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Intelligence.-Persecution of the French Protestants. 9. That a copy of these Resolutions they most deeply deplore ; this meet. be sent to the Lord Lieutenants of the ing cannot, therefore, but cherish the Ridings of the County of York. most sanguine hope, that the noble
10. That a copy be also sent to the exertions of his Majesty's government Members for the County of York, and on behalf of the sutfering and perse. to the Members for this Borough, cuted Protestants of France, will at with a request that they will use their length meet with complete success. influence with his Majesty's Minis That a dutiful and loyal address be ters, and their efforts in Parliament, presented to his Royal Highness the in furtherance of the object desired. Prince Regent from this town and
11. That a copy of these Resolu- neighbourhood, expressing our hortions be inserted in the Courier and ror at these persecutions, and humbly Morning Chronicle, London News- praying his Royal Highness to continue papers; in the York Herald and Leeds his influence, and the adoption of such Mercury, and in each of the Hull measures as may effectually remove Papers.
and prevent the recurrence of such 12. That the Bankers in this Town enormous evils. be requested to receive Subscriptions. That the petition now proposed is
13. That the Gentlemen who signed approved, and remain for the signathe Requisition be appointed a Com- ture of the inhabitants, at the Star mittee, to carry these Resolutions into Inn, during the present week. effect.
That Wm. Chute, Esq. and T. F, 14. That the Thauks be given to Heathcote, Esq. our county represen-, the Right Worshipful the Mayor, for tatives, be requested to present the his promptitude in calling this Meet- same to his Royal Highness. ing, and for his conduct in the chair. That these Resolutions and the Ad
dress be inserted in the Courier, the Gosport, Dec. 19, 1815. Morning Chronicle, and the County At a numerous and respectable Meet- Newspapers.
ing of the inhabitants of this Towi), That the subscriptions be paid to held at the Star Iun, and convened the Chairman, and after defraying the by public advertisement,
expenses of the advertisements, that The Rev. JAMES COLLINS, A. M. in he remit the balance to one of the the Chair,
Banks in London, appointed to reResolved unanimously,
ceive the Fund for the relief of the That this Meeting cannot but ex- suffering Protestants. press its horror and concern at the
James Collins, Chairman. existence of Religious Persecution in That the thanks of this Meeting be France, and that the Protestants in given to the Chairman for his very any part of that country, should be able, liberal and impartial conduct the victims of dreadful massacre, pil- in the chair. lage and desolations, and have their To his Royal Highness the Prince places of worship destroyed or shut
The Dutiful and Loyal Petition and That sympathizing as men and as Address of bis Majesty's Subjects, Christians with the Protestants thus Juhabitants of the town of Gosport suffering, and observing that a Fund and its neighbourhood, is already opened in London for their Most humbly sheweth to your succour and relief, we are also willing Royal Higness, to contributo our aid, and that a Sub That your petitioners having learnt scription be immediateiy opened for with horror the cruel and inhuman such benevolent purpose, at the Banks persecutions which the Protestants in in this Town.
France have been doomed of late to That deriving the liveliest gratifi. suffer, by the merciless rage of infucation from learning that the minis- riated bigotry and superstition, do ters of his Royal Highness the Prince most humbly pray your Royal HighRegent, have supported and asserted ness to continue your gracious influ. the principles of Religious Toleration ence with his Majesty the King of and Liberty, in their recent commu- France, and to adopt such other meanications with the government of sures as will most effectually repress France, and are using their best ef- and utterly prevent the repetition of forts to arrest the progress of evils such outrages, and in the end secure
Intelligence.-Persecution of the French Protestants. 59 to our Protestant brethren there the to a speedy termination of these atroundisturbed enjoyment of the un- cities; but if our 'hopes shall be disalienable rights of conscience and re- appointed, (an event which we should Jigious worship.
most sincerely deplore,) we shall conAnd as in duty bound, your peti- sider ourselves called upon by every tioners will ever pray.
principle of Christian charity and be
nevolence, to co-operate with our Meeting of Roman Catholics of the Protestaut countrymen in extending
Counties of Northumberland, Dur- to the Protestants of France the same ham, and the North Riding of York- relief and assistance, which, under shire.
similar circumstances, we should be At a most numerous and highly re- ready to afford to persons of our own
spectable Meeting of Roman Ca- persuasion. tholics as above, holden at New.
