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Creeds, upon a footing of perfect equality with respect to any civil privilege.
I appeal to the course which I pur sued on those several questions when office must have been out of contemplation, and I ask with confidence, Does that course imply that I was actuated by any illiberal or intolerant spirit towards the dissenting body, or by an unwillingness to consider fairly the redress of any real grievances?
In the examination of other questions which excited public feeling I will not omit the Pension List. I resisted, and with the opinions I entertain I should again resist, a retrospective inquiry into pensions granted by the crown at a time when the discretion of the crown was neither fettered by law nor by the expression of any opinion on the part of the House of Commons. But I voted for the resolution moved by Lord Althorp, that pensions on the Civil List ought for the future to be confined to such persons only as have just claims to the royal beneficence, or are entitled to consideration on account either of their personal services to the crown, or of the performance of duties to the public, or of their scientific or literary eminence. On the resolution which I thus supported as a private member of parliament I shall scrupulously act as a minister of the crown, and shall advise the grant of no pension which is not in conformity with the spirit and intention of the vote to which I was a party, a odol brot did 10
Then, as to the great question of Church Reform. On that head I have no new professions to make. I cannot give my consent to the alienation of church property in any part of the United Kingdom from strictly ecclesiastical purposes ; but I repeat now the opinions that I have already expressed in parliament in regard to the Church Establishment in Ireland-that if, by an improved distribution of the revenues of the Church, its just influence can be extended, and the true interests of the established religion promoted, all other considerations should be made subordinate to the advance ment of objects of such paramount im portance. ibon has e to anoie
As to church property in this country, no person has expressed a more earnest wish than I have done that the question. of tithe, complicated and difficult as I ackuowledge it to be, should, if possible, be satisfactorily settled by the means of a commutation, founded upon just prins ciples, and proposed after mature consideration.
VOL. XVII. NO. I.
- With regard to alterations in the laws which govern our Ecclesiastical Establishment, I have had no recent oppor tunity of giving that grave consideration to a subject of the deepest interest, which could alone justify me in making any public declaration of opinion. It is a subject which must undergo the fullest deliberation, and into that deliberation the government will enter with the sincerest desire to remove every abuse that can impair the efficiency of the Establishment, to extend the sphere of its usefulness, and to strengthen and confirm its just claims upon the respect and affections of the people. To
i r It is unnecessary for my purpose to enter into further details. I have said enough with respect to general prin, ciples, and their practical application to public measures, to indicate the spirit in which the King's government is prepared to act. Our object will be the maintenance of peace; the scrupu, lous and honourable fulfilment, with. out reference to their original policy, of all existing engagements with foreign powers; the support of public credit; the enforcement of strict economy; and the just and impartial consideration of what is due to all interests, agricultural, manufacturing, and commercial, në lao 169 094btiduo · Whatever may be the issue of the undertaking in which I am engaged I feel assured that you will mark, by a renewal of your confidence, your approbation of the course I have pursued in accepting office. I enter upon the arduous duties assigned to me with the deepest sense of the responsibility they involve, with great distrust of my own qualifications for their adequate discharge, but at the same time with a resolution to persevere, which nothing could inspire but the strong impulse of public duty, the consciousness of upright motives, and the firm belief that the people of this country will so far maintain the prerogative of the King, as to give to, the ministers of his choice, not an im, plicit confidence, but a fair trial. qi 18 I ain, Gentlemen,
engiza ang tay With affectionate regard, 2 virt622999). Most faithfully yours, ais iaila (Signed) 0; 1957 ROBERT Peel
With respect to the administration which is to support Sir R. Peel, we have great satisfaction in publishing an authentic list of their well-known and distinguished náinés; and although Lord Stanley and Sir í: Graham do
not (as we had reason to believe) at printed, has their cordial approbation, présent figure in the cabinet, we know, and that the new government will froin their published addresses, that the in the outset, have their support, and able State Paper of the minister, above ultimately their cooperation.
THE NEW ADMINISTRATION.
CABINET MINISTERS. The Lord High Chancellor. ....
Lord Lyndhurst. First Lord of the Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Robert Peel. Lord President of the Council. . . . . . . . . .
Earl of Rosslyn. The Lord Privy Seal ............ Lord Wharncliffe. Secretary of State for the Home Department .... Mr. Goulburn. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs . . . .
Duke of Wellington. Secretary for the Colonies . . . . . . . . . . . Earl of Aberdeen. First Lord of the Admiralty .. .
Earl De Grey. Chief Secretary for Ireland . .
