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and of the lengths they are capable of go sword of the Spirit, which is the word of ing, when we see them thronging to such God"-" The Holy Scriptures, which are meetings, and even paying large sums for able to make thee wise unto salvation, admission (as was the case in several in through faith which is in Christ Jesus”stances), in order by force and clamour, “ All Scripture is given by inspiration of and even by violence directed against fe- God, and is profitable for doctrine, for remales, to frustrate the wishes of the Pro- proof, for correction, for instruction in testant inhabitants.
righteousuess.”—But it is unnecessary to We are indebted, further, to one of proceed. The Papists understand as well as these collisions, for the most concise, suc ourselves the real state of the case. They ciuct and expressive statements of the real dare not allow their followers the Bible, views and apprehensions of the Popish because they know that they stand conPriests that has ever been elicited. Mr. victed at the bar of inspiration, of cortoptSheehan, at,the Waterford Meeting, in op- ing the truths of God by their human inposing the Resolutions drawn up by Mr. ventions and vain traditions. But the Gordon and the Hon. Baptist Noel, of Bible will be given to the Irish, whether fered the three following to the Chairman, they consent or whether they oppose, and as an amendment.
the natural results must follow. Resolved, 1. That it appears to this The ignorance displayed in these conMeeting, from the exposition made this day tests would be quite amusing, were not the by the Hon. Baptist Noel and Capt. Gor interests which are sacrificed to it so modon of the Royal Nary, that the free and mentous. The principal Dublin paper in indiscriminate circulation of the Bible, the Romisb interest, talks of “the alliance without note or comment,' amongst our which has been established between the poor, constitutes the basis of the education Church of England, the Baptists, the sanctioned and promoted by the London Anabaptists, the Antimonians ! the ArmeHibernian Society.
nians ? &c. 2. That we consider such a system of cducation contrary to the sacred Scriptures, Since writing the abore, we bave reprejudicial to the interests of true reli ceived intelligence of another disturbance at gion, and subversive of all order in civil Loughrea; where, on the 19th of October, Society (!!!)
a meeting of the County of Galway Aux3. That, as good and sincere Christians, iliary Bible Society was held. The Archand as loyal subjects, we will resist with bishop of Tuam had consented to take the all our might the establishment of such a chair. On the arrival of His Grace and system amongst us; because we are con the Committee at the place of Meeting, it vinced that it would substitute eventually was found to have been taken possession of scepticism and infidelity in place of Chris- by Papists, who, armed with bludgeons, tianity, and anarchy and confusion in place thronged erery arenue. It was with diffiof order and good government." (!!!) culty that the Archbishop at last reached
Admirable logic! The diffusion of God's the chair, and on putting the first resoluown word among the people is to produce tion an outcry of opposition was raised, nothing but infidelity, anarchy, and con wbich was continued so as to prerent any fusion!
business from proceeding. The tumult at This system is “ contrary to the Sacred last reached such a pitch, tbat the military Scriptures,” we are told. In what part of were called in for the protection of the the Bible is it that the use of the Bible is lives of the promoters of the Meeting. forbidden ? We know not; but abundance It will be recollected, that the Archof passages present themselves in wbich the bishop of Tuam was the most active friend constant use of God's word is commanded which the perishing Irish possessed, when
“ The entrance of thy' words suffering from the famine of 1822. At that giveth light, it giveth understanding to the period, the poor followed him with blesssimple"
-“ Search the Scriptures" ings and assurances of devotion to his “ Wbatsoever things were written afore
person. Now,' at the bidding of their tine were written for our learning, that priests, they are ready to threaten his life, we, through patience and comfort of the rather than allow the Bible to be distributed Scriptures, might hare hope"-" Take the
HIBERNIAN SOCIETY: The determined opposition of the Po of opposition to the Priests is excited; and pish Priests to this valuable Institution, is in all, the attention of both Protestants and producing, we understand, results of a Papists, priests and people, is so excited to widely opposite nature. In some instances ihe subject of scriptural education, that ! the children are removed almost entirely we can have no doubt of its final success; from the Society's schools; in others, a spirit though great exertions and considerable
pecuniary aid will be indispensably ne and asked me, why did I let my children cessary
use those books? I told the priest they We have been favoured with the fol could not learn without books." I also told lowing extracts of correspondence.
