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Byron. By Abate Domenico Gregori, hrarians of the British Museum, and AsProfessor of the Belles Lettres in Rome. sistant Minister of Welbeck Chapel, St. 2 vols. 18mo. 78.

Mary-le-bone. 2nd ed. 8vo. 108. Ed. The Duke of Mercia, an Historical A Country Parson's Third Offering to Drama. The Lamentation of Ireland, His Mother Church ; in Nine Pastoral and other Poems. By Sir Aubrey De Sermons. 48. (The First and Second Vere Hunt, Bart. 8vo. 108. 6d. Offerings, 3s. each.) Translations from Claudian. By the

Single. Hon, and Rev. Henry Howard. Post The Kingdom of God. Delivered be8vo. 108. 6d.

fore the Deron and Cornwall Unitarian Poenis on Scripture Subjects ; “ The Association at Tavistock, July 2nd, 1823. Offering of Isaac;" “ Elijah” (2nd ed.); By J. Johus. 8vo. “The Fainine of Samaria,” &c. By Mrs. Christ's Presence a Source of ConsoW. C. Bousfield. 68, 6d.

lation and Courage : preached on TriGethsemane, a Poem; Founded on nity Monday, May 26, 1823, before the the Messiah of Klopstock. By the Au- Corporatiou of the Trinity House, in St. thoress of “ The Enchanted Plants," &c. Nicholas' Church, Deptford. By the 2 vols. Small 8vo. 88.

Very Rev. T. Calvert, B.D. Warden of The Christian Armed against Infidelity Manchester and Norrisian Professor of for the Defence of all Denominations of Divinity at Cambridge. 4to. ls. 6d. Believers. By the Author of “ Body and A Sermon, shewing that genuine Faith Soul." 12mo. 58.

is necessarily intluential upon the Heart a Dissertation on the Fall of Man, in and Life : preached in the Parish Church which the Literal Sense of the Mosaic of Holy Rhood, Southampton. By Ro. Account of that Event is asserted and bert Oakman, A. B. [Published in convindicated. By the Rev. G. Holden, sequence of his Ejection from the CuraM.A. 8vo. 108. 6d.

cy, with an Appeal to the Rector to A Sketch of the Life of the Rev. Jules state the Cause.] Charles Rieu, Pastor of the Reformed The Missionary's Farewell; preached Church, Fredericia, in Denmark; con- in Port of Spain, Trinidad, by Thomas taining an Account of that Colony. An Adam, late Missionary in that Island. Engraving. 18mo. Is. 6d.

13. Memoirs of Wm. Stevens, Esq., Trea- The Duty of Searching the Scriptures; surer of Queen Anne's Bounty. By the preached before the Society for propaHon. Sir James Allan Park, one of the gating Christian Knowledge, at their AnJudges of the Court of Common Pleas. Diversary Meeting in the High Church, 3rd edition. 12mo. 28. 6d.

Edinburgh, June 5; by the Rev. Robert Sermons.

Gordon, Minister of the Chapel of Ease, Discourses on Various Subjects, and St. Cuthberts. 8vo. Is. 6d. Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Preached in Highgate Chapel, on SunArchdeaconry of Winchester. To which day, June 15, 1823, for the Female Chaare added several never before published: rity School, and published at the request with Advice to an Unmarried Lady. By of the Trustees, for the Benefit of that Thomas Balguy, D. D. Archdeacon and Institution. By Johuson Grant, M. A. Prebendary of Winchester. Edited by ls. 6d. the Rev. James Drake, M. A. Chancellor Preached in the Parish Church, Newof St. Asaph's, &c. 2 vols. 8vo. 128. ark, on Friday, April 25, at the Visita

On Various Subjects. By John Styles, tion of the Venerable the Archdeacon of D.D. Vol. II. 125. 6d.

Nottiugham. By the Rev. John Bayley, Parochial Instruction ; or, Sermons M. A. late Fellow of Emanuel College, delivered from the Pulpit, at different Cambridge. 2nd edition. 18. 6d. Times, in the Course of Thirty Years. By James Bean, M. A. one of the Li

CORRESPONDENCE. Communications have been received from Dr. J. Jones; and Messrs. Buckingham; Hutton (Birmingham); R. Wright; T. Coneys ; R. V. Yates; and H. Taylor :Also from Democritus; Naúns; Clericus; Explorator ; Amicus; J. F.

We have received also the copy of the Inscription on Mrs. Cappe's tomb, and two articles of Review.

