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The Rev. HUGH STOWELL, of Manchester, rose to second the reso. lution. He said - I feel, ladies and gentlemen, that no resolution could have been put into my hands more congenial to my feelings than that which I have the honor to second ; for I ain persuaded that any arguments would be entirely superfluous, as they would avowedly be unseasonable in asking you to give not simply the tribute of your praise, but your hearty gratitude and co-operation to the Right Reverend John Bird Sumner, our President and Diocesan. It would be alike contrary to propriety, and to Christian simplicity, that I should presume to flatter his Lordship; but it is not bordering on flattery to say, that there is not a man alive, to whom the Church of England is more deeply indebted than to that Right Reverend Prelate. _Suffice it to remind you that it is he whom the first Diocesan Church Building Society owns as its father and founder; and that from that parent stem ramifications have spread through the length and breadth of the country; insomuch that there is a bright prospect of their supplying the lamentable defici. ency of accommodation in our beloved establishment. By this single fact I think I have established the position that there is no individual in England to whom, as churchmen, we are more indebted, than to our beloved and revered Diocesan. And I do trust, that though your Lordship has not been first in leading your corps of clergy, and the kindred corps of laity, into the field of spiritual education, yet, that you will soon take the lead in this hallowed enterprise, as you have done in church building. May your life and your labours be long continued to us ; for we want no Bishop of Manchester, while we have such an one to preside over the undivided Diocese. (Applause.) I hope that
you who have consecrated one hundred churches since you came amongst us, will have the pleasure of seeing erected by them one hundred schools to train up our children in sound morality—in the knowledge of the Lord. (hear.) To do this is not exclusively the province of the clergy. Every man should in his measure be a minister, not ashamed to confess Christ crucified, to set forward His king, dom whose cross is on our brow, and to be ashamed of which is to be ashamed of our glory. Greatly have I exulted at the noble sentiments which have been avowed at this meeting-sentiments from the lips of noble Lords, as well as of reverend gentlemen around me ; sentiments which will, I trust, go forth in the length and breadth of the country, and tell our government, if they need to be told, that this Christian people will not accept any system of education divorced from the Established Church of our land. (Loud applause.) Let liberalism rail as it will. Away with compromise and concession. A gentleman said to me but yesterday, “You are going upon a most illiberal scheme, to try to monopolize education ;-Why not join in some good Catholic plan to unite all parties in order to educate all ?” “ Call things," I said, "by their right names. Such a Catholic plan would prove little better than an infidel plan in disguise ; and can we compromise our claim to genu. ine Catholicity, and give up our conscientious conviction that a national establishment is as imperative on a Christian nation, as family Christian education is on a Christian father ; can we be guilty of such inconsistency,
by joining a project for universal education whose tendency must be to mutilate the Bible, betray the church, dislocate the constitution, undermine the throne, and make the star of Brunswick set at last in darkness and obscurity." (Loud applause.) What we want is the fearless avowal and maintenance of principle. And I do trust, ladies and gentlemen, we shall begin to be more true to our principles; and that our members of Parliament noble Lords, will not set up their opinions as they set up weathercocks on their houses to see how the wind blows, how popular voice veers, but will each ask, “What would principle have me to do? by that I will stand, though all the fools and knaves in the world should cry out—bigot-and fool—and knave." (hear.) This is what we want; not party but principle; men who will steer not by the meteor of expediency, but by the fixed star of duty, leading on to glory and to God. It is a good work in which we are engaged, and certain I am, that even our dissenting brethren who have not made shipwreck of their orthodoxy, could they but take the scales from their eyes and look at things in the calm sober light of truth, would be compelled to admit that in striving to uphold the national church, we are in reality upholding them in truth and safety ; for without the church whither would they not have drifted ? During the late fearful tempest, which taught us to depend on Him who holdeth the whirlwind in his fist, there was no event in this vicinity so disastrous as the driving from its moorings of the old light-ship.in Liverpool bay; for hence, when the storm-stricken vessels came to seek for the haven of safety, their guide being gone, they were driven unavoidably on the shoals and quick sands, and so, if the good old light-ship of the Church of England-(enthusiastic applause) were to be driven by the hurricane of popular commotion and infatuated prejudice from her moorings in the centre of our land, sure I am that every dissenting community which has found its way to the fort of truth, guided by her formularies, and confessions, would be driven right and left upon the shoals of Socinianism, or the sunken sands of Popery and Infidelity. (Loud applause.) I will not, however, indulge such apprehensions--but rather resemble our Church to something more stable and serene. My hope and prayer is that she may be
“Like some tall cliff that lifts its awful form,
Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm;
But to trespass no longer-I do believe, my Lord, that the spirit which animates this assembly, breathes also in the breasts of tens of thousands, might I not almost say, of millions of our fellow countrymen, and could we but thus gather them together and call their feelings forth, we should find that their hearts beat true to the principles of the Bible, the only standard of our faith; (loud applause) and that they are prepared to stand by those principles with their heart's blood if that were needed. Therefore, yet confidently may we anticipate that the
duration of our church will be coeval with the duration of our nation, and that when at length she yields up the company of her children from this militant state on earth, to the broad bosom of the church triumphant above, it shall be written as her imperishable record, —“ many daughters have done virtuously, but thou has excelled them all."
The resolution was carried by acclamation.
The Right Rev. PRELATE, in rising to thank his Christian friends for the resolution they had passed, must also make acknowledgments to the Honourable the Member for South Lancashire, for the manner in which he had proposed it, and also to his Rev. friend who seconded the motion. His Rev, friend had started with the avowed intention to say very little, but forgot that much might be condensed into a little space. A single drop of a certain acid was said to produce immediate death; and so a small drop of concentrated flattery might be alike fatal. He hoped with grace to withstand even that. After thanking the Clergy for the readiness with which they had attended the summons to meet that day, perhaps at much inconvenience to themselves, and saying that the recollection of that meeting would be one of the most delightful reminiscences of his diocesan life, he concluded with announcing that a list would remain on the table after the meeting, for the convenience of those who might wish then to subscribe to the fund of the National Education Society.
The mecting broke up at a quarter to four o'clock, after continuing upwards of five hours.
1.—That it is desirable to extend the means, and improre the system of Education throughout the country on the principles of the Established Church.
II.-That a Diocesan Board having been formed, Local Boards be established in the several Deaneries, for the purpose of bringing into connexion all Church of England Schools now existing in the Diocese, and to render assistance in the establishment of new Schools where they may be required.
III.-That the terms of connexion between all Local Schools and the Deanery or Diocesan Boards be--1. The adoption of the authorized formularies of the Established Church.-2. Reception of the Diocesan Inspector.–3. Clerical superintendence.-4. An engagement to make regular statistic returns. IV.—That the Diocesan Board establish at Chester a training
eminary for the Education of Masters; and that the Deanery Boards establish Schools for the commercial and working classes, with one of each in a convenient situation, as model Schools for the neighbourhood.
V.—That a paid Secretary and Inspector be appointed to visit Schools in union, under the direction of the Diocesan Board.
VI.-That a Diocesan Subscription be forth with entered into to meet the first cost of the undertaking and provide for future expenditure; and that a Committee be formed in each Deanery to superintend the collection, and pay it over to a Diocesan Treasurer hereafter to be appointed.
J. AND W. BOOTH, PRINTERS, WARRINGTON.