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general welfare; but have learnt to esteem ders; or, at the diffusion of information of it, in some sort, as a parishioner actively every kind through the medium of a bold engaged in aiding my ministerial duties, and free-- too often, I fear, a renal and facilitating the intercourse between the mischievous press ; or, lastly, whether we pastor and his flock, communicating its regard the unceasing and unprincipled efvaluable treasures of Christian knowledge forts of the disaffected and the lawless, of on the easiest terms, to thousands around profane persons and unbelievers, to con
1st, Iu the Central School of the taminate the public mind, and poison the kingdom, in which, from local circumstan- sources of moral happiness; to whichsoever ces, a great majority of the children are of these points we advert (and no one duly my parishioners. 2dly, Iu a branch of the impressed with the feelings of a religious City of London National School, accom- and responsible being can be insensible to modated in my parish Church. Sdiy, In their momentous influence on social order, my own Parochial School, where 230 and the present and future happiness of children are not only instructed in the the community,) we shall be consoled by books supplied by the Society; but on the reflection, that there is a Society forquitting the School, are furnished with Bi- tunately influential, by the indefatigable bles and Prayer Books, at the usual redn- activity of its direct exertions, and those ced prices, to carry with them into what- of its subsidiary committees, in almost all ever situation of life it inay please God to parts of the kingdom, and the foreign poscall them. To this account I may add sessions of the Crown; by the enlargement gratuitons grunts of the Holy Scriptures, of its designs on every new increase of its and other publications, made by the Soci- resonrces *; a Society under the guidance ety, to the workhouses, alms-houses, and of sound discretion, disinterested benevothe indigent classes in general within the lence, and unostentatious piety ; consisting parish, so far as its means will allow. of clergy and laity, who devote much of
“ These extensive aids, rendered by the their time, their talents, and their labours Society to the parish of St. Andrew, Hol- to counteract, what is inost to be dreaded, born, have established a claim upon my the effects of irreligion in geenral, and of gratitude to make known its worth, and to hostility to our Establishment in particudeclare to others what I firmly believe my- lar; and who spare no pains to give a right self, that it is a most valuable ally of the direction to a system of education, which Church, a faithful dispenser of evangelical without such direction, might prove a knowledge, and an instrument in the hand greater curse than ignorance; and instead of Providence, for checking superstition, of helping to fix sound principles of reli. infidelity, and schism; and for promoting gion in the minds of our population, tend the stupendons plans, which the God of to the subversion of all religious principles our salvation hath devised for the conver. wbatsoever. For instance, not fewer than sion of mankind. This may sound like the 350,000 children are daily educated in language of adulation in the ears of those schools, united with the Society for the who are strangers to the principles by Education of the Poor in the principles of which the Society is governed, and to the the Established Church, and on a plan, connection it maintains with the National which for the rapidity with which it conSociety for the Education of the Poor,' as veys information, and for the efficacy with well as with the Society for the Propaga- which it impresses on the memory, has no tion of the Gospel in Foreign Parts.' parallel. Now what would be the conse“I request your attention to a brief ac
quence, if false principles of religion, and count of its influence in these two rela- a spurious morality, the visionary fancies tions; and wonld preface what I have to of the enthusiast, or the cheerless dogmas say with one or two observations on the of the fanatic, were so propagated and enpresent state of our own country. Whe- forced? What but disorder, disunion and ther we contemplate the immense increase error? of our population, far beyond the existing “ But, behold, on the contrary, the means of instruction under its regularly appointed ministry, owing to the want of church-accommodation ; (a want, however,
allude particularly to the estabwhich we trust in Goli will be soon in some lishinent of Parochial Lending Libraries, degree supplied) or, whether we look at by means of which, as well religious books the great consequent increase of Separat- as those of innoceut recreation and instrucists from the Establishment; or, at the in- tion, are communicated to the lower ora calculable power of the new mechanism at ders with extraordinary facility and the work for the ibstruction of the lower or- best prospect of success.,
Holy Seriptures, the Book of Common into the times and seasons, which the Prayer, that wholesome comment on the Father has put in his power ;' but without Sacred Text; tracts doctrinal, devotional, presumption be it said, that at no former and practical, adapted to all capacities, period, since the miraculons and extraorand soited to all conditions and exigencies dinary interposition of heaven for the proof human life, which have passed a three. pagation of the Gospel was withdrawn, fold scrutiny of able and pious men, and has there been so much reason, as at the bave the surest guarantee for their bene- present time, to hope that by the agency ficial tendency that human caution can of human means, God' will shew wonder. suggest: behold these distributed by the ful things in righteonsness,' diffuse the Society for Promoting Christian Know- light of the divine truth, dissipate the ledge, with an almost unbounded munifi. mists of error, and chase the phantoms, cence; and these the only bowks that can which ignorance and superstition generate, (according to the terms of union) be ads from the face of the earth.
