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annually a portion of their incomes to the Governors of Queen Anne's bounty, to be applied to the augmentation of such bishoprics; or either of these modes might be adopted, according to the particular circumstances of each case.
The total amount, as above stated, cannot be, however, considered as the future income, for the reasons alleged in the third column, which shows a diminution of nearly 9,0001. per annum; and a further diminution is also to be expected from the application, either in whole or in part, of impropriations, which form a considerable portion of the incomes of many bishoprics, and which in most instances they were compelled to accept, in exchange for manors and estates, for the improvement of populous and poorly endowed vicarages and curacies connected with them.
The total income of the bishoprics in England and Wales will thus no longer be sufficient to afford an adequate income to each Bishop, merely by a different arrangement; and the most obvious mode of supplying the deficiency will be permanently to annex to some of the poorer bishoprics certain Cathedral Preferment, particularly in the Chapters of St. Paul's and Westminster, on account of their position in the metropolis.
In considering the incomes of the Archbishops and Bishops, it is proper to
PATRONAGE. If your Majesty shall be pleased to concur in the suggestion for erecting two new sees, it will, in our opinion, be expedient for the interests of the Church that the Bishops of those sees shall possess a certain portion of patronage, in order that they may be enabled to reward deserving clergymen within their dioceses. For this purpose it will be necessary to transfer some advowsons to the Bishops of the new sees.
We do not propose that, when a district is transferred from one diocese to another, the whole of the patronage within such district should likewise pass, but in many instances partial transfer will be desirable. We, therefore, humbly submit to your Majesty the expediency of providing for all these cases, in any legislative measure which may be founded upon this report.
We respectfully beg it to be understood, that in all the proposals which we have submitted to your Majesty,we assume that regard will be had to vested interests; and that none of the proposed changes shall take place with respect to Bishops, or Incumbents, now in possession, without their consent.
rily incurred in journeys for the purposes of confirmation, consecration, and other official duties; in maintaining ancient and extensive houses of residence; in keeping hospitality; and in contributing to all objects connected with religion and charity, in a manner suitable to their station, but to a burden which presses heavily on newly-promoted Bishops, who are seldom men of wealth. The un. avoidable expenses attending their appointment are so considerable, that they may be calculated at the income of one whole year in most of the sees, and at much more than a year's income in the smaller ones.
Upon the whole, we are of opinion that where the annual income of a Bishop amounts to 4,5001., it is not necessary to make any addition; nor would we recommend any dininution, unless it exceed 5,5001. But we think that the two Archbishopricks, and the Bishopricks of London, Durham, and Winchester, ought to have a larger provision than the rest. These arrangements, if carried into effect, will tend to promote the desirable object of diminishing the frequency of translation.
The subject alluded to at the commencement of our report, as one to which we had given our attention out of its regular course, is that of a vacancy in one of the prebendal stalls in the collegiate church of Westminster; respecting which we, at our first meeting, received the following letter from the Chancellor of your Majesty's Exchequer :
“Whitehall, Feb. 4. "My Lords and Gentlemen,- I feel it to be my duty to inform you, that a vacancy having taken place in a prebendal stall at Westminster, I have advised his Majesty to suspend any appointment to that stall until the circumstances connected with it can undergo the inquiry and consideration of the Commission of which you are members; and I have it in command from his Majesty to inform you, that he shall be prepared, so far as the Royal prerogative is concerned, to make any arrangement with respect to this preferment which shall appear to the Commission best calculated to effect the important object for which the Commission was appointed, and in the successful prosecution of which his Majesty takes the deepest interest. - I have the honour,
“ Robert Peel." Impressed with this strong mark of the desire which your Majesty entertains to
forward the objects of this Commission, portant subjects to which your Majesty we proceeded without delay to consider has been pleased to direct our attention ; of the best method of giving effect to and shall forthwith take into our consiyour Majesty's gracious intentions. deration the present state of the cathe
We ascertained upon inquiry, that the dral and collegiate churches in England parish of St. Margaret, Westminster, and Wales, with the view of submitting which adjoins the collegiate church, has to your Majesty some measures by which no individual Rector or Vicar, but that those foundations may be made more the Dean and Chapter, who are the Rec- conducive than they now are to the effitors, are bound to provide for the cure of ciency of the Established Church. souls, which they generally do by com- We cannot conclude this report without mitting it to one of their own body. We gratefully acknowledging the additional further found that the parish contained, proof of your Majesty's anxiety to proaccording to the last census, a population mote the important objects of this Comof 25,334; and that, besides the parochial mission, which has been afforded in the church (of which a portion is devoted to communication of your Majesty's intenthe use of the House of Commons), it has no tion to defer any nomination to the regular place of worship according to the prebendal stall in the cathedral of Canrites of the Church of England. But terbury, which has recently become there is a chapel, called Broadway Cha- vacant, until thecircumstances connected pel, capable of accommodating about with it shall have undergone our consi1000 persons, which belongs to the Dean deration. and Chapter, and is by them leased, at a We have the satisfaction of informing nominal rent, to a Clergyman, who per- your Majesty, that the Lord Chancellor forms the duty and receives the pew and the Archbishops and Bishops, who rents, but has no parochial charge. It are members of this Commission, have appeared to us, therefore, that the vacant signified to us their intention of purstall could not be better applied than by suing, with regard to ecclesiastical premaking it subservient to the spiritual ferments in their respective patronage wants of this very populous and increas- not connected with the cure of souls, ing parish.
