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laity will not any more than the clergy wish may, it is presumed, be effectially secured this bill to pass into a faw.

by the due execution of the laws and canons * The rentuval of all parish registers now already in force. extant, required by section thirtieth, to the ** Popies of the parish registers, attested by general office in London or York, wil des ministers and churchwardens, are every year ptive every parish in the kingdom of all kycal returned at the bishops' or archdeacon's risi. records, and render it impossible for a poor cation, and deposited in their respective start, without wn expense and trouble which courts. And if any clergywen have been He is not able to beat, to obtain information remiss in this business, they are liable to eaof many particulars, relative to his ancestors sures, which no doubt ought to be inflicted. and family, the knowledge of which may be But surely the negligence of some indivivery necessary at least to Iris comfort and sa- duals ought not to operate to the disgrace of tisfaction. To which add, that after the the whole body, or be considered as a reason commencenent of the Act, the clergyman is for enacting rates, the observation of which inhibited from giving any certificate or copy will be attended with much difficulty and of the register of any birth, marriage, or perplexity, and in many cases from a saburial: What then is to be done, if the cet riety of canses be totally impracticable." dificate of the register of any birth, marriage, or burjat, which may take place in the

CHINA. course of the year, become necessary before Intelligence has been received by the the book be vérified on onth after the end of London Missionary Society, that Mr. Marie December, and transmiteed to the office of son, their missionary at Canton, has priated the register general?

one thousand copies of the Acts of the * As to dissenters, might they not be encot Apostles in Chinese. The expense of printsaged to trañsnit to some proper office or ing was about one hundred pounds sterlingi repository of their own, copies or duplicates but from the same wooden iypes, with only of registers of births, or baptisms, or bariäls, occasionally retouching them, one hundred attested by the 'ininisters or others of their thousand copies may be taken. Mt. Morisan respective congregations, and due authority having learnt that the Gospels and Epistles given to such registers, as was the case were preparing at Calcutta, had begun the wlien such registers were subject to the duty translation of Genesis and the Book of imposed on the register of baptismus and Psalmis. He has sent home some speciosas burials?

of Chinese literature from the maxima * Upon the whole, every valuable purpose Confucius and the history of Foe. for wlich this Bill is intended to provide,

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mediately retired, as had been dode la FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.

The case of Badajoz; one part of his army the blockade or Ciudad Rodrigo, by Lori marching towărds Salamanca, and anotier Wellington, tidliced the 'French general

, part towards Placentia. This is the only Qarmont. to bring together a large force movement of any moment which has recendy Tron different parts of Spain, with's view to taken place in the Peninsula. There seems ict its relief. In this object he' has suice no doubt that the French have received cunzeedid. Tord' Wellington, finding hinrself siderable reinforcements. vutuinbered by the enemy,

'Yetired behind The Spanisti colonies iu South America the Agueda, and took a position on the Coa. appear to be in the most unsettled state. Duihis occasion there was some smart skita A second revolution bas rašen place is the muisti:g between our forces and those of the Caracċás, wbëre they have thiwn off ai enemy. Our löss, lowever, was slight; con allegiance to Ferdinand the Seventh; si to sisting of 47 Brilish and Portuguese killed, the nötkér country, and have proclaimed 180 woundeci

, änd 57 missing Marmorit, thertiselves independent." They have insed after relieving Ciudad Rodrigo, did not at also a déclaration of ulteit rights, which is tempt to Totton Lord Wellington," bót 2012 much in the Prenth terobomary sepke, te

we dare not augur much good from it. tion," by ordering in their diocese * prayers There is a part of the province which is in- for the deceased bishop." This invitation disposed to submit to the new regime, and a was complied with, and the council alsu.com civil war is the consequence. The state of lebrated a solema servicę do the same nothings in the river Plate is still worse. While count, the Junta of Buenos Ayres blockade Monte The unexpected return of Lord William Video by land, the Governor of Dlonte Bentinck from Sicily, whither he has gone Video is bombarding Buenos Ayres by sea. to take the command of the Britisla forces,

