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We could easily prolong our volume before us, has no reason notice of this highly interesting to complain of the unhallowed inwork, by additional extracts on fuence of such feelings. We wish various subjects illustrative of the to regard the fact as an indication history and manners of these Is- of the progress of kind and liberal landers. But we forbear; per- sentiments. Why, indeed, should suaded that few of our readers will it be otherwise ? A Christian deprive themselves of the pleasure Missionary, whatever may be his and advantage of perusing the vo- immediate connexions, has attained lume,
a higher grade than any of our Since the former part of this ar- little distinctions could have creticle appeared, many of the lite- ated. He belongs to the true and rary and religious journals have legitimate aristocracy; the apisou honoured Mr. Ellis's narrative in « faith, hope, and charity.” with their notice and approbation. Such men are above us; they inThis circumstance we regard as a habit a higher region, and are perdecisive proof of its excellence, vaded by a more celestial influence. and an evidence of the increasing We feel our insignificance when influence of Christian liberality. we contemplate their motives, their If in any cause such liberality objects, and their achievements. ought to be evinced, and sectarian While the millions of perishing feelings proscribed and renounced, heatheu are before the vision of it should be in the sacred cause of their minds, in all the necessities missions. At home our several of their condition, and all the aw, interests, though not really dis- fulness of their destiny; we are cordant, are sometimes apparently too often “ falling out by the so. The "carnality" which leads way" in the humbler sphere of our to unhallowed preferences, and labours, vexed by the cares that the imperfection which produces our weak passions have engendiversity of thinking, will neces- dered, and harassed by the contensarily exert their influence in the tions that our trivial distinctions periodical publications which are have fostered. But these holy the organs of the respective par- men seem to be looking down ties. Each section of the great upon us with grief and surprise commonwealth of Christianity has that we have any energy to exits heralds, its reporters, and its pend, any ardour to exhaust, exadvocates; and too often where cept in that cause which alone general interests and common prin- “ demands our life, our souls, our ciples ought to predominate, we all !” We consider the work of find the most unworthy prejudices Mr. Ellis as eminently calculated allowed to operate. It has af. to advance the interests of this forded us no small gratification to cause, and shall rejoice to hear of find that the esteemed author of the his future success in its promotion.
LIST of NEW PUBLICATIONS, with SHORT NOTICES.
CHRISTIAN MEMORIALS of the Nine- has been distinguished by the zealous teenth Century ;' or Select Evangelical efforts of many holy persons who, in Biography for the last Twenty-five Years. the spirit of primitive Christianity, have Collected and condensed by Alfred Bishop. laboured to mitigate human wretched12mo. pp. 376. Price 65. Holdsworth.- ness, and to diffuse the blessings of the The opening of the nineteenth century Gospel throughout the world.
Many of these devoted labourers now ance; and, although he resided a number rest from their benevolent toils, and of years in the neighbourhood of that gentheir record is on high ; but they have tleman, he has seldom heard him preach. left us an example, which we shall do. What, therefore, he has done in this case, well to study and imitate. 'Mr. Bishop was done, not for friendship, but for truth. has therefore served the cause of piety,
- He believed, and therefore he spake.'" we conceive, in presenting to the public We cannot go over all the topics disthis very pleasing memorial of their zeal, cussed in the petition; but Mr. S. closes wisdom, and holiness, which, we trust, it by submitting, may stimulate their descendants to emu
" First, That there was no cause regularly late their deeds of Christian heroism.
before the Synod when the said sentence This very neat volume contains a col
of suspension was passed. lection of forty-one memoirs of eminent
• Secondly, That the evidence was toChristians of both sexes, and of various tally insufficient to support the conclusions communions, in Great Britain and Ame. that rested thereon. rica.
- Thirdly, That the sentences proIn compiling such a work, he has nounced were unwarrantably severe. necessarily laid under tribute the peri
“ Fourthly, That the proceedings have odical literature of the day; and we are
been irregular and arbitrary, and have led happy to see that the Congregational
to consequences oppressive and vexatious.
