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[Letter from the Rabbi Crooll, Professor of Hebrew in the University of Cambridge.]
doing the will of their God, they go and walk a dreaming to petition Parliament to make them equal in liberty with the Christians of the land. Have they forgotten that prisoners have no right to be equal with the inhabitants of the land. Hath not Isaiah the prophet declared, in chap. Ixi. 1. the. following words: "To proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound." Will any one of them deny that we are prisoners of the Lord.
It is now sixty-eight years since I was born: during that period I have engaged my time in travelling from country to country. I have been among the infidels; I have been among the Mahomedans; I have also travelled among the Christians; I have found them all alike. I observed that the infidel nations dwell in peace and in happi-"But this is a people robbed and spoiled; ness; I have seen the Mahomedans also dwell in safety, and that they are happy; I have also seen the Christian nations, all of them are settled in their own lands, and are at peace and happy; I have seen the Jews wandering among the Infidels; I have seen the poor Jews wandering among the Mahomedans; I have seen the Jews wandering among the Christians; but unhappy every where; persecuted by the Infidels; persecuted by the Mahomedans, and persecuted by the Christian. Nor was the Infidel, nor the Mahomedan, nor the Christian, ever weary of persecution, and saying we have persecuted them already more than enough; but on the contrary, they find daily fresh methods by which they do persecute the poor Jews, and thus it has continued until this very day. What is the cause of it? and why is it that among all the nations in the world the Jews only should be persecuted? But this question is already answered by Isaiah xlii. 24, 25. “Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the Lord, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law therefore he hath poured upon them the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle, and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart." This was the condition of our forefathers, and we continue to walk in their steps; but I am sorry to say that we do not improve, but grow worse and worse every day. I will take notice of the Jews in this country. There are hundreds of both males and females, that scarcely know what is a Bible, and are totally ignorant of religion. Is it then not a duty of all those Israelites that have it in their power, to step forward and establish lecture rooms, wherein, every Sabbath, discourses might be delivered to the poor and ignorant, that they might learn to know the God of their forefathers? But instead of
they are all of them snared in holes, and
us disgraceful to ourselves; we who were I am fully convinced, that if the head, in former times the schoolmasters of all the and the other heads of our brethren in Lonworld, have become the most ignorant. Let don would make a beginning, every Israelite us not be ashamed to learn of Christians; in the country would contribute towards it; take an example of them, and do the same. by which alone we might be reconciled to Rise ye who are bound to do so, join alto- our God, and which only would hasten our gether, and bring all your brethren to the restoration, which will prove the joy of all knowledge of God; and if you do it, you the world. would do no more than your duty; if you do, your reward will be sure, and if you do not, your punishment will be also sure.
REV. LAURENCE BUTTERWORTH.
This venerable Minister of Christ was called from his work to his reward, July 1, 1828, aged 87 years. He had faithfully discharged the duties of a Christian Pastor more than 63 years, having for so long a time been the Pastor of the Baptist Church at Evesham, in Worcestershire. We forbear to say more of him at present, as we hope to present our readers with a memoir of him in an early number.
At a time when the public attention is directed towards unhappy Ireland with such
intense interest, it will be refreshing to turn
off the eye for a moment from its political agitations, to mark something of those moral means which Christian philanthropy has put into operation so calculated to elevate its character-to tranquilize its spirit and to heal its woes. The Eighteenth Annual Report of the Sunday School Society for Ireland, is now before us, dated at Dublin, 16th April 1828, from which we present our readers with the following brief extracts:
and teachers in connexion with it has considerably increased; and your committee have been cheered by the kindest expressions of approbation and attachment to the cause confided to their care.
In a country, still so manifestly deficient in the means of religious education, as Ireland, it is not merely instruction in reading and writing which is called forbut instruction in morals, in social duties, in religious charity and peace, and in the precepts and practice of genuine Christianity.'
