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event, however, proves that all Pantheon, Oxford Str. opened 1772 tuch boasting is vain, and the struc- Converted to an Opera House 1784 ture which was to entertain ages Burnt
1792 yet unborn,' was, after 15 years Astley's Amphitheatre burnt.. 1794 only, reduced; in two hours, to a pile of smoking ruins !
Royal Circus, Blackfriars,
1805 The reservoir, it is said, had, on the morning of the fire, been emptied for (Sadler's Wells, 18 persons killed by the purpose of being stanched, and an alarm of fire, Oct. 15. 1807.] for which a fire had been lighted in the coffee-room adjoining the re
DUEL servoir; the reservoir being, there- Lord Falkland dined at the bouse fore, in this state, could be of no
of Mr. Powell, on Saturday, Feb. use in stopping the conflagration.
25 ; after which they went to the The iron curtain had been some
Opera together. From the Opera time since removed, from its being they repaired to Stephens's Hotel, found incapable of being let down, in Šond Street; and parted in a state from rust aod other impediments. of drunkenness. On Sunday evenThe destruction of Drury Lane ing Lord F. Ivoked in at Stephens's Theatre reminds us of that of Ber: again; and espying Mr. Powell
. lin, a few months ago. On the first
there, accosted himn thus : · What! day of July, 1808, after several drunk agaiu to-night, Pogey?' Mr. days of extreme heat, at o'clock
P. offended with this familiarity, in the afternoon, a thick black resented it ; when Lord P. snatched cloud of smoke burst from one of
a cane, and struck Mr. P. No apo. the great squares, called the King's logy being offered by Lord F. that Garden, which, in a few moments, proved satisfactory to Mr. P. the totally darkened the air, without its
latter sent him a challenge : in conbcing possible for the people, who
sequence of which they met on had collected in great numbers, to Tuesday morning, when Lord F. imagine the cause ; – but, suddenly, received the ball of his antagonist, violent fiaines burst from this cloud which passed through the abdomen, of smoke, and it appeared that the
and lodged in the vertebræ of the new theatre, which had no connec
spine; from whence it could not be tion with any other building, was
extracted. He languished until entirely in flames. The fire raged Thursday night, wheu he died. with si much violence, and spread The Coroner's Jury brought in a with such rapidity that, in a quarter verdict of. Wilful murder against of an bour, the roof was wholly consumed and fell in. It was found there being no evidence brought
some person or persons unknown;' totally impossible to extinguish the before them as to the person who fire; and, at 4 p. m. the whole of inflicted the inortal wound. that edifice was reduced to ashes.
How long will these murderous The destruction of places of transactions disgrace our (Christian) amusement in London, for some
country? When will our Legislayears past, is somewhat remarkable.
tors arouse themselves, and put aa The following account is borrowed
effectual stop to this borrid barbafrom the public prints :
rism ! • Help, Lord, for vain is the Drury Lane Playhouse built., 1662 help of man! Burat down, 10 years after... 1672 Pulled down
Address to the Public from the Come Rebuilt
miltee of the Religious Tract So. Burnt down, 15 years after 1809
ciety. Covent Garden, built
Tue Coinmittee of this Society Enlarged....
have the pleasure to repeat, that Burnt down, Sep, 20
the circulation of Religious Tracts Opera House, built
1704 continues to increase, as it respects Burat down
1789 both the purchases which are made, and also the new channels which have the Society for propagating the been opened for gratuitous distribu- Gespei in Foreiga Parts, by the tions, among soldiers, sailors, and Bishop of Salisbury, from isa. Ix. 5, prisoners of war.
