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my next communication to offer some


Newland Vicaruge, strong reasons for thinking that this

co. Gloucester, Aug. 6. expedition Gog Magog bas "HROUGH the medium of your prove satisfactory, will be a farther municate the pleasing intelligence of proof of the truth of the interpreta: the Chapel in the Forest of Dean * tion here proposed of this passage of being duly consecrated, with the usual Holy Scripture.

solemnities, on the 17th of July, by The Author and first supporters of the Hon. and Right Rev. the Lord the Doctrine of the Millenium, no

Bishop of Gloucester. doubt, took it for granted, that Satan

His Lordship was supported on the could not be chained in the bottomlais

occasion by bis Chaplains and upwards pit without mankind obtaining the of 20 Clergymen. After an admirable, highest possible degree of happiness, bighly appropriate, and impressive from being thus secured against all Sermon, delivered by his Lordship, to his wiles and machinations. Having a crowded and attentive Congregano clue whatever beyond the bare

tivu from Mattb.'xviii. 20, the Holy words of the Prophecy to guide them

Sacrament was administered. to the true meaning of it, they were not able to understand from it, that becomes my duty to offer congratu.

To our many excellent friends it this restraint regarded only a particu- lations of the most grateful kind : lar exertion of his power. " He was asking of them to unite in thanksgivshut up, that he should deceive the ing and praise to God for ipaking us nations no more till the thousand

the humble instruments in raisius, years should be fulfilled.” He is then

for the poor, a house of prayer to “ to go out to deceive the Nations."

the bonour of His Name. And this we find was to be particularly It is scarce credible, but it is an put in practice by his great agent, the

afflictive truth, that in the large, desecond Beast.

• He deceiveth them solate, extra-parochial tract of land that dwell on the Earth.” And what

in his Majesty's forest of Dean “not is meant by his thus deceiving them

a place of worship of any sort or deis also specified.

" He deceiveth nomination was EvER knopen." them..saying that they should make

After the lapse of so many centuries an image of the Beast, which had the

to the present age, to the lovers of wound by the sword, aod did live," pure religion this honour has been that is, erect an Empire like the Ro

reserved. On the records of Time man Empire. That the French Em- and of Eternity, Christ Church," pire owed its prosperity, as much to the name given to the Chapel, lands its deceitful promises and practices as as the“ First-fruils," on the Extra-pa. to its arms, is a fact that there can

rochial, of an attachment lo the Esta. be no doubt of.

blished Service, and of love to God I shall only take notice of one cir- for his spiritual blessings. cumstaoce more, and this must not

Being engaged, at the request of be passed over, because it is another

many distaut friends, iu drawing up point, in which the event accords

an account of my fiest entrance into most, exactly with the Prophecy ;

the Forest; and of the interesting and this is,' that when Satan had death of Thomas Morgan ; ! shall finished the appointed terın of his take that opportunity of giving to confinement, he would be loosed but the Subscribers a general statement " for a little season. And we liave

of the expenditure, the funds, and the inust happily seen this new Empire particulars of all our proceedings. conie to its end after a very few years.

Yours, &c.

P.M. PROCTER. If we take its date from Buonaparte's assuming the Imperial dignity, it last


Aug. 17. ed little more

VAE Parish of St. Pancras cunRevolation, its exislence did not ex. ceed twenty-five years.

This was

religious education and morals of the then truly a very 6 little season,

poor children in so. large a popula

tion deserves, much more than it has when compared with the duration of all the other Einpires before it.

* See vol. LXXXIII, i.


vol. T. R. LXXXIV. i. p. 545.



he thought such person could not to be given in between the 1st and bave framed a more effective instru- the 10th of January, when the Planters ment for these purposes than the arrive, they find the Registrar has so Registry Bill. Such was an imperfect much business on his hands, that they outline of what the Bill appeared to are detained several days before they him to have been, and which he was can be dispatched, and during this quite sure would be shewn to be the time are obliged to maiotain themcase, by persons more competent than selves, their horses and servants, at an himself, if ever unhappily that Bill inn, at a very heavy expence. The should be again discussed in the disadvantage to the Planters of being House. He would leave the House obliged to leave their estates in crop to judge whether it was in itself a time, which commences the end of delusion, or was calculated to delude December, is sufficiently obvious, as others.

