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plots against the great bulwarks of our ple the peculiar dangers of the present national Zion. May our beloved time, and in taking measures to accountry awake to her dangers, and quaint them with the real character may she be saved from the ruthless and operations of Popery, and to infangs of “ Wolves in sheep's cloth- spire them with a just sense of the ing."

blessings and benefits of our ProtestBEWARE OF THE Jesuits!!! ant faith, succession, and Constitution.

That one great principle of the Bri

tish Constitution, is,—the support of CITY OF LONDON PROTESTANT

the Established Church by the LegislaASSOCIATION.

ture and the nation, as the national

instrument for giving religious instrucFUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES.

tion to the people at large, and thus That the holy Scripture is the re- fulfilling the duty which a Christian vealed will of God to man, and con- state owes to God; combined with the tains the sole and sufficient rule of free and full toleration of all systems faith.

of religion whose tenets do not operate That it is the right and duty of against the peace of society: and every one, to make himself acquainted therefore that all the members of the with the holy Scriptures, and judge Association must consider themselves for himself, with such literary aid as as pledged to the support of this prinmay be necessary for him, and such ciple. help as God may have given him, and in dependance on Divine teaching, 1. That the objects of this Assowhat is the doctrine there delivered to ciation shall be, to endeavour with the us.

Divine blessing, to rouse the dormant That the influence of true religion spirit of Protestantism among all over a people, forms the best security classes of this city, and to impress for their individual rights and liberties, upon them the necessity of using and is the surest basis of national every lawful exertion to resist the enprosperity. .

croachments of the Church of Rome, That the British Constitution ac- and in a Christian spirit to endeavour knowledges in its principles and laws to convince its members of the danthe sovereignty of Almighty God, and gerous errors and soul-destroying the supreme authority of his holy principles of Popery. word; and that as a safeguard to the 2. s'hat all persons professing faith. Protestant liberties of Great Britain, in the Holy Trinity, and who venethe succession to the throne is wisely rate the sacred Scriptures as their only limited to Protestants.

rule of faith, assenting to the fundaThat the integrity of the Protestant mental principles, may be members of faith, and the civil and religious pri- this Association. vileges we have so long enjoyed, are 3. That the Association be under endangered by the assaults of Popery the control of a President, Vice-Preand Tractarianism.

sidents, Secretary, and a Committee That the Church of Rome is zeal- of eighteen persons, to be chosen anously exerting itself to destroy the nually from the members. Protestant character of the Constitu- 4. That the Committee, of whom tion, and to render the declaration of three shall form a quorum, shall have Protestantism, made by the Sovereign power to regulate all matters relating on ascending the throne of these to their own Meetings, and those of realms, fruitless.

the Association; to fill up vacancies That, to counteract these efforts of in their body, and generally to conduct the Church of Rome and the Tract- and manage its affairs and funds. arian party, all who venerate the Word 5. That all members shall subscribe of God and value the British Insti- four shillings a-year, or upwards, for tutions, to whatever portion of the the objects of the Association. Church of our Divine Saviour they 6. That the Association meet monthmay belong, should be called on to ly, for the purpose of admitting new co-operate, in pointing out to the peo- members, and stirring up and encou






m ung one another to preserere in this may be huudable want and thus the speakers sures 6 31 such Monty ke chosen by the to a

2 hr so reference whatever be
ende by aur speaker to the difference
of opinie, as regards discipline.
isting among the Protestant Refor

8. That the Committee shall power to suspend, and if after investigation at the next Meer

ber, who may be found act tending to injure the the Association.

9. That all proceedi, with prayer.

Communications m to Mr. Owtram. the

Cloak-lane, Queen-sti


from op

er be in the introduction of meavery b

in this sures fraught with such serious evils

to our civil and religious Institutions. THE Jesu

The tone and nature of the debate Por

be was more satisfactory than most of the rence discussions which have lately taken he ex- place on questions in which Popery Reformed has been concerned. There has been

too often a sort of morbid sickly senbe shall have timentality, a mawkish sensibility, as if after careful though it were impossible for any one it Meeting it be to be right but Rome, her emissaries

expel any Mem- and advocates; and that to oppose her, investigacessary found guilty of any or plans for her aggrandizement, were injure the interests of

folly of the worst and most glaring

description. all proceedings be opened

Much might be adduced in corrobo

ration of the statements made in our vations may be addressed former article. The following cannot tram, the Secretary, at 22, be read without deep sympathy for the ne. Queen-street, Cheapside. unhappy victim, now no more, and

strong abhorrence of the system under the auspicious influence of whick

such atrocities could be perpetuated.. THE CONFESSIONAL.-THE

We give the statement as taken MORTMAIN LAWS.

