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1. That when they went away, as excitement is not genuine relithey termed it, it was always at the gious conviction, or fanaticism time they were fullest of the love of

true piety; then ought not those God. 2.' That it came upon them in a moment, without any previous notice, ministers of Christ to be called and took away all their senses and lukewarm and carnal, who would strength. 3. That they were as in rather guard against than promote another world, knowing nothing of such occurrences in their parishes; what was done or said, by all that were

and who humbly, yet hopefully, round about them.

About five in the afternoon, I look for, and pray for, and strive, heard them singing hymns. Soon after, by the Divine grace, to promote Mr. B. came up, and told me, Alice

repentance towards God, and Miller (fifteen years old,) was fallen into a trance. I went 'down imme- faith in our Lord Jesus Christ," diately, and found her sitting on a stool, in the ordinary and settled labours and leaning against the wall, with her of a zealous Evangelical ministry. eyes open, and fixed upward. I made

Thus, then, we blow aside seas 'a motion, as if going to strike; but they continued immoveable. Her face of froth ; and cast away a vast showed an unspeakable mixture of mass of alloy and heaps of scoriæ. reverence and love, while silent tears We have now a solid residuum of "stole down her cheeks. Her lips were a little open, and sometimes moved; and will stand the test of time and

what is truly the work of God, but not enough to cause any sound. I do not know that I ever saw a human temptation. But as this formed 'face look so beautiful. Sometimes it no portion of what was the device was covered with a smile, as from joy; of Satan, so neither did it spring mixing with love and reverence; but from what was only of man ; so the tears fell still, though not so fast. Her pulse was quite regular. In about that in viewing the real ultimate half an hour, I observed her counte- spiritual benefits resulting from nance change into the form of fear, Mr. Berridge's labours, we set pity, and distress ; then she burst into aside as hindrances, not aids, a food of tears; but in about five minutes her smiles returned, and only whatever was defective in the love and joy appeared in her face. individual, such as his unhappy About half an hour after six, I observed habit of jocoseness ; nor do we distress take place again; and soon

feel bound to admit that if, instead after she wept bitterly.”

of proceeding in an erratic course, Now, if any seriously-reflecting he had selected a field of labour Christians can believe that these equal to his vast energies - and outcries, screams, contortions, parishes innumerable presentsuch convulsions, dreams, trances, and fields -- and had devoted himself visions, (we copy the very words) with equal zeal to his pastoral were the genuine marks of a true duties, without deviating from due revival of piety, and not tares order in the church, his exertions profusely sown among the wheat; would, in the end, have been that, as the narrative says, “these crowned with less success. are the chief times at which Satan But then comes the moral of is cast out," and not rather that the whole. If with so much that these are his doings to thwart, if was not perfect in the individual ; he might, the work of the Holy and with so much that we believe Spirit ; we concede that, thus to have been the work of the judging, they cannot but conclude enemy of souls ; the really solid that the jealousy evinced in regard Scriptural results were still so to these agitating revivals is a great as unquestionably they were ; warfare against God. But if such if among vast multitudes warmly are not the manifestations of His excited, many were savingly congrace which He has taught us to verted ; if there was a genuine, expect; and if strong animal extensive, and permanent revival of piety, the blessed effects of church, the desk or the pulpit, he which are felt to this very hour, was pursuing one vast and infiwhile thousands have gone to nitely important object with all heaven venerating the name of the powers of his heart and soul, this devoted pastor ; to what, his mind and body ; and he was under the agency of the Holy ardently and affectionately eloSpirit, must we attribute it? and quent, because he was mighty in what salutary lessons may those the Scriptures, deeply conversant clergymen learn, who with the with the dealings of God with advantage of improved religious his own soul, and spoke as a dying machinery, and devoting their man to dying men. Heaven and labours with careful regularity hell with him were not abstracto their allotted portion of their tions; they pressed on him with Lord's vineyard, are yet cast down vivid reality, and he spoke as one because they do not witness simi- who had come from the dead to lar fruits of their labours. Let awaken the living. The love of them be what, with all his imper. his Saviour burned intensely in his fections, Berridge was. He ho. own soul; and never could he noured God, and God honoured enough dilate upon His grace, him. He laboured for God, and His promises, and His salvation. God blessed his labours. His faith We need not imitate his peculiawas strong, and it removed moun- rities ; but if we would, by the tains ; his love was warm, and it sovereign blessing of God, witness melted ice-bergs ; his zeal was such revivals as he did, and freer glowing, and it irradiated all from defects, let us follow Him around him. He was a man of whom he followed, Christ ; not one pursuit ; he was absorbed in with the languid footsteps of ordipromoting the glory of God and nary pastoral diligence, but with the salvation of souls. In the a zeal and fervour somewhat more study, at the social board, in his adequate to the value of the parish, on his knees, or in his human soul, and the price paid walks, in the cottage or the for its redemption.