well as the danger arising from their It may probably be urged that Mr. all being absent at the same time, and P. and the other gentlemen, who fol- thus leaving the Slaves without superlowed him in this debate, took an ex intendance or control. aggerated view of the subject,or that, It should be observed that these in. as individuals interested in the West conveniences have arisen where the India Colonies, their opinion must Slave population does not exceed not be considered as conclusive. To 26,000. What would be the result in such reasoners, I will now produce Jamaica, where they amount to more some practical objections against the than 300,000 ? measure in question, which the bitter After this statement will it be confruits of experience have furnished. tended that the Colonists have raised

A Registry was established in Tri- their voices against a Registry of this nidad under an Order in Council, dated description without a cause? Neverthe 261h of March 1812, and from theless in the Christian Observer for which the present Bill was, in its lead- June (p. 409) it is coolly stated, that ing provisions, framed and copied. “ in the Island of Trinidad, where a The number of Slaves in that Island Registry has been in force for five are computed at about 26,000, and years, no mistake as to its real nature the returns are required to be fur- has existed ; nor has there een the nished by the Registrar on or beiore slightest pretence of inconvenience, the 1st of March, in each year, but except what arises from the payment from the intricacy and complex na. of the preseribed fees, and the necesture of the regulations, copies of the sary precision of the enactments." first returns of the Plantation Slaves, These are trifling exceptions truly ! directed to be forwarded to the Secre- of what, I would ask, does the Registary of State for the Colonial De- try Bill principally consist? Against partment, have not yet been received. which of its objects and provisions An estimate of the "moderate fecs” have the strongest arguments been (as Mr. Stephen terms them) payable urged ? “ The payment of fees,” and on making ihe returns, has been com the observance of “ precise enact. puted at 10,000l. ; but these bave ments," form the very essence of the proved but a small part of the burtiien, Bill, and have been animadverted upou the indirect expences of this measure by the Colonists as burthens particubeing inuch greater than the regular larly oppressive; yet the candid and fees. In the first place, above 1,300 ingenuous Christian Observer alludes judicial proceedings have already to both, as matters merely trivial, and taken place io Trinidad, in virtue of scarcely deserving of attention, in a this Order in Council. (What a glo-. consideration of the practical conserious harvest for the Lawyers !) 10 quences of this measure. the next place, the Planiers are not A. H. also remarks, that "some inallowed to nsake their returns to the surrections have been fulsely ascribed Commandants of the Districts where to the reports of the effects of this they reside, but are obliged to attend Bill.” Upon this point I shall not in person, and swear to them before dwell, as ihe fact is placed beyond all the Registrar at his office. Many of doubt. The Proclamation of Sir them, therefore, are under the neces James Leith, and other communicasity of inaking a journey of 70 or tions from Barbadoes, all point to the 80 miles ; and as all the returns are Registry Bill' as the source of the


pay half the interest of the whole, years. Conferences were renewed yearly, for ever, to the redemption by Lord Castlereagh with Russia, of British Slaves in Turkey or Bar. Austria, and Prussia, and with Talbary; one fourth to Charity Schools Jeyrand on the part of France; and in the City and Suburbs, where the the former having all concurred in education is according to the Church the necessity of the proposed meaof England, in which nuinber that in' sure, Talleycand signified by a letter the Parish of Shoreditch, where he on July 30, 1815, that this " Trade resided, to be always included, and was for ever abolished through the pot giving any one above 201. per dominions of France. The letter annum; and out of the remaining states, lhat “the King had issued-dione fourth to pay 101. per annum to rections that, on the part of France, the Chaplain of the Alms houses, and the traffick in Slaves should cease from the rest to necessitated decayed free. the present time every where and for men of the Company, their widows ever.” This arrangement was formed and children, not exceeding 101. a into an article of the grand Treaty year to any family, reserving sufficient between the Allies at Paris on Nov. to keep his towb in the burial-ground 20, 1815; and was also made part of at the Alms-houses in repair.

the ratification. In the year 1734, about 135 captive Thus the Slave Trade was aban. Britons, nine of whom were Com- doned by the five grand Powers of Eumanders of vessels, arrived in England rope; and Spain and Portugal are the from the States of Barbary, and were only Nations whose subjects are perpresented to the King and the Lords mitted to practise it. Commissioners of the Admiralty: During ihe intervals of peace with The King gave them 1001. and several France, many of the Directors of the of the nobility and gentry five and African Society visited that country, ten guineas each, to which Sir Chas. and disseminated books and informaWager added 501. They afterwards tion tending effectually to eradicate dined together at the Company's Hall. all remaining prejudices against this The Company, through correspond- trade: and some of the captures pre

with the British Consuls at viously made by English cruizers, of Algiers and its Dependencies, have Slave-ships bound from Havre,Nantes, been continually instrumentalin effect- and Bourdeaux, have been restored, ing the liberty of many slaves, about under the exemption, by the former 30 of whom have been emancipated Orders of Council, of vessels sailing within the last six years, and some of under the wbite flag, and bound to them bave presented themselves at ports where that flag was erected. the Company's great meetings. The in one of these vessels, the Hermione, amount of this Trust is very consi- the cargo consisted of 210 slaves, derable. SeeMalcolm's London, I. 42. having only four feet six inches alHighmore's Pietas Lovdinensis, 525.' lowed in some places for each man

