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THE DEATH OF LORD DERBY.
schemed to weaken the Tories proper. Many Conservatives
fell into the trap. Not so Lord Der by and Lord Redesdale.
Not unexpected, for the limits of the appointed threescore The speech of the former, which it was our melancholy satis-
years and ten have been exceeled ; not unlooked-for, because faction to hear, foundedon true and lofty principles, was full
his physicians had given over all hope of his life nearly a of political truth and sage advice. Never was a more truly-
week before he breathed his last ; yet the peaceful death of needed warning uttered. “I expect soon to stand before my
the leading politician in England, a peer renowned for his Maker, and my inmost conscience tells me that my plain and
lineage, rank, high position, Christian nobility, and vast solemn duty is to protest in His name against the injury about
influence, has, nevertheless, come upon us suddenly, and to be inflicted on His Church.” Though the voice was weak
left a vacant position in the political world which it will be and the frame weaker, yet these words had a terrible force.
the reverse of easy, if not impossible, to fill
They were unbeeded, they were contemned at the time ; but
To attempt to give the barest outline of Lord Derby's a few months only have served to show that the weighty
political and public career is beyond the scope of this brief warning which they contained was sound and true. Let the
article. Suffice it to say, that for the last forty years he has state of Ireland tell—let the existence of a secret organization
been a most prominent exponent of political truth—for the show that the robbery of the Irish Church has not in the
last twenty he has been the leader of the great Tory party. smallest degree sufficed to satisfy the demagogues and their
No man for generations past has so completely succeeded in dupes in that unhappy land. It is now asked that the Fenian
obtaining the unquestioned confidence of those who maintain traitors so righteously condemned, shall not only be let loose
thegreat principles of law, order, and authority. Those temporal to preach treason and foster sedition once more, but that
peers, who are untainted with Whiggery and undefiled by a atonement shall be made by the State for having imprisoned
sham and unlovely “Liberalism,” have looked up to him as them. “ The prisoners ought to be released and amply paid
their natural and proper leader, and have long generously for their sufferings,” said a speaker last Sunday in Hyde
rallied round him as one of the most high-principled and Park.
unselfish politicians who ever received the seals of office, or We dwell on all this to evidence Lord Derby's great fore-
serred his sovereign with zest and devotion.
sight. His stand-point and eminence were lofty; he could
When Peel, the cotton spinner's son, in the spirit of a over the mists and dust-clouds of personal political
cotton spinner, denounced the principles he had hitherto bickerings, and note the bearings of contradictory and
maintained and betrayed the party he had previously led, the dangerous currents upon the wide waste of waters beyond.
Tories seemed hopelessly disorganized if not permanently This men are now discovering for themselves. We trust the
It was reserved for Lord Derby to stand forward discovery when made may not turn out to be disastrous with
in the breach. Conjointly with Lord George Bentinck and perplexing disasters, both to themselves and to the State.
Mr. Disraeli, his old party, shattered, scattered and dispirited, Of Lord Derby's high social position we need say no more.
Lord Derby most ably succeeded in effecting its re-organization, He well represented the old principles of the oldest Plan-
and so efficiently restored its influence that on threeoccasions, in tagenet nobles ; and again of the high-minded Cavaliers of
1852, 1859, 1866, the Tories occupied their proper position the Caroline age. Of all that was good, and true, and noble,
on the Treasury benches. How much this was brought about and of fair report there was found in him at once a marked
by Lord Derby few can adequately tell. On the last occasion example and an illustrious defender. As regards his place in
three malcontents, short-sighted in their view and intensely literature it was not simply the reverse of mean or unimpor-
narrow in their policy, though professing a superfine breadth, tant, it was a position high and well recognized. His
strove to damage the Tory Government bys ecession from it. scholarly and poetical version of Homer's great poem, com-
The Liberal papers were of course delighted at this, and art- paring well with those of English masters in the .art, will
fully praised the seceders with fulsome laudation. Onlookers surely live. And this is the highest praise.
regretted that personal dislikes and natural ambition had succeeded Wellington as Chancellor of the University of
tended to weaken the Tories. For so it turned out. When Oxford, and never swerved from adopting that policy which
the great principle of disestablishment for Ireland was brought led to his unanimous election to that office.
forward so as to form a basis of agreement for the Liberal In the future he will not be forgotten by his countrymen.
rabble, the Conservative party became divided.
