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esteemed it the more dignified and more characteristic conduct of the inferior clergy to imitate their superiors, who carefully kept themselves away from the violence and ebullition of popular meetings, though they did not hesitate to declare their sentiments. We may have been wrong in the view we took of the existing circumstances, but we have seen no reason to distrust our judgment on the subject, and we confess that we own the influence of the same opinions. We ventured too, on another occasion, to speak our sentiments on the subject that divides the religious world, and to exhort our friends to sobriety of view, and restraint of imagination, in their energies into unfulfilled prophecy, warning them by the evils apparent from the unlicensed indulgence of speculation in the advocates of those views. We are aware, that on both occasions, we have had the misfortune of displeasing many, whom individually we respect most highly, but as it was our wish not to exert our editorial privileges in a magisterial manner, as we submitted our views but as advice and not precept, and as in so doing, we trust that we were influenced but by a regard to the interests of religion; we were certainly not a little surprised to find that our candour had provoked hostility, and that in theological as well as in temporal matters, the peace-maker seldom escapes the censure of both parties. We might have expected that the very frame of mind which led our friends to form opinions for themselves, would have induced them to extend the same privilege to others, and we must protest equally as Christians and citizens against the more than Papal intolerance that would restrain the right of private judgment in the very persons whose peculiar duty it is to examine into the merits of the question, would forget that our pages are open to the advocates of both sides of the question, and merge the recollection of what had been previously effectual, in the exasperation arising from a difference of opinion. But we have done with this subject; if the Church of Ireland do not require, or will not support such a miscellany as ours, or if we can be convicted of sacrificing her interests and those of religion, for temporary or local objects, the sooner the CHRISTIAN EXAMINER ceases to exist the better, but until then we rely upon the good sense and piety of our friends, and trust our cause to the community.

We have now to return our thanks to those friends who have

supported us, and more especially to those who have honoured our pages with their communications. We hope by an assiduous attention to the principles, on which alone we depend for support, to claim a still further continuance of it, and it is on such terms alone we would claim it; but we must be allowed to say, that while we rank among our correspondents many of the most respectable names in England and Ireland, we regret to say that the contributions from the Evangelical clergy of the latter country, are not at all in proportion to their number and ability, to support the only periodical connected with the Establishment. We are allowed by our publisher to say that arrangements have been made, by which a greater quantity of matter, amounting to eight entire pages, will be added to each Number, and we have also to say, that we have secured the co-operation of contributors, by which our Magazine will receive a material addition to the variety of its articles.

In conclusion, we rejoice sincerely to see, that notwithstanding the gloomy state of Ireland, there is proof that she is in the ascendant. When we commenced our labours, Dublin had, in addition to the diurnal press, we believe, one Magazine, and Cork, at intervals far between, another; at present, literary periodicals are promised in several parts of the country, a religious newspaper is being published in Dublin, two Literary Gazettes are preparing to be issued, and another Religious and Literary Magazine has been announced. We are glad to see such symptoms; they evince animation, an exercise of intellect, and a call for mental food; and we say for ourselves and our friends, (for we will not call them rivals) that we feel the more readers Ireland possesses, the more we shall be read. That the Giver of all good may bless every exertion of his creatures to the extension of his glory, the elevation of his Church, and the prosperity of our country, is the unfeigned prayer of the conductors of the CHRISTIAN EXAMINER.

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