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with the growing importance of this In- Glass jars, containing the coins of the stitution, and of the independent denomic present reign, and the last Report of the nation. The architectural design of Mr. J. Hoxton Academy, were then placed in the Daris was selected from five others, and foundation, and covered by the brass plate; the lowest contract for its completion when the Treasurer spread the mortar, and was accepted; which, howerer, amounts to tuc stone was lowered, which, after being
adjusted with inasonic care, was struck On Tuesday, the 28th of June, the with the mallet, and the ceremonial terfoundation-store was laid. On this inte- ninate i. resting occasion, notwithstanding the in- The Rev. George Clayton, of Walworth, auspicious state of the weather, a large then delivered an eloquent and appropriate and respectable company assembled, who address, in which he recounted the great were first addressed by Mr. Wilson on the principles which were recognized in the circumstances of the Institution, which transaction of the morning, and the Rer. rendered the new erection necessary. The Joseph Fletcher, M. A. of Stepney, offered Rev. Dr. Harris then read the following up a solemn and earnest prayer, for the inscription engraved on a brass plate, divine benediction on this important underwhich was subsequently deposited in a taking. The 117th Psalın was then sung, cavity of the foundation prepared for it. and the audience retired delighted with the
beauty of the situation, and the completeÆDIFICII.
ness of the model, which was exhibited. VSIBVS.
About 130 gentlemen afterwards dined ACADEMIÆ. OLIM. HOXTONIENSIS.
together at Canonbury Tavern, and the CAVSA. SCILICET.
pleasure of the company was much in. JYVENVM. PIORVM. ATOVE, INGENVORUM.
creased by the presence of Dr. Morrison, VI. MELIORES.
of China; Kev. H. Townley, of Calcutta; EVANGELIO. SANCTO. PREDICANDO.
and many other respectable ministers eduINTER. CHRISTIANOS. INDEPENDENTES.
cated in Hoxton Academy. The Treasurer DICTOS.
reported the state of the subscription list, ADPETANT. FACULTATES.
which contains two donations of £200. LITERIS. SACRIS. HVMANIORIBVSQVE.
each, and twenty of £100. with smaller AC. DISCIPLINIS.
sums making £3000. which have been reGRATVITO. IMBVENDORUM.
ceived. And we trust, that this attempt to CONLATIS. FAVTORVM. PECUNIIS.
erect a building worthy of the growing reDICATI.
putation of Disseuters, will meet with the HÆC FVNDAMENTA.
liberal patronage of all our churches.
The Commission for Literary Documents.THESAVRARIVS. FIDELIS. PATRONVSQVE. It is known that the recent discovery of MVNIFICVS.
the Miltonian MS, in the State Paper LOCAVIT.
Office, attracted the notice of his Majesty, IVNII. XXVIII. A. S. M.DCCC.XXV. under whose auspices, the work, so long GEORGIO. QVARTO. FELICITER, REGNANTE. lost to the world, is now published.
We understand, in consequence of this
and other interesting discoveries made THIS FOUNDATION STONE
within the last few years in the same quarOF A BUILDING
ter, bis Majesty bas been pleased to apERECTED BY VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS
point a Commission to examine the docuFOR THE PURPOSES OF
ments in that valuable depository of the AN ACADEMY SOMETIME AT HOXTON
records of former times, with a view to NAMELY
the printing of the most important of FOR AFFORDING GRATUITOUS EDUCATION
them. The Commissioners named, are, IN SACRED AND USEFUL LITERATURE
the Speaker of the House of Commons, AND SCIENCE
Mr. Secretary Peel, Mr. C. W. Wynn, TO YOUNG MEN
Mr. Croker, and Mr. Hobhouse. Mr. OF PIETY AND GOOD TALENTS
Lemon, the Deputy Keeper of the State WHO DESIRE TO IMPROVE THEIR
Paper Office, by whom Milton's MS. was QUALIFICATIONS
found, has been appointed Secretary to the FOR PREACHING THE GOSPEL
Dr. Styles and the Libels of the Sunday
Monitor. -As the injurious libels inserted THOMAS WILSON ESQUIRE
in the above newspaper upon the characFOR MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS ter of Dr. Styles were extensively read, we THE FAITHFUL TREASURER AND LIBERAL have great pleasure in copying the followBENEFACTOR
ing apology from the same columns ; espeJUNE XXVIII. A.S. M.DCCC.XXV. cially as we know that it is published not IN THE PROSPEROUS REIGN OF GEORGE merely to avoid the consequences of a THE FOURTH.
legal process, but with a desire to coun.
teract the influence of the statements tist Church at Northampton, where we which the publishers are now convinced believe he was born January 29, 1753. were utterly untrue.
