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members to the Mission ranks, and it the interest they take in spiritual may be hoped that the work, though things, it would almost seem that so seriously obstructed by that loss, some of them are not far from the will gradually advance both in extent kingdom of God. Several have been and spirituality, to the praise and to our chapel on Sunday evenings at honour of Jehovah's name, and to

public service. In February last, the satisfaction and encouragement of they opened a Sunday-school in their those engaged in this most important synagogue, which is kept during the object. From the numerous reports hours of Divine Service in the that have been received, the following Christian churches. There are sevenpassages have been selected. That teen Hebrew children attending it, which relates to the Jews residing in and there is nothing taught but Bible Barbadoes, will be read with interest knowledge in the English language. by the friends of Israel.

This school is open once in three “ I have no doubt you will be in- months for the inspection of Chris. terested to hear something about the tians. We have had an invitation to Jews in Barbadoes. They are not visit it, but being otherwise engaged numerous, scarcely a hundred, inclu- at the time, we could not avail our. ding the children. We have fre. selves of it. They keep their feasts quently conversed with them on reli. with intense devotion, tenaciously gious subjects, such as the prophecies, clinging to all the peculiarities of which relate to their present disper. Judaism. We do not exhort them sion and future glory; also concern- at once to renounce them, but merely ing the Messiah they still expect. to embrace the Christian faith with This is a very tender point to intro- all their hearts. Does it not appear duce into conversation with a Jew. that there is a shaking among the In speaking upon it, some of them dry bones? May the Spirit of Life have been affected to tears, and judg- enter into them.' ing from the questions they ask, and October, 1844.


“There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord

that shall stand.”

A Bill has been brought into the House of Lords with every prospect of passing, for the admission of the Jewish people to the highest municipal offices in this country. And doubtless this is only a stepping-stone to other concessions and immunities. Thus, as the constitution of our country ceased to be essentially Protestant on the passing of the bill for Catholic Emancipation; it will thereby cease to be essentially Christian by the introduction of those who reject and denounce Christ as an impostor. What blessing from on high can we expect_on such unhallowed measures of unchristian expediency?

Of the same character is the Premier's intended augmentation of the

grant to Maynooth. We are thankful to be able to lay before our readers the following statement regarding the pretensions of this grant, as well as the form of petition which may

be acceptable to those who have not already petitioned. We feel confident that the Government, even acc

according to their own views of policy, are wrong. It is not for want of money that Maynooth is so palpably deficient in education. With the money they possess, it might surely rise in secular knowledge to the level of a good national school or commercial academy. More money is not wanting to insure that a priest should not be more illiterate than a common school-boy when he leaves the college. We believe that there are few who are not Roman Catholic Bishops (Drs. Troy satisfied that it would be far better and O'Reilly,) memorialized the Bri. that Maynooth did not exist. The tish Government on the hardship and priests in Ireland who have been edu- danger of obliging the Irish Priests cated abroad, are of a very different to obtain their education abroad, and order. But more money will not thus obtained permission to establish mend the Maynooth education. It a college in Ireland.-In 1795 the might be vastly better with its pre- Act, by which the Maynooth Semisent resources. There is an object nary was founded, passed the Irish in its present system. More money Parliament, and the preamble of that will not overturn that object. More Act distinctly states the cause which money will subserve the interests of rendered it needful, thus:- Whereas, Popery in other ways. So much for by the laws now in force in this kingthe policy of Government. Then if dom, it is not lawful to endow any we take the religious view of the ques- College or Seminary for the education tion, we tremble to think what must exclusively of persons professing the be the result. In the face of all the Roman Catholic religion; and it is allowed failure of the Emancipation now become expedient that a Semimeasure, we identify ourselves with nary should be established for that the Man of Sin more closely. We purpose, &c.'-It may be observed fly directly in the face of the com- also, that the first clause in this Act mand to come out of Babylon, and names Trustees, and provides that we succour and sustain the most in- the said Trustees shall have full veterate and formidable influence

power and authority to receive subwhich opposes light, and thwarts the scriptions and donations, to enable progress of Scriptural truth through- them to establish and endow an acaout the world. We cannot but expect demy!!--The only clause which that God will be avenged if we thus speaks of a public grant is the tenth, take part with His enemies.

which enacts that a sum or sums of If Maynooth would be bettered by money, not exceeding £8000, shall more support, let the Papists them- and may be issued by the Treasury selves give it. They have wealth towards establishing the said Acaenough for the purpose, as all their demy.' (See The Record, for Feb. 10, doings elsewhere plainly shew.

