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Nelson, or some other celebrated offi- cally administered, and must supcer, and seemed grievously disappointed pose. that by the talismanic when told they could only be baptized
fingers, by simple Christian names. After this touch of his orthodox solemn mockery had been concluded, the minds of these poor savages the whole assembly adjourned to a large were enlightened and sanctified; school-room, to eat the coronation din- surely if he were conscious of ner; where the usual healths were drunk, and these poor creatures all
the beastly excess and savage intoxicated with rum; -a suitable con- orgies of the coronation baoquet, clusion to a farce as blasphemous and he must have felt that his theory wicked as ever disgraced a Christian was but ill sustained by facts, and country.”- pp. 22-25.
shame must have mantled his As we have no cause to ques- cheeks, that he had that day adtion the accuracy of Mr. Dunn's mitted within the pale of the narrative, let us review this ex- church of Christ such untutored, traordinary transaction.
licentious barbarians. This clerThe local authorities of an gyman, it appears, is connected unimportant English settlement with the Society for promoting think it a matter of state or com- Christian Knowledge, before mercial policy, to gratify the wishes whose agents dissenting missionof a petty savage prince in their aries have been exhorted to revicinity, by permitting bim to ob- tire, that the field may be occuserve the ceremonial of his coro- pied by those better acquainted nation in their town. To con- with the human heart, and who form this august rite to the legiti- will not attempt to force the dark mate practices of Europe, the and most dreary parts of puritan Episcopal Church is selected as discipline wpon a people just an appropriate place for its ob- emerging from a state of barservance, and the resident clergy- barism! These rational views man is deemed the appropriate have been certainly well sustained person to officiate in this royal in the present instance! God travestie. To make the farce grant, that many such may not complete, an oath of allegiance be found, or we shall be comto their new sovereign is thought pelled to regard the operations of necessary from the noble lieges the agents of that Society amongst of the Mosquito shore, and to qua- the heathen, as only second in lify them for that solemn appeal to mischief to those of the priestly God; it is judged expedient to associates of Cortes and Alvarado. baptize them instanter, that they Though we have made several might be better fitted to appre- extracts, we have not exhausted ciate its solemnity, and to realize the information which this volume its obligations!
affords on the ecclesiastical afNow, the reverend gentleman fairs of this lovely, but degraded who officiated, for happily we do and distracted country. not know his name, must consent We have already exceeded our to be regarded either as display- limits, and must therefore coning a degree of clerical subser- clude, by cordially recommendviency to the colonial authorities, ing this interesting and instrucwhich amounts to a shameful de- tive volume to the notice of those secration of holy things, or be who feel curious about the magmust be classed with the Romish nificent scenery, the revolutionary clergy of the neighbouring states, changes, and the moral and polias a firm believer in the regene- tical advancement of the South rating effects of baptism canoni- American republics.
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this subject brought forward by so accommodate themselves to the poor
respectable a person as Mr. Edmondson, and the ignorant, than men of en
and hope the body to which he belongs, larged and cultivated intellect. The
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to all the perils of shipwreck.-Mr. Mr. Surtevant's book is, we think,
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MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. :
LETTERS FROM ITALY.
sent their Deity under the form of a
beautiful woman, with an infant in her Scite of Herculaneum-the Vineyards - the
arms. I have sometiines thought, that Madona's Powers of Healing - the Death the gentleness of the people of this
of the Pope - Election of a Successor. country is partly attributable to the perI am living now on the scite of the petual contemplation of so lovely an obancient city of Herculaneum, and from ject. But I believe the climate does the roof of my house, I see the mountain much, for the animals are as gentle as rising above my head, whose terrible the people. vomitings were the cause of the city's You will have heard of the death of destruction. It is a glorious sight, this the Pope. It has taken place at the same monntain, and forms a contrast to only moment when his death could be the amenity of the vineyards below, regretted, as the following epigram very which is touching beyond measure. I neatly says, know nothing equal to the beauty of the vineyards in this part of Italy. They
Tre dispiacerci faceste Padre Santo! are as rude as the earliest ages, and re
Accittare il Papato ; Vivere tanto; mind you of the simplicity of Eve's Poi, moire in carnivale per essere pianto. employment, described by Milton in Three evils you visited upon us, Oh Holy Paradise. The vine here is literally
Father! “ taught to wed the elm," the poplar, Accepting the Popedom ; living so long and all the trees of the forest. The more
in it; mercantile and polished French have Then dying in the carnival, to make even lowered down the plants to insigni- ; your death a misfortune. ficance. A French vineyard has not as much interest about it, as a cabbage You will see the point of this, which garden; but in this semi-barbarous is one amongst many of the Roman country, art is hardly visible--all seems Pasquinades. The late Pope's first surleft to the wild magnificence of nature. prising act was accepting the Popedom, Sometimes the vine creeps along the for which every body thought him unfit. ground, and at others, climbs to the top His second was living much longer than of the highest trees, requiring that man his former dissolute life had led any should be gifted almost with the powers one to expect; and his last, dying (as of the monkey, to reach and call the it is above observed) just at the only luscious fruit. And the people are as moment in the year when it could be wild as the vegetation. Their entire regretted, in as much as his death puts faith in their goddess Madona, is the a stop to the Carnival, and robs the only thing that humanizes them. My people of all their pleasures. friend and companion was ill a short The Romans have long been famous time since, and went to Naples to con- for these Pasquinades, and there is no snlt Dr. . A fine old woman in a place in which the Pope, and all the neighbouring cottage, told me, with the machinery of Papacy, are treated with greatest simplicity, that his consulting so much contempt as in infidel Ronie. a physician was no use. “He should go Intrigne is now at its height to make to the Madonna del Carmine, she would a new Pope, and the worldly bustle that cnre him."