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explaining the words spoken as re- which were strictly appropriate and ferring to God, and the shepherd ministerial, he consigned, as a last sent, he enlarged on the duties of sacrifice, his laboured manuscripts spiritual shepherds, and addressed to the flames; content to live only the Clergy present ; then adverted in the memory of those who loved to the Missionaries, who were sent and honoured him; and desirby the Society for Promoting Chris- ing no further praise than that tian Knowledge, and the Society for which he shall one day receive of, Propagating the Gospel ; to the zeal "Well done! good and faithful ser. necessary to bring such Missionaries vant!” there, and the arduousness and im His Lordship concluded his truly portance of the duties in which they Christian Charge with a short prayer. had engaged ; concluding an appro- The Clergy having returned to priate and impressive sermon with a their seats, the Venerable the Archsuitable application to the Candidate deacon brought up the Candidate for Ordination that day.
for Ordination, Mr. Christian, ba. The sermon being ended, the bited in a surplice, to the rails of Lord Bishop of Calcutta took his the altar, when the Ordination serseat at the altar; and the Clergy, vice began, the Bishop reading the being assembled near the altar, Litany, and the Candidate reading were then addressed by the Bishop the Epistle appointed in the Office, seated in his chair.
after receiving imposition of hands This is not the place for entering and authority to officiate in the into the details of his Lordship's place whereto he was appointed. excellent Charge, particularly as we shall, most probably, have an opportunity of noticing it again here
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN
KNOWLEDGE after more fully and correctly ; but we cannot forbear making the fol.
Chester District Committee. lowing extract from it, in which his On Monday, Oct. 4th, pursuant to notice Lordship touches on the character
given by advertisement, and by circulars,
a Public Meeting of the Members and of his revered Predecessor in the
Friends of this Society was beld in the See, Bishop Middleton..
Chapter House of the Cathedral. It gives “ Had the mind of that great us great pleasure to say it was very pumeand good man (Bishop Middleton), rously attended, and certainly was the most observed his Lordship, been at respectable Assembly ever convened in tracted to secular purposes, he was
Chester, under similar circumstances, with possessed of every quality on which
a similar object in view. Amongst the
poble and distinguished persons present the world bestows its favour. But
were—The Lord Bishop of the Diocese, though his memory was stored with
the Right Hon. the Lord Kenyon, Sir R. all profane and civil literature, the Williames Vaughan, Bart. M.P. the Mayor application of his learning and ta- of Chester, the Very Rev. Dr. Vaughan, lents was to ecclesiastical purposes Dean of Chester, the Rev, the Vice-Dean, alone. He was perhaps the second
Mr. Ward; the Rev. the Chancellor, H. critic of his age, yet he edited no
Parkinson; the Rev. Unwin Clarke, Arch
deacon of Chester, the Rev. Dr. Trevor, Greek classics ; he was stored, as I
Rev. Prebendary Maddock, Rev. Messrs. have been assured, with an inex. Armistead, Mawdesley, P. W. Hamilton, haustible supply of lighter and more Ayckbown, Mytton, Eaton, Casson, M. elegant literature, yet he sought to Davies, Massie, w. Currie, W. Richardbe remembered as a Divine and a son, Lyon, Harrison, Edwards, Pearson, Theologian alone. Nay more, when
M. D. Taylor, Llewellyn Lloyd, Hoskins,
Godwin, Baldwin, Williamson, Folliott, his life-long labours were at length
jun. Clarke, &c. R. Barnston, Esq. Alapproaching to their term, as if
derman, Larden, Dr. Thackeray, Dr. fearing the applause of men, even Llewellyn Jones, Thomas Dixon, Esq. in those branches of learning, John Fletcher, Esq. George Harrison,
Esq. Thomas Bagnall, Esq. Wm. Ward, very centre of the Metropolis, to forward Esq. W. H. Folliott, Esq. W. H. Worth the objects of the Society, he found hanington, Esq. Richard Richardson, Esq. dreds who actually did not know of its J. Fiochett Maddock, Esq. Robert Bax. existence! He was aware, some might say, ter, Esq. G. B. Granville, Esq. Mr. J. that this ignorance was owing to the inertWalker, Mr. Leet, Mr. W. Ward, &c. &c. ness of the Society, but there had been
