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A QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED. “What would you convert them from ?" Such was the question somewhat tauntingly preferred by an intelligent Irish Catholic to our Secretary at the close of one of his addresses in Fifeshire, about a fortnight back. "And pray, Sir, what would you convert them from?” Candour, however, compels us to say, that neither in the conversational discussion which followed that night in the chapel, nor in the continuation of it in private, on the subsequent morning, did the opponent of our Society and its aims, abandon the courtesy of the gentleman, or the honesty of an honourable disputant. Our friendly antagonist is gonepledging himself, however, to assail our Society and our statements in the public press—his question, and the thoughts which it originated, still remain with us. * From what would you convert them?" We can readily understand the motive which prompts those whose craft is in danger, to put the question ; we can understand why certain political agitators who traffic in the credulity and ignorance of their fellows should frown upon our efforts to reduce their capital. But for an intelligent and warm-hearted Irishman-Catholic though he is-a lover of his country and his countrymen, a man of large observation and historic knowledge, to condemn a Society which even he admitted is benefiting his countrymen, is to us incomprehensible. The secondary evils of Ireland, however, great though they unquestionably are, and which our Society in striving to achieve its primary aim, must necessarily mitigate, if not ultimately remove, fall into insign nificance when contrasted with those greater and giant forms of evil against which we specially contend. “ What would we convert them from ?” From the darkness and death of sin, into the obedience of faith, and the liberty of the children of God; from the delusions of superstition, into the sound knowledge of gospel truth; from another religion, " which is not another," into the religion of Christ and of God; from a blind reliance on priestly or saintly mediators, and which, in the strong phrase of the Hebrew prophet, will prove to them but “a refuge of lies,” to rest their hopes on the alone Mediator between God and man, the only refuge from the storm, and the only hiding-place from the tempest. “What would we convert them from ?”. From superstition and mummeries, invocations and penances, absolution and indulgences, to an enlightened knowledge of the religion of heaven; and to teach them what is the spirit of the religion of God, and what is the nature of that worship which a spiritual being requires from his intelligent creation; to inscribe on their very heart's core the solemn truth, and to make it the habit and the governing feeling of their daily lives; that external worship without internal devotion, is an abomination in the sight of a holy God; that charms, incantations, masses, and anointings, are neither in themselves, nor are they incentives to, spiritual and true worship.
While we write, we have before us the abandoned oil stocks of a once Roman Catholic priest—the sacred vessel containing the holy oil, viewed with so much veneration and awe by millions—inasmuch, as they fondly imagine the smallest drop of its contents can make smooth for them life's voyage to heaven. There it stands, with its three initial letters, and which might conjure up in a fanciful mind, the three-fold thing of another mythology. The vessel is becoming rusty from neglect; the oil is rancid from disuse. And is it possible that in such a thing as this rests the hopes of millions of our fellow-subjects? Alas! 'tis too true? Then, from these false hopes would we convert them. And we appeal to our friends and readers more earnestly and more entreatingly than ever to aid. us in our efforts to reclaim, to elevate, to save a noble and interesting people from crime, degradation, and death. We want help now, brethren, and whatsoever our hand findeth to do, let us do it with our might.
Our agent, Mr. BERRY, whose labours again destroyed, and with it the hopes of the have been greatly blessed during the small farmer. The winter is setting rapidly past year, writes under date Nov. 5th. in, intensely cold. Hundreds of families,
half famished with cold and hunger, are It is usual with me to furnish monthly continually arriving from every quarter in letters,—and as the progress made the last month has been encouraging, I am the more In finding this employment multitudes are
search of, at best, a precarious employment. disposed to follow my old plan. I have in disappointed altogether; others, more forformer letters referred to the great success at one of my out stations, Clonmore, from tunate, obtain an occasional day's work, which I baptized some twenty or twenty-four And, in fact, the out-door labourer is pre
hereby only prolonging a starving existence. during the present year; and as many of them are unable to come to Abbeyleix, I vented, by the state of the weather, from
more than a day's work at uncertain interthought it better to form a branch church
vals. there, and have a monthly administration of
I have been in families where father, the Lord's supper. As soon as the clergy- mother, and several of the children have had man heard this
, he forbade the man in whose nothing to eat for the whole day, and where house I had formerly preached, to admit me; they were only too happy to have a little and he being in the power of his landlord, broth once in the twenty-four hours. Blanand fearing the clergyman, refused me his kets, all the bed clothes, and every thing house with evident and deep reluctance, that could be converted into a means of Having, however, made my arrangements, I went on the appointed sabbath determined, not a solitary ease. I know the people well,
removing hunger, were gone. And this is if no house was open for me, to preach in and have known them long as hard-working, the open air. But upon my arrival, my joy honest, worthy people.
