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ber of miscellaneous and unenumerated cases of non-residence is 63. The absentees without licence or exemption are 650; and the exemptions not notified are 363. The vacancies are 74; the recent institutions, 54; and the livings held by sequestratiun, 91. We find a great difficulty in reconcikng the returns of these two years: the variations are so considerable as to defeat every -attempt to reconcile thom. 3. Abstract of the Number of Resident and *Licensed Curates, with the Amount of the Salaries of the Curacies for the year 1810. The total number of curates of non-resi.dcnt incumbents is 3,694. The uumber of these returned resident within the parish, is only 1,587. The number of curates licensed to the parish is 1908. The number of cu..rates on livings where the incumbents are non-resident by licence, is 1745. Of these, 45 have 10l. a year; 191 have 201, a year; 428 have 30l. a year; 333 have 40l. a year; 293 have 30l. a year; 206 have 60l. a year; 144 have 70l. a year; 51 have .80l. a year; 7 have 991. a year; 44 have 100l. a year; one has 1191., one has 120l., one has 130l., and one has 250l. a year. Seventeen of these have the whole of the -income. . 4. Abstract of the total Number of Parishes in England and Wales, with their Population; , the Number of Churches and Chapels, with the Number of Persons they will contain; and ...the Number of Dissenting Places of Worship thereiu. There is a nuanisest defect in this title.: it ought to be the number of parishes “containing upwards of 1000 inhabitants.” The total number of such parishes is 1881: the total amount of their population, 4,937,782; the uumber of churclies aird chapels in such parishes, 2533; the number of persons which these 2533 churches and chapels will , contain, 1,856,108; and the number of dissenting places of worship within the same space, 3438. We wish, for the present, merely to record these returns. We shall probably soon have occasion to refer to them largely. In the mean time, we cannot help expressing our astonishment, that, amid all the alarms excited in the minds of sotee of eur bishops, archdeacons, and divinity professors, for the safety of the church, by Bible societies, Lancasterian schools, methodist chapels, dissenting meeting-houses, enthusiasts within the church and without the church, Gospel freachers, evangelical clergymen, Calvinists, &c. &c., hardly one of the unshould have been

led to contemplate, at least to expose, tho far more urgent dunger arising from the non residence of the clergy. Whatever evil there may be in the rapid progress of methodism and dissent, they inay unquestionably be considered as deriving much of their prevalence from this source; and - the writers to whom we allude may be assured, that until the number of active, laborious. pious, resident clergy is greatly increased, all hope of arresting their progress is utterly vain. To this point, therefore, should their efforts be mainly directed.

Such of our readers as wish to see this important subject mere fully discussed, may turn to our volume, for .1811, where, in the treview of a Speech of Lord Harrowby (p.380), and of Letters ou the State of the Church, addressed to Mr. Perceval (pp. 708 and 778), they will meet with a detailed statement both of the facts and arguiuents which bear oupon it.

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been expected. Their village is surrounded by Turturs, who befriend them as far as lies in their power. The Missionaries have a suall wooden church; a printing-house, with Arabic types cut in England, for printing and dispersing religious tracts in that language autong their neighbours. Mr. Brunton has nearly completed the New Testament; which, considering he was ignorant of the language seven years ago, proves him to be an indefatigable man. They have also a cloth maautactury, and as inuch land allowed them by the Russian Government as they choose to cultivate; frou which they surnish the surrounding country with potatoes, tobacco, &c. In their school they have nearly forty children, who are all instructed in the Christian religion: several of them have been sent from Circassia: the rest are Tartars. This has gained them the good-will of their neighbours. They are often applied to as arbitrators,” &c.

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A pric AN AND Asiatic Society. This Society, the public have been already informed, was instituted for the benefit of the natives of Africa and Asia, and their descendants, resident in London and its vicinity, It provides religious instruction for those connected with it, a public lecture being regularly carried on, every Lord's-day evening, expressly for their benefit; and schools being provided in their respective neighbourhoods, where they are taught to read, to write, and to cast-up accounts, &c. It induces a habit of economy and foresight, by receiving from its members a small sun weekly, on the principle of a benefit society. Out of the fund thus raised by their individual contributions, they become, on certain conditions, entitled to receive regular assistance and reli 2 in seasons of distress, and in time of old age. It assists in providing employment for such as are out of situations: the Committee using their individual exertions towards this end, and places being opened as registers, where their applications may be lodged and attended to, viz. No. 421, Oxford-street, and No. 29, St. James's-stree'. It coutributes to the relief of distressed Africans and Asiatics, whether enrolled as members or not; the Committee regularly meeting once a mouth expressly for this purpose. Such are the leading objects proposed by the African and Asiatic Society. Since the commencement of the Society, 375 persons of colour have joined themselves

African and Asiatic Society.—Public Affairs,...Spain.

who are found begging.

