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Academy at Homerton. The junior in the House of Peers by Lord Sid, sludents were examined as to their mouth, That a return should be progress in Classical and Hebrew made of the number of persons who Literature; and the seniors, with bad received licences (as they are respect to the subjects of the Lec- called) to become Dissenting Minis. tures through the past session, ters, during the last 50 years. The in Mathematical, Philosophical, professed object of this motion was, Critical, and Theological learning: to prevent the abuse of the Toler. The Oratio Academica was delivered ation Act, by improper persons obą by Mr. Small, a senior student, on taining (through such licences) an the well-known distich :
exemption from civil offices and Ingenuas didicisse ftdeliler arles
burdens, to which other persons are Emollit mores, nec sinii esse feros.
liable. His Lordship, and others
who supported the motion, exStrong approbation was generally and very handsomely expressed by
pressed, at the same time, their the constituents and other friends regard for the preservation of that of this venerable seminary, with
religious liberty, which the Toler,
ation Act secures, and their wish regard to both the public and the
not to trench upon it by the reguprivate exercises of this Anniversary. lations which they judged it neces.
It may here be proper to con. tradict a prevalent supposition, that sary to make for the prevention of the endowments of the Homerton
As the Dissenters are deeply con. Academy are adequate to its sup
cerned in any alteration which may port. This has never been the case ;
be made in that great bulwark of and, at present, the number of students being. 18, with the certainty their duty to keep a watchful eye
their privileges, it is certainly of a further addition after the vacation, and the other expences of the
on the progress of this business. Institution being very much in
A meeting was, therefore, called of
the three denominations of Dis: creased, it is necessary to solicit the senters, at Dr. Williams's library, aid of the friends of evangelical Red Cross Street, London,
on Thurstruth and solid learning ;, who, it is day, June 15; when a Committee hoped, will exert themselves in endeavouring to procure, by subscrip- most proper steps to be taken on
was appointed to consider of the tions or otherwise, an addition to this occasion. the means already possessed for its wise and calm measures will be
We hope that some support.
adopted, agreeable to all parties. Toleration Act.
Merchants' Lecture. Orr Readers in general, and our nesday, July 5, the Rev. Dr. Winter Dissenting Readers particularly, have was chosen one of the Lecturers at doubtless noticed, with some degree Broad Street, in the room of the of anxiety, the motion lately made Rev. Mr. Barber, who has resigned.
DEATH OF MR. CRAN. LETTERS have just been received by the Directors from Mr. Loveless, at Madras, and from Mr. Des Granges, at Vizigapatam, dated Jan. 20 and Feb. 27, 1809. By these letters they bave received the very afflicting information of the death of a most worthy and valuable missionary, Mr. GEORGE CRAN. Concerning this mournful event, his colleague, Mr. Des Granges thus writes : - Our dear brother was severely attacked by bilious fever in November last, which in a few days reduced him to a very weak and low state of body. By the advice of the physician, he undertook a tour to the northward, in company with Major-General Gowdie,' &fr
I had great
He appeared, for a time, to have gained strength, but became much worse, when, at a town called Chicacole, about 74 miles from Vizigapatam. Dr. Fleming, perceiving his danger, wrote to Mr. Des Granges, who immediately set off to visit him, but did not arrive till six hours after he had breathed his last. On Mr. D. devolved the painful office of committing his remains to the grave. He closed a holy and useful life on Friday, Jan. 6. • This,' says Mr. D. " was a severe stroke to me. difficulty to bear up under it ; but God strengthened me! He assuaged my grief for the moment, and forced me to say, Thy will be done! Still my heart is heavy, and reflection on my loss makes me lament over the mountains of India, as David lamented over the mountains of Gilboa, on the loss of his beloved Jonathan.'
