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the conductors of missions. The parallels. He who has no desire to proauthor has evinced his sincerity in claim the Gospel abroad, has none to contending for the importance of proclaim it at home, and has no belief in some of these measures, by pre

it himself; whatever professions he may senting five hundred pounds to the

make are, are hollow and hypocritical. Missionary College at Serampore. Bodies of Christians who make no efforts He also recommends missionaries

to christianize others, are Christians but

in name; and the ages in which no to insert in their journals observa.

attempts are made to send the glad tions on the natural history of the tidings to heathen countries are the dark countries where they labour ; by ages of Christianity, however they may which their cause would be brought suppose themselves enlightened and before men of science, and the in- guided by philosophy and moderation. portance of missions more generally “ The ages of Christian purity have acknowledged. We think the mis- ever been the ages of Christian exertion. sionary societies will do well to At the commencement of Christianity, attend to some of these hints; and

he who believed in the Gospel, because all Christians ought to consider the

also a preacher of the Gospel. We be

The bearings of the following observa

lieve, and therefore we speak.' tions.

effort was correspondent to the belief,

and the success to the effort. Christians ". I believed, and therefore have I grew and multiplied, and their very spoken.'—There is a measure derived multiplication incurred a fresh renewal from heaven to judge of the sincerity of of their increase. The primitive prolific belief. The laws of the human mind blessing was upon them, and one beare not circumscribed within degrees and came a thousand.”—pp. 105, 106.

VARIETIES, LITERARY, SCIENTIFIC, &c.

John Valdesso.--John Valdesso was a most affectionately. After which serSpaniard, and was for his learning and mon the Emperor took occasion to deyirtue, much valued and loved by the clare openly, that the preacher had begot great Emperor Charles the Fifth, whom in him a resolution to lay down his digni. Valdesso had followed as a Cavalier allties, and to forsake the world, and to the time of his long and dangerous betake himself to a monastical life. And wars; and when Valdesso grew old, and he pretended he bad persuaded John grew weary both of war and the world, Valdlesso to do the like; but this is most he took his fair opportunity to declare to certain, that after the Emperor had the Emperor, that his resolution was to called his son Philip out of England, decline his Majesties service, and betake and resigned to him all his kingdoms, himself to a quiet and contemplative life, that then the Emperor and John Valbecause there ought to be a vacancy of desso, did perform their resolutions. time, etwixt fighting and dying. The Isaac Walton. Emperor had himself, for the same, or The Tolerution Act. It is remarkable, other reasons, put on the same resolu- that though the opinions of senators, tions; but God and himself did, till lawyers, and divines, may be cited in then, only knew them; and he did for abundance, in favour of religious liberty, those, or other reasons, desire Valdesso

yet there is no assertion of the rights of to consider well of what he had said, conscience, either in the old or new act of and to keep his purpose within his own toleration. They both go on the ground breast, till they two might have another

of expediency. At the time the old act liks opportunity of a friendly discourse ; was passed, Williain and Mary were not which Valdesso promised to do.

very firmly seated on the throne. The In the mean time the Emperor ap- Catholics were powerful, and it was points privately a day for him and Val. thought that the Nonconformists might desso to meet again, and after a pious have united with them, and overturned and free discourse, they both agreed on a the infant government, had the old percertain day to receive the blessed sacra- secuting measures been pursued ; it was, ment publicly, and appointed an eloquent therefore, judged expedient to grant and devout Fryar, to preach a sermon some ease to scrupulous consciences. In of contempt of the world, and of the

the next reign it was deemed expedient happiness and benefit of a quiet and to resume the glorious work.of persecucontemplative life; which the Fryar did tion; and the Schism Bill was passed,

which took the children of Dissenters Meteoric Stone in Courlan..-Between from their parents, and put them under 5 and 6 o'clock of the evening of the the care of churchmen, that they might 12th July, 1820, a fire-ball, about the be educated in the principles of the esta- size of the full moon, and burning with blishment. How long the present ex

