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and asked the questions; the Rev. J. manner, that his kingdoin is not of this Harris, of St. Albans, prayed the ordina- world--that the mission which he received tion prayer ; the Rev. W. Walford gave from his Heavenly Father was only to the charge; and the Rev. W. Chaplin, establish the empire of Holiness, and the of Bishop's Stortford, preached to the doctrines of faith. He constantly refused, people.

though pressed by the Jews, to exercise PROGRESS OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN any civil function, such as that of decidMÉXICO,

ing between brothers respecting a paternal His Holiness Leo XII. baving published inheritance. He always abstained from

meddling with Governments, not because an encylic or circular letter to the clergy of Mexico, calculated to excite alarm and

he would authorize their vexations and in

of justice, as some unjust censors of his condiscontent; the constituent Congress of the State of Mexico, has published a most

duct calumniously pretend, but because his important address to its Constituents,

mission was simply limited to the estawhich cannot fail to promote the march of

blishment of the church, which had noreligious liberty in that country, and con

thing to do with them, and because that sequently to weaken the declining authority

was the only object of his cares and his

labours. Finally, he was so circumspect of the See of Rome in the New World. The following extract will give our readers

and delicate in this point, that he even re. a specimen of the Scriptural opinions, and

fused to give his opinion respecting the enlightened views of that Congress.-

Roman dominion exercised over the Jewish " The Congress would do a manifest in.

people, in spite of having been provoked jury to your religious feelings, and your

to do so by the Pharisees, to whom, evading advanced knowledge, if it for a moment

the question, he replied, “ Give to Cæsar suspected that a document of that kind

the things that be Cæsar's, and to God could affect your adherence to the religion

those that be God's. A reply full of pruwhich you profess, or the liberty and inde

dence and wisdom, admirable in all rependence which you have purchased at the

spects, and which, in a few words, compre. frice of your blood, and of twelve years of

hends all the plan of the Gospel respecting sacrifices and sufferings. The time has

civil governments. The principles of doc. passed when a bull forged in Rome could

trine and conduct adopted by Jesus Christ throw into combustion empires and nations,

to place civil governments apart from all and in which they saw themselves under

ecclesiastical interference, being so clear, the necessity of breaking off their con

solid, and luminous, what have such gonexion with the Roman See, or beconing

vernments to fear from authorities which the puppets of the intrigues of its courtiers.

not only have no power to intermeddle in The moderation and knowledge of this phi- such affairs, but even have no right to exlosophic age have succeeded to that exal. press an opinion, if they wish to follow tation of the passions which characterised the example of their divine Master ?" the ages of barbarism. We now know

LECTURE TO MECHANICS. enough to fix with precision and clearness The Rev. Timothy East, Minister of the the limits between the rights of the Church Independent Chapel, Steelhouse Lane, Birand of its visible Head, and those of the mingham, has commenced a series of Lecnations in which it is established. The tures on Sabbath evenings, addressed to controlling power which belongs to govern- the numerous mechanics of that populous ments, used with care and circuinspection, town, on their social, moral, and religious has avoided those tumultuous schists which character ; which we understand comnever began without bloodshed, nor ended menced on Sabbath evening, October 16th, without bringing scandal on religion and with the apprentices. We sincerely hope good morals.

the Divine blessing may attend this praise. “ Your Congress assures you, and you worthy undertaking. cannot but recognize the fact, that the LIBERALITY OF THE LATE DR. S, PARR. religion which you profess is no wise op- This eminent clergyman, who was uniposed to the liberty and independence versally acknowledged to be the greatest which you have adopted as the basis of Greek scholar of our country, was on terms your Government ; that the ecclesiastical of friendly intercourse with the Rev. R. authority neither interferes, nor can in- Hall, of Leicester, for whose talents and terfere, in that kind of affairs; and that character he cherished feelings, which he the civil Government is sufficiently autho- has recorded to his own honour in the folrized by justice and the laws to repress all lowing sentence of his will : the excesses which endanger the public “I give a ring to the Rev. Robert Hall, tranquillity, and which are committed un- of Leicester, as a mark of my reverence der pretext of religion.

for his exemplary virtues, and my admiraoi Whoever has read the Gospel with tion of his sublime and hallowed eloattention will comprehend the spirit with quence." wliich it is animated, and the plan which

REMOVALS. the holy and wise Founder of Christianity The Rev. James Gray, M.A., has been proposed respecting civil Governments. unanimously chosen, by the united associJesus Christ assures us, in the most direct ate congregation at Albion Chapel, Moorfields, to be their minister, that office Died at Ware, on the 12th of October, being vacant by the retirement of the Rev. Rev. George R. North, for many years Alexander Fletcher.

the respected pastor of the second lodeThe Rev. W. P. Davis, formerly of Wel. pendent Church in that place. He has lingborough, Northamptonshire, late of been for a long period a su sferer under the Crediton, Devon, has accepted an invitation effects of paralysis. He was a man whom to the pastoral office over the Independent not even the tongne of slander dared to as. Church meeting at the new Tabernacle sail, and to whom Dissenters might point Plymouth, where he has commenced his with satisfaction, as to a living comment stated labours. The Rev. J. C. Bicknell, en their principles. formerly of Welford, late of Brownsover, It is with unaffected grief we announce Warwickshire, bas accepted an invitation the death of the Rev. DAVID Bogue, to the pastoral office over the Independent DD., for about 50 years the pastor of the Church and congregation at Crick, Nor. Independent Church, Gosport, Hants, one thamptonshire, to which place he has re- of the founders of the London Missionary moved with his family.