The Cortez are said to have accepted the has given rise to many surmises with respect mediation of Great Britain to bring about an to the state of things in that island, The amicable understanding with the Spanish probability, seems to be, that the Sicilian colonies in South America. This report Government is isot disposed to admit of seems to be confirmed by the appointment, British interference in its affairs, aad is, which hes appeared in the Gazette, of C. perhaps, even arerse 10 British connection Stuart, G. Cockburne, and J. P. Morier, and inclined to caternize with France Esqs. to act as commissioners in South Aine- If such should appear to be really the rica, in conjunctiou wish commissioners ap- case, our Government will certainly bave a pointed by Spain. We trust that the terms dithcult part to act. The great body for of our mediation are such as will, in 10 case, the Sicilian people, it is believed, are much involve us in any liostile collisions with those disaffected lowards their own government, colonics.

which is, perhaps, one of the most oppressive Bonaparte has pursued his journey along in the world-certainly the most oppressive the coast to Holland. From Boulogne he and vexavious in Europe. The Sicilians also went to inspect his squadron in the Scheldt, dislike the French almost as much as they where he was detained on slip board three do their own government, and would gladly days by the equinoxial gales. The bulletins unite with us against both. We have of his ronte are filled with minute and hitherto sopported the government against vaunting accounts of the strength of ibe for- the people. Now that the government most tifications at Antwerp, and other places unnaturally and treacherously takes palet which he visited, partly intended, perhaps, against us (assuming the fact 10 be so ), and to deter us from renewing our attempt on attaches itself to the cunse of France ; it the Scheldt. He is expected to return to will probably be found not only expedient, Paris between the 15th and 20th instant. but just, that we should unite with the people

The only intelligeuce from France, re- against the government and France, its specting the proceedings of the great eccle- ally, Lord W. Bentinck has returned to siastical council, is, that a deputation of Sicily, to resume the conunand there. patriarchs, cardinals, archbishops, and bi- It is rumoured that the Government of the shops, had set off for Italy, probably to make United States is about to re-enact its einsome fresh attempt on the firmness of the bargo. Parties ran so high in that country, Pope, and to induce his compliance with and the newspapers speak a language so the wishes of Bonaparte. A circular letter widely different, according to the party to was sent by Cardinal Fesch to the bishops, which they belong, that a correct judgiuent announcing the death of a member of the can hardly be formed of the state of the council, the Bishop of Feltri.

public mind in that country. now give this prelate," he observed,

Accounts from India state, that the seolher proofs of the estcem he merited, but cond son of Tippoo Sultaun had shot himself by putting op public prayers for the re pose at Calcutta. No reason is assigned for this of his soul.” He invited them, therefore, " to enter into a holy and salutary delibera

GREAT BRITAIN. The following is represented as the sub. appears to be materially worse than it was stance of the last Report of the Queen's Privy at that period ; that from the protraction of Council on the subject of his Majesty's health, tire disorder, its present state, the duration viz. “ that His Majesty's health is not such of its accessions, and the peculiar character as to enable his Majesty to resume the exer- which it now assumes, one of his Majesty's cise of his royal authority; that his Majes. physicians thinks his Majesty's recovery ly's bodily healtla does not appear to be improbable, and the other pliysicians think essentially altered since the date of the last his recovery very improbable; and that on Report ; ibat bis Majesty's mental lealth the other hand, from the state of his Majes.

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ry's health and powers of mind, from his prohibiting to neutrals all trade with the memory and perception, and from the re- Cape of Good Hope, except by licence. maining vigour of his constitution, and from The following is a statement of the achis bodily health, some of the medical per- counts of the revenue for the quarter just sonal attendants do not entirely despair of expired. his Majesty's recovery."

The income of the consolidated Lieutenant-General Sir G. Prevost, has fund has amounted to ... L 10,999,835 been appointed governor and commander. The charge is

7,430,003 in-chief iu Upper and Lower Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward, and Leaving a surplus of

2,799,832 Cape Breton. He has the command of thic

The comparative amount of the Was troops also in St. John's, Newfoundland, and

Taxes for the quarters ending the 10th of the Bermudas.