These bopes mitted into the National Schools.
have their main foundation in the sure " And what is the result we may rea- word of Prophecy,' which so pointedly, sonably hope for, of limitation on the one so repeatedly, in the most specific, and hand, and liberality on the other! What the sublimest terins, predicts the accombut an increasing knowledge of the Word plishment of this great scheme of Proviof God! An increasing desire to do his dence. For the everlasting Gospel sball will! An increasing attachment to our be preached to every nation, and kindred, Apostolic Church, and to that form of and tongue, and people !!
• And tlie civil polity, with which it is combined ! kingdoms of this world shall become the which in their union are the glory and kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ t." blessing of our own country, and the ad- “ These hopes find further encourage. miration of all civilized nations; which have ment in the new method for inculcatiog kept their seat, unmoved, amidst the knowledge, which has before heen menwreck of other states, and may be destined tioned, and to the efficacy of which no in the counsels of the Most High to accom- limit can be assigned. This method of plish a final triumph over the powers of teaching, it will be recollected, was an darkness. For it is scarcely to be believed offering from the East. We have already, that this small island which we inhabit, in this particular at least, given back to this speck in the “ broad sea," should have her her own with usury. Under the joint attained to her present height of temporal auspices of the Societies for Promoting grandear, and liave subjected to her do- Christian Knowledge and for the Propaminion such extensive territories, as she gation of the Gospel, the Madras System, possesses in all quarters of the globe, unless sanctified by its union with our Ecclesias. it were to answer some special design of tical Establishment, is making a surprising Providence-We see this country the de progress in the three presidencies of India. pository of the wealth, the science, the They have long supplied the dependancies commerce of the world; the exuberant of the Crown of England on the American parent of every form of charity that can continent, and the adjacent islands, with alleviate, approve, and advance the co:- the means of religious instruction, accorddition of humanity. Is it for the purpose ing to the doctrine and discipline of our of a transient glory, that she has been al- Church, Upwards of eighty missionaries lowed to accumulate on her slores the are there employed. They have contritreasures of the gorgeous East, and the buted their aid to the erection of churches, luxurioas produce of the Western hemis- the circulation of the Scriptures, Prayer phere ? And will all the splendour of her Books, and religious tracts. Under their achievements in arts and arms be dissolved, patronage, the National System of educalike a baseless vision, and leave no trace tion has, of late years, been introduced of them behind for the benefit of genera. into the three principal provinces dependtions to come ? Have we so long encircled ant upon England, and the advantages by our shores the pure form of primitive already derived from it, sufficiently prove Christianity, and upheld our Protestant its great influence in the great improveChurch in the beauty of holiness against ment of the moral and religious babits of the insidious attacks of internal enemies, the people t. But the great field of their and the undisguised assaults of revolutionists and infidels ; and all for the exclusive benefit of so small a portion as we inhabit * Rev. xiv. 6. † Rev. xi. 15. of the globe?
| See Reports of the Society for the “ It is not for us to pry too curiously Propagation of the Gospel, &c.
operation is British India. A scion from Promoting Christian Knowledge— Sathe Church of Eog!and has been planted in cred, considering the purposes to which Hiodostan by the hand of that distinguished they are devoted, and the prayers by which labourer in the vineyard of God, whose they are hallowed.' For all the business comprehensive and enlightened mind de- there transacted, begins and ends with vised a scheme for imparting the light of prayer. Its members of the same commuChristianity, that has been the admiration nion, acknowledging one faith, one bapof all classes of Christians, and when in tism, and one Lord, can conscientiously full operation, we trust, will not disap- bow together before Him that heareth point the expectations that have been prayer,' and with heart and voice in unison formed.
