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fore, are now left entirely to de 1838, “independent of thus rousing pendence upon Providence and their the English Members, and England own exertions.-AN ENEMY TO Po- generally to the importance of the PERY, BUT NOT TO ROMAN CATHO- Church extension question, he thought LICS.
it was of the highest moment that REFUSAL TO TAKE THE OATH OF the English and Scotch EstablishSUPREMACY.-Sir Valentine Blake, ments should unite in these days on M.P. for Cork, has refused to take the common ground of the Protestant the Oath of Supremacy, as he does faith in resisting the encroachments not admit that the Pope has no of the Church of Rome. It is imspiritual jurisdiction in these realms. possible, I think (he said with great
REPRESENTATION OF WESTMIN- earnestness of tone and manner), to STER.--Mr. Wyse has declined stand- look at the progress Popery is now ing for Westminster, on the plea of making, and the efforts it is putting his apprehension that his religious forth, without anxiety and alarm. opinions as a Roman Catholic would The establishment of the order of the be a bar to his success.- Church and Jesuits in most of the countries of State Gazette.
Europe, the movements in Prussia GUNS OR FOOD, ETC. - [To the and Belgium, the increase of Popish Editor of the “ Times.”] Sir, - chapels and seminaries in our country, Allow an English reader to inquire show us too clearly what we have to if the Irish people eat guns? In this dread; and I am persuaded (he concountry, when a man is starving, and tinued) that we shall ere long see a obtains work and money, he pur- struggle arise, in which we shall have chases food forthwith. Not so the again to determine the question wheIrish. A month's wages are hoarded ther Popery or Protestantism is to for the privilege of shooting a land have the ascendancy." lord. Again, I would ask, in what century was it that a murderer was brought to justice in Ireland ? and,
CABINET. are not at least nine-tenths of the · THE writings of good men may be victims Protestants ? Once more, do lawfully used as little rills flowing not the pen of history, the well- from the sacred fountains of inspiraknown Secreta Monita, and the pic- tion, but woe be to that Church or tures in romance (Le Juif Errant, people who substitute them for the Hawkestone, &c.) tell us that such blessed spring itself. secret and deadly compacts are suc- It is a never-failing mark of a cessfully made and carried out only fallen Church when human traditions, by the Society of Ignatius Loyola? or human systems, are raised above, --Sir, your obedient servant, Saxon. made equal with, or set in opposition
PEEL IN 1838, IN CONTRAST TO to, the revealed Word of God.
THERE is a land where darkness reigns, by Sir Robert Peel in reply to a
And error links her iron chains ; deputation from the Church of Scot
There is a spot to many dear, land, who visited London in 1838, in
Oh! let it vibrate on your ear. reference to church extension. The
Come, lend your heart and ope memorandum of this remarkable de
your handclaration was made on the spot at the
I plead for distant Newfoundland! time by Dr. Buchanan. It has been Did ever mother love her child ? now given to the world by him on Then England love this region wild; the occasion of the half-yearly meet. For sure her sons are all thine own, ing of the Synod of Glasgow and And boast of British blood alone. Ayre, in recommending petitions Oh! succour, then, this kindred against the Maynooth grant :
• band, "Independent,” said Sir R. Peel, Nor cease to love your Newon Saturday, the 24th of March, foundland !
There Deists point the road to hell, consists of letters published towards
Then can you, Christian friends, more pressing nature than then.
At page 58, Mr. MNeile thus ob-
“ Your Lordship will excuse my Behold how vast the flock to keep;
earnestness, when I assure you, that
P; I sincerely believe all I have written. How few the shepherds for the sheep:
ep: And more, much more. I have conAnd many a Christian man deplores
fined my observations (perhaps too He ever left fair England's shores.
exclusively) to what is Anti-Social For many a year no Pastor bland Has blest his sight in Newfound
14 in the Romish system, as more immé
diately demanding your Lordship's land!
official attention. My own mind Christian Brethren, ere we part,
and heart are much more deeply Oh, lend a sympathetic heart;
exercised by what is Anti-Christian You feed on choicest heavenly food, in that system : because this involves Are daily taught the road to God.
not England's welfare as a nation Then can you still withhold your
only, but the everlasting salvation of hand,
Englishmen, and in one sense I may And bid them starve in New add of all men in all nations; for if foundland!
