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or rather terrace, for we have a wall and iron rail- like sometimes assumes one disguise and someing which supports the ground of which it is com- times another ; but it is only a disguise—the disposed; and this railing prevents our falling down like as to vital godliness itself
. What is now opthirty or forty feet into the next terrace-garden, posed in England as Calvinism, was opposed in which is immediately below us towards the lake. the preceding age under other names; and will It is now six in the morning : the three windows be opposed in the next age under names still varyof our saloon are open; the sun is mounting over ing with the fashion of the day. the hills on the other side of the lake, and shed Nyon, on the road to Geneva, 21 miles, 1 o'clock, ding a lovely tint on every object. Our kind fel. Thursday. We are sitting in a garden, at a most low-traveller and my eldest son are going with beautiful spot on the lake, which, with its deepme, in a car, to Geneva, (thirty miles) that I may blue waters is rippling before us. We set off in not lose a moment in seeing after the translation our car at seven this morning, my son driving, of Scott.
and my friend and I going inside. The day is hot, You know that I have been some time engaged but beautiful. We have driven most of the way in assisting to have this admirable practical com- through vineyards, which have little or no fence ment on the Scriptures translated into French.- to them. The grapes are now large, and in some The whole body of French Protestant Theology few spots ripe ; but the vintage will not take place affords no one plain, spiritual, solid exposition of for a month. We passed through Morges and the Holy Scriptures. With immense difficulty I Rolle, two lovely towns, situated each on a bay have found a translator well skilled in English, of the lake, and affording, as you approach them, accustomed to literary occupation, master of a a charming view. good style, and of the same sentiments with my We are now at Nyon, the spot where Cæsar, author. He has nearly translated the Gospel of after defeating the Helvetii, founded the first RoSt. Matthew. The warm approbation of the de- man colony, fifty-six years before the birth of our sign from all quarters exceedingly encourages me Lord. All here is fertility, industry, and fruitfulto go on; and the tendency to error and excess ness. This lake of Geneva is diversified by perainongst some pious persons here, makes it more petual bays, towns, chateaux, vineyards, orchards, and more important. Still I feel a great doubt country-bouses. I observe, in the towns, that the whether so large a work will succeed, in the pre- shopkeepers, in their signs, give not merely a sinsent state of things, on the continent. At the gle figure, as in England; as of a man, a boot, a utmost, I only expect it may conspire, with other bottle, a hat, &c.; but a long board filled with all more efficient and adequate measures, to aid the the figures of different sorts of boots, bottles, hats, revival of religion. May God order, direct, and which they happen to sell; so that you have quite bless!
an historical painting—in wretched style of course. I approach Geneva (for which I am now setting About six miles before we came to Geneva, we off) with feelings of peculiar veneration. The passed through the beautiful village of Coppet, name of Calvin stands high amongst the Reform- celebrated as the residence of M. Neckar, and of ers, divines, and scholars of the sixteenth century. his still more distinguished daughter, Madame de There is no man to whom I owe so much as a Staël. I much wished to have
called at the chacommentator. The reproaches cast so liberally teau, to which I had been invited by the kindness on what is called Calvinism in England, are, for of the present possessor, the Baron de Staël; but the most part, (as moderate men of all parties now I found it was impossible. You will be charmed agree in allowing) either the effect of pure igno- to hear that the Baron with his noble and amiable rance, or of dislike to spiritual religion. The ex- sister, are blessings to the neighborhood. Their cesses and daring spirit of too many modern reli- benevolence and piety are such, that they acquaint gionists, have no warrant in the writings of Cal- themselves with the circumstances of all the poor vin. A more sober, practical, holy writer, gene- families around them, and administer relief to their rally speaking, does not exist. There was, un- bodies and minds. It is quite delightful to think, doubtedly, something harsh in his character; he that the descendants of one of the most able statescarried his acuteness too far in his system of di- men of France, and of perhaps the most brilliant vinity, so as to overstep, in my judgment, the exact writer of her age, should be devoting all their tamoderation of the Sacred Writings; and in his lents to the diffusion of the truest philosophy, the scheme of church government, he followed, not the illumination and moral elevation of their fellowEpiscopalian, but the Presbyterian model. His creatures, by the knowledge of the Holy Scripvirtues bordered on severity. But, after all these tures, and of the blessings of real Christianity as deductions, he was amongst the very first men of purchased by our Lord and Saviour. It was with his own or any age;. and the objections raised extreme regret I found myself unable even to make against his writings in modern times, have little a short stay in this attractive spot. or nothing to do with his failings, but in.ght bei Genera, Thursday night, nine o'clock.-We almost as well raised against what the Scriptures arrived here about six, after a very hot, dusty, disstate of the fall of man, of salvation by grace, of agreeable journey in point of fatigue; our little justification by faith, of regeneration by the Holy low car placed us, as we approached the city, in Spirit
, and of holy obedience as the fruit of love.* the midst of the dust ; and we met a continued In fact, these are the things in which true religion succession of carriages. The country continued consists; and, therefore, they are distasteful to sweet and beautiful. The view of the cathedral, the pride and sensuality of fallen man. This dis- and other buildings of the city, from the hill, is
very fine, chiefly from the circumstance of its be* I place the preamble of his will at the end of this ing placed at the extremity of the lake, just where letter.