• The abundance of the sea shall be The extensive operations of the converted unto thee;' &c. The Society could not, however, have great duty of diffusing Christianity been effected, without the most was insisted upon; and able aiguscrupulous economy; and this has ments produced, in answer to the been exercised by the Committee, objections iately advanced against for the purpose of bringing every Missionary exertious, especially in branch of its ressurces to bear on the East. the important objects, of cheapness
The roof and the wails of the and general distribution. With this view, the tracts have beeu sold at Scottish Church in Wells steri, Oxthe net cost prices ; and it was
ford Sireet, we understand, ivere in hoped that the Subscriptions and
such a site as to make it oecessary Donations to the Society would have
to take down ard rebuild the same. provided for the necessary, experces worship, in the afterpoor and even
The congregation, the means hile, but the Commitiee are obliged to ing, in the Swiss chapel, in Moor say, That the very great advance in Street, Seven Dials. the price of paper ; the additional
On Sunday, March 12, collections expences at the Depository, occa- were made at Surry Chapel for the sioned by the growing business of Southwark Sunday-schools, in which the Society; the enlarged graiuitous 1830 childien are educated; when distribution of tracts in the army, the sum of £200 was generously navy, and among prisoners of war, contributed for their support. have greatly reduced the Funds of the lostitution; and have also rendered its usual annual support very insufficient for the coniiiuance of
Distressed Swedes. its enlarged and liberal operations. The Commiilce in London, who
The Committee feel assured that have been so laudabiy, eogaged in 00 Member of the Socie.y will ob. procuring Subscriptions for the disject to the measures which they have tressed Sweuss, have already sent adopted ; and it is hoped, that their over 23090 for their relief. By a ackuowledged importance will prove paper recently circulated, we find a stimulus to many benevoleni per- that their iniseries are extremely sons, who either bare supported great. Ai epidemic disorder has the Society by very small sul serio. rared in their hospitais, to which tione, or have not yet conse forward 12,000 men lave fallca victims; and, to assisi it, to exort themscivis vi in various parts of the country, gorously on its behalf. Should this hunger and starvation are paving expectation be disappointed, the the high road for death. Besides Committee will be obliged to raise numberlesz sufferers, ihere are 7000 the price of the Tracis: a measure widovs unprovided fr, and at least which will produce great inconve. 1.1,000 of their children. Many nience, and also a considerabilerin
1:00: CIE?iures have jo oifer Oread tation in the most desirable opera
That ihai which is made of bones, tions of inc Society.
Chef, (!nd the burk of fire ; which To prevent inis, the Communitiee their soak in a bason of hot salt and. earnestly address the licligious Pus- Waier. lic, and entreat their issistance, Ant charitable persons disposed either by Annual Subscriptions or
to contribute to their relief, may Donations, as shall be most conve- send their donations to Mess. Hardniunt.
casile and Reyner, 'Treasurers ; ox
Mr. Puiterworth, 43, Fleet Street ; On Friday, Feb. 17, a Sermon or io the banking-houses of Hana nas preached at Bow Church, bciore bry, Hoare, Down, or Coulis.
Sabbaths are spent togeiher in the
schools, or in religious exercises. SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
The atiention is engaged with such
intenseness, that, in sumie instances The following Letter, which exhi- which I have known, the greater
bits, in a striking manner, the part of night after night is speat in admirable effects of Sunday- learning chapters, or in searching Schools in Wales (and which has the Scriptures on points given them appeared in another publication) to be elucidated by Scripture pasis here inserted by particular de- sages. All will easily perceive how sire : and, we doubt nol, will rapid the progress in the acquisition prove a stimulus to redoubled ex- of divine knowledge must be, wbere ertion, in various parts of Eng- the mind is so attentively engaged, Jand, in the promotion of those if ašsisted by proper instruction. It most useful Institutions :
has been great and rapida
I have Beneficial Effects of Sunday Schools, known young people emerge at
in a Letter (somewhat abridged) once, as it were, from a state of to a Young Lady.
idleness, profaneness, and ignorance, • Dear Madam,
to diligence, subriely, and pleasing
attention to divine things. They • In addition to my former let- are delighted with the work; and ter, giving an account of the suc
you may distinguish inose who are cess of the Sunday-Schools in Wales, ihus engaged from the idle and ige I have now the picasure of furnish- norant, by the comfort and joy maing a few more interesting particu- nifested in the cheerful aspect of lars respecting their progress. their countenances.
