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and cementing an union of efforts, a many opinions different from those held harmony of affection between all parties, by the majority of the members and pas in one great design, that of giving the trons of the English and Foreign Bible most extensive circulation to the book Soc ety, we adopt with cordial approbawhich contains the bequest of the Prince tion the simplicity of its object : we are of Peace, the law of love, and the coun. devoutly glad in conjunction with them, sels of Divine and universal mercy; to circulate the Scriptures" without note. whatever differences of opinion, what va- or comment;" and in the United King, riations soever of religious profession doms the authorised version. may exist amongst us, here we are of one May I be permitted, Sir, to suggest heart and one soul.
another consideration, which, with pe. It is an institution most honourable lo culiar force recommends this institution the Scriptures, for it implies cur abso. to our attention and support, which af. lute submission to their authority; it fords us cause to congratulate ourselves expresses an ardeat desire that their au- on secing its commencement, and witthority only may prevail in forming the nessing its glorious progress. We bereligious faith and practice of mankind. hold in its rapidly advancing spread and Christians of all denominations have influence, the growing fulfilment of the been too ready to identify their own views word of prophecy, and a prelude to its of the Christian doctrine, their own in- complete accomplishment. terpretations, glosses, and deductions If in the days of the Apostles it could with the Scriptures themselves; and to be said of the preachers of Christianity, conceive, that they who do not admit that “ their sound was gone into all the the latter cannot reverence the former. earth, and their words to the end of the Our joint consent to discard our own world ;” with how much greater propria notes and comments in the circulation of ety and force may this be now said of the the Scriptures, is a reverential appeal to doctrine of grace and salvation, trans. them only, as a Divine and infallible mitted down to us in those invaluable guide ; it is acting upon the true Protes- writings. It was the fervent prayer of tant principle, that the Bible only is our the times before Christ, “ God be mer. religion. It is a declaration, as far as ciful unto us, and bless us, and cause his actions can speak, that we humbly lay face to shine upon us, that thy way may our preconceived ideas, our prejudices, be known on earth, and thy saving our principles of education, the results of health among all nations." This prayer our own enquiries, the creeds and prac. was, in the first instance, answered, tices with which our interest has been when“ in the fulness of time, the day connected, at the throne of the God of spring from on high visited mankind, to Truth. When we put a Bible “ without give light to them that sat in darkness note or comment," into the hands of and the shadow of death, and to guide any one, we virtually deliver with it our feet into the ways of peace.” But this adnionition : "this is the book to still much remained to be effected, parwhose sacred dictates we all wish con- tial was the spread of the gospel ; a long scientiously to bow; take it as the Di. night of darkness followed the opening vine standard of truih; read it carefully, day of light and salvation. The Relorread it seriously, read it impartially, and mation, at least in great part of Europe, judge for yourself.” May we offer it, dispersed in a great degree, the darkness; and you rece ve it with a solemn con- the Reformation, aided by the invention viction that both of us are alike amenable of printing, opened and distributed the for our use of it at the tribunal of God, treasures of truth and grace. Subsequent whose unerring oracles are recorded in it! measures have assisted the progress of
To do this is not to intimate a doubt Divine knowledge : but slow, local and or distrust of the rectitude of our senti. limited has been that progress. Through ments, but rather a confidence in them, ages “ little, comparatively, has been that we fear not to have them tried by done towards generalizing the knowledge this test; or it implies a disinterested of the Bible." Darkness, while centuries fortitude of mind, under a persuasion have rolled on, has overshadowed the that truth, whether it exists in one earth. The rays of light have, at most party or the other, will finally prevail. been few, scattered and feeble. On these principles allow me to say on But the sun of righteousness has, re. my own behalf, and on behalf of others cently, burst forth from the dark clouds with whom, it is known, I agree in with a bright lustre, has enlightened
