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portals of it; and that sufficiently legi- been removed, and of the truly Chris. ble in the eyes of every sincere member tian spirit which the Dissenters in of our Church, and well calculated to London had displayed, on resigning interest his affections? Is not its simple their share in its administration. We and definite object, to circulate those are happy in being able to state, that admirable writings, which are so well the information and explanations which suited to humble the proud apd self- were thus afforded, have proved in conceited, to confirm the timid and general completely satisfactory. Dr. wavering, to awaken the pegligent and Randolph, Mr. Biddulph, and several worldly-minded, to bring back to the other clergymen, expressed at the meetlove of undoubted verities, those who ing, in the most unequivocal manner. have ears itching after novelties; and their approbation of the Society as now thus to counteract those causes of spiri- constituted; and though, from motives tual decay, which are deeply seated in of delicacy, no pnblic avowal of their the nature of fallen man? Can we doubt sentiments was made on the part of the about giving it our energetic support, members of other denominations, they .by our exertions and contributions, and have in many instances declared their above all by our prayers ? Can we hesi- hearty determination to snpport the tate in aiding such a design, if we love Society by their influence and contribu. the doctrines contained in the Articles, if we admire the way in wbich these The establishment, therefore, of the doctrines are inculcated in the Homi. Auxiliary Society at Bristol may be lies; and above all, if we have so felt considered as one of the first frnits of the truth of them in our hearts, as to the improvement, recently introduced plead them fervently, at the throne of into the plan of the Parent Institution, our Redeemer, in the words of the and will, it is hoped, be followed by
that of many others throughout the
United Kingdom. Certainly no instiBRISTOL AUXILIARY SOCIETY tution can be more worthy the support FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIANI.
of Christians of every denomination, TY AMONG THE JEWS.
than one which has for its specific obOn Thursday the 8th of June, a public ject the briuging of the wandering meeting was held in the Guildhall, at tribes of Israel and Judah to the know. Bristol, for the purpose of forming a ledge and belief of the true Messiah, Society in aid of the London Society whether that event be considered in it. for promoting Christianity among the self, or in connection with the glorious Jews. The chair was filled by Sir W. consequences which we are taught by J. Strutt, mayor of the city, in a man- the word of God to expect will result ner which peculiarly entitled him to from it to the whole Gentile world. If the grateful acknowledgments of the that be looked forward to as a period friends of the Institution. The meeting of singular felicity, in which the kingwas attended by Lewis Way, Esq, one doms of the world shall become the of the Vice-Presidents of the London kingdoms of the Lord and of his Christ; Society, by its three Secretaries, and surely the conversion of the Jews, by the Rev. Messrs. Simeon, Marsh, and through whose instrumentality that Grimshaw. There were also present, grand design of Providence is to be apwards of thirty of the established brought to pass, cannot be regarded ciergy of Bristol, and its vicinity. Mr. with any other feelings than those of Woodd, Mr. Way, and Mr. Simeon joyful anticipation; and all who have opened the meeting by stating at length at heart the manifestation of the Divine the general objects of the Society, the glory, and the extension of human hapcourse of its operations, and the causes piness, must feel themselves impelled to wbich had led to the recent change in concur with their utmost energies, in its constitution, by which the manage. promoting the success of endeavours ment of its affairs was transferred which have both these ends so directly wholly into the hands of members of the in view. Establishment. They gave an account On the Tuesday following, a Ladies also of the measures which had been Society was formed, in aid of the formadopted in effecting this change-of the er, to be under the direction of a pa. providential combination of circum- troness, vice-patronesses, a treasurer, two Atances by which difficulties, threater- secretaries, and a committee consisting ing the subversion of the Society, bad, of 24 ladies, of the Established Church. Jp order to give greater facility and effi. first year of its existence," he said, “its ciency to their exertions, the city of 'whole income was not 7001.;: in its Bristol, with Clifton, is distributed into eleventh it has fallen little short of eight districts; to each of which are 100,000). In the first year its patronassigned three members of the Com- age was small, its labours inconsider. mittee, who are to attach to themselves able; in the eleventh, it numbers among each, three other ladies, of zeal and its supporters many of the Royal Family, activity, thus forming an association of above half the Nobility, and the majori. twelve members in each district, having ty of the Prelates of the United King. its own treasurer and secretary. The dom, and had, aided the printing or principal object of this Branch Society, circulation of the Seriptures, in whole is to promote 'smaller weekly and or in part, in fifty-five different lanmonthly contributions; and the moneyguages. It had originated in this island raised by its means will be appropriat among a few individaals; but now its ed, under the direction of the Com- ramifications in other parts of the worla mittee in London, to the education and were no fewer than one hundred and protection of Jewish children and fe- thirty, beside giving birth to four hottmales, and to the translation of the dred and eighty-four auxiliary and New Testament into Hebrew. The branch Societies within the British respective associations will hold month- dominions. And vet » he contimed, it ly meetings, which will be attended by was an awful fact, that althongheight one or more of the ministers belonging teen hundred years had passed since to the districts in which they are held; the Son of God had descended from and thus, it is hoped, a devotional spirit heaven to redeem lost mankind, not will be promoted in the minds of the one in five of the whole race of Adam members, and social prayer concur with had even now heard the gracious tid. united personal exertions in forwarding ings of that redemption. An appeal the important designs of the Justitu- like this must be regarded as irresistition.
