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Nov. 26. “We have carried to the grave

SPAIN. the mortal remains of the beloved Juvet.

DREADFUL HURRICANE AT GIBRALTAR. His widow is resigned. He was ripe for heaven;' she says, 'I weep, but I do not

Upon the 6th, Dec. one of the most murmur.'-My wife and I have prevailed on

fearful gales of wind was experienced at the her to spend some days

above place ever perhaps heard of that

my house. It is the custom here, when a person dies of a

part of the world. The loss of shipping has

been awsul beyond all precedent. From consumption, to replace all the furniture and linen. Madame Juvet may depend on us

Montague battery to Fort St. Philip no fewer

than 210 vessels of different burdens were for all these expenses.”

strewed on the beach. Many lives are lost,

and great distress has been occasioned. Had WEST INDIES.

the gale continued, not one vessel could have DEMERARA AND ESSEQUEBO.

been preserved. Of between three and four It is pleasing to find the colonists disposed hundred vessels- not more than twelve have to do any thing whatever to realize the views escaped injury. A subscription has been of government and the wishes of the country, entered into in behalf of the numerous sufWe have just read a document, entitled, ferers. Whilst the divine judgments are “ An Ordinance for the Religious Instruc- abroad in the earth, may the inhabitants tion of Slaves in His Majesty's Colony of thereof learn wisdom. Demerara and Essequebo, and for the Improvement of their Condition;" by his

AMERICA. Excellency Major-General Sir Benjamin D'Urban, Governor of the said colony, MR. OWEN AND HIS AMERICAN FRIENDS. which indicates an approach, however tardy, (From the Philadelphia Gazette.) to better days. The ordinance referred to Before comniencing one of his Lectures is divided into thirty-nine separate clauses,

on his new system of improvement, the loland was to take effect from the 1st of Ja- lowing note was handed to him :-nuary, 1826. Some of its provisions are

“Mr. Robert Owen, worthy of special record. The office of Sir,--Considering that the questions annexed Protector of slaves is to be rendered ef- must have a mast important bearing on the ficient, by a distinct specification of his principles of your new system, I beg leave to duties. He is to hold no property in slaves ask the favour of you to read and consider within the colony. Slaves are in fu

them before the present company, not doubtture, in case of criminal prosecution, to be ing but it will be a satisfaction to many, as allowed counsel, at the expense of the colo- well as your friend, ALPIA. nial interest. No slave, upon penalty of “Would it be practicable to establish your 600 gilders for every offence, is to be re- system upon the admission of the following quired to work from the time of sun-set on facts, any Saturday evening, to the time of sun-rise “That the Scriptures of the Old and New on Monday morning.' Religious instruction Testament contain a revelation of the mind is to be provided, and Sunday markets abo

and will of God to man? lished. The whip is zo longer to be carried That our first parents were created pereither as a badge of authority, or as a stimu- fect creatures, but that they fell from their lus to labour. Offences are not to be punish- original condition, and that mankind is now, ed till the day after their commission, in in consequence of this disobedience, in a order to prevent the indulgence of passion. lapsed and fallen state---shapen in iniquity, No female slave is to be logged, under a

and conceived in sin !" ? penalty of 1400 gilders. Every person Mr. Owen, it is said, distinctly avowed keeping working slaves, above six in number, that he did not believe the Old and New is required to keep a punishment recoril Testament to be the word of God, any more book,which is to be laid before the Pro- than he believed any other writings to be the tector of Slaves, twice a-year. Marriage is word of God; neither did he believe the encouraged by premiums given to females for writers of those books to have been inspired, every child born in lawful wedlock. Slaves any more than the writers of all books are are not to work more than 12 hours in any inspired.”-“Our sketch of the proceedings day; and those who are married are not to at the Washington Saloon, (says the Editor be sold separately, nor is any child under of the above paper) is sufficiently full to let sixteen years of age to be torn from its our readers see that the new system of parents. The testimony of slaves is to be Robert Owen is the old system of William received in courts of justice, upon a certifi- Godwin new vamped to suit circumcate being received from their respective stances,' with the addition of the great moral religious teachers, that they understand the regenerator. We know of but one differnature of an oath. Savings' banks are to be ence ; Owen is for having the goods and established, and property may be acquired children common; Godwin was for having and disposed of by the slave.--Sec Demerara the goods, the children, and the women also, Royal Gazette, Oct. 22, 1825.

