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porting their own ministers, and paying

equal proportions with their neighbours Lvşey developement of the plan who attend the churches, towards the which is intended to be adopted for poor and church rates; should they be carrying into effect the project for also required to pay additional rates building new churches, must be interest. towards a measure, which, with the ex. ing to our readers. The official docu. ception of some large towns, appears to ments, however, do not contain any in- them to be unnecessary. If, however, formation as to the number of persons Churchmen wish to have new churches, who actually attend the parish churches; and will imitate the Dissenters by pay. por how many more might be accom- ing for them and the ministers them. modated, if they were so disposed; but selves, the Dissenters will have no cause merely the gross number of the popula- to complain; but will rejoice that the tion, and the relative capacity of the example they have so long set before churches to contain them. The differ the nation begins at last to be imitated. ence between these is not so great as we had supposed. The number of the po- | 1. An Account of Benefices and Popular pulation being 9,940,391; and the nuin. tion, Churches, Chapels, and their ca. ber of persons they contain being pacity, number, and condition of Glebe: 4,770,976; consequently, nearly one Houses, and income of all Benefices not half of the population might, if they exceeding £150. per annum. chose to attend the churches, find site Now, if it be considered, that Number of Benefices

10,421 there are but few parishes which do not Population..

9,940,391 contain a dissenting place of worship, and Churches of the that very many have two or three, and Establishment.... 10,192 some larger parishes a still greater Chapels

1,55 -11,743 number; and when it is recollected how Number of persons they contain4,770,975 numerously most of these are attended ; Glebe-houses fit for residence

5,417 it would really seem that most of our Benefices which havo no population are already provided with Glebe-houses...

2,626 places for the worship of God; and are

Glebe-houses not fit for residence 2,183 supplied with teachers recognized as Living not exceeding £10.. 12 competent religious instructors by the

20... 45 laws of the land. A popular writer has

50..119 remarked, on the silence observed re.

40..248 specting the dissenting places of wor

50..914 ship, « But in building more places of

60.. 314 worship, we must not shut our eyes to

70..301 the glaring fact, that there is, and al

80.. 278 ways will be, a considerable number of

90..251 Dissenters, for whom no church-room

100..594 need be provided.” And he might have

110.250 added, “ Among whose ministers will be

120..289 found none, who are non-resident, and

130.. 254 none who possess sinecures !"! We feel a

140..217 little anxious to know, as the Legislature

150.. 219 has entirely omitted the mention of their Total number of Benefices not places of worship, whether it is intended exceeding £150 . to leave them out also in the expenses Number of Livings, the value of which will attend the erection of new

which are not specified, being churches, and the consequent means for

returned as Impropriations, supporting more clergymen. It will or Appropriations..

27 be indeed “hard measure," (as good Sinecures

38 Bishop Hall called the treatment he Number of Livings not included received from the Presbyterians,) should in the preceding classes, and the Dissenters, in addition to building therefore presumed to exceed their own places of Worship, and sup- the value of 1504. yearly..... 5,995.


2. On the insufficiency of Churches.

Mr. Cramp, who is preaching in Dean

street, Southwark, with a view to the An Abstract of the Totals of Purishes pastoral office.

containing a Population of above 2,000, Tlat at present seventeen students, of which the Churches will not contain (twelve at Stépney, and five in the one half:

country.) are supported by the funds of Population

... 4,659,786 this Society. Number of persons the churches

Unanimous and cordial thanks were and chapels will contain.... 949,222 voted to all in the management of the Excess of population above the

Institution, and to all who had, by dona. capacity of churches and

tions of money and books, contributed chapels

3,710,564 | towards its benefit. An Abstract of the Totals of Parishes of Joseph Gutteridge, Esq. was re-elect. above 4,000 Inhabitants, of which the

ed Treasurer; and the Rev. Thomas Churches will not contain a quarter ; Thomas, Secretary; and a Committee Population.

9,947,698 appointed for the ensuing year. Number of persons the churches

Extracts from letters of several mi. and chapels will contain 419,193 nisters, educated by this Society, now Excess of population above the

settled over congregations in the coun capacity of churches and

try, were read, from which the actual chapels...

2,528,505 and happy results of the exertions of

the Society, through the blessing of God We have only to add, that in our

on the labours of those whom it has paopinion some measures should be

tronized, appeared ; and which, together adopted, to give general information to

with the Reports of the tutors, of the the public, as to the number of places good conduct and improvement of the of worship registered under the Act of students under their care, afforded great Toleration, whether belonging to Pres

satisfaction to all present, and furnished byterians, Independents, Baptists, Quakers,

a fresh stimulus for continued and un. Methodists, &c. Also of the number of ceasing exertions in the support of an persons they will contain; the number Institution, which has so evidently obusually atrending public worship, &c.

tained the approbation of heaven. The Societies for protecting the civil As a balance of upwards of £300 is rights of Dissenters might in a short due to the Treasurer, as appears at the time be able to ascertain this without audit of accounts for the past year, the much difficulty or expense.

ministers and friends of the Society pre sent, were particularly requested to use

their influence, both in town STEPNEY


country, to obtain donations and sub. ACADEMICAL INSTITUTION.

scriptions in aid of its funds.

