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power more formidable. Their at this addition to the number of countenance is withdrawn,-his em their present disabilities at this atployment is endangered, and some- tempt to narrow the charter of their times lost. Parochial relief, should liberties—because they temperately he require it, is with difficulty obtain- protest against a measure, the bare ed, or altogether withheld. From proposal of which is a public insult participation in village charities, his to their principles, and the operation family is excluded; and all these. of which will prove most oppressive, injuries he sustains, because, acting they have been stigmatized as restas an honest man, he obeys the dic- less disturbers, anxious to excite clatates of religious conviction. Cases, mour, and prevent the adoption of a of this kind frequently occur in every public benefit. The Dissenters repel county, and some have taken place the imputation. They had hoped within the writer's own knowledge. that the general character of their In a populous parish in London an body would have secured them from attempt was lately made to withhold it, and they confidently ask wheparochial relief from a fanıily, be- ther their conduct since the introcause the children attended the duction of this measure has not proved British and not the National School; the falsehood of the charge? Some and in a large village near the me months have now elapsed since the tropolis, where the clergyman is the Bill was brought forward, and they magistrate, the poor have been instantly expressed their decided rethreatened with similar privations pugnance to its main features, and for this offence. Not long since, their determination to oppose it; yet, several boys were actually dismissed in order to afford time to confer with from a National School, because the the mover, and influenced by the parents, after taking them to attend hope of inducing him to withdraw the the regular worship of the establish- Bill, they not only abstained from ed church on the Sunday, sent their holding public meetings, or prepachildren in the evening to a Dis- ring petitions, but sent forth a cirsenting meeting-house. In the im- cular, tending to moderate the alarm mediate vicinity of town a subscrip- which the measure had excited ; nor tion was not long since raised for is it until all hopes of its abandonsupplying bread to the necessitous ment are at an end, and Parliament families resident in the village: and, has assembled, that the Dissenters on the suggestion of the Rector, the have determined on the adoption of parents, whose children attended the active measures of resistance. The Dissenting meeting and Sunday Dissenters have therefore shewn no school, were to be excluded from desire to agitate unnecessarily the the benefit. The proposal, having public feeling, still less to defeat any been made in an opulent village, the plan calculated to promote the benefit residence of persons of several re of the community; but, on the preligious denominations, was over sent occasion, when the moral welruled; but, had the circumstance fare of their countrymen is deeply occurred in an obscure place, there concerned, and their religious liberties is little doubt but that its injustice' manifestly endangered, they would be must have been endured.”
unworthy of their privileges as EnThe following is the writer's lan- glishmen, and their profession as guage, speaking of the intemperate Christians, were they to remain tamely attacks on the Dissenters generally silent, and not to exert their utmost for their conscientious opposition to powers to resist a Bill fraught with the proposed measure :-" Because injuries so serious to the best interests the Dissenters feel alarmed at this of society.” threatened invasion of their privileges The importance of the subject
would well warrant our taking more to the interests of religious liberty, largely from this well written and by adding to the number of those civil excellent appeal to reason and good disabilities under which Dissenters sense : the limits of our publication, from the Church Establishment at however, oblige us to conclude with present labour; thereby recognizing one more extract, which will be found and legislating upon a principle to contain the prominent features of which is the basis of all religious perobjection which it is the purport of secution, and which Christianity and the pamphlet to promulge.
enlightened policy unite to condemn." “1. Because they (the Protestant For the foregoing reasons, the Dissenters) are convinced that, by ponents of the Bill are urged to make discouraging the exertions of the their stand, and instantly take the public-by impeding the progress necessary steps for resisting its enactof every plan for promoting educa- ment, since they may be assured that, tion now in active operation - by unless their efforts be promptly made, neglecting to call forth the energies they will be altogether unavailing. of the poor-and by omitting the The legitimate and constitutional use of those means which are abso course to adopt on the occasion, is lutely necessary to ensure the in- respectfully to petition both houses struction of the most indigent classes of parliament. Let every congrega-this Bill will not only fail to realize tion of Dissenters, therefore, throughthe hopes it holds forth, but will out the kingdom, immediately prepare retard the very object for which it a temperate yet earnest petition for is enacted.
the rejection of the Bill, and the friends “ 2. Because, by imposing a tax to education have reason to hope that for the support of the schools to be such an appeal to the wisdom and established, it will prove practically justice of the legislature will not be oppressive to those who desire to made in vain." promote universal instruction, as they must maintain other schools for
State of the World on the Advent of children whom this Bill will not
Messiah. benefit : viz-a large proportion of “A profound peace reigned throughout the whole the most indigent of the population
empire ; and in consequence of this the Temple
of Janus was shut, which had never before hapthose who can receive education by pened since the time of Numa Pompilius. During
this pacitic interval the Saviour of mankind was means of Sunday schools only, and
born in Judea, as is recorded in the sacred bisothers who may be driven from the tory.”
