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desire their more wide-spread diffusion Commons till a late hour this morning, and universal sway.
on a cause aot unconnected with religi4. That, to such Committee, this ous liberty, must be the apology which I Meeting recommend all expedient sup- entreat. you to accept. I have also some port to “ The Marriage Service Bill," apology to offer for delaying the Meeting. depending iu Parliament, for the relief of I was ready, and my arrival was retarded Unitarians, and to every measure by which by an accident that filled me with rethe actual enjoyment of religious free- gret. doin may be more diffused; and that It is with no spirit of hostility to the they neglect no opportunity to obtain Church, of which I am a member, that I from Parliameut some enactments where have attended the Society this day, I by places of public worship shall be ex« rather came to promote its welfare. For, empted from parochial assessment-En. if I am not mistaken, much of the pains glish soldiers, who are Dissenters, may which the Committee of this Society has have liberty of worship--the peculiar dise so worthily taken, and of which the preadvantages of Baptists, as to the rights ceedings have been cominented on by of interment, shall be removed—and the your eloquent Secretary with such vast official registration of the births and bu- ability, ought to have heen the labours of rials of Protestaut Dissenters may be re- the Church of England. It would do gulated and secured.
well to appoint persons to watch her 5. That, impressed with the inexpedi- members, and to observe that no bigoted ence, degradation and injustice of the or prejudiced persons pervert the rast Corporation Act, and of the needlessness, power and riches granted by the State, to oppression and profanity of the Sacramen- the purposes of luxury, or despotism, or tal Test-apprised that the Annual In- pride. I own I was surprised at many demnity Acts are a wretched aud insuffi- of the circumstances which have been cient protection to Protestaut Dissenters related. It is hardly possible to believe assured that in Ireland they have been that vexations so petty and so intolerant emancipated from the operation of those can exist in this country, in this age. Acts—and believing an uaprotesting ac- With almost every word that fell from quiescence in those laws to be dishonour- your Secretary I cordially concur. There able and unwise this Meeting recom- are, however, but one or two matters to mend to their members, throughout the which I will allude. One is on the pucountry, to revive their attention to nishment by three months' imprisonment these subjects—and request the Commit- for preaching in the street ; a punishment tee to consider and adopt such measures, so completely disproportioned to the at a fit time, as may re-introduce the offence, that it indicates a spirit of persesubject to the attention of Parliament, cution most uugenial to a British heart. and obtain, by the repeal of those Acts, If it he proper that the law should prean essential though long-deferred re- vent such preaching, it was eridently the lief.
duty of magistrates and officers to give 8. That, mindful of the history of notice to the preacher of his error, inother times-devoted to constitutional stead of condemning him to such an imfreedom-attached to those noble fami- prisonment, a man who was anxious to lies whose illustrious forefathers thought impress on himself and his fellow-creaand spoke, and lived and died, for their tures the divine lessons of the Christian native land—and noting the conduct of faith. That persons should be refused those public men who, imbued with the assistance from their parishes on account spirit of their ancestors, seek also to be of difference of religious opinions, also saviours of their country, and blessers of appears to me a grievous wrong. Is this maukind--this Meeting have with pleasure the lesson the clergy received from the welcomed the attendance of Lord Joun religion they are taught ? Is this the RUSSELL, M.P., their noble Chairman; lesson the parable of the good Samaritan and assure him, that his talents, his in- affords? Did he stop to ask the man formation, his principles and his exer. whom he found wounded and lying in his tions, rendering him worthy of his voble way, whether their religious sentiments race, have obtained for him their un- were similar? Did he wait before he heal bought and unpurchaseable gratitude and ed his wounds, and liberally prorided respect.
