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ing the offenders, to pillage the district. Meeting of the Members and Friends of this Some of the houses were gutted, others Association, on the Evening of November stripped of their valuables; the live stock 5th. It has been postponed to another was killed ; and the inhabitants either taken month, in consequence of the “Great Meetprisoners or obliged to fly. The houses of ing" on the 4th. two English merchants, Messrs. Burnett Tower Hamlets.-Puseyism and other and Ellicott, were filled with women, flying causes have prevented the delivery of the from the violence of the soldiery. It was Two Courses of Lectures, which it was exnot till the pillage had continued three days, pected would have been now going on, in that these gentlemen obtained, by their ur connection with this Association. The progent remonstrance, an order to restrain the posed Lectures have not, however, been lost soldiers. Twenty-two prisoners were brought sight of. As soon as other rooms have been round in a frigate, and lodged in Funchal obtained, they will be duly announced. The goal. The illegal signature of the warrant Rev. Henry Cappel, Minister of the German would have justified any resistance, while Lutheran Church, has promised this Assothe circumstance that no blows were struck ciation a Lecture on Luther and the Reforclearly proves how trilling it actually was. mation. The pillage was witnessed by several Eng- Finsbury.—The Lectures announced in lish gentlemen who visited the spot, and its the last Operative," in connection with effects are still visible to all who go to the this Association at Clerkenwell, have been Sierra. Ten of the prisoners belong to the exceedingly well attended hitherto. As soon family of Maria Joaquina, who is still in as they have terminated, a Meeting will be prison under sentence of death. — Times, held; after which there will be another Oct. 24, 1844.

Course of Lectures. Great Protestant Meeting.-On Monday North Tower Hamlets, (late Shoreditch and Evening, November 4, at six o'clock, a Hackney.)—The Rev. Mr. Aveling has proMeeting of the members and friends of the mised to give a lecture to the members and Metropolitan Tradesmen and Operatives' friends of this Association in Kingsland Protestant Associations, will be held (D.v.) Chapel, Kingsland-road (of which he is in the Large Hall, Exeter Hall. The Rev. Minister); the Rev. H. Fish in the WesHugh STOWELL has kindly promised to leyan Chapel, Hackney-road; and the Rev. take part in the proceedings.—Tickets to be J. Stamp in any suitable room or chapel that had at the Office, 11, Exeter Hall, or at can be obtained for him within the district Hatchards'; Nisbet's, Seeleys', Rivington's, assigned to the Association. These may be Baisler's, Dalton's; and of the Secretaries expected to take place during the present of the Metropolitan Associations, Messrs. month. Alle

Ind. CHELSEA.-The first Meeting of the Chelsea, street, Broadley-terrace, Blandford-square;

Brompton, and Pimlico Association was held in

the National School Room, Christ Church, Chelsea, Sykes, 3, Adam's-place, High-street, South- on Tuesday Evening, October 11th. The Rev. W.

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Lord, Esq. and Mr. Binden. The meeting was well Commercial-road East; and Colson, St. attended, and there appears every prospect of a Mark's Infant School House, Whitechapel.

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"If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”—Isaiah viii. 20.

No. 57.

DECEMBER, 1844.

VOL. V.

SPEECH OF THE REV. HUGH STOWELL, M.A. We have much pleasure in presenting our encouraging and enheartening a spectacle ; readers with the following Speech of the because we in the country naturally look to Rev. Hugh STOWELL, M.A., at a public the metropolis of our land to set us the meeting of the Members and Friends of standard, and to diffuse throughout the length the Metropolitan Tradesmen and Operatives' and the breadth of the country, of which she Protestant Associations, held in Exeter sits in some sort the queen, right principles Hall, on Monday Evening, November 4th, and right opinions. The metropolis may 1844. The Chair was taken by G. J. P. be regarded as the mighty heart of the SMITH, Esq. and the meeting was opened community; and if we find, that the life- . with prayer. The Rev. Hugh Stowell, in blood is flowing healthfully and vigorously seconding the second Resolution, spoke as from the heart, we may trust that it will flow