Romanism become dominant in
L. L. England, there remains no barrier The above lines have been set to
against her universal domination.
Shrink not, my Lord, from the voice music for the benefit of the Newfoundland and British North America
of the preacher. Everlasting salvaSchool Society, Air by Beethoven.
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any man be in Him, he is a new crea- Popery, and the spirit in which Poture. Unseen things are to such a pery was to be opposed. man real things. God is not an ab- BATH.--We hear that Lord Ashley straction to the mind of such a man, has declined coming forward to rebut a living present Person; and the present this city at the next election. politics of this world, though an arena READING. — We are greatly refor such a man's duty, supply no home joiced at the movement going on in to his heart.
this town, which gives convincing “I must conclude. And now, proof that the Protestant spirit there, my Lord, whatever reception this as elsewhere, has been dormant, not publication may meet with, from extinct. In a constituency of about your Lordship or others, I shall have 1,200 electors, more than 300 or 400 in my own bosom the satisfying and have already signed a pledge, that tranquillizing assurance that I have they will not vote for any one who will made an honest effort in the service not pledge himself to oppose any of my country and my God, in what measure in favour of endowing the I believe to be the right direction: Romish priesthood in Ireland. Supand if I thereby incur any personal posing that not more than 1,000 of unkindness, or worse than unkind the electors vote, then it is clear that ness, from the enemies of our those taking this pledge amount to Church and nation, I shall have the nearly one-third of the constituency. further satisfaction of cordially for- The proceedings in this borough have giving all such attacks, and sincerely been the subject of remark in the praying for God's best blessing, his local papers, and also in the London converting grace, upon all my assail- papers; amongst which the “Morning ants,"
Herald” has taken up the question.
“Berkshire Chronicle," a very imINTELLIGENCE
portant letter from Mr. Walters, of ISLINGTON.-A Lecture was deli- Bearwood, on the question. Mr. vered by James Lord, Esq., in the Lord, at the request of some of the National School-rooms, Liverpool- inhabitants of Reading, delivered a road, on the evening of Monday, the Lecture in the Town Hall, the even30th of Nov., the Rev. J. Hambleton, ing of Monday, the 14th of DecemA.M., in the chair. The subject of Mr. ber, on the Protestant character of Lord's address, which was intended the British Constitution, and the duchiefly for the members of the con- ties of Protestants. Dr. Cowan, a gregation of the Chapel of Ease, was physician of the town of Reading, the encroachments of Popery, and presided. the duties of Protestants.
• MANCHESTER, — The Anniversary On Friday evening, Dec. 4, a Lec- Meeting of the Tradesmen's and ture was delivered in the School- Operative Protestant Association was rooms in Church-street, the Rev. held on Thursday evening, the 17th Daniel Wilson, the Vicar, presided, of December, in the Corn Exchange, and a very numerous audience was Hanging Ditch, the Rev. Hugh present, and deep interest appeared Stowell, the President, in the chair. to be taken by all who were present. The Meeting was addressed by several Mr. Lord, in the course of a lengthy of the local clergy, and by Mr. James address, pointed out the progress of Lord, of London.
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THE NEW SESSION OF PARLIAMENT. PARLIAMENT has again assembled. It has assembled too, under circumstances most peculiar and difficult. Those well qualified to judge, declare that in the whole course of their experience, they have scarcely, or never known it convened at such an extraordinary and painful crisis as the present.
