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Mr. Reed, of Charleston. The report was finally rejected, and the scheme of foreign missions did not receive the sanction of the meeting. No alteration in the constitution of the Society can take place, except at the annual meeting. In consequence of this, the Society is in a curious situation. The newly-elected Board is decidedly hostile to the colonizing project. They have no powers by which they may divert the funds to a foreign mission, and consequently nothing can be done till the next annual meeting in May. Under these circumstances the existence of the Society cannot be long calculated on.

Calcutta Unitarianism.-The inhabitants of Boston seem deeply interested in the promotion of religion in the East. Two meetings were held in the month of May, the latter of them a crowded one, for the sole purpose of considering the best means for promoting Unitarian Christianity in Calcutta. A report was read, the contents of which are highly gratifying. It proposed that the 7,500 dollars, the sum required from the American Unitarians by the Calcutta Committee a loan, should rather be contributed as a gift; and, to effect this, that subscriptions should immediately be commenced throughout the country. Much information was asked and given respecting Rammohun Roy and Mr. Adam. We regret to observe, that bigotry has been at work, in the attempt to blacken the characters of these two illustrious men.- Mr. Lewis Tappan followed, and observing that remarks having been freely circulated in some circles that Rammohun Roy and Mr. Adam are not men of good morals, he would request a gentleman present, belonging to the Orthodox Missionary Society, who had personally known them in Calcutta, to state his impressions. This gentleman in reply spoke respectfully of Rammohun Roy, but doubted the fact of his being a Christian; and with regard to Mr. Adam, be said, that he considered him a moral man, but not a very religious man; nor did he think him possessed of great ability, nor the most proper person to be employed in this work.



"The attention of the meeting was then turned for some time to the character of Mr. Adam. It was said by several that of his abilities we have abundant proof in his writings, from which we are able to form a sufficient judgment for ourselves. Mr. Tappan cited some strong testimonies in his favour. Mr. W. Russell, who had known him in Scotland, gave at some length his history and character; said 2 U



Child of Hope and heir of Eternal Promises! another year is before thee, and shall not thine heart praise Him? Trials and temptations await thee, and wilt thou not pray to Him? Death may send forth his summons, and shall not thy spirit be ready for him? O lift up thy heart to Him that liveth for ever, and be thou strong and of good courage, for blessed is the strength that helpeth thee, and bright the hope that impelleth thee. Child of Immortality! go on thy way rejoicing!


London Mechanics' Institution.

The Third Anniversary of this Society was held on the 12th inst., in their Theatre in Southampton Buildings. The Duke of SUSSEX took the chair on the occasion. Dr. BIRKBECK, the President, informed the meeting that His Royal Highness would present the first two annual prizes instituted by Dr. FELLOWES. These are of £10 each; one for the best essay on any of the mechanical powers-the other for the best model of a new or improved machine. There were eight essays in competition for the prize-seven of the candidates had chosen the lever for their subject. To one of these, Mr. THOMAS HOLMES, the prize had been adjudged, whose essay evinced considerable mathematical as well as mechanical science. He was a journeyman shoemaker. He had been one of the first Members of the Institution, and a regular attendant at the lectures, twice a week, from the commencement. He was led to the study mathematics from having, some years ago, accidentally commenced reading the introduction to "Pinkerton's Geography," but which he found it impossible to understand without a knowledge of numbers and magnitudes; he then looked out his school-books, and began the study of arithmetic, which he had gone through before, but had not before understood; he followed this with the study of Geometry. He had been enabled to apply these studies in the production of the essay in question. The prize offered for the best model of an improved or original machine, was adjudged to Mr. GEO. HEN. LYNE, likewise an original Member of the Institution, who had acknowledged himself indebted to it for his knowledge of the principles of mechanical philosophy. The machine, which was put in motion and minutely explained to the meeting by Professor Millington, is for cutting two combs at the same time out of the same piece of tortoise-shell, without waste of material.-His Royal Highness in presenting these prizes addressed both the successful competitors in language of warm congratulation. One sentence of these speeches is worthy of being preserved: "The more information men obtain, and the more industry they exercise, the more they contribute to the happiness of mankind."-Dr. BIRKBECK announced at the instance of Mr. BROUGHAM, who was unavoidably absent on 1 public duty, that it is the intention of the Committee for the diffusion of useful knowledge (amongst whom, besides the two (gentlemen above named, are Lord JOHN RUSSELL, Dr. LUSHINGTON, Messrs ABERCROMBY, JOHN SMITH and W. ALLEN) to begin publishing in July next elementary treatises on the various branches of science and of the arts connected with them, at a cheap rate and on a plan suited to the capacity of students. -The Duke of SUSSEX dismissed the meeting with the follow


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