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To Lord Viscount Sidmouth. was proverbial, and men received it
as a plexige of your philanthropy, of MY LORD,
the liberality of your heart, the exTHERE is a noble quality, even in panded generous impulse of the
the thirst of power, when sought Christian and the man. These were and cberished for the public good the properties we hailed as harbingers in such a cause ambition shall find of your good will to all :--the counfavour, and pride be sanctioned, try hailed them, and the Catholic since its aim is virtue. Such was shared in the general expectation. the feeling we indulged when you,
or thought we saw, the my lord, forsook the sphere, 'wherein hand of temperance supporting the you ever held deserved distinction, balance which poised the fate of milto climb the dangerous steep of court fons, yet none appeared to dread preferment and fill the highest offices the decision, for none expected to arof state. We, who had long bebeld raign its justice. How, then, my and valued the mild and gentle vir- lord, have you replied to our desires, tues of an Addington, though bred how have you answered our expectaand fostered in the school of Pitt, tions? Do we not read the fatal could not so far mistrust our own truth in the dejected looks, the loud. belief or his consistency, as to re- breathed murmurs, the bitter execragard his exaltation with suspicion, or tions of the despairing multitude ? rank him with the venal and the Does not the Catholic stand foremost vicious. All men bore testimony to to demand a prompt attention to bis your worth, although they wondered claims, a full alleviation of his griev. at your temerity: - they knew and ances and wrongs ? while, with bold understood the extent and value of and eager reprehension, he dares to your abilities and qualifications, tax you with duplicity; to thwart and whence they drew the omen of a circuinyent his earnest endeavours,-reign of peace rather than of enter- to plot the ruin of his cause, yet wear prise ; of conciliation and content, the face of candour in the contest, rather than of sebism, rancour, and to seen the generous adversary, yet intolerance. These were our hopes, secretly destroy lis hopes ? - He asks my lord, this our dependance. --To you, my lord, whether it were not you we looked for consolation, for dastardly and base, beneath the digsafety, unity, and social order. Your nity of man, because beneath his hopiety was more than conspicuons, it nonr, to wear the mask of liberality,
- to cry,
and yet adopt or countenance deceit; your views, there appears no fear
“ let the cause rest upon its of triumph ; but here, my lord, you real merit; let it be fully and fairly felt your weakness, and dared not tried ; let the influence of reason not stand the trial.- Nor is it in this late of interest decide , the voice of power ter iustance alone that the Catholic shall not be heard in the decision; perceives and feels your power:-have no man shall risk his safety, for none
not the vile emissaries of intolerance shall give offenee, by his vote or bis been most assiduous in promoting opinion; it is the general cause, the schisms and alarms among the Cacause of all, involving every interest, tholic Body in every part of the enievery feeling, the safety of posterity, pire, but more particularly in Ireland ? the preservation of the empire!" -Have they not been most sedulous and, after all this outward seeming, and anxious to foment a general spirit employ the double nieans of power of disunion among us, to divide our and intiuence to undo his efforts, to power and discredit our exertions ?thwart his views, seduce his friends, Have they not stolen, like the hateful supplant his advocates, and render all Judas, into our councils and conferhis hopes and wishes void ?-May it ences, to mislead our judgments, disnot be asked, why did your lordship tract our measures, and pervert our and your colleagues in office advise meaninys; and, after playing on our the unexpected and unnecessary disso. credulity, betrayed us with the kiss of lution of the late Parliament, at such friendship ?--Have they not watched a time and under such circunstances? the least appearance of irritation to
-Was it not because you knew them take advantage of the heated spirit to pledged to give their grave and solemn fan the impatient embers into fame, attention to our appeal ? – and was it that it might consume our hopes and that you dreaded that appeal, and drive us to despair ? Has not this did not dare to trust the question, or been done, my lord, and under the to meet it on fair and solid ground, sanction of authority ? - And will you divested of that offical interference, still tell us of official liberality and which you publicly professed to with- ministerial forbearance ?-My lord, hold ?--My lord, it may indeed be you have thrust yourself and your said, you justly feared the issue, prejudices upon us; take heed they and did not dare to leave it to the do not prove as dangerous as they are decision of the public voice; but disgustful. The Catholic, too, bas meanly sought to avoid a certain de- his prejudices, but they are directed feat by a recurrence of so glaring an against oppression. Your ambition expedient. It is feared, my lord, has placed you near the throne, let you have but too well succeeded. In your gratitude teach you to support ile late general Election, the cause it; which may not be so readily or of the Catholic las for the most part firmly done as by the means of coubeen forgotten, at least by the pen- ciliation and the general protection ple, if not by your lordship and your of the subject. These are not tinies friends in office; on your side, my for internal fermentation or disunion; lord, there has been indeed no lack look to it, my lord, for much depends of industry to circunivent our wishes upon your earnest care.
