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Rev. WALTER KELLY.-At a numerous meeting of the inhabitants of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, assembled in the restry-room, Mr. Rivett, late churchwarden, in the chair, a valuable tea-service was presented by the chairman, in a neat and appropriate address to the Rev. Walter Kelly, A.M., for his valuable services as their late curate. The Rev. Gentleman returned thanks in an elegant and affecting reply.
AN ADDRESS FROM THE DEANERY OF MALMESBURY.-An address has been presented to the Bishop of Salisbury, by the Clergy of the Deanery of Malmesbury, expressive of their surprise and regret at the intention of the Church Commissioners to separate that Deanery from the Diocese of which it has so long formed a part, and to add it to the Diocese of Gloucester. They deprecate being removed from under the jurisdiction of the learned and pious prelate, who presides over them; as well as that of the Archdeacon of Wilts, to whom they are much attached, and under whose superintendence they desire to continue. The address has, we believe, been forwarded to the Archbishop of Canterbuty, that his Grace and the rest of the Commissioners may be informed of the opinions and feelings of the Bishop of Salisbury, and the Archdeacon and Clergy, with respect to this uncalled-for dislocation of the diocese. In his late charge to the Clergy of the Deaneries of Cricklade and Malmesbury, the Archdeacon thus speaks of the proposed separation : “For this change, I have never yet been able to discover any reason, and none bas been assigned; though, perhaps, it is fair to conclude, that those who have recommended it are persuaded that it will be beneficial to the interests of those who live in these Deaneries. As to my own sentiments concerning this intended measure, I think that though some few parishes in these two Deaneries might, perhaps, for their own convenience, be advantageously annexed to the see of Gloucester, there is no reason why the whole of them should. It seems to me (as it does to the Dishop of Salisbury) to be an innovation uncalled for; and for that reason, if there were no other, to be deprecated and opposed."
WORCESTER DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.-The quarterly meeting of the Worcester Deanery District Committee of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, was lately held at the Episcopal Palace, when it appeared, by the Report, that, during the preceding quarter, 83 Bibles, 177 Testaments, 330 Prayer-books, and 5322 Books and Tracts, had been sold at the Depositary, being 3008 more than in the corresponding quarter of 1835. We learn, from the last Report of the Parent Society, that 1001. has been granted towards the erection of a Protestant episcopal chapel at Athens, Sir Edniond Lyons, the British minister in Greece, having represented that such a chapel was very desirable for the use of Protestant residents and travellers.
TUNBRIDGE School.–At the last annual visitation of Tunbridge School, thé son of T. Moore, Esq. of London, and William Bushnell, son of the Rev. J. Buslinell, Rector of Beenham, Berks, and J. Birch, son of the Rev. Dr. Birch, Archdeacon of Lewes, and Vicar of Bexhill, Sussex, were elected to three of the exhibitions of 1001. a-year belonging to the school, and tenable for four years, at any college of either University.
New CHURCH AT Frome.-The foundation stone of the new free church at Prome has been faid with the usual ceremonies by the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The Earl and Countess of Cork, and a large number of the most respectable inhabitants of the town, were present.
Rev. W. OTTER.—The Rev. W. Otter, the Principal of King's College, London, and the intended new Bishop of Chichester, will, it is said, in a few days receive the degree of Doctor of Divinity, by royal mandate, previous to his congé d'élire.
SCRIPTURES FOR THE BLIND.—The British and Foreign Bible Society have presented 1001. to the Bristol Society for Embossing the Scriptures for the Blind.
GRATITUDE OF THE IRISH CLERGY.-At the Visitation of the See of Meath, held on the 28th of July, an address was presented by their Archdeacon, from the clergy of the diocese of Meath, to their esteemed Diocesan, requesting the Right VOL. XVIII.
Rev. Prelate to convey their thanks to the Lord Primate of Ireland, with a supplication that his Grace would have the goodness to express their gratitude to. the committee for the relief of the Irish Clergy, and through them to the generous British public.
CHURCH AT NEW POUNDLAND.-His Majesty has subscribed 1001. for a new church at Newfoundland, and Government has also given 1001, 4401. are still required for this most desirable object.
