Sidor som bilder
PDF
ePub

March 14, a neat place of worship w as opened at Nottingham. Mr. Dawson, of ketrwonh, preached, morning and eveuinj, froni Isa. ii. 3; xlv. 22: and Mr. Croekfbrd, pastor of the church, in the afternoon, ftoai P«. exxii* y.

Wcare informed, that the Kentish Anpu.il Association wiil he held at the Kev.

Townscnd's .Vecling, at Ramsgale, Messrs. Slat'crie and Ralph to preach on the occasion, the Wednesday after the first Sabbath in July.

The Sussex Ministers will hold an Association at Mr. Lcrcctl's Meeting, Burwash, the last Wednesday and Thursday in May. Mes.rs. Hamilton, Jones, a nil the Minister at Lady Huntingdon's chapel, Brighton, to preach on the occasion.

The Rev. G. Phillips, late Pastor of the particular Baptist.church, Jamaica Jiow, Bcruiondsvy, hat accepted a call from' the third Baptist church lately formed ut Biruiicgiiaui.

We understand the Benevolent Society for the counties of Kssex and Herts, will hold their Annual Meeting at Saffron Waldcn, May 21st.

A fresh instance of 'Christian lil erality deserves to be recorded : — The subscriptions made for the benefit of the family of the la'e Iter. Jeremiah Newell, of fireat Misscnden, Bucks, amount to 1566/. lis. bd.

A circumstance as affecting as it is unusual, tc.ok place in the month of March, in the ci'y of York : — Three person, were executed at the same time, on one scaffold,— a son for the murder of his father, a husband for the murder of his wife, and a mother lor the inurdei of her child!

Catholic Schools.

A Correspondent, who approves of Our noticing (in our Review for March) the Catholic treatise, entitled," The ).ai'y's Directory," wishes we had mentioned the situations'of the Schools, particularly a General Charity School in Hontmers Town (at the bottom of Eyestrain Buildings, near the Polygon) where boys and girls of all descriptions dre taught reading andwritiug groiut as expressed in the third page of their Directory. "These seminaries'," he says, " arc occasionally advertised in the public papers, without any observable trace of the religious tenets tuught in them."

A few weeks since, he informs us, a pjous irieud ol'uis went u» visit a sick pcr

son in Sommers' Town,when setup rbJN drenof poor Protestant parents, educated! in the C harily School above mentioned, entered the room: and seeing a Bfble on the table, one of them instantly exclaimed," You area Heretic! you ought to be burnt for having such a book !"—One would charitably hope that the boy must have uttered this exclamation in jest; but if if was in earnest, it affords a sad proof of the success of Catholic instructors, in conveying the most mischievous notions into the minds of Protestant children.

ROMAN CATHOLIC I'LTITIOX.

Mr. Pditor,

It ga\c me singular pleasure to sett the Roman Catholic Petition to the House of Commons, and to observe the happy change wrought in their sentiments, and publicly declared under the most solemn sanctions. The strong declarations that such is their faith, and such alone in their view the faith of that church to which they belong, however startled me; and kd me to look into the canons and councils, fenced witii every anathema against their impngners. The result litis been, that either some general alteration has been lately made in the Catholic faith, of which 1 am unacquainted; or the petitioners in Ireland aie no true Koman Catholics, but dissidents from the Council of Trent, and all the established decrees of the holy See.

1 confess myself a great friend to universal toleration; and that Religion is a private' and personal thing, with which the state hath nothing to do, whilst no'avowed principles or practice are allowed host le to the peace and tranquillity of the public; which I have ever understood was essentially the case with all the adherents of Popery, and into who.e hands it would be madness to put weapons, which their faith and principles engaged them 10 turn against us, whenever a fair opportunity occurred tor doing so, and that Ibis would be a nxritorious act. 1 remember the saying of that most Catholic Ferdinand, respecting Bohemia, Mnlo regnum va^tatutn^avam dumnatumt and with his faith the decision was not exceptionable, as no corporeal sufferings or losses can be compared with the damnation »f the sou!; and, therefore, coercive means must be commendable*

