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tihared, with the Consistory of the Pro. Sunday again, the 24th of this month, testant worship. Their object is to re

there were fresh troubles at Sommieres, store, by cominon consent, io the worship four leagues from Nemes. I must sup. of the State, the churches which have poress details for the reasons I have been conceded to the Protestant worship. mentioned. Many persons, piltaged Two churches will be built, and that and injured at Nismes and other places, very shortly, in lieu of that concession. have great need of the succours which During that short interval, the Protestants you have offered in so Christian a man. may enjoy undisturbed the churches thus ner. conceded. The people of Nismes need

• Blessed be God, who has put our only know the will of the King, and ingratitude to shame by the love of our bear the voice of the Royal Amborities, respectable brethren of England. The to do their dury.

(Sigoed) comfort we derive from it is as inde• Marquis de VALLONQUES, Nayor.' scribable as our gratitude. I embrace The Temples which the Protestants re. with affection all our dear benefactors. linquished, were not parochial cburches,

One of the most fearful symptoms in bat couventual; and as all the property of the more recent events, is the public Abbeys and Convents had been confiscat. notification, in the papers of Le Gard ed at the Revolution, one of these was

and Paris, of the abjuration of the Propurchased by the Protestants twenty Sonth. The Journal des Debats of the

testant faitli, by many families in the years since, and the other was given to them eleven years back, by the Head of 10th instant, contained the following the then existing Government.

article, extracted from the Journal du At the very time that apparent security Gard, published at Nismes :was given to the Protestants, they were

An interesting ceremony took place actually exposeil to fresh injuries. The on the 26th ult. in the church of St. Royal troops which infested the environs Paul, at Nismes. Two Protestant faof Nismes, exercised cuntinual vexations milies, forming altogether about 20 peron the Protestants. On the 22d of Decem- sons, made a public abjuration between ber, a detachment of about fifty men the hands of the cure of the parish, broke into the house of M. Mourir, a and returned to the bosom of the Rogentleman of property at St. Blancard, mish church. Some families had allately returned froni emigration, whó ready given an example of this in the had just time to effect his escape. Fail- parish of St. Baudille ; and others are, ing in their main object, these brigands it is said, preparing to follow.' completely pillaged the premises, and Paris papers of the 18th inst. contain daily continue their depredations in the also additional notice on this subject. neighbourhood.

They say, ' Many Protestant families At Sommieres, the Protestants have of the south embrace the Catholic re. attempted to celebrate their worship on ligion.' the 24th of December, the power of

On this subject we have authentic which they had been deprived of since accounts, which must demonstrate to the month of July. They met with the the most incredulous and prejudiced most barbarous treatmest on that ac- the prevalence of a religious persecu. count,'

tion. * The persecution at Sommieres is

One letter has the following passage: mentioned by two more Correspondents.

Several families at Nismes have ab. *A letter from a distinguished Pro. jured their religion, the motive of which testant of the Department of the Gard, is evident. They are families of me dated so late as the 28th of December, chanics and workmen, who are without states, that tranquillity was not esta bread in consequence of the persecu-blished. He says,

tions they have undergone. The Pro* I have seen the Letter and the Re. testant manufacturers have for the most solutions of the Nonconformist minis- part fled, and the Catholics will not emters, who have had the troe Christian ploy Protestant workmen ;-besides charity to interest themselves in the which, the looms and frames of the disasters of the poor unfortunate peo

latter have been destroyed, and they ple, devastated by the

popular perse are reduced to the alterpative of recant. cations at Nismes and elsewhere. ing or starving "I have received, with singular con

This system of persecution has ex volation, your letter, This town is at tended to Bourdeaux and its neighbourpresent quiet ;- but we cannot say that bood. Its effects bave also been felt at farious persons have returned to chari. Nantz, the President of the Consistory

table and Christian sentiments towards of that city having been sent into exile. the Protestants. The troops only re. The following Extract of a Letter from strain them ; but if they should be re- Nismes, received from a most respecto moved to other places, no one would ’ able Protestant Lady, and on whicla bé afe from the return of wisorders. the utmost confidence may be placed,

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Since this paper reas put to press, articles : "Nismes, January 3.

mass of important uwuments has bee az "One's mind is weighed down at hanils, from eye-witnesses, and persons of

transmitted to thu Committee, by prirate seeing the oppression and misery to unblinished reputation, not only controwhich the Protestants are. snujected, ing the facts they hure already published, and fro which they cannot relieve but defuiting enor inities which surpass themselves. We are, however, allowed for mer accounts, and such as the vineteenth to pray to God with some tranquillity. century could not expect to hare witnessed! The first time the Navor, appointed by the King, expressly ordered us to ring To oppose the prevalence of the bell, I said to my husband, - This is such evils, to endeavear to annibilare done to tirnish an article for the jour-' them, or at least to alleviate their ef.

nals. I was not mistaken, and it has fecis; is so evidently the duty of all · gone forth to France and to foreiga Christians, and especially of all Christiane countries that we are as happy as we can Ministers, that the Dissenting Ministers be. The polier, on the other hand, will have not eeased to prosecute it since not suffer what has happened at Som their preparatory meeting, held on the nieres to he spoken of.

