« PreviousContinue »
ministration of the public affairs, difficulty like the present, necessarily doriog the little interval which is placed, and more especially if he likely to elapse before his Majesty inclines to a policy somewhat difshall be able to resunie his func ferent from that which he finds to tions. We are inclined to think that be acted upon. A letter of the the opposition, plainly perceiving Prince Regent to Mr. Perceval, that the period for which they could calling upon him and his colleagues espect to be in power would, in all lo continue in office, and the anbacan prubability, be extremely swer to it, have been published in shout, have been, to say the least, some of the newspapers. In the tery well disposed to acquiesce in letter of his Royal Highness, feeling he decision of his Royal Highness. for the king is made the ground on If they bad come into place, they which the ministry is continued, woold have had to undergo new and a preference to the other party elections, and to encounter at once is plainly manifested. May we the attacks of those to whom they venture to express our doubt, whe, should succeed, and the rude pello ther sensibility towards his royal ing of the party of Sir Francis Bure father ought to have been made so det; and they would bave felt ex. prominent, we had almost said so tremely embarrassed as to the de- exclusive, a ground for detaining gree of change in the public mea. the ministry in their places? Some lures which they ought to suggest. wish, not to disturb a course of pro. If they had altered nothing, or next ceeding, to which, in the event of to nothing, as would probably have the king's recovery, the government been the case, then the cry would would be not unlikely to return, have been resumed, that one set of may surely be considered to have men is exactly like another; and also deserved a place in the mind of that what an oppositionist desires, his Royal Highness. The present is not reform, or change of measures, system, though not the best in et possession of office. If they the judgment of the Regent, might had giveo a new direction to any yet be better than a very temporary part of the political machine, then change. If indeed the ministry the party of Mr. Perceval, and es- were, in the opinion of his Royal pecially after their return to power, Highness, utterly contemptible, or would have no less vehemently, and their measures plainly and rapidly perhaps still more reasonably, have tending to the ruin of their country, exclaimed against the precipitancy then the men ought, at any rate, and presumption of men, who, to be changed, and the progress tothough they knew that their tenure wards destruction arrested. Surely, might only be for a few weeks, had then, a certain degree of respect for disordered the public affairs, and the existing administration may fairthos involved their sucessors in the ly be inferred from the disposition most serious embarrassment. Mr. to keep them in power; and the Cobbet, in one of his late numbers, general sentiment which we have Represents the Prince as deprived of stated might not improperly have all means of acting according to been intimated. How far the mea, kis individual judgment, through sure lately adopted in Ireland may the toils in which he has been en create new embarrassment to his Langled by Mr. Perceval and the Royal Highness, we will not now parliament. The Regent is un
venture to discuss. On the whole, doubtedly much limited in his we still cling to the opinion, or rapowers, but he is restrained by ther perhaps to the wish, expressed the general circumstances in which in our last number, that the present etay Regent, who expects to exer- events may serve in some degree to sie bis fonctions only for a few mitigate the mutual animosities Teeka, is, in times of contention and between the heads of our two great parties. A Prince Regent, the people on bis account. In announcing though more especially a King, has this determination to the house, Mr. Perceval the means of moderating the tone justly observed, that by this act of selfof all those leaders in ihe senate denial, this economical and benevolent come who aspire to be his ministry; and sideration of the necessities of the public, the dangers and distractions of the the Prince Regent had drawn round his empire at this singular era of the
character more real splendour than he could world, imperiously call upon our
acquire by the most brilliant establishment.
