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Mr. John Smith, and to convey to them have been able to show the impolicy and the warmest thanks of this Committee for injustice of continuing as a test of loyalty, the readiness with which they consented or of qualification for office, a sacred rite, to propose and second the motion now which, he feared, as such test, was often recommended to be postponed ; and that grossly perverted,- of making that a siga they be most respectfully and earnestly of division and disunion which ought to be entreated to continue their invaluable a sacred symbol of conciliation. He assistance to the cause of religious liberty, should have been able to show that in many and of the Protestant Dissenters in parti- other points of view, those laws were a cular, by renewing that motion in the next disgrace to our statute-books, and ought Session of Parliament.
therefore to be repealed. Since he had " 4. That the numerous Members of given notice of a motion on this subject, a Parliament, who have, under all the diffi- change of Government had taken place, culties of their situation, given this Com. which, it was unnecessary to add, had bemittee the strongest assurances of support, come the subject of much conversation in be requested to accept their most grateful public and private. This had produced a acknowledgments, accompanied by an considerable change in the intentions of earnest expression of their wishes and the great body of Protestant Dissenters. hopes that they will afford their powerful It was admitted on all hands, that the presupport to the measure in which the Com- sent Administration was more favourable mittee have thus pledged themselves to to the repeal of the Test and Corporation persevere.
Acts than any which had existed for the " 5. That the foregoing resolutions be 37 years during which the subject had been published in the newspapers and the reli. allowed to rest; but there were very many gious periodical journals.
amongst the Dissenting body who doubted " 6. That the above resolutions be com- the propricty of urging that measure upon municated to the various Dissenting Mini. the present Government so soon after its sters in London and the country, with a formation, and who were therefore for derequest that they will not, on account of laying the discussion of the question until this postponement, delay forwarding peti. the next session. Others of that body tions to Parliament.”
were, bowever, of a different opinion (and
in that opinion he concurred), and thought PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS.
the present the most favourable opporLord J, RUSSELL said, that having to tunity for the discussion of the question present several pctitions for a repeal of the of repeal. He however could not act of Test and Corporation Acts, he felt it ne his own mere will, but felt it necessary to cessary to say a few words in explanation consult those who took a lead in the affairs of the unusnal course he was about to of the Protestant Dissenters, and amongst take with respect to the motion of which others, of his Hon. Friend the Member he had given notice on that subject. He for Norwich (Mr. W. Smith), who by had on all occasions voted for a repeal of common consent was admitted to be the the laws affecting the Roman Catholics. organ of that body. On consideration of He had done so on the broad ground of the question amongst themselves, it did general religious liberty. If on this prin. appear that the majority were in favour of ciple he had voted in favour of the Catho postponing the discussion of the question lics, whose religion even at the present for the present, and a request was made day was mixed up by many of its profes- to lim (Lord J. Russell) not to bring it sors with the most objectionable and slavish forward. With that request be found it doctrines, he could not refuse to give his necessary to comply; for be felt that if he support to the removal of the laws affect- brought it forward against the opinion of ing the Protestant Dissenters, who had on the majority of those principally conall occasions proved themselves the steady cerned, he should have afforded a good friends of civil and religious liberty ; if he ground for some of its opponents to meet had voted in favour of the Catholics, who his motion with the “ previous question." had in the course of the last century been · He was aware that by the course he was the active partisans of the House of Stuart, pursuing, he had placed himself in the he could not consistently refuse his vote uppleasant situation of one baving the apto those who had in every instance proved pearance of acting with a view to party themselves the strenuous supporters of the interests; but he should be ashamed of House of Hanover. (Hear, hear.) Had he himself if, to avoid an imputation personal brought this question before the House, as to himself, be consented to a course which it was his intention to have done, he trusted would be injurious to that cause of which he should have been able to make out a he was the conscientious advocate (Hear, good case to the House, to show why they hear.) In discharging a duty to those most should erase from the statute-book those interested, he could not iherefore bring laws which were the dregs of that penal forward the motion this session. It was, code which evinced the illiberal spirit of however, the intention of the whole body, the times that gave it birth. He should that the subject should be brovgbt forward