All the schools then existing, • We have also this year held Asare still well supported; and all the sociations of different schools, ineel. useful praciices of learning chapters iugo in some central places, lo be out of the Bible, and being caie- publicly catechized together. Three chized publicly, are still continued ineetings of this nature have been with as much vigour as ever. In held in South Wales, and three in many
of the schools, the number of North Wales. A subject is given to teachers and scholars is much in- every school, on which they are to creased; the teachers have improv. be examined; and which they are ed themselves considerably; and the to ciucidaie by repeaing approschools, of course, bear a propor- priate passages from the sacred tionate improvement. The increase writings. Ai the appoiuled time, in the puinber of schools, especially generally a Sabbath-day, the chilin South Wales, within these nine dren of the different schools assemmonths, has been very greai ; and ble, accompaand by their teachers. the progress made in these new Some of the schools have hakeu 1o schools, in learning to read their in:les by cight o'clock in the moraown native language, and in ac- ing. Thu inildren being scattered quaintance with the word of God, in their different habitations over in so short a'time, far exceeds äny the country (for they do zvi dwehi thing I have hitherto witnessed; together in hamlels, as in England) and would appear incredible to you they all nect ai all assignes place, without great confidence in my ve- and at the appoinien nour', pray racity, were I tu detail particulars. and sing a verse of a lija logether ; The spirit of learning has spread and then march ch erfully and orwith rapidity among young people deriy for the place viimeir destinaand children, in large populvus dis- tiou. Lricts, where hitherto ii was wioily As no place of worship is spacineglected ; anii the reformation in ous enough to contain the immuuse their morais has been generally cvi. concomise of people which atitud vil deni and satisfactory to all. Their those occasions, we have been obusual profanation of tue Sabbalks, liged to erect sia es out of'dqors, in in meetings for play, or in publie the fields : one, very large, for the houses, has been forsaken; and the children to stand upon, txo orib.ee schools at a time; and the other for long chapters to memory, without the catechists, opposite to that for any apparent difficulty. There is the children, at 15 or 18 yards dis- one little girl, only five years and a tance : the place between, is for the half old, who can repeat distinctly congregation assembled to stand to above 100 chapters ; and goes on hear. We begin the work early in learning a chapter every week, bem the morning ; and the whole day is sides the Catechism, and searching spent in these examinations. Every the Scriptures for passages on difopportunity lasis three or four ferent points in divinity. We have hours; and is generally concluded many blind people, who treasure with an aildress to the children and up the word of God in their mecongregation. In the short interval mory. One blind lad commits a between the public opportunities, whole chapter to memory, on having the cbildren of each school are con- it read over to hiin about four ducted by the teachers to a room,
tiines. I have also met with many engaged for the purpose, to partake melancholy instances of very great of a little refreshment; and at the ignorance among grown peoples appointed time, they are orderly re- which has induced me to press earconducted again to the place of nestly persons of that description to meeting. We have had on these attend the Sunday-Schools. Such occasions from 15 to 20 schools as. insiances shew the necessity of pas. sembled together. Hitherto, these tors aod teachers of all denominaassociations have been most profit- tions exerting themselves, to spread able. The previous preparations divine knowledge in the country by give employment for two months to calechetical instruction, in addition all the youths of both sexes, in large to public preaching. I find, thro' populous districts, in which they their ignorance of the holy Scripengage with great eagerness and dc- tures, that the terms which we com. light. Tie public exanrinations alo, monly use in preaching, convey we have reason to conclude, are no idea to the bulk of our congre. very profitable to the hearers as. galions. Let any one take the sembled, from their great attention trouble of examining them, he will and feelings on bearing the re- be soon couvinced of the truth of sponses of the children. I have seen what I here assert. great meltings and tears among Though the Sunday-Schools have them. When the work of the day done, and are doing immense good is over, the children are reconduct- in different parts of our country, ed by their teachers to their respec- yet I find that thousands upon thou. tive homes, or, committed to ine sands are still perishing for lack of care of their parents. Every thing knowledge. Though we have prehas been cooducted hitherto with vailed with many old people to atgreat order and decorum ; and the tend these schools, and hundreds utility of them is ascertained beyond have leamt to read at an advanced a doubt. The schools assume pub- age, yet ihese are but few, compar.... licity and importance hy these pub- ed to the many thousands who conlic exhibitions : they animate both tinne igaorant and negligent. No teachers aod children ; bring others minister who wishes to see the sucin, who have hitherto been neglie cess of his ministry, if he kuew the gent; and powerfully excite the set- satisfactivo it would give himself, ting up new schools elsewhere. and the advantage it would be of in
• In my intercourse with the chil. preparing his people for cternity; dren, I have met with many in- far beyond his mere preaching all stances of uncommon quickness of his days, but would immediaiely set intellect, and strength of memory. about to teach his people to read, I have juet with more than one, and to catechize thein, or think of whu, at the age of three years, sme belter method of instructing would learn any common tune in a bis charge.
