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to be doubled to meet the present reli. persons. We have lately heard that the gious wants of that land. The harvest Car in the village of Marargudee and truly is great, but the labourers are few.- Thumpee stood still in defiance of the Pray ye therefore the Lord of the har efforts to move them. We accept these vest, and he will send forth labourers into things as shadows of coming events, when the harvest.

the idols shall be utterly abolished." This important document was pre In a subsequent paper it is stated : pared by the Rev. John A. Murray, - Adverting to the anhappy affair at Corresponding Secretary of the Ameri. Conjeveranı, we were scrupulous to avoid can Home Missionary Society, and is exaggeration. We believe that is highly creditable to his diligence. When persons were instantly killed, and that may we hope to see such an analysis for fifteen died afterwards from the wonds England ?

received. Others were said to be hart,

but without fatal consequences. The BRITISH CONNEXION WITH IDOLATRY fact, without comment, bas a voice, which, IN INDIA.

if we mistake not, will reach England, It was justly remarked by the late Dr. and be reverberated in sounds which must Carey, " Idolatry destroys more than the be heard by those to whom the regulasword.” The writer has just received a tion of these matters properly belongs." file of Indian papers, entitled The On the continued patronage of Idolatry Philadelphian," from Feb. I to June 10, by a Christian Government, another 1836, which show. the present state of Madras Paper, dated April 22nd, forcibly British Connexion with Idolatry in observes, “See the complication of wickIndia, to that date. They relate a most edness which any future blood-shedding appalling sacrifice of human life at the will involve. It will not then be the last Car Festival, at Conjeceram, near inadvertent transgression of an order Madras, and the consequent steps of the incidental to the act, but the obstinate British Government in that part of India. transgression, after a warning by the Some extracts will show the nature of loss of fifteen lives, of an order direct us British patronage of Hindooism. The this subject, and that by Christians, for Editor, under date April 20th, states ; – the purpose of upholding what they pro“ We hear that an occurrence, fraught fess to abhor, viz. idolatry, and that at with serious consequences, lately took the sacrifice of human life to the idol! place at the Car Festival at Conjeveram. It will be a crime attaching not only to This festival of the Saira sect is held in the Government, but to every Christian, the end of March, and is celebrated at and to relieve each from its guilt, the the large temple containing a stone necessary measures to prevent its occarimage, worshipped under the name of rence must be taken. Let it be borne in Yegambura Eesuer. While the Car was mind, that it is not to the natives pulling being drawn the cable broke, and the the Car that we object, but, to their being people behind the wheels not knowing forced to do so, and to their being drarna what had occurred, continued to push from their homes for that purpose. We them on by means of levers, as usual; have written as Christians to Christian so that they went over several persons readers, and knowing that the Most who were unable to extricate themselves. High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and It is stated that nine persons were killed giveth it to whomsoever be will,' we have on the spot, and a greater number been anxious to avert, if possible, the severely hurt. We hear that the Tah- transfer of the dominion of this empire sildar was near the wheels, and with from the British crown, and to avert from some difficulty escaped. He is said to ourselves the guilt of the continuance of have written a letter to the English this practice by participation.” Collector to beg that the drawing of the It is a source of gratification to learn Car might be stopped, whether for that from the last Paper in the file of June occasion only, or entirely, we are not 10th, that Government have taken some certain. It is surely time that the vic- steps in this business. " It gives ns sintims of superstition should begin to cere pleasure to announce that Governopen their eyes; and we think a paternal ment have practically receded from au. government might take advantage of such thorizing the pressing the Ryots (or teoccurrences, to put a stop, at least to the nauts) to draw idol cars, and flogging them AVOWED PATRONAGE of such things; and by Peon, when so engaged. Whether leave the Brabmons themselves to draw the matter has, or has not, been officially the car, or not, as they please. It is not announced, we do not know, but the a great many years since a Car broke patives have arrived at a general onder. down at Dindigal, and killed several standing that such is the case. The sim