the same course which your Majesty has With this view we propose that the been graciously pleased to adopt with church of St. Margaret shall be perma- regard to the patronage of the Crown. nently annexed to the vacant stall in the The appointment to a prebendal stall collegiate church : and that a portion of which has recently become vacant at York, the annual profits of the stall shall be has accordingly been reserved by the suffered to accumulate, until a new church Archbishop of York until the Commisshall be built ; when the parish shall be sioners shall have had an opportunity of divided, and the incumbent of the new reporting their opinion as to the best parish shall receive that annual portion; arrangement that can be made with the accumulation being applied towards respect to it. providing a parsonage-house for such Your Majesty's gracious communicaincumbent.
tion, acquainting us that, in the event of We deemed it right to communicate the avoidance of bishoprics or other to the Dean and Chapter our proposals preferments in the gift of the Crown, on this head; and we have great satis- the holders of which may have in their faction in stating to your Majesty their patronage dignities or offices not conprompt acquiescence, and their readiness nected with the care of souls, your Mato give up to your Majesty the patronage jesty will make such conditional appointof St. Margaret's Church. They at the ments as shall reserve all such dignities same time voluntarily offered to surren- or offices for the consideration of the der, as far as the law would allow them, Commissioners, will enable us to proceed their property in Broadway Chapel, with in our inquiries with that caution and the view of its becoming a chapel of ease circumspection which it is so desirable to the rectory of St. Margaret, with a to observe; and will, at the same time, certain district assigned to it. Should preclude the possibility of any inconvethis arrangement take effect, it may be nience from the delay, which is insepaconsidered proper that a small portion rable from full and minute inquiry into of the income of the stall should be ap- matters so important and so various in propriated to the Minister of Broadway respect to their local peculiarities. Chapel.
We are proceeding with all diligence Note.—The tables in the Appendix in our inquiry respecting the other im- have been framed from the returns made
Nos. 3 and 4 are Maps of England and Wales, showing the respective Boundaries
of the Present and of the Proposed Dioceses.
Another niost important and inte resting measure has been introduced by Sir Robert Peel, for the Commutalion of Tithes in England and Wales. The Right Honourable Baronet declared that the first principle of the plan he should propose was, that great
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encouragement should be held out to parishes to inake voluntury composition with the proprietors of tithes, introducing a new principle of commutation." We sincerely congratulate the friends of the Church upon this circumstance, convinced, as we are,
that the adoption of this plan will Austria.—The Emperor of Austria place the Clergy of the Establishment is dead; but we are happy to say that in a most favourable point of view, the prophets of evil, who have been and convict the foul-mouthed slan- foretelling so much mischief from their derers, who talk of Clerical oppression fictitious character of bis successor, and avarice, of base and deliberate are all dumbfoundered. The new emfalsehood.
