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last week is a little overcoloured. It, fluences, he is to be swayed by Roman I believe, stated that only one such Catholic influences; and these ought eldest son of a Peer voted against the to be employed Maynooth Bill. Now, from your own Though a Catholic may not be list of last month I find the names of swayed by Protestant “ influences," the Lords Ashley, Bernard, Loftus, yet surely before we use those by Newry and Morne, Northland, and which alone he can be swayed, we Pollington-making six on the right ought to examine the nature of them, side.
and try them by the only test, “ To Here are a few of the many bright the law and to the testimony;" and "signs of the times.” If you have what if they will not bear the examiroom for them they will serve as a nation? Shall we use our unrightesupplement to your Maynooth list. ous “influences ?” If it be replied that Yours, most truly,
they are to be used in order to make in a common cause,
Catholics good subjects, do the means
HUGH. sanctify the end ? we rejoin. Shall Pendleton, March 3, 1847.
we“ propagate error," and do evil that good may come?
At the close of the article the writer “ PEACE FOR IRELAND."
“ Who dares to claim freedom for
his own intellect and conscience, and To the Editor of the Protestant
to deny it to his brother man? Who Magazine.
dares to set himself in judgment over SIR,—I beg to refer you to an article his fellow, and to say, I am the right, in the Spectator of the 6th February, and thou art the wrong.” Is it Proentitled “ Peace for Ireland," and ad- testants that arrogate a claim so prevocating the endowment of the Ro
sumptuous and absurd ? man Catholic priesthood; and I trust It is the custom of these liberal that the following few remarks may times to treat all religions alike, as not prove unacceptable to you. though God had not spoken, and as
The article I allude to, commences if no light had been given to show its argument by stating that religion man the way to everlasting joys. Is is purely spontaneous, and no power not the Bible the Word of God ? on earth can make it otherwise ; and Shall we not find the truth there, or that when religion, or moral convic- shall we seek in vain for the exprestion, attains to a determinate exist- sion of God's will ? If we seek dilience, it becomes one important means gently we shall find him, who is the of moral culture and civil control; Way, the Truth, and the Life, and ifand hence the necessity of the State no doubt is implied in the if,--this be adoption of the Irish hierarchy—that the case, how dare any man yield to is to say, that the priests are to be the falsely liberal doctrine of treating bribed to keep the peace !
all religions alike? Of course the That religion has its seat in the advocate of Roman Catholic endowheart, no man among us denies, but ment can find no difference between to foster what any one chooses to call the two faiths, but ask him why is it religion, is a principle which, if car- a sin to steal ? Doubtless he will ried out (to be consistent with our- reply, because it is a breach of the selves), obliges us to support every commandment, and would think any. sect that acknowledges the rule of man mad who proposed the “ State Great Britain; so that if we stop the adoption" of a school where thieving factious clamours of the Irish priest- was taught. And if it be wrong to suphood by endowing their Church, to port so vile a school, is it not equally stop the clamours of Mahometans- so, to support a system that inculcates if ever they should begin to “agitate” the bowing down to an image? God -we must likewise endow the priests said, “ Thou shalt not steal," he likeof Mahomet.
wise said, 66 Thou shalt not bow The writer proceeds to say, that, as down before a graven image.” Surely a Roman Catholic subject is not to be such an advocate is guilty of gross swayed by exclusively Protestant in- inconsistency, and it is difficult to see
any one can believe that the kindly furnished with regard to Bible is the Word of God, and yet the House of Commons; and with vote for the support of that which thanks for what he has already clearly teaches the bowing down to done, and fervent prayer for the images.
success of Divine truth in this I remain, yours truly, country,
DELTA THETA. I remain, yours faithfully, Liverpool, March, 1847.
AN OLD PROTESTANT.* March 15, 1847.
A MODE OF INDUCING PRO. To the Editor of the Protestant
TESTANTS TO FOREGO THEIR Magazine.
