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he would reduce their wishes and the infection of crime. The exceldemands to one salutary point. lence of the Bible, as a book of eduGive the children of Ireland the cation, lies not, however, in the fact Bible as free as Luther read it, and that it was a true picture of human as God revealed it. This was their life; but it lies in this, that it was a sole want. That this was a scrip- true picture of human life in all its tural principle would appear from realities of good and of evil, inthe command of God, in Deutero- separably connected with the blessnomy, to teach the books of Moses ing or the punishment of heaven. to children; from the question and The primal sin, the universal dissoanswer of David,“ Wherewith shall lution of morals in the days of Noah, a young man cleanse his way?-By the sinks of iniquity in the cities of taking heed thereto according to the plain, the dreadful criminality thy word;" from the unlimited com- of David, at which the recording mand of our Saviour,“ Search the spirit of God is ever pointing its un' scriptures;” and from the biogra- erring finger of condemnation-what

phy of Timothy, in which, however were all these but so many records brief, Paul relates bow

of the criminal court of heaven inchild he had known the scriptures.” troductory to the tremendous senThe Protestants of Ireland are ready tences of a just and an almighty to sacrifice to the good of their Judge? Or when any case of deep country, and to the demands of the crime occurred where this terrible spirit of the age, any of the aids of judgment was suspended or education that are of mere human versed, what was it but a record of origin. However venerable, and that successful appeal which faith however valuable, they have already and repentance make to grace and surrendered them freely. But the mercy, as they reign in that bosom Bible is not their own manufacture; which “ desireth not the death of and if the spirit of the age demand a sinner?And if there were those that, the spirit of faith cannot yield who were still angry with God, beit. The Bible is given of God for a cause he could pardon, let them light, and no man can pretend a cease their anger until they had right to remove it unless he produce found that they themselves had no a better; and he that pretends to sins to be forgiven. As well might improve the Bible as a book of edu- the student of the healing art excation, must first trim the sun of press disgust against the faithfulheaven to make it shine brighter and ness of the book-case, recording the warmer. He knew, indeed, there frightful forms of disease and the were not a few-even some Pro- various results of treatinent, as sintestants, he was sorry to say, who ful man, at once both patient and thought the whole Bible not fit for student, might find fault with the juvenile instruction. The Bible, Bible for describing at once the unisay these morbid sentimentalists versal bane of sin, and the only the whole Bible, has too many re- remedy in the blood of the Saviour cords of sin to be fit for the eye of and the spirit of holiness. The the young. Yes, and he might re- Bible was the only book that always ply, the world, under the providence set God in his being, providence, of God, has so many crimes passing judgment, and justice before the eye in it, we must not let our children of forgetful humanity, the only hisknow anything about it. So coop torical book in the world that ever them up as in the Tower, where the gave or could give any true account bristling cannon and the wakeful of sin. Every man had some fasentinel forbid all access; and at vourite sin whose deformities he the mature age of twenty-one, bring attempted to hide, and whose selfthem out into the activities of a life created beauties he laboured to of which they are profoundly igno- celebrate ; and nothing hindred any rant. Do so, ye sage experimenters man from idolising this darling sin on human perfectibility, and the but the Spirit of God, by which it first lying temptation that assails was mortified. Whenever, therefore, your pupils with its blandishments, humanity uninspired became its own and its promises, will demonstrate historian, it falsified from the imthat the simplicity of artificial igno- pulse of its predilections, and prerance is a miserable defence against sented a picture either of imagina