His name will be ever remembered. Just now the political
considerable secessions. The Bishops led the way in breaking and social dangers which threaten are great indeed greater,
ap its unity. Archbishop Tait, as was to have been expected, in truth, than most men care to admit or confess. Those
though appointed by Mr. Disraeli, became feeble and stammer- who have sown the wind may soon reap the whirlwind. When
ing in his utterances, and at last turned out to be a mere such sweeps over the land, not the sowers alone but all will
feeble and broken reed. The Bishop of Oxford, pricked by suffer. Signs are significant and pregnant with warning if
the neglect of his party, intrigued for an Episcopal schism, men would but heed.But they heed not, fassing by to mere
and most ably accomplished it. Lord Salisbury and the cynics pleasure, or gain, or frivolity. A beggarly hand-to-mouth
of the Saturday Review of course rejoiced in the defeat of policy is cried up by the selfish cynics and arrogant sceptics
Mr. Disraeli ; for this it was, if not openly: at least effi- of the day. Garrulous philosophers clack and chatter.
ciently, supported the Gladstonian policy. Hoping to play | What is for the moment expedient, and nothing beyond this
is alone considered. It was otherwise with him-for Principle which they share with Mr. Bradlaugh and Mr. Finlen. In
was his polestar—whose mortal remains are soon to sleep fine they stand up for what Theodore Hook called “ a General
with his fathers. It was otherwise with him, the ancient Dissolution of Everything and a universal Scramble by
noble, the high-minded statesman, the refined scholar, the Everybody,” in the hope that out of an Ecclesiastical Chaos
Christian gentleman, whose presence and power we are brought about by themselves, new laws and a new order may
certain to miss,—but after a well-spent life he is now gone to rise in majestic perfection.
his rest. And we will say no more. "May the Eternal bestow And it is wonderful to see how their “Unions" and news-
upon him the enduring light of everlasting life!
papers have rendered such hateful idea, not merely tolerable,
but acceptable to so many. Though Radicalism in the sphere
of politics corresponds to Independency in the sphere of mis-
THE “ HIGH CHURCH RADICALS."
belief-though the whole principle of Radicalism is opposed
to any one individual possessing rights, whether ecclesiastical
THERE are many curiosities in natural history, of which or political, over another ; yet the Clergy who hold that they
recent writers have provided the public with information at have a right to teach and a power to loose or bind, appear to
once novel and instructive. In the province ecclesiastical, have been bitten by the rabid notions of alien adventurers,
however, few have furnished those records with regard to and to have welcomed the magnificent programme of destruc-
genus and race which the marvellous productions of modern tion which has been dangled before their eyes.
times would seem to have rendered necessary. The old divi- The work of the High Church Radicals is not difficult. It
sions into which the Clergy were divided have ceased to be is easy enough to destroy, overturn, and uproot. But natural
either accurate or exhaustive. Old analyses of character and growth is slow, and reconstruction is a work of time. As
thought have lost their point and pertinence. And this regards this clique the Church may be at once disestablished,
because ancient principles are neglected and sound precedents Oxford and Canbridge lost for ever as “ seminaries of religion
set aside. Even Mr. Conybeare's Church Purties, and that and useful learning"-Christianity banished from the Houses
brilliant series of papers by Mr. Oxenham, published twelve of Parliament, if only Mr. Gladstone can be upheld in his
years ago under the same title, very inadequately describe the present position of power, and a second Cairns' Judgment
present state of affairs. The silent revolution has done its avoided for the future.
