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adopted; so that now the whole Arch- in matters ecclesiastical, and the civil deaconry of Bath will petition the prerogative, great and manifold adCrown for the restoration of this vantages did from time to time accrue important article of church discipline. to this Church and nation.
But we This example will, we have no humbly submit unto your Majesty, doubt, not be lost upon the Clergy at that since the year of our Lord 1717, large, or indeed upon the laity. although the Convocation in each of
the provinces of Canterbury and York “ To the King's Most Excellent
has been duly assembled under the Majesty.
Royal Writs at the commencement of “We, your Majesty's dutiful and each new Parliament, the Royal Liloyal subjects, the Archdeacon of cense, without which no Bath, and the Rural Dean and Clergy be enacted, nor put in use," by auof the Deanery of Bath and Wells, thority, from such Convocation has beg leave to assure your Majesty of been constantly withholder. our sincere and undiminished attach- “ That in consequence hereof, many ment to your Majesty's royal throne matters of pressing necessity to the and person.
Church have been neglected and post"We most humbly represent to poned, and much of anomaly and irreyour Majesty, that the holding of gularity bas invaded the EstablishSynods, General, Provincial, and Dio. ment, to the great detriment of its cesan, for the settlement of matters moral and religious influence upon the ecclesiastical, has, from the primitive, community; which evils and necessiand in all succeeding times, been ties can alone be adequately and legideemed to be an inherent and inalien- timately remedied by the deliberation able right in the Church catholic, as and decisions of this the constituwell as in each of its particular tional assembly of the Church. branches.
“We therefore humbly pray that it “ That the holding of such Synods may please your gracious Majesty, in is manifestly essential to securing your wisdom and fatherly care, as under God, the due efficiency of the Defender of the true Protestant faith, Church, as a Divine institution, or- and of the Church by God's providained for the maintenance and exten- dence established in these realms, to sion of Christ's holy religion in all grant the Convocation of the Clergy ages, by adapting its circumstantials the license (formerly accorded by your to the varying exigencies of successive royal predecessors) to consult upon, times.
and propose to your Majesty, such “That by the peculiar constitution measures as, by Divine assistance, of these realms in Church and State, may tend to rectily abuses, supply the Convocation of the Clergy has defects, and conduce to the efficiency now, for upwards of a thousand years, of the Church, as the sacred instrubeen constantly held and allowed to ment of upholding and diffusing the be the legitimate synod of the Church pure religion of the gospel, and thereby of England; and that from its free of most effectually securing the safety, deliberations and decisions, in due honour, and welfare of your Majesty subordination to the royal supremacy, and your dominions.”
His Majesty opened the Session of and in a firm and distinct voice deParliament, on the 4th of February, livered the following most gracious with the usual formalities.
Speech :On His Majesty's arrival at the House of Peers, he was conducted to "My Lords and Gentlemeri, the throne, with the usual ceremonies, “ It is with great satisfaction that I again meet the great council of the occasioned some increase in the estimates nation assembled in parliament. I am for the naval branch of the public service. ever anxious to avail myself of your " The state of the commerce and advice and assistance; and I rejoice that manufactures of the United Kingdom is the present state of public affairs, both at highly satisfactory. I lament that any home and abroad, is such as to permit you class of my subjects should still suffer to proceed without delay or interruption distress; and the difficulties which conto the calm examination of those mea- tinue to be felt in important branches of sures which will be submitted to your agriculture may deserve your inquiry, consideration.
with the view of ascertaining whether “ I continue to receive from my allies, there are any measures which Parliament and generally from all foreign powers, can advantageously adopt for the alleviaassurances of their unaltered desire to
tion of this pressure. cultivate with me those friendly relations “ My Lords and Gentlemen, which it is equally my wish to maintain “ I have not yet received the further with them; and the intimate union which report of the commission appointed to happily subsists between this country and consider the state of the several dioceses France is a pledge to Europe for the of England and Wales; but I have reacontinuance of the general peace.
son to believe that their recommenda“ Desirous on all occasions to use my tions, upon most of the important friendly endeavours to remove causes of subjects submitted to them, are nearly disagreement between other powers, I prepared. They shall be laid before you have offered my mediation in order to without delay, and you will direct your compose the difference which has arisen early attention to the ecclesiastical estabetween France and the United States. blishment, with the intention of renderThis offer has been accepted by the King ing it more efficient for the holy purposes of the French; the answer of the Presi- for which it has been instituted. dent of the United States has not yet “Another subject which will naturally been received; but I entertain a confi
occupy you is, the state of the tithe in dent hope that a misunderstanding be- England and Wales; and a measure will tween two nations so enlightened and be submitted to you, having for its end high-minded, will be settled in a manner the rendering this mode of providing for satisfactory to the feelings and consistent the Clergy more fixed and certain, and with the honour of both.
