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2, Morn. 11. Wesleyan Missionary So- Society, Annual Meeting, Free Masons' ciety, Great Queen-street Chapel, Rev, R. Hall. Watson.
13, Noon 12. Pbilo-Sudaan Society, An2, After. 1. Irish Society of London, An- nual Meeting, Crown and Anchor, Strand, nual Meeting, Free Masons' Hall, Bishop of Hon. G. Vernon. Lichfield and Coventry.
13, After. 3. Port of London and Bethel 2, Even. 6. Wesleyan Missionary So- Union Society, Annual Sermon, on board the ciety, Aunual Sermon, Southwark Chapel, Floating Chapel, Rev. J. Blackburn. Long-laue, Borough, Rev. J. Bromley. 13, Even. 6. Newfoundland School $o
5, Morn. 11. Wesleyan Missionary $o- ciety, Annual Sermon, St. Paul's, Coventciety, Annual Meeting, City Road Chapel, garden, Rev. R. W. Sibthorp, B.D. Lancelot Haslope, Esq.
13, Even. 6. Irish Evangelical Society, 5, Even. 6. Londou Missionary Society, Annual Meeting, Finsbury Chapel, MoorSermon to Juv. Auxiliaries, Poultry Chapel, fields, Thomas Walker, Esq. Rev. J. A. James.
14, Morn. 103. London Missionary So-, 5, Even. 61. Church Missionary Society, ciety, Annual Sermon, Surrey Chàpel, Rev. Annual Sermon, St. Bride's, Fleet-street, R. Elliott. Bishop of Winchester.
14, Noon 12. Newfoundland School So. 6, Morn. 11. Church Missionary Society, ciety, Annual Meeting, London Coffee house, Annual Meeting, Free Masons' Hall, Ad: Ludgate-hill, Right Hon. Lord Bexley. miral Lord Gambier.
14, Even. 6. London Missionary Society, 6, Even. 6. Christian Instruction Society, Annual Serm. Tabernacle, Rev. Dr. Stewart. Annual Meeting, Albion Chapel, Moorfields. 15, Morn. 101. London Missionary So
7, Morn. 11. British avd Foreign Bible ciety, Annual Meeting, City Road Chapel, Society, Annual Meeting, Free Masons' W. A. Hankey, Esq. Hall, Lord Teignmouth.
15, Even. 6. London Missionary Society, 7, Morn. 114. Irish Society of London, Annual Sermon, Tottenham Court Chapel, Annual Sermon, St. Paul's, Covent-garden. Rev. W. Clayton.
7, Even. 63. Prayer Book and Homily 16, Morn. 6. Religious Tract Society, Şociety, Annual Sermon, Christ Church, Annual Breakfast, City of London Tavern. Newgate-street, Rev. R. W. Sibthorp, B.D. 16, Morn. 10. London Missionary Society,
8, Morn. 11. Naval and Military Bible Annual Sermou, St. Clement Danes, Hon. Society, Annual Sermon, St. John's Chapel, and Rev. W. B. Noel, M.A. Bedford-row, Rev. R. Marks.
16, Even. 6. London Missionary Society, 8. Morp. 104. London Association in Aid Annual Communion, Zion Chapel, Orangeof the Moravian Missions, Annual Sermon, street, &c. St. Clement Danes, Hon. and Rev. W. B. 17, Morn. 11. Protestant Society for the Noel, M.A.
Protection of Religious Liberty, Annual 8, Noon 12. Prayer Book and Homily Meeting, Lord Holland. Society, Annual Meeting, London Coffee- 19, Even. 61. Home Missionary Society, house, Ludgate-bill, Right Hop. Lord Bex Annual Sermon, Poultry Chapel. ley.
20, Noon 12. Aged Pilgrim's Friend 8, Even. 64. London Society for promot- Society, Annual Meeting, Mechanics’ Instiing Christianity among the Jews, Annual tution, Southampton-buildings, Alderman Sermon, St. Paul's, Covent-garden, Rev. Key. T. Thomason.