ple cession from connivance at that which bably nearly or quite equal, not to men. no policy could order or approve, may tion other places of inferior note. I lead the more intelligent natives to 'medi. think it a great pity that the abolition of tate on the rationale of immense labour this source of revenue was not formally being used to draw a god, which ought provided for by the new Charter." to be able to move without aid. The Hence it is evident, merely to discontinue Government order for non-interference compelling Hindoos and Hindoo Chris. arrived at Conjeveram only a few days tians to drag the idol cars, is like “ the before the celebration of the annual dust of the balance.” Let Britain shake May festival.” Reference is particularly her hands from the bribes of Idolatry. made, under date May 20th, to the What has an enlightened Christian Goimportant measure of the Honourable vernment to do with taxing the miserable Court, dated Feb, 1833, for the aboli- pilgrims of India for the sake of gain, tion of British patronage of Idolatry in endowing temples, repairing gods and India, as not having yet taken effect. cars, subsidizing the priests, &c. &c. ? The Editor states," From the passage Does this become our national character, of the Tract Society's Report, 1835, ex or our common Christianity? British tracted in the present number, it will be patronage of Idolatry increases its popuseen that the Committee suppose that a larity, and promotes pilgrimages with all change has taken place as regards Bri- their attendant misery and death. Oh tish patronage of Hindoo Idolatry. It is that British functionaries in India would natural for them to expect that a conces. let Idolatry alone. Then the sentiment sion of principle has been followed by of the Latin poet would soon be verified practical consequences. However, as yet, in its numerous establishments of vice, with an insignificant exception, relative superstition, and misery, “ Vis consili to Cuddapah, we know of none. If any expers mole ruit sua.” Surely the British of our friends, or the friends of Chris. Government will speedily wash their tianity in general, can inform us of any hands from the pollution of idols, and change of the system, in any place what forbear to frustrate the triumphs of Chrissoever, it will be among the most welcome tianity in the civilization and evangelizasubjects for us to make known. The tion of Hindostan. topic has begun to attract renewed atten

PHILANTHROPOS. tion in England. We have seen Mr.P.'s Lincolnshire. letter to W. Bentinck, and the latter's reply. Mr. Poynder moved on the sub. ADDRESS OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE ject in the Court of Proprietors, and was CHURCH RATE ABOLITION SOCIETY, complimented for his zeal, and told that TO THE PEOPLE OF GREAT BRITAIN information was expected. Considering AND IRELAND. that the general principle against the Countrymen and Fellow Subjects !patronage of Idolatry has been conceded Having been appointed by a numerous by the Authorities in England, that the and highly respectable meeting, held in sole decision of the question rests with the Metropolis on Wednesday, the 19th the Governor General, that official in- of October, to superintend the interests quiries have been said to be in course of of the Institution then formed, we proextensive prosecution by orders of the ceed to discharge onr first duty by subSupreme Government, and that public mitting our righteous cause to your calm anxiety, as to nothing being done, has and deliberate attention, and by entreatbeen awakened, we may expect some ing your prompt and generous co operapractical concessions:- provided the state tion in the attainment of our object,-of the revenue will permit, a point on the Immediate and Entire Extinction of which we are by no means sanguine." Church Rates.

It is deeply to be regretted, that Bri Among the various grievances which tain should patronize, and even amass Protestant Dissenters have so long enwealth, from Hindoo Idolatry. This state dured, the compulsory payment of Church of things prevails at Juggernaut. Gua. Rates has been one of the most oppresAllahabad, and other places in the Ben- sive. They have complained of this Exgal Presidency. A correspondent at action, not merely on the ground of its Madras writes, “ There can be no doubt amount-thongh this has often been conthat the receipts from the temple of Tri- siderable-nor principally on the ground petty, exclusive of charges, amount an- of political injustice, though this they nually to one lac of rupees, (£10,000), have deemed both palpable and flagrant and it is certain that the revenue from --but, first, and chiefly, because they Conjı veram, 40 miles west of Madras, have felt it as a moral wrong, rudely incannot be less; while the revenues from ficted by the hand of oppression on the Seringham, Madura, and Purney are pro. conscientious and the upright. It is well N.S. NO, 143.