OBITUARY. THE HON, & MOST REV. DR. TRENCH, ARCHBISHOP OF TUAM. With extreme affliction we record glowing anticipations with which we the decease of that much-loved and hailed that event, and which have been truly apostolical prelate, the Honour- more than fulfilled by his Grace's deable and Most Reverend Power Trench, vout, and diligent, and wise, and affecD.D., the last Protestant Archbishop tionate discharge of the arduous duties of Tuam. It is consoling that since of his responsible office under the sile this ecclesiastical province is now blot preme Shepherd and Bisbop of the ted out from the map of Ireland, the last Hock. We alluded as follows to his memory of it will live with the name Grace's appointment, with warm heart, of a prelate worthy of the primitive though for obvious reasons with purdays of the Church, and which will go posely quiet phrase, in our volume for down to posterity with those of Usher 1819. and Bedell among the eminent worthies “It is with peculiar pleasure that we of Irish episcopacy. We hope to pre- insert a part of an address recently present to onr readers a fuller notice of the sented from the clergy of the diocese deceased prelate; for the present we of Elphin to their late Bishop, on his must content ourselves chiefly with translation to the archbishopric of two or three extracts.

Tuam, together with his Grace's truly It is now twenty years since Dr. Christian reply. It augurs well for the Trench was translated to the province sister island, when such an endearing of Tuam; and we well remember the relation is seen to exist between her prelates and their clergy, and when an unprofitable servant, I have done only sentiments so truly apostolic are thus that which was my duty to do.' Be aspublicly avowed by such a man as the sured, that while the Lord is pleased to Archbishop of Tuam. After mention- spare me, and bestow upon me health ing several of his Grace's plans for the and strength, I will (humbly praying for benefit of his diocese, the address his blessing and assistance, without proceeds as follows :— But, more par- which I can do nothing,) unceasingly enticularly, observing the ardent desire deavour to merit and support the faalways evinced by your Grace, to pro- vourable opinion entertained by you of mote the knowledge of our Lord and my conduct_by taking advantage of Saviour Jesus Christ, we hail with un- every, opportunity of promoting the feigned pleasure your Grace's translation knowledge of our Lord and Saviour to the archbishopric of Tuam, hoping Jesus Christ—by exerting myself in the and praying as we do, that thereby, as cause of true religion upon the earth, an instrument in the hand of Provi. and by upholding, by my influence, by dence, your Grace will more exten- my patronage, and by my personal counsively become the blessed means of tenance, every institution in aid thereof. diffusing and maintaining Gospel truth. Were I to express all that I feel upon From our knowledge of your Grace, this occasion, I should write a volumewe are fully persuaded that the awful but you will bear with me a little longer, responsibility of your high station is while I offer my grateful thanks to you deeply felt by you, and, as springing for having, under Providence, introduced from that feeling, we anticipate, that into my late diocese that most valuable as your Grace is amongst the foremost institution, · The Monthly Clerical As. in temporal rank and distinction ; so sociation ;'-an institution, the progresalso will you seek to be amongst the sive good effects of which I have obforemost in that spiritual distinction served among yourselves, and have • which the world can neither give nor thankfully experienced myself; an intake away ;' and that looking unto Him stitution which has dispelled jealousies who is able to give the increase, your and prejudices, and connected and ceGrace's exertions will ever be devoted mented Christian love and charity, in to promote true religion on earth, and persons of discordant opinions upon to uphold every institution in aid there. some points ;—an institution which, of, and connected therewith.'

though only in infancy, has already “To the above address his Grace was proved so great a blessing to the diocese pleased to give the following answer :- of Elphin ;-an institution which I would

