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“ If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in tnem.”—Isaiah viii. 20.
DUBLIN PROTESTANT ASSOCIA
present, who wore their scarfs and •TION AND REFORMATION SO
insignia of office. The Meeting, which CIETY.
was thronged to excess with a most
respectable audience, was most orderly The members and friends of the above and regular all through, and although Association met on Wednesday even great inconvenience was caused by ing, July 1, in the Hall of the Asso- the denseness of the crowd and the ciation, Whitefriar-street, for the pur- heat of the building, the assembly pose of celebrating the anniversary of listened with the greatest interest to the victory of the Boyne. The Meeting the entire proceedings, which did not was originally to have been held in the terminate till half-past eleven o'clock. Rotundo Gardens, but, owing to the The Rev. ALEXANDER J. MONTbroken state of the weather, and other GOMERY, who, on his entrance with unforeseen circumstances, the place of the Rev. T. D. Gregg, was greeted meeting was changed to the Hall, with enthusiastic cheering, was called which was very tastefully decorated to the chair by acclamation. for the occasion with shrubs and The Rev. T. D. GREGG then gave flowers, and amongst the latter was a out the hymn, “From all who dwell great abundance of orange lilies. below the skies,” which was very Several banners, representing Wil effectively sung by the whole Meetliam III. on horseback, which were ing. The Rev. Gentleman then offered placed in various parts of the build- up appropriate prayers, after which, ing, had also a most striking and The Rev. CHAIRMAN addressed the pleasing effect. There were also in- Meeting. He said that he considered scribed, in gold letters, over the chair it the highest honour that his fellowand on the front of the galleries, such Christians could confer upon him, to mottos as the following:-“ God save place him in the chair upon that the Queen"_“Lord Lorton and Pro- occasion; he could attribute it to no testant Ascendancy”—“ Earl of Ro- merit on his part, but only to the den and the Orange Institution," &c. fact that he had been consistent in A vast number of Orangemen were the maintenance of his religious and political principles, a consistency in God caused language to be confused which he trusted, with God's help, he and multiplied to defeat the wickedwould ever continue. (Cheers.) It ness of man, and it was necessary, to was one of the most sacred and solemn meet the wants of men, that the Bible duties incumbent on them to com- should be translated into those lanmemorate such victories as those guages which they could understand. which they that night celebrated as (Hear, hear.) He impressed upon the anniversary of the era of their them the fact, that national happiness civil and religious liberty, both of was inconsistent with national miswhich were now in jeopardy. (Hear, conduct; and that individual correcthear.) They were bound to defend ness and faithfulness led to national their civil liberties, for it was on them, prosperity; and then called on them, humanly speaking, that their religious in their own spheres, to use their infreedom rested. (Hear.) It was now fluence for the promotion of truth a question whether the British nation and scriptural knowledge among the was to maintain those liberties, or to people. The book which he alluded be degraded beyond any nation on to showed that the maintenance of the face of the earth. Yes, the British Popish principles had brought disasempire was to be the theatre of the ter on the country. While the Whigs great contest between light and dark. were in power this was manifest everyness which was taking place, and where, both at home and on the Conwhich was only to terminate by the tinent; but the rise of British influence downfall of the latter, by the restora- in both places, when Sir Robert Peel tion of the Jews, and by the Lord came into power, it being supposed Jesus being enthroned as the Supreme that he would maintain Protestant Ruler over all. (Applause.) It was principles, was very great. The time to the victory gained at the Boyne had now come when the maintenance Water, that was to be attributed the of Protestantism depended on the inpast glory and prosperity of the dividual exertions of Protestants themBritish Isles, and it was to that victory selves. (Hear, hear.) He (the Chairthat their future welfare, whatever it