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admit that, then perhaps my ances. I could not tell him that he was foltors are there. They said, 'Yes.' lowing a false prophet. I said, I I said, I would not become a Maho- am sorry you call me unclean ; let medan without some proof: and I do me prove to you that I am not. not see any.
They replied, “ It is Through the mercy of God, he was written, He is come, and he shall convinced of the truth, but through come after him, whose name is Ma- fear of the people, he did not say homed.' Then I looked serious, He began to eat and to drink and ask
where that was written ? with me, and to sleep in the same They said, 'In the Gospel.' Then apartment. When I was coming we searched the Gospel through, away, he said, 'For God's sake take but it was not there. Then they me with you. But I had not the said, 'It is not written in the Gos- means, and I could not carry a man pel, but in the Koran for the Gos- eight hundred miles, from Bagdad pel. I told them, I don't wish you to Syria. I told him to wait, and to prove for the Gospel from the he would meet some better opporKoran, but to prove for the Gospel tunity to come away, and to see the from the Gospel. In all my speech light of the Lord. When he came with them, and in every thing, I to me in the morning, he would be looked to providence; I had no pro- astonished to see the Bible by my tector but the Lord Jesus. They side. lle would say, 'Drop that, were civil enough, and we conti- and let us begin our lesson.' I told nued every day our conversation. him that the Bible was most importAt last they said, “You are right, ant; this must be first attended to. and you cannot become a Mahome- Your missionaries must act on the dan because you have no doubt. I policy of St. Paul, and they will told them that even the Koran itself find their way through the Mahomespoke of Jesus Christ as God, and dans, and be able to introduce that in the resurrection and the day Christianity. They are not idolaof judgment, he would not be silent ters; they are not short of educalike Moses and the prophets, but tion; their literature is - extensive ; that he would prove himself the they have great understanding, and true Messiah, and bring all his fol- to a certain extent they acknowledge lowers to enter the kingdom of hea- the true God. What is, therefore, ved. Then they wished me to look the duty of Christians ? To go and at the miracles which proved the meet, and converse with the Mabotruth of Mahomedanism. I asked medans. I have always felt for the where the miracles were. They Mahomedans, and therefore I began wanted me to go to Mahomed's tomb to speak for them at home. But I to Mecca. I said, I have no objec- considered that I could no longer tion to go, but what am I to do with do any thing by mysell, and thereall the Christians in England and fore that I ought to come to England Europe? How am I to bring them again, to solicit the benevolent Soall to see the miracles that you say cieties to do something, not only for are to be seen at Mecca. They then Syria, but for all parts of the East. said, they would pray for me, and I I know the means of this country, told them they were welcome to do both from what I have read, and so, and for themselves. I then stu- heard from friends. You could died the two books of Hafiz and raise eight hundred millions to pay Saadi, and my Mullah who taught for the war, by which you succeeded me called me unclean, but he did in all your plans, and why cannot not think my money unclean. After you now raise so much money to a time I thought it my duty to shew print nine hundred millions of him that I was not unclean, and to copies of the Bible for the use of make him sit down to eat with me. the population of the whole world ? I did not tell him he was bigoted.
THE FATHERS. The Rev. Mr. Cunningham said, beings who were the greatest suffThey had often met in that hall for erers, he might mention the natives the purpose of attempting to redress of Africa as the most ill treated. some of the evils of human nature, In mentioning this subject incidenand of all the classes of human tally, it was not his intention to
look at this or that measure, but he heaven, and married the daughters was sure if the question were to be of men. These were the volumes broached, there was not a hand in which he was asked to take in his that hall that would not be imme- arms and give up the Bible, the diately held up for the emancipation word which God revealed to men. of the blacks. But leaving that sub- Some of these Fathers might be ject, he would say that there was placed in classes : one class were something that had been worse the Platonists, who would substitreated than the natives were, and tute philosophy for religion; the that something was no less than the others were the Allegorists, who word of God. Of course, the meet- held that nothing was to be taken ing would wish him to prove that as- in the Scriptures in its literal sense. sertion, which, without any length- The meeting, according to these ened trespass on their patience, he Fathers, could and did know noshould be enabled to do. The word thing about the plain meaning of of God had come down from heaven, the Scriptures, nor must any one some refused to take it—they were presume to assert the obvious meanits enemies, they would not hear it; ing of the plainest passage, until but what did its friends do for the priest taught them its bidden nearly four hundred years ? they meaning. Tbis, then, was the kind buried it, and took the word of man of food which the Fathers would in lieu of it. The Emperor Constan- give them in lieu of the word of God. line attached so much importance Then came the dark ages, and the to it, that he thought fifty copies of time when Rome usurped the sovethe Scriptures a gift worthy the reignty of the world, and then, what acceptance of a great nation ; but was done with the word of God? what, he repeated, did the friends What did the Council of Trent say ? of the word of God do! What did It said, that there were two modes of those fathers of the church, to whom teaching the people; one they were the Right