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Intelligence.-Persecution of the French Protestants.
57 Gospel, and arising out of the spirit Resolved, That a subscription be which it breathes, that all men possess immediately set on foot, and books to an equal right to worship God ac. receivethe names of subscribers opencording to the dictates of their con- ed at the Banks in this town, and at science.
the Guild-hall, for the purpose of afResolved, That influenced by these fording relief to the unhappy sufferers; convictions, we have learned with deep that Mr Job Tingcombe berequested heartfelt concern, that persecutions to be Treasurer for the same, and that have arisen against the Protestants re the Mayor, together with the Gensiding in the South of France; where tlemen who signed the requisition, the persons of many hundreds of inno- form a Committee, to see that the cent and useful members of society have money which is raised, be properly been ill-treated and murdered, their applied. property pillaged and destroyed, their Resolved, That these Resolutions families deprived of the means of sup- be signed by the Chairman, and pubport, their houses of worship shut up or lished in the Plymouth Chronicle, the demolished; and that under the inflų- Plymouth and Dock Telegraph, and ence of fear, thousands have fled from in the Courier and Morning Chronicle the pursuit of the persecutors, and are Newspapers. now suffering wretchedness and want Resolved, That the Thanks of this amongst the mountains of the Ce. Meeting be given to Mr. William vennes and in other parts of the French Prance for bringing forward these Reterritory.
solutions, and for the able manner in Resolved, That we should ill de- wbich he has supported them. serve the advantages by which we are WILLIAM LOCKYER, Mayor. distinguished, if we did not make a The Mayor having quitted the public avowal of our abhorrence of Chair, the spirit which has actuated the Resolved, That the Thanks of this Catholics in the South of France, and Meeting be given to him for his readithe violence to which that spirit has ness in convening it, and for his great led them, and our determination to attention to the business thereof. employ whatever influence we may possess to remove the miseries of the The Prefect of the Department of persecuted Protestants, and restore to L'Isere to the Mayors of Communes. them peace and security.
Grenoble, Dec, 21. Resolved, That it affords us much
(Circular.) pleasure to learn that his Majesty's M. LE Mayor, ministers have declared their disap Attempts have been made to csprobation and regret, of measures, tablish, in some of the departments which must fill every benevolent heart of the South, a pretended secret royal with sorrow, and we do express our association, and in order to draw to it hope that they will continue to use a greater number of proselytes, the all their influence with the Court of chiefs bave dared to abuse the august France, to stop the present cruel pro name of the king, by stating that their ceedings, and prevent the recurrence instructions emanated from his Maof similar violence and misery.
jest himself. Resolved, That with these views, I doubt not that if insinuations of copies of these Resolutions be respect- this kind have reached you, you have fully transmitted to the Earl of Liver- pointed out their falsehood, knowing pool, his Majesty's first Lord of the as you do that the king never transFreasury, to the Lord Bishop of Ex. mits orders or makes known his will eter, to the Lord Lieutenant and except through the medium of his Members for the County of Devon, ministers and magistrates charged and to the Members for this Borough, with assisting in the administration entreating them to embrace every op- of the state. If in unfortunate times portunity which niay present itself to the true friends of the king have been them, both in and out of Parliament, sometimes obliged to envelope their to promote in France and in all other proceedings in secrecy, those times countries, as far as they consistently are at length past, and every indican, the full enjoyment of liberty of vidual who without an express misconscience, and a free exercise of reli- sion recognized by the government gious, worship.
seeks to intermeddle in its operations,
Intelligence. Duke of Wellington's Letter. is no other than a factious person who negligence in this respect; he therewishes to deceive and seduce you. fore invited and even enjoined them Every secret association, although to re-open their temples, assuring even its members should be actuated them of every protection, but added, by good sentiments, is dangerous on that the Roman Catholics, seeing with account of the facilities which it af- dissatisfaction that these temples were fords for disturbing the public tran- before the Revolution, Catholic quillity.