man) believed that it depended more might be, should be traced. (Cheers.) on the influence and workings of that In contending for the principles then Association than any other. (Cheers.) rendered triumphant, they were con- He told them that while, in their intending for the liberty and happiness tercourse with Roman Catholics, they of every Roman Catholic in the coun- should be kind and obliging, they try. (Loud applause.) He had, some should offer the most determined optime since, presented the Association position to their false principles, and with a work of the Rev. Dr. Croly's, to those false teachers who taught called, " Protestantism the Pole-star them, and who were far more criminal of England”-and indeed it was the than their flocks. (Hear.) They pole-star of the world as well. (Hear, should also support all the Protestant hear.) In that work was given an institutions of their country - their account of the state of England, which Church Education Society as the was either prosperous or the contrary, only Society which teaches the prinaccording as Protestantism was en- ciples of the national Church, which couraged or damaged. They had been he maintained were the principles of so betrayed that there could be no the Bible; and this they would be dependance placed on man; Govern- convinced of on the perusal of “A ments and senators had deceived them. Comparison of the Liturgy of the He expressed how shocked he had Church with the Bible," by Bailey been at reading the Archbishop of a most admirable work, which he Dublin's statement of the Bible would have the pleasure of presenting (groans)—that our translation (the to the Society. (Cheers.) He would authorized version) was not the Bible, also recommend Bickersteth's “Divine He (the Chairman) did not think that Warning to the Church" to their best the Word of the Almighty should be attention. They should support the confined to one language. (Applause.) Church Missionary Society, and the At the building of the tower of Babel, Irish Society. (A Voice " And the
ProtestantAssociation also.”—Cheers.) mittee my best thanks for the compliOh, that of course must be supported. ment paid me, and my mite towards He looked upon it as the mother and defraying the expense of the Meeting. mistress of all the Protestant Associa- -I am, Dear Sir, yours faithfully, tions in Ireland. (Cheers and laugh
“ CHARLES BOYD. ter.) Their principles were extending,
"W. C. Espy, Esq., Secretary.” and he had reason to believe that 60,000 Orangemen would meet that THOMAS H. THOMPSON, Esq., moved day in one spot in Ulster. (Tremen the first Resolution, and was loudly dous cheering, Kentish fire, &c.) He applauded. He said his first duty would not commend the conduct of was to apologize, on the part of the the Orangemen did he not know they Rev. Hugh Prior, for his absence were contending for the liberty where from the Meeting, which was caused with Christ had made his people free. by illness. He then read the follow(Hear. Their Association was a ing Resolution:-“That the victory strictly religious one; they were con- of the Boyne, under William III. of tending for the cause of God as well glorious, pious, and immortal memory, as for themselves and their families; which we this day commemorate, they were fighting for the Roman Ca crushed Popish despotism, and intholics of Ireland, to deliver them from vested with effectual bulwarks against thraldom and death. (Applause.) In tyranny the professors of the true reconclusion, the Rev. Gentleman re- ligion; that we deplore the relinquishgretted the absence of the Dean of ment of the securities, which were Ardagh, whose invaluable work of established by the spirit and patriotism “ Ireland and her Church” contained of our forefathers; and that we hereby a refutation of the Popish assertions testify, that at the present moment against the Church, and an eloquent the sincere profession of the Protesand triumphant maintenance of her tant faith is, in Ireland, detrimental principles. (Applause.)
to a man's temporal interests, and not The hymn, « All hail the power of unfrequently attended with danger to Jesus' name," was then sung.
his person.” He considered that The following is the Very Reverend there was scriptural warranty for Dean's letter of apology; also a letter commemorating so glorious a deliverfrom the Rev. Charles Boyd:
ance, and the universality of the cus “ Deanery House, Edgeworthtown,
tom bore out the idea. (Hear, hear.) June 29, 1846.
