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Professor, from his Catholic Brethren, tholic Christians, who were united by a breathe the same spirit.

concern for the salvation of their soals, A Catholic Priest writes;—" Through and met together on certain days for your kindness, I am at length favoured mutual edification. On my inquiring with 200 New Testaments, which have whether they were possessed of a Bible, arrived in good condition; and it will they told me that they had been collectgive you pleasure, in return, to hear, that ing money at every meeting, in order the copies of the duodecimo edition are to buy one. This reply gave me occaintroduced into my school, and those of sion to acquaint them with the kind ofthe octavo into many private houses. fer which you made me. This commuBefore three weeks have elapsed, I cal. uication I doubted not would give them culate that every house in my parish pleasure, but my expectations were far will possess a New Testament. Many exceeded by the reality. They earnesthearts have already been gladdened by ly besought me to assist them in obtainthe possession of that Book of Life so ing the Scriptures, and offered me the long withheld from them; and the con- sum which had been collected, sequences which will result from it can. “ On my departure, more than ten not fail to be most happy.”

Catholics, besides several Protestants, Another Catholic Priest writes;- accompanied me to my travelling.chaise, “ You have afforded the highest gratifi- repeating their request. To-day I recation, both to my congregation and to ceived a pressing letter, filled with the myself, by kindly sending us fifty-five most earnest entreaty, to send them the New Testaments in small print, and Word of God quickly.” twenty-six on large types; aud my bro

CIRCULAR FROM ROME TO ther clergymen join with me in grateful

THE IRISH ROMAN CATHOLIC acknowledgments, for the ninety copies

PRELATES, in small print before delivered to them. I was particularly moved by the en- We insert the following circular, issued treaties of several poor persons in the under papal authority, to the Roman Ca. neighbourhood; who immediately call. tholic Bishops of Ireland, chiefly to shew ed upon me, as soon as they heard that the great importance of the measures now this Heavenly Book was to be bad. pursued in that country for the diffusion

“ Visiting an old man, of eighty years, of education and true religion, as evi. in bis hut, I gave him a copy of the largé denced in the alarm which they have exprint. He immediately opened it; and, cited in the college of the Vatican. The happening to turn to the fifth chapter of recommendatiou in the circular to esta. St. Matthew, he read it throughout with blish schools for the poor and illiterate, spectacles; and then, falling on his will, we trust, eventually defeat its own knees, fervently praised God for the in. object; for the superstitions of Popery estimable gift. I will not pass a day,' have always declined in proportion as said the old man,' without reading in the lower classes of society have enjoythis Book.'

ed the benefits of education. The proAn active distributor of the Catholic posed schools will not, we fear, admit Scriptores reports“ The demand for ihe Scriptures within their walls; but the New Testament is so great, that I the very circumstance of their establishcan scarcely procure a sufficient num- ment in the bosom of a church whose ber of copies. Blessed be God, who ex- motto has long been, that“ Ignorauce is cites, preserves, and augments this lun. the mother of Devotion,” is of importger, in spite of all obstructions of the ance as a remarkable feature of the enemies of the Divine Word! but, bless. times, and as indicative of the course ed be likewise his Holy Name, that he of policy which the Romish Church bealways procures open hands ready to gins to find it necessary to pursue, communicate, and cheerfully to deposit “ Rome, Court of the sacred Con. their gifts on the altar of the Lord, that gregation for the Propagation of the thousands of hungry souls in all the the Faith, Sept. 18, 1819. quarters of the globe may be satisfied !” “ My Lord–The prediction of our

Another correspondent bears a simi. Lord Jesus Cbrist, in the Parable of the lar testimony—“A short time ago, I Sower, that sowed good seed in his was in a village inhabited partly by Pro field ; but, wbile people slept, bis enetestants, and partly by Catholics; and, my came, and sowed tares upon the ai the house of a sick person, I became wheat,' Matt. xvi. 24, is, to the very great Acquainted with a little company of Ca. injory indeed of the Catholic Faith, soen

verified in these our own days, particu. will, with unbounded zeal, endeavour larly in Ireland. For information has to prevent the wheat from being choak. reached the ears of the sacred Congre- ed by the tares, I pray the all.good and gation, that Bible Schools, supported omnipotent God to guard and preserve by the funds of the Catholics, have been you safe many years --Your lordship’s established in almost every part of Ire. most obedient humble servant, land, in which, under the pretence of F. CARDINAL Fontana, Prefect. charity, the inexperienced of both sexes, C. M. PEDICINI, Secretary." but particolarly peasants and paupers, are allured by the blandisbments, and SOCIETY FOR THE SUPPRESSION even gifts of the masters, and infected

