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that we should thus subdue the noblest, kindest feelings of our nature. It was not thus the Saviour taught us. He prayed for his very murderers—does he require his followers, with gloomy triumph and tearless eyes, to pronounce the doom of eternal misery on a fellowcreature? No, he wept over the city he had vainly implored to accept his mercy; will he then chide the tears you shed over the early death of your Protestant friend ?”
“There is a strange mixture of truth and error in all you say, Clara, but I am not now fit to argue or point it out ; how often must I warn you to distrust yourself and rely on the guidance of those who are more competent to judge ?”.
“Ah, Hubert, and I have obeyed you ; may God forgive me if I erred in obeying !”
“ Hubert,” said Clarice, “hear me speak, you have thought me a careless, scoffing girl, and you have had, I fear, reason to think me so, but I have feelings, and strong ones, on the subject of religion ; Clara has rejoiced my heart by the sentiments she has uttered. Can I believe the Being whom I am not only to obey but to love, requires of his reasonable creatures penances and mortifications, only inferior in degree to the tortures the poor heathen inflict to please their false idols ? No, I cannot believe this to be a part of that religion, pure, gentle, heavenly, which cometh from above; it is some false light, some gloomy phantom, some work of the arch-enemy to disturb man's peace, and change the disciple of the meek and lowly Jesus into the stern and stoical follower of the heathen Cato.”
“Does the Saviour say nothing about mortification and self-denial?”
“Yes, but we are only to mortify those desires which are sinful, which contradict his moral laws and just commands. He commands us not, as my sister Frances so fondly thinks, to be constantly inflicting on ourselves a series of petty crosses and meritorious self-denial in lawful things, to subdue each kind and tender feeling, the indulgence of which would adorn, not disgrace his doctrine ; He commands us not to exclude those from heaven, whose lives were past in efforts to please him ; those who, like your lamented friend, lived and died the Christian's death.”
“Where did you learn these sentiments, Clarice ?” asked Hubert in astonishment.
“Ah, you are too good a son of the Church,” said she, archly, “ for me to tell you, perhaps I have said too much already, but Člara is most to blame, she first threw the brand of heresy, I only fanned it to a gentle flame. But, silence, silence, the bell rings. The Father comes. I am no longer Clarice the scoffer, but the dutiful, obedient daughter of the Church. Dear cousin,” added she, looking imploringly at Hubert, “ do not betray me ; but indeed the Church we so blindly obey teaches for doctrines the commandments of men."
It was in those happy, thoughtless days, when childhood first gives place to youth, that Frances and Clarice set foot on Protestant ground, and first became acquainted with the Willoughby family. The severe illness of Clarice had induced Mrs. Cleves to try, for her recovery, the waters of Bristol ; there, strangers in a foreign land, they
received much kind attention from Mrs. Willoughby, whose religion forbade her not “to do good unto all,” and as Mrs. Cleves was then comparatively indifferent on religious subjects, she feared no danger from her new acquaintance; the young people were allowed to be constantly together, and occasionally accompanied the Willoughbys to a Protestant chapel. Months thus spent in kindly intercourse, increased their intimacy into a friendship, the strength of which Frances was not aware of, till on her return to Ardennes, she found each pursuit uninteresting, which had so much pleased at Bristol. Frances had not then embraced those views of religion, which formed now the main spring of her existence; two years past, when Mrs. Cleves and her daughters unexpectedly met Ernest Willoughby at Paris, they renewed their acquaintance, but now fully alive to their difference on points essentially important, Ernest seized every opportunity of conversing on these subjects ; at last he ventured to send Frances a copy of the Holy Scriptures, which when Mrs. Cleves heard of, she forbade her daughter to read it, and treated Ernest so coolly, he ceased to visit them. The Bible which Frances had delivered to a servant to return to Willoughby, had, however, been detained by her sister, more from curiosity to read an interdicted book, than from conviction of its value. Clarice had read it much, and kept it carefully concealed; her head was enlightened by its perusal, but her heart remained unchanged.
(To be continued.)
