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selves. Mr. WILBER FORCE considered Hume and Mirabeau as writers to be tolerated because they reasoned: for it was the glory of the Christian Faith, that it appealed to reason and common sense; but he considered the works under discussion as ribaldry, obscenity and indecency. The petition was ordered to be printed.
At the Leicester Assizes, the Rev. Richard Dawes, being examined as a witness, spoke in so low a tone of voice, as to be inaudible on the bench:--Mr. Justice Park said to him, * Pray, speak np, Sir. I am quite surprised that you don't speak up. This very day at Church, you spoke in so low a tone of voice, that I could not hear one word from you, near as I was to you: (a laugh) I am quite serious. The clerk that does not speak up is good for nothing.
In St. John's library, Oxford, is a picture of Charles I, done with a pen, the lines of which contain all the Psalms in a legible hand.
April 4.-James Holmes, aged 18, was taken by his venerable father, before the magistrate at Guildhall, charged with repeatedly robbing him. The old man, though a porter, had given his son a good education, and had endeavoured to instil into his mind good moral principles. The youth had however taken a liking to theatrical amusements; these temptations to every evil, and the money which the old man his father had so carefully saved up, to pay his rent, was expended in three nights, 'in admissions to the theatre, and supper and wine afterwards for himself and another box lobby lounger, his companion- a ladies' shoemaker, with whom he had become acquainted at the theatres.-He was committed to Bridewell for one month.
Another youth of 18, named Thornley Abrahams, of respectable appearance, was taken the me day to Marlboroughstreet, charged with various acts of swindling. Mr. Sass, an artist, said he was the son of a gentleman of property, and his conduct had been irreproachable until he had gone to see • Tom and Jerry,' the performance of which had made him neglect all his studies, and his subsequent conduct, involved him in night brawls, and other follies. After a serious ad. monition from the magistrate, and an arrangement with the injured parties, he was dismissed. So much for the virtuous schools of theatricals, for which there are even to be found clergymen pleaders !!!
At the Taunton Assizes, Elizabeth Bryant, the mother, aged 50, and two daughters were charged with having maliciously assaulted Ann Burgess, under the idea that she was a witch. The poor old woman had been sadly wounded by their drawing blood, to prevent her supposed witchcraft. The prisoners in consequen e of their ignorance, received a slight punishment in proportion to the crime.
A report is in circulation that one of Swedenborg's followers cut off the head of the corpse of the leader, as a precious relic, after it was interred in the Swedish Church, Ratcliffe High-way. It is however contradicted by the Rev. 'S. Noble, one of the preachers of the Swedenborgians, who says it was only done by request of a craniologist to see what peculiar properties belonged to his skull.
DIED. April 12. at the residence at Fairy Hill, near Swansea, the Right Hon. Baroness Barham. Her ladyship was a decided friend of religion, and with a spirit averse to illiberality, she promoted and supported the cause of God, without regard to sect or party. Her loss will be greatly felt by the poor, for whose children she provided the means of education, and to whom she was in every respect a generous benefactress.
At St. John's Rectory, Southwark, in his 68th year, universally respected, and deeply lamented, the Rev. Wm. Jarvis, Abdy: M. A. more than 40 years the resident minister of that parish.
PUBLIC MEETINGS IN MAY.
A. M. means Annual Meeting, A. S. Annual Sermon, A. B.
Annual Breakfast. The names are Preachers or Chairmen. M. Morning, Ñ. Noon, A. Afternoon, and E. Evening.
May 1st, 12 N. London Society for promoting Christianity among the Jews, sale of ladies' useful work, Crown and Anchor, Strand; 64 E. Wesleyan Missionary Society, A. S. Rev. Rob. Newton, City Road Chapel; 2 A. Irish Society of London, A. M. Bishop of GLOUCESTER, Freemasons' Hall. 20, 11 M. Wesleyan Missionary Society, A. S. Rev. WILLIAM JAY, Great Queen-street Chapel; 64 E. Wesleyan Missionary Society, A.S. Rev. Rob. Wood, Long Lane Chapel, Borough; 6 E. Irish Society of London, A. S. Rev. RoB. DALY, St. Ann's, Blackfriars.—5th, 11 M. Wesleyan Missionary Society, A. M. Jos. BUTTERWORTH, Esq. M. P. City Road Chapel; 65 E. Church Missionary Society, A. S. Rev. W. CUNNINGHAM, Christ Church, Newgate-street.-6th, 12 N. Church Missionary Society, A. M. Admiral Lord GAMBIER, Freemasons' Hall; 12 N. London Welsh Auxiliary Bible Society, A. M. Sir W.W. WYNN, Bart. M. P. Paul's Head, Cateaton-street; 7th, 11 M. British and Foreign Bible Society, A. M. Lord TEIGNMOUTH, Freemasons' Hall; 6. E. Prayer Book and Homily Society, A. S. Rev. H. BUDD, M. A. Christ Church, Newgate-street.--8th, 12 N. Prayer Book and Homily Society, A. M. Stationers' Hall, Ludgate-street; 6 E. London Snciety for promoting Christianity among the Jews, A. S. Rev. W. THISTLETHWAITE, St. Paul, Covent-garden; 61 E. Cambrian Society for promoting Religion among Welsh Seamen, A. M., R. H. MARTEN, Esq. Rev. Mr. Waugh, Miles's-lane.-9th, 11 M. Society for promoting Christianity among the Jews, A. M. Sir' THOMAS BARING, Bart. Freemasons' Hall; 2 A. Royal Lancasterian School, A. M., H. R. H. the DUKE of Sussex, Great School, North-street, Finsbury; 64 E. London Missionary Society, Welsh Sermon, Rev. W. WILLIAMS, Poultry Chapel; 7 E. Moravian Missions, A. S. Rev. T. MORTIMER, M. A. St. Clements Danes.-10th, 12 N. Hibernian Society, A. M., H. R. H. the Duke of GLOUCESTER, Freemasons' Hall.-12th, 12 N. London Female Penitentiary, A. M. WM. WILBERFORCE, Esq. M. P. Crown and Anchor, Strand; 12 N. Port of London Society for promoting Religion among Seamen, A. M. Admiral Lord GAMBIER, G. C. B. City of London Tavern; 11 M. British
and Foreign School Society, A. M., H. R. H. the DUKE of Sussex, Freemasons' Hall; 6 E. London Itinerant Society, A. M. SAMUEL ROBINSON, Esq. City of London Tavern.-13th, 6 M. Sunday School Union, A. B., J. BUTTERWORTH, Esq. M. P. City of London Tavern; lef M. Port of London Society, A.S. on board the Floating Chapel, near the London Dock Gates; 3 A. Port of London Society, A.S. - on board the Floating Chapel, near the London Dock Gates; 12 N. Naval and Military Bible Society, A. M. - King's Concert Room, Haymarket; 6 E. Irish Evangelical Society, A. M. Thomas WALKER, Esq. London Tavern, Bishopsgate-street; 68 E. Continental Society, A. S. Rev. Dr. WILLIAMS, St. Ann's, Blackfriars.-14th, 103 M. London Missionary Society, A. S. Rev John LEIFCHILD, Surrey Chapel; 6 E. London Mis sionary Society, A. S. Rev. W. CHAPLIN, Tabernacle.-15th, Surrey Chapels 6 E. London Missionary Society, A. S. Rev. J.