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The following extract from the Singapore “ To the Right Rev. Cornelius Egan, RoChronicle of February the 3rd, cannot fail to man Catholic Bishop of Kerry, &c. interest those who feel a cordial sympathy in “ May it please your Reverence—We, the missionary operations of that important

the undersigned, being members of the Rostation.

man Catholic Church in your Bishopric, beg The whole population of Singapore, accord

leave to approach you with all the respect ing to a census concluded on the 30th of De

and deference due to our spiritual father, cember, 1824, amounted to 12,219, according and to implore your pastoral indulgence on a to the following statement:

subject of much anxiety to us, and of great Males. Females, Total, importance to the bodies and souls of our Europeans

dear children. Native Christians



“In almost every parish of this county, Armenians Arabs



Free Schools have been established by our Natives of Decan 187

290 charitable gentry, with the assistance of the ........ Ilindostan 196



generous English, in which all who choose to Malays


514 3,305 Javanese


attend are taught how to earn their own

38 Chinese

3,561 267 3,828 bread with honesty, and to live in quietness When to this number is added the military

and kindness with their neighbours; and and their followers, 368 persons, we have the

every sort of books necessary for this purpose

As whole population already given. If we add

are supplied without the least cost. to it a floating population of 2,500 throughout

many of our clergy for a long time supported

and recommended these schools; as we the year, as in the census for 1823, then we have a total population of 14,719, being an

know the Masters are good scholars, and increase of 1,140 within the year, chiefly

men who have obtained certificates of chafrom the emigration. In this period the

racter from priests; and as we see that the European settlers have increased by 10; the

pupils of these schools get on rapidly in native Christinns by 58 ; the Deckaveas, knowledge and good behaviour; we are de

sirous that our beloved children should have principally natives of the Coromandel coast, by 300; the Malays and Javanese by 1,366 ;

the benefits which are enjoyed by our neigh

bours. and the Chinese by 511. The population now enumerated is distri

“For some time past, however, the clergy huted as follows. The central part of the

have required us to take our little ones away settlements containing the dwellings of the

from these schools, telling us that there is European residents, contains 668 inhabitants

danger of losing our religion by sending only. The portion lying to the south west

them, or that though they can see no harm side contains 4,296 inhabitants, of whom no

whatever in our doing so, yet they must obey less than 2,619 are Chinese. The native

the orders of their bishop in forbidding us. town contains a population of 3,063, of

Some of us being unwilling to deprive our whom 2,882 are natives of the Indian islands.

children of such great blessings, have been The establishment formed within the last

denied the rites of that Holy Church in

which it is our wish to live and die ; some two years in the New Harbour of Straits formed between Singapore and the cluster

have had their names called Sunday after of islets to the westward of it contains 1,809

Sunday, from the sacred altar, and thus been inhabitants, of whom 1,583 are Malays. A

exposed to the scorn and persecution of our population of 2,215 is scattered over the in

neighbours; whilst our little ones have often terior of the island in gardens and planta

been the objects of insult and abuse—and tions, to the depth of three and even four

all this because we wish our dear children miles from the sea side.

to become sensible, industrious, and honest

“ Most Reverend Sir,—We do not pre.

sume to dictate to our clergy, but we think it
very strange that they should now call that

bad which they once thought good; we do THE CATHOLICS OF IRELAND DEMANDING THE not know how the sending our children to SCRIPTURAL EDUCATION OF THEIR CHIL

these schools in which God's Word is taught

can injure their religion, if our church is (From the Dublin Evening Mail.)

built upon that rock against which “the gates

of hell shall not prevail;" especially wbilst We present our readers with the following they have the use of the Roman Catholic letter with feelings of singular satisfaction. version of the Scripture, and their masters It has been ad:Iressed to the Roman Catholic are willing to instruct them in the catechism Bishop of Kerry, and is, we understand, when the school has closed. Nay, many of umerously signed by persons professing the our children who attend the Scripture schools



are most perfect in the catechism of our Holy reared, to one which our Bishop Doyle says Church.

is not very different, but which does not inter“We approach your paternal feet, Holy fere with the natural right of parents to Father, humbly imploring that you will in- educate the children which the Almighty struct the clergy to relax that hostility which God has given them. Some of our neighmany of them direct against the Scripture bours have gone over, from being opposed, Schools, and to suspend those denuneiations and we do not see them less happy than they and penalties which are dealt out to us, merely because we love our children and "Holy Father, and Most Reverend Sir, wish to see them honest men, loyal subjects, we beg you to forgive our presumption, and good Christians, and faithful Catholics. In to grant us, in a general order to the clergy, short, PERMIT US TO KNOW !SOMETHING OF the reasonable indulgence we thus seek, THE WORD OP GOD, so much spoken of in that we may remember you in our prayers these days.

and thanksgivings to Almighty God, and “Do not suffer us to be branded as here. that the blessing of them that are ready to tics, or rotten Catholics, and to have our perish may come upon you. hearts wounded and our livelihood taken “ We are, Most Reverend Father, thonglı away without deserving it; and at last be poor and ignorant, your faithful cbildren." driven from the church in which we were (Here follow many signatures.)