RIGHTS. SIR,--Having been from home the greater part of the month of February,
To the Editor of the Protestant I did not see the "
Magazine. Magazine" for that month, till towards its termina- SIR, - In the thirteenth chapter of the tion. I now beg to return my best First Book of Samuel, we are informed thanks to your Correspondent “F.G."
of the policy practised by the Philisfor his satisfactory information rela
tines in suffering no smith in Israel. tive to the individuals in the Lower
What the effect of that policy was, House who voted for or against the
we read in the twenty-second verse, third reading of the Maynooth En
“ So it came to pass in the day of dowment Bill in the session of 1845. battle, that there was neither sword The list I consider a most valuable
nor spear found in the hand of any and important one, not only as en
of the people that were with Saul
and Jonathan." abling electors to see which of their representatives discharged their duty this is now adopted by the enemies
A conduct precisely analogous to at that important crisis, and which of them proved untrue, and thus of the Protestant cause.
They are guiding electors in the right exercise doing all they can to dissuade reliof the franchise; but I consider it gious persons from exercising their valuable in another point of view, as
electoral rights in support of their showing to persons of true religion religion. Now is it not a Christian the danger of confiding implicitly in duty to employ our talents, whatever men who profess warm attachment to they may be, whether of a public or Bible Societies and Protestant Mis- private kind, for the honour of God, sionary Associations, while in Parlia- and in defence of his truth? And is ment they give every encouragement
not the right of the elective franchise to that apostasy which is the deadly
a public talent, for the exercise of enemy of both the one and the other. which we shall be held responsible, In my humble judgment, no religious seeing that we are invested with it by Association should be suffered to
the representative form of Governretain on its Committee list the name
ment under which we live? If we do of any individual belonging to either
not avail ourselves of this right, our House of Parliament who voted for enemies will, as they do most unMaynooth.
scrupulously. For instance, who are
so active in contested elections as A friend to religion would be, in my, apprehension, fully justified' in Papists and Infidels and Liberalists saying to the Secretary of a Bible and Dissenters? As for the Dissenor Missionary Association, “I must ters, they are always ready to support withhold all support of your Associa- any candidate, whatever may be his tion if any friend to Maynooth is al- religious character, only let him be, lowed to interfere in its direction.”
in their parlance, a Liberal, which in I have only to add, that a list of the Peers who voted for or against spondent's letter should have been in
* We intended our Reverend CorreMaynooth, would be as desirable as
serted in our preceding number, but that which your Correspondent has want of space prevented.
almost all cases means an ally of that law, when Popery and Infidelity Popery, and an enemy of the Church. come in upon us like a flood, to in Yet these very people, who are so vade us, and to wrest our religion strongly and violently political them- and liberties out of our hands ? selves, would prevent others from
Z. exercising their public duties and EXTENSION OF THE FRANCHISE their constitutional rights, because,
IN IRELAND. forsooth, such conduct, they say,
To the Editor of the Protestant would be political. In the same way
Magazine. religious persons are prevented from
SIR,—This is one of the public meajoining Protestant Associations, or signing petitions against Popery. And Majesty's Ministers in the present
sures to be brought forward by Her thus the hands of many, who are good Protestants at heart, are, as it session, most likely according to their
stipulations with Mr. O'Connell. Alas! were, tied behind them, and they are
that the Government of the country deprived of the lawful means which
should be in such hands. When the the constitution has given them for fatal measure of 1829 was passed, it the defence of their religion. So
was understood to be part of the that if this artful method of neutral
compact, to which the Romanists izing Christian people, and so drawing them off from the conflict, is to be assented, that the freehold qualifica
tion of 51, in Ireland should not be carried on to any large extent, it
reduced. The Duke of Wellington seems probable that the enemy will and Sir Robert Peel are responsible have little more to do than to walk for the fulfilment of this part of the in and take possession of the fortress
contract. It was held out by them of Christianity without resistance. I am apprehensive that this artifice time, to induce this country to accept
as a kind of collateral security at the has been practised upon the Wesleyan
a measure which was so flagrant an body* with some success. Whereas at the time of Mr. Wesley and Mr. infringement of the principles of the
constitution. O'Connell, by means of Fletcher, in the midst of the French the agitation which he has now been Revolution, and throughout the whole permitted to carry on so many years, of the last war, the Wesleyans were
has gained a control over the larger the most loyal portion of the community, and the best supporters of By the Municipal Act he has been
portion of the Irish constituencies. our institutions both in Church and enabled to convert the corporations, State. The mischievous arguments which were so many defences of the which are now employed to draw them Protestant Establishment, into Noraside, were in those days never heard mal Schools of Political Science, or thought of. But I would put this
which he said he would make them, case to any Wesleyan or Dissenter. Suppose that any of their congrega- advantage of Popery. He now gives
or rather of political agitation to the tions were to be disturbed in the per- them directions like an absolute Dicformance of Divine worship, would they not go to a magistrate, and very if the elective franchise is to be ex
tator how they are to act. So that properly ask him to give them the tended, in obedience to the arrogant benefit of any Act of Parliament
demands of O'Connell, the whole repassed for their protection? In like manner, we in this highly-favoured presentation of Ireland will be in land live under a Protestant Govern danger of being brought under subment, and the established religion is jection to the Papacy, as the corProtestant. Are we then, being the
porations are already.