20, Even. 6. Home Missionary Society, 9, Noon 12. London Society for promot. Annual Meeting, Spa Fields Chapel. ing Christianity among the Jews, Annaal 21, Noon 12. Home Missionary Society, Meeting, Free Masons' Hall, Sir T. Baring, Sale of Ladies' usefal Work, Crown and Bart. M.P.
Anchor, Strand. 10, Noon 12. London Hibernian Society, 21, Even. 6), Continental Society, AnAnnual Meeting, Free Masons' Hall. ņnal Sermon, National Scotch Church, Re
12, Noon 12. British and Foreign School gent-square, Rev. A. Thomson, D.D. Society, Annual Meeting, Free Masons' Hall, 22, Noon 12. Continental Society, AnH. R. H. the Duke of Sussex.
nual Meeting, Free Masons' Hall, Hon. J.J. 12, Noon 12. Port of London and Bethel Stratt. Union Society, Annual Meeting, City of Lon- 22, Even, 6}. British Reformation So. don Tavern, Admiral Lord Gambier.
ciely, Aunual Şermon, St. Bride's, Fleet12, Even. 6. London Itinerant Society, street, Rev. M. O. Sullivan. Annual Meeting, City of London Tavern. 23, Noon 12. British Reformation So
13, Morn. 6. Sunday School Union, An- ciety, Annual Meeting, Free Masons' Hall. naal Breakfast, City of London Tavern,
13, Morn. 11. Port of London and Bethel Union Society, Annual Sermon, on board the Erratum.-- In the Review of the Memoir Floating Chapel, Rev. E. Parsons.
of Dr. Good, in our last Number, p. 163, 13, Noon 12. Naval and Military Bible line 42, the pronoun“ he” should be omitted.
gatived without a division, as being inPortugal. The affairs of Portugal are tended to keep alive the very Test become extremely distressing to huma- which is proposed to be abolished. nity, and enibarrassing as the objects of On the learned. Lord's proposal to political speculation. Before Prince substitute the word “swear” for “deMiguel left this country, he wrote gra. clare,” the numbers were, for it 32, tuitously and of his own free will, a let- against it 100, majority 68. ter to the most eminent person in the
The Earl of Mansfield's amendment realm, saying, “ that if he overthrew that the declaration should run, “I dethe Constitution, he should be a wretch, clare in the face of God and in the name a breaker of his oath, and a usurper of of his Son our Saviour Jesus Christ” his brother's throne; for that it was as
was negatived by 115. easy to him to preserve as to overthrow The Earl of Eldon was the only indiit.”
vidual in the House who stood forward With the internal policy of the Coun- in direct and unqualified opposition to try certainly we have nothing to do; the principle of the Bill. “ All he would but our moral sense is not the less hurt say was, that no consideration on this at the hypocrisy and baseness which side the grave should induce him ever to have been exhibited in the subsequent be a party to such a separation between proceedings of this silly despot.
the Church and State as the Bill would In the recent dissolution of the Cham- effect in its present state." bers of Deputies, and the ministerial
To bis Lordship’s fears and feelings, changes which he has effected, the line however, there was no response from of his future conduct is but too plainly
either side of the House. indicated, and leaves strong ground to
The Duke of Wellington, Earls Grey apprehend that he purposes the over
and Harrowby, Lord Ellenborough, the throw of the Constitution, and conse- Primate of all England, and his venequently the commission of those crimes rable compeer of York, with the whole which himself had described to be per
Bench of Bishops in their train, supjury and usurpation.
ported the Bill, notwithstanding the cry of danger and alarm which the late
High Chancellor was so loudly soundThe Bill for the repeal of the Test ing in their ears. and Corporation Acts went into a Com- Poor Lord Eldon ! he has outlived mittee of the House of Lords on Mon- the popularity of his prejudices, and day evening the 21st ultimo.
