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Proceedings of the Committee of Ministers of the Three Denominations,
resident in and about London, In accomplishing the important ob- addressed the assembly. At Berwick jects contided to then by ihe General and Sheeraess, Meetings have been likeBudy, the Committe: of Bisst nting Mi. wise held; and at Edinburgh and other nisters of London, have had to encounter places, they bave been summoned. unexperted opposition from various quar- The propriety of these continued and ters, and especialy froin certain Journal- extended exertions, is confirmed by the inrists, who have attempted to invalidate the formation which the Committee are con-statements that have been published, and stantly receiving, and which convinces to disrepresent the motives by which the them that the disposition to persecute is Com initiee have been actuated in the more general and systematic than many »hole of their proceedings.
pereons have supposed. With undiminished zeal, and
While the storio has raged with signal, daunted by the clamour of their op- but unexhausted violence in the Depart. ponents, they have, however, perse- ment of the Gard, containing 322,000 invered in the plain path of duty; and habitants, a portentous gloom bas overthey now record with pleasure and gratis spread the Reforined Churches in gene. tude, the support and approbation they ral; and in towns far distant from the have received frons a very large portion south, the sound of vengeance has been of their enlightened countrymen, and par- beard, and the most offensive treatment ticularly from those with whom they are bas been experienced, by the Professors more immediately connected, --the Dis- and Ministers of the Protestant Religion. senters of various denoininations.
• On the 12th of November last, on In addition to the Congregational Col- the assurance given to the pastors of the fections which have already been con- Reformed Church, that they might re. tributed, the Committee have information open their Temples, which had been of many others which are in progress, to shut about five months, that they bad a considerable amount; while public nothing to fear, and that all necessary meetings have been held and subscriptions measures were taken for their security, cominenced in several of the largest cities they determined to open the smallest of and towns of the Kingdom.
blieir Temples; but scarcely were they The eloquent, liberal, and Christian assembled, when a great maltitude of appeals, which have been addressed to men and women, armed with stones and asseiabled mnltitudes, and reported by sticks, and other weapons, began to the press, cannot but intimidate perse menace them, and to pour forth against cutors abroad, and excite benevolence at them the most horrible imprecations. home : gor will they be less beneficial in The faithful assembly dispersed, and -diffusing those sentiments, which the ig- even as they retired they were so overnorant ought to learn, - the instructed whelmed with insults and blows, that should never forget,--and all should fre- many are since dead. The assassins enquently hear.
tered in a crowd into the sanctuary, turnAt Hull, the Rev. Mes ss. Bromley ed out every thing they could find, tore and Dykes, Clergymen, and the Rev. in pieces the Bible and prayer-books,&c. Mr. Birt, and Dr. Alderson, Mr. Sykes, They went with fall intention to masand others of the dissenting hody, took sacre the pastors, who were expecting a distinguished part in the discussions of certain death, when eight officers surthe day.
rounded them with drawn sabres, to At Newcastle, the proceedings were repel the attacks of the murderers: conducted by the Rev. Messrs. Turner, they escorted them into their houses, Pringle, McIndoe, Clarke, Syme, and but not without having heard a thonsand Pengilly; and also by Mr. Alderman times, these barbarons words, “ Kill, Reed, James Losb, and Joseph Clark, kill, these chiefs of Brigands !” During Esqrs.
this tumult, General le Gard arrived At Glasgow, the Rev. Drs. Dick and with sonie troops : he began to employ Mitchell, and the Rev. Messrs. G. Ewing, bis force to disperse the traitors, when R. Brodie, and J. Carment, were the a soldier of the nationul guard fired im. principal speakers.
mediately at him. The assassin escaped, At Gosport, the Rev. James Collins, and has not yet been discovered.' of the Established Church, and Messrs. After the attack on the Royal General Minchin, B. Goodeve, Cruickshank, J. Le Garde, a Royal Proclamation was Beasley, and J. Hoskins, displayed equal issued against the assassin and his abet. zeal and ability.
