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ornamented, 7 feet 4 inches high, by 5 feet 4 inches wide. The key-stone of the arch projects 8 inches, on wbich is rudely sculptured a tiger's head. The floor was composed of sand and lime, under which bodies were unquestionably buried, the skeletons of two having been discovered. It is very remarkable, that no vestige of a window. can be found, unless a small aperture, of inconsiderable dimensions, in the south wall of the chancel, and which is 10 feet above the surface of the floor, should be considered one, It must, therefore, be presumed that the service must have been performed by the light of tapers. Around this interesting building lie thousands of human bones exposed to desecration, the winds having renoved the sand in which they were deposited.
CLERICAL MUNIFICENCE.—The Rev. Edmund Eckley, of Tillington Court, Herefordshire, has munificently bequeathed 10001, to the Hereford Infirmary, 2001. to the Blue Coat School in that city, and 1001. to the Herefordshire Society in London.
MUNIFICENCE OF Matthew THOMPSON, ESQ. AND op J. Wood, Esq.--After the Confirmation, which lately took place at Bradford, Matthew Thompson, Esq. announced to the Archbishop of York, his intention to build, entirely at his own cost, a new church at Manningham; and John Wood, Esq. has also promised to perform a similar act of generosity, by defraying all the expenses of erecting another new church in the parish.
CHAPEL OF Ease at TEWKESBURY.-We hear with much satisfaction that å design is in progress for erecting a chapel of ease in the populous parish of Tewkesbury, to which the worthy and excellent Mr. Terrett, of the Abbey House, contributes the munificent sum of 5001.
CHANNEL ISLANDS.- The Bishop of Winchester, in his recent visitation of the Channel Islands, passed a high eulogy on the present state of Elizabeth College, in Guernsey, and was pleased to present that institution with an annual prize of 51. in books, to the best theologian in the highest class,
LADY Hewley's CHARITY.--This cause still awaits the decision of Lord Lyndhurst, Mr. Justice Patteson, and Mr. Baron Alderson. It is said they have agreed on their judgment, and that it is ready to be delivered as soon as they can meet for that purpose ; most likely before Michaelmas Term (20 November.) The late political discussions and the assizes have hitherto delayed it.
MúnificENT BEQUEST.-The Rev. S. Picart, B. D., the late much respected Rector of Hartlebury, has bequeathed the sum of 10001, towards the restoration or rebuilding of the church in that parish.
COMMEMORATION OF THE Three HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST TRANSLATION OF TUB ENGLISH BIBLE.-Sunday, 4th Oct. being the jubilee of the Reformation, a spontaneous effusion of religious feeling was universally manifested throughout London and its suburbs. Not only were most of the churches, chapels, and meeting houses, filled to the utmost, but the aisles and passages of many of them were literally walled with human figures, whilst many who could gain no admittance, remained at the doors. From minute inquiry we learn that most of the Clergy of the Established Church carefully abstained from all allusions which might give to their discourses a political character, or a personal application. In the course of the day appropriate addresses were delivered to the children belonging to the various Sunday Schools, by the superintendents and other competent persons connected with them; after which various tercentenary tracts, consisting principally of Biblical anecdotes, and the writings of Miles Coverdale, were presented to each child, to be preserved as a memorial of this important celebration.
MARRIAGES BY POPISH PRIESTS.- Among the services rendered to the state during the recent Session by the virtuous majority of the House of Lords, none has been more essential to the maintenance of reformed Christianity, particularly in Ireland, than the rejection of the bill sent up by the Commons for facilitating marriages by Roman Catholic Clergymen. Among the many resources by which Popery VOL. XVII. NO. XI.
is sought to be extended in both countries, none would be more effective than the bill we are treating of, if it had passed into a law. The anxiety of Roman Catholics to wed with Protestant females may not be generally known, but nothing can be more true than the fact, and for this reason, because if the husband should fail of converting his wife to his own faith, which failure is very rare, the father can control his children to his wishes and make them Papists, thus rendering marriage a recruiting instrument to the strength of Popery, and taking from Protestantism that very strength in morals, religion, wealth, and numbers. A more powerful means of increasing the number of Roman Catholics, and in the same ratio diminishing those of Protestants, could not have been devised, and our obligations to the lords for defeating this project cannot be over-rated.
BURIAL OF DISSENTERS. Case submitted by a Clergyman of the Established Church to Dr. Lushington. What is the law as it now stands relating to the interment of Dissenters? 1st. Where there is no burial ground attached to the dissenting place of worship?
2dly. Where the friends of the deceased think proper to dispense with the services of the Clergyman, and the dissenting minister is desired to perform the ceremony ?
