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MR. O'CONNELL' AND THE LONDON HIBERNIAN SOCIETY. A correspondence has recently taken lumniated the people of Ireland, nor place between Mr. O'Connell and the Rev. misled the people of England; but has Mr. Webster, the secretary of the London confined itself to the publication of events Hibernian Society, in consequence of the and circumstances founded, as the Comformer gentleman having charged the So- mittee believe, on unquestionable eviciety with misapplying 26,0001. of the par- dence. The London Hibernian Society liamentary grants; with having published has instructed, and now instructs, in its false statements, and with having neglected schools in the province of Munster, as to educate a single Roman-Catholic child well as in the other provinces of Ireland, in the province of Munster.--It appeared many Roman Catholic as well as Proto some impossible that Mr. O'Connell testant children ; nor has it, for many could be so ignorant of the affairs of the years, employed either preachers or misHibernian Society as to suppose that it sionaries, unless you think proper to dehad ever received any assistance from signate the Scripture readers by either of Parliament, and hence Mr. Webster's these terms;' and he calls upon Mr. first letter simply inquires whether Mr. O'Connell for proof of his accusations. O'Connell's observations referring to the Here the parties were fairly at issue; misapplication of FUNDS were intended and the only way in which Mr. O'Connell to apply to the London Hibernian So- could extricate himself from the charge of ciety, or to any other Institution ; and, calumny, was by fixing on some one inwhether there be any charge involving a stance in which the London Hibernian departure from the established principles Society had violated its rules. Instead of and regulations of the London Hibernian this he seemed disposed to let the matter Society, which he was prepared to spe- rest until Mr. Webster informed him of cify to the Committee.
the Society's intention to print the corTo these inquiries Mr. O'Connell replies, respondence. This called forth a very ". The charges to which I alluded, at the curious letter, wherein Mr. O'Connell meeting on Monday last, in the Freee- attempts to change the whole ground of masons' Hall, were intended to apply to the controversy, and to entangle Mr. W. the London Hibernian Society, and to in an argument on some new, and at none other:" and then proceeds to ask the same time very general, charges : to for documents to establish his own ac- this Mr. W. replies, by stating that, cusations, promising that if such docu- as Mr. O'Connell had not specified any ments aregiven, he can open up a scene that one instance in which the Committee had will fill with some surprise many of those transgressed the rules and regulations of who have, in this country (from unques- the Society, or advanced the least shationably pure motives) given their patron- dow of proof of his assertions, the Comage to the London Hibernian Society, mittee had determined to close the corits Preachers and some of its Mission- responce; at the same time briefly comaries.
menting on Mr. O'Connell's novel charges. To this Mr. W. replies, by expressing The correspondence appears to us, in surprise that Mr. O'Connell should then various respects, highly interesting; but have to ask for documents to establish there are some points connected with the assertions which ought not rashly to have whole subject which deserve serious nobeen made; and then declares that all Mr. tice. The charges were made at FreeO'Connell's charges are without founda- masons' Hall, at the anniversary of the tion, « The funds of the Society,” British and Foreign School Society, when says Mr. Webster, “ have never been a Mr. Sykes, a member of parliament, was applied to any
in the chair. Now it was quite obvious, those pointed out by its laws and regula- that an attack upon the London Hibernian tions, which have now, for many years, Society was totally irrelevant to the purlimited its operations to the establishing poses for which the meeting was assembled. of schools, and the reading and circulating The chairman's duty, therefore, in the first the holy Scriptures in Ireland. The So- instance, was to intimate to Mr. O'Conciety has never received any assistance nell that he was deviating from the orfrom Government, and, therefore, could derly course of proceeding. On the connot, as you have asserted, misapply the trary, Mr. O'Connell was permitted to go Parliamentary grants. It has been always, on with his observations; nor, as far as and it now is, supported entirely by the we understand, did either the chairman private and voluntary contributions of be- or any of the officers of the British and nevolent individuals, to whom it delivers Foreign School Society interfere. The an Annual Report, and publishes the same next obvious course of proceeding would for their information. It has never ca- have been, to allow any friend of the Lon
don Hibernian Society, who was present, But there are some other points which to reply to the charges which had been should not be passed over. This dismade, and explain any mis-statements cussion throws some light on the state of which had occurred, and then for the the public press. Mr. O'Connell's atchairman to request the speakers to confine tack occupies a considerable space in themselves to the business of the day. On some of the daily papers.
