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towards building a new Church at Newcastle-upon-Tyne ; being ten grants in all, to increase Church accommodation to every class of society.
At the February Meeting of the Committee, the Lord Bishop of Carlisle in the chair, grants of money were voted for building, altering, or repewing the following churches and chapels-viz., towards building a chapel at Wisthen, Salop ; building a chapel at East Grafton, in the parish of Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire ; building a church at Farrley, in the parish of Calverly, Yorkshire; building a church at Queen's-Head, in the parish of Halifax, Yorkshire ; for rebuilding a church at New Radnor, Radnorshire; enlarging, by rebuilding, the church at Swallow Cliff, Wiltshire; for enlarging, by rebuilding, the church at Burghfield, Berkshire ; building a chapel at Llairfair, parish of Llantillio Crepenny, in Monmouthshire; repewing and erecting a gallery in the church of St. Mary Magdalen, Taunton, Somersetshire; repewing and rebuilding a gallery in the church at Harlington, Middlesex ; repewing and building a gallery in the church at East Coker, Somersetshire ; erecting a gallery in the church of Creeting, Suffolk ; repewing the church at Neston, Chester; enlarging the church at High Lyttleton, Somersetshire; building a gallery in the church at Biggleswade, in Bedfordshire; for enlarging the church at Comerton, Somersetshire ; repewing the church at Llanwrothan, Merionethshire ; enlarging, by rebuilding the church of St. Nicholas, in the city of Hereford. The other business of the committee was also very important -- namely, reporting the amount of donations and subscriptions received since the last meeting, the aggregate of which was not equal to what might have been expected, considering the extensive good that has already been done by this Society.
promised to form an Auxiliary Society here, and will immediately write to the society in London for papers. &c. This will in many respects be very important,
this being so central a spot, will be very useful as a medium of communicating with Jerusalem. I cannot but increasingly feel the remarkable providence of our going out in one of her Majesty's ships of war, which in every port brings us into immediate contact with the naval anthorities, who in this place are particularly strong and very influential; and thus the cause of Israel is brought before a branch of society of great importance."
Church at Jerusalem.- Various unfavourable reports having been circulated in public journals in reference to impediments supposed to exist in carrying out the plans of the committee in the Holy City, we are happy to state that the committee has received no information whatcrer respecting such impediments ; on the contrary, all the correspondence from the East implies a hope that the wishes of the friends of Israel will be realized.
CLERGY ORPHAN CORPORA
TION. The annual general meeting of the governors of this institution was held at the Freemason's Tavern, on the 2nd of Feb., to receive the report of the committee, and to elect officers for the ensuing year. The number of orphans now in the schools is 140, and upwards of 1000 bave been maintained and educated by the society since its foundation. The boys' course includes geography, history, elements of classical knowledge, geometry, arithmetic, French, and drawing. The girls, in addition to the ordinary course of female instruction, are taught French and Music, with such other elegant accomplishments as may prepare them to become teachers in schools, or governesses in families. The receipts of the past year, including annual subscriptions, donations, and legacies, amounted to 11,2571, 18s. 2d. The expenditure to 11,1511. 19s. Od., leaving a balance of 1051. 19s. 2d. in favour of the institution. The report was then received, and ordered to be printed. The vacancies in the committee having been filled up, the court proceeded to the election of five boys from a list of eleven candidates; and six girls from a list of twelve candidates. Thanks having been voted to the very reverend chair. man, the court adjourned.
CHURCH EXTENSION. Church Accommodation in St. Pancras, A new bishopric will be shortly formed London.--A general committee is about to out of part of the diocese of London and be formed in this extensive parish for the Lincoln, and the see will be fixed at St. purpose of raising subscriptions to afford Alban's; so that the magnificent abbey in church accommodation for its vastly in- that place will become a cathedral, and the creased population. By adopting this town itself a city. course there can be little doubt that a more Nottingham. Feb. 2.-A public meeting ample fund will be raised than can possibly for the purpose of establishing a Church be accomplished by the individual exer- Building Society for Nottingham and Nottions of parties in different localities. tinghamshire, was held at the assembly
Penzance.-A new episcopal chapel is rooms this day. The Lord Bishop of Linbeing erected in Clarence-street, to be coln presided; there was a numerous atknown as St. Paul's Chapel. It is expected tendance of the nobility, clergy, and to be completed within the year, and is gentry. 46001. was contributed ; Mr. F. designed to accommodate 300. A large Wright, of Lenton Hall, heading the list proportion of the sittings will be let at with a donation of 10001. nominal rents.