: At the early age of fourteen, it pleased "It will be in the recollection of the God to call him by his grace, and before readers of the Sunday Monitor, that on his 19th year, he appeared as the auhor July 18, 1824, we inserted a review of a of a volume of poems, entitled “ Serious sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Styles, Essays on the Truths of the glorious Gosat Holland Chapel, Kennington; which pel, &c. 1771"-containing, however, sermon was, as we apprehender, a denun some theological opinions, which we ciation of the principles and character of presume were not retained by the Doctor the late Lord Byron. The report of this in his maturer years. At Northampton, sermon we derived from a public journal he preached some of his first sermons ; of celebrity, and we depended upon its and on the resignation of his father, who accuracy : upon examination, however, retired in 1786, to a Seminary at Enfield, of the printed discourse, we find that this he succeeded to the pastoral office of that report was erroneous, and in some of the church. He afterwards removed to the particulars which called forth our se- Baptist church at Broadmead, Bristol ; verest censure. Differing as we do in tolo and was chosen President of the Bristol cælo with the reverend preacher, and Education Society in 1791, on the death thinking then, as we think now, that Lord of Dr. Caleb Evans. This office he susByron and his works were not subjects for tained with great credit to himself, and pulpit animadversion, we entered into advantage to the churches; there being a personal reflections on the religious and hundred Baptist roinisters now living, who moral character of Dr. Styles, which we have enjoyed the benefits of his instrucbelieved to be true, because we had no tions. Dr. Ryland's name and labours reason to doubt the accuracy of our in- will best be known to posterity in the formation, and perfectly justifiable under history of the Baptist Missions, of which, all the circumstances of the case, espe. united with Fuller, Pearce, and Carey, cially as the preacher had gratuitously at he was the founder in 1792. Dr. Ryland tacked a favourite author. These re- published many sermons and pamphlets, flections excited the attention of Dr. but he is most advantageously known as Styles, and roused the indignation of his an author, by the judicious biography of friends. The consequence was, that the his valued friend, and coadjutor in the Rev. Gentleman instituted legal proceed. labours of the Gospel, Andrew Fuller.. ings against is; not by indictment, but In November 1823, he proposed to reby action, giving is the opportunity of sign, on account of growing infirmities, proving our allegations, and thus shield. his office of resident Tutor at the Acaing ourselves from all legal penalty. These demy; but he was persuaded to continue proceedings we met with becoming spirit, it, and died at his post, not being perfeeling assured that we had discharged our mitted to survive bis usefulness. public duty, and that the Doctor was in Died on the 9th of June, 1825, in the point of character all that we had de- 820 year of his age, the Rev. ABRAHAM scribed. But, subsequent and minute in Rees, D.D. F.R.S. F.L.S. and pastor of quiries have satisfied us that we were mis the Presbyterian congregation, Old Jewry taken ; that we had no reason to question Chapel, Jewin Street, London. This veneDr. Styles's academic honours ; that the rable minister was the son of the Rev. imputation which the paragraph con- Lewis Rees, minister of the Independent tained relating to his moral conduct in the denomination, in the county of MontgoIsle of Wight, is totally without founda- mery, N. W. who during an almost untion; and that so far from bis having been precedented length of active life, procompelled to leave Brighton, he quitted his moted the interests of nonconformity station there voluntarily, as we learn, throughout the Principality. His son hav. with the affectionate regret of his congre- ing received his grammar education in the gation, and with costly testiinonies of re- best schools of North Wales, was sent gard both from them and others. Re- for his academical studies to the Semigretting that we suffered ourselves to be nary then at Hoxton, under the tuition of misled by erroneous information, we thus Drs. Jennings and Savage; where his publicly acknowledge it, both to do our proficiency was so great, especially in selves justice, and, as far as we can, to mathematics, that on the death of the repair whatever injury the feelings and former gentleman in 1762, the Trustees of character of Dr. Styles may have sus. Mr. Coward appointed him to the vacant tained. For, while we censure his ser- office, before his regular term of study mon, we have no wish to assail bis re- was completed. He afterwards became reputation."
sident tutor, which situation he held for 23 Recent Deaths.-Died June 1825, the Rev. years, till, from causes which need not now JOHN RYLAND, D D of Bristol, in the 72d be particularized, the Doctor resigned in year of his age. This pious and learned 1785, and the institution was dissolved. minister was the son of the excellent but He was soon after connected as tutor eccentric John Ryland, pastor of the Bap.. with the institution established in 1786,
at Hackney under very flattering auspices, the Dissenting body, he always distinand called the New College ; but which, guished himself by conduct' at once after an existence of ten years, withered courteous, dignified, firm, and upright." away under the influence of opinions, It was his painful lot almost to outlive which have ever been fatal to the cause of the theological opinions which were "ex. nonconformity.