13, 20, 1845.)-Such are the facts connected with the foundation of the College of Maynooth !

“2.-The Roman Catholic Bishops

who memorialized Government COMPACT : COMPILED

the necessity and expediency of estabREV. JOHN SPURGIN, VICAR OF lishing in Ireland, a College for the HOCKHAM, NORFOLK :

education of the Irish Priests, were

themselves, at the very time they pre“1.--In 1793 Declarations from all sented this memorial, in confidential the Roman Catholic Bishops, and communication with a body of Papists also from the great body of the Pa- then sitting in Dublin, under the pists of Ireland, were widely circu- name of “The Roman Catholic Comlated through the land, professing mittee,” or as it is now called “The Loyalty to the King, Affection for Catholic Association.”+-The conEngland, and Attachment to British connexion.* Soon after this, two

Irish Roman Catholic Bishops recently

issued, enjoining obedience to civil go* The Roman Catholic historian, Plow

vernors ? den, asserts, as matter of fact, that the † Sir William Petty, (Irish Secretary,) Roman Catholic Bishops never issued a in 1672, writes as follows: There are in Manifesto of Loyalty, except, when they Ireland two governments—the external had some political end to compass, or and ostensible government, which is the when they wished to cover some secret English, and the internal and mystical treason against England, which was not government, which consists of twenty ripe for explosion. What then are Pro- Popish gentlemen of good parts and amtestants to think of the Pope's letter to the bitious designs-who are in close corres




nexion of these Romish Bishops with this Association of Treason (then occupied in devising some plan of Clerical Education for Ireland) was a fact wholly unknown to Government; but, from documents which have since been brought to light, it appears that the same individual who wrote the public Declarations of professed loyalty from the Roman Catholics, was also, at the time, recording, in his own private Journals, the sentiments and designs of the Roman Catholic Committee,' of which he was a member; and in these Journals he states, that the Committee were all sincere Republicans, that their objects were—to subvert the Tyranny of England, to establish the Independence of Ireland, and to form a free republic!!' -Indeed, the same Journals inform us, that every member of this Committee,

was, at that time, engaged in High Treason; and that (with the exception of one, who with consummate art escaped detection,) all of them either mounted the scaffold, or committed suicide, or were banished, or fled from the country!

“3.—Thus then, it appears, that it was upon the strongest profession of Loyalty from the Roman Catholics, and in utter ignorance of the treason organizing among them, that Government, in 1795, legalized the Establishment of Maynooth, hoping thereby to secure to England the affection of the Irish Priesthood.—But the result was far otherwise ; for, through the agency of that very Committee, with which the Bishops, who memorialized Government, had associated themselves, the Rebellion of 1798 was concocted, and arrangements made with Republican France for the Invasion of Ireland! This was the first fruits of that “liberal policy” which paved the way for the establishment of the Popish College of Maynooth; and what has Ireland reaped since pondence with the Priests, draw the funds necessary for their purpose, through the hands of the Priests, and by their help, wield and govern the whole Roman Catholic body of Ireland.'——This internal government can be traced all through Irish history; and the observation of Sir W. Petty is applicable to the present state of Ireland, as it was in 1762,

