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To hear the preaching of the Rev. Edward Irving, Minister of the Caledonian Church, Hatton Garden, is now quite the rage in the fashionable world. Scores of carriages, and even of those with coronets, surround his church on the sabbath day, and the throngs are so great, that, for the sake of order, no admission can be gained, but by tickets.
The Rev. Mr. Kenny, late a catholic priest, read his recantation on Sunday, at St. Martin's Church, in presence of Archdeacon Pott and a numerous congregation.--Times, July 15.
FOREIGN. The friends of civil and religious liberty have cause to tremble at the appearances of things in Spain, yet they may be better than are represented, as most of our intelligence comes through the medium of the French press. It appears that General Morillo on whom much reliance was placed, has turned traitor to the constitutional cause. Our sincere prayer is, that this unjust invasion of Spain by the blessed descendants of the blessed race of the Bourbons, may yet turn out to the confusion of the invaders ; and that our hopes may be realized; that superstition on the Peninsula, with all its concomitant evils of inquisitions, ignorance, priestcraft, and every kind of tyranny, may be destroyed. The final victory of France would throw a dark cloud over the political, moral, and religious horizon of Europe. Arise, O Lord, plead thine own cause! Let the wicked be shared in the work of their own hands!
HOME. At the late Assizės for Sussex, there were only 7.prisoners for trial; for Lincoln only 12; and for Norfolk only 4. May we not hope, from these facts, that education and religion are gaining a more extensive influence over the lower orders of our countrymen!
THE ORGAN IN YORK MINSTER-This noble instrument has been recently completed, and on Sunday week all the stops were used. It is said to be the largest and most complete instrument in Great Britain. The total number of stops is 52-pipes are 3254. There are three sets of keys-viz. one for the great nave organ, one for the choir organ, and one for the swell, exclusively of pedals. There are movements for enabling the performer to play two or three sets of keys at once, or to detach the great and choir organs with the pedals, in addition to the pedal pipes. The Haerlem organ, which is the largest in Europe, contains 60 stops, being eight more than that of York Minster.
Died. The Reverend W. WARD, Missionary of Serampore. Mr. Ward was in Calcutta at the Monthly Missionary Meeting on Monday evening, March 3: he was then in perfect health. Dr. Carey was in Calcutta, as 118ual, on the Friday following, and
informed the Baptist Missionaries there, that when he left home Mr. Ward was very ill of the Cholera Morbus. On the same evening after his return, he sent a note to the Rev. W Yates, of Calcutta, which was forwarded to the Rev. J Hoby, London, stating, that Mr. Ward breathed his last about 5 o'clock. He was ill only about one day, and the progress of the disease was so rapid and violent, as to incapacitate him for conversation. The literary labours of Mr. Ward, his efforts for upwards of 20 years in printing the sacred scriptures in the languages of the east, and his indefatigable ardours in evangelizing the natives of Hindostan, endeared him to thousands; and his death will be deplored as a serious loss to the Christian world.
Died at Leatherhead, the Rev. John ATKINSON, A.M.
WILLIAM COBBETT. A number of COBBETI'S Weekly Register, a work with which we rarely defile our fingers, has just been put into our hands, and instigated by curiosity, we have glanced at its contents. We cannot but lament that there should be found readers enough to enable this man to keep a shop in London to vend his rubbish. It is evident that this scribbler cares for nobody but himself, and while he alternately abuses Lords and Commoners; Tories, Whigs, and Radicals; Ecclesiastics and Dissenters; Archbishops and Itinerants ; fces, friends, and benefactors,--he langhs in his sleeve at the folly of those who are made his dupes, and put their money so kindly into his pockets. What can CHRISTIANS expect from the importer of Tom Paine's bones? What can any man of sense expect? Can true Churchmen countenance the man, who is constantly vilifying the Establishment? Can true Dissenter's countenance the man, who, in the number before us, calls their laborious Itinerants, in language which we suppose his readers can well understand, bawling blackguards.' Can true Christians countenance the man, who makes a mock of all that distinguish themselves in the service of religion? Can the friends of civil and religious liberty patronize the publications of a creature, who would allow no one power but himself, whose writings are adapted only to create discontent, and who knows well a certain person, who once kept a farm, in Hampshire, over which was a way used before his residence to go to a chapel; but who, on his becoming lord and master, in the abundance of his feelings of freedom-threatened to shoot the first man who dared to invade his territories on such an errand !!! How much credit is to be given to his comments may be seen by a reference to his statement, respecting one of the public religious societies. lu another part of this number, we have given an epitome of the numbers of Preachers, Schools, Scholars, &c., belonging to THE HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY, and it will be seen, that there are TWENTY FOUR; but Cobbett, mistaking the Sunday School Teachers for Missionaries --men who in these Schools are mostly altogether silent, even to the children,-says, 'They have TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY PREACUER3 already. He would
09 perishing." He heathenishnessad but money, they
politely have called any one else a fool, or a knave, for such a mis-statement. He talks, also, of the Society pleading for money; *money is always included, for their object is to live without work; and to do this they must have money. Accordingly, they plead most pressingly for money.' 'If they had but money, they would soon extirpate all the heathenishness of the poor souls who are now perishing.' How this man betrays his ignorance. Do the gentlemen of any public society beg for theinselves? Or can any operations be carried on without money? Poor COBBETT only groans within himself that Christianity is more liberal than Intidelity, and that neither his notable scheme to reform tbe whole House of Commons by getting money from all the poor labourers in the kingdom, nor his thousand other quackeries have answered his purpose: no, not even the offer to government, which this invulnerable patriot made to drop his Register, if they would but smile upon him and pass by his transgressions, the original, or immediate copy of which, we remember to have seen !!! One little anécdote is recorded, respecting this Society, at which this man sneers, but which, we suspect, will shew the utility of some of its labours in no unfavourable light, and will touch any heart but COBBETT's. One of the Missionaries mentions his success in teaching adults, as well as children: and in this work his wife is engaged; and not only she, but his little child, who may often be seen seated on the knee of some old woman of, perhaps, seventy years of age, teaching her letters, that she may learn to read the Bible!' The inhuman being who can laugh at this, and make it one argument for exciting popular indignation against an institution, is truly well yeleped by the Rev. Robert Hall, “The Polyphemus of the Mob!' While COBBETT and CARLISLE are trying all in their power to corrupt the villagers of England, we cannot regret the existence of an institution which we hope may, under proper management, counteract their unmerciful designs.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. VERBI DEI MINISTER will find his letter inserted.Thanks to M. B. for the interest he takes in our work.-R. L. is a plagiarist.-We advise Peter to try his hand at Prose: Nature never designed him for a Poet. A newspaper last sent us from LANCASTER, was not taken in; our correspondent having written upon it exposed us to the charge of three shillings.Thanks to Probus, R. B., A New Subscriber, T. Page, and S. D., for their favours --Inadmissible, N. B., G. Y., and Amicus.--Expressions of regret have been received from many, on account of the intention announced, of dropping our work in December, without there is a great increase of subscribers. We can only say, that we have projected a very simple remedy, the procuring of one extra subscriber by each subscriber; which will, assuredly prevent the threatened dissolution. If every one warmly interested in the publication will try the experiment, we have no fear of failure. We can pledge our word, that our work is far from declining; on the contrary, it is really much on the increase, but still not enough to justify its continuance without the efforts we have solicited.