Mr. D. has sent extracts of letters from Mr. Cran, written to him during bis journey, which shew the pious state of his mind, and the earnest desire he retained to the last to be useful. He had acquired the Telinga lan. guage, and preached in it but a few days before his death. In a letter, dated Chatterpore, Dec. 17, he says, “ I have spent many pleasant bours with the natives, aod found many very desirous to know more of the gospel. Travelling among them, and proclaiming the good news of salvation, is certainly delightful work.”
Mr. Loveless expresses himself, in relation to this distressing circumstarce, thus : 'It has pleased the all-wise Disposer of events to take to himself our dearly beloved brother, George Cran. He fell asleep in Jesus on the 6th instant, at Chicacole, whilst on a journey with Major-General Gowdie for the benefit of his health, which also afforded him an excellent opportunity of preaching the gospel to the natives'; in which blessed work he was employed till within a few days of his death. Erother Des Granges had the painful office of interring his dearly beloved colleague at a distance from home, and among strangers, having also been deprived of the painful pleasure of receiving his dying commands, and hearing from his lips those professions of faith in the glorious gospel, which he was so desirous of making known to the perishing millions of Hindoostan, and which brother D. would have communicated for the comfort of his friends and fellowlabourers, and the edification of the church at large.'
• How mysterious,' he justly adds, ' are the ways of Providence, in thus removing a young man, in the prime of life, who had just attained the knowledge of the language, by which he was enabled to make known to the poor Heathen the unsearchable riches of Christ ! In this we are called to be still, and know that he is God;' and, though mysterious, his ways are neither unwise, unjust, nor unkind, as we shall see hereafter. O that this may have a due influence on me, to make me more zealous and devoted in the work of the Lord, and to incline many to offer themselves as Missionaries in this country, where millions are crying, ' Come over and belp us.'
To these pious reflections no addition is necessary. The residue of the Spirit is with the Lord, who, we trust, will strengthen the Mission by the speedy arrival of the brethren Gordon and Lee, who sailed from America in May last, to join the brethren at Vizigapatam.
Aa account of the pleasing appearances which this Mission now presents, must be reserved for our next Number.
MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS, &c.
5 11 2 0 17 12
A Circular Letter has been issued by the Directors to the Friends of the
Missionary Society, with the following Statement annexed ; to which
we respectfully request the attention of our numerous readers : Account of the STATED Income of the M18810NART Sootty in the Year
ending the 31st of May, 1809, compared with the Expenditure during the same period.
S. d. Dividends on * 9. d.
Disbursements, on Ac-
count of the several Deduct (Pro
Missions, the Educa.
tion and Outfit of Mis
796 10 0 sionaries, &c. 1011 19 6 Return of Property Tax
on the Amount of the
above Divideods 89 100
Amount of Receipts, as
3960 2 1
3960 2 1
It will appear from the above Account, that, notwithstanding the increased Amount of the Annual Collections, the regular Income of the Society fell short of tho Expenditure by the sum of Three thousand six hundred and fifty- y-one pounds seventeen shillings and five pence; towards which balance, the sum of £857. 148. Ad. has been received in occasional Contributions and Legacies, leaving an actual balance of £8794. 35. ld. upon
the expenditure of last year unprovided for ; from which the Directors presume, that the necessity of more vigorous exertions by the Friends of the Missionary Society in obtaining Annual Subscriptions, and in making Annual Collections for the benefit of the Institution, will be obvious, when it is understood, that, in the present state of its finances, nearly one half of the expenditure is to be provided for by casual means. Provincial Intelligence.
its walls. Donations and Subscrip.
