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how was it that they were not equally so of the mind? (Hear, hear.) How was it that they consented to allow that great slave owner, the Pope of Rome, to trample on their best interests both temporal and spiritual? Should this country ever give back her power into the hands of Rome— should she ever consent to have on her the mark of the beast-—then would she pay a grievous penalty for the sin. The spirit of ancient Rome was as rife now as then. In Ireland, as well as in Italy, there was an attempt to keep back spiritual knowledge—to put out spiritual light. How was it that the Irish people, who were a lively, spirited, impetuous people, impatient of control, and keen of intellect, were content to be led without a struggle by the hand of Rome? How was it that the Church of Rome literally, in a spiritual sense, put out their eyes? It was because of the tremendous power over the minds and consciences of her devotees which she possessed through the agency of the priesthood, and the superstitious ceremonies which formed the vast machinery which she put in motion to enslave the understanding. (Hear, hear.) The English were a candid, honourable people, and every way alive to the great truths of the Bible; but, only permit their children to come under the crushing influence of the Church of Rome, and they would differ scarcely in any sense from the Romanists of Ireland; their institutions would fall, and their own independence both of body and mind would fall with them. (Hear, hear.) Look at the mummeries of the Church of Rome—at her purgatory, mass, and other things set up in utter contradiction to truth, and the Word of God. See their consequences in foreign countries, and even in Ireland, where agitation, both political and religious, caused every man's hand to be raised against his neighbours, and where, through the dominant power of the priesthood, nothing could prosper. Rome panted for power, and was determined to possess it, if possible, and by any means. This had always been her darling object. For this she would threaten when it suited,

and cajole when such policy seemed the most likely to be effectual. (Hear, hear.) At this moment she was in every Roman Catholic chapel in England speaking lies in hypocrisy; and that with only one view, to deceive for the purpose of self-aggrandizement. In her nature, however, she was unchanged, and unchangeable; and what she now is in Italy and Spain, and in Ireland, she would be in England, ready to pursue the same career, and act the same part which had ever distinguished her history. (Hear, hear.) There was no document however horrible which she had put forth that she was not now ready and determined again to act upon, if the power to do so were extended to her. [Mr. Foley then read parts of the celebrated curse which had been framed by Rome and pronounced by the priesthood on those who disobeyed her orders, and which it will be recollected was produced at Nottingham some time since, at a Meeting in that town, by the Rev. Dr. Cumming, and which was also referred to by that gentleman at a public Meeting in Derby a few months since.] That tremendous curse, so horrible and deeply revolting in its nature, he (Mr. Foley) had himself heard pronounced from the altar against a poor Roman Catholic woman, by a Romish priest in Ireland; the poor creature's only offence being that she had sent and persisted in sending her child to a school in which the Scriptures were read. This curse truly demonstrated the spirit of the Church of Rome. It was her own authorized evidence of the character which distinguished her both in former and present times (hear, hear); and could not be contradicted or evaded. Rome, however, laboured to advance her object in numberless ways, alike abominable and oppressive. [Mr. Foley then proceeded to narrate a number of instances which were within his own experience of the power of the priests over their flocks, and how they, in courts of law and in other ways, turned the current of justice aside, and inflicted the heaviest oppressions upon those who in any manner proved disobedient to their

imperious and unjust commands; and especially their denouncing from the altar persons who left the Romish Church, calling upon their friends and relatives to forsake them, and their neighbours not to deal with them.] These things (he continued) proved, unequivocally, that the Church of Home was unchanged in every respect, and that the dearest ties were rent asunder if only the temporal and spiritual power of that Church could be increased, or even maintained. The general preaching of the priests in Ireland, he knew, was, to a large extent, confined to working up the bad passions of human nature—attacking and holding up to public odium those landlords who did not please them, and subserve their views and interests—and, in every possible manner, exciting the population. (Hear, hear.) The English public little knew, notwithstanding all that was said, the terrible state of things in Ireland produced by these causes. He (Mr. Foley) had for two years burned to testify against Rome before he did take that step, and dared not for fear of the personal consequences. He feared the Popish press—the malignity of those against whom he was about to bear witness —-he feared for his life. He had known men specially marked out whose only offence—but this was the greatest in the eyes of the Church of Rome— was, that they left her pale. Men who left that Church might not expire in the flames of martyrdom, but they forfeited the love of kindred, and the affection of friends in consequence; and many a man, in such circumstances, could hardly bear up against the monstrous tyranny which was immediately put in operation towards him. (Hear, hear.) If there was any class of men who deserved the sympathy of the Protestant public it was the converts from the Church of Rome. Mr. Foley concluded by strongly and eloquently impressing on Protestants the great responsibility which devolved upon them at the present moment, to come boldly forward and take their proper part in the coming struggle, and sat down much applauded.