a reddish flame and tint, was seen moving pediency will exist, it is impossible to slowly from S. to N. After describing say. One thing, however, is certain, an arch of 100° it became extinguished, that so long as the laws do not recognise and its extinction was followed with a the rights of conscience, we have no se- noise like three rapid discharges of great curity for the permanency of our reli- guns, or fire of musquetry, and a congious liberties, but in the public opinion. tinued rolling. At that moment a stone It is, therefore, of the utmost import- fell about 3] German miles from the ance to support and perpetuate those country palace of Lexna, in the circle of liberal sentiments, which bave been so Dunaberg. The stone penetrated 1 long, and so generally entertained in feet deep into a clayey loam. It weighed this nation.—Isaac, on EcclesiasticalClaims, 40lb. had the smell of gunpowder, and pref: pp. v, vi.

was hot to the touch. At the same time

a large body fell about four versts disInterview between John Napier, Baron Merchiston, the inventor of Logarithms, hissing noise, and dashing the spray high

tant into the Lake Kolpuschen, with a and Mr. Briggs, the celebrateil Mathema- into the air. Three versts in the oppotician, from the Life of Lilly the Astrologer. site direction, something fell into the

-“ I will acquaint you” says Lilly, river Dubna, which made its water “with one memorable story related to me turbid for an hour. by John Marr, an excellent mathema. tician and geometrician, whom I con

Opinion of a Jew respecting St. Paul as

a Writer.-Dr. Nunes, a Jewish physi. ceive you remember. He was servant to

cian, used to say,

" Paul of Tarsus King James I., and King Charles I.

was one of the first writers I have ever When Marchiston first made public bis logarithms, Mr. Briggs, then reader of read. I wish the 13th chapter of his the astronomy lectures at Gresham Cola Epistle to the Corinthians were written

in letters of gold : and I wish every Jew lege in London, was so much surprized with admiration of them, that he could

were to carry it with him, wherever he

went."-" He judged,” says Wesley, have no quietness in himself until he had seen that noble person whose only chapter contained the whole of true re

“ and herein he judged-right, that this invention they were ; he acquaints John Marr therewith, who went into Scotland ligion. It contains " whatsoever things

are just, whatsoever things are pure, before Mr. Briggs, purposely to be there when these two so learned persons should

whatsoever things are holy: if there be

any virtue, if there be any praise, it Mr. Briggs appointed a certain

is all contained in this." day when to meet at Edinburgh ; but failing thereof, Marchiston was fearful Anecdote of Mr. Pleasants. —

.-" The late should not come.

It happened one day Mr. Thomas Pleasants, a gentleman as John Marr, and the Baron Napier equally celebrated for his beneficence were speaking of Mr. Briggs; «Ah and his eccentricities, happening one

John," says Marchiston, “ Mr. Briggs Sunday to hear a sermon which he apwill not now come.” At the very in. proved, requested the preacher to permit stant one knocks at the gate ; John Marr him to read the manuscript, which was hasted down, and it proved to be Mr. readily complied with. The next day Briggs, to his great contentment. He

he returned the sermon, with a letter of brings Mr. Briggs up to the Baron's thanks, intimating at the same time, chamber, where almost one quarter of

that he had taken the liberty of adding an hour was spent, each beholding other

à note to a passage, which particularly almost with admiration before one word

struck him. On referring to the place, was spoke. At last Mr. Briggs began, the astonished clergyman found a bank “Sir, I have undertaken this long jour

note of considerable value folded in the

leaf!"-Limerick Chronicle, December 29, ney purposely to see your pesson, and to know by what engine of wit or ingenuity 1819. you came first to think of this most ex- Despotism.-(Extracted from Burckcellent help into astronomy, viz. the lo- hardt's Travels in Nubia.) -Here I witgarithms; but, Sir, being by you found nessed one of those cruel acts of despoout, I wonder nobody else found it out tism, which are so common in the East. before, when now being known it appears In walking over a large field with about so easy! He was nobly entertained by thirty attendants and slaves, Hassan told Baron Napier ; and every suinmer after the owner, he had done wrong in sowing ibat, during the Lord's being alive, this the field with barley, as water melons

He then took venerable man, Mr. Briggs, went pur- would have grown better. posely to Scotland to visit him.”

some melon sced out of his pocket, and

meet.

