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Proecedings of the Committee of Ministers of the Three Denominations,
resident in and about London. In accomplishing the important oh- addressed the assembly. At Berwiek gecis confided to them by the General and Sheeruess, Meetings have been likeBody, the Committee of Dissenting Mi. wise held; and at Edinburgh and other nisters of London, have had to encounter places, the bave been summoped. unexperted opposition from varions quar The propriety of these continued and ters, and'especially from certain Journal- extended exertions, is confirmed by the inists, who have atteinpled to invalidate the formation wlrich the Committee are constatements that have been published, and stantly receiving, and which convinces to inisrepresent the motives by whieh the them that the disposition to persecute is Comintiee have been actuated in the more general and systematic than many » hote of their proceedings.
persons have supposed. With undiminished zeal, and
While the storin bas raged with signal, daunted by the clamour of their op. but upexhausted violence in the Departponents, they have, however, perse- ment of the Gard, containing 324,000 invered in the plain path of duty i and babitants, a portentous gloom has overthey now record with pleasure and gratis spread the Reformed Churches in gene tude, the support and approbation they ral; and in towns far distant from the have received from a very large portion south, the sound of vengeance has been of their ewlightened connutrymen, and par. heard, and the inost offensive treatment ticalarly from those with whom they are
has been experienced, by the Professors more immediately connected,- the Dis. and Ministers of the Protestant Religion. senters of various denominations.
On the 12th of November last, on fa addition to the Congregational Col. the assurance given to the pastors of the tertions which have already been con- Refornied Churels, that they might retributed, the Committee have information open their Temples, which had been of many others which are in progress, to shut about tive months, that they bad a considerable amount : wliile public nothing to fear, and that all necessary meetings have been beld and subscriptions measures were taken for their security, comienced in several of the largest cities they determined to open the smallest of 2nd towns of the Kingdom.
their Temples ; but scarcely were they The eloquent, liberal, and Christian assembled, when a great multitnde of appeals, which hàve been addressed to men and women, arnved with stones and assembled multitudes, and reported by sticks, and other weapons, began to the pre-s, cannot but intimidate perse. menace them, and to pour forth against outors abroad, and excite benevolence at them the most horrible imprecations. home: nor will they be less beneficial in The faithfnl assembly dispersed, and diffusing those sentiments, which ile ig- even as they retired they were so overnorant ought to learn, – the instructed whelmed with insults and blows, that should never forget, and all should fre- many are since dead. The assassins enquemly hear,
tercii in a crowd into the sanctuary, turnAt Hult, the Rev. Messrs. Bromley ed ont every thing they could find, tore and Dykes, Clergymen, and the Rev. in pieces the Bible and prayer-books,&c, Mr. Birt, and Dr. Alderson, Mr. Sykes, They went with full intention to mas. and others of the dissenting body, took sacre the pastors, who were expecting a distinguished part in the discussions of certain death, when eigbt officers snrthe day.
rounded them with drawn sabres, to At Newcastle, the proceedings were repel the attacks of the murderers: conducted by the Rev. Messrs. Turner, they escorted them into their houses, Pringle, Melndoe', Clarke, Syme, and but not without having heard a thonsand Pengilly; and also by Mr. Alderman times, these barbarons words, “ Kill, Reed, James Losh, and Joseph Clark, kill, these chiefs of Brigunds !". During Esqrs.
this tumult, General le Gard arrived At Glasgow, the Rev. Drs. Dick and withi sonie troops : he began to employ aliichell, and the Rev. Messrs. G. Ewing, his force to disperse the traitors, when R. Brodie, and J. Carment, were the a soldier of the nutional guurd fired im. principal speakers.