EDINBURGH.-The Edinburgh Town Council have appointed Sir William Ha. milton, Bart. M... of Balliol College, to the vacant chair of logic in the Unirer. sity of Edinburgh. There were three other candidates - Mr. Isaac Taylor, who had 10 votes; Mr. M‘Dougall, 5; and Mr. Combe, 3.
CONSECRATION OF A DISSENTING CHAPEL.-It appears, from the Reading Mercury, that Castle-street Chapel, in that borough, which has been for forty years in the Countess of Huntingdon's connexion, will be consecrated for the service of the Church of England by the Bishop of Salisbury. The appointment of the Minister will be in the 'Trustees perpetually. Many of the Trustees, who superintended the building of the chapel, are now living, viz. Dr. Ring, Mr. French, Mr. Laurence, sen., Mr. Young, sen., Mr. Willatts, &c.
Kenilworth.-It is a singular fact, that the romantic and far-famed village of Kenilworth is the birth-place of three Prelates of the Establishment, riz. the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Dr. Butler), and the Bishops of Winchester and Chester (Drs. Sumner).
The installation of Dr. Maltby, the new Bishop of Durham, took place in the Cathedral on Tuesday the 26th July; the Hon. and Rev. Dr. Wellesley acting as proxy for the Bishop. It is said that Mr. Prebendary Townsend lately wrote to the Bishop, apprizing him that he had been selected to prepare and present the usual address from the clergy in the event of his Lordship entering the see, and informing him that he would frame it so as to give him an opportunity of disclaiming the heterodox opinions which have been ascribed to him.
VALUABLE Livings.-According to parliamentary returns, there are 18 livings in England worth above 20001. per annum. Of these, the two largest are Stanhope, in the county of Durham, which is of the net annual value of 4,8431.; and Doddington, in the Isle of Ely, of the value of 7,3061. per annum.
THE CUSTOM OF REMAINING UNCOVERED IN CHURCH commenced about the be. ginning of the 17th century; an order to that effect was issued soon after the accession of James in 1603.
LIBERAL BEQUEST.-The late Mr. William Burley, of Lincoln, has left by his will to the Trustees of the Lincoln National School, the princely legacy of 10001.
New CHURCH AT BROUGHTON.--The ceremony of laying the first stone of the new church, to be dedicated to St. John, at Broughton, Lancashire, lately took place, and attracted a very numerous and highly respectable assemblage. The land was given by the Rev. John Clowes, M.A., who has also liberally contributed 10001. to the building fund, and the remainder of the 60001, the estimated cost of the church, was raised by voluntary contribution.
The consecration of the new church at Weymouth, founded at the sole expense of the Rev. George Chamberlain, Rector of Weymouth and Wyke Regis, lately took place, by the Lord Bishop of Winchester. A grand procession, comprising the Lord Bishop of Winchester and suite, the worshipful the Mayor and Town Council, the Archdeacon of Dorset and suite, the Clergy, of the Deanery, M. Wyatt, Esq. of London, (the architect,) and an immense number of gentry, were in attendance. The church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. At the conclusion of the solemn ceremony, the Bishop paid a handsome evlogium to the liberality and public spirit evinced by the respected founder, as displayed in the noble edifice just then dedicated to the service of God, and the preservation and promoting our holy religion.
Bishop"Ryder's CHURCH.- At a meeting of the comunittee for raising a fund for the erection of a chnrch at Birmingham, to be called “Bishop Ryder's Church," a liberal and highly disinterested offer has been made by the Rev. W. Marsh, on hehalf of a lady, whose name has not transpired, to contribute the sum of 10001 for an endowment, in addition to 2001, as a fund for repairs, and of 3001. towards the erection of the proposed church, in return for the patronage, which she proposes shall be invested in Trustees.' Little doubt now remains but that this important and interesting memorial of the late venerated Diocesan will be accomplished.
DR. MALTBY.-It is said that the Bishop of Durham has founded an annual prize, to be contended for by the scholars of St. Mary Winton College.
Winchester COLLEGE ElectioN.–At the late Winchester college election, Mr. Rowden and Mr. Wetherell stood at the head of the roll, as Founder's kin, for admission at New College.
