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AN Essay on the Excellence of Christian. Knowledge; with an Appeal to Christians on the Propriety of using every Means for its Promotion. By F. A. Cox, A. M.
The Overflowing of Ungodliness, a Sermon on the Times, preached at St. James's Church, Bath, Sunday, January 19, 1806. By the Rev. R. Warner. Price Is. 6d.
Sermons on various Subjects and Occasions. By Alexander Grant, D. D. Vol. iii. Svo. Ss. boards.
A Dissertation of the Prophecies that have been fulfilled. By George Stanley Faber, B. D. 2 vols. 8vo. Price 16s. boards. A systematic View of the revealed Wisdom of the Word of God. By the Rev. Raby Williams. Royal 8vo. 12s. boards. Illustrated with 14 Copper-plates.
A Sermon preached on the 5th of December. By the Rev. David Brichan. 4to. 1s. 6d.
An Harmony of the Epistles of the Holy Apostles. By the Rev. Peter Roberts, M. A. 4to. Price 16s. boards.
Select Parts of the Old and New Testa
ment, agreeable to the approved Modern
The Seventh Day a Day of Rest. A
The Forest Pruner; or Timber Owner's Assistant: being a Treatise on the Training or Management of British Timber Trees; whether intended for Use, Ornament, or Shelter, &c. &c. &c. By William Pontey, Nurseryman and Ornamental
Gardener, Author of the Profitable Planter; and Planter and Forest Pruner to the late and present Duke of Bedford.
Lectures on Belles Lettres and Logic. By the late W. Barron, F. A. S. E. 2 Vols. 8vo. £1. 1s.
The Asiatic Annual Register, Vol. vi.
A Vindication of the Cow Pock. By R.
The Metaphysics of Man, or the pure part of the Physiology of Man. Translated from the German by S. F. Waddington, M. P. 5s.
Elements of Intellectual Philosophy, or an Analysis of the Powers of the Human Understanding. By R. E. Scott, A. M. Svo. 9s.
Modern Art of War. 18mo. 2s. 6d. sewed.
Effects of Civilization on the People in European States. By Charles Hall, M. D. 8vo. Price 8s.
An Inquiry into the Principles, Disposition, and Habits, of the People of England, since the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. By John Andrews, LL. D. 3s..
A Meteorological Journal of the Year 1805, kept in Paternoster-row, London. Svo. By W. Bent. 1s. 6d. Humber's Juvenile Miscellany, contak ing Geography, Astronomy, Chronology, Anatomy, &c. for the Use of Schools. 2s. and 2s. 6d.
Considerations arising from the Debates in Parliament on the Petition of the Irish Catholics. By Sir John Throckmorton, Bart. 3s. 6d.
The Mysteries of Neutralization, or the British Navy vindicated from the Charge of Injustice and Oppression towards Neutral Flags. By John Brown. Price 4s.
POOR PIOUS CLERGYMFN. IN 1788, a society was instituted in London for the Robet of poor pious Clergymen in the Established Church residing in the Country. Its object is so very important that we feel it our duty to make our readers acquainted with it. "The life of a minis
ter," it is justly observed by this society, "is and must be a warfare, in any situa tion; but when besides his various exercises as a minister, his feelings as a man are incessantly agitated by the superadded pressure of poverty: when the hours he would devote to the edification of his peu.
ple are embittered by the intrusion of auxious care how to avoid contracting debts, or how to discharge them: when the anguish with which the distresses of a wife or children must affect a tender mind, follows him into the study and into the pulpit"-"the hardships of such a man, engaged in such a cause, call loudly for compassion, and if possible, for relief." Considerations of this kind have given rise to the present design, which proposes to advance the progress of religion in the Established Church, by assisting such exemplary clergymen as labour in the word and doctrine, and from the smallness of their income are subjected to distress and discouragement.
It will be unnecessary in this place, to detail the rules of the society which appear to us to be judiciously framed, as any person who wishes to become acquainted with them may easily ascertain, by applying to Ambrose Martin, Esq. 22, Finch Lane, Cornhill; Mr. Gilbert, Goldsmith to the King, Cockspur Street, Charing Cross; Rev. W. Goode, Rectory House, Blackfriars; and Mr. J. W. Coffin, 21, Sherborne Lane: also to G Thorne, Esq. Wine Street, Bristol; Mr. Bielby, Birmingham; Rev. E. Edwards, Lynn, Norfolk; all of whom also receive subscriptions.
A few extracts, from letters received by the Committee in the course of the last year, will afford ample proof of the excellence and utility
of this institution.