Think not and our interests, by the rejection, as to guard the ear ut your prince against far as possible, of every real or fan. the people's grievances, they are not cied friend to emancipation.- Against the worst evils he should dread, for all other measures which opposed ibey may.obstruct.liis glory. The
Catholic will be heard, nor can your derstanding of the prejudiced Pro. lordship's art or power prevent it. - testant reader. On the other hand, Obstruct us then no more, deal fairly, Mr. Editor, I perceive, so far from my lord, deal justly; we would not Protestant booksellers opposing the bias your judgment, but we expect sale of the Catholic Magazine, that your justice. CATHOLICUS. it is regularly supplied to my friends
by the most considerable houses in Story of Catholic Treachery.
the trade, while it has been refused
by Catholic booksellers, merely from I Lately observed a paragraph in the circumstance of a letter having
a pamphlet of an illiberal tenden- once appeared, addressed to Bishop cy, entitled, An Appeal, &c, which Milner, on the Veto. As the bishop calls upon all Protestants to con- has expressed himself liberally on tradict that they were the friends of that occasion, and the letter has emancipation; urging, that this fact been ably refuted, I trust that the should be published from every pul- Catholic Magazine will no longer pit and public place throughout the find opponents, where it should find kingdom. Such may be the san- only friends. While it continues to guine view and wishes of the author maintain sound orthodoxy, and exof that paragraph; but with respect pose error, without malevolence, it to my experience, it is adverse. I may rest assured of my support. very well know, that, even in a I take this opportunity to mention matter of interest, a contrary ten- a circumstance, which may explain dency has prevailed.
the sources of much of the bigotry edition of Fox's Book of Martyrs, and mistrust we find prevalent among lately printed in 12mo, and abridged, timid and puritanical Protestants. for the purpose of cheap sale, was During the time of the riots, in offered among some of the Pro- 1780, a convenient opportunity octestant booksellers, it was refused to curred, to fabricate a strong and be sold by one gentleman, though plausible story against the Cathoan article of trade, unless the dedi. lics. The title I have forgotcation to the late Mr. Percival were ten, but it was something similar expunged; from a consideration that to Catholic Treachery. A Scotsa neither he nor any other minister man, of the name of Hastings, (the 'could be a friend to his country, if author of the Unfortunate Calenot the friend of emancipation. Adonian in England,) wrote the pamliberal bookseller, of the society of phlet, which was published by J. Friends, declined selling it at all
, Wade, of Fleet-street.-The outline from a conviction that it tended to of the story was that of two friends, keep alive remembrances that would who were remarkably intimate, and be better buried in oblivion, since attached to each other.-Events neither the veracity of the facts, causing them to separate, one went nor the motives which had caused to reside in a Catholic country, the compilation, would bear honest became a convert, was made a monk, investigation. The book is of a and held a superior power in the shape and price that may spread monastry. Some years had elapsed, the venom of its poison very wide. when his Protestant friend visited However, I really think it would be that town, in company with one a virtuous act in some of your cor- who had a pa
of soldiers under respondents, to detect and impose his command. He mentioned to the the many vulnerable parts of that officer his intention of visiting his book, and thus illuminate the un. old friend, now become a rigid monk one point, in which, not only twelve, be considered as much too severe by but twelve thousand persons might the friends to the good things of this be unanimous; and that was that all world; and I am more than apprethe world would be desirous of eat hensive, that siuce the Protestants ing and drinking. This then was have ceased to observe the fasts as made the basis wliereby to obtain well as many of the festivals of the unanimity on other points, and, till Church instituted by their fathers, they become unanimous on the minor they will wish to decline this proobject, that is, the question of jus- posed settlement of their differences tice, which they were summoned to by a jury, for fear, lest their opdecide, they were not to be allowed ponents in consequence of the habits to indulge in the major object, that, ihey have retained, should be able upon wbich, there is never any dis- to carry their point by mere dint of agreement but in which, all unani- abstinence. mously take delight.
AMICUS. It may here, perhaps, be objected that a man's life may often then de- Dr. Newton, late Bishop of Brigu pend upon the greater or less time tol, and the present Bishop of that the desire of replenishing ex
Norwich. hrausted nature can be controuled ;
SIR and that he who is extremely eager AT Bristol, no later than 1782, to get to the roast beef, must yield
Dr. Newton, the Protestant to him whose appetites are more un- Bishop of that diocese, had the sa. der his command. Then
tisfaction of persecuting a number of low of a different description
might of Bristol, it seems, had been guilty
Roman Catholics. These Catholics soon make his opponents right or wrong; bend their unanimity to his,
of the crime of opening a chapel. only by the capacity be has acquired Having appointed the priest and the of resisting, for a so much greater at the house of the mayor, his lordship
proprietor of the chapel to meet him length of time, the magnetic powers there explained to them the heinousof a well.covered table. From these considerations 1 infer, that to presume upon opening a pub
: ness of their offence. He told them, that as our ancestors have been thus lic mass-bouse in such a place careful' of the lives of the community, shall we then suppose our
was such a daring affront, so con. souls to be of less value or import- authority, that no government would,
temptuous a defiance of all law and ance? Will Catholics, will Protes- or could, endure it; and he de. tants be unwilling to place a deter- clared to them, that if they should mination for the life of the soul upon still persist in their purpose, he was a foundation less decisive, less in- authorized by the minister to de fallible, than that of the body ?-Will clare unto them, that he would emthe Protestants agree to have all ploy the whole force of government, their differences with the Catholics and prosecute them to the utmost settled by the unanimity of an equal severity of the law." These are the number of deputies from each body, Bishop's own words, as recorded by appointed to meet and deterinine him in his life, which was written ypon points in dispute upon the same by himself, and published in 1782. terms, and under the same restric- His lordship's threats produced their tions as a jury? I much fear, that natural effect. Those who had the the test I have pow proposed will audacity to form the design of pub