Since the last annual meeting, donaThe annual meeting of the subscri- tions of books have been received from bers and friends to this Institution was

several friends, and are hereby thank field January 13, 1818, at the King's fully acknowledged: Head, in the Poultry, London. The

By Mr. Napier-Brown's Prize Essay Rev. Williain Newman, D.D. President,

on the Being of God. in the chair. The Committee reported, By Mr. Allen--His Translation of that, during the first year, six students

Outram on Sacrifices. had heen received on the foundation of

By Mr. Jacob Philips More's Thea the Society: three of whom had been logical Works, and many other articles, placed in the acaderay at Stepney; one some of which are highly valuable. with the Rev. Joseph Kinghorn, of Nor- By Daniel Lister, Esq.-Innes's wich; and two with the Rev. Mr. An. Sketch of Human Nature. derson, of Dunstable. That five students By the Rev. George Ford--Dr. Having completed the term of their edu- Owen's Death of Death. cation at Stepney, had left the academy. Messrs. Wilson, Keen, and Pepper, Mr. Samuel Brown, who had been lately on leaving the academy, presented seveordained at Loughton, Essex ; Mr. Wm. ral volumes, by Dr. Campbell, of Aber. Pepper, who is supplying, with a view to

deen, handsomely bound. a settlement, at Melbourn, near Cam

D. R. Munn, Esq. of Walbrook, has bridge; Mr. Josiah Wilson, who had sent for our museum a rattle-snake, late accepted an invitation from a new So- in the collection of Joseph Fox, Esq. ciety of Baptists in Dublin ; Mr. Thos. To R. H. Marten, Esq. we are under Keen, who is supplying a congregation great obligations, for his zeal in supply. at Newry, in Ireland, under the patron ing us with specimens in Mineralogy. age of the Baptist Irish Society; and To R. R. Broad, Esq. of Falmouth,

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the Committee presents grateful acknow more neglected than even among the ledgments for the several presents of Catholics. They had established schools Cornish Minerals which he has kindly at Montpellier, Toulouse, Montauban, communicated.

Bourdeaux, and other places; and the We are greatly indebted to George Catholics, alarmed at the progress of Creed, Esq. of Mile-End road, for the the Protestants, yet knowing that educa: printed “Copy of a deed conveying tion was not to be stopped, were about certain Estates in Trust, for the benefit raising a rival institution. The system of five Academies among Protestant Dis. had been introduced even into Spain, senters, namely, the Academies at Ho- and several schools were established at merton, Hoxton, Hackney, Stepney, and Madrid. Mr. Allen added, the cause Bristol.”

was proceeding in other parts of the con. We have received from Mrs. Brackett tinent of Europe, in the East and West (widow of the late Rev. Mr. Brackett), Indies, particularly in the island of à Letter in the hand writing of Dr. Hayti, under the patronage of Chris. Watts, addressed to the Rev. Mr. Arthur, tophe, in the United States of America, the first pastor of the Baptist church at and in Africa. Waltham Abbey. It is dated, Newing- Mr Allen further stated, that the cause ton, September 9, 1734.

of religious liberty had been espoused Other friends, it is hoped, will promote by the benevolent part of the Church of the benefit of the Institution in the same England, and has distinguished the way.

House of Brunswick, now on the throne. Since the meeting, a handsome That this Society owed much to the par portrait of the Rev. Mr. Anderson, one

tronage of the King, who as long as he of the first pastors of the church in was able to attend to business, had re. Grafton.street, has been presented by gularly sent one of his pages with a subThomas Millwood, Esq. of Portsea.

scription of 1001. a-year; and that great zeal in the cause and anxiety for its suc:

cess had been displayed by the Dukes BRITISH AND FOREIGN

of Kent and Sussex.

