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persons of distinguished name and character would combine together to enforce the execution of the laws, and to support the magistrates in the conviction of offenders. This, by great perseverance, was at last effected; and the Bishop, who had been from the first a zealous promoter of the Association, and afterwards was elected President of it, had the satisfaction of seeing it productive of the best results. Many useful Acts of Parliament were obtained by its influence; many persons were prosecuted and punished for disseminating licentious books; and amongst other acts of beneficial interference, a check was in some measure given to that most pernicious custom of exhibiting publicly indecent prints. Most earnestly is it to be wished that it could be repressed altogether; and if this cannot be done by any statute at present in force,
it is surely incumbent upon the wisdom of the Legislature to take the subject into consideration, and to enact some positive law, which, by the infliction of a heavy penalty, may ultimately tend to the annihilation of a system, than which there can be none more injurious to good morals, nor any more prejudicial to the best interests of a State.
On the 10th of July 1788, Sir William Dolben's Slave-carrying Bill passed the Lords; an event which afforded the Bishop the utmost satisfaction. During its progress, so great was his anxiety for its success that he attended the House daily from Fulham for a month together; but had the fatigue of that attendance been even greater than it was, he would most cheerfully have submitted to it with such an object in view. The measure indeed fell far short of the whole extent of his wishes: but, as under the existing circumstances, more could hardly be expected, he considered it, as in fact it was, a most important measure; since it lessened, at least in some degree, the horrors of the passage, and prevented the merchants from crowding into their ships too large a number of slaves, under the alarm of an approaching abolition of the trade itself. About the same time, on a motion by Lord Bathurst for an address to His Majesty, to instruct the Governors of the Islands to secure, by some legislative measure, a better treatment of the slaves, and provide for their religious instruction, he expressed in the strongest terms his entire approbation of the noble Earl's proposition; and availed himself of that opportunity to assure the House, that in the hope of promoting particularly the last of these purposes, he had H 4 addressed
addressed to the Clergy of the different Islands a circular letter, earnestly exhorting them to take the condition of the Negroes in their respective parishes into their consideration, and to instruct them in the principles of the Christian Faith.
On the 23d of April in the following year 1789, in obedience to the King's express command, he preached at St. Paul's on the day of public thanksgiving for His Majesty's recovery. The subject which he chose was, "Trust in God," and he enforced it with all that warmth and spirit and energy which the peculiar circumstances of the case, and a scone so uncommonly grand and striking could hardly fail to inspire. That part of his discourse, which bears more immediately upon the occasion, is touched with great delicacy and judgment.
There There is no elaborate eulogy, no overcharged description; but he stated simply and strongly, what he knew upon indubitable authority to be true, that "the heart of his Sovereign was deeply impressed with the conviction, that in God was his help; and that throughout the whole of his severe trial his trust in God had never forsaken him/' Of the reality of this declaration, I believe, out of all that vast assembly, there was not an individual present who entertained the slightest doubt. It came home to every one's feelings, and called up one united thanksgiving to the Great Disposer of events, for having preserved and restored to them a Monarch, not more illustrious for his high station, than revered and beloved for his many private virtues.