its waters flow out and form
noble river, which I saw springing from the gla. Friday, half-;;ast nine.--I have sent to the post, cier, between the Grimsel and the Furca, and and received your welcome letter of July the 29th; which was then a stream of mere turbid snow- many, many thanks for all your intelligence. Í water, enters the lake of Geneva at Boverat, have written a note to Cologne to recover your nearly of the same muddy white color; but when first. Present my kindest love to our friends of it flows out and enters France, it is of the clearest the Church Missionary Society; tell them to be deep-blue color, pure to the bottom. It seems to of “good cheer in the name of the Lord:” these be nearly as wide here, as the Thames at London. sad deaths amongst the missionaries, of which As it rolls on to Lyon, it receives several rivers as your letter gave me the account, are the way to large as itself, till at last, in its approach to the life. Johnson and Palmer are names dear to the Mediterranean, it surprasses, in volume and ra- churches of Africa. I knew them both. Johnson pidity, the Rhine. It is, altogether, one of the attended me for some time before he went to noblest rivers of Europe. It rushes through Ge- Africa, to receive such advice and instruction as I nera, in two or three large streams from the lake; could give him. The surprising success of his and convenient bridges are thrown over them. labors has often filled my heart with gratitude.*
Geneva is very ancient; it is mentioned by His simplicity and devotedness were seldom Cæsar as the last town of the Allobroges, and the equalled. nearest to the borders of Helvetia. It now con Palmer was also a man of peculiar faith and tains twenty-five thousand souls, in about one thou- love. He had won my heart. In early life he sand houses, which gives a much larger proportion had been in the army. In the retreat of Sir John for each house than any other place I am ac- Moore to Corunna he was quite a boy, and would quainted with. The houses are accordingly very have perished, if an officer had not rolled him in a high-five or six stories. Many of the streets blanket and thrown him on horseback behind him, have a peculiarly awkward appearance from the and thus rescued him. He was at the battle of roofs, at this extreme height, jutting out over the Waterloo ; I remember the vivid description he streets ten or twelve feet, and being propped up gave me of that dreadfuì field. He described to by poles, or wooden pillars, fixed on the ground me the majestic figure of Lord Wellington as he below, and then secured inidway by cross-beams. hastened on his fine charger, with his telescope in Nothing can be so awkward ; and what increases his hand, and his loose Spanish cloak floating bethe awkwardness is, that small rows of shops run hind him, to different parts of the line. At the opposite the houses between the foot-way and the close of the war, he devoted himself to another street itself.* It resembles somewhat our ancient and a higher service; on that service he had just city of Chester. The town is famed for education, entered, when it pleased God thus to call him to talent, industry, and commerce. Watchmaking himself, with his wife and infant child. How inis particularly followed. Numbers of English are scrutable are the ways of Providence. Johnson here, and in the neighboring villages, and country- was removed in the midst of his eminent success; houses, and their opinions and example have the Palmer in the dawn of future promise. Johnson greatest weight. I wish I could report that the from the four or five hundred converts, and the tendency of them was uniformly good.