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giving it to the man, said, “You had and, if you miss the mark to hit the misbetter tear up the barley and sow this." chief

you

shoot at, you shall be a hangAs the barley was nearly ripe, the man ing saint, till you be taken down to the of course excused himself from comply- devil. Oh, fine persuasions ! that infiing with the Koshef's command :

46 then

nite sins, by numbered prayers, inward I will sow them for you,” said the lat. curses by outward crossings, an offence ter; and ordered his people immedi- against God by a pardon from man, ately to tear up the crop, and lay out the should be believed to be helped ! A field for the reception of the melon seed. child cannot conceive it, a wise man The boat was then loaded with the bar- cannot digest it, and surely none, but ley, and a family thus reduced to misery, either blind women or madmen, can be in order that the governor might feed lieve it. If a man would but a little his horses and camels for three days on look into their idolatries, he should see the barley stalks.

a world of such mockeries, as would A description of Popery from a Curious make him laugh at their fooleries, and Pamphlet, published on the Execution of abhor their villanies. Their kissing of the eight Traitors convicted of the Gun- babies, their kneeling to wooden ladies, powder Plot in 1606.-Ignorance in the their calling to saints that cannot hear simple, and idolatry in the subtle, take them, their praying by the dozen, their ceremonies for certainties, superstition for taking of penance, their pilgrimages to religion, envy for zeal, and murder for idols, their shavings and their washings, charity: What can that church be, their confessions and their crossings, but hell, where the devil sings such

and their devilish devices to receive the masses ? Servis Servorum says, he that simple of these, comfort; these, with a would be Dominus Dominorum, servant of world of such tricks, as would make a servants, that would be master of mas- jackanapes a fine juggler. He that could ters; is not he a cunning herdsman, that see them with that clear eye, that can can make one painted cow, a printed jndge between light and darkness, would, bull, give him more milk, than many a

if they were his friends, be sorry for herd of better kine ? Are not these them; if his enemies, laugh at them; and, sweet notes to be taken in the nature of howsoever, or whatsoever, leave them the Popish Government ? Kill princes, and say, as he may say, that papistry is sow seditions, blind the simple, abuse mere idolatry, the rope an incarnate the honest, bereave the innocent, swear devil, his church a synagogue of Satan, and forswear, so it be for the Pope's and his priests the very locusts of the profii, the church will absolve you ;

earth.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

I. STATISTICAL VIEW OF DISSENTERS IN ENGLAND AND WALES.

Wishing to make this department of our work as complete as possible, we earnestly beg our Correspondents to furnish us with all documents and information relating to it, addressed to the Editors, at the Publisher's. DERBYSHIRE.

assisted by Messrs. EDWARD LOMAS and

JAMES PILKINGTON. Mr. NATHANIEL ( Continued from page 222.)

PHILLIPS also preached here for some In 1746, Dr. EBENEZER LATHAM time, in conjunction with Mr. Pilkingbecame assistant preacher and co-pastor ton. During Mr. White's residence at with Mr. Rogerson, who appears to have Derby, the meeting-house was repaired, relinquished the active duties of the and in the year 1766, Mr. Abraham ministry not long afterwards, and died Crompton left £200. towards increasing about Christmas 1762. It does not ap- the minister's salary. Mr. Pilkington, pear that he published any thing, nor who had been chosen to assist Mr. White have we been able to trace any particu- in 1778, continued at Derby until 1797, lars of his history. Dr. Latham died in when he removed to Ipswich, where he 1754, and in the following year Mr. died some time afterwards. He is repreWHITE was chosen to succeed him. sented as a man of a most independent This gentleman had several assistants. and upright mind, and his openness in First, Mr. HEZEKIAH KIRKPATRICK, avowing his love of liberty gave offence who came to Derby in 1759, and after to some individuals. He published a him Mr. JOHN WILDING, who was view of Derbyshire, in two volumes, 8vo. there in 1763. From that time until also the doctrine of Equality (à pamhis decease, in 1779, Mr White was phlet), and a book for the use of Sun

