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Start had not been forbidden by a Royal Persecution being religious, and not
Ordonnance, the statement is true; but polirical, at least ouly political as far
if it was designed to convey an assur- as the intolerants have endeavoured to
ance that the salaries had been regu- deprive the Profestants of those poli-
Jarly paid, it is a false and unworthy tical rights and advantages which since
effort to stifle the sympathy and be the Revolution they have enjoyed.
nevolence of the British Public, while The intervention of the Catholic
the ministers are at this moment at Priests, where they have been well-dis-
least nine months in arrears. By us it posed, at the same time proves, that
was never mentioned as a proof of the Protestants could not have con-
persecution front the government; but ducted themselves improperly towards
as an aggravating circumstance in the the professors of the Catholic religion;
calamity which has betallen the Re- and that their authority as priests was
formed Churches, that while their flocks important in preventing or lesseaing
have been scattered--their merchants evils which religions fury had inspired.
and manufacturers exiled-and their
resources drained by foreign troops and
heavy imposts, their ministers should
have been destitute of that stipend on
which for so many years they had re-
gularly depended for their ministerial
support;--and though this defalcation
has been common to the ministers of all
religions, it must be considered, that
the Protestant ministers have not those
means of obtaining money, which the
Catholic priests, by their various cere-
monies, always possess.

Another Letter has been published in the same Journal, which had been sent to ns by M. Marron, President of the Consistory of Paris, declining our aid and censuring our interference; but you will, doubtless, have seen by other Journals, that another letter was received by the same conveyance, from the same person, stating, that our exertions had made a strong sensation in Paris, and were likely to produce the inost beneficial results: in addition to which, it is now evident, that the letter in question was written by M. Marron, after an examination by the Police, and under the 'fear of individual perseention.' The effect of the Public Meetings which have been held, has been highly impor tant, and the arrival of the report of the Proceedings of the Common Council of London in Paris, was the commencement of exertions by the French authorities, which had not been previously made. While some persons have deprecated these Meetings and Discussions, it will always be a subject of satisfaction to us, that they originated with the Dissenting Ministers of London; and the paper which we had the honour to address to you, and which was produced in Court by all the speakers, was the document on which the public proceed. ings of that day were founded, which have been succeeded by similar proredings in Hull, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gosport, Newcastle, Plymouth, and other places.

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The additional Accounts which we now furnish, will prove that your Contributions (our intention to solicit which, was, in the first instance, submitted to the Prime Minister of his Royal Highmess the Prince Regent) are even more necessary than we could have antici pated, from the authentic letters we had received, but which suppressed, thro' fear, many important details; and as the efforts of our enemies have occa. sioned a serious increase in our expenditure, we must re-urge on you the propriety of making those Contributions as early, and as liberally as your conveni. ence will allow.

As it will not be possible for us to provide an antidote to the poison daily diffused, we shall be content to assure you, that whenever any Intelligence arrives which alters our opinion, or renders your exertions unnecessary, you shall have immediate information.

By Order of the Committee,


Williams's Library, Red Cross Street,
January 12, 1816.

At a Meeting of the Committee, appointed by
the General Boly of Protestant Dissenting Mi
nisters of the Three Desoininations, for the
Purpose of Inquiry, Superintendance, and
Distribution of the Funds which may be con
tributed for the Relief of the French Protest
auts, suffering for Conscience-sake,'
It was unanimously Resolved,

1. That this Committee have ob-
served, with astonishment and regret,
that attempts are making, through the
medium of the Press, to defeat their
object, by misrepresenting their me
tives; and altho' the Committee know
too well what is due to that respectable
body by which they are deputed, to en-
gage in useless warfare with those who
are labouring to stifle that public svm.
pathy, which it is the wish of the body
to excite, they yet owe it to their own
character, and to the eause they have
undertaken, to state candidly, one for
all, the motives by which they have been
guided and the cnd they have in view.


2. That this Committee, therefore, utterly disclaim for themselves and their Constituents all party feelings ou a question which they conceive to be purely and exclusively Religious; but that if they must be ranked with a Party, they are happy in ranking, on this occasion, with that of the Govern ment which listened so candidly to their representations, -- entered so warmly into their feelings, and pledged itself so readily to employ its good offices for the same humane purpose to which their interference has been directed.