There is no doubt of the liberal every night, and no air but through manner in which the worshipful Com- the gratings. pany administer this Trust; and it is The English Government paid believed that, on proper applications, £.300,000 to Portugal, to cover losses full explanations have never been sustained by our captures of her witbbeld.

A. H. Slave-ships, arising from the dubious

language of the Treaty of Amity. THE SLAVE TRADE-since the Treaty trade; and it is now questioned whe

Spain has not yet relinquished her for its general Abolition.—No. II.

ther it is not lawful to restrain her at


mediately upon his re-ascension deg. of North lat. a portion of the to the throne of France, passed a de- coast where no other Power can cree in March 1815, instantly abolish- carry it on. ing the Slave Trade in that Kingdom, The registry of Slaves bas been yet it remained for Louis XVIII., adopted in the Isles of France and of upon the fall of the Imperial Usurpa. Trinidad. tion, to confirm that decree, or to re The Slave Trade prevails in the vert to the terms of the Treaty of Gambia very near Goree, Cuba, and 1814, wbich'had continued it for five the coast of Africa.


The African Society propose to re new-comers there are some turbulent ceive under their care, all the children spirits, who often commit irregulariliberated from the captured Slave- ties. Unaccustomed to European ships, amounting to not less than 2000. dress, they neglect external appear. Agrant of 1000 acres of land has been

ance. Such, however, are only found given to the Society for their cultiva- among the new.comers, and are rare tion, and buildings are now in a state occurrences: they soon form acquaintof forwardness; and Vaccination has ances, and copy each other's example, also been introduced amongst them. by which improvement insensibly The Timmapey Chiefs on the banks of grows. The African youths educated the Barka Locho branch of the river

in the Borough-road School are seduSierra Leone have signified their co- lously employed, and the schools are operation in writing, and promised well attended. Mr. and Mrs. Turner, hospitality to auy traveller.

and a Mrs. Davis, have been very acTwo Expeditions of Discovery in tive; and the latter haviog fallen a the interior of Africa are now on victim to the severity of the climate, their journey,one conducted by Major ber assistants are carrying on a female Peddie, and the other by Captain school for 100 girls. The copper Tuckey of the Royal Navy.

coin has been received by the Colony " The Slave Trade is carried on to with great pleasure: the Colony was great extent in the Isle of France; in general healthy, though some atand from its being unlawful, the poor tacks of fever were reported. The wretches suffer more than when the price of labour was extremely high, trade was open, from being confined and had not decreased for several in the hold, and, generally speaking; years. It is thus that the efforts of under a cargo of rice or cocoa nuts.” the Society have succeeded upon the This fact is extracted from a letter basis of the Abolition Act of Parliadated in July 1815.

ment; and although the Continent of The Colony of Sierra Leone is in Africa is of great extent, yet the civifavourable progress, according to lisation of its rude and uncivilised letters dated in December, January, parts will probably be effected from and February last. The conduct of this small Colony.

A. H. the Settlers is said to differ very little from that of the generality of English villages. They are chiefly engaged

Mr. URBAN, in trading speculations. The captured Negroes, on the other hand, subsist I SEND you, for the satisfaction of

your critical Readers, the followsolely by Agriculture: the Colony is ingscurious extract from Baron Silvessupplied with fruit and vegetables tre De Stacy's Report to the Royal almost exclusively from their planta- Institute of France on the labours of tions. Many intermarriages between Mr. Asselin.

