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room), he will be satisfied, if incontrovertible evidence will do so, even to satiety. D.
MISCELLANEOUS. Manchester Election.—The Protestant Committee have published the following handbill: — " FellowProtestants.—Having called forth from those who ask your vote an expression of opinion on what we consider to be the vital question at issue, even whether further concessions are to be made to the Church of Rome (" concessions," we say, for we hold that the entire course of truckling policy latterly pursued towards that Church, has been nothing less but a series of concessions won by agitation and yielded by weakness), we now think it our duty to inform you, that we look upon all the replies as so unsatisfactory, that we cannot advise you to support any of the present candidates—least of all, Lord Lincoln. We did fondly hope that we should be able to support his Lordship as a member of the National Church, and the son of one whose name is illustrious for his uncompromising Protestantism; but we have been bitterly disappointed; however we may admire the candour of his Lordship's avowal, we are obliged to say, that we should deeply deplore his success, because it would be looked upon as a sanction on the part of this great constituency of a measure which we regard as alike false in principle, and fatal in policy. For our own part, if such were the alternative, we would rather be misrepresented by an avowed Chartist, than by a man who hoists Conservative colours only to betray them. The good sense of the nation would make the one powerless, its credulity would make the other dangerous. (Signed, on behalf of the Protestant Committee), Hugh Stowell, President. Romish Superstition.—To those who speak of the intelligence of the nineteenth century having altered the nature of Popery, we recommend the following short paragraph from the "Catholic Directory" for 1847 :— "A Lireral Inducement.—An advertisement in the 'Dublin Review,'
referring to the Pppish Missionary College at Drumcondra, applies the following stimulus to the piety of the faithful:—' The holy sacrifice of the mass is offered up every morning for all the subscribers and benefactors, living and dead, and for their intentions ; they will, moreover, be entitled to a participation in the merit of all the apostolic labours, conversions, masses, prayers, and other good works, which may be the fruit of this institution, throughout the world, to the end of time.'"
Popery.—It hath a restless spirit, and will strive by these gradations, viz.:—if it once get but a connivance, it will press for toleration; if that should be obtained, Papists must have an equality; from these they will aspire to superiority, and will never rest till they get a subversion of true religion.
CABINET. True Knowledge Of Christ.— The true knowledge of Christ alters and changes men, their judgment and manners. It makes them as if made again anew, and to consume the works which they before esteemed and judged to be good works. The believer prefers Christ, and the knowledge of him, above all riches or treasures of this world, showing us that it is better for us to be without all worldly riches than without Christ and his Word.
There is no getting to heaven as our home, but by Christ as our way.
ENGLAND'S GATHERING. We met with the following spiritstirring lines in Devonshire, where efforts have recently been made to avert the evils which Popery, whether theologically, or politically, would bring upon our country.
We should rejoice to see held in every county of England, meetings similar to those recently held at Exeter.
Englishmen! up! the hour is come, 'Tis your country's voice that calls you, For God, for your Bible, truth, freedom, home, Up ! up! ere the worst befals you.
All too long have ye idly lain,
While the toils were around you spreading, Up! or your children's blood shall stain The soil that your foot is treading.
Oh! do ye not see yon shadowy hand? Your Church, will ye not defend her? Protestants, can ye tamely stand,
And your dearest rights surrender?
Oh ! think on the martyr's blood that
In the sacred cause of freedom,
Think on the martyr-fires that glow'd,
And then think who decreed them.
Up ! up! unite—rise all as one,
Up! if your bonds you'd sever; Quit ye like men, and the work is done—
Sleep on, and they're fast for ever. Remember, it is for God's own Word;
Speak out as ye love or fear it: A nation's voice, oh, it will be heard,
And your rulers they must hear it.
Oh! heed not party, where dupes and knaves Will betray, as they have betray'd you, Look to yourselves, or live on, the slaves Which they and yourselves have made you. It is written, Put not in man your trust, Nor in princes—they shall fail you, Trust ye in God when your cause is just, For He can, and He will, avail you.
