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The Emancipation bill of 1829 forbade amongst the men so aptly termed by the very things which the present bill a respectable newspaper,
“ the memafresh prohibits ;- the like penalties bers for Rome.” Mr. Drummond and the same process of recovery was
contrived to bring into the compass provided. The provisions of that bill of his speech some strong remarks have remained a dead letter to this respecting false miracles and conday, and the Irish Roman Catholics ventual proprieties. The Irish Rohave laughed to scorn alike our con- manist members were roused almost cessions, our securities, and our pe- to madness, and the propriety of Sir nalties. What has been will be again James Graham, and other half-hearted with a bill fashioned, or rather emas- Protestants, was shocked at hearing culated, like that of Lord John Rus- what well educated and politically unsell's. Many think, that the population prejudiced people too well knew to be of Ireland being for the far greater palpable truisms. We can only say, part Romanist, and having had a long that we think Mr. Drummond neither and uninterrupted succession of bi- outstepped his right as a legislator, or shops, it is not only unwise but unjust his duty as a Protestant, when, on to meddle with an order of things so discussing the provisions of an antilong established among themselves, if papal bill, he deprecated the 'spread not recognized by us. For ourselves, of a creed which begets and nurses we cannot understand how we can, on such impious absurdities as the old or this question, nationally, separate Íre- modern Romish miracles; or delights land from England, and tolerate ag- in the unscriptural, cruel, and foul gressions and assumptions in the for- deeds notoriously practised in monasmer country which we protest against tic and conventual institutions. and forbid in the latter. If the Romanists and their so-called Protestant allies succeed in taking Ireland out
ADDRESS TO THE ARCHBISHOP OF of the range of the bill, we can
CANTERBURY. only say that it places the Protestant An admirable Address, emanating Church of Ireland in such an equivocal, from the recent Meeting of Laymen, not to say so false a position, that it at Freemason's Hall, and presided will behove her sister Church to pro- over by Lord Ashley, was, on Wedtest against such a manifest injustice. nesday, the 19th of March, presented A second probability is - That the by his Lordship to our venerable Pritruly Protestant party in the House mate. It was signed by 239,860 сleof Commons will make a vigorous rical and lay members of the Church effort to restore the bill to the shape of England, and embodied a strong in which Lord John Russell intro- declaration against Romish aggressduced it; and to make it something ion, and a faithful remonstrance more than a empty parliamentary de- against the fearful heresy of Tractaclaration against an aggression which rianism, and a respectful entreaty it is assumed that England is not able that the archbishops and bishops to carry into effective operation. To would exert all the power of the episthese efforts of our christian senators, copal office to avert the threatening our Protestant brethren must add dangers which so wide spread a movetheir prayers, and their most energe- ment has brought upon the Church tic co-operation, that the people of and Protestantism of the country. England may again speak their de- The reply of the Archbishop was termination not to be over-ridden by everything that could be anticipated a foreign and most anti-christian from so justly revered a prelate; but his power, and not to be parties to a mea- Grace evidently felt that through the sure which may annoy Romanists, uncertainty of rubrics, and the intricabut which will not put down their cies of ecclesiastical law, power has assumptions and aggressions.
been wanting to prevent or prohibit" We must say but a word or two “such practices and innovations in concerning Mr. Drummond's speech, public worship as have their origin in and the storm of passion it caused error and superstition.” Surely if this be so, the bishops ought to take THE CASE OF Miss Talbot. counsel with each other, and the Akin to the foregoing is a singular Church generally, as to the complete narrative, also before the public and remodelling of services, rubrics, the Court of Chancery. We refer to and laws, under colour of which our
the case of Miss Talbot, and the Tractarian perverts fight with Rome, strange and contradictory statement against the Protestantism of the
as to the nature of her residence in Church.
the convent at Taunton. Here again
the parties and the object to be gained THE DEATH-BED OF A ROMANIST. are identical. Rome is plotting for a
Two remarkable instances of the prize of £80,000, and the attempted practices of the Church of Rome victim is a young girl of high family, have been most opportunely brought and who, from some imperfectly exto light during the discussion of the plained circumstance, appears to have measure to be adopted against its re
been abandoned by her guardians, cent aggressive insult to this conntry. the Earl and Countess of ShrewsThe first is the case of what appears bury, to the intrigues of priests and to have been a base conspiracy to
the inmates of a nunnery.