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known that one section of Noncon payments of Dissenters for the mainteformists, though characterized by unex- nance of their worship and the repairs of ampled patience and forbearance, have their Churches ? ever refused payment of the Rate, and Ip many members of that communion have taken “ joyfully the spoiling of their we have, indeed, rejoiced to witness goods,” rather than yield subimission to a nobler principles, and better feelings. law which they solemnly regarded as a They have laboured to efface the deep violation of justice, an outrage on reli- stain that has long been attached to Episgion, and a dishonour to God."

copacy; they have proved jealous for Countrymen and Fellow Subjects !-- the honour of their Zion; they have disCan it excite your displeasure or surprise claimed their dependence on the sopthat men should feel, and keenly feel it port, unwillingly rendered, by the conas a gross injustice to be compelled to scientions Dissenter; and they have support those forms of religion from proved that the offerings of love hare which they dcrive no personal advantage, exceeded the exactions of injustice, no but against which they are constrained less in abundance than in moral worth. by the authority of conscience to protest ? Members of the Church of England ! Do you think it strange that large and Follow these honourable examples of influential classes of the community, your brethren. Be just“ do ante having complained so long, and hitherto others as ye would that they should do without redress, should now speak in unto you." Disprove the imputation louder tones, and stronger language, or that you are unwilling to support the that their patience should begin to fail ? Church which you profess to venerate rather, is not their forbearance beneath and love. Generously co-operate to rethe burden a just cause for admiration, lieve your Nonconformist fellow-subjects and an additional claim for their imme from oppression ; and you will thus comdiate and complete relief?

mand for your principles their veneDissenters from the Church of Eng. ration, and bind their hearts in bonds of land !-We do honour to the principles affection to your own! which have kept you passive under long We are anxious that the precise object inflicted wrongs : bitherto you have com- of the Institution which we represent plained only; and you have complained should be distinctly understood – THE in vain. Evince now the value and the ABOLITION, THE IMMEDIATE AND TO. power of your principles, by prompt and TAL ABOLITION OF CHURCH RATES steady effort. Arise to duty; and by the To any measure of Commutation, on the vigorous employment of every means principle proposed to Parliament by Lord which the constitution of your country Althorp in the year 1834, the objections and the religion you profess sanction, are insuperable. seek for yourselves and for your children, Deeply as we deplore local divisions at ovce, and for ever, the Extinction of and party strife, we should prefer, de the Church Rate.

cidedly prefer, with all its evils, the conIt is often assumed by members of the tinuance of the present system of paroEstablished Church, that their numbers chial taxation, to any Legislative Enactinclude an overwhelming majority of the ment providing for the erection or repopulation : that the wealth of the coun- pairs of Ecclesiastical Buildings from the try is in their hands, and its infinence general revenue of the country. Such a under their control. We will assume, measure would present a temptation for the occasion, the accuracy of these alike to selfishness and extravagance, by conclusions : but, were the case reversed, placing the sums expended beyond the would the members of the Episcopal salutary influence of popular control; Communion deem it reasonable, or gene would tend to perpetuate that principle rous, or just, that the few should be re- of injustice which is now, in many paquired to support the many ? that the rishes, legally resisted with complete lowly should be compelled to sustain the success ;-would uphold a system, which powerful ? And is it possible that an cannot long be maintained in the preEstablishment, upheld by such wealth, sent enlightened state of public opinion, and rapk, and numbers, can need sup and which ought forth with to be uniport from the forced contribution of a versally abolished. Such a plan of comfeeble minority, dissenting from its go mutation also would introduce a new and vernment and discipline? Or, is it pos. highly offensive principle into our system sible that the affluent members of an of national taxation; and impose a burEstablishment, possessing endowments so den upon our fellow-subjects, both in ample, should continue to dishonour them Scotland and Ireland, to which their selves, and injure and disgrace their opposition must be strong and detercause, by perpetuatiog the compulsory niined.

