take the book exercised, and its effects were apparent to their respective homes. Scripture at the time of our inspection, in tbe al. readiog by the children of all ages is the tered state of by much the greater part of predominant and almost the sole object the Schools. That their exertions to re. of instruction; and it is the avowed wish move the children are not made with of the Directors, that the children should equal success, or with equal resolution thas obtain for themselves an acquaint. in all cases, is naturally to be expected; ance with the doctrines of Christianity, but that they have been to a great degree withont reference to any particular form successful, and will to the utmost be perof creed or worship.
sisted in, we are led seriously to appre" The opinion which is formed by the hend." Roman Catholics of the character and in The result of this inquiry is thus extentions of the London Hibernian and pressed : Baptist Societies, must naturally be the “ On the fullest consideracion which result of a consideration of the whole, we have been able to give to the subject, and not of a part of their proceedings; we are of opinion, that it is desirable to and in this view it is important to ob- unite children of the different religious serve, with respect to the London Hiber. persuasions in Ireland, for the purpose of nian Society, that the circulation of the instructing them in the general objects of Holy Scriptures generally in Ireland is literary knowledge, and to provide facione of the declared objects of the Society, lities for their instruction separately, and that it also employs a class of readers where the difference of relief renders it who are constantly engaged in travelling impossible for them any longer to learn through those parts of the country which together.” are inhabited by Roman Catholics, and * According to the returns made by the in reading and expounding to them the ministers of the Established Church, the scriptures. So likewise, with respect to total number of Schools in Ireland (Sun. the Baptist Society, its declared object day Schools excepted) is 10,387, and is not only to establish Schools, but to they contain 498,641 pupils. According promote the gospel in Ireland,' by the to the Roman Catholic returns, the num. employment of itinerant preachers, and ber of Schools is 10,453, and the number by the distribution of Bibles and Tracts, of pupils 522,016.” either gratuitously or at reduced prices. The plan recommended is, to have
masters of the different denominations in life lately in a well-grounded hope, and each School, as there shall be found chil. consolation of a happy eternity. Her dren of the Established Church, Presby- neighbours remonstrated with ber a few terians, and Roman Catholics, who are days before she died, on the necessity of to be taught their respective Catechisms. sending for a priest to give her the rites No provision is made for the Protestant of her church, She told them, That if & children of other denominations; as reli. man could be of any service to her soul, gious principles are to be taught the chil- that Christ had died in vain. Notwith. dren in the school-room on separate week- standing, the priest did come to visit her days. Both the Received and Douay ver- (unsent for), asked it she wished to be sions are recommended to be used: the anointed. Sbe answered, with a wisdom means of support to be provided partly far above her years, that she would not by the State, partly from parochial as trouble him for any ceremony of his, that sessments, and partly from payment by her priest was placed on high, in whom the pupils.
she trusted, wbo is the way, the truth, Should this plan be adopted by the and the life. Where did you get this Parliament, it is probable the Hibernian kuowledge? said the priest. "I am inand Baptist Societies may lose the pecu- debted,” said she, “ to the Baptist So. niary support which they have received ciety, Mr. Wilson, and the Ladies, for from Ireland: it will still, however, be the instruction I had received. May the necessary for them to pursue their la Lord reward them for what they have bours; both out of regard to those Pro- done for me.” I have also to inform you, testant children which are excluded, un that J. G. when he first heard you preach less they consent to learn principles which in Thornhill, was so deeply interested, their parents disapprove; and because of that he could not suppress his astonish. the children in those districts, where ment when you concluded your discourse; neither ministers of the Established or of but began to inquire of me immediately the Presbyterian Church will be found, concerning the sermon, which seemed $0 to inculcate the necessity of scriptural strange to his ears. But the last time instruction, in order to their being made you preached there, I was surprised and acquainted with the principles of the Re. delighted to hear him repeat most of the formation. We feel persuaded we shall sermon, which brought a full conviction not want pupils in our Schools, nor those to his mind, that you spoke according to pecuniary contributions necessary for the oracles of God. His parents reason. their support: while we most devoutly ed with him, and said, that he should de. wish, that the Parliament may never sist from his scriptural arguments, and sanction the recommendation of this Ca. humble himself to his father confessor. tholic Report!