THE REV. R. P. ALLEN. further stated, that he possessed such It is our painful task to state, that this a correct knowledge of many of these valuable minister of the gospel departed languages, as not only to relish their this life on Lord's-day evening, the beauties, but even to enter into the 18th December, 1825. Declining health merits of those critics who professed a bad compelled him to relinquish the thorough acquaintance with them, it stated duties of the Christian ministry, will not be doubted that his decease is and he had retired to the scene of his a great loss in the republic of letters. nativity, with the hope of there being He was the unknown antagonist of the gathered to his fathers in peace. He celebrated Dr. Lee, professor of Arabic was anticipating a speedy dismissal to in the university of Oxford; and nothing the world of spirits, and often said that pleased him more, in the circle of prihis death would be sudden. In these fore- vate friendship, than to converse frankly bodings he was not mistaken. Early upon the controversy he had had with on Saturday evening, the 17th Decem- that respectable scholar. But the mober, he retired to rest, and on the Sah- desty, the unaffected kindness, the bath morning following he received genuine piety of MR. BELL, were, after his summons by a stroke of apoplexy, all, bis brightest qualities. He was far and about noon his unfetiered spirit elevated above the little conceits of burst its shattered prison, and ascended petty minds, and knew nothing of that to the realms of light.

meanest of passions-literary vanity.

We shall long retain a grateful rememMR. JOHN BELL.

brance of his mild and amiable characA CONSIDERABLE sensation has been ter, upon which human accomplishcreated in the literary world by the ments, and the grace of God, had shed death, on the 1st ultimo, of MR. JOHN their fairest gems. The loss of such a BELL, of Glasgow, whose acquaintance man loudly proclaims that “ all,” save with ancient and modern languages, religion, « is vanity, and vexation of rendered him the boast of his country, spirit;” while it urges us not to trust and the wonder of bis age. When it is in man, “ whose breath is in bis nosknown that, before he reached his trils.”' An intelligent writer in the thirty-second year, he understood the Glasgow Chronicle” of the 7th JanuLatin, Greek, Hebrew, French, Ger- ary, says of MR. BELL, after stating man, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Saxon, that he was a candidate for the ChrisTeutonic,' Gothic, Icelandic, Porta- tian ministry, in connexion with the guese, Arabic, Persic, Chaldaic, San. Synod of Relief, that “ His. piety was scrit, Hindostanee, Bengaleo, and se. fervent and sincere; and though his yeral other langnages; and when it is manners were unassuming, yet they

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were firm, and untarnished with the his humility before God, was his selfglare of modern politeness; and to diffidence among his fellow men,amountthose who could make an allowance for ing almost to a failing. Whatever suthe hectic of a moment, they were periority he possessed, he always apamiable and endearing. The hope of peared to feel himself the least of all, a glorious immortality seemed to be and was content to be the servant of his treasure upon earth, and we trust he all. His distance from town, at the is enjoying that rest which is laid up time of his death, and the rapid profor the just, where sickness and sorrow gress of the disease, which terminated are alike unknown."

a life so valuable, proved a source of severe trial to his London friends, who

would have felt a sacred satisfaction in MR. JAMES M'WHINNIE,

ministering to his consolation in his last DIED, Sept. 3, aged 56, at Meldrith, moments, and in receiving from him, Cambridgeshire, whither he had gone his dying testimony in favour of the but a few days before for the benefit of truth which he had embraced, and on his health, Mr. JAMES MʻWHINNIE, which he lived. God, however, ordered 12, Angel Terrace, Islington, formerly

it otherwise, and it only remains for us Hatter, 376, Strand, where he had

to say, submissively, “ It is well.” lived for many years, highly respected in his neighbourhood, and in the esteem THE REV R. MORRIS. and affection of all who more particu- This honoured and useful servant of larly knew him. He was for fifteen Christ and his church, breathed his last years an Elder of the Scots' Church

on the 23d December, 1825, aged 35. Crown-court, Covent Garden. In this He had been educated in the North 'office he certainly “ purchased to him- Wales Academy, under the care of the self a good degree," so far, at least, as Rev. Dr. Lewis, and had been about by his prudent, faithful, and at the same five years pastor of the Independent time, unassuming discharge of his du- church at Tredegar, Monmouthshire. ties, to gain the entire confidence of his His funeral was performed with great minister, the unqualised approbation of solemnity, amidst general demonstrabis coadjutors in office, and the sincere tions of the respect in which his memory affection of all the members of the was held. The Rev. Dr. Thomas, of Church, to whom he was known. In Penymain, preached his funeral sermon, short he was not an every day man. from 2 Cor. i. 9. Although hundreds To be in his company casually never were present, there was not to be seen failed to secure esteem for him, but to a dry eye in the whole auditory. MR. know him intimately was certainly to MORRIS's ministry had been considerlove him, and what is no mean praise, ably blessed, in reviving the cause of the longer and more intimately he was the Redeemer at Tredegar.

