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committee congratulates the society on gulate the admission of students into the its wide increase and diffusion. Two Básle Institution, great caution appears to hundred additional schools have, since be employed. The probationer's first the last meeting, been set on foot : nor year is called the elementary year. After have the benefits been confined 10 Eng- he has resided in the Institution during land. Ireland has also began to parti- that period, he undergoes another examicipate in them. Mr. Wilderspinhas nation, in order to decide whether he shall lately visited that country, where he met be admitted to a second year's probation. with a cordial and encouraging reception; After having finished the second year he and the committee are sanguine in the is admitted as a scholar : from this period, expectation, that before Jong. Infant a course of three years commences, which Schools may be widely diffused in Ire. are called the theological years. There land, as well as in England. The society are four teachers connected with the Inhave taken under their immediate charge, stitution, who are ministers of the Luand adopted as their own, the Infant theran Church. With respect to discipSchool in Vincent Square, Westminster, line, the system is rather one of principles to serve the purpose of a model school. than of regulations. The great principle They have also appointed Mr. Wilder- is, “ that the heart must be constrained spin, who formerly conducted Mr. Wil- by the love of Christ, freely and cheerfully son's school in Quaker Street, Spitalfields, to devote all to Him.” Each student is their travelling agent. The object of Mr. allowed the largest practicable sphere of Wilderspin's visits is to assist in forming, Christian liberty: he is informed, “Your on the most approved plan, the Infant state here is a state of trial; the gift Schools, which may be projected in any which Christ has given you is Christian part of the country. The founders of such liberty, and of this you are expected to schools may obtain his attendance for that make a right use; and we shall judge, by purpose on applying for it, and without your use of it, how far the law of Christ any charge beyond that of defraying his has power over your heart and life.” travelling expenses. The committee are In reference to what is called Neology, happy to add, that his exertions have the deputation were informed, that the hitherto been attended with uniform suc- description given in Mr. Rose's dis
When the society met two years courses on the “ state of the Protestant since, there was a balance in its favour of Religion in Germany,” is rather true 9931. Since then, there has been received of the condition of things some years ago, 2431. The expenditure of the society than at present. It was alleged, that, during the two years has been 10471. since the year 1815, there has been a conThe committee therefore forcibly appeal siderable return to right sentiments, not to the friends of Infant Education, to only among the people, but also in the assist them in their future exertions; and universities and among the clergy. Before they fully believe that this appeal, after that period, there was scarcely a univerthe deep interest excited in favour of this sity untainted by Neology. Some univerinstitution, will not be made in vain.” sities, indeed, and many clergymen, re
mained faithful; but Neology was the preABERDEEN AUXILIARY BIBLE vailing system. Now things are much SOCIETY.
improved, and a more scriptural system beAt a late meeting of this society, it was gins to prevail. Formerly there was little moved, “ That this society highly approve or no opposition to the prevailing false of the candour, patience, and whole con- and heretical opinions : now there is an duct of their committee, in reference to earnest and extended opposition to them. the British and Foreign Bible Society; and The pious ministers are yet the smaller as that society has now abandoned the party ; but they are, through the blessing circulation of the Apocrypha, they see no of God, growing in numbers and decision reason for a further suspension of remit- of character. tances.” The votes were thirty-seven for With regard to the Bâsle Institution, the motion to adhere to the British and the deputation were assured that the Foreign Bible Society; four for the mo- committee have uniformly held the Neotion to separate. Eight menubers did not logical system in abhorrence: they con
sider the inspired Scriptures to be the
only foundation of Christian doctrine ; BASLE MISSIONARY INSTITU- all the instructions delivered in the InstiTION.
tution are founded on their Divine authoThe deputation of the Church Mis-rity, and derived from their contents : sionary Society appointed to visit the every other foundation but Jesus Christ Missionary Institution at Bâsle, report, and Him crucified, as revealed in the that, with reference to the laws which re- Scriptures, they entirely disclaim.