The Rev. Thomas Fell seconded the Resolution.

Henry Cox, Esq., moved, and T. P. Bainreigoe, Esq., seconded a vote of thanks to the Chairman.

The doxology was then sung, and the Meeting separated.

EVENING MEETING.

There was a Meeting held in the Lecture Hall at seven o'clock in the evening, which was very numerously attended.

Sir Matthew Blakiston presided, and commenced the business of the Meeting by calling upon the Rev. P. Browne, to offer up prayer.

The Rev. E. Lillingston, then, in a few remarks, moved the first Resolution; which was seconded

by

The Rev. D. Foley. He commenced his address by saying that he felt it a great privilege to be allowed to stand before them, to raise his voice against Popery. He stood there to defend the ancient religion of this country? and to oppose the new religion; and to do so, he had had to make great sacrifices—in forfeiting the esteem of those whom he loved, including his own relatives. He did not appear there out of any want of charity to his Irish Roman Catholic brethren, but with a sincere desire for their spiritual welfare. The Rev. Gentleman then proceeded to urge on those present the necessity of bringing their children up in the true faith. In Ireland, the little children did some of the work of the Roman Catholic priests, and were employed by them to shout and throw stones at the people who were Protestants. After alluding to the spread of Romanism in this country and in Ireland, Mr. Foley went on to say, that it was not the duty of the clergy, but of the whole community, male and female, to assist in the good work now going on. There must be more sincerity in the Protestant people. (Loud cheers.) They would not find in Ireland a man who would do or say anything against his priest; men in false religions were always sincere, but, in true religion, they found a deal of insincerity amongst its members, (Cheers.) There were, at the present time, three thousand Roman Catholic priests in Ireland, who were endeavouring all they could to prevent the circulation of the Word of God. There were men in this country, too, who were very little better; who preached what was called SemiRomanism. (Cheers.) He was glad to say that lately there had been ninety-six seceders from the Church of Home in Ireland; and in one district there had been 2,000 converts, and in another 800. And what, he would ask, was the cause of all this good? It was because of the universal cry of the Protestants of Ireland, "Down with it, down with it, even to the ground." (Loud cheers.) The Rev. Gentleman then alluded to an important discussion which he had held with his Roman Catholic brethren in Ireland, on transubstantiation; on which occasion, the subject was taken from first chapter of the First Epistle of Corinthians. After explaining how the discussion was carried on between them, he said he would take 100 poor Irish Scripture readers from the most ignorant part of Ireland, and they should ascend any platform and argue the question with any bishop or priest between here and Rome. (Cheers.) He then dwelt on purgatory, which he said turned men from seeking the true fountain to a false and deluded hope. The Church of Rome was thoroughly opposed to the Holy Trinity. He would read them an extract from a newspaper containing the account of the death of Mr. O'Connell. It was written by his physician. It stated that "Mr. O'Connell died at nine o'clock, and was immediately in heaven." In another paragraph following, it said that, after his death, "The Host was brought and placed in his room; the priest put oil on his hands, and commenced chanting to the Virgin Mary. Twenty-four masses were said over him, and masses on every altar in the country where he died, besides masses being offered up on every altar in Ireland." Now (continued the Rev. speaker) if Mr. O'Connell went into heaven at such a time, why all this pomp and parade and art to get him

