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said expressions are not only highly bly had passed, called it the most con. exceptionable and indecorous, but most fused, inconsistent, and absurd thing injurious and disrespectful to the last he had ever seen in his life, a rudis General Assembly; and this Assembly indigestaque moles; but nobody ever think it their duty to express their thought of calling him to account for marked disapprobation of language so such expressions. And why all this improperly applied to the decisions of indulgence to Dr Inglis and the Lord the Supreme Judicatory of the Church. President? why, he believed, because But the General Assembly having duly it never was deemed consistent with considered, and deliberated on the mat. the duty or the dignity of the Assemter set forth in the overture, and ha. bly to issue declarations on such ocving thus solemnly declared their high casions. But now he could see andisapprobation of the above passages other reason for it. These gentlemen in the said publication, do not find it were not“ Christian Instructors." (.! expedient to make this overture the laugh.) There were manuscript in. ground of any further procedure, and

One of these had been al. therefore dismiss the same.”

luded to by his learned friend, (Mir This motion was seconded by Dr Moncrieff;) he begged leave to al. Lockhart.

lude to it still more particularly. It Dr Cook, Mr Gibson, and Mr came in the form of an overture from Moncrieff, seconded the motion of Mr the Presbytery of Dumbarton, of Brown; Mr Wightman, Mr Mac- which Dr Macfarlane, who had spoken farlane, and Principal Taylor, that of so keenly on this occasion, was a memDr Nicoll.

ber. (A laugh.) And what did it say Mr Thomson said, he remembered of the decision of the preceding ds. instances of viva voce calumnies against. sembly? Why, it said these thingsthe Assembly as reprehensible as this “ And whereas, in 1814, the Geceral one, which were passed by without Assembly of that year passed an act any notice. He remembered, on a respecting union of benefices without certain occasion, in the Synod of Lo- any regard to this rule, whereby, in thian and Tweeddale, when a reve- the judgment of this Presbytery, the rend doctor (we understood him to barrier act was infringed, the constimean Dr Inglis) had spoken of an Act tution of the Church grossly violated, of the Assembly, the Act of 1814, and their rights and privileges tramrespecting pluralities, in language every pled on in the most contemptuous and whit as calumniating. He would use arbitrary manner.” (Cheering and the term, as it seemed to be the order laughter.) Here was calumny with a of the day, (a laugh,), and yet no re- vengeance

- uttered by one of our gard was paid to it-it came from so Presbyteries—deliberately laid upon respectable a quarter. (Laughter.) their table--and what did they do? The reverend doctor had said, that Did they call the Presbytery to the the Act of Assembly was inconsistent bar and rebuke them for this outrace? with common sense, and contained a No, no. And why? Just, it seemed, violation of truth. (Laughter.) But because the overture from the Presby. then this was said by a person, who, tery of Dumbarton was not the Chris. it would now seem, could do no wrong. tian Instructor. (Loud laughter.) And (A laugh.) In that very House, the now he (Mr Thomson) would give Lord President had, in speaking of them instances of printed calumnies, some act which the preceding Assem

for he would still use that precious

word. He had read the other day a rend doctor, who introduced this un. number of a periodical work, called, happy and ill-fated overture, had not or, according to Dr Bryce's jocular consulted a single individual about it ; phraseology, miscalled the Christian but this was the very thing he (Mr Repository, a statement bearing, in Thomson) complained of; because, if express terms, “ that want of princi- he had consulted any one upon it, they ple had long characterised our admini. would have said to him, assuredly,stration of ecclesiastical affairs." Here “ Oh, by no means, do not bring it was food for the gentlemen on the in.” (A laugh.) From what had been other side, if they were so anxious to said by every gentleman who had spohunt out grounds of accusation and ken on the other side, every one of alarm. But no ; they would not touch them would have given him the same adthis work, just because it was not the vice; though, by the way, he could not Instructor!-(A laugh.) In another help observing, it was rather a strange part of the same number of the Repo- and unaccountable thing, that these sitory, he had found a review of a very gentlemen, with all their declared pamphlet, by Dr Irvine of Dunkeld; aversion to the measure, had gone to and there the conductors of the work, the Committee of Overtures, and most after accusing the reverend author of strenuously supported and voted for much bad grammar-(A laugh)--and the motion to transmit it. (Laughter.) of as much Billingsgate-(Alaugh) Particularly, if he had applied to a of neither of which things, they were certain learned doctor, he would have all well aware, the doctor was at all ca. said to him very earnestly,“Take care, pable-(Alaugh)-poured out a great do not bring it in on any account, otherdeal of severe animadversion on the wise we shall bring an old house on Church of Scotland ; and he was sor- our head, for I myself some time ago ry to observe, that the reverend doc. wrote something of the same kind; and tor had given them some grounds for I know there are some very shrewd fel. such remarks ; for he had admitted lows in the Assembly-(Loud laugh. in his pamphlet, that not a few of his ter)—who would not be long of noHighland brethren were “ idle dogs” ticing it.” A pamphlet, published a and “ slow bellies"-(Excessive laugh- while ago, speaking of the decision of ter)—and yet it did not appear that the the Assembly in Mr Leslie's case, has brethren thus calumniated had entered these words—« But when a certain any complaint to the Assembly. Nay, party in the state has influence to dethe reverend doctor himself, who had termine the decision of an Assembly furnished the calumny, and given the vote, men of the moderate interest do Repository a handle against the Church, not deem it dishonourable to be found came forward this day, and manfully in the minority.” (Cheering.) And seconded the motion of the reverend yet this was not an anonymous publi. Principal, for a severe censure on the cation, but written by John Inglis, Christian Instructor. (Cheering and Doctor of Divinity, and one of the laughter.) He could give them a hun. ministers of Edinburgh! He would dred instances of the same kind, which put it to the candour, honour, and they might read for themselves. For consistency of the House, whether all in this Assembly were given to they could act with such partialireading, he presumed, more or less. ty. It seems many had pot read this (A laugh.) But he would refer only publication which they condemned.

