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atruction was implicated in the re- and, it is to be fcared, from the false bellion."

assertions of some of the unhappy : “ The insurrection, it should seem, Negroes, whom the hope of favour manifested itself first at Mahaica, towards themselves may have led to the district to the eastward of that bring against him things that'he in which Mr. Smith resides. Its ap- knew not.' Indeed, the Directors pearance on Le Ressouvenir estate, are informed, upon authority on where Mr. Smith resides, was on which they can rely, that some of Monday, the 18th of August, in the condemned Negroes, finding the consequence of an order to take into hope of life taken

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had in the custody two slaves belonging to an most solemn manner declared that adjoining plantation, whom the Ne- they had been induced so to act, and groes of Le Ressouvenir, as the pri- that others, on being questioned soners had to pass over it, rose to whether they had not been incited

Mr. Smith was at home. to rebellion by Mr. Smith, had, in He successfully used his endeavours, the strongest terms which their broken on perceiving the tumult, to rescue language could supply, denied the imthe manager from the Negroes, and putation. It is stated by the writer continued his exertions to induce of une letter, that he often heard them to return to their duty, till he charges circulated against the Misbimself was driven off with violence, sionaries, as if spoken by the Neand with a weapon held to his body, groes at the time of their execution, from the estate.

which he knew (for he was a near ... " Mr. Smith was taken into cus- spectator ) that they never had uttered. lody on the evening of the 21st of “ The issue of Mr. Smith's trial August, and all his papers seized. is not yet known in England.” He is kept a prisoner in the Colony'. We mean not now to enter into House, and has, since the 24th of the general subject of the Demerara August, had a guard stationed over insurrection ;. our present purpose him. Mrs. Smith is not detained being merely to rescue the character as a prisoner, but does not avail her- of the Missionaries from the load of self of her liberty, lest, on leaving obloquy which has been cast upon her husband, she might be refused it, and incidentally to illustrate the access to him again. After the 22d general state of feeling which preof August Mr. Elliot had no com- vails, at least among some of our comunication with him. Mr. Smith lonists, and especially their blind diswas, on Monday, the 13th of Oc- regard of every consideration of truth tober, brought to trial before a Court and justice, and even of prudence, Martial, the legality of which pro. which may stand opposed to the vioceeding is greatly doubted in this lence of their passions and prejudices. country *. The public papers have The following recent transaction stated four charges as forming the in the island of Barbadoes speaks indictment against him; but of their volumes on this subject.accuracy the Directors are not en- It will be recollected, that the tuabled to judge. They trust, that, mult which took place in the island under the direction of Divine Provi- of Barbadoes, in 1816, was as condence, he has been able to prove fidently attributed to the machinahimself guiltless of them all. tions of Methodist Missionaries, as ..“It is not, however, to be con- have been the more recent disturbcealed, that he will have had much ances in the colony of Demerara. to contend with from the violence On inquiry, however, it was discoof public prejudice in the colony, vered that there was not at the time,

nor had there been for about two Martial law appears to have been pro- years, a single Methodist MissionJonged for the sole purpose of legalizing the ary in the island of Barbadoes. A trial of this Missionary by a court-martial, mission had been attempted there ;

but it liad met with so little success, out the different islands and coloand with so much discouragement nies, all persons who consider themfrom the planters, that it was at selves true lovers of religion will length withdrawn. The mission follow the laudable example of the was subsequently renewed, under Barbadians, in putting an end to the care of a Mr. Shrewsbury, whose Methodism and Methodist Chapels character is represented as highly throughout the West Indies." respectable; but he was reported This outrageous proceeding, which, to have transmitted to the Society though it occupied two nights, at home statements highly injurious met with no interruption whatever to the moral character of the White from the local authorities, was folpopulation. This charge, however, lowed on the succeeding day by a was evidently nothing more than a proclamation from the Governor, to flimsy pretence for the outrage of the following effect:which he became the object. It “ BARBADOES. was fully disproved at the time by “ Whereas it has been repreMr. Shrewsbury. His letter has since sented to me, that a riotous assembeen published by his constituents, bly collected at the Wesleyan chaand it certainly affords no ground pel on Sunday night the 19th, and whatever for those feelings of resent- Monday night the 20th inst., and ment which appear to have actuated proceeded to demolish the building, the Barbadoes population. The which they completely destroyed. nature of the outrage will be best And whereas, if such an outrageous understood from the following hand- violation of all law and order be sufbill issued on the occasion :- fered to pass unpunished, no man * Great and signal Triumph over will be safe either in person or pro

Methodism, and total Destruc-' perty ; since, when the very ends of tion of the Chapel !!