seventeen hundred hearers whom he had been the At the table-d'hôte, at supper, we had the mor- means of collecting around him; Palmer from the tification to find that the new steam-vessel sailed crowded population of Free Town, where a wide from Lausanne to-day, and brought nearly one field of probable usefulness was opening before hundred passengers, without heat, dust, &c., in him. The loss of two such men is a heavy stroke, six hours, what took us nearly twelve; nay, that and was meant to be felt; but may that God who the air was so fresh on the lake, that many per- has inflicted it, sanctify, support, overrule, comsons put on their great-coats. We were the more fort! The more my own health has failed, the vexed, because we had inquired about the boat, more do I learn to feel for my friends in England and were misinformed. The fact is, the steam- under sickness and sufferings. I am myself, indeed, boat is so violently opposed by voituriers and inn- wonderfully better: I eat, sleep, and bear fatigue keepers' servants, that there is no learning the well; still I am not without feelings of weakness truth concerning it. It is a ten or twelve horse- at times—and as life flows on, I see eternity more power, built by a Scotch engineer, with a crew of vividly before me. Italians; burns wood; goes the tour of the towns The news has just arrived here that the Pope on the lake once a week; and answers uncom- is dead, at the age of eighty-two or eighty-three. monly well, having fifty or sixty passengers most There is said to be a current prophecy at Rome, days. I wrote a note to my translator last night, that whatever Pope shall reign twenty-four years, and am to see him this morning.
he will be the last. This Pope has reigned nearly Friday morning, seven o'clock. I am now writ- twenty-four years. Would to God he may be ing in my room at my inn at Geneva, five stories the last ! high, with three windows overlooking the Rhone One o'clock.-I have been three or four hours and the lake, and a view of the town and rising with my chief translator. He is evidently an hills on the opposite shore. By being at this amiable, pious, sensible, scholarlike young man ; height, I am lifted up out of the smells, closeness, but dejected, feeble in health, and of a tender, and heat of the streets at this hot season; and and perhaps somewhat scrupulous, mind. St. therefore ascend my eighty weary stairs, and cross the cight landing-places, contentedly.
* He left a congregation of 1700 people at Regent, a town near Sierra Leone, and schools of above 1000
children. The communicants were 450, all con• This obstruction is, I understand, about to be verted Negroes, who had been liberated from slave gradually removed.
Matthew is translated in the rough, and part of Swiss say, each such day is a ton of gold in ripening it is copied. I have been able to contradict a re- the vintage. In the evening I walked with my old port which has been prevalent here, that I was Lausanne friend to a beautiful hill, called 'The actually dead. My friends were solemnly as- Signal; it presents a panoramic view of the sured of the fact the other day; I believe they town, lake, and adjoining country. The ascent are now convinced that the report was prema is by a lovely winding path in the midst of meature.
dows and vineyards. Lausanne, Saturday, August 30.--I spent the Sunday morning, August 31st, Lausanne, eleevening, yesterday, with my translator at Geneva; ven o'clock.—I have been already twice to church: saw what he had done in the translation, and fixed at half-past six, the parish church near us was a meeting with some friends on the same business filled with people ; and I heard a pretty good disfor next week. I met in the course of the even course from that admirable text, “As Moses lif ed ing several persons of much piety and tenderness up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the of spirit. Afterwards I walked about many parts Son of Man be lifted up; that whosoever believof the city, which is surrounded with a beautiful eth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting country. A new wooden bridge, suspended by life.” John, iii. 14, 15. The fault of the sermon iron wires, twisted together like cords, and carried was, the being too superficial, too general, too over three stone gates or arches, is very curious. declamatory. At nine, I went to the cathedral, It leads across the fortifications and fosse, to a to hear the first preacher in the canton. He is a lovely point for seeing Mont Blanc, which, how- doctor of divinity, of great respectability, and of ever,
the cloudy weather forbade us to behold. a venerable appearance, about sixty-five years of In the evening my friend and companion, with age. The service began by a young student of my son, drove out to Ferney, where Voltaire lived. the college ascending the pulpit, and reading, The portraits of Milton and Sir Isaac Newton are rather carelessly, three chapters of the Bible, in his room; his tomb was destroyed by the Aus- whilst the congregation was assembling. He trians; but he ordered a bust to be erected at then read the Ten Commandments, and the sumFerney, fifty years after his death—1828. The mary of them given by our Saviour. Upon this he mischief which he did to Switzerland, and especi- left the pulpit, and the preacher mounted it, who ally to Geneva, is not to be described. A pre- began by giving out two verses of a hymn. An vious decline in spiritual religion, and in the great organ led the immense congregation, whilst a doctrines of their reformers, ħad disposed the Ge, chanteur, a sort of clerk, standing up in the midnevese to receive the poison of his writings and dle of a pew (the congregation, I am sorry to say, example. He boasted that the magistrates and sit in singing,) sung with a very loud and distinct clergy dined commonly with him; that all honest voice. Then the preacher read an excellent, but men were Deists, though some few Calvinists, brief confession of sin, and some prayers. The out of a city of twenty-four thousand free-thinkers, whole of this part of the service was good ; but, remained ; and that he should soon gain over the as I thought, vastly inferior to the simple and ediwhole place. Howard, our celebrated philanthro- fying liturgy of our own church. pist, said, in 1770, that he then found that “the He next delivered a discourse of twenty-five principles of one of the vilest of men (so he de minutes, from 1 Cor. xi. 26.—" As often as ye eat scribes Voltaire) had greatly debased the ancient this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the purity and splendor of Geneva.” The fact is, that Lord's death till he come.” His divisions were some even of the ministers of religion corresponded clear and appropriate. First, Ye show forth the with Voltaire, and allowed him to jest with Chris- merit and propitiation of the death of Christ ; setianity in his letters to them. They were not condly, Yé show forth the infinite love of Christ ashamed also to be present at his private theatre, in that death, and the obligation we are under of with all its corruptions and profaneness. The con- loving each other; thirdly, Ye show forth your besequences need not be stated.