early in the next session, and if then un acted on the present occasion. The Dissuccessful, to be continued on from year to senters at large very naturally thought year. On this latter intention, he would not their interests were connected with those sayfurther, tban after so long a lapse, during of the state. It was true there were dif. which the question was not brought for- ferences of opinion amongst the body as ward, he could not think the wish to press to the question of bringing on their case it from year to year at all unfair. He in the present session, but the majority, would observe, with respect to the pe- in deciding for its postponement to the titions in favour of the repeal of the Tcst next session, hoped that by that time their and Corporation Acts, that on the present situation would be better known, that occasion they were numerous beyond pre many of the prejudices against them would cedent. There was, however, a difference be removed, and that they would stand between some of the petitions from others. better with Parliament. The Hon. MemThey all concurred in praying for the re, ber tben proceeded to show, that it was a peal of those acts, but some of them gross fallacy to suppose that the grievances prayed also for a repeal of religious dis of the Protestant Dissenters were only abilities of every kind. He had bad to theoretical, and to contend that they were present many of that description, and from practical, and in many cases severely so. bis knowledge of the parties, he believed Was it not a practical grievance, that a that the most enlightened and intelligent Dissenter could not be a member of of that body viewed every kind of civil Oxford University without declaring his disabilities on account of religion amounts assent to the 39 Articles ?--that he could ing to persecution. Amongst the petitions not take his seat as a magistrate, without which he had now to present, was one the sacramental test, if any person chose signed by clergymen and other members of to insist on it? (and this was done in the church of England, calling themselves some counties, and might be done in all.) the friends of religious liberty, who stated He could mention a thousand other inthat they valued the repeal of those test stances, if he were disposed to go into the acts only as one step towards general re- question. He would not, however, tresligious liberty. There was also one petition pass longer on the House, as the question signed by the heads of a Roman Catholic was to be postponed. He trusted, howestablishinent, by a Catholic baronet, and ever, that the justice of Parliament would by other highly respectable members of soon put an end to those practical disthat communion. They prayed for a re- abilities. peal of the Test and Corporation Acts. la Mr. J. Wood cxpressed himself favoura letter which accompanied that petition, able to the Repeal of the Test and Corpoit was stated, that many were of opinion ration Acts, and contended that their exthat if the Dissenters were reliered, they istence were practical grievances to the would be found amongst the most bitter Dissenters. It was a practical gricvance opponents of the Roman Catholics; but that many of that class, who were men of the letter added, that this would make no immense wealth, should be sbut out from alteration in the prayer of the petitioners, all management or influence in the cor--that they would not be prevented from poration of Liverpool, as was the case for praying for a removal of the civil disabili the last 50 years. ties of the Dissenters by any consideration General GASGOYNE hoped that the of what use they might afterwards make question would be brought forward early of their liberty. What he (Lord J. Rus- next session, though he could not see why sell) was anxious to see, was a co-opera- it was not brought on at present. It tion of all parties to put an end to those would, he thought, be more satisfactory disgraceful acts. When they should have to the great body than the postponement. accomplished this,--that religion should That postponement was looked upon with no longer be considered a qualification for some suspicion--that it was a concession, office,--they would have achieved a tri not to public opinion, but to the opinion umph important not only to England but which was so strongly expressed by a right to the world in general. By such means hon. gentleman (Mr. Canning) on a they would strengthen the state, give stabi. former evening : and, indeed, he had heard lity to the church, and purify religion itself. that opinion quoted as a reason why the (Hear, hear.) He would now only add, question was postponed. From what fell that it was not his intention, for the rea- recently from an honourable member, it sons he had stated, to bring forward the appeared as if there was a kind of comquestions in the present session. He promise, and that the question of the Ca. would conclude by moving that the pe. tholics was not to be brought forward tition be held in his hand be brought up without that of the Dissenters. (Cries of
Mr. W. SMITH said, it would be unfair “No, no.'') He should protest against of any parties connected with the Protes- any such course, as be felt that the man tant Dissenters, if they refused to thank whio took that course would be doing inthe Noble Lord for his general advocacy justice to the Dissenters. He did not im. of their causc, and for the part he had putc any intention of the kind to the noble lord (J. Rassell), who be hoped rough, and as it is now fixed on a more would persevere next session in the course firm basis, it may be expected to be more he had marked out.
extensively useful, in ibe support and Mr. Curteis wished to ask the noble spread of the Gospel throughout the lord whether he intended to mix up the Riding. two questions? If they were united, it
NEWPORT PAGNELL EVANGELICAL would be doing a serious injury to the cause of the Dissenters.
