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SUTTON COLDFIELD GRAMMAR
POPERY IRRECONCILEABLE WITH PURITY IN RELIGION,
Political power we cannot grant, because private confession, and the capricious abso
the same history which sometimes relates lution. The essentials, and the non-essen
your good qualities as subjects, uniformly tials of our faith, all, all, are different. We
asserts your opposite qualities as legislators, cannot walk together unless we be agreed;
Your patience under adversity cannot prove we cannot agree unless one be reformed.—
that the community would be benefitted by Townsend's Accusations of History against
your power in prosperity. the Church of Rome, p. 196-7. •
You wish "that the Protestant and Ro- — manist would abstain from contention, and unite in defence of our common Christianity." We dare not abstain from contention. The tares are mingled with the wheat, The following extract from the Tablet shows and though both must grow together till the the absurdity, impiety, and superstition of harvest, the Protestant labourer must en- Popery. It shows also how much she would courage the one and guard against the other, delight to regain all that she considers once Scarcely Is Our Christianity Common, was hers. Vested rights, as against her, are The Scriptures which teach us, are different; of very little weight. Those conversant with for you receive as inspired the Apocryphal her principles, will feel little or no surprise at books. Our objects of worship are different; this effusion, which is so congenial to them; for you place on the throne of God, the and need not wonder, if Rome had the power, Virgin, the saints, and the angels. Our to see her exerting it to regain all lost estates, seals of,faith are different; for you have ele- entirely, or to exact heavy finesfrom those who vated useful or doubtful institutions to the told in trust for her, as she would tell them, rank of sacraments. Our modes of disci- * This work we are happy to inform our readers Dlinfc are different- fnr Wp reipct the arhitra- is in course of republication as one of the Popular pune are amerent, lor we reject tne arDitra- Series of the Protestant Association, and will be
ry tastings, the priest-inflicted penance, the edited by the Rev. J. E. Cox, Rector of
"Sutton ColilfitId Grammar School.—Property worth (in the present day) £ 390 a year, with a house and land worth £ SO ;i year, were left in the reign of Henry VIII. to trustees; who were to find a learned layman to teach grammar and say the De Profundi* for the soul of the benefactor, John Vesey. This property has been, till lately, alienated from the School purposes, and applied to private emolument; but a late decree of the Lord Chancellor has restored the School, under a liberal arrangement; cheating, however, the testator's soul out of the De Profundis, and excluding, we presume, all pupils of the bishop's belief from its advantages. As long as there remains a learned layman in England, able and willing to teach grammar and say the De Profundis, is it just to give the administration of these funds to any person not so qualified?"
DUBLIN FIFTH OF NOVEMBER SOIREE AT THE ROTUNDO.
It will we believe gratify and cheer many of our friends to read of the doings in Dublin on the Sixth of November, and we have at a great and unusual length given some extracts from the proceedings on that occasion.
We have not however in our confined space been able to find room for speeches, nor for all the letters and communications received, but we give some of the most interesting.
The members of the Protestant Operative Association and Reformation Society had a soiree and tea party at the Rotundo on Monday evening, to celebrate "the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot and the arrival in England of King William III., of glorious and immortal memory." The entrance to the round room was thrown open at 7 o'clock, and in a few minutes the room became densely crowded in every part, so much so that many persons unable to endure the suffocating heat were obliged to leave. Others who arrived a little too late, not being able to find room, were also obliged to go away. On the walls of the room were affixed banners of orange and blue coloured silk, on which were inscribed the following, among other mottoes:—"Protestant Ascendancy," "No Popery," "No Surrender," "Lord Roden," "Ten Bishops restored," "Lord Lorton and Protestant Operative Association of Cork," "Marquess of Donegal and Protestant Operative Association of Belfast," "Colonel Bruen," "Grogan and Gregory," "No Ecclesiastical Commis
sion," " Scriptural Education," "Repeal of the Emancipation Bill," " Rev. T. D. Gregg and Protestant Operative rAssociation," &c., &c., &c. On the table on the platform were two equestrian figures of King William III., dressed out with orange and blue ribbons. A considerable number of ladies were among those present at the soiree. Several of the male portion of the assemblage wore orange and blue scarfs.
Shortly after eight o'clock the Rev. T. D. Gregg, Vice-President, was called to the chair by acclamation.