2. The installation of the Prince Regent statesmen and politicians not to mag- took place on the 6th instant, at Carlton nify their differences of opinion, by House, in the presence of a most numerous an inflamed description of them, be assemblage of privy councillors. On the yond their true dimensions. Mo. 12th a Speech was made to the two houses derate reform, increased economy of Parliament, in the name of his Royal in the public expenditure, and, Highness. It opens with lamenting in above all, a ferveni patriotism and strong terms the state of his Majesty's exact integrity, are rallying points
health, and with expressing a confidence in towards which fair men of different
the wisdom of Parliament, and the attachsides may safely, as we think, in- under the great ditficulties of his trust, which
ment of a local people, for effectual assistance cline; and it is our earnest wish to be will endeavour to discharge so as to sh sée party spirit subside, and, after no
advance the prosperity and security of great lapse of time, some new ban- his Majesty's dominions. The capture of ners displayed, which may be in- the Islands of Bourbon and Amboyna, and scribed with these characters. the successful defence of Sicily, are than
adverted to in appropriate terms. Ig PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS. Portugal and at Cadiz, the designs of the 1. The bill appointing a Regent received enemy have hitherto been frustrated. “The the royal assent by commission * on the 5th consummate skill, prudence, and perseverance instant. The debates upon it run to great of Lord Viscount Wellington, and the dislength, and ministers were defeated on cipline and determined bravery of the officers several divisions in intermediate stages of and men nnder his command, have been the bill. It passed, however, finally, with conspicuously displayed throughout the out any material variation from the plan whole of the campaign," and have served. originally proposed by Mr. Perceval; that it is added, to inspire our allies with confis to say, it restricts the Regent, for the dence and energy. And Parliament is space of twelve months, from granting called upon to enable his Royal Highness peerages, or places for life; and places the effectually to assist the brare nations of the Household Establishment, during the same Peninsula, in whose success the best interests period, out of his controul. With respect to of the British empire are deeply involved. the propriety of these restrictions, opinion's With respect to America, it is observed that are, of course, much divided; but surely discussions are now depending, which it is their importance kas been magnified far be. hoped will be brought to an amicable termiyond the truth. What difference can it nation, consistently with the honour of the make, in the vigour of the Prince's govern- crown and the rights and interests of the ment, whether he grants a peerage or not, kingdom. On the subject of the Rere during the first twelve months of it; or nue, it is remarked, that, " although the whethier he gives away permanenuly the difficulties under which the commerce of few places for lite (not more, probably, than this kingdom has laboured, have in some one or two) which may fall vacant in that degree affected a part of his Majesty's time? It was intended by Mr. Perceral to revenue, particularly in Ireland, yet the propose to Parliament an arrangement for an
revenue of Great Britain in the last year, increased establisbment for the. Regent, though unaided by any new taxation, is which would amount to 16,000L. ; but his greater than was ever known in ang preRoyal Highness declined it, being deterinined ceding year." The speechi closes with to suster wo additional burden to be laid on declaring, " that it is the most anxious
wish of bis Royal Hiyliness's heart, that he * To this commission the Great Seal was may be enabled to restore unimpaired, into put in consequence of a joint resolution of the hands of his Majesty, the government of the two houses.
his kingdom ; and that his Royal Highness
tomestly prays, that the Almighty may be present moment, when there appears to be pleased in his mercy to accelerate ihe termi- so near a prospect of complete emancipa. sation of a calamity so deeply laroented by tion; and the Committee are convinced the whole nation, and so peculiarly afflicting that their emancipation can now be retarded bo bis Royal Highness himself."
only by criminal apathy or neglect amongs The aduiress of both houses was carried the Catholics themselves.” They then suggest without any division, and indeed with little the appointment of ten managers of the *** debate ; the leaders of the opposition petition in each county, but add a caution parts intimating theic wish, both on-tbis not to suffer any species of delegation or re-' uderery other occasion, to cause as little presentation to talie place, as that will be a umecessary embarrassnyent as possible to the violation of the law; and, " ergayed as we prenument of the Prince Regent,
are in a struggle for legal and constitutional 1 One of the Physicians who was ex- rights, it is our duty, as well as oar inclinasined at the bar of the House of Lords tion and decided determination, st tò vio* to his Majesty's health, having given late the spirit, nor even the letter, of the law. some details respecting the course and The Committée, after quoting a passage from daration of a former indisposition of his Ms. Burke's writing Your enemies are Majesty, daring the administration of Mr. embodied : what becomes of you if you are Addlington, now. Lord Sidmouth, which only individuals?"-go on to disclaim any inseemed to imply that his Majesty was not in terference with the mode of nomination, * capacity to exercise bis Royal, functions,“ save that it must not be by any election or a certain periods, when it appeared that appointment to represent any person or per. te had been done in his name, such as sons, or any district or place whatsoever." the mixing of the great seal, which required They suggest the propriety of expedition, la distinct authority; notice has been given, and request to receive as soon as possible the
