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Rome was not built in a day, is an old but true adage-true as regards the ancient city—and no less so as regards the doctrines which characterize the Church called after the name of that city, where its head resides. Popery was not built in a day.
No, the doctrines of Romanism are the growth of ages of darkness and corruption, and form a sad contrast to the primitive doctrines of Christianity. Popery has not been destroyed in a day. In every country the work of proselytizing has been a gradual one. The work of those who in any country would remove, overturn, and destroy Popery, must always be such. It must not be expected in one day to overturn the growth of centuries. We must proceed line upon line, precept upon precept. In the employment of human agency we must often be content to work, though we may be almost unable to perceive the good resulting from our labours.
We know indeed, that the Almighty can at any time, by miraculous intervention, accomplish that which, if left to man's feeble instrumentality, will be the work of ages. But we are not to call for or expect a miracle on every occasion. He who has given us means, requires us to use those means to the attainment of the end. Let not therefore our Operative friends be disappointed, or disheartened, that the desired good effect has not yet been produced ; let them on the contrary proceed unitedly and resolutely and perseveringly, and in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
It is now our privilege and our duty still to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints still to show our allegiance to the Lord who bought us with his blood, by fighting under his banner against sinnational sin-individual sin. The crown of victory is promised to those who are faithful unto death; and we cannot but rejoice in the opportunity as often as it recurs, of urging on and encouraging our Protestant FellowOperatives, individually and collectively, to exert themselves to maintain and extend the essential principles of Protestantism.
Whilet they behold worldly-minded politicians, destitute of faith, forsaking God's Holy Word as their guide, and precipitating the end they would avoid, let it be the duty of each sincere Protestant to cling more and more to that Word which is a light to our feet, and a lamp to our path; and when they behold those who should be the pastors of the people betraying the sacred trust reposed in them-first misleading their flocks, and then deserting them—may they, by a true humility of mind, and a pure and firm and simple faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave himself for us, lay hold upon the precious promises of the Gospel, and embrace and hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life which he hath given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
"If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”—Isaiah viii. 20.
THE POISON OF POPERY.
Rome hold the true faith, for they hold the It is a remarkable fact, admitted by Dr. Nicene Creed; they have not taken away Delahogue in his Treatise on the Church, any of the articles which it proposes to the which is a class-book in Maynooth College, faith of Christians, they have only added to that up to the time of the sitting of the their number, and therefore they are on the Council of Trent, A.D. 1545, the Nicene safe side. Now I shall expose the fallacy of Creed contained the essential articles of the this reasoning by a simple illustration. Christian faith ; yet some years after, Pope Suppose then, that two dishes of wholesome Pius joined to this creed several additional food are prepared for a hungry man ; as he articles, declaring that the creed, as en- is about to satisfy his appetite half-an-ounce larged by him, and not the old Nicene of arsenic is sprinkled over one dish and mixed Creed, was the true faith, out of which none up through its contents. He is then asked could be saved! Now the Roman Catholic, which he prefers; if ignorant of the poisonbe he priest or layman, who becomes "obe- ous nature of arsenic, he might prefer the dient to the faith,” flings away the addi- dish upon which it had been sprinkled, for tional articles drawn up by Pope Pius, A.D. he might reason on the principle of our ob1564, while he holds to the old creed, drawn jector, By taking it, I shall not only have up at the Council of Nice, A.D. 325; that is, all that the other dish contains, but somehe retains the old creed of Nice, because thing more besides. The application of the every article in it can be proved by most illustration is obvious. Divine truth is the certain warrant of Holy Scripture, and he food of the soul, but it is manifest folly to rejects the new creed of Pope Pius, not only estimate the value of a creed by the quantity because it cannot be proved by Scripture, of its articles. What GOD HAS REVEALED, but because it is plainly contradictory to the AND NO MORE, IS GOOD. Every addition to verities revealed in that inspired book.- God's revelation must be injurious; and, And here I must anticipate a sophism which in the present instance, we are prepared to may be urged in depreciation of the import- prove that the articles which Pope Pius has ance of the change which takes place in the added to the creed are poisonous, being not doctrinal views of a true convert. It may merely useless additions, but noxious herebe said, The members of the Church of sies, deadly in themselves, and vitiating and
neutralizing the saving efficacy of the truths intention of informing the public how with which Papal artifice has mixed them. shamefully we had been treated, and how “ Obedience to the faith,” therefore, in improperly the priests had got possession of priest or layman, forsaking the Church of Mr. Heatley's money. It became known to Rome, implies the rejection of the doctrinal the priests that I had a pamphlet of this inventions of the Pope.
