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of writing and of thought, to the same poetic diction, and in part to the same material objects, the same countries, and the same historical associations. In this sense the Hebrew is not a dead language. By its most intimate connexion with the Arabic, and, we may add, with the Syriac, it is still spoken at the foot of Mount Ararat, on the site of old Nineveh, at Carthage, in the ancient Berytus, and where Paul was shipwrecked. It is reviving in Egypt, and the Bible and the Tract Societies are spreading its literature on the wings of every wind,
GENEALOGY. The whole science of genealogical accuracy is derived from the children of Israel, whose individual families indulged a hope that the promised Messiah might be born from their stock ; a pure authenticated pledge became consequently one of the peculiar features of Jewish polity ; such a qualification was deemed absolutely necessary to all candidates for power and honour.
NECESSITY OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION,
The Bishop of Calcutta, Dr. Daniel Wilson, has addressed a letter to the Secretary to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, in which he makes the following most pertinent remarks on this subject. It is, indeed, a disgrace to the country, that Ministers should leave that to individuals which it is the decided duty of every Christian state to promote by every means in its power—the religious instruction of its colonies and dependencies. We make a short extract:—“I need not observe,” says he, “ to the Venerable Society, that the outburst of mere curiosity in a heathen and Mahomedan people, their mere grasp after human science, their attainments in the arts, and learning, and wisdom of this world, if that is all, will only resemble the eruption of a volcano, to bury in ruins the fair fields which stretch around. Knowledge, as introductory to Christianity, I hail with joy ; but if divorced from it, with extreme alarm and suspicion. There is a demand all over India for books of religious instruction. Nothing is of service in India but what is pregnant with the immediate Gospel of Christ in all its simplicity, all its grace, all its spirituality, all its holy tendencies. I was very much gratified, some time since, with those tracts which had then been transmitted to Calcutta. Our noble Anglican Church, the glory of the Reformation, and the chief bulwark of Christianity in Europe, is now sorely beset by Papists and Infidels on the one hand, and separatists and heretics on the other. Human Governments seem to be deserting her. Never, therefore, was she more loudly called to union within herself. Blessed are those peace-makers who sacrifice every thing but truth to her stability and safety. God is purifying her indeed. May she come out more spiritual, devoted, and active than ever in promoting christian knowledge both at home and abroad.”
No. LIX.--AN ACT FOR RENDERING VALID BONDS, COVE
NANTS, AND OTHER ASSURANCES FOR THE RESIGNATION OF ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS, IN CERTAIN SPECIFIED CASES.
Whereas it is expedient that cer- merely a trustee or trustees of the tain bonds, covenants, and other patronage of the same, or of the perassurances for the resignation of ec- son or one of the persons for whom clesiastical preferments, should be the patron or patrons shall be a trusrendered valid in the cases and subject tee or trustees, or of the person or to the limitations hereinafter specified; one of the persons by whose direction be it therefore enacted by the King's such presentation, collation, gift, or most Excellent Majesty, by and with bestowing shall be intended to be the advice and consent of the Lords made, or of any married woman Spiritual and Temporal, and Com- whose husband in her right shall be mons, in this present parliament as- the patron or one of the patrons of sembled, and by the authority of the such spiritual office, or of any other same, That every engagement by person in whose right such presentapromise, grant, agreement, or cove- tion, collation, gift, or bestowing shall nant, which shall be really and boná be intended to be made. fide made, given, or entered into at III. And be it further enacted, any time after the passing of this Act, That no presentation, collation, gift for the resignation of any spiritual or bestowing to or of any such spirioffice, being a benefice with cure of tual office of or upon any spiritual persouls, dignity, prebend, or living ec- son, to be made after the passing of clesiastical, to the intent or purpose, this Act,nor any admission, institution, to be manifested by the terms of such investiture, or induction thereupon, engagement, that any one person shall be void, fru ate, or of no effect whosoever, to be specially named and in law for or by reason of any such described therein, or one of two per- engagement so to be made, given, or sons to be specially named and des- entered into by such spiritual person, cribed therein, being such persons as or any other person or persons, to or are hereinafter mentioned, shall be with the patron or patrons of such presented, collated, nominated, or spiritual office, or to or with any
other appointed to such spiritual office, or person or persons, for the resignation that the same shall be given or be- of the same as aforesaid; and that it stowed to or upon him, shall be good, shall not be lawful for the King's valid, and effectual in the law to all most Excellent Majesty, his heirs or intents and purposes whatsoever, and successors, for or by reason of any the performance of the same may also such engagements as aforesaid, to be enforced in equity : Provided al- present or collate unto, or give or beways, that such engagement shall be stow such spiritual office; and that so entered into before the presenta- such spiritual person, and patron or tion, nomination, collation, or ap- patrons, or other person or persons pointment of the party, so entering respectively, shall not be liable to any into the same as aforesaid.