day sehools. His colleague, Phillips, who remain of the members of his condied in 1798. Mr. WINSTANLEY was gregation, with the most lively and next called to the ministerial office in pleasing emotions. His labours, during this congregation. He took charge of it the short time of their continuance, were in 1797, and left it in 1803, when he de- attended with great success, and his clined the ministry, and has since prac- death was most sincerely lamented by tised as a physician at Manchester. The all who knew him. After the decease of next year Mr. WHITEHOUSE succeeded Mr. Thomas, Mr. JAMES EDWARDS, to the pastoral office in tbis church; aiterwards of Wilton, preached to the but in 1810, on account of the decline congregation, who, during the short of the congregation, he relinquished his period of his continnance, left their situation, and now preaches at Findern first place of worship, and began to and Ilkiston. On Mr. Whitehouse's re- meet in a barn, in the Cross Lanes, on signation, Mr. EDWARD HIGGINSON, of the south side of the town. Their next Stockport, undertook the charge of the minister was the Rev. THOMAS Bryson, congregation at Derby, and still continues who had been educated in Lady Huntto be their minister. Under his care it ingdon's College at Trevecca, and after has greatly increased, and is now nume- quitting it, had preached at York and rons and respectable.

Lancaster. From Lancaster he came Derby Independent Congregation. --- Early to Derby, having withdrawn from the in the year 1778, Messrs. Thomas Countess's connexion. His labours were Jones, of Oathall, and GRIFFITHS, who for a time abundant, preaching not only preached statedly at Alvaston and Mel- in the barn, but also in the open air, -bourn, preached a few times in the when the weather would permit, and in market place at Derby ; and Mr. Jones, most of the neighbouring villages. He as appears by the Derby Mercury of the had a commanding appearance, a fine 10th September, was announced to voice, and a good elocution. His senpreach on the morning of the following timents were strongly Calvinistic, and Sabbath, in a room situated in a yard at his stile of preaching doctrinal, with the back of the Town Hall, which had frequent striking appeals to the conbeen fitted up for a school room. As science, and awsul representations of the engagements of these faithful and death, judgment, and eternity. He laborious ministers of the Gospel per- soon became very popular, and acquired mitted them to come to Derby only great influence over the people ; but he occasionally, it was usual to send the often manifested a considerable degree public crier round the town to announce of warmth, and sometimes of ascerbity their intention to preach. In this man- of temper, which produced unpleasant ner the congregation was raised, and effects, and eventually led to a separa-' with the assistance of other ministers tion between him and a portion of his in the neighbourhood, was greatly en- people. For the separate use of these larged. In 1779, the late Mr. Thomas seceders, Mr. Wilson, in 1783, having Wilson undertook to procure ministers to purchased premises on the Brookside, supply the congregation constantly. The erected at his own expence a meetingfirst of these was Mr. Hewitt, after- house, which measures 54 feet by 48 wards of Bedworth, who shortly resigned feet, with a convenient vestry ; Mr. his charge to Mr. MIDDLETON. Several Bryson, with the remainder of the conof the surviving hearers of this latter gregation, continuing for a short time to gentleman speak highly of him ; but his occupy the barn, till he left Derby for stay also was short, and he afterwards London. Upon his arrival in the mebecame an Antipodobaptist, and was tropolis, he took charge of a congregapastor of a church of that denomination tion in Cannon Street-road, St. George's at Lewes, in Sussex. Upon Mr. Mid- in the East, where he preached for seve-' dleton's secession, the place was for ral years, till his death in April 1799. some weeks shut up. But in 1781, The first minister who preached in the Mr. Joseph THOMAS was sent from the new meeting-house was Mr.John Smith. academy at Mile-end, to preach to the He was ordained October the 11th, 1787, congregation. His first sermon was on and resigned his charge here at midthe word “ Rejoice," an expression of summer 1792. He frequently, while he feeling which he considered to be justi- resided at Derby, preached in the open fied in all those who enjoyed the privi- air, at villages in the neighbonrhood. lege of a Gospel ministry. He was a Op the 10th June, 1801, after an interyoung man of pre-eminent piety, and of val of nine years, during which the place a sweet and heavenly temper; and the was supplied by occasional preachers, strain of his preaching was truly affec- the Rev. JAMES GAWTHORN, of Hoxton tionate ; but it pleased God to “weaken Academy, was ordained pastor over the his strength in the way," and remove congregation, which has considerably him to his hearenly rest on the 3d Feb. prospered under his ministry. 1782. He is still' mentioned by those Derby Particular Baptist Congregation,

under the pastoral care of the Rev. C. man was, (says Mr. Strype, Survey of T. Birt, who was ordained over it June London, vol. ii. p. 57,) a very diligent 25, 1817.

