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have inflicted upon Africa. It is dicious prosecution of these benevo. now proper to embrace the oppor- 'lent endeavours, we may ultimately tunity which the abolition affords, look forward to the establishment, for extending the benefits of com- in the room of that traffic by which merce, of agriculture, and other the African Continent has been so arts of social life, to that immense - long degraded, of a legitimate and and injured continent.
far more extended commerce, beneImpressed with such sentiments, a ficial alike to the natives of Africa very
and respectable and to the manufacturers of Great Meeting of Noblemen and Gentle Britain and Ireland : men was held on Tuesday, the 14th That the present period is emi. of April, at Fres Masons' Hall, in nently fitted for prosecuting these London ; when his Royal Highness benevolent designs, since the susthe Duke of Gloucester presided. pension, during the war, of that Several of the Bishops, and a con- large share of the Slave Trade which siderable number of the Nobility, has commonly been carried on by Members of Parliament, Clergymen, France, Spain, and Holland, will, Dissenting Ministers, and other Gen- when combined with the effect of the ilemen, were present. His Royal Abolition Laws of Great Britain, Highness opened the business with America, and Denmark, produce an appropriate speech; and inany nearly the entire cessation of that very important and interesting traffic along a line of coast extending thoughts on the subject were ad- between 2 and 3000 miles in length, yanced by Lord Spencer, Mr. Wil- and thereby afford a peculiarly faberforce, the Rev. Mr. Owen, Mr. vourable opportunity for giving a Wm. Sinith, and several other new direction to the industry and speakers.
commerce of Africa : it was unanimously resolved,
That, for these purposes, a Society That this Meeting is deeply im- be immediately formed, to be called pressed with a sense of the enor- THE AFRICAN INSTITUTION : mous wrongs which the Natives of That the Nobility, Clergy, and Africa have suffered in their inter- Ģentry of the United Kingdom, be course with Europe; and from a generally invited to become Mem. desire to repair those wrongs, as bers hereof; and that a Subscripwell as from general feelings of be- tion be opened in the Metropolis, Itevolence, is anxious to adopt such and all the Cities and Chief Towns measures as are best calculated to in Great Britain and Ireland, for suppromote their civilization and hap- plying the expences of the institupiness :
tion : That the approaching cessation That his Royal Highness the Duke of the Slave Trade, hitherto carried of Gloucester be requested to do the on by Great Britain, America, and Society the honour of accepting the Denmark, will; in a considerable de- office of Patron : gree, remove the barrier which has, That a Committee be immediately
long obstructed the natural appointed to draw up Laws and Recourse of social improvement in gulations for the government of the Africa ; and that the way will be Society, and to report the same to a thereby opened for introducing the General Meeting, to be held for that comforts and arts of a more civi- purpose, at Free Masons' Hall, on lized state of society:
the 12th day of May next : That the happiest effects may be That the following Noblemen and reasonably anticipated from diffus- Gentlemen be requested to be Mem. ing useful knowledge, and exciting bers of the said Committee : industry among the inhabitants of
Ilis, Royal Highness the Duke of Africa; and from obtaining and cir- Gloucester ; Earls Spencer, Moira, cuľating throughout this, country Euston ; Viscount Howick; Lord more ample and authentic informa- Grenville ; Bishops of London, Durtion concerning the agricultural and ham, Bath and Wells, St. David's; countereial faculties of that vast Lords Holland, Ellenborough, Erscontinent; and that through the ju• kine, Valentis, Teignmouth, Head
19, H. Petty, the Chancellor of the able, and eloquent support of the
liament lately passed, entituled,
“ An Act for the Abolition of the Thornton, Esq. M. P. Rev. John
It is enacted, That from May !, That the said Committee be em
1807, the African Slave Trade, and powered to solicit subscriptions, and
all manner of dealing and trading to appoint a Treasurer and Secre
in slaves at, to, or from, any part of tary pro tempore, and bankers to re
the coast or countries of Africa, ceive subscriptions, subject to the shall be utterly abolished, prohibited, approbation of the next General and declared to be unlawfal. Meeting, at which the choice of Of- If any British subject, or other fiers, in such mode as may, upon the person resident in the United Kingreport of the said Committee, be dom, or in any place belonging to adopted, shall take place:
his Majesty, shall be concerned in That the Thanks of this Meeting buying or selling, bartering or transbe given to W. Wilberforce, Esq. ferring, any person for a slave, he for his unwearied exertions, during shall forfeit 1001. for every suck
offence. many years, to expose the injustice and cruelty of the African Slave
Any vessel fitted out in this king Trade, and to procure its abolition dom, or in the colonies, or naviby the Legislature of Great Britain ; gated or employed for carrying on That the Thanks of this Meeting with all its boats, guns, tackle, ap
the Slave Trade, shall be forfeited, be given to Granville Sharp, Esq. for his zealous, early, and persever
parel, and furniture, ing efforts in opposition to the Af.