ble, by all who from their own feelings OXFORD BIBLE SOCIETY. ;
are able to judge of the inestimable
value of such knowledge.” He then ani. The Second Annual Meeting of this madverted upon the conduct of those Society was held in the Town-hall, Ox Who, instead of contributing to projects ford, on the 30th May, 1815 ; G. F. Strat- of public utility, busy themselves in ton, Esq. in the chair.
suggesting impediments' or detecting , The Chairman congratulated the imperfections, and concluded with this Meeting upon the flourishing state of apposite quotation from Locke, in a the Society, which he felt assured would
letter to Mr. Molyneux: "I am always have been a much larger contributor to for the builders who bring some addt: the funds of the Parent Institution, had tion to our knowledge, or, at least, some not the difficulties with which the Agri new thing to our thoughts. The finders cultural Interest had had to struggle of faults, the confuters and palfers since he last had the honour of address. down, do not only erect à barren and ing them, pressed with pecaliar force useless triumph upon human ignoránice, upon this county, wbich scarcely pos. büt advance is nothing in the acquisisessed a single mannfacture.
tion of truth. Of all the mottos I ever The Report of the Committee was
mmittee was met with, this writ over a water-work at then read, and ordered to be printed.
Cleves, best pléased me: The Rev. Daniel Wilson expressed the pleasure he felt in the opportunity Natura omnes fecit judices, paucos now afforded of co-operating without 94 artifices.'!"
10 :23 any compromise of principle, for the The Rev. Mr. Natt stated, that as a noblest object of charity, with the mem parochial minister he felt himself called bers of other religious persuasions. opon to bear his testimony in favour of Why not ascend above the spot where the Britisli and Foreign "Bible Society, the stream divides, and drink of the of which he had the honour of having pure spriøg that flows for the healing of been a member from it's commencement.the pations? He proceeded to illus. He considered the infinite value of the traté, by a statement of facts, the won. sacred Volume which it soo widely disi derful rapidity with which the British- tributed as forming its grand recom and Foreign Bible Society bad attained mendation; while the comprehensive its present eminent station, * In the nese of its scheme was so far from being
an objection, that it peculiarly entitled coming forward in their respective # to support; inasmuch as it coincideil neighbourhoods, both to make known with the genuine spirit of the Gospel in the object and nature of the Society, uniting Christians of every denomination which were often misunderstood, and and country in promoting the common to ascertain the deficiepcy of the Bible salvation. Prin i n
.. among the poor, which was consi. The Rev. Mr. Davison; of Oriel derably greater than was imagined. College, reinarked, that the British and In the course of his speech, from his Foreign Bible Society had been often own knowledge, be gave some affecting charged with intentional exaggeration, anecdotes, which evinced the anxiety though its enemies, when called upon of the poor to possess the holy Scripto substantiate the accusation, had tures, and the improvement they had seldom ventured to descend to particu- derived from their perosal. lars. For his own part, he was willing The Rev, Hugh Pearson observed, to aecept the numbers they gave him; that although it was no longer necesto take, instead of millions, thousands, sary either to discuss minutely the of havdreds, and even then he would merits of the Brirish and Foreign Bible maintain it had been an important in Society, or to defend the grounds upon strument of good; persuaded as he was, which its friends had joined it, there that the reasonable prospect of con- were various circumstances, which not verting one human being wonld amply only justified speeches on these annual tepay the toil and perils of travelling to meetings, but rendered them highly the ends of the earth. He then took a expedient. They were especially useşurvey of the Society's foreign pro- ful in diffusing amongst the community ceedings, and dwelt with particular a knowledge of the nature and effects satisfaction on the patronage given to of the Institution, and in affording an # by the sovereigns of the several opportunity for noticing whatever might countries in which it had been planted; be connected with its vindication or expressing his hope, that, by loyalty and support. With respect to the first of exbmission to established authorities, these points, the progress of the Society, it would every where continue to de- as detailed in the Report, would be serve the encouragement it had re- contemplated with delight, while a due ceived. -A too profuse distribution of consideration of its unbounded object eopies of the Scriptures had been must stimulate its friends to persevere. urged as an objection to some local In noticing the opposition the Society societies. Such waste he considered had had to