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were represented to me by this or that them entire. In my own case, I person, or to put my Parishioners found the Registers very defective. and myself to trouble and expence, I was told, it was no wonder, as they to ascertain facts, which a written had been shamefully injured, more document handed down from my than half a century back, by the Predecessors would have explained children of a negligent curate.much more satisfactorily.-- 1 am Now, it would have been much more persuaded, that, in many instances, satisfactory to me, to have found in tithes and other property have been the chest a written and attested alienated from the Clergy, owing to statement of the precise deficiencies the want of such a record. The and hiatus in the books, than being fact is, that, when a Clergyman has told in general terms that they had for many years resided on his Living, 'long been very imperfect.-And, had he becomes so familiar with all the such statement been made formerly, circumstances of it, that he cannot and required to be consirmed by judge fairly of the difficulty, which each succeeding Incumbent, in all his Successor may find in ascertain- probability the books in question ing them ;-and thus the persons would never have been so injured. best qualified to furnish and com- If I shall not be thought to be plete the documents in question, are taking too wide a range, I would often the most indifferent about it. further suggest, that some account

But, if it be the acknowledged of our respective Churches might duty of the Clergy to consider them- well find a place in the statement of selves as holding their benefices in the particulars of our Livings.-trust for their Successors, and as This, indeed, may be deemed matter therefore bound to take all possible of curiosity only;--but we must all pains to hand them down to those be aware, how much more complete Successors with all their just rights our knowledge of the Architectural and appurtenances uninpaired;- Antiquities of the Country, and of and if the present race of Incum- the history of many ancient families, bents (the younger oves, at least) would be, had such brief record of are sensible that this end would in the ancient state of our Churches, many cases be secured much more and the monuments and brasses easily and effectually, had each of contained in them, been kept by the them received, on his preferment to Clergymen. his Living, a written account of the Perhaps it is not too much to say, circumstances of that Living, and that it might also have been the of the things then consigned to his means of preserving many of them care;--why should not we at once entire; as it might, even now, be a put it out of the power of our im- guide to the restoration of decayed mediate Successors to complain of parts of the edifices to their original such an omission?

form. I cannot specify all the particu- I will only add, that such a com. lars, which should be stated.-They plete Terrier, or book, as I have must of course vary with the cir. here recommended by making the cumstances of the Living ; but, as good deeds or the neglect of Incumit occurs to me, I will just mention, bents, with respects to the things that, among other things, every In- under their charge, matter of record, cumbent should, I think, take care would afford us all a salutary stimu. to leave a written list (attested by lus to imitate the one, and avoid the his signature, and that perhaps of other. the Churchwarden also) of the Re

I am, Sir, gisters and documents connected your faithful Servant, with them, belonging to his Parish,

A COUNTRY RECTOR. This would be a means of preserving August 10th, 1824.


To the Editor of the Christian kind are some of our finest mony. Remembrancer.

ments of antiquity,) burials still

continue, not only close to the SIR,

walls, but in vaults and graves withHAVING, during the last few years, in the church; à practice by which had an opportunity of examining the many buildings have been very sericondition of a very considerable ously injured. number of the ecclesiastical edifices I believe the Archdeacon, at a of England, it has been to me a visitation, has power to inquire into great satisfaction to find so many of this subject; but from the extent these buildings, even in villages, of and frequency of the circumstance, great value as architectural speci- it may be said rather to be over

It has also been pleasant to looked, than neglected. observe the increasing attention with

It is proper to state, that indiregard to repairs and cleanliness; vidual churches occur, in which there is, lowever, one point of much great care is taken, by sinking an importance, which is so generally open drain below the level of the left without consideration, (perhaps church floor, to preserve the walls from its frequent occurrence,) that from this source of premature decay. it appears to me to require some I recollect several churches where it notice :-this is, the great and in- has been done to the depth of three creasing accumulation of earth above

or four feet, and in some cases more. the floor of the church, in many

I remain, very respectfully, &c. instances, to the height of several feet, and very seldom, (but from the

A TRAVELLER. peculiar situation on the side of a hill, or some such cause,) does it occur, that there is a step up into the churcb; whilst for one of this

To the Editor of the Christian description, at least ten may be

Remembrancer. found, descending one, two, or three steps.

