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it. I am acquainted with many the indignant expression of Pro. of their leading men and agitators; testant feeling. But when you act and my impression is, that they in the spirit that you do, I tell you esteem a man more highly, and at- plainly, that I set light by any anitend to him more vividly, when they madversions you may think
proper to perceive an honest expression of make upon any language of mine, sentiment on his part, divested of borrowed as that language is from what they regard as the cant of Pro- the spirit and formularies of our testantism. (Hear, hear, hear.) Sir, Church, formularies to which she I am not an individual who has bene- demands, and has received my unfitted to any great extent from “ the feigned assent and consent. (Here march of intellect." I do not go to the Rev. Gentleman again quoted the the National School books for my Homilies.] Such, Sir, is the standard style of language. I go, Sir, to our to which I desire to be conformed, standards, to our articles, our liturgy, and I should rather be charged with our homilies—to the language of the imprudence in such company, than go
who overturned Popery in to your schools to imbibe the wisdom former times ; and I, for my part, set which they inculcate. (Cheers.) I my seal to the wisdom of the lan- love my countrymen, my heart burns guage which they have placed in my to set them free; and, I conjecture, hands, and to which I am solemnly that the exertions we use in this pledged as a clergyman. Now, Sir, place with that view, have terded I shall give you a few extracts from more to the production of that result, the Homilies. I fear they will not than all the schemes which conspiring please you much. I apprehend they prelates, Protestant and Popish, would be thought little agreeable in could set on foot to secure their obthe National School-room of Clough- jects, by a mutual compromise of jordan. But this much I will say, principle. Sir, the Roman Catholics that I would never countenance a of Ireland are very shrewd; they school in my parish, within which know how, when two things are they would not be agreeable. Hearken, brought before them, to "put that Sir, how our Church speaks of and that together." I shall tell you Pope, Popery, and Popish priests. what they can ratiocinate in a few [Here the Rev. Gentleman read a moments; I hope your National great number of passages from the Schools, may not spoil their national Book of Homilies.] I claim for the sense of logic. When they hear my men who penned these documents strong language against their systems, and committed them to us for our and are struck by it, they can say, guidance, not merely to be read as why do not the priests answer that ? sermons, to be the pattern of the why does not Dr. M‘Hale answer that? sermons we should write, more of the and they can draw the conclusion Christian spirit-I speak it with every with sufficient exactness. “ Because feeling of Christian charity—than I they cannot ;” there is not one single am disposed to concede our friend, manifesto that we issue from this ÅsMr. Trench. Let me ask you, Sir, do sociation, to the tail of which we do you support the Protestant Orphan not tie this conclusion, that if it were Society?
not true, the priests could thrust it Mr. TRENCH, No! I will assign down our throats. We placard the the reason, that they will not make walls with declarations that Popery is Roman Catholics Protestants, that is the apostasy, and we defy them to do my only reason! ("Cries of Shame.”) anything of the kind against us or Mr. GREGG.--No, Sir!-Sir, your against our Church. Do you
know simple “No!” explains the matter, the reason why, Sir? I shall tell and I will go much further than the you. Because they stand in awe of sentence you append to it. Sir, you that which I trust you have found resist, you oppose the Protestant Or- some terrors in-an answer. (Great phan Society, you refuse your school- cheers.) And now, Mr. Trench, you
to its advocacy. (Cries of have seen a Protestant Meeting. We ‘Shame!”) I am not sorry you hear have neither tickets of exclusion nor