Soon after 12 o'clock, the Bishop rose, no inertness but what arose from the want and said, that as the present was a Meet- of support: and if this bad been the case, ing of the Committee of the Society for it certainly was not so now! That there Promoting Christian Knowledge, it became had been a discreditable indifference he him to open the proceedings with the usual was not prepared to deny; and he even prayers to the Almighty for its prosperity fouud amongst his parishioners many warm and his protection.-His Lordship then friends of the Church, who, strange to say, read the prayers in a very impressive supposed the Bible was never distribnted manner, all present knoeling; after which, by the Society unless it was bound up - The Bishop Of Chester addressed with the book of Common Prayer! This himself to the audience in words to the error, it was pretty obvious, had originated following purport :-He said, he felt a in the misrepresentation of some one; but lively satisfaction—a satisfaction which he he would not enquire into that. When he had not words to express,-to behold be- sought the contributions of his parishioners, fore him a meeting so numerous, and so it was fairly stated to them, that the aptruly respectable. It was highly gratify- propriation of the money would be confined ing, inasmuch as it convinced him, that exclusively to the Society for Promoting there was abroad, not only a spirit of zeal Christian Knowledge, which was strictly in support of our Holy Religion, but also in its principles a Church Society; and he of love to the Established Church, which was glad to say, that althongh his parish was the best instrument, under Divine was situated in that part of London aboundProvidence, of propagating true Religion. ing with seceders from the Church, he found Assembled as they were with a particular many of them who gladly contributed toobject in view, he felt it his duty to offer wards so good a purpose. Far from disto their notice a few observations. He sembling the fact, we ought to avow with would be as short as he could in explain- pride that this is a Church of England So. ing to them his sentiments, first, because, ciety, and we should cordially co-operate, probably, a greater part of those he had in order to disseminate the pure principles the honour of addressing were well ac- of that Church of which we profess oorquainted with the principles of the Society; selves Members. and secondly, because he disliked from his The Society first originated in the year heart, the ostentation of being prominent 1699,-a period when this Kingdom was in speaking on public occasions. True threatened on one hand with the danger of Charity is unobtrusive and retired; she Popery, and with Atheism and Infidelity courts not public gaze, nor does she seek on the other. It was formed to counteract public applause, any further than may be their operation, and was soon afterwards requisite to attract the notice, and to con- divided into two branches, the one called ciliate the regard of those, who would the Society for the Propagation of the otherwise remain in ignorance of her exer- Gospel in Foreign Parts, the other calltions and deserts; and he would therefore ed the Society for Promoting Christian confine bis remarks within the shortest Knowledge. The principal object of the limits which the execution of the task he latter was the foundation of Charity Schools, had undertaken would permit. Glad was generally confined to the Metropolis, and he to observe at the Meeting so great a the formation of parochial catechetical lipumber of the Clergy of the neighbour- braries; that of the former to sending out hood; but still more rejoiced was he to Missionaries abroad. Let not the splensce so numerous and respectable an assem- dour of later and more extensive Charities blage of the Laity, because it shewed that so dazzle our eyes, as to make us blind to the support and welfare of the Society for the early and effectual labours of this soPromoting Christian Knowledge, was not ciety, So early as 1740, there were no less confined to Ministers of the Gospel.--He than 2000 Charity Schools founded by this saw around him many old and valued Society, directly or indirectly; and at prefriends of that venerable Institution, num. rent the Metropolis exhibits to our view bers of wbom, no doubt, were better ac- the great meeting of the different Charity quainted with the subject than himself; but Schools in connexion with the Establish
he would observe, that when he (the ment, holden before the Society-a sigbt · Bishop) took ou bimself last year, in the the grandest and most affecting that could be conceived !-to beliold from 10,000 to gress was rapid, -bnt he would not stop to 12,000 children assembled together in the enumerate the labours of its earlier years. Temple of the Lord, what could be so im- Suffice it, therefore, to say, that within pressive ?