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View of Public Affairs.
For the greater part of our notice of Public Affairs for this month we are indebted to the Christian Advocate.
BRITAIN. London papers to the 16th of April contain the most recent advices which we have seen from Britain. On the 1st of March Mr. Canning had so far recovered from his late severe indisposition, as to be able to bring the long-alked-of subject of the corn laws before parliament. The debate was adjourned to the 8th of March, when it was again called up by the chancellor of the exchequer : an amendment was proposed to the proposition which contained the radical principle of his plan; and, after a warm debate it was negatived, and the proposition as reported was adopted. The whole bill was passed on the 12th of April. The chancellor of the exchequer had deferred opening his budget till after the Easter holidays. On the 5th and 6th of March, the subject of Catholic emancipation was ably and eloquently discussed in the house of commons, on a motion, in favour of emancipation, by Sir Francis Burdett. The motion was lost by a majority of only four,-For the motion 272, against it 176. Had it passed the commons, there is no doubt it would have been negatived in the house of lords. When information of the termination of this business in Parliament reached Ireland, it produced what the English paragraphists call a great sensation, but no public disturbances ensued. Lord Liverpool was in a state of convalescence, but it was thought probable that he would never again appear in public life. Mr. Canning has been appointed prime minister in the place of Lord Liverpool, in consequence of which seven ministers of the cabinet, it would appear in dudgeon, have resigned, viz: The Lord Chancellor Eldon, the duke of Wellington, Lord Sidmouth, Lord Bathurst, Lord Westmoreland, Lord Bexley, (formerly Nicholas Vansitart,) and Mr. Peel. Mr. Canning in all probability will have the forming of his own cabinet, and as he is favourable to the Catholic emancipation, a new attempt for this object may be expected. The appointment of Mr. C. is very popular throughout the country, while the conduct of the exministers is strongly reprobated. It appears that from the 3d to the 8th of March, there had been a most unusual fall of snow in Scotland. Many lives were lost, and travelling for several days was almost entirely stopped. The drifts or wreaths of snow were, in some places, twenty feet deep.
SPAIN AND PORTUGAL.-It does not seem probable that open war will soon take place between these powers. We believe the civil war in Portugal is nearly, if not quite terminated. As to Spain, we pretend not even to conjec
ture what she will do next:
COLOMBIA. The political affairs of this extensive republic appear, from the last accounts, to be in a very unsettled and unpropitious state. It is again confidently stated, that Bolivar is aiming at the Dictatorship; and he and General Santander are said to be in open and avowed hostility with each other.
MEXICO. In this republic also,civil dissentions have arisen. In one place a regiment of soldiers has revolted, opened prisons-armed the prisoners-arrested the governor, and created a junta of their own.
UNITED STATES.-When we consider, in contrast with what we have stated above, the present peaceful and happy state of our own country-when we review its history from the period of its revolution to the present hour, we may see that to preserve order in a revolution, and to settle those who have been engaged in it in peace and quietness under free forms of government, is much easier when freedom has been their birthright and long possession, than
Edinburgh Review, remarks
Faith, the Christian's life of
Letters on the atonement, 88, 140, 171,
Theories of the atonement,
247 | Human life,
Remarks on an article in the Edin-
Strictures on the plan of inter-
343 Ignorance and superstition at Je-
195 India, account of a Suttee in
Letter, extract from a
Jerusalem, ignorance and super-
Resolutions of the Irish Catholic
Revivals of religion,
156, 294 Methodist clergy, support of
Progress of reformation in Ireland, 578
Sabbath schools in Albany,
United Brethren, missions of the
SUMMARY OF RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
394 | Malacca,
English home missionary society,
India within the Ganges,
36, 149, 200, 250, 300, 442
Domestic missionary society,
Dutch reformed education society, 487
The Frech church,
True reformed Dutch church,
149, 300, 582
Reformed dutch education society, 487
The case of Morgan,
The American tract society.
Theological seminaries of the Pres-
Sandwich Islands,36, 200, 250, 300, 345
Western Sabbath school union,
100, 251, 346, 486
Cambridge Presbytery, 251, 299 | Ohio Presbytery,
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
102, 201, 252, 300, 346, 392,
103, 204, 395, 584
Great-Britain, 102, 201, 252, 300, 346,
392, 444, 491
108, 203, 300, 346, 393
United States, 104, 204, 300, 395, 492,
202 Sierra Leone,