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the arrangements of their household, with dicious laymen. May the blessing of God a view to the better observance of the
prosper all their endeavours ! Sabbath ; to provide that every one of their domestics may have the opportunity FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW of keeping it holy, by attending once at
NATION. least on Divine worship; and on no ac- A society under this title was establishcount whatever to countenance the breach ed last summer, which commenced its of it by permitting articles for the use of operations by forming an asylum to which the table to be brought into their houses Jews inquiring into the truth of Christianity at all on that day. We implore such as might resort. In this asylum they are inemploy the poor at weekly wages, to make structed in the Christian religion on the a conscience of paying them in time, so seventh and first days of the week. On that at least on the preceding day they the other five days they are kept in emmay be enabled to purchase what they ployinent at some trade, the profits of require. Moreover, we will not hesitate which go to the support of the institution. to declare, in his naine whose ministers Twelve out of fourteen of the inmates we are, that he alone has a title to look having applied to receive the ordinance of for honesty and fidelity in his servants baptism, which was administered by the and dependants; whose care it is, both by Bishop of London, in St. James's church, authority and example, to command his after previous examination of the candichildren, and his household, and all as far dates by him. His lordship has accepted as his influence extends, that they should the office of patron of the society. serve the Lord alway, in his Sabbaths, in his sanctuary, in the ordinances of his LADIES' HIBERNIAN FEMALE holy religion, in all the ways and works of
SCHOOL SOCIETY. the Lord."
Our readers will find in our volume for Amidst the awful desecration of the 1823, p. 805, an account of the character Lord's-day, it gladdens our hearts to see and objects of this very useful unostenthat so many of our countrymen are alive tatious society, and may refer to subsè. to the extent of this enormity, and anxious quent details in our pages for some interfor its removal. We rejoice to witness esting particulars of its proceedings. We some partial, even though we fear they regret to perceive from the advertisement may for the present prove unavailing, on our cover, to which we refer our read. efforts to lesson the amount of Sunday ers, that the funds of the institution are travelling by public carriages. It is the quite inadequate to its benevolent and duty of each Christian to do what he can Christian objects. Above ten thousand in his own sphere, even if his exertions girls receive daily scriptural instruction, should not be so widely beneficial as be under its care, and are brought up in could wish. We believe that one of the habits of order and industry. The want most effectual plans hitherto discovered of funds not only prevents new applicafor promoting the due observance of the tions meeting with attention, but will Sabbath, as well as the other points men- compel the committee to lessen the numtioned in the St. James's address, is the ber of schools now assisted, unless, by the institution of regular visiting societies. blessing of God upon the efforts of the The clergy in our large towns can do friends of the society, the public are inlittle single handed; but much by making duced to supply the present deficiency in proper use of the agency of pious and ju- its resources.
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
R. Grant's motion for placing English Serious apprehensions have been enter- Jews upon the same civil footing as other tained respecting the health of his Ma- classes of the community. The motion, jesty, who has been seriously indisposed, though opposed by government, was carbut, we are happy to add, is better. ried by one hundred and fifteen votes to
We have not much to record of the ninety-seven ; but it is stated that governproceedings in parliament, owing to the ment will oppose it more seriously at the adjournment for the Easter holidays. next reading, and that, even should it pass The most remarkable incident is Mr. the Commons, it must fail in the House of
Lords. The motion was opposed by Sir“ Evangelical Church" (Lutheran and Robert Inglis, Mr. Battley, the Chancellor Reformed united) is to be the established of the Exchequer, Mr. Perceval, the Soli. religion, but all other sects are to enjoy citor General; and advocated by Mr. T. perfect protection. Macaulay, the new member, in a first and DENMARK.—The Hamburgh Corres. very effective speech, Sir J. Mackintosh, pondent contains the following pas. Dr. Lushington, Lord Morpeth, and Mr. sage:-“ From Copenhagen, we learn W. Smith. The general argument against that, in consequence of the regulations the measure is, that Christianity is the law successively introduced into the Danish of the land, and that Jews are not Chris West-India Islands, the Negroes are now tians; the general argument in its favour, placed upon nearly an equal footing with that among persons equally bearing the the Europeans ; thus their emancipation burdens of the state, religious distinetions may be considered as accomplished. Marought not to be allowed to interfere with riages between them and Europeans are matters of civil privilege ; that the argu- permitted : many Negroes carry on trade, ment used in the case of the Roman Ca- and enjoy the same privileges us Eurotholics of a divided political allegiance peans : great numbers are employed in is inapplicable here; that therefore the counting-houses, and some even are placed restrictions upon the Jews are a species in public offices. Even the right of proof religious persecution; and that at all perty with regard to Negroes who are still events the Jews ought not to be placed in in bondage, is gradually falling away. If a worse condition than they were by the at an auction a Negro offers a price for his measures which have thrown open the liberty, it is considered disgraceful at St. constitution to their fellow-subjects. We Croix to bid above him, and many have shall have an opportunity of resuming the thus bought their liberty for a trifle." subject.