OF VICE. with the fatal poison of depraved doc- The Committee state, that within trines. It is further stated, that the the last four years they have been comdirectors of these schools are, general. pelled, in order to preserve the public ly speaking, Methodists, who introduce morals from contamiuation, to institute Bibles, translated into English by the no less than eighty-five prosecutions Bible Society,' and abounding in errors; against offenders of various descripwith the sole view of seducing the tions, all of which have led to convic. youth, and entirely eradicating from tion, or to recognisances by the respecttheir minds the truths of the orthodox ive parties, that must prevent the refaitb.

petition of similar crimes. They have “ Under these circumstances, your checked the sale of toys and soufflordship already perceives with what boxes, with abominable devices, which solicitude and attention pastors are were imported in immense quantities bound to watch and carefully protect from France and other countries. They their flock from the snares of wolves, have caused the whole stock in trade who come in the clothing of sheep.' If of some of the most shameless and abanthe pastors sleep, the enemy will quick doned traffickers in obscene books and ly creep in by stealth, and sow the tares: prints, amounting to some thousands, soon will the tares be seen growing to be seized, and have also destroyed among the wheat, and chóak it.

no less than fifty expensive copper“ Every possible exertion must, there- plates, from whiich impressions of the fore, be made to keep the youth away latter were from time to time supfrom these destructive schools ; to warn plièd: and, lastly, they have brought parents against suffering their children, to condign papishment that most audaon any acconnt whatever, to be led into cions offender, Carlile; who, notwith, error. Bat, for the purpose of escaping standing repeated indictments found the spares' of the adversaries, no plan against him, still persisted in selling seems more appropriate than that of works of the foulest sedition, and the establishing schools, wherein salutary most horrible blasphemy, that ever disinstructions may be imparted to paupers graced a free press, or outraged the prin. and illiterate country persons.

ciples aud feelings of the British public. * In the dame, then, of the bowels of The vecessary expenses attendant on our Lord Jesnis Christ, we exhort and these measures have greatly exhausted beseech your lordship to guard your the funds of the Society; but the Comflock with diligence and all due discre- mittee appeal, with confidence of suc. tion from those who are in the habit of cess, to every man for assistance and thrustiog themselves insidiously into the support, who acknowledges the blessfold of Christ, in order thereby to lead ings of our holy religion, and who, as a the nowary sheep astray: and mindful Christian, a patriot, or a father, wishes of the forewarning of Peter the Apostle, to preserve the morals of " the sons given in these words, namely— There and daughters of our envied isle" from sball be also lying masters among you, that secret corruption, which poisons who shall bring in sects of perdition.' the purest sources of domestic hap(2 Pet. ii. 1.) do you labour with all piness, and which the laws, in their or. your might, to keep the orthodox youth dinary administration, cannot reach. from being corrupted by them-an ob- Our readers are already aware that ject which will, I bope, be easily effect- subscriptions and donations are re. ed by the establishing of Catholic ceived by the treasurer, Henry Hoare, schools throughout your diocese. And, Esq., 37, Fleet-street; and by the seconfideotly trusting, that in a matter of cretary, Mr.George Prichard, 31, Essexsuch vast importance, your lordship street, Strand.

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SOCIETY FOR THE RELIEF OF 'income but the donations I receive from

POOR PIOUS CLERGYMEN. Messrs. The following are a few extracts from and -'s benefactions. I have a the letters received by the Society in wife and six children, four of whom are the course of the last year. They afford dependent upon me for support....If ample proof of the necessity and utility the worthy Committee should be pleased of the institution.

to grant my petition, and afford their 1. "I am curate of -, containing kind assistance, great will be the conabout two thonsand persons, and about solation to me and my poor family; and eight hundred attend Divine serviee; I hope the help will be applied to the many of whom seem to be established in furtherance of the cause of Him, who' grace and sound doctrine....My salary though He was rich, yet for our sakes is no more than fifty-two pounds per an- became poor.' num. I have a wife and four children, the 5. “ I am the curate of

and eldest of which is nine years old; and for each of which I receive a salary of they are dependent on me for support sixty pounds, and I have no other source and clothing. I likewise beg leave to of income. It was my intention to es state, that within the last two years my tablish a school; but I am now precludfamily have been so reduced as to be ed from that by a most melancholy cir. forced to seek the aid of the parish....I cumstance. My dear wife is now in a am in debt to several persons, making very distressing state...... she is a most in the whole a considerable sum. There pitiable object....My family consists is no house to my chapel; and having uo of six besides myself. I have to keep furniture, I am under the necessity of a horse, and pay about fifteen pounds living in furnished apartments. I have per apnum for taxes. Thus I am in no private property of any kind what great affliction, and I really know not. ever; and if the excellent society can how to go on any longer, without apply. do auy thing for me, it will be most ing for the kind assistance of your begratefully received."

