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in the parishes of Hardley and Thurlton, in the county of Norfolk, is obliged to retire from the charge, in consequence of a deprivation of sight. By this most lamentable occurrence, his income is so much reduced as to leave but a very scanty pittance for the support of a wife and five children, the eldest not yet five years of age. The nature of the calamity with which it has pleased God to visit him is such as to preclude all hope of his ever being able to contribute, by own exertions, to the maintenance of his family, or even to superintend the education of his children. Under these circumstances, the friends of Mr. Manclarke are anxious, if possible, to raise such a sum as will enable them to purchase a small annuity for his benefit; and thereby mitigate, in some measure, the difficulties in which he is placed by so heavy a dispensation; but it is only by appealing to the benevolent they can hope to accomplish this most desirable object, which they trust will not be deemed unworthy of support. The truth of the above statement is attested by the undersigned :
Thomas Watson, Rector of Thurlton and Hardley; Thomas Drake, Rector of Intwood; John Gilbert, Rector of Cantley; Edward Hibgame, Clk., Norwich; Johnson Grant, M.A., Kentish Town, and Rector of Binbrook; Henry Melvill, M.A., Camberwell; -Charles Etheridge, Starston, Norfolk; John G. Crosse, M.R.C.S., Norwich.
Trustees for carrying into effect the above purpose: John Kitson, Esq., Norwich; and Charles Etheridge, Esq., Starston.
Donations will be thankfully received at the banks of Messrs. Gurneys and Co., Norwich and Norfolk, and Messrs. Barclay and Co.; Messrs. J. Hatchard and Son, Booksellers, Piccadilly; and Messrs. James Nisbet and Co., 21, Berners Street, London.
THE following fearful catalogue has been published by the Kilkenny Moderator, in reply to the letter of a popish bishop, named Kinsella. It fatally corroborates all the statements made by the Rev. Mortimer O'Sullivan and the other
Irish clergymen, but yet we have reason to believe it is defective in a great degree :
It may be remembered that the Bishop of Gloucester said, that many of the protestant clergy had been murdered, and others brutally assaulted. To this, Dr. Kinsella gave a flat denial, asserting that it "was not true," and adding, "I have heard but of the murder of one protestant clergyman, and that occurred some years ago, and had no connexion with the state of religious or political feeling;" and then he proceeds to say-" I call upon your lordship to give the names and residences of the protestant clergymen who have been murdered and assaulted." "To save some trouble to the Bishop of Gloucester," says the Moderator, we publish the subjoined :"—(a brief extract is here given)
1829.-October-The Rev. Mr. Going, incumbent of Mealiff, county Tipperary, ASSASSINATED by insurgents on his return home from Thurles. He was shot through the heart when within half a mile of his own house. December 17th-The Rev. Mr. Day, curate of Roscommon, FIRED AT by one of three men, but escaped without injury. A man named Edward Moran was executed for the offence in the month of April following.
1831.-Feb. 28-The Rev. Mr. Willis, residing in Rossbercon, in this county, WAS PELTED, and HIS CARRIAGE SHATTERED, on his return home from this city. Sept. 24-The steward of the Rev. David Seymour, near Bosagher, MURDERED. The steward of the Rev. Mr. Peacock, of Moate, FIRED at.
1832.-Jan. 24-The Rev. Irwin Whitty, rector of Golden, in the diocese of Cashel, STONED TO DEATH, on his return home from the sick-bed of one of his parishioners. Oct. 25-The Rev. George Huston, rector of Feighcullen, near Naas, was SHOT in his own lawn, while overseeing some of his workmen. Dec. 14-The Rev. Mr. Fergusson, Timoleague, Cork, on his way to Bandon, was attacked by a number of persons. The unfortunate gentleman sought refuge in a house, but he was dragged out and MURDERED. Sept. 9-As the Rev. N. H. Mandeville, curate of Kilbeacon parish, was on his way to Mullinavat, he was met by a party of ruffians who made a furious attack upon him. They PELTED STONES after him, some of which struck the horse on which he rode, and knocked the animal down. Oct. 2-The eldest son of the Rev. M. Goold, rector of Borrisokeane, County Tipperary, was DREADFULLY BEATEN and LEFT FOR DEAD, near Moate. Oct. 20-The house of the Rev. John Kearney, of Bamfort, attacked; the door broken open, several articles of furniture destroyed, and fire-arms taken. Dec. 14-The Rev. Charles Caulfield was met by five ruffians close to the demesne of Woodsgift, one of whom KNOCKED Mr. Caulfield OFF HIS HORSE BY THE BLOW OF A STONE. Same date-The same evening, the house of the Rev. Mr. Lloyd, of Powertown, was attacked. Several shots WERE FIRED into it, but no entrance was effected.
