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ly, H. Petty, the Chancellor of the able, and eloquent support of the
Exchequer, Right Hon. T. Gren- cause of Africa, both in and out of
ville, G. Canning, J. C. Villiers, Sir Parliament.
J. Newport, J. Foster, N. Vansittart, Our readers will rejoice in the
J. Smyth, Sir P. Francis, K. B. Sir prospect which this new institution
Samuel Romilly, General Vyse, H. presents in behalf of Africa ; and
Bankes, Esq. M. P. T. Bernard, Esq. though the object proposed is not
T. Babington, Esq. M. P. T. Baring, strictly religious, yet we insert the
Esq. M. P. R. Barclay, Esq. Henry. Proceedings of the Meeting at large,
Brougham, Esq. J. H. Browne, Esa. because we not only highly approve
M. P. Col. Barry, M. P. T. Clarks of such a just and benevolent plan,
son, Esq. C. Grant, Esq. M. P. Rev. but hope that the introduction of
T. Gisborne, W. Huskisson, Esq.' 'civilization will facilitate the pro•
M. P. S. Lushington, Esq. M. P. gress of the glorious gospel in the
J. B. S. Morritt, Esq. Z. Macauley, extensive regions of Africa.
Esq. M. Martin, Esq. M. Montague,
Esq. M. P. W. M. Pitt, Esq. M. P.
Granville Sharp, Esq. R. Sharp, Esq. A Short Account of the Act of Par-
M. P. J. Simeon, Esq. M. P. W.
Smith, Esq. J. Stephen, Esq. R.

liament lately passed, entituled,

" An Act for the Abolition of the Thornton, Esq. M. P. Rev. John

Slave Trade,"
Venn, S. Whitbread, Esq. M. P.
W. Wilberforce, Esq. M. P.

It is enacted, That from May),
That the said Committee be em-

1807, the African Slave Trade, and powered to solicit subscriptions, and

all manner of dealing and trading to appoint a Treasurer and Secre

in slaves at, to, or from, any part of tary pro tempore, and bankers to re- the coast or countries of Africa, oeive subscriptions, subject to the shall be utterly abolished, prohibited, approbation of the next General and declared to be unlawful. Meeting, at which the choice of Of

If any British subject, or other fiers, in such mode as may, upon the person resident in the United Kingreport of the said Committee, be dom, or in any place belonging to adopted, shall take place:

his Majesty, shall be concerned in That the Thanks of this Meeting buying or selling, bartering or transbe given to W. Wilberforce, Esq. ferring, any person for a slave, he for his unwearied exertions, during shall forfeit 1001. for every such

offence.
many years, to expose the injustice
and cruelty of the African Slave

Any vessel fitted out in this king, Trade, and to procure its abolition dom, or in the colonies, or navi. by the Legislature of Great Britain : gated or employed for carrying on

That the Thanks of this Meeting the Slave Trade, shall be forfeited, be given to Granville Sharp, Esej. with all its boats, guns, tackle, apfor his zealous, early, and persever

parel, and furniture, ing efforts in opposition to the Af.

All persons are prohibited from rican Slave Trade ; and for his' ge- of Africa, the West Indies, or Ame

removing, as slaves, any inhabitants nerous endeavours, at first unsupported, though at length successful, rica, from one place to another, or to establish the claims of Africans being concerned in receiving them: resident in Great Britain, to the com

and any vessel employed in such re. mon rights of legal protection and moval shall be forfeited, as also the personal freedom":

property in the slaves; and the That the Thanks of this Meeting owners of such vessel shall forfeit be given to Mr. Thomas Clarkson,

1001. for each slave. for the zeal, activity, and persever

Any inhabitant of Africa, unlaw.' ance which he has uniformly exerted fully carried away and imported into in promoting the Abolition of the any British colony, shall bo forfeited African Slave Trade:

to his Majesty That the Thanks of this Meeting

All insurances on transactions be given to his Royal Highness the concerning the Slave Trade, are now Duke of Gloucester, for kis zealous, unlawful; and any person making

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such an insurance, shall forfeit 1001. principles of Christianity. A lecture for every offence, and treble the was established, chiefly for their beamount of the premium.