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healthfully and vigorously through the memMR. CHAIRMAN, and my Christian friends: bers, even to the least and lowest extremity. - In seconding the resolution which has The spectacle is the more animating, bebeen so simply and so efficiently moved, I cause we must frankly confess, that over our cannot but feel cheered and inspirited by the Protestant machinery there has come a good animating assemblage that I witness filling deal of impediment and embarrassment, and this vast place of meeting, even to its ex- I may perhaps add, languor and inactivity. tremities; filling it, too, at a season of the I regret that we have to say it, but is is well year when, comparatively speaking, a lull that we should look the fact in the face, and and a hush pervade the public mind; when that we should ascertain why it is thus, and there are not the excitements that usually consider how we are to counteract what we tell on the Christian public in the well- trust is but a temporary suspension, and not a known month of May, and when no special neutralisation of our spirit and of our efforts. attraction of any kind is held out, save the In the fore-front of the occasions of the attraction that a Protestant meeting still present stagnation, and the present dispirithas for thousands of sound-hearted Protes- ment amongst many of our formerly most tant Englishmen. It was worth hastening valued supporters, and most ardent friends, nom Manchester and hastening back again, I conceive to be the fact, that there was too $ it is my lot to do, in order to witness so much leaning on an arm of flesh; that there

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was too much trusting to political party, and the way in which, as they conceive, their too little trusting to the Omnipotent arm, petitions, and their appeals, and their reand the imperishable, immutable principles monstrances have been treated by men, whom of Christian truth. The ranks of the Pro- in some degree, indirectly at least, they testant Association were swelled with recruits helped to attain that place which they now from party politicians; and those party hold in our country. I am not going to politicians have proved what the soundest diverge into party politics; but this I will and soberest of Christian Protestant advo- say, that the unpolitical and sober-minded eates foresaw and foretold that they would clergy of the Church of England, and the prove, "a bruised reed” in the hour of our right-minded too, amongst the laity, the necessity. They would use Protestant Asso- men of thought, and of piety, and of prayer, ciations, or any other associations, to subserve have had their confidence, whatever it was, the purpose of helping into power the party in the present administration, sorely shaken to which they were devoted ; but no sooner and diminished by the light way, with which is that party intrenched, as they think, in that administration has treated questions impregnable security, than the platforms of involving, as we conceive, the vital principles the Protestant Association witness them of our Protestant Church. We cannot forget no more, and the ranks of Protestant as- how the clamour of antagonists has been semblies number them no more amongst hearkened to, and the mild, firm remonthem. And it cannot be denied, that many strances of friends have been set at nought. of the firm and ardent friends of Protes- We cannot forget how the Educational Bill, tant Associations have felt themselves sorely whatever were its merits or demerits, was discouraged and dispirited by such deser- swamped in compliance with the voice of tions; and therefore they have been ready to antagonists, whilst the Dissenters' Chapels' conclude, that the movement was but mo- Bill was carried in the face of the remonmentary, and that it must subside and come strances of the right-minded. We cannot to an end. Far from it. We have got rid forget that we fondly hoped that when our of political partisans, but we retain Christian friends came into power, the grant to Maymen, whose watchword is—not party, but nooth would be, if not at once cut off, at principle-not men, but measures-not the least made the subject of a sifting investigachanging opinions of political expediency, tion, as to how it was applied, and whether but the unchangeable principles of “the or not there was truth in the allegations truth as it is in Jesus.” I am perfectly brought against the education at Maynooth, persuaded, my Christian friends, that what that it is an education in the face of sound we have lost in numbers and in rank, we morality—in the face of the interests of her have gained in soundness, coherence, and Majesty's subjects in Ireland, whether they consistency. I have ever myself held, that be Romish or Protestant-in the face of the our Protestant Associations were essentially well-being of the British nation-and in the Christian institutions; that their aspect face of the security of the British constituupon politics was but, as it were, the neces- tion—for such are the grave and oft reiterasary bearing of Christianity on the social ted allegations which a M'Ghee and an condition, but that their members and their O'Sullivan have proved to demonstration on movers were to act, not with an eye to the the platform and through the press, and things of time, but of eternity; not with an ought to have the power of proving in the eye to one party in the state, or another Senate of England, before a Committee of party in the state, but with an eye to the the House of Commons: whereas, instead of defence of those great religious principles our friends, when in power, either altogether which were planted by Christ and His amputating, or even scrutinizing the appliapostles—which were revived and sealed with cation of that grant, we now hear whispers their blood by our own martyrs at the Refor- and rumours of the grant being, not remation, and which have come down to us in trenched, but redoubled, and of concessions their purity and in their integrity, but are in being made to the Romish agitators in imminent danger both from political expe- Ireland, such as I know have inspired deep diency and from Romish and Tractarian apprehensions in the breasts of the best and combination, and which therefore we marshal the truest of the clergy of Ireland. As one round to protect them. And whoever may of them said to me lately—“God seems to be in power or in place, whoever may adhere be blessing us, for Romanists and Romish to us or desert us, I trust we are pledged to priests are flocking back to the Church ; but stand by those principles, faithful amid the man seems to be deserting us, and the more faithless, and firm amid the wavering. God does for us, the less man seems to care

