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governor for life. Such governors the British isles have manifested their will be entitled to attend and vote at zeal and liberality by assisting in this all meetings of the committee.

great cause. The receipts of the Bri- ;Donations and subscriptions were tish and Foreign Bible Society, during immediately raised, to the amount of the last year, amounted to nearly one 1301. 1

hundred thousand pounds: it is surely, “Farther subscriptions and donations then, full time that an opportunity be will be received by the Treasurer, afforded for the well-kpown generosity Joseph Fry, Esq. Mildred's Court; and of British sailors to manifest itself, in by the Secretaries, Mr. Thomas Smith, aid of this noble undertaking. And if 19, Little Moorfields; Mr. Richard the pure and simple object be ex Blakey, 28, Addle Street; and Mr, plained to them, it wonld be unjust to Samuel Dennis, 8, Aske Terrace, Hox- suppose either that their charaeteristie ton. Persons of both sexes inclined to zeal, liberality, and activity, will be favonr the Society with their personal unemployed in forwarding this beneassistance as teachers, are requested volent design, or that they will not to make known their wish to either of equal, in every respect, the hitherto the Secretaries." . - o . unexampled exertions of their brethren

on shore. The plan has been already MARINE BIBLE ASSOCIATIONS, adopted, not only on board king's ships, • In a note in a preceding page, we have but merchant vessels; and the effects adverted to the subject of Marine Bible on the morals and bebaviour of the men Associations. A paper has recently have been such, as to encourage every been circulated on the subject, to which true friend to his country, and to man. we entreat the public attention, and kind, to assist in the general establishparticularly of all persons connected ment of similar Associations.. with ships, whether national or com “To accomplish this object, it is mercial. “The owners and command proposed that the captain or master of ers of vessels," it is stated, “ must be any ship should, by his example and aware of the great adyantages derived reconimepdation, encourage his crew from a sober and orderly crew; for to subscribe, either monthly or weekly, they know by observation and lament at the rate of one penny a week, or able experience, that numerous ships upwards, from each person ; and the bave been wrecked, many valuable lives captain or master may be authorized by Jost, and a ruinons waste of property the subscribers, to stop it out of their occasioned, in consequence of the in- wages, if more agreeable to them. The attention, drunkenness, or disobedience whole amount received to be expended, of sailors. It cannot, therefore, be from time to time, in the purchase, at doubted, that any measure, which has prime cost, of such descriptions of Bibles a tendency to promote sobriety and and Testaments as the sabscribers good order, and to improve the morals shall require and direct; and as Bible of seamen, will meet with the warm ap. Societies are formed at all the princi. probation of the proprietors and masters pal ports in Great Britain and Irelandy of-ships, and obtain their immediate application may be easily made to any and hearty supporti And such, it is of their secretaries for the requisite confidently expected, will be the effects supply of the holy Scriptures at prime produced by the formation of Marine cost; specifying that the application Bible Assoeiations, by means of which comes from a Marine Bible Asspciation, the sailoris, may proeure the holy Scrip and stating the name of the ship and tures on the easiest terms, not only for her commander: any number of Bibles themselves and families, but even for and Testaments may thus be obtained, disposal in foreign countries. Deriving pot only for the supply of the crew, inestimable advantage from this inva but in different languages, for sale in luable book, they may become the in foreign lands,'., 4419 struments of conveying it to millions of To facilitate the establishment of their fellow-creatures, and thus greatly these Associations, hints for their regupromote the glorious Christian object lation are subjoined, together with an of the British and Foreign Bible Son Address to Mariners, the price and ciety, to extend the knowledge of the specimens of different editions of the Gospel of peace and salvation to all the Scriptures, and the proper forms for sations of the earth. We

keeping the accounts of the Association ; For sleven years the inhabitants of but for these we must refer to the paper

itselt, which may be obtained by ap. plain the Books of Moses, and the plying to Everton and Henderson, No.. Gospels. Where the eastoms of the 2, Johuson's Court, Fleet Street.: 1 natives appear to have been taken from

the Bible, he points it eat to them. He CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY, never enters into the histories of their