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to it as subscribing members, most of whom have occasionally, and many of them regularly, attended public worship. Some of them are said to give the most satisfactory evidence of repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and goud hopes are entertained with regard to others. Several of those who have been patronised by this Society have died rejoicing in the Lord Jesus. Since the last annual meeting, about one hundred and eighty cases of deep affliction

have been relieved, and the number of cases

of distiess continues to multiply; a circumstance which the Committee trust the benevolence of the public will enable them adequately to neet. The Connittee express a hope that the time may come when the funds of the Society will enable them to erect an Asylum for their aged pensioners, and enlarge the sphere of their benevolence to an extent commensurate with the necessities of the distressed natives of Africa and Asia. In the mean time, they are desirous, if possible, to take from the street those miserable objects among them With this view they have thought of engaging some person to receive and employ them according to their several abilitics, at a given sun per week for each individual. Subscriptions and donations to this Society are received by D. Niven, Esq. Treasurer. 15, King-street, Soho; the Rev. George Greig, Secretary, 10, Williers-street, Strand; or by any Menuber of the Committee.

*...* We exceedingly regret our inability to insert a tithe of the Religious In- telligence which loads our table.

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FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE, As official dispatch from Lord Wellington announces the capture and demolitiou, on the 19th of May, of the works at Almaraz, on the river Tagus, which the French had thrown up to defend the bridge at that place. By this bridge the communication between the army of Soult and that of Marmont had been chiefly maintained. Almaraz is in the heart of SPA 1 N, about 90 or 100 miles east of the Portuguese frontier. The attack was planned by Lord Wellington, and executed, in a masterly manner, by Sir Rowland Hill, The difficulties of approach were such, that he was under the necessity of advancing without his battering cannon. He was not,

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however. de erred from the attack by this circumstance. He stormed and carried, at the point of the bayonet, fortifications defended by heavy artillery, and with a loss comparatively trivial, consisting in 32 killed, and 144 wounded. About a month's provisions tor 3000 men were found in the magazines. The number of French prisoners taken was only 259; a part of the garrison escaped; the rest were either killed in the assault, or drowned in attempting to escape. The great object of the expedition was, however, the destruction of the bridge and of the tete-du-pont, and other fortifications, by

which it was defended; and this object was

fully accomplished. The communication be

tween the northern and southern armies has thus been rendered much more circuitous. The head-quarters of Lord Wellington continued at Fuente Guinaldo, in the neighbourhoodd of Ciudad Rodrigo; but it was supposed that he would be encouraged, by the success of Sir R. Hill, to make a forward movement towards Salamanca, where the

army of Marmont had established its head

quarters.

The dispatches of Lord Wellington speak in very high terms of the efforts of the Spanish Guerillas. They have succeeded in capturing several rich convoys, and cutting off considerable detachments of French troops, in different parts of the Peninsula. General Mendizabel had taken possession of Burgos, on the high road from Madrid to Bayonne, though he probably would hold it only temporarily ; and in Catalonia the Baron d'Eroles had continued to make occasional incursions into the French territory, and to lay it under contribution.

The distress for want of provisions is said to be great, and rapidly increasing, in every part of Spain.

The question of peace or war between FRANce and the kingdoms of Russi A and Swed EN, had not been decided when the last accounts left the Continent. Bonaparte had arrived at 1)resden in the nonth of May, and was met there by the Emperor of Austria, the Kings of Prussia and Saxony, and other dependent princes. He quitted Dresden, and proceeded to Thorn, on the 2d instant. It is believed that the advance of his armies has been retarded by the want of provisions. In France itself, it is said that

this want is most severely felt; and that there have been very considerable tumults in consequence, which the military have been engaged in repressing.

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South AM ER icA and the West IND1Es have been visited with the calamity of anearthquake. In the province of Caraccas, no less than 10,000 persous are reported to have perished. The island of St. Vincent's has suffered under a similar visitation. In the island of Cuba there appears to have been an insurrection of the slaves, which the government had succeeded in subduing. When the immense importations of slaves front Africa, which have taken place into that island in the course of the last five years (not less, it is calculated, than 200,000) are considered, we cannot wonder at any explosion of this kind which may have occurred.

GREAT BRITAIN.