Led Grey in the House of Lords, and names of the persons who may be thought fit Wr. Wbilbread in the House of Commons, " to manage the petition in your county." of their intention to investigate the trans- "-In appointing these managers, the Comaction, and eventually to impeach the parties
mittee solicit your attention to the many aticerned in it. Lord Eldon was Chancellor vantages to be derived from naming ma-: at the time ,
nagers, whose avocations reqnire, or whose 4. The state of Ireland bas attracted the leisure permits, their permanent or oceasional attention of Parliament, in consequence of residence in Dublin, where the ultimate arthe circulation of an order of the Irish Go- rangements as to the Petition can best be vestiment to the sheriffs and chief magis- made." We can have no doubt that such a trates throughout Ireland, requiring them, proceeding as this required the interference parably to the provisions of an act of the of the Government; particularly as there is 34 of Gea III. chap. 29., to prevent un-, far 100 much ground for fearing that the bufd assemblies of the Roman Catholics,
minds of a great part of the population of for the purpose of choosing delegates to re- Ireland are in a very perturbed state. Whepresent them in Dubliu, or elsewhere; and ther the best mode of interference was 1. mest and commit to prison all persons
adopted, is a point on which we do not feet esecerned in publishing any notice to that. competent to give an opinion. The debates izi, or attending, soling, or acting with a, that are likely to take place in Parliament rica to the choice or appointment of such
will not fail 10. throw light on the subject. delegates. This order was giren in conse
5. Notice has been given of a Bill to be pesace of a circular letter having appeared brought into Parliament for rendering more le the General Committee of the Roman effectual the laws abolishing the Slave Trade. Catholics of Ireland, meeting at Dublin, ad derred to the Roman Catholic body at
HIS MAJESTY'S HEALTH. latge, in which they state their conviction It is with heartfelt satisfaction, and with tzat an increase of their nunber is neces. gratitude to the Giver of all good, that we , tary, in order that there may be managers of announce to our readers the gradual a Ivance their petition to Parliament connected with of the king towards recovery. The bulletins every distria ia Ireland. “It is highly de- of the physicians, during the present month, sirable," they say," that the Committee stwuld have been uniformly and progressively ta. bere the depositary of the collectire vourable ; and it is said his returning heulila vision of the Catholic body, and that it has been accompavied with a pariial restotauld be able to ascertain, in order to obey, ration of his eye-sight, so that he is now able live vides of all tizeit Catbolic fellow. to distinguish objects, and even to know ilic mbjess. This is the more requisite at the features of those who approacha him.
OBITUARY. To the Editor of the Christian Observer. nuine simplicity and refined elegance; store
with the best literature which several nioden 1 an induced to take the liberty of ad- languages could afford. She bad an intima! dressing you, by lively sentiments of gráti. acqunintance with ancient and modern his tude, affection, and sincere respect for the tory; and the result of a long continues memory of a character, whose very superior cultivation of her intellect was av extent o worth will be acknowledged by all who had knowledge, which, though' possessed wit the happiness of being acquainted with it, much meekness, could, if applied to, alway and in the highest degree by those who instruct and inform. were the best able to forin an estimate of its Miss Schimnrelpenning's tempet was b value.
nature uncommonly sweet; she had grea A most intimate and closely-cemented tenderness of feeling to all, and a degree o friendship with the late Miss Sehiinmel kindness towårds those she loved, which wî penning of Bristol, enables me to offer you never cease to be remembered by the friend some further remarks, in addition to the ac who experienced it. Firmness, gennlenes count given of her in your last Appendix, and constancy, truth and solidity in ever which was indeed drawn by a masterly hand; thing, were her great characteristics. He but as it is only a brief sketch, and will piety exhibited all these qualities : it was therefore bear filling up; and as the talents, deep, enlightened, and effective Cevotion acquirements, and genuine piety of my fate soul_ state of constant intercourse will dear friend were of so superior a class, it will her Maker, which was manifested to thos not, I trust, be deemed a waste of time to around her' by purity of life and sanctity attempt to elucidate thein more fully. spirit. Her death was calculated to eshit
The most eminent feature in her cha-" the reality of her principles, its suddetine racter was her judgment, which was so pe lueing such as to preclude any but her bu culiarly sound, clear, and diserinrinating, bitual preparation. Daring the few days i that its decisions generally produced innré- her illness, however, and in the awful mo diate conviction ; added to which, stie posé ment' of ber departure, she manifesteds sessed so elegant and correct a taste, that in'firmi a faith in the merits of Christ, an literary pursuits she certainly had very few such a vital union with him, that the imaz equals. Every line of her character wäs' of lier Saviour, as present with her, no arranged with a finished consistency. It calling her to hiiruself, into a state of m was bighly polished, and delica:ely feminine,' utterable felicity, was prósented to fier min get it had no false vamish of any kind; in the most lively colours; md she con above affectation, its timidity became graced writted her sout with full confiđevce intoh ful, becanse it was counteracted and guarded hands, leaving a fresh ekainple of the w by so striet a love of truth, and such sound certainty of hunnan life, and the necessit ness and rectitude of principle, that the and comfort of a constant and regulát wal combination produced a calm dignity of ac-' with God, who may call us at an hour w tion, which could not fail of inspiring re- think not of. Happy are those sertas apect and esteem. She had a mind of ge-" wbo are found watching!
