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mine; to me it appears to be the readiest and shortest of all methods to torm sceptics and infidels, It is, in truth, no other than the vain delusions of Rousseau reduced to practice. This philosopher, in bis utter detestation of prejudice, thought it best to leave his imaginary pupils to themselves to let them grope after wisdom, uninfluenced by paternal solicitude, and undirected by hereditary information. But it was soon discovered that a savage-not a sage-would be the result of this absence of prejadice'; and that a few years must convince the public, that any thing but a Christian may be formed from this wild and unbottomed scheme of instruction.
Judge what must have been the author's surprise and indignation when he found, that a Romish Priest had construed these very expressions into an acknowledgement of the insufficiency of the Bible as a rule of faith! Mr. Gandolphj* has been pleased to cite the above extract from a sermon, as he says "of a distinguished Protestant Preacher," to prove that many of the moreetlightened Protestants have reversed their principles, and resumed that to which they had objected in the Catholic Church!" I would leave you to judge, Mf. Editor, 'whether a writer who can thus unblush. inglý pervert the sentiments of a cotemporary, is worthy of the smallest credit when he cites the opinions of those authors who, now removed to another and a better world, cannot answer for themselves.
But Mr. Gandolphy is not content with mere perversions—be condescends to mutilate the pages of another, to make them speak his owo-language. “ If then," says the author at p. 18,“ we are not prepared to sign our total apostacy from the sentiments and principles of the reformers, if we are not ashamed to confess ourselves, the descendants of those who died to ratify ihe truth, we shall pause, ere we give our assent to any system which would omit them as superfluous to a system which, under the pretended garb of Christianity, could only introduce a mere palatable species of infidelity and scepticism."
Now, Mr. Editor, all the first part of this period is entirely left out in Mr. Gandolphy's quotations, and you read it thus—" It is a system which wnder the pretended garb, &c." ** After this he garbles some expressions from page 20 of the same sermon, separating them from the context, in which they bear exclusively on Mr. Lancaster's mode of instruction, and applying them to the Bible, with this concluding reflection of his own. - Surely then an instrament so de structive is ill calculated to build with." -- I need not inform you, Sir, that if this kind of persuasion should be
See his Sermon inscribed to Ds. Marsh, pp. 55.6.7.
come general, the Bible itself may be turned into blasphemy, and every man may be made to belie his own opinions. At the very time that Mr. Gandolphy was complimenting the author of this sermon, as ranking with " those enlightened Protestants" who were resuming the principles of Papists - he was actually employed in preaching a course of sermons on the errors and impositions of the Romish Church, Anxious for no ambiguous praises of liberality, he is happy to tread in the principles of the reformers, and lays claim to no other title than that of
AN“ UN'DISTINGUISHED PROTESTANT PREACXER. Balb, Feb. 5. 1813.
*** The Crisis of Religion, &c. a sermon, was published by the Rev. E. . W. Grinfield, M. A. Minister of Laura Chapel, Bath.-Another sermon by the same author, under the title of “ An Address to Protestants on the Necessity of securing the Advantages by maintaining the Spirit of the Reformation," has just reached us. We have read it with great satisfaction; it is well calculated to support the Protestant cause; and cannot but do good. The text is, “ What I say unto you, I say unto all-watch." 13.
We hope very soon to notice Mr. Gandolphy's letter to Dr. Marsh, &c.
To the Editor of the Protestant Advocate. Sir, -As you have done me the honor to insert in your second number the few observations I communicated to you, I cannot do less than to thank you for introducing me into such good company, whose meritorious efforts have adorned your pages, far beyond my
powers to accomplish. However, as I am animated with the consideration, that every particle of evidence ought to be produced at the moment of trial, in order to support a good cause, and to oppose a bad one, I have presumed once more to send you a fresh testimony of my zeal and consistency on this imp portant occasion, indulging the hope that it may contribute in some degree to promote a good cause. I will endeavour, then, as coolly and dispassionately as possible, to estimate the probable consequences that may ar rise to Protestants, should, wbat the Papists call, Catbolic Emancipation take place. It is an old observation, that what has been once done, may be done again. And, therefore, we may ask, if full liberty of action be given to the Papists, will their conduct, at present, prove different from that adopted by their forefathers ? Alas! Sir, when we recollect that it is an unquestionable article in the Catholic Creed, that no faith need be kept with Heretics, surely. we ought to be upon our guard, and not suffer in. difference to overpower oor faculties; or liberality, falsely so called, to get the better of our prudeoce, at this alarming crisis. Shall we suffer the mounds to be destroyed, which have so long, and so safely defended the citadel of Protestantism? Remove but the remaining restrictions from the Romapists, and you level with your own hands the existing defences of the established religion. But this must not come to pass without a virtuous struggle to prevent it. Sir, I consider every mite that is now thrown into the literary treasury, for the maintenance of our religion, to be of service not only to the cause which I am now maintaing; but as adding to the safety of our Protestant Sovereign, and contributing to the support of our excellent constitution. I also consider this a contention worthy of every member of the Established Church, as well as every Protestant Disseoter, tor we are equally interested in the event. No faith need be kept with Heretics / Shall we then make a base surrender of our religious privileges, and suffer them to be borne away in the torrent of Catholic Emancipation ? God forbid! Let the sophistical Papist issue, from his repository, his ebullitions of superstition iu defence of his cause, which never yet could resist the force of argument; and let the Protestant partizans of Popery, read what has emanated from such a source, and they must see, that abuse has been substituted for argument; and assertion in the room of fact. Perhaps, Sir, not many of your readers bave had an opportunity of witnessing the absurd and ridiculous ceremonies of the Papists, and the tyranny which the Priests exercise over the consciences of the laity, as I bave, in more countries than one; and my opposition to Roman Catholic emancipation is not only founded upon ocular demonstration, but from a conviction, that if we give them unlimited power, we arm them with deadly weapons against ourselves. They look upon us as a class of men at enmity with God, out of the pale of salvation, unworthy of credit, and not entitled to the reciprocity of good faith. God forbid that red hats should ever have the ascendancy in our religious world! and it must be consolatory to every sincere Protestant, that only one instance of active Protestant prelatical interference, can be produced in favour of Roman Catholic emancipation. Qui capit ille facit. When the encmy is thundering at the gale, the garrison must neither slumber nor sleep. Whilst the Catholic abettors are in motion, the advocates of Protestantism must buckle on tbe armour of pelf-defence. If, Sir, I shall not obtrude upon superior companication, I will endeavour to furnish your readers with a few original anecdotes of Catbolic gratitude in return for Protestant kindness which happened within the spbere of my own observation. Whatever may be the result of this struggle, I shall be found at my post, and on the alert. No exertions of mine shall be wanting to convince Protestants of all denominations, that, in order to preserve their religion inviolate, they must unite together in a firm band, and strenuously endeavour to put an end to further concessions to the Papists.
