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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

GERMANY. (

Extract of a Letter from J. F.Sting, Master of a Gruqimar-School in Bnlingen, a Small Town in the Kingdom of tVirlemberg, dated the 5th of August, 1809.

On (he 31st of June, a flash of Kghtning struck a house in the suburbs of our town; and the fire spread so rapidly, that, notwithstanding the most strenuous exertions, in less than 22 hours the whole town was burned down, with the exception of a few houses. 320 houses were laid in ashes; mid 630 famines deprived of their habitations, and of almi st all their property. Their misery and distress is indescribable. They had suffered much before from the war; which, having equally affected their neighbours, they can expect but little assistance from them.

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Dr. Knapp, Director of the Orphan-House in Halle, in -<nx*ntf, dated (he \Zlh of August, 1809.

Hitherto the Lord has helped us in the midst of various difficulties. Our university a^ain subsists since Easter, 1808, though very thinly attended, to what it formerly was. That God has preserved Franck's Institutions,notwithstanding the pressure of the times, and the failure of former resources, is a wonder in our sight, and has greatly strengthened my faith. Our government has last year done more for their support than we evercnuld have expected. It is true, they signified to us they could not continue it to ttie same extent for the future; but He, who has the hearts of all men in his hands, and to whom all resources are open, can easily continue to provide for it; for one thmgi* evident, that the blessing of their Founder still res^s upon them. In extent, they have recently increased, in consequence of an order from government, that the two grammarschools in the town should be incorporated with them j besides

which, the original schools of the orphan-house are so crowded with children, that we are distressed for room, though wei can accommodate upwards of TOO.

Extract of a Letter from Mr. J. T. Kiesling, Merchant at Suremberg, dated the \0lh of January, 1S10, addressed to the Her. C. Sleinkopff.

As the different sums which you committed to our distribution have long since been exhausted, I humbly beg leave once more to recommend to the attention of your benevoleBt Committee, the numerous sufferers in Austria, Nuremberg, Augspurg, Tyrol, and many otherplaces, who have been reduced to the greatest extremity by the late awful war; so that some of them are literally starving. Therefore, now the kind ass stance of the generous friends in London, would prove more acceptable than ever, and lie productive of the greatest blessings,, for which our common Lord would richly reward them.

Oil, ye generous friends of humanity in England, could you but for a moment be transported to the cabins of Poverty in Germany, — see their distresses and hear their tales of woe, your hearts would melt within you,' and you would ■gladly exert yourselves to the utmost to alleviate the burdens of your suffering fellow-pilgrims; and now to our Blessed Lord and Saviour, I commit every thing: he has the hearls of his people in Eng'and in his o.vn hands; and can incline them asseemelh good to himself.

FRANCE. .

Paris, March 1. — Napoleon has decreed that the Edict of Louis the xivth, founded upon the Declaration of the Clergy of France respecting the Ecclesiastical Power,made in the month of March 1682, shall be a ge. neral law of the empire.

The principal point of this Declaration is, that neither the successors of st. Peter, nor even the whole ehnrch, have received from God any power over things temporal and civil; but only over spiritual matters. The chief article is succeeded by three other articles, declaring, That, even in spiritual matters, the power of the Pope is limited by the Decreesof the Council of Constance, aad by the usages and constitutions of the Gallican Church.

Bv a late Decree of the French Emperor, the Roman territory is to be divided into two departments: The department of Rome, and the department of Trasimene; the former to send seven deputies, the latter four, to the Legislative Body in France. The territory is to give the title of King of Rome to the hereditary imperial prince; and the city is to be deemed the secoad city of the empire.

By this decree, the Popes are to make oath «ever to do any thing contrary to the four propositions of the Gallican church, agreed lo in. the assembly of the'clergy in 1682.

The decree further provides for the temporal support of the Pope. He is to .have palaces in several parts of the empire, where he may wish to reside; .and of course, one at Rome and one at Paris, with a revenue of two millions (we suppose of francs) j but he a to have no tempera,! authority.

Baptist Mission, East Indies.

We are informed that pleasing accounts of the State of the Mission have-lately been received. The work ef grace appears to he going on among the natives; and also among some Portugueze Catholics, at Calcutta. The Missionaries at Goamalty, Dinangepore, and Berhampore, have likewise been successful. The brethren dialer and F. Carey have got into their new miss'on-housft at Rangoon; and are so far {gaiters of the language as to be ahsio nteet thekuatives twice a week, and converse with them about religion. They have met with a book, containing Scrip* lure, Extract), translated into dio Bufcman language, by an tiaiiarj missionary, who, ,ha» been in the country five - and -twenty yeats

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This will be useful to them till'they are able to translate the New Testament themselves.

Having finisaed the translation and innting of the New Testament in the Oiissa language, Ihey are about to commence a Miision to that part ol Iridr-; for which purpose Providence appears to have provid-d suitable inst uuienls; and. the expence is prop Sfd to be defrayed by the churcn at Calcutta^ There have been, we rejoice to hear, several remarkable m-lances of converting grace among ihe Europeans; one of whom was a notorious intidel.'

Mr. Carey, .who has been very dangerous!) il!, s mmcifully recovered; but is si II indisposed.