Oh! my was great when I found that almost every country! God only knows the issues as to house was open to me, and I selected, and thee! Dark, dark indeed, is thy prospect; was actually admitted into the house of the thy situation cannot be conceived by: clerk of the church. The people were stranger. The sober reality is too likely to indignant that such means should have been be mistaken for the workings of a fruitful employed by the clergyman to put me down; fancy. Need I say, I have already drawn and to mark the triumph of the truth more fully, I have received a message this day upon my private means in aid of such sore
distress. You could not — no Christian from the landlord's agent to occupy as a preaching room an excellent out-house.
could have helped it. I knew you were These things cheer me much, and I have so
away on a collecting tour, or would have many candidates in that locality as to justify delay longer ;-matters are too pressing.
written sooner. I cannot, however, now the hope that a considerably large church Can I have a few pounds for relief now, and will be collected there. 'Tis only a distance of thirteen miles from Abbeyliex. I do during the winter? I trust the Committee
an allowance of—say five pounds a month, think the night schools I opened there for will allow me this small sum with prompti the benefit of the poor conduced to this tude. Bis dat, qui cito dal. " Blessed is general good. The people are very poor. I have more than thirty poor members, and he that considereth and rememberetb the should any kind friends send you clothes for the winter, I should be greatly obliged if
Will not some of our readers and you would send a box or two to my poor friends help us in this matter?-We people.
await their answer. We shall not comment on the above,
Mr. Thomas, writing from Moate, on the opposition offered to Mr. Berry's energetic efforts. From all our
after detailing his labours, his extensive agents we have cheering accounts of journeyings, and his prospects of sucthe willingness of the people to listen
cess, says: to their teachings. We pass them by, The school at Moate has also increased however, to make room for the following and improved ; great distress and nakedness painfully interesting letter from Mr. however, hinder many of the poor children Eccles. We deeply sympathize with from attending: their poverty and misery him, as
no doubt will our readers. are beyond all expression severe. There is Perhaps some of them will help us to no employment here whatever. I have seen give this devoted and noble-hearted several poor children entirely naked, and agent more substantial assistance than Could you, my dear brother, send me some
their parents in filthy rags, little better. barren sympathy: Mr. ECCLES writes :
clothes and relief for them ? 'I am sure
will not be appealed to in vain on their MY DEAR BROTHER,—The potato crop is behalf.
We shall be most happy to receive | ly true of them in religious matters. This the assistance of our friends, either in holds equally of many Protestants as well as of clothes or special contributions, and will | Papists : something is being done to get rid forward their kind donations instantly of the monster evil of thinking by proxy. to Ireland, either to the places where Men will eventually begin to think that they we think distress most prevails and have understandings; and for the proper where they most need our help, or to able. May the Lord teach them speedily to
exercise of which, they will be held accountthe places specially mentioned by our feel that they have souls, and to seek their friends themselves. But as he gives eternal welfare. twice who gives quickly, will our readers allow us to beseech their prompt
We look upon the education of the and timely aid.
young as a great means of benefiting Mr. Eccles, in the midst of his many and permanently blessing Ireland. Å trials, has however cause for thankful gentleman who has recently returned ness in the success of his work. In from “a month's visit to Connaught," and another letter he says,
who had ample facilities for acquaintOur last Lord's day we had the pleasure ing himself with the state and prospects receiving into the fellowship of the church of religion there, writes :-“ To weaken a female, originally a Presbyterian, whom I the overgrown power of the priesthood had previously baptized, on a satisfactory in Ireland, God has been pleased to profession of faith in the Redeemer. Amid employ the famine ; making the people many difficulties, the cause keeps steadily to see that it is to Protestant feeling and advancing; the sub-stations are well attended; to Protestant benevolence they have to prejudices are daily giving way; and, as a
look in the day of distress. But another church, we are at peace among ourselves, and joy in God through our Lord Jesus agency, and one more abiding in its Christ.
results, is also at work. It seems feeble. It resembles the sand which God hath
placed for the bounds of the sea by a Mr. MʻKee, in a letter dated Easky, perpetual decree that it cannot pass it: Nov. 17th, says,
and though the waves thereof toss themIn a good many cases Romanists attend, selves, yet they cannot prevail ; though and generally hear with marked attention. The they war, yet can they not pass over it. Sabbath school has somewhat improved in Popery is lifting up its waves, and attendance; and the various daily schools in making a mighty noise in rolling its this district are going on as well as we could roaring surges to the shore, but God is expect. There is a great deal of apathy providing a generation of little children, manifested on religious 'subjects, even by which seemingly and separately insigmany who come out to hear : but we desire nificant, like the grains of sand on the to sow in hope: we rely on a promise-keeping God. I endeavour, wherever I go, to get sea shore, will yet present a barrier, hold of the young people. The members of against which Popery will spend its our little church being much scattered about, foam and its fury in fruitless rage. The few of them can send their children to the school is the missions' strength; the Sabbath school ; but I strive to teach them school is Ireland's hope.
