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to aid in the full tide of benevolence, which member, that this Auxiliary formed a large must endear other countries to our own. branch of the Parent Society. He called If this benefit is scen among the lowest upon the assembly to remember the warnclasses, it does seem peculiarly desirable ing of Scripture, and not draw back, but that in such a district as this, those who press forwards towards the mark of comenjoy abundance, should contribute to the municating to every individual the glorious Society, that the Institution should in its light of the Gospel. operations increase more and more.
The Right Hon. Lord Bexley, in moving Lordship then referred to the value of the thanks to the Royal Patrons for their early Ladies' Association, and noticed the fallacy patronage and long-continued protection, of the objections made to their activity-- remarked that he nerer rose on these occacontending that it was a strong recommend- sions without a feeling of the importance ation of the Society, tbat those who at- and sanctity of the work in wbich he was tended the Saviour at his death, and were engaged; but he never felt this more the object of his tenderness, should be strongly than on the present occasion. employed in its service. His Lordship When he recollected the formation of this concluded by earnestly expressing his hope Auxiliary, and the persons by whom they that every Anniversary might be attended were then addressed, Lord Londonderry, with increasing prosperity to the Institution. Mr. Whitbread, the Dean of Westminster, IMMOLATION AT HOWRAH.
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester expressed Mr. Owen, and Henry Thornton ; they, in his pleasure at meeting the Society again, the state to which they are removed, look and intimated his deep sense of the benefits back upon that day's work with pleasure, resulting from the Institution. His Lord- and doubtless we shall look back with simisbip urged not only the duty of perseve- lar satisfaction upon this Anniversary. His rance, but also of increased labour; to look Lordship hoped that the Society would still around the district; to explore every part farther extend, that it would become a 'naand every alley, and not to rest wbile any tional society, and that we should give to place' remained unvisited. His Lordship the cause of the Bible the same degree of was decidedly convinced, that, with proper exertion, which we bare given as a nation management, every part might be visited, to military and naval undertakings, and even by female collectors, without offence. thus occupy as distinguished a part throughHe then noticed the immense increase of out the world on benevolent, as population; the temptations which were do on political grounds. every where to be met with in this at once The meeting was also addressed with very the best and the worst metropolis ; the ef- appropriate speeches by the Right Hon. the forts to disseminato improper books-un- Earl of Rocksavage, by Drs. Steinkopff, usual and unheard-of efforts, till the present Waugh, and Winter, by the Rev. G. Claymoment; and in addition to tbese reasons ton, Mr. Henry of Leith, J. Marsball, R. for increasing exertion, arising from the Vernon, and T. Webster, and by W. B. district itself, it was important also to re- Hudson, Esq.
LONDON SOCIETY FOR MITIGATING AND GRADUALLY ABOLISHING THE STATE OF SLAVERY THROUGHOUT THE BRITISH DOMINIONS.
The objects of this Society cannot be negro bondage in the British Colonies ; but more clearly and comprehensively defined that in this hope they have been painfully than in the following resolutions, which disappointed; and after a lapse of sixteen were unanimously adopted at the first years, they bave still to deplore the almost meeting.
undiminished prevalence of the evils wbich “That the individuals composing the pre- it was one great object of the abolition to sent Meeting are deeply impressed with the remedy. magnitude and number of the evils attached " That under these circumstances they to the system of slavery wbich prerails in feel themselves called upon, by the most many of the Colonies of Great Britain ; a binding considerations of their duty as Cbrissystem wbich appears to them to be opposed' tians, by their best sympathies as men, and to the spirit and precepts of Christianity, by their solicitude to maintain unimpaired as well as repugnant to every dictate of na- the high reputation and the solid prosperity tural humanity and justice.
of their country, to exert themselves, in “That they long indulged a bope, that the their separate and collective capacities, in great measure of the Abolition of the Slate furthering this most important object, and Trade, for which an Act of the Legislature in endeavouring by all prudent and lawful was passed in 1807, after a struggle of means to mitigate, and eventually to abolish, twenty years, would have tended rapidly to the slavery existing in our colonial possesthe mitigation and gradual extinction of sions."