kind at a printing office; it was discovered; [From “ Obedience to the Truth," a ser- it was one of the most eminent printing mon preached in the Church of the Mis- offices in London, and it was found out, by sionary Settlement, Achill, on Sunday, what means I cannot tell; proof-sheets of October 20th, 1844, by the Rev. Edward the pamphlet were obtained by Dr. L. who Nangle, A. B., when the Rev. George is a secular priest, and a friend of Mr. M’Namara renounced the errors of Popery Sherburne's; he handed them to Mr. Sherand was received into the Church of Eng- burne, and thus they became apprised of the land.]
matter which the pamphlet contained. When my printer had completed it, and I was given
to understand it was ready for publication, I POPERY INQUISITORIAL AND advertised it in the leading London and proTYRANNICAL.
vincial newspapers ; but before it was pub
lished, Mr. Sherburne, through his solicitor, We have often endeavoured to bring before sent a letter to the publisher to threaten him our fellow Protestants the various evils with a prosecution if he attempted to pubwhich follow in the train of Popery. In the lish it. Of course it was stopped, and the evidence recently given before a Committee printer declined sending it out of the printof the House of Commons on the Law of ing office; and what is most singular, the Mortmain, we have the following striking printer has never to this day called upon me instance of the tyrannical and inquisitorial to pay one farthing of the expense incurred nature of Romanism.
in printing that pamphlet, and yet it must Thomas Eastwood, Esq., one of the wit- have cost a great many pounds. He has nesses examined, stated that a good deal of been indemnified in some quarter or other; property which ought to have come to him he has never applied to me for payment. I or to his family, had, as he stated, by some was determined that it should not be stopped, undue intervention of other parties, been and I immediately sent over the pamphlet to made over to the church or ecclesiastics. be printed in Paris ; but finding it would
He stated also that he had presented a come out at last. Mr. Sherburne went before memorial to the Pope upon the subject of the grand jury at Lancaster, with a bill of his case, and that all the facts had been laid indictment against me for libel. before the Court of Rome; that he had By the Chairman, Lord John Manners. corresponded with Cardinal Acton upon the 973. Before the pamphlet was published ? subject, and that no redress was to be ob- Yes, before the publication of my pamphtained.
let, which was known to be in preparation. We give the following questions and an- He took this means of meeting me, to proswers, as they occur, p. 124, 125.
ceed by indictment, by which he avoided Questions asked by Mr. Dickinson. swearing that that which I had published
971. There have been some legal proceed- was false, and he likewise escaped being put ings, I understand, between Mr. Sherburne into the witness box. Therefore I was and yourself?
brought into court, knowing beforehand I was one of the parties to contest the that I should not be allowed to give evidence validity of the will.
of the truth of my allegations. That was 972. Has not an action been brought denied to me. But the law—thanks to the against you, arising out of those circum- legislature-is now changed in that respect, stances ?
and if it had only been altered a few months Yes: I endeavoured to arouse Catholics before, Mr. Sherburne would never have from the degraded position in which they brought me into court; but he did so then, would appear, by submitting to these abo- knowing that I should be prevented from minable practices of the priests. I pub- producing that which I now produce here, lished in the Lancaster Gazette many cases namely, his own letters and documents in of gross fraud in the obtaining of property, his own handwriting. I was bound over in and of the greatest hardship that was, in £ 500 to appear to receive judgment, in case consequence, entailed on families. I had of the libellous publication being continued. printed a' full statement of all the facts By the Earl of Arundel and Surrey. respecting the Brindle Will Cause, with the 974. Have you known instances abroad,
as well as in England, where such practices peaceable obtainment of amelioration for his have been carried on ?