Rev. Prelate, the Bishop pleased to admit was by the Bible, of Chester, had so well alluded, in and the other was by tradition; and the course of the morning, what did bere he could not but pause for a those fathers—or without meaning moment, and express his sincere any disrespect to any portion of the thanks and deep gratitude to that Meeting, those mothers,—those old Right Rev. prelate, for the zeal and women of their day, what did they ability with which he had set bimdo with the word of God? Did self forward against that wicked and they circulate the Bible amongst dangerous doctrine that would put the people? Nothing of the kind; tradition in the place of the word they shut it up, laid it aside, and of God. Truly did he honour him gave their own opinions instead of for the assertion of that vital prinit. He did not mean to say, that ciple, that the religion of this counthere might not be found amongst try was the Bible, the whole Bible, the fathers, some learning and some and nothing but the Bible. Really, good traits here and there ; but, at wben they found the contrary printhe same time, he would declare his ciple openly asserted, it was time own opinion, that he knew of no that they should look their difficultheological work of the present ties in the face. They were, on octime, which contained half the non- casions like the present, accustomed sense that might be found in the to hear only the flourish of the ponderous volumes of those fathers ; trumpets, but they seemed to forget the writers could scarcely be found that the battle was to be fought, and to agree on almost any point, they the victory to be won. He liked in were inconsistent with each other, any kind of contest to have to deal and they were often inconsistent with an open enemy. He then saw with themselves. He should say, what he had to encounter, and could there was one position in which adapt his resources accordingly; they seemed to be all agreed, and but what he feared in the contest to that was in interpreting the passage which he alluded was, that insidious of the Old Testament, which speaks churchmanship which, under the of the children of God intermar- guise of friendship, would put the rying with the children of men, to Bible out of the world, and take the mean, that angels came down from Fathers in lieu of it. He was arguing on a point the other day, and bosoms, or lay them on the altar of his opponent said, ' Oh, if you argue this Society, which had guaranteed from the Bible alone, I don't wonder its estimate of their value, by its exat the conclusion to which you ertions in circulating them throughcome; if you argue with lean and out the world ? It was in that feelscanty notices of God's truth, I do ing that he attended here to-day, not expect you to agree with me.' and he would exhort the meeting, However be might feel at hearing as they valued their eternal salvasuch a statement, it was throwing tion, not to allow themselves to be off the mask, and had at least the seduced from the truth: he would merit of candour. But would such exhort them to take the word of language, or mode of arguing, have God, and be guided by its unerring any effect on that mecting ? Would declarations, and they would not deit not rather induce them to take part from it in time or eternity. their Bibles, clasp them to their
REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS.
THE following correspendence between the Rev. Mr. Harvey and the
Registry Office is deserving of general attention. Mr. Harvey's letter was addressed to the Registrar-General, and Mr. Mann, who replies, is the Chief Clerk of the office. Rectory, Hornsey,
“ General Registry Office, April 1838.
20th April, 1838. “Sir,- I take the liberty of re- “ Rev. Sir,-In reply to your letquesting to know, whether you con- ter of the 18th instant, I am directed sider it to be tbe duty of a registrar by the Registrar-General to inform of births and deaths, to go to any you, that it is the duty of the regishouse or tenement where a death trar to go to any house or tenement may have occurred within his dis- within his district in which a birth trict, upon receiving information or death has occurred, and there thereof, and being requested to do register the same, on the information so, in order to register the said of some qualified informant; but he death, or whether he bas the power is not authorized to summon parties of requiring some person who was to his own residence, or any other present at the death to come to him specified place for the purpose, nor for that purpose.
to fix certain hours for the perform“I also will thank you to inform ance of his duties. me, whether a registrar is authorized “ If applied to, he is bound to to fix certain hours for the perform- register a death at all reasonable ance of bis duties, and can refuse to times in the daytime, and to give a register any death, or to deliver a certificate of registry thereof immecertificate that he has done so to diately afterwards, if required, purthe undertaker or other person hav- suant to section 27 of the Registraing charge of the funeral, at any tion Act. hour of the day at which he may be
- THOMAS MANN, applied to.
“ RICHARD HARVEY.
Register of Events.
May 4. Lord Lorton stated in the House of Peers, that four of his tenants in Ireland, highly respectable and inoffensive Protestants, had been basely and brutally murdered, and others severely injured, within a short space of time. No convictions had yet taken place, and he apprehended that none would, in consequence of the diabolical and tremendous combination that pervades the land, proving that no justice can be had in Ireland through the instrumentality of the common law.
MR. PLUMPTree's Bill for promoting the better observance of the Lord's Day has, as we foreboded, met with so formidable an opposition in the Committee of the House of Commons that its farther progress has, for the present at least, been arrested. We are happy however to observe that the language of its opponents has been more serious and respectful than on former occasions. At the same time there is we fear but small prospect of any really efficient measure being adopted.
