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disposition, and comply with the condi. isting Scriptural Schools, take the tions required.' These conditions are
following statement. thus explained, 'It is enjoined to visit a church, and pray according to the pious I have just been feasting on that most intentions of the sovereign pontiff.' cheering of all spectacles, a scriptural Now, not to mention the importance school. The history of this may furnish of communicating such knowledge to a specimen of what might be done, if the Protestant children ; what think you Protestants would act up to their obliga. of a plan that supplies the monks and nuns tions, in regard to the children of their with means to diffuse it among the little poor neighbours. Some years ago, the ones of their own flock ?
boy's school here was built and establish. Can we wonder that the Irish
ed on Erasmus Smith's foundation; and
Mr. E. anxious to extend the blessing, at Protestant ministers of all denomi
his own private cost added to the buildnations set themselves decidedly ing one for girls. The support that he against such a system as this? Is might naturally have looked for in such it not their duty by every means
an undertaking, was not given; and with
the exception of eight pounds a year in their power, to resist such subtle
afforded for the mistress's salary by the and dangerous devices against the London Ladies' Hibernian School Society, souls of their poor innocents ? and a small allowance paid by the Dublin Some clergy in the county of
Foundling Hospital, for each foundling Down have endeavoured to obtain
admitted, the whole burden of expence
falls on the clergyman, who has not for certain modifications of the national
years received a shilling of tithe from scheme; and our friend, Arch- those whom he is thus benefiting. The deacon Hvare of Limerick, has trifle granted to the mistress, of course, intimated the propriety of the pa
will scarcely find her in clothing, and she
is maintained at the glebe. A very large rochial clergy endeavouring to
proportion of the children in both schools moderate and regulate a system are Romanists. They have frequently whose introduction they cannot been forbidden to attend, and for a time prevent. We are however com
prevented; but so fully alive are the poor
of this country to the value of education, pelled to join with CHARLOTTE
that in every case they have returned to ELIZABETH in protesting against their teachers. Opposition in some form any participation in this
un- is invariably offered to the good work : holy alliance, and in calling upon
but its adversaries cannot prevail. He
who when on earth said, “Suffer little British christians to step forwards
children to come unto me, and forbid with increasing liberality in sup- them not,” has power to enforce his own port of those institutions, whose command. If we be willing, he will open object is to promote Scriptural
a door for us which no man can shut. education. It is at this moment
But what a humbling spectacle is this
to us! We are living at ease, and enjoyin the power of British Protes
ing a thousand superfluities, while the tants, to make known the word
public purse amply provides for general of life in every part of Ireland. education, and wealthy societies unite in No new institutions are necessary;
supplying spiritual aid. Here is a clergy
man, the incumbent of a large parish, deall that is requisite is the supply frauded by an unprincipled conspiracy of of additional funds to the valuable the income assigned to him by the laws institutions already in existence. of the land; himself the father of a nuThe London Hibernian Society,
merous family, thrown entirely on his
private resources for their support and the Lady's Hibernian Society, the
education; and maintaining that ungrudz. Sunday School Society for Ireland,
ing hospitality which Scripture and his the Irish Society, and the Scrip- own benevolent mind alike direct him to ture Reader's Society, have all use: yet voluntarily adding to all other abundant opportunities of useful
burdens the heavy expences of a school,
established almost exclusively for the ness, but are all checked in their
advantage of children whose parents are operations for want of funds. This taught to regard him with animosity, to is at present the only serious im- harass, annoy, and if they may, to injure pediment to the cause of Scriptural
him. Such an instance of patient con
tinuance in well doing, in returning good Institutions in Ireland.
for evil, and blessing, yea multiplying Of the beneficial results of ex
blessings where the curse causeless"
perpetually assails him, speaks eloquently. your very work-houses will become barWould that it might speak effectively, racks for a rebel army, and all the money and bring forward some who could not saved, all the energies redeemed from the only commend his work but substantially debasing habits of intoxication, will be aid in it. Eight pounds a year towards devoted to the manufacture and the apsuch an outlay, in such a place, and for plication of pikes. As to the political such a purpose, is all that England can remedy-the Justice-to-Ireland municipal give, and that too by the hand of private plan-it may very well be adopted if the beneficence. If Mr. E. would apply to the resolution is come to of colonizing some Board, admit the priest, banish the Bible, distant settlement with the exiled Prolay the ' Extracts' on a shelf, and put testants of Ireland ; and making over the into the children's hands the legends, the other portion of her inhabitants to the catechisms, the inflammatory denuncia- powers of darkness for ever. tions of Rome, he might command any measure of government patronage : but Our author has inserted some no, Mr. E. is a Protestant clergyman, he very judicious remarks on desires to feed the poor lambs of his flock
Inglis and Mr. Noel's Tours in Irewith the sincere milk of the word; and so he may, provided he does it at his own
land, for which however we must cost, and that of his own family.