It is very difficult to very short time; others, at the teach people koowledge who cannot fame a fe, who very soon compait xad, and to teach then to unders
stand preaching, without being pre. ford, preached in the forenoon; and viously instructed by catechizing. Mr. Freeman, of Cotton End, in the I shall conclude this long letter by evening, to a very numerous conadding, that many
children, and also gregation. This chapel was erected grown persons, have manifested a with great economy, is neat and serious concern for their souls as the coinmodious, and well attended. It effect of the instructions they have is opened upon the most catholic received in the Sunday Schools ; and plans and is supplied on a Lord's some bundreds, in different parts of Day evening, and at other times, by the country, have joined religious ministers of different denominations. societies.-- With best wishes, &c. Bala, 1808. I am, &c.
Jan. 22, 1809. A meeting-house T. CHARLES.' was opened in the Baptist connec
tion, at a village on South-Sea Com
mon, near Portsmouth; when two June 1, 1808, the Rev, James
sermons were preached : that in the Hyde was ordained to the pastoral afternoon, by Mr. Miall, of Portoffice over the newly-raised church sea, froin Mark xvi. 15; that in of Christ at Wivenhoe, near Col. the evening, by Mr. Ivimey, of Lon-' chester, Essex. Mr. Hordle, of don, from Acts xiv. 7. Harwich, began the service with prayer, &c.; Mr. Stevenson, of The East Kent Association held Castle Hedingham, discoursed on their last Half-yearly Meeting in the the Nature of a Church of Christ, city of Canterbury, Oct. 5, 1808. &c.; Mr. Ray, of Sudbury, offered Mr. Attwood preached in the mornthe ordination - prayer ; Mr. Cru- ing, from 2 Cor. viii. 23; Mr.White thern, of Dedbam, gave a solemn in the evening, from Acts x. 42, Mr. charge ; and Mr. Taylor, of Col- G. Townsend the preceding, from chester (who for some time exerted Eph. ii. 8. — The next Meeting is to himself in establishing this infant be held at Feversham, April 26 : Mr. caune) preached to the people, Gurteen, Mr. Start, and the Ashford
Minister is expected to preach. AUG. 23, 1808. Mr. John Lewis, late si udent at Wrexham, was or- The Annual Meeting of the Beddained co-pastor with Mr. Thomas, fordshire Union of Christians will at Bala, Merionethshire.
be held at Bedford, on Wednesday, lemnities of the day were thus con- the 261h of April; when Mr. Winducted: · Mr. Jones, of Holywell, ter, of London, and Mr. Hennell, prayed ; Mr. Lewis, of Llanuwch
of Woollaston, are expeeted to Ilyo, delivered an excellent discourse, preach. which is expected to be shortly pubJished (in Welcb); Mr. Roberts, of The Second Annual Meeting of Llanbrynmair, proposed the usual the Devon Union, will be held at questions, &c. ; Mr. Thomas, of Mr. Allen's, Exeter, on Wednesday, Bala, their venerable pastor, offered the 3d of May: Mr. Edmonds, of up the ordination prayer; Mr. Lewis, Exeter, is expected to preach. tutor of the academy, gave a very suitable charge, from Phil, ii. 22;
We are glad to hear that a Bible and Mr. Jones, of Idwllheli, preach Society has been recently established to the people. On the preceding ed at Wigan, Lancashire, under the evening, two sermons were preach: patronage of the Bishop of Chester;
in which the Members of the Estaed, and four in the remaining parts
blished Church and the Dissenters of tbis day, by different ministers.
are cordially united, for the graSept. 23. A new chapel was open- tuitous distribution of Bibles and ed at Harrold, a market - town in Testaments to poor families, and to Bedfordshire ; when Mr. Sutcliffe, the children of the Sunday-Schools, of Olney, and Mr. Hillyard, of Bed
which are there very numerous.