with greater lustre the territories of Eu- manufactures and commerce have to rope and Asia, and darted his resplendent contend, make it a matter of astonishbeams beyond the wide Atlant c. Read ment and grati ude, that the exertions the Reports of the British and foreign in this benevolent cause have been so Bible Society, which become every year little restrained in any place, and have, more interesting by the variety and num- in most places, been stimulated and enber of facts which they detail. Reflect laiged." Under these circumstances on the increasing formation of Au ili- has the British and Foreign Bible Society ary Societies in this kingdom, in foreign commenced. Under these circumstancountries to the east of us, and in the ces has its noble design been successful. American States The first Bible So. What has been effected, in this situation ciety established in that country was at of the world and of our own country, Philadelphia, about three years since; affords, from its correspondence 10 prothere are now twenty Societies of this phecy, a peculiar confirmation to our description in the United States, circu- faith in the truth of that Revelation, to lating the Scriptures in every direction, which it is our pious and earnest wish Reckon up the number of Bibles and to give the most extensive circulation; Testaments which have been distriluted it creates the most encouraging con ccby the parent Society Traverse over tures of what will take place, nay, it the countries into which, by its patron- converts con ectures into lively hope, age, translations of the Scriptures have and raises hope into divine confidence. been introduced. As its last report ex. But much yet remains to be done. To presses it, “it may be truly affirmed, ripen auspicious beginnings, and to rethat it has opened channels, by which alize expectation, your continued efforts the springs of life have not only flowed are solicited, and are necessary. The to the numbers who thirsted for them, anticipation, which we are inviied to within the United Kingdoms, but have entertain, is delightful to every follower been conveyed to the barren and parched of the great Founder of our religion, of soils of the remotest regions ".
every denomination and sect Let it In connection with these details of its animate our strenuous persevering exo operations, recollect the word of pro. ertions. phecy. Prophecy declared "the earth embrace this moment to make my shall be full of the knowledge of the public acknowledgments to the respecLord, as the waters cover the sea ; table clergyman", whose candid appliin that day the deaf shall hear the words cation first disposed me to enlist myself of the book, and the eyes of the Llind in this sacred and philanthropic institu. shall see out of obscurily and darkuess; tion, I this day thank my God with all thy children shall run to and fro, and humble and joyful gratitude, whose knowledge shall be increased." Com- gracious providence has lengthened out pare existing events with these predic. my years, that I have lived to see the tions. These predictions foretold an day in which an institution so propitious* universal spread of Divine knowledge; to the universal spread of Divine krow. existing events open a prospect of it ledge has commenced. I hail, Sir, with more propitious, niore encouraging than gladdening hope, the approach of that any preceding æra has afforded. May period when many, when all nations we not say that now the word of pio- shall say, “Come, let us go up to the phecy begins indeed to receive its accom. mountain of the Lord, and he will teach plishment. May we not augur from us his ways: come ye and let us walk present appearances, that the time is in the light of the Lord." sapidly approaching,' when “the earth Filled with this idea, and rejoicing in shall be filled with the knowledge of the this hope, let us, my townsmen and Lord?”
fellow Christians, renew our efforts to These appearances, be it observed, bring on, more rapidly, this glorious break out under awful and alarming period, and to diffuse these sentiments, circumstances. When war has, for these desires after sacred knowledge : nearly twenty years, been waving its and with our efforts let us unite our ferbloody banners over the nations of Eu. vent prayers. From every heart let this rope; when, as it is stated in the last request ascend to heaven, “ O God send Report, - the difficulties with which out thy light and thy truth;" and it
every voice echo, AMEN.
Manchester New College, removed gether with the interest, by small an
nual instalments. The classical and to York.
