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THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE.
troops,—is thought to be an act infiIt is impossible to regard without the nitely better to bear than to tempt. deepest anxiety the issue of the un the unknown evils of the future. It is expected revolution in France of the true that intimidation of all kinds, the 2nd Dec., which has again filled the extinction of the press, the display of streets of Paris with scenes of violence an immense army, and the reckless and slaughter. The movement of slaughter of all who were in imaginaLouis Napoleon came like a thunder- tion obnoxious to the President, have clap upon Paris and the whole of for the present caused his triumph; France; it has, however, but antici- while an enormous majority of votes, pated what must have proved a far into the exact history of which it would more awful catastrophe, the second not do to look, have confirmed him in election of a President of France in his prolonged and absolute power. May, 1852.
In any other country But we have yet to watch patiently besides France, an act like that which for the result of this astounding act. Louis Napoleon has just committed, The Church of Rome, always facile could hardly have been successfully in political affairs where her own carried into effect, and the state of claims and ends are concerned, has. the capital, the arrests and the butch- inaugurated this despotic act of Louis ery which has ensued, must have Napoleon with the same eager homdrawn down upon the usurper of the age with which her priests celebrated dearest rights of a people, not the around “trees of liberty" the downsummary vengeance of that people fall of Louis Philippe. alone, but the execration and unani There is something very significant mous condemnation of the whole ci- in this new-born devotion of the Rovilized world. In France, and with mish Church in France to the ascendthe French, the matters are liffe- ing star of Louis Napoleon. This rently thought of; and so rotten is prince has found it convenient to the the entire state of society in the French interests of his ambitious views to capital, and so accustomed are they pretend to a religious feeling which to their revolutions, that we hear his notorious immoral character sufficiwithout any other feelings than those ently contradicts, and has on all occaof christian sorrow, the events which sions in which he has presided over have filled Paris with blood and la- public ceremonies, invoked the aid of mentation.
the Roman Catholic clergy. They The only mitigation we can find in have been mutual tools to serve each: the whole of this coup d'etat is, that other's purposes, and we have again it has prevented a far larger sacrifice but to wonder at that "deceivableness of human life, and perhaps altogether of unrighteousness” with which the averted a struggle for power between clergy of the Church of Rome can those rival candidates who were sure espouse any and every cause, if it only to put forth their utmost strength, and lead to the supremacy of its commuwhich might have been productive of nion. a prolonged civil war, with all its at
There are, however, grave reasons tendant miseries. There can be now for our anxiety as Christians, when no doubt that Louis Napoleon, with we look at the wide spreading alliance his six millions of votes, is the man of Popery with all the absolute powby whom France submits to be go ers of Europe; and we regard it as verned, and that his sudden disruption our especial duty to watch with the of the constitution,—which, at its legal greatest care the machinations of an extinction in 1852, must have given ancient foe, which knows how to use the country as a prey to the violence alike the wildest political liberty and of rival princes and generals, who the most galling despotism, to exalt could perhaps have counted upon the itself and destroy even the yearnings support of large sections among the after religious freedom. The Record
newspaper, in an article which is upon for England and Englishmen that the whole written in an able manner, respect abroad which under Lord Palglances at this peculiar phase of the merston's administration it has not present French revolution, and al- been the good fortune of either to though it warns, as we would do, of possess for years past. In no juncthis union of the President with the ture has it been more necessary than Pope, as ominous of evil both to the the present for Christians to supplicate civil and religious liberties of France most earnestly, that Lord Granville, and Europe, yet hints that there may with the whole Cabinet, may be so. be no cordiality on the part of the guided with wisdom from above, that President, and that his junction with their councils may tend to preserve the Rome may only be the policy of his peace of Europe, or if internal dispresent emergency. Be this, however, cord and perhaps a continental war as it may, Louis Napoleon may rest must be kindled, may it be the sucassured that Rome will not let him cessful policy of our Government play fast and loose with her, making steadily to observe that system of nonher power and influence a ladder to interference which shall keep our climb into the seat of government, happy country from being dragged and then kicking down the steps by into the horrors of war. which he gained his end. As with the army which has executed his The late MEETING OF THE Protest, murderous decrees, so with that
ANT ALLIANCE, AT FREEMASONS' Church which has hastened to throw
Hall. around him the mantle of her authority; both must be kept faithful In our last number we 'spoke with and true by means which cannot but pleasurable anticipation of the forthbe subversive of the truest liberties coming meeting, to petition against and religious freedom of l'rance, as the endowment of Maynooth, and all well as inimical and dangerous to encouragement of Romanism. The neighbouring countries, blessed with report of that large and thoroughly the light and happiness of the Gospel influential meeting has gone far and and its infallible true liberty for the wide throughout the country, and it people.
is only our gratifying duty now to
record how admirable were those arRESIGNATION OF LORD PALMERSTON.
rangements of the committee of the
Alliance which enabled so many reThis is an event which has taken presentatives from different denomithe political world by surprise, and nations of Christians to unite in exis presumed to have been caused by pressing clearly and powerfully their the noble Lord's statements with re opinions upon the real character of gard to the policy of Austria and the Rome, and their determination to use new Revolution in France. It is not every exertion in their respective our province to enter into a retro- spheres to stop the progress of popery. spection of the conduct of the late The new session of parliament is Foreign Secretary, but while we can rapidly approaching, and we again not but acknowledge with gratitude repeat our earnest entreaties that Prothe manly way in which his Lordship testant electors will not suffer their has often interfered when the liberties representatives to pursue any other of our fellow Protestant subjects abroad course than shall at once stop our have either been jeopardized or ac- self-condemning grant to Maynooth; tually compromised, we must confess besides giving effect to that firm and that we shall regard with great satis- clear expression of the national will, faction the transfer of the seals of the which has protested against yielding foreign department to Lord Granville, one iota to Rome, either of money or if he should, by a firm policy, secure power.
LONDON: J. H. JACKSON, ISLINGTON GREEN,