INSTITUTION. Lord J. Russell said, he was not aware
The Fifteenth Anniversary of this Soof the resolution of the Protestant Dissen
ciety was held on Tuesday, the 1st of May,
at Newport Pagnell, Bucks, when two ters (as was understood) until the 6th of
sermons were preached by the Rev. Edward June. He denied any intention of com
Parsons, of London, and the Rev. Eustace promise in the course he pursued. In answer to the hon. member (Mr. Curteis)
Carey. The former from 2d Corinthians he begged to say, that there was no inten
ii. 14.; and the latter from 2 Coi. viii. 9. tion of uniting the questions of Catholic
The Rev. Messrs. Griffiths, of Long Buckemancipation and that of the repeal of the
by; Gravestock, of Old; Hyatt, of NorTest Acts. He would bring on the latter
thampton ; and Dobson, of St. Neots, en
gaged in the devotional exercises. An motion as a separate question. The petitions were then read. They
interesting report of the present state of
y the Institution was read in the afternoon, were from several congregations of Pro
when several respectable Ministers and testant Dissenters; one from some Protestant clergymen and other members of
Laymen from that and the adjoining the Church of England ; and one from
counties ably advocated the cause of
academical preparation for the work of the several Roman Catholics, praying for a
Christian Ministry, and recommanded the repeal of the Test Acts.
Institution to the support of the friends of They were ordered to lie on the table.
an enlightened and effective Ministry. NORTH RIDING ASSOCIATION.
The meetings were respectably and numeThe above Association of Independent
rously attended, and a growing attachment Ministers and Congregations in the North
to the lostitution was erinced by the Riding of Yorkshire, which was formed in
amount of the collections. 1823, was re-organized at Kirkby Moor
BLACKBURN ACADEMY. side, on the 24th of April. On the even- The Anniversary of this Institution was ing of the 23d, a sermon was preached by held on the 20th and 21st of June, when the Rev. J. Buckley, of Thirsk, from Deut. the Committee of Examination, having xxxiij. 3, the first clause. The former part called the Rev. Dr. Clunie to the Chair, of the 24th was spent in revising the rules proceeded to examine the students in the of the Association, &c. In the evening, different branches of study pursued during the Rev. W. Brewis, late of Lane End, the last session. In the classical departStaffordshire, was publicly recognized as ment, the several Latin classes were the pastor of the Independent Church and strictly examined in what they had read congregation in Kirkby Moorside. The in Cicero, Sallust, and Quinctilian; and Rev. j. Hague, of Mickleby, read the the Greek, in the New Testament, the Scriptures and prayed. The Rev. H. Cyropedia of Zenophon, the Crito of Greenwood, of Malton, described the na. Plato, the Edipus Tyrannus of Sophoture, &c. of a Christian church. The Rev. cles, and the Media of Euripides. Several G. Croft, of Pickering, prayed for the other books were professed by the students, pastor and people, and then addressed the but time would not permit their examinaformer from 1 Tim. iv. 16.; and the Rev. tion in them. In the Mathematical and H. Blackburn, of Whitby, preached to the l'hilosophical department, the students people from Deut. i. 38. The other de were examined in simple Equations in votional parts of this and the former pub Algebra; and in the Mechanical Powers, lic service were conducted by the Rev. J. and the Elements of Astronomy, both of Benson, A.M. of Northallerton, J. Hafton, which were illustrated by some interesting of Sutton, and - Henderson, of Staiths. experiments, and an excellent apparatus. On both occasions the chapel was well In the Mental Philosophy and Theological filled, though the weather was very un- department, they were very minutely exefavourable. The Riding is now divided mined in the principles of general gram. into three districts, each of wbich will mar, the doctrines of moral accountability, bold meetings half-yearly, or oftener, and original sin, election of the Tripity. And an Annual Meeting of the whole Riding in the Hebrew and Chaldee, the students will be held on the last Tuesday and Wed. read various portions, at the pleasure of nesday in May, when & sermon will be the Committee, in Genesis and Daniel, preached on Tuesday evening, and a public with considerable facility and correcta meeting held on Wednesday evening. This ness. The whole examination was highly association has already been the means of satisfactory to the Committee, as it clearly establishing a separate interest at Guisbo- evinced the great ability and success of
the tutors, and the application and per. On the 26th inst. Mr. S. Healey was sererance of the students ; and it fully set apart to the pastoral office, over the justified the conviction, that this Institu- cburch of Christ, assembling in the ludetion promises to be eminently useful to pendent Chapel, Kirkby-Lonsdale. The the Christian church. The Committee Rer. R. Slate, of Grimshaw Street, Pressubsequently transacted the general busi- ton, introduced the service by reading ness of the Institution, which was pecu- suitable selections of Scripture and prayer; liarly interesting ; and on the cvening of the Rev. D. Jones, of Kendal, delivered the 21st, a public meeting was held in the introductory discourse ; the Rev. D. Chapel Street Chapel, when two of the T. Carnson, of Cannon Street, Preston, senior students delivered academical dis- offered the ordination prayer; the Rev. J. courses, viz. Mr. Murdock on “ The Ruin Ely, of Rochdale, (Mr. H.'s former pasof Man by Adam ;" and Mr. Lyall on tor) gave the charge to the minister; and « The Redemption of Man by Christ." the Rer. S. Bell, of Lancaster, preached After which the Report of the Committee to the people. The Rev, R. Slate, preached was received, and various addresses were again in the evening. delivered, relative to the present state On Thursday, the 10th of May, the and the future operations of this valuable Rev. W. Wild, late of Chalford, in GluInstitution, which it is hoped will con- cestershire, was publicly recognized as tinue to receive the liberal support of the pastor over the church and congregation congregational churches, throughout the assembling in Caskgate Lane Chapel, sphere of its useful labours.
