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ProtestantAssociation also.”—Cheers.) mittee my best thanks for the compliOh, that of course must be supported. ment paid me, and my mite towards He looked upon it as the mother and defraying the expense of the Meeting. mistress of all the Protestant Associa- -I am, Dear Sir, yours faithfully, tions in Ireland, (Cheers and laugh
“ CHARLES BOYD. ter.) Their principles were extending, “ W. C. Espy, Esq., Secretary." and he had reason to believe that 60,000 Orangemen would meet that Thomas H. THOMPSON, Esq., moved day in one spot in Ulster. (Tremen- the first Resolution, and was loudly dous cheering, Kentish fire, &c.) He applauded. He said his first duty would not commend the conduct of was to apologize, on the part of the the Orangemen did he not know they Rev. Hugh Prior, for his absence were contending for the liberty where from the Meeting, which was caused with Christ had made his people free. by illness. He then read the follow(Hear.) Their Association was à ing Resolution:-“That the victory strictly religious one; they were con- of the Boyne, under William III. of tending for the cause of God as well glorious, pious, and immortal memory, as for themselves and their families; which we this day commemorate, they were fighting for the Roman Ca- crushed Popish despotism, and intholics of Ireland, to deliver them from vested with etfectual bulwarks against thraldom and death. (Applause.) In tyranny the professors of the true reconclusion, the Rev. Gentleman re- ligion; that we deplore the relinquishgretted the absence of the Dean of ment of the securities, which were Ardagh, whose invaluable work of established by the spirit and patriotism " Ireland and her Church” contained of our forefathers; and that we hereby a refutation of the Popish assertions testify, that at the present moment against the Church, and an eloquent the sincere profession of the Protesand triumphant maintenance of her tant faith is, in Ireland, detrimental principles. (Applause.)
to a man's temporal interests, and not The hymn, “All hail the power of unfrequently attended with danger to Jesus' name," was then sung.
He considered that The following is the Very Reverend there was scriptural warranty for Dean's letter of apology; also a letter commemorating so glorious a deliverfrom the Rev. Charles Boyd:
ance, and the universality of the cus“ Deanery House, Edgeworthtown, It may be said that such commemo
tom bore out the idea. (Hear, hear.) June 29, 1846. “MY DEAR SIR, I am sorry
rations created bad spirit among Roman Catholics.
If such were the will not be in my power to attend your Meeting on Wednesday. I am
case, it should not prevent them from only just returned from England, and celebrating a glorious deliverance, expect our bishop here shortly, to con
which was not gained by the aid of otherwise it would give me
kings or soldiers, but by the out
stretched arm of God. (Hear.) The very great pleasure to be with you on that illustrious day, when the star of the climax of a struggle which had
victory of the Boyne was only the house of Stuart grew pale for been going on for a century, in order ever,— Yours most faithfully, “ R. MURRAY, D.D.,
that the Gospel might have free Dean of Ardagh.
course, that knowledge, enlighten“ Wm, Compton Espy, Esq.”
ment, and wisdom might increase,
and that the Word of God should be Magheradroll Parsonage, the standard of the nation's conduct.
Ballynahinch, June 30. He would detail to them a few of the "DEAR SIR,—I regret exceedingly extraordinary events of the early part that I must deny myself the gratifica- of the seventeenth century.