pains, penalty, forfeitures, loss, or disII. Provided always, and be it ability, nor to any prosecution or other further enacted, That where two per- proceeding, civil, criminal, or penal, sons shall be so specially named and in any court, ecclesiastical or temporal, described in such engagement, each for or by reason of his, her, or their of them shall be, either by blood or having made, given, or entered into, marriage, an uncle, son, grandson, or accepted or taken such engagement brother, nephew, or grand nephew of as aforesaid; and that every such the patron, or of one of the patrons presentation or collation, or gift or beof such, spiritual office, not being stowing, to be made after the passing
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of this Act, and every admission, shall be entitled to the sum of two shilinstitution, investiture, and induction lings and no more, for so depositing as thereupon, shall be as valid and effec- aforesaid such deed, instrument, or tual in the law to all intents and writing, and so as aforesaid certifying purposes whatsoever as if such engage- such deposit thereof; and the sum of ment had not been made, given, or one shilling, and no more, for each entered into, or accepted or taken; search to be made for the same; and any thing in an Act passed in the thirty- the sum of sixpence, and no more, over first year of the reign of her late and besides the stamp duty, if any, for Majesty Queen Elizabeth, intituled each folio of seventy-two words of each “ An Act against Abuses in Elections such office copy so certified as aforesaid. of Scholars and Presentations to Be- V. And be it further enacted, That nefices,” or in any other act, statute, every resignation to be made in puror canon, or any law, to the contrary suance of any such engagement as in any wise notwithstanding.
aforesaid shall refer to the engageIV. Provided always, and be it ment in pursuance of which it is further enacted, That nothing in this made, and state the name of the per Act shall extend to the case of any son for whose benefit it is made ; and such engagement as aforesaid, unless that it shall not be lawful for the one part of the deed, instrument, or ordinary to refuse such resignation, writing by which such engagement unless upon good and sufficient cause shall be made, given, or entered into, to be shown for that purpose ; and shall, within the space of two calendar that such resignation shall not be months next after the date thereof, be valid or effectual, except for the purdeposited in the office of the registrar pose of allowing the person for whose of the diocese wherein the benefice benefit it shall be so made to be prewith cure of souls, dignity, prebend, or sented, collated, nominated, or apliving ecclesiastical, for the resignation pointed to the spiritual office thereby whereof such engagement shall be resigned, and shall be absolutely null made, given, or entered into as afore- and void unless such person shall be said, shall be locally situate, except presented, collated, nominated or as to such benefices with cure of souls, appointed as aforesaid within six cadignities, prebends, or livings eccle- lendar months next after notice of siastical, as are under the peculiar such resignation shall have been given jurisdiction of any archbishop or bishop, to the patron or patrons of such spiriin which case such document as afore- tual office. said shall be deposited in the office of VI. Provided also, and be it further the registrar of that peculiar juris- enacted, That nothing in this Act shall diction to which any such benefice extend to any case where the presenwith cure of souls, dignity, prebend, tation, collation, gift, or bestowing to or living ecclesiastical, shall be sub- cr of any such spiritual office as aforeject; and such registrars shall respec- said shall be made by the King's most tively deposit and preserve the same, Excellent Majesty, his heirs or sucand shall give and sign a certificate cessors, in right of his crown or of of such deposit thereof; and every his duchy of Lancaster; or by any such deed, instrument, or writing archbishop, bishop, or other ecclesiasshall be produced at all proper and tical person, in right of his archbishopusual hours at such registry to every ric, bishopric, or other ecclesiastical person applying to inspect the same; living, office, or dignity; or by any and an office copy of each such deed, other body politic or corporate, wheinstrument, or writing, certified under ther aggregate or sole, or by any other the hand of the registrar, (and which person or persons, in right of any office copy so certified the registrar office or dignity; or by any company shall in all cases grant to every person or any feoflees or trustees for chariwho shall apply for the same,) shall table or other public purposes ; or by in all cases be admitted and allowed any other person or persons not enas legal evidence thereof in all courts titled to the patronage of such spiritual whatsoever; and every such registrar office as private property.
VALEDICTORY ADDRESS OF THE DEPUTATION FROM THE
CHURCH IN UPPER CANADA. Having been deputed, wit the of interest has been the result. The Rev. Benjamin Cronyn, by the Church Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, in Upper Canada, “to make known to and Dublin, have given public proof of the Archbishops, Bishops and digni- their persuasion that the prosperity taries of the United Church of England of the colonial members of the Church and Ireland, the destitute state of her is necessary to the well-being of the members in the Canadas, and, with national Zion. The members of both their permission, to tuke such steps as
Houses of Parliament have been supmight be found most expedient to in- plied with a copy of the “ History of terest our brethren, both of the clerzy the Church in Upper Canada ;" and and laity, in our favour, and excite in from many I have received unequitheir hearts a desire, as they have the vocal testimony that the subject is ability, to assist us in supplying the considered by them as worthy of most spiritual wants of our people, and in
serious consideration. Several membuilding up a branch of the United bers of both Houses have openly Church in those extensive provinces;” espoused the interest of our deserted --and being now on the eve of my
Zion. Many of the first newspapers return, it will not, I trust, appear in- and periodicals in the land have opportune briefly to state the results directly, and ably, and gratuitously of our mission.