from the “Times,” of Friday, March is a preceding number of our pe- 13, and leave our readers to make iodical,* we made remarks on three their own comment, and application : Bills then before Parliament. One of “PRIESTS, WOMEN, AND FAMILIES. those Bills, we are happy to say, has -A trial took place at the last assizes been since thrown out. We refer to of the Herault which created great the Bill introduced by Lord John sensation. The following are the cirManners, “to alter and amend the cumstances of the case, as stated in Laws relating to the Disposition of the indictment. Emilie Vidal, the Property for pious and charitable daughter of a man of large property Purposes."

at St. Pons, was married to Corbiere, The House of Commons divided the a physician, and in due time had a 4th of March, on the second reading child, of which she became so fond as of the Bill, when there was found to to neglect all her other duties. To dibe a majority of 60 to 24 ; the numbers vert her mind into the right channel, being, for the second reading 24 she was placed particularly under the Against it ... 60 direction of M. Dousset, the curé of

the village of Felines d'Hautpool, near Majority 36 St. Pons, in which the Corbieres lived, This is so far gratifying—but Lord with the hope of his exciting in her John Manners has declared his inten- the religious sentiments in which she tion to persist in bringing the question was deficient. Soon afterwards the forward again and again.

child died, and the priest took the We do not blame the Honourable opportunity for turning the affections, Member for acting up to what he be- or rather the passions, of the mother lieves right; but let us also do the towards himself, and ultimately suc same, let us be as pertinacious and ceeded in seducing her. Availing strenuous in opposing, as he, or others himself of the influence he had thus

acquired over her, he got her to sign

notes of hand in his favour, and at * See “Protestant Magazine,” for

last to make a will, leaving him a March, 1846. The article referred to has since been published separately, as

large part of her fortune, over which a pamphlet, and may be had of the As she had the control, under the presociation.

tence of saying perpetual masses for

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her soul. The husband was at last prisoner guilty of fraud, but aoquitmade acquainted with these infamous ting him of the charge of attempting proceedings, and went to the house of murder. The Court condemned him the priest to reproach him with them. to close confinement, with labour, for During the altercation which ensued, eight years, and to be exposed on the Dousset made an attempt to stab M. pillory in the market-place of MontCorbiere with a knife, but he escaped pellier. When this judgment was unhurt out of the house. As he was pronounced, Dousset spoke not a word, going away, the enraged priest took up nor did he show the slightest emotion." a gun and fired at him. Again he -" Galignani's Messenger." escaped, the charge having only touched his coat. Another violent scene took place between them some