mediately at him. The assassin escaped, At Gosport, the Rev. James Collins, and has not yet l:cen discovered.' of the Established Church, and Messrs. After tlic attark on the Royal General Minchin, B. Goodeve, Cruickshank, J. Le Garde, a Royal Proclamation was Beasley, and J. Hoskins, displayed equal issued against the assassin and his abet• Zeal and ability,
tors, and soldiers were quartered upon the At Plymouth, the Rev. Messrs. Wor. inhabitants till he should be surrendered sley and H. Mends, with Messrs. Prance, to justice. That the intentions of the liend Collier, &c. submitted Resojutions, and of the Goveroinent must have been per:
French Protestants. verted is however evident; for the assas- from Uzes, near Nismes, of the 10th of sin has not yet been arrested, and the December :-soldiers who, by a Royal Ordonuance of 'The chief persons of the Protestant the 10th inst, were removed from Nismes, families have fled from their habitations, were quartered during their stay in that which had considerably suffered. Our city, principally, if not solely, on the church is now in the most deplorable conProtestant inhabitants. The weight of dition: no public worship is celebrated. the extraordinary contributions, by the Ministers of our persnasion at Paris, who most partial and arbitary exactions, has are so near Government, forget not your been also made to fall on the Protestants, brethren of the South !-- We have lost though equally protected and assessed AI. Ricourt, President of the Consistory. by the Charter promulgated by the King. The late events have hastened his end;-he Thus out of 940 thousand francs, the con- had been obliged to desert first his house tingent of the Gard, how thousand were in town, and then that in the country: laid on the Protestants, 200 thousand on the latter has been pillaged.' the Jews, 140 thousand only on the Ca- From Uzes, same date :-tholics; though these last form nearly
informs us, that his son set. the two-thirds of the population of the tled at Arpaillargues, near Uzes, after department. The Marquis de Calvieres, having fled,' and wandered in the woods a Catholic gentleman, enjoying a landed for wo months, has been arrested, and estate of 60,000 livres a year, is assessed conducted into the prison of Uzes, where at 600 livres; while M. Brosse de Pier- he still remains. A great many other don, a Protestant, whose income amounts Protestants continge in the same predicato about 10,000 livres, has paid within ment,' this last year the sum of 15,000 livres to- The efforts of the people, and the press wards those contributions.
of this country, aided by the additional The following facts, on which full re- energy of the French Government, caused lianre may be placed, will prove that in the temples at Nismes to be opened, by the order of time, up to the date of our order of the anthorities of that city, on latest accounts, the Protestants have been the 21st December ; but it was necessary the victiins of bigotry and persecution. to the possession of this boon, that the
*In consequence of the King's Ordon. Protestants should comply with terms nance of the 21st November, which was directly contrary to the spirit of the promulgated at Nismes on the 29th, sere- Constitutional Charter. The following ral of ihe murderers of the Protestants is the Notice of the Mayor, so remarkable and depredators of their property, were that it is worthy of a careful perusal. It taken into custody ; but on the 6th of acknowledges that Europe uccuses the December they were all set at liberty. Catholics of great crimes, it endeavours On the 7th they spread over the neigh- to charge them on a few women and bouring country. A party of them re- childi en, and it acknowledges that the paired to the house of a Monsieur Pey, worship of the Protestants is to be resumron, a rich farmer at Brossan, who, from ed, less as a consequence of the Royal authe beginning of the persecutions, had thority, than the result of a negociation been greatly exposed to the fury of the pacifying to the Catholics :fanatics : not finding him, they command
NOTICE ed his three sons either to give up the To the Inhabitants of the City of Nismes. father, or pay a sum of 50,000 livres. As the young men could not comply with
"Nismes, December 19, 1815. either demod, they were dreadfully
" The laws of the realm and the will beaten by these villains (one of tbein of the King, secure the exercise of the being left for dead) and both house and Protestant worship. I tell you so,-1, farm were pillaged.
who am your Magistrate, your Mayor. On the same day, another party, of I, who have surely some claims to your the same description, went to a country confidence. The Protestant Churches house inhabited by three respectable old will be opened on Thursday next; and men, brothers. After having offered them that day will prove to the King, to every indignity that fanaticism could suge France, and to Europe, who are our acgest, they proceeded to acts of violence. cusers, that the blindness of a few women Upon these uufortunate men attempting and children is not the crime of the city to resisi, they were instantly charged with of Nismes, which has distinguished itself rebellion to the King; and, upon this on so inany occasions, and even recently, pretence, seized, and carried by these by its fidelity and devotion to the King. fanatics before the King's Attorney Ge- • Women, who are blinded by your neral; who, indignant at the outrage, zeal, and perhaps, excited by your enerefused to commit them. They were then mies, you will not once more ruin your dragged before the Prefect, who ordered city, and gratify by your errors the enethem to prison, par mesure de surelė, mies of the royal cnuse. whirh was immediately executed, amid .I am assured, and for that reason I houts of Vicc le Roi !!