But the present race of Irish Roman Catholics renounce this, under the most solemn oaths and engagements; and from which no Pope or power on earth is, they say, able to release them. Admitting their assertions to be true, there

ynrcly can be no longerreason to withhold the common privileges of their fellow-countrymen from them; but as they avow themselves Itnman Catholics, and subject in spirituals to the See of Rome, it would surely be proper to have this matter investigated, and an appeal made to the Governor* of that church, whether such is the avowed faith and practice of the present church of Rome. Let these petitioners, therefore, transmit their petition to (he Roman See; and t he 1'opc, at the head of the congregation of Cardinals, declare whether these declarations are perfectly consistent with the established Roman faith and profession. This can only,procure a delat till the next session of parliament; and will enable the petitioners to proceed witha sanction of authority from the church to which I hey profess to belong. In the present state of Europe, this would be attended with many pood effects; and tend greatly, in all lands, to produce a more tolerant spirit, tlian which nothing can be more conducive to the progress of true religion. It is a ridiculous idea, that any true church of Christ can be injured by promoting universally a spirit of mutual forbearance and indulgence. Only let the reality of the facts stated be ascertained by the most conclusive evidence obtainable; and then, with greater con

fidence of no evil consequence following, may the Irish Catholics he admitted to the possession of equal privileges. But should the petitioners be disowned by the church authority, ender which they profess to be governed, either they must assume another name; or, disclaiming the erroneous part of thejf church, avow themselves, and those who think with them,the only true Roman Catholic body.

I have carefully examined what hath the sanction of preceding ages; I have conversed on the point* with a great multitude of emigrant clergy; and I have never found tin individual that would not have anathematized many of the declarations contained in this petition: and 1 apprehend the French clergy werj-netcr the most bigortcd adherents to the church of Rome. What chamce of sentiment (he new order of things may have produced in the Gallican church, I cannot say. But the humiliations of Popery in its head and branches, cannot but rejoice every true Protestant, and give hope that free and liberal enquiry can no longer be denied; and : hut whatever bigotry an 1 ignorance must still, in the nature of things, remain, tha chain of bondage will be relaxed, and the minds of men be more open to conviction.

A Fritnd lo every tmtVhurch of Christ.

aABBJITH-nR£ VKING.

The public prints inform us of the two following instances of Sabbath-breaking; in which it appears, that both high and low, rich and poor, however wKicly distinguished in the ranks of Vuman society, concur in throwing contempt on the divine authority: — "Yesterday (March 3) about thirty

Irishmen were brought before the Lord Mayor, charged with being present at aiAup, and resisting the olficers sent to apprehend them.

"ltap|>eared that there arc several houses in Black-boy Alley, Chick Lane, which communicate with each other, all of them occupied by Irishmen, who, on Sunday nights, assemble to make merry, and spend the evening in dancing, according to the custom of Ireland. Warrants had before been granted to take them into custody; but the attempt failed. Additional constables, how ever, were seat, who broke in upon them, and overpowered them.

** Those who could not give a good account of themselves were tent on hoard the tender; hut the greaternumber appeariug to be in daily employment, and ignorant of the but, were discharged."

Thus the inhabitants of Black-boy Alley, and the inorc splendid sinners

On the same Sabbath (March O" One of the most numerous and splendid parties which the rotation of fashion has exhibited this season, was given by the

Marquis of A . It was, indeed,

"the feast of Reason and the flow of Soul." The dmucr was of the most sumptuous kind, and served entirely in plate. The young Roscius entertained the company with speeches from several plays; when some noblemen and gentlemen, who had been proof against the contagion of public opinion in his favour, resigned their scepticism, and suddenly ranked themselves amongst his enthusiastic admirers.