mathematical tutors, and the students The Committee of the MANCHESTER already occupy the greater part or the NEW COLLEGE are desirous to submit premises ; and the remainder is let to the following circumstances to the con- respectable tenants, but may be resumed, sideration of their numerous friends. in whole or in part, at any future time,
When this Institution was removed if wanted for the purposes of the college. from Manchester, and placed under the The whole produces a rent fully suifiable direction of the Rev. Charles Well- cient to discharge the interest of the purbeloved, the only difficulty which oc- chase-money. In the payment of the curred, arose from the want of proper principal it will be necessary to approapartments for the students. Mr. Well. priate not less than isol, per annum, beloved could accommodate in his own from the current income of the college, house only a very limited number, and till the whole is redeemed To this exa as his family grew up, even this ceased tent, there will of course be a diminu. to be convenient to him. To obviate tion in the funds applicable to the eduthe difficulty, apartments were engaged cation of divinity students, and the numin different lodging-houses in York, in ber must, therefore, of necessity, be which the students were placed. But smaller than might otherwise be admit. besides the heavy expense attending this ted. Many zealous friends to the in. mode of accommodating them, especial- stitution have expressed their regret at ly as their number increased, there were this circumstance, and are anxious that, several other obvious objections. That at a time when so many congregations. the force of these was not seriously felt, in different parts of the country, are in affords a striking testimony to the excel- want of ininisters, a general effort should lent principles and virtuous conduct of be made, among the English Presbyte. the young men who have hitherto been rian Dissenters, to increase the number students in this institution. It would of this class of students. They have have been unreasonable, however, to urged the Committee to state these facts expect that this should always continue to the Dissenting public, and to set on to be the case ; and the want of perma- foot a subscription for the express purgent accommodations, in which the stu- pose of relieving the funds from this dents might all lodge together, under charge of isol. per ann. in order that the immediate superintendance of the the entire income of the college may be tutors, had indeed been stated by several applicable to this important object. parents, as an insuperable objection to. They have, at the same time, enforced their placing their sons in the college. It their proposal by the offer of such very therefore became an object of anxious con. liberal contributions on their own parts, cern with the Committee to procure such that the Committee cannot hesitate to accommodations. And a very suitable comply with their recommendation,
range of buildings, in the immediate The sums which have been already sub* neighbourhood of Mr. Wellbeloved's scribed are enumerated below, and the
house, being offered for sale, about two Committee, in calling upon their friends years ago, the Committee were instruct- at large to second these generous efforts, ed, by the general body of trustees, to beg to assure them, that all the proper purchase them, and they were accord. ty of the college in land and buildings, ingly bought for the sum of 31401. It both in York and Manchester, is, in the may be desirable to state, that they do strictest respect, a permanent property. not consist of showy public buildings, They pledge themselves that (as long as incapable of being converted, without their authority continues) the capital great expense, to other purposes; but of shall be for ever inviolable, and that the plain dwelling-houses, which may at annual income arising from it shall be any time be readily disposed of, with applied exclusively to the education of little or no loss. The purchase-money young men for the sacred ministry, on was advanced by twenty-five gentlemen, the principles of free inquiry and india an the condition of its being repaid, to- vidual judgment.
Benefactions already announced.
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Proceedings in Parliament rela. rant intent. He declared it as his opitire to the New Toleration Act. nion, that this
nion, that this Act would be generally
acknowledged by the Dissenters as a HOUSE OF COMMONS, JULY 20. great benefit. He then brought up a
Mr. William Smith, on the question clause, allowing to the Dissenters the that the Toleration Amendment Bill be same exemptions under this act as they read a third time, rose for the purpose enjoyed under that of the 19th of his of making one or two observations. And present Majesty. first, he could not help congratulating Mr. Whitbread said he had examined the House and the country on the sin- the
sin. the Bill, and he found it was the same gular progress of the present Bill he had himself intended to have brought through that House, to this its last stage,
