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between the Abbé and Gibbon? But if he has studied the art of speechifying, he will have found that connection of subjects has nothing at all to do with it—he will have found that figures in rhetoric are of the same use as rhymes in poetry; which our sarcastic bard reduces to this simple rule:

"Rymes the rudders are of verses,

With which like ships they stear their courses."

Now, our orator having brought the Abbe and Gibbon into contact, immediately breaks out into the following most sublime elucidation. "Navigators tell us, that when huge blocks of ice smite each other in the polar seas, light is oftentimes seen to flash from them. The Abbé and the historian are evidently far enough north in their feelings towards the christianity of the New Testament to be not inaptly typified by these frozen masses." Here let us pause a little, and take a view of this flashing ice and northern feeling, for the next sentence will require all our breath to carry us through it. Thus then he continues, "Smite them together, and the light that falls on our subject from the collision enables us to perceive, that if christianity unpatronized, unbeneficed, unprotected, trampled on, beaten down by ten successive persecutions by Roman emperors, did gain a victory over polytheism in her highestelevation, when she could yoke to her car the patrician, the plebeian, and the slave, and the emperor himself was her pontiff —that same christianity in a new epiphany of her sublime and simple majesty, may gain a victory over other superstitions too, may emancipate other minds, may conduct other immortal spirits to the glorious vision of present truth, and the glorious expectation of future blessedness, may soothe by her consolations, and form by her virtues, the swarthy sons of Indostan, no less than those subjects of imperial Rome who comprehended all varieties of colour, language, vice, corruption, and prejudice." Really these colliding blocks of ice, though smitten by the magic wand of our orator, do not afford us sufficient light to understand this new epiphany of sublime majesty! One thing we can understand, which is, that the christianity which survived ten persecutions is not the same christianity, which he wishes to remove Hindoo superstitions. The former was Catho

lic, the latter is Protestant christianity. Are they the same? He thus proceeds: "We are not Apostles. No, undoubtedly not, but we have bibles." What an admirable factotum this bible is—it is the make-weight, which comes in on all occasions to serve all purposes, and supply for all things-even make these stupid fellows equal to apostles!! The last argument our orator brings is certainly impregnable, and sets all attack at defiance. It is expressed in these words. "A military officer had received directions to take a fortress in the East Indies. He was told that it was impregnable. Pooh! said he, that cannot be, for I have orders in my pocket to take it!!! This is such a death-blow to the Abbé's proofs of the impossibility of converting Hindoos, that I must leave him to sink under it. They have orders in their pocket to convert the Hindoos therefore they must be converted!!! This is Aristotle come to life again.

In conclusion, the chairman of the meeting, Sir G. H. Rose, gave another blow to the expiring Abbé in these terms: he could not help doubting whether the Abbe had ever read and believed the scriptures, otherwise he must have perceived that the whole world was destined to come under the spiritual dominion of Christ." We can tell this chairman, he has not read the Abbé's work, or he would have known that the Abbé has read the scriptures in question, and has not found that the whole world is to come under Christ's dominion. He expressly treats this question, and states that he has found that the gospel is to be preached to all nations, but he has not found that all nations shall adopt it. We cannot help noticing here, the fallacy by which these Bible-men apply the prophecies to themselves. The nations are to be converted -it must be then, by themselves -they are the men to do it-the thing is certain it must be done. What presumption! what folly! what impiety! what madness!

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The next annual report of the Bible Society, (which will be about Easter) will undoubtedly contain much more upon this subject. In the mean while, unless something much better comes than what has yet appeared, the Abbe may remain content that he will not be required to take up his pen in his own defence.

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To the Editor of the Catholic Miscellany.