Sir Henry Hardinge. President of the Board of Control .
. Lord Ellenborough. President of the Board of Trade . . .
• Right Hon. A. Baring.
OFFICERS OF STATE NOT IN THE CABINET.
Sir George Clark and
• Sir T. Freemantle. Secretary to the Admiralty . .
... Rt. Hon. G. R. Dawson. Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs .
• Lord Mahon. Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland i . . . .
The Earl of Haddington. Lord-Chancellor of Ireland . . . . . . . . . .
Sir Edward Sugden. Judge-Advocate General ...
Sir John Beckett. Attorney-General for Ireland . .
. . . . . Mr. Serj. Pennefather. Solicitor-General for Ireland .....
Mr. D. Jackson. General Commanding-in-Chief ..
Lord Hill. Master of the Horse (Queen). ..
Lord Denbigh. Lord Chamberlain and Comptroller (ditto) .... Earl Howe. Surveyor-General of the Ordnance. i . . . . . . Lord Edw. Somerset. Store-Keeper of the Ordnance . . i . . . . . . Mr. Bonham. Lord Advocate of Scotland ........... Sir William Rae. Board of Admiralty-Earl De Grey, Sir George Cockburn, Sir John Beresford,
Sir Charles Rowley, Lord Ashley, and Mr. Maurice Fitzgerald (Knight of Kerry).
Secretary, Mr. G. R. Dawson.
FOREIGN. Nothing of any immediate importance has occurred on the continent since our last.
UNIVERSITY, ECCLESIASTICAL, AND PAROCHIAL.
TRIBUTES OF RESPECT. Rev. H. B. NEWMAN.-A handsome silver salver has been presented to the Rev. H. B. Newman, M.A. Fellow of Wadham College, late Assistant Curate of St. John's parish, Glastonbury, by a deputation of three of the 'principal inhabitants of that town, " in token of esteem, and in remembrance of the kind, faithful, and christian discharge of his pastoral duties whilst among them, A.D. 1834."
Rev. T. B. RouxD.—The parishioners of Wingham have presented a handsome silver Enuff-box to the Rev. T. B. Round, M.A. of St. John's College, as a mark of their unqualified respect and esteem for the manner in which he has performed the clerical duties of the parish, during the period that they have devolved on him.
Rev. F. HosE.—A very pleasing and handsome testimony of respect and esteem has been presented by the humbler classes to the Rev. P. Hose, curate of the parish of the Holy Trinity. It consisted of an elegant silver tea-pot, purchased by small subscriptions varying from one penny to a shilling, and bore the following inscription :-“ A tribute of gratitude for zealous and faithful services rendered by the Rev. Frederick Hose to his attached congregation, which assembled at the School-room, in Trinity parish, Cambridge, during the repairs of the church, 1834.".
Rev. J. APPLETON.-In consequence of the fidelity and unwearied exertions of the Rev. J. Appleton, M.A, in the general duties of the parish, and likewise his activity and personal exertions and influence in procuring the assistance of the neighbouring Clergy, whereby a third service has been established in the church, the congregation have increased his salary fifty pounds for the present year, and intimated their intention of making the same permanent during his stay amongst them. Here, then, we find the apostolic precept is listened to the people know them that minister amongst them in spiritual things. They appreciate the characters of those devoted to their Master's service; they feel the importance of having an authorized ministry amongst them, who, whilst they are personally independent, are the servants of all men for the Lord's sake.
Rev. DR. JAMES.-On Thursday, the 27th Nov. a valuable piece of plate was presented to Dr. James, the late Curate of Calne, Wilts. The plate consists of a richly wrought salver, value seventy guineas, enriched by the arms of Dr. James, and bearing the following inscription :-* Presented to the Rev. J. B. James, B.C.L., M.D., F.L.S., by his friends at Calne, in testimony of their high respect for his character as a clergy
Rev. H. G. WATKINS, M.A.—The parishioners of St. Swithin and St. Mary, Botham, have lately presented their rector, the Rev. Henry George Watkins, M.A. with a very handsome silver salver (weighing 200 ounces), tea-pot, and cream ewer, at the cost of nearly 1401. " in token of respect and esteem; he having resided amongst them for twenty-nine years, and during that time faithfully and affectionately discharged the duties of his pastoral office, and also proved himself, upon all occasions, an excellent Deighbour, adviser, and friend."