Another source of disheartenment to many for us.” And is it not true, that our Proof our Protestant supporters arises out of testant petitions, have, for the most part,

been received with ill-disguised impatience, heartened by it. They were few among the or half-concealed scorn ?—and it has been clergy that began the Reformation ; and said by some of our friends, “ What avails it yet ultimately the Reformation carried the to go on petitioning, and petitioning, when whole of the Bench of Bishops and the our petitions are but so much waste paper, clergy along with it. What would have been to load the table of the House of Commons ?" the fate of the Reformation in Germany, if What is the good of it! There is this good Luther had said, “ Because I can get few -we have acquitted our consciences; and of my brethren to go along with me, I will let the responsibility rest where it ought. not dare to undertake the wondrous enterWhat is the good of it! There is this good prise?” No; he had “not so learned Christ.” at least—if we cannot stop the wheels, we With his Bible in his hand, and his Saviour shall act as a drag upon the wheels, in the before him, he walked forth alone, to endownward course which is now running. counter the embattled world; and he conWhat is the good of it! It at least serves, quered, because he did it in the name of the we trust, to bind together a band of faithful Lord of hosts. With all deference and resmen in our country, who perhaps, when pect for my reverend brethren, I cannot help legislative concession has gone so far, that saying, if you cannot join us, at least wish legislation can do nothing to save our coun- us God speed; and if you think we are a try, may rise up, firm, and determined, and little too enthusiastic, come amongst us, and cool, and say, "Popery shall never reign over serve as the regulator and thermometer, the us.” Be it, that our petitions have been safety-valve if you will, lest we make the slighted; be it, that the rule is, to sacrifice engine explode. But, my Christian friends, friends to conciliate foes; be it, that the we are not disheartened even because many principle is, to govern by concession, and of the clergy hold aloof. not by maintaining fixed, unchangeable prin- Let me, then, seeing that there are such ciples; be it so :-are our petitions disre- causes of discouragement, insomuch that we garded at the throne of grace ? Has God must concede that some few of our Protestant looked down with displeasure on the simple Associations have dissolved altogether, while protest, borne by His faithful people, through others, I fear, are almost stranded, and others the medium of such associations as these ? are much dispirited — let me, in the face Surely, if anything can avert the judgments of all these things, consider what reasons which we are provoking, and arrest the and grounds there are why, instead of disdownward course of our Protestant liberties banding, we should the more combine ; and and Protestant truths, it will be the firm, instead of becoming disassociated, we should faithful protest, and the earnest, believing, more rally round the standard that God has untiring prayers of those faithful men within enabled us to set up. our Church and without our Church, who We should do this, my Christian friends, love the truth for its own simple sake, and because, as my resolution remarks, of the are prepared to labour for it, to suffer for it, struggles and the throes of Popery in this and, if need were, to bleed for it.