UNITED STATEs. — The discussions reMr. Peel has brought in his bill to con- specting the Indians have disclosed some solidate the laws respecting forgery. He facts not to the honour of the American proposes to remit capital punishment in States. It appears that when a treaty is some cases to which it is now applicable; to be contracted with the Aborigines, it but we lainent that the legislature does has been the practice to allot large sums not either abolish it in all cases, murder of money in order to keep the chiefs, their only excepted, or at least confine it to families, and retainers in a state of concases of great atrocity and violence. The viviality and too often drunkenness, for subject, we rejoice to state, has been days and weeks together, till hy bribes and brought before parliament, and is to un- artifice the object has been accomplished. dergo a full disucssion--we trust with an The exposure of such a fact will, we trust, auspicious result.
prevent its recurrence.— The controversies FOREIGN.
respecting the tariff still proceed with FRANCE.-No political event of import- great animation. It is remarkable that ance has transpired since the prorogation nations are seldom content to accommoof the chambers.—We mentioned in our date themselves to the station which Dilast volume (p. 633) the sentence of fine vine Providence has allotted to them. and imprisonment pronounced against M. The United States, with abundance of Chatelain, the conductor of the Courier land and a thin population, wish to turn Français, for a paragraph in which he said manufacturers instead of agriculturalists; that the Madonnas of Raphael are divine, while Great Britain, with a dense poputhough their altars are half overthrown; lation cooped up in a small island, thinks and that the paintings of the communion it better to live on its own dear corn and transfiguration would survive, if the than to purchase corn cheaply with its fragility of their materials allowed, " when manufactures, thus feeding tens of thouChristianity itself shall be abolished.” M. sands of its starving population. The Chatelain has appealed to a liigher court; American prefers wearing dear home-made and the sentence has been reversed, on clothes, and letting his corn perish in his the ground that though it may be pain- warehouse ; and the Englishman eating ful to those who believe a doctrine to dear home-grown corn, and leaving his hear it denied, the denial is not a legal manufactured goods to a similar fate ; offence unless accompanied with offensive whereas both, by a simple exchange on the language. The royal court of Aix, in ad. principles of Christian reciprocity, might judging punishment for a reprint of the benefit each other and injure no one. same article, but accompanied with some
When will nations learn what every page sarcastic remarks, decides that “the sim. of the New Testament so beautifully ple negation of a religious dogma, without teaches, “Whatsoever ye would that men contumely, would have been no offence should do unto you, even so do unto them?" against the charter."