calculated to relieve it from that fluctua. “ I have still to lament the continu- tion, and from those objections, to which ance of the civil contest in the northern it has hitherto been subject. provinces of Spain. The measures which “ The principles of toleration by which I have taken, and the engagement into I have been invariably guided, must renwhich I have entered, sufficiently prove der me desirous of removing any cause of my deep anxiety for its termination; and offence or trouble to the consciences of the prudent and vigorous conduct of the any portion of my subjects; and I am present government of Spain inspires therefore anxious that you should conme with the hope that the authority of sider whether measures may not be the Queen will soon be established in framed which, whilst they reinedy any every part of her dominions; and that
grievances which affect those who dissent the Spanish nation, so long connected by from the doctrine or discipline of the friendship with Great Britain, will again Established Church, will also be of geneenjoy the blessings of internal tranquillity ral advantage to the whole body of the and union.
community. " I have given directions that there be “ The speedy and satisfactory admilaid before you the treaty which I have nistration of justice is the first and most concluded with the queen of Spain for sacred duty of a Sovereign, and I earthe suppression of the slave-trade. nestly recommend you to consider whe
“ Gentlemen of the House of Commons, ther better provisions may not be made
"I have directed the estimates of the for this great purpose in some of the year to be prepared and laid before you departments of the law, and more parwithout delay. They have been framed ticularly in the Court of Chancery. with the strictest regard to well-con- " I trust that you will be able to effect sidered economy:
a just settlement of the question of tithe “ The necessity of maintaining the in Ireland, upon such principles as will maritime strength of the country, and of tend at length to establish harmony and giving a dequate protection to the ex- peace in the country. tended commerce of my subjects, has “You are already in possession of the Report of the commission appointed to and the experience of the salutary effect inquire into the state of the municipal produced by the Act for the Amendment corporations in Ireland, and I entertain of the Laws relating to the Poor in Engthe hope that it will be in your power to land and Wales may in many respects apply to any defects and evils which may assist your deliberations. have been shown to exist in those insti- “ I rely upon your prudence and wistutions a remedy founded upon the same dom, and upon your determination to principles as those of the acts which have maintain, as well as to amend the laws been already passed for England and and institutions of the country; and I Scotland,
commit these questions of domestic po"A further Report of the commission licy, to which I have deemed it my duty of inquiry into the condition of the to direct your attention, into your hands, poorer classes of my subjects in Ireland persuaded that you will so treat them as will speedily be laid before you. You to increase the happiness and prosperity, will approach this subject with the cau- by promoting the religion and morality, tion due to its importance and difficulty, of my people.”
TRIBUTES OF RESPECT, Rev. C. E. KENNAWAY.—A beautiful silver vase, tea-urn, and a very elegant silver inkstand, of above the value of 100 guineas, was presented to the Rev. C. E. Kennaway, Vicar of Campden, by the inhabitants of that place, as a proof of their affection and esteem for their much-respected pastor, “and to commemorate the pecuniary aid and assistance afforded by him in the recent new pewing of the parish church."
Rev. G. A. BROWNE.-The Rev. G. A. Browne, late Vicar of Chesterton, upon taking leave of his parishioners, was presented by them with a handsome silver ieakettle and lamp, in testimony of their approbation of his services.
Rev. WILLIAM HARRISON.--On New Year's day last, the ladies of Fareham presented the Rev. William Harrison, Vicar of the parish, with a rich silk gown, cassock, and scarf, as a mark of their esteem and regard.
Rev. A. BASSETT.– The Rev. A. Bassett, on liis relinquishing the curacy of Erlestoke, after a zealous and faithful discharge of his duties for a period of more than twenty years, has been presented with a handsome piece of plate.
Rev.J. A. COTTON.--A splendid service of plate, weighing upwards of 400 ounces, procured by the contributions of 452 of the parishioners, has been presented to the Rev. J. A. Cotton, Vicar of Ellesmere, who has for nearly half a century zealously discharged the duties of a christian minister in that parish.
CHARITIES IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE.—The annual income of the charity estates in Gloucestershire is 19,4577.; of this sum 45101. is applied for education in endowed schools, and 8741. for other purposes connected with education.
OXFORD Petition. The following is a copy of the Oxford Petition, signed by 73 resident Fellows and Tutors, headed by Dr. Routh, President of Magdalen College, tbe Archdeacon of Oxford, and the Regius Professor of Hebrew:
“We, the undersigned, beg to approach your Majesty with every sentiment of loyal and devoted affection, and to acknowledge with thankfulness the benefits which we have derived from the appointments made by your Majesty's predecessors to the important office of your Majesty's Regius Professor of Divinity in this University.