The Bishop of Norwich said, it was not SCHOOL SOCIETY.

now a question of doubtful disputation,

whețher education be or be not conducive On Thursday. January 22, a numer- to order or good morals in society. No ous and respectable meeting was held at man was now so bereft of his senses as to the City of London Tavern, his Royal make the subject a matter of arguinent. Highness the Duke of Sussex in the Well had the Legislature of Pennsylvachair, for the purpose of forming an nia some years ago laid down the wholeAuxiliary School Society, in aid of the

some maxim, that it was far better to British and Foreign School Society, for prevent crimes than to punish them, and the north-east district of the Metropolis, that to inform and reform the infant race including Hackney. At this meeting, was better than to punish and externiiwhich was numerously attended, Mr. nate it. They had a fine practical exWilliam Allen, of the Society of Friends, | ample of the success of so benevolent a stated, that the most gratifying infor- plan in the state presented by a body of mation of the success of the system their fellow Christians, one of the inost was frequently arriving from various distinguished of whom had that day adparts of Great Britain ; and particularly dressed them (Mr William Allen, of the that in many places its introduction Society of Friends). That body, by edu: had been attended with an evident-im- cating their youth, had done more to reprovement among the children of the form the morals of mankind than all the poor, in the observance of good order governments on earth bad done by gib and attendance on divine worship on bets and racks. It had been asserted, Sundays; that the system had also made and not without reason, that no govern: considerable progress in Ireland, and went had a legal right to inflict capita? that no other plan was calculated for punishment upon its subjects, until it that country; that this, not interfering had taken the proper pains to instruct with the religious opinions of the parents, the lower ranks in the nature of their met with great support from the Roman duties. They had been well referred 10 Catholics; and iis utility was so manitest the case of Scotland. Fielding, who that the Society in Dublin had been as

had so many years efficiently presided sisted by a Parliamentary grant of seve. at the Bow-Street Office, had once told ral thousand pounds. The system had friend of bis (the Bishop's), that in the been introduced into France; first among the Protestants: among the

course of a very long period, he never

poorer had brought before him, in his magis: classes of whom education had been terial capacity, more ihan six Scotçbmen.

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Such was the state of education in that | Harper, Brittan and Broadfoot, G. Byng, country, that proper subordination was Esq. M. P. T. F. Buxton, Esq. John infused into the minds of the people, and Pugh, Esq. David Bevan, Esq. James such would be always found the result Young, Esq. and Mr. Mackenzie, and of an universal system of education.- the resolutions were all passed unani. An allusion had been made to the Nati mously. onal System of Education, which was confined to those of the Established Church. In looking at the Institution,

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. and at the British and Foreign one, he would not scruple this day, in the face of the interest of Protestant Dissenters, and

The two following cases, important to the public, to avow his decided preference to the latter.--and to assert its bet. the latter to the rights of worship in geter claim to the appellation of National neral, were tried at the Salisbury March than the one which had it, however me.

Assizes, before Mr. Justice HOLROYD, ritorious were its objects. He begged who presided at Nisi Prius.

Lewis v. Hammond. to he unequivocally understood as appreciating the merits of the National

In this case it appeared from the state.

ment of Mr. Sergeant Pell, Counsel for system, and of being ready to do all in his power to promote it; but at the same

the plaintiff, and the proofs, that the time he would not conceal his prefer- plaintiff, being a farmer at Foxhanger, ence for this system, because it had no

in the parish of Rowde, near Devizes, at. thing of exclusion in its plan or character.

tended regularly a congregation of InHe ardently wished prosperity to both, dependent Dissenters in that town, and and to the one would say, when it spoke

in passing through a turnpike gate, called of the other, “Go thou and do likewise." Seend gate, on Sundays, he claimed The Rev. F. A. Cox, the Secretary, tolls at the gate, an exemption from the

from the defendant, who is a collector of expressed his apprehension that this and similar Institutions were not yet duly because he was going to his proper place

toll of ten-pence demanded from him, appreciated, for that, in his opinion, the school system is entitled to take prece

of religious worship at Devizes, and that dence of most if not of all other chari- such claim being rejected, and the toll ties—even of the Bible Society itself: for enforced, the action was brought, in his of what use were Bibles if people could

name, by the Society in the metropolis pot read them? Mr. Cox affirmed, that called : The Protestant Society for the the simplicity of the principle upon

Protection of Religious Liberty,” to re

cover back the amount of the toll so which this society proceeded, was such

obtained. as to admit of universal co-operation.It asked all to unite în instructing the

For the defendant it was contended by untaught mind; and he could not help words of that turnpike act the plaintiff

Mr. Casberd, that under the particular expressing his satisfaction, that the cause of education was this day patronized by

was not entitled to the exemption, beroyalty, episcopacy and legislation.

cause he went out of his own parish to He was certain that an enlightened po because there was in such parish a dis

attend at a place of public worship, and pulation constituted the stability of an empire, and the strongest prop of a

senting place of worship. throne, being happy in peace, and, un

But a case being mentioned by Mr. der Providence, invincible in war; be- Sergeant Pell, where, at the Suffolk Ascause such a population only could duly sizes, Mr. Justice Grose had held such appreciate its privileges, and understand defence to be unavailing, Mr. Justice the rights of government and the reasons Holroyd determined that the plaintiff of subordination. He felt convinced

was entitled to the exemption, notwiththat knowledge was connected with and standing the topics urged for the defen. sustained industrious habits, and that dant; but he permitted his Counsel to industry promoted individual improve apply to the Court, if they, on reflection, ment, and national prosperity.

should deem it expedient to correct his His Royal Highness declared himself judgment, and directed the Jury to find highly gralified with the meeting, hoped a verdict for plaintiff.—Damages 10d. that all would go away contented, and and costs. anticipated their assembling again ano- The King v. Rev. William Easton, Clerk, ther time, with mutual congratulations un James Jerrard, and eight others, for a the success of what had now been so aus.