lief in the future coming of your Lord, and the When speaking on this subject, it is impossible fulfilment of all his promises. The whole was not to lament, that the Christianity which Voltaire admirably good; striking, solid, elevated, instrucbeheld, whether in France or in Geneva, was not tive, evangelical-perhaps it wanted something calculated to give him a right impression of its as to the application to the heart and conscience high and holy tendency. Gross superstition, and towards the close. After the sermon, the revea careless Protestantism, almost equally concealed rend preacher read a prayer for all states of men; from him the commanding grace and blessedness the creed ; and a concluding prayer. The clerk which the doctrine of a divine Saviour, and the very much offended me by sitting with his hat on rnle of Christian holiness, are designed to convey. during the service. The cathedral is a fine old The extreme profligacy of the French court, un- large building. der the regency, and throughout the reign of Nine at night.- I resume. The venerable proLouis XV. must have aided also in maturing his fessor's sermon at the cathedral this morning was infidel and demoralizing principles.
so good, that I lament to hear his doctrine is not This morning at six, my friend and I returned equally so at all times, and above all, that he joins to Lausanne, in the steam-boat, leaving my son in a persecution of a few very pious, though posto drive home the car. Instead of eleven hours sibly not altogether discreet, persons who have of sun, dust, and fatigue, we had six hours of cool, lately appeared in the canton. What an incon. agreeable, tranquil passage over the lake. We sistent thing is human nature! Here, in this reached Lausanne at twelve o'clock; and I found small republic, which boasts of its freedom, al. my dear family all well, and most happy in their most inquisitorial powers are assumed by the manice lodgings. The heat is very great. The gistrates and clergy. This is exactly what I feared
when speaking of Bern. As soon as any per- with the same mercy and loving-kindness, bore son gives offence, the magistrates make no scru- with my many faults and sins, for which I deservple of banishing him at once. They allow no ed to be rejected and cast off by him; but also dissidents from the establishment; not a soul. A that he hath exercised such gentleness and kindminister who is suspended cannot preach at all. ness towards me, as to deign to make use of me Now, at Geneva, non-conforming ministers, and in preaching and promulgating the truth of his meeting-houses are tolerated, at least for the pre- Gospel. And I testify and profess that it is my sent. And yet at Geneva, the church has openly wish and intention to spend what may remain of denied the faith, whilst at Lausanne, the main my life in that same faith and religion which he features of orthodoxy are strongly insisted on : delivered to me by his Gospel, nor to have any all these things furnish much matter for reflec- other hope or refuge for salvation than his gration.
cious adoption; on which only my salvation rests. Perhaps one may say, that indifference natu- And I embrace with my whole soul the mercy rally leans towards toleration; and proud nominal which he has vouchsafed me for the sake of Jesus orthodoxy towards persecution. Indifference in Christ, by making propitiation for my sins by the clines towards toleration, because it undervalues merit of his death and passion; so that satisfacthe importance of all religious sentiments; and tion might be made for all my sins and transgresbecause it is aware it needs for itself the fyrbear- sions, and the memorial of them be blotted out. ance it claims for others. But orthodoxy, when I testify also and profess that I humbly beg of him separated from the true spirit of the Gospel, is that he will so wash and purify me by the blood often self-righteous, bigoted, proud-proud of ta- of that supreme Redeemer, poured out for the sins lents, proud of what it thinks the correct form of of the human race (effuso pro humani generis pectruth, proud of holding others in subjection, proud catis,) that I may be permitted to stand before his of crushing opposition, proud of erecting itself as tribunal in the image of the Redeemer himself. a Pope in its own circle; it therefore leans to- Also I profess that I have diligently laboured, acwards persecution. These incidental evils do not cording to the measure of grace and loving-kindat all lessen the immense importance of truth ; ness which God has bestowed on me, purely and in fact, they are not evils belonging to truth, but simply to preach his word both in my sermons to the want of a practical, affectionate, humble and in my writings and commentaries, and faithapprehension of it, in all its extent.