encounter, Mr. Pearson had always been allowed, and must particnlarly referred to a late voluexist to a certain degree in every ex- minous attack, which professed to tensive concern. It was our business demonstrate its mischievous tendency. to look closely to the principles of our Tae extreme violence of the author, association; to be sure we were pur- and the absurdity of many of the suing a good end by legitimate means; charges which he had brought forward, and we need not then be uneasy or happily rendered a refutation less nediscomposed by errors and defects in cessary. He had certainly demondetail. Such errors must occasionally strated his own groundless, though occur while our affairs were conducted doubtless honest, fears, but had ntterly by imperfect and erring creatures; failed in establishing the positions which and in a world where snch mistakes he had so confidently undertaken to could always be guarded against, the prove. He had indeed (to adopt the labours of the Society would not be allusion of an eloquent prelate, the wanted. He concluded with observing, Bishop of Landaff, whén defeading the that till he could hear of some more Bible itself against a celebrated modern effectual mode of doing good, than by infidel) gone through the wood with Joining this Society, it might reckon the very best intention in the world of upon his beat services, and he believed laying its spreading honours in the dust; it wonld be very long before he should but he had succeeded only in exposing bave to transfer them to any other. a few unsightly slirubs, wbich the kind."
The Rev. J. Hill, vice-principal of ness of its friends would gladly bave St. Edmond Hall, took al view of the concealed from the public view, and measures adopted by the Committee wbich a more generous enemy would for the supply of the county, and have suffered to remain in obscurity; proased upon the meeting the duty of wisile the goodly cedar trees which form
its strength and ornament, and against firmed, by reflecting on the benevolent wbieh his aini was chietty directed had genius of Christianity, which had raised laughed unhurt at the fecbleness of his op to him remote and disinterested be. stroke; ..;
nefactors uncopnected with him by any Telumque imbelle sine ictu . human tie. In contemplating such Conjecit:
scenes, he could not bring himself to
dwell: npon cold abstractions, or to In reply to some of the assertions of weigh fears and scruples, when be felt it the author in question, he referred to a to be his duty to act.. tract lately published by a learned Bi. The Rev. Mr. Hinton congratulated shop*, wlio had not many years ago himself on being upon this occasion adorned this University; and in defence surrounded by members of an Univerof the sufficiency of the Scriptures alone sity to which we were originally indebtfor the purposes of moral and religioased for the existence of an English instruction, quoted a powerful and Bible. A Wickliffe and a Tindal were masterly passage, from the last volume the first, he observed, in this country to of Bishop Horsley's posthumous Ser- lay open the Scriptures to the unlearnmons. Mr. Pearson concluded with ed; and, in a later age, Kennicott and expressing his hope, that the result of others had been indefatigable in their that day's meeting would be a convic- endeavours to restore the purity of the tion in every mind, that we could not be original text. Such labours were, from more laudably or beneficially employed, their very nature confined to the scholar than in co-operating with the British, and the critic; but in the present effort and Foreign Bible Society, in promoting to diffuse the knowledge of the Bible, the universal distribution of that. Vo-, all Christiaus might alike co-operate, lume, which has God for its Author, and the Almighty had conferred upon truth without any mixture of error for all who were willing the high honour of its matter, and for its end the temporal being his instruments for the communiand eternal welfare of mankind. ,cation of his Holy Word. It was te
The Rev. Mr. Marsh expatiated upon him matter of unfeigned gratification the aid and influence afforded to the that an opportuuity was offered by the Missionary by the British and Foreign Bible Society to him and others of his Bible Society. He spoke of the feelings. brethren, of uniting with their fellow that must arise in the heart of a new Christians, without the slightest comconvert on receiving the sacred volume promise of principle, in this grand and as a present from a distant land, not benevolent design: while he referred locked np. in an unkuown tongue, but all who imagined there could be any translated into his own, by strangers danger in such an union to the security who had laboured hard themselves in afforded by the patronage of numbers order to spare his toil; and doubted not of the great and dignified in every rank but his faith must be animated and con-, and profession, as well as to the satisfac.
tory experience of eleven years, for the
removal of their doubts and appreThe Bishop of St. David's. hensions.