« Fifthly, That the tendency of these Magazine has contributed a fair quota
proceedings is to place the property and to the general stock. In justice to Mr.
privileges of the members of the SecesB., it should be stated that, in many
sion Church in a most dangerous situeases, he furnishes his readers with the
ation. substance of a large volume very ju. “ Lastly, As these measures have tenddiciously condensed. Indeed, the whole ed, in no small degree, to drive Mr. is executed with so much pious feeling Fletcher and his congregation away from and good taste, that we cordially, re- our communion, so they stand as insurcommend it as a very pleasing and in
mountable barriers in the way of their structive volume.
return." A PETITION TO THE UNITED As These are grave charges. One of SOCIATE SYNOD for a Review of the them is thus sustained :Proceedings in the Case of the Rev. " The judgment founded on the aforeAlexander Fletcher, late Minister of said evidence ultimately affected, in no Albion Chapel, London. By C. Stewart. small degree, the pecuniary interests of Stirling. 8vo. pp. 28.-Mr. Stewart, it ap Mr. Fletcher and his congregation. By pears, is a surgeon at Dunblane, and, as his energetic and successful labours, in a member of the Associate Presbyterian
the hand of divine providence, that con. church, felt it his duty to address a petition
gregation was formed and organized; and to the Reverend Moderator and Synod, at
by them, the Albion Chapel was built.
Many contributed to the work from their their late convocation in Edinburgh, in
attachment to the minister, while yet they .. treating them to review their celebrated
knew little of Presbytery, and perhaps proceedings in the case of Dick versus
cared as little about it; and it is much to Fletcher.
be feared, that the knowledge they have " It may be asked, why has this indi now got will not greatly have increased vidual Petitioner taken so much concern their love of it. Some of these contribuabout an affair with which he can be only tors, of course, were in communion, and, very remotely connected ? He answers, consequently, were under Presbyterian that it is a worthless finger or toe that jurisdiction ; but many were only seatcareth not for those nobler organs from holders, and many more were neither which it derives its life and health.
members nor seat-holders. These differ" This individual feels for the injured, ent classes united their efforts in building and for them who do an injury; he feels the chapel, under the impression that Mr.. for him who has been surreptitiously de Fletcher should occupy it as minister, and, prived of the fruits of his labours, and for at all events, that no one should occupy them who have been robbed of a house it, in that capacity, for any space of time, which they built at their own expense; who was not the object of their own he feels for the fathers in that Synod, by choice ; and, for the greater security of whom judgment was given ere the cause this point, the trust-deed seems to have was heard ; and his own interests being been executed in favour of those who thereby put in danger, he fears for himself, might, or actually did, adhere to the and acts for himself. He is the agent or Synod. apologist of no party. With Mr. F. he 's. The Synod was considered to be has only a very slight personal acquaint, composed of Mr. Fletcher's friends, and, New Series, No. 20.