Gainsborough; when the Rev. S. Nichols, ORDINATIONS.
of Bawtry, commenced with prayer, read On the 24th of April, Mr. G. Hoyle was the Scriptures, and proposed questions to set apart to the pastoral office, over the the church and pastor suitable to the occachurch of Christ assembling in the Inde- sion. The Rev. Mr. Soper, of Lowth, pendent Chapel, Milnthorpe. The Rev. offered the general prayer. The Rev. J. Edward Stillman, of Keld, introduced the Gilbart, of Nottingham, delivered an apservice by reading suitable portions of propriate and affectionate address to the Scripture and prayer; the Rev, S, Bell, Minister. The Rev. Dr. Rafiles, of Liverof Lancaster, delivered the introductory pool, pointed out the duties of the people discourse; the Rev. Richard Slate, of to their pastor, in an interesting and coinGrimshaw Street, Preston, offered the or- prehensive manner. The Rev. Mr. Mar. dination prayer; the Rev. D. T. Carnson, ston, of Gainsborough, concluded the of Cannon Street, Preston, (Mr. H.'s solemnities of the morning with prayer. former Pastor,) gave the charge to the On Thursday, June 21, 1827, the Rev. minister; and the Rev. D. Jones, of W. Roberts, late of London, was ordained Kendal, preached to the people.
the pastor of the newly formed IndepenOn the 26th of April, the Rev. N. M. dent Church at Odiham, Hants. The Harry, Student from The Newport Rev. C. Howell, of Alton, commenced the Pagnell Evangelical Institution," was set service by reading and prayer. Rev. Josh. apart to the pastoral office over the Con- Johnson, of Farnham, delivered the introgregational Church, Church Lane, Ban ductory discourse. Rev. James Wills, of bury, Oxon, when the Rev. T. Searle, of Basingstoke, asked the usual questions. King Sutton, introduced the service by Rev. Arch. Douglas, of Reading, offered reading and prayer. The Rev. J. Slye, of the ordination prayer, with the imposition Potter's Pury, delivered the introductory of hands. Rev. T. Lewis, of Islington, discourse, The Rey. E. Barling, of Buck- delivered the charge. Rev. John Griffin, ingham, asked the questions, and received of Portsea, addressed the church and conthe confession of faith. The Rev. D. W.
gregation. Rev. S. Percy, of Guildford, Aston presented the ordination prayer, concluded with prayer. Rev. Thomas with imposition of hands. The Rev. T. Adkins, of Southampton, preached in the P. Bull, of Newport Pagnell, gave the evening. Rev. T. G. Stamper, of Uxbridge, charge from 2 Tim. ii. 1.-" Be strong in the preceding evening. Rev. Messrs. the grace that is in Christ Jesus." The Jefferson, Jones, Freeman, Blessley, Eve. Rev. T. W. Percy, of Warwick, preached rett, and Currie, engaged in the other parts to the people from 1 Thess. iii. 8.-“ For of the service. The attendance was numenow we live if ye stand fast in the Lord.” rous and respectable, and the deepest The Rev. C. W. Bottomley, of Middle- solemnity pervaded the congregation, and ton, closed the interesting service with many retired saying, “ It is the house of prayer. In the evening, the Rev. C. God and the gate of heaven." Morris, of Narberth, preached from Eccl.
