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through the precautions taken by ed, he moved up with additional the British Government, without troops. While some Brahmins disbloodshed. The Sunyassees, or foli played the most revolting apathy at lowers of Siva, and the Byragees, the scene, these troops, though of or votaries of Vishnoo, had this bigb caste, employed themselves year a dreadful conflict, though not actively in extricating the dead. of arms, yet of superstitious zeal, Encouraged and assisted by their which had a most fatal issue. officers, they at length succeeded
The descent to the bathing- in clearing away the mass ; and place at Hurdwar is by a very steep rescued between 70 and 80 of these flight of steps: this digbt is about wretched pilgrims from destruction. ten feet broad, but so steep as to The number of dead was 430. form an angle with the level of the Thanks were returned, in deground of 56 degrees. Crowds of tachment orders, by Lieut.-Colonel infatuated pilgrims forced their Patton, commanding the Hurdwar way, on this occasion, in over- force, to the native troops for their whelming masses, to the top of exertions ou this occasion; and tbis steep descent, and numbers various individuals were promoted. were in the act of going down This was confirmed by the Comwhen, a little before day-break, on mander-in-chief, in government orthe morning of the ilih of April, ders, dated bead-quarters, Calcutta, the Sunyassees and Byragees began May 3, 1820). The troops are to vie with each other at the top praised herein, jo particular, for for the precedency, and made a is the devoted exertions wbich they sudden rush, by which all the mul- made to rescue the unfortunale suftitude who were then descending ferers ; laying aside, at the same were carried down with such time, all prejudice of caste at violence, that they were compress- other times so tenaciously adbered ed into one mass, within a few steps 10." of the water, where the flight narrows to about seven feet, opening SPITALFIELDS BENEVOLENT again beyond. An eye-witness of
SOCIETY. this dreadful scene says—" Here The district over which ibe Spitalthe unfortunate beings were cram- fields Benevolent Society extends med together with such violence, its care contains above 120,000 that motion or use of limbs was persons, chiefly of the labouring unavailing: the weak, the strong, classes. In this vast population of in vain made efforts : the more the the lower orders, there is scarcely exertion, the more intwined their any intermixture of the bigher and limbs became. The cries and middle ranks a state of society moans were heart-rending. Con- almost peculiar to Spitalfields. It trivance or effort to assist them was cannot create surprize that, in such in vain. I made several attempts & community, cases of sickness, to extract those who were in ile and consequent destitution, should foremost files; but their bodies, be always occurring. Even wben legs, and arms, were so intwined, trade is comparatively flourishthat it was impossible to extricate ing, the Society knows where to one of them."
find, at all times, the haunts of In the midst of this dreadful complicated, though in many inscene, the consequence of the in- stances unobtrusive, misery. fatuated superstition of the people, The Committee have abstained, the conduct of the native troops during nearly four years, from Iresgave hopes that the chains of sil- passing on the public attention. perstition were loosening on them. Part of the balance wbich remainIntelligence having reached an of- ed unappropriated of the Spitalficer that the guard had been forc- fields General Fund, raised in 1817, having been added to its ordinary the poor indiscriminately would, in resources, the Society has been many cases, be a real injury; to kept in uninterrupted and active assist them during sickness and operation without the necessity of pressing distress, is an important any public appeal. In the year benefit. The visitors consider it 1818, it visited 2106 families, ex- a part of their duty to teach the pending for their relief 25381.; and poor to depend, under God, upon in 1819, 2035 families were visit their own exertions, for their suped, and relieved with 2340 l. In pori." the course of the ten years which " The experience of every day have nearly elapsed since the for. proves the necessity of investigatmation of this Society, 22,614 fa- ing the character and situation of milies have been visited, and those who apply to the charitable 20,160 1. applied for their relief; for assistance: the visitors have and this relief has been administer. been the means in many instances ed on personal inspection of the of detecting persons who, by false wants of the poor, at their own ha. representations in begging letters, bitations.
have obtained considerable sums The distress of the district is of money, which they have squaomuch mitigated by the improve- dered away in idleness and intenment in the silk trade ; and the perance, to the great injury of the last two have been years of less distressed and deserving poor, who severe pressure upon the poor than are generally backward to obtrude ibose which preceded. During their distresses upon the public, those two years, however, the So- and require to be sought out by ciety has removed, or alleviated, the discriminating visitor." the sorrows of 4441 families. The On this subject the Committee Committee justly advert to the earnestly urge on the rich the imtendency of these frequent and un- portance and advantage of turning remitting visits, to raise the tone of the current of their benevolence .morals in a neighbourhood so con. into such channels as are presented stituted as that which is within the by this Society, and other institusphere of the Society's operations. tions of the same nature; from the The visitors avail themselves of consideration, that no relief is ever seasons of sickness or depression granted till a strict investigation to inculcate useful counsel; and it is has taken place at the habitations
owing to this beneficial intercourse of the persons soliciting relief. with the poor, that many children The Spitalfields General Fund, have been trained in sound reli- to which it it chiefly owing that gious principles and industrious this Society bas, of late years, dihabits, and that many bave been minished so vast a sum of human preserved from contamination and calamity, being wholly exhausted, moral turpitude.
“ the Committee throw themselves The following passages, from the on the best feelings of a Christian Eighth Report just published, shew public, who, they cannot doubt, the maxims of Christian prudence will enable them to continue their on which the Committee act. labour of love and inercy.”
