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per cent. upon the members' prices,” terly, and returns such books as be to compensate the Committee for“ dif

cannot dispose of. A considerable ferences, expenses of carriage, shop,” aggregate of local subscriptions, in &c. &c. The public, or non-subscri- small sums of 58. and 2s. 6d., is obbers, are charged 10 per cent, upon tained by each corresponding secrethe "cost prices" of the Society, for the tary, in his own neighbourhood, among

So that there are three the yeomanry: thus adding to the prices for every book, which are marked friends and supporters, as well as to in pencil on the blank leaf of every the funds of the Society. Notices, bound book before it is placed on the printed on large sheets, in black and shelf; and the purchaser has only to red letters, and pasted into frames, be asked whether he be a double, sin- containing a list of Bibles, Testaments, gle, or non-subscriber, in order to de- Prayer books, &c. &c. and their retermine the price to be demanded of duced prices, are hung up in the porch, him. For example: the Bible, non- or other conspicuous place of each pareil, h. is marked 2s. 64d.- 25. 10d. church in the district, for the infor-4s. 6d., being the price to double, mation of the public. single, and non-subscribers, respec- A confidential and intelligent agent, tively. Every book of the Society -the master of the Blue Coat School can thus, at all times, be obtained, by (National,) is dispatched at least once any person, with the same facility as a year throughout the district, visiting is afforded by any other regular shop: every corresponding, secretary, and The accounts

are regularly settled most of the clergy within it. He reevery week with the treasurer, and are ceives payment for bills, and subscripkept in a very clear and simple man- tions to the Parent and District ner, in a day book, cash ledger, and Societies, as well as for other Church book ledger, in which last is entered Societies; takes orders for books; every book* received and issued, and gives information and advice as to the with which, and the invoices, “the formation and conduct of National stock,” when “taken,” is compared. and Sunday Schools; forwards the The treasurer accounts with the Parent District School Returns, and performs Society for the “ differences" between such other duties as tend to promote the “cost prices," and the “members' the general welfare of the Church and prices," of all books sold to the “pub- her Societies. The expenses of his lic," and to “single subscribers." journey are very trifling. The Whit

Connected with the Committee and suntide holidays afford him leisure for Depository at Bath are seven corre- the excursion. sponding secretaries, placed in the cen- In order to keep up the public intetre of so many circles, into which the rest in the Society, as well in the city district is subdivided. Each corre- of Bath, as in the more remote parishes sponding secretary (a clergyman) takes of the districts, Annual meetings are charge of a small depôt, and opens an

held. Those in Bath are always ataccount with the depository upon the tended by the Lord Bishop. The principle of “sale or return. He is children of the National Schools of supplied with such books as he finds the city and suburban parishes, most in request in his own and the amounting to 2,200, attend divine surrounding parishes of bis sub-divi- service, with the committees of the sion. A weekly communication is two Societies; adding a considerable kept up between him and the deposi- effect to the occasion. tory, by means of some local carrier, The other meetings are held during or market person ; and through this the summer, at some of the larger vilmedium, notices of meetings, &c. and lages in the long-extended district, the communications to the clergy, are bishop, for the most part, presiding cheaply, quickly, and quietly made. also at them. The effects of these The corresponding secretary settles country mectings are very conspicuous, his accounts with the treasurer quar- the good will and kindly feeling to

• Small books, under 3d. each, when sold, are entered collectively as “Tracts."

wards the Church and her interests very existence of the Society is unbeing, on such occasions, unequivo- known in many of the remote parisbes cally displayed.

