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to the Houses of Lords and Commons, by the
steam vessel Precursor which left Calcutta DISSENTERS' MARRIAGES IN INDIA. in the beginning of August. A petition of
similar import was, at the same time, forOn this subject there has been of late much warded by the independent body in Calcutta ; solicitude, though till the year 1838 all mar- and we believe there is some probability of the riages solemnized in India by dissenting min representatives of the Free Church of Scotisters, or even by military officers and civil land uniting in the movement, either by pemagistrates were universally regarded as valid. tition or otherwise. It is also in contemplaThe following is part of an article on the tion to memorialize the Court of Directors subject which appears in the Oriental Bap- through the government of India.
We are tist for September last, and which will give a gratified to have it in our power to state, general view of the unsatisfactory position in that the representations made to the local which a large number of residents in Asia, government, have always been received in the and of the children of persons who have most courteous and liberal spirit ; and also dwelt there formerly, are at present placed:- that the legislative authorities in India are
“ Many of our readers are probably aware, prepared to take up the subject, should a sathat marriages solemnized in India by dis- tisfactory settlement not be obtained from senting ministers, and by officers, civil and home. An act of the Indian legislature, military, have been declared by many emi- | though less effective for past marriages than nent legal men, both in this country and in one from the imperial parliament, would be England, to be invalid for many important infinitely preferable to a continuance of the civil purposes. Efforts have accordingly present unsatisfactory state of the question ; been made for some years past to obtain from and should speedy justice not be granted in the legislative authorities an act to remove reply to the petitions now forwarded, we the doubts that exist, and to give an indis- should strongly recommend an application to putable legal sanction to such marriages. In the authorities here for a local act to remore 1838 the ministers of the various dissenting the objections and doubts that now exist." denominations memorialized the legislative A document has now been forwarded to council, and were told in reply, that the sub- the British parliament, in which the petiject had been referred to the home authori- tioners say, after reciting the steps formerly ties. The Court of Directors referred the taken, and the opinions given by the law question to the law officers of the crown and officers of the crown: of the company,—who gave their opinion “ That a large majority of the marriages that an act of the imperial parliament would which have been solemnized by the ministers be the most effectual for a satisfactory settle of the denomination of your petitioners and ment of the question. In 1841, the memo others in British India were those between rialists were favoured with a copy of a des. British born subjects, many of whom hold or patch from the home authorities, through the may hold real property in Great Britain, local government, in which the court ex and that agreeably to the opinions of the pressed an expectation that, in accordance learned lawyers above quoted, doubts and with the opinion of the law officers, the ques disputes may arise and litigation ensue retion would be satisfactorily disposed of in garding the rights of the issue of such marthe ensuing session of parliament.'
riages to take by descent or otherwise such “ The ministers in Calcutta immediately real property, and that such isșue may also forwarded memorials to the two houses of be deprived of divers other great and imparliament ; but not the slightest further pro- portant rights and advantages which accrue gress towards the attainment of the object and attach and belong to British subjects sought appears to have been made from that born in wedlock. time to the present. A movement has again “ That those on behalf of whom your pebeen made in Calcutta, and the following pe- titioners pray that the right of celebrating tition in triplicate, bearing five hundred and marriage may be granted, are ministers not fifty-nine signatures, (principally those of per- in connexion with the church of England, sons connected with baptist churches and but being such persons as are set apart to the congregations in Calcutta and some of the office of the Christian ministry and recoglarger stations,) was forwarded to England nized by their respective denominations as for presentation to the queen in council, and accredited ministers of the gospel ; to wit,
accredited ministers of the church of Scot- | the town. I asked him to invite them to land, not in the service of the East India come into our yard, where they would be Company, and accredited ministers of the safe. They came, and looked very much independent, baptist, and other protestant frightened. When I asked them who was denominations.