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
in number, only a few small ships esFRANCE. — The chambers have been caped; all the others being wrecked, dissolved, and an ordinance issued for burned, sunk, or driven on shore. The the election of a new house of deputies. loss of lives on the part of the Turks, The ministers have exerted themselves
we regret to say, is characterised by with great diligence to procure an over- Admiral Codrington as “ immense." whelming list of ministerial and ultra- We grieve to add, that it was very great royalist deputies; but hitherto with also on the part of the allies; seventylittle success, as the elections, in those five British and forty-three French being places where public opinion has most killed, and one hundred and ninety-seven sway, have been strongly against them. British and sixty-five French wounded. They have, however, by royal prero- The loss on the part of the Russians is gative, introduced no fewer than seventy- not stated.—Considerable apprehensions six new peers, favourable to their mea- have been entertained for the safety of sures, into the upper chamber, with a the European residents in Constantinople, view to outvote its majorities, which of and other parts of Turkey; but, as it late have been almost the only practical now appears, without foundation, as the check
upon their obnoxious proceedings; intelligence at length received from the expression of the public sentiments Constantinople shews that the Turkish being as much as possible silenced by government had not been excited to means of the censorship. It cannot, any act of violence by the news of this however, surely be long, in the present irreparable defeat. We trust that this state of intelligence in France, that it victory will be found to have been will be a safe or politic experiment to eminently favourable to the interests of try how much of bigotry, civil or eccle- Christianity and humanity, by putting siastical, can be forced upon the nation an end to the fearful atrocities which by the directors of the public councils. for several years have devastated Greece, To a religious and Protestant mind, it and laying a foundation for a state of is deeply afflicting to observe the effect civil and religious freedom and staof this unwise course of policy upon bility. the interests of Christianity, by leading the body of the people most unjustly
DOMESTIC. to identify religion itself with Jesuitical We deeply lament to state, that while priest-craft and arbitrary government. our arms have been so honourably and
GREECE AND TURKEY.- A most sig- humanely-for we will not, where the nal and complete victory has been gain- effusion of human blood, even in a just ed, by the British, French, and Russian and necessary war, is concerned, say brilfleets, over the combined Turkish and liantly engaged in defending the liberEgyptian squadron, in the harbour of ties of the Greeks in the East, our own Navarino, the ancient Pylos. The en- high court of admiralty has been rivetgagement took place on the 20th of ting, on a large class of our fellow-subOctober, under the chief command of jects in the West, a far heavier chain Admiral Sir Edward Codrington, and than even Turkish despotism had ever ended in the almost total destruction of forged for its unhappy Christian slaves. the enemy's fleet. The allied com- Our readers will anticipate that we manders-Admirals Codrington of the allude to the decision in the case of British, Heiden of the Russian, and De the slave Grace, who, after being Rigny of the French squadrons, having allowedly free in England, had been learned that Ibrahim Pacha, in violation enticed back to the West-India colonies, of his agreement, was carrying on a where her owner reclaims her as a slave, brutal war of extermination among the and is upheld, by the decision of Lord Greeks-moored in the harbour of Na- Stowell, in the claim. This decision, varino, with a view to renew and enforce which has already been acted upon in the negociation. Some shots having other cases, consigns to interminable been fired by the Turks, a general en- slavery every unhappy individual simigagement soon commenced; the resultlarly circumstances. The child of a of which was, that of the whole Turco. White planter, by a slave woman, Egyptian fleet, amounting, it is said, brought to England in infancy, eduincluding the smaller vessels, to seventy cated with tenderness, accustomed to luxury, and perhaps enjoying consider- well's decision--and, we would warmly able affluence, if found in the West hope, laying the axe firmly to the root Indies without having regularly ob- of the whole system—of which it is tained manumission, is liable to be only one among the many anomalies seized as a runaway, and driven with and monstrosities. the cart-whip among the miserable vic- It gives us great pleasure to announce tims of this inhuman system, to water the appointment of Bishop Sumner, of with his tears and blood the estate of a Llandaff, to the important see of Wintyrant, who feels himself justified by chester, vacant by the death of Bishop law in calling him his property. It Tomline. The diocese presents an ample cannot be that a single session of Par- sphere for the exertions of this truly liament can wane away, without fro- zealous and Christian prelate. viding against the effects of Lord Sto
DEATH, CHARACTER, AND WRIT. pleted his wwn studies at the University
INGS OF MR. S. M. WARING. of Geneva. From that ancient and once To the Editor of the Christian Observer.
