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present; and Lord Holland resumed that country are concerned, will plead his seat and continued silent during my excuse for now troubling you. the remainder of the Archbishop's The extraordinary speech of the Earl examination."

of Arundel delivered in support of · Let us pray more and more ear Mr. Watson's Bill, I have seen comnestly, as the general election ap mented on admirably in different proaches, that God would in mercy publications, but there is not one that be pleased not only to open the eyes I have seen that notices the fact first, of many nominal Protestants, who that his Lordship from his family will no doubt be again returned to position and connexions cannot be reParliament, but also incline the heart garded as any other common speaker. of every influential Christian elector Allied to all the first families in the to make choice of, and support, only kingdom and one of the oldest in it, such persons who will, in all likeli- descended partly from the ancient hood, bring a blessing with their Royal family of Spain, every political counsels in Parliament, ever remem- announcement from that family must bering that true religion is “ an ele- have a weight and importance greater ment of the strength of states." Mr. than persons whose family ramificaJ. E. Gordon's Second Letter on Bri tions are neither so distinguished nor tish Protestantism, recently published so ancient. Next, it must be obby the Protestant Association, is very served, they have ever been undeencouraging. May the advice therein viatingly loyal to the Papal chair; given be duly considered and exten- and on this account, therefore, united sively followed! His remark that with their family position and con“ Luther did not pass a day without nexions, they must be objects, not devoting at least three of its best only of peculiar interest, but also of hours in communion with God," re- entire confidence at the Vatican; and, minds me that it has been also said of therefore, the Earl's late memorable many other distinguished men, that announcement, that Popery was rethey spent much time in prayer. solved to pursue its onward course till Our great lawyer, Sir Edward Coke, “Protestantism was extinct," must, was a man of prayer

rightly received, be considered the "Sex horas somno,totidem des legibus æquis, echo from the Papal chair. No doubt, Quatuor orabis, des epulisque duas ; &c.” it was never intended by that implaOf Bishop Andrews, also, it is said, cable foe, that this announcement that “ a great part of five hours was should be made at this stage of its every day spent by him in devotional aggression, but to my mind, there is exercises.". On this subject I might not the shadow of a doubt, that He greatly enlarge, but I have, I fear, who rules the sparrow and the momade my letter too long already, and narch, and who defeated the crafty will therefore only add that I have been (but excellent, as to the attainment of led to write it from reading the kind the desired end) counsel of Ahithoand, to me, pleasing communication of phel, so overruled here, that in an unyour correspondent, "An Old Protes- guarded moment, the Earl foolishly tant,” dated March 15, and inserted betrayed the ultimate designs of the in your Magazine for this month. Papacy, freely communicated and

I am, Sir, yours very faithfully, discussed amongst themselves. No May 4, 1847.

F.G. doubt, he now deeply regrets his

inconsiderate speech. "But blessed

be our God and Saviour who so overEXTINCTION OF PROTEST

ruled, that his own mouth should conANTISM.

demn him, and reveal those secret To the Editor of the Protestant thirstings for our destruction, that, Magazine.

questionless, were intended by the SIR,—I trust that the fearful times in Papal hierarchy only for privately enwhich we live, and the precedents couraging and stimulating the efforts from Scripture, that females not only of these vampires to glide on in the may, but ought to do what they can darkness, till we had no means of in, and for their country, where the escape. Another fact, I have not honour of God, and the welfare of seen noticed, contained in the Earl's

speech, is, the unconsciousness with if we minded the duties of those when which he associated the sure ruin of we have them. But he that hath London, with its bridge of broken many great benefices minds not the arches, and St. Paul's levelled with office of any small one. And in these the ground, together with the ascend- our high promotions, what other ancy of Popery. Here is a graphic things do we harp upon but only our picture of the certain result of Popery tithes and our rent? We care not drawn, not by a Protestant, but by a how vast our charge of souls be, how zealous, and still more, a noble Pa- many or how great benefices we take, pist, well versed in history, and who so they be of large value. Our warwas drawing not to alarm and warn, fare is to pray devoutly, to read and but only to state a simple fact. And, study the Scriptures diligently, to though he tried afterwards to qualify preach the word of God sincerely, his speech by pretending to put his to administer the holy sacraments expectations of success upon persua- rightly, and to offer sacrifices for the sive art, it must be manifest to a people.” child, that persuasion will never break up the arches of London Bridge, nor

CABINET. level St. Paul's with the ground; in- THE heart constitutes the man. Exdeed, there could be no doubt of what ternal actions derive their whole chawas passing really in his own mind racter and meaning from the motives on the subject, from his associating and dispositions of which they are the with the picture St. Peter's in the indications. ascendant, as contrasted with ruined The soul cannot prosper in spiritual St. Paul's, and opened his speech with things, without much secret converse the relation of the destruction of the with its God and Saviour. nations by the Israelites in their way to the promised land, as a type of the