have a pleasure in informing you, that
French Protestants. minated, with the Consistory of the Pro- Sunday again, the 24th of this month, testant worship. Their object is to re
there were fresh troubles at Sommieres, store, by common consent, to the worship four leagues from Nismes. I must supof the Stute, the churches which have press detuils for the reasons I have been conceded to the Protestant worship. mentioned. Many persons, pillaged Two churches will be built, and that and injured at Nismes and other places, very shortly, in lieu of that concession. have great need of the succours which During that short interval, the Protestants you have offered in so Christian a manmay enjoy undisturbed the churches thus ner. conceded. The people of Nismes need
• Blessed be God, who has put our only koow the trill of the King, and ingratitude to shame by the love of our hear the voice of the Royal Authorities, respectable brethren of England. The 10 do their duty.
comfort we derive from it is as inde. • Marquis de VALLONGUES, Mayor.'scribable as our gratitude. I embrace The Temples which the Protestants re
with affection all our dear benefactors.' linquished, were not parocbial churches,
One of the most fearful symptoms in but conventual; and as all the property of the more recent events, is the public Abbeys and Convents
had been confiscate notification, in the papers of Le Gard ed at the Revolution, one of these was and Paris, of the abjuration of the Properchased by the Protestants twenty testant faith, by many families in the years since, and the other was given to
south. The Journal des Debats of the ihem eleven years back, by the Head of 10th instant, contained the following the then existing Goverinent.
article, extracted from the Journal du At the very time that apparent security Gard, published at Nismes:was given to the Protestants, they were
• An interesting ceremony took place actually exposed to fresh injuries. The on the 26th ult. in the church of St. Royal troops which infested the environs Paul, at Nismes. Two Protestant faof Nismes, exercised continual vexations milies, forming altogether about 20 per. on the Protestants. On the 22d of Decem- sons, made a public abjuration between ber, a detachment of about fifty men the hands of the curè of the parish, broke into the house of M. Mourier, a and returned to the bosom of the Rogentleman of property at St. Blancard, mish church. Some families had al lately returned from emigration, who ready, given an example of this in the had just time to effect his escape. Fail- parish of St. Baudille ; and others are, ing in their main object, these brigands it is said, preparing to follow.' completely pillaged the premises, and Paris papers of the 18th inst. contain daily continue their depredations in the also additional notice on this subject. neighbourhood.
They say,' Many Protestant families At Sommieres, the Protestants have of the south embrace the Catholic reattempted to celebrute their worship on ligion.' the 941h of December, the power of
On this subject we have authentie which they had been deprived of since accounts, which must demonstrate to the month of July. They met with the the most incredulous and prejudiced most barbarous treatment on that ac- the prevalence of a religions persecu. count,
tion, The persecution at Sommieres is
One letter has the following passage: mentioned by two more Correspondents.
• Several families at Nismes have ab. A letter from a distinguished Pro jured their religion, the motive of which testant of the Department of the Gard, is evident. They are families of me. dated so late as the 28th of December, chanics ard workmen, who are without states, that tranquillity was not esta- bread in consequence of the persecublished. He says,
tions they have undergone. The Pro• I have seen the Letter and the Re- testant manufacturers have for the most solutions of the Nonconformist minis- part tled, and the Catholics will not emters, who have bad the true Christian ploy Protestant workmen ;- besides charity to interest themselves in the which, the looms and frames of the disasters of the poor unfortunate peo- latter have been destroyed, and they ple, devastated by the popular perse. are reduced to the alternative of recanteutions at Nismes and elsewhere. ing or starving. "I have received, with singular con
This system of persecntion has ex. solatiou, your letter, This town is at tended to Bourdeaux and its neighbourpresent quiet; but we cannot say that hood. Its effects have also been felt at furious persons have returned to chari. Nantz, the President of the Consistory table and Christian sentiments towards of that city having been sent into cxile.' the Protestants. The troops only re. The following Extract of a Letter from strain them; but if they should be re Nismes, received from a most respect. moved to other places, no one would able Protestant Lady, and on which be safe from the return of disorders.' the utmost confidence may be placed,
French Protestants. will further illustrate the above cited
Since this paper uus put to priss. articles :
mass of important docwnuts has been • Vismes, January 3. trunsinitteil in the Committre, by prirute «One's mind is weighed down at hunds, from eye-witnesses, and persons of seeing the oppression and misery to unilemished reputatiun, not only confirmwhich the Protestants are subjected, ing the faci s they hare already published, and from which they cannot believe büt detailing cnormities which surpass themselves. We are, however, allowed jorur accounts, and such as the vinutienth to pray to God with sone tranquillity: century could not expect to lure witnessed ! The first time the Mayor, appointed by the King, expressly ordereri 118 to ring
the prevalence of the bell, I said to my husband,' This is surcir evils, 10 endcavour to annihilate done to furnish an article for the jour. thenr, or at l'case to alleviate their eta nals.? I was not mistaken, and it has fiets; is so evidently, the duty of all gone forth to France and to foreign Christians, and especially of all Christian countries that we are as Mappy as we can Ministers, that the Disse ning Ministers be. The police, on the other hand, will love not reased to prosecute it since not suffer what has happened at Sour their preparatory meeting, held on the mieres to be spoken of.