October, 1810, and 1811, is—

1810.

1811. Lieutenant-Gencral Brownrigg has been

Customs

988,017 895,532 appointed governor and commander-in-chief Excise

2,170,921 2,289,924 in Ceylon

Property Tax 4,351,014 4,666,197 Thomas Sydenham, Esq. has been appointed ambassador in Portugal.

7,490,282 7,851,563 An attack of the islands of Jersey and Three French frigates sent out to relieve Guernsey has been threatened by the French, the islands of Bourbon and Mauritius apand is expected. Every preparation las peared in the Indian Seas in the month of been made to repel it.

Ime last. They were discovered and at. An order in council has been issued in tacked by a British squadron, and two of this country, regulating the luinber and pro- them were taken. The third, the Clorinde, vision trade between the United States and escaped, and after encountering freskı der:our West India islands; and imposing a gers on the coast of France, where she was duty on articles the growth or produce of chased by a seventy-four, got safe into the United States imported into those islands Brest. Jast at the moment wben the sevenafter the S1st of December next. We doubt ty-four was about to close with her, the not that in the present feverish state of feel- main top-mast of the former gave way, from ing in America, even this measure of mere the severity of the weather; and to this regulation, (we do not decide on the policy accident tlie Clorinde appears to have owed of the measure) will he represented as an lier safety, act of marked hostility on the part of our · Six or eight French privateers have bees government.

taken by our cruizers in the course of the Anotber order in council has been issuedo momh.

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.

A Correspondent wishes to know on what authority rests the truth of the account is.

serted in our volume for 1805, p. 645, entitled, “ The Death-bed of a modern Free thinker, exemplified in the last Hours of the Hon. F. Newport." We will endeavour in

our next number to give him satisfaction on this point. The Clergyman who signs himself T—-S, will perceive that we have not been inas

tentive to his comiuunication, The Sermon is returned to J. S. 1. B.; T. H.; N-X; T. Y.; and H, will be admitted. A Correspondent inquires where he can meet with a Memoir of Mr. Norris, Rector of

Bemerion, mentioned in Mr. Orton's Letters, p. 13, and a list of his works.
Mr. Tacker's Essay is left at the Publisher's.
PRILOBIBLION; and B., Irave been received.
X. Y. Z. and R. H. S. are under consideration.

ERRATA.
In the last number P. 539, col. i, last line, after.first read bora.

cul. ii. last line, after was read instituted.
540, col. i. I. 25, after conscientious read role.

CHRISTIAN OBSERVER.

No. 119.]

NOVEMBER, 1811.

[No. 11. Vol.x.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATIONS.

ACCOUNT OF MR. JOSHUA ROWLEY

GILPIN.

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danger which might arise from the manners and habits of the younger

students. Their apprehensions, how(Concluded from p. 611.)

ever, were quieted by what they N the last Number, the account knew of their son's character, and

of this extraordinary youth was still more by a dependence on the s! brought down to the period of his grace and goodness of God, who

leaving the grammar-school at Newe seemed to have marked their Joport, when he obtained, in consi- shua for his own. deration of his great proficiency, an At ibis time, they had great reaexhibition for Christ-Church college, son to be satisfied with the state Oxford.

of their son's health. He had no During the summer, he shewed cough, his spirits were lively, and an inclination to be much in the his appearance was that of vigour, open air ; and he and his parents His classical and mathematical stuenjoyed many social walks, accom- dies employed almost the whole of

panied by a variety of endearing his time : and so assiduous was he s circumstances. His mother's pre- in these pursuits, that he was the

sence, whenever she had it in her first of the family to leave his champower to be of the party, threw a ber, even in the severest part of new charm over the whole scene.. the season; nor would he yield any She had the art of pleasantly no- of his time to sleep, except on the ticing and happily improving every ground of absolute necessity. object, still inviting their thoughis But while he thus watched at upwards, till she had fixed them, wisdom's gate, he shewed none of where she delighted to occupy her that self-complacency which is too own, on God and heaven.

