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parent, whose dying struggle he had lately witnessed, was now suffering the pains of that purgatory from which not the most holy are exempt. Oh ! for the torch of heavenly light, to show the truth as it is in Jesus—to point to those heavenly mansions he is gone to prepare for all his followers, that abode where those who sleep in him rest from all their labours. No fires of purgatory needed to atone for sins he bore on the accursed tree. How would poor Hubert's heart have rejoiced, as he repeated the ceaseless prayers for the deliverance of his mother's soul from purgatory, had he known and believed the doctrine revealed in the Bible, and the peace in time, and the joy in eternity, which they, and they alone, possess who believe from the heart the record of God's dear Son ?
(To be continued in our next.)
DANGERS THAT THREATEN. LETTER II. SINCE you were last troubled with a letter from me, a change which the world would call important, has taken place. A change which, I must confess, appears to me to carry with it no brighter prospect for the future, nor more certain remedy for the past.
Sir Robert Peel is now no longer Prime Minister of the greatest nation on earth. He has fallen; naturally, and not unexpectedly, fallen. Dishonesty and prevarication must always expose men in high places, to sudden and lasting degradation, and thus he has met with a fate he so richly merited.
His party too, which has been, since his apparently sudden change, though one long premeditated in more ways than one, so improperly called Conservative, has deservedly split to pieces, and fallen into discredit ; both head and party thus receiving the just reward of their inconsistency and total want of principle. They were men ready to be dragged through any measures, however opposed to reason and truth, provided they tended to keep their idol in office, and to contribute to the glory of him whom they had almost deified. Such a state of things was certain not to last ; and evidently seems to have been the preparation for opening a wider and more easy field for the friends of Protestant truth to fight the battles of the Lord.
There is, certainly, a redeeming point in the character of the present Administration, which the former one was totally deficient in. The present one tells us openly and honestly what its plans and views are ; the former one never did ; and invariably endeavoured to keep those who blindly trusted to them, as much as possible in the dark ; and every destructive blow, though dealt to the truth, and the discouragement of the friends of truth, by the hands of supposed friends, fell suddenly and unexpectedly on those who were thus unprepared to meet and to oppose it with any degree of success.
I do not hesitate, therefore, to say, that the present Administration under Lord John Russell, is decidedly preferable in the present, or indeed, in any state of the world, if it were alone on the ground, that we know what we have to expect, and consequently máy, if we will
, be better prepared to meet the dangers that not only threaten, but appear by the change itself to have arrived at a degree of certainty, hitherto, perhaps, altogether unforeseen by many.
The most natural supposition would appear to me to be, that the anti-Protestant measures intended to have been brought forward by Sir Robert Peel-being those identical with the favourite ones of Whigs and Radicals, Papists and Tractarians, of former and present years-would, no doubt, when brought out by the present Adminis. tration, have an increased degree of support in both Houses of Parliament. The Pseudo-Conservatives, with Sir Robert Peel at their head, still leading the honest Whig, the bold and determined Radical, and the persevering Papist, to the final assault, where the fatal blow shall be struck that is for ever to sacrifice the once glorious constitution of Great Britain.
Let Protestants, however, be watchful and at their post, even at this, the eleventh hour. Let all denominations sink their sectarian differences, lay aside their political jealousies, and in defence of the truth as it is in Jesus, and in direct, open, manly, and honest opposition to Popery, and to Popish tendencies in high places, come boldly forward “to the help of the Lord against the mighty," and I am persuaded that many of those evils and dangers which threaten us all as Protestants may yet be avoided.
Let us seriously-let every man seriously ask himself the question -Whence arise the great, the crying evils of the present day?
The question is easily answered by any observing and thinking man. Popery is the fruitful source of all these evils !!
Popery, either concealed from view, or Popery openly demanding supremacy as a right in these kingdoms, or Popery in our own Church preparing for the embraces of the harlot of Rome, has forced from the hands of a British Parliament-whose hands, be it remembered, were sufficiently strong at the time to have withheld them-such enactments as have already materially endangered the throne, degraded the true religion of the Bible, and exalted the enemies of truth. And behold the sacrifice! Oaths have been set at nought, truths repudiated, and error cherished.
On all such transactions Protestants have too long looked with indifference and silence; while some, seeing the coming day of evil, have only thought of satisfying their consciences by privately sighing and mourning over the blindness and want of religion manifested in the Houses of Parliament, and the dishonesty of many who they have themselves helped to return as their representatives.
This will no longer answer. Protestants must fight the battle at the registries, and at the hustings. Good, tried, faithful, and religious men must be selected ; and a healthier state of things must thus be introduced into the House of Commons.
