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engage in battle.
must combat the power of Rome. A fortnight ago I was myself in a Swiss locality, where from fifteen to twenty Catholics were examined, to participate in the communion of our Evangelical Church on WhitSunday; I myself saw them, and questioned them.
None are received who do not find their consolation in salvation by grace. Every second month a similar examination takes place for converted Roman Catholics. Help us to fight our common war with success. Rome knows very well how to choose the place where she intends to
She chooses first Belgium, then Tahiti, and now Ireland ; to-morrow it will, perhaps, be England. Let us choose, likewise, the place where we shall fight the battle with Rome. It is in France, it is in Italy, that the force, the nerve of Popery, is to be found. If Popery is overcome there, it is overcome in all the world, O Christian brethren of England, come over and help us : the moment is arrived for a great Christian union against the great Roman league
a Christian union of every people, every language, every communion. Let us all form in Christ one alliance, one army, one nation—the nation and the army of Him to whom the Lord says, “I will make thine enemies thy footstool.' • Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto the Lamb for ever and ever!'”—Christian Spectator.
OF THE LI
AT A RECENT MEETING
and her national greatness and useSPEECH OF THE REV. HUGH fulness. M'NEILE,
Secondly. By spiritual arguments and in a Christian spirit to convince
those members of the Church of PROTESTANT OPERATIVE
Rome with whom you may have comASSOCIATION.
munication, of the dangerous errors We invite the attention of our which they are taught to venerate as readers to the following con- religious truths. densed report of the wise, prac
Thirdly. To resist, by every lawful tical, and spirit-stirring speech of effort, the national encroachment of
Romanism as a system, opposed as it the Rev. Hugh M'Neile, at a
is to the best interests of civil liberty, recent Meeting in Liverpool :- as well as to the fundamental doctrines
The Rev. Mr.Connor having offered of true religion. These are your three a most impressive prayer,
objects. They are objects well worthy The Chairman addressed the Meet- of a Christian and a patriot. In the ing as follows :
first of them you have been eminently: Friends and fellow-labourers, I have successful. For, whatever may be the much pleasure in presiding once more state of things amongst other classes at your Annual Meeting, and giving of the community, whatever defection you any, encouragement in my power there may be in some of our colleges, to persevere in your Christian exer- extending its poisonous influence into tions. The objects of your exertions some of our pulpits, and into the are threefold.
families of some of our aristocracy, 1st. To keep and extend among the and gentry, I do believe that at no working-classes the true spirit of the period since the noble army of our Reformation, to which England is British martyrs sealed their testimony mainly indebted, under the Divine with their blood, were the working blessing, for her national character, classes of England more completely,
more intelligently, and more resolutely "setting their house in order," and opposed to Romanism, than they are from removing disorderly servants, by at this day. (Loud cheers.) Their whom is the house to be set in order? intelligence and determination on this Peaceably, it seems impossible; and a point are such, that considering their different description of sweeping is numbers and the influence they now what none of us would advocate. We possess in the state, and, backed not are earnestly desirous therefore to see by the hundreds in this rooin only, the right exercise of authority in the but by many thousands in all the large Church of God. Authority belongs to towns of the kingdom, I would send her officers, submission to her children; it as a message from this platform to and I believe the officers of our Church all whom it may concern, candidates do not calculate, as they might, upon for Parliament, or candidates for Cabi- the dutiful submission of her children, nets, that no Government under the if their authority were exercised as
can impose Romanism upon based upon the Word of God. England. (Immense cheers.) Many With regard to your second object, I Romanizing steps have been taken, think the less that is said in public about but they have not yet reached the your proceedings upon that point the point of imposing Romanism upon better; but I would earnestly entreat you. When the spring is squeezed you to practise kindness and gentletight enough for that, the recoil will ness in all your conversational conastonish him that is at the top! And, troversies. I would entreat you, my as for our Church, our beloved friends, to beware of any hasty exChurch, whatever may be said against pressions of temper. Remember, in her at home or abroad, she has not her all your controversies with Romanists equal upon earth (cheers) for com- upon subjects of deep and vital imprehension, combination, order, and portance, that the "wrath of man activity, dignity and zeal, animated worketh not the righteousness of fervour and chastened gentleness, so God.” Remember, that speaking face lidity of truth without any childish or to face with them, they may mistake frivolous fables, and elegance of dic- your honest indignation against their tion without rudeness or vulgarity,- system for personal anger or ill-feeling as for our Church, whatever annoy- against themselves. And therefore ance may be felt for a time, or may be you should restrain your expressions occasioned by certain young gentle- even of honest indignation against men of architectural tastes or accom- their system in the hope of winning plishments, --whatever pain may be a fair