tions are thankfully received by G. The First Anniversary of the Creed, Esq. Stoke House, near PlyPlymouth Asylum for Female Penis mouth, the treasuror; and by the tents, was held on Friday, Feb. 3 ;
Rev. S. W. Gandy, the chaplain to
the institution, Plymouth. when an excellent sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Hawker, from Isa. xiv. 32, “ Wbat shall one then answer the messengers of the Dear Sir, Duxford, Feb. 10, 1809. uation? That tbe Lord hath found. Adreeably to your request, I ed Zion, and the poor of his people send you a brief Account of the shall trust in it." After service the Rise and Progress of our School of Governors and Subscribers adjourn. Industry. When we came first to ed to the London Inn, to hear the the village, in April
, 1795, we found Report of the Committee, from the children totally ignorant of which it appeared, that sioce the needle-work, and without any means opening of the asylum, 24 penitents of instruction. Most of the poor had been received, many from dis. families were in the habit of pulo tant counties and places. Some of ting out their linen to make. This, this number have been placed at together with a desire of giving service with pious and respectable them religious instruction, induced families; others have been restored
Miss Thompson to begia' a school, to their friends, with mutual joy and confining her number to 19; bat thankfulness, and 15 remaid wilain these rapidly improving, and others
SCHOOL OF INDUSTRY.
being desirous of admission, the came to £ 678. 159. 9d. in a number was gradually increased te period of little more than three 30. Findiog some difficulty in ob- years.
As I observed before, they taining a sufficiency of plain-work, were at no expence for patterns ; and as an encouragement to indus- many of them being contrived, and try, she taught them to work a all of them drawn, by Miss. T. and handkerchief; which they took with family: them on leaving the school and en
In addition to the above School of tering into service. Fancy - work. Industry, we have carried on a Suncoming into fashion, and their little day School; and in three neighattempts being much approved by bouring villages, where we have , some ladies in the neighbourhood, Evening Lectures, Evening Schools. we received an order, March 23,1805: For each school we engage a masThis was the first. It gave satis., ter and mistress ; admit 10 boys and faction, and was followed by many
10 girls, who attend every evening more from private families ; and in in the week, from six to eight the course of a few months, con- o'clock, excepting on the lecturesiderable orders were received from evening, when we expect them to five shops, at Cambridge, St. Ives, attend the worship of God. This &c. The business now becoming of gives us a fine opportunity to disimportance, the prices for the work tribute Religious Tracts. The whole were fixed, and a regular account of the expence is defrayed by our opened. The shopkeeper sent the congregation at Duxford. We have muslin in the piece, with an order formed other little plans, wbich, for so many dozen of caps, veils, &c. through divine grace, have exceed This was cut out, and given to the ed our expectations. How much children, wilh the patterns (which might be done by us if there were were drawn by Miss T. and her
not a lion in the way! nieces) to work. Two hours in the Accept. of my thanks for the reday were appointed to take in and publishing C. Mather's Essays to do give out the work, which was finish. Good s and believe me to be, ed at their own houses. When the
dear Sir, order, was completed, it was sent
yours, affectionately, home, with a bill, and the money
B. Pene. returned ; as our plan did not admit of credit. The whole of this
April 11. A small commodious money was divided among the chil- Independent chapel was opened at dren, according to their work. It Poulion,near Blackpool, Lancashire. was required that they should be
Mr. Charrier, of Liverpool, preachdecently clothed out of the money
ed in the morning, from Isa. lx. 1 ; by their parents, and the rest for Mr. Fletcher, of Blackburn, in the their own use, which greatly assist- afternoon, from 1 Pet. ii. 12 ; and ed them in providing comfortable Mr. Edwards, of Elewick, in the bedding, and other necessaries for evening, from Neh. iv. 6. There their houses, which they were un
were very crowded audiences; and able to procore.
there is good reason to hope that In the beginning of the year 1808,
the labours of Mr. Morrow, the a painful bereavement took place in stated minister in this town, and in the death of Mrs. Pyne, a beloved the neighbourhood, where he is emsister; by which the care of seven
ployed as an itinerant, will not be children devolved, upon Miss T.
in vain. This, together with a declining state The West Kent Union Society held of health, determined her to give the their Half-yearly Meeting at Mr. fancy-work into the hands of two Ralph's, Maidstone, April 25. The of her scholars, who still carry it on business of the Society was conducted with auccess. Ou closing the aca in the forenoon. In the afternoon count, the money distributed among Mr. Rogers preached from Ps. cx. 2; the little workwomen, who at 10 aud in the evening, Mr. Sabine, of time amounted to more than forty, Tunbridge.