Elphin House, Nov. 23, 1819. rejoice to see extended over the whole “My Rev. Friends ---After a residence empire, and which I trust (under its of above nine years in the diocese of present constitution and conduct) will Elphin, and much of that time in inti. entirely meet with my successor's apmate and close intercourse with many probation. And now, my dear and reof you, it is with uo small satisfaction verend friends, farewell. I joyfully that now, upon my translation to the look forward to frequent personal, as archbishopric of Tuam, I am favoured well as epistolary communication, with by you with such testimony of your many of you—that 'I may be comforted approbation, as the address which has together with you, by the mutual faith this day been presented to me. If, by both of you and me.' And in


visits the influence of God's grace, I have to my diocese of Ardagh, which will take been made the humble instrument of me into your neighbourhood, I shall emproviding, in any way, for the benefit of brace every opportunity of meeting you. the diocese of Elphin, and of its clergy May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, -if it has been mercifully put into my and the love of God, and the communion heart, to use the ample means provided of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. by the legislature for procuring glebe


“PowER TUAM, &c." lands, and erecting glebe houses for We shall not attempt at present to their residence—if I have taken my draw up any account of the deceased share with you in setting on foot a sub- prelate's life, or sketch of his character; scription for the maintenance of our but will copy two extracts from the widows, and, in co-operation with you, Irish Newspapers, which will show the afforded my humble aid in promoting esteem in which his Grace was held in schools for the instruction of the poor his own country by all who knew how in the Scriptures—and if I have been to appreciate Scriptural doctrine, or the enabled to provide for the spiritual graces of a meek, exemplary, and highly wants of the Protestant population, by useful life. erecting churches in retired parts of the The Dublin Mail says," The Hon. diocese, and affording it the blessings of Dr. Le Poer Trench was, in every sense a Gospel ministry—after all, 'I am but and acceptance of the term, a great and


a good man. Learned as a scholar-pro- course with him, among the many that found as a theologian--devout as were promoted by him, and among Christian minister, and as a pulpit orator those who were privileged to enjoy his uprivalled in his day-his life furnished confidence and intimacy, pray spare a a brilliant example of the force of Gos- little space in your Christian journal to pel principles acting on a vigorous in- one of his clergy, residing remote from tellect, and recommended in their prac- that circle where he shone forth in the tical effects by a courtesy of manners daily sunshine of Christian and domestic which, without suppleness, was winning usefulness, to bear feeble testimony to -and the advantages of a personal ad- the universal respect and admiration dress, which, to the most unbending in- with which that distinguished Prelate dependence, added the most captivating was revered in his province. I have activity. In the pulpit he rivalled the heard his most eloquent, impresssive, eloquence of Kirwan; in the Senate and highly-instructive charges in visita(on the trial of Queen Caroline) he tions; I have felt and witnessed the maintained the righteous dignity of the joy, the affection, and respect, with Christian prelate—in his diocese he dis- which his brothers,' as he called us, pensed the bread of life with the piety assembled around him, and the breathand faithfulness of an overseer ready to less attention with which all imbibed give an account of his charge—in the what fell from that holy man. Then house of mourning he was a friend to his tour of inspection--how eagerly was the afflicted—in the walks of famine and his arrival in every parish longed for, pestilence a ministering angel to the when every minister was sure to be hosick and needy; in his family—the noured by the sweet but dignified conChristian pairiarch.”

descension which defined the Peer, the A correspondent of the Dublin States. Prelate, the benevolent Christian, and man writes," At a moment when a the accomplished gentleman. If any sorrowing family and connexions are duty was to be done, any reproach called engaged in recounting the multiplied for, the firmness of the commander was acts of affectionate, kind, and parental never unaccompanied by the courtesy regard which they individually expe- of a highly cultivated mind. And the rienced from this lamented Prelate, discipline, so necessary to ensure 'fightwhose removal they deplore; while ing the good tight of faith heartily,' others gratefully discuss the unbounded was maintained with a master's band, charity, exalted piety, and zeal of this while there is no instance in which the bright ornament of the Church—though feelings of those under his authority were you must have many correspondents individually wounded." among those who lived in social inter

VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. The absorbing political topic during the appears to this House that the appointpreceding month has been the pro- ment of a Committee of Inquiry by the tracted debate in the House of Com- House of Lords, under the circummons upon Irish affairs. The House of stances and for the purpose above menLords having appointed a committee tioned, does not justify her Majesty's upon Lord Roden's motion, “to inquire Ministers in calling upon this House into the state of Ireland since the year without previous inquiry, or even the 1835, in respect to crime and outrage, production of the information which which have rendered life and property this House has required, to make a deinsecure in that part of the empire, claration of opinion with respect to one Lord John Russell proposed that the branch of the public policy of the ExcCommons should resolve, “ That it is cutive government, still less a declarathe opinion of this House that it is ex. tion of opinion which is neither explicit pedient to persevere in those principles as to the principles which it professes to which have guided the Executive Go- approve, nor definite as to the period to vernment of Ireland of late years, and which it refers ; and that it is not fitting which have tended to the effectual ad- that this House should adopt a proceedministration of the law, and the general ing which has the appearance of calling improvement of that part of the United in question the undoubted right of the Kingdom.” Sir Robert Peel, premising House of Lords to inquire into the state that the House of Commons, with the of Ireland in respect to crime and outconsent of her Majesty's Government, rage, more especially when the exercise had demanded papers upon the same sub- of that right by the House of Lords ject as the House of Lords, proposed does not interfere with any previous the following amendment :-" That it proceeding or resolution of the House of Commons, nor with the progress of had not they all concurred that the any legislative measure assented to by anti-Protestant doings in Ireland were the House of Commons, or at present a bright exception, and that, in the under its consideration."