tors, and soldiers were quartered upon tbe At Plymouth, the Rev. Messrs. Wor inhabitants till he should be surrendered sley and H. Mends, with Messrs. Prańce, to justice. That the intentions of the head Collier, &c. submitted Resoiutions, and of the Government must have been per verted is however evident; for the assas. from Ures, dear Nismes, of the 10th of sin has not yet been arrested, and the December :soldiers who, by a Royal Ordonnance of • The chief persons of the Protestant the 10th inst. were removed froin Nisines, families have fled from their habitations, were quartered during their stay in that which had considerably suffered. One city, principally, if not solely, on the church is now in the most deplorable conProtestant inhabitants. The weight of dition: no public worship is celebrated. the eitraordinary contributions, by the Ministers of our persuasion at Paris, who most partial and arbitary exactions, has are so near Government, torget not your beeo also made to fall on the Protestants, brethren of the South !--We liave lost though equally protected and assessed M. Ricourt, President of the Consistory. by the Charter promulgated by the King. The late events have hastened his end;- he Thus out of 940 thousand francs, the coo- had been obliged to diesert tirst bis house tingent of the Gard, 600 thousand were in town, and then that in the country : Jaid on the Protestants, 200 thousand on the latter has been pillaged.' the Jews, 140 thousand only on the Ca. From Uzes, same date:-tholies; though these last form nearly B-informs us, that his son set.. the two-thirds of the population of the tled al Arpaillargues, near Uzes, after department. The Marquis de Calvieres, having filed, and wandered in the woods a Cntbolic gentleman, enjoying a landed for two months, has been arrested, and estate of 60,000 livres a year, is assessed conducted into the prison of Uzes, wbere at 600 livres; while M. Brosse de Pier. he still remaios. A great many other don, a Protestant, whose income amounts Protestauts continue in the same predicato about 10,000 livres, has paid within ment." this last year the sum of 15,000 livres to. The efforts of the people, and the press wards those contributions.
of this country, aided by the additional The following facts, on which full re- energy of the i'rench Government, caused Jiance may be placed, will prove that in the temples at Nismes to be opened, by the order of time, up to the date of our ordet of the anthorities of that city, on latest accounts, the Protestants have been the 21st December : but it was necessary the victims of bigotry and persecution. to the 'possession of this boon, that the
• In consequence of the King's Ordon. Protesiants should comply with terms nance of the 21st November, which was directly contrary to the spirit of the promulgated at Nismes on the 29th, seve- Constitutional Charter. The following ral of the murderers of the Protestants is the Notice ot' the Mayor, so remarkable and depredators of their property, were that it is worthy of a careful perusal. It taken into custody ; but on the 6th of acknowledges that Europe accuses the December they were all set at liberty. Catholics of great crimes, it endeavours On the 71b they spread over the neigh- to charge them on a few women and bouring country. A party of them re- childi en, and it acknowledges that the paired to the house of a Monsieur Pey. worship of the Protestants is to be resumron, a rich farmer at Brossan, who, from ed, less as a consequence of the Royal authe beginning of the persecutions, had thority, than the result of a negociutiou been greatly exposed to the fury of the pacifying to the Catholics :fanatics : not finding him, they command
NOTICE ed his three sons either to give up the To the Inhabitants of the City of Nismes, father, or pay a sum of 50,000 livres. As the young men could not comply with
"Nismes, December 19, 1813. either demind, they were dreadfully
" The laws of the realm and the will beaten by these villains (one of them of the King, secure the exercise of the heing left for dead) and both house and Protestant worship. I tell you so,-1, farm were pillaged..
who am your Magistrate, your Mayor. On the same day, another party, of I, who have surely some claims to your the same description, went to a country contidence. The Protestant Churches house inhabited by three respectable old will be opened on Thursday next; and men, brothers. After having offered them that day will prove to the King, to every indignity that fanaticism could sug: France, and to Lurope, who are our &cgest, they proceeded to acts of violence. cusers, that the blindness of a few women
Upon these unfortunate men atteinpring and children is not the crime of the city to resist, they were insianty charged with of Sismes, which has distinguished itself rebellion to the King; and, upon this on so many occasions, and even recently, pretence, seized, and carried by these by its fidelity and devotion to the King. fanatics before the King's Attorney Ge- • Women, who are blinded by your peral; who, indignant at the outrage, zeal, and perhaps, excited by your enerefused to commit them. They were then mies, you will not once more ruin your dragged before the Prefect, who ordered city, and gratify by your errors the enethem to prison, par mesure de suretè, mies of the royal cause. which was immediately executed, anid • I am assured, and for that reason I shouts of Vive le Roi !"
