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Register of Events. The parliamentary proceedings recently have not been of a very interesting character, though exhibiting very decidedly the weakness of the existing administration. On Lord Eliot's motion for censure on their foreign policy, her Majesty's ministers had only a majority of eight : while on the subject of Lord Durham's mission and outfit to Canada, that majority was reduced to two.

The second reading of Mr. Plumptre's Bill for the better observance of the Lord's day, was carried by a majority of 71. There being for the motion 139, and against it 68. The friends of the measure must, however, not remit their exertions, for powerful efforts will unquestionably be made to damage the bill in some future stage.

Lord Durham is going out as Governor General of Canada, with a very expensive outfit and numerous train of attendants. His Lordship is armed wiih very extraordinary powers; but his appointment excites unpleasant apprehensions in the minds of the ablest men of all parties.

The Bishop of Quebec died a short time since, and it is rumoured there is to be no successor. If this is the case, it is deeply to be regretted. Had an adequate number of Protestant clergy been provided for Canada some years since, the recent disturbances would most probably never have occurred.

We regret to find that the Indian government appears determined still to encourage idolatry, and enjoy its disgraceful emoluments. Mr. Poynder, whose indefatigable exertions on behalf of India are above all praise, endeavoured at a late Court of Proprietors to obtain a renewal of the orders contained in a dispatch of Feb. 20, 1833, so as to carry that dispatch into full and complete operation. The motion was not only resisted, but a counter resolution brought forward to embarrass as much as possible the renewal of the question. This resolution declares that the continued discussion of questions affecting the religious feelings of the natives of India is fraught with danger, and that the regulation of such matters may with more safety and propriety be left to the responsible executive ; but it will be remembered, that when it was proposed to terminate the Suttees, by which six or seven hundred widows were annually burnt alive, we had the same forebodings of danger: yet the instant Lord William Bentinck prohibited these murders, they were quietly and effectually terminated. We trust, therefore, that though the Court of Proprietors attempt to close their doors, petitions may be forth with addressed to the Imperial Parliament, praying that the East India Company may not be any longer permitted to encourage idolatry, and compel Protestant Civil and Military Officers to take part in idolatrous services, in order that the East India Proprietors may divide among them the oly revenue arising from taxing Pilgrims, and licensing Prostitutes. The Christian Civil and Military servants of the Indian Government are required to attend Heathen and Mahometan religious festivals for purposes of respect—to present offerings, and do homage to idols--to fire salutes, (even on Sundays,) and thus participate in Mahomedan and Idolatrous ceremonies—and be present at, and participate in the worship of the Church of Rome!

Bills have been introduced into Parliament, to prevent Churches being used for Vestry Meetings ; and for the regulating the patronage of newlyerected churches, &c. which deserve clerical attention.

Notices and Acknowledgments, Received_W.C.-R. S.-R.-M. N.-S. T. T.

We have not at present room for the Sermons so kindly offered.

In the verses on Hebrews xiii. and xiv. in our April number, in the first line, instead of “A stranger I sojourned here,' read “A stranger and sojourner here.'

We shall be happy to receive Newspapers or other reports of our leading Sermons and Anniversaries.

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Church of England Magazine.

JUNE 1838.

MEMOIR OF ARCHBISHOP USHER.

Among those distinguished, indi- pressed his gratitude to Almighty viduals who ought to be held in God, that he had not been left to everlasting remembrance, Arch- that ignorance, and those habits of bishop Usher occupies a conspi- forgetfulness, by which many are cuous place. His ancestors set- seduced into the paths of iniquity. tled in Ireland in the reign of At the age of ten, young Usher King John, and exchanged their was sent to a Grammar School in original name of Nevil, for the Dublin, which was then conducted title of the situation which they by two Scotchmen of the name of occupied in the court of that Fullerton and Hamilton. These prince. James Usher, the subject gentlemen were sent over by King of the present memoir, was the son James, prior to the death of Queen of Mr. Arnold Usher, one of the Elizabeth, in order to promote and six clerks of Chancery, and was maintain his interests with the Proborn in January 1580. One of his testants of Dublin, and in order paternal uncles was Archbishop of effectually to conceal their rank Armagh, and another uncle was and character, they opened a school eminent for his skill in Hebrew in that city. Their services were and Arabic, and translated a con- deemed so important, that on King siderable part of the Old Testa- James's accession to the throne of ment into Hebrew, before our pre- England, he knighted Mr. Fullersent authorised version was made. ton, and created Mr. Hamilton His mother's maiden name Viscount Clandebois. Under these Stanyhurst, and one of her bro- able instructors, Mr. Usher atthers, not only himself conformed tained considerable proficiency in to the Romish faith, but prevailed Latin, Rhetoric, and Poetry; and with his sister late in life to follow often mentioned it amongst the his example, to the great grief of striking providences of God, that

persons who by such fortuitous The early education of Mr. James circumstances had been led to Usher was entrusted to two mai- Dublin, should have been so emiden aunts, who had been blind nently serviceable to him. from their cradles, but who had • In the year 1593, Trinity Colcommitted to memory a very con. lege was finished and opened for siderable part of the word of God. the reception of students, and at Under their superintendence young the beginning of the roll was placed Usher, like Timothy, became from the name of James Usher, who a child acquainted with the Holy had then attained the age of thirScriptures, and in later years ex- teen. Here he had the advantage JUNE 1838.

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