AN ENGLISH FREEHOLDER. party in possession, and having the law of the land in our favour, not to avail ourselves of the protection of EARL GREY AND THE IRISH
Not * We think our correspondent will admitted to a seat in the present Ca
very long before Earl Grey was find, on inquiry, that the Wesleyans are alive to the importance of the next elec-binet, he expressed the following tion.-Ed. P. M.
very unfriendly feelings to the Irish
Church, in an elaborate speech, which warning now given by the “ Stanoccupied three hours in the delivery: dard” ought not to be despised.
“ The question of the Irish Church," Rather let it animate every Protestsaid he, “must be looked fairly in the ant to greater exertion in defence of face, if you would give peace to Ire- that holy religion, which is now exland."
posed to so much peril—and that And again,
from men who by their office are in “ The Protestant Church is only duty bound to protect it. known to the Irish people for more than a century and a half (meaning since the Revolution in 1688), as being REV. MR. SIMEON ON ROMAN the cause of oppression and misery to
CATHOLIC EMANCIPATION. the great mass of the people.”
In the “Memoirs of Mr. Simeon," It is said, that since his Lordship’s p. 576, Mr. S. says:-" Old Mr. accession to office he has evinced great Grant, with Professor Farish, called anxiety to act upon the opinions
on me and dined with me.
It was a which he had previously expressed; grief to me that I could not vote for and that he has only promised to
his son on Tuesday next; but I told ma silent with regard to this him, that I regard my vote for a subject, on the promise from his Member of Parliament not colleagues, that the Irish Church right, but a trust, to be used conquestion should be solemnly enter- scientiously for the good of the whole tained, provided it was suffered to kingdom; and his son's being a friend rest until after the election.
to what is called Catholic EmancipaIn reference to this matter the tion, is, in my eyes, an insurmountStandard has the following well- able objection to his appointment. timed observations :
Gladly would I give to Catholics “We have a right to demand,” re- every privilege that could conduce to marks that journal, “ whether any their happiness: but to endanger the Cabinet pledge, direct or implied, has Protestant ascendancy and stability been given as to the adoption of Earl is a sacrifice which I am not prepared Grey's opinions ? And whether the to make. Viewing this matter as I Noble Lord is prepared to propose do, I could not vote for Mr. Robert any. measure approaching to their Grant, if he were my own son.” realization. We call upon the champions of our holy religion to have this
POPERY RAMPANT. — PLACARDS question set at rest by a direct appeal
INCITING TO MURDER! to Earl Grey himself, or to Lord Lansdowne, in the presence of Earl
(Extract from the “Nenagh Guardian.”) Grey. Every Protestant in the em- ONE of the most audacious placards pire, seeing what has happened, we have ever seen, has been exhas
a right to have the recorded tensively circulated through our town pledge of the Cabinet on this sub- during the Assizes, and persisted in ject-or its recorded refusal to give with impunity in the presence of that that pledge—that the constituency of judge who denounced it as an imEngland may be prepared to act. pudent and audacious document. A We hope, also, the question may be bell-man was sent about the streets, framed, so as to allow neither escape and the recommendations” given to nor loophole."