hearing from them to what you experienced because of the defection have to say for your own. Example from our pale of certain brethren is a more powerful teacher than the whom we loved, and from whom we best of precepts, and “a soft answer expected better things; still, I believe turneth away wrath.” I know and am that all the Jesuits in England,--and willing to admit to you how difficult they are not a few at present,-cannot it is to be calm when the heart is ensucceed in Romanizing the Established gaged, when zeal inflames the tongue; Church. (Enthusiastic cheers.) I but it is the prerogative of the real would, however, take the liberty of Christian, in whom the Spirit of God adding, with all due respect to the dwells, to combine discretion and selfMost Rev. and the Right Rev. Pre- restraint with zeal. I speak to you lates of our Church, that if in trying then, as to persons engaged from day times like these, they leave the de- to day in controversy, amicably, with fences of our Zion in the hands of the Roman Catholics, and I entreat you to Protestant operatives, they are not have respect to their feelings, though adopting the course likely to secure in you cannot respect the falsehoods they the sequel that well-balanced order, have been educated in; have respect and that dignified moderation which to their feelings and use language we all prefer, though we might not which shall convey your own sentibe able to maintain it. If, through the ments without wounding their feelings difficulty or impossibility of agreeing or causing you the loss of their attenamong themselves, they refrain from tion. In the third branch of your object-in pursuing that, you have tract, entitled, “ England's Cæsar," met with discouragements, disappoint- and intreat you to put its principles ments, defeats. Be not cast down. into operation, in the discharge of the Success, though animating, is not, and duty which may presently fall upon never was, the measure of duty. Re- you as electors in this great kingdom. member that the God whom we serve, But a very different course these neand on whom it is our peace and gotiations may take. It may turn out strength to depend, has instructed us that such a cabinet cannot be formed in his holy word " that the hearts of with any reasonable prospect of suckings and princes are in his rule and cess, and then a coalition may take governance, and that he disposes and place—some of the members of the turns them as it seemeth best to His late cabinet may join with members godly wisdom," and now, at this time, of the new one; and then we shall I earnestly entreat you, my Christian have a trial, upon the first Meeting of brethren, to present the heart of our Parliament, whether such a junction gracious Sovereign before the King of cabinet can stand or not. They may Kings, imploring him to guide it and prolong for a few weeks the appeal to support it, and to direct her through the people. It seems at present as if the painful crisis in which she is that must come at last. And when placed. One part of her great men it does come! You know very well, unable to keep, and another part my Christian friends, the repugnance unable to make a Cabinet-at this we have long had to the notion moment where lies the responsibility of pledged delegates instead of free of the Government? We are in a representatives being sent to Parliasort of interregnum. Painful to every ment. In all matters of minor moone of right feeling, it must be doubly ment, in all matters belonging to painful to Her Majesty. Pray God to human policy which may vary with preserve her in peace, and give her circumstances, without interfering wisdom, and judgment, and discretion with fundamental principles, I hold it. in all the interviews that Noble Lords, to be a violation of the British conRight Honourable Baronets, Dukes, stitution to ask candidates for our reand Marquises may have with her, presentation in Parliament to pledge pending the present negotiations ! It themselves in detail; but upon some is not a state of things upon which'any points of deep and vital importanceman who loves his country might upon matters which affect the religion speak rashly; it is a state of things of the country, the stability of the calling for seriousness and prayer, Church, and, as I humbly believe, the more than for public declamation. stability of the throne and the moWhat are we to have, or what can we narchy, I think it is the constitutional have? It seems impossible for a Whig right of an Englishman to take what Administration to govern the country steps he can to be sure that he will with the present Parliament, and if the not put in his name at the polling Noble Lord for whom Her Majesty booth in support of men who will pull has sent--for whom Her Majesty, I down those bulwarks, or aid in doing humbly conceive, was compelled in a And therefore I certainly would certain sense to send, when Her late advise you-not to promise. You will responsible advisers left her en masse be applied to by and by, perhaps, but -if, I say, that Noble Lord should in an apparent casual way in conversucceed in forming a Cabinet, what is sation, just to make a conditional he to do with the Parliament? The promise. I advise you to make no next step would be a dissolution of promise. Keep your own counsel. Parliament, which throws upon as Make no promise until the whole case many of us as are electors the dis- is before you. But this, I think, we are charge of a Christian duty, concerning at liberty, nay, in duty bound, to ask which I have more than once given
* This excellent Address has been you the best instruction in my power, instruction, I believe, derived from the
published and widely circulated by the
Protestant Association, and may be had pages of revelation. . I would refer
on application at their Office, 11, Exeter you, my friends, to the pages of the Hall.
