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Opening of the New Parliament, The New Parliament, which was convened some days previous for the sake of swearing in the members of the House of Commons, was opened for business by the King in person, on Tuesday, the 21st instant. Complaints were made by the Opposition in both Houses of the deficiencies of the Speech from the Throne. The address was moved in the Lords by the Earl CORNWALLIS and seconded by Lord ColvilLE ; in the Cominons it was moved by the Honourable Mr. LIDDELL, member for Northumberland, and seconded by the Honourable G. Win, member for Maldon.
There was nothing in the debate which belongs to the Chris. tian Reformer, excepting what was said relating to the religious grievances of Ireland. On this topic, Mr. BROUGHAM said it struck him as a most extraordinary circumstance, that at a time when in the minds of all men there was but one prevailing opinion as to the aspect of public affairs, and that next to what relates to the good of the people, and in some minds even before the good of the people, an urgent demand was felt by every one that the affairs of Ireland should be earnestly and speedily, though maturely considered, yet that, in the King's Speech, the name of Ireland should never once be mentioned. He hoped there was nothing ominous in it, but it must be confessed that it was in the last degree surprising. It was a singular fact that just before the breaking out of the American war, at a time. when all men's eyes were pointed towards America, and when America was the word which hung upon the quivering lip of every man who thought or felt at all, neither mention nor allusion was made to it in the speech from the throne. In a time of scarcely less anxiety, Ireland was omitted in the speech which had just been read to the house. So far was that omission from being expected in America, thàt (as he had been just reminded) it was treated as a bitter calumny and satire, both mpon the mother country and the colonies, and the printer who first published a copy of the King's Speech was thrown into prison. No man living could believe, knowing what had been doing in Ireland for the last six months, what was doing there now, and what ought to be done here, that the King's Speech contained no mention whatever of the condition of that country. He protested against the omission. The most satisfactory proposition that his Majesty's Government could make would be some measure of sound and enlightened policy which should do justice to Ireland, and save that country from the combined horrors of civil and RELIGIOUS WARFARE.
Mr. Dawson, the new member for the county of Louth, deplored, as an Írish member, the omission in the speech from
the throne of mention of the present state of Ireland. He had just seen accounts in the Irish newspapers of the different parties being anxious to come to open war. He contended that the discontents of Ireland ought to undergo investigation. By conciliating that country the charge and disgrace of a standing army of 15,000 troops might be got rid of. The honourable member then directed the attention of the House to foreign countries, the condition of which should prompt Parliament to make immediate inquiry into the religious grievances of Ireland. How had other nations disposed of their religious disputes ? There had been quarreling on religious grounds in the Netherlands, though it had never proceeded to the length of murder, firing and assassination, as in Ireland; but the quarrels had been appeased by every man being recently placed upon an equality as to political rights. The speaker then referred to the religious liberty enjoyed in America, which had proved so beneficial, and which he could not but think was applicable to every country under Heaven. At the present moment, he said, there were no religious disputes in France, because there was no distinction in the admission of persons to civil offices founded on a difference of creeds. France had done more for religious toleration; she had provided for the maintenance of the Protestant Clergy': wbat became then of the argument from Catholic illiberality? It had been said (in the speech of the Seconder), that further concessions to the Irish Catholics would destroy the establishment in Church and State. If the Church were founded upon the rock of truth, how could it be injured? But the temporalities of the Church might be injured! The Catholics did not He was
-19, at Portsea, aged 60, Mr. John Brent, a member of the Unitarian Baptist Church at Portsmouth, and for some years a preacher in that Connexion. He printed, in 1814, a Discourse in vindication of the General Baptists from some aspersions cast upon them by Mr. Ivimey; and more latterly he published a Lecture preached in reference to some reflections cast upon the Church to which he belonged at a Missionary Meeting. He was a decided Unitarian, a zealous Baptist and a warm friend of universal liberty, civil and religious. him," says a correspondent, “ Death had no terrors : he did not indeed boast of raptures, but expressed a grateful sense oi the kind attentions of his friends, spoke of his approaching dissolution, gave his dying admonition, and took his last fare. well with calmness.”
November 7, Rev. John Cundill met his death in a most awful manner. He was passenger on board the Graham Steam Boat from Grimsby to Hull
, and the Grahain having been laid along-side the United Kingdom Scottish London to Edinburgh, to take in the sh Steam Vessel from
passengers for Hull, the boiler of the Graham burst with a dreadful explosion, by which several persons (some accounts say 8) were killed
, amongst whom was the above-named person. Two or three of the unhappy persons destroyed were at once shattered to atoms; but Mr. Candill, with others, was blown overboard. On the coroner's inquest; "George Wright, the steward, deposed, that Mr. Cundill was one of the passengers of the Graham. Witness heard him preach on Sunday night, and was speaķing to him a few minutes before the accident." “ Mr. Richard Garton was
passenger on board the Graham. Saw Mr. Cundill taken out of the water into a boat immediately after the explosion. He was not dead, but died a few ininutes after he was taken on board the United Kingdom. He (Cundill) was a long time in the water. He appeared to have died froin suffocation. swimming, nearly exhausted, when the boat took him up.”-In this manner perished John Cundill, who was well known to some of our readers. He was a native of Lincolnshire, was brought up as a gardener, but being of an inquiring mind and fond of knowledge, took to books and became a General Baptist Minister. In this character he was successively at Soham, Cainbridgeshire; Cranbrook, Kent"; Saffron Walden, Essex ; and latterly at Hull. Disappointments and straightened circumstances had soured his temper, and the few last years of his life were far from happy. He published a pamphlet on his dismissal from Walden, exposing his fancied wrongs. We believe that he always meant to do right, but that a too warm constitutional temperament sometimes obscured his judgment. Let his frailties be now buried in his untimely grave. It is a singular fact that the last time that Mr. Cundill was in London, he narrowly escaped being burnt to death in his bed: one person perished in that manner in the house in which he at that time was lodging.--He has left a widow and several children wholly unprovided for.-—The signature J. C., p. 70 of this volume and in the preceding volumes of this work, stands for John Cundill. The letters on The Unchangeable Love of God," of which the 1st will be found on the above reference, were not continued, though several were in our hands, because we understood the writer professed to have undergone some change of opinions, and knew not how far the letters sent to us many months ago were agreeable to his latest faith.
10, the Rev. JOHN. YATES, of Liverpool, who had been from 1777 to 1823, the respected minister of the large and wealthy congregation of Paradise Street, in that town. He was, we believe, a native of Bolton. He received his education at the academy at Warrington, from which so many able Unitarian ministers proceeded. He was blessed with great substance and hail a heart to use it liberally, being a subscriber to all Unitarian institutions and a benefactor in various ways to his own town and neighbourhood. On his retirement from his pastoral charge, occasioned by his years, the congregation presented him with a piece of plate of the value of One Hundred Guineas, as ai? expression of gratitude for his publie services, and a testimony i to his private virtues.
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