After tion of being present at the contem- the Reformation there still remained plated Meeting of the Dublin Pro- some of the spirit of Popery, and of testant Association and Reformation the seeds of civil and religious desSociety to celebrate the first of July. potism, and in 1604 there was a great I beg you will present to the Com. Conference held at Hampton Court
to obtain a new and complete trans- gent not to keep up the remembrance lation of the Bible, to cause an in- of the triumph for truth and liberty crease of zeal in preaching the Gos- there effected. The same God that pel, and to establish full liberty for ingulphed Pharaoh's
in the Red the clergy in non-essentials. The Sea led William on to victory, and as new translation of the Bible was Moses and the Israelites sang their effected by the Conference, but he songs of triumph, so should they also did not believe that the other two rejoice with thankful hearts in the objects were accomplished. In 1629 blessings which the victory of the a levy of taxes was made with con- Boyne handed down to them. (Apsent of Parliament; and it was at plause.) that time that Oliver Cromwell made Mr. LARMINIE, Primitive Mehis first speech, and it was against thodist missionary, was called on to the public preaching of Popery. In second the Resolution, and was re1637, three gentlemen were pilloried ceived with loud applause. He was
a barrister, a physician, and a thankful for what God had been clergyman, had their ears cut off
, and pleased to do for him, through the were branded with hot irons, because persecution in past ages of his ancesthey asserted that surplices were not tors; for He had enabled him to necessary for the clergy. In 1648 commemorate on that night, with the happened one of the most extraor- Association, the victory of the Boyne. dinary events that ever took place in He was the descendant of a persethe history of nations—namely, the cuted Hugunot, although he had not conviction of the highest authority in much of the Frenchman about him England of high treason, and his now; for he was an Irishman to the execution accordingly. After the back-bone. (“Hear," and laughter.) death of Charles I., Oliver Cromwell He was a Connaught man, but he governed, and by his maintenance of was a Protestant at all events. (Loud Protestantism the empire flourished. cheers.) He would endeavour to At his death, in 1660, Charles II., a spread Protestantism, which was the concealed Papist, was restored, and religion of the Lord Jesus Christ and brought misery and judgment upon of the Bible. (Hear.) With their the realm; and finally, in 1685, James respected Chairman he would draw a II. was called to the throne. Then marked line of distinction between heavy aggressions were made upon Popery and its professors. There the people, who did not submit to were thousands of Roman Catholics despotism, but called to their head who were longing to be freed from William III., of glorious, pious, and Popery, and to embrace the truths of immortal
(Tremendous the Bible. He had the key of every cheering, waving of handkerchiefs, Irish heart—the knowledge of the &c.) His motto was——“The Pro- Irish language. (Cheers.) The testant religion and the liberties of speaker then delivered a few senEngland." (Immense cheering.) He tences in Irish, which called forth (the speaker) would ask, could those the cheers of the audience. Why, liberties have been maintained while said he, what I said in Irish was, James had a footing in Ireland ? “ Listen to me, and I'll tell you a (“No, no.”) Well, then, the Pro- story," and you did the very contrary. testants of Ireland, with William at (Loud laughter.) He then told some their head, gave them battle at the most interesting anecdotes, and probanks of the Boyne, and then was ceeded— Though Popery was politithe struggle of the century consum- cally rising, it was not spiritually mated and brought to an end by the rising He could give names and achievement of that glorious victory particulars of Roman Catholics readwhich they that evening met to com- ing the Bible unknown to their Revermemorate. (Loud applause, Kentish
They can't find it out, and fire, &c.) They were, he may say, may they never find it out. (Cheers.) within an hour's drive of the Boyne, He then called upon the Meeting to and living so near to the locality live as well as profess Protestant they should be ungrateful and negli- principles, and then they would see
their principles flourish and prevail
. and Protestants were alike, but they They would then live nearer their had sowed the wind, and were now principles than heretofore, and their reaping the whirlwind. They were motto should be, “No Surrender.” captivated by the tinkling of Popish He concluded by narrating a few gold on their agents' desks, and gave more anecdotes about the progress their land to the highest bidder, and which the Word of God was making the result was, that now, instead of among the Irish-speaking portion of having a Protestant tenantry to prothe people, and showed that they tect them, they had a police force were enabled by their knowledge of and a stipendiary magistracy; instead that Word to refute and overthrow of whom, they could have as their all that their priests could say against protectors them.
" A bold peasantry, their country's pride." The Resolution was put and passed, But there was a space for repentance, after which a version of the 124th and the Protestants of Ireland would Psalm, to the tune of the “Boyne still prove to Papists, Puseyites, and Water," commencing with
trimming Ministers, that they were “Unless the Lord his arm of power," members of a Church against which was sung, the whole assembly joining the gates of hell should not prevail ;
The Rev. FRANCIS IRWIN, Ruskey and though the storm may rage Rectory, moved the following Reso- around, and angry tempests threaten lution, and was also very warmly re- desolation, they would place their ceived :-“That we attribute the de- trust in Him by whom the very hairs plorable condition under which Irish of their head were all numbered. Protestants now exist to their own (Hear, hear.) Protestants had been neglect : that, instead of viewing unfaithful, and if they would, as his themselves as a nation of witnesses friend Mr. Larminie had said, not for God and for his truth, whose merely profess but live Protestantism; mission was the conversion of all the if they would be epistles known and people of Ireland, they considered read of all men, then would they then
a conquering host, have on their side the Lord as the whose privilege was the subjection of Captain of their salvation, and in his a party: that we believe their ca- strength go on conquering and to lamities to have sprung from this conquer, till the knowledge of his neglect, and that we believe repent- name would cover the earth as the ance is not yet too late.” He would waters cover the sea. If they were take up the words of the Resolution true Protestants, they would show to and say, that repentance was not yet their Roman Catholic countrymen too late; and the Protestants of Ire- that their only mode of escape was in · land would show that they were not the blood of the Lamb, slain from the to be put down by a Minister of foundation of the world ; in the State.