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tion or reality calculated to mislead if you would just be so kind as to or to pollute. It was needful, there- look out the bad spots, and put down fore, that the very Holy Spirit him- a dog's ear, and make a mark with self should be the historian of sin, your thumb nail, I would promise that man might see the goodness of to your reverence never to read one God without distortion, and sin and of these bad places as long as I live.' judgment without disguise. But His reverence did not attempt the would the Bible be read in Ireland ? discovery of the bad spots, and still Had it not been denounced in its Betty remained, as he believed, a use as a school book, as contrary successful teacher of the Word she to all that was holy and exalted' so ingeniously defended. To a pubin the church of Rome? It had lic charge, levelled, he presumed been so denounced, and he verily principally, but at all events, inclubelieved a greater truth never was sively, against the scriptural schools uttered. It was not only contrary of Ireland, he should here advert. to, but utterly destructive of all He had read lately the report of a that is “holy,” when holiness means speech delivered at the Mechanics' self-righteousness. It was utterly Institute in Liverpool, and he becontrary to all that was called "ex- lieved, during the sittings of the alted," when it seats itself in the British Association, in which, atemple of God, and “ above all that mongst many other most objectionis called God.” Still the Bible sur- able statements, the scriptural vives in Ireland these blasphemous schools were accused of communi, denunciations, of which I will cating little or no intellectual knowgive a modern instance :- Mick,' ledge of what their children read. said one of the Romish priesthood, The exact words he could not re• I hear you have got a Bible.' member; but to the meaning and • Yes, your reverence, and it is fine effect he pledged bimself. And the reading. “Ab! but Mick, you're charge insinuated amounts to this, an ignorant man, and it will do you that in the scriptural schools they a power of barm.' How can that teach the children no better than be, your reverence, seeing it is the starlings or parrots, and have their word of God?' • But how do you intellects totally unexercised and know, you ignoramus, that it is the unilluminated. Now, to put this word of God?' • True for you, your matter to the test, and to teach phireverence, I am indeed an ignorant losophers and M.P.'s to think twice man, and cannot prove, beyond what before they speak once, he did there it says, that it is the word of God; make his appeal to the public newsbut here's the book, and may be papers, to convey to the learned and your reverence would just prove honourable gentleman the following that it is not the word of God.' His challenge. Let him choose any reverence declined the task. Mick book of scripture; let him study triumphed in the honest simplicity it till the end of the session of parof the appeal, manfully retained, liament, and reveal it or keep it and still openly read bis Bible. secret, as he pleased ; let him then Another instance of successful in- return by Belfast, and the day after genuity in argument, and of genuine bis arrival he should be met by the aitachment to the Bible, has lately scholars of one or more Sunday been related to me by a brother schools, each under fourteen minister in Ulster. A female em- fifteen years of age ; examiners ployed in teaching to read the Irish should be indifferently chosen; the Scriptures was assailed by the parish examination should not be doctripriest, who finding the attempt un- nal, if the hon, and learned gentlesuccessful, applied for the aid of the man chose to avoid it, but purely bishop. When all arguments of historical and philological, with flattery and threatening had ceased, proofs and parallel passages-in as a last effort, it was admitted there other words, intellectual ; and upon was a great deal of good in the Bible, the comparative result of that exbut also a great deal of what was amination, he (Dr. C.) would fearbad. The charge Betty admitted lessly peril the claim of Ireland to with all possible humility; and a free and unnutilated Bible educataking out her Testament from her tion. This challenge he gave, not pocket-'Here it is,' said she, and in the spirit of a vain braggadocio

