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William Orme. A. Stewart.

To the Honourable the Commons of the William Broadfoot. Henry Townley. United Kingdom of Great Britain and David Davidson, John Richards.

Ireland in Parliament assembled. R. Winter, D. D. J.Humphrys, LL.D. " The Petition of the undersigned ProW. J. Fox. J. E. Richards.

testant Dissenting Ministers, reJohn Morrison. W. Williams.

siding in and about the Cities of J. Fletcher, A.M. I. Cobbin, A. M.

London and Westminster, William Walford. Wm. Stern Palmer. “Most respectfully sheweth-That your Thomas Cooper, Thomas Griffin. petitioners were not parties to the petition J. Robertson, A.M. Jos. P. Dobson. for the repeal of the Test and Corporation George Evans. Stephen Mummery. Acts during the last session of ParliaJohn Coates. Thomas Hunt. ment, but that they were convinced that Thomas Jervis. W. H. Murch. such a repeal would open the doors to T. Belsham. Jos. Hughes, A. M. what is called Catholic Emancipation. John S. Geary. W. Newman, D.D. “That your petitioners are satisfied with, Eben. Miller, A.M. Joseph Denton. and thankful for the privileges they enThos. Russell, A.M. Edwin Chapman. joy, and they deprecate strongly the conJos. Turnbull, A.B. John Marson.

duct of these, who under the name of Thomas James. Henry Pawling. I Protestant Dissenting Ministers, become Robert Vaughan. James Dean.

confederate with the Papists. George Clayton, Wm. Deering.

“And your petitioners do earnestly and Thomas Wood. John Knight. humbly pray your Honourable House not Charles Hyatt. John Campbell. to grant any further concessions to the Daniel Bishop.

John Blackburn. Roman Carholics, because they are conJohn Yockney. James Elvey. vinced that the political power to which George Moase. Griffith Roberts. they aspire would be employed by them Caleb Morris. James Vautin. to the destruction of civil and religious W. Wilson. George Smallfield. liberty. Jos. Barrett. S. Tomkins, M. A. “And your petitioners, as in duty bound, Robert Halley. Thomas Blundell. will ever pray that your Honourable J. Pye Smith, D.D. Thomas Harper.” House may always enjoy all the blessings John Emblem.

which our holy religion can impart.” These 69 signatures will correct the This is signed by 94 names of Protesmistakes into which Lords Eldon and tant Dissenting Ministers residing in and Mandeville, have been led by their about the cities of London and Westmininformants, with all persons who are ster. familiar with the names of the subscri

Our readers, therefore, will be surbers. But for our readers in general, it

prised to know that the names of miniswill be desirable to place it thus,

ters are attached to it who reside in the Signatures of

counties of Herts, Cambridge, GloucesPresbyterians 18, of which 12 have con- ter, and Cornwall ! The names of

gregations. many individuals occur, who are in trade, Independents 41, of which 33 have do. have never been ordained to the pastoral Baptists. ..10, of which 6 have do. , office, and but rarely appear in public,

though they may be “ licensed teachers.” 69 sig. 51 cong. There are a few men of education and

character amongst the Petitioners, but Leaving 18 without charges; of which 5

we hesitate not to affirm that the maare tutors of our Dissenting Colleges,

jority of them consists of uneducated, and several of the remaining thirteen unordained preachers, whose doctrines have sustained with honour the pastoral are as high and exclusive as their relation, but through advanced age have politics. resigned their charges. We know a The Rev. Dr. Andrews and his friends considerable number of the members of at Beresford Chapel, Walworth, have this body, who would have signed the presented an anti-catholic petition, dispetition, but were unable to call in time claiming the right, the consistency, of the at the library to affix their names.

General Body of Ministers to act in a The Deputies have also sent a Peti- corporate capacity, &c. This is amusing tion, which was signed by three-fourths enough after the Doctor has failed in his of the Association, which consists of 188

attempt to be introduced to that body. members.

A correspondent, who signs himself a

Deputy, has furnished us with an accuThe Petition from Red Cross Street rate list of the petitions which have been has called forth a counter petition to the presented to the House of Commons, following effect.

from February 6th to March 17th inclu

sive, by which it appears, that all the from his surviving associates their deliProtestant Dissenting, Methodist, and berate and recorded expressions of their separate congregations and bodies in the veneration of his character, and sorrow three kingdoms, have only presented 208 at his death. We are happy to insert petitions in that period, of which 110 in our columns these appropriate meare opposed to concession, and 90 plead morials of this eminent individual. for it; not however as the friends of popery, but as those who wish to see it

London Missionary Sociely. disarmed of its present alarming and un

It having been communicated to the constitutional power in the sister Island.

