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571 Anniversaries of Benevolent Institutions in the Metropolis. 572 wished to speak to explain' his motives ;-] Protestant' Society for the Protection that he regretted the assembly should have of Religious Liberty. To the anniversary been thrown into tumult on his account, of this society a large room in the City of and had sent the subscription which he in London Tavern was devoted, on the 16th tended personally to have given. This of May; Lord Viscount Ebrington in the meeting was numerously and respectably chair. The report was dignified in its attended. The accounts from Ireland were | language, and comprehensive in its views, very interesting, and would probably have without being rendered tedious by an been more ample in detail, had it not been immoderate length. It was read by John for the preceding accidental interruption. Wilks, Esq., who occasionally interspersed

London Missionary Society. The an- elucidative remarks. The principal niversary of this society, Thomas Alers speakers were the Rev. Dr. Bennet, CoHankey, Esq. in the chair, was held on lonel Addison, Rev. Dr, Dickson, of the 14th of May, in the Wesleyan chapel, | Edinburgh, Rev. Mr. Bodon, of Sheffield, City-road, which, at an early hour, was Rev. Dr. Philip, Rev. Dr. Styles, Damei completely filled ; and from the well- 1 O'Connell, Esq., Rev. Mn Morison, J. B. known character of the meeting, great ex Browne, of Wareham, Rev. Mr. Murch, pectations were entertained by all present. Mr. Haynes, Esq. Rev. Mr. Hunt, Rev. T. Nor were they disappointed. The interest Jackson, Rev. Mark Wilks, and Rev. Mr. was intense, but not more so than the gra- Reynolds, of Romsey. On the preceding tification which followed. The report took anniversary, the repeal of the Corporation a comprehensive survey of the numerous and Test Act was celebrated; and in this, missionary stations established by this the passing of the Catholic Relief Bill was society in various parts of the world, eulogized with triumphant gratulation, detailing, with pleasing discrimination, the from which, among the speakers, there did successes and disappointments which had not appear to be one dissenting voice, attended the exertions of their missionaries. / While Dr. Philip was speaking, Mr. The principal speakers on this occasion O'Connell unexpectedly entered the room. were, the Rev. George Clayton, Dr. | His name was no sooner announced, than Philip, missionary from Africa, Mr. Bux. la burst of applause simultaneously arose ton, Rev. Mr. Dixon, W. Wilberforce, from the whole concourse, and some time Esq. Rev. Mark Wilks from Paris, elapsed before the sensation which his J. Thomas, Esq, of Madras, and the Rev. presence had occasioned subsided. When Mr. Burnett. În the speech of this latter Dr. Styles, who followed, had finished gentlemen, we could not but admire his his impassioned address, Mr. O'Connell happy talent in blending chastened humour arose, amidst the renewed cheerings of the with the solemnity of his subject. It was whole assembly. This gentleman, in a calculated to keep attention on the alert, fine strain of dignified and commanding and amply to compensate all who listened eloquence, congratulated the audience on to his eloquent harangue. The chapel was the late acquisition to the cause of religious much crowded, and the collection was con | liberty. All present hung in mute attensiderable.

tion on the accents which flowed from his Religious Tract Society.-It appears tongue, interrupted only by bursts of apfrom statements made at the 'anniversary plause, when à climax was attained, or of this society, which was held at the City some momentous sentiment was elicited. of London Tavern on the 15th of May, He hailed those present as his Protestant Thomas Pellatt, Esq. in the chair, that brethren, declaring himself also a freeman, since its commencement in 1799, about from whose limbs, intellect, and conscience, one hundred and thirty millions of tracts, the shackles had lately fallen. His speech in forty-eight languages, have been dis- continued about half an hour, at the contributed, through its instrumentality and clusion of which the room resounded with exertions. Of the beneficial effects result- the cheers of the electrified multitude. ing from this distribution, many pleasing On retiring, the plaudits were again reinstances were brought before the meeting ; newed, with voices, clapping, waving of and little doubt can be entertained, that handkerchiefs, and other demonstrations others equally striking exist, of which no of approbation. The subsequent speakers account was given, and of which perhaps caught the contagion, and a new spirit of no record has been preserved. À suffi- liberality seemed to have been called into ciency was, however, known, to assure its existence among them, which they were friends that they had not laboured in vain, unable to find words sufficiently energetic nor spent their time and property for to express. Although the laws had recognought.