of any man who comes to ask us to points? Just because they set out support him, “Tell us now, not what with a determination to succeed. you think as an individual about Ro They said, “We will never stop till manism, but tell us what you will do we get what we want.” This is the as a legislator about it.” “Suppose language of the Anti-Corn-law League. the session of 1846 or of 1847 should “We will never cease till we get this." produce a Bill for the Endowment of —There is strength in determination. Roman Catholic priests in Ireland, I am not going to discuss that subject, which we were told must follow the or to enter at all upon it at present, Endowment of Maynooth College, tell but I invite you to emulate their zeal us honestly, like a fine fellow as you and earnestness, though belonging to are, how you will vote?” “Will you, such a cause, which have so frequently no matter who the minister is, or who been successful. Let not your zeal are in the Government-for in this and earnestness in this great cause matter it does not signify a fraction, evaporate in a shout, but speak of it, will you raise your voice, or, if you write of it, influence others upon it! cannot raise your voice, write a letter, Now is the time to get help. There which shall be your protest, or in some are some people who have not given way or other pledge yourself to vote us help for four or five years, who you against any such measure as shall will see coming by degrees, just to see identify the endowment of error with what you are doing; they will enquire, the national council of Great Britain?” “Well, what did you do with the ope
-One thing more and I have done. ratives last night?” I will say, “Why There is a pledge I should be very didn't you come and see ? ' Here is glad to have from certain Honourable the point we are for. It is no light Gentlemen, or Noble Lords, who may matter; it is no party matter; it is no ask our suffrages at the next election- secular matter either. It belongs to “Will you,—if no other member of the the fundamental truth of religion ; House gives notice before Easter week and our aim is to undo the disgrace give notice that you will bring in a that last session marked upon our Bill, or ask leave to bring on a Motion, statute book to erase the black act or originate a measure, and divide for the endorment of falsehood-to the House upon it, for the Repeal of take it away to purge the statute the Maynooth Bill?”. I think you book of Great Britain of that act. will agree with me when I tell
you (Tremendous cheers.) That is what there is more strength in a positive we are for Who will join us?' We movement than in a negative protest. will test the town who will join us for One reason why measure after mea- the repeal of the Maynooth Bill. : -Let sure has gone against us is that all we this be the one sound that goes out have done has been silently to protest from thj Meeting="The Repeal of against the measure; if we could gain the Maynooth Bill ! ” ground we must originate a movement, go in advance, and have something to aim at. Now the time. It is an RULES FOR CHRISTIAN CONunsettled time. Parties are to be new- DUCT; OR, WALK CIRCUMcast, minds to receive a variety of im- SPECTLY.
