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episeopate, has laid the foundation for the are now not wanting to reclaim the sailor society's acting hereafter in India with far from the error of his ways, and to bring him more economy and effect than it could to hear and read for himself the testimony otherwise have done: for the ordinary which God hath given of his Son Jesus course appointed for all native missionaries Christ ; but our own church is still la(and it is to such missionaries that every mentably backward in promoting these society must ultimately look for the wide important efforts of Christian mercy; and extension of its missions) is, that they even the Episcopal Floating Chapel So. shall be educated in the college, and re. ciety, which was formed some time since, ceive ordination at the bishop's hand. No has, we fear, not yet been able to effect plan has been devised so likely, under the much towards accomplishing its truly Divine blessing, to endue native mission- benevolent designs. aries with the requisite qualifications as Impressed with these considerations, Bishop's College. By the statutes of the some friends to the instruction of seamen college, the society's missionaries will be have proposed to erect in the parish of St. allowed, with the concurrence of the pro- Andrew, Plymouth, a church, in the imper authorities, to receiving education at mediate vicinity of the quays, for the esthe society's expense. Such students as pecial benefit of thu multitudes of seamen, may be appointed to scholarships will, of boatmen, and fishermen, with their wives course, be supported by the income of such and families, who are constantly found in scholarships. The society has given Bi- these parts of the town exposed to every shop's College a claim on its funds for an snare to which the peculiarity of their geannual grant of one thousand pounds— neral character and habits renders them unless its funds should be in such a state liable. They state that the necessary funds as to disable it from making such grant; for this purpose cannot bé raised in Ply. of, the college should so conduct itself mouth alone; and viewing the subject as towards the society or in respect of its one of general interest, they appeal for own professed objects, as to render it the assistance to the friends of true religion duty of the society to withhold the contri- in general, and to the members of the bution. The translation and printing of Established Church in particular ; trusting, the Scriptures and Liturgy would alone that those whom Providence has blessed employ with advantage a much larger sum with affluence, will, with Christian libethan the annual thousand pounds of the rality and zeal, press forward to enable the society, should the society wish to appro- friends of seamen to accomplish a design priate, at any time, the whole or any part calculated to produce “ glory to God in of the annual grant to this specific ob- the highest, on earth peace, and good will ject.
towards men."-Donations will be thank.
fully received by the Rev. John Hatchard, MARINERS' CHURCH, PLY. Vicar of St. Andrew's, Plymouth ; and MOUTH.
Messrs. Hatchard, Booksellers, PiccaAn address has been sent us, in which dilly, London. Subscriptions have been it is observed, that " though the age in already received from various friends to which we live is remarkable for the ge- the object; among whom we find the Deral feeling which has diffused itself for names of Admiral Sir James Saumarez ; the promotion of the Gospel of Jesus Admiral Lord Gambier ; and Rear-Ad Christ; yet that, whilst exertions are used mirals Brooking, Pearson, and Bowen. for the conversion of the followers of heathen superstitions and Jewish errors PHILO-JUDÆAN SOCIETY. in the utmost regions of the earth; and for A society has been formed with the almost every branch of society in our own above title. The conductors state, that country means are devised for leading though“ one society has been formed exmankind to a participation in the blessings pressly to promote the spiritual regenera of Revelation ; one class of our fellow- tion of God's ancient people ; many ways men bas, till very recently, been almost in which they may be benefited, are nooverlooked." Until of late," they cessarily omitted by the constitution of that go down to the sea in ships, that do that society ;" and that “ some friends of business in the great waters," have been Israel have therefore resolved to unite left without sharing in those benevolent themselves together, for the purpose of labours which engross so large a portion supplying that which seems to have been of the time, and pecuniary resources of hitherto overlooked, and to puomote, by the Christian public. Among the differ every scriptural means, the welfare of that eat denominations of Christians who disi chosen race." It is proposed to call the sent from the Established Church, efforts attention of the public to the civil dis
