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Referees, and also to the three other their operations will be read with inReferees, the Dean of Chichester, Dr. terest." They tend to increase the hope Dealtry, and Mr. Ogilvie; but, owing that the operations of the Society in to the difficulty which the Editors diffusing the Word of God in foreign have experienced in obtaining the as.' countries, and in making known the sistance of other persons to execute principles of the Church of England parts of the work, its progress has not among foreign nations, may hereafter been so great as they had anticipated; become much more extensive and benor can they expect to proceed more neficial than they have ever yet been. rapidly with the remainder. But, This Report has been printed on a should the Society be satisfied with separate sheet, which may be had by the character given of the Commen- the Members of the Society on appli- , tary, and be willing to wait for the cation at the Office. It will also be completion of the Gospel of St. John found in the Appendix to the Report: and the Acts, the Editors will be At the General Meeting in January, happy to continue it, and look forward the following Report from the Standto its being completed as soon as the ing Committee, which had been laid Practical Reflections, some portions of before the Meeting in December, was which have been submitted to the adopted by the Board. The attenReferees, shall be in sufficient for- tion of the Members is requested to wardness to be sent to the press. the changes which have thas been
“2. The editors are not receiving made in the general rules of the Soany income from the Society on ac- ciety. count of the work; no payment hav "The Standing Committee bey to ing been made to them, as a portion report to the Board, that their attenof the salary originally fixed, since tion has been directed to the practical June, 1834 ; and this has been in ac- effect of the XVIIth Rule of the Socordance with their own expressed ciety, by which Members are required wish, as they were unwilling to be re- to pay, at admission, a benefactiou of ceiving remuneration for labours, the One Guinea, in addition to a portion produce of which appeared to be small of the subscrpition for the current when ineasured by the number of year. The Committee find that this chapters which have been commented Rule is often misunderstood, and be upon."
comes a source of inconvenience to It was then agreed, That the subject the Members; and that, owing to the of the Bible Commentary be referred exemptions which are allowed in cases to the consideration of the Standing recommended by the Diocesan, and Committee.
by the District Committees, more than The Report of the Foreign Transla-' one-half of the whole number of tion Committee for the present year, Members admitted within the last was presented to the Board at the two years, were excused payment of General Meeting in July.
the benefaction. They, therefore, The Committee, at the same time, think it advisable, that the benefaction presented to the Board the first fruits should be abolished, and that each of their labours, consisting of the New Member should be required to pay, Testament in Spanish, revised and cor- at admission, a subscription of One rected from the well-known version Guinea for the current year. They of Bishop Torres-Amat. This work, consequently recommend that the added to the edition of the Liturgy in XVIIth Rule stand thus : Spanish, which is now completed, «• That no person chosen to be a may contribute, under the Divine bless- subscribing Member be entitled to act ing, to promote the objects of the as such, till he shall have paid his Society, not only in our own dependen- subscription for the current year.' cies, but among the nations both of the “ They also recommend that the Old and New World, who use that XVIIIth Rule stand thus :language."
“ That a sum of not less than The proceedings of the Committee twenty pounds may be given at any with regard to the other branches of one time, in lieu of future subscrip
tions, or that the said suin of twenty · relieved from the necessity of keeping pounds may be paid at different times an account of the Differences,' be within a period of four years.'
allowed the option of paying, in lieu “ They also recommend that the of Differences, a donation of not less XIXth Rule stand thus :
than 10 per cent, upon the Members' « • That parochial clergymen, with price, upon all books furnished to small incomes, having been elected them by the Society; and that this Members of the Society, and specially recommendation shall apply to Forecommended by the Diocesan, be reign Committees. . exempt from the payment of annual “2. That union and other poorsubscriptions, and be considered as houses be allowed to purchase Bibles corresponding Members.'
and Common Prayer-Books at 10 per “ They further beg to recommend, cent. less than the present cost price, that the form of application for books and Books and Tracts from the perin the XXIst Rule do stand as fol- manent Catalogue at 25 percent. less lows:- I request the following books, than that price. on the terms of the Society, agreeably “ 3. That any surplus, or profits, to Rule XXII.
arising from the sale of the books on “And, also, that in Rule XXIV. the Supplemental Catalogue, be apthe words and returned by the book- propriated to the purpose of making sellers to the Society's Office,' be omit- grants from that Catalogue.” ted, as being inapplicable to the These recommendations were present mode of conducting the busi- adopted. ness of the Society."