The devotional ser
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. vices were conducted by Mess. Ralph, respective connexions; and the exa Knott, Morris, Bentliffe, Stanger, tension of the Redeemer's kingdom and Beaufoy.-- The next Meeting is in the world. For the promotion fixed for Tuesday, October 24 next, of these important purposes, it was Mr. Sabine's, at Tunbridge. Pub- thought expedient that an Annual lic services at 11 and 6. Mess, Ralph Meeting should be held at one of and Slatierie to preach: Messrs. the Churches belonging to the Popperwell and Beatliff, in case of Union ; and in pursuance of a Rea failure.
solution to that effect, the First An• A small chapel was opened on
nual Meeting was beld on the Second Whit-Monday, at Rhes-y-cae, about Tuesday and Wednesday in June, four miles from Holywell, Flint at the Rev. G. Lambert's Chapel, shire; and which also belongs to the Hull. Two sermons were preached Independeni church in that town.
on the evenings of those days, by The following were engaged on the Mess. Arundel, of Whitby, and Botoccasion in the different parts of the tomley, of Scarborough. The forservices: Messrs. Jones, of New. mer part of Wednesday was spent by market, Jones, of Moelfre; Wil the brethren in mutually relating liams, of Wern; Davies and Wil
tbe state of religion in their respecliams, students from Wrexham, &c.
tive connexions. This Meeting was The congregations seemed serious peculiarly affecting and solemn. It and attentive ; and far greater in
called forth all the sympathies number than the chapel could con
which reside in the boxom of a tain. From the situation of the Christian, while they alternately place, what hath been already done
rejoiced with those who rejoiced, in the course of the two last years,
and wept with those who wept.' An and the continued regard shown by unusual impression was produced ; the inhabitants to the word of lite, when some of the more aged breit
may be hoped that the Lord hath thren, especially the Rev. G. I-ammany people here among poor
bert, exhorted their younger breunthinking miners, who are very
thren to diligence and perseverance ; bumerous in this neighbourhood.
and united their testimony in honour On Tuesday, May 23, the Glou
of the goodness and fidelity of that
Divine Masier " who had been with eestershire Independent Association was bolden at Mitchel Dean. In the
them, even to the eleventh hour,
We trusi, the effect will not be lost morning, Mr. T. Lewis, of Wottonunder-Edge, preached from Ps. i. 6; Meeting of this Association will be
for many days to come! — The next Mr. W. Bishop, of Gloucester, from
held (God willing) at Scarborough, Isa. lv. l; and Mr. C. Daniell, of Kingswood, from Ps. Ixviii. 18.
on the first Tuesday and WednesThe next Association will be held at day of July, 1810. Chedworth, Sept. 19, 1809, when The Devonshire Association met the Independent Benevolent Society at Bideford, June 21. In the mornmeeting in Gloucestershire, will ing, Mr. Pinchback preached from hold its Annual Meeting. There Isa. xxxii. 15; and Mr. Vowles read will be an open Committee the pre- an Address, on Religious Conversaceding evening, at Chedworth, at tion. Mr.Windeatt preached in the the Rev. Mr. Phillips's, to audit the evening, from Luke xiii. 24. Mesi. accounts, &c.
Jacksou, Allen, Evans of AppleAn Association of several Minis. dore, W. Rooker, and Blair, pray, ters and Churches belonging lo the ed. On the preceding evening, Mr. Independent "denomination, hay . Mends preached frein Col. i. 28; Jalely been formed in Yorkshire, and Mess. Judson and Smith prayed. called The Eastern Association of From the Funds of this Associa. the County of York. The avowed tion, exhibitions were granted in aid objects of the Members constituting of the Western Academy; of eight it are, The increase of personal re- indigent congregationis ; and of an Mgion and Christian union amongst itinerant, who is labouring in the wem, the spiritual welfare of their work-western part of the county.