The Rev. Missionaries, Norton, Green: supposed prophets or gods; but he asks wood, and Schroeter, sailed for India them, if they ean shew bim any whese in the Chapman, on the 27th of May. life and doctrine can be compared with The Rev. Missionary Schulze, and his that of Jesus, and points out the eba wife, sailed for Sierra Leone in the racter of a true Saviour. Their own Kirkman, on the 22d June.. Recent consciences usually maks the applica. accounts from Africa amonnoe the tion ; and he has often been asked, death of Mrs. Hartwig, and Mrs. What, then, do you say our prophet Betscher, who were assidnously employ or gods are liars?' His nsual answer is, ed in the religious education of the fe "Do you yourselves judge. I tell you male youth of that country. Their loss, plainly, that I have ceased to honour it is feared, will prove irreparable. them; and I know there is no salvation The Rev. Daniel Corrie has arrived but in Jesns.' He takes, usually from India, and brought fresh and en whole chapter to explain, rather than a couraging accounts of the progress of single verse, and reads the chapters as Divine Trath at Agra, and its vicinity lessons between the prayers.!! . He gives the following account of Abs . We shall hereafter give an abstract dool Messee's method of promoting of his journals, nad some account Christianity.'*7038547347 Chaussee you as coi? the progress of schools in India. i 2." Abdool's method is, to read and ex. fit it is is ...! w tigrese non ne Etsiduod I, I , I lo

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manly declaration of theis intentions THE general regards of mankind are which would at once have put a period still necessarily fixed on Paris. There to all those doubts and fears which now are assénibled, either in person or by agitate the population of that country, their ministers, the confederated poten. It would have well become the kiog in tates of Europe ; and while their armies concert with tlose allies to have laid traverse the plains of Francc, garrison' down clearly the principles of his fu. her cities, and guard her throne, they ture government; to have formed to himare doubtless occupied in devising the self a' ministry on which he could rely means of securing the future repose and as being attached to bis person, and as happiness of the civilized world. What possessing a community of interest with progress fias been made in this work, is himself; to have boldly singled out the as yet' concealed from the pnblie: guilty leaders in the date Revolution for there are, however, some unambiguous trial and punishment; to have dissolved Indicatious that its accomplishment is the rebel army, and to have environed impeded by considerable difficulties, himself with troops of whose fidelity he Buch difficulties, indeed, were to be ex- was assured. Had this conduct been pected from the peculiar character of adopted with promptitude and decision the French Nation, and from the singu- in the first instance, and pursued with Jarly anomalous relations which subsist firmness; and bad the allies, is thus conbetween its sovereign and the allied curring to punish the guilty, abstainod powers; and they have doubtless been at the same time from all violation of enhanced by the want of a frank expla. private property, and adhered rigenation on the part of the allies of rously to the terms of their Declaration, their views and final purposes, and by the public mind would sooner have beep the unavoidable distrust entertained re tranquillized. All would have known specting some of the individuals wlio precisely what they had to expect, and Form Mhe present administration of there would have been less room for France. It would have wen become those agitations wilich necessarily e the allies to have made a distinet and sult, among a people like the brench, from the ittegular exactions and disors instigated the solidiers to tevolt, in derty conduct of a licentious soldiery, spite of the entreaties and remorkand still more froth uncertainty as to strances of his superior officer. He was their own future fate; and which ard the first who joined the rebel standards capable of producing a dreadful re and so hostile was le to the Bourbon letion.