Can the dissenting minister claim the right of preceding the corpse to the grave in the church-yard, seeing it deposited, and singing a hymn over the remains, though afterwards he retires outside of the walls to offer up a prayer, and to deliver his address ?
Is not the church-yard the freehold of the Clergyman, and is any one authorized, unless episcopally ordained, to perform any ceremony in consecrated ground ?
Case submitted by the Dissenting Minister. There is at Burton Lattimer a congregation of Dissenters of the Baptist denomination. Many of this congregation die unbaptized, to whom the Episcopal minister is not allowed by law to extend the rite of burial. Having no burial ground connected with their own place of worship, the dissenting minister has been accustomed to perform the funeral rites in the following manner: He walks before the corpse into the church-yard, gives out a hymn at the grave, and then retires beyond the limits of the church-yard and performs the other parts of the funeral service outside the wall of the consecrated ground, which consists of a short address, and the offer. ing of a prayer.
He has also been informed that the law does not prohibit his reading a portion of the Scriptures, and praying in the church-yard, such duties being not strictly official or ministerial. This he has not been accustomed to do.
Now we wish to know
1st. Whether a dissenting minister, (not episcopally ordained,) has a right to walk before a corpse into the church-yard ?
2dly. Has he a right to perform all or any of the following duties on the consecrated ground, viz. ; to give out a hymn- to read a portion of the Scriptures—and to offer up a prayer?
Dr. Lushington's Reply. 1st. I am of opinion that the law recognises no distinction as to the burial of Dis. senters. Unless the person to be buried falls within the prohibition of the Rubric às unbaptized, the duty of the incumbent is to bury the corpse with the usual funeral service, without regard to whether the person when alive was a Dissenter or not. I think when the friends of the deceased apply to the Clergyman to abstain from performing the funeral service, on the ground that the deceased when alive was a Dissenter, the Clergyman may comply with such request; but I am of opinion that the dissenting minister cannot claim a right to precede the corpse to the grave in the church-yard, and sing a hymn over the remains, though he afterwards retire outside the walls, and there offers up prayer, and delivers his address.
2dly. It is true that the freehold of the church-yard is generally, but not always, in the incumbent; but the law does not rest particularly on that foundation. The principle is, that the ground is consecrated for divine offices according to the rites of the Church of England; and that the incumbent has the sole and exclusive right, as well as duty, of performing such offices. Even a Clergyman episcopally ordained could not perform any ceremony within the church-yard, without the leave of the incumbent, nor even then, except according to the forms of the Church,
I have read the statement drawn up by the Baptist minister. It does not alter my opinion---that opinion being, that no person save the incumbent, or other Clergyman of the Church of England, by his perinission, can perform any description of funeral rite in the church-yard, and only such rite as the Church sanctions. Aberystwith, Sept. 17th, 1835.
STEPHEN LUSHINGTON. Mrs. HANNAH MORE. - The monument to the memory of Mrs. Hannah More has been put up in Wrington Church. It is from the chisel of E. H. Baily, Esq. R.A. of Bristol. Its form and ornaments are Gothic, the material the finest white marble, and is truly chaste and elegant. It bears upon it the following inscription:
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
She was born in the parish of Stapleton, near Bristol, A.D. 1745,
and died at Clifton, September 7th, A.D. 1833.
Endowed with great intellectual powers,
of her literary labours,
but, instructed in the school of Christ
she chose the better part,
and consecrated her time and talents
in a life of practical piety and diffusive beneficence.
at a crisis when both were rudely assailed,
at once delighting the wise
In the eighty-ninth year of her age,
she closed her career of usefulness,
Her mortal remains are deposited in a vault in this
unwearied acts of christian benevolence.
This monument is erected out of a subscription
for a public memorial to Hannah More,
of St. Philip and Jacob, Bristol,
she bequeathed the residue of her property. Coverdale's Bible.--In the Chapter Library of Gloucester Cathedral there is a copy of Coverdale's Bible, and it seems in better condition than most of those in other public libraries. Of seven mentioned by Dr. Cotton, that in the British Museum is the only one that has the title-page. The Bodleian copy is said to be by far the finest. In the dedication to King Henry VIII. some copies have the name of Anne, some that of Jane, coupled with the king's. The copy here has Anne, and
the title-page is perfect. This Bible was presented, together with several other books, by Thos. Pury, sen. Alderman of Gloucester, to the Library, which had been lately constituted (in 1648) by Tbos, Pury, Esq. jun., in the Chapter House of the Cathedral, and which, with other matters belonging to the church, Oliver Cromwell and his Parliament gave to the mayor and burgesses.
HEATING BY GAS.-The novel application of heating with the flame of burning gas is coming very extensively into use. The plan has been recently introduced at Islington Church, and St. Michael's Church, Strand, the Vestry-room at St. Sepulchre's Church, his Majesty's Royal Mint, the Westminster Hospital, and several banking-houses and other buildings.