Choose men who but one straight path have trod, Whose deeds and whose lives have shown it; Who know no fear but the fear of God, And are not asham'd to own it. Say, ere ye send them forth to make The laws that henceforth shall sway us, One only pledge would we have you take, And it is—That you'll not betray us.
Say, " Tell ye this to the powers that be, Rome once with her grasp has curs'd us,
But never again—we will live free In the one pure faith that nurs'd us. Take what ye list—take land, take gold, Take all, if the State shall need it, But the Bible—that to the death we'll hold, For our sons' sons they shall read it." Do this, and a rescu'd realm's applause Shall be yours, tho' its rulers fail you: Do it not, and the guilt of a ruin'd cause Shall, even in death, assail you. Then up in the name of God! up, all!
Up now for your country's altars! A nation's curse for a nation's fall Shall cling to the slave that falters.
NOTICES OF BOOKS.
A Wonderful and Horrible Thing! Lying Prophets, Usurping Priests, and a Consenting People, combined to bring back Popery into England. The substance of a Sermon preached at Walcot Church, Bath, on Thursday, November 5, 1846. By the Rev. Peter Hall, M.A., Rector of Milston, Wilts, and Minister of St. Thomas's Chapel, Bath. London: Whittaker and Co. Bath; Binns and Goodwin.
Having commented at length upon the various matters suggested by that portion of Scripture from which the text was taken, Jeremiah v. 30, 31, and taken a review of many important points, the Reverend Preacher thus concludes by exhorting Protestants to act up to their privileges in this crisis in the history of their Church and country:—
"What, after all, may be the end thereof, as regards the institutions of our country, political, social, and religious, God only knows. I would hope the best: but I cannot help also fearing the worst. The word of prophecy informs me, that, though it be but for a season, the Antichrist of the Popedom will again rise and reign. And the signs of the times convince me, that the nations are already preparing to give their power to the Beast. I fear the destruction of Protestantism, and I fear the restoration of Popery, as a national institution. For the Church, as by law established, I fear the blind leading the blind, till both fall into the ditch; I fear the timid and the timeserving given over to strong delusions to believe a lie; I fear the light extinguished, and the candlestick removed from its place. But for the body of God's elect, redeemed and sanctified in Christ Jesus, I fear nothing. Dark as the night, or dreary as the road may be, God will strengthen them to fight the good fight of faith, and make them conquerors, and more than conquerors, through Him that loved them.
"Beloved, your privileges are great: you have the Gospel of Jesus Christ faithfully preached in your churches, and brought home to your very doors. But as your privileges are, so are your responsibilities and obligations. What will you do? For myself I am resolved what to do,—to live, and labour, and, if need be, to die, in this most glorious cause, the maintenance of the truth of God, and of the liberty of the people of God, against the lies and usurpations of Rome, however and wherever they appear.
"But what will you do? Begin by giving yourselves to the Lord. Believe, obey the Gospel. Grow in grace. Strive against sin. Watch and pray. Ask God, What wilt thou have me to do? and whatever He shows you as the work of duty, do it, while it is called to-day.
"We must go back to the principles of the Reformers. Till we have done that, we can do nothing for our Church and country. But that is not enough: we must do more. Having gone back, we must go forward. They stopped, because they had done all they could. They were hindered from advancing, some by the constraints of policy, some by the pressure of opinion, some by death. The principles of the Reformation are the principles of truth, and will last for ever; but the acts and deeds of the Reformers came short. The Reformation itself still wants reform
ing; not in its spirit, but in many of its details, especially as bearing on the state and posture of the Church. Whom will God call to such a work as this? Blessed be he among men! Though chosen, it may be, likeJDavid, from the lowest and the humblest, he shall lead the thoughts and actions of the noblest: and neither Luther nor Melancthon.Calvin norZwingle, Cranmer nor Ridley, Knox nor Melvill, shall be deemed more worthy the admiration of the wise, or more happy in the favour and reward of God. Here, in the city of Bath, let the Reformation of the Nineteenth Century begin: but here it must not end. Scotland is ready: Ireland is ready: the Continent of Europe is ready: the isles of the South, and of the East, and of the West are all ready. Creation groans together. How long, O Lord, how long? Awake, thou that sleepest! Be strong, be bold, be resolute! And do your diligence, every one of you, to your country as Englishmen, to your Church as Protestants, and to your God as Christians."