AN HEBREW ANTHEM TAKEN short time after, and the paramour

FROM THE SERVICE FOR THE struck the husband a violent blow on

RECEPTION OF THE SABBATH. the breast with an iron bar. M. Corbiere was immediately seized with Come, my beloved to meet the bride; phthisis, which he attributed to this in the presence of the Sabbath let us rejury, and soon after died. Dousset ceive. Come, my beloved, and keep then conceived the following strata- and remember the Sabbath-day), both gem for securing to himself the whole words did the one peculiar God cause of Madame Corbiere's fortune. He us to hear, with one expression; the prevailed upon her to consent to marry Eternal is a unity, and his name is his own father, a very aged man, to unity; to him appertaineth renown, whom her property was to be made glory, and praise. Come, my beloved, over, and which he, the priest, would &c. Come, let us go to meet the inherit on his parent's death. But Sabbath-day, for it is the fountain of this plan could not be carried into blessing ; in the beginning of old was execution until the legal term of her it appointed, for though last in crewidowhood was expired. To over- ation, yet was it first in the design of come this difficulty, and the conse. God. Come, my beloved, &c. quences which delay might produce, Othou sanctuary of the king! O he made the two parties sign a mutual royal city! Arise and come forth contract of marriage, under very from thy subversion ; thou hast dwelt heavy penalties. This was on the 5th long enough in the abode of calamity, March" in last year, only a month for he will now pity thee with kindafter the death of M. Corbiere. He ness. Come, my beloved, &c. at the same time made each of them Shake off the dust! Arise, O my sign a bond for a sum, left in blank, people! and adorn thyself with thy to be paid to him, in case the mar- beautiful attire ; for by the hand of riage should not be solemnized. This Jesse, the Bethlehemite, redemption he afterwards filled up himself with a draweth nigh to my soul. Come, my very large penalty. These transac- beloved, &c. tions, on being made known, excited Rouse thyself; rouse thyself; " arise, suspicion that M. Corbiere, the hus- shine, for thy light is come." Awake, band, had been poisoned, and the awake, utter a song, “for the glory of magistrates ordered an exhumation the Lord is risen upon thee." Come, and autopsy of his body. No traces of my beloved, &c. poison could be discovered; but Dousseto be not ashamed, neither be conwas indicted for an attempt to murder founded, O Jerusalem! "Why art the deceased by the blow with the iron thou cast down? Why art thou disbar, and also for endeavouring by quieted." In thee, the poor of my fraudulent means to deprive M. people shall take refuge, and the City, Vidal, the brother and heir of Madame Jerusalem, shall be built on her own Corbiere, of the property to which he heap. Come, my beloved, &c." would succeed on her death. After a They who spoil thee shall become a long hearing, in which all the facts spoil, and they that swallow thee up stated were fully investigated, the jury shall be removed far away. Thy God delivered a verdict declaring the will rejoice in thee as a bridegroom

rejoiceth in his bride. Come, my be- tion, variety, and boldness. It is a loved, &c. On the right, and on the book which speaks of the heavenly left, wilt thou be extended; and the and invisible world, while it also Eternal wilt thou revere, through the speaks of the earth and things visible. means of a man, the descendant of It is a book which nearly fifty writers, Pharez, will we rejoice, and be glad. of every degree of cultivation, of Come, my beloved, &c. .

every state, of every condition, and O come in peace, thou crown of thy living through the course of fifteen husband. Also with joy and mirth in hundred years, have concurred to the midst of the beloved and faithful make. It is a book which was written people. Enter, O bride. Come, my in the centre of Asia, in the sands of beloved, to meet the bride, the pre- Arabia, and in the deserts of Judah; sence of the Sabbath let us receive. in the courts of the temple of the

Jews, in the music schools of the prophets of Bethel and of Jericho, in the

sumptuous palaces of Babylon, and ASTONISHING ACCURACY OF

on the idolatrous banks of Chebar; THE BIBLE.

and finally, in the centre of the An astonishing feature of the Word western civilization, in the midst of of God is,' that notwithstanding the

the Jews and of their ignorance, in the time at which its compositions were midst of polytheism and its idols, as written, and the multitudes of the also in the bosom of pantheism and of topics to which it alludes, there is not its sad philosophy. It is a book whose one physical error-not one assertion first writer had been forty years a or allusion disproved by the progress pupil of the magicians of Egypt, in

of modern science. None of those whose opinion the sun, the stars, and · mistakes which the science of each the elements were endowed with ini succeeding age discovered in the books telligence, reacted on the elements,

of the preceding: above all, none of and governed the world hy a perpetual · those absurdites which modern astro alluvium. It is a book whose first nomy indicates in such great numbers writer preceded, by more than nine in the writings of the ancients—in hundred years, the most ancient phitheir sacred codes, in their philosophy, losophers of ancient Greece and Asia and even in the finest pages of the

-the Thalesea, and the Pythagorases, fathers of the Church, not one of these the Zalucuses, the Xenophons, and .errors is to be found in any of our the Confuciuses. It is a book which sacred books. Nothing there will ever carries its narrations even to the hiercontradict that which, after so many archies of angels-even to the most ages, the investigations of the learned distant epoch of the future, and the world have been able to reveal to us glorious scenes of the last day. Well, on the state of our globe, or on that search among its fifty authors, search of the heavens. Peruse with care our among its sixty-six books, its 1189 Scriptures, from one end to the other, chapters, its 31,173 verses, search for to find there such spots; and while you

only one of those thousand errors apply yourselves to this examination,

which the ancients and the moderns remember that it is a book which committed, when they speak of the speaks of everything, which describes heavens or of the earth of their nature, which recites its creation, revolutions, of the elements; search, which tells us of the water, of the but you will find none.-German of atmosphere, of the mountains, of the Gaussen. animals, and of the plants. It is a book which teaches us the first revolutions of the world, and which also

