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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS, &c. The Directors of the Missionary Society feel themselves much obliged io several Ministers in the Country, and their respective Congregations, as well as to some generous Individuals, sor Collections, Subscriptions, and Donations, transmitted since they laid before the Public the necessity of recruiting their Funds, to enable them to extend more widely the beneficial effects of the lestitution. From the specimen alreally received, they are encouraged to hope, tbat they will be favoured, in like manner, by mary oiher Congregations, as soon as it may suit their convepience.

Communications may be made to J. llardcastle, Esq. Treasurer, Old Swan Stairs; or to the Rev. G. Burder, Secretary, Hatton Garden, London.

L. s. d. Donation by S. M. sent to the Secretary

50 Rev. Mr. Moseley and Friends, llanley, for a pair of Globes for Dr. Vanderkemp's Library, at Bethelsdorp

5.0 Annual Amount of a few small Weekly Subscriptions at Bristol, by the Rev. Mr. Lowell

4 Rev. Mr. Stoper and Friends, Beccles Rev. Mr. Ralies and Congregation, Hammersmith

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Tract Societies. We have been favoured with the An. Ir must afford much pleasure to the nual Report of the Directors of the first promoters of the Religious Tract New York Missionary Society, of Society in London, to find that the sucApril 5, 1809; from which we learn, cess of their laudable institution his That their Missionary, Mr. Andrew induced their Christian brethren, in Gray, a map of piety and fortitude, is several other parts of the world, to employed among the Tuscarora In- adopt a similar plan. From an Amedians; and is diligently endeavouring rican publication, we learn that the to dispel their mental darkness, and to General Convention of Congregational win them to obedience to the truth; and Presbyterian Ministers in Ver. not only by public preaching, but also mout, bare recommended, and the by visiting them from house to house, Missionary Suciety there have estaand conversing with those who de- blished, the Vermont Religious Tract cline to give attendance on his ser- Society;' Dr. Hooker, of Middlebury, mons.

being iheir principal agent. At present, Mr. G. is obliged to em- A new periodical work is also comploy an interpreter; by which the ex- menced, entitled “ The Adviser, or pence of the Mission is increased, and Vermont Evangelical Magazine.' It is the energy of the preacher is abated. evident, from the various publications To remedy this defect, the Directors of this kind, which appear in differcat have formed a resolution to cuucate countries, that the Christian world some of the Indian youth in the kaow- takes far more interest thau formerly Jedge of the English language; and, for in the affairs of the church of Christ; that purpose, have sent a young man, and are aware that the communication Mr. Crape, to the. Tuscarora village, of religious intelligence is productive to connence a school; which is to be of the most important advantages. It conducted, as far as circumsiances will is peculiarly grateful to the Conductors admit, on the plan of Mr. Lancaster. of the Evangelical Magazine, that so

Paul Culee ministers to four differ- many of those schemes of general utilient societies,' - at Montauk, Cold- ty, which now prevail in the world, Spring, Puspatock, and Islin. In these owe their origin to this Publication. places there are 56 persons in full com- We have the pleasure to add, That munion,--Honourable reference is made in Canada also, a Tract Society has jp this Report to the exertious of the been established, by the instrumentaMissionary Society in London, whose Jity of the Rev. Thaddeus Osgood, a zeal is employed as an argument to e- Missionary, aided by the contributions courage our American brethren in their of a number of gentlemen in Nontreal labours af love.

aud other places.

stitution is pamed 'The Portland We are glad to hear that, in this Beni Suciety, Tor the Propagation of country, where the gospel is so much Christian Kuowledge, and he instrucreedeti, a comiendable effort of Chris- tion of Youth,' Mr. Massal ud "r. tian zeal has been manifested. In the Youl, who were formerly missionaries district of Portland Head, on the banks at Otaheite, dispense the word of life of the river Hawkesbury, several of the aiaong the people, and with encouragsettlers have come forward, by a sub. ing prospects of success. A supply of scription, to erect a chapel and school: Bibles, Testainents, Watis's Psalm horse. Oae of the settlers has given and Ilyana Books, and School Books, four acres of ground for the purpose; will be very acceptable. Persons dis and about 200 l. was subscribed. The posed to contribute such, are requested şp:i, which is deligh: fully situated, is to send them to the Secretary of the now called Eventzuz liount. The in- Missionary Society, 53, Hatton Garden.

