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nagement. Measures are now in pro- The Committee having, in consequence gress to collect a suitable library, for of the recommendation of their royal pawhich several works have been re. tron, the commander-in-chief, adopted ceived from England. The Bishop of the resolution of corresponding with the Calcutta, and the Archdeacon of Bom. army exclusively through the medium of bay, have each presented to it a splen- the commanding officers of regimeuts did copy of Dr. White's Syriac New on all subjects connected with the ob. Testament; and the Resident in Tra- ject of the institution, his royal highvancore has presented eleven copies of ness issued his commands to all such the Syriac Gospels. The translation of officers to correspond with the Comthe Scriptures into the Malayalim lan- mittee on such points as may appear guage was finished, but will require a necessary, with respect to the supply of very careful collation and revision. Bibles and Testaments, and to take Parts, however, were ready for publi- special care that whatever Bibles or cation. Mr. Bailey has also translated Testaments are transmitted for the use into Malayalim the Morning and Even- of the men, are distributed in the most ing Services of the Church of England, appropriate manner, and that the greatwith the Litany and Catechisnı, part of
est attention is given to their preservathe Communion Service, and several of tion which may be consistent with the the Collects, Epistles,' and Gospels. free circulation and use of them. His Every evening he has family worship in royal highness particularly desired that his house, and every Lord's-day, public an ample supply should be allotted for service in the college chapel, in that the use of the patients in the regimental language. The Syrians are much pleased hospital, and for the use of the young with our form of worship; and the Mal. soldiers, or children, who may be under pan has pronounced that it much re- instruction iu the regimental school. sembles their own. Mr. Norton also has The effect produced by tbis instru. translated the Liturgy into Malayalim.
ment, in connexion with other measures In the course of the last year, the adopted by the Committee, has been of Committee dispatched to Travancore a more general nature than its limited a large number of Syriac New Testa
were prepared to meet.ments. A supply of Arabic, Persian, One regiment alone (the gallant 920 aud Hindoostanee Testaments, has also Highlanders) purchased at the reduced been forwarded to Allepie, where the prices of the Society no fewer than four books are kept upon a table, and are hundred and ninety-seven copies, preaccessible to all comers. The school vious to their departure for Jamaica. under Mr. Norton, at Allepie, contained In the naval department the demand forty-four scholars ; exclusive of twenty. has also been general, and two thousand six orphan children. Great opposition six hundred Bibles and Testaments have has been exerted towards this school, been issued to fifty-iliree ships of war, by the Roman Catholic priests. Roman
of which the greater number are ves. Catholic children, however, attend and sels that have been put in commission increase; and the people seem to have watched Mr. Norton's proceedings long
The correspondence of the Society enough to be satisfied, that nothing but furnishes very interesting testimonies to the benefit of their children is intended. the benefits resulting from its operations. The school has, therefore, risen in their Auxiliary Societies had been formed favour, and is likely to be enlarged, and at Dublin, Edinburgh, and Portsmouth, a new one to be annexed.
New depôts for books have been esA variety of interesting notices are
tablished at Chichester, Gibraltar, and added respecting the chaplains' sta.
St. Helena; and respectable correspon. tions at Chittoor, Palamcottah, and Tel.
dents obtained at each of these stations.
Since this Report was published, the
anniversary for 1820 has been held, NAVAL AND MILITARY BIBLE and a subsequent Report presented, from SOCIETY.
which it appears, that the issues of The Report of this Society for last Bibles and Testaments, during the last year has just appeared. The principal year, have been rather more than six facts combined in it have been already thousand copies. The total amount of anticipated; so that a few - points only subscriptions was 21621. A munificent need be noticed. (See Christan Ob
donation of 5001, had bech received server, 1819, p. 409.)
from Mr. Hodson. CHRIST. OBSERV; No, 22!.
within the year.