C. will perceive by looking at our notices to correspondents fur July, p. 432, that he has been anticipated.

R. M. Y.'s letters were communicated to the Secretary of the Unitarian Fund, and owing to that circumstance were forgotten in the acknowledgments to Correspondents.

THE

Monthly Repository.

No. CCXIV.)

OCTOBER, 1823.

[Vol. XVIII.

A Plea for the Belfast Academical Institution. By the Rev. Thomas D.

Hincks, Master of the Classical School, and formerly Secretary of the Cork Institution.

[The following paper, printed but been delighted with the liberality of not published, relates to so important their views ; and I am convinced, an establishment, that we have great that if those who are now in office, pleasure in laying it, according to the would investigate the case, they would request of a correspondent, before come to a different conclusion, and our readers. Ev.]

that no Irish grant would pass the THE THE Irish grants for the current House of Commons with more ge

year have now passed, and the neral approbation, than one for the Belfast Academical Institution has Belfast Institution. It is unnecesbeen once more neglected. Its use

sary to enlarge on what Belfast is ; fulness is not only diminished, but its extent and its commercial imits very existence is rendered ques- there occasion to state the origin of

portance are well known. Neither is tionable. After an expenditure of above thirty-five thousand pounds, – this Institution, or the difference of after overcoining the prejudices of its opinion that once existed respecting early opponents, and uniting all

it. It has been eight years at work,

par: ties'in Belfast, in sincere efforts for and it has worked so well, that oppoits welfare,*-it alone, of all the va

sition to it has been given up, and rious societies established in Ireland its welfare has become the earnest for the diffusion of knowledge, is left desire of all sects and of all parties. without support. Why is this so? Is

What are its objects? Three: it merely from an unwillingness to Schools, a College, and Popular Lecadd even the trifling sum required, to tures for the diffusion of general

Has Parliament consithe expenses of the nation, at a time

knowledge. when economy is so loudly called for? dered these objects deserving of supOr, are there other motives, which port? are not avowed ? I am most anxious

For schools of the description of to put the most favourable construc- those of the Belfast Institution, there tion on the refusal; but, can this sys

has been no occasion to seek parliatem of exclusion be allowed to go mentary aid, because there exist, in on, without drawing attention to its various parts of Ireland, endowed consequences } Can they, who in schools, with ample revenues; and their hearts believe that it originates rious boards, applicable to this im

there are funds at the disposal of vain mistaken views, and will be productive of effects which even the ex. portant purpose. Some of these have cluders would regret, when it would revenues more than sufficient to supbe too late—can they be silent? I port all the objects of the Belfast have had opportunities of knowing

Institution. It is not, however, as a the anxiety of gentlemen in high ofti- school, that aid is sought for ; since cial situations, to promote the dis- the schools are, as they ought to be, semination of knowledge ; I have

able to support themselves.

As a collegiate establishment, it may

be asked, what occasion is there for • Besides the petition of the Institu- sufficient? It was not from any dis

it? Is not the University of Dublin tion, signed by its President, the Mar. like of the University of Dublin, that &c., there was a petition in its favour, the Belfust_ Institution was formed; previous to the present session of Parlia. and, I believe, that it has even been ment, signed by the Sovereign and most instrumental in increasing the number respectable inhabitants of Belfast, of all of students in that University, from sects and parties.

this part of Ireland. For my own VOL. XVIII.

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part, I feel the warmest attachment the Belfast Institution is going on ; to it, as the place of my own educa- and it would require an expenditure of tion; I approve of its general system thousands, to change the place. The of instruction; I respect the indivi- question then is,-Shall all that has duals by whom it is directed ; and I been done be destroyed? Or, shall do not wish to seduce a single stu- the Belfast Institution, which is indent from its walls. But are there corporated by Act of Parliament, be no students for whom a different sys- supported ? tem of education is desirable, and If danger be apprehended, from powho would never have gone to Dublin, litical impressions on the students, is if the Institution of Belfast bad not there no danger of similar impressions existed? Can those educated for the at Glasgow? Are not the students Presbyterian ministry be expected to there led into party, politics, at the go to a College, where the only in- annual election of the Rector? Adstruction in divinity is conformable mit, however, that there is danger; to a church, of which they are not may it not be guarded against? The members ? Let them, it may be said, present Professors are unimpeachago to Glasgow, as they did formerly. ble, and plans may be easily devised No objection can be made to the for preventing, at any future time, the course of education at Glasgow ; but election of Professors who would be it has been found, by eight years' obnoxious. Objections may be made, experience, that more care can be also, on the score of religion. There taken of the morals, and more atten- are, however, do clerical members, tion paid to the progress of the young who have not been approved by Gomen at Belfast, where they are under vernment as ministers of the Presbythe frequent inspection of the Com- terian Church, and no instances have mittees of their respective synods, been produced of improper interfethan at Glasgow, where they were