I am, Sir,
G. B. Warley, Nov. 271b 1912.
P. S, I am proud to inform you, that you' certainly have more than one friend at Warley. [See px, 104]
PROTESTATION OF SEVERAL OF THE IRISH PRELATES, IN A. D. 1026, AGAINST THE ESTABLISHMENT OF POPE. RY IN IRELAND,
Tolle Editor of the Prolcstant Advocate. SIR, The following literary curiosity, so remarkably analogous to the present times, may, perhaps, not be deemed unworthy of a place in your valuable miscellany. It will probably excite the surprise of many uninformed Protestants, in this over-liberal age of parliamentary.concession to Romisk claims; and may repress the cry of bigotry, from the partizans of Popery. It is given in the celebrated Archbishop Usher's life, prefixed 10 the fulio, collection of his letters, in 1686, p. 28; and copied in Leland's History of Ireland, vol. 11, p. 482.
Yours, &c. Ireland, Dec. 15, 1912,
INSPECTOR, In the year 1826, the Irish Papists having applied to Government for faller toleration of their religion, the Lord Deputy, Falkland, summoned a Dational assembly of the Papists and Protestants, to be held in the great han of the Castle of Dublin, in order to take their petition into consideration. Previously to the nièeting, the Lord Primate Usher, and several of the Bishops, unanimously drew up and subscribed the following Protestation, entituled, “ Tbi Judgment of divers of the Archbishops and Bishops of Ireland, concerning Toleration of Religion."
“The religion of the Papists is superstitious and idolatrous; their faith aud doctrice erroneous and heretical; their Church, in respect of both, apostolical. To give them, therefore, a toleration, or to consent that they may freely exercise their religion, and profess their faith and doctrine, is a grievous sin, and that in two respects ; for, VOL. I. [Prot. Adv. Mar, 1813.]
“1. It is to make ourselves accessary, not only to their superstitions, idolatries, and heresies, and, in a word, to all the abominations of Popery; but also (which is a consequent of the former) to the perdition of the seduced people, which perish in the deluge of our Catholic apostacy. '
“ 2. To grant them toleration in respect of any money to be given, or contribution to be made by them *, is to set religion to sale, and with it the souls of the people, whom CHRIST OUR Saviour bath redeemed with his most precious blood. And, as it is a great sin, so also, a matter of most dangerous consequence : the consideration whereof we commit to the wise and judicious ; beseeching THE GOD OF TRUTH to make them who are in authority, zealous of God's GLORY, and of the advancement of TRUE RELI Gion: zealous, resolute, and courageous against all Popery, superstition, and idolatry. Amen. James Armachanus.
Richard Cork, Cloyne, Ross.
Tho. Kilmore and Ardagh.
Michael Waterford et Lysmore.
Fran. Lymerick." The protestation of the bishops, Dr. Downham, Lord Bishop of Derry, at the next meeting of the assembly, April 23, 1627, published at Christ Church, before the Lord Deputy and Council, in the midst of his sermon; wherein be spake much against men's subordinating religion, and the keeping of a good conscience to outward and worldly respects, and (not] to set their souls to sale for the gain of earthly matters, &c. The Lord Primate, the next Lord's Day, preached before the same auditory, the text was, Love not the world, nor the things thal are in the world, 1 Joho, 5, 15. when he made the like application with the bishop, rebuking such, who for worldly ends, like Judas, would sell Carist for thirty pieces of silver.
Such was the undaunted zeal, resolution, and courage of the best and 'wisest heads of the church in their turbulent days. May their bright example be followed by their successors in the present! Amen.
• The Popish party gave Lord Falkland assurances that if some indulgencies were granted to those of their religion, a voluntary contribution might be obtained for the maintenance of the aimy; and they offered large contributions to purchase security to their lands, and a suspension of the penal statutes. Lord Falkland did not discourage their overtures, but advised them to apply to the king for relief. LELAND.