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
The results of the battle of Waterloo seem to have vainly hoped that his abdi. are altogether without parallel in his. cation would have arrested the progress tory, whether we consider their intrin- of the allied arms, and led to a negociasic magnitude, their bearing on the tion with them as the actual organs of peace and happiness of the world, or the French Government; or at least to the rapidity with which they have been a suspension of hostilities. The intelaccomplished.-The Bourbons are re. ligence, however, of that event, did not stored to the throne of France; Paris produce a moment's hesitation in the is again in the hands of the allies; and advance of the allies. The Duke of Bonaparte is at this moment a prisoner Wellington and Prince Blacher marcbed in England.
forward, in regular comunication with The Jacobia adhereats of Napoleon each other, and without interruptione
except as the necessity of storming a ties, without being called to accounts fort, or escalading a town, might pro- by reason either of the offices they duce a few hours' detention. A body hold, or may have held, or of their of the enemy's troops, under Marshal political conduct or opinions," and Grouchy, in the attempt to gain Paris, which had been approved and ratified were twice encountered by the Prus- by Blucher and Wellington, seems at sians, and suffered severely. They, first sight to be little less tban a comhowever, effected their object. From plete amnesty in favour of all, whether 40,000 to 50,000 men, besides the Na- ringleaders in the conspiracy against tional Guards and Federès, were thus Louis or not, who were at that time at collected for the defence of Paris, Paris. To common ears, it sounds like under the general command of Davoust. a pledge on the part of the allied comThe north side of Paris, including manders, that no inquisition into the Montmartre, St. Denis, and Belleville, political delinquencies of those indihad been very strongly fortified; but the viduals shall hereafter be instituted. south side was, to a considerable degree, And this is, perhaps, the real expla. unprotected. The allies took advan- nation of the forbearance which has tage of this circumstance; and crossing been exercised towards so many of the the Seine at St. Germain, the Prus- most active adherents of Bonaparte, sians possessed themselves of St. Clond and of the impunity and security they and Versailles; while a corps of the continue to enjoy. If this be so, we British army moved across the Marne, doubt not there were circumstances in towards the south-east side of Paris. the relative situation of the conflicting An attempt was made to defend St. forces, or some other powerful motives Cloud; but the gallantry of the Prussian of policy, to justify a course which, if troops surmounted every obstacle, and we be not mistaken (as we trust we thus laid the vulnerable points of Paris shall be found to be) in the meaning open to the combined assault of the we give to the stipulation, seems likely victorious armies. A farther defence to disappoint the just expectations of would now not only have been un- Europe, respecting the guilty authors availing, but would have exposed Paris of the present war, and of the carnage to all the horrors of a sack. The con- it has occasioned. flict before the barriers might indeed On the 30th June, Bonaparte appears have cost the allies many valnable lives, to have quitted Paris to repair to but the issue could not be questioned; Rochefort. The two houses, in the and the conflagration and pillage of the mean time, continued their sittings until capital would have been the inevitable Paris was actually in possession of the consequence of forcing its defences at allies; and these sittings would have the point of the bayonet. The pro- been continued, even after the king visional Government. judged more had reached St. Denis, had not the wisely than to push matters to this houses been occupied by the allied dreadful extremity. A capitulation was troops. Apd even then some inembers proposed and acceded to, by which the had the audacity to clamour loudly and French army was permitted to retire, violently against this act of exclusion, with its equipments, behind the Loire, which they represented as treason and the allies were put in military posses- against France. Their closing labours sion of Paris; that city to be completely consisted of a new constitution for evacuated in three days, and the move- France, and an address to the French ment behind the Loire to be effected People. This address contains a proin eight days. The allied generals test against any government which may engaged to respect public and private be imposed on France by force. It property, and to call no persons re- also contains a recognition of the inmaining at Paris to account for their justice of the slave trade, and a recompolitical opinions or conduct. The mendation of its abolition. convention, it is true, was called a T he king entered Paris on the sth. military convention, and was under. He had previously issued a proclama. stood to refer all political arrangements tion, in which it was intimated that, to the sovereign authorities. Yet a with the exception of the chief insti. clause, which distinctly specified that gators and actors in the treason that. " the inhabitants of Paris, and in ge- had been perpetrated, and who should neral all persons residing there, shall be pointed out by the two chambers as continue to enjoy their rights and liber- fit objects of trial, he should pardon to
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