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. Under consideration : A. B.; T. S.; A CONSTANT READER ; Remarks on Dr. A. Clarke
Bible; T, H.; and S. P. OROZO; T. Y.; C.C.; FARMER BLUNT; Tuux Est; and Jonx, will find a place. We beg to inform R. Y. that of the tracts published by the Society for promoting Chti
tian Knowledge, many of which are truly excellent, those which bave appeared to the most obj ctionable, and to which indeed we chietly referred, in our number for. D) cenaber fast, are three Dialogues by the Rev. Thomas Sykès, coutained in the sixth
lume.of the Society's Tracis. M. M.; A CONSTANT READER ; and CANTABRIGIENSIS, have been received. We request J. B. L. to read a tract published by the Society for promoting Christian Koor
ledge, entitled "A Discourse concerning Baptismal and Spiritual Regeneration," by !
shop Bradford. He will find it to express our sentiments. A TRAVELLIR is requested to name the place to which be alludes.
[No. 3. Vol.x.
EXTRACTS FROM THE CORRESPOND
hend them with such a moderation ISCE OF THE FIRST PROTESTANT
as becomes a missionary of Christ. MISSIONARIES TU INDIA.
We know, most honourable pa(Continued from p. 68.).
trons, that the same God, who hath
entrusted us with the grain of musI N the absence of Ziegenbalgh tard-seed to be sown in his garden, writes in reply to a letter from the sowers, and given bis divine inSociety, in which it appears that crease : we have this year gained they had cautioned him, among four-and-twenty souls to our holy other things, against mingling other religion, who are now as so many doctrines with those of Chris branches ingrafted into the tree of
life, Christ Jesus. We confess inTranquebar, Aug. 28, 1715.—“As deed, that, after so many years' lato the mingling of other doctrines bour, we do not see as yet such fruit with the principles of Christianity; as we could heartily wish for: but we assure you, that we are entirely we know that this is the seed-time. averse to any such leaven, using our Let us therefore be faithful and inatmost endeavours to render our ex- defatigable. The word which God plications of Scripture pure, simple, has put into our mouth will not reand intelligible, such as the Divine turn again empty, but will answer Spirit doth teach, and the writings the end for which it was sent; and, of the faithful servants of God do to use the words of our blessed Lord, by their testimony countenance he that sows, and he that reaps, and explain. This true sense of shall rejoice together. Moreover, God's word is not to be found in the be pleased to understand, that beperplexed and crabbed commenta- sides our ordinary schools, we renes of the schoolmen and philosó- solved about four months ago to phers: but by a diligent comparing erect a new Damulian school
, for of Scripture with Scripture, endea the use of the Malabarian children.” ! Pooring to follow in all things, and “ Many joyfully embraced the op
above all, the Spirit of God himself, portunity offered them, and sent who by bis divine illumination Their children to this new school; teaches what ought to be avoided, which now, contrary to my expecand what ought to be embraced; tation, are increased to the number what is profitable, and what is to be of seventy, who are taught in two rejected. And since we are sur- distinct chambers by thred Christian founded on all hands with the emise masters.
It is very proper that saries of the church of Rome, who, such schools should be every where too much laying aside the pure erected among the heathen in India
, word of God, obtrude the dotages of whereby their youth may imbibe human wit and invention upon un- Christian principles in their very thinking persons; we take all pro- childhood. We have, by God's per occasions to detect them with a help, printed off the remaining part Christian sincerity, and to repre- of the New Testament in the Damo.
Chaist. Onserv. No. 111.