Protestant university-scarcely now to be
so designated, except as simply not Popish On Wednesday, the 19th of last Sep. -he finally, after various other move. tember, the above-mentioned highly re. ments, returned home in 1823, untainted spectable and amiable gentleman, taking by the numerous and lamentable errors an occasional ride in & two-wheeled car- prevalent at Geneva, and attached to the riage with a pupil who was driving him, principles of the Church of England. Of and who survives to lament his loss, was this he soon after became a member, and carried away by an ungovernable horse at in his “ narrower sphere," to the eye of full speed; and having thrown himself out, friendly and close observation, a bright as it is supposed, backward from the
His quick announcement of vehicle to escape the danger, was killed on this change may be given without breach the spot. The suddenness of the event of confidence, in the following extract -though suddenness applies in its proper from a private letter :-" I think it prosense only to the death of the unprepared per," he says, " at the risk of telling you -precludes any notice of its immediate what you may already know, to announce circumstances, except to state, that the my younger sister and myself as regular particular motivo which had prompted members of the Church of England. We him to accompany his pupil in his ride, received together the ordinance of baptism was the amiable design of winning him on the first day of the present year (1824), from an over-addiction to the coachman's from the hands of our good friend art, which has proved in its effects so in, I think I have had for my own part reason jurious to the habits and morals of many thankfully to acknowledge å spiritual young men of rank and property, by coma blessing in it.” plying for once with his ruling passion, Under the anxious suspense attending whilst he insinuated his admonitions his subsequent establishment at Bath, against it. A firin though friendly dis- with a view to receiving pupils into his claimer from the first of such an intrusion house, for which he had but the recomupon youthful education would, perhaps, mendation of his modest and unobtrusive bave been a more judicious proceeding. deportment, a finished mind, and a fast
This excellent young man, thus sud- integrity, he never expressed any feeling denly and unexpectedly summoned to his but that of an unaffected reliance on the heavenly reward, was born in 1792. He course of an overruling Providence. His was the son of Mr. J. Waring, of Alton, first pupil was taken from him, or rather Hants, a member of the society of Friends, from the afflicted and bereaved parents, and was brought up in the strict morality by a sudden stroke of fever. His expresand general habits which characterize that sions at a particular moment, coming much-respected body. He was intended warm from his affectionate mind, which for trade; but, evincing a marked designa. was tenderly attached to this youth, will tion for superior attainments, which his give a further and pleasing insight into his friends had the discernment to educe and character. “ What an affecting contrast,' to patronise, he soon became, under judi- he writes, “ was there to the sad feelings cious guidance, a proficient in classical of the moment, as I approached the house and general erudition. He went abroad of mourning, and passed by -, the at the age of twenty-nine years, in the place to which poor W. was heir ! May be capacity of a private tutor, and also com- have obtained a more lasting inheritance!
