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taken by either. In the same manner, the they have discovered under it. Through Christian Scriptures might be read publicly the influence of the Gospel, some of them without incurring the smallest opposition bave not only gloried in tribulation, but triThe Mahometans rank our Scriptures among umphed in death. the “ Heavenly Books," and the Hindoos are The Committee feel particularly anxious disposed to tolerate every religion. It will to increase and extend the means of relibe easy for the chaplains, and others, to em- gious knowledge, and by every consistent ploy and superintend several public readers method to arrest the attention of this sable at each station; and the expense will be race to the things which belong to their inconsiderable. Eight or ten rupees per peace. With this view, they wish to estamonth will be a sufficient salary for the read- blish a public lecture to the Africans at the er; and a small open shed, erected in the east end of the town, to be conducted by neighbourhood of the public market-places, ministers of the Established Church; and raised about one cabit from the ground, and some steps have been taken towards the afcusting not more than twenty or thirty ru- tainment of this object. pees, will bo all the equipment necessary The Committee have employed their alfor the accommodation of the reader. The most exertions, with a view to the education reader may be furnished with copies of the of the rising race of Africans and Asiatics; Scriptures for sale, or for distribution gratis, and these exertions, though their success has according to the discretion of the Superine not equalled their wishes, have not been in tendent, who will receive regular supplies vain. Not a few, who would have otherwise, from the Bible Depository at Calcutta. in all probability, remained in the grossest

This proposal having been laid before the ignorance, have, at different times, received Corresponding Committee of the British and an education, which has tended to qualify Foreign Bible Society at Calcutta, on the them for usetul stations in society, and en9th of June, 1810, five hundred copies of abled them to read that sacred hook, which ý the Shanscrit New Testament, and five hun. able to make them wise unto salvation, through dred copies of the Arabic, were ordered for faith which is in Christ Jesus. the purposes therein mentioned.

Attached to the institution is a benefit The Committee, after maturely consider- fund. Its object is to induce, on the part of ing the subject, recommend that a sum of the Africans and Asiatics, a habit of æcuno250l. per annum be applied, under the direc- my and foresight. Out of this fund a contion of the Corresponding Committee at Cal- siderable number have already received ascutta, for the purpose of establishing read sistance; and thus in the hour of affliction, ers of the Scriptures in the East according which would otherwise have been aggra. to the proposal. A larger sui might have vated by pecuniary embarrassment, and been granted to this object, had the state of painful anxiety about the means of subsistthe Society's sunds admitted of it.

ence, they have enjoyed, as a matter of right, (To be continued.)

regular support, and friendly attention. Fo AFRICAN AND ASIATIC SOCIETY. neral expenses too have been defrayed, to a

considerable amount. Substance of the last Annual Report.

Of these advantages, the Committee are With respect to the religious instruction happy to observe, the Africans become more of the Africans, the Committee have to state,

and more sensible. Of this there needs no that the public lecture to the Africans, &c. other proof than the constant increase of supplied by various ministers, is still carried subscribing members. Upwards of fifty have on. Considering them, however, as partakers joined the society since the last annual of the same depravity of nature with others, meeting; making in all, from its institution, and reflecting on the peculiarity of their three hundred and sixteen. circumstances, though the Committee cannot

The Committee, atfected with the forlorn speak of crouded auditories, their attend- condition of persons of colour out of employo ance, on the wbole, has been respectable ment, have opened two houses as Regisand encouraging. What is of infinitely ters, in hopes that some persons might be greater moment, they have every reason to induced, from motives of huinanity, to apply believe that it has, in some cases, been to them for servants. Few such applications, followed with the happiest effects. This has however, have been made. To whatever been manifest, with respect to many of them, cause it is to be attributed, the fact is innot only in the general circumspection of their disputable, that these strangers, helpless as conduct, but in the support Religion has afforded them in seasons of deep affliction, No. 421, Oxford Street, and No. 99, St aid in the exemplary patience and resignation James's Street.

they are, find much greater difficulty in that the liberality of a British public will
obtaining situations than most others. And not be wanting to the attainment of it.
there is too much ground to believe, that The president of this society is Lord Bar-
mere prejudice against their colour operates ham; the treasurer, Mr. Niven, 15, King-
in at least increasing the difbculty. The street, Soho; and the secretary, the Rev.
Committee, therefore, recommend it to gen- G. Greig, 25, North Street, Red-Lion Square.
tlemen, to use their exertions to procure situ-