of every district, while in several of The Bath and Bedminster District the more considerable towns little Committee forms one of the " Bath more, if so much, is heard of it than and Wells Diocesan Association" of the name. Depositories,* in this case, District Committees of the Society, and Corresponding Secretaries in the within the Diocese of Bath and Wells. other, are the obvious remedies : The Diocesan Association holds its while the energy, promptitude, and annual meetings at Wells, the District regularity, of District Committees Secretaries assembling for conference would be greatly multiplied by the at the Palace the previous day. The formation of Diocesan Associations Diocesan Meeting takes place after patronized and attended by the divine service, and a sermon before Bishops, the principal Clergy, and the Lord Bishop and the Association, gentry of each diocese. To complete at the Cathedral Church, the Mayor the structure of the Society, some and Corporation usually being present. Provincial Officers are needed to suThe condensed reports of the District perintend its rural interests. It is not Committees forming the association, reasonable to expect that the business, are then read, and the various resolu- daily accumulating, of such a Society tions moved. The Diocesan Secretary as this now is, can be managed with publishes the Diocesan Annual Report, due effect in all its branches by the which contains the necessary details Parochial Clergy alone, on whom the of each District Committee; and dis- burden of the labour at present rests, tributes it in such proportions as each and who have their own weighty and District Secretary requires. The ex- responsible duties to perform. For it pense is borne by a Diocesan Fund, may be seen, very clearly, that the formed chiefly from the collections at quantity of business done in any place, the cathedral, and a yearly quota paid does never, and will never, exceed the by each district; by which means amount of leisure or attention which every committee is enabled to furnish the District Officers will, or can pay its subscribers with an account of the to it. The provincial business, thereoperations of the Society, throughout fore, of the Society, any more than its the whole diocese, at a much cheaper inetropolitan, cannot, with due attenrate than it could print its own indi- tion to its interests, be allowed to devidual report.

pend altogether upon the voluntary

labours of its friends, while at the The organization of the Society in same time its voluntary labourers may the Diocese of Bath and Wells, and be greatly increased under the inthe District of Bath and Bedminster, Auence of Corresponding Secretaries. may be considered as complete, so far In addition to the Diocesan Secretaas arrangement can go. It is con- ries, three or more Provincial Secretaceived that a similar organization ries might be appointed with salaries, might be obtained in every diocese who should divide the kingdom among and district in the kingdom. The re- them. Being duly accredited to each sources of the Society, great as they District Committee, they would exare, might undoubtedly be increased amine its condition, point out defects, to sevenfold their amount, were but propose a more energetic and extended some such uniform and universal sys. line of action, as the case might retem adopted. In the first place, the quire; attend at public meetings, and

• The expenses of a Depository are very slightly increased by almost any extension of business. It is evident that the trouble of entering an account of 201. is little more than one of as many shillings; the manual labour of selecting and packing the books being the chief difference. Hence the disproportionate expense of small Depositories, and the policy of one Large Central Establishment with numerous Corresponding Local Depôs.

On the subject of Depositories, vide Society's Annual Report for 1824, pp. 32, 33, and " Address of the Bath Committee." Appendix, v.

take the labour of negotiating the expected to follow from such appointunion of districts into Diocesan Asso- ments. A uniform, steady, energetic, ciations; and the sub-division of dis- and universal operation cannot, in tricts, into Corresponding Circles. The fact, be carried on without superinaccounts of each committee might at tendence and direction, not alone from the same time be inspected and settled the centre in London, but locomotive on behalf of the Society; a pleasure and detached among all the sub-diviwhich the Parent Board has never yet sions. Though not in name, yet in enjoyed. Nor is that happy day likely effect, this is practised by other socie. to be seen during the present genera- ties, who send yearly deputations into tion, when the 32,000l. of outstanding every district, and almost every town, debts of committees and members in the kingdom. shall be liquidated, so long as the So- The exertions of the Provincial Seciety, unlike other large commercial cretaries need not be confined to this bodies, employs no travellers to col- Society. How does the Society for lect them. At the same time, no the Propagation of the Gospel languish error is more to be avoided than that for want only of more activity in its of substituting a mere mercantile inte- behalf! We have but to see the sums rest in the place of that great moral collected throughout the country for and religious influence which the pre- a variety of missionary purposes, to be sent system of clerical and christian convinced that the people are not unexertion produces. The extension willing to support Societies for disof the Society's operations will be so seminating the Gospel abroad. Having far valuable only as it increases while no hold upon local sympathies, the it concentrates these moral effects. If Society for the Propagation of the the appointment of provincial travel- Gospel can make no progress, unless ling f secretaries were in one year to an effective plan of circumambulatory produce nothing more than the