peror continues Prince Metter ch as We should be doing injustice to a bis chief counsellor, and the Connobleman of the most distinguished servative cause in Germany is looking and honourable character, were we up. not to record in our pages the high- SPAIN.—The King's forces under spirited and most noble conduct of the Zumalacarreguy and Ituralde are said Marquis Londonderry. This eininent to amount to 40,000 men; balf this diplomatist and gallant officer, was number, however, would be sufficient selected by his Majesty for the ho- to annihilate the rebels under Mina, nourable and important post of Am- and we confidently anticipate that by bassador to the Court of Russia, which Midsuinmer-day, Don Carlos will have gave great umbrage to Colonel Evans, been proclaimed in the Prado at and the officers of the Lumber Troop, Madrid, and the two queens be en who thought themselves invidiously roule for – wherever they please. overlooked. Mr. Hume, the capital Russia.—Considerable excitement goose, as he facetiously (funny fellow!) has been felt as to the amicable reladesiguated himself, immediately cackled tions between this mighty empire and to arms, and the Greek troops, and Great Britain, and the City quidnuncs lighl (fingered) infantry, obeyed the construed the change of station of a summons. The result was a most dis- part of our fleet in the Mediterranean gusting outpouring of verbal filth, into a hostile demonstration; and which brother Jonathan calls slang- some sumph put a foolish question, in whanging, from the representatives of the House of Commons, on this head, Cow-cross and Petticoat-lane; who but he received what the Backwoodsadvocate the cause of rebellion and men term a settler, from the War anarchy in Poland and elsewhere. Secretary, who informed the note of The high-minded Marquis, thinking interrogation (the little crooked thing that the Government might be embar- that asks questions,) that the only war rassed by this combination, and feel- he anticipated, was a war of words in ing that his exertions would be cramped that house, and from that party of by the prejudices thus unwarrantably which the little man was the mouthexcited against bim, at once tendered piece. The truth is, the prosperity of his resignation, and by this act has en- the monarchical governments natutailed another debt of gratitude upon rally distresses the Radicals; and his country, which the page of history Russia is too much respected abroad, will record, and which we hope to see and too contented at home, to please promptly rewarded by a ducal coronet. the Destructive faction. FRANCE.- Ministerial changes con- AMERICA,—The Yankees threaten
in fact, it would appear impos- Johnny Crupeau, and we hear of prisible to constitute a ministry capable of vateers, and a fleet. We have not yet maintaining their places for a month,
UNIVERSITY, ECCLESIASTICAL, AND PAROCHIAL
TRIBUTES OF RESPECT. Rev. MR. WILLIAMS.-A handsome silk gown and cassock, a silver pocket service for administering the sacrament to the sick, and a 4to edition of Bishop Mant's Bible and Prayer Book, were lately presented by the parishioners of St. Lawrence, Reading, to the Rev. Mr. Williams, " on retiring from the curacy of that parish, January 11, 1835, as a testimonial of their esteem, and in remembrance of his truly christian discharge of the various duties of his important office."
Rev. Just HENRY ALT.-Two rich and massive silver salvers were presented, in January last, to the Rev. Just Henry Alt, on his retirement from the Curacy of St. Giles', Cripplegate, London, to his promotion to the Vicarage of Enford, Wilts, as a token of grateful and affectionate remembrance of bis late parishioners, for his uniformly zealous and efficient discharge of his sacred duties.
BRIDGNORTH.—The Rev. H. Dalton has resigned his living at Bridgnorth, that he may be at liberty to promulgate the doctrines of the late Rev. E. Irving !
CLERICAL LORDS.-In addition to the late Earl of Scarborough, and the late Earl Nelson, there are the Rev Andrew Windsor, Earl of Plymouth; the Rev. Francis North, Earl of Guildford ; the Rev. W. H. Ward, Baron Ward ; the Rev. Thomas de Grey, Baron Walsingham; and, the Rev. H. W. Powlett, Baron Bayning.
ORDINATION.—The Bishop of Lincoln's next ordination will be held at Buckden, on Trinity Sunday, the 14th of June. Candidates are requested to send their papers to his Lordship before the 3d of May.
Degree. College. University. By Bishop of Barber, William
B.A. Corpus Christi Camb. Lincoln Barnes, Henry M. B.
Oxf. Exeter Barnes, Richard Nelson
B.A. Pembroke Camb. Exeter Bleamish,
Sodor & Man Burrough, James W.
B.A. Queen's Oxf. Exeter Cain,
Sodor & Man Clarke, Theophilus (let. dim.)
Queen's Oxf. Exeter Eales, W. T. H.
B.A. Trinity Cainb. Exeter Green, Henry
B.A. Magdalen Camb. Lincoln Hamilton, Joseph .
B.A. Pembroke Oxf. Lincoln Hammond, James
Queen's Camb. Lincoln Hugall, William Henry (let. dim.) . S.C.L. St. Mary's Hall Oxf. Lincoln Hurst, William
Camb. Lincoln Hyndman,
Sodor & Man Jollands, John.
Emmanuel Camb. Lincoln Jowett, Edward (let. dim.)
Camb. Lincoln Marsden, William D.
B.A. Catharine Camb. Lincola Marsland, George
Oxf. Lincoln Melhuish, Thomas William
S.C.L. St. Peter's Camb. Exeter Moore, Edward
St. John's Camb. Lincoln Morshead, John P. A.
Oxf. Exeter Parkinson, Arthur M. (let. dim.) B.A. Jesus
Camb. Lincoln Rendall, Edward
B.A. St. John's Camb. Exeter
Oxf. Exeter Scott, Thomas Arthur (let. dim.) B.A. Clare
Oxf. Lincoln Vachel,
Sojor & Man Ward, William S..
B.A. Corpus Christi Camb. Lincoln
Christ Church Oxf. Brooke,
Sodor & Man
Emmanuel Camb. Exeter
B.A. Lincoln Dupré, Michael Thomas
B.A. Gregory, Lewis
Trinity Camb. Exeter Heathcote, George
B.A. St. John's Camb. Lincoln
B.A. Trinity Camb. Hodgson, Beilby Porteus
B.A. Kempe, John Edward
Clare Hall Camb. Exeter