the description of a long-barrelled The country can have no confidence gun, which he carried on his shoulder in an Administration, in which there as a specimen of those offered for is a Romanist Master of the Mint, sale, were, that it would “shoot a Mr. Ward, of appropriation notoriety, parson, a bailiff, or a proctor, at 150 Secretary to the Admiralty, a Prime yards—take down a pay-clerk at any Minister who has declared himself distance,” and “was a receipt in full favourable to the endowment of Po- for the November rent." How, we pery in Ireland, and every member simply ask, will the Government, who of the Government sharing in Earl have given this dangerous facility to Grey's unfavourable sentiments to the people to arm themselves, permit wards the Irish Church. The timely the sale to be continued, as it were, under their sanction, and on such of the nations whom they encounrecommendations as we have stated ? tered in their progress to the promised
land. Previous to the sixteenth cenEXTINCTION OF PROTEST- tury the whole of western Europe was ANTISM.
of the Catholic faith, with such trifling MR. Watson's Bill in favour of exceptions as to be undeserving of Popery is thrown out by a majority notice.
In the sixteenth century, of thirty-nine, the numbers being — however, the whole relations of society against the measure 158, and 119 were overturned and upset by the for it.
general rise of the Reformation, and We cannot give here even an epi- many heresies sprung up which had tome of the debate, but select the continued to the present day. Here speeches of the Earl of Arundel and he was anxious to point to the very Mr. Plumptre, as indicating, on the sensible distinction made by the one hand, the principles and dangers Church between heretics and 'memof Popery; and on the other, the bers of a heresy. A heretic was one spirit in which the Protestants of this who, having once belonged to the country will act.
Catholic Church disputed the dogmas Though we differ very much as to of that Church, and stood up for some the facts, arguments, and conclusions different profession; but a heresy once of the Noble Lord, we yet give his founded, the members of that heresy speech, illustrative, as it is, of the could not be considered guilty in the real designs and tendency of Ro- same degree, if at all, and were not manism :
held to deserve the same punishment - The Earl of ARUNDEL trusted he or the infliction of the same penalties. might be allowed to trespass for a There were in all the heresies which short time upon the attention of the had come down to the present day House on a subject which must en- men of the utmost sincerity and of gage the attention of every reflecting the greatest virtue, and he believed man, and which had peculiar interest that if the Catholic faith were profor him, one of those loyal subjects of perly proposed to those, they would Her Majesty who acknowledged the not refuse to embrace it. With such spiritual authority of the Church of men it would be impossible to use Rome. He would abstain from en- any means but such as the apostles tering into any question as to the resorted to in promulgating the Gosmerits or demerits of any particular pel. The evils attending the adopclass of the clergy of Rome, and tion of any other means were forcibly would take his ground on the ne- pointed out by what took place when cessity at this time for general re- the dragoons of Louis XIV. were sent ligious freedom. It would be his to force the Protestants to submission. endeavour, in the observations which The bold refused to submit, and were he was about to offer to the House, to slaughtered on the field ; the timid avoid giving offence to any. The obeyed, and became Catholics in Church of Rome had been accused name, but their repressed opinions by many Hon. Members of persecu- continued under the surface of society, tion. He was not prepared to deny the wide ulcer continued to spread, the imputation. (Hear, hear.) He and the disastrous events which admitted that on many occasions happened at the end of the last members of that Church had been century
consequence. guilty of acts of persecution, but he In fact, he believed that France might mention that each of those acts still laboured under the effects of that was to be estimated according to illegitimate repression of religious the temper and spirit of the time. feeling. He, therefore, argued that (Hear, hear.) He might point to the it was utterly impossible to control Old Testament as containing much the minds of men by force, or to throw that might appear to authorize the obstructions in the way of any propersecution and extinction of unhal- fession of faith, by any other than the Iowed creeds. He alluded, of course, legitimate means of persuasion and to the wars of the Israelites, and the explanation. His Hon. Friend who extermination by the chosen people had just sat down, had said that the