Sir Robert Peel's Relief measure, of 1829, has been suffered to pass by, amongst his other delinquencies, almost in comparative silence ; and on it he presumes to rest a great portion of his character as a statesman.
This gentlemen, when Prime Minister, was again permitted by this Protestant nation to endow the Popish College of Maynooth, and lavish Protestant money on the extension and support of Popish error ; and on other colleges, of an equally godless foundation, after his own plan ; to the management of which even Judas himself would be admissible, had he the spirit to agitate, and followers sufficient to intimidate the craven hearts of such cowardly apostates.
The same Minister permitted-indeed it is a question whether he might not have been the planner also—the permanent establishment of an openly avowed Jesuit College at Malta ; while the erection of a Protestant one was obliged to be carried on secretly, and subscriptions raised privately in this country, lest the opposition of this would-becalled Protestant should be called forth against it.
Protestants have again afforded the enemy an opportunity of saying, that they acquiesced in the national endowment of Popery in the Colonies ; and the Secretaries of Sir Robert Peel's appointment for those valuable appendages to the possessions of Queen Victoria, were men who certainly rather strengthened the argument than discountenanced it. Believe me, you might as well have a Papist for å Colonial Secretary, or under Secretary, as a Tractarian.
Thus, by silence and a highly reprehensible timidity, have evil councils been permitted to prevail, and the spread of Popery both at home and abroad been encouraged.
Now, such has been the line of policy pursued by our Protestant Queen's late advisers ; such is that which their successors are prepared to pursue, if they be permitted.
Other steps, still in advance towards the establishment of Popery, were prepared by these deadlier enemies of the British Constitution, which their successors are prepared to act upon, if suffered to do so by Protestant coldness and apathy. Preparations were made for overturning the Irish Church and transferring its property to the endowment of Popish priests and their Idolatrous Church. The present Administration are ready to carry them out.
But the question remains yet to be answered, shall we be more secure from the passing of such hateful measures under Lord John Russell's Administration ?
I would answer, decidedly not. If the indignant spirit of Protestantism be not aroused throughout the country ; if agitation and Popish agitators be permitted to drive him on to those measures which, though he feels it at present impossible to attempt, he, at the same time, almost plainly declares for the encouragement of agitation ; he is prepared to patronize, and ready to yield, on the very first favourable opportunity.
If Protestants, then, were one half as vigilant as the supporters of Popery ; if they were as anxious in support of the truth, which they profess to love, as their enemies are in that of error and superstition, it
appears to me, that they were never offered a fairer opportunity of forming a most formidable anti-Popish party in the House of Commons ; one which, at least, would be able to check
progress in England's downward course ; and perhaps destroy the sanguine hopes at present entertained by the Jesuit family, both at home and abroad, of England's speedy return to the bosom of the apostate Mother of Harlots.
If, however, on the other hand, this favourable moment be lost, and men of sound Protestant principle, lovers of the Lord, and of his written word, be not returned to the next Parliament, it will be found that the dangers and evils which now merely threaten, will soon ripen into completion, and speedily produce the bitter fruits of anarchy, confusion, and final ruin to this so long blessed and happy land, while it was yet under Protestant Princes, and Protestant laws, and under the pure Protestant preaching and teaching of the unadulterațed Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Having now, Sir, thus far presumed to offer my humble but decided opinion, and to explain the convictions of my own mind, upon which, as far as it is possible, I am determined, as an individual, to act, I would, in conclusion, call upon all faithful Protestants, of every denomination, not to degrade themselves, and their holy religion, by again voting for any man who shall refuse to pledge himself to oppose the further progress of the “ Man of Sin” in these realms, both in and out of Parliament, and on all occasions endeavour to check that mistaken liberality which has already brought our beloved country to the very verge of ruin.
DUBLIN PROTESTANT ASSOCIA- present, who wore their scarfs and
TION AND REFORMATION SO- insignia of office. The Meeting, which CIETY.