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
ed by the sight of continual memenTue restrictions on the French press, tos of their humiliation." The batwith the subdivisions of party, render talions concerned in the massacre at it difficult either to ascertain facts, or Cadiz have been disbanded, and the to apply them, when ascertained, to proceedings against their colonels, the general state of the country. The with generals Campana and Valdes, endless debates on the law of election are going on.-It appears by a messtill continue. The preparatory exa;
sage from the President of the United minations, in the case of 'Louvel, have States to Congress, that, through the been going on in the desultory man. mediation of Russia, the Spanish goner, which characterizes French crimi- vernment had been induced to send nal jurisprudence, and upwards of four a minister to America, with full hundred and fifty witnesses are stated powers to settle its differences with to have been examined; but the regu- ihat country, respecting the Floridas. lar trial has not yet taken place. Two In consequence of this circumstance, attempts have been made io alarm the and of the disturbed state of Spain; duchess de Berry by an explosion of and in deference also to an intimation, gunpowder, with a view to frustrate from France and Russia, of their anxithe hopes entertained of her giving ety that nothing should be allowed to an heir to the French throne. It is take place of a hostile character bemost awful to contemplate the atro- tween the American and Spanish gocious plans which seem to be the ordi- vernments, the President has deferred nary devices of the infidel opposers of the question of reprisals on the Spaall governments, in the present day. nish'territory to the next session. The same rejection of every sanction, human and divine, and the same prof
DOMESTIC. ligate exultation in their crimes- The notoriety of the facts connected crimes at which our unsophisticated with the Cato; street conspiracy rennature, falleu as it instinctivelyders it supertluous to state them as shudders-characterize the Louvels of articles of temporary intelligence ; France, the Sandis of Germany, and but as matters of painful history it the Thistlewoods of England. Such is requisite to record, that the trials, are some of the fruits of that bitter which were proceeding when our last harvest, the seeds of which, infidelity Number went to press, issued in the and jacobinism, hand-in-hand, have conviction of Thistlewood, Ings, been diligently sowing for the last Brunt, Davidson, and Tidd; and that thirty or forty years, and which re the remaining six, perceiving no proquire all the piety, wisdom, and vigi- bability of acquittal, pleaded guilty lanco, of individuals and governments to the charge. Seldom has a conspito eradicate.
racy more horrid been brought to light,
and never has the evidence of any SPAIN.
fact been more convincing and irreSpain continues to be occupied in sistible. It is impossible for us to organizing the elements of her new give even a sketch of the case; nor is constitution; and the king is obliged it pecessary, as the principal facts are to affect an excessive and, under the known in every hamlet of the kingcircumstances of the case, an almost dom. The deliberate intention to asludicrous zeal in giving extension and sassinate all his majesty's ministers stability to the recent changes. All at a cabinet dinner, with any other the duties on books and prints, con-, persons who might be present, or nected with the prohibitory regula- might oppose the designs of the con. tions of the inquisition, have been spirators, was not only fully prored, abolished. The king has also issued but avowed and justified with unrea decree ordering all symbols of an- lenting exultation. In the terror and cient vassalage to be erased through- confusion of the moment, a provisionout the country, " in order that the al government was to have been noble pride of the Spanish people, formed; the conspirators trusting to who acknowledge and will never re- the existing distresses of the country, cognize any other sovereignty than and the disaffection of those who that of the nation, may not be wound. have been poisoned by infidel and re
volutionary principles, for immediate We cannot, however, quit the subsupport, and for ultimate success. ject of the Cato-street conspiracy Wild and delirious as such a scheme without stating, that there is may appear, when viewed only as an feature of the case which has excited unaccomplished project, it would be much animadversion; namely, the too much to say that it could not by part alleged by the traitors, and some any possibility have succeeded. His- of the witnesses, to have been taken tory records revolutions effected by in their proceedings by one Edwards, equally despicable and unlikely means, who is said to have been a spy in the and by fewer and less determined service of government, but in that agents; and there are many circum- character to have been in fact an stances in the state of the times, cal- active instigator of the plots which he culated to make a prudent man trem- was authorized to watch over and disble at any occurrence which might cover. As the subject may come beviolently agitate the passions of the fore a judicial tribunal, (for a true multitude, and, while it presented a bill against Edwards for high treason point for collecting, would also en- has been found by the grand jury of kindle, the elements of revolution. Middlesex), we shall not dwell upon But though the ultimate triumph of it at present. Our own view on the regular authority might have been subject of employing spies has been certain, yet, in the interim, how great frequently mentioned ; and—though might have been the confusion, and even the opposition party have genehow heavy the loss of human life, or rally admitted that their einployment when the scene of terror would have is necessary in certain cases, and that ended, who shall venture to predict? while there are such men as Thistle