Rev. T. HARRISON VALLETORT MILL.--A large silver salver of exquisite workmanship, value 701., has been presented by the parishioners of Northam to their vicar, the Rev. Thomas Harrison Valletort Mill, “ as a tribute of their gratitude and esteem for the long and unwearied exertions, the zeal and fidelity, with which he has ever laboured to promote their spiritual and eternal welfare ; 29th September, 1834.”
Rev. H. S. PLUMPTRE.—The congregation of St. Mary's Church, Newington, have lately presented, through the medium of the church wardens, a very splendid silver timepiece to the Rev. H. S. Plumptre, on his retiring from the office of morning preacher, to take possession of St. Mary's Chapel, Lambeth. It is but justice to state, that this is the second tribute of respect which the reverend gentleman has received at the hands of the congregation during the short space of less than three years.
HATRED TOWARDS THE CLERGY.-Of the “ Tributes of Respect" to the Clergy of the Established Church which merely came under our own observation, during the past year, and doubtless there were hundreds more, we had the gratification of recording nearly seventy that were offered in testimony of the exemplary and faithful manner in which our brethren discharged their all-important duties. What will our enemies say to facts of this kind ? Can they, as men who lay claim to the slighest particle of honour or honesty, (which we understand they do) ever repeat their disgusting falsehoods, by endeavouring to invest the minds of the ignorant with the belief that the Clergy are abhorred? It was the saying of one of no mean authority, “I never knew a man who spoke against the Clergy or the Church that was a truly good man." Our own experience for the last fifteen years confirms the observatione
BISHOP OF CALCUTTA.-By the last accounts from India we learn that the Bishop of Calcutta had given notice to the Indian Government that he was about to commence his episcopal visitation. The Bishop intended to visit Madras, Penang, Malacca, Ceylon, and other places in his diocese.
ANNIVERSARY AT THE CHARTER-House.—The anniversary of the “ Founder's Day," was celebrated on Friday, Dec. 19, at the Charter House, when a very numerous party of noblemen and gentlemen assembled to commemorate the foundation of that admirable establishment “ for the advancement of sound learning and religious education." Greater enthusiasm has been, we believe, rarely, if ever witnessed, while each allusion to the present state of the United Kingdom, which bore a conservative meaning! (and such allusions were neither few nor obscure) was received with heartfelt pui tdla,
“ no mistake” there); and this meeting, assembled for convivial, and not for politica, purposes, exhibits a plain unvarnished specimen of the feeling of the educated and intelligent part of the British nation,-a feeling of loyalty to the King, devotion to the Church, and deep-rooted attachment to the best interests and admirable institutions of the country.
GENEROSITY OF THE BISHOP OF LLANDAFF.—We have great pleasure in recording that the Right Rev. the Bishop of Llandaff, Dr. Copleston, has, in addition to the sum of 1001. which he has lately given for erecting a new church for the use of the inhabitants of the borough of Newport, in the county of Monmouth (in his own diocese), most liberally added the sum of 1001. to the subscription now raising for building a new church at Honiton, which we are glad to learn is going on prosperously.
LIBERALITY OF BEGUM SUMROO.—The “ Calcutta Christian Intelligencer" announces the gratifying fact that 150,000 rupees (15,0001.) had been received from her Highness the Begum Sumroo, at Meerut, for missionary and other charitable purposes, and had been invested in government paper in the names of the Bishop and Archdeacon of Calcutta as trustees. A correspondence had taken place between her highness and the bishop as to the appropriation of the fund, and it was determined that the interest of one lac of rupees should be appropriated to the preparation and employment of missionaries, and the remaining 50,000 to works of charity amongst prisoners and debtors.
GENEROSITY OF THE MARQUIS OF BUTE.—The Marquis of Bute has appointed the Rev. Mr. Macbride to the new parish of Rothsay. His lordship has most handsomely and liberally come forward and offered to build another church, manse, and offices, to give a glebe, and to endow a new parish. Such noble conduct cannot fail to endear the aristocracy to the people of this country; and were it generally imitated by the nobility, radicalism and voluntaryism, those twin enemies of our country's peace and prosperity, would, ere long, be extinct. The best reply to the cry of destroying the Church is to extend her borders, to make atonement for a century's neglect. The extension of the Church is the death of voluntaryism. Even the ranks of voluntaryism will begin to thin when the doors of new parish churches open to the poor, and new pastors inquire after them and their families. If the Marquis of Abercorn would endow one or two new parish churches in the Abbey parish of Paisley, out of the Teinds which he possesses ; and if the Duke of Hamilton were to subdivide the overgrown parish of Hamilton, containing 10,000 souls, these noblemen would do more for true conservative politics, and for the destruction of radicalism, than by any other possible means. There is nothing more certain in Scotland than the connexion between irreligion and radicalism.