consequently, both members and seat- long since recorded our opinion of this holders, and even those who were neither unhappy case, which the lapse of many members nor seat-holders, trusted their pro months, and the abatement of public perty, bonâ fide, under the guarantee or interest respecting it, have not alsuperintendence of that house. When the
tered. trust.deed was executed, no one could foresee what has since taken place; yet the
SELECT Sermons. Vol. I. Contain- design and intent of that deed is abun
ing fifteen Sermons on various important · dantly evident ; namely, that they might,
suojects. , 12mo:
Subjects. 12mo. Half-bound. thereby, be secured in the use of that BUNYAN'S HEART's Ease in Heart house, for a place of public worship, un- Trouble, &c. 18mo. Bourds. 1s. der the minister of their own choice. STORIES FROM SWITZERLAND, from Now, according to the sworn affidavits of the French of the Author of “ the Two the plaintiffs in the Chancery suit, that Old Men.” Half-bound. house cost upwards of £8,000 sterling, A PRESENT FOR THE YOUNG. Halfand was built at the expense of the con- bound. gregation; and is it not well known that
these little vol
These little volumes are from the the congregation did not acquiesce in the sentence of the Synod, but remained with
Religious Tract Society's press. How their minister? And it ought to be known. far the Committee of that Institution that those four plaintiffs, who ultimately are justified in departing from the simobtained possession of the chapel, which ple object of its institution, by the pubcost upwards of £8,000., never advanced lication of books, is too grave a question or paid £50. sterling in aid of its erection. for us to discuss in this passing manner. Does not every empty pew in that house, The work of Bunyan needs not our while it stares the stranger in the face, commendation.--The “Select Sermons" proclaim, with a loud voice, that this are from the discourses of eloquent and house is neither built by nor for the ex
evangelical divines; but we doubt wheClusive use of its present occupants ? By ther they are, in point of length and what process, then, has the result of Mr. Fletcher's indefatigable and exemplary
style, quite adapted to the class of readlabours, the liberal contributions made
ers for which, we presume, they are from the hard earnings of many hundreds 4
and hundreds designed. of members and seat-holders, and the The books for children please us betfree-will offerings of many more, who were ter, and are embellished with spirited neither members nor seat-holders, be- wood-engravings, and are, altogether, come the exclusive right of a few individu- “ got up” in a very attractive form, well als, whose contributious to the building calculated to please their little readers. were as a drop in the bucket, or the small dust in the balance ? How is the PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION. right of the property transferred from the Memoirs of the late Rev. John Townmans to the few : from those who laboured send. upwards of forty years minister of for it, to those who laboured not ? May Jamaica-Row Chapel, Bermondsey. Writit not truly be said of the latter, that they ten by Himself. In one thick 8vo. Voare like the lilies who toiled not, neither lume, price 12s. These Memoirs will did they spin ? yet they are protected in consist of Original Documents left in the the possession of that house, while those hand-writing of the deceased, the details who did both are excluded. In the eye of of which commence with his entrance into the eternal law of righteousness, has not Christ's Hospital, and come down almost that trust-deed been violated; has not the to the close of his valuable life. They object thereof been subverted ; and bave will be found to contain highly instructive not those who have taken part with them' notices of the rise and progress of most who have done so, made themselves para of the Religious and Charitable Institutakers of their sin ?".
tions of the age.—A History of the Re
volution in Ireland, in 1688-9; partly Our readers will not be surprised, from Materials bitherto unpublished, and after this, to learn that, although Mr. with an introductory Chapter. By John Stewart was permitted to attend the O'Driscol, Esq.- A Picturesque and Synod, “and to support his petition, highly-finished Engraving, representing viva voce, in the presence of that learned the North-West Front of the newly erectand reverend body, not one member of ed College at Highbury. The building which permitted a single breath to will be accurately delineated from the oriescape, calculated to embarrass the ginal drawings of the Architect, John speaker, or to interrupt him in his sim.
Davies, Esq. The Plate to be executed in ple oration,” yet, “on a motion being
the line manner, by Messrs. Storers ; size
13 inches by 8 inches. To be inscribed, by made that the petition be dismissed
permission, to Thomas Wilson, Esq. Treawithout discussion, it was agreed, dis
surer of the College. Price to Subscribers miss, nemine contra dicente.” We have 8s. Proofs on India Paper 12s.
SUSPENSION OF THE BIBLE societY IN then refers to the “ General regulations of RUSSIA.
the army," under the head of “ Attend
ance of regiments and detachments, &c." We are afflicted to learn, that the Em
He quotes a clause, “ that no soldier peror Nicholas has ordcred, by a decree
professing the Roman Catholic religion, of the 24th of April, that the proceedings shall be compelled to attend the divine of the Bible Society be suspended till
worship of the Church of England, but further orders, that an exact account shall
that every such soldier shall be at full li. be made of their real and personal pro
berty to attend the worship of Almighty perty, and a report made upon it. The
God according to the forms prescribed by sale of Bibles in Sclavonian, Russian, and his religion :” He adds ;" This exother languages spoken in the empire, is, ception, however, in favour of the Roman however, still permitted.
