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you fail, you will at least have the inestimable consolation that you have done what you could to undo the heavy burden, and to let the oppressed go free ;' and that the sins and calamities of your country, however pernicious in their consequences to yourselves or your children, were evils which you could not avert.'
"One word more; we rejoice to be able to report, that the number of associations, and especially of Ladies' associations, for the abolition of slavery, has been increasing of late. We trust that they will be largely multiplied both in the metropolis and in the country at large.
meanest has its appropriate weight in Parliament, imagine that he can discharge himself from the performance of this solemn duty; or should his application to Parliament fail of its effect—from adopting every other expedient in his power, such as abstinence from slave-grown sugar, the promotion of cultivation by free labour, &c. for wiping away this foul stain from the national character. And we would address this call to men of all political parties in the state. Those of every party who have sympathized with the victims of despotism in Spain, in Italy, and in Greece, have now an opportunity of combining to deliver 830,000 of their own fellow-subjects from a still more grievous despotism. The friends of the Government are bound to see its orders respected, and to repress that insubordinate and contumelious spirit in the colonists which would set them at nought. The members of the Opposition are bound by all their professed principles, to unite heart and hand in undoing the fetters of our own fellow-subjects. Above all (to avail our selves of the language of one of the ablest advocates of this cause)-above all, we would call on Christians of every name to come forward to lend their aid as one man to deliver their country from this great national iniquity to reform this cruel and impious system which shuts out the light of the Gospel; which violates, in the grossest manner, all its precepts; which keeps, in a cruel thraldom, the minds as well as bodies of its unfortunate victims; and which adds to its other enormities the fierceness of antichristian persecution. There would surely be an inconsistency in the charitable efforts now making to convert our fellowcreatures in the most distant regions of the globe, while we suffer our fellowsubjects to be kept in pagan darkness, and the vilest moral degradation, not by choice but by compulsion, through a domestic tyranny, which our own power, within our own territories, alone upholds.' To all then we would say, in conclusion," It would be ingratitude in this conin the words of the same eloquent writer, nexion to withhold our warm acknowCome forward with your petitions. ledgments of the great services which Instruct your representatives. Give or have been rendered to our common cause, withhold your suffrages for the next Par- since we last met, by the able, zealous, liament, and use your personal influence indefatigable, and successful efforts of Mr. throughout the country; all in such a Cropper of Liverpool. manner as may best promote the success of this great and sacred cause. If you succeed, you will give a new triumph to the British Constitution. You will exalt the glory of your country, in that best point, her moral elevation, and recommend her to the favour of Heaven.'
"The present meeting, for the purpose of petitioning Parliament, has, we are also happy to say, been anticipated in several places, by the impulse of that popular feeling which furnishes the best pledge of our ult mate success. In this important line of service Norfolk has taken the lead, and has been followed by the city of Norwich, by Birmingham, by Hull, by Beverley, by Derby, and by Ipswich; as it had been preceded, though not for the express purpose of petitioning, by Edinburgh. In all these places our cause has been advocated with remarkable power and effect, and has happily united the general suffrage. The Corporation of the City of London has signalized itself by its zeal in the same cause, and we are anxious to record the high sense we entertain of the advantage which has accrued from the nearly unanimous and energetic declaration of the chief authorities of the first commercial city in the world, against the principle of colonial monopoly, and in favour of the claims of injured and outraged humanity. The influence of their high example will, we trust, induce the mercantile and manufacturing classes, throughout the kingdom, to come forward to vindicate the commercial character of this country from the discredit, and its commercial interests from the injury, caused by the prolongation of the existing colonial evils.
"These various indications of the general sympathy in our labours are strong incentives to perseverance. And we must all feel it as not among the least cheering and encouraging circumstances, which we are called to acknowledge with gratitude to the Giver of all good, that we
should once more behold among us, and in the chair of this assembly, that loved and revered individual, dear to all to whom the interests of humanity are dear; who, having consecrated the strength and flower of his days to the vindication of the wronged and degraded African, and having at length signally triumphed in the protracted and painful conflict; now, though bending under the weight of added years, still marshals our way, as we trust to victory, in a no less arduous struggle -in the endeavour to break the yoke of the oppressor, and to achieve the rescue of the oppressed, in every corner of the British dominions. May it please God to spare him to witness the final consummation of this labour of love and mercy!"