covenants to enforce order. We throw all uncleanness.” Such was the lanour doors wide open; if any oppo- guage of Christ. Such that also of nent comes to object, we hear him as his prophets and apostles, inspired by we have done you, and in like man- the same Spirit. This was not the ner we silence him by the invincible language of compliment; it was power of truth. (Hear.) We give adopted with the purpose (I humbly you credit for the style of your ad- hope so) for which I spoke in a dress; you have spoken as a Gentle kindred strain, to awaken, arouse, and man, how could a Trench do other- at last convert. (Hear, hear.) It wise ?. We give you credit for good was the language of the Reformers, intentions, but we pronounce you, in through which we sit here secure in point of judgment, utterly defective; the utterance of religious truth. and in point of fact, though you (Hear.) And our children will inknow it not, a traitor to your Church, herit the security we enjoy, if we to your country, and to your God. walk in the footsteps of those great (Loud cheers.) And I am as con- friends of mankind; but if we bevinced as I am a living man, that if come the smooth-tongued race the I stood before the assembled Pro- National Board would teach us to be, testant millions of England and Ire- you will find the result exemplified land, and submitted that proposition very near Cloughjordan. Did you as a resolution to them, it would be ever hear of a Protestant schoolpassed with an acclamation as unani- master, Sir, whose brains mous as that which you here have wit- knocked out at Cloughjordan? I nessed. (Cheers.) Sir, with affection, believe there were two. (Mr. Trench, and kindly feeling, I call on you to "No."). Well, one murdered school" hear the Church ;” it speaks no un- master is quite sufficient to exemplify reasonable canons; it determines on the intolerance and malignity of grounds of reason and of private judg- Popery. (Hear, hear, hear.) Mr. ment; attend to its decisions and save Trench would persuade us that in your soul. A spirit has lately taken excluding the priests he keeps the its flight from our midst ; I fear we devil out of his schools. I tell you, scarce shall look upon his like again; Sir, that though you may ever so and I do from my heart believe, that much exclude the devil, if you do if our departed brother were lying on not bring in Christ not merely to his death-bed, or if I myself, to- your schools, but to your heart, I tell morrow,
heart would be you as a faithful ambassador of Christ, cheered, and light and happy in pro- you will, on the awful day of account, portion as I could assure myself that be cast out into outer darkness, where I bore the cross of a bold, and faith- shall be wailing and gnashing of ful, and an uncompromising testimony teeth. for truth; in proportion, as I could The Rev. Gentleman resumed his reflect that Popery, had been by seat amid prolonged cheers, and Mr. me loudly and distinctly protested Trench immediately left the Meeting. against. In that awful hour I should The Rev. Hugh PRIOR moved the feel no complacency in the sweets of Third Resolution :-" That being concompromise. I should feel no re- vinced that Popery has no Scriptural morse in recollecting that I had fol- basis to rest upon, and not only so, lowed the example and employed the but that it is repugnant to the Word language of Christ, his apostles, and of God, we believe that the true and his holy Church. Remember, that only effectual way to oppose it is to our Homilies which I have quoted to hold forth to its members the lights of you, merely retail to us the spirit of the Scripture, and constantly preour Master, Christ—"Woe unto you sent to their minds the written Word scribes and pharisees, hypocrites.' as the infallible standard of religious "Go ye and tell that fox I do cures rectitude; and we are further conto-day and to-morrow, and the third vinced, that in order that this may be day I shall be perfected.” “Ye effectually done, a platform distinct whited sepulchres, fair without, but from the Protestant pulpit is essential. within full of dead men's bones, and That we believe such a platform to be
erected at the weekly Meetings of our in the moral warfare which it is waging Protestant Association may be ex- for truth, liberty, and the happiness pected to be proportionally effective, of Ireland.” as the reports of proceedings receive The Seventh and last Resolution extensive circulation through the was moved by THOMAS H. THOMSON, public press."
Esq., and seconded by the Rev. T. D. The Rev. Mr. Sillito seconded GREGG. It was—« That in contemthe Resolution, which was carried plating the labours of the Association unanimously.