nevolent society. I have in general 2.“ I have a wife and nine children; large congregations, considering the eight dependent upon me, and a curacy size of the parishes. Most of the people of fifty pounds per annum..... I

appear glad to hear the preaching of lost, last May, three head of cattle, value the Gospel; but I fear there are but few 201. and upwards, and I have paid an- who are seriously affected by it. I have other 201. for corn, to support my family. two Sunday schools, which I superinI cannot but admire the Lord's great tend, and I hope some good is doing care of me at that pinching period; and

among the children." bowed down with orgeut necessities, I 6.“ I beg leave to apply to the Society, can testify, from grateful experience, and to state that I am at presentin very that I have been repeatedly extricated distressed circumstances. I have a out of my difficulties, and my gloomy growing family; and though, together prospects have been dissipated by the with the discharge of my parish duties, beneficent and charitable aid of your I teach the parish school, in order to benevolent society.”

procure a subsistence, the whole pro3."Having been kindly advised to state duce of my earnings does pot exceed my circumstances for the consideration sixty pounds....I liave a wife and foar of the Committee of your very important children. The congregation consists of institution, I beg to send you the an- about 400, and the communicants are swers required....My total income is 200.'' twenty-five pounds per annum. I have 7.“ Having been appointed to the cu. no other certain or occasional source.

-, stipend fifty pounds a' I have a wife and one child; but owing year....I am much distressed as to my” to my contracted circumstances, I have temporal circumstances. I have a wife not been able to do anything for them for and four children, who are totally depenthe last four months; and, much to my dent on me for their maintenance; and it regret, Mrs.

has been obliged it is the will of my gracious Father to en. to be with her own friends. We have able me, I should be particolarly bappy a congregation of froin five to six hundred giving the two eldest a little country at one church, and from four to five bun

education. I have a twelvemonths' dred at the other. The sacrament is rent unpaid, which is ten pounds, and administered eight times in the year. It my landlord insists upon immediate is in contemplation to build a national payment; but I am at a loss to know school, which I have no doubt will be where to turn my dejected face....I effected. We have a charity school solemnly assure you, I have all my life and a Snnday school of about two han- observed the striciest economy; and dred children."

that should you condescend to vote me 4. My wholeincome from the church is a small relief, I shall endeavonr to use only twenty pounds perannyın, with the it to the glory of God, and the comfort surplice fees, which do not amount to five of my poor family.” pounds per annum......I have no other

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that its excessive freedom 'has brought Tut calamitous occurrences of the about the late calamity; and for alterlast month have come so thickly upon ing the present mode of electing the us, as to preclude more than a tran- chamber of deputies, so as to render it sient mention.

somewhat more aristocratical in its France is again threatened with texture. some of the troubles from which, we Though nearly a month has elapsed had hoped, she was beginning to since the arrival of the intelligence of emerge. The duke de Berri, the ne- an extensive insurrectionary movephew of the king and heir presumptive ment in the Spavish army collected at to the throne, was assassinated on Cadiz, with a view to its embarkation* leaving the Opera-house on Sunday for South America, we are still with(Sunday!) the 13th February. The out any authentic details respecting motives which led to this inhuman the state and progress of the insurrecdeed are not yet very clearly ascer- tion. Every avenue of intelligence tained. The assassin at first persisted appears to have been carefully blocked in asserting that he had no accom- up by the vigilance of the Spanish goplices in his crime; and that the deed vernment. The insurrection, however, was prompted by his own personal is certainly very formidable, though, hatred of the Bourbon race, for the in- as yet, it seems to have been entirely juries they had inflicted on France, military, and to have einbraced a part and his desire to rid France of their only, though, without doubt, a very yoke. Subsequent examinations have, considerable part, of the army. A however, given reason for apprehend- royalist force has been drawn together ing that this assassination may have under General Freyer, and is said to been the effect of an extensive plot. have approached the insurgent army Nothing certain, however, is known now stationed—their friends say enon the subject. In the mean time, the trenched, their enemies blockaded-in count de Cazes, the prime minister of the Isle de Leon, a short distance from France, has been assailed with such Cadiz, Whatever may be the issue of vehemence by what is called the ultra these movements, as it respects the royalist party, as having, by his line parties immediately engaged in them, of policy, paved the way for this assas- we may confidently predict very benesination, that he has been induced to ficial effects to arise from them to the withdraw from office. He had been cause of South American Iudepene confined to his house, for some time, dency. by serious indisposition; and this is