It may be said that such commemo* MY DEAR SIR,—I am sorry it
rations created bad spirit among Rowill not be in my power to attend
man Catholics. If such were the your Meeting on Wednesday. I am
case, it should not prevent them from only just returned from England, and
celebrating a glorious deliverance, expect our bishop here shortly, to con
which was not gained by the aid of firm; otherwise it would give me
kings or soldiers, but by the outvery great pleasure to be with you on
stretched arm of God. (Hear.) The that illustrious day, when the star of
victory of the Boyne was only the house of Stuart grew pale for
the climax of a struggle which had
been going on for a century, in order ever.-Yours most faithfully, “R. MURRAY, D.D.,
that the Gospel might have free Dean of Ardagh.
course, that knowledge, enlighten"Wm. Compton Espy, Esq.”
ment, and wisdom might increase,
and that the Word of God should be “ Magheradroll Parsonage, the standard of the nation's conduct.
Ballynahinch, June 30. He would detail to them a few of the "DEAR SIR, I regret exceedingly extraordinary events of the early part that I must deny myself the gratifica of the seventeenth century. After tion of being present at the contem the Reformation there still remained plated Meeting of the Dublin Pro- some of the spirit of Popery, and of testant Association and Reformation the seeds of civil and religious desSociety to celebrate the first of July. potism, and in 1604 there was a great I beg you will present to the Com. Conference held at Hampton Court
to obtain a new and complete trans- gent not to keep up the remembrance lation of the Bible, to cause an in- of the triumph for truth and liberty crease of zeal in preaching the Gos- there effected. The same God that pel, and to establish full liberty for ingulphed Pharaoh's army in the Red the clergy in non-essentials. The Sea led William on to victory, and as new translation of the Bible was Moses and the Israelites sang their effected by the Conference, but he songs of triumph, so should they also did not believe that the other two rejoice with thankful hearts in the objects were accomplished. In 1629 blessings which the victory of the a levy of taxes was made with con- Boyne handed down to them. (Apsent of Parliament; and it was at plause.) that time that Oliver Cromwell made Mr. LARMINIE, Primitive Mehis first speech, and it was against thodist missionary, was called on to the public preaching of Popery. In second the Resolution, and was re1637, three gentlemen were pilloried ceived with loud applause. He was -a barrister, a physician, and a thankful for what God had been clergyman, had their ears cut off, and pleased to do for him, through the were branded with hot irons, because persecution in past ages of his ancesthey asserted that surplices were not tors; for He had enabled him to necessary for the clergy. In 1648 commemorate on that night, with the happened one of the most extraor- Association, the victory of the Boyne. dinary events that ever took place in He was the descendant of a persethe history of nations—namely, the cuted Hugunot, although he had not conviction of the highest authority in much of the Frenchman about him England of high treason, and his now; for he was an Irishman to the execution accordingly. After the back-bone. (“Hear," and laughter.) death of Charles I., Oliver Cromwell He was a Connaught man, but he governed, and by his maintenance of was a Protestant at all events. (Loud Protestantism the empire flourished. cheers.) He would endeavour to At his death, in 1660, Charles II., a spread Protestantism, which was the concealed Papist, was restored, and religion of the Lord Jesus Christ and brought misery and judgment upon of the Bible. (Hear.) With their the realm ; and finally, in 1685, James respected Chairman he would draw a II. was called to the throne. Then marked line of distinction between heavy aggressions were made upon Popery and its professors. There the people, who did not submit to were thousands of Roman Catholics despotism, but called to their head who were longing to be freed from William III., of glorious, pious, and Popery, and to embrace the truths of immortal memory. (Tremendous the Bible. He had the key of every cheering, waving of handkerchiefs, Irish heart—the knowledge of the &c.) His motto was—“The Pro- Irish language. (Cheers.) The testant religion and the liberties of speaker then delivered a few senEngland.” (Immense cheering.) He tences in Irish, which called forth (the speaker) would ask, could those the cheers of the audience. Why, liberties have been maintained while said he, what I said in Irish was, James had a footing in Ireland ? “ Listen to me, and I'll tell you a (“No, no.") Well, then, the Pro- story," and you did the very contrary. testants of Ireland, with William at (Loud laughter.) He then told some their head, gave