civil association are thus defeated, “ Bridge Town, Oct. 21. the people, finding the laws too fee• The inhabitants of this island ble to afford them protection, must are respectfully informed, that,in con- court the favour of the mob and resequence of the unmerited and unpro- main entirely at their mercy. In voked attacks which have repeatedly such a state of things, the laws are been made upon the community by only a scourge to the weak. And the Methodist Missionaries (other- whereas, in a society constituted as wise known as agents to the villain- this is, the very worst consequences ous African Society), a party of res- are to be apprehended from such pectable gentlemen formed the re- evil example, solution of closing the Methodist “ I do therefore, by and with the concern altogether. With this view, advice of his Majesty's Council, they commenced their labours on hereby offer a reward of 1001. 'to. Sunday evening, and they have the any person or persons who will give greatest satisfaction in announcing, such information as will lead to the that, by twelve o'clock last night, conviction of any person or perthey effected the total destruction sons concerned in the aforesaid riotof the chapel.

ous proceedings. “ To this information they have Given under my hand and seal to add, that the Missionary made at arms, at Government House, his escape yesterday afternoon, in a this 22d day of October, 1823, small vessel, for St. Vincent; there- and in the 4th year of his Maby avoiding that expression of the jesty's reign. public feeling towards him per- “ God save the King! sonally, which he had so richly de- “By his Excellency's command, served.

WM. HUSBANDS, Dep. Sec.” “ It is hoped, that, as this infor- With equal promptitude there apmation will be circulated through. peared a counter proclamation from

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the White mob of Barbadoes, which “ With a fixed determination, will be found to supply materials therefore, to put an end to Methofor much useful reflection. It was dism in this island, all Methodist as follows:

Preachers are warned not to ap“ Bridge Town, Barbadoes, Oct. 23. proach these shores ; as, if they do, “ Whereas a proclamation having it will be at their own peril. appeared in The Barbadian news- “ God save the King and the paper of yesterday, issued by order

People." of his Excellency the Governor, We hear much of rebellion and offering a reward of one hundred insurrection; but if this be not repounds for the conviction of any bellion, it would be difficult to say person or persons concerned in the what is. But we must be briet, said-to-be riotous proceedings of the reserving ourselves for other oppor19th and 20th instant; public no- tunities of commenting on this pretice is hereby given to such person cious document. It is impossible, or persons who may feel inclined, however, not to remark on the preeither from pecuniary temptation or vious determination, which it is devindictive feeling, that should they clared that the population of Barattempt to come forward to injure, badoes have adopted, to prevent, at in any shape, any individual, they all hazards, the due course of law. shall receive that punishment which What can be meant by the statetheir crimes will justly deserve. ment, that “ conviction" (although They are to understand, that to im- the crime is acknowledged by thempeach is not to convict; and that the selves, and therefore must be provereward offered will only be given able,)." cannot be effected whilst upon conviction, which cannot be the people are firm to themselves," effected whilst the people are firm to it it be not that juries, sworn to themselves.

deliver a true verdict, would, if ne“ And whereas it may appear to cessary to secure the impunity of those persons who are unacquainted the offenders, deliver a false verdict? with the circumstances which occa- We do not comprehend the English sioned the said proclamation, that language, if the words do not plainly the demolition of the chapel was and obviously convey this meaning. effected by the rabble of this com- But let the effect of such a spirit munity, in order to create anarchy, as this, in a whole community, be riot, and insubordination, to trample contemplated for one moment, as it upon the laws of the country, and respects the various questions now subvert good order; it is considered at issue with the colonies. Are an imperative duty to repel the abuses to be inquired into and charge, and to state,-Firstly, That punished; what hope of detection, the majority of the persons assembled what chance of punishment, even in were of the first respectability, and cases the most flagrant ?-_Is an obwere supported by the concurrence of noxious individual to be hunted nine-tenths of the community. Se down ; what possibility of escape? condly, That their motives were pa- . Consider, for example, the case of triotic and loyal ; namely, to eradi- a person suspected of having comcate from this soil the germ of Me- municated any

fact connected with thodism, which was spreading its the state of slavery, to those who baneful influence over a certain class, aim at mitigating its severities. and which ultimately would have in- Suppose some false charge to be jured both Church and Slate. With preferred against him, before a jury THIS View the chapel was demolish- of men acting under the feelings ed, and the villainous preacher who which dictated the above placard. headed it, and belied us, was com- Would it be at all more likely, that pelled by a speedy flight to remove the purest innocence would escape himself from the island.

condemnation in this case, than that the plainest evidence of guilt “ This singular English translawould prevent a verdict of ac- tion of the New Testament appears quittal in the other? How tremen- perfect to a person understanding dous then are the perils which printing, although it bears no date, any individual must incur, who, which many books about that time being a member of such a com- wanted, also the subject at that time munity, should even be suspected so dangerous to meddle with. Reof breathing a single syllable which course may be had to history to shouldexpose the evils of the prevail- know the person who, the time when, ing system! And have we not, in and the place where it was done, this very proceeding, the means. First, the person is generally supafforded us of solving many of those posed to be William Tindal, from calumnious charges which are di. many writers, and his own other rected against every individual, who, writings, as his Pentateuche, or Five having been an eye-witness of the Books of Moses, printed 1530 at difscenes he describes, but no longer ferent presses : see Fox's book of his living among them, dares to make Acts and Monuments, for the burnknown to the public facts unfavour. ing of it, pp. 549 and 990 of his able to the West Indian system? Book of Martyres, and also in my Should he continue to live in the History of English Printing, p. 490. West Indies, the process would pro. And be sure observe the last parabably be much more summary - graph to the reader in this same witness Mr. Shrewsbury.