pay- exertion be adopted. However the ment of the arrears due to the Society, practice may be deprecated, the fact or any considerable moiety of them, is obvious. the poundage would be well earned. The Church Building, the National, But if, by their exertions, only 101. on the Negro Converting, the Clergy Oran average could be annually added phan and Sons of the Clergy Societies, to the funds of each of the 300 com- would all be infinitely served in every mittees, not merely the pecuniary, but place, by an organized system of opethe moral effect would be very consi- rations, duly superintended and visited derable, especially if obtained through by Provincial Secretaries ; while their the Corresponding Secretaries. For local interests, intimately connected not only would the sum of 30001. be with those of the Society for Promoting annually gained, but probably 6000 Christian Knowledge, might, tbrough or 9000 friends, by whom it was sub- its means, be incalculably enlarged scribed in small sums, be numbered throughout every diocese, as they are with the great body of the Society, proved to be in that of Bath and and become supporters of its designs, Wells, by the institution of Depositoand of the holy cause in which it is ries, aided by Corresponding Secrelaengaged.

ries, each with a Local Dipôt; and It would be tedious to mention all the whole combined into one Diocesan the benefits which might fairly be Association.

The stock in the Bath Depository to the extent of nearly 3001. is the property of the Committee: they have been enabled, this ear, to make the following grants from their surplus funds : 501. in aid of the Society's vote for New South Wales; 251. to the West Indian grant; 251. for augmenting the Parochial and School Libraries in the District; and upwards of 601. besides “differences," to the Parent Society, and various smaller grants to Schools.

+ Upon the reunion of the Bath and Bedminster Committees, the debt of the latter to the Parent Society amounted to 164l, and was counted hopeless. One journey of the Secretary, and of the Travelling Agent, furnished with proper accounts, secured the ready payment of the whole amount. VOL. XVII. NO, IX.

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POLITICAL RETROSPECT.

DOMESTIC. The infamous coalition Britons will never bow their necks to of Lord North and Fox was positively the

yoke of Irish Papists. public virtue, when compared to the Parturient montes. Mr. Spring Rice alliance offensive and defensive between has been delivered of his melancholy the radico-whigs and the O'Connell Budget. The relief afforded to the tail of ferocious Papists. But we suffering classes reminds us of the rejoice to say that, since our last, the near-sighted gentleman, who gave a Lords have made a noble and patriotic pair of old stockings to a wooden legged stand, and the Melbourne Cabinet will beggar; and the financiers of Downsoon, probably ere this meets the pub- ing-street exhibit as much sympathy lic

eye, be consigned to the “tomb of for the overburthened taxpayer, as the all the Capulets." The fact is, the Club of Philanthropists, who proposed existence of the Church, the Throne, to furnish the starving poor with toothand the Peers, was compromised in picks gratis during the winter months! the revolutionary measures propounded Verily these menby his Majesty's government. Had“ the Municipal Corporation Bill," as passed

“ Play such fantastic tricks before high

heaven, in the Lower House, become the law of

As make the angels weep." the land, the influence of rank, wealth, and talent, would have been sacrificed But nil desperandum. The Lords, at the shrine of the Moloch of Demo- we repeat, have done their duty. It cracy—and the Peers have become a remains for the people to do theirs, dead letter, a mere by-word in the and in case a general election is detercountry. Had the Irish Church Bill mined upon, to condemn every revoin like manner received the sanction lutionary candidate to a political death of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal,

without a benefit of clergy." the Protestant Faith would have been IRELAND.—This unhappy portion of abolished in Ireland, and our own

the empire continues the prey of anaraltars would have felt the shock. Had chy, popery, and incendiarism. The THE KING given his assent to these arch-fiend gloats on the misery which two infamous bills, we do not fear to his own accursed practices have occasay, he would have signed his own

sioned, and as long as he can finger death-warrant.

the rent, though torn from the very But the Peers have done their duly!

heart's blood of his deluded victims, The descendants of those noble Barons, like Mokanna, he exults in his own bad who extorted the MAGNA CHARTA from eminence. Old Mina is sadly wanted King John, have used their hereditary

in Ireland, for we are quite sure privilege to preserve that CHARTER in- nothing will ever tranquillize that violate from the hands of King Mob! country but the extirpation of popery, and we cordially thank them.