It

appears the reve- He wished they had read it, for they

to one more.

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would have learned a good deal of in- ent opinions, still glow within our struction from it. (A laugh.) Some- breasts, rise up in arms against such thing had been said about personal an unlooked-for, and such an unprefeelings. On this subject he would cedented violation of our sanctuary? only say, that there had been a sacri. And must we not retire to our houses fice of personal feeling, which he, for under a painful impression, that, when his part, would not have made, no, we are just about to give the parting not for all the wealth of India. Mr salutation, there was forced on us 2 Thomson concluded nearly in these subject of complaint, which, it is diswords :—“ And now, sir, before I sit tressing to contemplate, can scarcely down, allow me for a moment to ada be discussed without occasioning keen vert to the time and the circum- contention, which had escaped the nostances in which this business is sub- tice, or only excited the interest of mitted to us. It is, sir, when we are those among whom it circulated, and met to part, never all again to meet which is forced upon us by the zeal in this world-it is when we are met of him whom it least of all concernsto take a respectful leave of the noble the Presbyterian minister from the representative of our gracious Sove. banks of the Ganges ?” reign, in the hope that he will report The vote being now called for, there favourably of our proceedings to his appeared for Dr Nicoll's motion, 85; Majesty-it is when we are met to for Mr Brown's, 82. The former, there receive from you, sir, those wise and fore, was carried by a majority only of paternal admonitions which you are so well qualified to give, before we return to our families and our flocks it is when we are met to exchange our The ecclesiastical organization of tokens of mutual kindness, and of the different religious denominations in mutual forgiveness, for any asperities Russia, are as under :which, from the weakness of human The Catholics of Lithuania, of nature, may have mingled in our dis- White Russia, and Western Russia

, cussions and debates—it is when we have their archbishops, bishops, reliare met for these purposes, under the gious orders of both sexes, with col. peaceful and harmonising influence of leges of Jesuits, &c. that Sabbath of the Lord which has

The Protestants, both Lutheran intervened between our present and our and Reformed, have their superior conformer meetings—it is at this time, sistories in each government. In Finand in these circumstances, that we land, these consistories have at their are called on to discuss an overture, head a bishop, and in the other prowhich I must not say was intended, vinces, a superintendant-general

. but which I will say was calculated, The Armenians, whether united or to rouse our angry passions, and to not, have their archbishops and bishops

, render that which should have been and the latter class have a patriarch. the scene, and nothing but the scene The Moravian brethren of Sarepta of brotherly love, a scene of discord have their separate ecclesiastical juris. and strife. Oh sir, must not every ge- diction. nerous feeling revolt at this intrusion The Mahometans, whose number on the holiness and the charity of our , amounts to near three millions, have farewell meeting? Do not all the sen. two muftis. timents of good will, which, in spite The sectaries of Lama have their of our different parties and our differ- lamas or priests.

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A letter from a Catholic mission. whole empire, there are but ten misary at Macao, dated April 1, 1819, sionaries, five of whom, at Pekin, have affords some details relative to the no communication with the inhabitpersecution of the Christians in China. ants unless it be secret. The Emperor Every European priest that is disco- has moreover declared, that he will no vered is instantly seized and put to longer tolerate either painters or watch. death; Chinese Christian priests un- makers, or even mathematicians. The dergo the same fate. Christians of the Bishop of Pekin has in vain attempt. laity, unless they will apostatize, are ed to introduce himself, under this ti. first dreadfully tortured, and then bac tle, into his diocese. The only way nished into Tartary. This year, 1819, left to the missionaries to penetrate in the prisons of one province alone, into the country, is by gaining the Sutcuen, two hundred Christians were messengers or couriers that pass from expecting the orders for their exile. Mocao to Pekin, but if discovered, A Chinese priest had just been stran- both the missionary and the courier gled, and two others were also under suffer death on the spot. sentence of death. Throughout the

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.