At the General Meeting in April, a At the General Meeting in March letter was read from the Venerable it was agreed, That an addition be Archdeacon Cambridge, one of the made to the 22d Law, such as to show Treasurers of the Society, tendering clearly that Members may order books, his resignation of the Treasurership, at cost price, for any purpose ; and on the ground of his advancing years, that, in future, that Law stand thus: and the increase of labour which has
.“XXII. That Members be at liberty arisen in the duties of that office. to apply for books, at cost price, for At the Monthly Meeting of the Soany purpose; but that no Member be ciety, on the 2d of May, the Secreat liberty to apply for books, on the taries reported, that the Committee, terms of the Society, except for his after due consideration of the subject, own distribution, or for the use of and a communication with his Grace charitable institutions, with which he the President, now desired to recomis locally or parochially connected; mend Williain Cotton, Esq., as a perand that a copy of this Rule be an son in all respects well qualified to nexed to the printed form of applica fill the vacant office. Whereupon it tion for books."
was agreed unanimously to adopt the The following Report from the recommendation of the Standing ComStanding Committee was read to the mittee. Board at the Meeting in July :
Mr. Cotton was elected accordingly. “ The Standing Committee having The remaining part of the Report, taken the prices of the Society's Books as connected with the East and West and Tracts into consideration, it was Indies, will be read with lively inte. agreed to recommend to the Board, rest by every one who has the salva
“ 1. That for the present year such tion of his fellow-creatures at heart, District Committees as wish to be
Domestic.— The Canadian Question absorbs all others, at present. Parliament having re-assembled, it has been partially discussed, and a Bill brought in for suspending the Constitution of both Provinces. The Earl of Durham has been appointed with the most ample powers for the government of these two important Colonies in the mean time, and with directions for giving to them a new Constitution. As was to be expected, the Ultra-Radicals have com pletely cast off all regard for their former protégées, the Queen's Ministers; but having attempted, and failed, to rouse the sympathies of any portion of Englishmen in favour of the rebellion, cut but a sorry figure. As a very short time must decide the course intended to be pursued by Ministers, and about which they seem at present at their wit's end, it would be useless to speculate upon it. Chance, or the exigencies of the present hour, will, assuredly, shape their course, and not any regard for the real merits of the question, or any far-sighted plan of policy, and the good of the empire. The news from the Canadas is of great interest. In the Lower Province, the escape or capture of the principal leaders, and the dispersion of their followers, followed by scenes
of ravage and retaliation on the part of the volunteers among the royalists, seem to have effectually crushed the insurrection. In the Upper Province, one Mackenzie, who had made a dashi for the seizure of Toronto, its capital, and been repulsed by the Governor at the head of volunteers alone, and, bis followers dispersed, haviog himself escaped into the United States, has, with a number of men, taken possession of an island in the St. Lawrence, and is fortifying it, and issuing proclamations. The Government of the United States seem disposed to act fairly, and observe a strict neutrality; but the people there are not likely to pay attention to the orders of their Government, should their sympathies be once aroused in favour of the insurgents a case not unlikely; and the consequences of wbich may be of the most serious importance.
The last few weeks have been rendered memorable by numerous, and almost coincident fires. The Royal Exchange of London, the Imperial Palace of St. Petersburgh, the Italian Opera-house at Paris, and the splendid Church of the Augustines at Ghent, with numerous other adjoining buildings there, have all, at nearly the same time, become heaps of ruins.
UNIVERSITY, ECCLESIASTICAL, AND PAROCHIAL
TRIBUTES OF RESPECT. The Rev. GEORGE SALMON. --The friends of this gentleman, resident at Coleshill, are about to present him with a testimonial of their esteem, on the occasion of his leaving that town. This mark of their friendship comprises a silver pocket communion service, and an elegant bread-basket, richly chased and pierced. In the centre of the basket is the following inscription :-“ This basket, together with a pocket communion service, was presented to the Rev. G. Salmon, by his grateful friends, at Coleshill, 1837.”
Rev. S. H. PEPPIN.—A subscription was lately entered into by the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Colyton, for the purpose of presenting to the Rev. S. H. Peppin, late Curate of the parish, but now Vicar of Bransconibe, some testimonial of their deep sense of the exemplary manner in which he discharged his pastoral duties, during the many years he has resided among them. A deputation from the subscribers waited on the Rev. gentleman, and, in their names, presented him with an elegant silver tea-service, of the most chaste style of workmanship, the coffee-pot bearing a suitable inscription. The presentation was accompanied with an appropriate address.
Rev. F. UPJOHN.-The inhabitants of Fenstanton and Hilton, in the county of Huntingdon, lately presented to the Rev. Francis Upjohn, Curale of those villages, upon his departure to undertake the duties of Gorleston, a beautiful silver inkstand, of the value of 351It renders this tribute of respect for the faithful discharge of luis duties niore valuable, that all classes and parties contributed towards it.
Rev. C. T. JAMES.-We are pleased to observe, that the members of the Iden Provident Institution, near Rye, Sussex, have just presented to their late excellent secretary, the Rev. Charles T. James, M.A. of Exeter College, a superb testimonial, in acknowledgment of the great exertions he has used to promote the spiritual and temporal interests of the labouring classes in that vicinity.