--what could sooner touch the the last FOURTEEN YEARS, at least FIFsensibilities of our nature? (His Lordship TEEN MILLIONS OF BOOKS had at this period appeared to feel the import been DISTRIBUTED by the SOCIETY, ance of the subject to which he adverted, of which a very great proporlion was THE and was generally cheered)-He must apo- COMMON PRAYER, and the remainder use. logize for being carried away by his feelings ful and simple manuals of devotion for the - but he did hope to see an Annual Meet, poorer classes. At the present time, the ing of the Children similarly educated in Committee were employed in carefully reChester, in that Cathedral.-(Hear, hear.) vising the general Tracts of the Society in --He trusted be should be excused tres order to meet the errors and wants of the passing on their time a little longer; and times in the most effectual way, so that, he could not forbear adverting to the la- in a short time, he bad great pleasure in mentable deficiency of such Schools in stating, many more excellent Tracts and this city. There was not one which gave devotional books would be ready for cirpublic instruction on the Sabbath Day; 80 culation. -He must not forget to mention tbat, when Children, imperfectly educated, also the Family Bible published by the had arrived at an age in which they could Society for Promoting Christian Knowearn something for themselves, they were Jedge--a work certainly in some degree taken away from their present schools, aud expensive, and calculated not exactly for the consequence was, that instead of having the means of the lower orders of Society, a school coppected with the Establishment but rather for the middling and higher to avail themselves of on the Sabbath, classes. Its usefulness would be proved they were obliged to take shelter in the by the fact, that not less than 24,000 seminaries of seceders,--so that, in point copies had been sold. of fact, we were actually educating chil. In this neighbourhood it might be of dren for dissenters from the Schools of the some interest to state, that within the Church! Did it not, then, become us, to last century, upwards of 130,000 Welsh establish similar schools ?-(Hear, hear.) Bibles and Prayer Books had been distri.
At the present moment there were up. buted by the Society; and by its means wards of 300,000 children receiving the the blessed Word had been translated into blessings of a Church Education, but that most of the modern, and some of the could not be done (as his noble and excel- Oriental languages. In 1819, when it was lent Friend, Lord Kenyon, had just ob permitted, for the inscrutable purposes of served) were it not for the assistance of that Divine Providence which ruleth all the Society for Promoting Christian Know. things, and for the trial of his Church, that Jedge. This fact alone would establish its Atheistical and Infidel publications should indefeasible claim to support from the spread abroad the poison of unbelief, Friends of the Church. But the object not fewer than One Million Tracts, &c. and influence of the Society did not end were issued by the Society in order to counhere; it was always ready to give its as teract and refute such dangerous principles. sistance, and disseminate its instructive About thirty of these tracts were written books, not only to children but to adults. by pious and learned Members of the The great increase of schools had of course Church, and, thank God! we have since given a great increase of readers, and un- seen the good effects of their exertions. less the Church of England supplied them The Bishop hoped he might be excused with the books they required, the Dissen- saying, and he adverted to it, with great ters undoubtedly would.
gratitude to God, that there never was a The second great object in view by the time, when the work of Infidelity was less Society, was the general distribution of busy and bold than at present, and proud the Word of God. His Lordship was was he to say, that one great cause of this aware that till withiu the last few years, was owing to the activity and influence of the operations of the Society were com- the Society for Promoting Christian Know. paratively limited ; but a stimulus was ledge—(Hear, hear !)-Lastly, another given to it-the Members of the Church object which the Society had in view, was rallied around it--its funds became ex- the distribution of the Scriptures to such tended, and it was now enabled to dispense unhappy Members of the Church, who, its blessings in a larger sphere of action straying from the paths of rectitude and There were more than 15,000 Subscribers virtue into those of vice, offended against on the Society's Books, and they were the laws of their country, and were imyearly and monthly increasing its pro. prisoned; and not only to Prisons were
the beneficent views of the Society directed, but also to those suffering under the hand of affliction in public Hospitals and Infir. maries. He was fearful he was trespassing too much on the time of those who heard bim, but he could not refrain from stating the principal features of the views enter tained by the Society.