was thronged to excess with a most
respectable audience, was most orderly The members and friends of the above and regular all through, and although Association met on Wednesday even- great inconvenience was caused by ing, July 1, in the Hall of the Asso- the denseness of the crowd and the ciation, Whitefriar-street, for the pur- heat of the building, the assembly pose of celebrating the anniversary of listened with the greatest interest to the victory of the Boyne. The Meeting the entire proceedings, which did not was originally to have been held in the
terminate till half-past eleven o'clock. Rotundo Gardens, but, owing to the The Rev. ALEXANDER J. MONTbroken state of the weather, and other GOMERY, who, on his entrance with unforeseen circumstances, the place of the Rev. T. D. Gregg, was greeted meeting was changed to the Hall, with enthusiastic cheering, was called which was very tastefully decorated to the chair by acclamation. for the occasion with shrubs and The Rev. T. D. GREGG then gave flowers, and amongst the latter was a out the hymn, “From all who dwell great abundance of
lilies. below the skies,” which was very Ševeral banners, representing Wil- effectively sung by the whole Meetliam III. on horseback, which were ing. The Rev. Gentleman then offered placed in various parts of the build- up appropriate prayers, after which, ing, had also a most striking and The Rev. CHAIRMAN addressed the pleasing effect. There were also in- Meeting. He said that he considered scribed, in gold letters, over the chair it the highest honour that his fellowand on the front of the galleries, such Christians could confer upon him, to mottos as the following:-“God save place him in the chair upon that the Queen”-“Lord Lorton and Pro- occasion; he could attribute it to no testant Ascendancy”—“ Earl of Ro- merit on his part, but only to the den and the Orange Institution,” &c. fact that he had been consistent in A vast number of Orangemen were the maintenance of his religious and
political principles, a consistency in God caused language to be confused which he trusted, with God's help, he and multiplied to defeat the wickedwould ever continue. (Cheers.) It ness of man, and it was necessary, to was one of the most sacred and solemn meet the wants of men, that the Bible duties incumbent on them to com- should be translated into those lanmemorate such victories as those
guages which they could understand. which they that night celebrated as (Hear, hear.) He impressed upon the anniversary of the era of their them the fact, that national happiness civil and religious liberty, both of was inconsistent with national miswhich were now in jeopardy. (Hear, conduct ; and that individual correcthear.) They were bound to defend ness and faithfulness led to national their civil liberties, for it was on them, prosperity; and then called on them, humanly speaking, that their religious in their own spheres, to use their infreedom rested. (Hear.) It was now fluence for the promotion of truth a question whether the British nation and scriptural knowledge among the was to maintain those liberties, or to people. The book which he alluded be degraded beyond any nation on to showed that the maintenance of the face of the earth. Yes, the British Popish principles had brought disasempire was to be the theatre of the ter on the country. While the Whigs great contest between light and dark- were in power this was manifest everyness which was taking place, and where, both at home and on the Conwhich was only to terminate by the tinent; but the rise of British influence downfall of the latter, by the restora- in both places, when Sir Robert Peel tion of the Jews, and by the Lord came into power, it being supposed Jesus being enthroned as the Supreme that he would maintain Protestant Ruler over all. (Applause.) It was principles, was very great. The time to the victory gained at the Boyne ħad now come when the maintenance Water, that was to be attributed the of Protestantism depended on the inpast glory and prosperity of the dividualexertions of Protestants themBritish Isles, and it was to that victory selves. (Hear, hear.). He (the Chairthat their future welfare, whatever it man) believed that it depended more might be, should be traced. (Cheers.) on the influence and workings of that In contending for the principles then Association than any other. (Cheers.) rendered triumphant, they were con- He told them that while, in their intending for the liberty and happiness tercourse with Roman Catholics, they of every Roman Catholic in the coun- should be kind and obliging, they try. (Loud applause.) He had, some should offer the most determined optime since, presented the Association position to their false principles, and with a work of the Rev. Dr. Croly's, to those false teachers who taught called, “ Protestantism the Pole-star them, and who were far more criminal of England”—and indeed it was the than their flocks, (Hear.) They pole-star of the world as well. . (Hear, should also support all the Protestant ħear.) In that work was given an institutions of their country—their account of the state of England, which Church Education Society --as the was either prosperous or the contrary, only Society which teaches the prinaccording as Protestantism was en- ciples of the national Church, which couraged or damaged. They had been he maintained were the principles of so betrayed that there could be no the Bible ; and this they would be dependance placed on man; Govern- convinced of on the perúsal of " A ments and senators had deceived them. Comparison of the Liturgy of the He expressed how shocked he had Church with the Bible,” by Baileybeen at reading the Archbishop of a most admirable work, which he Dublin's statement of the Bible - would have the pleasure of presenting
groans)--that our translation (the to the Society. (Cheers.) He would authorized version) was not the Bible. also recommend Bickersteth's “Divine He (the Chairman) did not think that Warning to the Church” to their best the Word of the Almighty should be attention. They should support the confined to one language. (Applause.) Church Missionary Society, and the At the building of the tower of Babel, Irish Society. (A Voice" And the