TX WiF1!!! pressions; applications are to be made, letters are to be written, feelers to be 1. Adhære, most scrupulously, to sent out, answers to be given. Be truth; and labour to preserve the cautious how you give an answer either strictest integrity, simplicity, and sinin writing or speaking, but now is the cerity. time for movement. Let it begin 2. Engage in no pursuit in which here, and it will roll like a snow-ball you cannot look up unto : God, and before a set of schoolboys upon a say, “Bless me in this, O my Father!” plain. Let it begin here, I say, and 3. Strive to be as kind, forbearing, let the Protestants of England never and forgiving as you can, both to cease till they have repealed the May- friends and foes. Mai nooth Bill. What is the reason your 4. Never speak evil of any one, on opponents have succeeded in so many any pretence whatever.
BY REV. LEGH RICHMOND,
5. Strive to recommend religion, love their enemies; to do good to them by the courtesy, civility, and conde- that hate us, and pray for them that scending character of your conduct. persecute and calumniate you.”
6. Watch against irritation, posi- (Matt. v. 44.) And what was a great tiveness, unkind speaking, and anger; deal better-indeed the cream of the study and promote love.
matter, he practised what he preached; 7. Mortify lusts, sensuality, and for “when he was reviled, he revileá sloth.
not again; when he suffered, he 8. Never allow others to speak well threatened not; but delivered himself of you; nor especially permit your- to him that judged justly.” (1 Pet. ii. self to say or think anything of your 23.) And again, when his ignorant self, but as poorly done. Keep down and persecuting disciples wanted him pride ; let it not be indulged for a to call down fire from heaven, to burn inoment, and watch against it. up the unfriendly Samaritans, who
9. Shut out evil imaginations and would not give him bit nor sup, nor angry thoughts.
night-shelter in their village; what io. Let it be your sole business did he do? why he gently scolded here, to prepare for eternity. Con- them—saying, “You know not of sider every moment of time in that what spirit you are, the Son of Man view.
came not to destroy souls but to save." 11. Remember that you have to (Luke ix. 55, 56.) Again, your contend with a legion of devils—a Reverence, holy St. Peter, the founder heart full of deceit and iniquity, and of your Church-the blessed man, a world at enmity with God.
follows the Holy Saviour, quite close 12. Pray that you may ever rejoice in his tracks—for says he, “ In fine, in the advancement of Christ's king- be ye all of one mind, having comdom, and the salvation of sinners; passion one of another, being lovers of and labour in every way to promote the brotherhood, merciful, modest, these objects.
humble; not rendering evil for evil, 13. Strive to preserve a praying nor railing for railing; but contrarimind through the day; not only at wise—blessing.” (1 Pet. iii. 8, 9); and the usual and stated periods, but sure enough, St. Paul matches this everywhere, and at all times, and in doctrine as like as two peas; for says all companies. This is your best pre- he, “The servant of the Lord must not servative against error, weakness, and wrangle, but must be mild towards sin.
ALL men, apt to teach, patient, with modesty admonishing them that resist
the truth.” (2 Tim. i. 24, 25.) Now, LETTER OF AN IRISH READER.
I put it to your Reverence's own TO THE REV. MR. CLAFFEY, breast, was your Reverence either COADJUTOR PRIEST OF CASTLETOWN. mild, modest, or merciful towards me, Rev. Sir,-Having heard it buzzed when you cursed, damned, and ballyabout through the parish that your ragged me from your altar? Sure, Reverence cursed and abused me, your Reverence, if I was in error, it from the altar, at Castletown chapel, was yourself that should have first a couple of Sundays ago; thougħ í told me my fault in private, and then am a very poor, ignorant, and un- admonished me with all modesty ; but leamed man, yet I will be so bold as no! your Reverence you did no such to acquaint your Reverence most re- thing; sure then a man with only one spectfully, that such conduct was eye, can't help seeing that in my case, setting a very bad parable to the your Honour did not show yourself to neighbours about you, and that also be a real successor of St. Peter or St. in so doing, you were not following in Paul. I hear also, that your Reverence the steps of our blessed Lord and was pleased to jeer and mock at me, Saviour, nor of his holy Apostles, St. Peter and St. Paul. For our blessed
* It will be seen that this and other Lord, whenever he preached (and made verbatim from the authorized
quotations from Scripture, are not mire enough he was continually doing English version, though in substance that saine), taught the people “ to agreeable thereto.-Ed.