"That the Holy Scriptures should hold a prominent place in Seminaries for the instruction of the population of this country, is a truth which has been strongly enforced by the late Commissioners of Irish Education Inquiry.' In their first report, (page 98) they state, that they are deeply impressed with the importance and necessity of introducing the Scriptures into all institutions for the education of the people, as a fundamental part of the instruction;' and
in their last (ninth) report, (page 28) they repeat their conviction, that no system of education can be considered as deserving of foundations of all moral obligation in relithat name, which shall not seek to lay the gious instruction. Such are the principles by which your Society has been guided; been well described as 'that holy, uuamand the instruction it labours to promote has biguous instruction which lays the foundation of Christian morals in Christian belief, “In detailing the progress of your So- and deduces all the duties, obligations, ciety during the past year, your Committee charities and claims of social intercourse would offer their warmest congratulations on from Scriptural authority,' imparting the the continued success which, through the knowledge that makes the sun go down blessing of the Almighty, has been vouch-upon the cottage in peace, and opens the safed to their proceedings. The sphere of dawn with a blessing-that makes the sweat your Society's usefulness has been greatly of labour balmy, the hearth happy, and the extended; the number of schools, scholars sabbath refreshing.'
"During the past year gratuitous assist- for Adults, 2,539 of the Book of Hints for ance has been afforded to 747 schools, of Conducting Sunday Schools; and the sum which 492 had received similar assistance in former years.
"The number of books granted gratuitously, and sold at reduced prices during the past year, has been 3,842 Bibles, 22,130 Testaments, 22,285 Spelling-books, No. 1. 18,893 Spelling-books, No. 2. 9,659 Alphabets, 5,073 Freeman's Card for Adults, 299 of the Book of Hints for Conducting Sunday Schools.
of 4277. 10s. 6d. Irish currency, has been expended in grants of money to the Schools, since the formation of the Society. The issue of Bibles and Testaments during the past year, as compared with that of the preceding, presents an increase of 2,805 Bibles, and of 4,573 Testaments. The additional number of Bibles may be accounted for chiefly by a reduction in the price of them to Sunday Schools, from 1s. 8d. to 1s. each copy.
"The following books have been granted gratuitously, and sold at reduced prices "Your Committee now present the folsince the formation of the Society, (after lowing Recapitulation of the number of deducting books granted and subsequently Schools, Scholars and Gratuitous Teachers returned to the Society,) viz. 17,007 Bibles, in connexion with your Society in each Pro210,882 Testaments, 112 Scripture Ex- vince, up to 5th January 1828, with the protracts, 536,331 Spelling-books, No. 1. & 2. portion which the Scholars bear to the po154,617 Alphabets, 35,207 Freeman's Card pulation:
"It will be observed that the number of LONDON FEMALE PENITENTIARY, PENScholars in connexion with your Society amounts to 173,613; of this number 80,998 The twenty-first Annual Meeting of this are reported to be reading in the Bible or Testament, and 28,853 reported to be adults excellent Charity, was held on Thursday, June 12th, at the Institution; where inabove the age of 15. With respect to the proportion of the scholars attending the creased accommodation has been obtained Sunday Schools connected with your So- by opening an anti-room into the Chapel, so ciety, which derive instruction in daily The esteemed President was prevented from that 300 persons were conveniently seated. schools also, your Committee would remark, that the returns to your society on this head attending, and the Chair was therefore filled are still defective, but as far as their infor- by the Rt. Hon. Sir George Henry Rose, mation enables them to judge, they coincide M.P. one of the Vice-Presidents. in the opinion expressed by their predeces- The Report was read by T. Pellatt, Esq. It stated that during the sors, 'that at least one half of the scholars the Secretary. in the schools connected with your society, past year there had been 124 applications for admission, fifty-four of whom had been do not attend daily schools. "The total receipts of the past year out to service; fourteen reconciled to their received; that twenty-one had been placed amount to 3,5201. 2s. 5d. of this sum 4651. 1s. 4d. have been received for the friends; four withdrawn at their own resale of Books, Extracts of the Correspond-quest; ten dismissed for improper behaviour; one on account of ili health; one ence, &c. issued by your society. The total amount of subscriptions and dona- from pregnancy; one sent to her parish; one tions contributed by the public, therefore married, and one had died; leaving in the Institution on March 31st, 110 females. is, 30551. 1s. Id.