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several acts of local tyrrany were brought would be more than our pages can 'bear. before the meeting, the consequences of Those which we have noticed may be which were averted by the interposition of considered as fair specimens of others this society. This local despotism arose which necessity has compelled us to pass chiefly from country magistrates, several over in silence, and from them the reader of whom were church ministers, and was may estimate the spirit of benevolence exercised over those who were thought to which prevails in the British metropolis, be defenceless, and unable to resist op. and in other parts throughout the religious pression. An appeal to the Society, how- communities of the country at large. ever, soon convinced them of their mis These are among the numerous triumphs take, and caused illegal authority quickly of Christianity. Wherever the standard to retrace its steps, and relinquish with of the cross is unfurled, an atmosphere of disgrace the rights of conscience on which benevolence is immediately diffused around it had laid its sacrilegious hands. No the hallowed banner, and those who inhale instance was adduced in which the op- its sacred spirit, begin to breathe peace on pressor presumed to persevere, when it earth and good will to all mankind. At was found that this society had thrown its present, prosperity attends the glorious shield of protection over the head of the cause, and whenever its holy influence oppressed. Several instances, however, of shall be circumfused round the globe, men a contrary nature were stated to the meet will learn to live like brethren, and instead ing, in which both church ministers and of wasting and destroying each other, the magistrates had acted with a degree of nations of the earth, beating their swords liberality that did honour to their under- into ploughshares and their spears into standings and their hearts, a liberality that pruning-hooks, will cultivate the arts of was consonant with the spirit of the age in | peace, and be disgraced with the carnage which we live. We cannot, however, but and devastations of war no more. infer from some of the preceding facts, that the spirit of bigotry, intolerance, and

GLEANINGS. persecution, though paralyzed, is not yet dead. It still walks in remote districts

Missionary Intelligence.

From a letter dated Huahine, South Seas, so late ag of the empire, and, though held in chains November 23, 1828, we learn, that in this group, and by the laws, only wants a fair opportunity also in the Sandwich Islands, the preaching of the

gospel continues to be attended with nearly uninterto appear in its ancient and never to be rupted success. We say nearly, because attempts forgotten terrific form. From the facts

have been made to arrest its progress, though by

means totally dissimilar, thus elicited we cannot but infer that this In Tahiti, some visionaries, dissatisfied with the is a valuable society to the religious com

purity of its precepts, have endeavoured to invent a

more accommodating system, and, to countenance munity, and highly deserving of the sup

their authority, have pretended to foretell future

events, to work miraculous cures, and, in one instance, port which it solicits. To place any con to raise a dead man to life. On other occasions they gregation under its protection, a contri

have, in their prayers, petitioned the Almighty to

shower upon them an abundance of gold and silver, bution of two pounds is expected from and large quantities of cloth, It is scarcely necessary

to add, that in all these efforts they have been totally each in England, and one pound from unsuccessful. each in Wales. Letters post paid, ad

In the Sandwich Islands, four Roman Catholic

priests, sent thither by the government of France dressed either to Thomas Hayter, Esq., some considerable time since, have used their utmost the treasurer, or to John Wilks, or Thomas

exertions to proselyte the patives to the mummeries of

the infallible church, but thus far they have laboured Pellatt, Esqs., the secretaries, at Barton's in vain. The natives, blessed with common sense,

have not failed to remark, that the ceremonies atCoffee-house, Cornhill, will meet with due

tempted to be introduced, bear a strong resemblance attention. Of the various resolutions

to their former heathen customs, and that to embrace

their system would be to turn idolaters again. Lately passed at this anniversary, we have not a portion of St. Paul's epistles has been completed in

the Rurutean dialect ; also a little hymn book in the room to enter into any detail. In sub

same; and the Gospel of St. John is ready for the stance, and in their objects, they bear a press.

As the Harvey group contains more inhabitants strong resemblance to those of which we

than the Georgian and Society islands put together, gave an epitome in our number for June, some native teachers are receiving instructions, to re

pair thither, that they also may have an opportunity 1828, col. 581, varying in local particulars of receiving the word of life. as circumstances have dictated.