The known the more he was beloved. He number of church-members had inhad, no doubt, in common with others, creased from 40 to 120. He died in bis imperfections, but thựy were so few consequence of inflammation on the and so completely thrown into the lungs, occasioned by a severe cold. shade by the bright constellation of his His patience under acute suffering was excellencies, as to be perceptible only truly exemplary and encouraging. He to the telescopic eye of envy or jea. bas left a disconsolate widow and lousy. And if such an eye ever per. fatherless babe to lament their distinceived them, it is a question with the guished loss. His church and congrewriter of this article, whether the lips gation cannot but feel the deprivation connected with that eye ever dared to of energies so great, piety so fervent, give utterance to its perception. So and an example so befitting the man hallowed was the atmosphere that sur- who ministers in holy things. But the rounded the individual, ihat the breath Lord will provide. of calumny dared not to disturb it, With all his excellence, however, and THE REV. JAMES MEYLER. acknowledged as it was by all who The death of this faithful minister knew him, he was, in bis own esteem, took place on December 17, 1825, at a poor, worthless, perishing sinner, har. Trellan, in the county of Pembroke. ing no hope for eternity, but what be For more than 30 years he had been derived from the finished work of the minister of the Independent churches Lord our Redeemer, Associated with of Fisbguard and Rhosvecaren.




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day evening a man came to me, and said, “When you came first to visit this place,

and indeed, when you came bither to reside, Extracts of a Letter from the Rev. Thomas I hated and despised you to such a degree as Jones, Missionary at Tahiti, dated May

to take away your life, had it not been that 31, 1825, addressed to the Rev. David

I was afraid of the chiefs, governors, and Jones, Holywell.

judges.” I asked him what harm I had Hidia, * (Tahiti) May 31, 1825. done to him, that he should so hate me? He My Dear Sir,– Your kind and welcome

replied, “I can find nothing done to me

personally, only the general repose is in danletter, dated April 12, 1824, I received on the 12th instant, for which I am very much

ger of being disturbed.” Although this man

has apparently changed sides, yet there are obliged to you. It gives me much pleasure

many still remaining in the enemy's camp. to learn that the best cause is prospering in my ever dear native country, and also to

Therefore, I need not add what necessity think that I am not forgotten, unworthy as

we, the missionaries, have of a continued in.

terest in your prayers, as well as the prayers I am, by the ministers of the sanctuary.

of all the followers of Christ, You conferred a favour upon me by desiring me to write to you, and give you some little account of the affairs of religion in this distant part of the world. You will perceive that I have left the station at

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. George wbich I was formerly, viz. Papara. I am

Platt, Missionary at Borobora, dated now stationed on the north-east of Tahiti,

January 17, 1825, addressed to the Asor as it is called in Britain, Otabeite. Mrs.

sistant Secretary. Jones and myself came bither on the 16th I have received communications by the of last March. It was a place where no vessel, which I hope will convey this letter. station had ever been formed, and which She has touched at some of the islands to has been seldom visited by the missionaries. the south-west, whither we have sent NaThe people generally were little removed tive Teachers. I have received a letter from from their heathenish state. It is true they the Captain of the vessel, with a number of had cast away their idols, and a few of them letters from the teachers, containing pleasing bad been baptized at other stations; but the and also very distressing intelligence. Tbey mass of the people were grossly ignorant. are sufiering many privations, and some of Last Sabbath i baptized 77 adults and 35 them have had narrow escapes from tho children, and there are 143 candidates

They estimate the population at for baptism. Next Sabbath five will 'be about 2,000. They have a good number of received to the Lord's table, who will in- scholars. A great number of children have crease our little church to 27 members. learnt the Taheitan Catechism by heart.

Our stated congregation here on the Sab- Twelve adults can read the Gospel of St. bath may be nearly 500; but we expect an John: one of these engages in the public increase soon, if we can persuade the people prayer meetings. The Captain says, “I to come and reside near us. Last Sabbath- have visited the Island of Atui, and left all

your teachers well, but suffering many priThe meaning of the word “Hidia,” vations, and being frequently without food to thy Welsh language, is, mind, cure, or for several days together." The teachers be careful.-D. J.

have made great progress, notwithstanding


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