Mr. Evanthe contrary, when the Rev. Mr. Pope, of son's triumphant reply is scarcely noticed Dublin, who happened to be present, at- at all. How is this? simply because the tempted to reply, he was most decidedly large proportion of the newspaper reput down, and not allowed to say any porters are Roman Catholics and Irishthing; and when the Rev. Mr. Evanson, into whose hands a motion had been put But what shall we say to the conduct by the Committee, and who therefore of the officers of the British and Foreign was regularly called upon to speak, pro- School Society? In their account of the ceeded to reply to Mr. O'Connell's ob- proceedings of the day, they omit, indeed, servations, he was called repeatedly to or- any reference to either the attack or the der by the chairman; and though nothing defence. But if they were really sincere conld be more appropriate than the line in the regret which some of them exwhich Mr. E. adopted, it required no pressed at what had taken place, some small share of firmness and of adroitness intimation of that regret ought to have to persevere in his address in the face of been given ; but nothing of the kind apthe opposition with which he had to con- pears. On the contrary, Mr. O'Connell tend." That Mr. O'Connell should seize is mentioned among their distinguished any opportunity in his power to vituperate personages and eloquent speakers. But thé London Hibernian Society is no way.
neither Mr. Pope is alluded to as being surprising; but that a Member of the present, nor Mr. Evanson adverted to as British Parliament-a professedly liberal a speaker. This really seems very much man—a friend of education-should pre- like an implied approbation of Mr. O'Convent the friends of such a Society as the nell, and an intentional slight on Mr. Hibernian from speaking in its defence,
Evanson. The friends of religion will is inexplicable on any ground of consis- do well to keep this subject in view, and tency. We have heard it intimated, in- narrowly to observe the conduct of the deed, that the chairman was afraid of a British and Foreign School Society. disturbance. But if gentlemen have not The whole proceeding shews how little sufficient courage and self-possession to dependance is to be placed on professed discharge the duties of a public station, liberality of sentiment when not under they had better confine themselves to a the controul of vital religion. more appropriate sphere.
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. We are happy to state the arrival of fitted, under the labour of the valuable the Rev. Marmaduke Thompson, in this Mr. Fenn, for extensive usefulness. The country. from Madras. The above So- cause of Female Education is rapidly ciety has received most satisfactory tes- spreading in India. timonials of the prosperity and success of The Society have also received, recently, their missions in that neighbourhood. Ap- intelligence from New Zealand, which pearances are most hopeful at the Syrian is of an encouraging nature, though not College ; and there is great reason to con- unmixed with painful circumstances. clude that many of the pupils will be
BAPTISM OF A CONVERTED JEW. After the morning service at St. Andrew's belief in the truths of the Christian revechurch, Plymouth, on Sunday, June 19, lation. Mr. Alexander has already been Mr. Alexander, late Reader to the Jewish called to suffer reproach by some, who congregation in that town, and who has have endeavoured to lessen the value of filled other offices of character and respec- the sacrifice which he has thus made for tability among the Jews, was baptized in the conscience sake, by representing him as Christian faith, by the Rev. J. Hatchard, not of respectable rank in Jewish society. vicar of the parish, in the presence of an He has, however, always been known by immense congregation, who appeared to the title of Rabbi among the Jews at Plytake a deep interest in the progress of the mouth; and is acknowledged a qualified ceremony. The prayers were read by the reader in the synagogue, by being apRev. R. Lampen. The Rev. B. Golding, pointed to officiate in the room of their of Stonehouse, Captain Thicknesse, R. N. regular reader, who has for some time and Mrs. Hatchard, appeared as sponsors. been unable to fulfil the duties of his calling. The Rev. Mr. Hatchard preached on the He also held the situation of Shochet, or Inoccasion from Hosea iii. 4, 5, in very ap- spector of meat, which is an honourable propriate terms, and alluded to the indi. office, and bestowed only on 'priests of vidual who was about to declare his firm unblemished reputation.