nefit, every Lord's Day Evening, : The Act not to affect the trading and carried on hy various ministers. in slaves exported from Africa be- The Rev. R. Hill opened it in May, fore the 1st of May, 1907; and 1805. Several friends united in the landed in the West Indies by March good work; Rules for the govern1, 1808,

ment of the Society were drawn up; a Committee was chosen; and Sub

scriptions were raised to relieve the To rocord the cruelties attached to Africans in poverty, sickness, and old the Slave Trade, their termination by age. Ninety-two Africans have the late act of parliament, and the joined the Society, and attended the memory of those honourable cha

means of grace occasionally. Some racters by whom this event was of them, it is hoped, have expe. brought to pass, a fine Print is rienced the power of the word ; and now engraving by Mr. Collyer, of others are enquiring after knowthe Royal Academy; at whose house, ledge. Twenty-two have attended Constitution Row, Gray's Inn Lane, the school ; ninetecn have been rethe drawing may be seen.

lieved when sick ; two have died, and the Society contributed towards

their funeral. The Managers of the Account of the Society for the Relief Shakespeare's Walk Lecture have of the Poor Africans in London. liberally granted seats in that Meet

ing to the Africans in the neighSome Africans in London, applied, hourhood. We subjoin the names of by memorial, April, 1805, to the the Committee; and request the ReRev. Dr. Duncan and his people, ligious Public to give countenance Peter Street, Soho, expressing their and support to such a laudable Inearnest desire to meet together for stitution : The Rev. Drs. Duncan, worship, as they had been rudely Hamilton, Rippon, and Rutledge; gazed at when they attended public Rev. Messrs. Greig, Jerment, Platt, ordinances individually and sepa- Rae, Smith, Spilsbury, Stollery, and rately. The desire was cheerfully Waugh; A. Maitland, Esq. Messrs. granted ; free-seats were provided Allday, Lepard, Moore, Nelson, for them in the meeting-house, Peter Steward, and Tassie. Mr. Niven, Street ; and teachers were procured Treasurer, No. 15, King Street, to instruct them in reading, writing, Soho; Mr. Dobson, Secretary, Dean arithmetic, and especially in the Street, Soho,

missionary Annual ag eeting,

The Thirteenth General Meeting of the Missionary Society will

be held in London, on Wednesday, May 13, and the two fola lowing Days ; when the various Services are erpected to be conducted as follows :

WEDNESDAY MORNING, The Rev. Mr. Newton, of Witham, in Essex, to preach at Surry Chapel.

WednesdAY EVENING. The Rev. Mr. JACK, of Manchester, to preach at the Tabernacle.

THURSDAY MORNING. The Members of the Missionary Society will meet at IAPERDASTIERS' HALL, STAINING LANE, Wood Street, to hear the Report of the Directors for the past Year, - to choose Directors,

&c. for the Year ensuing; and to transact the general Business of the Institution.

TAURSDAY EVENING. The Rev. Mr. GRIFFIN, of Portsea, will preach at Tottenham Court Chapel.

FRIDAY MORNING. The Rev. Henry DRAPER, D. D. of St. Edmund's Hall, Oxford , Sunday Morning and Evening Preacher at St. Antholin's Church, in Watling Street; and Lecturer of St. George's, Southwark, will preach at the Parish Church of St. Saviour, Southwark.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON, at Four o'clock, the Society will meet for Business at the School-Room of Sion Chapel.

FRIDAY EVENING. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper will be administered at Sion Chapel to the Members and Friends of the Society, who are Stated Communicants. No others can be admitted. Tickets for adinission

may be had of any Minister who is a Director of the Society, or of any other Minister who may apply to the Directors for them.

* The Morning Services will begin at Half past Ten, and the Even" ing Services at Six o'clock.

A Collection will be made at each of the places.

RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. This Society, now become too numerous to meet where they formerly did, will hold their next Annual Meeting at the New LONDON TAVERN, in Cheapside, near Gutter Lane, on Thursday, the 14th of May, at Seveu in the Morning, precisely.

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MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS, &c.