Churches, it was agreed, in order Upon these grounds the king or. that there might be no pretext for ders that every secret association, disturbance, that there should be new whatever may be its apparent or pre- temples. The city would give the sumed object, shall be immediately land for building them on : one to be dissolved, and his Majesty prohibits situated to the North and to the South, the organization of any of that de- and to cost 110,000 francs, towards scription.
which, he informed them, the Duke I enjoin you specially, M. le Mayor, d'Angouleme would give 15,000 francs. and on your personal responsibility. The proposition has been accepted, to look to the execution of this formal and the work is about to be comorder. If the persons already initiated menced. The temples will be within associations of this description, or out the city, and until they are fidisposed to be so, are truly attached nished the Protestants will have peaceand faithful to the king, they will be able possession of the present temeager to obey; but if, notwithstand- ples.”—M. Chron. Jan. 3. ing your injunctions, they should be contumacious, they will become fac
The Lancasterian System of Edutious persons, whom you will immediately denounce to me, that I may cation had commenced in France un. proceed against them with the just der the happiest auspices ; but its severity of the law.
great end, universal education, is deI rely, M. le Mayor, on all your feated. The Directors, the mouthzeal to conform exactly to these in- pieces of superior power, have refused structions, and to render me precise to admit PROTESTANT CHILDREN, account of what you shall have done The affairs at Nismes was not an isoin this respect. It is indispensably Jated act, but essentially connected necessary that I should receive this with the religious policy of that horde Report before the oth of the present of bigots who dictate to the crown. month. I have the honour to be, &c. My next will convey further particuThe Prefect of l'Isere,
lars.-M. Chron. Dec. 26. Count de MONTLIVAULT.
Duke of Wellington's Letter. The following has been handed to
Paris, Nov. 28, 1815. us as an extract of a letter from France
GENTLEMEN, relative to the Protestants of the South.
I have had the honour of receiving We hope the highly laudable exertions of the friends of humanity in your letter of the 24th inst. and I take this country have at length had their it. I have every reason to believe
the earliest opportunity of replying to intended effect in compelling the
that the public, and the society, of French government to adopt effectual which you are the secretaries, have measures for restoring the persecuted been misinformed regarding what is Protestants to all their former pri- passing in the South of France. It is vileges.
natural that there should be violent ci"The Prefect of the Department contests in a country in which the of Gard having invited to his house people are divided, not only by a diftwo ministers of the Protestaut communion, and two members of the difference of political opinion, and that
ference of religion, but likewise by a Consistory, with the Mayor of the the religion of every individual is in city of Nismes and his adjunct, in- general the sign of the political party formed them that the French govern- to which he belongs, and at a moment took the greatest interest in the ment of peculiar political interest, and opening of the temples, and seemed even to accuse him, the Prefect, of of weakness in the government on ac
count of the mutiny of the army, that
Intelligence.--Mons. Marron's Letter.
the weaker party should suffer, and tory at Paris, and addressed to M, that much injustice and violence M. of the Committee for the Affairs should be committed by individuals of the French Protestants. of the more numerous preponderating
Paris, Dec. 7. party. But as far as I have any GENTLEMEN, knowledge acquired during my resi
I have made it a duty to oppose dence at this court last year, and since every proposition tending to foreign the entry of the allies into Paris, the interference in the affairs of the French government have done every thing Protestants. I cannot, therefore, see in their power to put an end to the with satisfaction what passes in Engdisturbances which have prevailed in land on this subject, and I cannot the South of France, and to protect concur in it. If the zeal of your all his Majesty's subjects, in conform- fraternal love edifies and affects me, ity with his Majesty's promise in his it appears to me, nevertheless, to go Royal Charter, in the exercise of their beyond the line of true prudence, and religious duties according to their se even the spirit of true charity. It is veral persuasions, and in the enjoy- not thus that the latter virtue proment of their several privileges, what. claims its assistance, especially when ever may be their religious persua- it may have reason to dread, that by sions. In a recent instance, an offi- such a conduct it may compromise cer, General La Garde, was sent the very interests of the cause which down to Nismes, specially by govern- it undertakes to support and defend. ment, to inquire into the state of af- I am far from admitting that there fairs in that country, and upon his can be, as you imagine, any thing first