PARLIAMENTARY proceedings. 1. It was not before the 10th instant, after an interregnum of about three weeks, that an administration was at length formed. This administration consists of the following persons, viz.: The Earl of Liverpool, First Lord of the Treasury; the Right Honourable N. Wansittart, Chancellor of the Exchequer; Lord Sidmouth, Secretary of State for the Home Department; Lord Castlereagh, Secretary of State for the Foreign Department; Earl Bathurst, Secretary of State for the War and Colonial Departments; Earl Harrowby, President of the Council; and the Right Honourable Bragge Bathurst, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster; the other officers remain as beforc. From this list it will be seen, that the government continues in nearly the same hands in which

it was placed previously to the address of the House of Commons to the Prince Regent, praying his Royal Highness to form a strong and efficient administration, Parliament has been put into possession of the particulars of the negotiations between the leading political characters in the country, which followed that vote of the House of Commons, and which have terminated in this unlooked-for result. A brief view of them may not be unacceptable to our readers. Lord Wellesley, on the 22d of May, having received the commands of the Prince liegent to form an Administration, proceeded to ascertain the views of the two great political parties, in respect to the removal of the Catholic disabilities, and the more vigorous prosecution of the war in the Peninsula, Lord Liverpool and the persons asso

ciated with him in office, declined to take ..any part in an administration formed by ...Lord Wellesley. This they appear to have done on the ground that the Marquis WelWesley had given publicity to a statement highly injurious to the memory of the late Mr. Perceval, a few days after the death of that lamented statesman; and that he had also given an unauthorised publicity to the communications which had passed between himself and Lord Liverpool on the subject of his being invited to unite with the remains of Mr. Perceval's administration. Lords Grey and Grenville signified to Lord Wellesley their disposition to concur in any arrangements which tuight be likely to groduce a strong and efficient administra. tion. On the Catholic question their sentiaments were well known. With respect to the war in the Peninsula, they conceived that that must be regulated by circumstances. They felt very strongly, however, the advantages which would result from a successful 4erinination of the contest in Spain, though they entertained doubts as to the practicability of any very increased exertions. On the 1st of June, Lord Wellesley re•ccived full authority from the Prince Regent to form an administration, and was specially authorised to communicate with Lords Grey and Grenville; but the pleasure of his Royal Highness was signified that Lord Wellesley should be First Lord of the Treasury; that Lord Moira, Lord Erskine, and Mr. Canning, should be members of the Cabinet; that Lords Grey and Grenville should nominate, without any exception on the part of This Royal Highness, four other members of the Cabinet besides themselves, if the Cabianet should consist of twelve, or five other nuembers, if it should consist of thirteen persons; and that the remaining members of the Cabinet should be mained by Lord WelJesley, either from persons now occupying stations in his Royal Highness's councils or from others. This proposition Lords Grey and Grenville declined, on the ground that an Administration so formed, instead of being united in Principle and strong in mutual reliance (as the times required they should be), contained within itself the seeds of disunion and jealousy, and established a system of counteraction within the Cabinet, inconsistent with the prosecution of any uniform and beneficial course of policy. In consequence of the failure of this negotiation, Lord Wellesley, on the 3d of June, resigned his commission into the hands.of the Prince Regent.

On the 5th of June, Lord Moira proposed to Lords Grey and Grenville an interview, in order to ascertain, by a confidential but unauthorised communication, the probability qf their agreeing as to the forming of an aduniuistration. I he proposed interview was declined by Lords Grey and Grenville, ou the ground of Lord Moira's having no authority to treat with them. On the 6th of June, Lord Moira obtained full powers from the Prince Regent to form an administration, and he had an inunediate interview with Lords Grey and Grenville. After agreeing on the several great questions of national policy which respect the Roman Catholics, the war on the Peninsula, and the Orders in Council, Lords Grey and Grenville inquired whether Lord Moira's authority extended to the cursideration of new appointments to the great offices of the household. He replied, that he was not shackled in this respect; but that he deemed it objectionable, on public grounds, to make the power of reinoving the great officers of the household a positive and indispeusable preliminary in the formation of a new administration. The Lords Grey and Grenville thought differently: they deemed it necessary to give to a new governument the character of efficiency and stability, that the connection of the great offices of the Court with the Administration, shuuld be clearly marked. On this difference of epiuion the uegotiation broke off. On the 8th of Juue, Earl Moira resigned the commission with which he hud been eutrusted; and, on the same day, the Earl of Liverpool was appointed First Lord of the Treasury. The remaining appointments, wilich have already been noticed, took place soon after. The circumstances in these negotiations which strike vulgar observers like ourselves, as extraordinary, are the unbusiness-like method (if we may so express it) in which they appear to have been conducted, and the very trivial points on which they are broken oit. A little well-timed concession and forbearance, or a little trunk and ingenuous explanation on both sides, wauld have been likely to remove all the difficulties, and obviate all the misunderstandings, which have taken place. We certainly should have been glad, on many accounts, to have seeu astrong administration formed at the present critical moment. As the hopes entertained on this subject have been frustrated, through no fault of the present ministers, we deem it to be the duty of every loyal subject to give them his support assar as he conscicutiously