MISCELLANEOUS...: foretels its last: it recounts them in CHOICE OF ASSOCIATES AND FRIENDS. the circumstantial language of history; -Impelled by the ardour of juvenile it extols them in the sublimest strains feeling, and destitute of the weariness of poetry, and it chants them in the commonly acquired by a farther adcharms of glowing song. It is a book vance in the voyage of life, the young which is full of oriental rapture, eleva. are little aware of the dangers which arise from irreligious fellowships, the pery stand then? Will she dare to fatal rock against which many a repeat her horrible doctrine that the goodly bark launched forth into the blood of God's saints is of no more ocean of the world, by the hand of value than the blood of thieves, murparental anxiety, and fraught with derers, and robbers. God will teach rich stores of knowledge and moral her differently. God will teach her worth, has struck, and split, and sank then, that the blood of his people to rise no more.

cannot be shed with impunity; that The cup of social pleasure which is as the blood of Abel cried aloud to not consecrated to virtue and to God, God for vengeance, so the blood of may sparkle in the view, and contain his slaughtered servants calls, trumpetsome ingredients which in the moment tongued, to the Almighty, for judgof participation, are peculiarly stimu- ment upon Rome. When God shall lating to the spirits, and agreeable to bare his arm and grasp the thunder, the taste ;- but it is forgotten that it bolts of his vengeance, where will is nevertheless, an intoxicating and Popery stand then ? will she, can she, poisonous draught, which tends to endure the power of the holy God? undermine the moral constitution, and To whom then will she cry? ''To the to produce the worst evils.

blessed Virgin? She will rejoice over When apprised of their peril, youth her downfall? To the saints? They are commonly disposed to think they will shout in a holy rapture of joy and are able at any time, either to secure praise to God, for bringing into judga safe retreat from unholy companion- ment, the accursed system, which ship, or to withstand its pernicious blasphemed his glorious majesty, and influence. But it would be well to dishonoured their names. Will Peter remember that however sincere their save her? He and all the holy aposresolutions may be, it requires a far tles and prophets are described in the greater degree of fortitude, prudence, Revelations as rejoicing over her. and stability of character, to guard Will angels save her? No; the areffectually against the danger, than mies of heaven shall unite in one song usually belongs to their period of life, of triumph: the vault of heaven shall and that few have ventured unbidden, ring with the triumphant shout, Halleand in the spirit of self confidence luiah (Rev. xix. 1-3), and her smoke upon such an unequal contest, with shall rise up for ever and ever. out giving in the sequel, melancholy AsceticISM.—The conduct of the proof of having overrated the strength ascetic often conceals under an asof their moral principles - Muston. sumed sanctity, the worst feelings of

A Mother's Love.-There is an the heart. How frequently has it enduring tenderness in the love of a been made the cloak of covetousness mother to a son that transcends all and the subterfuge of pride! other affections of the heart. It is Nor is religion less libelled by the neither to be chilled by selfishness, churl who pours contempt upon the nor daunted by danger, nor weakened common civilities of life :-or by the by worthlessness, nor stifled by in- pharisaical spirit, which under the gratitude. She will sacrifice every pretence of superior purity, acts as comfort to his convenience; she will though it would be contaminated by surrender every pleasure to his enjoy- coming into ordinary contact with ment; she will glory in his fame, and human nature.--Muston. exult in his prosperity: and if adver- Books.—It is chiefly through books sity overtake him, he will be the that we enjoy intercourse with supedearer to her by misfortune; and if rior minds; and these invaluable disgrace settle upon his name, she will means of communication are in reach still love and cherish him; and if all of all. In the best books great men the world beside cast him off, she will talk to us—give us their most precious be all the world to him.

thoughts, and pour their souls into The Doom OP POPERY. — When ours. God be thanked for books. God shall arise in awful majesty to They are the voices of the distant and judge the world, when he shall make the dead, and make us heirs of the inquisition for blood—where will Po- spiritual life of past ages. Books are

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