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how was it that they were not equally and cajole when such policy seemed so of the mind ? (Hear, hear.) How the most likely to be effectual. (Hear, was it that they consented to allow hear.) At this moment she was in that great slave owner, the Pope of every Roman Catholic chapel in Rome, to trample on their best in- England speaking lies in hypocrisy ; terests both temporal and spiritual? and that with only one view, to deShould this country ever give back ceive for the purpose of self-aggranher power into the hands of Rome- dizement. In her nature, however, should she ever consent to have on she was unchanged, and unchangeher the mark of the beast — then able; and what she now is in Italy would she pay a grievous penalty for and Spain, and in Ireland, she would the sin. The spirit of ancient Rome be in England, ready to pursue the was as rife now as then. In Ireland, same career, and act the same part as well as in Italy, there was an at- which had ever distinguished her tempt to keep back spiritual know- history. (Hear, hear.) There was no ledge—to put out spiritual light. document however horrible which How was it that the Irish people, she had put forth that she was who were a lively, spirited, impetuous not now ready and determined again people, impatient of control, and to act upon, if the power to do so keen of intellect, were content to be were extended to her. [Mr. Foley led without a struggle by the hand of then read parts of the celebrated Rome? How was it that the Church curse which had been framed by of Rome literally, in a spiritual sense, Rome and pronounced by the priestput out their eyes ? It was because hood on those who disobeyed her of the tremendous power over the orders, and which it will be recolminds and consciences of her devotees lected was produced at Nottingham which she possessed through the some time since, at a Meeting in agency of the priesthood, and the that town, by the Rev. Dr. Cumming, superstitious ceremonies which formed and which was also referred to by the vast machinery which she put in that gentleman at a public Meeting motion to enslave the understanding in Derby a few months since.) That (Hear, hear.) The English were a tremendous curse, so horrible and candid, honourable people, and every deeply revolting in its nature, he way alive to the great truths of the (Mr. Foley) had himself heard proBible; but, only permit their children nounced from the altar against a to come under the crushing influence poor Roman Catholic woman, by a of the Church of Rome, and they Romish priest in Ireland ; the poor would differ scarcely in any sense from creature's only offence being that she the Romanists of Ireland; their had sent and persisted in sending her institutions would fall, and their own child to a school in which the Scripindependence both of body and tures were read. This curse truly mind would fall with them. (Hear, demonstrated the spirit of the Church hear.) Look at the mummeries of of Rome. It was her own authorized the Church of Rome—at her pur- evidence of the character which disgatory, mass, and other things set tinguished her both in former and up in utter contradiction to truth, present times (hear, hear); and could and the Word of God. See their not be contradicted evaded, consequences in foreign countries, Rome, however, laboured to advance and even in Ireland, where agita- her object in numberless ways, alike tion, both political and religious, abominable and oppressive. [Mr. caused every man's hand to be raised Foley then proceeded to narrate a against his neighbours, and where, number of instances which were through the dominant power of the within his own experience of the priesthood, nothing could prosper. power of the priests over their flocks, Rome panted for power, and was de- and how they, in courts of law and termined to possess it, if possible, in other ways, turned the current of and by any means. This had always justice aside, and inflicted the heaviest been her darling object. For this oppressions upon those who in any she would threaten when it suited, manner proved disobedient to their
imperious and unjust commands; The Rev. THOMAS FELL seconded and especially their denouncing from the Resolution. the altar persons who left the Romish HENRY Cox, Esq., moved, and T. Church, calling upon their friends P. BAINBRIGGE, Esq., seconded a and relatives to forsake them, and vote of thanks to the Chairman. their neighbours not to deal with The doxology was then sung, and them.] These things (he continued) the Meeting separated. proved, unequivocally, that the Church of Rome was unchanged in every respect, and that the dearest There was a Meeting held in the ties were rent asunder if only the Lecture Hall at seven o'clock in the temporal and spiritual power of that evening, which was very numerously Church could be increased, or even
attended. maintained. The general preaching
Sir MATTHEW BLAKISTON preof the priests in Ireland, he knew,
sided, and commenced the business was, to a large extent, confined to of the Meeting by calling upon the working up the bad passions of hu
Rev. P. BROWNE, to offer up prayer. man nature-attacking and holding
The Rev. E. LILLINGSTON, then, up to public odium those landlords in a few remarks, moved the first who did not please them, and sub- Resolution; which was seconded serve their views and interests—and, byin every possible manner, exciting The Rev. D. FOLEY.