FROM A LATE CALCUTTA JOURNAL., "KNOWING that you are a philanthropist, attending Brahmin, were the same, that tbe I beg leare to inform you that directly op- one wife could not be burned alone, sbe posite to Fort William, a widow, the mother having dissented therefrom, and great hopes of a large family, was put on a pile of com- began now to be entertained by the hubustibles, and burned to death, attended mane, that Mr. Barwell's firmness would with circumstances of the utmost cruelty. save them both ; but the poor creatures
“On Friday the 11th instant, about noon, were all this time, from the moment their an old Brahmin died, who at the time of his husbapd bad breathed his last, on Friday at death was possessed of considerable riches, noon, kept locked up, and not allowed to and had two wires, one of whom was many taste a morsel of rictuals of any descripyears younger than the other, and by each tion, and the hope which had been enterof these wives he had a large family of chil- tained of their being saved from the flames dren, boys and girls, now living. The mo- was greatly damped by the fear that both ment this nan expired, bis eldest son,
would be starved to death by their merciless to all his property, posted off to Allypore, keepers. and applied to C. R. Barwell, Esq. magis- « On the following morning, Monday trate of the suburbs of Calcutta, for a li- the 14tb, at gun-fire, notwithstanding the cense to burn his own mother and his step- previous repeated acknowledgments and mother, with the body of his father; hut it confessions of the attending Brahmin and appears Mr. Barwell then granted license the family and friends of the deceased, that for one wife only, the eldest, to be burned. they could not burn the one wife alone, at Confident, however, that by another appli- the selected period when they thought few cation leave would be obtained to burn the eyes would be open to view their proceedother wife also, the pile was raised, and ings, the elder woman was dragged from her every preparation made to burn them both prison of starvation, made to mount the pile on the following day at noon ; but at the and clasp the putrid carcase of her so long. hour of noon on Saturday no license from deceased husband in her arms, the stench Mr. Bar well for the destruction of the from which at the time was intolerable. youngest woman had arrived, and no license Two thick ropes, previously prepared, were was granted during the whole of that day. then passed over the bodies, and two long
“ The news of tbis rather novel circum- levers of bamboo crossing each other were stance soon spread along, Seebpore and likewise employed to pinion her down, the Howrah, and thousands of people of all unconsumed four ends of which are still to descriptions were assembled to learn the be seen on the spot. particulars, and mauy of them, and to me, “ All things being thus arranged, the the family and Brahmin friends voluntarily eldest son and heir, who was to succeed to confessed, that either both wives must be the property, set fire to the pile, which burned, or neither of them could be burned, speedily burnt and consumed his own moas the one for whom the license was ob- ther, and at this act it is said that he triumtained had declared that she would not be phantly exulted ! burned alone,
“ The other poor woman being still kept “On Sunday, circumstances remained just in confinement, and no nourishment supthe same as on Saturday, for Mr. Barwell plied, is now seized with delirium, and a was inflexible, and no license to burn the few bours more will no doubt end her existyoungest wife could they obtain from him, ence also, actually starred to death." notwithstanding they used every art, artifice, and invention, which the craft and We leave it to our readers to determine cunding of a Brahmin could couceive. to whom the guilt of the above barbarous
“On Sunday, as on Saturday, crowds of murder attaches. Is it to Mr. Barwell, or people were in attendance frow morning till to the British Government in India, or to nigbt; and to all the Europeans who inquired, the British Government at home, or to the the declaration of the deceased's family, and nation at large?
RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. “ SOME time ago,” says a clergyman," I tion, I had nearly 120 applications; and preached in both my parishes on the subject here I found the peculiar utility of the Reof family prayer, and some impressions ap- ligious Tract Society; out of its depository peared to be produced, of the importance I was enabled to furnisb so many families and necessity of that much-neglected duty, with an excellent form of prayer for every In order that these impressions might not morning and evening in the week, at a very be fugitive and unprofitable, it was inti- trifling expense to myself. Had I supplied mated that any person who wished to esta- myself with so many forms out of a bookblisb that excellent practice in his own fa- seller's shop, this would bave been a serious mily might be provided, gratuitously, with demand upon my pocket ; and I know of no a forın of prayer for every day in the week, other Society that could have provided me in case he promised to use'it, at least, once with so many, and so good, at so cheap a a day. In consequence of such an intima- rate."
WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY. May 1, Thursday. The Anniversary Sernion will be preached at the City Road Chapel, by the Rev.'Adam Clarke, LL.D. Service to begin at Half past Six in the Evening.
May 5, Monday. The Annual Meeting will be held in the City Road Chapel. The Chair will be taken at Eleven o'clock.
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. May 5, Monday. The Anniversary Sermon will he preached in Christ Church, Newgate Street, by the Rev. J. W. Cunningbam, M. A. Vicar of Harrow. Divine Service to hegin at Half past Six in the Evening.
May 6, Tuesday. The Annual Meeting will be held at Freemasons' Hall. The Chair to be taken at Twelve o'clock.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. May 7, Wednesday. The Nineteenth Annual Meeting will be held at Freemasons' Hall. The Chair to be taken at Eleven o'clock.
PRAYER BOOK AND HOMILY SOCIETY. IMay 7, Wednesday. The Eleventh Anniversary Sermon will be preached at Christ Church, Newgate Street, by the Rev. Henry Budd, M. A. Minister of Bridewell Hose pital and Precinct, &c. Service to begin at Half past Six in the Evening.
May 8, Thursday. The Annual Meeting will be beld at Stationers' Hall, Ludgate Street. The Chair to be taken at Twelve o'clock.
LONDON SOCIETY FOR CONVERSION OF THE JEWS. May 8, Thursday. The Anniversary Sermon will be preached at the Church of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, by the Rev. W. Thistlethwaite, M. A. Minister of St. George's, Bolton. Service to begin at Half past Six.
May 9, Friday. The Annual Meeting will be held at Freemasons' Hall. The Chair to be taken at Twelve precisely.
LONDON ASSOCIATION IN AID OF THE MORAVIAN MISSIONS. May 9, Friday. The Annual Sermon in behalf of this Association, will be preached at the Church of St. Clement Danes, by the Rev. Thomas Mortimer, M. A. Divine Service to begin at Seven o'clock.
LONDON HIBERNIAN SOCIETY. May 10, Saturday. The Annual Meeting will be held in Freemasons' Hall. The Chair to be taken by H. H. R. the Duke of Gloucester, at Twelve o'clock at Noon.
LONDON FEMALE PENITENTIARY. May 12, Monday. The Annual Meeting will be held at the Crown and Anchor Tavern, Strand, at Twelve o'clock at Noon.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL SOCIETY. May 12, Monday. The Annual Meeting will be held at Freemasons' Hall. The Chair to be taken at Twelve o'clock.
PORT OF LONDON SOCIETY. May 12, Monday. The Annual Meeting will be held at the City of London Tavern. The Right Hon. Lord Gambier will take the Chair at Eleven o'clock.
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. May 13, Tuesday. The Annual Meeting will be held at the City of London Tavern, at Six o'clock in the Morning.
NAVAL AND MILITARY BIBLE SOCIETY. May 13, Tuesday. The Annual Meeting will be held at the King's Concert Room, in the Haymarket. The Chair to be taken at Twelve o'clock.
CONTINENTAL SOCIETY. May 13, Tuesday. A Sermon will be preached for this Society, at the Church of St. Ann, Blackfriars, by the Rev. John Williams, D. D. Service at Half past six o'clock.
May 21, Wednesday. The Annual Meeting will be held at Freemasons' Hall, at Twelve o'clock at Noon.
LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. May 14, Wednesday, A Sermon will be preached at Surrey Chapel, at Half past Ten o'Clock, by the Rev. W. Leifchild. Another in the Evening at the Tabernacle, Moorfields, by the Rev. W. Chaplin.
May 15, Thursday. The Annual Meeting will be held at Great Queen Street Cbapel, at Half past Ten. A Sermon will be preached in the Evening at Tottenham Court Chapel, by the Rev. J. Macdonald.
May 16, Friday. A Sermon will be preached at St. Ann's Church, Blackfriars, by the Rev. E. Sidney.
RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. May 16, Friday. The Annual Meeting will be held at the City of London Tavern, at Six o'clock in the Morning.
AFRICAN INSTITUTION. May 16, Friday. The Aonual Meeting will be held at Freemasons' Hall. The Chair will be taken at Twelve o'clock, by W. Wilberforce, Esq. M.P.
HOME. HE “ who ordereth all things both in heaven and in earth,” has been pleased to preserre this country, during the past month, from the near approach of one of its greatest perils. The Catholic question, certain, as its advocates seemed to think, of an immediate triumph, bas been defeated in a manner which we, who look at the proposition with the deepest apprehension, should be most ungrateful if we did not acknowledge as a kind and gracious providence. May it be a token for good to those that fear God! and may it encourage them, as a divine interposition ought to do, to stand yet more firmly in defence of the faith once delivered to the saints !
On the 17th of April the House of Commons met for the first contest during this Session on the Catholic question. Few, we believe, imagined that any remarkable circumstance would distinguish this discussion from those of former years, or that the votes would be much increased on either side, although, indeed, hopes were partially entertained that the small majority of five by which the Bill of last year was carried, might be reduced, or even annibilated.
Before, however, Mr. Plunkett, who this year moved the question, began his address, a conversation arose upon the presentation of some petitions, which was carried to considerable length, and marked with great asperity. Several of the leaders of the Opposition took part in it, and animadverted with much severity and even intemperance of language, upon the conduct of Mr. Canning, Mr. Plunkett, and Mr. Wynn, the ministerial advocates of tbe measure, in having accepted office without demanding a pledge for the concession of the claims of the Roman Catholics. They even went so far as to urge that Mr. Canning, when offered a high rank in the Administration, ought to have refused to accept it, until Lord Liverpool, the Lord Chancellor, and all the other anti-popish members of the Cabinet, had given up their conscientious opinion upon this subject, in obedience to his wishes. This would, of course, have been to pass a sentence of perpetual exclusion upon himself, and no one offered to show, that by so excluding himself from power, he would have forwarded the success of his own views. The argument, however, was prosecuted with so much warmth as to threaten a breach of the peace on the part of some distinguished individuals, and finally ended in the secession of about twenty of the leading members of the Opposition from the House, during the discussion of the question.
Under these discouraging circumstances, Mr. Plunkett made his notion, and after a very short discussion the House showed symptoms of a wish to put an end to the matter. One of the supporters of the measure then moved the adjournment of the question until the following evening, which is the course commonly followed on such occasions. Th House, bowerer, negatived the proposal by 292 votes against 134, leaving a majority of one hundred and fifty-eight against the question.—One of its supporters then moved, for the purpose of avoiding a direct defeat, “ that the House do now adjourn,” which was carried by 316 votes against 110; by which step Mr. Plunkett's motion fell altogether to the ground.—That gentleman has since declared, that he has no intention of renewing it this session; and its warmest friends in Parliament have spoken of it as “ lying prostrate." The confusion and dispersion of its supporters, indeed, is so complete, and their animosity so strong, that it is not improbable that years may elapse before they can become sufticiently united to recover the ground they have lost. We do not express this conviction with a view of encouraging a feeling of security; we would rather urge our friends to “ thank God, and take courage,” for the danger, however distant it may now appear, will still return.
Another subject has come under the notice of Parliament, which threatens to occupy all the time which the speedy dismissal of the Catholic Question may have saved. The Attorney General for Ireland, by bringing to prosecution the persons concerned in the riot at the Theatre, after a Grand Jury had ignored the bills, excited very great dissatisfaction among the Protestants of Ireland. A motion was made by the member for Armagh, Mr. Brownlow, conveying a vote of censure on Mr. Plunkett.—This. Mr. P. warded off by bringing forward very strong charges against the Sheriff and Grand Jury of Dublin, whose neglect of duty, he urged, had compelled him to bave recourse to extreme measures. These charges were taken up by Sir F. Burdett, who moved an inquiry into the conduct of the Sheriff. That gentleman himself petitioned for an inquiry, and his friends voting with the Opposition in its favour, carried the motion against Ministers by 219 votes to 185. The investigation is therefore to be immediately gone into.