for his support, to ask whether he believed When this Resolution had passed, the every iota of his creed ? No; while God noble Chairinan rose and said, (when the kuows the beart and the conscience, it is long and loud applause would permit,) It for men to judge each other only by their is with great regret I feel compelled to acts; and that man who is found belping leave this Meeting ; but an indisposition us when distressed, relieving us when our compels me, though reluctantly, to go. spirits are exhausted, and binding up our Hluess from attending in the House of wounds, is most likely to gain our coni
depce and possess our love. It is, on the very undeserved and too warm encomi. contrary, the spirit of persecution to al- ums given to myself this day. Those tend not to the acts of men, but their opi, who have touched on these topics have, nions or their words. Thus it is that per- I fear, outgone the truth. But their praise sons who had to religion, but who will pro- will be a motive to endeavour, by the fess any faith, because they agree in words whole course of my life, to deserve such witb the doctrines of the state, have been eulogies from such honourable lips. Nor euabled pot ouly to live luxuriously, not can I omit to state, that I have heard only to enjoy the highest honours, but to some words which have affected my heart infict pains and penalties, and imprison. far more deeply than any encomium conment and death, on those conscientious ferred on me. To those words I refer, inen, whose religion was most holy and in which your Secretary kindly expressed sincere, and who would not profess what his wish that the days of my father might they did not believe.
be prolonged. With the completion of As to the Test Act, I agree with all that wish my own happiness must be enthat has been said. I heartily wish that twined. The general interest manifested mark of odium, and that odioas mark, in these wishes was more grateful to my should be repealed; for I cannot but heart than any plaudits you pronounce ; think that those annual acts of indemnity and I assure you, that the expression of are absurd anomalies that ought to end. this wish for the life of my father, than By them they declare that the Sacramen. whom religious liberty has no steadier tal tests which our ancestors thought friend, has made an impression on my necessary for office, are vo longer ne- mind that will never be erased. cessary, and declare that persons may His Lordship then left the chair amidst omit these oaths with perfect security to reiterated cheers; and the meeting speedthe State. But if some are honourably ily dispersed. scrupulous, and refuse the evasion of the law, and thereby shew a conscience more alive and tender ; it is to these men, most
Bishop of St. David's Circular res scrupulous and worthy, the legislature
specting the College for the Educarefuses the benefit which the less con- tion of Young Men intended for sistent may enjoy. I trust, therefore,
Holy Orders in the Diocese of St. the time will soon come when the many
David's. and weighty prejudices which exist on The utility of an appropriate course this subject, will be removed, and that of studies for young men intended for we shall hail the day when, by the gene- holy orders, and the want of an institural agreement of men, those Test and tion which should unite in some consiCorporation Acts shall be regarded with derable degree the advantages of an Unijoy as abolished, and as a dispensation versity education, by combining a prounder which Britons no longer live. gressive method of theology, literature
I cannot conclude without referring to and science, with the regularity of moral that attachment to civil liberty which I discipline, first induced the Bishop of St. own is deeply engraven on my breast. It David's, in the year 1804, to propose the is a source of satisfaction to me, that establishment of a Clerical Seminary at religious liberty is in this country closely Llanddewi Brefi, fur the education of connected with civil freedom; for although future candidates for orders in the dioreligious liberty is a boon so valuable, cese of St. David's, who could not afford that whatever might have been its origin, the expense of an University education. though the giver were some foul tyrant, The great extent of the diocese, the po. it should be gladly welcomed ; yet it is a verty of its benefices, and the ivability of satisfaction to think, that civil and reli- the generality of candidates for the migious liberty here spring up together, as nistry in it to pursue their studies at an the twin children of the Revolution. That University, render such an iustitution peunion those who love either should che. culiarly pecessary for that diocese. Many rish; and at this tiine, when the world objections having been made to Llanis in commotion, when civil and religious ddewi Brefi on account of its remote situ liberty both have suffered—when those ation, the want of a market, and its inwho have power seem uniting to oppress accessibleness for want of turnpike roads, now one and now the other, are now a recent offer of another site, dry, airy threatening the Toleration Act and now and healthy, in the precincts of Lampeter, the Bill of Rights, it becomes those who a small market town, a few miles distant love either of those liberties, to bring from Llanddewi Breñ, has been made by those twin brethren closer, as oft as pos. the Lords of the Manor of Lampeter, sible, and to teach them to seek from with a benefaction of one thousand each other their best support. But 1 pounds. The great superiority of the must express the gratitude I feel for the new site over that of Llanddewi Brefi has
given a new impulse to the undertaking, tion to become the Pastor of the Unitaand has brought an accession of most sian Church, formerly meeting in Great liberal benefactions, which his Majesty has Cross-Hall Street, but now in Sir Tho. been most graciously pleased to augment mas's Buildings, Liverpool : to which he with a munificent donation of one thou will remove in January next. sand pounds. The establishment of St.