him he promised the scholars books, and « Sept. 14, 1824. The titular Bishop of that he neglected doing so. The priest Kildare bas directed his clergy to with- said, 'I see there is no use in advising you draw all Roman Catholic pupils from every to have nothing to do with the Free 'school in which the Scriptures are re
Schools and these books. M.'s wife anquired to be read. Above a hundred Ro- swered, 'You are always persecuting us; man Catholic pupils, including boys and but we will not allow you in future to make girls, were withdrawn from the school last mention of our names : my brother-in-law is weck. Yesterday only six attended. How a Protestant, his children are well educated; is the master to act with respect to the and mine are not, because they are Careailing of the Scriptures ?"
tholics. Now, Sir,' says she, “I give you Aug. 29.—She said, the priest called warning; the first time you threaten us here the other day to inspect bis own again, inside of your chapel door, you will school. He came unexpectedly; as soon as never see me or any of my family' again, he went into the school-bouse, he first and you will see others follow the same exlooked at the books, and found them all ample.' The priest went to the school Society books (i. e. the Hibernian Society). bouse and did not say a word. He threatened to horsewbip the school. : Well may the Papists oppose the Himaster for admitting any of those books bernian Society and interrupt its meetings. into the school. Says the master, " When Their craft is in danger ; but surely this I opened school here you promised me very circumstance calls loudly on British books which you did not (send).' The Christians to support and encourage the priest asked, who they were who used exertions of those who are endeavouring to those books? The master mentioned my communicate to their ignorant fellow subname. The priest came ia a great passion, jects the light of life,
MORAVIAN MISSIONS IN THE WEST INDIES. The following important communication of new stations, without invitation or con deserves the serious attention and liberal sent from the owners or superintendants of support of the friends of the unhappy, en adjoining estates, yet, where invitations -slaved, and oppressed negroes in our co are received, they are anxious to avail lonies.
themselves of such openings for the further The Moravian brethren have long ob extension of the Gospel. But the present served with gratitude the general disposi- embarrassed state of the islands renders it tion which appears to prevail among the impossible to obtain in thew an adequate Heathen, in the vicinity of their various supply for the erection of chapels, and settlements, to seek after, and receive the other necessary buildings : it is only, thereGospel. This disposition has been mani- fore, by the aid of their friends in Great fested in a remarkable manner among the Britain, that the brethren can hope to acnegro slaves in the West India Islands; complish the objects which they bave so and there appear to be, at present, sone much at heart. peculiar facilities for cultivating it with suc In some islands there is required more cess in that quarter.
adequate accommodation for the increasing Notwithstanding the unfavourable feel- congregations in their present settlements, ing which 'unfortunately prevails in some and greater facilities for affording Chrisof the islands, many of the colonial go tian education to negro children ; a branch veruments, and of the proprietors of es of their labours from which they anticipato tates, have shown themselves much dis the happiest effects, in ameliorating the posed to countenance, and even to invite, character of the rising slave population, the exertions of the Brethren, who have and therein of promoting the best interests been domiciled among them, as a Pro of the colonics. testant Episcopal Church, for nearly a cen Two objects connected with the foretury past; having no less than 28,000 ne going views especially claim attention at groes under constant instruction, and the the present time. beneficial effect of whose efforts they have AC Lenox, in the parish of Westmoreexperienced in the improved character and land, in Jamaica, a grant of land has been condact of their slaves. From several of offered, accompanied by an urgent invitathese proprietors offers have been received tion to the brethren to establish a new of land for new settlements, and of other station there: and not only the gentleman assistance in forming them. Though the who has made this offer, but other neighbrethren will not attempt the establishment bouring proprietors are willing to supply
such niaterials for tequisite buildings as the and probably of enabling them to meet the country affords. It is calculated, that around current expenses, but yielding no surplus this spot there are from 3000 to 4000 applicable to such objects as those above negroes (besides others) who will thus be referred to. brought within the reach of the Gospel, Under these circumstances the Comand who are at present removed to a dis mittee of the London Association, encoutance of above twenty miles from the pa: raged by the anxiety so generally prevalent rish church, and twenty-five or thirty in behalf of the unhappy negro race, and miles from any other missionary station, stimulated by an ardent desire for the wider Thus destitute of the ordinances of reli- spread of the Gospel of our Lord and Sagion, these poor creatures are sunk in ig viour in these eventful days, renture to norance and barbarism; yet when any oc bring this case before the Christian public, casional opportunities have been afforded, which they do in the confidence that the they have shown great readiness to attend prospect of so important an amelioration the worship of God, and have, in several will not be blighted by the want of means instances, appeared to be powerfully af to carry it into effect, and to satisfy the fected by it.