FAREWELL TO ROME. Papacy. I beg your pardon for tres

Farewell to thee, Rome!--though thy passing thus long upon your valuable

false glare and splendour, time. I do not doubt, you will oblige

Beguile many feet to thy-bloodme by viewing this as a confidential

stained shrine: communication; and though every

No longer I'll serve thee—my judgword I have said about the Earl's

ment surrender speech, may, if you think it worth

My senses discredit--or deem thee while, go forth from end to end of the

divine. land, yet my name must remain un- Too oft have I bent the weak knee known; for, truly, the generality of

in devotionProtestants seem to me to be in a Too oft poured forth my full spirit state of torpor, resembling infatua

in prayer tion, and I fear they would less regret To thy frail wafer-god; and sought the loss of their spiritual than tem

with emotion, poral advantages, but, perhaps, if

The suffrage of saints—whom I made to see, Rome fully intends that know cannot hear! the one shall be consequent on the Farewell to thee, Rome !—tho' elated other, they may be somewhat quick with glory, ened to action. I am, Sir, yours, &c. Full proud of the conquests thy

arm has made : MISCELLANEOUS.

Vaunt well of thy prowess-exult in “How much greediness and appetite thy storyof honour and dignity is seen now-a But soon must thy name, like the days in clergymen! How run they, autumn-leaf, fade! nay, almost out of breath, from one Thy tapers be quenched-thy altars benefice to another, from the less to be crumbled the greater, from the lower to the And incense no more in thy temples higher! Who seeth not this, and ascendwho seeing sorroweth not? What Thy triple-crown'd Pope from his things seek we now-a-days in the eminence tumbled Church but fat benefices and high Whilst few hearts will love theepromotions ? And it would be well and none will defend!

Farewell to thee, Rome !-tho' in upon a subject of grave and momentous scarlet attired,

interest, namely, the Monastic Institutions, And deck’d, like a bride, in thy

now unhappily increasing in this country,

threatening our civil rights, our constitujewels of state:

tion, and our religion. Tho thy sceptre be own'd, and thy We consider Mr. Day's production highly beauty admired,

interesting and instructive. It exhibits to And senates and monarchs regard us the rank weeds of Popish superstition, thee as great:

and the ripe fruit of Romish growth. The

present is a very opportune time for such Yet I dare not honour that sceptre a publication; for how many are there who obtrusive

cannot believe those weeds to be so rancid, Nor worship thy Dagon-or deem

or that fruit to be so bitter to the taste?

We are happy to find that the work thee my home;

has passed through a first edition, and Thy promises all have prov'd vain and

trust that the present will meet with simia illusive

lar success. I'll serve thee no longer--Farewell to thee, Rome!

The Popes painted by themselves.-London: S. Phillips Day.

Protestant Association, 11, Exeter Hall. London, May, 1847.

8vo. pp. 8. An interesting, valuable, and important

tract, by the Rev. NAPOLEON ROUSSEL, NOTICES OF BOOKS.

Minister of the French Reformed Church; Protestant Lectures.-Lecture I., on the with ten engravings from medals struck at

Protestant Character of the British Rome, to illustrate some of the proceedings Constitution, pp. 24. Lecture 11., On of the Church of Rome. the Encroachments of Popery and the Duties of Protestants, pp. 36. Recently delivered by james Lord, of

INTELLIGENCE. the Inner Temple, Esq., Barrister-at DERBY.—The anniversary of the Derby Law, in the Music Hall, Store-street, Protestant Association will be held 11th Bedford-square, London, on Tuesday June. Sir Matthew Blakiston, Bart., has evening, April 20, and 27, 1847. J. P. consented to preside, and Rev. Hugh Plumptre, Esq., M.P., in the Chair. Stowell, and Rev. Dr. Foley will address the Revised from the Notes of the Short meeting. hand Writer. London: Seeley, Burnside, BODMIN.-Our friends are stirring here, and Co., Fleet-street; W. H. Dalton, and have distributed copies of Mr. Gordon's Cockspur-street.

letter on British Protestantism to every The subjects treated of in these Lectures elector in the borough, we are informed. are of special importance at the present We wish other constituencies would do the crisis.

same.

TUNBRIDGE.-We hear that it is inMonastic Institutions; their Origin, Pro- tended shortly to have Meetings or Lec

gress, Nature, and Tendency. By SAMUEL tures here. Phillips Day, formerly a Religious of ISLINGTON PROTESTANT INSTITUTE.the Order of the Presentation; with an A Lecture was delivered on Thursday Introduction by the Rev. C. H. Minchin, Evening, May 13, 1847, in the National A.M., Dublin. Second Edition. Lon- School-room, Highbury Vale, by James don: Nisbet and Co., Berners-street. Lord, Esq., Barrister-at-law. Subject:Pp. 223.