L. d. A Friend, in Cardiganshire, by the hands of Mr. E. Morris 5 5 0 Anonymous, by Mr. Daniell, of Colchester

10 0 Collection at the Burrows Chapel, Swansea, by Rev. Mr. Keinp 15 ? A Deceased Friend, by his Widow, “ A Lover of the Truth”. 5 0 0 Rev, T. Wildbore and Congregation, Penrhyn

21 11 6 Collection at Rev. Mr. Vennor's Meeting at Ware, Hertfordshire, by Rev. Mr. Frey

16 3 11 Rev. Mr. Jay and Congregation, Bath

60 0 0 Rev. B. Cracknell and Congregation, Weymouth 35 14 0]

4200 And Subscriptions

6 6 0 Rev. T. Durant and Congregation, Poole

170 1 0

The Directors have lately received letters from India, &c. by the Sarah Christiana ; among others, à Letter from the Rev. Mr. Vos, dated Columbo, in Ceylon, May 12, 1806. He prcaches regularly in the Dutch church on the Lord's Day; on Wednesday evening at his own lwuse; and, occasionally, at other private houses on Friday evening; and catechizes the young people on Thursday evening:

A Letter has also been received from Mr. Loveless, dated Egmore, near Madras, Oct, 1, 1806: he continues to preach regularly in the Black Town; where a number of persors attend on his ministry with apparent seriousness, and, he hopes, with some benefit. He has undertaken, for the present, the office of Schoolmaster, at the Military Male Orphan Asylum ; in which situation he has an opportunity of being useful to the children and others. He mentions that the brethren Cran and Desgranges are going A very prosperously at Vizagapatam. Mr. Ringeliaube has been labouring about Pallamcotta ; and preaching in the Tamul language. He has two native youths under his tuition, whom, he hopes, will become useful Missionaries.

Dr. Taylor, after many unexpected hindrances, embarked for Bombay and Surat, in the Charlotte, the latter end of August.

Mr. Loveless observes, that “ the harvest, in every direction throughout India is immensely great, and the labourers very few indeed ! The miseries of the leathen, and the wretched state of Europeans and others, called Christians, are beyond description pitiable, and loudly call for help. No hindrances appear to be in the way for zealous, prudent, able Missionaries to enter this extensive field, but such as the Devil will always lay in the way, until Christ shall have put all his enemies under his feet.”

Mr. Loveless's Journal is also come to hand, which contains many curious and interesting particulars; and will probably, appear in a future Nauder of the Missionary Transactions.

A Letter frorn Dr. Taylor, dated August 27, is also received. He was then just on the point of embarking for Bombay: He informs the Directors, that Miss Ross, together with the Baptist Missionaries, who sailed with Captain Wickes, had safely arrived, four days before the date of his lelter.

The safety of our Missionary friends, and the pleasing prospects of use: fulness, which the kind providence of God has opened to their view, call for the warm and devont acknowledgements of the Missionary Society The state of all the Missions in different parts of the globe, will be laid before the Society at large, at their apprvaching Anniversary. May the glorious Head of the Church crown that Meeting with the tokens of his gracious presence and blessing !

A small Pamphlet is now in the press, drawn up by order of the Directors, containing “ A Concise Account of the Rise and Progress of the Misa sionary Society.' This has long been needed, that those who have not been conversant with the Institution from its commencement, may obtain a general view of ihe Society's efforts to promulgate the gospel of Christ aniong the Ileathen. It will be ready for delivery, gratis, to Subscribers, at the General Meeting; to others, it will be sold at a low price. This Account will probably be translated into Welch and other languages. Number xvn of the Missionary Transactions, with an Introduction, stating the Proceedings of the Directors, will be ready for publication at the above timc, instcad of the 1st instant, as was intended.

Union of Independents.

On Wednesday, the 6th of May, A proposal was made, about a

the British and Foreign Bible Society year ago, for a more regular Union will hold their Third Anpual Meetof. Independent or Congregational ing at the New London Tavern, Ministers and Churches than has hi- Cheapside. The Proceedings of the therto subsisted. To promote this Comınittee during the last year, in object, a Meeting was held, by a carrying into effect the important obconsiderable number of that body, ject of the Institution, both at home on the 17th of May, 1806; when and abroad, will then be reported ; the Board of Congregational Minis- and highly interesting intelligence, ters in London was requested to

on the circulation of the scriptures, prepare a Plan for such a Union. from various parts of the world, will This has been done; and will be laid be communicated to the Members of before thicir brethren from the coun

the Society, and such other friends try, on Vonday, May 18, 1807, at

to the Holy Scriptures as may be Mr. Caffee's Meeting-house, in de disposed to give their attendance on Broad Street. 'The Chair to be

the occasion

The Right Hon. the taken at llalf past 'Ten o'clock in the President will take the Chair at foier.oon, precisely.

Twelve o'clock; precisely.