implore the bastening of his kingdom.' “ With an energy, and a deyotedness Beginning from God, they humbly hope to to the cause of Christ, worthy of the be workers together with God;' and with Apostolic age, this mitred Missionary the sanction of divine co-operation, to traversed his enormous diocese, obtained bring to a glorious issue the great enteran intimate knowledge of its internal con- prise they have taken in hand, involving dition, and more than redeemed the pledge the edification, security, and increase of given to the Society which so anxiously the Church of Christ in our own couutry, watched for the result of his labours. together with its establishment and enHe has been cut off in his holy career; it largement in our foreign settlements, and has pleased God to take him to himself. in the widely extended regions subject to But dead he still speaks to the millions of British influence, in almost every quarter India in the wisdom of his scheme for their of the habitable globe. conversion, and in that noble monument “ Thus these two Societies, coeval in of his taste and genius the Missionary Col- their origin, and consentient in their mislege, near Calcutta. Another monuments sionary characters, like two noble rivers, is about to be raised to his memory in the unite themselves in a common channel, Cathedral Church of St. Paul,
without the noise and foam of the torrent: “ But we anticipate for him more dura. no shattered fragments mark their course. ble memorials than these, in the indelible They flow on, in a majestic stream, the gratitude of the converted idolater, in the medium of conveyance for the choicest annals of an evangelized continent, and in gifts of heaven, enlightening and enriching the eternal records of heaven. 'Quicquid the regions thr which they pass. May amavimus, et mirati sumus, manet, mansu- they still flow on, daily receiving fresh runique est in animis hominum, in æterni. supplies of strength, nor terminate but in tate temporum, famâ reram.'
the fulfilment of that cocouraging predic“ To supply the vacancy made by his tion, 'The earth shall be full of the knowlamented death, another prelate, highly ledge of the Lord, as the waters' cover qualified, we believe, to prosecute the the sea!'» P. 13. mighty work, has left our shores. He, like bis predecessor, received his valedic- We most heartily join with Mr. tory address within the walls, which him. Beresford in his concluding address, self called 'sacred ti' of the Society for
“ As patriots and philanthropists you
will unite in their enlarged and benevoThis monument, to the memory of lent views. As Christians, you will seek Bishop Middleton, is to be erected at the joint expence of the Members of the So- responsibility, which attaches to your sta
to acquit yourselves of some part of that ciety for Promoting Christian Kuowledge, tion, and thus, in the way most efficacious, and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, by the first of living artists; and virtue, you will assist in promoting reli
next to personal example in holiness and is intended, by the simplicity of the de
gious knowledge and religious practice, sign, to hand down to posterity the grati- and prepare yourselves for the solemo actude of the present age for achievments count in the great harvest of righteousrarely equalled in the annals of the Church, ness, when the final distinction shall be and to operate as an incentive to exertions
made between the chaff and the sound of the like unbounded beneficence, and grain, by that impartial Judge, who will piety, and wisdom.
Ø Tacitus in vità Agricolæ.
+ See Bishop Heber's answer to the in the interesting Report of the Society address of the Lord Bishop of Bristol, on for Promoting Christian Knowledge fo the day previous to his departure for India, 1823,
reward every man according to his works, among our own people, and more zeal be without respect of persons.
testified to promote the Redeemer's king“ As members of the Church of Eng. dom in foreign lands. It would not be land, you will never forget that that only an annual subscription we should Church should be not only the sanctuary give, in behalf of those important designs, of sound doctrine, but the centre of union, which we have been recommending ; nor and the seat of charity. The discordancies, the occasional donation to further their inconsistencies, and contrarieties of opi- efficacy; but the actual exertions of each nion subsisting in the various sects with member individually in that sphere, where
out her pale, should serve as continual in lie is appointed to move, would help to motives for concord and exertion to those transfuse the spirit of piety and charity within. Between the extremes of error, kindled in his own breast to the breasts of which up!appily prevail in this land of others. Thus would the engaging form of freedom-wbere too many imagine them- our holy religion defy the imputation of selves aathorized to worship God, not as formality, and the scandal of being a po. He has required to be worshipped in his litical establishment; and with all her fair revealed Word, but according to any dic- appendages, her simple but solemn rites; tates of their bewildered fancies, and her converting and confirming ordinances ; rend in pieces the body of Christ, the her font and her altar; her creeds and her Church of God, which he hath purchased common-prayer-with these for her handwith his own blood * by their widely maids, she would go on to new conquests opposing tenets-thie middle ground of over the hearts and affections of men - her truth should be kept in the meekness of triunphs would be seen far and nearwisdom by the members of the Church. acknowledged as the genuine descendant With the law of love for their guidance, of beaven, the offspring of holiness and their only strife should be in offices of love, truth, all the inhabitants of the earth, as and for the prize of holiness. So would many as experience the sweet vicissitudes the influence of religion spread rapidly of day and night, would call hier blessed ;
and from the rising to the setting sun her • Acts XX. 28.
name would be glorious." P. 25.