Five of the six persons who pleaded wood government must have such guilty have been transported for life, agents as Edwards--we are by no and were immediately removed out of nieans convinced that in moral questhe kingdom; the other, the degree of tions exceptions of this kind ought to whose guilt seemed greatly inferior, has be allowed, or that any thing is ulbeen kept in prison, and it is supposed timately gained (certainly not the will be pardoned. Their companions, favour and approbation of God) by so with the exception of Davidson, the making expedienc your rule of conduct, Man of Colour, who behaved penitent- as to“ do evil that good may come.' ly, died as they had lived, in obdurate It is clearly the duty of government to infidelity, defying both God and man receive intelligence, from whatever with their latest accents, and some of quarter it may come; and to inform them uttering the most horrid blas- themselves of the proceedings of alphemies. Thistlewood, who assumed leged conspirators, as far as this can a decorum widely opposed to the le- be done, without giving any sanction vity and Aippancy of Ings, remarked to crime, or without exciting men to to Tidd upon the scaffolo), We shall the commission of it. Supplies of soon know the grand secret!” Alas! money, or any other measure that under what circumstances to make so might add apparent weight to their mafearful an experiment! We tremble chinations, or tend to ripen their plot, to follow these unhappy men in imagi- would, in our view, he highly culpable. nation to that world where the awful Nor does it even seem justifiable to disclosure has taken place, and where, tanıper with a smaller offence, with a before a far higher than a human tri- view to let it mature into something debunal, they are gone “ to give an ac
cisive, against which to strike an effeccount of the deeds done in the body.” tual blow. There is, however, no public Nay we, and may our readers, learn evidence at present, except the asserthis "grand secret" under happier tions of apparently interested parties, auspices than those of a dying hour! that Edwards did really thus goad on May we early acquaint ourselves his associates; and no one pretends to with God, and be at peace;" and being think that government either knew justified by faith in a crucified Re- of, or permitted, bis doing so. With deemes, and living to his praise and respect to his being brought forward glory through life, find at length, that as a witness on the trials, supposing in our case, eternity has no disclo- him to have been a spy, as there was sures to make, but of joys which evidence in abundance, without his "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, aid, to convict the accused, there cerand which it hath not entered into the tainly were substantial reasons against heart of man to conceive !"
it, it could have done no good, and
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might have done harm. We may in reply to the king's speech was sufreadily conjecture the use that would fered to pass without a division. Its have been made of the circumstance, principal topics were the intention of had a spy been produced as a prin- the king to tread in the steps of his cipal witness in a state prosecution.— father; "his regret that the recent For our own parts we are yet to learn additions to our military force cannot that Edwards, if he really professed be dispensed with; the civil list, and himself a spy, rendered any service to the king's wish that it should not exgovernment in that capacity. Lord ceed the scale fixed in 1816; and the Harrowby, in the course of his exa- necessity of wisdom, firmness, and mination, stated, that the first infor- loyalty, in supporting the constitution mation which was receiveil of the spe- against turbulence and intimidation. cific plans and purposes of the con- The arrangement for the civil list spirators came from a different indi- on the model of 1816, and as it is likely vidual; nor was even this accidental, let to be voted, is 850,000 l. for England, us rather say providential, information and 207,000 l. for Ireland. It has obtained until the day preceding that been strongly opposed by the antiof the intended assassination. If this ministerial party, on ihe ground was really the case, then it would chiefly, that the estimate of 1816 was follow, that to the superintending care intended to be only temporary, and and interference of Providence, and was passed without that minute innot to the dubious expedient of em- quiry which the importance of the ploying spies, were we indebted for subject demanded, on an implied the timely discovery of this plot. understanding that inquiry would
But whatever may turn out to be come with more propriely at the bethe fact, we would earnestly caution ginning of a new reign. A motion of our readers against lending them- Mr. Brougham, for bringing the Droits selves to popular outcry in questions of the Admiralty, and some other of this kind. The wide and rapid dif- special funds, within the control of fusion of intelligence in this country, parliament, so to render them by means of the press, has produced available to the purposes of the civil a regular system of prepossessing the list, has been negatived. public mind by statements framed for On the motion of Sir James Mackparty purposes, and which it may re- intosh, the commiuce on the criminal quire many months to correct by au- laws has been renewed : and he has thoritative decisions. In the mean had leave given bim to bring in six time, the temporary purpose is an- bills for the repeal or improvement of swered; government and its agents particular laws already reported on. are vilified, and the popular mind is Various petitions have been received soured and prejudiced to a degree from the 'manufacturing, the agriwhich no subsequent explanations cultural, and the mercantile bodies can fully obviate. We need no stronger throughout the kingdom. All comillustration of these remarks :han ihe plain of distress, and earnestly solicit recent conviction of Hunt and his as- ihe consideration and aid of parliasociates for their share in the unhappy nient. The agriculturalists ask for Manchester meeting. Hunt is con- a higher protecting duty on corn; a demned to imprisonment for thirty measure which, at the present moment months in Ilchester gaol, and Johnson, especially, no reasonable man who is Bamford, and Nealy for twelve months not interested in the question can in Lincola castle, for their conduct think adviseable. The manufacturers on that occasion. Thus does the law, propose no specific plans; except, inand thus do our judges and juries deed, partial modifications, such as reply to the attempts to justify that the repeal of the recently imposed duty seditious convention, which, for eight on foreign wool, which is said not to months, have been poured forth in have answered its intention as a finansuch profusion. But, unhappily, the cial measure, wbile it bas pressed someleisurely march of retributive justice what beavily on those whom it affects, cannot overtake the rapid footsteps and this probably without much beof daily and hourly calumny, or re- nefiting the native grower. The pestore the equanimity of the public titions of the merchants of London, when once disturbed.
Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and The proceedings in parliament have other principal tuwns, are founded on been peculiarly important. In coin- larger views; and may be concisely pliment to the new reign, the address expressed in the well-known remark. of the merchants of France to Colbert, necessary should be countersigned who wished to know “ how he could by his diocesan, the bishop of Exeter. assist them." “ Laissez-nous faire" was The bishop, however, refused to put their reply.—They urge the impolicy of his name to the paper;
in consequence our present restrictive and prohibitory of which the preferment was lost tu system,and point out the benefits likely the petitioner, he being under the neto arise from a more liberal encourage- cessity of relinquishing it in favour of ment both to importation and expor- another clergyman, whom it became tation. of the abstract justice of necessary to present in order to prethese views, government confesses vent the lapse of the livings. The itself fully convinced; but alleges the petitioner had conceived that the obstacles which our past proceedings ground of the bishop's refusal was his have thrown in the way of a recur- having attended a public meeting in rence to a more healthy system than favour of Catholic Emancipation. His that which at present prevails. It is lordship, however, appears to have satisfactory, however, to perceive that subsequently intimated that the resuch a conviction is becoming more fusal was not in consequence of his general, as it will probably prevent the having attended the meeting, but in future
aggravation of the evil by new consequence of a remark stated to restrictions. Many of the old ones have been there made by Mr. Jones, also, we trust, will be from time to time that nine-tenths of the clergy were removed; for it is certain that some averse to the damnatory clauses in of our present regulations afford com- the Athanasian Creed, and would reparatively little benefit to the parties joice if they were expunged. Whether intended to be a protected," and none this be true or false, we know not ; but whatever to the public, while they two points of the case are of extreme prevent an interchange of other pro- importance: the first is, that his lordductions which might stimulate the ship has rested his justification on his general activity and afford a large discretionary right to withhold his signational advantage, and while they nature without assigning a reason ; also excite feelings of rivalry and ill will the second, that relying, it seems, on tending to produce counter-restrictions some private and ex-parte communiof the most injurious nature.
cation, he refused to allow Mr. Jones We must here, however, again state to explain his words, although he stated our firm conviction, that measures of a them to have been misrepresented to far more comprehensive nature than a his lordship, or to produce countermere change in our commercial policy testimony." Of Mr. Jones, his characare called for at the present crisis. ter, or his doctrines, we know noBut if we were to enter farther on this thing; but we are appalled to find, subject, we should only repeat what that all the ecclesiastical patronage in we have already said at the close of the kingdoin rests on the will—nay, our last Number, as well as on many on the caprice, the prejudice, the former occasions. We therefore for- pique, the political bias, or partial bear.
information-of an individual. The Though we have protracted our re- lord chancellor himself, who advomarks beyond the usual length, we cated the bishop of Exeter's conduct, cannot pass over a circumstance which has no security that the next clergyhas undergone discussion in the house man whom he presents to a benefice of lords, and which is of alarming may not be rejected for want of a importance, not only to the clergy, bishop's counter-signature. The connbui to every person connected with ter-signature has hitherto been conecclesiastical property, or who values sidered an official act, which a preeither the welfare of the Church of late could not refuse, without subEngland or the liberty of the subject. jecting himself to a civil process. It A petition was presented by the Rev. appears, however, that as the law now J. P. Jones, curate of North Bovey, stands he may refuse; and that thereDevonshire, stating, that he had been fore, when the living to which a clerpresented to two livings, value 500l. gyman happens to be designated is in per annum; the one in the diocese of a different diocese from that in which Peterborough, the other in the diocese he resides, neither he nor the patron of Lincoln : that he had procured a has any remedy; and the house of regular testimonial, signed by three lords having refused inquiry into the clergymen in the diocese in which he subject, it is impossible to predict to officiated; which testimonial it was what extent this new system of stat