Page images

cowards, who were disrespected, but countenance religious falsehood and to they who went with their faces Zion- pension idolatrous apostasy, they need wards feared not to reach the goal. not expect aught but overthrow, dis(Applause.)

aster, and disgrace.” The Reverend SIMON ARMSTRONG, Esq., D.L., Gentleman proceeded to say that J.P., Hollymount, seconded the Re- there never was a crisis more imperasolution. He said that he had been tively demanding the anxious consicalled upon to occupy a position which deration of the Protestants of Ireland he had little idea of on entering than the present. Sir Robert Peel that Meeting. He did not imagine had been justified in his original that Connaught would give so large a statement that his difficulty would be quota of speakers on the occasion, but Ireland-he encountered that diffihe was happy to say that there were culty and fell before it. It was as warm-hearted and zealous Pro- O'Connell who turned out the British testants in Connaught as in any part Ministry; he had organized a power, of Her Majesty's dominions-men who invested with so much of what apknew the truth, and loved the truth peared formidable in Ireland, that the as it was in Christ Jesus. He cor- Iate Ministry sunk beneath it. In dially and sincerely subscribed the fact, both in Parliament and out of sentiments of the Resolution, and of Parliament, the Repeal force was so the speaker who proposed it; and he organized as to constitute a preponwould contend for these principles derating force; that force being on the through evil and through good report. side of bad legislation rendered good (Hear, hear.) From the

parting ad- legislation impracticable, and Peel, in dress of the Premier, he feared that attempting to carry out what he rean attempt was in progress to break garded as good legislation, fell. It up the Church Establishment in Ire- was then unquestionably the Irish land; and that the Whigs would be difficulty which destroyed the Ministry. gin their legislation on the Irish (Hear.) He (Mr. Gregg) did not Church. That was implied from the blame the Repealers, but rather the words, that Ireland should be put on reverse. Their policy he despised. the same footing, in point of politics he considered it mean and paltry. If and religion, with England and Scot- they realized their object, Ireland, land. Then was the time for men to instead of being an integral portion of advocate, profess, and live their prin- the greatest empire on the earth, ciples, and live to the glory of God, would sink down into a contemptible so that they should be enabled to tenth-rate state, that would exert as shout, “ Victory, victory,” with their little influence upon the condition of latest breath, through the blood of the the world as did Sardinia, Sicily, or Lamb. (Applause.)

Corsica. (Hear, hear.) Yet such an The Rev. T. D. GREGG rose to move independency was the professed amthe following Resolution, and was bition of the Repealers. Despicable received with loud demonstrations of as this policy was, he could not but applause :-" That we are convinced admire the determination which they that if all Irish Protestants, without manifested. Bound together in an exception, organized themselves in immoveable phalanx, they relied on order to show the nature of Christian themselves, and were determined to laws, and constitutionally to demand die on the floor of the House, rather their enactment, the power of truth, than allow a measure to pass into law and the numbers on their side would which they felt to be at variance with soon convince the Protestant com- the interests of their country. (Hear, munity of Great Britain that the path hear.) Had such determination as of safety ran side by side with the they manifested been developed path of duty, and that both led to the amongst the Protestant representa. ascendancy of truth, its sole mainte- tives of Ireland, would the Maynooth nance, encouragement, and counte- Bill have ever become law ? (Loud nance; and that we are further con- cries of “ No," and cheers.) It was vinced that so long as British states- then, the Irish difficulty that discommen are led by any expediency to fited Peel. But what was the source

of that difficulty ? It was the apathy idea, much more stern and severe, of of Irish Protestants. If Irish Pro- rectitude. The American idea was, testants all stood out as that Associa- that the State had nothing to say to tion did, they would constitute a party any man's religion; that whether he on the side of good legislation, which were Jew, Turk, or Atheist,_worwould be an insurmountable obstaole in shipped God, or worshipped Belial, the way