TO THE ELECTORS OF THE UNITED
KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND
ADDRESS OF THE CHRISTIAN importance of the electors forming a INFLUENCE COMMITTEE
correct judgment upon those momentous subjects which are likely to occupy the future attention of the Legislature, and upon which the
prosperity of the nation may greatly FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN, - You will depend. shortly be called upon to exercise the It becomes, then, a sacred duty, in political power vested in you by the the present crisis of our national conconstitution of this free country—the dition, that you should seriously conelective franchise.
sider the rapid increase and threatenThis paper is not intended to ad- ing aspect of the Roman Catholic vocate or advance the interests of any Church, both at home and in our party, whether Whig, Tory, Con-colonial possessions. The growth of servative, or Radical, but to bring any system of religious opinions, howunder your serious consideration
ever erroneous, or the zeal of those matters connected with the well who may advocate them, are not in being of our country, upon which the themselves matters to create political use you make of this franchise may alarm; they should rather stimulate have a most important influence. the friends of truth to greater exer
In this land of freedom, the feel- tions, and call forth larger efforts of ings and prevailing sentiments of the a counteractive character : but the people, duly expressed by their repre- growth of Popery, being in reality sentatives in Parliament, will never the advance of a great political Corfail, for any long period, to act with a poration (the Romish Hierarchy) into degree of power quite irresistible upon power and influence, cannot be thus those into whose hands our beloved viewed. The Church of Rome is Sovereign may place the reins of essentially intolerant; she has ever Executive Government. Hence the warred against the liberties of the
world ; and her triumphs can only be distinctly pledge himself to oppose secured by enslaving the consciences any further measure of endowment or of men, and overthrowing the right encouragement to the Church of of private judgment.
Rome. You are aware, that by the passing But this paper has another and a of what is generally termed the Eman- higher object. cipation Act, in 1829, the constitu- You are entreated to consider, setion of this country, as settled at the condly, the unspeakable importance period of the Revolution of 1688, was, of upholding the authority of God to use the words of an eminent, but and his honour in the land. Let it by no means consistent statesman of be remembered, that the Divine auour day, “ broken in upon;" and by thority is not one whit the less bethat Act persons bearing spiritual, if cause men dare to disregard it. God not temporal allegiance to a foreign will get honour to his great name, prince and prelate, are admitted to whether it be by the overthrow of his the unrestrained exercise of political enemies, or by the preservation of power within these realms; succession those who bow to the sceptre of his to the throne, and one or two high grace and power; and yet none can offices of State, only excepted. The venture to affirm, with any semblance principle upon which this admission of truth, that God is duly honoured was founded was scarcely vindicated in the Legislature, by our rulers, or even ly the authors and supporters amongst all ranks of people in this of that measure; they deemed it to country. It is lamentably true, that have become expedient, and with His holy name is profaned, His Sabthem expediency justified its enact- bath desecrated, His Word despised, ment, without even an appeal having and His providence derided, with a been made to the constituency of the degree of daring effrontery and imcountry.
piety of which, even as an enlightened, Under this so far altered constitu- not to say Protestant and Christian tion, our Legislature no longer takes nation, we have cause to be deeply cognisance of truth or error in matters ashamed. Should such things conof religion--all are equal in the eyes tinue ? May it not well be asked, in of the law. But as regards the aspir- the words of Holy Scripture, “ What ing Church of Rome, the evil does will ye do in the end thereof?” A not stop here. Popery first tolerated, despised God will assuredly prove then enfranchised, has now become himself a sin-avenging God; and an Popery favoured ; endowments have apostate nation cannot fail to become been granted for its support from the a fallen and a desolated nation. And national funds; more extensive con- is not the frown of the Almighty cessions and measures of an alarming already upon the land ? Measures character are in contemplation, and have been taken to cheapen the food that Church will soon become a and increase the comforts of the dominant Establishment, unless God middle and lower classes; but has in his mercy awaken the people of God favoured or given success to these realms to a sense of their dan- these measures? Has he not rather ger and their duty.
said, by the unerring voice of his proAs, then, you value the great prin- vidence, “Your transgressions have ciples of civil and religious liberty, withheld these good things from the only real safeguard of your free- you ?" His arm is lifted up-his dom; as you value the blessings and hand hath smitten, and yet men will privileges of the Reformed religion; not regard. Those who plead for the and as you value the free circulation honour of God in the land—the few of the Word of God, you are called men who will dare to lift up their upon to take an immediate and de- voice in the Legislature, to stem the termined stand of resistance against tide of national sins, are held up as the further progress of these evils; the very marks at which every shaft and to refuse your vote for any man, of calumny and ridicule may be aimed; be his party, his influence, or his pre- and almost the entire power of the tensions what they may, who will not public press is directed to prevent any
portion of the constituency from seek Church and State, may be divided ing out such men to represent them into two great classes, as the modus in Parliament.