1833.-Sept. 2-The Rev. Wm. Scott, rector, FIRED ON at Pallasgreen, county Tipperary. Two of the party afterwards taken by Mr. Scott and his sons. October 9-Several trees, the property of the Rev. Mr. Clarke, of Shronehill, county Tipperary, destroyed. October 29-The Rev. Thomas Caulfield, on his return from Waterstown, county Tipperary, was PELTED WITH STONES. He escaped unhurt; a stone 4lbs. weight burst in one of the panels of his gig. Dec. 20-Rev. Mr. Ferguson, on his way from Tallow to Carlow on a jaunting car, was pursued and PELTED WITH STONES by a gang of ruffians. 26-The steward of the Rev. Henry Stannard, of Ballydowell, in this county, WAYLAID AND BEATEN by three men.
1834.-Jan. 7-The Rev. Mr. Whitty, surrounded by a mob, who threatened to murder him and his servant. Being well mounted, they escaped. Jan. 25-The steward of the Rev. John Spray attacked; several SHOTS FIRED in his house. Feb. 23-The Rev, A. Armstrong, on his way to Ballyphilip, county Tipperary, FIRED AT, but escaped. March 7-A SHOT FIRED through the drawing-room window of the Rev. Lloyd, rector of Fennor, co. Tipperary.
1835.-Feb. 11-As the Rev. John Murphy, rector of Kiltullagh, county Kerry, was returning from a funeral, he was pelted with stones, one of which cut through his hat and inflicted a DEEP WOUND in his head. March 28The Rev. G. Carr insulted by a man in the churchyard of Old Ross, and ordered" to hold his tongue." June 2-The Rev. Mr. Dawson, while walking across a field, was suddenly attacked by three men, and MURDERED, at Ballincarrig, about 9 miles from Limerick.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE STANDARD.
Ballinterny, Rathcormac, Ireland, Jan. 16, 1836. SIR,-In your paper of the 6th instant, I perceive by your leading article that you are endeavouring to place the Rathcormac affair before the English public in the true point of view. As I am individually interested in having the matter faithfully laid before the public, I take the liberty of stating a few particulars, the truth of which you may rely upon. It was in consequence of a message sent me (through one of my bailiffs) by the widow Ryan and her neighbour, that I went to her farm to distrain, as I had every reason to believe, that on my arrival there with the military, the tithe would be paid; and I am borne out in considering the information correct, by subsequent circumstances. On my arrival at her farm, and while the mob, which was composed almost entirely of strangers, was opposing the entrance of myself, bailiffs, and military, the widow sent one of her sons, who is still living with her, to pay the money, but he was compelled to return into the house; and, subsequently, when the firing was over, and the military had withdrawn to an adjoining field, she came out of the house to me, and offered to pay me the amount of tithe; but my feelings, at that moment, were such that I could not take it, nor have I ever since been paid it. I mention this to shew you that she was prepared with the money actually in her pocket, and that she only wanted an excuse to be allowed to pay. The story of my calling upon her, even over the dead body of her son, which has been made so much of by Mr. O'Connell and the other agitators, is totally groundless, and I declare most solemnly that such never took place. I can prove, by the testimony of one of the police who attended me, that no such demand escaped my lips, and that I did not either then or during my stay at that farm, know or suspect that her son was shot; nor was I certain of his death until the following day. The speech of Mr. O'Sullivan, as quoted in your paper, is substantially correct; and if a fair and impartial investigation were to take place, the fact would disclose itself, that I was innocently trepanned into this unfortunate business. Until this occurred, I may truly say, without vanity, that I was a favourite among the people, and stood on good terms with all my neighbours; but since this occurred, I have been persecuted by the agitators, and my protestant congregation actually deterred from coming near my church; so that, during the last year, my Sunday attendance at church is confined to my own family and servants, the safeguard which is afforded me by government, and one other family. If you wish to be informed of any other particular, let me know, and I will immediately furnish it. I trust you will excuse me for thus trespassing upon your otherwise better employed time, and believe me, Sir, your obliged and humble servant, W. RYDER, Archdeacon of Cloyne.