advocated our cause, given publicity to The lamented indisposition and sub- our proceedings, and drawn attention sequent demise of our beloved Bishop our printed statements. About (of Quebec) rendered a direct commu- three thousand copies of our “ History" nication with his Grace the Primate have been circulated, and nearly two indispensably necessary to our pro- hundred thousand Appeals. We have ceedings. Í have felt it my duty to preached and held public meetings in maintain uninterrupted that commu- more than one-half the dioceses in nication, by transmitting to his Grace England, and have travelled little less copies of every letter of importance than six thousand miles. From many which I have either written or re- of the places, we have visited, petitions ceived. It is scarcely necessary to say
have been presented to Parliament. I that his Grace has unceasingly mani- have now openings in Cornwall, Devon, fested the liveliest interest in our Dorset, Somerset, Gloucester, Wilts, cause. From the other Archbishops, Hants, Surrey, Berks, Warwick, Sufand from many of the Bishops, we folk, Lincoln, and York; in other have received similar assurances of words, abundant occupation for another sympathy, and full permission to year; but I am induced to decline preach and hold public meetings in any farther proceedings for reasons their dioceses. We have presented which appear conclusive to my own our humble memorial to our most mind :gracious Sovereign the Queen. To the First,-I believe that the great object imperial legislature our petition for of our mission has been attained ; inrelief has been submitted, which in the formation has been circulated, and the House of Peers gave rise to an ani- public attention has been consequently mated and interesting discussion. With drawn to our destitute state.
Relief, her Majesty's government I have used therefore, cannot long be delayed. every legitimate effort to procure a Secondly,—"The Society for the Bishop, and some alleviation to our Propagation of the Gospel " has taken spiritual wants. We have brought the up the cause of the British North state of our Church personally under American Church in good earnest; has the attention of about two thousand of pledged itself to send out forty missionour Clergy, and one uniform expression aries ; is now occupied in holding meetings, and sending preachers committee meeting, I observed in my throughout the country; and, as I “ History," that the society would understand, purposes to employ a cease to exist as soon as the “Society clerical secretary in every diocese, in for the Propagation of the Gospel order that by a systematic parochial had succeeded in effectually relieving arrangement, the energies of the the spiritual necessities of the proChurch may be called into action. vince. No real lover of his Church can read Fifthly,--My own flock in Upper the published account of the proceed- Canada have reiterated the expression ings at Willis's-rooms, in June last, of their desire, to which expression my without unfeigned gratitude to God Diocesan, the Bishop of Montreal, has for the prospect of a speedy alleviation given the sanction of his assent, that to our colonial destitution. (I cannot I should return to my labours amongst refrain from remarking here on a most them. They have patiently endured unaccountable mistatement which has an absence of eighteen months; and been put into the Bishop of Lon- few parishes in England could have don's speech, viz., that we, in Upper more cheerfully sacrificed to the public Canada, “have already built three good, the ministrations of their aphundred and sixty churches, at an ex- pointed pastor. pense of 2001. each.” I have written, On taking leave of our numberless and preached, and printed, and friends in England, I may be permitted pleaded, that we want that number briefly to place before them, and the of churches. Such an error ought not public generally, the actual state of spito have appeared under the authority ritual destitution of Britain's population of the Society.) I should fear now, in Upper Canada, the vast majority of under this altered and most encourag
which are of the poorer classes, and ing position of the Society, lest the consequently utterly unable to procure prosecution of my individual labours spiritual instruction for themselves. in England might be interpreted into Upper Canada is equal in extent an interference with the plans of the to England and Wales, and is parSociety.
tially inhabited thoughout this entire Thirdly,—It is now certain that a extent of country.
The roads are “Queen's letter” has been granted for always bad, and frequently almost imcollections in all churches and chapels,
The population exceeds —the proceeds to be distributed by the 500,000. The efficient Clergy, (I say “Society for the Propagation of the efficient, for many have spent their Gospel. About a year ago I made years and strength in their “ labour of a most urgent appeal to his Grace the love,") amount to about sixty. To Primate to obtain such a letter for judge aright of our destitution, it may Upper Canada exclusively. We shall be necessary to speak of England's doubtlessly have our share in the na- spiritual riches. The population of tional bounty, and therefore it might England may be estimated at fourteen not be considered expedient to antici- millions, and the Clergy at fifteen pate, by my own private efforts, this thousand. Assuming the facilities of public appeal.
communication to be equal in both Fourthly, The “Upper Canada countries, our proportion of Clergymen, Clergy Society" has increased the according to the relative state of the number of its missionaries. I trust population of the two countries, should the auxiliaries and agencies which I be six hundred. We have, therefore, have formed and established for the sixty attempting in a sphere occupied in society will be diligently visited. I England by fifteen thousand, to do the understand from the treasurer and work of six hundred. Or thus: take secretary that the committee are re- away thirteen thousand five hundred solved to carry on the labours of the Clergymen from the Church of society with every possible energy. I England, and then would the destiam anxious to give publicity to this tution here be equal to that which our statement, inasmuch as under an fellow-countrymen and fellow-churcherroneous impression, received at a
men are enduring in Upper Canada.