What makes it so? We reply, the state of Ireland. And what makes the state of Ireland what it is ? Evils are not likely to be remedied, unless traced to their source. Now there
be various causative agencies at work to produce any given effect. No doubt it is so as regards Ireland; and the famine which prevails there, whether it shall be ultimately for the good of that country or no, will be traced to various and conflicting causes in the estimation of many, according to the different light in which they view these matters.
The failure of the potato crop may be the immediate cause of the present famine. But the cause of Ireland's suffering through centuries, is Popery-Popery that has blighted every country over which it has been permitted to spread its influence; and makes Ireland, and if we take not care, will shortly make England herself, a fresh instance of the truth of the assertion, that the Church of Rome may flourish in the country that it ruins.
The names of parties which once divided the empire, are almost unbeeded, or forgotten. The Whig and the Tory-nay, even the modern Conservative and Liberal, who respectively assumed their places, seem already like objects in the distance, fading from the view, and other parties are coming forward on the arena, and a different conflict is being fought—it is the conflict of principle. The parties are those who would uphold the Protestant Institution, on the one hand, and those who would destroy them, on the other. On the side of Popery, are some of the Whigs and Liberal party, who, under the idea of liberating Roman Catholics already free, far more free than Protestants are in neighbouring Roman Catholic states, would make themselves, their children, and their country, the slaves of Rome; and some also of the Tory or Conservative party, who, averse to dissent and democracy, seek in Rome a breakwater for “the noise of the waves and the madness of the people.” These will, together with Roman Catholics, side with Rome.
On the other hand, the spiritually enlightened of each party in Vol. IX.--February, 1847.
New Series, No. 14.
politics and sect in religion, behold in Rome, and the practical infidelity to which Rome leads; the grand antagonist of the Gospel; and resolve, more or less, according to their different degrees of light and energy, not indeed to persecute Roman Catholics, but to deprive Rome of the power of persecuting—not to propagate Papal nor Pagan idolatry, but the truth, “ as the truth is in Jesus," and to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.
We do not mean to contend, that we as a Church and Nation have dealt wisely, kindly, or faithfully with Ireland, or her people. We suffer from not having done so. If Ireland starves, England must feed her. If distress prevails there, England must relieve it,* and do so even to the inflicting of hardships and privations upon her own children. Thus the welfare of each individual is bound up with another, and private persons suffer for the faults, the errors, and infirmities of their rulers.
In the dealings of Providence the evils which one nation inflicts on another are, by a retributive justice, brought home to its own door, and the misruled rise up for the condemnation and punishment of those through whose fault they have been misgoverned.
We have endeavoured to legislate for Ireland irrespective of the Divine will of the Almighty, as revealed to us in Scripture; and he now rises to vindicate for himself his claim to the allegiance of nations, as well as men.
Let us not be misunderstood, nor thought uncharitable, for speaking of Popery as the cause of Ireland's sufferings.
The dealings of Providence with regard to individuals cannot always be traced. In his inscrutable wisdom he sometimes permits a wicked man to prosper whilst the good man suffers, because in a future world each will receive abundantly, the one reward, the other punishment, but with nations it is different. “Because public bodies and communities of men, as such, can only be rewarded and punished in this world. For in the next, all those public societies and combinations wherein men are now linked together under several governments shall be dissolved. God will not then reward or punish nations as nations, but every man shall then give an account of himself to God, and receive his own reward and bear his own burthen.”+ Nations as such exist not in a future state, and therefore, as Archbishop Tillotson observes, 5 All along the history of the Old Testament we find the interchangeable providences of God towards the people of Israel always suited to their manners. They were constantly prosperous or afflicted, according as piety or virtue flourished or declined amongst
* The way in which Protestant England, both by her Parliamentary grants and private benevolence, has come forward to relieve the distress in Ireland, without reference to sect, or creed, or party, is a beautiful illustration of the Scripture which enjoins good for evil, blessing for cursing.
+ See “National Religion;" or, " the Advantages of Religion to Societies.” By Archbishop Tillotson. A valuable Discourse, republished by the Protestant Association.--No. 32. Price ld., or 7s. per hundred for distribution.