"It is incumbent upon me always to ac knowledge, with gratitude, the manifold supplies I have received time after time from your well disposed and benevolent Committee; and I feel myself highly indebted to every member of this good fund. I trust that I need not make any long apology in my own defence; but this I may truly affirm, that necessity has hitherto compelled me to be thus annually troublesome to you. Yet I have not the least reason to complain, since Providence has ever been merciful and gracious unto me, in supplying my wants."-" Having at present nine children to support at the yearly stipend of 40%, which is reckoned a tolerable good salary in this part; (but I must say, that it is too scanty to maintain such a family as mine with the necessaries of life ;) may I therefore be permitted to crave herein some little more assistance: and may Heaven abundantly reward you."
"REV. AND DEAR SIR, Feb. 22, 1905. "By the seasonable and valuable assistance I received through your medium,
last year, I was enabled to pay my debt, and to procure many things necessary for the use of my family."-"My salary, from the three laborious curacies I continually serve, is only 451. per annum, which I find too scanty to procure the necessaries of life, for my large and increasing family."
"As our children advance in years, grow in stature, and increase in number, their wants also very much increase. We are now eleven in family; the necessaries of life are dear; my small stipend is inadequate to support so many; I am therefore compelled to repeat my application to your Society, this year also, to solicit their benevolent aid: though it is very painful to my feelings to be so troublesome to you."
"I am under the necessity of again soliciting your assistance."
"My time is wholly taken up in the duties of this place. I read prayers and preach four times a week, do all the parochial duty, and superintend the schools. The congregation upon an average is about 1000 persons, chiefly the labouring poor." "And it is, I trust, with unfeigned thankfulness to God, for your excellent Society, that I mention, that, but for the assistance which it has afforded me, for several years
past, I must have been driven from my post, or sunk at it covered with disgrace, as unable to pay my way. My legal income has somewhat increased this year, being This has been aided by subabout 80%. scriptions and donations amounting to about 401. more, but a considerable part of this has been applied to the discharge of debts formerly contracted for necessaries. Since I solicited the aid of the Society about this time last year, I have had another daughter born, making my number of daughters seven; and I have two sons; so that with a servant we are twelve in family, all maintained at my own expence."-" My situation is such, that I am called upon to make a decent appearance, and to do this, with my large family I feel a heavy burden. And, having rent and taxes to pay, I find my income greatly inadequate to my necessary expenditure."-" Had I not some hope in the interposition of a kind and gracious Providence, my spirits must give way, and I should be inadequate to the duties of my station. If therefore you should be pleased again to grant my petition, and afford assistance, great will be the consolation which will be administered to me and to my dear partner: and I hope the help will be applied to the furtherance of the cause of Him, who though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor'."
"REV. AND DEAR SIR, July 2, 1805. "It is not unknown to your worthy body, that my whole preferment in amounts to 487. a year, with which I have a wife and large family to maintain, consisting altogether of ten children. This pittance would never have been sufficient for support, bad I not received when in frequent assistance from Lord
and in London, partly through his recommendation, from the Marquis of, who, in his own hand-writing, bears honourable testimony to my character in a letter to Lord a copy of which I have annexed for your perusal. "" the patron of my church preferment, withholding its small stipend, has been, humanly speaking, the cause of these present trials." "My wife is now at, in a hot, close, confined lodging, at 1s. 8d. a week. It has pleased the Lord to visit one child with the small-pox, three with the fever. Concerning the life of the former, I have but little hopes, and humbly bend in submission to the will of God, knowing that present trials Work together for good when sanctified."
REV. AND DEAR SIR, July 27, 1805. "Permit me to become a petitioner once more, through your kind hand, to the worthy Gentlemen of the Committee, for a renewal of that comfortable relief, which they tenderly bestowed upon me and my family in the course of last year."-" I have four young boys and a girl, and one of the boys is very sickly. My stipend, as 1 inentioned last year, clears me about 301. per
Dec. 14, 1804. "I have this morning received your kind letter, covering a note of -. I want words to express the grateful sense I feel, first, to my heavenly Father, who, whilst he takes away with one hand, returns it with the other and secondly, to the Gentlemen, who have thus generously and handsomely contributed to the relief of my necessities. Believe me, Sir, the difficulties I have had to rub through, have often paralized my ministerial labours, and I fear, greatly abridged my usefulness. Yet I have consoled myself with this idea, that, if I was not doing, I was suffering the will of God. Accept, Sir, my best thanks for your Christian conduct upon the present occasion."
