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tirpation of heresy. In Spain the person, then, have the hardihood to same deed was panegyrized in the affirm, that this cold-blooded slaughter presence of Philip II., who had a play had not the hearty concurrence of the acted before him under the title of the Church of Rome. “ Triumph of the Church Militant .!With reference to the paintings A Bull was also issued for a jubilee to just alluded to, Misson speaks as be held throughout the kingdom of follows, -"Since I am about pictures, France, on Dec. 7, 1572, as a day of great I cannot forbear taking notice of the joy for the success of the massacre. murder of Admiral Coligny, the But, lest those acts should not be a history of which is curiously described sufficient testimony of Rome's com- in three large pieces, in the hall, placency at this scene of butchery, where the Pope gives audience to the Pope actually directed large ambassadors. In the first, Coligny paintings to be made representing is represented as he was carried to the dire scene (which although his house, after he was wounded by much defaced are still to be seen at the assassin, Morevil; and, at the Rome), and, likewise had medals bottom of the picture are these words, struck in commemoration of the Gaspar Colignius Admirallius acevent, upon the upper side of which cepto vulnere, domum refertur, Greg. are the words“ Gregorius XIII. Pont. XIII. Pont. Max. 1572;' that is, Max. An. I. F. P.“Gregory XIII. "Gasper Coligny the Admiral, is 1572, the supreme pontiff;" and, on carried home wounded ; in the Pontheunder side,“ Ugonotorum strages," tificate of Gregory XIII. 1572. The “the slaughter of the Hugonots," with second exhibits him murdered in the a device representing the destroying same house, together with his son-inangel with a cross in one hand a law, Teligny, and others, with these sword in the other, and the un- words,— Cædes Coligniï et sociorum fortunate Protestants bleeding and ejus ; ' The slaughter of Coligny and agonizing at his feet! The Rev. A. his companions. And, in the third, Sillery, A.M., of Dublin, who was the news of the execution is brought not very long since in Rome, and to the King, who seems pleased with with whom I have had the pleasure it, as it appears by the subscription. of conversing since his return, pur- Rex Coligniï necem probat.' • The chased two of those medals at the King approves of the murder of Mint; one in bronze, and the other Coligny. in silver ; so that there can be no

(To be continued.) doubt about the matter.

Let no
* Voyage to Italy, vol. ii. p. 19. (London, 1714.)

THE PROTESTANT RELIGION NOT A NEGATION. The following enumeration of the positive as well as negative articles of the faith of a true Protestant, refutes the Tractarian calumny alluded to in the heading of this paper.

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I confess that the Holy Catholic I protest that the Church of Rome Church is the company of the faithful, is not the Catholic Church; she has gathered out of the world, in all ages. persecuted the faithful in all parts of

the world.

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I confess that Holy Scripture is the I protest that tradition is no part only rule of faith and practice, that of the rule of faith ; that the Church it contains all things necessary to sal- of Rome has no exclusive authority vation, and that it is to be read of all to expound the Scripture, nor any right

to withhold the Bible from the people.





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I confess that we are justified freely I protest that we cannot be justified and fully by faith in the Lord Jesus wholly or in part by our own works ; Christ alone, without the works of for, by the deeds of the Law shall no the Law.

flesh be justified. IV. I confess that good works are an I protest that works of Supererogaevidence that we are justified, but tion cannot be performed, much less that they cannot merit the favour of laid up in a treasury, out of which God or procure the pardon of our pardons and indulgences may be sold. sins.

-Introduced A.D. 1563.

V. I confess that God alone can for- I protest that a Priest has no power give sins, and that there is only one to forgive sins, and that Saints and Mediator and Intercessor between Angels cannot perform the office of God and men, the man Christ Jesus. mediators or intercessors.

VI. I confess that the blood of Jesus I protest that there is no cleansing Christ cleanses from all sin.

efficacy in holy water, scapulars, cord,

wax, oil, &c., &c. VII. I confess that the Lord Jesus Christ I protest that St. Peter had no preis given of God to be Head over all eminence over the rest of the Apostles, things to His Church, which is His and that his pretended successor, the body.