brother man; and that his best means for I have lived a great deal abroad; I have such obtainment, is the cultivation of good mixed a good deal with the clergy, and I feelings in the hearts, and good sense in the have found a great many honourable and heads, of those around him. That his best high-principled men amongst them. I have riches is contentment. That his best love never heard there of such practices. With is that which comforts his family. That his regard to the secular clergy in England, I best instruction is that which humanizes do not know a more dishonourable body in and ennobles their hearts. And his best all their transactions and dealings.
religion is that which leads to 'do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with his
God.' Would he triumph ? let him learn to OPINIONS OF A RADICAL.
endure. Would he be a hero ? let him subIn the life of Samuel Bamford, a weaver due himself. Would he govern ? let him of Lancashire, published by himself, entitled, first obey."--Vol. i. p. 112. "Passages in the Life of a Radical,” third edition, 2 vols. 12ino. it appears that he was
CHURCH EXTENSION. imbued with Radical principles from an early period of his life, and that he is now A petition has been prepared for presenupwards of sixty years of age, and conse- tation to the Archbishop of Canterbury. It quently, having been afforded by a gracious has already obtained a large number of Providence, full time to meditate on his for- signatures, among which are those of the mer course of life, has arrived at the follow- Duke of Sutherland, the Earl of Denbigh, ing resolutions, which he says, “ have now the Earl of Gainsborough, Viscount Sandon, become his settled faith.”
M.P., Viscount Morpeth, Lord Calthorpe, As the practical lessons of wisdom con- Lord Rayleigh, Lord Teignmouth, Lord tained in these two volumes may not meet Bloomfield, Lord Francis Egerton, M.P., the eyes of many who might be arrested in a Lord Henry Cholmondeley, Lord Ashley, headlong evil course by the perusal of them, M.P., Lord Robert Grosvenor, M.P., Lord the passages containing the fruits of his ex- Howard, M.P., Hon. W. Cowper, M.P., perience, condensed by himself in a few Hon. Mr. Ashley, Hon. F. Calthorpe, Hon. lines, are hereby offered in a more tangible Col. Upton, Hon. Joceline W. Percy, Hon. shape to the serious consideration of opera- Captain Waldegrave, Sir Thomas Baring, tives, and others, who may have been led Sir Harry Verney, M.P., Sir John Kennaastray, or who are now being led astray, by way, Sir W. R. Farquhar, Sir T. Lawley, the deceitful declamations or printed falacies Mr. J. C Colquhoun, M.P., Mr. R. M. of interested itinerants, in the character of Milnes, M.P., &c. politicians.
The following is the petition :
“The period which it has pleased AlSETTLED OPINION OF SAMUEL BAMFORD,
mighty God to continue to the Church LANCASHIRE WEAVER.
of England the mild and paternal superin“That the industrious and poor man best tendence of your Grace, in the discharge serves his country by doing his duty to his of her highest ecclesiastical functions, has family at home. That he best amends his been marked by great and important changes country by giving it good children; and if in our social, moral, and political circumhe have not any, by setting a good example stances. himself. That he best governs, by obeying “A lengthened interval of peace, the adlaws, and by ruling in love and mercy his vancement of literature, the arts, sciences, own little kingdom at home. That his best and civilization, and, above all, the rapid reform is that which corrects irregularities increase of our population, have produced on his own hearth. That his best meetings an alteration in the relative position of the are those with his own family, at his own several orders of society, which demands the preside. That his best resolutions are those grave consideration of every one who desires
hich he carries into effect for his own to promote the well-being of the nation, but nendment and that of his household. That more especially to those who are the ap
best speeches are those which promote pointed guardians of her religious institupeace on earth, and good-will towards tions and the pastors of the people. ikind.' That his best petitions are those “Under these circumstances, and impelled
ontrite heart addressed to the King of by a heartfelt attachment to the Scriptural en, by whom 'they will not be despised;' principles of our Established Church, and lose to the governors of earth, for the by an earnest desire that its efficiency should
mank of a co Heaven, by whom