have a pleasure in informing you, that The following is ao Extract of a Letter conferences are opened, and nearly tera
minated, with the Consistory of the Pro- Sunday again, the 24th of this month , testam worship. Their object is to re
there were fresh troubles at Sommieres, store, by cominon consent, so the warship four leagues from Nismes. I must sup. of the State, the churches which have press details for the reasons I have heen conceded to the Protestant worship. mentioned. Many persous, pillaged Two churches will be built, and that and injured at Nisnies and other places, very shortly, in lieu of that concession. have great need of the succours which During that short interval, the Protestants you have offered in so Christian a man. inay enjoy undisturbed the churches thus ner. conceded. The people of Nismes need
• Blessed be God, who has pnt our only krow the will of the King, and ingratitude to shame by the love of our hear the voice of the Royal Amhwrities, respectable bremren of England. The to do their duty.
comfort we derive from it is as indee' Marquis de ValloNQUES, Mayor.' scribable as our gratitude. I embrace The Temples which the Protestants re
with affection all our dear benetactors.' linquished, were not parochial churches,
One of the most tearful symptoms in bnr consentoal; and its all the property of the more recent events, is the public Abbeys and Convents had been confiscats notification, in the papers of Le Gard ed at the Revolution, one of these was and Paris, of the abjuration of the Pro. purchased by the Protestants !wenty south. The Journal des Debuts of the
testant faith, by many families in the years since, and the other was given to them eleven years back, by the fiead of 10th instant, contained the following the then cristing Government.
article, extracted from the Journal dit At the very time that apparent security Gard, published at Nismes :was given to the Protestants, they were
An interesting ceremony took place actually exposed to fresh injuries. The on the 26th ult. in the church of St. Koyal troops which infested the environs Paul, am Nismes. Two Protestant faof Nismes, exercised continual vexations milies, forming altogether about 20 peron the Protestants. On the 22d of Decem- sons, made a public abjuration between ber, a detachment of about tifty men the hands of the core of the parish, broke into the house of M. Mourier, a and returned to the bosom of the Ro. genileman of property at St. Blancard, mish church. Some families had ulo lately returned from emigration, whó ready given an example of this in the had just time to effect his escape. Fail- parish of St. Baudille ; and others are, ing in their main object, these brigands it is said, preparing to follow.' completely pillaged the premises, and Paris papers of the 18th inst. contain daily continue their depredations in the also additional notice on this subject. neighbourhood.
They say,' Many Protestant families At Sonnieres, the Protestants have of the south embrace the Catholic reattempted to celebrate their worship op ligion.' the path of December, the power of
On this subject we liave authentie which they had been deprived ot' since accounts, which must demonstrate to the month of July. They met with the the most incredulous and prejudiced most barbarous treatment on that ac- the prevalence of a religious persecucount.'
tion. The perscention at Sommieres is
One letter has the following passage: mentioned by two more Correspoudents.
• Several families at Nismes have ab. A letter from a distingnished Pro- jured their religion, the motive of which testant of the Department of the Gard, is evident. They are families of medated so late as the 28th of December, chanics and workmen, who are without states, that tranquillity was not esta bread in consequence of the persecublished. He says,
tions they have undergone. The Pro• I have seen the Letter and the Re. testant manufacturers have for the most solutions of the Nonconfororist minis. part tied, and the Catholics will not em. ters, who have liad the trne Christian ploy Protestant workmen ;- besides charity to interest themselves in the which, the looms and frames of the disasters of the poor unfortunate peo- latter have been destroyed, and they ple, devastated by the popular perse- are rednced to the alternative of recanicutions at Nismes and elsewliere. ing or starving. . I have received, with singnlar con
This system of persecution has exsolation, your letter. 'This town is at tended to Bourdeanx and its neighbourpresent quiet; but we catinot say tuat lood. Its effects have also been felt at furions persons have returned to chari. Nantz, the President of the Cousistory table and Christian sentiments towards of that city having been seut into exile the Protestants. The troops only re. The following Extract of a Letter froin strain them; but if they should be re- Nismes, received from a most respectmoved to other places, no one would able Protestant Lady, and on which be safe from the return of disorders. the atmost confidence may be plaecd,
will lurther illustrate the above cited
Since this paper was put in preme, articles :
mass of importunt documents has been . Nismes, Jannary 3. transmitted to the Committee, by prirate « One's mind is weighed down at hunds, from eye-witnesses, unit persons of seeing the oppression and misery tourbleinished reputation, not only confirmwhich the Protestants are subjected, ing the facts they have already published, and from which they cannot relieve but detuiling criormities which surpass themselves. We are, however, allowed former accounts, ad such as the vineteenth to pray to God with some tranquillity: century coulu mnt expect to have witnessed ! The first time the Mayor, appointed by the King, expressly ordered us to ring To oppnse the prevalence of the bell, I said to my husband, . This is such evils, to endeavour to annihilate done to turnish an article for the jour. tlien, or at least to aileviate their ef. nals.' I was vot mistaken, and it has fects; is so ovidently tñe duty of all gone forth to France and to foreign Christians, and specially of all Christian countries that we are as happy as we can Ministers, that the Dissinting Ministers be. The police, on the other hand, will lumve not ceased to prosecute it since not suffer what has happened at Som their preparatory meeting, held on the mieres to be spoken of.