The evening sun was shining in all its cularly object to : nature would seem to sweetness on the elegant mansion and have given the faculty to pies and parrots, the grounds ; and the sheep were feeding to satirise the practice. Indeed a very by the calm stream that winds through ready memory of this sort must be injuthem. There is an indescribable pang in rious, if it spares the necessity of calling these smiling accompaniments to a scene
things to mind by the more intellectual of woe, and no doubt the more bitter from concatenation of cause and effect." their forcing on the senses the things which
It is much to the credit of our rightare seen, and which are temporal,' when the judging age, that the simple recommendamind should be seeking its only stay on
tion of a mind in perfect agreement with unseen things which are eternal.' The the above remarks had speedily operated in beauty of the evening, however, passed succeeding years, from 1824 to 1827, in away, and it was an awful night. The providing Mr. Waring in addition to other air became close and gloomy, and the offers) with his allotted number of pupils, thunder was rolling and the lightning flash- on terms of suitable remuneration. In this ing without, whilst the poor dear sufferer pupilising age, this information and the lay gasping in the arms of death. The deep regret expressed by the parents of lightning seemed to play round the head his pupils at an event which has so unexof the aflicted father, as he paced in the pectedly deprived their children of the begloom about the lawin. Between iwo and Defit of his instructions, may not be with. three in the morning,
came to the out their use as a stimulus and an encousofa on which I had thrown myself, to tell ragement for other persons similarly cirme the struggle was over; or rather, thac
eumstanced. he had sunk away without any struggle. Previously to the catastrophe, which it I confess I had cherished hope to the is humbly hoped removed him to that rest last, and had been secretly pleading with
which yet remaineth to the people of God, Him who hath the keys of death and of Mr. Waring had of late frequently urged the invisible world, for a respite, is such upon his family the necessity of being almight be His will."- The same letter ways ready for that awful, though to him contains a notice of a course of classical blessed, change. His Pastoral Hymn, in reading conducted or contemplated with
a littls volume which he published, enbis pupil, together with the following piece titled." Sacred Melodies," shews how of information, which may be left fo: those carefully he had provided for himself the whose consciences it may concern. This best preparation, and for his friends the youth, who had been educated at a great best consolation, in reference to an event, public school, Mr. Waring continaes, of all others, oftentimes the most over“ assured me he had never learned a lesson whelming and mysterious.
His regular Sunday morning The two following stanzas, in another business was Catullus, Tibullus, &ic. Surely of his " Melodies,” entitled “ Libera nos no man careth for their souls!”
Domine,” from the Litany, exhibits a About the same period, in answering beautifully appropriate prayer. some inquiries respecting his plans of edu- “Sweet is creation's incense, given cation, he most judiciously observes :- Back to its source, all-bounteous Heaven. “ Among principles, none is more pro- Lo, flowery vales break forth in song, minent than that of drawing out and in. And sunny hills the strain prolong! teresting the mind of the pupil
. I have Whence heard we, then, the note of pain, had this particularly in view in the engrav- Or groaning elements complain ? ings, maps, &c. which I have collected
Child of mortality, for thee, abroad and in England, illustrative of an- 'Tis nature's voice of sympathy. cient history and antiquities. A arge from thine, her kindred sorrows grew; print by Rossini, of that grand centre of For she has lost her Eden too. political interest in the Roman history, Hark !-that sigh from sea to sea ! the Forum Romanum (in its present state), Libera nos Domine ! is designed to form, with some other leading historical monuments, the decoration Bring then the solemn harp, and share of my pupils' study; for which I have
In nature's hope, and nature's prayer. set apart a comfortable parlour, fitted up Deep draughts of more than nature's woe;
And Thou, her Lord, for whom did flow in parlour or library style. This last is an experiment towards the establishment By all the paschal moon did see, of gentlemanly and parlour habits. Quiet,
In shades of sad Gethsemane ; unperceived motives operate far more than By all that was on Calvary done,
Beneath the horror-clouded sun; rules and precepts. You may smile at this unintended digression on furniture, By thine ascent to heaven's high seat; and cares, so trifling in detail, and so
By thy thence-missioned Paraclete ; important in the aggregate. To be brief, Hear, whene'er we cry to thee, my own sad experience rouses me almost Libera nos Domine !" to indignation against those Cartesians The following imitation, from the Ita(sit venia verbo) in education, who make lian of Petrarch,—of which language, as boys mere machines, unintellectual auto- well as of the French, he was a complete
Much repeating by rote I parti- master,-will give a specimen of his just
knowledge of the exquisite, though not lieris charitate, tanquam signo, ipsi realways duly appreciated, style of the missa esse peccata.' sonnet.