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who dreaded its acceptance, but in and the pation should cry · Hear!' a spirit, whose earnest wish was its And whilst they laughed at the abacceptance, and whose object was surdity of the western Solomons, to remind philosophers, when they they must mourn over the tyranny speak of Bible education, that they that charges truth as a crime, and should take care that they knew that unmanly pliancy of the secular what the Bible was. He should arm that still carries into execution conclude with reminding the meet- the anathemas of a gbostly dominaing that, in Ireland, the scripture tion. As illustrative of the nature schools had more than one antagon- of the intimidation employed against ist to all their educational efforts. the sore disease of a diffusive ProHe should confine himself, however, testantism he might be permitted to to one; but to which he begged to state three prescriptions of a learned call the special attention of the and reverend Irish physician—the meeting. It was a power to wbich same that obtained the decree of Protestants possessed no counter- assault a scripture quotation. To poise. They could not obtain it if give due solemnity to the recipe it they would, and they would not was proclaimed, he believed, from employ it if they could. He meant the steps of the altar. Prescription the fearful and anti-christian power the first, ' If any of these Bible men of personal intimidation. How come near your houses, hunt the often had scriptural schools been dogs on him.' They might laugh; but emptied by the delicate persuasion he that had scraped acquaintance of the priest's horsewhip? He be- with a hungry and hunted Irish dog lieved it was seldom any laughing might have little fun and less profit. matter to the little shoulders to Prescription the second, if the first which it was tenderly applied. But sample fail, 'If the Bible men come this was not the worst form of in- near you, sink them in the bog-holes.' timidation. Children might be Yes, an Irish road being often flogged from school; but the life of through a bog, is often conveniently the adult convert was often the for- margined with a continuous pool of feit of his profession. Amongst the dark water a few feet deep, with a very last persons with whom he corresponding quantity of delicate parted was a convert from Roman- soft mud at the bottoni. A gentle ism, persecuted out of the extreme movement of the shoulder would south of the kingdom, and escaping soon plunge a man in, and if a man for his life to the denser Protestant- had a reasonable alacrity in sinking ism of the north ; and much he re- he might never see the surface. gretted that time and tide, that un. But should he swim out-then for accommodating couple that wait for prescription the third. Here just no man, compelled him to leave the a physician, baffled by the stranger unprovided with acquaint- strength of the disease, concentrates ance or employment.

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all his skill, calls in consultation example of the power and nature of aid, and risks at last a remedy intimidation he would conclude. which is said to be kill or cureA reverend pastor in the arch-dio- just so our Rev. Esculapius, twice cese of him that rejoices in the name foiled, returns to the charge, hunt of John Tuan,' thought fit to assist the dogs,' 'plunge in the bogholes, a worthy man who was guilty of but if that won't do, stab them reading the scriptures to some mem- with pitchforks. When such a sysbers of his flock; but to the ghostly tem of intimidation reigned, and interdict compliance was refused. reigned almost without control, to An argument ensued, when the what power was the Irish peasant scripturist, in his defence, drew to look for deliverance? There were from his pocket-not a pocket pis- evils, some below and some above, tol to fire a bullet of lead, but a legislation. But they were evils pocket Bible, from which he dis- not above the power of light to excharged a text; for this temerity pose, of truth to record, of justice was he summoned before a sage and to condemn, or of mercy to pity. solemn bench of magistrates, and Since the edicts of Pharaoh against for no crime but what he had spe- the children of Israel; since the cified found guilty of an assault. interdict of Nebuchadnezzar against They might, indeed, cry Hear!' prayer to Almighty God; since the

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proclamation of Darius against all nant of wrath ; there was the remedy who would not worship the image of religious education in the perfect at Dura, no record of spiritual and word of God, which converts the murderous tyranny had been more soul; and there was the final reawful than that triple denunciation medy of that promised Spirit which ending in the stabbing of its inno- ever accompanies the prayers of his cent victim. And was there no people, whereby the lamb should be remedy? Yes, there was the remedy made to lie down with the lion, and of exposure, that men may be peace be proclaimed on earth and ashamed ; there was the remedy of good will to man. patience till God overrules this rem

Register of Events. The public in general are at present deeply interested in the preparations for the Coronation of her Majesty, which is to take place on Thursday June 28. God grant that her reign may be long and prosperous, that she may herself partake of divine grace, and be an instrument of patronizing and promoting true religion in every part of that extensive empire over which she is called to preside.

We are happy to observe that Lord Melbourne, in answer to the inquiries of the Bishop of London, has intimated that it is the intention of Government to enforce the resolution of the Court of East Indian Proprietors by which the East Indian civil and military officers are exempted from honouring and patronizing idolatrous and Mahomedan practices. It is quite time that some general measure was adopted by which British subjects should no longer be compelled to pay respect to dead men's bones, Popish ceremonies, licentious idolatries, or Mahomedan superstition ; and if Christian people exert themselves properly by petitions to the Throne and both Houses of Parliament, such a measure must ere long be conceded.