There the Secont of November last, nor can the vilest of the mob, instigated by our per.
Committre but persevere, ' approving secutors, attacked the assembly of the themselves the Ministers of God, by faithful at the moment of their perfor. evil report and good report, by honour mance of Divine Worship. The Officers and dishonour, as deceivers, and yet of the Regiment of Maria Theresa en trno! leavonred to re-establish order ;--one This determination the Committee of the fanatirs in the crowd snapped a have solemnly proclaimed to their con
musket three times at one of the officers; nections, and to the world, by the ciri but it missed tire, and the oflicer's life cular leiter, and the Resolutions which
was saved. The man who attempted immedia ütly follow,
Library, Red Cross Street, peaceable individuals, known to be re
Hun. 1.3, 1816. spectable, liave been arrested, one of The eventwhich have taken place li's Whorn is acense of having cried lire since our last comniwnication, have
l'Empereur, as it it were probable that rendered expedient the adoption of the i persons capable of crying Vire l'Enë: annexed Resolutions; and in transmit
pertur! would deriare against the Pro- ting them to you, we avail ourselves of
testants. You will readily believe, the opportunity of conveying to you 13," that a department i which abounds in information, which will abundantly de. o assassins and robbers, will not be found , monstrate the utility of our past exer
'' wanting in falsc, witnesses, Persons tions, and the demand which exists for 1 are always to be fonuel who are ready vigorous and liberal efforts on the part
to atöirm any thing, no matter sat; of all who are interested for the security and these people call themselves,Chris. of the Protestant faith. Attempts, as tiana, pur excellence! Every thing done disgraceful as unexpected, have oc'agisinst a Protestant is regarded as a casioned is additional labour and ex. pibus act by those who are in office.' pence; but happily they have led to rinthe Protestants have been very m- results directly contrary to the designs - fortunate in having taken tioni them of our opponents, who have stood for
what they had enjaved for: 2.5 years. - ward as the calumniators of the Dissent. *** Twenty Protestants were employed in -ers of England, and the apologists of -3° the receipt of the imposts: these have the perserntors of France.-A letter
all been dismiyse:l. The old and vener. from the Duke ot' Wellington, written able Laune hart the posts: his place in acknowledgment of a communication
has been taken from him. He demand from the Secretaries of another Body, .... ed of the Mayor a certitieate, that he has been published in the Times News.
had always acted with bonour in that paper, as a document of importance,
sitnation, and it was refused hiin. When improperly suppressed. Withont en" the wives and children of these detain- tering at all into the policy of with1. ed in custody supplicate for their li- holding from the Public the entire 2. berty, they are told that they must turn contents of that document, we cannot 1.9. Catholics! You have no idea of the but inform you, that the only part q" thousand petty vexations that are heap- which in die least contradicts our pre..ed in every sliape upon our poor bre- vious statements, was printed in para! 'threu. . When will our miseries be at an graphs in all the Journals, by the per" end?! God only knows! Our oppres. sons who received it. It stated, That
sors are supported by the fanatics, and the salaries of the Protestant Ministers by persons who live by disorder. Gen. had not been discontinued by the King." la Garde bas been for some days worse.' If, by this was intended, that the pay.