Catholics, is the only one I find; and all
other cases, if I mistake not, are to be EXILED SWISS MINISTERS.
understood as falling under the general reThe communication on this interesting gulation :" Officers commanding detachsubject came too late for insertion. We ments and parties are responsible for the propose to give it next month. We have due attendance of the men under their only room for the statement of sums orders at the parish churches nearest to received.
their quarters.” He considers every pres. Acknowledged in the last
byterian mecting in England or Ireland as number .............. £113 7 2 va dissenting meeting ;” and suggests D. Edwards, Esq., Newport,
" the expediency of enforcing the regulaMonmouth ...........
0 0 tion." Mr. Dowle, Newport....... 0 10 0 The Adjutant General, in his letter to
General Thornton, after referring to the £118 17 2 letter of the Chaplain General, says :
“ His R. H. the Commander in Chief
entirely concurs therein; and directs, that THE RIGHTS OF PRESBYTERIAN
the 72d, in common with other regiments SOLDIERS.
similarly circumstanced, attend the parish In the month of August last, a Major church of Belfast: the arrangement, of the 72d regiment, quartered at Belfast, whereby it was permitted to attend the communicated to Dr. Hanna, (minister of Presbyterian church having necessarily one of the presbyterian congregations in terminated with its renoval from Scottbat place, their desire to attend his land." meeting-house, and to consider him as On the ensuing Sunday, the 72d regitheir chaplain. He accordingly had a se- ment, in which there are only 71 officers parate scrvice for them; attended their and men of the English Established hospital and school ; had a Sunday School Church, and 681 officers and men who are in the barracks, and applied to the Cape Presbyterians, was marched to the parish tains to give certificates to such of the church. men as they thought proper to be ad- Upon this, Dr. Hanna addressed a letter mitted to the sacrament. Things conti. to the Duke of York, in which he renued in this state till the end of January. cited the circumstances of the settlement About the beginning of February, copies of Presbyterians in Ulster, to show that of certain letters were received by the offi. they have not seceded from the Established cer commanding the regiment; one was Church, to which they never belonged ; from the Chaplain General, addressed to but are a branch of the Church of Scot Sir H. Torrens; another from the Adju- land, a sister church to the Church of tant General's office, in Dublin, addressed England. " Though they are Nonconto General Thornton, Armagh.
formists, they are not Dissenters;" and The Chaplain General states, that “every Presbyterian Meeting, is not a “ the 72d regiment, now quartered in Dissenting Meeting." He stated, that Belfast, upon the plea of its being a the practice bas hitherto been, when the Scotch, and consequently a presbyterian . principal part of a regiment or detachcorps, have attended divine service at Dr. ment have been Presbyterians, they have, Hanna's meeting, instead of going to the in all places in Ireland, attended public parish church, or to the place where the worship in Presbyterian meeting-houses, regular parochial minister, as his letter and the ministers have received the usual states, was prepared at the usual hour, to allowance granted to Chaplains, which perform a separate service, according to must have been well known to the public the rites of the Church of England." He offices. This was, he believed, the first in
stance, in which a Presbyterian regiment 2. Officers commanding detachments in Ireland was removed from a Presby. and parties are responsible for the due atterian place of worship, and ordered to go tendance of the men under their orders at to the parish church.