Directors, that the Death of the Rev. How many others who approve of the

Matthew Wilks had taken place on measure, leave it to the strength of

Thursday, the 29th ultimo, and that the

Treasurer and the Secretaries of the Sogovernment, and the wisdom of the Legislature, we cannot ascertain ; but

'ciety had attended the Funeral, as a it is certain, that whilst all the forces

mark of respect, on the part of the Di. of the opponents are called forth, there

rectors, are multitudes of orthodox Dissenters,

It was Resolved, " That it is with the who approve of concession, but have not

deepest regret the Directors receive this troubled themselves constitutionally to

painful communication. In the death of declare it.

this venerable Minister of Christ, who

during more than half a century, laboured THE OBSERVANCE OF A DAY FOR HUMI most indefatigably in this Metropolis, to LIATION AND PRAYER.

promote the salvation of men, and the We are happy to find that the propo glory of the Saviour, the Directors desed observance of the 17th of April, plore the loss of one of the Fathers and (called Good Friday) as a day of humilia Founders of the Missionary Society ; tion and prayer, has met with very gene whose early zeal and energy contributed ral concurrence, both amongst the Inde most efficiently to its establishment; pendent and Baptist Churches of the whose personal devotedness and liberality Metropolis, and from the information were invariably manifested in the promowhich we have received, it is likely to tion of its objects; and who, to the extend throughout the kingdom. Dis latest moments of his lengthened life, contrict arrangements have been made in tinued to pour out his prayers for its sucLondon; thus we understand that the cess, and to recommend its interests to Independent Churches in the City have his friends. agreed to meet for prayer at their own “While they record their feelings replaces of worship before breakfast; to specting the loss which this Society in have united service in the forenoon at particular, and the cause of religion in the Poultry Chapel, and in the evening general, has sustained by his removal, tuo services, the one at White's Row, they unfeignedly bless God for his exand the other at Silver Street Chapel. tensive and long-continued usefulness, The churches in the Islington district and devoutly pray that his example may have adopted the same arrangement for be followed by many, and that his death the early service, will meet for prayer, may be sanctified to his family, his flock, and a.sermon at Islington Chapel in the his numerous religious connexions, and morning, and for prayer and exhortation the members of the Society at large.” in the evening, at Union Chapel. As almsgiving 'has usually accompanied

Irish Evangelical Society. humiliation, the officers of the Society for At a Meeting of the Committee of the Promoting Christian Instruction in Lon. Irish Evangelical Society February 3, don and its vicinity, have issued a circu. 1829, John Broadly Wilson, Esq. in the lar to the ministers of the Metropolis, Chair; begging that collections be made for that Resolved, 1. That while the Members valuable Institution, which, we regret to of this Committee cherish the deepest find, is £300. in debt. We trust this and most affectionate sympathy, with very convenient opportunity of assisting the bereaved family of their late highly an Institution, which promises, with esteemed and venerable friend, the Rev. the Divine blessing, to effect much for M. Wilks, and with the afflicted churches, the revival of religion iu our churches over which he so long presided, they and cities will not be allowed to pass feel constrained to adore the wisdom unimproved.

and the grace of God, by which he was

80 highly distinguished, and so richly RESOLUTIONS ON THE DEATH OF THE blessed, as a man, a Christian, and a REV. MATTHEW WILKS.

minister of the Gospel. The decease of this venerable mini- With devout thanksgiving to the ster, and most energetic labourer in Giver of all good, they record, that unevery work of faith and love, called mpeachable integrity, that practical wisdom, that disinterested zeal, by which honoured to unite both in the formation the life of their departed friend was and efficiency of some of the most pre-eminently characterised; and those important Institutions for the advancevaluable services, which, for a period of ment of the kingdom of Christ, which more than fifty years, he was enabled to have distinguished this age and country perform for the advancement of genuine ---cannot withhold the expression of Christianity, in the extensive congrega- their heartfelt sympathy with the betions of which he was the judicious, reaved members of his family—the affectionate, and faithful pastor, in those churches in which he laboured with so numerous, benevolent, and religious in- much honour and usefulness--and the stitutions, which in their formation and Christian public at large; and recollectprogress, enjoyed his counsels and his ing, as they do, on this occasion, the influence-and in the world, where he peculiar obligations under which this Sowas uniformly governed by the divine ciety has been laid by his prompt and philanthropy of Him, who came to seek persevering exertions in the infancy of and to save that wbich was lost.