It cannot be serionsly doubted, that we respectfully and most earnestly en» all populous parishes, the members of treat youve Established Church are able, and TO FORM LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS throughrould prove willing, to preserve in repair out the country, for the total and immebe sacred buildings exclusively appro diate Abolition of Church Rates.

riated to their own service : and, if it To raise Funds, by Donations and small re maintained, that Legislative provision Subscriptions, for meeting unavoidable hould be made for the maintenance of

maintenance of expenses. hose situated in raral districts, where to maintain Correspondence with the he inbabitants are few and generally Metropolitan Committee. poor, still we must express our deliberate To appoint One or more Delegates onviction, that such provision might be men of judgment combined with zeal found in the the revenues of the Church --to attend a meeting to be holden in itself. Whether in the general appro London, at the commencement of the priation of a portion of large bequests, next session of Parliament. pot now wholly required by the parti. To petition both Houses of the Legiscular churches for the preservation of lature for redress. which they were originally designed, or And, above all, respectfully, but expliin the abolition of some of the many citly, to submit to your Represenaffloent sinecures connected with our tatives in Parliament, your principles Cathedral and Collegiate Establishments and wishes-orging their zealous assist-always faithfully respecting existing ance in the attainment of the object. interests—whether from these, or from Countrymen and Fellow-Subjects ! other sources, the Legislature should Upon your early adoption and persee provide for the limited pecessities of the vering application of such measures our case supposed, it is not for us to pro- success depends. Plead not, as a pallianounce a judgment; but we entertain tive for apathy, the disinclination of the the most unhesitating confidence, that Government to entertain your wishes, such a measure would prove not only nor the unwillingness of the Legislature practicable, with perfect safety to the to redress your wrongs. In His Majesty's Church of England, but alike easy, natn Administration are some of the most ral, and just. Already, the wisdom and devoted and steady friends of civil and anthority of Parliament have entirely religious freedom, for whose services in delivered our fellow subjects in the Sis- that holy cause, both when in office and ter Kingdom from the exaction of Church out of office, we, and our children, Cess; and the justice rendered to Iré- are laid under the weightiest obligations ; land is the justice which we ask for Bri. and we should do these honourable men tain,

much wrong, could we imagine that they Countrymen and Fellow-Subjects!-- were now unwilling to gratify the just For the successful prosecution of this wishes of the people whom they have so just cause, your cordial and combined often laboured to serve, and by whom, exertions are indispensable, and we che in return, they have been gratefully rish the assurance that they will cheer- cherished, and faithfully sustained. fully be repdered. While Law continues The present Commons' House of Parto give its sanction to this evil, employ Jiament, by their various enlightened and all legal measures to prevent its inflic- liberal decisions, animate our hopes, and tion; and, when these are unavailing to forbid our misgivings: nor can we bemitigate its force, attend parochial ves- lieve, that our Noble hereditary Legistries, and there appeal to the kindness lators will prove insensible to the just and justice of your neighbours; and if appeals of an united people, when pleadsuch means fail, and numbers prove ing for conscience, and claiming jusagainst yon, carefully examine into the tice. validity of the rate, scrutinize the expen- In such a cause we must not, indeed, ditore of Churchwardens, and firmly anticipate success without exertion. Bad resist the illegal application-a case pot institutions engender and sustain bad unfrequently occurring—of the Church habits. Prejudices long gratified, yield Tax. We need not inform you, that by slowly; and selfishness, that master page this course Church Rates have already sion, is the great enemy of our cause. been abolished in many parishes; nor But though the conflict may be sharp, that such legal resistance would have the issue is not doubtful. Be calm-be been far more extensive, had it not been firm-be persevering: subdue violence restrained by the hope that, at an early by good temper, and meet reproaches period, Parliament would terminate the with good will; and the day is not far grievance.