during the past year, we cannot but The Rev. RICHARD Budd moved feel that there is ground for enthe Fourth Resolution, to the effect couragement—that we gratefully ac
“ That we believe that our rulers knowledge the power with which it and both Houses of Legislature are has wrought on public opinion—that under the influence of a lamentable its exertions are attributed in a great indifference to Protestant truth, and degree to the cheering fact that the its important bearings on the consti- spirit of the mass of the Protestants tutional privileges of the people; and of Dublin has grown strong in prothat herein lies the necessity of ad- portion as efforts have been made to dressing a petition to those in high crush it, and their determination to places, remonstrating against the oppose and repudiate the faithlessness criminality of not supporting truth.” of members of their own body has
The Resolution was seconded by risen with every attempt to obtrude the Rev. W. A. PERCY, and passed. erroneous principles or practices into
The Fifth Resolution was moved the Protestant Church, and that in by the Rev. A. J. MONTGOMERY, and the continuance of our well-designed seconded by the Rev. Join Benson. Association's labours, to enlighten It was as follows—“That we regret to and animate the Protestants of the witness as attendant on the progress Irish metropolis, we cannot but hope, of Popish influence, a corresponding under the Divine blessing, for the decay of popular liberty and Pro- most important results, not only in testant privilege, that it is becoming this city and in Ireland, but in the more and more unsafe to speak the United Kingdom; results which, untruth, more and more temporally ad- der the Divine blessing, must ultivantageous to compromise its de- mately operate glorious consequences mands, and make a truce with the to the whole British empire.” errors of Popery and those who The Rev. HUGH PRIOR was then loved them, and that it is plain called to the chair, when the Rev. enough that if Protestants do not T. D. GREGG moved, and the Rev. rally for their principles, and co-ope- JOHN BENSON seconded, a vote of rate to restore the abolished safeguard thanks to the Dean of Ardagh, after of freedom, they will leave to their which, the Meeting separated. children an inheritance of slavery, and to their country the perpetuated yoke of Popish domination."
PROTESTANT WEEKLY NEWSThe Rev. FRANCIS IRWIN moved,
PAPER. and the Rev. ALEXANDER HURST
To the Editor of the Protestant Operative seconded, the Sixth Resolution :
Magazine. “ That we earnestly call upon those Sir, — It has been the matter of no Protestants whose station in society, small surprise to me, when I consider and whose official opportunities fur- that in London, the great capital nish them with knowledge of the of Protestant England, there is not incessant exertions of Papists and one purely Protestant weekly paper, or Popish priests to undermine our at least, not one that claims the supProtestant institutions, and to build port of the public solely on those up Popish power; to reflect upon the grounds. Surely, one ought to be disastrous consequences of the dark started under the name of “The Proand intolerant principles of Rome, testant,” on the same principles which and the duty which they, therefore, are advocated in your Magazine; and lie under to sustain our Association, I do not doubt but that it would be
well supported. Two Roman Catholic sidious designs of Popery in our Proweekly newspapers! Is there not testant Church. Accept my most more activity with them, than with grateful acknowledgments. You have us? Oh, Sir, let us wipe out this relieved me from all my pecuniary disgrace on the Protestantism of our difficulties, and greatly rejoiced my country; and by God's grace, be more heart. May God pour upon you the energetic in diffusing those principles, best of blessings, and make humble -those Protestant principles, which effort to glorify lis holy name, a are beyond all earthly value, because source of rejoicing to ourselves, and a they comprise “the truth as it is in
cause for thankfulness to the whole Jesus.”
Yours, truly, Protestant Chureh. A PROTESTANT LIVERYN AN. I remain, my Christian Friends, May 21, 1816.
Your most sincerely obliged,
R. R. FAULKNER.
THE ROUND CHURCII AT CAM
WHY AM I A PROTESTANT ? BRIDGE. - LETTER OF REV. R. R. FAULKNER.
BECAUSE I protest against the errors
of the Church of Rome. Such as TO THE PROTESTANT PUBLIC.
1. The doctrine of transubstantiaMy Christian FRIENDS.-It is with tion and the sacrifice of the mass. feelings of the deepest gratitude that
11. The supremacy of the Pope. I beg most respoctiully once more to II. The infallibility of the Church thank you for all your kindness, and of Rome. to inform you that by your generous IV. The withholding the Bible from aid and assistance all my expenses the people and substituting tradition in the work of finishing the Round as she rule of faith. Church are now discharged. When I
V. The worship of the Virgin. look back to the commencement of VI. The invocation of saints as the late painful proceedings about the mediators. removal of the stone altar and credence
VII. The adoration of images and table, and reflect on the affectionate relics. sympathy shewn towards me by the VIII. The withholding the cup Protestant public, I can only exclaim, from the laity. “O give thanks unto the Lord, for lle IX. The Latin service. is good, for his mercy endureth for
X. Purgatory; and the power of ever.” It is lle who, through his the priests to forgive sins, and the sale blessing on your kind support, has of pardons and indulgences. made me, the least and weakest instru
Why do I still object to the Endowment in His Church, the means of ment of Maynooth ? effecting the greatest good, and of Because no Act of Parliament can pulling down one of the strongest make idolatry agree with Scripture. holds.