fully interpret his Holy Scriptures. I testify also At half-past eleven, this morning, we went to and profess that in all the contentions and debates the English service, and heard an excellent ser- which I have had with the enemies of the Gospel, mon from an English clergyman, who was passing I have made use of no tricks nor sophistical and through the town. At two, I heard a fourth ser- bad methods, but have acted candidly and sinmon, pretty good, from a professor of the cathe- cerely in defending the truth. dral But I am weary, and must again say, “ But, wo is me! all my labor and zeal (if they adieu.
deserve the name) have been so remiss and lanBelieve me your affectionate, guid, that I confess that innumerable things have
D. W. been wanting to the right discharge of my office,
and that unless the unbounded loving-kindness of P. S. We think of taking a tour to Chamou- God had aided me, all my labor would have been ny and the Great St. Bernard next week, after useless and vain. Yea, moreover I acknowledge my meeting at Geneva; leaving Mrs. W. in this that unless the same loving-kindness had helped beautiful house, where we have one of the finest, me, the gifts and blessings of my mind which he softest views in Switzerland.
vouchsafed to me would have more and more brought me in guilty, before his tribunal, of sin and negligence. On which account, I testify
and profess that I have no other hope of salvation PREAMBLE TO CALVIN'S LAST WILL. except this one, that God, as he is the Father of
mercies, will show himself a Father to me who I subjoin, as a specimen of Calvin's theological acknowledge myself a miserable sinner.” views, as well as of his spirit and character, the preamble to his last will, dictated just before his death in May, 1564. “ In the name of the Lord, Amen. I, John
ARRETE OF LAUSANNE. Calvin, minister of the word of God in the church of Geneva, being so oppressed and afflicted with Since my return to England, I find an Arreté various diseases, that I am fully induced to think has actually been published at Lausanne, in the that the Lord God has determined shortly to take precise language that persecutors have almost me out of this world, have ordered to be made and universally adopted since Louis the Fourteenth's written my testament and my last will in the form revocation of the edict of Nantes. It forbids all that follows:
private religious meetings; and directs magis. “ First of all I give thanks to God that he had trates to dissolve such meetings by force. Every mercy on me (whom he created and placed in this person found guilty of being present at these meetworld) and not only delivered me from the pro- ings is to be punished with fines, imprisonments, found darkness of idolatry in which I was sunk, &c. and brought me into the light of his Gospel, and And is it in Switzerland—Switzerland, the made me a partaker of the ctrine of salvation, nurse of the Reformation-Switzerland, the counof which I was most unworthy; and not only, try of Zuingle and Ecolampadius, and Beza
Switzerland, the last favorite refuge of religious nées sont expressément défendues, commes conliberty in Europe, that this has taken place? Who traires à l'ordre public et à la paix religieuse. can too strong.y express his detestation of such “ Art. 2. Les Juges de paix et les municipalités intolerant and unchristian measures ? For the specialement charges de faire dissoudre immedicalumniated persons, who are the objects of it, atement toute assemblee ou reunion de ce genre, et are acknowledged on all hands to be peaceable cela par les moyens que la loi met à leur disposimembers of the republic, unexceptionable in their tion pour le maintien de l'ordre public. moral conduct, and pious and devoted Christians. “Les Juges de paix et les municipalites feront What trifling faults they may have committed, or sans delai rapport au conseil d'etat des mesures what errors even they may have fallen into, I do qu'ils auront prises en execution du present article, not know, nor will I trouble myself to inquire ; et des circonstances qui auront provoque des meit is enough for me to know that such infirmities sures. and foibles, supposing them to exist, are no palli "Art. 3. Toute personne réunie à une de ces ation whatever of the abominable guilt of perse- assemblees prohibees, qui n'aura pas obei de suite cution. But so it is. The clergy, when they re- à l'ordre de se separer et sera convaincue d'avoir, fuse to accept of divine grace, have always been par sa resistance, mais l'autorite dans le cas d'emthe worst of enemies to real spiritual religion. ployer la force, sera poursuivie pour être punie All experience declares this, and especially the conformement à l'article 53 du Code correctionel history of the sufferings of Christ our Lord. (trois jours de prisons) sans prejudice des peines