Of the certain effect of this accu- I beg leave to suggest the followmulation of earth, it is needless to ing inquiry :-In the case of an speak, as it must be obvious; but insolvent incumbent deceased-is as its operation, though slow, is his successor in the living entitled sure, it deserves considerable atten- to precedence in his claims on the tiou ; particularly from there being estate of the deceased for dilapidaa very considerable number of tions—or is he only on a par with any churches, on which this cause con- other claimants? It is of great imtinuing to act a few years longer, portance to the clergy to ascertain will render it necessary to rebuild this point, and I shall therefore be them ; whereas, could the earth be obliged by your proposing the ques- . removed to a level below that of the tion in your next Number. It may floor of the church, they might, perhaps meet the eye of some clereven for centuries, remain in good gyman who has had to encounter a condition.

difficulty such as that to which I In modern churches, and in such bave called your attention, and who as have been rebuilt within one may be able therefore to instruct hundred, or one hundred and twenty others by his experience. years, care has generally been taken

I am Sir, to raise the floor, and in some places, Your humble servant, burials near the walls are prevented.

A New INCUMBENT, In many populous parishes, with contined cemeteries, and of this August 18, 1824.




that inefficient body which the eneSOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE

mies of all establishments have taken so malignant a pleasure in

representing it to be, but that it is The annexed Tables will shew that doing a great deal in proportion to the Society for the Propagation of its means, and that those means have the Gospel in Foreign Parts is not latterly increased :

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300 Greenspond, Placentia,

Harbours near St.

John's. Carboneer. 500 Margaret's Bay, Pic

tou, New Dublin, Cape Breton, Granville, Clements, Truro. Visiting Mission

ary. 400 St. David's, St. Peter's,

Shediac. Visiting

Missionary. 200 Visiting Missionary. 500 Hawkesbury, March,

Bastard, Waterloo, Nepanese Mills, Carrying Place, Cramach, Douro, Whitby, Markham, Newmarket, Toronto, St. Catharine's, Woodhouse, St. Thomas's, Dunwich, London,

Chatham, Colchester. 300 Gaspé, Quebec, neigh

bourhood, Shipton, Ascot, Stanstead, Shefford, Yamastua, St. Armand, Odell, Farm, Montreal neighbourhood, Hull.

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schulen be saved, as crist seith in the gospel; moch more thei schulen be in hige degree of blisse that gaven charitabli the greet almesse of goddis word, declaring it rigtli to cristen puple. Cristen men owen moch to traveil nygt and day aboute textis of holi writ, and nameli the gospel in her modir tunge: sith ihus crist verri god and verri man taugte the gospel with his owne blessid mouth, and kepte it in his lif; and for kepynge, and halowynge, and confermynge thereof, sebedynge his precious blood; and gaf it writun by hise gospeleris to his chirch in erthe, that eche man rule his liif there bi : for if he kepe this gospel he schal be saved, and els in no manir, and thoug he could nevir otbir lawe made of synful man, he may come sufficientli and esili to hevene. alas! who mai for drede of god let lewid men to knowe and kepe the gospel, and comounli speke thirof in mekenes and charite to distir synnes, and plaunte virtues in cristen soulis. but coveitous clerkis of the worlde replien and seien, that lewid men moun soone erre, aud therefor thei schulen not dispute of cristen feith. alas! alas! what cruelte is this to reve al bodili mete fro arewme for a fewe foolis moun be glotouns; and do harm to hemsilf and to other men bi this mete take mesurabli; as ligtli, mai aproude worldli man prist erre agens the gospel writun in latyn, as a symple lewid man agens the gospel writun in englische. Symple men owen not dispute abowte holi writ, whether it is sooth or profitable to mannes soule : but thei owen stidfastli to beleven that it is verri soth and profitable to alle cristen men; for with outen kunnynge and kepynge thirof, no man may be dely, verid fro paynes of helle. thirfor lewid men schulden lerne it of god principali, and by good lyvynge of hemsilf, and bisie traveil, and in axynge trewe clerkis bothe in lyvynge and in kupnynge the verri expocisioun therof wher it is derk. for as seint austin seith, the same truthe is seid opunli in holi writ which truthe is set in derk figuris, profecies, and parablis. what resoun is this if a child faile in his lessoun at the first day, to suffre nevir child to come at letteure for this defaute : who schulde be a clerk by this processe. Eviry cristen man takith the state auctorite and boond of god, ye in his cristiodon, to be a disciple of holi writ, and a real techer thirof uppeyne of dampnacioun in all his liif and upwynynge of the blisse of hevene. what anticrist dar thanne for schame of cristen men to let lewid men to lerne her holi lessoun so harde comaundide of god. Eche man is bounden to do so that he be saved, but eche man that schal be saved is a real pred made of god; as holi writ, and holi doctouris witnessen pleynli. ihan eche lewid man that schil be saved is a real prist made of god, and ech man is bouuden to be such verri prist. but worldli clerkis crien that holi writ in englisch tunge, wole make cristen nien at debate, and sugettis to rebel agens ber so vereyns; and thirfor it scbal not be suffrid among lewde men. alas! how mai thei sclaundre god, auctour of pees and his holi lawe, fulli techynge mekenesse, and paciens, and charite: or ellis thei moten seie that worldli pristis representynge the state of cristis viker be in dispeir for her symonie, and othir robberris of cristen men, bothe in temporal goodis, and in spiritual. thus the fals jewis, nameli, hig pristis, scribes, and farisies, crienden on crist, that he made discencioun in the puple, ihus crist that diedist to conferme thi lawe, and for raunsum of cristen soulis stoppe thes blasfemyes of anticrist, and worldli clerkis, and make thin holi gospel knowen and kepte in thi simple brithiren, and encrese hem in feith, hope, and charite, and meknes, and paciens, to suffre deeth joifuli for thee and for thy lawe amen, ihus for thi mirci.

ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSION. lated from the High Dutch, and dedicated ARIES.

to the Society for the Propagation of the It is somewhat unfortunate for the Gospel in Foreign Parts, London, 1718. Roman Catholics, that their vaunted Another Missionary, J. E. Grundcharacter of invariableness has ex- ler, writes thustended, no less to the follies, than to

“ In the year 1709, and particularly tothe excellencies of their communion. wards the latter end thereof, every thing One of their own number, the Abbé was very dear in this country. The scarDubois, has lately shewn cause why city was so great, that abundance of Mathey should not succeed in their at. labarians died for want of necessaries, and attempts to evangelize India. He others were forced to sell theniselves for reports an entire failure on their part, Charch here, being very large and popu

slaves in that extremity. The Portuguese and would accordingly deter others Jous, took hold of this opportunity, and from the labour of the undertaking. bought up a great many of this poor people We, however, are by no means sur- for slaves, one being sold from twenty to prized at the disappointment and dis- forty fano, or from eight to sixteen shillings satisfaction which he expresses. We English. After they had purchased the remember that the Church of Rome

number of fourscore heads, the Pater Vi. is “always the same.” She has tried nistering the Baptismal act to all those

carius appointed a solemn day for admi. the same measures before, and has

souls at once. At the set day, they went experienced the same failure. The in one body or procession, being accompadisciples of Loyola may succeed, nied by sonie who beat the Malabar drums, indeed, in making converts to their and others who played on the fute; these polity throughout a barbarous na- being the usual instruments the heathens tion—wituess their astonishing suc

make use of, both at their idolatrous wor: cess in Paraguay :—but this is a very public processions, when they carry their

ship in the common pagods, and in their different thing from making converts idols about, as they use to do upon some to the truth. A Protestant Mission- days set apart for that purpose. There ary, who had opportunities of ob- were likew

some standards attending the serving the method employed by the procession, to give the greater lustre to so Papists in converting the heathens solemn an act and formality.

“ The whole pageantry being thus mus. upwards of a century ago, thus re

tered up, the sacrament of Baptism was cords his experience :

ministered to those ignorant wretches, “The Roman Catholic Missionaries have without so much as asking them one ques. made a wonderful progress, and continue tion about the substance of these transac. to over-run the eastern countries. But tions. Being sprinkled one after another, since their chief design is to make prose- they were led back in the same pompous lytes to a party oply, the souls that fall manner; the aforesaid Father ordering under their management are left in the ut- abundance of cass (a very small coin, eighty most ignorance, without receiving so much whereof make one fano) to be thrown as a real tincture of inward piety, or of a among the people as they went hoine. And saving conversion to God. At this rate, these sorry performances, whereby they they go astray like lost sheep, and remain make daily additions to the Church of altogether strangers to the grand mysteries Rone, are extolled by them as extraordiof salvation. Nor do their priests take cary acts of devotion, and their Church set the least pains to train them up to a com- out as the most flourishing of all others. petent knowledge of divine things, but sup- “ How their Missionaries carry on this pose they have snfficiently answered the work in other parts of the East, I cannot character of a Missionary, when the hea- yet tell; but if they don't manage it with thens have learnt to perform the external greater wisdom and application than what and customary formalities of the Church of we see here, all the accessions they gain to Rome. And after this manner they convert support their party will prove at last but numbers of Pagans in a little time, and sorry ornaments to a Church that pretends. with less pains and labour."-Extract to so many prerogatives beyond all others. from a letter by Bartholomew Ziegenbalgh, At least we may learn by this instance dated Madras, Jan. 17, 1710, published what to think of the high boasts, wherewith in a collection of letters, entitledPropa- some Popish Missionaries have filled their gution of the Gospel in the East;" trans- books, and told the world that they have

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