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PRAYER-BOOK AND HOMILY SOCIETY.

Noel; the Rev. E. Bickersteth; and to their God; and to expose them to the Rey. D. Wilson. In the various public view, in such conspicuous places addresses delivered by these gentle- as are most likely to ensure their being men, an earnestness to see the king- read. The eyes of many, who never dom of the Redeemer flourish, was as attend any place of worship, it has conspicuous as in the other assem- been thought, may be caught by these blies, of which we have already given means, through which, it is hoped, God an account. On the condition of the may convey his blessing to their hearts. heathen, much sympathetic feeling of its practical utility, we can at prewas excited among the people, as well sent say but little. It is sanctioned as manifested by the speakers. Se- | by many respectable names; and, from veral interesting anecdotes were re- the Report which was read at the genelated, illustrative of their state of ral meeting on the 10th instant, it mental darkness; the tendency of appears, that the expenditure in printwhich was, to enforce the necessity of ing, placarding, and distributing, has continued exertions, to rescue them amounted to about £50. from their state of moral degradation, and from rites polluted with obscenity and stained with blood.

LITERARY FUND, FOR RELIEVING

DISTRESSED AUTHORS. Of the MORAVIAN, INDEPENDENT, which this country abounds, this, which

AMONG the benevolentinstitutions with Baptist, and other Missions, which may be justly considered as of high tion, must always be particularly inte

now presents itself to our consideraimportance in the Christian world, we hope shortly to give a comprehensive resting to Authors.

So early as the year 1773, some account.

hints were thrown out for the establishment of a fund, among the Literati of

this country, for the purpose of reIn what manner soever the inhabitants lieving Authors of real merit, when, of Britain may be characterized, in the through misfortunes, they were brought present age, no picture can be faithful into actual distress. For some time, that does not include its prominent this excited a degree of attention; but feature of benevolence. On the 6th after several deliberations, the scheme instant, the friends of this society was abandoned altogether, as being assembled at the London Coffee-house, wholly impracticable. Ludgate Hill. It appears from their In this state things continued until Reportthat 10,153 Prayer-books, the year 1788, when the idea of a lite1117 Psalters, 314 volumes of the Ho- rary fund was again revived. This milies, 28,150 Tracts of ditto, and was occasioned by the death of Floyer 1325 copies of the Articles of the Sydenham, a learned and an amiable Church of England, had been distri- man, who had been arrested for a buted in the Oriental and European small debt, under some circumstances languages, during the last year. This of peculiar distress. The person with meeting was attended by several of the wh the idea of reviving the fund at gentlemen whose names we have al- present originated, determined to make ready mentioned; and also by one or his appeal to the liberality of indivitwo, who only appeared on the present duals. To give publicity to an adveroccasion. The general object of all tisement which he had drawn up, he these institutions may be considered as received eight guineas from the Club; the same,—the diffusion of useful but, during two years, it produced little knowledge, and the eternal welfare of more than enough to defray its own mankind.

expense. In 1790, the society, however, was publicly founded; since which period it has received many

valuable donations ; has obtained the This benevolent society is not of long patronage of the Royal Family; a standing. Its principal object is to Royal charter has given it a legal exprint select portions of Scripture, that istence; and it is now supported by expressly condemn the prevailing regular subscriptions. .vices, and enforce the duties which At the last annual meeting, which mankind owe to one another, and also took place at Freemasons' Tavern, on

SCRIPTURE ADMONITION SOCIETY.

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May 6th, 1819, the following address, | Feelings too fervent waste the heart they written by Mr. Henry Neele, was recited by J. Britton, É. S. A.

And a wide void of aching sorrow form ;

Like April show'rs that fall too fast and sure, Thro' all the winding labyrinths of fate, And wash away the seeds they should mature. At every season and in every state,

Oft, too, gaunt Poverty's relentless tread, Whether the Alpine heights of life we scale, Crushes the buds before their beauties spread ; Or, unambitious, tread its lowliest vale- And oft a sterner visitant appears, Whether the fires of Youth, or frosts of Age, The demon Madness life's fair prospects sears, Bumn in the soul, or chill its ardent rage ;

Breathes an unholy dew on each soft flower, Who has not felt the spells which Genius flings, And blights the promise of the vernal hour. Involving all within their magic rings;

Poor child of Genius! Fortune's glitt'ring toy, Till spirits of a purer, happier sphere, Wave their soft wings, and scatter fragrance For praise he toils, and e'en for that poor prize

Born to adorn the world, but not enjoy ; here? Who has not known the witch’ries that belong Till tardy laurels deck his mould’ring head,

Oft toils in vain, or fate the boon denies,
To the light Narrative, the sprightly Song,
The tale of other times with wonders rife,

And Fame, that cheats the living, mocks the

dead. Fierce wars, and faithful loves," --repose Fame, that vain echo of an empty blast,

and strife? These light the eye of pleasure,—these beguile Which, when that storm has seald the suff’rer's

That rainbow symbol of a storm that's past, E'en sorrow's wither'd visage of a smile ;

doom, Chain the rebellious heart, and bid it be The subject of their gentle tyranny.