BRAZIL.—The Roman-Catholic religion GEMANY.–The Duke of Saxe Mein. being no longer exclusive in Brazil, and ingin bas lately issued a law that religious all other creeds being tolerated, a law is differences shall not affect the political under consideration hy the legislature, to' privileges of any of his subjects professing make marriage a merely civil ceremony, Christianity. Specific regulations are to with such religious observances as the be drawn up in the case of the Jews. The parties may prefer.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. A CLERGYMAN IN THE West ; NAUTICUS; MELANCTHON; THEOGNIS; C. W.; Mon
Trsinos; A FRIEND ; Moderator; A- -A; R. C.; AN INQUIRER; G. D.; and
M. E.; are under consideration. We are as much lovers of truth and fair play” as the correspondent who signs
himself so, and we have honestly consulted both in the statements which we have given on the condition of Unitarianism. Let the public judge between us. T. B. should not be displeased at our having printed poetry in a small type, for the sake of getting the lines into a column instead of extending them across the page. If a work give a stipulated number of pages and employs a small type, the purchaser gains the additional matter for the same sum, while there is a large extra expense for printing. We ought not to be blamed for being over honest. Two of our
Numbers contain the matter of many a ten or twelve shilling volume. Would D. F. duly consider the origin of tithes, he would not call them “unjust,"
even if he continued to think them “ inexpedient.” If he himself built a church, and, as a condition of its being consecrated, agreed to endow it with a tenth part of the produce of his lands for ever, those to whom those lands came, either by bequest or purchase, with this settlement upon them, could not complain of injustice. He had a right to do what he would with his own. The land is purchased subject to the incumbrance. Nor is force put upon the tenant, the rent being adjusted by the neat, and not the gross, produce. The effect upon the application of labour and capital to agriculture, and upon the spiritual affairs of parishes, are distinct questions ;
but we speak at present only of the charge of " injustice.” We have not ability to give a clerkly solution to H. B.'s question, but we will relate
to him an anecdote which bears upon it. At the synod of Dort, Gomarus said that Episcopius had falsified the doctrine of reprobation ; for that no man taught as he alleged, that God decreed to cast men away without sin, but that God did decree the means as well as the end; for as he predestinated man to death, he predestinated him to sin, the only way to death ; on which Hale, in his memoranda of the synod, remarks, that “he mended the question as tinkers mend kettles, making the hole worse and worse." We are content to leave these matters where we find them in Scripture, without attempting to mend them with theological “ tinkering." We approve the Apocryphal Lessons as little as Sosipater, and earnestly wish we were
well rid of them; but while they continue appointed by the church to be read, a clergyman is not at liberty to change them on his own authority.
SUPPLEMENT TO RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. The extracts shew the great importance of Local Associations, which we should be glad to see established in every village in the kingdom. The “Negro-English ” Testament has been received with great joy by the Black and Coloured population of Surinam.
ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY. The Reporter is chiefly devoted to an authentic account of the much calumniated colony of Sierra Leone. Had not this colony been established at the time of the abo.. lition of the slave trade, and upon principles which do not allow of slavery upon its soil, it would have been impracticable to carry the abolition into effect, even to the unhappily limited extent which it has already obtained. Its anti-slavery character has, however, been so great an offence in the eyes of the lovers of the slave-trade and slavery, that no arts have been left unemployed to traduce it. That its internal policy has not been well regulated is certainly no fault of missionary or anti-slavery societies. The paper before us sets the matter in an impartial light, and to its statements and proofs we refer our readers. We cannot think of Sierra Leone without humble thankfulness to God, and gratitude to the Church Missionary Society, and other pious and benevolent friends of Africa, for the large measure of benefit, civil, moral, and, above all, spiritual, which, after every deduction, has attended their labours in this interesting colony.
Since writing the above, we find that the Reporter for May is in such a state of for. wardness that we hope to be able to append it to the present Number. It contains an exposition of the emptiness aud mockery of the alleged colonial reforms, which the advocates of Slavery bave vaunted of to blind the eyes of parliament and the country.
REFORMATION SOCIETY. The extracts exhibit much interesting information respecting the state of Popery in this country, and the efforts of the Society to stem its progress.
MEMOIR OF FERDINAND CAULIER.
except omitting some of the repeti
tions which would necessarily occur. For the Christian Observer. An honest countryman, an in
habitant of a hamlet near the vil. TE have much pleasure in lay. lage of N— found in 1810, in
ing before our readers the a corner of his house, a small Bible following simple narrative, (see the which had long been there without Archives du Christianisme for Au- the knowledge of any one.
Like gust 1829,) with scarcely any altera- all the other inhabitants of the tion, except transferring it from a neighbourhood, he was a RomanFrench to an English dress.