He comthe population. (Hear, hear.) The menced his address by saying that English public little knew, notwith- he felt it a great privilege to be alstanding all that was said, the ter- lowed to stand before them, to raise rible state of things in Ireland pro- his voice against Popery. He stood duced by these causes.
there to defend the ancient religion Foley) had for
two years burned to of this country, and to oppose the testify against Rome before he did new religion ; and to do so, he had take that step, and dared not for fear had to make great sacrifices-in forof the personal consequences.
He feiting the esteem of those whom he feared the Popish press—the malig- loved, including his own relatives. nity of those against whom he was He did not appear there out of any about to bear witness — he feared want of charity to his Irish Roman for his life. He had known men Catholic brethren, but with a sincere specially marked out whose only desire for their spiritual welfare. offence-but this was the greatest in
The Rev. Gentleman then proceeded the eyes of the Church of Rome to urge on those present the necessity was, that they left her pale. Men of bringing their children up in the who left that Church might not ex- true faith. In Ireland, the little pire in the flames of martyrdom, but
children did some of the work of the they forfeited the love of kindred, Roman Catholic priests, and were and the affection of friends in con- employed by them to shout and sequence; and many a man, in such throw stones at the people who were circumstances, could hardly bear up Protestants. After alluding to the against the monstrous tyranny which spread of Romanism in this country was immediately put in operation and in Ireland, Mr. Foley went on to towards him. (Hear, hear.) If there say, that it was not the duty of the was any class of men who deserved clergy, but of the whole community, the sympathy of the Protestant pub- male and female, to assist in the lic it was the converts from the good work now going on. There Church of Rome. Mr. Foley con- must be more sincerity in the Procluded by strongly and eloquently testant people. (Loud cheers.) They impressing on Protestants the great would not find in Ireland a man who responsibility which devolved upon would do or say anything against his them at the present moment, to come priest; men in false religions were boldly forward and take their proper always sincere, but, in true religion, part in the coming struggle, and sat they found a deal of insincerity down much applauded.
There were, at the present time, there ? After alluding to the covet: three thousand Roman Catholic ousness of the priests, and the means priests in Ireland, who were en- used to entrap the unwary, Mr. Foley deavouring all they could to prevent went on to say that heathenism was the circulation of the Word of God. not near so bad as the treachery of There were men in this country, too, the Church of Rome. who were very little better; who of Ireland in 1847, tell us that the preached what
called Semi- Irish people are too ignorant to Romanism. (Cheers.) He was glad be taught the Word of God. Why to say that lately there had been then do they not teach them, ninety-six seceders from the Church instead of leaving it to the imaof Rome in Ireland; and in one dis- ges, the music, and the paintings to trict there had been 2,000 converts, do it? He would tell them an instance and in another 800. And what, he of the absurdity of the mass, and the would ask, was the cause of all this superstition of the Church of Rome. good? It was because of the uni- He was at a small fishing village on versal cry of the Protestants of the coast of Ireland. The poor
fishIreland, “Down with it, down with ermen were desirous of having good it, even to the ground.” (Loud luck in their next fishing excursion, cheers.) The Rev. Gentleman then so they sent for a Roman Catholic alluded to an important discussion bishop to come and celebrate mass in which he had held with his Roman the boats. The bishop came, but the Catholic brethren in Ireland, on question was, whose boat (there were transubstantiation; on which occa- about 400 joined together) should he sion, the subject was taken from first go into to perform a miracle. This chapter of the First Epistle of Cor- caused such a dissension inthians. After explaining how the that they actually shed one another's discussion was carried on between blood to a great extent. Another them, he said he would take 100 : case was that of a poor woman who poor Irish Scripture readers from the had been converted to the Protestant most ignorant part of Ireland, and faith; who, on dying, expressed a they should ascend any platform and