GEOROE Gibson, EsQ.-A handsome monument, bearing the following inscription, which records the memory of private worth, and of public example, has lately been erected in the parish church of Crosby Ravensworth, in the county of Westmoreland. It appears that the life of Mr. Gibson had been devoted from his earliest days to the glory of his God and Saviour, and to the comfort and happiness of his fellow-creatures. Well then might we expect, that the loss of such a man would be a heartfelt and lasting sorrow to the neighbourhood in which he lived, and to whose benefit he had so constantly devoted the energies of his cultivated mind. Such a man, while living, received the benedictions of the poor, and now dead, receives their tears. To the aged-to all--his example enforces the precept, “Go and do thou likewise ;" that, like him, should Heaven prolong their lives, they may be gathered as a ripe shock of corn into the garner of their God.
of respect to the memory of
GEORGE GIBSON, Gentleman,
of every social and domestic virtue.
The poor, the desolate, and the afflicted,
After religiously superintending the reconstruction of this Church, and aiding with his
own skilful hand so excellent a work,
in the merits of his Redeemer,
on the 12th of October, 1835,
in the 81st year of his age.
CHURCH COMMISSION. Draft of a Fifth Report (as amended, to 6th March 1837). We, your Majesty's Commissioners, appointed to consider the state of the Established Church' in England and Wales, with reference to Ecclesiastical Duties and Revenues, having carefully reviewed such of the recommendations contained in our former Reports as have not yet received the sanction of the Legislature, and having attentively considered the various observations upon the which have been communicated to us from different quarters; now humbly offer to your Majesty this our Fifth Report.
CATHEDRAL AND COLLEGIATE CHURCHES, We have received memorials from many of the Chapters, a list of which we annex. In several of these memorials objections are urged against our recom
mendations in general, as affecting Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, whilesome of them press for the abandonment, or modification, of particular propositions. *. After having given our best attention to all these suggestions, we have not, except in certain cases, which we will proceed to notice, thought them supported by reasons outweighing those on which we founded our former recommendations to your Majesty,
There is one point respecting which, we regret to observe, that great dissatisfaction is expressed in most of these memorials. We allude to our proposition for liniiting the description of persons capable of being presented to benefices in the patronage of Chapters, and providing that, when no member of a Chapter, or person immediately connected with it, should be found ready and qualified to accept a vacant benefice in its gift, the right of presenting to such benefice should, for that term, lapse to the diocesan ; to be exercised only in favour of some deserving clergyman who should have served in the diocese, either as incumbent or curate, for not less than five years.
We are still of opinion that the proposed plan will be beneficial to the interests of the Church by improving the condition of the minor canons, and by placing additional means of rewarding laborious clergymen in the hands of those who have the best opportunities of appreciating their services as parochial ministers; while it will leave to every Dean and Chapter the choice of all the livings in their gift for themselves, and for every clergyman connected with the service of the cathedral.
Although we retain our opinion in favour of the measure itself, the time of carrying the alteration into effect may be open to further consideration. We were aware that, in this respect, our former recommendation deviated, in some degree, from the principle of preserving existing rights, but we found no alternative open to us, supposing this plan to be adopted, except either to bring it into immediate operation or to postpone it, in each Chapter, until all the present members of such Chapter should be removed. The sacrifice, which would have been made on the part of the Chapters, appeared to us to be so greatly outweighed by the advantages which were contemplated in the proposed change, that we deemed it inexpedient to defer it to a remote period. Finding, however, the degree of dissatisfaction which has arisen, we think it advisable to revert to the principle above stated, and to recommend that the plan, which we propose, shall not come into operation, in any Chapter, until after the expiration of the interest of every existing member.
The effect of the modified proposition, which we now offer, will be, that while the Crown and the Bishops will immediately relinquish their right of patronage, with respect to the preferments which it is proposed to suppress, the existing members of the Chapter will, during their incumbency, retain theirs with respect to the benefices, the advowsons of which belong to them in their corporate character; and in some Chapters they will enjoy, as the numbers of the canons shall be reduced, an increase of patronage proportionate to that reduction
Another amendment of this proposition has been suggested to us by the warden and senate of the University of Durham ; namely, that on the same grounds on which other Chapters are to have the right of presenting to livings in their gift the masters of grammar-schools attached to their respective churches, the Chapter of Durham should be allowed to present to any of their benefices any professor or other teacher of the University of Durham, who shall have been five years in holy orders, and shall have filled his professorship for an equal period. This appears to us to be reasonable ; and further, that the same Chapter should be allowed to present deserving clergymen who have been educated at that University, and are licentiates or gradnates in theology therein.
A memorial has also been presented to us, numerously signed by priests and deacons residing in the University of Oxford, suggesting that time spent at the Universities in theological studies or tuition, should be allowed as a qualification for holding any Chapter living which may be at the disposal of a Bishop under the terms of the proposition last referred to, instead of parochial service in the particular diocese.
To this suggestion we cannot accede, consistently with the principle upon which our recommendation proceeded ; namely, that the Bishop should have additional means of rewarding those who have laboured meritoriously within his own diocese. .
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