often manifesi in young scholars ; Early in October, 1805, they set nor did he ever betray the least deout together for Oxford, where sire to outshine an inferior. On the young Gilpin was entered a fellow- contrary, he seemed on all occacommoner of Christ Church; not sions ready " in lowliness of mind intending, however, to take up his to esteem others beiter than hinresidence there till the commence- sell.” He appeared as one whu ment of the following Term. The had sitten at the feet of Christ, prospect of their approaching sepa. and had learnt of him that charity ration was grievous to them all: for which “ envieth not, which vauninearly eighteen years they had been eth not itself, which is not puffed inseparable companions. But even up." now their fears were misplaced, for For several years the winter had it was only death which would part proved unfavourable to his health, them.

but appearances were more encoua Mr. and Mrs. Gilpin, though raging at the setting in of this. aware of the advantages to be de. Before the period came, however, rived at Oxford, yet dreaded the for bis removal to Oxford, several

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uncomfortable symptoms began to than at any former period. This shew themselves, which had the greatly increased his parents' fears, effect of deferring his departure. especially as it was followed by reIn the mean time, bis eighteenth peated bleedings in the course of birth-day arrived. Such days were the day. A skilful medical person, always days of extraordinary grati- who was called in, seeing no reason tude to God, and of affectionate con- to doubt of a favourable issue, in gratulation among themselves. One some degree abated their anxiety. relation, and one only, was admitted But the influenza at this time had to share their enjoyments on these made its appearance in the village; occasions ;-a maiden aunt, to whom and, in spite of every precaution to young Gilpin bad discovered a the contrary, it seized upon young strong attachment from his infancy, Gilpin, and, falling op lungs already and whose life appeared to be bound diseased, no power of medicine could up in bis. She also, observes Mr. effect its removal. While bis paGilpin, is now lamenting the rents found it difficult to restrain " Japse of: happy seasons wbich are the vehemence of their grief, even never to return. And though two in his presence, he met all the of those days, which were formerly painful changes of his state with marked by us with such sweet observ- cheerful submission. No murmur ance, have now passed silently by, ever fell from his lips, nor were any since our house has ceased to be the traces of chagrin and anxiety visiresidence of joy, she has not hitherto ble in his countenance. Neither had the courage once 10 meet the the loss of appetite nor the decay eyes of its bereaved inhabitants.” of strength, neither his languid

About noon on his birth-day, a days nor restless nights, could servant arrived with a letter address. break the calm of his mind; nor ed to young Gilpin, containing would it be easy to say whether his bank bills to a considerable amount, patience or his fortitude were carand requesting that he would re- ried to the greatest extent. ceive them as a joint token of aflec- Amid his increasing weakness, he tion from a few friends interested constantly rose, till within a few days in his welfare, who wished to re- of his death, at six in the morning; peat the same till he should take and for some time he employed higihis first degree.

All the donors self in his usual manner. Pindar, in this instance, except one, the Sophocles, Demosthenes, and Tolly, writer of the letter, are still un- occupied him for a part of the day: known. Their present was received Euclid was reserved for the evening. by young Gilpin with astonishment These authors, who had once added and gratitude.

to the enjoyments of health, now Through the winter, he took a seemed to alleviate the languors of more active part than ever in the sickness. But he was daily engaged evening readings. The last work in far more important labours, and with which he entertained and im- cheered with richer consolations. proved the family circle, was Bates's He was still regularly adrancing Rural Philosophy, a volume which in his preparations for that elema interested them greatly. Towards world, to which he was so fast apthe close of winter, his parents ob- proaching; and he derived thence served, with some uneasiness, the all those unspeakable refreshments return of his cough; but it was known only to the humble and

occasion any very pious. His happy portion seemed serious apprehensions. Towards io be made up of grace and peace. the end of March, however, he It was about the middle of May was again seized with an expecto- that the physician gave his decided ration of blood, which, on exami- opinion to the parents, that their nation, proved to be more copious son's case was incapable of relief.

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