At the battle of the Boyne merits of Him who was willing and it was proved that the spirit which able and ready to save them and animated the Protestants of Ireland that they should therefore cast off was one which neither the world nor their dependence on those roaring the devil could suppress. (Cheers.) lions who were going about seeking That Meeting proved that the Pro- to devour. (Hear.) Yes, the priests testant spirit still existed ; and al- of the Church of Rome were the though some of the gentry may for- emissaries of lies and of the father of get, while enjoying the comforts of lies, Satan. (Hear, hear.) There life in their castellated mansions, the was an under-current of Protestantism case of the poor Protestants, still the running through the land, and the spirit of these men could not be Bible was read by multitudes in spite quenched or put down. (Hear.) of the priests. He (the speaker) had The proprietors of land at first kept no fear of man; he laughed to scorn Protestants upon it to protect them the threats of Grattan and the Rein the enjoyment of their property, pealers, and he would speak out his þut Popery began to be encouraged sentiments fearlessly on all occasions. by the State. They thought Papists (Cheers.) It was the trimmers, the
cowards, who were disrespected, but countenance religious falsehood and to they who went with their faces Zion- pension idolatrous apostasy, they need wards feared not to reach the goal. not expect aught but overthrow, dis(Applause.)
aster, and disgrace.” The Reverend SIMON ARMSTRONG, Esq., D.L., Gentleman proceeded to say that J.P., Hollymount, seconded the Re- there never was a crisis more imperasolution. He said that he had been tively demanding the anxious consicalled upon to occupy a position which deration of the Protestants of Ireland he had little idea of on entering than the present, Sir Robert Peel that Meeting: He did not imagine had been justified in his original that Connaught would give so large a statement that his difficulty would be quota of speakers on the occasion, but Ireland-he encountered that diffihe was happy to say that there were culty and fell before it. as warm-hearted and zealous Pro- O'Connell who turned out the British testants in Connaught as in any part Ministry; he had organized a power, of Her Majesty's dominions—men who invested with so much of what apknew the truth, and loved the truth peared formidable in Ireland, that the as it was in Christ Jesus. He cor- late Ministry sunk beneath it. In dially and sincerely subscribed the fact, both in Parliament and out of sentiments of the Resolution, and of Parliament, the Repeal force was so the speaker who proposed it; and he organized as to constitute a preponwould contend for these principles derating force; that force being on the through evil and through good report. side of bad legislation rendered good (Hear, hear.) From the parting ad- legislation impracticable, and Peel, in dress of the Premier, he feared that attempting to carry out what he rean attempt was in progress to break garded as good legislation, fell. It up the Church Establishment in Ire- was then unquestionably the Irish land; and that the Whigs would be difficulty which destroyed the Ministry. gin their legislation on the Irish (Hear.) He (Mr. Gregg) did not Church. That was implied from the blame the Repealers, but rather the w that Ireland should be put on
Their olicy he despised the same footing, in point of politics he considered it mean and paltry. If and religion, with England and Scot- they realized their object, Ireland, land. Then was the time for men to instead of being an integral portion of advocate, profess, and live their prin- the greatest empire on the earth, ciples, and live to the glory of God, would sink down into a contemptible so that they should be enabled to tenth-rate state, that would exert as shout, “ Victory, victory,” with their little influence upon the condition of latest breath, through the blood of the the world as did Sardinia, Sicily, or Lamb. (Applause.)