ISLE OF MAN.
ations for them, and to encourage their A daily and Sunday charity school has
friends to apply for servants to the Society's been instituted in the lown of Douglas iu this
registers, where applications may be lodged island, the design of which is to afford in-
free of expense.

struction to children who are excluded by The calls for pecuniary relief have greatly poverty from the advantages of education in multiplied. Last year, the cases of distress any other channel ; to rescue them from ig. relieved amounted to 160; but since the norance, vice, and infamy ; to instil into last annual meeting, no fewer than 236 their minds early principles of inorality and cases of extreme wretchedness have been religion, and thus to promote the best inrelieved. The misery of many of the ap- terests ot society. It is conducted on that plicants it is impossible for those who liave improved plan, of which the discoveries of not witnessed it to imagine. The Commit. Dr. Bell and Mr. Lancaster forna the basis ; tee only wish that the members of the Son and a building is in forwardness, capable of ciety had occasionally the opportunity of accommodating tive hundred children. The seeing the miserable objects that come be- scholars are instructed in reading, writing, fore them, and the hovels of wretchedness in and arithmetic, and their proficiency is said which others are found. The sight alone to be almost incredible; and the greater would be sufficient to inflame their benevo- part have their memories stored with large lence, and animate their exertions.

portions of Scripture. The improvement in What the Committee have done, however, their morals and manners is said to be very is not by any means all they wish to do, apparent. Before the institution of the school, They are anxious to extend the sphere of many of the boys were exceedingly profiitheir benevolence, and, did their finances gate; but in this respect a great change has permit, to give stability to the institution, taken place. A female school has also lately by some plan commensurate with the wants been opened on the same plan, in which the and miseries of the natives of Africa and girls are instructed in reading, writing, sewAsia in this metropolis. In former Reports, ing, and knitting. Those who may be disthe erection or purchase of a house, as an posed to aid either the building or the geneasylum for the aged pensioners of the So- ral design, may apply to the Rev. T. Howciety, was suggested. And should this con. ard, Douglas; the Rev. T. Hill, Liverpool ; tinue to appear an object desirable and F. and H. C. Christian, 10, Strand; or J. important, the Committee flatter themselves Christian, Wigmore Street, Loudon.

VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

CONTINENTAL INTELLIGENCE. which are supposed to have greatly cramped The fall of Tarragona, and the dreadful ex- their military exertions, are stated to have cesses committed by the French on carry- been relieved by a large supply of specie froni ing that fortress, appear to have produced Vera Cruz. But we fear that nothing will great depression among the Spaniards; be efficacious for retrieving their affairs, and which has of course been increased by the recovering their country from French spoliafailure of an expedition, for the purpose of tion, unless they will consent to place the surprising Seville, on which General Blake military resources of the state, as was done was detached by Lord Wellington ; and by in Portugal, at the absolute disposal of the the appearance of Soult before Cadiz, with British General. reinforcements for the besieging army. When Soult, and the army under his Strong suspicions were entertained, that command, retired from Badajoz, the British an understanding existed between the army went into cantonments, in order to French and a party within the walls of that escape the effects of the violent heats of city, on whose co-operation they relied in July. The main part of the Frenoh army the event of attempting an assault. The is said to have adopted the same measure of pëcuniary distresses of the governmeut, precaution. The latest accounts intimate

that the war is likely to be removed again to there are before the public sy facts to jus. the nufth of Portugal.

cify this expectation. · Valencia and Monserrat, we are sorry to edd, have fallen into the enemy's bands, after

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA a very feeble resistance. The horrors inflict- We are left very much in the dark as to ed on Tarragona appear to have struck & the course which the negotiation with Amedamp into the Spaniards, instead of rousing rica has taken since the arrival of Mt. Fuster them to fresh exenions. In the northern in that country. It is supposed that the parts of Spain, measures of the most dread. American Government will remove one im. ful severity have been adopted, by the pediment to an amicable arrangement, by French general, for repressing what lie disavowing the conduct of Commodore calls the insurgents. Any person wito holds Rodgers. In the mean time, the feuds which the slightest correspondence with them is have taken place among yome of their statesto be put to death. Any inhabitant who men, particularly Mr. Madison, the presi. quits his dwelling for eight days, without a dent, and Mr. Snuith, the ex-secretary, have passport, will be considered as a brigand, led to discoveries which do not place the his property sequestered, and his father, impartiality of the American Government mother, brothers, sisters, children, and ne- towards the belligerents in a favourable point phews, put under arrest, and made respon- of view. They shew a strong disposition to sible, in their property and persons, for all irritate and provoke Great Britaint, and a acts committed by any of the insurgents. desire no less strong to soothe and coaciliIf an inhabitant is carried off from his home, ate France, not withstanding the fagrant acts three of the nearest relatives of any brigand of injustice and robbery of which that power are to be seized as hostages; and if such in- had been guilty. It seems how to be adhabitant should be put to death, they all mitted, that Bonaparte has not so abrogated are to be sbot.