CLERICAL LIBERALITY.-We are happy to hear that the Rev. George Biggs, Vicar of Halesowen, bas very handsomely given land to the value of 2001., towards the enlargement of the burial ground of the chapelry of Cradley, Herefordshire, the present burial ground being much too small for the large surrounding population.
ORDINATION BY THE Bishop of OXFORD.--The Bishop of Oxford purposes to hold an Ordination in the Cathedral Church, on Sunday, Dec, the 20th, and it is required that all the candidates deliver their testimonials and other papers to the Archdeacon, at Christ Church, or send them to J. Burder, Esq. 27, Parliamentstreet, London, on or before Monday, November the 9th.
... B.A. Christ Church Garbett, George . . . . . . . . . . M.A. Brasennose Hughes, William . . . . . . . . . . B.A. St. John's
University. Oxford Oxford Cambridge
By the Lord Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry.
B.A. Christ Church
. . . . B.A. Trinity Gleadowe, R. W. . . . . . . . ., B.A. Caius Harston, G. . . . . . . . . . . . B.A. Clare Hall Macdougall, James . . . . . . . . . B.A. Brasennose Sinclair, William . . . . . .
.... B.A. St. Mary Hall
B.A. Sidney Sussex
Cambridge Cambridge Oxford Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Oxford Oxford
By the Lord Bishop of Llandaff, October 18th.
DEACONS. Emerson, Charles . . . . . . . . . . Lit. Oxlad, Robert . . . . . . . .
. Lit. St. David's James, William . . . . . .
. Lit. St. David's Morgan, William . . . . . .
. B.A. Wadham Peake, Henry . . . . . .
. B.A. Jesus
. . . . Williams, John . . . . i . . . B.A. Trinity Williams, Thomas . . . . . . . . . . B.A. Jesus
Worc. Worc. · Earl Dudley Clarke, R. P.. . Cricket, St. Thomas, R. Somerset B. & W. Lord Bridport Crane, E. . . . . Crowle, V.
Worc. Worc. S. Crane, Esq. Baker, T. . . . . Hartlebury
Worc. Worc. Bp. of Worcester Barker, F. . . . . St. Mary, Edge Hill, P.C. Lanc. Chester Miss Mason Campbell, J. W. . . Eye, V.
Suffolk Norwich Sir E. Kerrison Cowell, G. ... Lydgate, P.C.
Rev. W. R. Hay Cranford, C. H. . . oidswinford, R. Worc. Worc. Lord Foley Eade, J. D. ... Aycliffe, v.
Durham Durham D. & C. of Durham Eckley, J. E.. . . Credenhill
Hereford Hereford Rev. J. E. Eckley Edmondes, T.
Ashley, R. .
Camb. Ely Marquis of Bute cum Silverley Greene, T. ... Fulmodeston, R. Norfolk Norwich Corp. Christi, Camb. Hansell, P. . . Kingsdon, R.
Somerset B. & W. University College Hanson, J. A. . . Burghill, V.
Hereford Hereford B. Biddulph, Esq. Hawkesley, J. W. . Redruth, R.
Cornwall Exeter Lady Bassett
Kent Canterb. Lord Sondes
Limerick Limerick Mayor&Corp.of Lim. Hollingsworth, A.G.H.
Suffolk Norwich Rev. J. Wilcox
Abp. of Cashel Hutton, J.. ... Knipton, R.
Leicester Lincoln Duke of Rutland Money, J. D. . . . Sternfield, R.
Suffolk Norwich W. Long, Esq. Powell, s. . .. . Detton, R.
Hereford Hereford J. Blissett, Esq. Shellesley Price, T. ..! • Walsb, R.
Worc. Hereford Lord Foley Rees, S. ... · Horsey, V.
Norfolk Norwich Gov.of WalshamSch. Richards, R. ... Wootton Courtenay, R. Somerset B. & W. Eton College Taylor, C., . .. Prebend. Stali in Hereford Cath.
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CLERGYMEN DECEASED. Name.
Preferment. Value. County. Diocese. Patron. Booker, L. . , Dudley, V.
615 Worc. Worc. Earl Dudley Brown, W. H. St. Peter's, Island of
(Great Thurlow, R. 300) Cultum, J. . Nacton
Locos Suffolk Norwich Lady Harland ( with Levington Picart, S. . . Hartlebury, R. 1200 Worc. Worc. Bp. of Worcester Templeman, J.. Cricket, St. Thomas 106 Somerset B. & W. Lord Bridport Western, C. Kingham, R.
747 Oxford Oxford J. W. Lockwood
Norwich Lord Dacre
333 Suffolk Norwich Sir E. Kerrison, Bt.