SIR, Having for the last two years and upwards, subscribed to your valuable Miscellany, I have of course read the many arguments in favour of the Catholic religion, and none of them was unworthy the serious attention of our wandering and erring neighbours; yet, there is another argument, which, in my humcle opinion, is not inferior to many that have come within my knowledge, and that is, out of the many thousand converts to the above religion, since the pretended reformation, none, who were sincere in their motives, have ever returned, or even expressed a wish to return to their former creed. We defy our adversaries to produce one single instance of this kind, unless they make use of falsehoods, &c. their usual weapons against us; but will they have the courage to challenge us, to produce them any instance of a Protestant, in his last moments, wishing to die in communion with the Catholic church, or sending for a priest of that church to reconcile him to the same? No; for they are well aware of the consequences from such a challenge. On the other hand, we defy them to produce a single instance of a Catholic in his last moments expressing a desire to die in the communion of any protestant church whatever. This is another strong argument in favour of Catholicity, but to return to the converts. I am acquainted with some who have lived out of the church of Christ for fifty years, and who were, during those many years, continually hearing of the idolatry, superstition, blood thirsty deeds, &c. of their Catholic neighbours, and entirely owing to their religious principles !! Is it surprising, then, that such people should have lived in error so long? No, certainly not, and more particularly when we reflect, how many times the above calumnies have been dinged into their ears by such nice, yea, (to make use of their own expressions), such heavenly preachers, with whom God has blessed their jarring and contradictory sects. Those to whom I have above alluded, are now sincere members of our church, and do most sincerely lament the many years that they have been kept at a distance, by the devil and his infernal agents, from the only road to eternal happiness hereafter. How can protestants account for the change for the better, in almost all


converts to the Catholic church? Is this then the true mark of idolatry, superstition, &c. And will any person, endowed with common understanding, believe, that they would for so many years as converts must sometimes live, obstinately defend by their writings and by their edifying lives, those very principles, which, according to the generality of protestants, are nothing more or less than a complete mass of every thing that is wicked and infamous. How extraordinary it must appear to every enlightened mind free from prejudice, that the moment the Almighty points out his eternal church to a sincere seeker, at that very moment the cloud disperses, and it is in vain that the convert searches all the Catholic chapels, vestries, books, &c. for those ghosts, hobgoblin idolatry, superstition and the many other false accusations against the Catholic doctrine, &c. which had troubled his mind for many years before, for once a converted soul tastes the heavenly blessings attached and to be met with in the Church of Christ; she hourly laments the state of those who have, by their own faults, deprived themselves of the same blessings. As long, therefore, as Catholic converts, (and how consoling it is to reflect on the thousands that are embracing the Catholic Church, and more particularly of late) remain true to their charge, it will be a reproach to our adversaries, and will of itself, be sufficient to refute all the falsehoods they have propagated against us, both by their sermons and by their writings.

There never was a time in which it was more incumbent on protestants to look about them, than at the present; they are daily witnessing the wonders of heaven in behalf of the Catholic Church; it will be in vain for them to shut their eyes, for has not the Almighty himself condescended to decide the point between us? Has he not stamped our creed with the broad seal of heaven, by doing in these days, through the prayers of his holy and faithful servant, the Rev. Prince Hohenlohe, what he did to enlighten the Jews, &c. when he was with them on earth? That awful hour will sooner or later overtake the protestants of the present day, who have neglected the interposition of heaven in their favour, by, as it were, pointing to them with his finger the road which is to conduct them to everlasting bliss, and

which they obstinately refuse to walk in, under the pretence of seeing what is not to be seen, unless in the language and pens of wicked and interested men. Let any protestant ask a catholic convert the difference between his creed now and what he believed while he was a dissenter from that Church, and I very much doubt if a prejudiced protestant would ever ask the question a second time. May protestants in general, then, no longer depend on hear-say and on interested and prejudiced writers, but now at least examine for themselves; and may they no longer hold out against the mercy that is offered to them from Him, (by the means above alluded to) whose mercies, even to the enemies of his church, are more than sufficient to soften the hardest and most obstinate heart. Your giving this Letter a place in your next Miscellany, will very much oblige, Sir, A CONSTANT SUBSCRIBBR. February 9th, 1824.

Remarks on the Miracles attributed to Prince de Hohenlohe.

Mr. Editor,-Almost every press, from the one which has stamped the paltry placards exhibited in the streets of some of our provincial towns, to that which has produced the erudite pages of the last Quarterly Review, teems with abuse against the inoffensive Prince de Hohenlohe. Why he should be thus held up as the butt of ridicule and calumny-he whose actions are totally dedicated to the relief of his afflicted fellow-creatures— whose inoffensive and edifying life ought to secure to him the esteem of mankind, would certainly excite our astonishment did we not know how much through the perverseness of man virtue has at all times been insulted. The chief cause, however, of this obloquy, appears to be the astonishing cures which by his intercession, have lately taken place in so many countries in Europe, and which seem to continue the succession of miracles, that, from age to age have confirmed the doctrines of the Catholic Church. Hence the atheist and the deist who dread the existence of a Deity that interests himself in the affairs of mortals; hence our brethren of other religious per

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