B. David's College, though intended chiefly for one Welsh Diocese, may eventually
LEGAL. be useful to the other three; and in proportion as the Welsh clergy are employed Court of King's Bench, Nov. 14. THE in their ministerial duties in England, it KING v. SUSANNAH WRIGHT.-Mr. GUR. may be beneficial to the whole Church. NEY prayed the judgment of the Court, It may also relieve the Universities, by upon the Defendant, convicted of pubretaining at home many young men, who lishing a blasphemous libel upon the Holy might otherwise venture, beyond their Scriptures. (See Mon. Repos. last nummeans, to resort to them. The proof ber, pp. 645–647.) Mrs. Wright prowhich the Universities have given of their ceeded to read a manuscript in defence approbation of the undertaking by their of the matter alleged to be libellous, but very liberal contributions, affords a most was stopped again and again by the Court, encouraging testimony to its utility. and at length committed to Newgate till
T. ST. DAVID's. the 4th day of next term, that she may Abergwilly Palace, August 9, 1822. be better advised, and instructed to offer Amount of subscriptions, £8375 2 0 what was fit for the Court to hear. The
reporter says, that from her manner she Ecclesiastical Preferments.
seemed to exult in the determination of
the Court. Rev. J. BREEKS, Çarisbrooke, V. Isle of Wight, with the Chapels of Newport
The King v. SAMUEL WADDINGTON.and Northwood annexed. Rev. E. R. BUTCHER, Chapel Royal late sittings in Westminster of publishing
The Defendant, who was convicted at the Perpetual Incumbency, Brighton. Rev. S. KENT, of Southampton, elected
a blaspheinons libel, contained in Palmer's Chaplain of Royal Yacht Club.
Principles of Nature, was brought up for Rer. Philip Bliss, D. C. L. and Fel- and on this amougst other grounds, that
judgment. He moved for a new trial, low of St. John's, Oxford, elected one of the Under Librarians of the Bodleiun Li Lord Chief Justice whether it was an in
one of the Jurymen having asked the brary, vice Nicol, now Regius Professor dictable offence for any person to publish of Hebrew, and Canon of Christ Church. The Rev. JOSEPH LAWRIE; of Dumfries, his Lordship answered in the affirmative,
a work denying the divinity of Christ, appointed by the Hon. the East India Company, second Minister of the Presby- found him Guilty. Now he insisted that
upon which direction, he said, the Jury terian Church in Bombay. The Rev. Henry TATTAM, Rector of clearly wrong, because the statute es
in this respect the learned Judge was St. Cuthbert's, Bedford, appointed and tending liberty of conscience to Unitalicensed by the Bishop of London to be rians had expressly declared that to deny Chaplain to the English Church at the Hague.
the godhead of Christ was not an offence The Rev. Lord W. SOMERSET, ap
in the eye of the law.—The SOLICITORpointed to the Prebendal Stall in Bristol
GENERAL said the Defendant had mis. Cathedral, vacant by the resignation of
stated what took place at the trial. Ja the Rev. F. Blomberg.
answer to the question alluded to, put by the Juryman, the Lord Chief Justice did
not say that to deny the divinity of Christ Removals of Ministers. was an indictable offence, but that a pubThe Rev. PendleBURY HOUGHTON has lication, like the present, in which our given notice of his intention to resign the Saviour was called a murderer and an situation of one of the ministers in Pa- impostor, was a blasphemous libel, and radise-Street Chapel, Liverpool, in March indictable as such.-Mr. Justice BAILEY, next.