PLAN OF ROYAL SOCIETY OF moral character; ten under the pa-
LITERATURE,

tronage of the King, and ten under

the patronage of the Society. For the Encouragement of Indigent His Majesty has been pleased to ex

Merit, and the Promotion of General press, in the most favourable terms, Literature. To consist of Honorary his approbation of the proposed SoMembers, Subscribing Members, and ciety, and to honour it with his muAssociates.

nificent patronage, by assigning an an

nual sum of one hundred guineas each, The Class of Honorary Members to ten of the Associates, payable out is intended to comprise some of the of the privy purse ; and also an anmost eminent literary men in the three nual premium of one hundred guineas kingdoms, and the most distinguished for the best Dissertation on some infemale writers of the present day. teresting subject, to be chosen by a

An annual subscription of two gui. council belonging to the Society, neas will constitute a subscribing mem- Ten Associates will be placed unber. Subscribers of ten guineas, and der the patronage of the Society, as upwards, will be entitled to privileges soon as the subscriptions (a large porhereafter mentioned, according to the tion of which will be annually funded date of their subscription.

for the purpose) shall be sufficient, The Class of Associates is to con- and in proportion as they become so. sist of twenty men of distinguished An annual subscriber of ten guineas, learning, authors of some creditable continued for five years, or a life subwork of literature, and men of good scription of one hundred guineas, will entitle such subscribers to nominate triotic Sir Watkin Williams Wynte, an Associate under the Society's pa. and his brother Charles W. Wynne, tronage, according to the date of their Esq. A Society, under the name of subscription.

“ The Metropolitan Cambrian InstiThe Associates, under the patronage tution," was also formed in London, of the King, will be elected by re- to which his Majesty condescended to spected and competent judges. The extend the royal patronage. Even in Associates nominated by Subscribers the present infant state of these designs, must have the same qualifications of a pleasing spirit of emulation was ex. learning, moral character, and public cited among the natives of Cambria. principle, as those who are elected, At the Eistedhood, or Bardic ses and must be approved by the same sion, held at Carmarthen, July 5, 1819, judges.

Bishop Burgess presided with great Every Associate, at his admission, ability and zeal. The principal poems will choose some subject, or subjects, were, 1. A Welsh Ode on the Death of literature, for discussion, and will of her late Majesty Queen Charlotte, engage to devote such discussions to by Mr Williams, of Lanedgai, Carthe Society's Memoirs of Literature, narvonshire.—2. A Poem on the Death of which a volume will be published of that brave Cambrian Sir T. Picton, by the Society, from time to time; by the Rev. Walter Davies ; and an in which Memoirs will likewise be in- English Imitation of it by the Rer. serted the successive Prize Disserta- Mr Lloyd, which had been set to mutions.

sic by Mr Parry, of London. The From the months of February to premium for the best prose essay in July, it is purposed that a weekly English, on “ The Language and meeting of the Society shall be held; Learning of Britain during the Roman and a monthly meeting during the period," was awarded to the Rev. other six months of the year.

John Jones, of Lanvair, near Bangor.
The Rev. Walter Davies filled the
Bardic chair, and Mr Blaney, of Mont-

gomeryshire, after a contest with his INSTITUTIONS IN WALES, neighbour, Mr Humphreys, gained the

honour of the silver harp, and a preFor the Promotion of Ancient Litera- mium of thirty guineas. ture, Poetry, and Music.

The anniversary of the Cymmrodo

nian, or Cambrian Society, for the disThe recent transactions in the prin- trict of Powys, including the counties cipality were of a nature to afford gra- of Montgomery, Denbigh, and Flint, tification to all who feel an interest in was held at Wrexham on the 13th and the preservation of ancient relics, and 14th of September, when Sir W. W. the revival of ancient literature, as well Wynne, supported by his brother, as the fostering of living merit. Seve. Charles W. Wynne, Esq. and Sir Ed. ral of the nobility, clergy, and gen- ward Lloyd, presided in a very spirit. try, came forward in a very spirited ed and able manner. manner, to support the designs of the The principal prize-poem had for Bardic and Literary Institution, first its subject, “ The Death of his late formed at Carmarthen, in South Wales, Majesty King George the Third." under the patronage of Bishop Burgess The premium of fifteen guineas was and Lord Dynevor, and now in North awarded to a bard well known in the Wales, under the sanction of the pa« principality, Mr Robert Davies, of

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