The letter communicating the above branches of

missionary information, has on the whole a very It is almost needless to say, that the pleasing aspect. anniversaries of many other benevolent institutions have been held in

Civil and Religious Liberty. A basket-maker, resid. London

ing in Hall, having placed some Protestant tracts in during the preceding month, and some his window, a Roman Catholic spirit-merchant sent

a note to him, to tell him, that if he did not remove few yet remain to be held. Of those that

them, he would never buy another basket of him.

The basket-maker placed the note in his window, are past, several were equally interesting.

putting under it, in large letters, “Is this CIVIL, to such as we have mentioned; but to or religious liberty ?" X crowd was soon collected,

and a more happy expedient for attracting custoin give even an epitome of above a hundred

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rality. Libentots much operated amone

Cape of Good Hope.-From this colony the intelli. I the captives must have been laid in a reclining Bogence lately received is hy no means favourable. The sition, as there is not space for them to sit upright; regulations recently introduced, have operated among and there is no inlet for air except at the end of the In ultitudes of the Hottentots much to the disadvan 1 platform. In this receptacle 250 slaves were placed, tage of morality. Liberated from their former re or rather stowed in bulk, and were landed at Sierra straints, drunkedness and licentiousness prevail to an Leone in a state of complete nakedness. alarmning degree, particularly in Graham's Town. It

The Balm of Mecca.-Szafra and Beder are the only appears that this degraded branch of the human family places in the Hedjaz where the balsam of Mekka, or Rre ill qualified to enjoy the boon with which they

| Balesau, can be procured in a pure state. The tree have been favoured. In the vices to which they are

from which it is collected grows in the neighbouring addicted, many of the Europeans also participate, so

mountains, but principally upou Dejebel Sobh, and is that the cause of religion is making but little pro called by the Arabs "Beshem." It is from tento gress.

fifteen feet high, with a smooth trunk, and thin bark, New Zealand.-By the arrival of the Elizabeth, the In the middle of summer small incisions are made in melancholy news is confirmed of the total loss of the | the bark; and the juice, which immediately issues, is schooner Herald, belonging to the Church Missionary taken off with the thumb-pail, and put into a vessel ; Society; and of the schooner Futerprize, the property of it has a strong turpentine emell, and its taste is bitter. Messrs. Raine and Brown. Those vessels were lost in The people of Szafra usually adulterate it with sesaentering Hokianga. The passengers and crew of the eum oil and tar.- Burckhardt's Travels. Herald were all saved, though the natives reduced The Black Tartarian Cherry.This cherry is genethem to a state of pudity, and barely granted them

| rally considered to have been brought into this coun.. life; but, sorrowful to relate, all on board the Enter

try by the late Mr. John Frazer, from Russia. In the prize met a watery grave, and most of the bodies were

account given of it in the “ Pomona Londinensis," it washed upon the beach; so that we are able to contra

is stated to have been introduced from Circassia, by dict a report fortnerly circulated, that our unfortunate

| Mr. Hugh Ronalds, of Brentford, in 1794. We have countrymen were destroyed by savages. The Enter

also heard it said, that it originated in Spain, whence prize had a full cargo on board for Raine and Brown's it was transmitted to Russian gardens, and through establishment, together with stores to the value of

them into England. It is a cherry of great excel£150, for the Wesleyan Missionaries, the whole of

lence, bearing well as a standard, but doing best on which was lost in common with the hapless mariners.

an east or west wall, on which its branches are Some of the letters that were forwarded fell into the

usually loaded with a profusion of rich and hardsome possession of the natives, by whom they had been

fruit. It has received in our gardens a variety of opened for the purpose of being converted into car.

names, tridge-paper, but some of them were subsequently purchased from the barbarians, amongst whom there seems to exist, at this moment, a pretty general cessa

Literary Notices. tion from war, from which the New Zealanders are scarcely ever exempt. The chief officer of the Herald,

Just Published. which belonged to the Church Missionary Society,

The Fulfilling of the Scriptures; or, the Bible the has arrived in the Alfred.--Sydney Gaz. July 7, 1898.

| Word of God ; in seven lectures. By Robt, Weaver. Synod of Scotland. We copy the following article Memoirs of the Life and Character of Mrs. Susan. from the Elgin Courier of the 15th ult. a paper con- | nah Pearson, By George Pearson. ducted with much spirit and ability, by Mr. J. Grant,

Serious Essays on the Truths of the Glorious without being the slave of any political faction. It Gospel. By John Ryland, D.D. contains many valnable original articles, particularly

A New Edition of Kent's Original Gospel Hymns. of occurrences in the North. We understand that a The Christian's Golden Treasure and Companion. periodical, to be called the “ Elgin Literary Magazine," By John Dobell. is just about to be started, under the superintendence

A Brief Sketch of the Life of Mr. John Wilkinson, of the same editor ; it may therefore be expected to minister of South-street Chapel, Devonport. merit support, and give satisfaction.

