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perhaps, surprise you when I inform But let us proceed a little further. you that, in addition to the Roman He says we are always the same, catholic college at Ascott, they are “ ever busy, active and intrusive ;: going to have a similar establishment that when our priests find a man as ASTON HALL, the ancient and wavering, &c. they are with him magnificent seat of the Holt family, morning, noon, evening, and night, and which has lately been given up until they have brought him into our by HENEAGE LEGGE, Esq. many communion.--I have no doubt of the years the good and tried friend of zeal of catholic clergymen, but I am Birmingham, and whose retirement

gham and whose retirement certain the labours of dissenting mis we all lament.

nisters have been such, as to add I send you this additional proof considerably to the number of un-' that they are semper eadem, ever ac- | happy persons in the new Bethlem tive. bugy and intrusive; they must hospital, in which they are continube met by corresponding energy or ally singing hymns and spiritual can. we shall awake too late. The laity |ticles,--some preaching sermons, &c, must take up the measure with ar- to the no small annoyance of the dour, they must cry aloud to the neighbours; and what is still more government, for an increase of places affecting is, that the greater part for protestant worship and zealous tlıus bereft of their senses by the idle, ministers, men who will be instant dangerous and latitudinarian docin season and out of season; not trines, (I mean stuff} rung in their those who put off their religious con ears by these “nice," these “ beam duct with their gown and cassock, venly men,” are young females. but such as have made it their choice, Had the correspondent of The Sun and will make it their business also, confined himself to bis subjeet, I to attend to the religious welfare of should have finished my remarks their focks. Your's,

sooner; but, like most of his brethren, AN OLD CHURCHMAN. he must travel from his text, and talk Birmingham, Dec. 4, 1817.” about the old story of catholic dis

It is well known that the college at loyalty, and the dangers to be appreOscott, which this old churchinan hended by our protestant country, talks so much about, is nothing more men of the safety of their lives, prathau a seminary for the instruction perty and religion, from the increase of catholic youth in the principles of of papists : and then he gives a hard religion and literature; but, not rub to the ministers of the establishwithstanding its insiguificance, when nient. But, good Mr. Churcbman, compared to the numerous protest-know. you not, that an evil tree catant establishments, this bright cor- | not bring forth good fruit? You will respondent, and the still brighter find wotwithstanding all the corres editor of the journal in which it ap- ponding energy of the disseuters, peared, could not help publicly ca- (the ministers of the established lumniating the whole catholic body. | church have better sense thau to miedThe chief spleen, however, seems to dle with the affair) a lime w.U come have been directed against the new when we shall be found worthy of seminary at Aston Hall. If the trust and police_our religion worthy Birmingham churchman could have of respect and imitation, perhaps turned those establishments into me. so as totally to eclipse all puritan zeal thodist conventicles or schools to and loyalty !--I said for the present, train up the " pious youth" for pu- dismiss the subjuet, and remain, M. ritan bible-brawlers, I fancy no Ediwr, your's, xc. ! ALOYSIUS, such letter would have appeared. London, Dec. 17, 1817.; tud

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468 Stanzas on the
Stanzas on the Nativity - Queries to Protestants.

| All earth his welcome echoed in reply.
.:POETRY.

siel Bow then O man! before thy infant

King, . . .STANZAS

| Let not thy voice the latest reach the sky; . ON THE

Rise with all nature on extatic wing, NATIVITY OF OUR LORD. Aud join the glorious theme that hovering

angel's sing. 6 Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us St. Mary's College, Oscott; F. C.H. see this word that is come to pass."- December 6th, 1817.

St. Luke, ii. v. 15.
Rouge blows the wiatry blast ;--the mid-

Cintru blaske-the middl ' QUERIES TO PROTESTANTS.": ' · night hour Reigns rude and cbeerless o'er the uncon

PROTESTING brothers, why this spite,

And why this unrelenting bate? scious world, The thick spread clouds defy the moon's

And why oppose my patal right, .. weak power,

To share the honours of the state ? And vapuurs round the hills lie thickly | Is it because I've borne so long si curled:

The lash of Persecution's hand ? , . But ere night's epsign shall again be furled, | Is it because, oppress'd witb wrong, .. * The lipg expected Saviourshall be given; | . I've fought the battles of the land? And though from high the reddest darts

Is it because I've ne'er untied ;" were hurled,

The sacred bands of social life? And man from God's bright countenance

Is it because with you l've vied was driven,

'To quell Rebellion's direful strife? . Io save him yet from death, that God will come from heaven. .!.