Extract of a Letter from Mr. Queteville, Preacher lo the hrench Methodists, in Ihe Islands of Cuernsey and Jersey, lo Lr. lake. [From the Methodist Magazine.'] Monsieur P. informs me, that the Reformed in France are in high

credit: that Monsieur S has

great interest with Napoleop, and is the friend of the Minister of the Interior; and that the sincere Methodists ar,e much esteemed where they are kuown.

The'Emperor has of lale published a Declaration, which he has obliged the Fries!s to read in their several congregations, stating, that they who call themselves The Successors of Jesus Christ, and his Apostles, ought to imitate their Master; who publicly avowed,' My kingdom is not of this world;' and who took uo part in the public affair of the state; but was wholly occupied about spiritual things. He says that lie will listen to thena when they speak to him on subjects conneeled with the salvation of his soul.; but on no other!!!'

You will be pleased with the account Mrs. Many has given me of Mr Poatavice. kbesajs that be arrived Mi Caren a little before their departure, on a visit to the Society as he tiad been accustomed to do every winter; and, in the intervals, he wrote I hem very edifying pas' twral letters* that he is muetfalive Qg

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to G.id, priaches with great power, and sees Ihe fruit of his labour amongst the inhabitants ofBolbee, where he statedly ministers. He is held in high estimation by the Reformed Ministers, who frequently nivile him to preach in their churches, where he has crowded llongrega'.ions. — The last Whitsuntide he spent al Rouen, in supplying the place of one of the ministers who was indisposed. The church eonld not contain the crowds of Protestants and Roman Ca'holics; who listened with the greatest attention, whilst he published the doctrines of salvation as they are taught araoafst us. • Mrs. Mahy observes further,'The little Society at Beuville was much affected at our departure, and shed many tears. They are very lively; as are a few others ia the Commune of Condc. Two are dead; ami a few have turned aside. There are eighteen in Society at Beuville, and eighteen at Perier, one of them was formerly a great opposer of the truth; but now he is a leading man; and, in the absence of Mr. M. reads sermons to the people.'

Jezss in Poland.

A Minister of the gospel now in London, who was in Poland last year, relates the following remarkable fact : — Several of the Jewish Rabbis in that country, entertaining ome apprehensions concerning the possible truth of the Christian Religion, have been known to say to

some of the Jews, when attending their dying beds, and in the near prospect of eternity,"* If Jesus of Nazareth, in whom the Christians believe, be the true Messiah, may God have mercy upon you for hi* sake V

Power of Conscience.

A Man and his wife were recently executed it Augsburgh for murder, tlie discovery of which, after a long lapse of time strongly manifesto the impossibility of eluding the all-seeing eye of Providence. The criminal, whose name was Wincze, was originally of Nurenburgh; but removed to Augshurgh in 1188; where he followed the law. In this city he became intimate in the family of Mr. Glegg, to whose daughter he paid his addres'es; but the—old man not sanctioning his, visits, he met ihe daughter privately, seduced her, and porsuaded her, in order to remove the only obstacle to their union, to administer poison to her father! The horrid plan succeeded, no suspicions were entertained, and their union put him in possession of the father's wealth. During a period of twenty-one years they were externally happy shut, in secret, a prey to the greatest remorse. At length, unable to endure any longer the load of guilt, the wife made confession of the particulars of the atrocious crime she had been prevailed on to commit. The busband was apprehended; and both, suffered by an ignominious death.

L 0 JV D 0 JV.

The Annual Meeting of the British And Foreign Bible SoctETT will be held on Wednesday, May 2, at the [Old] London Tavern, in B,shopsgate Street, ne;ir Cornhill, the former place of meeting having been found too small.—The President will take the Chair precisely at Twelve o'Cloek.

The Annual Sermon for the Benefit of The London Female PenitexTiarv, will be preached on Wednesday Evening, the 2:1 of May, at St. Lawrence Jewry Church, near Guildhall, by the Rev. Legh Richmond, A. M% Rector of Tmvey, Bedfordshire. — Service to, begin at Half past Six o'clock, prers ly. ,

The Annual Meeting of the Society engaged in the Support of the London Female Penitentiary, will be held on Tuesday, the 3th of May, at the New London Tavern, Cheapaidc, at Twelve o'Clock,precisely.

The Annual Meeting of this Society will, if God permit, be held in London, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 9th, 10th, and 11 th Days of May. — The Arrangement of the Services' is as follows : — , „ ■

SURRY CHAPEL. • ..

Wednesday Morning, May 9, tbe'Rev. W. B. Collyer, D. D. of Peckham, to preach. ,'.

TABERNACLE.

Wednesday Evening. The Rev. T. Kelly, A. M. of Dublin, to preach.

SILVER STREET.

Thursday Morning, May 10, the Members and Friends of the Society will meet at the Rev. Mr. Jones's Chapel, Silver Street, to transact the usual Business of the Institution, — to hear the Annual Report, and elect Officers and Directors for the Year ensuing. An Address will be delivered to the Society.

TOTTENHAM-COURT CHAPEL.