The Rev. Gentleman, on taking the chair, said that he could not but feel himself honoured in a degree far beyond his desert, in being called to preside over so vast and so respectable an assemblage of the Protestants of Dublin. He did hope that the presidential chair on the occasion would have been occupied by some nobleman or gentleman of rank or influence; but the letters shortly to be laid before the meeting would lead them to see that it was no dislike to their views or being averse to the organization in which, perhaps, most of those present were included, which prevented them from the honor which the Committee had sought; and on every account he entreated a spirit of order, indulgence, and good feeling; so as that a great display of Protestant strength, unanimity, enthusiasm and national gratitude, might take place, and thus push forward the glorious object which they had in view, the promotion of the happiness and true prosperity of their native country, and of their countrymen in general.
Grace was then sung by the whole company standing, uncovered.
Tea and cakes in large quantities were brought in ; and under the attentive direction of the stewards the vast assemblage was, as far as possible, accommodated with seats at the tables, and all supplied with the refreshments provided for them, after which thanks were returned by all in full chorus.
Mr.Wm. Battersby, who acted as secretary, read letters from the Marquis of Downshire, Lord Lorton, Earl of Roden, Colonel Bruen, &c. &c.
"Tollymore Park, Oct. 31,1843.
"Sir—I received your letter late last night, on my return from Belfast, inviting me to attend and preside at the meeting of the Protestant Operative Society in Dublin, which is intended to be held on the evening of the 6th instant, at the Rotundo.
"I regret extremely that circumstances prevent my being in Dublin on that day, otherwise I should have felt it a privilege to witness the honest efforts of my Protestant brethren to uphold the British constitution in Ireland, by opposing the project of a repeal of the legislative union. It is very evident to every true Protestant that such a measure aims at the destruction of the Protestant religion amongst us, and finally at the ruin and misery of all grades and denominations of our Protestant people. I beg to enclose you a donation of ten pounds to the funds of your society, which, I trust, will be received as my humble testimony to the value of those principles on which it is founded. I rejoice to think that in Cork, Belfast, and elsewhere similar Institutions are in operation, calculated to unmask the deception practised as to the object of repeal, and to demonstrate to our loyal fellow countrymen that it is the unlimited and exclusive sway of the Church of Rome in Ireland which is the main end that is sought to be produced. I am led to prize these operative societies the more, inasmuch as they are strictly according to law, and, though last not least, because they are the spontaneous efforts of the middle and humble, but independent classes of my Protestant fellow-countrymen. "I have the honor to be, Sir,
'" Your obedient Servant, "Roden. "To the Secretary of the Protestant Operative Society, Dublin."
"Rockingham, Oct. 30, 1843. "Sir—This post has brought me jours of the 28th, and in reply I beg leave to acknowledge the compliment it contains; but at the same time have to regret that, from a multiplicity of business, it will not be in my power conveniently to be present at the commemoration of the birth-day of the great King William, the true friend of civil and religious liberty, &c. I have therefore to request you will be so good as to make ray apology to the Committee.
"I have the honor to be, Sir,
"Your very obedient, &c. "Lorton. "Wm. ComptonEspy, Esq. &c."
"Hillsborough, Oct. 31, 1843. "sir—I have been favoured yesterday with your letter of the 28th inst., and am sorry that it will not be in my power to accept the invitation conveyed in your letter tome to attend the Protestant soiree meeting on Monday the 6th of November, and request you to make my excuse to the Protestant Society accordingly.
"I remain, Sir,
"Oak Park, Oct . 24, 1843. "Sir—A short absence from home has prevented me from sooner becoming acquainted with the wishes of the committee of your society. Much as I should wish to gratify them, and highly honoured as I feel by the distinction they would confer on me, yet I regret to say that there are circumstances which render it impossible for me to attend the meeting in November. With respect to the station that you are so good as to say I hold in the estimation of my Protestant brethren, I shall only say that the good opinion of such men is, I trust, duly estimated hy-one to whom their interests, in the most extensive sense, are dear, and would think no sacrifice too great to make for their welfare.
"I have the honor to be "Your faithful humble servant, "H. Brujsn. "Wm. Compton Espy, Esq. &c."