Rural Felicity, or Happy Peasantry, a series of “The Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church

Poems. By R. Tobitt. . in Scotland, at a meeting lately held in Glasgow,

Life of Archbishop Cranmer. By J. A. Sargent. unanimously adopted a series of resolutions, which

Memoir of Mrs. Judsou. By James D. Knowles. are to be printed and published immediately, for the 'I he Reference Testament. By Hervey Wilbar, A.M. purpose of shewing to the world their sentiments re

Sketches and Anecdotes of Dogs. By Capt. Brown. specting the recent concessions to the Roman Catho The Practice of Cookery. By Mrs. Dalgairps. lics, and appointed a day of fasting and humiliation to An Introduction to Heraldry. By Hugh Clark. be observed throughout the churches under their in - Tales of Field and Flood. By John Vialcolm. spection, on account of the guilt contracted by this The Christian's Defence against Infidelity; with an step of national apostacy."

Introductory Essay. By Dr. Chalmers. Ephesus.-A more thorough change can scarcely be Stories from the History of Scotland. By the Rer. conceived than that which has actually occurred at A. Stewart. Ephesus. Once the seat of active commerce, the very Revival of Religion in New England, by Jonathan sea has shrunk from its solitary shores ; its streets, Edwards, A.M. Introductory Essay, by Johu pye once populous with the devotees of Diana, are now Smith. ploughed over by the Ottoman serf, or browsed by Vallery ; or, the Citadel of the Lake : a Poem. By the sheep of the peasant. It was early the strong Charles Doyne Sillery. 2 vols. hold of Christianity, and stands at the head of the Olney Hymns, Introductory Essay, by J. Montgoapostolic churches of Asia. It was there that, as mery, Esq. St. Paul says, “ the word of God grew mighty and Moral Freedom and Divine Benevolence. By the prevailed." Not a single Christian now dwells within Rev. James Jones. it! Its mouldering arches, and dilapidated walls, On the Rise and Progress of particular Mortal merely whisper the tale of its glory; and it requires Diseases. By Edward Blackmore, M.D. one of the the acumen of the geographer, and the active scrutiny physicians to the Plymouth Public Dispensary. of the exploring traveller, to form a probable conjec Anti-Slavery Reporter, No. 48, for May 1829. ture as to the very site of the “ First Wonder of the

In the Press. World."- Letters from the Ægean.

A Second Volume of Discourses on various Subjects, One Hundred Years Ago.-This little anecdote, relative to the Being and Attributes of God, and is copied from a paper published in London in 1723, | Works in Creation, Providence, and Grace. " will illustrate the difference between the present Adam Clarke, LL.D. times and a century past :-" Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1723.

Preparing for Publication. On Sunday, a woman was seized near London Wall,

By Mr. William Hosking, " A Popular System of for wearing a gown faced with calico ; and being carried before a magistrate, and refusing to pay the

Architecture," to be illustrated with engravings, an penalty inflicted by the statute, she was committed to

exemplified by reference to well-known structures: the Compter."-The importation of cotton wool last

Portraits of the most Celebrated Beanties of a year exceeded 29,000,000 of pounds. What would

Nations, is announced for publication by Messi: the good lady say to the magistrate, if she could re.

Longman and Co. under the superintendence of turn, and see the cotton articles now in use? What

Alaric Watts. was Manchester in those days?

Gideon, and other Poems. By the Author of " My

Early Years for those in Early Life." Slave Ship.-There is now on the l'hames an Ameri.

girth Seal."

The Author of “The Opening of the Sixth Seal, can built ship of 133 tons burden, employed in the I is about to publish a brief Essay suggesting. illicit slave-trade, which has been sent home, as a easy and practical Mode of acquiring general Ab prize slave-vessel, from Sierra Leone. The space ledge. allotted for the miserable wretches measures two feet. The complete Works of Tobias Crisp, D six inches in breadth, and extends from stem to stern : | Notes and Life of the Author, by Dr. Gill.

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