"In the evening, the Marchioness had a party; when the beautiful and youthful Lady II sung, and obligingly exhibited all her wonted fascinations of attitude. An elegant sapper concluded llic banquet."

of Grosvenor Square, unite in devoting (he weed day of God to the purposes of vain and worldly mir.h, in forgetful ue«s of their Maker, in defiance ol his atithoritj, and in contempt of that holy religion Ijy which lliey arc uish.igmsried. The former arc forcibly drafted before the magistrate, reprimaudcl, anl punished :— the latter, May the Lord give them repentance, and save our

country from the miseries which there outrageous iniquities threaten to bricg down

ujwui us!

John Ton jell, who lived ahout three

miles from iirouiyard, -n HereforJtliire, made it his constant practice to come to the town on the Lord's Day to puirhasc provisions for the week, and as constantly went h.imc drunk, and generally swearing all the way. On Sunday, Feb. to, returning home as usual, the person who keeps the turnpiK^-gate reproved him for his wicked conduct; when he replied, •' 1 am as druuk as Hell: 3 am as drunk as he 11c was then Cautioned lo

ki eti out of the way of (he Hereford wag. son, which was thon cominj in sight: he went on staggering and swearin.:. In a few minutes the waggoner stopped at the gate to pay the toll, and the horses went forward without him; when, horrid to relate, he found, on coming up with the waggon, that it had passed over the leg and head of the drunkard, whose hlood and brains vere mixed with the earth I —May the wicked hear, fear, and turn td the Lord, lest iniquity become their ruin!

List of Lectures hi and near London, for May.

13. 3Snn. fir. Prayer-Meeting for the Nation, at Surry Chapel

'4 'j

Wei. Er. Prayer-Meeting for the .Nation, at Mr. Waugh's, Well Slreet, Oxford Street."

Th. Er. Fetter Lane, Mr. Stollery. — Legal Bondage.

Lord's Day Kv. Bread Street,
Mr. Collison; Orange Street,
Mr. Thorp) Hare Court, Mr.
W.Smith; Crown Court, Mr.
Knight; Palace Street, Mr.
Fryer; Chapel Str. Mr.Slollcry.
Wen. Er, Missionary Prayer-Meet-
ing, at Mr. Harper's, St.George's
Fields.

Th. HI. Broad Str. Mr. Humphry*.

C Annual Meeting of the Minion'ary Society.

I X. Dr. W illiams, at Surry j Chapels fir. Mr. Nicol, at j the Tabernacle. I fir. Prayer-Meeting for the Na1 lion, at Mr. Jennings's, lsL lington. 5TA.ilf.Mon«ht» Meeting! Inilep.) at Mr. Wall's, Mr. Jennings lo preach. — J he Nature and Sinfulness of Persecution. Er.Mr.Shttterif ,at fcion Chapel. Lecture, Ketier Lane, omitted. Fr. M. Mr. Ihomason, at St. lirit'e's Church, Fleet Street. . fie. Missionary < ointminion, at J" < Spa-1'ields Chapel. — No Person admitted to partake without a ticket.

ix. Loitn'sl) iv Kv. Urnad Street, Mr. Booth; Cui.ee Sir. Mr. Townsend; Hare Cr1. Mr. J .T homas; Crown Court, Mr.Webb) Chapel Street, Mr. Stollery.

Tu. M. Broad Street, Mr. Ford, ll'ir'. Er. Prayer-Meeting for the Nation, Dr.Jenkins's,Walworth. 16. Tli. El: Fetter Lane, Mr. Austin, — Regeneration,

19. Lord's Da V Kv. Broad Street,Mr. Townscnd; Orange Street, Mr. Burderg Hare Court, Mr. Stollery; Crown Court, Mr. ColIyer; Palace Street, Mr. Iviniey; Chapel Street, Mr.Thorp.

xi. Tu. M. Broad Str. Mr. Humphry's.

n. Wed. Ev. Prayer-Meeting, at Mr. Kello's.

rn. M. Monthly Meeting (Bap.) • at Dr. Nippon's, Mr. Booth, J before the education Society. . fir. Fetter Lane, Mr. Collison. j Justification, as stated in the L Kpistle to the Romans.