Pope, has no supremacy in the Church.

-Introduced A.D. 1215. I confess that the Holy Ghost is an I protest that the Church of Rome unerring Guide to the Church of is not infallible; for she has erred Christ in all things spiritual. both in faith and practice.-Intro

duced A.D. 1076. IX, I confess that God alone in the I protest that we ought not to worunity of the Trinity is to be worshipped, ship the Virgin Mary nor to bow and that as He is a Spirit, He is to be down to crucifixes, Images, and Relics, worshipped in spirit and in truth. this being idolatry.-Introduced A.D.

787. X. I confess that marriage is honourable I protest that forbidding Priests to in all, and that every creature of God marry, and commanding to abstain is good, and nothing to be refused, if from meats, is a departure from the it be received with thanksgiving. faith, and is akin to the doctrine of


XI. I confess that it is the duty and I protest that to have public prayer, privilege of every one to hear and or to minister the Sacraments in an to read in his own tongue, the wonder- unknown tongue (Latin), is plainly ful works of God.

repugnant to the Word of God.

XII. I confess that the command to re- I protest that the command to obmember the Sabbath-day, to keep it serve holy days and saints' days, as holy, is to be obeyed by all faithful the Lord's-day, tends to make void people; who are not to be judged in the command" Six days shalt thou respect of meats, and drinks, and labour, and do all thy work.” holy days.

XIII. I confess that there are two Sacra. I protest that five of the Sacraments only, ordained by Christ our ments of the Church of Romeviz: Lord in the Gospel, i.e. Baptism, of Confirmation, Penance, Orders, Ma









which water, and the Lord's Supper, trimony, and Extreme Unction, are of which Bread and Wine, are the not to be accounted as such, for they visible signs.

have no visible sign ordained of God.

- Introduced A.D. 1547. XIV. I confess that the Lord Jesus Christ I protest that the bread and wine has ascended into heaven, and that are not changed by consecration into He is seated at the right hand of the the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Father, and that he is spiritually pre- the Lord Jesus Christ, and that he is sent with his faithful people when not present therein, except to the they partake of the bread and wine, faith of the communicants, and that both of which are to be received by the cup is not to be withheld from -all, at the holy communion.

the laity.-Introduced A.D. 1215. I confess that without shedding of I protest that the Sacrifice of the blood there is no remission of sins, Mass and the daily offering of an unand that the Lord Jesus by his one bloody sacrifice, by a sacrificing offering of himself, as of a Lamb priesthood, is contrary to Holy Scripwithout spot or blemish, hath perfected ture and tends to dishonour the sacrifor ever them that are sanctified. fice of Christ, and to destroy the

efficacy his atonement.— Intro

duced A.D. 1563. XVI.

XVI. I confess that as we die so shall we I protest that purgatory or a place live for ever, that accordingly as we of purification by fire, through which are the friends or enemies of God, we the souls of the faithful pass before shall either inherit the kingdom pre- they enter heaven, is a doctrine nopared for us from the foundation of where to be found in Scripture, and the world, or depart into everlasting that the dead cannot be helped by fire prepared for the Devil and his masses and prayers of the living. Angels.—Mat. xxv. 34–41.

Introduced A.D. 1438. This is the Doctrine of Christ. This is the Doctrine of Antichrist. The reader will at once perceive how the simple enumeration of the Articles of our Protestant faith refutes the senseless calumny of its Tractarian enemies. But it does more than this. It exhibits the unity of the Protestant Church, for there is not a true Protestant of any denomination taking the Bible alone as their rule of faith, (Unitarians excepted, whom we do not consider to be Christians at all,) who would not subscribe to every Article in the above enumeration.