dead, one of them came up and whispered in “ That it is of the greatest importance to my ear, “King Eyamba dead.' They said your petitioners, and to a large number of that plenty had been killed during the night. British born subjects resident in India, and Our mán Inga states, that the house in which also to a large portion of British born sub- he was stopping was entered by Mr. Young jects who have returned from India and are last evening, who said, “ fasten the doors, and now resident in Great Britain or Ireland, if any one escapes look to it.' Inga squeezed whose marriages have not been solemnized by himself up in a dark corner, and saw them persons called priests in holy orders, but by place a strong copper wire round the neck dissenting ministers, officers, judges, or ma of a poor woman, named Akanam, a friend gistrates, that all such marriages be declared of Mrs. Edgerley, and strangle her on the and confirmed good and valid in the law, to spot. He immediately effected his escape in all intents and purposes.
the confusion. My wife and I felt so horri" That it is expedient in the judgment of fied by the many reports which we heard, your petitioners, that all marriages which in that after breakfast we went down to this future may be solemnized by dissenting mi- woman's house. We opened the entrance nisters, or other ministers as aforesaid, within door, went into the yard, searched all the the British territories in India, should be rooms, and called her by name; but there good and valid in law to all intents and pur was no reply, no person was to be seen or poses.
heard. Some poor goats and ducks were “ Your petitioners, therefore, humbly pray there in a starving condition. We then went that an act of the British legislature may be to Eyamba's yard ; the door was bolted, but passed, declaring all marriages, which have a very slight push opened it. There we found been solemnized in British India by dissent- a few men who looked frightened. We then ing ministers and others, not being ministers went to the door of the queen's yard, and in connexion with the established church, be asked admittance for Mrs. Edgerley, that she declared valid in the law to all intents and might visit the queen, but they slammed the purposes whatsoever; and that all accredited door in our faces and bolted it
. We heard ministers not in connexion with the church sad crying in the yard, and in the room in of England, or the church of Scotland, not which we had visited Eyamba when sick ; in the service of the East India Company, and on looking under the door I saw a numand accredited ministers of the independent, ber of women who, I apprehended, were debaptist, and other protestant denominations, signed for sacrifices. Presently, Archibong may perform the ceremony of marriage Duke, Eyamba's son-in-law, Hogan Bassy, within the British territories in India accord. and a man whom I did not know, came in ; ing to the ceremony of their respective deno- they were quite excited, and had evidently minations.
been informed that'we were in the first yard. “And your petitioners shall ever pray,” &c. I immediately addressed them and asked that
my wife should be allowed to see the queen.
No, they said, quite decidedly. then AFRICA.
said, “Well, Archibong ! is this the way you
are going on, murdering the poor people, after DEATH OF EYAMBA, KING OF OLD CALABAR.
God's word come to live in your country, Our readers became familiar with the name and tell you it no be proper ?' I reproved of this petty sovereign two or three years ago, him very severely, for mild measures are at in consequence of the visits paid to him and present of no avail. He listened a moment, his people by some of our missionary brethren and then the three hurried in at the door from Fernando Po. The station was surren where we heard the wailing, and it was closed dered by Mr. Clarke to the missionaries of and bolted so rapidly as scarcely to allow the the Scotch United Presbyterian Church ; and last one room to thrust himself through. No from the last number of its Missionary Record question that the work of murder is going on, we learn that Eyamba died on the 14th of and that a fearful and bloody sacrifice is being May last, and is succeeded by king Eyo made. We called on Mr. Young in coming Honesty of Creek Town.
back, and spoke a good deal to him. He exThe savage deeds of blood commonly per-cused himself, and denied being a participator petrated on such occasions were not omitted, in the murderous doings of the other chiefs. it appears, in this instance. One of the mis- When I asked, Where is Akanam ? Has sionaries says, “ This morning Adam pointed she not been killed ?' 'Oh no,' he hastily out the circumstance to me, that all the ships' replied, “I have her girls in safety here, but flags were hoisted half-mast high, and also the woman ran away. This was, without doubt, that a number of men were standing out on an unfounded statement; but our pointed alluthe road near our house, who had fled from sion to the matter will likely save the girls' VOL. X.--FOURTH SERIES.
lives. We met a carpenter from Fernando Appledoro ... Po, who wrought for the mission last year,
Ashwater, Muckworthy ...A. Facp. and who has been working for some time past
.W. Aitch leon.