there? After alluding to the covetousness of the priests, and the means used to entrap the unwary, Mr. Foley went on to say that heathenism was not near so bad as the treachery of the Church of Rome. The priests of Ireland in 1847, tell us that the Irish people are too ignorant to be taught the Word of God. Why then do they not teach them, instead of leaving it to the images, the music, and the paintings to do it? He would tell them an instance of the absurdity of the mass, and the superstition of the Church of Rome. He was at a small fishing village on the coast of Ireland. The poor fishermen were desirous of having good luck in their next fishing excursion, so they sent for a Roman Catholic bishop to come and celebrate mass in the boats. The bishop came, but the question was, whose boat (there were about 400 joined together) should he go into to perform a miracle. This caused such a dissension among them that they actually shed one another's blood to a great extent. Another case was that of a poor woman who had been converted to the Protestant faith; who, on dying, expressed a wish to be laid by the side of her husband, who was buried about 120 miles from where she died. Her wish was carried into effect; and she was taken on the shoulders of six poor Protestant men towards her native place. When they arrived within thirty miles of the place, the priests and the Roman Catholic people got to hear of it, and annoyed the poor men very much until they arrived at the village. The priest, however, refused to bury her by the side of her husband, or even in the parish, and she was eventually interred on the sands of the sea-shore. (Shame.) But here they were not satisfied, for a mob congregated together, and disinterred the body, broke the coffin all to pieces, and threw it into the sea, and was about to serve the body the same, when a party of the coast-guard service came to the rescue, and it was at last reinterred in the sands, the mob being kept at a distance by the point of the bayonet. (Cries of " Shame, shame.") [An Irishman here jumped up and said it was all a lie, he came from Clonmel, and there had been nothing •of the sort since he had been alive. He was proceeding towards the platform, uttering abusive language, when he was stopped.] The Rev. Mr. Foley continued—My friend is not likely to remember it in Clonmel, as it took place in Galway. (Cheers.) I can give him the name of the priest, and all the other parties concerned in it. (Cheers.) The Rev. Speaker, after narrating some other acts of the Irish priesthood, spoke of the awful nature of the confessional, particularly between man and wife, illustrating this by narrating a case which came under his own observation, where a poor woman, who was supposed to be dying, was persuaded by the priest not to see her husband, or have anything to do with him whatever, in consequence of his being a Protestant. The woman recovered, and is now a member of the true Church. Did this not show, then, the awful influence exercised by the priests of Rome? The Rev. Gentleman concluded an animated address, which took two hours in delivery, by declaring that Ihe Church of Rome was a lying system, historically false, and that she spoke nothing but lies and hypocrisy. It was not in a spirit of hostility to his countrymen that he said it, but with a sincere desire for their spiritual welfare. (Loud cheers.) The Rev. H. Stowell on rising to address the Meeting was received with loud cheers.

James Lord, Esq., followed in a brief but pointed speech, urging on those present the necessity and duty of returning Protestant Members to represent them. If they had Protestant Members they might then depend on Protestant measures being introduced.

The other speakers were the Rev. R. Crewe, and the Rev. Mr. Fell. The Doxology was then sung, and the large Meeting broke up.

MISCELLANEOUS. An Useful Hint.—Pardon me, Sir, saying, that if you could find means to send a few numbers of your Magazine upon the continent, to places where there are regular English congregations, it might do much good.

Your Society and its publications are almost unknown. In France, in Switzerland, in Tuscany, in Germany, Malta, Gibraltar, &c, no opposition direct would be experienced. Work while it is called to-day, and the God of Battles be your might.

CABINET.

Peayer. And Exeetion.—There are, those on the one hand, who have too much thought that prayer would supersede exertion; or on the other that effort would supply the place of prayer. But prayer and exertion should go together. Some one has observed, we should so pray as if all depended on prayer, and so labour as if it depended on exertion.

TRIUMPH OF RELIGION.