5. That these, together with the castle-upon-Tyne, on the 27th of subsequent Resolutions, be made December, for the purpose of tak- known, signed by our chairman, to ing into consideration the Persecu- his Majesty's Principal secretary of tion of the Protestants in the South State for Foreign Affairs, requesting of France, and their own condition the Noble Viscount to accept and to as Roman Catholics and Subjects couvey to the other ministers of the of Great Britain,
Prince Regent's government, our most G. SILVERTOP, Esq. in the Chair, unfeigned thanks for the assurances The following Resolutions were made by them to the deputation of unanimously adopted:
the Protestant Society for the protecResolved-That attached as we are tion of Religious Liberty, stating, to the faith of the Catholic Church, “ That it has been the invariable obwe do maintain the right of every in- - ject of the British government and of dividual, in every age, and in every their allies, to support, and on every country, to judge of the reasonable. occasion to assert the principles of ness of bis belief ; and we do more. Religious Toleration and Liberty ; over maintain, that no man can be and that, in their recent communicadeprived of this sacred, inalienable tions with the government of France, right, without injustice or oppression. they have brought forward these
2. That attached as we are to the principles as the foundation of their sacred cause of religious freedom, we policy and of their just expectations; should be undeserving the name of and that they are, therefore, using Christians or of Britons, if our phi- their best efforts to arrest the prolanthropy and the feelings of our sym- gress of evils, which they most deeply pathy did not extend to all who suf- deplore." fer for conscience' sake; and if we did 6. T'hat we have seen with siugular not regard religious persecution, by satisfaction, not only the declaration any sect, or by any power, or by any of the Congress of Vienna, relative people, as a horrid and detestable to Religious Freedom, in the different crime.
States of Germany; but we have like3. That maintaining, as we do, wise beheld with eal pleasure the these principles, we have beheld with Declaration of the Constitutional the deepest sorrow the misfortunes Charter of France, by which every and persecutions of our fellow-chris- Frenchman, whatever may be the tians, the Protestants in the South of priociples of his faith, is equally enFrance, and whilst we regret that titled to the liberties and privileges of religious rancour has had its share in his country. instigating these atrocities, we are 7. That contemplating as we have willing to believe and hope, from the been the misfortunes of our fellow. best ivformation we can obtain, that men, nature forces upon us the methey are less to be attributed to reli- lancholy idea of our own degraciation. gious than to political hatred ; arising Britons and Englishmen as we are, as it has done, from animosities be- and we glory in the name and in the tween citizen and citizen, and pro- happy Constitution of our couutry, ceeding from the varying and pro- although we are by law, for contracted scenes of the French Revolu- science' sake, shut out from every one tion.
of its political privileges; taxed with4. That we anxiously look forward out the power of choosing our repre
Intelligence.- Persecution of the French Protestants. sentatives; willing and anxious to risk The Chairman having left the Chair, our lives and shed our blood in de resolved, that the cordial thanks of fence of our Protestant King, we are, the Meeting be given to him for his by law, precluded from holding a able conduct in the Chair. commission in his service; every civil office and situation is by law denied At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of us; all means of attracting the notice Newcastle-upon-Tyne, convened by of our country, or the favour of our public Advertisement, to take iuto Sovereigo, are placed beyond our consideration the state of the Perreach ; and we are thus permitted to secuted Protestants in the South of drag on our existence, as aliens, on France, held in the Town Hall, on this our native soil.
Thursday, December 28, 8. That assembled as we are this The Right Worshipful the MAYOR day together, for the first time in our in the Chair, lives, we feel it a duty we owe to our- It was unanimously Resolved, selves, to our fellow-citizens, and to 1. That, having learned from our our posterity, to state candidly, and holy religion, and from happy expeopenly, and honestly, our objects and rience, that liberty of conscience and our wsihes. They are these :-That of religious worship is one of the best every inhabitant of this United Em. blessings of the Almighty Creator, pire, who will swear allegiance to his this meeting had hoped, from the King and to his Country, who is known inefficacy, impolicy, and imequally taxed with his fellow.citizens, piety of persecution, and from the and who is willing to risk his life spread of knowledge throughout Euand to shed his blood in defence of rope, that the time was at length arhis king and his country, should be rived, when religious liberty was
equally entitled to the enjoyment of universally admitted to be the idathe rights and privileges of the Bri- lienable birth-right of every human tish Constitution.