A. H. the Nova Scotian and Maroon selllers

“Mr. Asselin describes the language had taken place, which it was thought in which his Translation of the Bible is would result in the improvement of written, as the vulgarAbyssinian as spoken both. All the Settlers are now mar

at Goudar. This language is that which ried in the manner prescribed by the we know under the name of the Amharic, Church, and the institution of inar and which the Abyssinians themselves riage gains ground even among the thus denominate, because it is spoken captured .Negroes. In one week 23 in the Kingdom of Amhara. The lancouples of them were married. There guage wbich we commonly call Ethiopic, exists among them every shade of and which the Abyssinians call Lisana improvement which, though seldom Ghees, that is to say, the Language of rivalling the Settlers, is treading very the Kingdom, is that of the province of fast upon their heels: they build huts Tigre, to which appertained the celein the fashion of their own country

brated city of Axum. It was the comthey have allotments of land, which

mon language of Abyssinia down to the they gradually improve; their rice period at which Axun ceased to be the and cassada fields are of great ex

royal residence, and when the authority

passed into the hands of the Princes who tent, exclusively the property of the spoke the Amharic dialect. The Ghees captured Negroes. The most respect, however continued to be the only diaable are among those who have been

lect used in public worship, and in all longest in the Colony. Ainong the acts of Government ; tbe only dialeot,

in short, used in writing. Thus the no other passage of Scripture, which Egyptians call it the Language of Books, gives any countenance to this doctrine while the Amharic, as being that of the but what is conlained in this chapter. reigning family, is called the Royal To which we may add, that the auLanguage. By the help of the Ambaric, thor of this doctrine not only lived one may travel through all the provinces very soon after the publication of of Abyssinia, notwithstanding the differ- this book, but had an opportunity of ënt idioms which they respectively use. Before Mr. Asselin, the Missionaries

a very early acquaintance with it,

from his holding a Bishoprick within from the Jesuits, who resided long in Abyssinia, bad there translated different a very few

miles of Laodicea, one of

the seven Churches in Asia, to which portions of the sacred Scriptures into the Amharic language. None of these it was particularly addressed. productions have reached Europe, nor is The word Millenium however has it known in what they consist, or wbat been so long used to describe a state is become of them.

of great prosperity and happiness in Mr. Asselin has rendered an import- the Christian Church, that a person ant service to Oriental literature, and to runs some little hazard of his credit learning in general, by procuring for as a friend to religion, who should Europe the knowledge of a language venture to propose any other interwhich is spoken in a great extent of pretation of it. It becomes therefore country. The new relations which

necessary to introduce the following England has sought to establish with

observations with reminding the reaAbyssinia, and which have already ob

ders of them, that this doctrine of tained for us the knowledge of a most

the Millenium has been from the first precious monument, and removed all doubts that could be entertained on the only received by some particular authenticity of the monument of Adules, Christians, and that it has always had add certainly a new value to the labours opposers, men of equal learning and of Mr. Asselin. The last journey of Mr. piety with those who have been adSalt into Abyssinia has also enriched us mirers and propagators of it. It has with some vocabularies of the vulgar never been generally received as an dialects of different provinces of the article of Christian faith. And as it country, and especially of the Amharic; has had no other foundation but a and already the Amharic Bible has been

very dark and mysterious Prophecy, printed in England."

and that too taken in its literal sense,

there must be good ground to doubt Rev. xx. 2, 3, 4.

the truth of it. “ And (the Angel) laid hold on the

And a circumstance has taken place Dragon, that old Serpent .. and bound

in the late dreadful times, which not him a thousand years.. that he should deceive the Nations no more, till the

only renders the old interpretation of thousand years should be fulfilled, and

this passage of Scripture doubtful, after that he must be loosed a little but appears to lead to the true mean

And (they) which had not ing of it. The circumstance to which worshipped the Beast, neither his I allude is, that exactly one thousand Image, neither had received his mark, years should have intervened between .. lived and reigned with Christ a thous the establishment of the Empires of and years... This is the first Resur

Charlemagne and of Buonaparte. The rection."

former, it appears from History, was

crowned and assumed the title of Emwonderful book, no one appears peror in the year 800, and the latter, to have engaged the attention of the in the year 1803, we know, took to first Christians, except what is con himself the same dignity. Nor need tained in the words above. For that we consider the three years, added by the doctrine of the Millenium was the Divine goodness to this long sum, founded on this passage of Scripture, as diminishing the exactness of it. there seems not to be the smallest This rather adds to the certainty of it reason to doubt. It cannot well be by showing that the promised terin supposed, that such a doctrine would has fully taken place. And this cirbave been at all received and enter. cumstance is rendered remarkable by tained by those, to whom it was first having never before happened in the proposed, if it had not appeared to world. No such interval ever before have the sanction of the Scriptures interposed between the foundation of for its support. And there is certainly any of the other Empires. Of these


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