work. Everywhere Expediency has been potent, for principle The dangers of such a policy are either never considered, or
has been flung to the winds. Old parties are broken up, and else are thrust into a hazy background. The abject position
even the combinations formed from their dissolution have in of the Episcopal Church in Scotland—so abject that in a
due turn come to nought. One party—a strange cross-breed false charity men hesitate to tell the whole truth—is never
unknown to English history and intrinsically an-principled alluded to. And yet the very men who are labouring for dis-
(by this we mean without any fixed principles)--aims at establishment here, the very men who are so active with their
growing influential, and seeks more power than it now pos- pens and tongues are mainly, as a correspondent points out,
This party is a party of destruction. The men who Scotchmen who, after due consideration and with much
form it are known as "High Church Radicals.” At present admirable judgment, have deliberately abandoned the Church
they make up for their limited numbers by unmeasured abuse of their country for our own. The experiment of a disestab-
of their opponents, groundless assertions and unlimited noise. lished Church,“ pure and apostolic,” as the phrase runs, with
As far as in them lies they are successfully breaking up the perfect freedom in the election of Bishops, has shown us what
Church of England—or at all events are scattering such a such Bishops may be like, and at the same time has provided
seed as must, sooner or later, infallibly produce that result. a wide field for further experiments, if our restless experi-
Should the humble enquirer ask what a High Church mentalists are in earnest in desiring to apply their theories.
Radical is, there need be no difficulty in providing a faithful Here in England, however, we regret their mischievous
definition. He is a composite compound of so-called "modern action and heartily oppose their democratic proposals. A
principles” which are self-destructive and contradictory; and national Church, allied to and influencing the State, may
aims at carrying out a new and revolutionary Church policy flourish and expand—but a sect (and this is that to which we
which is ruin for England and a certain triumph for Rome. are coming) at open opposition with the State, opposed to the
He is an universal fault-finder. With him nothing is to be direct action of a hostile communion with ramifications all
tolerated but the brazen-faced assertions of the leaders of his over the world, would only last for a short time. Its death
own clique, and the infallible utterances of their cheap ritual- might come by slow mortification, like our northern relation,
istic newspapers. Of past history he knows but little, of or by a gallopping consumption. But that it would die-
present facts next to nothing. He has an ideal, as we all weakened, starved by its friends, and dismembered, is as certain
have ; but it is one which is not very likely to be realized on
as that June follows May. The Church Universal will never
earth. For this ideal, like a fretful child, he cries out con- die-God forbid such a notion !--but no such promise relates
tinually : but such a cry is only a “ baying of the moon. to any national Church or part of it. Therefore, in solemn
If " hope deferrred maketh the heart sick," the heart of the earnestness we urge our readers to ponder over the dangerous
High Church Radical, ere his fanciful dreams are realized, principles here inadequately referred to, and at once to dis-
will be very sick indeed.
connect themselves from the wire-pullers of a pushing and
Though the rank and file of the party is composed of the self-opinionated faction, who, like Samson, may not im-
impetuous, the dreamers and the hopeful, those who lead and probably perish in the general ruin which themselves have
direct it are men of the coolest tempers and as far-sighted as helped to bring about.
they are keen. Liberalism, that is a contempt for all autho-
rity whether regal or ecclesiastical, is the basis of their action.
Self-will is their sole guide. They may talk loftily of what
Reviews of Books.
the “ Church says " and of what the “Fathers say," but by
this they only mean to enforce and thrust upon their deluded The Roman INDEX AND ITS LATE PROCEEDINGS. A Second
followers what they themselves have said, or are about to say.
Letter to the Most Rev. Archbishop Manning, &c., &c. By
Moreover, from a political standing-point, they are members
the author of " The Church's Creed and the Crown's Creed."
of that heterogenous gathering which Mr. Bouverie designated (8vo., pp. 71). London: J. T. Hayes, 1869.
" the Liberal rabble.” For Mr. Gladstone they have a blind With the motto, " Omnes reverendissimi episcopi acclama-
and blundering admiration, if not inferior kind of worship, : verunt · Nemo absentum condemnat,'” on its title page, Mr.