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py men! to whom it shall be given to say, before the assembly of the whole human race, Behold us, O Lord, and the children whom thou hast given us;' happy men! who, being justified by the Saviour, shall receive in that day the reward of your labors, and also shall hear that glorious encomium, Well done, good and faithful servants; enter ye into the joy of your Lord.' May Almighty God graciously favor you and your labors in all things. May he send to your aid fellow-laborers, such and so many as ye wish. May he increase the bounds of your churches. May he open the hearts of those to whom ye preach the gospel of Christ; and hearing you, they may receive life-giving faith. May he protect you and yours from all evils and dangers. And when ye arrive (may it be late) at the end of your course, may the same God, who hath called you to this work of the gospel, and hath preserved you in it, grant to you the reward of your labor, an incorruptible crown of glory.

"These are the fervent wishes and prayers of, Venerable Brethren,
"Your most faithful fellow-servant in Christ,
"GULIELMUS CANT."

"From our Palace at Lambeth, January, A. D. 1719."

I cannot here refrain from adverting to the admirable sermon of the present lord bishop of London, delivered last year (1817), before the Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts, and which precedes their last report.

The circumstance also may be here mentioned—and I shall only mention it-that if the efforts of the Church Missionary Society were suppressed, the number of missionaries in India and its dependencies, supported by members of the Church of England, would not exceed three or four; while those supported by other religious communities in this country amount to above seventy.

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ON THE

ORIGIN AND VICISSITUDES

OF LITERATURE, SCIENCE, AND ART,

AND THEIR INFLUENCE

ON

THE PRESENT STATE OF SOCIETY.

A

DISCOURSE,

DELIVERED ON THE OPENING

OF THE

LIVERPOOL ROYAL INSTITUTION,

25th NOVEMBER, 1817.

BY WILLIAM ROSCOE, Esq.

LONDON:

To the Proprietors of the Liverpool Royal Institution, the following Discourse, published at the request of their Committee, is most respectfully inscribed.

LIVERPOOL ROYAL INSTITUTION.

COMMITTEE ROOM, 26TH NOVEMBER, 1817.

TO WILLIAM ROSCOE, Esq. Chairman of the Committee.

Dear Sir,

We solicit the favor of your consenting to publish the Discourse, which we had yesterday the gratification of hearing you deliver, on the opening of this Institution.

We are, dear Sir,

Your most obedient servants,

JOHN GLADSTONE, Deputy Chairman.
THO. EARLE.

WM. WAINEWRIGHT.

THO. STEWART TRAILL, M. D.

J. VOSE, M. D.
CHARLES TURNER.
JONA. BROOKS.
ISAAC LITTLEDALE.

WM. CORRIE.
W. WALLACE CURRIE.
FLETCHER RAINCOCK.
B. A. HEYWOOD.
JAS. GERARD, M. D.
JOHN YATES.

THO. MARTIN.

A

DISCOURSE,

&c. &c. &c.

THE opening of this institution, which was intended to have taken place on the thirteenth of this month, has been postponed to the present day, in consequence of one of those unexpected and awful events which suddenly call off the attention of a people from their usual avocations, and render them for a time insensible to every thing but the calamity they have experienced-a calamity which has, in the present instance, blighted the public hope, and carried grief and consternation into the bosom of every private family. Even at this moment, when the first shock of this great national loss is over-when the last obsequies to departed excellence are paid, and the beloved object of them is embalmed in your memories, I cannot but be anxious lest I should intrude upon your feelings, in thus calling your attention to other subjects :-but, independent of my sense of duty to those who have confided to me this task, I feel the strongest conviction, that in the midst of this great public and private calamity, in which the tears of the father and of the prince are mingled with those of the husband and of the people, you will have derived consolation from that source whence alone it is to be obtained-from a deep and humble submission to the dispensations of that Being, who balances in his hands the destinies of nations, who can call light out of darkness, and who from the most gloomy and alarming circumstances can produce order, harmony and peace.

AMONGST the many attachments by which society is bound together, may properly be enumerated that which arises from the desire of attaining the same object, or from a participation of

! The death of Her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte.

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