being. 9. That in looking forward to the , 2. That this meeting, deeply imhappy moment of our entrance into pressed with the afflicting details the temple of the British Constitu- which have now been laid before it, tion, we do most solemnly assert, that respecting the persecuted state of the we entertain not a wish or a view to Protestants in the South of France, interfere with the Protestant establish- desires to express its cordial sympathy ments of these realms. That if the with them, in the sufferings which legislature of our country require any they have now for many months exfurther security than that of our oath, perienced. the greatest and the strongest, we 3. That this meeting desires to exconsider, that can be given by man press the liveliest sentiments of satis-such legislative provisions will be faction and gratitude, for the prompt made, we are persuaded, in a spirit and explicit assurances of his Majesof non-interference with the faith and ty's government, “ that they feel the security of our Church—and thus deepest regret at the dreadful scenes formed, will be accepted by us, in a lately witnessed in France, and that spirit of conciliation, calculated, we they are using, and will continue to sincerely hope and trust, to meet the use, their best efforts in their comfears, to satisfy the scruples, and to munications with the French governremove the prejudices of every indi- ment, to secure to all classes of French vidual of the British Empire.
subjects, whether Protestants or Ca. 10. That an Address to his Royal tholics, the full enjoyment of the adHighness the Prince Regent, together vantages which the Constitutional with a humble Petition to the Legis- Charter provided for them.” lature, be prepared—that Edward 4. That this meeting desires also to Jerningham, Esq. of Lincoln's Inn, express its ardent hope, that the Orbe requested to prepare the same donnauce lately published by the and that a copy of these Resolutions, French King, will prove the comsigned by our chairman, be sent to mencement of vigorous measures for him; and that our thanks are hereby the punishment of those who have so given to him for his great and various long harassed and murdered the Procxertious in our behalf.
testants with impunity. Gro. SILVERTOP, Chairman. 5. That, in the mean time, it apo
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pears to this meeting highly neces 2. That we have heard with deep sary, that some effectual measures concern of some late movements, on should be taken for relieving our the part of the Court and Church of bretbren in France from the losses Rome, indicating a design to supwhich they have experienced in the press, wherever their power may exdestruction of their churches, and the tend, the right of private judgment, spoliation of their property.
and the religious liberties of mankind, 6. That a subscription be entered particularly the expulsion of the Prointo for this purpose, and that the testants from the Papal dominious and following gentlemen be appointed a adjacent territories of Italy, the revi. Committee for the management of val of the abhorred Inquisition, and this benevolent business, in such way the restoration of the Order of the Jeas they shall see most expedient, suits which had been abolished by the viz:
common consent of all Europe. The Chairman, Archibald Reed, 3. That our sorrow and surprise Esq., James Losh, Esq., William have been heightened by the intelli. Batson, Esq., Thos. Henderson, Esq., gence of the sufferings of our ProtesS. W. Parker, Esq., Stephen De tant brethren in the South of France, Mole, Esq., James Potts, Esq., Mr. intelligence, the truth of which has Hugh Spencer, Mr. Joseph Clark, been admitted by the highest authoMr. John Fenwick, Mr. Benj. Brun- rities, both in France and in this ton, Mr. W. H. Angas, Rev. John country, and confirmed by the most Parkin, Rev. William Turner, Rev. authentic private information. David MʻIndoe, Rev. James Pringle, :: 4. That while we reflect on all Rev. R. Pengilly, Rev. George Mann. circumstances, we cannot but be con
That William Batson, Esq. be re- vinced, notwithstanding the attempts quested to act as Treasurer ; and the which have been made to disguise or Rev. William Turner, as Secretary; deny the facts, that these sufferings and that the several banks be request- have arisen, in a great degree at least, ed to receive subscriptions.
from religious prejudices, and partake 7. That copies of these Resolutions, of the nature of persecution for consigned by the Chairman, be trans- science' sake. mitted to the Right Hon. the Earl of 5. That the inhabitants of this Liverpool, the Lord Lieutenant of country will, we have reason to bethe county, the Hon. and Right Rev. lieve, be greatly disappointed and afthe Bishop of Durham, and the Mem- flicted, if the result of that struggle bers for Northumberlaud and New in which the nation has been so long castle-upon-Tyne.
engaged, and in which so much treaHENRY CRAMLINGTON, Mayor, sure and blood have been expended, Chairman.
shall have been to place the Protes8. It was moved by Mr. Alderman tants in France, with whom we aro Reed, and seconded by Mr. Losh, united by the ties of a common prothat the thanks of this meeting befession, and to whom we owe so much given to Mr. Mayor, for his readiness in a religious view, in a worse situain calling the Meeting, and for his tion as to liberty of conscience than able conduct in the Chair.