“We would anxiously disclaim all wish to interfere with the exercise of this prerogative, which has been of so great benefit to our ancestors, and recently to ourselves.
“ We would, however, humbly submit that those who, as lias been reported to us, have recommended to your Majesty Dr. Hampden, Principal of St. Mary Hall, for this important office, cannot be sufficiently acquainted with the theological character of the individual whom they have recommended.
“We regret to say, that from the statements of his opinions put forth in his published works, we should apprehend the most disastrous consequences to the soundness of the faith of those whom he would have to educate for the sacred ministry of the Church, and to the Church itself. We beg also to submit to your Majesty, that it is very essential to the discharge of the duties of the Regius Professor of Divinity, that he should possess the full confidence of the several persons engaged or interested in the education of young men in this place; which confidence we, unhappily, cannot repose in Dr. Hampden.
" We would humbly implore your Majesty to be pleased graciously to listen to such representations as may be laid before you by the heads of our Church, some of whom have themselves discharged the office of Regius Professor of Divinity.
“ We shall rely most confidently upon your Majesty's known attachment to the Church, and to the interests of religion, that your Majesty will appoint a fit person for this weighty office; and we shall wait cheerfully your Majesty's decision in a matter which so deeply concerns the spiritual and eternal interests of so many of your Majesty's subjects.”
Notwithstanding the above, the appointment of Dr. Hampden has been confirmed; since which a very numerous meeting of the Doctors, Professors and Tutors, have unanimously resolved to petition the Vice-Chancellor, to convene a meeting of the Heads of Houses, for the purpose of laying some measure before the Convocation, to the condemnation of the false principles of Dr. Hampden, and also to request the Archbishops and Bishops to accept testimonials from the Lady Margaret's Professor only.
SINECURE PREBENDS.-A circular has been addressed to the members of the Church Commission, by their secretary, announcing that the sinecure prebend of Welton Rivall, Lincoln; the sinecure prebend of Waltham, Chichester ; and the sinecure rectory of Ashbury, in the diocese of Salisbury, - all of which have recently become vacant,-are placed at the disposal of the commissioners, by the several Prelates in whom the presentations to them are vested.
“ The Bishop of Norwich is a singular instance of a Protestant Bishop married to a Roman Catholic lady; and the lady constantly enjoys the privilege of having her confessor resident in the Bishop's house."— If this be true, it is a kind of liberality we do not understand.
ARCUBISHOP WHATELY.---The signatures to the protest against Archbisliop Whately's plan for settling the church now amount to 400, including beneficed. clergymen from every diocese in Ireland.
Church or ENGLAND CHAPEL AT ATHENS.-Contributions are now being solicited for the erection of a Chapel, with a view to procure for the English visitors and settlers a regular supply of the services of our Church.
Tue Bishopric or Bristol. There is a rumour that Bristol will be deprived of its see, It was contemplated in the last Session of Parliament to unite the see of Llandaff to that of Bristol ; now it is rumoured that Bristol is to have no see, and that it is to be divided between the dioceses of Gloucester and Bath and Wells.
Worcester Music Meeting. It is fully determined that the Festival shall commence on Tuesday, the 27th of September, and we understand some novel features will be introduced, which it is hoped will much increase the attraction,
ORDINATIONS.—1836. CONSECRATION AT LAMBETH PALACE.—The ceremony of consecration of Archdeacon Broughton to be Bishop of Australia, and of Rev. Dr. Mountain to be Bishop of Montreal, was performed on Sunday, February 21, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Lambeth Palace. The Bishops of London, Winchester, and Gloucester were present; and Rev. Mr. Molesworth preached a sermon on the occasion.
By the Lord Bishop of Rochester, Feb. 7.
University. Barnes, Joseph Watkins.
M.A. Trinity Cambridge Bromley, John William (let. dim.) B.A. Caius
Cambridge Gibbs, Michael
Cambridge Heath, John Moore
Cambridge Holden, William
(let. dim.) B.A. Worcester Oxford Hutchinson, John Robinson
B.A. Magdalen Cambridge Morris, George Sailthorpe
B.A. St. John's Cambridge Nind, William
M.A. St. Peter's Cambridge Pitts, John
(let. dim.) B.A. St. Peter's Cambridge Pratt, John Henry
Cambridge Thompson, Henry
M.A. St. John's Cambridge Welldon, James Ind
B.A. St. John's Cambridge
PRIESTS. Barkley, John Charles
B.A. Emmanuel Cambridge Gillson, Edward
B.A. Trinity Hall Cambridge Robinson, Henry .
B.A. Trinity Hall Cambridge Simpson, James Dalziel
M.A. Sidney Sussex Cambridge