distant when we shall rejoice with you, But, that this hope may be realized that the sacred rites of religion are no longer upheld by the extorted contribu- and able pen of Dr. J. P.Smith to write a tions of the unwilling ; that the wounded reply to Robert Taylor's Manifesto, which splrit of the conscientious has been they printed and sold at a price mach healed ; that the wall of partition which below their cost, to check the tide of now divides brethren has been over. infidelity which at that time threatened to thrown; that all classes of our beloved inundate the community. Besides bar. countrymen and fellow-subjects have ing thus stood “ for the defence of the learned to venerate each others' rights, gospel,” that Society made the first and have resolved to make each other happy, most effective appeal on the violation of and to dwell together in charity and the Lord's day, by “ A Statement,” the peace.

value of which was acknowledged by the R. Peek, Chairman.

Bishop of London, in his important pamT. H. BOYKETT, Secretary. phlet on the same subject. In addition Committee-Room, Patriot-Office, to these extraordinary efforts it has graLondon, Nov. 1, 1836.

dually extended its benevolent labours,

till there are at the present time about CHANGES IN THE GREEK CHURCH. forty-five thousand families under the

Our readers are aware that the Su- visitation of nineteen hundred Christian preme Head of the Greek Church is visitors every alternate week, whose grathe Patriarch of Constantinople, who is tuitous and systematic operations thas styled the Thirteenth Apostle, Arch. secure the constant circulation of more bishop of Constantinople or New Rome, than one hundred and twenty thousand and Ecumenical or Universal Patriarch, Religions Tracts every month. One hunThe great power possessed by the eccle- dred and ten local prayer meetings and siastic who holds this office, and the known preaching stations are statedly attended Russian bias of the present Patriarch, by the agents of this Society in the difhave led the Porte, with the boldness ferent districts which they visit. Daring which characterizes all his measures, to the past summer forty religious serrices render that individual comparatively were held in the public streets every week, powerless. Henceforth we learn from which were gratuitously conducted by the papers the supreme authority of the associated ministers of the gospel of Church will be wholly vested in a Sy- different denominations. These services pod composed of six Archbishops and two it is computed were attended by a weekly Councillors, and in which the Patriarch average of ten thousand persons, and not will only have a place as President. The less than six hundred sermons were preachPorte has retained a veto on the election ed in the open air, or under the tents of of these dignitaries, by which he will be the Society during the last season. able to counteract Russian intrigue, and The experience of each succeeding year greatly lessen the power of one of the since the Society has been in operation, chief usurpers of Church anthority in proves that its instrumentality has been Europe.

blessed, as each successive annual report

records many instances of hopeful conDIFFUSION OF THE GOSPEL IN THE version to God. METROPOLIS.

During the past six months the visitors While we have reason to rejoice in have obtained suitable relief for 660 cases every new effort that is made to extend of sickness or distress-have induced the knowledge of the gospel amongst the 1300 children to attend Sabbath and day myriads of this city that are ignorant schools, and have promoted the circulaof God- yet it assuredly becomes the tion of 329 copies of the Sacred ScripPastors and Churches in the metropolis to tures. sustain in full vigour, that Society which T o strengthen the hands of the gratuinow for more than eleven years has made tous visitors, stipendiary agents are emefforts quite unprecedented to effect that ployed by several associations, most of object. It will be recollected that when which are assisted in their support by the The Christiun Instruction Society was funds of the parent Society. formed, Messrs. Carlile, Taylor, and other The officers have corresponded with advocates of infidelity were making the more than one hundred and thirty similar most open efforts to seduce the multitude institutions, who adopt the plans of the

from the Christian faith, and by their lec- Society in different parts of the kingdom, tures, manifestoes, &c., were producing a more than one half of which have been powerful effect on the minds of the young formed or aided by the assistance of the and uninformed, that Society commenced parent committee. its operations by a course of Lectures in With such varied and abundant labours defence of Christianity, which were attend. We trust that the Committee will coned by crowds, and also engaged the learned tinue to enjoy the liberal support of the

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