his Berlin and Milan decrees, as to have Strong hopes continue to be entertained justified the act of the President, in putting of an accommodation between this country an end io the non-intercourse baw as it re. and Russia, althongh we do not think that spected I'rance.

GREAT BRITAIN.
NAVAL INTELLIGENCE.

disabilities, and to the measures taken by Is the Mediterranean, our cruisers have, Government to check these proceedinge, as usual, been actively and successfully em. These ueasures do not appear to have pas ployed in interrupting all attempts of the duced the desired effect. On the contrary, enemy to convey supplies from one place to the election of delegates continues to be another.

carried oa in defiance of the Act of ParliaA French tbitty-two gan frigate, the Eo- ment, and of the Royal Proclamation calling treprenacte, has been captured on the coast on magistrates to enforce it. The Governof America, by a British sloup of war, the ment has, therefore, proceeded to the arrest Atalanta, atter a severe action of two hours of various individuals, who have taken a and a balf, in which the loss of the enemy, forward part in these illegal transactions, in killed and wounded, amounted to thirty, and they have been held to bail, with the and our loss to one killed and four wounded. view of being brought to trial under the act

DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE. which prohibits such elections or delegations, The accounts of the state of the King's The affair will, of course, go before a jury; health, during the present month, have been and if it be found Iliat the act is insufficient very distressing. He appears to have been to its object, Parliament will probably adopt a severe sutterer both in mind and hody; some new and more efficacious provisions. In and it is said that his strength has been consequence of these occurrences, Ireland, it greatly reduced by his sufferings. There is, is to be feared, is in a somewhat feverish state. we are sorry to say, no great hope now en- It would obviously, however, be most dangertertuined of his ultimate recovery.

ous to permit a Catholic Convention to be apIn our number for March, p. 201, we pointed, and to hold its sittings in Dublin; and adverted to the illegal attempts made by the we cannot but think the Government justified Catholics 10 institute a kind of convention in availing themselves of the powers which the in Dublin, under the pretext of petitioning law has given them to prevent so undesirable Parliament for a repeal of all restrictions and an event.

17, For "Answers to Correspondents," see the second Page of the Blue Coper.

CHRISTIAN OBSERVER.

No. 117.]

SEPTEMBER, 1811.

[No. 9. Vol.x.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATIONS.

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of any of your parishioners; for (Concluded from p. 474.)

you are to kaow, that a priest's wife VE account of Mr. Herbert, in can challenge no precedeace nor

the last number, was brought place, but that which she purchases down to the day of his induce by her humility." She assured tioo into the șiving of Bemertoo. him, that this was no vexing news On the same evening, he observed to her, and that he should see her obto a friend, "I now look back on my serve it with a cheerful willingness.” aspiring thoughts, and think myself Having repaired the chancel, and, more happy than if I had attained at his own cost, nearly re-built the what I so ambitiously thirsted after. parsonage house, which had been I can now view, the court with an permitted to fall into decay, he impartial eye, and see that it is fixed himself at Bemerton. His made up of fraud and fallacy, and first sermon was from these words, such empty, imaginary, painted plea. “ Keep thy heart with all dilisures, as do not satisfy when they gence;" and in it he gave