abilities under which the Jews still labour; Touche, Esq. and laments the severe loss for though, remarks the address, “ the the society has sustained, in one who salvation of their souls, through the blood watched its early formation and progresof the true Paschal Lamb, which was sa- sive advancement with parental solicitude; crificed for us on Calvary, must be the and who, by his unabated exertions, by the ultimate object to be unceasingly kept in soundness of his judgment, the mild and view, it is conceived that that end is more Christian spirit of his
correspondence, and likely to be attained by testifying a spirit the warmth and the energy of his public of justice and sympathy to their wants, addresses, contributed essentially to its both public and private, than by preaching prosperity. the Gospel, unaccompanied by any out- We copy from the correspondence of ward manifestation of disinterested bene- the society a few brief extracts, which volence; whilst, to guard against the lia- may be taken as an average illustration of bility to imposition, temporal relief will the effects of the society's exertions in the be confined to such cases as scarcely admit numerous places in which it has establishof deception. Great advantage, it is ed its schools :stated, may be anticipated from esta- Islandderry, county of Down; – 118 blishing a lecture, especially upon the pro- scholars-26 gratuitous teachers. phetic parts of Holy Writ; but, if these Islandderry Sunday-school this summer anticipations should not be realised spee- has been well and regularly attended by a dily, still, adds the address, “ let not the set of children who have uniformly evinced candid Christian accuse the Jew of bigo- a strong desire of improvement, which I try and prejudice ; let him rather look to chiefly attribute to the extremely regular the treatment which he has received, not and zealous attendance of the gratuitous only from governments, and rulers, and teachers, whose attention and interest institutions, and laws, but from private about the children is highly praiseworthy. individuals, for upwards of 2000 years ;
The children as usual attended the catelet him consult the statute-book of Eng- chetical examinations held by the bishop land, the bye-laws of corporations, the of Dromore, and acquitted themselves very feelings of every private family, and con
well." sider the sentiments which a Jew still Lackan, county of Donegal;—69 scho inspires; and then let him look abroad in lars—4 gratuitous teachers.
“ The Sunthe world, and say, from the page of his- day school at Laçkan has led to other great tory, whether less tyranny has not pro- improvements in the village. The parents duced, in every people over which it has have obtained a female school which is been exercised, still greater vices than are very well attended: it was the consequence to be found in the despised and trampled of the advantages seen to accompany the on descendants of Abraham."
Sunday-school teaching. The Sunday The objects of the society will be — school was in a great measure the means To circulate the Holy Scriptures and of opening their eyes to their own ignortracts amongst the Jews; to promote their ance: it shewed them how they might bereligious information by lectures, and come wise unto salvation; and now every other suitable means; and to employ day of the seven the Bible is read and readers to the adults of that nation; to
learned.” establish day and Sabbath schools for Derryadd, county of Armagh ; - 104 their children ; to visit and relieve their scholars—18 gratuitous teachers. " In sick and aged at their own habitations; to this place where little islets are separated afford relief to distressed married Hebrew by mosses very extensive, and where the women during the period of their con- dense population of those spots is also finement, and to grant assistance under very poor, Sunday schools are the only such other circumstances as may justly practicable means by which the poor chilclaim the attention of the society; to dren can be instructed to read. The procure the removal of civil disabilities Scripture knowledge conveyed from the from the Hebrew people, and to promote Testaments and spelling-books to the their national welfare; and to forward homes and families of the children is a these objects in other countries, as oppor- great blessing, the effects of which I can tunities may present themselves.
see visibly increasing."
Within the last three months, applica SUNDAY-SCHOOL SOCIETY FOR tions have been received from, and grants IRELAND
of books made to, 157 Sunday schools, The last Number of the society's Month- containing 13,123 scholars : of these 157 ly Extracts announces the much lamented schools, 56 were not previously in condeath of their late secretary, J. D. La nexion with the society.