collector of Ecclesiastical MSŠ, relating Derby General Baptist Congregation un- to the latter history of the English der the pastoral care of the Rev. Mr. Church, whereof lie left vast heaps Pixe. Respecting the earlier history of behind him, and, he adds, who faroured these congregations, we have received no me with his correspondence. Soon after information.

the Revolution; those who had been DRONFIELD.-There was formerly a attached to the ministry of Mr. Morrice, congregation of Preshyterians in this with others, formed a congregation of place, of which Eliezer Heywood, Presbyterians, at Duffield. The first a son of Oliver Heywood, was minister stated minister over this congregation, from about the year 1700, till his de- whose name has reached us, is TIMOTHY cease in 1730. How long this congrega- GREENWOOD, who was at Daffield in tion continued to meet, and who were 1715. He was succeeded by SAMUEL the successors of Mr. Heywood, we are STATHAM, and he by Mr. Samuel Brintuninformed. A few years since, a new nall, who resigned his charge about the Independent chapel was erected in this year 1770. The congregation was afterplace by Mr. Booth ; but we believe the wards supplied by one of the old meet. congregation have at present no settled ing-house at Derby. Mr. John Davies pastor.

was settled here for some years, beDUFFIELD.-Mr. Roger LORRICE tween 1770 and 1800. The present was ejected from the pulpit of this pa- minister is Mr. Evan Jones, who came rish. He was some time chaplain to My to Duffield in 1806. Lord Hollis, and afterwards to Sir John Maynard, and died at Hoxton, in Mid

(To be continued.) dlesex, January 17, 1701. This gentle

II. MISCELLANEOUS.

CONGREGATIONAL SCHOOL. London ministers and churches to bear To the Ministers, De:icons, and Churches all the weight of this merciful and bighly of the Independent Denomination.--Christian useful Institution : it would, indeed, Friends, Every renewed election of stimulate the Committee to commence children into this Institution proves its a new course of labour with greater importance and utility, by the increasing confidence of raising the Institution to number of candidates, and the earnest- a much higher degree of reputation and ness with which ministers canvass the usefulness. subscribers for their votes.

Some of our benerolent sustitutions Yet there is still reason to lament have not only been preserved from cmthat the ministers and churches in the barrassment, but have attained to greater country do not exert themselves for its prosperity by frequent and handsome continuance and enlargement as might legacies. From this source the Congrebe reasonably expected. Some few have gational School has received a very small shown their good will to this object, but measure of assistance, when it is consiit is very far, indeed, from being general; dered how many individuals of the denoand the Committee have felt this the minations have died in the possession of more powerfully, inasmuch as nearly all great abundance, a small portion of which the London congregations have had one might have been devoted to this object collection, and some have had more; without the slightest injury to their surand also that the children, which are now vivors; we would fain hope that some of receiving, and those which may be ex- our wealthy friends, both ministers and pected in future, to partake of the bles- laity, will not overlook this hint. sings of this Institution, are the children Some of the friends of the school have of poor ministers in the country, many thought that it has been conducted upon of whom have large families and small too expensive a scale, while, on the consalaries.

trary, some have thought the Committee The writer of this address hopes that were too parsimonious. The truth is, thata the ministers and members of the con- small number of pupils require an estagregational churches in the country will blishment nearly as large as one which see the propriety of immediately making would accommodate a much larger cumcollections, or procuring a few annual ber. If the number could be raised to subscriptions, if it were only to the 40 or 50, the average expense of each amount of three or four guineas it would scholar would be greatly diminished, be favourably received, and show that and the Principal be more amply reour country brethren do not wish the

warded for his arduous labours.

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