3. That if any man, calling himself a Protestant, can impute to Dissenting Ministers, as a crime, that they have shewn themselves peculiarly forward, on this occasion, he should remember that they are the descendants of those who, for conscience-sake, suffered the spoiling of their goods, and the loss of their lives; and to whose constancy, under persecution, it is chiefly owing that religious liberty is now firmly established in this favoured land.

4. That, feeling the value of this inestimable blessing, they could not but be deeply interested by any occur rence which might threaten its loss to those expecially, with whom they are united by the tie of a common faith, and a common worship; nor could they refuse their sympathy or their relief to men bleeding in the same cause which rendered the memory of their fathers immortal.

5. That though letters have been received from Ministers in France, expressing objections to the interference of their Protestant brethren in England, the Committee have ascertained, from unquestionable evidence, that some of those letters have been written under constraint, and that others have been dictated by an apprehension (it is hoped erroneons) lest such an interference should injure them in the estimation of

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their own Government, or rather, lest it should expose them to the fury of faction, which sets the Government itself at defiance; and the Committee are of opinion, that if complaints are cautiously uttered, they deserve, the more, the consideration and sympathy of those who are aware of the cause in which this caution originates.

6. That while they have been acting consistently with their own principles, in expressing their abhorrence of all religious persecution, by whomsoever practised or countenanced, they cannot but suppose that in contributing to alleviate the distresses of the French Protestants, they are coinciding with the intentions of the French Government, which has been taking measures to suppress those outrages, which, if not suppressed, must occasion its own disgrace, and compromise its own safety.

7. That, in the subscriptions and collertions already made,-in the spirit which is spreading throughout the kingdom,— and in the prospect that this spirit will ultimately enable them to grant impor tant Relief to their suffering brethren, and to the widows and orphans of the victims of Persecution, the Committee have the most flattering encouragement to persevere. They do, therefore, earnestly request the unremitting co-operation of Protestants of every denomi nation, but especially of Protestant Dissenters, in this labour of love; and they express their confident assurance that in contributing to this object, without suffering their zeal to be damped by any insinuations or assertions whatever, they are promoting the spread and establishment of that Christian Liberty which is the greatest earthly boon that Heaven can bestow on man.

Signed (by order of the Committee)

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Art. I. Travels to the Source of the Missouri River, and across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. Performed by Order of the Government of the United States, in the Years 1804, 1805, and 1806. By Captains Lewis and Clarke. Published from the Official Report, and illustrated by a Map of the Route, and other Maps. 4to. pp. 663. Price 21. 12s 6d. Longman and Co. 1814. [Second Edition, 3 vols. 8vo. price 21. 2s. 1815.]

A BRIEF journal of this great enterprise, was given to the world several years since by Patrick Gass, a sergeant in the expedition. Nothing bearing such plain marks of truth, could be less satisfactory than that dry, meagre narration, which, nevertheless, as the official journal was to be so long delayed,. the sergeant's friends were perfectly right in persuading him to publish. It has served at once to excite expectation, and to keep it within sober limits. The readers of Gass could not know exactly what, and how much, Lewis and Clarke would have to tell; but they could judge, in many respects, what they would not have to tell. They would especially perceive, what indeed they might beforehand have apprehended, from the very nature of the undertaking, that, with very many curious and interesting matters, there must nevertheless be great uniformity of narrative and description.

One cause of the long delay of the appearance of the large and authorized work now before us, was the tragical death of Captain Lewis, to whom the task of composing had been assigned. The unfinished labour was then transferred to Captain Clarke, who carried it forward to the conclusion.

As it is the regular record of the transactions of not much less than a thousand days of most active exertion, there is no wonder it should fill a large closely-printed volume; a quantity of composition large enough almost to be drawn off into a shelf

He destroyed himself, if we recollect right, at New Orleans. From what cause, the American account which we saw of the fact, did not mention.

VOL. V. N. S.


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