“ That the mistake is not that of the ig“ Beneath the burden of past sin I bow,
norant alone, is proved by its conspicuous That bands of lengthened habit closer appearance in Moore's elegant verses on bind.
the subject. A popular continental poet My knees are failing by the way, e'en now;
has availed himself of the same ambiguity, And lo, my fell pursuer is behind !
to a purpose truly disgusting and abomiI had a Friend—with countenance how scurity is worth noticing ; and that this is
nable.-Thus much, to shew that the obkind! Ineffable !—and he with help was nigh:
not one of the justly complained of cavils But he, alas, has Aed.-Ah, could I find much worse here : C'est pourquoi je
at our venerable translation. Martin's is Again that gentle hand, that cheering eye! Yet hark ! – Ye weary, laden heavily,
te dis que ses péchés ...... lui seront par
donnés.' Mine be your load, and yours my yoke of love.'
Partially imitated from a sonnet of DoIt is his voice, still speaking from on high! minico Cerasola is the following.
O give me then the pinions of dove ! " What dost thou, O wandering dove, That wishes here below so long unblest From thy home in the rock's riven At length may fly away, and be et rest."
'Tis fair, but the falcon is wheeling above : An interesting address to the Magdalen
Ah fiy to thy sheltering nest! may be extracted, for the purpose of con- To thy nest !-wand'ring dove-to thy necting with it a biblical comment, wbich
nest! occurs in a note to the piece.
Frail bark, on that bright summer sea “Yes weer, O woman frail and fair ; That the breezes now curl but in sportThough tears that fall so fast
Spread cheerly thy sail, nor, though pleaAmid that bright unbraided hair
sant it be, Can ne'er efface the past.
E'er linger till safe in the port. Though other drops, whose power divine
For the port !-little bark-for the Can wash thy stains away,
port! Must plead e'en more than tears like Tired roe, who the hunter dost filee, thine;
While his arrow e'en now's on the More holy still than they.
In yon deep green recess there's a founHad He who pardons bid thea bring
tain for thee : Those tears, his love to buy,
Go, rest by that clear secret spring. That word had ne'er unsealed the spring To the spring !- panting roe-to the That fills thy streaming eye.
spring! Ah, 'twas not Sinai's flash that taught My spirit, still hovering, half blest, That frozen fount to glow :
Mid shadows so fleeting and dimNo-milder, mightier rays it caught;
Ah, know'st thou thy rock, and thy haven And lo, the waters flow!
And thy pure spring of joy ?--then to The note in part is as follows:
" It is
Him! important to remark, with reference to a
Then to Him!—flutt'ring spirit-to prevailing and a fundamental error, that
Him!” our translators have been unfortunate in conveying a very incorrect impression, The pathos of the following tempts the by a strictly faithful verbal translation, in memorialist still to proceed. the words, · Wherefore I say unto thee “ Plead Thou-oh plead my cause ! that her sins, which are many, are for- Each self-excusing plea given her, for she loved much :' as though My trembling soul withdraws, this implied that her sins were forgiven And flies to Thee. in consideration of the fervour of her love, Where Justice rears her throne, and the intenseness of her sorrow; where- Ah, who, save thee alone, as it appears most evident from the con
May stand, O spotless One ?text, to say nothing more, that ber love
Plead thou my cause ! and her tears were the result of a sense of pardoning mercy : for here implying the Ah, plead not aught of mine, sign, not the cause. Christ taught ihe Pha. Before thine altar thrown : risee to infer by analogy, from the case
Fragments—when all is thineof the two debtors, which had just been
All-all thy own! related, that many sins had been forgiven Thou seest what stains they bear : her, since she loved much. See Hooge- Oh since each tear, each prayer, veen, De Partie. 671.- Ubi éto non de
Hath need of pardon there, signat causam; nam charitas non est causa
Plead thou my cause ! remissionis peccatorum, sed potius effec- With lips that, dying, breathed tus. Sed servator argumentatur ex mu. Blessings for words of scorn ;