of bad--an Irish difficulty on was a matter that the Government the right side of the question. The should not interfere with. The EngReverend Gentleman then at much lish idea, instead of growing out of length urged on those present the that which could scarcely be denied employment of renewed exertions to to be a convenient indifference, was create a great party in Ireland, who grounded upon some chapters of should be witnesses for the truth. Deuteronomy, and other parts of the (Hear, hear.) Sir Robert Peel had Scripture, which commanded the ruler gone out of office, and, as far as he that if any one bowed down and worcould make them so, his last words shipped strange gods, he should be rung the knell of the Irish Church. stoned with stones until he was dead. Such was the sense which they must That was unquestionably the principle deduce from his statement, that Ire of all the Old Testament Scripture, land should be reduced to a level in and he repeated, that on that was religious matters with England and founded the English idea. Yet here Scotland, whereby he meant that, as he felt it necessary to draw a most the religion of the majority was estab- important distinction. The English lished in England and Scotland, so principle did not warrant the persecushould the religion of the majority be tion of individuals for conscience' established in Ireland. That, no sake, but it did warrant, and demand, doubt, was what he meant by the too, the extirpation of false principles equality he spoke of. There was, by the exclusive promulgation of the however, a view of the subject which true. It held unquestionably that the rendered his statement altogether so- eradication of religious error was a phistical. Certainly the religion of function of the State. He (Mr. Gregg) the majority was established in Eng- took it that the only effectual way land, but then that religion was true; whereby error could be eradicated, and the religion of the majority was was by sound educational laws-laws established in Scotland, but that reli- to diffuse and propagate right pringion was also true. Now, if the ciples. The English idea, then, prereligion of the majority was established sented a Government raising, refining, in Ireland, that religion would be false chastening, correcting the national -a delusion—a snare (cheers); and mind, and elevating its subjects in therefore its establishment, instead of the scale of being, by an active interplacing this country in point of reli- ference to increase the spread of truth gion in a like condition with England amongst them. The American idea and Scotland, would create a most allowed every man to do in religion injurious inequality between the three what was right in his own eyes. Of countries. As it was, there might be that idea Sir Robert Peel seemed to said to be a religious equality between have become enamoured, and in conEngland, Ireland, and Scotland

sequence, he was bound on letting the namely, because the true religion was religion of the majority in Ireland established in each. (Cheers.) But that religion being false—have a free if Ireland were made an exception, course through the country, without and the false established here, then, obstacle, opposition, or protest. He indeed, there would be created an (Mr. Gregg), as an individual, most injurious inequality-an inequality humbly said that he regarded such infinitely greater than could be cre- design as utterly wrong; and he could ated by any discrepancy in point of not avoid recollecting with much samere numbers. (Hear, hear.) There tisfaction a bold and manful statewere two ideas before the world. ment which had been made some time One was the American idea of liberal- since by the men of Fermanagh, in ism; the other was the old English an address to the Queen. They boldly stated that they would sooner die is announced as having a postatized to than see Popery established in Ireland. the Church of Rome.

He was re(Great cheers.) He (Mr. Gregg) was cently sent out to Columbo, as chapnot the man either to approve of lain; his Romanistic opinions were violence, or to advise it, and there well known previous to his departure was nothing that he should expect from England. less from than from the encounter of Amongst the topics of congratulabattalions in a religious war. But he tion connected with the resignation should have little hope for Ireland if of the Peel Administration, will be the he did not believe that there were removal, we trust, of the unprotestant thousands of Protestants who would staff accumulated at the Colonial take up the language of the men of Office, which we know has operated Fermanagh, and

in the spirit of mar- most unfavourably in the appointments tyrs resolve to provoke death in the to the Colonial Church.—Church and most painful form, rather than tamely State Gazette. allow idolatry to be made the national CONVERSIONS FROM ROMANISM.religious profession of Ireland. (Ap- In St. Audeon's Church, last July 5, plause.) The Reverend Gentleman, four persons renounced the errors of at great length, urged his views upon Romanism, in the usual way, in that the

Meeting, and concluded by moving church, and signed the renunciation the adoption of the Resolution. It roll. One of the converts, Mr. Hugh was then passed unanimously. M•Clelland, had been a protege of the

SIMON ARMSTRONG, Esq., D.L. late Rev. Justin M‘Namara, Father J.P., was then called to the chair, Maguire's chairman in the Gregg disand the best thanks of the Meeting cussion, and was intended for the given to the Rev. Mr. Montgomery priesthood in the Church of Rome; The whole assembly then joined in but he has now shaken off the yoke of singing the hymn, “Babylon is fallen,” Rome for ever, and embraced the and then quietly adjourned to their pure faith of the early Irish Church. homes.