tensively professed amongst Presbyterian Dr. Rees was for some time known only Dissenters, when he entered public life; as an occasional preacher ; but, in July and consequently be requested two Uni. 1768, he succeeded the Rev. Henry Read, tarian Ministers to perform the last acts as pastor of the Presbyterian congrega- of friendship for bim, " Though,” says he, tion, St. Thomas's, Southwark, where lie in his will, “ a difference subsists between laboured with great prosperity for fifteen me and them with regard to certain theoyears. On the death of the Rev. Nathaniel logical opinions." Dr. Thomas Rees, White, he was invited to become the mini. who we believe is the nephew of the dester of the congregation then assembling ceascd, delivered an address at the chapel in the Old Jewry, and a very considerable over the body, on Saturday, June 18th, revival of the interest was the result. previously to its interment in Bupbill. In 1808, an elegant chapel was erected for fields, and the Rev. R. Aspland preached him in Jewin Street, to which he and the his funeral sermon on the following day, congregation of the Old Jewry removed, from John xvii 24. both of which are just and of which he continued the minister published. The latter gentleman states till his death.
respecting the Doctor's last hours, that | Dr. Rees, during his long ministerial life, “ His trust was fixed on the mercy of God was called to publish several single ser- through Christ, and he was not afraid to mons, together with two volumes of Prac- die. The expressiou of his eyes, and the tical discourses ; but his literary character posture of his hands in bis last moments, rests upon the New Cyclopædia, which he denoted that his mind was engaged in delived to complete, and is, perhaps, as the votion, after his tongue bad ceased to perproduction of one individual, quite un- form its office. He sunk gradually into equalled in the annals of literature.
his last sleep, and the tenor of his life He was an active member of the princi- emboldens me to say, that he died in the pal Presbyterian Trusts; and for more Lord.” It appears that the congregation than half a century the Secretary of have chosen the Rev. D. Davison, late the fund of that denomination. He was of Dundalk, in Ireland, who was, for the principal distributor of the annual some months, Dr. R.'s assistant, to sucParliamentary grant to indigent Dissent ceed him in the pastoral office at Old ing Ministers ; and as a leading member of Jewry Chapel.
Answers to Correspondents, &c. COMMUNICATIONS have been received this month from the Rev. Dr. J.P. Smith-T.P.
Bull-H. F. Burder--R. Frost --J. Jefferson--J. Roberts-W. Davis-W. Jones
J. Gilbert-W. Hope--J. Fletcher-W.Orme--J. Blackburn. Also from Messrs. J. B. Williams --W.B. Moore-Viatorius Mercator--A.--Alpha
--S. Favell, Esq.--Juvenis --H.--Eaglet. We beg several Correspondents to take notice, that the delay of any communication is not to be considered as a rejection. The article referred to by Rev. W. Jones has never been received, or it would certainly have been noticed.
The interesting narrative from Hastings in our next. We have received from Mr. Gilbert a sufficiently vituperative epistle, relative to our Review of his life of Dr. Williams, the amount of which is contained in the following extract :--" I cannot permit his (the Reviewer's) statements of the views entertained by Dr. W. and myself, on the subject of the Introduction of Moral Evil, to pass, without unequivocal contradiction.” Had we been guilty of the injustice charged upon us by Mr. G, it would have been possible, in a letter of three sides, to point out at least one instance; this he has not done, and therefore, for his own sake, as well as our readers, we suppress the renainder of his letter. That Mr. G. should disclaim some of the consequences we have attempted to connect with the theory---that he should question the soundness of our reasonings, is not more than we expected; but as to our statements, we have given Dr. W.'s own words, and if we have unfairly and unphilosophically reasoned upon them, the text and the comment are both before the public. If Mr. G. had shown a single instance in which we had stated Dr. W. to hold any opinion which he did not hold, we should gladly have recalled our words ; but, as he has not done this, we presume Mr. G. must be labouring under some mistaken impression, which, we doubt not, a'farther perusal of our pages will effectually remove.
ERRATA IN JULY NUMBER. Page 341, second line of the paper on the Love of God, for sources, road source. Page 348, col. I, line 5 from the bottom, dele the word hende. Page 385, Mrs. Taylor's work should bave been entitled Itinerary, instead of Itineracy,