Extends its arch of beauty o'er his Tomb !

Shall such scenes last ?-no, let each gen'rous Like Stars that on Heaven's ample forehead

breast glow, Yet shew their brightness in the lake below;

Aid to avert—the deed shall be “twice blest;?' So Genius shines, tho' Heav'n inspir’d its Lose when it sooth'd the pangs of misery.

For never yet did melting charity, beam, The light and lustre of life's lowly stream.

There breathes a fragrance from the grateful

heart, And shall its brilliancy, at random thrown,

Which to the gen'rous mind it will impart ; Gild every walk of being but its own?

E'en as the Rose, when it heav'n's dew reAnd like the lonely taper waste its light,

ceives, In making every object near it bright, While round itself a gloom and shadow dwell, Yes it must be—the Tree which the warm

Sweetens the drops that settle on its leaves. Which not its own warm glory can dispel?

zeal No, rather let each heart it shines on, blaze Like a pure mirror in its kindling rays,

Of WILLIAMS planted for the public weal;

Shall take deep root, and flourish broad and And render back the brilliance borrow'd thence

high, In brighter tributes of benevolence.

Beneath a genial clime, a cloudless sky, Ah! who can speak the evils numberless, And the warm sun of fost'ring Royalty. Which on the mind-ennobled spirit press? And Oh! not distant be the hour which sheds Oft where the bay should bloom, see cypress Flowers only on the path where Genius treads,

That when his lyre's harmonious numbers flow, And Genius slumb'ring in an early grave. The saddest note may be fictitious woe.

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REPORT OF BRITISH TRADE AND COMMERCE. Since our last report, the commercial hemisphere has become more overcast, and we should feel happy, if we could discover any traces of a brighter day approaching ; but the embarassments already noticed have not diminished. Confidence, the life-blood of commerce, is at a very low ebb; and the operations of merchants are now very limited, in comparison with former times. Vessels laden with the products of the four quarters of the globe have poured into our harbour, adding to the stocks already greatly accumulated, and increasing the embarassments, which numbers of merchants are experiencing, from having embarked on a larger scale than what the present diminished state of commerce would justify. The origin of the evil seems to have arisen from the conflicting discussions carried on with respect to the resumption of cash payments by the Bank of England : the narrowing of discounts has been one of the results; and a system of reserve adopted by the monied interest, who have withdrawn their capitals from circulation, and cranped the operations of the mercantile and manufacturing interest. Well-informed persons seem to think that a crisis is not far distant, when a re-action must take place; and if it be not so sudden or extensive as might be wished, yet it will be of a healthier complexion when contrasted with the sudden fluctuations which have marked the trading of

It is a consolation, amidst the gloom which hangs over commerce, that the present year is likely to be crowned with a plentiful harvest : appearances are now very favourable, and it is anticipated that the various crops will be gathered fully a month earlier than in precentis years. Near the Metropolis, the hay-harvest has commenced, and the earth sec! teeming with her bountics.

past years.

The actual state of our market will be best ascertained by reviewing the transactions of the past month.

Colonial Produce.—The supplies of Sugar have been pretty abundant, and several considerable parcels have been forced off at lower prices, especially the low Brown qualities; these are, however, coming again into more notice, as the demand is likely to increase as the fruit season approximates. The new crop of Sugars is believed to be plentiful, but as yet only one vessel has arrived from Jamaica.

SUGARS--Brit. Plantation.-Brown, 55s. to 64s. Middling, 65s. to 75s. Good middling, 76s. to 84s. Bright, 855. to 87s. Very fine, 888. to 92s. The dutyfon import is now only 28s. per cwt. Refined goods are proportionably lower than the raw article, from the absence of foreign demand, and may be quoted-Lumps, large, 100s. to 105s. Small, 113s. to 118s. Single loaf, 112s. to 120s. Molasses, 33s. to 34s. per cwt.