The Rev. G. Trevennick, Rector of
Ballyshannon, read prayers on the

solemn occasion, and the Rev. ThoMISCELLANEOUS.

mas Scott administered the form of THE NEW POPE, AND DR. WOLFF.- abjuration to the converts, and afterDr. Wolff, in a letter to a friend, wards preached from the following says,

“ It is curious that the present words :-1 Chron. xxviii. 9, “ And Pope when only Conte Farretti was thou, Solomon, my son, know thou my fellow-pupil in the Collegio Ro- the God of thy father, and serve him mano at Rome, from the year 1816 with a perfect heart, and with a to 1817, when I went over to the willing mind, for the Lord searcheth Propaganda. He is an amiable, zeal- our hearts, and understandeth all the ous, talented, shrewd, pious, and imaginations of the thoughts : if thou liberal gentleman, and it is therefore seek him he will be found of thee; to be hoped that he has transferred but if thou forsake him he will cast these qualities from the simple Conte thee off for ever." Farretti to the throne of Pius IX." Our readers may judge the amount

Thus goes the world. One of two of scriptural information that some of students, on almost equal ground, the converts have who occasionally becomes a “Sovereign Pontiff," the renounce Popery in that Church, by other, though filling the world with the following fact: Thomas Kerr, a his name, is the humble vicar of the parishioner of St. Audeon's, educated small parish of Isle Brewers, in a in the schools of the parish, and a retired part of the county of Somerset, convert, obtained the first premium in where, however, he has the secret re- the highest class, at an examination ward of ministering to the spiritual held in St. Mary's Church, on the 17th wants of an attached congregation, ult., by the Society for promoting anxious to be taught.

“the Christian Religion, and the SECESSION.—The Rev. J. G. Wen- Knowledge of the Gospel.”—Dublin ham, B.A., demy of Magdalen College, Statesman.


BRIDPORT.-REVIVAL OF POPERY. into their minds. Parents, guardians, - On Thursday last the Romish and teachers of youth, among ProChapel, situate at the back of the testants of all denominations, cannot town, in the parish of Bradpole, was be too circumspect and vigilant over opened for public worship with all the those intrusted to their care in this gorgeous paraphernalia and pomp- respect. ous ceremony characteristic of the ROME IDOLATROUS. It is not the apostate Church of Rome. “ High private opinion only of some par

was of course performed on ticular and forward men in their zeal the occasion, in Latin, the (sham) and heat against Popery, thus to acbishop of the diocese or district, in cuse it of idolatry; but it is the defull canonicals, being assisted therein liberate, and sober, and downright by several Popish priests from Devon, charge of the Church of England, of Somerset, and different parts of this which no honest man can be a memcounty. The sermon (in English) ber and a minister who does not was preached by the aforesaid bishop, make and believe it. - Archbishop from the text—“Thou shalt love the Wake, in Gibson, vol. i., p. 339. Lord thy God with all thy heart, and CHURCH EXTENSION. THE with all thy soul, and with all thy CHURCH OF ROME'S RUMOURED mind—and thy neighbour as thyself.” DESIGNS.---Among the rumours reThis was rather bold for one of the specting the spiritual measures now heads of a Church whose fundamental in contemplation, is one that the article is, that "out of its own pale English hierarchy, in connexion with there is no salvation !The chapel the Church of Rome, is to be increased was densely crowded in every part, from its present number of six bishops chiefly by Protestants (!) of Bridport to the full complement of two archand its neighbourhood several of bishops and twenty-two bishops. whom, not being "incense proof," The object of this provident scheme were obliged to leave for a purer is, to make suitable berths for the atmosphere before the

members of Mr. Newman's party, ended, notwithstanding a plentiful who have already forsaken the Anglisupply of "holy water” was at hand. can schism, and for those who are The "“ mariolatry” of this church, expected to follow their example. image-worship, &c., was prudently England is also to be favoured in kept for another opportunity by the the next distribution of cardinal's preacher, whose sermon seemed to hats. Lord Clifford, son-in-law of have pleased his Protestant hearers; the late Cardinal Weld, is about, we they having, as is reported, contri- believe, to be raised to that dignity. buted very liberally on the occasion! As his Lordship is a Peer of the Vespers were chanted in the even- realm, a curious question in Parliaing, and a Romish priest, from Bir- mentary etiquette may possibly arise mingham (it is said), addressed a out of his elevation, viz,, is his Emicrowded audience of the same de