All persons are prohibited from rican Slave Trade ; and for his' ge- of Africa, the West Indies, or Ame
removing, as slaves, any inhabitants nerous endeavours, at first unsup. ported, though at length successful, rica, from one place to another, or to establish the claims of Africans being concerned in receiving them: resident in Great Britain, to the com
and any vessel employed in such remon rights of legal protection and moval shall be forfeited, as also the personal freedom":
property in the slaves; and tire That the Thanks of this Meeting owners of such vessel shall forfeit be given to Mr. Thomas Clarkson, 1001. for each slave. for the zeal, activity, and persever
Any inhabitant of Africa, unlaw. ance which he has uniformly exerted fully carried away and imported into in promoting the Abolition of the any British colony, shall be forfeited African Slave Trade:
to his Majesty That the Thanks of this Meeting
All insurances on transactions be given to his Royal Highness the concerning the Slave Trade, are now Duke of Gloucester, for his zea.ous, unlawful; and any person making
such an insurance, shall forfeit 1001. principles of Christianity. A lecture for every offence, and treble the was established, chiefly for their beamount of the premium.
nefit, every Lord's Day Evening, : The Act not to affect the trading and carried on hy various ministers. in slaves exported from Africa be. The Rev. R. Hill opened it in May, fore the Ist of May, 1807; and 1805. Several friends united in the landed in the West Indies by March good work; Rules for the govern1, 1808,
ment of the Society were drawn up; a Committee was chosen; and Sub
scriptions were raised to relieve the To record the cruelties attached to Africans in poverty, sickness, and old the Slave Trade, their termination by age. Ninety-two Africans have the late act of parliament, and the joined the Society, and attended the memory of those honourable cha
means of grace occasionally, Some racters by whom this event was of them, it is hoped, have expe. brought to pass, a fine Print is rienced the power of the word ; and dow engraving by Mr. Collyer, of others are enquiring after knowthe Royal Academy; at whose house, ledge. Twenty-two have attended Constitution Row, Gray's Inn Lane, the school ; nineteen have been rethe drawing may be seen.
lieved when sick; two have died, and the Society contributed towards
their funeral. The Managers of the Account of the Society for the Relief Shakespeare's Walk Lecture have of the Poor Africans in London. liberally granted seats in that Meet
ing to the Africans in the neighSOME Africans in London, applied, bourhood. We subjoin the names of by memorial, April, 1805, to the the Committee; and request the ReRev. Dr. Duncan and his people, ligious Public to give countenance Peter Street, Soho, expressing their and support to such a laudable Inearnest desire to meet together for stitution :- The Rev. Drs. Duncan, worship, as they had been rudely Hamilton, Rippon, and Rutledge; gazed at when they attended public Rev. Messrs. Greig, Jerment, Platt, ordinances individually and sepa- Rae, Smith, Spilsbury, Stollery, and rately. The desire was cheerfully Waugh; A. Maitland, Esq. Messrs. granted; free-seats were provided Allday, Lepard, Moore, Nelson, for them in the meeting-house, Peter Steward, and Tassie. Mr. Niven, Street ; and teachers were procured Treasurer, No. 15, King Street, to instruct them in reading, writing, Soho; Mr. Dobson, Secretary, Dean arithmetic, and especially in the Street, Soho,
missionary Annual ageeting.
The Thirteenth General Meeting of the Missionary Society will
be held in London, on Wednesday, May 13, and the two following Days ; when the various Services are erpected to be conducted as follows :
WEDNESDAY MORNING. The Rev. Mr. Newton, of Witham, in Essex, to preach at Surry Chapel.
WEDNE&DAY EVENING. The Rev. Mr. Jack, of Manchester, to preach at the Tabernacle.
THURSDAY MORNING. The Members of the Missionary Society will meet at HABERDASIERS' HALL, STAINING LANE, Wood Street, to hear the Report of the Directors for the past Year, - to choose Directors,
&c. for the Year ensuing; and to transact the general Business of the Institution.
Taursday EVENING. The Rev. Mr. Griffin, of Portsea, will preach at Tottenham Court Chapel.
FRIDAY MORNING. The Rev. Henry DRAPER, D. D. of St. Edmund's Hall, Oxford , Sunday Morning and Evening Preacher at St. Antholin's Church, in Watling Street; and Lecturer of St. George's, Southwark, will preach at the Parish Church of St. Saviour, Southwark.
Friday Afternoon, at Four o'clock, the Society will meet for Business at the School-Room of Sion Chapel.
FRIDAY EVENING. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper will be administered at Sion Chapel to the Members and Friends of the Society, who are Stated Communicants. No others can be admitted. Tickets for adinission may
be had of any Minister who is a Director of the Society, or of any other Minister who may apply to the Directors for them.
* The Morning Services will begin at Half past Ten, and the Evening Services at Six o'clock.
A Collection will be made at each of the places.
RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. This Society, now become too numerous to meet where they formerly did, will hold their next Annual Meeting at the New London Tavern, in Cheapside, near Gutter Lane, on Tuursday, the 14th of May, at Seveu in the Morning, precisely.
MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS, &c.
d. A Friend, in Cardiganshire, by the hands of Mr. E, Morris
5 5 Anonymous, by Mr. Daniell, of Colchester
10 Collection at the Burrows Chapel, Swansea, by Rev. Mr. Keinp 15 A Deceased Friend, by his Widow, “ A Lover of the Truth”. 5 0 0 Rev, T. Wildbore and Congregation, Penrhyn
21 11 6 Collection at Rev. Mr. Vennor's Meeting at Ware, Hertfordshire, by Rev. Mr. Prey
16 3 11 Rev. Mr. Jay and Congregation, Bath
60 0 0 Rev. B, Cracknell and Congregation, Weymouth 35 14 0
42 0 0 And Subscriptions
6 6 of Rev. T. Durant and Congregation, Poole
170 1 0
Tae Directors have lately received letters froin India, &c. by the Sarah Christiana ; among others, à Letter from the Rev. Mr. Vos, dated Columbo, in Ceylon, May 12, 1806. He prcaches regularly in the Dutch church on the Lord's Day; on Wednesday evening at his own lwuse; and, occasionally, at other private houses on Friday evening; and catechizes the young people on Thursday evening.
A Letter has also been received from Mr. Loveless, dated Egmore, near Madras, Oct, 1, 1806: he continues to preach regularly in the Black Town; where a number of persors attend on his ministry with apparent seriousness, and, he hopes, with some benefit. He has undertaken, for the present, the office of Schoolmaster, at the Military Male Orphan Asylum ; in which situation he has an opportunity of being useful to the children and others. He mențions that the brethren Cran and Desgranges are going en very prosperously at Vizagapatam. Mr. Ringeltaube bas bcon labour
ing about Pallamcotta ; and preaching in the Tamul language. He has two native youths under his tuition, whom, he hopes, will become useful Missionaries.
Dr. Taylor, after many unexpected hindrances, embarked for Bombay and Surat, in the Charlotte, the latter end of August.
Mr. Loveless observes, that "i the barvest, in every direction throughout India is immensely great, and the labourers very few indeed ! The miseries of the Heathen, and the wretched state of Europeans and others, called Christians, are beyond description pitiable, and loudly call for help. No hindrances appear to be in the way for zealous, prudent, able Missionaries to enter this extensive field, but such as the Devil will always lay in the way, until Christ shall have put all his enemies under his feet.”
Mr. Loveless's Journal is also come to hand, which contains many curious and interesting particulars; and will probably appear in a future Ramber of the Missionary Transactions.
A Letter from Dr. Taylor, dated August 27, is also received. He was then just on the point of embarking for Bombay. He informs the Directors, that Miss Ross, together with the Baptist Missionaries, who sailed with Captain Wickes, had safely arrived, four days before the date of bis lelier.
'The safety of our Missionary friends, and the pleasing prospects of use. fulness, which the kind providence of God has opened to their view, calt for the warm and devout acknowledgements of the Missionary, Society, The state of all the Missions in different parts of the globe, will be laid before the Society at large, at their apprvaching Anniversary. May the glorious Head of the Church crown that Meeting with the tokens of his gracious presence and blessing !
A small Pamphlet is now in the press, drawn up by order of the Directors, containing “ A Concise Account of the Rise and Progress of the Miss sionary Society.” This has long been needed, that those who have not been conversant with the Institution from its commencement, may obtain a generał view of the Society's efforts to promulgate the gospel of Christ aniong the leathen. It will be ready for delivery, gratis, to Subscribers, at the General Meeting ; to others, it will be sold at a low price. This Account will probably be translated into Welch and other languages. Number xvn of the Missionary Transactions, with an Introduction, stating the Procecdings of the Directors, will be ready for publication at the above time, instead of the 1st instant, as was intended.
Union of Independents.
On Wednesday, the 6th of May, A proposal was made, about a
the British and Foreign Bible Society year ago, for a more regular Union will hold their Third Angual Meetof. Independent or Congregational ing at the New London Tavern, Ministers and Churches than has hi- Cheapside. The Proceedings of the therto subsisted. To promote this Comınittee during the last year, in object, a Meeting was held, by a
carrying into effect the important obconsiderable number of that body, ject of the Institution, both at home on the 17th of May, 1806; when and abroad, will then be reported; the Board of Congregational Minis- and highly interesting intelligence, tors in London was requested to
on the circulation of the Scriptures, prepare a Plan for such' a Union. from various parts of the world, will This has been done; and will be laid be communicated to the Members of before thici: brethren from the coun
the Society, and such other friends try, on Monday, May 18, 1807, at
to the Holy Scriptures as may be Mr. Gaffee's Meeting-house, in New disposed to give their attendance on Broad Street. The Chair to be
the occasion. The Right Hon. the taken at Ilalf past 'Ten o'clock in the President will take the Chair at fo:enoon, precisely.
Twelve n'elock, precisely.