refer to her volume. We are also The spectacle of the poor children compelled to pass over the aniassembled in their respective rooms, mated and interesting statements and diligently engaged in learning from
of the moral reformation produced anxious teachers, was indeed most intcresting. The situation of the school- by the divine blessing on the pious house is quite a contrast to the flaunting and liberal exertions of Lords Farnpublicity of those under the ' Board.' The
ham, Roden, Mandeville, and other latter are sure to stare you in the face by the road side, in naked newness of
patriotic Irish noblemen, and large stone and mortar. This is shaded by
proprietors. These are indeed Iretrees, which also overshadow the approach
land's best friends ; would that to the church, the hallowed fold of a small their number were exceedingly inand scattered flock, standing in the rustic
creased. They may be taunted and grave-yard, with a fringe of trees, and an occasional yew or hawthorn marking
insulted with vague and groundsome endeared ręsting-place of mortality. less charges. The enemies of reRoses and other sweet climbers embower ligion and of peace may lay to the modest school-house ; and for a back
their charge things which they ground the noble mountains rise in dark magnificence. A little garden parts it
know not; and the wretched defrom the narrow, rugged road, which pendents of an Irish agitator may separates both it and the church from at his bidding erase the names of the glebe. There is somethiug very touch- those noble patriots from the roll ing in the retired loneliness of the place; of honourable and trustworthy emsurrounded, as it is well known to be, by a most formidable hostile neighbourhood;
ployment; but their record is on banded against tithes, and tainted by an high, and thousands yet unborn hereditary enmity that only the healing shall bless the names of Lorton, stream of gospel love can ever wash away.
Roden, Farnham, Powerscourt, Oh, what a field is this fair, ruined land ! White to the harvest, but where are the
Mandeville, and others, who inlabourers to gather it in ?
stead of expending their almost mocked, befooled by projects of ameliora- princely revenues in inglorious setion; one man proposing to regenerate
curity and fashionable amusements, Ireland by building work-houses--another by establishing temperance societiesma
peril their lives by sojourning third by giving up all political and local
within the assassin's range, and authority to the demagogues who clamour employ their time, their talents, for it—and carrying on the spiritual work and their property in promoting without visible means. All are alike
the real interests of those who are futile. The first indispensable step is, indeed, to relieve the wretched poor from compelled by the priestly mandate their intolerable destitution; therefore to withhold every customary token build workhouses. The evils of wide.
of civility and respect. spread intemperance must be checked ;
Charlotte Elizabeth is peculiarly therefore declare war against the whiskeyshops; but unless you unloose the fetters zealous in advocating the instrucof bigotry by means of religious instruction, tion of the native Irish by means
of their own language. She forms to establish a regular service in the indeed a more correct estimate of vernacular Irish has failed. Mr. the number of the Irish speaking Beamish, Mr. Gregg, and sundry people than is common, observing others, have tried at West Street that they amount to about two in London, and in other places. millions, of whom one fourth, or Large and overflowing congregafive hundred thousand speak ex- tions have been collected in the clusively Irish, and the remaining first instance, but they have infifteen hundred thousand speak variably wasted away, and in English as well as Irish. In her
consequence, Mr. Beamish and Mr. zeal, however, for the Irish speak- Gregg, instead of spending their ing population, she seems almost strength on few vernacular to lose sight of the immense ma- speaking Irisb, have deemed themjority who are accustomed to the selves justified in employing their English tongue; and while speaking time and talents in the larger and of the Irish classes, Irish preachers, more encouraging field which has and Irish Scripture readers, passes opened before them in the highest by in silence the immense exer- circles of London and of Dublin. tions which have been made and On this point, however, we will are making on behalf of the Eng- not enlarge. We most cordially lish speaking population. If Ire. wish that every inhabitant of Ireland contains seven or eight mil- land should hear the word of lions, whilst those who exclusively God in that language wbich he speak Irish are not more than half best understands, be it Irish or a million, an enlightened benevo- English. At the
time, lence, while it prohibits us from it is unquestionable, that in very neglecting the smaller number, will
many cases where English and stimulate us to proportionate exer- Irish bibles are gratuitously offered tions on behalf of the vast majority. to the Irish speaking population,
At Bethesda, on Sunday morning, we they have preferred the gift of the had a valuable discourse from the Rev.