There the Second of Noveinber last, nor can the vilest of the mob, instigated by our per.
Coinmittee bit nersi vere, approving secutors, attacked the assembly of the themselves the Ministers of God, by faithful at the moment of their perfor- evil report and good report, by honour mance of Divine Worship. The Officers and dishonour, as deceivers, and yet of the Regiment of Maria Theresa en
triliu! deavonred to re-establish order ;--one This detrrmination the Committee of the fanatics in the crowd snapped a havi solemnly proclaimed to their conTiket three times at one of the officers; nections, and to the world, by the cirbut it missed fire, and the officer's life cular letter, and the Resolutions which was saved. The man who attempted immediately follow. this assassination is known), but he has not been arrested ; on the contrary, two
Library, Red Cross Street, peaceable individuals, known to be re- SIR,
Jan. 1.5, 1816. spectable, have beeni arrested, one of I've events which have taken place whom is accused of having cried rice since our last communication, have l'Exipereur, as if it were probable that rendered expedient the adoption of the persons capable of crying Vive l'Em- annexed Resolntions; and in transnitpereur ! would declare against the Pro. ting them to you, we avail ourselves of testants. Yon will reallily believe, the opportunity of conveying to yon that a department which abounds in iuformation, which will abundantly de. assassins and robbers, will not be found monstrate the utility of our past exerwanting in falsc witnesses. Persons tions, and the demand which exists for are always to be found wlio are ready vigorous and liberal efforts on the part to athirm any thing, no matter what; of all who are interested for the serurity and these people call themselves Chris. of the Protestant faitla. Attemp!s, as tiana, par excellence! Every thing done disgraceful as unexpected, have ocagainst a Protestant is regarded as a casioned us additional labour and ex. pious act hy those who are in office:' pence; but happily they have led to
« The Protestants have been very un- restilts direetly contrary to the designs fortunate in having taken from them of our opponents, who have stood forwhat they had enjoyed for 23 years. ward as the calumniators of thr. Dissevt. Twenty Protestants were employed in ers of England, and the apologists of the receipt of the imposts; these bave the persecutors of France. -A letter all been dismissed. The old and vener. trom the Duke of Wellington, written able Laune had the posts : his place in acknowledgment of a communication has been taken from him. He demand from the Secretaries of another Body, ed of the Mavor a certificate, that he has been published in the Times News. had always acted with honoor in that paper, as a document of impoi tance, sitnation, and it was refused him. When improperly suppressed. Without enthe wives and children of those detain- tering at all into the policy of' withed in custody supplicate for their li- holding from the Public the entire berty, they are told that they must turn contents of that document, we cannot Catholics! You have no idea of the but inform you, that the only part thousand petty vexations that are heap. which in the least contradicts our preed in every shape upon our poor bre- vious statements, was printed in parathreo. When will our miseries be at an graphs in all the Journals, by the perend? God only knows ! Our oppres- sons who received it. It stated, “That sors are simported by the fanatics, and the salaries of the Protestant Ministers by persons who live by disorder. Gen. had not been discontinued by the King.'
than lipen for some days worse,' If, by this was intended, that the pay.