“ It is their particular study to Our readers will find some affectdiscover and relieve all cases of ing specimens of the Cases which real distress, and to continue relief come before the Society atfixed to to such only whilst absolutely ne- the Advertisement on our Cover cessary: they are especially care for last mooth.
for last month. We shall give, in ful to avoid every thing that might addition, the following, which stands tend to produce a spirit of pau- the first in the Report. perism, and to discountenance it “ W. P. when first visited was wherever they find it. To relieve found in a wretched apartment, suffering the extreme pressure of family, baving parted with every complicated bodily affliction and article of dress to purchase food, distress. His tale of woe excited were constrained to conceal themin the mind of the visitor a pecu- selves in the tattered remnants of liar degree of sympathy and com: the bed-clothes. The money given miseration. Accustomed in his was received with tears of gratitude; carly days to live respectably, and and the timely assistance afforded having carried on a large wholesale by the Society, it is hoped, will be business, he had formed expecta- the means, under the Divine blesse tions of competence and ease, ing, of rescuivg this much afflicted which, in some degree, his situa- family from total destruction." liop in life warranted. By the fail- Subscriptions and donations are ure of some persons with whom he received by the Rev. Josial Pratt, was coonected, he lost 70001. which 20, Doughty Street, president ; completely overwhelmed bim, and Mr. John Kincaid, Spital Square, be proceeded step by step, till the treasurer; Sir W. Curtis, Bart., wbole ended in extreme indigence and Co., Messrs. Hoare and Co., and misery. His family, consisting Lombard Street; Messrs. Gosof bimself, his wife, and four chil- lings and Sharpe, Fleet Street ; dren (one a cripple), when the vi- Mr. Brock, 25, Doughty Street; sitor called upon ihem, had not Mr. Haichard, Piccadilly; and Mr. tasted food, of any kind, for nearly Cooper, 8, Queen Street, Cheaptwo days; and so great was their side. poverty, that the female part of the
ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS. Rev. J. Blicke, B. D. of Wentworth Rev. J. Brewster, Laughton V. in R. in the Isle of Ély, vice Pearce, dec. Lincolnshire, vice J.Smallpage, deceased.
Rev. J. Dampier, West Wrathing V. Rev. George Williams, of Martin Cambridgesbire.
Hussingtree, to be a Minor Canon of Rev. Augustus B. Henniker, Great Worcester Cathedral. and Little Thornham RR. Suffolk. Rev. Peter Elers, Rishangles R. Sar.
Rev. T. J. Lates, Charlton Abbots folk. Perpetual Caracy, Gloucestershire, vice Rev. George Pickard, jnu. StauntonWallett, deceased.
upon-Arrow V. Herefordshire. Rev. J. Harcourt Skripe, Thundersley Hon. and Rev. William Leonard Ad. R Essex.
dington, second son of Viscount Sid. Rev. W. French, M.A. Fellow and Tu- month, Poole R. Wilts. tor of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, to be Rev. G. F. St. Jobn, of Baliol College, Master of Jesus College, rice Pearce, de Oxford, Manston R. Dorset. ceased.
Rev. H. J. Todd, M. A. Settrington Rev. P. Guoning (Rector of Bath- R. Yorkshire, vice Gilbert, deceased. wick), Newton St. Loe R. near Bath, Rev. John Ellis (Vicar of Langwiu) vice J. Wood, deceased.
Cerrig-y-druidion R. Denbigbshire. Rev. J. Savile Ogle, to the new Pre- Rev. 'W.N. Parnell, Crossgate Perpe. bend of Durham Cathedral, rice Hon. tual Curacy, Leeds. Anchitel Grey, resigned.
ESSAYS, SUBJECTS, INTELLIGENCE, OCCURENCES.
15, 77, 230,
· 59, 144, 515
Calviaism and Calvinists 35, 85, 194, 290,
259, 992, 342, 399, 448,
609, 666, 755, 768, 857
..... 337, 381
Priests, Power of
555, 772 Catholics (sce Rame, Church of ).
Distribution of Scriptures
37 Cato-street Conspiracy.... 144, 213, 287,
301, 354, 386
654 Character of Archbishop Laud,
George III. 142, 155, 451, 590
(see also Index of Names)
· 23, 385 Charitable Societies (see Societies)
-, on Meetings of .. 231
(see Service for 30th January)
284, 420, 428, 480
-, happy Effects of ...... 890
., no new Discoveries in 40-4
Progress of (see Societies)
.... 61, 463
Establishment (see Church)
Preserments.. 216, 288, 43%,
496, 568, 784, 854, 910
703 Education : 64, 66, 102, 110, 136, 137,
138 138, 202, 203, 204, 208, 350, $88, 593,
1, 5 479, 495, 532, 558, 561, 694, 707, 714,
767, 773, 776, 803, 843, 848, 873
11 Egypt 133. 348, 417, 485, 773, 89
Election (see Predestination and Catrin-
366 Evangelical, on the Term 167, 688
477 Extra Services
79, 157, 916
489, 785 Faith
S9, 647, 725, 753, 863
Fruitfulness of 413, 648, 863, 865
47, 176, 647
Sermons 16, 81, 151, 225, soo,
573, 438, 506, 581, 646, 724, 792
396 Fathers of the Church of England
Florentine Boy's Petition.
199 Formularies of the Church ...... · S2, 543
189 (see also Articles, Homilies, Liturgy)
64 France .... 60, 66, 68, 130, 136, 141,
211, 275, 285, 354, 417, 420, 4:5,
429, 479, 521, 527, 555, 564, 697,
629, 636, 693, 708, 779, 849
40, 180, 864
Funeral Cloth ....
805 Gallican Church, ......... 103, 107, S77