that event ? alas! the curse of God has rested upon that unhappy Institution; and, at the present hour, Doctrines are there taught most cruel, treasonable, and immoral; and Heresies are there fostered most blasphemous and deadly : — yea, Popish Priests have been sent forth from that School as from a National Pesthouse, to join in every species of popular agitation, and to thwart, by every possible device, the labours of the Clergy of the Established Church -in a word, instead of being tranquillized, Ireland has become more excited than ever; and her Priesthood, educated at Maynooth, instead of becoming more tolerant, are filled with sentiments of hatred towards England, far more deadly than that of their predecessors trained in Foreign Schools. — These are indisputable Facts.-Mr. Inglis, a decided “Liberal," who visited Ireland in 1833, thus expresses himself :-I entertain no doubt that the disorders which originate in hatred of Protestantism have been increased by the Maynooth Education of the Roman Catholic Priesthood. — It is the Maynooth Priest who is the Agitating Priest : and, if the foreign-educated Priest be a more liberal-minded man, less a zealot, and less a hater of Protestantism than is consistent with the present spirit of Catholicism in Ireland, straightway an Assistant, red-hot from Maynooth, is appointed to the parish. In no Country in Europe—no, not even in Spain-is the spirit of Popery so intensely Anti-Protestant as in Ireland !!

“ 4.—But it may still be said by some, the Grant to Maynooth rests on a National Compact! If such a compact does exist, where then is it to be found ?- The Charter proves such a compact to be an absolute Fiction ;* and the Act of Union be

* Sir Arthur Wellesley, Irish Secretary, (now Duke of Wellington,) in the debate of April 29, 1808, asserted, that, the fact was, that, when the Maynooth Institution was first established, it was not intended that it should be maintained by the public purse. -The memorial presented previously to the foundation of that Establishment, prayed for a charter, in order that their funds might be better secured.'-It the whole of Christendom in one

tween Great Britain and Ireland gives -Hence then, it is as clear as evidence no pledge whatever to the Romish can make it, that every idea of a Church, while, with the Protestant grant to Maynooth, on the ground of Episcopal Church, it enters upon a “National Compact,” is utterly at an covenant most solemn and explicit. end. The Act of Union runs thus:- That “ British Protestants !--The Facts it be the fifth Article of Union that of revolving time proclaim still louder the Churches of England and Ireland, and louder that, let the Papists disas now by Law established, be united guise their sentiments as they may, into one Protestant Episcopal Church, nothing but Absolute Sovereignty and to be called the United Church of the utter Annihilation of all Protestant England and Ireland ;' and that the Churches will ever satisfy them ! Doctrine, Worship, Discipline, and Let Protestants therefore, of every deGovernment of the said United nomination, bear in mind, that apathy, Church, shall be and shall remain in at the present crisis, may prove fearfull force for ever, as the same are fully disastrous to the Church of God. now by Law established for the - It is well known, that a wish has Church of England; and that the been cherished among men of influcontinuance and preservation of the ence in our land, that the Romish said United Church, as 'the Estab- Priests in Ireland should be paid from lished Church of England and Ire- the Revenues of the State.'-- The proland,' shall be deemed and taken to posal therefore, at this time made, to be an essential and fundamental part increase the Grant to Maynooth, will of the Union, &c.'* (See Martyn's serve to test the public feeling on this Ireland before and after the Union with important point; and if the present Great Britain, No. VII.)—Thus pe- measure be allowed to pass without remptory is the Act of Union between some strong expression of National Great Britain and Ireland, as it regards Alarm, the way will be immediately the Protestant Episcopal Church,while prepared for the still greater measure every other institution,and every other of adopting Popery as a Religion practice, according to the provisions countenanced by the State! Thus of the 8th Article of Union, is left will Protestantism and Popery be ' subject to such alterations and regu- brought to stand upon one common lations from time to time as circum- level, and a death-struggle may be stances may appear to the Parliament expected to ensue, which will involve of the United Kingdom to require.'t

scene of bitter desolation.—Let Brimay be observed also, that the Grants to

tish Protestants then awake to a sense Maynooth have often been to a smaller amount than the first. Thus in 1800 only

of their dangers and their duties, and, £4,093 was given, and in 1801 only £5,820. casting away all minor differences, let * It is painful to reflect how deplorably

them unite, as one man, in declaring the national compact with the Established their sentiments, with feelings of reChurch was violated, when ten Protestant spect, to that Legislative Branch of Bishoprics were taken away from Ireland, the British Constitution from which and the incomes of the Irish clergy diminished £25 per cent.