It would wring from a dying miser the long- be improper to say more about this cherished bag of gold which he could matter, while the whole business is not take with him to an eternal world. sub judice; but Englishmen may The instant so rich a prey was disco- learn, from this timely revelation, vered to be in the possession of one
what will be the constantly recurring who was thought to be only a dying events in families with pecuniary pauper, the vultures gathered round expectations, if ever the Church of the bed of death, eager to wrest what Rome gains power and ascendancy seemed to be the sick man's only por
in the land which once too well knew tion for time and eternity. No one her malpractices to be abominable. knows what passed between the priest of Rome and the spirit just lingering on the confines of earth; but the The PosturE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. strange and infamous process by which the thousands were reluctantly ment must be considered as simply
The existence of the present governsigned away, and that for the education of the sex which, during a long shall arrive for its permanent dis
tolerated until a convenient season life, had excited the antipathies of the unwilling, but almost forced donor, placement. The questions the counhas been brought to light, and is now
try has to prepare for, are, first, the before the proper authorities for judg- result of a general election, which
character of its successor, and then the ment. Enough has been brought before the public, to make them clearly appears to be the inevitable conseunderstand that Rome is still un
if Lord John Russell retires
from the helm. changed, and that her priests haunt the houses of the living, the beds of
The late attempts to form a Cabi
net have led us to imagine that it is the sick and dying, to extract from their wretched devotees all the spoil upon Lord Stanley and the Protec
tion party that the lot of government they can, in exchange for ministrations which are false and profitless, will most probably fall; and the here and hereafter. God keep us,
struggle in the elections, consequent our houses, and our families, from
upon such an event, will, of course, the visits of those who affright by the
be for the greater part between that false terrors of purgatorial fire, and party and the supporters of free trade. attempt to calm the troubled soul by dian seeks not to influence a single
In such a case, the Christian Guarvain promises of vainer masses to be offered for the release of a soul far
vote : its one object is, that which beyond the reach and help of mor
ought be uppermost in the hearts tality!
and minds of all Englishmen in this crisis of their country's history. Two deadly enemies to the welfare of Eng- him as a matter of prayerful devotion ; land are now fighting in close alliance, in the crisis of a vital struggle send him -Popery and infidel latitudinaria- forth with an unanimous vote to the nism. We have seen that the former Thermopylæ of the Constitution; let him
be a man of one idea-one purpose has power to upset governments, embarrass the progress of public busi- resistance to the encroachments of this
threatening and freedom-crushing aposness, and engage a Protestant legis
tacy-determination that Protestantism lature weeks, if not for months, in
shall not be extinguished, and that the repelling its premature, but most cun
fire of martyrdom shall not be rekindled ; ningly devised attack. We now see
that the right of the Protestant churches clearly in its results what a vast num- and the paramount authority of the writber of old-fashioned Protestants pre- ten Word shall not be trampled on, nor dicted would be the natural con- the idol again set up by national hands sequence of the Act of 1829, that in the holy place, from which a scripthe admission of Romanists into the turally enlightened nation had cast it legislature would prove but the com- out, and kept it out for 300 years." mencement of a ceaseless struggle for the overthrow of Protestanism. In
The New Bishop of Nova Scotia. earnestly advising our readers to prepare vigorously for the coming com- Our readers will be sincerely gratibat between Popery and Protestant- fied to learn that Dr. Binney, the sucism, we cannot use words more cessor of Dr. Inglis in the see of powerful, or more profitable for the Nova Scotia, is a man of the right urgencies of the times, than those stamp, both as regards the possession written, four years since, by one now of true evangelical principles, and as entered into rest, who then saw the admirably fitted, in other respects, for working of that plot for Romish ag- the arduous work of a colonial bigrandizement which has now burst in shop. The consecration of this new
prelate took place, on Tuesday last “Protestant brethren, of all denomi. (March 25), at Lambeth Palace, when nations, there is one measure of safety the Archbishop of Canterbury, aswhich is yet in your hands—the only sisted by the Bishops of London, measure now which, humanly speaking, Chichester, and Oxford, performed can save the country ;- it is to secure a the beautiful service of Consecration numerical majority of Protestants in the in the usual simple manner which has next Parliament.
been customary for so long a period Say, brethren, that this shall not be!
in the chapel of Lambeth Palace;-a -say that no interest shall divide or di- simplicity, at head-quarters, which is vert you for a moment. Wesleyans, Independents, Baptists, Presbyterians, the Tractarians to make the services
in strong contrast with the efforts of Churchmen, look you out in every electoral department a man whom you can
of our Reformed Church approximate trust- a godly man - a man that reve- as closely as possible to the histrionic rences the holy Scripture as the word of ritual of Rome. God. There are thousands of such men to be had. You do not want men of extraordinary talent; you have not had We are compelled to postpone a fursuch before. On such grounds one half
ther notice of “ Madden's Thoughts on the men of the former House had no bu. Baptism” to a future number. siness there, and will only be missed by We trust to insert in our next, an artitheir votes. We do not want so much
6. The Communion of Saints," new legislation as the keeping by the old. with especial reference to the bond of We want passive resistance more than union at present existing in our Church palaver; principle more than pretension; congregations. the persistency of heartfelt religion, not
It has been found necessary to defer, the never-ceasing changeableness of po- for another month, the insertion of a furlitical libertinism. Find a resolute godly ther extract from “Elliott's Horæ ApoChristian of common sense business ha- calypticæ," to which a kind Contributor bits; put the sacred trust solemnly upon has drawn our attention.
upon us :
LONDON: J. H. JACKSON, ISLINGTON GREEN,
THE CHRISTIAN GUARDIAN,
THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS.