wish to be laid by the side of her husargue the question with any bishop band, who was buried about 120 miles or priest between here and Rome. from where she died. Her wish was (Cheers.) He then dwelt on purga- carried into effect; and she was taken tory, which he said turned men from on the shoulders of six poor Protestant seeking the true fountain to a false men towards her native place. When and deluded hope. The Church of they arrived within thirty miles of Rome was thoroughly opposed to the the place, the priests and the Roman Holy Trinity. He would read them Catholic people got to hear of it, and an extract from a newspaper contain- annoyed the poor men very much ing the account of the death of Mr. until they arrived at the village. The O'Connell. It was written by his priest, however, refused to bury her physician. It stated that * Mr. by the side of her husband, or even O'Connell died at nine o'clock, and in the parish, and she was eventually was immediately in heaven.” In interred on the sands of the sea-shore. another paragraph following, it said (Shame.) But here they were not that, after his death, “ The Host was satisfied, for a mob congregated to· brought and placed in his room; the gether, and disinterred the body, priest put oil on his hands, and com- broke the coffin all to pieces, and menced chanting to the Virgin Mary. threw it into the sea, and was about Twenty-four masses were said over to serve the body the same, when a him, and masses on every altar in the party of the coast-guard service came country where he died, besides masses to the rescue, and it was at last rebeing offered up on every altar in interred in the sands, the mob being Ireland.” Now (continued the Rev. kept at a distance by the point of the speaker) if Mr. O'Connell went into bayonet. (Cries of "Shame, shame.") heaven at such a time, why all this [An Irishman here jumped up and pomp and parade and art to get him said it was all a lie, he came from
Clonmel, and there had been nothing Your Society and its publications are of the sort since he had been alive. almost unknown. In France, in He was proceeding towards the Switzerland, in Tuscany, in Germany, platform, uttering abusive lan- Malta, Gibraltar, &c., no opposition guage, when he was stopped.] The direct would be experienced. Work Rev. Mr. Foley continued-My friend while it is called to-day, and the God is not likely to remember it in Clon- of Battles be your might. mel, as it took place in Galway. (Cheers.) I can give him the name of
CABINET. the priest, and all the other parties
PRAYER AND EXERTION.--There concerned in it. (Cheers.) The Rev.
are, those on the one hand, who have too Speaker, after narrating some other much thought that prayer would suacts of the Irish priesthood, spoke of persede exertion ; or on the other that the awful nature of the confessional, effort would supplythe place of prayer. particularly between man and wife, But prayer and exertion should go illustrating this by narrating a case
together. Some one has observed, which came under his own observa
we should so pray as if all depended tion, where a poor woman, who was supposed to be dying, was persuaded pended on exertion.
on prayer, and so labour as if it deby the priest not to see her husband, or have anything to do with him whatever, in consequence of his being
TRIUMPH OF RELIGION. a Protestant. The woman recovered,
WHEN worldly comforts fleet away, and is now a member of the true Fast as the passing cloud; Church. Did this not show, then, And all the dismal, dark array, the awful influence exercised by the
Of woes unnumbered shroud priests of Rome? The Rev. Gentle. The bosom that once filled with joy, man concluded an animated address, Ne'er tasted sorrow's draughtwhich took two hours in delivery, by Oh! will not such keen ills destroy declaring that the Church of Rome The strongest, noblest heart ? was a lying system, historically false, When friendship withers like the rose and that she spoke nothing but lies Plucked from its native bed ; and hypocrisy. It was not in a spirit And cheering hope and soft repose of hostility to his countrymen that he Leave the wreck'd spirit dead ! said it, but with a sincere desire for Oh! who could bear such potent grief, their spiritual welfare. (Loud cheers.)
Or sink not 'neath its The Rev. H. STOWELL on rising to
Did not religion yield relief, address the Meeting was received
In that despairing hour ? with loud cheers.
JAMES LORD, Esq., followed in a Did she not point her radiant hand, brief but pointed speech, urging on
To heaven's tranquil spherethose present the necessity and duty Tell us of joys divinely grand, of returning Protestant Members to
And ceaseless pleasures there.