Should there be ground of strangers, under little or no controul, complaint, it would be better to proand left to their own discretion, in a vide a remedy for the evil, than to manner the bad effects of which were ruin the Institution. At the same often too visible. A domestic educa- time, it is to be remarked, that it tion for their ministers has been long seems to be the principle of the Beldesired by some of the wisest mem- fast Institution, to choose the fittest bers of the Presbyterian body. It has person for the office, without inquibeen effected. Able Professors have ring into his peculiar opinions, probeen provided, and lectures are given vided his moral character and attenon Logic and Belles Lettres, Latin tion to religious duties be unexcep.. and Greek, Mathematics, Moral Phi- tionable ; and to receive students of losophy, Natural Philosophy, Ana- every religious sect, allowing all to tomy, Hebrew, and Divinity; and retain the sentiments of their parents, the progress of the young men, some without interference. If this be ob of whom are now settled as pastors of jectionable, let it be declared. congregations, has proved the utility The third object of the Belfast of the plan. Members of the general Institution is, popular lectures to proSynod, who were at first hostile, have mote the diffusion of knowledge. The become friendly, from seeing the ef- want of funds has occasioned less to

and nothing is wanted to ren- be done in this respect, than was inder it permanently useful, but aid tended; but lectures of this descripfrom Parliament, before the subscrip- tion have been given on Chemistry, tions are exhausted. As the Presby- on Natural History generally, on Boterian body has been deemed worthy tany, and on the Belles Lettres. Is of countenance, will it be consistent this an object thought deserving of to refuse what would secure a re- encouragement? It is thought to be spectable succession of ministers? so in Dublin and in Cork, for the The seminary at Maynooth, for Ro- House of Commons voted 70001. to man Catholic priests, is supported; the Royal Dublin Society, and 20001. why not that also for Presbyterians to the Royal Cork Institution, during at Belfast? It may be objected, that this session. These Institutions want Belfast is a bad situation. I shall not not my feeble testimony, but I know discuss this point. It is enough, that the important services they have ren

fects;

On a Passage in Irving's Orations," &c.

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dered, and sincerely wish that they will hereafter rejoice in the good they may continue to flourish, and to enjoy will have effected ; whilst, if every these grants as long as they wisely effort be unavailing, -if this truly and faithfully employ them. But does useful Institution must give way to the name of Belfast render that use- the objections raised against it, there less which is elsewhere so highly ap- will be a inelancholy satisfaction in proved? Or, is the circumstance that reflecting, that it did not deserve to the noblemen and gentlemen about be neglected. Belfast, as well as its own inhabitants, have done more than has been

Hackney,

SIR, doneshould be less assisted? I believe Thule from the Rev. E. Irving's book

September 15, 1823. the subscription, on becoming a member of the Dublin Society or Cork of Judgment to Come. I quote it as Institution, is thirty guineas, whilst a sample of that extraordinary man's there have been several subscriptions inanner, but more particularly as it of one hundred and tifty guineas each, indicates a doubt of the very creed he to the Belfast Institution, and soine is so vehemently insisting on. of still larger sums; and the friends Like many other good and pious of literature in India, with the Mar. men, I fear he stifles inquiry, lest it quis of Hastings as their leader, sent should lead to blasphemy, and cona donation of above 50001. The sums trives to believe with the Pseudoso liberally bestowed, have been part- Egyptian Athanasius, because he dare ly expended in building, and partly in not question the dogma. “Pudebat the maintenance of the Institution, etiam non videre, quod tam esset persince the annual grant from Parlia- spicuum.” ment was withdrawn.