ardent desires and the extreme necessities In the island of Antigua above 1800 of of this hitherto benighted and degraded the offspring of Christian negroes are left class of our fellow-creatures. destitute of education, from the want of The Committce propose to open a seschool-rooms in which they might be con parate subscription for the purpose of asgregated; the chapels being occupied, sisting the brethren in the establishment of throughout the Sabbath, by successive new stations in the West India Islands, crowded audiences of adults, of whom, with the consent or on the invitation of the above 12,000 attend the ministry of the proprietors or superintendants of estates, brethren in that island. It is, therefore, and providing facilities for the education earnestly to be desired, that at some of the of the children of the negroes. settlements, school-rooms should be erected, and that at the principal station at St. The following Extracts froń Letters are John's, the capital of the island, the pre too important to be omitted. sent chapel should be converted to that “Mr. Scott is the proprietor of a sugar use, and a larger chapel erected; the ex estate in this island, and of 300 negroes, isting one being totally inadequate to ac for whose conversion to Christianity he is commodate the many thousands who at very desirous; but they are far removed tend the service there. The only present from instruction, and upwards of twenty remedy, namely, successive services miles from the parish church, or any place throughout the day, severely tries the of worship; and this is the condition of strength of these laborious and indefati many hundreds in the neighbourhood both gable missionaries, and prevents their pay- bond and free. ing attention to the children, whom they “ We have not ceased to perserere in would otherwise collect and instruct in a seeking the aid of the brethren; being more Sunday school.
desirous of obtaining one of that commuThe particulars of these cases have been nity to instruct our people, having some fully ascertained by the Committee of the knowledge of the blessed effects of their London Association, in aid of the Mora simple, forcible manner of preaching the tian Missions, in consequence of the visit Gospel to the heathen. Our Lord and Saof the Rev. Samuel Hoch and Lewis Stob viour has in mercy turned their hearts wasser to this country. The whole ex towards us. They decline, from most judipense of the proposed establishments, it is cious motives, settling in future or any conceived, will not require more than gentleman's property; but they have con2400l.;
but the brethren are wholly unable sented to establish a mission here, if made 'to avail themselves from their own rem legal possessors of thirty acres of land, sources of these openings for the extension chapel, house, and offices, Mr. S. is no of their pious and beneficial labours in looger able to accomplish the whole; he the, West Indies. These resources have gives them the land; himself and different been long inadequate eren to the ordinary neighbours, who are also interested for expense of their rarious Missions, and they their negroes, will assist in providing the will be still further contracted by the materials, and collecting them on the spot. beary loss lately sustained tbrough the de “ Mr. and Mrs. Stobwasser have been structire fire which has desolated their set spending a short time witb us.. During tlement at Sarepta. By the blessing of their stay here, a sweet, çool, elcrated God, however, especiaily upon the exer spot was selected for the new mission), comtions of their friends in this country, the manding an extensire view, and having a means have been provided of nearly liqui- spring of water within a quarter of a mile. dating a large debt wliicly had grown up, Surrounded as you are, Sir, with all tlıç or
dinances of our God, you cannot conceive reckoned to be impracticable, though frethe hope and heartfelt interest with which quent and not unfruitful attempts were we view the spot that may hereafter be made, especially by our truly indefatigable hallowed unto us, and be the means of brother, James Light (now in Jamaica). bringing hundreds of our poor negroes to a By degrees the prejudices of the planters knowledge of their Saviour.