S. PHILLIPS DAY. represent them. If they had Pro
June 15. testant Members they might then depend on Protestant measures being introduced.
NOTICES OF BOOKS. The other speakers were the Rev. A Letter from Rome, shewing an R. CREWE, and the Rev. Mr. FELL. exact_conformity between Popery The Doxology was then sung, and the and Paganism. By CONYERS MYDlarge Meeting broke up.
DLETON, D.D. New edition, with an Abridgment of the Author's
Reply to a Romanist. Pp. 66. MISCELLANEOUS.
London: Grant and Griffith; HatchAn USEFUL HINT.—Pardon me, Sir, ard and Son. saying, that if you could find means THESE celebrated letters stand in to send a few numbers of your Mag- need of no recommendation from us. azine upon the continent, to places We are glad to see them published where there are regular English con- in so cheap a form, and wish them an gregations, it might do much good. extensive circulation.
Popery; its Character and its Crimes. to form a Protestant Association
By WILLIAM ELFE TAYLOR. With for that borough. The Meeting was Fourteen Illustrations from MSS. addressed by Revds. Trench, Goodand rare books. Pp. 348. London: hart, Dr. Cowan, and James Lord, Seeley and Co.
Esq. POPERY seeks to attract by painting, ISLINGTON.-An address to Elecpoetry, and song; a far greater use tors has recently been adopted by the might be made by Protestants of the Islington Protestant Institute, with engraver's skill than is usually the a pledge for electors to take, procase, and many works descriptive of mising not to vote in favour of those Popery would derive an additional who will support Popery, or seek to attractiveness and usefulness from it. impair the Protestant character of The above work is on other accounts the constitution. calculated to do much good.
WAKEFIELD.-Mr. Lord delivered a Lecture here to a crowded au
dience, Thursday, June 16. The INTELLIGENCE.
Chief Constable took the chair at LANCASTER.-A Protestant Lecture seven, and proceedings having been was given here on Monday evening, opened with prayer, Mr. Lord proby James Lord, Esq., in the Music ceeded to bring forward facts as to Hall.
Simpson, Esq., of The the progress and nature of Popery. Greaves, in the chair. On the plat- Very deep interest seemed to be form were E. D. Salisbury, Esq., taken in the proceedings. A vote of Rev. — Bury, Rev. J. Dodson, Vicar thanks having been moved and of Cocherham, and several others. seconded the Meeting separated. We Proceedings having been commenced hope to see shortly an Association by prayer, the Chairman pointed out formed for Wakefield. the importance of Protestants coming MARYLEBONE.—A Protestant Com forward at this crisis to prevent any mittee has been formed with the view fresh concessions to Popery. Mr.' of securing the return of one or more Lord commenced by expressing the sound Protestants at the approaching satisfaction he felt in perceiving the election. We hope they and all our question had lost none of its interest friends will bear in mind that there since he was last amongst them. He is a great work to be done, and only believed it would be found generally a little time to do it in. to be the case, that when this question CITY OF LONDON.---The requisiwas taken up on principle it would tion to. Sir Robert Peel to stand for have too strong a hold to be easily the City, does not appear to have shaken off.
succeeded. Efforts are being made ASHBOURNE.-Two Meetings were to induce candidates to come forward held here on Tuesday morning and on Protestant grounds, and electors evening, the 15th June, on behalf of to support them.... A. placard has the Protestant Association. Sir Mat- been extensively posted, calling on thew Blakiston, Bart., presided on them not to vote for any one who will each occasion. The Meetings were support Popery. addressed by Sir Digby Mackworth, FINSBURY. The voters of this Bart., Rev. Daniel Foley, Rev. Rose- borough have it in contemplation to ingrave Macklin, James Lord, Esq., secure, if possible, the return of two Rev. J. C. Richards. The statements sound Protestants at the next election, of the various speakers were listened, in place of the present sitting Memto with much interest.
bers. We wish heartily success to READING.—A Meeting was held in these and all similar movements, and the Town Hall, Reading, on Wednes- trust that neither electors nor candiday evening, the 23rd June ; the dates will at this crisis neglect their Worshipful the Mayor in the chair; duty,
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