English. Nor is this choice to be John Gregg ; in return for which, I most
Valuable as the ungratefully gave him a scolding in the vestry. I never before saw him exercis
Irish version is, it is not generally ing his gifts any where but among the intelligible; the different provinces native Irish, hundreds of whom I have
of Ireland speak different Irish assisted to collect about him in the
dialects, and the dialect of the Irish suburbs of London, to hear the 'story o' paace' in their own tongue. It made me
Bible differs more or less from jealous on behalf of the perishing Irish, them all. By reading the English that one so surpassingly eloquent in that Bible, the poor Irishman hopes to language should even for a day wrap his talent in a napkin, and preach to an Eng
improve his knowledge of the English-speaking congregation. I told him
lish language, and he well knows so; and obtained the only redress I could that acquaintance with the Engget, a promise that in his circuits on the lish language is indispensable to home mission, he would always select the
his present interests. most Irish district, and devote himself as much as possible to the native race.
We take our leave, however, of
I cannot bear to see any servant of God,
Charlotte Elizabeth, with many possessed of that incalculably precious acknowledgments for the pleasure gift
the power of addressing these lost she has afforded us; with the arsheep of an ancient fold, and calling them to return to the good Shepherd-employed in
dent hope that her work may meet any other work; and little as the con
with extensive circulation, and gregation of Bethesda might thank me, I that many may be raised up to would silence for ever, if I could, their co-operate with her in communi. dear pastor's English tongue, and lay him under a bond to speak Irish only to the
cating scriptural education, whether end of his days.
in English or Irish, we care not, Now the fact is, that every at- to the perishing multitude of our tempt which has yet been made fellow subjects in Ireland.
DR. HOOK'S SERMON BEFORE THE QUEEN.
A CONSIDERABLE sensation has been ment patriotic, praiseworthy, and recently excited by a Sermon of Dr. honourable. But here is always a Hook's, which was preached before still further question to be askedher Majesty at the Chapel Royal, namely, whether the society of and said to have been followed by Christians established by the goan intimation that Dr. H. would no veroment, and invested with certain longer be called upon to preach in emoluments and privileges, be a pure turn, as one of the Royal Chaplains. branch of that church which was The Doctor has however issued a instituted by our blessed Lord and letter, in which he states that he has bis apostles ; and if it be not such, no reason to suppose that his dis- however willing we might be to precourse is in any way displeasing serve the peace of society, by refuto her Majesty; he has however sing to injure a national institution,
fit to publish his discourse we should, nevertheless, be amply in a cheap form, which has, in con- justified as religionists, in refusing sequence of the above-named re- to conform to it. If the mere fact ports, met with a very extensive thata religious society is established circulation, and given rise to very by the civil government be sufficient contradictory remarks and feelings. to claim for it our adhesion, see
The discourse does not appear in what the consequences must be: we itself deserving of any particular should be obliged, on such princiattention. The text is “ Hear the ples, to become Presbyterians in Church.” Matt. xviii. 17, and the Scotland and Holland, Papists in Sermon is a kind of eulogy on our France and Italy-nay, in some Church, on grounds which, while at parts of the world, worshippers of first apparently assailing the Pa- the Mosque, and votaries of Brahma, pists, go very far eventually to estab- whereas the consistent Protestant lish the foundation on which Popery could not, of course, conform to the rests.
established church in France or The doctor begins his discourse by Italy, until those churches have unreferring to the respect with which dergone a thorough reformation, the royal chapel must be regarded as The consistent English churchman the place where, from time immemo- cannot conform to the Presbyterian rial, our Sovereigns have worship- establishment in Scotland, but in ped, and our Bishops preached, and that part of the island attends the where the sound of our English services of the Scottish Episcopal Liturgy was first heard ; and be church, which, though at one time thence infers the propriety of laying established, was at the revolution in before his audience the claims, the 1688, from political considerations, character, and the privileges of the deprived of its endowments, which church. And these not with refe- were then given to the community rence to its political, but its religious of Presbyterians, which has there character.