The Report and appendices contain several encouraging accounts of those who have
This provision for the religious instruction of the students of the London University, seems adapted to meet the wishes of all parties, and to secure general approbation.
left the Institution, and are placed in ser- | Cambridge; andthe Rev. Dionysius Lardvice, or filling other useful stations, where ner, LL.D. Dublin. (having not only ceased to do evil, but learned to do well,) they are a source of satisfaction to their employers, and of great credit to the Institution. Some are reported as having become members of Christian churches, having felt the power of divine grace; and are walking in humility and faith; and others being now as zealous to save the souls of their fellow creatures, as they were formerly to lead them to perdition.
The finances have been very liberally supported in the past year; public attention being directed to the Charity by some strictures in a newspaper, had the effect of awakening the feelings of regard to the Institution, among its friends; which they evinced, both by sending their testimony in its behalf, and accompanying donations for its support. The list of these in the report amounts to 5807. which the Committee are very thankful for, and feel to be a powerful stimulus to increased zeal and exertion on their part. They were also much gratified and encouraged by the sum of 1087. 10s. 3d. collected at a Wednesday morning Sermon at St. John's Chapel, Bedford Row, soon after they had been called before the tribunal of public opinion. After the reading of the Report, the meeting was addressed by the Rev. Dr. Winter, Rev. Dr. Styles, Rev. R. W. Sibthorp, Rev. Thos. Adkins of Southampton, Rev. John Blackburn, Thos. Wilson, Esq. Rev. John Hambleton, Apsley Pellatt, Esq. Thos. Pellatt, Esq. John Pitman, Esq. and the Rt. Hon. Chairman; who descanted on the necessity and utility of the
Charity, and enforced its claims in elegant and appropriate speeches to a very respectable auditory; several of whom became annual subscribers.
The Rev. F. A. Cox, LL.D. of Hackney, Librarian to the University, and the Rev. Joseph Fletcher, A.M. of Stepney, have, with the sanction and approbation of the Council, united in the formation of a plan for delivering Lectures in the immediate neighbourhood of the University, during the academic session, on the Evidences and general Principles of Revelation, the Elements of Biblical Literature, and the Leading Facts of Ecclesiastical History.
An Episcopal Chapel has been purchased contiguous to the University, to be called "The University Chapel ;" where accommodation will be afforded to the students for attendance at divine service, and where a course of Divinity Lectures will be regularly delivered, during the academical session, by the Rev. Thomas Dale, M. A.
It is a desideratum to a system of education which embraces the entire of human existence, furnishing the only species of knowledge which is commensurate to the circumstances and exigencies of man. And yet there is an obvious advantage in thus introducing it in the form of an appendage. While it supplies, to a considerable extent at least, the deficiency so heavily complained of in a certain quarter, it does so without obstructing the path to general science, or straitening the avenue by which the literary aspirant would seek to enter it; at the. same time that it stands clear of the charge of attempting, by any unnatural alliance, to commingle things, between whose elements there is no affinity. It recognizes the superiority and distinctiveness of divine truth, which resembles the light of heaven; while it irradiates every object on which it falls, it blends not itself with any of them, as if conscious of its origin and tenacious of its character.
District was held at Crewkerne, on the 27th, The Association for part of the Western 28th, and 29th of May.
On the Tuesday, Brother Blackmore preached from John xix. 30; on the Wednesday evening, Brother Pulsford, from Ps. lxxii. 15; on the Thursday morning, Brother Wayland, from Isaiah lxxii. 1; in the afternoon, Brother Chapinan, from Rom. xii. 4, 5; and in the evening, Brother Baynes, from Rom. viii. 26, 27. The Circular Letter, which was an affectionate address to those who had recently joined themselves to the respective churches, was read and approved. Brother Humphrey concluded the public services of the Association with prayer, in which devout exercise the brethren Toms, Price, Sutton, Gabriel, Clark, and others, had been previ ously engaged.
At the meeting for business, it was resolved
That the churches at Watchet, Horsington, North Curry, and Newton St. Petrock, be received into the Association.
That henceforth the proceeds of the Association fund be appropriated to the pro