Because the above doctrines are still The battle, indeed, was sharp; but taught at Maynooth, and also that the victory is glorious. To God be
every baptized person, who does not all the praise-to you be all the bene- hold these doctrines is held to be a fit. The affectionate expressions of so heretic, and is to be dealt with acmany who have not only sent me their cordingly when the Church of Rome generous donations, but assured me of has the power. their earnest prayers to God for me, “have been abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;" and I owe WHY AM I OF THE CHURCH OF to you, my dear friends, a debt of
ENGLAND? gratitude which I can never repay. Because the Church of England is For it is through you, under God, that Catholic, Apostolic, ancient, primitive, I have been enabled in the present Scriptural, spiritual. distracted and divided state of the I. Catholic; as part of the univeral Church, so resolutely and so effectually Church, of which “Christ is the (thanks be to God) to oppose the in- head.”
II. Apostolic; as built on the founda- mended in the “Protestant Magazine." tion of the apostles and prophets ;
This I entirely approve, and beg to Jesus Christ himself being the chief ask, if it would prove an advantage to corner-stone.
the cause, to have Protestant Reading III. Ancient; as to her creeds. Rooms as well, especially for our
IV. Primitive ; as to her orders and Operatives ?-An INQUIRER. constitution.
HARD TIMES.—The times are hard V. Scriptural; as to her Articles. -work is scarce — and many peoVI. Spiritual ;
as to her Liturgy ple have very little to do, and very and Homilies.
Iittle money coming in for their supVII. Her sacraments are ordained port. And yet they make the times of Christ.
harder to themselves by going to the VIII. Her ministers are servants of
How often is more money Christ.
spent in these and similar amuseIX. Her ministrations are for the ments than is earned in a whole week! glory of God
and some people are so base as to X. Her end and aim, the salvation leave their families destitute, in order of the elect people of God.
to seek these foolish and sinful pleaWhy do I not leave the Church of From my heart I pity the England ?
distresses of the poor; but I must Because the Lord Jesus Christ has blame them for wasting their time, neither left her nor forsaken her. health, money, and character, by
going to the races.
* He that loveth pleasure shall be a MISCELLANEOUS.
" and so he will, whatever
his income may be ; for lust is ever GOOD Sense. - What we call good craving, and never satisfied. What sense, in the conduct of life, consists
can such pleasures do for you even as chiefly in that temper of mind which to this life? They only leave you enables its possessor to view at all the more miserable when they have times, with perfect coolness and accu- vanished away. What can they do at racy, all the various circumstances of death? Then they will fill the conhis situation; so that each of them science with dread and anguish. may produce its own impression on What can they do as to the eternal him, without any exaggeration arising world? Only conduct the soul to from his own peculiar habits. But to everlasting woe.
Flee then now, a man of an ill-regulated imagination, without delay, from the wrath to external circumstances only serve as come; and lay hold on the sinner's hints to excite his own thoughts, and only hope, the Lord Jesus Christ, the conduct he pursues has in general " the Lamb of God which taketh far less reference to his real situation
away the sin of the world.” than to some imaginary one in which Modes OF SUPPORTING ERROR. he conceives himself to be placed, and “Error being conscious to itself of in consequence of which, whilst he its own weakness, and the strong appears to himself to be acting with assaults that will be made upon it, the most perfect wisdom and con- evermore labours to defend and sesistency, he may frequently exhibit to cure itself under the wings of antiquity, others all the appearance of folly. reason, Scripture, and high pretension
GRANT OF CROWN LAND TO THE to reformation and piety. Romanists. It is a fact deserving se- Antiquity is a venerable word, but rious attention, that whilst Govern- ill used when made a cloak for error; ment are selling the Crown Lands at as the rule must necessarily be, before exorbitant prices to build Churches the aberration from it. The grey hairs upon, they have actually made a of opinion are then only beauty, a present of a piece of land at Wool- crown, when found in the way of wich, to be a site for a Popish Chapel. righteousness. Copper will never bePROTESTANT READING Rooms.-I
come gold by age. A lie will be a lie, have seen Protestant Newspapers, one let it be never so ancient. We dispute for each county, at least, recom- not by years, but by reasons drawn