canse, that when he found the Chamber The allies, however, bare made no ef Deputies indisposed, after the battle distinct deelaration of their purposes, of Waterloo, to support Bonaparte, he or of the grounds and motives of their eagerly insisted on a farther appeal to conduct. The king has surrounded the sword, and proposed a declaration to himself with men who are known only this effect, that every Frenchinan who äs the confidential instruments of Boba- should quit Bonaparte's colours should parte in all his plans of foreign aggress be covered with infamy, his house slon and domestie demoralization, and tazed, his family proscribed. He was who can have no sympathies in common found guilty, and condemned to be with him. So little, indeed, are they shot; and the execution of his sentence disposed to incur responsibility on his took place on the 19th instant.-Mar account, that even in tardily adopting shal Ney has been arrested, and, it is the gravd and necessary measure of the said, will be forth with broitght to trial, dissolation of the rebel army, instead of Marshal Bruine was also arrested, but has at once issuing a decree to that effect, fallen a victim to the governed rage founded on existing and palpable of the populace of Avignon. Some other grounds of policy, they choose to found distinguished actors in the late Revoluit upon a decree issued by the king from tion have been recently apprehended. Ghent, in March last, and which pro- Immediately on the surrender of bably was never heard of in Paris until Bonaparte, an order was issued by now; thus throwing on him and his Our Government to pät an end to all personal adherents the odium of this naval hostilities on the coast of France, unpopular act, instead of boldly taking and to permit French vessels, bearing it on themselves. Their other meaşures the white flag, to navigate freely. The of apparent vigour seem marked with two nations are therefore restored to the same character of tardiness and the same commercial relations which indecision. They do not seem to flow subsisted between them prior to the from the prompt and spontaneous coun- 20th of March last, sels of the king's government; but to. Bonaparte bimself lias been sent to be imposed on them,, after discussion, spend the residue of his days in the delay, and resistance, by the controul. island of St. Helena, accompanied by ing fiat of the allied powers. We are un- Generals Bertrand and Montholon, and willing, however, to say more on this their families, M, de las Cases, aud head, lest we should appear to be pre- General Gourgand, together with nine sumptuously stepping beyond our pro domestics. He previously entered his vince, and to be dogmatizing in a case solemn protest against this measure, which is as yet, but partially known, which he affects to regard as a breach Most anxiously do we desire the peace of faith on the part of our Government. and happiness of France;, and most We, only hope that the arrangements happy shall we be to find every glooby which have been made for his safe cuspresage we may have been disposed tody, may obviate every chance of his to draw from present appearances, re-appearance on the European stage. falsified by the event, : Quitting, there : The king of France has issued á fore, our speculations, we shall confine decree for the immediate organization ourselves almost entirely to the plain of a new atmy, consisting of 86 legions statement of facts which have occurred of ivfantry, of three battalions eachs during the month. os.

46 regiments of cavalry, of differeịt Of the persona denounced by the descriptions, and 12 regiments of arking's decree of the 24th July, Labe- tiflery; besides a corps, of engineers. doyere is the only one who has yet been Each legion will take the name of a tried. His conduct appears to have department; to which will be attached been most fagitious. Having been such of the soldiers, pow serving in the ordered with his regiment (which he had Frenoh armies, as are natives of that received from the king) to Grenoble, particular department. We need hardly do oppose Bonaparte's progress, he remark how very incomplete the mea. sure of dissolving the old army is thus appeared, which subjects the public sendered; a measure which seems in- journals to an examination by compmis. dispensable to the peace of Europe, sioners appointed by the king. The and the stability of the Bourbon throne. reason of this . decree is stated by The mere transfer of the officers and Fonche to be, that, in the existing state soldiers to other corps, will not change of France and Europe, in the midst of their spirit. On the contrary, they will $0 much agitation, which it is the object thus form the elements of a new army, of the governments to calm, it would into which their feelings will, almost be unsafe that those periodical works, necessarily be infused, and which we which circulate so rapidly, and have so should fear will prove as essentially many millions of readers, should be al. Bonapartist as the old.

lowed without restraint to excite and The French Government bas prohi- nourish the passions of the people. bited for the present the export of all “Experience leaves no doubt respect, grain, and provisions of every kind. .. ing the evils, they are calculated to

On the king's return to France, the press produce, and the danger of leaving was declared to be relieved from all the them absolutely free: every day they restrictions which the law of last year commit us with foreign nations, awak, had imposed upon it. It was soon found, en distrust, and defeat the efforts of bis however, that the public peace required majesty to unite all minds, and to heal some important modifications of this the wounds of the nation." liberal policy. A decree has accordingly . 13,