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July 30, 1806, a commodious

Priestley asked the questions, &c.; chapel was opened at Bulford, near Mr. llonywell offered up the ordiAmesbury, Wilts. Mr. Berry, of nation-prayer; Mr. Bogue gave the Warminster, preached in the morn- charge, from Heb. xiii, 7; Mr. ing from James i. 25 ; Mr. Bennet, Lowell offered up the intercessory of Romsey, in the afternoon, from prayer ; Mr. Griffin addressed the Acts xviii. 9, 10; Mr. Griffin, of people, from 2 Thess. iii. 13; and Portsea, in the evening, from Rev. Mr. Sibree concluded. A sermon xxii. 20 , Messrs. Saffery, Hopkins, was preached in the evening by Mr. Sedcole, Tracey, Hunt, 'ando Ald. Jay, from 2 Cor. iii. 3 ; Mr. Griffin ridge, were engaged in the devo- preached the preceding evening i tional exercises.-- This interest owes and Mr. Elliott the same morning, its origin and support to the benevo- al Seven o'clock. More than fifty lent exertions of two gentlemen ministers were present. (Messrs. Devenish and Blatch) belonging to the congregation of the April 1. Mr. T. Finch, lafe stu. late Mr. Adams, of Salisbury, who dent at Bristol, was ordained pastor being convinced of the propriety of of the Baptist Church at Bilston, in introducing the gospel to an unen- Staffordshire. Mr. Rowland, of lightened and populous neighbour- Pershore, began the service; Mr. hood, have generously defrayed the Morgan, of Birminghani, delivered expences of building the chapel, and

an introductory discoursc; Mr. But supporting a regular ministry. The terworth, of Eveshain, vifered ther numerous attendance on the occa

ordination-prayer; Dr. Ryland, of sion, and the congregations which Bristol, gave tliecharge, from 1 Tim. statedly attend the labours of the iv. 11-16; Mr. Butterworth preachRev. Mr. Davey, afford much rea- ed to the people, from 1 Thess. iii. son to hope that such efforts “s

S; Mr. Mason, of Dudley, connot in vain in the Lord.”

cluded. Dr. Pyland preached again

in the evening March 12. Mr. James Williams was ordained a co-pastor, with the April 15. The Associating MiRev. Mr. W. Thomas, over the In- nisters of the Independent Churches dependent congregation at the Ta. in the county of Hants, with other bernacle (their new meeting-place) of their brethren, assembled in Mr. near Carrowhill, in the vicinity of Hopkins's Meeting, Christ Church ; the New Passage, Monmouthshire. when the sermon was delivered on Thursday morning, Mr. Eb. Jones

“the Omnipresence of God,” foundprayed; Mr. E. Davies, of Hanover, ed on Psalın cxxxix. 7-12; after spoke briefly from 1 Pet. v. 3, re- which the Lord's Supper was adceived the confession of faith, and ministered. The sermon was preachasked the questions connected with ed by Mr. Davies, of Lymington. the ordination vows. Mr. Davies, The following Ministers were crof Langattock, prayed the ordina- gaged in prayer : Messrs. Kingstion prayer ; Mr. G. Hughes, of bury, Bugue, Cox, Bennett, Durant, White Cross, delivered a very so• Loader, Tyrcman, lunt, and Sleigh. leinn charge, from 1 Thes. v. 12; Prior to the foregoing, Mr. Bogue, and Mr. Harris, of Abergavenny 'of Gosport, preached the preceding (late of Stroud) addressed the people evening, froin Acts iv. $3 ; when from 2 Cor. vi. 1, and concluded the Mess. Hunt and Ralph engaged in meeting by prayer and thanksgiv prayer. Weduesılay morning, Nr. ing. The circular Monthly Meet: Lacey, of Southampton, preached ing, kept by the Monmouthshire from Marke viii. 22–25; when Ministers, is to be held at llanover, Messrs. Winchester, of Andover, and on Thursday, the 9th of April next. Davy, of Bulford, engagel in prayer.

March 19. Mr. T. East, late stu- On Wednesday evening, Nr: Grillin, dent at Gosport, was ordained at of Portxa, preached from Micah ii. Frome, Wilts: Mr. Willianis open- part of the rib verse ; when Plessis. ed the service ; Mr. Berry delivered Berry, of Warıinster, and Banister, the introductory discourse; Mr. of Wareham, engaged in prayer.

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