“ He” (God) “ cared not that he Is it consistent with that impar. must for a season abdicate the throne, tiality which ought to distinguish, and and resign the government of the uniwhich, in most instances, does dis- verse" -(to whom ?) " he cared not tinguish the Irish Government, that that he must wrap up his conditions there should be such marked neglect within the bounded sphere of a creaof the Belfast Institution Accord ture-he cared not that man's puny ing to the Act of Incorporation, the strength must be his measure, and bye-laws are sanctioned by the Lord man's penetrable and suffering frame, Lieutenant in Council, and cannot be the continent of his being—that his” altered or rescinded, without his ap- (God's) “Spirit must take on human probation. Amongst the visitors are, affections, and his” (God's, God's the Lord Primate, the Bishops of body!) "body be afflicted with human Down and Dromore, the Provost of wants--and he cared not that hell, Trinity College, Dublin, the Sove- and hell's sovereign should be loosed reign of Belfast, and the Members of against him, and those of his own Parliament for the Counties of Antrim household become traitors,—those he and Down. If these are not suffi- died for, his executioners-death his cient checks, can no further security portion,”—(oh, immortal God !) “and be devised, which, whilst it would the grave his abode. Nor did he care satisfy the Government, would not that during the hottest of this fiery deprive of all influence those who, at trial, bis Father should cloud his face, first, gave their money, and have and withdraw his countenance, and given also their exertions for so many leave him to tread the wine-press of years, to make the Institution what sorrow alone, and roll his garment in it is ? This is no party question. Let blood.-Oh! what is this,” (he natuinquiry be made, as it has been always rally and justly exclaims, self-revolted courted; and if, on inquiry, it be from the fiction,)“ oh, what is this found, as I dare assert it will, that we speak of; can it be that the Creator the Institution conducted on pure should become a creature, dwelling principles, and is rendering impor- upon the ungrateful earth he inade, in tant services to the country, may not want of a morsel of its bread, and a its friends hope, that assistance will cup of its water to satisfy his hunger at length be afforded? Those who and his thirst, calling upon the creashall be accessary to such an event, tures he formed and fed, for their charity, for their pity, for their justice, cions, although unhappily they are and denied by the unnatural children soon soothed again, and whom he formed ?” I need not remind your readers that

Affect no more, than stories told to bed

Lethargic, which at intervals, the sick this gorgeous piece of grandiloquence

Hears and forgets, and wakes to doze is neither in substance nor similitude

again." scriptural, (woe is me, my words are swelling too,) nor should I point out This is not the only strange passage the redundant epithet bounded, where in Mr. Irving's book, which deserves superfluity is in full season ; nor hint attention; and I dare say that a pretty that strength is not a measure ; nor correct estimate of that very unequal inquire about the wine-press, nor the production has been made by a large bloody-garment: my object is effected, majority of your readers. What I 'if I inake it appear that by pushing have selected I thought of general inhis doctrine to its extent, he has ex terest, and offer it to the Řepository posed its absurdity to himself, and with a hearty good-will to the cause magnified it into something so mon- of truth and benevolence. strous as to awaken his own suspi

DEMOCRITUS.

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pb alimentaires om HE following Inscription, drawn up by Mr. Wellbeloved, and set up in

the Chapel in St. Saviourgate, York, to the memory of the late Mrs. Cappe, is so strikingly appropriate as well as beautiful, that I shall make no apology for sending it for insertion in your valuable Miscellany, trusting it may prove acceptable to many of your readers, and more particularly to those of them who have been charmed and edified by the interesting Memoirs of her Life, written by herself.

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Sacred to the Memory of

Mrs. Catharine Cappe,
Daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Harrison ;

and Relict of the Rev. Newcome Cappe.
She was born June 3, 1744, and died July 29, 1821.

Her whole life
Was a beautiful and engaging example

of Piety and Benevolence,
Of Piety—ardent, rational and unostentatious :
Manifested in uniform obedience

To the Law of God,
And in cheerful submission to all the dispensations of his Providence.

Of Benevolence-pure, active and persevering,

Directed by a sound judgment,
And unlimited in its exercise by any regard
To personal ease or party distinction.

Reader,
Be a follower of her as she was of Christ';
And thy life like hers will be happy,
Thy death also will be serene,

Thy memory will be blessed,
And thine eternal reward secure.

do you

SIR,

WOUGH my knowledge of the of a professed Greek scholar. I am humble kind, yet, as I have acquired give publicity to my remarks, should it in the way proposed by your corre- you deem them worthy of the notice spondent Indagator, (p. 270, I think of your readers. If pertinent, my a few remarks from me may be no observations may promote a study less acceptable to him, and to others equally pleasant and useful ; if othersimilarly situated, than from the pen wise, they will, I hope, induce some

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