LONDON.

TOLERATION ACT. Having promised to pay a respectful attention to lints which may be suggested

by our Correspondents, on the proposed limitations in granting Licences to Dissenting Teachers, we insert the following, as the most comprehensive among those which we have received. Retaining, as we still do, the opinion, that if any restrictions were admitter, the distinction proposed by Eusebius between Protection and Privilege would furnish the least exceptionable ground, we heartily concur with the writer of the follo:ving article, in judging that the jeligious liberties of Dissenters will be best secured by leaving the Act untouched, without the alteration of a single syllable; and that Dissenters and Methodists of all descriptions should unite to resist, by every lawful and peace able method, the least infringement of their coostitutional rights,-being, froin thc best information, Sully assured that the complaiot so strongly urged, wf abuses of the Acl, by a lew inprincipled persons, is inerely a pretext for the purpose of effectually preventing Itinerant or Village Preaching. To the Edi!or.

had ever wcurred, I cannot but hesi.

tate, and must suspend ny decision Sir, Your readers are obliged to until the assumed and admitted charge Eusebiiis for a concise view of the suf- be fully substantiated. ferings of the Dissenters prior to the Should any satisfactory proofs of Revoluiion, and for an abstiact of the. such an abuse de produced, it will proAct of the 1st of William and Mary, bably be found chat ihe culpable usually denominated the act of Toler- parties are neither members of any ation, together with his observations Dissenting or Methodissic Society, as upon it, in your Number for Sep- no socizty of these descriptions caa be tember

supposed capable of conniving at such Lord Sidmouth's motion, at the close gross duplicity in their comiaunicants; of the last session, was founded on a and should they appear to belong to supposed fact, which Eusebius admits the established Church, to the disto be a disputable; mamely, “Taat cipline of that Church I must leave some base persons have availed thein. thea, I also expect that the aamber selves of the Act in question, and have of sach abuses, if indeed any can be entered their names at the Quarter proved to exist, will be found too diSessions as preachers, who never did minutive to claim the interference of preach, nor intend to preach; but the Legislature, or to be urged as a shamefully assumed the character of reason for ahridging our religious ministers, merely for the purpose of liberties. Were an effectual remedy obtaining an easy exemption from serve for the supposed abuse of tbe Tolering in the militia.'

ation Act the sole object of the Returns laving, for more than half a cen. moved for by the Right Honourable tury, been intimately acquainted with Viscount, we should bave no serious the Dissenters, without recollecting one ground for aların; but when we advert instance of the kind, and having en- t the contemptuous and maliguant quired of several respectable ministers, spirit of some recent publications, the whose sphere of ioformation far ex. hostile and threatening tone of Visiceeds my own, to whom no such fact tation Charges, and particularly to the

INTELLIGENCE. propositions said to have been com- persons admitted to qualify as minis. inuvicated to the Digsenting Delegates, . ters, by taking the oaths, and subscribone of which is, as I am informed, ing the Articles, or the Dec aration,