become the established religion.' • No one who reads the Bible can Now we must say this is very for one moment doubt that religion much like denying the Church of is, or ought to be, a national con- Scotland to be a church. Every hycern, so long as the Bible contains pothesis which places conformity to such awful denunciations against the Church of Scotland on the same national apostacy and national vice, ground with the worshipping at the and while among the predicted bles- Mosque, and the idolatrous rites of sings of Christianity, it was foretold Bramah, is in its own nature invias one,
“ that kings should be the dious, though there may be a loopnursing fathers, and queens the nur- hole for escape. “ The visible Church sing mothers of the church.” And of Christ is a congregation of faithto desire to belong to that religious ful men, in which the pure word of society which happens to be estab- God is preached, and the sacraments lished in our native land, is a senti- be duly ministered according to OCTOBER 1838.
Christ's ordinance in all those things
United States of America were Enthat of necessity are requisite to the glish colonies, the English church same;" and it is quite clear that the was there established : at the revoChurch of Scotland answers to this lution the state was destroyed. Mondescription. The only point on archy has there ceased to exist; but which an objection can be taken is, the church, though depressed for a that the Ministers of the Scotch time, remains uninjured: so that Church are not episcopally or- there-among the American repubdained; but before this objection licans-under the superintendence can apply, it will be necessary to
of no fewer than sixteen bishops, prove that episcopal ordination is you will find her sacraments and of necessity requisite to the due ad- ordinances administered, and all her ministration of the Sacraments, ritual and liturgical services adminwhich we apprehend can scarcely
istered, with not less of piety, zeal, onscriptural grounds be established. and solemnity than herein England; It should be remembered that the there you may see the church, like Scotch clergy can trace their ordi- an oasis in the desert, blessed by nation up to apostolical times, as the dews of heaven, and shedding clearly as the clergy of the English heavenly blessings around her, in a church.
land where, because no religion is The following however is the established, if it were not for her, passage which is said to have been nothing but the extremes of infithe most offensive, though it does delity or fanaticism would prevail.' not appear to us the most objec- Now it is by no means a necestionable.
sary consequence, that if the con• Bless God, then, we may,
that nexion between the church and the true church is established here state were severed, the monarchy in England, and that while as pat
would be overturned. It does not riots we would support its establish- follow, that because in the Great ment for our country's good, we can Rebellion, the cry of No Bishop was also, as Christians, conscientiously connected with No King, that this
orm to it; yet it is not on the must always be the case. At the ground that it is established by the same time, if the connexion between state, but on grounds much higher the Church and State were termi--and holier than these, that in this nated, it is obvious that great ensacred place we are to state its couragement would be given to the claims. So entirely independent is lawless and disobedient, and that the church (as the church) of the the cause of true liberty and good state, that were all connexion be- government would exceedingly suftween church and state at this very fer. Nor is it true that the Amerimoment to cease, (though we may can Church has remained uninjured be sure the monarchy would be de- by its separation from the state; on stroyed,) the church, as the church, the contrary, though reviving, it is would continue precisely as she now very far from that condition in is; that is to say,
our bishops, which we trust it may eventually though deprived of temporal rank, appear. The American bishops perwould still exercise all those spiri- form, it is true, all the essential tual functions, which, conferred by . offices of episcopacy, but their posihigher than human authority, no tion is one of considerable delicacy human authority can take away; and difficulty, and which indeed still to the vacant sees they would must ever be the case, while solely consecrate new bishops, still ordain dependent on voluntary obedience the clergy, still confirm the baptized, and support. still govern the church ; our priests, Dr. H. next proceeds to answer assisted by the deacons, would still the Romish objection, that the administer the sacraments, and Church of England was founded by preach the Gospel; our Liturgy, certain Protestants in the sixteenth even though we were driven to upper century, and contends that there rooms of our towns, or to the very was an English church prior to the caves of the desert, would still be introduction of Romanism--that the solemnized. We may be sure of reformers only swept away the herethis, for this very thing has hap- sies and corruptions which Rome pened in times past. When the had introduced into the English