Memoir of the Rev. Duke Yonge, peculiar force in the case of good
Rector of Sheviock, in the Coun- men of ordinary means and acquirety of Cornwall, and Vicar of Corn- ments in the middle classes of life. wood, in the County of Devon. Their story, indeed, wants the bril
liant interest of the biography of It is a common and true observa
great men ; but examples are useful, tion, that the biography of eminent in proportion as they are generally persons belongs to their country: imitable. Few of us can ever hope à faithful portraiture of their actions, to be illustrious as generals, statestheir habits of life and modes of men, or writers; but we may all thioking, of the difficulties they have become good and useful in our resurmounted, the snares they have spective stations; and the example avoided, and the temptations they of one who lived in the same rank bave resisted, seems to be the best with ourselves, eminent only for means of extending the benefits superior goodness, applies itself to which they have conferred on so- every one of us, may be useful to ciety, by at once provoking and
us all, ly challenging our zeal and facilitating the imitation of those industry, encouraging our hopes, who njay come after them. These and soothing the path for our reasons appear to us to apply with progress in virtue. It is on this REMEMBRANCER, No. 03.
principle that we present to our tinguished young men who then readers the present Memoir : we adorned that Society. He took the have drawn it up partly from our degree of A.B. there, June 13, 1775, own knowledge, and partly from and that of M.A. at Sidney Sussex unquestionable documents and au- College, Cambridge, in 1782; at the thorities; we trust we shall not be age of twenty-four, in the year 1774, thought to dwell on them at too was admitted deacon upon the pogreat length, or to attach undue pulous curacy of Charles, in Plyimportance to the subject. Cer- mouth; and, in 1776, was ordained tainly we write under feelings of priest upon the curacy of Yealmton, great affection and veneration, but in that neighbourhood. In the fol- . we write also under a sentiment of lowing year he married Catharina great responsibility ;-we would far Crawley, sister of the late Sir Thorather say too little than too much, mas Bolvey Crawley, of Flaxley for exaggerated praise of bimself Abbey, in Gloucestershire, by whom would have been the last thing he left four sons and four daughters which the subject of our Memoir surviving him, His mother had would have been willing to par- been a Miss Duke, of Otterton, in don ;-the truest and the simplest the couoty of Devon ; and, in 1783, statement will be the most just to his the vicarage of that place, which memory, and of the greatest use to was in the gift of her family, besociety in general.
coming vacant, he was presented to Duke Yonge was born at Pus- it, In 1793 he effected an excbange linch, the seat of his father, the with the incumbent of the ricarage Rev, John Yonge, on December 3, of Cornwood, his principal object A.D. 1750. He was the youngest being, as on a former occasion, to of three sons; and, after such edu- bring himself near to his brother cation as the free school of Plymton James, then residing at Puslinch. could afford, he went with his se- Here he lived uninterruptedly till cond brother, James, to study me. his death for thirty years. In 1808 dicine and surgery under the roof he was presented to the rectory of of his uncle, Charles Yonge, then Sheviock, in the county of Cornwall, a surgeon and apothecary in great by the Right Hon. R. P. Carew, practice at Plymouth. After a few wbo had been his school-fellow at years thus spent, the prospects of Plymton, and college mate at the James were suddenly changed by University, and with whom, to the the accidental death of his elder day of his death, he maintained an brother, John; and he was removed intimate and unbroken friendship. to the University of Oxford, that He died, after a lingering illuess of he might take orders, and fill the many months, at the age of seventyliving of Newton Ferrers, the ad- three, on December 3, 1823, the anvowson of which had descended to niversary of his birth-day. him as part of bis patrimony. Duke The events of his life are thus Yonge, who was affectionately at- summed up in a very few words: tached to his brother James, upon they flowed on in an even tedor; this renounced also the profession many worldly blessings were befor which he had been prepar- stowed on him, and his afflicing himself, and accompanied him tions were only those natural disto Oxford. They both entered pensations of Providence which at University College, and be. every man who lives so long as he came the pupils of the present did must expect to receive, and Lord Stowell, and contemporaries which his cheerful temperament of Lord Eldon, Sir W. Jones, Sir and intimate belief in religious T. Plumer, and the many other dis- truths enabled him casily to bear.