the sympathies of his party. Where The first amendment was proposed then shall the principles of intolerance by the Duke of Wellington, and agreed find a resting place and a home, when to without a division, viz. to insert after his Lordship shall be no longer amongst the word “IA. B. do solemnly,” the us to offer them a shelter from the light addition, “and sincerely in the pre- and liberality which are chasing them sence of God profess, testify and de- out of society ? clare.” The Bishop of Landaff pro- Other amendments have been proposed the introduction of the words, posed, for the report of which our read.
upon the faith of a Christian,” which ers must give us credit till next month, was also agreed to.
when their fate and influence, together Lord Eldon's amendment to dispense with that of others which may yet be with the declaration from persons tak- brought forward to impede the progress ing the sacrament, designed to favour of the Bill, will probably have been demembers of the Establishment, was ne- termined.
It is now fourteen years since the Baptist Irish Society was established; nor have its labours, though feeble compared with the magnitude of the attempt, been in vain. Had its earliest supporters and conductors been then assured, that within the course of fourteen years the Society would be the means of giving the elements of Scriptural instruction to 50,000 of the outcasts of Ireland, and that many of the scholars would be filling useful and reputable stations as servants, mechanics, &c. in society; that some of them would have become masters and mistresses in their schools ; that Roman Catholic schoolmasters would be Readers of the Irish Scriptures, and the instruments of bringing many of their countrymen to the faith of Christ, there is no doubt they would have said, that will be a sufficieut reward for our labour and expenditure. But, in addition to these facts, it may be stated, that by the preaching of the Itinerant Ministers many persons have been baptized, and several pew churches have been formed; many, too, it is hoped, who were previously walking in the darkness of sin and superstition, are now walking in the light of holiness and truth.
The reader will perceive by Mr. Briscoe's letter, that the influence of the Roman Catholic priesthood is on the wane, as the denunciations even of a bishop could not prevent the parents from bringing their children to a Free School within a mile of the chapel.
It is a gratifying circumstance, too, that the subscriptions to the Society in Ireland, from gentlemen who reside in the immediate vicinity of the schools, and who are well acquainted with its agents, have every year increased. The amount is more in this than in any former year; indeed, various circumstances which have lately occurred, encourage the Committee to hope that the divine blessing rests on the exertions of the Society; and notwithstanding, in regard to their funds, they are kept in a constant state of dependence upon the providence of God for a daily supply, they have not been disappointed in their hope: they may, they trust, adopt the paradoxical sayings of Paul—“As poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”
From the Rev. Mr. Briscoe to the Secretaries. lippic against our schools, and every thing Ballina, March 19, 1828.
Protestant. One of my schools is situated
about a mile from Easky; I had appointed MY DEAR BRETHREN,
the following Wednesday as the day of inHaving just completed my quarterly in- spection, and both the master and myself spection, I forward you the returns, the concluded there would be hat few children Readers' journals, &c.; and shall proceed in attendance; but you will be surprised to to make some remarks on the state of things learn, that on the morning of the day in my district.