: MÓDONALD, Tottenham Court Chapel.-16th, 6 M. Religious Tract Society, A. B. JOSEPH REYNER, Esq. City of London Tavern; 10 M. London Missionary Society, A. S. Rev. EDWIN SIDNEY, St. Ann's, Blackfriars; 6 E. London Missionary Society, Sermon to Juvenile Auxiliaries, Rev.JOSEPH FLETCHER, Spa Fields Chapel; 1 A. African Institution, A. M., H. R. H. the DUKE of GlouCESTER, Freemasons' Hal; 6 E. London Missionary Society, Annual Communion, Sion, Silver street, Tonbridge, and Orange-street Chapels.-17th, 11 M. Protestant Society for the Protection of Religious Liberty, A. M. - City of London Tavern.–19th, 12 N. Merchants' Seamen's Bible Society, A. M. Admiral Lord EXMOUTH, City of London Tavern; 6 E. Home Missionary Society, A. S. kev. Tros. ADKINS, Salters' Hall Chapel.-20th, 11 M. Home Missionary Society, A. S. Rev. Dr. WARDLAW, Craven Chapel, Great Malborough-street; 6 E. Home Missionary Society, A. M. Thomas WALKER, Esq. Spa Fields Chapel.-21st, 12 N. Continental Society, Anniversary, Sir Thomas BARING, Bart. Freemasons' Hall.—25th, 11 M. Society for Prison Discipline, A. S. Bishop of CHESTER, Bedford Chapel, Charles-street, Bloomsbury.-27th, 6. E. Aged Pilgrim's Society, A. M. Rev. Dr. COLLYÉR, Eagle-street Chapel.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. Mr. Bernard Barton has our thanks : we shall always be happy to hear from him, and are much gratified by his approval of our pages. Received, Pierius, Rev. S. S. Wilson, J. D., H., P. D. R. F. is left at the publishers; but as we commit rejected pieces to the flames, we again inform correspondents not to expect their being returned.
The poetry said to be misnamed is not so designated because of a wrong title, for that is appropriate, but because the verse is not what it purports to be. It may, however, be re-written with advantage without altering the words, except as the measure may require; and with this alteration on our parts, we shall give it a place in our pages.
The Rev. J. Richards is a native of Gloucester, where his father was a respectable tradesman. His youth was spent in the vicinity of London. Having directed his views to the ministry among the Dissenters, he entered the old College, Hoxton, in the year 1799, and on the completion of his studies, was ordained to the pastoral office over the Independent Church at Stourbridge, in Worcestershire, September 28th, 1802. Mr. R. still continues to labour over the same people. Under his care the congregation bas much increased, and a large and handsome place of worship been erected. He has also been exceedingly active in providing for the destitute manu. facturing population around him, some of whom were without any place of worship, till he kindly exerted himself in their behalf, and with a liberality worthy of a Minister of the Gospel, was
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willing to diminish his own congregation, to lay the foundation of others.
Devoting himself to these labours, and to rural enjoyments, amidst the bosom of his family, Mr. R. is little known beyond the precincts of his immediate sphere of action, where he is deservedly respected for his activity, in promoting and supporting every good cause, and where in a lovely and retired residence, and possessing a competency that enables him to gratify the feelings of a liberal mind, he is given to hospitality. It is a difficult and delicate task to write accounts of the living. The pen of a friend sketches this outline; but his aim has been to do it with fidelity, and to say no more than is requisite to fulfil the plan of The Christian's Pocket Magazine.
THE ESSAYIST.--No. IX.
ON CONFORMITY TO THE WORLD.
Tae Scriptures clearly divide mankind into two classes,—they that are of the world, and they that are not of the world. Whatever divisions beside may be made amongst men, this is the grand, decisive, and only division made by the heart-searching God. The characteristics by which these classes are known, are simple; "they that are of the world, do mind the things of the world, and they that are of God, the things that are of God.' Neutrality here is a crime, for those that are not decided, are not Christians indeed and in truth.
A man therefore deceives himself who sets himself down as a servant of God, while he is the slave of the follies and maxims of the world.