There was yet one point untouched, and that was as to the progress of the Society in Foreign Parts, and particularly in the East Indies. The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel had long ago supported Missionaries in the East, as it did at present; and he could not but admire the devotion of those venerable and Apog. tolic men, who would thus voluntarily forego the blessings and comforts we enjoyed in this highly favoured land, in order to preach to those who sat in darkness tbe truth as it is in Jesus. Their labours bad been encouraged by this Society, and they are now most materially aided by the introduction into the East Indies of an Episcopal Establishment. District Committees were there formed-Societies institutedand large depôts for books were established at Sincapoor, Cawnpore, Poonah, and many other places, besides the seats of Govern. ment. It was particularly gratifying to observe, that these books were called for by the natives faster than they could be sop plied, and it was a most important fact, that the Book of Common Prayer-that excel. lent exposition of the Scriptures, was prin. cipally sought for. In order still further to aid the glorious prospect wbich presented itself in that quarter of the world, a grant had lately been made by the Society, of £5000, for the foundation of a College at Calcutta, under the sanction and patronage of the Bishop, in order to prepare Preach. ers of the Gospel according to the discipline and doctrine of the Established Church. He (the Bishop) would forbear to dilate on this interesting subject, but he must observe, that the avidity with which the Scriptures, translated into the Tamoul tongue, were sought for at Tanjore, was most gratifying. He hoped and believed be should not be deemed guilty of a breach of confidence in stating, that he had been favoured with a sight of a recent communication from that learned and excellent Prelate (Dr. Heber) who now fills the See of Calcutta, in which he adverts to the auxiety manifested by the patives, to send their children to the Missionary Schools, eleven of which were supported from the funds of the Society for the Promotion of Christian Kuowledge.
Before he concluded, the Bishop ob served, that some years ago, a Branch
Committee of the Society had been established in Chester, but it was exclusively confined to those who were Members of the Parent Society, who paid their annual Subscription. Now in the preseut instance be did not mean to propose that such a qualification should be indispensable; OD the contrary, the Committee would be happy to receive the mites of ALL those who were disposed to contribnte in aid of a Society formed for such really Christian purposes-from the poor as well as from the rich,-in testimony of their good will towards the holy cause in which they had embarked. He wonld, bowever, mention that none could be Members of the Committee, who did not contribute balf-aguinea annually. He was of opinion, also, that it would be of no use to call occasional Meetings, where a speech or two might be made in illustration of the progress of the Society, unless its friends contributed their personal co-operation ; and he was satisfied, the views he entertained could not be efficiently supported, unless by the individual exertions of the Members, and particularly of the Clergy, who might personally seek the assistance of their parishioners : and he was persoad. ed no minister of the Gospel could be ashamed of interesting himself in a canse in which charity was united with Christianity. In his own parish, in London, he called a Meeting for the same object for which this 'was convened; it was very thinly attended, and but few subscrip. tions, though liberal, were put down at the time; but upon going with the Committee round the parish, and waiting personally on bis Parishioners, the conseqnence was le scarcely had one refusal. In ten days he collected about 2001, and had he not done so, the probability was that the receipts would not have exceeded 101. He hoped from the numerous and highly respectable attendance that day, that much would be done in aid of the Society's wants (hear, hear)-tiat its objects may be enlarged, and its operations extended. His Lordship here again urged the necessity of the Clergy personally exerting themselves in the cause of the Society, and confidently anticipated an ample harvest.-Before he sat down he must express his unqualified thanks to his noble and excellent friend (Lord Kenyon) who was always foremost in the cause of Charity and Religion, for his attendance that day; he had purposely travelled a considerable distance at great personal inconvenience to him self; nor could be omit naming another gentleman of great rank and influence in the county, (Sir R. W. Vaughan, Bart.)