Monastic Institutions; their Origin, Progress, Nature, and Tendency. By the Rev. Samuel Phillips Day, formerly a "Religious" of the Order of the Presentation: Author of "Rome's Intolerance; or, the Anti-Christian Spirit of the Papacy Delineated." With an Introduction, by the Rev. C. H. MinChin, A.M., Chaplain to the Lying-in-Hospital, Dublin. London: James Nisbet and Co., Bernersstreet. Manchester: Fletcher and Tubbs, Cros3-street. Pp. 232.
The accuracy of the statements contained in this book, must rest on the responsibility of the author. We have personally conversed with him, and the work is commended by the notices of many well-qualified to form an opinion on the subject.
The Dean of Leighlin states it to be a highly interesting and instructive booh.
Its readers will no doubt find it such, and we are glad to see works appearing, and gaining a wide circu
lation, which are calculated to disabuse the public mind as to Popery, and to paint the real nature and designs of Rome in a true light.
"I can safely appeal to the Searcher of all hearts, who knows our most secret thoughts, that no worldly interest whatever has induced me to act so decided a part, in a matter involving the interests of eternity. It is painful to my feelings to be obliged to speak thus of myself, but I am compelled to do so; for I am not ignorant that 'converts from the Church of Rome' are always charged with being guilty of desertion from selfish and interested motives. The Lord having taught me a better way, I feel that the concerns of a neverdying soul are of the first importance. Influenced by this consideration, I trust I can fully appreciate the heartsearching question put by the Saviour of sinners :—' What is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or, What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?' This is my solemn conviction, and actuated by it, I address myself to you, my Roman Catholic fellowcountrymen; and I earnestly entreat of you to shake off the trammels by which you are bound, to go to the fountain head, the Word of God, and to compare the tenets of your Church with the doctrines laid down by Him in that infallible volume of inspiration. You have souls to be saved, as well as the humble individual who ventures to expostulate with you ; lay aside, then, the ' fear of man, which bringeth a snare '— prove all things by that unerring guide, the revelation of God's will, and 'hold fast that which is good.' You have reason to suspect that man of unworthy motives, however learned and exalted in rank he may be, who would tell you, that the 'written word' is insufficient for man's salvation. Does he not arraign the wisdom, justice, and mercy, of our heavenly Father, when he ventures to question the sufficiency of 'the oracles of God' without the addition of the ' unwritten word' of sinful and fallible man? As rational and accountable creatures, I call upon you to assert your right to the possession and perusal of that
Word, which contains the charter of your salvation—the title-deed of your heavenly inheritance. I call upon you to examine the doctrines of your creed by that Word—to examine them as men, who are deliberating for eternity'; whose everlasting welfare depends on your arriving at a saving knowledge of the true faith. Receive the affectionate admonition of one who can have no other object in view in addressing you than the good of your immortal souls. 'I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.' And may the same Divine Teacher, who, I trust, has graciously opened my eyes to see 'the truth as it is in Jesus,' vouchsafe to confer on you also the same blessed privilege, to turn you from the darkness of error and superstition, and ' to give you the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.' Amen!"
Islington.—On Monday evening, January 18, 1847, a Lecture was delivered at the National School Room, Church-street, by the Rev. A. R. C. Dallas, M.A., Rector of Wonston, Hants, and Chaplain to the Lord Bishop of Winchester, on the following subject:—" Popery in Ireland in the Nineteenth Century, a Warning to Protestants in England." The Lecture was numerously and respectably attended.