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GREAT BRITAIN.: trods The Prince Regent has issued an order ceeded, with scarcely any loss, in getting for increasing, in favour of the army possession of his person and territories. which gained the battle of Waterloo, the T'he whole of that island is now, there. pensions appointed for the loss of limbs. fore, subjected to the dominion of the Besides which, all who shared in the British Crown, glory of that day, whether officers or The British Government in Bedgal men, are to be allowed on that account has likewise been involved in hostilities to reckon two years of service in all with the kingdom of Nepaul. Military that regards the pay or pensions of operations were proceeding on a great their ranks. This is a liberality which scale with the view of bringing the war will meet with the universal concur. to an early termination; bat the 'rerence of the nation.--We are happy to sistance on the part of the Nepaulese observe that the Waterloo subscription appears to have been more vigorous amounts to upwards of 200,0001.

than was expected. No decisive geThe Government of the island of neral action had taken place at the date Ceylon, driven to the necessity of wag. of the last accounts from that quarter. ing was on the King of Caudy, has suc.

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.

T.; J.J. HOLMES ; J.B.L. ; T. M.; P. C. F.; TREOGNIS; DIACONU8 ; CLERICUS • OCCIDENTALIS; N. L.; J. N. C.; G. K.; are under consideration. We beg to thank A. H. Z. for his communication. 'TO EDWARD We would briefly say, “ We must obey God rather than man." J. S. has wasted his time very unnecessarily in labouring to disprove, what we never meant to assert, that Luther's reformation, speaking generally, arose frona the profligacy of Henry VIII. The expression to which he objects was a quotation, with which we concluded that every intolligent reader would have been acquainted, and which referred merely to the extension of Luther's light to England. Surely it is not, as he affirms, a popish slander, that, in this sense, at sprung from Henry's lawless bed.

CHRISTIAN OBSERVER.'

No. 165.]

SEPTEMBER, 1815. (No. g. Vol. XIV.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATIONS.

LIFE OF BLAISE PASCAL. veral occasions, maintained the

reality of supernatural interposi(Continued from p. 498.)

tions, as incontestable attestations I'HE advocates of the Romish of the superior purity of their sect,

1 religion, in their endeavours or for the express purpose of con, to establish the exclusive integrity ferring honour on some of their and verity of their Chureb, insist distinguished members. Hence, strenuously upon the undoubted they have most unadvisedly con. and almost uninterrupted continu. curred with the Church of Rome, ance of miraculous powers among in contending for the perpetuity of them, from the earliest ages of miraculous powers in the Christian Christianity. As no other Chris- churches; and, by opposing miracle tian church assumes the existence. to miracle, have furnished the ene. of a similar power amongst its mies of religion with specious premembers, the Roman Catholics tences for rejecting the records of adduce their testimonies, and con- Moses and the Prophets, the nartend for the reality of their preten- ratives of the Apostles and Evange sions, with an air of triumph and lists. It is 'not here intended to petulant superiority. There is, insinuate, that all the relations of perhaps, no species of evidence of miraculous interpositions, since the the Divine favour and presence first ages of Christianity, are fabu, with a society, or an individual, lous, the fabrication, of weak or so obvious, intelligible, and in every designing men. Let the evidence way calculated to impress the mind by which many of them are attested, and secure the attention of every be allowed to be conclusive ; yet it class of mankind, as an exhibition may be strongly doubted, whether of supernatural powers, or well- the consequences insisted upon by attested narratives of miraculous their abettors can be unreservedly interpositions in their behalf; and admitted. In perusing the histo, as the particular evidence for 'ries of alleged supernatural interChristianity derives most impor- positions, whether recorded by tant support from the authenticity Popish or Protestant writers, it of its miracles, the partisans of should likewise be considered that Popery viaturally avail themselves a man who declares nothing but of this concession, and, assuming what he believes to be true, may the undeniable credibility of their yet not be a competent judge of own histories, assert their right to what is and is not a miracle. The the same deference which Chris- power of enthusiasm in perverting tians yield to Divine Revelation. the judgment, and giving a coNo specific claim to the gift of lour to the circumstances, when triracles has indeed been advanced any unusual event occurs, often by the Reformed Churches, in de misleads men into self-deception, fence of their separation from the aud unintentional falsehood. . HaRoman hierarchy; yet it is to be bits of thinking formed by early regretted that various denomina- associations of ideas, exercise as tions of Protestants bave, on se forcible au influence over the judg

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