Society, and for many years the faithful RECENT DEATUS.

tutor of its missionary students. The At Romford, Essex, September 9th, Doctor had been invited by the committee 1825, died, in the 75th year of his age,

of the Brighton Auxiliary Missionary Scthe Rev. THOMAS STRAHAN, pastor of the ciety to attend their first anniversary, and ancient Independent church in Collier's arrived there on Thursday, October 18. Row Lane, in that town. He was origi. Thouglı fatigued with his journey, he led nally employed in a mechanical business the devotions of the public services that in the metropolis, and first visited Rom.

evening, and heard the Rev. G. Clayton ford as an occasional preacher. He suc

preach. While at supper, however, in the ceeded a Mr. Ellis in the pastoral charge

house of the Rev. J. N. Gculty, he was there, in 1777, which he retained till his

attacked by the disease which, after a week death. The eccentricities of this vene

of suffering, terminated his valued and rable minister frequently involved him in useful life. The best surgical and medical trouble ; but he lived and died like an assistance which friendsbip or influence honest and a holy man.

could command was promptly obtained; Died on the 6th of October, in the 44th but the symptoms continued to be of the year of his age, Rev. THOMAS BULMAN most alarning kind till the Lord's day, BROWNE late pastor of the Independent when it was hoped he had received effec. Church at Buntingford, Herts. This gentle.

tual relief ; but this, alas ! was soon found man was educated at Hoxton Academy, delusive, for on Monday, October 23, he and first settled as the pastor of the church with enviable composure fell asleep in at Burwash, in 1807 : from whence he Jesus, in the 77th year of his age. Upon removed to Buntingford, in October, 1813. the melancholy intelligence reacbing LonIn January, 1819, bis Meeting-house was don, an extraordinary meeting of the Didestroyed by fire ; which, however, was rectors of the Missionary Society was imrebuilt by public liberality, and opened mediately convened; when appropriate for public worship in the following Sep. resolutions were passed, and a deputation tember. Mr. B., having resigned his was appointed to attend the funeral, charge at Buntingford, retired to Ham- which, we understand, will take place at mersmith, where he died after a short Gosport, on Thursday, the 3d instant. Dr. illness. A residence of fourteen years in Winter, of London, has been requested by Hertfordshire had secured to Mr. B. the the Doctor's family to preach the funeral esteem of his brethren in that county. He sermon at Gosport, on the evening of the has left a widow and a young family to interment. lament his loss.

Answers to Correspondents, fc. COMMUNICATIONS have been received this month from Rev. J. Bulmer-C. N. Davies

-Dr. Collyer-Dr. J. P. Smith--J. Churchill--J. Blackburn--J. Chapman --J. Turnbull--). Turner--A. Bishop--). Cobbin-L. Forster-J. H. Bramhall-J.

Cooke-W. Vint--W. Moorhouse. Also from Amicus--James Edmeston--W. R. M.Phun--P. Q. R----H.--H. R.-


A's paper is left at our publisher's.--Amicus has misunderstood us by the “ Slop Shop of heathen morality” was not intended what he supposes, but a sentiment parallel to that of Cowper,

How oft when Christ has served us with a text,

Has Pluto, Epictetus, Tully preached.” Our Bookworm Friend has, in his last communication, forgotten that we do not understand hiero-glyphics, and are but indifferently acquainted with Welsh; both we and the compositors will have cause to remember him.

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nunn [The following interesting sketch of the life and character of Dr. Ryland, we have taken the liberty to extract from the Funeral Sermon preached by the Rev. Robert Hall, at Bristol. Persuaded that all our readers would expect in our pages something more than a passing notice of that amiable and excellent man, and seeing that the portrait was already executed by so able a hånd, we were both reluctant to attempt it our selves, and unwilling that any other should be presented to the public in our pages. This must plead our apology to the eloquent author of the sermon, for the liberty we have taken. Of the sermon itself we have spoken in the Review department.]-

Ēds. DoctoR RYLAND was born, Bristol Education Society, and A. D. 1753, January 29, at War- pastor of Broadmead. How he wick, where his venerable father conducted himself in the first scene exercised his ministry for some of his labours, many living wityears; from whence he removed 'nesses can attest; suffice it to say, to Northampton.

that his ministry during that period The most remarkable parti- was eminently acceptable and cular recorded in his infancy, is useful. During his residence at his early progress in the Hebrew Northampton, he was “ in labours language, which was such, that he more abundant;" far from confining read a chapter of the Hebrew Bible his ministry to a single spot, he to the celebrated Hervey, before diffused its benefits over a wide he was five years old. About his 'circle, preaching much in the surthirteenth year, he became deeply rounding villages ; and though, on impressed with religious concern ; his removal to Bristol, ' his nuand without any thing very singular merous avocations rendered his in his experience, his convictions ministerial exertions less frequent, ripened into genuine conversion, he may justly be considered, on and he was baptized on a profession the whole, as one of the most laof his faith in his fourteenth year. borious of pastors. He preached, At the request of the church he during his whole career, not less began to exercise his ministerial than eight thousand six hundred gifts in his seventeenth year; and and ninety-one sermons, and at after continuing to assist his father two hundred and eighty-six distinct for some years, he was ordained places. co-pastor with him in the year If, as a preacher, he never at1781. In this situation he re- tained the highest surumit of pomained for some time; when, on pularity, he was always heard his father's removal from North- with attention. His ministry was ampton, he became sole pastor, replete with instruction, and not until the year 1793, when he re- unfrequently accompanied with an ceived an unanimous invitation to unction which rendered it irresisthe joint offices of president of the tible. As he possessed none of

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