σε REV. AND DEAR SIR, July 9, 1805. "It is impossible to express on paper what I feel for your beneficence."—"I resufu humble and hearty thanks to the Lord
for the providential meeting with you, which has been attended with the most beneficial consequences. Most worthy brother, whom I shall always love in our common Lord, be my friend once more; and since my tongue is too feeble, let your's be the organ of my gratitude to your worthy Society for their vote of. Tell them, they cave restored a husband to his wife, a father to his children, a pastor to his flock. Tell them, they shall have the prayers and blessings of thousands, that a blessing from above may be always on them; that they may be blessed in their families and persons here; blessed in time; and blessed in eternity; that they may be found among those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life."
"REV. AND DEAR SIR, Sept. 11, 1805.
"I received your favour this morning inclosing a bank post bill, value, for which I return you and the whole Committee my most sincere thanks. May the God of all grace reward you, and all my benefactors, for the liberal relief you have afforded me, under my present trying circumstances. I have laboured, I trust with some success, in this neighbourhood for many years; but since I lost the curacy of
-, my salary was so much reduced, that all my hope was nearly gone of standing to my post here much longer, as my family is become large; but your benefaction will be the means of my continuance, for some time, amongst a people whose spiritual welfare lies near my heart."
The Society we perceive has distributed during the last year the sum of £.1360; a sum which though considerable, is doubtless very inadequate to the numerous claims which may be justly preferred to the benevolence of such an institution.
Two of the Missionaries belonging to the London Society, and whom we lately mentioned to have arrived at Tranquebar, have of establishing a mission among the Genproceeded to Vizagpatnam, with the view toos in that quarter. At this place they met with a cordial reception from the principal Europeans, one of whom, a Magistrate, had been in the habit of performing divine service himself, in the court-house," before the Gentlemen of the settlement," the soldiers in garrison, and some half cast people. On the arrival of the Missionaries,
they were requested to undertake this office, to which they readily assented; and their services have since been remunerated by a small salary.
The town of Vizagpatnam contains about 20,000 inhabitants, chiefly idolaters, and the neighbourhood is also very populous; but the Missionaries must defer the commencement of their labours among the natives, until they shall have made themselves masters of the language spoken in that district which is the Telinga or Gentoo. Their study of this language has been providentially facilitated by means of a manuscript dictionary given them by a gentleman who was about to return to England. In the mean time they have an opportunity of preaching to the Europeans in Garrison, and of engaging in the instruction of youth; employments which may be relinquished in favour of fresh Missionaries, as soon as they themselves shall have attained a competent knowledge of the Gentoo. This language is spoken throughout Golconda, and with little variation in the Cattack and Mahratta countries; so that these Missionaries have ample space for the exertion of their talents and zeal. They are urgent with the society to send more missionaries to their aid.
The names of the two Missionaries who have settled at Vizagpatnam are Messrs. Can and Desgrauges. Mr. Ringeltaube has remained at Tranquebar and proposes to labour in the Taniul country.
Two other Missionaries from the same society, Dr. Taylor and Mr. Loveless, who were appointed to form a mission on the opposite side of the Peninsula, at Surat, had arrived at Madras on their way thither.
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, at their meeting at Philadelphia in May last, adopted a resolution, with a view to discountenance and abolish the practice of duelling, in which, after declaring their utter abhorrence of the prac tice, and of all measures tending to it, as originating in the malevolent dispositions of the human heart and a false sense of honour; as utterly inconsistent, with every just principle of moral conduct; as a direct violation of the sixth commandment; and as destructive of the peace and happiness of families; they recommend it to all their ministers scrupulously to refuse to attend the funeral of any person who shall have fallen in a duel; and to aduit no person who shall have fought a duel, or given or accepted a challenge, or been accessary thereto, to the distinguishing privileges of the church, until he shall manifest a just sense of his guilt, and give satisfactory evidence of his repentance.
This is an example well worthy the imitation of every Christian community.
PRISONERS OF WAR.
Considerable exertions are making to improve the opportunity of communicating religious knowledge to the French, Spanish, and Dutch soldiers and sailors, who are prisoners of war in this country, which is afforded by their unfortunate situation. A minister well acquainted with the French language preaches on Sunday to the French on board the prison ships at Portsmouth. Tracts have been printed in French, Spanish, and Dutch, and distributed among the prisoners of those nations. And the New Testament in Spanish is now printing with a view to the same object. The prisoners are said to receive the tracts gladk
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
CONTINENTAL INTELLIGENCE. THE speech of Bonaparte to his Senate, at the opening of the sessions on the 2d of March, and the exposé of his minister relative to the situation of the Empire delivered on the 6th, are calculated to excite a peculiar interest at the present moment. After alluding to the Continental coalition Bonaparte observes, that his armies have never ceased to conquer ; that he has avenged the rights of feeble states; that he has enlarged the power of his allies; that his enemies have been humbled and confoundCHRIST. OBSERV. No. 51.