New CHURCH.-We are happy to hear that Mr. John Wood is about at once to carry into effect his promise to build a new church in Bradford. Previous to his leaving the neighbourhood, a few days since, he gave his assent to the plans that had been submitted to him, and purchased a piece of ground for its erection, close adjoining to Bowling-lane Bar. ' The foundation stone will very shortly be laid.
WESLEYAN CONFERENCE.—The Wesleyan Conference will be held this year, for the first time, at Birmingham. It will commence on the 27th inst. Not fewer than 400 ministers are expected to be present. The Rev. Jabez Bunting, D.D., is spoken of as likely to be President of the Conference for the ensuing year.
DISSENTERS' CLAIMS. In the House of Commons, Mr. Wilks presented a peti. tion from the Protestant Society for the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Dissenters, and for the promotion of the redress of their grievances. They represented several hundred congregations of Dissenters. The prayer of their petition he should bring forward next session, and he now begged to give notice that he should then move the consideration and redress of the practical grievances of Protestant Dissenters (besides the total abolition of church rates) as to
1. The refusal of the rites of burial to the children of Baptists interred in churchyards, of the tolling of the parish bell, and of the admission of corpses of Dissenters into vaults of churches.
2. The prevention of their ministers from officiating as in Ireland and Scotland in parochial burial grounds.
3. The liability of lay Dissenters to be appointed church wardens.
4. The stamp duties charged on all the conveyances and trust-deeds of their chapels, burial grounds, and free schools.
5. The non-remission of the timber and other duties on building materials used in the erection and repair of their chapels and public edifices, and granted to the churches and schools of the Established Church in Scotland and England.
6. The mortuary fees, Easter offerings, garden tithes, and other small ecclesiastical demands, vexatiously claimed and enforced.
And 7. Their exclusion from a full participation in the benefits of the national Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
He gave this full and explicit notice of what the Dissenters deemed to be their grievances, and the removal of which they sought, in order that they might not only be distinctly known, but amply considered during the recess.
CHAPEL Royal, St. James's.--The extensive alterations in the Chapel Royal, St. James's, have commenced, the plans having been approved of by His Majesty when he inspected the interior of that sacred edifice, attended by Sir Benjamin Stephenson and Sir Robert Smirke. It is proposed to enlarge the body of the chapel sufficiently to accommodate the whole of their Majestics' Household,
and a gallery is to be erected for the Peeresses. A new organ is being built, which is to be placed in a more favourable situation than that occupied by the present one. The chapel is expected to be re-opened about the month of June or July next.
PREBEND OF LAFFORD.—The Bishop of Lincoln has placed at the disposal of the Church Commissioners the sinecure prebend of Lafford, in the Cathedral Church of Lincoln, vacant by the lamented death of the Rev. Edward Smedley.
METROPOLIS CHURCHES FUND. The following appeal to the public, by the Bishop of London, has been widely circulated :
The Bishop of London earnestly entreats the most serious attention of every one, whom Providence has entrusted with the means of promoting true religion, to the following statement :
There are thirty four of the parishes comprised in the metropolis and its suburbs, each containing more than 10,000 souls, the aggregate population of which amounts to 1,137,000, while there is church room for not more than 101,682, less than one tenth of the whole.
Allowing one church for a population of 3000, there would be required in these parishes 379 churches; whereas there are, in fact, only 69; or if unconsecrated proprietary chapels be added, about 100; while, for the spiritual care and instruction of more than a million of souls, there are not more than about 140 Clergymen.
It is manifest that this state of things cannot but be productive of the very worst consequences, with respect not only to the religious and moral state of the metropolis, but to the tranquillity and good order of the country at large.
It is not less manifest that the most promising method, under the Divine blessing, of averting these consequences, and of working a great moral and social improvement in this vast city, is to increase the number of churches and Clergymen, and so to bring an ignorant and spiritually destitute population within the reach of christian worship, superintendence, instruction, and charity,
In order to the accomplishment of this object it is now proposed, that a fund should be raised, by donations (which, when they exceed iooi., may be paid by four equal yearly instalments), for the purpose of adding at least fifty new churches or chapels to the number now existing; each to have its district, its Clergyman, and its local charities.