That Itinerant Preaching be limited prescribed in the statute of the ist or suppressed,' we can be at no loss of William and Mary, and the ryth to decide upon the real object which Geo. III. C. 44. I have myself no jptolerant zeal is exerting its arts and doubt that the several terms employed its energies to attain. It is not fr m in those statutes, were meant in their any apprehension that parish-offices most comprehensive sense. It is not, will be unoccupied, that our military as I conceive, likely that the Legis. musters will prove inefficient, or that Jature, at either of the periods, entered the hair - powder duty will be die into the minute differences which oCminished, by the number of persons' cur in the organization of Dissenting who, under false preteuces, qualify Churches; or intended to discriminate themselves as preachers: no; this is between a pastor and an assistant, a merely a plea, magoified greatly, as I fixed and an erratic minister, or a suspect, in its extent and importance, teacher who was supported by the for the purpose of introducing restrica liberality of his hearers, and one who tions upon, and checking the progress maidtained "imself by his labour or of the Dissenters and Methodists. his business. Afier the lapse of a

The rapid increase of these Sepa- ceptury, during which the meaning of ratists from the National Church is, the Toleration Act has not, as I bein the estimation of their opponents, lieve, been disputed, what good reathe real cause of complaint ; and their son can be assigned for -novel 'and in. limitation or suppression the actual genious glosses, which only serve to specific which is to be attempted, and, allix limits, which it does not appear if obtained, no doubt, to be rigorously were intended by the act, and to exapplied.

clude from its privileges person's of Thus apprized of the real iotention exemplary merit and extended usefulof a high-spirited party in the Esta

ness : blishment, who would gladly,were their I am concerned to observe that your powers adequate to their inclinations, eorrespondent Eusebius, seems dissilence every preacher, both in the posed to admit these distinctions beChurch or out of it, whom they chose tween ministers, and to concede the to denominate an enthusiast, a fanatic, privileges of one class, so that those or an evangelical minister ; the Dis- of another may be secured. There are senters and Methodists are forcibly some churches that remain, for a concalled upon to unite in asserting and siderable time, without a pastor, and defending, witi decency and firmness, are supplied by a succession of ministheir legal privileges, and to hand them ters: would Eusebius cupsent to the down, if possible, unimpaired to their exclusion of these rotatory preachers posterity. An attempt is made to obtain from the benefit of the act ? Are not their acquiescence in projected restraints the numerous societies of Methodists upon themselves ! yea, to insinuate

thus accommodated? - and are not the propriety of their proposing such tbeir preachers as frequently engaged restraints !-- but their liberties are too in the duties of their calling as any precious to be hartered away for the settled pastor whatever? Are there gratification of those whose aim it is to not many Dissenting churches who suppress every zealous effort to Chris- have among them gifted brethren, who tianize the world; and who would, if are very much occupied ? - and would it were practicable, withhold the Book it be desireable to see one of these, of Life from mankind. Let us, like going to supply a distant and destitute St. Paul, plead our privileges, and, if congregation, summoned on a coroner's the Civil Powers judge it right to in. jury, or charged with conveyiog a fringe them, let us submit as far as drunken riotous !ellow before a magis. conscience permits us, and patiently trate, or to place him in the stocks ? endure as seeing Him who is iovisible; These supernimerary ministers are - but let nothing be conceded, nothing of great importance, and their labours voluntarily surrendered ; let not appear to be indispensable. What artifice triumph over our misplaced con- with acting as substitutes when ocfidence; - let us not be made instru. casionat indisposition, or temporary mental in shackling ourselves, nor relaxation, renders the personal disassist our adversaries in forging our charge of duty impracticable or incon• own chains.

venient to their pastors; what with Different opinions have recently been calls to other churches, that need ocforved of the several descriptions of casiopal assistance; and wbat with the attention paid to village preaching, the may, considerably increase, and appli · services of these good men are, in

cations for licences may frequently be many instances, as constant as, and made to Magistrates, who will have sometimes much more faiiguing than a right to interrogate the claimants, those of the resident pastor. Nor can

and who will probably be, by prothere be, in my humble judgment, any

fession, inimical to their success. valid

argument alleged, why the Perhaps they may deem book-making curate, who does so much of the work, to be a trade or business, and thus inshonld not be equally protected and volve in unforeseen dificulties some . exempted from civil claims, incom- of our preaching authors. When the patable with his religious services, with