Mr. Justice HOLROYD and Mr. Justice
Best, severally expressed their opinions The Rev. WILLIAM Stevens resigns at against a new trial, and maintained that Lady-Day next, the pastoral charge of the direction of the Chief-Justice upon the Unitarian Congregation at Newport, the character of the libel was perfectly in the Isle of Wight.
right, because, independently of the sta
cute alluded to, no man of common sense, The Rev. Joseph MARRIOTT, of White to whatever Christian sec the belonged, Church, Salop, has accepted the invita- could doubt that it was libellous to speak
of our Saviour in the terms contained in self. Mr. Gurney addressed the Court this publication.- The DEFENDANT ad. in aggravation, and in forcible terms called dressed the Court in mitigation of punish- their Lordships' attention to the heinous ment, and warned the Judges against character of the libel. The Chief Jusgiving an unjust sentence, as they ten- TICE asked the Defendant, whether if the dered the account they would have to Court were disposed to let him go upon give of their own conduct at the day of his owu recoguizance to come up for judgment. - The Court sentenced the judgment when called upon, he was preDefendant to 12 months' imprisonment pared on oath to give up all the copies of in the Middlesex House of Correction, the libel which were in his possession ? aud at the expiration of that time to give The DEFENDANT said he was prepared to security for his good behaviour for 5 give up the only two copies which were years, himself in 1001, and two surecies in his own possession ; but that all the in 501. each.
remaining copies had been detained by the printer for a debt of 501., which he
owed him, and which were now selling at In the Court of King's Bench, Nov. 19, the machine, of which his Lordship was WILLIAM CLARK, bookseller of the Strand, no doubt aware, for the benefit of the was brought up for judgment, having printer, and not for his benefit. Mr. been convicted, at the sittings after the GURNEY said this was an additional last term at Westminster, of publishing an aggravation of the printer's offence, as he Atheistical libel, entitled Queen Mab, by stated on the face of the work that he Percy Bysshe Shelley. The Jury had was himself the printer. The CHIEF recommended the defendant to mercy on JUSTICE. Will you give up the name of the ground of the destitution to which he the printer? The DEFENDANT replied, had been reduced. The defendant now that though he and the printer were at put in an affidavit, stating, amongst other variance, still, under the agreement into things, that he published the work as a which they had originally entered, he literary or poetical curiosity; that he had could not fairly give him up to prosecuno object or wish in selling the work, tion. He would rather suffer any punishbeyond the gain he might probably make ment himself than be guilty of such a by the publication, and that, shortly be- breach of faith. The Chief Justice fore the commencement of this prosecu. observed, that the object of the Court tion, he priuted and afterwards published would be to secure the copies of the work a pamphlet which contained an answer to which were unsold. The DeFENDANT the doctrines in Queen Mab; that on his was then permitted to retire upon an receiving notice of its prosecution by the understanding that he should come up “ Society for the Suppression of Vice," again this day se'nnight, and in the inhe offered to Mr. Pritchard, the agent of terim have such communication with the the Society, to give up the whole im. Solicitor of the prosecution as might pression; that he wrote afterwards to lead to the object which the Court was Mr. Wilberforce, one of the members of desirous of effecting_namely, the entire the Society, making the same offer, and suppression of the work. entreating his merciful consideration of the case, but received from Mr. Wilber- Nov. 25. W. CLARK was this day force only the verbal answer, that depo- again brought up for sentence. He put nent was not a person to be treated with, in an affidavit purporting that only 25 and must go to trial; and that he had a copies of Queen Mab remained unsold in wife and two small children entirely de- the hands of the printer; and that these pendent upon bim for support ; and that were now brought into Court; that beby the prosecution he had been reduced fore 50 copies of the work had been sold, from a state of considerable mercantile the Defendant repeatedly offered to Mr. credit to insolvency, and compelled to Pritchard, attorney for the prosecution, undergo the disgrace of taking the benefit all the remainder of the impression, and of the Insolvent Debtors' Act. This that he verily believed the copies now being read, the Defendant, “ a young produced in Court were all that remained man of gentlemanly address and consi- undisposed of, because in his experience derable cultivation," entreated as he was as a bookseller, he always found that the completely destitute, that the Court circumstance of a book's being the subje would rather increase his term of im- of prosecution produced a very rapid sale prisonment than call upon him to find of such a book. - Mr. Gurney urged the sureties for his future good behaviour, as sale of the copies and the refusal to give he should not be able to procure them. up the printer's name (which the DefenHe did not care if it was solitary confine. dant persisted that in honour he could ment, as he had some literary works on not give up) in aggravation of punishhand, to which he wislied to apply him. ment.-On the 25 copies being given up to the Society for the Suppression of maturè years, classical education, and Vice, the Court proceeded to sentence knowledge of the world. The policy the Defendant to four mouths' imprison. which had been imputed to the church ment, at the same time praising the ge- had no existence, Was it true that a neral conduct of the Defendant during clergyman was married to his first living, the prosecution,