: “ The Aggressions of_Popery and the At a time like the present, when “the Duties of Protestants.” The third quarterly road from Oxford to Rome" is peopled Lecture will be delivered on Monday Evenwith travellers, anxiously pressing forward ing, June 28, in the National School-room, to get a glimpse of the idolatrous and Church-street, by the Rev. Hugh Stowell. doomed city, it is at all events pleasing to Subject:-“ Popery in England in the discover a counter movement on the part Nineteenth century, a Warning to Pro.. of those who have drunk deeply of Rome's testants." The Rev. Daniel Wilson, M.A., abominations, but whose souls having will take the chair at Seven O'Clock. sickened from the nauseous draught, are Tickets of admission one shilling. led from the corrupt fountain of her tradi- We have to thank our correspondents tions to slake their thirst at a purer spring. for their several communications. Want of

The Author of the work before us has space precludes our noticing till next month endeavoured to stir up Protestant feeling various works of interest and importance.

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Macintosh, Printer, Great New Street, London,

THE

PROTESTANT MAGAZINE.

JULY, 1847.

THE READING PROTESTANT DECLARATION AND ITS

RESULTS.
CORRESPONDENCE WITH C. RUSSELL, ESQ., M.P., AND VISCOUNT

CHELSEA, M.P. Though we have nothing to do with electioneering matters, merely as such ; though we venture not in this periodical to treat of the peculiarities of party politics, as they affect ordinary topics, still, whatever bears directly upon the Protestant interests of the country, seems to demand a notice at our hands.

It is imbued with these feelings we refer to the Reading Protestant Declaration and its results.

The two sitting Members for that borough, Lord Viscount Chelsea, M.P., and Charles Russell, Esq., M.P., voted with Sir Robert Peel and Lord John Russell on Friday, the 18th of April, 1845, in favour of the second reading of the Maynooth Endowment Bill.

Now the people of Reading are by no means blind to the evils of Popery, any more than they are indifferent to the advantages of railways. Whatever may be the claims of Lord Chelsea or Mr. Russell for work done and performed as to railway benefits, the electors of Reading feel that these, after all, are local benefits, or but little more so, whilst the evils of endowing, fostering, and encouraging Popery, are not only local, but co-extensive with the limits of this empire.

They have a Gospel ministry amongst them, and have learned to know that there are other interests than those of time to be provided for, even those of eternity, and that Popery does not provide for these. · They know, too, something of Popery historically, scripturally, politically, theologically, and believe that no merely temporal advantages can in any degree compensate for the evils to be brought about by the introduction of Popery again amongst us.

In publishing the subjoined correspondence, all that is necessary to make the matter clearly understood, is to add that a copy of the letter of May the 6th was sent to each of the Members, and it is therefore unnecessary to repeat it. Vol. IX.-July, 1847.

New Series, No. 19.

Reading, 6th May, 1847. “ Sir, -We, the undersigned, on behalf of those electors of the Borough of Reading, who are parties to the accompanying Declaration which is now in progress of signature, and to which 250 names have already been attached, beg leave respectfully to lay the same before you, and to request that you will kindly inform us at the earliest convenient period, whether you will at the expected election give the assurance to which that declaration refers. We beg leave also to add that, with the exception of the clause relating to the Church, a similar document is now being signed amongst the Protestant Dissenters. We are, Sir,

“ Your obedient servants, “ J. Cecil GRAINGER, Vicar of St. Giles, Reading. “C. J. GOODHART, Minister of St. Mary's Chapel, Reading. “W. W. PHELPS, Minister of Trinity Church, Reading. “ John Ball, Vicar of St. Lawrence, Reading. “FRANCIS Trench, Incumbent of St. John's, Reading. “ CHARLES Cowan, M.D., Reading. “ Thos. F. Sowdon.

“ Joseph DARVALL. “ John NEALE.

“ Thos. HOGGARD. “ WILLIAM ANDREWS.

“Joseph WHATLEY. 6 WILLIAM PAYNE.

“RICHARD Light. To Charles Russell, Esq., M.P.

Copy DECLARATION, “ We, the undersigned electors of the borough of Reading, alarmed at the countenance lately given in Parliament to the Church of Rome, especially at the endowment, with public money, of places of education calculated to promote the growth of Popery; and deeply impressed with a sense of the danger to which the Protestant Church of England and Ireland is thus exposed, feel compelled to declare, that we can give no support to any candidate at the ensuing election, until we shall receive the assurance that he will oppose any attempt to establish or endow the Church of Rome within these realms, or to grant any portion of the public funds to any institution for educational or other purposes unfavourable to the maintenance of the Protestant faith; and that he will use his utmost efforts to preserve the United Church of England and Ireland in its integrity and efficiency.” To this the following is Mr. Russell's reply:

27, Charles-street, St. James's, May 14th, 1847. “Gentlemen,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of a letter, dated the 6th of May, and signed by twelve gentlemen, towards whom, after an acquaintance of many years, I may be permitted to express sentiments of the most unfeigned respect.

If, by that letter, it is intended to elicit my opinions on the important questions to which the declarations contained in it refers, I can have no hesitation to express them to you now, as freely as I could do on the hustings.

6 I lament, as much as any man can lament, the lapses which have occurred from our own Church. I can understand that the Roman Catholic Church, encouraged and stimulated by these lapses, may be

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