line of demarcation is cnce formed, it his rector, or even his diocesan; unless will require no great degree of diswe are disposed to admit, that there

cernment or ill-will to draw it some shall be 110 public worship where there

what closer. is not a fixed minister, and no fixed My principal object in these obserminister, unless the congregation can

vations is, to promote, by means of support him; and uuless we can also your widely-circulated Magazine, an contrive that the settled pastor shall,

uganimity of opinion and condact on po occasion, absent himself, or be amongst the Dissenters and Methodsubject to disease or death'!

ists, sincerely hoping that they will My father, Mír. Editor, was a trades- cordially unite in resisting every atman, and the happy instrument of

tempt to seduce them; and in a steady forming and establishing the Baptist resolution to ahandon no part of those congregation in this city. His time religious privileges, which they now and attention were as much devoted legally possess, until compelled thereto to that interest as those of most minis- by the authority of the Legislature. ters, not in trade, with wbom I have

Permit me to conclude this proany acquaintance; and, although he 'tracted letter, with a suggestion that was dilige!i in business, he was fervent may perhaps merit attention, should in spirit, and so arranged the claims

the subject be revived in the ensuing of the former, as not to interrupt bis

Sessions. It may possibly be deenier hours of retirement, or his official proper, hy respectul addresses to the duties. As it affected the state, it throne, to assure his Majesty, that the could be a circumstance of no imagi

different classes of Separatists will pable consequence whether he main

exclude from their societies every pettained himselt, or was maintained by

son who shall be thus guilty of evading the people. Satisfied with a very

the common duties of a subject, by a moderate competency, he receded from

flagrant abuse of the Act of Toler, business, but never from his beloved ation. Such a public assurance from: employ: this he persisted in, and with

the different associations, conlcsences, eonsiderable success, to the end.

His and delegates of the Dissenters and claim to protection and exemptions Methodists, might satisfy Government was founded on the religious office

that such abuses are not sanctioned by which he sustained, and the duties it

them ; and induce the Legislature to involved, with which some of our civil reject restrictions which must operate obligations were inconsistent, and from as punishments upon those who are which, therefore, the Legislature had not guilty.

I am, Sir, released him. Mr. Sloper, of Devizes,

your yery humble Serrant, was many years in business; so were the

Bath.

TP late Mr. Marsh!nan and Mr. Clark, of Trowbridge ; and so are many now liv

Theatre. ing, both pastors and occasional preach. ers,whose characters and usefulness will The violent dispute which has lately not suffer by a comparison with those taken place between the Managers and of their brethren, who are exclusively the frequenters of Covent Garden devoted to the ministry. On the side Theatre, has given occasion to the puh. of Liberty, we cannot be too tenacious, lication of some vainable observations por too scrupulous of conniving at on theatrical amusements, in the public innovation. Were minister3 exem- pewspapers ; by which, we trust, their plary for their industry as well as for evil will be exposed to many persons, their pious zeal, precluded from the who before pleaded for their innocence. exemptions hithertu enjoyed, we know Nor will the good tendency of such obnot how far the disfranchising code 'servations he counteracted by the sage might be interpreted to extend. Many remark of the editor of the Morning of the clerical order are alrearly in the Chroaicle, who says, That'the theatre domniission of the peace, the number affords to the peo). ai elem 2.!, :20

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ral, and enlighteping entertainment; dred years in which it has been esta and may preserve them from a vicious blishes, are generally acknowledged. recourse to Gin and METHODISM!' Of course, the recollections and progWe would humbly recommend this pects suggested by the Centenary An. writer to the notice and pay of the niversary, could not fail to afford the Edinburgh Reviewers : he might prove purest satisfaction to the friends of this ? useful auxiliary in their Theological benevolent lustitution. Department, especially when they again take the vermin (as they call the Me: July 26. Thie. Rev. Mr. Cotterill thodists) io hand.

was ordained over a small congrega.

tion at Long Green, near Oldbury, It is reported, in a country newspa.