can; and we are sure it is the duty of every Christian to pray for them, that under their administration we may be “ godly and quietly governed;" and that, by their endeavours, “peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations.” They may fairly claim, as an administration contitutionally appointed, to be judged by their measures, and not by the distinction which they may have acquired its parliamentary orators, or by the preconceptions which may have been formed, perhaps crroneously, of their capacity to conduct the affairs of the nation. For our own parts, though we highly value great talents and splendid eloquence, as gifts designed by God to promote the happiness of man, though they are often miserably perverted to other purposes, we are disposed still more highly to value the unostentatious qualities of good sense and sound judgment, especially if joined with pure and upright intentions, and more particularly still if they be combined with reverence for the authority of God. Whether in public or in private life, we believe it to be the blessing of the Lord which “maketh rich." 2. The newly appointed Government have at least shewn a strong disposition to do all in their power to conciliate their opponents both at home and abroad. They have announced to Parliament, that the salary affixed to Col. M'Mahon's situation, of private secretary to the Prince Regent, would no longer be a charge on the nation, as had been intended, but would be paid from the Prince's private purse: They have likewise signified that the plan of erecting extensive barracks in Mary-le-bone, and at Liverpool and Bristel, which had caused much dissatisfaction on account of the largeness of the expense, would be abandoned for the present. They, have consented to take into consideration; during the recess, the claims of the Roman Catholics, in order to ascertain how far they may be complied with, without compromising the safety of our church establishment. They have agreed to consider also the state ef the tithe laws in kreland, with a view to determine, whether any mode can be devised by which the rights of the clergy may be secured, and the inconvenience admitted ou all hands to be sustained by the krish peasantry lessened: and they have, moreover, professed themselves friendly to the adoption of some plan, for diffusing education generally among the poor in lteland. 3. In addition to these measures of conciliation, the Orders in Council of January 1807, and of April 1809, have been revoked, as they tespect America. The intention to revoke

them was announced in Parliament on the

evening on which these Orders were to becomer the subject of debate. The act of revocation has since appeared. It states, that a decree of the French Government, dated in April 1811, having been communicated by the American minister, which declared that the Berlin and Milan decrees had been withdrawn, as far as they respected America, Government is disposed to overlook the obvious defects in this instrument, and, conformably to the recent declaration of the Prince Regent (see No. for April, p. 258), to remove the existing restrictions on neutral comnierce. It is therefore ordered, that the Orders in Council of January 1807, and April. 1809, shall be revoked, as far as regards American ships and property, on the 1st of August next. If, however, the American Government should not, as soon as possible after the notification of this order, revoke their acts of exclusion and interdiction against this country, then this revocation, after due: notice given, shall become nuli and of noeffect. All American vessels captured sincethe 26th of May, for a breach of the former orders, and which shall not have been condemned before the date of this order (ther 23d of June), shall not be proceeded against till farther orders; and in the event of the present order being confirmed, they shall be restored, on the payment of reasonable expenses. A right is reserved of restoring. after reasonable notice, the Orders in Council of January 1807, and April 1809, if circumstances should require it, or of taking such other measures of retaliation against the enemy, as may appear just and necessary. Those who have been accustomed to read: our pages, will not be surprised that we should consider this revocatiun as a measure of very questionable policy. Indeed, wer fear, that, whatever relief it may afford for the moment to certain classes of our manufacturers, it will have the ultinate, and not very remote effect, supposing that Bonaparte is determined to enforce what he calls his continental system, of ulaterially abridging British commerce. We will not, however, now enter on that question. It perhaps had become necessary for Government to yield this point to the clamours which had been raised in every part of the kingdom (raised, we admit, by gross delusion and misrepresentation), and to the impression which these clamours, however unreasonable, had made in Parliament. And the concession being made, we shall, for our own parts, rejoice in its producing all the benefits which its most sanguine advocates have anticipated from itWe shull rejoice, if it should remove in an:

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