..“I have brought up a large is occasioned by the election of a man family,” she said, “ and not one of us who is to far le vici di Gesu Cristo upon ever took a dose of physic.” .“ We go earth, exhibits the blasphemy of the to the Madonna, if it pleases her to cure whole matter much more forcibly than us, she does, if not, we die.” This faith any written exposition of it. How long is so firm, that nothing is capable of will the world continue to be cheated by shaking it. They have their different this wretched mixture of knavery and saints,who, like the London physicians, are buffoonery! fine men for certain disorders; one cures Yo'l probably know the mode of electtheir eyes, one sets their limbs, another ing the Papa, or Pope, as we oddly preserves them from drowning; but the enough call him. All the Cardinals Madonna del Carmine and the Madonna keep open house for eight days, in which del Arco, do business by the gross--they they mature their political schemes; they cure every thing. The Catholics are, are then marched in a body to the VaI believe, the only idolators, who repre- tican, and shut up in a suite of rooms, guarded by troops, and prevented from Fourteen years ago, when I was puball communication with the City. One lishing my History of Religion in Wales, name is put up every day, and he who I found, from authentic documents, that gets two thirds of the votes, is elected. there were then in the Principality 255 Austria, France, and Spain have each Independent Churches ; 126 Baptist a veto, and may stop the election of Churches; 343 Calvinistic Methodist an individual obnoxious to their interests. Societies, and 205 Wesleyan Methodist Till a decision is come to, they are not Societies. The number of churches and let out of their prison, and every bit of societies at present is much greater. bread they eat is cut' in pieces by the Having given you some account of the President, to see that it contains no state of religion in Wales, I now proceed letter or sign. Thus these holy men, who to give you a particular account of the assume to themselves the right of rise and progress of the great revival guiding the spiritual concerns of all man- with which we have been blessed in kind, are obliged to be watched with South Wales for the last fifteen months. more strictness than thieves and pick- For some months previous to the revival, pockets
the greatest attention was paid to SunIn the last election, these immaculate day-schools throughout the country; reli. beings were shut up in conclave twenty- gious meetings were more than usually six days, and could any one tell out the numerons; the style of preaching more secrets of the prison-house, I have no pointedly impressive; church discipline doubt we should hear of quarrels and better attended to, and a greater degree heart-rendings, more terrible by far than of brotherly love prevailed in the churches. are witnessed by the walls of any ordi. To inforın you of what I myself have nary place of criminal confinement. witnessed, will be sufficient to show how REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN WALES.
the people are generally affected at those
religious meetings where the revivals preExtract of a Letter from the Rev. D. Peter,
vail. .... I have seen, on these occaTheological Tutor of the Academy at Car sions, some with bended knees, folded marthen, to the Rev. Caleb Morris, hands, and uplifted eyes, engaged in London.
earnest prayer ; others prostrated on the My Dear Sir,--It affords me the great- ground, agonizing under a sense of guilt; est pleasure, that I have it in my power others praising God for the salvation of to communicate to yoni, for the informa- the Gospel. .. .. Much, perhaps, of what tion of our religious friends in England, we see and hear at those religious meetand other parts of the world, a brief ac- ings where the revivals prevail, may be count of the progress of the Redeemer's the effect of enshusiasm ; yet when we kingdom in the Principality of Wales, consider the moral change that is so viand especially of the unusual revivalssible in the temper and conduct of those with which many of the Welsh churches who were before notoriously wicked, and have been favoured of late,
the religious awe which pervades all Few, perhaps, beyond the confines of ranks in the towns, villages, and neighthe Principality are aware of the pro- bourhoods where the revivals appear, we gress which the Gospel has made among are compelled to acknowledge that the all denominations of Christians in this hand of the Lord is present, and that part of Great Britain for the last fifty these revivals in South Wales are the years. We have experienced an ont- effect of the out-pouring of the Holy pouring of the Holy Spirit in some de- Spirit. gree at various times, and we must say . The present revival in South Wales that the hand of the Lord is still stretched commenced among the Calvinistic Meout in the salvation of many amongst us. thodists at the village of Caio, in the
The number of ministers and chapels county of Carmarthen, about the latter in the Principality is now double what it end of the year 1827, and was for some was half a century back; and the num- tirne confined to that religious body. ber of professing Christians of all denò- Their meetings were blessed with an minations has increased more than three. unusual degree of religious feeling; and fold during that period. Indeed I could on one occasion, a few individuals were name some churches among the Inde- so much affected that they cried out for pendents that have increased eight, ten, mercy. They were joined by some reliand twelve-fold in the number of mem- gions characters, who were then convinced bers within the last thirty-five years. that their piety had been at too low an For you well know that some years back, ebb, and thus the feeling became general it was not an unusual thing for many of our in the neighbourhood. The most remark. churches to receive ten, twenty, or thirty able conversion, before the revival bemembers to communion at a time, and came general at that place, was that of a that for several successive months.
young man of the most abandoned cha