in. He drew the same happy inferences without having provoked the expresa from the silent progress of this Bill as sion of one sentiment of hostility against were drawn by his honourable friend, it. This he could not help looking up. and he hoped it would continue till the on as a most auspicious system of the great work of religious freedom received rapid advance of liberal and enlightened its final consummation, because he opinion. [Hear!) The honouravle gen. thought that the strength of the Estab. tleman then went into a history of the lished Church rested in the freedom of origin, rise and progress of the present religious opinions. The clause was Bill, which we 'forbear giving, as the then brought same has already appeared before the Bill ordered to be read a third time, public, in a letter from the honourable passed and ordered to the Lords.Admember to a noble lord (Stanhope.) Journed. He censured the measure Droposed in HOUSE OF LORDS, JULY 23. a former sessions, by another noble lord The Earl of Liverpool moved the se(Sidmouth,) which he thought might cond reading of the Toleration Bill. His have created the evils it was designed to lordship. observed, taat in ook
lordship observed, that in looking into prevent, though he had no hesitation in this subject, it was found that it could anquitting the noble lord of any intole. not be properly entered into without repealing certain acts which certainly ples upon which it rested, courting the ought not to be suffered to remain on investigation of the Scriptures upon the statute hook, and which no one which ic founded its doctrines would nov think ought to be put in Earl Stanhope objected to the Bill, that force; but which might be made the it was founded in its preamble anı its means of vexations to individuals. A- clauses upon expediency and e pediency mongst the acts repealed were the Con- alone, and did not recognize the right venticle Act and the Five Mile Act; of religious worship, which he contendsome parts of the former were retained ed to be the ui alienable right of man. in another shape, but the la ter no one His lordship went through most of the would now think of carrying into exe clauses, making several objections to cution. It was well known, that lately, a parıicular parts of them, respecring construction had been put upon the Tole. which it was his intention to move in ration Act, different from that which it the Committee. had practically received for upwards of Lord Holland agreed with his poble a century, and to remedy the inconve- friend as to the right of religious worniences thus occasioned to individuais, ship, but, nevertheless, was a fir friend was one also of the objects of the pre- to the present Bill. He remembered sent Hill. In order to combine the to being told some years ago, by he late leration which it was proposed to give Mr. Selwyn, chat a good law required a in the most ample form with the requi- great deal of soaking in the House of si e securities, it was proposed in the Commons; so it appeared that a first place, that to assemblies for the great principle required a great deal purposes of religious worship there of soak ng; but the noble lord who should be given notoriety; in the se- moved the present Bill seemed to cond place, publicity : and, in the third have become a wet intolerant, and, place, that from the preachers and viewing this Bill as so much gained to teachers in those assemblies there should the cause of tolerarion, he Lord Holbe required some test or security in the lan!) did not despur of seeing at length oaths to be taken by them. Meetings acknowledged the great principle for for religious worship, where the num which he contended. ber of persons assembled, exclusive of Lord Viscount Sidmouth could not the family of the occupier of the house give an unqualified approbation of this or premises, where such meeting took Bill. He approved entirely of the replace, did not amount to more than peal of the Five Mile Act, but he retwenty, were exenipt from any restric- gretted the extension of the number altion ; but where the number a nounted lowed at meetin s not registered, from to more than twenty, then the place of five, the number in the Conventicle Act, meeting was required to be registered, to trenty. He thought that giving an in order that upon searching the regis. exemption from civil duties and militia ters all such places of meeting might to preachers and teachers of meetings, be known. In order to secure notoriety who carried on any other business, would it was en cted that all such meetings for lead to abuses, as persons might registhe purposes of religious worship should ter small meetings, officiating only once take place with doors unbolted and un- or twice a year at them, for the purpose barred, and not fastened, so that any of obtaining the exemprions. He'laone might go in ; and, for the purpose mented, particularly, that by this Bill of a sufficient test or security, it was no qualification was required from enacted that teachers and preachers of preachers, or teachers, but that all percongregations should take the required sons, whitever might be their ignorance oaths at the sessions, but it was not re or moral character, might, on their quired that they should take i he oaths taking the oaths, be preachers and teachantecedently to their exercising the du. ers. He thought that some qualificaties of teaching and preaching. His tion ought to be required before they lordship, after adverting to the other were allowed to preach or teach, in provisions of the Bill, observed, that an stad of their being self-elected and selfenlarged and liberal toleration was the appointed, as they would be under this best security to the Established Church, Bill. He did not, however, intend to -a Church, not founded to the exclu- give any position to the Bill, but he sion of religious discussion, but in its could not help lamenting that some prohomilies, its canons, and all the princi- vision was not made to ensure some tek VOL. VII.