"Beaulieu, Nov. 4, 1843. "Sir—I regret extremely that it is not in my power to accept the kind invitation of the committee to attend the meeting of the Protestant Operative Association and Reformation Society on Monday evening. It would have given me the greatest pleasure to witness a scene of enthusiastic and rational commemoration of events that as yet have secured to us our civil and religious liberties. From what I have observed of your proceedings, I confidently look forward to the society, ever keeping in mind the essential difference between person and principle, and that an undying hostility to the abominations of a false and idolatrous, and therefore a persecuting form of religion, will be in union with an active love towards the pitiable dupes of priestly domination. I beg of you to accept the enclosed mite towards your funds, and also a book written by an English clergyman that has struck me as calculated to encourage us, and may be made useful should it be possible to establish a lending library for the Sunday reading of our poorer members, and to which, anxious for the proper employment of the Sabbath, I shall be happy to contribute.
"I remain, Sir, "Yours very faithfully, "alex. Johnson Montgomery. "Wm. Compton Espy, Esq."
"Blackrock House, Nov. 6th, 1843. "My Dear Sir—On my arrival here from England, I received your most kind invitation on the part of your loyal and highly respected committee, to attend your commemorative soiree at the Rotundo, on this evening, the 6th of November. It would have afforded me the sincerest pleasure to have been able to accept an invitation from a confederation of Protestant patriots whose sentiments so entirely correspond with my own, but I cannot venture out in the night air without great risk. I read all your proceedings, however, with the deepest interest and proportionate gratification. "I have the honor to be, my dear Sir, With every sentiment of esteem, regard, and respect, yours,
"Adare, Nov. 2, 1843. "dear Sir—I had the pleasure of receiving your note of the 27th ult. inviting me on the part of the committee of the Protestant Association to the great Protestant soiree to be held on the 6th inst. Will you please tell the committee that I thank them for the honor intended me, and that if I were at all within reach I would gladly accept such an invitation, as J consider your society of vast importance at the present moment, and raised up by the Most High not only to revive the hopes of Protestantism, and to support her in the stagger which she received from the 'heavy blow and great discouragement' of her mistaken friends— not only I say for this purpose, but under the divine blessing to be the means of directing the minds of our poor Roman Catholics to that truth which alone can make free. It shall be my fervent prayer to the 'Giver of every good and perfect gift' that He may ' direct your hearts into the love of God, and the patient waiting for Christ,' and that Protestants generally may be brought to consider seriously upon the exhortation of the Apostle—' be ye therefore stedfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know your labour shall not be in vain in the Lord. "Yours faithfully, "richard Maunsell. "Wm. Compton Espy, Esq."
THE GODDESS OF BELGIUM.
Roman Catholicism flourishes in this country (Belgium) as in a hot-bed. Rome itself cannot vie with it, in blind and active zeal for all that is connected with the interests of that awful system; and as may be expected, Popery shows itself in all its unblushing idolatry. Money is lavished on the building and adorning of churches, shrines, and Virgins. The Virgin Mary is exalted and worshipped as divine, she receives more homage than Christ. More offerings are
made to her than to Him j more confidenct is placed in her intercession, than in that of the Saviour? The following is translated from a printed paper hung on the walls of a church in Mons:
"I salute you, my Divine Queen, amiable Mary. I adore and bless the design which God has, of glorifying you in this holy place, and of glorifying himself in you. To contribute as much as lies in my power to the admirable purpose of this supreme majesty, and to render you the honor due to you, I cast myself, Holy Virgin, at the foot of the throne of your glory, and with my humble respect, offer you that which all earth and heaven render to you. Amiable Mediatrix between God and man, it is particularly in this holy place, you exercise this glorious office, and open to poor mortals the treasures of divine favours, which, without your aid, Heaven would refuse. Refuge of the miserable, Protectress of all who call upon you, particularly in this holy place, condescend to pour on me your grace and to help your poor servant, who will do his utmost to proclaim, at all times, and in all places, your praise and honor, to the greater glory of God and of his Holy Mother."
The following is translated from a card sold in the shops at Brussells, illuminated with gold and various colours: "To Mary, "Our mother who are in Heaven. "Our mother who are in heaven, O Mary, blessed be your name for ever, let your love come to all our hearts, let your desires be accomplished on the earth as in heaven; give us this day grace and mercy, give us the pardon of our faults, as we hope from your unbounded goodness, and let us no more sink under temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen."