they held under the preceding go
vernment. Glasgow, Jan. 9, 1816. 6. That, recollecting the many efAt a Public Meeting of the Inhabi- fectual interferences of the govern
tants of Glasgow, called by Adver- ment of this country on behalf of pertisement to express disapprobation secuted Protestants on the Continent of the Persecution of the Protes- of Europe in former times, and, contants in France,
templating the peculiar relative situa. William Muir, Esq. one of the Ma- tion of Great Britain and France at gistrates of Glasgow, in the Chair ; present, we conceive ourselves autho
It was Resolved unanimously, rized and called upon to remonstrate 1. That, as Protestants, we cannot thus publicly against the violation of but feel a brotherly sympathy with what we deem the most sacred of all Protestants, and a profound interest rights the right which every man in that great and common cause on has to worship God according to the account of which they have been dictates of his own conscience and made so often to suffer.
we feel entitled to expect that the go.
Intelligence.Persecution of the French Protestants. vernment of France, which owes so 9. That the thanks of the meetiog much to this country, and is upheld be also given to the Corporation of at present in part by the British arms, the City of London, and to such will speedily adopt the most energetic other public bodies and individuals as and etticient measnres to repress this have manifested their sympathy with spirit of outrage, and to secure to its the Protestants of France, and their Protestant subjects that full freedom present afflictions. of worship, and of the public and 10. That, desirous of keeping the peaceable profession of religion, in interesting object of this meeting in every respect, which is guaranteed view, till it shall have been brought to them by the Constitutional Charter. to a favourable issue, we appoint a
7. That we regard with the live. Committee to watch over it, to follow liest satisfaction the assurances early out such measures as may appear to and promptly given by his Majesty's be necessary to give effect to these government to the first application our Resolutions, and (if it shall seem made to them, on behalf of our Pro- to them expedient) to call us togetestant brethren in that country- ther again at any future period, to “ That they feel the deepest regret express our sentiments regarding cirat the dreadful scenes lately witnessed cumstances which may occur in the in France, and that they are using progress of an interposition, the sucand will continue to use their best cess of which must be near the heart efforts in their communications with of every affecting and zealous Protesthe French government to secure to tant. all classes of French subjects, whether 11. That the Chairman be instructProtestant or Catholic, the full enjoy- ed to travsmit a copy of these our ment of the advautages which the Resolutions to his Majesty's governConstitutional Charter provided for ment, them," and contained also in a letter (Signed) Wm. Muir, Chairman. from Lord Liverpool, in reply to The Chairman having quitted the another interposition in their favour chair, and Mr. Mathew Urie being from a most respectable quarters, called to it, the unanimous and warmı “ That the Prince Regent's govern- thanks of the Meeting were given to ment are using their best efforts to Baillie Muir for his conduct in the arrest the progress of the evils, which Chair. no persons can deplore more deeply (Signed) MATHEW URTE. than themselves ;"_and we trust that the British ministry will redeem this Borough of Plymouth. sacred pledge, and will continue to At a pumerous and respectable Meet: exert themselves for the Protestants ing of the inhabitants of this Boof France, with that propriety and rough, convened by the Worshipful energy which become their charac the Mayor, and held at the Guild. ter, as well as the cause, and which hall thereof, this 9th day of Janmay be so justly expected from the uary, 1816, in pursuance of a regovernment of one of the first Pro quisition from several respectable testant States in Europe, and one inhabitants, to take into considcrawhich has been so signally instrumen tion the present state of the Protal in accomplishing the recent Revo testants in the South of France, and lution in that kingdom.
the best means of alleviating their 8. That our warmest thanks are distresses, due, and be given to the Dissenting The Worshipful the Mayor, in the Ministers of London, and to “ The
Chair, Protestant Society for the Protection Resolverl, of Religious Liberty," who so prompt That we are deeply impressed with ly took up this subject, obtained the high value of that Religious Lifrom the British ministry the commu- berty, which the subjects of the Uninications quoted above, and besides ted Kingdom of Great Britain and Irehave been at such pains in cxciting land enjoy under the auspicious reign the attention of the public, by their of the House of Hanover; and we are Address and Resolutions, as well as grateful to Almighty God for the posby the circulation of other important session of so inestimable a privilege. and authentic documents relating to Resolved, That it is our persuasion, watters of fact.
founded on the very principles of the