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paare enjoyed: but in God, and his rishioners many excellent rules for service, is a fulness of all joy and maintaining a good conscience both pleasure, and no satiety.He towards God and man. The texts added, that he should use all his en- of all his future sermons (which deavours to bring every one con- were not many, as he died in three nected with him to a love and re- or four years after his induction) liance on God; and above all, that were taken from the Gospel for the he should study to live well himself, day; and he not only always exa holy life being the most power- - plained the collect of the day, and ful eloquence a clergyınan can em- shewed its connection with the Goploy to persuade others to love and spel or Epistle that had been read, but reyerence God; trusting that God, look occasion to state the grounds by his grace, would give him of every other part of the Liturgy, " ghostly strength," to bring his that so it might appear to be what it desires and resolutions to good ef- really is, a reasonable, and therefore fect ; and that thus his example an acceptable service. I will give might win others to give glory to one or two examples of his method Jesus his Master. " His will I will of proceeding in this respect. always observe, and obey, and do; " As for the hymns and lauds and always call him Jesus my appointed to be daily repeated or Master; and I will always contemn sung after the first and second lesa my birth, or any title or dignity sons are read, he informed them that can be conferred upon me, that it was most reasonable, after when I shall compare then with my they had heard the will and good. title of being a priest, and serving ness of God declared, to rise up and at the altar of Jesus my Master." express their gratitude to God for CHBIST. OBSERV. No. 117.

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these his mercies to them, and to techising every Sunday in the afterall mankind, and to say with the noon. The catechising took place blessed Virgin, · Our souls do mag- after the second lesson, and from .nify the Lord, and our spirits have re the pulpit, and never exceeded half joiced in God our Saviour. And that an hour : and he was always happy it was no less their duty to rejoice in having, on these occasions, a full with Simeon in his song, and say and an attentive congregation. with bim, . for our eyes have seen Mr. Herbert's constant practice 'thy salvation ;' for we bave seen was to attend, with his whole fa. that salvation' which was but pro- mily, twice every day, at ten and phesied of kill his time And as he four, at the church prayers, which broke out into expressions of joy in he read in a chapel close to his seeing it, so ought wc, who daily house ; and by the devotion which see it, daily to rejoice and offer up he manifested, while thus lifting up our sacrifices of praise to God for his hands to God in the midst of the this mercy; a service which is now congregation, be, not only brought the constant employment of that his own household, but most of bis blessed Virgin, and Simeon, and parishioners, and many gentlemen of all those blessed saints that are pos- the neighbonrhood, to adopt the sessed of heaven."

same practice, and regularly to • He informed them also, when unite with him in these exercises. it was that the priest did pray only Nay, even the lower classes in his for the congregation, as The Lord parish so loved and revered him, be with you ; and they for him that they would let their plough

And with thy spirit and then rest, when Mr. Herbert's saints bel! they join together in thie following rung to prayers, that they might collects. And he assured them, that offer their devotions to God with when there is mutual love, and him, and carry back his blessing joint prayers thus offered up for each with them to their labour : so pow. other, then the holy angels look erful was his example in persuaddown from heaven, and are ready to carry such charitable desires to Prayer, the great ignorance of the people God; and that he is ready to re

“ Therefore, that all that cannot say it may ceive them; and that a Christian learn, I use before the sermon and after to say

it. Wherefore, now I beseech you, let us congregation calling thus God,

upon with one heart, and one voice, and say it together: Our Father, &c.” Calvin

always concluded his prayer before or after in one reverend and humble posture, look as beautifully as Jerusa- Prayer, but the Creed, conceiving it right,

serion, with repeating not only the Lord's lem that is at peace with itself. He as Beza tells us, to have these often sounding instructed them also, why the in the ears of the people. « It is no prayer of our Lord was prayed wonder you are thonght a legal preacher," often in every full service of the (says Mr. Clark in a letter to Dr. Dod'church, namely, at the conclusion dridge)" when you have the 'Ten Commandof the several parts of that service;

ments painted on the walls of your chapel; not only because it was composed, besides you have a clerk, it seems, so imperand 'commanded by our Jesus that tinent as to say Amen with an audible voice. made it, but as a perfect pattern be tolerated in a congregation of Protestant

O that such a ray of Popery should ever for our fess perfect forms of prayer, Dissenters! And to conclude all you the and therefore fittest to sum up and minister conclude all with a form called the conclude all our imperfect peti- Lord's Prayer." --And Mr. Clark proceeds

to relate, that two members of a congrega Mr. Herbert was constant in ca- tion which wished to have Dr. Doddridge for

its minister, having gone over to his chape

? Dr. Wordsworth has a note on this pas. to hear him preach, were 50 sage, which contains some curious informa. end offended by all this, that they thought tion.--Latimer, in his sermons, gives, as his it needless to say any thing to him of the reason for the frequent use of the Lord's purpose of their visite

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