He answered and said, That he heard by
priest and receiving absolution, encou.
raged people to persevere in wickedness Collooney, June 7, 1825. instead of forsaking it; I confess, said Rev. Sir,
he, that I am a heinous sinner, but as There is a promising field of useful. the priest is a sinner also, I never will ness in the villages where I have been ask forgiveness of him who cannot for. exercised since my last. The people in give himself; but will, by divine aid, these several places were anxiously on endeavour to crave pardon of the Captain the inquiry when it would be their turn of our salvation, who invites sinners who to hear again the glad tidings of salva. are weary and heavy laden, to come unto tion. And many are the pleasing evi. him, and promises that all who come dences, that those tidings have not been unto him in his own appointed way, he proclaimed in vain. In Cashel, near will in no wise cast out. Drumconnor, they entreated me to remain I remain your faithful servant, a night with them, where, as usual, I
J. O'Brien. endeavoured to spread the light of the glorious gospel; to which they gave such From a Sabbath Reader to Reo. J. IFilson, earest heed, and shewed so strong an Rev. Sir, attachment, that they begged of me to I have great consolation at present leave them the Irish Testament, (which to inform you how prosperously I am get. they acknowledged to be the word of ting on among the Roman Catholies; ! God,) that they might lose no opportunity am continually invited by them to read of hearing it often, which gave them the scriptures in Irish for them. The such cause of rejoicing. I have been Lord enabled me to make some remarks credibly informed, that E. C., who was
on the same. I still pray to him to direct educated at D. school, departed this me. I met with some difficulties here
FR too, as well as in my own country: but be at none, and going to ruin in the Pave the Lord still delivered me from my ene- streets ;' the priests positively denied it, Only mies: I thank his kindness to me. Dear and said, “It is not better.' Mr. Tho. dhe Sir, if I could not read the Irish and mas, of Limerick, the superintendent of Rispeak it, I could not travel among the the schools in the counties of Limerick, tain the Catholics by any means. I have spent Clare, and Tipperary, says, Nothing
four weeks in the mountains of Donegal; can equal the desire of the people to have 2TB tifteen individuals abandoned their priest their children educated, were it not for all, here, by hearing the word of God read in the dread they have of the priests' spiri. te te the Irish language. When the priest was tual authority, and of being deprived of is informed of this change, he cursed any their labour, through their influence over wat person that would hear me or speak to the minds of their employers. I can say,'
me the following Sabbath : but after all adds Mr. Thomas, with perfect truth,
the people still came to hear me. One gious inquiry, never such a desire among te beshe evening, as I departed from a Catholic the children for education, never such To Link house, where there assembled above forty anxious applications for copies of the ita Roman Catholics, I was way-layed by scriptures, and never such a desire to
two persons, who would have destroyed hear the gospel preached. You must
my life, only a gentleman providentially send us a large supply of Bibles and Tes. y happened to be riding by.
taments, as very many can now read,
their having attended our schools.'
“ That a great difference of opinion The late period at which the Anniver- and feeling, in regard to the Society's sary has taken place, prevents our giving schools, exists among the Roman Catholic even a sketch of the appropriate speeches priests, the following extract will prove : that were delivered. It is sufficient to “I have been credibly informed,' says say, that the following ministers and the writer,' that a priest in my district, others were engaged.—The Rev. Messrs. from the altar, conferred many encomi. Middleditch, Edwards, Hawkins, Cramp, ums on the Baptist Society, by saying, Groser, Kinghorn, Dr. Steadman, Fisher, that it was worthy of approbation and Finch, Evanson, Shenston, and J. Parnell, support, and that it was the greatest Esq. The speech of the Rev.Josiah Wilson, blessing to the poor. He exhorted his of Boyle, one of the Society's Itinerants, people not to be lulled, or turned out of was very encouraging, as it proved the their course, by foolish babbling, and good effects of the Society's operations in thus to lose the opportunity offered for Ireland. The Rev. Mr. M‘Farlane began the education of their children.' He said,
• that he bad examined the books which The Report was full of interesting were used in the schools, that had been facts: the following is an extract. condemned by some of his brethren, and
“In one instance, a school, in the bad found them to be free from error;' South of Ireland, which consisted of one and added, if other priests took the hundred and forty boys, and pinety-six same views of the Society that he did, girls, was violently scattered in April they would plead the cause of the insti. last by two Roman Catbolic priests. They tution, pray for all with whom it ori. accomplished this by entering the school, gipated and was supported, and would and commanding the children to leave it, unite with it in circulating the scriptures, and by calling on their parents, and the knowledge of which makes men of threatening them with public excommu every denomination good members of sonication from the altar on the next Lord's ciety, and makes them to feel themselves day, unless their children were taken to be amenable to the salutary laws of away from the school: the success of this their country.' measure of intimidation was so great, that " One of the Irish Readers thus writes: five children only continued out of more – The following account has been comthan one hundred and fifty. It is added, municated to me by a person that was that many of the poor children wept much present at the time that the transaction when the priests drove them from the iook place. A priest went into one of school, and during the next month, many our scbools, and asked the children bow of them returned to it notwithstanding far they were advanced as to the committhis opposition. But the priests renewed ting of the scriptures to memory; the poor the attack, by ill-treating the parents. children thought they would be rewarded When some of these poor people ventured by the priest for being so forward in a to reply, by saying; It is surely bet. knowledge of the book of God, conseter for them to be at that school than to quently they stood up manfully, and be.