Is it because, with patience meek, on

1. I've kissed the persecuting rod ? ! For now the ages of his bigh decree,

Is it because, at once, I seek

, Have slowly rolled their solenu length To serve my king, and please my God? away ;

Now, doee such conduct merit chains And captive millions panting to be free, Chains of privation and of grace: Shall hail in rapture the long looked for Attended with felt mental pains, .

Inflicted on a loyal race, . When the great Father's own reflected Ray,

1 Whose loyalty has brightly shone Hastening from beaven's high throne ip silent fight,

Through centuries of unjust restraint..

Must still their chains be fastened on, Unites bis Deity with man's poor clay, * Veils all his glory, covers all his might,

| And still unheeded their complaipt? :) And comes without one beam to chase the

glooin of night, Hail then incarnate God !-sweet infant hail!

INHE following account of the ki Unknown, neglected, unadored by all, i late extraordinary proceedings -Save by the humble shepherds of the yale, ot the Irish catholic board, regard

Hastening to find thee at an aogel's call; Save the meek Virgin by the lowly stall,

" | ing the republication of the Rheims And her poor spouse whose tend'rest care testament, is copied from the Dub. could find

lin Evening Post :No warmer shelter than that broken wall,

A remarkably full meeting of the ca. • To shield thee shivering from the howl. tholic board took place, on Thursday,

the 4th instant, pursuant to adjouri. Aod spare these early tears thou sheddest

ment. Owen O'Cotior, esq. in the chair, .; for mankind. :

'Afier some preliminary business, Mr. The patriarch's joy is filled, whose longing

O'Connell rose to make his proposed hope,

motion, for the appointment of a com, Had seen age follow age with wisbful mittee to prepare a denunciation of the cye:

intolerant doctrines contained in the The JUST ONE's dew has damped the Rheimish notes. mountain's toy,

Mr. O'Coonell said, that on the last And when the expecting hills proclaim'd l day of mceting he gave notice, that he bim nigham

l'would move for a committee, to draw up

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a disavowal of the very dangerous 'and, which are ever silent when any thing uncharitable doctrines contained in cer- | might be said favourable to Ireland, tain notes to the Rheimish testament. but are ever ac ive to dissemminate He now rose' to subinit that motion to whatever may tend to her disgrace or the consideration of the board. The dishonour. They have not hesitated late edition of the Rheimish testament to impute to the catholics of this counin this country, gave rise tó much ob- try the doctrines contained in those of servation. That work was denounced fensive notes, and it was their duty to by Dr. Troy-ari action is now depend disclaim them. "Nothing was more reing between him and a respectable mote from the true sentiments of the bookseller 10, this city, and it would be Irish people. These notes were of Eng. the duty' of the board not to in ferfere in lish growin, they were written in agi... the remote'st degree, with the subject of stated times, when the title of Elizabeth that action; but, on the other hand, was questioned, on the grounds of lethe board could not let the present opgitimacy. Party spirit was then ex. portunity pass by, of recording their tremely violent; polirics mixed with sentiments of disapprobation, and even religion, and, of course, disgraced it. of abhorrence, of the bigotted and in- Queen Mary, of Scotland, had active tolerant doctrines promulgated in that partisans, who thought it would forwork. Their feelings of what was wise, ward their purposes to translate the bi. consistent, and liberal, would suggest ble, and add to it those obnoxious notes. such a proceeding, even though the in. But very shortly after the establishment decent columns of their enemies had of the college at Douay, this Rheimish not rendered it indispensable. A work, edition was condemned by all the doccalled the British Critic, haid, no doubt, tors of that institution, who, at the same been read by some gentlemen who time called for and received the aid of the heard him. The circulation of the last Scotch and Irish colleges. The book number has been 'very'extensive, and was thus suppressed, and an edition of exceeded, almost beyond calculation, the bible, with notes, was published at the circulation of any former number, Douay, which has been ever since adopt in consequence of an article which ap- led by the catholic church, so that they peared in it on the late edition of the not only condemned and suppressed Rheimish testament. He (Mr.'O'C.) | the Rheimish edition, but they publishsaid, he had read that article it is ex ed an edition with notes, to which no tremely unfair and uncandid; it gives, 1 objection has, or could be urged. From with audácious falsehood, passages, as that period there have been but two if from the notes to the Rheimisha testa | editions of the Rheimish testament; ment, which cannot be found in that the first had little circulation; the late work; and, with mean cunning, it edition was published by a very ignoseeks to avoid detection, by quoting, rant printer at Cork, a man of the name without giving either text or page. - of M‘Namara, a person who was not (Throughout it is written in the true capable of distinguishing between the