them battle at the most interesting anecdotes, and probanks of the Boyne, and then was ceeded—Though Popery was politithe struggle of the century consum- cally rising, it was not spiritually mated and brought to an end by the rising. He could give names and achievement of that glorious victory particulars of Roman Catholics readwhich they that evening met to com- ing the Bible unknown to their Revermemorate. (Loud applause, Kentish ences. They can't find it out, and fire, &c.) They were, he may say, may they never find it out. (Cheers.) within an hour's drive of the Boyne, He then called upon the Meeting to and living so near to the locality live as well as profess Protestant they should be ungrateful and negli- principles, and then they would see
their principles flourish and prevail. and Protestants were alike, but they They would then live nearer their had sowed the wind, and were now principles than heretofore, and their reaping the whirlwind. They were motto should be, “No Surrender.” captivated by the tinkling of Popish He concluded by narrating a few gold on their agents' desks, and gave more anecdotes about the progress their land to the highest bidder, and which the Word of God was making the result was, that now, instead of among the Irish-speaking portion of having a Protestant tenantry to prothe people, and showed that they tect them, they had a police force were enabled by their knowledge of and a stipendiary magistracy; instead that Word to refute and overthrow of whom, they could have as their all that their priests could say against protectors them.
# A bold peasantry, their country's pride." The Resolution was put and passed. But there was a space for repentance, after which a version of the 124th and the Protestants of Ireland would Psalm, to the tune of the “ Boyne still prove to Papists, Puseyites, and Water," commencing with
trimming Ministers, that they were “Unless the Lord his arm of power," members of a Church against which was sung, the whole assembly joining the gates of hell should not prevail ;
The Rev. FRANCIS IRWIN, Ruskey and though the storm may rage Rectory, moved the following Reso around, and angry tempests threaten lution, and was also very warmly re- desolation, they would place their ceived :-" That we attribute the de- trust in Him by whom the very hairs plorable condition under which Irish of their head were all numbered. Protestants now exist to their own (Hear, hear.) Protestants had been neglect : that, instead of viewing unfaithful, and if they would, as his themselves as a nation of witnesses friend Mr. Larminie had said, not for God and for his truth, whose merely profess but live Protestantism; mission was the conversion of all the if they would be epistles known and people of Ireland, they considered read of all men, then would they themselves as a conquering host, have on their side the Lord as the whose privilege was the subjection of Captain of their salvation, and in his a party : that we believe their ca- strength go on conquering and to lamities to have sprung from this conquer, till the knowledge of his neglect, and that we believe repent- name would cover the earth as the ance is not yet too late.” He would waters cover the sea. If they were take up the words of the Resolution true Protestants, they would show to and say, that repentance was not yet their Roman Catholic countrymen too late; and the Protestants of Ire- that their only mode of escape was in land would show that they were not the blood of the Lamb, slain from the to be put down by a Minister of foundation of the world ; in the State. “At the battle of the Boyne merits of Him who was willing and it was proved that the spirit which able and ready to save them; and animated the Protestants of Ireland that they should therefore cast off was one which neither the world nor their dependence on those roaring the devil could suppress. (Cheers.) lions who were going about seeking That Meeting proved that the Pro- to devour. (Hear.) Yes, the priests testant spirit still existed ; and al- of the Church of Rome were the though some of the gentry may for- emissaries of lies and of the father of get, while enjoying the comforts of lies, Satan. (Hear, hear.) There life in their castellated mansions, the was an under-current of Protestantism case of the poor Protestants, still the running through the land, and the spirit of these men could not be Bible was read by multitudes in spite quenched or put down. (Hear.) of the priests. He (the speaker) had The proprietors of land at first kept no fear of man; he laughed to scorn Protestants upon it to protect them the threats of Grattan and the Rein the enjoyment of their property, pealers, and he would speak out his but Popery began to be encouraged sentiments fearlessly on all occasions. by the State. They thought Papists (Cheers.) It was the trimmers, the