nence, the Lord Ca

linal Clifford, to scription as that of the morning, and to take precedence of his Grace the with the like success! No new con- Lord Archbishop of Canterbury ? verts (or rather perverts) from Pro- The Lords, we know, are guided in testantism have as yet been publicly the internal arrangements of their announced; whilst the novelty of the House by their own precedents. The services on the one hand, and the last Cardinal who sat in the House want of sufficient accommodation for was Cardinal Pole ; and should no the parishioners at the Established rule to the contrary appear in their Church on the other (so frequently Lordships' Journals, Cardinal Clifadverted to in our columns), will, it ford's position in the House, will, in is to be feared, ultimately induce the ordinary course of Parliament, be some inconsiderate and lukewarm the same as that occupied by his preProtestants to spend a portion of decessor in the reign of Queen Mary. their Sundays, at least, in a place - Atlas. where the poison of Popery will be POPERY PRODUCTIVE OF INFIDEcautiously though insidiously instilled LITY. — “Having,” says the Rev.



Britain weep,



Blanco White, “to preach, in the execution of my office, to the Royal ON THE DEATH OF CHARLOTTE Brigade of Carabiniers who came to

ELIZABETH. worship the body of St. Ferdinand, FRIENDS of the truth, daughters of preserved in the King's Chapel (sic!), I chose the subject of Infidelity, on For one who loved you lies in death's which I delivered an elaborate dis

cold sleep; But the fatal crisis was at No more the lifeless clay feels joy or hand. At the end of a year from the pain, preaching of this sermon, I was bor- Nor shall the feeble pulse ere throb dering on Atheism. If my case were singular ; if my knowledge of the Cold is that heart which late so most enlightened classes of Spain did warmly glow'a, not furnish me with a multitude of Silent that pen which late so freely sudden transitions, from sincere faith

flowed ; and piety, to the most outrageous Yes, mourn, a friend, a faithful sister Infidelity, I would submit to the

dead, humbling conviction, that either Yet joy to think her ransom'd soul has weakness of judgment or fickleness

fied of character had been the only source To that bright world where joys of my errors. But, though I am not

perennial flow, at liberty to mention individual cases, Beyond the reach of sin, dark source I do attest, from the most certain

of woe. knowledge, that the history of my Rejoice to think on those blést words, own mind is, with little variation, that * Well done!” of A GREAT PORTION OF THE SPANISH With which her Master calls her CLERGY. The FACT is certain. I

spirit home. make no individual charge. Every Thrice blessed hope! thrice blessed one who comes within this general

Gospel, hail! description may still wear the mask, The peace thou giv'st not ev'n in which no Spaniard can throw off death shall fail. without bidding an eternal farewell How bright thy light which cheers to his country.”-Practical and In

the silent

grave, tern. Evid. against Cathol. pp. 7, 8. How great the love of Him who died

to save ;

And oh! how dark, how blighting CABINET

falls the sound, FAITH AND LOVE. - Nothing is Which, like the whírlwind, scatters on better than peace, whereby all war is

the ground destroyed, both of things in heaven The hope that sweetly dries the and things on earth. Nothing of this

mourner's tear, is hid from you if ye have perfect And calms to silence every throbbing faith in Jesus Christ, and love, which fear, are the beginning and the end of life. That ere the much-loved form in Faith is the beginning, love the end; death grows cold, and both being joined in one are of Its spirit shall the Saviour's face God. All other things pertaining to

behold. perfect holiness follow: for no man How dread the sound of that abode that hath faith sinneth, and none that

of gloom, hath love hateth any man. --St. Ig- More dark, moré dismal, than the natius.

silent tomb: JOY AND SORROW.-Sorrows, by Where ransom'd souls must penal fires being communicated, become less, and endure, joys greater; sorrow, like a stream, And thus be made from sin's polluloses itself in many channels, and joy, like a ray of the sun, reflects with a Did Jesus die that those who love his greater ardour and quickness when it rebounds upon a man from the breast Should burn and writhe in Purof his friend.South.

gatorial flame?

tion pure.


« PreviousContinue »