Encyc. Brit. art. Rome. “established" schools by mismanage This remarkable historical fact ment and oppression.
harmonizes in so striking a manner “3. Because, while it commits with the peaceful character of the the proposed schools to the sole religion of Jesus Christ, and the management of the clergy and dig- annunciation of his birth to the shepnitaries of the established church to herds, that it ought to be regarded the entire exclusion of the public at with the deepest interest. That Inlarge, it provides no adequate check finite Being who in wisdom and goodon the undue exercise of the power ness prepared a Saviour for man, thus granted; which power ex was pleased, in the arrangements of perience justifies the dissenter in his providence, to prepare the world apprehending will be a dangerous to receive Him. The warfare of instrument, liable to much abuse, contending nations had ceased the and calculated to raise greater obsta- sword was returned to its peaceful cles to the general end than the ad- scabbard,—and the arts of agriculvantages which it can possibly afford ture and commerce chiefly engrossed will counterbalance.
of Rome was “4. Because it will prove injurious undisputed in Europe, Africa, and
66 unto them were committed the Israelites. The votaries of Jupiter
Asia. It was generally mild in its per in which those remonstrances administration, and by its great ex- would have been expressed, could tent was- eminently calculated to not fail to have proved far more efafford facilities for the diffusion "and fectual than their frequent and futile protection of Christianity to remote åppeal to arms. The amiableness and barbarous regions. But the of their character and conduet, we polished and classic Empress of the might hope, would have preserved Earth was unworthy her intellectual them not only from the jealousies attainments, and her civil and po- and enmities of the Romans, but litical advantages. If the Romans have obtained from them confidence, were culpable in their rejection of respect, and esteem. Christianity, how much more inex
Nor would the benefits of Chriscusable were the Jews, seeing that tianity have been confined to the oracles of God !” “Search the scrip- and Saturn, Venus and Bacchus, tures,” said Jesus to them, “for in Apollo and Mars, must have yielded them
ye have eternal life, to the sublime ethics and heavenly and they are they which testify of doctrines of Messiah, exhibited as me.” But alas ! though he came they would then have appeared by unto his own, they received bim
a nation of Christians—The peace not.” Hardening their hearts against of the world might have remained the Prince of Peace in the day of uni- inviolate, and an open and effectual versal tranquillity, they commenced door opened for the evangelization an awful opposition against him, nor of the savage tribes which bounded ceased their unnatural enmity and the conquests of the Roman arms. persecution until they had sēcured his destruction, and brought his pre- which the imagination loves to depict
How delightful is the prospect, cious blood upon their own heads. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! thou that to itself, of the unimpeded triumphs killest the prophets, and stonest them of the Gospel, which would have that are sent, unto thee - if thou preserved century after century the hadst known, even in this thy day, peace of the nations, and rendered the things that belong to thy peace,
War with all its horrors unknown.or but now are they for ever hid from abhorred !But how then could the
Scriptures have been fulfilled, and Had the descendants of Abraham the purposes of God accomplished! been willing to submit themselves to By the striking exhibition of the the humble, holy, and peaceful prin- abuses to which Christianity has been ciples of Jesusif, as a nation, they subject from the vices and artifices had imbibed the mind that was ia of man, its native purity, pacific Him what happy effects might not character, and sublime excellence, have been anticipated to themselves have been rendered more conspiand to the worldInstead of a tür
Like gold seven times rebulent factious people, opon whom fined in the fire, it shines forth with the Romans could place no reliance; increased lustre, and
in all its glory and whose subjugation was only to shall extend and prevail from the be effected by the extermination of rising of the sun to the going down
of the same.
H tens of thousands, and the banishment of a wretched reninant, they might have proved themselves to be quiet and peaceful subjects. And if the
Effects of the Human Passions. love of their country required them MR. EDITOR, at any time to remonstrate with their Upon looking over a list of French conquerors, the manner and the tem- Works, among others the following
met my eye: Victoires, Conquètes,
Prayer for Peace. Désastres, Revers et Guerres Civiles
0 Thou that stillest the noise of des François
, de 1792 à 1815. Tom. the seas, the noise of their waves, and xxi. 8vo. (Victories, Conquests, the tumult of the people; we bless Disasters, Misfortunes, and Civil Thee that thou hast made peace in Wars of the French, from 1792 to
our borders, and called us to adore 1815.-21 Vols. 8vo.
Theo, as the repairer of the breach, What a dreadful picture this, of the restorer of paths to dwell in. man, when, uncontrolled by the pa We lament the evils of War, both cific spirit of Christ, he is hurried natural and moral ; and confess with away by his passions. Twenty-one shame, that ever since man became octavo Volumes filled, exclusively an apostate from Thee, he has been filled, with a history of the slaughter an enemy to his brother, and that of the human race in the short space from the death of Abel our earth has of twenty-three years !! Let the been a field of blood 0, let thy Christian philanthropist contemplate word be speedily accomplished. Let
on a fact so pregnant with melan- the nations learn War no more, but e choly instruction ; let him exert all beat their swords into ploughshares, e his energies to open the eyes of man, and their spears into pruninghooks ; me kind to see the malignant, baneful and only emulate each other in hus
nature of the war-spirit, the prodigal bandry, and commerce, and science,
waste of human life such blood-stained and religion. ab annals exhibit. O ámbition! O lust O Thou Prince of Peace, preside ods of power! what miseries have ye not in every privy council." May all o
produced! When will ye be driven public teachers recommend peace. by the benign influence of Christian in private life, may we follow
peace principles from the heart of man!
with all men ; and cherish the [To our worthy Correspondent's com- principles and the dispositions which haps cannot do better than make the will prepare us for that world, where
following addition from a new and improved we shall enter into peace, and the e impression of Mr. Jay's Family Prayers.] sound of War will be heard no more.
Engagement on the BOYNE.
(From Trotter's Walks through Ireland)
Is more dreadful than all its uproar !
As the flutter of life is no more!
And those arms that were proudly display'd
Where the War-horse has dolefully stray’d.
Are fixed with the dull glare of death ;
Yet are speaking, though gone is that breath.
All this verdure besprinkled with gore!
And throb on that morrow no more?
Thy soft wave, oh Boyne! is yet redden'd with blood,
Ånd glares in the twilight's last ray;
And around thee thy dark eddies play.
Long be hidden those horrors from view;
Kiss slowly the blood-mingled dew!
When brothers—unkindly opposed, -
Thus lie, when the battle is closed.
From the first Canto of Childe Harold.
brethren ere they sank beneath
that scorcheth all it glares upon;