There the Serond of November last, nor can the vilest of the mob, instigated by our per. Comnittee but persevere, . approving secutors, attacked the assembly ot'the themselves: the Ministers of God, by faithtnl at the moment of their perfor- evil report and good report, by honour wance of Divine Worship. The Officers and dishonbår, as deceivers, and yet of the Regiment of Maria Theresa en- true!' deavoured to re establish order ;-one This determination the Committee of the fanatics in the crowd snapped a liave solemnly proclaimed to their con. minsket three times at one of the officers; nections, aud to the world, by the cir. but it missed tire, and the ofñcer's lifecular leiter, and the Resolntions which was saved. The man who attempted immediately follow, this assassination is known, but he has not been arrested: on the contrary, two

Library, Red Cross Street, peaceable individuals, known to be re

SIR,

Jan. 13, 1816. spectable, have been arrested, one of The events which have taken place who is accused or having cried fire since our last communication, have i Empereur, as if it were probabile that rendered expedient the adoption of the persone capable of crying Fire l'Em. annexed Resointions; and in transmitpereur ! wonld derlare against the Pro. ting them to you, we avail ourselves of

You will readily believe, the opportunity of conveying to you that a department which abounds in information, which will abundantly deassassins and robbers, will not be found monstrate the ntility of our past exer. wanting in talse witnesses Personls tions, and the demand which exists for are always to be found who are really vigorous and liberal efforts on the part to atüirm any thing, no matter what; of all who are interested for the security and these people rallihenstlves Choris. of the Protestant faitha. Attempis, as tians, pru'excellener! Every thiny dome disgraceful as unexpected, bave or. against a Protestant is regardent as a casioned ns additional labour and expious act by those who are in uffire.' pence; but happily they bave led to

• The Protestants have been very nn. results directly contrary to the designs fortunate in moving taken from them of our opponents, who have stood for. what they liad evinyed for 25 years. ward as the calumniators of the DissentTwenty Protestants were employed in ers of England, and the apologists of the receipt of the iniposts: these have the persecutors of France. A letter all been dismissed. The old and vener- from the Duke of Wellington, written able Laune had the posis: his place in acknowledgment of a communication has been taken from him. He demand from the Secretaries of another Body, ed of the Mayor a certificate, that he has been published in the Times Newsbad always actent with honour in that paper, as a dorument of importance, situation, and it was refused hiin. When improperly suppressed. Withone enthe wives and children of those detain- tering at all iuto the policy of' withed in rustody supplicate for their li holding from the Public the entire berty, they are told that they must turn contents of that document, we cannot Catholics! You have no idea of the but inform you, that the only part thousand petty vexations that are heap- which in the least contradicts our preed in every shape upon our poor bre- vious statements, was printed in parathreu. When will our miseries be at an graphs in all the Journals, by the perend? God only know! Our oppres- sons who received it. It stated, 'That sors are supported by the fanatics, and the salaries of the Protestant Ministers hy persons who live by disorder. Gen. had not beeu discontinued by the King? la Garde las been for some days worse. If, by this was intended, that the paye

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nient has not been forbidden by : Risal Priserution being religious, and not Ordonnance, the stateinent is true; but polirical, -at least ouly political as far if it was designed to convey an assure as the intolerants have endeavoured to ance that the salaries had been regu- di prive the Profestants of those polilarly paids it is a false 'and unworthy tical rights and advantages which since effort to stifle the sympa Huy and be. the Revolution they have enjoyed. nevolence of the Britishi Public, while the intervention of the Catholic the ministers are at this moment at Priests, where they liave been well-dis. least nine months in arrears. By us it poser, at the same time proves, that was never mentioned as a proof of the Protestants could not have con. persccution front we government; but dncted throselves improperly towards as an aggravating cirrosistance in the the professors of the Catholic religion ; calamity which has hetallen the Re- and that their authority as priests was formed Churches, that while their focis important in preventing or lesseaing bave been scattered--their merchants evilk whirh religions fury had inspired. and manufacturers esiled--and their The additional Accounts which we resources drained by foreign troops and now furnisli, will prove that your Conheavy imposts, their ministers should tributions (our intention to solicit which, bave been destitute of that stipend on was, in the first instance, submitted to which for so many years they had re- the Prime Minister of his Royal Highgalarly depended for their ministerial ness the Prince Regent) are even more support ;--and though this detalcation necessary than we could have anticihas been common to the ministers of all pated, from the authentic letters we religions, it must be considered, that had received, but which suppressed, the Protestant mivisters have not those thro’ fear, many important details ; and means of obtaining money, which the as the efforts o our enemies have occa. Catholic priests, by their various cere. sioned a serious increase in our expenmonies, always possess.

diture, we must re-lurge on you the pro. Another Letter has been pablished priety of making those Contributions as in the same Journal, which had been early, and as liberally as your conveni. sent to os hy M. Marron, President of ence will allow. the Consistory of Paris, declining our As it will not be possible for us to aid an censuring our interference ; provide an antidote to the poison daily bnt you will, douirtless, have seen hy diffused, we shall be content to assure other Jonruals, that another letter was you, that whenever aoy Intelligence received by the same conveyance, from arrives which alters our opinion, or the same person, stating, that our extr. renders your exertions unnecessary, you tiens had made a strong sensation in shall have immediate information. Paris, and were likely to produce the By Order of the Committee, most beneficial results: in addition to THOMAS MORGAN, Sec. which, it is now evident, that ille letter in question was written by M. Marron,

RESOLUTIONS. after an examination by the Police, and

Williams's Library, Red Cross Street, Blader the fearofindividnalperseention.'