Easily conceiving that our friends will have the greatest difficulty in believing it possible so to imitate the Lord's Prayer and apply it to the Virgin, we give the original to convince them of the fact. "A Marie, "Notre mire qui ttes aux cieux. "Notre mere qui etes aux cieux, 6 Marie, que votre nom soit beni a jamais, que votre amour vienne a tous les cceurs, que vos desirs s'accomplissent en la terre comme au ciel; donnez-nous aujourd'hui la grace et la misericorde, donnez-nous le pardon de nos fautes, comme nous l'esperons de votre bonte sans homes, et ne nous laissez plus succomber a la tentation, mais delivrez-nous du mal. Ainsi soit-il."—(From the appeal of the Belgium Evangelical Society for 18-1.3. i POPERY 'OBSTRUCTS THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Bishop Watson, in a letter to Gibbon, quotes the following from Helvetius :—
"Popery, in the eyes of a sensible man, is nothing hut pure idolatry. We are astonished at the absurdity of the religion of the heathen. The religion of the Papist will one day greatly astonish posterity."— The bishop then continues :—" We trust that day is not at a great distance; and Deism will then he buried in the ruins of the Church of Rome; for the taking of the superstition, the avarice, the ambition, the intolerance of Antichristianism, for Christianity, has been the great error upon which infidelity has built its system both at home and abroad."
POPISH PERSECUTION IN
Most of our readers are aware that Dr. Kalley, a British subject, has been imprisoned at Madeira, for teaching the word of God, and proclaiming to perishing sinners the glad tidings of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.
Dr. Kalley, a physician from Scotland, arrived some years ago at Madeira; and remaining there longer than he had at first expected, he established a hospital, to the maintenance of which he devoted the professional emolument derived from a wealthier class of patients. He endeavoured to benefit the souls, not less than the bodies, of those with whom he was brought into contact, and many, it is to be hoped, have heard from him the Word of Life.
The desire to read the Bible grew in proportion as they became-acquainted with the truths it contained; and persecution at last arose. After the converts had been persecuted, Dr. Kalley himself became the object of attack, and from suffering many afflictive and trying events, has been at length consigned to prison.
This we believe contrary to the law of Portugal prevailing there, and the provisions which guarantee to all, liberty to worship God in their own houses, according to the dictates of their conscience.
Dr. Kalley has applied to be liberated even on bail, though he has been pronounced to have done nothing for which he might be justly imprisoned. His application has not been acceded to. He has applied to the British authorities; and both he and others —his private friends, and those who have known him only by his suffering for the
truth's sake—have applied to the Foreign Office; but though the reply has been that instructions have been sent to Her Majesty's minister in Portugal, directing him to require, that with reference to Dr. Kalley's case, the authorities of Funchal shall he ordered to respect the rights secured to British subjects by the treaties at present in force between Great Britain and Portugal— still Dr. Kalley remains in prison. Is this as things ought to be 1 Whence this bold aggression upon British Protestants abroad 1 Is it the anticipated return for concessions made to Roman Catholics at home 1 Whence this apathy prevailing in England upon the subject? We trust it will not long prevail, but as the facts become known, public opinion will be aroused; and may He who brings good out of evil, cause the hostility offered to Christianity and the Bible in the person of Dr. Kalley, to be the means of opening the eyes of our countrymen, before they have entirely placed their country, their liberty, their religion, beneath the tyrant grasp of Romish despotism ! 1
"There is not in the world a greater sign that the spirit of reprobation is beginning upon a man, than when he is habitually and constantly, or very frequently, weary, and slights or loathes holy offices."—Taylor's Holy Living, p. 277.
Gifts are not graces.
Privileges habitually neglected and despised, are the sure precursors of judgments.
ANCIENT SONNET ON RIDLEY.
Read in the progress of this blessed story,
hear;— Rome sang preferment, but brave Ridley's tongue Condemned that false preferment which Rome
sung;— Rome whispered wealth, but Ridley, whose great
gain Was godliness, he waived it with disdain;— Rome threatened durance, but great Ridley's mind Was too, too strong, for threats or chains to bind; Rome thundered death, but Ridley's dauntless eye Star'd in death's face, and scorn'd death standing
by;— In spite of Rome, for England's faith he stood, And in the flames he seal'd it with his blood.
"PRAY WITHOUT CEASING."—1 Thess.v. 17. The Protestant Almanack for 1844 is now publishing in sheets and in books, embellished with wood-cuts. Among these is a correct view of the interior of the Ladye