The resolutions unanimously adopted, were to the following effect:
That, highly approving of the resolutions moved by Mr. Canning in 1823, and of the subsequent efforts of Government to reform Colonial Slavery, they deeply lamented that the opposition of the colonial authorities had hitherto succeeded in almost wholly frustrating their benevolent efforts: That the additional and incontestible evidence received from the colonies, fully confirms the injustice and cruelty of the slavery prevailing there, and the hopelessnes of its extinction, or even of its effectual mitigation, without the direct interference of the Imperial Legislature: That the Colonial Legislatures had either treated the wishes of Parliament, and the recommendations of his Majesty's Government with neglect, or met them with decided opposition; and that, even where attempts have been made to frame an ameliorated slave
code, the new enactments manifest the same disregard of justice with the old; that the existing laws afford no effectual protection to the slaves, and have been made, on recent occasions, an instrument of the most grievous judicial oppression; and that the general treatment of the slaves continues to exhibit the same harsh and disgusting effects of domestic despotism which first excited the indignant feelings of the British public, and which should now lead to a fixed determination, on the part of every individual who va
lues British freedom, or the blessings of Christianity, to do his utmost to prevent their continuance: That they are convinced that this unjust and immoral sys tem derives great support from bounties and protecting duties on the produce of Slave Labour, enhancing its price, increasing the miseries of the slaves, and rendering their liberation more difficult: That, if called upon to contribute to the same amount, for the purpose of extinguishing slavery, which they now pay for its support, they would cheerfully obey the call; but that to the existing regulations they entertain insuperable objections; because, while those regulations violate the principles of sound policy, and impose on the nation a heavy burden for the maintenance of slavery, they serve to aggravate and perpetuate its evils; and they involve the people of this country still more deeply in the guilt of upholding it: That they hold it to be their bounden duty, and that of every individual who acknowledges the claims of humanity and justice, to lose no time in petitioning both Houses of Parliament, to take the work of colonial reformation into their own hands; and in accordance with their own resolutions, and the wishes and prayers of the nation at large, to bring slavery itself to the earliest practicable termination in every part of his Majesty's dominions.
A Petition to both Houses of Parliament, grounded on the above Resolutions, was adopted; and his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester was respectfully requested to present the petition to the House of Lords, and Mr. Fowell Buxton that to the Commons.
The meeting embraced the opportunity of presenting their heartfelt acknowledgments to their revered Vice-President, William Wilberforce, Esq., for his gratifying attendance; and of testifying their deep sense of the services, which, during a long and arduous parliamentary life, he had rendered to his country, and to the world at large; and especially of that indefatigable, but tempered zeal, with which he had so unceasingly and successfully consecrated his powerful talents and fascinating eloquence to the vindication and relief of suffering humanity.
Rev. F. Lockey, Blackford P. C. parish of Wedmore, co. Somerset.
Rev. H. W. Rawlins, M. A. Hill Bishops P. C. vice Codrington, dec.
Rev. Alex. Nivison, to the Church and
Parish of Roberton, Presb. and co. of Selkirk, vice Hay, dec.
Rev. C. A. Sage, St. Peter Brackley V. co. Northampton.
Rev. S. Lloyd, Horseley V. co. Glouc.
Rev. F. Woodforde, Weston Banfylde R. Somerset.
Rev. Jas. Hooke, LL. D. Deanery of Worcester.
Rev. J. D. Coleridge, a Prebend in Exeter Cathedral.
Rev. J. Lonsdale, a Prebend of Lincoln Cathedral.
Rev. T. Gaisford, 2d Prebend of Worcester Cathedral.
Rev. G. S. Evans, Temple Grafton V. co. Warwick.
Rev. J. Gordon, Bierton V. co. Lincoln.
Rev, H. Hubbard, Cheriton R. Hants, with Kilmaston and Tichbourne Chs. annexed.
Rev. Wm. James, East Sambrook R. co. Som.
Rev. J. Johnson, Houghton V. Notts. Rev. Wm. Marsh, Gwenap V. Cornwall.
Rev. J. B. May, St. Martin R. Exeter. Rev. R. B. Paul, Long Whitenham V. Berks.
Rev. Sam. Paul, Tetbury V. co. Glouc.
Rev. B. Puckle, Graffham R. Hunts.
Rev. C. T. Simmons, Shipham R. co. Somerset.
Rev. G. W. Smith, Bawdsey V. Suff. Rev. H. Strangways, Rowe V. Devon. Rev. C. Tripp, D. D. Kentisbeare R. Devon.
Rev. E. W. Wakeman, Claines C. co. Worc.
Rev. A. Ward, Eastrington V. co York. Rev. G. H. Webster, All Saints with St. Julian R. Norwich.
Rev. Jos. Algar, Chaplain to Lord Clinton.
Rev. Thos. Douglas Hodgson, East Woodhay R. Hants. vice Herbert.