many of the parents went with their chila The state of tbe schools is far more fa- dren to the school, and expressed their vourable than could have been expected, determination to send them in spite of all considering the determined hostility with opposition. This, too, is the more which they have to contend. Every effort markable, as the teacher has recently reis made to put them down, but I hope and nounced popery, and is one of the two whom believe that they are too firmly established I baptized in the vicinity of his school, in to be overthrown by the anathemas of a bi- December last. His name is R. M. and goted and an bireling priesthood. if you want a man for England, to read
Last Lord's day week my neighbour, Dr. the Irish Scriptures to his countrymen, M'H. paid a visit to Easky, and in the from all that I know of him I can rechapel, delivered (I am told) a violent pbi- commend bin. I have not yet said any
thing to him on the subject, por shall I press and to oppose the progress of the till I hear from you. I shall be sorry to Gospel and the blessings of education, their part with him. It is pleasant for Christians defeat is certain, and their downfall sure. to dwell together, but then it is probable the The tide of truth is flowing, and shall flow, Gospel will be more widely diffused when until it covers the earth with its blessings, the disciples are scattered abroad. . That and the light of saving, sanctifying knowyou may form some opinion of him for your ledge, shall dissipate the gloom of ignorance selves, I inclose two letters which he ad- and degrading saperstition. The Itinerant dressed to me, and if in the expression of Irish Scripture, and Sabbath Readers, and bis sentiments and feelings, bis language is School Teachers, bave been very diligent, not quite technically correct, you will re- and are entitled to the confidence and sapmember that it is not a long time since he port of the Society. emerged from the darkness of popery. He Thomas Bush, one of the Society's Itine. is a respectable scholar, of a stadions turn, rant Readers, is the boldest man I ever saw and in good hauds would, I think, soon in the cause of trath; he reminds me of make, perbaps not a brilliant, but what is Luther. He and Stephen Ryan are superior far better, an useful character,
men in their situation, and perfect masters The opposition we meet with seems mas of the lrish language. I can speak well of terially to serve the cause it is intended to all employed by the Society. The Readers injure. I am actually teazed for copies of have conversed with, and read the Scripthe Scriptures, and in most of the schools tures 10 thousands, in the English and Irish the children have repeated from three to languages, principally in the latter. The twelve chapters. I have good congregations more remote the people live from the priests in all places where I preach, and am heard the more delighted they are to hear the with attention when engaged in teacbing from Scriptures, as their minds are not so strongly house to house,
poisoned against the truth and the ProtesJ. P. BRISCOE. tant religion. Neither do they bear so
often the discussion of politics from the From the Rev. W. Thomas to the Secretaries. ment condemned, as all denominations of
public altars, nor the measures of GovernLimerick, March 17, 1828. Protestants are identified with the Govern.
ment. MY DEAR FRIENDS,
WM. THOMAS. I HAVE reason to thank the Lord that I have been restored to resume my labours, though
P.S. With this I send a statement of the not yet to full strength. I have been out, Schools and Readers' Journals for the preinspecting the schools and preaching. The
sent quarter. schools are much better attended than I could expect. I cannot help expressing my surprise that any attend them, when I con- From an Irish Reader to the Rev. W. sider the unprecedented proceedings of the
Thomas. priests. They are not satisfied with thundering, denouncing, and scandalizing from
Rev. Sir, the altars, but they go to the people's I have this inonth travelled through parts houses, where they proceed in like manner. of the counties of Tipperary, Galway, Clare When they are dying they deprive them of and Limerick, striving to seek and to save the rites of their religion, and yet the peo- that which is or seems to be lost, and to ple will continue to send their children to bring those who sit in the region and shathe schools, and admit the readers into their dow of death to the light of the glorious houses, and hear the Gospel preached. gospel of Christ, and to restore those who Many have, and others are getting tired of like sheep are gone astray to the shepherd the priests; the time is fast advancing, I and bishop of souls. hope, when they will throw them off alto. I have visited the Boriscain school and gether. Nothing can exceed the people's find it prosperous. I bad a long conversadesire to hear the Gospel and to educate tion with a watch-maker, who at first optheir children ; they frequently express the posed me; but the Lord I trust gave me a greatest gratitude to the worthy friends who mouth and wisdom which silenced him, and afford them the opportunity. The priests kindled such a spirit of enquiry in his are the only hindrance ; I conscientiously breast that I trust all the holy water will believe they are the principal cause of all not bave power to extinguish. I met anothe misery which afflicts the country. It is ther man who after some conversation exnot from prejudice to any class of men, or pressed such a desire for a Bible that I gave denomination of individuals, I think this ; him my pocket Bible, for which he took but from the observation of their conduct. some silver out of his pocket and offered to
Notwithstavding all their exertions to sup- pay me, but I told him that “ freely I had
received," and therefore, " freely I would the last month, but have laboured night give." He took the book and kissed it, and day, and from house to house, teaching and prayed for many blessings from the Jesus Christ and bim crucified, and as these Lord to rest on the society who sent me, labours of love seem to bave been bighly and on my labours. I also travelled through acceptable, notwithstanding the priestly opseveral small towns, and thickly inhabited position, I cannot bat indulge the hope villages in the county of Galway, and with that they will appear to have been in some my blessed Master's assistance I humbly measure useful to souls. trast I convinced many of sin, and as con- Thursday, 14th ult.-Went into Shan viction is in my opinion a step towards con- Gow's forge ; there were five men there be. version, I look to bim who searcheth the fore me, and foar more followed me in; hearts, and knoweth what is the mind of the they were conversing about temporal things, Spirit, for the blessing, fully convinced that but I soon turned it into a spiritual converPaul may plant and Apollos water, but God sation : the smith ordered the man at the giveth the increase.