The House of Commons resolved on Tuesday May 22, on the motion of Sir Eardly Wilmot, “That it is the opinion of this house that negro apprenticesbip ought immediately to cease and determine.' The votes were in favour of the resolution 96, against it 93. Lord John Russell then announced, “That in case the Hon. Baronet, or any other member should introduce a bill or any measure in consequence of this resolution, government would consider it their bounden duty to give it the most strenuous and decided opposition.'- -On Monday, the 28th, Sir G. Grey moved, * That it is not adviseable to adopt any proceedings for the purpose of giving effect to the resolution of May 22,' which resolution was carried by 250 against 178.
By her Majesty's packet Lapwing, we are informed that on the 27th of April, the House of Assembly at Barbadoes passed a vote to bring in a bill to free the apprentices on that island on the 1st of August next.
We rejoice to observe that plans have been recently adopted which bid fair to diminish the extent and misery of the African Slave Trade ; and to afford more adequate remuneration to the officers and sailors who are engaged in the arduous and dangerous service of capturing slave vessels.
Sir PEREGRINE MAITLAND, the Commander-in-Chief at Madras, finding that he was in danger of being called upon to compel the officers under his jurisdiction to take part in Mabommedan, and Idolatrous ceremonies, has placed his situation at the disposal of the government. R. Nelson, Esq. in the Company's civil service has on similar grounds relinquished his situation. We earnestly hope that the public in general may be induced to take such decided measures as may compel the East Indian government to relinquish their iniquitous and dishonourable proceedings. Mr. Poynder deserves high praise for his zealous and persevering exertions ; but he ought not to be left to fight the battle alone. We trust that if these evils are not terminated immediately, Parliament may at its next meeting be addressed with an overwhelming and irresistible pumber of petitions, intreating the entire exemption of all British subjects from being compelled in any part of the world to countenance or participate in Papal, Mahommedan, or Idolatrous rites, ceremonies, festivals, or processions.
MR. BAINES of Leeds proposes that the Tenths on all Livings above £300 per annum, shall be levied at their full value. He calculates that by this means instead of £13,000. no less than £250,000. would annually become applicable for the increase of the poor livings.
Notices and Acknowledgments. We apprehend one reason why so small a portion of confirmed persons attend the Lord's Table is, that ministers are not supported by parents, when they endeavour to impress on young persons the duty of an early and regular attendance on the Lord's Supper. Many who would feel condemned if their children were not confirmed, are apt to regard attendance at the Lord's Table as far too awful a thing for young persons. Perhaps the late Rev. T. Robinson's Tract on Confirmation may meet our Correspondent's wishes.
CLERIGUS D. intimates that his objections apply chiefly to Evening Lectures in country villages. He considers himself somewhat harshly used by Senex, but assures that individual that CLERICUS D's preaching conforms to that more excellent standard which Senex points out. We are not disposed to prolong the controversy.
Church of England Magazine.
MEMOIR OF ARCHBISHOP USHER.
In addition to his public engage- open the book' which he saw in ments, Archbishop Usher diligent- the right hand of him that sat ly applied himself to his private upon the throne, neither to look studies, and published at different thereon. But as St. John was times his • Answer to the chal- desired then to refrain his weeplenge of Meilorse the Jesuit ing, because the Lion of the tribe
History of the learned monk of Judah, the root of David, had Gotteschalcus; '-' A treatise upon prevailed to open the book, and the tenets of the ancient Irish, to loose the seven seals thereof;' Northern, Scottish, and British so he himself elsewhere giveth the churches ; '-A collection of an- like comfort unto all of us in parcient letters from Irish bishops and ticular ; •If any man sin, we have clergy, and a sermon entitled an Advocate with the Father, Jesus • Immanuel, or the mystery of the Christ the righteous: and he is incarnation of the Son of God.' the propitiation for our sins; and The following extracts from this not for ours only, but also for the sermon may illustrate the arch- sins of the whole world.' bishop's style of preaching :
• For as there is one God, so is • How dangerous a matter it is there one Mediator between God to be at odds with God, old Eli and man, the man Christ Jesus, sheweth by this main argument:
who gave himself a ransom for all;' • If one man sin against another, and who, in discharge of this his the judge shall judge him; but if office of mediation, as the only fit a man sin against the Lord, who umpire to take up this controversy, shall plead or entreat for him ?' was to lay his hand as well upon And Job, before him, · He is not God, the party so highly offended, a man as I am, that I should as upon man, the party basely answer him, and we should come offending In things concerning together in judgment : neither is God, the priesthood of our Mediathere any days-man,' or umpire, tor is exercised. • For every high * betwixt us, that may lay his priest is taken from among men, hands upon us both.' If this and ordained for men in things general should admit no manner of pertaining to God.' The parts of exception, then were we in a wo- his priestly function are two,ful case, and had cause to weep satisfaction and intercession; the much more than St. John did in former whereof giveth contentment the Revelation : when none was to God's justice; the latter solifound, in heaven nor in earth, nor citeth his mercy, for the applicaunder the earth, that was able to tion of this benefit to the children JULY 1838.