Great hopes have been entertained that some understanding might take place between the administration and their opponents, which might bring the leading Irish legislative measures to a satisfactory conclusion. It was proposed that the qualification for municipal votes in Ireland should be as in England and Scotland, the residing in a house valued at £10. per ann. Sir R. Peel insisted that the house should be rated at £10. when the ministry flew off from their own proposition, and contended for the mere nominal value of £10. This would of course open the door to endless frauds, and enable the Popish party to obtain what they are seeking for, the ascendancy in every Irish corporation. It is melancholy to observe that while every fresh concession only increases the disorders of Ireland, a large class of politicians determinately close their eyes to the inevitable consequences, and are continually conceding more and more.

A melancholy result of misjudged lenity has recently occurred in the case of a maniac discharged by government from a madhouse, of the name of Thom, but who assuming the name of Sir William Courtenay, persuaded some poor people in the neighbourhood of Canterbury, that he was the Messiah, and led some sixty or seventy persons forth for bis own mischievous purposes.

On the constables being sent to arrest him, be shot one dead on the spot; and when a party of Military were called out, he shot Lieutenant Bennett, the leading officer, who died instantly. The Military of course fired, and the poor wretch himself, with seven or eight of his misguided people were killed. The whole scene affords a melancholy instance of the credulity, superstition, and ignorance still prevailing in some parts of the country. It appears on inquiry, that several other persons who have been acquitted of murder on the ground of insanity, and consequently sentenced to be confined for life, have been set at liberty, and particularly the poor wretch who put to death eight of his ship's crew, and was afterwards tried and imprisoned in Cork.

Popery has lately exhibited its true character in Austria. The government having required six hundred Tyrolese Protestants to turn Papists, or quit their country, the brave and loyal men preferred their religion to their country ; and have retired to Prussia, where the King has cheerfully provided them an asylum.

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Church of England Magazine.

AUGUST 1838.

MEMOIR OF JOHN, LORD HARRINGTON.

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There is something delightful, peerage in 1603. His mother was when we see both extremes in life Anne, daughter of Robert Kelway, brought under the power of the gos- Esq. of Combe Abbey, and the pel, the poor exalted by it as heiress of that family. To this Christ's freemen, and the noble sub. lady was entrusted the education mitting themselves to it as his ser

of the Princess Elizabeth, daughvants. On the one hand, those who ter of James I. well known in have nothing in this life, are made history as the Queen of Bohemia. through contentment, as if they

Their eldest son, Kelway Harringpossessed all things; while, on the ton, died young; and the expecother, those who possess all that tations which their surviving son this world can offer, become con- (the subject of this memoir) aftent, for their Master's sake, to be forded them, were also destined as if they had nothing of their to be entombed in an early grave,

but not till he had shone as a light The subject of the following in the world. memoir is a conspicuous instance Lord and Lady Harrington were of humility in a high station ; for persons eminent for prudence and as Fuller sententiously observes, piety, and carefully brought up • he did not think himself privi- their son, not only in the accomleged from being good, by being plishments of the age, but also in great.' And his biographer, religious instruction.* Samuel Clark, has given him a sessed great natural abilities, imstill stronger testimony, remark- proved by industry and docility, ing, that he was not so eminent so that in a short time he was able in place as he was in grace; his to read Greek authors. without gifts and graces, and powers of re- assistance, to converse in Latin, ligion, were exceeding rare.' and to write it in purity. His

John, Lord Harrington, Baron acquaintance with modern lanof Exton, was born at Combe

guages was as great ; for he could Abbey in Warwickshire, about readily discourse with foreigners, the year 1591.* His father, Sir in French and Italian, and was John Harrington, was raised to the able to read Spanish. In mathe

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* He was related, through his grandmother, to the celebrated Sir Philip Sidney, whom he resembled not only in abilities, but also in an early death, while he gave far more satisfactory evidences

* Clarke adds, and this honourable Lord, as a thankful man for their care, and honour received from them, returned honour to them again, and with that advantage, being no less honourable to them, than they were to him.' 2 O

of grace,

AUGUST, 1838.

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