Rev. Sam. Lee, Professor of Arabic in the University of Cambridge, to the Perp. Cur. of Bilton with Harrogate, vice Mitton.
Rev. James Thomas Matthews, Prior's Lee Perp. Cur. Salop.
Rev. Mr. Oakley, the valuable stall of Wenlock Barns, in St. Paul's Cathedral, vice Parr, deceased.
Rev. T. C. Percival, Horseheath R. Camb.
Rev. J. Sergeant, Doddington V. Northamptonshire.
Rev. H. G. Talbot, Mitchell Troy cum Cymearvan R. Monmouthsh. vice Tomkims.
Rev. G. Wood, Holy Trinity R. Dorchester, with that of Cam St. Rumbold.
Rev. Richard Meredith, Curate of Hagborn, Berks, domestic Chaplain to the Earl of Rock Savage.
Rev. Edwin J. Parker, Dom. Chap. to Lord Braybrooke.
Rev. C. Taylor, D. D. Head Master of the College School, Hereford, to the Chancellorship of the Diocese, vice Rudge.
Hon. and Rev. Hugh Percy, Dean of
Rev. T. Brooke, Wistaston R. Cheshire.
Rev. J. Hutchins, Telscomb R. and
Rev. Rich. Johnson, Lavenham R.
Rev. T. Mackereth, Halton R. Lanc
Hon. and Rev. Ed. Pellew, Christowe
Rev. J. Richards, Wedmore V. Somersetshire, vice Richards, deceased.
Rev. J. Roby, Austrey V. Warwickshire.
Rev. R. Smith, First Minister of the Church of Montrose, vice Molleson, deceased.
Rev. H. Thursby, Isham Inferior R. North.
Rev. J. Rudge, D.D. F.R.S. to be Chaplain to the Duke of York.
Rev. Wm. C. Wilson, Whittington R. Lanc.
Rev. Samuel Paynter, of Trinity Colloge, Cambridge, to the Rectory of Hatferd, Berks.
Dr. John Banks Jenkinson, Dean of Worcester, promoted to the See of St. David's.
Rev. Chas. Pilkington, Prebendary of Eartham, in the Cathedral of Chichester, a Canon Residentiary of that Cathedral, vice Toghill.
Rev. W. Hewson, Chancellor and Ca non Residentiary of the Cathedral Church of St. David's.
Rev. W. Barter, Burghclere and Newtown RR. Hants.
Rev. E. G. A. Beckwith, to be a Minor Canon of Westminster Abbey. Rev. T. Clarkson, Acton Scott R. Salop.
Rev. Rob. Cobb, Burmash R. Kent, vice Carpenter.
Rev. G. Coke, Marston and Pencoed CC. co. Hereford.
Rev. Gaven Cullen, Balmaclellan Church in Presbytery of Kircudbright.
Rev. Chas. Champnes, St. George's and St. Botolph, Billingsgate RR. London. Rev. D. Clementson, Chap. to Doch. Goal.
Rev. J. Hodge, Bolnhurst R. co. Beds.
Rev. W. H. Dixon, Chaplain to Abp. of York.
Rev. P. Gurdon, Chaplain to Lord Bayning.
Rev. C. D. Wray, Chaplain to Lord Balcarras.
Rev. J. Hill, Archdeacon of Bucks. Rev. R. Cockburn, a Prebend of Winchester Cathedral.
Rev. J. Allport, Atherstone P. C. Warwickshire.
Rev. J. H. J. Chichester, Loxhore R. co. Devon.
Rev. E. Hardman, Wesport C. Ireland. Rev. J. Jervois, Ballinadee R. Ireland. Rev. F. C. Johnson, Whitelackington V. co. Som.
Rev. W. Johnson, Bilsby V. co Lincoln.
Rev. J. Knight, Huish R. co. Devon. Rev. Mr. Knox, Ballimodan V. Ireland. Rev. R. H. Leeke, Longford R. Salop. Rev. W. Moore, Spalding P. C. co. Linc.
Rev. D. Nantes, Powderham R. De
Rev. H. E. Head, Bromfield P.C. Kent. Rev. R. Pretyman, Alverstoke and Havant RR. Hants.
Rev. J. Stewart, Lislee R. co. Cork. Rev. S. Barker, Chapl. to the Duke of York.
Rev. H. Jones, Northop V. Flintshire. Rev. Thos. Dixon, Tibbenham V. Norfolk.
Rev. R. F. Elwin, St. Margrave of Westwick R. Norwich.
Rev. T. Frere, Burston R. Norfolk.
Rev. T. Guy, Howden V. Yorkshire. Rev. R. Greenside, Seamer P.C.Yorksh.Rev. D'Arcy Haggit, St. Andrew V. in Pershore, with the Chapels of Holy Cross, &c. annexed, co. Worcester.