spirit of the inquisition-it is violent, | Rheimish and any other edition of the " vindictive, and uncharitable. He was bible. He took up the matter merely | sorry to understand that it was written / as a speculation in trade. He meant to by ministers of the established church; | publish a catholic bible, and, having put but, he 'trusted, that when the charge of his hand upon the Rheimish edition,

intemperance should be again brought, he commenced to print it in numbers. | forward against the catholics, their ac- | He subsequently became a bankrupt, cusers would cast their eyes on this and his property, in this transaction, coarse and illiberal attack-here they vested in Mr. Cumming, a respectable may find a specimen of real temper- bookseller in this city, who is either a ance. But the very acceptable work of protestant, or presbyterian; but he imputing principles to the Irish people carried on the work, like M'Namara, which they never held, and which they merely to make money of it, as a comabhor, was not confined to the Britishmercial speculation; and yet, (said Critic; the Courier, a newspaper | Mr. O'Connell)our enemies have taken whose circulation is immense, lent its it up with avidity; they have asserted band, and the provincial newspapers that the sentiments of ihose notes are throughout England-those papers, | cherished by the catholics of this coun

wy. He would not be surprised to read, faith might be innocently broken with of speeches in the next parliament on heretics. Yet such were the doctrines the subject.

to be deduced from the notes to the It was a hundred to one but that Rheimish testament. He would con some of our briefless barristers have ali clude by moving for the sub-committee. ready commenced composing dull car! The disavowal, he said, might be very lumvies, and that we shall have properly submitted for the sanction of speeches from them for the edification an aggregate meeting, and a copy of it of the legislature, and the protection of should be sent to every member of both the church. There was not a moment houses of parliament, to the dignitaries to be lost. The catholics should with of the protestant church, and the synod' ' one voice disclaim those very odious of Ulster. doctrines; he was sure there was not. a Mr.O'Kelly seconded the motion. single catholic in Ireland that did not Mr. Eneas M'Donnell upposed the feel as he did, abhorrence at the prin motion. Our space will not allow us to ciples those notes contain. Illiberality follow the learned gentleman through a has been imputed to the Irish people, I long speech. He said he did not think but they are grossly wronged. He had it the duty of the board to become in often addressed the catholic people of spector of bibles, and that if they inter Ireland. He always found them ap- fered in this instance, they would be plaud every sentiment of liberalily; bound to take notice of every future • and the doctrine of perfect freedom of publication; he confessed he was not so conscience, the right of every human inflated with liberality as to feel himself being to have his religious creed, what. | called on formally to disavow the publiever that creed might be, no polluted by cation in question, however strongly he the impious interference of 'bigotted or might disapprove of it. He said he oppressive laws. Those sacred rights, brought an address ready prepared, and that generous sentiment, were which he thought would meet the ob never uttered at a catholic aggregate 1 ject of all parties, which he would read. meeting, without receiving at the in-Mr. M.Donnell then proceeded to read Hant the loud and the unanimous ap

his address, for which see page 477. plause of the assembly. .

Mr. Nicholas Mahon objected io the It might be said that those meetings | motion of Mr. O'Connell; he ibought Ware'composed of mere rabble. Well, the matter should be left to the discrebe it so; for one he would concede thaí tion of the clergy, who would disa for the sake of argument. But what charge their duty to the satisfaction followed? Why, just this,--that the of the country, and the vindication of catholic rabble, without the advantages the catholic religion; he shortly obof education, or of the influence of po- jected to the introduction of religious lished society, were so well acquainied subjects in popular meetings. with the genuine principles of christian l! Mr. O'Connell. I said that it was a charity, that they, the rabble, adopted ||mere religious question. He asked, and applauded sentiments of liberality, was there a member of the catholic and of religious freedom, which, unfor- | body who did not disclaim those docz tuijately, met with but little encourage- Irines; where was the man who did not ment from the polisbed and educaied hold them in abhorrence? Why iben of other sects. He owed it to his reli. should they hesitate to disavow them; gion, as a catholic and a christian; to you have, said he, entered into a discushis country, as an Irishman; to his sion on the subject, and it is impossible feelings as a human being, to utterly de for you to recede; and if, under the nounce the abominable doctrines con pretence of this being a polemical subtained in the notes to the Rheimishject, you stop swort, the people of Eng. testament. He was a catholic upon land will say, that you had not the spiprinciple-a sted fast and sincere catho. rit or the liberality to condemn those lic, from The cunviction that it was the very scandalous notes, and that you got 1 best form of religion ; but he would not rid of the subject hy a side wind. He remain one, one hour longer, if he did not see how it was taking the sub: thought it essential to the profession of ject out of the hands of the clergy, and the catholic faith to believe that it was it certainly was extraordinary enough to · lawful to murder protestants, or that say, that it would be disrespectful to