Motions have been made in both the Houses of Parliament, disapproving of the conduct of Ministers in continental affairs, which have been negatived by large majorities.
FOREIGN. The French armies bare entered Spain, and appear to encounter little opposition. On the western frontier they have penetrated as far as Vittoria; on the eastern, their progress has been retarded by various circumstances.
The Earl of Liverpool lately stated in the House of Lords, his expectation that Madrid would be occupied, but conceived that such occupation would by no means conelude the contest.
We should not advise confession to man in the case proposed. It doubtless calls for deep and unfeigned humiliation, confession, and repentance before God. Psalm li. 4. Micah, vii. 9. Psalm xxxii. 5.
We approve of the sentiments of M. but doubt whether we shall be able to find a place for the article.- is more appropriate to the Sailor's Magazine.— The extensive circulation of Songs in the Night renders it inexpedient to insert the Extract which Malvina has kindly sent.
J. W.M.-Aliquis—J. S.-Litoreus--will be inserted.
The account of M. C. bas arrived, and will most probably appear, in an abridged form, in our next. The miscarriage of the former copy renders it imperative upon us to meet as early as possible, the wishes of our respected friend.
Pierre M.-Moniteur-Lines on the Departure of Teacher--Esther, &c. are under consideration.
We are obliged by J. M. B.'s confidence, and shall not forget his kind offer.
The tirade of Onesimus is received, and would have been printed entire had our object been, principally, the amusement of our readers. As this, however, is not the case, judgment has been speedily passed, and execution done upon it.
Just published. A new and improved Edition of “ The Religious World displayed,” or a View of the Four grand Systems of Religion.-Judaism, Paganism, Mohammedanism, and Christianity; and of the various Denominations, Sects, and Parties, in the Christian World. By the Rer. Robert Adam, M. A. late Minister of St. John's Church, Christianstad, St. Croix, &c. In two Volumes 8vo.
A third Edition of the Rev. H. Martyn's Sermons. In Octavo.
Musæ Solitariæ. A Collection of original Melodies, adapted to various Measures of Psalms and Hymns, with Words at Length, and a full Accompaniment for the Piano Forte and Organ. Intended as a Help to Devotion in the Closet, or in the domestic Circle. By the Rev. J. Jowett, Rector of Silk Willoughby. In Quarto.
A fifth Edition of the Rev. Thomas Scott's Life.
A new Edition of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, with the Notes of the Rev. Thomas Scott. In Twelves.
A third Volume of the Rev. Charles Davy's Cottage Sermons.
The victorious Christian's Reward. A Sermon preached before the University of Canıbridge, by the Rev. William Mandell, B. D.
Lectures on Scripture Comparison, or Christianity compared with Hinduism, Mohammedanism, the ancient Philosophy, and Deism ; forming the seventh Volume of a Series of Lectures on the Evidences of Divine Revelation, which comprises an Exanıination of Scripture Facts, Prophecies, Miracles, Parables, Doctrines, and Duties, and a Comparison of Christianity with Hinduism, &c. In Seren Volunies, 8vo. By William Bengo' Collyer, D. D. &c. &c.
The Parish Clerk. A Taie.
Eight Lectures, on some striking Proofs of the Being of a God, and the Truth of the Bible.
A Catalogue of the Ethiopic Biblical MSS. in the Royal Library of Paris, and in that of the British and Foreign Bible Society; with Specimens of the modern Dialects of Abyssinia. By Thomas Pell Platt, B. A. Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Martin Luther on the Bondage of the Will. Faithfully translated from the original Latin. By the Rev. Edward T. Vaughan, Vicar of St. Martin's, Leicester, &c. With Preface and Notes. One Volume, 8vo.
An Alpine Tale. Suggested by Circumstances which occurred towards the Commencement of the present Century. By the Author of “ Tales from Switzerland.” Two Volumes, 12mo.
Dr. Chalmers' Christian and Civic Economy of large Towns, Nos. XIV. XV. and XVI. “ On the Causes and Cure of Pauperism in England,” will be published in May, These Numbers will complete the second Volume of this work.