Thursday Evening, the Rev.G. Collison, of WaUhamstow, to preach* ST. Bride's Church, Fleet Street.

Friday Morning, May II, the Rev. W. B. Cocker, A. M. Vicar of Bunny and Ruddiuglon, in the County of Nottingham, to preach.

On Friday Jfternoon, at Four o'clock, the. remaining Business of the Society will be transacted at the School-Hoom of Sion Chapel.

AT SION CHAPEL.

On Friday Evening the Sacrament of the lord's Supper will be administered to those Members and Friends of the Missionary Society who are Stated Communicants with a Christian Church (of whatever tty.m) wh» produce Tickets, signed by their respective Ministers. It is hoped thai no Person will be offended by the strict regard which, to prevent confusion, or the admission of improper persons, must be paid to this Regulation. •

Ministers resident in town, will be pleased to send,vto Lhe Secretary, 5i, Hatton Garden.'for Tickets, on the preceding Thursday, Friday, or Saturday Morning. Ministers from the Country may obtain them on Monday Afternoon, at No. 9, Old Swan Stairs; or on Wednesday Morning, before the Service, at Sorry Chapel.

We are desired to say, That the Front Seats in the Galleries at each of the Chapels, being reserved for the Ministers, other persons-are requested not to occupy them.

The Morning Services will commence at Half past Ten, and the Evening Services at Six. A Collection will be made at each place.

The Annual Meeting of the Religious Tract Society will be held on Thursday, the lOtb of May, at the City of London Tavern, Bishopsgale Street, at Seven o'clock in the Morning.

.The Annual Meeting of the Hibernian Society, for the Diffusion of Religious Knowledge in Ireland, will be held on Friday, the 11th of May, at Stvenin the-Morning, at the New London Tavern, Cheapside.

The AaHUfti Meeting of the General Congregational Union will be held on Wednesday Morning, May the 16th, atthe Uev. Mr. Wall's Meeting-House, Pavemeiit, Moortields; when a Sermon will be preached by %he Rev. Dr. Winter. — Service to beg-in at Eleven o'clock. The Business

• f the Society will he transacted after the Service. The Members anst

Friends of the Union are requested to breakfast to»elher :>' Hie New London Tavern, at Half past Seven in the Morning of the same day*

212 / RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

Toleration Act. In coniequence of Ihe Motions made by Lord Sidmotith, In the House of Lords, we- are informal, that Returns have been transmitted by the Registrars in each Diocese, of the number of places registered therein; and also by the Clerks of the Peace of the several Counties, both of the Preachers and Places licensed therein, according to the Toleration Act, from the beginning of the year 1760, to lit* end of the year 1808. The totals, we understand, are as follow: —

Number of Places registered in the Places. Preachers.

Bishops' Courts — — 10,154 (.-. Number of Places registered at the

'Quarter Sessioi s — — 2,007

Number of Preachers at ditto —. — 3,672

Total — 12,161 3,672

We confess that the number of preachers falls far below our expeclalion, and seems net to afford any ground of alarm, even to those wh6 are the most jealous on account of the supposed increase «f Methodist aud Dissenting Teachers.

; la tuoki.ig over the Pst of counties, the greatest numbers are, as might be expected, in the most populous places; tor instance, Yorkshire, 351 | Middlesex, 810.

i If,there has been any abuse of the Toleration Act, by obtaining licences, by persons who, are not preachers, we suspect it has been in

„Londpn. We are assured, by minister in the country of considerable informal)*!,, that no ease ever caine within their observation of such a fraud. Indeed, such cases are so few, that it seems preposterous to ground an infringement of the Toleration Act on such a pretext. Besides, the

■evil, if it really exists, is already obviated, in great part, as the late Militia Bills excuse no preacher from serving, unless he be the iviiuistcr of a congregation.

< As to the number of places licenced, it is not very great: twelve thou

, sand in 48 yenis, is only about 250 ia a year; which is not five annually ia every county; and if we take into the account, as we certainly ought, that, in many cases, four or five different licences have been obtained for

.one congregation (as a dwelling-house, a barn, a small meeting, arid then a larger) the number is much reduced.

Then again, let it be remembered, that many a place has been licenced, for fear of .disturbance or persecution; in which there has been preaching but once or Aw ice, or for a very short time, and then dropped. Our brethren in the country well know this. This will reduce the number still lower; and thus, taking the above and other similar circumstances into consideration, it seems probable that not more than 5000 or 6000 places have (probably jmauy of these are merely Sunday-Schools) in nearly JjO years, been licenced: a number by no means formidable to thinking and

candid men, who wish to promote the religious instruction of the poor

nud ignorant.

African Institution.

The Annual Meeting of this So- couragement of Agricultural, Meciety was held at Freemasons'Hall, chanical, ai.d.Commercial Pursuits on the S8th <of March, the Duke of among the natives of Africa. The Gloucester in the Choir. An in- Report slates, that the enemies of teresling Repot.t was read by (ha the abolition of the slave trade have Secretary; from which it appears C^eu actively employed in attemptthat tl«e Committee' have diligently jng ?« evade the operation of the tlii'ided iheir aUtn4 iou to the en- abolition - laws, by carrying eu »

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