In our last number we promised a few It is not the purpose of the present remarks upon the above subject, which paper to touch at all upon that oneis one of no ordinary importance, ness and fellowship, either as regards whether it may be considered as affect- communion with God, with Christ, ing the honour of our Lord Jesus and with the Spirit, which all true Christ, or as manifesting to the world believers have in common; or that that union and communion which communion arising from a oneness in should exist between the members of point of doctrine and belief ;-our His household, the Church.
sole object is with that specific chaAs often as we use our Common racter of communion which should, Prayer, we are all led to declare that but does not, mark the members and we “believe in the Communion of communicants of our Churches as Saints ;"—but a life and sphere of members of one great loving family, some experience has forced the con- redeemed by the blood of One who clusion that in our own branch of the came to be our Elder Brother; and Church Catholic, the declaration of so to reconcile us to God, that led by the belief is all that we can lay claim one Spirit within our hearts, we might to possess.
Of course this remark is all be enabled to call Him “ Abba, limited to that peculiar meaning of Father.” the term, Communion, by which we It should not seem therefore an ununderstand that union with each other, fitting theme for the pages of the that kindness and reciprocity of feel- “Christian Guardian,” to see how far ing, that exhibition of lowly, cour- we, as members of congregations in teous, and friendly demeanour carried the Church of England, at all realize out into the active principle of words the idea of being members of the reand deeds of christian love, which the deemed family of God. Scriptures point out as the charac
One feeling must pervade every teristics of Christ's disciples, —- “By breast upon attempting to give an this shall all men know that ye are answer to the question here proposed. my disciples, if ye have love one to The minister of the most united and another."
actively laborious congregation, canAPRIL-1850.
not sincerely entertain the subject,- if anything, each of the other. This taking the fulness and simplicity of is no harsh, over-drawn, or unfriendly Scripture precept as his guide,-with- description of the state of our Church out at once discovering where much, congregations. if not all, is wanting, to exhibit the A glance or two around us, as we picture of brethren worshipping, work- sit in our pews, or go into or out from ing, and dwelling in love. He may our respective churches, will tell us continually see the pews beneath him, how much we know of or care for our around him, and above him, filled fellow worshippers.
What are the with devout and attentive hearers, who causes of this strange, unscriptural may be ever ready with their time and condition of God's professing people, purses to help forward his numerous outwardly joined in one band, and and varied plans for charity and use- under the guidance of one ministry ? fulness, at home and far off; and yet, They may be classed under two heads, as he sees them Sabbath after Sab
First, A want of knowledge as to the bath depart from his church, does he reality and nature of what christian not sometimes propose our own query communion was intended to be ; and, to his mind, if not to his conscience,- Second, The influence which the world, What communion have these people and the principles and the practice of with each other, and by what bond society, exercise upon those who proof union are they cemented in the fess not to be conformed to the world; brotherhood of christian love? It will and who are supposed to be members of require but a very little reflection to one common body, having one Head, convince him that the response he one hope, one way, and one eternal hears to his own voice in those words home. of the creed, “I believe in the com- For the first cause the ministry is munion of saints,” has but a partial in a great degree answerable. The and limited meaning. We cannot real subjectis rarely brought before our disguise the fact that the vast majo- congregations, and then too frequently rity in our congregations meet and in vague generalities; and treated as separate almost as entire strangers to almost altogether referring to what each other. Some faces, or even many, we have before described, as a onemay be familiar to us, and we may ness in doctrine, belief, and worship ;know the names of those around us; a union, in harmoniously attending we may worship Sunday after Sunday the same ministry, and in pursuing together,-contribute to the same re- the objects usually connected with ligious and charitable purposes ; a
active christian congregations. The few of the wealthiest may meet communion of believers with God, occasionally in committees for va- with their own hearts, is often faithrious objects;— but apart from all fully and powerfully described; and this, the body are as much stran- not seldom is a beautiful picture drawn gers to each other, and the vital of the perfection of this communion, principles of christian communion, when we shall have exchanged earth which should bind them together in for heaven, and are admitted to com:: living and friendly union,-as though mune with uninterrupted purity and they were people casually meeting, felicity with the whole company of and who cared to know but little, the redeemed in glory.