the project comes-animated by the + Sir Robert Inglis, in the debate of

bright examples of illustrious names June 23, 1840, on the Maynooth Grant,

to unceasing efforts against Popish suobserved: I was content, in former perstition and sceptical indifference !! years, to vote for this grant, though with “ It is suggested that separate Pegreat repugnance, as a legacy from the titions against the Grant to Maynooth, Parliament of Ireland.-There were about

be sent to the House of Commons thirty-six votes for charities which the Irish Parliament regularly maintained.

from Parishes, where the minister and So long as these votes remained unaltered,

chief inhabitants are united in that senfelt that I ought not to resist the vote timent: if otherwise, from Districts.for this College. But now that Parlia- Any form of petition may be adopted ment has broken through this ruletaking away Grants to Protestant Institu- own merits, and that the argument from tions, which stood on the same footing- precedent, and the idea of a legacy from a I feel that every case must stand on its deceased Parliament, is gone.'


which may express the wishes of the ever, as the ground of affording per-
parties interested : the subjoined one manent support to such an institu-
has been given, as affording hints for tion; inasmuch as the first Grant
consideration. When signed, peti- voted to the said College, out of the
tions can be sent through the Post- Public Treasury in 1795, was only a
Office, free, to any Member of Parlia- donation towards the Esthblishment
ment, if left open at the ends and the of the said Academy,' and the subse-
word “ Petition" be written on the quent Grants, varying in amount,
cover; or if forwarded to “The Com- have been, from time to time, resting
mittee of the Protestant Association, on no one pledge or compact more
London," such Committee would no solemn or obligatory than the Grants
doubt gladly place them in the hands in former days made from the Public
of some Protestant Member for pre- Treasury, in aid of the Protestant
sentation. Any letters sent to Mem- Institutions of Ireland: which Grants,
bers requesting them to support the it is to be lamented, have been wholly
prayer of the petition, must be for- withdrawn.
warded separately.


Petitioners would further remind your Honourable House, that it has been proved, by the most

satisfactory evidence, as well as by "To the Honourable the Commons of the uniform testimony of actual ex

the United Kingdom of Great Bri- perience, that the objects originally tain and Ireland, in Parliament contemplated by those statesmen who assembled.

sanctioned the Establishment of the

College of Maynoth, have been, in no “ The Petition of the Undersigned respect realized; while, on the other Inhabitants of the Parish of

hand, that Institution has proved the in the County of (and its chief source of seditious turbulence, Vicinity),

as well as of superstitious delusion “Humbly Sheweth,

and religious discord in Ireland.

“ Your Petitioners therefore, on " That your Petitioners, receiving every Ground of Principle, Policy, the written Word of God as the only and Consistency, humbly pray your true standard of faith and morals, are Honourable House to withdraw every convinced, by its testimony, that the kind of public support from the peculiar tenets of the Church of Rome Popish College of Maynooth. are idolatrous and utterly incapable of “ And your Petitioners will ever being reconciled with the genuine

pray," &c. doctrines of the Gospel.

"That your Petitioners deeply la- We rejoice to see symptoms of a ment that a College for the instruction general awakening throughout the of a Popish Priesthood has been country of right Protestant feeling established and is now supported at against the Maynooth grant. LiverMaynooth, in Ireland, by Grants from pool is acting nobly. One thousand the Public Treasury; believing, as they letters were despatched by one post do, that such a measure is calculated from that town to Lord Sandon on to bring down the Divine Judgments the subject; and the Rev H. M'Neile upon the nation.

has challenged his Lordship to shew " That your Petitioners beg to re- where there exists any obligatory mind your Honourable House, that pledge to continue the grant. Petineither in the Act or Charter which tions are preparing in a directions, passed in 1793, for the purpose of and we most heartily rejoice to see tolerating or legalizing a College, for the Dissenters coming forward in the education of the Romish Priest- concert with Churchmen against this hood in Ireland, nor yet in the Act of fearful measure. Union between Great Britain and The truth cannot be denied of the Ireland, are they able to recognize statement which has repeatedly been any stipulation, or any compact what made, that Sir R. Peel is extensively

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