Shropshire. Mr. Whitefoot hegan the per, That the Manager of a theatre in

service by reading and prayer; Mr. Birmingham has agreed to give

Hammonil, of Handsworth, delivered Aadaine ('atalani One Thousand Guineas the confession of faish : Mr. Grove, of

the introductory discourse, and received for six nights performance! This is a shockiug instance of prodigality; and

Walsall, offered the ordination-prayer; it is highly disgraceful to englishmen

Mr. Brewer, of Birmingham, gave the to purchase their pleasures at so extra

charge; Mr. Dawson, of Dudley, vagant a rate, especially when che pub.

preachel to the people; and Mr. Griflic burdens and the high price of bread

fiths, of Wedvesbury, concluded with press so heavily on all classes of so- prayer. ciety.

Ang. 22, was opened the New Ta. In a late dehate, in the City of Lon.

bernacle in Dursley, Gloucestershire. don, on the important subject of · Hav

Mr. Hill preached in the morning, ing, or pot having, a Public Dinner on

from 1 Pet. i1. 5; Mr. G. Willams, of the 25th of October,' a certain genile: London, in the afternoon, from Psa. man complained of the hardsbid there cxxxii. 13-15; Mr. Roberts, of Bris. would be coming out of a cursed cold

tol, in the evening, from Heb. xiii. 17. church with an empty stomach.' Tbe

Mess. Bishop, of Gloucester ; Brown, just animadversions which have ap

of Ebley; Whitefcot, of Enfield; Winpeared in the newspapers on this speech,

terbotham, of Horsley; Jeary, of Rodwill, we hope, prevent, in future, so

horough; and Flint, of Uley, engaged flagrant a breach of public decorum.

in prayer. - The house was literally crowded: hundreds could not enter. To many it was a good day.May all

remember it with lasting satisfaction ! Provincial Intelligence. and, in the best sense of the word, may

the glory of ihis latter house be greater

than the former !' Centenary Anniversary of the so

The Rev. John Millar, cicly in Scotland for propagaling educated in the university of Glasgow, Christian knowledge.

EDINBURGH.

was ordained to the pastoral office over Tnt Society has now existed for a

the church in Union Street Chapel,

North Shields. complete reptury. Queen Anne's Pa

The ordioation sertent of Incorporation was dated May

mon was preachel by Mr. Arundel, of 25, 1709, which, from the change of Whithy, from 2 Cor. iii. 18; the ques. style, corresponds to the 6th of June. tiops to the minister and the people On that day the Society met, when an

were asked by Mr. Robinson, of Blyth; excellent discourse was preached in the

the ordination prayer was offered by High Church, Edinburgh, by the Rev.

Mr. Jones, of Durham, who alsu gave Sir H. Moncrieff Wellwood, Bart. from

the charge, on the subject of MinisteCol. iii. 11. In the sermon, the general

rial Diligence, from Eccles. xi. 6; and principle of Missions, for extending i he

Mr. Arundel recommended to the knowledge of Chrisianity, was illus

church a suitable deportinent to their trated and vindicated with great abi

minister, from Phil. ii. 29. May the lity. The sermon will be published.

union be lasting and happy! Some gentlemen came upwards of 40

derstand that Mr. Arundel was requestmiles to attend the Centenary. After

ed, by a deputation from the church, divine service, the Society dined toge

to publish the Ordination Sermon;

which is in a state of forwardness for wier, Lord Napier in the chair. The beneficial effects of the Society's exertions, in promoting religion, and in ci. Sept. 6. The Middlesex and Hert. vilizing the people, particularly in the fordshire Union held their Hall-yearly Higblands and Islands, during the hun. Meeting at Mr. Williams's, Edmon

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