thém, as if the vindication of our cha-' possibility of completing so comprehenracter could be painful to their feeliigs; sive a work; I must, therefore, reserve or as if the refutation of calumnies could for another, and, I trust, not remøte give them offence.

period, the intended compilation of Mr. N. P. O'Gorman considered all the circumstances and documents such discussions à misfortune. He with which, in my delegate character, could not too strongly disapprove the I became connected, introduction of religious subjects; for I shall endeavour, however, in this his own part he never looked into the report, to make such a general state, bible, and he never would-(a laugh inent as will enable the board to form a I mean, said he, the Rheimish bible. correct notion of the conduct of my He said that such topics would transmission, and have only on my own be, form the gentlemen of the board into a half to request, that if I may have apo conclave of cardinals. One gentleman peared in any degree dilatóry in seeking would say such a work is very illiberal; an opportunity of communication with another would say, I do not think so: this board, my apparent neglect may they dispute on the point, and quote not be attributed to any disposition to most copiously from the holy fa:hers- offer either slight or offence, but rather (u laugh. )--and then our time would to an impression on my mind that some pleasantly pass away in old-womanish injudicious, and, I must add, calami, disputes.

tous proceedings with reference to me, 1. Mr. O'Connell's motion was put and I and to which I am not disposed for the carried, the words being amended thus, present more particularly to advert, had

* That a committee be appointed to rendered it becoming for me to await draw up an address on the occasion of the previous expression of your desires the late publication of the Rheimish on the subject." testament, with a view to have the same On the 16th of September, 1815, the submitted to an aggregate meeting," remonstrance of the Roman catholics and the following gentlemen were of Ireland to the holy see was confided named as the committee:

to my single charge, and having proThe chairman, Mr. O'Connell, Mr.

ceeded to my destination with all conScully. Mr. O'Kelly, Mr. Mahon, and venient speed, I reached the Roman caMr. Éneas M'Donnell.

pital on the 25th day of October I lost

no time in ubraining an interview with REPORT

| his eminence, cardinal Litta, prefect of OF THE

Propaganda - I disclosed most upreREVEREND RICHARD HAYES servedly to his eminence the objects of Lute Delegate of the Catholics of

{ my mission, and was much gratified by

! | the assurances of support with which Ireland to the Holy See, present- l be was pleased to honour me-he denied ed to the Catholic Board, on Sa-that the Genoese letter conceded the

turday, 13th December, 1817.' veto, and gave me a copy thereof, ia MR. CHAIRMAN AND GENTLEMEN order, by its publication, to allay In compliance with the wishes of the the alarm in Ireland. I found, howgeneral board of the catholics of Irelever, at the onset, that my mission was land, I shall now proceed, in as ample destined to meet the implacable resiste . a manner as the time allowed to me, ance of his eminence, the cardinal se. and my infirm state of health will per- . cretary of state, Consalvi, who made mit, to state the circumstances attend-it a subject of much complaini, that I ing the commencement, progress, and had not selected hiin as the organ of my conclusion of my mission to the holy communication with the holy seeste.

| did not conceive that I should be warm) It had been my intention to publish, ranted in submitting, contrary to all for the information of my countrymen right and usage, the religious concerns at large, a Narrative, detailiog every of the catholics of Ireland to the politimaterial consequence and developing, cal cabinet of the Roman court, and I in a minute manner, all the incidents felt satisfied that I should incur the just affecting the object of my deputation, censure of my constituents, were I to But my state of health since my de- | recogoize in this Roman minister, or parture from Rome, has precluded the l any other foreign political authority

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