RECENT DEATHS. xi. 8. The Rev. Mr. Richards, of Hook Died, on Monday, June 11, 1827, in Norton, conducted the devotional exer- the seventy-eighth year of his age, the cises. Divine service was held in the Rev. JOHN KÈLLO, Minister of the IndeChapel on the previous evening, when the pendent Congregation at Bethnal Green, Rev. R. Fletcher, of Bicester, prayed; who, during the unusally long period of and the Rev. C. Gilbert, of Stoney Strat. fifty-six years, sustained, with unsullied ford, preached from Psalm cxviii. 25. integrity and universal estcem, the honour
able relation of a Christian Minister over
NOTICES. the same church. He was the father of the The Rev. Joshua Sewell, late of PaynIndependent Board of London Ministers; ton, Devon, has accepted the unanimous and was distinguished for his inflexible invitation to the pastoral office over the and unvarying attachment to the grand Independent Church at Thaxted, (vacant doctrines of the Christian faith; for zeal by the decease of his late uncle, the Rer. and affection in the discharge of his minis- John Jennings,) which connexion will be terial duties, dignified courtesy of man- publicly recognized on Thursday, July 5; ners, and enlightened benevolence of heart. the Rev. Messrs. J. Fletcher, Chaplin, W. He continued to preach once on the Lord's. Clayton, Morrison, and other neighbourday, until January last ; when, while ad. ing Ministers are expected to be engaged dressing his congregation from 1 Peter in that service. ii. 25. he sank down in a slight fit, from The Annual Meeting of the friends and which he was soon restored, but from the supporters of the Newport Pagnell Evan. effects of which he never recovered. gelical Institntion, resident in London and
His public work was now done. His its vicinity, will be held on Tuesday even. physical strength gradually but perceptibly ing, the 10th of July, at the King's Head declined; his mental powers, however, Tavern in the Poultry, to receive the reremained mercifully uniojured, and his port, &c. &c. The chair will be taken at mind was kept in peace, being stayed six o'clock. upon his God. At length, “ the weary We have heard, with mucb satisfaction, wheels of life stood still." A few hours that the chapel in Cheltenham, originally before his death, he exclaimed, “ Come, built for the Rev. Mr. Snow, has been Lord Jesus, come quickly!" and his purchased by individuals belonging to the last words,“ sared ! saved !” were full of Congregational Denomination, and is likely meaning! His funeral, wbich took place to be re-opened for public worship early on Wednesday, June 20, was attended by in August. We hope that many of our a large company of Ministers and friends, more opulent friends will generously assist who honoured him while living; among this infant cause. Persons who are accuswhom were, the Rev. Messrs. J. Clayton, tomed to visit that farourite place of reJun., H. F. Burder, Goode, Wall, Harper, sort, will probably avail themselves of the Vautin, and Brooksbank. The address at opportunity of being present on the day the grave was, in compliance with the will of opening. Of the precise time, due no. of the deceased, delivered by bis stated tice, we understand, will be given through Assistant in the Ministry, the Rev. S. the medium either of magazines, or of the Blackburn, formerly of Burton-upon London daily papers. Trent, to whom he was affectionately at. The Rev. Mr. Whitta, late of Tiverton, tached ; and who, being one of his execu- Devon, has accepted the invitation of the tors, will, it is expected, prepare a more Congregatiopal Church at Chalford, Glouextended memoir of his life and minis- cestershire, and has entered on his labours
in the latter place.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND MINOR CORRESPONDENCE. COMMUNICATIONS have been received during the last Month from the Rer. Messrs. James Bass-George Redford-Algernon Wells - Thomas Lewis John Thornton--Joseph Ivimey-- Dr. Russell--James Peggs--John Burder--R. Alliot,
Jun.--W. Davis --S. Blackburn--J. Clunie, LL.D.-W. Wild--C. Rochat. Also from Messrs. T. F. Haslem--J. Lucy--W. B. Kilpin--Mnason--Vigil. • We were compelled to defer Mr. Bass's communication till our next number,
Jo * * * * paper will probably appear in our September Magazine. We trust his statements are well authenticated.
Vigil shall be heard in reply in our number for August.
Many dissenting friends in Ireland would be glad to receive information on the following subjects, viz.
What is the form of notice to be sent to the ministers of the established church in Ireland, for permission to officiate at funerals in church.yards--Will the notice answer for rector or curale --In case of their absence or non-residence, how is the service to be effected--What length of time must notice be given--What line of conduct to be pursued in case of refusal, or of receiving no answer ?
What are the compulsory clauses on dissenters in the new act, . relative to Irish church wardens ?
In case of marriage ceremony performed by dissenting ministers in Ireland, must both parties be of their own communion--How long must a person be an accredited member, and what constitutes membership ? --The general tenor of the law on this subject would be acceptable.