DOMESTIC. assigned, in the royal' ordonnance, as We now turn homewards, not to anthe cause of his resignation, although nounce what all our readers full well there is little doubt that this is only the know, but to lament 'with them over ostensible motive. The king, how the tomb of our revered Sovereign, ever, in order to testify his own un- who resigned bis earthly crown, we abated confidence in this minister, has trust, for a crown of righteousness and created him a duke, and has appointed eternal glory, at thirty-five minutes him ambassador to England to bear past eight in the evening of January the condolence of the French king, on 29, 1820. The occurrence had been the death of George III. in the room long anticipated, and, under all the of the duke de Richelieu, who had circumstances of the case, was, to himbeen charged with this mission, but self at least, we would trust, a really who is now appointed to the post of “happy release.” The circumstance prime minister, vacated by M. de of the Duke of Kent lying dead at the Cazes. We cannot pretend to disen- time, added greatly to the general symtangle the present 'maze of French pathy.-Truly death has reaped a politics, or assign motives either for fearful harvest within our palaces ! the ministerial changes which are No age, no sex has escaped. The taking place, or for the sad catastrophe Princess Charlotte, in the bloom of which appears more immediately to youth, two royal infants, the Duke of have led to them. Time will, doubt- Kent in the vigour of unexhausted less, throw light on both. In the manhood, and our revered King and mean time, laws have been propused Queen in the feebleness of old age, for placing the periodical press under have all been swept away within little more severe restraints, under an idea' more than two years; and have left a lesson which we trust may not speedwas a milder radiance than that of ily be forgotten, of the uncertainty of all the conqueror. He peculiarly excelled human expectations, the impotence of in the virtues which have been conrank, the vanity of riches, the pre- sidered as characterizing a British cariousness of youth and health, the gentleman. His affection and virtuous feebleness of manhood, and the im- anxiety as a father; his tenderness portance, to all classes and all ages, of and fidelity as a husband; his tempreparing to meet their God, and perance in the gratifications of the making the salvation of their soul table; his abstinence from the giddy their chief object of anxiety in this dissipations of a court; his punctuality fleeting and probationary world. and dispatch in all affairs of business;

The close of one reign, and the his exemplary regularity in his hours commencement of another, and his habits;- these and other equalnaturally to invite us to consider the ly valuable, though unostentatious, Divine claims on our gratitude for the qualities, have been often and justly past, and to reflect upon some of the eulogized. His amusements were as lessons which it becomes us to learn simple as those of a private indivifor the future.

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dual: he asked for yo expensive graWith regard to the former of these tifications, and much less did he copy points, we are inclined to place in the evil example which prevailed at ihe foremost ground the personal some of the courts of Europe at bis character of our late revered monarch. accession, and which ultimately led In every country, the character of the the way for the downfal of a neighSovereign moulds, to a considerable bouring kingdom. Music, agriculture, extent, that of the people; and it is and active exercise, were his favourite impossible that the late king could recreations; and he appears never to have swayed the sceptre of these have been more happy than when realms for nearly sixty years, during unbending from the cares of state in which period he saw two successive the domestic repose of his family, generations grow up around him, That he was not deficient in personal emulous to obtain his favour, and to courage was proved on numerous ocimitate his example, without having, casions, particularly when attempts to a considerable extent, given a tone were made to take his life. His to the opinions and manners of the inflexible conscientiousness of prinage. A variety of anecdotes have ciple led him more than once to opbeen fondly related, to illustrate bis pose, and with success, the earnest virtuous qualities. We shall not think solicitations of his advisers, when he it necessary to transcribe these at pre- thought that their plans interfered sent, especially as, by means of the with the welfare of his subjects, or his newspapers, they are now very gene- own oath and duty as king. Yet no rally known throughout the kingdom. man bore his faculties more meekly, It is pleasing to observe, that most of and his humility and condescension these traits of personal history have endeared him to all with whom he reflected credit on his moral and bad occasion to converse. As he was religious character; and the anxiety conscientious himself, he respected with which they have been collected, the rights of conscience in others; and the avidity with which they have and was remarkable for his laudable been perused, at once mark the moral anxiety to maintain the civil and refeeling of the country, and prove it to ligious privileges of his subjects. He be the true policy, if there were no adhered' faithfully to his pledge that higher obligation, of a British So.

no person in his dominions should vereign to cultivate habits of Chris- suffer persecution for conscience' sake. tian piety and virtue. It will long be Though a warm advocate for the Estaremembered, to the praise of our de- blished Church himself, he lived and ceased Monarch, and for the edification died beloved by his Dissenting and of posterity, that one feature which Roman Catholic subjects not less than particularly endeared him to his sub- by the members of his own church; jects, and which has called forth so and, by his example and conduct, he widely their eulogies and their regrets, doubtless had a great share in main-" ! was his attention to the external duties taining a degree of comparative paof religion.

cification among different religious The late King was not one of those sects; previously, perhaps, unknown characters who will shine emblazoned in this country. He was a truly pain the page of history for exploits of triot king: his love for his country was arms or projects of ambition. His conspicuous in all his conduci, publie

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