report he had orders to open the hostile in the couduct or in the intenProtestant Churches, which, in the tions of the French government, with course of the contest between the regard to the Protestants. The sufparties, had been closed. He was ferings at Nismes are great, doubtless, severely wounded when in the exe. but they are local; and local causes, cution of these orders ; and I have however unfounded, may have conbeen informed by good authority, that tributed to provoke them and to prohis Royal Highness the Duc d'An- long their duration. The French gogouleme has since marched at the vernment Jaments them as much as head of a body of troops against those you or l. The king has pronounced, who had opposed themselves to the in the most unequivocal manner, his execution, by General La Garde, of displeasure, his horror at the late the orders of the government. I en- events. His wishes and his efforts to close the copy of the King's Ordon- remedy the evil, to calm the lamentnance, issued in consequence of this able exasperation of public feeling are event which sufficiently shews the attested by the Royal Ordonnance, by views and intentions of government. what the Duc d'Anguouleme said to I have further to inform you, that it the deputation of the Consistory, and is not true that the salaries of the by the flattering distinction with Protestant ministers have been dis- which one of the pastors of the Ce. continued by the King of France. I vennes (M. Malines) was Jately hotrust that what I have above stated noured, in receiving the decoration of will convince the society of which the Legion of Honour. you are the Secretaries, that the King I do not know, gentlemen, who of France's government, at least, are could take it upon him to excite your not to blame on account of the unfor. commiseration for the delay which tunate circumstances which have oc. the ministers of the reformed religion curred in the South of France. experience in the payment of their
I have the honour to be, &c. stipends. What we experience in
(Signed) WELLINGTON. this respect, we only participate with Mr. J. Wilks and Mr. T. Pellatt, all other public functionaries. They
Secretaries to the Protestant So. do not impute it, any more than ourciety for the Protection of Reli selves, to any other cause than to gious Liberty.
the deplorable situation into which
we have been thrown. We ought Copy of a Letter written by M. Marron, rather to bless the government for
President of the Protestant Contit.. what it has done, than blame it for
Mr. Travers's Resignation of the Pastoral Office. what it has not done; and I must which is against us, I am well peragain solemnly disavow here, every suaded will be kindly continued, until appeal to foreign commiseration. I we are able to pay it off. If it had beseech you, therefore, to write to me pleased God to have preserved me in no more in the style in which you health, but a few months longer, it have now done. I respect, I honour was my intention to have solicited the the signatures of your letter; I render assistance of our zealous and liberaljustice to the motives of all; and I minded brethren, in those parts of the dare hope that you will not be offend- country which I have not yet visited, ed on your part with my frauk disap- to enable us to liquidate this remainprobation. None can subscribe them- ing incumbrance; and from what I selves with more fraternal regards, have already experienced of the zeal Yours, &c. aud fellow-feeling of a large proportion
of our Society, I am confident I must Southampton, 15th Jan. 1816. have been successful—but the divine Mr. Epitor,
Being has ordered it otherwise, and By desire of our Committee, I send it becomes us to be resigned to his you the annexed copy of a letter con- supremely wise and kind disposals. taining the resignation of the Pastoral I consider this spot to be an imporOffice of our much esteemed friend, tant part of the Christian vineyard in the Rev. Mr. Travers, earnestly re- England, which we have in some questing the early insertion of in measure cleared of what I conceive your valuable Repository, as it may to be the corruptions of Christianity; be the means, under Providence, of and it never can be imagined for a procuring for us that relief and assist moment, that the respectable and ance, which we so greatly stand in wealthy body of Unitarians, through need of. JOHN TAWKINS. out the kingdom, would be backward
in strengthening our hands as our neShirley Common, 13th Jan. 1816. cessities might require. To them, MY WORTHY FRIENDS,
therefore, we may confidently look I am greatly concerned to inform for co-operation and support. Mr. you, that in consequence of a severe Coates, one of the trustees of the Refit of sickness, with which it has pleas- gium donum, upon whom I called ed Almighty God to visit me; I see when I was in London, very properly no prospect of being able to resume considered us entitled to relief, and the honourable and important office of assisted us accordingly, and I am your Minister. But great as my re- warranted to believe, from what passgret is, upon the present occasion, ed between us, that this assistance it would be infinitely increased if I would be annually continued. It thought that this event would put a would give me great pleasure to add stop to the pure and rational worship an annual subscription on my own of God in Southampton, which I have account, but the