EXTRACT FROM A LETTER OF the pensioners sometimes take great THE RIGHT HON. LADY MARY liberties ; but that such familiarity WORTLEY MONTAGUE TO HER should be permitted in her father's DAUGHTER, THE COUNTESS OF house, is as repugnant to custom, as it BUTE, ON THE ROMAN CATHO- would be in London for a young lady LIC RELIGION.

to dance on the ropes at Bartholomew Louvere, Oct. 20, 1757. fair: neither does his hero behave to MY DEAR CHILD,-I have read over her in a manner suitable to his nice Richardson-he sinks horridly in his notions. It was impossible a discernthird volume; (he does so in his story ing man should not see her passion of Clarissa), When he talks of Italy, early enough to check it, if he had it is plain he is no better acquainted really designed it. After having with it than he is with the kingdom alluded to a proposal of marriage of Mancomingo. He might have between a Roman Catholic and a Promade his Sir Charles's amour with testant, her Ladyship says-Nor do I Clementina begin in a convent, where approve Sir Charles's offered compro


were so.

mise (as he calls it). There must be to bring good out of evil : history, a great indifference as to religion on both sacred and profane, furnishes both sides, to make so strict a union many examples of it. When they tell as marriage tolerable between people have forsook the worship of my of such distinct persuasions. He seems ancestors, I say I have had more to think women have no souls, by ancestors Heathen than Christian, and agreeing so easily that his daughters my faith is certainly ancienter than should be educated in bigotry and theirs, since I have added nothing to idolatry. You will perhaps think this the practice of the primitive professors last a hard word; yet it is not difficult of Christianity. As to the prosperity to prove that either the Papists are or extent of the dominion of the guilty of idolatry, or the Pagans never Church, which Cardinal Bellarmine

You may see in Lucian, (in counts among the proofs of its orthohis vindication of his images,) that doxy, the Mahometans, who have they did not take their statues to be real larger empires, and have made a gods, but only the representations of quicker progress, have a better plea them. The same doctrine may be for the visible protection of heaven. found in Plutarch; and it is all the If the fopperies of their religion were modern priests have to say in excuse only. peries, they ought to be comfor their worshipping wood and stone, plied with, whenever it is established, though they cannot deny, at the same like any ridiculous dress in fashion; time, that the vulgar are apt to con- but I think them impieties ; their defound that distinction. I always, if votions are a scandal to humanity possible, avoid controversial disputes: from their nonsense ; the mercenary whenever I cannot do it, they are very deceits and barbarous tyranny of their short. I ask my adversary if he be- ecclesiastics, inconsistent with moral lieves the Scripture? when that is honesty. If they object to the diver. answered affirmatively, their Church sity of our sects as a mark of repromay be proved, by a child of ten years bation, I desire them to consider that old, contradictory to it, in their most that objection has equal force against important points. My second ques. Christianity in general. When they tion is, if they think St. Peter and St. thunder with the names of fathers and Paul knew the true Christian religion ? councils, they are surprised to find me the constant reply is, Oh, yes. Then, as well (often better) acquainted with say I, purgatory, transubstantiation, them, than themselves. I shew them invocation of saints, adoration of the the variety of their doctrines, their Virgin, relics, (of which they might violent contests and various factions, have had a cart-load,) and observation instead of that union they boast of. of Lent, is no part of it, since they I have never been attacked a second neither taught nor practised any of time in any of the towns where I have these things. Pious frauds are resided, and perhaps shall never be so avowedly permitted, and persecution again after my last battle, which was applauded : these maxims cannot be with an old priest, a learned man, dictated by the spirit of peace, which particularly esteemed as a mathemais so warmly preached in the Gospel. iician, and who has a head and a The creeds of the apostles, and coun- heart as warm as poor Whiston's. cil of Nice, do not speak of the mass, When I first came hither, he visited or real presence, as articles of belief; me every day, and talked of me every and Athanasius asserts, whosoever where with such violent praise, that, believes according to them, shall be had we been young people, no one saved. As I do not mistake excla- knows what would have been said. I mation, invective, or ridicule, for ar- always had the advantage of being quite gument, I never recriminate on the calm on a subject which they cannot lives of their popes and cardinals, talk of without heat. He desired I when they urge

the character of Henry would put on paper what I had said. the Eighth; I only answer, good I immediately wrote on one side of a actions are often done by ill men sheet, leaving the other for his through interested motives, and 'tis