January 12, 1816. The effect of the Public Meetings which At a Mecting of the Committee, appointed by have been held, has been highly iRipor

the General Boily of Protestant Dissentiug Mi.

pisters of the Three Dervipinations, ‘ for the tant, and the arrival of the report of the

Purpose of Inquiry, Superintendance, and Proceedings of the Common Council of Distribution of the Funds which may be con. London in Paris, was the commence- tributed for the Relief of the French Protesta ment of exertious by the French autbo. auts, suffering for Conscience-sake,' rities, which had not been previously It was unanimously Resolred, made. While some persons have depre- 1. That this Committee have ob. cated these Meetings and Discussions, served, with astonishment and regret, it will always be a subject of satisfac- that attempts are making, through the tion to us, that they originated with the medium of the Press, to defeat their Dissenting. Ministers of London ; and object, by misrepresenting their methe paper which we. Iad the honour to tives; and aliho' the Committee know address to you, and which was produced too well what is due to that respectable in Conrt by all the speakers, was the body by which they are deputed, lo endocument on which the public proceed. gage in useless warfare with those who ings of that day were founded, which are labouring to stifle that prblio sum. have been succeeded by similar pro- pathy, wlrich it is the wisli of the body redings in Hull, Edinbnrgh, Glasgow, to excite, they yet owe it to ticir own Gosport, Newcastle, Plymouth, and character, and to the callse they have other places.

undertaken, to stale candidly, one for No doubt, we presnme, can now rest all, the motives by which they have tiers su your mixds, as to the fact of be guided and the card they have in view.

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2. That this Committee, therefore, their own Government, or rather, lest utterly disclaim for themselves and their it should expose them to the fury of a Constituents all party feelings ou a faction, which sets the Government question which they conceive to be itself at defiance; and the Committee purely and exclusively Religious; but are of opinion, that if complaints are that if they must be ranked with a cautiously uttered, they deserve, the Party, they are happy in ranking, on more, the consideration and sympathy this occasion, with that of the Goverie of those who are aware of the cause in ment which listened so candidly to their which this caution originates. representations, -- entered so warmly 6. That while they have been acting into their feelings, -- and pledged itself consistently with their own principles; so readily to employ its good offices for in expressing their abhorrence of all the same humane pnrpose to which their religious persecution, by whom soever interference bras been directed.

practised or countenanced, they cannot 3. That if any man, calling himself but suppose that in contributing to al. a Protestant, can impute to Dissenting leviate tic distresses of the French ProMinisters, as a crime, that they have testants, they are coinciding with the inshewn themselves peculiarly forward, tentions of the French Government, on this occasion, he should remember which has been taking measures to supthat they are the descendants of those press those ontrages, which, if not supwho, for conscience-sake, suffered the pressed, must occasion its own disgrace, spoiling of their goods, and the loss of and compromise its own safety. their lives; and to whose constancy, 7. That, in the subscriptions and collecunder persecntion, it is chiefly owing tion's already made,–in the spirit which that religious liberty is now firmly estais spreading throughout the kingdom, blished in this favoured land.

and in the prospect that this spirit will 4. That, foeling the value of this ultimately enable them to grapt impor. inestimable blessing, they could not tant Relief to their suffering brethren, but be deeply interested by any occur. and to the widows and orphans of the rence which might threaten its loss to victims of Persecution, the Committee those expecially, with whom they are have the most flattering encouragement united by the tie of a common faith, to persevere. They do, therefore, ear. and a common worship; nor could they nestly request the uuremitting co-operrefuse their sympathy or their relief to ation of Protestants of every denomi. men bleeding in the same cause whick nation, but especially of Protestant Dis. rendered the memory of their fathers Senters, in this labour of love; and they immortal.

express their confident assurance that 5. That though letters have been re- in contributing to this object, without ceived from Ministers in France, ex. suffering their zeal to be damped by pressing objections to the interference any insinuations or assertions whatever, of their Protestant brethren in England, they are promoting the spread and esthe Committee have ascertained, from tablishment of that Christian Liberty unquestionable evidence, that some of which is the greatest earthly boon that those letters have been written under Heaven can bestow on man. constraint, and that others have been

Signed (by order of the Committee) dictated by an apprehension (it is hoped erroneons) lest such an interference

THOMAS MORGAN, should injure them in the estimation of

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