The the most important things at their respective children soon learn that the word of homes. In this department of labour, I do God is supreme in all things relating to not, of course, confine myself to our own religion-above the authority of priest people ; but remembering that " as the twig and of church.” is bent, the tree's inclined."-I try to in
Mr. M‘DONNELL, referring to the struct the rising generation in the things connected with their soul's welfare. By this school, writes,means, and by small books which I give to I am happy to inform you that the school the most deserving, I have no doubt that is doing remarkably well during the last much good is done to the children them- months. There are between fifty and sixty selves, and indirectly through them to their children in attendance daily at my school. parents. By means of small periodicals and Our Sabbath-school is rapidly on the insome books of a religious character suited to crease. The parents of the children who the character and capacities of the people, I attend our prayer-meeting, feel highly satisam endeavouring to teach the people 10 fied at the answers made by the children think for themselves. This to some of our after a chapter is read. I have had many English friends might seem strange language ; opportunities of reading the Scriptures for but it is a melancholy fact, that very few of the my neighbours during the past month. The people here think at all : and this is especial- greater part of them being more desirous to
hear the word of life than at other times. his house. On entering he said, “ The last The only reason I could assign for the time you were here we quarrelled hard about change, was the fear of being called to eter- religion, but I have since studied your argunity all of a sudden on account of the pesti- ments and am compelled to consider you lence raging around. As soon as I observed right. You are now welcome to read to us, their stony hearts at all softened, I lost no and you and I shall quarrel no more. This time in directing them to the Lamb of God invitation, from the most obstinate and biwhich taketh away the sin of the world. goted Papist I ever met with, you may be
sure, was hailed with joy. I then read Mr. M'Kee writes thus about the the way of salvation with God through a
several passages of Scripture, pointing out schools in his neighbourhood :
crucified Saviour, to all present, for several I herewith enclose you the account of the of the neighbours had assembled during the quarterly inspection of schools in this dis- time.
Some of these parties have trict. The priests are giving all the oppo- since applied to me for bibles, declaring that sition they can to the schools, particularly they now intended to read and study for about Sligo and Boyle, which has caused the themselves, which leads me to hope that attendance somewhat to diminish. The cha- however feebly the seed may be sown, the racter of the schools, however, has improved. Lord will, in his own appointed time and The children are procuring more religious in- way, sanctify it to the praise and glory of his struction than they formerly obtained. This name. I take to be most important. I estimate the value of our schools in a great measure by ENEAS M'DONNELL says:this. There are enough of schools to give a literary education in this country, at least in Battle, this week, I found three other men
In visiting the house of a man named most places ; but what is wanted are schools in the house who did not belong to the that will combine religious with literary education. Our schools are doing something in family: I read the first chapter of Peter's this way. During the past fortnight I ex- Epistle to them, and I strore to show them amined all the schools in the district ; but the folly of paying for getting soul-masses the two in the neighbourhood of Boyle, which read for their deceased friends. One of the are so distant, that I cannot visit them every of Mayo, told me I was the first protestant
strangers, named S
-, from the county quarter. I am happy to state that great he ever heard refer to Peter's writings ; for, good is being done in them. More than one half of the children are of Roman Catholic said he, all protestants hate him because they parentage, and they are obtaining an amount prefer Paul who wished to be made a pope of religious instruction, which but for our
in Peter's stead, and who, therefore found schools we have reason to believe they would fault with every thing Peter did. I asked never have obtained. May the Divine bless him to point out to me from the bible where ing rest upon all efforts for the spiritual Peter was called pope. He attempted, but welfare of the rising generation. The num
most lamentably failed. ber of children at the seven schools under my supervision is 475.
JOHN JUDGE, in a letter dated Norem
ber 14th, amongst a number of interestJohn MONAGHAN writes,
ing facts extracted from his journal, says, You will be glad to hear that we are going Read and prayed in the house of Pat on well as usual. The people still gladly B-, who heard me with great attention. hear the Scriptures read and explained, and After much conversation he said that he had many of thein seem to appreciate the truths derived more knowledge of the Scriptures brought before them with satisfaction and from what I had read to him in the IRISH delight. We daily behold prejudice and language than he had ever received from the superstition gradually decline and give way to priest with his Latin masses. Said he, "I the spread of gospel light and knowledge. believe there can be no salvation by the A few days since, while passing through the priest- no salvation but by Christ, — the village of Emlingahton, I was invited by a Saviour of sinners." The man earnestly man of the name of H- to come into | invited me to call again.
Collections and Subscriptions in our next.
Subscriptions and Donations thankfully received by the Treasurer, JOSEPH TRITTox, Esq. Lombard Street ; and by the Secretary, Mr. W. P. WILLIAMS, at the Mission House, Moorgate Street; and by the pastors of the churches throughout the Kingdom.
COLLECTOR FOR LONDON, REV. C. WOOLLACOTT,
4, COMPTON STREET East, BRUNSWICK SQUARE.