phrase of the day, it was better not to The heads of this amendment were upset the coach” and let in the conperfectly true and calmly statesman-like; servatives, the cabinet would still have but divesting the question of techni- been out voted, notwithstanding its phacality, there could be no doubt that lanx of hangers-on of office. Lord Roden intended his motion as a To call the result a victory for Lord censure upon the proceedings of Lord Melbourne's cabinet, would be preposNormanby and her Majesty's Ministers; terous; or if it be a victory, it is one he did not affect to deny this when of those victories, a recurrence of which discussion arose upon the tendency of is destruction. The nation will now his motion ; and the nation at large, and await the result of the inquiry in the doubtless the majority of those mem. House of Lords; though we cannot say bers of the House of Lords who voted that we attach any overwhelming imfor it, so regarded it. We cannot won- portance to it; for whether Lord Nor. der, therefore, that the government manby judged as well as we think he wished to obtain a vote of contidence judged ill in his jail deliveries, the from the House of Commons; for un- whole course of the Melbourne policy less supported there, they must be forced in regard to Ireland, is unjustifiable from office by the censure of the Lords ; upon scriptural principles, nor can it be and though Lord John Russell's motion, upheld even upon the principles of seas Sir R. Peel justly stated, was inex. cular expediency. Mr. O'Connell says, plicit, both as to time and principles, “ Their very strongest point is the yet, morally speaking, the policy upon government of Ireland ;" and all the which the present government has ad- radicals, papists, infidels, and political ministered the affairs of Ireland is suffi. dissenters, have concurred in this ciently notorious to enable every states- opinion. We need only reply, that if man to give a very decisive Yes or No to this be their strongest point, wretched Lord Russell's proposition. The evidence indeed must be the common-weal in all before the House of Lords may affect its other relations. Not to mention details; but the general issue is clear other heads of grievance, they have enough; and all parties accordingly ad. brought Ireland to that pass, that the dressed themselves to it.

agitating popish priest, who, in defiance We cannot attempt the slightest out- of law, is permitted publicly to claim line of this memorable debate, in the the title of archbishop of Tuam, even course of which most of the leading in his official letters to her Majesty's men in the House, with many others, ministers, boldly tells the whole world, expressed their sentiments. The result and without contradiction, that it rests was, that Lord John Russell's motion upon the sole decision of the bishop of was carried by only the very slight Rome--" a foreign prince, power, or pomajority of twenty - two. And how tentate," what shall be the system of was that diminutive majority consti- education for her Majesty's subjectstuted ? eleven voters abstracted from we beg pardon, the Pope's subjects_in the heavier side, and added to the the sister island ; and we are even exlighter, would have made the balance ultingly assured, that England and her even; twelve would have turned it

colonies will ere long be reduced to the against the policy of the cabinet. Had same bondage. Of this we have no the votes of ministers themselves, and fear; though we must say, with grief of the numerous placemen, and others and shame, that not a few Dissenters by connected with them, been substracted, their ungodly politicalism, and some the majority against them would have Churchmen by their worse than cobeen very large. Again, the O'Connell quetry with Romanism in its anti-scripparty, and still more the English ex- tural docrines and slavish practices, are treme, or Radical, section of the House, doing much to prepare the way for such so strongly reprobated many of the pro- a result. Our strength is not to sit ceedings of government, some of the still; but to be up and doing; for if speakers condemning almost every fea- Protestants choose to sleep, they may ture of their policy—or impolicy—that rest assured Popery never does.


J. M. H.; J. H.; H.; T. C. D.; L. ; F. S.; J. R.; A Young Man ; Septuage

narius; a Constant Reader; Veritas ; Rusticus Urbanus; J. R.; I. G.; are under consideration.

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