against permitting the negro children being Religion is spreading rapidly among the taught to read, which in the beginning negroes; we are, in this district (it being a were very perceptible, wore away; and remote mountainous situation), more backa we see on thosc estates where the children ward, I believe, than most parts of the are most generally instructed, the benefiisland: bat even here, the word is heard cial consequences of it. Quite a different with eagerness and gladness: they rejoice generation seems there to rise, and gives greatly when they hear we are expecting the prospect of happier days for the neany of the bretbren's missionaries to visit
groes. us (which they do occasionally when going “ The moral depravities of that class of from one station to another) and will some people are so deeply rooted, that a nere times assemble to the number of 150 after cessation of slavery would not cure them their day's labour, at our family prayers in in the least of their laziness, impertinence, the evening, to hear the missionary preach, lying, stealing, and lasciviousness. The or expound the scriptures.
education of the negro children has been
entirely in the hands of their parents, or Extract of a Letter from the Rev. L. Stob of other 'negroes, who, in most instances,
wasser, lately a Missionary in Antigua, were by no means able to do any thing for written on his passage to Jamaica, and their moral or religious improvement. dated in the Downs, June 3d, 1823. Şuch children were too often severely
“ It has always been the practice of the corrected by their parents for speaking the Missionaries of the brethren's church, truth. They were taught that telling a lie whenever they could possibly do it, to esta in one's own defance is no sin; that to blish schools among the Negroes. It is pick up a thing which was not their own, evident what an influence may be obtained is not stealing, especially if it belonged on the minds of children by means of to their master; and they never learnt to schools, especially if the sole aim of them discriminate between regular marriage and is to procure for them a more immediate an illicit connexion. The children of unaccess to the sacred books of Scripture. converted negroes are hardly ever brought
“ Among negro slaves, a Sunday School up in a better manner, unless they go to seems the only one practicable. Our me the Sunday School. thod is, to give to every child a lesson pasted “ There is now an amazing desire among on a small board, wbich they put into a the children, and even among adult nebag or pocket they have for that purpose, groes, to learn to read; and many hare deand in wbich they exercise tbemiselves in clared that they wish to be able to read the the evenings, also at noon, and in the field Sacred Scriptures themselves, for tbeir at their breakfast-time, We take care to comfort and instruction. An opportunity fiud on every cstate, if possible, a negro to satisfy such a laudable desire is now afwho is able and willing to instruct them ; forded, which, if permitted to pass away, and when there are no such negroes to be may perhaps not soon return, but which, found, we encourage the most able we can under the blessing of God, may lead to an get to visit us once or twice a week in the entire reformation of the slave population evening, besides Sunday, in order to be of Antigua.” qualified by us for the instruction of others : Contributions to the proposed fund, to be much bas been done by the brethren in this specifically described as intended for “The way; and in our negro congregations in West India Moravian Missionary Fund," Antigua, teachers are not wanting to give will be received by the Treasurer of The effect to the charity which the generous London Association, J. G. Lockett, Esq. friends of 'Missions and Sunday Schools 1, Upper Conway Street, Fitzroy Square; might feel disposed to exercise in this cause. Messrs. Morlands; Sir P. Pole and Co.;
“ When I first came to the island of Messrs. Hatchards, Nisbet, &c. London ; Antigua, Sunday Schools were generally and Messrs. Ricketts and Co. Bristol.