expenses attenmuch at heart, for which we have dant upon my present infirm state exerted ourselves so zealously, and of health, forbid my making any poupon which we have abundant reason sitive engagements. I will, bowever, earnestly to implore and expect the do what lies in my power, to enable divine blessing. Let us not, therefore, you to make good your vecessary anbe discouraged on account of this ca- nual out-goings. And in particular, lamity, but let us redouble our efforts, I will write to Mr. Christie, (with for “ greater is He who is with us, whom I am intimately acquainted,) than he who is against us." And be who is the Treasurer of the Unitarian assured my Christiau friends, that“ in Fund, stating to him our situation, due season we shall reap, if we faint and requesting him to lay it before not." Let me recommend you boldly the Committee, that they may immeto look your situation in the face, and diately take such steps, as may be not suffer yourselves to be needlessly necessary, to prevent the extinction cast down; only consider what it was of our interest in these parts, by afa twelvemonth ago, and what it now fording us, from time to time, all neis! Our debts then were about 500l., cessary assistance and supplies. It at present they don't much exceed may not be improper also to mention 1001., such have been our exertions in this place, for the information of und success; and the little loan of 851. the Society, that an Association of
Unitarian Christians, has been formed and liberty. I shall take care to make witbin the last six months, in this such a call througb the channel of the department, one of whose objects is, Monthly Repository, and should we the support of those congregations be so fortunate, as to meet with such which may require its assistance, of a person, it may tend greatly to enwhich the Rev. Mr. Fox, of Chiches- large and strengthen our interest. In ter is Secretary, and to whom I shall the mean time, I should strongly remake a point of writing an early letter commend your meeting together, once for our succour and relief, and I have every Sabbath-day, aud by means of no doubt it will be cheerfully granted. religious exercises, such as reading, Under these circumstances, let me prayer, conversation and sivging the conjure you not to think of parting praises of God, to comfort, edify and with the chapel, until we have strain strengthen each other. ed every nerve to retain it, and find If my life should be spared, it is my from experience, that it is utterly out intention in the course of three months, of our power so to do. It would be to quit my present situation, and sit a calanity which could never suffi- down within ten or twenty miles of ciently be regretted, to see our pretty the metropolis, for the sake of being chapel trodden under foot by those nearer to my immediate relatives and who have departed from the simpli- friends, who have kindly expressed city of the gospel. May we not hope their wishes to this effect; but wherthat in a little time it may please ever I am, I shall be rejoiced to hear God, provided we are patient and of your increasing prosperity, shall united amoug ourselvez, to raise up be happy to promote it in every way for us a gentleman of popular and re- that lies in my power, and shall never spectable talents, and irreproachable cease to pray, that the divine bless. character, whose circumstances are ing may ever accompany you and independent, and who may be fired yours, I am, my dear friends, with equal zeal and ardour with my
Yours very sincerely, self, in the diffusion of Christian truth
MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The Christian's Survey of the Political World.
THE persecution of the Protes- resound with the bitterness of its in
last given rise to very important dis- vilest calumnies against those, who cussions. The question, originally have nobly stood forward to assist taken up by the Dissenting Ministers the oppressed and the persecuted. of London, and the Protestant So The Morning Chronicle, however, ciety, has been investigated in various remained firm in the cause which it parts of England, and made such an undertook; and has produced such impression, that its effects have been proofs of the existence of the evils felt through France, and even their complained of, that yone but the wil. cabinet has been compelled to take fully blind can doubt that there has various steps to remove the odium, been much suffering at Nismes and that has been excited against the its neighbourhood solely on account principal agents in the nefarious trans- of religion. actions at Nismes. The attempts to
But what need have we of many stifle the inquiries into these wicked proofs. The facts alloweel by all partransactions have been of a very ex ties speak for themselv traordinary nature ; and that paper, can deny, that the Protestant places which, if Buonaparte had committed of worship have been shut up: for the hundredth part of the atrocities, they have been re-opened by authothat have taken place in the South of rity. No one can deny that a bitter France, would have made all Europe spirit of persecution has been excited