"If the Whig Radicals have a particle of gratitude in their composition, they will be ready to own their obligations to Rathcormac. The unhappy occurrence there has afforded any easy theme for their orators and writers to enlarge upon, whenever their arguments were running short, while their powers of abuse remained unimpaired. All this time, however, it was remarkable enough,
that neither Mr. O'Connell nor any of the Irish papists, with a whole ministry at their nod, thought it worth while to bring the matter before the cognizance of Parliament. Our readers, perhaps, may guess why they were thus backward; -if they cannot, we can inform them. The fact is, that Archeacon Ryder went to distrain at the request of Widow Ryan; that she had probably been induced to make the request, that, while she paid her dues, she might appear to do so by compulsion (a contradictory state of things not uncommon in Ireland); that her neighbours, having discovered her intention, brought a mob of strangers, in order to overwhelm whatever small party might accompany the Archdeacon with a view rather to a mere demonstration than with any expectation of being called upon to act. This mob of lawless ruffians (for they were nothing more nor less) assaulted the police ; and the first shot which was fired, was an act of necessity, in order to save the life of a police-man, and actually "intercepted this attempt to murder." The widow's son was unhappily killed in the course of the short struggle which took place; and deep as must be our sorrow that any innocent blood (for we believe the son of the widow guiltless of having connived at the conspiracy) should have been shed, yet when the necessity of self-defence requires soldiery to act, all who are present are involved in one common danger, as they usually are in one common guilt. The soldiers were in a situation almost like an ambuscade, where it was thought they might have been easily overwhelmed; and they could not have retired on the first obstruction without the greatest danger, and the probability of a far greater loss of life than actually took place. They had gone armed, for bitter experience had taught them that police parties might be trepanned and murdered-as a party of more than fourteen had been, not very long before, in Kilkenny! This is the real history of Rathcormac; and we think the man must be stone-blind who does not see how convenient a topic it affords for the lying journal, or the seditious orator, but how very inconvenient it would be to the agitators of Ireland to see it fully investigated in the House of Commons. It would be inconvenient to the parliamentary trader in agitation to have his own malpractices proved in the very cause which he selected as the best ground of vituperating his enemies,—and, accordingly, Rathcormac will never be investigated by parliament, or at least, not at the request of Mr. O'Connell."-Cambridge Chronicle.
INCORPORATED SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE ENLARGEMENT, BUILDING, AND REPAIRING OF CHURCHES AND CHAPELS.
A Meeting of this Society was held at their chambers in St. Martin's Place, on Monday, the 15th February; his Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury in the chair. There were present the Earl of Harrowby, the Bishops of London, St. Asaph, Bangor, and Gloucester, Lord Kenyon, Lord Bexley, Rev. Archdeacon Cambridge, P. Pusey, Esq. M. P., Joshua Watson, Esq., George Gipps, Esq., Rev. H. H. Norris, Rev. Dr. Shepherd, Rev. Thomas Bowdler, H. J. Barchard, Esq., N. Connop, jun. Esq., James Cocks, Esq., J. S. Salt, Esq., William Davis, Esq., Benjamin Harrison, Esq., &c.
Among other business transacted, grants, varying in amount according to the exigency of the case, were voted towards building a chapel at Oakridge, in the parish of Bexley, county of Gloucester; rebuilding the body of the church at Easton Grey, in the county of Wilts; building a chapel at Bexley Heath, in the county of Kent; building a chapel at South Stoneham, in the county of Southampton; enlarging the chapel at Brierley Hill, in the parish of Kingswinford, and county of Stafford; building a chapel at Middleton, in the parish of Wirksworth, county of Derby; procuring free sittings in the chapel at Bognor, in the county of Sussex; building a chapel at Sarisbury, parish of Titchfield, county of Hants.
CHURCH ROOM AT SOUTHAMPTON.
DEAR SIR,-In the January Number of the "British Magazine," in stating the population and church room of Southampton, the contents of St. Mary's church are not given. This makes an important difference. I am now able to furnish you with a more accurate statement :
THE reader will perhaps remember some remarks, in a recent number of this publication, on the City Mission. Let any credit which can be given to its managers for good intentions not be refused. Still, its proceedings, unfortunately, not only fully justify those remarks, but call for the decided reprobation of all those who are concerned for the honour of the Gospel, and anxious to become instruments for applying suitable remedies to the fearful evils existing in the metropolis, from the want of religious instruction. No words can be found too strong to paint the extent or the degree of those evils; yet, existing as they do before the eyes of so many hundreds of wealthy men, able, from station, influence, and worldly means, at least to attempt a remedy for them, no such remedy has yet been attempted. It is consequently but too clear that, either from carelessness as to moral and religious responsibility, or from a feeling of the hopelessness of contending with such a mass of evil, an indisposition to act exists. On the other hand, many indications prove that attention is excited to this sad subject, that Christian men are beginning to see that nothing can justify their silence, but that they are bound to make the call in the loudest tone and with the utmost perseverence. What can be so mischievous, under such a state of things, as proceedings, the absurdity and fanaticism of which are such as to give those who are indisposed to listen to the call, not indeed a real or legitimate excuse for turning a deaf ear to it, but just that sort of plausible excuse which always answers where there is already a decided bias in the