It having been intimated to the Queen A large Roman Catholic Chapel at Bath, that the inhabitants of Sunning Dale, near known as Portland Chapel, has been pur- Virginia Water, were contemplating the chased by some members of the Church of erection of a parsonage-house in the immeEngland, and opened under episcopal sanc- diate vicinity of the new church lately tion.
erected in that district, her Majesty immeDudley Church-rate. The contest be- diately caused to be forwarded in aid of tween the Church and anti-Church-rate the fund for that purpose, a donation of parties, which had been going on for three 301. A school for the education of the days, terminated on the 18th of February, children of the poorer classes being likewhen the numbers were :--For the rate, wise in contemplation, the Queen also pre588 ; against it, 169; majority for the rate, sented the sum of 201. in order to promote 419.
so desirable an object.
NEW CHURCHES. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, the Lord Bishop been found so much decayed as to render of Salisbury consecrated the new chapel at it indispensable to pull it down. Boveridge, in the parish of Cranborne, Wilts, recently erected at the expence of
Consecration of St. John's Church, Bow
ling, near Bradford.-On the 8th of Feb., Mr. Brouncker, the proprietor of the the church recently erected at Bowling, by estate.
the munificence of the Bowling Iron ComHorley new Church, near Huddersfield.- pany, was consecrated by the Right Rev. On the 10th of February, the first stone of the Bishop of Ripon. The tower and a new church was laid in this beautiful and spire are 120 feet high ; the accommodaromantic village; the old church having tion is for 800 persons; the cost 40001.
MISCELLANEOUS. EXTRACT FROM THE BISHOP OF mercifully with that branch of it which LONDON'S SERMON
was planted in this realm ; for having temAt St. Paul's Cathedral, preached before the
pered and sanctified the zeal of those who King of Prussia on Sunday, Jan. 30.
set their hands to the work, with a just
reverence for antiquity; for having enabled “ We have great reason to be thankful them to take such a comprehensive view of to Him, who in his own time disposed the the truth itself, and of the instrumental hearts of his servants to purify and re- means divinely appointed for its diffusion, instate his Church, for having dealt very as preserved them from the fatal error of FEB. 1842
demolishing its outworks and defences, to- appoint one or two, or more dioceses in gether with its impediments and incum- Jamaica, provided that the expence of the brances; and of destroying the very edifice dioceses do not exceed the sum of 0,0001., of the Church itself, in their desire to clear appropriated to the support of the present away from it every thing of mere human Diocese. device and workmanship. It is lamentable, that any should now be found, not
ECCLESIASTICAL CORPORATION amongst the enemies of that Church, but
LEASES. amongst her sons and servants, to speak irreverently and disparagingly of those holy Abstract of the Bill laid on the Table of men, who proved their sincerity by the the House of Lords on the 7th of Febtest of martyrdom; and whose wisdom and ruary, by the Bishop of London, “ For moderation, under circumstances of diffi- enabling Ecclesiastical and Spiritual Corculty to us almost unimaginable, were porations, aggregate and sole, to grant surely indications that they were guided building and repairing leases of their lands by that Spirit who had been promised to and houses : the Church, and who would not forsake * Preamble. Whereas it would be adthose who loved, and prayed, and suffered vantageous to the estates of Ecclesiastical for it, in the moment of its fiercest struggle and Spiritual Corporations, aggregate and with the adversary.
sole, if such Corporations were empowered “ I repeat it, we have great reason to be to grant building and repairing leases, for thankful that Divine Providence, when it a term not exceeding ninety-nine years restored to this nation the full enjoyment (under proper restrictions and reservaof the light, preserved to us also the sanc- tions), of such of the land and houses betuary in which it burned, and the ministry longing to such corporations respectively by which it was tended. You remember, as are, or may be suitable to be let on such no doubt, the almost prophetic words with leases. May it therefore please your Mawhich good Bishop Latimer encouraged jesty," &c. his brother martyr at the stake; · Be of Clause 1, enacts that Ecclesiastical and good courage, Master Ridley, and play the Spiritual Corporations, aggregate and sole, man ; we shall this day light such a candle, be empowered to grant building leases, unby God's grace, in England, as I trust shall der certain restrictions.-Clause 2, gives never be put out.' Those words have power to reserve increased rents.--Clause hitherto proved true ; and that they will 3, provides that ground may be approstill be verified, we have no manner of priated for streets, yards, &c., to the builddoubt."
ings erected, or to be erected, on any of
the same lands or grounds, or on any of ECCLESIASTICAL DIGNITARIES
the adjoining lands or grounds, so to be OF THE WEST INDIES.