Conspiracy to disturb a Congregation of piciously commenced.

Dissenters, at Anstey, near Tisbury, in The meeting was also addressed by

this County, and for a Riot. the Rev. Messrs. H. F.Burder, R. Hill,

The following wore the facts of this

case, conducted like the former, by the to London for the judgment of the Court society in Loudon for the Protection of of King's Bench, duriwg the ensuing the Religious Liberty of the Dissentors, term. as siated by Mr. Sergeant Pell, and At this liberality the Judge and the proved by the witnesses for the prosecu- Court expressed satisfaction, and the tion. The Rev. W. Hopkins, a dissent. Jury returned a verdict of_Guilty of the ing minister at Tisbury, was invited to Riot, against the Rev. W. Easton, T. Jer. preach, at Anstey, an adjoining parish. rard, and seven other defendants. --SalisOf that parish the Rev. W. Easton was bury Journal. the perpetual curate, and J. Jerrard was the ty thing-man; but the clergyman resided also at Tisbury, three miles from

BRUSSELS. the place of riot. A belonging to J. Butt was certified as the place of the meeting of the Dissenters. Extract of a Letter dated Dec. 26, 1817, Mr. Hopkins first attended in November from Mr. Angus to Dr. Newman. 1816; he repeated his visits, and noises were made without the house, which in the unletiered state of the poor, have

* Tue government, having considered terrupted the worship at the several times when he so attended, until the 31st

some time ago voted a sum of money

for the establishment of public schools, of December, 1816, the tine stated in the indictment. On that evening he nister of Instruction. A noble measure!

to be placed at the disposal of the Mi. went about six o'clock to preach, when

until it be realized no rational hope can seventy persons were assembled witbout

be entertained of seeing this fine poputhe house; the night was showery and

lation released from the chains of darkcloudy, and the ground wet. Among those assembled were the several defer

ness by which they are bound.

А dants, also Easton (the clergyman) and

very interesting work, published at

Paris, is about to make its appearance in Jerrard. The mob were supplied with cow-horns, large bells, and various dis- in the hands of the booksellers, entitled

three volumes, two of which are already cordant instruments, and, encouraged by A Critical History of the Inquisition. The the clergyman and peace-officer, made a wust clamorous and terrific noise. They horrible institution for many years, and

author was himself a Secretary to that paraded about nine yards from the house, judging from his titles, a man of great and, notwithstanding the remonstrances celebrity in the literary world.

The of the high constable of the hundred, who subject is taken up from the very ear: attended the meeting-house, and other liest period of its history, and is brought respectable persons, they persevered in their disturbance, until the minister could different degrees of heat by which the

down to the present day-noticing ibe nou be heard, and he was compelled ab

pious establishment was infamed. It ruptly to discontinue the religious service. On the return of Mr Hopkins, he reading world on this side of the water,

seems to be much sought after by the was followed by the same mob, amidst and I am persuaded it will not be less execrations, noises, and their horrible music, for half a mile, to the boundaries

so on yours, when it comes to appear of the parish of Anstey.

in an English translation." Mr. Casberd, for the defendants, endeavoured to convince the Court and 'Jury that there was no conspiracy: and SHOCKING OUTRAGE. that, as the people did not enter the house of meeting, nor personally ill-treat the minister or congregation, there was On Tuesday last, a very extraordi. 'no riot.

nary outrage was perpetrated in the But Mr. Justice Holroyd interposed, church-yard of Otterton, Devon. The and declared, that as to the conspiracy grave of the late Rev. S. Leat, a vener. the Jury should decide ; but that the able dissenting minister of Budleigh, proof of a 'most indecent, unwarrantable, who was interred about ten months illegal riot, was distinct and uncontrovert since, was opened, both coffins pulled ible.

abroad, the corpse mangled, the shroud Mr. Sergeant Pell then stated, that the torn to pieces, and the cloth which ca. Dissenters from lenity to the clergyman, vered the outer coffin carried away. not by way of compromise, would not Great exertions are making to discover press for a verdict for the conspiracy, the atrocious perpetrators, and a handbnt only for the riot; and for which they some reward offered for their convicwould certainly bring np the defendants tion.-Times, Mar. 14.

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