CHURCH IN INDIA. The Christian public will read with great Episcopal Visitation and Ordination at satisfaction the following report of Bishop the Cathedral, Calcutta, on Ascension Heber's first Episcopal Charge, as reported' Day, Thursday, May 27. in the Calcutta papers,
After the morning service for the day, which was read by the Rev. 1. Thomason,
and a Sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. harmless peasant. His feet will not be Parish, from Ezek. xxxiv. 23, the Lord found at the wicker-gate of the well-known Bishop of Calcutta took bis seat at tbe cottage ; beneath the venerable tree, in altar, and addressed the clergy assembled. the grey church porch, and by side of the
His Lordship commenced his charge by hop-ground or the corn-field; but he must congratulating the Clergy on the probable kneel by the bed of infection or despair, in increase of their number from twenty-eight the barrack, the prison, or the bospital. to thirty-one; and expressed his sincere But to the well-tem pered, the well-edugratitude for the munificent and parental cated, the diligent and pious clergymancare which prompted so beneficial a mea who can endear himself to the poor with
A plain statenient of the spiritual out vulgarity, and to the rich without inwants of India, his Lordship conceived, volving himself in their vices; who can would so far excite the zeal of our brethren reprore sin without harsbness, and comat home, as not to disappoint and render fort penitence without undue indulgence ; vain the benevolent and Christian solici- who delights in his master's work even tude of our rulers; while it would serve wben divested of many of those outward to show the reason we have to be grateful circumstances, wbich, in our own country, for the measures they bare already adopted. contribute to render that work picturesqne
His. Lordsbip tben entered into some and interesting ; who feels a pleasure in detail of the ecclesiastical establishment in bringing men to God, proportioned to the India, in order to point out where the extent of their previous wanderings;-to deficiency was principally obscrvable, and such a man as Martyn was,-I can promise the causes from which it bad proceeded. no common usefulness and enjoyment in
In adverting to the backwardness of the the situation of an Indian chaplain. I English Clergy to enter into the East India can promise, in any station to which he service in question, His Lordship remarked, may be assigned, an educated society and those, indeed, would be much mistaken, an almost unbounded range of usefulness. who should anticipate in the fortunes of I can promise him the' favour of his supean Indian Chaplain a life of indolence, of riors, the friendship of his equals, and opulence, of luxury. An Indian chaplain affection, strong as death, from those must come prepared for hard labour, in a whose wanderings he corrects, whose climate where labour is often death; he distresses he consoles, and by whose sick must come prepared for rigid self-denial in and dying bed he stands as a ministering situations where all around him incites to angel. Are further inducements needful? sensual indulgence; be must be content I can pronise to such a marr the esteem, with an income, liberal indeed in itself, the regard, the veneration of the surroundbut altogetber disproportioned to the chari- ing Gentiles, the consolation at least of ties, the hospitalities, the unavoidable ex haring removed from their minds by his penses, to which his situation renders him blameless life and winning manners, some liable. He must be content to bear bis of the most inveterate and injurious prelife in his hand, and to leave, very often, judiccs which oppose themselves to the those dearer than life itself, to his care Gospel,- and the honour, it may be, of alone who feeds the rarens, and who never which examples are not wanting among or most rarely suffers the seed of the you, of planting the cross of Christ, in the righteous to beg their bread. Nor are the wilderness of a heathen heart, and extendqualifications which he will need, nor the ing the frontiers of the visible Church duties which will be imposed on him, less amid the bills of darkness, and the strongarduous than the perils of his situation. bolds of error and idolatry. He must be no uncourtly recluse, or he His Lordship then adverted to the great will lose all influence over the higher assistance afforded to the Ministers of the classes of his congregation; he must be no Gospel in India by the parental care of man of pleasure, or he will endanger their government, the bounty of individuals, and souls and his own: he must be a scholar the labours of the Society for Proinoting and a man of cultivated mind, and at the Christian Knowledge; in the establishment same time condescend to simple nien; for of schools, the distribution of religious here, as elsewhere, the bulk of his con tracts, and the management of lending gregation must be ignorant and poor ; nor libraries, which his Lordship wished to bein his intercourse with the humbler classes come universal. of his hcarers has he always the same cbeer The Missionaries who attended the visiting circunstances, which make the house ation were then addressed by the Bishop, of the English parocbial minister a school wbo alluded to the intent and importance and temple of religion, and his morning of their labours ; and this led his Lordship and trening walks a daily source of bless to the consideration of the great question ing and of blessedness. His servants will of the conversion of the heathen, and to be of a different creed from his own. His some remarks on the late publication of intercourse will not be with the happy the Abbé du Bois. The unchristian spirit