He carried it with him, prothe common method of Providence mising to bring it the next day, since


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which time I have never seen it, Fell, Thos. Barton, E. Poole; and
though I have often demanded it, William Leaper Newton, Esq., Henry
being ashamed of my defective Cox, Esq., Dr. Heygate, T. P. Bain-
Italian. I fancy he sent it to his brigge, Esq., and J. Lord, Esq. In
friend the Archbishop of Milan. I the body of the hall were a consider-
have given over asking for it, as a des- able number of the resident and
perate debt. He still visits me, but neighbouring clergy. The Meeting
seldom, and in a cold sort of a way. was well attended, consisting of many
When I have found disputants I less of the most influential persons in the
respected, I have sometimes taken town and vicinity.
pleasure in raising their hopes by my After prayer had been offered up
concessions : they are charmed when by the Rev. R. MACKLIN,
I agree with them in the number of

The CHAIRMAN opened the business
the sacraments; but are horridly dis- of the Meeting in a short appropriate
appointed when I explain myself by address.
saying the word sacrament is not to be The Rev. R. MACKLIN read the
found either in Old or New Testa- Report of the Society's proceedings

and one must be very ignorant during the past year. not to know it is taken from the list

JAMES LORD, Esq., moved the first ing oath of the Roman soldiers, and Resolution, adopting the Report, and means nothing more than a solemn, re-appointing the Committee for the irrevocable engagement.

Parents ensuing year. vow, in infant baptism, to educate W. L. NEWTON, Esq., seconded the their children in the Christian religion, Resolution. which they take upon themselves by The Rev. HUGH STOWELL, in a confirmation; the Lord's Supper is fre- powerful speech, moved the second quently renewing the same oath. Resolution. Ordination and matrimony are solemn The Rev. HENRY CREWE, seconded vows of a different kind : confession the Resolution. inclu

revealing all we The Rev. DANIEL FOLEY, of Clonknow, and reforming what is amiss: mel, Ireland, moved the third Resoluextreme unction, the last vow, that we tion, "That the character of Popery have lived in the faith we were bap- being unchanged, and her system the tized : in this sense they are all sacra- same that it ever has been, it is imments. As to the mysteries preached possible that a Protestant people can since, they were all invented long comply with her demands, as in them after, and some of them repugnant to are involved the ruin of the very highthe primitive institution.

est interests of the immortal soul, as
well as the total destruction of all

civil and religious liberty.” The DERBY AND DERBYSHIRE PRO- master evil of the land, and, indeed, TESTANT ASSOCIATION.

of every land, was the Church of [THE smallness of our space com

Rome. The Reformation gave her pels us to omit many excellent a deadly stab, but had in no way despeeches. Those of Mr. Foley are given creased her malignity. Wherever on account of his having been brought Popery found a lodgment, there did up in Popery, and now officiating

as it deposit its venom and enmity to a Protestant clergyman in Ireland.] the Word of God, and the salvation

The Seventh Anniversary Meeting of man. Popery forbad investigation. of this Association was held in the It was the offspring of darkness. Lecture Hall, Derby, on Friday last; Truth depended on discrimination. Sir MATTHEW BLAKISTON, Bart., in Let only ignorance prevail, and all the Chair. On the platform we ob- men would virtually be Romanists. served the Hon. and Rev. Thomas It was discussion which established Cavendish; the Revs. Hugh Stowell, the Reformation, and it was discussion Daniel Foley, Denis Browne, Henry and searching after truth that alone Crewe, Edmund Carr, R. Macklin, could protect the blessings which Richardson Cox, William Leaper, followed from it. Men were justly Philip Browne, Robert Meek, Thomas jealous of the slavery of the body,


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