When worldly comforts fleet away,

Fast as the passing cloud; And all the dismal, dark array,

Of woes unnumbered shroud The bosom that once filled with joy,

Ne'er tasted sorrow's draught— Oh! will not such keen ills destroy

The strongest, noblest heart? When friendship withers like the rose

Plucked from its native bed; And cheering hope and soft repose

Leave the wreck'd spirit dead! Oh! who could bear such potent grief,

Or sink not 'neath its power, Did not religion yield relief,

In that despairing hour? Did she not point her radiant hand,

To heaven s tranquil sphere— Tell us of joys divinely grand,

And ceaseless pleasures there.

S. Phillips Day.

June 15.

NOTICES OF BOOKS.

A Letter from Rome, shewing an

exact conformity between Popery

and Paganism. By Conyers Myd

Dleton, D.D. New edition, with

an Abridgment of the Author's

Reply to a Romanist. Pp. 66.

London: Grant and Griffith; Hatch

ard and Son.

These celebrated letters stand in

need of no recommendation from us.

We are glad to see them published

in so cheap a form, and wish them an

extensive circulation. Popery; its Character and its Crimes.

ByWlLLIAllELFETAYLOK. With

Fourteen Illustrations from MSS.

and rare books. Pp.348. London:

Seeley and Co. Popeky seeks to attract by painting, poetry, and song; a far greater use might be made by Protestants of the engraver's skill than is usually the case, and many works descriptive of Popery would derive an additional attractiveness and usefulness from it. The above work is on other accounts calculated to do much good.

INTELLIGENCE.

Lancaster.—A Protestant Lecture was given here on Monday evening, by James Lord, Esq., in the Music Hall. — Simpson, Esq., of The Greaves, in the chair. On the platform were E. D. Salisbury, Esq., Rev. — Bury, Rev. J. Dodson, Vicar of Cocherham, and several others. Proceedings having been commenced by prayer, the Chairman pointed out the importance of Protestants coming forward at this crisis to prevent any fresh concessions to Popery. Mr. Lord commenced by expressing the satisfaction he felt in perceiving the question had lost none of its interest since he was last amongst them. He believed it would be found generally to be the case, that when this question was taken up on principle it would have too strong a hold to be easily shaken oft'.

Ashroukne.—Two Meetings were held here on Tuesday morning and evening, the loth June, on behalf of the Protestant Association. Sir Matthew Blakiston, Bart., presided on each occasion. The Meetings were addressed by Sir Digby Mackworth, Bart., Rev. Daniel Foley, Rev. Roseingrave Macklin, James Lord, Esq., Rev. J. C. Richards. The statements of the various speakers were listened to with much interest.

Reading.—A Meeting was held in the Town Hall, Reading, on Wednesday evening, the 23rd June; the Worshipful the Mayor in the chair;

to form a Protestant Association for that borough. The Meeting was addressed by Revds. Trench, Goodhart, Dr. Cowan, and James Lord, Esq.

Islington.—An address to Electors has recently been adopted by the Islington Protestant Institute, with a pledge for electors to take, promising not to vote in favour of those who will support Popery, or seek to impair the Protestant character of the constitution.

Wakefield.—Mr. Lord delivered a Lecture here to a crowded audience, Thursday, June 16. The Chief Constable took the chair at seven, and proceedings having been opened with prayer, Mr. Lord proceeded to bring forward facts as to the progress and nature of Popery. Very deep interest seemed to be taken in the proceedings. A vote of thanks having been moved and seconded the Meeting separated. We hope to see shortly an Association formed for Wakefield.

M Arylerone.—A Protestant Committee has been formed with the view of securing the return1 of one or more sound Protestants at the approaching election. We hope they and all our friends will bear in mind that there is a great work to be done, and only a little time to do it in.

City Of London.—The requisition to Sir Robert Peel to stand for the City, does not appear to have succeeded. Efforts are being made to induce candidates to come forward on Protestant grounds, and elector! to support them. A placard has been extensively posted, calling on them not to vote for any one who will support Popery.

Finsrury. — The voters of this borough have it in contemplation to secure, if possible, the return of two sound Protestants at the next election, in place of the present sitting Members. We wish heartily success to these and all similar movements, and trust that neither electors nor candidates will at this crisis neglect their duty. . ._ ,,,, ,,,., ,.,.,„„ ;,, ,,', i,

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