Even this provision will fall short of the necessity which requires it ; but this, if by God's blessing it should be accomplished, will effect an unspeakably beneficial change. But for its accomplishment a great effort is required-great, as men are now accustomed to measure the requirements of christian charity; and yet, are there not hundreds of persons, who could give to the cause of Christ and of his Church, their thousand pounds each, without sacrificing one of their comforts or enjoyments? And are there not multitudes whom we have a right to call upon, even for such a sacrifice if it be requisite, in order to rescue so many of their fellow-creatures from the miseries of irreligion and vice, and to prevent the further growth of an evil, which threatens our national peace and safety? The duty of contributing to this object is especially incumbent upon all those persons who are the proprietors of land and houses in the metropolis ; and upon those who have been enabled, by the local advantages which it affords to business of various kinds, to realise a competent share of worldly goods.
An earnest appeal is respectfully, but confidently made, to all the inhabitants of London and its suburbs, who possess the means of doing good; but especially to the owners of large property, in the metropolis ; to the great companies, and commercial establishments; to the merchants, bankers, and opulent tradesmen; to lend prompt and effectual aid to the promotion of an object of such paramount importance; and to set an example to the great towns and populous districts of the empire, which cannot fail to exert a salutary influence upon its religious and moral state.
The Bishop of London looks also with confidence to the Clergy of this part of his diocese, to assist him in this important undertaking, by recoinmending it to their parishioners, and by soliciting donations from the wealthier amongst them.
This may be done, without interfering with the collections which are to be made in churches, under the authority of the King's Letter, for the Incorporated Church Building Society, and which generally consists of smaller sums than those which are now asked for.
In consequence of the above proposals, recommending the formation of a fund for the building or purchase, and endowment of fisty new churches in the metropolis, a meeting of noblemen and gentlemen was held, at London House, July, 6, 1836;
The ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY in the Chair; When the following Resolutions were agreed to :
His Majesty having been graciously pleased to signify his intention of becoming patron of the fund,
The Archbishop of Canterbury having consented to be Vice-patron, and the Bishop of London president:
Resolved,-1. That the fund be under the management of a Committee, consisting of the following persons, with power to add to their number, and to fill up vacancies as they occur, so that the whole number do not exceed 36 :- . The Dean of St. Paul's
Ph. Pusey, Esq., M.P. The Dean of Westminster
W, E. Gladstone, Esq., M.P. The Archdeacon of London
The Dean of Chichester The Archdeacon of Middlesex Rev. Dr. Pusey, Christ Church, Lord Ashley, M.P.
Oxford Lord Kenyon
Rev. Dr. Spry Lord Teignmouth
Rev. Dr. Moore Lord Radstock
Rev. John Lonsdale Lord Bexley
Rev. H. H. Norris
Rev. T. V. Short
William Cotton, Esq.
H. S. Thornton, Esq. Mr. Justice Coleridge
Thomas Hankey, Esq. Mr. Baron Gurney
Joseph Delafield, Esq. Sir R. H. Inglis, Bart., M.P.
William Davis, Esq. 2. That the vice patron and president be ex-officio members of the Committee.
3. That four members of the Committee be trustees of the fund, and that all contributions be paid to their account at the Bank of England.
4. That subscriptions of 1001. and upwards be payable, if the subscribers desire it, in four equal yearly instalments.
5. "That Local Committees be formed for the purpose of soliciting subscriptions.
6. That the fund be applied, under the direction of the Committee,-the consent of the Bishop of the diocese being in all cases indispensable-to the erection and endowment of churches and chapels in the metropolis, and to the purchase of buildings which may be made, when consecrated, suitable for Divine worship, according to the rites and usages of the United Church of England and Ireland.
7. That in the distribution of sittings in the churches, to be erected or purchased out of this fund, the increased accommodation of the poorer classes be regarded as a primary object.
8. That measures be taken to procure the assignment of a district to every church or chapel so acquired, within the limits of which the minister thereof may exercise pastoral care, except in special cases, in which it may be deemed advisable to provide chapels of ease, to be under the care of the incumbents of parishes; but that such chapels have, in every case, their own officiating clergymen.
9. That the nomination of clergymen to snch churches or chapels, not being chapels of ease, be vested in the Bishop of the diocese, except in cases where it may be considered desirable by the Committee, with consent of the bishop, to vest the right of nomination in the patron of the living, or in official trustees to be named by the Committee.
10. That application be made to the proper authorities to endow, wholly or in