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
punished; and the way to this deserved Frasce.—The French ministry have retribution should be as prompt and as proposed to the chambers a law on the little expensive as possible; but there police of the press, so arbitrary in its may be many cases in which a public provisions, and so injurious both to lite- reference to the actions of living persons rature and to liberty, that it has excited may be not only innocent, but highly great opposition throughout the country. necessary; and this source of public Besides the general features of the enact- advantage ought not to be wholly cut ment, it enters into a variety of petty off, even if it were with the honest indetails, which cannot be attended to tention of preventing its abuse. without very great inconvenience in the PORTUGAL AND SPAIN.—The rebel usual course of business. No work is invaders on the borders of Portugal to be exposed to sale, or a single copy have been repulsed in various instances, or sheet to be removed from the printers, and the British forces are marching to under heavy penalties, till the whole is assist the native troops in strengthening complete, and copies have been lodged the frontier towns. The Spanish governfor ten or twenty days in the hands of ment disavow all hostile intentions tothe censors. The exceptions to this re- wards Portugal, but are anxiously sendgulation comprise only speeches and bills ing troops to the borders, for the alleged in the two chambers; publications or- purpose of self-defence in case of exidered by public authority; pastoral gency. The French have withdrawn the charges and letters, which it seems to Swiss guards from Madrid ; so that, be presumed will always be sufficiently under all the circumstances of the case, loyal ; memoirs on law-suits, signed by whatever may be the wishes of the king an advocate ; notices issued by munici- of Spain, we trust there is not much to pal bodies; memoirs of learned societies, fear from his power, licensed by the king, and whose licence UNITED STATES.--The message of the can be summarily revoked if they offend President to Congress, gives the followthe government; and daily or weekly ing glowing representation of the interpublications, which are regulated by nal affairs of the country :other and still more strict rules. Onerous “The assemblage of the Representastamp duties are attached to all publica- tives of our Union, in both Houses of tions under five sheets. The names of the Congress, at this time, occurs under cirproprietors of newspapers, and all other cumstances calling for the renewed hoperiodical writings, are not only to be mage of our grateful acknowledgments enregistered, but to be published in every to the Giver of all good. With the exnumber and copy of their work; and ceptions incidental to the most felicitous the number of proprietors must not ex- condition of human existence, we conceed five. New and augmented penal- tinue to be highly favoured in all the ties are attached to offences under the elements which contribute to individual law of libel, which law practically in- comfort, and national prosperity. In cludes not only what is really libellous, the survey of our extensive country, we but much that amounts only to fair dis- have generally to observe abodes of cussion, at least where the proceedings health and regions of plenty. In our of the government are concerned. A civil and political relations, we have fine of five hundred francs also is im- peace without, tranquillity within, our posed for every publication, relative to borders. We are, as a people, increasing aets in private life of any Frenchman or with unabated rapidity in population, any person residing in France, whether wealth, and national resources.' the party concerned complains or not, Some discussions have arisen with the unless he sees fit himself to sanction the British government, respecting the interpublication. If any thing could recon- course between our West-Indian colocile us to such a law, it would be the nies and the United States, the result of atrocious attacks which for party pur- which has been that our government has poses, or for mere gain, are constantly felt it necessary to rescind the relaxation made upon private character by the which had been made in our navigation scurilous part of our own press. But laws, as respects the trade of the United such a sweeping enactment is far beyond States with our West-Indian colonies. the scope of legitimate legislation, and must lead to the concealment of much
DOMESTIC. valuable truth. Every unjust attack
We need not inforın our readers that private character shoul i' lie si terreny the chief subject of domestic interest
during the month, has been the lament- therefore the duty of every humane man, ed decease of the Duke of York. His every Christian, every lover of his country, Royal Highness expired on the fifth of to endeavour to probe the wound to the January, after a protracted illness, which bottom, with a view to discover the main he is stated to have endured with great sources of such calamities, and the most ef. fortitude and composure. His amiable fectual means of preventing them in future. and conciliating deportment, and his im- The labouring classes themselves ought to partial and diligent discharge of his high be instructed on this subject : they happiOfficial duties as commander in chief, ly have been emancipated from some of have called forth the warmest testimonies the restrictions with which they had long of approbation on every side; and even been trammelled; they may now make those who think he was mistaken in his their own terms with their employer, and views on the great question of Catholic may, nominally at least, carry their labour emancipation, with which, since his well- to what market they choose, (for practicalknown speech on the subject, his name ly the laws of settlement and the mode of has been closely identified, bave not administring 'parish relief, still greatly failed to applaud the candour and ho- check their power of moving from place nesty with which he expressed his opi- to place, in search of occupation; we wish nion.
we could add, that the importation of all The duke of Wellington is appointed the necessaries of life was also unrestrictto succeed his Royal Highness as com, ed ;) but they have not yet learned that mander in chief,
their real prosperity depends, not upon We deeply regret to state that the others, but individually upon themselves distresses in some of the manufaeturing upon their own diligence, and foredistricts continue to be so severe, that thought, and salutary self-denial; and it has been judged expedient to issue a especially that their greatest legislative King's Lelter for a general charitable curse is that which they cling to as their collection throughout the country. We greatest benefit—that miserably scanty earnestly trust that the collection will dole of parochial relief, which, while it be very large and be the means of re- mocks rather than relieves the miseries lieving, as a temporary supply, an ap- of a few, inevitably lowers the price of palling mass of overwhelming wretch- wages to all, and often makes the indusedness. But temporary and partial at trious, as well as the idle, paupers from best must be all such supplies; and it is keen necessity.