ed; that the house of Naples has irrecoverably lost its crown; and that the whole of Italy forms a part of the Great Empire. Russia, he affirms, owes the wreck of her army to his forbearance. After having overturned the imperial throne of Austria, he has in his clemency re-established it. In the course of his speech he pays many compliments to his army and to the people at large, whose love, he adds, constitutes his great glory. He represents the finances as prosperous, and as requiring no new burdens. The only allusion made to his nav y Dd
"Through the elements we have lost some ships, after an engagement imprudently commenced." "I am desirous," he adds, "of peace with England. On my part I shall never retard that moment. shall always be ready to conclude it by adopting for its bases the stipulations of the treaty of Amiens."
The expose of the Minister of the Interior enlarges with a fatiguing particularity on all the points glanced at in Bonaparte's speech. He follows him step by step in his tour through different parts of France and Italy, exalting every frivolous incident, into an occasion of the most unbounded panegyric. At last, he observes, " Astonished England heard the coast of Boulogne resound with the cannon which announced his presence."-" England trembling for her actual existence gave a shrick of terror; and the continent, roused by the shrick, put itself in motion." The transactions of the last campaign in Germany are then detailed, with great pomp of language. passage the adulation of this minister assumes the character of gross impiety. After reinarking that Bonaparte, while in Moravia, still directed the minutest details of the Government of France; he adds "He saw every thing-knew every thing, like that Invisible Being who governs the world, and who is only known by his power and his benevolence." The events of the last year are soon to be celebrated by a triumphal fete to be given at Paris to the army.
The exposé enlarges with a tedious prolixity on the internal improvements which have been effected. The clergy are praised for their loyalty and liberality. "A number of ruinous churches have been repaired, and the influence of religion and morality begin to be felt."-"Crimes have diminished." Six great canals are said to be in a state of forwardness, one to join the Rhine and the Rhone. Basins are digging, quays and moles are constructing, ports are forming and enlarging, telegraphs erecting, and cities building in various quarters.
A message from Bonaparte to the Senate has announced the intended marriage of the Princess Stephanie, "niece of our dearly beloved spouse," and "our daughter" by adoption, with the hereditary Prince of Baden.
The kingdom of Naples has been taken possession of by the French troops with very little resistance, and the Royal Family have fled for safety to Sicily. French dynasty will now in all probability succeed to the Neapolitan throne. The Whole of Italy having thus fallen under the
power of Bonaparte, his first object will probably be the rigid exclusion, at least as far as it can be accomplished, of English commerce from all the ports of that country. When the conquest of Naples was announced in the Moniteur, Bonaparte took occasion to issue through that official channel the following siznificant threat. "We may say without being prophets, that the House which shall again sacrifice the repose, the interest, and the happiness of the continent to the caprices and the guineas of these greedy and insatiable speculators (the English) will lose its throne, to the great joy of all the people on the Continent." What might not the House of Ha nover expect, if the power of Bonaparte were equal to his will?
Affairs appear to have been amicably settled for the present between Prussia and France. Hanover, there is reason to think, is ceded in perpetuity to Prussia, in return for Anspach which is bestowed on the King of Bavaria, and Neufchatel and Valengen which are retained by France. Prussia, it is also said, is to give up Cleves and Wesel to the Archduke Ferdinand. These changes furnish a fresh proof that it is Bonaparte's policy, with a view to facilitate his projects of empire, to dissolve all the ancient ties which connect subjects with their rulers. Transferred from the government of their lawful sovereign, and placed under the dominion of strangers, it is impossible the people should feel any such attachments as would lead them to take a lively concern in withstanding farther encroachments on their national rights.
But notwithstanding the appearances of an amicable compromise between France and Prussia, the present aspect of the Continent does not seem to forebode a lasting peace. The French army stationed in Swabia and the countries adjacent has been auginented; the Bavarian army is ordered to be placed on the war footing; and magazines are forming. Against whom these warlike demonstrations are pointed, whether against Prussia, Austria, or Russia, is In the mean time Prussia yet uncertain. disbands none of her troops. Austria instead of disarming is filling up her thinned ranks, while Prince Charles, now appointed Generalissimo of all her armies with extraordinary powers, is directed to employ his activity and skill, in giving them an organization more suited to present circumstances. Russia is assembling an army of 200,000 men in Poland, and looks as if she were reluctant to leave Europe prostrate at Bonaparte's feet. "Whether