METHODIST CHAPEL AT BARBADOES. Our readers will doubtless recollect the Barbadoes, and the expulsion of Mr. destruction of the Methodist Chapel at Shrewsbury, a licenced teacher of religion, Barbadoes, in October 1823, and the deem it their duty to declare, that they violence which compelled Mr. Shrews- view with the utmost amazement and debury, the Methodist Preacher in that testation that scandalous and daring vio. island, to escape for his life, and of which lation of law; and that they beseech his we inserted an account in our Number Majesty to take such steps as shall secure for February and March, 1824. : We the reconstruction of the chapel at the hoped that the negociations which had expence of the colony of Barbadoes, and taken place had prevented the necessity to assure his Majesty that this house will for any farther observations. It appears, afford him every assistance which may be however, that no compensation has yet required, in order to prevent the recurbeen made either to the proprietors of rence of such outrages, and in order to the chapel or the preacher; the subject secure ample protection and religious towas accordingly recently brought forward leration to all his Majesty's suðjects in by Mr. Buxton in the House of Com- that part of his dominions. mons, who, after most ably and elo- Mr. Wilmot Horton censured the inquently depicting the outrageous violence structions sent out by the Wesleyans to of the whole transaction, stated that all their Missionaries, but Mr. Canning, with which he asked was, that these people much better feeling, remarked, that, from should be compelled to rebuild the cha- the papers on the table, only one opinion pel; and that means should be taken could be formed as to the act in question. to prevent the repetition of similar out- It was wholly unjustifiable in itself ; it was rages. He would just beg to call the a transgression of law, and an insolent deattention of the House to a comparison fiance of Parliament and the country. He between the case of Mr. Smith, of De- differed from the Hon. Mover only as to merara, and the Magistrates of Barba- the manner in which the case ought to be does. The crime of Mr. Smith that treated practically. In the first place the he had been acquainted with the pro- case was different from that of Mr. Smith, jected insurrection for half an hour be- because Mr. Shrewsbury himself was fore it took place. Well, how was it wholly free from blame. [Hear.] His in the case of the Magistrates? They letter, if it contained his real opinions, he were all assembled and examined if they had a fair right to transmit; but it was an had known any thing of the intention to act of gross injustice to that individual pull down the chapel ? To which they that the letter should have been published all answered that they did. The Magis- here and sent over as a firebrand to Bartrates were asked, whether they had badoes. [Hear.), Mr. Shrewsbury was taken any steps to suppress the riot ? To cliosen by the Wesleyan Society to go which they answered, that they had used over to Barbadoes for the purpose of no exertions. Well- Mr. Smith was ac- stemming prejudice and extending knowcused of not having communicated to the ledge. He wrote an account of what he Governor the information he had received, saw and felt, to his employers ; and they, although the time would not have allowed with a culpable prematurity, published it; but when the Magistrates were inter- that account and transmitted it to Barbarogated on the same point, they answered, does. The letter was never meant to each and all, that they had not made any excite any ill-will, and still less to cause disclosure. Here, then, was this poor those outrages which undoubtedly proMissionary, who had no authority what- ceeded from it. He admitted that the soever, residing at a distance of ten miles outrage was an enormous one, and in confrom the Governor, and because he did sidering it there were four parties to be not communicate his information with judged. First, the unknown persons who the rapidity of a telegraph; he was committed the outrage ; second, the local sentenced to be hnaged by the neck, Magistrates who either did not know, or whilst, at the same time, these Ma- did not do their duty (Hear]; third, the gistrates, who were invested with au- Governor of Barbadoes; and fourthly, thority, and whose duty it was to disclose the Government at home. He could not whatever information they received, and think that the Governor had been guilty who were within a short distance of the of any thing improper. He had omitted Governor's house, were merely subjected to call out the military force, because he to a ludicrous reprimand from the Privy was told by his advisers that the civil Council, which in fact was never acted power was sufficient. The Hon. mover upon.
The Honourable Member con- himself admitted the blamelessness of cluded by proposing the following reso- the Governor. Since that time, however, lution :-“ That this House having taken a larger authority had been entrusted to into their most serious consideration the him, and he had executed it with discrepapers laid before them, relating to the tion and effect. Nor did he think the demolition of the Methodist chapel in Government at home were to be blamed, for they had done all in their power to heaped upon the Wesleyan Missionaries, prevent a recurrence of similar events. in order to depress the designed victim, They had enlarged the authority of the who was a member of a different religious Governor, and they had reprimanded the Society, by an invidious contrast. They local magistrates. It had been said the will not forget, either, that his character magistrates ought to have been punished as a member of the Established Church, and displaced. But who knew enough of could not atone, in the eyes of the Westthe state of society in Barbadoes to say, Indians, for the zeal; and benevolence, that if any of these were -- removed they and piety, of that admirable man, Mr. could be replaced by better ones With Austin ; and recollecting these things, and respect to calling on the Barbadians to
comparing them with the detestable outrebuild the church, it would be a diffi- rages offered to Mr. Shrewsbury, they will cult step. That colony had an indepen- not fail to conclude, that religion, and not dent legislature, and we had no right to its particular form,-God, and not his milevy such a tax. Believing that the ori- nisters, are the objects of alarm and averginal resolution would be greatly im- sion to the persecutors. And how can it proved by his amendment, he would move, be otherwise? These people living in a & that the House having taken into its state of the foulest sensuality, cannot conmost serious consideration the papers on template the pure life and self-denying the table relating to the demolition of the doctrines of a sincere Christian teacher, Methodist Chapel in Barbadoes, deem it otherwise than as censures of their own their duty to declare their utmost indig- licentious depravity ; while they must renation at that scandalous and daring vio- gard those who would breathe a soul of lation of the law: and having seen with religion into those of their fellow-creatures great satisfaction the instructions sent whom they treat like the beasts that perish over by his Majesty's Secretary of State -as men who would deprive them of their to the Governor of Barbadoes to prevent human cattle, by raising these unhappy the recurrence of a similar outrage, humbly creatures to that moral and intellectual express their ready concurrence in any rank for which their all-bounteous Creator measures necessary to secure the most designed them. ample protection and religious tolera- “ It is a curious illustration of the pertion to all classes of his Majesty's subjects fect understanding which exists among the in that colony."