leased as aforesaid, or for yards or places
necessary or convenient for carrying on any On the 8th of February, Lord Stanley manufacture or trade; also gives powers to obtained leave to bring in a Bill to amend appropriate any part of the same lands and the Act of 6 George IV., c. 88, “ For grounds as and for ways, streets, squares, making provision for the Salaries of certain avenues, passages, sewers, or otherwise, for Bishops and other Ecclesiastical Dignita- the general improvement of the estate, and ries and Ministers in the Diocese of Ja- the accommodation of the lessees, tenants, maica, and in the Diocese of Barbadoes and occupiers thereof, &c.-Clause 4, proand the Leeward Islands, and to enable vides that on recovery of possession under her Majesty to separate such Dioceses." a condition of re-entry, the premises may
The intention of the Bill is, to sub-divide be leased again.-Clause 5, gives power to the Diocese of Barbadoes into three dio- confirm leases voidable for informality, and ceses, instead of one, but without involving to accept surrenders, and grant new leases, any increased expenditure, either to this or apportioned leases.-Clause 6: Certifcountry, or to any other party. The first cate of receipt of counterpart, to be eviof the three new Bishops is to receive dence of its execution; and the execution 2,5001. a year, the second, 2,0001., and the of a lease by the requisite consenting parthird 1,5001. Under the proposed arrange.
ties to be evidence that the requisites of ment, the same amount of money which this Act have been complied with.-Clause went to provide for one Bishop and three 7: This Act not to restrain existing powArchdeacons, will go to provide the ser- ers of leasing, &c.—Clause 8, provides that vices of three Bishops, three Archdeacons Palace or Parsonage-house, &c., garden, and two Rural Deans.
&c., are not to be demised. The other The Bill also proposes to give to her clauses are provisions for carrying the meaMajesty the power, if she so thinks fit, to sure into effect.
THE BISHOP OF WORCESTER
AND PUSEYISM AT BIRMING-
The following letter of the Lord Bishop of Worcester has been circulated amongst the Clerry in Birmingham, accompanied by the following circular from the Rev. J. Garbett, the Rural Dean :
"Biriningham, Jan. 28, 1842. “ Rev, and Dear Sir,---Considerable excitement and controversy having been raised in this place, and offence taken, by the introduction of certain novel observances in divine worship ; and public attention having been directed to it, not only in our local but also in the metropolitan journals, I forward you a copy of a letter recently addressed by the Lord Bishop of the diocese to one of our brethren ; it being his Lordship's wish that I would embrace the opportunity of thus informing the clergy of his opinions on the general subject, in order that it may be known that our diocesan is decidedly opposed to the introduction of novelties-which create disunion without producing any counterbalancing good whatever;'a sentiment, in the propriety of which I cannot but think every sincere friend to the Church's purity and peace will heartily concur.-I remain, reverend and dear Sir, your affectionate brother,
“ JOHN GARBETT, “ Rural Dean of Birmingham."
(Copy) “ Palace, Worcester, Jan. 19, 1842. “ Reverend Sir,--My attention has been called to certain letters in the Birmingham Advertiser, wherein it is alleged that in one of the churches in Birmingham a gilt cross has been introduced upon the communion-table cloth, and that the officiating clergyman is in the habit of kneeling down before this cross, on his way to the reading-desk, and of bowing to it, on returning to it, after the prayers and the sermon. Not knowing to whom these letters referred, I wrote to Mr. Garbett, the Rural Dean, and requested that he would make the necessary inquiries. I now learn from him that you are the individual who has given such cause of offence ; and I think it therefore my, duty to request your attention to the following observations.
“ Without entering into the question of how far the introduction of such novelties may be justified by the practice of antiquity, I would wish you seriously to consider whether they are of such importance as to justify the destruction of unity in the Church, which must be the necessary consequence. The mere display of the cross, creet son ; or, if you will, that of a senior presbyter to a very young one, who yet has taken upon himself, without authority from his bishop, to introduce practices, which, if they ever prevailed in the Church, have long since fallen into desuetude.
as a symbol of our Christian professior, may indeed be a matter of indifference ; and I lately declined ordering one to be removed, as I was requested to do, from one of the churches which I have recently consecrated at Rugby; but I then said, that I would certainly do so, if I afterwards found that it led to idolatrous or superstitious practices. Now I firmly believe that you do not worship the cross in the sense in which the Roman Catholics are said to do so; but if you do not, you cannot attach any religious importance to its display in your church, or to the genuflexions and obeisances which, without any direction from the rubric, you are in the habit of making before it; and if these be things indiferent, where is the prudence of “ troubling the consciences of those who are rightly religious,” by adopting practices in theniselves indifferent, but which you know will give cause of offence to others ?