In the early part of the month, a very large investment was made in Coffee, to the extent of 420 tons, for London account; but within these few last days, a very important decline of 10s. to 15s per cwt. has taken place, and it is difficult to state at what price any considerable sales could be made. The last prices paid for Plantation Coffee of ordinary qualities, 93s. to 98s. Fine ordinary, 100s. to 10.5s. Middling, 112s. to 118s. Fine, 120s. to 125s. per cwt.

The supplies of Dyewoods of all kinds are very great, which tend to depress prices. For Logwood, however, there appears a good demand. -- Jamaica, at £6. to £6. 5s. per ton.—St. Domingo, at £6. 10s.-Campeachy, at £8. per ton.-Fustic is not so much inquired after, hut small lots of Cuba go off at £9. 10s. to £io. per ton.-Nicaragua Wood, farge solid, £27 per ton.-Barwood, £6. to £7. per ton.

More firmness is discernible in the holders of Pot Ashes. 1st. Pots, Boston,......42s. to 44s. per cwt. 1st. Pearl, American,.. 488. to 52s. per cwt. New York,... 41s. to 42s.

Montreal,. . 495.
Montreal,....425.

Russian, 40s. to 42s.
Pearl Ashes are, however, more difficult of sale.

The Cotton Market was well attended last week, and, in the face of such immense arrivals, the business done was very considerable. It appears, therefore, that there must be an innale value in the article, wliich adverse circumstances can only partially affect. There is so much capital now ensbarked in the various branches of this manufacture, as will ensure a constant sale to large imports.-American Cottons are of so useable a nature, that they can be accommodated and substituted for almost every other species. These descriptions, although abundant, have felt less of the influence of the times. Sea Islands, 2s. to 2s.6d. fine, 3s. to 3s. 6d. Orleans, 11d. to 13d. Upland Boweds, 11 d. to 12d. Pernams, 16d. to 18d. Maranbums 15d. to 16d. Surats, 7d. to 10d. Bengals, j.d. to 8d. per Ib.

Miscellaneous.- Very little variation can be noticed in most articles of Baltic produce.Tallow is rather lower, and Yellow Candle has been sold at 71s. to 72s. per cwt.--Several parcels of Stockholm Tar have been sold at 178. per barrel.-Oils of all descriptions are dificult of sale, with the exception of Greenland Whale Oil, which fetches £34. per ton, and is getting scarce.

Pine Timber seems to have felt the influence of the times less than many other articles, and is very steady at 2s. per foot for British American Pine. There is a fair demand for Mahogany; and the prices are, for Cuba, 1s. 6d. Honduras, 1s. 3d. to 1s. 6d. St. Domingo, 1s. 7d. to 1s. 10d. per foot.

The season is very fine for the peeling and curing of Oak Bark, which is in fair demand at £12. 12s. per ton.-Several imports of Dutch Bark have been sold at £8. 15s. to. £9. per Ion. The importation of Hides from South America continues on a very extensive scale, and meet with a very ready sale-Buenos Ayres at 7 d. to 8{d. per lb.-Rio, 6d. to 7 d.-West India, dry, 4d. to 5 d. per Ib.

Corn ExchaNGE.—The ports are now closed for the importation of all kinds of Grain, (Barley, Pease, and Oats excepted) until the 15th of August; yet this circumstance has occasioned no sensation; and though, at the commencement of the month, some animation was displayed in the purchase of Wheat and Oats, yet the market has again relapsed into a state of languor. The importations within the last fourteen days from the Baltic have been most abundant, and the supplies from Ireland are very heavy. The seasonable weatber for the ensuing crops continues to influence the minds of purchasers, and the transactions are very limited. Some sales of wheat under lock have been made at prices deemed ruinous_say for Dantzig wheat, at 7s. per 70lb.: the purchasers, however, run the risk of holding until the ensuing year. American sour flour in demand, at 28s. to 31s. per barrel ; sweet is rather neglected, at 32s. to 36s. per barrel. Wheai, English, 10s. to 11s.-Irish, 9s. to 10s. 6d. per 70lb.-Oats, English, 3s. 2d. to 3s. 60.Irish, 25. 9d. to 3s. 3d. per 45lb.---Barley, English, 4s. 3d. to 6s. per 60lb.-Irish and Foreign, 3s. 9d. to 4s. per 60lb.-- Beans, 40s. to 48s. per quarter.

Irish dry Butter is limited in demand. Lard, dull. No inquiry for Beef, and prices nominal. Pork, flat. Bacon, very saleable. Hans, dull.

Butchers' Meat remains still at the prices ruling during the winter. This circumstance is unusual, considering the relative value of other necessaries of life.--Liverpool, May 24, 1819.

PRINTED BY HENRY FISHER, CAXTON, LIVERPOOL.

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