bellows to stop. A man from the parish I have also itinerated extensively in the of Ioniscaltraugh, who occasionally acted as county of Clare. I met in Newmarket on clerk to the priest of his parish, made great Fergus a man who with hands and eyes efforts to shew that the Romish church was lifted towards heaven, thanked God when I built on Peter, and in his blind zeal bit the assured him that you were quite recovered, stone trough which lay on the hearth, seveand said he never felt more lonesome than ral farious blows with his walking staff, when you left Newmarket, and that he bim- repeatedly asking me, did not our Savioar self, wise and children felt bound to bless say to Peter, “Upon this rock I will build with their latest breaths Mrs. Thomas, for my church,” &c. to all of which I mildly her attention to his daughters while she replied, He at length declared before them lived in that country. I also had frequent all, that he was not able to support bis arguinteresting conversations in Ennis for a ment against me, and all who were present great part of three days and vights, also at said the same. They appeared deeply inTallo, &c. I called at a school near Cono- terested in wbat was said. From thence I fin, and found on a Saturday evening sixty went to Scariff, read portions of the word or seventy children gathered, singing and of life there, and spoke on the word for making melody to the Lord. I asked one upwards of an bour. of them several questions, which he answered Friday 22.-Whilst Stephen Ryan and according to the oracles of God,
I read and reasoned with a man in a field in The Lord bas so far prospered my la- Balloboy, seventeen men and women came bours, that there were two protestants who np, to whom we read and reasoned for about were inclining to popery, prevented by my an hour. They were truly thankful and reexplanation of the Scriptures from falling quested of us to visit their houses, and three into that horrible pit. I also visited seve- or fonr of them told me that they frequently ral sick individuals who seemed to receive discoursed amongst themselves, on the things much benefit and strength of soul from my which I had told them last year. They live reading and bumble petitions on their be- in the mountain. half. I trust that my efforts were no less Monday 25.--At Clounty fell into a deuseful in the county of Limerick ; for in bate with a great advocate of popery, in Fedemar and in Herbertstown I had seve- presence of his family and a few others. ral religious lectures. In Herbertstown a This man boasted of the great authority of Romanist after he asked me several ques. the Romish Church ; he asserted that our tions, said he felt fully persuaded and con- Saviour built his church on St. Peter, that vinced that my explanation was right. I St. Peter built on the Popes, and that the should not be at all surprised if this man Popes built ou the Priests; but I endeaand another, from the attention and their voured to shew him that those do not posexpressions, if they obeyed the call, sess the inheritance of St. Peter, who do “Come out from among them,” I need pot hold the faith of Peter. We find that say nothing of Camas, but that I was the faith of Peter differs at the very outset busy there every morning and evening, and from that of his pretended successors : they in fact every hour except when asleep, dur- tell us that Peter is the rock on which Christ ing six days and nights.
built his church. St. Peter on the other Stephen RYAN. band, in the 2nd chapter of bis 1st Epistle,
calls Christ himself the rock, “the chief
corner stone of the Church, elect, precious, From an Irish Scripture Reader. and says he that believeth on Him shall not
be confounded,” &c. There was an intel. Moynoe Scariff, March 10, 1828.
ligent Romanist present who did not interRev. Sir,
fere, A similar discussion took place in I have not been inactively employed during another house with the uncle of a priest, in