land. I believe, that since Popery was But another ground of disheartenment to beaten down by our martyred Reformers, many, and especially to the clergy that have there never was a day when she had so conespoused this cause, is that want of fellow- centrated all her powers to take Old England ship and sympathy on the part of a great pro- as at the present juncture. She is putting portion, even of their more serious reverend every engine to work, and every means into brethren, which it has been the misfortune requisition. Aware that England's Church of the Protestant Association to encounter. is the Thermopylæ of Protestantism in the The charge, brought no doubt by covert world, that there the battle must be fought, Jesuits, against this Society when it rose, and that there is much to be lost or wonthat it was a mere political engine—the her attention seems concentred upon Engcharge brought against it, that we were wild land and England's Church. For that enthusiasts and incendiaries, stirring up and carried, what, under God, is to withstand inflaming the people—the charge brought her ? Look at the mighty efforts she is against it, that we were producing more making in building chapels, multiplying of schism and division, than we were of unity, nunneries, putting forward her masquerade and concord, and peace :---these charges, too and her mummery boldly in the face of Proreadily received by many of the clergy, and testant England. I am not, however, going too willingly, I fear, circulated, did much to to concede that the 600 chapels in England, keep aloof from the Protestant Association which called forth the cheers of some of our the great bulk even of the serious clergy. Romish friends when they were mentioned I deeply deplore this ; but I am not dis- a few minutes ago, are any very great thing, in comparison with what the Church of cross comes to be put instead of the sacrifice, England has done and is still doing. But I and the emblem instead of the great antitype, reserve that for a more fitting part of my then we are disposed to regard the holy symaddress to you; I will merely remark here, bol with horror; and, like Hezekiah, with that that these external evidences of her convul- which was the type of the cross, the brazen sive efforts present surely a sufficient reason serpent, who, when it came to be worshipped, why Protestants, instead of being lukewarm, brake it in pieces, and branded it as Nehushand disconnected, and discordant, should be tan—that thing of brass ; so would we call all the more fervid, and the more united, the mere material cross that thing of wood, if and the more as one man, with one hand, it is to come between the sinner and the and with one mouth, and with one heart, to atonement, that was offered upon it on Calwithstand the encroachments of their great vary. And some of our honest Protestant antagonist.

operatives I have no doubt it was their But, my Christian friends, Romanism work-went and wrote upon their cross in not only calls for our renewed efforts and large characters, Nehushtan; and there it endeavours, on account of the struggles appeared in the morning with its proper which she is making ; but as I have just name upon it. hinted, on account of the bold, daring as. But the Romanists are exhibiting their pect, that she is assuming in our land. boldness and effrontery, still further, in the Time was, when a Romish procession, with way in which they dare to treat Protestants crosses, with pictures, with all the insignia even in England. Why, when the Proof idolatry, would not have dared to show testants at Bradford had a procession, with itself in a town of Old England. The Pro- no obnoxious pictures, no crucifixes, but testant spirit and feeling would not have with simple music, what was the conseabused the Papists—they leave that weapon quence? “A number of Romanists set upon to the Papists--but they would have scouted the poor musicians, broke their instruments, them and laughed at them, till they would and murdered one poor man upon the spot. have been ashamed to play their foolish antics And this in England! free-born England! before the face of heaven. But it is other- Ah! my friends, the Irish Papists will by wise now: so jesuitically has Rome gradually and by, if you do not look well to it, Englishcrept in upon the people of England under men, be like the cuckoo that lays its eggs in a mask; so has she tampered and trifled the sparrow's nest, and thrusts out the poor with the high Protestant edge of the English confiding sparrow in the end. Ay, and mind; so has she wrought, by a variety of the combinations of Ireland are spreading appliances, and, above all, by her masterly throughout England. We have our Ribuse of her Tractarian recruits-that little bon conspiracy; we have our Hibernian band which has done her so much service, Brothers, in London and in Manchester, though they are continually pretending that and throughout the country, ready to cothey do not intend to serve her, but it is operate with the Irish Papists, if ever the strange that with all their declarations they occasion serves, when Chartism, and anarchy are sending her over members, I may say, and Popery may make common cause, to week by week at the present juncture. My break in upon the liberties and the constituChristian friends, I may say, that she now tion of England. parades everywhere her fooleries and her I will give you a scene, that occurred in fopperies. So we saw in Manchester, not the largest chapel in Manchester not long long ago; there was an immense proces- ago-a scene that is worthy to be known, as sion, pouring its long train through our showing that we are bringing no “railing streets, headed by banners and led on with accusation” against Rome. It is not long music, sweeping all before it, so that a Pro- since, that an announcement was made, that testant could not pass along the pathway. in the principal mass-house in Manchester, And there were lambs, and crosses, and there would be high mass celebrated for pictures, and all the absurd paraphernalia O'Connell on the ensuing Sunday ; that of idolatry; and this, in the broad eye of there would be prayer offered up to God on heaven, and amidst the Protestant population his behalf. This was all very right, on their of our great manufacturing metropolis! And own principles; I am not blaming them for then, to crown the whole, they placed upon that; but I leave you to judge what those the ground where the chapel is to be built, principles are, which lead men to think it a great seven feet high cross-the emblem right so to do. It was announced also, that of their idolatary. For, however we may an address would be given, on the state of love the cross, as a remembrancer of the Ireland, by the principal priest. A considersacrifice that was made upon it, when the able detachment of one of our regiments, to

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