its establishment, his vigilant superinResolved, 2. That in addition to the tendance, and other invaluable gratuitous preceding memorial of their sincere services for a period of more than esteem and veneration for the character twenty-five years, desire to record their of the late Rev. M. Wilks, the members deep sense of the privation which the of this Committee feel it to be a dis- Society must sustain by his decease, and tinct obligation, to record the invaluable direct their Assistant Secretary to corservices he was honoured to perform on respond with the gentlemen to whom behalf of the Irish Evangelical Society, the arrangements for the funeral are which originated in his enlightened piety entrusted, in order to the attendance and zeal, and of which he was the active, of all the members of this Committee, liberal, and steady friend; earnestly with the students of the Society, in praying, that a large portion of his ardent the mournful procession, as a sincere, and disinterested love to the best interests though utterly inadequate avowal of of Ireland, may be imparted to them- their affectionate attachment to his meselves and to their successors in the mory and grief for his loss. superintendence of this Institution.

RECENT DEATH.
Village Itinerancy.

Died suddenly, at Halsted, Essex, on At a Meeting of the Committee of this Saturday, March 14, in the 69th year Society, under special summons, on the of his age, the Rev. JAMES Bass, for occasion of the death of the Rev. Mat nearly 38 years pastor of the ancient thew Wilks, its late venerated Super Independent congregation in that town. intendant and Secretary, holden thé 2d

NOTICES. February, 1829;

The next half-yearly meeting of the It was unanimously Resolved, --That Wilts and East Somerset Associated this Committee, deeply sensible of the Ministers and Churches, will be held at loss which the church of God has sus- Rook Lane Chapel, Frome, on Tuesday, tained by the death of their late vene- in the Easter week. Mr. King, of Bath, rable friend, and considering, as they the morning preacher. do--that for nore than half a century The next Anniversary of the Herts he has been a faithful, active, zealous, Union will be held at the Old Meeting and exemplary 'niinister of the Gospel House, on Wednesday, 15th April next. in the largest congregations of this city - The Rev. W. Orme, of Camberwell, that with unbending integrity he com- is engaged to preach' in the morning; bined sincere esteein for all his Chris- and one of the neighbouring Ministers tian brethren, and that he has been in the evening.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND MINOR CORRESPONDENCE. COMMUNICATIONS have been received during the past month from the Reverend

R. Ashton - William Urwick --Thomas Wood -- George Redford -- J. Peggs--E, Edwards--R. Elliott-C. J. Hyatt--J. Whitridge--John Hoppus--Joseph Turn.

bull.

Also from Dr. J. B. Brown - Messrs. Thomas Wemyss-James Mather--Rowland

Wilks-Robert Winter--W.H. A.--N. G.--A Deputy--Q.

The extracts which C. J. H. kindly offers to us, will be highly acceptable to us and our readers. Our Reviewer of Mr. Jay's new work, fell into an error in stating, that Dr. Southey had not consulted Jay's life of C. Winter, in compiling the life of Wesley, as we find that it is inserted by the Doctor amongst the books he professes to have used in preparing that work.

A review of the various publications on Religious Revivals will appear in our next.

CONGREGATIONAL MAGAZINE.

MAY, 1829.

BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ARCHBISHOP LAUD.*

(Concluded from page 129.) After the specimens with which The predecessor of Laud in the we furnished our readers in our See of Canterbury, was Abbot, first article on Archbishop Laud, one of the most moderate, amiable, of the temper and unfairness of and pious men who ever enjoyed his biographer, we apprehend they the Primacy of England. The will bave no great inclination that following is the picture which Mr. we should pursue the same course Lawson draws of him. He was a of remark in the present number. Calvinist, a friend of the Puritans, Had not Mr. Lawson been deter- an enemy to persecution-Mr. mined to defend his hero at all Lawson prefers the fire and faggotpoints, and against all charges, men to all others. and manifested such a spirit of malignity and hostility to all “An event at this time took place, who were or are on the opposite which at once marked the commenceside, in politics and religion, to

ment of a new era in the life of Laud. himself and Laud, we should have Abbot finished his unhappy primacy, at