Rev. A. B. Lechmere, Eldersfield V.
Rev. Reg. Pole, Mary Tavy V. with
Rev. Mr. Riddle, Easton R. Hants.
borough, Speaker of the Lower House of
Rev. C. W. Hughes, Chaplain to the
Rev. Wm. Mirehouse, Chaplain to the
of the Spirit,
* ma closiog days,
lors that of himse set to do the will teisere applies for ti i tas blessed Spirit wbu Centarter; and, accurú si monise, is to be in
with us for ever.-H
m is fallen into sin Te are the works of
as they hat Christ came into
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Dr. C. 0. ; A-A, and J. C. have been received, and are under consideration.
ent, first half of a bank note, No. 8126, for one hundred pounds.
returned by post to his booksellers, according to his direction.-We are not sure, among the multiplicity of signatures which reach us, whether H. B.'s petition for the Greeks was returried or destroyed; but we rather think the former.-We must again respectfully request our correspondents to spare both themselves and us unnecessary trouble, by keeping copies of papers (especially of short ones, like all the above), on which they set a value; as, after the occasional clearance which we find necessary, it may not be always in our power. to lay our hands upon an old paper.
purpose but on thento cleanse them
over death :
al bay be head of Morn.
FEBRUARY, 1827. [No. 2. Vol. XXVII.
Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. that, as we are in a forfeited state,
our redemption is the work of God's Hamstead Norris.
free grace, to which we bave no I SEND you a memoir of the life claim
by nature : that he who of my father, lately deceased, effected this redemption, was the which, if you deem useful, you will Divine Person of whom the prophet do me a favour by inserting in your Isaiah spake, saying, Behold your publication. My father's name and God will come and save you: indefatigable labours being already that he fulfilled all the sacrifices of known to your readers (see Chris- the law, by the offering of himself tian Observer for 1823, p. 654), it once for all, and tasting of death is trusted that the following memo- for every man; so that in him we randa of his life, and particularly the have now received that atonement account of his death, will not be which the law described, but could uninteresting to them. What was
not accomplish. the late Mr. Davy's view of prac- “ This, we presume, is a short tical religion, which he exemplified sketch of the Christian religion, in his own life, may be learned with its principal and leading doc; from the following short passage trines. The rainbow, when its co; from his “ Discourses on the Being lours are most splendid, is not more of God, the Divinity of Christ, the visible in the day than these docPersonality of the Spirit, and the trines are in the Bible: and therefore Sacred Trinity; being Improved Ex- good and wise men have preached tracts from the Author's System of and written and pleaded for them, Divinity;" a work the completion of and suffered for them, even unto which occupied his closing days, and death, in almost every age, and even his dying hours, and which has in every kingdom of the world.” been published since bis decease.
« The Christian is one who lives by faith. He knows that of himself MEMOIR OF Rev. WILLIAM DAVY. he has no ability to do the will of The Reverend William Davy God, and therefore applies for the was born March the 4th, 1743, at assistance of that blessed Spirit who Dawn House, in the parish of Tais called the Comforter; and, accord- vistock, in the county of Devon, ing to Christ's promise, is to be in of respectable parents; who, while us and abide with us for ever. He he was yet an infant, removed to knows that man is fallen into sin Palace, near Chudleigh, and afterand death, which are the works of wards resided on a small' farm of the devil, and that Christ came into their own at Knighton, in the parish the world for no other purpose buťof Hennock. In his childhood he to destroy them, to cleanse them was remarkable for great liveliness away, and to prevail over death and ingenuity. He gave many
* The work is in two vols. 8vo, publish: early proofs of a mechanical genius. ed at Exeter ; but may be had of Messrs. When only eight years old, he cut Hatchard, or Messrs. Seeley, London. out with a knife, and constructed, a CHRIST. OBSERV. No. 302.