the parish churches nearest to their quarThe general enforcement of this regu- ters. lation, he added, would subject English
Vide General Regulations and Orders regiments in Scotland to the necessity of marching to the parish kirks nearest
for the Army, dated Horse Guards, their quarters. Lastly, he stated the excitement that this proceeding must occa On March 4, 1826, Sir H. Taylor wrote sion; which would lead the Presbyterians to Dr. Hanna that the Commander in to take every constitutional mode of ob- Chief had communicated with the Chaptaining redress, both here and in Scot- lain-General, in consequence of Dr. land; and the impolicy of risking dis Hanna's letter, and seen the letter from content and disunion among Protestants the Dean of Carlisle, and refers to its conin Ireland.
tents, as being in strict conformity to his Dr. Hanna also wrote to the Chaplain. own sentiments. General, Dr. Hodgson, Dean of Carlisle, On the 13th or 14th of March, Dr. (Feb. 18.) to the same general purport Hanna called a meeting of the Presbywith the above, but more at large on terian ministers in Belfast, who appointed the consequences of the regulation; the him, and two other ministers, to prepare harmony subsisting between the Presby- materials to be submitted to a further terian and Episcopal churches; the conse- meeting on the 16th. The intention was quences of division among Protestants, to have a general meeting of the Presbyand the practicability of accommodating terians of the town and neighbourhood, both. After stating the various duties to consider what should be done; but the that he performed for the regiment, he intervention of the Antrim and Down asadds, “ While thus employed, two docu. sizes occasioned that meeting to be dements were sent to me for signature, ferred. It was also thought advisable to about the 26th Dec., containing returns of wait for answers to letters, which it was the attendance of the soldiers, certified understood had been written to men in by Colonel Calvert, and an application, I office, by the agent for the distribution of presume, in the usual manner, for the al- His Majesty's Royal Bounty to the Preslowance granted to acting Chaplains ; byterian body, and by the Moderator of these I signed and transmitted to you. I the Synod of Ulster. have not been honoured with any reply. At a subsequent meeting, April 3, it was May I request your attention to this, and thought prudent to prolong the time, and an answer to these applications. It is three ministers were deputed to confer no part of my design to gain any emo- with Mr. Brownlow, Colonel Forde, and lument to myself or my brethren. We Lord A. Hill, Members of Parliament for think nothing of any emolument, com- the counties of Armagh and Down, who pared with an invaluable religious privi- arrived in Belfast next day. They ex. lege. All we ask is, that Presbyterians pressed themselves very willing to forward in the army may be allowed to worship the wishes of the ministers on their arGod according to their consciences, and rival in London ; but shortly after a com. that Presbyterian ministers may have the munication was received, intimating that privilege of preaching and administering the subject had been taken into considerthe ordinances to those of their commu ation at Head Quarters, and that the same nion in Presbyterian regiments."
liberty was granted to the Presbyterians as In his reply to Dr. Hanna's communi- to the Roman Catholics, but that no money cation, (March 21,) Dr. Hodgson inclosed could be issued, except to established micopies of the two regulations, and ex- nisters. pressed his opinion that “ much irregue. Thus has this point been settled, much Jarity and confusion would ensue if a dif- to the satisfaction of the Presbyterians ferent principle were adopted.” “The and the honour of Government.' It was certificates (he said) were forwarded with one in which not only the Scotch regiout delay to the Secretary at War, with a ments, when quartered in Ireland, were recommendation for payment, and that deeply interested, but also the soldiers enthey were still under the consideration of listed in the North of Ireland, who form his Lordship.”
a very numerous body; and likewise the The Regulations are as follows :
militia regiments of Ulster, which are
230 Sept. 1796. principally composed of Presbyterians. 1. The Commanding Officer of every The agitation of this business in the Ge. separate regiment in quarters will attend neral Synod of Ulster, the Secession with his regiment at some parish church, Synod of Ireland, and the General Assemor employ a neighbouring clergyman to bly of the Church of Scotland, which perform divine service to the men.
would have been followed by petitions to Vire collection of Regulations, dated both Houses of Parliament, has thus been
War Office, 25th April, 1807. happily prevented; and the good under.