Catholic, and did not even know The reproach of the prophet, the name of the Reformed religion. · The righteous perisheth, and no This man was religious in the sense man layeth it to heart," is often which the Church of Rome attaches even now too well merited. We do to the word. The discovery of a not wish to incur it as respects the religious book excited his attention. zealous, modest, and unknown Chris. He read it diligently with his wife; tian, who is the subject of the pre- and very soon a remarkable change sent memoir. In the sight of God, took place in their religious sentithe peasant and the monarch, the ments, but they kept it secret. What learned and the unlearned, are on struck them first was the little re. the same level; there is no difference semblance which they perceived bebut that which their faith, their love tween their religion and that of the to God, their charity, and the ho- Bible; and as they read, fully beliness of their lives, place between lieving the Bible to be the word of them. Ferdinand Caulier was a God, the discrepancy which they simple peasant; but this peasant perceived between its doctrines and was a remarkable instance of the their former faith, gave them great grace of God, and now “shines uneasiness, and led them to suspect forth as the sun in the kingdom of that the path in which they had his Father.” It is to bear our tes. hitherto been conducted might postimony to this wonderful gráce, and sibly be a wrong one.
The more for the edification and encourage they read the Bible, the more this ment of our readers, that we insert suspicion was strengthened. At last the following notices. We derive it became a certainty ; they had them from various sources; and read with attention the word of thinking that they would be more God; they found in it neither pope, interesting in their original form, we nor priest, nor masses, nor confeshave made no alteration in them, sion, nor purgatory, nor any of the CHRIST. OBSERV. No 341.
mummeries of Popery. Their con- which our blessed Lord has declared science warned them that they no one shall see the kingdom of ought to quit a church which taught God. They had seen their former them so badly; and for the first errors, but they had not yet been time the bell which summoned their enabled to seize the first link in the neighbours to mass found them dis- chain of the truth as it is in Jesus. obedient. The neglect which they They still believed, - we will not say began from this time to shew to the with the Church of Rome, (for it worship and practice of the Church would be unjust to confine to that of Rome, was soon noticed : their corrupt church that fatal error,) but relations first wished to know the with all who are ignorant of the fall cause of it; and when they learnt of man and the justice of God, or that this change was owing to the who admit these doctrines without word of God, they asked also to perceiving their consequences,—that read it. The little Bible passed into man is able to procure his own saltheir hands; they read it, and in a vation ; that he must be the author short time it produced the same and meriter of it. Thus therefore, effects upon their minds. Very while on the one hand the Reformasoon this precious volume, perhaps tion from Popery made progress the only one which was to be found among them, and their little lock in the neighbourhood, went from increased every year; on the other, hand to hand; and every where, the Christian life was not at all exwithout any other aid than that hibited, and the love of the world which God grants to his own sacred still governed them nearly as much truth, it obtained the same victories. as formerly. The number of persons which it M. Devisme, being the minister thus detached from the Church of of numerous churches, scattered Rome having become considerable, throughout many departments, could they wished to unite themselves to but seldom visit this, one of the gether. In 1811 a little church was least in numerical importance; so built at their joint expense, and from that his ministrations could scarcely that time this interesting fock, a penetrate the bosom of this little remarkable monument of the effi- community with the doctrine of cacy of the sacred Scriptures, began salvation by faith in the blood of to be visited by that venerable pas- the Son of God. Besides which, tor, the elder Devisme, whose me- he died a very few years after the mory will long be cherished by the formation of this little church. Some Reformed churches in the north of servants of Christ indeed visited France.
them occasionally, but not remainLouis Caulier was one of those ing long among them, there appearwho thus quitted the Church of ed no change in their religious conRome. He had at that time two dition. " This was the case to the children, a son and a daughter, who year 1819,” continues the pastor to had been carefully educated in the whom we are indebted for these faith of that church, but who, of statements, “when it pleased the their own accord, although still very providence of God to conduct me young, wished to follow their father. to them. From my first visit, it The son was called Ferdinand, and was easy to discover the state of is the subject of the present me. religion among this little flock, and moir.
to perceive the error with which I Although the zeal of these new should have chiefly to contend. I converts, and their attachment to began immediately in my sermons, the religion of the Bible, was great, and in my private conversations, to they were as yet strangers to what dwell chiefly upon the justification constitutes the essence of Christi- of a sinner by faith, without the anity, -to that new birth, without works of the law. I endeavoured