Rev. W. Ives, Caddington V. Bedford shire.
Rev. T. A. Melhuish, St. Mary Steps R. Exeter.
Rev. Geo. Millers, Hardwicke R. Cambridge, vice Millers, res.
Rev. Henry Morgan, Withington P.C. Salop.
Rev. T. G. Roberts, Dolgellan R. Merionethshire.
Rev. O. Sergeant, St. Philip's, Salford Rev. E. B. Shaw, St. Matthew's, Man chester.
Rev. W. Tanner, Bolnhurst and Colnworth RR. Bedfordshire.
Rev. Wm. Twigg, M.A. Pickhall V. Yorks.
Rev. Charles Turnor, M. A. preberdary of Lincoln, to hold Milton Ernest V. Bedfordshire, with Wendover V. Bucks.
Rev. R. Roberts, D. D. to hold Wadenhoe R. with Barnwell All-Saints and St. Andrew RR. co. Northampton.
Rev. M. W. Wilkinson, to hold Harescombe cum Pitchcombe R. with Uley R. co. Gloucester.
Rev. A. Stapleton, to hold Halwill R, with that of East Budleigh, Devon.
Rev. C. S. Miller, Vicar of Harlow, Essex, to hold the living of Matching, Essex.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
CORNUBIENSIS; Mixpos; W. M; X. Y. Z.; S.; J. S. A.; Oμixpor; T. D; E. M. B. ; C. L.; are under consideration.
If CLERICUS had made due inquiries, he would have found that the demand he mentions was not exorbitant. Is he aware that one third goes to Government?
In reply to several inquirers respecting the Index to our first twenty volumes, we have to express our great regret, that, from circumstances which we could not control, it should have been so long delayed. It is however now in a course of revision, and we have reason to hope will be ready for press in the month of March. We have before stated that it will be numbered Vol. XXI. for the convenience of making the numeral of our volumes and the unit of the date of the year correspond. The volumes from 1821 have been thus numbered. This will solve T. M.'s query.
A friend, in announcing to us a new edition of Mrs. H. More's Hints on the Education of a Princess, expresses regret that this admirable work should be less known than perhaps any other of the revered author's publications, which may have arisen from an idea that "it was applicable only to royal female education." Except however in a very few particulars, it is equally adapted for general education, male and female, in the middle and higher walks of life; and we strongly recommend those of our readers who value the author's (other works, especially Christian parents, to add this highly useful and interesting publication to their collection.
Page 724, col. 1, lines 40, 41, for All-saints, read All-souls.
VOLUME THE TWENTY-FIFTH,
MANKIND RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR things which were told them by the
(Concluded from p. 731.)
HAVING considered in my last paper the powerful effect of unholiness of heart and life in depraving the judgment on religious subjects, I proceed, secondly, to shew, that a humble and conscientious endeavour to do the will of God is eminently conducive to the progress both of faith and spiritual understanding.
In pursuing this second line of the discussion, we need only employ the converse of the arguments urged under the first, with a view to shew that an ingenuous obedience to the will of God is conducive to a right judgment in matters of faith, First, because it supposes conscientious application to the subject; Secondly, because it shews a suitable preparation for instruction; and, Thirdly, because God will not withhold from the humble and conscientious inquirer the secret guidance of his Holy Spirit, by whose aid alone we can "have a right judgment in all things," or in any thing, necessary
to our salvation.
And, first, it is a very important advance towards a correct understanding in religion, when the mind is honestly disposed for serious investigation. The Bereans "searched the Scriptures daily whether the CHRIST. OBSERV. APP.
Apostles were so ;" and "therefore many of them believed." While the heart is enslaved by sin, there can
be no taste for the practical study of the word of God: religion, of all subjects, is least likely to attract suitable attention; and hence, the very circumstance of entering upon those inquiries which concern our eternal destination, with a seriousness and zeal proportioned to their importance, is always an auspicious symptom.
Nor can we doubt that a cordial desire to do the will of God, will thus lead to diligence in investigating it. In human society, a sincere wish on the part of an individual to oblige a friend whom he respects and loves, or to conform to the rules. of an institution to which he has voluntarily attached himself, naturally induces him to make diligent inquiry into the means of so doing, in order that he may not offend by negligence or ignorance those whom he would not alienate by wilful mis. conduct. A similar effect takes place in religion; so that a conscientious wish to do the will of God will not only operate in a constant endeavour to perform his commands, so far as they are hitherto understood, but it will also, under the guidance of his Holy Spirit, operate still farther, in leading to such a devout study of the word of God, such