[ocr errors]
[blocks in formation]

Wc understand Or Hawker, who is in London, has made Ud exeban-e of •y with Air. Goode, of BlacAliwrs, lor a few weeks. exenange oi

CONSOLATION UNDER THE LOSS OF FRIENDS.

o blissful bower!
Where grows the fragrant rose, whose rising sweets
Diffuse a pleasure through the fields of joy,
And amaranthine beauties ever bloom.
Blest be thy lov'd inhabitants, who feel
No present grief, nor dread of future woe!
Say, ye bright throng, who breath supernal air,
Who Hock around the sacred throne of God,

Are ye not happy! Happier far than we,
Who toil 'midst tempests, quicksands, hoist'rous seas,
With scarce one ray to mitigate our gloom!
Can human friendship, friendship most refin'd,
E'er urge you once to leave yon heav'nly seats
And bliss, so well adapted to your nature !
"Tis true, we feel your worth, your loss deplore,
When sever'd from us, Nature's feelings woke,
And resolution soften'd into tears.
But why lament the loss? 'Tis only sleep!
Faith in the Lord draws e'en the sting of death,
And gives assurance of a better meeting.
Sleep on, ye highly-favour'd of the Lord,
And be your souls near the eternal throne !
The trumpet's blast, which congregates the world,
Shall once more raise us to your fond embrace.
These shall appear, illustrious in the throng,
Cloth'd in the robes of holiness and love,
The Orphan's Friend, for whom the Muse awakes,
Greatly rever'd in life, belov'd in death,
And in the mem'ry of her friends most dear:
Whose worth no sculpture needs, por monument,
Save what pure gratitude attempts to raise
in human hearts, in fellow-suf'rers more,
As a just tribute to her past endearments,
And most expressive of her excellence ! MissOMND:

...)? ....boot
II Y MN

Kindest Saviour, hare before thee
FOR SUNDAY-SCHOOLS.

(For the blessings we obtain)

We will praise thee, and adore thee; TrNE, O Lord, our hearts and voices, Hear our humble grateful strain : Tune them for a song of priise:

Hear poor children, In thy smiles our land rejoices,

Hear our humble grateful strain! On thine own peculiar days :

Nottingham.

J. B. - Noy poor children

> {fo... ) Are instructed in thy ways.

LINES Oure in darkness, all benighed,

INTENDED FOR A WATCHI-PAPER. Many here were tray'lling on:

MOMENTS swiftly fly away! We, untaught, in sin delightel,

Nothing can compel their stay,. .
Till thy love and mercy shone :

Whither are they leading me?
On poor children

To a vast ciernity:
Thou didst look in mercy down !

To a lizav'nf perfect bliss, 0, sur souls, how rich the blessing, Or a dreadful dark abyss! We cag now peruse the word !

What, my soul, theo canst thou do,
That its trutbs may prove refreshing, With such prospects in thy view
Sarile upon our readiny, Lord :

Fler to Jessa, ilee away i
Let poor children

Not to-morrow, come to-day; Be from thence with knowledge Come this inoment; for to thee stor'd!

It rou may be eternity! G. R.

[ocr errors]

[Cowper’s GUION, P. 72.]
SET TÓ MUSIC BY G. E. WILLIAMS.

[ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][graphic][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small]

THE CHILD'S MORNING HYMN. - He gave the little bird his wings,
Soon as the sun ascends the sky,

On which he mounts the sky;

He taught him all the notes he sings, i His light and heat to shed,

And built his nest on high.
I would not any longer lie,
And slumber in my bed.

He gave me life ; and to prolong
With open eyes and gladsome heart,

That life, my food affords:

He taught my mind to think, and tongue I welcome in the day: I throw niy bed-clothes all apart,

To tell my thoughts in words ! And rise, and kneel, and pray. For this, my kind Preserver, thou For when the little birds unite

Shalt hear my frequent praise !

To thee I'll early learn to bow,
Their morning song to raise,
So linile children should delight

And give my youngest days
Their Maker's Name to praise ! Witney.

J. B.

Printed by G, ACLD, Greville Street, London.

« FöregåendeFortsätt »