operandi. Both are, and must be, If, then, you would desire to arrest alarmists ; for to be a Protestant, the downward progress of the national and not an alarmist, is a direct concharacter—if you would check In- tradiction, so long as the error, against fidelity and vice, and seek to promote which they protest, is gaining ground. virtue, contentment, peace, and pros Of course, we speak not of nominal perity in the land, remember that Protestants, i.e., members of a Promuch, humanly speaking, will depend testant religious body simply as such ; upon the vote of every individual. would that even they all felt as they Let not a vote be given for any man ought the responsibility of their situawho dares to set aside the authority tion as arbiters of the fate of " liberty of God's Word as the rule of his own of conscience,” our England's holiest conduct. Rather let men be sought boon! out, by every constituency, who will But with the notes of alarm not be ashamed to own the Lord sounded, ever and anon, the one party Jesus Christ as their Lord and Master, mingle the sad sounds of lamentation and to confess his name before rulers and despair, in hope thus to rouse and kings. These are the men into the dying ardour of their countrymen. whose hands you can safely commit The other class, while they take up the important trust of power as your
the strains of alarm, blend with them representatives — men who will use sounds of joy; they confess themthat power for the glory of God, and selves overborne, but not the real good of their fellow-men. quished; cast down for a season, yet In a word, use your votes in defence to rise; they will not doubt, but hope of the liberties, the constitution, and on and on hope against hope.” the Protestantism of your country, When the sun is set, they yet discern and for the honour of that God, from the stars—sometimes but few, at whom alone we receive all our bless other times a countless multitude ings, both for time and for eternity!
that break the otherwise undisturbed reign of night. They act as the man
of God, who, amid the fearful crowd, READING THE SCRIPTURES.
could speak the startling word of his The work of Mr. Isaac Nevins, re- Master, “Speak unto the children of cently, published by the Protestant Israel that they go forward." These Association, abounds with very sound are the men whom we conceive the arguments and remarks on most most suited for our emergencies. points of the Romish controversy. This is no common epoch in our ProThe style is pointed, interesting, and testant annals. To retrace our downvigorous. His remarks as to the ward steps is a prodigious task; but right of the laity to read the Scrip- retrace them we must if we would tures, is a specimen of his common not plunge deeper—aye, and faster sense way of refuting the mystic and too-down the dark and interminable mystifying language of Rome and abyss of concession. Romish writers on the use of the Rome, like her type, the horseleech, Holy Scriptures by the laity.
will cry, “Give, give”— till, like it, The little work is a very cheap one, she obtains blood- heretic blood. and our friends would do good ser 'Tis only where she revels in the vice to the cause by circulating copies blood of the faithful that she is at amongst the operative classes. ease and cries, I am full, I am full.
Now, if ever, the effort must be made. ENCOURAGEMENT TO CON
Alas! we cannot say,
“ Obstentus TINUED EFFORTS.
mali principiis.” We are already To the Editor of the Protestant
half way down the inclined plane, Magazine.
and no small power will it need to (From a Correspondent.) begin once more the ascent; it must SIR, It has always appeared to me, be a long pull, a hard pull, and above that our Protestant leaders, both in all, a pull all together. Every day
the impetus of the descending car of Clayton, R. R. Hamilton, Lord C. -
Godson, R. Yorke, Hon. E. T.
garvan, Earl Cadogan, and Earl Against these, repeating our idea Bradford – the Viscounts Adare, of the severity of the late test of prin- Chelsea, and Newport—the fathers of ciples, let us point out twenty up- all of whom are strenuously opposed holders of the concession of last to such measures, and, more especispring, who have recorded their votes ally, Earl Lincoln and Viscount against this new step in the same Jocelyn-men whose fathers are betrack :
loved as the bold champions of all Blackburne, J.J. Broadwood, H. that is dearest to our Protestant Boldero, H. G. Carew, W. H. B. hearts. At the same time, the comBowles, Admiral. Chelsea, Viscount. plaint of the Record newspaper of