I subjoin a copy of the Arrêté, as a most cu- plus grâves auxquelles les suites de cette resistance rious document, and a sad specimen of what a pourraient donner lieu. Protestant government is capable of enacting : “ Art. 4. Seront poursuivis pour être punis con
formement à l'article 58 du Code correctionel “Le Conseil d'Etat du Canton de Vaud. (600 livres d'amende, ou dix ans de prisons) sui
vant le prescript de l'article 11 de la loi du 2 Juin, “Vu les rapports parvenus depuis quelques an- 1810, tous les individus dont les demarches tendrainées, sur les principes et la conduite d'une nou- enţ a gagner des proselytes à une secte contraire velle secte en matiere de religion, vulgairement à la paix religieuse et à l'ordre public. Tout in. appelee des Momiers, qui s'est introduite dans le dividus qui fournirait un emplacement quelconque canton; ainsi que sur les assemblees ou reunions pour y tenir des assemblees prohibees, sera envide cette secte qui, dans certains lieux, se tiennent sage, comme complice et poursuivi comme tel. aux mêmes heures que le service du culte public; « Art. 5. Seront egalement poursuivis, pour être
“Considérant que si l'autorite n'a pas à s'occu- punis des peines mentionnees à l'article precedent per de ce qui concerne les opinions religieuses tous les individus reconnus pour avoir provoque ou des individus, en tant qu'elles n'influent pas sur dirige une assemblec prohibee, ou pour avoir fonctil'ordre publique, il est neanmoins de son devoir onne en qualite de Chefs, ou de Directeurs, ou de d'intervenir
, lorsque ces opinions se manifestent tout autre manière semblable. par des actes exterieures qui tendent à troubler Art. 6. Le present arrêté sera imprime, publie, cet ordre public;
et affiche. Il sera transmis aux lieutenants du con“ Considerant que la nouvelle secte dont il s'agit, seil d'etat, aux Juges de paix, et aux municipalites a donne, lieu sur divers points du Canton á des charges de veiller et de tenir la main à son execudesordres plus ou moins grâves, qui, s'ils n'etaient tion. arrêtes dans leur première cause, pourraient avoir “Donne sous le sceau du Conseil d'Etat à Laupar leur developpement ulterieur de facheux re- sanne le 15 Janvier, 1824. sultats;
“ Suivent les signatures et le sceau." “Considerant que ces sectaires ont declare par l'intermediaire de ceux qui s'annoncent comme
Thus is the Inquisition of Spain transferred to leurs chefs ou directeurs, qu'ils se separent de Protestant Switzerland; and the noblest gift of l'eglise Nationale et se rendent independans des the Reformation, LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE is openinstitutions et ordonnances qui la regissent, pour
ly violated. former une eglise nouvelle;
As this part of the volume is again going through “Considerant que les actes qui se font dans the press, * I take the opportunity of giving some leur assemblees constitueraient ainsi un veritable further information on the above most distressing culte, etranger à la religion de l'état;
subject, partly taken from letters lately received “Considérant que les principes erronnés ou
from Switzerland, and partly from other authentic exagérés professés dans les dites assemblées et
It is quite lamentable to see to what a hautement avoues soit par les sectaires, soit par length some of the Swiss PROTESTANT governceux qui se présentent comme leurs Chefs, sont ments have actually carried the spirit of persecution. absolument subversifs de l'ordre social, tant sous
I first give a copy of the law passed at Laule point de vue de l'union dans les familles, que sanne last May, four months after the above Arrête, sous celui des rapports qui dérivent des institutions and embodying the enactments of that decree:civiles et religieuses;
“Considérant, enfin que les dits sectaires se " Le grand conseil du canton de Vaud, sur la proplacent, par leurs discours, leurs démarches, et
position du conseil d'Etat. leurs actes de proselytisme, dans un état d'aggres “ Considerant que quelques personnes exaltees sion ouverte contre l'eglise nationale ;
cherchent à introduire et à propager une nouvelle “Ouï le departement de l'interieur
secte religieuse ; rêté. “Article 1. Les Assemblées ci-dessus mention
* March, 1825.