book. This edition was thought to The concluding part of the last be so effectually destroyed, that till cited paper is most important, espe- late no one was found, until Harley cially as coming from an island in E. of Oxford, a great lover of which, as we may hereafter shew, the scarce books, employed one John religious instruction of the slaves has Murray, a person of the same tast, heen lamentably neglected : but we who by accident found this. The defer this part of the subject till ano- E. was so rejoiced at it that he ther opportunity.

forthwith settled an annuity on him so long as he lived of twenty pounds a year which was paid him to his

decease (which was in 1748).” Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. “Myself, among others, having

heard the story of such an edition I beg leave to inform your corres- of the N. T. when I was about pondent “ Bibliographicus,” that the my History of Printing I went copy he describes, of Tyndal's first among the most noted libraries, and edition of the New Testament, is met with this in the Harlean library, in the library of the Institution at but never saw another. Bristol for educating Ministers of * The place where printed is gethe Baptist Denomination, and forms nerally supposed to be Antwerpe, a part of a very valuable collection where persons in those days had the of early editions of the Scriptures, press and greater liberties than in which belonged to Dr. Andrew Gif- their own countries. When Lord ford, formerly sub-librarian of the Oxford's books were sold to Thomas British Museum. It is in a state Osborne for 13,0001., this book of fine preservation, and contains among the rest went with them to portraits of the Earl of Oxford, and him, and was represented by his John Murray, his lordship's collector, catalogue-maker as

some Dutch besides the following account of the edition of the N. T.; see his cabook in Mr. Ames's hand-writing. talogue, vol. i. p. 25, No. 420, anno In transcribing the passage, Ames's 1743. The manner in which this orthography, &c. are strictly pre- book is done shew it very early, served.

as the illuminating of the great or CHRIST. OBSERV. No. 265.

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initial letters early used in the finest tend. The reading of the Act of of our old Mss., when they had a 19th Geo. II. against profane swearset of men called Illuminators for ing was wisely repealed last sesauch purposes.

Besides, the mar- sions; not however, I fear, so much ginal notes being done with the pen, on the ground of the impropriety of which were afterward printed, show the practice, as because the clergy it prior to others that were printed were exposed to vexatious fines for with them : the person who did it an omission which had become in shew a fine free hand, scarce now to fact, by common consent, almost be exceeded.

universal. I cannot but think that “ These considerations put to- the reading of this particular Act gether, incline me to subscribe to was much fitter to be retained in this being the first printed edition of Divine worship than that of some the English New Testament. of the following, which are wholly

“ J. AMES." secular, and an irreverent intrusion Dr. Gifford adds :

of the details of common business “ And what puts it out of all into the temple and the service of doubt, that it is prior to all other God. The following are Acts of editions, are his own words in the Parliament, and other matters tem2nd page of his address : To the poral, required to be published in Reder. Them that are lerned. Chris- churches. There may possibly be tenly I beseche that the rudeness of some others which have escaped the worke nowe at the fyrste tyme research. offende them not.

The Act of Uniformity of the 5th “ A. Gifford. Sept. 11, 1776." and 6th Edward VI. is required to be There is also a memorandum by read in the church by the minister the person who sold it to Dr. Gif

once every year. ford, which is as follows:- N. B. The Act of the 12th Ann, ii. This choice book was purchased at c. 18, concerning ships in distress, is Mr. Langford's sale, on the 13th to be read in the church four times May, 1760, by me John White; and a year in all sea-port towns, and on the 13th day of May, 1776, I on the coast, immediately after the sold it to the Rev. Dr. Gifford for prayers and before the sermon. twenty guineas, which was the price The Act for the observation of at first paid for it by the late Lord the 5th of November is to be read Oxford.

JNO. White.” by the minister on that day after the I shall feel pleasure in transmitting morning prayer or preaching. a copy of Tyndal's address, referred The Act for the commemoration to by Dr. Gifford, if you think its of King Charles the Second's resinsertion would gratify your readers. toration, is to be read after the

J. E. R. Nicene Creed, on the Lord's day

next before the 29th of May yearly.

By the 17th Geo. II. c. 3, the Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. churchwardens and overseers of the

poor shall cause public notice to be I HAVE several times remarked in given in the church, for every rate your pages observations, from your for relief of the poor allowed by the self and your correspondents, upon justices of the peace, the next Sunthe injurious effects of the pub- day after such allowance; and no lication of secular notices in the rate shall be reputed sufficient to course of Divine worship, especially be collected, till after such notice on the day of sacred repose from given. (Sec. 1.) all worldly speculations. It is not, By the yearly land-tax acts, and however, generally known, even by by the acts for laying duties upon the clergy themselves, to how many houses and windows, the collectors points these official publications ex- respectively shall, within ten days

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