H. Trend one hundred wives ; some of these were of
Budleigh Salterton ......... I Collinge. the first families, one being a sister of king Burnham
F. H. Roleston. Eyo. The manner in which the thirty were
J. Merebant. put to death was the following. When it
Bridport it was determined by those who had the di Chagford....
...W. Mar. rection of these bloody scenes that such and
.U. Foot. such a wife should die, the well-known meg.
Crediton sage was sent to her, formerly received with
....G. Medway. pride, now with horror King calls you.' Crewkerne.....................S. Pearce. She knew its fatal import; and instantly
Culmstock, Prescott.........J. H. May. calling for the box which contained her cloth
S. Sincox. ing and ornaments, she arrayed herself in her Exeter, South Street ......G. Gould. best attire, swallowed a large quantity of Exeter, Bartholomew yardd. Bigwood.
..H. W. Stenbridge. rum, and followed the messenger to the outer
R. Serie. yard, where she was either strangled with a Highbridge copper wire, or a piece of fine twisted cloth. Heniton
Gauntlett. This is done as a mark of distinction, the
.R White. slaves being hanged by a piece of cord.”
...J. Stembridge. Another missionary says, “ I received an Lyme
Minehead express from Mr. Edgerley about mid-day,
....,C. Edith Montacute
J. Price. intimating the death of Eyamba, and the
.W. Cruks. horrible fact, that the sacrifices which had Newton St. Petrock.. .P. Thorne been made during the night were many—that
Sarah. the blood of fellow men was still flowing, that
J. Teall. the slaves had all fled, and that some of them
J. G. Faller. had taken refuge in the mission house. I set St. Hill, Kentisbere.... H. Crossman. off immediately for Duke Town, and on Street
Taunton landing sought out king Eyo, whom I found
Thorverton... in conipany with the gentlemen of Duke Tiverton...
...J. Singleton. Town. I spoke to them all on this Torrington,
T. Blackmore. most distressing subject, and asked them to
..d. Chapman, put a stop to these murders. The king re
..S. Sutton. plied, “You know that I have often told you Wellington
Weymouth.. that I cannot put down the Calabar fashions
......G. Day. at once. The people will have their fashion,
Yarcombe and 110 man can stop them.' I said that Yeovil...........................8. James. these people whom they were killing could do Eyamba no good, and that God had ex- / The annual meeting was held at Burnham, pressly forbidden the taking away of human May 25th, 26th, and 27th. Mr. Robesten life. 'I left them, after having implored the was chosen moderator
, and Mr. Trend reking and the others to make every effort to appointed secretary. Brethren Gould, Pearce
, stop the shedding of blood.
Baynes, Stembridge, and Edwards preached. * There can be little doubt that the pre. The circular letter contains part of the history sence and efforts of the missionaries, and the of the churches, continued from last year, well-known disapprobation of the English another portion of which the writer, Mr. captains, have, to a certain extent, restrained Trend, is requested to prepare for next year's these butcheries. The precise nuniber killed meeting. Among the resolutions passed were has not been ascertained. It has been stated these : that the victims amount to at least one hundred. But as the funeral obsequies con That this association distinctly repudiates all tinue for four months, and as the grand car government grants in support of education; and nival is at the close of them, it was feared confidently hopes ibat no member of the charebes
of the association will sanctiou their reception by that many would then be destroyed."
any schools with which they are connected.
That this association renews its expression of
confidence in the Anti-State-Church Association,
and commends it to the support of ide associated WESTERN.
churches. The number of churches united together to consider the propriety of adopting the practice al
That the churches of the association be requested. under this designation is fifty-four.
weekly communion at the table of the Lord.