wbo, although not connected with this im. See was now possessed by one, in whom mediate neighbourhood, had nevertheless we had the assurance of having its most attended as friendly to the Establishment, important duties executed with energy, and to the new Bishop of the Diocese. activity, and ability, (hear, hear,) at the (Hear, hear.) He had almost forgotten to same time tempered with piety and state, that a letter had been sent by that benevolence. The subject upon which highly-respected Nobleman the Earl of they bad assembled, was one which called Stamford and Warrington, Lord Lieutenant upon them all for their undivided assistof the County, to his friend Mr. Pearson, ance, and knowing well, as he did, the in which his Lordship expresses great regret temper and liberality of the inhabitants that business alone prevented his being of this high-spirited county, he had no present; and he (the Bishop,) had also re- doubt whatever, but that it would be ceived one of the handsomest and kindest most strenuously supported. (cheers.) "It letters from the Earl Grosvenor, at would evince bad taste on his part were Leamington, in which his Lordship ob he to atteinpt to expatiate on what serves, that he delayed till the last bour had been so ably illustrated by the Right writing, in the hope that the health of Rev. Prelate. The Society, it was eviLady Grosvenor might be sufficiently re- dent, had rendered the most eminently stored to enable him to be present on the important services, in the foundation of occasion : unfortunately it was not so; Schools, the distribution of books, &c. but his Lordship expressed his earnest but, as was judiciously observed by the wishes for the welfare of the Society, of Right Rev. Diocesan, its prosperity as which he had for many years been a much depended on the activity of the warmly attached member. The Bishop Laity, as on that of the Clergy: and we here congratulated the Rev. Dr. Parkin should not be worthy of belonging to that son, bis Chancellor, who had just arrived Church, which had already conferred such in the room, and whom he described as great benefits on the country, were we an old and valuable servant of the Dio- not to use our best exertions in promoting cese; and then proceeded to read the res its prosperity and welfare. Our country solutions, and recapitulated the number of is now blessed with plenty, peace, and books, &c, issued by the Society.
happiness; and he (the Noble Lord) did Lord Kenyon then rose. It was not sincerely believe, that the blessing of the his intention to have obtruded himself on Almighty was upon it. Being fully perthe Meeting by any observations ; but suaded, that to the exertions and influ. having been called upon by the highly re. ence of the Society for Promoting Cbrisspected. Diocesan to propose the resolu tian Knowledge, the Church was indebied tions prepared, he should not shrink from for the very extensive diffusion of its the task. The object of the Meeting was Apostolic principles, he would therefore one, for the prosperity of which he had propose, that the Resolutions be adopted ever entertained the greatest anxiety, by that Meeting. having had the honour to be a Subscriber The following Resolutions were then to the Society for Promoting Christian read : . Knowledge, for a great number of years, 1. That it is highly desirable to innearly as long, he believed, as the worthy crease the Funds, and to extend the opeBishop had himself. (The Bishop : “ Lon rations of the Diocesan Committee of the ger, my Lord.") The Committee in Society for Promoting Christian Know. Chester bad been established by the Right ledge, which was formed in this city in the Reverend Predecessor of the Right Reve. year 1812. rend Prelate, who then sat on his right 2. That steps be taken to give pub. hand. --whose activity and exertions in its licity to the objects of that Committee ; causé.whose desire to forward the wel- which are, to supply the poorer inhabifare of the Diocese entrusted to his tants of this city and neighbourhood, with charge, as well as the general interests of Bibles, Testaments, Common Prayer the Society,-bad excited universal satis- Books, and Religious Tracts; and to aid faction, and the particular gratification and the Society for Promoting Christian Knowgratitude of the Clergy of Chester, and ledge in the prosecution of its pious dethose of every other place in the Diocese; signs. and in every other situation, politically as 3. That this Committee do receive Anwell as religiously considered, his conduct nual Subscriptions, and occasional Contri. claimed the tribute of public approval. butions, however small, for the objects (Hear, hear.) In thus expressing his sen stated in the second Resolution. timents as they respected the late Bishop 4. That Annual Subseriptions be duc at of Chester, he could not but have the most Christmas, pleasing sensations ia noticing, that the 5. That one third of the sums collected