CLERICAL MUNIFICENCE.-At the closc of the audit, last week, the dilapidated state of the beautiful cloisters of the cathedral at Worcester was reported to the Prebendaries then assembled, and it appeared that a large sum would be required for their repair, in addition to the many costly works now in progress. The Rey. Mr. Peel immediately rose and stated, that he had, in his will, bequeathed the sum of 10001. to be laid out for the general advantage of the fabric, but he felt that on no occasion could that sum be better bestowed than under the present circumstances ; he therefore requested their immediate acceptance of it. This is but one of the many instances of the munificence of the rev. gentleman. Our readers may recollect it was but a short time ago we recorded a donation of 6001. towards the erection of a tower for his parish church in Worcestershire.
CONSERVATIVE SOCIETY.–At a meeting of this society, held on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the returns from various parts of Ireland showing the relative landownership and taxation of Protestants and Papists were continued. The total results in 308 parishes to Nov. 25, were-number of acres having Protestant landlords, 2,551,002a. 2r. 6p. ; Roman Catholics, 76,625a. Or. 13p.; composition levied off Protestants, 102,4391, 12s. 4d.; Roman Catholics, 3,0781. 3s. 11 d.
NEW ORGAN AT BATH.-At a common ball, the Corporation of Bath liberally subscribed the sum of 2001. towards building a new organ for the abbey.' It is intended to raise the sum of 20007. by public subscription, for the express purpose of erecting a firstrate organ in the church, to be equalled by none in the west of England, and a grand musical festival is intended to take place on the opening of the organ. In after years, it is intended to have triennial festivals, for the benefit of the general and united hospitals.
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND LAY ASSOCIATION.--A meeting of this association lately took place at the Upper Assembly-rooms, Bath, on which occasion the Rev. Mr. O'Sullivan attended; who, in a speech of such eloquence as we cannot attempt to describe, stated the present condition of the Irish Church, and advocated its cause. The large room was filled with company, about 900, and their applause testified not only their feelings and judgments to be in unison with the speaker, but the winning influence of his oratory. Mr. O'Sullivan combated several erroneous' opinions which had been propagated relative to the revenues of the Church, and described the state of the south of Ireland in such terms as powerfully to impress his auditors. He stated, that from official documents it appeared that 560 assassinations had been committed in a period of two years. The Rev. Mr. Tottenham and several other speakers eloquently addressed the meeting. The Bishop presided : who, in speaking of His Majesty's firm attachment to the Church, said he heard him express himself to the effect, that when he forsook the Church, may God forsake him !”
A MEDAL IN COMMEMORATION OF LUTHER.—A medal has just been struck at Berlin in commemoration of the translation of the Bible by Luther. On one side is the effigy of Luther, with the legend, " Interpreter of the Divine word.” On the other, he is represented delivering to Germany, who is inclined before him, an open Bible. Above this group are these words—“ The Holy Scriptures in thine own Tongue;" and below it-" Commenced at the Wartburg, in 1522; finished at Wittemberg in 1534.-Jubilee of 1834."
St. Paul's School. The winter speeches by the scholars of this school were delivered on Monday, Dec. 22, in the school-room of the institution, in the presence of a numerous party of the friends and relatives of the scholars, and likewise we noticed several distinguished members of the Church. The pieces selected for declamation were, as usual, in Latin and English, and taken from Virgil, Juvenal, Demosthenes, Ovid, &c., and from Milton's “ Paradise Lost," and Shakspeare. The several speeches were ably delivered, and the exertions of the young orators were warmly applauded. Prizes were subsequently bestowed on the most proficient. Messrs. Eddis, Jowett, Olivant, Harriott, Field, Mounsey, Coke, How, Hill, and Wright, delivered the Latin Orations; and Messrs. Jowett, Hotchin, Tate, and Alford, those in English. The company retired much gratified with the evident proficiency of the pupils, and assured of the careful system of instruction pursued by the officers of this noble seminary.
ORDINATIONS.—The Bishop of Ely's next Ordination will be holden in London, on Sunday, the 15th day of February next. The Candidates for Holy Orders are desired to transmit the requisite papers to his Lordship at Ely House, Dover-btreet, Piccadilly, a month previous to the before-mentioned day.
The Bishop of Lincoln's next ordination will be held at Buckden, on Sunday, the 15th of March. Candidates are required to send their papers to his Lordship before the 1st of February.