and the banishment of the Agitators. The majority was so overwhelming

SPAIN.—The Royal party are gra(nearly five to one) that Lord Brougham dually recovering from the shock in despair declined to divide the house, occasioned by the death of Zumalacaralthough he threatened their Lordships reguy; and we expect ere the wane of with the indignation of their high mighii- another moon, that Evans, and the St. nesses the Birmingham blacksmiths. But Giles's Banditti, will be satisfactorily the Duke of Wellington shewed that disposed of. 'Twere a consummation he had still a campaign in him-and no horiest pan could regret. At all “Vaux et præterea vibil” drew in bis events, their case is desperate, for a horns.

radical whiggo-revolutionary faction The English members of the Lower has sprung up in Barcelona, and elseHouse, we ought never to forget, have where, equally hostile to Christinos invariably resisted, by a sound majority, and Carlists, but signally opposed to the innovations of the radical move- foreign interference; so that it would ment. What then have we to fear? not surprise us, if they united with the

forces of Don Carlos, for a time at least; and then ye mercenaries, "A fico for you,—the fig of Spain ! !”

FRANCE.-The celebration of the three glorious days was signalized by an attempt to assassinate the beloved Louis Philippe. This atrocious action has created an immense sensation, and enabled the “best of all possible Republics" to throw off the mask; and the French king now stands before Europe in all the naked deformity of a plotting tyrant. For he is pursuing, with ten-fold rigour, the very measures which drove Charles X. from the throne, and which he made an excuse for his usurpation. The reputed constructor of the “Infernal machine," named Fieschi, is himself dangerously wounded by the bursting of some of the barrels; but he resolutely main

tains that no one is implicated in the plot but himself. Amongst the sufferers are, killed,--Marshal Mortier, (Duke of Treviso ;) General la Chasse deVeriguy; Capt.Villati, Aide-de-camp to the Minister-at-War, &c. &c.

Wounded,,Generals Colbert, Heymez, and Pelet, Colonel Raffe, &c. The Duke de Broylie received a ball, which lodged in the collar of his coat. Marsbal Molitor's horse was killed under him ; and the horse on which the king rode was wounded in the neck.

We cannot help reprinting our note on France of last month: “ The Citizen King has endeavoured to get up another assassination plot. The wolf may REALLY come at last."

This sentence was absolutely written on the very day, almost the hour, at which the explosion took place.

UNIVERSITY, ECCLESIASTICAL, AND PAROCHIAL

INTELLIGENCE.

TRIBUTES OF RESPECT. Rev. PROFESSOR ScuoleFIELD.—The congregation attending St. Michael's church, in this town, has recently presented the Rev. Professor Scholefield with a handsome service of silver plate, consisting of a coffee-pot with lamp, milk jug, sugar basin, and waiter ; altogether weighing 150 ounces. The coffee-pot and waiter bear the following inscription : “ To the Rev. James Scholefield, M.A. Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Cambridge. Presented on the 15th day of July, MDCCCXXXV., being the twelfth anniversary of the commencement of his labours as Minister of the church of St. Michael, Cambridge. Offered to him as a tribute of respect and gratitude for his zealous and faithful services as a Christain Pastor, by his affectionate and attached congregation."

Rev. T. ROWLANDSON. --- The parishioners of Leyland have presented a very splendid tea service, and a set of table spoons, bearing the following inscription : “ Presented to the Rev. T. Rowlandson, by his late parishioners, as a token of their esteem and regard for his services, as Curate of Leyland, during eleven years.July, 1835."

Rev. W. B. JAMES. -- The parishioners of St. Bride, Fleet-street, have presented to their late esteemed Curate, the Rev. W. B. James, M.A. a handsome silver tea service, bearing a suitable inscription, in testimony of their high regard for the zealous discharge of his ministerial duties.

DORKING.–For upwards of thirty years the inhabitants of this delightful place have contemplated the erection of a new church, and on no less than five different occasions committees have been formed, and subscriptions entered into for this purpose ; but obstacles arose either from prejudice, or from the squabbles of interested parties, which, up to the present hour, have defeated this most praiseworthy and desirable undertaking. At length, however, a spirit of concord animates the councils of the parish; the preliminaries of the undertaking have been brought to a successful issue, the treaties are ratified, and Mr. Bothwell has contracted to complete the work according to the original designs of W.M. Brookes, Esq., for the sum of 4,7711. Of course the

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