Corsica. (Hear, hear.) Yet such an The Rev. T. D. GREGG rose to move independency was the professed amthe following Resolution, and was bition of the Repealers. Despicable received with loud demonstrations of as this policy was, he could not but applause : " That we are convinced admire the determination which they that if all Irish Protestants, without manifested. Bound together in an exception, organized themselves in immoveable phalanx, they relied on order to show the nature of Christian themselves, and were determined to laws, and constitutionally to demand die on the floor of the House, rather their enactment, the power of truth, than allow a measure to pass into law and the numbers on their side would which they felt to be at variance with soon convince the Protestant com- the interests of their country. (Hear, munity of Great Britain that the path hear.) Had such determination as of safety ran side by side with the they manifested been developed path of duty, and that both led to the amongst the Protestant representa: ascendancy of truth, its sole mainte- tives of Ireland, would the Maynooth nance, encouragement, and counte- Bill have ever become law ? (Loud nance; and that we are further con- cries of “ No," and cheers.) It was vinced that so long as British states- then, the Irish difficulty that discommen are led by any expediency to fited Peel. But what was the source
of that difficulty ? It was the apathy idea, much more stern and severe, of of Irish Protestants. If Irish Pro- rectitude. The American idea was, testants all stood out as that Associa- that the State had nothing to say to tion did, they would constitute a party any man's religion; that whether he on the side of good legislation, which were Jew, Turk, or Atheist, worwould be an insurmountable obstacle in shipped God, or worshipped Belial, the way of bad-an Irish difficulty on was a matter that the Government the right side of the question. The should not interfere with. Reverend Gentleman then at much lish idea, instead of growing out of length urged on those present the that which could scarcely be denied employment of renewed exertions to to be a convenient indifference, was create a great party in Ireland, who grounded upon some chapters of should be witnesses for the truth. Deuteronomy, and other parts of the (Hear, hear.) Sir Robert Peel had Scripture, which commanded the ruler gone out of office, and, as far as he that if any one bowed down and worcould make them so, his last words shipped strange gods, he should be rung the knell of the Irish Church. stoned with stones until he was dead. Such was the sense which they must That was unquestionably the principle deduce his statement, that Ire- all the Old Testament Scripture, land should be reduced to a level in and he repeated, that on that was religious matters with England and founded the English idea. Yet here Scotland, whereby he meant that, as he felt it necessary to draw a most the religion of the majority was estab- important distinction. The English lished in England and Scotland, so principle did not warrant the persecushould the religion of the majority be tion of individuals for conscience' established in Ireland. That, no sake, but it did warrant, and demand, doubt, was what he meant by the too, the extirpation of false principles equality he spoke of. There was, by the exclusive promulgation of the however, a view of the subject which true. It held unquestionably that the rendered his statement altogether so- eradication of religious error was a phistical. Certainly the religion of function of the State. He (Mr. Gregg) the majority was established in Eng- took it that the only effectual way land, but then that religion was true; whereby error could be eradicated, and the religion of the majority was was by sound educational laws-laws established in Scotland, but that reli- to diffuse and propagate right pringion was also true. Now, if the ciples. The English idea, then, prereligion of the majority was established sented a Government raising, refining, in Ireland, that religion would be false chastening, correcting the national -a delusion- La snare (cheers); and mind, and elevating its subjects in therefore its establishment, instead of the scale of being, by an active interplacing this country in point of reli- ference to increase the spread of truth gion in a like condition with England amongst them. The American idea and Scotland, would create a most allowed every man to do in religion injurious inequality between the three what was right in his own eyes. Of countries. As it was, there might be that idea Sir Robert Peel seemed to said to be a religious equality between have become enamoured, and in conEngland, Ireland, and Scotland sequence, he was bound on letting the namely, because the true religion was religion of the majority in Ireland established in each. (Cheers.) But that religion being false—have a free if Ireland were made an exception, course through the country, without and the false established here, then, obstacle, opposition, or protest. He indeed, there would be created an (Mr. Gregg), as an individual, most injurious inequality -- an inequality humbly said that he regarded such a infinitely greater than could be cre- design as utterly wrong; and he could ated by any discrepancy in point of not avoid recollecting with much samere numbers. (Hear, hear.) There tisfaction a bold and manful statewere two ideas before the world. ment which had been made some time One was the American idea of liberal- since by the men of Fermanagh, in ism; the other was the old English an address to the Queen. They boldly