On the 4th of August, 1633, Archbishop been less severe in our animadver- his palace of Croydon, in the seventysions. But as our author would first year of his age. Having already scorn to court any favour, and

vour and said much on the conduct of this cele

brated primate, it is unnecessary here to evidently deserves none, we felt enlarge. That his laxity of government called upon to express, with the in the archiepiscopal see, and his public utmost explicitness, our indigna- patronage of the Puritan faction, tended tion at some of his statements, and

to the overthrow of the church, cannot

be questioned ; his government, in truth, at the general phraseology of his

entailed on his successor a series of miswork. We shall endeavour to be fortunes. Had Abbot prosecuted those as courteous as possible in what measures adopted by Whitgift and Banwe have farther to say on the

croft; had he zealously drawn the line

of demarcation between the church and subject. From the extent of the

the sectaries, and had he made it an work we cannot give a regular invariable rule to admit none into the account of the Archbishop's life; church of whose attachment he was not

well assured, it would have made head our readers must therefore be

against all its adversaries, and, under the satisfied with miscellaneous ex

government of Laud, it would have pretracts.

sented to its factious enemies anim

* The Life and Times of William Laud, D.D. Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. By John Parker Lawson, M.A. 2 vols. 8vo. Price £1. Ss. London: C. J. and G. Rivington. 1829. N. S. NO, 52. VOLXII.

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penetrable phalanx, which they might A curious illustration of the perhaps have assailed, but assailed in opinion entertained at the Court vain.And, whatever might have been

oli Rome of Laud's principles, was his own notions concerning predestination, had he refrained from counte- furnished in the formal offer which nancing the Calvinistic subtleties, which was made to him of a Cardinal's excited so many distractions in the na- hat. Our author cannot deny this, tion; and had he been actnated less by

and knows not well how to get a vindictive spirit towards those who denied the predestinarian tenets, against rid of it. Our readers may bewhom he continually declaimed as semi- lieve, if they choose, the folpapists, he would have merited well of low

rited well of lowing representation of the mothe Church of England, though, doubt. less, he would have received' less of tives which led to the offer on the sectarian praise. But his procedure all one part, and of the refusal on along was the very reverse; and to his the other. . unhappy primacy may be traced the origin of many of those evils which “At this time a remarkable offer was afterwards distracted the kingdom. That made to Laud, on which bis enemies he was pious and sincere, cannot be have expatiated with great indecency. questioned ; his learning was extensive, On the very morning of Abbot's death, and his works, which yet remain, are a person came to him secretly, and honourable to his talents and acquire offered him a cardinal's hat, protesting, ments. But he was infected with en- at the same time, that he was able to thusiasm ; in his haste to recede from obtain what he then proffered to the popery he fell into the opposite extreme new primate. On the 17th of August, of Puritanism, and in his old age his the offer was renewed, and on both occahouse became a constant resort for the sions Land informed the King. His heads of that faction, who, because they answer to the person who made this visited him by night, received the ap- offer was, that something dwelt within pellation of Nicodemites. His inveterate him, which would not suffer that, till hostility to Land, which he manifested Rome was otherwise than it was at the throughout life, from the first appear- present time.' His second refusal was ance of the latter at the University, will decisive.. be condemned by every liberal mind; “ The charge that Laud was affected and it may be greatly doubted, if the towards popery, is now almost given up comparison were drawn between these even by his most virulent enemies, and two prelates, whether the charge of the motives which conld induce the bigotry ought not to be applied with papists to make this offer remain in obmore propriety to the mild and liberal scurity. It may be doubted whether it low-churchman, Abbot, than to the al- actually proceeded from Rome, or wheleged intolerant and illiberal high-church- ther some of the Jesuits had not merely mån. Laud. Few, indeed, do I find adopted the expedient to ascertain how among the writers of that age, Sectafar Laud was inclined to tolerate the rians and Puritans excepted, who do Papists. They well knew that he was not unite in condemning Abbot's laxity; their most virulent enemy, but vet the and from the noble historian he has re- acceptance of the hat would not have ceived a censure no less severe than been derogatory to Land as Primate of merited

the Church of England. For though it " Intimation of the Primate's death would indeed have been a wonderful reached the court that very day, and the circumstance to have seen a Protestant King lost no time in appointing his suc- a member of the College of Cardinals, cessor. The first time Laud appeared still, the honour would have been merely at court, he was accosted by the King nominal, and in the same light as tem in tliese words, My Lord's Grace of poral princes sometimes enjoy the title Canterbury, you are very welcome.' of Bishop. The King of England is On the 6th of August he was promoted Arch-Treasurer of the Holy Roman to the primacy; on the 25th his elec- empire, but it does not follow that he tion was returned to the King at Wood. must be a member of the Roman Ca. stock, and on the 19th of September he tholic Church. was formally translated, having secured “ It is impossible to believe, tliat the the appointment of his friend and fel. Papists hoped by this measure to relow-student, Dr. William Juxon, to suic concile Land to the Church of Rome, ceed him in the diocese of London.” otherwise they were most erroneous spepp. 33-35.

culators. A cardinal's cap,' says our

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