enemies of the Gospel—those who The following extract, from Baldwin's make merchandise of men's souls,'-every Weekly Journal, deserves serious attention. where, that the unchristian ruffians of Bar
“ Our readers will not forget, that when badoes have borrrowed the name of Capthe destruction of Mr. Smith was to be tain Rock,' the champion of the Irish accomplished, the warmest eulogies were priests."
CHINESE BIBLES.-MALACCA. The following extract shews the eager- books. As a proof that the books sent to ness with which many in China and the that country when you were here, are read neighbouring countries welcome the offer and understood by the people, they had of the Scriptures in their own tongue. written down the names of many of them
“ It will gladden your heart to hear that which they brought to us, that we might many, both of the Chinese and Malays, supply them with books of the same kind. have lately called and begged for the Word 0! that the Lord would bless his own of Life. We lately sent to Cochin-China, word. Many hundred copies have been by Government vessels belonging to that sent from hence since you left us, and country, 'nearly 3,000 copies of the Mis- there appears an increasing desire in all sion books, in Chinese. They were eagerly classes to obtain our books. Our weekly read by the Cochin-Chinese, and many of sheet tract is continued, and is much their great men came to the College with sought after by the Chinese, who all say a large body of servants, and requested it contains good doctrine.”
HOUSE OF REFORM FOR FEMALE CHILDREN. The following benevolent proposal has institution has been formed for the spebeen issued for instituting a house of dis- cific object of arresting the progress of cipline and school of reform for viciously vice in the minds of female children disposed and neglected female children. already contaminated by actual guilt.
• Many calls have been of late made -2d, That the experiment has been tried upon the public attention, to institute with great success in the case of boys societies for checking various species of by the Philanthropic Society, the Refuge crime; but as it is still more desirable to for the Destitute, and other establishprevent than to remedy an evil, it is re- ments; where, by their valuable exertions, spectfully submitted to the benevolence of many have been checked in their career the British public, Ist, That as yet no of wickedness; and, instead of becoming
amenable to the offended laws of their the reception of such objects, it is earcountry, are now restored to the commu- nestly hoped that this appeal to the British nity, useful and respectable members of public will not be made in vain, but that society :-and, 3d, That it is a lament- à sufficient number will be found ready to able fact, that there are now (January contribute towards forming, supporting, 1825) four female children under thirteen and perfecting a system from which it is. years of age in Newgate, two of whom reasonable to expect, with the blessing of. are under sentence of death; unavoidably God, who alone can give the increase, associating with the numerous old offend- that the amount of crime will be lessened, ers, and habitually vicious inmates of that and the aggregate of good materially augprison. It is therefore proposed that an mented.' institution should be formed for placing It is intended that this establishment under strict discipline, and wholesome re- should be under the care of a Schoolmis.. straint, female children of vicious habits; tress, with such other assistants as may to correct them in their evil ways, and to be requisite; that the children be careprevent the confirmation of those prac- fully instructed in the holy Scriptures, tices, which in all human probability must reading, spelling, and needlework; also, terminate in their destruction.
that they be employed in household labour, “ The necessity of such an establish- in proportion to their strength; and that. ment has presented itself very forcibly to plain clothing be provided for them during the minds of those who have given much the time they remain in the institution. of their attention to the subject of female Subscriptions are received by Sir John prisoners ; and finding upon inquiry, that Perring, Shaw, and Co., Bankers, 72, none of the societies at present in exist- Cornhill. ence can lend their valuable aid towards
Just published, Saint Paul's Visitation at Miletus. A Sermon, at the Visitation of the Archdeacon of Suffolk. By the Rev. John Wilcox, M. A.
The Importance of a full Exhibition of Scriptural Truth. A Sermon, preached before the University of Cambridge, June 26, 1825. By Thomas Webster, M. A. Vicar of Oakington, Minister of Tavistock Chapel, and late Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge.
Notices and Acknowledgments. The proposal of Blaise is accepted; though with some doubts, in consequence of communications of a similar nature from various quarters.
39779-A. B.-PROTESTANT_&c. are under consideration.
A letter, enclosing Twenty Pounds, to be divided between the Bible Society and Church Missionary Society, has been received, and the enclosure appropriated according to the writer's directions.