Manchester, Jan. 14. — There is a rumour to-day that Lord Lincoln will not offer himself for Manchester. His declared willingness to endow the Irish Catholic clergy has, it is said, lost him the support of many, who, as Churchmen, would have voted for him in preference to a Dissenter; and his most influential supporters are Churchmen, many of whom oppose Mr. Bright on that ground. The opposite party declare that in any case the return of their candidate is certain.
Ireland.—A new Institution, entitled the " General Irish Reformation Fund, for the Restoration of her Primitive Religion, and the necessary protection of those becoming Converts," has succeeded in raising nearly £20,000 for a new body of Scripture
readers in Ireland. The prime movers in this noble scheme, have been Lord Ashley and the Rev. E. Bickersteth. Encouragement of Popery in Ireland.—"A new charter has been franted to the Royal Hibernian chool, providing for the endowment of Roman Catholic teachers in that establishment. This is merely another step towards destroying the Protestant character of our State institutions." (Another move of the Jesuits, who are bound to "peculiar care in the education of boys.")
— Dublin Herald. Reformation
in Dublin. — The good work goes on most prosperously in Dublin. We have now the gratification to announce that, in St. Audeon's Church, on the first Sunday of the year, eleven persons were added to the Church; such as, we trust, shall be saved in the day of the Lord. After the converts abjured the errors of Popery, the Rev. Thomas Scott preached from the following appropriate words of the great apostle of the Gentiles:—" For this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets." (Acts xxiv. 14.) The converts also received the holy communion, and then signed the renunciation roll. The Rev. George Tredinnickv Rector of Ballyshannon, assisted in the solemn and interesting services of the day; and though the church was literally crammed with people, chiefly men, there was no interruption to mar the beauty of all the ordinance. Mr. Scott announced that he would receive another class of converts, God willing, on the fh;st
Sabbath of the month of March next. One of the young men, who was intended for the Romish priesthood, and who is nearly allied to a distinguished and noble family, in the south of Ireland, has addressed a letter to his friends in his native parish, in which he assigns a few of his reasons for the vital step he has taken. No doubt many of his relatives will follow his good example. —Dublin Herald.
Protestant Italian Journal.— We are glad to observe that an Italian Journal will appear on February 1, to be conducted on the principles of the Reformation, by Christian Italians resident in London. It will be circulated among the Italians scattered throughout England, France, and other parts of the Continent. The title is to be "L'Eco di Savanarola." The Pope, the Jesuit, and Mr. Newman.—A clergyman at Rome, writes under date of December last, as follows:—" The Pope is hated by the clergy, especially by the Jesuits. As to them, this will show you the popular feeling. On the Pope's going to visit their convent, the people shouted again and again, 'Holy Father, do not take any chocolate there,' lest he should be poisoned. It is a fact, that letters have been sent to each Jesuit here, and each Cardinal, forewarning them that if the Pope fall sick, they will be murdered." From the same letter, we copy the following:—" Mr. Newman, at Rome. —I heard Mr. Newman make a funeral oration over a Miss Brien. In matter, it was meagre,—in doctrine, barren,—and in manner, ungraceful and unimpressive; altogether a failure."
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Books Received.—" Day on Monastic Institutions j" "Martin Luther's Councils, and Churches." Translated from the High German by the Rev. C. B. Smythe.—" Ireland in 1846—7, Considered in Reference to the Recent Rapid Growth of Popery." By Philip Dixon Hardy, Esq. — " The Novitiate; or a Year among the English Jesuits, a Personal Narrative, &c." By
Andrew Steinmetz. London: Smith, Elder, and Co.
If our Correspondent from Wales will give us his name and address, we will see forwarded a list of such tracts as he requires, or he may obtain a list of the Welsh tracts of the Religious Tract Society, or the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.
Macintosh, Printer, Great New Street. I.o.uion.