and might never afterwards have intercourse with other parishes ? If so, there
could be no preferment-no dean could In the Court of King's Bench, West- erer be made a bishop, and translations minster, June 1, Lord SONDES brought could exist no longer. The offer was an actiou againsi — FLETCHER, Clerk, to again repeated, that if Mr. Fletcher would recover damages ou a bond for 12,0001. resign, the bond sbould be cancelled. The The defendant had been travelling tutor Lord Chief Justice charged the jury, that to Lord Sondes, who, in 1814, presented at present they were not called on to give him with the living of Kettering, in North- any opinion as to the legality of the boud. amptonshire ; taking from him the bond They were not compelled to give the whole above described, to enforce his resigna- penalty, but might make such deductions tion of it as soon as either of his lord- as they thought fit. In his opinion, the ship's younger brothers should be quali- way to estimate the value of the living fied to hold it. This condition, which the was in reference to the life of Mr. Wat bond was to provide for, was brought son, and not of Mr. Fletcher. They had about in 1820, when Mr. Fletcher was no power to compel Mr. Fletcher to rerequired to resign in favour of the Hon. sign; but they must give compensation W. Watson, one of the plaintiff's bro in money to Lord Sondes, not because thers. He refused, however, and con. money was strictly a compensation, but tended that the bond was void on the because, as in some other cases, it was ground of simony. The action was ac. the only one which they could render. cordingly for the amount of damages con- The jury, after inquiring whether Mr. ditioned in the bond. For the defendant Fletcher could not be obliged to resign, it was alleged, that he had quitted a va- and receiving an answer in the negative, luable curacy to accompany Lord Sondes assessed the damages at 10,0001. in his continental tour, on the under- The defendant afterwards moved for å standing that he should be presented to new trial, but this was refused. the first living that came into the gift of his noble pupil,
that when he was presented to the living of Kettering, subject
A MEETING took place at Edinburgh a to the hard condition of the bond, it was short time ago to take into consideration understood that he should hold it until the state of the Greeks, when Dr. M‘CRIE, Lord Sondes could give him some other the biographer of John Kuos, moved a preferment which he might absolutely series of Resolutions, of which the fol. enjoyo-which engagement had never been lowing are two: “That the dame and performed. That iu point of law, the history of the Greeks are associated with bond in question was void as against recolections of the most sacred natttre, ecclesiastical policy, which directed that and excite in the breast of the scholar, the union between a clergyman and his the patriot and the Christian, a deep and parishioners should not be broken at the lively interest in the fate of that once caprices of individuals, but should be illustrious, but long oppressed and desevered only by death.-That, at all graded people."" That a subscription events, so many deductions were in be immediately opened for the relief of equity to be made from the sum stated those Sciots who survive the massacre, in the bond, as would make the damages and such other Greeks as may be placed merely nominal. Witnesses proved the io similar circumstances." A considera net value of the living to be 7461. per an- ble sum is said to have been immediately num. Mr. Morgan, of the Equitable subscribed. A meeting for the same Insurance Office, stated that the living purpose was called at Glasgow, but pu was worth to the defendant, at his time off for a time lest any political discussions of life, ten years' purchase, but to the should manifest an appearance of party Hon. W. Watson, a young map of 24, it during the King's visit. was worth 24 years' purchase, which would give 10,4401. The counsel for the plaintiff (Scarlett), denied the promise of
Sunday Tolls. another living. He would have the jury The General Turnpike Act, which 10 judge which party was likely to make takes effect on the 1st of January nest, an imprudent bargain, and to suffer by provides for the exemption of Dissenters the cuvning of the otherma young noble- from Sunday Tolls in going to and from man just entering life, or a clergyman of their usual places of worship. But the