“ There is one other point which I wish to press upon your attention. Granting that various modes of divine worship may, for various reasons, have become obsolete, which yet may have been the practice of the primitive Church, and even directed by some of our rubrics or canons, who is to decide upon the propriety of their being again revived ? Is every individual minister to take this upon himself? Or does it not more properly belong to those who are placed in authority? And may it not be inferred, from their silence, that they consider such a revival inexpedient, or at least indifferent ?
“ I have received the little pamphlet which I conclude you sent me ; * and though to comment upon the whole of it would exceed the compass of a letter, I cannot refrain from observing, that when you undertake that you will conform to the Book of Common Prayer,' the object of requiring this declaration from you is, to secure the use of the general form of the Morning and Evening Prayer, and administration of the two Sacrainents,' in opposition to other forms or to the extemporaneous composition of the minister. Essential and honest conformity is here meant : not a scrupulous adherence to petty ceremonies, which time may have rendered obsolete, and of which the lawful authorities of the Church have never required the restoration.
“ I have written more at length upon this subject than is perhaps required by our relative position ; because I am anxious to use the language of remonstrance instead of authority; that of a father to an indis
* Extracts from the Rubrics, Canons, &c.
“ In conclusion, I will refer you to an authority older than any that the utmost admirer of antiquity can produce. St. Paul distinctly asserts that there was no sin in eating meat which had been offered to idols; still, he directs the Corinthians to abstain from such a practice, out of consideration for the consciences of others
When, therefore, ye sin against the brethren, and wound their weak consciences, ye sin against God.' And again, • Giving none offence, neither to the Jew nor to the Gentile, nor to the Church of God.'
“ I feel sure that this admonition will be sufficient to ensure the discontinuance of the novelties complained of, and I beg that you will believe me to be, always, Reverend Sir, your faithful friend and brother,
BISHOPRICS. At a Meeting of Archbishops and Bishops,
held at Lambeth, on the Tuesday in Whitsun Week, 1841, the following Declaration was agreed to by all present:We, the undersigned Archbishops and Bishops of the United Church of England and Ireland, contemplate with deep concern the insufficient provision which has been hitherto made for the spiritual care of the members of our National Church residing in the British Colonies and in distant parts of the world, especially as it regards the want of a systematic superintendence of the Clergy, and the absence of those ordinances, the administration of which is committed to the Episcopal order. We, therefore, hold it to be our duty, in compliance with the resolutions of a meeting convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the 27th of April last, to undertake the charge of the Fund for the Endowment of Additional Bishopries in the Colonies, and to become responsible for its application.
On due consideration of the relative claims of those dependencies of the empire which require our assistance, we are of opinion, that the immediate erection of Bishoprics is much to be desired in the following places :- New Zealand, the British Possessions in the Mediterranean, New Brunswick, Cape of Good Hope, Van Diemen's Land, Ceylon. When competent pro
vision shall have been made for the endowment of these Bishoprics, regard must be had to the claims of Sierra Leone, British Guiana, South Australia, Port Phillip, Western Australia, Northern India, Southern India.
In the first instance, we propose that an Episcopal See be established at the seat of government in New Zealand, offers having been already made which appear to obviate all difficulty as to endowment.
Our next object will be to make a similar provision for the congregations of our own communion, established in the islands of the Mediterranean, and in the countries bordering upon that sea ; and it is evident that the position of Malta is such as will render it the most convenient point of communication with them, as well as with the Bishops of the ancient Churches of the East, to whom our Church has been, for many centuries, known only by pame.
We propose, therefore, that a See be fixed at Valetta, * the residence of the English government, and that its jurisdiction extend to all the Clergy of our Church residing within the limits above specified. In this city, through the munificence of her Majesty the Queen Dowager, a church is in course of erection, which, when completed, will form a suitable Cathedral.
Our attention will then be directed to the countries named in the foregoing lists, without binding ourselves to the exact order therein followed, or precluding ourselves from granting assistance to any place where means may be found for the earlier endowment of a Bishopric.
In no case shall we proceed without the concurrence of her majesty's government; and we think it expedient to appoint a standing committee consisting of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York, the Archbishop of Armagh, the Archbishop of Dublin, the Bishop of London, the Bishop of Durham, the Bishop of Winchester, the Bishop of Lincoln, the Bishop of Rochester, with full powers to confer with the ministers of the crown, and to arrange measures, in concert with them, for the erection of Bishoprics in the places above enumerated.
We appoint as our treasurers, the Hon. Mr. Justice Coleridge, the Venerable Archdeacon Hale, and W. E. Gladstone, Esq. M.P.; and as Honorary Secretary, the Rev. Ernest Hawkins.
For the attainment of these most desirable objects a sum of money will be required, large as to its actual amount, but small when compared with the means which this
* The Standing Committee of Bishops has recommended that the sec be founded at Gibraltar